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The Tribune

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Title:
The Tribune
Uniform Title:
Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Nassau tribune
Place of Publication:
Nassau, Bahamas
Publisher:
Tribune
Publication Date:
Copyright Date:
2008
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Daily, except Sunday
daily
normalized irregular
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English
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v. : ill. ; 58 cm.

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newspaper ( sobekcm )
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Bahamas

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Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.

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Ingraham hits out at
PLP over 2007 voting
process failures

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

- PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, taking the stage last night
at the FNM’s celebratory rally,
lambasted PLP leader Perry
Christie and his party for the fail-
ures in the 2007 voting process
and hinted that the PLP’s seats
in the House of Assembly may
go down to 16.

After the remaining two elec-
tion court cases are completed,
Mr Ingraham told the FNM
crowd, the results will be the
same: “The FNM won, the PLP
lost.”

“I told you before the election
that I like the number seven. The
PLP won 18 seats in the election,
they’re down to — guess what, 17.
And if, only if, they go down to
16, that would still make it a
one and a six,” the prime



minister said.
This statement comes after
Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson

SEE page eight

Turnquest blames Pinewood °

voting confusion on the PLP

i By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest last night
laid the voting confusion in the Pinewood constituency squarely at
the feet of the PLP and, quoting parliamentary commissioner
Errol Bethel, said it was a miracle that the May 2 election was even
pulled off.

' Addressing FNM supporters at the party’s mass rally at RM
Bailey Park, Mr Turnquest accused the PLP of intentionally call-
ing the boundary changes late to confuse voters.

Mr Turnquest, who now has ministerial responsibility for the
Parliamentary Repeunton Department, called it a PLP plot “gone

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mouth judicial system ‘can
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@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THOSE who publicly bad-mouth the judicial system “impinge
upon the respect” of the Court of Appeal or any court of justice
and can be cited for contempt of court, President of the Court
of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer said yesterday.

Dame Joan made this statement during yesterday’s
hearing of convicted child rapist Andrew Bridgewater.

After Bridgewater’s counsel and the Crown wrapped up

SEE page eight

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PHILIP ‘BRAVE’ DAVIS and
Wayne Munroe leaving court
yesterday.

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP’s lead attorney in the
Marco City election court case has
branded the strike-out motion filed
on behalf of Zhivargo Laing as
devoid of any merit.

Philip ‘Brave’ Davis told the
court yesterday that if it is declared
that the strike-out motion is
doomed to fail, as he suggests, the
court should order that both the
first respondent, Zhivargo Laing,
and second respondent, the return-
ing officer for Marco City Cecil
Thompson, should pay costs asso-
ciated with the matter immediate-
ly.

The interest of the second
respondent is represented by the
Attorney General’s Office, in
which case, cost would be placed
against it.

Mr Davis attacked a key part of
the argument by Mr Laing’s lead
attorney Fred Smith in his presen-
tation.

Mr Smith suggested in his oral
submission that Pleasant Bridge-
water, former MP for the area,
knew of the alleged legal incapac-
ity of the voters she now seeks to
challenge before the election.

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Concerns that
drug being used to
induce labour in
pregnant women

@ KARIN HERIG.
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

CONCERN has been raised
that the potentially dangerous
drug Cytotec is being used in
the Bahamas to induce labour
in pregnant women.

Cytotec, originally created to
treat gastric ulcers, has come
under heavy criticism in the
United States for being used to
induce labour without the drug
having been adequately tested
for this purpose.

Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis said yesterday that he is
aware of concerns the US Food

SEE page eight

The T ribune

news editor
responds to
statement
by the PM

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TRIBUNE news editor Paco
Nunez issued a response yester-
day to comments by Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, who criti-
cised the emphasis he said local
newspapers place on crime.

Singling out The Tribune, which
he said carries a headline about
crime almost every day, Mr Ingra-
ham claimed the reporting has led
to hotels deciding not to carry local
newspapers.

Quoted in a Bahama Jorunal
article, he went on to say that
despite last year’s spike in mur-
ders, the violence is not random
and many of the victims have been
involved in criminality themselves.

He said crime is not as terrible as
The Tribune makes it out to be.

Mr Nunez’ statement is quoted
below in full.

= COMMENT -—
’ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

THE prime minister’s statement
on the prominence given to crime
stories in The Tribune is a timely
reminder of why a free press is
vital to any functioning democracy.

His comments came as some-
thing of a surprise, as Mr Ingra-
ham has an excellent record of
defending the freedom of the press.
However, his perspective is hardly
unique.

Politicians the world over

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alowe@tribunemedia.net

A local historian has called
for Cat Island to be designat-
ed a “heritage island” with
the necessary efforts taken to
protect its historical assets.

“The whole of Cat Island
should be declared a heritage
site and before any (further
development takes place) a
team should come down and
investigate and mark out all
historic sites,” said Eris Mon-
cur, historian and Cat Island
resident.

Such an investigation
should be as immediate a con-
cern in the development
process as the now-mandato-
ry environmental impact
study, he asserted.

Mr Moncur said that anoth-
er crucial step would be to
ensure that all persons wish-
ing to operate tractors on the
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and about why they should
be preserved.

Across Cat Island, dozens
of heritage sites dot the land,
while many are believed to
remain hidden in dense bush,
untouched for hundreds of
years.

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get in touch with their past
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now valuing it we are afraid of
what a couple of operators
with bulldozers in the name
of development could do,” he
said. Mr Moncur, a passionate
advocate of Cat Island,
expressed sadness upon find-
ing a well, which was still
being researched to deter-
mine its history, “sheared in
half” by a tractor driver who
was traversing the area.
Meanwhile, on a separate
occasion, he got to a tractor
driver in time to warn him of

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his work had uncovered and
to persuade him that it must

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“unscrupulous” developer
told the tractor operator to
push ahead regardless.

Mr Moncur said that
enforcement of existing laws
as it relates to the destruction
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© In brief

Pinewood
Gardens

pair in court:

On weapons
charges

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

A 20-year-old and an 18-
year-old high school student
were arraigned in Magistrate’s
Court yesterday on weapons
charges.

Vayjai Ramotar, 20, of
Pinewood Gardens, who is
‘being represented by attorney
Shaka Servile and Richard
Bremmer, 18, a Jamaican, also
a resident of Pinewood Gar-
dens, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez on
Wednesday afternoon on
charges of possession of a
firearm with the intent to
endanger life.

According to court dockets,
it was alleged that on Sunday,
January 20 the accused, being
concerned together and with
others, were found in posses-
sion of a handgun with the
intent to endanger the lives of
Ricardo Richardson, Sergeant
40 Frankie Campbell, Detec-
tive Sergeant 451 Aaron
Sands, and Detective Consta-
ble 2621 Washeed Bain.

The accused have also been
charged with possession of
eight rounds of 9mm ammu-
nition and with stealing a
green 1997 Nissan Maxima
valued at $4,500, the property
of Lamont Hutchinson.

Both men pleaded not
guilty to the charges yester-
day.

Prosecutor Inspector’ Althea
Porter objected to the men
being granted bail, saying that
although she had confirmed
that Ramatar is a Bahamian,
she had not had time to check
if he has any antecedents.

She also told the court that
Bremmer has no status in the
country. Bremmer said that
he is a high school student and
lives in the Bahamas with his
parents.

During his bail application,
Mr Serville argued that his
client has no antecedents and
works from home as an air
condition technician. Mr
Serville added that his client
lives with his mother who has
a debilitating condition.

Chief Magistrate Gomez
denied the bail application cit-
ing the serious nature of the
charges, and that they con-
cerned offences against police
officers.

The case has been
adjourned to Monday, Janu-
ary 28 for a bail hearing. Both
men have been remanded
until that time.

FNM Montagu
Constituency
Association to
hold meeting

FNM Montagu Constituency
Association will hold its first
meeting for 2008 on Monday
(7.30pm) at L W Young Junior
High School, Bernard Road.

Police officers will attend to.

discuss neighbourhood policing
and the safety of the public. All
residents of Montagu and sur-
rounding constituencies are
invited to attend.

MP Loretta Butler-Turner
will attend.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.

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130 suspected illegal immigrants

Haitian sloop
intercepted
30 miles
south of New
Providence

ONE hundred and twenty-
eight suspected illegal immi-
grants were apprehended by the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
yesterday in the central
Bahamas.

While on routine patrol,
HMBS P-43, under the com-
mand of Chief Petty Officer
Whitfield Rolle, intercepted a
Haitian sloop 30 miles south of
New Providence.

According to the Defence
Force, a search of the 40-foot
vessel uncovered 111 Haitian
men, 16 women and one young
boy.

HMBS P-42 was reportedly °

called in to assist, and the
migrants were escorted into the
Coral Harbour Base by late
afternoon.

“The immigrants all appeared
to be in good health, and were
turned over to Immigration
authorities for further process-
ing,” said the Defence Force in
a statement.

This group represents the first
capture of suspected illegal
immigrants in Bahamian waters
this year by the Royal Bahamas
Detence Force.

Last year, just over 1,300
Haitians were detained in
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COURT OF APPEAL: Madea Brileewater
Final submissions in appeal

case of convicted child rapist

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE Court of Appeal heard
final submissions in the appeal
hearing of convicted child rapist
Andrew Bridgewater yesterday.

However, a decision has yet to
be rendered in the case, and will
not be until the sitting justices
have an opportunity to clearly
state their ruling in writing.

Bridgewater, 33, was convict-
ed of the brutal 2006 rape of a
seven year old girl.

In May 2007, he was sentenced
to seven years imprisonment —
the maximum punishment for a
first time sexual offender — and 10
lashes of the cat 0’ nine tails by
Senior Justice Anita Allen.

He is appealing the corporal
punishment, claiming it is uncon-
stitutional and cruel.

The court spent the beginning
of the hearing examining criminal
law statues to determine if there
are flogging guidelines in place
for sexual crimes.

“My difficulty is that I know
full well from my days as a pros-

ecutor that corporal punishment
was never a form of punishment
for offenses against the person,”
said Dame Joan Sawyer, presi-
dent of the Court of Appeal.

While she considers rape to be
the most “violent” and “inhu-
mane” act that can be commit-
ted against another person, Dame
Joan said the question at hand
was whether or not corporal pun-
ishment for a sexual offence can
be administered under Bahamian
law.

In 1991, flogging was re-intro-
duced to the Bahamian law books
as a punishment for severe crimes
as part ofa general amendment
to the Criminal Offenses Act.
However, this punishment was
relegated to crimes against prop-
erty, not crimes against the per-
son, for example rape, the court
determined yesterday.

Dame Joan expressed wonder
that legislators considered armed
robbery punishable by corporal
punishment but did not provide
the same severe penalty for the
offence of rape.

If the statute says that the max-
imum penalty for a first time sex-

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ual offender is seven years, then
to add corporal punishment onto
that sentence would be increasing
the penalty, she added.

Doing so stepped outside the
boundaries of the criminal sen-
tencing process.

It would be creating legislation,
Dame Joan said.

During his brief submissions to
the court yesterday, Bridgewa-
ter’s attorney Wayne Watson was

admonished for not arguing his

case on substantive and historic
fact. He was also scolded by
Dame Sawyer for not being fully
prepared to argue his client’s
appeal.

Director of Public Prosecutions
Bernard Turner summed up the
convict’s position for the court,
saying the appeal application
states that the corporal punish-
ment imposed on Bridgewater is
unconstitutional.

Mr Turner conceded that he
found himself in a situation where
he could not argue a case that by
logic he did not support.

The appeal is adjourned for a
later, as yet undetermined date.



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THE TRIBUNE



EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR



The Tribune Limited



NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI






Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-199]

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, RO. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas ,
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama

TELEPHONES

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Best wishes to new police commissioner

“AFTER SIX months of independence and
seven years of majority rule, the Bahama
islands face the future worrying about two
problems familiar in the United States — the
economy and crime,” wrote Al Burt of The
Miami Herald on Thursday, January 10, 1974.
It was the PLP’s seventh anniversary as the
government of the Bahamas.

In an exclusive tape-recorded conversation
with The Herald, Sir Lynden told Mr Burt
that crime had reached serious dimensions in
the Bahamas. These were the early days of
the drug years.

Today we are reaping what was sown in
those years. They were the years when too
many Bahamians, from cabinet level to the

very depths of society, in some way or other *

aided and abetted the destruction of our simple,
decent way of life.

On Friday a new commissioner of police, in
a special ceremony in which he received his.
instruments of office from his distinguished
predecessor, invited all sectors of society to
stop looking for a scapegoat on which to pin
society’s ills, but to examine themselves. He
said that before anyone placed blame they
should first take that journey inward. He invit-
ed the community to join him and his officers
in delivering on their pledge to restore peace to
the community.

In a ceremony, witnessed by a large cross
section of the Bahamian community, retiring
Police Commissioner Paul Farquharson, after
41 years of distinguished service, recognised
regionally and internationally for the innovative
initiatives he introduced to the force, handed
his instruments of office to his deputy — Com-
missioner of Police Reginald Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson from Snug Corner, Acklins,
who joined the force a year before Mr Far-
quharson and, like Mr Farquharson, rose to the
top through the ranks, is noted as a no-non-
sense man. He is the sixth police commission-
er of an independent nation.

He pledged not to betray the trust shown in
him. “It is indeed,” he said, “my intention to
live up to and indeed exceed your expecta-
tions in the commission of my duties as com-
missioner.” He admitted he could not be suc-
cessful alone and entreated “each one of you to
lend me a hand.”

He invited citizens to search their con-
sciences to consider what they might have done
to contribute to lawlessness and to consider
what “we individually and collectively can do to
curb crime in our society.”

“T believe,” he said, “that small crimes lead
to big crimes. We would all agree that run-
ning the red light or assaulting someone are
offences, but today many of us have forgotten
that many of our practices are equally as illegal.
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“This trend and acceptance or illegality by
otherwise law-abiding citizens is eroding the
core of our society.”

He told his officers and men that he would

‘place “high emphasis on discipline through

the entire rank and file of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force.”

He told them that together they would
“encourage and develop new strategies and
training initiatives to address the challenges
of policing in the modern Bahamas.

“We need,” he said, “a new policeman.
Times have changed, and we need policemen
with a better understanding of our society — a
better understanding of international law and
an overall sensitivity to the average man.’

He told his men that “corruption and good
policing are not compatible, and if unchecked”
could make them incapable of policing their
own country.

“Therefore,” he told his men, “you can
expect a vigorous effort on the part of my
office, to detect, investigate and eradicate, this
unacceptable practice wherever possible.”

He then made a commitment to the public:
“Those officers among us who have not lived
up to their oath of office will be disciplined,
trained or invited to demit the Royal Bahamas
Police Force.”

His objective is to turn the force into a zero
tolerance crime-fighting machine.

“Together we can stop crime at the source,”
he told his police force. “Let us go where the
criminals hibernate and infiltrate their cells,

‘dislodging them from their safe havens and

comfort zones, ever mindful of the importance
of conducting Proper and just investigations
with integrity.”

This, he promised them, will “demonstrate
our true professionalism to one and all, regain-
ing the respect that in some instances we have
lost.”

He reminded them that the Royal Bahamas
Police Force is a disciplined institution with a
clearly defined chain of command.

We are satisfied that he will keep that chain
of command intact and anyone trying to under-
mine it will find themselves on the outside
looking in.

In the next few days Commissioner Fergu-
son plans to meet the force at every level to
acquaint them with his policing plan for the rest
of the year — “operation Restoration of
Peace.”

This will happen only if every member of
the community commits to the plan. Soon the
criminal will reform, or be locked in a cell for
an extended period of time.

We wish Commissioner Ferguson well in his
noble ambition. With the help of the commu-
nity, he and his force will succeed.



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EDITOR, The Tribune.

BY NOW, forty-one years
after the pivotal general elec-
tions of January 10, 1967
there should have been some
national and public recogni-
tion of that historical and life
changing day. Sad to say,
however, we, as a people,
have failed/refused to do so
based on flimsy racial excuses
and bogus empirical proposi-
tions.

I have absolutely no doubt
that the objection to the
recognition of this day is
based, pure and simple, on
jealousy and envy. Lynden O
Pindling, as he then was,
whether we like it’or not, is, in
fact, “the Father of the
nation.”

During the 1950’s and
1960’s the social and eco-
nomic opportunities for the
average Bahamian, both black
and white, were non existent
or minuscule at best. The olli-
garch of the United Bahamian
Party (UBP) brooked no
political challenges and where
they would have emerged, the
proponents were quickly
bought out or assimilated as
“generals” within the grasp of
that party.

Until the arrival of Lynden
Oscar Pindling in 1956 as a
major player within the
embryonic Progressive Liber-
al Party (PLP) that party was
going nowhere, any time
soon. Pindling proved to be
the catalyst which was sorely

needed to take the PLP to the ._
Today, the middle class has

next level and, by extension,
to usher in the gradual emer-
gence of what is now a bur-
geoning middle class.

Bahamian women gained
the right to vote in January,
1963 after much agitation and
many sleepless nights by
women such as the late great
Dame Doris Johnson and
Mary Ingraham, et al. With
the solid support of the vast
majority of women voters, the
ascension of the PLP to polit-
ical power was only a matter
of time.

Mr Pindling, whom I am
privileged to have known in
his hey day, was a master ora-
tor and a leader who was able
to empathise with all Bahami-
ans, from the big shot right
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alas, no other front line polit-
ical leader, with all due
respect, has ever come even
close to his political charisma.

His personal attributes and
fabled self discipline, coupled
with the women’s vote, cata-
pulted the PLP to electoral
victory on the 10th day of Jan-
uary, 1967. The results were
18 seats for the UBP and 18
seats for the PLP with two
independent elected mem-
bers, the late Sir Alvin Bray-
nen and, of course, the
indomitable Sir Randol Fran-
cis Fawkes.

The two latter men threw
their support behind the PLP
and the rest is, indeed, history.
A majority government had
finally been elected and was

duly sworn in on the 14th day.

of January, 1967. The
Bahamas has never been the
same since.

In 1967, one could have
counted the number of black
professionals on one’s ten fin-
gers, literally. Mr Pindling
made it an integral part of the
PLP’s platform that within 10
years his government would
have conceived and put in
place a middle class of
Bahamians.

Despite the initial hiccups
and allegations of corruption,
the PLP and Mr Pindling
exceeded all expectations.

emerged and is solidly
entrenched. In the 50’s and
60’s most Bahamians who
lived in New Providence and
Freeport were obliged to live

in hovels in the inner city.

Most Bahamians of that era
were forced to leave school
after completion of the sixth
grade because there was
nowhere else to go, except
your family was able to send
you off to the USA or Europe
for further education.

Mr Pindling and the late
great Cecil Wallace-Whitfield,
etc, came up with grand plans
to improve and expand the
educational facilities and cur-
riculum in our country. Huge
sums of monies were spent
and the talents of many
Bahamians were drafted into
this national effort.

Today, many of our current:
leaders and shakers are the
results of that nationalistic
effort. Regrettably, however,
our educational plant today
is in gross need of retooling
and revamping if we are to
rescue our precious children
from the intellectual dol-
drums.

January 10, 1967 ushered i in
the beginning of our journey,
as a people, to the fabled
“promised land” under the
leadership of our homegrown
“Moses”. We have come to
accept the fact that Bahami-
ans comprise the greatest little
nation on this Earth.

We have embarked on a
journey for which there is no
end in sight.

Some of us might not get
there, but, I am persuaded
that we will enter “the land
of milk and honey” in 2008,
God willing. To God then, in
all of these.mundane aeUES,
be the glory.

ORTLAND H BODIE JR
Nassau,
January 11, 2008.

‘Democracy’ in
action in Cuba

EDITOR, The Tribune.

CHILD of the Revolution - http://luisgarcia.blogspot.com — is
a great stop on the World Wide Web.

Mr. Garcia, the blogs author, is particularly perceptive on the
Castro regime and its “double speak.

Here's a recent post of his, titled "Democracy in action"
about Cuba's then upcoming elections:

Just days before Cubans go to the polls to “elect” a new par-
liament, diplomatic representatives of the Castro regime have
been busy talking up the election on Sunday as fair and demo-

cratic.

Funnily enough, they are even able to predict the outcome

with absolute certainty!

May have something to do with the fact that there are 614 can-
didates on the ballot paper vying for exactly 614 seats in the
National Assembly of People's Power.

As they say, very fair and very democratic.

Of course the election has now taken place and the only
party allowed to participate in the election was dutifully returned

to power.

Then on Monday, January 21, 2008, the day after the Cuban

"Elections
ed in The Tribune as saying:

", the Cuban Ambassador to The Bahamas was quot-

"Cuban Democracy is alive and well, and in fact allows the
average person a greater say in their governmental affairs than
many US or citizens of other countries of a western liberal ilk are

afforded."

Such obvious double speak is trite in the 21st Century. And

to state that in a country that is of the

quite presumtuous.

“western liberal ilk" is

I wonder if I would be allowed to make those remarks in The
Granma — Cuba's national newspaper?
That sums it up: A one party election reported on by the gov-

ernment's newspaper.

RICK LOWE
WeblogBahamas.com
Nassau,

January 21, 2008

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6 In brief

Deadline
extended for
Golden Heart
nominations

THE deadline for nomi-
nations for the Lady Sas-
soon Golden Heart Award
has been extended to
Thursday, January 31.

Nominations, accompa-
nied by reasons for them,
should be delivered to
“Eves,” Cable Beach, or
mailed to the Bahamas
Heart Foundation, P O Box
N-8189 to arrive by that
date.

The winner of the Golden
Heart Award will be
announced at the Annual
Heart Ball on Saturday,
February 16, at the Crown
Ballroom, Atlantis, Par-
adise Island.

Last year’s recipient, Mrs
Frances Ledee, was lauded
for her community involve-
ment and work with the
Persis Rodgers Home for
the Aged.

For further information,
contact Linda LaFleur at
327-0806.

Cuba's Castro

says he thought —
‘OG illness ‘would |
be the end’

BM HAVANA

FIDEL CASTRO
revealed Thursday he
thought he was dying when
he fell ill in July 2006, and
was so worried about his
legacy that he ordered last-
minute editing of his mem-
oirs even as doctors struggled
to save his life, according to
Associated Press.

“When I fell gravely illthe :
night of the 26th and dawn of :
the 27th of July, I thought :
that would be the end,” the
ailing 81-year-old wrote in an
essay published on the front
page of state newspapers.

“And while the doctors
fought for my life, the head
aide of the Council of State
read at my urging the text
and I dictated the necessary
changes,” he said, referring :
to a book of interviews witha :
French journalist. i

The essay marked one of
the few times Castro has
acknowledged how close he
came to death during his ill-
ness, and indicated his con-
cern over how he will be
remembered when he is
gone.

The book written by Igna-
cio Ramonet, editor of Le
Monde Diplomatique, is
based on more than 100
hours of interviews with Cas-
tro. It was originally pub-
lished in Spain, but an Eng-
lish version was released this
month in the United States
as “Fidel Castro: My Life.”

Castro said he “almost did-
n’t sleep” in the days before
falling ill because he was
working on the Ramonet
book.

Castro has not been seen
in public since July 31, 2006,
when his secretary Carlos
Valenciaga read a statement
on government television
that emergency intestinal
surgery was forcing the
island’s unchallenged leader
since 1959 to cede power toa
provisional government
headed by his younger broth-
er Raul.

Though he stepped aside
as president, Castro has
retained his role as head of
the island’s supreme govern-
ing body, the Council of
State.

A slate of newly elected :
Cuban lawmakers meets Feb. :
24 and will choose a new i
Council of State from among
its ranks, which include both
Castro brothers. Fidél Castro
wrote in December that he
had no intention of clinging
to power or standing in the
way of a new generation of
leaders, but has not said
whether he wantstoremain :
head of the council or perma- :
nently retire. :

He is recovering in an
undisclosed location and his
condition and exact ailment :
are carefully guarded secrets. ;

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THE rising cost of provid-
ing infrastructure, public
goods and services means
that the government must
“rein in” tax exemptions,
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing said yester-
day.

Minister of
State for Finance
makes statement



Mr Laing was appearing as
a guest on GEMS Radio Sta-
tion when he made this state-
ment.

Responding to questions
from host Michael Pintard
and several callers who
expressed their dismay, Mr
Laing sought to contextualise
and defend the government's
decision to not renew the
stamp tax exemption for first
time homebuyers on homes
under $250,000.

Mr Laing denied the accu-
sation levied by one caller
that the government was
“targetting” new homebuy-
ers by allowing the exemp-
tion to run out, claiming

instead that exemptions are
one of many areas being
reviewed in order for.the
administration to find addi-
tional funds to meet the
increasing price tag on
“doing business as a govern-
ment.”

“In terms of managing
resources we are looking at
all areas, it just so happened
that this law came to an end
at this time and therefore it
is a part of this discussion,”
he said.

Mr Laing emphasised that
the exemption was designed
as a "sunset law" by the for-
mer government who passed
it, with an expiration date of
December 31, 2007.

Music, song and dance
evening in aid of
monastery restoration

AN EVENING of music, song and dance is set to take
place tonight at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road in aid of the
restoration of St Martin Monastery.

The historic building, which can be seen from Nassau
Street, was constructed in the 1940s, but has since fallen into
disrepair and is no longer in use.

The Benedictine nuns now living at the nearby St Martin’s
Convent said that they are eager to restore the building as “a

legacy for future generations of Bahamian women desirous of

dedicating their lives to God.”

Music for the event will be provided by local choirs and
soloists. Tickets will be priced at $20 for adults and $5 for
children under 12. They can be bought from the convent,
from any of the sisters, or at the of the venue tonight.

The 11 nuns ultimately hope to raise as much as $500,000
towards the restoration.

In order to achieve this end, they are planning numerous
other events, including an elaborate gala banquet on May 31.
-An “adopt a sister” programme is also underway, through
which persons are invited to make a financial contribution to

the project.

Yesterday, Sister Annie Russell emphasised that even
those who are not interested in attending the organised
events can make a donation to the project.

While the nuns have been promised some “incentives” by
the government to aid with the restoration of the building,
Sister Annie pointed out that such tax exemptions will not

help with the initially cost of purchasing the necessary materi-

als.

Once the building has been restored it will serve as a
retreat centre as well as a space to house the archives of the
monastery.

When candidates are identified, said Sister Annie, it will
also become a “formation house” for the training of young
women who wish to pursue a religious vocation as a Benedic-
tine Sister.

In 1994 the 70-year-old community of St Martin Monastery

became an independent “daughter monastery” of St Benedic-

t’s Monastery in Minnesota — which can trace its roots to the

1857 arrival of six sisters from the St Walburg Abbey in Eich-

staett, Germany, a monastery for women founded in 1035.

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they did not build in auto-
matic renewal.

“There was a reason for
that, and that's because you
want to assess your econom-
ic and fiscal environment to
see whether or not you can
afford and carry it forward,"
he said.

Mr Laing said that while
successive governments have
been "reluctant" to increase
taxes, a “sustained and even
somewhat widening deficit
situation" is emerging that
requires action.

"In the broad scope of fis-
cal affairs you have to make
some determinations in
terms of when are you going
to rein in all of your exemp-
tions," he said, adding that
the stamp duty exemption

‘was "but one" of dozens of

exemptions afforded to
Bahamians in particular.

Mr Laing said that he was
“literally shocked” to see the
results of a report he had
asked his revenue depart-
ment to prepare detailing the
total cost of all exemptions
that are available to the pub-
lic purse.

"It’s enormous,” he said,
adding: “I knew it was sig-
nificant but I had no idea
that it was as significant as
it is." ;

The minister noted that
while the government came
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process was again about
determining whether the
government could afford
what had been agreed to.

"For us too the whole issue
of examining how we extend
exemptions to foreigners is
part and parcel of the same
principle," he said.

The minister, second in
command in the ministry of
finance behind Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham,
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PLP support group

announces three
day lecture series




m@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Pro-.

gressive Liberal Action Net-
work (PLAN), a support
group of the PLP, has
announced plans for a three-
day lecture series on Major-
ity Rule and its significance
to Bahamian history.

Brian Seymour, a
spokesman for PLAN, said
the lecture series will be held
under the patronage of
Opposition leader Perry
Christie on January 23
through 25 at the Ascension
Church Hall in Lucaya
beginning at 7.30pm.

The first lecture will be
conducted by Sir Clement
Maynard, the second by
Fred Mitchell, Fox Hill MP,
and the third by Paul L
Adderley.

Mr Seymour said the lec-
ture series will provide a
unique and first-hand look
at events that led to majori-
ty rule from the 1942 Burma
Road riots to the granting of
the vote to 18-year-olds in
1969 and the so-called “Bend
or Break Speech” in Grand
Bahama that same year.

“The lecture will be espe-
cially useful for students of
history, and young people
who want to get a first-hand
account of their history and
for those who experienced
the events and would wish
to add their perspective to
the events,” he said.

Mr Seymour said many
people today still did not
know the significance of
Majority Rule.

“We have high school and
middle school students who
do not know the importance
of 1967 and what it was all
about it,” he said.

“So often our history has
not been chronicled as more
developed countries and we

feel it is a fitting time now




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and have brought people
that Know first-hand such as
first members the Cabinet
and it will be a learning good
experience for all.”

Mr Seymour is encourag-
ing college students and
civic-minded people to
attend because it is a very

important time in Bahamian °

history.

Sir Clement Maynard, for-
mer deputy prime minister,
was a member of the first
majority rule Cabinet of Sir
Lynden Pindling in 1967. He
served in the Cabinet for 25
years,

Before joining the Cabi-
net, he was head of the
Bahamas Public Service
Union.

He recently wrote a book
about his public life titled
‘Putting on More Speed,

which will be available at the.

hall during his lecture on
January 23.

Mr Seymour said Fred
Mitchell, MP for Fox Hill
and former Foreign Affairs
Minister, has come to be
known as a historian and
chronicler of events con-
nected to the PLP and
Majority Rule.

He will conduct the dis-
cussions on January 24. Mr
Mitchell has also written a
short book titled “Great
Moments in PLP History,
which will also be available
on the night of the lecture.

Paul L Adderley served in
the Cabinet trom 1972 to
1992. He will conduct a lec-
ture on January 26.

Mr Adderley was founder
of the National Democratic
Party defeated at the polls
in 1967. He founded the par-
ty following differences of
opinion with the PLP over
Black Tuesday when Sir
Lynden Pindling threw the
Speaker’s mace from the
House of Assembly on April
27, 1965.

Mr Seymour said the lec-
tures are open to the public.

Parliamentarians

@ By CLUNIS DEVANEY
Bahamas Information
Services

JOSEPH Russell Ford, a for-
mer MP for Inagua and
Mayaguana, has been remem-
bered in the House of Assem-

“bly as “a trailblazer for the free-

dom of the Bahamian people.”

Parliamentarians, including
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Opposition Leader
Perry Christie, paid tribute to
Mr Ford, 82, who died last
weekend following a year-long
struggle with prostate cancer.

Affectionately called “T-
Joe”, Mr Ford, a member of
the Progressive Liberal Party,
was first elected to the House in
April, 1968, and re-elected in
1972 and 1977.

Prime Minister Ingraham
said when he became chairman
of the PLP in 1975, Mr Ford
was “one of those endangered
members of parliament in
terms'of the elections for 1977
that we had to bring special
focus to bear upon.”

Mr Ingraham said he spent
“quite a bit of time” with Mr
Ford in Inagua and Mayaguana
leading up to the 1977 general
election, which Mr Ford won.

Mr Ingraham was also suc-
cessful in that election in Coop-
er’s Town (North Abaco).

“It wasn’t long before 1 was
self-styled the leader of the
backbench, and of course T-Joe
was a rebellious member of the
Old Guard — he and Leander
(Minnis) — who didn’t want to
participate too much in our var-
lous activities,” said the prime
minister.

“T recall most vividly and |
reminded the Governor Gen-
eral (Arthur Hanna) of this sto-
ry at the funeral of Dr Curtis
McMillan that we, eventually,
wrote a letter to the leader of

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the party (Sir Lynden Pindling)
that we were fed up with a
number of things that were
going on, and one of the things
we required or demanded was
that there would be allocated
a sum of $50,000 in the budget
for cach constituency repre-
sentative so that we could have
something done in our con-
stituencies.

“We got everybody to sign

the letter except T-Joe and, 1 .

think, Leander. Mr Hanna was
the Minister of Finance. The
government thinks he was a
man of great power and author-
ity. He made sure that T-Joe,
who did not sign the letter, got
the first $50,000."

Prime Minister Ingraham
recognised Mr Ford as a very
loyal member to his con-
stituency.

Opposition leader Perry
Christie made a suggestion on
behalf of all former MPs,
including those who had died,
with respect to the Speaker col-
lecting information about them
so future generations became
more familiar with their role.

“Bahamas Information Ser-
Vices put out information on T-
Joe Ford which makes inter-

ay tribute to —
Joseph Russell Ford





esting reading, but it is impor-
tant for people to know that he
spent 14 years in the House of
Assembly as the representative
of Inagua and Mayaguana,
being first elected on April 10,

1968, when he defeated
Bernard Dupuch, a United
Bahamian Party candidate,” Mr
Christie stated.

He echoed the sentiments of
Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-
Martin that Mr Ford “was one
of that band of men and women
who were able to manifest a
courage of a kind that made the
difference in the times in which
they lived.

“And he had the honour, and
singular honour, to become a
Member of Parliament in 1968,
one year after Majority Rule
was brought in. He was
returned to Parliament in the
1972 general election, but in
fact lost to Vernon Symonette,
who became the Speaker of this
House, in the 1982 general elec-
tion,” Mr Christie emphasised.

Mr Ford had an “illustrious
career” as a servant in the
House of Assembly, he said.

“That generation of Bahami-
ans, who were born in the
1920s, are amongst the people



in our history who understood
what hard times were and they
came, really, at the end of the
real generational experience of
hard times and were able to be
that generation that helped to

* move The Bahamas to a point

of view where the hard times
moved away from the national
psyche and the national life
of the country,” said Mr
Christie.

“So again, we commend him
for playing a significant role in
that context,” he acdded.

Minister of National Security
and Government leader in the
House Tommy Turnquest not-
ed the sacrifice Mr Ford and
his family must have made by
his service as an MP. :

“For Mr Ford to have stayed
in this place - a slippery place —
for as long as he did is, indeed,
a credit,” said Mr Turnquest.

Other speakers were MICAL
MP V Alfred Gray, MP for
Yamacraw Melanie Griffin,
Education Minister Carl
Bethel, MP for Englerston
Glenys Hanna-Martin, MP for
Garden Hills Brensil Rolle,
Montagu MP Loretta Turner
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SECRET BALLOT CAMPAIGNER SAYS FLAWED SYSTEM MUST BE CHANGED

Pinewood fallout: Call for urgent

review of the elector

AN urgent review of the
Bahamas electoral process was
demanded yesterday following
the Pinewood election court fias-
co.
Secret ballot campaigner Stone

McEwan said the flawed system
must be changed to stop corrup-
tion and guarantee voters’ rights.

Mr McEwan, an Abaco enter-
tainer who took his campaign for
a secret ballot through the
Bahamas courts six years ago, said
the Pinewood case had exposed
the system for what it was - a
means. by which politicians can
control the electorate.

“The Bahamian electorate
need to ask themselves why, in
the 21st century, there are dis-
putes about the outcome of elec-
tions,” he told The Tribune.

“Why are so many of our citi-
zens still placed in a predicament
where how they voted is exposed
to so many eyes — first when they
‘vote at the station, then when the
first count is undertaken, and
finally during the too frequent
election court cases?”

Mr McEwan hit out at politi-
cians and community leaders for
their silence on such a crucial
issue.

“Why it is that none of our
elected officials and community
leaders, regardless of their politi-
cal convictions, has ever lobbied
to have the system and process
investigated for flaws and man-
agement deficiencies?

“Why is no-one ever charged
or held responsible for these seri-
ous infractions to our so-called
democratic process?

“In 2002, other like-minded
true Bahamian patriots and I chal-
lenged the undemocratic electoral
process used in The Bahamas.
Seeking fairness for all Bahamian
voters, we took our concerns all
the way to the Privy Council.

“Another great Bahamian, the
Chief Justice of The Bahamas, Sir
Burton Hall, agreed that attaching
a voter’s card number to their bal-
lot is undemocratic and infringes
our constitutional right tg privacy.
His historic ruling was passed on
the eve of the 2002 elections.
However, it was to be short-lived.

“That same night, just like

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thieves and other evil-doers who
prefer to use the cover of darkness
to conceal their activities and
identities, our leaders took actions
to ensure that the first step on the
road to meaningful political free-
dom was snatched from the peo-
ple — a midnight ruling in the
Court of Appeal overturned and
stole Sir Burton’s gift to the
Bahamian electorate.”

Mr McEwan said the appeal
court added insult to injury by
saying the Bahamian people were
too corrupt and politically imma-
ture to have an untraceable vote.

“This she (court president
Dame Joan Sawyer) said of a
nation that is among the econom-
ic leaders in the Caribbean region
as well as a country proclaiming to
be filled with the Holy Ghost.

“The significance of Mrs
Sawyer’s statement continues to
elude me to this day because my
entire case was built on not trust-
ing those who are responsible for
the process and the securing of
the ballots after an election.”

Mr McEwan, in a statement
issued yesterday, questioned the
responsibilities of Mr Errol
Bethel, parliamentary commis-
sioner, and his staff during, the
five years between elections.

“Who is accountable for recti-
fying the deficiencies and prob-







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lems identified
during an elec-
tion so they are
not repeated in
subsequent elec-
tions?

“There are
less than 200,000
registered voters
in The Bahamas.
Why is it that
they cannot be
properly identi-
fied and an
accurate register
produced before
an election?

“What Mr Bethel, our leaders
from all sides of the political
divide, and we have tolerated in
our elections is disgraceful. Why
have person(s) who have perpe-
trated election fraud not been
brought before the courts and
severely dealt with, especially giv-
en that some of our sons and
daughters, brothers and sisters,
have been sent to prison for much
less?

“We provide more training for
the Junkanoo judges in our coun-
try than we do for the people who
Oversee our elections and work

at the polling stations. Many of

our poll workers have never seen,
much less read the Gazette, with

our election rules, laws and pro-



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“Why is no-one
ever charged or
held responsible
for these serious
infractions to our
so-called democ-

ratic process?”



cedures, There
is something
terribly wrong
with this pic-
ture.

“Where are
our priorities?
Like The
Bahamas,
Canada is a
Common-
wealth country
and is classified
as a developed
or high-income
economy. With
a population in the tens of mil-
lions, they use a voting process
identical to ours, with one excep-
tion. Before the voter's ballot is
cast, the presiding officer removes
the section/counterfoil with the
voter’s number and destroys it,
ensuring complete secrecy on how
the person has voted.

“Also, in Canada, cries of elec-
tion fraud and disputes over the
results are rare. If such situations
arise, the entire process is con-
ducted again in that constituen-
cy.

“Meanwhile, in The Bahamas,
some citizens are disenfranchised
because the system makes it pos-
sible for others to Know how they
voted, resulting in them not par-
ticipating in the elections.

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“It would also be very infor-
mative for the parliamentary com-
missioner to publicise how many
Bahamians who are eligible to
vote do not do so. Is this being
done to maintain control over us
through our vote?

“A cynic might believe ours is
a wicked system configured to
benefit the few power-hungry
politicians rather than the people.
Think about it. If our elected offi-
cials had no way of knowing who
voted for them and who did not,

they would then have to serve .

their entire constituency without
favour and be productive if they
wish to be reelected.”

Mr McEwan said attorney
Craig Butler had publicly called
for electronic balloting. “I dis-
agree. We only need to adhere to
the existing procedures, properly
train and educate the persons
involved in the process, levy stiff
penalties and mandatory jail time
for all those who break the elec-
tion laws, reinstate and uphold Sir
Burton's 2002 ruling, and appoint
a competent parliamentary com-
missioner who is committed to
ensuring a fair and innovative
electoral process. Problems
solved.”

Mr McEwan added: “The
leader of the Court of Appeal sug-
gested Bahamians are corruptible.

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BALLOT BOXES are taken away
during the Pinewood recount.

Do you truly trust some of our
power-hungry, self-serving politi-
cians with access to this all-pow-
erful information and, in your.
heart of hearts, believe they do
not access it’?

“Can you state with certainty
that some poll workers do not
keep mental tabs on certain indi-
viduals tracing their vote from the
beginning to the end?

“Tf there were to be an impar-
lial investigation by non-Bahami-
ans during our elections, would
the observers applaud or cry foul?

I strongly believe the money
spent by the PLP and the FNM in
this recent court battle is far
greater than it would have cost to
have the voters in Pinewood
repeat the process.

“T also believe that if the citi-
zens were given the choice, or ii a
referendum were to be held for
Bahamians to choose between the
untraceable vote and the current
process, true secrecy would pre-
vail.

“Nonetheless, because our cho-
sen leaders all appear unwilling
to consider this, it is our obligation
to demand it.

The system, the politicians, our
community leaders and we need
to take responsibility for the
melee that occurred outside our
courts on Monday, January 22,
2008, between an FNM and a PLP
supporter.

“Our country is too small to
be so polarised politically. As long
as the politicians can keep us
fighting among ourselves for the
sake of party politics and/or for
self-serving gains, we will be too
distracted to have visions that will
bring meaningful changes for all
Bahamians, even those not yet

born.”
Mr McEwan said modern
Bahamians expected and

deserved more of the process.

“While I may have brought
forth this issue prematurely in
2002, I am convinced that there
are noW more open eyes and
politically mature minds in the
country today than there were ten
years ago when I first embarked
on this quest. We need to stop
looking at the messengers any.
adhere to the messages.”



PAGE 8, FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008

PM slams
Perry Christie

FROM page one

resigned from the PLP and speculation about the political alle-
giance of Elizabeth MP Malcolm Adderley — who was recently re-
appointed as Gaming Board chairman for the next two years —
continues among members of the public and political pundits alike.

Addressing the outcome of the recount of the Pinewood con-
slittency votes which saw FNM MP Byran Woodside emerge vic-
torious, Mr Ingraham recalled a conversation he had with PLP
leader Perry Christie three days ago.

“When I spoke with Perry in the Committee Room of the House
of Assembly (three) days ago he said: ‘Boy you does do obeah, eh?
‘People think you working obeah. How could you have seen so
right?”

“TL told him, no [don’t do obeah; I only do my work. And that I
was certain, absolutely certain, that 40-plus of the persons whose
votes the Election Court decided to throw out were their own — they
voted PLP. And how did I know? We checked, rechecked, and con-
firmed who were the rock solid PLPs. We knew the constituency, we
knew the voters and we knew the PLPs. And, we reconfirmed that
they were still PLPs,” Mr Ingraham said.

The prime minister said that more than 100 Bahamian citizens in -

Pinewood were disenfranchised as a result of “the ineptitude, the
incompe tence and the late boundary changes.”

‘Ym talking about more than 100 Bahamian citizens who had
their right to vote taken away because of inaction and slothfulness
and confusion in the electoral process,” he said.

Mr Ingraham said that some of the 110 Bahamians whose votes
were removed from the Pinewood ballot boxés told the FNM that
ihey had voted PLP but never again will they do so.

“You know at first they claimed 266 persons had voted wrongly
in Pinewood. Then they reduced the number by 107 persons to 159,
then they reduced it still further to 127 persons.

“That's 139 people whose good names they chose to sully by alleg-
ing that they had wrongly registered to vote in the Pinewood con-
stituency. And they did this, sullied these people’s names even
before they bothered to check on where those individuals actually
resided.” he said.

In the past, Mr Ingraham said, Bahamian citizens took comfort
in the fact that the Bahamas had one of the cleanest voters’ regis-
ters in the region, including North America.

“They had no reason to believe 2007 would be any different. They
were blind-sided by a wicked plan designed to cause confusion. They
(the PLP) set out to confuse; their plot backfired. Or, put another
way, the gun misfired, instead of hitting the target, it hit the shoot-
er,” the prime minister said.










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their submissions, Dame Joan took the opportu-
nity to advise political and religious leaders to
set the tone and standards for Bahamians to fol-

low.

“Wasn’t it the former prime minister who got
up on two occasions and said (Samuel ‘90’
Knowles’) boys had rights to petition against this

court?” she asked.

Dame Joan also admonished Bishop Thomp-
son, whose first name she did not specify, for
bad-mouthing the courts and lamented not citing
him for contempt of court, although it was in her

power to do so.

Commenting on last year’s unprecedented mur-
der rate of 79 murders at the end of 2007, Dame
Joan said: “Seventy-nine homicides that we know
about, in one year, in The Bahamas. In a country
of 300,000 (residents). Something is wrong, some-
thing.is very wrong. The system cannot withstand

this.

FROM page one

bad”.
The minister told the crowd

‘that former Bain and Grants

Town MP Bradley Roberts in
2001 declared that the parlia-
mentary registration commis-
sion should act in a timely fash-
ion so that at least three months
should elapse between adop-
tion of recommendations by
the House of Assembly and
election day.

“Can you believe it? This is
what they had to say in 2001
but in 2007 the PLP did not
finalise the boundaries until
March 26 — two weeks after the
2002 register expired,” he said.

Mr Turnquest said that a few
months ago, he received a letter

from parliamentary commis-.

sioner Errol Bethel stating that
his department was working
“under an extremely tight
schedule and it is a miracle that
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ditious.

mouth judicial system ‘can
be in contempt of court’

“You cannot incite violence against the
court and expect society to be peaceful,” she

Dame Joan also argued that “engineered deci-
sions” made within the past five years have cre-
ated “havoc” within the judicial system.

Though not providing specific examples of
these decisions, she mentioned certain adminis-
trative challenges the judiciary presently faces
which hamper the legal system from being expe-

Mass paperwork that justices have to wade
through in order to render a judgment is massive,
Dame Joan’‘said yesterday, adding that the public
is under the misconception that a justice’s decision
should be “cut and dry”.

Turnquest blames Pinewood
voting confusion on the PLP

Mr Bethel went on to say in
his letter that “creating a regis-
ter is not an easy task.”

“It means that we have to

review all registrations and

place individuals in new con-
stituencies and polling divisions
based on the Boundaries Com-
mission Report.

“This amounts to a massive
amount of work changing the
computer files and then mak-
ing the changes to voters’ cards
and counterfoils to correspond
with changes made on comput-
er files.

“All voters’ cards are held
after registration, until after the

ally receive their voter’s
card.”

Laying out the timeline of
the process leading up to the
general election, Mr Turnquest
said the Boundaries Commis-
sion Report came into force on
March 26, 2007.

One week later, on April 4,
parliament was dissolved. Six
days after that, on April 10, new
voters’ cards began to be issued.
Less than two weeks after this,
on April 23, the voters’ regis-
ter was certified by the parlia-
mentary commissioner and
three days later, on April 26,
the advanced poll was held. On

May 2 general electtons were
held.

“When we look at the time-
lines, we can see where the
blame rightly ought to be
placed,” Mr Turnquest said.

Boundaries Commission
reports. The disadvantage to
the public is that they really do
not know where they are in
terms of constituency and
polling division until they actu-

The Tribune news editor
FROM page one

believe that when organising the presentation of news, journalists should
keep in mind the impact of their reporting on the fortunes of society at
large.

The journalists at The Tribune could not disagree more.

While we join Mr Ingraham in lamenting any negative consequences
of our reporting, we believe the risks of changing how we operate far out-
weigh the benefits.

Mr Ingraham sees it as a “great disservice”, but we believe our decision
to give issues prominence based exclusively on their concurrence with pub-
lic interest and the public mood — thereafter letting the chips fall where
they may — is indispensable to the health of Bahamian civil society.

The story that we feel is of the most urgent concern to the reading pub-
lic on any given day must be given prominence. The alternative is a doc-
tored, sanitised, half-truth — in essence the presentation of an agenda. Jour-
nalism as propaganda is not the mark of a free and fair society.

What seems to be forgotten whenever this issue is raised, is that it is not
the duty of journalists to guide and direct the public, ensuring that soci-
ety runs smoothly; that is the role of politicians.

The job of the press is to empower the citizens — out of whose pockets
the salaries of politicians are drawn — by creating a space wherein their
voices can be heard and concerns are reflected.

A politician runs for office on the premise that he or she is the best man
or woman for the job, and knows exactly what the public should be con-
cerned about. Journalists have no such pretensions — they know that in
many a failed society, the road to social collapse was paved with the good
intentions of self-assured spin doctors.

Mr Ingraham points out that while othercountries have crime, their
newspapers report it with “proportionality”. Perhaps in such countries,
crime does not incite the level of fear or command the attention it does
in the Bahamas.

Many would argue that there is real cause for alarm: last year Nassau
had almost half as many murders as London, a city around 30 times its size.
Indeed, in his New Year’s address, Mr Ingraham himself called crime “the
single biggest national concern”.

“Unless we can right our social relations, the other matters will have no
relevance,” he said.

Whether or not we find ourselves at the centre of a genuine crime cri-
sis, it was not The Tribune that created this impression in the minds of the

’ public — this was the work of an extremely violent and increasingly

brazen criminal underclass who have shown their willingness to harm or
kill innocent bystanders.

There are many things about Bahamian society that concern the pub-
lic at large, but none of them will go away because they are downplayed
— indeed they will only get worse for being denied.

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society to alter newspaper headlines is to deal with the issues highlight-
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and Drug Administration
(FDA) has regarding Cytotec,
but added that he does not
know what the hospital proto-
cols are in the Bahamas in
administering the drug.

However, used for its origi-
nal purpose of treating ulcers,
Dr Minnis said, the drug is
“excellent.”

On the FDA’s website, warn: “

ings for this drug state the fol-
lowing: “Administration to
women who are pregnant can
cause abortion, premature birth,
or birth defects. Uterine rup-
ture has been reported when
Cytotec was administered in

pregnant women to induce '

labour or to induce abortion
beyond the eighth week of preg-
nancy. Cytotec should not be
taken by pregnant women to
reduce the risk of ulcers induced
by non-steroidal anti-inflam-
matory drugs.”

A petition, signed by almost
2,000 people up until now, is
also being used to raise con-

sumer awareness of the prod-.

uct.
One concerned mother is
now asking Bahamian doctors

to educate their patients about |

all of the drug’s possible side
effects before administering it.

“We are not talking about a
headache, dizziness or diarrhea:
Everything stated on the warn-
ing label is life threatening for
both mother and baby. This is

serious and I believe that many:

women here in the Bahamas are

not even aware of the drug and__,
its risks. They themselves could. |

‘have been affected by the use of
Cytotec during their labour and
not even know it,” she said.

PLP attorney

FROM page one

As Ms Bridgewater did not
challenge the voters before, or on
the election day, argued Mr
Smith, she should now not be
allowed to advance this petition.

The allegation Ms Bridgewa-
ter knew of the legal incapacity of
some of the voters in question is
based on an affidavit previously
filed in Supreme Court, in the
process through which leave was
granted for the petition now
before the election court.

Mr Davis said that both
respondents erred by not accept-
ing that the order to grant leave
was final, and the time in which to
file an appeal, six weeks after the
fact, has long since past.

Furthermoye, he argued, the

place to launch such an appeal
would be the Court of Appeal.

The nature of the leave proceed= >

ings, said Mr Davis, is a distinct
and separate proceeding in a dis-
tinct and separate court.

The election court and the
Supreme Court are separate
courts, emphasised Mr Davis.

At the beginning of the hear-
ing, Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs ruled that
they would consider the strike-
out motion of Ms Bridgewater’s
election court petition, but they
would not address issues related
to the granting of leave for the
petition to be heard in election
court.

On the issue of whether Ms
Bridgewater knew of these legal
incapacities of certain voters, Mr
Davis said that incapacities
known of before polling day
could change on that day.

As an example he referred to a
person granted citizenship on
election day who may not have
had this status before. —

Senior Justice Allen also ques-
tioned the idea that prior knowl-
edge takes away the right of a
person to seek redress after
wrong is done.

She rhetorically raised the
question, that if someone calls
and informs another person that
they will assault them before
doing so, is that person then
stopped from filing charges after

the act?

Mr Smith had also charged that
there is‘no reasonable cause of
action in Ms Bridgewater's peti-
tion as another reason why it

. should be thrown out. To this Mr

Davis argued yesterday that what
is required in petitions is that the
petitioner plead grounds, which in
this case was done by his client.

Ms Bridgewater's petition, he
continued, asserts that she
attained the majority of lawful
votes. The particulars, said Mr
Davis, are that the voters in ques-
tion were not ordinary residents,
or not citizens.

As the case unfolds, evidence
will be provided to support these
allegations, said Mr Davis. Senior
Justice Allen noted on this point
that some election petitions only
state that some are not entitled to
vote.

The list of challenged voters
for the PLP side contains 136 vot-
ers, With the FNM side challeng-
ing 98 voters. However, some of
these names may be common to
both lists.

The hearing for the strike-out
motion will continue on Monday
at 10am.



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‘Ommittee meets
for Minister of



Education Awards |

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MEMBERS of the commu-
nity who have been involved
in education and senior offi-
cers ot the Ministry of Edu-
cation, Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture were invited to serve ona

committee for the Minister of

Edueation -Awards Pro-
gramme.

The main focus of the
awards programme is to moti-
vate students and increase the
effecfiveness and accountabil-
ity ofthe Bahamian education
systeha.

Committee members were
charged with responsibility for
dev relopment and assessment
of various school programmes,
with particular emphasis on
literacy, mathematics, and
eventually the Bahamas
Junigr Certification (BJC)
Examination, and the
Bahamas General Certificate
of Secondary Education
(BGGSE) Examination.

The committee is also over-
seeing implementation and
monitoring of the newly-estab-
lished Minister of Education
Awards Programme.

Committee members were
chosén for their knowledge
and teaching experience with-
in thé educational system.
They’are: Mr William Rah-



' Programme

ming (senior education offi-
cer and chairman); Mrs
Leanora Archer (deputy
director of education); Mrs
Juliette Barnwell (former sec-
retary to the Governor Gen-
eral and current School Board
Association president); Mrs
Jaqueline Bethel (former chiet
of protocol); Ms Serethea
Clarke (acting assistant direc-
tor of the Examination and
Assessment Division); Mrs
Eula Gaitor (chief training
officer); Ms Lisa Hepburn
(chief examination officer);
Mrs Janice Knowles (senior
education officer); Ms Andrea

Lockhart (Bahamas Union Of

Teachers representative); Mr
Geoffrey McPhee (president
of New Providence Secondary
Principals’ Association); Mrs
Nevillene Rolle (representa-
tive of Primary Principals’
Association); and Mr Ross
Smith (district superinten-
dent).

The committee recom-
mended the following five cat-
egories for consideration: best
student, top school in the divi-
sion, top school in the district,
national winner, and a varia-
tion of best male and female
student.

A main concern of the com-

LOCAL wae)

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008, PAGE 9







mittee was to find a fair mech-
anism for tabulating student
performance. As such, the
committee felt that schools
should be placed in divisions,
and evaluated on the basis of
candidate entries.

Eager to motivate students
and their schools, committee
members identified Thursday,
March 6, as the date for the
first of these awards cere-
monies.

Recipients of the Minister
of Education Awards will be
selected from grade two stu-
dents who were administered
the Rigby Read Tests.

It is expected that mathe-
matics and literacy awards will
be presented to students in
grades two, four, five, seven,
and eight at a later date.

It was also recommended
that the ‘most improved’ cat-
egory be added next year
when there will be records to
make comparisons.

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THE TRIBUNE

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008, PAGE 11



| | @ By MATT MAURA
| THE reversal of the increas-
| |ing prevalence of chronic,
| ,non-communicable diseases
| | (CNCDs) such as diabetes in
| particular, as well as obesity,
: coronary heart disease, strokes
_and cancers in The Bahamas
' will be a major focus of his
| ministry, Minister of Health
| and Social Development, Dr
‘ Hubert Minnis said this week.
| Addressing the Diabetic
, Wellness Programme’s gradu-
| ation exercise at Grant’s Town
Seventh Day Adventist
} Church, Dr Minnis said an
‘ even greater emphasis is being
; placed on reducing the num-
| ber of persons with diabetes, a
| disease that is recognised
' worldwide as a chronic, debil-
| itating and costly disease asso-
ciated with severe complica-
| tions.
| The minister pointed to
| |recent statistics which show
that diabetes is not only nega-
‘tively impacting Bahamian
' | adults, but is also being diag-
| |mnosed on a more frequent
| | basis in children and adoles-
| cents.
| | He said type-two diabetes,
| | Originally considered to be a
| | problem exclusively for adults
|— particularly over-40s — is
now being diagnosed in chil-
| | dren.
| |. This, he added, is due in
‘large part to a growing num-

| adolescents as a result of poor
‘eating habits, unhealthy
lifestyles and a lack of exer-
cise.
' “In The Bahamas, it is esti-
| |mated that approximately 10
' | per cent of our population is
_ living with diabetes with the
| |prevalence being higher in
' | females than males,” Dr Min-
'* | nis said.
| | “Further, diabetes accounts
|for approximately 5-10 per
| \cent of our nation’s health
-budget and is among the lead-
‘mg causes of hospitalisation
‘and death of all age groups
‘affected.” LA
| © Last year, World Diabetes
| ‘Day focused on children and
‘adolescents, thereby raising
‘awareness of the problem and
‘the need for action to prevent
the death of children from

' ber of overweight children and _

“Early diagnosis and edu-
cation, followed by appropri-
ate care and support geared
towards controlling the dis-
ease, are crucial in reducing
complications and saving
lives,” Dr Minnis added.

He said Ministry of Health
and Social Development offi-
cials will continue to work
toward improving the well-
being of *’.>se living with dia-
betes by .stablishing or part-
nering with programmes that
create awareness and those
that prevent, treat and man-
age diabetes.

“Such programmes include
diabetic, podiatry and oph-
thalmology clinics at the
Princess Margaret Hospital,
weekly diabetic clinics, week-
ly diabetic nutrition education
sessions and home visits
through the four polyclinics in
New Providence,” he said.

“Through our Healthy
Lifestyles Initiatives, we are
actively promoting those activ-
ities that can help to reduce
the risk factors associated with
chronic, non-communicable
diseases,” Dr Minnis added.

Citing figures from the
World Health Organisation
(WHO), Dr Minnis said
research shows that more than

230 million persons worldwide

are living with diabetes.
That number is projected to

exceed more than 333 million



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persons by the year 2025, with
80 per cent of the increase
occurring in low and middle
income countries.

He said research further
shows that there is a correla-
tion between unhealthy
lifestyles, poor diets, inade-
quate levels of exercise and
the growth of type-two dia-
betes, thereby creating the
need for national focus on
healthy lifestyles in an effort
to help prevent the onset of
diabetes.

Health officials, Dr Minnis
said, will continue to work
hand-in-hand with pro-

e .
grammes such as the Diabetes

Wellness Programme which
was sponsored by the Adven-
tist Health Professionals Asso-
ciation of the Seventh-Day
Adventist Church, in con-
junction with the Diabetic
Research Institute.

“The fact that the Adven-
tist Health Professionals Asso-
ciation partnered with the
Diabetic Research Institute to
implement the programme,
indicates the commitment to
offer a programme that is fac-
tually sound and one that will
achieve the intended results,”
he added.

Dr Minnis applauded the
Bahamas Conference of Sev-
enth-Day Adventists Church-
es in The Bahamas for imple-

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Health Ministry to focus on reducing
cases of diabetes and other CNCDs

MINISTER of Health and-Social Development Dr Hubert Minnis deliv-
ered the keynote address at the Graduation Exercises of Diabetics Well-
ness Programme at Grants Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church,
Wellington Street. Dr Minnis applauded the graduates for participating
in the programme and remaining with it to its completion. He encour-
aged them to continue to put their new-found knowledge to good use
for their own benefit and that of their respective families. The pro-
gramme was held over a three-month period and was sponsored by the
Adventist Health Professionals Association of the Seventh-Day Adven-
tist Church in partnership with the Diabetic Research Institute.

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menting the Awareness Pro-
gramme and encouraged oth-
er organisations and church
groups to follow suit “as we
unite in the fight against dia-
betes.”

“We are truly appreciative
of the contributions of the
non-governmental organisa-
tions and stakeholders such as
the Bahamas Diabetic Asso-
ciation, the Diabetic Research
Institute, the Bahamas Heart
Association, the Adventist
Health Professionals Associa-
tion of the Seventh-Day
Adventist Church and all dia-
betic advocates and stake-
holders that are partners in
the fight against diabetes
because my ministry cannot
do it alone,” Dr Minnis said.

“Reversing the increasing
trends we are seeing with
regards to diabetes and its
negative impact on families,
the delivery of healthcare in
The Bahamas and on the
economy of The Bahamas, is
going to take all of our par-
ticipation,” he added.



On this
your
3rd
Anniversary
in heaven

Kathleen Louise
Wife, Mother, |
- & Friend

Love all whom you hold de
Precious is the time you share
Do not wait for tomorrow

_ For tomorrow may not be

Your life was love and labour
Your love for your family true-
You did the best for allofus
And we will cherish your legacy always'
We will never forget you


It’s been three years since you’ve been gone SX |
from our sight, but never from our memories ~"Y
ur touch, but never from our hearts,

iting that Glad Reunion in the Sky -
~~ Widower, Randolph I;
iidren, Rosemary, Ruth, Randolph I, Robert.
SRS and Ruthanne; WS
‘grandchildren, Steffan, Renauldo, Antoine, Randia
Rechea, Davonia and Randawnique} NX
other family, Patricia Jervis, Deloris Sherman, Dot Rodgers,
Roslyn Johnson, Eleanor Elliot, Anita Cooper, Gurth Knowles and —_
their families, Mrs. Patricia Vouch, Mrs. Giovanna Knowles, \NN
Ms. Edith McIntosh, Mrs. Lydia Belle Adderley,
Mrs. Beverley Deveaux and families, the Bain Town Community of
Eneas Lane, and many other friends too numerous ta OQ tio \





Sleep on Kathleen, mom, grammy, we love yo
eR Sleep on! .





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Yoland Julien, Las Vegas

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Deborah Duncombe, New
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MEMBERS of the Bahamas Stat
House on Wednesday.






Dog obedience seminars

to give
training

tips to

THE Nassau Obedience
and Agility Club will be hold-
ing special obedience and
agility seminars on Saturday,
February 26, and Sunday ,
February 27, at The Retreat
on Village Road.

Obedience Judges Jon and
Carol Mett from Savannah,
Georgia, will conduct the
classes.

The seminars on Saturday
include a beginner class at
Jam and_an advanced begin-
ner class at 10.30am. There
is a charge of $30 per seminar
and at 1pm there will be a spe-
cial beginners’ obedience trial.

According to Tanya Gay of
Follow the Leader Dog Train-
ing: “This is a great opportu-
nity to get some great train-
ing tips from dog obedience
experts. We have been run-
ning beginner classes this year
and want to encourage peo-
ple to learn about training
their dogs. Basic obedience
can make handling your dog
on an everyday basis easier
and creates a wonderful bond
between the owner and their
canine friend.”

The Metts will also be con-
ducting an agility seminar on
Sunday at 10am. Owners and
their dogs who would like to
participate in this seminar
must have had some previous
obedience training.

Participants will also be
able to sign up up for the
Bahamas Kennel Club Dog
Show on March 15 and 16th.
For more information call
Amanda at 324-1302 (Fox Hill
Nursery) or Tony Gay at 394-
3086.

Patrick Hanna/BIS



HOOPING IT UP:
Dogs display their
agility by jumping
through hoops.
Dog obedience
judges will con-
duct classes next
month.



Parliamentary secretary in PM’s office receives
book on 70th anniversary of radio broadcasting



/





THE BROADCASTING
CORPORATION of the
Bahamas’ Apex Team
paid a courtesy call on
Kay Forbes-Smith,
parliamentary secre-
tary in the Office of the
Prime Minister
(Freeport) and pre-
sented her with the
book “70th Anniver-
sary of Radio Broad- ~
casting” at the Office
of the Prime Minister,
Nassau.

The newly-formed
sales team within the
Broadcasting Corpora-
tion updated Senator
Smith on their new
mission and renewed
enthusiasm.

From left are Pauline
Knowles, Joycelyn
$zasz, Lashena
Forbes, Anthony John-
son, Senator Smith,
Kayla Nixon, Doris
Campbell, Teresa Cole-
.brooke and Teazel
Lockhart.



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Tribune Business Editor




PROPOSED reforms to the
Town Planning Act will include
specifics on drainage and ele-
vations to ensure that buildings
constructed in water-prone
areas are high enough to with-
stand flooding, the minister of
works and transport yesterday
pointing to complaints about a
new development in southern
New Providence as a guide to
the problems faced.

Dr Earl Deveaux said the
planned amendments to the
Town Planning Act, Private
Roads and Subdivisions Act
and Bahamas Building Code
would “help shape urban devel-
opment in a more” transparent,
viable and suitable way, espe-
cially on New Providence.

The reforms, he added, will
“allow us to control where we
want urbanisation to go”.

Among the proposed reforms
to the Town Planning Act, Mr
Deveaux said, would be
specifics on drainage ‘and ele-
vations to ensure “the height of
the building is sufficient to
ensure it remains dry” if it was
built in an area prone to flood-
ing, such as a flood plain, near
wetlands or near the coast.

This will mean that the closer
a specific property is to water,
“the higher your building has
to be”.

“We have had complaints
about buildings opened in a new
development in [southern New
Providence], where people have
complained about water com-
ing through the foundations,”
Dr Deveaux told The Tribune.

“That’s because they were
built on a tidal plain” and the
foundations were not raised:
high enough to keep the water
out when the tide came in.

“We have had any number of |

incidents of that [nature] occur-
ring on the island of New Prov-
idence,” Dr Deveaux added.
Other likely Town Planning
Act reforms, the minister said,

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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Minister of Works and
Transport yesterday said the
perception that businesses had
to pay ‘bribes’ to ensure their
planning applications were
processed quickly “concerns me
greatly”, but pointed out that it
was incumbent on the private
sector not to pay if corruption
was to be rooted out.

Responding to a draft Cham-
ber of Commerce report on
inefficiencies experienced in
doing business with the public
sector, Dr Earl Deveaux said
he and his ministry had moved
to tighten controls and deal with
the weaknesses identified in an
audit report produced by the
UK-based Crown Agents.

Asked arout the Chamber
report’s{-> ys on the percep-
tion that ‘L.ioes’ were needed to
ensure planning applications
and permits were obtained ina
timely manner, Dr Deveaux
said: “That concerns me greatly.

* Ministry of Works moves to address
weaknesses identified by Crown Agents,
making processes more transparent and
safeguarding taxpayer funds
* Minister urges private sector to root out
graft by not paying, and get applications

in order

That’s one of the areas the
Crown Agents identified, and
fairness in contract awards.

“We can do our part to be
more fair, efficient and honest
in dealing with the public. The
public has*to ensure it does its
part by not offering induce-
ments to jump the queue.”

Dr Deveaux said he and his
officials were doing their best
to ensure the “queue” was

BIC privatisation

* Government bound by
exclusivity to only deal
with Bluewater, with
minister hoping talks
could have started last
week

* Private sector urges:

_ ‘Privatise. Deregulate.

Make competition
available.’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government is bound by
an exclusivity agreement to only
negotiate with Bluewater Com-

munications Holdings over the |

Bahamas Telecommunications
Company’s (BTC) privatisation,
The Tribune was told yesterday,
with talks on selling a 49 per cent
stake in the state-owned carrier
yet to recommence in the New
Year.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of state *

for finance, said the Government
was still structuring its committee
to negotiate with Bluewater, a
process he had hoped would have
been completed last week.

He said: “The negotiations have
not recommenced yet. We are still
structuring that committee. We
have not begun talks with them
[Bluewater], but expect to do so
soon.

“JT really thought we would have
been in a position last week to have
done so, but are working to

Zhivargo Laing

arrange the committee now.”

Mr Laing confirmed that the
agreement signed between the for-
mer Christie administration and

SEE page 6B



orderly, but all their efforts
would be for nought if there
were businessmen and others
prepared to queue jump by
offering payments to public offi-
cials to expedite planning appli-
cations, building permits, occu-
pancy certificates and the like.

Dr Deveaux said a major
contributing factor to graft in
relation to planning and build-

*ing permits was that many

‘Radical reconfiguration’
talks yet to restart 22 small business support

* Government moves to identify areas of greatest growth potential
_for Bahamian entrepreneurs, and channel resources to them
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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

opportunities”.












The Government may have to “radically
reconfigure” the agencies and lending policies
geared towards assisting Bahamian start-ups
and small businesses, the minister of state for
finance saying yesterday that this administration
wanted entrepreneurs to target “value-added

Zhivargo Laing said the Government was
planning to work with the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) to identify econom-
ic sectors that held the greatest growth and
profit return potential for Bahamian entrepre-
neurs, and then direct resources of the public
sector agencies to assisting businesses target-

applications were submitted
incomplete, lacking key docu-

_ ments.

The Ministry of Works, he
added, was currently conducting
a review of certified practition-
ers to assess “whose word we
can take” that their applications
would be complete and in
accordance with the law.

“A number of firms are good
at completing civil designs for

ing these areas.



Dr Earl Deveaux

roads, meeting the law and
putting together packages,” Dr
Deveaux said.

SEE page 3B

“We're really trying to rationalise all of the
programmes that are geared towards encour-

aging domestic entrepreneurs,”
“and in the course of doing that what we are
doing is, first, defining where those value-added
opportunities are in this economy going for-
ward, and secondly, developing a comprehen-
sive policy for all those programmes to direct

Mr Laing said,

funding to businesses seeking to take advan-

tage of those opportunities in those areas.
_ “It has to be the case that over the next 10, 15
-and 20 years of this country, that Bahamian
entrepreneurs are the most serious beneficiaries.
from the growth and development opportunities

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WITH Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) bills hav-
ing increased by 23.6 per cent
in two years, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce’s pres-
ident yesterday warned
Bahamians that they must
begin to conserve their ener-
gy consumption in the wake of
spiralling oil and energy prices,
which have significantly
increased the cost of living.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, com-
menting on the average quar-
terly prices released by the
Department of Statistics, said
that unless fuel prices drop,
Bahamians will continue to be
affected by rising costs for all
commodities they purchase,
since oil is a'staple ingredient in
most products.

“Everything is going up and
Bahamians are complaining,
but fuel is an essential compo-
nent of raw materials, so what
can you do,” he said.

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placed on all sectors of soci-
ety, he does not think the Gov-
ernment should consider
decreasing the $1.06 per gal-
lon import duty, plus 7 per cent
stamp tax, it charges to import
fuel, as this makes up a signifi-
cant percentage of government
revenue.

Instead, Mr D’Aguilar said
there needs to be an increased
use of alternative forms of
energy, such as solar and
renewable energy, to reduce
the dependency on oil.

“We are trying to teach the
message of conservation, and
the danger is that if you make

‘oil too cheap, people will use

more of it. So, really what we
should be encouraging is the
use of cleaner forms of energy
so that we can also alleviate
global warming,” the Cham-
ber president said.

The Department of Statis-
tics recentlyreleased average
quarterly prices on a variety of
items for the third quarters
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2006 and $214.32 last year, rep-
resenting a 23.6 per cent
increase in two years. These
prices include BEC’s fuel sur-
charge.

Diesel saw ‘a more moder-
ate increase, the Department
noted, with a gallon costing

$3.05 in 2005, spiking to $3.55 .

in 2006 and then dropping a
cent in 2007.

The cost of a pound of
chicken, the meat staple of
most Bahamian families, rose
by 5.5 per cent between 2005
and 2007 - from $1.81.in 2005
to $1.83 in 2006 and $1.93 in
2007.

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Minister ‘greatly

concerned’
at corruption
perceptions

FROM page one

“A lot of delays occur
from deficient documents.
That feeds on the bad side
of the public sector. If you
have incomplete documents,
do not know what you are
doing, the propensity for
graft increases, because you
are asking the people who
stamp your documents to
help you sort them out.”

Dr Deveaux and his offi-
cials, not to mention their
ministerial and civil service
counterparts in other min-
istries, are likely to find
rooting out graft a Her-
culean task.

As the Chamber report

findings indicated, there is a.

perception - and likely real-
ity - that low-level forms of
corruption have become

almost institutionalised in’

many government depart-
ments, and at multiple lev-
els.

The payment of ‘induce-
ments’ not only adds to the
cost of doing business, but
undermines the integrity of
approval processes and sys-
tems, undermining trust and
confidence in the fairness of
government.

Some are likely to argue
that this type of corruption
has become almost a cultur-
al phenomenon, yet few
realise the costs it imposes
on the Bahamian consumer
and taxpayer. —

Indeed, the Chamber

report said: “The well-doc-
umented and often-dis-
cussed bottlenecks within
the Ministry of Works have
invariably led to the pub-

lic’s perception of enhanced
power in the hands of a few
pivotal public servants,
matched with a great sus-
ceptibility to corruption or,
at a minimum, openness to
inducements.

“While participants in the
Roundtable did not
acknowledge personal
involvement in offering
inducement to a person,
they all believed that pay-
ing someone to move a pro-
ject forward was the only
realistic way of achieving
business objectives ina
timely manner.”

The Chamber report
backs up the findings of the
audit and assessment con-
ducted last year on the Min-
istry of Works by UK-based
Crown Agents. The report
noted that there had been
complaints of “questionable
behaviour”, with allegations
that payment was being
sought for issuing licences,
permits and approvals.

Mr Deveaux told The Tri-

bune that the Ministry was
“addressing” the weakness-
es identified by the Crown
Agents report in areas such
as the contract
bidding/approvals process;
the Building Control
Department; its supplies
and stores area; and fuel
issuing.

The Ministry of Works
operated a fuel issuing facil-
ity for other government
ministries, and Dr Deveaux
said it was tracking fuel
issuance by vehicle and
ministry.

“We've improved over-

sight of supplies from the
inventory to the purchase
order, to the receipt, to the
dispensing, in an effort to
ensure the taxpayer’s mon-
ey is not being wasted,” Dr
Deveaux said.

On the bidding/approval
process for government
contracts, Dr Deveaux said
the Ministry had, “based on
the type and size of con-
tractors, done our best to

put them in a rotational

pool, so they have a rea-
sonable chance to partici-
pate in government work”.

This, the minister said,
was designed to enable
qualified contractors to “get
a shot at a job” in line with
their size and competency,
be it building construction,
drain clearing or landscap-
ing.

The rotational system was
also designed to ensure no
one contractor or group of
contractors monopolised
government work, Dr
Deveaux said, with the
Ministry of Works now
refining and developing a
database of qualified con-
tractors.

The rotational pool sys-
tem had been developed
since the Crown Agents
report and Dr Deveaux’s
taking of that ministerial
position.

While it was still too ear-
ly to tell whether the sys-
tem was working, Dr
Deveaux said: “We have
made considerable strides

in making this thing more:

transparent since I came
here.”

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2006

IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/00941

Common Law & Equity Division
IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF LEROY CAPRON
AND
IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLES ACT, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land together
comprising of 5,000 square feet of property more or less in the
Nassau Village Subdivision on the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas being
Lots 9 and 10 of Block 14 situate on the Western side of Lewis
Street and about 100 Feet North of Northern Alexander Boulevard
and having such positions shapes marks and boundaries as
are shown on the plan filed herein and thereon coloured Pink.

NOTICE

The Petition of LEROY CAPRON of Nassau Village in the Southern
District of the island of New Providence, one of the islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas of

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land together comprising of
5,000 square feet of property more or less in the Nassau Village
Subdivision on the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas being Lots 9 and 10 of Block 14.



The Petitioner LEROY CAPRON claims to be the owner of the fee
simple estate in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free from
encumbrances.

Eric Rose





And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme Court of the
aforementioned Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959, in the above action, to have his title to the said tract of
land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

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Notice is hereby given that any person having a Dower or a right to Dower
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the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents
file in the said Registry of the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
Statement of his Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after
the final publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such claims.

Copies of the said plan may be inspected during normal ‘working
hours at the Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North, Nassau,
N.P. Bahamas and the Chambers of Messrs. Evans & Co., Samuel
H. Evans House, Christie and Shirley Streets, Nassau, Bahamas

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Town Planning reforms
to deal with flooding

FROM page one

would involve ensuring that
‘any development maintains a
required amount of green space
and trees”.

And Dr Deveaux added:
“We want to ensure the Act,
with respect to density, is tight-
ened, so we can control that.”

He said he had directed the
permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Works and Transport
to require that future applica-
tions submitted for subdivision
approvals should include details
on elevations and geographical
locations.

This was to ensure that the
Ministry and Town Planning
Committee would not approve
developments such as the parti-
tioning of five acres of land, or a
10-lot subdivision, without
knowing how the project would
impact roads, beach access and
wetlands. °

“The Ministry of Works is in
the advance stages of hiring a
consultant to review the Town
Planning Act and the Private
Roads and Subdivision Act,”
Dr Deveaux said.

“There were some drafts
done, but we felt it prudent to
hire additional expertise to
review to accomplish the plans
we want. The consultants’ work
is expected to commence short-
ly, and we hope to have briefs
the Government can review so
that we can make the necessary
amendments to the legislation.”

Responding to concerns
raised Chamber of Commerce
members in a report set to be
presented to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, that the
Town Planning Act needed to
be reformed and ‘approvals in
principle’ associated with plan-
ning applications clearly
defined, Dr Deveaux said: “The
new Town Planning Commit-
tee has been meeting weekly, |
think, so there’s been signifi-
cant improvement in that
process”.

Pointing to the heightened
efficiency, and speed with which
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processed and approved, the
minister said the Town Plan-
ning Committee’s membership
included an environmentalist,
builder, realtor and busi-
nessperson.

“There was one recent case
with a development on the
coast,” Dr Deveaux recalled.
“They [the Town Planning
Committee] sent it back just to
clarify whether they were build-
ing above the dune. That’s not
their job. It should be stated in
the briefs. ;

“We want to ensure the law
provides them [the Committee]
with better cover on things like
that.”

The Chamber report also said
there was a need for “greater
clarity” in relation to what an
‘approval in principle’ relating
to a planning application actu-
ally meant.

One business recalled an
episode where it received its
approval in principle from the
Department of Public Works,
with “no unreasonable or
unusual demands” placed on
the company.

The Chamber report noted
that the planning application
for a “commercial develop-
ment” complied with zoning
and covenant restrictions, and
“considerable financial
resources were committed to
move the project forward”,
including purchasing the land.

Yet public protests and. an
appeal against the project to the
Town Planning Committee saw
the body reverse its original

decision, and the approval was
reversed.

In reply, Dr Deveaux said
that on issues like this, the Gov-
ernment would “try and bal-
ance the public concerns and
deal with the mischief that
occurs”.

Problems of the nature
described here, the minister

‘ said, often occurred when a

piece of land zoned for com-
mercial use was purchased
many years ago, yet since then
residential areas had grown up
around it.

When something of a com-
mercial nature was eventually
planned for that land, residents
living in that neighbourhood
were likely to object to preserve
their quality of life.

’ Dr Deveaux said that when
such situations occurred, they
often could not be resolved by
the Government or Town Plan-
ning Committee. As a result,
the Government was left with a
difficult choice: re-zone the land
in question; make it a no-build
zone; or purchase the land itself
for public use.

The minister said that one
proposed reform to the Town
Planning Act would allow the
Government, using its GIS land
parcel registration system, to
stipulate no-build zones in wet-
lands or acquire land for public
space.

Warning that the Govern-
ment and its proposed reforms
were “not going to remedy the
faults overnight”, Dr Deveaux
said: “We are hoping that with a

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THE TRIBUNE



FROM page one

Bluewater prior to the 2007 gen-
eral clection still committed the
Government to negotiating exclu-
sively with Bluewater.

He added: “At the moment,
there's still an exclusivity agree-
ment with them, so the talks are
still only with them.”

The process initiated by the
Christie government, which
eschewed an open, transparent
‘beauty contest’ such as the one
used in the failed 2003 privatisation
process, in favour of the ‘behind
closed doors’ variety, means that
the Ingraham administration is
unable to talk to other potential
BTC privatisation partners until
the Bluewater talks are conclud-
ed - one way or another.

By binding the Ingraham gov-
ernment in this way, the former
administration has prevented it
from discovering whether there
are any better rival offers to Blue-
water’s for the 49 per cent stake.

Asked how important conclud-
ing BTC’s privatisation was to the
present government, Mr Laing
- said: “We've always said it is
important. It is important for us in

*

BTC talks

a modern economy to have a tele-
coms company able to deliver the
variety, quality, seamless and flaw-
less level of telecoms required.

“That’s important for us, and
we believe that BTC, with a private
interest, and a telecoms sector that
is liberalised, will do that, based
on experiences across the globe
and what is doable here in our
national scenario.”

The protracted 10-year saga to
sell BTC to a strategic partner has
spanned three governments, cost
more than $150 million, and
involved one failed attempt in
2003.

The costs to the Bahamian econ-
omy and business community have
also been significant. The Chamber
of Commerce’s compilation of
‘Vexing Business Issues’, detailing
the private sector’s frustrations in
dealing with government agencies,
saw BTC receive “the harshest crit-
icisms” of all government utility
corporations.

The draft report, a copy of
which was leaked to The Tribune,
said: “There are direct business

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telecommunications services. The
Bahamas does appear to be a less
desirable place to do business.

“[Chamber] members expressed
their embarrassment when clients
exclaim: ‘I go everywhere to do
business, and the only, place my
phone does not work is when I vis-
it the Bahamas’.

“[Charnber] members expressed
concerns and regrets about the
long time required to get service......
For many, it is a return to ‘who
ks know’ in order to secure time-
y service. There is just a tremen-
dous lack of faith in going through
the normal channels.”

And the solution? “Privatise.
Deregulate. Make competition
available.”

In regard to the public utility
corporations generally, the feed-
back from Chamber members at a
séries of roundtable meetings
found “a level of settled frustra-
tion with the public utility compa-
nies.

“They explained that there is a
general level of complacency and
unresponsiveness from these com-
panies. There is no sense of
urgency. Service is substandard.

The corporations do not seem to

understand that they provide a ser-
vice. There was evident quiet but
intense frustration with the inabil-
ity to go anywhere else.”

Bluewater had endured a more-
than five month wait to hear from
the new FNM government on
whether it wanted to proceed with
the BTC privatisation, and its $260
million offer that had been agreed
in principle just before the former
Christie administration demitted
office.

Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, Bluewa-
ter’s attorney, had previously told
The Tribune that his clients were
“keen” to conclude the privatisa-
tion and acquisition of a 49 per

-cent stake in BTC, and had not

pulled out. Instead, they were wait-
ing to hear patiently from the Gov-
ernment as to how the process
could move forward.

Bluewater had initially been pre-
pared to pay $255 million for a 49
per cent BTC stake, the Christie
government having held out for
$250 million. An arrangement was
worked out where Bluewater
would pay $220 million upfront, a
further $35 million after a five-year
cellular monopoly expired, and a
final $5 million in the sixth year
for $260 million.

That price was double the $130
million amount offered by Baha-
maTel, the leading bidder in the
failed 2003 privatisation process.

Failing to privatise BTC has also
impacted the other arm of.the
Government’s telecommunications
sector policy, namely liberalisa-
tion/deregulation. The former
administration attempted to
restrict the competition offered by
IndiGo Networks, BTC’s only
legal fixed-line competitor, and
Cable Bahamas, in order to pre-
serve BTC’s value for privatisa-

‘ tion.

Yet this has also deprived
Bahamian consumers of greater
choice, the better prices competi-
tion would bring, and an improved
quality of service. And all the while
BTC’s revenues and profitability
are being eroded by the likes of
Skype, Vonage and other Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
providers. _

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Securit y
Abaco Markets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol (S)
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Premier Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
.20 RND Holdings
ABDAB
Bahamas Supermarkets
.40 RND Holdings
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Fund
Colina Money Market Fund
Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1.2037 Colina Bond Fund
_ 11,3845, Fide

1.376507"
3.7969""
3.00076**
1.291985""

3.0569

* ALL SHARE | 02 = 1,000.00 RAEI TT TERNAS. a

52wk-Hi - Highest closing price in last 52 weeks.

52wk-Low # Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks

Previous Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
Today's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume
Change - Ch i

Daily Vol. -

DIV $ - Dividend
P/E - Closing pri

ares traded today
in the last 12 months



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Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Selling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

Weekly Vol. - Trading volume of the prior week

EPS $ - Acompany's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
NAV - Net Asset Value

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‘Radical reconfiguration’

FROM page one

this country has to offer. It is an absolute necessity.”

Mr Laing added: “When you look at GDP per capita, real GDP
per capita, it swells through the enrichment of Bahamians by these
entrepreneurial opportunities as the economy grows over time.

“Tt has to be a real, targeted element of our economic develop-
ment plan going forward.

“That can only happen if we help Bahamians seize the identified
opportunities this economy has to offer.”

Among the government agencies dedicated to providing financ-
ing for entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups, assisting
them with their business plans and needs, are the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank (BDB), government sponsored venture capital fund,
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), and a
variety of loan guarantee programmes.

The BDB and venture capital fund come under Mr Laing’s min-
istry, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries oversees
BAIC.

Mr Laing said the Government wanted to ensure that any capi-
tal support was “predominantly given in those areas of value-
added opportunities that have been identified. We are seeking to
work with the IDB on a consultancy, to identify where those oppor- °
tunities are”. ,

The effort to target value-added, growth sectors of the Bahami-
an economy going forward, where entrepreneurs are likely to suc-
ceed and enjoy the greatest returns could mean, “in some senses,
a radical reconfiguration of what we are doing in these areas”.

“Some of the current lending arrangements may be out of syn-
chronisation with the opportunities,” Mr Laing added.”

He explained that by targeting specific growth industries, “we

- want going forward to be in an absolute position to say that 70-80

per cent of resources are going this way.

“These are the areas where there are opportunities for Bahami-
ans, and it makes sense to target them and seize opportunities in |
these areas”.












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INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised: that |, FREDERICK
NATHANIEL HIELD of General Delivery Office, Moore’s
Island, intend to change my name to FREDERICK DAVIS.
If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice. ‘

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RICHARD NIXON EVIE
of _MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, 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
ranted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby ane that EVELYN GENE of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, 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 25TH day of JANUARY
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.













NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX JEAN JOSEPH of EAST
ATLANTIC & AMBERJACK CARAVEL BEACH, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
resposible 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 25TH day of January,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUERDA DUROSEAU LOUIDOR
of SOLDIER ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister resposible 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 18TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

' NOTICE

NOTICE is TE ae i iven that ANDRE-ROSE DUROSA

PAUL of TREA E CAY, ABACO, 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

ranted, should send a written and signed statement of
ihe facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality:
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, DONALD RONALD
RHODEN of PO. Box N-8919, Nassau, Bahamas, intend
to change my name to DANIEL DONALD RONALD
RHODEN . If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (80) days after the date of
publication of this notice.





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DOWN 2 i
3 Sort of skirt to suit a widow? (5) 1 Personal decoration (5) ie
8 — Goddess with a heavenly body (5) 2 Score fivefold! (7) 14
10 Prepared to be walked all over (5) 4 Theclarinet part? (4) : et aha ee
11 Hehas to act on the first piece of 5 Openletters to read (6) | ae
news (3) 6 — Aname for everybody within the
12 _ She has only one piece of fringes of society? (5) ef ol
fruit left (5) 7 Agoddess, but one might strike her! x
13 Swam doggedly or went in a boat (7) (5) ; Peer oats
15 Among Carmelites, for sarees the 9 Seem ready to drop off (3) ea
; top people (5) 12 North from the Pennines, they have
18 How quickly | got out of the rain (3) little value (7) es 27 peel ee
19 A rewarding occasion (6) 14 Rest inthe nest (3)
21 Fictional name for just about any 16 They occur rather than happen (5) , a aie
back road (7) / 17 Regarding redevelopment of part of aa
22 Rumbled, lost heart and was suitably Haringey (5) ; | | hs
sad (4) 19 Held up, as on washday (7)
23 Understood the way logs were cut 20 Takes to be dissolute bars at
(4) Gateshead (5) 38 |
24 Tribes for whom work can interrupt 21 Gainsay a drunken brute (5)
disturbed sleep (7) 23 Paic sp in regular style (7) ACROSS
26 For him, would it have been a 24 To push out of some niche can be 3 Angry (5)
humdrum thing to go in a bus? (6) hurtful (6) ‘p A an (5)
29 Ready toturn the tap (3) 25 Inone syllable, somewhere { Ww 1 Thos {
31 Nick was seated on a.pole (5) experimental? (3) _I 12 Salivate (5)
32 Should they have paid Rod's bet, 27 Sudden attack when about to close N : a ane (5
perhaps? (7) | the shop (5) 5 18 America (3)
34 Annoyed to be just one pound in the 28 — Sustenance during a demonstrative Oo. 19 Breed of sheep (6)
red! (5) a uprising? (5) > Beier (7)
35 Ascover, it has some solidity (3) 30 Tell firmly to get over across ow 23 Untidy state (4)
36 County flags? (5) the road (5) 37 Her heel became detached at one 32 Anundervalued fuel? (4) Lu A ane 3)
point (5) 33 It makes some people rich, but :

: 31 Neighbouring (5)
38 Push almost over, on the quiet! (5) means nothirig to the Italian (3) Fla (7

: 34 Wall painting (5)
35° Barrier (3)
36 Wonderful :
37 Brimless cap (5)
38 Feeling (5)



RN aera paar RET EET TIT LP FTL a Ta I,

g Cypt solutions aa
ACROSS: 9, Hit-herto 10, Tor (rev) 11, Airily 12, Sh-eil-a 13,
Tri-B-ute 14, V-a-St 15, Blind drunk 17, Disc-laim 18, Figures
19, Draw (rev) 21, O-range 24 pane any lengths 27 Sa
Chet 29, Does 30, Clean up 33, Co-lla-pse 35 Forefat-her
36, MaS-S (rev) 37, Nar-rat-e 38, Ladder 40, Plying 41, Eye
1) 42, Li-sten-ed

OWN: 1, High-flying 2, Thai 3, Organ-die 4, No-St-rum 5,
Grounds-well 6, Water's down 7, Drive-L 8, Sl-ash-ing 10,
Thick 16, No-uri-sh 20, Ran-ge 22, Attr-act 23, C-old-he-
arted 25, Get-up-and-qo 26, Saucer-eyed 28, Adorab-
Hitte 31, Life-less 32, rie-fly 34, L-as-sie 35, Flame 39,
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+: ——— easy solutions 5
ACROSS: 9, Magazine 10, Pro 11, Orator 12, Circus 13,
atk 14, Amen 15, Cornflakes 17, Examines 18, Another
19, Able 21, Latest 24, Alice-in-Wonderland 27, Stigma 29,
Aims 30, Student 33, Farthing 35, Squandered 36, Fear 37,
Admiral 38, Allows 40, Strike 41, Nut 42,

Bolsters.

DOWN: 1, California 2, Talc 3, Dissolve 4, Teacake 5,
Comprehends 6, Footballer 7, Safari 8, Homeless 10, Picks
16, Netting 20, Broom 22, Twaddle 23, Enlargement

25, Eradicates 26, Donkey-work 28, Travesty 31, Tentacle
32, Lullaby 34, Turnip 35, Strut 39, Lots.







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The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1¢ 1¢ 3¢
Dble 4¢ 49%

Opening lead — ace of diamonds.
“The Maltese Falcon,” Sydney
Greenstreet’s character, Kasper Gut-
man, refers to Sam Spade, played by
Humphrey Bogart, as a man of “nice
judgments.”

In many ways, this description
can be applied to successful bridge
players..At tee highest levels of the
game, where the players have mas-
tered the most complex bidding sys-
tems, and where the card play is vir-
tually flawless, the difference
between winning and losing is often
determined by “nice judgments.”

Take this deal, which was instru-
mental in France’s 27-IMP victory
over the United States in the final of
the 1997 world‘téam championship.

The bidding shown occurred when “’

Herve Mouiel and Fradck Multon

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were playing North-South for France

against Bobby Wolff and Bob Ham- -
man of the U.S. Mouiel’s three-

diamond bid was pre-emptive, and

Wolff’s double was “responsive,”

indicating moderate values and

length in the unbid suits: Hamman’s

subsequent four-heart bid ended the

auction.

Mouiel led the ace and another
diamond, ruffed by Hamman, who
then played the heart queen, ducked
by South. When Hamman next tried
the heart jack, Multon won and
retumed the nine of hearts to
dummy’s king. This left Multon in
position to draw dummy’s last trump
and run his diamonds after he gained
the lead with the club ace, and the
result was down four — plus 200 for
France. *

At the other table, the bidding
went: :

East South West North
1& 1¢ 1¢ 4¢
Pass 5¢ Dble

Eric Rodwell, South for the U.S., -

continued to five diamonds after his
partner’s ive raise to four,
and was doubled by Alain Levy.
Levy led the spade ace and switched
to a club, establishing a club trick for
the defense before the king of spades
could be driven out. So Rodwell fin-
ished down one, another 200 points

_ and 9 IMPs to France.

Of course, if Levy had cashed the
spade king at trick two, Rodwell

would have made the contract, but
that sort of misjudgment Ey lecid-

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TARGET

HOW many words of four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals, or verb forms ending
in “s”, no words with initial capitals and no words
with a hyphen or apostrophe permitted. The first
‘word of a phrase is permitted (e.g. inkjet in inkjet

printer).
TODAY'S TARGET

Good 13; very good 20; excellent 26 (or more).

Solution Monday.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION

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dart date dear dewar drat draw eared eater idea
irate iterate iterated raid rate rated ratted read
tare tart tear teat tetra tetrad TIDEWATER
tirade trad trade trait tread treat treated triad
wade wader wadi wait wait | waiter ward ware
wart water watered watt wear wearied



















DOWN

1 Skinflint (5)

2 True (7)

4 — Unusual (4)

5 Purloine (6)

6 Of the sun (5)

7 Start b)

9 Twitch (3)

12. - Curtains (7)

14 Donkey (3)

16 Feline (5)

17 Scandinavian (5)
19 _ Fantastic (7)

20 Edible innards (5)
21 Comedian (5)

23. Wander (7)

24 Fascination (6)
25 Can (3)

27 _ Fashion (5)

28 Titled women (5)
30 Weapon-bearing (5)
32 Singer (4)

33 Listening organ (3)









Jacques Davidson v Alexander
Alekhine, Semmering 1926. Bishop
or knight? The two chessboard
pieces are supposed to be of
approximately equal value, but
many grandmasters have a definite
preference. One such was Alekhine,
world champion for most of 1927-
46. He was a bishop supporter, but
with the proviso that he liked to use ~
the queen-bishop duo or the queen-
rook-bishop trio for the imaginative
attacking chess which made hima
legend in his lifetime. Here as Black
(to move) Alekhine has sacrificed
one of his precious prelates so’as to
establish its partner in a queen-
bishop tandem, boxing.in the white
king. But how to win? Any expert
would automatically start looking
at Bg3+ Kgl hoping for Qh2-hi mate
or Qh2xf2 mate. But in the first case
the WK has an escape square at e2,
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AQUARIUS — Jan 21/Feb 18

Stop being so hard on yourself,
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critic — others around you don’t
judge you as harshly. Leave room for
self-indulgence on Friday.

PISCES — Feb 19/March 20)
Your relationship is bound to end this
week, Pisces, but it’s not your fault.
This person is just not ready for a
long-term commitment. Remember,
there are other fish in the sea
ARIES — March 21/April 20
It’s time to save up your pennies,
Aries, there is some rough financial
road ahead. You may want to con-
sider taking up some temporary part-
time work to get you through.
TAURUS - April 21/May 21
Expect some major changes at the
workplace by Wednesday, Taurus.
It is bound to cause some commo-
tion. Extra stress at work makes
home life a little tricky this week.
GEMINI - May 22/June 21
Keep clear of an upset family mem-
ber on Tuesday, Gemini, this person
is only bound to ruin your good
mood. Your love like takes an unex-
pected turn for the better.
CANCER - June 22/July 22
Sarcasm can be your downfall on
Tuesday, Cancer. Best to keep
quiet for a while and remain busy.
You'll be needed to put in extra
hours at work, but the rewards will
probably be generous.

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Life is the cat's meow for you, Leo, A
big raise seems imminent and a promo-
Hon is not too far on the horizon. Your
positive mood can only be enhanced by
a chance encounter this weekend.
VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept 22

It seems that things are looking up
for you, Virgo. You're finally out
of the slump that’s been bogging
you down lately. A better mood
frees up more time for recreation.
LIBRA — Sept 23/Oct 23

Your patience is tested at werk on
Thursday: Too many technical diffi-
culties with faulty equipment cause
your temperature to rise. Just be
level-headed and hope for the best.
SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Stress has driven you over the edge
on more than one occasion in the
past, but this week you've finally
found the formula for remaining
calm. Expect dinner plans for Friday.
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You need to find a new interest,
Sagittarius. Why not adopt a pet to
focus your attention in a different
direction. A party on the weekend
leaves you anxious — an old flame

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masking the underlying attraction you
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Ingraham hits out at
PLP over 2007 voting
process failures

@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

- PRIME Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham, taking the stage last night
at the FNM’s celebratory rally,
lambasted PLP leader Perry
Christie and his party for the fail-
ures in the 2007 voting process
and hinted that the PLP’s seats
in the House of Assembly may
go down to 16.

After the remaining two elec-
tion court cases are completed,
Mr Ingraham told the FNM
crowd, the results will be the
same: “The FNM won, the PLP
lost.”

“I told you before the election
that I like the number seven. The
PLP won 18 seats in the election,
they’re down to — guess what, 17.
And if, only if, they go down to
16, that would still make it a
one and a six,” the prime



minister said.
This statement comes after
Kennedy MP Kenyatta Gibson

SEE page eight

Turnquest blames Pinewood °

voting confusion on the PLP

i By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

MINISTER of National Security Tommy Turnquest last night
laid the voting confusion in the Pinewood constituency squarely at
the feet of the PLP and, quoting parliamentary commissioner
Errol Bethel, said it was a miracle that the May 2 election was even
pulled off.

' Addressing FNM supporters at the party’s mass rally at RM
Bailey Park, Mr Turnquest accused the PLP of intentionally call-
ing the boundary changes late to confuse voters.

Mr Turnquest, who now has ministerial responsibility for the
Parliamentary Repeunton Department, called it a PLP plot “gone

SEE page eight














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Those who publicly bad
mouth judicial system ‘can
be in contempt of court’

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THOSE who publicly bad-mouth the judicial system “impinge
upon the respect” of the Court of Appeal or any court of justice
and can be cited for contempt of court, President of the Court
of Appeal Dame Joan Sawyer said yesterday.

Dame Joan made this statement during yesterday’s
hearing of convicted child rapist Andrew Bridgewater.

After Bridgewater’s counsel and the Crown wrapped up

SEE page eight

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PHILIP ‘BRAVE’ DAVIS and
Wayne Munroe leaving court
yesterday.

@ By BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE PLP’s lead attorney in the
Marco City election court case has
branded the strike-out motion filed
on behalf of Zhivargo Laing as
devoid of any merit.

Philip ‘Brave’ Davis told the
court yesterday that if it is declared
that the strike-out motion is
doomed to fail, as he suggests, the
court should order that both the
first respondent, Zhivargo Laing,
and second respondent, the return-
ing officer for Marco City Cecil
Thompson, should pay costs asso-
ciated with the matter immediate-
ly.

The interest of the second
respondent is represented by the
Attorney General’s Office, in
which case, cost would be placed
against it.

Mr Davis attacked a key part of
the argument by Mr Laing’s lead
attorney Fred Smith in his presen-
tation.

Mr Smith suggested in his oral
submission that Pleasant Bridge-
water, former MP for the area,
knew of the alleged legal incapac-
ity of the voters she now seeks to
challenge before the election.

SEE page eight

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Concerns that
drug being used to
induce labour in
pregnant women

@ KARIN HERIG.
Tribune Staff Reporter
kherig@tribunemedia.net

CONCERN has been raised
that the potentially dangerous
drug Cytotec is being used in
the Bahamas to induce labour
in pregnant women.

Cytotec, originally created to
treat gastric ulcers, has come
under heavy criticism in the
United States for being used to
induce labour without the drug
having been adequately tested
for this purpose.

Minister of Health Dr Hubert
Minnis said yesterday that he is
aware of concerns the US Food

SEE page eight

The T ribune

news editor
responds to
statement
by the PM

€

TRIBUNE news editor Paco
Nunez issued a response yester-
day to comments by Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham, who criti-
cised the emphasis he said local
newspapers place on crime.

Singling out The Tribune, which
he said carries a headline about
crime almost every day, Mr Ingra-
ham claimed the reporting has led
to hotels deciding not to carry local
newspapers.

Quoted in a Bahama Jorunal
article, he went on to say that
despite last year’s spike in mur-
ders, the violence is not random
and many of the victims have been
involved in criminality themselves.

He said crime is not as terrible as
The Tribune makes it out to be.

Mr Nunez’ statement is quoted
below in full.

= COMMENT -—
’ By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor

THE prime minister’s statement
on the prominence given to crime
stories in The Tribune is a timely
reminder of why a free press is
vital to any functioning democracy.

His comments came as some-
thing of a surprise, as Mr Ingra-
ham has an excellent record of
defending the freedom of the press.
However, his perspective is hardly
unique.

Politicians the world over

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alowe@tribunemedia.net

A local historian has called
for Cat Island to be designat-
ed a “heritage island” with
the necessary efforts taken to
protect its historical assets.

“The whole of Cat Island
should be declared a heritage
site and before any (further
development takes place) a
team should come down and
investigate and mark out all
historic sites,” said Eris Mon-
cur, historian and Cat Island
resident.

Such an investigation
should be as immediate a con-
cern in the development
process as the now-mandato-
ry environmental impact
study, he asserted.

Mr Moncur said that anoth-
er crucial step would be to
ensure that all persons wish-
ing to operate tractors on the
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to identify historic buildings,
and about why they should
be preserved.

Across Cat Island, dozens
of heritage sites dot the land,
while many are believed to
remain hidden in dense bush,
untouched for hundreds of
years.

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get in touch with their past
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now valuing it we are afraid of
what a couple of operators
with bulldozers in the name
of development could do,” he
said. Mr Moncur, a passionate
advocate of Cat Island,
expressed sadness upon find-
ing a well, which was still
being researched to deter-
mine its history, “sheared in
half” by a tractor driver who
was traversing the area.
Meanwhile, on a separate
occasion, he got to a tractor
driver in time to warn him of

_ the significance of a building

his work had uncovered and
to persuade him that it must

_ be left intact, however an

“unscrupulous” developer
told the tractor operator to
push ahead regardless.

Mr Moncur said that
enforcement of existing laws
as it relates to the destruction
of such property is not ade-
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© In brief

Pinewood
Gardens

pair in court:

On weapons
charges

@ By NATARIO McKENZIE

A 20-year-old and an 18-
year-old high school student
were arraigned in Magistrate’s
Court yesterday on weapons
charges.

Vayjai Ramotar, 20, of
Pinewood Gardens, who is
‘being represented by attorney
Shaka Servile and Richard
Bremmer, 18, a Jamaican, also
a resident of Pinewood Gar-
dens, appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez on
Wednesday afternoon on
charges of possession of a
firearm with the intent to
endanger life.

According to court dockets,
it was alleged that on Sunday,
January 20 the accused, being
concerned together and with
others, were found in posses-
sion of a handgun with the
intent to endanger the lives of
Ricardo Richardson, Sergeant
40 Frankie Campbell, Detec-
tive Sergeant 451 Aaron
Sands, and Detective Consta-
ble 2621 Washeed Bain.

The accused have also been
charged with possession of
eight rounds of 9mm ammu-
nition and with stealing a
green 1997 Nissan Maxima
valued at $4,500, the property
of Lamont Hutchinson.

Both men pleaded not
guilty to the charges yester-
day.

Prosecutor Inspector’ Althea
Porter objected to the men
being granted bail, saying that
although she had confirmed
that Ramatar is a Bahamian,
she had not had time to check
if he has any antecedents.

She also told the court that
Bremmer has no status in the
country. Bremmer said that
he is a high school student and
lives in the Bahamas with his
parents.

During his bail application,
Mr Serville argued that his
client has no antecedents and
works from home as an air
condition technician. Mr
Serville added that his client
lives with his mother who has
a debilitating condition.

Chief Magistrate Gomez
denied the bail application cit-
ing the serious nature of the
charges, and that they con-
cerned offences against police
officers.

The case has been
adjourned to Monday, Janu-
ary 28 for a bail hearing. Both
men have been remanded
until that time.

FNM Montagu
Constituency
Association to
hold meeting

FNM Montagu Constituency
Association will hold its first
meeting for 2008 on Monday
(7.30pm) at L W Young Junior
High School, Bernard Road.

Police officers will attend to.

discuss neighbourhood policing
and the safety of the public. All
residents of Montagu and sur-
rounding constituencies are
invited to attend.

MP Loretta Butler-Turner
will attend.

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
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Defence

Force captures nearly

130 suspected illegal immigrants

Haitian sloop
intercepted
30 miles
south of New
Providence

ONE hundred and twenty-
eight suspected illegal immi-
grants were apprehended by the
Royal Bahamas Defence Force
yesterday in the central
Bahamas.

While on routine patrol,
HMBS P-43, under the com-
mand of Chief Petty Officer
Whitfield Rolle, intercepted a
Haitian sloop 30 miles south of
New Providence.

According to the Defence
Force, a search of the 40-foot
vessel uncovered 111 Haitian
men, 16 women and one young
boy.

HMBS P-42 was reportedly °

called in to assist, and the
migrants were escorted into the
Coral Harbour Base by late
afternoon.

“The immigrants all appeared
to be in good health, and were
turned over to Immigration
authorities for further process-
ing,” said the Defence Force in
a statement.

This group represents the first
capture of suspected illegal
immigrants in Bahamian waters
this year by the Royal Bahamas
Detence Force.

Last year, just over 1,300
Haitians were detained in
Bahamian waters.









COURT OF APPEAL: Madea Brileewater
Final submissions in appeal

case of convicted child rapist

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON

Tribune Staff Reporter
tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE Court of Appeal heard
final submissions in the appeal
hearing of convicted child rapist
Andrew Bridgewater yesterday.

However, a decision has yet to
be rendered in the case, and will
not be until the sitting justices
have an opportunity to clearly
state their ruling in writing.

Bridgewater, 33, was convict-
ed of the brutal 2006 rape of a
seven year old girl.

In May 2007, he was sentenced
to seven years imprisonment —
the maximum punishment for a
first time sexual offender — and 10
lashes of the cat 0’ nine tails by
Senior Justice Anita Allen.

He is appealing the corporal
punishment, claiming it is uncon-
stitutional and cruel.

The court spent the beginning
of the hearing examining criminal
law statues to determine if there
are flogging guidelines in place
for sexual crimes.

“My difficulty is that I know
full well from my days as a pros-

ecutor that corporal punishment
was never a form of punishment
for offenses against the person,”
said Dame Joan Sawyer, presi-
dent of the Court of Appeal.

While she considers rape to be
the most “violent” and “inhu-
mane” act that can be commit-
ted against another person, Dame
Joan said the question at hand
was whether or not corporal pun-
ishment for a sexual offence can
be administered under Bahamian
law.

In 1991, flogging was re-intro-
duced to the Bahamian law books
as a punishment for severe crimes
as part ofa general amendment
to the Criminal Offenses Act.
However, this punishment was
relegated to crimes against prop-
erty, not crimes against the per-
son, for example rape, the court
determined yesterday.

Dame Joan expressed wonder
that legislators considered armed
robbery punishable by corporal
punishment but did not provide
the same severe penalty for the
offence of rape.

If the statute says that the max-
imum penalty for a first time sex-

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to add corporal punishment onto
that sentence would be increasing
the penalty, she added.

Doing so stepped outside the
boundaries of the criminal sen-
tencing process.

It would be creating legislation,
Dame Joan said.

During his brief submissions to
the court yesterday, Bridgewa-
ter’s attorney Wayne Watson was

admonished for not arguing his

case on substantive and historic
fact. He was also scolded by
Dame Sawyer for not being fully
prepared to argue his client’s
appeal.

Director of Public Prosecutions
Bernard Turner summed up the
convict’s position for the court,
saying the appeal application
states that the corporal punish-
ment imposed on Bridgewater is
unconstitutional.

Mr Turner conceded that he
found himself in a situation where
he could not argue a case that by
logic he did not support.

The appeal is adjourned for a
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Best wishes to new police commissioner

“AFTER SIX months of independence and
seven years of majority rule, the Bahama
islands face the future worrying about two
problems familiar in the United States — the
economy and crime,” wrote Al Burt of The
Miami Herald on Thursday, January 10, 1974.
It was the PLP’s seventh anniversary as the
government of the Bahamas.

In an exclusive tape-recorded conversation
with The Herald, Sir Lynden told Mr Burt
that crime had reached serious dimensions in
the Bahamas. These were the early days of
the drug years.

Today we are reaping what was sown in
those years. They were the years when too
many Bahamians, from cabinet level to the

very depths of society, in some way or other *

aided and abetted the destruction of our simple,
decent way of life.

On Friday a new commissioner of police, in
a special ceremony in which he received his.
instruments of office from his distinguished
predecessor, invited all sectors of society to
stop looking for a scapegoat on which to pin
society’s ills, but to examine themselves. He
said that before anyone placed blame they
should first take that journey inward. He invit-
ed the community to join him and his officers
in delivering on their pledge to restore peace to
the community.

In a ceremony, witnessed by a large cross
section of the Bahamian community, retiring
Police Commissioner Paul Farquharson, after
41 years of distinguished service, recognised
regionally and internationally for the innovative
initiatives he introduced to the force, handed
his instruments of office to his deputy — Com-
missioner of Police Reginald Ferguson.

Mr Ferguson from Snug Corner, Acklins,
who joined the force a year before Mr Far-
quharson and, like Mr Farquharson, rose to the
top through the ranks, is noted as a no-non-
sense man. He is the sixth police commission-
er of an independent nation.

He pledged not to betray the trust shown in
him. “It is indeed,” he said, “my intention to
live up to and indeed exceed your expecta-
tions in the commission of my duties as com-
missioner.” He admitted he could not be suc-
cessful alone and entreated “each one of you to
lend me a hand.”

He invited citizens to search their con-
sciences to consider what they might have done
to contribute to lawlessness and to consider
what “we individually and collectively can do to
curb crime in our society.”

“T believe,” he said, “that small crimes lead
to big crimes. We would all agree that run-
ning the red light or assaulting someone are
offences, but today many of us have forgotten
that many of our practices are equally as illegal.
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“This trend and acceptance or illegality by
otherwise law-abiding citizens is eroding the
core of our society.”

He told his officers and men that he would

‘place “high emphasis on discipline through

the entire rank and file of the Royal Bahamas
Police Force.”

He told them that together they would
“encourage and develop new strategies and
training initiatives to address the challenges
of policing in the modern Bahamas.

“We need,” he said, “a new policeman.
Times have changed, and we need policemen
with a better understanding of our society — a
better understanding of international law and
an overall sensitivity to the average man.’

He told his men that “corruption and good
policing are not compatible, and if unchecked”
could make them incapable of policing their
own country.

“Therefore,” he told his men, “you can
expect a vigorous effort on the part of my
office, to detect, investigate and eradicate, this
unacceptable practice wherever possible.”

He then made a commitment to the public:
“Those officers among us who have not lived
up to their oath of office will be disciplined,
trained or invited to demit the Royal Bahamas
Police Force.”

His objective is to turn the force into a zero
tolerance crime-fighting machine.

“Together we can stop crime at the source,”
he told his police force. “Let us go where the
criminals hibernate and infiltrate their cells,

‘dislodging them from their safe havens and

comfort zones, ever mindful of the importance
of conducting Proper and just investigations
with integrity.”

This, he promised them, will “demonstrate
our true professionalism to one and all, regain-
ing the respect that in some instances we have
lost.”

He reminded them that the Royal Bahamas
Police Force is a disciplined institution with a
clearly defined chain of command.

We are satisfied that he will keep that chain
of command intact and anyone trying to under-
mine it will find themselves on the outside
looking in.

In the next few days Commissioner Fergu-
son plans to meet the force at every level to
acquaint them with his policing plan for the rest
of the year — “operation Restoration of
Peace.”

This will happen only if every member of
the community commits to the plan. Soon the
criminal will reform, or be locked in a cell for
an extended period of time.

We wish Commissioner Ferguson well in his
noble ambition. With the help of the commu-
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1967 ushered
in beginning

of our journey

EDITOR, The Tribune.

BY NOW, forty-one years
after the pivotal general elec-
tions of January 10, 1967
there should have been some
national and public recogni-
tion of that historical and life
changing day. Sad to say,
however, we, as a people,
have failed/refused to do so
based on flimsy racial excuses
and bogus empirical proposi-
tions.

I have absolutely no doubt
that the objection to the
recognition of this day is
based, pure and simple, on
jealousy and envy. Lynden O
Pindling, as he then was,
whether we like it’or not, is, in
fact, “the Father of the
nation.”

During the 1950’s and
1960’s the social and eco-
nomic opportunities for the
average Bahamian, both black
and white, were non existent
or minuscule at best. The olli-
garch of the United Bahamian
Party (UBP) brooked no
political challenges and where
they would have emerged, the
proponents were quickly
bought out or assimilated as
“generals” within the grasp of
that party.

Until the arrival of Lynden
Oscar Pindling in 1956 as a
major player within the
embryonic Progressive Liber-
al Party (PLP) that party was
going nowhere, any time
soon. Pindling proved to be
the catalyst which was sorely

needed to take the PLP to the ._
Today, the middle class has

next level and, by extension,
to usher in the gradual emer-
gence of what is now a bur-
geoning middle class.

Bahamian women gained
the right to vote in January,
1963 after much agitation and
many sleepless nights by
women such as the late great
Dame Doris Johnson and
Mary Ingraham, et al. With
the solid support of the vast
majority of women voters, the
ascension of the PLP to polit-
ical power was only a matter
of time.

Mr Pindling, whom I am
privileged to have known in
his hey day, was a master ora-
tor and a leader who was able
to empathise with all Bahami-
ans, from the big shot right
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alas, no other front line polit-
ical leader, with all due
respect, has ever come even
close to his political charisma.

His personal attributes and
fabled self discipline, coupled
with the women’s vote, cata-
pulted the PLP to electoral
victory on the 10th day of Jan-
uary, 1967. The results were
18 seats for the UBP and 18
seats for the PLP with two
independent elected mem-
bers, the late Sir Alvin Bray-
nen and, of course, the
indomitable Sir Randol Fran-
cis Fawkes.

The two latter men threw
their support behind the PLP
and the rest is, indeed, history.
A majority government had
finally been elected and was

duly sworn in on the 14th day.

of January, 1967. The
Bahamas has never been the
same since.

In 1967, one could have
counted the number of black
professionals on one’s ten fin-
gers, literally. Mr Pindling
made it an integral part of the
PLP’s platform that within 10
years his government would
have conceived and put in
place a middle class of
Bahamians.

Despite the initial hiccups
and allegations of corruption,
the PLP and Mr Pindling
exceeded all expectations.

emerged and is solidly
entrenched. In the 50’s and
60’s most Bahamians who
lived in New Providence and
Freeport were obliged to live

in hovels in the inner city.

Most Bahamians of that era
were forced to leave school
after completion of the sixth
grade because there was
nowhere else to go, except
your family was able to send
you off to the USA or Europe
for further education.

Mr Pindling and the late
great Cecil Wallace-Whitfield,
etc, came up with grand plans
to improve and expand the
educational facilities and cur-
riculum in our country. Huge
sums of monies were spent
and the talents of many
Bahamians were drafted into
this national effort.

Today, many of our current:
leaders and shakers are the
results of that nationalistic
effort. Regrettably, however,
our educational plant today
is in gross need of retooling
and revamping if we are to
rescue our precious children
from the intellectual dol-
drums.

January 10, 1967 ushered i in
the beginning of our journey,
as a people, to the fabled
“promised land” under the
leadership of our homegrown
“Moses”. We have come to
accept the fact that Bahami-
ans comprise the greatest little
nation on this Earth.

We have embarked on a
journey for which there is no
end in sight.

Some of us might not get
there, but, I am persuaded
that we will enter “the land
of milk and honey” in 2008,
God willing. To God then, in
all of these.mundane aeUES,
be the glory.

ORTLAND H BODIE JR
Nassau,
January 11, 2008.

‘Democracy’ in
action in Cuba

EDITOR, The Tribune.

CHILD of the Revolution - http://luisgarcia.blogspot.com — is
a great stop on the World Wide Web.

Mr. Garcia, the blogs author, is particularly perceptive on the
Castro regime and its “double speak.

Here's a recent post of his, titled "Democracy in action"
about Cuba's then upcoming elections:

Just days before Cubans go to the polls to “elect” a new par-
liament, diplomatic representatives of the Castro regime have
been busy talking up the election on Sunday as fair and demo-

cratic.

Funnily enough, they are even able to predict the outcome

with absolute certainty!

May have something to do with the fact that there are 614 can-
didates on the ballot paper vying for exactly 614 seats in the
National Assembly of People's Power.

As they say, very fair and very democratic.

Of course the election has now taken place and the only
party allowed to participate in the election was dutifully returned

to power.

Then on Monday, January 21, 2008, the day after the Cuban

"Elections
ed in The Tribune as saying:

", the Cuban Ambassador to The Bahamas was quot-

"Cuban Democracy is alive and well, and in fact allows the
average person a greater say in their governmental affairs than
many US or citizens of other countries of a western liberal ilk are

afforded."

Such obvious double speak is trite in the 21st Century. And

to state that in a country that is of the

quite presumtuous.

“western liberal ilk" is

I wonder if I would be allowed to make those remarks in The
Granma — Cuba's national newspaper?
That sums it up: A one party election reported on by the gov-

ernment's newspaper.

RICK LOWE
WeblogBahamas.com
Nassau,

January 21, 2008

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6 In brief

Deadline
extended for
Golden Heart
nominations

THE deadline for nomi-
nations for the Lady Sas-
soon Golden Heart Award
has been extended to
Thursday, January 31.

Nominations, accompa-
nied by reasons for them,
should be delivered to
“Eves,” Cable Beach, or
mailed to the Bahamas
Heart Foundation, P O Box
N-8189 to arrive by that
date.

The winner of the Golden
Heart Award will be
announced at the Annual
Heart Ball on Saturday,
February 16, at the Crown
Ballroom, Atlantis, Par-
adise Island.

Last year’s recipient, Mrs
Frances Ledee, was lauded
for her community involve-
ment and work with the
Persis Rodgers Home for
the Aged.

For further information,
contact Linda LaFleur at
327-0806.

Cuba's Castro

says he thought —
‘OG illness ‘would |
be the end’

BM HAVANA

FIDEL CASTRO
revealed Thursday he
thought he was dying when
he fell ill in July 2006, and
was so worried about his
legacy that he ordered last-
minute editing of his mem-
oirs even as doctors struggled
to save his life, according to
Associated Press.

“When I fell gravely illthe :
night of the 26th and dawn of :
the 27th of July, I thought :
that would be the end,” the
ailing 81-year-old wrote in an
essay published on the front
page of state newspapers.

“And while the doctors
fought for my life, the head
aide of the Council of State
read at my urging the text
and I dictated the necessary
changes,” he said, referring :
to a book of interviews witha :
French journalist. i

The essay marked one of
the few times Castro has
acknowledged how close he
came to death during his ill-
ness, and indicated his con-
cern over how he will be
remembered when he is
gone.

The book written by Igna-
cio Ramonet, editor of Le
Monde Diplomatique, is
based on more than 100
hours of interviews with Cas-
tro. It was originally pub-
lished in Spain, but an Eng-
lish version was released this
month in the United States
as “Fidel Castro: My Life.”

Castro said he “almost did-
n’t sleep” in the days before
falling ill because he was
working on the Ramonet
book.

Castro has not been seen
in public since July 31, 2006,
when his secretary Carlos
Valenciaga read a statement
on government television
that emergency intestinal
surgery was forcing the
island’s unchallenged leader
since 1959 to cede power toa
provisional government
headed by his younger broth-
er Raul.

Though he stepped aside
as president, Castro has
retained his role as head of
the island’s supreme govern-
ing body, the Council of
State.

A slate of newly elected :
Cuban lawmakers meets Feb. :
24 and will choose a new i
Council of State from among
its ranks, which include both
Castro brothers. Fidél Castro
wrote in December that he
had no intention of clinging
to power or standing in the
way of a new generation of
leaders, but has not said
whether he wantstoremain :
head of the council or perma- :
nently retire. :

He is recovering in an
undisclosed location and his
condition and exact ailment :
are carefully guarded secrets. ;

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THE rising cost of provid-
ing infrastructure, public
goods and services means
that the government must
“rein in” tax exemptions,
Minister of State for Finance
Zhivargo Laing said yester-
day.

Minister of
State for Finance
makes statement



Mr Laing was appearing as
a guest on GEMS Radio Sta-
tion when he made this state-
ment.

Responding to questions
from host Michael Pintard
and several callers who
expressed their dismay, Mr
Laing sought to contextualise
and defend the government's
decision to not renew the
stamp tax exemption for first
time homebuyers on homes
under $250,000.

Mr Laing denied the accu-
sation levied by one caller
that the government was
“targetting” new homebuy-
ers by allowing the exemp-
tion to run out, claiming

instead that exemptions are
one of many areas being
reviewed in order for.the
administration to find addi-
tional funds to meet the
increasing price tag on
“doing business as a govern-
ment.”

“In terms of managing
resources we are looking at
all areas, it just so happened
that this law came to an end
at this time and therefore it
is a part of this discussion,”
he said.

Mr Laing emphasised that
the exemption was designed
as a "sunset law" by the for-
mer government who passed
it, with an expiration date of
December 31, 2007.

Music, song and dance
evening in aid of
monastery restoration

AN EVENING of music, song and dance is set to take
place tonight at Loyola Hall on Gladstone Road in aid of the
restoration of St Martin Monastery.

The historic building, which can be seen from Nassau
Street, was constructed in the 1940s, but has since fallen into
disrepair and is no longer in use.

The Benedictine nuns now living at the nearby St Martin’s
Convent said that they are eager to restore the building as “a

legacy for future generations of Bahamian women desirous of

dedicating their lives to God.”

Music for the event will be provided by local choirs and
soloists. Tickets will be priced at $20 for adults and $5 for
children under 12. They can be bought from the convent,
from any of the sisters, or at the of the venue tonight.

The 11 nuns ultimately hope to raise as much as $500,000
towards the restoration.

In order to achieve this end, they are planning numerous
other events, including an elaborate gala banquet on May 31.
-An “adopt a sister” programme is also underway, through
which persons are invited to make a financial contribution to

the project.

Yesterday, Sister Annie Russell emphasised that even
those who are not interested in attending the organised
events can make a donation to the project.

While the nuns have been promised some “incentives” by
the government to aid with the restoration of the building,
Sister Annie pointed out that such tax exemptions will not

help with the initially cost of purchasing the necessary materi-

als.

Once the building has been restored it will serve as a
retreat centre as well as a space to house the archives of the
monastery.

When candidates are identified, said Sister Annie, it will
also become a “formation house” for the training of young
women who wish to pursue a religious vocation as a Benedic-
tine Sister.

In 1994 the 70-year-old community of St Martin Monastery

became an independent “daughter monastery” of St Benedic-

t’s Monastery in Minnesota — which can trace its roots to the

1857 arrival of six sisters from the St Walburg Abbey in Eich-

staett, Germany, a monastery for women founded in 1035.

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they did not build in auto-
matic renewal.

“There was a reason for
that, and that's because you
want to assess your econom-
ic and fiscal environment to
see whether or not you can
afford and carry it forward,"
he said.

Mr Laing said that while
successive governments have
been "reluctant" to increase
taxes, a “sustained and even
somewhat widening deficit
situation" is emerging that
requires action.

"In the broad scope of fis-
cal affairs you have to make
some determinations in
terms of when are you going
to rein in all of your exemp-
tions," he said, adding that
the stamp duty exemption

‘was "but one" of dozens of

exemptions afforded to
Bahamians in particular.

Mr Laing said that he was
“literally shocked” to see the
results of a report he had
asked his revenue depart-
ment to prepare detailing the
total cost of all exemptions
that are available to the pub-
lic purse.

"It’s enormous,” he said,
adding: “I knew it was sig-
nificant but I had no idea
that it was as significant as
it is." ;

The minister noted that
while the government came
under fire for reviewing

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Zhivargo Laing

agreements signed under the
former administration, this
process was again about
determining whether the
government could afford
what had been agreed to.

"For us too the whole issue
of examining how we extend
exemptions to foreigners is
part and parcel of the same
principle," he said.

The minister, second in
command in the ministry of
finance behind Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham,
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Mr Laing said that in the
meantime, the government
is considering many things
which may ease the burden
on Bahamians, including get-
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from one institution to
another.

He added: “That would be
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announces three
day lecture series




m@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - The Pro-.

gressive Liberal Action Net-
work (PLAN), a support
group of the PLP, has
announced plans for a three-
day lecture series on Major-
ity Rule and its significance
to Bahamian history.

Brian Seymour, a
spokesman for PLAN, said
the lecture series will be held
under the patronage of
Opposition leader Perry
Christie on January 23
through 25 at the Ascension
Church Hall in Lucaya
beginning at 7.30pm.

The first lecture will be
conducted by Sir Clement
Maynard, the second by
Fred Mitchell, Fox Hill MP,
and the third by Paul L
Adderley.

Mr Seymour said the lec-
ture series will provide a
unique and first-hand look
at events that led to majori-
ty rule from the 1942 Burma
Road riots to the granting of
the vote to 18-year-olds in
1969 and the so-called “Bend
or Break Speech” in Grand
Bahama that same year.

“The lecture will be espe-
cially useful for students of
history, and young people
who want to get a first-hand
account of their history and
for those who experienced
the events and would wish
to add their perspective to
the events,” he said.

Mr Seymour said many
people today still did not
know the significance of
Majority Rule.

“We have high school and
middle school students who
do not know the importance
of 1967 and what it was all
about it,” he said.

“So often our history has
not been chronicled as more
developed countries and we

feel it is a fitting time now




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and have brought people
that Know first-hand such as
first members the Cabinet
and it will be a learning good
experience for all.”

Mr Seymour is encourag-
ing college students and
civic-minded people to
attend because it is a very

important time in Bahamian °

history.

Sir Clement Maynard, for-
mer deputy prime minister,
was a member of the first
majority rule Cabinet of Sir
Lynden Pindling in 1967. He
served in the Cabinet for 25
years,

Before joining the Cabi-
net, he was head of the
Bahamas Public Service
Union.

He recently wrote a book
about his public life titled
‘Putting on More Speed,

which will be available at the.

hall during his lecture on
January 23.

Mr Seymour said Fred
Mitchell, MP for Fox Hill
and former Foreign Affairs
Minister, has come to be
known as a historian and
chronicler of events con-
nected to the PLP and
Majority Rule.

He will conduct the dis-
cussions on January 24. Mr
Mitchell has also written a
short book titled “Great
Moments in PLP History,
which will also be available
on the night of the lecture.

Paul L Adderley served in
the Cabinet trom 1972 to
1992. He will conduct a lec-
ture on January 26.

Mr Adderley was founder
of the National Democratic
Party defeated at the polls
in 1967. He founded the par-
ty following differences of
opinion with the PLP over
Black Tuesday when Sir
Lynden Pindling threw the
Speaker’s mace from the
House of Assembly on April
27, 1965.

Mr Seymour said the lec-
tures are open to the public.

Parliamentarians

@ By CLUNIS DEVANEY
Bahamas Information
Services

JOSEPH Russell Ford, a for-
mer MP for Inagua and
Mayaguana, has been remem-
bered in the House of Assem-

“bly as “a trailblazer for the free-

dom of the Bahamian people.”

Parliamentarians, including
Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham and Opposition Leader
Perry Christie, paid tribute to
Mr Ford, 82, who died last
weekend following a year-long
struggle with prostate cancer.

Affectionately called “T-
Joe”, Mr Ford, a member of
the Progressive Liberal Party,
was first elected to the House in
April, 1968, and re-elected in
1972 and 1977.

Prime Minister Ingraham
said when he became chairman
of the PLP in 1975, Mr Ford
was “one of those endangered
members of parliament in
terms'of the elections for 1977
that we had to bring special
focus to bear upon.”

Mr Ingraham said he spent
“quite a bit of time” with Mr
Ford in Inagua and Mayaguana
leading up to the 1977 general
election, which Mr Ford won.

Mr Ingraham was also suc-
cessful in that election in Coop-
er’s Town (North Abaco).

“It wasn’t long before 1 was
self-styled the leader of the
backbench, and of course T-Joe
was a rebellious member of the
Old Guard — he and Leander
(Minnis) — who didn’t want to
participate too much in our var-
lous activities,” said the prime
minister.

“T recall most vividly and |
reminded the Governor Gen-
eral (Arthur Hanna) of this sto-
ry at the funeral of Dr Curtis
McMillan that we, eventually,
wrote a letter to the leader of

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the party (Sir Lynden Pindling)
that we were fed up with a
number of things that were
going on, and one of the things
we required or demanded was
that there would be allocated
a sum of $50,000 in the budget
for cach constituency repre-
sentative so that we could have
something done in our con-
stituencies.

“We got everybody to sign

the letter except T-Joe and, 1 .

think, Leander. Mr Hanna was
the Minister of Finance. The
government thinks he was a
man of great power and author-
ity. He made sure that T-Joe,
who did not sign the letter, got
the first $50,000."

Prime Minister Ingraham
recognised Mr Ford as a very
loyal member to his con-
stituency.

Opposition leader Perry
Christie made a suggestion on
behalf of all former MPs,
including those who had died,
with respect to the Speaker col-
lecting information about them
so future generations became
more familiar with their role.

“Bahamas Information Ser-
Vices put out information on T-
Joe Ford which makes inter-

ay tribute to —
Joseph Russell Ford





esting reading, but it is impor-
tant for people to know that he
spent 14 years in the House of
Assembly as the representative
of Inagua and Mayaguana,
being first elected on April 10,

1968, when he defeated
Bernard Dupuch, a United
Bahamian Party candidate,” Mr
Christie stated.

He echoed the sentiments of
Englerston MP Glenys Hanna-
Martin that Mr Ford “was one
of that band of men and women
who were able to manifest a
courage of a kind that made the
difference in the times in which
they lived.

“And he had the honour, and
singular honour, to become a
Member of Parliament in 1968,
one year after Majority Rule
was brought in. He was
returned to Parliament in the
1972 general election, but in
fact lost to Vernon Symonette,
who became the Speaker of this
House, in the 1982 general elec-
tion,” Mr Christie emphasised.

Mr Ford had an “illustrious
career” as a servant in the
House of Assembly, he said.

“That generation of Bahami-
ans, who were born in the
1920s, are amongst the people



in our history who understood
what hard times were and they
came, really, at the end of the
real generational experience of
hard times and were able to be
that generation that helped to

* move The Bahamas to a point

of view where the hard times
moved away from the national
psyche and the national life
of the country,” said Mr
Christie.

“So again, we commend him
for playing a significant role in
that context,” he acdded.

Minister of National Security
and Government leader in the
House Tommy Turnquest not-
ed the sacrifice Mr Ford and
his family must have made by
his service as an MP. :

“For Mr Ford to have stayed
in this place - a slippery place —
for as long as he did is, indeed,
a credit,” said Mr Turnquest.

Other speakers were MICAL
MP V Alfred Gray, MP for
Yamacraw Melanie Griffin,
Education Minister Carl
Bethel, MP for Englerston
Glenys Hanna-Martin, MP for
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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008, PAGE 7



SECRET BALLOT CAMPAIGNER SAYS FLAWED SYSTEM MUST BE CHANGED

Pinewood fallout: Call for urgent

review of the elector

AN urgent review of the
Bahamas electoral process was
demanded yesterday following
the Pinewood election court fias-
co.
Secret ballot campaigner Stone

McEwan said the flawed system
must be changed to stop corrup-
tion and guarantee voters’ rights.

Mr McEwan, an Abaco enter-
tainer who took his campaign for
a secret ballot through the
Bahamas courts six years ago, said
the Pinewood case had exposed
the system for what it was - a
means. by which politicians can
control the electorate.

“The Bahamian electorate
need to ask themselves why, in
the 21st century, there are dis-
putes about the outcome of elec-
tions,” he told The Tribune.

“Why are so many of our citi-
zens still placed in a predicament
where how they voted is exposed
to so many eyes — first when they
‘vote at the station, then when the
first count is undertaken, and
finally during the too frequent
election court cases?”

Mr McEwan hit out at politi-
cians and community leaders for
their silence on such a crucial
issue.

“Why it is that none of our
elected officials and community
leaders, regardless of their politi-
cal convictions, has ever lobbied
to have the system and process
investigated for flaws and man-
agement deficiencies?

“Why is no-one ever charged
or held responsible for these seri-
ous infractions to our so-called
democratic process?

“In 2002, other like-minded
true Bahamian patriots and I chal-
lenged the undemocratic electoral
process used in The Bahamas.
Seeking fairness for all Bahamian
voters, we took our concerns all
the way to the Privy Council.

“Another great Bahamian, the
Chief Justice of The Bahamas, Sir
Burton Hall, agreed that attaching
a voter’s card number to their bal-
lot is undemocratic and infringes
our constitutional right tg privacy.
His historic ruling was passed on
the eve of the 2002 elections.
However, it was to be short-lived.

“That same night, just like

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thieves and other evil-doers who
prefer to use the cover of darkness
to conceal their activities and
identities, our leaders took actions
to ensure that the first step on the
road to meaningful political free-
dom was snatched from the peo-
ple — a midnight ruling in the
Court of Appeal overturned and
stole Sir Burton’s gift to the
Bahamian electorate.”

Mr McEwan said the appeal
court added insult to injury by
saying the Bahamian people were
too corrupt and politically imma-
ture to have an untraceable vote.

“This she (court president
Dame Joan Sawyer) said of a
nation that is among the econom-
ic leaders in the Caribbean region
as well as a country proclaiming to
be filled with the Holy Ghost.

“The significance of Mrs
Sawyer’s statement continues to
elude me to this day because my
entire case was built on not trust-
ing those who are responsible for
the process and the securing of
the ballots after an election.”

Mr McEwan, in a statement
issued yesterday, questioned the
responsibilities of Mr Errol
Bethel, parliamentary commis-
sioner, and his staff during, the
five years between elections.

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fying the deficiencies and prob-







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lems identified
during an elec-
tion so they are
not repeated in
subsequent elec-
tions?

“There are
less than 200,000
registered voters
in The Bahamas.
Why is it that
they cannot be
properly identi-
fied and an
accurate register
produced before
an election?

“What Mr Bethel, our leaders
from all sides of the political
divide, and we have tolerated in
our elections is disgraceful. Why
have person(s) who have perpe-
trated election fraud not been
brought before the courts and
severely dealt with, especially giv-
en that some of our sons and
daughters, brothers and sisters,
have been sent to prison for much
less?

“We provide more training for
the Junkanoo judges in our coun-
try than we do for the people who
Oversee our elections and work

at the polling stations. Many of

our poll workers have never seen,
much less read the Gazette, with

our election rules, laws and pro-



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“Why is no-one
ever charged or
held responsible
for these serious
infractions to our
so-called democ-

ratic process?”



cedures, There
is something
terribly wrong
with this pic-
ture.

“Where are
our priorities?
Like The
Bahamas,
Canada is a
Common-
wealth country
and is classified
as a developed
or high-income
economy. With
a population in the tens of mil-
lions, they use a voting process
identical to ours, with one excep-
tion. Before the voter's ballot is
cast, the presiding officer removes
the section/counterfoil with the
voter’s number and destroys it,
ensuring complete secrecy on how
the person has voted.

“Also, in Canada, cries of elec-
tion fraud and disputes over the
results are rare. If such situations
arise, the entire process is con-
ducted again in that constituen-
cy.

“Meanwhile, in The Bahamas,
some citizens are disenfranchised
because the system makes it pos-
sible for others to Know how they
voted, resulting in them not par-
ticipating in the elections.

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“It would also be very infor-
mative for the parliamentary com-
missioner to publicise how many
Bahamians who are eligible to
vote do not do so. Is this being
done to maintain control over us
through our vote?

“A cynic might believe ours is
a wicked system configured to
benefit the few power-hungry
politicians rather than the people.
Think about it. If our elected offi-
cials had no way of knowing who
voted for them and who did not,

they would then have to serve .

their entire constituency without
favour and be productive if they
wish to be reelected.”

Mr McEwan said attorney
Craig Butler had publicly called
for electronic balloting. “I dis-
agree. We only need to adhere to
the existing procedures, properly
train and educate the persons
involved in the process, levy stiff
penalties and mandatory jail time
for all those who break the elec-
tion laws, reinstate and uphold Sir
Burton's 2002 ruling, and appoint
a competent parliamentary com-
missioner who is committed to
ensuring a fair and innovative
electoral process. Problems
solved.”

Mr McEwan added: “The
leader of the Court of Appeal sug-
gested Bahamians are corruptible.

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BALLOT BOXES are taken away
during the Pinewood recount.

Do you truly trust some of our
power-hungry, self-serving politi-
cians with access to this all-pow-
erful information and, in your.
heart of hearts, believe they do
not access it’?

“Can you state with certainty
that some poll workers do not
keep mental tabs on certain indi-
viduals tracing their vote from the
beginning to the end?

“Tf there were to be an impar-
lial investigation by non-Bahami-
ans during our elections, would
the observers applaud or cry foul?

I strongly believe the money
spent by the PLP and the FNM in
this recent court battle is far
greater than it would have cost to
have the voters in Pinewood
repeat the process.

“T also believe that if the citi-
zens were given the choice, or ii a
referendum were to be held for
Bahamians to choose between the
untraceable vote and the current
process, true secrecy would pre-
vail.

“Nonetheless, because our cho-
sen leaders all appear unwilling
to consider this, it is our obligation
to demand it.

The system, the politicians, our
community leaders and we need
to take responsibility for the
melee that occurred outside our
courts on Monday, January 22,
2008, between an FNM and a PLP
supporter.

“Our country is too small to
be so polarised politically. As long
as the politicians can keep us
fighting among ourselves for the
sake of party politics and/or for
self-serving gains, we will be too
distracted to have visions that will
bring meaningful changes for all
Bahamians, even those not yet

born.”
Mr McEwan said modern
Bahamians expected and

deserved more of the process.

“While I may have brought
forth this issue prematurely in
2002, I am convinced that there
are noW more open eyes and
politically mature minds in the
country today than there were ten
years ago when I first embarked
on this quest. We need to stop
looking at the messengers any.
adhere to the messages.”
PAGE 8, FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008

PM slams
Perry Christie

FROM page one

resigned from the PLP and speculation about the political alle-
giance of Elizabeth MP Malcolm Adderley — who was recently re-
appointed as Gaming Board chairman for the next two years —
continues among members of the public and political pundits alike.

Addressing the outcome of the recount of the Pinewood con-
slittency votes which saw FNM MP Byran Woodside emerge vic-
torious, Mr Ingraham recalled a conversation he had with PLP
leader Perry Christie three days ago.

“When I spoke with Perry in the Committee Room of the House
of Assembly (three) days ago he said: ‘Boy you does do obeah, eh?
‘People think you working obeah. How could you have seen so
right?”

“TL told him, no [don’t do obeah; I only do my work. And that I
was certain, absolutely certain, that 40-plus of the persons whose
votes the Election Court decided to throw out were their own — they
voted PLP. And how did I know? We checked, rechecked, and con-
firmed who were the rock solid PLPs. We knew the constituency, we
knew the voters and we knew the PLPs. And, we reconfirmed that
they were still PLPs,” Mr Ingraham said.

The prime minister said that more than 100 Bahamian citizens in -

Pinewood were disenfranchised as a result of “the ineptitude, the
incompe tence and the late boundary changes.”

‘Ym talking about more than 100 Bahamian citizens who had
their right to vote taken away because of inaction and slothfulness
and confusion in the electoral process,” he said.

Mr Ingraham said that some of the 110 Bahamians whose votes
were removed from the Pinewood ballot boxés told the FNM that
ihey had voted PLP but never again will they do so.

“You know at first they claimed 266 persons had voted wrongly
in Pinewood. Then they reduced the number by 107 persons to 159,
then they reduced it still further to 127 persons.

“That's 139 people whose good names they chose to sully by alleg-
ing that they had wrongly registered to vote in the Pinewood con-
stituency. And they did this, sullied these people’s names even
before they bothered to check on where those individuals actually
resided.” he said.

In the past, Mr Ingraham said, Bahamian citizens took comfort
in the fact that the Bahamas had one of the cleanest voters’ regis-
ters in the region, including North America.

“They had no reason to believe 2007 would be any different. They
were blind-sided by a wicked plan designed to cause confusion. They
(the PLP) set out to confuse; their plot backfired. Or, put another
way, the gun misfired, instead of hitting the target, it hit the shoot-
er,” the prime minister said.










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their submissions, Dame Joan took the opportu-
nity to advise political and religious leaders to
set the tone and standards for Bahamians to fol-

low.

“Wasn’t it the former prime minister who got
up on two occasions and said (Samuel ‘90’
Knowles’) boys had rights to petition against this

court?” she asked.

Dame Joan also admonished Bishop Thomp-
son, whose first name she did not specify, for
bad-mouthing the courts and lamented not citing
him for contempt of court, although it was in her

power to do so.

Commenting on last year’s unprecedented mur-
der rate of 79 murders at the end of 2007, Dame
Joan said: “Seventy-nine homicides that we know
about, in one year, in The Bahamas. In a country
of 300,000 (residents). Something is wrong, some-
thing.is very wrong. The system cannot withstand

this.

FROM page one

bad”.
The minister told the crowd

‘that former Bain and Grants

Town MP Bradley Roberts in
2001 declared that the parlia-
mentary registration commis-
sion should act in a timely fash-
ion so that at least three months
should elapse between adop-
tion of recommendations by
the House of Assembly and
election day.

“Can you believe it? This is
what they had to say in 2001
but in 2007 the PLP did not
finalise the boundaries until
March 26 — two weeks after the
2002 register expired,” he said.

Mr Turnquest said that a few
months ago, he received a letter

from parliamentary commis-.

sioner Errol Bethel stating that
his department was working
“under an extremely tight
schedule and it is a miracle that
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ditious.

mouth judicial system ‘can
be in contempt of court’

“You cannot incite violence against the
court and expect society to be peaceful,” she

Dame Joan also argued that “engineered deci-
sions” made within the past five years have cre-
ated “havoc” within the judicial system.

Though not providing specific examples of
these decisions, she mentioned certain adminis-
trative challenges the judiciary presently faces
which hamper the legal system from being expe-

Mass paperwork that justices have to wade
through in order to render a judgment is massive,
Dame Joan’‘said yesterday, adding that the public
is under the misconception that a justice’s decision
should be “cut and dry”.

Turnquest blames Pinewood
voting confusion on the PLP

Mr Bethel went on to say in
his letter that “creating a regis-
ter is not an easy task.”

“It means that we have to

review all registrations and

place individuals in new con-
stituencies and polling divisions
based on the Boundaries Com-
mission Report.

“This amounts to a massive
amount of work changing the
computer files and then mak-
ing the changes to voters’ cards
and counterfoils to correspond
with changes made on comput-
er files.

“All voters’ cards are held
after registration, until after the

ally receive their voter’s
card.”

Laying out the timeline of
the process leading up to the
general election, Mr Turnquest
said the Boundaries Commis-
sion Report came into force on
March 26, 2007.

One week later, on April 4,
parliament was dissolved. Six
days after that, on April 10, new
voters’ cards began to be issued.
Less than two weeks after this,
on April 23, the voters’ regis-
ter was certified by the parlia-
mentary commissioner and
three days later, on April 26,
the advanced poll was held. On

May 2 general electtons were
held.

“When we look at the time-
lines, we can see where the
blame rightly ought to be
placed,” Mr Turnquest said.

Boundaries Commission
reports. The disadvantage to
the public is that they really do
not know where they are in
terms of constituency and
polling division until they actu-

The Tribune news editor
FROM page one

believe that when organising the presentation of news, journalists should
keep in mind the impact of their reporting on the fortunes of society at
large.

The journalists at The Tribune could not disagree more.

While we join Mr Ingraham in lamenting any negative consequences
of our reporting, we believe the risks of changing how we operate far out-
weigh the benefits.

Mr Ingraham sees it as a “great disservice”, but we believe our decision
to give issues prominence based exclusively on their concurrence with pub-
lic interest and the public mood — thereafter letting the chips fall where
they may — is indispensable to the health of Bahamian civil society.

The story that we feel is of the most urgent concern to the reading pub-
lic on any given day must be given prominence. The alternative is a doc-
tored, sanitised, half-truth — in essence the presentation of an agenda. Jour-
nalism as propaganda is not the mark of a free and fair society.

What seems to be forgotten whenever this issue is raised, is that it is not
the duty of journalists to guide and direct the public, ensuring that soci-
ety runs smoothly; that is the role of politicians.

The job of the press is to empower the citizens — out of whose pockets
the salaries of politicians are drawn — by creating a space wherein their
voices can be heard and concerns are reflected.

A politician runs for office on the premise that he or she is the best man
or woman for the job, and knows exactly what the public should be con-
cerned about. Journalists have no such pretensions — they know that in
many a failed society, the road to social collapse was paved with the good
intentions of self-assured spin doctors.

Mr Ingraham points out that while othercountries have crime, their
newspapers report it with “proportionality”. Perhaps in such countries,
crime does not incite the level of fear or command the attention it does
in the Bahamas.

Many would argue that there is real cause for alarm: last year Nassau
had almost half as many murders as London, a city around 30 times its size.
Indeed, in his New Year’s address, Mr Ingraham himself called crime “the
single biggest national concern”.

“Unless we can right our social relations, the other matters will have no
relevance,” he said.

Whether or not we find ourselves at the centre of a genuine crime cri-
sis, it was not The Tribune that created this impression in the minds of the

’ public — this was the work of an extremely violent and increasingly

brazen criminal underclass who have shown their willingness to harm or
kill innocent bystanders.

There are many things about Bahamian society that concern the pub-
lic at large, but none of them will go away because they are downplayed
— indeed they will only get worse for being denied.

Ultimately, it must be recognised that the only responsible way for a
society to alter newspaper headlines is to deal with the issues highlight-
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and Drug Administration
(FDA) has regarding Cytotec,
but added that he does not
know what the hospital proto-
cols are in the Bahamas in
administering the drug.

However, used for its origi-
nal purpose of treating ulcers,
Dr Minnis said, the drug is
“excellent.”

On the FDA’s website, warn: “

ings for this drug state the fol-
lowing: “Administration to
women who are pregnant can
cause abortion, premature birth,
or birth defects. Uterine rup-
ture has been reported when
Cytotec was administered in

pregnant women to induce '

labour or to induce abortion
beyond the eighth week of preg-
nancy. Cytotec should not be
taken by pregnant women to
reduce the risk of ulcers induced
by non-steroidal anti-inflam-
matory drugs.”

A petition, signed by almost
2,000 people up until now, is
also being used to raise con-

sumer awareness of the prod-.

uct.
One concerned mother is
now asking Bahamian doctors

to educate their patients about |

all of the drug’s possible side
effects before administering it.

“We are not talking about a
headache, dizziness or diarrhea:
Everything stated on the warn-
ing label is life threatening for
both mother and baby. This is

serious and I believe that many:

women here in the Bahamas are

not even aware of the drug and__,
its risks. They themselves could. |

‘have been affected by the use of
Cytotec during their labour and
not even know it,” she said.

PLP attorney

FROM page one

As Ms Bridgewater did not
challenge the voters before, or on
the election day, argued Mr
Smith, she should now not be
allowed to advance this petition.

The allegation Ms Bridgewa-
ter knew of the legal incapacity of
some of the voters in question is
based on an affidavit previously
filed in Supreme Court, in the
process through which leave was
granted for the petition now
before the election court.

Mr Davis said that both
respondents erred by not accept-
ing that the order to grant leave
was final, and the time in which to
file an appeal, six weeks after the
fact, has long since past.

Furthermoye, he argued, the

place to launch such an appeal
would be the Court of Appeal.

The nature of the leave proceed= >

ings, said Mr Davis, is a distinct
and separate proceeding in a dis-
tinct and separate court.

The election court and the
Supreme Court are separate
courts, emphasised Mr Davis.

At the beginning of the hear-
ing, Senior Justice Anita Allen
and Justice Jon Isaacs ruled that
they would consider the strike-
out motion of Ms Bridgewater’s
election court petition, but they
would not address issues related
to the granting of leave for the
petition to be heard in election
court.

On the issue of whether Ms
Bridgewater knew of these legal
incapacities of certain voters, Mr
Davis said that incapacities
known of before polling day
could change on that day.

As an example he referred to a
person granted citizenship on
election day who may not have
had this status before. —

Senior Justice Allen also ques-
tioned the idea that prior knowl-
edge takes away the right of a
person to seek redress after
wrong is done.

She rhetorically raised the
question, that if someone calls
and informs another person that
they will assault them before
doing so, is that person then
stopped from filing charges after

the act?

Mr Smith had also charged that
there is‘no reasonable cause of
action in Ms Bridgewater's peti-
tion as another reason why it

. should be thrown out. To this Mr

Davis argued yesterday that what
is required in petitions is that the
petitioner plead grounds, which in
this case was done by his client.

Ms Bridgewater's petition, he
continued, asserts that she
attained the majority of lawful
votes. The particulars, said Mr
Davis, are that the voters in ques-
tion were not ordinary residents,
or not citizens.

As the case unfolds, evidence
will be provided to support these
allegations, said Mr Davis. Senior
Justice Allen noted on this point
that some election petitions only
state that some are not entitled to
vote.

The list of challenged voters
for the PLP side contains 136 vot-
ers, With the FNM side challeng-
ing 98 voters. However, some of
these names may be common to
both lists.

The hearing for the strike-out
motion will continue on Monday
at 10am.
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‘Ommittee meets
for Minister of



Education Awards |

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MEMBERS of the commu-
nity who have been involved
in education and senior offi-
cers ot the Ministry of Edu-
cation, Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture were invited to serve ona

committee for the Minister of

Edueation -Awards Pro-
gramme.

The main focus of the
awards programme is to moti-
vate students and increase the
effecfiveness and accountabil-
ity ofthe Bahamian education
systeha.

Committee members were
charged with responsibility for
dev relopment and assessment
of various school programmes,
with particular emphasis on
literacy, mathematics, and
eventually the Bahamas
Junigr Certification (BJC)
Examination, and the
Bahamas General Certificate
of Secondary Education
(BGGSE) Examination.

The committee is also over-
seeing implementation and
monitoring of the newly-estab-
lished Minister of Education
Awards Programme.

Committee members were
chosén for their knowledge
and teaching experience with-
in thé educational system.
They’are: Mr William Rah-



' Programme

ming (senior education offi-
cer and chairman); Mrs
Leanora Archer (deputy
director of education); Mrs
Juliette Barnwell (former sec-
retary to the Governor Gen-
eral and current School Board
Association president); Mrs
Jaqueline Bethel (former chiet
of protocol); Ms Serethea
Clarke (acting assistant direc-
tor of the Examination and
Assessment Division); Mrs
Eula Gaitor (chief training
officer); Ms Lisa Hepburn
(chief examination officer);
Mrs Janice Knowles (senior
education officer); Ms Andrea

Lockhart (Bahamas Union Of

Teachers representative); Mr
Geoffrey McPhee (president
of New Providence Secondary
Principals’ Association); Mrs
Nevillene Rolle (representa-
tive of Primary Principals’
Association); and Mr Ross
Smith (district superinten-
dent).

The committee recom-
mended the following five cat-
egories for consideration: best
student, top school in the divi-
sion, top school in the district,
national winner, and a varia-
tion of best male and female
student.

A main concern of the com-

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008, PAGE 9







mittee was to find a fair mech-
anism for tabulating student
performance. As such, the
committee felt that schools
should be placed in divisions,
and evaluated on the basis of
candidate entries.

Eager to motivate students
and their schools, committee
members identified Thursday,
March 6, as the date for the
first of these awards cere-
monies.

Recipients of the Minister
of Education Awards will be
selected from grade two stu-
dents who were administered
the Rigby Read Tests.

It is expected that mathe-
matics and literacy awards will
be presented to students in
grades two, four, five, seven,
and eight at a later date.

It was also recommended
that the ‘most improved’ cat-
egory be added next year
when there will be records to
make comparisons.

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FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008, PAGE 11



| | @ By MATT MAURA
| THE reversal of the increas-
| |ing prevalence of chronic,
| ,non-communicable diseases
| | (CNCDs) such as diabetes in
| particular, as well as obesity,
: coronary heart disease, strokes
_and cancers in The Bahamas
' will be a major focus of his
| ministry, Minister of Health
| and Social Development, Dr
‘ Hubert Minnis said this week.
| Addressing the Diabetic
, Wellness Programme’s gradu-
| ation exercise at Grant’s Town
Seventh Day Adventist
} Church, Dr Minnis said an
‘ even greater emphasis is being
; placed on reducing the num-
| ber of persons with diabetes, a
| disease that is recognised
' worldwide as a chronic, debil-
| itating and costly disease asso-
ciated with severe complica-
| tions.
| The minister pointed to
| |recent statistics which show
that diabetes is not only nega-
‘tively impacting Bahamian
' | adults, but is also being diag-
| |mnosed on a more frequent
| | basis in children and adoles-
| cents.
| | He said type-two diabetes,
| | Originally considered to be a
| | problem exclusively for adults
|— particularly over-40s — is
now being diagnosed in chil-
| | dren.
| |. This, he added, is due in
‘large part to a growing num-

| adolescents as a result of poor
‘eating habits, unhealthy
lifestyles and a lack of exer-
cise.
' “In The Bahamas, it is esti-
| |mated that approximately 10
' | per cent of our population is
_ living with diabetes with the
| |prevalence being higher in
' | females than males,” Dr Min-
'* | nis said.
| | “Further, diabetes accounts
|for approximately 5-10 per
| \cent of our nation’s health
-budget and is among the lead-
‘mg causes of hospitalisation
‘and death of all age groups
‘affected.” LA
| © Last year, World Diabetes
| ‘Day focused on children and
‘adolescents, thereby raising
‘awareness of the problem and
‘the need for action to prevent
the death of children from

' ber of overweight children and _

“Early diagnosis and edu-
cation, followed by appropri-
ate care and support geared
towards controlling the dis-
ease, are crucial in reducing
complications and saving
lives,” Dr Minnis added.

He said Ministry of Health
and Social Development offi-
cials will continue to work
toward improving the well-
being of *’.>se living with dia-
betes by .stablishing or part-
nering with programmes that
create awareness and those
that prevent, treat and man-
age diabetes.

“Such programmes include
diabetic, podiatry and oph-
thalmology clinics at the
Princess Margaret Hospital,
weekly diabetic clinics, week-
ly diabetic nutrition education
sessions and home visits
through the four polyclinics in
New Providence,” he said.

“Through our Healthy
Lifestyles Initiatives, we are
actively promoting those activ-
ities that can help to reduce
the risk factors associated with
chronic, non-communicable
diseases,” Dr Minnis added.

Citing figures from the
World Health Organisation
(WHO), Dr Minnis said
research shows that more than

230 million persons worldwide

are living with diabetes.
That number is projected to

exceed more than 333 million



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persons by the year 2025, with
80 per cent of the increase
occurring in low and middle
income countries.

He said research further
shows that there is a correla-
tion between unhealthy
lifestyles, poor diets, inade-
quate levels of exercise and
the growth of type-two dia-
betes, thereby creating the
need for national focus on
healthy lifestyles in an effort
to help prevent the onset of
diabetes.

Health officials, Dr Minnis
said, will continue to work
hand-in-hand with pro-

e .
grammes such as the Diabetes

Wellness Programme which
was sponsored by the Adven-
tist Health Professionals Asso-
ciation of the Seventh-Day
Adventist Church, in con-
junction with the Diabetic
Research Institute.

“The fact that the Adven-
tist Health Professionals Asso-
ciation partnered with the
Diabetic Research Institute to
implement the programme,
indicates the commitment to
offer a programme that is fac-
tually sound and one that will
achieve the intended results,”
he added.

Dr Minnis applauded the
Bahamas Conference of Sev-
enth-Day Adventists Church-
es in The Bahamas for imple-

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Health Ministry to focus on reducing
cases of diabetes and other CNCDs

MINISTER of Health and-Social Development Dr Hubert Minnis deliv-
ered the keynote address at the Graduation Exercises of Diabetics Well-
ness Programme at Grants Town Seventh-Day Adventist Church,
Wellington Street. Dr Minnis applauded the graduates for participating
in the programme and remaining with it to its completion. He encour-
aged them to continue to put their new-found knowledge to good use
for their own benefit and that of their respective families. The pro-
gramme was held over a three-month period and was sponsored by the
Adventist Health Professionals Association of the Seventh-Day Adven-
tist Church in partnership with the Diabetic Research Institute.

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menting the Awareness Pro-
gramme and encouraged oth-
er organisations and church
groups to follow suit “as we
unite in the fight against dia-
betes.”

“We are truly appreciative
of the contributions of the
non-governmental organisa-
tions and stakeholders such as
the Bahamas Diabetic Asso-
ciation, the Diabetic Research
Institute, the Bahamas Heart
Association, the Adventist
Health Professionals Associa-
tion of the Seventh-Day
Adventist Church and all dia-
betic advocates and stake-
holders that are partners in
the fight against diabetes
because my ministry cannot
do it alone,” Dr Minnis said.

“Reversing the increasing
trends we are seeing with
regards to diabetes and its
negative impact on families,
the delivery of healthcare in
The Bahamas and on the
economy of The Bahamas, is
going to take all of our par-
ticipation,” he added.



On this
your
3rd
Anniversary
in heaven

Kathleen Louise
Wife, Mother, |
- & Friend

Love all whom you hold de
Precious is the time you share
Do not wait for tomorrow

_ For tomorrow may not be

Your life was love and labour
Your love for your family true-
You did the best for allofus
And we will cherish your legacy always'
We will never forget you


It’s been three years since you’ve been gone SX |
from our sight, but never from our memories ~"Y
ur touch, but never from our hearts,

iting that Glad Reunion in the Sky -
~~ Widower, Randolph I;
iidren, Rosemary, Ruth, Randolph I, Robert.
SRS and Ruthanne; WS
‘grandchildren, Steffan, Renauldo, Antoine, Randia
Rechea, Davonia and Randawnique} NX
other family, Patricia Jervis, Deloris Sherman, Dot Rodgers,
Roslyn Johnson, Eleanor Elliot, Anita Cooper, Gurth Knowles and —_
their families, Mrs. Patricia Vouch, Mrs. Giovanna Knowles, \NN
Ms. Edith McIntosh, Mrs. Lydia Belle Adderley,
Mrs. Beverley Deveaux and families, the Bain Town Community of
Eneas Lane, and many other friends too numerous ta OQ tio \





Sleep on Kathleen, mom, grammy, we love yo
eR Sleep on! .


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Dog obedience seminars

to give
training

tips to

THE Nassau Obedience
and Agility Club will be hold-
ing special obedience and
agility seminars on Saturday,
February 26, and Sunday ,
February 27, at The Retreat
on Village Road.

Obedience Judges Jon and
Carol Mett from Savannah,
Georgia, will conduct the
classes.

The seminars on Saturday
include a beginner class at
Jam and_an advanced begin-
ner class at 10.30am. There
is a charge of $30 per seminar
and at 1pm there will be a spe-
cial beginners’ obedience trial.

According to Tanya Gay of
Follow the Leader Dog Train-
ing: “This is a great opportu-
nity to get some great train-
ing tips from dog obedience
experts. We have been run-
ning beginner classes this year
and want to encourage peo-
ple to learn about training
their dogs. Basic obedience
can make handling your dog
on an everyday basis easier
and creates a wonderful bond
between the owner and their
canine friend.”

The Metts will also be con-
ducting an agility seminar on
Sunday at 10am. Owners and
their dogs who would like to
participate in this seminar
must have had some previous
obedience training.

Participants will also be
able to sign up up for the
Bahamas Kennel Club Dog
Show on March 15 and 16th.
For more information call
Amanda at 324-1302 (Fox Hill
Nursery) or Tony Gay at 394-
3086.

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HOOPING IT UP:
Dogs display their
agility by jumping
through hoops.
Dog obedience
judges will con-
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month.



Parliamentary secretary in PM’s office receives
book on 70th anniversary of radio broadcasting



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THE BROADCASTING
CORPORATION of the
Bahamas’ Apex Team
paid a courtesy call on
Kay Forbes-Smith,
parliamentary secre-
tary in the Office of the
Prime Minister
(Freeport) and pre-
sented her with the
book “70th Anniver-
sary of Radio Broad- ~
casting” at the Office
of the Prime Minister,
Nassau.

The newly-formed
sales team within the
Broadcasting Corpora-
tion updated Senator
Smith on their new
mission and renewed
enthusiasm.

From left are Pauline
Knowles, Joycelyn
$zasz, Lashena
Forbes, Anthony John-
son, Senator Smith,
Kayla Nixon, Doris
Campbell, Teresa Cole-
.brooke and Teazel
Lockhart.



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PROPOSED reforms to the
Town Planning Act will include
specifics on drainage and ele-
vations to ensure that buildings
constructed in water-prone
areas are high enough to with-
stand flooding, the minister of
works and transport yesterday
pointing to complaints about a
new development in southern
New Providence as a guide to
the problems faced.

Dr Earl Deveaux said the
planned amendments to the
Town Planning Act, Private
Roads and Subdivisions Act
and Bahamas Building Code
would “help shape urban devel-
opment in a more” transparent,
viable and suitable way, espe-
cially on New Providence.

The reforms, he added, will
“allow us to control where we
want urbanisation to go”.

Among the proposed reforms
to the Town Planning Act, Mr
Deveaux said, would be
specifics on drainage ‘and ele-
vations to ensure “the height of
the building is sufficient to
ensure it remains dry” if it was
built in an area prone to flood-
ing, such as a flood plain, near
wetlands or near the coast.

This will mean that the closer
a specific property is to water,
“the higher your building has
to be”.

“We have had complaints
about buildings opened in a new
development in [southern New
Providence], where people have
complained about water com-
ing through the foundations,”
Dr Deveaux told The Tribune.

“That’s because they were
built on a tidal plain” and the
foundations were not raised:
high enough to keep the water
out when the tide came in.

“We have had any number of |

incidents of that [nature] occur-
ring on the island of New Prov-
idence,” Dr Deveaux added.
Other likely Town Planning
Act reforms, the minister said,

_SEE page 5B



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@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Minister of Works and
Transport yesterday said the
perception that businesses had
to pay ‘bribes’ to ensure their
planning applications were
processed quickly “concerns me
greatly”, but pointed out that it
was incumbent on the private
sector not to pay if corruption
was to be rooted out.

Responding to a draft Cham-
ber of Commerce report on
inefficiencies experienced in
doing business with the public
sector, Dr Earl Deveaux said
he and his ministry had moved
to tighten controls and deal with
the weaknesses identified in an
audit report produced by the
UK-based Crown Agents.

Asked arout the Chamber
report’s{-> ys on the percep-
tion that ‘L.ioes’ were needed to
ensure planning applications
and permits were obtained ina
timely manner, Dr Deveaux
said: “That concerns me greatly.

* Ministry of Works moves to address
weaknesses identified by Crown Agents,
making processes more transparent and
safeguarding taxpayer funds
* Minister urges private sector to root out
graft by not paying, and get applications

in order

That’s one of the areas the
Crown Agents identified, and
fairness in contract awards.

“We can do our part to be
more fair, efficient and honest
in dealing with the public. The
public has*to ensure it does its
part by not offering induce-
ments to jump the queue.”

Dr Deveaux said he and his
officials were doing their best
to ensure the “queue” was

BIC privatisation

* Government bound by
exclusivity to only deal
with Bluewater, with
minister hoping talks
could have started last
week

* Private sector urges:

_ ‘Privatise. Deregulate.

Make competition
available.’

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government is bound by
an exclusivity agreement to only
negotiate with Bluewater Com-

munications Holdings over the |

Bahamas Telecommunications
Company’s (BTC) privatisation,
The Tribune was told yesterday,
with talks on selling a 49 per cent
stake in the state-owned carrier
yet to recommence in the New
Year.

Zhivargo Laing, minister of state *

for finance, said the Government
was still structuring its committee
to negotiate with Bluewater, a
process he had hoped would have
been completed last week.

He said: “The negotiations have
not recommenced yet. We are still
structuring that committee. We
have not begun talks with them
[Bluewater], but expect to do so
soon.

“JT really thought we would have
been in a position last week to have
done so, but are working to

Zhivargo Laing

arrange the committee now.”

Mr Laing confirmed that the
agreement signed between the for-
mer Christie administration and

SEE page 6B



orderly, but all their efforts
would be for nought if there
were businessmen and others
prepared to queue jump by
offering payments to public offi-
cials to expedite planning appli-
cations, building permits, occu-
pancy certificates and the like.

Dr Deveaux said a major
contributing factor to graft in
relation to planning and build-

*ing permits was that many

‘Radical reconfiguration’
talks yet to restart 22 small business support

* Government moves to identify areas of greatest growth potential
_for Bahamian entrepreneurs, and channel resources to them
* Working with IDB on consultancy arrangement











@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

opportunities”.












The Government may have to “radically
reconfigure” the agencies and lending policies
geared towards assisting Bahamian start-ups
and small businesses, the minister of state for
finance saying yesterday that this administration
wanted entrepreneurs to target “value-added

Zhivargo Laing said the Government was
planning to work with the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB) to identify econom-
ic sectors that held the greatest growth and
profit return potential for Bahamian entrepre-
neurs, and then direct resources of the public
sector agencies to assisting businesses target-

applications were submitted
incomplete, lacking key docu-

_ ments.

The Ministry of Works, he
added, was currently conducting
a review of certified practition-
ers to assess “whose word we
can take” that their applications
would be complete and in
accordance with the law.

“A number of firms are good
at completing civil designs for

ing these areas.



Dr Earl Deveaux

roads, meeting the law and
putting together packages,” Dr
Deveaux said.

SEE page 3B

“We're really trying to rationalise all of the
programmes that are geared towards encour-

aging domestic entrepreneurs,”
“and in the course of doing that what we are
doing is, first, defining where those value-added
opportunities are in this economy going for-
ward, and secondly, developing a comprehen-
sive policy for all those programmes to direct

Mr Laing said,

funding to businesses seeking to take advan-

tage of those opportunities in those areas.
_ “It has to be the case that over the next 10, 15
-and 20 years of this country, that Bahamian
entrepreneurs are the most serious beneficiaries.
from the growth and development opportunities

SEE page 6B







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WITH Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) bills hav-
ing increased by 23.6 per cent
in two years, the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce’s pres-
ident yesterday warned
Bahamians that they must
begin to conserve their ener-
gy consumption in the wake of
spiralling oil and energy prices,
which have significantly
increased the cost of living.

Dionisio D’ Aguilar, com-
menting on the average quar-
terly prices released by the
Department of Statistics, said
that unless fuel prices drop,
Bahamians will continue to be
affected by rising costs for all
commodities they purchase,
since oil is a'staple ingredient in
most products.

“Everything is going up and
Bahamians are complaining,
but fuel is an essential compo-
nent of raw materials, so what
can you do,” he said.

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placed on all sectors of soci-
ety, he does not think the Gov-
ernment should consider
decreasing the $1.06 per gal-
lon import duty, plus 7 per cent
stamp tax, it charges to import
fuel, as this makes up a signifi-
cant percentage of government
revenue.

Instead, Mr D’Aguilar said
there needs to be an increased
use of alternative forms of
energy, such as solar and
renewable energy, to reduce
the dependency on oil.

“We are trying to teach the
message of conservation, and
the danger is that if you make

‘oil too cheap, people will use

more of it. So, really what we
should be encouraging is the
use of cleaner forms of energy
so that we can also alleviate
global warming,” the Cham-
ber president said.

The Department of Statis-
tics recentlyreleased average
quarterly prices on a variety of
items for the third quarters
between 2005-2007, which
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Electricity costs for an aver-
age private residence using 800
units jumped from $173.47 per
month in 2005 to $207.07 in
2006 and $214.32 last year, rep-
resenting a 23.6 per cent
increase in two years. These
prices include BEC’s fuel sur-
charge.

Diesel saw ‘a more moder-
ate increase, the Department
noted, with a gallon costing

$3.05 in 2005, spiking to $3.55 .

in 2006 and then dropping a
cent in 2007.

The cost of a pound of
chicken, the meat staple of
most Bahamian families, rose
by 5.5 per cent between 2005
and 2007 - from $1.81.in 2005
to $1.83 in 2006 and $1.93 in
2007.

A variety of fruits and veg-
etables- plantains, avocados,
carrots, Irish potatoes, pineap-
ples, tomatoes - all saw a slight
decrease in price between 2006
and 2007, but other items such
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of a physician’s visit was
“almost constant” between
2005 and 2006 increasing by
only 0.6 per cent,

However it reported that
during the four quarters of
2006 to 2007, there was a
notable increase of 14.26 per
cent, taking the price of a first
office visit from $85.33 in 2005
to $98.06 in 2007.

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at corruption
perceptions

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“A lot of delays occur
from deficient documents.
That feeds on the bad side
of the public sector. If you
have incomplete documents,
do not know what you are
doing, the propensity for
graft increases, because you
are asking the people who
stamp your documents to
help you sort them out.”

Dr Deveaux and his offi-
cials, not to mention their
ministerial and civil service
counterparts in other min-
istries, are likely to find
rooting out graft a Her-
culean task.

As the Chamber report

findings indicated, there is a.

perception - and likely real-
ity - that low-level forms of
corruption have become

almost institutionalised in’

many government depart-
ments, and at multiple lev-
els.

The payment of ‘induce-
ments’ not only adds to the
cost of doing business, but
undermines the integrity of
approval processes and sys-
tems, undermining trust and
confidence in the fairness of
government.

Some are likely to argue
that this type of corruption
has become almost a cultur-
al phenomenon, yet few
realise the costs it imposes
on the Bahamian consumer
and taxpayer. —

Indeed, the Chamber

report said: “The well-doc-
umented and often-dis-
cussed bottlenecks within
the Ministry of Works have
invariably led to the pub-

lic’s perception of enhanced
power in the hands of a few
pivotal public servants,
matched with a great sus-
ceptibility to corruption or,
at a minimum, openness to
inducements.

“While participants in the
Roundtable did not
acknowledge personal
involvement in offering
inducement to a person,
they all believed that pay-
ing someone to move a pro-
ject forward was the only
realistic way of achieving
business objectives ina
timely manner.”

The Chamber report
backs up the findings of the
audit and assessment con-
ducted last year on the Min-
istry of Works by UK-based
Crown Agents. The report
noted that there had been
complaints of “questionable
behaviour”, with allegations
that payment was being
sought for issuing licences,
permits and approvals.

Mr Deveaux told The Tri-

bune that the Ministry was
“addressing” the weakness-
es identified by the Crown
Agents report in areas such
as the contract
bidding/approvals process;
the Building Control
Department; its supplies
and stores area; and fuel
issuing.

The Ministry of Works
operated a fuel issuing facil-
ity for other government
ministries, and Dr Deveaux
said it was tracking fuel
issuance by vehicle and
ministry.

“We've improved over-

sight of supplies from the
inventory to the purchase
order, to the receipt, to the
dispensing, in an effort to
ensure the taxpayer’s mon-
ey is not being wasted,” Dr
Deveaux said.

On the bidding/approval
process for government
contracts, Dr Deveaux said
the Ministry had, “based on
the type and size of con-
tractors, done our best to

put them in a rotational

pool, so they have a rea-
sonable chance to partici-
pate in government work”.

This, the minister said,
was designed to enable
qualified contractors to “get
a shot at a job” in line with
their size and competency,
be it building construction,
drain clearing or landscap-
ing.

The rotational system was
also designed to ensure no
one contractor or group of
contractors monopolised
government work, Dr
Deveaux said, with the
Ministry of Works now
refining and developing a
database of qualified con-
tractors.

The rotational pool sys-
tem had been developed
since the Crown Agents
report and Dr Deveaux’s
taking of that ministerial
position.

While it was still too ear-
ly to tell whether the sys-
tem was working, Dr
Deveaux said: “We have
made considerable strides

in making this thing more:

transparent since I came
here.”

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2008, PAGE 3B

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for the Crash Fire & Rescue Station At the
Lynden Pindling International Airport

The Airport Authority is requesting proposals from qualified firms for
the installation and maintenance of a Vertical Air Flow Exhaust Removal
System for the Airport Authority Crash, fire and Rescue Station located
at the Lynden Pindling International Airport, Nassau, Bahamas.

Scope of Works

The scope of works will entail the purchase and installation of all electrical
equipment, Filtration Systems, Pre-Filter (stage 1), Main Media Filter
(stage 2), Gas - Phase Extractor (stage 3), construction of all necessary
cabinets, 16 & 18 gauge, blower, automatic activation switches resulting
in a turn key system.

Instructions

The successful firm must be able to demonstrate to the Airport Authority
that they are knowledgeable of all standards and laws quoted in the
paragraph. The health and safety of the employees in the Airport Authority
is top priority.

Proposals should be prepared simply and economically, providing a
concise description of the provider’s capabilities and also a clear and
accurate description of the equipment that is intended to be installed.

Insurance

The successful firm shall carry at no cost to the Airport Authority
Professional Liability Insurance (Errors and Omissions). The insurance
shall include protection from claims under the relevant law. The firm
shall provide the Airport Authority with the name and address of its
insurers and, if requested a copy of the firm’s professional Liability
Policy.

Interested firms may attend a site inspection orientation on Thursday
31st January 2008 at 10am at the executive offices of the Airport Authority.

Proposals are to be submitted to the Executive Offices Airport Authority
in a sealed envelope by Friday 15th February 2008 and addressed to:

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PICTURED FROM left, in the front row, are Mario Bastian, Ricardo
Simmons, Kino Simmons, Kenva Cooper, James McPhee and
Anthony Johnson. In the back row, from L to R, are John
Haughton, Theodore Nottage II, Kevin Turnquest, Dr Collins and
Timothy Munnings. ~

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2006

IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/00941

Common Law & Equity Division
IN THE MATTER OF THE PETITION OF LEROY CAPRON
AND
IN THE MATTER OF THE QUIETING TITLES ACT, 1959
AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land together
comprising of 5,000 square feet of property more or less in the
Nassau Village Subdivision on the Island of New Providence
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas being
Lots 9 and 10 of Block 14 situate on the Western side of Lewis
Street and about 100 Feet North of Northern Alexander Boulevard
and having such positions shapes marks and boundaries as
are shown on the plan filed herein and thereon coloured Pink.

NOTICE

The Petition of LEROY CAPRON of Nassau Village in the Southern
District of the island of New Providence, one of the islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas of

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land together comprising of
5,000 square feet of property more or less in the Nassau Village
Subdivision on the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas being Lots 9 and 10 of Block 14.



The Petitioner LEROY CAPRON claims to be the owner of the fee
simple estate in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore described free from
encumbrances.

Eric Rose





And the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme Court of the
aforementioned Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959, in the above action, to have his title to the said tract of
land investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granted in accordance with the provisions of the said Act.

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Notice is hereby given that any person having a Dower or a right to Dower
or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before
the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication of these presents
file in the said Registry of the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or
the undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form verified by an
Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
Statement of his Claim on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after
the final publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such claims.

Copies of the said plan may be inspected during normal ‘working
hours at the Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North, Nassau,
N.P. Bahamas and the Chambers of Messrs. Evans & Co., Samuel
H. Evans House, Christie and Shirley Streets, Nassau, Bahamas

DATED the 11th day of January A.D., 2008. ,
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Chambers
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Attorneys for the Petitioner

ELEVEN Bahamian professionals
have graduated from the Certified
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(CIPM) programme, presented by
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(LIT), in association with the Amer-
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The certification is recognised in
over 140 countries and by over 85
universities.

Lecturer for the programme, Dr
Cornel Collins, said the project man-
agement profession had become the
fastest growing across many indus-
tries and opportunities in the field
are “there for the taking” if an inter-

ested person has that talent and
skills.

“It requires far more skills and
knowledge than just managing a pro-
ject,” he said.

Knowledge

“Project managers must possess the
knowledge and skills needed to be
effective in both the project, busi-
ness or government environment, and
to make decisions that accomplish
strategic objectives.”

Dr Collins added that they should ~

have advanced skills in finance, cross+

munication, team building, influence,
negotiation and conflict resolution.
Corporations are seeking certified
project managers, as they acquire
these skills through quality training
programs, he said.

"If companies don't know why their
projects are over time, over budget
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Town Planning reforms
to deal with flooding

FROM page one

would involve ensuring that
‘any development maintains a
required amount of green space
and trees”.

And Dr Deveaux added:
“We want to ensure the Act,
with respect to density, is tight-
ened, so we can control that.”

He said he had directed the
permanent secretary in the Min-
istry of Works and Transport
to require that future applica-
tions submitted for subdivision
approvals should include details
on elevations and geographical
locations.

This was to ensure that the
Ministry and Town Planning
Committee would not approve
developments such as the parti-
tioning of five acres of land, or a
10-lot subdivision, without
knowing how the project would
impact roads, beach access and
wetlands. °

“The Ministry of Works is in
the advance stages of hiring a
consultant to review the Town
Planning Act and the Private
Roads and Subdivision Act,”
Dr Deveaux said.

“There were some drafts
done, but we felt it prudent to
hire additional expertise to
review to accomplish the plans
we want. The consultants’ work
is expected to commence short-
ly, and we hope to have briefs
the Government can review so
that we can make the necessary
amendments to the legislation.”

Responding to concerns
raised Chamber of Commerce
members in a report set to be
presented to Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham, that the
Town Planning Act needed to
be reformed and ‘approvals in
principle’ associated with plan-
ning applications clearly
defined, Dr Deveaux said: “The
new Town Planning Commit-
tee has been meeting weekly, |
think, so there’s been signifi-
cant improvement in that
process”.

Pointing to the heightened
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minister said the Town Plan-
ning Committee’s membership
included an environmentalist,
builder, realtor and busi-
nessperson.

“There was one recent case
with a development on the
coast,” Dr Deveaux recalled.
“They [the Town Planning
Committee] sent it back just to
clarify whether they were build-
ing above the dune. That’s not
their job. It should be stated in
the briefs. ;

“We want to ensure the law
provides them [the Committee]
with better cover on things like
that.”

The Chamber report also said
there was a need for “greater
clarity” in relation to what an
‘approval in principle’ relating
to a planning application actu-
ally meant.

One business recalled an
episode where it received its
approval in principle from the
Department of Public Works,
with “no unreasonable or
unusual demands” placed on
the company.

The Chamber report noted
that the planning application
for a “commercial develop-
ment” complied with zoning
and covenant restrictions, and
“considerable financial
resources were committed to
move the project forward”,
including purchasing the land.

Yet public protests and. an
appeal against the project to the
Town Planning Committee saw
the body reverse its original

decision, and the approval was
reversed.

In reply, Dr Deveaux said
that on issues like this, the Gov-
ernment would “try and bal-
ance the public concerns and
deal with the mischief that
occurs”.

Problems of the nature
described here, the minister

‘ said, often occurred when a

piece of land zoned for com-
mercial use was purchased
many years ago, yet since then
residential areas had grown up
around it.

When something of a com-
mercial nature was eventually
planned for that land, residents
living in that neighbourhood
were likely to object to preserve
their quality of life.

’ Dr Deveaux said that when
such situations occurred, they
often could not be resolved by
the Government or Town Plan-
ning Committee. As a result,
the Government was left with a
difficult choice: re-zone the land
in question; make it a no-build
zone; or purchase the land itself
for public use.

The minister said that one
proposed reform to the Town
Planning Act would allow the
Government, using its GIS land
parcel registration system, to
stipulate no-build zones in wet-
lands or acquire land for public
space.

Warning that the Govern-
ment and its proposed reforms
were “not going to remedy the
faults overnight”, Dr Deveaux
said: “We are hoping that with a

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FROM page one

Bluewater prior to the 2007 gen-
eral clection still committed the
Government to negotiating exclu-
sively with Bluewater.

He added: “At the moment,
there's still an exclusivity agree-
ment with them, so the talks are
still only with them.”

The process initiated by the
Christie government, which
eschewed an open, transparent
‘beauty contest’ such as the one
used in the failed 2003 privatisation
process, in favour of the ‘behind
closed doors’ variety, means that
the Ingraham administration is
unable to talk to other potential
BTC privatisation partners until
the Bluewater talks are conclud-
ed - one way or another.

By binding the Ingraham gov-
ernment in this way, the former
administration has prevented it
from discovering whether there
are any better rival offers to Blue-
water’s for the 49 per cent stake.

Asked how important conclud-
ing BTC’s privatisation was to the
present government, Mr Laing
- said: “We've always said it is
important. It is important for us in

*

BTC talks

a modern economy to have a tele-
coms company able to deliver the
variety, quality, seamless and flaw-
less level of telecoms required.

“That’s important for us, and
we believe that BTC, with a private
interest, and a telecoms sector that
is liberalised, will do that, based
on experiences across the globe
and what is doable here in our
national scenario.”

The protracted 10-year saga to
sell BTC to a strategic partner has
spanned three governments, cost
more than $150 million, and
involved one failed attempt in
2003.

The costs to the Bahamian econ-
omy and business community have
also been significant. The Chamber
of Commerce’s compilation of
‘Vexing Business Issues’, detailing
the private sector’s frustrations in
dealing with government agencies,
saw BTC receive “the harshest crit-
icisms” of all government utility
corporations.

The draft report, a copy of
which was leaked to The Tribune,
said: “There are direct business

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telecommunications services. The
Bahamas does appear to be a less
desirable place to do business.

“[Chamber] members expressed
their embarrassment when clients
exclaim: ‘I go everywhere to do
business, and the only, place my
phone does not work is when I vis-
it the Bahamas’.

“[Charnber] members expressed
concerns and regrets about the
long time required to get service......
For many, it is a return to ‘who
ks know’ in order to secure time-
y service. There is just a tremen-
dous lack of faith in going through
the normal channels.”

And the solution? “Privatise.
Deregulate. Make competition
available.”

In regard to the public utility
corporations generally, the feed-
back from Chamber members at a
séries of roundtable meetings
found “a level of settled frustra-
tion with the public utility compa-
nies.

“They explained that there is a
general level of complacency and
unresponsiveness from these com-
panies. There is no sense of
urgency. Service is substandard.

The corporations do not seem to

understand that they provide a ser-
vice. There was evident quiet but
intense frustration with the inabil-
ity to go anywhere else.”

Bluewater had endured a more-
than five month wait to hear from
the new FNM government on
whether it wanted to proceed with
the BTC privatisation, and its $260
million offer that had been agreed
in principle just before the former
Christie administration demitted
office.

Philip ‘Brave’ Davis, Bluewa-
ter’s attorney, had previously told
The Tribune that his clients were
“keen” to conclude the privatisa-
tion and acquisition of a 49 per

-cent stake in BTC, and had not

pulled out. Instead, they were wait-
ing to hear patiently from the Gov-
ernment as to how the process
could move forward.

Bluewater had initially been pre-
pared to pay $255 million for a 49
per cent BTC stake, the Christie
government having held out for
$250 million. An arrangement was
worked out where Bluewater
would pay $220 million upfront, a
further $35 million after a five-year
cellular monopoly expired, and a
final $5 million in the sixth year
for $260 million.

That price was double the $130
million amount offered by Baha-
maTel, the leading bidder in the
failed 2003 privatisation process.

Failing to privatise BTC has also
impacted the other arm of.the
Government’s telecommunications
sector policy, namely liberalisa-
tion/deregulation. The former
administration attempted to
restrict the competition offered by
IndiGo Networks, BTC’s only
legal fixed-line competitor, and
Cable Bahamas, in order to pre-
serve BTC’s value for privatisa-

‘ tion.

Yet this has also deprived
Bahamian consumers of greater
choice, the better prices competi-
tion would bring, and an improved
quality of service. And all the while
BTC’s revenues and profitability
are being eroded by the likes of
Skype, Vonage and other Voice
over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
providers. _

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‘Radical reconfiguration’

FROM page one

this country has to offer. It is an absolute necessity.”

Mr Laing added: “When you look at GDP per capita, real GDP
per capita, it swells through the enrichment of Bahamians by these
entrepreneurial opportunities as the economy grows over time.

“Tt has to be a real, targeted element of our economic develop-
ment plan going forward.

“That can only happen if we help Bahamians seize the identified
opportunities this economy has to offer.”

Among the government agencies dedicated to providing financ-
ing for entrepreneurs, small businesses and start-ups, assisting
them with their business plans and needs, are the Bahamas Devel-
opment Bank (BDB), government sponsored venture capital fund,
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC), and a
variety of loan guarantee programmes.

The BDB and venture capital fund come under Mr Laing’s min-
istry, while the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries oversees
BAIC.

Mr Laing said the Government wanted to ensure that any capi-
tal support was “predominantly given in those areas of value-
added opportunities that have been identified. We are seeking to
work with the IDB on a consultancy, to identify where those oppor- °
tunities are”. ,

The effort to target value-added, growth sectors of the Bahami-
an economy going forward, where entrepreneurs are likely to suc-
ceed and enjoy the greatest returns could mean, “in some senses,
a radical reconfiguration of what we are doing in these areas”.

“Some of the current lending arrangements may be out of syn-
chronisation with the opportunities,” Mr Laing added.”

He explained that by targeting specific growth industries, “we

- want going forward to be in an absolute position to say that 70-80

per cent of resources are going this way.

“These are the areas where there are opportunities for Bahami-
ans, and it makes sense to target them and seize opportunities in |
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The Public is hereby advised: that |, FREDERICK
NATHANIEL HIELD of General Delivery Office, Moore’s
Island, intend to change my name to FREDERICK DAVIS.
If there are any objections to this change of name by
Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice. ‘

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that RICHARD NIXON EVIE
of _MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, 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
ranted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby ane that EVELYN GENE of MARSH
HARBOUR, ABACO, 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 25TH day of JANUARY
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.













NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ALEX JEAN JOSEPH of EAST
ATLANTIC & AMBERJACK CARAVEL BEACH, FREEPORT,
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
resposible 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 25TH day of January,
2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that GUERDA DUROSEAU LOUIDOR
of SOLDIER ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister resposible 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 18TH day of January, 2008 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.

' NOTICE

NOTICE is TE ae i iven that ANDRE-ROSE DUROSA

PAUL of TREA E CAY, ABACO, 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

ranted, should send a written and signed statement of
ihe facts within twenty-eight days from the 25TH day of
JANUARY 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality:
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL

The Public is hereby advised that |, DONALD RONALD
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to change my name to DANIEL DONALD RONALD
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OWN: 1, High-flying 2, Thai 3, Organ-die 4, No-St-rum 5,
Grounds-well 6, Water's down 7, Drive-L 8, Sl-ash-ing 10,
Thick 16, No-uri-sh 20, Ran-ge 22, Attr-act 23, C-old-he-
arted 25, Get-up-and-qo 26, Saucer-eyed 28, Adorab-
Hitte 31, Life-less 32, rie-fly 34, L-as-sie 35, Flame 39,
ee

+: ——— easy solutions 5
ACROSS: 9, Magazine 10, Pro 11, Orator 12, Circus 13,
atk 14, Amen 15, Cornflakes 17, Examines 18, Another
19, Able 21, Latest 24, Alice-in-Wonderland 27, Stigma 29,
Aims 30, Student 33, Farthing 35, Squandered 36, Fear 37,
Admiral 38, Allows 40, Strike 41, Nut 42,

Bolsters.

DOWN: 1, California 2, Talc 3, Dissolve 4, Teacake 5,
Comprehends 6, Footballer 7, Safari 8, Homeless 10, Picks
16, Netting 20, Broom 22, Twaddle 23, Enlargement

25, Eradicates 26, Donkey-work 28, Travesty 31, Tentacle
32, Lullaby 34, Turnip 35, Strut 39, Lots.







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The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1¢ 1¢ 3¢
Dble 4¢ 49%

Opening lead — ace of diamonds.
“The Maltese Falcon,” Sydney
Greenstreet’s character, Kasper Gut-
man, refers to Sam Spade, played by
Humphrey Bogart, as a man of “nice
judgments.”

In many ways, this description
can be applied to successful bridge
players..At tee highest levels of the
game, where the players have mas-
tered the most complex bidding sys-
tems, and where the card play is vir-
tually flawless, the difference
between winning and losing is often
determined by “nice judgments.”

Take this deal, which was instru-
mental in France’s 27-IMP victory
over the United States in the final of
the 1997 world‘téam championship.

The bidding shown occurred when “’

Herve Mouiel and Fradck Multon

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were playing North-South for France

against Bobby Wolff and Bob Ham- -
man of the U.S. Mouiel’s three-

diamond bid was pre-emptive, and

Wolff’s double was “responsive,”

indicating moderate values and

length in the unbid suits: Hamman’s

subsequent four-heart bid ended the

auction.

Mouiel led the ace and another
diamond, ruffed by Hamman, who
then played the heart queen, ducked
by South. When Hamman next tried
the heart jack, Multon won and
retumed the nine of hearts to
dummy’s king. This left Multon in
position to draw dummy’s last trump
and run his diamonds after he gained
the lead with the club ace, and the
result was down four — plus 200 for
France. *

At the other table, the bidding
went: :

East South West North
1& 1¢ 1¢ 4¢
Pass 5¢ Dble

Eric Rodwell, South for the U.S., -

continued to five diamonds after his
partner’s ive raise to four,
and was doubled by Alain Levy.
Levy led the spade ace and switched
to a club, establishing a club trick for
the defense before the king of spades
could be driven out. So Rodwell fin-
ished down one, another 200 points

_ and 9 IMPs to France.

Of course, if Levy had cashed the
spade king at trick two, Rodwell

would have made the contract, but
that sort of misjudgment Ey lecid-

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TARGET

HOW many words of four letters or more can you
make from the letters shown here? In making a
word, each letter may be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and there must be at least
one nine-letter word. No plurals, or verb forms ending
in “s”, no words with initial capitals and no words
with a hyphen or apostrophe permitted. The first
‘word of a phrase is permitted (e.g. inkjet in inkjet

printer).
TODAY'S TARGET

Good 13; very good 20; excellent 26 (or more).

Solution Monday.
YESTERDAY'S SOLUTION

aerie aide aired arid attire attired awed dare
dart date dear dewar drat draw eared eater idea
irate iterate iterated raid rate rated ratted read
tare tart tear teat tetra tetrad TIDEWATER
tirade trad trade trait tread treat treated triad
wade wader wadi wait wait | waiter ward ware
wart water watered watt wear wearied



















DOWN

1 Skinflint (5)

2 True (7)

4 — Unusual (4)

5 Purloine (6)

6 Of the sun (5)

7 Start b)

9 Twitch (3)

12. - Curtains (7)

14 Donkey (3)

16 Feline (5)

17 Scandinavian (5)
19 _ Fantastic (7)

20 Edible innards (5)
21 Comedian (5)

23. Wander (7)

24 Fascination (6)
25 Can (3)

27 _ Fashion (5)

28 Titled women (5)
30 Weapon-bearing (5)
32 Singer (4)

33 Listening organ (3)









Jacques Davidson v Alexander
Alekhine, Semmering 1926. Bishop
or knight? The two chessboard
pieces are supposed to be of
approximately equal value, but
many grandmasters have a definite
preference. One such was Alekhine,
world champion for most of 1927-
46. He was a bishop supporter, but
with the proviso that he liked to use ~
the queen-bishop duo or the queen-
rook-bishop trio for the imaginative
attacking chess which made hima
legend in his lifetime. Here as Black
(to move) Alekhine has sacrificed
one of his precious prelates so’as to
establish its partner in a queen-
bishop tandem, boxing.in the white
king. But how to win? Any expert
would automatically start looking
at Bg3+ Kgl hoping for Qh2-hi mate
or Qh2xf2 mate. But in the first case
the WK has an escape square at e2,
in the second f2 is well guarded. So

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JAN 25
AQUARIUS — Jan 21/Feb 18

Stop being so hard on yourself,
Aquarius. You are your own worst
critic — others around you don’t
judge you as harshly. Leave room for
self-indulgence on Friday.

PISCES — Feb 19/March 20)
Your relationship is bound to end this
week, Pisces, but it’s not your fault.
This person is just not ready for a
long-term commitment. Remember,
there are other fish in the sea
ARIES — March 21/April 20
It’s time to save up your pennies,
Aries, there is some rough financial
road ahead. You may want to con-
sider taking up some temporary part-
time work to get you through.
TAURUS - April 21/May 21
Expect some major changes at the
workplace by Wednesday, Taurus.
It is bound to cause some commo-
tion. Extra stress at work makes
home life a little tricky this week.
GEMINI - May 22/June 21
Keep clear of an upset family mem-
ber on Tuesday, Gemini, this person
is only bound to ruin your good
mood. Your love like takes an unex-
pected turn for the better.
CANCER - June 22/July 22
Sarcasm can be your downfall on
Tuesday, Cancer. Best to keep
quiet for a while and remain busy.
You'll be needed to put in extra
hours at work, but the rewards will
probably be generous.

LEO - July 23/August 23

Life is the cat's meow for you, Leo, A
big raise seems imminent and a promo-
Hon is not too far on the horizon. Your
positive mood can only be enhanced by
a chance encounter this weekend.
VIRGO -— Aug 24/Sept 22

It seems that things are looking up
for you, Virgo. You're finally out
of the slump that’s been bogging
you down lately. A better mood
frees up more time for recreation.
LIBRA — Sept 23/Oct 23

Your patience is tested at werk on
Thursday: Too many technical diffi-
culties with faulty equipment cause
your temperature to rise. Just be
level-headed and hope for the best.
SCORPIO — Oct 24/Nov 22
Stress has driven you over the edge
on more than one occasion in the
past, but this week you've finally
found the formula for remaining
calm. Expect dinner plans for Friday.
SAGITTARIUS — Noy 23/Dec 21
You need to find a new interest,
Sagittarius. Why not adopt a pet to
focus your attention in a different
direction. A party on the weekend
leaves you anxious — an old flame

CAPRICORN -— Dee 22/Jan 20
Stop butting heads with that coworker.
Your teasing and arguments are just
masking the underlying attraction you
feel for each other, Capricorn. Accept
the truth and pursue this attractive catch.



only a draw by Bg3+ Kg! Bh2+ then?
Of course not! For Alekhine, failure to
defeat one of the lowest-ranked

- players in a tournament was like a
defeat. He had a different, winning
idea. For a clue to it, remember that
Alekhine also liked rooks to be part of
his tactical plans. How did Black force
victary?

LEONARD BARDEN

Le TS MND

Chess: 8527: 1...Qf3+! 2 Kxh2 Re5 and White has no
defence to RhS+ and Rhi mate.
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it was critical that they pro-
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Quality service, he added,
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