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Harrah's ‘pulls out of leat



Company in joint

Cable Beach venture

with Baha Mar reportedly
withdraws; cites comments
in the House as reason

mMByBRENTDEAN ,
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

HARRAHW’s has reportedly
pulled out of the deal to devel-
op the Cable Beach Resorts,
citing comments in the House
of Assembly this week ques-
tioning the ability of the pro-
ject to proceed, as a reason
for this decision.

The bombshell announce-
ment came in a press release
yesterday issued by Baha Mar,
which was in joint venture
partnership with Harrah’s, one
of the world’s largest casino
resort operators.

“Baha Mar Resorts (“Baha.
Mar”) today said that it has
received a notice from Har-
rah’s Entertainment (“Har-
rah’s”) purporting to termi-
nate their joint venture
arrangements,” said the state-
ment.

“Baha Mar has notified
Harrah’s that it disputes Har-
rah’s ability to unilaterally ter-
‘minate the arrangements.
Those arrangements were
affirmed by Harrah’s as
recently as January 31 when
Harrah’s, as Baha Mar’s joint
venture partner, signed the
latest Heads of Agreement
with the Government of The
Bahamas.”

‘The statement continues: |

“In attempting to justify its
actions, Harrah’s referred to
comments made two days ago
in the House of Assembly
questioning the ability of the

project to proceed ahead.

However, just yesterday, the

House of Assembly voted |

unanimously to approve all of
the Government’s sale agree-
ments for key parcels of land
to be transferred to Baha Mar,
accompanied by numerous
positive comments about the,
Baha Mar project from sever-















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_ bring to an end the $2.6 bil-

.completed would reportedly

al key Members of Parlia-
ment.”
This move by Harrah’s may

lion mega-project intended to
revitalize the Cable Beach
Strip, and may draw into ques-
tion whether the prime minis-
ter’s comments this week in
the House might have con-
tributed to bringing this part-
nership to an end.

During the resolution to
authorize the transfer of land
in Cable Beach to the devel-
opers of the Resort, Mr Ingra-
ham said he doubted the abil-
ity of Baha Mar to finance the
project, but was confident that
Harrah’s could do it.

“And today I am still not
satisfied that Baha Mar has
the money to undertake the
project. But I am satisfied that
if Harrah’s carries out what it
says it will do, that they have
the means to undertake the
project if they do what they
say — but they have no legally
binding commitment to the
Bahamas. All of their agree-
ments are with Baha Mar,”
said Mr Ingraham in the
House earlier this week.

The development, when

A FAMILY explores the area at Lo
throughout March as Spring Brea

provide employment for some
5,000 people. The large num- »

SEE page nine

Hubert Ingraham

_ The GB Port Authority





receivership overturned

_@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
and BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority receivership was yes-
terday overturned by Supreme Court Justice Neville Adderley,
but with all other litigation stayed it is unclear whether the bit-
ter 17-month dispute over its ownership is any closer to reso-
lution.

Justice Adderley ruled that “in law”, a receiver should not
have been appointed for an institution that exercised quasi-
governmental powers, such as the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA).

He said another factor behind the decision to remove the
receivers, BDO Mann Judd accountants Clifford and Myles
Culmer, was that the attorneys for the late Edward St George’s
estate had not disclosed an earlier order by Justice John Lyons,
requiring all parties to be present for a hearing on the initial
receivership application, when the receivers were finally appoint-
ed in late November 2006.

The receivership order was made by Justice Jeanne Thomp-
son at a hearing where only the St George estate’s attorneys
were present, and Justice Adderley ruled that their failure to dis-
close the existence of Justice Lyons’s earlier order was reason
enough to end the receivership by itself.

While Sir Jack Hayward and his fellow defendants are likely

SEE page nine









ng Wharf yesterday. The Bahamas can expect an influx of tourists

k gets underway.



24 hours

Fridays & Saturdays

Exploring the shoreline



PM urges more ‘focused’
co-operation with CARICOM
Heads of Government in
addressing tourism challenges

@ By ALISON LOWE
’ Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday urged CARICOM

Heads of Government to work ‘towards more “focused and inten-
sified” co-operation in addressing regional tourism challenges.
For the third time since he was first elected as Prime Minister in
1992, Mr Ingraham addressed Caribbean Heads of Government as
CARICOM chairman on Friday at the opening of the 19th Inter-
cessional Meeting of Conference of Heads of Government of the
Caribbean Community at the Sheraton Cable Beach resort.
Noting that the last time the community’s chiefs met in Nassau
was in July, 2001, just before 9/11, Mr Ingraham urged that while

SEE page nine

is

Police seek pair in connection



with robbery of nightclub

POLICE are seeking two
men for questioning in connec-
tion with the robbery of Fluid
Nightclub in late February.

The men are considered
armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information

about the suspects are asked to
contact police emergency at
919/911, the police control room
at 322-3333, the Central Detec-
tive Unit at 502-9930, or the
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 328-
8477.

Tim Clarke/T ribune Staff

Bahamas ‘has
to adopt zero
tolerance
to all crime’

lm By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ACTING police commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson said.
for the Bahamas to effectively
curtail growing levels of crime,
it has to adopt “zero tolerance”
towards all types of crime.

Speaking of the fraction of
youth involved in criminal
activity, Mr Ferguson said in
many instances, these children
are blatantly disrespectful of
people, their property and all
institutions.

“If you listen to the young
people, that sector that is

‘involved in crime, in a lot of

instances they are just careless;
they are just so blatantly disre-

SEE page nine

Police ‘will
not knowingly
tolerate any
corruption’

lm By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

POLICE will not knowingly .
tolerate any form of corruption
within the organisation, acting
Commissioner Reginald Fergu-
son told The Tribune in an
exclusive interview yesterday.

Commissioner Ferguson’s
comments came as officers are
expected to be charged shortly
before the courts for reportedly
allowing themselves to be
bribed by an alleged drug deal-
er who was wrongly released
from custody earlier this week.

Speaking at Police Head-
quarters on East Street, Com-
missioner Ferguson said he is

SEE page nine

Body found:
man believed to

have drowned

THE body of man,
believed to be a Haitian, was
found yesterday afternoon
near Holiday Drive, close to
the South Beach Pools.

Asst Supt Walter Evans
told The Tribune that it’s
believed the victim drowned
and was washed ashore.
However, an autopsy will
have to determine the exact
cause of death, he said.

Mr Evans said preliminary
investigations indicated that
the man was one of the pas-
sengers on a Haitian sloop
that ran aground off south-
ern New Providence earlier
this week.

At press time last night,
police had not identified the
man.
















PAGE 2, SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008

THE TRIBUNE

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Protest against the

Ministry of Lands and
Local Government
treats senior citizens
to luncheon

@ By LLONELLA GILBERT



MINISTER of Lands and Local Government Sidney Collie said |
the employees at his ministry were proud to be the servants for the |
senior citizens whom they treated to lunch yesterday.

The lunch, held at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex, was :
one of the activities planned for the Ministry’s Awareness Month |}
2008. The theme for the month is “Building bridges to the future :

through service to the community”.

Senior citizens attending the lunch came from the Senior Cit-
izens Geriatric Hospital, the Demetrius Home, the Nurse Naomi i
Christie Home, the Mary Ingraham Care Centre, and the Yellow }

Elder and Soldier Road Senior Citizens Homes.

All of the senior citizens, whom the minister called “precious
received gifts and were treated to entertainment by the :

pearls,”
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band and Eric ‘King’ Gibson.

Harcourt Williams, 93, Stephanie Marshall, 60 and Eunice
. Williams, 80, wowed the crowd with smooth moves as they i

danced together.

One of special guests attending the lunch was Jenny Edge-

combe, who turns 100 this month.

Ms Edgecombe thanked the ministry officials for their kindness. ;
She added, “Above anything I want to thank my Lord. He }
promised me long life. He told me in the Psalms 31:24 ‘Be of good }
courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope on the :

Lord’.”

Mr Collie said his ministry wants to be made aware of anything
it can do to help out the senior citizens homes, and will participate ;

in special events the homes plan for their residents.

“We just want to say to those senior citizens gathered here this
afternoon that we love you,” he said. “We care about your com- }

fort and we care about your well-being.

“If there is anything we can do, as a ministry, to assist in mak-
ing life more bearable and enjoyable for you, we want to let the ;

matrons of the homes know this ministry is available.”



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Sunday, Mareh 16th, 2008
Annual Parade & Water Baptismal Service at
the Western Esplanade, followed by live ZNS
Radio & T.V. 13 evening broadcast Service.



BISHOP STEVE MADRID
USA Regional Overseer

BISHOP TIMOTHY HARPER



EPA outsid

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~CARICOM meeting

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

YESTERDAY’S CARICOM heads of
government meeting at Cable Beach
became the setting for the country’s first
public protest against government’s antici-
pated signing of the Economic Partnership
Agreement with the European Union.

Attorneys and PLP members Paul Moss
and Fayne Thompson took to the Cable
Beach strip outside the Sheraton with a
group of six placard waving protesters to
declare that the EPA is the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy (CSME) “in dis-
guise” and should, therefore, be rejected.

“Once the Bahamian people understand
what the details of this agreement are about
they will all oppose it,” said Mr Thomp-
son. “This is the beginning of a protest, like
with CSME, that will continue until the
Bahamian people are informed about (the
EPA).”

The two criticised government for
allegedly “signing away the country’s sov-
ereignty” by agreeing to have the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM)
delineate the agreement on this country’s
behalf — as all CARICOM countries have —
and for failing to “come clean” with the
public on the details of the agreement.

The EPA has been a major topic of dis-
cussion during a busy week of CARICOM
meetings in Nassau. The agreement has a
scheduled mid-April sign-on date.

The attorneys’ demonstration occurred

shortly after Bahamas prime minister and
CARICOM chairman Hubert Ingraham
finished giving his opening address to
regional leaders attending the Intersessional
Meeting of Conference of Heads of Gov-
ernment.
. Placards reading “EPA = Recolonisa-
tion” and “Don’t Sell Us Back Into Slavery”
were marched up and down the tourist strip,
attracting the attention of several curious
onlookers.

Inside, Minister of State for Finance

Zhivargo Laing denied the suggestion that

the two arrangements were essentially the
same.

“There is a stark distinction,” said Mr
Laing. “Anyone who suggests that the EPA







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AN ESTIMATED 215
Governor General’s Youth
Award participants took part
in the Anglican Diocesan
Youth Rally under the theme
“Christian youth for positive
change”.

After hearing from various



“Anyone who
suggests that the EPA
is the same as the
CSME shows a lack of
appreciation for the
substantial difference
between the two. The
EPA is a free trade
agreement involving
the movement of
goods, it involves
services and trade
related matters.”



Zhivargo Laing

is the same as the CSME shows a lack of |

appreciation for the substantial difference
between the two. The EPA is a free trade
agreement involving the movement of
goods, it involves services and trade related
matters.

“The CSME involves free movement of
goods, free movement of capital (and) free
movement of labour. It involves the pro-
posal to have a single currency. All of which
means that countries participating in the
CSME would have to essentially harmonise
their fiscal monetary policies and (there
would be) a lot more involved integration
than the EPA could ever fathom,” he said.

Mr Laing said that he does not share the
“same alarmist” view of the EPA as Messrs
Thompson and Moss. .

“T do agree there will have to be adjust-
ments made when you sign onto these
things (but) the rollout period for the agree-
ment is of the order of 15 to 25 years... so
there is sufficient time for us to ensure that
our adjustment is not a disadvantage to
ourselves as the government or as the pri-
vate sector.”

Responding to the allegation that the



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and SISTER KAREN HARPER

BISHOP CLARENCE WILLIAMS
National Overseer (Turks & Caicos)

BISHOP AMOS CARTY, SR.
of New York
and MINISTER DR. RUBY JONES-CARTY

Ministering in sensational song and
performance will be the Convention Choir
and Praise Team; the Tabernacle Concert
Choir; the Bahamas Public Officers Choir,
and other Church Choirs and Groups, along
with the Bahama Brass Band, the Youth
Brass Band, the Junior Brass Band, and the
Crusaders Brass Band from the Church of
God.

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“WALK WITH GOD” will be delivered by

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andabe’ blessed!

_ speakers including Rev Diana

Francis, Pastor Carlos Reid,
Theophilus Glinton and
Nurse Mitzl Fernander, the
participants were divided into
four groups to prepare and
act out skits dealing with the
theme.

All the participants attend-
ing stayed on to participate in
the GGYA annual “Camp
In” which concluded at 7am
the next day.

Additional activities includ-
ed a variety show, trivia min-
utes and team work tacks.

The GGYA is 2 seli-devel-
opment programme available
to all young people world-
wide. The programme is
designed to equip them with
life skills “to make a differ-
ence to themselves, their
communities and the world”.

To date over five million
people from more than 100
countries have been motivat-
ed to undertake a variety of
voluntary and challenging
activities.

Bahamas had irresponsibly foregone the
responsibility for negotiating the deal to
the CRNM, Mr Laing said that in fact the
Bahamas had been an “active participant”
in many of the meetings held to discuss the
arrangement.

The minister said that government
“agrees” that the public ought to become
more informed and is making provisions
to enable that to occur. However, he also
emphasised that discussions about the EPA
began in 2002. “Five years would’ve been a
marvelous period of time to inform the
public,” he said.

The EPA negotiated with the EU will
allow the Bahamas and its fellow African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries,
should they choose to sign on, to maintain
duty-free access for their exports to the EU
market if they allow the same access for
EU goods into their markets. It will also
involve the liberalisation — or opening up to
EU competition — of up to 75 per cent of
Bahamian service industries, according to
Mr Laing.





THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008, PAGE 3



A a eee
Wilchcombe: Bahamas tourism

industry ‘is slipping into a coma’



hospital after
cutlass attack

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

FREEPORT - A young man
is detained at a Nassau hospital

with serious injuries after being :

attacked by another man with a
cutlass, early Friday morning.

Jerrell Forbes, 24, of Priva-
teer Drive, Fortune Cay, suf-
fered serious injuries to his

right arm, right wrist, and left

thumb, which was almost com-
pletely severed.

Forbes is presently detained
at the Princess Margaret Hos-

pital. His condition is not }

known at this time.

Chief Superintendent Basil :
Rahming said the attack :

occurred around 6.35am at the

Pepper Pot Restaurant on East

Sunrise Highway.
Forbes told police that a

young man, whom he knows, :

chopped him several times
about the body with a cutlass
following a heated argument
over a woman.

Following the attack, the cul- :
prit got into a white car and

fled the scene.

_ Central Detective Unit offi-
cers are searching for the sus-

pect.

@ A HUSBAND and wife
were arrested and accused of a
breach of the Shop License Act
after police allegedly seized a
number of:saleable items at
their residence.

Supt Rahming said officers :
from the Central Police Station :
in Freeport, acting on informa- ":
tion, executed a search warrant

on a residence at Drake
Avenue around 6.30pm on
Thursday.

A large quantity of clothing
and other items, including :

ladies dresses, handbags, skirts,

jeans, jackets, men’s pants, hats,
tennis shoes and sweatsuits, :
were being offered for sale to :

the public.

Formal charges are expect- 7

ed to be filed against the couple
in the Freeport Magistrate’s
Court early next week.

Teenager in court
on robbery and
receiving charges

19-YEAR-OLD
Pinewood Gardens man
was arraigned in Magis-
trate’s Court yesterday on
robbery and receiving
charges.

According to court

‘dockets, it was alleged

that on Monday March 3,
James Thompson robbed
Jamal Williams of a grey
Toshiba laptop valued at
$800 along with a wallet
containing $50 cash.

Thompson, who
appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez,
pleaded not guilty to the
robbery charge and to the
charge receiving the lap-
top. 7

Thompson was granted
bail in the sum of $5,000
with one surety. The case
was adjourned to March
25.

@ A 24-YEAR-OLD
man was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison yester-
day after being arraigned
on charges of raping,
forcibly detaining and
robbing a 34-year-old
woman.

According to court
dockets, it is alleged that
while armed with a hand-
gun, Neko Kemp of Mal-
colm Road robbed a the
woman of her $235 hand-
bag which contained a
$135 wallet and a $30
Bahamian passport on
Tuesday, January 8 of this
year.

It is further alleged that
on the same day, Kemp
had sex with the woman
without her consent.

It is also alleged that
Kemp forcibly detained
the woman with the intent
to have sex with her.

Kemp, who appeared
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez at court
one in Bank Lane yester-
day afternoon, was not
required to plead to the
charges.

Inspector Althea Porter
objected to Kemp being
granted bail, saying that
the accused has a number
of matters pending before
the courts.

Kemp was denied bail
and remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case
was adjourned to March
25 and transferred to
court 10 in Nassau Street.

© In brief
Man detained in





Obie Wilchcombe

m@ By MATT MAURA

ONE million dollars has
been allocated in the
2007/2008 health budget for
the redevelopment and
improvement of the Acci-

dent and Emergency Depart-

ment of the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital.

Minister of Health and
Social Development D
Hubert Minnis made this
announcement to a group of
medical professionals, adding
that the review and planning

a process for an upgrade of

medical facilities at PMH,
and the construction of a
new primary healthcare facil-
ity in Freeport, Grand
Bahama, are underway.

Dr Minnis said this is part
of the government’s efforts
to give “due attention” to the
repair, upgrade and mainte-
nance needs of the primary
healthcare facilities through-
out the country.

Addressing the official
opening ceremony of the
Medical Association of the
Bahamas’ 36th annual Sci-
entific’ Conference on
Wednesday, Dr Minnis said
the upgrades to the Accident
and Emergency Department
will include the implementa-
tion of a fast track system for
“non- urgent illnesses” that is
designed to deliver quality
care in a timely manner,
thereby decreasing waiting
times.

Improve

He said the department
will also seek to improve the
efficiency of its patient flow
through the appointment of
patient care co-ordinators
and the implementation of
policies and procedures that
are designed to minimise
bottlenecks, thereby improv-
ing patient safety while
reducing overcrowding and
congestion.

“Prioritising customer sat-
isfaction by the development
and initiation of the Patient
Advocate Programme and
communication systems that
are designed to facilitate
communication between
staff, patients and their fam-
ilies, thereby enhancing the
hospital’s reputation as a
leading resource for urgent
care, are also among the
measures to be put in place,”
Dr Minnis said.

“The benchmarking, stan-
dardisation and implementa-
tion of a data collection sys-
tem to track patient waiting
times and utilization patters
to enhance planning, and evi-
dence-based decision for the
continued development of
the Accident and Emergency
Department are also among

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



THE Bahamas tourism industry is
“i]] and slipping into a coma”, West
End and Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe told parliament this week.

Speaking on the Baha Mar and
Albany resolutions in the House of
Assembly on Thursday, the former
minister of tourism said that Bahami-
ans do not have the right “to allow
the industry to fall any further or to
succumb to the aggressive and unre-
lenting efforts of our competitors.”

Mr Wilchcombe said that he
believes that there is a lack of
urgency among Bahamians when it
comes to addressing the challenges
faced by the country in today’s
tourism market.

“The way we believe at times, the

lethargy that compromises our sense
of urgency in this competitive global
industry suggests we are unfamiliar of
the level of dependency of tourism,”
he said.

Mr Wilchcombe pointed out that
the Bahamas is no longer without

the measures to be put in
place,” Dr Minnis said.

Dr Minnis said technolog-
ical advances that strengthen
the network of activities in
patient care “between and
among” the healthcare facil-
ities will be further advanced
through the implementation
of two major initiatives.

“The first of these initia-
tives is the electronic inte-
grated Public Health Infor-
mation System (i-PHIS)
which will scon be intro-
duced to improve client
record management at our
primary healthcare facilities.

tional at all clinics in New
Providence by July 2008 and
at all major Family Island
Clinics by December, 2008,”
Dr Minnis said.

Reports

The system will allow
health professionals at pri-
mary healthcare facilities (as
a part of a network) to gen-
erate reports in a timely
manner, reduce duplication
of diagnostic investigations
and drug treatment, improve
the overall management of
clients and providence evi-
dence-based healthcare plan-
ning.

The second initiative is the
Telemedicine Project that
was launched in December
2007 between the Accident

which opened Wednesday evening (
the opening address.

and the Marsh Harbour Clin-
ic in Abaco.

“This new technology
allows specialty physicians in
the Accident and Emergency
Department of the Princess
Margaret Hospital to provide
real-time clinical consulta-
tions and diagnostic services
to patients at the Marsh
Harbour Clinic,” Dr Minnis
said.

“This is the first step in the
government’s national pro-
gramme for use of telemedi-
cine to improve the overall
level of healthcare services
throughout our Family
Islands,” Dr Minnis added.



















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the healthcare professionals
that the Medical Association
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his ministry and that he looks
forward to further strengthen-
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both work toward the com-
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competition in the region and must
therefore step up to the plate as soon
as possible.

“We are challenged to approach
this dilemma with a sense of urgency.
Lip service, finger pointing and fear
will only lead to the demise of the
industry.

“When we were the only show in
town with little or no competition
coming from our neighbours to the
north or to the south, we could afford
to take short cuts, deliver inadequate
service and move with a slow pace.
What we did yesterday will not suf-
fice in this new world-order,” he said.

Mr Wilchcombe again noted that
according to the World Tourism
Council, more than 67 per cent of
every 100,000 jobs in the Bahamas
are tourism related.

“(Some) 38,000 Bahamians are
directly employed in the travel and
tourism sector which represents 25.9
per cent of the total work force.

“To break it down even further, it
means one in every 1.5 jobs in the
Bahamas is tourism related,” he said.

With those kind of figures, the MP
said, Bahamians are obligated to pro-

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Giving examples of the increasing
competition in the Caribbean region,
Mr Wilchcombe said that over a 10-
year period, the Dominican Republic
built more than 50,000 hotel rooms.
In Cuba, he said, the government
teamed with Spanish hoteliers and
increased its inventory to almost
50,000.

Both Jamaica and the Turks and
Caicos have seen robust construc-
tion in the tourism sector. In the
Turks Islands, the MP said, 8 five-
star hotels are under construction.

“I classify these countries our com-
petitors because like the Bahamas
the market share is 0.1 per cent of
global tourism. That is why I fully
support the Baha Mar project and
consider it to be missing link to cre-
ating sustainable tourism activity here
in New Providence.

“Baha Mar will bring added value
to the tourism sector,” he said.

The Baha Mar development, he
said, will play a major role in reposi-
tioning the Bahamas tourism industry
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EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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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.

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LAURA Linehan’s Web page depicts a
vibrant and vivacious young woman sur-
rounded by loving friends and family. In
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Those images are in sharp but under-
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Among its ravages, the illness destroys
energy. She sleeps as many as 20 hours a
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‘Linehan, a Melrose native, is in Jack-
sonville, Fla., awaiting her second liver
transplant.

Even though she fell ill in a renowned
medical centre and was treated at one of
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‘ setts General, her best chance now to
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Northeast Florida.

“JT have my good days and my bad
days,” she said when I asked how she
was feeling. "Some days I feel fine, and
some days I feel like I’m absolutely going
to die. Actually, I feel horrible today.”

What on earth is she doing in Jack-
sonville? The answer is found in the coun-
try’s convoluted system of doling out
organs for transplants. spiced

New England is chronically short on
organs; Florida has a far larger supply.
So in January, Linehan and her mother,
Ann, moved to Florida, leaving behind
family, an interior design business, and
their entire support network.

“It’s just crazy that you have to leave
New England,” Ann Linehan said this
week. “We have the biggest, best hospi-
tals in the world. It’s just unbelievable.”

Laura Linehan has not had a lucky life.
She was born with a metabolic: disorder
that required a liver transplant at age 2. In
the course of that transplant, she received
a blood transfusion. This was before
blood was screened for hepatitis, which
she later contracted. By her late teens, it
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number the healthier the patient is. The
problem is, in New England patients have
to be at risk of dying in a matter of
months to reach the top of the list.

The situation is even direr for some-
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han moved to Florida, where the list of
recipients is shorter, and the supply of
organs is bigger.

“Here, she would not be anywhere near
the top of our list,” her doctor, Dr. Daniel
Pratt of MGH, said this week. “It would
be many, many months. In Florida, she
should have a transplant in the next few
weeks.”

He added: “Our options were to let
her stay here, getting sicker and sicker, or
go to Florida, knowing she could get an
organ much quicker.”

Not everyone has the means to move to
another state to improve his or her trans-
plant prospects. That doesn’t make it
easy. Linehan’s father and two sisters are
in Massachusetts, visiting as often as they
can.

While the system of distributing organs
leaves much to be desired, the larger issue
is ‘a lack of donors, Pratt said. Not enough
is' done to recruit donors, and even some
people who are willing to donate organs
find those wishes thwarted by relatives
after their death, Pratt said. Between
1,500 and 2,000 Americans die each year
waiting for a liver transplant.

Having had liver disease virtually all
her life, Linehan has seen what can hap-
pen to those forced to wait too long. Her
lifelong best friend died during transplant
surgery at 20. Linehan’s outlook is far
brighter. It seems cruel, though, that life
and death can be decided so randomly.
All she wants is what she has seldom had:
a normal life.

“J want to go back to college,” she said.
“I want to get a job. It’s been so long,
and I’ve been so sick, that I just want to
get my life back on track.”

(This article was written by Adrian
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confusion

EDITOR, The Tribune.

AS STATED in an earlier
communiqué to_ these
columns, this pen will avoid

publicly touching paper unless

solutions accompany the crit-
icism; therefore, it is hoped.
that solutions can be gleaned
from these thoughts.

I have noticed that once
again our curious little country
has embarked on another
exercise of confusion. On one
hand, we are attempting to
formulate policies to address
the issues of crime and other
social deprivation while simul-
taneously we are contemplat-
ing the legalisation of number
houses, web shops, or lotter-
ies. Even more disturbing is
that our primary reason for
considering the latter is
because it is considered an
accepted norm within our
society.

Should these illogical exer-
cises be addressed from a
political, spiritual, or eco-
nomical point of view; or
should we the public read
deeper into these decisions
and conclude that something
is seriously wrong with the
country’s leadership?

Admittedly, it was initially
quite difficult to appreciate
why a country so small would
have such overwhelming prob-
lems regarding policy making
and law enforcement within
its boarders. However, after
seeing how both political par-
ties react towards each other,
one can see why confusion
abounds.

Diverting a bit, there are
two major factors, which are
contributing to our state of
affairs.

First off, our leaders are
bemoaning their inability to
enforce the laws on the books
concerning gambling or oth-
er criminal activities: _

Secondly, and this fault can-
not be attributed directly to
any one person, but it is an
unassailable fact that there are
hardly any institutions in this
country that are free of cor-
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Unfortunately, most insti-
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being held captive by social
saboteurs. These saboteurs or
more aptly, social terrorists
should not be confused with
persons who perform blatant
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persons who have contami-
nated the very core of the
most casual of economic trans-
actions. In other words, these
social terrorists have abused
their job, careers, or positions
by demanding “kickbacks”
before performance in the
work place. They make it
almost impossible for one to
execute a simple transaction
without being held hostage.
Regrettably, the conse-
quence of corruption is too
cheap in this country. Persons,
who practice corruption, must,
within the confines of their
Constitutional rights, be made
to ‘pay severely for their

_actions. Sadly, but it appears

that there are two prices for
everything in this country.
You can pay the correct price
at the institution that you are
doing business with or you can
pay a reduced price to some
unscrupulous person at the
expense of the employer’s
inventory or resources.
Seguing, although gambling
and corruption are not scien-
tifically linked, they do carry
the common elements of
greed and laziness. This is why
the belief that implementing
a lottery as a remedy for
financial advancement should
not be entertained or why it is
difficult to agree with persons
who use ill-founded logic to
justify social shortcuts.

Clearly the erroneous con-.°

clusions arrived at by these
proponents are due to a flaw
in their initial thought process.
These parties start with a fal-
lacy that asserts the belief that
because many persons in this
country are presently buying
numbers illegally; that it is
okay for the country to agree
such activities. The mere
thought of acquiescing to a
negative because of a dimin-
ished will power to fight, is
unfathomably and resound-
ingly unwise.

Apart from this, all institu-
tions, which were created to
benefit from the proceeds of
lotteries, bar none, has ended

up operating at a deficit.

These institutions are formed
with the best intentions to
fund public programmes, yet

after a short period, due to *:

expensive or extravagant
administrative outlays or due
to negligent or incompetent
handling of funds, they
become another bureaucratic
black hole. Therefore, the
funding justification becomes
a moot point because without
fail, the potential beneficia-.

- ries receive substantial short-

falls from their benefactors.

Moreover, this red herring
has been thrown to the public
by successive: governments
and is designed to avoid more
serious issues, which this coun-
try needs to-face before it can
advance. Our main issue
should be that of coming to
terms with our self-worth as
a people. As strange as this
may sound, yet after giving it
some thought, one will see the
truth or the validity in this
writer’s reasoning.

Clearly, I am of the belief
that Bahamians are so fearful
of believing themselves wor-
thy of gambling in the local
casinos, that they will devise
any alternative avenue to
avoid the issue. It is discon-
certing that collectively we are
of the belief that we must
legalise a crass exercise by
making it fitting and accept-
able for our urban environ-
ment and beliefs. We prefer
to dress this monster called
lottery into a pseudo outfit
called freedom and
respectability rather than walk
down the road to self-actual-
ization. In this vein, we are
unabashedly endorsing our
lack of self-worth and unfor-
tunately, this form of think-
ing is pervasive in most post
colonial societies.

However, to see the day
when we as Bahamians can
deem ourselves worthy of hav-
ing our people dressed in
evening wear and stepping out
to enjoy a relaxing evening at
our local casinos with family
and friends, then and only
then would the awakening of
our self-worth as a people
become evident.

DWAYNE J HANNA
Nassau, ,
February 29, 2008.

Grand Bahama, Abaco,
are immediate future for
economic development

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT CERTAINLY is reassuring that at least Hon Paul
Adderley has it right - Grand Bahama and Abaco are the
immediate future for economic development of our country.

Hon Paul Adderley was the guest on Jones & Co, this
weekend and emphatically said that it surprises him that
few understand where the economic emphasis has to be.

This writer was surprised that Mr Adderley was not a lit-
tle more specific and even ventured to comment as to the
interest of the Fleming Family Group, an Equity Buyout
Consultancy as to whether Mr Adderley, in his opinion
thought that was best for Grand Bahama?

I am not interested whether the Treasurer of the Bahamas
held 7 per cent shares in the Port Authority and somewhere
down the road government sold them that is totally a red-
herring — it is of no interest to me whether, today, and this
is not new, that the ownership is vested in a Cayman Com-

pany.

Anyone checking will find that that occurred under the
ownership of Benquet, the Philippine based company and
when the Haywards and St Georges purchased they pur-
chased a company that was registered in Cayman.

My reading of the Hawksbill Agreement does not restrict
where the ownership is required to be located.

There has to be concern in who acquires the future own-
ership as Grand Bahama now is the probably sole location
that could relieve the social problems of New Providence the
massive congestion and high density of population so who-
ever purchases the assets of Hayward-St George must be per-
sons with a new imagination, focus of creating something
extraordinary and not be a fly-by night, in other words a par-
ty who will simply acquire the assets and quickly dispose of

them.

We need a party that will be able to work with Hutchison
Whampao for the betterment of the whole and be in there
long term and have deep pockets.

The principals and their legal advisers must wish this to
happen. Equity Buy people are not on my preferred list.

J MOORE
Nassau,
February 25, 2008.



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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008, PAGE 5





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

“JT had an opportunity
to ride through Montell
Heights area yesterday.
The entire area is so
filthy and dirty, the area
is just so nasty. What
baffles me most is that
there are just so many
nice cars, SUVs, Explor-
ers, Expeditions — all
parked in these dirty
yards, around homes
that look like they need
to all be demolished. I
just wish that they
would join together and
do a massive clean up of
the area. I won’t be tak-
ing that detour again.”

— Agitator for clean
environment, Seabreeze

“T vex because dese
police ridin’ on dem
motorbikes is act worse
than them ghetto
youths. This morning I
in da middle of bumper-
to-bumper traffic in
Marathon, and out of

nowhere I feel this thing |}

shake the back of my
car. When I check my

mirror I see a police,on, ,,, }

a bike speed away.

“T mean, my car just
come out the shop and
that police knock my
bumper, drive away and
ain’ say a peep. Now let
dat a been me who .
knock him, I woulda
been behind bars. Trust
me I got his licence
number and I ga report
him.”

— Portia G,
Colony Village

“T really wish Bahami-
ans knew how to mind
their own business and
stop poking their holier-
than-thou noses in peo-
ple’s life where it don’t
belong! That’s what
have me vex. I tired of
people who I don’t even
know or barely know,
telling me how I should
be living my life and
offering me their bad
advice.

“Tt is take all my ener-
gy to hold my tongue
and not tell them ‘Why
don’t you spend some
time in the gym losing
that big belly and less
time worrying what I
doing with my time’. I
am an educated young
woman getting my life
together and I don’t
have time for haters.”

— Shenique R, Nassau

“T vex at how lazy
some of our people are.
I look around at how
blessed we are in this
country, and how easy
we have it here com-
pared to other places.
And then I see our
young men and women
just wasting good oppor-
tunities, hanging around
on the blocks, satisfied
workirg a dead end job
and pumping out baby
after baby.

“We need to show
more entrepreneurial
spirit. I want to tell
these kids to get out
there and make some-
thing of themselves
instead of sitting ona
street corner looking for
ways to tief what I work
so hard for.”

— Hard working in
Cable Beach

St Georges High

to stage

anti-violence symposium

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

FREEPORT - With violence on the
rise in public schools, St Georges High
is reaching out to students by staging an
anti-violence symposium.

Teacher Frazette Gibson, grade 10
year head, said the symposium was
geared toward 10 grade students — to
begin them on a path of empowerment
and positive decision making for the
next two years of their student life.

The deaths of two students in the
capital have raised concerns about vio-
lence at public schools around the coun-
try.
Mrs Gibson believes most students
are lacking moral guidance and need
social skills and training to make better
decisions.

“That is why we want to try to reduce

-high risk behaviour and help them

develop skills that lead to healthy
lifestyle choices,” she said.

“When children are disruptive and
troubled it is a warning sign that it is
time to start looking . . . to provide
proper social skills and training to lead
them back to a healthy path,” she said.

Teacher says event is geared
toward 10 grade students



“I believe now is the time to cause
change, but it has to start from the chil-
dren, but in order to do that they need
guidance.”

Mrs Gibson said the students were
given important advice during the sym-
posium from several speakers, including
youth pastor Duerre Thomas, school

psychologist LaKiska Russell, and fam- .

ily life teacher and former police officer
Sidney Bain. .

Mrs Gibson encouraged parents to
also play a greater role in instilling
morals and values in their children.

Mr Bain said that violence in schools
has escalated and needs to be
addressed.

He told students that negative behav-
iour can lead them to a path of vio-
lence, crime, and a life behind bars.

“Students are carrying weapons to
school and students are getting killed

and we must do something to reach out
to them,” he said. “They must be taught
to respect authority, themselves and
others.”

Psychologist LaKiska Russell told
students that the decisions they make
now will determine where they end up
in the future.

“Obviously, a lot of the difficulty we
see among our youth is that they do
not know how to make good, effective
decisions. So, it is important that we
talk about making the right choices that
are going to get them somewhere pos-
itive in life.”

Youth pastor Duerre Thomas said
that too many young people do not
know their purpose in life. He said
young people are losing their spiritual
identity and don’t know who God has
called them to be.

“I am of the belief that one of the

reasons for the rise in crime and vio-
lence in our nation and in our school, is
because so many young people are
walking in a false sense of identity,” he
said.

Mr Thomas explained that young
people tend to imitate and aspire to
what they see on television.

He added that rap music and other
secular programmes are giving them
the wrong ideas.

“When they watch BET and MTV
they feel that in order to be a man they
have to tote a gun or sell drugs, but my
message to them is to find out who God
has really called them to be and begin to
walk in that direction,” he said.

Mr Thomas said that everyone has a
role to play in the proper shaping and
guidance of the youth.

He believes that the Church has
failed to make the gospel relevant to the
today’s generation and many young
people are being lost.

“We (the Church) have to set the
standard in society, but the Church has
ceased to become relevant to this gen-
eration. And while we sit in the walls of
the church praising God, our children
are outside dying and going to hell,”
he said.

Women in Caribbean
‘have higher incidence
of poverty than men’

CARIBBEAN women
have a higher incidence of
poverty than their male coun-
terparts, according to the
CARICOM Secretariat.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, the Secretariat also
pointed out that women’s
participation in parliaments
across the region “continues
to be less than optimal, falling

. short of the target.of 30 per

cent”.
With these challenges in

/ mind, the Secretariat said it

was honoured to salute the
women and girls of the region
on the occasion of Interna-
tional Women’s Day, 2008.

It said International Wom-
en’s Day (IWD) is an occa-
sion to review and reflect on
the quest by women for
equality, peace and develop-
ment.

“It also affords an oppor-
tunity to celebrate women’s
contributions to the strength-
ening of democratic gover-
nance, justice, peace, security
and quality of life,” it said.

This year’s theme, Invest-
ing in Women and Girls, reit-
erates the commitments made
since 1995 on financing gen-
der equality and the empow-
erment of women — a Millen-
nium Development Goal.

Achievement

“It has been asserted and
it remains no less true that
women’s empowerment is
fundamental to the achieve-
ment of equality, develop-
ment and peace. To achieve
that, it requires identification
and mobilisation of resources

‘from all sources and across

ali sectors,” said the state-
ment. “There are a range of
factors which have impacted
upon the financing of gender
equality and empowerment
of women including econom-
ic growth patterns that
increase inequality between

~ and within countries, persis-

tent socioeconomic inequali-
ties, social exclusion, youth
unemployment, and crime
and violence.”

Violence still remains a
major cause of concern for
women and girls and boys, it
said. It is estimated world-
wide that one in five women
become the victim of rape or
attempted rape and one in
four women have been beat-
en or abused, or will be dur-
ing their lifetime.

“To achieve traction on
issues such as violence against
women, the prevalence of
HIV and AIDS among young
women, poverty and repre-
sentation in decision-making
bodies there is a need for
strong actors and even
stronger commitments by the
stakeholders.

“It is essential then that
adequate resources are pro-
vided to support the imple-

mentation of gender sensitive
policies and programmes at
the regional, national and’
local level that leads to a real-
isation of gender equality and
empowerment of women.
“As part of a theoretical
and conceptual thrust
towards achieving gender
equality there has been a
focus on achieving gender

‘mainstreaming but there has

been much less focus on

women’s empowerment. This -.

has led to reduced resources
for women’s focus pro-
grammes and organisations,”
the statement said.

It said that generally,
strides in gender sensitive
approaches have been more
likely to be considered in the
social sector — namely educa-
tion, and to some extent,
health — but less in the “hard-
er” areas of finance, trade,
transport, rural infrastructure
and in the emerging areas of
focus for the Caribbean such
as sustainable development
issues.

“This, in no way, diminish-
es the progress made in some
areas of legislation and policy,
labour market participation
and increased access to public
resources.

“Yet, the fundamental
question remains — how can
gender equality be achieved
in an asymmetrical social and
economic environment?
Restrictive macroeconomic
policies can exacerbate social
inequalities and thus, increase
the level of hardship that
women and girls and some
men and boys experience.
Economic policies have
impacted disproportionately
on women and girls, espe-
cially the poor.

“Addressing women’s
inequality in employment,
unequal access to productive
assets and increased time bur-
dens due to women’s unpaid
work can help accelerate eco-
nomic growth and pro-poor
growth. Gender inequality
limits pro-poor growth.”

The statement said that
aggressive attention to gen-
der inequality means a more
holistic and interconnected
approach to development.

“In this regard, the imple-
mentation of gender sensitive
public management reform
realised through the public
finance systems provides

‘Opportunities to integrate a

gender perspective into the
process of social, economic
and political governance and
rights based rationales. It pro-
vides the connection between
economic and social policy
outcomes,” it said.

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COB hosts
educational

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conference

THE College of the Bahamas hosted a one-day
educational leadership conference under the
theme, “Teachers as leaders for change.”

The conference was held at the Michael H

: Eldon Complex. In attendance and bringing

remarks on behalf of Minister of Education Carl
Bethel was Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway.

Mrs Garraway said how proud she was of the
students she had had a chance to transform:
during her time at COB as a lecturer,
facilitator, and chairperson of the education divi-
sion.

Some of these students now work in education
as technical officers, school administrators and
teachers. _

Mrs Garraway commended,COB for playing a
part in shaping, moulding and defining of what it
means to be a teacher in the Bahamian education
system for more than 33 years.

The permanent secretary encouraged the stu-
dent teachers to become agents of change, to

come up with creative ways of making educa-

tion accessible, and to help ensure that high stan-
dards are maintained in all the 158 public schools
throughout the country.

’ The students were advised to create a vision,
map a course for progress, and develop the capac-
ity to harness the “wealth of knowledge” around

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them so that they may be in a position to effect
change.

“In the Ministry of Education, we have
embarked upon an ambitious plan of restructur-
ing the educational system,” the permanent sec-
retary said.

She went on to explain the National Strategic
Plan for Education, which includes: changes to
the curriculum; the designation of enrichment
subjects; the expansion of the Magnet Pro-
grammes; the introduction of a high school diplo- .
ma; the establishment of homework centres; and
the introduction of standardised testing.

Mrs Garraway suggested that the student

* teachers become team builders, constant learners,

nurturers and professionals who are well versed
in their subject areas, and facilitators who can
teach children to become critical thinkers.

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Ministry to showcase authentically
‘Grand’ Bahamian crafts and fine art

Event takes place on
Taino Beach, April 3-5



Prince Charles
samples
chocolate, visits
cocoa estate

in St. Lucia

@ CASTRIES, St. Lucia

BRITAIN'S Prince
Charles sampled local choco-
late and broke ground for a
new cocoa factory while vis-
iting St. Lucia on Friday as
part of a five-island
Caribbean tour, according to
Associated Press.

Charles and his wife,
Camilla, the Duchess of
Cornwall, toured cocoa
estates in the southwestern
town of Soufriere that after-
noon, where she practiced
grinding cocoa beans with a
manual mill.

The royal couple visited St.
Lucia aboard a megayacht to
promote environmental pro-

_tection, sustainable develop-
ment and youth opportunity.

"We love you!'' shouted
several British tourists, who
waved the Union Jack flag
when the couple alighted
from their boat. Charles and
his wife broke away briefly
from the official gathering to
chat and shake hands with
the crowd. It is the third time
Charles visits the former
British territory.

The couple stopped at
Fond Doux Estate and Plan-
tation Resort, where they
viewed cocoa trees and
observed the chocolate-mak-
ing process. At another near-
by estate, Charles broke
ground for a new factory
while accompanied by Agri-
culture Minister Ezechiel
Joseph. :

Charles also announced the
creation of two organizations
aimed at helping youth,
including a mentoring pro-
gram for first-time offenders.

The couple expected to
leave Friday night for
Montserrat.


























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Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
yammma Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135

mame CHURCH SERVICES
May SUNDAY, MARCH 09, 2008
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Pm a AGAPE METHODIST CHURCH, Soldier Road
Rey. Mark Carey

ASCENSION METHODIST CHURCH,
Rey. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH,
Rastor Charles Moss

CURRY MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH,

Mrs. Minerva Knowles
No Service

EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH,

Mr. Sidney Pinder
Rev. Charles New

GLOBAL VILLAGE METHODIST CHURCH,
Queen’s College Campus
Rey. James Neilly

ST. MICHAEL’S METHODIST CHURCH, Churchill Avenue
Connections - Rev. Philip Stubbs
Rey. Philip Stubbs

TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, Frederick Street
Rev. Charles New

RADIO PROGRAMMES

‘RENEWAL’ on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Rey. Charles A. Sweeting
‘METHODIST MOMENTS’ on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.

Rev. Charles A. Sweeting
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EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH present Music for lent - A time
of reflection, meditation and celebration on Sunday, March 16,
2008 at 7:00 p.m. in their Sanctuary on East Street.

$ Town Wesley Methodist Church
: d & Chapel Street} RO.Box CB-13046

The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
(www.gtwesley.org)

SUNDAY, MARCH

7:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Lavern Lockheart/Bro. Sherwin Brown
11:00 a.m. Youth Choir/Dance Troupe Annivaersary/Youth (B)

7:00 p.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Board of Men & Women’s Ministry
Meer Re merce OCR ly

Visitors and residents of
Grand Bahama will be treat-
ed to a showcase of Authen-
tically “Grand” Bahamian
products during the first
weekend in April.

A variety of locally manu-
factured crafts and souvenirs,
food, drinks and music as well
as fine art and wedding cere-
monies will be presented dur-
ing “Spring Festival 2008” in
two locations between April 3
and 5.

On day one, selected gift
and craft manufacturers will
exhibit exclusively for cruise
passengers arriving at the
Lucayan Cruise Facility at
Freeport Harbour.

Days two and three will be .

staged along the sandy shore-
line of Taino Beach.
_ Executive director of
tourism for Grand Bahama
Kerry Fountain said that the
Ministry of Tourism and Avi-
ation is intent on creating
opportunities and providing
support for “Bahamians who
are delivering world class
products and experiences
reflective of the Bahamas; as
well as a sustained deepen-
ing of meaningful Bahamian
participation and ownership
in the tourism economy.”
“Spring Festival 2008” will
feature the combined works
of as many as 50 vendors and
artists representing Grand

Bahama, Abaco, Bimini and’

the Berry Islands and Nas-
sau. They will offer their
works for sale and exhibit in a
casual, tropical family atmos-
phere.

A brief official opening cer-
emony is scheduled for Fri-
day evening, followed by the
Love 97 FM North Authenti-
cally Bahamian Fantasy Wed-
ding.

Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
(Wednesdays)
id Thursday of each month) .






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The exhibitors will be
grouped into two categories
at adjoining locations on
Taino Beach: gifts and crafts,
and fine art at Sculpture
Pointe and the Junkanoo
Beach Club.

In the gift and craft section,
“Spring Festival 2008” will
feature more than 15 cate-
gories of handicrafts including
aromatherapy, batik, gar-
ments, specialty foods, fine
art, ceramics, pottery, wood



craft, glass art, straw and

woven products, and bas-
ketry.

Among confirmed partici-
pants, noted craft artist and
Cacique Award 2008 winner
Grand Bahamian Cathy
Laing heads the list crafts spe-
cialists

Participating painters, met-
al and ceramic artists include
Claudette Dean, Chantal
Bethel, Sheldon Saint, and
Nassau-based artists and

sculptors Max Taylor, Anto-
nius Roberts, Tyrone Fergu-
son, John Cox and Jessica
Colebrook.

According to festival co-
ordinator Sanique Culmer
“The ministry is committed
to encouraging a culture of
creative skilled craftsmen,
vendors, performers, and ser-
vice providers”.

The work of each partici-
pant will be judged in the fol-
lowing categories:

e Authentic Bahamian
products — at least 80 per cent
of the input, inclusive of
material and labour, must be
Bahamian

e Bahamian products —
Bahamian input less than 80
per cent but more than 50 per
cent, but to be made in the

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Bahamas or by Bahamians.

e Bahamian style products
— products with less than 50
per cent Bahamian input that
are made to depict things
Bahamian

e Made in the Bahamas
products — any product made
in the Bahamas

Gifts and craft. exhibitors
will be judged on overall
booth presentation and con-
testants in the Love 97FM
Fantasy Wedding will com-
pete for prizes as well.

Persons wishing to partici-
pate in the Spring Festival
2008 are asked to contact
Sanique Culmer, the Ministry
of Tourism’s co-ordinator for
the Authentically Bahamian
programme on °Grand
Bahama.

AT HIS annual organ recital, held as a fundraiser on January 31 at Christ Church Cathedral, Dr Sparkman Ferguson raised $5,000
which he has decided to donate to the Ccllege of the Bahamas Financial Aid and Scholarships Fund. The concert was attended

by nearly 300 people who generously supported the endeavor.

Shown here are Dr Ferguson (centre) presenting a cheque to Cheryl Carey, the college’s director of financial aid and housing,
and college president Janyne Hodder.












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Grace and Peace Wesleyan Church

LIGHT AND LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH §

Grounded In The Past &
Geared To The Future

Worship time: Llam & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Prayer time: 6:30pm.

The Madeira Shopping

(Next door to CIBC)

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

P.O.Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712
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Worship Time: lla.m. & 7p.m.

> Prayer Time: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m."

Church School during Worship Service

Place: Twynam Heights
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Minister: Rev. Henley Perry

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Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587

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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008 , PAGE 7





Ministry announces
training programme
designed to enhance GB
transportation industry

MINISTRY of Tourism officials held a press
conference on Wednesday to announce a special
training programme designed to enhance the
transportation industry on Grand Bahama.
Shown above (l-r) are Harvey Roberts assis-
tant administrator; David Jones, treasurer,
Grand Bahama Taxi Union; Joyce Thomas,
general secretary, Grand Bahama Taxi Union,

Secretary-general
Carrington: Time not on

CONCOURS Cero
Mite LMU



TIME is not on the side of
CARICOM in terms of meet-
ing a number of its goals,
according to CARICOM Sec-
retary-General Edwin Car-
rington.

Delivering opening remarks
at the 19th Inter-Sessional
Meeting of the Conference of
Heads of Government of
CARICOM at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Hotel in Nassau,
he said this was particularly so
with regard to safeguarding the
security of the community and
achieving the goal of a Single

Market and Economy in the

agreed timeframe.

Recalling the unity that was
evident among member states
in the successful staging of
Cricket World Cup (CWC)
2007 in the region, Mr Car-
rington charged heads of state
and government “and all of us
to put our shoulders to the
wheel and redouble our efforts
and to take our integration
arrangements to a higher level.
And time is not on our side.”

Some of the key agenda
items of the meeting are rec-
ommendations on the opera-
tionalisation of the CARI-
COM Development Fund
(RDF) and the Regional
Development Agency (RDA),
proposals on the alleviation of
the high and rising cost of liv-
ing, and suggestions on the way
forward regarding future exter-
nal trade negotiations.

Mr Carrington said that he
hoped the lessons learnt from
the recently concluded nego-
tiations for the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA)
between CARIFORUM and
the EC would strengthen the
region as it moves towards

i

upcoming new negotiations.

In his remarks, the secretary-
general also especially wel-
comed new leaders David
Thompson, prime minister of
Barbados and Dean Barrow,
prime minister of Belize.

“Their thoughts, perspec-
tives and contribution to the
way forward are eagerly‘await-
ed, especially given the lead
responsibilities they will be
required to carry, given the
critical areas of community
endeavours assigned to their
two countries — Barbados, the
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy and Belize — sus-
tainable development includ-
ing the environment. Wel-
come, prime ministers.

“Ladies and gentlemen, in
welcoming these new heads of
government, I would like, at
the same time, to express the
gratitude of the community for
the significant contribution to
the integration movement
made by their predecessors,
the right honourable Owen
Arthur and the honourable
Said Musa,” the secretary-gen-
eral said.

The 19th Inter-Sessional
caps a week of important com-
munity meetings including the
24th Special Meeting of the
Council for Trade and Eco-
nomic Development (COT-
ED) and the 12th Meeting of
the Council for Finance and
Planning (COFAP) both also
convened in Nassau.

A meeting in Kingston,
Jamaica, of the Reflections
Group that reviewed CARI-
COM’s experience and its
approach to future external
trade negotiations, preceded
those fora.

presenter Kenneth Woodside, president of the
Grand Bahama Taxi Union; Jeritzan Outten,
senior director in the Ministry of Tourism; Greg
Smith, chairman of Community Tourism Trans-
portation and Tour Development; Stephanie
Rahming, assistant controller of Road Traffic;
Charmaine Hall, cruise operations manager,
Freeport Harbour Company.









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Minister addresses
International Women’s
Day Conference

MINISTER of State for Social
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Church hosts 25
visiting members
oi the regional

Anglican diocese

THE ‘Aiiglican Chiitch of St Jude’s proudly hosted 25 visiting
members of the regional Anglican diocese who travelled to
Grand: Basfama to participate in the local church’s seventh Dis-
covery Weekend: The delegates were welcomed by Rector of St
Jude’s, Anglican Church Father Curtis Robinson and Ms Carmeta
Miller, Sr manager of religious tourism for the Ministry of
Tourism.

THE BAHAMAS, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS!
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METHODISM: RAISED UP IN THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD,
TO REFORM THE NATION, BUT ESPECIALLY THE
CHURCH AND TO SPREAD SCRIPTURAL HOLINESS
THROUGHOUT THE LAND (Father John Wesley)
“Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist witness

for Christ in The Bahamas”
SECOND LORD’S DAY BEFORE THE
RESURRECTION, MARCH 9, 2008.
COMMENCEMENT OF PASSIONTIDE

COLLECT: Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love
for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that
‘we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s
blood, Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive and reigns with you, in

the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. .

WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Bro. Andrew Hunter
RHODES MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (108
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
(Holy Communion)
Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly/ Sis. Kelli Jolly
(Holy Baptism )
6:30 p.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (Rose Street,
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr./ Youth
PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)
9:00 a.m. Bro. Arthur Chase
HERITAGE OF REDEEMING LOVE METHODIST
CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
9:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
6:30 p.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
METHODIST CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
5:15 p.m. Rey. Emily A. Demeritte
CROIX-DES-MISSIONS ALDERSGATE (Quackoo Street)
5:30 p.m. Fridays — Children’s Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday

10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

METHODIST MISSION CENTRE (Quackoo St) -Thrift Shop
and other Ministries

JOHN WESLEY METHODIST COLLEGE (28 Crawford St.,
Oakes Field) Reception to Primary

PEACE AND JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: -— All Methodists of the
Conference are urged to pray and to fast for Justice to prevail
in the Methodist Cases and for an end to the upsurge in violence.
The fast begins weekly after the evening meal on Thursday
and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim unswervingly:
“My God and My Right.”

RADIO PROGRAMS

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Inspiration” - On the Lord’s Day, Radio 810 at 5:30 p.m.; “Family
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) In brief



Two die after
tornado hits
Lake City

@ LAKE CITY, Fla.

A TORNADO ripped
through Lake City in north
Florida today, turning homes
on their sides, scattering debris
everywhere, and killing two
people, according to Associated
Press.

Officials say a woman was
killed when a tree fell on her
mobile home and a man was
killed while attempting to con-
nect a generator after the pow-
er was knocked out by the
twister.

Authorities have not identi-
fied the victims.

The tornado tore a swath
about 3 miles in the northern
part of Lake City and damaged
a few businesses and more than
20 homes. Power is still out in
much of the community.

The tornado was spawned
by a fast-moving storm which
raced across northern Florida,
producing high winds and
heavy rains.

Marion Jones
enters federal
orison, begins
SIX months
behind bars

fi DALLAS

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

SPANISH Wells - When
most Bahamians think of the
tiny community of Spanish
Wells, Eleuthera images of a
vibrant tourism destination do
not readily spring to mind.
However during a media tour
of the one-and-a-half mile
long island, The Tribune
learned that while the lucra-
tive fishing industry is still the
island’s lifeblood, a substantial
tourism market is emerging.

Touted as the fishing capital
of the Bahamas, it is estimat-
ed the Spanish Wells brings
in around $30 million to $40
million a year in fisheries and
is responsible three quarters
of the crawfish caught during
each season.

Fishing enthusiasts will find
the island a rich source
for crawfish, grouper and
conch.

For those who want to soak
in some of the island’s history,
a point of interest is the Span-
ish Wells’ Museum. Located
in an old home, the museum
is filled with relics from the
past and tells of the origins of
the community.

According to its designer
Jane Day, the museum traces
the history of Eleuthera, from
the Lucayans to the Eleuther-
an Adventurers through the
1920s, up until the 21st centu-
ry. It serves as a tourist attrac-
tion as well as a learning tool.

“We did everything we can
to make it friendly not only
to tourists but it has a huge
educational component, it’s a
very important resource for

_ local school children to see
that their history indeed is as
important as the history they
read in books about other



MARION JONES began her
six-month sentence in federal
prison Friday, punishment for
lying to investigators about
using performance-enhancing
drugs and her role in a check-
fraud scam, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The former Olympic track
star turned herself in before
noon Friday at Federal Med-
ical Center Carswell, located on
the Naval Air Station, Joint
Reserve Base in Fort Worth,
Bureau of Prison spokeswoman
Traci Billingsley said.

Under the terms of her sen-
tencing, she had until Tuesday
to surrender to prison officials.

Although the prison special-
izes in medical and mental
health services, it also has
inmates who do not require
such care. Billingsley said she
could not comment on whether
Jones was receiving specialized
care.

Jones won three gold and two
bronze medals in the 2000 Syd-
ney Olympics, becoming per-
haps the most famous and mar-
ketable female athlete in the
world.

After frequently denying ever:
having used performance- |:
enhancing drugs, Jones admit-
ted she had lied to federal inves-
tigators in November 2003.
Jones also admitted lying about
her knowledge of the involve-
ment of Tim Montgomery, the
father of her older son, in a
scheme to cash millions of dol-
lars worth of stolen or forged
checks.

ing a tour of the museum.

_ An American historian, she
was commissioned in 1991 to
design the museum along with
a group of scholars from the
US. It was opened in 1992 as
the first quincentennial pro-
ject of the country. The late

wife were some of the first to
visit the museum in 1992.

The museum houses a 17th
century pipe unearthed from
nearby Preacher’s Cave
believed to have been used to
smoke tobacco by British loy-
alists who shipwrecked on a
nearby reef called the Devil’s
Backbone in the 1600s.

The walls of the museum
are lined with early pho-
tographs of Spanish Wells
which illustrate that the island
was a farming community in

O Oding Unto the Rord

A Concert Featuring

THE BOYS CHOIR
OF
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL,

Nikita Wells, soloist,
&

Edward Cox, Guest Organist
Under the direction of Archibald Simms

Christina Prince,
Guest Solo Violinist

Sunday, March 9th, 2008
6 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
George Street, Nassau, Bahamas

Ticket: $15





Sir Lynden Pindling and his .

Ba Royer VS

THE Spanish Wells Museum, commissioned



of inhabitants of Spanish Wells and nearby Eleuthera communities.

the early 1900s before fishing
became the its main source of
income.

The museum charts the ear-
ly history of the settlement,
featuring a model of the
Lucayan Indians with speci-
mens of the Lucayan language
and five theories of Colum-
bus’ landing for those
who dispute the textbook the-
ory..
Island administrator Abn-
er Pinder believes the island,
located off the northwest
coast of Eleuthera, has a lot to
offer domestic and interna-
tional visitors.

“We have a small tourist
industry here, compared to a
lot of other places but. .
tourism has been wonderful
here, I would say going back I
would say 10 maybe 12
years,” Mr Pinder said during
a media tour of the island ear-
lier in the week.

“We have quite a lot of vis-
itors from Nassau that come
here throughout the year,
mainly in the summertime,.
and in the holiday seasons...
some of them come for two
to three weeks at a time,” he
continued, adding the domes-
tic tourists frequent the island
for its immense fishing
resources.

When asked by The Tri-
bune what the most common
misconception about Spanish
Wells is, Mr Pinder said that
contrary to popular belief
contemporary Spanish
Wells is not a “racial” com-
munity.

“Now years ago, the biggest

misconception was they con-

sidered Spanish Wells people
to be racial. But I think by far
and large the majority of sen-
sible people in the Bahamas
have now found out that is
not the case”.

The idyllic fishing village
has one hotel — the 23 room
Adventurer’s Hotel — and 40
to 50 rental homes which
enjoy an almost year round
tourist season, according to
locals.

There are three foodstores
on the island and six restau-
rants which offer seafood. The
quiet community is relatively
clean and traffic free; locals
zip around the island in golf
carts which are available for
rent.



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residents of the community.

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in 1992 as the first Quincentennial project in the country contains artifacts tracing the early days

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THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008, PAGE 9



Mi wee ee

joint Cable Beach

Police on
corruption
FROM page one

prepared to deal with com-
plaints and any matter of cor-
ruption that is brought before
him.

“A corrupt operation is
ineffective — it’s worthless. :
We cannot deliver the quality :
of service to the Bahamian ;
people that we are mandat- :
ed to deliver if we are cor- :
rupt. If corruption rules the :
day. We cannot deliver it, I :
know that. i

“So you will find that I will :
always be there trying to }
stamp it out because it ham- :
pers the kind of service that :
we are trying to deliver,” he
said. i
When it was pointed out :
that such a stand would not :
make him a “popular” com- :
missioner among some unde- :
sirable elements within the :
force, Commissioner Fergu- }
son was unconcerned. 3

“I have always been mak- :
ing the unpopular decision. :
And I am prepared to stand, ;
alone if I have to. [have no }
problem with that. I believe :
that I have been given that :
responsibility by virtue of this :
position to serve the Bahami- :
an people. I’m not here to }
serve myself, and I would :

have done a disservice to the ::

Bahamian people to sit here }
and allow this institution to :
deteriorate by means of con- }
doning corrupt practices,” he
said. :

Commissioner Ferguson :
‘believes this open approach
will deepen the public’s trust ;
in the force, and lead to bet- :
ter co-operation between the :
public and police. This, he
said, coupled with other pro- :
grammes and initiatives, will :
also go along way incurbing :
the escalating crime wave.

“The police is the commu-
nity, and the community is :
the police. Anything that we :
do to enhance that type of co- :
operation will all go well for :
the relationship between the :
police, and, like I said before, :

that by itself is a crime pre- | |

vention measure. That is why :
we have an obligation to sup- :
ply that kind of service,” he :
said. i

FROM page one

ber of construction jobs the
project would have created
was also thought to be a buffer
for the Bahamas against the
slowing US economy, which
many analysts already believe
is in recession.

The Christie administration
signed the first heads of agree-
ment with Baha Mar in April
2005. However, the then gov-
ernment was unable to con-
clude a supplemental agree-
ment with the developers up
to the time they were voted

‘Company in
venture reportedly withdraws

out of office in May 2007, as
the developers were seeking
increased concessions due to
the increase in size of the
investment.

The overall investment had
increased from $1 billion to
$2.6 billion. Mr Ingraham
revealed this week that the
developers were requesting
some $255.6 million in con-
cessions for their increased
investment. This was not
granted by either the Christie
or Ingraham governments.

Former Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe, who was a

part of the PLP cabinet sub-
committee overseeing the
Baha Mar deal, expressed dis-
appointment yesterday upon
hearing the news of Harrah’s
pull-out.

‘“Harrah’s involvement and
inclusion in our tourism prod-
uct was intended to give our
product a lift unprecedented.
It would have given us the
boost that we needed and
would have catapulted us to
a place that it would have
been very difficult for our
competitors to reach,” he said
in an interview with The Tri-

PM urges more ‘focused’ co-operation
with CARICOM Heads of Government
in addressing tourism challenges

FROM page one

today’s challenges are not so “dramatic” they are
“certainly...just as serious” for Caribbean popu-
lations — with tourism slippage a major concern.

While most Caribbean heads would be aware
that “a viable and sustainable tourist industry” is
critical to the economic well-being of most
CARICOM member states, the region’s tourism
sector is currently “stalling,” said Mr Ingraham.

As tourism globally continues to grow by as
much as seven per cent a year, the Caribbean on.
the whole has only seen a two per cent growth
rate, with more than half of that growth “report-
edly accounted for by expansion in regional, but
not CARICOM, tourism destinations,” he not-

ed

He said: “The economic downturn in the US,
the result of any number of issues, including the
high and increasing cost of fuel (trading at $105
per barrel yesterday) is negatively impacting all
of our. tourism economies and increasing the
cost of living for our people. And the sub-prime
meltdown and the related collapse of the US
housing market will further impact travel to our

region.”

The prime minister said there exists space for
CARICOM member states to improve their lev-

el of co-operation in areas such as product devel-
opment, service standards, marketing, eco-

development.

tourism and sustainable tourism promotion and

“It is my hope that during our deliberations
over the next two days we might agree to con-
vene a special session on tourism, hopefully in
conjunction with our annual meeting in July,”
said the CARICOM chairman.

The 19th Intercessional Meeting — which
began yesterday, and ends today — comes at
the end of a week of intensive CARICOM meet-
ings that saw delegates from across the region
converge on the newly-renovated Sheraton hotel.
CARICOM secretary-general Edwin Carring-
ton and Barbadian Prime Minister David

Thompson also spoke at the opening of the

meeting. Attending that session alongside the
regional heads and delegates were Bahamian
parliamentarians, Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall,
opposition leader Perry Christie and Don McK-
innon, secretary-general of the Commonwealth,
among many others.

In addition to considering the need to tackle
waning tourism numbers, hot topics for the

Heads of Government conference were expect-

GB Port Authority |

_receivership.
-is overturned

FROM page one

to have been elated at the
receivers’ removal, their
delight is likely to have been
tempered somewhat by Jus-
tice Anita Allen’s separate
decision to stay all other liti-
gation and order them and
the St George estate into
mediation.

. In addition, Justice Adder-
ley set a number of condi-
tions as to how the GBPA
and its Port Group Ltd affil-
_ iate were to be run now that
the receivers were removed.

One of these is an injunc-
tion stipulating that Hannes
Babak cannot return as
chairman until the St George
estate’s oppression action is
heard.

Meanwhile, in a separate
ruling yesterday explaining
her reasons for ordering the
GBPA ownership parties into
receivership, Justice Allen
said the legal battle had con-
sumed an inordinate amount
of judicial time. She stayed
all litigation relating to the
dispute, and sent the relevant
parties into mediation.

"It has been 17 months
since the commencement of
this litigation and I am
extremely disappointed with
the . ce at which it is pro-
ceec ig, with no resolution
in s sht," said the Justice.
"Th s matter has consumed
an inordinate amount of judi-
cial time. It has been very
costly of Freeport and the
Bahamas as a whole, and the
public is anxious for it to be
resolved."

The full written ruling in
the dispute between the St
George estate and Hayward
defendants provides further
information on the mediation
order that was reported

exclusively yesterday in Tri-
bune Business.

Senior Justice Allen named
the mediator as Tony Willis,
a former partner in the UK-
based law firm Clifford
Chance. Mr Willis is an inde-
pendent mediator in com-
mercial business and regula-
tory matters. © s

The ruling also restricts all
parties involved in the Port
fight from speaking with the
media under the threat of
sanction. 4

"That no party to this dis-
pute and no counsel involved
in this matter shall make any
further statements about this
dispute to the media," said
the ruling. "Counsel are well
aware that such conduct is
improper and possibly con-
temptuous. Such actions only
serve to stoke the flames of
discord between the parties,
which is counter-productive.
I expect my order to be
obeyed and anyone who

_ breaches it shall be subject

to sanction."

The ruling orders that the
mediation process between
the parties begins on Tues-
day, March 11. All counsel
are required to attend the
process, while all parties in
the action, have the option
to attend also.

The mediation is to take
place in the large court room
on the ground floor of the
old Supreme Court building.
However, another suitable
location can be used if it is
to the satisfaction of all of
the relevant parties.

The stay and mediation
order is the latest attempt to
resolve the GBPA ownership
dispute, and litigation, which
was sparked by Sir Jack Hay-
ward’s claim to 75 per cent
ownership.

The stay order would

appear to halt yet again
attempts. by Fleming. Family
& Partners to acquire the
Seashells Investments stake
in the GBPA and Port Group
Ltd. Fleming submitted its
application for government
approval for the purchase
last week, and its plans for
the GBPA and to grow
Freeport’s economy, also last
week.

It is likely that the appli-
cation will now be held up by
the court rulings.

The legal battle has been
deeply damaging for Grand
Bahama’s economy, given
the uncertainty it has created
among investors.

A number of proposed
projects, such as the Morgan
Stanley Barbary Beach
development and the Raven
Group project, are thought
to have been put on hold
until the GBPA ownership
dispute is settled.

Recent efforts have
involved an “open offer”
submitted by the St George
estate to the Hayward side
to settle the litigation.

That was countered by a
February 21, 2008, letter
from Charles Mackay, Sir

Jack’s attorney, to the
estate’s attorney, Fred
Smith.

In it, Sir Jack Hayward
offered to use his influence
with key companies in the
GBPA ownership structure
and to persuade them to drop

litigation over his claim to 75,

per cent ownership, provided
that the estate agrees to sell
its shares to Fleming.

Apart from throwing a
temporary barrier into Flem-
ing’s plans, the stay may also
relieve the pressure that
some felt was starting to
build on the St George estate
and Mr Smith to settle.

ed to include crime and the furthering of func-
tional co-operation among states.



‘Mr

bune.

“What we have done, I
think by our reckless state-
ments — I’m sure they con-
tributed somewhat to the deci-
sion, I’m not sure but I sus-
pect — we have in fact hurt
ourselves. And this is a classic
case where we appear not to
fully appreciate the delicate
nature of the negotiations, or
courting brands such as Har-
rah’s, and of building this
industry of tourism where the
competition is so high, so
intense. And when we have
an opportunity, don’t shut the
door on Your own finger,” said
Wilchcombe who
expressed particular concern
for the future of the staff at
the Cable Beach Resorts as a
result of this decision.

He also said government
should reach out to Harrah’s
in an effort to attempt to bring

‘them back onboard with the

project.

Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing told
The Tribune last night that the
prime minister is going to
address the issue of Harrah’s
pull-out in the House on Mon-
day. And, the opposition PLP
will have a press conference
on the issue this weekend.

Several commentators have
told The Tribune off the
record that the deal is essen-
tially dead unless Baha Mar
can find other partners.

However, the press release
issued by Baha Mar yesterday
attempted to allay these fears.

“Baha Mar is committed to
moving forward with the Baha
Mar project and if necessary
will explore all options, in
partnership with the Govern-
ment of the Bahamas, to com-
plete the project in a respon-
sible fashion that will benefit
the people and economy of
The Bahamas,” the statement
said.

;



FROM page one

themselves.

to sacrifice to get it done.



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i bise A“ 9

‘Lero tolerance’

spectful of people, institutions, and people’s property, and life
is no longer sacred as far as they are concerned,” he said.

In fact, Commissioner Ferguson said, these young people
are not even looking for any change or avenue to improve

“That is where I often say the whole society has to come
together to address what is happening to us if we are going to
derail this train that is going full speed ahead. It is not just for the
police, it is for everybody; every well-thinking Bahamian has got
to feel that they have a stake in trying to do something about the
criminal situation in our communities.

“And that is why we talk about zero tolerance, and that is
what we have to move towards if we are going to make a success
of what we are doing. We have got to buy into the programme
of trying to fight crime, we can’t just be talking. We have to find
meaningful programmes and we’ve got to invest in it. We have

“We've got to take the message all the time. That is the
approach we have to take. We cannot continue to be hypo-
critical and expect that we are going to effect the neighbourhood
positively,’? Mr Ferguson, warned.



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INTERNATIONAL NEWS | )



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Washington, Friday, March 7, 2008.

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PRESIDENT BUSH meets with Miguel Sigler Amaza, a former Cuban political prisoner and founder Movimiento Independiente Opcion Alternativa (Independent Movement for

Ladies in White) look on in the Oval Office of the White House in

Bush pushes democracy for Cuba,
calls for improved human rights

| WASHINGTON

PRESIDENT Bush chastised
most other countries Friday for
‘a sad and curious pattern'' of
doing little to speak out against
human rights and political abus- _
es in Cuba, according to Associ-
ated Press. :

"Unfortunately, the list of
counties supporting the Cuban
people is far too short and the-
democracies absent from that list
are far too notable,'' Bush said at
the White House.

The ''small band of brave
nations'' speaking out for free-
dom in Cuba include, Bush said,
his own administration as well as
former nations that were in the
Communist bloc but are now
democratic such as the Czech
Republic, Estonia, Hungary,
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slo-
vakia and Slovenia.

''The United States has not
been silent, nor will we be silent,''
Bush said. ''When a new day
finally dawns for Cubans, they
will remember the few brave’
nations that stood with them, and



CUBA'S PRESIDENT Rau! Castro, right, reviews an honor

the many that did not."

Bush spoke after meeting in
the Oval Office with Miguel
Sigler Amaya and his wife, Jose-
fa Lopez Pena.

Five years ago this month, in
what Bush called ''a tragic
moment in the history of Cuba,"'
Amaya was among scores arrest-
ed for offenses against the
regime. He was released in 2006
and ordered to leave the coun-
try with his wife. But 75 pro-
democracy activists sentenced in
that 2003 crackdown to 20 years

Revolution Palace in Havana, Monday March 3, 2008.

remain in prison for their partic-
ipation in peaceful activities,
including Amaya's brothers,
Ariel and Guida Sigler Amaya.
"For Miguel and Josefa, the
horrors of life in Cuba are behind
them, but millions of others are
still trapped in the tropical
gulag,'' Bush said. ''Yet most of
the world says nothing.''
_ The president said the global
community has largely remained

silent in recent months, even as

dozens of young Cubans wear-
ing ''change'' bracelets were
arrested, as Cuban authorities
raided a Catholic church to spray
parishioners with tear-gas and
drag them away.

Last weekend, activists dis-
tributing copies of the U.N. Dec-
laration on Human Rights were
pushed and beaten.

"That same week, Cuba signed
the International Covenant on

Civil and Political Rights,'' Bush

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guard along with Mozambique's President Armando Emilio Guebuza, unseen, at the

ident since his brother, who led
the nation for nearly a half a cen-
tury, underwent emergency
surgery in July 2006.

But Bush said any speculation
that the leadership shift would
affect U.S. policy toward Cuba
"is exactly backward."

"So far, all Cuba has done is
replace one dictator with anoth-
er,'' the president said.

"This is the same system, the
same faces, and the same poli-
cies that led Cuba to its miseries
‘in the first place."

The only way for relations to
improve between Cuba and the
United States, he said, is for the
government there to pave the
way for free and fair elections,
release all political prisoners and
respect human rights ''in word
and deed."

''What needs to change is not
the United States; what needs to
change is Cuba,'' the president
said. ''Cuba's government must
begin a process as peaceful
democratic change."

For years, lawmakers of both
parties have been trying to chip
away at the United States' Cold
War-era trade, travel and home
visit restrictions aimed at under-
mining a hostile government just
90 miles from U.S. shores.

They argue that last month's
change in leadership provides the
opportunity to lift the embargo.

The Bush administration, how-
ever, has been adamant that a
new Castro in power doesn't
mean a new Cuba.











In brief

Iraq's president
signals cooperation
with Turkey against
Kurdish rebels

@ ANKARA, Turkey

IRAQ'S president insisted
Friday that Kurdish rebels
would not be tolerated inside
its borders as he sought to allay
tensions following neighboring
Turkey's eight-day military
mission inside Iraq,.according

: to Associated Press.

Speaking during a visit to
Turkey, Jalal Talabani said
Iraq was continuing to put
pressure on Kurdish rebels to
lay down their arms and said
the two countries would dis-
cuss wide-ranging security mea-
sures to combat their threat.

The visit by Talabani, him-
self a Kurd, reflected diplo-
matic efforts to ease tensions
after an operation that some

: chad feared could spill into a

wider conflict between two
USS. allies. The Turkish mili-
tary ended its offensive a week

i ‘ago against Kurdish rebels who

launch attacks on Turkey from
bases in northern Iraq.

"Iraq wants strategic and sol-
id relations with Turkey,'' Tal-
abani said.

''We have exerted pressure.
Either they should lay down
arms or they should leave the
area,'' Talabani said. ''We are
going to discuss wide-ranging
security agreements."

Turkish President Abdullah
Gul called on the rebels to lay
down their arms, saying Turkey.
will never tolerate those who
engage in terrorism.

In response to a question
Friday about whether Turkey
would consider nonmilitary
ways to end the conflict with
autonomy-seeking Kurdish
rebels, Gul said: ''Whoever has
a gun in his hand should lay his
weapon down; the state will
never tolerate this."

In latest reported violence,
suspected Kurdish rebels killed
a civilian and took another
hostage Friday in a southern
Turkish province near the bor-
der with Syria, a local official
told state-run media.

Rebels hiding in a moun-
tainous part of Hatay province
killed the man after forcing him
to bring them provisions, Gov.
Ahmet Kayhan told the Ana-
tolia news agency. Rebels
accused the man of informing
security forces of their where-
abouts, Kayhan said.

A friend of the slain man
was kept hostage by rebels and
security forces were trying to
locate the insurgents, Kayhan
told Anatolia.

Along with military ties,
energy cooperation and other
economic issues are on top of
the agenda between the two
countries, Gul's office said.

The Iraqi delegation includ-
ed the country's ministers of
finance, oil and industry, as
well as the deputy foreign min-
ister, according to the inde-
pendent Voices of Iraq news
agency.

Several other senior politi-
cal figures were accompanying
Talabani, who was making his
first trip to Turkey since his
2005 election, the news agency
said.

Turkey's previous president,
Ahmet Necdet Sezer, declined
to invite Talabani to visit amid
tension over the activities of
Kurdish rebels based in north-
ern Iraq. Some in Turkey
accused Iraqi Kurdish leaders
of not doing enough to curb
the rebels.

Turkey launched its cross-
border ground operation
against rebels from the Kur-
distan Workers' Party, or PKK,
on Feb. 21. It pulled out eight
days later.

Turkey is concerned that the
example set by the Iraqi Kurds,
who run a virtual mini-state
within Iraq, could encourage
Turkey's own Kurdish popula-
tion to seek a similar arrange-
ment.

During Turkey's ground
incursion, Iraq demanded an
immediate withdrawal and
warned of the potential for
clashes between Turkish troops
and security forces of the semi-
autonomous Kurdish region in
northern Iraq.

Talabani was greeted by the
Turkish deputy prime minister,
Cemil Cicek, in a low-key
arrival at the airport in Ankara.
No honor guard was present,
and no military ceremony was
held when he arrived at the
presidential palace.

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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
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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The presidents of
Colombia, Ecuador
Spar at summit

@ SANTO DOMINGO,
Dominican Republic

COLOMBIAN President
Alvaro Uribe said Friday that
Colombian rebels helped
Ecuadorean President Rafael
Correa get elected, citing as
evidence a rebel's letter seized
during a cross-border raid that
has sparked an international
crisis, according to Associated
Press.

Correa walked out of the
20-nation Rio Group summit
after the finger-wagging accu-
sation, then returned and
demanded the opportunity

denounce the accusation as

"infamy." ;
Uribe said his forces seized
a letter during their raid Sat-

urday on a rebel camp just

across the border with
Ecuador in which Raul Reyes
_ a rebel leader killed in the
raid _ told the guerrillas’ top
commander about ''aid deliv-
ered to Rafael Correa, as
instructed."

Uribe also said that he did-
n't give Correa advance warn-
ing of the attack on Ecuadore-
an soil because ''we haven't
had the cooperation of the
government of President Cor-
rea in the fight against terror-
ism." .

That prompted an angry
exchange between the two, as
other presidents sought to
keep the dialogue civil.

Correa, who has broken off
relations with Colombia and
sent troops to the border over
the incident, denounced Uribe
as a liar, portrayed Ecuador
as a victim of Colombia's con-
flict, and proposed an inter-
national peacekeeping force
to guard their border.

_.Ereject this infamy that the
government of Rafael Correa
has collaborated with the
FARC," Correa hellowed into
the microphone. His com-
ments drew loud applause

from other leaders, who met

Uribe's speech with silence.

_ The summit was to have
focused on energy and other
issues, but thos2 were over-
shadowed by the diplomatic
crisis in the Andes after the

Others try to

deadly Colombian cross-bor-
der raid into Ecuador on Sat-
urday that killed a senior
Colombian rebel and 24 oth-
ers.

It began quietly, with the
host, Dominican President
Leonel Fernandez, appealing
for unity. Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez said it was
time to cool tensions and pre-
dicted the summit ''is going to
be positive." ;

"People should go cool off
bit, chill out their nerves,''
Chavez said before the sum-
mit started. ''I think the meet-
ing today is going to be posi-
tive, because it is going to help
the debate. We have to
debate, talk, and this is the
first step toward finding the
road."

But the accusations began
quickly, with Correa criticizing
"the aggression of Colombia"’
and Uribe saying that Correa
is a dishonest partner in the
fight against the Revolution-
ary Armed Forces of Colom-
bia, or FARC.

Other leaders called for
calm. After talk of imperial-
ism, communism and terror-
ism, Mexico's Felipe Calderén
advised leaving aside the
adjectives in hopes of reaching
a solution. Guatemala's
Alvaro Colom proposed that a
reconciliation commission vis-
it both countries. And
Argentina's Cristina Fernan-
dez called for a return to
"Jegality,'' rejecting unilateral
actions by any country.

Latin American foreign
ministers on Thursday drafted
a statement saying national
sovereignty must be respected.
The draft, to be submitted to
the presidents on Friday, mir-
rors one earlier in the week
from the Organization of
American States, said Chilean
Foreign Minister Alejandro
Foxley.

defuse border crisis

Chavez has ordered thou-
sands of troops and tanks to
Venezuela's border with
Colombia and threatened to
slash trade and nationalize
Colombian-owned business-
es. Correa has also sent troops
to the border, although Uribe
has said he won't do the same.

The summit marked the
first face-to-face encounters
between Chavez, Correa and
Uribe since the international
crisis began.

Uribe is hugely popular
among Colombians for crack-
ing down on the FARC, which
finances itself through kid-
napping and drug trafficking.

Nicaragua, a leftist ally of
Venezuela and Ecuador,
broke relations with Colom-
bia on Thursday, and the
denunciation of Colombia by
its president, Daniel Ortega,
also brought applause.

The attack also cut off all
contacts between the rebels
and France, where the free-
dom of French-Colombian
hostage Ingrid Betancourt has
become a national cause,
French Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner said Fri-
day.

Uribe has refused to rule
out future military incursions
into Ecuador or Venezuela,
saying he first needs assur-
ances from Correa and
Chavez that they are not har-
boring rebels.

One of the rare regional.
voices offering support for...

Colombia was Salvadoran
President Tony Saca, who said
the Colombian government
should be able to defend its
citizens.

"We need to understand
Colombia has the legitimate
right to go after terrorists ...
wherever they may be, of
course without harming the
sovereignty of another coun;
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Developer sets
aside land for
eagles, praised by

environmentalist
H@ PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.

THESE feathered residents
have the best lot in the neigh-
borhood — high atop a dead
pine tree overlooking a lake
and surrounded by acres of
nothing but nature, according
to Associated Press.

Amid construction of one of
his latest multimillion-dollar
ventures several years ago, lux-
ury golf course community
developer Bobby Ginn came
up against what some would
have found to be an obstacle —
a nesting pair of bald eagles.

Ginn turned it into an
opportunity and redesigned the
project to set aside about 120
acres for the birds that had
built a nest along the develop-
ment's only waterfront prop-
erty, a lake surrounded by
trees, full of fish and wading
birds.

It also would have been the
Tesoro community's most
expensive property, up to $40
million worth of home sites in a
neighborhood where houses
are selling for up to $5 million.
It's now preserved as nature in
perpetuity as a conservation
easement controlled by
Audubon of Florida.

Ginn has partnered with the
group to protect the eagles, and
is paying for outreach and
monitoring programs out of his
own pocket.

"A lot of time we get polar-
ized,'' Ginn said. ''Environ-
mentalists take one position.

cooler heads and work togeth- :
er." i

But it's not just altruism that
fueled Ginn's decision. He is,
after all, a businessman, and
the eagles — and nature — are
good for business. °

''There's no question about
that,''.Ginn said. ''Wildlife
doesn't have to suffer. It can
coexist with development.
There's got to be a mix, par-
ticularly as we're more and
more crowding the planet.

"For me, it's as big an ameni-
ty as golf or tennis or a pool,"
he added. ''People want to see
and enjoy wildlife and they
should be able to do it from
home."

Audubon of Florida has
praised Ginn as an example of
how the environment and
development can indeed coex-
ist.

"Whenever we talk to local
governments, other develop-
ers and land owners, we cite
Bobby Ginn's development as
an example of someone who's
really done the right thing,"
said Charles Lee, the group's
director of advocacy. ''These
are the techniques that if Flori-
da's environment is going to
survive in the face of popula-
tion growth that is coming
here, more and more develop-
ers are going to need to adopt."

The effort has so far been a
resounding success. Two
eaglets were born to the nest-
ing pair about eight weeks ago.

Earlier this week, scientists
working with Audubon
attached a satellite tracking
device to one of the eaglets in
hopes of learning more about
migration patterns once the
bird takes flight in a few weeks.
The public will also have a rare
opportunity to view what the
scientists see by monitoring the
eaglet's movements online as it
leaves the nest for the first time
and flies as far north as Cana-
da.

A Web camera aimed their
nest already allows the public
to watch the eagles in real time.

The American bald eagle
was removed from the federal
endangered species list last
year after a four-decade fight
for survival. Today, there are
nearly 10,000 mating pairs of
bald eagles in the contiguous
48 states, compared to a docu-
mented 417 in 1963 when the :
bird was on the verge of extinc- —
tion everywhere except in
Alaska and Canada where it
has continued to thrive.

But experts say scientific
study of their behavior and
migration patterns is key to
keeping them on a productive
path.

"The more data we have as
to where these birds go the bet-
ter off we are protecting them,"
said Lynda White, EagleWatch
coordinator for Audubon of
Florida.

"And we've got to find a
way to strike a balance
between development and pre-
serving the species, since now
that they're de-listed, we don't
know what is going to happen."

MINISTER OF/STATE for Culture Charles Maynard enjoying the Marina Village Junkan

ON FRIDAY, February
29, the US Embassy com-
memorated Black History
Month in a special celebra-
tion held at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel.

The event, highlighting
African-American/Bahami-
an heritage, was held under
the theme, ‘A common
past, a future together”.

Embassy staff, Bahami-
an governmert representa-
tives and a cross-section of
the Bahamian community
attended the iwo-hour cel-
ebration.

The Governor’s Ball-
room of the Hilton was
transformed into a cultural
display of African and
Bahamian artifacts, music
and paintings.

The prograrame included
welcome remarks by
Chargé d’Affaires Dr D
Brent Hardt, who noted

that the embassy wanted to’

celebrate the rich threads
of African-American cul-
ture in the beautiful and
strong fabric of America’s
diversity.

Heritage

Such a celebration, he
added, offered an opportu-
nity to reflect not only on
the common heritage
shared by the US and the
Bahamas, but also on our
interwoven histories.

He observed that as we
celebrate our shared histo-
ry and cultural commonal-
ities, we mus” look to the

-future to encourage litera-

cy, guide the youth to a
productive path in life, and
fight the scourges of drugs,
guns, and gangs.

Dr Hardt called on the
Bahamas anc the United
States to face these chal-
lenges together.

The eveninz progressed
with rich and lively enter-
tainment and the spoken
word. Lydia Ferguson of
the African-Bahamian
Association of Ghana, gave
an overview on African
Heritage, wiile Arlene
Nash-Ferguso 1, director of
“Educulture” spoke on the
African influence on
Bahamian society.

Well knowi1 Bahamian
entertainer aid recording
artist Jay Mitchell brought
the crowd to tneir feet with
two of his popular tunes,
“Another Place and Time”,
and “Fire in tie Hole”.

Fred Munnings, Jr gave
a soulful rendition of “Lift

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BAHAMIAN entertainer Freddie Munnings Jr singing “A Goombay Medley” at

Every Voice and. Sing”.
Known as the. Negro
National Anthem “Lift
Every Voice and Sing” was
composed by Bahamian
sons James Weldon John-
son and John Roasmand
Johnson.

Performance

Audiences also enjoyed
“Rake ‘n Scrape” anda
powerful drum perfor-
mance by Reuben Dele-
veaux, also known as
“Rumpapumpum”.

The Black History Month
celebration climaxed with
a spectacular junkanoo
rushout performed by the
Atlantis Marina Village
Junkanoo Group.

The event was made pos-
sible through the patron-
age of Ambassador Ned
Siegel and Mrs Stephanie
Siegel, who were unable to
attend, but who embassy
staff said actively support-
ed the Black History
Month cultural celebration.

DRUMMER Reuben
Deleveaux “Rumpapumpum”
performing a powerful drum
session at the Black History
Month Celebration.



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mMByBRENTDEAN ,
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

HARRAHW’s has reportedly
pulled out of the deal to devel-
op the Cable Beach Resorts,
citing comments in the House
of Assembly this week ques-
tioning the ability of the pro-
ject to proceed, as a reason
for this decision.

The bombshell announce-
ment came in a press release
yesterday issued by Baha Mar,
which was in joint venture
partnership with Harrah’s, one
of the world’s largest casino
resort operators.

“Baha Mar Resorts (“Baha.
Mar”) today said that it has
received a notice from Har-
rah’s Entertainment (“Har-
rah’s”) purporting to termi-
nate their joint venture
arrangements,” said the state-
ment.

“Baha Mar has notified
Harrah’s that it disputes Har-
rah’s ability to unilaterally ter-
‘minate the arrangements.
Those arrangements were
affirmed by Harrah’s as
recently as January 31 when
Harrah’s, as Baha Mar’s joint
venture partner, signed the
latest Heads of Agreement
with the Government of The
Bahamas.”

‘The statement continues: |

“In attempting to justify its
actions, Harrah’s referred to
comments made two days ago
in the House of Assembly
questioning the ability of the

project to proceed ahead.

However, just yesterday, the

House of Assembly voted |

unanimously to approve all of
the Government’s sale agree-
ments for key parcels of land
to be transferred to Baha Mar,
accompanied by numerous
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_ bring to an end the $2.6 bil-

.completed would reportedly

al key Members of Parlia-
ment.”
This move by Harrah’s may

lion mega-project intended to
revitalize the Cable Beach
Strip, and may draw into ques-
tion whether the prime minis-
ter’s comments this week in
the House might have con-
tributed to bringing this part-
nership to an end.

During the resolution to
authorize the transfer of land
in Cable Beach to the devel-
opers of the Resort, Mr Ingra-
ham said he doubted the abil-
ity of Baha Mar to finance the
project, but was confident that
Harrah’s could do it.

“And today I am still not
satisfied that Baha Mar has
the money to undertake the
project. But I am satisfied that
if Harrah’s carries out what it
says it will do, that they have
the means to undertake the
project if they do what they
say — but they have no legally
binding commitment to the
Bahamas. All of their agree-
ments are with Baha Mar,”
said Mr Ingraham in the
House earlier this week.

The development, when

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throughout March as Spring Brea

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Hubert Ingraham

_ The GB Port Authority





receivership overturned

_@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
and BRENT DEAN
Tribune Staff Reporter
bdean@tribunemedia.net

THE Grand Bahama Port Authority receivership was yes-
terday overturned by Supreme Court Justice Neville Adderley,
but with all other litigation stayed it is unclear whether the bit-
ter 17-month dispute over its ownership is any closer to reso-
lution.

Justice Adderley ruled that “in law”, a receiver should not
have been appointed for an institution that exercised quasi-
governmental powers, such as the Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity (GBPA).

He said another factor behind the decision to remove the
receivers, BDO Mann Judd accountants Clifford and Myles
Culmer, was that the attorneys for the late Edward St George’s
estate had not disclosed an earlier order by Justice John Lyons,
requiring all parties to be present for a hearing on the initial
receivership application, when the receivers were finally appoint-
ed in late November 2006.

The receivership order was made by Justice Jeanne Thomp-
son at a hearing where only the St George estate’s attorneys
were present, and Justice Adderley ruled that their failure to dis-
close the existence of Justice Lyons’s earlier order was reason
enough to end the receivership by itself.

While Sir Jack Hayward and his fellow defendants are likely

SEE page nine









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PM urges more ‘focused’
co-operation with CARICOM
Heads of Government in
addressing tourism challenges

@ By ALISON LOWE
’ Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

PRIME Minister Hubert Ingraham yesterday urged CARICOM

Heads of Government to work ‘towards more “focused and inten-
sified” co-operation in addressing regional tourism challenges.
For the third time since he was first elected as Prime Minister in
1992, Mr Ingraham addressed Caribbean Heads of Government as
CARICOM chairman on Friday at the opening of the 19th Inter-
cessional Meeting of Conference of Heads of Government of the
Caribbean Community at the Sheraton Cable Beach resort.
Noting that the last time the community’s chiefs met in Nassau
was in July, 2001, just before 9/11, Mr Ingraham urged that while

SEE page nine

is

Police seek pair in connection



with robbery of nightclub

POLICE are seeking two
men for questioning in connec-
tion with the robbery of Fluid
Nightclub in late February.

The men are considered
armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information

about the suspects are asked to
contact police emergency at
919/911, the police control room
at 322-3333, the Central Detec-
tive Unit at 502-9930, or the
Crime Stoppers Hotline at 328-
8477.

Tim Clarke/T ribune Staff

Bahamas ‘has
to adopt zero
tolerance
to all crime’

lm By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

ACTING police commis-
sioner Reginald Ferguson said.
for the Bahamas to effectively
curtail growing levels of crime,
it has to adopt “zero tolerance”
towards all types of crime.

Speaking of the fraction of
youth involved in criminal
activity, Mr Ferguson said in
many instances, these children
are blatantly disrespectful of
people, their property and all
institutions.

“If you listen to the young
people, that sector that is

‘involved in crime, in a lot of

instances they are just careless;
they are just so blatantly disre-

SEE page nine

Police ‘will
not knowingly
tolerate any
corruption’

lm By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
pturnquest@tribunemedia.net

POLICE will not knowingly .
tolerate any form of corruption
within the organisation, acting
Commissioner Reginald Fergu-
son told The Tribune in an
exclusive interview yesterday.

Commissioner Ferguson’s
comments came as officers are
expected to be charged shortly
before the courts for reportedly
allowing themselves to be
bribed by an alleged drug deal-
er who was wrongly released
from custody earlier this week.

Speaking at Police Head-
quarters on East Street, Com-
missioner Ferguson said he is

SEE page nine

Body found:
man believed to

have drowned

THE body of man,
believed to be a Haitian, was
found yesterday afternoon
near Holiday Drive, close to
the South Beach Pools.

Asst Supt Walter Evans
told The Tribune that it’s
believed the victim drowned
and was washed ashore.
However, an autopsy will
have to determine the exact
cause of death, he said.

Mr Evans said preliminary
investigations indicated that
the man was one of the pas-
sengers on a Haitian sloop
that ran aground off south-
ern New Providence earlier
this week.

At press time last night,
police had not identified the
man.













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Protest against the

Ministry of Lands and
Local Government
treats senior citizens
to luncheon

@ By LLONELLA GILBERT



MINISTER of Lands and Local Government Sidney Collie said |
the employees at his ministry were proud to be the servants for the |
senior citizens whom they treated to lunch yesterday.

The lunch, held at the Betty Kelly Kenning Swim Complex, was :
one of the activities planned for the Ministry’s Awareness Month |}
2008. The theme for the month is “Building bridges to the future :

through service to the community”.

Senior citizens attending the lunch came from the Senior Cit-
izens Geriatric Hospital, the Demetrius Home, the Nurse Naomi i
Christie Home, the Mary Ingraham Care Centre, and the Yellow }

Elder and Soldier Road Senior Citizens Homes.

All of the senior citizens, whom the minister called “precious
received gifts and were treated to entertainment by the :

pearls,”
Royal Bahamas Defence Force Band and Eric ‘King’ Gibson.

Harcourt Williams, 93, Stephanie Marshall, 60 and Eunice
. Williams, 80, wowed the crowd with smooth moves as they i

danced together.

One of special guests attending the lunch was Jenny Edge-

combe, who turns 100 this month.

Ms Edgecombe thanked the ministry officials for their kindness. ;
She added, “Above anything I want to thank my Lord. He }
promised me long life. He told me in the Psalms 31:24 ‘Be of good }
courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope on the :

Lord’.”

Mr Collie said his ministry wants to be made aware of anything
it can do to help out the senior citizens homes, and will participate ;

in special events the homes plan for their residents.

“We just want to say to those senior citizens gathered here this
afternoon that we love you,” he said. “We care about your com- }

fort and we care about your well-being.

“If there is anything we can do, as a ministry, to assist in mak-
ing life more bearable and enjoyable for you, we want to let the ;

matrons of the homes know this ministry is available.”



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EPA outsid

e of

~CARICOM meeting

By ALISON LOWE
Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

YESTERDAY’S CARICOM heads of
government meeting at Cable Beach
became the setting for the country’s first
public protest against government’s antici-
pated signing of the Economic Partnership
Agreement with the European Union.

Attorneys and PLP members Paul Moss
and Fayne Thompson took to the Cable
Beach strip outside the Sheraton with a
group of six placard waving protesters to
declare that the EPA is the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market and Economy (CSME) “in dis-
guise” and should, therefore, be rejected.

“Once the Bahamian people understand
what the details of this agreement are about
they will all oppose it,” said Mr Thomp-
son. “This is the beginning of a protest, like
with CSME, that will continue until the
Bahamian people are informed about (the
EPA).”

The two criticised government for
allegedly “signing away the country’s sov-
ereignty” by agreeing to have the Caribbean
Regional Negotiating Machinery (CRNM)
delineate the agreement on this country’s
behalf — as all CARICOM countries have —
and for failing to “come clean” with the
public on the details of the agreement.

The EPA has been a major topic of dis-
cussion during a busy week of CARICOM
meetings in Nassau. The agreement has a
scheduled mid-April sign-on date.

The attorneys’ demonstration occurred

shortly after Bahamas prime minister and
CARICOM chairman Hubert Ingraham
finished giving his opening address to
regional leaders attending the Intersessional
Meeting of Conference of Heads of Gov-
ernment.
. Placards reading “EPA = Recolonisa-
tion” and “Don’t Sell Us Back Into Slavery”
were marched up and down the tourist strip,
attracting the attention of several curious
onlookers.

Inside, Minister of State for Finance

Zhivargo Laing denied the suggestion that

the two arrangements were essentially the
same.

“There is a stark distinction,” said Mr
Laing. “Anyone who suggests that the EPA







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Governor-General's
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participants at ‘Conflict
Resolution’ rally

AN ESTIMATED 215
Governor General’s Youth
Award participants took part
in the Anglican Diocesan
Youth Rally under the theme
“Christian youth for positive
change”.

After hearing from various



“Anyone who
suggests that the EPA
is the same as the
CSME shows a lack of
appreciation for the
substantial difference
between the two. The
EPA is a free trade
agreement involving
the movement of
goods, it involves
services and trade
related matters.”



Zhivargo Laing

is the same as the CSME shows a lack of |

appreciation for the substantial difference
between the two. The EPA is a free trade
agreement involving the movement of
goods, it involves services and trade related
matters.

“The CSME involves free movement of
goods, free movement of capital (and) free
movement of labour. It involves the pro-
posal to have a single currency. All of which
means that countries participating in the
CSME would have to essentially harmonise
their fiscal monetary policies and (there
would be) a lot more involved integration
than the EPA could ever fathom,” he said.

Mr Laing said that he does not share the
“same alarmist” view of the EPA as Messrs
Thompson and Moss. .

“T do agree there will have to be adjust-
ments made when you sign onto these
things (but) the rollout period for the agree-
ment is of the order of 15 to 25 years... so
there is sufficient time for us to ensure that
our adjustment is not a disadvantage to
ourselves as the government or as the pri-
vate sector.”

Responding to the allegation that the



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Ministering in sensational song and
performance will be the Convention Choir
and Praise Team; the Tabernacle Concert
Choir; the Bahamas Public Officers Choir,
and other Church Choirs and Groups, along
with the Bahama Brass Band, the Youth
Brass Band, the Junior Brass Band, and the
Crusaders Brass Band from the Church of
God.

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andabe’ blessed!

_ speakers including Rev Diana

Francis, Pastor Carlos Reid,
Theophilus Glinton and
Nurse Mitzl Fernander, the
participants were divided into
four groups to prepare and
act out skits dealing with the
theme.

All the participants attend-
ing stayed on to participate in
the GGYA annual “Camp
In” which concluded at 7am
the next day.

Additional activities includ-
ed a variety show, trivia min-
utes and team work tacks.

The GGYA is 2 seli-devel-
opment programme available
to all young people world-
wide. The programme is
designed to equip them with
life skills “to make a differ-
ence to themselves, their
communities and the world”.

To date over five million
people from more than 100
countries have been motivat-
ed to undertake a variety of
voluntary and challenging
activities.

Bahamas had irresponsibly foregone the
responsibility for negotiating the deal to
the CRNM, Mr Laing said that in fact the
Bahamas had been an “active participant”
in many of the meetings held to discuss the
arrangement.

The minister said that government
“agrees” that the public ought to become
more informed and is making provisions
to enable that to occur. However, he also
emphasised that discussions about the EPA
began in 2002. “Five years would’ve been a
marvelous period of time to inform the
public,” he said.

The EPA negotiated with the EU will
allow the Bahamas and its fellow African,
Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries,
should they choose to sign on, to maintain
duty-free access for their exports to the EU
market if they allow the same access for
EU goods into their markets. It will also
involve the liberalisation — or opening up to
EU competition — of up to 75 per cent of
Bahamian service industries, according to
Mr Laing.


THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008, PAGE 3



A a eee
Wilchcombe: Bahamas tourism

industry ‘is slipping into a coma’



hospital after
cutlass attack

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

FREEPORT - A young man
is detained at a Nassau hospital

with serious injuries after being :

attacked by another man with a
cutlass, early Friday morning.

Jerrell Forbes, 24, of Priva-
teer Drive, Fortune Cay, suf-
fered serious injuries to his

right arm, right wrist, and left

thumb, which was almost com-
pletely severed.

Forbes is presently detained
at the Princess Margaret Hos-

pital. His condition is not }

known at this time.

Chief Superintendent Basil :
Rahming said the attack :

occurred around 6.35am at the

Pepper Pot Restaurant on East

Sunrise Highway.
Forbes told police that a

young man, whom he knows, :

chopped him several times
about the body with a cutlass
following a heated argument
over a woman.

Following the attack, the cul- :
prit got into a white car and

fled the scene.

_ Central Detective Unit offi-
cers are searching for the sus-

pect.

@ A HUSBAND and wife
were arrested and accused of a
breach of the Shop License Act
after police allegedly seized a
number of:saleable items at
their residence.

Supt Rahming said officers :
from the Central Police Station :
in Freeport, acting on informa- ":
tion, executed a search warrant

on a residence at Drake
Avenue around 6.30pm on
Thursday.

A large quantity of clothing
and other items, including :

ladies dresses, handbags, skirts,

jeans, jackets, men’s pants, hats,
tennis shoes and sweatsuits, :
were being offered for sale to :

the public.

Formal charges are expect- 7

ed to be filed against the couple
in the Freeport Magistrate’s
Court early next week.

Teenager in court
on robbery and
receiving charges

19-YEAR-OLD
Pinewood Gardens man
was arraigned in Magis-
trate’s Court yesterday on
robbery and receiving
charges.

According to court

‘dockets, it was alleged

that on Monday March 3,
James Thompson robbed
Jamal Williams of a grey
Toshiba laptop valued at
$800 along with a wallet
containing $50 cash.

Thompson, who
appeared before Chief
Magistrate Roger Gomez,
pleaded not guilty to the
robbery charge and to the
charge receiving the lap-
top. 7

Thompson was granted
bail in the sum of $5,000
with one surety. The case
was adjourned to March
25.

@ A 24-YEAR-OLD
man was remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison yester-
day after being arraigned
on charges of raping,
forcibly detaining and
robbing a 34-year-old
woman.

According to court
dockets, it is alleged that
while armed with a hand-
gun, Neko Kemp of Mal-
colm Road robbed a the
woman of her $235 hand-
bag which contained a
$135 wallet and a $30
Bahamian passport on
Tuesday, January 8 of this
year.

It is further alleged that
on the same day, Kemp
had sex with the woman
without her consent.

It is also alleged that
Kemp forcibly detained
the woman with the intent
to have sex with her.

Kemp, who appeared
before Chief Magistrate
Roger Gomez at court
one in Bank Lane yester-
day afternoon, was not
required to plead to the
charges.

Inspector Althea Porter
objected to Kemp being
granted bail, saying that
the accused has a number
of matters pending before
the courts.

Kemp was denied bail
and remanded to Her
Majesty's Prison. The case
was adjourned to March
25 and transferred to
court 10 in Nassau Street.

© In brief
Man detained in





Obie Wilchcombe

m@ By MATT MAURA

ONE million dollars has
been allocated in the
2007/2008 health budget for
the redevelopment and
improvement of the Acci-

dent and Emergency Depart-

ment of the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital.

Minister of Health and
Social Development D
Hubert Minnis made this
announcement to a group of
medical professionals, adding
that the review and planning

a process for an upgrade of

medical facilities at PMH,
and the construction of a
new primary healthcare facil-
ity in Freeport, Grand
Bahama, are underway.

Dr Minnis said this is part
of the government’s efforts
to give “due attention” to the
repair, upgrade and mainte-
nance needs of the primary
healthcare facilities through-
out the country.

Addressing the official
opening ceremony of the
Medical Association of the
Bahamas’ 36th annual Sci-
entific’ Conference on
Wednesday, Dr Minnis said
the upgrades to the Accident
and Emergency Department
will include the implementa-
tion of a fast track system for
“non- urgent illnesses” that is
designed to deliver quality
care in a timely manner,
thereby decreasing waiting
times.

Improve

He said the department
will also seek to improve the
efficiency of its patient flow
through the appointment of
patient care co-ordinators
and the implementation of
policies and procedures that
are designed to minimise
bottlenecks, thereby improv-
ing patient safety while
reducing overcrowding and
congestion.

“Prioritising customer sat-
isfaction by the development
and initiation of the Patient
Advocate Programme and
communication systems that
are designed to facilitate
communication between
staff, patients and their fam-
ilies, thereby enhancing the
hospital’s reputation as a
leading resource for urgent
care, are also among the
measures to be put in place,”
Dr Minnis said.

“The benchmarking, stan-
dardisation and implementa-
tion of a data collection sys-
tem to track patient waiting
times and utilization patters
to enhance planning, and evi-
dence-based decision for the
continued development of
the Accident and Emergency
Department are also among

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THE Bahamas tourism industry is
“i]] and slipping into a coma”, West
End and Bimini MP Obie Wilch-
combe told parliament this week.

Speaking on the Baha Mar and
Albany resolutions in the House of
Assembly on Thursday, the former
minister of tourism said that Bahami-
ans do not have the right “to allow
the industry to fall any further or to
succumb to the aggressive and unre-
lenting efforts of our competitors.”

Mr Wilchcombe said that he
believes that there is a lack of
urgency among Bahamians when it
comes to addressing the challenges
faced by the country in today’s
tourism market.

“The way we believe at times, the

lethargy that compromises our sense
of urgency in this competitive global
industry suggests we are unfamiliar of
the level of dependency of tourism,”
he said.

Mr Wilchcombe pointed out that
the Bahamas is no longer without

the measures to be put in
place,” Dr Minnis said.

Dr Minnis said technolog-
ical advances that strengthen
the network of activities in
patient care “between and
among” the healthcare facil-
ities will be further advanced
through the implementation
of two major initiatives.

“The first of these initia-
tives is the electronic inte-
grated Public Health Infor-
mation System (i-PHIS)
which will scon be intro-
duced to improve client
record management at our
primary healthcare facilities.

tional at all clinics in New
Providence by July 2008 and
at all major Family Island
Clinics by December, 2008,”
Dr Minnis said.

Reports

The system will allow
health professionals at pri-
mary healthcare facilities (as
a part of a network) to gen-
erate reports in a timely
manner, reduce duplication
of diagnostic investigations
and drug treatment, improve
the overall management of
clients and providence evi-
dence-based healthcare plan-
ning.

The second initiative is the
Telemedicine Project that
was launched in December
2007 between the Accident

which opened Wednesday evening (
the opening address.

and the Marsh Harbour Clin-
ic in Abaco.

“This new technology
allows specialty physicians in
the Accident and Emergency
Department of the Princess
Margaret Hospital to provide
real-time clinical consulta-
tions and diagnostic services
to patients at the Marsh
Harbour Clinic,” Dr Minnis
said.

“This is the first step in the
government’s national pro-
gramme for use of telemedi-
cine to improve the overall
level of healthcare services
throughout our Family
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competition in the region and must
therefore step up to the plate as soon
as possible.

“We are challenged to approach
this dilemma with a sense of urgency.
Lip service, finger pointing and fear
will only lead to the demise of the
industry.

“When we were the only show in
town with little or no competition
coming from our neighbours to the
north or to the south, we could afford
to take short cuts, deliver inadequate
service and move with a slow pace.
What we did yesterday will not suf-
fice in this new world-order,” he said.

Mr Wilchcombe again noted that
according to the World Tourism
Council, more than 67 per cent of
every 100,000 jobs in the Bahamas
are tourism related.

“(Some) 38,000 Bahamians are
directly employed in the travel and
tourism sector which represents 25.9
per cent of the total work force.

“To break it down even further, it
means one in every 1.5 jobs in the
Bahamas is tourism related,” he said.

With those kind of figures, the MP
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Giving examples of the increasing
competition in the Caribbean region,
Mr Wilchcombe said that over a 10-
year period, the Dominican Republic
built more than 50,000 hotel rooms.
In Cuba, he said, the government
teamed with Spanish hoteliers and
increased its inventory to almost
50,000.

Both Jamaica and the Turks and
Caicos have seen robust construc-
tion in the tourism sector. In the
Turks Islands, the MP said, 8 five-
star hotels are under construction.

“I classify these countries our com-
petitors because like the Bahamas
the market share is 0.1 per cent of
global tourism. That is why I fully
support the Baha Mar project and
consider it to be missing link to cre-
ating sustainable tourism activity here
in New Providence.

“Baha Mar will bring added value
to the tourism sector,” he said.

The Baha Mar development, he
said, will play a major role in reposi-
tioning the Bahamas tourism industry
and creating new excitement to the
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A liver transplant easier in the south

LAURA Linehan’s Web page depicts a
vibrant and vivacious young woman sur-
rounded by loving friends and family. In
many photos, she looks as if she is having
the time of her life.

Those images are in sharp but under-
standable contrast to the weary woman
on the telephone Thursday who has liver
disease.

Among its ravages, the illness destroys
energy. She sleeps as many as 20 hours a
day.

‘Linehan, a Melrose native, is in Jack-
sonville, Fla., awaiting her second liver
transplant.

Even though she fell ill in a renowned
medical centre and was treated at one of
the world’s great hospitals, Massachu-

‘ setts General, her best chance now to
save her life is at the Mayo Clinic in
Northeast Florida.

“JT have my good days and my bad
days,” she said when I asked how she
was feeling. "Some days I feel fine, and
some days I feel like I’m absolutely going
to die. Actually, I feel horrible today.”

What on earth is she doing in Jack-
sonville? The answer is found in the coun-
try’s convoluted system of doling out
organs for transplants. spiced

New England is chronically short on
organs; Florida has a far larger supply.
So in January, Linehan and her mother,
Ann, moved to Florida, leaving behind
family, an interior design business, and
their entire support network.

“It’s just crazy that you have to leave
New England,” Ann Linehan said this
week. “We have the biggest, best hospi-
tals in the world. It’s just unbelievable.”

Laura Linehan has not had a lucky life.
She was born with a metabolic: disorder
that required a liver transplant at age 2. In
the course of that transplant, she received
a blood transfusion. This was before
blood was screened for hepatitis, which
she later contracted. By her late teens, it
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number the healthier the patient is. The
problem is, in New England patients have
to be at risk of dying in a matter of
months to reach the top of the list.

The situation is even direr for some-
one, such as Linehan, who needs a second
transplant, because in these cases the new
organ has to be nearly perfect. So, Line-
han moved to Florida, where the list of
recipients is shorter, and the supply of
organs is bigger.

“Here, she would not be anywhere near
the top of our list,” her doctor, Dr. Daniel
Pratt of MGH, said this week. “It would
be many, many months. In Florida, she
should have a transplant in the next few
weeks.”

He added: “Our options were to let
her stay here, getting sicker and sicker, or
go to Florida, knowing she could get an
organ much quicker.”

Not everyone has the means to move to
another state to improve his or her trans-
plant prospects. That doesn’t make it
easy. Linehan’s father and two sisters are
in Massachusetts, visiting as often as they
can.

While the system of distributing organs
leaves much to be desired, the larger issue
is ‘a lack of donors, Pratt said. Not enough
is' done to recruit donors, and even some
people who are willing to donate organs
find those wishes thwarted by relatives
after their death, Pratt said. Between
1,500 and 2,000 Americans die each year
waiting for a liver transplant.

Having had liver disease virtually all
her life, Linehan has seen what can hap-
pen to those forced to wait too long. Her
lifelong best friend died during transplant
surgery at 20. Linehan’s outlook is far
brighter. It seems cruel, though, that life
and death can be decided so randomly.
All she wants is what she has seldom had:
a normal life.

“J want to go back to college,” she said.
“I want to get a job. It’s been so long,
and I’ve been so sick, that I just want to
get my life back on track.”

(This article was written by Adrian
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confusion

EDITOR, The Tribune.

AS STATED in an earlier
communiqué to_ these
columns, this pen will avoid

publicly touching paper unless

solutions accompany the crit-
icism; therefore, it is hoped.
that solutions can be gleaned
from these thoughts.

I have noticed that once
again our curious little country
has embarked on another
exercise of confusion. On one
hand, we are attempting to
formulate policies to address
the issues of crime and other
social deprivation while simul-
taneously we are contemplat-
ing the legalisation of number
houses, web shops, or lotter-
ies. Even more disturbing is
that our primary reason for
considering the latter is
because it is considered an
accepted norm within our
society.

Should these illogical exer-
cises be addressed from a
political, spiritual, or eco-
nomical point of view; or
should we the public read
deeper into these decisions
and conclude that something
is seriously wrong with the
country’s leadership?

Admittedly, it was initially
quite difficult to appreciate
why a country so small would
have such overwhelming prob-
lems regarding policy making
and law enforcement within
its boarders. However, after
seeing how both political par-
ties react towards each other,
one can see why confusion
abounds.

Diverting a bit, there are
two major factors, which are
contributing to our state of
affairs.

First off, our leaders are
bemoaning their inability to
enforce the laws on the books
concerning gambling or oth-
er criminal activities: _

Secondly, and this fault can-
not be attributed directly to
any one person, but it is an
unassailable fact that there are
hardly any institutions in this
country that are free of cor-
ruption.

Unfortunately, most insti-
tutions, at every level, are
being held captive by social
saboteurs. These saboteurs or
more aptly, social terrorists
should not be confused with
persons who perform blatant
or obvious criminal acts.
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persons who have contami-
nated the very core of the
most casual of economic trans-
actions. In other words, these
social terrorists have abused
their job, careers, or positions
by demanding “kickbacks”
before performance in the
work place. They make it
almost impossible for one to
execute a simple transaction
without being held hostage.
Regrettably, the conse-
quence of corruption is too
cheap in this country. Persons,
who practice corruption, must,
within the confines of their
Constitutional rights, be made
to ‘pay severely for their

_actions. Sadly, but it appears

that there are two prices for
everything in this country.
You can pay the correct price
at the institution that you are
doing business with or you can
pay a reduced price to some
unscrupulous person at the
expense of the employer’s
inventory or resources.
Seguing, although gambling
and corruption are not scien-
tifically linked, they do carry
the common elements of
greed and laziness. This is why
the belief that implementing
a lottery as a remedy for
financial advancement should
not be entertained or why it is
difficult to agree with persons
who use ill-founded logic to
justify social shortcuts.

Clearly the erroneous con-.°

clusions arrived at by these
proponents are due to a flaw
in their initial thought process.
These parties start with a fal-
lacy that asserts the belief that
because many persons in this
country are presently buying
numbers illegally; that it is
okay for the country to agree
such activities. The mere
thought of acquiescing to a
negative because of a dimin-
ished will power to fight, is
unfathomably and resound-
ingly unwise.

Apart from this, all institu-
tions, which were created to
benefit from the proceeds of
lotteries, bar none, has ended

up operating at a deficit.

These institutions are formed
with the best intentions to
fund public programmes, yet

after a short period, due to *:

expensive or extravagant
administrative outlays or due
to negligent or incompetent
handling of funds, they
become another bureaucratic
black hole. Therefore, the
funding justification becomes
a moot point because without
fail, the potential beneficia-.

- ries receive substantial short-

falls from their benefactors.

Moreover, this red herring
has been thrown to the public
by successive: governments
and is designed to avoid more
serious issues, which this coun-
try needs to-face before it can
advance. Our main issue
should be that of coming to
terms with our self-worth as
a people. As strange as this
may sound, yet after giving it
some thought, one will see the
truth or the validity in this
writer’s reasoning.

Clearly, I am of the belief
that Bahamians are so fearful
of believing themselves wor-
thy of gambling in the local
casinos, that they will devise
any alternative avenue to
avoid the issue. It is discon-
certing that collectively we are
of the belief that we must
legalise a crass exercise by
making it fitting and accept-
able for our urban environ-
ment and beliefs. We prefer
to dress this monster called
lottery into a pseudo outfit
called freedom and
respectability rather than walk
down the road to self-actual-
ization. In this vein, we are
unabashedly endorsing our
lack of self-worth and unfor-
tunately, this form of think-
ing is pervasive in most post
colonial societies.

However, to see the day
when we as Bahamians can
deem ourselves worthy of hav-
ing our people dressed in
evening wear and stepping out
to enjoy a relaxing evening at
our local casinos with family
and friends, then and only
then would the awakening of
our self-worth as a people
become evident.

DWAYNE J HANNA
Nassau, ,
February 29, 2008.

Grand Bahama, Abaco,
are immediate future for
economic development

EDITOR, The Tribune.

IT CERTAINLY is reassuring that at least Hon Paul
Adderley has it right - Grand Bahama and Abaco are the
immediate future for economic development of our country.

Hon Paul Adderley was the guest on Jones & Co, this
weekend and emphatically said that it surprises him that
few understand where the economic emphasis has to be.

This writer was surprised that Mr Adderley was not a lit-
tle more specific and even ventured to comment as to the
interest of the Fleming Family Group, an Equity Buyout
Consultancy as to whether Mr Adderley, in his opinion
thought that was best for Grand Bahama?

I am not interested whether the Treasurer of the Bahamas
held 7 per cent shares in the Port Authority and somewhere
down the road government sold them that is totally a red-
herring — it is of no interest to me whether, today, and this
is not new, that the ownership is vested in a Cayman Com-

pany.

Anyone checking will find that that occurred under the
ownership of Benquet, the Philippine based company and
when the Haywards and St Georges purchased they pur-
chased a company that was registered in Cayman.

My reading of the Hawksbill Agreement does not restrict
where the ownership is required to be located.

There has to be concern in who acquires the future own-
ership as Grand Bahama now is the probably sole location
that could relieve the social problems of New Providence the
massive congestion and high density of population so who-
ever purchases the assets of Hayward-St George must be per-
sons with a new imagination, focus of creating something
extraordinary and not be a fly-by night, in other words a par-
ty who will simply acquire the assets and quickly dispose of

them.

We need a party that will be able to work with Hutchison
Whampao for the betterment of the whole and be in there
long term and have deep pockets.

The principals and their legal advisers must wish this to
happen. Equity Buy people are not on my preferred list.

J MOORE
Nassau,
February 25, 2008.
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m@ By TANEKA
THOMPSON
Tribune Staff
Reporter
tthompson@
tribunemedia.net

“JT had an opportunity
to ride through Montell
Heights area yesterday.
The entire area is so
filthy and dirty, the area
is just so nasty. What
baffles me most is that
there are just so many
nice cars, SUVs, Explor-
ers, Expeditions — all
parked in these dirty
yards, around homes
that look like they need
to all be demolished. I
just wish that they
would join together and
do a massive clean up of
the area. I won’t be tak-
ing that detour again.”

— Agitator for clean
environment, Seabreeze

“T vex because dese
police ridin’ on dem
motorbikes is act worse
than them ghetto
youths. This morning I
in da middle of bumper-
to-bumper traffic in
Marathon, and out of

nowhere I feel this thing |}

shake the back of my
car. When I check my

mirror I see a police,on, ,,, }

a bike speed away.

“T mean, my car just
come out the shop and
that police knock my
bumper, drive away and
ain’ say a peep. Now let
dat a been me who .
knock him, I woulda
been behind bars. Trust
me I got his licence
number and I ga report
him.”

— Portia G,
Colony Village

“T really wish Bahami-
ans knew how to mind
their own business and
stop poking their holier-
than-thou noses in peo-
ple’s life where it don’t
belong! That’s what
have me vex. I tired of
people who I don’t even
know or barely know,
telling me how I should
be living my life and
offering me their bad
advice.

“Tt is take all my ener-
gy to hold my tongue
and not tell them ‘Why
don’t you spend some
time in the gym losing
that big belly and less
time worrying what I
doing with my time’. I
am an educated young
woman getting my life
together and I don’t
have time for haters.”

— Shenique R, Nassau

“T vex at how lazy
some of our people are.
I look around at how
blessed we are in this
country, and how easy
we have it here com-
pared to other places.
And then I see our
young men and women
just wasting good oppor-
tunities, hanging around
on the blocks, satisfied
workirg a dead end job
and pumping out baby
after baby.

“We need to show
more entrepreneurial
spirit. I want to tell
these kids to get out
there and make some-
thing of themselves
instead of sitting ona
street corner looking for
ways to tief what I work
so hard for.”

— Hard working in
Cable Beach

St Georges High

to stage

anti-violence symposium

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

FREEPORT - With violence on the
rise in public schools, St Georges High
is reaching out to students by staging an
anti-violence symposium.

Teacher Frazette Gibson, grade 10
year head, said the symposium was
geared toward 10 grade students — to
begin them on a path of empowerment
and positive decision making for the
next two years of their student life.

The deaths of two students in the
capital have raised concerns about vio-
lence at public schools around the coun-
try.
Mrs Gibson believes most students
are lacking moral guidance and need
social skills and training to make better
decisions.

“That is why we want to try to reduce

-high risk behaviour and help them

develop skills that lead to healthy
lifestyle choices,” she said.

“When children are disruptive and
troubled it is a warning sign that it is
time to start looking . . . to provide
proper social skills and training to lead
them back to a healthy path,” she said.

Teacher says event is geared
toward 10 grade students



“I believe now is the time to cause
change, but it has to start from the chil-
dren, but in order to do that they need
guidance.”

Mrs Gibson said the students were
given important advice during the sym-
posium from several speakers, including
youth pastor Duerre Thomas, school

psychologist LaKiska Russell, and fam- .

ily life teacher and former police officer
Sidney Bain. .

Mrs Gibson encouraged parents to
also play a greater role in instilling
morals and values in their children.

Mr Bain said that violence in schools
has escalated and needs to be
addressed.

He told students that negative behav-
iour can lead them to a path of vio-
lence, crime, and a life behind bars.

“Students are carrying weapons to
school and students are getting killed

and we must do something to reach out
to them,” he said. “They must be taught
to respect authority, themselves and
others.”

Psychologist LaKiska Russell told
students that the decisions they make
now will determine where they end up
in the future.

“Obviously, a lot of the difficulty we
see among our youth is that they do
not know how to make good, effective
decisions. So, it is important that we
talk about making the right choices that
are going to get them somewhere pos-
itive in life.”

Youth pastor Duerre Thomas said
that too many young people do not
know their purpose in life. He said
young people are losing their spiritual
identity and don’t know who God has
called them to be.

“I am of the belief that one of the

reasons for the rise in crime and vio-
lence in our nation and in our school, is
because so many young people are
walking in a false sense of identity,” he
said.

Mr Thomas explained that young
people tend to imitate and aspire to
what they see on television.

He added that rap music and other
secular programmes are giving them
the wrong ideas.

“When they watch BET and MTV
they feel that in order to be a man they
have to tote a gun or sell drugs, but my
message to them is to find out who God
has really called them to be and begin to
walk in that direction,” he said.

Mr Thomas said that everyone has a
role to play in the proper shaping and
guidance of the youth.

He believes that the Church has
failed to make the gospel relevant to the
today’s generation and many young
people are being lost.

“We (the Church) have to set the
standard in society, but the Church has
ceased to become relevant to this gen-
eration. And while we sit in the walls of
the church praising God, our children
are outside dying and going to hell,”
he said.

Women in Caribbean
‘have higher incidence
of poverty than men’

CARIBBEAN women
have a higher incidence of
poverty than their male coun-
terparts, according to the
CARICOM Secretariat.

In a statement issued yes-
terday, the Secretariat also
pointed out that women’s
participation in parliaments
across the region “continues
to be less than optimal, falling

. short of the target.of 30 per

cent”.
With these challenges in

/ mind, the Secretariat said it

was honoured to salute the
women and girls of the region
on the occasion of Interna-
tional Women’s Day, 2008.

It said International Wom-
en’s Day (IWD) is an occa-
sion to review and reflect on
the quest by women for
equality, peace and develop-
ment.

“It also affords an oppor-
tunity to celebrate women’s
contributions to the strength-
ening of democratic gover-
nance, justice, peace, security
and quality of life,” it said.

This year’s theme, Invest-
ing in Women and Girls, reit-
erates the commitments made
since 1995 on financing gen-
der equality and the empow-
erment of women — a Millen-
nium Development Goal.

Achievement

“It has been asserted and
it remains no less true that
women’s empowerment is
fundamental to the achieve-
ment of equality, develop-
ment and peace. To achieve
that, it requires identification
and mobilisation of resources

‘from all sources and across

ali sectors,” said the state-
ment. “There are a range of
factors which have impacted
upon the financing of gender
equality and empowerment
of women including econom-
ic growth patterns that
increase inequality between

~ and within countries, persis-

tent socioeconomic inequali-
ties, social exclusion, youth
unemployment, and crime
and violence.”

Violence still remains a
major cause of concern for
women and girls and boys, it
said. It is estimated world-
wide that one in five women
become the victim of rape or
attempted rape and one in
four women have been beat-
en or abused, or will be dur-
ing their lifetime.

“To achieve traction on
issues such as violence against
women, the prevalence of
HIV and AIDS among young
women, poverty and repre-
sentation in decision-making
bodies there is a need for
strong actors and even
stronger commitments by the
stakeholders.

“It is essential then that
adequate resources are pro-
vided to support the imple-

mentation of gender sensitive
policies and programmes at
the regional, national and’
local level that leads to a real-
isation of gender equality and
empowerment of women.
“As part of a theoretical
and conceptual thrust
towards achieving gender
equality there has been a
focus on achieving gender

‘mainstreaming but there has

been much less focus on

women’s empowerment. This -.

has led to reduced resources
for women’s focus pro-
grammes and organisations,”
the statement said.

It said that generally,
strides in gender sensitive
approaches have been more
likely to be considered in the
social sector — namely educa-
tion, and to some extent,
health — but less in the “hard-
er” areas of finance, trade,
transport, rural infrastructure
and in the emerging areas of
focus for the Caribbean such
as sustainable development
issues.

“This, in no way, diminish-
es the progress made in some
areas of legislation and policy,
labour market participation
and increased access to public
resources.

“Yet, the fundamental
question remains — how can
gender equality be achieved
in an asymmetrical social and
economic environment?
Restrictive macroeconomic
policies can exacerbate social
inequalities and thus, increase
the level of hardship that
women and girls and some
men and boys experience.
Economic policies have
impacted disproportionately
on women and girls, espe-
cially the poor.

“Addressing women’s
inequality in employment,
unequal access to productive
assets and increased time bur-
dens due to women’s unpaid
work can help accelerate eco-
nomic growth and pro-poor
growth. Gender inequality
limits pro-poor growth.”

The statement said that
aggressive attention to gen-
der inequality means a more
holistic and interconnected
approach to development.

“In this regard, the imple-
mentation of gender sensitive
public management reform
realised through the public
finance systems provides

‘Opportunities to integrate a

gender perspective into the
process of social, economic
and political governance and
rights based rationales. It pro-
vides the connection between
economic and social policy
outcomes,” it said.

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COB hosts
educational

Cee reKer wy ob hb
conference

THE College of the Bahamas hosted a one-day
educational leadership conference under the
theme, “Teachers as leaders for change.”

The conference was held at the Michael H

: Eldon Complex. In attendance and bringing

remarks on behalf of Minister of Education Carl
Bethel was Permanent Secretary Elma Garraway.

Mrs Garraway said how proud she was of the
students she had had a chance to transform:
during her time at COB as a lecturer,
facilitator, and chairperson of the education divi-
sion.

Some of these students now work in education
as technical officers, school administrators and
teachers. _

Mrs Garraway commended,COB for playing a
part in shaping, moulding and defining of what it
means to be a teacher in the Bahamian education
system for more than 33 years.

The permanent secretary encouraged the stu-
dent teachers to become agents of change, to

come up with creative ways of making educa-

tion accessible, and to help ensure that high stan-
dards are maintained in all the 158 public schools
throughout the country.

’ The students were advised to create a vision,
map a course for progress, and develop the capac-
ity to harness the “wealth of knowledge” around

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them so that they may be in a position to effect
change.

“In the Ministry of Education, we have
embarked upon an ambitious plan of restructur-
ing the educational system,” the permanent sec-
retary said.

She went on to explain the National Strategic
Plan for Education, which includes: changes to
the curriculum; the designation of enrichment
subjects; the expansion of the Magnet Pro-
grammes; the introduction of a high school diplo- .
ma; the establishment of homework centres; and
the introduction of standardised testing.

Mrs Garraway suggested that the student

* teachers become team builders, constant learners,

nurturers and professionals who are well versed
in their subject areas, and facilitators who can
teach children to become critical thinkers.

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Ministry to showcase authentically
‘Grand’ Bahamian crafts and fine art

Event takes place on
Taino Beach, April 3-5



Prince Charles
samples
chocolate, visits
cocoa estate

in St. Lucia

@ CASTRIES, St. Lucia

BRITAIN'S Prince
Charles sampled local choco-
late and broke ground for a
new cocoa factory while vis-
iting St. Lucia on Friday as
part of a five-island
Caribbean tour, according to
Associated Press.

Charles and his wife,
Camilla, the Duchess of
Cornwall, toured cocoa
estates in the southwestern
town of Soufriere that after-
noon, where she practiced
grinding cocoa beans with a
manual mill.

The royal couple visited St.
Lucia aboard a megayacht to
promote environmental pro-

_tection, sustainable develop-
ment and youth opportunity.

"We love you!'' shouted
several British tourists, who
waved the Union Jack flag
when the couple alighted
from their boat. Charles and
his wife broke away briefly
from the official gathering to
chat and shake hands with
the crowd. It is the third time
Charles visits the former
British territory.

The couple stopped at
Fond Doux Estate and Plan-
tation Resort, where they
viewed cocoa trees and
observed the chocolate-mak-
ing process. At another near-
by estate, Charles broke
ground for a new factory
while accompanied by Agri-
culture Minister Ezechiel
Joseph. :

Charles also announced the
creation of two organizations
aimed at helping youth,
including a mentoring pro-
gram for first-time offenders.

The couple expected to
leave Friday night for
Montserrat.


























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THE BAHAMAS CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST CHURCH

Hillside Estates, Baltic Avenue, Off Mackey Street.
P.O. Box SS-5103, Nassau, Bahamas
yammma Phone: 393-3726/393-2355/Fax:393-8135

mame CHURCH SERVICES
May SUNDAY, MARCH 09, 2008
FIFTH SUNDAY IN LENT

Pm a AGAPE METHODIST CHURCH, Soldier Road
Rey. Mark Carey

ASCENSION METHODIST CHURCH,
Rey. Dr. Laverne Lockhart
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH,
Rastor Charles Moss

CURRY MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH,

Mrs. Minerva Knowles
No Service

EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH,

Mr. Sidney Pinder
Rev. Charles New

GLOBAL VILLAGE METHODIST CHURCH,
Queen’s College Campus
Rey. James Neilly

ST. MICHAEL’S METHODIST CHURCH, Churchill Avenue
Connections - Rev. Philip Stubbs
Rey. Philip Stubbs

TRINITY METHODIST CHURCH, Frederick Street
Rev. Charles New

RADIO PROGRAMMES

‘RENEWAL’ on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. on ZNS 1
Rey. Charles A. Sweeting
‘METHODIST MOMENTS’ on each weekday at 6:55 a.m.

Rev. Charles A. Sweeting
ASRS SESS RCAC AR ACR a kk kok kak ak kat

EBENEZER METHODIST CHURCH present Music for lent - A time
of reflection, meditation and celebration on Sunday, March 16,
2008 at 7:00 p.m. in their Sanctuary on East Street.

$ Town Wesley Methodist Church
: d & Chapel Street} RO.Box CB-13046

The Holy Ghost Prayer-Line number is 326-7427
(www.gtwesley.org)

SUNDAY, MARCH

7:00 a.m. Rev. Dr. Lavern Lockheart/Bro. Sherwin Brown
11:00 a.m. Youth Choir/Dance Troupe Annivaersary/Youth (B)

7:00 p.m. Rev. Carla Culmer/Board of Men & Women’s Ministry
Meer Re merce OCR ly

Visitors and residents of
Grand Bahama will be treat-
ed to a showcase of Authen-
tically “Grand” Bahamian
products during the first
weekend in April.

A variety of locally manu-
factured crafts and souvenirs,
food, drinks and music as well
as fine art and wedding cere-
monies will be presented dur-
ing “Spring Festival 2008” in
two locations between April 3
and 5.

On day one, selected gift
and craft manufacturers will
exhibit exclusively for cruise
passengers arriving at the
Lucayan Cruise Facility at
Freeport Harbour.

Days two and three will be .

staged along the sandy shore-
line of Taino Beach.
_ Executive director of
tourism for Grand Bahama
Kerry Fountain said that the
Ministry of Tourism and Avi-
ation is intent on creating
opportunities and providing
support for “Bahamians who
are delivering world class
products and experiences
reflective of the Bahamas; as
well as a sustained deepen-
ing of meaningful Bahamian
participation and ownership
in the tourism economy.”
“Spring Festival 2008” will
feature the combined works
of as many as 50 vendors and
artists representing Grand

Bahama, Abaco, Bimini and’

the Berry Islands and Nas-
sau. They will offer their
works for sale and exhibit in a
casual, tropical family atmos-
phere.

A brief official opening cer-
emony is scheduled for Fri-
day evening, followed by the
Love 97 FM North Authenti-
cally Bahamian Fantasy Wed-
ding.

Evening Service: 7:00 p.m.
(Wednesdays)
id Thursday of each month) .






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The exhibitors will be
grouped into two categories
at adjoining locations on
Taino Beach: gifts and crafts,
and fine art at Sculpture
Pointe and the Junkanoo
Beach Club.

In the gift and craft section,
“Spring Festival 2008” will
feature more than 15 cate-
gories of handicrafts including
aromatherapy, batik, gar-
ments, specialty foods, fine
art, ceramics, pottery, wood



craft, glass art, straw and

woven products, and bas-
ketry.

Among confirmed partici-
pants, noted craft artist and
Cacique Award 2008 winner
Grand Bahamian Cathy
Laing heads the list crafts spe-
cialists

Participating painters, met-
al and ceramic artists include
Claudette Dean, Chantal
Bethel, Sheldon Saint, and
Nassau-based artists and

sculptors Max Taylor, Anto-
nius Roberts, Tyrone Fergu-
son, John Cox and Jessica
Colebrook.

According to festival co-
ordinator Sanique Culmer
“The ministry is committed
to encouraging a culture of
creative skilled craftsmen,
vendors, performers, and ser-
vice providers”.

The work of each partici-
pant will be judged in the fol-
lowing categories:

e Authentic Bahamian
products — at least 80 per cent
of the input, inclusive of
material and labour, must be
Bahamian

e Bahamian products —
Bahamian input less than 80
per cent but more than 50 per
cent, but to be made in the

Organ recital hits the right note for ee)

THE TRIBUNE

Bahamas or by Bahamians.

e Bahamian style products
— products with less than 50
per cent Bahamian input that
are made to depict things
Bahamian

e Made in the Bahamas
products — any product made
in the Bahamas

Gifts and craft. exhibitors
will be judged on overall
booth presentation and con-
testants in the Love 97FM
Fantasy Wedding will com-
pete for prizes as well.

Persons wishing to partici-
pate in the Spring Festival
2008 are asked to contact
Sanique Culmer, the Ministry
of Tourism’s co-ordinator for
the Authentically Bahamian
programme on °Grand
Bahama.

AT HIS annual organ recital, held as a fundraiser on January 31 at Christ Church Cathedral, Dr Sparkman Ferguson raised $5,000
which he has decided to donate to the Ccllege of the Bahamas Financial Aid and Scholarships Fund. The concert was attended

by nearly 300 people who generously supported the endeavor.

Shown here are Dr Ferguson (centre) presenting a cheque to Cheryl Carey, the college’s director of financial aid and housing,
and college president Janyne Hodder.












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Grace and Peace Wesleyan Church

LIGHT AND LIFE COMMUNITY CHURCH §

Grounded In The Past &
Geared To The Future

Worship time: Llam & 7pm
Sunday School: 9:45am
Prayer time: 6:30pm.

The Madeira Shopping

(Next door to CIBC)

ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND

Pastor: Rev. Dr Franklin Knowles

P.O.Box EE-16807
Telephone number 325-5712
EMAIL - lynnk@ batelnet.bs





Rev. Dr. Franklin Knowles

ry Pera t of The Free Methodist Church of
North America

‘/ERYONE IS AFFIRMED,

Worship Time: lla.m. & 7p.m.

> Prayer Time: 10:15a.m. to 10:45a.m."

Church School during Worship Service

Place: Twynam Heights
off Prince Charles Drive

Minister: Rev. Henley Perry

P.O.Box SS-563]
Telephone number: 324-2538
Telefax number: 324-2587

COME TO WORSHIP, LEAVE TO SERVE






















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SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008 , PAGE 7





Ministry announces
training programme
designed to enhance GB
transportation industry

MINISTRY of Tourism officials held a press
conference on Wednesday to announce a special
training programme designed to enhance the
transportation industry on Grand Bahama.
Shown above (l-r) are Harvey Roberts assis-
tant administrator; David Jones, treasurer,
Grand Bahama Taxi Union; Joyce Thomas,
general secretary, Grand Bahama Taxi Union,

Secretary-general
Carrington: Time not on

CONCOURS Cero
Mite LMU



TIME is not on the side of
CARICOM in terms of meet-
ing a number of its goals,
according to CARICOM Sec-
retary-General Edwin Car-
rington.

Delivering opening remarks
at the 19th Inter-Sessional
Meeting of the Conference of
Heads of Government of
CARICOM at the Sheraton
Cable Beach Hotel in Nassau,
he said this was particularly so
with regard to safeguarding the
security of the community and
achieving the goal of a Single

Market and Economy in the

agreed timeframe.

Recalling the unity that was
evident among member states
in the successful staging of
Cricket World Cup (CWC)
2007 in the region, Mr Car-
rington charged heads of state
and government “and all of us
to put our shoulders to the
wheel and redouble our efforts
and to take our integration
arrangements to a higher level.
And time is not on our side.”

Some of the key agenda
items of the meeting are rec-
ommendations on the opera-
tionalisation of the CARI-
COM Development Fund
(RDF) and the Regional
Development Agency (RDA),
proposals on the alleviation of
the high and rising cost of liv-
ing, and suggestions on the way
forward regarding future exter-
nal trade negotiations.

Mr Carrington said that he
hoped the lessons learnt from
the recently concluded nego-
tiations for the Economic Part-
nership Agreement (EPA)
between CARIFORUM and
the EC would strengthen the
region as it moves towards

i

upcoming new negotiations.

In his remarks, the secretary-
general also especially wel-
comed new leaders David
Thompson, prime minister of
Barbados and Dean Barrow,
prime minister of Belize.

“Their thoughts, perspec-
tives and contribution to the
way forward are eagerly‘await-
ed, especially given the lead
responsibilities they will be
required to carry, given the
critical areas of community
endeavours assigned to their
two countries — Barbados, the
CARICOM Single Market and
Economy and Belize — sus-
tainable development includ-
ing the environment. Wel-
come, prime ministers.

“Ladies and gentlemen, in
welcoming these new heads of
government, I would like, at
the same time, to express the
gratitude of the community for
the significant contribution to
the integration movement
made by their predecessors,
the right honourable Owen
Arthur and the honourable
Said Musa,” the secretary-gen-
eral said.

The 19th Inter-Sessional
caps a week of important com-
munity meetings including the
24th Special Meeting of the
Council for Trade and Eco-
nomic Development (COT-
ED) and the 12th Meeting of
the Council for Finance and
Planning (COFAP) both also
convened in Nassau.

A meeting in Kingston,
Jamaica, of the Reflections
Group that reviewed CARI-
COM’s experience and its
approach to future external
trade negotiations, preceded
those fora.

presenter Kenneth Woodside, president of the
Grand Bahama Taxi Union; Jeritzan Outten,
senior director in the Ministry of Tourism; Greg
Smith, chairman of Community Tourism Trans-
portation and Tour Development; Stephanie
Rahming, assistant controller of Road Traffic;
Charmaine Hall, cruise operations manager,
Freeport Harbour Company.









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Minister addresses
International Women’s
Day Conference

MINISTER of State for Social
Development Loretta Butler-
Turner speaks on Thursday
during the National Congress
of Trade Union’s third annual
International Women’s Day
Conference.






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LORETTA BUTLER-TURNER addresses participants of the conference at Workers House. Seated on her
right is Ida Poitier, trustee of National Congress of Trade Unions (NCTU)



Church hosts 25
visiting members
oi the regional

Anglican diocese

THE ‘Aiiglican Chiitch of St Jude’s proudly hosted 25 visiting
members of the regional Anglican diocese who travelled to
Grand: Basfama to participate in the local church’s seventh Dis-
covery Weekend: The delegates were welcomed by Rector of St
Jude’s, Anglican Church Father Curtis Robinson and Ms Carmeta
Miller, Sr manager of religious tourism for the Ministry of
Tourism.

THE BAHAMAS, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS!
CONFERENCE coe
OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN THE
CARIBBEAN AND THE AMERICAS |
L’EGLISE METHODISTE DANS LA CARAIBE
$ ET LES AMERIQUES x
NASSAU CIRCUIT OF CHURCHES :
108 Montrose Avenue
P.O. Box EE-16379, Nassau, Bahamas; Telephone: 325-6432; Fax:
328-2784; rhodesmethod@batelnet.bs ©

METHODISM: RAISED UP IN THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD,
TO REFORM THE NATION, BUT ESPECIALLY THE
CHURCH AND TO SPREAD SCRIPTURAL HOLINESS
THROUGHOUT THE LAND (Father John Wesley)
“Celebrating 225 years of continuous Methodist witness

for Christ in The Bahamas”
SECOND LORD’S DAY BEFORE THE
RESURRECTION, MARCH 9, 2008.
COMMENCEMENT OF PASSIONTIDE

COLLECT: Gracious Father, you gave up your Son out of love
for the world: lead us to ponder the mysteries of his passion, that
‘we may know eternal peace through the shedding of our Saviour’s
blood, Jesus Christ our Lord who is alive and reigns with you, in

the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. .

WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Bro. Andrew Hunter
RHODES MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (108
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
(Holy Communion)
Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly/ Sis. Kelli Jolly
(Holy Baptism )
6:30 p.m. Bishop Dr. Raymond R. Neilly
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (Rose Street,
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr./ Youth
PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)
9:00 a.m. Bro. Arthur Chase
HERITAGE OF REDEEMING LOVE METHODIST
CHURCH (28 Crawford St, Oakes Field)
9:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
6:30 p.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes
METHODIST CHURCH OF THE GOOD SHEPHERD
5:15 p.m. Rey. Emily A. Demeritte
CROIX-DES-MISSIONS ALDERSGATE (Quackoo Street)
5:30 p.m. Fridays — Children’s Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday

10:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.

METHODIST MISSION CENTRE (Quackoo St) -Thrift Shop
and other Ministries

JOHN WESLEY METHODIST COLLEGE (28 Crawford St.,
Oakes Field) Reception to Primary

PEACE AND JUSTICE CAMPAIGN: -— All Methodists of the
Conference are urged to pray and to fast for Justice to prevail
in the Methodist Cases and for an end to the upsurge in violence.
The fast begins weekly after the evening meal on Thursday
and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim unswervingly:
“My God and My Right.”

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) In brief



Two die after
tornado hits
Lake City

@ LAKE CITY, Fla.

A TORNADO ripped
through Lake City in north
Florida today, turning homes
on their sides, scattering debris
everywhere, and killing two
people, according to Associated
Press.

Officials say a woman was
killed when a tree fell on her
mobile home and a man was
killed while attempting to con-
nect a generator after the pow-
er was knocked out by the
twister.

Authorities have not identi-
fied the victims.

The tornado tore a swath
about 3 miles in the northern
part of Lake City and damaged
a few businesses and more than
20 homes. Power is still out in
much of the community.

The tornado was spawned
by a fast-moving storm which
raced across northern Florida,
producing high winds and
heavy rains.

Marion Jones
enters federal
orison, begins
SIX months
behind bars

fi DALLAS

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

SPANISH Wells - When
most Bahamians think of the
tiny community of Spanish
Wells, Eleuthera images of a
vibrant tourism destination do
not readily spring to mind.
However during a media tour
of the one-and-a-half mile
long island, The Tribune
learned that while the lucra-
tive fishing industry is still the
island’s lifeblood, a substantial
tourism market is emerging.

Touted as the fishing capital
of the Bahamas, it is estimat-
ed the Spanish Wells brings
in around $30 million to $40
million a year in fisheries and
is responsible three quarters
of the crawfish caught during
each season.

Fishing enthusiasts will find
the island a rich source
for crawfish, grouper and
conch.

For those who want to soak
in some of the island’s history,
a point of interest is the Span-
ish Wells’ Museum. Located
in an old home, the museum
is filled with relics from the
past and tells of the origins of
the community.

According to its designer
Jane Day, the museum traces
the history of Eleuthera, from
the Lucayans to the Eleuther-
an Adventurers through the
1920s, up until the 21st centu-
ry. It serves as a tourist attrac-
tion as well as a learning tool.

“We did everything we can
to make it friendly not only
to tourists but it has a huge
educational component, it’s a
very important resource for

_ local school children to see
that their history indeed is as
important as the history they
read in books about other



MARION JONES began her
six-month sentence in federal
prison Friday, punishment for
lying to investigators about
using performance-enhancing
drugs and her role in a check-
fraud scam, according to Asso-
ciated Press.

The former Olympic track
star turned herself in before
noon Friday at Federal Med-
ical Center Carswell, located on
the Naval Air Station, Joint
Reserve Base in Fort Worth,
Bureau of Prison spokeswoman
Traci Billingsley said.

Under the terms of her sen-
tencing, she had until Tuesday
to surrender to prison officials.

Although the prison special-
izes in medical and mental
health services, it also has
inmates who do not require
such care. Billingsley said she
could not comment on whether
Jones was receiving specialized
care.

Jones won three gold and two
bronze medals in the 2000 Syd-
ney Olympics, becoming per-
haps the most famous and mar-
ketable female athlete in the
world.

After frequently denying ever:
having used performance- |:
enhancing drugs, Jones admit-
ted she had lied to federal inves-
tigators in November 2003.
Jones also admitted lying about
her knowledge of the involve-
ment of Tim Montgomery, the
father of her older son, in a
scheme to cash millions of dol-
lars worth of stolen or forged
checks.

ing a tour of the museum.

_ An American historian, she
was commissioned in 1991 to
design the museum along with
a group of scholars from the
US. It was opened in 1992 as
the first quincentennial pro-
ject of the country. The late

wife were some of the first to
visit the museum in 1992.

The museum houses a 17th
century pipe unearthed from
nearby Preacher’s Cave
believed to have been used to
smoke tobacco by British loy-
alists who shipwrecked on a
nearby reef called the Devil’s
Backbone in the 1600s.

The walls of the museum
are lined with early pho-
tographs of Spanish Wells
which illustrate that the island
was a farming community in

O Oding Unto the Rord

A Concert Featuring

THE BOYS CHOIR
OF
CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL,

Nikita Wells, soloist,
&

Edward Cox, Guest Organist
Under the direction of Archibald Simms

Christina Prince,
Guest Solo Violinist

Sunday, March 9th, 2008
6 p.m.
Christ Church Cathedral
George Street, Nassau, Bahamas

Ticket: $15





Sir Lynden Pindling and his .

Ba Royer VS

THE Spanish Wells Museum, commissioned



of inhabitants of Spanish Wells and nearby Eleuthera communities.

the early 1900s before fishing
became the its main source of
income.

The museum charts the ear-
ly history of the settlement,
featuring a model of the
Lucayan Indians with speci-
mens of the Lucayan language
and five theories of Colum-
bus’ landing for those
who dispute the textbook the-
ory..
Island administrator Abn-
er Pinder believes the island,
located off the northwest
coast of Eleuthera, has a lot to
offer domestic and interna-
tional visitors.

“We have a small tourist
industry here, compared to a
lot of other places but. .
tourism has been wonderful
here, I would say going back I
would say 10 maybe 12
years,” Mr Pinder said during
a media tour of the island ear-
lier in the week.

“We have quite a lot of vis-
itors from Nassau that come
here throughout the year,
mainly in the summertime,.
and in the holiday seasons...
some of them come for two
to three weeks at a time,” he
continued, adding the domes-
tic tourists frequent the island
for its immense fishing
resources.

When asked by The Tri-
bune what the most common
misconception about Spanish
Wells is, Mr Pinder said that
contrary to popular belief
contemporary Spanish
Wells is not a “racial” com-
munity.

“Now years ago, the biggest

misconception was they con-

sidered Spanish Wells people
to be racial. But I think by far
and large the majority of sen-
sible people in the Bahamas
have now found out that is
not the case”.

The idyllic fishing village
has one hotel — the 23 room
Adventurer’s Hotel — and 40
to 50 rental homes which
enjoy an almost year round
tourist season, according to
locals.

There are three foodstores
on the island and six restau-
rants which offer seafood. The
quiet community is relatively
clean and traffic free; locals
zip around the island in golf
carts which are available for
rent.



PHOTOGRAPHS ON the walls hig
residents of the community.

Se







ca

tique relics donated by



‘Substantial tourism market
emerging on Spanish Wells

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff

in 1992 as the first Quincentennial project in the country contains artifacts tracing the early days

Tim Clarke/Tribune staff
THE TRIBUNE

SATURDAY, MARCH 8, 2008, PAGE 9



Mi wee ee

joint Cable Beach

Police on
corruption
FROM page one

prepared to deal with com-
plaints and any matter of cor-
ruption that is brought before
him.

“A corrupt operation is
ineffective — it’s worthless. :
We cannot deliver the quality :
of service to the Bahamian ;
people that we are mandat- :
ed to deliver if we are cor- :
rupt. If corruption rules the :
day. We cannot deliver it, I :
know that. i

“So you will find that I will :
always be there trying to }
stamp it out because it ham- :
pers the kind of service that :
we are trying to deliver,” he
said. i
When it was pointed out :
that such a stand would not :
make him a “popular” com- :
missioner among some unde- :
sirable elements within the :
force, Commissioner Fergu- }
son was unconcerned. 3

“I have always been mak- :
ing the unpopular decision. :
And I am prepared to stand, ;
alone if I have to. [have no }
problem with that. I believe :
that I have been given that :
responsibility by virtue of this :
position to serve the Bahami- :
an people. I’m not here to }
serve myself, and I would :

have done a disservice to the ::

Bahamian people to sit here }
and allow this institution to :
deteriorate by means of con- }
doning corrupt practices,” he
said. :

Commissioner Ferguson :
‘believes this open approach
will deepen the public’s trust ;
in the force, and lead to bet- :
ter co-operation between the :
public and police. This, he
said, coupled with other pro- :
grammes and initiatives, will :
also go along way incurbing :
the escalating crime wave.

“The police is the commu-
nity, and the community is :
the police. Anything that we :
do to enhance that type of co- :
operation will all go well for :
the relationship between the :
police, and, like I said before, :

that by itself is a crime pre- | |

vention measure. That is why :
we have an obligation to sup- :
ply that kind of service,” he :
said. i

FROM page one

ber of construction jobs the
project would have created
was also thought to be a buffer
for the Bahamas against the
slowing US economy, which
many analysts already believe
is in recession.

The Christie administration
signed the first heads of agree-
ment with Baha Mar in April
2005. However, the then gov-
ernment was unable to con-
clude a supplemental agree-
ment with the developers up
to the time they were voted

‘Company in
venture reportedly withdraws

out of office in May 2007, as
the developers were seeking
increased concessions due to
the increase in size of the
investment.

The overall investment had
increased from $1 billion to
$2.6 billion. Mr Ingraham
revealed this week that the
developers were requesting
some $255.6 million in con-
cessions for their increased
investment. This was not
granted by either the Christie
or Ingraham governments.

Former Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe, who was a

part of the PLP cabinet sub-
committee overseeing the
Baha Mar deal, expressed dis-
appointment yesterday upon
hearing the news of Harrah’s
pull-out.

‘“Harrah’s involvement and
inclusion in our tourism prod-
uct was intended to give our
product a lift unprecedented.
It would have given us the
boost that we needed and
would have catapulted us to
a place that it would have
been very difficult for our
competitors to reach,” he said
in an interview with The Tri-

PM urges more ‘focused’ co-operation
with CARICOM Heads of Government
in addressing tourism challenges

FROM page one

today’s challenges are not so “dramatic” they are
“certainly...just as serious” for Caribbean popu-
lations — with tourism slippage a major concern.

While most Caribbean heads would be aware
that “a viable and sustainable tourist industry” is
critical to the economic well-being of most
CARICOM member states, the region’s tourism
sector is currently “stalling,” said Mr Ingraham.

As tourism globally continues to grow by as
much as seven per cent a year, the Caribbean on.
the whole has only seen a two per cent growth
rate, with more than half of that growth “report-
edly accounted for by expansion in regional, but
not CARICOM, tourism destinations,” he not-

ed

He said: “The economic downturn in the US,
the result of any number of issues, including the
high and increasing cost of fuel (trading at $105
per barrel yesterday) is negatively impacting all
of our. tourism economies and increasing the
cost of living for our people. And the sub-prime
meltdown and the related collapse of the US
housing market will further impact travel to our

region.”

The prime minister said there exists space for
CARICOM member states to improve their lev-

el of co-operation in areas such as product devel-
opment, service standards, marketing, eco-

development.

tourism and sustainable tourism promotion and

“It is my hope that during our deliberations
over the next two days we might agree to con-
vene a special session on tourism, hopefully in
conjunction with our annual meeting in July,”
said the CARICOM chairman.

The 19th Intercessional Meeting — which
began yesterday, and ends today — comes at
the end of a week of intensive CARICOM meet-
ings that saw delegates from across the region
converge on the newly-renovated Sheraton hotel.
CARICOM secretary-general Edwin Carring-
ton and Barbadian Prime Minister David

Thompson also spoke at the opening of the

meeting. Attending that session alongside the
regional heads and delegates were Bahamian
parliamentarians, Chief Justice Sir Burton Hall,
opposition leader Perry Christie and Don McK-
innon, secretary-general of the Commonwealth,
among many others.

In addition to considering the need to tackle
waning tourism numbers, hot topics for the

Heads of Government conference were expect-

GB Port Authority |

_receivership.
-is overturned

FROM page one

to have been elated at the
receivers’ removal, their
delight is likely to have been
tempered somewhat by Jus-
tice Anita Allen’s separate
decision to stay all other liti-
gation and order them and
the St George estate into
mediation.

. In addition, Justice Adder-
ley set a number of condi-
tions as to how the GBPA
and its Port Group Ltd affil-
_ iate were to be run now that
the receivers were removed.

One of these is an injunc-
tion stipulating that Hannes
Babak cannot return as
chairman until the St George
estate’s oppression action is
heard.

Meanwhile, in a separate
ruling yesterday explaining
her reasons for ordering the
GBPA ownership parties into
receivership, Justice Allen
said the legal battle had con-
sumed an inordinate amount
of judicial time. She stayed
all litigation relating to the
dispute, and sent the relevant
parties into mediation.

"It has been 17 months
since the commencement of
this litigation and I am
extremely disappointed with
the . ce at which it is pro-
ceec ig, with no resolution
in s sht," said the Justice.
"Th s matter has consumed
an inordinate amount of judi-
cial time. It has been very
costly of Freeport and the
Bahamas as a whole, and the
public is anxious for it to be
resolved."

The full written ruling in
the dispute between the St
George estate and Hayward
defendants provides further
information on the mediation
order that was reported

exclusively yesterday in Tri-
bune Business.

Senior Justice Allen named
the mediator as Tony Willis,
a former partner in the UK-
based law firm Clifford
Chance. Mr Willis is an inde-
pendent mediator in com-
mercial business and regula-
tory matters. © s

The ruling also restricts all
parties involved in the Port
fight from speaking with the
media under the threat of
sanction. 4

"That no party to this dis-
pute and no counsel involved
in this matter shall make any
further statements about this
dispute to the media," said
the ruling. "Counsel are well
aware that such conduct is
improper and possibly con-
temptuous. Such actions only
serve to stoke the flames of
discord between the parties,
which is counter-productive.
I expect my order to be
obeyed and anyone who

_ breaches it shall be subject

to sanction."

The ruling orders that the
mediation process between
the parties begins on Tues-
day, March 11. All counsel
are required to attend the
process, while all parties in
the action, have the option
to attend also.

The mediation is to take
place in the large court room
on the ground floor of the
old Supreme Court building.
However, another suitable
location can be used if it is
to the satisfaction of all of
the relevant parties.

The stay and mediation
order is the latest attempt to
resolve the GBPA ownership
dispute, and litigation, which
was sparked by Sir Jack Hay-
ward’s claim to 75 per cent
ownership.

The stay order would

appear to halt yet again
attempts. by Fleming. Family
& Partners to acquire the
Seashells Investments stake
in the GBPA and Port Group
Ltd. Fleming submitted its
application for government
approval for the purchase
last week, and its plans for
the GBPA and to grow
Freeport’s economy, also last
week.

It is likely that the appli-
cation will now be held up by
the court rulings.

The legal battle has been
deeply damaging for Grand
Bahama’s economy, given
the uncertainty it has created
among investors.

A number of proposed
projects, such as the Morgan
Stanley Barbary Beach
development and the Raven
Group project, are thought
to have been put on hold
until the GBPA ownership
dispute is settled.

Recent efforts have
involved an “open offer”
submitted by the St George
estate to the Hayward side
to settle the litigation.

That was countered by a
February 21, 2008, letter
from Charles Mackay, Sir

Jack’s attorney, to the
estate’s attorney, Fred
Smith.

In it, Sir Jack Hayward
offered to use his influence
with key companies in the
GBPA ownership structure
and to persuade them to drop

litigation over his claim to 75,

per cent ownership, provided
that the estate agrees to sell
its shares to Fleming.

Apart from throwing a
temporary barrier into Flem-
ing’s plans, the stay may also
relieve the pressure that
some felt was starting to
build on the St George estate
and Mr Smith to settle.

ed to include crime and the furthering of func-
tional co-operation among states.



‘Mr

bune.

“What we have done, I
think by our reckless state-
ments — I’m sure they con-
tributed somewhat to the deci-
sion, I’m not sure but I sus-
pect — we have in fact hurt
ourselves. And this is a classic
case where we appear not to
fully appreciate the delicate
nature of the negotiations, or
courting brands such as Har-
rah’s, and of building this
industry of tourism where the
competition is so high, so
intense. And when we have
an opportunity, don’t shut the
door on Your own finger,” said
Wilchcombe who
expressed particular concern
for the future of the staff at
the Cable Beach Resorts as a
result of this decision.

He also said government
should reach out to Harrah’s
in an effort to attempt to bring

‘them back onboard with the

project.

Minister of State for
Finance Zhivargo Laing told
The Tribune last night that the
prime minister is going to
address the issue of Harrah’s
pull-out in the House on Mon-
day. And, the opposition PLP
will have a press conference
on the issue this weekend.

Several commentators have
told The Tribune off the
record that the deal is essen-
tially dead unless Baha Mar
can find other partners.

However, the press release
issued by Baha Mar yesterday
attempted to allay these fears.

“Baha Mar is committed to
moving forward with the Baha
Mar project and if necessary
will explore all options, in
partnership with the Govern-
ment of the Bahamas, to com-
plete the project in a respon-
sible fashion that will benefit
the people and economy of
The Bahamas,” the statement
said.

;



FROM page one

themselves.

to sacrifice to get it done.



rod de
i bise A“ 9

‘Lero tolerance’

spectful of people, institutions, and people’s property, and life
is no longer sacred as far as they are concerned,” he said.

In fact, Commissioner Ferguson said, these young people
are not even looking for any change or avenue to improve

“That is where I often say the whole society has to come
together to address what is happening to us if we are going to
derail this train that is going full speed ahead. It is not just for the
police, it is for everybody; every well-thinking Bahamian has got
to feel that they have a stake in trying to do something about the
criminal situation in our communities.

“And that is why we talk about zero tolerance, and that is
what we have to move towards if we are going to make a success
of what we are doing. We have got to buy into the programme
of trying to fight crime, we can’t just be talking. We have to find
meaningful programmes and we’ve got to invest in it. We have

“We've got to take the message all the time. That is the
approach we have to take. We cannot continue to be hypo-
critical and expect that we are going to effect the neighbourhood
positively,’? Mr Ferguson, warned.



THE CENTRAL BANK OF THE BAHMAS

Conterfeit Banknote And Introduction
To Crisp Series Seminar

Place:

The Central Bank Of The Bahamas Training Room,

Market Street And Trinity Place Entrance

When: |

Session

March 13, 2008
From 11:00 A.m. To 12:30 P.m.

Apply By: March 10, 2008.

The seminar is open to banks and banking institutions, gov-

ernmnet agencies and corporations, private companies and the

“general public. Applications will be taken on a first-come/first-

served basis, as space is limited.

Kindly indicate if you wish to attend.

Contact No.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS | )



an Alternative Option), as his wife Josefa Lopez Pena, his wife and founding member of Damas de Blanco (
Washington, Friday, March 7, 2008.

Charles Dharapak/AP



PRESIDENT BUSH meets with Miguel Sigler Amaza, a former Cuban political prisoner and founder Movimiento Independiente Opcion Alternativa (Independent Movement for

Ladies in White) look on in the Oval Office of the White House in

Bush pushes democracy for Cuba,
calls for improved human rights

| WASHINGTON

PRESIDENT Bush chastised
most other countries Friday for
‘a sad and curious pattern'' of
doing little to speak out against
human rights and political abus- _
es in Cuba, according to Associ-
ated Press. :

"Unfortunately, the list of
counties supporting the Cuban
people is far too short and the-
democracies absent from that list
are far too notable,'' Bush said at
the White House.

The ''small band of brave
nations'' speaking out for free-
dom in Cuba include, Bush said,
his own administration as well as
former nations that were in the
Communist bloc but are now
democratic such as the Czech
Republic, Estonia, Hungary,
Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Slo-
vakia and Slovenia.

''The United States has not
been silent, nor will we be silent,''
Bush said. ''When a new day
finally dawns for Cubans, they
will remember the few brave’
nations that stood with them, and



CUBA'S PRESIDENT Rau! Castro, right, reviews an honor

the many that did not."

Bush spoke after meeting in
the Oval Office with Miguel
Sigler Amaya and his wife, Jose-
fa Lopez Pena.

Five years ago this month, in
what Bush called ''a tragic
moment in the history of Cuba,"'
Amaya was among scores arrest-
ed for offenses against the
regime. He was released in 2006
and ordered to leave the coun-
try with his wife. But 75 pro-
democracy activists sentenced in
that 2003 crackdown to 20 years

Revolution Palace in Havana, Monday March 3, 2008.

remain in prison for their partic-
ipation in peaceful activities,
including Amaya's brothers,
Ariel and Guida Sigler Amaya.
"For Miguel and Josefa, the
horrors of life in Cuba are behind
them, but millions of others are
still trapped in the tropical
gulag,'' Bush said. ''Yet most of
the world says nothing.''
_ The president said the global
community has largely remained

silent in recent months, even as

dozens of young Cubans wear-
ing ''change'' bracelets were
arrested, as Cuban authorities
raided a Catholic church to spray
parishioners with tear-gas and
drag them away.

Last weekend, activists dis-
tributing copies of the U.N. Dec-
laration on Human Rights were
pushed and beaten.

"That same week, Cuba signed
the International Covenant on

Civil and Political Rights,'' Bush

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guard along with Mozambique's President Armando Emilio Guebuza, unseen, at the

ident since his brother, who led
the nation for nearly a half a cen-
tury, underwent emergency
surgery in July 2006.

But Bush said any speculation
that the leadership shift would
affect U.S. policy toward Cuba
"is exactly backward."

"So far, all Cuba has done is
replace one dictator with anoth-
er,'' the president said.

"This is the same system, the
same faces, and the same poli-
cies that led Cuba to its miseries
‘in the first place."

The only way for relations to
improve between Cuba and the
United States, he said, is for the
government there to pave the
way for free and fair elections,
release all political prisoners and
respect human rights ''in word
and deed."

''What needs to change is not
the United States; what needs to
change is Cuba,'' the president
said. ''Cuba's government must
begin a process as peaceful
democratic change."

For years, lawmakers of both
parties have been trying to chip
away at the United States' Cold
War-era trade, travel and home
visit restrictions aimed at under-
mining a hostile government just
90 miles from U.S. shores.

They argue that last month's
change in leadership provides the
opportunity to lift the embargo.

The Bush administration, how-
ever, has been adamant that a
new Castro in power doesn't
mean a new Cuba.











In brief

Iraq's president
signals cooperation
with Turkey against
Kurdish rebels

@ ANKARA, Turkey

IRAQ'S president insisted
Friday that Kurdish rebels
would not be tolerated inside
its borders as he sought to allay
tensions following neighboring
Turkey's eight-day military
mission inside Iraq,.according

: to Associated Press.

Speaking during a visit to
Turkey, Jalal Talabani said
Iraq was continuing to put
pressure on Kurdish rebels to
lay down their arms and said
the two countries would dis-
cuss wide-ranging security mea-
sures to combat their threat.

The visit by Talabani, him-
self a Kurd, reflected diplo-
matic efforts to ease tensions
after an operation that some

: chad feared could spill into a

wider conflict between two
USS. allies. The Turkish mili-
tary ended its offensive a week

i ‘ago against Kurdish rebels who

launch attacks on Turkey from
bases in northern Iraq.

"Iraq wants strategic and sol-
id relations with Turkey,'' Tal-
abani said.

''We have exerted pressure.
Either they should lay down
arms or they should leave the
area,'' Talabani said. ''We are
going to discuss wide-ranging
security agreements."

Turkish President Abdullah
Gul called on the rebels to lay
down their arms, saying Turkey.
will never tolerate those who
engage in terrorism.

In response to a question
Friday about whether Turkey
would consider nonmilitary
ways to end the conflict with
autonomy-seeking Kurdish
rebels, Gul said: ''Whoever has
a gun in his hand should lay his
weapon down; the state will
never tolerate this."

In latest reported violence,
suspected Kurdish rebels killed
a civilian and took another
hostage Friday in a southern
Turkish province near the bor-
der with Syria, a local official
told state-run media.

Rebels hiding in a moun-
tainous part of Hatay province
killed the man after forcing him
to bring them provisions, Gov.
Ahmet Kayhan told the Ana-
tolia news agency. Rebels
accused the man of informing
security forces of their where-
abouts, Kayhan said.

A friend of the slain man
was kept hostage by rebels and
security forces were trying to
locate the insurgents, Kayhan
told Anatolia.

Along with military ties,
energy cooperation and other
economic issues are on top of
the agenda between the two
countries, Gul's office said.

The Iraqi delegation includ-
ed the country's ministers of
finance, oil and industry, as
well as the deputy foreign min-
ister, according to the inde-
pendent Voices of Iraq news
agency.

Several other senior politi-
cal figures were accompanying
Talabani, who was making his
first trip to Turkey since his
2005 election, the news agency
said.

Turkey's previous president,
Ahmet Necdet Sezer, declined
to invite Talabani to visit amid
tension over the activities of
Kurdish rebels based in north-
ern Iraq. Some in Turkey
accused Iraqi Kurdish leaders
of not doing enough to curb
the rebels.

Turkey launched its cross-
border ground operation
against rebels from the Kur-
distan Workers' Party, or PKK,
on Feb. 21. It pulled out eight
days later.

Turkey is concerned that the
example set by the Iraqi Kurds,
who run a virtual mini-state
within Iraq, could encourage
Turkey's own Kurdish popula-
tion to seek a similar arrange-
ment.

During Turkey's ground
incursion, Iraq demanded an
immediate withdrawal and
warned of the potential for
clashes between Turkish troops
and security forces of the semi-
autonomous Kurdish region in
northern Iraq.

Talabani was greeted by the
Turkish deputy prime minister,
Cemil Cicek, in a low-key
arrival at the airport in Ankara.
No honor guard was present,
and no military ceremony was
held when he arrived at the
presidential palace.

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INTERNATIONAL NEWS

The presidents of
Colombia, Ecuador
Spar at summit

@ SANTO DOMINGO,
Dominican Republic

COLOMBIAN President
Alvaro Uribe said Friday that
Colombian rebels helped
Ecuadorean President Rafael
Correa get elected, citing as
evidence a rebel's letter seized
during a cross-border raid that
has sparked an international
crisis, according to Associated
Press.

Correa walked out of the
20-nation Rio Group summit
after the finger-wagging accu-
sation, then returned and
demanded the opportunity

denounce the accusation as

"infamy." ;
Uribe said his forces seized
a letter during their raid Sat-

urday on a rebel camp just

across the border with
Ecuador in which Raul Reyes
_ a rebel leader killed in the
raid _ told the guerrillas’ top
commander about ''aid deliv-
ered to Rafael Correa, as
instructed."

Uribe also said that he did-
n't give Correa advance warn-
ing of the attack on Ecuadore-
an soil because ''we haven't
had the cooperation of the
government of President Cor-
rea in the fight against terror-
ism." .

That prompted an angry
exchange between the two, as
other presidents sought to
keep the dialogue civil.

Correa, who has broken off
relations with Colombia and
sent troops to the border over
the incident, denounced Uribe
as a liar, portrayed Ecuador
as a victim of Colombia's con-
flict, and proposed an inter-
national peacekeeping force
to guard their border.

_.Ereject this infamy that the
government of Rafael Correa
has collaborated with the
FARC," Correa hellowed into
the microphone. His com-
ments drew loud applause

from other leaders, who met

Uribe's speech with silence.

_ The summit was to have
focused on energy and other
issues, but thos2 were over-
shadowed by the diplomatic
crisis in the Andes after the

Others try to

deadly Colombian cross-bor-
der raid into Ecuador on Sat-
urday that killed a senior
Colombian rebel and 24 oth-
ers.

It began quietly, with the
host, Dominican President
Leonel Fernandez, appealing
for unity. Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez said it was
time to cool tensions and pre-
dicted the summit ''is going to
be positive." ;

"People should go cool off
bit, chill out their nerves,''
Chavez said before the sum-
mit started. ''I think the meet-
ing today is going to be posi-
tive, because it is going to help
the debate. We have to
debate, talk, and this is the
first step toward finding the
road."

But the accusations began
quickly, with Correa criticizing
"the aggression of Colombia"’
and Uribe saying that Correa
is a dishonest partner in the
fight against the Revolution-
ary Armed Forces of Colom-
bia, or FARC.

Other leaders called for
calm. After talk of imperial-
ism, communism and terror-
ism, Mexico's Felipe Calderén
advised leaving aside the
adjectives in hopes of reaching
a solution. Guatemala's
Alvaro Colom proposed that a
reconciliation commission vis-
it both countries. And
Argentina's Cristina Fernan-
dez called for a return to
"Jegality,'' rejecting unilateral
actions by any country.

Latin American foreign
ministers on Thursday drafted
a statement saying national
sovereignty must be respected.
The draft, to be submitted to
the presidents on Friday, mir-
rors one earlier in the week
from the Organization of
American States, said Chilean
Foreign Minister Alejandro
Foxley.

defuse border crisis

Chavez has ordered thou-
sands of troops and tanks to
Venezuela's border with
Colombia and threatened to
slash trade and nationalize
Colombian-owned business-
es. Correa has also sent troops
to the border, although Uribe
has said he won't do the same.

The summit marked the
first face-to-face encounters
between Chavez, Correa and
Uribe since the international
crisis began.

Uribe is hugely popular
among Colombians for crack-
ing down on the FARC, which
finances itself through kid-
napping and drug trafficking.

Nicaragua, a leftist ally of
Venezuela and Ecuador,
broke relations with Colom-
bia on Thursday, and the
denunciation of Colombia by
its president, Daniel Ortega,
also brought applause.

The attack also cut off all
contacts between the rebels
and France, where the free-
dom of French-Colombian
hostage Ingrid Betancourt has
become a national cause,
French Foreign Minister
Bernard Kouchner said Fri-
day.

Uribe has refused to rule
out future military incursions
into Ecuador or Venezuela,
saying he first needs assur-
ances from Correa and
Chavez that they are not har-
boring rebels.

One of the rare regional.
voices offering support for...

Colombia was Salvadoran
President Tony Saca, who said
the Colombian government
should be able to defend its
citizens.

"We need to understand
Colombia has the legitimate
right to go after terrorists ...
wherever they may be, of
course without harming the
sovereignty of another coun;
try,'' Saca said.



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COMMUTERS WATCH televisions broadcasting Colombia's President AlvaroUribe speaking during a working
session of the 20th Rio Group Summit in the Dominican Republic at a bus station in Medellin, Colombia, Fri-
day, March 7, 2008. Ecuador broke off relations with Colombia and sent troops to the border after Colombian
security forces killed a senior rebel commander in Ecuadorean soil. .
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Developer sets
aside land for
eagles, praised by

environmentalist
H@ PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla.

THESE feathered residents
have the best lot in the neigh-
borhood — high atop a dead
pine tree overlooking a lake
and surrounded by acres of
nothing but nature, according
to Associated Press.

Amid construction of one of
his latest multimillion-dollar
ventures several years ago, lux-
ury golf course community
developer Bobby Ginn came
up against what some would
have found to be an obstacle —
a nesting pair of bald eagles.

Ginn turned it into an
opportunity and redesigned the
project to set aside about 120
acres for the birds that had
built a nest along the develop-
ment's only waterfront prop-
erty, a lake surrounded by
trees, full of fish and wading
birds.

It also would have been the
Tesoro community's most
expensive property, up to $40
million worth of home sites in a
neighborhood where houses
are selling for up to $5 million.
It's now preserved as nature in
perpetuity as a conservation
easement controlled by
Audubon of Florida.

Ginn has partnered with the
group to protect the eagles, and
is paying for outreach and
monitoring programs out of his
own pocket.

"A lot of time we get polar-
ized,'' Ginn said. ''Environ-
mentalists take one position.

cooler heads and work togeth- :
er." i

But it's not just altruism that
fueled Ginn's decision. He is,
after all, a businessman, and
the eagles — and nature — are
good for business. °

''There's no question about
that,''.Ginn said. ''Wildlife
doesn't have to suffer. It can
coexist with development.
There's got to be a mix, par-
ticularly as we're more and
more crowding the planet.

"For me, it's as big an ameni-
ty as golf or tennis or a pool,"
he added. ''People want to see
and enjoy wildlife and they
should be able to do it from
home."

Audubon of Florida has
praised Ginn as an example of
how the environment and
development can indeed coex-
ist.

"Whenever we talk to local
governments, other develop-
ers and land owners, we cite
Bobby Ginn's development as
an example of someone who's
really done the right thing,"
said Charles Lee, the group's
director of advocacy. ''These
are the techniques that if Flori-
da's environment is going to
survive in the face of popula-
tion growth that is coming
here, more and more develop-
ers are going to need to adopt."

The effort has so far been a
resounding success. Two
eaglets were born to the nest-
ing pair about eight weeks ago.

Earlier this week, scientists
working with Audubon
attached a satellite tracking
device to one of the eaglets in
hopes of learning more about
migration patterns once the
bird takes flight in a few weeks.
The public will also have a rare
opportunity to view what the
scientists see by monitoring the
eaglet's movements online as it
leaves the nest for the first time
and flies as far north as Cana-
da.

A Web camera aimed their
nest already allows the public
to watch the eagles in real time.

The American bald eagle
was removed from the federal
endangered species list last
year after a four-decade fight
for survival. Today, there are
nearly 10,000 mating pairs of
bald eagles in the contiguous
48 states, compared to a docu-
mented 417 in 1963 when the :
bird was on the verge of extinc- —
tion everywhere except in
Alaska and Canada where it
has continued to thrive.

But experts say scientific
study of their behavior and
migration patterns is key to
keeping them on a productive
path.

"The more data we have as
to where these birds go the bet-
ter off we are protecting them,"
said Lynda White, EagleWatch
coordinator for Audubon of
Florida.

"And we've got to find a
way to strike a balance
between development and pre-
serving the species, since now
that they're de-listed, we don't
know what is going to happen."

MINISTER OF/STATE for Culture Charles Maynard enjoying the Marina Village Junkan

ON FRIDAY, February
29, the US Embassy com-
memorated Black History
Month in a special celebra-
tion held at the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel.

The event, highlighting
African-American/Bahami-
an heritage, was held under
the theme, ‘A common
past, a future together”.

Embassy staff, Bahami-
an governmert representa-
tives and a cross-section of
the Bahamian community
attended the iwo-hour cel-
ebration.

The Governor’s Ball-
room of the Hilton was
transformed into a cultural
display of African and
Bahamian artifacts, music
and paintings.

The prograrame included
welcome remarks by
Chargé d’Affaires Dr D
Brent Hardt, who noted

that the embassy wanted to’

celebrate the rich threads
of African-American cul-
ture in the beautiful and
strong fabric of America’s
diversity.

Heritage

Such a celebration, he
added, offered an opportu-
nity to reflect not only on
the common heritage
shared by the US and the
Bahamas, but also on our
interwoven histories.

He observed that as we
celebrate our shared histo-
ry and cultural commonal-
ities, we mus” look to the

-future to encourage litera-

cy, guide the youth to a
productive path in life, and
fight the scourges of drugs,
guns, and gangs.

Dr Hardt called on the
Bahamas anc the United
States to face these chal-
lenges together.

The eveninz progressed
with rich and lively enter-
tainment and the spoken
word. Lydia Ferguson of
the African-Bahamian
Association of Ghana, gave
an overview on African
Heritage, wiile Arlene
Nash-Ferguso 1, director of
“Educulture” spoke on the
African influence on
Bahamian society.

Well knowi1 Bahamian
entertainer aid recording
artist Jay Mitchell brought
the crowd to tneir feet with
two of his popular tunes,
“Another Place and Time”,
and “Fire in tie Hole”.

Fred Munnings, Jr gave
a soulful rendition of “Lift

j

BAHAMIAN entertainer Freddie Munnings Jr singing “A Goombay Medley” at

Every Voice and. Sing”.
Known as the. Negro
National Anthem “Lift
Every Voice and Sing” was
composed by Bahamian
sons James Weldon John-
son and John Roasmand
Johnson.

Performance

Audiences also enjoyed
“Rake ‘n Scrape” anda
powerful drum perfor-
mance by Reuben Dele-
veaux, also known as
“Rumpapumpum”.

The Black History Month
celebration climaxed with
a spectacular junkanoo
rushout performed by the
Atlantis Marina Village
Junkanoo Group.

The event was made pos-
sible through the patron-
age of Ambassador Ned
Siegel and Mrs Stephanie
Siegel, who were unable to
attend, but who embassy
staff said actively support-
ed the Black History
Month cultural celebration.

DRUMMER Reuben
Deleveaux “Rumpapumpum”
performing a powerful drum
session at the Black History
Month Celebration.



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