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

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Bahamas

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

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TRIBUNE.

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@ By TANEKA THOMPSON

A HOUSEBREAKER was
caught in the act yesterday
after a vigilant neighbour
alerted police and. stood guard
with a shotgun until they
arrived.

The Tribune was on the-spot
as the drama unfolded, pro-
ducing a full pictorial record of
the would-be thief’s arrest.

The lunchtime break-in
occurred at Palmetto Village,
where a man broke into a
small apartment attached toa
house.

A bystander spotted the
crook, called police, and then
stood guard outside the home
armed with a shotgun until
police reached the scene.

Witnesses said officers from
Wulff Road police station
quickly responded with a pack
of police dogs and surrounded
the premises as neighbours
flocked to the scene.

The officers called for the

Pais
defends
Nottage

IT is an insult to the Bahami-
an people to allow Supreme
Court appointee Rubie Nottage
to be described as a “criminal
fugitive”, according to a local
lawyer.

Carol D Misiewicz, who has
served as a stipendiary and cir-
cuit magistrate, in a letter to
editor said she is outraged at
the nature of The Tribune’s cov-
erage of Mrs Nottage’s appoint-
ment as a Supreme Court Jus-
tice.

“Mrs Nottage has not ‘cho-
sen’ to remain outside of the

intruder to vacate the house
and when he didn’t comply
they sent in police dogs to
draw him out. He was hiding
under a bed.

He left the house unhurt,
witnesses said, and was taken
into police custody.

Home-owner Tessa Not-
tage, principal at the Centre
for the Deaf, was at work
when she heard about the inci-
dent and arrived on the scene
a few minutes after the police,
she said.

“The holy spirit was just

there, the angels had to be, '

watching over the house
because the scary thing is my
daughter had just left home
about an hour before I got the:
call, so she could have been
home during that.

“But I think he was watch-
ing, waiting until all the cars
pulled out of our yard before
he broke in,” she said, adding
she was thankful for her
neighbour’s intervention and
quick police response.

She said she did not recog-
nise the intruder and did not
know if he was a resident of

SEE page nine



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tem, she lives and resides in her
home country, on the same
street she lived on when the
indictment was filed and not in

SEE page nine

Anger over Harbour Island power failures

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



COMPLAINTS of “mass disconnections” on Harbour Island
on Thursday were part of company procedures for unpaid electricity
bills, BEC general manager Kevin Basden told The Tribune yes-

terday.

Outraged residents claimed yesterday they were still suffering

SEE page nine

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Judge okays
Anna Nicole
Smith book:

A US judge this week gave
the go-ahead for a contro-
versial new book about Anna
Nicole Smith to be published.

Authors of the memoir
“Anna Nicole Smith — Por-
trait of an Icon”, Pol Atteu
and his part-
ner Patrik
Simpson,
lost their
legal battle
against their
former pub-
lisher Jody
Gibson.

According
to reports in
the US
media, the
authors tried to stop Ms Gib-
son’s company, Corona
Books, from going ahead
with publishing the book.

They contended that they
only had a draft agreement
with Ms Gibson’s publishing
company.

The authors also told the
court that they published
their own edition to compete
with the one released by

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‘$132 million fraud scheme

A.BUSINESS owner with
property in the Bahamas has
been indicted in an alleged
$132 million scheme to defraud
clients of funds he held in trust.

The indictment seeks forfei-

ture of all funds-and-assets.....

owned by Edward H. Okun, 57,
of Miami, that were derived
from or connected to the
alleged misappropriation of
about $132 million in funds held
by 1031TG and all funds and

assets traceable to the $15,000 in .

cash he allegedly ordered to be
smuggled to his yacht in the
Bahamas.

The indictment further

' alleges that Okun made mater-

ial false statements under oath
before the US District Court

for the Eastern District of Vir-
ginia relating to conversations
he had with the chief legal offi-
cer of IPofA.

The indictment also alleges
that Okun instructed employ-

ees to withdraw $15,000 in cash

from Trivestment Properties of
America’s (IPofA) bank
account, a company owned by
Okun, and smuggle the cash to
his personal yacht on Paradise
Island to avoid federal currency
reporting requirements.

Okun was arrested and
charged in an unsealed indict-
ment with mail fraud, bulk cash
smuggling and making false

statements, Assistant Attorney ,

SEE page nine



ARMED POLICE (above and lett) prepare to take on the
intruder during yesterday’s drama.



THE SUSPECT is quickly subdued by police following
the foiled burglary. -

PHOTOS: Franklyn G. Ferguson

‘Businessman indicted in alleged Radio talk show

set for relaunch

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

AFTER being off the air for
nearly one year, a ZNS nation-
al radio talk show is set to be
relaunched, possibly as soon as
next month, The Tribune can
confirm.

Michael Moss, chairman of
the Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas, confirmed to
The Tribune yesterday that
ZNS is set to bring the radio
talk show back to its line-up as
Immediate Response, or under
another name.

“Let me say this to you, ZNS

SEE page nine

Police attacked over missing man search

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

THE family and friends of a
Canadian man missing in the

Bahamas for the last year.say __.

they believe he was murdered
and have accused Bahamian
police of “letting the trail go
cold.”

.MA ISLANDS’ LEADING NEWSPAPER

Darrell Cloutier was last seen
at his Sunrise Beach Villas res-
idence on Paradise Island on
April 10, 2007.

Friends who searched for him
when he failed to show up for
work found the front door to
the 34-year-old construction
worker’s condo open and his
groceries still in his car.

“At this point, we’re pretty




sure he was, ah, taken care of,”
Stefan Cloutier, Darrell's broth-
er, told Canadian newspaper

-The Calgary Sun in an article

published this week.

While the family told the
paper that police “acted quick-
ly at first”, arresting and charg-

SEE page nine





PAGE 2, SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008

THE TRIBUNE



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The Declaration of Old Bahama Bay

Marina operators unite to make
the industry more competitive

Plans for new association to

help expand the sector while
protecting the environment

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MORE than 80 participants,
representing a host of marina
operators from eight major
islands throughout the country,
ended the Bahamas Marina
Operators Forum at Old Fort
Bay in Grand Bahama with the

_ “Declaration of Old Bahama

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Bay”.

These operators included
allied industry. service providers
from throughout the Bahamas
and Florida who took part in
the special forum, which was
organised by the Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA) and
its Sustainable Tourism Entre-
preneurial Management and
Marketing Project (STEMM).

According to a press release
from the BHA, the “Declara-
tion of Old Bahama Bay”
reflected the consensus by par-
ticipants to incorporate a
Bahamas Marina Operators
Association to enhance the eco-
nomic competitiveness of oper-
ators and to “achieve more
growth for the sector while safe-
guarding the environment on
which the sector depends”.

Over the next six months the
marina operators will meet to
plan this ambitious sustainable
development effort with the
support of BHA’s new STEMM
project and the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB), the

_ release eae the forum,

participants collectively estab-
lished a Marina Executive
Steering Committee comprised
of 10 members representing
marina operators and industry
professionals to lead the associ-
ation’s incorporation and for-
mal launching process.”

Unified

According to the committee
chairman, John Bethell, a busi-
nessman and well known Abaco
marina operator, “Our associa-
tion will be able to address our
competitiveness as an industry
more effectively and it will also
provide a unified presence to
government to address issues
that affect the industry”.

This is one of several techni-
cal assistance components of
the STEMM project, which,
according to the press release, is
geared towards building sus-
tainable tourism networks by
promoting quality standards
and utilising branding tools for
the managing and marketing of
pilot destinations in Cat Island,
Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera,
Grand Bahama, Nassau, San
Salvador, Andros, Long Island
and Bimini. All of these islands

were individually represented

at the forum.



Keynote speaker, Captain
Anthony Allens, Controller of
the Bahamas Port Authority,
applauded the Old Bahama Bay

‘Declaration, and said he sup-

ported the need for an associa-
tion.

Captain Allens said he is
aware of further challenges fac-
ing the nation’s marina industry
and the need for marina opera-
tors to be in compliance with,
government regulations as well
as local and international envi-
ronmental standards.

Central to the success of the
marina operators’ association
development is the notion for
all stakeholders to be repre-
sented and to participate in this
timely process.

Marina operators and allied
industry service providers who
did not attend the forum were
encouraged to participate in the
Bahamas Marina Operators
Association by contacting the
STEMM Project at the
Bahamas Hotel Association to
request a marina development
toolkit, which includes hand-
outs and materials that explains
the marina‘association process
and to ensure that they are
added to the mailing list.

Mitchell criticises the FNM ee
failing to fix country’s problems

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

FORMER Minister of For-
eign Affairs Fred Mitchell crit-
icised the FNM administration

‘for not quickly solving the

“problems” which have sur-
faced during its 10 months in
office.

The MP for Fox Hill also
questioned the government’s
reasons for the proposed relo-
cation of the Nassau container
port from its current location
on Bay Street to Arawak Cay.

Speaking a PLP meeting in
Grand Bahama on Thursday
night, Mr Mitchell charged the
FNM with being too preoccu-
pied with finding fault with the
former administration instead
of fixing the country’s problems.

These problems include
issues with the national flag car-
rier Bahamasair, frequent pow-
er outages and a lack of quality
service from telecommunica-
tions provider BTC and cable
provider Cable Bahamas, said
Mr Mitchell.

“(The country has) many

problems, problems that seem -
easy to fix, but with a govern- ©

ment busy looking into holes,
rocks and caves to find some-
thing wrong, seeking to deni-
grate and sully the reputation
of the PLP, doing nothing for
10 months but seeking to line
the pockets of themselves and
their supporters, is it any won-



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be fixed?” he asked.

The Bahamas is touted as a
modern nation, however cellu-
lar phone service is unreliable
and land-line services are “dete-
riorating” and compounded by
power outages, which are espe-
cially frequent on Harbour
Island, said Mr Mitchell.

“If it is not the telephones
and Internet that are down,
then it is the cuts of electrical
power. Ask the people of Har-
















“This is a
tourist Mecca
in the
Bahamas,
reportedly the
home of 11 _
billionaires,
yet we cannot
keep the
power on
consistently
and without

the fear of a

power
failure.”



bour Island tonight if they have
power and how their power is
off sometimes six or seven
hours per day.

“This is a tourist Mecca in the
Bahamas, reportedly the home
of 11 billionaires, yet we can-
not keep the power on consis-
tently and without fear of a
power failure.

“The government promises
relief not next week, not next
month, not this summer but the
summer after this summer, the
year 2009,” he said.

Mr Mitchell also questioned
the government’s motives for
the proposed relocation of the
container port in Nassau from
Bay Street to Arawak Cay, and
raised the issue of a possible
conflict of interest.

“The PLP knows that the
port has to move. We also know
that the best place to move it is
to south New Providence. What
we want to know is why is
Arawak Cay suddenly the spot
of choice?” he asked...

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© In brief

Bahamas joins
the ‘Decent
Work Country
Programme’

@ By LLONELLA GILBERT



MINISTER of Maritime
Affairs and Labour Dion
Foulkes announced the
launch of the Decent Work
Country Programme, an ini-
tiative of the International
Labour Organisation.

The Bahamas also official-
ly signed the articles of the
DWCP during the launch,
which took place at the Mar-
itime Affairs office.

Representatives from the
labour unions, the Bahamas
Employer Confederation as
well as ILO sub-regional
representative Dr Ana-Tere-
sa Romero and her deputy
director Mary Reid were in
attendance.

Mr Foulkes said, “This
programme will promote the
idea that decent work is a
key component of national
- development. It is also the
method by which the ILO
will deliver its support ser-
vices to the Bahamas.”

He explained that the
DWCP has three main
objectives: strengthening the
Department of Labour;
ensuring that social dialogue
is central to the making of
public policy; strengthening
the labour legislation and
rights at work.

“This hallmark event in
our country’s development,”
the minister said, “would not
have been possible without
the continued participation
of those organisations that
participated in the Tripartite
Forum on Labour held in
October 2007.”

Following the forum, he
said, two meetings facilitated
by Dr Romero and her team
were held in the Bahamas,
resulting in what Bahamian
social partners regarded as
the essential elements for
achieving decent work for all
who live in the country.

Mr Foulkes said the Trade
Union of Congress, the
National Congress of Trade
Unions and the Bahamas
Employers’ Confederation
worked hand-in-hand with
the government to make it
possible for the country to
sign onto the DWCP.

He said that the govern-
ment is firmly committed to
the belief that social dia-
logue is the best method for
dealing with labour rela-
tions.

“Tt is my personal belief
therefore that all of the
groups represented here
today and the Bahamas as a
nation will benefit from the
ILO’s DWCP,” he said.

Dr Romero said discus-
sions concerning labour
issues will continue among
all partners (the govern-
ment, employers and work-
ers), and their findings will
be sent to the ILO.

The ILO in turn will con-
tinue providing input and
information so that all par-
ties can make informed deci-
sions.

She noted that while in the
Bahamas, the ILO team will
be working with the partners
to create a work plan that
identifies the areas where
concrete things can be
accomplished within the
next three to six months.

“We are going to sit with
you and have a discussion as
you are best placed to know
based on your own commit-
ments what is feasible and
what we can do together, so
we can really make some
concrete progress in the
areas we identified as the
priorities for this pro-
gramme,” she said. National
Congress of Trade Unions
President John Pinder said
the Bahamas is the first
country in the region to sign
onto the DWCP.

Mr Pinder said the launch-
ing of the DWCP demon-
strates that the stakeholders
have done their job effec-
tively, ensuring that the
workforce in the Bahamas
will work in a safe and
healthy environment.

President of the Bahamas
Employers Confederation
Brian Nutt said, “This is
seen from the employer’s
point of view as one of the
most comprehensive pro-
grammes put together by the
ILO in its three-tiered struc-
ture of institutional strength-
ening, social dialogue and
labour legislation.”



Thursday.

Bahamas and Chile
boost economic

@ By LINDSAY THOMPSON

DIPLOMATIC ties between
the Bahamas and the Republic
of Chile are expected to
strengthen under the provisions
of the Economic Partnership
Agreement with the European
Union, said Governor General
Arthur Hanna as he officially

‘welcomed the Chile’s new

Ambassador to the Bahamas.

The governor general accept-
ed the credentials presented by
Alfredo Garcia Castelblanco,
Ambassador of the Republic of
Chile during a ceremony in the
drawing room at Government
House.

“You have pledged to
strengthen Bahamas/Chile bilat-
eral relations and ties, thereby
taking them to a higher level of
understanding and co-operation.
Your country’s exemplary eco-

. nomic performance demon-

strates capacity in this regard,”
the Governor General said.

The Bahamas and Chile
established diplomatic relations
on December 4, 1990. Since
then, relations have grown
through bilateral exchanges in
areas of language training pro-
grammes, trade negotiations and
courses offered by the Diplo-
matic Academy of Chile.

“The Bahamas takes pride in
the fact that the longstanding
relations with the Republic of
Chile are reflected in meaning-
ful interaction within the inter-
national arena and the result of
the strong commitment of both
our countries to the principles
and ideals of multilateralism.

“This is especially as they are
defined in the context of the
purposes and principles of the
United Nations Charter and
their application in the priority
indicative areas of peace and
security, economic and social



“Over the past
15 years, Chile’s
economic reforms
and prudent
macroeconomic
policies have
delivered strong
growth and low
inflation.”

IMF survey



developments, human rights and
climate: change,” the governor
general said.

He said the Bahamas also
views the negotiations of the
new Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) with the



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European Union as a chance to
ensure gains based on mutual
benefit, particularly given the
challenging global economic
environment that exists.
“Your country has been
unquestionably a leader in max-
imising multilateralism for
national benefit. This success
has been lauded and recorded

by no less than the Internation- .

al Monetary Fund (IMF) and
World Bank,” the governor gen-
eral said. . ni

An IMF survey of January
2008 observed: “Over the past
15 years, Chile’s economic
reforms and prudent macroeco-
nomic policies have delivered
strong growth and low inflation.
Per capita income has tripled in

US dollars terms and poverty:

has been cut by two-thirds to 13
per cent.”

The survey also revealed that -

Chile helped to maintain its eco-
nomic competitiveness despite

Kristaan ingraham/BIS



GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna accepts credentials from Alfredo Garcia Castelblanco, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile’during a ceremony at Government House on





the high price volatility of cop-
per, Chile’s main export product
and has provided added scope
to address social priorities.

- Governor General recognised
Chile for contributing to the
Bahamas’ human resources
training for national develop-
ment. ;

“There is scope for significant
mutual benefit between the
extensive fishing industry and
vibrant financial sector which
characterise both. -our.
economies,” he added.

The governor general also
acknowledged that Ambassador
Castelblanco, 56, possesses a
wealth of diplomatic experience,
with professional and academic .
emphasis on the policy and prac-
tice of trade relations.

According to Ambassador
Castelblanco, the new EPA
“offers renewed opportunities”
for investment and growth to
the Bahamian economy.

Criminal Records Online Character

Certificate Request System launched

@ By MATT MAURA



THE Criminal Records Office
has announced the launch of an
Online Character Certificate
Request System.

Minister of National Securi-
ty Tommy Turnquest called the
system a “great example” of
how e-government will be able
to make life easier for members
of the public who have to access
government 'services.

Mr Turnquest said the system
is part of the government’s com-
mitment to keeping the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and oth-
er law enforcement agencies on
the cutting-edge of technology.

He explained that the Online
Character Certificate Request
System will allow Bahamians
and non-Bahamians alike who
are living, or have lived in the
Bahamas to use the internet to
apply for a Police Character
Certificate from the comfort of
their homes, offices, workplaces
or from a range of computer
devices, wherever they may be.

Mr Turnquest said it is antic-
ipated that the system will also
have a positive impact on pro-
ductivity in the workplace as will
lead to a reduction in the num-
ber of trips persons applying for
character certificates will need
to make to the Criminal
Records Office (CRO).

“This is a system that will not
only benefit employees of com-
panies applying for Character
Certificates, but will also benefit
the company itself (as) employ-
ees will no longer have to wait in
long lines for extended periods
of time during weekdays to
obtain a certificate,’ Mr Turn-
quest said.

“Tt will contribute significant-
ly to improving the efficiency
and productive capacity of the
officers of the Criminal Records
Office, allowing for the issuance
of a character certificate in the

shortest possible time,” Mr
Turnquest added.

Mr Turnquest said the system
will not be limited by geograph-
ical borders, but has “interna-
tionalised” the CRO’s capacity
to receive applications for Char-
acter Certificates from people
all over the world.

He said that for decades, the
issuance of police character cer-
tificates has been a “major and

distinguishing” activity of the .
CRO

Mr Turnquest said he has
been assured that the Online
Police Character Certificate
Request System has been care-
fully crafted to build on the
office’s past successes, while
meeting the current needs of the
Criminal Records Office and the
public at home and abroad.

“The government of the
Bahamas has committed itself

to keeping the Royal Bahamas
Police Force on the cutting-edge
of technology,” Mr Turnquest
said. “Today’s official launch of
the Online Character Certificate
Request System confirms that
we are keeping the commitment
we have made.”

Acting Commissioner of
Police Reginald Ferguson said
the new system is in keeping
with the strategic goals with
regards to information technol-
ogy that is outlined in his recent-
ly released policy statement.

Mr Ferguson said the need
for continuous upgrades and
modernisation is “ever present”
within every organisation and
the Royal Bahamas Police Force
is no different.

“Tt is my view that once more,
we are taking a step in the right
direction by continuously
improving our product by mak-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ASHLEY PHILIPPE of
TREASURE CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
| for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
| should send a written and signed statement of the
| facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES LOUIS of LUCKY
HEART CORNER OFF EAST ST, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen

of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



ing the paradigm shift that is

invariably required to simulta-'

neously provide professional
service to our community and
combat the levels of criminality
within our society,” Mr Fergu-
son said. —

“The launch of this online
facility speaks volumes of. the
partnership between the. gov-
ernment and the police force to
not only enhance the-method
by which the issuance of police
character certificates are made
to its citizenry, but also demon-
strates our level of commitment
in respect to the reduction of
crime within our nation.

“The Criminal Records Office
is the first of many facilities that

will be outfitted with this tech- .

nology, accommodating this
kind of service to members of
the general public,” Mr Fergu-
son added.



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MINISTER of National Security
Tommy Turnquest watches a
demonstration of the Online
Character Certificate Request
System

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92/2008

EDITORIAL/LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

THE TRIBUNE



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NULLIUS-ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
_ Being, Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

- LEONE, iH. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

- SIR ¢ ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt, O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,

(Hon.) ED: D: D. Litt.

_, Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
_ Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

Publisher/Editor 1972-

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The issue of fear and flying

If there can be any goody ‘ews: in: hun- |

dreds of thousands of: passengers being
stranded as airlines ground fleéts of planes

for urgent inspection, it: is that | the ‘Federal.

Aviation Administration is:doing its job.

Unfortunately, it is’ tryin to make up
for years of not doing’ its job: in keeping
them safe, and travellers arée.the.victims. |

If the FAA had consistently monitored

_ safety instead of being shamed into action
last month by whistle-b a
Congress, the inspectior it have been
better scheduled’ or. in’ ‘some cases, even
unnecessary.

Now, the agency says ‘that. travel inter-
ruptions will be with-us at feast through
June, depending « on the. tr sults of its
stepped- up safety audits: ’.

We'd love to be able to. ‘siggest alee:
tives to flying; but the same ‘government
that allowed the airlines to-get to this sor-
ry pass has been starving the passenger rail
system, and the constant rise in gasoline
prices does not make Jong-distance driving
very attractive. 9. ©

‘American Airlines: canéelléd a ‘good

chunk of its schedule beginning Tuesday _

more than 2,000 flights — for maintenance
checks set off by concerns over wiring, in its
fleet of MD-80 aircraft.

Alaska Airlines, Det ‘hin Lines ind

Southwest Airlines also tiad to. conduct
inspections at the FAA’s ditection.:-
. Four carriers as:yét: ‘unidentified may
face fines for not following the

safety directives: ‘|...

The FAA’s anaeceptibl iaiave ‘faite -
system of safety enforcement:is: powerful. . ‘

evidence of the damage: done by Ronald

Reagan’s ideological campaign. of deregu- ;

lation.
It came to light. ‘only

fuselage cracks. |
That was bad -enotgh;



that Southwest.had flown the planes in .

question for nine months in 2006 and 2007.

It was hit with an. appropriately stiff. civ-

il penalty of $10.4-million; .
The FAA has been défertin ih. fright-



forking
ann ways to. the’ airlines on’ aaleey tis ,

ah : J OMONS

GET. MORE FOR AES

Leaders in food distribution for retail and club packs

are accepting spplietions f fot the position of:

skills in preparing, ci

and an angry

The industry inspects itself, reporting its
own safety lapses to ward off fines.

The agency audits the companies’ paper-
work, a task that has grown more compli-
cated as airlines cut costs by outsourcing
maintenance.

The airlines were allowed to undercut
audits they did not like by requesting
reviews by upper-level federal managers
who often seemed ready to ignore or for-
give almost anything.

Two courageous whistle-blowers told a
congressional committee that they were
harassed for simply doing their jobs.

Given aging fleets and overtaxed and
outdated traffic control and computer sys-
tems, reforms are needed — beginning at
the FAA, which needs the strong leader-
ship that was lacking under Marion Blakey,

. who recently ended her term as adminis-

trator.
The acting administrator, Robert
Sturgell, is qualified to head the agency.
_He’s a pilot and a lawyer.

* “But his nomination is not likely to get.a. .
: “ote in the Senate.

That’s in part over anger with the FAA’ s
poor performance and because he would
get a five-year term.

The Democratic leaders in Congress are

' determined to wait until there’s a new pres-

ident.
Sturgell deserves a vote, but he could do

"a great public service nonetheless if, in the

time he remains at the helm, he continues
to steer the agency toward increased regu-
lation and enforcement — however anath-
ema that is to the Bush administration.
When a federal agency refers to the

en 'S cuthiwest . industry it oversees as its “customers,” as

reported that it had misséd inspections for _

the FAA did with the airlines, a boundary
has been dangerously crossed.

As Rep. James Oberstar, the chairman
of the House Transportation and Infra-
structure Committee, rightly said last week:
“The FAA’s only customer is the air-trav-

elling public.” '

Editorial courtesy of The New York
Times News Service



‘he PLP
fell into
eir trap

EDITOR, The Tribune.

EVERYONE who does not
want to blatantly lie to them-
selves must admit that before
and leading up to general elec-
tions, the whole Bahamas, ie all
of the sensible Bahamians, com-
plained about the way Perry

~ Christie was ‘handling the

boundary changes and the late-
ness in which it was done. The
least informed of us knew that it
was simply not sufficient time
to complete the exercise so that
all of the necessary do dili-
gences could be done.

-- Honest Bahamians must

admit that it now appears that
the PLP intentionally wanted
to perform a botched boundary
change exercise. The Boundary
Commission hardly met and
when they did, they came with
an agenda that spelled “confu-
sion”.

Remember Brent Symonette
did not sign the report. But we
all remember what Bradley

Roberts said or what he did not .

say to attempt to clarify the con-
fusion.

Everything that was obvious-
ly planned by the PLP confused
the voter. This has also caused
frustration and a decreased trust
in the system, which could have
been avoided. The Boundaries







LETTERS

letters@tribunemedia.net



were cut and at the last minute
people were being transferred
willy-nilly. All in all, the PLP
were the architect of a disaster,
which was par for the course.

It is alleged that the trap that
the PLP were setting would
destroy the FNM. But the
Bahamians’ right to vote was
destroyed. Innocent and law-
abiding Bahamians are now
accused as being dishonest of
voting where they were not eli-
gible. We are being made to be
criminals.

Some have already concluded.

that the PLP had a mass shuf-"

fling of voters to gain advan-
tage, but the plan:backfired. It is
safe to conclude that if the PLP
had won we would not have
heard one peep from the PLP,
regardless of the margin. They

* must know who was placed and

who was not, so they should be
able to point who they think
were not legit. The PLP was in
charge of the election.

It is also alleged that the peo-
ple that were placed to gain an
advantage are the some of the

same persons who the PLP are
challenging, but some innocent
voters were thrown in the mix
to make their challenge look
legitimate.

This whole scenario of late
registration, late boundary
changes and late transferring of
voters was a trap set by the
PLP, but the powerful and flaw-
less campaign by the “master

. politician” Hubert Ingraham

cause. their plans to. backfire.
They literally fell into their own
trap. The pain they are now
feeling is caused from self
inflicted wounds. The PLP com-
mitted “political suicide”.

On another note, it is patent-
ly clear that the PLP are fearful
that Hubert Ingraham and the
FNM will not let them get away
with the damage that has been
done by the Christie led Gov-
ernment. The audit report that
Minister Earl Deveaux read in
the House of Assembly did pre-
cious little to allay the PLP
fears. The PLP are wondering
what next. Paranoia has now set
in and anxiety has taken them
over. But I say if you do noth-
ing, fear nothing

IVOINE W

_ INGRAHAM
Nassau,
November, 2007.

In need of angel of mercy

’ EDITOR, The Tribune.

_CAN harmful, evil-natured
people become good, loving
men and women. Just as many
persons, when posed this ques-
tion, would likely answer yes as
would those saying no. “It
would take a miracle” they’d
say. Yet nearly everyone no
longer believes in the existence
of miracles.

Technical/industrial advances
occur so fast even the richest of
nations can’t keep pace and we
in The Bahamas are no excep-
tion. As 2007 ended, the politi-
cians were still engaged, as they
have been since last May in a

- battle for control “of the gov-

ernment.” Crime, murder
specifically, is on a terrifying
upsurge.

Now our legislators want to
address this savage act taking
place on our streets by resuming
capital punishment. Should it
work all the credit goes to them
and a few avaricious citizens
who defended its institutional
use. But it won’t work but for a
while if at all.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YVONNE JOSUE of P.O.
AB-20409, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day

wi ith excellent practical
nd: packaging chill &

frozen meat, poultry and seafood. Knowledge of Meat
Standard Operating Procedures and quality handling
and holding of different types of meat, the ability to
operate meat related machinery i is a must. Candidates
should possess, good customer. friendly skills with the
ability to work with teams? Gompiter skills desirable.
A minimum of 3 yeats ‘Working experience is required.

We offer attractive salary anid benefit packages.

Interested 1 persons should send their



of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

, Contact:
KO 427-6033

So how can this country pre-
vent persons from being sense-
lessly killed? The answer is a
simple one. Acknowledge the
problem as having already
done; then go ahead and fix the
grind. To treat it we must
understand its real cause. We’ve
always blamed the parents of
those perpetrators of crimes for
their lack of dedication in their
parental responsibilities. They
were supposed to rear nice boys
and girls to become the nation
builders of tomorrow. Then
again, without individual accu-
sation, influential leaders in pol-
itics and religion are labelled
culpable for this horror that
stalks everywhere and per-
ceived within this limited doc-
trine are significant sutures to
mend our bleeding communi-
ties.

Should we sit up waiting for
these powerful, but stubborn
men and women who lead us
to wake up out of their morass
of decay, we may find a new
century dawning upon us.
Hypothetically the people of
our islands are say...one body
with a makeup of several parts.
Each one of us, totalling hun-
dreds of thousands of elements,
compose the cells, tissues, limbs
and organs which make up the
Bahamas, we perform deeds,

_bad_ and .good, that determine,

the overall health of this nation-
al body. :

Consider if: politicians are not
selfish or dictatorial; prelates
teach love instead of hate; doc-
tors treat those who in desper-
ation give their trust rather than
prolong or cause more suffer-
ing; lawyers dispense their tal-
ents as constitutionally pre-
scribed; financiers perform their
work with the faith and integri-
ty as required by their occupa-
tion; landlords and proprietors
charge fair rates.

Teachers teaching without
bias towards any student. As
well, policemen striving to pro-
tect everyone no matter their
ethnic origin. And yes mothers
and fathers together perform-
ing the spiritual roles to lead
their sons and daughters in the
direction to be the caring loving
souls like God intended. And
so on!

It would take a miracle for
all these things to exist together
working as a fully functioning
body. Do you believe in mira-
cles? As for those disbelievers,
the time to believe has already
started.

TROY DRUMMOND
Nassau,
2008.

The economic writing is
on the wall in Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE Editorial page of today, Monday, April 7, with the Edito-
rial header of: “Recession woes may be misplaced” and then a
letter with a header “How safe is your money?” totally contrasts the

reality of the market place.

I am in total agreement with Abraham Moss. Ex-Minister of
State for Finance James Smith has it wrong and I suggest even ex-
Governor of The Central Bank, T B Donaldson is wrong.

Quite naturally they hope it will be different. The thought that
we can convince ourselves into a recession is absolutely absurd —

reality is facing thousands.
The writing is on the wall.

There has been a substantial drawdown on our very small amount
of Foreign Reserves, primarily as a result of the extra cost of fossil
fuels and I am not sure how much are the foreign banks holding
back from paying their dividends which would wipe the remnants
of the reserves totally but that is a reality.

The Bahamas of 2008 is not like any previous time — back
when you write and relate to there was no debt, in fact as I recall
under the UBP there was a reasonable surplus in the Budget and

the personal debt.

Your rubber ball, Madam Editor, might this time around bounce
the opposite ay to where everyone is suggesting — sustainability
of Foreign Currency earnings can only be sustained if there is a con-
tinued active réal estate market and millions flowing from stamp tax

payments.

Even Atlantis i downsizing their middle management for obvi-

uos reasons.

It is far better that our people be warned, rather than we wake up
one morning and we read a horrific headline or hear from the
House of Assembly that what we thought was good money is
worth nothing , bush crack the bank gone!

N. RUSSELL
Nassau,
April 7, 2008



THE TRIBUNE





background.

Bahamas Against

Crime visits
North Andros

ea a : oe
ALL SMILES: Pictured (left to right) are Executive director of BAC, Rev C
B Moss, island administrator Mr Christie and a teacher with students in

The Bahamas Against Crime campaign
was officially launched in North Andros
when a delegation led by the executive direc-
tor Rev CB Moss visited the island.

The delegation held separate meetings with
the faculty and the students of the North

THREE’S COMPANY: (left to right) are Island administrator, Mr Christie;




Principal of North Andros Senior High Ms Curry and BAC executive direc-

tor Rev C B Moss.

Andros High School and later with residents
in a community meeting.

“The visit laid the foundation for an ongo-
ing collaborative effort to aggressively
address crime and criminality in North
Andros,” said Rev Moss.



In brief

Ministry of
Health backs
hank’s bid to
spruce up the
environment



i By Lindsay Thompson

THE Ministry of Health
and Social Development has
thrown its support behind cor-
porate sponsor FirstCaribbean
International Bank in its bid
to develop community parks
and round-a-bouts on the
island.

Dr Hubert Minnis, Minister
of Health and Social Devel-
opment, said on Thursday that
the initiative is in keeping with
his ministry’s overall plans to
ensure beautiful and healthy
environs for Bahamians. —

“We all know that one’s
environment has great impact
on one’s behaviour. A park in
a housing community has a
similar impact in that once we
have families together, that in
itself helps to maintain family
stability and help to decrease
social issues,” said Dr Minnis.

Also lending his support
was Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth

‘ Russell.

Dr Minnis said that his min-
istry has
embarked
on a pro-
gramme
of beauti-
fication
for the
entire
island and
that other
corporate
citizens
have
already
come for-
ward, pointing out that anoth-
er proposal has been submit-
ted to transform the round-a-
bout at Independence Drive
and Baillou Hill Road.

FirstCaribbean has
announced a'plan to beautify
Dignity Park in Dignity Gar-
dens, to mark the fifth
anniversary of FirstCaribbean
Bank doing business in the
Bahamas.

“It is important to us that
the country shares in our cel-
ebration and success in a very
tangible way. We wanted to
mark this milestone by making
a significant contribution,
which would be s lasting
impact to a community in the
Bahamas,” said Sharon
Brown, managing director,
FirstCaribbean International
Bank.

She said that the bank con-
sidered a number of ways of
giving back, and decided that
developing and beautifying a
recreational park in a new and
upcoming community would
be an “excellent way” to cele-
brate. The bank will add to
the existing play area for chil-
dren, create shade where nec-
essary, and add trees and
plants for an overall pleasant
atmosphere. Chan Pratt of the
Tree Depot will carry out the
work, estimated at $26,000.

A few weeks ago, First-
Caribbean adopted a round-
a-bout in Oakes Field. The
bank commits one per cent of
regional pre-tax profits to
community sponsorship and
donations;

Hubert Minnis



Christie: PLP
paid the price
for mistakes

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Opposition
Leader Perry Christie said that
his former PLP government
made mistakes and has also
paid’ the price for mistakes
made by the first FNM govern-

ment — particularly in relation to —

the Royal

Oasis Resort on Grand
Bahama.

While addressing supporters
at a town meeting in Freeport
on Wednesday evening at PLP
Headquarters, Mr

Christie blamed the FNM for
failing to put in attach financial
guarantees to the agreement
with the owners of the Royal
Oasis.

“If one looks at the agree-
ment that they entered into for
Royal Oasis, this was the only

agreement where it was unlike

any other agreement entered
into in the history of the
Bahamas that did not have in
place a guarantee,” said Mr
Christie.

“There was no insistence on
the part of the government that
the parent company provides a
guarantee for the operation of
the company here.

“There were no financial
accountable provisions in place
in the agreement — it was a bad
agreement, it was a shoddy
agreement. It was done obvi-
ously to try and get them to
come in and we paid the price
for it,” he said.

Mr Christie noted that the
FNM was very critical of the
PLP when Royal Oasis fell into
difficulties.

The Royal Oasis matter has
been a very controversial and
critical issue on Grand Bahama.

The hotel closed in 2004 due
to hurricane damage and result-
ed in the laying off of more than
workers, as well as the loss of
one third of the island’s room
inventory — which severely
impacted the island’s economy.

Although the Harcourt
Group purchased the resort last
November for $33 million, there
have been no signs of activity
at the property.

Mr Christie said the FNM has
been in power now for one year
and has done nothing for
Bahamians, except raise

taxes,

He said the FNM is only con-
cerned about attacking the
PLP’s policies and projects left

‘in place in 2007

“What is important in Grand
Bahama is that you are now
able to judge us in the five years
that we gave this country, and
you are having the beginnings
of a contrast with this current
FNM government.

“They chose to begin their
governance of this country by
being suspicious of my govern-
ment and deciding to

stop all of the contracts that

_ we have entered into. This hap-

pened in New Providence,
Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and
it happened all over the
Bahamas.

“And it happened to stop at
least $80 million of money com-

ing into the economy of the
Bahamas. And he (Prime Min-



Perry Christie



ister Hubert Ingraham) is now
finding out how wrong he was,”
said Mr Christie.

Mr Christie said when the
PLP came to power in 2002 the
growth rate in the country had
declined from 6.8 per cent in
1998 to 0.8 per cent.

He said the PLP did not
increase taxes in the Bahamas
and still managed to grow the
economy and increase revenue
during its five years in office.

“When the FNM formed the
new government in 2007 they
indicated on the basis we left in
place that the

International Monetary Fund
had projected that the growth
rate of the Bahamas would be

4.5 per cent, in 2007.

“T can tell you that some
months after the election a del-
egation of my MPs met with
representatives of the

IMF and we told them that
Hubert Ingraham and his gov-
ernment had made a funda-
mental error by deciding to stop
all the contracts we have
entered into,” he said.

Mr Christie also said that dur-
ing the course of the last elec-
tion the FNM criticised the
PLP’s policies

and said the party was hurting
Grand Bahama. Since the FNM
has been in power, he said, util-
ity and electricity rates and
prices have increased.

“They said utility costs were
going sky high and that prices
were going sky high and this
was due to the

ineptitude of the PLP gov-
ernment. Well, what is the posi-
tion today in Grand Bahama
one year after they have come
to power? What is the position
with respect to the cost of elec-
tricity, what is the position with
respect to prices and jobs?” he
said.

Mr Christie said Bahamians
must judge his government on
its five years in office. Under
the PLP, he said, Grand

Bahama saw the coming of
Associated Grocers, the
Bahamian Brewery Company,
and the expansion of the con-
tainer port.

He said the PLP was also able
to sign a deal with Ginn Devel-
opment for the $3.9 billion
development at West End.

Mr Christie noted that the
PLP approved many major pro-
jects in Nassau such as the third

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phase of Kerzner, the Ritz Carl-
ton on Rose Island, a new
development at the Hilton, and
the $2.5 billion Baha Mar agree-
ment.

He said they also negotiated
the $300 to $400 million airport
expansion at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport, and
put in place the Albany and
New South Ocean Hotel agree-
ments. He also stated that
anchor resort projects we start-
ed in Bimini, Abaco, Mayagua-
na, and Eleuthera.

Mr Christie added that the
PLP’s Urban Renewal and
housing projects were very suc-
cessful.

“T hope the people of country
recognise that we recognise the
mistakes we have made, and we

admit that we learnt from those
, mistakes.

“Everyone is talking about
‘Christie time to go’. The point
I want to make is that it is their
effort to continue to destabilise
the PLP. But the leadership is
vested in the people of the
country, who support the PLP.
And a good leader knows when
that time is, and right now is
not the time,” he said.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, PAGE 5
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= By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter |
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net

“J think Bahamian women need to stop leading men on
for money and favours. It shows a lack of class and digni-
ty and makes me wonder what if the so-called feminist
movement was in vain.

“And aren’t women supposed to be liberated? They
want equal pay and equal treatment in the workplace and
this and that — but when you take them out on a date they
expect you to pay. It’s a double standard that needs to
change.”

— Angry black man






























“Man I vex about all this honiible traffic. I have to make
a lot of deliveries for work and it halting my productivity
because I spend most of my time sitting behind the wheel
stuck in the blazing heat. And don’t let me try and take a
lunch break, it is take you an hour to get anywhere during
lunch time and ya’ boss still mad.

“And to top it off, most of the time I behind I end up
behind one broke down jitney or trailer with so much
black. smoke coming out I swear they ga’ give me cancer.
The police need to book these, drivers who releasing. all
these.toxins and e ‘in the air. At east let; me breathe.
clean air if I got to sit in ‘traffic all day.”

— Vex driver



“Some of dese police officers don’t know how to speak to
the general public and even their co-workers. No wonder
people don’t like to call the cops when something happen
because when they get there, if they get there, they talk to
ya so bad and make you at like you is a criminal and not
a victim.”

— Gary D, Blue Hill Road

“Gas prices keep rising, but yet, Customs still charge
you an arm and a leg to bring a motorbike into the country.
Dis time it take less gas to fill up a bike or scooter and it can
cut down traffic. I think the Custom rates should be high-
er on vehicles so people wouldn’t bring in so many cars and
that would solve the traffic problem too.”

— Frank M, Sea Breeze






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Qualified applicants are invited to apply for the position of Legal Counsel.

The successful candidate must have a minimum of 3 — 5 years experience
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Résumés with supporting documentation should be submitted to:

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On or before April 28, 2008



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THE TRIBUNE



(GB Humane

Society spay and

neuter drive

THE Humane Society of
Grand Bahama _ has
announced that its next major
field spay and neuter clinic
will be held on April 14 to 18
in West End.

The drive will be held in
partnership with the Kohn
Foundation’s Bahamian Ani-
mal Rescue Committee.

The clinic will be held at
the Burrows Investments
building on Queens Highway
(the back road). The goal is to
sterilise at least 250 dogs and
cats during the five days of
surgeries.

The surgeries will be free
to pet owners, and the clinic
will include an educational
portion.

“Thanks to the generosity
and concern of The West End
Foundation, this clinic is fully
funded and supported,” said
the organisers in a statement.

. The project, called BARC-
ANEW (Bahamian Animal
Rescue Committee — Animal
Neutering Education and
Welfare) will encompass
between two and four simi-
lar clinics per year in various

locations on Grand Bahama °

over the next three years.

“In 2007 BARC-ANEW
allowed us to sterilise 600 ani-
mals in addition to the 400
surgeries done by Grand
Bahama vets through our
ongoing voucher programme.
The mission is to reduce the
number of stray, roaming and
unwanted dogs and cats by
sterilising as many owned ani-
mals as possible,” the organ-
isers said.

The project also includes
educational opportunities and
initiatives to promote respon-
sible pet ownership and com-
passion for all animals.






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SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2008.

_ : 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Speaker
Pastor Marcel Lightbourne
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“An impressive team has :
volunteered once again. }
HSGB board member and :
local veterinarian Dr Owen :
Hanna is providing local sup- :
port, consultation and assis- ;
tance to the U S veterinari- :
ans and veterinary technicians :
and assistants who have gra- :
ciously agreed to donate a }
week of their time and exper- :
tise to help alleviate the seri- :
ous pet over-population prob- :
lem on Grand Bahama,” said :

the organisers’ statement.

“We welcome back again }
Dr Robin Brennen, of New :
York City, chief veterinari- ;
an for this project, and :
founder.of Pets Without :
Vets, a non-profit organisa- ;

tion,” it said.

dogs and cats and with more
responsible and concerned
pet owners.”

She encouraged readente
to contact the Humane Soci- :
ety to make appointments for ;

pets to receive free sterilisa-
tion during the West End :
BARC-ANEW spay/neuter ;

clinic.

The HSGB can make
arrangements to pick them
up and bring them home }

again if necessary.

MS Burrows said volun- :
teers are still needed to assist :
in many areas, and that :
school administrators, teach- :
ers, civic groups and inter- }
ested individuals are wel- :
come to contact HSGB and :
make arrangements to visit :
the clinic for educational ;

tours.



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

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Connections - Rev. Philip Stubbs
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put $1 billion in GB

@ BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT -— Rob Millard,
director of international business
at Global Fulfillment Service Ltd
in Freeport, said that Grand
Bahama needs a modern and
diverse economy that is not
reliant on tourism.

Mr Millard, who is the consul-
tant here on Grand Bahama for
Fleming, said that Grand
Bahama has enormous potential.
He said that Roddie Fleming is

talking with new business. part-..



ners about putting $1. bill it
Freeport.

“T think Grand BaitneRNs
similarities to Dubai: I don’t

‘ think many people realise just

how much it’s got in common
with Dubai,” he said.
Mr Millard was speaking to

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the Rotary Club of Lucaya.

He said that Global Fulfill-
ment is in the process of con-
ducting specialist studies that
involve an economic impact
assessment, a manpower assess-
ment, and public consultation to
develop a new strategy for
Freeport that can be discussed
with the government.

He pointed out that Fleming is
interested in bringing a brand

new oil refinery that refines “21st,

century ultra-low sulfur fuel”,
and LNG terminal, a retail mall,
a hotel and residential develop-
ments.
». Fleming is interested in acquir-
ape. 100 per cent of.the shares in
rand Bahama Port Author-
mn i and hasalready signed an
agreement in principle with Sir
Jack Hayward’s trustee to
acquire its 50 per cent stake.
Hutchison is also interested in
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also a 50 per cent partner with
the Port Authority in Grand
Bahama Development Compa-
ny, the Freeport Harbour Com-
pany and the Grand Bahama
Airport Company.

Mr Millard said Hutchison
Whampoa has $1 billion in the
ground in Freeport and is one of
the key reasons why Grand
Bahama is so unique.

He said that Roddie Fleming’s
strategy must be neutral to
Hutchison Whampoa.

“Fleming is talking. together
with new business partners of
putting out $1billion into this
place. Can he do it? I guess so, he
would have. been.able to fund
Hutchison’s entire capital expen-
diture programme in 2006. The
entire capital programme he
could have personally funded
from his personal cheque book
and have change.

“He has been talking about a
billion dollars and that includes
what he has to pay to buy shares
from current shareholders. If he
does not secure the whole share-
holding it may change. His
assumption, (is that) if he owns
the whole PA, it would be a bil-
lion dollars which is of seed‘cap-
ital. But that is not the only mon-
ey that will go in it — that money



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will encourage other money to
follow it in.”

Mr Millard noted that Hutchi-
son has said that it has no “burn-
ing desire” to run the port and
that its main object is to protect
its interest in Grand Bahama.

He noted that Fleming wants
to diversify the economy so that
is not reliant on tourism by
developing and attracting a solid
component of knowledge indus-
tries that are globally competi-
tive.

Mr Millard said Grand
Bahama enjoys a wonderful geo-
graphic location, a fantastic deep
water port thanks to Hutchison,

vand a tax-free jurisdiction which

makes it very unique in the
Western Hemisphere.

He noted that the infrastruc-
ture and the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement are also advantages
that other countries do not have.

“Grand Bahama has opportu-
nities that nowhere else on earth
has got,” he said.

He said Fleming is interested
in developing a skills training
academy.

“We got people employed as
maids, gardeners, job workers,
and there should be lawyers,
clerks, entrepreneurs and
accountants,” he said.



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SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, PAGE 7;



12th ANNUAL BAHAMAS WEATHER CONFERENCE

Weather experts from US, Canada and
Caribbean descend on Grand Bahama

| Neko Cretan



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

FREEPORT - About 100
meteorologists from the
Caribbean, United States, and
Canada, are in Grand Bahama
for the 12th annual Bahamas
Weather Conference, where the
latest hurricane forecast pre-
dictions were released for 2008.

Dr William Gray, Professor
Emeritus at the Department of
Atmospheric Science at Col-
orado State University, predicts
that there will be more hurri-
canes than earlier predictions
suggested.

Dr Gray and his colleague
Phil Klotbach updated their
previous 2008 seasonal hurri-

cane forecast for the Atlantic’

Basin.

He said: “Our first forecast
was in early December last year
when we called for an above
average year, and now today,

Morning Senay
Bahamas@Sunrise

launches new
rey an rene.) | Mee Site

THE morning show
Bahamas@Sunrise has taken
to the World Wide Web with
the launch of its new official
web site.

“The site is designed to pro-
vide fans and newcomers alike
with a wealth of information
on the major topics discussed
during the live airing of the
show,” said Bahamas@Sun-
rise in a statement. '

The unveiling of. the web
site. took place on the: March
31 broadcast of

‘Bahamas@Sunrise, featuring
an interview with Joan
Albury, both executive pro-
ducer of the show and presi-
dent of The Counsellors, Ltd.

Expressing her pleasure at
being a part of the site's offi-
cial inception, Mrs Albury said
she hoped that the venture
would prove to be “an innov-
ative and ground-breaking
achievement that will evolve
into a dynamic wealth of infor-
mation that is easily accessi-
ble to every Bahamian”.

Web surfers are welcomed
to the front page of the site
by the smiling faces of the
well-known hosts Romauld

Ferreira and Tisca Pratt-Arm-
brister.

“Visitors will discover a
home page splashed with pho-
tos and captions highlighting
new articles and features to
be found within. Enhancing
the opening page are links to
various sections of the site cat-
egorised according to show
topics. These sections contain
articles on guests who have
appeared on the show, and
also give brief synopses on the
issues and points that had
been discussed,” the statement
said. 3

It said that immediately fol-
lowing the announcement of
the web site, e-mails began to
“pour in” from viewers excit-
ed at the prospect of being
"surfers".

Dwight Strachan, show pro-
ducer and the "brain" behind
the Bahamas@Sunrise web-
site project, said he is
impressed with the positive
feedback he and The Coun-
sellors team have received.

He also pointed out that .

more features will be added
gradually as time goes on, in
order to keep the site fresh

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If so, call us on 322-1986
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April 9, we up the number,” he
said in an interview with theba-
hamasweekly.com.

Dr Gray has been studying
hurricanes for 50 years.

“We are in this new era for
major storms — that’s the Saf-
ford Simpson Category Three,
Four, and Five storms, the ones
that have maximum ‘sustained
winds of 150 mph or more,” he
said. According to Dr Gray,
there have been 49 of these
major storms since 1995 which
averages just under four storms
per year.

He compared this to the pre-
vious 25 years from 1974 to
1994, there was only an aver-
age of 1.6 storms per year.

“So we are in this new era for
storms more like what we had
in the early 40s and early 60s,
where there are these periods
where you get more storms and
periods of 30 to 35 years when
you get fewer ones. And so we
come out of this period when

we had a great reduction of
storms and now we have a lot.
“People say it might be due

‘to global warming, but we don’t

think so. The main thing that
cause the Atlantic

Basin, the Caribbean and the
Bahamas to be hit is the

~ Atlantic Ocean circulation-that

tends to flow fasterfor 30 to 35
years, and slower for 30 to 35
years, and back and forth, and
when it flows faster we tend to
get more major hurricanes,” he
said. The Weather Conference
is being held at the Westin at
Our Lucaya Resort through
Sunday, April 13. Many fore-
casters, TV weather persons,
emergency managers and gov-
ernment officials are attending.

Dr Max Mayfield, former
director of the National Hurri-
cane Centre, was also in atten-
dance and gave an overview of
the conference. Minister of
Tourism Neko Grant delivered
the keynote address.




~ SUNNY- OUTLOOK: Bahamas@Sunrise has taken to World
Wide Web. Joan Albury (right) and show host Nicolette Archer.

and innovative. “We're really
excited about bringing in a
whole new medium for our
fans and avid viewers," Mr
Strachan said.

- “It's been tough getting
everything just right for the
launch, but I am happy with
the finished product and look
forward to improving it even
more as time goes by.”

Site visitors are encouraged
to take a look at the photo
gallery featuring shots of
guests and crew members
alike. The gallery presently
includes snapshots of celebri-
ties such as movie star Antho-
ny Anderson (Romeo Must
Die, Two Can Play That
Game) and local musical
artists Stileet and K B.

Other notable features
include a weekly poll, a com-
ments section for opinions on
the show and website and a
soon-to-be — introduced
“writer’s corner” where per-
sons will be invited to share
their talents and have a chance
to be featured as a contribu-
tor.

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CONFERENCE

OF THE METHODIST CHURCH IN THE Wi,
CARIBBEAN AND THE AMERICAS
_, VEGLISE METHODISTE DANS LA ene
ET LES AMERIQUES
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”
FOURTH LORD’S DAY OF THE RESURRECTION,
APRIL 13, 2008.



COLLECT: Merciful Father, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to
be the good shepherd, and in his love for us to lay down his life
and rise again: keep us always under his protection, and give us
grace to follow in his steps; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Rey. Dr. Kenneth Huggins
RHODES MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (108
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte (Holy Communion)
10:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton
11:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton

6:30 p.m. Western Zone
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (Rose Street,
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr./ Sunday School
PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)
11:00 a.m. Sis. Patrice Strachan
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 (Fire
Trail Rd)
5:15 p.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte
CROIX-DES-MISSIONS ALDERSGATE (Quackoo Street)
5:30 p.m. Fridays Children’s Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday Rhodes Prayer Band
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

1 and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim unswervingly:
| “My God and My Right.”

RADIO.RROGRAMS.
“Vision On the [6fd’s Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; “Great Hymns of

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

Vibes” ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; “To God be the Glory” ZNS
1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.



HEARING Is TRANSFORMING

astors of Prayer Sth Anniversary Service |
Monday 14th April 2008 @ 7:30pm

Englerston Gospel Chapel

Watlins Street, Cordeveaux Avenue

Under the Theme

“Pastors Fighting for the Faith”

Scripture Text: Ephesians 6:10 - 18

Speakers: Pastor Joseph Knowles
Mt. Theo’s Baptist Church

Pastor Roscoe Rolle
Divine Praise Baptist Church

Pastor George Turner
Church of God Smiths Hill - Andros

Pastor Franklyn Lightbourne |
Revival Faith Mission Church





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Patrick Hanna/BIS

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SENIOR LIEUTENANT Shonedel Pinder receives his medal from Governor General rata cuiee

LEADING WOMAN Marine M AU ON (cle

A vacancy exists at The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited for one
(1) Projects Manager. This position reports to the Vice President of Development.






The successful candidate will be required to provide technical support and
guidance in the areas of super-structural and infrastructural developments and
rehabilitation works as necessary; perform condition survey on Company buildings
and infrastructure (including roadways) throughout the Lucaya areas when
required; plan, implement, and manage civil engineering capital works projects
undertaken by the Company. ;

QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE








* BSc. in Building, Structural or Civil Engineering - Postgraduate studies a
plus

* Minimum of five (5) years relevant engineering experience
Minimum of three (3) years relevant supervisory experience

Professional registration a plus







SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE REQUIRED





Sound knowledge in road design and rehabilitation.
Sound knowledge of construction techniques and safety parameters.

Sound knowledge of engineering design techniques and the governing code
required in achieving internationally accepted standards.

Working knowledge of Contract Law.

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regulations.

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The Personnel Department
The Grand Bahama Development Company Limited
P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama
BAHAMAS
Or
Email: personnel@gbpa.com
On or before April 28, 2008.





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SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, PAGE 9



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Harbour Island

power failures

FROM page one

from intermittent power failures despite pledges by the government
and BEC to address the island’s electricity issues. *

Power outages have been a sore point on the island for a few
weeks after residents complained that frequent power failures
affected the island’s economy, drove away tourists, and damaged
household appliances. Last week, at a heated town meeting, Mr
Basden, along with Minister of State for Utilities Phenton Neymour
and others, met with Brilanders to assure them their plight was
being heard and promised a new power facility would be built.

However, many on the three and a half mile long island are not
convinced by these promises, including business owner and Harbour
Island native Martin Lee Grant who claimed his electricity was
turned off three times on Wednesday for hours at a time.

“All week we’ve been having outages. We thought they were
coming to bring us some relief (but) they came here and talked to
us like we were little children, promising this would be done and
that would be done but there is no relief,” he said.

“Tt’s a shame to see Harbour Island going in the direction it is. It
is like none of the (successive governments) care. The Brilanders
are outraged. Nobody was satisfied with (last week’s) town meet-

ing - it was just a political trip.”

Mr Grant also claimed BEC employees arrived on the island on

Thursday to carry out “mass disconnection” without issuing advance

notice to Brilanders.

Mr Basden acknowledged BEC’s power issues on the island
and said the corporation is “actively addressing” these Lae nee

Asked if the corporation carried out a “mass disconnection” o:
Thursday, Mr Basden said a team was dispatched to mainland

Eleuthera and Harbour Island to disconnect delinquent accounts.

The disconnections were not related to maintenance issues.
“The Corporation is addressing a number of things in reference
to Eleuthera. It’s possible that we may have employees carrying out

disconnection procedures for non-payment of bills,”

Mr Basden

said, adding that whenever BEC performs disconnections for main-
tenance reasons the public is duly notified.

In respect to mounting frustration on Harbour Island, he said:
“We’ve heard the concerns from Harbour Island and we are active-

ly addressing (them).”

Last week BEC announced plans to construct a $25 million
facility which will provide an upgraded supply to Eleuthera and
Harbour Island. The government also intends to instal an additional
submarine cable and interim generator for the islands slated for
installation by summer 2008, Mr Basden said.



FROM page one_

ing a woman who had his bank card in her
possession and questioning another man who
was wanted in connection with the case, they
are “incredibly frustrated” that nothing more
has been achieved.

Stefan said he believes Bahamian police are
content to “let the file gather dust.”

Yesterday, Chief Supt Hulan Hanna, who
was one of the officers active in calling for the
public to assist police in their investigations at
the time of Mr Cloutier’s disappearance, said
he wished to assure the family that the RBPF’s
probe “has not been discontinued and has not
been downgraded.”

However, he explained that, with the passing
of time, it becomes harder for police to inves-
tigate the matter as memories fade. “This is
not‘an easy investigation. We’ve been talking to
any number of people including the family,
we’ve been following leads that we’ve had,
and at this point we’re still unable to say with
any degree of clarity what has become of Mr
Cloutier,” said the senior officer.

The Calgary Sun pointed to the fact that a
website posted by the RBPF asking for public
help has “withered on the vine” and two tip
lines “ring unanswered” as evidence that police
commitment to the case has waned.

“Police there do answer other phone lines,
but attempts to reach the officers in charge of
the case leads to multiple transferred calls, and
apparent confusion over who is investigating,”

Police come under fire

in the report that a private investigator hired
and sent down to the Bahamas was “basically
kicked out” by the RBPF.

Responding to that allegation, Chief Supt
Hanna said that if the family or investigator
“felt aggrieved by any person” on the force
then an official complaint should be made so
that it can be followed up by the complaints
and corruption unit. In contrast to the hostile
response which the family suggested their
investigator met when he approached the force,

'Mr Hanna said that the RBPF “would wel-
come anyone who can-help with clearing up this
matter because it’s on our books and we need
to bring closure to it as well.”

A friend of of Mr Cloutier’s in Canada,
‘Dylan Murray, said that a lack of closure is
the hardest part of the ordeal for Darrell’s
nearest and dearest. “I feel horrible for his
family - it must be excruciating,” he told the
paper. Meanwhile, Jason Kinsale, a Canadian
who worked with Darrell, said he is angry that
his “killer remains free” and added that the

“apparent lack of a serious police investiga-
tion is the hardest part to accept.”

“The people who comm’ ‘ted this crime need
to be charged - someone is out there who has
gotten away with this,” he said.

Chief Supt Hanna yesterday appealed again
to the public to’come forward if they have any
information relating to Mr Cloutier’s disap-
pearance. “We continue to talk to people.
We’ve spoken to some people more than once,
we continue to try to see if we can find new





Caught in the act
FROM page one

the “quiet” area. The tenant
who lives in Mrs Nottage’s
efficiency was not home dur-
ing the break-in.
Photographer Franklyn Fer-
guson was on the scene and
produced a full portfolio of
pictures as police moved in.

Judge okays publication of Anna Nicole Smith book

FROM page one

Corona Books. However, a
judge this week ruled that Ms
Gibson was entitled to publish
the book. The former Play-
mate’s ex-boyfriends, Larry
Birkhead and Howard K Stern,
have both threatened to sue

over allegations made in the
book. Publisher Ms Gibson,
who has served prison time for
running a prostitution ring, told
US reporters that the ruling has
“somewhat restored” her faith
in the judicial system.
According to the authors,
“Anna Nicole Smith —- A Por-

trait of an Icon” was written to

show that the former reality star
was a “not-so-dumb blonde”,
but rather a smart and shrewd
woman.

Authors Atteu and Simpson,
who claim to have been Ms
Smith’s best friends, said the
book’s goal is to memorialise
and celebrate Ms Smith’s life.

Lawyer defends Rubie Nottage

FROM page one

some third country, under an
alias, in hiding,” she said.

Mrs Misiewicz said that in the
18 years since her indictment
was presented in a US court,
Mrs Nottage has maintained a
prestigious position as general
counsel to the board of the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, in addi-
tion to several other visible civic
and religious duties.

“Tn these circumstances, the
application of the term ‘fugi-
tive’ to Mrs Nottage is simply
preposterous. It has been said
that her taking up the post
would be an insult, but the real
insult to the Bahamian people is
to attempt to make it appear
that Mrs Nottage is a criminal
fugitive,” she said.

Mrs Misiewicz also expressed
concern about the United
States’ reaction to Mrs Not-
tage’s appointment.

Earlier this week, US Ambas-
sador to the Bahamas Ned
Siegel told the Bahamian media
that he did not know what his
country’s response would be in
this situation until Mrs Nottage
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The former magistrate
claimed the fact that US author-
ities admit that this matter has
been pending in their system
for almost two decades without
any obvious attempt to bring a
case to trial suggests “a great
embarrassment” to their legal
system. Mrs Misiewicz pointed
out that it is not the obligation
or role of a defendant to see
that a case against him or her is
brought to trial. The onus of
bringing a defendant to trial is
solely on the prosecution — in
this case the US government
and courts.

“As a citizen of a sovereign
nation bearing no resemblance
to an ‘island backwater’ — as the
editorial of April 8 suggested —
I would decline to bow at the
altar of the United States and
kowtow to what Uncle Sam
’ she said.

Mrs Misiewicz said she fully
supports the decision of the
Judicial and Legal Services
Committee’s to appoint Mrs
Nottage as a Supreme Court
judge and encourages that body
to stand firm.

As it concerns statements by
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest that he

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would be in favour of a more
transparent process in appoint-
ing judges, Mrs Misiewicz said
she hopes he will have had an
opportunity to review the mat-
ter and come out to strongly
support the decision of the com-
mittee. Mrs Nottage was men-
tioned in the 1984 Commission
of Inquiry into drug-trafficking
in the Bahamas. .

That inquiry said she “knew
or should have known who was
the principal beneficial share-
holder for whom _ she
was acting” when she operated
several companies in the 1980s.

Those companies were owned
by Salvatore Michael Caruana —
a New England organised crime
figure and drug-trafficker — and
were involved in money-laun-
dering in the Bahamas. Her hus-
band, Kendal, resigned from the

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According to the US Attor-
ney’s Office in Boston, Mrs Not-
tage @.has | five criminal charges
p peue ing @ against her in the Unit-

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in March 1989, include con-
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Business owner is indicted _

FROM page one

General Alice S Fisher and US
Attorney for the Eastern Dis-
trict of Virginia Chuck Rosen-
berg announced. The indict-
ment stems from Okun's
alleged scheme to defraud and

obtain millions of dollars in

client funds held by The 1031

Tax Group, LLP, (1031TG) a.

qualified intermediary company
owned by Okun.
On March 17, 2008, a federal

‘grand jury in Richmond, Vir-

ginia, returned a three-count
indictment charging Okun with
one count of mail fraud, one
count of bulk cash smuggling,
one count of false statements
and forfeiture.

According to the indictment,
from August, 2005, through
April, 2007, Okun used 1031TG
and its subsidiaries, all owned
by Okun, in a scheme to
defraud clients of millions of
dollars through false pretenses.

Section 1031 of the Internal.

Revenue Code allows invest-
ment property owners to defer
the capital gains tax that would
otherwise be due on properties
sold, dependent on the use of
the proceeds to purchase new
property in a specified time
frame.

To facilitate this exchange,

investment property owners.

‘, leads, new avenues that can help us,

” he said.





_ deposit the proceeds of sales

with qualified intermediaries
and sign exchange. agreements
which include various promis-
es by the qualified intermedi-
aries to clients regarding the
safekeeping and use of
exchange funds.

Specifically, the indictment
alleges that 1031TG obtained
funds by promising clients that
their money would be used sole-
ly to effect 1031 exchange as
outlined in the exchange agree-
ments. After making such
promises, Okun allegedly mis-
appropriated around $132 mil-
lion in client funds, to support
his lavish lifestyle, pay operating
expenses for his various com-
panies, invest in commercial
real estate, and buy additional
qualified intermediary compa-
nies to obtain access to addi-
tional client funds.

If convicted of all the charges
in the indictment, Okun will
face a maximum of 30 years in
prison and fines. This case is
being prosecuted by the Assis-
tant US Attorney for the East-
ern District of Virginia Michael
S. Dry and trial attorney Jen-
nifer R Taylor of the Criminal
Division’s Fraud Section. This
continuing investigation is being
conducted by the US Postal
Inspection Service, Internal
Revenue Service, and FBI.

Talk show

FROM page one

is looking to bring back the talk
show Immediate Response or
something similar,” he said.

“I know something is in the
developmental stages, and I do
know a number of talents are
being looked at with a view to
them becoming the host of the
talk show. I’m not able to say
anything more than that at this
stage unfortunately in terms of
who that talent will likely be.”

Rumours about the show’s

_future hit the airwaves yester- |

day on Jssues of the Day on
Love. 97 as callers speculated
that popular radio talk show
host Krissy Love was set to be
the next host of the re-launched
ZNS talk show. Immediate

. Response was controversially

cancelled shortly after the elec-
tion. At the FNM’s victory rally
on May 5, 2007, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham made the
famous remarks that signalled
the end of the career of Steve
McKinney — the last host of the
show — and Philippa Russell as
talk show hosts at ZNS.,

“All day Thursday they per-
mitted their lackeys to gather
all over the country to stir up
trouble among the people and
to tell their supporters they had
won the election.

“They (also) had a radio talk
show host, who I assume you
heard for the last time last
week. I assume that she and
Steve McKinney will find their
own ZNS;” said.the prime min-
ister. Mr Ingraham was imme-
diately criticised for victimising
the two media personalities by
the new opposition PLP.

“Just hours after taking the
oath of office, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham went against
his word to civil servants, saying
he would not victimise hard-
working civil servants.

“Hubert Ingraham also
turned his angry attack on the
staff of the Broadcasting Cor-
poration of the Bahamas, telling
his supporters that ‘You have
heard from them for the last
time’,” said the PLP at the time.

Krissy Love, whose name is
Christina Thompson, is the pop-
ular co-host of morning talk .
show The Morning Boil on
Island FM, along with Eddie
Carter. A source close to the
issue told The Tribune yester-
day that there are three other
people in the running for the
job. However, when asked
specifically if Ms Thompson was
on the list, the source did not
explicitly rule her out. When
contacted yesterday, Ms
Thompson said she had no com-
ment on the rumours.

Immediate Response was the
only national talk show in the
country.. The radio signals of
other private stations, despite
their claims, do not reach the
entire country from Abaco to
Inagua.

The American Embassy is presently ecucidisiing apeeaton for the following

positions:

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TEMPORARY CUSTODIAN

Performs a wide range of janitorial duties throughout the Embassy.
Works alone, or as a part of a group, under the Facilities Manage-
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This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

- Completion of elementary and secondary schools is required
- At least one year expereince in the janitorial field is required

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Must have basic knowledge of janitorial field and of products
used in the cleaning of buildings
Must have the ability to use all machinery and tools connected
with the job function.

Must have a friendly, pleasant personality

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

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

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= INTERNATIONAL NEWS ) |

BRITAIN

Clownish Tory
threatens Ken’s
hold on London

mayor’s office

By GREGORY KATZ
LONDON

Boris vs. Red Ken.

For Londoners these days, it’s the greatest
show on earth, a clash between two heavyweight
individualists battling to be their mayor, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.

Ken Livingstone, the incumbent, is an old
socialist who is fond of Fidel Castro, thinks
George W. Bush is the biggest threat to the
world, and raises great crested newts in his free
time.

His challenger, Boris Johnson, is a shaggy-
haired, party-loving Tory, a product of Britain’s
most snobbish schools, famous for his gaffes,
his wit ... and for being famous.

For all the eccentricities and entertainment
value, the vote has national implications in the
struggle between Prime Minister Gordon
Brown, whose Labour Party government seems
to be losing momentum after 11 years in power,
and David Cameron, the up-and-coming Con-
servative Party leader, for whom a Johnson vic-
tory would give the Conservatives a valuable
power base in London.

Livingstone, 62, had initially been expected to
cruise to re-election on the back of his leadership
after the 2005 terror attacks on London public

transport and his environmentally friendly poli-
cies. But some polls put Johnson, 43, in the lead,
benefiting from voter fatigue with Livingstone as
the May 1 vote nears.

“Boris may well win, though we’ll have to
work very hard to make it happen,” said Mal-
colm Duff-Miller, one of 30 supporters gath-
ered to hear Johnson at Ealing’s Conservative
Club last week. “He’s intelligent, he’s funny
and I think he’s truthful. That’s one of the rea-
sons he gets in trouble — he always says what he
believes. But his heart is in the right place, and
Ken has been abysmal. His egotism has gotten
worse and worse. It’s time he went.”

Adding to the spice is third-party candidate,
Brian Paddick, an articulate, openly gay for-
mer police commander whose backers include
pop giant Elton John. Polls show he has no
chance, but his focus on crime and policing*
draws attention.

Class conflict is a key feature of the occa-
sionally nasty campaign.

Livingstone presents himself as a man of the
people while running pro-business policies that
have allowed London to flourish as a financial
capital. Johnson, a former editor of the conser-
vative weekly Spectator and now a member of
Parliament, picked up his upper class accent at
elite boarding school Eton and Oxford Univer-
sity. “The data shows the minority ethnic com-

SHREWD LEFTIST: Ken Livingstone

munity is more likely to be Ken supporters, so
inner London is very much for Ken and outer
London is very much Boris territory,” said Mar-
tin Boon, a spokesman for the ICM polling
company that has gauged voter sentiment in
recent weeks. Both candidates have made mem-
orable and career-imperiling gaffes.

In a 2002 article in The Daily Telegraph,
Johnson referred to Africans as “piccaninnies”
(he apologized); he once offended Liverpudlians
by saying they were wallowing in “victim status”
after one of their own was taken hostage and
killed in Iraq (he apologized), and he described
the people of Papua New Guinea as cannibals
and chief killers (he was sorry about that, too).

One of his biggest challenges, analysts say, is
convincing voters who know him as:a frequent
guest on TV comedy shows that he would make
a serious mayor for a city of 7.4 million people
that is a world financial center and the host of
the 2012 Olympics.

Livingstone, a throwback to the heady days of
the late 60s when revolution was in the air and
on the airwaves, has welcomed Islamic extrem-
ists to London, and was suspended from his
post for a month after comparing a Jewish
reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
When the U.S. ambassador claimed diplomatic
immunity from having to pay a “congestion
charge” on cars entering central London, Liv-



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ingstone called him a “chiseling little crook.”

There’s sex too.

Livingstone recently acknowledged fathering
three children.with two women in addition to the
two children he has with his longtime partner.
Johnson, a father of four who has made fun of
his own marital infidelities, has declined to crit-
icize the incumbent.

“The mayor’s private life is his private life,”
Johnson told the Associated Press. “I want to
concentrate on the issues that matter to Lon-
doners.”

Johnson is focusing his campaign on Lon-
don’s outer boroughs, where many affluent vot-
ers who own cars resent the $16 daily congestion
charge. Mindful perhaps that London conserv-
atives are stereotyped as rich white English
males, he has spoken mangled ancient Greek to
Greek voters (he learned it in school) and told
Muslims that his great-grandfather studied the
Quran (Johnson has Turkish roots). And in
leafy west London, he assures voters that he
will protect their precious gardens.

Even Livingstone’s critics praise his work in
the tense hours and days after the 2005 terrorist
attacks, but he has recently been hurt by crony-
ism allegations related to funds handled by the
London Development Agency, a’ branch of the —
mayor’s office devoted to developing business
opportunities and infrastructure.



AFRICA

Zimbabwean police ban political rallies as crisis deepens

& By ANGUS SHAW
HARARE, Zimbabwe
Police banned all political

rallies Friday as the southern

African nation’s political crisis

deepened nearly two weeks

after a presidential election

that produced no official win-

ner.
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traveling’the region:to try to
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to pressure Président Robert
Mugabe to step down. South-
ern Africa’s leaders are to
meet in Zambia on Saturday
to discuss the crisis.
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Cay, Berry Islands, who died at Doctor's
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Church, Fox Hill Road, Nassau on

for the late
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Leonard,
T.D., 91

The
and

political rallies were canceled,
according to state radio. No
explanation for the ban was
given. The opposition has
accused security forces and
ruling party militants of engag-
ing in a wave of violence
against perceived opponents
since the vote and of clamping
down on the opposition.

Opposition spokesman Nel-
son Chamisa said the Move-
ment for Democratic Change
party had planned a rally for
Sunday.

“You can’t be a political
organization and not hold a
rally, that is what makes us
who we are, how we commu-

nicate with our supporters,”

he said, adding that they had
not decided whether to go
ahead with the rally.

“We cannot accept a decla-
ration of a police state.

“People have just voted for
change, for democracy and
what do they get? This is
unacceptable. This is ridicu-
lous,” he said.

Official results from the
March 29 election have yet to
be released. Independent
observer tallies suggest
Mugabe, the nation’s ruler for
the past 28 years, lost the vote,
but that a runoff would be
necessary because no candi-

date won the majority needed
for outright victory. The High

_ Court was to rule Monday on

an opposition request
demanding the release of the
results. The electoral commis-
sion said in a statement Fri-
day that it will not comment
on the status of the results
until the court rules.

Tsvangirai met with South
African President Thabo
Mbeki on Thursday to press
his case,
spokesman Ngobizitha Mlilo
said.

“The meeting went well,”
Miilo said. “We’re cWuliously
optimistic about the out-
come.” Mbeki’s spokesmen
could not be reached for com-
ment.

The opposition party accus-
es Mugabe of delaying the
results to orchestrate a runoff
and give ruling party militants
time to intimidate voters and
ensure he wins a second
round.

Information Minister
Sikhanyiso Ndlovu insisted
Mugabe was not preventing
the results from being
released.

The ruling party and
Mugabe “are also eagerly
waiting for the (election com-
mission) to complete its ballot

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opposition.



“You can’t be
a political
organisation

and not hold a

rally, that is
what makes us
who we are,
how we
communicate
with our
supporters.”



Nelson Chamisa

votes verification freely with-
out any interference and with-
out pressure not to release the
results,” he said in a state-
ment, according to the state-
run Herald newspaper.
Mbeki has been the chief
regional mediator in Zimbab-
we’s economic and political
crisis, and other African lead-
ers have deferred to his strat-

egy of “quiet diplomacy.” But

that strategy has been criti-

cFAL”

cized by some in the region
and the West. Zambian Pres-
ident Levy Mwanawasa;,' the
only southern African leader
to:publicly criticize Mugabe’s
policies, called an emergency
summit of regional leaders for
Saturday to discuss the crisis. -

Zimbabwe’s Deputy Infor-
mation Minister Bright
Matonga had earlier con-
firmed Mugabe would attend
the summit. Media reports
Friday afternoon said Mugabe
had changed his mind,

But Matonga said no firm
decision had been made on
whether Mugabe would
accept the invitation, saying
“the request is now being con-
sidered.” .

Mlilo said Tsvangirai
received a direct invitation to
the meeting and that he would
be a full participant in the
summit, claiming the election
outcome meant the opposi-
tion leader was now a “head
of state.”

Mugabe has traditionally
enjoyed the support of other
African leaders, using past
meetings of the Southern
African Development Com-
munity as platforms to
denounce his opposition and
Western leaders he accuses of
plotting to topple him.

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Arthur D Hanna, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the
Inspector Kirk Duglass, aid-de-camp. .

Minister of Foreign
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Contemporary African American Surgeons — Dr Wright Lassiter II, Chief Executive Officer, Alamaeda Coun-
ty Medical Centre; Dr Rollington Ferguson, Dr Cornelius L Hopper retired neurologist from 1971 to 1979,
who served as vice- president of health affairs for the University of California Health Science Systems, one of
the largest in the United States of America.

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A HOUSEBREAKER was
caught in the act yesterday
after a vigilant neighbour
alerted police and. stood guard
with a shotgun until they
arrived.

The Tribune was on the-spot
as the drama unfolded, pro-
ducing a full pictorial record of
the would-be thief’s arrest.

The lunchtime break-in
occurred at Palmetto Village,
where a man broke into a
small apartment attached toa
house.

A bystander spotted the
crook, called police, and then
stood guard outside the home
armed with a shotgun until
police reached the scene.

Witnesses said officers from
Wulff Road police station
quickly responded with a pack
of police dogs and surrounded
the premises as neighbours
flocked to the scene.

The officers called for the

Pais
defends
Nottage

IT is an insult to the Bahami-
an people to allow Supreme
Court appointee Rubie Nottage
to be described as a “criminal
fugitive”, according to a local
lawyer.

Carol D Misiewicz, who has
served as a stipendiary and cir-
cuit magistrate, in a letter to
editor said she is outraged at
the nature of The Tribune’s cov-
erage of Mrs Nottage’s appoint-
ment as a Supreme Court Jus-
tice.

“Mrs Nottage has not ‘cho-
sen’ to remain outside of the

intruder to vacate the house
and when he didn’t comply
they sent in police dogs to
draw him out. He was hiding
under a bed.

He left the house unhurt,
witnesses said, and was taken
into police custody.

Home-owner Tessa Not-
tage, principal at the Centre
for the Deaf, was at work
when she heard about the inci-
dent and arrived on the scene
a few minutes after the police,
she said.

“The holy spirit was just

there, the angels had to be, '

watching over the house
because the scary thing is my
daughter had just left home
about an hour before I got the:
call, so she could have been
home during that.

“But I think he was watch-
ing, waiting until all the cars
pulled out of our yard before
he broke in,” she said, adding
she was thankful for her
neighbour’s intervention and
quick police response.

She said she did not recog-
nise the intruder and did not
know if he was a resident of

SEE page nine



RAUL O)Iem CO} AeCO ls

US to avoid the US justice, sys-
tem, she lives and resides in her
home country, on the same
street she lived on when the
indictment was filed and not in

SEE page nine

Anger over Harbour Island power failures

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



COMPLAINTS of “mass disconnections” on Harbour Island
on Thursday were part of company procedures for unpaid electricity
bills, BEC general manager Kevin Basden told The Tribune yes-

terday.

Outraged residents claimed yesterday they were still suffering

SEE page nine

«





Judge okays
Anna Nicole
Smith book:

A US judge this week gave
the go-ahead for a contro-
versial new book about Anna
Nicole Smith to be published.

Authors of the memoir
“Anna Nicole Smith — Por-
trait of an Icon”, Pol Atteu
and his part-
ner Patrik
Simpson,
lost their
legal battle
against their
former pub-
lisher Jody
Gibson.

According
to reports in
the US
media, the
authors tried to stop Ms Gib-
son’s company, Corona
Books, from going ahead
with publishing the book.

They contended that they
only had a draft agreement
with Ms Gibson’s publishing
company.

The authors also told the
court that they published
their own edition to compete
with the one released by

SEE page nine

























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‘$132 million fraud scheme

A.BUSINESS owner with
property in the Bahamas has
been indicted in an alleged
$132 million scheme to defraud
clients of funds he held in trust.

The indictment seeks forfei-

ture of all funds-and-assets.....

owned by Edward H. Okun, 57,
of Miami, that were derived
from or connected to the
alleged misappropriation of
about $132 million in funds held
by 1031TG and all funds and

assets traceable to the $15,000 in .

cash he allegedly ordered to be
smuggled to his yacht in the
Bahamas.

The indictment further

' alleges that Okun made mater-

ial false statements under oath
before the US District Court

for the Eastern District of Vir-
ginia relating to conversations
he had with the chief legal offi-
cer of IPofA.

The indictment also alleges
that Okun instructed employ-

ees to withdraw $15,000 in cash

from Trivestment Properties of
America’s (IPofA) bank
account, a company owned by
Okun, and smuggle the cash to
his personal yacht on Paradise
Island to avoid federal currency
reporting requirements.

Okun was arrested and
charged in an unsealed indict-
ment with mail fraud, bulk cash
smuggling and making false

statements, Assistant Attorney ,

SEE page nine



ARMED POLICE (above and lett) prepare to take on the
intruder during yesterday’s drama.



THE SUSPECT is quickly subdued by police following
the foiled burglary. -

PHOTOS: Franklyn G. Ferguson

‘Businessman indicted in alleged Radio talk show

set for relaunch

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

AFTER being off the air for
nearly one year, a ZNS nation-
al radio talk show is set to be
relaunched, possibly as soon as
next month, The Tribune can
confirm.

Michael Moss, chairman of
the Broadcasting Corporation
of the Bahamas, confirmed to
The Tribune yesterday that
ZNS is set to bring the radio
talk show back to its line-up as
Immediate Response, or under
another name.

“Let me say this to you, ZNS

SEE page nine

Police attacked over missing man search

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

THE family and friends of a
Canadian man missing in the

Bahamas for the last year.say __.

they believe he was murdered
and have accused Bahamian
police of “letting the trail go
cold.”

.MA ISLANDS’ LEADING NEWSPAPER

Darrell Cloutier was last seen
at his Sunrise Beach Villas res-
idence on Paradise Island on
April 10, 2007.

Friends who searched for him
when he failed to show up for
work found the front door to
the 34-year-old construction
worker’s condo open and his
groceries still in his car.

“At this point, we’re pretty




sure he was, ah, taken care of,”
Stefan Cloutier, Darrell's broth-
er, told Canadian newspaper

-The Calgary Sun in an article

published this week.

While the family told the
paper that police “acted quick-
ly at first”, arresting and charg-

SEE page nine


PAGE 2, SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008

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The Declaration of Old Bahama Bay

Marina operators unite to make
the industry more competitive

Plans for new association to

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MORE than 80 participants,
representing a host of marina
operators from eight major
islands throughout the country,
ended the Bahamas Marina
Operators Forum at Old Fort
Bay in Grand Bahama with the

_ “Declaration of Old Bahama

&

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Bay”.

These operators included
allied industry. service providers
from throughout the Bahamas
and Florida who took part in
the special forum, which was
organised by the Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA) and
its Sustainable Tourism Entre-
preneurial Management and
Marketing Project (STEMM).

According to a press release
from the BHA, the “Declara-
tion of Old Bahama Bay”
reflected the consensus by par-
ticipants to incorporate a
Bahamas Marina Operators
Association to enhance the eco-
nomic competitiveness of oper-
ators and to “achieve more
growth for the sector while safe-
guarding the environment on
which the sector depends”.

Over the next six months the
marina operators will meet to
plan this ambitious sustainable
development effort with the
support of BHA’s new STEMM
project and the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB), the

_ release eae the forum,

participants collectively estab-
lished a Marina Executive
Steering Committee comprised
of 10 members representing
marina operators and industry
professionals to lead the associ-
ation’s incorporation and for-
mal launching process.”

Unified

According to the committee
chairman, John Bethell, a busi-
nessman and well known Abaco
marina operator, “Our associa-
tion will be able to address our
competitiveness as an industry
more effectively and it will also
provide a unified presence to
government to address issues
that affect the industry”.

This is one of several techni-
cal assistance components of
the STEMM project, which,
according to the press release, is
geared towards building sus-
tainable tourism networks by
promoting quality standards
and utilising branding tools for
the managing and marketing of
pilot destinations in Cat Island,
Exuma, Abaco, Eleuthera,
Grand Bahama, Nassau, San
Salvador, Andros, Long Island
and Bimini. All of these islands

were individually represented

at the forum.



Keynote speaker, Captain
Anthony Allens, Controller of
the Bahamas Port Authority,
applauded the Old Bahama Bay

‘Declaration, and said he sup-

ported the need for an associa-
tion.

Captain Allens said he is
aware of further challenges fac-
ing the nation’s marina industry
and the need for marina opera-
tors to be in compliance with,
government regulations as well
as local and international envi-
ronmental standards.

Central to the success of the
marina operators’ association
development is the notion for
all stakeholders to be repre-
sented and to participate in this
timely process.

Marina operators and allied
industry service providers who
did not attend the forum were
encouraged to participate in the
Bahamas Marina Operators
Association by contacting the
STEMM Project at the
Bahamas Hotel Association to
request a marina development
toolkit, which includes hand-
outs and materials that explains
the marina‘association process
and to ensure that they are
added to the mailing list.

Mitchell criticises the FNM ee
failing to fix country’s problems

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

FORMER Minister of For-
eign Affairs Fred Mitchell crit-
icised the FNM administration

‘for not quickly solving the

“problems” which have sur-
faced during its 10 months in
office.

The MP for Fox Hill also
questioned the government’s
reasons for the proposed relo-
cation of the Nassau container
port from its current location
on Bay Street to Arawak Cay.

Speaking a PLP meeting in
Grand Bahama on Thursday
night, Mr Mitchell charged the
FNM with being too preoccu-
pied with finding fault with the
former administration instead
of fixing the country’s problems.

These problems include
issues with the national flag car-
rier Bahamasair, frequent pow-
er outages and a lack of quality
service from telecommunica-
tions provider BTC and cable
provider Cable Bahamas, said
Mr Mitchell.

“(The country has) many

problems, problems that seem -
easy to fix, but with a govern- ©

ment busy looking into holes,
rocks and caves to find some-
thing wrong, seeking to deni-
grate and sully the reputation
of the PLP, doing nothing for
10 months but seeking to line
the pockets of themselves and
their supporters, is it any won-



der that the problems cannot




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be fixed?” he asked.

The Bahamas is touted as a
modern nation, however cellu-
lar phone service is unreliable
and land-line services are “dete-
riorating” and compounded by
power outages, which are espe-
cially frequent on Harbour
Island, said Mr Mitchell.

“If it is not the telephones
and Internet that are down,
then it is the cuts of electrical
power. Ask the people of Har-
















“This is a
tourist Mecca
in the
Bahamas,
reportedly the
home of 11 _
billionaires,
yet we cannot
keep the
power on
consistently
and without

the fear of a

power
failure.”



bour Island tonight if they have
power and how their power is
off sometimes six or seven
hours per day.

“This is a tourist Mecca in the
Bahamas, reportedly the home
of 11 billionaires, yet we can-
not keep the power on consis-
tently and without fear of a
power failure.

“The government promises
relief not next week, not next
month, not this summer but the
summer after this summer, the
year 2009,” he said.

Mr Mitchell also questioned
the government’s motives for
the proposed relocation of the
container port in Nassau from
Bay Street to Arawak Cay, and
raised the issue of a possible
conflict of interest.

“The PLP knows that the
port has to move. We also know
that the best place to move it is
to south New Providence. What
we want to know is why is
Arawak Cay suddenly the spot
of choice?” he asked...

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© In brief

Bahamas joins
the ‘Decent
Work Country
Programme’

@ By LLONELLA GILBERT



MINISTER of Maritime
Affairs and Labour Dion
Foulkes announced the
launch of the Decent Work
Country Programme, an ini-
tiative of the International
Labour Organisation.

The Bahamas also official-
ly signed the articles of the
DWCP during the launch,
which took place at the Mar-
itime Affairs office.

Representatives from the
labour unions, the Bahamas
Employer Confederation as
well as ILO sub-regional
representative Dr Ana-Tere-
sa Romero and her deputy
director Mary Reid were in
attendance.

Mr Foulkes said, “This
programme will promote the
idea that decent work is a
key component of national
- development. It is also the
method by which the ILO
will deliver its support ser-
vices to the Bahamas.”

He explained that the
DWCP has three main
objectives: strengthening the
Department of Labour;
ensuring that social dialogue
is central to the making of
public policy; strengthening
the labour legislation and
rights at work.

“This hallmark event in
our country’s development,”
the minister said, “would not
have been possible without
the continued participation
of those organisations that
participated in the Tripartite
Forum on Labour held in
October 2007.”

Following the forum, he
said, two meetings facilitated
by Dr Romero and her team
were held in the Bahamas,
resulting in what Bahamian
social partners regarded as
the essential elements for
achieving decent work for all
who live in the country.

Mr Foulkes said the Trade
Union of Congress, the
National Congress of Trade
Unions and the Bahamas
Employers’ Confederation
worked hand-in-hand with
the government to make it
possible for the country to
sign onto the DWCP.

He said that the govern-
ment is firmly committed to
the belief that social dia-
logue is the best method for
dealing with labour rela-
tions.

“Tt is my personal belief
therefore that all of the
groups represented here
today and the Bahamas as a
nation will benefit from the
ILO’s DWCP,” he said.

Dr Romero said discus-
sions concerning labour
issues will continue among
all partners (the govern-
ment, employers and work-
ers), and their findings will
be sent to the ILO.

The ILO in turn will con-
tinue providing input and
information so that all par-
ties can make informed deci-
sions.

She noted that while in the
Bahamas, the ILO team will
be working with the partners
to create a work plan that
identifies the areas where
concrete things can be
accomplished within the
next three to six months.

“We are going to sit with
you and have a discussion as
you are best placed to know
based on your own commit-
ments what is feasible and
what we can do together, so
we can really make some
concrete progress in the
areas we identified as the
priorities for this pro-
gramme,” she said. National
Congress of Trade Unions
President John Pinder said
the Bahamas is the first
country in the region to sign
onto the DWCP.

Mr Pinder said the launch-
ing of the DWCP demon-
strates that the stakeholders
have done their job effec-
tively, ensuring that the
workforce in the Bahamas
will work in a safe and
healthy environment.

President of the Bahamas
Employers Confederation
Brian Nutt said, “This is
seen from the employer’s
point of view as one of the
most comprehensive pro-
grammes put together by the
ILO in its three-tiered struc-
ture of institutional strength-
ening, social dialogue and
labour legislation.”



Thursday.

Bahamas and Chile
boost economic

@ By LINDSAY THOMPSON

DIPLOMATIC ties between
the Bahamas and the Republic
of Chile are expected to
strengthen under the provisions
of the Economic Partnership
Agreement with the European
Union, said Governor General
Arthur Hanna as he officially

‘welcomed the Chile’s new

Ambassador to the Bahamas.

The governor general accept-
ed the credentials presented by
Alfredo Garcia Castelblanco,
Ambassador of the Republic of
Chile during a ceremony in the
drawing room at Government
House.

“You have pledged to
strengthen Bahamas/Chile bilat-
eral relations and ties, thereby
taking them to a higher level of
understanding and co-operation.
Your country’s exemplary eco-

. nomic performance demon-

strates capacity in this regard,”
the Governor General said.

The Bahamas and Chile
established diplomatic relations
on December 4, 1990. Since
then, relations have grown
through bilateral exchanges in
areas of language training pro-
grammes, trade negotiations and
courses offered by the Diplo-
matic Academy of Chile.

“The Bahamas takes pride in
the fact that the longstanding
relations with the Republic of
Chile are reflected in meaning-
ful interaction within the inter-
national arena and the result of
the strong commitment of both
our countries to the principles
and ideals of multilateralism.

“This is especially as they are
defined in the context of the
purposes and principles of the
United Nations Charter and
their application in the priority
indicative areas of peace and
security, economic and social



“Over the past
15 years, Chile’s
economic reforms
and prudent
macroeconomic
policies have
delivered strong
growth and low
inflation.”

IMF survey



developments, human rights and
climate: change,” the governor
general said.

He said the Bahamas also
views the negotiations of the
new Economic Partnership
Agreement (EPA) with the



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European Union as a chance to
ensure gains based on mutual
benefit, particularly given the
challenging global economic
environment that exists.
“Your country has been
unquestionably a leader in max-
imising multilateralism for
national benefit. This success
has been lauded and recorded

by no less than the Internation- .

al Monetary Fund (IMF) and
World Bank,” the governor gen-
eral said. . ni

An IMF survey of January
2008 observed: “Over the past
15 years, Chile’s economic
reforms and prudent macroeco-
nomic policies have delivered
strong growth and low inflation.
Per capita income has tripled in

US dollars terms and poverty:

has been cut by two-thirds to 13
per cent.”

The survey also revealed that -

Chile helped to maintain its eco-
nomic competitiveness despite

Kristaan ingraham/BIS



GOVERNOR GENERAL Arthur Hanna accepts credentials from Alfredo Garcia Castelblanco, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile’during a ceremony at Government House on





the high price volatility of cop-
per, Chile’s main export product
and has provided added scope
to address social priorities.

- Governor General recognised
Chile for contributing to the
Bahamas’ human resources
training for national develop-
ment. ;

“There is scope for significant
mutual benefit between the
extensive fishing industry and
vibrant financial sector which
characterise both. -our.
economies,” he added.

The governor general also
acknowledged that Ambassador
Castelblanco, 56, possesses a
wealth of diplomatic experience,
with professional and academic .
emphasis on the policy and prac-
tice of trade relations.

According to Ambassador
Castelblanco, the new EPA
“offers renewed opportunities”
for investment and growth to
the Bahamian economy.

Criminal Records Online Character

Certificate Request System launched

@ By MATT MAURA



THE Criminal Records Office
has announced the launch of an
Online Character Certificate
Request System.

Minister of National Securi-
ty Tommy Turnquest called the
system a “great example” of
how e-government will be able
to make life easier for members
of the public who have to access
government 'services.

Mr Turnquest said the system
is part of the government’s com-
mitment to keeping the Royal
Bahamas Police Force and oth-
er law enforcement agencies on
the cutting-edge of technology.

He explained that the Online
Character Certificate Request
System will allow Bahamians
and non-Bahamians alike who
are living, or have lived in the
Bahamas to use the internet to
apply for a Police Character
Certificate from the comfort of
their homes, offices, workplaces
or from a range of computer
devices, wherever they may be.

Mr Turnquest said it is antic-
ipated that the system will also
have a positive impact on pro-
ductivity in the workplace as will
lead to a reduction in the num-
ber of trips persons applying for
character certificates will need
to make to the Criminal
Records Office (CRO).

“This is a system that will not
only benefit employees of com-
panies applying for Character
Certificates, but will also benefit
the company itself (as) employ-
ees will no longer have to wait in
long lines for extended periods
of time during weekdays to
obtain a certificate,’ Mr Turn-
quest said.

“Tt will contribute significant-
ly to improving the efficiency
and productive capacity of the
officers of the Criminal Records
Office, allowing for the issuance
of a character certificate in the

shortest possible time,” Mr
Turnquest added.

Mr Turnquest said the system
will not be limited by geograph-
ical borders, but has “interna-
tionalised” the CRO’s capacity
to receive applications for Char-
acter Certificates from people
all over the world.

He said that for decades, the
issuance of police character cer-
tificates has been a “major and

distinguishing” activity of the .
CRO

Mr Turnquest said he has
been assured that the Online
Police Character Certificate
Request System has been care-
fully crafted to build on the
office’s past successes, while
meeting the current needs of the
Criminal Records Office and the
public at home and abroad.

“The government of the
Bahamas has committed itself

to keeping the Royal Bahamas
Police Force on the cutting-edge
of technology,” Mr Turnquest
said. “Today’s official launch of
the Online Character Certificate
Request System confirms that
we are keeping the commitment
we have made.”

Acting Commissioner of
Police Reginald Ferguson said
the new system is in keeping
with the strategic goals with
regards to information technol-
ogy that is outlined in his recent-
ly released policy statement.

Mr Ferguson said the need
for continuous upgrades and
modernisation is “ever present”
within every organisation and
the Royal Bahamas Police Force
is no different.

“Tt is my view that once more,
we are taking a step in the right
direction by continuously
improving our product by mak-

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ASHLEY PHILIPPE of
TREASURE CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
| for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The

Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
| should send a written and signed statement of the
| facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day of
April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JAMES LOUIS of LUCKY
HEART CORNER OFF EAST ST, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen

of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 5th day
of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



ing the paradigm shift that is

invariably required to simulta-'

neously provide professional
service to our community and
combat the levels of criminality
within our society,” Mr Fergu-
son said. —

“The launch of this online
facility speaks volumes of. the
partnership between the. gov-
ernment and the police force to
not only enhance the-method
by which the issuance of police
character certificates are made
to its citizenry, but also demon-
strates our level of commitment
in respect to the reduction of
crime within our nation.

“The Criminal Records Office
is the first of many facilities that

will be outfitted with this tech- .

nology, accommodating this
kind of service to members of
the general public,” Mr Fergu-
son added.



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MINISTER of National Security
Tommy Turnquest watches a
demonstration of the Online
Character Certificate Request
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The issue of fear and flying

If there can be any goody ‘ews: in: hun- |

dreds of thousands of: passengers being
stranded as airlines ground fleéts of planes

for urgent inspection, it: is that | the ‘Federal.

Aviation Administration is:doing its job.

Unfortunately, it is’ tryin to make up
for years of not doing’ its job: in keeping
them safe, and travellers arée.the.victims. |

If the FAA had consistently monitored

_ safety instead of being shamed into action
last month by whistle-b a
Congress, the inspectior it have been
better scheduled’ or. in’ ‘some cases, even
unnecessary.

Now, the agency says ‘that. travel inter-
ruptions will be with-us at feast through
June, depending « on the. tr sults of its
stepped- up safety audits: ’.

We'd love to be able to. ‘siggest alee:
tives to flying; but the same ‘government
that allowed the airlines to-get to this sor-
ry pass has been starving the passenger rail
system, and the constant rise in gasoline
prices does not make Jong-distance driving
very attractive. 9. ©

‘American Airlines: canéelléd a ‘good

chunk of its schedule beginning Tuesday _

more than 2,000 flights — for maintenance
checks set off by concerns over wiring, in its
fleet of MD-80 aircraft.

Alaska Airlines, Det ‘hin Lines ind

Southwest Airlines also tiad to. conduct
inspections at the FAA’s ditection.:-
. Four carriers as:yét: ‘unidentified may
face fines for not following the

safety directives: ‘|...

The FAA’s anaeceptibl iaiave ‘faite -
system of safety enforcement:is: powerful. . ‘

evidence of the damage: done by Ronald

Reagan’s ideological campaign. of deregu- ;

lation.
It came to light. ‘only

fuselage cracks. |
That was bad -enotgh;



that Southwest.had flown the planes in .

question for nine months in 2006 and 2007.

It was hit with an. appropriately stiff. civ-

il penalty of $10.4-million; .
The FAA has been défertin ih. fright-



forking
ann ways to. the’ airlines on’ aaleey tis ,

ah : J OMONS

GET. MORE FOR AES

Leaders in food distribution for retail and club packs

are accepting spplietions f fot the position of:

skills in preparing, ci

and an angry

The industry inspects itself, reporting its
own safety lapses to ward off fines.

The agency audits the companies’ paper-
work, a task that has grown more compli-
cated as airlines cut costs by outsourcing
maintenance.

The airlines were allowed to undercut
audits they did not like by requesting
reviews by upper-level federal managers
who often seemed ready to ignore or for-
give almost anything.

Two courageous whistle-blowers told a
congressional committee that they were
harassed for simply doing their jobs.

Given aging fleets and overtaxed and
outdated traffic control and computer sys-
tems, reforms are needed — beginning at
the FAA, which needs the strong leader-
ship that was lacking under Marion Blakey,

. who recently ended her term as adminis-

trator.
The acting administrator, Robert
Sturgell, is qualified to head the agency.
_He’s a pilot and a lawyer.

* “But his nomination is not likely to get.a. .
: “ote in the Senate.

That’s in part over anger with the FAA’ s
poor performance and because he would
get a five-year term.

The Democratic leaders in Congress are

' determined to wait until there’s a new pres-

ident.
Sturgell deserves a vote, but he could do

"a great public service nonetheless if, in the

time he remains at the helm, he continues
to steer the agency toward increased regu-
lation and enforcement — however anath-
ema that is to the Bush administration.
When a federal agency refers to the

en 'S cuthiwest . industry it oversees as its “customers,” as

reported that it had misséd inspections for _

the FAA did with the airlines, a boundary
has been dangerously crossed.

As Rep. James Oberstar, the chairman
of the House Transportation and Infra-
structure Committee, rightly said last week:
“The FAA’s only customer is the air-trav-

elling public.” '

Editorial courtesy of The New York
Times News Service



‘he PLP
fell into
eir trap

EDITOR, The Tribune.

EVERYONE who does not
want to blatantly lie to them-
selves must admit that before
and leading up to general elec-
tions, the whole Bahamas, ie all
of the sensible Bahamians, com-
plained about the way Perry

~ Christie was ‘handling the

boundary changes and the late-
ness in which it was done. The
least informed of us knew that it
was simply not sufficient time
to complete the exercise so that
all of the necessary do dili-
gences could be done.

-- Honest Bahamians must

admit that it now appears that
the PLP intentionally wanted
to perform a botched boundary
change exercise. The Boundary
Commission hardly met and
when they did, they came with
an agenda that spelled “confu-
sion”.

Remember Brent Symonette
did not sign the report. But we
all remember what Bradley

Roberts said or what he did not .

say to attempt to clarify the con-
fusion.

Everything that was obvious-
ly planned by the PLP confused
the voter. This has also caused
frustration and a decreased trust
in the system, which could have
been avoided. The Boundaries







LETTERS

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were cut and at the last minute
people were being transferred
willy-nilly. All in all, the PLP
were the architect of a disaster,
which was par for the course.

It is alleged that the trap that
the PLP were setting would
destroy the FNM. But the
Bahamians’ right to vote was
destroyed. Innocent and law-
abiding Bahamians are now
accused as being dishonest of
voting where they were not eli-
gible. We are being made to be
criminals.

Some have already concluded.

that the PLP had a mass shuf-"

fling of voters to gain advan-
tage, but the plan:backfired. It is
safe to conclude that if the PLP
had won we would not have
heard one peep from the PLP,
regardless of the margin. They

* must know who was placed and

who was not, so they should be
able to point who they think
were not legit. The PLP was in
charge of the election.

It is also alleged that the peo-
ple that were placed to gain an
advantage are the some of the

same persons who the PLP are
challenging, but some innocent
voters were thrown in the mix
to make their challenge look
legitimate.

This whole scenario of late
registration, late boundary
changes and late transferring of
voters was a trap set by the
PLP, but the powerful and flaw-
less campaign by the “master

. politician” Hubert Ingraham

cause. their plans to. backfire.
They literally fell into their own
trap. The pain they are now
feeling is caused from self
inflicted wounds. The PLP com-
mitted “political suicide”.

On another note, it is patent-
ly clear that the PLP are fearful
that Hubert Ingraham and the
FNM will not let them get away
with the damage that has been
done by the Christie led Gov-
ernment. The audit report that
Minister Earl Deveaux read in
the House of Assembly did pre-
cious little to allay the PLP
fears. The PLP are wondering
what next. Paranoia has now set
in and anxiety has taken them
over. But I say if you do noth-
ing, fear nothing

IVOINE W

_ INGRAHAM
Nassau,
November, 2007.

In need of angel of mercy

’ EDITOR, The Tribune.

_CAN harmful, evil-natured
people become good, loving
men and women. Just as many
persons, when posed this ques-
tion, would likely answer yes as
would those saying no. “It
would take a miracle” they’d
say. Yet nearly everyone no
longer believes in the existence
of miracles.

Technical/industrial advances
occur so fast even the richest of
nations can’t keep pace and we
in The Bahamas are no excep-
tion. As 2007 ended, the politi-
cians were still engaged, as they
have been since last May in a

- battle for control “of the gov-

ernment.” Crime, murder
specifically, is on a terrifying
upsurge.

Now our legislators want to
address this savage act taking
place on our streets by resuming
capital punishment. Should it
work all the credit goes to them
and a few avaricious citizens
who defended its institutional
use. But it won’t work but for a
while if at all.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that YVONNE JOSUE of P.O.
AB-20409, MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and

Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day

wi ith excellent practical
nd: packaging chill &

frozen meat, poultry and seafood. Knowledge of Meat
Standard Operating Procedures and quality handling
and holding of different types of meat, the ability to
operate meat related machinery i is a must. Candidates
should possess, good customer. friendly skills with the
ability to work with teams? Gompiter skills desirable.
A minimum of 3 yeats ‘Working experience is required.

We offer attractive salary anid benefit packages.

Interested 1 persons should send their



of April 2008 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

, Contact:
KO 427-6033

So how can this country pre-
vent persons from being sense-
lessly killed? The answer is a
simple one. Acknowledge the
problem as having already
done; then go ahead and fix the
grind. To treat it we must
understand its real cause. We’ve
always blamed the parents of
those perpetrators of crimes for
their lack of dedication in their
parental responsibilities. They
were supposed to rear nice boys
and girls to become the nation
builders of tomorrow. Then
again, without individual accu-
sation, influential leaders in pol-
itics and religion are labelled
culpable for this horror that
stalks everywhere and per-
ceived within this limited doc-
trine are significant sutures to
mend our bleeding communi-
ties.

Should we sit up waiting for
these powerful, but stubborn
men and women who lead us
to wake up out of their morass
of decay, we may find a new
century dawning upon us.
Hypothetically the people of
our islands are say...one body
with a makeup of several parts.
Each one of us, totalling hun-
dreds of thousands of elements,
compose the cells, tissues, limbs
and organs which make up the
Bahamas, we perform deeds,

_bad_ and .good, that determine,

the overall health of this nation-
al body. :

Consider if: politicians are not
selfish or dictatorial; prelates
teach love instead of hate; doc-
tors treat those who in desper-
ation give their trust rather than
prolong or cause more suffer-
ing; lawyers dispense their tal-
ents as constitutionally pre-
scribed; financiers perform their
work with the faith and integri-
ty as required by their occupa-
tion; landlords and proprietors
charge fair rates.

Teachers teaching without
bias towards any student. As
well, policemen striving to pro-
tect everyone no matter their
ethnic origin. And yes mothers
and fathers together perform-
ing the spiritual roles to lead
their sons and daughters in the
direction to be the caring loving
souls like God intended. And
so on!

It would take a miracle for
all these things to exist together
working as a fully functioning
body. Do you believe in mira-
cles? As for those disbelievers,
the time to believe has already
started.

TROY DRUMMOND
Nassau,
2008.

The economic writing is
on the wall in Bahamas

EDITOR, The Tribune.

THE Editorial page of today, Monday, April 7, with the Edito-
rial header of: “Recession woes may be misplaced” and then a
letter with a header “How safe is your money?” totally contrasts the

reality of the market place.

I am in total agreement with Abraham Moss. Ex-Minister of
State for Finance James Smith has it wrong and I suggest even ex-
Governor of The Central Bank, T B Donaldson is wrong.

Quite naturally they hope it will be different. The thought that
we can convince ourselves into a recession is absolutely absurd —

reality is facing thousands.
The writing is on the wall.

There has been a substantial drawdown on our very small amount
of Foreign Reserves, primarily as a result of the extra cost of fossil
fuels and I am not sure how much are the foreign banks holding
back from paying their dividends which would wipe the remnants
of the reserves totally but that is a reality.

The Bahamas of 2008 is not like any previous time — back
when you write and relate to there was no debt, in fact as I recall
under the UBP there was a reasonable surplus in the Budget and

the personal debt.

Your rubber ball, Madam Editor, might this time around bounce
the opposite ay to where everyone is suggesting — sustainability
of Foreign Currency earnings can only be sustained if there is a con-
tinued active réal estate market and millions flowing from stamp tax

payments.

Even Atlantis i downsizing their middle management for obvi-

uos reasons.

It is far better that our people be warned, rather than we wake up
one morning and we read a horrific headline or hear from the
House of Assembly that what we thought was good money is
worth nothing , bush crack the bank gone!

N. RUSSELL
Nassau,
April 7, 2008
THE TRIBUNE





background.

Bahamas Against

Crime visits
North Andros

ea a : oe
ALL SMILES: Pictured (left to right) are Executive director of BAC, Rev C
B Moss, island administrator Mr Christie and a teacher with students in

The Bahamas Against Crime campaign
was officially launched in North Andros
when a delegation led by the executive direc-
tor Rev CB Moss visited the island.

The delegation held separate meetings with
the faculty and the students of the North

THREE’S COMPANY: (left to right) are Island administrator, Mr Christie;




Principal of North Andros Senior High Ms Curry and BAC executive direc-

tor Rev C B Moss.

Andros High School and later with residents
in a community meeting.

“The visit laid the foundation for an ongo-
ing collaborative effort to aggressively
address crime and criminality in North
Andros,” said Rev Moss.



In brief

Ministry of
Health backs
hank’s bid to
spruce up the
environment



i By Lindsay Thompson

THE Ministry of Health
and Social Development has
thrown its support behind cor-
porate sponsor FirstCaribbean
International Bank in its bid
to develop community parks
and round-a-bouts on the
island.

Dr Hubert Minnis, Minister
of Health and Social Devel-
opment, said on Thursday that
the initiative is in keeping with
his ministry’s overall plans to
ensure beautiful and healthy
environs for Bahamians. —

“We all know that one’s
environment has great impact
on one’s behaviour. A park in
a housing community has a
similar impact in that once we
have families together, that in
itself helps to maintain family
stability and help to decrease
social issues,” said Dr Minnis.

Also lending his support
was Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Kenneth

‘ Russell.

Dr Minnis said that his min-
istry has
embarked
on a pro-
gramme
of beauti-
fication
for the
entire
island and
that other
corporate
citizens
have
already
come for-
ward, pointing out that anoth-
er proposal has been submit-
ted to transform the round-a-
bout at Independence Drive
and Baillou Hill Road.

FirstCaribbean has
announced a'plan to beautify
Dignity Park in Dignity Gar-
dens, to mark the fifth
anniversary of FirstCaribbean
Bank doing business in the
Bahamas.

“It is important to us that
the country shares in our cel-
ebration and success in a very
tangible way. We wanted to
mark this milestone by making
a significant contribution,
which would be s lasting
impact to a community in the
Bahamas,” said Sharon
Brown, managing director,
FirstCaribbean International
Bank.

She said that the bank con-
sidered a number of ways of
giving back, and decided that
developing and beautifying a
recreational park in a new and
upcoming community would
be an “excellent way” to cele-
brate. The bank will add to
the existing play area for chil-
dren, create shade where nec-
essary, and add trees and
plants for an overall pleasant
atmosphere. Chan Pratt of the
Tree Depot will carry out the
work, estimated at $26,000.

A few weeks ago, First-
Caribbean adopted a round-
a-bout in Oakes Field. The
bank commits one per cent of
regional pre-tax profits to
community sponsorship and
donations;

Hubert Minnis



Christie: PLP
paid the price
for mistakes

@ By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

dmaycock@tribunemedia.net

FREEPORT - Opposition
Leader Perry Christie said that
his former PLP government
made mistakes and has also
paid’ the price for mistakes
made by the first FNM govern-

ment — particularly in relation to —

the Royal

Oasis Resort on Grand
Bahama.

While addressing supporters
at a town meeting in Freeport
on Wednesday evening at PLP
Headquarters, Mr

Christie blamed the FNM for
failing to put in attach financial
guarantees to the agreement
with the owners of the Royal
Oasis.

“If one looks at the agree-
ment that they entered into for
Royal Oasis, this was the only

agreement where it was unlike

any other agreement entered
into in the history of the
Bahamas that did not have in
place a guarantee,” said Mr
Christie.

“There was no insistence on
the part of the government that
the parent company provides a
guarantee for the operation of
the company here.

“There were no financial
accountable provisions in place
in the agreement — it was a bad
agreement, it was a shoddy
agreement. It was done obvi-
ously to try and get them to
come in and we paid the price
for it,” he said.

Mr Christie noted that the
FNM was very critical of the
PLP when Royal Oasis fell into
difficulties.

The Royal Oasis matter has
been a very controversial and
critical issue on Grand Bahama.

The hotel closed in 2004 due
to hurricane damage and result-
ed in the laying off of more than
workers, as well as the loss of
one third of the island’s room
inventory — which severely
impacted the island’s economy.

Although the Harcourt
Group purchased the resort last
November for $33 million, there
have been no signs of activity
at the property.

Mr Christie said the FNM has
been in power now for one year
and has done nothing for
Bahamians, except raise

taxes,

He said the FNM is only con-
cerned about attacking the
PLP’s policies and projects left

‘in place in 2007

“What is important in Grand
Bahama is that you are now
able to judge us in the five years
that we gave this country, and
you are having the beginnings
of a contrast with this current
FNM government.

“They chose to begin their
governance of this country by
being suspicious of my govern-
ment and deciding to

stop all of the contracts that

_ we have entered into. This hap-

pened in New Providence,
Eleuthera, Grand Bahama, and
it happened all over the
Bahamas.

“And it happened to stop at
least $80 million of money com-

ing into the economy of the
Bahamas. And he (Prime Min-



Perry Christie



ister Hubert Ingraham) is now
finding out how wrong he was,”
said Mr Christie.

Mr Christie said when the
PLP came to power in 2002 the
growth rate in the country had
declined from 6.8 per cent in
1998 to 0.8 per cent.

He said the PLP did not
increase taxes in the Bahamas
and still managed to grow the
economy and increase revenue
during its five years in office.

“When the FNM formed the
new government in 2007 they
indicated on the basis we left in
place that the

International Monetary Fund
had projected that the growth
rate of the Bahamas would be

4.5 per cent, in 2007.

“T can tell you that some
months after the election a del-
egation of my MPs met with
representatives of the

IMF and we told them that
Hubert Ingraham and his gov-
ernment had made a funda-
mental error by deciding to stop
all the contracts we have
entered into,” he said.

Mr Christie also said that dur-
ing the course of the last elec-
tion the FNM criticised the
PLP’s policies

and said the party was hurting
Grand Bahama. Since the FNM
has been in power, he said, util-
ity and electricity rates and
prices have increased.

“They said utility costs were
going sky high and that prices
were going sky high and this
was due to the

ineptitude of the PLP gov-
ernment. Well, what is the posi-
tion today in Grand Bahama
one year after they have come
to power? What is the position
with respect to the cost of elec-
tricity, what is the position with
respect to prices and jobs?” he
said.

Mr Christie said Bahamians
must judge his government on
its five years in office. Under
the PLP, he said, Grand

Bahama saw the coming of
Associated Grocers, the
Bahamian Brewery Company,
and the expansion of the con-
tainer port.

He said the PLP was also able
to sign a deal with Ginn Devel-
opment for the $3.9 billion
development at West End.

Mr Christie noted that the
PLP approved many major pro-
jects in Nassau such as the third

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phase of Kerzner, the Ritz Carl-
ton on Rose Island, a new
development at the Hilton, and
the $2.5 billion Baha Mar agree-
ment.

He said they also negotiated
the $300 to $400 million airport
expansion at the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport, and
put in place the Albany and
New South Ocean Hotel agree-
ments. He also stated that
anchor resort projects we start-
ed in Bimini, Abaco, Mayagua-
na, and Eleuthera.

Mr Christie added that the
PLP’s Urban Renewal and
housing projects were very suc-
cessful.

“T hope the people of country
recognise that we recognise the
mistakes we have made, and we

admit that we learnt from those
, mistakes.

“Everyone is talking about
‘Christie time to go’. The point
I want to make is that it is their
effort to continue to destabilise
the PLP. But the leadership is
vested in the people of the
country, who support the PLP.
And a good leader knows when
that time is, and right now is
not the time,” he said.

SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, PAGE 5
ee a







= By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter |
whyyouvex@tribunemedia.net

“J think Bahamian women need to stop leading men on
for money and favours. It shows a lack of class and digni-
ty and makes me wonder what if the so-called feminist
movement was in vain.

“And aren’t women supposed to be liberated? They
want equal pay and equal treatment in the workplace and
this and that — but when you take them out on a date they
expect you to pay. It’s a double standard that needs to
change.”

— Angry black man






























“Man I vex about all this honiible traffic. I have to make
a lot of deliveries for work and it halting my productivity
because I spend most of my time sitting behind the wheel
stuck in the blazing heat. And don’t let me try and take a
lunch break, it is take you an hour to get anywhere during
lunch time and ya’ boss still mad.

“And to top it off, most of the time I behind I end up
behind one broke down jitney or trailer with so much
black. smoke coming out I swear they ga’ give me cancer.
The police need to book these, drivers who releasing. all
these.toxins and e ‘in the air. At east let; me breathe.
clean air if I got to sit in ‘traffic all day.”

— Vex driver



“Some of dese police officers don’t know how to speak to
the general public and even their co-workers. No wonder
people don’t like to call the cops when something happen
because when they get there, if they get there, they talk to
ya so bad and make you at like you is a criminal and not
a victim.”

— Gary D, Blue Hill Road

“Gas prices keep rising, but yet, Customs still charge
you an arm and a leg to bring a motorbike into the country.
Dis time it take less gas to fill up a bike or scooter and it can
cut down traffic. I think the Custom rates should be high-
er on vehicles so people wouldn’t bring in so many cars and
that would solve the traffic problem too.”

— Frank M, Sea Breeze






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On or before April 28, 2008
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THE TRIBUNE



(GB Humane

Society spay and

neuter drive

THE Humane Society of
Grand Bahama _ has
announced that its next major
field spay and neuter clinic
will be held on April 14 to 18
in West End.

The drive will be held in
partnership with the Kohn
Foundation’s Bahamian Ani-
mal Rescue Committee.

The clinic will be held at
the Burrows Investments
building on Queens Highway
(the back road). The goal is to
sterilise at least 250 dogs and
cats during the five days of
surgeries.

The surgeries will be free
to pet owners, and the clinic
will include an educational
portion.

“Thanks to the generosity
and concern of The West End
Foundation, this clinic is fully
funded and supported,” said
the organisers in a statement.

. The project, called BARC-
ANEW (Bahamian Animal
Rescue Committee — Animal
Neutering Education and
Welfare) will encompass
between two and four simi-
lar clinics per year in various

locations on Grand Bahama °

over the next three years.

“In 2007 BARC-ANEW
allowed us to sterilise 600 ani-
mals in addition to the 400
surgeries done by Grand
Bahama vets through our
ongoing voucher programme.
The mission is to reduce the
number of stray, roaming and
unwanted dogs and cats by
sterilising as many owned ani-
mals as possible,” the organ-
isers said.

The project also includes
educational opportunities and
initiatives to promote respon-
sible pet ownership and com-
passion for all animals.






"CENTRAL GOSPEL CHAPEL

CHRISTIE & DOWDESWELL STREETS ¢ Tel: 325-2921

SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2008.

_ : 11:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. Speaker
Pastor Marcel Lightbourne
NO ENEN IG

“An impressive team has :
volunteered once again. }
HSGB board member and :
local veterinarian Dr Owen :
Hanna is providing local sup- :
port, consultation and assis- ;
tance to the U S veterinari- :
ans and veterinary technicians :
and assistants who have gra- :
ciously agreed to donate a }
week of their time and exper- :
tise to help alleviate the seri- :
ous pet over-population prob- :
lem on Grand Bahama,” said :

the organisers’ statement.

“We welcome back again }
Dr Robin Brennen, of New :
York City, chief veterinari- ;
an for this project, and :
founder.of Pets Without :
Vets, a non-profit organisa- ;

tion,” it said.

dogs and cats and with more
responsible and concerned
pet owners.”

She encouraged readente
to contact the Humane Soci- :
ety to make appointments for ;

pets to receive free sterilisa-
tion during the West End :
BARC-ANEW spay/neuter ;

clinic.

The HSGB can make
arrangements to pick them
up and bring them home }

again if necessary.

MS Burrows said volun- :
teers are still needed to assist :
in many areas, and that :
school administrators, teach- :
ers, civic groups and inter- }
ested individuals are wel- :
come to contact HSGB and :
make arrangements to visit :
the clinic for educational ;

tours.



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

SUNDAY, APRIL 13TH, 2008.

7:00 a.m.
11:00 a.m.
7:00 p.m.

Rev. Dr. Laverne Lockhart/Sis. Marilyn Tinker
Rev. Carla Culmer/Sis. Jewel Dean —

Rev. Carla Culmer/Board of Members at Large



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FREEPORT -— Rob Millard,
director of international business
at Global Fulfillment Service Ltd
in Freeport, said that Grand
Bahama needs a modern and
diverse economy that is not
reliant on tourism.

Mr Millard, who is the consul-
tant here on Grand Bahama for
Fleming, said that Grand
Bahama has enormous potential.
He said that Roddie Fleming is

talking with new business. part-..



ners about putting $1. bill it
Freeport.

“T think Grand BaitneRNs
similarities to Dubai: I don’t

‘ think many people realise just

how much it’s got in common
with Dubai,” he said.
Mr Millard was speaking to

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the Rotary Club of Lucaya.

He said that Global Fulfill-
ment is in the process of con-
ducting specialist studies that
involve an economic impact
assessment, a manpower assess-
ment, and public consultation to
develop a new strategy for
Freeport that can be discussed
with the government.

He pointed out that Fleming is
interested in bringing a brand

new oil refinery that refines “21st,

century ultra-low sulfur fuel”,
and LNG terminal, a retail mall,
a hotel and residential develop-
ments.
». Fleming is interested in acquir-
ape. 100 per cent of.the shares in
rand Bahama Port Author-
mn i and hasalready signed an
agreement in principle with Sir
Jack Hayward’s trustee to
acquire its 50 per cent stake.
Hutchison is also interested in
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also a 50 per cent partner with
the Port Authority in Grand
Bahama Development Compa-
ny, the Freeport Harbour Com-
pany and the Grand Bahama
Airport Company.

Mr Millard said Hutchison
Whampoa has $1 billion in the
ground in Freeport and is one of
the key reasons why Grand
Bahama is so unique.

He said that Roddie Fleming’s
strategy must be neutral to
Hutchison Whampoa.

“Fleming is talking. together
with new business partners of
putting out $1billion into this
place. Can he do it? I guess so, he
would have. been.able to fund
Hutchison’s entire capital expen-
diture programme in 2006. The
entire capital programme he
could have personally funded
from his personal cheque book
and have change.

“He has been talking about a
billion dollars and that includes
what he has to pay to buy shares
from current shareholders. If he
does not secure the whole share-
holding it may change. His
assumption, (is that) if he owns
the whole PA, it would be a bil-
lion dollars which is of seed‘cap-
ital. But that is not the only mon-
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will encourage other money to
follow it in.”

Mr Millard noted that Hutchi-
son has said that it has no “burn-
ing desire” to run the port and
that its main object is to protect
its interest in Grand Bahama.

He noted that Fleming wants
to diversify the economy so that
is not reliant on tourism by
developing and attracting a solid
component of knowledge indus-
tries that are globally competi-
tive.

Mr Millard said Grand
Bahama enjoys a wonderful geo-
graphic location, a fantastic deep
water port thanks to Hutchison,

vand a tax-free jurisdiction which

makes it very unique in the
Western Hemisphere.

He noted that the infrastruc-
ture and the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement are also advantages
that other countries do not have.

“Grand Bahama has opportu-
nities that nowhere else on earth
has got,” he said.

He said Fleming is interested
in developing a skills training
academy.

“We got people employed as
maids, gardeners, job workers,
and there should be lawyers,
clerks, entrepreneurs and
accountants,” he said.



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SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, PAGE 7;



12th ANNUAL BAHAMAS WEATHER CONFERENCE

Weather experts from US, Canada and
Caribbean descend on Grand Bahama

| Neko Cretan



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

FREEPORT - About 100
meteorologists from the
Caribbean, United States, and
Canada, are in Grand Bahama
for the 12th annual Bahamas
Weather Conference, where the
latest hurricane forecast pre-
dictions were released for 2008.

Dr William Gray, Professor
Emeritus at the Department of
Atmospheric Science at Col-
orado State University, predicts
that there will be more hurri-
canes than earlier predictions
suggested.

Dr Gray and his colleague
Phil Klotbach updated their
previous 2008 seasonal hurri-

cane forecast for the Atlantic’

Basin.

He said: “Our first forecast
was in early December last year
when we called for an above
average year, and now today,

Morning Senay
Bahamas@Sunrise

launches new
rey an rene.) | Mee Site

THE morning show
Bahamas@Sunrise has taken
to the World Wide Web with
the launch of its new official
web site.

“The site is designed to pro-
vide fans and newcomers alike
with a wealth of information
on the major topics discussed
during the live airing of the
show,” said Bahamas@Sun-
rise in a statement. '

The unveiling of. the web
site. took place on the: March
31 broadcast of

‘Bahamas@Sunrise, featuring
an interview with Joan
Albury, both executive pro-
ducer of the show and presi-
dent of The Counsellors, Ltd.

Expressing her pleasure at
being a part of the site's offi-
cial inception, Mrs Albury said
she hoped that the venture
would prove to be “an innov-
ative and ground-breaking
achievement that will evolve
into a dynamic wealth of infor-
mation that is easily accessi-
ble to every Bahamian”.

Web surfers are welcomed
to the front page of the site
by the smiling faces of the
well-known hosts Romauld

Ferreira and Tisca Pratt-Arm-
brister.

“Visitors will discover a
home page splashed with pho-
tos and captions highlighting
new articles and features to
be found within. Enhancing
the opening page are links to
various sections of the site cat-
egorised according to show
topics. These sections contain
articles on guests who have
appeared on the show, and
also give brief synopses on the
issues and points that had
been discussed,” the statement
said. 3

It said that immediately fol-
lowing the announcement of
the web site, e-mails began to
“pour in” from viewers excit-
ed at the prospect of being
"surfers".

Dwight Strachan, show pro-
ducer and the "brain" behind
the Bahamas@Sunrise web-
site project, said he is
impressed with the positive
feedback he and The Coun-
sellors team have received.

He also pointed out that .

more features will be added
gradually as time goes on, in
order to keep the site fresh

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April 9, we up the number,” he
said in an interview with theba-
hamasweekly.com.

Dr Gray has been studying
hurricanes for 50 years.

“We are in this new era for
major storms — that’s the Saf-
ford Simpson Category Three,
Four, and Five storms, the ones
that have maximum ‘sustained
winds of 150 mph or more,” he
said. According to Dr Gray,
there have been 49 of these
major storms since 1995 which
averages just under four storms
per year.

He compared this to the pre-
vious 25 years from 1974 to
1994, there was only an aver-
age of 1.6 storms per year.

“So we are in this new era for
storms more like what we had
in the early 40s and early 60s,
where there are these periods
where you get more storms and
periods of 30 to 35 years when
you get fewer ones. And so we
come out of this period when

we had a great reduction of
storms and now we have a lot.
“People say it might be due

‘to global warming, but we don’t

think so. The main thing that
cause the Atlantic

Basin, the Caribbean and the
Bahamas to be hit is the

~ Atlantic Ocean circulation-that

tends to flow fasterfor 30 to 35
years, and slower for 30 to 35
years, and back and forth, and
when it flows faster we tend to
get more major hurricanes,” he
said. The Weather Conference
is being held at the Westin at
Our Lucaya Resort through
Sunday, April 13. Many fore-
casters, TV weather persons,
emergency managers and gov-
ernment officials are attending.

Dr Max Mayfield, former
director of the National Hurri-
cane Centre, was also in atten-
dance and gave an overview of
the conference. Minister of
Tourism Neko Grant delivered
the keynote address.




~ SUNNY- OUTLOOK: Bahamas@Sunrise has taken to World
Wide Web. Joan Albury (right) and show host Nicolette Archer.

and innovative. “We're really
excited about bringing in a
whole new medium for our
fans and avid viewers," Mr
Strachan said.

- “It's been tough getting
everything just right for the
launch, but I am happy with
the finished product and look
forward to improving it even
more as time goes by.”

Site visitors are encouraged
to take a look at the photo
gallery featuring shots of
guests and crew members
alike. The gallery presently
includes snapshots of celebri-
ties such as movie star Antho-
ny Anderson (Romeo Must
Die, Two Can Play That
Game) and local musical
artists Stileet and K B.

Other notable features
include a weekly poll, a com-
ments section for opinions on
the show and website and a
soon-to-be — introduced
“writer’s corner” where per-
sons will be invited to share
their talents and have a chance
to be featured as a contribu-
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ET LES AMERIQUES
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”
FOURTH LORD’S DAY OF THE RESURRECTION,
APRIL 13, 2008.



COLLECT: Merciful Father, you gave your Son Jesus Christ to
be the good shepherd, and in his love for us to lay down his life
and rise again: keep us always under his protection, and give us
grace to follow in his steps; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (Malcolm Rd East)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Edward J. Sykes (Holy Communion)
11:00 a.m. Rey. Dr. Kenneth Huggins
RHODES MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (108
Montrose Ave. near Wulff Rd)
7:00 a.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte (Holy Communion)
10:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton
11:00 a.m. Bro. Colin Newton

6:30 p.m. Western Zone
COKE MEMORIAL METHODIST CHURCH (Rose Street,
Fox Hill)
11:00 a.m. Rev. Leonard G. Roberts Jr./ Sunday School
PROVIDENCE METHODIST CHURCH (Shirley Plaza)
11:00 a.m. Sis. Patrice Strachan
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 (Fire
Trail Rd)
5:15 p.m. Rev. Emily A. Demeritte
CROIX-DES-MISSIONS ALDERSGATE (Quackoo Street)
5:30 p.m. Fridays Children’s Club
9:00 a.m. Sunday Rhodes Prayer Band
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

1 and ends at noon on Friday. This we proclaim unswervingly:
| “My God and My Right.”

RADIO.RROGRAMS.
“Vision On the [6fd’s Day, ZNS 1 at 9 p.m.; “Great Hymns of

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

Vibes” ZNS 1, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; “To God be the Glory” ZNS
1, Tuesday, 7:45 p.m.



HEARING Is TRANSFORMING

astors of Prayer Sth Anniversary Service |
Monday 14th April 2008 @ 7:30pm

Englerston Gospel Chapel

Watlins Street, Cordeveaux Avenue

Under the Theme

“Pastors Fighting for the Faith”

Scripture Text: Ephesians 6:10 - 18

Speakers: Pastor Joseph Knowles
Mt. Theo’s Baptist Church

Pastor Roscoe Rolle
Divine Praise Baptist Church

Pastor George Turner
Church of God Smiths Hill - Andros

Pastor Franklyn Lightbourne |
Revival Faith Mission Church


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SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2008, PAGE 9



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Harbour Island

power failures

FROM page one

from intermittent power failures despite pledges by the government
and BEC to address the island’s electricity issues. *

Power outages have been a sore point on the island for a few
weeks after residents complained that frequent power failures
affected the island’s economy, drove away tourists, and damaged
household appliances. Last week, at a heated town meeting, Mr
Basden, along with Minister of State for Utilities Phenton Neymour
and others, met with Brilanders to assure them their plight was
being heard and promised a new power facility would be built.

However, many on the three and a half mile long island are not
convinced by these promises, including business owner and Harbour
Island native Martin Lee Grant who claimed his electricity was
turned off three times on Wednesday for hours at a time.

“All week we’ve been having outages. We thought they were
coming to bring us some relief (but) they came here and talked to
us like we were little children, promising this would be done and
that would be done but there is no relief,” he said.

“Tt’s a shame to see Harbour Island going in the direction it is. It
is like none of the (successive governments) care. The Brilanders
are outraged. Nobody was satisfied with (last week’s) town meet-

ing - it was just a political trip.”

Mr Grant also claimed BEC employees arrived on the island on

Thursday to carry out “mass disconnection” without issuing advance

notice to Brilanders.

Mr Basden acknowledged BEC’s power issues on the island
and said the corporation is “actively addressing” these Lae nee

Asked if the corporation carried out a “mass disconnection” o:
Thursday, Mr Basden said a team was dispatched to mainland

Eleuthera and Harbour Island to disconnect delinquent accounts.

The disconnections were not related to maintenance issues.
“The Corporation is addressing a number of things in reference
to Eleuthera. It’s possible that we may have employees carrying out

disconnection procedures for non-payment of bills,”

Mr Basden

said, adding that whenever BEC performs disconnections for main-
tenance reasons the public is duly notified.

In respect to mounting frustration on Harbour Island, he said:
“We’ve heard the concerns from Harbour Island and we are active-

ly addressing (them).”

Last week BEC announced plans to construct a $25 million
facility which will provide an upgraded supply to Eleuthera and
Harbour Island. The government also intends to instal an additional
submarine cable and interim generator for the islands slated for
installation by summer 2008, Mr Basden said.



FROM page one_

ing a woman who had his bank card in her
possession and questioning another man who
was wanted in connection with the case, they
are “incredibly frustrated” that nothing more
has been achieved.

Stefan said he believes Bahamian police are
content to “let the file gather dust.”

Yesterday, Chief Supt Hulan Hanna, who
was one of the officers active in calling for the
public to assist police in their investigations at
the time of Mr Cloutier’s disappearance, said
he wished to assure the family that the RBPF’s
probe “has not been discontinued and has not
been downgraded.”

However, he explained that, with the passing
of time, it becomes harder for police to inves-
tigate the matter as memories fade. “This is
not‘an easy investigation. We’ve been talking to
any number of people including the family,
we’ve been following leads that we’ve had,
and at this point we’re still unable to say with
any degree of clarity what has become of Mr
Cloutier,” said the senior officer.

The Calgary Sun pointed to the fact that a
website posted by the RBPF asking for public
help has “withered on the vine” and two tip
lines “ring unanswered” as evidence that police
commitment to the case has waned.

“Police there do answer other phone lines,
but attempts to reach the officers in charge of
the case leads to multiple transferred calls, and
apparent confusion over who is investigating,”

Police come under fire

in the report that a private investigator hired
and sent down to the Bahamas was “basically
kicked out” by the RBPF.

Responding to that allegation, Chief Supt
Hanna said that if the family or investigator
“felt aggrieved by any person” on the force
then an official complaint should be made so
that it can be followed up by the complaints
and corruption unit. In contrast to the hostile
response which the family suggested their
investigator met when he approached the force,

'Mr Hanna said that the RBPF “would wel-
come anyone who can-help with clearing up this
matter because it’s on our books and we need
to bring closure to it as well.”

A friend of of Mr Cloutier’s in Canada,
‘Dylan Murray, said that a lack of closure is
the hardest part of the ordeal for Darrell’s
nearest and dearest. “I feel horrible for his
family - it must be excruciating,” he told the
paper. Meanwhile, Jason Kinsale, a Canadian
who worked with Darrell, said he is angry that
his “killer remains free” and added that the

“apparent lack of a serious police investiga-
tion is the hardest part to accept.”

“The people who comm’ ‘ted this crime need
to be charged - someone is out there who has
gotten away with this,” he said.

Chief Supt Hanna yesterday appealed again
to the public to’come forward if they have any
information relating to Mr Cloutier’s disap-
pearance. “We continue to talk to people.
We’ve spoken to some people more than once,
we continue to try to see if we can find new





Caught in the act
FROM page one

the “quiet” area. The tenant
who lives in Mrs Nottage’s
efficiency was not home dur-
ing the break-in.
Photographer Franklyn Fer-
guson was on the scene and
produced a full portfolio of
pictures as police moved in.

Judge okays publication of Anna Nicole Smith book

FROM page one

Corona Books. However, a
judge this week ruled that Ms
Gibson was entitled to publish
the book. The former Play-
mate’s ex-boyfriends, Larry
Birkhead and Howard K Stern,
have both threatened to sue

over allegations made in the
book. Publisher Ms Gibson,
who has served prison time for
running a prostitution ring, told
US reporters that the ruling has
“somewhat restored” her faith
in the judicial system.
According to the authors,
“Anna Nicole Smith —- A Por-

trait of an Icon” was written to

show that the former reality star
was a “not-so-dumb blonde”,
but rather a smart and shrewd
woman.

Authors Atteu and Simpson,
who claim to have been Ms
Smith’s best friends, said the
book’s goal is to memorialise
and celebrate Ms Smith’s life.

Lawyer defends Rubie Nottage

FROM page one

some third country, under an
alias, in hiding,” she said.

Mrs Misiewicz said that in the
18 years since her indictment
was presented in a US court,
Mrs Nottage has maintained a
prestigious position as general
counsel to the board of the Col-
lege of the Bahamas, in addi-
tion to several other visible civic
and religious duties.

“Tn these circumstances, the
application of the term ‘fugi-
tive’ to Mrs Nottage is simply
preposterous. It has been said
that her taking up the post
would be an insult, but the real
insult to the Bahamian people is
to attempt to make it appear
that Mrs Nottage is a criminal
fugitive,” she said.

Mrs Misiewicz also expressed
concern about the United
States’ reaction to Mrs Not-
tage’s appointment.

Earlier this week, US Ambas-
sador to the Bahamas Ned
Siegel told the Bahamian media
that he did not know what his
country’s response would be in
this situation until Mrs Nottage
is sworn in.




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The former magistrate
claimed the fact that US author-
ities admit that this matter has
been pending in their system
for almost two decades without
any obvious attempt to bring a
case to trial suggests “a great
embarrassment” to their legal
system. Mrs Misiewicz pointed
out that it is not the obligation
or role of a defendant to see
that a case against him or her is
brought to trial. The onus of
bringing a defendant to trial is
solely on the prosecution — in
this case the US government
and courts.

“As a citizen of a sovereign
nation bearing no resemblance
to an ‘island backwater’ — as the
editorial of April 8 suggested —
I would decline to bow at the
altar of the United States and
kowtow to what Uncle Sam
’ she said.

Mrs Misiewicz said she fully
supports the decision of the
Judicial and Legal Services
Committee’s to appoint Mrs
Nottage as a Supreme Court
judge and encourages that body
to stand firm.

As it concerns statements by
Minister of National Security
Tommy Turnquest that he

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would be in favour of a more
transparent process in appoint-
ing judges, Mrs Misiewicz said
she hopes he will have had an
opportunity to review the mat-
ter and come out to strongly
support the decision of the com-
mittee. Mrs Nottage was men-
tioned in the 1984 Commission
of Inquiry into drug-trafficking
in the Bahamas. .

That inquiry said she “knew
or should have known who was
the principal beneficial share-
holder for whom _ she
was acting” when she operated
several companies in the 1980s.

Those companies were owned
by Salvatore Michael Caruana —
a New England organised crime
figure and drug-trafficker — and
were involved in money-laun-
dering in the Bahamas. Her hus-
band, Kendal, resigned from the

Cabinet after the commission. ~~ |

According to the US Attor-
ney’s Office in Boston, Mrs Not-
tage @.has | five criminal charges
p peue ing @ against her in the Unit-

The charges against her, filed
in March 1989, include con-
spiracy to defraud the US (IRS)
and conspiracy to engage in
racketeering.





















said the newspaper. The family further alleged



Business owner is indicted _

FROM page one

General Alice S Fisher and US
Attorney for the Eastern Dis-
trict of Virginia Chuck Rosen-
berg announced. The indict-
ment stems from Okun's
alleged scheme to defraud and

obtain millions of dollars in

client funds held by The 1031

Tax Group, LLP, (1031TG) a.

qualified intermediary company
owned by Okun.
On March 17, 2008, a federal

‘grand jury in Richmond, Vir-

ginia, returned a three-count
indictment charging Okun with
one count of mail fraud, one
count of bulk cash smuggling,
one count of false statements
and forfeiture.

According to the indictment,
from August, 2005, through
April, 2007, Okun used 1031TG
and its subsidiaries, all owned
by Okun, in a scheme to
defraud clients of millions of
dollars through false pretenses.

Section 1031 of the Internal.

Revenue Code allows invest-
ment property owners to defer
the capital gains tax that would
otherwise be due on properties
sold, dependent on the use of
the proceeds to purchase new
property in a specified time
frame.

To facilitate this exchange,

investment property owners.

‘, leads, new avenues that can help us,

” he said.





_ deposit the proceeds of sales

with qualified intermediaries
and sign exchange. agreements
which include various promis-
es by the qualified intermedi-
aries to clients regarding the
safekeeping and use of
exchange funds.

Specifically, the indictment
alleges that 1031TG obtained
funds by promising clients that
their money would be used sole-
ly to effect 1031 exchange as
outlined in the exchange agree-
ments. After making such
promises, Okun allegedly mis-
appropriated around $132 mil-
lion in client funds, to support
his lavish lifestyle, pay operating
expenses for his various com-
panies, invest in commercial
real estate, and buy additional
qualified intermediary compa-
nies to obtain access to addi-
tional client funds.

If convicted of all the charges
in the indictment, Okun will
face a maximum of 30 years in
prison and fines. This case is
being prosecuted by the Assis-
tant US Attorney for the East-
ern District of Virginia Michael
S. Dry and trial attorney Jen-
nifer R Taylor of the Criminal
Division’s Fraud Section. This
continuing investigation is being
conducted by the US Postal
Inspection Service, Internal
Revenue Service, and FBI.

Talk show

FROM page one

is looking to bring back the talk
show Immediate Response or
something similar,” he said.

“I know something is in the
developmental stages, and I do
know a number of talents are
being looked at with a view to
them becoming the host of the
talk show. I’m not able to say
anything more than that at this
stage unfortunately in terms of
who that talent will likely be.”

Rumours about the show’s

_future hit the airwaves yester- |

day on Jssues of the Day on
Love. 97 as callers speculated
that popular radio talk show
host Krissy Love was set to be
the next host of the re-launched
ZNS talk show. Immediate

. Response was controversially

cancelled shortly after the elec-
tion. At the FNM’s victory rally
on May 5, 2007, Prime Minis-
ter Hubert Ingraham made the
famous remarks that signalled
the end of the career of Steve
McKinney — the last host of the
show — and Philippa Russell as
talk show hosts at ZNS.,

“All day Thursday they per-
mitted their lackeys to gather
all over the country to stir up
trouble among the people and
to tell their supporters they had
won the election.

“They (also) had a radio talk
show host, who I assume you
heard for the last time last
week. I assume that she and
Steve McKinney will find their
own ZNS;” said.the prime min-
ister. Mr Ingraham was imme-
diately criticised for victimising
the two media personalities by
the new opposition PLP.

“Just hours after taking the
oath of office, Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham went against
his word to civil servants, saying
he would not victimise hard-
working civil servants.

“Hubert Ingraham also
turned his angry attack on the
staff of the Broadcasting Cor-
poration of the Bahamas, telling
his supporters that ‘You have
heard from them for the last
time’,” said the PLP at the time.

Krissy Love, whose name is
Christina Thompson, is the pop-
ular co-host of morning talk .
show The Morning Boil on
Island FM, along with Eddie
Carter. A source close to the
issue told The Tribune yester-
day that there are three other
people in the running for the
job. However, when asked
specifically if Ms Thompson was
on the list, the source did not
explicitly rule her out. When
contacted yesterday, Ms
Thompson said she had no com-
ment on the rumours.

Immediate Response was the
only national talk show in the
country.. The radio signals of
other private stations, despite
their claims, do not reach the
entire country from Abaco to
Inagua.

The American Embassy is presently ecucidisiing apeeaton for the following

positions:

\

TEMPORARY CUSTODIAN

Performs a wide range of janitorial duties throughout the Embassy.
Works alone, or as a part of a group, under the Facilities Manage-
ment Supervisor. Assist with other trades as required

This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

- Completion of elementary and secondary schools is required
- At least one year expereince in the janitorial field is required

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Must have basic knowledge of janitorial field and of products
used in the cleaning of buildings
Must have the ability to use all machinery and tools connected
with the job function.

Must have a friendly, pleasant personality

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

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

April 21, 2008


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= INTERNATIONAL NEWS ) |

BRITAIN

Clownish Tory
threatens Ken’s
hold on London

mayor’s office

By GREGORY KATZ
LONDON

Boris vs. Red Ken.

For Londoners these days, it’s the greatest
show on earth, a clash between two heavyweight
individualists battling to be their mayor, accord-
ing to the Associated Press.

Ken Livingstone, the incumbent, is an old
socialist who is fond of Fidel Castro, thinks
George W. Bush is the biggest threat to the
world, and raises great crested newts in his free
time.

His challenger, Boris Johnson, is a shaggy-
haired, party-loving Tory, a product of Britain’s
most snobbish schools, famous for his gaffes,
his wit ... and for being famous.

For all the eccentricities and entertainment
value, the vote has national implications in the
struggle between Prime Minister Gordon
Brown, whose Labour Party government seems
to be losing momentum after 11 years in power,
and David Cameron, the up-and-coming Con-
servative Party leader, for whom a Johnson vic-
tory would give the Conservatives a valuable
power base in London.

Livingstone, 62, had initially been expected to
cruise to re-election on the back of his leadership
after the 2005 terror attacks on London public

transport and his environmentally friendly poli-
cies. But some polls put Johnson, 43, in the lead,
benefiting from voter fatigue with Livingstone as
the May 1 vote nears.

“Boris may well win, though we’ll have to
work very hard to make it happen,” said Mal-
colm Duff-Miller, one of 30 supporters gath-
ered to hear Johnson at Ealing’s Conservative
Club last week. “He’s intelligent, he’s funny
and I think he’s truthful. That’s one of the rea-
sons he gets in trouble — he always says what he
believes. But his heart is in the right place, and
Ken has been abysmal. His egotism has gotten
worse and worse. It’s time he went.”

Adding to the spice is third-party candidate,
Brian Paddick, an articulate, openly gay for-
mer police commander whose backers include
pop giant Elton John. Polls show he has no
chance, but his focus on crime and policing*
draws attention.

Class conflict is a key feature of the occa-
sionally nasty campaign.

Livingstone presents himself as a man of the
people while running pro-business policies that
have allowed London to flourish as a financial
capital. Johnson, a former editor of the conser-
vative weekly Spectator and now a member of
Parliament, picked up his upper class accent at
elite boarding school Eton and Oxford Univer-
sity. “The data shows the minority ethnic com-

SHREWD LEFTIST: Ken Livingstone

munity is more likely to be Ken supporters, so
inner London is very much for Ken and outer
London is very much Boris territory,” said Mar-
tin Boon, a spokesman for the ICM polling
company that has gauged voter sentiment in
recent weeks. Both candidates have made mem-
orable and career-imperiling gaffes.

In a 2002 article in The Daily Telegraph,
Johnson referred to Africans as “piccaninnies”
(he apologized); he once offended Liverpudlians
by saying they were wallowing in “victim status”
after one of their own was taken hostage and
killed in Iraq (he apologized), and he described
the people of Papua New Guinea as cannibals
and chief killers (he was sorry about that, too).

One of his biggest challenges, analysts say, is
convincing voters who know him as:a frequent
guest on TV comedy shows that he would make
a serious mayor for a city of 7.4 million people
that is a world financial center and the host of
the 2012 Olympics.

Livingstone, a throwback to the heady days of
the late 60s when revolution was in the air and
on the airwaves, has welcomed Islamic extrem-
ists to London, and was suspended from his
post for a month after comparing a Jewish
reporter to a Nazi concentration camp guard.
When the U.S. ambassador claimed diplomatic
immunity from having to pay a “congestion
charge” on cars entering central London, Liv-



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ingstone called him a “chiseling little crook.”

There’s sex too.

Livingstone recently acknowledged fathering
three children.with two women in addition to the
two children he has with his longtime partner.
Johnson, a father of four who has made fun of
his own marital infidelities, has declined to crit-
icize the incumbent.

“The mayor’s private life is his private life,”
Johnson told the Associated Press. “I want to
concentrate on the issues that matter to Lon-
doners.”

Johnson is focusing his campaign on Lon-
don’s outer boroughs, where many affluent vot-
ers who own cars resent the $16 daily congestion
charge. Mindful perhaps that London conserv-
atives are stereotyped as rich white English
males, he has spoken mangled ancient Greek to
Greek voters (he learned it in school) and told
Muslims that his great-grandfather studied the
Quran (Johnson has Turkish roots). And in
leafy west London, he assures voters that he
will protect their precious gardens.

Even Livingstone’s critics praise his work in
the tense hours and days after the 2005 terrorist
attacks, but he has recently been hurt by crony-
ism allegations related to funds handled by the
London Development Agency, a’ branch of the —
mayor’s office devoted to developing business
opportunities and infrastructure.



AFRICA

Zimbabwean police ban political rallies as crisis deepens

& By ANGUS SHAW
HARARE, Zimbabwe
Police banned all political

rallies Friday as the southern

African nation’s political crisis

deepened nearly two weeks

after a presidential election

that produced no official win-

ner.
Opposition leader Morgan



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Tsvangirai'says he won the
vote outright and has been
traveling’the region:to try to
persuade neighbering leaders
to pressure Président Robert
Mugabe to step down. South-
ern Africa’s leaders are to
meet in Zambia on Saturday
to discuss the crisis.
Zimbabwean police
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of the Eastern Road,
Nassau,

Bahamas, <&
formerly of Bird
Cay, Berry Islands, who died at Doctor's
Hospital, Nassau on Saturday, 29th
March, 2008, will be held at St. Anne's
Church, Fox Hill Road, Nassau on

for the late
Major

Leonard,
T.D., 91

The
and

political rallies were canceled,
according to state radio. No
explanation for the ban was
given. The opposition has
accused security forces and
ruling party militants of engag-
ing in a wave of violence
against perceived opponents
since the vote and of clamping
down on the opposition.

Opposition spokesman Nel-
son Chamisa said the Move-
ment for Democratic Change
party had planned a rally for
Sunday.

“You can’t be a political
organization and not hold a
rally, that is what makes us
who we are, how we commu-

nicate with our supporters,”

he said, adding that they had
not decided whether to go
ahead with the rally.

“We cannot accept a decla-
ration of a police state.

“People have just voted for
change, for democracy and
what do they get? This is
unacceptable. This is ridicu-
lous,” he said.

Official results from the
March 29 election have yet to
be released. Independent
observer tallies suggest
Mugabe, the nation’s ruler for
the past 28 years, lost the vote,
but that a runoff would be
necessary because no candi-

date won the majority needed
for outright victory. The High

_ Court was to rule Monday on

an opposition request
demanding the release of the
results. The electoral commis-
sion said in a statement Fri-
day that it will not comment
on the status of the results
until the court rules.

Tsvangirai met with South
African President Thabo
Mbeki on Thursday to press
his case,
spokesman Ngobizitha Mlilo
said.

“The meeting went well,”
Miilo said. “We’re cWuliously
optimistic about the out-
come.” Mbeki’s spokesmen
could not be reached for com-
ment.

The opposition party accus-
es Mugabe of delaying the
results to orchestrate a runoff
and give ruling party militants
time to intimidate voters and
ensure he wins a second
round.

Information Minister
Sikhanyiso Ndlovu insisted
Mugabe was not preventing
the results from being
released.

The ruling party and
Mugabe “are also eagerly
waiting for the (election com-
mission) to complete its ballot

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opposition.



“You can’t be
a political
organisation

and not hold a

rally, that is
what makes us
who we are,
how we
communicate
with our
supporters.”



Nelson Chamisa

votes verification freely with-
out any interference and with-
out pressure not to release the
results,” he said in a state-
ment, according to the state-
run Herald newspaper.
Mbeki has been the chief
regional mediator in Zimbab-
we’s economic and political
crisis, and other African lead-
ers have deferred to his strat-

egy of “quiet diplomacy.” But

that strategy has been criti-

cFAL”

cized by some in the region
and the West. Zambian Pres-
ident Levy Mwanawasa;,' the
only southern African leader
to:publicly criticize Mugabe’s
policies, called an emergency
summit of regional leaders for
Saturday to discuss the crisis. -

Zimbabwe’s Deputy Infor-
mation Minister Bright
Matonga had earlier con-
firmed Mugabe would attend
the summit. Media reports
Friday afternoon said Mugabe
had changed his mind,

But Matonga said no firm
decision had been made on
whether Mugabe would
accept the invitation, saying
“the request is now being con-
sidered.” .

Mlilo said Tsvangirai
received a direct invitation to
the meeting and that he would
be a full participant in the
summit, claiming the election
outcome meant the opposi-
tion leader was now a “head
of state.”

Mugabe has traditionally
enjoyed the support of other
African leaders, using past
meetings of the Southern
African Development Com-
munity as platforms to
denounce his opposition and
Western leaders he accuses of
plotting to topple him.

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LOCAL NEWS

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Chinese Ambassador presents credentials — from left to right Copral Montgomery Brown; Chief of Protocol Andrew McKinney, BEM; Madame Xluling Xie; Dingxaing Hu, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China;

Arthur D Hanna, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of the
Inspector Kirk Duglass, aid-de-camp. .

Minister of Foreign
| Affairs; Ms Sheila
| Carey, Permanent
Secretary of the
Ministry of Foreign
| Affairs, His Excel-

Contemporary African American Surgeons — Dr Wright Lassiter II, Chief Executive Officer, Alamaeda Coun-
ty Medical Centre; Dr Rollington Ferguson, Dr Cornelius L Hopper retired neurologist from 1971 to 1979,
who served as vice- president of health affairs for the University of California Health Science Systems, one of
the largest in the United States of America.

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Bahamas and Lady Beryl Hanna; Brent Symonette Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Hyacinth Pratt secretary to the governor general and

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hold —- Ms

Bahamian becomes President — Dr Rollington Freguson is a board certified cardiologist and internal medicine
specialist with a large private practice in Oakland, Califonia. He was elected president of Sinkler Miller Medical
Association last November and took office in January. He is the son of Cetia Darling-Ferguson, formerly of
Chester's, Acklins and the late David Ferguson of Delectable Bay, Acklins. Dr Ferguson is pictured here with fel-
low Bahamian Dr William Conrad Sweeting, retired urogyenecologist.

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