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

FORMER Tourism Minister
‘Obie Wilchcombe was condemned
by Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham for authorising the over
expenditure of almost $9 million
by that ministry during his time in
office without cabinet approval.

In his earlier contribution,
Tourism Minister Neko Grant told
the House that, despite reportedly
intending to do so, his predeces-

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sor Obie Wilchcombe failed to
seek cabinet approval of contin-
gency funding for this over expen-
diture prior to the May 2007 elec-
tion.

Mr Ingraham said that Mr
Wilchcombe “ought to have
known better” than to overspend
by that amount without seeking
cabinet approval, especially as he
had “been a minister for five years

_by that time.”

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A TROPICAL storm warning was issued Tuesday for parts of the
south-eastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands as Subtropi-

cal Storm Olga neared the area.

Tropical storm warnings and watches were issued for parts of
Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island of His-

paniola.

Olga was moving almost due west near 15 mph (25 kph) on a
path that would keep it very near the southern coast of the Domini-

can Republic on Tuesday.

The storm could dump up ‘to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain on isolated
parts of Hispaniola, while Puerto Rico could get another 2 to 4 inch-
es , bringing its total to 12 inches in some areas, the forecasters said.

According to Accuweather meteorologists the storm has reached
its peak as it was expected to weaken significantly between yes-

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fatalities in
24 hours

THREE traffic fatalities in 24
hours have been recorded in the
capital.

At around 8pm on Monday,
two young men died when the
vehicle in which they were pas-
sengers crashed into a wall.

The incident follows the death
of a Defence Force officer, whose
motorcycle was involved in a col-
lision with a vehicle on John F
Kennedy Drive on Sunday night.

On Monday, a male driver of a
white 1995 Toyota Corolla was
travelling west on Adelaide Road
near the Oasis Restaurant with
three passengers when his car
crashed into a concrete wall short-
ly after 8pm on Monday.

The 25-year-old male driver, a
22-year-old female front seat pas-
senger, and two male back seat
passengers, 27 and 28 years old,
were taken to hospital for varying
bodily injuries.

The driver was treated and dis-
charged, the woman is detained in
serious condition, and the two
rear Seat passengers died a short
time after arriving at the hospital.

An investigation is underway

to determine the cause of this:

accident.
The night before, 21-year-old

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

PLP chief counsel Philip
“Brave” Davis was not allowed
to call an additional four wit-
nesses yesterday in election court
after having already closed his
case last week.

The justices decided that next
Monday is now the scheduled
date of completion for the elec-
tion court challenge.

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Mr Davis updated the court on }
? @ By ALISON LOWE
reserved the right to recall before :
closing his case, he added that he:
wanted to call four additional wit-

the remaining witnesses he

nesses to testify. These witnesses,
for the most part, were intended
give testimony on several voters
in question.

FNM chief counsel Michael
Barnett strongly objected to this,
declaring that Mr Davis has

SEE page 12

Firearms trafficking




‘threatening Bahamas’

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



THE increased trafficking of
illicit firearms used in criminal
activities is threatening the eco-
nomic security and stability of the

Bahamas and other cauntries in ;
i these attempts vary from “depres-
i sion, loss of a job, ill health, ter-
: minal illness, to the breaking up

These remarks were made dur- ;
ing the keynote address at the
? lences to his family because this is
? a very bitter and painful experi-
? ence for them,” he said.

the Caribbean region, the Minister
of National Security, said on Tues-
day.

opening ceremony of the
US/CARICOM joint anti-arms

SEE page 12



face”
i after 3.45pm.

i far as “local people”
? cerned he could not recall any
i suicides
? although there have been “sev-
: eral unsuccessful attempts.”



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| Ml By ALISON LOWE

Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Prime Minister Per-

i ry Christie yesterday accused

i Housing Minister Kenneth Rus-

: sell of “gross irresponsibility” for

; Claiming that the PLP government
:-had put young people in harm’s

} way by hiring convicted criminals -
: for public service positions.

Shouting loudly across the

i floor, Mr Christie branded the
? comments “one of the most out-
? rageous attacks that I-have ever
: heard in my thirty years in par-
? -hament”™ in tight of the suggestion
? that PLP MPs were “deliberately
? trying to destroy our youth.” He
i said the comments were a “moral
i} outrage.”

On Monday, Mr Russell, in his

? contribution to the House debate
i on the appropriations bills,
? accused government of not fol-
: lowing civil service hiring rules
: when it appointed numerous indi-
: viduals to public service roles,
i including within the Urban
: Renewal programme.

STUDENTS FROM Gambier primary, Adelaide school sid St Andraws zatiod) help seniors aisoy their sec-
ond annual luncheon which was held at the Poop Deck in Cable Beach. Nearly 100 senior citizens were treat-

“They continue to suggest tha

SEE page 12
Man found dead

believed to have
taken his own life

Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A FAMILY was grieving yes-

i terday after a young man is
: believed to have taken his own
? life with a handgun inside a house
? in the Dolphin Drive area.

Noting that suicide is not a

? “major problem” in the Bahamas,
? Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told The
i Tribune that 27-year-old Jason
? Gavin Major of Marlin Avenue,
? was discovered by his father with

“injuries to the left side of his
inside a bedroom shortly

There was a shotgun nearby

: said Chief Supt Hanna. Phe of!)
: cer Said he was unable to say at
: this stage whether Mr Major had
? any history of mental problems.

Chief Supt Hanna said that as
are con-

“in recent times”

He said that the reasons for

of a significant relationship”.
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THE TRIBUNE



INQUEST: Daniel Smith

Bank set to release
new ‘secure’ $5 note

THE Central Bank of
the Bahamas has
announced that on
December 17 the fourth
denomination in its
CRISP (Counterfeit
Resistant Integrated Secu-
rity Product) banknotes
will be released.

So far the CRISP $50, :
$20, and $10 banknotes
have been phased in. The
purpose of the new
CRISP banknotes is for the increased security of Bahamian
banknotes.

The $5 note will have similar security features as its prede-
cessor. Governor of the Central Bank, Mrs Wendy Craig, not-
ed that the importance of this exercise is to ensure that security
of banknotes is continuously upgraded by making use of the lat-
est technologies and processes.

This emphasis on security stands as testament to the Bahamas’
continued dedication to the elimination of counterfeiting and
fraud. As part of the bank’s public education initiatives, the
Central Bank of the Bahamas has begun to disseminate flyers
and posters to the various banks and other cash handlers.

These flyers and posters describe in detail the new security fea-
tures of the $5 banknote. This is all toward the bank’s overall
objective of helping the public to recognise the difference
between genuine and counterfeit banknotes. In the same vein of
security, the Central Bank wishes to remind the public that
counterfeit seminars are hosted bi-annually.

Business owners and other frequent cash-handlers are encour-
aged to attend these seminars to assist in reducing counterfeit-
ing. Banking manager Cecile Sherman added: “The public can
help reduce opportunities for counterfeiters by checking their
banknotes for several upgraded security features.” These are:

m@ By NATARIO McKENZIE



FORMER Immigration Min-
ister Shane Gibson was one of
the persons in Anna Nicole’s hos-
pital room following the death of
her son Daniel Smith, jurors in
the Coroner’s Court heard yes-
terday.

The inquest into the death of
20-year-old Daniel Smith contin-
ued before Magistrate William
Campbell yesterday as jurors
heard testimony from several
more witnesses in the matter.

Chief Supt Quinn McCartney
of the Forensic Science section
of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force was the first witness to be
called to the witness stand yes-
terday. He told the court that
Daniel’s urine tested positive for
Methadone and benzodiaphines.
He told the court that he had
received two tablets which he was
told were found in one of the
beds at Doctor’s Hospital.

He said the tablets were
screened and one tested positive
for methadone and another was
positive for carisopodal. Supt.
McCartney told the court that it
was more likely that Daniel came
to the Bahamas with methadone
already in his body. Supt McCart-
ney said that methadone was
found in Smith’s gastric contents
which suggested that it was



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Cecil Wallace-Whitfield on the right.

e New watermark - this banknote bears a watermark of Sir
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield and the numeral 5 (front left)

e A colour shifting windowed thread that changes colour
when the banknote is tilted (front centre)

e A new see-through feature that shows only a partial image
of the sand dollar until it is held up to a light source when a com-



plete image of the sand dollar appears (front left, back right) ingested before his death.

_ Once these new notes are released, they will circulate along- He said that 22 milligrams of
side the present $5 banknotes, which will eventually be phased methadone was found in his body
out. and that the presence of the drug

in his stomach suggested that they

were recently consumed. Supt.
McCartney told the court that
Daniel took at least four tablets

TH M A I [AT of methadone. According to the

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is usually the prescribed dosage.
Tel: 393-4043

During questioning by lawyer
Open tonight

Milton Evans, Supt McCartney
said that methadone can be taken
until 9p.m.
ie

in liquid form as well. He told
the court that liquid gets into the
blood more quickly. He also told
the court that the methadone
tablets can be dissolved into liq-
uid. According to Supt McCart-
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the body quickly, but creates a
toxic build up. He said that toxi-
cologists have said that the
methadone concentration in
Daniel’s system alone could have
been lethal. Supt McCartney not-
ed that toxicologists had initially
inquired whether there was any
frothy material in Smith’s lungs as
Dr Raju had noted.

This he said was an indication
of methadone overdose.

Ricardo Hall a network sup-
port technician at Doctor’s Hos-
pital testified that on September
11, 2006 he received a request to
record a video file of the Hospi-
tal’s security surveillance.

He told the court that he was
asked to download footage from
the night of Saturday, Septem-
ber 9, to the morning of Sunday,
September 10, 2006.

Constable 2399 Wilber
Munroe of the technical section
of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force was then called to the wit-
ness stand to assist in the viewing
of the footage.

One portion of the footage
showed Howard Stern and
Daniel entering the hospital at
11.09 pm on September 9.

Mr Hall noted that they
appeared to be smiling. Another
clip showed Stern at 1.34 am on
September 10 returning to the
hospital with a plastic bag. The
court was also shown a clip which
showed Daniel and Anna walk-
ing together on the maternity
ward at 2.28 am on September 9.
Mr Hall told the court that he
had only downloaded footage up
to 8.19 am on September 10.

Lawyer Wayne Munroe pointed
out that a code blue had been
issued that morning -but that a
portion of the video surveillance
was not shown.

Mr Hall said that he was not
asked to download that portion
of the video surveillance. When
asked by Magistrate Campbell
who had given tlfe order on what
portions of the video surveillance
to extract prosecutor Neil Brath-
wiate said that the police had con-
ducted the investigation, but he
did not know who had authorised
what portions of the footage to be
extracted.

Corporal 2461 Yvette Deveaux
was also called to the witness
stand yesterday. She told the
court that on Sunday, Septem-
ber 10, around 10.55 am she
received information relative to
the death of Daniel Smith at
Doctors. Hospital. She told the
court that she went to the hospi-
tal with a group of officers.

She said that at the hospital
she was instructed to see Nurse
Patricia Laing and to collect some
tablets from her. Officer Deveaux
said that she collected the tablets
from Nurse Laing who told her
that she had got them from the
hands of Daniel Smith. During
cross-examination by lawyer Mil-
ton Evans, Officer Deveaux said
that Nurse Laing had told her
that she personally took the pills
from the hand of Daniel Smith.

Detective Inspector Freder-
ick Taylor was also called to the
witness stand yesterday. He
recalled that on September 10,
2006 he was the duty Sergeant at
the Central Detective Unit.

He told the court that at 11 am
on September 10, he received
information of a sudden death at
Doctor’s Hospital, Detective Tay-
lor said that as a result of the
information he received he went
to room 201 of Doctor’s Hospital
where he saw Daniel Smith’s
body lying on a bed and his moth-
er at his feet. He said that Dr
Iferenta, Shane Gibson and his
wife as well as a nurse were also
in the room. Detective Taylor

Former Immigration Minister in
Anna Nicole’s hospital room after
death of her son, jurors told

said that he conducted a view of _

the Smith’s body.

He told the court that Daniel
was wearing a white T-shirt and
underwear and had scratch marks
to his abdomen. Detective Taylor
told the court that he and
Howard Stern went to a room
set up by Doctor’s Hospital for
their investigation, where he
spoke to Howard Stern regarding
the matter. Detective Taylor also
told the court that Nurse Laing
had a white zip lock bag contain-
ing two pills which he instructed
Officer Deveaux to collect.

They were handed over to
Inspector Cooper. Detective Tay-
lor told the court that during an
interview with Anna Nicole
Smith and Howard Stern in the
presence of their lawyer, Wayne
Munroe, neither would answer
any questions regarding their
medical history.

Inspector Cleophus Cooper,
the investigating officer into
Daniel Smith’s death, was also
called to the witness stand yes-
terday. He testified that on Sep-
tember 10 he visited Doctor’s
Hospital and went to room 201
around 11.30 am. There he said
he saw the lifeless body of Daniel
Smith lying on the bed. Inspector
Cooper told the court that while
examining the body he observed
scratch marks to Smith’s
abdomen.

Inspector Taylor said that he
spoke to Dr Minnis who said that
he knew nothing of the marks
and that they were not made by
medical personnel during their
attempts to revive Daniel. Inspec-
tor Cooper told the court that he
also spoke briefly to Howard
Stern.

Inspector Taylor went on to
testify that he later saw and spoke
to Anna Nicole Smith at her
Eastern Road residence and
asked her if she could give him
any information regarding her
son's death. Inspector Taylor told
the court that at that time she
said she could not recall when
Daniel had come to the
Bahamas.

Move to stem illegal flow of firearms

media after the opening ceremony of the CARI-
COM-US joint anti-arms trafficking seminar yes-

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

MOST illicit firearms used in increasing gun
crime in The Bahamas are trafficked into the
country through the United States’ black mar-

ket.

This has prompted US officials to partner with
CARICOM leaders to stem the illegal flow of

arms in the region.

“The problem is that you have legal weapons
that are legally purchased (in the US) that then
get sold in a black market and that’s when the

problem comes.

“So what we’re doing is going to be working
with countries in the region to track these
weapons, trace them once they’re found and to try
to tighten up the import and export regulations,”
US Chargé d'Affaires Brent Hardt told the

terday.

“I think it is very clear if you look at the head-
kines throughout the region in The Bahamas as

well as elsewhere that the gun-related violence is
on the increase everywhere and so it is very much
in our mutual interest to co-operate to try and
combat the threat (and) eradicate the flow of
arms and keep them out of the hands of gangs,
criminals, drug traffickers and terrorists.”

There are a number of concrete steps regional

leaders can take which will be tackled throughout

Hart said.

the different sessions of the two-day event, Mr

In his keynote speech to CARICOM and US

dignitaries, Minister of National Security Tommy

Turnquest stated that of the 170 guns seized in the
country last year 113 were traced.

Some 83 per cent of this number were traced
directly to the US, with most emerging from
Florida, the minister said.

BTC experiences ‘brief’ service disruption

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter

tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE nation’s sole telecom-
munications provider experi-
enced a “brief” disruption in
service earlier in the week
which affected all outgoing long
distance services, Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
Ltd confirmed.

During an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Marlon
Johnson BTC’s vice-president
of marketing, said that while
there was an “issue” with the
platform that handles outgoing





long distance calls on Tuesday
as well as a few days ago, the
problem was promptly rectified
and the service is up and run-
ning.

“We did have an issue that
was reported (on Tuesday)
where the phone service went
down for a brief period of time.
As we were getting ready to
(notify the public) I got a noti-
fication that the situation had
been rectified. A few days ago
we faced a similar brief outage
that we had isolated and
repairéd and today we had sort
of a mini-recurrence,” Mr John-
son explained,
“We've stabilis

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form now (but) customers
would have experienced a brief
outage, but I think the intervals
were such that by the time we
would have gone to the public
with the notifications (the plat-
form) would have been recti-
fied.”

According to Mr Johnson,
the platform was only down
“for an hour or so” on both
days the server was affected,
despite numerous complaints
The Tribune received to the
contrary.

“How can it be that the
Bahamas, as a leading offshore
banking community, loses its
connectivity to the world? How
can BTC as a monopoly in the
telecommunications industry

“not quickly rectify this prob-

lem?” vented:one angry entre>
preneur, who claimed he was
unable to make vital long dis-
tance calls from his land-line or
cellphone for two days due to
the disruption.

BTC officials maintained that
the disruption, which affected
all outgoing international traffic,

‘fasted merely an hour or so, not

for any “sustained period of
time.” Incoming international
and local calls were not affected.

A public notice was circulat-
ed on Friday in reference to the
disruption, a BTC public rela-
tions official said.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 3



Pe Re oR NA eI eR a Ca i alla
d Bahama

over upsurge in violent crime

© In brief

Murder victim's
family and friends.
‘in deep sorrow’ —

@ By CALVIN FORBES

FREEPORT — Relatives
and friends of 22-year-old ;

murder victim Julian Nicholls,

who was shot in the head out-
side a club at the Friendship ;
Shopping Centre, say they are :

“in deep sorrow”.
A friend of Mr Nicholls,

who said he was at Sunset vil-
lage on Thursday night before ‘
the incident took place, sug- :
gested that he may have been
killed as a result of an argu- :

ment.

Although police declined to
give any details, it is under- :
stood that someone from }

_ B By CALVIN FORBES

FREEPORT - Grand Bahami-
ans are expressing grave concern
about the upsurge in violent crime
on the island.

Many say they would like to
see the return of capital punish-
ment in the wake of what is
believed to be an increase in the
number of murders and attempt-
ed murders on Grand Bahama.

Following the alleged shooting
death of 35-year-old Ryan Wood
at Limewood Lane on Wednes-
day, and what is now believed to
be an alleged shooting of a 20-
year-old resident of West End in
the small hours of Friday, many
people fear violence among young

Eight Mile Rock is assisting :

Central
(CDU) officers with their
investigations.

According to several wit-
nesses, who did not wish to
be named, it is believed the
gunman fired a shot from the
roof of a building as Mr
Nicholls left his car.

He was killed by a single
gunshot wound to the head,
one witness said.

Family and friends of Mr
Nicholls, a construction work-
er and graduate of St
George’s Senior High School
in Freeport, described him as
a good friend.

“We are in pain right now,”
said one member of Mr
Nicholls’ close group of
friends, who said they were
all out at the Fish Fry on
Thursday evening. “It is just
so sad what took place out
there on Friday morning.”

According to one of the
group, after Sunset Village,
they all went to the Marcus
Jones Ocean View Club and
from there drove to the
Friendship Shopping Centre.

Mr Nicholls is the country’s
75th homicide victim of the
year. His death brings the
number of persons dying by
violence to 14 on Grand
Bahama.

Saying that the family is dis-
traught, a female cousin of Mr
Nicholls said he was brain-
dead, and that surgeons at
Rand Memorial Hospital had
made arrangements to have
him.airlifted to Princess Mar-
garet Hospital.

Unfortunately, he died at
about 12.05pm while prepa-
rations were being made.

A bullet was lodged in his
head, she said. “His mother
is at home with many of his
photographs, and she is not
willing to speak at this time
about the incident.”

Police discover
handgun and
ammunition

OFFICERS from the mobile

division were on patrol in west-.

ern New Providence when they
saw a group of men in a bushy
lot.

As they approached, the
group fled. Police gave chase,
but were not able to apprehend
anyone.

However, as officers returned
to the place where the men had
gathered, they discovered a .45
handgun with six live rounds of
ammunition. No arrests were
made, but investigations are
continuing.

Detective Unit }






























@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE FNM government is being
criticised for failing to take steps to
introduce legislation that would
protect the environment, increase
the power of the local government
and ensure freedom of informa-
tion.

Although the new FNM admin-
istration has been in office for only
seven months, Grand Bahama
attorney Fred Smith said he
expected the government would
have made good on some promis-
es made on the campaign trail by
now.

Referring to the billion-dollar
Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club
. development on Guana Cay, Mr
Smith -

Family Islanders.

DESPITE strong winds and
rough seas, the Defence Force,
together with the Bahamas Air
Sea Rescue Association (BAS-
RA), yesterday continued the
search for two men missing at
sea.

Chris Lloyd, BASRA opera-
tions director in Nassau, told
The Tribune yesterday that
weather conditions are not help-
ing the search, but that one ves-
sel would continue patrolling
the waters around New Provi-
dence in hopes of finding Gra-
ham Knowles, 21, and Calvin
Blatch, 64.

Mr Lloyd said that no deci-
sion had been made yet as to
when to call off the search.

“The winds are very blustery,
and the weather is not expected
to change before the weekend.
We will see what happens,” he
said.

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Solid Wood -



legal counsel for the Save the Guana
Cay Reef Association — said the new government
failed to fulfil its promise to consider the wishes of

Mr Smith claimed that of all the registered vot-
ers on Guana Cay, some 85 per cent voted the
FNM into government in the hope of getting
more say in the development of their small island.

“The FNM in its manifesto promised to
empower the Family Islands, to strengthen

Concern in Gran



“At this juncture. Iam not
concerned anymore about what
human rights groups have to say
concerning capital punishment
being inhumane. Premeditated
murder is also inhumane.”



people “has gotten out of con-
trol.”

According to reports, Mr Julian
Nichols was allegedly shot in the
head by a stray bullet at about
3.30am on Friday while in a

Attorney criticises the FNM over
environment, local government

Fred Smith

na Cay,” he said.

local government. This has not
happened here,” he said.

Mr Smith said the FNM gov-
ernment also promised to enact
legislation to preserve the envi-
ronment.

He claimed that, in giving their
support to the “mega project”,
which includes a golf course and
marina, the government was con-
doning the environmental degra-
dation of Guana Cay.

However, during a tour of the
Baker’s Bay site at the weekend,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said the developers have more
than fulfilled all the environmen-
tal requirements.

“We are satisfied that they are
undertaking a project that is envi-
ronmentally acceptable and sus-
tainable,”

Mr Smith further said that he finds it ironic
that two successive governments have forced
large unwanted anchor projects on small Family
Islands, when places like Grand Bahama are cry-
ing out for more development.

“Freeport, for example, has a large workforce,
a pool of skilled workers.

“The infrastructure is in place and the people
want large developments, but not places like Gua-

Friendship Shopping Centre dis-
cotheque at Eight Mile Rock.
He was to be airlifted to a hos-
pital in Nassau for additional
treatment, according to a family
member. It was also pointed out

he said.






The two missing men were
part of a group of five that went
out to sea to test the 26-foot
Formula vessel “Don Rebel”
on Sunday at around | lam.

The men let the boat into the
water off the Yamacraw ramp
and then travelled some three
to five miles out. By around
11.30am the vessel had sunk.

Three of the men were able
to swim to shore and sounded
the alarm. The others have yet
to be found.

Since both of the missing men
are non-swimmers and neither
was wearing a life-jacket when
the boat sank, their chances for
survival are said to be slim.

Thelma Knowles, mother of
Graham Knowles, told The Tri-
bune that her son cannot swim
and has no experience with
boats.

Mr Lloyd said there is a very
small possibility that the men

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towards Andros or the Berry
Islands.
However, he said this was a

very unlikely scenario.

The vessel “Don Rebel” was
discovered on Monday, partial-
ly submerged on a reef, two
miles south-east of the Sea
Breeze Canal.

The BASRA operations |.

director expressed dismay that
this is yet another accident at
sea in which the boaters were
not wearing a life-jacket.

“People need to understand
that a life-jacket not only keeps
you afloat, but the orange
colour helps when you are
searching for someone.

“A life-jacket is not expen-
sive. How many more people
need to die before people
learn?” Mr Lloyd said.

by the family member that he may
be brain-dead.

Grand Bahama’s homicide
count is at 13 for the year.

The recent murders of 32-year-
old Gifford Martin Jr, 64-year-old
Vincent Pidecan, and 44-year-old
Kenneth Lightbourn sent waves
of disbelief through the commu-
nity.

Both Mr Pidecan and Mr Light-
bourn will be laid to rest on Sat-
urday following funeral services.

According to retired cook
Daniel Clark, capital punishment,
mainly by hanging, “should be
carried out once a person has
completed all appeals.”

“At this juncture,” he said, “I
am not concerned anymore about
what human rights groups have
to say concerning capital punish-
ment being inhumane.

“Premeditated murder is also
inhumane.

“You are talking about taking
away innocent people from their
families, and are killing produc-
tive people. As far as I know, cap-
ital punishment is in our Penal
Code, and ought to be carried out
to send a warning to persons who
believe they can take another per-
son’s life without having to suffer
the same fate.

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and rape, ought to be given top
priority by those in authority.”

Mr Clarke called upon those in
the judicial system to be vigilant in
carrying out their God-given duty
to protect the innocent by pun-
ishing those who seek to disrupt
civil society.

Rev Terry Munnings, of Mira-
cle Working House of Prayer, has
long taken the view that there is
“too much bloodshed as a result
of violent crimes.”

“Capital punishment must be
carried out if only to teach our
young people that you are respon-
sible for any wrong decision that
you make,” he said.

“Too many of our young peo-
ple feel that because they are liv-
ing in an Independent Bahamas,
they can be counter-productive .
and get away with it.

“The lesson must be taught that
freedom comes with a great deal
of responsibility,” he asserted.

“If you’steal or do wrong and
nothing is done about what you
have done by those in authority,
then you may feel that you can
continue doing wrong.

“But if you are punished for
wrongdoing, you may consider
not doing that-same thing a sec-
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hanging along with the Cat and
the Rod to rid our society of this -
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt. O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
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ronmentalist and the U.S. Congress was con-
servative. China and India were on the fringes of
the climate change debate. And big business
said going green would strangle industry.

The Kyoto global warming pact — which
marked its 10th anniversary Tuesday — was
brokered under vastly different circumstances
from those facing negotiators this week in Bali
as they map out an agenda for a successor agree-
ment.

Those changing circumstances, from China’s
rise as a top polluter to the rapidly mounting
evidence that global warming is a threat, are
certain to leave their imprint on a new pact to go
into force in 2012, when Kyoto’s commitment
period expires.

The Kyoto pact requires 36 industrialized
nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
an average of 5 percent below 1990 levels
between 2008 and 2012. Australia announced
last week it would join, leaving the United States
as the only major developed economy to have
Tejected it.

The mood in Bali on Tuesday mixed cele-
bration of the world’s first steps to tackle glob-
al warming — negotiators cut a massive birthday
cake — with regret over the U.S. refusal to join
and the struggle of many countries to meet their
gas cut targets. :

But it was clear that Kyoto was negotiated in —

a different era.
In 1997, Al-Gore — who won the Nobel
Peace Prize this year for his work on the envi-

ronment — was vice president, while the,

Republican-controlled Congress was highly
sceptical that climate change was a major threat.

Now the situation is reversed. The U.S. del-
egation rejects Kyoto and has not supported
calls for mandatory emissions caps, while a
Democrat-controlled Congress — fueled by ris-
ing public concern over warming — is moving in
favour of deep greenhouse gas cuts.

That political change has already influenced
talks in Bali, where many are pushing to delay
serious talks about binding emissions targets
until after the 2008 U.S. presidential elections,
which they hope will bring in an administra-
tion ready to agree to deep cuts.

The emissions landscape has also changed
dramatically. In the 1990s, the focus was on the
United States, Europe and Japan. But now,
some experts say economically booming China
has already surpassed the United States as the
top emitter, and India is a growing concern.

That development has strengthened the hand
of those arguing poorer nations must also take
steps to stop polluting. Beijing, while still insist-
ing that rich nations have the first responsibili-

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ty to fight the problem, is showing greater will-
ingness to take steps to control — if not actual-
ly reduce — pollution.

The advances in scientific knowledge about
global warming, summed up in a series of
reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change, have largely put to rest the debate
— still very much alive in 1997 — over whether
rising temperatures were a threat. The panel
shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Gore.

Now, scientists say, the focus of research has
to shift to how countries can limit emissions
and adapt to global warming-causes changes
— such as rising sea levels — that are inevitable
because of the heat-trapping gases already
released.

Business has also become a larger part of the
anti-global warming picture. Carbon trading in
Europe, so-called green technologies, and devel-
opment in solar panels and other renewable
energy sources are turning into potential mon-
eymakers for industry.

While supporters see Kyoto as a landmark
agreement, many concede it falls short on many
counts. —

The prescribed cuts are not deep enough to
have a real impact on global warming and were
decided by politics rather than science.

Though Europe, Japan and Australia have
signed on, Washington has stood fast in its
opposition, arguing mandatory cuts would hurt
economic growth, and that the pact is fatally
flawed by a lack of commitments for developing
countries. The U.S. absence has greatly reduced
Kyoto’s effectiveness — a lesson many in Bali
are mindful of as they try to craft an agenda for
coming negotiations that the Americans will
go along with.

While the changes of the past decade have
encouraged some in Bali that they can eventu-
ally build a more effective agreement to succeed
Kyoto, one group is quickly running out of time:
Pacific island nations whose very survival is
threatened by rising seas.

Espen Ronneberg, a Marshall Islander in
Bali as a member of the Samoa delegation, said
he was optimistic when Kyoto was concluded,
but that the rest of the world did not appear
ready to take further dramatic action needed to
curb rising temperatures.

“We’re almost being sacrificed in the interest
of economic growth that’s driven by fossil fuels,”
Ronneberg said. “It’s frustrating to hear from
other countries that they can’t afford to do any-
thing.”

(This article was written by Associated Press
writer Joseph Coleman who helped cover the
1997 Kyoto conference).




















Shun the
appearance
of politcal
interference

EDITOR, The Tribune.

LAST Sunday I listened to
the interview with former
DPM Pratt on Jones and
Company and I felt compelled
to challenge him on the appar-
ent unfairness of some of his
questions.

For example, Mr Jones
asked Mrs Pratt about the
apparent debacle at the Par-
liamentary Commission and
the possibility of corruption,
all under her watch. Well Mr
Jones should appreciate that
the Parliamentary Commis-
sion is an independent entity
and must be:seen to function
as such. .

The Cabinet has to assume
that the personnel are com-
petent, career civil servants
and men and women of
integrity; that has to be a giv-
en. Could you imagine the lev-
el of paralysis in the civil ser-
vice if the Cabinet suspected
the very people on whose
opinions and advice they rely
on for public policy forma-
tion? If former PM Christie
and former DPM Pratt had
called the work of the Parlia-
mentary Commission into
question, the FNM and its
operatives would have round-
ly criticised the PLP govern-
ment for political interference,

abuse of power, breach of.

public trust, and accuse them
of attempting to possibly “rig”
the general elections in favour
of the PLP.

Had the PLP government
intervened, Mr Jones’ ques-
tion to both Mr Christie and
Mrs Pratt would be to respond
to charges of political inter-
ference and explain to the
public how their actions
should not be perceived as
corrupt and scandalous. You
cannot have it both ways, Mr
Jones. The PLP Cabinet was
correct for not as much as
“appearing” to be interfering
with Mr Bethel and his staff. I
heard several FNM Cabinet
Ministers, including the PM
no less. stating in the media
that because the PLP was in
charge, they are culpable and
therefore incompetent. What
they failed to explain was how
one would reconcile a Cabi-

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net intervention with the
preservation of the indepen-
dence of the Parliamentary
Commission. I thought those
comments made by the FNM
cabinet ministers and other
PLP detractors were so intel-
lectually dishonest; they sim-
ply cannot believe what they
are saying.

Turning my attention to the
RBPF, I can recall the wrong-
ful dismissal of a slew of senior
police officers shortly after the
FNM won the government in
1992. The PLP government
settled with these officers to
the tune of several hundred

thousand dollars. On the eve.

of the advanced poll in 1997
Mr Ingraham told the Police
to “remember the money,
remember the money”. He
again in 2007 told the Police to
take the promotions awarded
to them by the PLP govern-
ment and vote against them.
Further, Mr Ingraham stated
that 80 per cent of the police

force will be voting for the
FNM.

Editor, most Bahamians
would concur that all of these
actions and statements are
inappropriate for a political
leader and particularly harm-
ful to the RBPF, given the
nature and role of this organ-
isation, but Mr Ingraham and
Mr Turnquest insist that the
hand of the FNM is clean and
sanitised of the stench of polit-
ical interference.

Editor, I simply disagree.
This deliberate and sustained
pattern of behaviour must
stop. A credible argument can
be advanced that the behav-
iour of the leadership of the
FNM cultivated an atmos-
phere and encouraged a cul-
ture of political division with-
in the RBPF. The onus is now
on the government to lead the
way in promoting unity and
facilitating healing, all in the
national best interest. Going
forward, all governments
should shun the very appear-
ance of political interference.

ELCOTT COLEBY
Nassau,
December, 2007.

Youth can make the
change but need help

EDITOR, The Tribune.

OUR youth today have not all fallen by the wayside. I know
that all of the crime today mainly involves the youth of this
nation, but there are still young men and women striving to

reach the mark of excellence.

Youth can make the change, but we need the help, the support
and the faith of our country. We as young people need to know
that when we fall, the faith the community, our family and oth-
ers have in us will pick us up. According to the Bible, “faith is
the substance of things not seen.” Therefore we need your

help.

We can drop the guns, we can step out of the gangs, we can
leave the drugs and the alcohol by the wayside. All we need is
a chance. Help us make that step.

10th grader, Faith Temple Christian Academy.

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bus driver

WHILE disembarking pas-
sengers near Carmichael and
Bacardi Roads on Monday
around 6pm, a bus driver was
approached by a masked gun-
man who boarded the bus and
demanded cash.

The driver was relieved of a
small amount of cash by the
gunman who got into a waiting
gold Nissan Sentra registration
10365 which sped off.

Hushand and —
Wife robbed —
of vehicle

SHORTLY after midnight
on Tuesday, a husband and
wife were outside their home
in Golden Isles Road when two
men armed with shotguns and
dressed in dark Dickies cloth-
ing approached in a champagne
Cadillac.

The couple were robbed of
their blue Nissan Cefiero car
registration 152319.

The thieves sped off in the
stolen vehicle, leaving the car
they came in. On checking the
Cadillac, police discovered that
it was reported stolen on Sat-
urday December 9, 2007.

Teenagers —
robbed hy —
armed man :

POLICE are investigat-
ing an armed robbery of
two teenagers in the Faith
Avenue area.

A 19-year-old woman
and a 15-year-old boy
were on Faith Avenue
shortly after 9pm on Satur-
day when they were held
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shotgun.

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A BAHAMIAN who claims
to have cracked several major
drug cases while on the payroll of
the US Drug Enforcement
Agency is now fighting for his
freedom from an American jail.

Jesse Jerome Dean Jr wants
the Bahamas government to
intervene on his behalf after
being sentenced to 30 years in
prison on what he regards as

Man claims to have cracked major
drug cases while on US DEA payroll



“trumped up” charges.

He has already spent more
than 12 years inside, and has con-
ducted a relentless letter cam-

ing what he calls an ongoing
tragedy.
Mr Dean claims his troubles

paign from his cell in an attempt
to get justice, appealing to the
US media, including The New.
York Times, for help in expos-

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Fred Mitchell speaks out

THE Ministry of Finance has not been
as progressive in its thinking as it should
be and respective ministers of finance
have been too captive to ministry offi-
cials on matters of procedure, Fox Hill
MP and former Foreign Affairs and Pub-
lic Service Minister Fred Mitchell said
Monday during debate on Supplemen-
tary Appropriations Bills.

Mr Mitchell said that often this inter-
feres with the delivery of services to the
public.

He described the ministry, and the pub-
lic service in general, as “old-fashioned,
moribund and not forward thinking”.

“How I approached my task as minister
in looking for money when the govern-
ment asked for a service to be performed
by the ministry, it was the public service
and the permanent secretaries who were
responsible for finding it. Not me.

“Tf it were not available then I would go
back to the government and ask for addi-
tional monies. It was for the Ministry of
Finance to be sure that it was done right,”
Mr Mitchell said.

He pointed out that former Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie’s view at the start was
that PSs should attend all Cabinet meet-
ings behind their ministers, and be made
to account publicly for the policies that
they urged ministers to settle.

“When it is convenient today the PSs
hide behind ministerial responsibility but
want to take the kudos when something
succeeds,” Mr Mitchell said.

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tem but had no disciplinary authority,
where instructions were given and there
was no effective means of enforcing it.
“Files would go missing, instructions
defied and there were no consequences,
yet in public we talk about ministerial
responsibility. I have said to my col-
leagues, convention be damned, I take
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responsibility. Those who did it have to
take the fall for it,” Mr Mitchell said.

The former minister quoted from a
British report on public sector reform
which said: “Imagine becoming chief
executive of a large organisation and
being told that the entire management
are ‘independent’, that you have no con-
trol over their major levers of motiva-
tion — recruitment, promotion and reward
— and that they operate as a separate
organisation with a mind of its own. Mod-
ern organisations do not and cannot work
like that. Neither can government.”

The MP pointed out that the Bahamas
inherited a system from the British who
themselves are struggling through how
to change it and have changed it signifi-
cantly.

“The public service in its management
levels is not politically neutral. That much
is clear. It is very active in a passive way,
passive aggressive. This Gordian Knot
must be cut and we must find true reform
if our country is to be better served. The
present system is simply unacceptable,”
he said. .

The Fox Hill MP said that the budget is
really a production of the bureaucrats of
the Ministry of Finance.

“You can submit your actual estimated
expenditure all you want but Finance
would come back and say sorry you have
to cut it by ten per cent and if you don’t
cut it we will cut it for you. So unless
North Abaco can stop that then the sys-
tem will continue and I will predict that
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He said he “unilaterally
designed, executed and caused
several very large seizures of ille-
gal drugs for which I was paid
by the DEA.”

But he claimed that two
Bahamas-based DEA agents
who were responsible for his
supervision failed to observe pro-
tocol and never informed him
that he had been deactivated.

Mr Dean claims the agents’
misconduct came to light during
a Miami investigation but, rather
than admit their own failures,
they “railroaded” him into an
unjust conviction on drug
charges.

“A total fraud was perpetrated
upon the court,” Mr Dean told
The Tribune in an e-mail from
his prison cell. “I was wrongly
convicted and sentenced to 30
years in prison.

“T have presented bona fide
government documents discov-
ered post-conviction which sup-
port all of my claims, including
actual and legal innocence, but
have consistently been denied
relief in the courts.

“T have now undertaken to
expose this manifest injustice in
the international media. My con-
tinued imprisonment is an insult
to the word ‘justice’.”

Mr Dean said he had written

hundreds of letters over the last

12 years to individuals and
organisations seeking help - all to
no avail.

Mr Dean said his case is now
in the hands of Washington DC
attorney James Quincy Butler,
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Final rites given to community
builder and matriarch Ann Grant

@ By CALVIN FORBES
FREEPORT - IN what
was an elaborate and
lengthy ceremony at St
Mary Magdalene Anglican
Church at West End, com-
munity builder and
matriarch Ann Grant, 77,
was given final rites on

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Present for the occasion
was former Prime Minister
Perry Christie. Also among
the long list of distin-
guished mourners was
West End and Bimini MP
Obie Wilchcombe, who
brought condolences on
behalf of Prime Minister

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Hubert Ingraham.

Former Minister of For-
eign Affairs and MP for
Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell,
also brought remarks.

Mrs Grant, wife of
deceased PLP Senator
Austin Grant Jr, died on
November 29 at her daugh-
ter’s home following a
series of strokes she suf-
fered following the Grand
Bahama Red Cross Society
Ball on September 30.

During her life, she was
honoured by Queen Eliza-
beth II for long service

given to charitable organi-
sations.

She was a founding mem-
ber of the PLP, and was
among many promoted to
Stalwart Councillor of the

party.

Contributions

A member of Grand
Bahama Red Cross Society
for more than 30 years, Mrs
Grant was praised for her
contributions to that organ-
isation for many years.

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The eulogy was delivered
by the Rev Father Steven
Grant, rector of St Mary
Magdalene.

Also. present was
Archdeacon Cornell J
Moss, in charge of the
Northern Bahamas
Archdeaconry; Father
Patrick Adderley, Dean of
Christ Church Cathedral,
and Father Norman Light-
bourn, a former rector of
that parish.

Mrs Grant was praised
for her long and untiring
service aimed at improving
conditions throughout the
Bahamas.

During a memorial ser-
vice held on _ Friday
evening, speaker after
speaker spoke of Mrs

.Grant’s long years of ser-

vice to the PLP and civic
organisations like the
Retired Persons Society.

Recognition

In recognition of her ser-
vice to the Grand Bahama
Red Cross Society, Mrs
Grant was awarded special
honours during the soci-
ety’s annual ball on Sep-
tember 30.

Her colleague Mark
Sweeting described her as
a person who was con-
cerned about family, while
at the same time giving
attention to her civic
duties.

As a business woman,
Mrs Grant ran the first
motel on Grand Bahama,
the Star Hotel Restaurant
and Bar.

Perry Christie



Obie Wilchcombe



unselfish service to both
the PLP and her communi-
ty in many ways.





In his remarks, Mr “She will be greatly
Christie praised Mrs Grant missed by the PLP and the
Neighborhood and her family for giving people of the Bahamas,
SHERWIN WILLIAMS the country her time and particularly those of you
CU tig talents, adding that Mrs. Who live in West End and
“ papier ag oared Grant was a person who Bimini constituency,” said
ca dad had set an example for Mr Wilchcombe.
ALL ALUMINUM-CAR.POR ) is Se “The Bahamas and

indeed this community has
lost‘a great woman.”

Mr Wichcombe described
Mrs Grant as one who gave

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GHS students
get into the
Christmas spirit

THE Performing Arts
Department of Government
High School presented an
evening of Christmas music
under the theme The Spirit of
Christmas.

The concert, held at
Epworth Hall, opened with a
dazzling dance number called
“Candy Cane.”

In attendance, and bringing
remarks on behalf of Carl
Bethel, Minister of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture, was
permanent secretary Mrs Elma,
Garraway.

She said how pleased she
was and how proud she felt
about the students’ marvellous
performances.

She encouraged them to
continue to develop their tal-
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arts, which she said fostered

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to continue to support children
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and having a.great time. .

Unfortunately, there are Bghamians who
will not shop, they will hardly eat, and they
won't be having a good time.

Gerald ‘Gerry’ Simons and his organisa-
tion of modern-day good Samaritans make it
their business to bring cheer into the lives of
Bahamians throughout the year and especial-
ly at Christmas.

Mr Simons, along with his wife, Ingrid
Bonamy-Simons, and a host of others have
been at the business of goodwill for more than
40 years.

They are well-known and appreciated for
their annual Christmas party where they give
presents to many of the young children who

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last year, they

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SPIRITUAL LEADER: The Dalai

IS past Sunday
mcrning, while
most Bahamians
were squirming in

their pews as angry preachers
yelled fire and brimstone, I
decided to watch a two-hour fea-
ture documentary, presented by
the Bahamas International Film
Festival, about a soft-spoken
man called Tenzin Gyatso.

Of course, that is not his real
name. He was named Lhamo
Thondup at birth, but if you are
a Tibetan Buddhist his true, true
name is Gendun Drup — the
first Dalai Lama, who was born
in 1351. Tenzin is said to be Gen-
dun's 14th reincarnation. As
such, he is the world's most
famous Buddhist monk, the spir-
itual leader of six million
Tibetans, and a celebrated Nobel
peace prize winner.

He was enthroned as the
Dalai Lama in 1950 at the age
of 15, and fled Tibet nine years
later when the Chinese commu-
nists took over the country. He
now lives in the Himalayan
mountains on the Indian side of
the border, and was the first
Dalai Lama ever to travel to the
West. He became a popular fig-
ure in the 1980s.

The film - called Dalai Lama
Renaissance - was produced in
America by the Wakan Founda-
tion for the Arts and narrated
by actor Harrison Ford.
Although it won the best docu-
mentary award at the Monaco
Film Festival recently, as well as
more than a dozen prizes at oth-
er festivals, it didn't attract much
of an audience here.

Renaissance records some of
the brainstorming at a 1999 con-
ference hosted by the Dalai
Lama dubbed the Synthesis Dia-
logue. It was the first of several
such meetings among Western
scholars organised by Brother
Wayne Teasdale, a Benedictine
monk who died three years ago.
Teasdale was a pioneer of the
interfaith movement and a close
friend of Tenzin Gyatso.

The conference invited 40 of
the West’s "leading-edge
thinkers" to the Dalai Lama's
residence at Dharamsala to dis-
cuss the world’s problems.
According to David Mueller, the
film's American co-producer
who was on hand to answer

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Renaissance

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“Many view Buddhism as more of a
philosophy than a religion because its

_chief tenets are: to lead a moral life, to

be mindful and aware of thoughts and
actions, and to develop wisdom and

understanding.”

questions at Sunday's screening
in the Atlantis Theatre, what
transpired was captured by an
18-person, 5-camera crew on
more than 140 hours of tape. "It
took us a few years to put it all
together," he said. "We gave a
copy to the Dalai Lama's office
recently and assume it was well
received, but he told us he does-
n't watch films about himself."
Renaissance was edited as a
cinematic documentary and cap-
tures the culture and scenery of
India, as well as some authentic
Tibetan dance, music and ritu-
als. Reviewers have described it
as "fascinating, ravishingly beau-
tiful and sonically soothing."

ll of that is certainly

true, but the film is not
as "transforming" as enlighten-
ment-seekers have claimed.
Many of the conference partici-
pants were religious ecumenists
with a deep interest in Buddhism,
which most Bahamians would
regard as paganism if they took
the trouble to think about it at
all. And there was a lot of puerile
"transformative" jargon in the
film, similar to this convoluted
account of the conference:

"The primary goal was to cre-
ate a living laboratory in which
participants could examine for
themselves the process by which
human awareness is expanded.
The process design called for par-
ticipants to refine these polari-
ties among their colleagues in
each field and then to engage

Christmas Musi

featuring

7:00 p.m.

with other disciplines. We were a
band of pilgrims in the classic
sense, humbled and revealed by
the long, hard road we travelled."

ome of the participants
came from such esoteric
groups as the California Institute
of Integral Studies, the World
Congress of Faiths, the Positive
Future's Network, the State of
the World Forum, the Centre for
Visionary Leadership, the Insti-
tute for Noetic Studies and the
Foundation tor Conscious Evo-
lution. And there were a couple
of well-known quantum physi-
cists thrown in for good measure.
But the star attraction was His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, who
describes himself as "a simple
monk", but who has become a
world-renowned figure. He is, of
course, a follower of Siddhattha
Gautama - an Indian aristocrat
who gave up everything 2500
years ago to become a spiritual
teacher known as the Buddha.
Frankly, | have never really
understood what Buddhism is all
about, but I do know that Bud-
dhists don't persecute others or
conduct holy wats, which puts
them pretty high up the spiritual
ladder in my estimation. Many
view Buddhism as more of a phi-
losophy than a religion because
its chief tenets are: to lead a
moral life, to be mindful and
aware of thoughts and actions,
and to develop wisdom and
understanding. Here is a repre-

. sentative description from the

Sunday, December 16, 2007

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Dalai Lama himself: "This is my .

simple religion. There is no need
for temples; no need for compli-
cated philosophy. Our own brain,
our own heart is our temple; the
philosophy is kindness...With
realization of one's own potential
and self-confidence in one's abil-
ity, one can build a better world."

| enzin's Nobel prize was

awarded Jor his plan to
achieve self-governance for Tibet
in a peaceful association with
China, which considers the coun-
try a province. He has staunchly
resisted all attempts to resolve
this issue through violence. In
fact, he attributes his worldwide
popularity to the Chinese: "If
they had treated the Tibetans
like real brothers, then the Dalai
Lama might not be so popular.
All the credit goes to the Chi-
nese."

But in a 1990s interview, the
Dalai Lama's own brother wor-
ried that the Buddhist approach
of non-violence in the Indepen-
dence struggle has been a mis-
take. "It worked for Gandhi, but
Gandhi was dealing with the
British," he said. "At least they
had a conscience. The Chinese
have only contempt."

Renaissance presents an inter-
esting portrait of this peaceful,
and some say child-like, man
who offers gems of wisdom like
this in the film: "Humanity is top-
most. Often, we suggest the
opposite. Everybody thinks my
nation first, my religion first.
Humanity comes next — that's
the problem."

Renaissance is one of 83 films
from 26 different countries being
showcased by the Bahamas
International Film Festival this
week at several locations in Nas-
sau. They include 54 features, of
which several are world or inter-
national premieres and nearly all
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The absurd controversy over the recent attempt to charge
the press a fee to cover Junkanoo makes one wonder whether
our officials have taken leave of their senses.

Although the argument about protection of intellectual
property rights of Junkanooers was not advanced until after
the proposal had been withdrawn, we should remember that
these groups are subsidised at huge cost by the private sector
(both monetarily and in terms of lost productivity). And mas-
sive public resources are deployed to organise and facilitate the
display their art. One has to question whether art exists if no-
one sees it?

But the royalty issue aside, how can such a major policy
change to coverage of a national public event be implement-
ed without consultation or thought when the results were
entirely predictable — unless the idea was to generate a con-
troversy in order to raise the issue publicly?

Intellectual property did not feature in the ministry's expla-
nation for the move as far as I am aware. They initially said the
fee was to control the proliferation of press and freelance
photographers swarming over the parade route, and to cover
processing costs (such as the cost of vests). :

These are entirely valid points, but they do not require the
imposition of prohibitive fees. A processing fee to cover legit-
imate expenses would not be objectionable in my view. And
controlling the number of photographers who are accredited
is a simple matter of setting and enforcing impartial criteria
and limits — something that Bahamian officials find almost
impossible to do. ;

In a free society, the press has a right to-report on all pub-
lic and private matters subject only to the constraints of the
law, and it is ridiculous to try to charge them for coverage. If
photographers subsequently make money from the sale of
their Junkanoo pictures then perhaps they should be charged
a royalty fee, after appropriate consultation, but that is anoth-
er issue.

And it begs the question of why non-press affiliated pho-
tographers are allowed to cover the parades anyway? It is stan-
dard practice to limit special access to public events to accred-
ited working press and officials only. Perhaps the ministry
could enlighten us with their written policy on the matter.

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Candidates should be qualified teachers who possess the necessary academic qualifications
for the position(s) for which they apply, including a teaching qualification and a bachelor's
degree, and normally heed to have a minimum of two years successful school-based

experience. Desirable qualifications, in addition to those specified for individual posts, -

are that teachers have successful experience in an independent and/or international school
and an advanced degree. Applications from candidates able to coach team sports or
advise school clubs and activities are particularly welcomed. Secondary (j.e. middle and
upper) school teachers will be expected to undertake the responsibility of a homeroom.

Please note that applications received from non-Bahamian candidates will not be considered
at this time, although permanent residents with the right to work are invited ta submit their
papers for future consideration. Applications from candidates living outside The
Commonwealth of The Bahamas will not be acknowledged or considered at this stage
of the recruiting process. If the school is unable to recruit any position locally, it will
advertise internationally in January. -

ALL SCHOOL

Physical education: Years pre-school to 13 responsibilities. Candidates must have
successful experience in coaching years 7 to 13 in at least three of the following sports:
baseball/softball; basketball; soccer; track and field; volleyball: Swimming/WSI certification
would be welcomed.

PRIMARY SCHOOL

The school is authorized to teach the Primary Years Programme (PYP) of the International
Baccalaureate Organization. Candidates for all posts in the primary school should be
committed to the principles of, and preferably trained in, the PYP. Applications are warmly
welcomed from teachers who are committed to an inquiry-based pedagogy but who have
not yet had the opportunity to teach in'a PYP school.

Homeroom teachers: Class sizes range between 15 and 20.

Primary School Spanish (part-time): Candidates should be familiar with the ACTFL
standards and able to work as a contributing member of a school-wide team.

SECONDARY SCHOOL

The school offers its own middle years programme in years seven through nine and the
BGCSE in years 10 and 11 (grades 9 and 10). The school is authorized to teach the
Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization in years 12 and
13 (grades 11 and 12).

Science
Biology: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach biology to pre-university level

and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.
Candidates should also be able to offer either chemistry or physics at BGCSE/IGCSE

level.

Chemistry: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach chemistry to pre-university
level and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma
programme. Candidates should also be dble''to offer either biology or physics to

BGCSE/IGCSE level. \: : vty

English: Successful experience in teaching English to IB level is required for this post.
Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level and be familiar
with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Successful
BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT 1/SAT I! experience is also essential.

Mathematics: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level
and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.
Successful experience in teaching calculus to AP and/or IB level is preferred for this post.
Successful BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT 1/SAT II experience is also desirable.

Drama: Candidates should be able and willing to teach up to IB theatre arts level and
possibly coordinate musical and drama productions throughout the secondary school.

Information technology: Years pre-school to 13 responsibilities in integrated technology,
promoting the concept of “computer as tool" across all ages and curriculum areas, as
well as teaching in years 10 through 13. Must be experienced in teaching computer
science at IB diploma level.

Middle.school home room and core teachers: Middle level educational qualifications,
experience working with early adolescents and a familiarity with the philosophy of middle
schools are required from applicants for these posts. Applicants may also be required
to teach BGCSE courses up to year 11.

At least two of the successful applicants will have documented successful experience in
teaching English in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer English and one of the following
— PSE; IT & Social Studies; art; drama - possibly to BGCSE level.

Another successful applicant will have documented successful experience in teaching
general science in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer any combination of biology,

chemistry and physics at BGCSE level. If he/she could also teach mathematics that would |

be useful.

Mathematics and special needs (part time post): Candidates must have successful
experience in teaching in both areas.

NB: One successful candidate from: all the posts offered will be able to offer the
teaching of the Theory of Knowledge course at IB diploma level. Another will be
able to offer the teaching of psychology at IB diploma level

Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade, by letter,
email or fax as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:

letter of application ;

a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy

a full curriculum vitae,

either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email numbers of three
people who may be approached for confidential professional references or the
name and address of the recruiting agency from which the candidate's confidential
dossiers may be obtained.

Information on the teaching posts offered may be obtained from the heads of the schools
by email or fax’only.

Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Email: Frank.Coyle@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 324 0816

Allison Collie, Head of the primary school:
Email: Allison.Collie@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 324 0816

Bob Wade

Principal .

St Andrew's School : :
P O Box EE 17340

Nassau

Email: Bob.Wade@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 364 1654

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2008. Applications from unqualified
candidates, applications arriving without the full information requested, applications from
outside The Commonwealth of The Bahamas or applications received after this date will
not be considered.

PAGE 10, WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007

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Lady Ingrid Darling serves

THE TRIBUNE

up a taste of the Baham

WITH a unique fusion of Bahami-
an, Caribbean and Southern-Amer-
ican cuisines and recipes in her book,
“Many Tastes of the Bahamas”,
Lady Ingrid Darling, wife of former
Governor General Clifford Darling,
has managed to combine her love
of history, cooking and native ingre-
dients for readers not only eager to
become a part of the Bahamian culi-
nary tradition that speaks of old
faithful recipes like peas n’ rice, but
who also want to join her on an his-
torical journey of the culinary fare of
the Bahamas and the wider region.

After four years of research, taste-
testings, measuring and re-measur-
ing, the first edition of “Many Tastes
of the Bahamas” was published in
2001 and quickly sold out. But even
with-this success, Lady Darling now
says, she wasn’t in a rush to do
another.edition but the demand was
so great and so many people had
been asking her about her recipes
and where they could find her book,
that her hand was forced. And with
the book recently back in stores,
Lady Darling will be conducting a
booksigning at Logos Bookstore on
Saturday, December 15 from 11am
to 2pm.

Bon Appetite Bahamian Style

The new edition of Many Tastes
of the Bahamas stays true to Lady
Darling’s passion for cooking and
includes the same traditional and
culinary influences of the first book.
Having lived in the US for 15 years,
her recipes are the result of a blend-
ing of experiences and her attempt to
invite the peoples of North America,
who often times fall in love with
Bahamian and Caribbean foods once
they try them, to bring a delicious
piece of paradise into their homes
and into their kitchens. As such, a
number of the recipes include sub-
stitutes, such as using clams or other
readily available seafood in place of
conch.

Looking back, Lady Darling said
that the original motivation for writ-
ing the cookbook was to ensure that
her three sons continued to enjoy
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them with, even though they were
married and living in the US. And it
was at the urging of her oldest son
that she was inspired to write the
recipes down for publication.

While at first glance it would seem
an easy matter to write down recipes
for dishes that you have been cook-
ing all your life and that have been
passed down to you for generations,
Lady Darling initially found it to be
a tremendous undertaking.

“T didn't know it would be so
involved. I had hand written recipes
passed down from my mother and
grandmother - it was a hand full of
this and a dash of this. I had to go
through and do all the measure-
ments and test’it out, like Johnny
cake and souse,” Lady Darling said.

Along with the traditional recipes,
Lady Darling has also included a
few new twists on old favourites
which make use of native ingredi-
ents - like her avocado and egg salad,
roasted guinep, ginger shrimp, dilly
dinner rolls, samana baked red snap-
per with conch stuffing and stuffed
baked breadfruit.

“T have a knack of knowing the
balances, if I taste a dish I know the
seasonings, so I got hooked on [tak-
ing recipes apart] and making them
Bahamian. Using the dilly, hog plum,
seagrapes, breadfruit and mango,
I've come up with original recipes
that include fruits, such as dilly syrup






of Summer Haven will be held on
Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis
Xaviers Cathedral, West Hill Street.
Officiating will be Monsignor Alfred
Culmer and Fr. Simeon Roberts.
Interment will follow in Lakeview
Gardens, J. F. K. Drive.




























































She is survived by her parents,
Michael and Patricia Simmons; 1
brother, Michael Simmons;
grandmother, Minister Julia
Adderley; step-grandfather, Craven Adderley; grandaunts, Inez Dorestant
and Doreen Stubbs; special friend, Shannon Darville; beloved pet, Rocco;
uncles, Henry Rolle, Gary, Mario and Leo Simmons, Cyril, Wellington,
Charles Smith of Fort Pierce, Florida, Henry Wesley Smith, Ronald
Saunders, Karl Martin, Joseph Roberts, Lawson Gray, Owen Burrows,
Thomas Bodie, Deacon Raymond Forbes, Randy Pearce, Wayne Miller
and Jeff Adderley; aunts, Rosemary Bodie, Beverley Martin, Ophelia
and Bessie Rolle, Paula Saunders Dorothy Roberts, Jennifer Pearce,
Angela Miller, Lolita and Paula Simmons, Cheryl Davis, Lulamae Smith,
Cheryl Ferguson, Naomi Lebrunson, Jane Inell Smith, Esther Louise
Smith and Jane V. Smith of Fort Pierce, Florida; cousins, Daphanie
Simmons, Anastacia Gray, Darcel Burrows, Shannals Johnson, Mario
Rahming, Prophetess Dina Rolle of Atlanta Georgia, Tamika Bodie,
Marcian LaRoda, Danielle and Daria Burrows, Azia and Amarie Gray,
Ryan, Jannicka,Thaddeous and Julianna Pearce, Bria and Wayne Miller
Jr., Oswald, Kimberley, Jermaine, Delon, Lathario, Patrice, Cerdonio,
Kayla, Andrew and Adrian Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Rolle and
family, Reverand Sanford Rolle and family, Sub-Lieutenant Valentino
Rolle and family, Sergeant Presley Rolle and family, Horatio Rolle, Ms.
Michelle Watkins and family, Mr. Eugene Gardiner and family, Mr.
Anthony Hanna and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sturrup and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Amold Forbes and family, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Forbes and family,
Mr. David Forbes and family, Cecilia and Patrice Forbes, Joey and Kara
Roberts, Christie, Nakia, Christine, Garonique and Amber Bodie, Jacob
and Helen Rose, Patrice Johnson, Sherry Brown, Monique Cooper, and
| ahost of other cousins, too numerous to mention; other relatives and
friends including, Hazel Sturrup, Mr. Edward Gardiner, Mr. and Mrs.
Clifford Lockhart and family, Olive and Joy Taylor and family, Fr. Noel
Clarke, Maxine and Simone Darville, Mr. and Mrs. Lennis Rahming and
family, James Pinder, Marisa Smith and family, Nan and Valerie Sawyer,
Barry and Gail Griffin and family, Myrtle Minus, Dudley and LaRoma
Seifert and family, Shane and Audrey Deveaux and family, Claudine
Minus and family, Allison Minus and family, Naomi Williams and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hunt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Hunt, Mr.
and Mrs. Michael Burrows and family, Sheila Johnson and family, Doctors
Hospital family, Commodore and Staff of the Royal Bahamas Defense
Force, Management and staff of General Brokers and Agents, St. Augustine's
College Class of 2004 especially Lachea Bethel, Dhalia Dames, Adrian
Forsythe, Dawnica Gibson, Yasmin Hanna, Camille Kenny, Shavonti
Lewis, Monet Lockhart, Rhenard Miller, Crystle Patton, Asha Poitier,
Kamala Richardson, Brandon Pratt, Tamara Rolle, Morganna Thurston,
and Bradford Turner, Faculty and Staff of William Woods University,
especially Mr. Jimmy Clay, Jennifer Adamson, Eberneisha Brown, Ciara
Cheatum, Cassie Davis, Eric Dun, Charles Dunlap, Bri E, Lydia Gaboury,
Mary Loveday, Jessica Tipton and Kate Woodard, St. Thomas More
Church family, and St. Cecilia's Church family, as well.as a host of other
relatives and friends too numerous to mention.



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Lady Ingrid Darling

for pancakes, mango cheesecake and
pies, soursop ice cream and jam.”
Getting back to basics

One of the interesting things Lady
Darling has found with the publica-
tion of her book, is that there were
women her own age who did not
know how to make traditional
Bahamian foods, like Johnny cake.

, Being the only girl in a family of five

she had no such luxury - she had to
know how to cook, and so she made
good use of her time in the kitchen
by creating new dishes, including her
avocado dessert, where she cut up
pieces of avocado and whipped it
with powdered sugar and cinnamon
and then put whipped cream on top.

Another thing that surprises her is
the number of men who are doing
the cooking in their homes - and
using her recipes to boot.

“What surprises me is that at book
signings men are buying books for
themselves. Many young wives say
they don't do the cooking, their hus-
bands do the cooking. At a book
signing at the Marathon at Mall
recently a gentleman told me he uses
my book all the time and his wife
said ‘yes, he does’.” :

The book also takes Bahamians
back to childhood favourites and
items that they may not have tasted
for many years, dishes such as crab
and dough, peas soup, guava duff,
“recipes people haven't seen in a
long time”.

With the fast paced world that
families now face, Lady Darling has
also-included menus in Many Tastes.
“Where we were at Government
House I had to do menu sets for
entertaining - a guide for what was
served at functions.

“At the beginning of the chapters
I have meal plans because knowing
what to serve with what is very
important: I even have the menu
served to Nelson Mandela during
his visit here, so it’s a blending of
national and international culinary
fare.”

Readers will find recipes that help
them out on all occasions, like mak-
ing a thanksgiving meal. According
to Lady Darling, when it’s just a hus-
band and wife having dinner, you
don’t have to use a big turkey. Her
plan for a'smaller thanksgiving meal
is the,turkey roll.

“You cut the turkey into slices
and decorate it using drained pineap-
ples and bake it as turkey roll-using
barbecue sauce - these are the kinds
of things I go crazy with. I was get-
ting my daughters-in-law used to
cooking peas and rice, but even
Bahamians get tired of stirring, so
the traditional way is to put all the
ingredients together and put them
in a casserole dish and bake it.”

An historical perspective

One element that Lady Darling
is very proud of is that her book
includes the-history of transmigra-
tion of food. She takes a look. at
foods the African slaves brought
with them into the New World and
how recipes have transformed from
generation to generation to accom-
modate the availability of ingredi-
ents.

“What did the Africans bring with
them, what did the Europeans bring
with them? Did you know that the
forerunner of the conch fritter is the
bean or akara, cake/fritter? The
Africans brought black-eyed peas
with them and they would take the
hull off and pound it until it was a
paste and then add seasonings,
onions and pepper, salt and what
not, and then fry it and it’s like a
fritter. So the natural evolution
would be to use the conch and then
they didn't want to do the work [of
hulling the peas] so they used flour
and that is where we get the conch
fritter.”

Lady Darling said also that bread-
fruit, a popular fruit in other parts of
the Caribbean, was originally
brought from the Pacific to the
region and was to be planted for
food for the slaves because it was
cheap to produce. As literature
records in “Mutiny on the Bounty”,
the first voyage failed, but the fruit
would eventually land in this hemi-
sphere. The slaves in the Bahamas,
however, revolted because they
wanted their own yams, onions and
cassavas. And so it is to this day,
Lady Darling said, where Bahamians
still refuse to eat the fruit.

In the end, Lady Darling said it
was a joy putting the cookbook
together and she loves to watch the
reaction of people as they rey sit old
favourites or discover new ones. And
with some 3,00 books in print this
time around, Lady Davling wants
her readers to know th.’ Many
Tastes of the Bahamas will be avail-
able for a long time.

e Lady Darling will be conducting
a booksigning at Logos Bookstore
on Saturday, December I5 from
1lam to 2pm. Many Tastes of the
Bahamas is available in all book-
stores and can also be found in Fes-
tival Place.

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2007 = ae

Filmmaker makes big splash.

ARTIST and film-maker Jackson Petit is
making big waves in the world of film, land-
ing a short film in this year’s Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival (BIFF).

Mr Petit, resident video editor for Track
Road Theatre, recently presented his the-
atre company with a DVD copy of the film,
Jackson’s Biography.

However, BIFF will present the film at
Galleria Cinema, JFK, on Tuesday, Decem-
ber 11, at 8pm and at Atlantis Theatre, Par-
adise Island, on Wednesday, December 12, at
9.30pm. Jackson’s Biography is Mr Petit’s
visual self-portrait. Mr Petit, a Bahamian























studying film in Toronto, uses a class assign-
ment to express some of his deepest thoughts
and emotions.

According to Mr Petit, the film is best
described as “poetic and emotionally com-
pelling.” The film reveals his psyche, emo-
tional state and sexuality.

“The film is layered with inventive ani-
mated sequences, hand-written text and con-
tinuous color palette changes,” he said.

“This documentary short subject exam-
ines my flaws, my self-loathing, my fears, and
my feelings of loneliness.”

Matthew Kelly, chairman of Track Road

Theatre, said Jackson’s Biography is bru-
tally honest art. “Jackson displays. the true
work of an artist in this film,” Mr.Kelly said.
“He is a realist. He gives us a truthful picture
of who he is, and if we are honest, we’ll see us
in him. We are human - imperfect, vulnera-
ble, hungry, and pitiful. But, at the same
time, we are divine. The film is just as artful
as the artist himself.”

Mr Petit is making his way on to the inter-
national radar as well. His film, Cardboard
City and the Land of Paintings, is being
sought for a distribution deal by a Canadian
production company.




































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Seventy-five SMART graduates for San Salvador

@ By Gladstone Thurston
Bahamas Information
Services

COLUMBUS ISLE, San Sal-
vador, The Bahamas — Seventy-
five San Salvadorians became
the first Eamily Islanders to
graduate from the Ministry of
Tourism’s SMART programme
during ceremonies on Saturday
night at Club Med.

SMART, the acronym for
Sales, Marketing and Royal
Treatment, is offered to
upgrade the quality of customer
service of frontline hospitality
workers.

Developed by Gloria Dar-
ling-Brown, the programme has
been recognised and approved
by the Bahamas Baptist Col-
lege.

The Sal Salvador graduates
were drawn from private and
public sectors and received their
certificates from Minister of
Agriculture’ and Marine
Resources Lawrence ‘Larry’
Cartwright, Ministry of Tourism
permanent secretary Archie
Nairn, administrator Jordon
Ritchie and other officials.

In his keynote address, Mr
Cartwright, MP for Long Island
and Ragged Island, promoted
linkages between tourism and
other sectors of the economy.

Increasing those linkages, he
said, “is vital to the proper
development of the Bahamas.”

Tourism officials have report-
ed “many times” of “a tremen-
dous degree of leakage” in the
Bahamian economy, he said.

“That simply means that,

‘although we earn a lot of mon-

ey,” he explained, “we are not
able to keep the majority of it

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Salvador” for Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources
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ford Fernander eh receives his
SMART certificate from Minister
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Cartwright. Pic-
tured from right are Antoinette
Davis, Ministry of Tourism, gener-
al manager - Family Islands; and
permanent secretary Archie Nairn.

circulating within our country.

“A massive amount of money
is sent back out the country
almost immediately.”

He calculated that some 80
cents of every dollar earned
though tourism is spent import-
ing goods and services.

“Ro apf the just under, .

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Cartwright, “almost $1.6 billion
per year is spent on importing
building materials, bringing in
food supplies or purchasing dec-
orative items. We are even
importing a significant amount
of the items that we sell to visi-
tors as souvenirs.

“We must be able to improve.
I am sure that we have the dis-
cipline, the ingenuity, and the
work ethic to bring about a
change for the better. After all
$1.6 billion is a lot of money.”

There are hundreds of oppor-
tunities in which tourism and
agriculture and fisheries can be
linked, he said.

“If we were to identify these
ways and effectively make those
links, we would strengthen our
economy significantly and great-

_ ly increase the sustainability of

our business,” Mr Cartwright
said:

“T expect that after long, hard
work, we will have much rea-
son; to-celebrate because we
wouldhave- accomplished; a
goal,” he said.


















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THE TRIBUNE»



FROM page one

“That’s wrong. No cabinet
should be allowed to do that, it is
a collective decision to be made,”
he said.

Mr Grant, contributing to the .

supplementary appropriation
bills, furthermore stated that Mr

Wilchcombe had “authorized the ~

expenditure of $12.8 million for
the Ministry of Tourism’s
‘Bahamavention’ offshore pro-
motional campaign knowing
when he did it that there were
no funds allocated.”

He added: “In addition to the
Ministry’s limited discretionary
funds, the former Minster autho-
rized the use of funds earmarked
for investor marketing support
to produce and run this cam-
paign.”

Mr Grant stated that in doing
so, the minister “left the Ministry
without funds in its Budget to
facilitate approved payments.”

In light of this, Mr Grant said

he was seeking approval retroac-

tively with respect to the
$8,768,301.00 that was spent by

Wilchcombe

way of contingency warrant in
excess of the Ministry of Touris-
m’s 2006-2007 budget approved
by Parliament.

Mr Grant said while “no one
could argue” about the need for
the Bahamas-+to-maintainits-com--~
petitive edge in the tourism mar-
ket, “one would surely anticipate
that the former Minister would
take the prudent path and seek
the requisite approvals of cabi-
net and where necessary the
approval of this House” when the

need for further funds became .

evident.

‘He said that he was “most dis-
turbed” by the former govern-
ment’s “rather cavalier approach
to properly accounting for the
people’s money,” adding: “Fiscal
prudence appears to have had lit-
tle traction under the PLP.”

According to the minister, of
the $8,768,301 overspent by the
Ministry, $2 million went to sat-

_isfy January - June subvention
‘for Kerzner International,

Meme AAO)
Shevolyn Armbrister

$2,632,072.49 was used to pay the
legitimate bills of Fallon Adver-
tising, the Ministry’s agency of
record, and $4,136,228.51 was
used to pay Air Trans Airline in
conformity with the agreement
for airlift for Grand Bahama
Island.

‘Tropicat storm

FROM page one

terday and today becoming ait

weak tropical storm or depres-

sion after it passes over the

mountainous regions of Hispan-
iola.

The storm is expected to pass
to the south of the Bahamas and
while islands such as Andros,
New Providence and Grand
Bahama are not expected to feel
the effects of the storm, islands
like Long Island and others to

. the southeast will.

These islands are expected to

’ receive both wind and rain up

until Wednesday.



Bem AU ne

FROM page one

they love this country and our
people more than we do, then

‘ why would they subject our youth
‘to unsavoury characters?” Mr

Russell asked.
Mr Christie said that Mr Rus-

oo $ell's.assertion that’a man who «~

was dismissed from the public ser-
vice in 2003 for criminal reasons
and sentenced to three years in
prison was rehired by government
in 2005 and placed in charge of
an Urban Renewal school super-
vision programme for suspended
students was “a mistruth and a
mistatement.”

“No person without skills
would be taken into an urban
renewal office and would be able
to supercede” those already
assigned to that office in terms of
authority, he said. Additionally,
Mr Christie said, Mr Russell
should know from his files “that
this person was recommended by
a public official” and that he was
“put there under special circum-
stances.” He was given a second
chance and was “under the super-
vision” of others, said Mr Christie.

The former prime minister then
condemned Mr Russell’s inclu-

sion of the case of another indi- ~

vidual, a woman who was arrested
and charged in 2004 for posses-
sion of fire arms, ammunition and
dangerous drugs.

He said: “He didn’t say the
woman was convicted, he said she
was charged.” He stated that he

_.. had “no doubt-that the circum-

stances” of the case were that this

FROM page one

seminar where regional stakeholders met in an
organised effort to take collective action against
gun trafficking within the Caribbean region.

“This is a seminar with a clear purpose— to con-
tribute to the implementation of commitments made
at the highest level between the governments of the
US and of CARICOM to take collective action
against the illicit trafficking in firearms, and the
threat it poses to security, stability, economic and

social development of our region.’

Despite The Bahamas’ stringent gun control cae
which prohibits private citizens from owning hand-
guns or automatic weapons, Minister Turnquest
noted that between January 1, 1998 to December 31,
2005, 57 per cent of murders, 65 per cent of attempt-
ed murders and 80 per cent of armed robberies
were committed using illegal firearms.

In 2006 alone the Royal Bahamas Police Force
seized some 170 handguns, he added.

170 guns were seized in The Bahamas in 2006
and 113 were able to be traced. Close to 83 per cent
of that number was traced directly to the US, with
most of the firearms traced back to Florida, Minis-

ter Turnquest said.

He also noted that the country’s national debate
on crime is mirrored in many CARICOM member
states as the region’s geographic location places it in

“| - FROM page one

already completed his case. He
emphasized that if Mr Davis is
allowed to reopen his case by call-
ing new witnesses, the FNM side
should be allowed the same privi-
lege. Sandy Bastian and BEC were
the only witnesses the court had
yet to hear from that Mr Davis
reserved the right to recall.

Mr Barnett said that such an act
would open Pandora’s Box, and
“we will be here forever.”

Senior Justice Anita Allen told
Mr Davis that he had had ample,
opportunity to present his case,
and she agreed that Mr Barnett
would have to be allowed the
opportunity to respond if Mr Davis
was allowed to call these new wit-
nesses.

Mr Davis said that by calling
these new witnesses, his side is not
signaling that their case against the
voters related to this testimony is
weak, rather he said, his side
desires for the justices to have all
the relevant information.

Senior Justice Allen told Mr

‘Davis that he can call BEC and

Sandy Bastian, and another wit-
ness Rick Miller, who had suppos-

Christie
woman was a mother who was
from a “challenged household”

with “some boys” who were
charged when such things were

found in her house, but later vin-

dicated.

Mr Christie said it was “shame-
ful” that Mr Russell had included
the case of a third individual in
his contribution, that of a man
who was arrested for several crim-
inal offences, but later had these

FROM page one

matters dismissed. He said tha
the man was “found innocent i
the courts of law” and therefore,
according to the constitution,
there was no reason why he
should not have been given
employment.

He further questioned whether

_ two officers, who Mr Russell said

were killed while committing an
armed robbery, were Urban
Renewal officers or district con-
stables, who would have been vol-
unteers appointed by and under
the direction of the police force.

Three traffic fatalities

Defence Force officer Omar Smith was killed and a young woman suf-
fered life-threatening injuries, when Smith’s blue 2000 Yamaha 1100
collided with a white 1996 Nissan Maxima, also driven by a 21-year-old,
at 9.45pm.

According to police reports, the driver of the Nissan was attempting
to turn off John F Kennedy Drive onto Windsor Field Road when he
collided with Mr Smith’s motorcycle, which was travelling in the
opposite direction.

Mr Smith, and a 19-year-old female passenger, were thrown from’ the
motorcycle. Mr Smith sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

The female passenger was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.

. She is listed in “serious condition.”

The 21-year-old driver of the Nissan, registration number 133047,
escaped the accident unharmed.

In addition to investigating the circumstances surrounding this lat-
est traffic fatality, police are also searching for suspects in the case of

a shooting that occurred at around 7am on Saturday.
Police reported that a 31-year-old man was standing at a bus stop on
Robinson Road when another unidentified man approached him.
The unknown man produced a firearm and started shooting at the 31-

year-old, hitting him in his right leg.
The victim was taken to hospita

r for treatment.

His condition is listed as not life threatening.

Firearms trafficking

a vulnerable state for illicit transit and the continu-
ous and pervasive drug trade in the Caribbean is con-
sidered a core reason for its crime problem.

“Tt is a matter of record that CARICOM countries
have long and consistently articulated their concern
regarding the proliferation of firearms in the region,

. and particularly the illicit trafficking in arms. Indeed,
we are here today because of the commitment of our
countries and our region to halt and reverse this

very dangerous trend. ”

The inaugural event, which continues today, is
hosted by the Bahamas government. It aims at ful-
filling commitments made by US and CARICOM
leaders in March 2006 that were re-affirmed during
the US and CARICOM Heads of Government Sum-
mit in June 2007.

Among various CARICOM delegates in atten-
dance were Minister of National Security and Immi-
gration Tommy Turnquest, Under Secretary in the
Ministry of National Security Peter Deveaux Isaacs,
US Charge d’Affaires Brent Hardt, US Ambas-
sador Ned Siegel and Acting Deputy Commission-
er of Police Christopher McCoy.

Key issues to be addressed over the two-day event

edly shown up yesterday on an ear-
lier subpoena — Miller did not
appear when called by:the bailiff,
and a warrant of arrest will be
issued today if he fails to appear.

The revising officers who issued
voters cards to Jamaican Manani
Taylor — who was deported by the
immigration department — also tes-
tified yesterday, along with Par-
liamentary Commissioner Errol
Bethel.

Isabel Miller, chief clerk in the
department, acknowledged that
she registered Taylor, but said that
he provided an affidavit, the birth
certificate of his mother and a
school letter as supporting docu-
ments in order to register.

This contradicts testimony given
earlier in the trial by US investiga-
tor Steve Mallon, who interviewed
Taylor at the Detention Centre
before he was deported. Mr Mal-
lon testified that Taylor told him
that after paying a man in
Pinewood called ‘Keith’ $1,000, he
went to the parliamentary regis-
tration department on Farrington
Road and was issued a voters card



include firearm export control, border security,
firearm marking and tracing, ballistics identifica-
tion and best practices in stockpile management.

PLP chief counsel

without providing any identifica-
tion.

Kayla Green-Smith, attorney
representing the returning officer
for the Pinewood constituency,
provided the court with a copy of
the affidavit Taylor gave Ms Miller.
Ms Miller said she believed the
documents Taylor presented were
authentic. She also said that she is
not known as “Trace” or “Trix”,
who is the person Taylor was
reportedly told to go and see at
the parliamentary registration
office after paying the $1,000. Ms
Miller added that she does not
know anyone in her department
by either of those names. She said
she received no money from Tay-
lor.

During cross-examination by Mr -

Davis, Ms Miller acknowledged
that there was no photo identifica-
tion provided with Taylor’s docu-
ments, but despite this he was reg-
istered, as she was satisfied with
his documents.

Mr Davis asked her if she did
not find it suspicious that Taylor’s
affidavit was created on February
24, 2005, which was only four days
before he presented the documents
to her on February 28 to register.
She said no.

When asked by Mr Davis if she
knows that he isa Jamaican, she
said she now does, because of the
court proceedings.

Rachel Nabbie, a revising offi-
cer, also testified that she regis-
tered Taylor at the Mall at
Marathon.

» Ms Nabbie told the court that
she checked her schedule for the
pre-election period before coming
to court, and found out that she
registered Taylor. On this occa-
sion Taylor provided a voters card
to register.

Earlier testimony from the
immigration file on Taylor
revealed that he was found in pos-
session of two voters cards. One
of these documents was turned
over to the now Acting Deputy
Police Commissioner Christopher
McCoy.

Mr Bethel also testified to the
question of how many voters cards
were issued to Gretal Collie. Dur-
ing her testimony, it appeared that
two separate documents of regis-
tration were on the voter counter-
foil under her name.

Mr Bethel said that she was not
registered more than once. He
explained that when voters register
a counterfoil is prepared, and if
they pick up their card at another
location, a dummy counterfoil is
created with the voter's informa-
tion.

When officials from his depart-
ment return to the headquarters
from the field, they attach the two
together, and make the necessary
corrections to the person’s regis-
tration.

Election court resumes at 10
o’clock this morning.

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BAHAMIAN taxi drivers yester-
day said they wanted to “nail down” a
Heads of Agreement with the Gov-
ernment to cover ground transporta-
tion in the country, a move they
believe would give them access to
greater financing and help them stan-
dardise the taxi fleet, in turn enabling
them to capture a larger share of a

$250 million industry.

Richard Johnson, president of the
Public Service Drivers Union
(PSDU), said the three taxi driver
unions - which had committed in 2004
to work together to achieve these
goals - wanted the Government
through a Heads of Agreement “to
recognise the value of the taxi fran-
chises”.

Mr Johnson said that currently, the
Government acts as the master hold-

er of all taxi franchises under the
Road Traffic Act, and receives an
annual fee from the drivers/franchise
holders for this.

However, the taxi unions - the
PSDU, Bahamas Taxi Cab Union and
Grand Bahama Taxi Union - “want to
do away with that” structure.

“All we’re asking the Government
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‘Three-month’ grace
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exemption is urged

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government was yes-
terday urged to provide a
“three-month window” to
aliow all outstanding real
estate transactions relying on
the first-time buyer Stamp Tax
exemption to close and still
enjoy the incentive despite its
removal, an attorney branding
the administration’s decision
not to extend it as “a great mis-
take”.

Paul Moss, a well-known
social activist and head of his

own financial services firm, ,

Dominion Management Ser-
vices, said the removal of the
Stamp Tax exemption for first-
time home buyers on proper-
ties appraised at $250,000 or
less could “really cripple the
housing market” .in the
Bahamas, especially for mid-
dle class and lower income
families.

He added that he had clients.

who had concluded sales
agreements to purchase real
estate based on the fact that
they would receive the Stamp
Tax exemption, thus removing
a major upfront cost and
impediment to home afford-
ability for Bahamians.

In some cases, Mr Moss said
he had clients whose property
purchase agreements were

made on a ‘net’ basis, mean- ©

ing that the buyer had agreed
to take care. of all closing costs,
including payment of Stamp

Attorney describes
likely decision to
end incentive as
‘oreat mistake’ and
‘crazy’ because it
could ‘cripple’
housing market

Tax. Before the Christie
administration introduced the
Stamp Tax exemption, first-
time buyers had to pay 6 per
cent Stamp Tax on real estate
with an appraisal value of
$50,000-$100,000, and 8 per
cent on properties valued at
between $100,000-$250,000.
In net deals, where the buy-
er takes care of all closing
costs, on a $220,000 home, for
example, first-time buyers
would have paid 8 per cent
Stamp Duty - some $17,600.
That is a major upfront cost
for Bahamians, especially giv-
en the low savings rate in this
country. The Stamp Tax also
compounded the other closing
cests, which include legal fees -
usually 2.5 per cent of the pur-
chase price; 6 per cent realtor
commission; 7 per cent archi-
tects’ fees on new buildings;

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industry,” Mr Johnson explained.
“We're not able to do that, because
of a lack of funding in an organised
fashion, and because we don’t own
the franchises outright. The Govern-
ment owns them, to all intents and
purposes, and unlike other businesses,
you can’t sell the franchise.”
Previous proposals had suggested
recreating TaxiCo (Bahamas) or
establishing Taxi Union Partners as a

cooperative to replace the Govern-

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has asked the Bahami-
an private sector to look at the Airport
Authority as the “model” on which to base
the proposed Nassau Port Authority that
will manage downtown Nassau and provide
a key pillar in Bay Street’s revitalization,
the Nassau Tourism Development Board’s
(NTDB) chairman said yesterday. ;

Charles Klonaris said the idea of using
the Airport Authority as a template on
which to base the structure, responsibilities
and framework for any Nassau Port Author-
ity was discussed at a recent meeting
between Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette and the private sector.

Reiterating that the Government was
mostly “on board” with recommendations
submitted by the
NTDB and other
private sector

SEE page 4

Tribune Business Editor

A TRADE union leader yesterday said he
was looking to conclude a “precedent setting”
industrial agreement for ground transportation
workers, adding that his organisation was expect-
ing to be recognised imminently as the bargain-
ing agent for Bahamas Experience’s drivers.

_ Richard Johnson, president of the Public Ser-
vice Drivers Union (PSDU), told The Tribune:
“We hope to get, for the first time, a collective
bargaining agreement for Bahamas Experience.
workers.

“We're looking at it as a very precedent setting
move, because for the most part transportation
workers have always been independent con-
tractors.”

Mr Johnson said he understood that Dion
Foulkes, minister of labour and maritime affairs,
was likely to sign off on the PSDU’s recognition
as the bargaining unit
for the company’s dri-
vers shortly, with Har-

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How staff can survive the armed robbery

THE methods outlined
here will help you and your
staff survive an actual armed
robbery. No amount of mon-
ey is worth the risk of person-
al injury or death, Victims of
armed robberies commonly
experience physical and emo-
tional problems following the
incident. Many of these per-
sons subsequently experience
complaints such as chronic
nervousness, insomnia, night-
mares and headaches, cou-
pled with emotional disorders
such as greater aggressive-
ness, moodiness, depression
and a general distrust of oth-
ers.

The emotional disorders
tend to last longer then the
physical disorders. These dis-
orders are more likely to
occur when the victim puts
up a resistance to the armed
robber. These feelings and
experiences are normal fol-
lowing a life-threatening
ordeal, and usually pass with
time. However, professional
counselling by qualified post-
trauma counsellors should be
considered.

A good question to ask is if
your employer includes this
professional counselling ser-
vice in your benefits package,

especially those of you who
work in high-risk professions
such as banks, convenience
and grocery stores. Coun-
selling has been found to sig-
nificantly decrease the emo-
tional harm caused by armed
robbery. With support and
guidance, these reactions
generally pass. Indeed, such
reactions enable the victim to
come to terms with the event
and progress to recovery.

Employees

For some employees, their
reactions may be particularly
severe. The recovery process
may be blocked, or the initial
trauma may be compounded
by other problems. These and
even lesser problems are
obviously costly to the indi-
vidual as well as the employ-
er in terms of sick leave,
impaired performance, com-
pensation, morale and staff
turnover.

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During an armed robbery,
cooperation is more prudent
than intervention, and the
following tactics should be
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2. Avoid eye contact with
the robber.

3. Speak only when seit
to.

4. Tell the robber exactly
what you are doing.

5. Make no sudden move-
ments.

6. Don’t activate alarms
unless safe to do so.

7. Try to remain calm and
control emotions.

8. Remember as many
details as possible of the ban-
dit and the incident.

Some things to look out for
are listed below to help you:

* The robber’s:
Physical appearance
Age

Build

Colour

Hair

Tattoos

Scars,

Prominent or unusual





features

Clothing

Behaviour

Speech — accents, language
used

Nicknames

Actions — interaction with
other offenders

Other aspects

Weapons used

Method of escape

Vehicles used for escape

Direction of travel when
escaping.

Immediately following
the event

1. Call the Police first*

Ensure that your staff is
trained to act appropriately
following an armed robbery.

Raise the alarm as soon as
it is safe to do so. This may
be an alarm device activated
during the incident.

Immediately telephone the
police on 919/911, giving:

* Name and address or
premises, area and location,
including nearest cross
streets.

* Number of offenders and
description

* Description of weapon
used

* Description of vehicle
used and direction of travel

This information is impor-
tant and should be provided
after the offenders have left
the premises, in addition to
activating any alarm devices.

2. Preservation of crime
scene. After the armed rob-
bery the following steps
should be observed.

* Close the premises to the
public and keep out unautho-
rised persons.

* Isolate the area for later
forensic examination, in par-
ticular fingerprints.

* Keep staff away from
areas where the offender may
have placed their hands.

* Ensure that no person
interferes in any way with
that part of the premises

, where the offender has been,
or with any articles which

may have been left behind,
such as demand notes.

* Staff should independent-
ly note the description to
help the first police officers
on the scene. It is important
that first impressions are
obtained. A complete
description and the words
used in the crime are desir-
able.

* Do not make statements
to the media before dis-
cussing the matter with the
police.

* Do not comment on how
much money was involved,
except to the police.

* Supply the police with all
details even if they appear to
be insignificant to you.,

These recommendations
are intended to assist you in
surviving the encounter. Next
week, we will discuss the
increase in fraud that also
increases during this une of
the year.

Unlike armed fobbery,
these incidents are less life
threatening but usually cost
the affected business much
more financially to recoyer
from.

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Craig ‘Tony’ Gomez,
accountant and partner in
Gomez Partners & Co, is the
new Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) chair-
man.

Mr Gomez was elected to
serve as a director during the
2006 Annual General Meet-
ing (AGM) in September
2006, and elected to serve as
Deputy Chairman in October
2006.

Anthony Ferguson,
CFAL’s president, was elect-
ed as the BFSB’s deputy
chairman in October 2007,
having been chosen to serve
as a director in September
2006.

BFSB Directors are elected
by the general membership
participating in the annual
general meeting (AGM),
with the BFSB officers elect-
ed by its Board of Directors.
The current slate of directors
consists of:

Elected Directors:

Craig ‘Tony’ Gomez
(chairman); Mark Barratt;
Earl Cash; Christian Coquoz;
Alan Davidson; Michael Far-
rant (secretary); Anthony
Ferguson (deputy chairman);
Miguel Gonzalez; Dennis
Govan; Michelle Neville-
Clarke; Andrew Raenden;
Andreas Rentschler; Char-
lene Storr; Michele Thomp--
son (treasurer); William
Whitaker and Paul Winder.

Nine professional industry
associations are also repre-



chair

sented on the BFSB’s Board,
and are subject to election by
the general membership.
Association representatives
currently serving on BFSB's
Board of Directors are:

Jan Mezulanik - Associa-
tion of International Banks &
Trust Companies (AIBT).-

Cherise Cox-Nottage -
Bahamas Association of
Compliance Officers
(BACO)

Ivylyn Cassar - Bananas
Association of Securities
Dealers (BASD)

Wayne Munroe - Bahamas
Bar Association (BBA)

Peter Muscroft - Bahamas
General Insurance Associa-
tion (BGIA)

Danny Ferguson -

* Bahamas Institute of Char-

tered Accountants (BICA)
Suzanne Black - Bahamas
Real Estate Association

(BREA)
Kristina Fox - CFA Society
of The Bahamas (CFASB)

Paul Winder - Society of
Trust and Estate Practition-
ers (STEP)

Wendy Warren, in her
capacity as the BFSB’s chief
executive and executive
director, serves as a perma-
nent representative on the
Board. The Government rep-
resentative on the Board is
Joy Jibrilu,. Ministry of
Finance.

The next BFSB General
Elections are scheduled for
September 2008.

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overnment is in ‘the process of

completing’ on Albany, Baha Mar

FORMER PM Perry Christie



@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

THE Government hoping to
conclude negotiations with the
developers the $2.4 billion
Baha Mar and $1.3 billion
Albany projects “soon”, its
director of investments telling
The Tribune yesterday they
were in the “process of com-

. pleting”.

David Davis, under-secre-
tary in the Office of the Prime
Minister, said negotiations on
both developments were still
ongoing between the Govern-
ment and the developers.

“We are in the process of
completing, but whenever you
are negotiating, you are not
sure exactly where you will end
up or when,” Mr Davis said.

“But we are hopeful that we
will be done soon.”

In the case of Baha Mar, Mr
Davis said that the Govern-
ment and the developers were
still “dotting our ‘i’s and cross-
ing our ‘t’s.”

As far as Albany was con-
cerned, Mr Davis said the two
parties were finalising details
on items that would fall under
the Hotels Encouragement
Act, and the details and steps
necessary to complete the land
acquisition for the southwest
Bay Street road re-routing.

The negotiations for Albany
came under fire, with the for-
mer government being accused
of giving the developers con-
cessions to which they were
not entitled to under law.

However, former Prime
Minister Perry Christie recent-
ly told The Tribune that his

Union seeks ‘precedent

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FROM page 1

court Brown, director of labour, then hav-
ing responsibility to issue the certification.

The ground transportation and tour
operator business in the Bahamas, unlike
the taxi driver industry, is not unionised. If
it is successful in obtaining recognition as
the bargaining agent, and concluding an
industrial agreement with Bahamas Expe-
rience, the PSDU could potentially open

“written advice” was that that
his government was conform-
ing with the law and policy as it
existed.

Also, he noted that the
“tremendous social benefits”
he felt his government got the
developers to agree to - such as
beach re-nourishment and the
creation of an environmental
park, as well as the overall
anticipated economic impact -

justified such financial perks.

Mr Christie suggested that
Prime Minister Ingraham has
now been able to reduce the
concessions made available to
the developers at this stage
because the developers begat:
investing large amounts 01
money in the project from the
point where the former gov-
ernment signed the Heads o!
Agreement.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT

BETWEEN

KELLY FERGUSON
AND Plaintiff

JASON LESLIE SATCHELL

Defendant

To: JASON LESLIE SATCHELL

TAKE NOTICE that:

1. A Judgment Summons filed on the 26th of October
2007 has been issued against you in Magistrate Court
#13 of Nassau Street, The Bahamas being by Kelly
Ferguson, the Plaintiff herein. The hearing date of the
Judgment Summons has been adjourned and is now
set to be heard on the 13th day of December A.D.,
2007 at 6:00pm before Magistrate A. Forbes whose
chambers is located at Court #13 Nassau Street, Nassau,

The Bahamas.

influence into another sector of the
Bahamian economy.

Mr Johnson, though, was quick to point
out that any industrial agreement and
union recognition would only apply to
Bahamas Experience’s limousine, tour bus
and mini-van drivers.

They number about 60 of the company’s
80 employees, he said.

“This is not a collective bargaining
agreement for all the Bahamas Experi-

Bahamas Experience

members in there already,” Mr Johnson
said.

When asked whether the union had
been in contact with company manage-
ment, he added: “We have decided to wait
until we have the recognition certification
in hand before we approach the compa-
ny.
Michael Symonette, Bahamas Experi-
ence’s president, did not return The Tri-
bune’s call seeking comment before last

. On the 26th day of October A.D., 2007 the Court
ordered that the summons are deemed to be served
on you by this advertisement. A failure to comply with
the Judgment Summons will result in the Magistrate
making the necessary Orders.

Dated the 7th day of December A.D., 2007

Graham, Thompson & CO.,
Chambers,
Sasson House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/QUI/No.01274
Common Law and Equity Division

NOTICE

THE QUIETING TITLE ACT, 1959
(Chapter 393)

The Petition of Godfrey Turnquest of the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in
respect of:-

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land containing by admeasurement (77.714)
acres situate at the southeastern end of the Deadman’s
Cay Airport in the Settlement of Deadman’s Cay,
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape marks boundaries and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 246 L. I.
AND ALSO ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
containing by admeasurement (11.073) acres situate
on the southern junction of Queen’s Highway near
and adjoining Junky Landing Road also within the
Settlement of Deadman’s Cay in the Island of Long
Island aforesaid which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape boundaries marks and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 260 L.I.
The Petitioner, Godfrey Turnquest claims to be the
owner of the fee simple estate in possession of the
piece parcels or lots of land hereinbefore described
and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act, 1959, to have his
title to the said land investigated and the nature and
extént thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provision of the said Act.

Copies of the filed Plans may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas

(b) The Office of the Island Administrator situate
at Clarence Town, Long Island, The Bahamas;
and

(c) The Chambers of Pyfrom, Wells & Co. No. 9
Dunmore Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having Dower or right to Dower or any Adverse
Claim not recognized in the Petition shall before the
22nd day of January 2008 file in the Registry of the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of Claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person or persons to file and serve
a Statement of Claim and the requisite documents on
or before the 22nd day of January 2008 will operate
as a bar of such claim.

Pyfrom, Wells & Co.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers,

- #9 Dunmore Lane
Nassau, Bahamas





ik) iT ae
Airport Authority ‘model’

proposed for Bay Street

FROM page 1

stakeholders for downtown
Nassau’s revitalisation in both
the short and long-term, Mr
Klonaris told The Tribune:
“They’ve also asked us to look
at the Airport Authority and
somehow use that as the basis
for the legislation.

‘They’ve asked us to look at
the Airport Authority as a
model for the downtown
authority.”

Some cynics, though, are
likely to muse on whether the
downtown Authority will end
up in the same state as the Air-
port Authority, a perpetual
loss-maker for the Govern-
ment that needed taxpayer
support to continue operating.

Mr Klonaris said the meet-
ing with Mr Symonette,
although discussing downtown
Nassau in general, focused on
the creation of the Authority
and how it would operate.

The Government felt some-
thing similar to the Airport
Authority model was “the best
way to go forward”.

“In general, they’re on board
with everything we discussed.
The fine details have to be
sorted,” Mr Klonaris said.

The four key moves to revit-
salise downtown Bay Street,
the city of Nassau and the
waterfront, Mr Klonaris said,
were the relocation of all the
commercial shipping facilities,
whether to the proposed port
in southwestern New Provi-
dence between BEC’s Clifton
Pier power plant and Com-
monwealth Brewery, or else-
where.

The Government was now
looking at the final report on

NOTICE

the port relocation, submitted
by the Dutch consultants, Eco-
rys,. with Mr Klonaris adding

‘ that the second key step was

“the creation of an authority
to manage the city”.

The Government was also
“on board” with the creation

- of economic zones and invest-

ment incentives to revive
depressed parts of downtown
Nassau, and Mr Klonaris said
he hoped to soon meet with
Earl Deveaux, minister of
works and transport, to discuss
Bay Street’s parking and trans-
portation problems.

“Although a lot of the issues
are long-term, there are short-
term recommendations that
could really help the city,” Mr
Klonaris said in relation to
transportation.

The NTDB and private sec-
tor had previously urged in
their White Paper recommen-
dations that the Government
create “an umbrella organisa-
tion” to manage and develop
downtown Nassau, such as a
Nassau Port Authority and a
Business Improvement District
(BID), and establish economic
enterprise zones to revitalise
dilapidated parts of Bay Street.

Such economic enterprise
zones would include the areas
east of the Bay Street/East
Street junction, plus Woodes
Rogers Wharf, with investment
incentives — such as real prop-
erty tax and business licence
fee exemptions — designed to
foster economic growth and
activity.

BIDs, which are common in
the US and Canada, are main-
ly private sector-driven organ-
isations developed to oversee



NOTICE is hereby given that GESNER VICTOR OF
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, 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 wen et days from the 5TH day of December,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN-RIGAUD AUSTIN OF P.O.
BOX N-776, FOX HILL ROAD, 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Bahamas.



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000) :

FLOCAS MANAGEMENT LTD

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), FLOCAS
MANAGEMENT LTD. is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 24th day of September,
2007. ee . . +

Peter Wirtz
Landstrasse 40, PO Box 53,
9495 Triesen
Principality of Liechtenstein
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

HOMEBOUND SLOPES INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 13th day
of August 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

issues such as security and
cleanliness in major commer-
cial areas.
They are increasingly being
used as economic development
tools, and are financed through
a levy imposed on all busi-
nesses within that area. The
BID’s Board has the authority
to determine how the funds
are spent, meaning that in
exchange for paying the levy,
private businesses have a say in
how those funds are used.
The White Paper presented
to the Government also rec-
ommended the creation of a
call-up system for taxis, jitney
depots on the eastern, western
and southern ends of the

downtown Nassau area, and’

the introduction of parking
meters to manage traffic and
parking on Bay Street.

Revitalising Nassau’s city
centre is crucial for thousands
of Bahamians’ long-term jobs,
as well as ensuring Bahamian-
owned businesses benefit,
thrive and prosper on the rev-
enues spent by cruise visitors
and tourists at the major multi-
million dollar development
projects expected to come on
stream.

Yet the cornerstone of Bay
Street’s long-term revival
remains the removal of the
container and shipping facili-
ties from downtown Nassau,
alleviating the traffic conges-
tion and industrial feel of the
area, to a new purpose-built
port facility somewhere else
on New Providence. :

It is unclear what the Gov-
ernment intends to do with the
plans submitted by the urban
planning consultants, EDAW,
after consultation with some
200 Bahamian professionals,
to the former Christie govern-
ment.

That plan suggested that up
to 4,000 new jobs could be cre-
ated through the revitalisation
of harbourfront Nassau, the

project’s master plan has pro-
jected, with an extra $264 mil-
lion spent in the area per
annum and a rise in “tourism
stays” of 98,000 annually. |

It added that the enhanced |
attractions, improved retail
experience and variety of activ-
ities for tourists, cruise visitors
and Bahamians would also.
boost cruise visitations by two
million hours per year.

Acknowledging that it was
the first step towards reviving
the Nassau Harbourfront, the
EDAW plan said: “Nassau
cannot afford to delay moving
forward given the estimated
billions of dollars that could
be generated in the economy
and the improved ‘quality of
life that will come as a result of
implementing this plan.

“The renaissance of Nassau
is imperative and cannot be
left to decline.......... It is time to
manage, enforce codes, clean
up and revitalise as a world
class destination and liveable
tropical urban model.”

Among the leading goals set
out by the EDAW blueprint
was to reclaim the waterfront,
with the plan saying that about
55 per cent is currently inac-
cessible to the public due to
the proliferation of commer-
cial shipping facilities, includ-
ing warehouses. Other build-
ings are underused or aban-
doned.

To reinforce the sense of
Bahamian and Nassauvian cul-

‘ture, the master plan recom-

mended focusing on projects
such as the Junkanoo Cultural
Centre, Performing Arts Cen-
tre, Farmer’s Market and Fish
Fry at Potter’s Cay. The master
plan said it was critical for pri-
vate property owners in the
downtown area to see the
Government enhance its own
buildings, such as those in
Rawson Square, as this would
give them confidence to
upgrade their own.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 5B





St George estate mulls
Fleming’s invitation

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE St George estate is
“considering” whether to
accept an invitation by Fleming
Family & Partners to attend a
London meeting to discuss the
latter’s interest in acquiring the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty (GBPA), but its attorney
yesterday reiterated that its
shares “are not for sale to the
Flemings or anyone else”.

- Responding to the sum-
monses filed by Sir Jack Hay-
ward, Fiduciary Management
Services (FMS) and Intercon-
tinental Diversified Corpora-
tion (IDC), seeking a court
order to disqualify him from
representing the St George
estate because he has a con-
flict of interest as the GBPA’s
former outside counsel for 22
years, Fred Smith said they
were attempts to distract from
the real issues in the owner-
ship battle.

“They’re playing the man,

Not the ball,” Mr Smith added.

In an affidavit, Sir Jack had
alleged that Mr Smith received
an annual retainer of $100,000,
exclusive of billings, “which
averaged about $1 million to
$2 million a year”.

In addition, Sir Jack alleged
that he and Mr St George
“referred most potential
licensees coming into Freeport
to do business with Fred Smith
and Callender’s & Co”.

Then, Sir Jack claimed that
Mr Smith failed to repay a
$300,000 loan made to him by
Carrick Ltd, a Port Group sub-
sidiary. According to Sir Jack,
Mr Smith alleged that Mr St
George had agreed that the
debt be forgiven before he
died, yet he insisted that the
GBPA’s current receivers,
Clifford and Myles Culmer,

Smith responds to Hayward claims

collect the loan.

He claimed in his affidavit:
“T also agreed to Carrick Lim-
ited ‘making a loan of
$300,000.00 to Fred Smith for
the development of Smith’s
Point Subdivision in Freeport,
Grand Bahama. This loan fell
into arrears and remained
unpaid for years.

“Mr Smith claimed that
Edward St. George had for-
given the debt shortly before
his death. The receivers were
inclined to write this debt off.
However, upon my insistence,
the receivers recovered this
debt by deducting the out-
standing amount of nearly
$500,000 from»the last dividend
payment to the St. George
Estate.”

In reply, Mr Smith said that
on the loan issue, “there was
never a loan to Fred Smith”,
and he pledged to sue Sir Jack
for defamation.

“What financial arrange-
ments existed were honoured;
they were never breached.
Indeed, there was a deduction
from the estate’s dividends,
which has been challenged, in
the amount of $500,000,” Mr
Smith said.

He also denied that there
were any conflicts of interest,
arguing that Sir Jack had
“offered no particulars” in the
documents submitted to the
courts on the alleged confi-
dential information passed to
him on Sir Jack and the late
Edward St George’s personal
business affairs and relation-
ship.

The Callender’s & Co part-
ner added that he had never

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acted for Sir Jack personally
in a legal capacity, nor played a
role in the business dealings
between himself and Mr St
George, adding that he was
unaware that FMS, IDC, Sir
Jack’s entity, Seashells Invest-
ments, or the Hayward family
trusts existed before this case
began.

As a result, he had “never
been privy to confidential
information”.

Mr Smith also denied that
Callender’s & Co had rece
$1-$2 million per year in Meal
fees for representing the
GBPA and its Port Group, and
said it was never the case that
incoming investors and
licensees “were required to do
business with Fred Smith”.

“That simply did not occur,”
Mr Smith added of the latter
allegation. “The converse was
true, because we were per-
ceived as representing the Port
Group.” Such investors instead

went, he said, to McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes, Dupuch
& Turnquest, Cafferata & Co,
and Graham, Thompson & Co.

Mr Smith said that through
his agreement to sell his
GBPA and Port Group stake
to Fleming for $100 million,
rather than.sell to the St
George estate, Sir Jack was
“trying to put a total stranger
in bed with the St Georges in
the matrimonial home. We will
simply not have that”.

Adding that the estate was
going to seek a court order
compelling Sir Jack to sell his
stake to them for $100 million,
Mr Smith added: “We are
quite prepared to meet, not
only with the Flemings, but any
legitimate investors.”

The St George estate, he
said, was “having discussions
with potential partners, not
purchasers”, again questioning
Fleming’s plans and intentions
towards Freeport and the
GBPA, the identity of their
financial partners, and whether
they intended to be long-term
players.

“It is true that there has
been an invitation by the Flem-
ings to go to London, and we
are considering that,” Mr
Smith said. “The estate is pre-
pared to do anything to bring
an end to the dispute. It is bad
for Freeport, and we are com-
mitted to end it.

“If the Flemings are in bed
with Sir Jack, and we must deal
with them as well as Sir Jack to
bring things to an end, we will
co-operate with them in doing
so.

“But our shares are not for

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The St George estate, Mr
Smith added, was also going
to appear as an interested par-
ty and intervene tomorrow in
the Supreme Court action
brought by the Freeport Prop-
erty Owners & Licensees
Association to remove the
GBPA receivership and
appoint-a public trustee.

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‘Three-month’ grace period on Stamp Tax exemption is urged

FROM page 1

and bank closing costs.

Thus many Bahamians
struggle to find the resources
to meet all the upfront closing
costs, let alone the mortgage
payments, but the Stamp Tax
exemption that reduced this
for first-ume buyers is set to
expire on January 8, 2008.

Mr Moss yesterday told The
Tribune he was trying to get
all clients who currently quali-
fied for the exemption “before

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the Ministry of Finance before
the exemption expires - at least
get the application in before it
expires.

“Those persons who do not
get their application in before
January; they’re screwed. It’s
crazy.

“Even if the Government
desires or intends to remove
the exemption, they ought to
be more considerate and give
people who have already
entered into salés contracts a
three-month window to con-
clude those purchases.”

Mr Moss said that by remov-
ing the Stamp Tax exemption,
the Government was “sidelin-
ing the very members of soci-
ety they ought to be uplifting”,
and making the dream of
home ownership much harder
for most Bahamians - those in
the middle and lower income
groups - to achieve.

He argued that in New Prov-
idence, $250,000 did not go a
long way, often enabling
Bahamians to purchase a 5,000
square foot lot, 50 feet by 100
feet.

“It’s going to make home

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the Royal Island resort and residential project, an
resort and private club residential
community with private residences and club, 200
slip marina and boutique hotel and spa, and a golf
course just off North Eleuthera invites suitably

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ownership much harder. It is
a disincentive for persons to
get their own homes,” Mr
Moss said. “People are going
to be more frustrated in their
own country, because they can-
not afford to buy a piece of the
rock. It’s going to lead to fur-
ther social degradation.

“This is a mistake and the
Government will be well
advised to reconsider as this is
a great savings to first-time
home owners.”

Referring to the Govern-
ment’s plans to introduce a
five-year real property tax hol-
iday for first-time buyers of
owner-occupied property, Mr
Moss said this would not help
those lower and middle income
Bahamians purchasing prop-
errty in transactions valued at
$250,000 or less.

This was because the former
government had increased the
real property tax exemption
threshold from $100,000 to
$250,000, so those persons
would be covered by this
exemption anyway.

“For the Government to
suggest that first time owners
will be exempt from real prop-
erty taxes does not help a per-
son seeking to buy or build his
first home, neither does it spur

the economy,” Mr Moss told
The Tribune.

“Iam on record as saying
that this initiative by the for-
mer government was the first
time I could recall such a plan
to jump start the housing mar-
ket, and ultimately the econo-
my. For the Government now
to take it away and replace it
with exemption for real prop-
erty tax (when those in this
class are exempt anyway) is
ludicrous. This move will only
hurt that segment of our pop-
ulation that can least afford to
be hurt in that fashion.”

He added: “The reality is,
exemption from Stamp Tax for
homes valued at $250,000 or
less is a ‘low cost home’. It is
quite difficult to purchase a
home here at that price, with
vacant lots in New Providence
averaging around $60,000.

“What this shows is clearly a
lack of imagination to spur the
economy of this country. We
know that the Government is
doing this to raise taxes. How-
ever, not only would they not
get the Stamp Tax, they run
the risk of fatally lobotomis-
ing the housing market. I think
this move is short sighted and
will ultimately make for a very
bleak 2008 for many families.”

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CEDIEUMENE PIERRE OF #36
PINE DALE, 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Mr Moss said the Govern-
ment failed to understand and
appreciate the link between
economic performance and
well-being, and social behavi-
ous and well-being.

He added that making home
ownership more difficult to
achieve would lead to increas-
ingf frustration, especially in
inner-city New Providence,
which was overcrowded, poor-
ly planned and lacked proper
water and sewerage facilities.

The Bahamian real estate

_and construction industries

were “in the front line” of the
Stamp Tax exemption’s
removal, and would “feel it”
first, with any negative impact
producing a ‘trickle down’
effect felt by the entire econo-
my.

“They’re going to see a
drop-off,” Mr Moss said. “We
know what the US is going
through now, and expect it to
result in a drop-off for the sec-
ond home market. Given what
the US is going through, this is
going to really cripple the
housing market in this coun-
try because Bahamians will be
unable to participate.”

James Smith, minister of
state for finance in the former
Christie government, told The
Tribune yesterday that the idea
behind introducing the Stamp
Tax exemption was to “reduce
the cost of the transaction” for
first-time home buyers.

Coupled with all the other
closing costs, legal fees and
realtor commissions, Mr Smith
said Stamp Tax could be “cost
prohibitive” for low and mid-
dle income families.

By stimulating this sector of
the home buying market, Mr
Smith said the PLP govern-
ment had intended to in-turn

spur the house purchasing and
construction industries - the
latter accounting for an esti-
mated 11 per cent of per
annum gross domestic product
(GDP), just behind tourism
and financial services.

By creating construction |

activity, Mr Smith said the plan
was to ensure employment for
Bahamians in the sector was
increased and expanded, gen-
erating increased disposable
incomes that would boost eco-
nomic activity elsewhere
through the ‘trickle down’
effect.

“We did know that several
thousand people applied for it.
People responded to it. I saw
those applications,” Mr Smith
said of the Stamp Tax exemp-
tion.

“It lowered the price of
housing, and the demand for
that gives you that indica-
tion...... It was a stimulant to
permit first-time buyers to
invest in their homes. That’s
the greatest investment made
by families anyway.

“Because we’ve not seen any
fall-off in revenues, I don’t
think it’s produced diminish-
ing returns.”

’ Mr Smith said the revenue
lost from the Stamp Tax
exemption was compensated
for by the increase in revenues
from construction imports, plus
furniture, fixtures, fittings and
appliances imported by those
first-time buyers. :

In relation to the current
government, Mr Smith said:
“There seems to be a feeling
that everything the former
administration did must have
been a bad thing, and the guys
coming in are so brilliant that
they have to overturn every-

qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company

HEAD CHEF

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Coordinate and manage multiple food venues.

¢ Coordinante and manage all food preparation
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in a restaurant, private residence or yacht, Must
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take directions from management and maintain a
hands on approach. Experience in “Chef’s table”,
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The ideal candidate will have to reside on Eleuthera
or its surrounding area.

Interested persons should submit their resumes with
cover letter to: re,
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P.O.Box N-1991
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
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Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol (S)

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

41.00 ‘41.00 ABDAB
14.60 F Bahamas Supermarkets
0.55 F RND Holdings

52wk-Hi Fund Name

1.3663 1.2647 Colina'Money Market Fund
3.5388 2.9728 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
2.9902 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1.2827 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund

11.8192 11.3075 Fidelity Prime Income Fund

1.366332"
3.5388*"*
2.990218"
1.282687"
11.8192***

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 De

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

P.evious Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume’



» - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol Number of total shares traded today
DIV % - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S)- 4 -for-’ Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(51) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

TO TRADE CALLY GOLINK Zags

Weekly Vol

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCOIS INNOCENT
of MARSH HARBOUR, P.O. BOX AB-20291, 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 5TH day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Intent To Change Name By Deed Poll

The public is hereby advised that |, DERENCE ANTHONY
ROLLE of Mutton Fish Drive, PO. Box CB-13265, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to DERENCE
ANTHONY ROLLE-DAVIS. If there are any objections
to this change of name by deed poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO. Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of the publication of this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that NADIA BIEN-AIME OF ROYAL
PALM STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

=) FIDELITY

Last 12 Months Yield %

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Salling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

- Trading volume of the prior week

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

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

* - 30 November 2007
** ~ 30 June 2007

*** - 31 October 2007
see" 34 July 2007



thing and make it right again.”

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 46 of 2000)

XEON TRADING INCORPORATED

IBC NO.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131
(2) of the International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000,
Xeon Trading Incorporated is in Dissolution.

Any person having a’Claim against Xeon Trading Incorporated
is required on or before the 31st day of December 2007 to‘send
their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the
Liquidator of the Company, or in default thereof they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
claim is approved.

Redcorn Consultant Limited, of 2nd Floor Ansbacher House,
Shirley and East Street North, is the Liquidator of Xeon Trading
Incorporated.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 46 of 2000)
THE COASTAL PARTNERS EMERGING
GROWTH FUND, LTD.
IBC NO. 132369 B
(in Voluntary Liquidation)
NOTICE is hereby given that as follows:

(a) That THE COASTAL PARTNERS EMERGING GROWTH FUND,
LTD. is in Dissolution under the provision of The International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 23rd day of
November, 2007 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) ‘The Liquidator of the Company is Redcorn Consultants Limited of 2nd
Floor, Ansbacher House, Bank Lane and East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) Any person having a Claim against the above name Company are required
on or before the 23rd day of December, 2007 to send their name, address
and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

Redcorn Consultants Limited
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

COF Investment Management Ltd.
(Company number 150,107B)

An International Business Company

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary winding-up
and dissolution of the Company commenced on the 10th day of
December, 2007 and that Pine Limited of Devonshire House,
Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176, Nassau, Bahamas has been
appointed Liquidator.

Dated this 10th day of December, 2007.

Pine Limited |
Liquidator



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THE TRIBUNE



AUDRA RILEY, corporate sales manager at the British Colonial Hilton (shown), confirmed that the hotel would

be “full” for the tioliday period.

Breezes, Hilton
expecting full
occupancies
for Christmas

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

SUPERCLUBS Breezes is
expecting full occupancy lev-

els for the Christmas and New -

Year holiday seasons, with
removations to the resort
almost fully completed.

the rest of the resort was under
renovations.

Yesterday, she gave an
update, saying that the reno-
vations were almost complete,
and SuperClubs Breezes was
operating with all of their
rooms open apart from one
floor.

manager at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, confirmed that the
hotel would be “full” for the
holiday period.

The prospect of a strong
Christmas performance should
come as a releif to hotels and
tourism officals, following
almost double digit declines in
tourist arrivals earlier this year.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 7B

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Audra Riley, corporate sales
Mizpha Miller, a reservation ;
agent at SuperClubs Breezes,
told Tribune Business that the
hotel was expecting very strong
numbers between the Christ-
mas and New Year’s Holiday.

“We are running full for the
holidays,” she said. Last
month, Ms Miller had indicat-
ed to The Tribune that the
property was operating around
50 per cent occupancy, pri-
marily because the all-inclu-
sive resort was only operating
with a wing-and-a-half while

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m
Place: The Retreat Village Road

Admission: BNT Members Free
General Public $2

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ABELJETHIA PIERRE of
MARIGOLD FARMS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality. and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,

and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 5TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.Q,Box N--7147,. .
Nassau, Bahamas. a

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELVEUS ESTERLIN OF P.O.
BOX MPO #02, ROCK SOUND, ELEUTHERA, 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-éight days
from the 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MICHELINE PIERRE OF
CARMICHAEL ROAD, 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P-O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



The Tribune wants to hear
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We are seeking an Investment Project Administrator for an international
life science venture fund.

The General Partner of a Bahamas Limited Partnership is seeking an
Investment Project Administrator to assist in the evaluation of investment
opportunities in international markets. The Partnership invests in the
life sciences field and is particularly interested in identifying innovative
approaches to prevent chronic diseases.

Must have a proven track record in sales
Professional appearance a must

Must have reliable transportation

Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines
Excellent written and communication skills.

The job is specialized and requires that the candidate have a sound degree
in Biology, a minimum of 3 years’ hands-on analytical and research
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monitoring of clinical studies for an international pharmaceutical company,
(preferably in an international context) is paramount. Fluent English is a
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Primary Duties:
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e Recommend procedures for measuring the financial and operating performance
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¢ Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget.
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* Bachelors Degree in Finance and/or Accounting. Professional accounting
designation; ACCA, CA or CPA desirable. Minimum of five years experience
in senior-level finance or accounting position.

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The position offers an attractive salary with a benefits package, reflecting the
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Qualified individuals should submit complete resumés including references before
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investment account won through her 2007
Student of the Year award.

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Taxi drivers move to ‘nail down’ agreement

FROM page 1

one and the same.

The first step, he added, was
for the Government to place
a value on the taxi franchise.
Mr Johnson said they were
looking at a $100,000 valuation
per franchise, saying this com-
pared well with the $75,000
valuation in Bermuda, $80,000
in Barbados, and $110,000 in
Orlando, Florida.

Taxi drivers and their
unions, he added, wanted “to
really nail this down”, having
had one inconclusive meeting
to date with Earl Deveaux,
minister of works and trans-
port, and having discussed the





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* Excellent PC Knowledge
* Applicants should possess a degree (or equivalent) in Business Administration, Finance or

Economics and have Private Banking experience.
* The applicant must be fluent in English. French and Spanish would be an asset in order to
facilitate relationship with the clients and prospects.

BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:
* Competitive salary and performance bonus

* Health and Life Insurance

situation with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham.

“We need to get this done.
It’s been on the drawing board
for more than 10 years,” Mr
Johnson said.

Enabling taxi drivers to run
their own business and own
their own franchises, Mr John-
son said, “would eliminate
there having to worry about
credit when changing their
vehicles, and if we are able to
get this agreement done, we
would be able to standardise
the vehicle fleet.”

He added that three vehicle
types were currently in service
- limousines, vans and sedans.
“All sorts of variations” were

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

ASSISTANT TO RELATIONSHIP MANAGERS

We are accepting applications for an Assistant to Relationship Managers in the Private Banking
Department with the following minimum requirements:

* Reception of clients and prospective clients

¢ Execution of client's instructions

* “Handling of correspondence, faxes and inquiries
* Liaison with the Representative Offices
Preparation of brochures and marketing materials

* Strong organization and communication and interpersonal skills

* Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
* Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and willingness to work flexible hours

P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 19,

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department

on the road in each vehicle cat-
egory, and Mr Johnson said
that by standardising the vehi-
cle fleet, vehicles could be
changed every three years.

A standardised fleet would
also enable the taxi industry
to purchase vehicles in bulk, a
move that would “reduce costs
to individual franchise holders
and drivers”.

Ultimately, Mr Johnson said
such moves would enable the
taxi driver industry to take
charge of transportation in the
tourism industry - from the
docks, hotels and airports - and
help the Road Traffic Depart-
ment and its controller to bet-
ter regulate the industry.





























THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 9C



The evolution of Imogene’s art
continues in ‘Metamorphosis’

@ By PETURA BURROWS

‘Tribune Feature Writer

pburrows@tribunemedia.net

IN 2000, Imogene Walkine took her first ceram-
ics class and never looked back. Now, the evolu-
tion of her art continues in “Metamorphosis”, an
exhibition of recent ceramic work currently on dis-
play at the Ladder Gallery, Blake Road. |

Imogene said “Metamorphosis” has a dual
meaning. “It represents the ever changing in life.
The ever changing of forms in nature due to time
and expérience. I see this metamorphosis in

everything from the unnoticed conch shells found
on Clifton Beach to the metamorphosis within
_myself as a person,” she told The Arts.
For Imogene, this “Metamorphosis” represents
the changing of the energy that is within every-
thing that God has created.

lhe artist finds great joy in ceramics due to its
very tactile nature and its ability to transport
even the,most serious person, back to their child-
hood of playing in the mud or the sand.

“Ceramics affords me the opportunity to be
both a sculptor and painter. I relish in the process
ot overlapping, marbling and blending my glazes,
always with the gift of surprise when the kiln is
opened. The unexpected is also a gift because it
presents the challenge of figuring out what went
“wrong”,” she explained.

In November 2004, Imogene held her first exhi-
bition, and since then, she has taken part in five
shows - both joint and solo.

Imogene’s masks, several of which make up
this show, fuse the exciting cultures of Africa
with the vibrancy of Junkanoo. She creates works
of art which are kaleidoscopes of colour. Imo-
gene describes some of her masks as “extractions
of nature”.

With these, she aims to pay homage to the
“sumptuous colours, scintillating textures and
mind boggling patterns” that are found in our
natural Bahamian environment.

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Imogene obtained a
BA in Art/Art History at Goldsmith’s College, the
University of London. Following this, she decid-
ed to turn her favourite subject into a career as a
high school art teacher. She presently works at C
V Bethel, Senior High School.

¢ Metamorphosis is open to the public Monday
through Saturday from Sam until 9pm at The Lad-
der Gallery at NPCC, Blake Road. The show ends
on December 17. For further information please
contact Gillian. Watson, eurater at the gallery, at
gillidn@npcconiline.org or telephone 327-1660.

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Face to face with the



world’s worst tyrant

Papa Doce: Portrait of a
Haitian Tyrant by John
Marquis (LMH Books)

§ By PETER HILLIARD

NOT many newspaper edi-
tors are credited with bring-
ing down governments, but
John Marquis is one of them.
In the early summer of 2007,
this much-vilified newsman
saw his number one target -
the Bahamas administration
of Prime Minister Perry
Christie - crash in flames,
earning him much journalistic
kudos in the process.

His paper’s role in the
Anna Nicole Smith story, and
especially those famous pic-
tures, also sent his name
whizzing round the world.
The response on newsdesks
was: “Wow!” They were used
everywhere.

In spite of that, and my
personal knowledge of Mar-
quis’s multifarious journalis-
tic exploits over many years
(including a long period
when he covered the success-
es of Muhammd Ali for the
UK’s biggest newspaper
group) I still think this man
missed his vocation. He is, in
fact, not only the excellent
journalist he appears to be,
but an author of such con-
summate talent that I think
he would have become a
household name had he start-
ed in the book business soon-
er.
This word portrait of Papa
Doc - the most fearsome
tyrant of his time - does not,
in truth, tell us much about
Dr Francois Duvalier that we
didn’t know already.

Certainly, it provides
details I have never read
before, and its ingenious use
of.a 1968 spy trial as a base
for the storyline adds angles I
never imagined, but the
extent of Duvalier’s evil is
well-charted territory. How-
ever, the appeal of this book
is not in the information it
imparts, but in the writing.

Marquis is, in fact, unusual
in that he knew from an early
age precisely what he intend-
ed to be in life. He was born
and reared in the English
Midlands - the youngest of
five brothers in a non-literary
family - and left school at 16
with the express intention of
becoming a writer, even
though all his siblings had
gone into the hosiery trade,
following a long Leicester-
shire tradition.

He burst into print soon
afterwards by winning a
newspaper writing competi-
tion, then secured a job asa
junior reporter on a local
evening newspaper in the
shoe manufacturing town of
Northampton.

At 19, he was editing his
own daily diary page, and by

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DR Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalie:

the age of 21 he had already
worked on five separate
titles: two evenings, a morn-
ing, a weekly and a glossy
monthly magazine. The fol-

. lowing year, he landed his

first stint in the Bahamas.

It was during this time that ©
this book had its genesis.
Marquis covered the trial in
Haiti of a misguided philan-
derer called David Knox -
who was captured by the
Tontons Macoute in Port-au-
Prince and charged with spy-
ing - and developed an inter-
est in Papa Doc that never
died. Since then, the author
has followed Haiti’s fortunes
in the wake of the Duvaliers,
and tracked the intensifying
insanity of its politics through
his work as a journalist.

The mystery in this book is
whether Knox, an informa-
tion official in Nassau, was a
fetishist with a penchant for
facial scarring or a Serious
conspirator in an attempted
insurrection against the
Duvalier regime.

For my part, I think he was
a sad case pure and simple,
but I don’t really care,
because what makes this
book so special is not what it
reveals, but the way it reveals
ut.

Consider this passage, in
which Marquis describes a
face-to-face meeting with
Papa Doc at the National
Palace in Haiti’s capital:

“As I sat there, watching his
every gesture, I reminded
myself that this physically
slight figure had personally
supervised the execution of
nineteen Army officers only a
few months before, and had
routinely consulted the sev-
ered heads of his opponents in
an effort to tap into their intel-
ligence.

“He was influenced deeply
by the witchcraft rites of
Africa, the bloodstained

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voodoo drums, the biting off
of chickens’ heads, the calling
up of sinister spirits. This was
no ordinary man, but one
whose psyche had been fash-
ioned by Africa, a distant voy-

_age away. To the average
“western white, he was the
‘embodiment of an alien and

barely comprehensible cul-
ture.”

And what of this incredibly
evocative description of the
city where Knox faced trial?

“The gradations of the
Haitian class structure were
evident in the physical struc-
ture of Port-au-Prince itself.
Indeed, it would be hard to
imagine any other place on
earth where privilege and sttb-
jection were so clearly delin-
eated. On the city waterfront,
the sweltering slums: cesspits
full of demoralised humanity
wherein the horrors of disease
and violence were the daily
ration.

“Here the jet-black peas-
antry lived in hovels of unpar-
alleled squalor. In the city
itself, the traders and vendors
battling for business in the
dusty haze of the streets, a riot
of life where beggars and
derelicts limped through a
cacophony of hand-painted
tap-tap buses and battered
sedans.”

And then: “Amid the
chaos, elegant women of all
ages carrying burdens on their
heads. Sometimes, it might be
a bundle of cane. More often,
a container full of water.
Once, Cole and I saw an
impossibly slender maiden
with four or five live hens
strapped together on her head,
all clucking and squawking
wildly. Then, away from the
malodorous downtown area,
the scented slopes of
Petionville and Kenscoff,
where cooler air and the fra-
grance of tropical flora
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bougainvillea and hibiscus,
that the wealthy lived, gazing
down from their breezeblown
balconies and fretworked
verandahs on to the melee
below.”

A fellow journalist called
Ron Laytner, in reviewing
Marquis’s first book, Blood
and Fire, wrote: “Like me, he
is a professional newspaper-
man. But the difference is
that he writes like a fine nov-
elist.” I couldn’t agree more,
except to say that there is a
clarity in his prose that few
novelists ever accomplish.

In this book, Marquis
demonstrates a narrative
style that is comparable with
the best you will find any-
where. In fact, I defy you to
find better, and by that I
mean even in the pages of the
acknowledged masters.

When I worked alongside
John Marquis in the 1970s,
and we complained together
(as British journalists always
do) of the challenges of our
demanding profession, I
remember him saying: “Any-
way, one day I’ll be an
author. That is my destiny.”

We all knew then that he
was indeed an author-in-wait-
ing, a talent expected to
emerge from the mad mael-
strom of newspaper life, a
writer with built-in extras
that even the best of the rest
of us didn’t possess.

This book marks his
arrival. For all our sakes, I
hope the years ahead will
bring more flowerings of his
terrific gifts.

¢ Peter Hilliard, now
retired, was an award-win-
ning reporter and feature
writer with various newspa-
per organisations in Britain.



THE TRIBUNE

At the mercy

of Papa Doc

Journalist and publisher Paul Bower was a friend
of the late, mysterious David Knox, who features
prominently in a new book by The Tribune's
managing editor, John Marquis. Here he reviews
what he describes as a compelling tour de force - an
account of the evil regime of Dr Francois ‘Papa Doc’
Duvalier in Haiti, and Knox's despair at being
in the hands of the dreaded Tontons Macoute.

: it o, itian Tyrant

by John Marquis (LMH Books)

FOR Bahamians who want to remain au fait with their
country’s involvement with its nearest neighbour, this recent
history of Haiti by Tribune managing editor John Marquis is
a ‘must read’.

Marquis hinges his work on the 1968 trial in Port-au-Prince
of David Knox, the Bahamas government information offi-
cer who went to Haiti, ostensibly on vacation, and was then
arrested by Papa Doc’s government and charged with espi-
onage. ;

Marquis, with Nassau Guardian reporter Bill Cole, covered
the three-week trial in Port-au-Prince at the end of which
Knox was condemned to death, and then suddenly released
by Papa Doc, the Haitian dictator, and returned to the
Bahamas.

Marquis’s account of the trial is a “you are there” four de
force, and his rendition of the extraordinary character of
David Knox and his previous and subsequent history is
equally compelling.

Knox’s relationship with his English wife, Phillippa, nee -

Buckmaster, is tactfully dealt with. Mrs Knox was clearly not
an easy spouse to get on with, reflecting the fact that her
father was one of Britain’s top secret service officials.

Knox’s eccentricities, such as the scars on his face, one of
which dated back to his time in Hong Kong and was inflict-
ed at Knox’s request by a dentist in Macao, are also dis-
creetly handled.

Also tactfully covered are Knox’s love for the fair sex
whenever his spouse was away, which was the case when
Knox’s Haitian sally took place. At the time, Phillippa was
away in Madeira looking for a retirement home for them.

But, as the title of the book makes clear, the Knox incident
leads to a vivid description of the Duvalier regime, which held
the country in thrall for three decades and led to Papa Doc
being viewed by many as the worst dictator the Wes! Indics
has ever seen.

John Marquis’s rendition of the Knox saga is fascinating in
its detail and will ensure that, while Papa Doc will live forever
in infamy, the name of David Knox will always enjoy its
fleeting glory.

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Harbour Bay Shopping Centre, has been postponed from
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raffiti: ‘a youth

driven art’

NAGB mural is an eye opener

IF you have travelled
through the intersection of
West and West Hill Streets in
recent weeks, you would
have seen a very colourful
mural in a graffiti style
adorning the external walls of
the NAGB.

At first one might be taken
aback by the spectacle and
think that someone might
have tagged the gallery in the
dark of night. However, on
closer examination one
notices: the initials of the
gallery!boldly represented,
eyes looking out at you and a
variety,of shapes and forms
brightly drawn across the sur-
face, arid 'then you would
realize that something differ-
ent is happening here.

The NAGB mural is the
result of'a Youth Workshop,
held O¢tober 20, led by the
artist Allan Wallace at the
request of the Gallery.

While growing up Wallace
showed a. natural inclination
and talent i in this immediate
art form and he admits to is
being included in a gang
while young. While many
would disagree, he distin-
guishes' being “included”
from being “a part” of the
group because he was never
initiated and never engaged
in the more nefarious activi-
ties of the group. Instead he
served almost as a “resident
artist” as he was the person
they looked to to tag their
name across town.

Though Wallace left that
lifestyle a long time ago and
later experienced a spiritual



“ .Though it can be destructive
in terms of the defacement of
private property, there is also

something very poignant in these
desires that people should be
- aware of - not afraid of...”
— Erica James

conversion, both he and the
gallery recognize that more
often than not this art form is

‘associated with negative

activities - particularly the
defacement of private and
public property in inner
cities, subways and trains all’
over the world. But the point
of the mural and this youth
activity was to demonstrate
that this reputation is really
only a small part of the story
of graffiti art.

In the Bahamas, tagging, as
the practice is called, is gen-
erally not seen at the level
currently exhibited on the
Gallery’s walls. It is part of a
larger initiative by the gallery
that seeks to connect non-tra-
ditional creative processes
with fine art forms.

Many of the world’s most
famous artists — that had
access to the traditional
avenues for entrance into the
fine art world - gained notori-
ety first on the streets
through their graffiti work
and then the museums.
Artists such as the late Jean

Michel Basquiat and Keith
Haring are two of the more
famous examples, with their
work currently demanding
millions and hanging in many
of thé, world’s most presti-
gious museums and galleries.

“What we have seen in our
work at the gallery is that
young people aren’t just
interested in traditional
forms and approaches to
painting, sculpture and print-
making,” said Erica James,
director of the NAGB. “The
society in which our children
are coming of age is one dri-
ven by media and centred
around information gained
from three screens, the televi-
sion, movie and computer
screen.

“These are animated envi-
ronments that may have us
all exhibiting a type of atten-
tion deficit syndrome. Graffi-
ti art is a youth driven art. It
has been around for centuries
and has largely been about
the disenfranchised seeking
voice and visibility. Young
people have responded to
this type of image making
partly to be defiant and to be
seen, and to literally make a
mark in the world, but also
because the images are
expressive, generate strong
visual impact, retain a bit of
mystique, involve risk and
help them to claim space.

“Though it can be destruc-

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THE NAGB mural is the result of a Youth Workshop led by artist Allan Wallace. See photos on page 9

. tive in terms of the deface-

ment of private property,
there is also something very
poignant in these desires that
people should be aware of -
not afraid of. The gallery is
simple trying to recognize
these desires and channel this
energy and talent in a posi-
tive direction.”

Locally, we see young men
in particular doing brisk busi-
ness airbrushing tennis shoes,
cars and T-shirts demonstrat-
ing the commercial viability
of the process, so we see that
it is a skill that can be har-
nessed and directed in a posi-
tive way.

Even so, the gallery has
fielded one or two questions
concerning what the mural
might symbolize or generate,
and this is the director’s
response. “Though we realize
that this particular art form
has been used for negative
ends, that does not invalidate

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its status as art process and
ironically reaffirms its power.
Furthermore, the artist is
from this community and by
and large Bahamians recog-
nize and respect art. We tend
not to destroy it.

“For our part it was one of

the more successful work-
shops held. It was filmed for
later screening on the Learn-
ing Channel, with the artist
repeatedly telling the partici-
pants that the process should
not be used to deface proper-
ty. I think the students got
the message and enjoyed
themselves.”

This area of the NAGB has
been used as a mural space
for the last several years and
will continue to be an interac-
tive space. This mural
replaced a calmer version
and someday it too will be
replaced. For now perhaps
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e DOON-
GALIK
Studios Art
Gallery,
located in
the Marina
Village on
Paradise
Island, will
celebrate
the upcom-
ing Christmas season with
the opening of a show of
contemporary paintings
entitled ‘Wandering Dis-
tances’, by artist Toby
Lunn on Friday, Decem-
ber 14, from 6 - 9pm. The
show will run until Friday,
December 28.

For further information
contact the Gallery at 363-
1313 or
doongalikart@batelnet.bs

Toby Lunn



e YOU are invited to |

view “Just a Breath
between Life and Death” —
a collection of recent paint-
ings by Stan Burnside — on
Thursday, December 13,
6pm to 9pm @ his home
gallery on Eastern Road.
Private viewings by
appointment: 324.7397, or
email stanburnside@coral-
wave.com

e YOU are cordially
invited to “Metamorpho-
sis”, an exhibition featur-
ing fine art ceramic work
by Imogene Walkine @
The Ladder Gallery, Blake
Road. The show opens
Tuesday, November 27,
7pm - 9pm, and runs until
Monday, December 17.

e ART International
proudly presents the “Cre-
ative Ladies” exhibition @
The Guaranty Bank,
Lyford Manor. The exhi-
bition features work from
Susan Cohen, Christa
Dunn, Ann Greely, Bo
Guirey, Annabel Ham-
mond, Brooke Laughlin,
Sue Katz, Melissa Maura,
Jacline Mazard, Siobhan
McClory, Victoria
McGrath, Fleur Melvill-
Gardner, Karen Pilking-
ton-Miksa, Rosemary
Rathgeb, Elodie Sandford,
Susan Sargent, Anne Smith
and Nora.

This exhibition will
remain hanging until Feb-
ruary 26, 2008. It may be
viewed on week days,
between 9am-4pm. Or by
appointment with Princess
Guirey. Telephone:
362.4506 or 457.4593.
Between December 16 and
January 11, please contact
Christa Dunn @
362.4966/6937. The “Art
International, 08” exhibi-
tion opens March 7.

e Visit: www.EddieMin-
nis.com or www.RitchieEy-
ma.com to view fine art
reproductions of Minnis
Family artworks now on
sale.

Now is your chance to
invest in quality Bahami-
an art as the works are up
to 50 per cent off. Sale on
until December 31 or while
supplies last. For more
information call
322.2605/323.4424, or e-
mail:

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tures within Africa.

w there is something special
about African culture’

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

frica was where humanity began.
Yet, with the onslaught of slav-
ery, the historical significance of
this continent has been robbed.

Still, much of Africa remains with us. As
Caribbean people, the whine in our waists, the
way we dance, and even our haphazard gestures
are no accident. Whether we are conscious of it or
not, as black people, much of what we do natu-
rally with our bodies is linked to our African
roots. ;

While we have retained many of these African
influences following the abolition of slavery and
with the passage of time and each succeeding
generation, what has been. lost at the hands of
modernization and for the sake of ‘re-civiliza-
tion’, is the consciousness as to how our man-
nerisms, our dances, the instruments and music we
celebrate today in our world all have a direct
connection to Africa.

Professor emeritus at Yale University since
1961, Robert Farris Thompson is also the world’s
foremost authority on African and Afro-Atlantic
cultures. He is known as a tireless researcher
who has studied the Kongo (also spelled Con-
go) people of Africa to great extent. He has also
authored a number of books on cultures within
Africa.

“It is hard to believe that anyone can still think
of Africa as a primitive this and primitive that.
The fact that, for example, there are so many
dances with Kongo names, it tells me that some-
thing is going on, that there is something special
about African culture,” Professor Thompson told
Tribune Arts.

“Black civilizations that have influenced the
world just go on forever; the Kongo is just one of
them. But I think that through a variety of rea-
sons, black people have been denied access to
their own culture. But that is changing with every
day,” he added.

A session of enlightenment about African cul-
ture, specifically the Kongo influence, came when
Professor Thompson gave a thought provoking
presentation at the “Big Tent on Fowler Street”,
home to the Indaba Project which seeks to re-
acquaint Bahamians with their African history.

This presentation was a collaborative effort

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between the Project and the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas (NAGB), and was the final ses-
sion in a series of lectures that the Project held in
commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the
abolition of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade.

The humble venue, where guests sit on chairs
that touch the naked earth, under a simple tent, in
the very heart of the Bain and Grants Town com-
munities, seemed to fit the mood of this lecture.
It was eerie, walking to one’s seat as a CD of
drumming played and one observed a series of
prints that lined the perimeter of the tent. They
told the story of slavery - slaves being accosted,
packed into ships headed for the middle passage,
and sold. I got the immediate feeling that there
was more going on here than a talk about
Junkanoo.

Advertised by the NAGB as a discussion on
“The Three African Roots of Junkanoo”, the
lecture’ turned into much more as Professor
Thompson shared his vast knawledge of the cul-
ture, sculptures and religion of the Kongo people.

Using slides as references, Professor Thompson
began his lecture by reiterating the fact that Kon-
go was not simply an African tribe, but a classic

. civilization who developed an advanced system of

religion and culture that they maintained even
after being brought to the Americas.

“When we talk about Kongo, it is not a tribe,

- but a nation; not a dialect, [but] a language. And

it is a heritage that shaped the course of world
choreography,” he noted.

Instructing the audience to think of the names
used to describe national dances that exist in var-
ious countries in the New World, Professor

- Thompson noted that these dances are still named

by words in the language of the Kongo.

The Samba, brought to Brazil with the slave
trade, for example, mimics movements that can
still be found in Angola. The word Samba comes
from the Quimbundo language (the language of
the area that became Angola) as semba and can
mean several things. One meaning is to pray, or
invoke the spirits of the ancestors, or the Gods of
the African pantheon. Samba can also be a com-
plaint, a cry - like the blues. Still another meaning
is something of a “navel bump” which depicts

’ the intimacy and "invitation" to dance.

The origin of Samba music has a lot of similar-
ities with Mambo and Salsa, which are also linked
to slavery and the religious traditions of West
Africa.

Professor Thompsons also highlighted dances
from Cuba and Uruguay that are called by a Kon-
go word, therefore proving that “dance after
dance” in the Americas has a strong Kongo influ-
ence.

Professor Thompson noted that the most obvi-
ous Kongoisms that exists throughout the world
today are the Kongo line and the Kongo drum.
But there is also the “Kongo grind”, a motion
where energy is generated from one’s hips and
loins. In the Bahamas, this movement is called the
whine - and much to the delight of the audience,
Professor Thompson demonstrated it.

Famous dances like the Twist, and the
Charleston are also influenced by the Kongo.
The Charleston was first danced around
Charleston, South Carolina, and as Professor
Thompson pointed out, 70 per cent of the slaves
sent to South Carolina in the 1700s were from
Kongo and Angola.

In an article entitled “Kongo Influences on
African-American Artistic Culture”, Professor
Thompson said that New Orleans, city of the
birth of jazz, also had a strong and predominant
Kongo element arising from the slave trade.

“It is no accident that one of our few docu-
ments, a North American attestations of the Kon-
go fiinda nkata seated position, comes from Con-
go Square [an entertainment square found in

New Orleans]. In that culturally fabled place,
where young New Orleans athletes once played a
cognate form of early lacrosse (racquette) with the
Amerindians, the Kongo ndungu, which are
extremely long and sonorous drums, were
played,” he noted.

With Kongo influences found in music and
dance, Kongo body language was also retained.
For example, in the stance of arms folded across
the chest and feet spread apart which is seen as a
haughty stance today.

In Kongo, that stance is known as the pakalala
gesture, which literally translates to “cut you to
hamburger”. It is a Kongoism gesture that sym-
bolizes one’s readiness to take on any dispute or
challenge, and it is forbidden for youngsters in
that culture to stand in front of an elder that way.

Professor Thompson, of European descent,
noted that from music to dance to the food we eat,
the way we dress our bodies and hair, the African
culture has been retained. But it is taken for
granted. Many people - whether maliciously or
ignorantly - have sought to pervert the origin of
many of the cultural elements present in the New
World today.

But it maybe time for Bahamians to engage
themselves in a deeper dialogue and research
about their ancestry, and as a result, gain a greater
appreciation of themselves.

“... Those [slave] ships were not filled with pas-
sive blacks. They were filled with memories. Each
woman had a memory. Each [man] had a memo-
ry. And no matter what they faced, religion taught
them that things will change. ‘We will regain our
freedom. We will survive it and fight it under
God’.

“So to me, that slave ship is a missile filled
with black ammunition and black memories that
is going to do something. And it did,” Professor
Thompson noted.

While that slave ship was a symbol of genocide,
it was in many ways the vehicle that took a culture
and spread it to all of the world so that in pursuit .
of our African heritage we don’t need to travel to
Aftica. We need only look within.

Thomas Mtumwa Cleare, director of the Inda-
ba Project, told the audience that as he began to
delve into African studies with the use of Pro-
fessor Thompson’ books, he began to look not at
Africa for himself, but began to look in the
Bahamas for traces of his heritage that have been
retained.

And they are many.



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alowe@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Tourism Minister
‘Obie Wilchcombe was condemned
by Prime Minister Hubert Ingra-
ham for authorising the over
expenditure of almost $9 million
by that ministry during his time in
office without cabinet approval.

In his earlier contribution,
Tourism Minister Neko Grant told
the House that, despite reportedly
intending to do so, his predeces-

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sor Obie Wilchcombe failed to
seek cabinet approval of contin-
gency funding for this over expen-
diture prior to the May 2007 elec-
tion.

Mr Ingraham said that Mr
Wilchcombe “ought to have
known better” than to overspend
by that amount without seeking
cabinet approval, especially as he
had “been a minister for five years

_by that time.”

SEE page 12

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(BAHAMAS) LIMITED.

A TROPICAL storm warning was issued Tuesday for parts of the
south-eastern Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands as Subtropi-

cal Storm Olga neared the area.

Tropical storm warnings and watches were issued for parts of
Haiti and the Dominican Republic, which share the island of His-

paniola.

Olga was moving almost due west near 15 mph (25 kph) on a
path that would keep it very near the southern coast of the Domini-

can Republic on Tuesday.

The storm could dump up ‘to 10 inches (25 cm) of rain on isolated
parts of Hispaniola, while Puerto Rico could get another 2 to 4 inch-
es , bringing its total to 12 inches in some areas, the forecasters said.

According to Accuweather meteorologists the storm has reached
its peak as it was expected to weaken significantly between yes-

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calling additional witnesses

fatalities in
24 hours

THREE traffic fatalities in 24
hours have been recorded in the
capital.

At around 8pm on Monday,
two young men died when the
vehicle in which they were pas-
sengers crashed into a wall.

The incident follows the death
of a Defence Force officer, whose
motorcycle was involved in a col-
lision with a vehicle on John F
Kennedy Drive on Sunday night.

On Monday, a male driver of a
white 1995 Toyota Corolla was
travelling west on Adelaide Road
near the Oasis Restaurant with
three passengers when his car
crashed into a concrete wall short-
ly after 8pm on Monday.

The 25-year-old male driver, a
22-year-old female front seat pas-
senger, and two male back seat
passengers, 27 and 28 years old,
were taken to hospital for varying
bodily injuries.

The driver was treated and dis-
charged, the woman is detained in
serious condition, and the two
rear Seat passengers died a short
time after arriving at the hospital.

An investigation is underway

to determine the cause of this:

accident.
The night before, 21-year-old

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

PLP chief counsel Philip
“Brave” Davis was not allowed
to call an additional four wit-
nesses yesterday in election court
after having already closed his
case last week.

The justices decided that next
Monday is now the scheduled
date of completion for the elec-
tion court challenge.

At the end of the session, as



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Mr Davis updated the court on }
? @ By ALISON LOWE
reserved the right to recall before :
closing his case, he added that he:
wanted to call four additional wit-

the remaining witnesses he

nesses to testify. These witnesses,
for the most part, were intended
give testimony on several voters
in question.

FNM chief counsel Michael
Barnett strongly objected to this,
declaring that Mr Davis has

SEE page 12

Firearms trafficking




‘threatening Bahamas’

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



THE increased trafficking of
illicit firearms used in criminal
activities is threatening the eco-
nomic security and stability of the

Bahamas and other cauntries in ;
i these attempts vary from “depres-
i sion, loss of a job, ill health, ter-
: minal illness, to the breaking up

These remarks were made dur- ;
ing the keynote address at the
? lences to his family because this is
? a very bitter and painful experi-
? ence for them,” he said.

the Caribbean region, the Minister
of National Security, said on Tues-
day.

opening ceremony of the
US/CARICOM joint anti-arms

SEE page 12



face”
i after 3.45pm.

i far as “local people”
? cerned he could not recall any
i suicides
? although there have been “sev-
: eral unsuccessful attempts.”



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| Ml By ALISON LOWE

Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

FORMER Prime Minister Per-

i ry Christie yesterday accused

i Housing Minister Kenneth Rus-

: sell of “gross irresponsibility” for

; Claiming that the PLP government
:-had put young people in harm’s

} way by hiring convicted criminals -
: for public service positions.

Shouting loudly across the

i floor, Mr Christie branded the
? comments “one of the most out-
? rageous attacks that I-have ever
: heard in my thirty years in par-
? -hament”™ in tight of the suggestion
? that PLP MPs were “deliberately
? trying to destroy our youth.” He
i said the comments were a “moral
i} outrage.”

On Monday, Mr Russell, in his

? contribution to the House debate
i on the appropriations bills,
? accused government of not fol-
: lowing civil service hiring rules
: when it appointed numerous indi-
: viduals to public service roles,
i including within the Urban
: Renewal programme.

STUDENTS FROM Gambier primary, Adelaide school sid St Andraws zatiod) help seniors aisoy their sec-
ond annual luncheon which was held at the Poop Deck in Cable Beach. Nearly 100 senior citizens were treat-

“They continue to suggest tha

SEE page 12
Man found dead

believed to have
taken his own life

Tribune Staff Reporter
alowe@tribunemedia.net

A FAMILY was grieving yes-

i terday after a young man is
: believed to have taken his own
? life with a handgun inside a house
? in the Dolphin Drive area.

Noting that suicide is not a

? “major problem” in the Bahamas,
? Chief Supt Hulan Hanna told The
i Tribune that 27-year-old Jason
? Gavin Major of Marlin Avenue,
? was discovered by his father with

“injuries to the left side of his
inside a bedroom shortly

There was a shotgun nearby

: said Chief Supt Hanna. Phe of!)
: cer Said he was unable to say at
: this stage whether Mr Major had
? any history of mental problems.

Chief Supt Hanna said that as
are con-

“in recent times”

He said that the reasons for

of a significant relationship”.
“We do convey our condo-





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INQUEST: Daniel Smith

Bank set to release
new ‘secure’ $5 note

THE Central Bank of
the Bahamas has
announced that on
December 17 the fourth
denomination in its
CRISP (Counterfeit
Resistant Integrated Secu-
rity Product) banknotes
will be released.

So far the CRISP $50, :
$20, and $10 banknotes
have been phased in. The
purpose of the new
CRISP banknotes is for the increased security of Bahamian
banknotes.

The $5 note will have similar security features as its prede-
cessor. Governor of the Central Bank, Mrs Wendy Craig, not-
ed that the importance of this exercise is to ensure that security
of banknotes is continuously upgraded by making use of the lat-
est technologies and processes.

This emphasis on security stands as testament to the Bahamas’
continued dedication to the elimination of counterfeiting and
fraud. As part of the bank’s public education initiatives, the
Central Bank of the Bahamas has begun to disseminate flyers
and posters to the various banks and other cash handlers.

These flyers and posters describe in detail the new security fea-
tures of the $5 banknote. This is all toward the bank’s overall
objective of helping the public to recognise the difference
between genuine and counterfeit banknotes. In the same vein of
security, the Central Bank wishes to remind the public that
counterfeit seminars are hosted bi-annually.

Business owners and other frequent cash-handlers are encour-
aged to attend these seminars to assist in reducing counterfeit-
ing. Banking manager Cecile Sherman added: “The public can
help reduce opportunities for counterfeiters by checking their
banknotes for several upgraded security features.” These are:

m@ By NATARIO McKENZIE



FORMER Immigration Min-
ister Shane Gibson was one of
the persons in Anna Nicole’s hos-
pital room following the death of
her son Daniel Smith, jurors in
the Coroner’s Court heard yes-
terday.

The inquest into the death of
20-year-old Daniel Smith contin-
ued before Magistrate William
Campbell yesterday as jurors
heard testimony from several
more witnesses in the matter.

Chief Supt Quinn McCartney
of the Forensic Science section
of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force was the first witness to be
called to the witness stand yes-
terday. He told the court that
Daniel’s urine tested positive for
Methadone and benzodiaphines.
He told the court that he had
received two tablets which he was
told were found in one of the
beds at Doctor’s Hospital.

He said the tablets were
screened and one tested positive
for methadone and another was
positive for carisopodal. Supt.
McCartney told the court that it
was more likely that Daniel came
to the Bahamas with methadone
already in his body. Supt McCart-
ney said that methadone was
found in Smith’s gastric contents
which suggested that it was



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e New watermark - this banknote bears a watermark of Sir
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield and the numeral 5 (front left)

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when the banknote is tilted (front centre)

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plete image of the sand dollar appears (front left, back right) ingested before his death.

_ Once these new notes are released, they will circulate along- He said that 22 milligrams of
side the present $5 banknotes, which will eventually be phased methadone was found in his body
out. and that the presence of the drug

in his stomach suggested that they

were recently consumed. Supt.
McCartney told the court that
Daniel took at least four tablets

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During questioning by lawyer
Open tonight

Milton Evans, Supt McCartney
said that methadone can be taken
until 9p.m.
ie

in liquid form as well. He told
the court that liquid gets into the
blood more quickly. He also told
the court that the methadone
tablets can be dissolved into liq-
uid. According to Supt McCart-
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the body quickly, but creates a
toxic build up. He said that toxi-
cologists have said that the
methadone concentration in
Daniel’s system alone could have
been lethal. Supt McCartney not-
ed that toxicologists had initially
inquired whether there was any
frothy material in Smith’s lungs as
Dr Raju had noted.

This he said was an indication
of methadone overdose.

Ricardo Hall a network sup-
port technician at Doctor’s Hos-
pital testified that on September
11, 2006 he received a request to
record a video file of the Hospi-
tal’s security surveillance.

He told the court that he was
asked to download footage from
the night of Saturday, Septem-
ber 9, to the morning of Sunday,
September 10, 2006.

Constable 2399 Wilber
Munroe of the technical section
of the Royal Bahamas Police
Force was then called to the wit-
ness stand to assist in the viewing
of the footage.

One portion of the footage
showed Howard Stern and
Daniel entering the hospital at
11.09 pm on September 9.

Mr Hall noted that they
appeared to be smiling. Another
clip showed Stern at 1.34 am on
September 10 returning to the
hospital with a plastic bag. The
court was also shown a clip which
showed Daniel and Anna walk-
ing together on the maternity
ward at 2.28 am on September 9.
Mr Hall told the court that he
had only downloaded footage up
to 8.19 am on September 10.

Lawyer Wayne Munroe pointed
out that a code blue had been
issued that morning -but that a
portion of the video surveillance
was not shown.

Mr Hall said that he was not
asked to download that portion
of the video surveillance. When
asked by Magistrate Campbell
who had given tlfe order on what
portions of the video surveillance
to extract prosecutor Neil Brath-
wiate said that the police had con-
ducted the investigation, but he
did not know who had authorised
what portions of the footage to be
extracted.

Corporal 2461 Yvette Deveaux
was also called to the witness
stand yesterday. She told the
court that on Sunday, Septem-
ber 10, around 10.55 am she
received information relative to
the death of Daniel Smith at
Doctors. Hospital. She told the
court that she went to the hospi-
tal with a group of officers.

She said that at the hospital
she was instructed to see Nurse
Patricia Laing and to collect some
tablets from her. Officer Deveaux
said that she collected the tablets
from Nurse Laing who told her
that she had got them from the
hands of Daniel Smith. During
cross-examination by lawyer Mil-
ton Evans, Officer Deveaux said
that Nurse Laing had told her
that she personally took the pills
from the hand of Daniel Smith.

Detective Inspector Freder-
ick Taylor was also called to the
witness stand yesterday. He
recalled that on September 10,
2006 he was the duty Sergeant at
the Central Detective Unit.

He told the court that at 11 am
on September 10, he received
information of a sudden death at
Doctor’s Hospital, Detective Tay-
lor said that as a result of the
information he received he went
to room 201 of Doctor’s Hospital
where he saw Daniel Smith’s
body lying on a bed and his moth-
er at his feet. He said that Dr
Iferenta, Shane Gibson and his
wife as well as a nurse were also
in the room. Detective Taylor

Former Immigration Minister in
Anna Nicole’s hospital room after
death of her son, jurors told

said that he conducted a view of _

the Smith’s body.

He told the court that Daniel
was wearing a white T-shirt and
underwear and had scratch marks
to his abdomen. Detective Taylor
told the court that he and
Howard Stern went to a room
set up by Doctor’s Hospital for
their investigation, where he
spoke to Howard Stern regarding
the matter. Detective Taylor also
told the court that Nurse Laing
had a white zip lock bag contain-
ing two pills which he instructed
Officer Deveaux to collect.

They were handed over to
Inspector Cooper. Detective Tay-
lor told the court that during an
interview with Anna Nicole
Smith and Howard Stern in the
presence of their lawyer, Wayne
Munroe, neither would answer
any questions regarding their
medical history.

Inspector Cleophus Cooper,
the investigating officer into
Daniel Smith’s death, was also
called to the witness stand yes-
terday. He testified that on Sep-
tember 10 he visited Doctor’s
Hospital and went to room 201
around 11.30 am. There he said
he saw the lifeless body of Daniel
Smith lying on the bed. Inspector
Cooper told the court that while
examining the body he observed
scratch marks to Smith’s
abdomen.

Inspector Taylor said that he
spoke to Dr Minnis who said that
he knew nothing of the marks
and that they were not made by
medical personnel during their
attempts to revive Daniel. Inspec-
tor Cooper told the court that he
also spoke briefly to Howard
Stern.

Inspector Taylor went on to
testify that he later saw and spoke
to Anna Nicole Smith at her
Eastern Road residence and
asked her if she could give him
any information regarding her
son's death. Inspector Taylor told
the court that at that time she
said she could not recall when
Daniel had come to the
Bahamas.

Move to stem illegal flow of firearms

media after the opening ceremony of the CARI-
COM-US joint anti-arms trafficking seminar yes-

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

MOST illicit firearms used in increasing gun
crime in The Bahamas are trafficked into the
country through the United States’ black mar-

ket.

This has prompted US officials to partner with
CARICOM leaders to stem the illegal flow of

arms in the region.

“The problem is that you have legal weapons
that are legally purchased (in the US) that then
get sold in a black market and that’s when the

problem comes.

“So what we’re doing is going to be working
with countries in the region to track these
weapons, trace them once they’re found and to try
to tighten up the import and export regulations,”
US Chargé d'Affaires Brent Hardt told the

terday.

“I think it is very clear if you look at the head-
kines throughout the region in The Bahamas as

well as elsewhere that the gun-related violence is
on the increase everywhere and so it is very much
in our mutual interest to co-operate to try and
combat the threat (and) eradicate the flow of
arms and keep them out of the hands of gangs,
criminals, drug traffickers and terrorists.”

There are a number of concrete steps regional

leaders can take which will be tackled throughout

Hart said.

the different sessions of the two-day event, Mr

In his keynote speech to CARICOM and US

dignitaries, Minister of National Security Tommy

Turnquest stated that of the 170 guns seized in the
country last year 113 were traced.

Some 83 per cent of this number were traced
directly to the US, with most emerging from
Florida, the minister said.

BTC experiences ‘brief’ service disruption

@ By TANEKA THOMPSON
Tribune Staff Reporter

tthompson@tribunemedia.net

THE nation’s sole telecom-
munications provider experi-
enced a “brief” disruption in
service earlier in the week
which affected all outgoing long
distance services, Bahamas
Telecommunications Company
Ltd confirmed.

During an interview with The
Tribune yesterday, Marlon
Johnson BTC’s vice-president
of marketing, said that while
there was an “issue” with the
platform that handles outgoing





long distance calls on Tuesday
as well as a few days ago, the
problem was promptly rectified
and the service is up and run-
ning.

“We did have an issue that
was reported (on Tuesday)
where the phone service went
down for a brief period of time.
As we were getting ready to
(notify the public) I got a noti-
fication that the situation had
been rectified. A few days ago
we faced a similar brief outage
that we had isolated and
repairéd and today we had sort
of a mini-recurrence,” Mr John-
son explained,
“We've stabilis

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form now (but) customers
would have experienced a brief
outage, but I think the intervals
were such that by the time we
would have gone to the public
with the notifications (the plat-
form) would have been recti-
fied.”

According to Mr Johnson,
the platform was only down
“for an hour or so” on both
days the server was affected,
despite numerous complaints
The Tribune received to the
contrary.

“How can it be that the
Bahamas, as a leading offshore
banking community, loses its
connectivity to the world? How
can BTC as a monopoly in the
telecommunications industry

“not quickly rectify this prob-

lem?” vented:one angry entre>
preneur, who claimed he was
unable to make vital long dis-
tance calls from his land-line or
cellphone for two days due to
the disruption.

BTC officials maintained that
the disruption, which affected
all outgoing international traffic,

‘fasted merely an hour or so, not

for any “sustained period of
time.” Incoming international
and local calls were not affected.

A public notice was circulat-
ed on Friday in reference to the
disruption, a BTC public rela-
tions official said.

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Pe Re oR NA eI eR a Ca i alla
d Bahama

over upsurge in violent crime

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Murder victim's
family and friends.
‘in deep sorrow’ —

@ By CALVIN FORBES

FREEPORT — Relatives
and friends of 22-year-old ;

murder victim Julian Nicholls,

who was shot in the head out-
side a club at the Friendship ;
Shopping Centre, say they are :

“in deep sorrow”.
A friend of Mr Nicholls,

who said he was at Sunset vil-
lage on Thursday night before ‘
the incident took place, sug- :
gested that he may have been
killed as a result of an argu- :

ment.

Although police declined to
give any details, it is under- :
stood that someone from }

_ B By CALVIN FORBES

FREEPORT - Grand Bahami-
ans are expressing grave concern
about the upsurge in violent crime
on the island.

Many say they would like to
see the return of capital punish-
ment in the wake of what is
believed to be an increase in the
number of murders and attempt-
ed murders on Grand Bahama.

Following the alleged shooting
death of 35-year-old Ryan Wood
at Limewood Lane on Wednes-
day, and what is now believed to
be an alleged shooting of a 20-
year-old resident of West End in
the small hours of Friday, many
people fear violence among young

Eight Mile Rock is assisting :

Central
(CDU) officers with their
investigations.

According to several wit-
nesses, who did not wish to
be named, it is believed the
gunman fired a shot from the
roof of a building as Mr
Nicholls left his car.

He was killed by a single
gunshot wound to the head,
one witness said.

Family and friends of Mr
Nicholls, a construction work-
er and graduate of St
George’s Senior High School
in Freeport, described him as
a good friend.

“We are in pain right now,”
said one member of Mr
Nicholls’ close group of
friends, who said they were
all out at the Fish Fry on
Thursday evening. “It is just
so sad what took place out
there on Friday morning.”

According to one of the
group, after Sunset Village,
they all went to the Marcus
Jones Ocean View Club and
from there drove to the
Friendship Shopping Centre.

Mr Nicholls is the country’s
75th homicide victim of the
year. His death brings the
number of persons dying by
violence to 14 on Grand
Bahama.

Saying that the family is dis-
traught, a female cousin of Mr
Nicholls said he was brain-
dead, and that surgeons at
Rand Memorial Hospital had
made arrangements to have
him.airlifted to Princess Mar-
garet Hospital.

Unfortunately, he died at
about 12.05pm while prepa-
rations were being made.

A bullet was lodged in his
head, she said. “His mother
is at home with many of his
photographs, and she is not
willing to speak at this time
about the incident.”

Police discover
handgun and
ammunition

OFFICERS from the mobile

division were on patrol in west-.

ern New Providence when they
saw a group of men in a bushy
lot.

As they approached, the
group fled. Police gave chase,
but were not able to apprehend
anyone.

However, as officers returned
to the place where the men had
gathered, they discovered a .45
handgun with six live rounds of
ammunition. No arrests were
made, but investigations are
continuing.

Detective Unit }






























@ By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter

kherig@tribunemedia.net

THE FNM government is being
criticised for failing to take steps to
introduce legislation that would
protect the environment, increase
the power of the local government
and ensure freedom of informa-
tion.

Although the new FNM admin-
istration has been in office for only
seven months, Grand Bahama
attorney Fred Smith said he
expected the government would
have made good on some promis-
es made on the campaign trail by
now.

Referring to the billion-dollar
Baker’s Bay Golf and Ocean Club
. development on Guana Cay, Mr
Smith -

Family Islanders.

DESPITE strong winds and
rough seas, the Defence Force,
together with the Bahamas Air
Sea Rescue Association (BAS-
RA), yesterday continued the
search for two men missing at
sea.

Chris Lloyd, BASRA opera-
tions director in Nassau, told
The Tribune yesterday that
weather conditions are not help-
ing the search, but that one ves-
sel would continue patrolling
the waters around New Provi-
dence in hopes of finding Gra-
ham Knowles, 21, and Calvin
Blatch, 64.

Mr Lloyd said that no deci-
sion had been made yet as to
when to call off the search.

“The winds are very blustery,
and the weather is not expected
to change before the weekend.
We will see what happens,” he
said.

ane

Solid Wood -



legal counsel for the Save the Guana
Cay Reef Association — said the new government
failed to fulfil its promise to consider the wishes of

Mr Smith claimed that of all the registered vot-
ers on Guana Cay, some 85 per cent voted the
FNM into government in the hope of getting
more say in the development of their small island.

“The FNM in its manifesto promised to
empower the Family Islands, to strengthen

Concern in Gran



“At this juncture. Iam not
concerned anymore about what
human rights groups have to say
concerning capital punishment
being inhumane. Premeditated
murder is also inhumane.”



people “has gotten out of con-
trol.”

According to reports, Mr Julian
Nichols was allegedly shot in the
head by a stray bullet at about
3.30am on Friday while in a

Attorney criticises the FNM over
environment, local government

Fred Smith

na Cay,” he said.

local government. This has not
happened here,” he said.

Mr Smith said the FNM gov-
ernment also promised to enact
legislation to preserve the envi-
ronment.

He claimed that, in giving their
support to the “mega project”,
which includes a golf course and
marina, the government was con-
doning the environmental degra-
dation of Guana Cay.

However, during a tour of the
Baker’s Bay site at the weekend,
Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham
said the developers have more
than fulfilled all the environmen-
tal requirements.

“We are satisfied that they are
undertaking a project that is envi-
ronmentally acceptable and sus-
tainable,”

Mr Smith further said that he finds it ironic
that two successive governments have forced
large unwanted anchor projects on small Family
Islands, when places like Grand Bahama are cry-
ing out for more development.

“Freeport, for example, has a large workforce,
a pool of skilled workers.

“The infrastructure is in place and the people
want large developments, but not places like Gua-

Friendship Shopping Centre dis-
cotheque at Eight Mile Rock.
He was to be airlifted to a hos-
pital in Nassau for additional
treatment, according to a family
member. It was also pointed out

he said.






The two missing men were
part of a group of five that went
out to sea to test the 26-foot
Formula vessel “Don Rebel”
on Sunday at around | lam.

The men let the boat into the
water off the Yamacraw ramp
and then travelled some three
to five miles out. By around
11.30am the vessel had sunk.

Three of the men were able
to swim to shore and sounded
the alarm. The others have yet
to be found.

Since both of the missing men
are non-swimmers and neither
was wearing a life-jacket when
the boat sank, their chances for
survival are said to be slim.

Thelma Knowles, mother of
Graham Knowles, told The Tri-
bune that her son cannot swim
and has no experience with
boats.

Mr Lloyd said there is a very
small possibility that the men

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towards Andros or the Berry
Islands.
However, he said this was a

very unlikely scenario.

The vessel “Don Rebel” was
discovered on Monday, partial-
ly submerged on a reef, two
miles south-east of the Sea
Breeze Canal.

The BASRA operations |.

director expressed dismay that
this is yet another accident at
sea in which the boaters were
not wearing a life-jacket.

“People need to understand
that a life-jacket not only keeps
you afloat, but the orange
colour helps when you are
searching for someone.

“A life-jacket is not expen-
sive. How many more people
need to die before people
learn?” Mr Lloyd said.

by the family member that he may
be brain-dead.

Grand Bahama’s homicide
count is at 13 for the year.

The recent murders of 32-year-
old Gifford Martin Jr, 64-year-old
Vincent Pidecan, and 44-year-old
Kenneth Lightbourn sent waves
of disbelief through the commu-
nity.

Both Mr Pidecan and Mr Light-
bourn will be laid to rest on Sat-
urday following funeral services.

According to retired cook
Daniel Clark, capital punishment,
mainly by hanging, “should be
carried out once a person has
completed all appeals.”

“At this juncture,” he said, “I
am not concerned anymore about
what human rights groups have
to say concerning capital punish-
ment being inhumane.

“Premeditated murder is also
inhumane.

“You are talking about taking
away innocent people from their
families, and are killing produc-
tive people. As far as I know, cap-
ital punishment is in our Penal
Code, and ought to be carried out
to send a warning to persons who
believe they can take another per-
son’s life without having to suffer
the same fate.

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priority by those in authority.”

Mr Clarke called upon those in
the judicial system to be vigilant in
carrying out their God-given duty
to protect the innocent by pun-
ishing those who seek to disrupt
civil society.

Rev Terry Munnings, of Mira-
cle Working House of Prayer, has
long taken the view that there is
“too much bloodshed as a result
of violent crimes.”

“Capital punishment must be
carried out if only to teach our
young people that you are respon-
sible for any wrong decision that
you make,” he said.

“Too many of our young peo-
ple feel that because they are liv-
ing in an Independent Bahamas,
they can be counter-productive .
and get away with it.

“The lesson must be taught that
freedom comes with a great deal
of responsibility,” he asserted.

“If you’steal or do wrong and
nothing is done about what you
have done by those in authority,
then you may feel that you can
continue doing wrong.

“But if you are punished for
wrongdoing, you may consider
not doing that-same thing a sec-
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ronmentalist and the U.S. Congress was con-
servative. China and India were on the fringes of
the climate change debate. And big business
said going green would strangle industry.

The Kyoto global warming pact — which
marked its 10th anniversary Tuesday — was
brokered under vastly different circumstances
from those facing negotiators this week in Bali
as they map out an agenda for a successor agree-
ment.

Those changing circumstances, from China’s
rise as a top polluter to the rapidly mounting
evidence that global warming is a threat, are
certain to leave their imprint on a new pact to go
into force in 2012, when Kyoto’s commitment
period expires.

The Kyoto pact requires 36 industrialized
nations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by
an average of 5 percent below 1990 levels
between 2008 and 2012. Australia announced
last week it would join, leaving the United States
as the only major developed economy to have
Tejected it.

The mood in Bali on Tuesday mixed cele-
bration of the world’s first steps to tackle glob-
al warming — negotiators cut a massive birthday
cake — with regret over the U.S. refusal to join
and the struggle of many countries to meet their
gas cut targets. :

But it was clear that Kyoto was negotiated in —

a different era.
In 1997, Al-Gore — who won the Nobel
Peace Prize this year for his work on the envi-

ronment — was vice president, while the,

Republican-controlled Congress was highly
sceptical that climate change was a major threat.

Now the situation is reversed. The U.S. del-
egation rejects Kyoto and has not supported
calls for mandatory emissions caps, while a
Democrat-controlled Congress — fueled by ris-
ing public concern over warming — is moving in
favour of deep greenhouse gas cuts.

That political change has already influenced
talks in Bali, where many are pushing to delay
serious talks about binding emissions targets
until after the 2008 U.S. presidential elections,
which they hope will bring in an administra-
tion ready to agree to deep cuts.

The emissions landscape has also changed
dramatically. In the 1990s, the focus was on the
United States, Europe and Japan. But now,
some experts say economically booming China
has already surpassed the United States as the
top emitter, and India is a growing concern.

That development has strengthened the hand
of those arguing poorer nations must also take
steps to stop polluting. Beijing, while still insist-
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ty to fight the problem, is showing greater will-
ingness to take steps to control — if not actual-
ly reduce — pollution.

The advances in scientific knowledge about
global warming, summed up in a series of
reports by the Intergovernmental Panel on Cli-
mate Change, have largely put to rest the debate
— still very much alive in 1997 — over whether
rising temperatures were a threat. The panel
shared this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Gore.

Now, scientists say, the focus of research has
to shift to how countries can limit emissions
and adapt to global warming-causes changes
— such as rising sea levels — that are inevitable
because of the heat-trapping gases already
released.

Business has also become a larger part of the
anti-global warming picture. Carbon trading in
Europe, so-called green technologies, and devel-
opment in solar panels and other renewable
energy sources are turning into potential mon-
eymakers for industry.

While supporters see Kyoto as a landmark
agreement, many concede it falls short on many
counts. —

The prescribed cuts are not deep enough to
have a real impact on global warming and were
decided by politics rather than science.

Though Europe, Japan and Australia have
signed on, Washington has stood fast in its
opposition, arguing mandatory cuts would hurt
economic growth, and that the pact is fatally
flawed by a lack of commitments for developing
countries. The U.S. absence has greatly reduced
Kyoto’s effectiveness — a lesson many in Bali
are mindful of as they try to craft an agenda for
coming negotiations that the Americans will
go along with.

While the changes of the past decade have
encouraged some in Bali that they can eventu-
ally build a more effective agreement to succeed
Kyoto, one group is quickly running out of time:
Pacific island nations whose very survival is
threatened by rising seas.

Espen Ronneberg, a Marshall Islander in
Bali as a member of the Samoa delegation, said
he was optimistic when Kyoto was concluded,
but that the rest of the world did not appear
ready to take further dramatic action needed to
curb rising temperatures.

“We’re almost being sacrificed in the interest
of economic growth that’s driven by fossil fuels,”
Ronneberg said. “It’s frustrating to hear from
other countries that they can’t afford to do any-
thing.”

(This article was written by Associated Press
writer Joseph Coleman who helped cover the
1997 Kyoto conference).




















Shun the
appearance
of politcal
interference

EDITOR, The Tribune.

LAST Sunday I listened to
the interview with former
DPM Pratt on Jones and
Company and I felt compelled
to challenge him on the appar-
ent unfairness of some of his
questions.

For example, Mr Jones
asked Mrs Pratt about the
apparent debacle at the Par-
liamentary Commission and
the possibility of corruption,
all under her watch. Well Mr
Jones should appreciate that
the Parliamentary Commis-
sion is an independent entity
and must be:seen to function
as such. .

The Cabinet has to assume
that the personnel are com-
petent, career civil servants
and men and women of
integrity; that has to be a giv-
en. Could you imagine the lev-
el of paralysis in the civil ser-
vice if the Cabinet suspected
the very people on whose
opinions and advice they rely
on for public policy forma-
tion? If former PM Christie
and former DPM Pratt had
called the work of the Parlia-
mentary Commission into
question, the FNM and its
operatives would have round-
ly criticised the PLP govern-
ment for political interference,

abuse of power, breach of.

public trust, and accuse them
of attempting to possibly “rig”
the general elections in favour
of the PLP.

Had the PLP government
intervened, Mr Jones’ ques-
tion to both Mr Christie and
Mrs Pratt would be to respond
to charges of political inter-
ference and explain to the
public how their actions
should not be perceived as
corrupt and scandalous. You
cannot have it both ways, Mr
Jones. The PLP Cabinet was
correct for not as much as
“appearing” to be interfering
with Mr Bethel and his staff. I
heard several FNM Cabinet
Ministers, including the PM
no less. stating in the media
that because the PLP was in
charge, they are culpable and
therefore incompetent. What
they failed to explain was how
one would reconcile a Cabi-

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net intervention with the
preservation of the indepen-
dence of the Parliamentary
Commission. I thought those
comments made by the FNM
cabinet ministers and other
PLP detractors were so intel-
lectually dishonest; they sim-
ply cannot believe what they
are saying.

Turning my attention to the
RBPF, I can recall the wrong-
ful dismissal of a slew of senior
police officers shortly after the
FNM won the government in
1992. The PLP government
settled with these officers to
the tune of several hundred

thousand dollars. On the eve.

of the advanced poll in 1997
Mr Ingraham told the Police
to “remember the money,
remember the money”. He
again in 2007 told the Police to
take the promotions awarded
to them by the PLP govern-
ment and vote against them.
Further, Mr Ingraham stated
that 80 per cent of the police

force will be voting for the
FNM.

Editor, most Bahamians
would concur that all of these
actions and statements are
inappropriate for a political
leader and particularly harm-
ful to the RBPF, given the
nature and role of this organ-
isation, but Mr Ingraham and
Mr Turnquest insist that the
hand of the FNM is clean and
sanitised of the stench of polit-
ical interference.

Editor, I simply disagree.
This deliberate and sustained
pattern of behaviour must
stop. A credible argument can
be advanced that the behav-
iour of the leadership of the
FNM cultivated an atmos-
phere and encouraged a cul-
ture of political division with-
in the RBPF. The onus is now
on the government to lead the
way in promoting unity and
facilitating healing, all in the
national best interest. Going
forward, all governments
should shun the very appear-
ance of political interference.

ELCOTT COLEBY
Nassau,
December, 2007.

Youth can make the
change but need help

EDITOR, The Tribune.

OUR youth today have not all fallen by the wayside. I know
that all of the crime today mainly involves the youth of this
nation, but there are still young men and women striving to

reach the mark of excellence.

Youth can make the change, but we need the help, the support
and the faith of our country. We as young people need to know
that when we fall, the faith the community, our family and oth-
ers have in us will pick us up. According to the Bible, “faith is
the substance of things not seen.” Therefore we need your

help.

We can drop the guns, we can step out of the gangs, we can
leave the drugs and the alcohol by the wayside. All we need is
a chance. Help us make that step.

10th grader, Faith Temple Christian Academy.

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Masked
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bus driver

WHILE disembarking pas-
sengers near Carmichael and
Bacardi Roads on Monday
around 6pm, a bus driver was
approached by a masked gun-
man who boarded the bus and
demanded cash.

The driver was relieved of a
small amount of cash by the
gunman who got into a waiting
gold Nissan Sentra registration
10365 which sped off.

Hushand and —
Wife robbed —
of vehicle

SHORTLY after midnight
on Tuesday, a husband and
wife were outside their home
in Golden Isles Road when two
men armed with shotguns and
dressed in dark Dickies cloth-
ing approached in a champagne
Cadillac.

The couple were robbed of
their blue Nissan Cefiero car
registration 152319.

The thieves sped off in the
stolen vehicle, leaving the car
they came in. On checking the
Cadillac, police discovered that
it was reported stolen on Sat-
urday December 9, 2007.

Teenagers —
robbed hy —
armed man :

POLICE are investigat-
ing an armed robbery of
two teenagers in the Faith
Avenue area.

A 19-year-old woman
and a 15-year-old boy
were on Faith Avenue
shortly after 9pm on Satur-
day when they were held
up by a man armed witha
shotgun.

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A BAHAMIAN who claims
to have cracked several major
drug cases while on the payroll of
the US Drug Enforcement
Agency is now fighting for his
freedom from an American jail.

Jesse Jerome Dean Jr wants
the Bahamas government to
intervene on his behalf after
being sentenced to 30 years in
prison on what he regards as

Man claims to have cracked major
drug cases while on US DEA payroll



“trumped up” charges.

He has already spent more
than 12 years inside, and has con-
ducted a relentless letter cam-

ing what he calls an ongoing
tragedy.
Mr Dean claims his troubles

paign from his cell in an attempt
to get justice, appealing to the
US media, including The New.
York Times, for help in expos-

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Fred Mitchell speaks out

THE Ministry of Finance has not been
as progressive in its thinking as it should
be and respective ministers of finance
have been too captive to ministry offi-
cials on matters of procedure, Fox Hill
MP and former Foreign Affairs and Pub-
lic Service Minister Fred Mitchell said
Monday during debate on Supplemen-
tary Appropriations Bills.

Mr Mitchell said that often this inter-
feres with the delivery of services to the
public.

He described the ministry, and the pub-
lic service in general, as “old-fashioned,
moribund and not forward thinking”.

“How I approached my task as minister
in looking for money when the govern-
ment asked for a service to be performed
by the ministry, it was the public service
and the permanent secretaries who were
responsible for finding it. Not me.

“Tf it were not available then I would go
back to the government and ask for addi-
tional monies. It was for the Ministry of
Finance to be sure that it was done right,”
Mr Mitchell said.

He pointed out that former Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie’s view at the start was
that PSs should attend all Cabinet meet-
ings behind their ministers, and be made
to account publicly for the policies that
they urged ministers to settle.

“When it is convenient today the PSs
hide behind ministerial responsibility but
want to take the kudos when something
succeeds,” Mr Mitchell said.

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tem but had no disciplinary authority,
where instructions were given and there
was no effective means of enforcing it.
“Files would go missing, instructions
defied and there were no consequences,
yet in public we talk about ministerial
responsibility. I have said to my col-
leagues, convention be damned, I take
no responsibility for what is not my











responsibility. Those who did it have to
take the fall for it,” Mr Mitchell said.

The former minister quoted from a
British report on public sector reform
which said: “Imagine becoming chief
executive of a large organisation and
being told that the entire management
are ‘independent’, that you have no con-
trol over their major levers of motiva-
tion — recruitment, promotion and reward
— and that they operate as a separate
organisation with a mind of its own. Mod-
ern organisations do not and cannot work
like that. Neither can government.”

The MP pointed out that the Bahamas
inherited a system from the British who
themselves are struggling through how
to change it and have changed it signifi-
cantly.

“The public service in its management
levels is not politically neutral. That much
is clear. It is very active in a passive way,
passive aggressive. This Gordian Knot
must be cut and we must find true reform
if our country is to be better served. The
present system is simply unacceptable,”
he said. .

The Fox Hill MP said that the budget is
really a production of the bureaucrats of
the Ministry of Finance.

“You can submit your actual estimated
expenditure all you want but Finance
would come back and say sorry you have
to cut it by ten per cent and if you don’t
cut it we will cut it for you. So unless
North Abaco can stop that then the sys-
tem will continue and I will predict that
he can't stop it,” he said.

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DEA in 1991,

He said he “unilaterally
designed, executed and caused
several very large seizures of ille-
gal drugs for which I was paid
by the DEA.”

But he claimed that two
Bahamas-based DEA agents
who were responsible for his
supervision failed to observe pro-
tocol and never informed him
that he had been deactivated.

Mr Dean claims the agents’
misconduct came to light during
a Miami investigation but, rather
than admit their own failures,
they “railroaded” him into an
unjust conviction on drug
charges.

“A total fraud was perpetrated
upon the court,” Mr Dean told
The Tribune in an e-mail from
his prison cell. “I was wrongly
convicted and sentenced to 30
years in prison.

“T have presented bona fide
government documents discov-
ered post-conviction which sup-
port all of my claims, including
actual and legal innocence, but
have consistently been denied
relief in the courts.

“T have now undertaken to
expose this manifest injustice in
the international media. My con-
tinued imprisonment is an insult
to the word ‘justice’.”

Mr Dean said he had written

hundreds of letters over the last

12 years to individuals and
organisations seeking help - all to
no avail.

Mr Dean said his case is now
in the hands of Washington DC
attorney James Quincy Butler,
who is hoping to help orches-
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attention to his nightmare.

“T have been incarcerated for
150 months,” said Mr Dean.
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Final rites given to community
builder and matriarch Ann Grant

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Hubert Ingraham.

Former Minister of For-
eign Affairs and MP for
Fox Hill, Fred Mitchell,
also brought remarks.

Mrs Grant, wife of
deceased PLP Senator
Austin Grant Jr, died on
November 29 at her daugh-
ter’s home following a
series of strokes she suf-
fered following the Grand
Bahama Red Cross Society
Ball on September 30.

During her life, she was
honoured by Queen Eliza-
beth II for long service

given to charitable organi-
sations.

She was a founding mem-
ber of the PLP, and was
among many promoted to
Stalwart Councillor of the

party.

Contributions

A member of Grand
Bahama Red Cross Society
for more than 30 years, Mrs
Grant was praised for her
contributions to that organ-
isation for many years.

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The eulogy was delivered
by the Rev Father Steven
Grant, rector of St Mary
Magdalene.

Also. present was
Archdeacon Cornell J
Moss, in charge of the
Northern Bahamas
Archdeaconry; Father
Patrick Adderley, Dean of
Christ Church Cathedral,
and Father Norman Light-
bourn, a former rector of
that parish.

Mrs Grant was praised
for her long and untiring
service aimed at improving
conditions throughout the
Bahamas.

During a memorial ser-
vice held on _ Friday
evening, speaker after
speaker spoke of Mrs

.Grant’s long years of ser-

vice to the PLP and civic
organisations like the
Retired Persons Society.

Recognition

In recognition of her ser-
vice to the Grand Bahama
Red Cross Society, Mrs
Grant was awarded special
honours during the soci-
ety’s annual ball on Sep-
tember 30.

Her colleague Mark
Sweeting described her as
a person who was con-
cerned about family, while
at the same time giving
attention to her civic
duties.

As a business woman,
Mrs Grant ran the first
motel on Grand Bahama,
the Star Hotel Restaurant
and Bar.

Perry Christie



Obie Wilchcombe



unselfish service to both
the PLP and her communi-
ty in many ways.





In his remarks, Mr “She will be greatly
Christie praised Mrs Grant missed by the PLP and the
Neighborhood and her family for giving people of the Bahamas,
SHERWIN WILLIAMS the country her time and particularly those of you
CU tig talents, adding that Mrs. Who live in West End and
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indeed this community has
lost‘a great woman.”

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GHS students
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THE Performing Arts
Department of Government
High School presented an
evening of Christmas music
under the theme The Spirit of
Christmas.

The concert, held at
Epworth Hall, opened with a
dazzling dance number called
“Candy Cane.”

In attendance, and bringing
remarks on behalf of Carl
Bethel, Minister of Education,
Youth, Sports and Culture, was
permanent secretary Mrs Elma,
Garraway.

She said how pleased she
was and how proud she felt
about the students’ marvellous
performances.

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ceremonies among other
events.

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the Ministry of Education,
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recognised the importance of
the arts in schools, and
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to continue to support children
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Unfortunately, there are Bghamians who
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won't be having a good time.

Gerald ‘Gerry’ Simons and his organisa-
tion of modern-day good Samaritans make it
their business to bring cheer into the lives of
Bahamians throughout the year and especial-
ly at Christmas.

Mr Simons, along with his wife, Ingrid
Bonamy-Simons, and a host of others have
been at the business of goodwill for more than
40 years.

They are well-known and appreciated for
their annual Christmas party where they give
presents to many of the young children who

live in govern-
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in the the less fortunate

in Our society.

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their annual par-



° ties, Gerry’s Kids
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started a scholar-
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last year, they

began to host a luncheon for senior citizens.

This year was their second annual Christ-
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Restaurant.

This year they joined forces with Fred Light-
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SPIRITUAL LEADER: The Dalai

IS past Sunday
mcrning, while
most Bahamians
were squirming in

their pews as angry preachers
yelled fire and brimstone, I
decided to watch a two-hour fea-
ture documentary, presented by
the Bahamas International Film
Festival, about a soft-spoken
man called Tenzin Gyatso.

Of course, that is not his real
name. He was named Lhamo
Thondup at birth, but if you are
a Tibetan Buddhist his true, true
name is Gendun Drup — the
first Dalai Lama, who was born
in 1351. Tenzin is said to be Gen-
dun's 14th reincarnation. As
such, he is the world's most
famous Buddhist monk, the spir-
itual leader of six million
Tibetans, and a celebrated Nobel
peace prize winner.

He was enthroned as the
Dalai Lama in 1950 at the age
of 15, and fled Tibet nine years
later when the Chinese commu-
nists took over the country. He
now lives in the Himalayan
mountains on the Indian side of
the border, and was the first
Dalai Lama ever to travel to the
West. He became a popular fig-
ure in the 1980s.

The film - called Dalai Lama
Renaissance - was produced in
America by the Wakan Founda-
tion for the Arts and narrated
by actor Harrison Ford.
Although it won the best docu-
mentary award at the Monaco
Film Festival recently, as well as
more than a dozen prizes at oth-
er festivals, it didn't attract much
of an audience here.

Renaissance records some of
the brainstorming at a 1999 con-
ference hosted by the Dalai
Lama dubbed the Synthesis Dia-
logue. It was the first of several
such meetings among Western
scholars organised by Brother
Wayne Teasdale, a Benedictine
monk who died three years ago.
Teasdale was a pioneer of the
interfaith movement and a close
friend of Tenzin Gyatso.

The conference invited 40 of
the West’s "leading-edge
thinkers" to the Dalai Lama's
residence at Dharamsala to dis-
cuss the world’s problems.
According to David Mueller, the
film's American co-producer
who was on hand to answer

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 9

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Renaissance

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“Many view Buddhism as more of a
philosophy than a religion because its

_chief tenets are: to lead a moral life, to

be mindful and aware of thoughts and
actions, and to develop wisdom and

understanding.”

questions at Sunday's screening
in the Atlantis Theatre, what
transpired was captured by an
18-person, 5-camera crew on
more than 140 hours of tape. "It
took us a few years to put it all
together," he said. "We gave a
copy to the Dalai Lama's office
recently and assume it was well
received, but he told us he does-
n't watch films about himself."
Renaissance was edited as a
cinematic documentary and cap-
tures the culture and scenery of
India, as well as some authentic
Tibetan dance, music and ritu-
als. Reviewers have described it
as "fascinating, ravishingly beau-
tiful and sonically soothing."

ll of that is certainly

true, but the film is not
as "transforming" as enlighten-
ment-seekers have claimed.
Many of the conference partici-
pants were religious ecumenists
with a deep interest in Buddhism,
which most Bahamians would
regard as paganism if they took
the trouble to think about it at
all. And there was a lot of puerile
"transformative" jargon in the
film, similar to this convoluted
account of the conference:

"The primary goal was to cre-
ate a living laboratory in which
participants could examine for
themselves the process by which
human awareness is expanded.
The process design called for par-
ticipants to refine these polari-
ties among their colleagues in
each field and then to engage

Christmas Musi

featuring

7:00 p.m.

with other disciplines. We were a
band of pilgrims in the classic
sense, humbled and revealed by
the long, hard road we travelled."

ome of the participants
came from such esoteric
groups as the California Institute
of Integral Studies, the World
Congress of Faiths, the Positive
Future's Network, the State of
the World Forum, the Centre for
Visionary Leadership, the Insti-
tute for Noetic Studies and the
Foundation tor Conscious Evo-
lution. And there were a couple
of well-known quantum physi-
cists thrown in for good measure.
But the star attraction was His
Holiness the Dalai Lama, who
describes himself as "a simple
monk", but who has become a
world-renowned figure. He is, of
course, a follower of Siddhattha
Gautama - an Indian aristocrat
who gave up everything 2500
years ago to become a spiritual
teacher known as the Buddha.
Frankly, | have never really
understood what Buddhism is all
about, but I do know that Bud-
dhists don't persecute others or
conduct holy wats, which puts
them pretty high up the spiritual
ladder in my estimation. Many
view Buddhism as more of a phi-
losophy than a religion because
its chief tenets are: to lead a
moral life, to be mindful and
aware of thoughts and actions,
and to develop wisdom and
understanding. Here is a repre-

. sentative description from the

Sunday, December 16, 2007

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Dalai Lama himself: "This is my .

simple religion. There is no need
for temples; no need for compli-
cated philosophy. Our own brain,
our own heart is our temple; the
philosophy is kindness...With
realization of one's own potential
and self-confidence in one's abil-
ity, one can build a better world."

| enzin's Nobel prize was

awarded Jor his plan to
achieve self-governance for Tibet
in a peaceful association with
China, which considers the coun-
try a province. He has staunchly
resisted all attempts to resolve
this issue through violence. In
fact, he attributes his worldwide
popularity to the Chinese: "If
they had treated the Tibetans
like real brothers, then the Dalai
Lama might not be so popular.
All the credit goes to the Chi-
nese."

But in a 1990s interview, the
Dalai Lama's own brother wor-
ried that the Buddhist approach
of non-violence in the Indepen-
dence struggle has been a mis-
take. "It worked for Gandhi, but
Gandhi was dealing with the
British," he said. "At least they
had a conscience. The Chinese
have only contempt."

Renaissance presents an inter-
esting portrait of this peaceful,
and some say child-like, man
who offers gems of wisdom like
this in the film: "Humanity is top-
most. Often, we suggest the
opposite. Everybody thinks my
nation first, my religion first.
Humanity comes next — that's
the problem."

Renaissance is one of 83 films
from 26 different countries being
showcased by the Bahamas
International Film Festival this
week at several locations in Nas-
sau. They include 54 features, of
which several are world or inter-
national premieres and nearly all
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The absurd controversy over the recent attempt to charge
the press a fee to cover Junkanoo makes one wonder whether
our officials have taken leave of their senses.

Although the argument about protection of intellectual
property rights of Junkanooers was not advanced until after
the proposal had been withdrawn, we should remember that
these groups are subsidised at huge cost by the private sector
(both monetarily and in terms of lost productivity). And mas-
sive public resources are deployed to organise and facilitate the
display their art. One has to question whether art exists if no-
one sees it?

But the royalty issue aside, how can such a major policy
change to coverage of a national public event be implement-
ed without consultation or thought when the results were
entirely predictable — unless the idea was to generate a con-
troversy in order to raise the issue publicly?

Intellectual property did not feature in the ministry's expla-
nation for the move as far as I am aware. They initially said the
fee was to control the proliferation of press and freelance
photographers swarming over the parade route, and to cover
processing costs (such as the cost of vests). :

These are entirely valid points, but they do not require the
imposition of prohibitive fees. A processing fee to cover legit-
imate expenses would not be objectionable in my view. And
controlling the number of photographers who are accredited
is a simple matter of setting and enforcing impartial criteria
and limits — something that Bahamian officials find almost
impossible to do. ;

In a free society, the press has a right to-report on all pub-
lic and private matters subject only to the constraints of the
law, and it is ridiculous to try to charge them for coverage. If
photographers subsequently make money from the sale of
their Junkanoo pictures then perhaps they should be charged
a royalty fee, after appropriate consultation, but that is anoth-
er issue.

And it begs the question of why non-press affiliated pho-
tographers are allowed to cover the parades anyway? It is stan-
dard practice to limit special access to public events to accred-
ited working press and officials only. Perhaps the ministry
could enlighten us with their written policy on the matter.

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The school offers its own middle years programme in years seven through nine and the
BGCSE in years 10 and 11 (grades 9 and 10). The school is authorized to teach the
Diploma Programme (DP) of the International Baccalaureate Organization in years 12 and
13 (grades 11 and 12).

Science
Biology: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach biology to pre-university level

and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.
Candidates should also be able to offer either chemistry or physics at BGCSE/IGCSE

level.

Chemistry: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach chemistry to pre-university
level and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma
programme. Candidates should also be dble''to offer either biology or physics to

BGCSE/IGCSE level. \: : vty

English: Successful experience in teaching English to IB level is required for this post.
Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level and be familiar
with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme. Successful
BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT 1/SAT I! experience is also essential.

Mathematics: Candidates for this post must be qualified to teach to pre-university level
and be familiar with the demands of the International Baccalaureate diploma programme.
Successful experience in teaching calculus to AP and/or IB level is preferred for this post.
Successful BGCSE/IGCSE and SAT 1/SAT II experience is also desirable.

Drama: Candidates should be able and willing to teach up to IB theatre arts level and
possibly coordinate musical and drama productions throughout the secondary school.

Information technology: Years pre-school to 13 responsibilities in integrated technology,
promoting the concept of “computer as tool" across all ages and curriculum areas, as
well as teaching in years 10 through 13. Must be experienced in teaching computer
science at IB diploma level.

Middle.school home room and core teachers: Middle level educational qualifications,
experience working with early adolescents and a familiarity with the philosophy of middle
schools are required from applicants for these posts. Applicants may also be required
to teach BGCSE courses up to year 11.

At least two of the successful applicants will have documented successful experience in
teaching English in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer English and one of the following
— PSE; IT & Social Studies; art; drama - possibly to BGCSE level.

Another successful applicant will have documented successful experience in teaching
general science in years 7 to 9 and will be able to offer any combination of biology,

chemistry and physics at BGCSE level. If he/she could also teach mathematics that would |

be useful.

Mathematics and special needs (part time post): Candidates must have successful
experience in teaching in both areas.

NB: One successful candidate from: all the posts offered will be able to offer the
teaching of the Theory of Knowledge course at IB diploma level. Another will be
able to offer the teaching of psychology at IB diploma level

Interested candidates should apply to the school's principal, Mr. Robert Wade, by letter,
email or fax as soon as possible. All applications MUST include the following:

letter of application ;

a personal statement detailing the candidate's educational philosophy

a full curriculum vitae,

either the names, addresses, telephone numbers, fax and email numbers of three
people who may be approached for confidential professional references or the
name and address of the recruiting agency from which the candidate's confidential
dossiers may be obtained.

Information on the teaching posts offered may be obtained from the heads of the schools
by email or fax’only.

Frank Coyle, Head of the secondary school:
Email: Frank.Coyle@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 324 0816

Allison Collie, Head of the primary school:
Email: Allison.Collie@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 324 0816

Bob Wade

Principal .

St Andrew's School : :
P O Box EE 17340

Nassau

Email: Bob.Wade@st-andrews.com
Fax: (1 242) 364 1654

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2008. Applications from unqualified
candidates, applications arriving without the full information requested, applications from
outside The Commonwealth of The Bahamas or applications received after this date will
not be considered.

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Lady Ingrid Darling serves

THE TRIBUNE

up a taste of the Baham

WITH a unique fusion of Bahami-
an, Caribbean and Southern-Amer-
ican cuisines and recipes in her book,
“Many Tastes of the Bahamas”,
Lady Ingrid Darling, wife of former
Governor General Clifford Darling,
has managed to combine her love
of history, cooking and native ingre-
dients for readers not only eager to
become a part of the Bahamian culi-
nary tradition that speaks of old
faithful recipes like peas n’ rice, but
who also want to join her on an his-
torical journey of the culinary fare of
the Bahamas and the wider region.

After four years of research, taste-
testings, measuring and re-measur-
ing, the first edition of “Many Tastes
of the Bahamas” was published in
2001 and quickly sold out. But even
with-this success, Lady Darling now
says, she wasn’t in a rush to do
another.edition but the demand was
so great and so many people had
been asking her about her recipes
and where they could find her book,
that her hand was forced. And with
the book recently back in stores,
Lady Darling will be conducting a
booksigning at Logos Bookstore on
Saturday, December 15 from 11am
to 2pm.

Bon Appetite Bahamian Style

The new edition of Many Tastes
of the Bahamas stays true to Lady
Darling’s passion for cooking and
includes the same traditional and
culinary influences of the first book.
Having lived in the US for 15 years,
her recipes are the result of a blend-
ing of experiences and her attempt to
invite the peoples of North America,
who often times fall in love with
Bahamian and Caribbean foods once
they try them, to bring a delicious
piece of paradise into their homes
and into their kitchens. As such, a
number of the recipes include sub-
stitutes, such as using clams or other
readily available seafood in place of
conch.

Looking back, Lady Darling said
that the original motivation for writ-
ing the cookbook was to ensure that
her three sons continued to enjoy
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them with, even though they were
married and living in the US. And it
was at the urging of her oldest son
that she was inspired to write the
recipes down for publication.

While at first glance it would seem
an easy matter to write down recipes
for dishes that you have been cook-
ing all your life and that have been
passed down to you for generations,
Lady Darling initially found it to be
a tremendous undertaking.

“T didn't know it would be so
involved. I had hand written recipes
passed down from my mother and
grandmother - it was a hand full of
this and a dash of this. I had to go
through and do all the measure-
ments and test’it out, like Johnny
cake and souse,” Lady Darling said.

Along with the traditional recipes,
Lady Darling has also included a
few new twists on old favourites
which make use of native ingredi-
ents - like her avocado and egg salad,
roasted guinep, ginger shrimp, dilly
dinner rolls, samana baked red snap-
per with conch stuffing and stuffed
baked breadfruit.

“T have a knack of knowing the
balances, if I taste a dish I know the
seasonings, so I got hooked on [tak-
ing recipes apart] and making them
Bahamian. Using the dilly, hog plum,
seagrapes, breadfruit and mango,
I've come up with original recipes
that include fruits, such as dilly syrup






of Summer Haven will be held on
Thursday at 9:45 a.m. at St. Francis
Xaviers Cathedral, West Hill Street.
Officiating will be Monsignor Alfred
Culmer and Fr. Simeon Roberts.
Interment will follow in Lakeview
Gardens, J. F. K. Drive.




























































She is survived by her parents,
Michael and Patricia Simmons; 1
brother, Michael Simmons;
grandmother, Minister Julia
Adderley; step-grandfather, Craven Adderley; grandaunts, Inez Dorestant
and Doreen Stubbs; special friend, Shannon Darville; beloved pet, Rocco;
uncles, Henry Rolle, Gary, Mario and Leo Simmons, Cyril, Wellington,
Charles Smith of Fort Pierce, Florida, Henry Wesley Smith, Ronald
Saunders, Karl Martin, Joseph Roberts, Lawson Gray, Owen Burrows,
Thomas Bodie, Deacon Raymond Forbes, Randy Pearce, Wayne Miller
and Jeff Adderley; aunts, Rosemary Bodie, Beverley Martin, Ophelia
and Bessie Rolle, Paula Saunders Dorothy Roberts, Jennifer Pearce,
Angela Miller, Lolita and Paula Simmons, Cheryl Davis, Lulamae Smith,
Cheryl Ferguson, Naomi Lebrunson, Jane Inell Smith, Esther Louise
Smith and Jane V. Smith of Fort Pierce, Florida; cousins, Daphanie
Simmons, Anastacia Gray, Darcel Burrows, Shannals Johnson, Mario
Rahming, Prophetess Dina Rolle of Atlanta Georgia, Tamika Bodie,
Marcian LaRoda, Danielle and Daria Burrows, Azia and Amarie Gray,
Ryan, Jannicka,Thaddeous and Julianna Pearce, Bria and Wayne Miller
Jr., Oswald, Kimberley, Jermaine, Delon, Lathario, Patrice, Cerdonio,
Kayla, Andrew and Adrian Simmons, Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Rolle and
family, Reverand Sanford Rolle and family, Sub-Lieutenant Valentino
Rolle and family, Sergeant Presley Rolle and family, Horatio Rolle, Ms.
Michelle Watkins and family, Mr. Eugene Gardiner and family, Mr.
Anthony Hanna and family, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Sturrup and family, Mr.
and Mrs. Amold Forbes and family, Mr. and Mrs. Barry Forbes and family,
Mr. David Forbes and family, Cecilia and Patrice Forbes, Joey and Kara
Roberts, Christie, Nakia, Christine, Garonique and Amber Bodie, Jacob
and Helen Rose, Patrice Johnson, Sherry Brown, Monique Cooper, and
| ahost of other cousins, too numerous to mention; other relatives and
friends including, Hazel Sturrup, Mr. Edward Gardiner, Mr. and Mrs.
Clifford Lockhart and family, Olive and Joy Taylor and family, Fr. Noel
Clarke, Maxine and Simone Darville, Mr. and Mrs. Lennis Rahming and
family, James Pinder, Marisa Smith and family, Nan and Valerie Sawyer,
Barry and Gail Griffin and family, Myrtle Minus, Dudley and LaRoma
Seifert and family, Shane and Audrey Deveaux and family, Claudine
Minus and family, Allison Minus and family, Naomi Williams and family,
Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Hunt and family, Mr. and Mrs. Edmund Hunt, Mr.
and Mrs. Michael Burrows and family, Sheila Johnson and family, Doctors
Hospital family, Commodore and Staff of the Royal Bahamas Defense
Force, Management and staff of General Brokers and Agents, St. Augustine's
College Class of 2004 especially Lachea Bethel, Dhalia Dames, Adrian
Forsythe, Dawnica Gibson, Yasmin Hanna, Camille Kenny, Shavonti
Lewis, Monet Lockhart, Rhenard Miller, Crystle Patton, Asha Poitier,
Kamala Richardson, Brandon Pratt, Tamara Rolle, Morganna Thurston,
and Bradford Turner, Faculty and Staff of William Woods University,
especially Mr. Jimmy Clay, Jennifer Adamson, Eberneisha Brown, Ciara
Cheatum, Cassie Davis, Eric Dun, Charles Dunlap, Bri E, Lydia Gaboury,
Mary Loveday, Jessica Tipton and Kate Woodard, St. Thomas More
Church family, and St. Cecilia's Church family, as well.as a host of other
relatives and friends too numerous to mention.



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Lady Ingrid Darling

for pancakes, mango cheesecake and
pies, soursop ice cream and jam.”
Getting back to basics

One of the interesting things Lady
Darling has found with the publica-
tion of her book, is that there were
women her own age who did not
know how to make traditional
Bahamian foods, like Johnny cake.

, Being the only girl in a family of five

she had no such luxury - she had to
know how to cook, and so she made
good use of her time in the kitchen
by creating new dishes, including her
avocado dessert, where she cut up
pieces of avocado and whipped it
with powdered sugar and cinnamon
and then put whipped cream on top.

Another thing that surprises her is
the number of men who are doing
the cooking in their homes - and
using her recipes to boot.

“What surprises me is that at book
signings men are buying books for
themselves. Many young wives say
they don't do the cooking, their hus-
bands do the cooking. At a book
signing at the Marathon at Mall
recently a gentleman told me he uses
my book all the time and his wife
said ‘yes, he does’.” :

The book also takes Bahamians
back to childhood favourites and
items that they may not have tasted
for many years, dishes such as crab
and dough, peas soup, guava duff,
“recipes people haven't seen in a
long time”.

With the fast paced world that
families now face, Lady Darling has
also-included menus in Many Tastes.
“Where we were at Government
House I had to do menu sets for
entertaining - a guide for what was
served at functions.

“At the beginning of the chapters
I have meal plans because knowing
what to serve with what is very
important: I even have the menu
served to Nelson Mandela during
his visit here, so it’s a blending of
national and international culinary
fare.”

Readers will find recipes that help
them out on all occasions, like mak-
ing a thanksgiving meal. According
to Lady Darling, when it’s just a hus-
band and wife having dinner, you
don’t have to use a big turkey. Her
plan for a'smaller thanksgiving meal
is the,turkey roll.

“You cut the turkey into slices
and decorate it using drained pineap-
ples and bake it as turkey roll-using
barbecue sauce - these are the kinds
of things I go crazy with. I was get-
ting my daughters-in-law used to
cooking peas and rice, but even
Bahamians get tired of stirring, so
the traditional way is to put all the
ingredients together and put them
in a casserole dish and bake it.”

An historical perspective

One element that Lady Darling
is very proud of is that her book
includes the-history of transmigra-
tion of food. She takes a look. at
foods the African slaves brought
with them into the New World and
how recipes have transformed from
generation to generation to accom-
modate the availability of ingredi-
ents.

“What did the Africans bring with
them, what did the Europeans bring
with them? Did you know that the
forerunner of the conch fritter is the
bean or akara, cake/fritter? The
Africans brought black-eyed peas
with them and they would take the
hull off and pound it until it was a
paste and then add seasonings,
onions and pepper, salt and what
not, and then fry it and it’s like a
fritter. So the natural evolution
would be to use the conch and then
they didn't want to do the work [of
hulling the peas] so they used flour
and that is where we get the conch
fritter.”

Lady Darling said also that bread-
fruit, a popular fruit in other parts of
the Caribbean, was originally
brought from the Pacific to the
region and was to be planted for
food for the slaves because it was
cheap to produce. As literature
records in “Mutiny on the Bounty”,
the first voyage failed, but the fruit
would eventually land in this hemi-
sphere. The slaves in the Bahamas,
however, revolted because they
wanted their own yams, onions and
cassavas. And so it is to this day,
Lady Darling said, where Bahamians
still refuse to eat the fruit.

In the end, Lady Darling said it
was a joy putting the cookbook
together and she loves to watch the
reaction of people as they rey sit old
favourites or discover new ones. And
with some 3,00 books in print this
time around, Lady Davling wants
her readers to know th.’ Many
Tastes of the Bahamas will be avail-
able for a long time.

e Lady Darling will be conducting
a booksigning at Logos Bookstore
on Saturday, December I5 from
1lam to 2pm. Many Tastes of the
Bahamas is available in all book-
stores and can also be found in Fes-
tival Place.

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Filmmaker makes big splash.

ARTIST and film-maker Jackson Petit is
making big waves in the world of film, land-
ing a short film in this year’s Bahamas Inter-
national Film Festival (BIFF).

Mr Petit, resident video editor for Track
Road Theatre, recently presented his the-
atre company with a DVD copy of the film,
Jackson’s Biography.

However, BIFF will present the film at
Galleria Cinema, JFK, on Tuesday, Decem-
ber 11, at 8pm and at Atlantis Theatre, Par-
adise Island, on Wednesday, December 12, at
9.30pm. Jackson’s Biography is Mr Petit’s
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studying film in Toronto, uses a class assign-
ment to express some of his deepest thoughts
and emotions.

According to Mr Petit, the film is best
described as “poetic and emotionally com-
pelling.” The film reveals his psyche, emo-
tional state and sexuality.

“The film is layered with inventive ani-
mated sequences, hand-written text and con-
tinuous color palette changes,” he said.

“This documentary short subject exam-
ines my flaws, my self-loathing, my fears, and
my feelings of loneliness.”

Matthew Kelly, chairman of Track Road

Theatre, said Jackson’s Biography is bru-
tally honest art. “Jackson displays. the true
work of an artist in this film,” Mr.Kelly said.
“He is a realist. He gives us a truthful picture
of who he is, and if we are honest, we’ll see us
in him. We are human - imperfect, vulnera-
ble, hungry, and pitiful. But, at the same
time, we are divine. The film is just as artful
as the artist himself.”

Mr Petit is making his way on to the inter-
national radar as well. His film, Cardboard
City and the Land of Paintings, is being
sought for a distribution deal by a Canadian
production company.




































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Seventy-five SMART graduates for San Salvador

@ By Gladstone Thurston
Bahamas Information
Services

COLUMBUS ISLE, San Sal-
vador, The Bahamas — Seventy-
five San Salvadorians became
the first Eamily Islanders to
graduate from the Ministry of
Tourism’s SMART programme
during ceremonies on Saturday
night at Club Med.

SMART, the acronym for
Sales, Marketing and Royal
Treatment, is offered to
upgrade the quality of customer
service of frontline hospitality
workers.

Developed by Gloria Dar-
ling-Brown, the programme has
been recognised and approved
by the Bahamas Baptist Col-
lege.

The Sal Salvador graduates
were drawn from private and
public sectors and received their
certificates from Minister of
Agriculture’ and Marine
Resources Lawrence ‘Larry’
Cartwright, Ministry of Tourism
permanent secretary Archie
Nairn, administrator Jordon
Ritchie and other officials.

In his keynote address, Mr
Cartwright, MP for Long Island
and Ragged Island, promoted
linkages between tourism and
other sectors of the economy.

Increasing those linkages, he
said, “is vital to the proper
development of the Bahamas.”

Tourism officials have report-
ed “many times” of “a tremen-
dous degree of leakage” in the
Bahamian economy, he said.

“That simply means that,

‘although we earn a lot of mon-

ey,” he explained, “we are not
able to keep the majority of it

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SMART certificate from Minister
Lawrence ‘Larry’ Cartwright. Pic-
tured from right are Antoinette
Davis, Ministry of Tourism, gener-
al manager - Family Islands; and
permanent secretary Archie Nairn.

circulating within our country.

“A massive amount of money
is sent back out the country
almost immediately.”

He calculated that some 80
cents of every dollar earned
though tourism is spent import-
ing goods and services.

“Ro apf the just under, .

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Cartwright, “almost $1.6 billion
per year is spent on importing
building materials, bringing in
food supplies or purchasing dec-
orative items. We are even
importing a significant amount
of the items that we sell to visi-
tors as souvenirs.

“We must be able to improve.
I am sure that we have the dis-
cipline, the ingenuity, and the
work ethic to bring about a
change for the better. After all
$1.6 billion is a lot of money.”

There are hundreds of oppor-
tunities in which tourism and
agriculture and fisheries can be
linked, he said.

“If we were to identify these
ways and effectively make those
links, we would strengthen our
economy significantly and great-

_ ly increase the sustainability of

our business,” Mr Cartwright
said:

“T expect that after long, hard
work, we will have much rea-
son; to-celebrate because we
wouldhave- accomplished; a
goal,” he said.















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FROM page one

“That’s wrong. No cabinet
should be allowed to do that, it is
a collective decision to be made,”
he said.

Mr Grant, contributing to the .

supplementary appropriation
bills, furthermore stated that Mr

Wilchcombe had “authorized the ~

expenditure of $12.8 million for
the Ministry of Tourism’s
‘Bahamavention’ offshore pro-
motional campaign knowing
when he did it that there were
no funds allocated.”

He added: “In addition to the
Ministry’s limited discretionary
funds, the former Minster autho-
rized the use of funds earmarked
for investor marketing support
to produce and run this cam-
paign.”

Mr Grant stated that in doing
so, the minister “left the Ministry
without funds in its Budget to
facilitate approved payments.”

In light of this, Mr Grant said

he was seeking approval retroac-

tively with respect to the
$8,768,301.00 that was spent by

Wilchcombe

way of contingency warrant in
excess of the Ministry of Touris-
m’s 2006-2007 budget approved
by Parliament.

Mr Grant said while “no one
could argue” about the need for
the Bahamas-+to-maintainits-com--~
petitive edge in the tourism mar-
ket, “one would surely anticipate
that the former Minister would
take the prudent path and seek
the requisite approvals of cabi-
net and where necessary the
approval of this House” when the

need for further funds became .

evident.

‘He said that he was “most dis-
turbed” by the former govern-
ment’s “rather cavalier approach
to properly accounting for the
people’s money,” adding: “Fiscal
prudence appears to have had lit-
tle traction under the PLP.”

According to the minister, of
the $8,768,301 overspent by the
Ministry, $2 million went to sat-

_isfy January - June subvention
‘for Kerzner International,

Meme AAO)
Shevolyn Armbrister

$2,632,072.49 was used to pay the
legitimate bills of Fallon Adver-
tising, the Ministry’s agency of
record, and $4,136,228.51 was
used to pay Air Trans Airline in
conformity with the agreement
for airlift for Grand Bahama
Island.

‘Tropicat storm

FROM page one

terday and today becoming ait

weak tropical storm or depres-

sion after it passes over the

mountainous regions of Hispan-
iola.

The storm is expected to pass
to the south of the Bahamas and
while islands such as Andros,
New Providence and Grand
Bahama are not expected to feel
the effects of the storm, islands
like Long Island and others to

. the southeast will.

These islands are expected to

’ receive both wind and rain up

until Wednesday.



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FROM page one

they love this country and our
people more than we do, then

‘ why would they subject our youth
‘to unsavoury characters?” Mr

Russell asked.
Mr Christie said that Mr Rus-

oo $ell's.assertion that’a man who «~

was dismissed from the public ser-
vice in 2003 for criminal reasons
and sentenced to three years in
prison was rehired by government
in 2005 and placed in charge of
an Urban Renewal school super-
vision programme for suspended
students was “a mistruth and a
mistatement.”

“No person without skills
would be taken into an urban
renewal office and would be able
to supercede” those already
assigned to that office in terms of
authority, he said. Additionally,
Mr Christie said, Mr Russell
should know from his files “that
this person was recommended by
a public official” and that he was
“put there under special circum-
stances.” He was given a second
chance and was “under the super-
vision” of others, said Mr Christie.

The former prime minister then
condemned Mr Russell’s inclu-

sion of the case of another indi- ~

vidual, a woman who was arrested
and charged in 2004 for posses-
sion of fire arms, ammunition and
dangerous drugs.

He said: “He didn’t say the
woman was convicted, he said she
was charged.” He stated that he

_.. had “no doubt-that the circum-

stances” of the case were that this

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seminar where regional stakeholders met in an
organised effort to take collective action against
gun trafficking within the Caribbean region.

“This is a seminar with a clear purpose— to con-
tribute to the implementation of commitments made
at the highest level between the governments of the
US and of CARICOM to take collective action
against the illicit trafficking in firearms, and the
threat it poses to security, stability, economic and

social development of our region.’

Despite The Bahamas’ stringent gun control cae
which prohibits private citizens from owning hand-
guns or automatic weapons, Minister Turnquest
noted that between January 1, 1998 to December 31,
2005, 57 per cent of murders, 65 per cent of attempt-
ed murders and 80 per cent of armed robberies
were committed using illegal firearms.

In 2006 alone the Royal Bahamas Police Force
seized some 170 handguns, he added.

170 guns were seized in The Bahamas in 2006
and 113 were able to be traced. Close to 83 per cent
of that number was traced directly to the US, with
most of the firearms traced back to Florida, Minis-

ter Turnquest said.

He also noted that the country’s national debate
on crime is mirrored in many CARICOM member
states as the region’s geographic location places it in

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already completed his case. He
emphasized that if Mr Davis is
allowed to reopen his case by call-
ing new witnesses, the FNM side
should be allowed the same privi-
lege. Sandy Bastian and BEC were
the only witnesses the court had
yet to hear from that Mr Davis
reserved the right to recall.

Mr Barnett said that such an act
would open Pandora’s Box, and
“we will be here forever.”

Senior Justice Anita Allen told
Mr Davis that he had had ample,
opportunity to present his case,
and she agreed that Mr Barnett
would have to be allowed the
opportunity to respond if Mr Davis
was allowed to call these new wit-
nesses.

Mr Davis said that by calling
these new witnesses, his side is not
signaling that their case against the
voters related to this testimony is
weak, rather he said, his side
desires for the justices to have all
the relevant information.

Senior Justice Allen told Mr

‘Davis that he can call BEC and

Sandy Bastian, and another wit-
ness Rick Miller, who had suppos-

Christie
woman was a mother who was
from a “challenged household”

with “some boys” who were
charged when such things were

found in her house, but later vin-

dicated.

Mr Christie said it was “shame-
ful” that Mr Russell had included
the case of a third individual in
his contribution, that of a man
who was arrested for several crim-
inal offences, but later had these

FROM page one

matters dismissed. He said tha
the man was “found innocent i
the courts of law” and therefore,
according to the constitution,
there was no reason why he
should not have been given
employment.

He further questioned whether

_ two officers, who Mr Russell said

were killed while committing an
armed robbery, were Urban
Renewal officers or district con-
stables, who would have been vol-
unteers appointed by and under
the direction of the police force.

Three traffic fatalities

Defence Force officer Omar Smith was killed and a young woman suf-
fered life-threatening injuries, when Smith’s blue 2000 Yamaha 1100
collided with a white 1996 Nissan Maxima, also driven by a 21-year-old,
at 9.45pm.

According to police reports, the driver of the Nissan was attempting
to turn off John F Kennedy Drive onto Windsor Field Road when he
collided with Mr Smith’s motorcycle, which was travelling in the
opposite direction.

Mr Smith, and a 19-year-old female passenger, were thrown from’ the
motorcycle. Mr Smith sustained severe injuries and died at the scene.

The female passenger was taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.

. She is listed in “serious condition.”

The 21-year-old driver of the Nissan, registration number 133047,
escaped the accident unharmed.

In addition to investigating the circumstances surrounding this lat-
est traffic fatality, police are also searching for suspects in the case of

a shooting that occurred at around 7am on Saturday.
Police reported that a 31-year-old man was standing at a bus stop on
Robinson Road when another unidentified man approached him.
The unknown man produced a firearm and started shooting at the 31-

year-old, hitting him in his right leg.
The victim was taken to hospita

r for treatment.

His condition is listed as not life threatening.

Firearms trafficking

a vulnerable state for illicit transit and the continu-
ous and pervasive drug trade in the Caribbean is con-
sidered a core reason for its crime problem.

“Tt is a matter of record that CARICOM countries
have long and consistently articulated their concern
regarding the proliferation of firearms in the region,

. and particularly the illicit trafficking in arms. Indeed,
we are here today because of the commitment of our
countries and our region to halt and reverse this

very dangerous trend. ”

The inaugural event, which continues today, is
hosted by the Bahamas government. It aims at ful-
filling commitments made by US and CARICOM
leaders in March 2006 that were re-affirmed during
the US and CARICOM Heads of Government Sum-
mit in June 2007.

Among various CARICOM delegates in atten-
dance were Minister of National Security and Immi-
gration Tommy Turnquest, Under Secretary in the
Ministry of National Security Peter Deveaux Isaacs,
US Charge d’Affaires Brent Hardt, US Ambas-
sador Ned Siegel and Acting Deputy Commission-
er of Police Christopher McCoy.

Key issues to be addressed over the two-day event

edly shown up yesterday on an ear-
lier subpoena — Miller did not
appear when called by:the bailiff,
and a warrant of arrest will be
issued today if he fails to appear.

The revising officers who issued
voters cards to Jamaican Manani
Taylor — who was deported by the
immigration department — also tes-
tified yesterday, along with Par-
liamentary Commissioner Errol
Bethel.

Isabel Miller, chief clerk in the
department, acknowledged that
she registered Taylor, but said that
he provided an affidavit, the birth
certificate of his mother and a
school letter as supporting docu-
ments in order to register.

This contradicts testimony given
earlier in the trial by US investiga-
tor Steve Mallon, who interviewed
Taylor at the Detention Centre
before he was deported. Mr Mal-
lon testified that Taylor told him
that after paying a man in
Pinewood called ‘Keith’ $1,000, he
went to the parliamentary regis-
tration department on Farrington
Road and was issued a voters card



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PLP chief counsel

without providing any identifica-
tion.

Kayla Green-Smith, attorney
representing the returning officer
for the Pinewood constituency,
provided the court with a copy of
the affidavit Taylor gave Ms Miller.
Ms Miller said she believed the
documents Taylor presented were
authentic. She also said that she is
not known as “Trace” or “Trix”,
who is the person Taylor was
reportedly told to go and see at
the parliamentary registration
office after paying the $1,000. Ms
Miller added that she does not
know anyone in her department
by either of those names. She said
she received no money from Tay-
lor.

During cross-examination by Mr -

Davis, Ms Miller acknowledged
that there was no photo identifica-
tion provided with Taylor’s docu-
ments, but despite this he was reg-
istered, as she was satisfied with
his documents.

Mr Davis asked her if she did
not find it suspicious that Taylor’s
affidavit was created on February
24, 2005, which was only four days
before he presented the documents
to her on February 28 to register.
She said no.

When asked by Mr Davis if she
knows that he isa Jamaican, she
said she now does, because of the
court proceedings.

Rachel Nabbie, a revising offi-
cer, also testified that she regis-
tered Taylor at the Mall at
Marathon.

» Ms Nabbie told the court that
she checked her schedule for the
pre-election period before coming
to court, and found out that she
registered Taylor. On this occa-
sion Taylor provided a voters card
to register.

Earlier testimony from the
immigration file on Taylor
revealed that he was found in pos-
session of two voters cards. One
of these documents was turned
over to the now Acting Deputy
Police Commissioner Christopher
McCoy.

Mr Bethel also testified to the
question of how many voters cards
were issued to Gretal Collie. Dur-
ing her testimony, it appeared that
two separate documents of regis-
tration were on the voter counter-
foil under her name.

Mr Bethel said that she was not
registered more than once. He
explained that when voters register
a counterfoil is prepared, and if
they pick up their card at another
location, a dummy counterfoil is
created with the voter's informa-
tion.

When officials from his depart-
ment return to the headquarters
from the field, they attach the two
together, and make the necessary
corrections to the person’s regis-
tration.

Election court resumes at 10
o’clock this morning.

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BAHAMIAN taxi drivers yester-
day said they wanted to “nail down” a
Heads of Agreement with the Gov-
ernment to cover ground transporta-
tion in the country, a move they
believe would give them access to
greater financing and help them stan-
dardise the taxi fleet, in turn enabling
them to capture a larger share of a

$250 million industry.

Richard Johnson, president of the
Public Service Drivers Union
(PSDU), said the three taxi driver
unions - which had committed in 2004
to work together to achieve these
goals - wanted the Government
through a Heads of Agreement “to
recognise the value of the taxi fran-
chises”.

Mr Johnson said that currently, the
Government acts as the master hold-

er of all taxi franchises under the
Road Traffic Act, and receives an
annual fee from the drivers/franchise
holders for this.

However, the taxi unions - the
PSDU, Bahamas Taxi Cab Union and
Grand Bahama Taxi Union - “want to
do away with that” structure.

“All we’re asking the Government
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‘Three-month’ grace
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exemption is urged

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government was yes-
terday urged to provide a
“three-month window” to
aliow all outstanding real
estate transactions relying on
the first-time buyer Stamp Tax
exemption to close and still
enjoy the incentive despite its
removal, an attorney branding
the administration’s decision
not to extend it as “a great mis-
take”.

Paul Moss, a well-known
social activist and head of his

own financial services firm, ,

Dominion Management Ser-
vices, said the removal of the
Stamp Tax exemption for first-
time home buyers on proper-
ties appraised at $250,000 or
less could “really cripple the
housing market” .in the
Bahamas, especially for mid-
dle class and lower income
families.

He added that he had clients.

who had concluded sales
agreements to purchase real
estate based on the fact that
they would receive the Stamp
Tax exemption, thus removing
a major upfront cost and
impediment to home afford-
ability for Bahamians.

In some cases, Mr Moss said
he had clients whose property
purchase agreements were

made on a ‘net’ basis, mean- ©

ing that the buyer had agreed
to take care. of all closing costs,
including payment of Stamp

Attorney describes
likely decision to
end incentive as
‘oreat mistake’ and
‘crazy’ because it
could ‘cripple’
housing market

Tax. Before the Christie
administration introduced the
Stamp Tax exemption, first-
time buyers had to pay 6 per
cent Stamp Tax on real estate
with an appraisal value of
$50,000-$100,000, and 8 per
cent on properties valued at
between $100,000-$250,000.
In net deals, where the buy-
er takes care of all closing
costs, on a $220,000 home, for
example, first-time buyers
would have paid 8 per cent
Stamp Duty - some $17,600.
That is a major upfront cost
for Bahamians, especially giv-
en the low savings rate in this
country. The Stamp Tax also
compounded the other closing
cests, which include legal fees -
usually 2.5 per cent of the pur-
chase price; 6 per cent realtor
commission; 7 per cent archi-
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industry,” Mr Johnson explained.
“We're not able to do that, because
of a lack of funding in an organised
fashion, and because we don’t own
the franchises outright. The Govern-
ment owns them, to all intents and
purposes, and unlike other businesses,
you can’t sell the franchise.”
Previous proposals had suggested
recreating TaxiCo (Bahamas) or
establishing Taxi Union Partners as a

cooperative to replace the Govern-

@ By NEIL HARTNELL

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE Government has asked the Bahami-
an private sector to look at the Airport
Authority as the “model” on which to base
the proposed Nassau Port Authority that
will manage downtown Nassau and provide
a key pillar in Bay Street’s revitalization,
the Nassau Tourism Development Board’s
(NTDB) chairman said yesterday. ;

Charles Klonaris said the idea of using
the Airport Authority as a template on
which to base the structure, responsibilities
and framework for any Nassau Port Author-
ity was discussed at a recent meeting
between Deputy Prime Minister Brent
Symonette and the private sector.

Reiterating that the Government was
mostly “on board” with recommendations
submitted by the
NTDB and other
private sector

SEE page 4

Tribune Business Editor

A TRADE union leader yesterday said he
was looking to conclude a “precedent setting”
industrial agreement for ground transportation
workers, adding that his organisation was expect-
ing to be recognised imminently as the bargain-
ing agent for Bahamas Experience’s drivers.

_ Richard Johnson, president of the Public Ser-
vice Drivers Union (PSDU), told The Tribune:
“We hope to get, for the first time, a collective
bargaining agreement for Bahamas Experience.
workers.

“We're looking at it as a very precedent setting
move, because for the most part transportation
workers have always been independent con-
tractors.”

Mr Johnson said he understood that Dion
Foulkes, minister of labour and maritime affairs,
was likely to sign off on the PSDU’s recognition
as the bargaining unit
for the company’s dri-
vers shortly, with Har-

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How staff can survive the armed robbery

THE methods outlined
here will help you and your
staff survive an actual armed
robbery. No amount of mon-
ey is worth the risk of person-
al injury or death, Victims of
armed robberies commonly
experience physical and emo-
tional problems following the
incident. Many of these per-
sons subsequently experience
complaints such as chronic
nervousness, insomnia, night-
mares and headaches, cou-
pled with emotional disorders
such as greater aggressive-
ness, moodiness, depression
and a general distrust of oth-
ers.

The emotional disorders
tend to last longer then the
physical disorders. These dis-
orders are more likely to
occur when the victim puts
up a resistance to the armed
robber. These feelings and
experiences are normal fol-
lowing a life-threatening
ordeal, and usually pass with
time. However, professional
counselling by qualified post-
trauma counsellors should be
considered.

A good question to ask is if
your employer includes this
professional counselling ser-
vice in your benefits package,

especially those of you who
work in high-risk professions
such as banks, convenience
and grocery stores. Coun-
selling has been found to sig-
nificantly decrease the emo-
tional harm caused by armed
robbery. With support and
guidance, these reactions
generally pass. Indeed, such
reactions enable the victim to
come to terms with the event
and progress to recovery.

Employees

For some employees, their
reactions may be particularly
severe. The recovery process
may be blocked, or the initial
trauma may be compounded
by other problems. These and
even lesser problems are
obviously costly to the indi-
vidual as well as the employ-
er in terms of sick leave,
impaired performance, com-
pensation, morale and staff
turnover.

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During an armed robbery,
cooperation is more prudent
than intervention, and the
following tactics should be
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2. Avoid eye contact with
the robber.

3. Speak only when seit
to.

4. Tell the robber exactly
what you are doing.

5. Make no sudden move-
ments.

6. Don’t activate alarms
unless safe to do so.

7. Try to remain calm and
control emotions.

8. Remember as many
details as possible of the ban-
dit and the incident.

Some things to look out for
are listed below to help you:

* The robber’s:
Physical appearance
Age

Build

Colour

Hair

Tattoos

Scars,

Prominent or unusual





features

Clothing

Behaviour

Speech — accents, language
used

Nicknames

Actions — interaction with
other offenders

Other aspects

Weapons used

Method of escape

Vehicles used for escape

Direction of travel when
escaping.

Immediately following
the event

1. Call the Police first*

Ensure that your staff is
trained to act appropriately
following an armed robbery.

Raise the alarm as soon as
it is safe to do so. This may
be an alarm device activated
during the incident.

Immediately telephone the
police on 919/911, giving:

* Name and address or
premises, area and location,
including nearest cross
streets.

* Number of offenders and
description

* Description of weapon
used

* Description of vehicle
used and direction of travel

This information is impor-
tant and should be provided
after the offenders have left
the premises, in addition to
activating any alarm devices.

2. Preservation of crime
scene. After the armed rob-
bery the following steps
should be observed.

* Close the premises to the
public and keep out unautho-
rised persons.

* Isolate the area for later
forensic examination, in par-
ticular fingerprints.

* Keep staff away from
areas where the offender may
have placed their hands.

* Ensure that no person
interferes in any way with
that part of the premises

, where the offender has been,
or with any articles which

may have been left behind,
such as demand notes.

* Staff should independent-
ly note the description to
help the first police officers
on the scene. It is important
that first impressions are
obtained. A complete
description and the words
used in the crime are desir-
able.

* Do not make statements
to the media before dis-
cussing the matter with the
police.

* Do not comment on how
much money was involved,
except to the police.

* Supply the police with all
details even if they appear to
be insignificant to you.,

These recommendations
are intended to assist you in
surviving the encounter. Next
week, we will discuss the
increase in fraud that also
increases during this une of
the year.

Unlike armed fobbery,
these incidents are less life
threatening but usually cost
the affected business much
more financially to recoyer
from.

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Craig ‘Tony’ Gomez,
accountant and partner in
Gomez Partners & Co, is the
new Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB) chair-
man.

Mr Gomez was elected to
serve as a director during the
2006 Annual General Meet-
ing (AGM) in September
2006, and elected to serve as
Deputy Chairman in October
2006.

Anthony Ferguson,
CFAL’s president, was elect-
ed as the BFSB’s deputy
chairman in October 2007,
having been chosen to serve
as a director in September
2006.

BFSB Directors are elected
by the general membership
participating in the annual
general meeting (AGM),
with the BFSB officers elect-
ed by its Board of Directors.
The current slate of directors
consists of:

Elected Directors:

Craig ‘Tony’ Gomez
(chairman); Mark Barratt;
Earl Cash; Christian Coquoz;
Alan Davidson; Michael Far-
rant (secretary); Anthony
Ferguson (deputy chairman);
Miguel Gonzalez; Dennis
Govan; Michelle Neville-
Clarke; Andrew Raenden;
Andreas Rentschler; Char-
lene Storr; Michele Thomp--
son (treasurer); William
Whitaker and Paul Winder.

Nine professional industry
associations are also repre-



chair

sented on the BFSB’s Board,
and are subject to election by
the general membership.
Association representatives
currently serving on BFSB's
Board of Directors are:

Jan Mezulanik - Associa-
tion of International Banks &
Trust Companies (AIBT).-

Cherise Cox-Nottage -
Bahamas Association of
Compliance Officers
(BACO)

Ivylyn Cassar - Bananas
Association of Securities
Dealers (BASD)

Wayne Munroe - Bahamas
Bar Association (BBA)

Peter Muscroft - Bahamas
General Insurance Associa-
tion (BGIA)

Danny Ferguson -

* Bahamas Institute of Char-

tered Accountants (BICA)
Suzanne Black - Bahamas
Real Estate Association

(BREA)
Kristina Fox - CFA Society
of The Bahamas (CFASB)

Paul Winder - Society of
Trust and Estate Practition-
ers (STEP)

Wendy Warren, in her
capacity as the BFSB’s chief
executive and executive
director, serves as a perma-
nent representative on the
Board. The Government rep-
resentative on the Board is
Joy Jibrilu,. Ministry of
Finance.

The next BFSB General
Elections are scheduled for
September 2008.

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overnment is in ‘the process of

completing’ on Albany, Baha Mar

FORMER PM Perry Christie



@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Tribune Business

Reporter

THE Government hoping to
conclude negotiations with the
developers the $2.4 billion
Baha Mar and $1.3 billion
Albany projects “soon”, its
director of investments telling
The Tribune yesterday they
were in the “process of com-

. pleting”.

David Davis, under-secre-
tary in the Office of the Prime
Minister, said negotiations on
both developments were still
ongoing between the Govern-
ment and the developers.

“We are in the process of
completing, but whenever you
are negotiating, you are not
sure exactly where you will end
up or when,” Mr Davis said.

“But we are hopeful that we
will be done soon.”

In the case of Baha Mar, Mr
Davis said that the Govern-
ment and the developers were
still “dotting our ‘i’s and cross-
ing our ‘t’s.”

As far as Albany was con-
cerned, Mr Davis said the two
parties were finalising details
on items that would fall under
the Hotels Encouragement
Act, and the details and steps
necessary to complete the land
acquisition for the southwest
Bay Street road re-routing.

The negotiations for Albany
came under fire, with the for-
mer government being accused
of giving the developers con-
cessions to which they were
not entitled to under law.

However, former Prime
Minister Perry Christie recent-
ly told The Tribune that his

Union seeks ‘precedent

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FROM page 1

court Brown, director of labour, then hav-
ing responsibility to issue the certification.

The ground transportation and tour
operator business in the Bahamas, unlike
the taxi driver industry, is not unionised. If
it is successful in obtaining recognition as
the bargaining agent, and concluding an
industrial agreement with Bahamas Expe-
rience, the PSDU could potentially open

“written advice” was that that
his government was conform-
ing with the law and policy as it
existed.

Also, he noted that the
“tremendous social benefits”
he felt his government got the
developers to agree to - such as
beach re-nourishment and the
creation of an environmental
park, as well as the overall
anticipated economic impact -

justified such financial perks.

Mr Christie suggested that
Prime Minister Ingraham has
now been able to reduce the
concessions made available to
the developers at this stage
because the developers begat:
investing large amounts 01
money in the project from the
point where the former gov-
ernment signed the Heads o!
Agreement.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT

BETWEEN

KELLY FERGUSON
AND Plaintiff

JASON LESLIE SATCHELL

Defendant

To: JASON LESLIE SATCHELL

TAKE NOTICE that:

1. A Judgment Summons filed on the 26th of October
2007 has been issued against you in Magistrate Court
#13 of Nassau Street, The Bahamas being by Kelly
Ferguson, the Plaintiff herein. The hearing date of the
Judgment Summons has been adjourned and is now
set to be heard on the 13th day of December A.D.,
2007 at 6:00pm before Magistrate A. Forbes whose
chambers is located at Court #13 Nassau Street, Nassau,

The Bahamas.

influence into another sector of the
Bahamian economy.

Mr Johnson, though, was quick to point
out that any industrial agreement and
union recognition would only apply to
Bahamas Experience’s limousine, tour bus
and mini-van drivers.

They number about 60 of the company’s
80 employees, he said.

“This is not a collective bargaining
agreement for all the Bahamas Experi-

Bahamas Experience

members in there already,” Mr Johnson
said.

When asked whether the union had
been in contact with company manage-
ment, he added: “We have decided to wait
until we have the recognition certification
in hand before we approach the compa-
ny.
Michael Symonette, Bahamas Experi-
ence’s president, did not return The Tri-
bune’s call seeking comment before last

. On the 26th day of October A.D., 2007 the Court
ordered that the summons are deemed to be served
on you by this advertisement. A failure to comply with
the Judgment Summons will result in the Magistrate
making the necessary Orders.

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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2007
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/QUI/No.01274
Common Law and Equity Division

NOTICE

THE QUIETING TITLE ACT, 1959
(Chapter 393)

The Petition of Godfrey Turnquest of the Eastern
District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas in
respect of:-

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land containing by admeasurement (77.714)
acres situate at the southeastern end of the Deadman’s
Cay Airport in the Settlement of Deadman’s Cay,
Long Island one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape marks boundaries and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 246 L. I.
AND ALSO ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land
containing by admeasurement (11.073) acres situate
on the southern junction of Queen’s Highway near
and adjoining Junky Landing Road also within the
Settlement of Deadman’s Cay in the Island of Long
Island aforesaid which piece parcel or lot of land has
such position shape boundaries marks and dimensions
as shown and described on Registered Plan 260 L.I.
The Petitioner, Godfrey Turnquest claims to be the
owner of the fee simple estate in possession of the
piece parcels or lots of land hereinbefore described
and the Petitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of the Quieting Title Act, 1959, to have his
title to the said land investigated and the nature and
extént thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with
the provision of the said Act.

Copies of the filed Plans may be inspected during
normal office hours at:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
House, East Street North, Nassau, Bahamas

(b) The Office of the Island Administrator situate
at Clarence Town, Long Island, The Bahamas;
and

(c) The Chambers of Pyfrom, Wells & Co. No. 9
Dunmore Lane, Nassau, The Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person or persons
having Dower or right to Dower or any Adverse
Claim not recognized in the Petition shall before the
22nd day of January 2008 file in the Registry of the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of Claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person or persons to file and serve
a Statement of Claim and the requisite documents on
or before the 22nd day of January 2008 will operate
as a bar of such claim.

Pyfrom, Wells & Co.
Attorney for the Petitioner
Chambers,

- #9 Dunmore Lane
Nassau, Bahamas





ik) iT ae
Airport Authority ‘model’

proposed for Bay Street

FROM page 1

stakeholders for downtown
Nassau’s revitalisation in both
the short and long-term, Mr
Klonaris told The Tribune:
“They’ve also asked us to look
at the Airport Authority and
somehow use that as the basis
for the legislation.

‘They’ve asked us to look at
the Airport Authority as a
model for the downtown
authority.”

Some cynics, though, are
likely to muse on whether the
downtown Authority will end
up in the same state as the Air-
port Authority, a perpetual
loss-maker for the Govern-
ment that needed taxpayer
support to continue operating.

Mr Klonaris said the meet-
ing with Mr Symonette,
although discussing downtown
Nassau in general, focused on
the creation of the Authority
and how it would operate.

The Government felt some-
thing similar to the Airport
Authority model was “the best
way to go forward”.

“In general, they’re on board
with everything we discussed.
The fine details have to be
sorted,” Mr Klonaris said.

The four key moves to revit-
salise downtown Bay Street,
the city of Nassau and the
waterfront, Mr Klonaris said,
were the relocation of all the
commercial shipping facilities,
whether to the proposed port
in southwestern New Provi-
dence between BEC’s Clifton
Pier power plant and Com-
monwealth Brewery, or else-
where.

The Government was now
looking at the final report on

NOTICE

the port relocation, submitted
by the Dutch consultants, Eco-
rys,. with Mr Klonaris adding

‘ that the second key step was

“the creation of an authority
to manage the city”.

The Government was also
“on board” with the creation

- of economic zones and invest-

ment incentives to revive
depressed parts of downtown
Nassau, and Mr Klonaris said
he hoped to soon meet with
Earl Deveaux, minister of
works and transport, to discuss
Bay Street’s parking and trans-
portation problems.

“Although a lot of the issues
are long-term, there are short-
term recommendations that
could really help the city,” Mr
Klonaris said in relation to
transportation.

The NTDB and private sec-
tor had previously urged in
their White Paper recommen-
dations that the Government
create “an umbrella organisa-
tion” to manage and develop
downtown Nassau, such as a
Nassau Port Authority and a
Business Improvement District
(BID), and establish economic
enterprise zones to revitalise
dilapidated parts of Bay Street.

Such economic enterprise
zones would include the areas
east of the Bay Street/East
Street junction, plus Woodes
Rogers Wharf, with investment
incentives — such as real prop-
erty tax and business licence
fee exemptions — designed to
foster economic growth and
activity.

BIDs, which are common in
the US and Canada, are main-
ly private sector-driven organ-
isations developed to oversee



NOTICE is hereby given that GESNER VICTOR OF
SPANISH WELLS, ELEUTHERA, 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 wen et days from the 5TH day of December,
2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that JEAN-RIGAUD AUSTIN OF P.O.
BOX N-776, FOX HILL ROAD, 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Bahamas.



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000) :

FLOCAS MANAGEMENT LTD

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000), FLOCAS
MANAGEMENT LTD. is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is the 24th day of September,
2007. ee . . +

Peter Wirtz
Landstrasse 40, PO Box 53,
9495 Triesen
Principality of Liechtenstein
Liquidator

Legal Notice

NOTICE

HOMEBOUND SLOPES INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 13th day
of August 2007. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)

issues such as security and
cleanliness in major commer-
cial areas.
They are increasingly being
used as economic development
tools, and are financed through
a levy imposed on all busi-
nesses within that area. The
BID’s Board has the authority
to determine how the funds
are spent, meaning that in
exchange for paying the levy,
private businesses have a say in
how those funds are used.
The White Paper presented
to the Government also rec-
ommended the creation of a
call-up system for taxis, jitney
depots on the eastern, western
and southern ends of the

downtown Nassau area, and’

the introduction of parking
meters to manage traffic and
parking on Bay Street.

Revitalising Nassau’s city
centre is crucial for thousands
of Bahamians’ long-term jobs,
as well as ensuring Bahamian-
owned businesses benefit,
thrive and prosper on the rev-
enues spent by cruise visitors
and tourists at the major multi-
million dollar development
projects expected to come on
stream.

Yet the cornerstone of Bay
Street’s long-term revival
remains the removal of the
container and shipping facili-
ties from downtown Nassau,
alleviating the traffic conges-
tion and industrial feel of the
area, to a new purpose-built
port facility somewhere else
on New Providence. :

It is unclear what the Gov-
ernment intends to do with the
plans submitted by the urban
planning consultants, EDAW,
after consultation with some
200 Bahamian professionals,
to the former Christie govern-
ment.

That plan suggested that up
to 4,000 new jobs could be cre-
ated through the revitalisation
of harbourfront Nassau, the

project’s master plan has pro-
jected, with an extra $264 mil-
lion spent in the area per
annum and a rise in “tourism
stays” of 98,000 annually. |

It added that the enhanced |
attractions, improved retail
experience and variety of activ-
ities for tourists, cruise visitors
and Bahamians would also.
boost cruise visitations by two
million hours per year.

Acknowledging that it was
the first step towards reviving
the Nassau Harbourfront, the
EDAW plan said: “Nassau
cannot afford to delay moving
forward given the estimated
billions of dollars that could
be generated in the economy
and the improved ‘quality of
life that will come as a result of
implementing this plan.

“The renaissance of Nassau
is imperative and cannot be
left to decline.......... It is time to
manage, enforce codes, clean
up and revitalise as a world
class destination and liveable
tropical urban model.”

Among the leading goals set
out by the EDAW blueprint
was to reclaim the waterfront,
with the plan saying that about
55 per cent is currently inac-
cessible to the public due to
the proliferation of commer-
cial shipping facilities, includ-
ing warehouses. Other build-
ings are underused or aban-
doned.

To reinforce the sense of
Bahamian and Nassauvian cul-

‘ture, the master plan recom-

mended focusing on projects
such as the Junkanoo Cultural
Centre, Performing Arts Cen-
tre, Farmer’s Market and Fish
Fry at Potter’s Cay. The master
plan said it was critical for pri-
vate property owners in the
downtown area to see the
Government enhance its own
buildings, such as those in
Rawson Square, as this would
give them confidence to
upgrade their own.

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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 5B





St George estate mulls
Fleming’s invitation

@ By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

THE St George estate is
“considering” whether to
accept an invitation by Fleming
Family & Partners to attend a
London meeting to discuss the
latter’s interest in acquiring the
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty (GBPA), but its attorney
yesterday reiterated that its
shares “are not for sale to the
Flemings or anyone else”.

- Responding to the sum-
monses filed by Sir Jack Hay-
ward, Fiduciary Management
Services (FMS) and Intercon-
tinental Diversified Corpora-
tion (IDC), seeking a court
order to disqualify him from
representing the St George
estate because he has a con-
flict of interest as the GBPA’s
former outside counsel for 22
years, Fred Smith said they
were attempts to distract from
the real issues in the owner-
ship battle.

“They’re playing the man,

Not the ball,” Mr Smith added.

In an affidavit, Sir Jack had
alleged that Mr Smith received
an annual retainer of $100,000,
exclusive of billings, “which
averaged about $1 million to
$2 million a year”.

In addition, Sir Jack alleged
that he and Mr St George
“referred most potential
licensees coming into Freeport
to do business with Fred Smith
and Callender’s & Co”.

Then, Sir Jack claimed that
Mr Smith failed to repay a
$300,000 loan made to him by
Carrick Ltd, a Port Group sub-
sidiary. According to Sir Jack,
Mr Smith alleged that Mr St
George had agreed that the
debt be forgiven before he
died, yet he insisted that the
GBPA’s current receivers,
Clifford and Myles Culmer,

Smith responds to Hayward claims

collect the loan.

He claimed in his affidavit:
“T also agreed to Carrick Lim-
ited ‘making a loan of
$300,000.00 to Fred Smith for
the development of Smith’s
Point Subdivision in Freeport,
Grand Bahama. This loan fell
into arrears and remained
unpaid for years.

“Mr Smith claimed that
Edward St. George had for-
given the debt shortly before
his death. The receivers were
inclined to write this debt off.
However, upon my insistence,
the receivers recovered this
debt by deducting the out-
standing amount of nearly
$500,000 from»the last dividend
payment to the St. George
Estate.”

In reply, Mr Smith said that
on the loan issue, “there was
never a loan to Fred Smith”,
and he pledged to sue Sir Jack
for defamation.

“What financial arrange-
ments existed were honoured;
they were never breached.
Indeed, there was a deduction
from the estate’s dividends,
which has been challenged, in
the amount of $500,000,” Mr
Smith said.

He also denied that there
were any conflicts of interest,
arguing that Sir Jack had
“offered no particulars” in the
documents submitted to the
courts on the alleged confi-
dential information passed to
him on Sir Jack and the late
Edward St George’s personal
business affairs and relation-
ship.

The Callender’s & Co part-
ner added that he had never

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acted for Sir Jack personally
in a legal capacity, nor played a
role in the business dealings
between himself and Mr St
George, adding that he was
unaware that FMS, IDC, Sir
Jack’s entity, Seashells Invest-
ments, or the Hayward family
trusts existed before this case
began.

As a result, he had “never
been privy to confidential
information”.

Mr Smith also denied that
Callender’s & Co had rece
$1-$2 million per year in Meal
fees for representing the
GBPA and its Port Group, and
said it was never the case that
incoming investors and
licensees “were required to do
business with Fred Smith”.

“That simply did not occur,”
Mr Smith added of the latter
allegation. “The converse was
true, because we were per-
ceived as representing the Port
Group.” Such investors instead

went, he said, to McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes, Dupuch
& Turnquest, Cafferata & Co,
and Graham, Thompson & Co.

Mr Smith said that through
his agreement to sell his
GBPA and Port Group stake
to Fleming for $100 million,
rather than.sell to the St
George estate, Sir Jack was
“trying to put a total stranger
in bed with the St Georges in
the matrimonial home. We will
simply not have that”.

Adding that the estate was
going to seek a court order
compelling Sir Jack to sell his
stake to them for $100 million,
Mr Smith added: “We are
quite prepared to meet, not
only with the Flemings, but any
legitimate investors.”

The St George estate, he
said, was “having discussions
with potential partners, not
purchasers”, again questioning
Fleming’s plans and intentions
towards Freeport and the
GBPA, the identity of their
financial partners, and whether
they intended to be long-term
players.

“It is true that there has
been an invitation by the Flem-
ings to go to London, and we
are considering that,” Mr
Smith said. “The estate is pre-
pared to do anything to bring
an end to the dispute. It is bad
for Freeport, and we are com-
mitted to end it.

“If the Flemings are in bed
with Sir Jack, and we must deal
with them as well as Sir Jack to
bring things to an end, we will
co-operate with them in doing
so.

“But our shares are not for

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The St George estate, Mr
Smith added, was also going
to appear as an interested par-
ty and intervene tomorrow in
the Supreme Court action
brought by the Freeport Prop-
erty Owners & Licensees
Association to remove the
GBPA receivership and
appoint-a public trustee.

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‘Three-month’ grace period on Stamp Tax exemption is urged

FROM page 1

and bank closing costs.

Thus many Bahamians
struggle to find the resources
to meet all the upfront closing
costs, let alone the mortgage
payments, but the Stamp Tax
exemption that reduced this
for first-ume buyers is set to
expire on January 8, 2008.

Mr Moss yesterday told The
Tribune he was trying to get
all clients who currently quali-
fied for the exemption “before

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the Ministry of Finance before
the exemption expires - at least
get the application in before it
expires.

“Those persons who do not
get their application in before
January; they’re screwed. It’s
crazy.

“Even if the Government
desires or intends to remove
the exemption, they ought to
be more considerate and give
people who have already
entered into salés contracts a
three-month window to con-
clude those purchases.”

Mr Moss said that by remov-
ing the Stamp Tax exemption,
the Government was “sidelin-
ing the very members of soci-
ety they ought to be uplifting”,
and making the dream of
home ownership much harder
for most Bahamians - those in
the middle and lower income
groups - to achieve.

He argued that in New Prov-
idence, $250,000 did not go a
long way, often enabling
Bahamians to purchase a 5,000
square foot lot, 50 feet by 100
feet.

“It’s going to make home

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ownership much harder. It is
a disincentive for persons to
get their own homes,” Mr
Moss said. “People are going
to be more frustrated in their
own country, because they can-
not afford to buy a piece of the
rock. It’s going to lead to fur-
ther social degradation.

“This is a mistake and the
Government will be well
advised to reconsider as this is
a great savings to first-time
home owners.”

Referring to the Govern-
ment’s plans to introduce a
five-year real property tax hol-
iday for first-time buyers of
owner-occupied property, Mr
Moss said this would not help
those lower and middle income
Bahamians purchasing prop-
errty in transactions valued at
$250,000 or less.

This was because the former
government had increased the
real property tax exemption
threshold from $100,000 to
$250,000, so those persons
would be covered by this
exemption anyway.

“For the Government to
suggest that first time owners
will be exempt from real prop-
erty taxes does not help a per-
son seeking to buy or build his
first home, neither does it spur

the economy,” Mr Moss told
The Tribune.

“Iam on record as saying
that this initiative by the for-
mer government was the first
time I could recall such a plan
to jump start the housing mar-
ket, and ultimately the econo-
my. For the Government now
to take it away and replace it
with exemption for real prop-
erty tax (when those in this
class are exempt anyway) is
ludicrous. This move will only
hurt that segment of our pop-
ulation that can least afford to
be hurt in that fashion.”

He added: “The reality is,
exemption from Stamp Tax for
homes valued at $250,000 or
less is a ‘low cost home’. It is
quite difficult to purchase a
home here at that price, with
vacant lots in New Providence
averaging around $60,000.

“What this shows is clearly a
lack of imagination to spur the
economy of this country. We
know that the Government is
doing this to raise taxes. How-
ever, not only would they not
get the Stamp Tax, they run
the risk of fatally lobotomis-
ing the housing market. I think
this move is short sighted and
will ultimately make for a very
bleak 2008 for many families.”

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that CEDIEUMENE PIERRE OF #36
PINE DALE, 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Mr Moss said the Govern-
ment failed to understand and
appreciate the link between
economic performance and
well-being, and social behavi-
ous and well-being.

He added that making home
ownership more difficult to
achieve would lead to increas-
ingf frustration, especially in
inner-city New Providence,
which was overcrowded, poor-
ly planned and lacked proper
water and sewerage facilities.

The Bahamian real estate

_and construction industries

were “in the front line” of the
Stamp Tax exemption’s
removal, and would “feel it”
first, with any negative impact
producing a ‘trickle down’
effect felt by the entire econo-
my.

“They’re going to see a
drop-off,” Mr Moss said. “We
know what the US is going
through now, and expect it to
result in a drop-off for the sec-
ond home market. Given what
the US is going through, this is
going to really cripple the
housing market in this coun-
try because Bahamians will be
unable to participate.”

James Smith, minister of
state for finance in the former
Christie government, told The
Tribune yesterday that the idea
behind introducing the Stamp
Tax exemption was to “reduce
the cost of the transaction” for
first-time home buyers.

Coupled with all the other
closing costs, legal fees and
realtor commissions, Mr Smith
said Stamp Tax could be “cost
prohibitive” for low and mid-
dle income families.

By stimulating this sector of
the home buying market, Mr
Smith said the PLP govern-
ment had intended to in-turn

spur the house purchasing and
construction industries - the
latter accounting for an esti-
mated 11 per cent of per
annum gross domestic product
(GDP), just behind tourism
and financial services.

By creating construction |

activity, Mr Smith said the plan
was to ensure employment for
Bahamians in the sector was
increased and expanded, gen-
erating increased disposable
incomes that would boost eco-
nomic activity elsewhere
through the ‘trickle down’
effect.

“We did know that several
thousand people applied for it.
People responded to it. I saw
those applications,” Mr Smith
said of the Stamp Tax exemp-
tion.

“It lowered the price of
housing, and the demand for
that gives you that indica-
tion...... It was a stimulant to
permit first-time buyers to
invest in their homes. That’s
the greatest investment made
by families anyway.

“Because we’ve not seen any
fall-off in revenues, I don’t
think it’s produced diminish-
ing returns.”

’ Mr Smith said the revenue
lost from the Stamp Tax
exemption was compensated
for by the increase in revenues
from construction imports, plus
furniture, fixtures, fittings and
appliances imported by those
first-time buyers. :

In relation to the current
government, Mr Smith said:
“There seems to be a feeling
that everything the former
administration did must have
been a bad thing, and the guys
coming in are so brilliant that
they have to overturn every-

qualified individuals to apply for the following
position with the company

HEAD CHEF

Duties and Responsibilities:

* Coordinate and manage multiple food venues.

¢ Coordinante and manage all food preparation
hive CdS anes wsgseditivea jinvpaeonteg + yaaa
‘} > Budgeting and ‘purchasing of food supplies.
e Planning of menus for all food venues.

* Qualifications: Must have 5 star expereince either
in a restaurant, private residence or yacht, Must
have an “attention to detail” work ethic. Willing to
take directions from management and maintain a
hands on approach. Experience in “Chef’s table”,
“Disgustation” or “tasing menu” style of dining.
The ideal candidate will have to reside on Eleuthera
or its surrounding area.

Interested persons should submit their resumes with
cover letter to: re,
Harcourt Management Services Ltd.
P.O.Box N-1991
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax to: (242) 356-4125
Or Email to: info@ gomezcorp.com

Royal Island (Bahamas) Limited thanks all
applicants for their interest, however only those

under consideration will be contacted.
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Pricing Information As Of:
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Abaco Markets

Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark

Bahamas Waste

Fidelity Bank

Cable Bahamas

Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank (S1)
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard

Finco

FirstCaribbean

Focol (S)

Freeport Concrete

ICD Utilities

J. S. Johnson

Premier Real Estate

Bahamas Supermarkets
Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
RND Holdings

41.00 ‘41.00 ABDAB
14.60 F Bahamas Supermarkets
0.55 F RND Holdings

52wk-Hi Fund Name

1.3663 1.2647 Colina'Money Market Fund
3.5388 2.9728 Fidelity Bahamas G & | Fund
2.9902 2.4723 Colina MSI Preferred Fund
1.2827 1.2037 Colina Bond Fund

11.8192 11.3075 Fidelity Prime Income Fund

1.366332"
3.5388*"*
2.990218"
1.282687"
11.8192***

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX - 19 De

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

P.evious Close - Previous day's weighted price for daily volume
's Close - Current day's weighted price for daily volume’



» - Change in closing price from day to day
Daily Vol Number of total shares traded today
DIV % - Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months
P/E - Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings
(S)- 4 -for-’ Stock Split - Effective Date 8/8/2007
(51) - S-for-1 Stock Split - Effective Date 7/11/2007

TO TRADE CALLY GOLINK Zags

Weekly Vol

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that FRANCOIS INNOCENT
of MARSH HARBOUR, P.O. BOX AB-20291, 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 5TH day of
DECEMBER 2007 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

PUBLIC NOTICE

Intent To Change Name By Deed Poll

The public is hereby advised that |, DERENCE ANTHONY
ROLLE of Mutton Fish Drive, PO. Box CB-13265, Nassau,
Bahamas, intend to change my name to DERENCE
ANTHONY ROLLE-DAVIS. If there are any objections
to this change of name by deed poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO. Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of the publication of this notice.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that NADIA BIEN-AIME OF ROYAL
PALM STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

=) FIDELITY

Last 12 Months Yield %

Bid $ - Buying price of Colina and Fidelity

Ask $ - Salling price of Colina and fidelity

Last Price - Last traded over-the-counter price

- Trading volume of the prior week

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

N/M - Not Meaningful

FINDEX - The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100

* - 30 November 2007
** ~ 30 June 2007

*** - 31 October 2007
see" 34 July 2007



thing and make it right again.”

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 46 of 2000)

XEON TRADING INCORPORATED

IBC NO.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131
(2) of the International Business Companies Act No. 46 of 2000,
Xeon Trading Incorporated is in Dissolution.

Any person having a’Claim against Xeon Trading Incorporated
is required on or before the 31st day of December 2007 to‘send
their name, address and particulars of the debt or claim to the
Liquidator of the Company, or in default thereof they may be
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
claim is approved.

Redcorn Consultant Limited, of 2nd Floor Ansbacher House,
Shirley and East Street North, is the Liquidator of Xeon Trading
Incorporated.

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 46 of 2000)
THE COASTAL PARTNERS EMERGING
GROWTH FUND, LTD.
IBC NO. 132369 B
(in Voluntary Liquidation)
NOTICE is hereby given that as follows:

(a) That THE COASTAL PARTNERS EMERGING GROWTH FUND,
LTD. is in Dissolution under the provision of The International Business
Companies Act 2000.

(b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the 23rd day of
November, 2007 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted and
registered by the Registrar General.

(c) ‘The Liquidator of the Company is Redcorn Consultants Limited of 2nd
Floor, Ansbacher House, Bank Lane and East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

(d) Any person having a Claim against the above name Company are required
on or before the 23rd day of December, 2007 to send their name, address
and particulars of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or
in default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made before such claim is approved.

Redcorn Consultants Limited
Liquidator

LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

COF Investment Management Ltd.
(Company number 150,107B)

An International Business Company

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Pursuant to Section 137(4) of the International Business Companies
Act, 2000 notice is hereby given that the voluntary winding-up
and dissolution of the Company commenced on the 10th day of
December, 2007 and that Pine Limited of Devonshire House,
Queen Street, P.O. Box N-8176, Nassau, Bahamas has been
appointed Liquidator.

Dated this 10th day of December, 2007.

Pine Limited |
Liquidator



—-
THE TRIBUNE



AUDRA RILEY, corporate sales manager at the British Colonial Hilton (shown), confirmed that the hotel would

be “full” for the tioliday period.

Breezes, Hilton
expecting full
occupancies
for Christmas

@ By CARA BRENNEN-
BETHEL
Business Reporter

SUPERCLUBS Breezes is
expecting full occupancy lev-

els for the Christmas and New -

Year holiday seasons, with
removations to the resort
almost fully completed.

the rest of the resort was under
renovations.

Yesterday, she gave an
update, saying that the reno-
vations were almost complete,
and SuperClubs Breezes was
operating with all of their
rooms open apart from one
floor.

manager at the British Colo-
nial Hilton, confirmed that the
hotel would be “full” for the
holiday period.

The prospect of a strong
Christmas performance should
come as a releif to hotels and
tourism officals, following
almost double digit declines in
tourist arrivals earlier this year.

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 7B

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Audra Riley, corporate sales
Mizpha Miller, a reservation ;
agent at SuperClubs Breezes,
told Tribune Business that the
hotel was expecting very strong
numbers between the Christ-
mas and New Year’s Holiday.

“We are running full for the
holidays,” she said. Last
month, Ms Miller had indicat-
ed to The Tribune that the
property was operating around
50 per cent occupancy, pri-
marily because the all-inclu-
sive resort was only operating
with a wing-and-a-half while

Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Time: 7:00 p.m
Place: The Retreat Village Road

Admission: BNT Members Free
General Public $2

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ABELJETHIA PIERRE of
MARIGOLD FARMS, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister resposible for Nationality. and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,

and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 5TH day of December, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.Q,Box N--7147,. .
Nassau, Bahamas. a

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that ELVEUS ESTERLIN OF P.O.
BOX MPO #02, ROCK SOUND, ELEUTHERA, 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-éight days
from the 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that MICHELINE PIERRE OF
CARMICHAEL ROAD, 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 12TH day of DECEMBER, 2007 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P-O.Box N-7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



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

If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

e Excellent opportunity
for you to control your
income.

e You are limited only to
your potential
e Flexible hours available
e Excellent commissions
and benefits

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INVESTMENT PROJECT ADMINISTRATOR

We are seeking an Investment Project Administrator for an international
life science venture fund.

The General Partner of a Bahamas Limited Partnership is seeking an
Investment Project Administrator to assist in the evaluation of investment
opportunities in international markets. The Partnership invests in the
life sciences field and is particularly interested in identifying innovative
approaches to prevent chronic diseases.

Must have a proven track record in sales
Professional appearance a must

Must have reliable transportation

Ability to meet and adhere to strict deadlines
Excellent written and communication skills.

The job is specialized and requires that the candidate have a sound degree
in Biology, a minimum of 3 years’ hands-on analytical and research
experience. Proven expertise and experience in the development and
monitoring of clinical studies for an international pharmaceutical company,
(preferably in an international context) is paramount. Fluent English is a
prerequisite, other language a plus. The candidate will be based at the
company’s office in Nassau.

Apply in writing to
Sales Representatives
Box PM-1
C/O The Nassau Guardian
P.O. Box N-3011
Nassau

Bahamas

A competitive salary package commensurate with experience will be
offered.

Please reply to Inventages Whealth Management Inc., Cable Beach
Courts Unit #1, P.O. Box N-7532, Nassau or FAX: 225-1307 or EMAIL:

—Ref: IPA.

The deadline for applications is December 19", 2007.


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Financial Controller.

Job Objective:

To provide leadership and coordination of the financial planning and budget
management functions and to ensure the Ministry’s accounting procedures conform
to the Financial Administration and Audit Act of 1973. The position reports to the
Permanent Secretary.

Primary Duties:
e Direct and coordinate the Ministry’s financial planning and budget management
functions.
e Recommend procedures for measuring the financial and operating performance
of divisions and departments.
¢ Monitor and analyze monthly operating results against budget.
° Oversee daily operations of the finance department.
¢ Manage the preparation of monthly ministry expenditure reports, financial
outlooks and forecasts.
¢ Prepare financial analysis for contract negotiations and product investment
decisions.
° Work with department managers and corporate staff on business plans for the
ministry.
¢ Establish and implement short and long range departmental goals, objectives,
: policies and operating procedures.
: ° Design, establish and maintain an organizational structure and staffing to
q effectively accomplish the department’s goals and objectives.
¢ Oversee financial management of foreign operations.
¢ Represent the ministry externally to government agencies, funding agencies
and the general public.

: Requirements & Personal Attributes:
Candidates must meet the following criteria:

¢ Knowledge of finance, accounting, budget, and cost control principles.
Knowledge of the Financial Administration and Accounting Act of 1973.
Knowledge of US federal and state financial regulations where applicable.

¢ Ability to analyze financial data and prepare financial reports, statements and
projections. Working knowledge of short and long term budgeting and forecasting,
project budgets, and other financial analysis.

¢ Professional written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills. Ability
to motivate teams to produce quality material within tight timeframes and
simultaneously manage several projects. Ability to facilitate and participate
In group meetings.

* Bachelors Degree in Finance and/or Accounting. Professional accounting
designation; ACCA, CA or CPA desirable. Minimum of five years experience
in senior-level finance or accounting position.

¢ Bahamian citizen.

The position offers an attractive salary with a benefits package, reflecting the
successful applicant’s experience and qualifications.

Qualified individuals should submit complete resumés including references before
January 15, 2008 to:

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Partner
P.O. Box N 7120,
Nassau, Bahamas
or
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THE Bahamas Financial Services Board-
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marketing and client relations officer at
CFAL, to discuss options for the $5000
investment account won through her 2007
Student of the Year award.

Also shown are Troy Mackey, of Pearl

La’Nelle, a COB BBA-accounting grad-

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by a judging team comprising representa-
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Taxi drivers move to ‘nail down’ agreement

FROM page 1

one and the same.

The first step, he added, was
for the Government to place
a value on the taxi franchise.
Mr Johnson said they were
looking at a $100,000 valuation
per franchise, saying this com-
pared well with the $75,000
valuation in Bermuda, $80,000
in Barbados, and $110,000 in
Orlando, Florida.

Taxi drivers and their
unions, he added, wanted “to
really nail this down”, having
had one inconclusive meeting
to date with Earl Deveaux,
minister of works and trans-
port, and having discussed the





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* Excellent PC Knowledge
* Applicants should possess a degree (or equivalent) in Business Administration, Finance or

Economics and have Private Banking experience.
* The applicant must be fluent in English. French and Spanish would be an asset in order to
facilitate relationship with the clients and prospects.

BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:
* Competitive salary and performance bonus

* Health and Life Insurance

situation with Prime Minister
Hubert Ingraham.

“We need to get this done.
It’s been on the drawing board
for more than 10 years,” Mr
Johnson said.

Enabling taxi drivers to run
their own business and own
their own franchises, Mr John-
son said, “would eliminate
there having to worry about
credit when changing their
vehicles, and if we are able to
get this agreement done, we
would be able to standardise
the vehicle fleet.”

He added that three vehicle
types were currently in service
- limousines, vans and sedans.
“All sorts of variations” were

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

ASSISTANT TO RELATIONSHIP MANAGERS

We are accepting applications for an Assistant to Relationship Managers in the Private Banking
Department with the following minimum requirements:

* Reception of clients and prospective clients

¢ Execution of client's instructions

* “Handling of correspondence, faxes and inquiries
* Liaison with the Representative Offices
Preparation of brochures and marketing materials

* Strong organization and communication and interpersonal skills

* Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
* Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and willingness to work flexible hours

P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF APPLICATIONS IS DECEMBER 19,

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department

on the road in each vehicle cat-
egory, and Mr Johnson said
that by standardising the vehi-
cle fleet, vehicles could be
changed every three years.

A standardised fleet would
also enable the taxi industry
to purchase vehicles in bulk, a
move that would “reduce costs
to individual franchise holders
and drivers”.

Ultimately, Mr Johnson said
such moves would enable the
taxi driver industry to take
charge of transportation in the
tourism industry - from the
docks, hotels and airports - and
help the Road Traffic Depart-
ment and its controller to bet-
ter regulate the industry.


























THE TRIBUNE

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007, PAGE 9C



The evolution of Imogene’s art
continues in ‘Metamorphosis’

@ By PETURA BURROWS

‘Tribune Feature Writer

pburrows@tribunemedia.net

IN 2000, Imogene Walkine took her first ceram-
ics class and never looked back. Now, the evolu-
tion of her art continues in “Metamorphosis”, an
exhibition of recent ceramic work currently on dis-
play at the Ladder Gallery, Blake Road. |

Imogene said “Metamorphosis” has a dual
meaning. “It represents the ever changing in life.
The ever changing of forms in nature due to time
and expérience. I see this metamorphosis in

everything from the unnoticed conch shells found
on Clifton Beach to the metamorphosis within
_myself as a person,” she told The Arts.
For Imogene, this “Metamorphosis” represents
the changing of the energy that is within every-
thing that God has created.

lhe artist finds great joy in ceramics due to its
very tactile nature and its ability to transport
even the,most serious person, back to their child-
hood of playing in the mud or the sand.

“Ceramics affords me the opportunity to be
both a sculptor and painter. I relish in the process
ot overlapping, marbling and blending my glazes,
always with the gift of surprise when the kiln is
opened. The unexpected is also a gift because it
presents the challenge of figuring out what went
“wrong”,” she explained.

In November 2004, Imogene held her first exhi-
bition, and since then, she has taken part in five
shows - both joint and solo.

Imogene’s masks, several of which make up
this show, fuse the exciting cultures of Africa
with the vibrancy of Junkanoo. She creates works
of art which are kaleidoscopes of colour. Imo-
gene describes some of her masks as “extractions
of nature”.

With these, she aims to pay homage to the
“sumptuous colours, scintillating textures and
mind boggling patterns” that are found in our
natural Bahamian environment.

Born in Nassau, Bahamas, Imogene obtained a
BA in Art/Art History at Goldsmith’s College, the
University of London. Following this, she decid-
ed to turn her favourite subject into a career as a
high school art teacher. She presently works at C
V Bethel, Senior High School.

¢ Metamorphosis is open to the public Monday
through Saturday from Sam until 9pm at The Lad-
der Gallery at NPCC, Blake Road. The show ends
on December 17. For further information please
contact Gillian. Watson, eurater at the gallery, at
gillidn@npcconiline.org or telephone 327-1660.

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Face to face with the



world’s worst tyrant

Papa Doce: Portrait of a
Haitian Tyrant by John
Marquis (LMH Books)

§ By PETER HILLIARD

NOT many newspaper edi-
tors are credited with bring-
ing down governments, but
John Marquis is one of them.
In the early summer of 2007,
this much-vilified newsman
saw his number one target -
the Bahamas administration
of Prime Minister Perry
Christie - crash in flames,
earning him much journalistic
kudos in the process.

His paper’s role in the
Anna Nicole Smith story, and
especially those famous pic-
tures, also sent his name
whizzing round the world.
The response on newsdesks
was: “Wow!” They were used
everywhere.

In spite of that, and my
personal knowledge of Mar-
quis’s multifarious journalis-
tic exploits over many years
(including a long period
when he covered the success-
es of Muhammd Ali for the
UK’s biggest newspaper
group) I still think this man
missed his vocation. He is, in
fact, not only the excellent
journalist he appears to be,
but an author of such con-
summate talent that I think
he would have become a
household name had he start-
ed in the book business soon-
er.
This word portrait of Papa
Doc - the most fearsome
tyrant of his time - does not,
in truth, tell us much about
Dr Francois Duvalier that we
didn’t know already.

Certainly, it provides
details I have never read
before, and its ingenious use
of.a 1968 spy trial as a base
for the storyline adds angles I
never imagined, but the
extent of Duvalier’s evil is
well-charted territory. How-
ever, the appeal of this book
is not in the information it
imparts, but in the writing.

Marquis is, in fact, unusual
in that he knew from an early
age precisely what he intend-
ed to be in life. He was born
and reared in the English
Midlands - the youngest of
five brothers in a non-literary
family - and left school at 16
with the express intention of
becoming a writer, even
though all his siblings had
gone into the hosiery trade,
following a long Leicester-
shire tradition.

He burst into print soon
afterwards by winning a
newspaper writing competi-
tion, then secured a job asa
junior reporter on a local
evening newspaper in the
shoe manufacturing town of
Northampton.

At 19, he was editing his
own daily diary page, and by

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DR Francois “Papa Doc” Duvalie:

the age of 21 he had already
worked on five separate
titles: two evenings, a morn-
ing, a weekly and a glossy
monthly magazine. The fol-

. lowing year, he landed his

first stint in the Bahamas.

It was during this time that ©
this book had its genesis.
Marquis covered the trial in
Haiti of a misguided philan-
derer called David Knox -
who was captured by the
Tontons Macoute in Port-au-
Prince and charged with spy-
ing - and developed an inter-
est in Papa Doc that never
died. Since then, the author
has followed Haiti’s fortunes
in the wake of the Duvaliers,
and tracked the intensifying
insanity of its politics through
his work as a journalist.

The mystery in this book is
whether Knox, an informa-
tion official in Nassau, was a
fetishist with a penchant for
facial scarring or a Serious
conspirator in an attempted
insurrection against the
Duvalier regime.

For my part, I think he was
a sad case pure and simple,
but I don’t really care,
because what makes this
book so special is not what it
reveals, but the way it reveals
ut.

Consider this passage, in
which Marquis describes a
face-to-face meeting with
Papa Doc at the National
Palace in Haiti’s capital:

“As I sat there, watching his
every gesture, I reminded
myself that this physically
slight figure had personally
supervised the execution of
nineteen Army officers only a
few months before, and had
routinely consulted the sev-
ered heads of his opponents in
an effort to tap into their intel-
ligence.

“He was influenced deeply
by the witchcraft rites of
Africa, the bloodstained

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voodoo drums, the biting off
of chickens’ heads, the calling
up of sinister spirits. This was
no ordinary man, but one
whose psyche had been fash-
ioned by Africa, a distant voy-

_age away. To the average
“western white, he was the
‘embodiment of an alien and

barely comprehensible cul-
ture.”

And what of this incredibly
evocative description of the
city where Knox faced trial?

“The gradations of the
Haitian class structure were
evident in the physical struc-
ture of Port-au-Prince itself.
Indeed, it would be hard to
imagine any other place on
earth where privilege and sttb-
jection were so clearly delin-
eated. On the city waterfront,
the sweltering slums: cesspits
full of demoralised humanity
wherein the horrors of disease
and violence were the daily
ration.

“Here the jet-black peas-
antry lived in hovels of unpar-
alleled squalor. In the city
itself, the traders and vendors
battling for business in the
dusty haze of the streets, a riot
of life where beggars and
derelicts limped through a
cacophony of hand-painted
tap-tap buses and battered
sedans.”

And then: “Amid the
chaos, elegant women of all
ages carrying burdens on their
heads. Sometimes, it might be
a bundle of cane. More often,
a container full of water.
Once, Cole and I saw an
impossibly slender maiden
with four or five live hens
strapped together on her head,
all clucking and squawking
wildly. Then, away from the
malodorous downtown area,
the scented slopes of
Petionville and Kenscoff,
where cooler air and the fra-
grance of tropical flora
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was here, amid the poinciana,
bougainvillea and hibiscus,
that the wealthy lived, gazing
down from their breezeblown
balconies and fretworked
verandahs on to the melee
below.”

A fellow journalist called
Ron Laytner, in reviewing
Marquis’s first book, Blood
and Fire, wrote: “Like me, he
is a professional newspaper-
man. But the difference is
that he writes like a fine nov-
elist.” I couldn’t agree more,
except to say that there is a
clarity in his prose that few
novelists ever accomplish.

In this book, Marquis
demonstrates a narrative
style that is comparable with
the best you will find any-
where. In fact, I defy you to
find better, and by that I
mean even in the pages of the
acknowledged masters.

When I worked alongside
John Marquis in the 1970s,
and we complained together
(as British journalists always
do) of the challenges of our
demanding profession, I
remember him saying: “Any-
way, one day I’ll be an
author. That is my destiny.”

We all knew then that he
was indeed an author-in-wait-
ing, a talent expected to
emerge from the mad mael-
strom of newspaper life, a
writer with built-in extras
that even the best of the rest
of us didn’t possess.

This book marks his
arrival. For all our sakes, I
hope the years ahead will
bring more flowerings of his
terrific gifts.

¢ Peter Hilliard, now
retired, was an award-win-
ning reporter and feature
writer with various newspa-
per organisations in Britain.



THE TRIBUNE

At the mercy

of Papa Doc

Journalist and publisher Paul Bower was a friend
of the late, mysterious David Knox, who features
prominently in a new book by The Tribune's
managing editor, John Marquis. Here he reviews
what he describes as a compelling tour de force - an
account of the evil regime of Dr Francois ‘Papa Doc’
Duvalier in Haiti, and Knox's despair at being
in the hands of the dreaded Tontons Macoute.

: it o, itian Tyrant

by John Marquis (LMH Books)

FOR Bahamians who want to remain au fait with their
country’s involvement with its nearest neighbour, this recent
history of Haiti by Tribune managing editor John Marquis is
a ‘must read’.

Marquis hinges his work on the 1968 trial in Port-au-Prince
of David Knox, the Bahamas government information offi-
cer who went to Haiti, ostensibly on vacation, and was then
arrested by Papa Doc’s government and charged with espi-
onage. ;

Marquis, with Nassau Guardian reporter Bill Cole, covered
the three-week trial in Port-au-Prince at the end of which
Knox was condemned to death, and then suddenly released
by Papa Doc, the Haitian dictator, and returned to the
Bahamas.

Marquis’s account of the trial is a “you are there” four de
force, and his rendition of the extraordinary character of
David Knox and his previous and subsequent history is
equally compelling.

Knox’s relationship with his English wife, Phillippa, nee -

Buckmaster, is tactfully dealt with. Mrs Knox was clearly not
an easy spouse to get on with, reflecting the fact that her
father was one of Britain’s top secret service officials.

Knox’s eccentricities, such as the scars on his face, one of
which dated back to his time in Hong Kong and was inflict-
ed at Knox’s request by a dentist in Macao, are also dis-
creetly handled.

Also tactfully covered are Knox’s love for the fair sex
whenever his spouse was away, which was the case when
Knox’s Haitian sally took place. At the time, Phillippa was
away in Madeira looking for a retirement home for them.

But, as the title of the book makes clear, the Knox incident
leads to a vivid description of the Duvalier regime, which held
the country in thrall for three decades and led to Papa Doc
being viewed by many as the worst dictator the Wes! Indics
has ever seen.

John Marquis’s rendition of the Knox saga is fascinating in
its detail and will ensure that, while Papa Doc will live forever
in infamy, the name of David Knox will always enjoy its
fleeting glory.

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raffiti: ‘a youth

driven art’

NAGB mural is an eye opener

IF you have travelled
through the intersection of
West and West Hill Streets in
recent weeks, you would
have seen a very colourful
mural in a graffiti style
adorning the external walls of
the NAGB.

At first one might be taken
aback by the spectacle and
think that someone might
have tagged the gallery in the
dark of night. However, on
closer examination one
notices: the initials of the
gallery!boldly represented,
eyes looking out at you and a
variety,of shapes and forms
brightly drawn across the sur-
face, arid 'then you would
realize that something differ-
ent is happening here.

The NAGB mural is the
result of'a Youth Workshop,
held O¢tober 20, led by the
artist Allan Wallace at the
request of the Gallery.

While growing up Wallace
showed a. natural inclination
and talent i in this immediate
art form and he admits to is
being included in a gang
while young. While many
would disagree, he distin-
guishes' being “included”
from being “a part” of the
group because he was never
initiated and never engaged
in the more nefarious activi-
ties of the group. Instead he
served almost as a “resident
artist” as he was the person
they looked to to tag their
name across town.

Though Wallace left that
lifestyle a long time ago and
later experienced a spiritual



“ .Though it can be destructive
in terms of the defacement of
private property, there is also

something very poignant in these
desires that people should be
- aware of - not afraid of...”
— Erica James

conversion, both he and the
gallery recognize that more
often than not this art form is

‘associated with negative

activities - particularly the
defacement of private and
public property in inner
cities, subways and trains all’
over the world. But the point
of the mural and this youth
activity was to demonstrate
that this reputation is really
only a small part of the story
of graffiti art.

In the Bahamas, tagging, as
the practice is called, is gen-
erally not seen at the level
currently exhibited on the
Gallery’s walls. It is part of a
larger initiative by the gallery
that seeks to connect non-tra-
ditional creative processes
with fine art forms.

Many of the world’s most
famous artists — that had
access to the traditional
avenues for entrance into the
fine art world - gained notori-
ety first on the streets
through their graffiti work
and then the museums.
Artists such as the late Jean

Michel Basquiat and Keith
Haring are two of the more
famous examples, with their
work currently demanding
millions and hanging in many
of thé, world’s most presti-
gious museums and galleries.

“What we have seen in our
work at the gallery is that
young people aren’t just
interested in traditional
forms and approaches to
painting, sculpture and print-
making,” said Erica James,
director of the NAGB. “The
society in which our children
are coming of age is one dri-
ven by media and centred
around information gained
from three screens, the televi-
sion, movie and computer
screen.

“These are animated envi-
ronments that may have us
all exhibiting a type of atten-
tion deficit syndrome. Graffi-
ti art is a youth driven art. It
has been around for centuries
and has largely been about
the disenfranchised seeking
voice and visibility. Young
people have responded to
this type of image making
partly to be defiant and to be
seen, and to literally make a
mark in the world, but also
because the images are
expressive, generate strong
visual impact, retain a bit of
mystique, involve risk and
help them to claim space.

“Though it can be destruc-

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THE NAGB mural is the result of a Youth Workshop led by artist Allan Wallace. See photos on page 9

. tive in terms of the deface-

ment of private property,
there is also something very
poignant in these desires that
people should be aware of -
not afraid of. The gallery is
simple trying to recognize
these desires and channel this
energy and talent in a posi-
tive direction.”

Locally, we see young men
in particular doing brisk busi-
ness airbrushing tennis shoes,
cars and T-shirts demonstrat-
ing the commercial viability
of the process, so we see that
it is a skill that can be har-
nessed and directed in a posi-
tive way.

Even so, the gallery has
fielded one or two questions
concerning what the mural
might symbolize or generate,
and this is the director’s
response. “Though we realize
that this particular art form
has been used for negative
ends, that does not invalidate

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its status as art process and
ironically reaffirms its power.
Furthermore, the artist is
from this community and by
and large Bahamians recog-
nize and respect art. We tend
not to destroy it.

“For our part it was one of

the more successful work-
shops held. It was filmed for
later screening on the Learn-
ing Channel, with the artist
repeatedly telling the partici-
pants that the process should
not be used to deface proper-
ty. I think the students got
the message and enjoyed
themselves.”

This area of the NAGB has
been used as a mural space
for the last several years and
will continue to be an interac-
tive space. This mural
replaced a calmer version
and someday it too will be
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e DOON-
GALIK
Studios Art
Gallery,
located in
the Marina
Village on
Paradise
Island, will
celebrate
the upcom-
ing Christmas season with
the opening of a show of
contemporary paintings
entitled ‘Wandering Dis-
tances’, by artist Toby
Lunn on Friday, Decem-
ber 14, from 6 - 9pm. The
show will run until Friday,
December 28.

For further information
contact the Gallery at 363-
1313 or
doongalikart@batelnet.bs

Toby Lunn



e YOU are invited to |

view “Just a Breath
between Life and Death” —
a collection of recent paint-
ings by Stan Burnside — on
Thursday, December 13,
6pm to 9pm @ his home
gallery on Eastern Road.
Private viewings by
appointment: 324.7397, or
email stanburnside@coral-
wave.com

e YOU are cordially
invited to “Metamorpho-
sis”, an exhibition featur-
ing fine art ceramic work
by Imogene Walkine @
The Ladder Gallery, Blake
Road. The show opens
Tuesday, November 27,
7pm - 9pm, and runs until
Monday, December 17.

e ART International
proudly presents the “Cre-
ative Ladies” exhibition @
The Guaranty Bank,
Lyford Manor. The exhi-
bition features work from
Susan Cohen, Christa
Dunn, Ann Greely, Bo
Guirey, Annabel Ham-
mond, Brooke Laughlin,
Sue Katz, Melissa Maura,
Jacline Mazard, Siobhan
McClory, Victoria
McGrath, Fleur Melvill-
Gardner, Karen Pilking-
ton-Miksa, Rosemary
Rathgeb, Elodie Sandford,
Susan Sargent, Anne Smith
and Nora.

This exhibition will
remain hanging until Feb-
ruary 26, 2008. It may be
viewed on week days,
between 9am-4pm. Or by
appointment with Princess
Guirey. Telephone:
362.4506 or 457.4593.
Between December 16 and
January 11, please contact
Christa Dunn @
362.4966/6937. The “Art
International, 08” exhibi-
tion opens March 7.

e Visit: www.EddieMin-
nis.com or www.RitchieEy-
ma.com to view fine art
reproductions of Minnis
Family artworks now on
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Now is your chance to
invest in quality Bahami-
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tures within Africa.

w there is something special
about African culture’

@ By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
pburrows@tribunemedia.net

frica was where humanity began.
Yet, with the onslaught of slav-
ery, the historical significance of
this continent has been robbed.

Still, much of Africa remains with us. As
Caribbean people, the whine in our waists, the
way we dance, and even our haphazard gestures
are no accident. Whether we are conscious of it or
not, as black people, much of what we do natu-
rally with our bodies is linked to our African
roots. ;

While we have retained many of these African
influences following the abolition of slavery and
with the passage of time and each succeeding
generation, what has been. lost at the hands of
modernization and for the sake of ‘re-civiliza-
tion’, is the consciousness as to how our man-
nerisms, our dances, the instruments and music we
celebrate today in our world all have a direct
connection to Africa.

Professor emeritus at Yale University since
1961, Robert Farris Thompson is also the world’s
foremost authority on African and Afro-Atlantic
cultures. He is known as a tireless researcher
who has studied the Kongo (also spelled Con-
go) people of Africa to great extent. He has also
authored a number of books on cultures within
Africa.

“It is hard to believe that anyone can still think
of Africa as a primitive this and primitive that.
The fact that, for example, there are so many
dances with Kongo names, it tells me that some-
thing is going on, that there is something special
about African culture,” Professor Thompson told
Tribune Arts.

“Black civilizations that have influenced the
world just go on forever; the Kongo is just one of
them. But I think that through a variety of rea-
sons, black people have been denied access to
their own culture. But that is changing with every
day,” he added.

A session of enlightenment about African cul-
ture, specifically the Kongo influence, came when
Professor Thompson gave a thought provoking
presentation at the “Big Tent on Fowler Street”,
home to the Indaba Project which seeks to re-
acquaint Bahamians with their African history.

This presentation was a collaborative effort

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between the Project and the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas (NAGB), and was the final ses-
sion in a series of lectures that the Project held in
commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the
abolition of the TransAtlantic Slave Trade.

The humble venue, where guests sit on chairs
that touch the naked earth, under a simple tent, in
the very heart of the Bain and Grants Town com-
munities, seemed to fit the mood of this lecture.
It was eerie, walking to one’s seat as a CD of
drumming played and one observed a series of
prints that lined the perimeter of the tent. They
told the story of slavery - slaves being accosted,
packed into ships headed for the middle passage,
and sold. I got the immediate feeling that there
was more going on here than a talk about
Junkanoo.

Advertised by the NAGB as a discussion on
“The Three African Roots of Junkanoo”, the
lecture’ turned into much more as Professor
Thompson shared his vast knawledge of the cul-
ture, sculptures and religion of the Kongo people.

Using slides as references, Professor Thompson
began his lecture by reiterating the fact that Kon-
go was not simply an African tribe, but a classic

. civilization who developed an advanced system of

religion and culture that they maintained even
after being brought to the Americas.

“When we talk about Kongo, it is not a tribe,

- but a nation; not a dialect, [but] a language. And

it is a heritage that shaped the course of world
choreography,” he noted.

Instructing the audience to think of the names
used to describe national dances that exist in var-
ious countries in the New World, Professor

- Thompson noted that these dances are still named

by words in the language of the Kongo.

The Samba, brought to Brazil with the slave
trade, for example, mimics movements that can
still be found in Angola. The word Samba comes
from the Quimbundo language (the language of
the area that became Angola) as semba and can
mean several things. One meaning is to pray, or
invoke the spirits of the ancestors, or the Gods of
the African pantheon. Samba can also be a com-
plaint, a cry - like the blues. Still another meaning
is something of a “navel bump” which depicts

’ the intimacy and "invitation" to dance.

The origin of Samba music has a lot of similar-
ities with Mambo and Salsa, which are also linked
to slavery and the religious traditions of West
Africa.

Professor Thompsons also highlighted dances
from Cuba and Uruguay that are called by a Kon-
go word, therefore proving that “dance after
dance” in the Americas has a strong Kongo influ-
ence.

Professor Thompson noted that the most obvi-
ous Kongoisms that exists throughout the world
today are the Kongo line and the Kongo drum.
But there is also the “Kongo grind”, a motion
where energy is generated from one’s hips and
loins. In the Bahamas, this movement is called the
whine - and much to the delight of the audience,
Professor Thompson demonstrated it.

Famous dances like the Twist, and the
Charleston are also influenced by the Kongo.
The Charleston was first danced around
Charleston, South Carolina, and as Professor
Thompson pointed out, 70 per cent of the slaves
sent to South Carolina in the 1700s were from
Kongo and Angola.

In an article entitled “Kongo Influences on
African-American Artistic Culture”, Professor
Thompson said that New Orleans, city of the
birth of jazz, also had a strong and predominant
Kongo element arising from the slave trade.

“It is no accident that one of our few docu-
ments, a North American attestations of the Kon-
go fiinda nkata seated position, comes from Con-
go Square [an entertainment square found in

New Orleans]. In that culturally fabled place,
where young New Orleans athletes once played a
cognate form of early lacrosse (racquette) with the
Amerindians, the Kongo ndungu, which are
extremely long and sonorous drums, were
played,” he noted.

With Kongo influences found in music and
dance, Kongo body language was also retained.
For example, in the stance of arms folded across
the chest and feet spread apart which is seen as a
haughty stance today.

In Kongo, that stance is known as the pakalala
gesture, which literally translates to “cut you to
hamburger”. It is a Kongoism gesture that sym-
bolizes one’s readiness to take on any dispute or
challenge, and it is forbidden for youngsters in
that culture to stand in front of an elder that way.

Professor Thompson, of European descent,
noted that from music to dance to the food we eat,
the way we dress our bodies and hair, the African
culture has been retained. But it is taken for
granted. Many people - whether maliciously or
ignorantly - have sought to pervert the origin of
many of the cultural elements present in the New
World today.

But it maybe time for Bahamians to engage
themselves in a deeper dialogue and research
about their ancestry, and as a result, gain a greater
appreciation of themselves.

“... Those [slave] ships were not filled with pas-
sive blacks. They were filled with memories. Each
woman had a memory. Each [man] had a memo-
ry. And no matter what they faced, religion taught
them that things will change. ‘We will regain our
freedom. We will survive it and fight it under
God’.

“So to me, that slave ship is a missile filled
with black ammunition and black memories that
is going to do something. And it did,” Professor
Thompson noted.

While that slave ship was a symbol of genocide,
it was in many ways the vehicle that took a culture
and spread it to all of the world so that in pursuit .
of our African heritage we don’t need to travel to
Aftica. We need only look within.

Thomas Mtumwa Cleare, director of the Inda-
ba Project, told the audience that as he began to
delve into African studies with the use of Pro-
fessor Thompson’ books, he began to look not at
Africa for himself, but began to look in the
Bahamas for traces of his heritage that have been
retained.

And they are many.



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