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Christie takes exception


to 'negative implications'


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie objected yesterday to
a Tribune article that reported
that one of two LNG compa-
nies vying for approval from his
government had changed
lawyers, hiring Mr Christie's
brother-in-law to represent
them.,
Spgking in the House of
Assembly yesterday Mr.Christie
took exception to the "negative
implications" in the report in
Wednesday's Tribune that the
LNG company Tractabel had
replaced Freeport lawyer Fred
Smith with Dr Earl Cash, his
brother-in-law.
"Sometimes I believe that
because it is difficult to insinu-
ate, import or ground negative
findings about myself there is
an effort to touch those around
me with negative implications,"
said Mr Christie in reference to
the article, headed: "LNG firm
changes lawyer Company
hiresPM's brother-in-law".
"This did not even say my
brother-in-law is a partner in
the law firm of Higgs and John-
son, the law firm that handles
the fuindraisers for the FNM, it
didn't say that," said Mr
Christie. "It didn't say that my
brother-in-law was at the polls
'for the member of Montagu
(Brent Symonette) in the last
election. They simply want to
insinuate, parachute him into
my life with some implication
which is simply incorrect."
Dr Cash, Mr Christie said, as
a partner of Higgs and John-
son, appeared- before govern-
ment as; an attorney with others


from Higgs and Johnson for a
company "called El Paso who
had applied for a licence for
LNG plants at the South Riding
facility."
"Subsequently El Paso made
an arrangement with Florida
Power and Light. Florida Pow-
er and Light and El Paso came
to see me with representatives
from Higgs and Johnson, one
of whom was my brother-in-
law, a partner in the law firm
of Higgs and Johnson.
"It is so sad that because he is
my brother-in-law they tried to
separate him from his law firm
and practice and notwithstand-
ing traditionally and historical-
ly our politics would have been
different," said the prime min-
ister.
He said he received a com-
munication from the company
telling him they were changing
lawyers and they were going to
another prestigious law firm
whose name was not called at
the time and at some stage they
would indicate who their coop-
erate attorneys were.
"It is wrong in the process of
all what we are doing with LNG
to try and make politics out of
this. My government is the gov-
ernment that indicated to the
BEST commission that we
could not go with Tractable and
the Harbour of Freeport and,
nor for certain environmental
reasons and government poli-
cy, we could not go and risk a
proposal which was based on
running a gasification plant with
single containment tanks, they
had to be double containment
tanks and so therefore the pro-
SEE page 15


N- MARINA VILLAGE on Paradise Island is planned to open slightly ahead of
schedule somewhere between July and August of this year. Pictured, with the
Marina buildings in the background, are pedestrians walking across a temporary
II road crossing which has been created as the work heads towards completion.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)



Man in custody after shooting death


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
POLICE have a man in cus-
tody for questioning in con-
nection with the shooting
death of 28-year-old Dwight
Cash of Ferguson Street, Bain
Town.
Mr Cash, a resident of Bain
town, is the nation's 13th mur-
der victim.
Mr Cash's lifeless body was
discovered in the streets of
Kemp Road on Tuesday


evening following a shooting
incident.
According to police press
liaison officer Inspector Walter
Evans it was shortly before
9pm on Tuesday when resi-
dents in the area reported
hearing the sound of gun shots
coming from a yard just south
of the Virgo Car Rental lot.
According to police reports
witnesses claimed that shortly
afterwards they saw a male
running from that vicinity


heading in an easterly direc-
tion.
They claimed that the man
collapsed when he arrived at
the thoroughfare of Kemp
Road.
When police arrived at the
scene they discovered the life-
less body of a dark male lying
on his back with gunshot
wounds in the left side of his
chest.
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s By KILAH ROLLE.
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie defended his deci-
sion as Minister of Finance
to use $24 million of trea-
sury funds to buy the Clifton
Heritage property. He intro-
duced a resolution in the
House of Assembly yester-
day to raise or borrow funds
to repay the treasury.
.In his resolution, Mr
Christie said the closure of
the long saga represents a
day of tremendous satisfac-
tion and great meaning for
the country. He said it was
"the defining moment in his
own political life."
"Clifton is the one spot in
o. ur entire country which we
have the opportunity to
recapture and present to our
SEE page 14


Mitchell: passport

proposal does not

single out Bahamas
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
A RECENT editorial in the J
press prompted Foreign Affairs -
Minister Fred Mitchell to "
restate his views on topical
issues in his Ministry in the
House of Assembly yesterday.
Responding to the new pro-
posed US passport policy that
requires all US citizens and for-
eigners travelling from the
Bahamas to the United States
to present a valid passport as
of January 1, 2006, Mr Mitchell
said that the proposal did not
single out the Bahamas. He said
that it in fact it includes the
Caribbean region, as well as
South and Central America.
"Mr Speaker, the fact that
this announcement arises out
of a law passed in the United
States in the post September 11
period, has not stopped the
local rag sheet (The Punch)
from inventing the grossest pre-
varication's over the issue. The
line is somehow that this
announcement on passports is a
retaliation against the Bahamas
SEE page 15













Archbishop Gomez will attend




the inauguration mass in Rome


ARCHBISHOP Drexel
Gomez will be among the offi-
cial delegation representing
the worldwide Anglican Com-
munion at the inauguration
mass for Pope Benedict XVI.


The mass will take place at
the Vatican on Sunday April
24 at 10am.
The Archbishop will remain
in Rome until Monday for an
ecumenical audience with the


newly selected pontiff.
The invitation was extended
to Archbishop Gomez in his
capacity as chairman of the
Inter-Anglican Standing Com-
mission on Ecumenical Rela-
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Archbishop of Canterbury,
head of the Anglican Com-
munion.
Archbishop Gomez will
travel to Rome on tomorrow
where he will join the rest of
the Anglican delegation.

Honour
Archbishop Gomez said "I
deem it a singular honour and
privilege to have been invit-
ed to attend the inauguration
of His Holiness Pope Bene-
dict XVI.
"As a member of the Angli-
can delegation, I will be able
to represent the province of
the West Indies and the Angli-
cans of the South on this his-
toric occasion."
Archbishop Gomez is con-
sidered one of the leaders of
the Anglican Church world-
wide, and serves on church
committees, such as the Pri-
mates' Meeting, the Lambeth
Commission and the Inter-
Anglican Standing Commis-
sion on Ecumenical Relations.
Pope Benedict XVI, succes-
sor to John Paul II, was elect-
ed by the College of Cattli-
nals on-Tuesday at St Peter's
Basilica in Rome following
two days of-deliberations.
The new Pope's pontificate
is expected to be one of tradi-
tion and orthodoxy. He con-
demns homosexuality as
"intrinsic moral evil", and has
suggested that Catholic altars
-should face east to Jerusalem.
Described as "mild-man-
nered and cordial in his per-
sonal dealings," Pope Bene-
dict became one of Pope John
Paul's most trusted advisors.
He was appointed prefect,
or president, of the Congre-
gation of Doctrine of the Faith
in 1981, and Dean of the Col-
lege of Cardinals in 2002.
Pope'-Benedict was the princi.-
pal celebrant and homilist at
Pope John Paul's funeral.
The 78 year old Pope was
born on April 16 1927 in the
German village of Marktl am
Inn.
Archbishop Gomez will
return to Nassau next
Wednesday.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005, PAGE 3


LOCALNEWS


Drastic measures to




improve drainage


A MINISTER of Works Bradley Roberts


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter

The Ministry of Works and
Utilities is heading a series of
initiatives designed to improve a
problematic drainage system in
New Providence and estimates
that more than millionn have
to be spent on the efforts.
Flooding, which occurs when-
ever the average annual rain-
fall exceeds 55 inches, is a con-
cern for the ministry, which is
responsible for at least 2000
drainage wells across the island.
In his communication to the
House of Assembly yesterday
morning, Works Minister
Bradley Roberts said that
although the wells take water


off the streets, they also allow
pollutants to run into the
ground.
Current regulations require
that drainage wells be drilled to
a depth of 150 feet and the first
40 feet of well be encased so
the drainage is carried past the
freshwater layer and into the
deeper, salt water.
Mr Roberts said the wells are
also designed with catch-pits
and screens to block large
debris, but added that these pits
can get filled with debris, which
ends up clogging the screens
that allow the water to pass
through.
Mr Roberts highlighted prob-
lems with the Chippingham
Drain, a major channel west of
Fort Charlotte.


Murder suspects claim to



be victims of circumstance


He said that a tremendous
volume of trash is deposited in
the channel by residents, which
eventually washes out on to
Saunders Beach, "threatening
the health of residents."
"Offenders must learn to put
their trash in their front yard
for proper disposal in the land-


fill rather than throwing it in
the ditches hoping that some-
body else will take it away," said
Mr Roberts.
The ministry plans to spend
in excess of $1.4 million to
improve the Chippingham
SEE page 14


* By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO of the three men
accused of killing Roland Ore-
lus in Grand Bahama just over a
year ago have claimed that the
real killers made them help in
dumping the body.
Renaldo Dorval and anoth-
er youth, who was a juvenile at
the time, are on trial for murder
and conspiracy to commit the


murder of 37-year-old Orelus
in Lewis Yard, known as a Hait-
ian village. He was beaten to
death and his body burnt on
April 16 2004,
Both are Bahamian-born
teens of Haitian parentage and
are residents of Lewis Yard.
Both gave statements from
the prisoner's dock yesterday as
their trial wound down, with a
verdict expected by week's end.
They said they heard arguing


and went to the front of Lewis
Yard to take a look. They were
then approached by one of the
perpetrators, who told them to
help them move the man out of
the yard.
When they reached a gravel
road, they were ordered to take
the body out of the car. The
youths then decided they would
run into the nearest bush and
make a run for it.
They counted in Creole,
dropped the body, and ran; sec-
onds later shots rang out.
As they approached a friend's
house, police officers with "big
guns" pulled up and ordered
them on the ground.
The accused said the officers
took them to the central station
where told them they would be
able to go home after they
signed statements. They said
they knew some of the officers -
Dorval was in the police cadets'
programme calling them by


name during their unsworn
statements.
They told Justice Jon Isaacs
that their lives has been turned
upside down for a crime they
did not commit. They said they
missed graduating school and
described themselves as victims
of circumstance.
Tenelle Gullivan said the
deceased was a friend of his and
he would never hurt him. He
said Mr Orelus sometimes
brought fish, crawfish and conch
from his trips for him.
He said on April 16 last year,
he got a call that one of the ten-
ants was being beaten and he
went to look. He said police
tape was already on the scene
when he arrived.
SIn earlier proceedings, a sin-
gle eyewitness said the older
man held the deceased while
the younger two beat the man
with rocks.
The trial continues.


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THE TRIBUNE


EDIORAULTTRSTOTH EITOR


AT THE CLOSE of last year, Tribune
Business reported that financial institutions
had taken a "guarded approach" to expansion
and business growth in the Bahamas because
of the uncertainty of time limits on work per-
mits.
The article was based on a report by a sub-
committee of the Financial Services Consul-
tative forum that had interviewed 30 industry
executives for their views on how the
Bahamas' immigration policy was stifling
their long term business plans in the country.
The sub-committee reported that the
establishments of those interviewed were suf-
fering because of uncertainty. They never
knew whether permits for managerial staff
would be renewed. Several had requested
two to three year permits for their managers,
but were turned down. Instead they were
given one year permits "without explana-
tion."
Those interviewed were also concerned
that in "certain cases", Department of Immi-
gration personnel did not have the necessary
qualifications or understanding of the finan-
cial services industry to "properly assess"
work permit applications and applications
by Bahamians seeking the same job.
Although those interviewed by the sub-
committee appreciated that they had to justify
work permit applications, they found it diffi-
cult because Immigration Department per-
sonnel did not have a clear understanding of
their corporate needs, operational require-
ments or a solid understanding of the finan-
cial services sector.
This is also true of other businesses. Only
a person trained in his own business under-
stands the needs of that business. However, it
is only fair to say that the Christie govern-
ment is more sensitive to business needs
today than was the Pindling administration of
more than 30 years ago. In that era the Immi-
gration Department was used as a tool for
victimisation and torture. Permits were only
issued to those of PLP persuasion.
In answer to a question at a recent finan-
cial services meeting on the CSME, Foreign
Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell commented
that today work permits could be seen more
as a revenue raising mechanism, than for bor-
der control.
The need for work permits for expatri-
ates to protect the jobs of Bahamians was
introduced under the UBP. In those days
government was composed of businessmen,


who understood the needs of business. Work
permits were granted only when expertise
was not locally available or when there was
not enough of that expertise to satisfy the
job market. The Pindling government abused
the process, and suffocated growth. It was
soon discovered that when businesses can-
not grow, jobs are not created for graduating
students., That is why unemployment grew
so rapidly in the Pindling era and was the
final cause of that government's defeat.
Today, the Bahamas does not have the
number of trained journalists that it should
have because The Tribune, the only newspa-
per that took training seriously in those years,
had to wind down its training programmes
just to keep this newspaper on the road. Its
owners, without the permits required to assist
in the business, had no spare time to devote
to cub reporters. That is a story to which we
have often alluded, but never told in full. It
would take a book to do so.
Employers would agree with those inter-
viewed by the sub-committee that it makes
economic sense to employ qualified Bahami-
ans rather than to bring in expatriates. It not
only creates a more stable workforce, but
assures a local knowledge of the business
environment and infrastructure. The cost of,
bringing in a foreigner even if work per-
mits were less expensive is a sufficient
deterrent to employing from the outside. But,
we have to be realistic. There are many
trained Bahamians, but not enough to meet
the demands of a growing country.
A friend has sent us a copy of the Khaleej
Times, a newspaper published in Dubai,
which shows this country's approach to work
permits. Dubai, determined to make its coun-
try the gem of the Middle East Gulf states
has a completely different approach to work
permits.
Not only are work permits cheap, but they
are readily available with little hassle. Dubai
wants to build a country and the sheiks are
determined to welcome anyone from the out-
side who has the capital and the training to
help them do so from maids right up the
scale to the entrepreneur.
For them work permits are not a money-
making enterprise. They are used to open
up new ventures and create jobs for Dubai's
citizens.
We shall discuss the Khaleej Times
articles in this column tomorrow.


Anonymity,




immigration




and concern


The Tribune Limited
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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our children and our children's
children.
Bahamians need to speak


out and not just sit at home in
little groups complaining about
the situation.
We need to pull together and
stop this madness.
A BAHAMIAN
Nassau
March 30, 2005


EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE grant me a little
space to explain something I
deem very important to my
Bahamian brothers and sisters.
While there is much talk of
rounding up and shipping out
illegal immigrants in our coun-
try, I wonder if we are paying
attention to the ways in which
they are using to remain in this
country.
I speak of interest to the
number of notices published in
our newspapers pertaining to
obtaining citizenships all of a
sudden by the illegal immi-
grants.
For example, one notice
reads: that a certain person is
applying to the minister
responsible for nationality and
citizenship for registration/nat-
uralization 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
28 days from the date listed in
the notice to the minister
responsible for nationality and
citizenship at such and such a
box number.
I am sure this notice had to
be done and sent to the paper
through an attorney. Did this
attorney check the background
of the person requesting citi-
zenship to see if they have a
criminal record?
And because these people
are not known to me by their
real names as printed but are
known, as Mary, Jack and
Joseph etc.
How am I to say that one
of these immigrants printed in
the paper is not known as a
criminal to me?
I know of an incident
where a person who worked in
my neighbourhood died
and no-one knew until they got
the paper and saw his picture
with his real name printed,
because we all knew him as
John.
I am just trying to point out
that these names that are being
published do not correspond
with the nanies we know these
people by. So in the event
something should be reported
to stop the granting of citizen-
ship etc, who is to say what?
Come on Bahamas wake up,
wake up this is an important
issue that everyone needs to
get involved in.
Please do not allow our
country to be taken away from


Time limits on work permits,


What's really in a

name for the streets

of our capital city?

EDITOR, The Tribune.
ACCORDING to Shakespeare, "a rose by any other name
would smell as sweet", but does the same hold true for street
names?
For instance, would Bay Street be the same if, for example, we
called it "Front Street"? Would "Middle Street" serve just as well
as Dowdeswell Street? Would "Back Street" paint the same
mind-picture as Shirley Street?
Some 50 years ago in colonial Nassau, front street, middle
street and back street were frequently used nicknames for the
principal streets in our city, but people still knew the correct
names.
Today, there seems be confusion about the names of the
road that runs from Blue Hill Road westward to Clifton Pier and,
despite the rose-scented words of Romeo and Juliet and the
report in your paper about Joe Lewis' plans for developing the
Albany House property the people of this island might be inter-
ested to know the correct names.
If one thinks back in time, after one turned westward off the
Blue Hill Road, the next settlement was Carmichael Village. This
first section of the road is correctly called Carmichael Road. It
ends at its junction with the Gladstone Road.
After passing Carmichael Village and Gladstone Road, the
next settlement was Adelaide (Coral Harbour wasn't built until
the 1950s). The name of the road running westward from
Carmichael Village is Adelaide Road and it ends at the turn-off
into Adelaide settlement. '
Beyond Adelaide, the name of the road changes to Southwest
Bay Road, until it reaches the western end of the island of New
Providence.
I am an admirer of Joe Lewis and his achievements but sug-
gest that, if he wants to divert a road away from Albany House,
he should know that "the property that lies behind the long pink
wall" is, in fact, on the Southwest Bay Road, that divides the
South Ocean Resort into two.
Of course, this means that the Bacardi plant is off Adelaide
Road not, as is usually said, off Carmichael Road.
This country would benefit from having some central author-
ity that records and controls matters like road and street -
names.
PAUL ARANHA
Nassau
March 31, 2005
(At one time Baillou Hill Road was spelt "Baillou". More
recently "Blue" seems to be the vogue. Soon nobody will know
that Baillou Hill Road was named after a person of that name and
spelling, just as Harrold Road has two "r"s, and Mathew Town,
Inagua, has one "t" that is how the gentlemen for whom they
were named spelled their names.
It seems that only The Tribune remembers the "old time"
spellings. But this too will soon pass with a new generation com-
ing up with little knowledge of their country's history. Ed)






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THE TIBUN THURDAYAPRIL21, 005, AGE


Bellman


comes to


the rescue
By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A HEROIC rescue by a bell-
man at the RIU Paradise Island
hotel saved the life of a young
boy.
..Nelson Josy told The Tribune
yesterday that saving the eight-
year-old boy, who he assumed was
a member of a family staying at
the Atlantis Resort, was some-
thing he "simply had to do, and
would do again in a heartbeat."
The bellman said the boy was
whisked away so quickly after the
rescue that he never even learned
his name.
Describing the chain of events,
Mr Josy said that he was stand-
ing at the front desk on Sunday
afternoon when the hotel's restau-
rant manager ran into the foyer,
calling for people to contact an
ambulance and the police.
Responding to the calls for
assistance, Mr Josy, together with
one of his co-workers, ran outside
to see what was happening, when
they saw a boy floating in the
ocean, shouting for help, the bell-
man said..
"I was standing on the pool
deck and I saw a little boy out in
the sea.
"I then went to speak with sev-
eral lifeguards and they told me
that every time they went out to
get the boy, a wave would bring
them back in and they were
unable to save the boy," he said.
The young boy was at this point
flailing in the water.
"He was shouting that we was
never going to see his parents and
grandparents again;" Mr Josy said.
The bellman, who has had
some lifeguard training, said that
he then asked if he could try to
rescue the boy.
"When I saw the boy I knew I
had to something, I knew I could
help.
"It was a spur of the moment
thing, I simply took off my shirt
and pants and jumped in," he
recalled.
After diving into the water, Mr
Josy was able to swim against
waves and reach the boy, bringing
him safely back to shore.
"The boy was all right, the only
thing was that he had some fluid
in his lungs.
"It was a good thing that he
could swim," said Mr Josy..
' The bellman explained that the
boy had probably been carried
away by the. current and although
he was able swim, had become
tired and was in danger of drown-
ing.



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Residents to put their 'heart and




soul' into development protest


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
HARBOUR Island resi-
dents have vowed to resist the
proposed Romora Bay Devel-
opment "with heart and
soul," as they appeal to gov-
ernment to put stop to
what they see as an unsuit-
able addition to their com-
munity.
Lawyer Fred Smith, who
together with co-counsel Eliz-
abeth Thompson has been
retained by the Save Harbour
Island Association, told The
Tribune that letters expressing
the concerns of some resi-
dents and their objections to
Parmenter Reality's Romora
Bay Development are now
being prepared to be sent to
the Office of the Prime Min-
ister, the ministries of
Tourism and Works, and the
Bahamas Environment Sci-
ence and Technology (BEST)
Commission.
"We are not against rea-
sonable, planned, small-scale
and sustainable development,
but this is a major develop-
ment," he said.
Mr Smith pointed out that
Harbour Island, a small island
north of mainland Eleuthera,
currently suffers from water
shortage and faces difficult
challenges when it comes to
sewage and solid waste dis-
posal, and claimed the
planned development would
only compound these prob-
lems.

Concerned
He said that the group of
residents is greatly concerned
about "the degradation of
their environment," and feel
insulted that they were not
consulted on the plans for the
development before-hand.
The Romora Bay Develop-
ment, which will include a 40-
roomhotel/condominium unit
with a 46-slip marina, was
approved in principle after a
very intense "semi-judicial"
hearing in the island's magis-
trate's court last week.
Winter residents of Har-
bour Island and some
Bahamians fear that the
development will have an
negative ecological impact as
well as contribute to the con-
gestion on the island.
Developer Darryl Par-
menter, president of the
Romora Bay Marina, howev-
er said that marina develop-
ments in themselves are not
environmentally dangerous,
but that pollution occurs
when persons abuse facilities.
Mr Parmenter added that
an Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) will be
conducted "very shortly."
He further said that an eco-
nomic analysis has shown that
Harbour Island and the entire


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r* LAWYER Fred Smith ter, local Family Island com- LNG facility in the Berry


terday that the past success
of Harbour Island as a popu-
lar tourism destination "is
based on a small island, low
density and family atmos-
phere."
The association's lawyer
said that he is inviting the cen-
tral government in Nassau to
take an interest in the resi-
dents' concerns and support
the rights of the local govern-
ment.
"We want to show that
local government does mat-


munities do matter," he said.
Mr Smith said the dissatis-
faction expressed by the Har-
bour Island community is the
result of the Family Islands
being treated like colonies of
Nassau.

Planned
"This started in Guana Cay,
continued here and exploded
in Cat Cay," he said referring
to resident's concerns about
the Baker's Bay development
in Abaco and the planned


Islands respectively.
He warned that these
protests will continue "until
government stops riding
rough-shod over people's
rights."
In an addition to opposing
the expansion of Romora
Bay, some people in Harbour
Island are also concerned
about the Valentines devel-
opment, which has been
described "as ugly" and
unsuited for a place known
for its quaintness and small
island charm.


Lawyer proposes boarding school rehabilitation system
| By TIFFANY GRANT tractors, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, masons or painters.
Tribune Staff Reporter "The boarding school itself through the trustees, with the house-
masters assistance, gets paid money for work prefects do. The trustees
A YOUNG Bahamian lawyer who wants to see criminals effectively through the housemasters, then pay the particular prefect boarders a
rehabilitated has proposed a boarding school system for first-time and small amount of money, again rewarding them for trustworthiness,"
non-serious offenders. he said.
His has envisioned the boarding school including a work shop for The lawyer also recommended the formation of a work duty pro-
practical skills training, the use of work duty as a form of punishment gramme, where boarders who have misbehaved can perform various
for misbehavior and the appointment of boarders as prefects. tasks under the supervision of guards with trained police dogs.
The lawyer, who wished to remain anonymous, explained that the These duties could include collecting garbage along the streets
school is "all about rewarding boarders for good behaviour and and taking it to the dump, cutting back bushes which are blocking traf-
trustworthiness." fic signals and signs, painting pedestrian crossings and painting
Therefore, after being in the school for 6 months, any individual churches and government offices, he said.
who demonstrates good behaviour and trustworthiness should be The lawyer is calling for legislation to establish the boarding school,
appointed a prefect and have the power to give out punishment to reg- which would give magistrates the power to sentence first-time and
ular boarders for bad behaviour, he said. non-serious offenders to the institution.

Method
"With this method being in place, the boarders themselves will keep
each other in check. Thus, indirectly being a father figure to those *" -*!
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EXPRESSING concern
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motion in public schools,
Carmichael MP John Carey said
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leaving high school unskilled.
He said many graduates are
only capable, based on their
educational attainment, to pur-
sue jobs that are at the lowest
level of the socio-economic
scale.
This particular scenario, said
Mr Carey, guarantees that over
the next few years the Bahamas
will have an entire demographic
group of low income employees
who will be a burden financially


on the entire country.
"It may be time for the gov-
ernment to consider an aggres-
sive investment in education
through an incentive programme
for teachers to produce world-
class graduates in the same way
coaches work toward producing
world class athletes," he said
Primary
Streamlining the academical-
ly inclined and the vocationally
gifted, said Mr Carey, may be
the right thing to do from the
primary school level on upward.
"Further it may be appropri-
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Church opens new facility for




young children and the elderly


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A new care
facility built for young children
and the elderly will be officially
opened by the Central Church
of God at a dedication service
on Sunday.
Church pastor Bishop Fred
Newchurch announced that
Minister of Social Services
Melanie Griffin is expected to
attend the 3pm dedication and
opening ceremony for Central's
Preschool and Home for the
Elderly at Pioneer Way.
The 7,500 square foot facility
will cater to 100 preschool stu-
dents and 20 elderly citizens on
Grand Bahama.
Construction cost $575,000
and sits on two acres land,
bringing the total value of the
development to $1.2 million.
The childcare facility will


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Grand
Bahama Port Authority has
started a beautification pro-
ject on a major commercial
thoroughfare in Freeport,
which involves the replace-
ment of rubber trees planted
nearly 40 years ago with more
attractive ornamental trees.
Burton Miller, city manager
at the port authority, said the
removal of the huge rubber
trees, also known as fichus
trees, which were planted
along the Mall Drive in 1968,
is part of the second phase of
the beautification process in
the City of Freeport.
He said that the trees would
be replaced within the next six
weeks with Tabebuia trees,
black olive trees, royal palms,
and hibiscus and bougainvil-
lea shrubs.
"It is part of our mandate
to keep the city of Freeport
as clean as we can... and to
try to recapture the attrac-
tiveness and ambience it once
had," said Mr Miller.
After many months of
cleaning up the city and restor-


"There is a
desperate
need for
more quality
facilities for
elderly people
in Grand
Bahama.

Bishop Fred Newchurch
begin accepting pre-schoolers
on Monday, and the centre will
start accepting elderly residents
by mid-May.
The Bishop said he was grate-
ful to the Grand Bahama Port


ing the public infrastructure
following the hurricanes, Mr
Miller said they are now in
position to place emphasis on
making Freeport's landscap-
ing attractive and pleasing.
Mr Miller said the port
authority would also be
replacing the 45 Mahogany
and Tabebuia trees in the
median of Sunrise Highway
between Ranfurly Circus and
Lucayan Circle which have
been destroyed over the years
by automobile accidents.
In addition to beautification
project, Willie Moss, president
of the Grand Bahama Port
Authority, told The Tribune
that they are also taking a
keen interest in the removal
of dilapidated abandoned
buildings in Freeport.
She said the Port Authority
has already revoked the cer-
tificate of occupancy at the
south building at the Sea Sun
Manor condominium on the
Mall.
Mrs Moss said the building
development department at
the port authority is presently
in discussion with association
members at the North Build-
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Authority for its assistance in
acquiring the land, which is just
several hundred yards away
from the church on Coral Road.
"We broke ground in 2002
and we are very excited that the
seven-year dream has finally
come to fruition," Bishop New-
church said yesterday.

Facility

The eastern section of the
facility comprises a large play
area for children and a 12-bed
nursery.
The western section for the
elderly has a sitting area,
kitchen, and 10 two-bedroom
dormitories.
"There is a desperate need for
more quality care facilities for
elderly people in Grand Bahama,
and we believe this facility will
cater to the spiritual, emotional,
developmental, and physical
needs of both age groups," said
Bishop Newchurch.
He thanked the church mem-
bers and corporate community
for their assistance and support
of the project over the years.


* CHURCH member Debbie Huyler, Nelson Moxey, architect and builder, Bishop Fred
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SENIOR citizens have formed
the sixth such association under
the umbrella of the Urban
Renewal Project.
More than 20 senior citizens
have taken part in the launch
of the Nassau Village Senior
Citizens Association.
Kim Sawyer, assistant direc-
tor of Social Services and head
of the urban renewal unit, said
the launch continued the min-
istry's thrust to provide whole-
some activities for senior citi-
zens in communities where
Urban Renewal Project offices
have been established.
Senior citizens associations
have been established as a joint
effort between the Ministry of
Social Services and the Royal
Bahamas Police Force in the
Farm Road, Fort Charlotte, St
Cecilia's, Englerston and Bain
and Grant's Town project areas.

Concern
"As we moved through the
various communities we found
that there were a number of
seniors who were basically
home alone during the day,
many of them not involved in
any meaningful activity, and it
was a concern for us because
we still want our older persons
to be interactive within the com-
munity, being able to interact
with persons their own age and
to be involved in a caring and
sharing environment," said Ms
Sawyer.
"We also wanted to provide
them with a support network so
that if one of the members is ill
or if they have somedne in their
family who passes'away, they
would have a security blanket
to comfort them in addition to
whatever emotional support
they would get from their indi-
vidual families.
"These are the persons who
have helped to develop this
community," Ms Sawyer said.
"These are the persons who
have worked to make a differ-
ence in society and it is our
belief at the Ministry of Social
Services and Community Devel-
opment that their worth and
value to this nation should not
be forgotten nor diminished just


because they have gotten old-
er."
Ms Sawyer said participation
in the association would further
provide the seniors with an
opportunity to keep abreast of

"These are
the persons
who have
helped to
develop this
community."

Kim Sawyer
activities and events that are
ongoing throughout the island
of New Providence and not just
in the Nassau Village commu-
nity, through field trips and a
number of other initiatives.
She said while the project
office would assist the seniors
administratively and with the
planning of field trips and other
activities the seniors will play a
vital role in the direction the
association heads.
"It is our intent that as the
seniors strive forward as a
group, that they will be able to
take the lead in the association
and be able to partner with each
other to accomplish their objec-
tives with the assistance of per-
sons in the project office," said
Miss Sawyer.
Benefits
She said the establishment of
senior citizens associations in
the various project areas has
already reaped tremendous ben-
efits for those persons who are
members of the individual asso-
ciations.
"Sometimes all of the associ-
ations come together to meet
and participate in various activ-
ities, which allows members to
rekindle friendships with per-
sons whom they may have lost
contact with," Ms Sawyer
added.


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Child Protection Month and has
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ONE of the primary roles
of the prime minister is
to co-ordinate the affairs of the
government. Observing members
of the Christie cabinet gives the
distinct impression that things are
not well co-ordinated.
It often appears that rather than
presiding over his cabinet, Mr
Christie's cabinet presides over
him. There are at least three exam-
ples that support this fact.
First, the Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell appears to
be busy making foreign policy for
The Bahamas rather than pro-
moting its foreign policy, which is
what a foreign minister should do.
We see this clearly with the issue
of the Caribbean Single Market
and Economy (CSME) where the
minister seems to be on a person-
1 crusade to have The Bahamas
join.
Minister Mitchell's views on this
foreign policy matter is clear; he
says that the debate over the
CSME has "goneone on long enough"
and that it is time to decide.
What is the Prime Minister's
view? After all, for the Bahamian
people it is the view of their Prime
Minister, not the foreign minister,
that ultimately matters on foreign
policy issues.
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that we should join the CSME?
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cabinet, do not share the foreign
minister's sentiments on the
CSME, otherwise they would have
publicly supported his position by
now. They have not.
Perhaps this is why Mr Mitchell
so often sounds frustrated as he
tries to sell joining the CSME; he is
on a lonely crusade, unsupported
by his government.
Having failed to convince his
colleagues, it seems that the min-
ister is now trying to persuade the
public to persuade his colleagues to
move forward with the controver-
sial CSME.
Second, the Prime Minister only
a few days ago held a press con-
ference to make his big announce-
ment about the Bahamar Cable
Beach deal. Curiously, all govern-
ment ministers were not there.
Most notably,'the Minister of
Financial Services and Investments
and the Minister of Trade and
Industry were not there.
Imagine that, the minister
responsible for investments and
the minister responsible for trade
and industry were not on hand to
support the largest approved
investment project by the PLP
administration to date; $1.2 billion
is no little bit of money. Where
were they? Minister Maynard-Gib-
son was on vacation, this column
understands. Minister Miller was
elsewhere.
The negotiations for the Cable
Beach deal were going on for
weeks. Surely the minister respon-
sible for investments and the min-
ister responsible for trade and
industry were following, yea facil-
itating, the negotiations.
One would not expect for these
ministers to plan absences with
such a huge deal in the works.
Indeed, they should have been
delighted to participate in
announcing such an historic under-
taking to the public.
Yet, the ministers were not there
and word is that both were absent
for different but deliberate rea-
sons. It seems that a certain minis-
ter was personally delighted about
the deal while other ministers had
real problems with it. Who is who
and which is which can be left to
creative imaginations. This much is
certain: it is odd that the PM has
not yet tabled the historic Bahamar
heads of agreement, something


that former PM Ingraham used to
do at the earliest opportunity after
signing one. It makes one wonder
whether something is being hid-
den or there is nothing to show.
Third, Minister Leslie Miller was
asked recently by a ZNS reporter
why it was that the government
continued to allow increases in the
price of gas despite the fact that
the minister complained about it so
often.
The minister's response was
nothing short of an admission that
he and his colleagues did not see
eye-to-eye on the issue. In fact, the
minister all but said that the oil
companies were so influential that
they could get the cabinet to do
what he could not get them to do.
There are many more examples
of the fact that Mr Christie's cabi-
net seems to have many chiefs and
is conflicted. Who first authorised
the decision to pay the displaced
Royal Oasis workers $8.2 million
believed owed by the Driftwood
group? Who approved the huge
hole dug at Gold Rock Creek in
Grand Bahama before a lease had
been signed between the govern-
ment and the investors? Who
approved those foreign Junkanoo
bleachers? Who approved the
LNG proposals and who is holding
them back? Who authorised the
Minister of Foreign Affairs to push
for the signing of the CSME agree-
ment and why can the nation not
hear from its Prime Minister on
this critical issue?
Your guess is as good as mine.
One thing we know is that there is
no unity in the cabinet on these
issues.
IS GUANA CAY
BEING USED AS AN
EXPERIMENT?

The project will be an
L experiment in sus-
tainability for small island devel-
opments. Clearly, local residents
or Bahamians in general would not
appreciate being the site of 'exper-
imental' approaches to develop-
ment of their natural resources,
but the aim of the experiment is to
provide documentation of the real
ecological cost."
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Customer Service Building in Simms, Long Island.

Interested companies may collect a tender specification
from the office of the Vice President/Planning &
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2005
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Scavella is described a medium-
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friends in the Caribbean on
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enger Hunt.
Teams of Rotarians deci-
phered a list of clues which
would eventually bring them to
four different venues in need of
assistance.
The first location was the
Ranfurly Home For Children.
Here they cleaned floors, bath-
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their visit on a sweet note by
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children's pillow.
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hond6 to distribute bags of food
to residents and share a smile.

Trails

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tion for Social Health, the tasks
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Wielding cutlasses, they
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ads of foliage for hurricane
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FROM page one
people the experience of five
eras of people which passed
through this country."
Mr Christie said in his
approach to purchase the 204
acres of land on the southwestern
side of the island, he adopted a
committee to advise him on cre-
ative ways to afford the purchase.
The committee. The Clifton
Heritage Authority, chaired by
former Attorney General Sean
McWeeney, said in a report that
it was dismayed by the grossly
excessive amount of time 14
years that had elapsed since
the compulsory acquisition of


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the land.
According to Mr Christie, the
committee stated in its report
that there is no excuse for depriv-
ing Nassoak Ltd, owners of the
property, without compensation
to which they were entitled.
. He said the report also stated
that the disgraceful practice of
waiting so long for payment vio-
lates and makes a mockery of the
constitution, under the Land Act,
while also inflicting irreplaceable
harm on the reputation of the
Bahamas in the matter of prop-
erty rights.
"Nassoak was denied compen-
sation for too long," said Mr
Christie.
The owners received a total of


$19,200,000, in December 2004
after the committee mandated
three real estate firms to deter-
mine the value of the land.
Mr Christie said the remain-
der of the $24 million spent from
the public treasury, slightly over
$4.6 million, will be used to estab-
lish and finance the administra-
tion of the Authority, permitting
them to begin the planning of the
proposed national landmark.
The Clifton National Park is
intended to be developed as one
of the latest heritage parks in the
country which will preserve and
interpret the historic area which
represents the habitation of the
Lucayans, Pre-Loyalists, Loyal-
ists, enslaved Africans and post-
emancipation Bahamians.
Mr Christie said that through
the partnership with the private
sector, the government is also in
the process of examining the fea-
sibility of moving all the freight
terminals on Bay Street to the
Clifton area, between the BEC
complex and Commonwealth
Brewery.
"If determined feasible and
environmentally agreeable," Mr
Christie continued, "it will result
in our being able to establish a
new port and transform Bay
Street."
He added that the planning
and environmental firm EDAW
is in the final stages of examining
the environmental impact the
new port may have on the Clifton
complex. He said preliminary
findings suggest that very little
damage will be inflicted.
"My government is mindful of
the historic importance of
Clifton," said Mr Christie, "we
shall not make any decision that
is not based on the greatest
degree of the application of sci-
-ence."


Drastic measures to

improve drainage
FROM page three
Drain, including the reconstruction of the canal to stop the dis-
charge of raw sewage directly into the canal.
The first phase of these improvements is scheduled for this
summer.
The Ministry has spent $315,000 on drilling 42 shallow wells
to their proper depths and are expected to spend another
$300,000 this year.
"There are many wells that have been drilled over the years
who's locations are unknown," continued Mr Roberts, "these
wells have not been maintained, leading to further flooding.",
To deal with this uncertainty, Mr Roberts said his ministry is
initiating an island wide inventory process in public areas to
locate the estimated 1600 unknown wells.
He added that the wells, when discovered, will be mapped
with GPS equipment and the locations entered into a GIS
database for future reference.
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Prime Ministero


hits back at article


FROM page one
posal fell short for environ-
mental reasons," said Mr
Christie.
He said he regretted the fact
that Dr Cash, because he is his
brother-in-law "would be treat-
ed in this way."
"Iam in politics, I am sub-


ject to major criticism and
whenever I believe that there
is a misrepresentation or a lie I
will make every effort in Eng-
land or the Bahamas to cause it
to be retracted and to cause
whatever damages to flow to be
paid. He may well be the attor-
ney for the combined group of
companies, but if he is the
attorney for that company it


FROM page nine
These words have been extracted from the Envi-
ronmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the Passer-
ine development proposed for Great Guana Cay,
which was submitted to the Bahamas Environment,
Science and Technology (BEST) Commission. The
government needs to explain what these words
mean in light of the fact that the project has been
approved.
While it is explaining those words, the govern-
ment, specifically the Prime Minister, can also
explain the meaning of these words also found in the
Passerine development EIA: "At the time of EIA
preparation, BMP have not had the opportunity to
begin a public consultation process. Public discussion
of the project has been discouraged prior to final
approval through the Office of the Prime Minister.
BMP is committed to a thorough public consultation
process."


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would be Higgs and
Johnson.
"From my point of view it
does not matter because the
position of LNG companies in
the Bahamas will be seen to be
dealt with in the right way.
"No favour and no relation
will cause us to compromise in
dealing with it in the right way,"
said Mr Christie.


Attorney Fred Smith raised this issue before and,
as is its usual posture, the government, in particular
the Prime Minister, has remained silent, as if owing
no explanation to the Bahamian people on such
matters.
Those who doubt the sincerity of the concerns
.raised by the residents of Great Guana Cay about
the proposed Passerine development need only
examine the EIA prepared for the government.
In fact, Bahamians should demand that the doc-
ument be made public. The EIA itself offers suffi-
cient reason to question the proposed development.
We have made enough environmental mistakes
over the past 30 years and more of our indepen-
dent history. We should learn from those mistakes;
not pay lip service to them and then turn around and
repeat them.
THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
"So quick bright things come to confusion."
Shakespeare.


FROM page one

The victim had a low hair-
cut and was dressed in a bur-
gundy jacket, blue jeans and
white sneakers.
Inspector Evans also
reported that shortly before
7pm on Tuesday police
retrieved a .25 brown and
chrome Raven pistol from
Columbus Primary School.


Shooting
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Evans increased public coop-
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coveries.
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who may have information
concerning individuals who
are in possession of illegal
weapons to contact the police
immediately," Mr Evans said.


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the war on drugs," he said.
According to Mr Mitchell,
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been officially explained on
the record by US officials,
showing that they are com-
plete and utter fabrications.
"It is clear that the policy of
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PAGE 16, THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005


Some


Important Facts

You Should Know About I..*i
on uana ay, The bacos


Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean Club, located on the northern end of Great Guano Coy in the Abacos will
comprise an exquisite residential community of 585 stunning beachfront and oceanview acres, 248 custom home
sites and. 84 high-end single-family developer residences. The development also includes a28 villa hotel, private golf
club. 18-hole Tom Fazio-designed private golf course and a 33-acre marina village with a 80-slip :arinoQaIn addition
70 acres of environmental Preserve will be administered by the Bahamas National Trust and a 5-acre beach and
park will be open to aB Bahamians.


1. Who are the'developers for this project?
Discovery Land Company, the developers of Baker's Bay Golf and
Ocean Club, Guano Cy., Abaco is a San. hancisco-based real-
estate development firm specializing in the creation of world-class
golf and residential communities, Discovery Land Company's
core philosophy is to enhance the natural character and spirit of
each property it develops in order to provide its residents and
members with a unique golf and lifestyle experience.
Guided by these ideals Discovery Land Company and its princi-
pals have become one of the United States' preeminent golf and
residential developers with an impressive roster of successful'
high-profile communities in Caolifornia, Arizona, Montana,a North
Carolina, Hawaii and Texas. (For more information visit:
www.discoveryiandco.com)









2. To what extent have Guana Cay residents been consulted on
this project?
The land plan for the project was developed with input from key
stakeholders including local government, the Member of Parlia-
ment, the former Prime Minister, the Out island Council and in
consultation with Guano Coy residents through a Town Meeting
on Guano Coy on August 20, 2004. Further refinement will con-
tinue through additional dialogue on island and throughout The
Abacos.


3. How is the Crown Land! being utilized?

The total size of the project's site is approximately 585 acres,. Of. this
amount, 460 acres are privately owned, including Gumeleli Cay, and
approximately 1:26 acres are either Crown or Treasury Land. The
Crown Land consists of 106 acres made up of 15 acres for the building
of residential homes paid for through sales, 25 acres leased to the
developer at market terms and dedicated to the Marina, and the
majority, 66 acres, are to be permanently protected as Preserve area
for the perpetual enjoyment of everyone. The Treasury Land portion of
the development will all be leased to the developer at market terms
and includes 4 acres dedicated to employee housing, 2 acres for a
desalination plant, sewage facility and electric substation, 4 acres for
a solid waste transfer facility, 2 acres for dry dockage of boats and 8
acres for general storage.


4. How much land will remain undeveloped and / or not covered
by roads and homes?
The vast majority, more than 70%, of the project's land will remain
as open space. The Club's 33-acre marina will impact little more
than 5% of the total land area. Each*home-site will be required to
preserve over 35% of the area in natural vegetation,.


Yes, the Baker's Bay Club project has already employed many local
Bahamians and will continue to do so to the extent possible. Hiring
Bahamian workers is a government mandate, and, further, it is the
most practical and effective solution to our labor requirements. As
part of the Heads of Agreement, the Baker's Bay Club has commit-
ted to employing 200 Bahamians during construction of the project.
Theongoing operation of the community will provide hundreds of
full time jobs, including resort management positions, as well as
opportunities for locol artisans and tour operators. In addition to
utilizing the existing local ferry service, the project is setting up daily
service to transport workers directly to o logistics dock at Baker's
Bay. The project will begin constructing on site employee housing
within the next year.


7. WIll the people of Abaco still be able to use Bakers Bay and the
beaches?
The entire shoreline will remain open to the public. Further, the
developer is funding thecreation of an interpretive center, public
trail system and 5-acre public beach park on the Sea of Abaco
providing restrooms, fire pits and a public dock for small craft.


8,. What is likely to be the economic impact of this development?
Baker's Bay will generate over 200 jobs during construction and an
additional 200 ongoing jobs including jobs for accountants, lawyers,
gardeners, housekeepers, plumbers, electricians and more. The
project will create opportunities for entrepreneurial ventures, includ-
ing restaurants,, shops, car rental companies and others. Over ten
years the project should caused more than $85 million in new wages
to be paid and is projected to generate over $1 billion dollars of
direct and indirect goods and services for The Bahamas including
revenues for printing, publishing, entertainment, transportation,
food and beverage supplies, sanitation services, chemicals, textiles,
furniture and equipment, landscaping and more.


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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005, PAGE 17


THE TRIBUNE


FIRS


: AN'


Byron Miller
Shirley Street
Byron Milter jbined the bank in v98, oaid
become: a Managemeint Trainee within.
-four yeas. In F99%, as a Systems Amaid-.,
Mr Miller supeised, the impiemefnoeiiin
of the bank's tflt osimfie Banoihg Sysfem'
untl! he was prom noted to Account!
SOfficer-Comrmrercal'BanliingCenftre, H Ie
has functioned as Customer SevIice
Manager arnd thie bank"s Cao.le Beacht
Branch Mamager. An Assocrieof at The
Bohamas Instulte of Bankers. Mr Millear
has won the Ibor 's Viie Plres dets,
Award and ie a three fime Achifeveet
Award recipienCt


Cherise Archer
JFK Drive
Cherite Sfmaioins-Arcther has been;
employed wift FilntfCarilbbean; lhtesno-
tionial! BSant for Wie past fifteen, yes aind
has worked as Speciall Collectlon Officer,
Personal" Branchi lRepresentofive, Sub
SBranch Mmanager aid Personali Banmitig
MOnager. Mis. Shiffnts-Arche's ; tiique
cepacify to deal witti people of al waits
of life,. c immtfrm esi and dmHve has
prepaed other f.ir flie raict Marlagem
pooitan l Mts' Sainiaismm Archer is a
grifiafe of the Idhslitoe of Caadiai'a
Basteees and hias aflinded varfous
BaMldhi courses.


Rozelda Rigby
Harbour Bay
Ieleida' Iigby's Ibanltking career, began; twei-
ty-fi'e years ago) as ai Teller oat BO'arclJas Bank
Bay &. Dunmoore oane. Mrs Rigby, holds an,
A'socifea degree in Bankihg and' Finance
ftmre The College of The Bahamas and is: an
associate f Tfhe Bahamas imftUth~fe LatBniker&.
Mrs lgbyh h&as functioned as, Superiso-i
Currentt. Savings AccounrtF, foreign Exchiange
and Datea at Bay Skeet and Thompson Boule-
vadi braiomchtes, OfQicefiriCharge, Town
Centre Mot ail, nd Customer Service Moriageim
PFhiirkile. lIn this position, Mft., Rig!by effec-.
tivelyast ssedwith thcomsoelidinalmettof th30
East Boy a/nd Harbaour Bay branches, and, the.
litegpatfon of fthreifr ,stfL


Lawrence Daxon
Mall at Marathon
Mw Dmaton irs career bciker whao statedi
out as a Currfent AccoUVis ClierOt with
BarieFays amk over twenty yWas agp. Mr
Damon's previous peasitmins linciudieSerifor
Credit Offlicer and Assistant Mwmager in
the bankT Riecomerifes IDepatvent it Ani
Associate of Tite Ba amOs I fslttufe ofa
Financial! Seuiwces. Mt. .Daon holdt a=n
AssciobtS degeei iin Ba, king and
Finrrance amd is completing a Badhelars,
of Buasiiress Adniintfrttifon isi Bafiring andt
,Fihance tofThe)Collige oTlITe asthaMa&.


Bay StP
Jibars Damesjpitled eracu ms
N waited as J.iario Sprwikairr, Sesienr
werof Cresdit, avd Cituaei SwC'e
Mtagei. An! AsM airit*4 afft! t? BainsaMas
lIstiflate. atf Bat i r.ia Mrs M mnes a% sIid
an Assmiaite off AMtS dtgeee is OreBiidly
andi BiUadiy.. Fti urrtoiearprewerfposai1tint,
Mis DaIAries wea ate-iig' atncsh mamiiger
War.ie lMae l hftalidtia lrormci.


Gaye Dean
Paradise Island


MAs Game feasw Itbegoa W ier takimtit
carter witfi CO) iiiCtilpe yenims aps,
andi Hs li4s ti Ithal tl$ palIon af
oIffierr ilm Cteagew, Swniiar Stpediall loans
Iciteir and Ciustoentr Sernite Mtiaunogep.
fi 2MMI, MrsO Iweas. was fitaihtaed itm
Bathoaeliws as a Bliiess itca s er o mlalns
tabider, and suacessaftilip lloed aslit ttn
plwn ii liMme Boht"iass. Sfte laos eeikedl
sesienall amradm iiniedlfng trwa QiaueiaSSy
aiieMefsT Awads. tS. DeaM italtis, a


WM% aKwia al, wam "I witl Imtf l (fwi
tailseailfi^n w iaTifre Ia obusilfl


Jacqueline Reckley
Palmdale

vslltinal itqdJiters:m fi the gsasf l tgittwity-
iliwdtlflt: TW1llIM $ipWWiteir. 1aiietti
M=ClSitt~,~~an, f iwrf, lhil d~is
offlSi.r CMOili SMaeIin IBf iich Mt r agMrr
iaidl Citemri $aiMkie Mtiifsl% As
1ritliffi{erfirM dititaiolafaffitm
Thie aitimmes, CaMminI lstaJioa,, Jainaliaai
thinemt*daithf. Am fliarM=iaLdfe iftteral


Sherwin Hilton
Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera

Sherwin flton has over iweNve years
banking experience. having served as
Branch Administrotor at the former
Barclays Finance Corporatian and O01W-
cer-ln-Charge at Barclays Town Centre
Mal. An Eleuther n. Mr Hitton tas expert-
ence in Mortgage Lending and Credit
Analysis and holds associate degrees in
Mechanical Engineering and Banking
from The College of the Baiamas. a
Bachelor of Science degree in Profes-
5sonal Management from Nova South-
eastern University. and is an Associate of
the Bohamas Insitutle of Banke s.


Paul Bartlett
Marsh Harbour, Abaco

PaOu Batlttll's baring caeer spams, 25
years wilt the banlc, His mtmomaeent
training expeience began asf a part oil
the bank's interwa audIt team. amOd be
has held positifaoms it Retail and Iteri
tionl! Baooking. Operations and its ift,-
mtaion Technotogy over tie years, and
was appointed to line retrit qa
ment team ih 9 .I Mr Baf1 itisW htlts,
Associate degrees ieBamiuibg & Finiaice
aid Biology keam The CollKge oi aThe
Bahwms


INT


Congratulates its














Minister calls




for assistance for




housing demand


REHYODRA
with

FleetmLyt
Flavod Effervese Wl ets


* By KRYSTAL
KNOWLES
Bahamas Information
Services
MINISTER of Housing
and National Insurance
Shane Gibson has called
upon private sector busi-.
nesses, commercial banks
and real estate developers
to assist the government in
meeting the demand for
housing in the Bahamas.
"An appropriate balance
must be struck between the
profit motive and the
responsibility to exercise a
special conscience by these
institutions," Minister Gib-
son told the 20th anniver-
sary seminar of the
Caribbean Association of
Housing Finance Institu-
tion (CASHFI) on Friday,
April 15 at the Hilton
British Colonial Hotel.
The seminar seeks to


explore ways and means to
suggest to various govern-
ments, strategies and ini-
tiatives designed to assist
in raising housing afford-
ability.
Also attending the semi-
nar were Dr Marja Hoek-
Smit, from the Wharton
.School, University of Penn-
sylvania and Enid Bissem-
ber from the Caricom Sin-
gle Market .and Economy
(CSME) Office in Guyana.

Government
Mr Gibson said the
"strain" of providing hous-
ing is too great for the gov-
ernment alone to bear.
He said the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation has
played a "critical role" in
giving expression and
effect to the government's
commitment to providing.
quality homes at affordable
prices to all Bahamians.
"During periods when
government-initiated
homes are being actively
developed, the purchase of
these homes are the most
popular forms of mortgage
offered by the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation".
Minister Gibson said.

Records
He said the records of
the corporation revealed
an equal mix of both inde-
pendent home purchases
and government-initiated
homes purchases.
He noted that the k ey
players in the area of mort-
gage financing include the
Central Bank of the
Bahamas, commercial
banks and insurance com-
panies, and other financial
institutions whose activi-
ties have an impact on the
issue of affordability.
"In the early 1990s, the
Central Bank statistics
show that the Bahamas
Mortgage Company
remained constantly the
largest mortgage lending
group for residential con-
struction. This was soon
challenged and overtaken
by commercial banks, who
became the biggest mort-
gage lending groups for
residential purposes at the
end of the decade," Mr
Gibson said.
In 1992, he said, the
Mortgage Corporation
accounted for 38 per cent
of mortgages for new resi-
dential construction, com-
mercial banks for 12.8 per
cent, insurance companies
17.2 per cent, and other


financial institutions, which
are basically savings
and loans institutions deal-
ing only in Bahamian dol-
lars, accounted for 32 per
cent.
Mr Gibson said the
figures remained essential-
ly unchanged through
1995.
By 2000, the Minister
said, commercial banks
became the biggest mort-
gage lending institutions in
the Bahamas, representing
62.7 percent of mortgages
in relations to new con-
struction. This rose to 80.2
percent in 2003, while the
Mortgage Corporation's
share dropped to 11.2 per-
cent.

Resources
Mr Gibson said the cor-
poration, with its limited
resources, has to compete
with commercial banks as
a group with infinitely
more resources at their dis-
posal.
"These figures demon-
strate the preference for
home owners to do busi-
ness with commercial
banks as the lender of first
resort over the decade
under review.
"This evidence shows
that it is particularly
important for commercial
banks to exercise sensitivi-
ty in setting interest rates
when it comes to mortgage
for residential construc-
tion.
"The consumer has a
right to expect that if the
Central Bank reduces the
rate at which it advances
loans to commercial banks,
then the reduction should
be reflected in the interest
rates applicable to residen-
tial mortgages," he
said.
The minister challenged
all institutions involved in
home financing, particular-
ly in the area of mortgage
for residential purposes, to
ensure that a degree of
sensitivity and social
responsibility be exercised
in dealing with the "mar-
ginalised" in the Bahami-
an society.

Effects
He said the government,
in its determination to alle-
viate the effects of poor
housing, will increase the
financial resources for the
Ministry of Housing in the
2005/2006 budget.
Mr Gibson said a pro-
posal has been presented
to Cabinet to ensure that
the Mortgage Corporation
raises some $113 million
dollars over the next 18
months for the ministry's
aggressive housing pro-
gramme. He said the min-
istry has set a goal to build
1,000 homes this year.
"Despite limited
resources, the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation has
done and continues to do
an excellent job, building
some 800 homes in less
than three years. This is
extremely important con-
sidering the fact that no
other governments in the
history of the Bahamas
have been able to gain such
an accomplishment,' he
said.
He lauded the "hard
working employees" at the
Mortgage Corporation and
the Department of Hous-
ing for the completion of a
new set of rental units, the
first to be built in the past
25 years.
These rental units are
provided to help persons
to qualify for government
low cost homes. Rates for a
two bedroom unit are $200
dollars a month, a three
bedroom unit, $300 dollars
a month and a four bed-
room unit at $400 dollars a
month.


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TENDER FOR GSM CONTENT SERVICES

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is seeking suitably
qualified companies to submit tenders to provide the company with GSM
Content Services.

Please note that companies must fully meet all pre-qualification specifications
prior to obtaining the actual tender document.: The pre-qualification
specifications are listed below:

1) Company profile of tenderer (overview of company, company
background, number of years in operation, listing of present and
past clients including contact information).
2) Company must be 100% Bahamian owned.
3) Company ownership (listing of principal/beneficial owners,
directors and operators of company. If a joint venture, specify
participants and terms of joint venture).
4) Full liability insurance of $1, 000,000.00.
5) A copy of valid business license.
6) Copy of National Insurance certificate.
7) Total number of employees.
8) Three written references from persons/businesses for which
similar contracts were successfully completed within the last
three years and the Company must provide references from
current clients utilizing their content services.
9) Bank reference showing financial viability.
10) Copies of financial statements (audited/unaudited) for last three
years of operation.
11) Company must have provided Content services for a period of
3 to 5 years.
12) Company must be able to provide local and international (North
America, Caribbean and the U.K) content.

Pre-qualification items must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked "
PRE-QUALIFICATION INFORMATION FOR GSM CONTENT
SERVICES ", and delivered on or before 4:00 pm. on April 28, 2005 to
the attention of:

Mr. Michael J. Symonette
President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Co. Ltd.
#21 John F. Kennedy Drive
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, The Bahamas
BTC reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.


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Cay developer $ 1m


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE developers of the con-
troversial Great Guana Cay
project have told The Tribune
they estimate it will cost them
almost $1 million to clean up
the former Premier Cruise
Lines site on the island, which
environmentalists have blasted
as "an eyesore" that has dam-
aged the natural surroundings.
Steve Adelson, a partner in
San Francisco-based Discovery
Land Company and vice-presi-
dent of development for the
$175 million Baker's Bay Ocean
& Golf Club, said there was "a
ton of clean-up" work to do at
the site, which was a former
port of call for the 'Big Red
Boat', a cruise ship licensed by
Disney.

Structures
Mr Adelson said that apart
from "dismantling" the former
Disney structures, the clean-up
would also involve cleaning up
leftover electrical boxes and
dump areas.
He added that when the site
was first developed, the dunes
were bulldozed and casuarinas
planted, which had the effect of
creating breeding grounds for
mosquitos.
Discovery Land Company,
Mr Adelson said, planned to
rebuild the dunes, remove the
casuarinas to destroy mosquito
breeding grounds, and replace
the tress with other plants and
natural vegetation.
A environmental report pro-
duced for the Save Guana Cay
Reef Association, the oppo-
nents of Discovery Land Com-
pany's project, described the
former Premier Cruise Lines
site as "an eyesore", where
dredging for the channel
destroyed seagrass beds and fish
habitats. A spoil heap called


Shell Island, covered by non-
native vegetation, had been cre-
ated.
Dr Michael Risk, who wrote
the report for the Save Guana
Cay Reef Association, said: "It
did not have to be this way.......
The unpleasant truth here is
that this situation should be
accepted as a mistake, and a
warning to the Bahamas that
large projects need a large
degree of attention to the
impacts."
Dr Risk labelled "the aban-
doned Disney site" as "a mess".
He added that the Save Great
Cuana Cay Reef Association
had contacted the company in a
bid to get it to clean-up the site,
and said: "Clean-up of this site


has been delayed by the all-too-
typical corporate buck passing.
"It may be that Disney is pro-
tected from direct liability by
intervening corporations.

Corporation
"On the other hand, the site
is referred to as the 'Disney site'
and to a corporation that size,
clean-up costs are small com-
pared to the bad publicity."
To emphasise Discovery
Land Company's environmen-
tal credentials, Mr Adelson said
the Baker's Bay development
was on a far smaller scale than
the project previously proposed
SEE page four


COMMONWEALTH
Bank is aiming to increase its
capital base by $20 million
through issuing two new class-
es of preference shares, a
move that will aid its "future
capital expansion" and help
it "to take advantage of
favourable market conditions
as they occur".
The bank has tabled a res-
olution seeking shareholder
approval for the issuance of
Class H and Class I prefer-
ence shares at its May 18
annual general meeting
(AGM). If approved, Com-
monwealth Bank's authorised
share capital will increase
from its current $69.5 million
to $89.5 million.
According to the bank's
annual report, both the H and
I preference share classes will
consist of 100,000 shares with
a par value of $100 each. Giv-
en that Commonwealth
Bank's ordinary share capital
is an aggregate $4.5 million,
the two preference share
classes would, take its prefer-
ence share capital to $85 mil-
lion.
Commonwealth Bank's
annual report did not reveal
how the company would use
the $20 million raised by issu-
ing the new preference shares,
although it is possible it might
use at least part of the pro-
ceeds to redeem other pref-
erence share classes issued
previously. It is also possible it
might look at converting some
preference shares into ordi-
nary shares, although the for-
mer, option would be more
likely.


N COMNMONWEALTH Bank chairman T.B. Donaldson


Meanwhile, T. B. Donald-
son and William Sands, Com-
monwealth Bank's chairman
and chief executive respec-
tively, said the bank would
also seek shareholder
approval to increase the fees
paid to non-executive direc-
tors to an amount "not
exceeding" $180,000 per
annum.
Total directors fees paid in
2004 totalled $148,000, and
Mr Donaldson and Mr Sands
wrote that the increase was


due to the "greater standard
of attention" required in rela-
tion to meeting corporate gov-
ernance guidelines.
They said: "The Board is of
the opinion that this better
reflects the level of responsi-
bility and liability experienced
by the non-executive direc-
tors."
Larry Gibson, head of
Atlantic Medical's pensions
department in the Bahamas, is
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Alliance and John S

George investment

set the Benchmark

0 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BENCHMARK (Bahamas)
yesterday unveiled a massive
increase in its 2004 full-year
unaudited earnings to $718,941,
compared to $2,439 the year
before, with the company cred-
iting its enhanced performance
to "diversification".
Julian Brown, Benchmark
(Bahamas) president, said in a
statement that the benefits of
the company's decision to diver- E JULIAN BROWN,
sify away from total reliance on Benchmark (Bahamas)
the Bahamian stock market's Bnha
performance was shown by its president.
Alliance Investment Management subsidiary, which saw its
earnings grow by 17 per cent year-on-year to $254,535.
Alliance Investment Management, which provides broker-
SEE page seven


'Multi-million'


spend Biwater's


major 'problem'

E By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BIWATER International's chairman yesterday told The Tri-
bune that the company was "seeking clarification" from the
Supreme Court on whether a Letter of Award it had received
in relation to thd $22 million Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant
contract constituted a "binding agreement".
Adrian White said the company's major "problem" was the
"multi-million" amount it had spent on costs associated with the
bid for the contract, which the Government had eventually
awarded to Cayman Islands-headquartered Consolidated Water.
He alleged that after a Letter of Award, which initially gave
the Blue Hills contract to Biwater International, was annulled
by a Letter of Cancellation, the Government "encouraged us to
carry on working", incurring extra costs.
Biwater International filed an application for a Judicial
Review of the Blue Hills contract award with the Supreme
Court on March 10.

Project
In the first instance, Biwater International is seeking a Court
Order that overturns the Consolidated Water award and instead
hands it the Blue Hills project. Failing that, the UK company
and its Bahamian subsidiary, Biwater Bahamas, "are seeking an
order from the court awarding compensatory and exemplary
damages to them".
Mr White yesterday said the company was "seeking redress
or a compromise with the Government", although it would
prefer the latter solution as it had "no vendetta against the Gov-
ernment".
He added: "The reason we've applied to the Supreme Court
is because we felt we have a binding contract. We are seeking
legal clarification to confirm that. I think our process really is as
simple as that.
"There's definitely nothing vindictive about this, we're just
seeking clarification because, of course, it's cost us a huge
amount of money to undertake the bid, and having embarked
on the contract against the Letter of Award, our costs have been
enormous and our loss of profits from the 20-year contract
SEE page seven


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VACANCIES FOR SEPTEMBER, 2005

TEACHERS

Kingsway Academy invites applicants from qualifie nd experienced
candidates for the following teaching positions at the High School level
(grade 7 through 12).
Information Technology
Auto Mechanics (Grades 10 12) and Woodwork (Grades 7 9)
Physical Education/Track and Field Coach'
Spanish/French (Grades 7 12)
Mathematics/Physics (Grades 10 12)
The successful candidates should have the following:'
An Academic Degree in the area of specialization
A Teaching Certificate
Excellent Communication Skills
A love for children and learning
High standards of morality
A born again and practicing Christian.
Letters of application together with a recent color photograph and detailed
Curriculum Vita (including the names and address of at least three
references, one.being the name of one's church minister) should be
submitted by Monday, May 6th, 2005.
LIBRARIAN/MEDIA CENTRE SUPERVISOR

Experience in Library Science with Learning/Research MediaTechnology
SECURITY GUARD

Kingsway Academy is seeking the service of a trained Security Guard.
Only qualified persons should apply. Deadline for applications is Thursday,
May 12, 2005.
All information for the above positions should be sent to:
Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
Kingsway Academy Business Office
Bernard Road


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For a 900 Acre Land Development Progamme on Rum Cay

Requirements:

B.S./B.A. Business Degree
Minimum of 5 years experience at a senior level in hospitality and/or real estate
finance
Knowledge of debt and equity capital markets related to the international real
estate and/or hospitality sectors, with an ability to access those markets in
support of the Company's business plans
Proven track-record in successful financial modelling and risk analysis
Superior interpersonal communication and presentation skills, both oral and
written
Excellent goal oriented leadership and management skills

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting directly to the CEO and liasing closely with shareholders and
investors in Europe and the US, Key Responsibilities will include, but not be
limited to:

Development of the strategy, target markets and product positioning to maximise
ROI
All business planning for the company including evolving financial modelling
of planned projects activities, subsidiary companies and sale channel returns
The ability to properly evaluate impacts to cash flow and project return and
justification of such plans to shareholders and investors

Personal Attributes

This is a demanding and challenging position which requires a highly
productive, industrious individual to meet critical deadlines. You will be an
established achiever with a proven track record in results orientated and fast
moving culture.

Location

The successful candidate shall be primarily based in Nassau, but will need
to spend a growing amount of time on Rum Cay as the project evolves.
Accommodation shall be provided on Rum Cay.

Contact

Please send cover letter and resumes by email to human
resources@rumcayclub.com. Or by post to: Montana Holdings Ltd. P.O. Box
N-9322, Nassau, Bahamas.

PLEASE NO PHONE CALLS
BAHAMIANS ONLY
The closing date for receipt of applications shall be Wednesday 11th May, 2005.


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to join a small law firm.

Must have a minimum of three (3) years practice
at The Bahamas Bar. Litigation experience would
be an asset. Interested persons may contact telephone
#326-3618 from Monday to Friday from 9am to
5:00pm and provide an application and resume for
consideration. All applications will be treated in
the strictest of confidence.


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FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAS) LIMITED

has a vacancy for the position of
CUSTOMER SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE





PROFILE:

Associate degree
Minimum of 5 (five) Bahamas. General Certificate of
education (BGCSE) with grades "C" or higher, including
Math and English
Computer Skills
Priority will be given to mature & experienced applicants



PERSONAL
QUALITIES:

Good interpersonal communications skills
Excellent work attitude, punctuality and attendance records


Fidelity Bank (Bahamas) Limited offers an excellent remuneration
"and benefits package including performance-based incentives,
medical insurance, life and long tern disability insurances and
pension plan.


Send resume no later than Friday 29th April 2005 to:


Human Resources. Department
Re: Customer Service Representative
Head Office, Cable Beach
P.O. Box N-7502
Nassau
Fax 327.5175

e-mail: info@fidelitybahamas.com


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Diversification of bank's



loan book hit by guidelines


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
COMMONWEALTH Bank


said the diversification of its loan
portfolio has been "adversely
affected" by the lending guidelines
imposed last year by the Central


Bahamian firm is set to

exhibit at STEP conference
INTERNATIONAL Private Banking Systems (IPBS),:.the
Bahamian provider of wealth management software for the trust and
private banking sector, yesterday announced it will exhibit its Trust
Administration and Compliance Management offering at the STEP
Caribbean conference in Miami on 9-11 May.
Trust Administration and Compliance Management was the first
of the IPBS .NET modules to be developed as part of the company's
strategy to move its entire IPBS product offering to this cutting
edge platform.
Damien Wilkenson, the IPBS development manager, said in a
statement: "The Microsoft .NET framework provides a magnificent
business tool for managing the highly complex structures frequent-
ly found in Trusts, Estates and Foundations."
Trusts, in particular, may incorporate a large number of individu-
als or organisations and often complex relationships between these
parties that all contribute to, or fulfill, a role in the Trust mandate.
These roles range from the Trust Settlor at the head, one or more
Trustees that may be people or organizations, Emergency Trustees
that may embody a similar range of people or organisations, Trust
Protectors, and then an entire range of beneficiaries, some of whom
will have varying interests in the Trust or Estate.
An excellent example of the complexity follows. A spouse (or in
some cases spouses) may have a lifetime interest in the income from
the trust and children and other persons may share that interest or be
relegated to and have only an interest in the capital of the trust. It is
said that a picture is better than a thousand words, and .NET has
allowed us to give the end user Trust Administrator a complete
view of the trust hierarchy in a very user friendly, Windows Explor-
er like environment. Using a series of drill downs one can begin at the
top of the trust structure and visually open up not only the many rela-
tionships that have been created, but also the personal or corporate
details of the people or organizations that fulfill these roles. Scanned
documents (e.g. Trust Deed, Last Will and Testament, Trust appoint-
ment), may also be catalogued in these views and opened with a sim-
ple mouse click.

Files
The days of requesting hard copy files from a central filing room
are gone, and the added benefits of such electronic document shar-
ing are that administrators can share such documents not only with-
in the bricks and mortar of the office but also from any other place
in the world with an Internet connection.
Bruce Raine, founder and managing director of IPBS, added:
"The IPBS Trust Administration and Compliance Management
module is a "hand in glove" functional relationship, as modem KYC
/ AML compliance requires that each of the people or entities con-
nected with a Trust or Estate or indeed a Company or Foundation
must be assessed against the organizations client risk criteria.
"It is also crucial to know that these persons or organizations
have a clean bill of health in the world community and we have
partnered with one of the leading watch list providers. World Com-
pliance to offer an integrated in-house solution for monitoring both
clients and related parties on an automated basis. The lack of such
relationship connectivity and systematic data scrubbing recently led
some very large financial institutions to being fined substantial penal-
ties for maintaining a labyrinthine network of trusts and companies
created by the former Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet."
The recent appointment of Kyle Baley, an expert in .NET and ASP
development, has brought additional skilled resources to the IPBS
team and he plays a key role in the program of migrating existing
IPBS users to the .NET platform. The rollout of the entire IPBS
product suite on the .NET platform remains on schedule for gener-
al availability by mid-2005.
Mr Raine said: "We are delighted with the progress of our .NET
strategy team and our clients, across the globe, can now manage
multiple remote user access to their systems confident that their
investment is justified. The .NET technology is perfect for private
banking IT environments and we are delighted to be able to demon-
strate solutions .that make us leaders in the wealth management
software market".






EVERYTHING MUST GO!
Clothing Racks and show cases Sewing Items
Threads Buttons Custom Jewllery
....... and lots more






GRAHAM THOMPSON & CO.



Graham, Thompson & Co., continues to expand
and remains at the cutting edge of complex
commercial transactions within the financial
services, tourism and industrial sectors of The
Bahamas.

We are seeking a talented and ambitious
commercial/corporate lawyer (with 5 to 7 years
post qualification experience) to join our Freeport
Office.

Candidates must possess demonstrated skills and
ability to work independently on varied complex
commercial/corporate transactions within a broad
range of business and industries and expertise in
the area of project development and finance.

Applicants should send detailed resumes to The
Managing Partner as follows:

P.O. Box N-272, Nassau, The Bahamas, or by
facsimile (242) 328-1069 or by email:
info@gtclaw.com.


No telephone calls will be accepted.


Bank of the Bahamas.
Writing in the bank's 2004 annu-
al report, T.B Donaldson and
William Sands, Commonwealth
Bank's chairman and chief execu-
tive respectively, said that despite
the impact of the restrictions, its
mortgage portfolio increased by
17.5 per cent or $16.9 million in
fiscal 2004.

Increase
Meanwhile, Commonwealth
Bank "faces challenges in control-
ling costs", as evidenced by the
fact its bank licence fees for 2005
will increase by 60 per cent, along
with "an unspecified increase in
insurance premiums".
Staffing levels increased from
427 at year-end 2003 to 440 a year
later to meet the bank's "business
expansion", with increases in ben-
efits expenses such as group insur-
ances and pension costs, rising by
$2 million or 10.4 per cent in 2004.
While total impaired loans as a


percentage of total loans fell from
5 per cent to 3.3 per cent at year-
end 2004, changes in accounting
treatments increased Common-
wealth Bank's impaired loans by
$5.2 million.
The bank's year-end provision
for losses was $13.4 million, repre-
senting 67.85 per cent of impaired
loans and 2.33 per cent of total
loans. The latter percentage was
down, from 2.91 per cent in 2003.
Total provisions included an
increase in the general provision
for accounts in Grand Bahama and
Abaco, totalling $11 million. Half
this total was related to the closed
Royal Oasis Crowne Plaza & Golf
Resort in Freeport, which "will be
monitored closely in 2005".
THE Baha Mar Development
Company's purchases of the Gov-
ernment-owned Radisson Cable
Beach hotel and Philip Ruffin's
properties will be closed on May 4
and May 6 respectively, sources
have told The Tribune.


RENT





* 686 4,340 sq.ft. retail & office spaces
Excellent retail and professional location.
* Modern building with spectacular views.
* Full standby generator.
* Security services.


One Sandyport Plaza
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel. 242-393-8618
www.bahamasrealty.bs
www.cbrichardellis.com



BAHAMAS REALTY LTD
COMMERCIAL


CBRE
CB RICHARD ELLIS
NAVIGATING A NEW WORLD


private equity t ipanager


SG Hambros, part of the Societd Ge ndrale Group, is a private
bank providing a comprehensive wealth management service,
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a Trust Relationship
Manager. Your primary role will be to manage a team of
fiduciary services professionals, supervise the team's overall
servicing of a portfolio of accounts that includes mainly trusts
and companies.
You must also ensure there is consistently a high level of
quality in the delivery of service to clients; ensure that the
management of accounts meets all required internal and
external compliance and administrative standards and ensure
that the Bank is properly compensated for services rendered.
You will also be responsible for identifying cross-selling
opportunities and manage the process of expanding the
portfolio of existing clients, provide a high level of expertise in
the administration of trusts, companies and other ancillary
products, identifying and preparing account documentation as
necessary.


Yo mu st ,lthe AQlor S.T-P certific tion or equivalent
qualtfi,; .t!?4 nd hav.zR t&O yars tust ecpience of which
at least five must be in a managerial capacity. You should also
have strong communication and PC skills; knowledge of legal,
regulatory and industry requirements and be a team player.
The position offers, in addition to the salary, a benefits package
including group insurances, pension and a discretionary bonus
scheme...-
Applications should be submitted to the following address, to
arrive on or before 4 May 2005:
Head of Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789
Nassau
Bahamas


www.sghambros.com


NOTE:
ANY CORRESPONDENCE TO BE SENT VIA FAX IN CONNECTION WITH THESE ADVERTISEMENTS SHOULD BE
SENT VIA FAX NO. (242) 302-5050





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Pricing Information As Of!
20 April 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Todays Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div PE Yield
1.20 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.219 0.000 NIM 0.00%
8.40 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.00 8.00 0.00 3.000 1.328 0.320 6.0 4.00%
6.26 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.26 6.26 0.00 0.152 0.330 11.5 5.27%
0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 -0.057 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.45 1.45 0.00 0.101 0.000 14.4 0.00%
1.04 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.04 1.04 0.00 0.007 0.040 14.1 3.85%
8.31 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.31 8.31 0.00 2,000 0.556 0.240 14.9 2.89%
2.20 1.52 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
8.35 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.35 8.35 0.00 0.632 0.390 12.9 4.67%
1.64 0.36 Doctor's Hospital 1.51 1.64 0.13 1,100 0.258 0.000 6.4 0.00%
4.02 3.13 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.230 9.9 5.72%
10.40 8.39 Finco 10.40 10.40 0.00 0.662 0.490 15.7 4.71%
7.75 6.54 FirstCaribbean 7.75 7.75 0.00 0.591 0.330 13.1 4.26%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.35 8.35 0.00 0.710 0.500 11.7 5.99%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.38 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.6 4.26%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.785 0.550 10.5 6.81%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.06 5.88 -0.18 0.201 0.000 30.1 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.979 0.350 5.1 3.50%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div S PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2164 1.1609 Colina Money Market Fund 1.216402"
2.2268 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.2268 ***
10.3112 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3112*****
2.2214 2.0941 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.221401**
1.0931 1.0320 Colina Bond Fund 1.093141***.

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit4
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported eamings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/IM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX- The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
* AS AT MAR. 31, 2005 *** AS AT FEB. 28, 20055/..- AS AT FEB. 28. 2005
S- AS AT MAR. 24. 2005/*- AS AT MAR. 31, 2005/1** AS AT MAR. 31, 2005


BAHAMAS DENTAL COUNCIL
P.O. Box N-3345
Nassau, Bahamas



NOTICE



The Bahamas Dental Council wishes to notify the
persons who are now or are planning to study
dentistry, that as of January 2005, graduates of
all "Dental Schools" will have to possess proof of
passing a Dental Board Examination approved by
the Bahamas Dental Council in order to be eligible
for full, temporary, provisional or special
registration. Further information can be obtained
from the office of the Bahamas Dental Council,
P.O. Box N-3345, Nassau, Bahamas.


Signed
Dr. Anthony Davis
Registrar
Bahamas Dental Council


BUSINESS









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Bank aims to


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A VDEAUS
INSURANCE BROKER Co. Ltd.


To All Our Valuable Clients,


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Culmer is no longer an employee of Andeaus
Insurance Broker Company Limited. Ms. Culmer
is not authorized to conduct any business for the
company. Please contact the office at 323-4545
for services. Thank you for your continued
patronage.


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FROM page one

the only newcomer (he was on
the Board before) standing for
election to Commonwealth
Bank's Board of Directors at
the AGM.
As the only one without
any shares in the bank, Mr
Gibson will bolster its non-
executive directors, and he
has an intimate knowledge
of the company's business
from his time as a principal


private equity ars rces


SG Hambros, part of the Socidtd Gendrale Group, is a private
bank providing a comprehensive wealth management service.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a Human Resources
Manager to ensure the effective management of the HR
Department on a daily basis and to effectively manage the
recruitment, development and retention of good quality
employees throughout the organization.
Key responsibilities for this role are:
0 Recruitment of good quality employees
" Coordination of employee secondments to/from the
Bahamas
a Contributing to the development and maintenance of a
competitive compensation and benefits plan for
employees (including Group Insurances, Pension, etc) both
internally and externally making recommendations to the
management team for changes as necessary
" Actively contributing to the development/
implementation/revision of HR policies and procedures
a Coordination of the company's training initiatives


a Coordination of the annual performance and
compensation process
" Providing guidance for HR staff
" Generally ensuring the efficient day-to-day running of the
HR Department
You must hold a Bachelor's degree in Human Resources
Development /Management or other equivalent relevant
qualifications, have strong PC skills and a minimum of 5 years
experience in a similar function.
The position offers, in addition to the salary, a benefits package
including group insurances, pension and a discretionary bonus
scheme.
Applications should be submitted to the following address, to
arrive on or before 4 May 2005:
Head of Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789
Nassau
Bahamas www.sghambros.com


NOTE:
ANY CORRESPONDENCE TO BE SENT VIA FAX IN CONNECTION WITH THESE ADVERTISEMENTS SHOULD BE
SENT VIA FAX NO. (242) 302-5050
*


at Colina Financial Advisors,
the financial advisor and reg-
istrar and transfer agent for
Commonwealth Bank.
Mr Donaldson and Mr
Sands said Commonwealth
Bank was "actively pursu-
ing" a new branch location
in southern New Providence
to take advantage of the
area's rapid growth. It was
also "reviewing" possible
Family Island branch loca-
tions, although the focus
remained on New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama.
The duo added that Com-
monwealth Bank was plan-
ning to expand its web site
from its current MasterCard
facilities to incorporate
banking transactions and
inquiries by the end of the
2005 second quarter. Sun-
Card transactions are tar-
geted for the 2005 third
quarter.
Mr Donaldson and Mr
Sands wrote: "The Internet
banking project is only part
of our ambitious Informa-
tion Technology programme.
"We are now entering the
second year of the pro-
gramme, having successful-
ly upgraded our main bank-
ing software, changed our
front teller system, pro-
gressed with our SunCard
POS systems and started our
loan platform implementa-
tions."

Statements
They added that for the
first time, Commonwealth
Bank had introduced a Man-
agement Statement of
Responsibility for the com-
pany's financial statements,
as part of a strategy to fur-
ther improve "disclosure
practices" and corporate
governance.
"Commonwealth Bank has
always been proud to lead
the Bahamian standards of
accountability to our share-
holders. We believe that as
the largest Bahamian public
company we should be in the
forefront of setting standards
of reporting and confirma-
tion of how the bank carries
out its activities in a prudent
and sound manner," Mr
Donaldson and Mr Sands
said.
The Board of Directors
had separated out oversight
responsibility for Common-
wealth Bank's Information
Technology into a new sub-
committee, charged solely
with overseeing IT invest-
ment and its use in product
development.
To further enhance corpo-
rate governance, Common-
wealth Bank's annual report
outlined Board accountabil-
ities and responsibilities in
its Charter of Expectations,
and provided reports on the
activities of the Board's sub-
committees.


Way, Mr Adelson said Dis-
covery Land Company was
prepared to finance and build
a mile-and-a-half long road
connecting the Baker's Bay
project with existing residen-
tial properties.
"They say we're excluding,
but we're willing to put that
in," Mr Adelson said.
"We've made available
infrastructure to be expand-
ed so if the residents want to
tie into our water and sewer-
age system, they can do that."
The solid waste facilities at
Baker's Bay were also includ-
ed in the Heads of Agreement
following consultation with
local stakeholders, Mr Adel-
son said.
Discovery Land Company
was also financing a new fire
pumper truck for Great Gua-
na Cay to replace the existing
one that was considered to be
too small, with the developer
responsible for constructing a
4,000 sq ft community centre
that would contain facilities
for the fire, police and cus-
toms services, a clinic and
classroom facilities.
The Baker's Bay developers
were also paying to set up and
fund the Foundation created
on 66 leased acres of govern-
ment land, a project which
would also involve the
Bahamas National Trust, Uni-
versity of Miami Marine Sci-
ence School and the College
of Bahamas.
The developers, Mr Adel-
son said, would cover costs
incurred by the Foundation
until the Baker's Bay Home-
owners Association was well-
established enough to finance
it as part of the homeowners'
fees.
Discovery Land Company
was this week holding meet-
ings with the Bahamian Con-
tractors Association (BCA)
and Bahamas Golf Founda-
tion, the latter with a view to
creating a junior golf pro-
gramme at the Baker's Bay
Golf Course.


POSITION AVAILABLE
LAKEVIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS & MAUSOLEUM

Requires: Customer Care Representative

Qualifications:

The successful candidate should have at
least three (3) years experience in customer
service and sales.
Must have good written and oral
communication skills
Must possess good leadership and
interpersonal skills
Must be self-motivated and energetic

Attractive benefits package.
Please send resume to:

Lakeview Memorial Gardens & Mausoleum
P.O.Box CB 13773
Nassau, Bahamas
or
Fax: 323-7329


Abaco Markets Limited
the leading food distribution company
is looking for a

Junior Accountant


to join our corporate team

Requirements:
Bachelors degree in accounting or finance;
At least 2 years of relevant experience;
Excellent PC skills;
Must be willing to travel.

Duties:
S General support for all areas with the Accounting
Department;
Preparation of month end journal entries, account
reconciliations,
expense report processing, and date entry;
Assisting with budget preparation and special
projects, as assigned.

To apply for this position, please e-mail your detailed
resume and cover letter to hr@abacomarkets.com or
fax to 356-7855.


FROM page one
for that land by former owner,
Ludwig Meister.
That plan, Mr Adelson said,
had called for the creation of
an airstrip on Great Guana
Cay and for a house to be
built for every half acre.
However, Baker's Bay
Ocean & Golf Club would
involve 400 residences on 585
acres a ratio of almost one
property to an acre and a half
- no airstrip, the preservation
of Joe's Creek and its fishing
grounds, the transfer of the
beach park from the Atlantic
to the Abaco shore side, and a
minimum 30-foot setback
from the shoreline for resi-
dential structures.
No docks would be permit-
ted for individual residences,
with all boats and yachts'hav-
ing to be moored at the devel-
opment's marina, which has
been reduced from the
planned 240 slips to 180 slips.
Mr Adelson disputed the
Save Great Guana Cay Reef
Association's assertion that
the Baker's Bay marina would
be the largest in the Bahamas,
pointing out that in terms of
size it would only cover 33
acres, compared to the 50
acres at Boat Harbour in the
Abacos.
The marina, Mr Adelson
promised, would be built to
Blue Flag standards and "built
with flushing standards that
meet or exceed the highest
flushing standards in the
world". He added that Dis-
covery Land Company was
"the first" to go for the Blue
Flag criteria "from the start".
Discovery Land Company
was also spending $500,000 to
construct a logistics dock, so
that its staff could go straight
to the Baker's Bay project
rather than "tax any services"
in Great Guana Cay's exist-
ing settlements by having to
move through there.
And if the Government was
able to sort out the Rights of


BUSINESS


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s eo eMILLARS HEIGHTS
SUBDIVISION
Lot #12 Block #3, a sixteen
year old, single story triplex
with floor area of 2,378 sq.
ft., each apartment consist
of 2 bed, 1 bath, living, dining
area and kitchen. Lot size is
7,500 sq. ft. 75 x 100.


Appraisal: $268,411.00

Heading west on Carmichael
Road, enter West Ave., on the southside immediately after Topps Laundermat. Take
first right which is Wimpole St, go around curve on left which is London Ave., travelsouth
on London Ave., property is 2nd to last building on the right before T, Junction (High
street) L shape triplex, painted green, trimmed white.

Subject property TROPICAL GARDENS
N (Nassau)
Sw Lot #3 a four year old single
story house with floor area
of 1,340 sq. ft., and
consisting of 3 bedrooms, 2
bathrooms, living room,
dining room, tv room and
kitchen. Lot size is 7,200 sq.
ft., wide in front, and 98 ft
wide at the back, 84 ft Iong
at the north and 80 ft long
at the south.

Appraisal: $189.963.90
Traveling west on John F Kennedy drive, pass the second entrance into the airport,
the first right after Esso's Division Office which is Tropical Gardens Road, then first
right which is Kiskadee Drive, then first corner on the left, property is thrid house
through on the right.


MARSHALL ROAD
(Nassau)

SLot.#54, land size 42,130 sq. ft. with
a masonry building with eight inch
,concrete block Walls. The front 2 units
'd-z-7-are 95% complete.
Appraisal: $269,044.65
Heading west on Blue Hill Road, go
pass the intersection of Cowpen and
Blue Hill Road, turn right onto Marshall
Road (Adventure Learning Center
Road), follow road to the final curve
before the beach. The subject property is about 100 feet on the right side, grey trimmed
white with unfinished building attached.


FRELIA SUBDIVISION
(Nassau)
Lot #24, Land size 6,724 sq. ft. living
area 1,223 sq. ft. consisting of 4 year
old three bed, two bath, living, dining,
kitchen and utility room.
Appraisal: $158,670.75
.. .. Driving west on Carmichael Road until
you arrive at road by More FM,
continue driving north thru a series of
curves in the road until you arrive to
the double post sign on the right hand side of the road turn right, house is 5th on right
white trim yellow. Subject property is flat and slightly below the level of the roadway.-
This is a single family residential zoning. The building is about 4 years old, with remedial
work required.



DUNDAS TOWN
(Abaco)
2 storey, 4 bed, 2 bath on
1/2 acre lot no. 25, living
room, dining room, family
room, kitchen downstairs,
upstairs there are 4
bedrooms and 2
bathrooms.Age is 16 years,
color is yellow trimmed with
white, upperlevel 1,080 sq.
ft., lower level, 1080 sq. ft.,
garage 420 sq. ft., covered
verahandahs 390 sq. ft., the
land is portion'W of pne of
the Dundas Town Crown Allotment parcels situated near Forest Drive being just under
half acre insize Located on the southern side of a ridge being 12 feet plus above sea
level with little likelihood of flooding grounds well kept with above average landscaping
including grass cover with palms and citrus trees. Enclosed on 3 sides with a 6 ft.,
metal fences and ficus trees at the fron. 30 ft., by 36 ft., roof garage now used as a
nursery school. At the upper level on the eastern side is covered wooden verandah
6 ft, x 30 ft. interior walls concrete, ceiling of sheet rock and floor of ceremic tiles.
Appraisal: $267,987.91

SPINEWOOD GARDENS
(Nassau)
Lot #1906, Maple Street contains a 19
ftIyr. old single story house with floor space
of 1,532 sq. ft. Consisting of four.
Y .bedrooms, one bathroom, living and
dining area, tv room, kitchen and utility
room. Land size 5,000 sq. ft., 50 x 100.
Single family zoning. The property is on
flat land and ground neatly maintained
with minimal landscaping in place.

Appraisal: $159,919.20
Travel south on East Street until you get to Bamboo Blvd., where South Beach Police Station
is on the corner, travel east on Bamboo Blvd.,- and take the third corner 6n the right then a left
at the fifth corner subject is the sixth house on the left yellow trimmed white.


BOILING HOLE
(Eleuthera)
Lot #7, Boiling Hole
Subdivision, Governor's
Harbour, Eleuthera, contains
a single structure duplex, lot
size 80x125, 10,000 sq. ft.
building size 55 x 27 sq. ft.,
apartment building consists
of two units, two bedrooms,
one bath, kitchen, dinning
and living room.


Appraisal: $113,338.57


MURPHY TOWN
(Abaco)
Lot #78, crown allotment,
single story concrete building
which serves as a duplex
apartment complex 2 unit,
each with 2 bedrooms,
bathroom, living, dining room
and kitchen areas. The
building has a total floor area
of approximately 1,800 sq:
ft., land size 11,232 sq. ft.,


Appraisal: $187,257.42


NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA), Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal Investment Ltd., this is a single family
zoning and 50 ft., above sea level. This site encompasses a foundation with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry fill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The
foundation is 2,511 sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot is vacant and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean. Appraisal: $46,167.18

BAHAMA CORAL ISLAND (ABACO), Lot #1, Block A, on Central Abaco. This property is vacant and is approximately 9,100 sq. ft. This propertyis elevated and should not flood under normal
conditions. The property is in the southwestern portion of the Bahama Coral, ral al Island and bounded northwesterly by. 60 ft. Wide Road. Appraisal: $8,647.80

BAHAMA SOUND (EXUMA), Lot #7088 situated in Bahama Sound, Exuma section 10 East. Great Exuma approximately 10.5 miles westof GeorgeTown lot is square in shape on elevation of
approximately 15 ft., above sea level contains 10,000 sq. ft., No adverse site conditions noted. This property is single family residence. Property is located on the northwestern side of the
Queen's Highway, about 10.5 miles northwest of George Town. Appraisal: $27,562.50. : :
NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA) Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settlerrive and South by Deal nvestment Ltd., this is a single family
zoning and 50 ft., above sea level. This site encompasses a foundation with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarryfill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The
foundation is 2,511 sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot iS vacant ad a hill oerioking the Atlantic Ocean. Appraisal: $43,968.75

EARLY SETTLERS DRIVE (ELEUTHERA) Lot #7 Early Settlers Drive, North Eleuthera Heights, size 11,200 sq. ft., contains incomplete 3 bed, 2.5 bath, living room, dining room, kitchen and
tv room. Appraisal: $148,802.22

MURPHY TOWN (ABACO) Lot #78B vacant land, the property has average surface drainage and is not suseptible to flooding under normal conditions. Land size 104 x 78 approximately 11,277
sq. ft. Estimated Value: $18,649.33


LOWE SOUND (ANDROS) All that parcel of lot of land located next door to the New Mt Freedom Baptist Church or approximately five miles from the administrative complex approximately
5,000 sq. ft., and rectangular in shape with a 3 bed, 1 bathroom wooden residence. Appraisal: $52,258.50

FLAMINGO BAY SECTION 3 (EXUMA) Lot #102, Palm Hill situated inland in the Flamingo Bay development. It is Hillside Residential and has 150 ft., footage on Hill Road and contains 10,
438 sq. ft., in area. This property is undeveloped. The subject property is about one mile south of the George Town township. Appraisal: $33,075.00

BAHAMA SOUND (EXUMA) Lots 12571 & 12572 Bahama Sound of Exuma No. 10 underveloped residenial lots located near the Forest and Mt Thompson on Utopia Drive. 80 feet frontage
and depth of 125 ft 10,000 sq. ft., in area each there is no service in the area. The road is gravel George Town 10 miles away. Appraisal: $26,250.00 EACH-

BAHAMA SOUND NO. 18 (EXUMA) Lot No. 17861 Bahama Sound of Exuma No. 18 a subdivision situate approximately 2.5 miles north westwardly of George Town. The property is zoned
residential and is level. Electricity, paved roads, water, telephone lines and cable tv services are available along Queen's Highway. Water is also available from dug wells but city supply is available.
The propert is undeveloped. Land size 82.10 x 122.11 x 82.10 x 121.0 Estimated Value: $33,075.00





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Damianos Realt



worker is the first


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tion (BREA).
The award, created to hon-
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tors who have made major con-
tributions to the industry, was
presented to 60-year veteran
Alphonso 'Al' Deleveaux.
Mr Deleveaux was employed
as Nicholas Damianos Snr's
'right-hand man' when Dami-
anos Realty was founded in
1945, and has been with the
company ever since.
He specialises in large and
small, developed and undevel-


Year

oped, land and residential
properties.
BREA was founded in 1959
and has licensed more than 400
qualified individuals as brokers,
salesmen, appraisers and devel-
opers.
MR DELEVEAUX is
pictured (right) with Dami-
anos Realty's Virginia Dami-
anos-Premock


WINNING BAY
Aflt.O. CtAHAMAO,
REAL ESTATE SALES REPRESENTATIVE

The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a spectacular 520 acre
International Members Golf & Sporting Estate on Abaco, is
seeking a senior-level REAL ESTATE SALES
REPRESENTATIVE. Candidates must have a minimum of
2 years sales experience with a track record of success. Real
estate license is preferred but not required. Successful candidate
must have exceptional communication skills, both verbal and
written. Must be personable, professional and willing to
commute or relocate to Abaco. The Abaco Club's estate lots
range from $1.5 million to over $4 million. A handsome
commission package is offered. Please email cover letter and
resume to info@theabacoclub.com or fax to 242-367-2930,
Attn.: Sales & Marketing.





BOAT FOR SALE


The "Majestad 1" has an open deck Defender Hull of fiberglass
construction with a 2nd deck affixed to accommodate passengers,
which also houses the pilot arrangements. Hull is in excellent
condition and all equipment onboard is in good working condition.
Principal Dimensions


Length Overall:
Breadth:
Engine:


61.0 feet
18.0 feet
(2) Detroit Diesel 12V71 recently rebuilt


Vessel has five compartments w/ five bilge pumps equipped
with 1 inch discharge hoses and a capacity 2,000gph.

PHONE 363-7163
SERIOUS ENQUIRIES ONLY!





WANTED
Administrative Assistant

A leading pharmaceutical company
seeks to identify an ambitious and
dynamic individual for the position of
administrative assistant. Interested
persons should possess:

Diploma from a recognized secretarial
institution
Strong communication skills (written
and verbal)
Thorough working knowledge of
Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint
Good organizational skills and the
ability to meet deadlines
Minimum of two years experience in a
similar position

Salary is negotiable according to
qualifications and experience.
Please submit application and
resume, by April 29, 2005.

ADMINISTRATIVE
ASSISTANT
Lowe's Wholesale Drug Agencies Ltd
P.O. Box N-7504
Soldier Road
Nassau, Bahamas


"Extreme Satisfaction Guaranteed with Every Clean"
Gift Certificate Available
SPECIALIZING IN:


Tile & Grout Cleaning $50.00 per room Carpet Cleaning $25.00 per room
Daily Commercial Janitorial Care Upholstery Cleaning Window Cleaning
$3.50 per window
All of the above are starting prices!!!


SPECIALITY SERVICE:
Before and After Party Cleanup
We will beat all commercial contracts by 15% between now andApri
3 3 2


'130th 2005


WE WILL BE


CLOSED!


Thursday, April 21
Friday, April 22
Saturday, April 23





We regret any inconvenience this will
cause to our customers.


Taylor Industries Ltd.
111 Shirley Street
Tel: 322-8941 Fax:328-0453



RCS HARP& OM E

Professional Sales Representative

As part of a leading research-driven pharmaceutical products
and services company, we market a broad range of
innovative products to improve human health.
Currently we are searching for qualified candidates to fill
a Professional Sales Representative position open in the
Bahamas territory. This position is responsible for
implementing sales and marketing programs in their
assigned territory with the objective of increasing sales
and market share.
Minimum Requirements:
Bachelor's Degree, MBA or equivalent college degree
Previous medical sales representative experience preferred.
Available and willingness to travel
Excellent oral and written communication in English
language
Knowledge of PC applications
Valid and active driver's license
Demonstrated interpersonal and presentation skills.
We strive to create a working environment that rewards
commitment and performance. As such we offer an excellent
compensation and benefit package.
Qualified candidates may fax or send resumes, with salary
history to:
PSR MSD
att: Mr S. Van Er
Lowe's Wholesale Drug Agency
Soldier Road
P.O. Box N-7504
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 1 242-393-1527
We are an equal opportunity employer. We take affirmative
action to consider applicants without regards of race, color,
sex, religion, national origin, Vietnam Era and/or Disabled
Veteran Status or individuals with disabilities.


Broker of the


A DAMIANOS Realty
Company employee has won
the first-ever Broker of the
Year Awards presented by the


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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2005, PAGE 7B


Alliance and John S George


FROM page one

age and investment services to
offshore clients, saw its contri-
bution to Benchmark
(Bahamas) earnings increase to
35 per cent of the total in the
year to December 31, 2004.
Mr Brown said all Bench-
mark (Bahamas) operating
units produced net income in
2004, with Benchmark Advi-
sors, the broker and invest-
ment adviser targeted, at
domestic Bahamian clients,
generating $11,190 and Bench-
mark, the closed-end mutual
fund, producing $453,218.
The fund's investment in
John S George Holdings, the
holding firm that acquired the
retailer of the same name in a
consortium-driven leveraged
buyout, generated 64 per cent
or $289,180 of Benchmark
(Bahamas) 2004 earnings.
Mr Brown said the net earn-
ings on the investment in John
S George Holdings was due to
negative goodwill of $379,02.
Meanwhile, the net move-
ment in the unrealised appre-
ciation of Benchmark's invest-
ment portfolio was 56 per cent
or $254,682.
Mr Brown told The Tribune
that this trend was likely to
continue in 2005, as equities
listed on the Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
(BISX) had generally appre-
ciated in value.
He said: "The local market
has picked up well in the first
quarter and is looking a lot
better this year than it did for
the last four, so hopefully
there will be more opportuni-
ties out there."
Benchmark (Bahamas) deci-
sion to diversify away from
total reliance on its mutual
fund model following the 2000
initial public offering (IPO)
had been prompted by the
illiquidity and low investor
confidence impacting BISX
stocks.
Mr Brown added that the
$1.48 million provision for


"doubtful debts" that Bench-
mark (Bahamas) had to take
in 2003, which badly impact-
ed its bottom line and balance
sheet for that year, would not
affect 2004's figures as full


provisions had been taken last
year.
The $1.48 million provision,
which had prompted concerns
on the company's timely dis-
closures to investors, related


'Multi-million' spend

FROM page one

becomes very substantial indeed."
Biwater International is being represented by attorney
Maurice Glinton, and has filed papers seeking an injunction
from the Supreme Court in addition to the Judicial Review.
The Blue Hills reverse osmosis plant was seen as vital to
eliminating New Providence's water problems and the reliance
on water being barged to this island from Andros. The Water
& Sewerage Corporation admitted that the water shortage
experienced earlier this year was the worst in its 28-year his-
tory, and the new reverse osmosis plant was seen as crucial to
ensuring such experiences never occurred again.
And apart from delaying construction work at Blue Hills,
the Biwater International legal action has also delayed at
least temporarily Consolidated Water's $10 million Bahami-
an Depository Receipt (BDR) offering to retail and institu-
tional investors in this nation. The proceeds from the BDR
offering will be used to finance construction of the reverse
osmosis plant.
The BDR issue is being handled, by Fidelity Capital Mar-
kets; a division of Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust. Apart
from the BDR issue, as Consolidated Water's financial advis-
er and placement agent, Fidelity is arranging a further $12 mil-
lion in bank debt and bond financing to complete the Blue
Hills plant's funding arrangements.
Fidelity is "also exploring the feasibility of refinancing
some or all" of Consolidated Water's existing bank debt.
For its work, Fidelity will receive a placement fee in cash
equal to 3 per cent of the aggregate amount of BDRs sold, and
0.5 per cent of the aggregate amount of bank debt obtained.
The bond financing terms are still being negotiated.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby.advised that I, ANWAR BULLARD,
of, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to
ANWAR SHURLAND If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box N-742,
Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the
date of publication of this notice.


to pending litigation involving
Alliance Investment Manage-
ment in relation to a client
account "margined by securi-
ties" that are the subject of
legal action.
The issuer of the securities
had cancelled their trading,
claiming they were held as col-
lateral on loans that had been
advanced to them by the
Alliance client, who had no
right to trade them.
Mr Brown yesterday
described the matter as "still
pending" in the US Federal
Court, but added that the
company was involved in
mediation talks with the other
party that had begun on
March 18.
He was confident that "we'll
settle before there's a trial".
Mr Brown said: "We've had
two offers from them to set-
tle it, but we've refused."
Benchmark (Bahamas)
earnings per share (EPS) for
fiscal 2004 were $0.14, while
its book value was $0.88 per
share. Consolidated net assets
stood at $4.347 million.


Middle Income Home, Suffolk Unit 2, Block #51, Lot #2,
3 bed, 2.5 bath, central air, fully landscape, washer & dryer.


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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)

CARVAELS CAPTIAL MANAGEMENT LTD.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137(8)
of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
the Dissolution of CARVELS CAPITAL MANAGEMENT
LTD. has been completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Register. The date of completion of the dissolution was 11th
day of April, 2005.



Alrena Moxey
Liquidator


Investment Opportunity

MUST SELL
Lot No. "K", containing 6,750 sq. ft., St. Vincent Close Subdivision situate on the southern side of
St. Vincent Road, about one mile west of Blue Hill Road, comprising a triplex apartment and a two-
storey apartment block.











For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Work Out Unit
at: 356-1686, 356-1685 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Work Out Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
to reach.us before May 20, 2005
Financing available for the qualified purchaser
Serious enquiries only!!!


28ft Bertram, twin 260hp Mercruisers, dual steering, gel coated just under a
year ago inside and outside, clean and pristine, sleeps 4 persons, engines in
good running condition, one owner, kept at a private dock, extras new awnings,
shore line, ropes, a/c syncronizer, microwave, refrigerator, T/V, hand held VHF
Radio.
Reduced for Quick Sale $39,995.00
Sold to the first customer at the above published price, summer is approaching
fast and there is one (1) nice boat at this good price (check out the other published
prices) in this publication, so hurry and take advantage of this once in a lifetime
deal, and have a great summer; call 359-2175 or 393-3646, be the first to call
at this special price.


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NOTICE -C ".


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NOTICE is hereby given that SHERWIN MCPHEE OF
FELTONDALE FOX HILL, 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 14TH day of APRIL, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

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

COMPLEXITY INVESTMENTS INC.

In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 of
the Bahamas International Business Companies Act, (No.45 of
2000), COMPLEXITY INVESTMENTS INC. is in dissolution.
Juan Reboratti is the Liquidator and can be contacted at Parera
15 7...B 1014 Capital Federal Argentina. All persons having
claims against the above-named company are required to send
their names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to
the Liquidator befor May 18, 2005.



Juan Francisco Reboratti Av Callao 075 Piso 9 1024 Capital Federal Argentina





Junior Network Engineer


A local networking consulting firm seeks highly
energetic, motivated and qualified Junior Network
Engineer, with the right attitude towards customer
service.

The ideal candidate should have a minimum of two
years experience in the IT field.

Responsibilities/Skills:

Working knowledge of Windows 2000
Professional & Server Environments
Install new PCs including loading software and
configuring network settings
Upgrade PCs hardware and operating systems
Provide basic level support of personal computer
hardware, software and operating systems
Must have good PC troubleshooting skills
Previous PC support experience is required
Excellent interpersonal skills
Ability to work in a team environment
Self-motivated
Requires A+, MCP or better.

Customer service will be a key focus of the successful
candidate.

Interested applicants please e-mail resumes to
itbahamas@hotmail.com at latest by April 30th,
2005.


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LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 of
the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000),
SHARP EYE SPORTSWEAR INC. is in dissolution, Bernard
Hoss is the Liquidator and can be contacted at 16, rue de la
Pdlisserie, 1204 Geneva, Switzerland. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send their
names addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before May 30th, 2005.






NWT Directors Limited



Legal Notice

NOTICE


ONSLOW MANAGEMENT LTD.



Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 137(8) of the International Business
Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of ONSLOW
MANAGEMENT LTD., has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the Register.




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


private equity


SG Hambros, part of the Socidtd G6ndrale Group, is a private
bank providing a comprehensive wealth management
service.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit or to engage an
independent contractor to provide consultancy services as
a Business Analyst on a major system implementation
project. Reporting to the Project Manager the role will
include documenting current business processes, mapping
processes to the new system, in-depth testing, writing new
business procedures and training staff.
You must have a good understanding of the whole project
lifecycle and have strong organisational and planning skills
as well as being innovative and capable of working
independently. You should have a degree in business
administration or similar equivalent qualifications.
You will have had previous business analysis experience
gained from one or more system implementation projects


as well as at least 2 years practical experience of banking
and/or securities operations departments.
Analytical and excellent written and oral communication
skills as well as advanced PC software knowledge are
essential.
The position offers terms commensurate with a consultancy
of limited and fixed duration, in line with the project time
frame.
Applications should be submitted to the following address,
to arrive on or before 4 May 2005:
Head of Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789
Nassau
Bahamas
www.sghambros.com


NOTE:
ANY CORRESPONDENCE TO BE SENT VIA FAX IN CONNECTION WITH THESE ADVERTISEMENTS SHOULD BE
SENT VIA FAX NO. (242) 302-5050


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

2004/CLE/qui/01568

IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land being Numbered Lot No. 511 situate in
the Subdivision called and known as "Garden Hills
Estates Number 2" situate on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas which said piece parcel or lot of
land is bound on the North by Lot Number 512 now
or formerly the property of Eurina Beneby and running
thereon One hundred and Thirteen and Nine
hundredths (113.09) feet on the East by Lady Slipper
Avenue and running thereon Thirty-two and Eighty-
nine hundredths (32.89) feet ending clockwise in a
curve for Forty-four and Eighty-four hundredths
(44.89) feet to point number 12 on the South by
Alocasia Avenue and running thereon Eighty-five
: and Twelve hundredths (85.12) feet and on the West
by Lot Number,543 now or formerly the property of
Reno Williams and running thereon Fifty-five and
Seventy-one hundredths (55.71) feet which said piece
parcel or lot of land has such positions shapes
boundaries marks and dimensions as are shown on
a plan filed herein and thereon coloured pink.

AND IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting Titles
Act, 1959

AND IN THE MATTER OF The Petition of Edward
Rolle and Carolyn Rolle

NOTICE

The Quieting Titles Act 1959

The Petition of Edward and Carolyn Rolle of Nassau,
Bahamas: ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being
Numbered Lot No. 511 situate in the Subdivision called and
known as "Garden Hills Estates Number 2" situate on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas which said piece parcel or
lot of land is bounded on the North by Lot Number 512 now
or formerly the property of Eurina Beneby and running thereon
One hundred and Thirteen and Nine hundredths (113.09) feet
on the East by Lady Slipper Avenue and running Thirty-two
and Eighty-nine hundredths (32.89) feet ending clockwise in
a curve for Forty-four and Eighty-four hundredths (44.89) feet
to point number 12 on the South by Alocasia Avenue and
running thereon Eighty-five and Twelve hundredths (85.12)
feet and on the West by Lots Number 543 now or formerly
the property of Reno Williams and running thereon fifty-five
and Seventy-one hundredths (55.71) feet.
Edward and Carolyn Rolle claim to be the owners of
the fee simple estate in possession of the tract of land
hereinbefore described free from incumbeiances.
AND the Petition have made an application to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under
Section 3 of The Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have their title
to the said tract of land investigated and the nature and extent
thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be
granted by the Court in accordance with the provision of the
said Act.
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any persons
having Dower or a Right to Dower or an Adverse Claim or a
claim not recognized in the petition shall on or before Monday,
the 13th day of June A.D., 2005 file in the Supreme Court and
serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a statement of his
claim in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be
filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve
a statement of his claim on or before Monday the 13th day of
June A.D., 2005 will operate as a bar to such claim.
Copies of the Filed Plan may be inspected at:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court; and

2. The Chambers of Graham, Thompson & Co. attorneys
for the Petitioners, Sassoon House, Shirley Street &
Victoria Avenue, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas.

Dated the 13th day of April A.D., 2005
GRAHAM, THOMPSON & CO.,
Chambers,
Sassoon House,
Shirley Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas,
Attorneys for the Petitioners









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* CD Mixer
* (1) Microwave

MACHINERY
* (1) Food Mixer
* (1) 20gal Electric Water Heater
* (1) Digital Scale
* (1) Chrome Juice Filler
* (1) Multi Fruit Juicer
* (1) 200 gal Water Tank (Black)
* (1) Chrome Mixer
* (1) 18,000 BTU Air Condition Unit

SEWING MACHINES
* (1) Fleet Wood Sewing Machine
* (1) New Home Sewing Mahcine

TABLES
* (3) Green Patio Tables (Round)
* (2) Wood Tables (Round)
* (1) Marble Table (Rectangle)
* (2) Cocktail Tables

COOLERS/FREEZERS
* (1) Silver Chest Freezer
* (2) White Chest Freezers
* (1) Double Door Cooler Br/Wh
* (1) 3 Door Freezers


* (1) Tec Cash Register
* (1) Compaq Persario Computer Monitor & Tower


VEHICLES
* (1) 1997 Dodge Stratus
* (1) 1999 Ford Explorer without engine
* (1) 1996 Ford Explorer

VESSELS
* (1) 28' Vessel
* (1) 24' (2002) Chris Craft W/Engine
* (1) 29' (1983) Vessel (Lady Rece)
* (1) 53' (1998) Vessel (Pegasus)

STOVES FRYERS
(1) 6 Burner Stove
(3) Deep Fat Fryers


GLASSES
* (9) Cases of Water Globlets
* (9) Cases of Wine Glasses

Serious inquiries only. Sealed bids marked "Tender" should be submitted to:
Bahamas Development Bank
RO. Box N-3034, Nassau, Bahamas or telephone 327-5780
for additional information
Please note that all bids on the aforementioned properties and assets should be
received by February 11, 2005.
The Bahamas Development Bank reserves the right to reject any or all offers.


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NOTICE is hereby given that MR TEMIKO JEAN OF LEWIS YARD,
GRAND BAHAMA, 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 21ST day of APRIL, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, CHRISTINE JERVIS, of
#69 Rum Cay Place, P.O. Box F-40729, intend to change
my child's name from TYLER GEORGE JENNINGS to
TYLER GEORGE SAUNDERS. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box F-43536,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.


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Qualification: Masters Degree in Education preferred but persons with
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Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 327-5780/327-5793-6
Fax: (242) 327-5047, 327-1258
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NEW PROVIDENCE

1. Lot #39 (2,500 sq. ft.) with house 1,104 sq. ft. 4 bedroom, 1 bathroom Englerston Subdivision
(Appraised Value $70,000.00)
2. Lot #65 (7,300 sq. ft.) with house 2,078 sq. ft. Eleuthera Drive and Gibson Ave, Yamacraw Beach
Eastates (Appraised Value $160,000.00)
3. Lot #214 (5,000 sq. ft.) with 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms house and upholstery shop Roosevelt
Ave., Pyfrom Subdivision. (Appraised Value $83,780.00)
4. Lot #14, BIk #7 with sports bar along with restaurant equipment Key West St. & Balfour Ave.,
Englerston Subdivision. (Appraised Value $187,000.00)
5. Lot #171 (100'x100') with two story building East Street opposite Deveaux Street. (Appraised
Value $320,000.00)
6. Lot #785 (5,000 sq. ft.) with house 4 bedroomsss, 2 bathrooms and a 1 bedroom efficiency Bay
Geranium Ave. & Cascarilla St., Pinewood Gardens. (Appraise Value $139,000.00)
7. Lot #210 (7,225 sq. ft.) with house Yamacraw Beach Estate drive pass the Fox Hill Prison, turn
left onto Yamacraw Hill Rd., take first corner on the right Yamacraw Beach Drive then the fourth
corner on th right Current Rd., then third corner on the left corner property with house #18, pink
trim white. (Appraised Value $215,000.00)
8. Vacant Lot #35 (5,000 sq. ft.) Strachan's Blvd., off Soilder Road, Strachan's Subdivision. (Appraise
Value $25,000.00)
9. Lot #27A (55'x90') with incomplete house Bosun Hill (Appraise Value $70,000.00)
10. Lot #176 (40', x 113') with 3 bedrooms,1 bathroom house (860 sq. ft.) Old Cedar Street, Yellow
Elder Gardens (Appraise Value $52,160.00)
11. Lot #104 (4,090 sq. ft.) with 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom house (812 sq. ft.) Lightbourne Street,
Yellow Elder Gardens (Appraised Value $47,000.00)
12. Lot #13, Block #84 (50' x 120') with buildings East Street second building on the left after passing
Cordeaux Ave., heading North on east two buildings down from Christine & Johnny's Dept. Store
(Appraise Value $84,000.00)
13. Lot #109 (60' x 70') with house, 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms Craven Street, Ridgeland Park (Appraise
Value $80,000.00)
14. Lot #28, BIk #18 with building East Ave Centerville (Appraise Value $235,000,00)

ANDROS

15. Property (4,344 sq. ft.) with duplex (1,174 sq. ft.) in the settlement of Fresh Creek, Central
Andros.(Appraise Value $73,258.00)
16. Property with restaurant and cottages in the settlement of Pinders, Mangrove Cay, South Andros.
(Appraise Value $350,000.00)
17. Beach front property with building in the settlement of Pinders, Mangrove Cay, South Andros.
18. Vacant property 100' x 150' in the settlement of Pinders, Mangrove Cay, South Andros.
(Appraise Value $22,500.00)
GRAND BAHAMA

19. Lot #9 with hosue (3) Bedrooms (1) Bathroom and an incomplete split level extension west Pinedale
Road, Pinedale, Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama. (Appraised Value $95,000.00)
ABACO
20. Lot #54 (6,500 sq. ft.) with triplex foundation in Murphy Town, Abaco. (Appraised Value $29,916.00)
21. Lot #51 (15,600 sq. ft.) with stone house Crown Allotments, Murphy Town, Abaco. (Appraised
Value $104,960.00)
22. Lot #55 (6,900 sq. ft.) with stone house Crown Allotments, Murphy Town, Abaco. (Appraised
Value $87,350.00)
23. Property (9,300 sq. ft.) with Bonefish Lodge floor space area of (4,300 sq. ft.) North Point, Sandy
Point, Abaco, Bahamas. (Appraise Value $523,000.00)

ELEUTHERA

24. Propert 31'x111' with house Lord Street in the settlement of Tarpum Bay, Eleuthera. (Appraised
Value $45,000.00)

CAT ISLAND

25. Property 151' x 145'x 150'x123' with Hardware Building (3,640 sq. ft.) situated 0.4 miles south of
The Bight Airport, New Bight, Cat Island. (Appraised Value $192,000.00)
EXUMA

26. Lot #134 (4,350 sq. ft.) with two story building 4,160 sq. ft. apartment upstairs and shop downstairs,
George Town, Exuma. (Appraised Value $468,000.00)

INAGUA

27. Lot #43 (40'x100') with house Matthew Town, Inagua, Russell Street. (Appraised Value $120,000.00)
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PAGE1 OB THUSDAY APRL 21 200 TRIUNEOPORT


Desmond Bannis


S


tenure as BAAA president


ALTHOUGH it was
A inevitable, nobody
really expected it to happen
when it did.
But on the eve of hosting
the Senior Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Champi-
onships, Desmond Bannis-
ter has thrown in the towel
as president of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic
Associations, the most pro-
filed sporting body in the
country.
It came just a day after he
walked away from front-line
politics, resigning as a Free
National Movement Sena-
tor.

Hinted
We expected the BAAA's
decision because of all of
the circumstances surround-
ing his tenure in office.
He had hinted from time to
time that he was not
prepared to continue
on as the BAAA's
president before the year
had started.
But there was 'never an
inkling that he was preparing












* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter
DUE tthethree week
abse ,recently elected
Grand Bahama Bodybuild-
ing Association (GBBBA)
president Allan Allbury,
Bodybuilding Federation
(BBF) president Danny
Sumner has been forced to
make a temporary appoint-
ment to coordinate and
spearhead all tournaments
and activities in Grand
Bahama.
Baldwin Darling will
take take control of opera-
tions on Grand Bahama at
least until Albury makes
contact.
Sumner said Allbury's
absence has raised con-
cerns among executive
members and body-
builders.
"When I left Grand
Bahama in November after
the elections I was certain
that the problems that usu-
ally surfaced down there
would stop," said Sumner.
"Things have been on
the positive side, but as of
late it has taken a turn for
the worse.

Concern
"Our main concern is
with Allan, but we still
have to put the interest of
all the bodybuilders in the
forefront as well."
He added that a decision
on the BBF's part can not
be made until contact is
made between him and
Albury.
"The idea of resignation
is out of the window, said
Sumner. "We have to hear
his side of the story, I am
sure that he is going
through some things which
forced him to take these
actions, but it is in my
opinion that contact should
be made.
"The BBF is not upset .
with his disappearance, but
the leadership skills down
in Grand Bahama. It seems
as though the programme
always hit bumps when the
BBF believes that the right
persons are in place to do
the job."
The BBF has sanctioned
a June tournament set
for Grand Bahama and
Sumner believes the
association can still pull it
off.
Appointing Baldwin as
coordinator is a temporary
move by the BBF, who
stated that Albury is still
the president of the associ-
ation until further notice is


given.


STUBBS


OPINION


to do the same in the Sen-
ate.
Bannister was one of those
persons who served in both
capacities with distinction.


It will be hard not to see him
directly involved in either
office.
While he was just getting
started in his political career,
the former distance runner
made an invaluable contri-
bution in giving back to the
sport that had helped him to
achieve his professional
career as a lawyer.

Base
Although many would say
that the base was already
laid by his predecessors,
over the past five years, Ban-
nister was still able to rack
up credentials that have far
surpassed any other presi-
dent in the history of the
association.
He was well respected by
his peers and well liked by
the athletes themselves.
The media also loved him
for his frankness and his
ability to keep us abreast of
the happenings of the sport.
He was never one to back
down from his responsibility.
He handled them smack on.
During his tenure, the
BAAA achieved quite a


Mount


number of accomplishments
and Bannister credited a lot
of it to the support he got
from his administrative
team, the members of the
association and the athletes.


He also had a knack of
getting sponsors who ordi-
narily would not have been
involved in the sport to step
up afnd throw their support
behind the association finan-
cially.
The BAAA was able to
generate enough funding to
not only send their teams
off, but also to participate in
pre-training camps on their


way to senior international
meets.
The only concern was that
he and Minister of Youth,
Sports and CultureNeville
Wisdom, were never able to


put their party politics
behind them and sit in har-
mony around the table for
the betterment of the sport.
They remained at odds.
Even now as they head
into the hosting the of the
Senior Central American
and Caribbean Champi-
onships, it appeared that the
two men couldn't meet at a
compromise on a decision on


how to get the Thomas A
Robinson Track and Field
Stadium properly prepared.
But with Bannister decid-
ing to walk away from the
sport, maybe his successor,
possibly vice president, Mike
Sands, can achieve that.
Sands, no doubt, is the log-
ical choice to replace Ban-
nister. He's hard working,
relentless and will not settle
for anything but the best.

Stadium
And with the BAAA
heading towards the con-
struction of the new nation-
al stadium by the Republic
of China, the move might
just work out for the better.
At least we won't expect to
see the rift continue between
the leaders.
It's just sad that Bannister
has to bow out now. But the
sport has to go on and the
BAAA will continue to
strive because of the rich
legacy that is in place. If
selected, I'm sure that Sands
will be able to continue to
keep the BAAA in the spot-
light.


Tabor take lead


in BSC champions


ALBERT Simmons scored a game
high 13 points to lead Mount Tabor as'
they pulled off a 39-34 victory on Ties,-
day night at the Baillou Hills Sporting
Complex. Mount Tabor took a 1-0 lead
in.the best-of-three Baptist Sports
Council's 2005 men's championship
series that will continue tonight at the
same venue.
Marvin Henfield helped out in the
win with 11, while Teshawn Lockhart
chipped in with seven.
For the losing Envagelistic Centre,
Tyrone Sands scored 12, Harry Sands
had four and Dereck Sands and
Lawayne Curtis both added three.
Mount Tabor, winner of the presi-
dent's pennant title, took a 13-8 lead
after the first quarter, held a 21-15
advantage at the half and were out
infront 29-26 at the end of the third.
Evangelistic, winner of the vice presi-
dent's pennant, kept the game close,
but they were out-scored 8-1 down the
stretch in the final two minutes.
Mount Tabor advanced to the finals
with a 55-36 victory over Calvary Bible


and Evangelistic Temple disposed of
New Munt Zion 52-41 in their respec-
tive sirdden' death divisional champi-
onship games last Thursday.
Also tonight, game one of the 19-
and-under championship will get under-
way between the defending champions
and president's pennant winners First
Baptist and vice president's second
place finishers Macedonia.

Overtime
First Baptist pujled off a close 47-43
win over Transfiguration and Macedo-
nia had to go to double overtime before
prevailing 56-53 over Calvary Deliver-
ance in their respective divisional cham-
pionships on Saturday.
Also on Saturday, First Baptist
secured a 35-33 triumph over Faith
United and Macedonia defeated Cal-
vary Deliverance 43-36 in the 15-and-
under divisional finals to set up a show-
down in the championship series that
starts on Saturday.
And on Saturday, the ladies' cham-


pionship series willbe. played between
last year's runriirs-up Golden Gates
Native Baptist afiktilending champi-
ons Macedonia 'japtist.
The action starts at 10am.
Here's a summary of the divisional
finals played:
TRANSFIGURATION 47, FIRST
BAPTIST 43: Gamalial Rose exploded
for a game high 21 points, John Tilme
had nine and Cruz Simon added four in
the president's 19-and-under divisional
final.
Transfiguration got 16 from M Min-
nis, 10 from Anton Arnette, six from
Virley McKinney and five from Renar-
do Baillou.
FIRST BAPTIST 35, FAITH
UNITED 33: Duran Burrows scored
10, Denzil Bain had eight and Kirbhy
Thergeleo added four in the win for
First Baptist in the president's 15-and-
under divisional final.
Romell Johnson led the losers with a
game high 20. Stephano Johnson and


Ken Thurston both had four.
I MI~CEDONIA 56, CALVARY
DELIVERANCE 53 (20T): Keno
Brice scored four of Macedonia's six
points in the second overtime as they
pulled away from a 51-51 tie to seal the
win in the 19-and-under vice president
divisional final. The game was tied at 47-
47 at the end of regulation.
Brice finished with a game high 12,
while Rohn Johnson and Terrell
Williams both had 10. Leon Rahming
helped out with nine.
Rashad Williams scored a game high
19, Prescott Cooper had 18 and Deshe-
ka Henfield added 10 in the loss.
MACEDONIA 43, CALVARY
DELIVERANCE 36: Lawrence Benoit
led the way with 14, Je'Vaughn Saun-
ders had 10, Mario Curry and Anthony
Porter both had six and Marvin Higgs
contributed four in the win in the
15-and-under vice president divisional
final.
Desheka Henfield also scored 14 to
lead the losers. Rashad Williams had
nine and Antonio Bosfield added six.


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"Although many would say
that the base was already laid
by his predecessors, over the
past five years, Bannister was
still able to rack up credentials
that have far surpassed any
other president in the history
of the association."


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Reporter
BAHAMIAN boxer
Taureano Johnson has
laced up his gloves to
fight what he calls his
biggest bout since moving
to Cuba for training.
Johnson was awarded a
scholarship to attend the
national training camp in
Cuba late last year and so
far has only competed in
sparring matches.
Although the wins from
these sparring matches go
onto Johnson' record, his
biggest test will come
when he steps into the
ring this Saturday against
Indian Mohammed Ali
Qamar, a Commonwealth
Games gold medallist.
This will be Johnson's
first official fight since
joining the camp, and for
him the opportunity
couldn't come quicker.
"I am so excited," said
Johnson, who was only
given the opportunity to
fight in the tournament
because he trains in Cuba.
"This is a great oppor-
tunity for me, and I will
assure the Bahamian pub-
lic and my coaches that I
will not let this opportuni-
ty pass me.
"When I look back at
.the sparring matches I've
been in and my oppo-
nents, winning them all
boosted my ego and con-
fidence so I am ready to
get it on with who ever."
Johnson has a prefect
win-loss record in the
international arena, win-
ning a silver in the Com-
monwealth games and a
bronze in the 2004
Olympic trials.

Win
Although the Common-
wealth Championships
didn't present him with a
medal, Johnson finished
up second, bringing his
international win count to
three.
Johnson is expecting
members of the Bahamas
Boxing Federation (BBF)
to watch the fight this
weekend in Cuba, saying
that the support will moti-
vate him.
"Since I am the. only
Bahamian boxer in Cuba
training, the fan support
is as great like it would
have been back home,"
Johnson added.
"No matter where I go
there isn't any Bahamians
there to support me, but I
know that I have their
support. This doesn't
bother me at all but I use
it as a booster.
"I know every time I
step into the ring that I
am representing the
Bahamian public so this
takes me through all the
rounds with fury."
Training under the watch-
ful eyes of Jesus Yupoli-
er, Johnson hits the gym
each morning around 5am
and the bags at 3pm.
During the lay off John-
son mastered the art of
fighting with both hands,
a skill he says will give
him leverage in this fight.
For him the lack of
international competition
will not play a determin-
ing factor in his matches,
but he says it will be used
as a key to the wins.
The tournament has
attracted some top names
from Romania,
Venezuela, India, Russia
and host country Cuba,
all of whom are ranked
high in their countries.
Johnson finished up his
2004 year with a 7-0 win-
loss record.
His career win-loss
record is now 120-10.


ONE day after stepping down
as a Free National Movement
Senator, Desmond Bannister
has announced his resignation
as president of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associ-
ations.
Bannister's formal announce-
ment was due to be made at a
special meeting called on
Wednesday night at the Colony
Club.
Bannister said he's had
enough of the bickering that at
times seemed to have hindered
the progress of the sport.

Host
And as the association gets
set to host the Senior Central
American and Caribbean
Championships the first major
international meet since the
Carifta Games was held here in
2002 Bannister said he feels
that BAAA vice president
Mike Sandswould be the ideal
man to take his place at the
helm.
In recent times, Sards has
been in the forefront as the
spokesman on issues
regarding the BAAA
as BanniSter moved
into the background.
S 4ds alsgepreseiits


"It is now a most appropriate
time for us to consider selecting
effective new leadership with
innovative new ideas to continue
to ensure that our athletes
continue to achieve the success
which has had such a positive
impact on the Bahamas."

Desmond Bannister


the BAAA on the independent
committee that's responsible for
the CAC Championships. The
committee is headed by Dr
Bernard Nottage.
Bannister has served as
BAAA's president for the past
five years. He said he was quite
pleased with the accomplish-
ments achieved in that period
of time.


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W "hat was meant to
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new Pope was elected, was almost
immediately clouded with controversy L --
and speculation over who is Cardinal
Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict * *
XVI. And was he the right choice?
In his address to thousands of faith-
ful Catholics who filled St Peter's
Square to receive their newest pontiff
on Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI
described himself as a "simple, humble
worker in the Lord's vineyard". But
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decision was a good one.
,Speaking with Tribune Religion fol-
loving the much-anticipated announce-
nmnt, Archbishop Patrick Pinder
expressed his confidence that the deci-
sion made by the 115 cardinals was
- mai[edi-inder the "guidance of the Holy
Spirit".
"In that light, I have no doubt that
they have made the right choice," he
added.
Cardinal Ratzinger, the 78- year-old
Dean of the College of Cardinals,
delivered the "stirring" homily at the
funeral of Pope John Paul II, who died
on Saturday, April 2 after a long illness.
He was also the cardinal who deliv-
ered the homily at a mass dedicated
to electing the Pope's successor. On
the day before he was elected Pope,
Cardinal Ratzinger warned Catholics soM q q
about what he considered to be dan-
gers to the faith sects, ideologies like
Marxism, liberalism, atheism, agnosti-



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to unify all Christians


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cism and relativism (the ideology that
there are no absolute truths).
Michael Symonette, who has been
a Roman Catholic all his life and is a
member of Sacred Heart Catholic
Church, also expressed his confidence
in the new Pope. But said that he is
not surprised that some Catholics are
divided on the issue.
"We as Roman Catholics have
always had divergent views from over
the centuries, and don't forget we are
talking about two centuries and the
number of Catholics of this world rep-
resents one-fifth of the world's popu-
lation. That's a lot of people and dif-
ferent views," said Mr Symonette.
Catholics worldwide have responded
differently to Pope Benedict, he says.
"Some people describe him as a caring,
brilliant churchman who listens to
opposing views, and other persons por-
tray him as a hard-liner."
But in Mr Symonette's view, which
he says is based upon the Pope's hom-
ilies and other reports, Pope Benedict
is a very humble person and a strong
individual. "And I don't actually agree
with this image (of him as) an archaic
and cold disciplinarian."
Mr Symonette said that while he
would have preferred a candidate from
the Third World to be named Pope,
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. "brilliant theological minds" in the Col-
lege of Cardinals. "I think he will steer
the ship of Roman Catholicism and
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Ratzinger as one of the favourites,
Archbishop Pinder said that he had
not made any predictions as to who
would be elected. "I don't know if he
had the most buzz, but I had no expec-
tation of who in particular would be
the Pope. So it was a surprise to me.
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1978, when nobody even
mentioned the Cardinal of
Poland, but he ended up
becoming the Pope and sur-
prised the whole world when
he became Pope John Paul
II. So I didn't place too much
thought as to what was being
said about who the next suc-
cessor of Peter might be. But
I am overjoyed that we have
a new Pope."
The Archbishop described
Pope Benedict as an enor-
mously talented theologian,
but says that in terms of per-
sonality, the new Pope is dif-
ferent from the late Pope
John Paul II, as many
observers have also pointed
out.
"I think as far as their sense
of the challenges facing the
church today go and how to
approach them, there will be
consistency. However, you
are dealing with two differ-


ent personalities. John Paul
II was a very outgoing, very
charismatic person who was a
professional actor by training
and who had the wherewithal
to stand before crowds of
thousands and to be very
much at home. The new Pope
is a different kind of charac-
ter. He does have that shy
aspect to him. He is by no
means a coward and I think
that' he will be a very good
gift to the church," said Arch-
bishop Pinder.
He called for local
Catholics to support the pon-
tiff. "What we ought to do is
give him an opportunity to
show us how he is going to
fashion his pontificate. It cer-
tainly will be different from
that.of Pope John Paul II.
However, I have no doubt
that it will be a very signifi-
cant and fruitful pontificate."
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Rev Dr Earle Francis ani


,eet Potato'


celebrating 44 years in gospel ministry


ev Dr Earle
Francis, the
popular and
affable leader
of the First
Baptist Church congregation
dn Market Street in the
Coconut Grove community,
along with his "Sweet Potato",
Dr Majorie Francis, are cele-
brating 44 years in the gospel
ihinistry and 41 years as pastor
4nd organist respectively of the
First Baptist Church.
: Married for almost 57 years,
this union gave birth to 13 chil-
dren, two of whom are
deceased.
. This powerful ministry team
was commissioned from the
Salem Baptist Church and
started what was then called
the Salem Grove Mission Bap-
tist Church in 1964, previously
located in the Old Jordan
Prince Wiliam's Building, Bail-
lou Hill Road. From a family
and a half, First Baptist Church
has now blossomed to a mem-
bership of more than 500 per-
sons.
Chaplain
A Justice of the Peace since
1967 and former vice-president
of the Bahamas Christian
Council, Rev Francis or "The
Earle" as he is fondly called,
presently serves as chaplain of
the Shell Saxons Superstars
and the Solid Waste Ministry
(Ministry of Health). Dr Fran-
cis also served as Chaplain of
the Bahamas Senate (the high-
st legislative body in the
Country) for 10 years, serving
as the longest serving Chap-
.A


U, By CLEMENT JOHNSON
"ALL creatures of Our God
:and King lift up your voice and
,with us sing" was the opening
hymn at the Mass in Harbour
Island to celebrate the golden
,and silver anniversaries of a
'Catholic priest and three
Catholic nuns all natives of
;Eleuthera.
Msgr John Johnsdn, of Gre-
,gory Town, Eleuthera, pastor
St Gregory's Church, and one
.of the jubilarians, was the chief
'celebrant at The Church of
iThe Blessed Sacrament, Dun-
emore Street, Harbour Island,
,)on Saturday, April 9.
Renewed
The church was filled to
-capacity with well wishers from
Harbour Island, Eleuthera,
Nassau and the United States.
,-The jubilarians were Monsign-
,or John T. Johnson, Sister
Marva Coakley, Sister Cecilia
Albury, and Sister Ena Albury,
who renewed their vows and
their dedication to the Catholic
church.
Msg. Johnson was born in
the farming community of
:Gregory.Town to the late
Prince Edward Johnson, and
his wife, Ida. He was ordained
on August 8, 1980 at St. Fran-
cis Xavier Cathedral and
.attended St. John Vianney
Seminary in Tunapuna,
Trinidad. He has a master's
degree in Religious Education


lain in its history.
As a veteran Baptist, he is
one of the founding members
of the Bahamas Baptist Mis-
sionary and Educational Con-
vention, having served as
Assistant Secretary for more
than 10 years. He is one of the
longest serving Baptist Minis-
ters in the Bahamas. In media,
Pastor Francis served as a
Trustee of the Caribbean
Media Communications for
several years.
Education
Rev Francis was born in
Bimini, a son of the soil of the
Northern Bahamas. He
received his early education at
the Eastern, Junior and Senior
schools in New Providence. He
began his theological studies
at the Bahamas Baptist Bible
Institute, and went on to con-
tinue his studies at the South-
ern Baptist Theological Semi-
nary where he was graduated
in 1979. He was honoured by
Selma University with an Hon-
orary Doctor of Divinity
degree in 1987.
A pioneer in the locally
owned hotel sector, Pastor
Francis owned and operated
the Francis Hotel for many
years and was the first black
member of the Bahamas Hotel
Association.
Veteran
A veteran of the Royal Air
Force, Rev Francis joined the
Bahamas Air Force Squadron,
a later detachment of the RAF
in 1944. He-was a bugler, the


from St John's University,
Minnesota. He is the pastor of
St. Gregory's Catholic Church,
Gregory Town, Eleuthera,
which includes the parishes of
St. Catherine's in Hatchet Bay,
and St. Paul's in Governor's
Harbour. He formerly served
at Our Lady of Souls and the
Church of the Resurrection in
Nassau. He is also a family life
teacher in North Eleuthera.
Sister Cecilia was born
Pauline (Paula) Margaret
Albury on picturesque Har-
bour Island, the daughter of
George and Romalia Albury.
At the age of 16 she entered St
Martin's Convent, Nassau
Street, on September 15, 1952
as a postulant. On March 19,
1953 she was received into the
novitiate and took her religious
name, Sister Cecilia. During
the Marian year, Mary was
added to her name. Since then
she has been known as Sister
Mary Cecilia.
On March 19, 1955 she made
her final vows. She attended
Our Lady's Catholic School in
Nassau and Catholic Senior
School, Madam Saunders
Beauty School, Xavier's Low-
er School and Aquinas Col-
lege, College of The Bahamas,
St. Benedict's College, Min-
nesota, and Barry College,
Miami Shores, Florida.
Sister Mary Cecilia taught in
various Catholic schools St.
Bedes, St. Joseph, St. Thomas
More, St. Francis/Joseph,
Xavier's and Our Lady's, all


* REV Walstoner Francis, Pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church, Illinois; (presently constructing a four million dollar complex in Illinois).
Dr Majorie Francis ("The Earle's "sweet potato"), Rev Dr Earle Francis, Rev Diana Francis (assisted her father in ministry).


only native Bahamian to serve
in the Royal Air Force Mili-


tary Band. In 1991, he was
honoured by Her Majesty The


Queen with a British Empire
Medal for distinguished ser-
vice to his Country. He was
awarded the Precious Conch
Pearl nation Builders Award
for Senior Citizens in 2000. In
June 2003, he received the
"King of Hearts" Award from
Prison Fellowship Bahamas for
compassionate and outstand-
ing contributions made to that
organisation. In October 2003,
he was inducted into the
National-Raptist Missiona.ry-
and Educational Convention's
Hall of Fame for his outstand-
ing contributions to the Baptist
Community in the Bahamas.
To date; Rev Francis has
licensed more than 24 minis-
ters, appointed more than 25


deacons and 15 deaconesses,
ordained more than 12 minis-
ters, organised more than four
churches, married more than
450 couples and dedicated
more than 400 homes.
Siblings
Four of Rev Francis' siblings
are Ministers of the Gospel:
Pastor Walstone Francis, Pas-
tor of Shiloh Baptist Church,
W-.atke~gan, Illinois; Rev
Joseph Francis, Pastor oa
Gainesville Baptist Church,
Hopkinsville Kentucky; Rev
Wilkinson Francis; and Rev
Diana Francis assist Rev Earle
Francis at the First Baptist
Church, Nassau, Bahamas.


in Nassau; St. Vincent de Paul
on Grand Bahama, Holy
Name, Bimini, and St. Boni-
face and St. Anthony's, Min-
nesota.
Sr. Mary Cecilia is now
director of St. Joseph's Day
Care Centre and song leader at
Sacred Heart Parish. She is
also a member of the Dioce-
san Chorale and Renaissance
Singers.
Sister Ena Albury, who also
celebrates her golden jubilee,
was born to Mr. and Mrs.
Ralph Albury in the settlement
of Lower Bogue, Eleuthera,
on January 24, 1937. She
received her early education
at the Lower Bogue Primary
school. She entered St. Mart-
in's convent in 1953.
.Career
The same year she attended
Aquinas College and began
her teaching career in 1958 at
St. Joseph's Catholic Primary
School. She later attended The
Bahamas Teachers Training
College and received an
endorsed certificate in Educa-
tion from the University of the
West Indies. In the fall of 1977
she entered the College of
Saint Benedict and Saint
John's University to further
her training in elementary edu-
cation. In 1989 she was
assigned as Principal of Holy
Name Catholic School in Bimi-
ni, where she remained for 10
years.


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She returned to the class-
ioom at the University of
Duquesne in Pittsburg, Pa.,
where in December, 2001 she
received a Masters of Science
degree in Education. She is
presently a religious teacher at
Aquinas College in Nassau.
,Sister Marva Bernadette
Coakley, who celebrates her
silver jubilee, was born on Feb-
ruary 26, 1955. At age seven
she was adopted by Talmage
and Matilda Bethel.
She is a graduate of St.
Benedict's Primary School,
Harbour Island, and St. Francis
School in Nassau. Her high
school education was received
at Aquinas College. After
graduation from high school
she entered St. Martin's Con-
vent. At present she is the prin-
cipal of Holy Name Convent in
Bimini, Eleuthera.
Ms. B.J. Percentie, one of
the organiser of the celebra-
tion, said that words cannot
describe the event.
"The Church," she said,
"was packed and it was a beau-
tiful event. As a descendant of
Harbour Island, I was extreme-
ly proud to be part of it."


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anniversary of his ministry


0 By CLEMENT JOHNSON
"BRINGING forth fruit that
remains" was the theme of the
fourteenth pastoral anniversary
and appreciation day for Rev-
erend Cyril C Sands and first
lady, La-Vaughn P Sands.
The service at the Evangelis-
tic Centre was well attended by
parishioners, residents of Grants
Town and friends of the couple.
The highly charged service was
filled with liturgical dancing, a
medley of praise and worship
songs, which brought people to
tears at times as they prayed in
tongues and waved their hands
and flags in the air in praise.
This writer has had the privi-
lege of attending many religious
services, however this one was
charged with a spirit-filled pres-
ence not experienced in a long
time.
Rev Sands has been leader
of Evangelistic Centre since
1991. He is the fifth of 10 chil-
dren born to Harry and Dorothy
Sands. He received a Bachelor
of Arts degree from Southeast-
ern Bible College in Lakeland,
Florida.
A former Defence Force
Officer, banker and teacher, he
has a passion for helping the
downtrodden and underprivi-
leged, thus making him a house-
hold name in the Grants Town
community.
He is married to the former
sprinter and CARIFTA medal-
ist, La-Vaughn P. Hanna. The
couple have four boys: Cyril
Jonathan, Chris Nathaniel,
Casey Joshua and Corey Daniel.

Devoted

Rev Sands has been described
as a man who is mature, sensi-
tive, dependable, committed and
devoted to the plight of human-
ity. He has given himself to


working with the churches in
Grants Town to form a cohe-
sive and unified body whose sole
purpose will lift up the fallen
and snatch the misled from the
jaws of temptation and trouble.
The homilist for the special
service was Reverend Dr Vic-
tor Cooper, pastor of New
Bethany Baptist Church. Rev
Cooper encouraged his friend
to continue to run the race and
remain faithful to the gospel of
Jesus Christ.
He reminded Rev Sands and
the congregation that it was
obvious that St Paul was either
an athlete or an avid sports fan,
because throughout his writing

"Tell them
you are
looking for a
good fight,
because the
stronger the
battle the
sweeter the
victory."

Rev Dr Victor Cooper

he incorporated some form of
athletics.
"In the book of Philippians,
he talks about the pressing for
the mark. In Ephesians, he talks
about walking worthy of the
vocation for which you're called,
and he reminds us that we are in
a wrestling match. In Hebrews -
which some ascribe to him --
he talks about laying aside every
weight that so easily besets us,
and that we should run the race
set before us."
Rev Cooper advised pastor


Sands to be vigilant. He said he
discovered that "everyone called
by a title doesn't have the things
of God at heart. They're in it
for earthly gain."
Rev Cooper said that among
the churches there seemed to be
a spirit of competition. This
competition was harming the
body of Christ because, he said,
religious leaders were becom-
ing more concerned, not about
saving souls or seeking out back-
sliders, but rather about who
was driving the best car, or who
had the largest congregations or
who lived in which, neighbor-
hood.

Money
"Isn't it amazing that it does-
n't matter how much money you
have, you can't buy joy, you
can't buy peace, you cannot buy
happiness and you cannot even
buy perfect health? But if you
have faith, you can make it.
"The women with the issue of
blood, had spent all of her mon-
ey from doctor to doctor, but
she said if I could but touch the
hem of his garment I'll be made
whole. That is what faith will do
for you. So now you understand
why Paul told Timothy to fight
the good fight of faith."
He encouraged Rev Sands to
choose his battles, because some
were not worth the fight. "Fight
those battles that will bless you."
"Then when you fight, don't
fight over minor stuff don't
major in minors. Do not get
bogged down in the paralysis of
analysis. There are some situa-
tions you will have to overlook,
some people you'd have to
ignore. Tell them you are look-
ing for a good fight, because the
stronger the battle the sweeter
victory."
The service ended with the
presentation of gifts to the pas-
tor and first lady.


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This Generation!
9th NIaVtional
Evangelism Conference
Dates /Times:
Friday, April 29th '05 @ 7:30 p.m
Sat., April 30th '05 8:30 a.m 5p.m
Venue:
Sandals Royal Bahamian Hotel Ballroom
Conference Highlights:
Friday Opening Session Parade of
Islands.
Speaker: Bishop Rudolph V. Bowe,
District Overseer, New Providence
*Saturday Presenters : Dr. Wayne
Thompson Topic: "Whole House -
Salvation"
Bishop Anthony T. Roker, District
Overseer, Abaco -Topic : "Evangelist to
Pastor The Transition"
Presentations by Essay Competition
Winners
Continental Breakfast 4c Buffet Lunch
Panel Discussion: "Reaching Children,
Teenagers, Adults & Seniors"
Family Island Blend
Anointed Praise Segments led by com-
bined team
Prizes, More Prizes and Surprizes!
Who should attend?
All evangelism workers and volunteers,
Pastors, Evangelists, Ministers and all
Christians that want to be better
equipped for soul winning.
Registration Fee $75.00
Tickets available by contacting the
National Office at (322-3241) or
Dr Barbara F. Williams, National
Director of Evangelism & Home
Missions at (392-5665)


NewA
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Missions, two dynamic
female pastors installed.
Just recently the Service of
Installation was held for
Minister Jarenda Blonique
Rahming and Lay Minister
Gwendolyn Isabella Hall.
Pastor Jarenda Rahming was
appointed to the New Mission in
the fast-growing Marshall Rd.
Community during the recent
84th National Convention. An
avid member of the East St.
Church she has worked tire-
lessly in the ministry of
Evangelism preaching in
Islandwide Crusades, local
churches, conducting various
spiritual emphasis and appeared
on the church's National Media
Programs. In 2004 Pastor
Jarenda became the youngest
Licensed Minister of the
COGOP at the age of 23. She is
the recipient of the 2004
Ministry of Youth, Sports and
Culture's Pacesetter Award in
Religion. Pastor Jarenda is the
recent graduate of the Christian
Life and Witness Counseling
Course of the Billy Graham
Ministries and the Inaugural
Parish Nursing and Church
Health Care Ministry of the
Anglican Diocese of the


fission Pastors installed
Bahamas and Ministry of
Health Alliance. She speaks
Spanish and is the eldest of four
off-springs born to the parent- ..
age of Bishop Dr. Elgarnet B.
and Minister Jacqueline B.
Rahming.
Pastor Gwendolyn Hall like
Pastor Jarenda received her
appointment during the 84th
National Convention. Her pas-
toral .ministry takes her to the
well populated Bacardi Rd. 0
Mission. Pastor Gwendolyn is a
faithful member of the Minnie
St. Church and has served her
church in numerous capacities
as Sunday School Mission,
Director of Women's Ministries,
Member of the National Harvest
Team, Assistant Youth Ministry
Director just to name a few.
Pastor Gwendolyn is an
Educator by profession having
attained a Bachelors Degree in
Primary Education from the
College of the Bahamas and a
Masters in Special Education A
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David Hall and Majorie Hall. Gwendolyn d.Handl, Mission Pastor
Performing the Act of for Barcadl Rd.
Installation was Bishop BOTTOM PHOTO-Apprelciation
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