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Mother recalls


'loving son'


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A BAHAMIAN mother's
worst nightmare came true on
Thursday morning when police
knocked on her door and
informed her that her only son
was the country's seventeenth
murder victim.
Tyronne Babbs, 23, was
stabbed multiple times about
the body after returning home
following a game of pool.
According to Chief Fire
Inspector, Walter Evans, the
stabbing occurred in the Glen-
dale Subdivision on Wednesday
evening.
When police arrived at the
scene at 10 pm, they discovered
him lying in a pool of blood
dressed in a red and white
striped shirt and blue jeans.
Tyronne's mother, Andrea
Penn, said the shocking news
came as a blow to her close knit
family.
She said she was wakened
shortly after 2am by a CID offi-
cer with the news.
Since then she and her three
daughters have struggled to
come to terms with the death
and with why her youngest child
was taken away at such a young
age.
"We are doing okay, but it is
a blow," she said.
Ironically, she said, just last
weekend, she attended a funer-
al where the sermon focused on
the fact that there was too much
violence in the country.
"The pastor was saying that it
is time that people lay down
their guns and knives and learn
to solve problems peacefully."
She said she had no idea that
in less than a week, one of her


n TYRONNE BABBS


children, would become a victim
of violence.
She said it will be hard, but
she will forgive her son's killer.
SEE page 13


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ALTHOUGH port offi-
cials said that yesterday's
simulated emergency
response exercise "Exer-
cise Iron Shield" was suc-
cessful, in their initial assess-
ment they admitted it was
not perfect.
The simulated drill
designed to test the response
of security and emergency
personnel in the event of a
terrorist attack at a port
SEE page 12

AN ADVERTISE-
MENT placed in yesterday's
Tribune by the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Asso-
ciation used the PLP's offi-
cial symbol. The PLP points
out that it did not authorise
or consent to the publication
of the advertisement, and had
no part in its creation.
In a letter to The Tribune;
PLP National Chairman Ray-
nard Rigby accused the
Human Rights Association of
making "unlawful and illegal
use of the symbol of the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party".


Call for criticism
over 'treatment
of legal staff'
at AG's office
A LAWYER has urged col-
leagues in private practice to crit-
icise the government for its treat-
ment of legal staff in the Attor-
ney General's Office.
Mr Fred Smith, who works in,
Freeport, says attorneys in the
department are suffering
"demeaning frustration" because
of the lack of confidence shown
by government.
In a press release yesterday,
Mr Smith also referred to lead-
ing attorney Mrs Cheryl Grant-
Bethell, who has lodged a com-
plaint with the government,
copied to the Bar Association,
about Attorney General Alfred
Sears.
He said, as counsel for the
SEE page 13


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N By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff
Reporter.
ARSON has not been
ruled out as a possible
cause of the fire that
destroyed Exuma's Moss
Town international airport
terminal yesterday morn-
ing.
According to chief fire
inspector Walter Evans,
police on routine patrol in
the area at 2.30am yester-
day discovered that a trail-
er at the airport was on fire.
The airport crash and fire
truck was called to the
scene, and the community
SEE page 13


Bahamian gets
life for murder
of Sean Isaacs
* By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune.Staff Reporter
and DALTON LAING
SAV LA MAR, Jamaica -
Bahamian Slyvarus McQueen
and Dermid Daley of Retire-
ment, WestmorelPnd, Jamaica
were sentenced to life impris-
onment for the murder of
Bahamian drug lord Sean
Adderley, alias Sean Isaacs.
Their sentences were hand-
ed down by Justice Horace
Marsh on Wednesday afternoon
in the Westmoreland Circuit
Court.
McQueen, who a 12-member
jury decided was the gunman,
was sentenced to life imprison-
ment. He will have to serve 25
SEE page 13


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PM's brother in

law admitted to

intensivecare
MR EARL Cash, a senior
partner in the Higgs & John-
son law firm, was admitted
to the intensive care unit of
Doctors Hospital yesterday
suffering from hypertension.
It is understood that Mr
Cash, like his brother-in-law
Prime Minister Perry
Christie, might have suf-
fered a slight stroke.


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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS can expect a
rainy weekend as Hurricane
Adrian makes her way through
South America.
The storm's outer bands
should create rain and windy
conditions for the Bahamas,
said Meteorological officer Jef-
fery Simmons.
Adrian gathered strength


and was updated from a tropical
storm to a category one hurri-
cane yesterday. She is the first
hurricane for the 2005 season
which does not officially open
until June 1.
Hurricane Adrian was
expected to make landfall in El
Salvador last night, bringing
with her accumulated rainfall
of six to 10 inches with isolated
higher amounts of almost 20
inches in the mountains. Fore-
casters predicted that the rain
was likely to cause life-threat-
ening flash floods and mud-
slides.
Mr Simmons said it is unlike-
ly that Bahamians will experi-
ence anything more than the
remnants of the storm..
He said that in addition to


having to cross the mountain-
ous terrain of South American,,
Adrian would have to also go
through. Cuba and. the
Caribbean sea.

Weakened

"Crossing the two land mass-
es should weaken the hurri-
cane," he said. "We are looking
at heavy showers, particularly
in the, south eastern Bahamas,
beginning Friday and headed
into Saturday night."
In addition; he said, rain,
which is not associated with
Hurricane Adrian, is expected
on Monday.
Adrian is moving towards the
north-west at nearly 9mph, in a


general north-west motion with
some increase in forward speed
likely over the next 24 hours.
. Maximum sustained winds
have increased to almost 85
miles per hour with higher
gusts.
The National Hurricane Cen-
tre said the storm could survive
a passage across Central Amer-
ica and emerge as a tropical
depression that would head
across Cuba and toward the
Bahamas. It was not expected
to affect the United States.
Hurricane Adrian will not
retain that name if it arrives in
the Caribbean or Gulf of Mex-
ico. The storm will be renamed
Arlene, the scheduled name for
the first tropical storm of the
Atlantic Season.


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McKENZIE
A 32-OLD-MAN
charged with possession of
more than $3,000 in coun-
terfeit money appeared in
the magistrate's court on
Wednesday.
According to court dock-
ets, on November 27, 2003,
at Freeport, Grand
Bahama, Wellington
Munroe was found in pos-
session of $2,200 in forged
United States currency
with no lawful excuse.
It was also alleged that
on the same day Munroe
was found in possession of
$900 in forged United
States currency. He was
charged with uttering the
fake money.
Court dockets also
alleged that on November
27,2003, Munroe, with
intent to defraud, uttered
forged money in the
amount of $2,200. Munroe
was granted $10,000 bail
with two sureties. The case
was adjourned to Septem-
ber 10.


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CONCH is loaded onto a truck yesterday. A study revealed that the
conch population was abundant in major fishing grounds, but the overharvesting
of juvenile conch is something the ministry is keeping a close eye on.
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Ministry concerns




over juvenile conch


* By KRISTINA MCNEIL
THE overharvesting of
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Ministry of Fisheries, although
a closed season may actually
be detrimental to the fishing
industry, a government offi-
cial said yesterday.
Lester Gittens, of the min-
istry, told The Tribune yester-
day of the problems facing
fishermen in such circum-
stances.
Although a comprehensive
study from 1996 to 1999
revealed that the conch popu-
lation was abundant in major
fishing grounds, the overhar-
vesting of juvenile conch is
something the ministry is
keeping a close eye on.

Flaring
Immature conch are cur-
rently protected under the
"Flared-Lip Law", which says
that only conch with a well-
defined flaring lip can be har-
vested.
SThe flared-lip, which indi-
cates how mature the conch
is, takes about three and a half
years to develop. But more
may have to be done to pro-
tect the species.
According to Mr Gittens,
overharvesting conch could
lead to overfishing of the
species, placing the conch pop-
ulation in a danger zone.


While the government is
always considering ways to
protect the fisheries of the
Bahamas, Mr Gittens was
unable to comment on possi-
ble courses of action for the
conch population.

Benefit
Imposing a closed season
on conch would probably be
of great benefit to the conch
population, but it could
also take away from the liveli-
hood of fishermen by over-
lapping with the lobster sea-
son.
A closed season takes place
while the animals are spawn-
ing, and the spawning of conch
occurs during the time the lob-
ster season is closed.
When lobster is out of sea-
son, fishers turn to conch, but
if conch is restricted also, then
fishers will have nothing, Mr
Gittens said.


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'Mother' Pratt no mere PE teacher


RECENTLY a tabloid reported a govern-
ment politician as saying that she had no
intention of following a "PE teacher". The
reference was obviously to Acting Prime Min-
ister Cynthia Pratt, who suddenly found her-
self in a position she had not coveted when
Prime Minister Perry Christie suffered a mild
stroke.
As the days pass there is every indication
that "Mother" Pratt's Cabinet colleagues
have united behind her. The newspaper's
report, therefore, can be dismissed as so much
mischief-making.
However, for us it recalled the dismissal as
a nobody of a "mere messenger" by an arro-
gant young PLP politician during the Pin-
dling administration and the attempt to wave
Opposition leader Hubert Ingraham into
oblivion as a mere "delivery boy" by a smug
Lynden Pindling towards the end of his own
administration.
The irony was that it was the "delivery
boy" who ended Pindling's 25-year rule of
the Bahamas and delivered the government
to the FNM with himself as prime minister.
The remark recalled other "mere" nobod-
ies who surpassed them all to go down in his-
tory as the world's greatest somebodies.
The Bible is filled with many examples,
starting with Jesus Christ himself, an itinerant
preacher, the son of a carpenter, who lived a
short 33 years, but in that time transformed
the world. Before him there was his ancestor,
King David, a mere shepherd boy. The boy,
who with a sling-shot slew Goliath, and in
manhood united the many tribes of Israel,
extending his territory from Egypt to the
Euphrates (the river that runs through
Turkey, Syria and Iraq).
In more recent times there was the "weep-
ing widow", the housewife who in 1960, after
the assassination of her husband, became the
world's first woman prime minister.
Hers was a turbulent period, but for better
or for worse Mrs Sirimavo Bandaranaike of
Sri Lanka "the mother and retiring wife"
was returned for three terms to lead her
people. Then there was tiny Cory Aquino,
who stepped out of the shadows as a house-
wife after her husband's assassination, to
overthrow corrupt President Ferdinand Mar-
cos with the "people's power" movement. In
1986 she filled the post to which her dead
husband had aspired and became president of
the Philippines.


On the American scene there have been
many "mere" nobodies who will go down in
the history books.
Abe Lincoln, the barefoot boy from Hod-
genville, Kentucky, born in a log cabin, who
studied hard by candlelight, and "with malice
toward none, with charity to all," became
the United States' sixteenth and most out-
standing president.
America was the brunt of ribald jokes
when it voted an actor to the White House as
that country's fortieth president. But it was
Ronald Reagan the "great communica-
tor" who in the words of Walt Whitman
heard "America singing" and gave the nation
new hope, new dreams, a reason to wake up
in the morning and face a new day. He too
will go down as one of America's greats.
Even a muscle-bound wrestler briefly
flashed across the political stage as the gov-
ernor of Minnesota. He will probably only be
remembered for his brassy nerve.
And now in the Bahamas we have a
woman pushed to the forefront by fate. She
finds herself in a position that she never imag-
ined or wanted. She might not be an astute
politician, but she is more than a mere "PE"
teacher. She is a woman of compassion, with
only the good of her Bahamian people at
heart. She is a disciplinarian with no person-
al axe to grind. Whatever her human limita-
tions might be, "Mother" Pratt is a woman
that Bahamians trust.
But Mrs Pratt is more than a PE teacher
and a national basketball star. She was a the-
atre nurse for 14 years in Princess Margaret
Hospital's operating theatre. She has a BSc
degree summa cum laude from St
Augustine's College, Raleigh, North Caroli-
na, majoring in Education with a minor in
Sociology, and she was awarded an honorary
doctorate in humane letters by St
Augustine's, which also inducted her into its
Hall of Fame. She was a part-time lecturer
and assistant director of student activities at
the College of the Bahamas.
There will be no "night of the long knives"
in the Cabinet room while she holds Prime
Minister Christie's chair for him. But to the
public she remains an inspiration to all young
Bahamians.
She is a living example that no matter how
far behind you start, if you have ambition
and are willing to work, there is a place at the
top for you.


Pitfalls of




political lies





and legends


EDITOR, The Tribune
NICKY Kelly, in referring to
the environment, claims "...The
FNM did not get it and it cost
them the election..."
This about a government
which, among other things, out-
lawed long line fishing; estab-
lished the BEST Commission;
more than quadrupled the pro-
tected areas in the country in a
single decade; was the first gov-
ernment in the history, of the
world to ban fishing spawning
grouper aggregations; estab-
lished the framework for set-
ting aside 20 per cent of the
Bahamas marine environment
for Marine Protected Areas and
proceeded to establish the first
five such areas; created envi-
ronmental reservations in every
project it approved for devel-
opment; passed legislation to
protect trees and conserve the
physical landscape of the
Bahamas. And more.
ANCAT would not have
been possible without the FNM.
The Parks Partnership would
not have been possible without
the FNM. The Nature Conser-
vancy Country Programme
would not have been possible
without The FNM; the
Bahamas Environmental Hand-
book would be a distant dream.
But "...The FNM did not get
it..." Surely the abuse and
excess of a few developers, most
notable Bimini Bay and Halls
Pond, Exuma cannot measure
against the environmental lega-
cy of The FNM. But it is easy to
perpetuate the lies and legends,
by casually dismissing an envi-
ronmental legacy of steward-
ship, one of the strongest pil-
lars of our sustainable national
development.
When will the Bahamas build
on this rich legacy, rather than
constantly trivialising so many
great and good things?
It still amazes me that while
the FNM moved to reverse a
parliamentary decision to return
Lady Oakes' land and thereby
facilitate the process of arriv-
ing at a decision to consider and
approve a development on
Clifton Cay, the issue remains
confused with the popular view
that the.FNM was bent on des-
ecrating sacred ground.
In writing about the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME), Catherine
Kelly contributes to the lore of
legend with the following state-
ment "...The real reason is the
PLP remembers all too well for-
mer Prime Minister Ingraham's
fatal decision to hold a referen-
dum on unpopular constitu-


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tional amendments..."
The FNM held a referendum.
100 per cent of those sitting in
Parliament on both sides of the
aisle voted Yes! to the Refer-
endum!
Does anyone recall what the
Bahamas voted for on that fate-
ful day? How many have regret-
ted their choices since?
Here is a summary of what
the Constitutional Referendums
were about in 2002.
To make men and women
equal under the Bahamas Con-
stitution
To establish a parliamen-
tary commissioner
To establish a Teachers
Service Commission
To make the Bahamas
Constitution and certain
Bahamian laws consonant in
order to be in compliance with


international treaties (the
Bahamas still cannot credibly
ratify ILO convention 87 with-
out some legislative amend-
ment).
It maybe that the timing of
the referendum contributed sig-
nificantly to the loss of the FNM
in 2002.
As for me, I would gladly
repeat that part of my history
for the principles I sought to
enshrine in my country's con-
stitution.
The political season is upon
us and the propensity to exag-
gerate and take things out of
context is very real. Nonethe-
less, the tendency should be
vigorously attacked. I am
absolutely fed up with the casu-
al dismissal of so much positive
far reaching acts of statecraft
attempted and completed by
the FNM (1992-2002).
EARL D DEVEAUX JP
Nassau
May 2005


Could he be



the leader?


EDITOR, The Tribune.
I HAVE always held the
fundamental position that the
MP for Montagu, Brent
Symonette, is totally ill-suited
to become the leader of any
major party, much less the
prime minister of the Com-
monwealth of The Bahamas.
It was just a few short
weeks ago that I boldly told
Bahamians that Symonette
was/is too smug and full of
himself to be elected leader of
the defunct FNM. Some
thought that I was being too
harsh or racial towards him.
The defunct FNM held a
public rally last Tuesday.
Symonette, surprisingly, was
one of the keynote speakers.
Brent's diatribe relative to the
health of the Rt Hon Perry
Gladstone Christie was total-
ly out of order and in
extremely poor taste.
The so-called leader of the
defunct FNM must rein in
this loose cannon within his
doll house party before he
puts his two feet into his
mouth, again. The party and
Symonette owe Mr Christie,
his family and, indeed, the
nation, an abject and imme-
diate apology.
In closing, let me say now
that I will never join or sup-
port the defunct FNM so long
as Symonette is in a leader-


ship position. The cancer of
racial intolerance and conde-
scension are pass in this
country. Symonette probably
thought that he was being
cute when he made his
remarks.
Well, we black Bahamians,
the majority of the voters, are
riot laughing and we will not
forget Symonette come the
next general elections. Mon-
tagu will not save him.
Yes, he did win that con-
stituency, but one must keep
in mind, the peculiarities of
that demographic area. Had
Symonette run in an inner
city area, he would be just
like his current leader, a seat-
less wonder.
Continue to do well, Prime
Minister Christie. With God's
ever-present help and grace,
you will resume your full
duties, in due course. As we
continue to undergird you
with our prayers, let Symon-
ette and his allies suck on this
quote: "Some for renown, on
scraps of learning dote" and
think they grow immortal as
they quote... Edward Young,
Love of Fame.
To God then, in all of
these unkind and silly
remarks, be the glory.
ORTLAND H BODIE JR
Nassau
May 12 2005


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Hundreds gather in Freeport




to collect severance cheques


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Former Roy-
al Oasis workers packed the
Foster B Pestaina Hall on
Thursday to collect their long
awaited severance cheques from
government.
. The $5 million payout is part
of the $6.1 million owed in
redundancy payments by the
operators of the resort.
Labour Minister Vincent
Peet said that the government
has honoured its commitment
as it relates to the use of public
funds for payment to the 900
displaced workers who were
laid off last September.
The remaining $1.1 million is
subject to parliamentary
approval. In the meantime, Mr
Peet said, the government is
pursuing buyers for the 900-
room Royal Oasis Casino and
Golf Resort in Freeport.
In the past nine months,
many workers have been job-
less and struggling to meet their
financial obligations since the
resort's closure after hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne.
The $8.3 million in redun-
dancy payment initially
announced also included those
workers who are still employed
at the resort. Mr Peet noted that
the total sum due to the unem-
ployed was $6.12 million. Under




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Bahamian law, the government
can only pay up to $5 million
in public funds without going
to parliament.
The pay-out exercise started
shortly after 10am. Workers
filed into the church hall
throughout most of the day.
Although it meant the end of
waiting for some workers, for
others it was a bittersweet
moment.
Only those 600 persons who.
are entitled' to smaller sums
under $11,000 would be paid in
full. Others would receive 50
per cent payment now and the
rest after parliamentary
approval.
"This is a very good day for
Grand Bahama and hundreds
of families and workers who
have been waiting and having
a rough time," Mr Peet said.

Action

He added that he hopes legal
action will not be necessary and
that settlement could be
reached shortly with Lehman
Brothers, the New York parent
company of the resort.
"This is public money and
public funds and it must be pro-
tected at all cost. So that what-
ever is paid now must be
recouped from the operators,"
he said.














A 46-YEAR-OLD man
was charged in Magistrate's
tCourt yesterday with!unlaw-
ful sexual intercourse with a
young girl.
It was alleged that
between March and April
this year he had unlawful
sexual intercourse with a 13-
year-old girl.
He was granted $15,000
bail with two sureties and
will reappear in court on
June 9.
A 25-year-old resident
of Hospital Lane pleaded
not guilty to assault with a
deadly instrument.
It was alleged that at
6.10am on May 10, 2005,
Elexis Taylor assaulted Her-
man Taylor with a handgun.
Bail was set at $15,000
with two sureties.
The case was adjourned
to October 6.


Mr Peet said the Royal Oasis
situation was a special case and
did not mean that others who
might have lost their jobs can
call on government for assis-
tance.
"We know a number of per-
sons are saying they should be
part of the exercise. This is
something that is very rare and


it has to be almost a crisis situ-
ation .where it happened after
the hurricane and where hun-
dreds of families and workers
were affected.
A disappointed female work-
er at the Royal Oasis Resort
thinks that government should
make certain that companies
and investors adhere to the


country's labour laws.
"I appreciate the government
for their efforts, but I feel that in
the Bahamas if we are going to
protect the integrity of employ-
ees we have got to make sure
our labour laws are adhered to
because people will continually
come in the country and take
advantage of our people.


Staff are 'committed'


* By A FELICITY.INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE once divided staff at
Fox Hill Prison have a new
sense of unity and commitment,
according to prison superin-
tendent Dr Elliston Rahming.
In an interview with The Tri-,
bune, Dr Rahming said that.
officers' spirits have been uplift-.
pd andthere is an "air of hope,
that things will happen for
them".
During the tenure of the pre-
vious superintendent, Edwin
Culmer, officers told The Tri-
bune that, in addition to the
low morale of officers due to
working conditions and the lev-
el of pay, there was a deep rift
between those who either sided
with former prison Supt Edwin
Culmer, or his deputy, Charles
Role.
"The superintendent and the
deputy have a most harmo-
nious relationship and I find
that the staff is overwhelming-
ly supportive of the leadership,"
Dr Rahming said.
"Through open communica-


tion, staff may come to under-
stand that their hopes may be
realised by ways other than
promotions and salary increas-
es, although they are impor-
tant. Just in the level of respect
they are shown by making
opportunities available to them
. for training."
Despite tecent upgrades to
infrastructture, prison officers
still complain about working
conditions.

Complaints

At the maximum security
unit, officers said their issues
include being short-staffed,
underpaid in comparison to
other national security officers,
and having to deal with
unpleasant situations.
On one occasion, the Prison
Staff Association marched to the
House of Assembly to ask for
speedy-assistance from National
Security Minister Cynthia Pratt
to raise pay and include ameni-
ties such as uniform allowance,
proper insurance coverage


and retirement benefits.
Dr Rahming said he is
engaged in "the relentless
search for new training".
During Dr Rahming's three
months at the facility, officers
have been exposed to prison
life in Cuba, where there is a
successful industries pro-
gramme which allows the facil-
ity there to be almost self-suffi-
cient. Other officers attended
seminars in the United States.
Fifty new recruits are
presently training at the new
education centre.


* By NATARIO McKENZIE
FIRE officers have pledged
that more of an effort is being
made to protect the public
after the massive bush fire
that threatened hundreds of
homes in the Coral Harbour
area last week they.
Sergeant Ernest Hanna,
the Royal Bahamas Police
Force Fire Branch's training
officer, said it is considering
using a new technique to
combat forest fires.
The Fire Branch, which
currently uses the backburn-
ing technique for forest
blazes, is now considering
the use of the prescribed
burning technique common-
ly used in Florida the
"urban interface".
The backburning tech-
nique is the creation of
smaller fires on the outskirts
of an area potentially threat-
ened by a larger fire and
then allowing the smaller
fires to burn back into the
larger fire dangerous and
requiring more resources.
He said, that the pre-
scribed burning technique is
well-planned and requires
fewer resources.

Control

The procedure involves
setting fire to certain strips of
the forest which can be con-
trolled under favourable
conditions, preferably fol-
lowing the summer months.
These burned portions
would then serve as fire-
breaks which would reduce
the spread of the fire when
an actual blaze occurs.
"We have limited, but
adequate resources and if we
have all of our resources tied
up at a huge fire in Coral
Harbour for instance, it will
mean that we will have less
resources to tackle another
fire elsewhere," he said.
' "We 'do not like to put
ourselves in this position and
with the prescribed burning
technique we will not have
to,tackle any large fires," he
added.
Mr Hanna said that the
technique has never been
used in New Providence, but
fire officers have been
trained in the procedure.


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LIMOUSINE drivers in
Nassau yesterday condemned
the Bahamas government for
not doing enough to settle
their dispute with Atlantis.
The United Limousine
Operators' Association
(ULOA) said the Minister of
Transport and Aviation, along
with the government, had
done nothing sufficient to
resolve their differences with
the resort.
Since their meeting last
week with Minister Glenys
Hanna-Martin and other offi-
cials in the taxi and limousine
industry, ULOA says that
nothing has been achieved.
Kendall Culmer, ULOA
president, said media reports


by Atlantis public relations
officials are being used to mis-
lead the public by focusing on
old issues such as the limou-
sine call-up system rather than
their main point.

Commission

"Our great effort is to get
that work that Atlantis is solic-
iting from guests and selling
to Bahamas Experience Lim-
ousines and Tours (BELT) for
a 20 per cent commission.
"That is. wrong. Yes,
Atlantis has the right to offer
guests of their casino services,
but we are referring to the.
average, everyday guests. We
should be allowed to have
access to them if they require
our services," he said.


Other ULOA officials invit-
ed the public to test "the sys-
tem" and dial Atlantis and ask
to be directed to their limou-
sine services.
"You would be routed
directly to the BELT office on
Shirley Street," Mr Culmer.
said. "But the guests are think-
ing they are dealing with h ser-
vice directly in the hotel. Since
we met with the minister last
week she has asked us to hold
off on any major demonstra-
tion.
"I don't think the minister,
nor the government, is doing
sufficient to resolve the mat-
ter. The minister and the gov-
ernment might be protecting
BELT for their own interest.
We know why Atlantis is pro-
tecting BELT. They have a 20
per cent interest."


Flood damage 'minimal'


THE government is "satis-
fied" that damage caused by
flooding in South Andros on
Tuesday was "not as devas-
tating as first indicated",
Deputy Prime Minister Cyn-
thia Pratt said yesterday.
This followed an on-site
inspection technical teams
from various ministries.
It was reported that water
levels rose to about 12 inches
in the two affected areas of
Driggs Hill and Duncombe
Coppice, Andros, on Tues-
day. But by Wednesday the


water had receded in nearly
all the affected areas and road
conditions are being consid-
ered "normal", said Mrs Pratt.
Damage to property was
"minimal", she added,
although some homeowners
experienced "minor damage"
to their furniture.
Five families nd two elder-
ly disabled personsneeded to
be temporarily relocated.
The Congo Town Airport
runway received minor pot-
hole damages as a result of
the settlement of water.


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By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NUTRITIONIST chef has
been hired at Fox Hill Prison to
create a diet for inmates with
special needs.
Recently, a notice appeared in
the prison foyer advising family
members that sentenced inmates
could no longer receive home-
cooked food. All food items
would have to come from the
prison kitchen or the commis-
sary.
Only remanded inmates could
receive certain items from their
families, but personal necessities
for all inmates would also have
to come from the commissary.
The communication said that,
as contraband had entered the
facility in things like toothpaste
tubes, and marijuana had been
cooked in soup, no sentenced
inmates could receive anything
from outside the compound.
Families complained to the
press that relatives with special
dietary needs could not receive
the items they need on time. One
woman expressed concern that
her husband, a diabetic, could,
not follow doctor's orders by
having soy milk and vegetarian
meals on time.
"We have a fully qualified and
certified nutritionist chef who
has put together a inenu with
daily calorie count provision that
meets international standards,"
said superintendent Dr Elliston
Rahming.
The prison recently benefited
from a new state-of-the art
kitchen, with inmate chefs
trained by the Bahamas Hotel;
Training College.
The upgrades to the prison
have been viewed by some as
"going soft" on criminals and
providing a "hotel-like atmos-
phere" for them.
But Dr Rahming said it is nec-
essary to find the "nobler
virtues" in the inmates in order
to ensure their reformation.


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charged with stealing was released on
$1,000 bail with one surety
yesterday.
Reserve Constable 312 Calvin Hart, a 45-
year-old employee of Grand Bahama Power
Company, appeared at Freeport Magistrate
Court and pleaded not guilty to stealing 10


cases of soda, which were the property of
the firm.
It is alleged that on January 29, Hart stole
the cases of soda following a function the
company had sponsored in West End for
underprivileged children.
The matter was adjourned to October 3,
2005.
In the meantime, Mr Hart has been sus-
pended from his duties as a member of the
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THE beat of goat skin
drums and the rhythmic scrap-
ing of a carpenter's saw will
awaken the sleepy isle of Cat
Island when the Cat Island
Rake 'n' Scrape Festival is
held during the week of May
29-June 4.
Home of famous Bahamian


actor Sidney Poitier and leg-
endary artist and musician
Tony McKay, Cat Island will


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be the place to be during the
Labour Day holiday weekend.
This event will celebrate
Bahamian Rake 'n' Scrape
music, food and culture.
Annual
It will be the seventh annual
festival and a slew of exciting
and fun filled events are being
planned. This year, the Cat
Island Rake and Scrape Festi-
val Committee will hold the
event in "The Obeah Man"
Tony McKay's honour, said
Alworth Rolle, Cat Island
Rake-N-Scrape Committee
President.
Much of The Bahamas'
indigenous music, folklore and
myth can be traced to Cat
Island, which makes the island
a perfect setting for the festi-
val.
Authentic
During the festival, residents
of Nassau, neighbouring
Eleuthera and other visitors
and natives will be able to grab
their fill of authentic down
home Bahamian cuisine and
drinks, tour the historic island
which boasts of having the
country's highest hill, enjoy
sweet native music and partic-
ipate in a fun run/walk. Festi-
val goers will even have the
opportunity to learn how to
dance the Bahamian Quadrille
and the Heel and Toe Polka
which usually accompany the
festive rake n' scrape music.
The fest will open with a
church service, which begins


at 6pm at the Mt Sinai Baptist
Church in New Bight Cat
Island. There will also be a
"Kiddies' Korner" during the
festival with fun "Bahamian
Heritage Games" like hop-
scotch, marbles, kite flying etc.
A new feature this year is
"Education days" where chil-
dren from local schools will be
invited to paint all the garbage
drums, that will be used at the
festival site. An essay compe-
tition will also be judged at this
time. Prizes will be given for
the most artistic and creative
pieces presented, according to
Pamela Poitier, coordinator of
the essay and art competition.
Agenda
SA pool, dominoes and bas-
ketball tournament, bicycle
race, fun run/walk and dance
classes are also on the agen-
da. Performances by Bahami-
an headliner entertainers such
as Ronnie Butler, Nita, Geno
D and Elton Moxey will add to
the top-notch entertainment.
But the real highlight of the
event will be the "Battle of the
Rake 'N' Scrape Bands'" which
will be held on Friday,'June
3rd and 4th at 8pm. The conm-
petition will feature rake n'
scrape bands from throughout
the Bahama Islands. Some of
the brave contenders who have
already signed up for a piece of
the action include: Ophie &
The Websites; Frankco & The
Dogs; Boe Hog & The Root-
ers; Turning Point Rake &
Scrape8 Band' and the
Eleuthera Rum Runners.


Concerns raised over

the success of mass

opposition gathering


* HAVANA
, BITTER infighting among
dissidents, the communist gov-
ernment's detentions of some
opponents and the refusal to
let some international
observers into the country
raised concerns Thursday
about the success of this week's
planned mass opposition gath-
ering, according to Associated
Press.
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Movement, led by internation-
ally known dissident Oswaldo
Paya, said in a harshly worded
communique on Thursday that
it would not attend an event it
considers to be "a big fraud
against the opposition."
Accused
The communique accused
Martha Beatriz Roque and
other assembly organizers of
working in concert with Cuban
state security members, and
with the support of Miami-
based exiles, to the benefit of
Fidel Castro's government.
Several years in the planning,
Friday's general meeting of the
Assembly for the Promotion
of Civil Society in Cuba was
designed to bring together dis-
sidents from on and off the
island to discuss plans for cre-
ating a democratic society on
the island.


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* By KRISTINA MCNEIL


STUDENTS and teachers at Uriah
McPhee Primary School have been pre-
sented with after a new after-school pro-
gramme to help students who were lag-
ging academically.
Nearly 300 students from grades three,
four, five and six remained after school
for two afternoons a week for instruction
from January until this month.
The programme was designed for stu-
dents who were at least two grades below
where they should be academically but
a special focus was placed on third and
sixth grade students preparing to take the
Grade Level Assessment Tests (GLAT)
this month.
The new programme was sponsored by
Pierre Dupuch, MP for St Margaret's,
who handed out awards.
"Teachers have been an important part
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teaching them the dos and don'ts," said
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is having fun doing his homework and
studies.?' .
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bers of a local cooperative
credit union can now conduct
financial transactions from
home with the launching of
an internet teller service.
Paradise Island Resort and
Casino Cooperative Credit
Union Ltd (PIRCCCU) now
allows its members to view
their accounts, apply for loans
and other financial transac-
tions through its website at
www.pirccu.org.
Chairman and founding
member Eugene Cooper said
that the teller would be a very
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"Now members would not
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find out what is going on with
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thing that is happening," he
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The credit union has
already recorded success sto-
ries from its members who
have taken advantage of the
free membership service.
Ednamae Jones, an
employee of Atlantis, applied
for a loan using the electronic
service and had her loan
approved, cheque signed and
collected on the same day.
The new Internet teller
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Sponsoring Centre for the Deaf


* ATLANTIS' Royal Towers guest reception department practise sign language during the Centre
for The Deaf's Commonwealth Day celebrations


A STAFF team at Atlantis is
sponsoring the children at the
Centre for the Deaf
The Royal Towers guest
reception team were inspired
by a fellow worker who is hear-
ing impaired, and have also
completed the first phase of a
sign language class, which will
help them to communicate with
hearing impaired guests at
Atlantis.
Ingrid Higgs, director of guest
reception in the Royal Towers,
said: "We decided to sponsor
the school and have our team
members learn sign language in
an attempt to give back to the
community. We want to give
these kids the attention that
they deserve so that they realise
they can do some of the things
that hearing children do."
Ms Higgs said that when they
first considered hiring 19-year-
old Devendo Fowler, a guest
service agent in the transit
lounge at Atlantis who is hear-
ing impaired, they had some
mixed emotions.
"When we interviewed him
we told him what our expecta-
tions were, and decided to give
him a chance as we had never
done this before. He has
worked exceptionally well," she
said.
Mr Fowler has become quite
popular around Atlantis, as he
is known to be an honest and
reliable worker so much so he
was nominated as employee of
the month in January, just two
months after joining the resort.
"It's very amazing that many
people took time out to learn
sign language," said Mr Fowler,
who is now able to give his col-
leagues helpful tips on sign lan-
guage while communicating
with them. .
Twenty people took part in
the six-week session, which
focused on the letters of the
alphabet, basic greetings and
directions to various attractions
and facilities at Atlantis.
"It was very informative for
me. I totally enjoyed the expe-
rience and I am looking forward
to checking in my first hearing
impaired guest," said Arlene
Chase, a front office agent.
"The session invoked a burn-
ing passion to kind of get out
there and do more and help
more..." said Quienten Morris,


doorman at Royal Towers.
The team participated in the
school's Commonwealth Day
celebrations, and will soon be
spending some quality time with
the children as team members
host them on a tour of Atlantis
and hold a number of fun activ-
ities for them.


Sandra Sweeting, senior mis-
tress at the Centre for the Deaf,
said: "To have Atlantis adopt
the Centre for the Deaf was
overwhelming for us. Not in our
wildest dreams did we think
that such a wonderful and fan-
tastic thing would happen for
us."


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ERIC "E.J."
LLOYD
MACKEY, JR., 3
of South Beach will be held
. aon Saturday at 11:00 a.m. at
Faith Temple Ministries
International, Madeira Street,
Palmdale. Officiating will be
Bishop Lester M. Cox.
Interment in Lakeview
Gardens, J.F.K. Drive.
He is survived by his
parents, Eric and Delerice Mackey; one sister, Ereisha
Mackey; grandparents, Dorothy and Eldred Moss,
Raymond Sr. and Erma Mackey, Joyce and Noel
Small and Laurie Gibson; great grandmother, Marjorie
Wallace; aunts, Eva Mackey (Miami), Vemette Parker
(Abaco), Sherry Duvalier, Nathalie Parks, Marsulette
Patram (Eleuthera), Michelle Knowles, Carol and
Shannon Mackey, Barbara Perkins, Ingrid Ferguson,
Julia Bodie and Sharmaine Porter; uncles, Raymond
Jr., Edward and Jason Mackey, Roscoe, Rodney,
Erlington (Linky) and Larry Knowles, Rev. Bernell
Parker, Wellington Duvalier, Livingston Parks, Cranston
Patram, Stanley Perkins and Quentin Porter;
granduncles, George, John and Alfred McCartney,
Willis and Edwin Knowles, Bishop George Mackey,
Sidney and Ivan Neymour, William Braynen, Bishop
Simeon, Pastor Preston and Evangelist Wellington
Wallace, Kenneth and Dennis Wallace and Roosevelt
Nixon; grandaunts, virginia Williams, Hilda Isaacs,
Mispah Braynen, Sheila and Ellen-McCartney, Gloria
Mackey, Anna, Patsy and Magnola Neymour and
Margaret Wallace, Freda Ferguson and Boleyn Nixon;
Godparents, Patrice Romer, Kendrick and Demetrea
Knowles and Lisa Robinson.
Host of other relatives and friends including,
Candid, Ava, Anva, Bernaro, Kymell and April Parker,
Devon, Javon, Travon and Jujay Knowles, Welldaisha,
Sherwell, Leo and Wellesha Duvalier, Rhonda
Knowles, Lavardo Knowles, Kendeno Knowles, Nicco
Kelly, Leandra, Lynette and Lyneisha Parks, Cranston
Jr. and Kristen Patram, Britney Knowles, Kino, Almanto
Coakley, Lamont and Nikisha Evans, David and Indira
Michel, Kelsey and Cody Perkins, Shaqueno,
Shaquan, Shaquent and Shaquay Porter, Benjamin,
Edward Jr., Shanaya and Gabrayal Mackey, Samantha
Mackey, the Knowles, McCartney, Mackey and the
Wheeler families, Jason and Delvin Miller, Mr. and
Mrs. Byron Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. George Brice,
Wendy Brice, Mr. and Mrs. Brent Ferguson, Ian and
Kwame Ferguson, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Wilkinson,
Mr. and Mrs. Julian Nixon, Kelly Nixon, Tammy Jules,
principal, staff, parents and students of Kidz Care Pre
School, principal, staff and students of Temple Christian
Primary School, Dr. Patrick Roberts and Dr. Demeritte
and staff, The Princess Margaret Hospital Emergency
section, the staff of Delta Airline, Star Insurance, Cyril
Peet, Gregory Williams, Bishop Lester M. Cox and
many others too numerous to mention.
The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial
Mortuary, Robinson Road and Fifth Street on Friday
from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. and at the church on
Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until service time.


WEALTHY
DORIS "TIITH"
SWEETING, 95
of Culmer's Alley off Kemp
Road will be held on
Saturday at 2:00 p.m. at St. -
James Native Baptist
Church, St. James Road.
Officiating will be Rev. Dr.
Michael C. Symonette
assisted by Rev. Daniel
Beneby, Rev. William
Hepburn and Rev. Charles Rolle. Interment in the
Church's Cemetery, St. James Road.
She is survived by three daughters, Ethlyn Smith,
Grace Cartwright and Betty Sweeting of Freeport,
Grand Bahama; two sons, Michael and Stanley
Sweeting; adopted daughters, Maize Sands and
Merline Gray; stepdaughter, Albertha Green; adopted
sons, Edgar Green of Mangrove Cay, Andros, Calvin
Sweeting and Metius Major; brother, Garfield Stubbs;
numerous grandsons including Colin Smith, Stephen
Knowles, Samuel Sweeting, Denton Cartwright,
Christopher Sweeting, Kevin Rigby, Tyrone Williams,
Alexander, Godfrey, Jermaine, Tracy Cody Jr., and
Greg Sweeting, Terry Smith and Martin Allen;
numerous granddaughters, Carolyn Fox, Doris
Fitzgerald Smith, Christine Armbrister, Brenda Carey,
Angelique, Nadia and De'Andre Sweeting, Patricia
Rigby, Sherry Allen, Denise Grey, Indianna Sweeting,
Sandra Stubbs, Shelly Sweeting, Linda Heastie, Lou
Sweeting, Naioka and Monalisa Clarke and Sheila
Buckle; numerous great grandchildren including Keith,
Dyson, Larand, Asantea and Hayley Smith, Ashton
and Loranza Knowles, Destiny Smith, Corey and Todd


Simmons, Durann Smith, Sidney Clarke, Nakia Hanna,
Anya Allen, Denton Jr. and Tenielle Cartwright, Quinton
Jr and Quav'lee Rolle, Bradley Major and Kenday
Knowles; numerous nieces and nephews including
Loretta Sweeting, Louise Thom, Arementha Stubbs,
Vivian Brown, Veronica and Mavene Stubbs, Althea
Knowles, Pearline, Lillian, Peggy, Rosemary, Cecil,
Bertis, Neve, Neville, Mervin, Lonza and Sidney
Stubbs and Geraldine Symonette; daughters-in-law,
Emilita and Peggy Sweeting; host of other relatives
and friends too numerous to mention.
The body will repose at Kurtiss Memorial
Mortuary, Robinson Road and Fifth Street on Friday
from 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Saturday from 10:00
a.m. until 12:00 noon and at the church from1:00 p.m.
until service time.


Wulff Road & Pinedale
Tel: 323-3800 or 322-1431 Fax: 328-8852


ORTHNEL

MILTON
"MICKY"

FRANK
FERGUSON,
47

A resident of Blue Hill Road & Peter
Street will be held on Friday May
20th, 2005 at Rock of Ages Funeral
Chapel; Wulff Road & Pinedale, at
11:00a.m. Officiating will be Rev.
Kelson Cox, interment: Cremation
will follow.

He is survived by one brother,
Michael Ferguson; two sisters,
Delvera Griffin & Donna Ferguson
of Freeport Grand Bahama; one
sister-in-law, Yanvera Smith of
Freeport Grand Bahama; ten nieces,
six nephews three aunts, Augusta
Brown of Green Castle Eleuthera,
Madline Martin & Louise Richards
and a host of other relatrives and
friends.


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Jean Belino
Jeantilhomme,
71,
a resident of Homestead
Street & formerly of St. Louis
du Nort Haiti, will be held at
Ebenezar Baptist Church,
Charles Vincent Street, on
Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Officiating will be Rev. Dr.
Elkin Symonette, assisted by
Rev. Celesson St. Gerard. Interment follows in
Woodlawn Gardens, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Mary
Jeantilhomme; 9 children, Jerry, Kelly, Cynthia, Johnny,
James, Yvonne Alteme, Yvette Deveaux, Anide and
Harold; 15 grandchildren, Diana, Arnold, Graig,
Alexander Ateme, Dericha, Deyencia, Desterny,
De'Vante, Delanna Richardson, Brandon and Lajuan
Deveaux, Kelly Smith, Jerry Rolle, Brittany Rolle and
Jerry Jr.; 3 sisters: Conserve, Jumadelle and Nazilia;
2 sons-in-law, Brandon Deveaux Sr., and Arnold
Alteme; 1 daughter-in-law, Anise Jeantilhomme;
sisters-in-law, Marguerite and Madam Edner; 5
brothers-in-law, Luc Filias, Jesner Julmiste, Fernand,
Lumenes and Innocent Sidoles; 18 nephews, Franklin,
Roosevelt, Delano, Lima, Nazaire, Waldex Michel,'
Lavener, Deliuva, Clarince Alexis, Luckman, Tiloulou
Filias, Marc-Elve, Charite, Tales, Desvra, Benson
Joseph; 15 nieces, Kimberly, Carline, Majorie, Rosita,
Tercilia, St. Rose, Mirlande, Michel, Veronique,
Julmiste, Ravilia and Quirlande Joseph, Melida Alexis,
Vernante Beverly, and Judith Filias; 27 grand nephews
and nieces, Ernst Brunette, Bruce-Leine, Bruce-lee,
Wilsen, Nolda, Kenise, Alex, Louvensky, Delna, Delno,
Dierline, Delna, Dina, Daniel, Roby, Maika, Michel,
Rich-kend, Beneto, Boy, Junior, Lavania, Nephataldra
Rodney, Natalie, Stephanie and Trma; 5 aunts,
Soufrance, Doy, Meprisia, Madame Yon Yon, Madame
Beautes Moreaux; cousins, Franc, Roland, Jerry,
Holly, Cepoudy, Julie, Doramise, Madame, Aronald,
Remercile, Ismera, Francius, France, Catherine,
Rosemarie, Belinoit, Jean Claude, Benjamin, Maudilia,
Heribert, Navares, Angelique, Marie Hellene, Loretta,
Came, Madame Jesner, Madame Iliarion, Cepoudy,
John, Anthony, Clebert, Madame Francoeur, Eldiou,
Mazadieu, Vierje Mary, YaYa, Madame Souveur,
Telina, Andre, Madame Touyen, Raymond, Lavius,
Mary, Madame Mede, Cebien, Antoine, Aujustin,
Jracieuse, Celie, Madame Milet, Juerba, Nadia, lanou,


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facility capped off a three-day
symposium co-ordinated by
local port officials to explore
new security measures to com-
bat terrorist attacks.
The exercise was a
requirement of the Inter-
national Ship and Port
Security code, applied to
the Bahamas in July of
2004 under the Interna-
tional Maritime Organiza-
tion. The code requires
that a major security exer-
cise, such as the one yes-
terday, be performed at a
every port facility under
the ISPS code at least once
every eighteen months.
Drill
The scene acted out dur-
ing the designated hour-
long drill yesterday was
that at 1330 hours, or
1.30pm, a call was placed
to an employee at Prince
George Wharf claiming
that an explosive device
had been put in the port
area. Minutes later the port
was evacuated and an
explosion occurred in one
of the dumpsters located
on one of the piers. A
small tug was ablaze as a
result and other explosions
were likely.
The mission of the Joint
Security Task Force
assigned to respond to the
situation was to firstly
secure the perimeter of
Prince George Wharf and
Nassau Harbour, evacuate
those persons who were
injured, extinguish the fire
on the burning vessel and
ensure that there was no
further threat to the facili-
ty. The Churchill building
served as the central com-


mand centre for security
officials, the fountain area
outside the port facilities
became the triad for the
injured while Rawson
Square became the access
point to emergency vehi-
cles. West Bay Street was
closed to vehicular traffic
for most of yesterday after-
noon to accommodate the
exercise. Some 15 persons
from various international
port facilities were
observers of the exercise.
Conduct
Minister of Transport
and Aviation Glenys Han-
na Martin said that yester-
day's exercise was not easy
to conduct as it took place
in the Bay Street area
where hundreds of
Bahamians and.cruise ships
converge daily. She also
noted that it had taken a
great effort to bring all of
the relevant agencies
together at short notice.
"The purpose of this
exercise was to test, evalu-
ate, and identify weakness-
es in our security so that
we can correct them so that
in the event of a terrorist
attack we would be poised
to respond effectively, effi-
ciently and ensure the safe-
ty of the Bahamian people
and international trav-
ellers."
Although overall evalu-
ation wil.Lnot be known
until today; Port Controller
Anthony Aliens gave an
initial response to the exer-
cise.
"From the initial reac-
tion I think it went well
although I think the coor-
dination was not perfect-
ed, there are still some
kinks to sort out," he said.


Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026




GENEVIE
ELOISE
BASTIAN, 56

of #10 Lakeview Drive,
will be held on
Saturday at 10:00 a.m.
at St. Joseph's Catholic
Church, Boyd Road. Fr. Martin Gomes
assisted by Deacon Gregory Taylor will
officiate. Interment will be made in the
Lakeview Memorial Gardens, J.F.K. Drive.

She is survived by her husband, Wesley
J. Bastian; three sons, Owen, Gavin and
Bryan Bastian; mother, Francita Forbes; one
sister, Donna Forbes; three brothers, Ambrose,
Michael and Waldon Forbes; two aunts, Elvia
Pratt and Veronica Roberts; one uncle,
Askward Gordon; numerous nieces, nephews
and a host of other relatives and friends.

Friends may pay their last respects at
Bethel Brothers Morticians #44 Nassau Street
on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and
on Saturday at the church from 9:00 a.m. to
service time.

In lieu of flowers donations may be
sent to College of The Bahamas Building
Fund in memory of Genevie Eloise Bastian.


almeida, Pierrina, Madame Clebert, Madame Raoul,
Madome, Cidoine, Madame Mack-sius, Violette,
Celesson, Mania, Dieusel, David, Berlozieu, Albertus,
Christianne, Ermantude, Ti Ben, Examine Lafamille
Lafrance, Lafamille Daniel, Madam Raymond,
Lavictoire, Ivon, Madam John, Madam Eliezer, Madam
Bien-Cher and Christianne; other relatives and friends
including, Management and Staff of Cartwright Building
Supplies and the Pettihomme family.
Friends may pay their last respects at Demeritte's
Funeral Home, Market Street, from 10:00 a.m.-6:00
p.m.on Friday and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. -12:00
noon and at the church from 1:00 p.m. until service
time.


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Arson not ruled out after





airport fire in Exuma


FROM page one

fire truck was also summoned to
try to extinguish the blaze. No
one was injured in the fire.
However the six trailers were
completely destroyed. These
trailers housed staff of the
Immigration and Customs
departments, and Nassau Flight
Services.
A team of officers from the
fire department and the Roy-
al Bahamas Police Force in
Nassau were expected to fly
to Exuma yesterday to begin
their investigations.
Minister of Aviation and
Transport Glenys Hanna-


Martin said they are not aware
of how long the investigation
will take, but are pleased with
the fast response of combined
forces in the government to
put temporary measures in
place.

Flight
"Immediate steps have been
taken to ensure that the first
international flight which
came in around noon, will
experience no delay or dis-
ruption. So temporary mea-
sures have been put in place to
ensure that Customs and
Immigration services will be


FROM page one

Save Guana Cay Association, he was surprised
to see that Mrs Grant-Bethell was no longer lead
counsel for the Attorney General's Office rep-
resenting the respondents.
Mrs Grant-Bethell has lodged a complaint over
Mr Sears allegedly using intemperate language in
what a source described as "a massive cussing
match" in the Attorney General's Office.
"There is a terrible sense of injustice being felt.by
the attorneys in the- Attorney General's- Office,,
both on the criminal and civil sides," said Mr Smith.
"It is felt that the government has no confidence
in the staff at the Attorney General's Office because
a practice has developed of constantly bringing in
foreign consultants.
"Indeed, an iniquitous practice has further devel-
oped of having retired non-Bahamian Supreme
Court and Court of Appeal justices advising, draft-
ing and acting as consultants in the Attorney Gen-
eral's Offic&."
Mr Smith said he would like to know how much
taxpayers' money was being spent by the govern-
ment on foreign consultants.
"This demonstrates a complete vote 6f no-con-
fidence in Bahamian lawyers," he said.
"If this government does not respect its own
staff or have confidence in its own lawyers, it means
they have even less confidence in the private Bar.


FROM page one

Ms Penn described Tyronne
as a peaceful, loving person,
who most recently worked at a
Dry Goods store in the 1st
Street neighbourhood.
News of his death spread
quickly and she said that all day
she has had visits and calls from
Tyronne's friends.
"He was a very friendly per-
son and he knew everyone. A


intact.
"In addition a short term
temporary measure, which
was agreed on the ground, will
be implemented in a few days
which we hope will be only
for a few days," she said.
Two architects will go to
Exuma today to provide the
ministry with a number of
options that are open to them
to immediately address the
airport's needs.
"I'd like to mention, which I
feel is very important, that the
domestic section of the termi-
nal, which also is used for
screening for international
passengers is intact.


"Why isn't the Attorney General's Office using
Bahamian attorneys as consultants instead of for-
eign consultants? There is an uproar in the Attor-
ney General's Office and many have threatened to
walk out."
Mr Smith added: "I encourage the private Bar to
criticise the government in its practice of always
turning to foreign legal consultants instead
of their own lawyers and the private Bahamas
Bar."
Mr Smith said foreign counsel were used in the
past in matters going to the Privy Council. "But now
it has apparently become commonplace to have
every piece of work on everyday regular matters
reviewed by Caribbean and British retired judges
and lawyers.
"I call upon the government to stop the practice
6f discrediting and demeaning the local Bar.
"Worse still is that this is being done secretly."
Mr Smith said there was nothing wrong with
the Attorney General or private Bar hiring for-
eign counsel to train and help in matters requiring
special expertise.
But he added: "This tendency of the PLP gov-
ernment to do everything secretly and behind
closed doors is certainly contrary to their election
promises of transparency, accountability, public
consultation and ethical government."
He said the public was entitled to know
how much was being spent on foreign legal con-
sultants.


23-year-old is


stabbed to death


lot of his friends have expressed
sympathy," she said.
Tyronne, a graduate of CC
Sweeting Sr, pasted for the
Roots Junkanoo group and was
very active in martial arts.
Funeral arrangements are


tentatively planned for next Sat-
urday.
Mr Evans told The Tribune
that two individuals are assisting
police with their investigations.
Police have not released a
motive for the stabbing.


"Security is in no way com-
promised. Therefore interna-
tional travel to Exuma has not
been impacted in terms of
security issues by this fire,"
Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
Experts at the civil aviation
department said they are con-
sidering using awnings to tem-
porarily protect passengers










FROM page one

years before being eligible
for parole.
Daley, who. drove the get-
away car, was also sentenced
to life imprisonment with
hard labour. He will not be
eligible for parole under 20
years.
Because of the shortage
of police officers in court,
both prisoners were hand-
cuffed and their feet were
shackled.
McQueen complained
constantly that his leg shack-
les were too tight and that
he was in severe pain. The
police officers ignored his
complaint.
The shortage of police
officers was due to a sick-
out by lawmen, over
salaries. The police federa-
tion is lobbying for a 47 per
cent increase in wages, but,
according to government, to
grant the increase would be
in breach of the public sec-
tor's Memorandum of
Understanding.
The men were not sen-
tenced to death as capital
punishment is now being
debated by Jamaica's Par-
liament.
Evan Williams, the third
accused in the week-long tri-
al, was freed after-Justice
Marsh ruled that there was
insufficient evidence to con-.
vict him.
Adderley, 37, had been
living in Jamaica for three
years before being mur-
dered by a man his neigh-
bours called "a friend".


and their luggage as they are
processed at the airport. Moss
Town international airport is
the fourth busiest airport in
the Bahamas and over the
weekend the Four Seasons
Hotel at Emerald Bay is
expecting the arrival of more
700 guests.

Incident
The resort's general man-
ager, Antoine Chahwan, said
that it was a very unfortunate
incident that occurred at the
airport, but assured the public


that Emerald Bay is working
with local officials to make
certain that there are no
interruptions to their cus-
tomers.
"We have a temporary
structure there and we will
look at a much more
advanced solution. But for the
time being we need to contin-
ue to operate.
"We have to work with the
situation and find solutions,
which we have. So we will be
fine and will be able to look
after our guests the way we
should," he said.


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of Seven Hills Estate and formerly
of High Rock, South Andros, will
be held on Saturday, May 21,
2005 at 2:00 pm at Ressurrection
Catholic Church, Ressurection
Drive, Joan's Heights West.
Officiating will be Monsignor Alfred
Culmer. Interment will follow in St
Joseph's Cemetery, Tyler Street.

She is survived by her husband, Wayde Miller; two children,
D'ante and Deangelo; her mother, Anna Bell Davis-Knowles;
six sisters, Margaret, Susan, Deborah, Natalie, Eula and Carnie;
eight brothers, Felix, Jack, Mallary, Dudley, Raymond, Thomas
Lofton and Janeice; numerous nieces and nephews including,
Lynette, Latcia, Farrah, Nyjay, NakariQ-, Janel, Shanika, Janet,
Darius, lan, Mario, Dennis, Mel yin0.Marlon, Georgie, Dudley,
Jr, Mykala and Taren;, three: auht, Jenny, Pasty and Jessie;
two uncles, Ruben and Harcort; four sisters-in-law, Malanie,
Karen, Lakisha and Lindy; one brother-in-law, Tommy Sands
and a host of other relatives and friends including, Vangy and
family, Mrs Pinder and family, Vanraria and family, Lydia
Adderlley and family, Helena and family, Beverley Smith and
family, Vernice and family and the entire South Andros
community.

The body will repose in the BIssed Redeemer Chapel at
Ferguson's Funeral Directors, 7th Terrace Collins Avenue on
Friday from 12 noon to 6:00 pm Saturday 10 am to 12 noon
and on Saturday at the Church from 1:00 pm until service time.


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Parties, Nightclubs ,,
.< & Restaurants

A Jiggy Affair: Reggae, Dancehall & Soca Showdown
@ Club Ecliipse, Saturday, May 21. Featuring: Chiplee
of Lees Unlimited & Kickboxa and South Florida's
Award Winning Dancer. Ladies free before 11pm, and
men $15 before 12am. Local dancers will be able to
challenge each other for cash prizes.

KAPPA KRUISE 2005, a boat cruise hosted by the
Kappa Fraternity aboard the Seawind. Saturday, May
21. Music by DJ Killa B. Boarding time: 7:30PM., Strict
security. The official after party @ Club Fluid. Admis-
sion: $15 in advance, $20 @ the boat.

Members Only, its a party that money can't get you
into. Saturday, May 21 from 8pm to midnight @ the
Coyote Bar, Club Nsomnia. The after party follows
on the main level. Log on to www.phatgrooveon-
line.com, or email vipservices@phatgrooveonline.com
for more information or to apply.

Up All Night @ Club Nsomnia:
* M.A.D. Thursdays. Hosted by Jamaican artist, Bee-
nie Man. Special performance by Club Nsomnia's Inter-
national Coyote Girls. Late night happy hour from
9pm-llpm: $1 drink specials. Music by Barry da Pusha,
DJ Fines and Mr Excitement. Doors open at 9pm.
Ladies free before 11pm Guys $15 before 11pm
* Latin Fridays. Featuring all your favourite salsa,
merengue and latin music, the world famous Coyote
Bar, and karaoke. Come party on the streets of Cruz
Lane. Admission: Everybody $5 before 9pm. Music
by DJ Flava.
* Nsomniac Saturdays, a party for the grown and sexy.
Experience the flavour of South Beach in the Bahamas.
Music by DJ Fynes and DJ Flava. Ladies $10 before
11pm. Guys $15 before llpm.
* Caribbean Sundays, featuring soca, calypso, dancehall,
and 'reggaeton' music (a fusion of latin, reggae and
hip-bop music), Li.ye. performances and guest DJ's.
Mu ifcitefint and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all
nigl ias: $bSIoref.pm. Guys $15 before 11pm.
***Baby Chamn will perform at Caribbean Sundays on
May 22. Featuring his hit song, Vitamin S***
Dress code strictly enforced: No tees. No tennis. No
hats. No sportswear.

Exotic Saturdays @,Fridays Soon Come starts with 3 for
$10 drink specials. Admission: $10 before midnight
and $15 after. Ladies free before 11pm.

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the
best in Old Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and
drink.

Fever @ Bahama Boom, Elizabeth St, downtown, every
Friday night. Admission $10 before midnight. First 50
women get free champagne. First 50 men get a free
Greycliff cigar. Dress to impress. For VIP reservations
call 356-4612.

Cool Runnings is back with a Conscious Party @ Hard
Rock Cafe, Charlotte St North every Friday. Classic
reggae style music. Admission $10.

Mellow Moods every Sunday @ Fluid Lounge and
Nightclub, Bay St, featuring hits from yesterday old
school reggae and rockers downstairs, and golden oldies
upstairs. Admission: Free. Doors open 9pm.

Karaoke Music Mondazel @ Topshotters Sports Bar.
Drink specials all night lorg, including karaoke warm-
up drink to get you started. Party from 8pm-until.

Karaoke Nights @ Fluid Lounge and Nightclub. Begins
10pm every Tuesday. Weekly winners selected as
Vocalist of the Week $250 cash prize. Winner select-
ed at end of month from finalists cash prize $1,000.
Admission $10 with one free drink.

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge
includes a free Guinness and there should be lots of
prizes and surprises. Admission: Ladies $10 and Men
$15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar
every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and
numerous drink specials.

Flash Nights @ Club Fluid every Thursday. The ulti-
mate Ladies Night. Join Nassau's and Miami Beach's
finest men. Ladies only before 11.30pm with free cham-
pagne. Guys allowed after 11.30pm with $20 cover.

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open
at 9pm, showtime 11.30pni. Cover charge $15. $10 with
fly-
er.


An evening of Haitian melodies


ends its 2004-2005 sea-
son on Saturday night
with a recital by two sea-
soned performers. The event takes
place promptly at 8pm in the Gov-
ernment House Ballroom, where Lil-
iane Questel (pianist) and Jean
Ronald LaFond (baritone at right),
both of Haitian origin, will showcase
melodies from their native country.
Questel's career has taken her
around the world with concert
appearances that mark an impres-
sive resume. Among these appear-
ances are the Pittsburgh Symphony;
Hartford Symphony; Mississippi
Symphony; Southwest Michigan Orchestra; Bremen-
ton Symphony; Baltimore Orchestra, the Antwerp
Philarmonie; Belgian National Orchestra; Brussels
Conservatory Orchestra; the New Vlaams Chamber
Orchestra; the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and recent-
ly, the Cuban National Symphony.


Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s
music in the VIP Lounge, Top of the Charts in the
Main Lounge, neon lights and 'Go Go dancers. Glow
sticks for all in before midnight. Admission: Ladies
free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

Dicky Mo's Fridays @ Cable Beach. Happy Hour 3 for
$10 mixed drinks and $1 shots.

Twisted Boodah Lounge @ Cafe Segafredo, Charlotte
St kicks off early this Friday at 6pm with deep house to
hard house music, featuring CraigBOO, Unkle Funky
and Sworl'wide on the decks.

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco, Sandypbrt,'from
4pm-until, playing deep, funky chill moods with world
beats.

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sun-
day, 4pm-midnight @ Patio Grille, British Colonial
Hotel.

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal
Cay Beach. Admission $10, ladies free.

Carib Scene @ Club Fluid every Sunday. A night of
Caribbean, Latin and Reggae flavours for all audi-
ences. Latin Flair in the VIP Lounge; Old School Reg-
gae and Soca in the Main Lounge. Ladies in free before
11pm. $10 after 11pm. Men, $15 cover charge.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and
Skyline Drive. Singer/songwriter Steven Holden per-
forms solo with special guests on Thursday from 9pm -
midnight. ;,

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David
Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends per-
form Sunday, 7pm 10pm @ Hurricane Hole on Par-
adise Island.

Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British
Colonial Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant &
Lounge, Eneas St off Poinciana Drive. Featuring
Frankie Victory at the key board in the After Dark
Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and
drinks.

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean
Express perform at Traveller's Rest, West Bay St,
every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.

The Arts

Split Personality, a joint art show by Nicole Collie and
Lemero Wright hopes to challenge the eyes and the
mind of artlovers. Collie's more exotic, feminine pieces
celebrate woman- her curvaceous shape blended in
pastel shades. By contrast, Wright's work uses bright
almost glaring primary colours. Though Wright's paint-
ings suggest a more masculine energy, he has used the
female form in black and hot tones with smouldering
looks and proud stances. In some of Collie's pieces, she
uses brighter tones to highlight just the body (minus the
head). The exciting show, sponsored by the Credit
Suisse Supports Bahamian artists Programme, runs


Equally as accomplished is
LaFond, who has more than 30 oper-
atic roles in his repertoire, with an
equal number of oratorio roles. He
has appeared with the Sakai Opera
(Japan), Michigan Opera Theater,
Long Leaf Opera, The Aspen Opera
Theater Center, The Comic Opera
Guild, Orquesta Nacional de Cuba,
The Kalamazoo Symphony, The
Bozeman Symphony, Salt Lake City
Symphony, Greater Lansing Sym-
phony, The Gainseville Symphony,
and Central Florida Philharmonic,
among others.
The concert is being held under
the patronage of the Embassy of the
Republic of Haiti. Tickets: $35 (non-members), $25
(members), $5 (students). Make reservations at A D
Hanna and Co, Deveaux Street, telephone- 322-8306;
Star Insurance at 393-5529; or The Nassau Music Soci-
ety at 327-7668. For more information on these per-
formers, log on to www.nassaumusicsociety.com.


from Monday, May 16 till Friday, May 27 at the Central
Bank of the Bahamas. An opening night reception will
be held on Thursday, May 19 from 6pm till 9pm.

National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB) events
for May 2005:
* Saturday, May 21: Youth Workshop on Glassworks.
Facilitator: Diane Burrows. Age group: 7 and over.
Time: 10am 1pm. Cost: $5 (members)/ $8 (non-mem-
bers)
* Thursday, May 26: Life and Debt (2001), a docu-
mentary by director and producer Stephanie Black.
Rated: PG-13. Time: 7:45pm. Length: (68( minutes)
Rather than the traditional Issues forumNAGB in col-
laboration with the College of the Bahafifas' School of
English Studies experiments'with a short program of
issue-oriented cinema. Discussants for the Life and
Debt viewing are Tamico Gilbert of Amnesty Interna-
tional, and Bernadette Butler, lawyer for the Bahamas,
CSME.
(All events to take place at NAGB,, West & West Hill
Streets. Call 328- 5800, or logon to www.nagb.org.bs
for more information)

The National Collection @ the National Art Gallery of
the Bahamas, an exhibition that takes the viewer on a
journey through the history of fine art in the Bahamas.
It features signature pieces from the national collection,
including recent acquisitions by Blue Curry, Antonius
Roberts and Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Gallery hours,
Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book
tours.

Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn Davies Collec-
tion @ the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas, Vil-
la Doyle, West and West Hill Streets. The exhibition is
part of the NAGB's Collector's Series. Gallery hours,
Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm. Call 328-5800 to book
tours.

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau Watercolours
of Gaspard Le Marchand Tupper, from the collection
of Orjan and Amanda Lindroth @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century
paintings that make up the exhibition are part of one of
the earliest suites of paintings of Nassau and its envi-
rons.
Tupper was a British military officer stationed at Fort
Charlotte in the 1850s. The works show a pre-modern
Bahamas through the decidely British medium of water-
colour. Gallery hours, Tuesday-Saturday, llam-4pm.
Call 328-5800 to book tours.

Health

Doctors Hospital Distinguished Lecture Series: Dis-
tinguished Physician, Dr Agreta Eneas Carey will dis-
cuss "Senior Health" on Thursday, May 26 at 6pm in
the Doctors Hospital conference room. This lecture
will increase awareness and educate persons about
how to stay healthy in their senior years. The lecture is
free to the general public. Free blood pressure, cho-
lesterol and glucose screenings will be performed
between 5pm and 6pm. To ensure available seating
RSVP 302-4603.

Yoga: Stretch, Breathe, Relax, for Body...Mind...Spir-
it, yoga classes for all levels will be conducted by Mar-
garet Evans, registered yoga.teacher.
* Tuesdays & Thursdays: May 24 through June 30 (six


weeks) from 6pm 7:30pm. Cost: $120.
* Saturdays: May 28 through July 2 (five weeks) from
10am- 11:30 am. Cost: $50. There will be no class June
4. Sessions will be held at the Trinity Methodist Church
Parking Lot (air-conditioned). Wear loose comfort-
able clothing, bring a yoga or exercise mat, and a tow-
el. Call .394-2121 or 477-3903, for more information.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on
the second Tuesday of each month at their Headquar-
ters at East Terrace, Centreville. Call 323-4482 for
more info.

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Mon-
day every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference
room.

The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2.30pm (except August and December) @ the
Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the
American Heart Association offers CPR classes certi-
fied by the AHA. The course defines the warning signs
of respiratory arrest and gives prevention strategies
to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most common
serious injuries and choking that can occur in adults,
infants and children. CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from 9am-
1pm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Training
Representative at 302-4732 for more information;and
learn to save a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism ~hd.
related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second'
Thursday of each month in the cafeteria of the BEC"
building, Blue Hill Road.

Civic Clubs M

A Bahamas Historical Society meeting is scheduled
for May 26 @ 6pm. Dr Gail Saunders will speak on the
topic: "The Wylly Affair and the Slive Registration
Controversy 1816-182i". Venue: the Sciciety's museum
on Shirley Street arid-Elizabeth Avnhue. For more
information log on to www.bahamashistoricalsoci-
ety.com

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm @ C C
Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, college
Avenue off Moss Road. Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm
@ Bahamas Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean
St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @ British Colo-
nial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @
The J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club
2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth Wednesday
at the J Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave at 6pm.
Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets every
Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-
West Highway. All are welcome.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter
meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera
Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

Alplha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tues-
day, 7pm @ Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St.
Please call 502-4842/377-4589 for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tues-
day, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor
meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
meets every third Monday of the month in the Board
Room of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the
second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St
Augustine's Monestary.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Fri-
day of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St
Augustine's Monestary. For more info call 325-1947
after 4pm.

International Association of Administrative Profes-
sionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of
every month @ Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of
the month at COB's Tourism Training Centre at 7pm
in Room 144 during the academic year. The group
promotes the Spanish language and culture in the com-
munity.


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THE Bahamas is among the
two most popular jurisdictions
in the Caribbean for lenders
willing to finance hotel and
tourism-related projects, a sur-
vey by KPMG Corporate
Finance has revealed.
The survey, which covered
institutions with a combined
$1.5 billion exposure in loans
to the tourism and hospitality
industry, found that the
Bahamas was a popular juris-
diction with lenders "due to its
proximity to the US, strong des-
tination marketing, infrastruc-
ture and variety of product".
Barbados was rated alongside
the Bahamas as the best tourism
jurisdiction in the Caribbean by
the banks covered in the sur-
vey, because it was "a very
strong brand in Europe with a
well-developed tourism infra-
structure".
KPMG's first Caribbean
Hotel and Tourism Financing
Outlook interviewed instifu-
tions such as FirstCaribbean
International Bank, Royal Bank
of Canada, Scotiabank, Bank
of Butterfield, Deutsche Bank
and Trinidad's RBTT, and
found that they were optimistic
about the outlook for the
region's tourism industry over
the short to medium term.
In a presentation of the sur-
vey to the Caribbean Hotel and
Tourism Investment Confer-
ence, Simon Townend, a
Bahamas-based partner and
head of KPMG's corporate
finance business in the region,
said: "Some of the reasons that
banks are giving for this opti-
mism include the general eco-


nomic improvement in major
world economies and feeder
markets, the continuing stabili-
ty of countries in the Caribbean
region, the strength of Euro-
pean currencies against the
US$, resulting in an increase in
European stop-over tourists,
and increased airlift to the
region.
"This optimism is already
apparent in the 2004 estimates
released by the Caribbean
Tourism Organisation in Janu-
ary 2005, which showed signifi-
cant increases in arrivals (7 per
cent stop-over and 13 per cent
cruise), occupancies (up from
62.7 per cent to 67.9 per cent)
and a 16 per cent increase in
average revenues per available
room over 2003."

Factors

The KPMG survey found
that the key factors for a
tourism project's success, from
the banking community's point
of view, were management
quality, selected by 89 per cent
of those surveyed; project capi-
talisation, chosen by 67 per cent;
and projected cash flow, which
was selected by 33 per cent.
Some 70 per cent of the insti-
tutions surveyed used the Lon-
don Inter-Bank Offering Rate
(LIBOR) as the benchmark for
determining interest on loans
to the Caribbean hospitality sec-
tor, while the remaining 30 per
cent used New York prime.
The key factors for financial
institutions in determining the
premium paid by borrowers
over and above these two
benchmarks were said by the
survey be the type of product


and jurisdiction involved, the
term over which financing
would be repaid, the risk
involved and visitor arrivals and
average spending trends in the
destination.
The KPMG survey said that
lending data for the Caribbean
market was not widely avail-
able, and there was a great vari-
ance in borrowing terms across
the Caribbean depending on the
tourism-related project's quali-
ty and uniqueness, plus juris-
dictional issues.
Mr Townend said: "Terms
and conditions on loans are cer-
tainly more cautious and
demonstrate a higher risk
assessment than you would see
onshore in the US and other
larger markets. Based on the
survey, average spreads over
US$ LIBOR range from 2-3 per
cent, Loan to Value ratios
ranged from 50-70 per cent, and
Debt Service Coverage ratios
ranged from 1.35 to 1.50. Capi-
talisation rates used .by the
banks in valuation exercises
ranged from 9-12 per cent."
The KPMG survey uncov-
ered an absence of alternative
financing models for tourism
projects in the Bahamas and
wider Caribbean. Some 89 per
cent of institutions surveyed
said they had only participated
in senior secured lending
arrangements, where they had
first call on assets in the event of
a default, with few participat-
ing in syndicated lending struc-
tures.
"The consistent theme is that
there is no current appetite for
mezzanine financing due to the
lack of liquid exit strategies in
SEE page two


* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
A NUMBER of Bahamas-
based firms lost heavily during
the 2004 hurricane season as a
result of being underinsured
or lacking the appropriate
type of coverage needed for
both wind and flood damages.
As a result, they failed to
collect the full amount of their
policy, in some cases because
of what the industry calls a co-
insurance or averaging clause.
"In their haste to get insur-
ance for their property, some
owners may have just wanted
to get it done. Also, in order
to save on their premiums,


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Ministry of Financial
Services and Investments has
urged the Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services to conduct
a "needs assessment" of the
industry's manpower require-
ments, in a bid to identify skills
gaps and assess current educa-
tion levels.
Eugene Poitier, deputy per-
manent secretary at the Min-
istry of Financial Services-and


they may have opted for a
quite lower replacement val-
ue," said Stan Smith, a princi-
ple with Smith Orloff and
Associates, a US-based insur-
ance loss consultancy firm.
The averaging or co-insur-
ance clause comes into play
when there is a total loss that
needs to be addressed by
looking at the replacement
value of the property.
If the value of the property
exceeds the value used when
writing the policy to establish
the limit of insurance, then a
factor is calculated that is
applied to the amount of the
SEE page four


Investments, speaking on
behalf of minister Allyson
Maynard-Gibson, said: "Recog-
nising that the human capital
element is the most important
aspect of any business, it would
be useful if the Institute were to
conduct a manpower needs
assessment for the industry to
determine current educational
levels and gaps that exist."
He said that obtaining empir-
ical data on this issue would
SEE page two


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PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, ACHARA SIMONE
SMITH, of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name
to ACHARA SIMONE GRANT. 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.



PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public Is hereby advised that I, YVONNE
AUGUSTAVE, of Lilly of the Valley Corner, Nassau,
Bahamas, Intend to change my name to LAVANNA
MARSHALL. 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 N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


Website set to have





'tremendous effect'





on tourism revenue


Bahamas.Gour.Net, a
Bahamas-based website dedi-
cated to collecting and provid-
ing information on tourism,
believes it will have "a tremen-
dous effect on tourism rev-
enues" for this nation.


The company has partnered
with Majestic Tours, the largest
tour operator in the Bahamas,
to jointly promote and deliver
the tour operator's specially
designed gourmet travel expe-
riences to the destination.
Iain Rehder, the site's
Bahamian representative,
added that former FNM minis-
ter of tourism, C A Smith, was
on its Board of Directors.

Designed

Majestic's tours are designed
to attract upscale visitors
to the Bahamas, and
Bahamas.Gour.Net, is commit-
ted to developing additional
specialty gourmet tours to the
Out Islands, including Abaco,


Exuma and Harbour Island.
The tour operator introduced
the Bahamas-based tours to the
European travel market at ITB,
one of the largest industry trade
shows held annually in Ger-
many, this April. .

Officials

Meanwhile, officials for
Bahamas.Gour.Net said with
"the art of vacation with good
information" as its philosophy,
the news team of
Bahamas.Gour.Net is expected
to provide real time travel infor-
mation on accommodation, din-
ing, recipes, entertainment, cul-
ture, transportation and events,
on the site.
Activities which are featured


Bahamas favourite


for hotel financing


FROM page one
the region" said Mr Townend,
"and the banks were not gen-
erally attracted to syndicated
transactions primarily due to
their size the larger banks
who would tend to lead these
deals are not interested until
the size becomes economically
viable, and there are only a
handful of banks lending in the
region with the balance sheet
size to lead these deals.
"On the other hand, the
smaller banks don't have the
balance sheet to participate in a
large syndicated deal. This
results in a minimal number of
these syndicated loans getting
done."
The KPMG survey also
found that financial institutions
preferred to lend to larger pro-
jects, with 56 per cent saying
they preferred to fund projects
of four-to-five star quality.
Forty-four per cent said they
were not selective in terms of
quality.
Lenders also looked more
favourably on projects that had
more than 50 hotel rooms and
were affiliated with a major 'flag'
or international resort brand.
Gary Brough; KPMG's head
of corporate finance in the
Turks and Caicos Islands, said:
"There is a market with the
banks for smaller hotels but the
list of conditions that they need
to satisfy is a lot longer, and
banks are much more selective
when lending to this market
segment.
The survey found that small
hotel projects in the Caribbean
were viewed as more risky,
being especially vulnerable to
changes in the general eco-


DIFinancial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
19 May 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Todays Close Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.20 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.50 8.50 0.00 1.328 0.320 6.4 3.76%
6.32 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.32 6.32 0.00 1,000 0.152 0.330 11.6 5.23%
0.85 0.82 Benchmark 0.85 0.85 0.00 0.187 0.000 4.5 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.122 0.000 12.3 0.00%
1.05 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.05 1.05 0.00 0.007 0.040 14.2 3.81%
8.50 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.32 8.50 0.18 4,000 0.589 0.240 14.4 2.82%
2.20 1.54 Colina Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 2,461 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
8.49 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.49 8.49 0.00 0.673 0.410 12.6 4.83%
1.79 0.39 Doctor's Hospital 1.79 1.79 0.00 400 0.452 0.000 4.0 0.00%
4.02 3.40 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.240 9.9 5.97%
10.46 8.50 Finco 10.46 10.46 0.00 0.662 0.490 15.8 4.68%
8.46 6.60 FirstCaribbean 8.46 8.46 0.00 0.591 0.330 14.3 3.90%
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 9.60 9.60 0.00 1,100 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.22 8.22 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.7 6.81%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.08 6.11 0.03 0.184 0.000 33.0 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 $ 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%
4.3.00 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*
2.2420 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.2420 **
10.3539 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3539.*".
2.2214 2.0941 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.221401"
1.0931 1.0320 Colina Bond Fund 1.093141""

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52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidellt)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
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Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
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nomic climate, and they were
more difficult to market and
maintain occupancies.
Small hoteliers, particularly
owner/operators, were often
perceived as less experienced
by lenders, and their properties
were thought less able to cope
with price shocks.
Some 22 per cent of the
banks surveyed had a high lev-
el of interest in mixed-use
developments, 56 per cent had
a moderate level of interest,
and only 11 per cent had mini-
mal interest.
Financial institutions were
more cautious on eco-tourism
projects, though as these resorts
were viewed as more spe-
cialised and small in size.
Mr Townend said: "Assum-
ing no major shocks to the glob-
al economy, the banks appear
to have a very positive attitude
about financing projects in the
Caribbean region. Confidence
is significantly higher than it
has been in recent times. There
are definitely jurisdictional and
product preferences, but it is
apparent that right now, most
projects with the right funda-
mentals have a good chance of
getting financed."


prominently include golf, fish-
ing, diving, fine dining, gourmet,
travel experiences, casino gam-
bling, soft adventures, island
hopping, historical tours and
museums.
Bahamas.Gour.Net offers a
wide range of services to itsj
clients including online reser-
vations, direct online booking,
services, cross banner ex-,
changes, quarterly news letters,,
statistics on unique visitors to
the customer's websites and
individual log-on capabilities.

Friendly

The design and construction
of the site was said to make
Bahamas.Gour.Net robust,
interactive and user friendly. ,


Minister

recommends,

assessment

FROM page one
enable "ongoing training",
programmes and seminars toq
be devised that would "best
suits the needs of the industry".
Mr Poitier said an ongoing-
partnership between the finan-
cial services industry and thej
public sector was necessary "to
maintain our competitive edge
if the Bahamas is to be the best
choice in which to do business".
On the minister's behalf, Mri
Poitier said it was essential that
qualified Bahamian financial ser-
vices professionals be provided,
with international exposure ifi
this nation was to increase its
market share, giving them
opportunities to appreciate and
understand different cultures.
He added that "every effort
ought to be made" to ensure!
Bahamian financial servicesi
professionals spoke a foreign
language, especially since the|
likes of French and Spanish!
were the native tongues of,
many high net worth clients.
Staging the 17th of its annual
seminars week, the Bahamas.
Institute of Financial Services is.
considering expanding the'
event into a conference next
year.


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The Bahamas Maritime Authority and the Bahamas Shipowners Association are
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This generous scholarship is inclusive of tuition, fees, course material, accommodation
and transportation costs. Commencing in September 2005, successful candidates
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qualified officers will be expected to serve on board a Bahamian flagged vessel for
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take place in
Nassau from 13-14 June.


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


CONSULT-CO LTD.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) Consult-Co Ltd. is in voluntary dissolution under the provisions
of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on the 13th
day of May, A.D., 2005, when the Articles of Dissolution were
submitted and registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Yves Van Melle of the
City of Brussels, Belgium.
Dated this 18th day of May, A.D., 2005.

Yves Van Melle
Liquidator



LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 46 of 2000)

ENS INVESTMENTS LTD
IBC NO. 71,671 B
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 (2) (a) of
the International Business Companies Act N'46 of 2000, ENS Investments
Ltd. is in Dissolution.

Any person having a Claim against ENS Investments Ltd. is required on
or before June 9th 2005 to send their name, address and particulars of the
debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or in default thereof they
may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
claim is approved.

Sovereign (Bahamas) Limited, of Ansbacher House, 2nd Floor, Shirley &
East Sts. North, P.O.Box N-4244, Nassau, Bahamas, is the Liquidator of
ENS Investments Ltd.


THE TRIBUNE,


PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005







THE TRIBUNE FRIDAY, MAY 20, 2005, PAGE 3B


Central Bank executive



says regulation getting



increasingly complex


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
egulatory
authorities
operating in a
globalised econ-
omy have put in
place layers of protection for
the purpose of protecting client
funds and keeping licencees in
order, Michael Foot, Inspector
of Banks and Trust companies
for the Central Bank of the
Bahamas, said yesterday.
Predicted
He predicted that there
would be another worldwide
economic downturn in the
sh3ort-term, and said that in the


current environment, banks
have become less important for
their roles as intermediaries,
with companies finding more
"sexy" and cheaper ways of
borrowing money.
Addressing
Addressing the Bahamas
Institute of Financial Services
seminar, Mr Foot told partici-
pants that left to their own reg-
ulatory devices, there would be
huge failings in the banking sec-
tor because institutions faced
enormous competitive pres-
sures, often failed to remem-
ber past mistakes and, when
given the choice, were unlikely
to disclose adequate informa-
tion to clients and authorities.
He added that not all execu-
tives were wise or honest,


pointing out that in the UK,
some 80 per cent of all stock
options are cashed in on the
first day tpossible.
While regulators are faced
with a serious task, Mr Foot
said that what they should not
do is micro manage a firm or
attempt to run an organisation.
He added that there is a ten-
dency for regulators to try
interfere in the running of a
firm, and warned also that reg-
ulators should not be too risk
averse, although examiners
tended to be pessimistic.
Regulator
Speaking on the role of the
regulator, Mr Foot said bank-
ing regulations have gone from
a simple system to a more com-
plex and intense oversight posi-


tion, as a variety of risks have
been identified.
Interest
Among the risks faced by
banks aare increased interest
rates and operational and rep-
utational risks. For the vast
range of risk faced by the sec-
tor, Mr Foot said regulators
have provided a suitable frame-
work in which to deal with
them. He emphasised that reg-
ulators must walk a fine line,
saying that asking licencees for
too much capital or liquidity
stymied growth.
The Central Bank has given
its licensees a number of pru-
dential norms that involve hav-
ing fit and proper controls and
managers in place to operate
the business.


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NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MS. JORJI MOLTIMER OF EIGHT
MILE ROCK, 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,20TH
day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that DEMATEE MOHAN OF P.O. BOX
N-9841, VILLAGE ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
:any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
,of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20TH day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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Will anyone having information about a Hector Tinker,
born in or about the Year 1948 in the City of New York,
New York, U.S.A. to the late Herman Tinker formerly
of the City of New York aforesaid but since 1964 a
resident of Hospital Lane in the City of Nassau,
Bahamas until his death in 1992, please contact the
undersigned at Tel. 322-1490, fax: 322-3364 or P.O.Box
N-4206.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ZRITZNER BIENAIME OF #45
APPLE STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 20TH day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that LOUIS MARC BIENAIME OF
APPLE STREET, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 20TH day of MAY, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, RO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY NELSON OF #18
MONTEL HEIGHTS, 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 11TH day of MAY,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N-7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NURSING CAREER OPPORTUNITY
Plastic Surgery office is seeking a full time
REGISTERED NURSE
with Operating Room experience.
Great benefits including assistance in funding for specialized training.
Interested person please fax resume to 328-6479


NOTICE


FOR SALE BY PUBLIC TENDER

Commercial Building Freeport, Grand Bahama Lot 6, Block
D. In particular the property is on the northeast comer of the
Mall Drive and Pioneer's Way, in the centre of the downtown
business district of Freeport.

The property consists of a tract of 1.04 acres of land which is
the subject of a lease from Freeport Commercial and Industrial
Limited which has 64 years to run. Erected on the said land is
a two-story office building on approximately 9,141 sq.ft.
Approximately one-third of the property is paved with asphalt
for parking and the remainder is landscaped.

Interested parties should submit written offers with telephone
contacts and postal addresses to the Joint Official Liquidators,
P.O.Box N-3748, Nassau, Bahamas or P.O.Box F-43746,
Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Telephone Inquires: 326-8737 or 373-3015
Fax: 302-4870 or 373-1468

Terms: 10% deposit upon acceptance of offer; balance upon
completion.

All offers must be received by June 24, 2005

THE LIQUIDATORS RESERVE THE RIGHT TO
REJECT AND/OR REFUSE ANY OFFER.


Bank of The Bahamas
L I M I T E D

"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"

VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:
ASSISTANT MANAGER, CORPORATE CREDIT

Core responsibilities:

* Analyze and investigate financial and non-financial information with a
view to assessing the viability of business proposals. Assess loan
applications and interview potential candidates.
* Prepare credit proposals for existing and potential clients.

* Manage effectively, a portfolio of corporate relationships and act as
'Relationship Managerfor assigned accounts.
* Increase consistently, the value of accounts through personal marketing efforts.

* Conduct consistent follow-up o n delinquent accounts and institute measures
for the collection of bad accounts.
* Conduct field inspections.

* Assess the local industries and make recommendations for areas of exploration
bythe corporate Credit Division.

* Recommend annual performance objectives and action plans that will help
to increase the Bank's profitability. (Ability to successfully implement plans
to completion is critical.)

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
* Bachelors Degree in Economics/Finance/Business Administration

* Three to five years experience in the Financial Services Industry

* Strong analytical and organizational skills
* Being a team player is essential; must have excellent interpersonal and
communication skills.

Benefits include: Competitive compensation (commensurate with qualifications);
group medical, vision, and life insurance; attractive package and a pension scheme.

Send resume to:
The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas


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INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT
To the Stockholder and Board
of Directors of Harris Trust and Savings Bank
We have audited the accompanying consolidated statements of condition of Harris Trust and Savings
Bank (an indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank of Montreal) and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2004
and 2003, and the related consolidated statements of income, comprehensive income, changes in stockholder's
equity and cash flows for each of the years in the three year period ended December 31, 2004. These
consolidated financial statements are the responsibility of Harris Trust and Savings Bank's management. Our
responsibility is to express an opinion on these consolidated financial statements based on our audits.
We conducted our audits in accordance with auditing standards generally accepted in the United States
of America. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about
whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test
basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes
assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating
the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our
opinion.
In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material
respects, the financial position of Harris Trust and Savings Bank and subsidiaries as of December 31, 2004 and
2003, and the results of their operations and their cash flows for each of the years in the three year period
ended December 31, 2004 in conformity with United States of America generally accepted accounting
principles.



Chicago, Illinois
March 16, 2005


Harris Trust and Savings Bank and Subsidiaries
Consolidated. Statementsof Condition



Assets
Cash and demand balances due from banks.............................
Money market assets:
Interest-bearing deposits at banks .................. ............
Federal funds sold ...............................................
Securities available-for-sale (including $3.36 billion and $4.07 billion of
securities pledged as collateral for repurchase agreements at December 31,
2004 and December 31, 2003, respectively) ..........................
Trading account assets ..................................
Loans ................. .. .......
Allowance for loan losses .................................... ........
Net loans....... ............... . ..................
Premises and equipment ....................... ..............
Bank-owned insurance.............................................
Loans held for sale............................. ...........
Goodwill and other intangible assets ...................................
Other assets .......................... .. ..................
Total assets ................. .. .......... ............
Liabilities
Deposits in domestic offices noninterest-bearing ......................
-- interest-bearing .........................
Deposits in. foreign offices noninterest-bearing ......................
interest-bearing .............................
Total deposits ........................... ..............
Federal funds purchased ......... . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
Securities sold under agreement to repurchase..........................
Short-term borrowings................. ......................
Short-term senior note,. .............. ... .... ....... .................
Accrued interest, taxes and other expenses...... ..................
Other liabilities............................................
Minority interest preferred stock of subsidiary.........................
Preferred stock issued to Harris Bankcorp, Inc......................
Long-term notes subordinated ...................................
Total liabilities . . ............. . . .
Stockholder's Equity
Common stock ($10 par value); 10,100,000 and 10,000,000 shares
authorized, issued and outstanding at December 31, 2004,and
December 31, 2003, respectively ..................................
Surplus ............... .............................. .
Retained earnings ................... ...............................
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income ........................
Total stockholder's equity ............... ... ................
Total liabilities and stockholder's equity ...........................


December31
2004 2003
(in thousands except share data)

$ 887,827 $ 823,615


'662,366
541,300

5,784,417
90,130
11,484,948
(219,740)
11,265,208
309,415
1,072,660
43,423
155,596
412,305
$21,224,647


424,459
409,425

6,624,280
59,467
9,573,452
(234,798)
9,338,654
302,975
1,035,239
168,904
165,978.
566,494
$19,919,490


$ 4,019,416 $ 4,231,540
8,149,640 7,844,596
-- 49,016
1,677,428 616,889
13,846,484 12,742,041
1,267,850 1,190,839
3,299,029 3,452,567
88,070 10,841
200,000 -
165,618 171,422
264,134 275,151
250,000 250,000
5,000 5,000
200,000 225,000
19,586,185 18,322,861


101,000
647,365
941,767
(51,670)
1,638,462
$21,224,647


100,000
634,944
860,674
1,011
1,596,629
$19,919,490


The accompanying notes to consolidated financial statements are an integral part of these statements.
23. Business Combinations
At December 31, 2004 and 2003, intangible assets, including goodwill resulting from business combina-
tions, amounted to $156 million and $166 million, respectively. Amortization of these intangibles amounted to
$10.4 million in 2004, $10.3 million in 2003 and $*10.2 million in 2002.
In June 2004, Harris Bank Round Lake, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris Bankcorp Inc., was merged
with and into the Bank. At that time, Harris Bank Round Lake total assets were $167 million and total
deposits were $151 million. The impact to the Bank's stockholder's equity was an increase of $15.0 million.
The combination was recorded using historical carrying values for Harris Bank Round Lake. In consideration
of this contribution to its capital, the Bank issued 100,000 shares of common stock to Bankcorp.
On June 4, 2004, Harris Bankcorp, Inc. announced its plan to consolidate twenty-six of its existing bank
charters, including the Bank, into one national bank charter, Harris N.A. This transaction is expected to be
completed in May 2005. The combination will be recorded at historical carrying value and, where applicable,
prior years' financial statements will be restated. The following information is presented to illustrate the
relative magnitude of the combination.


Actual Proforma
December 31, 2004 Combined
Balances for Balances of
Harris Trat and Harris N.A. at
Saing Bank December 31, 2004
(In millllons)
$23,199 $33,267
12,172 21,022
1,643 2,620


A copy of the Annual Report & Audited Accounts may be obtained from Ansbacher (Bahamas)
Limited, Ansbacher House, Bank Lane, Nassau, Bahamas.


Assets .......... ... .......... ...........
D eposits ............. ..............................
Equity ......................


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insurance loss paid to the prop-
erty owner. As a result, some
property owners receive as little
as 50 per cent of the replace-
ment value of their properties.
As the 2005 hurricane season
nears, hoteliers and other
tourism stakeholders were
reminded of the need for
complete property insurance in
the event of a total loss, or
widespread damage, at the
Bahamas Hotel Association's


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
2005/CLE/QUI/00300
IN THE SUPREME COURT

Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER of ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land
comprising Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres
more or less originally granted to John Cash by Crown Grant
B-219 which said John Cash Grant is stuate on the Southern
edges of the Township of Marsh Harbour on the Island of Great
Abaco one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards between the
Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant K-145) on the
South and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded
westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole
Line Road" or "Nathan Key Drive"

AND

IN THE MATTER of The Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Roy Carlisle Newbold,
Sr.

NOTICE

The Petition of ROY CARLISLE NEWBOLD Sr. of Stede
Bonnett Road in the Township of Marsh Harbour in the Island
of Great Abaco one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas in respect of:-

ALL THAT piece parcel or part of a tract of land comprising
Eleven and Fifty-four hundredths (11.54) acres originally
granted to John Cash (Grant B-219) which said John Cash
Grant is situate on the Southern edges of the Township of
Marsh Harbour and runs from the Sea on the East Westwards
between the Northern edge of the Nathan Key Grant (Grant
K-145) and a Road Reservation to the North and bounded
Westwardly by a Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole
Line Road" or "Nathan Key Drive" and generally having the
position shape boundaries marks and dimensions as shown for
Grant .B-219 on Bahamas Registred Plan 436 ABACO and
which said hereditaments is bounded ON THE WEST by the
said Road Reservation sometimes called "Pole Line Road" or
"Nathan Key Drive and running thereon Four hundred and
Thirty-three and Five hundredths (433.05') feet more or less,
ON THE SOUTH by the aforementioned Nathan Key Grant
(Grant K-145 and running thereon One thousand Sevenhundred
and Forty-four and Three hundredths (1744.03) feet more or
less ON THE NORTH by the aformentioned Road Reservation
to the North and running thereon One Thousand Seven hundred
and Fourteen and sixty-one hundredths (1714.61) feet more or
less AND ON THE EAST by the High Water Mark of the Sea
and running thereon by straight transect One hundred and Fifty
and Eighy-three hundredths (150.83) feet but following the
configurations of the coast running thereon one hundred and
Seventy and Ninety two hundredths (170.92) feet more or
less and which said piece parcel or part of a tract of land has
the position shape boundaries and dimensions as are shown on
plan filed in the above Action and thereon coloured Pink.

Roy Carlisle Newbold Sr. claims to be the owner in fee simple
in possession of the said land free from encumbrances and has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
or The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to granted by the Court in accordance with the said
Act. A Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal
business hours at the following places:-

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher Building,
East Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

2. The Office of Administrator, Local Government, Central
Abaco District, Dove Plaza, Don Mackay Boulevard, Marsh
Harbour, Abaco.

3. The Chambers of the Petitioner's attorneys, Messrs. Maillis
and Maillis, Chambers, Fort Nassau House, Marlborough
Street, Nassau, Bahamas

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having dower
or right of dower or an adverse claim or a claim not recognized
in the Petition shall on or before the 31st day of July A.D. 2005
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form
verified by an Affidavit and other prescribed papers to be filed
therewith. Failure of any person to file and serve a Statement
of his claim within the prescribed time operate as a bar to such
claim.

DATED the 26th day of April, A.D. 2005

MAILLIS AND MAILLIS
Chambers
Fort Nassau House
Marlborough Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the petitioner


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(BHA) Hurricane and other
Disaster Readiness and
Response Workshop: Strategies
to Minimise Impact, held in
both Nassau and Freeport.
The conference was held in
conjunction with Smith Orloff
and Associates, with more than
30 companies participating.
Among the pitfalls faced by
property owners, Mr Smith
said, was paying for inadequate
coverage, particularly where
there is a co-insurance or aver-
aging clause.
He urged hoteliers and
other businesses to include a
code upgrade clause in their
policy, which will provide
additional coverage for the
property owners and that will
have the insurance company
paying for code upgrades in the
event of a total loss or signifi-
cant damage.


Floods

Mr Smith added that policies
should include flood damage,
with a number of hoteliers dis-
covering, following Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne, that hurri-
cane damage insurance basical-
ly covered wind damage, while
a lot of their damages came
from flooding.
According to Mr Smith, there
is a tremendous void in the
Bahamas for the services
offered by his firm.
He said that while there
are independent adjusters who
will evaluate and assign a
value to properties, these pro-
fessionals are paid by the insur-
ance companies and there are
no private companies that
can negotiate on behalf of the
client.
With its primary focus in the
Caribbean, Smith Orloff and
Associates is able to maximise
the insurance recovery and has
represented governments,
telecommunications firms,
hotels and a wide cross section
of industries.


Claims

They focus on representing
property owners, which includes
building claims to cover con-
tents and business interruption,
assembling claims following a
disaster and negotiating claims
where there is a dispute.
Smith Orloff and Associates
also acts as a risk management
consulting firm. In cases where
it was not involved in forming
the policy and there is a dis-
agreement over the loss amount
between the insurance company
and the property owner, they
can also come in and act as an
appraiser.
The company is paid a con-
tingent fee, which is a percent-
age of the recovery claim. While
he would not say how much
more clients received when
insurance claims were handled
by his company versus going it
alone, Mr Smith said clients
received substantially more
when compared with what they
would have received, even with
paying their fees.

Pleased

He said clients are extremely
happy with their settlements,
receiving more than adequate
funds to do a complete restora-
tion of their properties.
The workshop was held to
educate industry personnel
about what should be done pri-
or to storms hitting the
Bahamas, and how it can best
be prepared through adequate
insurance coverage.
It also pointed out pre-storm
activities, and what should be
done during and following a dis-
aster to minimise any negative
impact to the property.
Industry participants must
understand, Mr Smith said,
that appropriate insurance cov-
erage was necessary to avoid
pitfalls when losses occurred
and, if successfully navigated,
would result in the hotelier hav-
ing a successful recovery.


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against overturning


FROM page one
The Tribune was yesterday
told that morale at Colina
Insurance Company was "at
rock bottom", with former
Imperial Life policyholders
continuing to cash in their poli-
cies following completion of
the controversial merger.
In his letter, Mr Jesubatham
urged that the dispute between
CFG's three main sharehold-
ers not be allowed to impact
Colina Insurance Company or
the other companies within the
Colina group.
He added that the removal
of Mr Campbell was "drastic
action", only called for by gross
misconduct or failure to deliver
results, and none of these situ-
ations was present.
"Recent Board minutes
reflect that the directors have
'been pleased with Mr Camp-
bell's performance," Mr
Jesubatham said.
Mr Campbell is understood
to have been exploring whether
he could vote his shares in CFG
:-in his own name, rather than
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-the block controlled by Mr
&Alexiou and Mr Ferguson,
llwhich will automatically oust
,him given that they control a
* majority 67 per cent stake in
-the company.
It is unclear whether Mr
Campbell will go quietly, and
Colina Holdings shareholders
are today likely to give full vent
to their frustrations about how
the battle at the top of the com-
pany has been handled.
If given the opportunity, they
are likely to ask the directors
about the real reasons for the
falling out with Mr Campbell,
which are understood to be
related to a dispute between
him and Mr Alexiou over who
was running Colina Insurance
Company.
There are also likely to be
questions over who is running
Colina Insurance Company,
and sources yesterday said
there was also a battle going on
between Mr Ferguson and Col-


ina Insurance Company's finan-
cial controller over how the lat-


ter's funds were being invested
by Colina Financial Advisors.


NOTICE

International Business Companies Act 2000

(No. 45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the International
Business Companies Act, 2000, CRANDALL INVESTMENTS INC., is
in dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was the 18th day of May, 2005.
CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. of No. 2 Commercial Centre
Square, P.O.Box #71, Alofi, Niue Islands is the liquidator of CRANDALL
INVESTMENTS INC.



J -B, Foster
For: Cotinental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator


NOTICE

International Business Companies Act 2000

In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act, 2000, SHARMOOR S.A., is in
dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution was the 18th day of May, 2005.
Mrs. Emily Yiolitis representing Carmenia Limited of Trust Offices,
P.O.Box 3540, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, is the Liquidator
of SHARMOOR S.A.
C ENIA LIMITED

Emily Yiolitis Represcnling
Carmenia Limited
Liquidator


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May 13, 2005

FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE FOR THE NINE-MONTH PERIOD ENDED 31ST.


MARCH 2005 WITH COMPARISON TO THE SAME PERIOD LAST YEAR


The financial performance of the Bank for the noted period remains strong.
Notwithstanding, within the context of declining asset yields driven largely by the
recent reduction in the Prime Rate, Interest Income declined 0.18% from $19,870,363
to $19,834,179. Concomitantly, Interest Expense remained relatively unchanged,
moving up just 0.95% with the resultant effect being a 0.96% drop in net interest
income to $11,677,533.
Meanwhile, Non-Interest Revenue jumped 14.97% as substantial gains were realized
in foreign exchange earnings and new loan fees. This latter result reflects the recent.
removal of the lending cap. Further improvements in Non-Interest Revenue category
are-forecasted as the Bank unveils and promotes new products designed to enhance
customer quality and fulfill its goal to become a one-stop financial institution.
The above-mentioned performance was moderated by a 9.44% rise in Total Non-
Interest' Expenses. As the Bank positions itself to service new credit and related
growth, year-on-year advances in this component will continue in the short-term. This
event was softened by the ongoing positive performance of the Bank's collections
efforts, which again yielded positive results as evidenced by the 68.75% fall in new Net
Provisions. This occurred despite a $750,000 increase in General Provisions.
Following the above, Net Income settled at $5,732,799, 13.20%, or $668,563, above
last yearn This achievement is significant given events such as the lending cap, which
was only recently removed, and the reduction in the Prime Rate. EPS and ROA were
48 cents and 18.56% respectively.
As for the Balance Sheet, Total Assets grew 2.20% to $397,423,985 driven mainly by
the growth in Advances to Customers. The Bank's recent Mortgage campaigns have
yielded' strong and encouraging results. Furthermore, in anticipation of the imminent
opening of its Exuma branch, the Bank has already commenced servicing that
community. Soon the Banlr will announce new branch openings in New Providence
and other Family Islands as well.

We take this opportunity to thank our Staff whose dedication is commendable and our
Directors for their leadership. We also extend our gratitude to our Shareholders and
Customers for their ongoing confidence and support.



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BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
BALANCE SHEEr
AS OF MARCH 31,2005
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


March
30, 2005


ASSETS
Cash and due from banks
Investments, loans and advances to customers, net
Other sts
7OTAL

LIABnrILITIES
Deposits from customers and banks
Bonds payable
Other liabilities
Total liabilities

SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital:
Authorized 25,000,000 preferred shares of B$ 1,000 each
25,000,000 common shares of B$ I each
Issued and fully paid 12,000,000 common shares
Share premium
Treasury shares
General reserve
Retained earnings
Total shareholders' equity
TOTAL
BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
9 MONTHS ENDING MARCH 31,2005
(Exnrewted in Bahamian dollars


NET INTEREST AND OTHER INCOME:
Interest income
Interest expense
Net interest income
Less net provision for loan losses
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
Non-interest revenue
Income from investments
Net revenue
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES
NET INCOME

EARNINGS PER SHARE


March
30, 2004


June
30, 2004


$ 34,176,873 $ 50,190,003 $ 47,087,054
346,522,479 325,117,140 324,832,134
16,724,633 13,561,161 12,858,863
$ 397.423,985 $ 3889868,304 $ 384,778,051


$ 331,696,353 $ 321,238,000 $ 319,928,319
17,000,000 17,000,000 17,000,000
5,694,210 9,899,700 8,519,575
354,390,563 348,137,700 345,447,894




12,000,000 12,000,000 12,000,000
7,589,064 7,589,064 7,589,064
(264,850) (267,750)
1,400,000 1,400,000 1,400,000
22.309,208 19.741,540 18,608,843
43,033,422 40,730,604 39,330.157
$ 397,423,985 $ 38868304 $ 384,778,051


2005


$ 19,834,179
8,156,646
11,677,533
468,829
11,208,704
3,500,977
1,558,909
16,268,590
10,535,791
$ 5,732,799


2004


$ 19,870,363
8,080,141
11,790,222
1,500,358
10,289,864
3,119,226
1,281,939
14,691,029
9,626,793
$ 5,064,236


$ 0.48 $ 0.42


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
3 MONTHS ENDING MARCH 31,2005
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars).


NET INTEREST AND OTHER INCOME:
Interest income
Interest expense
Net interest income
Less net provision for loan losses
Net interest income after provision for loan losses
Non-interest revenue
Income from investments
Net revenue
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES
NET INCOME

EARNINGS PER SHARE


2005


$ 6,362,536
2,759,533
3,603,003
72,919
3,530,084
1,183,230
687.975
5,401,289
3,952.239
$ 1449,050

$ 0.12


2004


$ 6,726,637
2,722,664
4,003,973
700.000
3,303,973
784,292
421.170
4,509,435
3,262,789
S 1 246,646

$ 0.10


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
9 MONTHS ENDING MARCH 31,2005
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net income
Adjustments for non-cash items

Net change in other non-cash operating items
Net cash provided by operating activities

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Acquisition of fixed assets
Purchase of investments
Proceeds from maturity of investments
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Dividends paid
Net cash used in financing activities

NET INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS
DURING THE PERIOD

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS BEGINNING OF PERIOD

END OF PERIOD


2005


S 5,732,799
1,336,498
7,069,297
(1,221,855):
5,847,442


(2,607,488)
(20,234,000)
6,116,300
(16,725,188)


(2,032,435)
(2,032,435)


(12,910,181)

47,087,054

$ 34,176,873


2004


$ 5,064,236
2,099,473
7,163,709
427,895
7,591,604


(196,720)

1,100,000
903,280


(1920,000)
(1,920,000)


6,574,884

43,61?,119

$ 50190 003


BANK OF THE BAHAMAS LIMITED
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED INTERIM CONDENSED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
9 MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2005

1. ACCOUNTING POLICIES

These consolidated interim condensed financial statements are prepared in
accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting polices used in
the preparation of these consolidated interim condensed financial statements are
consistent with those used in the annual financial statements for the year ended June
30, 2004.

The consolidated interim condensed financial statements include the accounts of
Bank of the Bahamas Limited and its wholly owned subsidiary, Bank of the Bahamas
Trust Limited.

2. COMPARATIVES

Certain comparative figures have been restated to comply with the current year's
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Gomez Partners & Co.
Chartered Accountants
A correspondent firm of
Horwath International
The Deanery
Cumberland Hill Street
P. O. Box N-1991
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 356-4114
Telefax: (242) 356-4125
Email: info@gomezpartners.com



INDEPENDENT AUDITORS' REPORT


To the Shareholders of
First Overseas Bank Limited:

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of First Overseas Bank Limited ("the Bank") as of
December 31, 2004, and the related statements of income, changes in shareholders' equity and cash
flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Bank's
management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our
audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those Standards
require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial
statements are free of material misstatements. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence
supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing
the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating
the overalF financial statement presentation. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for
our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of
the Bank as of December 31, 2004 and the results of its operations and its cash flows for the year then
ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.





May 9, 2005 'CIRTERED ACCOUNTANTS
Nassau, Bahamas



FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
BALANCE SHEET
DECEMBER 31, 2004
(Expressed in United States dollars)
NOTES 2004 2003
ASSETS
Cash and due from banks $ 12,569,239 $ 29,738.053
Interest bearing deposits with banks 568,704 3,094.066
Debt and equity securities 3.5 39.687,106 20,037,063
Loans and advances 4,6 3,437,854 1,507,788
Settlement balances 6 580,089 31,622,061
Forward contracts 8 181,413
Accrued interest receivable 3,334 50,938
Accrued commissions receivable 4.118 5.658
Other assets 5,660,918 6,671.264
TOTAL ASSETS $ 62,511,362 $ 92.908,304
LIABILITIES
Customers' interest bearing deposits
Sight and call 7 $ 5,879.729 $ 6,022,147
Time 7 43.304,661 45,337,757
Accrued interest payable 81,022 127.586
Settlement balances 7 28,686.527
Forward contracts 8 31.150
Other liabilities 35,519 615.821
TOTAL LIABILITIES 49,332,081 80,789.838
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital 9 10,000,000 10,000.000
Retained earnings 3,179,281 2,118,466
TOTAL EQUITY 13,179,281 12,118,466
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET EQUITY $ 62,511,362 $ 92,908,304
Memoranda items 10 $ 18,112,526 $ 32,453,192

The accompanying notes from I to 11. form an integral part of these financial statements.


These financial statem are ns proved on behalf of the Board and authorized for issue on May 9,
2005 and signed on ifs behalf:




Director: Director

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FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
STATEMENT OF INCOME
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2004
2004 2003
NET INTEREST AND OTHER INCOME
Interest income
Deposits $ 221,771 $ 122,248
Loans 220,448 141,446
Securities 981,887 233,358
Banking 89,188 119,500.
1,513,294 616,552
Interest expense
Deposits 885,350 1,071,050
Banking 40,873 27,915
926,223 1,098,965
Net .interest 587,071 (482,413)
Provisions charge (14,749) (20,000)
Commissions received 50,963 882,!.'37
Less: commissions paid (49,410) (43,548)
Trust commissions 256,556 205,696
Gain from sale of securities
Less: loss from sale of securities (661,785) (481,490)
Revaluation gain on securities 2,873,222 3,562,488


Less: revaluation loss on securities
Other loss (213,225) (384,314)
Net interest and other income 2,828,643 3,239,356
NON-INTEREST EXPENSES
Fees (1,343,601) (1,261,019)
Administration expenses (411,883) (324,432)
Depreciation (12,344) (4,270)
(1,767,828) (1,589,721)
NET INCOME $ 1,060,815 $ 1,649,635
EARNINGS PER SHARE $ 106 $ 165

The accompanying notes from 1 to 11, form an integral part of these financial statements.


FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2004
Share Retained
Capital Earnings Total

BALANCE AS AT DECEMBER 31, 2002 $ 8,765,000 $ 1,703,831 $ 10,468,831

Transfer to share capital 1,235,000 (1,235,000)

Net income 1,649,635 1,649,635
BALANCE AS AT DECEMBER 31, 2003 10,000,000 2,118,466 12,118,466

Net income 1,060,815 1,060,815
BALANCE AS AT DECEMBER 31, 2004 $ 10,000,000 $ 3,179,281 $ 13,179,281

The accompanying notes from 1 to 11, form an integral part of these financial statements.
FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2004
2004 2003

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income $ 1,060,815 $ 1,649,635
Add (deduct) items not affecting cash:
Revaluation on debt, equity securities and investments (2,873,222) (3,562,488)
Earned interest receivable net of
accrued interest payable 1,040 281,712
Depreciation 12,344 4,270
Accrued commissions receivable 1,540 55,317
(1,797,483) (1,571,554)
Decrease/(increase) in interest bearing deposits with banks 2,525,362 (798,525)
Increase in debt and equity securities (16,776,821) (1,534,252)
(Increase)/decrease in loans and advances (1,930,066) 6,270,233
Decrease/(increase) in settlement balances 2,355,445 (15,065,742)
Decrease/(increase) in other accounts 630,263 (1,615,763)
Decrease in sight and call deposits (142,418) (2,828,822)
(Decrease)/increase in time deposits (2,033,096) 8,350,820
Increase in settlement balances 12,419,777
Net cash provided by operating activities (17,168,814) 3,626,172

NET (DECREASE)/INCREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (17,168,814) 3,626,172

CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, BEGINNING OF YEAR 29,738,053 26,111,881
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, END OF YEAR $ 12,569,239 $ 29,738,053

The accompanying notes from 1 to 11, form an integral part of these:financial statements.
FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2004

1. INCORPORATION AND ACTIVITY

Offshore Trust Banking Corporation Limited was incorporated under the laws of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas on November 23, 1981 and was granted a licence under The
Banks and Trusts Companies Regulation Act 1965 (as amended). The Bank's name was changed
on July 27, 1994 to First Overseas Bank and Trust Company Limited, and on February 15, 1995
to First Overseas Bank Limited ("the Bank").

The Bank's principal activity is the provision of offshore banking services, including buying and
selling securities issued by the Argentine government and private Argentine companies.

The Bank had three (3) employees at December 31, 2004 (2003: three (3) employees).

2. THE SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES

These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention and in
accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and are expressed in
United States dollars. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS requires
management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and
liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the financial
statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.
Actual results could differ from those estimates.

The significant accounting policies adopted are as follows:

a) Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and due from banks.

b) Debt and equity securities Debt and equity securities include the Republic of Argentina
government bonds (Bonex and other public securities), shares in Argentine companies,
debentures and foreign debt instruments. Debt and equity securities are stated at market
value.

c) Recognition of income Income and expenses are recognized on an accrual basis. Income
and expenses arising from forward contracts are recognized using the premium accrual
method during the term of the contract, by comparing the spot value of the contract with its
market value. The forward position is appraised at the market value.

d) Earnings per share Earnings per share is computed by dividing the net income by the
weighted average number of shares outstanding at the end of the period.

e) Foreign currency transactions These financial statements are expressed in United States
dollars. Foreign currency transactions are translated at the exchange rate prevailing at the
date of transactions. Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other than
United States dollars are translated into United States dollars at the applicable exchange rate
prevailing at the balance sheet date.


FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2004


3. DEBT AND EQUITY SECURITIES

Debt and equity securities are as follows:


4.


2004 2003

Foreign government bonds (Note 5) $ 25,168,875 $ 5,957,162
Shares- 3,450,418 3,137,599
Debentures 8,622,186 1,934,609
Fiscal certificates 304,023
Investments funds 9,048
External debt instruments (Note 5) 2,445,627 8,694,622
Total $ 39,687,106 $ 20,037,063



LOANS AND ADVANCES

Loans and advances consist of the following:

2004 2003

Guaranteed loans 5 3,472,603 $ 657,940
Non-guaranteed loans 593,547
Loans with pending documentation 276,301
Overdrafts and other
Provision for doubtful debts (34,749) (20,000)
Total $ 3,437,854 $ 1,507,788


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FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2004


5. BONDS AND DEBT SECURITIES WITH FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS
Bonds and debt securities with foreign governments are as follows:
Nominal Interest
Value Rate 2004 2003
Foreign government bonds
Bonds $ 16,383,202 2%- 12.13% $ 19,738,246 $ 5,648,312
Bonds received on loan 313,725 11.75% 388,495 2,130,927
Bonds.sold 13,021,680 2% .10,864,780 2,795,563
Bonds loaned out 4,602,939 8.375% 11.75% (5,822,646) (4,617,640)
Total $ 34,321,546 $ 25,168,875 $ 5,957,162

External debt instruments
Venezuela Rep. $ 5,000 N/A $ 5,000 $ 5,000
U.S. Treasury 2,304,000 3% 2,440,627 8,689,622
Total $ 2,309,000 $ 2,445,627 $ 8,694,622


FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2004


6. MATURITIES OF RELEVANT ASSETS AND GEOGRAPHICAL CONCENTRATION


6.1 BALANCES AT DECEMBER 31, 2004


Loans and Settlement
Maturity ladder advances balances Total
Up to 1 month $ 558,979 $ 482,068 $ 1,041,047
From 1 to 6 months -
From 6 months to 1 year -
More than 1 year 2,878,875 98,021 2,976,896
Total $ 3,437,854 $ 580,089 $ 4,017,943

Geographical concentration
South America $ 3,437,854 $ 482,852 $ 3,920,706
North America 71,476 71,476
Europe 25,761 25,761
Total $ 3,437,854 $ 580,089 $ 4,017,943


6.2 BALANCES AT DECEMBER 31, 2003


Loans and Settlement
Maturity ladder advances balances Total
Up to 1 month $ 1,372,287 $ 27,637,491 $ 29,009,778
From 1 to 6 months
From 6 months to 1 year
More than 1 year 135,501 3,984,570 4,120,071
Total $ 1,507,788 $ 31,622,061 $ 33,129,849

Geographical concentration
South America $ 1,507,788 $ 31,622,061 $ 33,129,849
Total $ 1,507,788 $ 31,622,061 $ 33,129,849


FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2004

7. MATURITIES OF RELEVANT LIABILITIES AND GEOGRAPHICAL
CONCENTRATION

7.1 BALANCES AT DECEMBER 31, 2004

Sight and Time Settlement
Maturity ladder call deposits deposits balances Total
Up to 1 month $ 5,879,729 $ 23,081,787 $ $ 28,961,516
From 1 to 6 months 18,482,867 18,482,867
From 6 months to 1 year 1,740,007 1,740,007
More than 1 year -
Total $ 5,879,729 $ 43,304,661 $ $ 49,184,390

Geographical concentration
South America $ 4,952,473 $ 41,923,474 $ 46,875,947
Europe 16,724 16,724
Caribbean 896,439 1,322,183 2,218,622
North America 14,093 59,004 73,097
Total $ 5,879,729 $ 43,304,661 $ $ 49,184,390


7.2 BALANCES AT DECEMBER 31, 2003

Sight and Time Settlement
Maturity ladder call deposits deposits balances Total
Up to 1 month $ 6,022,147 $ 19,088,430 $ 25,717,705 $ 50,828,282
From 1 to 6 months 25,515,670 25,515,670
From 6 months to 1 year 733,657 733,657
More than 1 year 2,968,822 2,968,822
Total $ 6,022,147 $ 45,337,757 $ 28,686,527 $ 80,046,431

Geographical concentration
South America $ 5,959,237 $ 43,636,404 $ 28,686,527 $ 78,282,168
Europe 16,640 16,640
Caribbean 35,796 1,601,601 1,637,397
North America 10,474 99,752 110,226
Total $ 6,022,147 $ 45,337,757 $ 28,686,527 $ 80,046,431
FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2004


8. FORWARD CONTRACTS

The Bank has the following forward contracts:


Values to
Nominal receive (give) Amount in US$
Value US$ Amount arranged Amount arranged Total

Client 3208-6 $ 750,000 $ (630,000) $ 635,550 $ 5,550
Client 2324-2 8,000,000 (6,039,200) 6,002,500 (36,700)
Accrued profits 31,150 31,150
Total $ 8,750,000 $ (6,638,050) $ 6,638,050 $

9. SHAREHOLDERS' ityUITY

The authorized issued and outstanding share capital of the Bank consists of 10,000 ordinary shares
with a par value of $1,000. In the Annual General Meeting held in Buenos Aires on April 29,
2003, it was resolved that the share capital be increased to $10,000,000 by transferring $1,235,000
from the retained earnings account.
10. MEMORANDA ACCOUNTS

Composition:

2004 2003


ITEM (A) With contingency risk

ITEM (B) Without contingency risk


Forward contracts
Bonds received for custody
Trusts
Mandates received


6,000,000
4,688,654 5,371,380
12,074,073 19,153,029
143,108


Guaranteed received 1,349,799 1,785,675
Total memoranda accounts $ 18,112,526 $ 32,453,192


FIRST OVERSEAS BANK LIMITED
NOTES TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
DECEMBER 31, 2004


11. RELATED PARTIES
Balances with Banco Mariva S.A. (Argentina) and other related parties are as follows:

2004 2003
ASSETS:
Cash and due from banks $ 892,933 $ 454,201
Debt and equity securities 2,733,921 2,863,354
Loans and advances 71,626
Settlement balances 345,251
Other credits 1,080
Accrued interest receivable
$ 4,043,731 $ 3,318,635

LIABILITIES:
Clients' interest bearing deposits $ 702,769 $ 543,784
Settlement balances 292,518
Accrued interest payable 160 578
$ 702,929 $ 836,880

MEMORANDA ACCOUNTS:

ITEM (A) With contingency risk $ $

ITEM (B) Without contingency risk
Trusts 32,886
Guarantee received in shares 1,742,710 -
$ 1,742,710 '$ 32,886


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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER hosting three
months of intense competi-
tion on the one-mile cycling
track, the New Providence
Cycling Association is getting
set to launch its road racing
season.
The season will officially
start on Sunday at 7.30am
from the Coral Harbour
round-a-bout.
"We expect to see the con-
tinuation of our exciting sea-
son," said association presi-
dent Barron 'Turbo' Mus-
grove. "We will end our three
month track season next Sun-
day.
"But we basically just want
to have a very competitive
road racing season, one that
we hope to see more partici-
pants, especially from the
ladies. We also intend to put
our elite juniors on the road
as well."
The seniors will be the first
to compete on Sunday when
they race from the Coral
Harbour round-a-bout, travel
southwest past Adelaide to
South Ocean, around Clifton
Pier to Lyford Cay and turn
at Templeton.
They will turn back around
and travel back to the Coral
Harbour round-a-bout.
The cyclists will cover that
same distance twice.

Return
But on the second lap,
when they return to Coral
Harbour, they will head to
the airport round-a-bout and
back to the finish line at Car-
ol Harbour.
Once the seniors get start-
ed, the juniors will follow.
They will do a shorter version
of the course.
Their race will start from
the Coral Harbour round-a-
bout, travel southwest past
the Adelaide comer, south
ocean, Clifton pier to Lyford
Cay, turn at Templeton and
head back to the finish line at
Carol Harbour.
"We're very excited about
the youth program and we
really want to see how well
they progress on the road,"
Musgrove stressed.
"We just want to see more
persons coming out. Hopeful-
ly they will encourage others
to come out and participate
in the races. Hopefully we
will see some more faces."
Competition is expected to
be provided from Jeff's Auto
team, the BGM Team, Team
Showtime with Tracy Sweet-
ing, Brown's United with
Sam 'Ironman' Brown,
Gold's Cycling Club with
Sherman Dorsett.
"The level of cycling has
definitely risen over the last
2-3 years with some of the
international cyclists compet-
inig in our events and some of
the local cyclists travelling to
compete abroad," Musgrove
reflected.
"So cycling is a little faster
than it's been over the last
couple of years."
Over the next 3-4 months,
Musgrove said they intend to
stage a series of races on the
road, both here in New Provi-
dence and on the various
islands.

Contingent
On Saturday, June 4, a
contingent of cyclists are
scheduled to travel to
Eleuthera to participate in
the fifth annual Gregory
Town Pineapple Festival
Cycling Classic.
The men and women will
ride in a 40-mile race, while
the juniors will compete in a
18-mile race.
The course for that race
will start in the square at the
Primary School and cyclists
will travel up the hill past
Hatchet Bay to the Rainbow
Settlement where they will
turn around and head back to
Gregory Town.
From there, they will travel
over the Glass Window
bridge to Lower and Upper
Bogue before they turn
around and head back to
Gregory Town where they
will finish in front of Cam-


Organisation to host


its first tournament


role in developing youth
through sports.
He said: "We are always
forgetting to give praise when
it is due. There are many
coaches in the Bahamas who
are deserving of honour and
mention, but we fail to do so.

Acknowledge
"We wait until they've
passed away to acknowledge
and recognise their accom-
plishments and contributions.
"The Street Legends organ-
isation is ready to make the
difference in the Bahamas.
Honouring our basketball
coaches will be an annual
event, but we will take closely
into consideration the persons
who will be nominated."
The six coaches selected
have coached on all levels,
from junior high school to the


national programmes.
Mackey, Forbes and Kevin
Johnson have coached on the
national level for more than
seven years.
Upon Mackey's retirement
from the national level, he
moved onto assist the Special
Olympics programme.
Under his tutelage, the team
has won several games on the
international scene. Mackey
has also coached the CR
Walker Knights to Hugh
Campbell championships
before moving to RM Bailey
Pacers.
Mackey also ventured into
softball and baseball, before
hanging up his cap.
For Forbes, leading the Big
Red Machines to victory each
year is what he works dili-
gently on.
Forbes is also an official in
the New Providence Associ-


ation of Basketball Officials.
Locally, he had several
fierce battles with top basket-
ball players, but his ability to
play the post position give him
top honours.
Kevin Johnson, a guard for
the Coca Cola Explorers was
known for his range from
behind the arch. His first year
as a coach, Kevin Johnson led
the CI Gibson Rattlers junior
boys to a two-peat champi-
onship.

Title
After spending several years
with the Explorers he moved
up to coach the team to a
championship title.
The only female among the
six is Patty Johnson, who has
coached the HO Nash Lions
for many years,
Johnson has coached top
players like Anastacia Sands-
Moultrie, Christine St Clair,
Linda Pierre, Torsheika Cox
and Latoya Thompson, from
the junior high level to the
national team.
The dominant female in the
sport, Johnson played the
guard and forward positions.


Shining start for Special Olympics week


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE torch of hope will be paraded
through the streets of New Providence
this weekend, kicking off the Special
Olympics week.
The week, which aims to help edu-
cate the public about the organisation,
will start on Saturday.
The torch run, the main event on the
calendar, will start at 11am at the
Marathon Mall, with the torch's final
leg at the Arawak Cay.


Basil Christie, president of the
Bahamas Special Olympics, is antici-
pating the turnout at the mall's exhibi-
tion to be high.
"We have persons living in New
Providence who refuse to seek help,
or are ashamed of the fact they have
persons with disabilities in their fami-
lies," Mr Christie said.
"Sometimes the cases are brought
to our attention, and in many we are
unaware. We are using this opportu-
nity to educate the public about Special
Olympics.


"Most times persons are just unedu-
cated about the facts, and when they do
come into the office we are able to sit
them down and explain what the pro-
gramme is all about.
"This usually helps the programme,
and we will have a booth set-up in the
mall to assist with persons who are
looking for answers."
An exhibition will be set-up in the
centre of the mall.
Each booth will depict the various
divisions within the organisation and
the history in the Bahamas.


Street Legends


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter

SIX basketball coaches will
be honoured for their contri-
butions to the sport in the
country by the Street Legends
Organisation.
The organisation will hon-
our Reggie Forbes and John
Todd of St Augustine's Col-
lege; Patty Johnson of HO
Nash; Trevor Grant of CR
Walker; Kevin Johnson of CI
Gibson and Charles Mackey
of RM Bailey.
The six coaches will be hon-
oured on June 3rd before the
organisation hosts its first
annual Street Legends bas-
ketball tournament.
The. tournament will take
place at the Balliou Hills
Sporting Complex June 3rd-
25th and is expected to have
two divisions a high school
and open men's.
According to Wilton Rus-
sell, president of the organi-
sation, honouring the coaches
is something that should have
been done in the past, and
both he and the organisation
are excited to acknowledge
those who've played a pivotal


bridge Villas in Gregory
Town.
The juniors will start at
noon, following the seniors'
race. The cyclists will travel
to the Glass Window Bridge
to Lower Bogue and back to
Gregory Town, ending in
front of the Cambridge Vil-
las.
Awards will be presented
at the festival site on Satur-
day between 5-6 pm.
Entry fee for adults is $10
and $3 for children.
Providence or Bahamas
cycling licence in order to
participate.


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Other than Anthony Swa-
by, Johnson helped to rede-
fined women's basketball in
the country.
Many compare Grant to
coach Bobby Knight, who
takes control of his team on
and off the courts.
One of the most vocal
coaches in the high school sys-
tem, Grant coached the
Knights to three straight
senior boys championship
titles a total of five champi-
onship titles.
Grant played with numer-
ous teams in the league, but
his coaching career kicked off
at SC McPherson, where he
coached the Urit and Randy
Kelly and Ian Pinder to Hugh
Campbell's final four.
Todd is best known for
coaching the Bahamas Bas-
ketball Federation mini league
programme.
Before moving to St
Augustine's College, Todd
coached at the SC McPher-
son, where he won numerous
titles.
He is also an outstanding
guard, who helped to devel-
op the younger guards in the
country.


national, takes on a new name this year
as the Grand Bahama Amateur Softball
Association recognises long time sup-
porter, administrator, Cornelius 'Mon-
ey' Williams in the holiday event.
The Cornelius 'Money' Williams
Invitational Slowpitch Tournament will
in the played over the Labour-Day week-
end, June 2-5 between St. Paul's Field,
and G.B. Catholic High School Field,
Freeport. Play gets underway on Thurs-
day night at 7.00pm
The event has become a favourite of
some Flonrida teams and already some
six teams have registered from South
Florida for competition in Co-Ed and
MeInvitational's Slowpitch divisiTournament wills.



be plDarryl Weir, President of the Associ-
ation, said that all plans are go for tield,
annual event.
"Aside from the six teams from Flori-
da that have confirmed, we still have
the possibility of another three teams
entering. Additionally, we have four
teams from New Providence and five
teams entered from Grand Bahama.
"We expect this tournament to con-
tinue to grow in popularity as players
frthe possibility of an ther families are mak-

enhance the type of awards up for grabs
in the tournament.

Creations
"Earlier this year we used some
authentic Bahamian creations by Reg-
gie Farrington and we will move to this
type of awards for this tournament as it
give the visitors something to take
home thatis truly Bahamian," said the
president.
Wenhane wthllagain be offering awards in
the popular areas like home runs, runs
scored, pitching and the like."
Entries received to date in the Men's
Slow Pitch Division are, from Floby Reda,
BOARS Head, a new team; from New
Providence, BTC Laser Ringers, DHL
Truckers, and the Police Aces; and
from Grand Bahama, A. G. Construc-
tion, Becky's Exuma Express, and the
Kalik Panthers.
In the Co-Ed Division entered from
Florida are Aerosense, BOARS Head,
C & S Freight Forwarding, Cool Crew,
and Landlubbers; from New Provi-
dence, BTC Ringers Lasers, and from
Grand Bahama, Cooper's Destroyers,
Pepsi Enforcers.
The Batelco Digitals of Grand
Bahama have joined in with their Nas-
sau counterparts to compete as one
team.
Weir said that the association
expresses its gratitude to the Ministry of
Tourism for its demonstration of hospi-
tality to the visiting teams through the
hosting of a welcome reception.
"This has proven to be an attraction
to the Florida teams as they are made to
feel welcome and want to return again
and again to Grand Bahama," Weir
said.


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* JERMAINE 'CHOO CHOO MACKEY' and 'MARVELLOUS' MARVIN SMITH at yesterday's weigh in.


(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
IT'S time to put up or shut up
for champion 'Marvellous' Mar-
vin Smith and challenger Jer-
maine 'Choo-Choo' Mackey for
the Bahamas super middleweight
title at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort & Crystal Palace Casino.
The duo came face-to-face yes-
terday at First Down Sports Bar
where the official weigh-in cere-
mony was held. The two didn't
mince words as they got in their
last bragging rights before the
First Class Promotions' big show-
down.
"I feeling relaxed and com-
fortable. Everything is in order,"
said Smith, who flexed his mus-
cles to show how well propor-


MARVIN SMITH
34
5-10 1/2
167
35
12 years
14-5-1 (12 KO)


tioned he is going into the fight.,
"I have to solidify my legacy
and if it means going through
him, I will go through him. So
make no mistake about out it. My
ring experience against his freight
experience will make the


RMAINE MACKEY
25
6-0
168
37
1 year
4-0-6


difference."
When he was asked about what
Mackey had to stay about him,
Smith quickly set the record
straight as he prepares to get back
in the ring after a two-year hiatus.
"It's not about what the chal-


lenger has to say. It's about what
the champion will do in the ring,"
Smith lamented. "I'm going to
knock him out, break bones and
destroy dreams.

Guarantee
"I can guarantee that when I'm
finished with him, no sensible
Bahamian woman would want
her son to get in the ring with this
animal."
Mackey, who has the height
and reach advantage, but has a
huge deficit in ring experience
and age, was calm, cool and col-
lective.'
"I'm just waiting to pass the
time," he insisted. "I'm excited
about the fight. I just want to get
it on and get it over with. After


the weigh-in, I'm going to relax.
I'm finished with all of the talking.
"I'm just waiting to prove what
I've been saying all along. The
fight is on and I'm ready."
Although he's never gone past
six rounds in the four profession-
al fights he's had in his one-year
stint in the ring, Mackey said he's
confident that he can hold up
against Smith.
"We'll know who will win the
fight and if age and experience
will beat youth and speed,"
Mackey stressed. "It's going to
go past six rounds, but I doubt it
will go past 10. If it goes 12, I will
be surprised."
In the co-main event, Meacher
'Pain' Major will take on Ameri-
can Ali Muhammed in a six
rounder.


On the undercard, Elkena 'Ali'
Saunders will face Ricardo 'One
Shot' Bethel; Jerry 'Big Daddy'
Butler will battle American Eddie
J. Smith; Ivan 'Terrible' Moxey
takes on Kaito 'Red Lion' Fer-
guson and Ramond 'Smoking'
Rolle will tangle with Eric 'Ice-
berg' Minus.

Better
Promoter Michelle Minus said
this card will definitely be much
better than First Class Promo-
tions' last pro show that was held
in February.
She said everywhere they've
been promoting the show, peo-
ple have been talking about it and
they can't wait for the doors to
open at 8pm.


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