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Publication Date: June 6, 2005
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FPL's decision

'does not matter'

- Leslie Miller


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
FLORIDA Power and Light
(FPL) company's decision to
discontinue its search for a long-
term provider of liquefied nat-
ural gas (LNG) has sparked
inixed reactions.
FPL is by far the-largest cus-
tomer for natural gas in South
Florida and the decision could
prevent the development of an
LNG terminal in the Bahamas.
Sam Duncombe, from envi-
ronmental organisation Re-
Earth is standing by her opinion
that the Bahamas should not
allow an LNG terminal to be
built in the country, and said
eyen though FPL has stopped
trying to build a pipeline, a
problem still exists.
"I find that announcement a
little bit disconcerting," Ms
Duncombe told The Tribune last
night. "The question still exists
as to why these companies have
chosen the Bahamas to site their
plans instead of their countries
Where the gas is going to be
us.ed.Minister of Trade and
Ifidustry Leslie Miller said that
PPL's announcement, which
came as a shock to some, "does-
n 't matter that much", even
though it could deal a poten-
tially fatal blow to the Bahamas'
hosting an LNG terminal. (See
Tribune Business)
SFPL said Wednesday that it
,has temporarily shelved its
search because none of the bid-
'ders met all of the utility's pro-
ject specifications.
"Along with FPL, pipeline
plans are being developed by
AES, which is based in Virginia.


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The other is a partnership of El
Paso Corporation and former
Tractebel North America. Each
project is reported to cost up to
$800 million.
FPL is by far the largest cus-
tomer for natural gas in South
Florida. The decision could stop
one or both of the two projects
to build a, natural-gas pipeline
from the Bahamas to Florida.
In a press statement, Terry
Morrison, an FPL vice-presi-
dent said: "We remain interest-
ed in LNG, but we have to
know our customers will benefit
before we enter into any long
term transaction."
Said Mrs Duncombe: "All
this means is that AES is still
on the table until Tractebel or
El Paso figure out a way to
accommodate FPL, then we are
right back to square one."
Mr Miller said FPL's decision
is a strategic move. He thinks
once the Bahamian government
grants approval for the con-
struction of a pipeline and
regasification terminal, FPL will
collaborate with the company
which receives the licence.
Ms Duncombe said her recent
protest on Bay Street resulted in
the collection of 826 signatures
in her petition against the LNG
project. This, she said, speaks
volumes that Bahamians are not
comfortable with the idea of
allowing LNG to be transported
through the country.
"The point is that we have
created an avenue for people
who don't have access to the
Internet, or who were not able
to speak to us face to face about
issues before," said Ms Dun-
combe. "We are going."


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i By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter
TI HE bodies of two men a
Bahamian and an elderly US
winter resident were discov-
ered floating in separate Fam-
ily Island marinas over the
holiday weekend.
One of the bodies was
pulled from waters in the
Emerald Bay Marina in Exu-
ma early yesterday morning,
and the other from the Stella
Maris Marina in Long Island
after lam Sunday.
The identities of the men
were not released yesterday.
The body found at the
Emerald Bay Marina was
believed to have been "float-
ing for several days", accord-
ing (o press liaison officer
Inspector Walter Evans.
The man was said to have


a dark complexion, approxi-
mately 5 feet 9 inches tall, and
weighed 220 pounds.
Police said lie had a low hair
cut and was wearing dark blue
Dickies trousers and a shirt.
On Long Island, the body
of the US winter resident,
believed to be in his early 60s,
was discovered by a local res-
ident around lam on Sunday
at the Stella Maris Marina.
Long Island police report-
ed that the elderly man was
seated at the stern of a vessel -
"Stindrift" moored in the
harbour when he fell over-
board and was pulled from the
water.
The elderly man was taken
to the local clinic, where he
was pronounced dead on
arrival.
SEE page fifteen


Caribbean 'may

lose billions'


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Caribbean could lose
billions of dollars after the US
government implements new
passport regulations requiring
its citizens to have a valid pass-
,port when travelling to the
region.
A study by Caribbean Hotel
Association (CHA) on the
economic impact of the new
passport regulation has con-
cluded that the Caribbean
could lose as much as $2.6 bil-
lion in earnings from visitor
arrivals and more than 188,000
people working in the tourism
and travel sector could lose
their jobs.
These findings were
revealed at the Caribbean


Tourism Organisation Board
of Directors meeting in New
York on June 2.
The United States has pro-
posed that these security mea-
sures go into effect in January
2006, for all Americans re-
entering the United States
from the Caribbean region.
Since announcing the propos-
al, the US has been criticised
by Caribbean leaders who
believe the law will impede
the cross border flow of peo-
ple and goods.
In a CHA press statement,
president Berthia Parle said
the CHA can appreciate the
US' concern for its security,
but it "cannot lose sight of the
impact of the new regulations
SEE page fifteen


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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
CSME and the implementa-
tion of Convention 87, which
gives all workers the right to
labour representation, were
among the chief concerns
expressed at this year's Labour
Day rally.
Thousands. of Bahamians
gathered along the parade route
and at Windsor Field to cele-
brate the day set aside for the
more than 167,000 workers in
the Bahamas.
Similar events were held in
many of the Family Islands.
Representatives of almost 30
organised unions and associa-
tions participated in the parade,
which was also attended by
members of the Progressive
Liberal Party and Free Nation-
al Movement.
In a hard-hitting speech
directed to Labour Minister
Vincent Peet, president of
Trade Union Congress, Obie
Ferguson urged the government
to "come clean" about CSME,
asking how the CSME would
benefit Bahamians in real
terms.
Mr Ferguson urged the gov-
ernment to acknowledge the
contributions made by "Labour
Father" Sir Randol Fawkes by
renaming the Labour Day holi-
day after him.
Mr Ferguson outlined a num-
ber of labour concerns, including
the payment of the staff at the,
Radisson Cable Beach Hotel,


Paradise Island casino workers
who are pushing for the right to
vote on union representation,
and overtime conditions for ser-
vice sector workers.
Speaking on behalf of the
National Congress of Trade
Unions, the Bahamas Public
Service Union president, John
Pinder urged all workers to
sharpen their skills to compete
on the global stage.
He also urged the govern-
ment to adopt Convention 87,
which would allow every
Bahamian worker the right to
join a union, with or without
official representation.
In his remarks, Mr Peet-
announced that the National
Congress of Trade Unions will
be recognised as the official
labour representative of the
Bahamas on both the national
and international stage.



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* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A 22-year-old
man wanted for questioning in
connection with the murder of a
Haitian-Bahamian at Eight Mile
Rock three weeks ago was
apprehended by police on Fri-
day.
The suspect was taken into
custody shortly after midnight
on Friday at Pinedale, where
the stabbing allegedly took
place. A 22-year-old woman
was also arrested and taken into
police custody.
Wisco Jean Baptiste, 22, was
stabbed to death on Friday,
May 13 following an altercation
with another man at Clarice
Mack's residence in "Monkey-
man Yard".
Baptiste was stabbed -in -the
chest, abdomen and face, and
died at the scene.
The man and woman are
expected to appear in magis-
trate's court on Monday.
In other news, seven young
women were arrested and taken
into police custody yesterday in


connection with a disturbance
at an apartment complex in
South Bahamia.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
reported that shortly before
7pm on Saturday police
received a call from tenants at
Rum Cay Villas who com-
plained that a group of women
were cursing and throwing bot-
tles at the building.
Police went to the scene and
confronted the women, who
were between 17 and 33 years
of age. They told the officers
that a female tenant in the
building had been sending a
series of disturbing text mes-
sages to one of the women.
Six of the seven women, resi-
dents of Pinta Avenue and
Windsor on the Mall Apart-
ments, were charged with
throwing missilesand disorder-
ly behaviour. They were grant-
ed $500 bail and are expected to
appear in magistrate's court on
Tuesday.
0 A stolen white 22-ft
Boston Whaler, registered as
"Sea One", was found drifting
in waters off West End by the


US Coast Guard.
Frank Turner of Bell Channel
Club reported his vessel stolen
on June 1.
Supt Rahming said that a US
Coast Guard vessel spotted the
boat around 11am Thursday. It
was drifting in waters off Wes~t
End with two male occupants
onboard.
The men reportedly told offi-
cials that their vessel had run
out of fuel while on a fishing
trip.
Unaware that the boat ha~d
been stolen, the Coast Guard
towed the disabled boat into the
marina at Old Bahama Bay,
and continued their patrol.
A BASRA official who was
aware of the boat's status later
spotted it in the marina and
alerted the vessel's owner and
the police.
* Police are conducting follow
up inquiries to determine the
identity and whereabouts of the
two men who were aboard the
boat.
Anyone with information js
asked to contact police at (242)
352-1919.


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Disabled residents




moved into hotel


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
RESIDENTS of Cheshire
Home have agreed to relocate
to temporary living accommo-
dations.
The four disabled men have
been moved to the Nassau
Beach Hotel until a more per-
manent residence can be locat-
ed, according to the Minister of
* ;cial Services, Melanie Grif-
e ieieen -had previously
, .d4o, elqcate to another
'c4^ t agreed to move fol-
lowing the disconnectionof the
.electrical, telephone at water
ser Vi the home on Thurs-

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Mrs Griffin said that her min-
istry will house the men in the
temporary facility until a new
residence is located, which
could occur as early as next
week. So far there are two
options that the ministry is look-
ing into, Mrs Griffin told The
Tribune last night.

Searching

The ministry has been seek-
ing to relocate the Cheshire
Home residents for more than a
year, said Mrs Griffin, who is
personally scanning the classi-
fieds to find new accommoda-
tions for the residents.
"The bottom line is, the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas will
not stand by and see any of its
citizens put out on the street,
as long as we can assist. It
makes it even more critical for
our intervention because those


persons are disabled," said Mrs
Griffin.
"So, that is why we would
have not allowed last night to
have passed, unless we had
made arrangements for them,
which we did."
Mrs Griffin said that it was
"regrettable" that Thursday's
disconnections at the home had
to take place.
She said that the board clear-
ly indicated, from last year, that
the young men had to be relo-
cated.
"This is not something that
just happened out of the blue,"
said Mrs Griffin.
"I cannot fault the board, as
landlord, for taking what steps
they thought they had to take in
order to evacuate the place.
They have ownership of the
place and had notified the resi-
dents for a long time."


Derelict ship claimed


* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE derelict ship which
has been floating near one of
the country's national parks
for months has finally been
claimed and the owner has
been ordered to find a way to
remove it.
Port controller Captain
Anthony Allens said an inves-
tigation led to tracking down
the owner from Texas, who
had redesigned the vessel in
order to explore for oil.
The owner told Captain
Aliens that the oil rig had
been moored in the area of
Walkers Cay until strong
winds from a storm caused it
to break free from its moor-
ings and float unattended
hundreds of miles before
finally stopping in front of
Conception Island.
Yachters passing the area
months ago first spotted the
vessel and claimed it appeared
to have been in a deplorable
state, and they assumed it had
been dumped.


They reported the vessel to
authorities and told The Tri-
bune they were very concerned
about contaminants on the ship.
The 220-foot vessel was float-
ing shallow enough to threaten
coral reefs. Yachters were also
concerned that strong winds
could force the rusty ship onto
the national park's shores.
According to Captain Allens,
the owner has since placed
someone on board to ensure that
no reefs are damaged by the
ship, which will have to be towed
back to Walker's Cay, Abaco.
He said that the person will
stay onboard the vessel until the
owner can locate a tug boat to
take it away from the area.


"There are very few Bahami-
an tugs available," noted Cap-
tain Allens, "but we have put
pressure on him to get it out as
soon as possible. He has shown
us that he is sincerely attempt-
ing to get a tug to remove the
ship and we are satisfied that
the oil-type rig is not an envi-
ronmental threat."
Captain Allens could not
reveal the owner's name at the
time of the interview.
While it is not believed that
the ship has been intentionally
abandoned, there have been
cases where ship owners leave
outdated ships in Bahamian
waters in the hope of claiming
insurance.


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* By KILAH ROLLE
Tribune Staff Reporter
COB president Dr Rodney
Smith has apologised for "any
hint" of plagiarism in a speech
he delivered last week.
Dr Rodney Smith released a
statement to the press about his
failure to name one of the three
Writers whose work he used in
biorne of the speeches he gave
during the college's Honours
Convocation.
"I used three sources from
the works of writers, whose
words are felt would be partic-
'ularly beneficial to an audience
,in the Bahamian context,"
Explained Dr Smith. "In the
*Coivocation remarks, I refer-
enced the names of the writers
of two of these sources but
failed tp ? provide the name of
the third."
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. he used a portion of a speech
| w^a^ts ent to him in 2002 by
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any act or behaviour suggestive
of plagiarism is a very serious
offence in academia and should
never be tolerated, "particular-
ly as it impinges on intellectual
property rights which lie at the
very core of the mission and
business of education".
"It is therefore the duty of
every committed educator to
protect intellectual property
rights from even the appear-
ance of infringement," he said.
"I deeply regret this error and I
extend an apology to the coun-
cil, all faculty, students and staff
of the college, and any who may
have heard or read my Convo-
cation remarks."


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Scam of bus and taxi licence plates


IT SEEMS THAT the Public Transporta-
tion Association believes it should be sub-
sidised by government.
Mr Reuben Rahming, president of the
PTA, has complained that although hundreds
of bus franchises are in operation, govern-
ment has never invested in the system. And so
government is now being asked for $50,000 to
help with its management.
After asking government to take $50,000 of
taxpayers' money to manage these private
businesses, Mr Rahming revealed that his
association in fact represents "intelligent indi-
viduals" many of them doctors, lawyers,
and "other professionals who actually own
these franchises." If this is indeed so, then let
the doctors, lawyers and "other profession-
als" invest in their own businesses, instead of
looking to government and the taxpayer -
for a handout.
We have always understood this franchise
system to be a questionable if not, in some
instances, an illegal practice. It is certainly the
root cause of many of the problems in the
transportation business, including the reck-
less driving on the roads. Mr Rahming has
referred to it as the "rat race" in which many
drivers compete.
Former prime minister Hubert Ingraham
has often said that one of his great failures in
office was that he did not fully succeed in
rooting out the corruption, patronage and
many other inequities that he found
entrenched in the handling of public trans-
port franchises. However, his administration
went a long way in trying to bring some order
to the system. Many changes were made and a
moratorium was put on the issuing of new
taxi plates.
During the FNM administration a number
of franchises, owned by persons not in the
taxi business, but who were renting their
licence plates to those who were, had their
franchises revoked and transferred to the per-
son who was actually in the business.
Government determines the number of
taxi plates that will be issued. It advertises its
quota in the Gazette and invites anyone inter-
ested in purchasing a plate to apply by a cer-
tain date. Unlike the self-drive and scooter
business, when an applicant for these licences
has to advertise.under his own name, the pub-
lic does not know the identity of the person to
whom a jitney or taxi plate has been issued.
This invites political patronage, which has
flourished not only among PLPs, but also
among FNMs once they got their foot in the
door. This is where the system should be
changed and, in the name of transparency,


the names of all franchise holders should be
published in the Gazette. This would certain-
ly help take a bite out of the corruption.
But what has happened is that a party sup-
porter, often a professional, would be granted
a bus or taxi franchise. He would then rent out
his franchise for a fee to a person who had a
public service driver's licence and owned his
taxi, but could not get it licensed in his own
name, because government would not grant
him a licence plate. And so the back door
business was opened, resulting in the "rat
race" that brought chaos to the roads.
Talking with someone in the business
recently, we discovered the underhand way
in which this iniquitous system is operated.
For example:
Mr A, often a party favourite, has been
granted a licence plate, or franchise, by gov-
ernment. The plate is in his name, but he has
no vehicle on which to put it. Mr B, who has a
public service driver's licence, and wants to get
a bank loan to purchase his own vehicle, con-
tacts Mr A. The two go to the bank for the
loan. Mr A guarantees the bank that until the
loan is paid, Mr B will have the use of his
franchise. The deal is sealed. Although, Mr B
pays his bank instalments, he has to pay an
additional $400 a month to Mr A for the use of
the franchise. There is no receipt only a
handshake. And because the vehicle has to
be in the name of the person who holds the
franchise, namely Mr A, Mr B's bus presents
itself to the public as Mr A's bus.
Today, there is a considerable tax conces-
sion on the importation of public service vehi-
cles. To get this break, Mr A, the franchise
holder, has to get a letter for "his" bus (in
reality Mr B's bus), to take to the Ministry of
Finance for permission to bring in Mr B's bus
duty free. The cost of a new bus today would
be about $53,000. With tax it would be $75,000.
Mr B then decides to employ someone to
drive his bus. The deal in this case is that the
employee, drives the vehicle for Mr B at $200
a day for five days. The remaining two days he
drives for himself. If he fails to make the
$1,000 expected by Mr B at the end of the
five days, he has to make up the shortfall from
his own two days.
No wonder bus drivers are breaking all road
laws to run down those fares in the back-
rooms the Shylocks are breathing down their
necks for their money.
Government knows what's going on. If it
were serious, it could put a stop to it. The
laws, which are in place, are not being
enforced. And until they are the madness on
the roads will continue.


A different




perspective




on history


EDITOR, The Tribune
PLEASE allow me a response
in your daily to the letter printed
in The Freeport News on Mon-
day May 8, captioned, "Brent
Symonette would be a great
Prime Minister".
Certainly, Mr. Brent Symon-
ette becoming Prime Minister
of the Bahamas is not outside
the realm of possibility. More-
over, no progressive-thinking,
democracy-loving Bahamian
would deny him his candidacy.
He may even be among the
most qualified in his political
party. Still, those of us who dis-
agree with his assent to that
high office should not have our
views berated as a "bout of fool-
ishness," or "backward and
immature" by one Dr Leaten-
dore Percentie.
Yes, Mr Percentie, the
emperor is naked and Mr Brent
Symonette is white. There is
nothing wrong with our eyes or
our memory. Many Bahamians
consider Mr Symonette's white-
ness a problem, or at least a
matter for question, not because
they are racist, but because of
historical experiences past and
present.
Are we to blindly overlook
the fact that Mr Symonette is
the son of a man who was the
leader of a racist plutocracy?
Are we to ignore the fact that
all his life he has benefited from
these racist policies, which
inflicted unimaginable hardship
on the majority of this country?
Are we to exonerate him, as Mr
Percentie does, by saying that
he was a "mere boy" when the
atrocities took place?
What Mr Percentie seems to
want for his friend is a pass. A
get out of jail free card. We
shouldn't ask him any questions
about his associations, his busi-
ness dealings, and his relation-
ship to the majority of this pop-
ulation. After all, this is the kind
of scrutiny under which you put
black candidates. White ones
just pass.. Not this time. All his
life he has been entering by the
carte blanche. This time, he will
have to answer some questions
before he enters. He will have
to answer some questions about
the primacy of market forces
despite how they impinge upon
the lives of struggling people,
an idea he staunchly espoused
during his brief stint as Minister
of Tourism.
The great irony, though, in
Mr Percentie's letter of advo-
cacy for Mr Symonette comes in
the statement about his grand-
mother taking a tamarind
switch to persons to dispel their
ignorance.


Mr Percentie is an outstand-
ing revisionist, rewriting history
in every other line. He would
have us believe that the United
Bahamian Party was the great-
est thing since sliced bread.
How? Because of their great
altruism they allowed women
to vote, created a vibrant econ-
omy and wrote a constitution.
He conveniently left out how
the women struggled, how the
economy was not for the major-
ity, and nor was the constitu-
tion.
As for Sir Stafford Sands,
whoMr Percentie and others are
constantly trying to canonise in
this country, listen, the man
chose exile rather than live
under black rule. Blacks are still
ruling-at least politically. Let
the man stay where he is, which
is where he wants to be and let
him rest in peace.
Then Mr Percentie becomes
pastoral and says: "Whatever
act of evil or injustice that has
occurred in the past must be
forgiven for the nation to heal."
However, I have never heard
him ask those who perpetrated
the evil to offer confession, or to
repent. I have never read any-
thing where he even asks them
to offer a public apology.
"Too many people try to


describe the UBP in racial
terms," he says. This is after the
good doctor a few sentences
earlier writes, "The UBP ran a
Bahamas that excluded input
from the coloured majprity,"
Amazing! In the same sentence
he accuses the present PLP gov-
ernment of practising racist poli-
cies and then quotes some study
that says racism in the Bahamas
is dead. Of course, what hecdid-
n't say is that this is probably
the same group who concluded
that sweethearting is dead in.
the Bahamas.
Mr Percentie begins his final
paragraph with the astounding
statement:
"Ironically the majority, of
Bahamians are not black." Suchi
nonsense can only be under-
stood psychologically. Th'6
writer is exposing his colour
complex. He doesn't want to be
grouped with us. This seems the
tortured soul of a twenty-first
century tragic mulatto express-
ing itself in print.
Hannas, Millers, Knowles -
among others he says :are
mixed, not black. Well, I know
many persons with these last
names and they are black on
every continent except that one
in Mr Percentie's twisted and
confused mind. Obviously, his
distinguished grandmother
spared him the switch far too
often.
DR KEITH A RUSSELL
May 12 2005


EDITOR, The Tribune
WITH less than two years
to go before the next general
elections, a great lesson I have
learnt is that things are not
always as they appear.
Sometimes it is for the bet-
ter, sometimes for the worse,
it just depends on what side
of the fence you happen to be
standing on for instance,
as it relates to Exuma's econ-
omy.
There are persons who
would like us to believe that
Exuma's economy took off
overnight. The reality is that
during election 2002, Elliott
Lockhart reiterated his 1997
election promise that Exuma's
economy will experience


investments in the hundreds
of millions of dollars.
Having analysed the vari-
ous indicators, I was com-
pelled to campaign vigorously
with Mr Lockhart to convince
Exumians that our island was
finally heading for big things.
Now that we are less than
two years away from another
election and in thanking Mr
Elliott Lockhart for five years
(1997-2002) of result-oriented
representation, the question
we must begin to seriously
consider is: what qualities are
we really looking for in our
elected officials?
ANTHONY MUSGROVE
Exuma
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Daylight shines




on CSME debate


DECEMBER 21 (the
winter solstice) is
known to meteorologists as the
date with the longest night and
the shortest day of the whole
year. In retrospect, government
could hardly have picked a better
day to make a decision the nature
of which has remained clouded
by unfathomable darkness right
up to early June and counting.
While Bahamians are left
guessing as to the nature and
extent of any promises made on
their behalf on'that dark day inr
December last year, their leaders
have clibsef to pretend that there
is'n0oiiftg in the making that
even rherits their worrying about.
There will be "no change" in our
relationship with the others in
CARIWOM, we are told.
-Alas, Acting Prime Minister
Cynthia Pratt's budgetary pro-
nouncement on the whole CSME
debate.(that it has generated
"more heat than light"')appears
to signify a change of attitude in
the, rightdirection, ; ..
Craig Butler, who spoke sen-
sibly, in his. Guardian column
som weeks ago, ip support of
signing the revised treaty, has
noqw come. to.recognise some of
the odiffiulties that will arise as
tieiniiatiye, ipoves from rhetoric
ti mlementationi... .
ITllEH EVIAN THE
S 'DETAIL

I' ike others, Mr Butler's
reasons for supporting
the CSME seemed originally to
derive from commendable polit-
ical and social goals, which we
have all been (wrongly) told
would be achievable only so long
as we signed onto the revised
treaty of Chaguaramas.
The latest reassuring words
came from Acting Prime Minis-
ter Pratt, who conceded that it
would be "ludicrous" and
"ridiculous" for the other mem-
bers of CARICOM to want to
expel the Bahamas (the most sol-
vent mnemer ofetli .lu jusA
becauseit:did not ant.o join
their single economy.
Though Mr Mitchell and-
Ambassador Archer clearly
placed themselves on a limb by
their early, over-the-top reactions
to those who had thought
through the treaty's implications
more thoroughly than they, this is
not reason for Bahamians who
have become energised by the
debate to either get drawn into
politics or to personally demonise
those associated with the "edu-
cational" campaign.
TIME TO LOOK FOR AN
HONOURABLE EXIT

In fact, it is in the best inter-
est of both the government
and the Bahamas generally to
start looking for ways not to sign
the revised treaty that do not
involve a volte-face on the part of
any of our elected representa-
tives.
Any undertaking made by the
government to Mr (Edwin) Car-
rington back on the 21st Decem-
ber can effectively be abandoned
once the government makes the
caise that considerations have


PERSPECTIVES

,ANDRE W ALLEN


now arisen which cast doubt on
any counter-assurances made to
the Bahamas back on that date.
HOW SECURE ARE THE
RESERVATIONS?

Firstly and most com-
pellingly, there remain
two sources of serious doubt over
the long-term efficacy of the four
reservations that would suppos-
edly spare us the damage of real
economic integration.
The first question relates to
the rest of the community's
alleged willingness (as commu-
nicated by Secretary General
Carrington) to indulge these
reservations as long as the
Bahamas feels it requires them.
It would be an interesting
demonstration of loyalty to prin-
ciple if successive generations of
Caribbean leaders felt them-
selves vicariously bound by an
undertaking that deprived them


of access to the most robust econ-
omy in the region a little too
interesting, in fact, to have any
probable place in the real world.
The second, more irresistible,
challenge is likely to come from
the judicial arena. Although one
of our reservations relates to the
appellate side of the Caribbean
Court of Justice (CCJ), this does
not affect the fact that the CCJ is
and remains the court of origi-
nal jurisdiction in relation to the
treaty itself.
This means that the CCJ in
Trinidad would have jurisdiction
to entertain a challenge to the
Bahamas' reservations made on
behalf of any aggrieved national
of one of the 14 other member
states. The court could then
decide (with undoubted merit)
such reservation(s) to be con-
trary to the purposes of the treaty
itself and hence untenable. And
from the decision of this court,
there would be no possibility of
appeal for the Bahamas.


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COMMUNICATION TO PARLIAMENT
BY HON. OBEDIAH H. WILCHCOMBE, MP
MINISTER OF TOURISM
ON
THE ACQUISITION AND RE-DEVELOPMENT OF CABLE BEACH RESORT
PROPERTIES BY BAHA MAR DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD.




One of the major priorities of the Government has been the pursuit of the re-development of the Cable Beach Resort area into a world-class tourist destination and
attraction that would have a major impact on the Bahamian economy. Prime Minister, the Hon. Perry G. Christie, has relentlessly pursued this goal with admirable
success. I am particularly pleased to lay on the Table of the House of Assembly today, the Heads of Agreement dated April 6, 2005, entered into between the Gov-
ernment of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and Baha Mar Development Co. Ltd., providing for this ambitious re-development of Cable Beach. This historic
development envisages an expenditure of not less than $1 Billion in its first phase.

Baha Mar Development Co. Ltd. (Baha Mar) of which Messrs. DIkran and Sarkis Izmirlian are the beneficial owners, has now completed the transaction for the
acquisition from The Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas (The Hotel Corporation), the Government of The Bahamas (the Government) and Ruffin Crystal Palace Hotel
Corporation Ltd. (Ruffin) for the acquisition and re-development of certain Cable Beach properties. The following assets are involved:

1. The Hotel Corporation of The Bahamas
a. Radisson Cable Beach Resort and Golf Course
b. Hobby Horse Hall parcel
c. Fee simple interest in the Wyndham Hotel and Crystal Palace Casino property

2. The Government
a. Fee simple interest in the Nassau Beach Hotel property

3. Ruffin Crystal Palace Hotel Corporation Ltd.
a. The improvements in the Nassau Beach Hotel, Wyndham Hotel and Crystal Palace Casino properties
b. Adjacent beach front property

PURCHASE PRICE AND OTHER BENEFITS

Baha Mar is paying to The Hotel Corporation and the Government $45 Million for the aforementioned interests not including inventories and receivables. Addition-
ally, the following other attractive terms add considerably to the purchase price:

Assumption by Baha Mar of staff obligations, benefits and their continued employment which would have cost The Hotel Corporation in excess of $10 Million
had it severed their employment.
The replacement by the developer and exchange with The Hotel Corporation and the Government of the Development Bank, Gaming Board, straw markets,
Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Centre and Cable Beach Police Station properties. The developer is to share up to 50% of public infrastructure costs
towards new road works, the diversion of West Bay Street with expanded jogging paths, replacement and expanded public utilities etc. Baha Mar will also
meet the cost of a reverse osmosis water plant and a sewerage treatment plant, which is estimated at $16 Million. The preliminary infrastructure costs -
not including the reverse osmosis and sewerage plants are estimated between $70 and $90 Million.
Baha Mar will joint venture with the Government to turn the Cable Beach Golf Course into a first class course, to build a new club house and to expand the
course onto lands formerly owned by Water & Sewerage Corporation with Baha Mar contributing the capital cost and Government sharing in profits but not
sharing in any losses.
A portion of the former Water & Sewerage Corporation site will be acquired by Baha Mar for resort related development purposes at the appraised value.
$12 Million is to be allocated by the new owners for the re-training of staff during the construction period.

PROJECT COMPONENTS

Baha Mar is obligated to carry out a $1 Billion world class resort development under the terms of the Heads of Agreement dated April 6, 2005, which would contain
the following components:

A 1,000-room world-class casino hotel with a 75,000 sq. ft casino
A renovated and expanded 1,000-room convention hotel at the Radisson Cable Beach Resort
A new 300 room luxury Hotel
400 renovated rooms at the Nassau Beach Hotel
Convention and meeting facilities in excess of 100,000 sq. ft.
World class attractions and amenities
Other resort accommodation offertnis such as condo-hotels, condominiums, residential clubs and time-share facilities
A mixed use village
A marina. If located at Arawak Cay, Baha Mar would pay for the site on terms to be mutually agreed.

The project is being scheduled to avoid, as far as possible, disruption for staff and major closure of facilities for significant periods of time. An immediate $15
Million refurbishment of the existing casino and hotel facilities will be completed over the next several months. Construction on the project is to start within 12-18
months, with the diversion of West Bay Street, other essential infrastructural works and the replacement of the Government and Hotel Corporation buildings on the
southern side of West Bay Street and adjacent to Breezes. Afterwards, the Wyndham demolition, expansion and construction. of new resort facilities will commence.
One hotel will be closed at a time to enable the completion of 2,700 rooms between 2007 and 2009.

WORLD CLASS HOTEL & CASINO PARTNERS

Baha Mar is obligated to enter into final arrangements with world-class hotel partners by August 31, 2005 and a world-class casino partner by December 31, 2005.
The developer must make periodic reports on the progress of these arrangements.

TITLE TRANSFER CONDITIONS AND OBLIGATIONS

The following provisions have been made in the transfer documents to ensure appropriate title transfers at various stages of the development. These terms and
conditions are as follows:

a. Conveyance of the fee simple in the Radisson and Golf Course at closing.

b. At closing, assumption by Baha Mar of a 99-year mortgageable leasehold interest over the Wyndham and Nassau Beach properties at the same.lease
rental for the unexpired residue of the existing leases and thereafter a considerably higher lease rental during the remainder of the 99-year term.

c. Upon fulfillment by Baha Mar of the conditions precedent contained in Section 21 of the drdft Heads of Agreement and construction starts on the new
West Bay Street, Baha Mar- would rceive conveyance ofr the freehold on the Hobby Horse parcel, the British American Bank and any other relevant parcels.

d. If Baha Mar fails to start construction of the $1 Billion project then Baha Mar will return the Hobby Horse Hall parcel freehold, or that portion not used, and
the British American Bank and any other relevant parcels at original cost. Baha Mar will receive an option to buy back the Hobby Horse Hall freehold, or that
portion not used, and the British American Bank and any other relevant parcels at original cost for a period of three (3) years conditioned upon Baha Mar
starting construction of the $1 Billion project.

e. When Baha Mar starts construction on the $1 Billion project (which includes the construction of the new hotel casino and convention complex), Baha Mar
would receive freehold conveyances on the Wyndham and the Nassau Beach Hotel properties.

f. If Baha Mar fails to proceed diligently to complete construction of the $1 Billion project then Baha Mar will return the Wyndham and Nassau Beach Hotel
freehold to the Governmentin return for a mortgageable 99-year lease at the same lease rental for the unexpired residue of the existing leases. For the
remainder of the 99-year term the lease rental is to be mutually agreed. Baha Mar will also re-convey the Hobby Horse Hall freehold, or that
portion hot used, at original cost. Baha Mar will receive an option to buy back both the Hobby Horse Hall freehold, or that portion not developed, at original
cost and the Wyndham and Nassau Beach Hotel freehold for $1 for a period of three (3) years conditioned upon completion of at least the $1 Billion project.

g. The replacement buildings namely Cecil Wallace-Whitfield Building, the police station, straw markets, Gaming Board and Bahamas Development Bank
premises are to be conveyed to Baha Mar in exchange for the replacement buildings to be constructed by Baha Mar and when they are ready for
occupation.


h. West Bay Street and median strip are to be conveyed to Baha Mar upon completion of the new diverted West Bay Street and jogging paths by way of
exchange.

i. Upon fulfillment by Baha Mar of the conditions precedent Set out in Section 21 of the Heads of Agreement, the parties would enter into a joint venture with
respect to a portion of the 103-acre parcel south of the existing golf course.

j. The remainder of the 103-acre parcel to be used for residential and resort development would be purchased by Baha Mar at appraised value.


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COMMUNICATION TO PARLIAMENT
BY HON. OBEDIAH H. WILCHCOMBE, MP
MINISTER OF TOURISM
ON
THE ACQUISITION AND RE-DEVELOPMENT OF CABLE BEACH RESORT
PROPERTIES BY BAHA MAR DEVELOPMENT CO. LTD.

CONDITIONS PRECEDENT TO TRANSFER OF TITLE AND TERMINATION
OR REDUCTION IN GOVERNMENT'S OBLIGATIONS

The conditions precedent in section 21 of the Heads of Agreement, which must be met by Baha Mar in relation to the project are as follows:

a. The delivery to the Government of reasonably satisfactory evidence of the commitment by Baha Mar of the required equity in the Project of US $400 million, including, without
limitation, equity participation by world-class international hotel and casino partners

b. The provision of satisfactory evidence that Baha Mar has obtained adequate funding for the $1 Billion project

c. The provision of reasonably satisfactory evidence that Baha Mar has secured the commitment of their world-class international hotel partners by August 31, 2005, and casino
equity partners in the Project by December 31, 2005.

d. The preparation and delivery to the Government of detailed plans and specifications to meet relevant projected start dates in the following Project Schedule:
PROJECT SCHEDULE


} v y vv uctLm bJuriuo J./ uo
Infrastructure and Base
Roads
(b) Government and Bank 1/06/06 1/04107
Replacement Buildings
(c) West Bay Street and 1/04/07 1/08/07
Wyndham Demolition_
(d) New .Casino and New 1/04/07 1/04/09 1,300 rooms
Construction of Hotel(s) and 75,000 sq.
ft. casino
(e) Marina 1/11/07 1/04/09
(f) Retal/Entertainment 1/11/07 1/04/09
Village
(g) Golf Course/Club House 1/06/06 1/04/09
(h) Finish Roadwork and 1/10/06 1/04/09
Utilities Connection
(i) Close Radisson and 1/02/08 1/04/09
Prepare for Construction
(j) Construct Convention 1/04/08 1/04/09 1,000 rooms
Hotel
(k) Renovate Nassau Beach To be To be 400 rooms
Hotel determined determined


e. If Baha Mar fails to perform the undertakings set out in the conditions precedent on or before the date that is 18 months after the date of the execution of the Heads of Agree
ment, or unless any such undertakings, or any of them, are waived in writing by the Government, then the Government shall have the right to:
i) Terminate or reduce the obligations of the Government to provide the concessions, benefits and incentives to Baha Mar and to terminate the obligations of the Government to
perform the executory provisions of the Heads of Agreement relating to the joint venture for the re-development of the expanded new Cable Beach Golf Course and any other
development on the relevant parcel of land;

ii) Terminate the obligations of the Government to perform all executory provisions of the Government Purchase Agreements on the Government's part including the obligation to
complete the sale to Baha Mar of the properties listed or described in the Schedules to the Government Purchase Agreements thereof; and
iii) Terminate the obligations of The Hotel Corporation to perform all executory provisions of The Hotel Corporation Purchase Agreement on the part of Hotel Corporation to be
performed including the obligation to complete the sale to Baha Mar of the properties listed or described in the Schedules to the Hotel Corporation Purchase Agreement.


SPECIAL CONCESSIONS FOR $1 BILLION DOLLAR PROJECT

In addition to the normal concessions available to all hotels under The Hotels Encouragement Act, certain special concessions being granted by the Government are in respect of casino
fees and taxes, marketing contributions and exemption from stamp duty on construction materials, equipment and vehicles. These special concessions have a value of some 20% of the
$1 Billion development which parallels that granted to Kerzner International in its $1 Billion Atlantis Phase III expansion.

As is the case with all casinos operating in The Bahamas, all fees that were payable to The Hotel Corporation were discontinued in 1999 and the same is being applied to Baha Mar with
respect to the existing Crystal Palace Casino. Upon the opening of the new casino for business, the Government will cause the payment in respect of the annual casino licence fee, and
win tax to be the same as was granted to Kerzner International, which is as follows: .

i) Annual Licence Fee of $100,000 per 1,000 sq. ft. of floor space of the new casino

ii) Minimum Win Tax of $4.3 Million in gaming winnings up to $20 Million per year

iii) Win tax of 10% of gaming winnings in excess of $20 Million per year for a period of 21 years commencing from the date of completion of the new casino hotel.

The Government will, with the opening of the new expanded 75,000 sq. ft. casino, permit to be deducted from the casino fees and taxes $5 Million from the amount of the annual licence
fee plus 50% of the annual gaming win tax in excess of $20 Million. These deductions are the same as those enjoyed by the Atlantis casino.

The Kerzner Atlantis development by reason of being located on Paradise Island enjoys the status of a Family Island and accordingly is exempted from stamp duties on all materials
necessary for the construction, equipping, furnishings as well as construction plant and vehicles necessary for construction. The Government has agreed to amend the relevant legisla-
tion to allow the same concessions for the Baha Mar Cable Beach Development or a development in any other part of The Bahamas, which the Government considers to be of special
economic importance.

For a period of 8 years, commencing with the opening of the new casino, the Government will contribute $4 Million per year towards the cost and expenses of the marketing activities of
Baha Mar as it currently does with Kerzner International. These combined marketing activities with both Kerzner International and Baha Mar would greatly heighten the awareness of The
Bahamas as a compelling, world class destination and produce spin off benefits for Bahamian tourism generally.

All of the foregoing concessions are predicated on Baha Mar spending not less than $1 Billion towards the development, construction and opening of the Cable Beach project. They are in
line with the concessions granted in respect of Atlantis' Phase III $1 Billion expansion.

SKILLS TRAINING, PURCHASE AND UTILIZATION OF BAHAMIAN PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

Special provisions are made in the Heads of Agreement regarding skills training for Bahamians, the purchase and utilization of Bahamian products and services and the engagement of
non-Bahamian services where necessary when such services are not available locally. Baha Mar will be obligated to maximize the employment of Bahamians on all stages of development
and promote entrepreneurial opportunities for Bahamians. The developer will also maximize the employment of Bahamian musicians and artisans and the display of Bahamian artwork at
the project.

With regard to training, the developer will collaborate with the Ministry of Education, Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute and School of Hospitality of The College of The Bahamas or
other agencies designated by the Government. The developer has agreed to offer employment and equal opportunity for qualified Bahamian contractors to participate in the bidding
process and to promote joint ventures between non-Bahamian and Bahamian contractors. At the same time, Baha Mar will implement a programme including loans to small independent
businesses to help develop Bahamian agriculture and fishing industries with the goal of featuring such products in their various restaurants.

Upon completion of the project, a minimum of 3,500 permanent jobs will be created by Baha Mar for Bahamians with about 3,000 persons being employed during construction. Due to the
scale, complexity and tight time frame of the project, the construction will require the involvement of major international construction and specialty contractors. The developer will use
best efforts to ensure that meaningful joint venture arrangements are made with qualified Bahamian companies. With other planned projects coming on stream, it is anticipated that the
local labour pool will not be sufficient to meet the construction requirements of Baha Mar. The relevant Government agencies will work in close collaboration with Baha Mar to ensure that
if Bahamians are not available, that the machinery is established by the relevant Government agencies to efficiently facilitate labour from abroad.

ENVIRONMENTAL SAFEGUARDS

In carrying out this world-class mega resort development, Baha Mar is obligated to do so within the best environmental, engineering and architectural guidelines. Provisions are made in
the Heads of Agreement for the submission of an Environmental Impact Study to be evaluated by BEST Commission, the Ministry of Health and Environmental Services and other relevant
Government agencies. Reasonable protocols and requirements will be established in relation to all aspects of the development and monitoring mechanisms will be put in place. Beach
access by the Bahamian public at Goodman's Bay will continue unimpeded. The Cable Beach median strip popularly used by joggers will be replaced by longer, more attractive and better
landscaped jogging paths along both sides of the new diverted West Bay Street.

DISTRIBUTION OF PROCEEDS

Out of the $45 Million paid for The Hotel Corporation and Government's assets, the $18 Million Hotel Corporation mortgage loan with the Bank of Nova Scotia on the Radisson Cable
Beach Hotel has been satisfied. This loan was obtained in late 2002 to cover operating losses for previous years and to assist with renovations of some 150 closed hurricane-damaged
rooms and other essential works at Radisson. An amount of $10 Million, as previously foreshadowed by the Prime Minister during the sale negotiations, has been paid into the Public
Treasury. The remainder of the proceeds is being utilized to meet payables, professional fees, winding down costs, termination costs of The Myers Management Group, the recovery by
The Hotel Corporation of expenses paid by the Corporation on behalf of the Radisson and the on-going operations of The Hotel Corporation.

With the present sales transaction, there are no debt obligations having to be taken over by the Government unlike several years ago when the Ambassador Beach Hotel (now Breezes)
and the Royal Bahamian Hotel (now Sandals) were sold by The Hotel Corporation for $7 Million and $8.5 Million respectively. At that time, the then Government had to assume the $16.5
Million mortgage on the Royal Bahamian Hotel and pay off the debt.

PAYMENT OF OUTSTANDING TAXES AND PUBLIC UTILITY BILLS

With the sale of the Radisson Cable Beach Resort, the Wyndham Crystal Palace Resort & Casino, and the Nassau Beach Hotel, the Public Treasury, National Insurance Board, Public Utility
Corporations and Pension Funds have considerably benefited by some $27.8 Million from the payment of taxes and accounts due.

FUTURE ECONOMIC IMPACT AND CONFIDENCE IN THE BAHAMIAN ECONOMY

These comprehensive and far sighted Heads of Agreement containing visionary undertakings on the part of the developers and the Government of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
are designed to guarantee a better economic future for present and future employees who will play such a vital part in making Cable Beach into a "must see, one of a kind" world-class
tourist destination. The spin-off effects will considerably impact the Bahamian economy. Global Insight, in its preliminary Economic Impact Analysis, estimates that the cumulative GDP
impact of the project could reach nearly $10 Billion over a period of 18 years and that the cumulative tax impact over the same period could reach over $2.5 Billion. By the best standards,
this project is a clear manifestation of confidence by the investors, their partners and bankers in the economy, Government and people of this nation. The Government will work closely
with the developers to ensure both the future success of the project and the fulfillment of all obligations in the best interest of the Bahamian people.





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sau International Airport with-
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It would be interesting,


therefore, Mr Symonette told
the House during the opening
of the Budget debate on June
1, "to see how the new man-
agement agreement with the
foreign company of Nassau
International Airport (NIA)
works out."
At the same time, said Mr
Symonette, "we are all aware
that the catering at NIA is
exclusively controlled by one
company."
He said that prior to the 2002
election this company was
managed by Works Minister
Bradley Roberts, MP for Bain
and Grants Town.
"We are well aware that all
the liquor and bars at NIA
were controlled by one com-
pany, yes, a company that the
Hon member from Bain and
Grants Town was part of the
management team: In the US
pre-clearance lounge the.build-
ing was built to house three
concession leases, which were
controlled as I stated before.
It would be interesting to see
how the new management
company intends to deal with
these leases. Time will tell.
"Time will also tell when Vir-
gin Airlines comes into the
Bahamas we will see how these
flights are handled, catered and
so forth.
"I notice with great interest,"
said Mr Symonette, "that the
small vendors who were sell-
ing meals out of the back of
their cars are still at NIA. You
ain't move them! No, because
you know what, the Hon.
Member for Bain and Grants
Town tried to have me remove
them when I was at NIA and I
refused.
"Now the shoe is on the oth-
er foot ... because they are
against this monopoly. What
he said was that they (the small
vendors) were in breach of his
lease" at NIA.


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Another 'first' for acting PM
N By DANIELLE STUBBS This year's Summit will be ers in the country who have son are among the Bahamian
Tribune Staff Reporter held under the theme: "Leading made tremendous contributions, female leaders whose contribu-
the 21st Century Economy," and "Those women heroes like tions to the country I will make
ACTING Prime Minister will focus on accelerating wom- Dame Doris Johnson, Dame Ivy mention of," said Mrs Pratt.
Cynthia Pratt will be the first en's economic development Dumont, Dame Joan Sawyer, Also on Mrs Pratt's list of
Bahamian female leader to co- through the effective use of tech- Janet Bostwick, Italia Johnson, communications to the Summiti
chair the annual Global Summit nology, and maximizing the ben- Theresa Moxey-Ingraham, is the success of the Bahamas'
of Women. efit of cross-border business Sylvia Scriven and Sharon Wil- Urban Renewal Project.
Just days after becoming the alliances.


first woman to present the
Bahamas' budget communica-
tion in the House of Assembly,
the deputy prime minister and
minister of national security
announced that she will join the
roundtable of women govern-
ment ministers which opens this
year's event in Mexico City on
June 23-25.
More than 25,000 women
leaders from around the world
are expected to attend the con-
ference, including US Secretary
of State Condoleezza Rice.


The data generated from the survey will be used to measure each
sector's contribution to the Gross National Product
of The Bahamas.
So, if you are involved in the production of goods and services, you
can help contribute to our national statistics as well as learn
more about your sector's performance by completing the
Annual Business Establishment Survey questionnaire accurately
and in a timely fashion..


Mrs Pratt, who had to turn
down an invitation to attend the
Summit meeting held in Korea
last year, said she is "humbled by
this second invitation because it
proves that the Summit-is inter-
ested in the Bahamas' input".
On behalf of women leaders
in the country, Mrs Pratt said
she plans to address the issue
that the House of Assembly "is
not conducive" to female par-
liamentarians.
"When the House of Assem-
bly was constructed, it obviously
was done without female leaders
in mind, because if you notice
there is no proper quarters for
female members to retreat if the
need arises. We all have to con-
gregate in the same environment
as the men," said Mrs Pratt.
Mrs Pratt said she will also
pay homage to past women lead-


COLINA HOLDINGS BAHAMAS LIMITED


NOTICE

In accordance with the rules of the Bahamas International Stock Exchange
(BISX), Colina Holdings Bahamas Limited has applied for and was
granted an additional extension to June 30th, 2005 for the filing of it's
Annual Report for the year ended December 31st, 2004.

This extension was granted based on the following:-

1) Receipt of confirmation for various transactions and account
balances.
2) Completion of reconciled ledger account balances to support the
Financial Statements.
3) Review of the Appointed Actuary's Report by the external
auditors.,
4) The new Finance Team's involvement in the production of the
Financial Statements.

The Annual Report will be published in at least two (2) newspapers
generally circulating within the Bahamas on or before June 30th, 2005.
In approving the request for an extension, a recommendation was made
to the BISX Listing Committee to file a formal complaint for violation
of BISX rules with the Securities Commission of The Bahamas, and BISX
may impose sanction(s).


He survived by his wife, Ann-Marie; his children,?
Suzette Evans and her husband Gregory of Newark, Delaware, Dennis Dupuch
and his wife Tracy of Abaco, The Bahamas, Charlotte Dupuch of GBR and&
Alexandra Thomas and her husband Paul of Northern Ireland; his
granddaughters, Eva and Bethan Thomas; his sister, Annette (Annie) Russell
of Nassau, and many nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends.,.

Alfred, a native Bahamian, was the youngest child of the late Elias and Edith!
Dupuch of Nassau. He was predeceased b his first wife Marty and his brother
Jimmy.

He was the former owner of Nassau Bicycle Company (NBC) in Nassau, and'
was also a member of St. Andrew's Presbyterian Kirk and the Kiwanis Club.
Throughtout his life, Alfred quietly helped numerous people and gave to an|
untold number of charities.

Instead of flowers, dontations may be made to The Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
Association (BASRA), RO. Box SS-6247, Nassau, The Bahamas in Memory
of Mr. Alfred J.R. Dupuch.


KEMP'S FUNERAL HOME LIMITED
Established 1950
P.O. Box N-1222, 22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
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MR. ALFRED J.R. DUPUCH

of Gibraltar and formerly of Nassau, New Providence,
The Bahamas was held at St. Andrew's Presbyterian
Kirk, Princes' Street, Nassau on Saturday, 4th June,
2005 at 3:00 p.m. Rev. Bill Higgs officiated.

Alfred J.R. Dupuch age 81 passed away peacefully
on Sunday, 22 May, 2005 at his home in Gibraltar.
His loving wife.of 30 years, Ann-Marie, was with him
when he passed.


PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT


EQUIPMENT UPGRADE FIRE TRAIL ROAD

The Bahamas Telecommunication Company Ltd. wishes to
inform the public that in an effort to improve service, an
equipment upgrade in the Fire Trail Road area will take place
during the period Wednesday, May 25, to Friday, June 10,
2005 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:30pm.

As a result, subscribers in the following areas will experience
some service disruption:

Fire Trail Road South of Frelia Subdivision and all
side corners up to Linkford Close
Fire Trail Road West of Linkford Close and all
side corners up to Hamster Road
Shell Fish Road West up to Stanford Street
Hamster Road West

BTC apologizes for any inconvenience caused and assures :
that public that every effort will be made to keep disruption :
to a minimum. :


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The College of the Bahamas invites applications for the
following posts:

BOOKSTORE MANAGER
DIVISION: Finance and Administration
DEPARTMENT: The College of the
Bahamas Bookstore
START DATE: JULY 1, 2005
JOB DESCRIPTION
SUMMARY STATEMENT
The Manager of The College of the Bahamas Bookstore will
be responsible for:
SDirection and management of all aspects of a retail college
bookstore
* Overseeing and coordinating inventory control, sales and
returns, vendor relations, cash management, and related
reporting.
* Responsible for purchasing all general merchandise and
supply items.
* Responsible for day-to-day functions of the Bookstore
and supervision and direction of support staff.
RELATIONSHIPS
* Reports to: VP Finance & Administration/Financial Controller
* Subordinate Staff: Bookstore Clerks/Assistants
* Other internal contacts: Faculty, Students, and Staff
* External contacts: Manufacturing & Sales Reps, Customers,
within the community, including community groups, and ":
General Public

REQUIREMENTS/QUALIFICATIONS
* At least a high school/secondary diploma. A degree in
business or retail management or equivalent would be viewed
favourably.
* Minimum of five years background in retail sales work at
manager's level; experience in a bookstore preferred.
* Good computer skills and database management
Store hours are 7:00am to 7:00pm from Monday to Saturday"
Manager will work shifts; week;,.weekend and evening work-'.
required.


CAFE MANAGER
DIVISION: Finance and Administration
DEPARTMENT: The College of the


Bahamas Bookstore Cafe *
START DATE: July 15, 2005
JOB DESCRIPTION
SUMMARY STATEMENT,, .,, .
TheIManager of Th6 College t okstore
Caf6 will be responsible fOr !.',
* Direction and management 6f.'all, t'*S f the College
Caf6
* Overseeing and coordinating inventory control, sales and
returns, vendor relations, cash management, and related
reporting.
* Responsible for purchasing all food supplies and general
merchandise.
* Responsible for day-to-day functions 'f the 'cafe and


supervision and direction of support staff. Good communication skills required, oral and written. Must
be able to compose memos, letters and reports.-
RELATIONSHIPS
Store hours are 7:00am to'7:00pm from Monday to; Satu ay.
Reports to: VP Finance & Administration/Financial Controller Manager will work shifts; week, weekend and evening work
Subordinate Staff: Cafe Assistants/Clerks required. --
Other internal contacts: Faculty, Students, and Staff ,,:
External contacts: Suppliers of food, restaurant equipment f. ;"
and general merchandise and general public
QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE PUBLISHING EDITO PUBLIC
RELATIONS SEN IORW"Q1'y E8
At least a secondary education. DIVISION: Institutional Advanc t
Minimum of five (5) years experience in food and beverage DEPARTMENT: Publications/Public Relations
management .
Success in managing in a high volume retail/fast food START DATE: SEPTEMBER 1, 2005
environment would be an asset
Excellent leadership, supervisory, communication and JOB DESCRIPTION
organizational skills. Proven ability to train, develop, and .
motivate associates. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Ability to work with deadlines. SUMMARY STATEMENT
Outstanding customer service skills Participate in the preparation of publications to include
Certificates in culinary arts, food service hospitality planning, analyzing and reviewing materials, writing articles,
operations, etc would be an asset. reviews of literary and academic writings, reports, marketing
Good computer skills and database management copy and editing copy to conform to proper grammatical
style, supervising the printing and distribution of publications,
Store hours are 7:00am to 7:00pm from Monday to Saturday liaising with licensing and other regulatory agencies related
Manager will work shifts; week, weekend and evening work to publishing.
required. Participate in the development and implementatiorpf .
promotional ideas and activities in support of a S 1i
comprehensive public relations programme to publicj.eh"d
UINTR promote The College/University of the Bahamas activities,
B SIESS C. ENTRE MANAGER and programmes for general and specialized 'autien^' .@
ISION Finance and Adinistration : Participate in the development of a strong writing',team.
DEPARTMENT; The College of the Bahamas Business
it re RELATIONSHIPS
START DATE: JULY 15, 2005 Reports to: Associate VP Institutional Advancement
Subordinate Staff: Institutional Advancement/Public
3JOBDESCRIPTION Relations Clerks/Assistants
Other Internal Contacts: Faculty, staff, students
'SUMMARY STATEMENT External Contacts: Members of the general public, printers,
designers, illustrators, photographers, journalists, media..
TI e Manager of The College of the Bahamas Business houses, distribution houses, reproduction agencies, design
Genrire will be responsible for: : 'agencies and consultants, external publishers, translation
direction and management of all aspects of a business/copy agencies and cultural advisors.


, Overseeing and coordinating inventory control, sales and
returns, vendor relations, cash management, and related
re0ortina.


QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE
A minimum of a bachelor's degree or equivalent pr l


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* Responsible for purchasing all general merchandise and certification; a master's degree is preferred. Work requires
supply items. an impeccable knowledge of the English Language, the
* Responsible for day-to-day functions of the Business ability to perform creative writing at a very high level and
Centre and supervision and direction of support staff. related activities sucl as conducting interviews and research,
and copy editing normally acquired through attainment of
RELATIONSHIPS a bachelor's degree in English or a related discipline and
teaching language skills to others.
* Reports to: VP Finance & Administration/Financial Controller
* Subordinate Staff: Business Centre Clerks/Assistants
* Other internal contacts,. Faculty, Students, and Staff 'D'tailed job descriptions are available from the Human
* External contactManufacttio & Sales Reps, Customers :,Resources partt ,yiitr- j
within the commu Ity,`ncl ge Qmmunity groups, and d aus rest lshr
General Public .. ""'d cu icmvi aenMatr.etto...
giving full particulars of qualifications and experience no
QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE later than June 17, 2005 to:
* A least a high school/secondary diploma or equivalent; an The Director
Associate degree (two-year program or two to three years Human Resources
of college) or equivalent formal training would be an asset. The College of The Bahamas
* At minimum of four years of work experience in printing, P O Box N-4912
reprographics and other areas related to responsibilities Nassau, Bahamas '. ,,"'
/duties. One year of supervisory experience is required.. . -


Deadline: June 20, 2005


ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The normal entrance qualification for the UWI LL.B DEGREE is the basic UWII
Matriculation standards of:
(a) Five subjects, at least two of which must be'at 'A"'LeieI6 '- id 1Tie bW* ati
CXC general or BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education);
(b) ASSOCIATE OR BACHELOR'S degree with a CUMULATIVE GPA OF 2.5 OR
HIGHER. There are no special subject requirements in addition to those necessary
for Matriculation at the UWI. The competition for places in the programme isvery,
high "A" Level grades and very high averages in undergraduate degrees (AT LEASt
3.0) are required for an application to stand a reasonable chance of gaining admission.
The College of The Bahamas is prepared to consider a limited number of
applications from persons who do not strictly satisfy Matriculation standards
but who have equivalent academic qualifications. In particular, MATURE
APPLICANTS OVER 30 WHO HAVE SHOWN EVIDENCE OF ACADEMIC AND
PROFESSIONAL ACHIEVEMENT CAN BE CONSIDERED. This is an opportunity
to read for a law degree for those who have already been associated with the pra e
of law in some way. A resume must be submitted with your COB and UWI applicatJi
Please note that the programme is only offered on a full-time 'b"aj
All LLB applicants are required to sit a Proficiency Exam. The date of tis e,
will be communicated to you, but is expected to take place during thir
in June. An application must be in the Office of Admissions in ord&r '
allowed to sit the exam.
Both COB and UWI applications must be completed and are available in the Office
of Admissions, COB.
The completed applications, original certificates (which will be returned to the
applicant), copies of these original certificates, transcripts sent directly from universities
or colleges previously attended to the Director of Admissions at COB, and proof Of
payment of the forty-dollar application fee (paid at the BUSINESS OFFICE AT
COB), must be submitted by the deadline, June 20, 2005.


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''P : KENTSATE
College & (Gradutate"
School of Ed ucation


The College of The Bahamas
Graduate Programmes Office

in collaboration with

Kent State University
Graduate School of Education

will offer the

MASTER OF EDUCATION DEGREE
PROGRAMME IN SPECIAL EDUCATION

Applications for the programme are available at
COB's Graduate Programmes Office,
School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies,
Thompson Blvd.

Application deadline extended to July 29, 2005

Please direct enquiries to:
Mrs. Sonya Wisdom
Graduate Programmes Officer
Fax: 325-8175 Phone: 323-6804 or 325-0271 Ext. 6604
E-mail: swisdom@cob.edu.bs
or
Ms. Juliet Collie
Secretary, Graduate Programmes Office
Fax: 325-8175 Phone: 323-6804, 323-6804 or 325-0271 Ext. 6607
E-mail: jcollie@cob.edu.bs


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Both bodies have been flown
to New Providence. Autopsies
will be performed to determine
the exact causes of death.
, Mr Evans said police will
release the identities of the men
once their families have been
notified.
In other news, the Central
Detective Unit is looking for
Lavardo Taraino Moss for ques-
tioning in connection with the
shooting of a police officer over
the holiday weekend.
Moss, 24, is also known as
Lavardo Pratt, "Reno," and
"Raiders".
Inspector Walter Evans
reported that on Thursday
evening, around 7.30, two plain
clothes police officers were in
the area of East Street and
Meadow Lane when they spot-


ted Moss, who is also wanted
for questioning in connection
with several shooting incidents
and possession of unlicensed
firearms.
When Moss saw the officers,
he went into a nearby store, said
Mr Evans.
As the officers approached
the store one of them was shot
in the right arm and right leg.
Moss' last known address is
Meadow Lane off East Street.
He has a dark complexion, is
5 ft 3 in tall, weighs 145 pounds
and is of slim build.
The CDU is warning the pub-
lic to approach him with
extreme caution.
Anyone with information, on
Moss is asked to contact the
CDU at 502-9930, the Police
Control Room at 322-3333-5,
Crime Stoppers at 328-8474 or
the nearest police station.


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States' passport



plan to cost the



Bahamas $446m


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas could lose
13,134 tourism jobs and $446
million in earnings some 21.7
per cent of its current earnings
total if the US follows through
on its plans to require all Amer-
icans visiting the Caribbean to
be in possession of a valid pass-
port to re-enter their homeland
from January 1 2006 onwards.
The findings are contained in
a study prepared for the
,Caribbean Hotel Association
(CHA) by the World Travel
and Tourism Council (WTTC),
which found that collectively
some 188,000 tourism jobs and
$2.6 billion of visitor export
earnings in the Caribbean could
b'e placed at risk if the US
implements this policy at the
current date.
"CHA can appreciate US
concern for its security, but can-
not lose sight of the impact of
the new regulations on
Caribbean travel and tourism,
which will be a permanent
realignment of traffic, with
spontaneous, last minute travel
significantly reduced," said
CHA president Berthia Parle.
"Our position advocates an
extension of time for the
Carihbean-t.o.,thg. same intro-.
ductory date as Mexico and
Canada, January 1 2008, to
allow the region's tourism to
prepare better."


COLINA Holdings (Baha-
mas) could face sanctions from
the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX)
in relation to the extension
granted for filing the compa-
ny's annual report for year-
end December 31, 2004.
A notice published in the
Nassau Guardian on Saturday
June 4, a newspaper effective-
ly owned by Colina Holdings'
parent, the Colina Financial


Proposals might cost this nation
more than 13,000 tourism jobs


This position has already
been advocated by the. Bahamas
Hotel Association (BHA); giv-
en the significant negative
impact the US policy is likely
to have on this nation. .
According to the WTTC
study, the Bahamas is the
Caribbean nation most depen-
dent on US tourists, with 86.6
per cent of its visitors coming
from America the highest per-
centage in the region.'

Losses

If the US implements the pol-
icy it proposes by the current
date, the WTTC report said the
Bahamas could lose 21.7 per
cent or $446 million of its annu-
al $2.061 billion-in visitor export
earnings the fourth highest per-
centage in the Caribbean behind
Jamaica, the Cayman Islands7
and British Virgin Islands.
The impact would be even
more severe on the jobs front,
the survey found, with only
.J,,aica.,uand the Dominican
Republic seeing,:more worKrs
made redundant-if the.US
implemented its new policy
About 25 per cent of all US


Group, said that'in approving
the extension request, "a rec-.
ommendation was made to
the BISX listing committee to
file a formal complaint for vio-
lation of BISX rules with the
Securities Commission of the
Bahamas, and BISX may
impose sanctions".
Colina Holdings (Bahamas),
which is the holding company
SEE page five


Meeting's minutes

back Chamber chief

on CSME reservations


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE former Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce president,
Winston Rolle, has received
strong support for his account of
a meeting where a CARICOM
official told him that this nation
could not obtain any reserva-
tions from the Caribbean Single


Market and Economy (CSME).
Minutes of the first meeting
of the regional Chambers
of Industry arid Commerce
heads, a copy of which has been
seen by The Tribune, back up
Mr Rolle's.report on the
answers given by CARICOM
official Leela Narinesingh to
SEE page six


NIB gains $4.5m from Royal
Oasis, Cable Beach deal


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The National Insurance
Board (NIB) is "right on tar-
get" to obtain the $137 million
in contributions it has been


projected to collect in this
fiscal year, having recovered
$4.5 million in outstanding
monies from the Royal Oasis
resort and through the sale of
SEE page five


visitors arriving in the Bahamas
currently travel without a pass-
port, the survey found. It said it
was likely that if the US chose
to go ahead, "spontaneous/last
minute" visitors would be sub-
stantially reduced, with US
tourist traffic diverting to Puer-
to Rico, the US Virgin Islands
and Florida.
Jean-Claude Baumgarten,
president of the WTTC said:
"The United States' new pass-
port requirement for the
Caribbean, Mexico and Canada
is likely to change the nature of
regional Travel and Tourism
.and cause significant hardship
for several destinations that
have grown to rely on a more
open movement of visitors.
"Of course security is a major
issue for nations around the
world and Travel and Tourism
- 'must contribute but govern-
-ment officials must also recog-
nise the economic impact their
decisions are likely to make on
economies far and wide. The
US passport issue is one of
,those issues that must be clear-
ly reviewed anad discussed with
Travel and Tourism leaders to
mitigate the impact. We deserve
no less."


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THE TRIBUNE


IT was pretty quiet in the
Bahamian market last week,
with just 9,739 shares changing
hands.
During this short week, the
market saw six out of its 19 list-
ed stocks trade, of which five


advanced and one declined.
The big advancers for the
week were Doctors Hospital
Health Systems (DHS) and
Commonwealth Bank (CBL),
whose share prices rose by $0.45
and $0.38 respectively to close


at new 52-week highs of $2.24
and $9.00.
The volume leader for the
week, with 2,200 shares trading,
was JS Johnson Company,
which accounted for 22.5 per
cent of total shares traded, also


closing at a new 52-week high
of $8.30.
COMPANY NEWS
JS Johnson Company
(AGM) -
JS Johnson & Company (JSJ)
held its Annual General Meet-
ing last Monday. The meeting
was a sombre one, with under-
tones of great expectations for
the future.
Marvin Bethell, JSJ's man-
aging director, explained that
the company was disappointed
with the 2004 financial results
of 2004 and expects 2005 earn-
ings to match those of 2003,
which were just over $14.4 mil-
lion.
It was stated that first quarter
2005 financial results year-over-
year were flat and would be
published soon, but second
quarter 2005 will be better.
On a brighter note, the new
Freeport building on the Mall
Drive is expected to be com-
pleted and ready for business
in July 2005.
Staff in Freeport are excited
about the new premises and
business has already started to
increase. Also announced were
the signing of new and signifi-
cant policies in Abaco, Grand
Bahama, and with Baha Mar in
Nassau.
Premier Commercial Real
Estate Investment Corporation
(PRE) -
It was another quarter in the
black, although net income
year-over-year was down
$27,000 or 9.19 per cent to
total $269,000 as at March 31
2005.
Total income increased by
$30,000 or 7.25 per cent to total
$447,000, while total expenses
also rose by 47.89 per cent to
reach $177,000.
Total assets stood at $18.7
million, a $749,000 or 4.15 per
cent increase from 2004's $18
million, while shareholder equi-
ty totalled $12.3 million, an
11.93 per cent increase..
Central Bank of The
Bahamas -
It was officially announced
last week that Wendy Craigg


The Local


Stock Market

FINDEX 435.63 YTD 1.321%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE
AML $6.95 ..
BAB $1.06
BBL $0.85
BOB $6.35
BPF $8.50
BSL $12.25
BWL $1.50
CAB $8.65
CBL $9.00
CHL $2.20
CIB $8.51
DHS $2.24
FAM $4.02
FCC $1.27
FCL $8.41
FIN $10.46
ICD $9.60
JSJ $8.30
KZLB $6.09
PRE $10.00


CHANGE
$0.38
$-0
$-0
$-0
$-
$-
$-




$-0
$-
$0.05
$-
$-
$-
$-
$0.08
$-0.01
$-


VOLUME YTD PRICE
CHANGE
0 -13.64%
0 10.42%
0 .0.00%
0 10.43%
0 6.25%
0 -5.77%
0 -16.67%
0 21.83%
1400 26.6%
885 0.00%
1000 13.62%
2000 49.33%
0 1.52%
0 -36.18%
1500 5.13%
0 7.84%
0 -2.93%
2200 0.97%
754 0.50%
0 0.00%


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Department in the preparation of financial statements for clients. He/she
is also responsible for maintaining accounting records for Trust and
Companies while complying with ABL's Systems of Internal Control
and liason with Internal and External Auditors.

Candidates should have a minimum of 5 years experience in a senior
management position with proven ability to achieve objectives and
meet deadlines.

Education should be to a degree level with a relevant professional
qualification such as CPA. It is also important that candidates satisfy
the regulatory requirements. The successful candidate must be able
to demonstrate solid team work, communication skills and a practical
"can do" attitude.

In addition to basic salary, benefits include life and medical insurance,
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Written applications with current C.V. should be submitted to:
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P.O. Box N-7768,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax 242-326-5020


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THE TRIBUNE


MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005, t.


Joining CSME will see harmonisation of 'some' trade laws


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

The Ministry of
Foreign Affairs
has acknowl-
edged that
"some" of the
Bahamas trade and commerce
laws would be harmonised to
bring them into line with the
rest of CARICOM if this
nation signed on to the
Caribbean Single Market &
Economy (CSME).
In response to 29 questions
posed by the Nassau Institute,
the economic think-tank, on
the implications of signing up to
the CSME, the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs said that while
some laws would be har-
monised, this would guided by
CARICOM's legal affairs com-
mittee, upon which the
Bahamas would be represented
by the attorney-general.
The Ministry said: "Work
would have to be done to
determine how many of our
commerce laws might have to
be harmonised.
"It is useful to note that the
recommendations of the legal
affairs committee would not be
legally binding. Member states
could decide not to comply
with its recommendations as
long as the Secretariat is
informed, in writing, within six
months of the reason for non-
compliance."
Still, the admission of trade
and commerce laws harmoni-
sation is likely to fuel concern


E FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER FRED MITCHELL


among the business community
that the Bahamas' competitive
advantages in certain industries
and products could be erased if
it signed on to the CSME.
John Delaney, an attorney
and FNM senator, warned last
week that harmonisation could
deal a potentially crippling
blow to the Bahamian finan-
cial services industry, particu-
larly to plans for an interna-
tional arbitration centre and
products such as trusts, foun-
dations and International Busi-
ness Companies (IBCs).
And it was opposition from
the Bahamian pharmaceutical
-sector towards the draft Phar-
macists Bill, which many saw


Bahamas bank accounts


frozen in investigation


into money laundering

Bank accounts in the Bahamas are among those frozen as
part of investigations into the laundering of $163 million
from alleged extortion, bribes and contract killings in eastern
Europe, The Australian newspaper reported.
Spanish police have arrested 13 members of a suspected
Ukrainian-run gang that laundered its illegal gains in hotel
and property investments in Spain and the southern Mediter-
ranean, before sending the profits overseas. :
Spanish police were said to have, seized a 400-roomn hotel
and 50 luxury flats awaiting sale.






















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A private Wealth Management Company and medium-sized Family Office

has an opening for a

CORPORATE ATTORNEY
Applicants must:

Be a qualified attorney, however, LLB or other law degree
holders will also be considered.

Have approximately 5 years experience in financial services in any
of the areas of trust, banking or investments.

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West Building,
Lyford Manor, Lyford Cay,
P.O. Box N-7776, Lyford Cay,
P.O. Box N-7776 (Slot 193)
New Providence, Bahamas

Applications must be received by 10th June, 2005.
trsbnigadivsmn rfsinla ela ea one n


as being geared towards the
CSME and harmonisation of
standards and entrance require-
ments, that caused the Gov-
ernment to revisit the Right of
Establishment.
The Persaud & Davenport
report that was prepared for
the Bahamian government in
2000 on the implications for the
Bahamas of joining the CSME,
appears to contradict Fred
Mitchell, the minister of for-
eign affairs, on the notion that
Bahamian retail and wholesale
businesses would be exempted
from the CSME's Right of
Establishment provisions.
CARICOM officials see the
Right of Establishment as
being key to the CSME, and
expect it to come on stream in
December 2005. This would
essentially give businesses from
other CSME states the right to
set up their own operations in
the Bahamas on the same
terms as Bahamian entrepre-
neurs, without any discrimina-
tion.
The Persaud & Davenport
report said goods and services
sectors that earned foreign
exchange would be targeted
first for opening up under the


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negotiate a five-year waiver on
this right for certain industries.
But while CARICOM
entrants would be at a disad-
vantage, the report implies that
retail and all other sectors of
the Bahamian economy would
have to open up to competi-
tion from other CSME nation-
als.
Brian Moree, senior partner
at McKinney, Bancroft &
Hughes, and one of those who
has called greater transparency
on the question of joining the
CSME, said: "I don't see any
reason why it [the Right of
Establishment] doesn't apply
to the retail and wholesale sec-
tor."
Winston Rolle, former pres-
ident of the Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce, told a
regional chambers of industry
and commerce meeting last
months that "there was a gen-
eral feeling of suspicion" in the
Bahamian business community
towards the CSME, which he
blamed partly on a lack of
information regarding the
revised Treaty and its implica-
tions.
Questions were posed at the
meeting to Mr Rolle about how
the Bahamian private sector,
and especially financial ser-
vices, felt about signing up to
the CSME.
The minutes of the meeting
recorded: "Mr Rolle indicated
that businesses in the Bahamas
have survived for a very long
time in a very protective envi-
ronment; there was a need to
be more participatory."
And concerns over CSME
and its potentially negative
impact on the Bahamian econ-
omy are not confined to just
the business community. Obie
Ferguson, president of the
Trades Union Congress
(TUC), said the Bahamian
labour movement rejected
CSME membership, urging the
Government to seek bilateral
treaties with larger economies


through the World Trade
Organisation (WTO) and Free
Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA).
Adding that CSME mem-
bership "has no economic,
social or political benefit to
workers and their families", Mr
Ferguson called for the forma-
tion of a select committee to
study the impact the CSME
could have on the Bahamian
workforce.
And PLP MP John Carey, in
his contribution to the 2005-
2006 Budget debate, said con-
sultation with his Carmichael
constituents had produced the


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general view that "more time is
needed" to make a proper
determination on whether to
join the CSME or not.
Hinting that he believed
there had been a lack of con-
sultation with the Bahamian
people on the issue of the
CSME, Mr Carey said: "The
CARICOM Single Market &
Economy (CSME) is indeed an
intriguing phenomenon on
which many Bahamians are try-
ing to get a clearer under-
standing. It will change the way
in which business is done in the
Bahamas and have a significant
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THE TRIBUNE


Administrator named for $2m venture fund


Our client, a bank and trust company, is seeking applications for the position of Financial Controller.

JOB OBJECTIVE:
Position reports directly to the President of Company. The Financial Controller will have responsibility
for the coordination and execution of all financial related activities in the business in order to assist
in the proper financial management of the principal company and its related group of companies.

PRINCIPLE DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
This position involves management and reporting of the Company's financial affairs with responsibility
for the supervision of the financial controller functions, which includes monthly management, accounts
preparation, budgetary controls and reporting to both local management and Head Office.
The position will also be responsible for managing specific projects, developing effective Management
Information Systems, and liaising with third parties and regulatory bodies including The Central
Bank of the Bahamas and external auditors. The candidate should possess a proven working knowledge
in the area of compliance requirements, should have experience in managing and empowering people
and should not be adverse to the hands-on approach required in a small office environment.

REQUIREMENTS & PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Candidates must meet the following criteria:
* Professional Accounting Qualification recognized by the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants
* Five to seven years or more experience in an accounting capacity
* Minimum of five years experience in an offshore bank and trust environment, preferably at
a management level with significant exposure to operations
* Proficient in the use of the Microsoft range of applications
* QuickBooks accounting software experience
* Accounting Software migration experience
* Expertise in current banking legislation.and regulations
* Excellent written and oral skills
* Excellent organizational, time management and communication skills
* Team Player with the ability to add value and strength to the team and team goals
* Honest, hardworking and ability to meet deadlines
The position offers an attractive salary and benefits package, reflecting the successful applicant's
experience and qualifications, including a performance bonus, pension, medical, life & dental
insurance coverage.
Qualified individuals should submit complete resumes including references before June 9, 2005 to:
Mark E. Munnings
Deloitte & Touche
P. O. Box N-7120
Nassau, Bahamas
or Deloitte.
Email: mmunnings@deloitte.com.bs





VACANCY NOTICE

ACCOUKTANTIJI.


Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the position of
Accountant I1.

MAIN DUTIES INCLUDE:

1. Ensuring that systems are in place so that the Investment and Fixed
Assets transactions are monitored and processed in an accurate and timely
manner, and in accordance with the policies of the Board.

2. To make recommendations on new and continuing investments of the
Board to enhance the investment portfolio yield.

3. To ensure that monthly and annual financial information from the Investment,
Insurance and Fixed Assets sections are accurately prepared and completed
on a timely basis.

4. To recommended policies and procedures that would result in the
implementation of current best practices and proper internal controls in the
Investment and Fixed Assets areas.

5. Ensuring that the Board's insurance portfolio is properly administered to
adequately safeguard assets of the Board.

6. To ensure that technology is effectively used in the Investment and Fixed
Assets areas to improve efficiency and improve the quality and timeliness
of information.

7. To develop, train, motivate and monitor staff.

8. Provide assistance in the overall operation of the Accounts Department.

QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:

1. Professional accounting qualifications that entitles one to membership
of the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants.

2. Minimum of two years post qualification experience

3. Work or audit experience in a major financial institution

4. Computer skills are essential

5. Strong supervisory, communication and analytical skills

SALARY:

This is a contract position with a salary of $60,000 per annum. Fringe
benefits include group medical/life insurance.

APPLICATION:


By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
G omez Partners
& Co, a char-
tered account-
ing firm, has
been selected
as administrator for the gov-
ernment-funded $2 million ven-
ture capital fund, the minister
of state for finance has
announced, in a bid to prevent
bureaucracy and red tape from
interfering with its mission.
James Smith said the private
management of the fund was
likely to do away with any
bureaucratic red tape and
ensure the operators of the
fund were seen to be transpar-
ent and accountable.
Mr Smith explained that the
venture capital fund would not
act as a lending institution, but
will instead look to provide
additional equity for entrepre-
neurial ventures, which will
these businesses to qualify for
necessary financing either in
the banking community or
through other lending chan-
nels.
He added that the idea
behind the-venture capital fund
was not to have it act as a con-
cessionary loan or serve the
same purpose as the Bahamas
Development Bank and the
Bahamas Agriculture and
Industrial Corporation, the lat-
ter two government agencies
having borne responsibility for
previously financing and assist-
ing Bahamian entrepreneurial
ventures.
The fund is expected to oper-
ate as an open-ended service
that has a vested interest, or
an ownership stake, in a busi-
ness venture. Once the busi-
ness becomes viable, the entre-
preneur will have the option of
buying out the fund's stake
themselves or seeking partner-
ship in other quarters.
Mr Smith said the Govern-
ment hopes private sector
interests will look to eventual-
ly take ownership of the ven-
ture capital fund, either
through the purchase of shares
.... from the Government or direct


* JAMES SMITH


purchase of shares in the fund.
Michael Halkitis, parliamen-
tary secretary in the Ministry
of Finance, said the $2 million
fund is a move by the Govern-
ment to assist Bahamian entre-
preneurs in bringing their ideas
to fruition
Mr Halkitis added that the
Government is looking to
strengthen the resources pro-
vided by BDB and BAIC by
sharing personnel from various
ministries to aid the lending
process and administrative sup-
port of entrepreneurial ven-
tures.
Investment
He said that a task force will
be created to look into the lev-
el of bureaucratic red tape that
often hampers the completion
of investment projects, so that
the process of getting into and
operating a business is more
smooth.
Jerome Gomez, managing
director of Gomez Partners &
Company's management and
consulting services, the division
that will oversee the adminis-
tration of the fund, said all
Bahamians who are interested
in starting a business but
require additional equity


should make an application to
the fund, submitting a business
plan and resume.
He said persons without a
business plan can also contact
the firm for a list of vendors
who can assist them in prepar-
ing one.
According to Mr Gomez, as
the administrator, the firm
brings to the fund strong exper-
tise in business consulting and,
accounting, and will also dedi-
cate a substantial part of its
human resources to the fund
to ensure its smooth and effi-
cient operation.
"As the first venture capital
fund of its kind to be launched
in the Bahamas, we take seri-
ously our task to create a mod-
el that is sustainable and effec-
tively serves the needs of its
clients," Mr Gomez said.
All applications to the fund
will be reviewed by members
of an investment committee,
which will decide whether the
idea is bankable and whether it
can be supported.
Once an application has
been approved by the commit-
tee, it is expected that the fund
administrator will work closely
with the start-up ventures,
bringing their management
expertise where necessary and
providing general support, such
as sitting on the board of direc-
tors, to help ensure the long-
term success of the operation.
The applications process,
from the date the application
was received by the adminis-
trator to the receipt by the
applicant of a written reply
regarding the status of their
application, is expected to be
completed within a 30-day peri-
od.
The fund's board members
include Edison Sumner, direc-
tor and chief operating officer
at Montaque Securities;
Michael Cunningham, vice-
president of finance at Coli-
nalmperial Insurance Compa-'
ny; Chester Cooper, chief exece-
utive of British Americanr'
Insurance; Johnny Outten,
president of the Small Business&:
Association; and Dr Olivia
Saunders, senior business lec-
turer, the College of the
Bahamas.


NOTICE


IN THE SUPREME COURT
OF THE BAHAMAS


2004
CLE/QUI/01462


IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act
AND
IN THE MATTER
of the Petition of Veronica Rahming
AND
IN THE MATTER of all that piece or lot of land situated Calabash Bay in the
Island of Andros one of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and being a portion
of Parcel One (1) which comprises 13,629 square feet bounded on the
NORTHEAST by a Twenty (20) feet wide road reservation running thereon
64.11 feet on the SOUTHEAST by other portion of Parcel One (1) running
thereon 200.30 feet on the SOUTHWEST by a Twenty (20) feet wide reservation
running thereon 79.00 feet and on the NORTHWEST by land now or formerly
the property of Elmore Cargill and running thereon 193.00 feet. AND
All THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate Calabash Bay in the Island of Andros
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and being a portion
of Parcel One (1) comprising 3,945 square feet and bounded on the NORTHEAST
by a Twenty (20) feet wide road reservation and running thereon (20) feet on
the SOUTHEAST by Parcel Two (2) and running thereon 203.38 feet on the
SOUTHWEST by a Twenty (20) feet on the NORTHWEST by the other portion
of Parcel One (1) and running thereon 200.30 feet. AND
ALL.THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate Calabash Bay in the Island of
Andros one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas and being a
portion of Parcel Two (2) comprising 25,134.00 square feet and bounded on the
NORTHEAST partly by a Twenty (20) feet Wide road reservation and running
thereon 21.07 feet and partly by another Twenty (20) feet wide road reservation
and running thereon 80.00 feet on the SOUTHEAST by a Twenty (20) feet wide
road reservation and running thereon 99.00 feet pm the NORTHWEST partly
by Parcel One (1) arid running thereon 203.38 feet and partly by a road reservation
running thereon 58.00 feet.

Veronica Rahming the Petitioner in the matter claim to be the owner of the
unencumbered fee simple Estate in possession of the said land have made Application
to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the
Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have this title to the said tract of land investigated and
the Nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be
granted by the Court in accordance with the Provisions of the Act.
COPIES of the said Plan may be inspected during normal office hours at the
following places:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence.

(b) Vogt-Evans & Co., Columbus House, 3rd Floor, Shirley and East Streets,
Nassau, in the City of Nassau in the Island of New Providence, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower or a right to Dower
or any Adverse Claim or a Claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before
the 26th day of July, 2005 file in the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid
and serve on the Petitioner a Statement of Claim in the prescribed form verified by
an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
Statement of Claim on or before the 26th day of July, 2005, will operate as a bar to
such claim.

VOGT-EVANS & CO.
P.O. Box SB 52538,
Fax: 326-2955/Phone: 326-2955/328-0567
Attorney for the Petitioner


Application forms may be obtained from the Security Booth of the National
Insurance Board's Jumbey Village Complex. Interested persons may submit
a completed application form along with the necessary proof of qualifications,
no later than 4:00 pm on Thursday, June 16, 2005, to:

The Senior Manager Human Resources
THE NATIONAL INSURANCE BOARD
Headquarters Building
Nassau, Bahamas







THE TRIBUNE


Ex-PwC partner




named Fidelity




Bank director


FIDELITY BANK (Bahamas) has appoint-
ed a former PricewaterhouseCoopers partner
and chartered accountant to its Board of Direc-
tors.
In announcing the appointment of Lenworth
Smith, the bank's chairman, Sir William Allen,
said his career and character would help add
value to Fidelity Bank (Bahamas).
Sir William said: "The appointment of Mr
Smith to the Board reflects our objective of
continuing to add depth to our policy-making
capacity as we move to expand our opportuni-
ties in the financial products and services arena.
"The challenge, which we relish, is to help
develop a modern, customer-focused success
story, and I believe our Board now has the
right combination of professional and business
knowledge and financial flair to ensure suc-
cess."
Mr Smith joins a Board that, apart from Sir
William, features three representatives of the
bank's parent, Fidelity Bank & Trust Interna-
tional, which has a 68 per cent stake in the
business.
They are Anwer Sunderji, Michael Anderson
and Alfred Stewart. Also on the Board are Dr
Franklin Walkine and Tyrone d'Arville.
A resident of Freeport, Mr Smith recently
retired as a PwC partner, having spent 30 years
with the company in London, New York,


* LENWORTH SMITH


Jamaica and the Bahamas.
A member of the Bahamas Institute of Char-
tered Accountants (BICA), he is the chairman
of the Bahamas Hotel and Allied Industries
Employees' Aid Fund.


NIB 'on target'to obtain



$137m in contributions


FROM page one
the Cable Beach Hotels.
In his contribution, to the
2005-2006 Budget debate,
Shane Gibson, minister of hous-
ing and national insurance, said
$46 million in contributions had
already been collected by the
NIB this fiscal year.
He added that the NIB had
successfully negotiated with
Driftwood and Lehman Broth-
ers' private equity arm, operator


and owner respectively of
Grand Bahama's still-closed
Royal Oasis, for the payment
of $2.6 million in owed contri-
butions.
This sum had been collected,
and NIB had also gained $1.9
million in owed contributions
through the sale of the three
hotel properties involved in the
$1.2 billion deal to revitalise
Cable Beach.
In other Budget contribu-
tions, John Carey, the PLP MP


for Carmichael, said more need-
ed to be done to enable
Bahamians to invest in their
own economy, as this would aid
diversification through the
export of goods and enable
imports to be replaced with
authentic Bahamian products.
Among the sectors he identi-
fied were soaps and candles,
conch shell jewellery making,
straw bag manufacturing, con-
fectionary and tropical drinks,
and t-shirt manufacturing.


Possible sanctions for Colina


FROM page one.
for Colina Insurance Compa-
ny, had previously applied for
and been granted an extension
of the deadline to file its 2004
annual report to June 30,2005.
The delay in releasing the.
annual report and end-of-year
accounts for 2004 is likely, to
relate, at least in part, to the


internal feud that saw James:
Campbell, Colina Insurance
Company's president, ousted
after a bitter dispute with fellow
Colina Financial Group (CFG)
principals, Emanuet Alexiou
and Anthony Ferguson.
Mr Campbell held a 45 per
cent stake in CFG, Which has.a
66 per cent majority interest in
Colina Holdings, the only Col-


ina entity listed on BISX.
However, as Mr Alexiou and
Mr Ferguson hold the remain-
ing 55 per cent interest in CFG,
their control over Colina Hold-
ings was enough to secure Mr
Campbell's removal.
Ravi Jesubatham voluntarily
resigned from his post on Col-
ina's board, but remains chief
financial officer with CFG.


GN 215

MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & AVIATION

DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION


PUBLICATION BY THE MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & AVIATION
DEPARTMENT OF CIVIL AVIATION
PARTICULARS OF AN APPLICATION TO OPERATE
SCHEDULED AIR SERVICES

In accordance with the provisions of Regulation 9 of the Civil Aviation (Licensing
of Air Services) Regulations 1976, the Minister responsible for Aviation hereby
publishes the following particulars of the under-mentioned applicant to operate
scheduled air services to and from The Bahamas.

PARTICULARS OF APPLICATION

1. Application: SPIRITAIRLINES, INC.

2. Date of first publication: 30th May, 2005

3. Routes: BETWEEN ORLANDO ON THE ONE HAND AND NASSAU
ON THE OTHER.

4. Purpose of services: Passenger, mail andfright.

5. Provisional time -table:
: : : : i Local Times


Orlando/Nassau
Nassau/ Orlando

6. Frequency of flights:

7. Type of Aircraft,


143011555
1235/1355


See above time-table.

MDO.


Any representation regarding or objection thereto in accordance with Regulation 10
must be received by the Permanent Secretary; Ministry of Transport & Aviation &
the Department of Civil Aviation within fourteen (14) days after the date of first
publication of this Notice.


ARCHIE NAIRN
PERMANENT SECRETARY


Bahamas Property Fund Limited
(Incorporated under the laws of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas)
Consolidated Balance Sheet
As of 31 December 2004
(Expressed in Bahamian dollars)


ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash with banks
Rent and other receivable, less provision for doubtful
accounts of $149,792 (2003: Nil) (Note 3)
Other assets
Non-current Assets
Investment properties (Note 4)


Total Assets
LIABILITIES
Current Liabilities
Bank overdraft (Note 5)
Unearned rental income
Interest payable
Current portion of long-term loans (Note 6)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities

Non-current Liabilities
Security deposits from tenants
Long-term loans (Note 6)
Preference shares (Note 7)
Total Liabilities
SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
Share capital (Note 8)
Share premium
Retained earnings

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'
EQUITY

SIGNED ON BEHALF OF THE BOARD:
A i A17


1,863,786 1,179,524


734,378
185.180
2,783,344
41.903.000


127,082
390,500
166,523
1,257,429
499.986
2,441,520

148,328
11,152,926
7.000.000
20.42.774

24,070
12,010,930
11.908.570
23.943.570


617,033
2,016,238
40.683.000


131,403
201,195
1,149,683
428.373
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For the year Ended 31 December 2004
(Expressed ini Bahamian dollars)


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REVENUE
Rental and parking income
Interest income
Unrealized appreciation of investment properties


EXPENSES
Interest and bank charges
Parking maintenance
Management fees (Note 9(a))
Professional fees
Directors fees .
Maintenance cost ofvacant rental space .
Provision for doubtful accounts (Note 3)
Other operational expenses


Income from operations
Dividends on preference shares (Note 7)


NET INCOME.


Weighted average number of shares outstanding
Earnings per share
Dividends per share


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30,864
1.220.000


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Miller plays down decision by FPL


FROM page one
a minimum of $5 million a year for the
first four to five years. The community
of Bimini will get $150,000 a year for 25
years to assist them with economic
development there.
The training programme initiated by
AES is between $200,000 to $400,000
to train Bahamians for the 35 perma-
nent, "high-paying" jobs. A minimum
of $400,000 will go to BTVI, and if the
company ever goes bankrupt, there is a
fuqd of no less than $10 million for
compensation to the Bahamian work-
ers.
In the first year of operation, the
public treasury is expected to receive
13.5 million. By year four, it goes up
to $19 million a year. By year eight,
revenue is expected to rise to $25 mil-
lion a year, and by year 12 it goes up to
$45 million a year.
In 2002, FPL, through its subsidiary
Florida Power & Light Group


Resources, had indicated its prefer-
ence to become a joint partner with
AES, Mr Miller said. They were to ini-
tially take a 40 per cent stake in the
project, but later wanted to be the
majority owner. When negotiations fell
through they merged with Tractebel.
He added that both the Govern-
ment's consultants and the Bahamas
Environment, Science and Technology
(BEST) Commission had recom-
mended that AES be granted approval
for their Ocean Cay project, and all
that is needed now is for the Govern-
ment to make its decision. The Minis-
ter declined, however, to say when that
would happen.
"I am confident that a decision will
be made to incorporate an LNG plant
in the Bahamas. And I can assure you
that a situation will be worked out
between FPL and whoever gets the
bid from the Bahamas government,"
he added.
Mr Miller said he has been receiving


calls from representatives of both pro-
jects since FPL's announcement, asking
why there are delays when all the facts
have been made public in regard to
LNG.
Meanwhile, AES and the former
Tractebel, now Suez Energy North
America, which has partnered with the
El Paso Corporation and Florida Power
& Light Group Resources, were stunned
by the announcement, which comes as
both are vying to set up pipelines and gas
terminals in the Bahamas.
"It took us by surprise. We were
moving to get site approval at either of
two locations, South Riding Point or an
alternative site. We are evaluating our
next step and are in discussions with
project suppliers, our partners and gov-
ernment," Paula Rockstraugh, vice-
president of communications for Suez
Energy North America, said.
"The outcome of these discussions
will be a key driver in any decision to
move the project forward. It's a big


decision by FLP; we have to regroup
and rethink."
Earlier reports indicated that in
August, FPL opened up the bidding
to find a provider of natural gas who
could fill the interstate pipelines that
serve Florida.
FPL was said to have wanted the
supplier to provide between 400,000
and 600,000 British thermal units of
energy a day, over a 15 -25 year period.
The initial selection was to have taken
place in April, but the process had
been extended to June.
In a news release last Wednesday,
FPL said "none of the proposals
received presented sufficiently com-
pelling reasons for FPL to proceed"
with the bidding process. The utility
company did not say, though, that it
has abandoned its plan to use LNG to
help provide power for its 4.2 million
home and business customers.
Joe Hollier, a spokesperson for El
Paso, said: "We believe the state of


Florida still needs liquefied natural gas,
but we're going to have to assess what
our options are. I think this kind of
surprised everybody."
AES had hoped to begin construc-
tion of its $300 million LNG facility
on Ocean Cay and the $160 million
pipeline by 2006. The Tractebel con-
sortium had proposed to construct a
$500 million LNG terminal and
pipeline in Grand Bahama.
The latter group's initial location,
Freeport Harbour, was rejected by the
government despite the group's com-
mitment to provide $40 million to fund
the relocation of Freeport Harboftr's
cruise ship terminal in an effort to ease
the government fears about any acci-
dents impacting the tourism industry.
The Government was said to be con-
sidering a second site, at South Rid-
ing Point, in Grand Bahama.
Both projects had also received
approvals from the Federal Energy
Regulatory Commission in the US;


Twin Coves an, governors arbour,
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elr (1242)3322874
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Required for September 2005,
Key Stage Three teachers to cover the whole of the
British National Curriculum.

Eleuthera Preparatory School is expanding to include Years
7/8. We require teachers with at least five years teaching
experience of the British National Curriculum to teach
either English with Social Studies, or Mathematics with
Science.

The successful applicants will also have to share
responsibility for Music, Physical Education, Design and
Technology, Religious Education, Information and
Communication Technology, Art and Design and a Modem
Foreign Language.

A teaching couple would be preferred. Please forward letter
of application, Curriculum Vitae and two professional
references to the Headmistress by June 30th 2005.

Eleuthera Preparatory School
P.O.Box EL 86
Governors Harbour
Eleuthera

Email: head@eleutheraprep.org
Telephone:-332-2874



NOTICE


PUBLIC TENDER FOR SECURITY
& CAFETERIA SERVICES
at ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE

Notice is hereby given that the above named
school is looking for Tenders to provide Security
Services and for the rental of the Cafeteria. Interested
persons should submit written offers with telephone
contacts and postal addresses to the St. John's College
School Board, Bishop Eldon Drive, P.O.Box N-4858,
Nassau, Bahamas, or persons can obtain information
packages from the school office on Mondays to
Fridays between the hours of 9:00am to 3:30pm from
June 6th, 2005. All Tenders must be submitted before
3:30pm on June 16th, 2005.

Telephone Inquires: 322-3249
Fax: 322-7941

Terms: Deposit upon acceptance of offer; balance
upon completion.

St. John's College School Board reserves the right
to reject and or refuse any or all offers.


Reservations on CSME are



reinforced by minutes


FROM page one
questions that he posed.
The minutes said: "Mr Win-
ston Rolle of Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce questioned
whether the Bahamas can join
the CSME with restrictions
[reservations]. Ms Narinesingh
advised that the Bahamas must
accept the Treaty as a whole as
there cannot be any exceptions.
"Mr Rolle indicated that the
Bahamas will not be ready by
the end of 2005 to join the
CSME, but questioned what
provisions are in place for the
Bahamas to join in the future.
Ms Narinesingh indicated that
this will be up to regional heads
to decide, as soon as the
Bahamas has indicated its will-
ingness to join."
The minutes from the Cham-
ber meeting thus support Mr
Rolle's earlier report, which
said: "During the question and
answer period I inquired into
the Bahamas' ability to join
CSME with reservations. She


indicated that the revised
Treaty does not allow for reser-
vations but rather for a delayed
implementation of various
aspects of the Treaty. The time-
frame for this implementation
will be determined by the
CARICOM body but compli-
ance is inevitable.
"She also indicated that
should the Bahamas express a
desire to join CSME, the Sec-
retariat will then provide tech-
nical assistance to determine
what laws, policies or proce-
dures will need to be altered as
well as what institutions will
have to be established."
Mr Rolle and other officials
from the Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce and Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce are
understood to have attended a
two-hour meeting in Freeport
over the weekend with Edwin
Carrington, CARICOM's sec-
retary-general, to gain a more
accurate insight into the reser-
vations issue.
They are also seeking


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Salaries based on certification and experience
Contact: 242-427-5385, P.O. Box SS-19343 Nassau


Legal Notice


NOTICE

SENIOR LIMITED

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) SENIOR LIMITED 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 31st
May, 2005 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Limited,
Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, CH-1211 Geneva 70, Switzerland.

Dated this 2nd day of June, A.D. 2005.


Credit Suisse Trust Limited
Liquidator


LEGAL NOTICE

International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

PANCOM INTERNATIONAL LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

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

The date of commencement of dissolution is
6th day of May, 2005.

DANVERS INVESTMENT CORP.,
Saffrey Square, Suite 205, Bank Lane,
P.O.Box N-8188,
Nassau, Bahamas
Liquidator


answers on whether there is a
disconnect between the secre-
tary-general and some of his
officials, given the different
responses provided by Mr Car-
rington and Ms Narinesingh on
the reservations issue.
After The Tribune revealed
the contents of Mr Rolle's
report on the meeting in its May
12 edition, Mr Carrington -
clearly at the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs behest said in a
letter sent to the Ministry the
following day that "obviously
there must have been some mis-
understanding" in the exchange
with Ms Narinesingh.
This, Mr Carrington said, was
because the revised Treaty
"provides for Reservations that
may be entered to this Treaty
with the consent of the signa-
tory state, as is the case with
the Bahamas".
The CARICOM secretary-
general said, though, that the
reservations the Bahamas was
seeking could only be acheived
with the consent of the 13 other
states who are set to sign on to
the revised Treaty.
However, he added that the
Bahamas' reservations on the
free movement of people and
monetary union had already
been accepted by CARICOM,


while the opt-out concerning
the Caribbean Court of Justice
is also likely to be accepted.;
That would leave only the:
reservation concerning the.
Common External Tariff, plus
the possible 'opt-out' of the:
Right of Establishment as issues
CARICOM had yet to agree.
Mr Carrington wrote: "In the,
event, therefore, that the
Bahamas determines that par-
ticipation by that member state
in the Revised Treaty should
necessarily be circumscribed by
certain stated reservations, it
would be for those states signa-
tory to the revised Tieaty to
determine whether those reser-
vations would be acceptable, iri
light of the object and purpose
of the revised Treaty.
"The revised Treaty, also
recognises that it may. not
always be possible for a rnem-
ber state to implement decisions
taken by the Organs of. the
Community. In this regard,
Article 27(4) permits the Con-
ference of Heads of Govern-
ment of the Community to
acquiesce to a member's 'opting
out' of the implementation of
a decision provided that-this
would not prejudice the funda-
mental objectives of the Com-
munity."


Small family restaurant in Western District is :
seeking to employ:

(1) Cook (must be experienced in Bahamian Dishes)
(1) Bartender
(1) Waitress (for evenings only).

Applicants please telephone 362-0681 for interview.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ROSEVERT JEAN-PIERRE0
MARSH HARBOUR, ABACO, BAHAMAS, is applying to.th4
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 6TH day of JUNE, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.








CAREER OPPORTUNITY

Development Company Seeks Corporate Attorney

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. seeks to hire
a bright, energetic, senior level attorney to manage
its legal affairs in New Providence. Successful
candidate will report to Baha Mar's General Counsel,
and must have a minimum of seven years of high-
quality experience in commercial, real property and
corporate practice in The Bahamas. Familiarity with
US commercial transactions is very helpful but nqt
essential. Superior negotiating and communication
skills are essential.

Please forward resume with salary requirements via
e-mail to info@bahamardevelopment.com or via private
fax to (242) 327-5898 by no later than June 17, 2005.
All responses will be held in the strictest confidence.


LEGAL NOTICE


MARABA S.A.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)


Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on
the 1st day of June, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


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PAGE 8B, MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005


TRIBUNE SPORTS


Bahamas beats Caymans after 15 years


* By NEIL HARTNELL

THE Bahamas exploited the
Cayman Islands' one moment
'of indiscipline yesterday after-
boon to score two tries within
ten minutes, giving them their
first victory over their fierce
rivals for 15 years and the per-
cfect start to the Northern
Caribbean Rugby World Cup
qualification tournament at
Winton
The Bahamas have been kept
"at bay by Cayman fly half Tony
Attenburgh's penalty goals,
until forward Ron Ascott was
sent to the "sin bin" for 10 min-
utes for a late tackle on
Bahamas winger Ray Simpson.
Head coach Steve Thompson
will probably claim this was an
inspired substitution, but within
minutes of coming on Jackalo
Pierre thieved a loose Cayman
Island line-out ball to burst
.through and draw in the oppo-
sition defenders, before
unselfishly unloading to Mar-
cus Cheetham for the try that
put the Bahamas ahead to stay.
Cheetham's score turned a 10-
12 deficit into a 15-12 lead, and
the Bahamas soon increased
,that margin to eight points
through their third try by
*Jamaal Curry.
Antoine Roberts exploited
,the referee's playing of the
advantage to tear through the
iCayman defence and set up
;Curry for the vital score. Simp-
son added a penalty to give the
Bahamas an impressive winning


margin.
The first half had gone much
to form, with Cayman's bigger
and stronger pack dominating
possession and territory. How-
ever, the ex-pat dominated Cay-
man team wilted visibly in the
second half as the intense heat
played to the Bahamas' advan-
tage.
Although pinned back in their
own half for long periods in the
first half, the Bahamas remained
in the game through a brilliant
individual try from Simpson.
There appeared to be little
on when he received the ball in
his left wing position, but he
stepped out of his marker's
tackle and burst through two
more attempts to stop him to
score by the posts.
Cayman Islands took a five-
point lead in the opening min-
utes of the second half, after
the Bahamas foolishly tried to
run the ball out of the fence.
But the home side hit back
immediately with a penalty
from Simpson which kept them
within touching distance, until
they settled the issue for good in
the final 20 minutes.
Bahamas 23
Cayman islands 12

Bahamas tries: Ray Simpson,
Marcus Cheetham, Jamaal Cur-
ry
Conversion: Ray Simpson,
Penalties: Ray Simpson (2)

Cayman penalties: Tony Atten-
burgh (4)


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* ANTOINE Roberts tackles Cairn Cross of the Caymans


ivers claim




victory over




the Farmers


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior sports reporter

Pitching to a full count in the
bottom of the seventh inning,
Dillon Albury hurled a corner
ball that claimed the first cham-
pionship title for his team.
The Spanish Wells Divers
defeated Freedom Farm 4-2 to
win the gold medal in the 12
and under boys' game, yester-
day at the Freedom Farm Base-
ball park.
The Divers rode to success of
the arm of Albury, who pitched
every game the team played in
the national championship
series, held by the Bahamas
Baseball Federation.
Unlike Freedom Farm's pitch-
er Kristen Thompson, who
once again tried to take the
team on his shoulder but failed
due to the number of games
pitched, Albury was able to pitch
three shut out innings late in the
game.


The home field advantage did
not work in favour of the Free-
dom Farmers, who struggled to
hit late in the fourth.
Their first run, which came in
the first off an error on the
Diver's catcher, was the only run
scored until the fifth.

Chances

Freedom Farm had seven
chances to score, having bases
loaded on all occasions, but
Albury prevailed for his team
from the mound, striking out
nine and walking four.
Albury was also a dominating
factor for the Divers on the
offensive end, scoring two of the
team's four runs.
Bringing him in both times
were Alicia Pinder, which she
was accredited for two Runs
Batted In (RBI). Sheldey Pin-
der was also accredited for an
RBI. t


* WILL Russell snatches the ball


Here are the results from the preliminaries of the Bahamas
Baseball Federation's 2005 Andre Rodgers Junior National Cham-
pionships, held at the weekend:


Coach Pitch (7-9 years)
* Grand Bahama Little League
def. Legacy Baseball League 12-
1.
* Freedom Farm def. Legacy
Baseball 22-1.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Inagua 17-1.
* Freedom Farm def. Inagua 14-
0.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Grand Bahama 18-
6.
* Grand Bahama def. Inagua
12-1.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Freedom Farm 13-3.
* Legacy def. Inagua 12-2.
* Freedom Farm def. Grand
Bahama 4-3.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Legacy 13-10.
9-10 Division
* Freedom Farm def. Bimini 4-3.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Grand Bahama 18-
1.
* Freedom Farm def. Legacy
11-0.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Legacy 16-1.
* Bimini def. Grand Bahama 10-
8.
* Grand Bahama def. Legacy
10-0.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Freedom Farm 13-3.
* Bimini def. Legacy 10-0.
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Bimini 13-3.
* Freedom Farm def. Grand
Bahama 10-3.
12-under division
* Junior Baseball League of
Nassau def. Grand Bahama 4-
3.
* Freedom Farm def. Bimini 4-4.
* Legacy def. Grand Bahama


8-7.
* Spanish Wells def. Junior
Baseball League of Nassau,.5-3.
* Spanish Wells def. Freedom
Farm 6-4.
* Bimini def. Legacy 9-6.
* Grand Bahama def. spanish
Wells 3-2.
* Bimini def. Junior Baseball
League of Nassau 13-3.
* Freedom Farm def. Legacy 7-
6.
13-15 division
* Long Island def. Bimini 10-6.
* Legacy def. Junior Baseball
League of Nassau 9-1.
* Grand Bahama def. Freedom
Farm 13-12.
* Legacy def. Bimini 8-3.
* Freedom Farm def. Long
Island 9-5.
* Bimini def. Junior Baseball
League of Nassau 3-2.
* Grand Bahama def. Long
Island 14-4.
* Freedom Farm def. Junior
Baseball League of Nassau 3-2.
* Legacy def. Grand Bahama
5-4.
16-20 division
* New Providence def. Junior
Baseball League of Nassau 3-2.
* Freedom Farm def. Junior
Baseball League of Nassau 5-1.
* Junior Baseball LeagQe of
Nassau def. Spanish Wells 6-5.
* Freedom Farm def. New Prov-
idence 12-3.
* Grand Bahama def. Spanish
Wells 8-4.
* Grand Bahama def. New Prov-
idence 5-4.
* Grand Bahama def. Junior
Baseball League of Nassau 9-8.
* New Providence def. Spanish
Wells 10-6.
* Freedom Farm def. Spanish
Wells 14-7.


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Fountain powers through in




her defence of singles title


: By BRENT STUBBS
: Senior Sports Reporter

- FOR the third time she
.,-played in a local tournament,
-Crystal Johnson had to face top
-seed Nikkita Fountain.
-'- This time, it was much easier
:'ihan it was in the past two
*-encounters, as top seed Foun-
l .{ain beat Johnson 6-0, 6-1 to
open the defence of her wom-
en's singles title at the Bahamas
:-.Lawn Tennis Centre's
STGatorade Open Nationals.
It was one of the exciting
matchess played on Sunday, the
*second day of the tournament
at the National Tennis Centre.
S'Day one was dominated by the
men with defending champion
and top seed Chris Eldon elim-
inating Brent Johnson 6-1, 6-1.
For Fountain, it wasn't easy
gearing up to play Johnson
again.
"It was a good match, but I'm
still trying to figure out how we
get to draw each other so many
times in the first round," said
Fountain, who remains unde-
feated against Johnson.
"I just tried to keep the high
balls to her back hand. She
doesn't really like the high balls.
I knew I had to keep the pres-
sure on her."
Fountain, a student at Florida
International University where
she was No 1 in singles, will
have to wait the winner of the
quarter-final between No 3 seed
Skye Powell and Alana
Rodgers.
"Alana and Skye are on the
same side of my draw, which is
pretty unlikely, so I guess we
just have to see how it goes,"
said the 21-year-old Fountain.
Powell, a 6-2, 6-1 winner
against Diana Forbes in the first
round on Saturday, is back
home on summer break like
Fountain. She is currently
attending Queen's University
of Charlotte, North Carolina
where she is playing No 2 in sin-
gles and doubles.
"I haven't played in a little
while, so I'm just using this
tournament as a practice," said
Powell, 17. "I want to play
Alana. I think it's going to be a


good match because I heard
she's in tip-top shape."
Johnson, a graduating student
of RM Bailey, said she tried her
best to return the balls. But for
a player who has only been
playing for three years, she was
proud of her accomplishment.
"In the first set, I was a little
bit nervous because this is the
third time that I played her in
the first round," said Johnson,
17. "I tried to get my momen-
tum in the second set. But it
was hard."
Also Sunday, Kerrie
Cartwright, the youngest player
in the tournament, pulled off a
6-1, 6-3 decision over Tanea
Miller in a renewal of their
rivalry.
"It was good. I think I played
well, but I was making too
many unforced errors and my
serves were not getting in," said
Cartwright, the daughter of for-
mer national champions Kim
and Sean Cartwright.
Cartwright, 13, now has her
eyes set on unseeded Dyphany
Mortier, whom she lost to in
three sets last year.
Mortier easily won her first
round match 6-0, 6-0 Saturday
over Shaneicka Griffin. She will
now play No 2 seed Chanelle
Clare.
On the men's side, Eldon
breezed past Johnson in identi-
cal scores of 6-1, 6-1. Eldon was
all over the court as he served
and volleyed for the easy win.
On Sunday, No 2 seed
Matthew Sands, 17, did the
same thing as he took apart
Jason Rolle, whitewashing him
6-0, 6-0 in an even quicker
match.
"I felt pretty good for my first
match. I was just getting into
it," said Sands, who graduated
from the University of Miami
on line High School last Friday.
"He played pretty good, but my
forehand was just too much."
Sands, who intend to enrol in
college in January, said he's
eager to be back home to play
in the nationals, although he
doesn't know any of the players
in the draw, except for Eldon.
Another impressive perfor-
mance on the men's side came


* NO 2 seed Matthew Sands gets warmed up at the National Tennis Cen-
tre with a 6-0, 6-0 sweep over Jason Rolle


* DEFENDING women's champion Nikkita Fountain showed why she's the top seed as she took
care of Crystal Johnson 6-0, 6-1 in the quarter-final of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association's
Gatorade National Open Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Centre on Sunday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune Sports)


from William "JJ" Fountain,
the 14-year-old brother of
Nikkita Fountain. He won his
first two matches rather con-
vincingly, beating Patrick Mack-
ey 6-0, 6-0 Saturday and Dr
Johnny Rodgers 6-1, 6-0 Sun-
day.
"I thought I played good, but
I could have done better,"'said
Fountain, a 14-year-old student
at Kingsway Academy. "I
maybe one of the younger play-
ers in the tournament, but I'm
going to play them just as I play
everybody."
Ryan Knowles, 17, had to


endure two matches, winning
6-2, 7-5 over Philip Major and
then 6-2, 6-2 over Paul Wesley.
"My service is what I've been
able to use to dominate my
matches so far," Knowles stat-
ed. "But I have Ceron Rolle,
another young player in the
next round, so I have to play
much better. I'm looking for-
ward to it."
As the tournament progress-
es, Nikkita and William Foun-
tain will team up as the top
seeds in the mixed doubles seg-
ment. The No 2 seeds are Alana
Rodgers and Jeff Spiers. No 3


are Tanea Miller and Ceron
Rolle and No 4 are Skye Powell
and Gerry Kanuka.
In the men's doubles, the
team of Chris Eldon and
Matthew Sands are No 1. At
No 2 are Robert Smith and
Jyles Turnquest. No 3 is Gerry
Kanuka and Ceron Rolle and
No 4 is William Fountain and
Johnathan Hanna.
In the ladies' doubles,
Dyphany Mortier and Alana
Rodgers are the top seeds. The
No 2 seeded team are Chanelle
Cleare and Skye Powell.


Sailor's

return to

golden

period


By RENALDO DORSETT
Junior Sports Reporter

AN Abaconian boat-
builder and sailor stole the
show at the Third Annaul
Sandy Point Regatta without
even winning a race.
Jonothon Dean and his
personally hand-crafted
sloop, Focus, became a
crowd favorite among spec-
tators and his competition.
The 70-year-old resident
of Moore's Island, Abaco
said that he wanted to bring
an "old school" flavor to the
Regatta.
While he was clearly out-
matched on day one, finish-
ing in seventh place, Dean
and his two-man crew made
various adjustments on day
two, exhibiting the attitude
and perseverance which
explains why he continues to
build and has now begun to
compete.
It amounted to a much
better showing for Focus on
the open waters despite
another 7th place finish in
the overall total.
Dean said he has been
building boats for over 35
years but this was his first
time sailing in an actual
Regatta.
While Focus was not as
fast, streamlined, or
equipped with the latest tech-
nological innovations, it had
character.
The 17ft Class C sloop
took him just over 6 months
to build.
Dean is particularly proud
of Focus because his own
craftsmanship went into
every inch of a boat which
was designed specifically for
competition.
"I did everything from
using hammers, hatchets and
saws to going out in the bush
and finding the right wood
to use for the rib of the
boat."

Inspiration

His main reason for build-
ing this boat was to inspire
younger sailors, particularly
in Abaco.
"I feel it was necessary that
someone teach the younger
guys how to build and how
to sail," he said. "This boat is
an old time original these
days these seamen have the
money to make major
improvements, but I am from
a time when we only could
use whatever we had.
"That's the reason why I
built this boat I saw other
youngsters from other islands
sailing well, so I figured I
could able to get my young
people to do the same thing."'
He said the name, was
inspired by his detractors
who suggested that his efforts
would be futile.
"While I was building the
boat, people tried to dissuade
me from building the boat,
but I know I was doing it for
a reason and I was focused,
that's why I gave it that
name."
As for next year, Dean
plans to be back at the Sandy
Point Regatta, this time per-
haps even competing for the
title with the other big name
C class sloops like Bull Reg,
Sacrifice, and WG Thunder-
bird.
With a smirk on his face
that lets you know he still has
a few tricks up his sleeve he
said, "All it will take is more
time, more effort and more
focus."


Mackey holds title in bodybuilding championship


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

WITH very few women on stage,
Gina Mackey retained her overall title
at the Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fit-
ness Federation's Northern Bahamas
Bodybuilding Championships.
But the 'surprise came in the men's
division where the lightest competitor,
Paul Wilson, emerged as the overall
champion. He also swept most mus-
cular, best poser and the initial Charlie
Kemp award.
The show, which incorporated the
'Novice Championship, was held on
Saturday night in the Regency The-
ater in Grand Bahama and attracted
some 15 competitors.
While Wilson dominated the men's
division as a lightweight, Mackey
almost did the same as a heavyweight


in the women's division.
* The only award she did not win was
the best fitness title, which went to
Paula Riley from Grand Bahama.
Riley won both the lightweight and
the masters categories.
There was only one competitor in
the fitness competition, which was won
by Mia Whylly from Grand Bahama.
But in the body fitness category,
Dominique Wilkinson from Grand
Bahama won the short class.
Dale Wells from Grand Bahama
beat Shakera Mackey from New Prov-
idence in the tall class. Wells also won
the fitness performance award.
Other male winners in the respective
categories were:
lArthur Eldon from Abaco won the
50-and-over masters title over Akeva
Sandberg from Grand Bahama, while
Raymond Tucker beat out Ray Whyl-


ly for the masters 40-and-over title.
lAnthony 'Yellow' Miller took the
middleweight crown with national
coach Stephen Robinson coming in
second and Andrew Sweeting from
Grand Bahama getting third.
llRay Whylly was the lone competitor
in the light-heavy, but Raymond Tuck-
er took the middle-heavy over Arthur
Eldon. And Nardo Dean made a
return to the local scene to win the
heavyweight title over Akera Sand-
berg.

Attendance

Federation president Danny Sumn-
er said the number of athletes who
competed and the fans in attendance
was a little better than last year.
"We're just hoping now that Satur-


day night's show will propel a better
bodybuilding and fitness competition
on that island," Sumner stated.
"We just hope now that they can
put their minor differences behind
them and they can focus on keeping
bodybuilding going over there."
Sumner, however, had nothing but
praise for Baldwin Darling, who was
appointed as the coordinator for the
championships. He, along with Jenny
Whylly, pulled the show off.
Darling, according to Sumner, was
instrumental in getting Charlie Kemp
to come back home to put on a posing
exhibition during the show.
Kemp is the first Bahamian to have
earned his professional bodybuilding
card. He did at the Central American
and Caribbean Bodybuilding Cham-
pionships in El Salvador in 1998.
As for the limited amount of com-


petitors who participated, Sumner said
they have noticed that the veterans
are retiring, but the new competitors
are finding it too expensive to stay
actively involved in the sport.
"We've noticed that over the last 4-
5 years, we've had a number of people
come in the novice, but after the
novice, they just vacate the scene,"
Sumner stated.
"The main reason for that is finance.
So we're going to have to look at it
and see how we can tackle the issue.
The sport is a good sport, but it's just
too expensive for the athletes to main-
tain."
The federation is hoping for a good
showing of competitors for the Nation-
als in Nassau on July 30. It will serve as
a trials for the Central American and
Caribbean Championships and the
World Championships later this year.


MWAM ---p -
* ROYSTON Jones took advantage of young Desmond Perigord to win his second
round men's singles match 6-3, 6-0








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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Junior Sports Reporter

SPECTATORS were treat-
ed to an exhibition of sloop sail-
ing at its finest at the weekend
as class C sloops were thrust
into the spotlight.
At the third Annual Sandy
Point Regatta in Abaco, over
the Labor Day Weekend, 7 C
Class sloops representing a
number of different islands
competed.
The Regatta was held in hon-
or of Ivan "Cap" Stuart, a
native sailing legend from
Moore's Island, Abaco.
Bulla Reg, from Georgetown
Exuma, led by "Buzzy" Rolle,
was the overall champion for
the second consecutive year.
From the opening shot that
began the first race, to the final .
shot that signalled the last,
Rolle and his three-man crew
completely dominated the
regatta, winning every race, and
leading all but two laps.
Other boats which competed'
included: WG Thunderbird from
Andros, skippered by Captain
Stuart himself; Sacrifice from
Long Island, skippered by Colin
Cartwright; Lady Eunice from
Exuma, skippered by Vincent


Clarke; Barbarian from Acklins,
skippered by Dellsworth Gib-
son, Char's Thunderbird from
Andros, skippered by Sean
Munroe; and Focus, the only
Abaconian sloop in the Regatta,
skippered by Jonothon Dean.
Rolle and his crew appeared
more experienced in working
as a Unit, undoubtedly a key to
their success.
Coming second to Lethal
Weapon at the National Family
Island Regatta, Bulla Reg
appeared unbeatable in Sandy
Point.
While a few bumps in the
road were expected, the young
regatta has grown in leaps and
bounds in the past three years.
Stanley White, Public Rela-
tions Officer for the Sandy
Point Regatta Committee, said
that they were pleased with the
progression of the regatta and
look toward the event becoming
better each year.
"It was extremely successful,"
he said, "We're all new at this
and every year we learn some-
thingnew that we need to try
and improve on for the follow-
ing year."
White says expansion is in the
committee's immediate plans.
"Next year we want to make


takes over the WG Thunderbird to win the overall position in the Sandy Point Regatta in Abaco at the week-


end.


(Photos: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Sports)


it even bigger and better," he
said, "Even though we're just
staying within the C class, we


plan to add two or possibly even
three more boats to the field
next year."


The proceeds from the
Regatta will go towards building
a hurricane relief shelter in.


* THE Barbarians from Acklins struggle to keep up to the pack h SACRIFICE was unable to keep up


Sandy Point and for anticipated
costs of damages for this hurri-
cane season.








Ocean Race
("Boots" Lightbourne
Memorial Trophy)
1st BullaReg
2nd WG Thunderbird
3rd Lady Eunice

Series Race 1
1st Bulla Reg
2nd WG Thunderbird
3rd Sacrifice

Series Race 2
1st Bulla Reg
2nd Lady Eunice
3rd WG Thunderbird

Overall
1st BullaReg
2nd WG Thunderbird
3rd Lady Eunice
4th Sacrifice


Williams-Dar


runs world's best time


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

WORLD and Olympic 400 metre
champion Tonique Williams-Darling
dropped the ball in Ana Guevera's
court as she prepares to travel to Mex-
ico to face her arch-rival in a renewal of
their rivalry from last year.
Williams-Darling, who snapped
Guevera's winning streak and went on
to win the Olympic gold medal and
world title last year, posted the world's.
fastest time in winning the women's
400m at the 2005 Prefontaine Classic
Grand Prix in Eugene, Oregon.
Her time of 49.95 seconds on Satur-
day surpassed the previous world's best


of 49.96 that American Sanya Richards
ran in Kingston, Jamaica on May 7 as
she led a field of four Bahamians,
including her rival, Christine Amertil,
triple jumper Leevan "Superman"
Sands and long jumper Jackie Edwards
at the meet.
Richards was second in the race with
49.98. Another American, Monique
Hennagan, who is being trained by
Pauline Davis-Thompson, was third
with 50.71.
Amertil, the Bahamian also trained
by Davis-Thompson, was fourth' in
51.33. Amertil's time was well off the"
season's best of 50.65 she ran on May
22 to win in Belem. That time is now
the sixth-fastest this year.


The race was also supposed to have
included Guevera, who has ran a sea-
son's best of 50.55 the fifth best on
May 21 in Hermosillo.
Guevera, who turned the tables on
Darling in their last meeting last year,
opted not to compete, holding out Until
the showdown on Saturday in Mexico.
Williams-Darling was unavailable
for comment.
After jumping in a couple of long
jumps this year, Sands skipped, hopped
Sand jumped in his first triple jump for
.the year and he popped a leap of 17.16
fur the victory, but it was wind-aided.
She was unavailable for comments.
Chinese Yanxi Lii cleared a legal
mark of 17.15 for second. He also


inked his name in the record books,
erasing the long-standing mark of 17.12
that was set by American Kenny Har-
rison in 1988.
Edwards, who is also scheduled to
compete in Mexico this weekend, did
not have a good showing in Eugene, as
she had to settle for a fifth place finish
in the women's long jump with a leap
of 6.40m.
It was well off her season's best of
6.58m that she recorded on April 17 in
El Paso, Texas, which is listed as the
24th best in the world at the moment.
Edwards, who had a series of jumps
that included a foul on the first and
third attempts, 6.37m on the fourth,
6.17m on the fifth and another foul at


the end, said she just simply had a bad
day.
"I had some sort of food poisoning
from some food I ate the night before.
The whole time I was jumping, I just
didn't feel well," she noted.
"I thought maybe I was just flat or
something. But within minutes of leav-
ing the field, I was just throwing up. I
don't know how to say it, but I just
didn't feel well. I didn't have any ener-
gy out there at all."
The event was won by Russian
Tatyana Kotova with a leap of 6.80in
on her fifth attempt. Jamaican Elva
Goulbourne made second with 6.64m
and American Grace Upshaw picked
up third with 6.41m.


;;









:MONDAY, JUNE 6, 2005


The stories behind the news


Prime Minister Perry Christie
has reassumed some of his
responsibilities, it was confirmed
last week. According to Acting
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt,
Mr Christie has started to per-
form "light" prime ministerial
duties while recuperating at
home from a "slight" stroke he
suffered early last month. There
is no official set date for Mr
Christie to return to work, but
he is expected back soon...


I PL~*ACE


Vendors at Potter's Cay were
again denied a licence to sell alco-
holic beverages, and claimed last
week that unnecessary pressure
was being put on them to leave
the dock. Some officials in the -
Ministry of Agriculture and Fish-
eries said there was no obvious
reason for the licences to be
denied as the "set up" of both
Arawak Cay and Potter's Cay
dock are similar ...


'Battle'


Bahamian authorities were last week blamed for
being partly responsible for "dealing a blow to US efforts
to choke off terror financing". Authorities in Switzerland
were forced to drop a three-and-a-half-year case against
top officials of Al Taqwa Management Organization
because authorities in the Bahamas failed to provide
essential bank records by a court deadline, Claude Nicati,
deputy Swiss federal prosecutor told Associated Press.
The Swiss say that the Bahamas never gave "a usable
response" to their requests for judicial assistance. Swiss
authorities said last Wednesday they had halted the
investigation into the now-defunct Muslim firm that the
US suspects of al-Qaida links ...


for Cay Sal


The day Raul Castro fled from The Lion's roar


0nly four men remain of
the gallant Bahamas
"task .force" that flew
to Cay Sal nearly 50
years ago to retrieve, by
force if necessary, a miniscule hook of
land which raiders from the south had
claimed as their own.
Cardinal Hutcheson, Reginald
Dumont (husband of the Governor
General, Dame Ivy), Albert Hall and
Noel Thompson are now the only sur-
vivors of a mission which, to its credit,
accomplished its laudable objective
without a single shot-being4-fired.
In its way, Cay Sal was to the
Bahamas then still a British colony -
what the Falkland Islands were later to
become to Britain itself. It was a piece:
of territory which, extremely remote
and nigh forgotten, had fallen into the
hands of alien forces. And, for the sake
of sovereignty and national pride, it had
.to be recaptured.
I In the annals of international war-
fare, this was no Waterloo or Agin-
court, Jutland or Iwo Jima. Or, indeed,
the Falklands themselves. There was
no fleet of carriers, destroyers and
frigates to strike fear into the enemy.
No fighter force to repel exocet rockets
and marauding bombers.
In fact, the "task force" of 11 Bahami-
an policemen flew into Cay Sal's short
World War Two airstrip on a single air-
,craft. And they found themselves up
against a Cuban rebel "army" of just
10 men.


It's only a tiny speck of land between 30 and 40 miles
off the north coast of Cuba, but Cay Sal was once the
scene of an international incident when Cuban rebels -
including Raul Castro, brother of Fidel "invaded" this
sliver of Bahamas territory and hoisted their national
flag. INSIGHT reports...


Armed to the teeth, with marginal
numerical superiority, the Bahamas
.squad was ready for anything. But there
was plenty of nail-biting going on as
they swooped in to face down the impu-
dent invaders.
Next year will mark the 50th ainniver-
sary of this remarkable mission, which
will go down in history not so much as a
tense military encounter between two
island nations as a Boy's Own comic
book adventure with distinct elements
of farce.
As international incidents involving
Cuba go, it had none of the death-or-
glory bravura of the Bay of Pigs, or the
nerve-jangling brinkmanship of the 1962
missile crisis. Nor, thankfully, did it
involve the tragic bloodshed of the infa-
mous Flamingo incident in later years.
Cay Sal was to military history what a
five-dollar skyrocket is to space travel,
but those who took part look back on it
with a certain fondness. It was, after
all, a military expedition full of high


* THE Union Jack flies again over Cay Sal after officers from Nassau had
reclaimed possession.


* POLICEMEN set off on their mission to recapture the distant isle. From
left, they are'Albert Hall, S R Wilson (in door of plane), Noel Thompson,
McDonald Chase, Malcolm McKenzie and Cardinal Hutcheson.


* principle, flag-waving patriotism and
old-fashioned derring-do. And, had the
Cubans been more serious in their
intent, it could have led to a violent
confrontation with enormous interna-
tional implications.
It all began when the Cuban rebels,
who were garnering political support
for a takeover of their homeland, ran
their boat up the beach at Cay Sal to
reclaim this distant isle from the British.
Brandishing a single revolver and a
lease document allegedly signed by the
Duke of Wellington, of Waterloo fame,
the invaders thought they were putting
right an old wrong.
Cay Sal, they believed, had merely
been leased from the Spaniards by the
British and was, in fact, Cuban sover-
eign territory. The deeds, they claimed,
went back to King Ferdinand and
Queen Isabella. When Cuba gained its
independence from Spain at the end of
the 19th century, Cay Sal automatically
became an outpost of the new nation,
they contended.
Like the ill-advised General Galtieri,
who invaded the Falklands in 1982 to
reclaim the islands for Argentina and
improve his political standing back
home, the rebels felt there was leverage
to be gained from bringing the mile-
long cay back into the Cuban fold.


Leaping ashore, they encountered no
resistance from the small group of
Haitians and Cubans working there,
and quickly persuaded the horrified
Bahamas government representative
stationed there to comply with their
wishes.
Holding the revolver to the adminis-
trator's head, the rebels ordered the
lowering of the Union Jack outside his
office, then raised the Cuban flag in its
place. For them, it was a significant vic-
tory over what was then still a major
world power.
For several days, Cuba's colours flut-
tered on the sand-fringed rock as the
Cuban conquistadors sucked their
Havanas and swigged their rum.
But their jubilation was short-lived,
for Britain's imperial might was about
to descend on them in all its.fury, in
the person of a storybook character
called Lieut ColonelE J H Colchester-
Wemyss.
In fact, several of the figures involved
in the Cay Sal caper were Kipling,
Buchan and Rider-Haggard all rolled
into one.
Administrator Thompson, otherwise
known as The Brown Devil, had, until
the Cubans came ashore, lived in bliss-
ful isolation on his rocky domain, with
no thoughts of international politics or


* COLCHESTER-WEMYSS,
known to his men as The Lion,
led the 11-man task force and
ordered the Cuban invaders off
Bahamian territory.

territorial claims.
His preoccupations were elsewhere,
namely the 18-year-old Cuban siren
called Stella who used to arrive by boat
from across the straits from her home-
land to keep him stocked with liquor
and cigars.
Thompson's indignation when Cas-
tro and his pals hoisted their flag was
about more than simply an infringe-
ment of sovereignty. He was objecting
to an unwelcome intrusion into his pri-
vate life.
In a scene remarkably similar to that
in Port Stanley, Falkland Islands, near-
ly three decades later, When the admin-
istrator reported that "the Argies" had
landed, Thompson phoned Nassau and
alerted authorities to his plight. He said

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THE TRIBUNE


I read with interest page
one of today's
INSIGHT with the
caption "The Law At
War." It is sad to see
this professional person airing
differences of office in the very
wide eyes of the media.
When I was a child throwing
a temper tantrum, I would get a
good spanking. This apparently
is what Mrs Bethell needs.
As a citizen, if I am wronged,
these are the people who I look
to for assistance.
Knowing both Mr Sears and
Mrs Bethell, I think she should
apologise. If general orders
apply to counsel in that office,
she ought to be reprimanded
for making a public spectacle of
herself and embarrassing the
good office of the Attorney
General.
As senior counsel, she should
be setting an example to those
under her, not crying foul
because she lost an opportunity


to partake in the media frenzy
created by persons on the other
side.
Bahawoman

INSIGHT note: As stated in
last week's article, Mrs Bethell
has said nothing to The Tribune
about her differences with Mr
Sears. She has maintained what
we referred to as "a dignified
silence", so it is wrong to accuse
her of courting publicity in this
matter. INSIGHT's information
has come from other sources. As
far as we are aware, this infor-
mation was conveyed without
Mrs Bethell's knowledge or
involvement.
****OO

THE prime minister ought
not to discount the possibility
of a Cabinet reshuffle at the ear-
liest opportunity, and the first
victim of that reshuffle ought to
be Alfred Sears.
Mr Sears has been given two


portfolios, education and legal
matters, and made a hash of
both. Why is no-one in the
Christie government account-
able?
L L Jones
Nassau


00***


which is to move Mr Sears on
and revive morale among his
staff.
Mrs Bethell's complaint, I've
been told, is only a reflection of
a much wider problem.
Observer, Nassau


Goes**


HEARING about the unholy
to-do in the Attorney Gener-
al's Office does nothing to
inspire confidence in our legal
system.
On his return from sick leave,
Mr Christie needs to take a
close look at this department
and do what he needs to do,


In line with its traditional
excellence, INSIGHT has cap-
tured perfectly the inside story
at the Attorney General's
Office. There are many more
stories to be' told in a similar
vein, but this was a very good
start.
I found the disclosures about


lawyers having to resort to
blood pressure pumps because
of office tensions quite disturb-
ing. But I am assured by my
own connections that they are
true. Is this really the way the
government's legal department
should operate?
Alarmed Reader



I think Mr Sears should fire
all those women lawyers who
are making life difficult for him,
including Mrs Bethell.
Cab-driver, Nassau



John Marquis's article about
Haiti was masterful, but I won-
der where all this leaves the
Bahamas as a young nation try-
ing to build a future for itself.
It's obvious that Haiti is sink-
ing deeper and deeper into mis-.
ery, which means that we will
have to absorb yet more


refugees. Those who want to
help Africa ought to think also
about Haiti, which is actually
worse than Africa in most
respects.
It has AIDS, poverty, vio-
lence and anarchy. It's hard to
imagine anything worse. There
is no regard for human life and
no basic respect for other peo-
ple's rights.
G K Lowe
00******000

John Marquis's outstanding
article on Haiti leads me to
appreciate how lucky we were
to have been a British colony.
The British were not perfect,
but they left the Bahamas with
the machinery and attitudes that
enabled us to build a country
without bloodshed. Haiti was
set no example by France and
has paid the price ever since
independence. It is a terrible
and heartrending situation.
V Collie


Cay (From page 1C)


Cuban invaders had laid claim
to a piece of the Bahamas, and
raised their flag to make their
point.
Without hesitation, Colch-
ester-Wemyss, known to his men
as The Lion, began making his
plans for a counter move. He
handpicked a squad of tough
young Bahamians whose job
would be to eject the invaders
with an uncompromising show
of force. Nassau was agog at the
Cubans' effrontery and eager for
revenge.
What happened next is best


told by 77-year-old Cardinal
Hutcheson, then a young con-
stable who was about to mount
his bike for the ride home from
police headquarters when told
that he was to be part of the
crack unit chosen to break the
Cubans' spirit and send them
packing.
It was, he said, the beginning
of an extraordinary adventure.
Colchester-Wemyss's band of
heroes, all wearing ammunition
belts and carrying 303 rifles, flew
to Cay Sal on October 19, 1956.
There was trepidation in the air,


for no-one quite knew what to
expect.
Aboard the plane were a mix-
ture of sergeants and constables,
including two Spanish speakers
whose negotiating skills would
probably determine whether this
would be a quick surrender or a
fight to the finish.
"I was around 27 or 28 at the
time," said Mr Hutcheson, "We
were a bit worried because we
didn't know whether the rebels
had back-up. We arrived early in
the morning and disembarked.
Crawling on our stomachs, we


* POLICE take down the Cuban flag hoisted by the invading rebels.


made our way through the bush
towards the rebels, our rifles at
the ready."
Then Colchester-Wemyss,
accompanied by an officer called
McDonald Chase, with Dumont
bellowing in Spanish through a
loud-hailer, charged the enemy
in what has to be considered in
retrospect an act of raw courage.
"Surrender! Surrender!"
yelled Dumont through the bull-
horn as his commander led from
the front. "Surrender! Surren-
der!" he repeated as the trio
closed in on the Cubans.
The invaders' response sur-
prised them all. As Colchester-
Wemyss descended on them, his
men at his back, the Cubans
raised their arms, put their hands
on their heads and capitulated
without a fight. The police
chief's bulldog demeanour, and
his squad of up-and-at-'em rifle-
men, had scared them into sub-
mission.
Cay Sal, it has to be said, is
not listed among the Cuban rev-
olutionary army's battle hon-
ours. No medals were struck for
this pitiful operation, which was
halted in its tracks by an angry,
red-faced Englishman who
emerged huffing and puffing
from the bush to assert the
Queen's authority over a piece
of land she had probably never
heard of.
There was little here to sug-
gest that, two years on, the
Cubans and their fellow guerril-
las would be dislodging the fear-
some dictator Fulgencio Batista
from power as they charged
down from the Sierra Maestra.
Even less to hint at a successful
popular revolution in the streets
of Havana, where the revolu-
tionaries would charge the pres-
idential palace in a delivery van.
And nothing at all.to attract the
admiration of never-say-die
fighting men like Fidel Castro
and Che Guevara, who were to.
become two of the most com-
pelling international figures of
the 1960s.
What Colchester-Wemyss
encountered were 10 uneasy


looking desperadoes with
nought to offer but profound
apologies and hurried goodbyes.
"The commissioner gave them
fuel and they set off on their
boat," said Mr Hutcheson. "We
were all very glad to see them
go."
So ended one of the briefest
and most uneventful military
encounters of all time. The
Cuban occupation lasted only
four days and the Bahamas'
campaign of reoccupation was
done and dusted in half an hour.
Not a single bullet was fired and
the most belligerent words the
Cubans uttered were "Adios,
Amigo!"
Even so, there was something
irresistibly and ridiculously
memorable about this affair.
Colchester-Wemyss, a freck-
le-faced, thick-set character who
seemed always to be. out of
breath, bellowed "In the name
of Her Majesty, get thee hence,
forthwith!" at the bemused
Cubans a command which evi-
dently carried more conviction
than anything Batista could
muster when he was obliged to
face down the same rebels dur-
ing the dying months of 1958.
As the Cubans weighed
anchor and pulled away, some-
what sheepishly, the Bahamas
task force watched them go with
profound relief. "We had all
been in a state of suspense,
because we didn't really know
what was going to happen," said
Mr Hutcheson. "However, with
those rifles we could have cut
them in half from a mile away,
so they knew what they were up
against."
It's worth recording the names
of the Bahamas officers who
took part in this mission, for all
were, in their way, heroic fig-
ures even though their hero-
ism was never actually put to the
test.
Apart from the intrepid
Colchester-Wemyss, the police
commissioner who served on in
the Bahamas until 1963, and the
aforementioned officers Chase,
Hall, Hutcheson and Dumont,


the team consisted of Leslie
Cates, Bert Johnson, Malcolm
McKenzie, Silas Nixon, Noel
Thompson and Siegfried Wil-
son.
Their action, such as it was,
appeared to put an end to a
long-standing dispute between
the Spanish and British govern-
ments over what, on the map,
appears to be an inconsequential
smudge of rock with nothing to
commend it but a battered light-
house and a number of sur-
rounding blue holes.
It's interesting, for instance,
that Cuba under Fidel Castro
has never made further claims
on Cay Sal, even though there
had been rumblings over own-
ership dating back to pre-inde-
pendence days in Cuba. And
Spain, though keen to retrieve
the Rock of Gibraltar from the
British, has never bothered to
revive its claims on Cay Sal, now
no more than a port of call for
visiting yachtsmen.
In 1934, London, Havana and
Madrid squabbled briefly over
possession. But since Colchester-
Wemyss, flushed with indigna-
tion, banished the Cubans in
1956 after his alarming charge
across the beach with an officer
brandishing a bullhorn at his
back, there has not been a
squeak of dissent from the His-
panic claimants.
However, the Bahamas was
taking no chances after the Cay
Sal expedition was over. Mr
Hutcheson and two of his col-
leagues, Mr Chase and Mr John-
son, were left on the island for
four weeks, reinforced by an
.occasional visiting constable. It
was evidently important to put
on a show of strength, just in
case the Cubans returned with
more men.
Mr Hutcheson still remem-
bers, during long tropical nights
on Cay Sal, seeing the orange
glow from Cuba's lights illumi-
nating the southern sky and
reflecting on how much closer

See SAL, Page 3C


INSIGHT







THE TRIBUNE


MONDAY, JUNE 6, ot,


Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie has
reassumed some
of his responsibili-
ties, it was con-
firmed last week.
According to Acting Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt, Mr
Christie has started to perform
"light" prime ministerial duties
while recuperating at home
from a "slight" stroke he suf-
fered early last month.
There is no official set date
for Mr Christie to return to
work, but he is expected back
soon.
The prime minister will not
resume his normal duties until
he is certain he can carry his
full load, said Mrs Pratt.
Despite his illness, Mr
Christie is expected to lead his
party into the 2007 general
election, according to party
officials who said there is no
.indication that the prime min-
ister's health would require him
to take a reduced role in the
leadership of the PLP.



FNM leader Tommy Turn:
quest last week hit out at the
claim that the party's leader-
ship choice may affect its finan-
cial support.
Senator Turnquest was
responding to claims that FNM
contributors are threatening to
pull financial support from .the
opposition party, depending on
who emerges as leader after



Sal (From page 2C)

he was to Havana than Nassau,
which lay 200 miles away to the
north. If you look at the map,
Cay Sal looks more Cuban than
Bahamian, so maybe Raul and
his men had a point. However, it
would have been unwise to utter
such heresy in the presence of
Colonel Colchester-Wemyss.
Mr Hutcheson remembers
also the incorrigible and irre-
pressible Stella continuing her
jaunts to Cay Sal from Cuba to
bring rum to the "garrison" and
provide The Brown Devil with
all the sustenance and southern
comfort he required.
Most interestingly; of all, he
'also recalls one of the Cuban:
rebels'asking him before depar-
ture to beat him up, saying he
wanted to return to Cuba look-
ing like a hero. It seems that the
whole Cay Sal episode was an
attempt by the incipient revolu-
tionaries to establish credibility
for themselves among the folks
back home.
Even so, Cay Sal is presum-
ably not a campaign Raul Castro
would wish to include on his mil-
itary CV, given that he's now
Cuba's Defence Minister and
resident hardman. It's unlikely
to figure in his clippings file, or
in nostalgic chats with his broth-
er as they recall- the glories of
the revolutionary struggle.
Following the incident, the
British government established a
Royal Navy patrol in Bahami-
an waters for a number of years,
eventually handing over respon-
sibilities to the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force in the easily
1980s.
Today, remote Cay Sal still
occupies its place on the edge
of the Cay Sal Bank, surrounded


the party's November conven-
tion.
He said party funds are
healthy, as can be seen by the
two recent FNM rallies and
the imminent release of the
FNM publication, The Torch.


BAHAMIAN authorities
were last week blamed for
being partly responsible for
"dealing a blow to US efforts
to choke off terror financing".
Authorities in Switzerland
.were forced to drop a three-
and-a-half-year case against top
officials of Al Taqwa Manage-
ment Organization because
authorities in the Bahamas
failed to provide essential bank
records by a court deadline,
Claude Nicati, deputy Swiss
federal prosecutor told Asso-
ciated Press.
The Swiss say that the
Bahamas never gave "a usable
response" to their requests for
judicial assistance.
Swiss authorities said last
Wednesday they had halted the
investigation into the now-
defunct Muslim firm that the
US suspects of al-Qaida links.
US officials accuse Al Taqwa
of sending al-Qaida money
through Malta and Switzerland
to bank branches in the
Bahamas.
The US government accused
Al Taqwa, which was renamed
Nada Management Organiza-
tion, of helping to fund Osama
bin Laden's terrorist network.


by tiny islets and cays first
mapped by the Spanish in 1511,
then claimed for the Spanish
Crown by Ponce de Leon two
years later.
On Elbow Cay, a neighbour-
ing rock, stands a derelict stone
lighthouse built by the British.
According to visiting yachtsmen,
the only signs of life on the scat-
tered outcrops are birds, crickets
and fuzzy chitonts, which are


The Swiss began investigating
the company shortly after the
September 11 2001 terrorist
attacks on Washington and
New York.
But authorities in the
Bahamas failed to co-operate.


***:k *


VENDORS at Potter's Cay
were again denied a licence to
sell alcoholic beverages, and
claimed last week that unnec-
essary pressure was being put
on them to leave the dock.
Some officials in the Ministry
of Agriculture and Fisheries
said there was no obvious rea-
son for the licences to be
denied as the "set up" of both
Arawak Cay and Potter's Cay
dock are similar. Vendors at
Arawak Cay have been grant-
ed their licences to sell beers
and other alcoholic beverages.
A leading government offi-
cial who would only speak
anonymously, stated that
Atlantis had expressed an
interest in renovating the Pot-
ter's Cay dock site, but it was
doubtful that it would come to
fruition as there would be no
place to put the vendors during
the renovation period.
When The Tribune tried to
track down who would actual-
ly be in charge of issuing liquor
licences for Potter's Cay dock it
was referred to various min-
istries, all claiming they were
not involved with the site, or
that it did not come under their
portfolio.


eight-shelled creatures related
to snails. From the late 1960s
until about 1978, a few Bahamas
police officers manned Cay Sal
to watch for drug traffickers. The
former wartime runway was
deliberately dug up to deter drug
planes from landing.
Following Castro's revolution
in Cuba, the tiny cay was used by
refugees trying to make their
escape to Florida by boat. Inside


* PRIME MINISTER PERRY CHRISTIE


the lighthouse are the inscribed
names of- many Cubans who
headed north in tiny craft never
to be seen again. Sometimes,
even today, yachtsmen leave
food and jugs of. water for flee-
ing Cubans, hoping these small
offerings will help them in their
quest for freedom.
However, whatever its uses as
a temporary refuge, Cay Sal's
sovereignty is no longer in


..Quotes of the Week,

"Some of them said that they won't put a tors have indicated that he is expect.d- to..
penny in the FNM if Tommy '(Turnquest) is recover completely.
there and some say they won't donate if "On Sunday he looked fabulous and he
(Hubert) Ingraham comes back. I think it's said that he felt fabulous. We know who our
mixed, based on what I have been hearing." leader is and we are with him."
Independent MP Tennyson Wells on PLP national chairman Raynard Rigby
leadership and funding in the Free National on Prime Minister Perry Christie's future as
Movement. party leader.


"There are matters he has been dealing
with, before his illness, that he wanted to go
over. Also anything that he wanted to give me
some instructions on, that I might not have
.not been familiar with."
"I think he has learnt from this, but he will
also use his time more wisely in terms of
recognising that he is not invincible.
"Instead, of working almost 19 to 20 hours
of a 24-hour day, I am certain he will really
exercise his time with more wisdom. I think
this is what the public should expect."
Acting Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt on
Prime Minister Perry Christie's plans to
return to work once he has recovered from a
minor stroke that he suffered early last month.

"There is no indication that he won't be
well enough to conduct a campaign. The doc-


"Even people who have a little cookout
can get a licence to sell alcohol, so that fool-
ishness about us not having bathroom facili-
ties doesn't make any sense. We have bath-
room facilities right down there on the west-
ern end of the dock, just.like Arawak Cay, so
where is the difference?
"We have had our health training and we
have the certificate to prove it. But only
because that big hotel across the water does-
n't like the view their guests have they want to
move us."
Kenneth McKinzie, proprietor of McK-
inzie's Fresh Fish and Conch stand at Potter's
Cay dock, on being denied a licence to sell
alcoholic beverages. He said that he has
undergone numerous health training semi-
nars, and doesn't know why he has again
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doubt. It is now indisputably
established' as a far-flung o0t' "
post of the Bahamas archipel-
ago, thanks to Colchester-
Wemyss and the band of men
who seized back the tiny isle
almost half a century ago.
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Cuban flag whith. flew briefl
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1956 now .has pride of place ^
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not take kindly to territorial
incursions and will protect its
borders by force if it needs to,
grabbing such spoils of war in
the process.
The spirit of Colchester-
HWemyss lives on, even if the
empire he once represented has
long since been consigned to his-
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OAS: Defending democracy in time ofperil

OUR OPINION: MONEY, DEMOCRATIC AND SOCIAL CHARTERS HOLD KEYS TO SUCCESS


T hese aren't the best of times for Latin
America. Since 1989, the epochal year of
the Berlin Wall's collapse, 14 elected govern-
ments in Latin America and the Caribbean have
been overthrown. This is a dismal record, and
it's getting worse. Since 2001, the year that the
Organization of American States adopted its
Democratic Charter, elected presidents have
been booted in Argentina, Bolivia, Haiti and
Ecuador the last, a mere six weeks ago.
This is a disastrous record for Latin America
and is profoundly damaging to the OAS. It runs
the risk of becoming permanently relegated to
the sidelines while enraged mobs crush elected
governments. OAS officials know that the solu-
tion lies in tackling the twin evils of economic
blight and disrespect for the norms of democ-
racy, urgently and with a sense of purpose, but
they need the support of member governments.
The time to begin is today, as diplomats from
across the hemisphere meet in Fort Lauderdale
to open the first OAS General Assembly on U.S.
soil since the 1970s.
There are three ways tb attack the problem.
Money: As of early May, of the 34 dues-
paying nations that compose the OAS, 14 are
considered not current in their payments. This
includes poorer countries, such as Honduras,
and countries with greater resources, such as
Brazil and Mexico. The cumulative arrears puts
the OAS in a big hole: $21 million as of Dec. 31.
The good news is that quota collections are
up this year, and the election of Jos6 Miguel
Insulza of Chile as secretary-general last month
may bring in more money from countries that
supported him the "Insulza dividend," as
some call it. The bad news is that OAS budgets
have been shrinking even as presidential sum-
mits pile more duties on the organization.
While the budget crisis lingers, key jobs go
unfilled, including some within the secretariat
itself.


This isn't a manufactured crisis, but instead
reflects the deeper problem: Countries don't
give because they believe the OAS isn't effec-
tive. But without money, effectiveness is crip-
pled. Earlier this year, Acting Secretary-
General Luigi Einaudi noted that the electoral
effort in Haiti, which has already received sub-
stantial contributions from the United States
and Canada, still has a shortfall of some $10 mil-
lion. He appealed to member states and perma-


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ABOUT THE OAS
Members:
34 of the 35
independent countries of
the Americas (Cuba's
membership was
suspended in1962).
History:
Created in 1948 with 21
founding nations.
The original members
also adopted the
American Declaration of
the Rights and Duties of
Man.
Structure:
A General Assembly '
that meets once a year
A permanent council
that meets in Washington
A human rights branch
The Pan American
AHM O Health Organization.

nent observers for additional contributions,
noting the challenge of organizing elections "in
the absence of a functioning state." This is only
one of many ways in which the budget problem
weakens the organization. The OAS needs to
convene a special meeting to deal with this, and
the issue should be presented squarely to the
member countries: Put up or shut up. '
Democratic Charter: This was the piod-
uct of a summit of Western Hemisphere presi-


dents in Canada a few years ago and gave the
OAS an explicit role in defending democracies
in the region. But no enforcement mechanism
was set up, and no new money was put into the
effort. Some believe that the charter's language
must be improved to put more teeth into it, but
the real problem is a matter of will, not lan-
guage. If democracy is to take root, the OAS
simply must have greater political capacity.
This is where Mr. Insulza can make a differ-
ence. He must proceed on the belief that the
OAS has a firm mandate to protect vulnerable
democracies. The next time a president sum-
marily fires the justices of a Supreme Court, or
makes irresponsible attacks on press freedom,
the OAS, at the very least, should blow the
whistle. This is no easy task, given the propen-
sity of demagogues to scream "intervention"
when they are called to task, but it will send a
message that the OAS takes its role seriously.
Social Charter: This is a declaration of
,social goals that acknowledges the link between
economic development and political stability.
Because it's the brainchild of Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez, it has been looked upon
with suspicion by some. This is a mistake. A
good idea is a good idea, regardless of where it
comes from. The Bush administration, which
has taken the lead on improving hemispheric
trade, should seize the initiative in writing this
plan and finding a way to make it effective.
How can democracy thrive in a region that has
the world's worst income distribution and
where more than 40 percent of the inhabitants
survive on less than $2 a day? Answer: It can't.
The OAS will have plenty on its plate at the
35th annual General Assembly in Fort Lauder-
dale. Mr. Insulza can't be expected to work mir-
acles overnight. But with the memory of Ecua-
dor fresh on everyone's mind, and with at least
two other governments in peril today Bolivia
and Nicaragua there is no time to waste.


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