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By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff
Reporter
THE double murder trial
of Henry Hugh Smith,
accused of killing his
estranged wife, Terah
Smith, and her friend, Lar-
ry Femander, was dismissed
in the Supreme Court yes-
terday.
Chief Justice Sir Burton
Hall dismissed the case dur-
ing day three of the trial,
setting July 12 as the date
for a new trial.
A bailiff of the court
alerted the judge late Tues-
day evening of a perceived
problem with one of the
jurors.
Describing the matter as
a personal problem, Sir
Burton said it was one
which neither he, the pros-
ecution nor defense, was
aware of before the trial
started.
Sir Burton said that so as
not to embarrass the juror,
he would disclose neither
the name nor the problem.
However, it is understood
that the juror is a woman,
and the "problem" was one
that could have prejudiced
the case.
He said one of the court
departments was to blame,
and the situation highlight-
ed the problems that exist
in the public service.
The jury selection process
is vital to the stability of the
trials, and a blunder such as
this one would cost the gov-
ernment, he said.
Sir Burton mentioned the
cost incurred thus far in
conducting the trial, and
undoubtedly to resume the
case will add to that cost.
He also mentioned the
fact that the issues with the
public service had been
highlighted in the media.


Calls for Smith to be replaced


* By JOHN MARQUIS
and KILAH ROLLE
THE FNM Action Group has called for
COB president Dr Rodney Smith to be
replaced following his admission of pla-
garism.
In a statement released yesterday, the
group said government should use the sum-
mer months to find a suitable replacement
to head the college in September.
The group said Dr Smith "certainly can-
not be allowed to continue as a model of
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The group also reiterated their initial
objections to the appointment of Dr Smith
and declared that "the chickens have come
home to roost."
Before Dr Smith's appointment on
August 16 last year, the Action Group
objected and claimed the new president
could compromise the institution.
Now that Dr Smith has come under fire
after his public apology for plagiarism, the
group is adamant that Dr Smith be held
accountable for his "disgraceful blunder."
"This time however," the statement said,


"the Action Group is simply not urging
the College Council to check out Dr Smith
carefully, but to check Dr Smith out of the
college altogether."
The Action Group said if its advice had
been followed, then COB would have been
saved from a "disgraceful embarrassment."
"In his admitted plagiarism during his
address at the college's 2005 Convocation,"
continued the statement, "Dr Smith in fact
took the intellectual property of another
person, and he did so while speaking to
the total COB student body, with empha-
sis on honesty."


PTA backs driver

* By NATARIO McKENZIE
THE Public Transit Association is back-
ing a jitney driver's fight to have his court
case overturned, taking issue with several
traffic laws regarding jitney bus operators
and calling for greater co-operation from The
Road Traffic Department.
Samuel Rahming a jitney bus driver
booked in early March for allegedly obstruct-
ing traffic on Parliament Street north returned
to the magistrate's court again yesterday.
"I have known that area to be a bus stop
for years, the policeman did his job so I came
SEE page eleven


The group said it had sought out COB's
chairman, Mr Franklyn Wilson, more than
a year ago to advise him that Dr Smith
was not suitable for the position of presi-
dent of the college.
"This is the same man that Frankie Wil-
son was so adamant about who should lead
COB to university status," the statement
said.
It also stated that Dr Smith is being paid
double the salary of former president, Dr
Leon Higgs. Also the current president, it
said, receives perks and benefits which no
other president has ever received.


Thompson's

next battle
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
REINSTATED Registrar General
Elizabeth Thompson is ready to take
legal action again if government fails to
resolve her employment situation expe-
ditiously.
Having won her Supreme Court case
against the Governor General and the
SEE page eleven


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* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
SOME patients in the dialysis unit of
the Princess Margaret Hospital com-
plained yesterday that they have yet to
be tested for MRSA even though it was
announced on Tuesday that a patient
had tested positive for the "super-bug".
The patient, Ian Gardiner, is being
kept in isolation for the next four weeks.
SEE page eleven






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predictions likely

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* By KARIN HERIG
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systems tracked in the
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Hurricane Centre in Miami are
currently monitoring two areas
of volatile weather, one off the
Yucatan Peninsula, moving
steadily towards the Gulf of
Mexico, and the other just South
of Jamaica moving towards the
south-east Bahamas.


Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Chief Meteorology
...Officer B.asil Dean said. that
although the Yucatan system
will not directly impact the
Bahamas as it makes its way to
the Gulf of Mexico, the country
can expect increased rainfalls.
The second system, howev-
er, is scheduled to arrive in the
Bahamas by Tuesday and will
bring heavy thunderstorms
and rain showers -for the


south-east islands, he said.
Mr Dean explained that these
systems can be seen as a sign
for an early and active hurri-
cane season and that with the
right atmospheric conditions
they may develop into tropical
storms and potentially hurri-
canes.
"We have several positive
indicators, for one the. sea sur-
face temperature is above the
threshold, second the sea level
pressure is below average, also
we are experiencing a very
weak El Nifio," he said.
Mr Dean pointed out that
forecasters had hoped that the
El Nifio would intensify this
year, "however it has not, which
means there will be a stronger
season for us."
The National Hurricane Cen-
tre was expected to send a
reconnaissance aircraft to inves-
tigate the affected areas yester-
day afternoon..


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Ui By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
THE conflict between the
attorney general and the deputy
director of Public Prosecutions
has been resolved.
Attorney General Alfred
'Sears made the statement yes-
iterday in the House of Assem-
bly,, where he tabled a letter
given to him by President of
the Bar Association Wayne
Munroe.
Mr Munroe met Mr Sears for
what he characterised as open
and candid meetings. .
The Bar Association presi-
dent met separately with the
Deputy Director of Public Pros-


ecutions Cheryl Grant-Bethell,
before meeting with Mr Sears.
The fall-out between Mr
Sears and Mrs Grant-Bethell
supposedly began last month.
Mr Sears is alleged to have
lost his temper in front of staff
and to have used what some
observers have described as
"intemperate language."
Mrs Grant-Bethell lodged
formal complaints with the
Bahamas Bar Association and
Prime Minister Perry Christie.
There were suggestions that
Mrs Grant-Bethell had been
withdrawn from a case in Gua-
na Cay at the last moment and
that outside attorneys were con-
sulted without her knowledge.


The dispute occurred against
a backdrop of growing unrest
in the Attorney General's
Office.

Overload

Reportedly, staff have felt for
some time that they have been
overloaded with work a situa-
tion made worse by their pro-
longed involvement in the Sid-
ney Stubbs bankruptcy affair.
"I am pleased to be able to
say that I am of the view that
the matters referred to in the
above captioned complaint are
resolved. It is quite unfortu-
nate that correspondence


intended for the private con-
sumption of the counsel and
attorneys to whom it was
directed should have made it
into the public domain," Mr
Munroe said.
The Bar Association presi-
dent said he is satisfied that the
matter was resolved and that
there was no issue of any breach
of the Code of Professional
Conduct to be referred to the
ethics committee of the
Bahamas Bar Association.
"It is my judgment that
although this episode may have
been very trying for all con-
cerned, all parties involved have
learned some valuable lessons,"
Mr Munroe said.


Councillor



is charged



with assault


OUTSPOKEN Abaco local
councillor Cay Mills was
charged by police with aggra-
vated assault on a senior gov-
ernment official yesterday.
He was also charged with
causing harm and causing dam-
age.
Mills will be arraigned on
charges of aggravated assault
tomorrow.
The charges are a result of
an altercation between Mr
Mills and Marsh Harbour
Administrator Revis Rolle.
Mr Mills was questioned
Tuesday by police after a heat-
ed scuffle broke out between
he and Mi Rolle on the bas-
ketball court in Dundas Town.
He was held for approxi-
mately four hours and released


on $3500 bail one surety.
Mr Mills has been nomi-
nated for another three year
term in local government.
He is running unopposed
and will be sworn in by
default as a member of the
Dundas Town Committee.
Marsh Harbour police
said that at 1.15pm on Tues-
day, Mr Rolle arrived at the
Marsh Harbour police sta-
tion to report that he had
been punched in the face
five minutes before by Mr
Mills, Chief Councillor of
the outgoing Abaco Island
Council.
He claimed that the alter-
cation had left him with a
wound to his left eye and
broken glasses.


Bahamas 'should reject treaty'


M By KARAN MINNIS
THE Bahamas should reject
the revised Treaty of Chaguar-
mas in its present form, accord-
ing to the Coalition for Demo-
cratic Reform (CDR).
"There seems to be an
absence of logic for the
Bahamas to join an economic
federation of countries if it is
not going to take part in the
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He said the Bahamas has no
plans of structurally and func-
tionally transforming its exist-
ing tax regime at this time, and
"cannot entertain the proposal
of a Common External Tariff
(CET) policy at this time".
The CET is one of four
CSME principles on which the
Bahamas is reserving its posi-
tion.
Another is the free move-
ment of labour in the
Caribbean.
"As far as agreeing to the
CSME plank on the free move-
ment of labour, many see it as
being suicidal for the Bahamas
to agree on a greater degree of
free movement of labour within
the territory of the Bahamas,"
said the release.
It added that the Bahamas
has the biggest immigration
problem in the Caribbean and
that this is taxing on the gov-
ernment in two respects.
"Money which could be used
for other national purposes is
being used in education and
health care for illegal immi-
grants, and also for detention
and repatriation when illegal
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In reference to the Rights of
Establishment provision of the
agreements, which he says "pro-
vides for a CARICOM nation-
al to establish a commercial
presence in industries tradi-
tionally reserved for Bahami-
ans", Mr Coleby, said "this is
near impossible to sell" to the
public.
He said government should
use the funds that would pay
for CSME integration to estab-
lish and support a national cap-
ital equity fund or an invest-
ment bank for Bahamian entre-
preneurs and investors.


"The Bahamas, with a gross
domestic product (GDP) per
capita of USA$17,700 is today
the wealthiest independent
Caribbean nation," he said. "We
have a scenario slightly similar to
the failed Caribbean Federation
of 1958, except that the present
power players are different."
"At that time Jamaica and
Trinidad were concerned with
the problem of having to shoul-
der much of the economic prob-
lems of their weaker Caribbean
nations and today the Bahamas
seems to have found itself in a
similar position," he said.. '


Filing fees to go up


* By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Court of Appeal will
increase filing fees for civil cas-
es, it was announced in the
House of Assembly yesterday.
It is the first amendment to
the structure for civil appeals
in the court since 1968.
The change comes along with
a 100-page draft of proposed
new rules that are expected to
soon become a permanent part
of the Appeal Court process.
"There have been virtually
no material changes to this -
structure since 1968. And this


was during a time when the
Court of Appeal was a peri-
patetic court which only sat
three times yearly for approx-
imately three weeks each sit-
ting," said Attorney General
Alfred Sears in his budget
communication yesterday.
President of the Bar Asso-
ciation Wayne Munroe told
The Tribune that the new pro-
posed and amended rules for
the Court of Appeal are "set
out in a very tedious fashion,
but the actual document basi-
cally seeks to modernise some
aspects of the existing rules
on taxation and cost."


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

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(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

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Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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Legal needs create illegal problems


MUCH ILLEGALITY that flourishes in
many segments of society today could be elim-
inated if government would recognise the
needs of the people, and react to them posi-
tively.
In our discussions with a few public trans-
portation operators, the question of whether
there was a legitimate place for "hackers" in
the system was raised.
It was pointed out that many working class
Bahamians, those who cannot afford taxis but
have to work late at night, have to make spe-
cial arrangements with "hackers" to take them
home.
Many Bahamians who work the "grave-
yard shift" hours when no buses run-
need a transportation service. These Bahami-
ans include foodstore workers, hospital staff,
private nurses working the midnight shift,
hotel workers and many others. Their needs -
unrecognized by the authorities have given
rise to the illegal, but much needed, service
filled by "hackers". Haitians have slipped into
this vacant niche. They own a car, have a dri-
ver's licence, but no public transport licence to
allow them to legally charge a fee never-
theless a small fee is charged. They have recog-
nised a need that they break the law to fill,
while government remains deaf to the prob-
lem.
Former prime minister Hubert Ingraham's
solution would be to issue specific licences
for certain services, limited to certain areas. In
other words, legalise hackers, setting out strict
limits to their operation. These hackers could
provide the special late night transportation
service needed by many workers in the lower
income brackets.
There are so many loopholes in various
departments of government that the enter-
prising Bahamian moves in and starts a suc-
cessful operation outside of the law.
There have been many complaints about
"corruption" in the Immigration Department.
However, much of this corruption was born of
government's own shortsighted policies.
We first encountered a certain type of cor-
ruption in the late sixties. The first PLP gov-
ernment refused to recognise that many
Bahamians, who had been brainwashed by
their propaganda that no Bahamian was to
be a "hewer of wood" or "drawer of water",
were now refusing to do certain kinds of work.
For example, they dismissed manual labour,
including gardening and farm work, as "Hait-
ian work."
However, Immigration refused to recog-
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for employers. Daily as we drove to work, we
saw once beautiful gardens growing up in'
weeds. There was no longer a labouring class
Bahamian to weed them, and government
refused work permits for Haitians who
Bahamians themselves had said were now to
be the "hewers of wood and drawers of
water".
This problem soon became personal for us
as we tried to maintain the fruit orchard on the
late Sir Etienne Dupuch's five-acre estate.
We could no longer get a Bahamian to do the
work. Immigration refused us a permit for a
Haitian. A friend of ours in Immigration, who
knew our need was genuine and desperate,
also knew that under the government of the
late Sir Lynden Pindling we would not be giv-
en a permit because of who we were, suggest-
ed that we take the "farm labour" route.
Now what was this farm labour route? Cer-
tain PLPs many of them with only the plot
of ground on which their small home stood -
had been granted work permits for farm
labourers. We remember one permit holder in
particular she was a maid, with hardly a
roof over her head, but apparently in the opin-
ion of Immigration she was operating a suffi-
ciently large farm to merit a farm labourer's
work permit. We had five acres and couldn't
get a permit. She was PLP, we were not. It was
as simple as that.
The employer, desperate for.lelp, w,. I
hire these "farm" labourers, usually Haiti ns.
The Haitian in turn would pay half- if not
more of his weekly salary to his PLP "spon-
sor" who held his permit. We declined the
illegal service and so our father's estate
returned to nature. But the illegal system
flourished.
Although government has since tried to
stamp out this business, it still exists. There is
still an underground service, operated by "The
Man" who seems to be a miracle-worker with
producing work permits.
And because government cannot seem to
get the Haitian situation under control by
legalising those who are legitimately here,
these people are at the mercy of unscrupulous
Bahamians who will shake them down for
whatever money they have. We still hear tales
of some policemen turning a blind eye for a
price. And although they have been here for
many years and qualify for a status in the
country these Haitians are afraid to complain
of the crimes being committed against them
for fear of ending up in the Detention Centre.
Only government can solve these prob-
lems.


Is the CSME




a personal




agenda?


EDITOR, The Tribune
I HAVE been reading and lis-
tening to more knowledgeable
people than myself about the
pros and cons of the Bahamas
becoming involved with CSME.
The more I listened the more
confused I became. I have
weighed the reasoning and came
up with my own opinion.
Bahamians are livid about the
possibility of people from other
countries having unfettered
access to the Bahamas, espe-
cially jobs. We, as a people, also
fear that people who are more
qualified than we are would
have more of an advantage in
the job market than we have.
Not to mention that the
Bahamas would only serve as a
conduit for people who want-
ed to eventually enter the Unit-
ed States. Has anyone ever
heard of human cargo? Does
any Bahamian want to be asso-
ciated with another accusation
of corruption?
I am forced to look at this
whole confusion like this. Of all
the countries in the Caribbean,
only the Bahamas has a very
good relationship with the US.
Jamaica, even though it boasts a
good academic system, natural
resources and other self sus-
taining advantages, is not a
friend of the USA. In fact
America shuns Jamaica, espe-
cially because of its "buddy-bud-
dy" relationship with Cuba.
All the other Caribbean coun-
tries are not closely associated
with the USA, so, therefore, it
makes no difference to them if
the Bahamas severs the neces-
sary mutual relationship.with the,
USA. Is there a plan to have a
United States of the Caribbean?
While I am wondering, let me
also question the recent public
coziness the Bahamas has
shown with Fidel Castro. Was
this done specifically to annoy
the USA? Is this CSME also
designed to annoy the USA?
See, everyone is confused.
There was no education about
CSME, so everyone is left to
speculate.
Is this PLP government plan-
ning to destroy our usual way of
life by forcing us to become a
part of something we do not
know about? And the sheer
arrogance of Fred Mitchell who
has not helped us to understand.
This to me, on the face of it,
seems to have nothing to do
with the Bahamas, but with the
Minister of Foreign Affairs.
We simply should have a say
in something that is going to
change our lives now and for
generations yet unborn. To dis-


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miss us as a bunch of stupid
people blowing hot air is asi-
nine to say the least
I would like to share some-
thing with the Minister of For-
eign Affairs: it is okay if you
present yourself as a person
who knows everything, and that
you are the smartest human


being since Adam. But believ-
ing that all Bahamians are stu-
pid will be your political demise.
Remember a simple, ordinary
Bahamian told you that.
Oh, by the way, Mr Prime
Minister, you could voice your
opinion from home. Just say if
you agree to destroy the
Bahamas as we know it or not,
that's all.
IVOINE INGRAHAM
Nassau
June 2005


EDITOR, The Tribune
DURING the past 15 years,
whenever I am in New Provi-
dence, I have made it a prac-
tice to attend the presentation
of the annual national budget
by the Minister of Finance, or
by the Prime Minister of the
day, as may be the case.
The pleasant surprise and
difference was that the 2005-
2006 budget was presented by
Cynthia "Mother" Pratt.
She made political history
in that she is the first woman
to ever present, substantive-
ly, the national budget. Moth-
er Pratt was brilliant, to say
the least. Never in 15 years
was there a better presented
budget. She was humble,
while still being eloquent. The
budget, finally, addressed
every sector of the economy


and stretched across all polit-
ical and cultural divides.
As usual, education and
health received the lion's share.
More importantly, however,
there is provision for salary
increases and a better insur-
ance plan for law enforcement
officers. The Urban Renewal
Department is to be estab-
lished and special care is tobe
made available to handicapped
and marginalised persons.
The only previous Minister
of Finance who would have
outranked Mother Pratt
would have been the late
great Sir Lynden Oscar Pin-
dling. No other prime minister
could place a close second to
this erudite woman of God.
ORTLAND H BODIE JR
Nassau
May 26 2005


Good behaviour


of Rodney Smith


EDITOR, The Tribune
I would like to lend my sup-
port to the statements of my
former colleague Dr Olivia
Saunders,( as reported in The
Tribune today) regarding the
College of the Bahamas pres-
ident's admitted plagiarism.
There is no denying that the
situation is unfortunate, par-
ticularly in the context in
which it reportedly occurred.
However, Dr. Smith has taken
responsibility, and is facing the
music like a man. It takes


courage to admit an error, and
accept responsibility, particu-
larly in an culture that tends
toward being accountability-
free.
Recognizing a problem is
the first step toward finding a
solution. If our politicians, pro-
fessionals, and others in public
office showed similar courage
and integrity, it would truly be
better in the Bahamas.
LEANDRA ESFAKIS
Nassau
June 8 2005


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THE TRBUNE HURSDY, JUN 9,205, PA


Cabinet agrees on



new appointment


* By DANIELLE STUBBS
Tribune Staff Reporter
CABINET has approved an
amendment to the Court of
Appeal Act that would allow a
deputy registrar to be appoint-
ed.
This amendment will sepa-
rate the administration of the
Court of Appeal from the
Supreme Court.
Attorney General Alfred
Sears told MP's in the House
of Assembly during the bud-
get debate yesterday that "the
post of deputy registrar is
under consideration."
He said the appointment of


someone to the post is being
held up by lack of court
space.
As a result of the separation
of the administration of the
courts, Mr Sears said several
new posts are required.

Positions

These posts, he said, include
but are not limited to: assistant
counsel, deputy director of
libraries, court management
information systems specialist,
deputy listing officer, and reg-
istry supervisor.
As a consequence of this


administrative separation, Mr
Sears said, Indira Demeritte-
Francis has been appointed to
the post of registrar of the
Court of Appeal.
Due to the increase of staff
and the advancement in tech-
nology as it relates to the Reg-
istry of the Court, Mr Sears
said, "It has become necessary
for the court to acquire more
physical space."
Mrs Sears said, the addition-
al space "will accommodate the
setting up of a proper library
facility for the Justices of
Appeal, complete with com-
puters and modem technolo-
gy."


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* ATTORNEY General Alfred Sears


Climber has high hopes


VETERAN Freeport moun-
taineer Dave Mellor, 63, still
hopes to scale Mount Everest
despite this week's shock death
of a respected middle-aged
climber just 400 metres from
the summit of the world's high-
est peak.
Mr Mellor, who made an
unsuccessful bid on Everest
three years ago, said the death
of 49-year-old Dr Robert
Milne from Scotland would not
deter him.
"It seems he died of a heart
attack," said Mr Mellor, a
retired Grand Bahama busi-
nessman, "The strain is
tremendous up there. He was
very unlucky."
Dr Milne, a software engi-
neer, collapsed and died within
sight of his climbing ambition,
which was to scale the highest
mountain on all seven conti-
nents. He had already con-
quered six of the peaks, includ-
ing Mt McKinley in the USA
and Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa.
Mount Everest was his final
target, but he collapsed after,
taking a rest 400 metres short
of the peak and died immedi-
ately. Three medical doctors


N DAVE Mellor


on the expedition were unable
to revive him.
Because he was so high on
the mountain, his body was left
behind when his climbing col-
leagues returned to base camp
after the tragedy. His wife said
later that, because of his love
for the mountains, he would
not have wished for a better
resting place.
Yesterday, Mr Mellor said
he had been higher on Everest
than the spot at which Dr
Milne died and described the
conditions there as "very
tough". The area of mountain
above 27,000 feet is known as


the death zone.
"When I was on Everest I
saw many bodies of past vic-
tims lying up there," he said.
"In fact, I lost my tent-mate in
2002. He was trying to descend
in bad weather and fell down a
4,000-foot crevasse."
Mr Mellor said this climbing
season on Everest had been
particularly bad, with five
deaths. "Everyone and his
brother seems to want to have
a go at Everest, but you can
never take it for granted," he
said.
"There are about 150 bod-
ies up there and I saw quite a
few of them when I was there."
Mr Mellor said, however,
that Everest was still among
his objectives, even though he
has scaled the neighbouring -
and tougher Lhotse peak.
Like Dr Milne, he wants to
become a member of the unof-
ficial Seven Summits Club,
those who have scaled the
major peaks on every conti-
nent.
Last weekend, 21-year-old
Briton Jake Meyer became the
youngest member of the club
when he conquered Everest.


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town


meeting

THE general public and in
particular, residents of the Ade-
laide and surrounding commu-
nities of Blue Hills, South
Beach and Carmichael are invit- .
ed to a town meeting to discuss
the CSME on Friday June 10
at the Gerald Cash primary
school at 7.30pm.
The speaker will be Zhivargo
Laing, former FNM minister of
economic affairs.
The meeting is hosted by the
Adelaide branch of the Free GIFT & BRIDAL REGISTRY
National Movement.
Refreshments will be served Harbour Bay Shopping Centre
and all are welcome. Ph: 393-4440 or 393-4448


More than 3,000 teachers believed

to have voted in BUT elections


* By KARAN MINNIS
THE Bahamas Union of
Teachers (BUT) held their
annual elections yesterday with
38 candidates competing for the
15 possible seats on the execu-
tive committee.
More than 3,000 teachers from
throughout the public school sys-
tem are said to have voted.
The polling stations, which
opened at 8am and closed at
5pm, were opposite RM Bailey
senior high school and at Walk-
ers Hall on Bethel Avenue.
For the first time in 12 years,
Kingsley Black, current presi-
dent of the BUT, will not be
seeking re-election.
One teacher said: "It's time
he gave up his position to allow
younger people the chance to
lead."










THURSDAY
JUNE 9
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11:00 Immediate Response
12:00 ZNS News Update
12:05 Immediate Response
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3:30 Gilbert Patterson
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This year Frances Friend,
Eula Gaitor, Byron Small, Ida
Poitier and Ricardo Russell will
be running for president.
According to Patrice Rolle,
a secondary teacher and voter,
there are a number of issues
that she wishes the committee
to address.
These include the size of
classes, the issue of staff short-
ages and the problem of poor
salaries.
Tania Russell, a junior high
school teacher and voter, said
that this year's election was
"incredibly competitive and
exciting."


"There was a lot more cam-
paigning this year compared to
any other year," she said. "It's
nice to see more candidates
making an effort, that's the only
reason I voted this year."
The official results of the elec-
tions are to be announced early
next week.


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* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Old Bahama Bay
is reporting "excellent" business
levels after exhaustive hurricane
restoration and construction at the
150-acre real estate, resort, and
marina development at West End.
President Bob Kramm revealed
that real estate property is sold out
at Old Bahama Bay, which is cur-
rently negotiating to purchase an
additional 70 acres of land for fur-
ther development.
He also noted that real estate val-
ue has increased by 30 to 40 per
cent in the last two and half years.
"We are completely sold out of
our real estate properties, and we
are the only property on island with
a 70-slip marina that is Blue Flag
certified" Kramm said.


The Blue Flag programme recog-
nises marinas and beaches for
exceptional environmental conser-
vation.
A group of businesspersons on
Grand Bahama were invited on
Wednesday to lunch and a tour of
the Old Bahama Bay Resort and
Yacht Harbour at West End. They
were told about the variety of
amenities offered to both visitors
and locals.
Mr Kramm revealed that there
are plans to construct an additional
24 rooms beginning in September,
and to expand the marina, which
an official port of entry, to 180 slips
within the next the two years.
He said their objective is to
remain a "low density" small luxu-
ry resort property with main target
markets in the United States and
Europe.


In an effort to target the Bahami-
an market, Mr Kramm said the
resort has embarked on a strategic
plan to host fundraisers and other
events for groups at West End.
During a tour, the group got the
opportunity to view the luxury
suites, which are decorated with
tropical British West Indies d6cor
and furnishings, and marble and
granite finishes in bathrooms and
kitchen.
"So many people did not know
about Old Bahama Bay and had
the wrong perception of us. We
hope to change all of.that," he
said.
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day, leaving a Florida family of
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Shortly after midnight, an
officer patrolling the area
noticed that a blaze had ignited
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The entire vessel was
engulfed in flames and burnt
-down.
The yacht, valued at $200,000
was insured.
Although the matter is still
under investigation, an electrical
shortage is believed to be the
cause of a fire.
Six young women arrested
in connection with a disturbance


Saturday evening at Rum Cay
Villas apartment complex in
South Bahamia were charged
in Freeport Magistrate Court.
Appearing before Magistrate
Subu Lasalle on Tuesday were
Coranette Rollings, 33, of 209
Windsor on the Mall, Daphne
Hield, 33, of 129, East Coral
Estates, Joann Lewis, 29, of 222
Windsor on the Mall, Della-
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property, disorderly behaviour,
throwing missiles and making
threats of death.
They all pleaded not guilty to"
the charges and the matter was"
adjourned to October 25,2005.'
A Grand Bahama marn
wanted for questioning in con-
nection with an alleged rape ..
was apprehended by police in
Andros.
The suspect, a 40 'eair'-:d.i
resident of Jones Town'Ei'"
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police custody 'at Mastic'Poiiit,i'
Andros on Tuesday.
He has been flown back' to
Grand Bahama, where will be
formally charged on Thursday
morning in Eight Mile Rock
Magistrate's Court with the
alleged rape of a 15-year-6ld
girl in February, police say.
Police detectives have
launched an intense search for
the person/s responsible for the
shooting death of Charles
Tameiko Grant, 26, of Pinedale,
Eight Mile Rock.
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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, PHAUt /


LOCAL NEWS


St Andrew's and its year



13 students make history


IN a moving ceremony on
May 27 St Andrew's School
graduated its first Year 13 stu-
dents, presenting the 18 Inter-
national Baccalaureate students
with academic diplomas as a
first for the school and the
Bahamas.
The International Baccalau-
reate has become a world-wide
standard of academic excel-
lence. Created in 1968, the IB
Diploma Programme puts its
students through a demanding
two-year, pre-university course
of study and culminates with
what many consider the most
rigorous assessment known in
secondary education.
In 2003 St Andrew's School
became the first school in the
Bahamas to be authorized to
teach the International Bac-
calaureate ";Diploma Pro-
gramme. The honour came after
several years of intense prepa-
ration by boiththe administra-
tion and faculty of the school,
supported by a forward-think-
ing Board of Directors and the
St Andrew's School Foundation.
Preparation has spanned cur-
riculum and professional devel-
opment and an ambitious pro-
gramme to upgrade school
infrastructure to provide state
of the art facilities in which the
St Andrew's community can
teach and learn.
The highly respected IB cur-
riculum has become increasing-
ly attractive to top universities
and colleges around the world.
The matriculation of St Andrew
School's Year 13 students
proves this point.
Among the schools that
accepted St Andrew's new IB
graduates are Dartmouth Col-
lege, Brown University, George-
town University, Rice Universi-
ty, University of British Colum-
bia and New York University -
all ranked as "most competitive"
or "Ivy League" schools.
Another measure of the IB
students' success can be seen in
scholarships these institutions
offered to the graduating class.
Eleven of the 18 graduates were
offered scholarships and four
of these were full awards. In
total $785,000 over four years
was offered to St Andrew's first
IB diploma graduates by the
colleges... .
Guest speaker at the gradua-
tion ceremony, was Dr Nicolette
Bethel, Director of Culture at
the Ministrj. of Youth, Sports,
and Culture)Dr Bethel, a 1980
graduate of the IB Diploma
Programme at United World
Colleges, praised St Andrew's
School for bringing the high cal-
ibre program to the Bahamas
and congraulated the school
and the ts on their his-
toric su willing the diplo-
ma pro, unsurpassed in
pre-un education, Dr
Bethel d that the Inter-
nationa alaureate was
designed w lp create a better
world, merging cultures and
diverse studies into the arduous
programme of study, cultivating
wider perspectives and broader
understandings of people and
issues around the world.













day to face housebreaking
charges.a r
nile alAMINGOth 19-year-old
Teran along with also a Flamin-
go Garded s resident, broke
into the.,hbme of Joseph
Demerit on Rocky Pine
Road on Thursday March
17.
There, according to court
dockets, the young men stole
a 12-gauge pump action
shotgun, electronics and jew-
ellery valued at $2,649.
The young men are also
charged along with 24-year-
old Attilen Albury of
Carmichael Road and 22-
year-old Rosemary Metelus,
with receiving several of the
items.
Both young men pleaded
not guilty before Magistrate
Susan Sylvester and bail was


ranted to the amount of
4,000.
The matter was adjourned
to October 24.


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* THE year 13 students of St Andrew's School


In an emotionally charged
address, the school's principal,
Dennison MacKinnon, com-
mented on how proud he was to
see a dream fulfilled as the
graduating students received
their academic diplomas.
"We have at this school," he
observed, "wonderful facilities,
including a library, research and
IT centre that is second to none.
The opening of that facility ear-
lier this year by the Governor
General was a proud moment.
However, it is what goes on
within these fine buildings that
really counts and I am prouder
tonight as I see this group of
students before me, represent-
ing the zenith of all that I sought
when I came to St Andrew's
eight years ago. This little
school now ranks among not
only the best in North America
but also the best in the world."
"The students themselves are
disparate and talented," he con-
tinued. "And we are proud of
them. There is, of course, a link
between the school's IB pro-
grammes at primary school lev-
el and those in its upper school.
And this link'could best ,be
summed up in the words of the
Primary Years Programme's
profile. The students who are
graduating are principled, car-
ing, open-minded, well balanced


and reflective. They are also
inquirers, thinkers, risk takers,
communicators and knowl-
edgeable."
Mr MacKinnon indicated that
the bringing of an international
programme of such status to The
Bahamas was a huge develop-
ment for the country, enabling
the students of St Andrew's
School to have, in their educa-
tional programmes, a truly glob-
al perspective and real interna-
tional understanding, perhaps
best summed up in the adage
that the things that unite us as
human beings are far greater
than those that divide us.
Mr MacKinnon closed his
remarks by reading a letter writ-
ten to the graduating students
by Gareth Jones, the former
secondary school head at St
Andrew's who did so much to
make the IB happen. Mr Jones,
who now holds a senior admin-
istrative position at a school in
Munich, Germany, called the
Year 13 students "truly an
exceptional group of individu-
als" and "pioneers for educa-
tion in the Bahamas."
"Many I am sure will follow.
your lead," wrote Mr. Jones,
"but you are the leaders and this
will be noted and recognized as
the educational history of the
Bahamas is further developed."


The firstlB diploma recip-
ients for the Bahamas and St
,Andrew's School are Byron,
Antonas (Boston University,
Massachusetts); Kristin Brown
(Queen's University, Canada);
George Evans Jr (York Univer-
sity, Canada); Miguel Gil Cecil-
ia (Universidad de la Havana,
Cuba); Jan Gilbert (York Uni-
versity, Canada); Angelika Hille-
brandt (New York University);
Krystal Kemp (University of the
West Indies); Michael Lam
(New Jersey Institute of Tech-
nology); Jennifer Lightbourn
(Northeastern University, Mass-
achusetts); Victoria Millar (Uni-
versity of British Columbia);
Alanna Rodgers (Rice Univer-
sity, Texas); Matthew Saunders
(Acadia University, Canada);
Daniel Schuermann (Boston
University, Massachusetts);
Aliya Smith (King's College,
Canada); Ariel Smith (The Col-
lege of the Bahamas); Roger
Turnquest (St Thomas Univer-
sity, Canada); Rachael White-
house (University of Toronto,
Canada); Tremika Wilson
(Elmira College, New York).


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Conflict diamonds and human rights



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In many African countries,
including Angola, Sierra Leone


and the Democratic Republic
of the Congo (DRC), diamonds
have been, and continue to be
linked to terrible human rights
abuses either by insurgent
groups to fuel conflict and carry


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PROPERTIES LISTED FOR SALE

HOUSES
Lot #473, Lucayan Ridge Subd, right (approximately 0.6 of a mile Enter Joe Farrington Road from
Grand Bahama east of Faith Avenue), take the first Marigold Farm Road on right (2nd
Single Family Residence left into Frelia Subdivision and the corner) turn right on Hanna Road
3-Bedrooms, 2-Bathrooms subject property is the sixth build- which is second corner on right
Property Size: 21,250 sq.ft ing on the left. take 1st left off Hanna Road 1st
Building Size: 2,800 sq.ft right property is second lot on right
Appraised Value: $135,000 Lot #1057, Pinewood Gardens house is yellow trim white.
The subject property is located Single Family Residence
3miles from the Town Centre and 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Lot #5 Carmichael Breezes
four miles from Freeport Interna- Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft. Subdivision
tional Airport. Building Size: 1,990 sq.ft. Single Family Residence
Appraised Value:$175,700 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Lot .'J', Montague Bay Estates From East Street South and Barn- Property Size: 6,000 sq.ft.
Single Family Residence boo Boulevard/Pinewood Drive (by Building Size 1,064 sq.ft.
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms the South Beach Police Station), Appraised Value: $145,000
Property Size: 5,368 sq. ft travel east on Bambo6oBoulevard, From Fire Trail Road and McKin-
Building Size: 2,405 sq. ft. take the first left onto Thatch Palm ney Drive, take the first right Bellot
Appraised Value: $208,000/0.N.0 Ave then the fourth right, Rose- Road, then take the first right
From the Eastern Road and John- wood St. Property is the thired on again, unnamed road into Carmi-
son Road travel south on Johnson the right. chael Breezes Subdivision, and the
Road, then take the first right, subject property is the sixth on the
Bay Estate Terrace and the subject Lot #3, Rockwell Estates Subd left.
property is the first on the right. Single Family Residence
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Lot#299, Garden Hills Estate
Lot#16, Block#13 Sea Breeze Property Size: 6,000 sq. ft. Single Family Residence
Estate, section #2 Building Size: 1,449 sq. ft. Property Size:6,000 sq.ft.
Single Family Residence Appraised Value: $129,600 Building Size:1,147 sq. ft
(3) Bedrooms, (2) Bathrooms From Carmichael Road and Appraised Value: $148,400
Property Size: 9,688 sq.ft McKinney Drive, travel north on From Blue Hill Road & Soldier
Building Size: 1,823 sq.ft McKinney Drive, take the sixth left, Road, travel east on Soldier Road,
Appraised Value: $237,000 Rocky Pine Road, then the third take the first right, Geranium
Travelling south from the red light right and the subject is the third lot Avenue, and the subject property is
intersection at Prince Charles on left. fourth on left past the third corner
Drive onto Beatrice Avenue turn on the left (Hyacinth Avenue).
left on first red light (Savanna Lot #844, Golden Gates, N.P.
Avenue). Then right on Bay Lilly Single Family Residence Lot #1397 Pinewood Gardens
Drive continuing to 4th corner on 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Single Family Residence
let. The subject property is on the Property Size: 6,000 sq. ft. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
south-west corner and the building Building Size: 1,580 sq. ft. Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
Sis painted yellow. Appraised Value: $156,104 Building Size: 1,195 sq. ft.
From Carmichael Road and Mer- Appraised Value: $93,000
Lot #114, Elizabeth Estates maid Boulevard East (Golden Gates From East Street and Bamboo
Single-Family Residence Assembly Church), travelling south Boulevard/Pinewood Drive (South
3 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms. on Mermaid Boulevard, go around Beach Police Station) travel east on;
Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft. the bend, heading west again, Bamboo Blvd. take the second left,
Building Size: 940 sq. ft. and the subject property is the 7th Bay Geranium Ave, then the first
Appraised Value: $88,000/O.N.0 house on the right past the 7th right, Guinep Tree Street, and the
From Prince Charles Drive and corner on the right fter the curve, subject property is the sixth on the
Trinidad Elizabeth Estates Clinic) left.
travel south on Trinidad Avenue,
take the first left, Malaysia Way, Lot #1637, Pinewood Gardens Lot #94, Twynam Heights
then the first right, St. Vincent Ave, Single Family Residence Subdivision
and the subject property is the 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms.. Single Family Residence
fourth on the right. Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft. 4 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Building Size: 1,433 sq. ft. Property Size: 9,438 sq. ft
Lot #630, Elizabeth Estates, N.P. Appraised Value: $95,000/ O.N.O Building Size: 3,209 sq. ft
Single Family Residence From the round -about on Pine- Appraised Value: $289,000
(3) Bedrooms, (1) Bathroom wood Drive, travel west on Pine- From Prince Charles Drive (Eastern
Property Size: 5,000 sq.ft wood Drive, take the first left, Bay end) and Yamacraw Hill Road,
Building Size: 886 sq.ft Geranium Avenue, then the first travel south on Yamacraw Hill
Appraised Value: $79,000 left, walnut Street, and the subject Road, take the second right, then
From Yamacraw Hill Road and property is the third lot on the left. the first right and the subject prop-
Australia Avenue, travel north on erty is the third on the left.
Australia Avenue and the subject Lot #12, Tropical Gardens, N.P.
property is the eight house on the Single Family Residence Lot #124 Foxdale Subd
left past the second corner on the 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Single Family Residence
left, Malawi Street. Property Size: 10,000 sq. ft. 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms
Building Size: 1,930 sq. ft. Property Size: 4,500 sq. ft
Lot #13 Frelia Subd Appraised Value: $243,000/O.N.O Building Size: 1,009 sq. ft
Single Family Residence Directions Not Available Appraised Value: $100,000
3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms Enter Foxdale from Bernard
Property Size: 5,641 sq. ft Lot of Land off Hanna Road Road opposite Post Office at "T"
Building Size: 1,203 sq. ft. Single Family Residence Junction turn right turn first left
Appraised Value: $154,000 3 Bedrooms, 2 Bathrooms property is on corner of first street
From Fire Trail Road and Faith Av- Property Size: 8,000 sq. ft. on right, color of building bright
enue, travel east on Faith Avenue, Building Size: 1,010 sq. ft. and light yellow trim with white
follow the curve around to the Appraised Value: $134,000 (fenced in).


VACANT PROPERTIES

Lot "M", Part of Ruth Boyd C Grant lishment on the corner) travel south on the unnamed
Vacant Property road, go across the cross-road and continue around
Property Size:6,700 sq. ft the bend, and the subject property is the thirteenth on
Appraised Value: $56,500/O.N.O the left.
From Faith Avenue South and St. Vincent Road, travel
west onSt. Vincent Road take the second left (both Lot #1, Port 29 Sandilands Village
roads are unpaved) then the first right and the subject Vacant Property
property is the second lot on the right. The subject Property Size: 5,000 sq. ft.
property is between a yellow duplex on the corner and Appraised Value: TBA
a white triplex trimmed pinkish beige. Directions Not Available
Lot #6, Part of Lot 65, Malcolm Allotments Parcel of Land, Deadman's Cay Long Island
Vacant Property Vacant Property
Property Size: 8,802 sq. ft. "'Property.ize 2 Acres
Appraised Value: $63,200 AppraiseValue: $40,000
From junction of soldier road and an unnamed road Property Located in Cartwright's settlement off
one block east of soldier Road (Sugar Kid Bowe estab- Queen's Highway


APARTMENTS/CONDOMINIUMS


Lot #178, Colony Village Subdivision, N.P.
Split level six unit Apartments
1-2 Bedromms, 2-Bathrooms
1- 2 bedrooms, 1-Bathrooms / 1-Bedroom, 1-Bath-
room 3-Efficiency Units
Property Size:9,300 sq.ft
Building Size:3,152 sq.ft
Appraised Value: $305,000
Directions Not Available
Lot #30 & 31, Block #56, Nassau Village
Duplex
Each Unit 2 Bedrooms, 1 Bathrooms
Property Size: 6,620 sq. ft.
Building Size: 1,701 sq. ft.
Appraised Value: $151,500
From Taylor Street and Soldier Road (by Lowes Whole-


sale), turn left at the cross roads, Alexandria Boule-
vard, take the second right, Forbes Street, go left at
the T-junction, Catherine Avenue, take the first right,
travel to the end and go right at the T-junction and the
subject property is the seventh lot on right past the
first corner on the left.
Lot #4 Tall Pines off Carmichael Road
Duplex
Units 2 Bedrooms, 1 bathroom each
Building Size: 1,680 sq ft
Property Size: 8,100 sq. ft.
Appraised Value:$140,000
From Gladstone Road and Fire Trail, travel north on
Gladstone Road take the second right.Pine Street (op-
posite the Catholic Loyola Hall Auditorium) and the
subject property is the fourth on the left.


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out atrocities against innocent
civilians or by unscrupulous
governments who are equally
brutal.
In addition, concerns have
mounted about links between
conflict diamonds and money-
laundering by groups like Al-
Qaeda.
While the Kimberley Process
marks a positive step towards
protecting the legitimate dia-
mond industry and consumers
from purchasing tainted stones,
much reform is needed. KP's
narrow definition of conflict dia-
monds does not include pol-
ished stones and jewellery and
could exclude diamonds origi-
nating from recognised govern-
ments such as the Democratic
Republic of Congo.

Business and Human Rights
Action Update Survey
Results
Results and Highlights from
the National Day of Action on
Conflict Diamonds September
18,2004:

T hanks to. the many
activists who joined
forces on September 18 to find
out what diamond retailers are
doing (or not doing) to combat
the trade in conflict diamonds.
The day was a huge success -
in 50 cities across 18 states in
the United States, AI activists
visited 246 stores to conduct the
survey and raised awareness
among consumers by tabling
and leafleting in their commu-
nities.
Quick Stats: Only 27 per cent
of shops were able assure us
that they had a policy on con-
flict diamonds.
Thirty per cent of the shops
that said they had a policy were
unable to produce a hard copy
or explain it.
Only 13 per cent of shops
provided warranties to their
customers as a standard'prac-
tice.


organization.


Applicants should


Thirty-seven per cent of the
shops we visited claimed to be
aware of the conflict diamonds
issue. But 54 per cent of them
reported an inaccurate defini-
tion of the crisis.
Only 28 per cent of the shops
were aware of the Kimberley
Process while
29 per cent of those who were
aware of the Kimberley Process
had only a minimal or limited
understanding of it.
When asked whether con-
sumers inquired about conflict
diamonds, 83 per cent of


have some


respondents answered rarely or
never and 110 shops refused
outright to take part in the sur-
vey.
The survey results indicate
that jewellers are still keeping
consumers in the dark when it
comes to their policies to keep
conflict diamonds out of stores.

What Bahamian Stores can do
to assure their diamonds are
safe.


All Bahamian diamond
merchants can sup-
port safe diamonds. Ask the
store if they know if their dia-
monds are certified as safe or
not? Many reputable jewellers
know that as the public
becomes aware of this issue and
its life-threatening implications,
that it is simply "good business"
to be aware of where their dia-
monds are coming from.
To find out more about this
issue, visit the Amnesty Inter.
national webpage at
www.amnestyu sa r g/
diamonds/index.do or phone
327-0807 to inquire about
Amnesty and other huniman
rights issues.


Diamonds have been, and
continue to be linked to ...
terrible human rights abuses
either by insurgent groups to
fuel conflict and carry out :
atrocities against innocent
civilians or by unscrupulous
governments who are
equally brutal


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Manufacturing and distribution



plants to be set up in Bahamas


* ROTARY president Michell Thompson and rotarian Dr
Doswell Coakley present Debbie Bartlett of CEO Network with
a certificate for her address at the Rotary Club of Lucaya


* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT CEO Net-
work is facilitating several new
business ventures in the
Bahamas, particularly in
Freeport, Andros and New
Providence.
Company president Debbie
Bartlett said that business part-
nerships have been formed
between Bahamians and US
partners to establish light man-
ufacturing plants and product
distribution companies in the
Bahamas.
Speaking to the Rotary Club
of Lucaya on Tuesday, she said
that CEO Network has facili-
tated a partnership called
Matrix Agriculture, scheduled
to break ground on a fertiliser
manufacturing plant at Andros
in July. "We are excited about
this project and have identified
entrepreneurs in Andros who
will be shareholders in this fer-
tiliser manufacturing plant."
Ms :Bartlett also said that a


manufacturing plant for health
and beauty care products has
been established in Nassau that
will cater to the resort industry.
"We have been able to secure
the partnership with a gentle-
men and his wife who ran the
largest Proctor and Gamble
plant in the US to make hand
sanitises, soap, and lotions that
we will be marketed in the
tourism industry," she said.
About $50 million in goods
are imported in the Caribbean
region from the United States.
"For 30 years we have been
talking about how we can create
linkages into the cash flow of
our economy, tourism and our
financial services. The estab-
lishment of these businesses
would allow money to circulate
in our economy," she said.
The CEO Network has
secured a franchise for Dud-
ley's, a multi-million dollar
beauty care corporation in the
United States.
Touching briefly on the topic
of globalisation, Ms Bartlett


Gift for children's foundation


ORPHANED and homeless
children will have the opportu-
nity to enjoy a holiday this sum-
mer thanks to the Children's
Paradise Foundation (ChPF)
and a generous donation made
byPierre and Terry Monnard
of Pi'radise Island. "
- "Our goal is to provide all
Bahamian children that grow
up in homes without parents a
place to gofon weekends or dur-
ing vacation periods through-
out the year the times when
they are most lonely or bored,"
sa d- Dorothy Propach, who
founded Children's Paradise
Foundation in 2004.
"Thanks to the generosity of
private and business sponsors
such as the Monnards, these


wonderful children finally have
the opportunity to take a vaca-
tion they truly deserve."
"The work of the Children's
Paradise Foundation is so
important," said Pierre Mon-
nard.
"The vacations mean a great
deal to the children and we are
happy to provide them with
additional holidays spent camp-
ing and having fun."
To date, children from the
Ranfurly Home, the Children's
Emergency Hostel, the Eliza-
beth Estates Children's Home
and the Bilney Home for Chil-
dren have enjoyed adventur-
ous, educational and fun-filled
caniping weekends at Othe
Adventure Learning Centre


Camp thanks to the ChPF
Located just off of Balliou
Hill Road South, the Adven-
ture Learning Centre and the
adjoining camp isa noni-profit
outdoor education facility ded-
icated exclusively to Bahamian
Students and presenting a
hands-on interactive science-
based curriculum infused with
Christian life principles.
"All of our campers are given
hands-on opportunities and
exercises that stress individual
and collective responsibility in
areas of nature, ecology, animal
life, astronomy, family and
moral values," added Dan
Roth, director of the camp.
"They can he themselves,
explore new surroundings and


enjoy the natural beauty of their
country."
"All of the children that have
been on holiday have had an
incredible time," added
Dorothy.
"We will continue to raise
enough funds to book addi-
tional vacation times and we
also hope to raise funds to add
a swimming pool to the
grounds of the Adventure
Learning Centre so the chil-
dren will have that to enjoy, as
well as to provide swimming
lessons.
"These children deserve to
have the opportunity .to spend
time in an environment where
the only goal is to be a child
and have fun," she said.


said multi-national trade agree-
ments are very likely to be an
ongoing reality in a global econ-
omy
She stressed that Bahamians
should be global thinkers, espe-
cially since so many interna-


tional businesses and people are
drawn to the Bahamas.
She also called for the cre-
ation of a national training pro-
gramme that would incorporate
cutting-edge trainers from
around the world.


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PAGE10,THUSDAY JUE 9 200 TH TRBUN


CSME is less than black and white


UP to now government
spokespersons Fred
Mitchell and Ambassador A
Leonard Archer gave the
impression that if the Bahamas
did not sign the revised Treaty
of Chauguramas creating the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME) The
Bahamas would leave or "opt
out" of CARICOM altogether.
"My friends leaving Caricom
would be the effect of not sign-


ing the revised Treaty, but the
Bahamas should be at the cut-
ting edge. We must not regress;
we must not go backwards, and
leave all of the regional bodies
of which we are a part and from
which we have benefited out of
Caricom.
"We must sign the treaty, we
cannot just pick up our Georgie
bundles and retreat behind the
Caribbean seas to the islands of
the Bahamas."
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recent speech in Freeport.

The truth is quite differ-
ent, however. The truth
is that if the Bahamas does not
sign the revised treaty, the
revised treaty cannot come into
force and neither will the
CSME. This is because in order
for the treaty to come into
force, it has to be signed by all
members of Caricom.
Article 234 of the revised
treaty; under the title "Entry
into Force" says: "This Treaty
shall enter into force on the
deposit of the last instrument
of ratification by the States
mentioned in paragraph 1 of
Article 3."
Which States are mentioned
in paragraph 1 of Article 3? The
States are Antigua and Barbu-
da, The Bahamas, Barbados,
Belize, Dominica, Grenada,
Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat,
St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia,
St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Suriname, Trinidad and Toba-
go.
To date, the only states that
have not deposited their instru-
ments of ratification are the
Bahamas and Montserrat; that
is, only the Bahamas and
Montserrat have not signed
onto the revised treaty estab-
lishing the CSME.

Actually, Brian Moree
pointed this out and
it is perhaps the most impor-
tant fact in the debate to date.
CARICOM officials confirmed
this point during a civil society
meeting held in Freeport fol-
lowing the CFCOR meeting.
What this means is that if the
Bahamas does not sign the
revised treaty it will not be
"leaving CARICOM" as the
Minister of Foreign Affairs said.
Rather, it will prevent the
revised treaty from coming into
force altogether.
This means that CARICOM
is now depending on The
Bahamas to move forward its
plans for a CSME, not the oth-
er way around.
This is an entirely different
scenario than was beiAg put to
the Bahamian public by gov-


STRAIGHT UP TALK

Z H I VA R GO LAI N G


ernment spokespersons and one
has to wonder why.
NOT SIGNING THE
REVISED TREATY
ACHIEVES OUR
NATIONAL INTEREST

| herefore ladies
TL and gentlemen,
what we are engaged in is a
straightforward exercise of
maintaining the Bahamas' posi-
tion in CARICOM, and reserv-
ing our position on the principle
economic aspects of the treaty,"
said Mr Mitchell during his
Freeport speech.
If our national interest is
"maintaining the Bahamas'
position in CARICOM", then
not signing the revised treaty
achieves exactly that. If we do
not sign the revised treaty it will
not come into force.
If the revised treaty does not
come into force then the origi-
nal treaty will prevail. If the
original treaty prevails then the
Bahamas will maintain its cur-
rent position in CARICOM,
meaning it will be a member of
the community but not the
Common Market and have no
CSME issues to deal with.
Of course, this would suppress
the will of the other 14 members
of Caricom that clearly want to
bring the CSME into being.
However, what they want for
themselves, we do not want for
ourselves. The solution will have
to be a revision of the revised
treaty that permits the Bahamas
to continue in CARICOM
absolutely as is: that is, being a
member of the community and
having nothing to do with the
single market and economy.
CAN THE TRADE
COMMISSION BAIL THE
GOVERNMENT OUT OF
ITS CSME DEBACLE?
Having faced enormous
opposition to its intention to


sign the revised Treaty of Chau-
guramas establishing the
CSME, the government has
decided to refer the matter to its
Trade Commission for review.
This seems odd since one
would have thought that the
Trade Commission would have
given the government advice
before it decided to sign the
revised treaty.
This referral might be simi-
lar to an act of killing an inten-
tion by committee or it could
be a means of sanitising the gov-
ernment's decision.
Either way, the commission
has been put in a very awkward
position and it must be careful
to maintain its professional
integrity in the matter, avoid-
ing any politics.
Members of the commission
should not be overly concerned
about the positions of political
parties. The fact is that the soci-
ety will rely on the professional
and studied judgments of its
members to offer advice to the
government that is objective,
reasonable and clearly in the
best interest of the Bahamian
people.
THIS DEBATE HAS BEEN
GOOD FOR US


Clearly, the government
did not intend this
highly-spirited debate when it
set out to drag Bahamians along
with it to the July meeting of
the Caribbean Heads of Gov-
ernment to sign the revised
Treaty of Chauguramas.
It could not have wanted or
anticipated the level of opposi-
tion, as its chief spokespersons
have been entirely too defen-
sive and at times outright insult-
ing to those who shared differ-
ent views from them.
Yet, the debate has been
quite useful. All sides of the
debate have sharpened their
focus and been able to research


the issues more fully. The result
has been that views on all sides
have evolved, if not to be dif-
ferent than it was before, to be
more entrenched than it was
before. This writer has no doubt
that in the end our entire popu- .
lation will be better off for hav-
ing it.
DO I NOW HOLD THE
DECIDING VOTE?


n its desperation to win. ,,
support for their decision
to sign onto the CSME,
government members like,
Mr Mitchell and MP Keodd
Smith have falsely told the pub-
lic that this writer in his book
Who Moved My Conch? has.
said that the Bahamas "cannot
opt out". ...
Besides the fact that this is,,
untrue, it is pathetic. Imagine
that, at the end of the day, the
government's defence of its own
position boils down to "Zhivar-
go Laing has said we cannot opt
out."
While I am flattered by the
government's apparent needito
rely on what I say, even when I
did not say it, the country needs
a more sophisticated case for
signing something as far-reach-
ing as the CSME.
The fact is, the Bahamas can
opt out of the CSME.
We cannot opt out of global-
isation and the broader move-
ment of trade liberalisation but
we can opt out of the revised
Treaty of Chauguramas creating
the CSME because it gives us
the legal right and ability to do '
so.
In fact, if we opt out, as pointi-
ed out earlier, we will achieve?
what we have been saying we
want, which is to maintain oura
current status in Caricom.
THOUGHT FOR THE
WEEK


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The Government of the
A Commonwealth Of The Bahamas
Invites all interested parties to


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For The National Choir Of The Bahamas
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 at The College of The Bahamas


Music Block, Oakes Field at 7:00pm
* Sopranos, Tenors, Altos and Basses are needed.


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* Must be at least 25 years of age on the date of applying.
There is no upper age limit.
There is no limit on the number of successful applicants provided that you qualify
* Must come prepared to sing one (1) song only.
* Must be a Bahamian Citizen or Resident of The Bahamas


CHOIR DIRECTOjRS ARE:: i
Mrs Pauline Glasby & Mr Cleophas R. E. Adderley.
For further information call: 356-2691 or 2


A well-established merchandising company
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SALES REPRESENTATIVE
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An effective oral and written communicator
Committed to team work
Goal Oriented
Positive / Can-do attitude
Minimum requirements include:
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Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook
Valid Driver's License
Recent Police Record
Proven leadership and supervisory skills
The successful applicant should be able to act on his or her own with the minimum of
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successful candidate.
Interested persons should submit a current resume and cover letter to the address below no
later than June 17, 2005:
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P.O. Box CR-56766 Suite 1231
or
Fax (242) 328-2067
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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, PAGE 11


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Superbug scare


FROM page one
Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococ-
cus Aureus (MRSA) is so named
because of its resistance to methi-
cilliny the antibiotic commonly used
to tr;at staph infections.
The bug contributed to more
than 950 deaths in the UK in 2003
andTl'ed to hundreds of amputations.
MRSA has been the biggest
health concern in Britain over the
past'five years and continues to be
a serious problem throughout the
UK health system.
The bacteria lives on the skin,
around the nose, mouth, genitals
and rectum. It can also survive on
inanimate objects such as lab coats,
gloves and bedding.
Staph is a common bacteria
fou'f'd in hospitals and is fairly
harltfless in healthy people.
Ba it can cause a wide variety of
supp-arative diseases and other
conjplications when it gets into the
bloodstream.
It-can lead to cutaneous lesions,
infections of hair follicles and boils.
Some of the more serious
effdEts include wound infections,
deep abscesses, infections of var-
iou8l internal organs, inflamma-
tion'rof the bone and even pneu-
monia and blood stream infec-
tiOta;.-
Oe particular patient in the dial-


ysis unit at PMH is worried about
the implications staph carries.
Because this bacteria poses more
of a threat to the patients in the
dialysis unit, he is concerned for his
health and that of his friends.
"More needs to be done," he com-
plained.
Dr Perry domez, chief of inter-
nal medicine and infectious diseases
at PMH, assured The Tribune on
Tuesday that this form of bacteria is
common to dialysis units and that it
is not anything to be too alarmed
about. "It's a working process," he
said.
He reported that the nurses and
patients of the dialysis unit have
been tested and only one person
tested positive for staph. He said
that that .particular patient was
placed in isolation.
Ian Gardiner, dialysis patient,
says patients of the dialysis unit are
Concerned and want to be tested.
He says the necessary course of
action right now would be to test all
of the patients and separate those
who test positive from those who
don't and treat the problem accord-
ingly.
Cheryl Seymour, another dialysis
patient, agreed with Mr Gardiner.
She said she has not been tested.
"The nurses have been tested twice
since May, so obviously it's a prob-
lem," she claimed.


Registrar General fight


FROM page one
Judicial and Legal Service Com-
mission (JLSC) earlier this week,
Ms Thompson has not yet been
given back her office or received
the remuneration due to her.
If these matters are not
resolved by next week Tuesday,
Ms Thompson intends to renew
her legal action against govern-
ment, her counsel Milton Evans
said yesterday.
Ms Thompson told The Tri-
bune that she tried to go back to
work on Tuesday and again yes-
terday, but was told to return
home, as her office was still
being occupied by the acting
Registrar General Shane Miller,
who was appointed to replace
her when her services were ter-
minated in January.
At the moment, Ms Thomp-
son said, "I only want to work
again, be that as Registrar Gen-
eral or in the private field."
She explained that since the
court ruling on Monday, she is
once again an employee of the
overnment and therefore
)arred from working in the pri-
vate sector.
"Right now, I only want to
have the situation resolved, I


want to know if I can return to
my post or not. The government
by not resolving this matter
effectively stops me from work-
ing altogether," she said.
As is concerns her salary, Mr
Evans said that his client has
not yet received a salary or
retroactive pay for the time she
was absent from her office.
"She is sitting at home not
being paid, and like us all, has
bills to pay," he added.
Mr Evans said that govern-
ment has told him and his client
that "they need time to sort out
this situation."
"So her not being able to
return to work is not a discipli-
nary action. However, no spe-
cific time frame was given as to
when this will be resolved and
maybe they are even consider-
ing to take the case to the Court
of Appeal, we will see," he said.
The Free National Movement
yesterday also announced that it
is watching with concerned
interest to see how the govern-
ment responds to the Supreme
Court's ruling.
On Monday Supreme Court
Justice Hugh Small quashed the
decision by the JLSC to fire Ms
Thompson


Action group enters COB debate


FROM page one
Yesterday, a prominent busi-
nessman claimed Mr Wilson is
distancing himself from Dr Smith,
eves though he had been most
vocal:in bringing him to COB in
thefirstvplace,
'"When Dr Smith was brought
here,,,leading business people in
Na sau were,asked to contribute
mo)ey to boost his salary, pro-
vide a luxury home on the East-
ern goad and send his children to
St A~d' w's School."
"'his man was sold to us as a
world-class academic who was
going to take the college to new
heights."'
The businessman said private
money -as used to cover the
shortfall between the $60,000 a
year Dr Leon Higgs was getting
and the $120,000 a year now
being received by Dr Smith.
HM'said money was, canvassed
to Sover:,the rent of Mr Ian Fair's
house on Eastern Road, estimat-
ed ;at$8,0.Q-0 /month, and school


fees for Dr Smith's children.
"It is unbelievable that Mr Wil-
son now seems to be shrugging
his shoulders and saying 'it's noth-
ing to do with me' when he is
chairman of the council which
appointed him," said the busi-
nessman
The FNM action group chas-
tised the council of the college
for not carefully reviewing Dr
Smith's past record.
Mr Wilson reported at the time
that while Dr Smith was being
considered for the position, a
thorough investigation had been
carried out and his record was
found to be impressive.
Bonnie Franklin, Assistant vice
president for communications at
Ramapo College in New Jersey,
said that while Dr Smith served as
Ramapo College's president from
July 1, 2001 through June 30,
2004, "he was always cordial and
respectful."
"There were some issues with
the faculty, and I am not privy to
the evaluation done on him, but I


don't believe he was forced to
resign. I believe his reasons for
not seeking reappointment were
personal," Ms Franklin said.
Ms Franklin said Dr Smith was
always very professional.
The Record, a New Jersey
newspaper, covered Dr Smith's
resignation and reported that he
left the $195,000-a-year presi-
dent's position after pressure
from faculty, who questioned his
competence.
According to the report: "The
resignation, announced at a rou-
tine faculty meeting, came as a
surprise to many, even, the presi-
dent's critics."
Gail Brady, the college's board
of trustee's chairwoman told the
newspaper that faculty members
sent a resolution to the college's
board to declare "a crisis in pres-
idential leadership."
Ms Brady said a highly critical
evaluation of Dr Smith, showed
concerns about his competence,
and a lack of confidence in his
leadership style and decision-


making ability.
Dr Smith told The Record that
since becoming president of
Ramapo, he was nominated for
20 presidencies.
The article continued to report
that Dr Smith was well liked for
his personality, but not for his
leadership ability.
"When he arrived, Ramapo
was poised for a growth spurt
with construction of an athletic
facility and dormitories," the arti-
cle continued. "The college also
had become increasingly more
selective in the last decade.
Smith's tenure was marked by
state budget cuts, but he and oth-
ers said they did not feel'his res-
ignation would derail the college's
momentum."
Of the 189 faculty members at
Ramapo, 109 had completed eval-
uations of the president.
Robert Christopher, a 30-year
faculty member, told the news-
paper, "I liked the man a lot; this
was not a headhunt. I felt there
was a lack' of clear vision and


Jitney driver court case


FROM page one
to court to fight the charge,"
Rahming said.
According to President of the
PTA Rueben Rahming,
although the case may be a sim-
ple one, it represents one of the
many underlying issues affecting
the public transportation sys-
tem. Rahming said that the lack
of designated bus stops in New
Providence remains a problem
for jitney drivers and motorists.
"To date there are still but a
minuscule number of bus stops
in New Providence. Bus stops
and routes are law, it's been


almost five years since the
routes have been changed how-
ever nothing has been gazetted,"
Mr Rahming said.
Mr Rahming said that on
Magistrate Renee Mckay's
request, he had sought to. obtain
an official document from the
Department of Road Traffic to
confirm that there was in fact a
designated bus stop on Parlia-
ment Street north. Mr Rahming
said he had only received a
stamped plain piece of paper
listing lamp post numbers, but
with no official letterhead. Mr
Rahming said Road Traffic
needed to give an account.


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Bahamas need not worry



about single currency,



CARICOM chief says


DIVIDEND NOTICE





COMMONWEALTH BANK
TO ALL SHAREHOLDERS

The Board of Directors of Commonwealth Bank Limited
has declared a Quarterly Dividend for Ordinary, "A", "B",
"D", "E", "F', and "G" Preference Shares, to all shareholders
of record at June 15, 2005, as follows:-


Ordinary
"A" Preference (payable quarterly)
"B" Preference (payable quarterly)
"D" Preference (payable quarterly)
"E" Preference (payable quarterly)
"F" Preference (payable quarterly)
"G" Preference (payable quarterly)


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* By SIMON LEWIS
Bahamas Information
Services
FREEPORT The Bahamas
and the other Caribbean Com-
munity countries ought not to
be concerned about the creation
of a single currency under the
CSME, said CARICOM secre-
tary-general Edwin Carrington.
Mr Carrington was in
Freeport, Grand Bahama last
week for the eighth meeting of
the Council for Foreign and
Community Relations (COF-
COR), an umbrella organisa-
tion of CARICOM.
The COFCOR meeting
attracted foreign ministers and
leading diplomats from through-
out the Caribbean.
While in Grand Bahama, Mr
Carrington took time out to dis-
cuss the issue of CSME.
He made it clear that the
Bahamas has the right so decide
which areas of the agreement it
does not wish to join.
On the matter of a common
currency, Mr Carrington said:
"I don't see a common currency


in my lifetime and I am hoping
to live long.
"No, any question of a com-
mon currency is not on the
agenda right now. It is there in
the Treaty (revised Treaty of
Chaguaramas) and my own
feeling and my own analysis is
that with the Free Trade Area
of the Americas looming, I won-
der if we are ever going be to
able to develop a common cur-
rency in the Caribbean other
than the US dollar.
"I don't see any such
prospects so I really wouldn't
be worrying about a common
currency. But, you (Bahamas)
can put your reservations that
you wouldn't wish to be part of
a common currency.
"That will be a very easy
reservation to accept because
they will say what common cur-
rency you are talking about, it
doesn't exist. It is not even on
the horizon now. So let us not
look for problems that don't
exist," he said.
Focusing on another area of
concern for the Bahamas; the
proposed free movement of per-


* EDWIN Carrington
sons in the Caribbean, Mr Car-
rington told Bahamians that
under articles 45 and 46 of the
Treaty, there are provisions with
regards to the free movements
on nationals and free movement
of skill persons.
Mr Carrington said that his
reading of the situation would
be that "if the Bahamas were
to put on the table.a reserva-
tion against these two proposi-


tions, Articles 45 and 46, they'
will be accepted. }
"I am certain our heads of
government would accept.
And, the question of when you
can remove them would be i',,
the hands of the Bahamians, so'
that the arrangements wouldn ti
be such that the Bahamas woul4 .
sit there impotent and the,
Council moves them without
the Bahamas' agreement.
"I really honestly don't think
that you have a problem in that'
regard. I know, I have heard-
that these were two of your
reservations and we have talked'
enough around them to feel
confident that I can make those
propositions," he said.
Mr Carrington made it clear
however that whatever reset'
vations the Bahanmas may have
regarding the revised treaty
they will have to put themi:
before the Heads of Govern-I
ment, but he did not foresee
any problems with regards to
them agreeing on the matter,'
against the free movement of..
nationals and a common cur-,
rency.


Festival urges buying Bahamian


* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
In an effort to encourage the local public
to "buy Bahamian", bahamasbiz.com will
be hosting the first annual authentic trade
and industry showcase.
The show is scheduled to take place on
Saturday July 30 at the Western Esplanade,
from 10am until midnight.
Products manufactured and produced
locally by Bahamian companies and indi-
viduals will be displayed.
The Bahamas imports hundreds of mil-
lions of dollars in food, beverages and man-
ufactured goods and articles including auto-
mobiles and medical supplies from the Unit-


ed States every year. Products from the US
have become popular in the Bahamas
through long-term exposure to American
advertising and culture.
"In 2002 over $829 million in food, bev-
erages, manufactured goods and articles
was imported into the Bahamas and over
$828 million in 2004. Many of the products
purchased abroad are manufactured local-
ly and are of excellent quality," said Dr
Daisy Johnson, CEO of bahamasbiz.com, in
a release.
"This showcase seeks to raise the gener-
al public's awareness of the type and qual-
ity of goods and services available in the
Bahamas with an aim to encouraging resi-


dents to buy Bahamian and to inform work'
distributors and wholesalers of the type of
products manufactured and produced in'-
the Bahamas," the release said.
The organisers of the show said that only
authentic Bahamian products will be exhib-,
ited.
Fifty-five categories will be showcasedd'
including, Bahamian arts, beverages
cakes, fisheries/seafood, home builders,
junkanoo crafts, wood carvings and many'
more.
Buyers, distributors and wholesalers from
around the world are expected to be iii
attendance, along with representatives froin
the Bahamian government.


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Industry devises some



standards for service


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* RECENT SMART graduates participated in a one-day workshop at Sandal Royal Bahamian Resort last month to devise a list of
standards for their individual areas of operation


VISITORS to the islands of
the Bahamas expect a certain
lqvel of service and profession-
alism during every encounter.
And according to Gloria
Brown, general manager of cus-
tomer service in the Ministry of
Tourism, the standards
demanded by these visitors are
n either complicated nor unat-
tainable as they are the same
thiat would be expected of any
visitor to any destination.
1,,Using this basic premise, the
SMART Training Programme
of The Ministry of Tourism
hosted a one day training work-_


shop on May 26 where hair
braiders, straw vendors, beach
vendors, surrey drivers, public
service drivers, airport security
guards and ferry boat operators
were invited to compile their
own list of standards based on
how they themselves would
expect to be treated if they were
visiting the Bahamas.
At the end of the workshop,
the 160 recent SMART gradu-
ates, along with facilitators,
came up with a list of standards
and expectations that were
agreed upon by all. The list
included standards for every


type of service personnel
attending the session.
During the workshop, the
SMART graduates also
received encouragement from
Trade and Industry Minister
Leslie Miller.
Opening up the event, which
was held at the Sandals Royal
Bahamian Resort, Mr Miller
told the group that further assis-
tance for some of them would
be coming in the form of a grant
by the Chinese government for
handicraft manufacturing.
The endeavour will be a joint
effort between the Ministries of


(Photo: Derek Smith, BMOT)

Tourism, Trade and Industry
and Education.
The formal list of standards
compiled during the workshop
will be distributed to regulatory
agencies, like the Port Author-
ity, Road Traffic, the Airport
Authority and other agencies
responsible for various aspects
of visitor related services.
According to Ms Brown, each
of these agencies are very much
involved in the process and will
be responsible for ensuring that
their 'respective service
provid6ers'adhere to the stan-
dards agreed to in the session.


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To the Board of Directors


The successful candidate must have a
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Each application shall be treated in the
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PAGE 1, THUSDAYJUNE 200CTHE RIBUN


A little seaside charity music


CANADIAN musician Don Bouchat and charge, a total of $3,009.00 was raised.
Austrian concert pianist Johnny Schetten CEFVS is a non-profit association dedi-
recently played at Tippy's beachfront restau- cated to raising funds for the purchase and
rant at Pineapple Fields in Eleuthera, at a maintenance of a fire vehicle to service Cen-
fundraising event for Central Eleuthera Fire tral Eleuthera from Windermere to the
Vehicle Services (CEFVS). Glass Window Bridge. Additionally, it liais-
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Consumer and investment


confidence fuels economy


* By LINDSAY THOMPSON
Bahamas Information
Services
CONSUMER and invest-
ment confidence has been the
driving force behind the growth
in the Bahamian economy the
Department of Statistics has
announced.
In its National Accounts
Report released on June 1, the
department also revealed the
Bahamian economy, as mea-
sured by its Gross Domestic
Product (GDP), grew 4.2 per
cent from $5.4 billion to $5.7
billion.
This followed a modest
increase of 1.9 per cent over the
2003 estimate and put the
growth figure closer to 5.3 per
cent increase seen in 2002.
After adjusting for inflation,
the economic growth in teal
GDP between 2002 and 2004
was 4.8 per cent. si ,
"This means that the expan-
sion of the Bahamian economy
started in the early 1990s is back


on track after a slight cooling
off period in 2000 and 2001,"
said director of statistics Charles
Stuart in an overview of the
national accounts estimates at
a press conference.
Mr Stuart recognised the
important contributions and
support the department
received from the International
Monetary Fund (IMF), the
Caribbean Regional Technical
Assistance Centre (CRTAC),
the Ministry of Finance, the
Central Bank of the Bahamas, a
technical consultant from Sta-
tistics Canada, and the Ministry
of Tourism, which collected
data from hotels.
"Particularly, the IMF and
CRTAC contributed an expert


review of the guidelines,
concepts and definitions
that underpin the GDP esti-
mates and worked very closely
with our staff in ensuringthe
results reflect the concepts and
definitions as outlined by the
United Nations," Mr Stuart
said.
"The Ministry of Finance
provided essential resources to
allow the department to
upgrade its systems and pro-
grammes and ensure the regular
production of GDP measures
for the future.
"The technical consultant
provided critical support in. the
improvement of major data
sources and data analysis," he
added.


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NEMA chief


NATIONAL Emergency
Management Agency (NEMA)
co-ordinator Carl Smith has
called on Bahamians to respond
quickly to evacuation calls dur-
ing the 2005 hurricane season.
Mr Smith advised against
waiting until "the last minute"
to do so.
He said persons most likely
to be asked to evacuate in the
event of a hurricane are those
who live in coastal or low-lying
areas that are prone to flood-
ing.
"This habit of waiting until
the last minute to follow the
evacuation orders has to stop,"
said Mr Smith. "It has to be
recognised that we cannot place
our first responders be they
Defence Force officers, police
officers and/or medical teams -
in harm's way by asking them to
go out into dangerous situations
to try and rescue individuals."
Mr Smith explained that
there were "a couple of situa-
tions last year that placed the
lives of some of our responders
in jeopardy and that's just not
fair as many of these persons
are parents, brothers, sisters,
aunts and uncles and have fam-
ilies whom they are responsible
for".
"It is an unreasonable thing
to ask of them," Mr Smith said
Mr Smith said emergency
management officials expect
persons to respond to evacua-*
tion notices "immediately" once
they have been advised to evac-
uate their areas and notified
about the shelters available to
them.
Family members and neigh-
bours of the elderly and per-
sons who are bedridden or are
living with disabilities, can play
critical roles in ensuring that
these individuals are evacuated
in time.
"They can do this by either


moving those persons to shel-
ters themselves or by alerting
authorities ahead of time," said
Mr Smith.
"Communities can come
together and determine which
individuals need assistance in
getting to hurricane shelters
ahead of time and let the prop-
er authorities know ahead of
time so that no one has to go
out in adverse conditions."
Prediction
Meteorologists and climatol-
ogists are predicting another
above-normal hurricane season
on the heel of last year's
destructive and season.
Local meteorological officials
predict 12 to15 storms during,
with seven to nine becoming
hurricanes.
They say three to five of the
storms might become major
hurricanes.
Mr Smith said the 2004 hur-
ricane season should be a
reminder for Bahamians of the
need to have a plan and to take
individual responsibility for act-
ing on it.
He said every household in
the Bahamas should develop a
written family plan based on
that family's vulnerability to
hurricane hazards such as storm
surges, flooding and wind, and
which should also include
escape routes from the house.
Families should also choose a
safe room or area in their
homes for each hurricane haz-
ard, with the understanding that
in certain instances, the safest
thing might be to move to a
shelter.
"Additionally, they can post
emergency telephone numbers
by their phones and teach their
children when and how to dial
emergency services. "


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COMMONWEALTH BANK

Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of class "E" Preference Shares

TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 99,988 Preference Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary






CUB
COMMONWEALTH BANK

Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of class "B" Preference Shares

TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 9,970 Preference Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary


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conference on preparations for the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season


CUB

COMMONWEALTH BANK

Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of class "F" Preference Shares

TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 99,993 Preference Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary







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Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of class "D" Preference Shares

TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 100,000 Preference Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary






CU'
COMMONWEALTH BANK

Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of class "A" Preference Shares

TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 30,000 Preference Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary


CUB
COMMONWEALTH BANK

Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of class "G" Preference Shares
TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 100,000 Preference Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary







COMMONWEALTH BANK

Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of class "C" Preference Shares

TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 10,076 Preference Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary


COK1
COMMONWEALTH BANK


Notice of Extraordinary
General Meeting
For shareholders of Ordinary Class of Shares
TIME & DATE
5:00p.m. on Tuesday the 12th day of
July, A.D. 2005
PLACE
SuperClubs Breezes, West Bay Street, Cable Beach,
New Providence, The Bahamas
RECORD DATE
Holders of 31,360,577 Common Shares at the close
of business on June 13, A.D. 2005 are entitled to
vote at the meeting.
Charlene A. Pinder-Higgs
Corporate Secretary


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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, PAGE 15












Young people give



the 'yes' vote on



babies' citizenship


* MACHALE Taylor, Speaker of the National Youth Parliament, presides over the debate on
Bahamian citizenship at the House of Assembly


*By KRYSTAL KNOWLES
Bahamas Information
Services
MEMBERS of the National
Youth Parliament have unani-
mously voted that the Consti-
tution should be amended to
afford children of Bahamian
parents automatic citizenship
whether born in or out of the
country.
The youth parliamentarians,
however, were split on the ques-


tion of providing citizenship to
children of illegal immigrants
born in the Bahamas.
The National Youth Parlia-
ment was held May 13 at the
House of Assembly as part of
activities celebrating National
Youth Month.
It was attended by Oswald
Ingraham, Speaker of the
House of Assembly; Neville
Wisdom, Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture; Education
Parliamentary Secretary Veron-


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Islands Brian Williams said that
Bahamians live in a free and
democratic society, which prac-
tices justice and equality.
"There should be no distinc-
tion between lawful and unlaw-
ful children when the issue of
equal rights is being addressed"
he said.
Member for Adelaide Shan-
tarra Davis said many illegal
immigrants live in the Bahamas
and hundreds and thousands of
tax payer dollars is spent annu-
ally to deport them, only to
have them return even in larger
numbers.
Ms Davis warned: "We
should not allow the Bahamas
to be overtaken by illegal immi-
grants. Yes, every individual
should have an opportunity to
education and health care, but
when illegal immigrants seem
to have more access to these
services than Bahamians them-
selves, then this issue must be
addressed."
She said with the fast
approach of FTAA and WTO,
the Bahamas should not remain
like an ostrich with its head.
buried in the sand, but rather
face the issue of immigration.
Carmichael member Carl
Culmer said even though slav-
ery had been abolished over
one hundred years ago, preju-
dice still haunts the Bahamian
people.
"Patriotism, to many Bahami-
ans, means denying individuals
born in the Bahamas to immi-.
grant parents citizenship, but
this is just plain prejudice," he
said.
Mr Culmer said there could
be great advantages for the
Bahamas if it allows citizenship -
to children born to illegal immi-
grants.
"Look at the united States,
one of the greatest immigrant
inflow countries and thief of
global talents," Mr Culmer said.
He warned that if the.
Bahamas is going to prepare for
globalisation it must stop its
"anti-immigrant perspective".
Machale Taylor, Speaker of
the Youth Parliament, said the
Bahamian population needs to
be quarantined.
He claimed that between
1998 and 2003, some 2,730 chil-
dren were born to immigrant
women in the Bahamas.
"Bahamian parents are being
forced to place their children in
private schools and use private
healthcare systems because
immigrants have dominated
these services," Mr Taylor said.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, PAGE 17













The Bahamas' national HIV/AIDS



programme lauded by UN chief


* By Krystal Knowles
Bahamas Information Services
UNITED Nations secretary-general
Kofi Annan has commended the
Bahamas for its National AIDS Pro-
gramme.
Mr Annan said the Bahamas exhibited
a successful response to the epidemic,
according to Minister of Health Marcus
Bethel.
The secretary-general recognised the
Bahamas' effort during an address to the
special General Assembly high-level
meeting on HIV/AIDS in New York last
week.
Mr Bethel told a press conference at
the Ministry of Health on Meeting Street
that in addition to the Bahamas, the
efforts of Brazil, Cameroon, Kenya,
Zambia, Cambodia and Thailand were
recognised.
"This recognition in the General
Assembly at the United Nations by Mr
Annan is a great accomplishment and is
evidence of the quality of the 20 years of
work by all involved in the fight against
HIV/AIDS in the Bahamas," Minister
Bethel said.
He said that in 2004, more persons
became infected with HIV and more per-
sons died from AIDS worldwide than
ever before.
"The epidemic continues to expand
and outpace countries' responses," Min-
ister Bethel said.
Dr Perry Gomez, director of National
HIV/AIDS programme, said the pro-


gramme's success has been previously
recognised and documented by the
Caribbean Epidemiological Centre
(CAREC) and the World Health Organ-
isation in its Annual Report 2004, enti-
tled "Changing history and the Clinton
Foundation".
Dr Gomez also refuted media reports
that the Bahamas stands first in the
region in the number of HIV/AIDS cas-
es. He said the Bahamas ranks fourth.
He warned that the Bahamas still has a
lot more work to do in terms of reducing
its ranking in the region as it relates to
HIV and AIDS.
"The programme made outstanding
achievements, which includes widespread
community awareness and knowledge of
HIV/AIDS, decrease in prevalence of
HIV from six per cent to three percent,
success in scaling up treatment and care
(over 1,700 persons in full therapy up to
March, 2005), prevention of mother to
child transmission (from 30 per cent to
less than two per cent in 2004) and
decrease in the number of AIDS deaths
from 309 in 1997 to 113 in 2004," said
Dr Gomez.
Mr Bethel also saluted the National
AIDS Programme, especially its Public
Health nurses, physicians, volunteers,
Samaritans, the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO), the AIDS Foun-
dation, the All Saints Camp, and private
sector partners, including Imperial Life,
Kerzner International and the Clinton
Foundation for their significant contri-
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more illegal immigrants


THE Royal Bahamas Defence Force appre-
hended 35 undocumented Haitian nationals
attempting to make landfall in the country on
Monday evening.
Whilst on routine patrol at 5pm in the Exuma
chains, HMBS P-43 intercepted a 35-foot Haitian
H sloop three miles west of Pipe Cay, and uncovered
the illegal immigrants during a search of the ves-
sel.


The 33 men and two women were brought to
the Defence Force Coral Harbour base at 9pm
and turned over to Immigration authorities for
processing.
All of the immigrants appeared to be in good
physical condition.
This brings the total of suspected illegal Haitian
immigrants apprehended in Bahamnian Waters to
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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

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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The furious battle
between RND
Holdings' two
founding share-
holders has inten-
sified, with Jerome Fitzgerald
claiming in an open letter to
other investors that Brent
Dean was removed from his
post as president because he
"was more of a detriment than
asset".
In an astonishing attack on


his former business partner Mr
Fitzgerald, who is RND's chair-
man, described as "reprehensi-
ble" Mr Dean's decision to ini-
tiate legal action against the
company claiming two years'
salary in lieu of notice.
Adding that the company
would defend the action "vig-
orously", Mr Fitzgerald said
Mr Dean was costing the trou-
bled company and its share-
holders further money in legal
fees.
Although it did not specifi-
cally mention Mr Dean, the


company's annual report for
fiscal 2005 mentioned that a
former employee had initiated
an action claiming $157,000 in
damages for wrongful dis-
missal, plus $12,000 in "unau-
thorised deductions".
Concluding his attack on Mr
Dean, Mr Fitzgerald wrote: "In
the Board's view, Mr Dean's
actions before and after his ter-
mination show total disregard
for the best interests of the

See RND, Page 9B


Ginn to donate $2k



from each lot sale



to $10m foundation


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
THE Orlando-based Ginn
Corporation has proposed the
creation of a $10 million foun-
dation for the redevelopment
of the West End settlement
in Grand Bahama as part of
its Heads of Agreement with
the Government for a $2.5
billion investment.
Speaking on condition of
anonymity, a source close to
the project told The Tribune


that the Ginn Corporation
had included a provision in
its Heads of Agreement for
the revitalisation of West
End, that will begin with a $3
million contribution to the
foundation.
Proposal
The proposal further stipu-
lates that the foundation will
continue to be funded by part
of the proceeds from the sale
of each residential lot, with
Ginn earmarking $2,000 on
the occasion of each sale. The


foundation is expected to
total some $10 million within
its first five years.
Along with establishing a
foundation for the redevel-
opment of a community dev-
astated by two hurricanes in
2004, Frances and Jeanne, the
Ginn Corporation has also
proposed to install sewerage
and water lines'to points at'
its property line, allowing
connections to the West End
settlement.

See GINN, Page 6B


Regulator still some.


weeks away from


approving Caribbean


Crossings application
By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
THE Public Utilities Commission's (PUC) executive direc-
tor yesterday said it had not reached a decision on approving
Caribbean Crossings' application to construct a $45-million.
fibre optic telecommunications system linking the Bahamas
with Jamaica, because the proposed licence change was still
being analysed.
In an interview with The Tribune, E. George Moss said it
would likely be a number of weeks before a decision was

See UTILITIES, Page 3B



AES still 'moving


forward' on LNG


Trade Commission's



budget is up by 62.5%


* FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER FRED MITCHELL


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
DESPITE being asked by
foreign affairs minister Fred
Mitchell to assess whether the
language of the Bahamas' four
reservations on the Caribbean
Single Market & Economy
(CSME) meets this nation's
requirements; the Trade Com-
mission has seen its grant from
the Government for fiscal 2005-
2006 slashed by 62.5 per cent.
The Trade Commission and
its representatives have been
pleading for more government
funding and resources to effec-
tively perform the tasks they
have been asked to do, the
Government has cut its grant
by some $25,000 going from
$40,000 in fiscal 2004-2005 to
just $15,000 in the forthcom-
ing fiscal year.
The grant the Trade Com-
mission received was also


reduced in the current fiscal
year, having stood at just under
$50,000 in 2003-2004.
One business community
source, who requested
anonymity, said the Bahamas
needed a full-time secretariat
to deal with all its trade issues,
not just the CSME but the Free
Trade Area of the Americas
(FTAA), World Trade Organ-
isation (WTO) and the Euro-
pean Union's African-
Caribbean Partnership and the
Contonou Agreement.
The source said: "As it
relates to trade-related mat-
ters, we are severely lacking in
many areas. There must be a
dedicated unit or secretariat,
whether in the Ministry of
Trade and Industry or in the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
that deals exclusively in and

See TRADE, Page 8B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
AES Corporation yesterday
told The Tribune it was still
pressing ahead with its pro-
posed $750 million liquefied
natural gas (LN"G) terminal
and pipeline for Ocean Cay,
adding that Florida Power &
Light (FPL) had "never been
key for us to move forward".
Robin Pence, an AES
spokeswoman, said the com-


pany had been talking to
"many other" Florida-based
electricity distributors apart
from FPL, which last week
announced that it was discon-
tinuing its search for an LNG
supplier because none of the
offers it had received matched
its requirements.
This had led many to believe

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secondary. It is these sec-
ondary activities that are being


outsourced.
Understanding when, where
and how to outsource is prov-
ing to be the most difficult yet
valuable business skill. You
may be constantly asking
yourself: Are my resources-
being fully utilised? Can IT
enhance our corporate goals?
Can the resources in-house
support new technology? If
you are faced with these busi-
ness decisions, analysing the
benefits of IT outsourcing may
be an excellent starting point
in formulating a strategy for
the future.
Increased Efficiency
Companies that attempt to
do everything themselves tend
not to excel at anything. Time
is often wasted on non-core
activities that can lead to
greater expense. IT outsourc-
ing, when done properly, can
provide manageable cost
structures and economies of
scale that can give your firm a
competitive advantage and
allow for greater efficiencies.
Reduced Labour Costs
It takes a lot more time and
money to maintain a perma-
nent employee's technical
competence in the ever-chang-
ing IT age than most compa-


Making IT Work


by

Georgette

Robinson


nies appreciate. To make mat-
ters worse; these expensively-
trained individuals often leave
a company's employment to
seek the next technology chal-
lenge. Hiring and training staff
for short-term projects can
also be very costly and con-
tract employees do not always
live up to your expectations.
IT outsourcing can save
your company money by
allowing you to focus your
full-time resources on what
you are, in business to do and


INSIGHT

For the stories behind
the news, read Insight


o on Mondays


"buying" the right IT skills
only when you need them.
More than a Cost Savings
The drive for lower costs
has been the basis of many IT
outsourcing decisions. How-
ever, research shows that cost
should not be at the top of the
list when deciding whether or
not to outsource. Cost-driven
outsourcing partnerships tend
not to be as successful as ones
where the company seeks to
derive a wider range of bene-
fits from the outsourcing part-
nership.
Case Study
Barclays, one of the world's
largest banks, made the strate-
gic decision to outsource the
development and manage-
ment of its non-strategic appli-
cations,-. CRM and office
.tools, as well as currency


accounting and other account-
ing functions. The outsourc-
ing was recently completed
after a two-year process of
selection, negotiation and
transition of applications.
Barclays' decision to out-
source was based on its desire
to concentrate its internal
resources on the business ini-
tiatives that can contribute
most directly to its commer-
cial success core business
processes, such as cost analy-
sis, tax planning and capital
management.
To compete effectively, it is
essential for companies to
concentrate on what they do
best and where they can add
value. Outsourcing has thus
evolved to be a preferred
method of the way the world
does business. It has become a
natural fit for companies who
have chosen to focus on their
core competencies. By out-
sourcing these secondary
activities, it has enabled com-
panies to deliver greater effi-
ciencies and greater value to
its customers.
To provide feedback on this
column, please e-mail Makin-
gITwork@providencetg.com

About the Author:
Georgette Robinson is man-
ager, networking solutions, at
Providence Technology
Group. Ms Robinson has 10
years' experience working in
IT across networking, project
management, business analy-
sis, service delivery and imple-
mentation. Providence Tech-
nology Group is one of the
Bahamas' leading IT firms
specialising in networking
solutions, consulting and advi-
sory services, and software --
solutions.


This move is part of the ongoing strategic plan of the Bank to improve its performance.


It marks the culmination of a joint Memorandum of Understanding Summit Meeting held in April between the two entities which sought to identify ways and means of
cooperation to better fulfill BDB's mandate to Bahamians of promoting and enhancing the greater participation by Bahamians in agricutural, industrial and commercial
development of The Bahamas through their ownership and participation in sustainable SMEs which provide linkages into other economic sectors of The Bahamas.

It also comes at a time when the government who is the sole shareholder of the Bank is providing other avenues for small businesses which are not
permitted to be funded under the BDB Act by providing a separate Venture Capital Fund and by other programs.



Bahamas Development Bank
Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation
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THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 2B, THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005







THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, Pt


THE TRIBUNE


U'


Questions over Fidelity's






$350k Love Estates deal


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter

S ome shareholders
have expressed
concerns to The
Tribune that Fideli-
ty Bank Bahamas,
formerly British American
Bank, paid a $350,000 one-
time settlement to the Rolling
Hills Development Corpora-
tion in April 2005 to settle the
Love Estates issue, that has
dragged on since the early
1990s.
According to its 2004 annu-
al report, British American


Bank agreed to pay a one-time
settlement totalling $350,000
to Rolling Hills Development
Corporation, in exchange for
the developer taking on the
performance bond and agree-
ing to assume liability for the
installation of the infrastruc-
ture in phase I and phase II of
Love Estates.

Investor

Speaking with The Tribune
on condition of anonymity,
one investor questioned why
the payment was made to
Rolling Hills, when previous
financial statements over the
last few years had said no loss-


es were anticipated as a result
of the legal proceedings.
Shareholders were also said
,to have expressed disappoint-
ment over the bank's BISX
share price during a share-
holder meeting.
In Fielity Bank (Bahamas)
2004 financial statements, net
income for the year ended
December 31, 2004, was
$1.0972 million or an 11 per
cent decrease when compared
to $1.223 million in 2003.
Adjusted net income, prior
to the .one-time charge of
$350,000 with respect to the
settlement with Rolling Hills
Development Corporation on
the Love Estates matter, was


$1.442 million, an increase of
18 per cent over 2003.

Analysis

Meanwhile, in a self analysis
of the company's position,
bank officials said it was par-
ticularly pleasing to note the
continued reduction in non-
performing loans, which rep-
resented about 4.6 per cent of
the total loan portfolio, as
compared to 5.6 per cent at
the end of 2003.
Officials said that due to
intense competition for loans
and a continued decline in its
loan book, Fidelity sought to
limit its cost of holding excess


funds by reducing interest
rates on deposits and allowing
certain high cost deposits to
be placed with other banks.
Loan demand was said to
have started to increase
towards the end of the year,
with an increase in loan com-
mitments from $2.8 million at
the end of 2003 to $4.5 mil-
lion at the end of 2004. With
the current levels of liquidity in
the Bahamian banking system,
Fidelity Bank expects to see a
significant increase in deposits
during 2005.
It was also noted that Fideli-
ty redeemed $7 million in pref-
erence shares issued to British
American Insurance in Octo-


ber 2004, and replaced them
with a new $10 million issue
of perpetual preference shares
redeemable only at the Bank's
option. The new issue was
place with two institutional
investors at a dividend rate
increased from 7.25 per cent
to 7.5 per cent.

Shares

The more permanent nature
of the new preference shares
was said to have significantly
strengthened the bank's capital
base and is expected to pro-
vide the necessary support for
the projected growth in the
Bank's asset base.


Utilities (From page 1B)


made because various persons
within the PUC were out of
office.
"We are very transparent.
We're still working on conclu-
sions associated with our public
consultation, we're still
analysing the work we must do
as a result of that," he said.
The continued delay'is likely
to further frustrate Caribbean
Crossings and its parent, Cable
Bahamas, especially given that
the Jamaican regulator
approved the $45 million pro-
posal in early January.
The companies had hoped to
begin work on the project this
year, and the PUC's failure to
deliver its verdict is likely to
have already forced them to
alter their financing and con-
struction plans. Cable Bahamas
had planned to part-finance the
project with a $25 million pref-
erence share issue, but it might
have to raise funds through a
bridging loan instead.
Earlier this year, there were
clear indicators that the PUC
was "minded to approve" the
project. In the public consulta-
i tion document on the proposed
Modification to Caribbean
Crossings' licence for the cable
System, the PUC said the 3,608
i kilometre project would be in
the Bahamian public's interest
,'and met the Government's
,Telecommunications Sector
'i Policy (TSP) criteria.
The PUC said the cable sys-
tem would help bring world-
class telecommunications ser-
, vices to the Family Islands and
make this nation "a hub for
international communications
to Jamaica and perhaps
beyond".
But the Bahamas Telecom-

---


munications Company (BTC)
has been steadfastly opposed
to the proposed project, claim-
ing that permitting the devel-
opment "would have an
extremely adverse effect on
.BTC's economic sustainabili-
ty".
In a letter to the PUC for the
public consultation on proposed
modifications to Caribbean
Crossings' licence that would
allow it to implement the
Jamaica-Bahamas Cable Sys-
tem (JBCS), BTC alleged that
the proposal would further
undermine its value in any
potential privatisation exercise.
BTC also objected when
Caribbean Crossinsg requested
a further modification to its
licence to permit the construc-
tion of the cable. Officials for
Caribbean Crossings said the
new language would boost its
"commercial creativeness and
entrepreneurial efforts" and
enable it to take advantage of
the deal that would see its
largest shareholder acquire
New World Networks.
In a letter to the PUC on
April 4, Caribbean Crossings
asked the regulator to alter the
wording of its proposed licence
modification to allow the cable
system to offer transmission
capacity to any operator for the
carrying of voice and data traf-
fic "between Jamaica and/or
any other foreign country"
through the Bahamas.
Caribbean Crossings is a
wholly-owned subsidiary of
Cable Bahamas. The company
forecasted that the Jamaica-
Bahamas fibre optic link would
generate $14.385 million in rev-
enues and $7,226 million in net
income by 2010.


IBS (Bahamas) develops



Montaque Group's website


Integrated Business Solution
(Bahamas), a provider of cus-
tom software and web devel-
opment solutions, announced
yesterday that Montaque Secu-
rities International had selected
it to develop a new web site
and corporate image for the
recently-launched Montaque
Group of Companies.
"Establishing a relationship
with the Montaque Group is
very important for us given that
we have just recently started
offering our professional soft-
ware development services in
the Bahamas," said Donovan
Moxey, partner and managing
director for IBS.
"Knowing that Montaque
Securities International select-
ed us to create their new web
site and corporate image for
the Montaque Group of Com-

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panies is a significant endorse-
ment of the quality of our
work."
The new Montaque Group
website allows employees and
clients to interactively access
and exchange data in a secure
environment. The new web site-
provides functionality similar
to eTrade, where clients can
monitor their accounts from
anywhere in the world, and
direct account activity in a
secure, encrypted online envi-
ronment.
The Montaque Group site
allows the company to update
all web page content at any


time using a proprietary web
based text editor.
The new web site also pro-
vides a Web Services based
stock quote ticker, integrated
newsletter and message boards
for clients and members of the
financial services community
to openly exchange ideas. The
entire Montaque Group web-
site, including employee e-mail
services and confidential client
information, is hosted in the
Bahamas in a secure facility.
"We are very pleased with
the services and professional-
ism of IBS," said Owen Bethel,
president and managing direc-


tor of the Montaque Group of
Companies. "They have done
an excellent job in redesigning
our corporate image, and the
new web site provides us with
the opportunity to more effec-
tively and efficiently interface
and communicate with our
clients. The IBS team has been
very responsive to our needs
during the entire process."
IBS is a partner of IBM
(Bahamas), and is currently
developing a number of soft-
ware products specific to the
needs of the Bahamian and
international business commu-
nities.


Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
8 June 2005

52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.95 Abaco Markets 0.95 0.95 0.00 -0.208 0.000 N/M 0.00%
8.50 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 8.50 8.50 0.00 1.445 0.320 5.9 3.76%
6.35 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.35 6.35 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.3 5.20%
0.85 0.77 Benchmark 0.77 0.77 0.00 0.187 0.000 4.1 0.00%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.122 0.000 12.3 0.00%
1.06 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.06 1.06 0.00 0.007 0.040 14.3 3.77%
8.65 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.55 8.55 0.00 0.589 0.240 14.5 2.81%
2.20 1.54 Collna Holdings 2.20 2.20 0.00 0.259 0.060 8.5 2.73%
9.00 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.00 9.00 0.00 640 0.673 0.410 13.4 4.56%
2.30 0.46 Doctors Hospital 2.30 2.30 0.00 0.452 0.000 5.1 0.00%
4.02 3.40 Famguard 4.02 4.02 0.00 0.406 0.240 9.9 5.97%
10.46 8.55 Finco 10.46 10.46 0.00 0.662 0.500 15.8 4.78%
8.51 6.69 FirstCaribbean 8.51 8.51 0.00 0.591 0.330 14.4 3.88%
8.60 8.31 Focol 8.41 8.41 0.00 0.708 0.500 11.9 5.95%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.27 1.27 0.00 0.082 0.000 15.5 0.00%
10.16 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.60 I 9.60 0.00 0.818 0.405 11.7 4.20%
8.25 8.10 J. S. Johnson 8.30 8.30 0.00 0.561 0.550 14.8 6.75%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.92 5.79 -0.13 3,124 0.184 0.000 32.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.565 5.0 5.65%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ DIv $ PIE YIeld
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdin 0.29 0.00 -0.103 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2323 1.1703 Colina Money Market Fund 1.232656*
2.2420 1.9423 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.2420 ***
10.3539 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.3539"****
2.2072 2.0985 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.207174"*
1.1080 1.0435 Colina Bond Fund 1.107989****

BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellt
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month iamlngI NDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100
S- AS AT MAR. 31, 20051 **- AS AT APR. 29, 2005 .
S- AS AT MAY 20, 2005/ AS AT APR. 30, 20051/ A8AT APR. 30, 2005
............ ...muna mma


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Chairman of PUC sets out




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Road Traffic Department

Public Announcement

The Chairman of the Road Traffic Authority
wishes to advise that the quarterly Sitting
of the Authority will be held on Wednesday,
20th July, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Worker's
House, Harold Road.

The purpose of the Sitting is to deal with
all applications for Self Drive Cars/Scooters
and School Bus (franchises).

Interested applicants are invited to submit
their completed application forms to the
Franchise Unit of the Road Traffic
Department, Clarence A. Bain Building,
Thompson Boulevard by Friday, 10th June,
2005.

The public is hereby advised that only items
on the Agenda will be addressed by the
Board.

CONTROLLER
ROAD TRAFFIC DEPARTMENT
1st JUNE, 2005


The Public Utilities
Commission
(PUC) chairman
has questioned
whet her
Caribbean nations can afford
the level of reliability they
desire on electricity supply, as
their island nature forces utili-
ties to maintain a "high
requirement for reserve capac-
ity".
In an address to the CAR-
ILEC chief executive sympo-
sium, Peter Bethel said
Caribbean consumers wanted
first world services at first
world prices, but questioned
whether society could afford
this. He said: "As we are island
states, all systems already carry
a high requirement for reserve
capacity as there are no adjoin-
ing jurisdictions from which to
purchase power in the event of
a shortfall in capacity. So over-
head is already frontloaded."
Mr Bethel said the task of
electricity regulators is to allow
utility companies to sustain
their businesses through rea-
sonable tariffs.
Among the questions they
needed to answer were deal-
ing with tariffs in an inflation-
ary environment, determine
what was reasonable in terms --
of meeting service level expec-
tations, determine whether a
company was efficient and how
to treat catastrophic events
such as hurricanes.
He suggested that regulators
could set standards of perfor-
mance and guaranteed service
to protect consumers and
enhance service delivery.
Mr Bethel added that regu-
lators must set tariffs that are
inflation-linked but with an
incentive for efficiency
improvements.
The regulator might also
allow for pass through of fuel
price increases with an adjust-
ment to provide an incentive


required to maintain continuity
of the business, while at the
same time safeguarding the
interests of consumers in sat-
isfactory service and reason-
able prices," Mr Bethel said.
Mr Bethel said the
Caribbean has a mixed bag of
electricity sector models, rang-
ing from Barbados with a his-
tory of private power and an
independent regulator, to the
Bahamas with a state-owned
electricity corporation, still reg-
ulated by the minister, as well
as other models between the.
two extremes.
"An important characteris-


tic of all the countries is that
the power company is a
monopoly. The small size of
the countries militates against a
competitive market. The only
competition I am aware of is
competition for new genera-
tion, which has taken place in
Jamaica, which I believe now
has three generation providers,
two purely generating compa-
nies and the vertically inte-
grated company. As a consqi-
quence of this lack of competif
tion, the sector is heavily regau-
lated whether by the Ministey
or by an independent regula-
tor," he added.


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for improvement of heat rate
efficiency. Mr Bethel also
urged regulators to make some
provision for catastrophic
events, such as hurricanes,
beyond the reasonable control
or mitigation efforts of the
company.
Regulator
The PUC chairman said the
regulator must approve the utili-
ty's investment plans to ensure
that least cost options are adopted.
"Such an approach should
provide the operator with the
financial returns that are


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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS


5p ~MILLARS HEIGHTS
SUBDIVISION
Lot #12 Block #3, a sixteen year old, single
story triplex with floor area of 2,378 sq.
ft., each apartment consist of 2 bed, 1
bath, living, dining area and kitchen. Lot
size is 7,500 sq. ft. 75 x 100.



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

No. 8 BELL SNOW CLOSE
BEL-AIR ESTATES SUB.
(Nassau)
All that piece parcel or lot of land having
an area of 6,000 sq. ft. (60 x 100)
designated as lot No. 348 of Bel-Air
SpSubdivision, situated on Turtle Drivve on
Bel Snow Close; being the fourth lot east
Sof Turtle Drive, on the south side of the
4 i road. The subject property is on flat terrain
with grass lawn and paved driveway in
front, the grounds are competley
enclosed and fairly maintained. This
property consist of a 6 year old single
story, 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom, livingroom,
diningroom, familyroom and kitchen single family residence With floor area of 1,711 sq. ft.
Appraisal: $193,200.00
Driving west on Carmichael Road until you reach Turtle Drive, turn left onto Turtle Drive and Bel
Snow Close is the first corner on the left after the Fedder Road that runs parallel to Charmichael
Road. The house is the 4th on the right painted white trimmed pink with wall in front.

Subject t properTROPICAL GARDENS
Sert(Nassau)

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

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

JOHNSON ROAD
(Nassau)
All that lot of land having an area of 5,520
sq. ft., (60 x 92) situated on the corner of
Johnson Road and Step Streeet. This
property is rectangular and comprised of
a 12 year old single storey house that
consist of 3 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living,
dining room and kitchen. Also an efficiency
apartment attached. The subject property
is slightly above the level of the abutting
roadways with minimal landscaping. The
property is open with chain link fencing
along its western boundries.
Appraisal: $139,868.40
Heading east along Bernard Road, turn
through Johnson Road opposite St Augustine's College Drive all the way to the curve heading
west the subject house is first house on the right all white trimmed yellow.


CYCLOPS GARDEN
(Nassau)

All that lot of land numbering as "H" being
one of several lots in Cyclops Gardens
located off the northern side of Cowpen
Road one corner west of Faith Avenue
Junction. This property comprise of a two
and a half year old single storey duples
with a gross floor area of 1,512.42 sq. ft.,
each unit consisting of 2 bedrooms all wth
I wall airconditioning units, 1 bathroom,
living, dining and kitchen building is
effectively new.
Appraisal: $219,450.00
Heading south on Faith Avenue to junction
off Cowpen road make a right then first right again. The subject property is the 4th on the right
tan trimmed brown.


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


Appraisal: $113,338.57


MCKINNEY DRIVE
(Nassau)

Lot #H2 a five-year old single storey house with
floor area of 1,751 sq. ft. and consisting of 4
bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, living room, dining
i room, laundry room, foyer, and kitchen. Lot size
11,816 sq. ft.
Appraisal: $183,750.00
Traveling west on Carmichael Road, after
passing the Community Clinic, turn north onto
McKinney Drive. Continuing north, the subject
property will be the house behind the second house on the right hand side of the road white
trimmed blue.

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

WEST RIDGE ESTATES
MnHou(Nassau)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having
an area of 34,089 sq. ft., being lot #152,
of West Ridge Estates Subdivision, zoining
is single family residential with all utilities
t avvailable. The subject property is on hilly
II terrain at the top of a ridge that offers a
lovely view to the northeast. The grounds
are attractively landscaped with a grass
lawn, ornamental shrubs and flowering
plants. Other improvements include chain
link fencing along the sides and rear
boundaries, with a concrete block wall at
the front with asphalt paved driveway.

There are two buildings located on this property. The main 2 storey house is located at the
highest point of the poroperty. This house has an approximate gross floor area of 4,8000 sq.
ft., upstairs consist of 3 full bedroom suites (each with a full bathroom), inlcuding a master
bedroomlsuite, an office with a bathroom (shower only) and sitting room. Downstairs consist
of liviringroom, formal dining area, casual dining area, powder romrn and spacious kitchen (at
least 500 sq ft)

SIR LYNDEN PINDLING
ESTATES
(Nassau)

-'A :.All that lot of land having an area of 5,000
sq. ft., being lot 2480 of the said
A subdivision situate immediately eastward
of Pinewood Gardens. This property
consist of a 3 year old single storey house
with floor rea of 1 ,071 sq. ft. The house
is comprised of 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms,
living, dining area and kitchen. The property
is on elevated terrain and yard is open
with chain link fencing on the sides and
the back. Grounds are neatly maintained
with minimal landscaping in place.
Appraisal: $144,900.00
Heading south along East Street, turn through Pinewood Gardens corner left. Drive all the way
to the round about, continue towards Charles Saunders Highway then take the first right after
round about then first left and first right again. The subject house is second on the right peach
trimmed white.

MURPHY TOWN
(Abaco)
Lot #78, crown allotment, single story concrete
building which serves as a duplex apartment
complex 2 unit, each with 2 bedrooms,
bathroom, living, dining room and kitchen areas.
4The building has a total floor area of
approximately 1,800 sq. ft., land size 11,,232
sq. ft.,



Appraisal: $187,257.42

YAMACRAW BEACH ESTATES
(NASSAU)
Lot #63, house #19, Cat Island Avenue, a 6
year old single story house with three
bedrooms, one bathroom, living room, dining
room, kitchen and laundry room. Property is
70x100 single family residential. This property
is on flat terrain and fairly level with road way.
Living area 1,574 sq. ft.

Appraisal: $173,000.00

Traveling south on Fox Hill Road, go pass the
Prison Compound, turn left onto Yamacraw
then 1st right, follow the road to 1st left, then first right. The road curves to your left, the house
is #19 Cat Island Avenue, painted white. The grounds are attractively landscape and well-kept
access into the subject property is provided by a concrete paved drive way along with the
walkways of concrete flagstones.


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

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



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Family Guardian


G inn (From page 1B)


It will also provide, on an
annual basis, an agreed level
of water and sewerage services
to the settlement.
These provisions were said
to have been initially included
in the Heads of Agreement in
March this year.
Despite earlier fears that the
Government might allow this
investment opportunity to slip
through its fingers because dis-
cussions had stalled, it is under-


stood that the Cabinet is active-
ly considering the Ginn Cor-
poration's application for a real
estate development that
includes the construction of
condo hotels, two 18-hole golf
courses, three marinas, single
family lots and second home
opportunities, as well as the re-
opening of the West End Air-
port as a private non-commer-
cial airstrip.
It is believed that together


with the jobs produced by the
project, the provision of the
foundation and water and sew-
erage connections will not only
enable the reestablishment of
the West End settlement, but
the establishment of that com-
munity as a major population
and commercial centre of the
Bahamas.
An additional provision
included in the Heads of
Agreement involves the estab-


lishment of a $500,000 fund for
hurricane emergencies. ,:
The details of this provision,'
however, have not been fully
fleshed out, but project offi-
cials have placed it within the
Heads of Agreement.
Ginn Corporation officials
are said to be hopeful of receiv-
ing a written response to their
proposal shortly.


COUNCIL OF LEGAL EDUCATION
EUGENE DUPUCH LAW SCHOOL

FORTY-HOUR MEDIATION CERTIFICATION PROGRAMME

JULY 25 30, 2005

WYNDHAM NASSAU RESORT, NASSAU BAHAMAS
A programme presented by the Eugene Dupuch Law School and the Dispute Resolution
Foundation (Jamaica) (DRF). The DRF will deliver the programme of training that
was designed by Capital University Law and Graduate Centre in Ohio. The DRF
has trained mediators for the Supreme Court of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean
States and the Supreme Court of Jamaica. At the .end of the programme, each
participant will be presented with a certificate.

This programme aims to sensitise and train participants in the techniques and skills
of successful mediation.

Who should attend:
Lawyers, magistrates, judges, court officers, arbitrators, academics, police officers,
social service officers and anyone interested in becoming a certified mediator.

GENERAL INFORMATION


DATE
July 25 30, 2005

VENUE
Wyndham Nassau Resort
Cable Beach
Nassau, Bahamas


NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS
25


HOW TO REGISTER
(first come first serve basis)
Registration forms are
available from:
Eugene Dupuch Law School
Old National Insurance Building
Farrington Road
P.O.Box SS-6394
Nassau, Bahamas

Due to the limit on the number of
participants (25), applicants are
advised that completed registration
forms together with payment in full
must be submitted to Mrs. Persis


FEES (B$)
$1,250.00


FEES INCLUDE
Attendance at all working sessions:
workshop materials; tea and coffee breaks;
lunch on all days.


PAYMENTS OF REGISTRATION FEES
Cash or bank-draft


CANCELLATION OF REGISTRATION
No refund of less can be made for
cancellations after July 8, 2005

NOTE: that registration is not transferable

CONTACT INFORMATION
Eugene Dupuch Law School (EDLS)
(www.edls.edu.bs),
Tel: (242) 326-8507/8508
Fax: (242) 326-8504
e-mail: admin(@edls.edu.bs


Hepburn at the Eugene Dupuch Law
School no later than June 24, 2005


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that NICANSON GUERRIER, FOREST
LANE, SOUTH BAHAMIA, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 2ND
day of JUNE, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


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BUSINESS




PUC a oints legal cou se




as de u e ecutive director..
p ty


Caribbea"nFr"nchiseH." ldings


Invites qualified applicants for the position:

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

Responsibilities to include:

Financial management of company
Preparation of financial statements and other reports
as required
Monitor and implement new control procedures

Annual budget preparation

Daily inventory control

Reconciliation of General Ledger Accounts
Focus on internal audit
Management of accounting team

Qualifications to include:

CPA or CA qualifications
Minimum of three years working experience in same
or similar position

To apply for this position please e-mail your
resume' to:
hr@abacomarkets.com



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THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 2005, PAGE 7B


| THE ublic tilitis Commssion' (P3C)newly
appoHiuiB~intd epuyexeuive dngiretr uihSih
is cogratlalllllted by PU chirman Peter ~Bete (et
and PUC executive diector E. George Moss
^^^^^(TCL Photo by Terrance Strachan1


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I


I


ties Commission
(PUC), the
....tions sector regu-
S lator,has announced that its
legal counsel, Judith Smith, has
been appointed to the post of
deputy executive director.
She will act as executive
director in the absence of E.
George Moss, provide advice
and guidance on executing the
PUC's functions, develop and
recommend policies affecting
all PUC activities, and develop
and implement management
strategies on regulatory and
personnel matters.
"We are satisfied that Ms
Smith is not only qualified for
this post but is committed to
the work of the PUC. We wel-
come her continued contribu-
tions in this new leadership
role as the PUC continues to
perform its regulatory func-
tions in the public interest,"
Mr Moss said.
Ms Smith has served as legal
counsel for the PUC since
August 2001.
She has made presentations
at regional conferences on util-
ity regulation, in addition to
serving on an expert panel on
Enforcing Telecommunica-
tions Law, Policy and Regula-
tions at the International
Telecommunication Union
(ITU) in Geneva, Switzerland.



LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE ,

TURATAY INC. .. h Tu
(In Voluntary Liquidation) t e T rib u e

Notice is hereby given that the above-named al 3224936
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 7th
day of June, 2005. The Liquidators is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O. Bpx N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator






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. Jartment of p
celebrating Co-ops Month. This eventis
Have approximately 5 years experience in financial services in any opendto the public. Come and meet
of the areas of trust, banking or investments. Other members of the m .vement an
1 r moreabout "Wealhfrtivot
communicate with overseas legal and tax advisors on the same. ilyOOff

Be a seasoned professional who is capable of leading a project,
coordinating its various parts and managing the team associated I 1 -1.-1---

Be capable of understanding and administering complex fiduciary Name:.
structures. .
AiAge: ___ _.emae o male
Be comfortable in review financial statements, and have a basicsop i
understanding of investment and financial transactions. P.O. Box: Psofe mo#:
Categoroya u :..............n.
Have the ability to work under pressure and without constant Category: Running h ..
supervision. o 15-19 o 20-30 "peowoca f44 o 45-55 .....
S* Have uncompromising personal and business ethics. it
Entry fee: $10 (includes t-shirt, food and refreshments)
Successful candidate will work directly with the President of Tradelnvest Time: 6iIa. SHARP'
in the management of complex private fiduciary arrangements. Route: Starting at Goodman's Bay traveling est along
Responsibilities include regular contact with overseas affiliates, associated We:s Stay at too s B a yport returninln g east
trust, banking and investment professionals, as well as legal counsel and West B ay Stre et toSatl'yGpor anin Bay
Alng West n aGodman's Bay.

Applications may be delivered by hand and I certify that I am in d physical condition necessary for entering this
marked Private and Confidential to: event. I waive all claims that may anse against the organizers and
participants i this event as a result of my entry into and participation
The President
Tradelnvest Asset Management Ltd. %'
West Building, Participant' silgnature: ..Date:..
P.O. Box N-7776, Lyford Cay, Register at any Credit Union or Department of Co-Operatives before
RO. Box N-7776 (Slot 193) 5pm on Wednesday June 15, 2005
New Providence, Bahamas O A
Applications must be received by 10th June, 2005. Authorized by
AtoiebyDate ____________








PAGE B, TURSDA, JUE 9,2005UHEITIBUN


LNG (From page 1B)


that the Bahamas' hopes of
hosting an LNG terminal and
pipeline, with the attendant
economic diversification,
employment and Treasury rev-
enues benefits, could have been
dealt a potentially fatal blow
as FPL is the largest electricity
distributor in Florida.
However, Ms Pence told The
Tribune that the AES Ocean
Express project remained
financially viable due to the
presence of other electricity
companies in the market and.
Florida's pressing needs for a
natural gas supply.
She said: "We are continu-
ing to move forward with our
plans. Florida has an enormous
need for natural gas and we
believe LNG is the best solu-
tion.
"There are other companies
in the market apart from FPL.
The FPL contract has never
been the key for us to move
forward. There are many other
companies we are talking to
about potentially supplying
[them with LNG]."
The statements from Ms
Pence are likely to disappoint


environmental campaigners
'who have been lobbying
against the Bahamas hosting
any LNG terminals, with some
earlier this week saying they
hoped that with the FPL deci-
sion, AES Corporation would
"see the writing on the wall"
and give up.
LNG has been heavily
pushed by Leslie Miller, minis-
ter of trade and industry, and
he has received support from
former Central Bank governor
Julian Francis and respected
economic analyst Richard
Coulson.
Approved
Ms Pence said yesterday that
AES "had met all the environ-
mental requirements" laid
down by the Bahamian gov-
ernment, with the Bahamas
Environment, Science and
Technology Commission
(BEST) having approved its
environmental impact assess-
ment (EIA), and all the com-
pany now needed to proceed
was a 'yes' from the Prime
Minister and Cabinet.


A young aggressive company with a solid track record
is expanding and requires an

In House Marketing Manager

If you are looking for position with:

1) Structure
2) Lots of supervision
3) A daily routine

Then this position is NOT for you.

Applicants must have a degree in marketing.

When applying remember that we are looking for that
applicant who stands out from the rest.

c/o The Tribune Limited
DA# 03251
P.O.BoxN-3207
Nassau, Bahamas








a multi-national company resident in Nassau, Bahamas
is currently accepting applications for the position of
Tank Truck Driver.

QUALIFICATIONS:
* High School Diploma
* Minimum of 2 years driving tractor trailers
* Previous experience driving tank trucks
(petroleum products) preferred

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:
* Ability to interact with others in a professional manner
* Ability to learn new tasks quickly
* Excellent work attitude, punctuality and attendance
record

Salary will be commensurate with experience and
qualifications. Excellent benefits offered,

Only Bahamian citizens need apply and interested persons
should submit applications to arrive no later than Friday,
June 17th, 2005. Only suitable applications will be
acknowledged.

The Advertiser
DA #20660
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas


She was unaware whether
AES had set a deadline by
which the Ocean Express pro-
ject had to be approved, given
that the company has been
waiting some four years for
final approval after the FNM
administration gave its bless-
ing in principle in 2001.
Ms Pence said: "We have,
from our perspective and the
input we've received from the
Bahamian government, the
best site for an LNG terminal.
It's uninhabited, a private
island, and is not near any
tourism development.
"We will continue to move
forward and are looking for-
ward to getting that final
approval."
Prime Minister Perry
Christie's stroke and subse-
quent recovery, which has kept
him out of office for almost two
months, is likely to have caused
a further unfortunate delay in
the Government's decision on
whether to approve the AES
Ocean Express terminal.
So far, the Government has
shown an extreme reluctance
to give an answer either way,


probably for fear of upsetting
the environmental lobby on
one side and sending the wrong
message to international
investors on the other.
The Prime Minister earlier
this year declared that he was
close to a decision on the AES
project, but needed to take a
close look at some figures to
ensure the Bahamas derived
maximum benefits from host-
ing LNG.
Process
However, the process was
put back again when some res-
idents of Cat Cay, an island
eight miles from Ocean Cay,
voiced their concerns about the
AES plan.
Mr Miller has previously said
the AES LNG terminal, over
25 years of operation, would
generate $1.2 billion for the
Public Treasury. The licence
the Government will issue to
AES is worth $9 million, and
the seabed lease, fee (which
allows the company to lay
pipelines on the seabed) is $6
million a year for 25 years, with


BUSINESS TECHNOLOGY

Would like to inform all customers that
Friday 10th June, 2005
will be observed as the Company's


ANNUAL FUN DAY

The Company will be CLOSED from
9:00am 5:00pm

and will resume regular business hours
Monday 13th June, 2005

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.






Financial ServicesFirmn seeks applications for the"
position of:

CLIENT SERVICE REPRESENTATIVE

Requirements include:

> Background in accounting with an in-
depth knowledge of investments and
client portfolios (proficiency in
Quickbooks and Centerpiece preferred)
> General administrative skills
> Proficiency in Word and Excel
> General knowledge of corporate issues,
compliance and kyc regulations and
requirements
> Fluent in Spanish

The successful candidate must be highly motivated,
and able to work in an unsupervised environment
dealing with an international clientele.

Please send resumes to: Fax No. 326-3839, or by
Semail to: gems@batelnet.bs


Applications are invited from suitably
qualified persons for the following
TEACHING POSITIONS
for Grades 7 12 at
WINDERMERE HIGH SCHOOL
Savannah Sound Eleuthera


1 Computer, 1 General Subjects
1 Mathematics
1 Physical Education with
Sports Coaching/
General Subjects
1 Spanish/ General Subjects


a 2.5 per cent increase every
year.
In addition, a "throughput
fee" which measures the
amount of natural gas that will
be pumped through to Florida
is guaranteed at a minimum of
$5 million a year for the first
four to five years. The commu-
nity of Bimini will get $150,000
a year for 25 years to assist
them with economic develop-
ment there.
The training programme ini-
tiated 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
fund of no less than $10 mil-
lion for compensation to the
Bahamian workers.
In the first year of operation,
the public treasury is expected
to receive $13.5 million. By
year four, it goes up to $19 mil-
lion a year. By year eight, rev-
enue is expected to rise to $25
million a year, and by year 12 it
goes up to $45 million a year.


Trade, from Page 1B

acts as an administrative body for all our trade agree-
ments."
The source said Mr Mitchell, in asking the Trade Com-
mission to focus on the language of the reservations the
Bahamas was seeking, was asking it to examine the 'how' of
CSME membership rather than 'why' become a member in
the first place:
The reservations the Bahamas is seeking are on the
Common External Tariff (CET), monetary union,
Caribbean Court of Justice and the free movement of peo-
ple.
Meanwhile, a brief examination of the 2005-2006 Budget
reveals that the Bahamas already contributes several million
dollars per annum to CARICOM and related bodies.
For fiscal 2005-2006, the Bahamas is granting $2.3 million
to the University of the West Indies (UWI) and $1.041
million to the CARICOM Secretariat, both figures being
equal to the amounts granted in 2004-2005.
Other funds go to the Caribbean Court of Justice some
$49,700-- although the Bahamas will not use the courton the
appellate side, while some $70,000 is funding the relocation
of CARICOM offices.






Captains must have 'Class A' Licence
Captains must have 'STCW 95'.
Crew/Deckhands must have 'STCW 95'
Jobs based in Great Harbour Cay
All Applicants need resume, references, Medical certificate, police:
certificate and copies of licences.
Salaries based on certification and experience
Contact: 242-427-5385, P.O. Box SS-19343 Nassau




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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 not
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.






FIDELITY BANK (BAHAMAs) LIMITED



NOTICE TO

SHAREHOLDERS


The Board of Directors of Fidelity Bank (Bahamas)
Limited is pleased to notify all shareholders that based
on audited financial results for the quarter ended
December 31, 2004 and on un-audited financial results
for the quarter ended March 31, 2005, a dividend of
$0.02 per ordinary share has been declared to be paid
on June 30, 2005 to all shareholders of record as of
June 15, 2005.


Lepal Notice


NOTICE

ELIZAS INTERNATIONAL INC.



NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act. No.
45 of 2000, ELIZAS INTERNATIONAL INC., is in
dissolution as of June 6th, 2005.

International Liquidator Services Limited, situated at 35A
Regent Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the
Liquidator.


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company and its shareholders."
Mr Dean yesterday told The
Tribune he had yet to receive a
copy of Mr Fitzgerald's letter,
which was mailed to share-
holders along with a copy of
the company's annual report
for the fiscal year ended on
February 28,2005.
He added that he would be
able I comment on it today,
once/he had reviewed its con-
tents.
Nevertheless, Mr Fitzgerald's
letter shows the depths to
which the falling out between
him and Mr Dean has sunk,
after the row first surfaced in
February 2005 at the compa-
ny's annual general meeting
(AGM) for fiscal 2004.
Mr Fitzgerald, who holds
30.96 per cent of the compa-
ny's ordinary shares, said in the
letter distributed to all RND's
sh eholders that his former
business partner had rejected
his pffer to purchase his 31.2
per iintistake.in the company
at ''net book value".
In the letter, dated May 30,
Mr Fitzgerald added that Mr
Dean also rejected the RND
chairman's offer to sell his
stake to him at net book value.
The RND chairman alleged
that Mr Dean was removed
from his post after fellow exec-
utites. lost confidence in him.
Another factor was an alleged
dispute over an RND employ-
ee's contract with RND,. which
involved the company in a
major legal battle that cost it
more than $30,000 in legal fees.
Mr Fitzgerald also alleged.
that Mr Dean taped a Board
meeting without the consent of


his fellow directors.
The RND chairman said:
"Under these circumstances,
the Board felt Mr Dean was
more of a detriment than asset,
and we were unable to justify
continuing to pay his salary,
particularly at a time when the:
company was downsizing."
The boardroom rift is eerily
similar to the row that has.
plagued Colina Holdings
(Bahamas) in the past few.
months, with Jimmy Campbell
pitted against former col-
leagues and fellow Colina
Financial Group principals,
Emanuel Alexiou and Antho-
ny Ferguson.
Dispute
The dispute is also the sec-
ond to afflict a Bahamian pub-
licly-listed company to the,
detriment of investors,
although RND Holdings is now-
traded on the over-the-counter
market, unlike Colina Hold-;
,ing ,which is listed on.the
Bahamas International Securi-
ties Exchange (BISX).
Mr Fitzgerald's letter is his
public response to Mr Dean's
request at the February AGM
for an Extraordinary General
Meeting (EGM) to discuss cor-
porate governance concerns he
held.
Mr Dean said the EGM,
which RND Holdings refused
to call on grounds of the extra
cost it would incur and the fact
its 2005 AGM would be held in
June, would seek to elect a
caretaker Board, composed of
persons nominated by leading
financial institutions, to review


all plans for the company's
future growth and develop-
ment. "
AmongMr Dean's concerns
was a lack of transparency and
timely financial reporting, but
in his May 30 letter Mr fitzger-
ald said the Board found this
"somewhat peculiar" in that he
had been responsible for this
during his 10 yearsas a direc-
tor.
The dispute could not come
at: a :worse time where other
RND Holdings shareholders
are concerned, given that the
company incurred a net loss of
$588,782 in the 12 months to
February 28, 2005, with-losses
from: continuing operations
standing at $528,400.
This increased the compa-
ny's accumulated deficit, which
was reduced in fiscal 2004 due
to the $26.22 million gain RND
recognised from selling its cin-
ema operations to Galleria, to
$2.006 million at year-end.
Shareholder equity fell from
$7.781 million to $7.192 mil-
Slion. .
However, in their annual
report to shareholders, Mr
Fitzgerald and Ken Donathan,
RND Holdings' managing
director, said the loss from
cointinuing operations fell by.
$901,540, down from $1.43 mil-
lion in 2004.
The duo said there was a
$146,583 improvement in oper-
ating expenses, while the deci-
sion to completely writedown
all remaining goodwill, fran-
chise rights and losses from
associates against the cinema
sale netted a further $748,044
in improvements.


Mr Fitzgerald said RND
Holdings was committed to
achieving a break even posi-
tion on cash flow and income
Within 18 months, and to pay.
dividends on an ongoing basis


within 24 months.
He and Mr Donathan added
that RND's commercial real
estate holdings were 92 per
cent occupied, and the contract
its TicketXpress business had


won to provide call centre ser-
vices for the Out Island Pro-
motion Board was set to begin
this August.


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OPINION
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THE Bahamas Baseball Fed-
eration couldn't have picked a
better man to honor at the
weekend as it staged its third
annual Junior National Base-
ball Tournament.
The tournament, which
attracted teams from seven
islands in five different age
group categories, was held in
memory of the late Andre
Rodgers.
Rodgers, the first Bahamian
to play in the Major League,
died last year after a long ill-
ness with cancer. It was only
appropriate that the federation
honor him posthumously the
way they did.
But his nephew, Teran
Rodgers, said their family is
hoping that it will not just be a
one-time deal.
"It's unfortunate that it has
to come after he has passed.


Most of the accolades that he
is receiving are coming after his
death, except for the naming of
the stadium." he said.
"But we hope that the Andre
Rodgers Tournament will be a
permanent one, instead of just
naming this one as a token to
him. I hope it's an annual one so
that the name is synonomous
with the tournament and no one
will forget Andre."
The federation made sure
that persons who attended the
tournament will not forget the
baseball icon.
There were a number of
memorabilia items that were
*either given out free of charge
or on sale that bore the name
and photo of Rodgers. They
included posters, t-shirts and
seat cushions..
Rodgers will certainly not be
forgotten by those visiting play-


ers and spectators, who flocked
from the Family Islands and
may not have had the opportu-
nity to see the legend in person
while he was alive.
I have to agree with Teran
Rodgers. The federation should
consider keeping the tourna-
ment named in memory of his
deceased uncle.

Improvement

As for the tournament itself,
this was by far the best orga-
nized and most competitive one
held. If this was any indication
after three years, the federation
can only get better as time goes
on.
While Freedom Farm can.
hold their heads high for putting
four teams in five of the divi-
sional championship games, it's


obvious that the Family Island
teams are making a lot of strides
and are getting better and better
with time.
I was really impressed with
the Spanish Wells Divers, who
may have shown the greatest
improvement of all, coming
from last place in the initial
tournament in the 9-10 age
group to champions this year.
Their ace pitcher, Dillon
Albury, was just fantastic...
He carried the Divers all the
way to the championship with
his fabulous pitching. He had
more strike-outs than any other
pitcher in any division. .
And the Divers showed a lot
more class by having two girls in
their line-up, who played in two
key positions at first base and.in
left field.
Both girls displayed a great
deal of skills and deserve a lot


of credit for hanging in there in
a sport that is predominately
controlled by the boys.
It was also good to note that
there were college coaches on
hand to view the talent avail-
able in the 16-20 division, and as
a result there could be some
players heading off to school on
athletic scholarships in August.
With some of the collegiate
players back home to partici-
pate in the tournament, it pro-
duced an avenue for the public
to see what talent we have in
the pipeline for the future as far
as the professional ranks are
concerned.
It's still a long way off, but
Andre Rodgers would proba-
bly have a big smile on his face
if he could see some of the play-
ers to emerge out of this tour-
nament follow in his footsteps
on the professional scene.


Collegiate athletes making their




mark at the NCAA championships


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior sports reporter
Chafree Bain, Michael Mathieu and
Andrae Williams were the first of five
Bahamian collegiate athletes to see
action at this year's NCAA Champi-
onships.
While Williams and Matthieu bat-
tled on the track in the men's 400
metres, Bain competed on the field in
the discuss.
Both Mathieu and Williams are
natives of Freeport, Grand Bahama,
who now wear the Texas Tech Raiders
mascots.
The connection has turned into
friendly rivals, as both athletes ran out


of the same heat in the preliminary
rounds, yesterday.
Williams, who is ranked 15 in the
nation amongst college athletes in the
event, posted a time of 45.29 seconds,
a seeded time of 46.05 seconds and a
26th ranking.
So far, Williams has attained the 'A'
standards for the Central American
and Caribbean games, with a season's
best of 45.29 seconds. This time has
placed him at 21 in the world.
The duo will also compete for the
Raiders in the 4x400m relay. The team
will run out of heat three, lane seven in
the preliminaries.
On the field Bain, who qualified to
compete in the discuss at the champi-


onships with a throw of 50.82 metres,
was slated in flight three, the fourth
thrower.
However, she was unable to advance
into the final round, having a
best throw of 44.71m (146 feet- 08 inch-
es).
Due to the size of the field, athletes
were given three opportunities to
advance to the final rounds, set for
today..
Only the top 12 throws we taken
through for the final round. Bain fin-
ished in the 26 position, after fouling
her first throw.
Bain saw a decline in distance on
her final attempt, hav0g ,,teaved,
41.28m.


This is Bain's first trip to the cham-
pionships. She is ranked 77 in the event
in the nation. out of 11 throwers.
Today Aymara Albury and Douglas
Lynes-Bell will take to the track for
their events, competing in the shot putt.
and 400m hurdles, respectively.

Hopes

The second rounds of the 400m will
also be held today, with Mathieu and
Williams hoping to advance through
to the finals.
Lynes-Bell will start things off for
.the quintet followed by Albury.
Albury, the school record-holder in:


the shot putt at the SEC champi-
onships, is ranked seventh in the nation
with a throw of 16.78m, made on April
9. The ranking lists 117 athletes in the
event.
She will bhe competing in flight two,
the eight athlete called.
In the hammer, she is slotted in at 8Q,
with a heave of 54.67m out of 99 ath-
letes. She is also a second all SEC hon-
oree.
Although Antonio Saundeis was not
able to qualify for the championships,
he is ranked 39th in the conference's
triple jump, with a leap of 15.51m.
Results of the day were not avail-
able at press time. Results will be post-
ed in tomorrow's paper '.


Titanic battle between Taylor

and MacTaggert in tennis open


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Junior Sports Reporter
THE third day of the
Gatorade Open Nationals
brought spectators an intense
battle between young Johnny
Taylor and veteran Neil Mac-
Taggert.
MacTaggert was able to cap-
ture the win in three sets and
advance to the semi-finals (6-2,
4-6,6-1)
Taylor, an 11-year-old stu-
dent from St. Thomas Moore
Primary School said that he felt
disappointed by the outcome.
"I felt like I played well but I
could have played better," he
said, "I just wanted to go out
and do my best."
Taylor, who became the
heavy crowd favourite, gave a
valiant effort and proved that
his advanced skills allowed him
to play against every level of
competition.
After losing the first set, Tay-
lor came back strong in the sec-
ond, winning three of the first 5


games, and built strong momen-
tum which allowed him to take
the set and tie the match.
However, in the third set
MacTaggert began to take
authority in the match and used
his noteable height advantage
to overpower the much younger
player.
MacTaggert scored on a myr-
iad of dropshots that Taylor was
,unable to reach.
By the time Taylor had
adjusted to the dropshots and
began to play more aggressive-
ly at the net, MacTaggert had
already captured four consecu-
tive games in the final set and
never looked back.
MacTaggert's strategic play
frustrated the young Taylor at
times, but he did not waver as
he came back to produce a very
competitive final three games
in the match.
"In the third set I got a little
tired and he began to play more
aggressively," he said, "He kept
more balls in play to tire me out
even more."


Taylor will still have an
opportunity to gain a title in the
men's doubles draw.
MacTaggert will move on to
face Jyles Turnquest in the
quarter-finals. The winner of
that quarter-final match will go
on to face Matthew Sands, who
won his quarter-final match
against Johnathan Hanna (6-3,
6-4).
Other men's quarter-final
matches include top-seeded
Chris Eldon, who will face Ceron
Rolle, and Tony Fisher, who will
face veteran Larry Rolle.
Other matches during the day
included Jyles Turnquest, who
defeated John Pintard in
straight sets (6-2, 6-3). In men's
doubles action, William Foun-
tain and Johnathan Hanna
defeated Archie Burrows and
Desmond Perigord (6-2, 6-3);
and Perry Attefiled and Roys-
ton Jones defeated Kermit Stra-
chan and K.C. Strachan (6-0,6-
3).
Play continues today at the
National Tennis Centre.


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* By RENALDO DORSETT
Junior Sports Reporter
IN exactly one month, over 520 ath-
letes and officials will be participating
in the opening ceremonies for the 20th
Central American and Caribbean
(CAC) Senior Championships and
to achieve optimum success,sponsors
must step forward and contribute.
At a press conference yesterday, the
2005 CAC Organizing Committee said
fundraising is now at the focal point
of the games' organizing process.
The committee also released the
breakdown of the number of athletes
and officials each country will be send-
ing to compete.
Colina Imperial Insurance Ltd. has
become the games' title sponsor.
Patron of the games, Sir. Orville
Turaquest, said corporate sponsors
have now begun to respond to requests
since Colina has stepped forward.
Turnquest said: "It will be an inter-
national event that will not only expose
our athletes but also expose our coun-


try's businesses and give them para-
mount advertising. In order for the
games to be successful we need to raise
an enormous amount of prize money
approaching $1 million."
Corporations can expect a new level
of exposure with the ability to sponsor
specific events and have the event
named after their company for
instance, "Shonelle Ferguson Wom-
en's Long Jump, sponsored by Copy-
Max".
Chairman of the CAC Organizing
Committee, Dr Bernard Nottage said
this fundraising will be the key to over-
all success of the games and how well
that success will reflect on the country.
"Right now we're focusing the orga-
nization of the championships in all of
its aspects, but particularly on fundrais-
ing," he said, "We're also focusing on
team preparation to ensure that we
have the best possible team to repre-
sent the Bahamas."
Dr Nottage said spectators can
expect to witness competition between
some of the best athletes in the world,


including a number of Olympic Gold
medal winners and world champions.
"The Cubans are bringing the largest
team for the championships, which
they have not attended in over 20
years, they are also bringing their very
best athletes from Europe; back to the
region to compete," he said.
Dr Nottage said the games are vital
to how the rest of the sports world will
perceive the country.
"This event is being held over the
Independence weekend and we believe
it is very important to the country's
standing in the track and field world
that we put on the best possible show,"
he said, "We want the country to gar-
ner a higher reputation for hosting top
class events."
Bernard Bostwick, secretary of the
CAC Organizing Committee, said the
number of athletes participating in this
year's games is almost double the
amount of athletes that competed in the
last staging of the games in Grenada.
"We have the possibility of 37 coun-
tries competing in the event. As of now


we have 35 countries scheduled to com-
pete," he said. "All the countries of the
CAC will be competing in the event."
The Cubans will be fielding the
largest contingent of 70 athletes and
16 contingents. Some of the larger
participating teams include Jamaica
(45 athletes, 11 officials)Puerto Rico
(40 athletes, 18 officials) and Trinidad
and Tobago (29 athletes, 7 officials).
Ralph McKinney, public relations
officer at the BAAA, said the
Bahamas is expecting to field a team of
over 60 athletes. McKinney also said
the number can increase if additional
athletes qualify during the CAC games
National Trials, June 24-25.
Alpheus Finlayson, CAC organiz-
ing committee vice-chairman, said
spectators will be treated to a number
of intriguing matchups between world
class athletes.
Some of the key invited athletes
expected to compete are: Jamaica's
Asafa Powell, who is ranked number
one in the world in 100m by the Inter-
national Association of Athletics Fed-


eration (IAAF), and has recorded the
world's fastest time this year of 9.84s;
Yoandri Botanzos of Cuba who is
ranked second in the Triple Jump by
the IAAF; Yumelidi Cumba, also of
Cuba, gold medalist at the 2004 Athens
Olympics and raked number four by
the IAAF in the shot putt; and
Jamaica's Veronica Campbell, who is
ranked number one in the 100m and
number 3 in the 200m by the IAAF.
Campbell also won the gold medal at
the Athens Olympics in the 200m.
Top Bahamian athletes are also
expected to compete including 400m
Olympic gold medalist Tonique
Williams-Darling, ranked number one
in the world by the IAAF in the 400m,
and Golden Girl Chandra Sturrup, who
has been having an excellent outdoor
season thus far and is ranked number
nine in the 100m.
Finlayson said the key to the games
would be the public support.
"The key to success is public spon-
sorship on one hand and public's atten-
dance on the other hand," he said.







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