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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau Bahamas
Publication Date: August 12, 2005
Copyright Date: 2005
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'Radioactliv smu ling' chalrpe


Material allegedly

intended for Bahamas

Oil Refining Company


AN AMERICAN man has
been accused of smuggling
radioactive material from Flori-
da to the Bahamas, allegedly
intended for Freeport's
Bahamas Oil Refining Compa-
ny.
According to The Miami Her-
ald, Harold DeGregory Jr, 58,
appeared in federal Magistrate's
Court in Miami Wednesday
after a grand jury in Fort Laud-
erdale returned an eight-count
indictment charging him with
conspiracy to transport and
smuggle property containing
Iridium-192.
,The oil company acquired the
Iridium-196 from an American
company and Mr DeGregory's
company was then responsible
for getting the material to the
Bahamas, the court was told.
Iridium-196 is a byproduct of
nuclear energy that normally
looks like small silvery-white
pellets. It is used to detect the
location of certain cancers or to
test pieces of metal to detect
weaknesses.
Between July 28, 2003 and
November 2,2004, the company
is accused of transporting Iridi-
um-192 to and from the
Bahamas for BORCO.
On August 8, 2003 and Feb-
ruary 5, 2004, DeGregory is
alleged to have transported a
container, commonly referred
to as a "pig," containing
between 75 and 85 pounds of
the radioactive material each
time.
DeGregory was detected on
November 2, 2004 when he
failed to disclose a 42-pound
container on a Customs decla-


ration form.
Inspectors found the con-
tainer "secreted in a wing com-
partment of his aircraft."
DeGregory was released after
posting $50,000 bond Wednes-
day.
Several agencies were
involved in the investigation,
including US Immigration and
Customs Enforcement, the US
Department of Transportation
and the Federal Aviation
Administration. Each count car-
ries a maximum penalty of five
years in prison and a $250,000
fine.
The indictment does not
allege that DeGregory planned
to use the radioactive material
for illegal activity. However, the
West Palm Beach resident was
not licensed to handle the haz-
ardous material for delivery to
an oil company.
Although Iridium-192 has
legitimate industrial uses, it can
pose public health risks if not
properly handled.
Since 9/11, law enforcement
and government officials in the
US are playing closer attention
to such materials because of
warnings that they could be
used in terrorist attacks. Iridi-
um-192 is considered a high
security risk isotope, according
to the website for the Centre
for Nonproliferation Studies at
the Monterey Institute for
International Studies in Cali-
fornia.
Jean du Preez, a director at
the centre and a political ana-
lyst, told The Herald that Iridi-
SEE page 8


Random checks in joint operation
INSPECTOR WILSON brings the traffic to a stop on the cor-
ner of Carmichael and Gladstone Road as the police, in a joint
operation with Immigration officials, made random checks on
vehicles. A caller to The Tribune said that drivers and passengers
were asked to produce documents indicating their nationality and
immigration status. See story on page three
(Photo:Mario DuncanSon/Tribune staff)


Colombian

drug cartel 'had

operatives in

the Bahamas9

M By NATARIO McKENZIE
THE head of a Colombian drug cartel,
which was broken up in a multinational sting
operation last year, has admitted that it had
operatives in the Bahamas.
An article posted yesterday on the website
- LawFuel.com reported that Elias
Cobos-Munoz, alias "Toby", admitted during
his plea in a Florida court that he supervised
the transportation of drugs between Bahami-
an, US, Colombian and Jamaican drug oper-
atives between July 2002 and June 2004.
SEE page 8


Bomb scare

forces bank

evacuation
THE Royal Bank of Canada's main branch
was closed for most of Thursday afternoon
when employees and customers were forced
to evacuate the building because of a bomb
scare.
Walter Evans, police press liaison officer,
told The Tribune that around noon yesterday
the Fire Services division of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force was called to respond
to a bomb claim at the bank.
According to Mr Evans officers from the
bomb technician's unit responded to. the call,
the building was subsequently evacuated and
searched.
However there were no signs of explosive
material.


inside

* STUDENTS' CONCERN
AT FUTURE FOR COB
AFTER DR SMITH
A NUMBER of COB students
yesterday expressed their con-
cern. about the many uncer-
tainties surrounding the future
of the college.
*See page three

*GOVERNMENT
RESEARCH INTO
GROUND WATER
CONTAMINATION
'INCONCLUSIVE'
THE Department of Envi-
ronmental Health has sub-
mitted an initial report to
government on the apparent
petroleum leak near the Shell
Service on East Bay Street.
See page five


Baby dies of
strangulation in
tragic accident
By ADRIAN GIBSON
ONE day before she was to
celebrate her first birthday
Adrianna Ramsey was the vic-
tim of a tragic accident.
Yesterday her family was
grief-stricken.
Police press liaison Inspector
Walter Evans to The Tribune
that strangulation was the offi-
cial cause of death. According
to police Adrianna was playing
in her crib With a whistle to
which a cord was attached. The
cord got wrapped around the
infant's neck.
About 8 o'clock Wednesday
evening police received a dis-
tress call from the Summer
Street, Nassau Village home of
Adrianna's parents Adrian
and Yolanda Ramsey who
feared that their daughter had
been strangled.
Police have said that her
death was accidental.
Also, before 9pm Wednes-
day, a 24-year-old woman resi-
dent of Bishop Street, Nassau
Village was shot in an attempt-
ed robbery. Police report that
the woman had heard a knock
at her front door. As she
approached the door she saw
an armed man with a crome
coloured handgun. A hat con-
cealed his face.
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New pageant to produce 'young ladies'


* By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Miss Bahamas Organi-
sation was launched yesterday,
with organisers claiming that it
would run a high-class, glam-
orous and consistent national
beauty pageant.
MBO made its launch yester-
day at Money Penny's Gourmet


Cafe, announcing that the com-
pany would support today's
women through its "passion for
pageantry with a purpose" -
and produce winners who can
truly contest the Miss Universe
title.
Organisers say that their goal
is too produce young ladies -
whether or not they win the
title.


President Michelle Malcolm
said MBO would achieve its
mission by unearthing, training
and unveiling the nation's finest
women through an annual
beauty pageant system.
"The system will incorporate
months of intensive grooming,
coaching and preparation that
will culminate with the corona-
tion of a goodwill ambassador,
who will represent her country
in international pageants and at
promotional events.
"Her first and second run-
ners-up will also receive titles,
and will likewise represent the
Bahamas at international com-
petitions," she said.
Ms Malcolm said that spon-
sorship would not be an issue
in who wins the pageant,
because MBO plans to offer the
same upscale grooming level to
all contestants.
A curriculum is being devised
which includes: the pursuit of
purpose, ethics and excellence,
philanthropy, women's issues,
advanced breathing techniques,
music and art appreciation, cul-
tural awareness, speech and dic-
tion, physical fitness training,
make-up application, hair care
and styling techniques, skin
care, health and nutrition, stage
presence, interviewing and con-
versational techniques, public
speaking, discovering the "inner
you", and writing a personal
thesis.
MBO also has an image
enhancement team, including


* JEROME Sawyer, manager of media relations for the Miss Bahamas Organisation, speaks at the
launch yesterday. Patty Roker, director of public relations, and Michelle Malcolm, president, look
on.
(Photo:Mario Duncanson/ Tribune Staff)


cosmetic surgeon Dr Gregory
Neil, dermatologist Dr Juliet
Hepburn, physical fitness
instructor Denise Carter, and
cosmetic dentist Dr Anette
Warren.
While the team will not make
"drastic changes" to the new


queens, Ms Malcolm said the
girls seen at international
pageants were not "born that
way".
Leslia Miller, Bodine John-
son, Alexandria Deal and
Chana Cuis are among the pre-
sent beauty queens that are now


affiliated with MBO.
MBO is to launch its first
pageant today, and Ms Malcolm
said that "fantastic" prizes will
be offered.
Interested ladies can pick up
application forms at Michelle
La Nuit on Shirley St.


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BA passengers face



flights without food


By ADRIAN GIBSON
BRITISH Airways passen-
gers travelling to and from the
Bahamas are having to face the
eight-hour flight on an empty
stomach.
As of yesterday, all British
'*,,Airways flights are without in-
flight catering, due to a labour
dispute in the UK.
However, the Ministry of
Tourism said that if handled
properly, the problem should
not deter European tourists
from making the journey to the
Bahamas.
On Thursday, British Air-
ways suspended passenger
check-ins at Heathrow airport
because of a general strike
involving BA staff, who went
on strike in an act of union sol-
idarity with the airline's sub-
contracted caterers.
According to a CNN report,
the industrial action taken by
BA staff was the result of a row
between the airline's caterer,
Gate Gourmet and its employ-
ees.
Thousands of people were
stranded at Heathrow Airport


after BA canceled about 140
flights. It was also reported that
early Thursday, passengers were
given food and vouchers before
boarding departing flights.
Britain's Transport and Gen-
eral Workers Union (TGWU)
claimed that they did not
approve a strike and called the
dispute unlawful.
Responding to the strike,
Ministry of Tourism director
with responsibility for airlift
Tyrone Sawyer said the only
thing "my ministry can do is
adjust and accommodate pas-
sengers as best we could."
"I didn't know of this, but I
am going to be mindful of it and
do everything possible to do
what is needed" he said when
The Tribune informed him of
the CNN report.
When asked if the ministry
would set up food carts at the
airport, Mr Sawyer said he
could not forecast the specifics
of the ministry's response.
He said that steps would be
taken to liaison with British Air-
ways as closely as possible on
the matter.
"This could very much have a


negative effect in the minds of
our visitors, that's why we must
recognise that we all have a
stake in it not just BA but the
destination as well," he pointed
out.
When asked about the possi-
bility of a severe drop in tourist
numbers, Mr Sawyer pointed
out that British Airways is no
longer the only option for Euro-
pean visitors, as Virgin Atlantic
now operates direct flights from
Britain.
"I don't think we will lose
sales," he added. "Customers
understand that unions take the
action they take. Our visitors
should know that we will do
whatever to enhance their expe-
rience and know that we do
care and are concerned about,
their well-being," he said.
The Tribune was unable to
contact any British Airways rep-
resentatives yesterday.
Bahamas deputy director-
general of Tourism Tommy
Thompson, who is responsible
for the Ministry of Tourism's
London Bureau, was in a meet-
ing in Fort Lauderdale and
unavailable for comment.


Christie's praise for



athletes in Helsinki


* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
PRIME Minister Perry
Christie yesterday expressed his
pride in the outstanding athlet-
ic accomplishments of the
Bahamian athletes currently
taking part in the IAAF Helsin-
ki Championships.
"On behalf of the Govern-
ment and people of the
Bahamas, I wish to offer my con-
gratulations to Tonique
Williams-Darling on her out-
standing performance in winning
the women's 400 metres compe-
tition in Helsinki. Tonique dis-


played her usual tenacity and
determination in winning against
some of the world's finest ath-
letes, including defending cham-
pion Ana Guevara.
"Tonique gave a glittering
performance and it is clear that
she came to Helsinki well pre-
pared for the competition.
Despite the stiff competition
and poor racing conditions as a
result of torrential rain, Tonique
gave a memorable performance.
Her considerable grace and
charm was always on display.
Bahamians everywhere are
proud of her competitiveness
and her indomitable spirit and


we take great pride in her
accomplishments," he said.
Mr Christie also congratulat-
ed all of the Bahamian athletes
for their outstanding perfor-
mances so far in the games.
"We look forward to strong
competition and outstanding
performances from those yet to
compete. You have the full sup-
port and encouragement of all
of Bahamians.
"At the same time I wish also
to commend and congratulate
all of the Bahamian athletes
who have risen to the occasion
and have done so well up to this
point in the games," he said.


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Students' concern



at future for COB



after Dr Smith


* RODNEY Smithl

* By KARAN MINNIS
A NUMBER(of COB stu-
dents yesterday expressed their
concern about the many uncer-
tainties surrounding the future
of the college.
One week 4fter the announ-
cement of former COB presi-
dent Rodney Smith's resigna-
tion in the wake of a plagiarism
scandal, The Tribune spoke to a
number of students, whose
main concern was whether the
progress that had been achieved
under Mr Smith would contin-
ue.
When Dr Smith resigned last
Thursday, it was announced
that Dr Rhonda Chipfhan-John-
son would assume his position
until thd, COB council ffinds a
permanent replacement.
Anithra Bain, a third-year
biochemistry major, said:"Dr
Smith was a strong driving force
behind college. And now with-
out hiin, I do not think we will


get to university status anytime
soon."
She said, "I do not. think she
(Dr Johnson) or anyone else at
the college has the same moti-
vation that he has."
Education major Tara
Deveaux said that she would
have preferred for Dr Smith to
remain as president.
She said of Dr JohnSon's
appointment: "We need some-
one with more experience, but
hopefully the goal of university
status will not be hindered by
her temporary appointment."
Expressing her general opin-
ion about Dr Smith's resigna-
tion, Alexis Cartwright, a third
year business major, said: "I
really did not care if he stayed
or not. My main coricern was
that school opened on time and
operated smoothly.
"I guess that he was just try-
ing to be respectful when he
resigned. He knew what he did
was wrong and he did the right


thing," she said. "I don't know
much about Dr Johnson and am
willing to give her the benefit
of the doubt. We just have to
see what will happen."
Torell Glinton, a journalism
major, said he had no idea what
the college will be like with Dr
Johnson acting as president.
"I highly doubt that the same
progress will be made," he said.
"Different people have different
leadership styles and different
resources.
"I am not saying that she
can't do it she may finish the
changes in less time than was
planned. But the keyword here
is 'may'. It's doesn't seem likely,
but you never know."
D' Jhrinson said that she"
could'not mak'ea statement at.
this time, but the college would
release a public statement
through the public relations
office in the near future.

Search on

for illegal

immigrants
LAST night authorities
were planning to conduct an
overnight island-wide search
for illegal immigrants.
Just before 7pm, The Tri-
bune received a report that
the sweep had begun.
A Coral Harbour man
called in to report that a bus
had been stopped and board-
ed by Immigration officers
who asked passengers to
produce documents indicat-
ing their nationality and
immigration status.
Just before press time,
reports were coming in of
large crowds gathering in the
Bacardi Road and Gladstone
Road area


Market veteran on



modern challenges


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
AT a time when the straw
market seems to be under
much scrutiny, The Tribune
spoke with the person who is
perhaps most intimately
acquainted with the history of
the national icon and with the
challenges that face it in the
present.
Diana Thompson, 85, says
she is the oldest living active
straw vendor.
She has been in the business
since she was 10 and still holds
a booth in the market today.
Diana said she feels that
while the market has changed
a great deal since then, many
challenges today are not new.
Since the straw market wag
destroyed by fire in Septem-
ber 2001, straw vendors say
they have been suffering under
a very hot and humid tempo-
rary tent.
Mrs Thompson said she
remembers her mother Rebec-
ca Rahming and other vendors
displaying their wares under a
big cotton tree at the eventual
site of the market, and were
largely unprotected from the
sun, wind and rain.
In 1943, it was her mother
who approached the then-
Duke of Windsor about pro-
viding a shelter.
"When the duke was gover-
nor of the Bahamas and he was
walking through the market,
my mother said: 'My excellen-
cy the governor, I ain't know
how to address you, but please
listen to me. The rain come wet
me and the sun come dry me -
please build me a shade,"
recalled Mrs Thompson.
The duke went into the
House of Assembly and
reported her mother's request
to the.members.
Mrs Thompson said that
when the first straw market,
little more than a shed, was
finished, a member of the


* STRAW vendor Diana Thompson


House came down to find out
if her mother was satisfied with
the shelter provided.
Her mother responded:
"Tell him I love him, 1 love him
and thank you."
Mrs Thompson said the gov-
ernment response to the plight
of straw vendors is one thing
that has certainly changed.
"I don't understand why the
government is taking so long
for the straw market to be
built," she said.
In Tuesday's Tribune, Direc-
tor of Works and Utilities
Melanie Roach said bids
should go to tender this week
for the excavation of the old
Straw Market site.
Another issue for today's
straw vendors is the increas-
ing presence of foreign ven-


dors in the market, once a
symbol of Bahamian culture.
"The Haitians and Jamaicans
are taking over. A multitude
of them in the market all you
could hear is Creole speaking."
Another concern is the
gradual replacement of
authentic Bahamian crafts with
foreign goods.
Mrs Thompson said in the
old days, diversity meant that
different straw plaits came from
the different Bahamian islands.
"Today, you could hardly
get a ball of sisal plait, that is
why the people have to go and
get these foreign work.
Now the Haitians and Jam-
aicans come in the market and
they do not know about the
market so they bring in their
own foreign work," she said.


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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN-VERBA-MAGISTR ...
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. D UPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E.; K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama


'Total foolishness'


APPARENTLY Sir Jack Hayward, who
with his late partner Edward St George, gave
untold millions to create the city of Freeport,
Grand Bahama, has been advised to leave
his company to the professionals and stay in
"England where he belongs".
Oh, yes, the "eccentric Union Jack" can
give up his company and his money, "control
his big mouth", and get lost. It seems his
greatest sin is that he has a "history of oppos-
ing the PLP" and showing loyalty to the FNM
- something that his diplomatic partner, Mr
Edward St George never did. Mr St George
"developed a relationship with both", said a
website formerly operated by Fred Mitchell
under his own name before he became a gov-
ernment minister. After Mr Mitchell joined
Prime Minister Perry Christie's cabinet, the
name of the website was changed and anoth-
er person put in charge.
In June Montagu MP Brent Symonette
brought the website to the attention of the
House, asking Foreign Affairs Minister
Mitchell whether he had made any contri-
bution to the website since its renaming. Mr
Mitchell was not in the House when the ques-
tion was asked. However, we are not aware of
him having made any attempt since then to
answer the question.
All this venom against the generous Sir
Jack was spewed out when Sir Jack made a
statement in The Tribune after he could not
get an answer to a very simple question from
a government civil servant in charge of the
hurricane relief fund.
He wanted to know why a million dollars
donated by himself and Mr St George for
specific purposes could not be spent for those
purposes. He simply wanted to know how
their donation was spent. Seems to be a rea-
sonable question.
However, the author of the website felt
that Sir Jack had taken the wrong route. Said
he:
"Jack Hayward no doubt has every contact
for the government if he wished to get
answers. He certainly did not have to deal
with the head of NEMA (National Emer-
gency Management Agency) if he couldn't
get answers. He could have and can contact
the Prime Minister directly, whose. telephone
number is openly listed in the telephone
directory.
"Further, Julian Francis should be the per-
son to find out information for him. Or if in
doubt. Sir Albert Miller who continues to
work with the company also has the full range
of contacts with any government minister".
Why should Sir Jack call the prime minis-
ter, an ill man, to get a simple answer that a
civil is being paid to give? If Sir Jack can be so
rudely treated by a civil servant, then one
can understand the almost daily complaints of
members of the public. Why can't Sir Jack
pick up the telephone and ask his own ques-


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tions? He might be 82, but he certainly is an
alert 82 who still has fingers nimble enough to
dial his own telephone. Why must people
always be put in a position to have to ask
favours to get a simple thing done through
this government's agencies? The whole con-
cept is wrong.
According to the'websiteT.he Tribune-
.sided with "Sir Jack Hayward even after it
was fully explained by Luther Smith, the
Prime Minister's aide and Bradley Roberts,
the Minister of Works in the House that Sir
Jack's assertion was foolishness."
The Tribune sided with Sir Jack because he
was in the right to ask for an accounting of his
money, especially when that.money was
donated for specific purposes. To assert oth-
erwise is total foolishness.
And continued the website:
"The fact is that no gift to NEMA can be
accepted or could have been accepted with a
condition attached. The fund is a national
fund, and any money donated to it has and
had to be used for national hurricane relief.
That was made clear to both gentlemen at the
time the gift was given. The gift then was not
accepted with any legal condition attached to
it."
"Absolute nonsense! That's a lie!" huffed
Sir Jack. He-said that-neitherhet norhisi part
ner knew or were ever told that their gift
could not be accepted by NEMA for the pur-
poses for which it was givrn.
It is true that funds for the purposes for
which the $1 million was..donated-could-not
go to NEMA -.
Therefore, it should never have been
accepted on NEMA's behalf.
According to Sir Jack, the donation was
made to the Prime Minister on a public plat-'
form, and accepted by the prime minister.
The Prime Minister thanked them for their
generosity and there the matter ended.
However, a report in The Tribune indi-
cates that Prime Minister Christie was fully
aware of the restrictions on the donation.
The Prime Minister himself said that a very
"special position" had to be made on this so
as not to "mix funds", and that the request
would have to be accommodated.
Said the Prime Minister: "In addition to.
the Port Authority making normal donations
in terms of materials and supplies, etc., they
have now put $1 million and they want it to.
go to education, then obviously the govern-
ment must find a way to oblige them."
The Prime Minister is-a lawyer, he under-
stood the trust nature of the donation. Obvi-
ously those who handled it did not, and they
now believe that a lot of obnoxious hot air
and noise will make the problem go away.
On Monday we shall explain why
NEMA should not have accepted the $1
million donation.


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EDITOR, The Tribune.
I AM lost for words as I
write this arti-cle. I am
deeply concerned as to
whom or what is directing
the affairs of our beloved
country, the Bahamas. It
would appear that the Pro-
gressive Liberal Party
refuses to leave well
enough alone.
It has become the norm
to read in the newspaper.
about the unruly, uncouth
and aberrant behaviour of
- our -blificians.
In my brief life on this
earth I have never seen a
group of politician that
seem to have no shame
whatsoever.
They have no respect for
their comrades, and most
of all for the Bahamian
people.
They berate public ser-
vants and private citizens
alike from the sabred con-
fines of parliament, on a
consistent basis.
They say and do just
about anything without any
fear and dignity whatsoev-
er.
Shakespeare's words
_.vwo-u ld-su-ffic e:-"-Rueas-onr-
thou art given over to
brutish beast".
Amid all of this adminis-
trative meltdown, the slimy
....tentacle s of racism are
beginning to emerge. There
appears to be men and
women in the Progressive
Liberal Party who are hell-
bent on tearing apart the
social fiber of our island
nation for brief political
victory and perhaps share
spite.
A case in point is the
Perry Gladstone Christie
administration's systematic
removal of Sir Stafford
Lofthouse Sands' image off
the $10 dollar bank note.
At the time of writing this
letter there has not been
given a reason for the
change.
What is particularly dia-
bolic about Sir Stafford's
removal is that of his
replacement: Queen Eliza-
beth II, a non Bahamian.
It is conceivable that the
Progressive Liberal Party's
logic is that Mr Sands is
perceived as a racist.
If that's the case come
out and tell the Bahamian


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shortly after Sands had tak-
en over the chairmanship
of the Development
Boerd"- ------ -
Mr Aranha later wrote in
this same article that: "The
people that. We have a truly ingenious move that
right to know why our gov- would boost both the
ernment is removing a very tourism and financial ser-
distinguished Bahamian vices sectors was the intro-
a son of the soil off our duction of the Bahamian
money and replacing him dollar in 1966, which again
with a non-Bahamian. It was overseen by Sands as
better be a darn good rea- the Minister of Finance.
son! Fixing the Bahamian dol-
It is ill-advised to remove .._ar..n..par.w.ith the.US dol-
-Sir Stafford Sands from our lar avoided the awkward-
bank notes. ness of conversion rates for
It is a matter of fact, and the country's largest group
history that Sir Stafford of customers US citi-
has been the Master Archi- zens, both as tourists and
tect of our economic mod- investors.
el that has allowed us to "The convenience must
become the pride of the not be underestimated, for
Caribbean. the US dollar maybe -an
The genius that is Sir almost universally accepted
Stafford's is well docu- currency, but in The
mented. Mr Stephen Aran- Bahamas tourists know for
ha a history lecturer at sure that-they also get the
COB in September 2004 right valui for their mon-
wrote in an article that: ey". I -
"When Sands became the And so the question is
Chairman of the Develop- not whether Sir Stafford
ment Board in 1949, he Lofthouse Sands is deserv-
implemented policies ing of having his image on
whose lasting effects on our money but why is he
-The.-B-aharmas can-still be being takenff? :--
witnessed today. He trans- It is this writer's
formed the country, as humble opinion that the
Anthony Thompson in 'An government of Prime Min-
Economic History of The ister Perry :Gladstone
Bahamas' observed, 'from Christie is setting a bad
a quality to a mfass Tourst precydede tif v-ig ivey
resort'. well come back to haunt
"It has been argued them.-
whether or not Sands real- What assurance do they
ly was responsible for The have that another govern-
Bahamas' success as a meant would nopt come
tourist destination or along and change the men
whether this development and women they honour
was inevitable. today on the perception of
"Maybe there is a grain these individuals' feet of
of truth in the latter clay?
assumption, as obviously This very well might
US Americans did enjoy an include the Honourable Sir
economic boom and The Lynden Oscar Pindling.
Bahamas is a destination For God knows that our
that is close and fulfills all beloved Sir Lynde'n had
the criteria for an island feet of clay!
paradise dream vacation.
However, the economic
indicators in the US do not
explain why tourist arrivals STEPHEN-ROLAE
increased by 47 percent in Nassau,
a single year (1950/51), July 30, 2005.


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ALEC JOHN
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of- Imperial _atk, ..Sea. freeze
Estate, Nassau, The Bahamas,
will be held at Calvary, Bible
Church, Collins Avenue, Nassau.
on Tuesday, 16th August, 2005
at 2:00p.m. Pastor Allan R. Lee,
Pastor Fredrick Amett and Pastor
Tommy Albury will officiate and interment will be in Ebenezer
Methodist Cemetery, East Shirley Street, Nassau.

_He is survived by his-beloved wife of 43 years Rosamrund
(Rosie); his mother Mrs. Constance Thrower of England;
sisters, Mrs. Brenda Smith and Stewart Don, Mrs. Maureen
Harris and Michael Rodgers, Mrs. June Chandler and her
husband Colin Chandler; brothers, Charles Thrower; sister
in law -Thelma Pyfrom;-nieees,-Suzette-Allega-riasz and-
husband Richard, Mandy Jardine and Sue Anderson;
nephews, Leslie Pyfrom his wife Jennifer, and Trevor Smith;
grandnieces, Yamel Marshall and husband Vesco, Janay
Pyfrom, Nicole and Ashleigh Uriasz, Kim, Stacy and Nicky
Anderson; grand nephews, Sam, Adam and David Jardine;
Faithful Gardens, Daniel Belveg and Gabriel Amichau;
housekeeper, Rosette Pierre and a host of relatives and
friends.

Instead of flowers the family request that donations be sent
to The Cancer Society of The Bahamas P.O.Box S.S. 6539,
Nassau or to The Christian Counselling Centre P.O.Box
S.S. 6106, Nassau in memory of Mr. Alec J. Thrower.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Kemp's
Funeral Home Limited, Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale on
Monday, 15th August, 2005-from-5:00p;m-teo-7.O0p;n.-


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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Department of Environmen-
tal Health has submitted an initial
report to government on the appar-
ent petroleum leak near the Shell
Service on East Bay Street.
1 However, soil and ground water
Testing by the Environmental Moni-
toring and Risk Assessment officers
continues, and the government says it
'is too soon to make any findings pub-
lic.
: Speaking with The Tribune yester-
iday, Environmental Health parlia-
mentary secretary Ron Pinder said
,that so far, the tests have not turned
,up enough conclusive evidence to say
Whether ground water in the area has
been contaminated.
The apparent petroleum product
leak was initially discovered last week
after management at the service sta-
tion called the Water and Sewerage
Corporation (WSC) because they
feared their sewerage lines were
blocked.
While investigating, WSC workers
discovered a "strong odour of petro-
leum."
They notified Environmental
Health, and officers went to the area
;and collected the samples on Sun-
day.
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rounding ground soil and water.
Once they have that information,
authorities will be able to convene a
special meeting of all the major stake-
holders, including the Petroleum
Association, utilities companies, the
Ministry of Works and the Depart-
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Meanwhile, the management of the
Shell Service Station has said that
they have checked their facility and
are confident that none of its gasoline
leaked into the surrounding ground
water.
Vania Musgrove, manager of the
East Bay Shell station, said her equip-
ment shows no signs of leakage and
the station's fuel levels do not indi-
cate that any gas has escaped.
Mrs Musgrove said however that
the entire East Bay Street needs to be
tested, as she thinks it is a highly con-
taminated area.
Mrs Musgrove explained that sur-
face ground water is contaminated
with residue from Potter's Cay and
the container docks, in addition to
the Shell and Texaco Service Stations
located there.
There'is also a leaky sewerage sys-
tem in the area, she said.


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
HOPING to change the
"general perception and stig-
ma" about Colombia, a local
Bahamian company is hosting
the first Bahamian/Colombian
business exposition.
Global Nexus, headed by
Charles Kemp and Jeffrey Allen,
will be hosting the Global Dis-
covery Colombia Trade Expo
from August 19 to September 4
at the Church of God Auditori-
um on Joe Farrington Road.
The event aims to expose
Bahamiansto the possibility of
purchasing goods and doing
business outside the "tradition-
al" market in the US.
Global Nexus, along with
Norma Rodriquez of Vafiponce
International of Colombia, have
combined forces this year to
host the exposition for the first
time in the Bahamas.
He said: "Colombia has been
one of the most affluent coun-
tries in South America. The
people are hard-working and
honest, just like any where else.
"We are just tr *g to present
a more balanced view of the
people and the country."
Products featured will include
everything from household
products, leather goods, clean-
ing products and Colombian
jewelry.
"We don't want Bahamians
to continue to be taken for a
ride. Why not look to the source
from where much of these prod-
ucts come anyway?" Mr Allen
said.
"This is an opportunity for the
many entrepreneurs and would-
be entrepreneurs out there who
might be interested in buying just
a few products to sell, or those
interested in becoming exclusive
distributors for specific Colom-
bian products," Mr Kemp said.
He said 44 Colomian compa-
nies will be represented, and
organisers hope for "between
10 to 15 local companies to be
there as well."


The show is open to all.
There are reserved booths for
local manufacturers and pro-
ducers of uniquely Bahamian
products.


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Shocking statistics of armed




violence against women


AMNESTY Interna-
tional launched a
two year Stop Violence
Against Women campaign in
March, 2004. It aims to secure
the adoption of laws, policies
and practices that stop dis-
crimination and violence
against women.
The Control Arms cam-
paign was launched by
Amnesty International,
Oxfam and the International
Action Network on Small
Arms in October of 2003. It
aims to reduce arms prolifer-
ation and misuse and to con-
vince governments to intro-
duce binding arms trade
treaty.,
Many people in the
Bahamas believe that if you
own a gun, you are safer and
more able to protect you and
your family from harm. How-
ever, the statistics tell us some-
thing different.
There are now estimated to
be almost 650 million small
arms in the world, mostly in
the hands of men, and nearly
60 per cent of them in the




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Guns have infiltrated
Bahamian life as never before,
and women are often the
victims when the bullets start
to fly. Amnesty International is
conducting a global campaign
to halt the killing ...


hands of private individuals.
Women and girls suffer
directly and indirectly from
armed violence:
An attack with a gun is 12
times more likely to end in
death than an attack with.
another weapon;
In South Africa, a women
is shot dead by a current or
former partner every 18 hours.
In the USA, a gun in the
home increases the risk that
someone in the household will
be murdered by 41 per cent;
but increases the risk for
women by 272 per cent.
In France and South
Africa, one in three women
killed by their husbands are
shot; in the USA this rises to
two in three.
Family homicides are one
category where women out-
number men as victims with
her partner or male relative
the most likely murderer.
"Women are particularly at
risk of certain crimes because
of their gender crimes such
as family violence and rape.
Given that women are almost
never the buyers, owners or
users of small arms, they suffer
completely disproportionately
from armed violence. It is
often claimed that guns are


needed to protect women and
their families, but the reality is
totally.the opposite", said
Denise Searle of Amnesty
International.
Violence against women,
whether committed with boots
or fists or weapons, is rooted
in pervasive discrimination
which denies women equality
with men. It occurs in a variety


of contexts and cuts across
borders, religions and class.
This is not because violence
against women is natural or
inevitable, but because it has
been ,ondoned and tolerated
as part of. our, history. What-
ever the context or immedi-
ate cause of violence, the pres-


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ence of guns invariably means
more danger for women.
Something that we must
also be aware of here in the
Bahamas is that women's atti-
tudes can sometimes con-
tribute to the powerful cultur-
al conditioning that equates
masculinity with owning and


using a gun, and regards gun
abuse by men as acceptable.
Women must be aware that
*they may be overtly encour-
aging their men to fight, and,
more subtly, supporting the
attitudes and stereotypes that
promote gun culture. It is time
to re-think this belief system.


What can we do to stop this
violence? We need to lobby
for better laws and better
implementation of existing
laws. We need to ensure that
law enforcement organisations
are trained to respect wom-
en's human rights and that'
those who do not are brought
to justice. We need to include
women in the process of find-
ing solutions to stop violence
against women.
A wide range of gun con-
trol measures adopted by
countries around the world
have had the following
impacts:
Between '1995, when
Canada tightened its gun laws,
and 2003, the gun murder rate
for women dropped by 40 per
cent;
Five years after the gun
laws in Australia were over-
hauled in 1996, the gun mur-
der rate for female victims
dropped by 50 per cent;


Brazil has recently banned
access to ownership of
weapons before the age of 25
because youngmen and boys
mostly perpetrate the massive
level of gun violence.
And so, too, the Bahamas
can find ways to deal with the
dangers of small arms posses-
sion in our homes and in our
communities ways that will
keep its women and girls safe
from injury and death.
Amnesty International is
a worldwide movement of
people dedicated to the pro-
tection and promotion of
human rights. Currently AI
has a worldwide membership
of 1.8 million people with
members, supporters and
subscribers in over 150 coun-
tries, including the Bahamas.
For mare information on this
volunteer group, please call
the local chapter at 327-0807
or visit www.amnesty.org.


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introduction of a rel ion, but a governing system established in the spirit of
man and maniiPC-sted in his character, values, moral and behavior.
There is no other alternative in history, nor present programs or future prospects
that can completely address today's challenge, We invite you to prepare for a
personal transformation that will equip you to impact your
family, community, nation and the worlcf.


"Something that we must also
be aware of here in the Bahamas
is that women's attitudes can
sometimes contribute to the
powerful cultural conditioning
that equates masculinity with
owning and using a gun, and
regards gun abuse by men as
acceptable."


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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
BERNADETTE Christie
told members of the Royal
Bahamas Police Reserves that
the time has come to fully
examine the problems of child
abuse and domestic violence -
before they causes a further
breakdown of the Bahamian
family.
.--Mrs-Christie;-the wife of Prime
Minister Perry Christie, was
speaking at the 40th anniversary
of the Police Reserves.
She said domestic violence
and child abuse often stem from
an underlying source of anger.
"What is really needed, in my
view, is for us to examine the
underlying causes that lead to
such explosions of anger and to
begin to deal with these issues. I
believe better education, better
social conditions, such as
improved housing and physical


PM's wife warns of family breakdown


recreation facilities, to name but
a few, andoetter mental health
could, mot certainly, go a long
way in adiressing head-on some
of the inx.ances of domestic vio-
lence."
Couiseling and other forms
-of therpy"canonly come after
the fa;t;" she said.
"Uiquestionably, incidences
of domestic violence are a seri-
ousand upward spiraling trend
tht leads, eventually, to the
bpakdown of marriages, home
aid family life.
"Surely one can feel and see
n our society a simmering ten-
sion just beneath the surface in
many homes which leads to
physical fights, verbal abuse and
many other forms of domestic
abuse, including in not too few


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P.O. Box N-1222, 2. Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale
Nassau,N.P., The Bahamas



S.WILLIAM
DONALD'DON'
MALONE, 64

of Montagu Villas,
Village Road, Nassau,
S-The Bahamas, who died.
at his residence on
Friday, August 5, 2005,
Switi be held at The
Chapel ,f Love, Kemp's Funeral Home
Limited, -almdale Avenue, Palmdale, Nassau,
on Sunlay, August 14, 2005 at 3:30 p.m.

Dr. Dakd Allan, Pastor Allan R. Lee and Pastor
MartinLoyley will officiate and interment will
be in Voodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Soldier
Road Nassau.

Don /vas predeceased by his son, Bronson
Malkne, his father, Berlin Malone and his
mother, Rena Malone and is survived by his
daughter, MaDonna Glatz, son-in-law,
Chistopher Glatz, grandchildren, Bronson
ard Madison, his fiancee, Scharline Bucci,
sister, Laura and brother-in-law, Paul Lowe,
n~ces, Merinda Leach and Amy Beth Lowe,
rephew-in-law, Gregory Leach, nephews,
-hane-and Todd Pinder and their wives, Karen
and Melissa and many other relatives and
friends.

Instead of flowers the family request that
donations be sent to Bahamas Air Sea Rescue
(BASRA), P. 0. Box S.S. 6247, Nassau, The
Bahamas in memory of William Donald "Don"
Malone.


cases, even murder," Mrs
Christie said.
She added that the forms of
child abuse that most affect
Bahamian children today are
mental or psychological in
nature.
"Sadly, many adults believe
that the best way of getting a
child's attention is through loud
and profane language and abu-
sive words. This form of child
abuse takes as great a toll or
can have a deeper and far lin-
gering effect on young minds,
perhaps more than physical
beating or punishment."
"Psychologists and educators
tell us that this is not good for
the wholesome development of
a child in that it lowers their
esteem and causes them to form


barriers which sometimes pre-
vent them from blossoming into
true and creative young persons.
"The end result is that abused
children go on to become inse-
cure and ill-equipped adults
who often find it difficult to
adjust to the world and those
around them."
Mrs Christie also told the
female reserves that the country
has developed to a level of
sophistication where relation-
ships between couples should not
be based on violence and abuse.
"I believe that a new genera-
tion of Bahamian men must
come to a greater appreciation
of the worth and value of a
sound relationship with their
partners free from the fear of
domestic violence," she said.


Praise pours


in for work of


Michael Eldon


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
FAMILY and friends have
praised the life and work of
Bishop Michael Eldon, who has
now been in the priesthood for
50 years.
Preaching at a sermon to cel-
ebrate the bishop's life and
achievements on Wednesday,
Suffragan bishop Gilbert
Thompson described bishop
Eldon as a "fisher of men."
"One of the unique things
about him is that he makes
everybody feel that he is spe-
cial. He makes people feel wel-
come and there is no aloofness
about him," said bishop
Thompson.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune, lay Eucharist minister
Roosevelt Godet said that prior
to bishop Eldon's illness, he had
discussed his 50th anniversary
celebration. He said that some
of the hymns that were sung
during Wednesday's service
were ones that Bishop Eldon
especially liked.
His sister Dr Keva Bethel
said that if Bishop Eldon was
able to attend the service he
would have felt "enormous
gratitude to God for having giv-
en him the opportunity to serve
and gratitude to all of the won-
derful people who have such
love for him."
The bishop is currently rest-
ing at home, having slipped into
a coma earlier in the year after
complications arising from a
bout of pneumonia.
Concerning his medical con-
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"He still sleeps quite a lot
during the day, for a whole vari-
ety of reasons, but he is awake
quite a lot of the time. He does
seem to be conscious of things
that are going on around him.
"We take this as a positive
sign and pray that little by little,
things are going to continue to
improve," said Dr Bethel.
Dr Bethel did not wish to
speculate .about whether her
brother will be able to reassume
his functions as a bishop at
some point, but said that this is
what she is praying for.
"We are just grateful to have
him with us, and whatever con-
dition he is in. He is still himself,
this is just a different manifes-
tation of who he is." she said.


MR. ODILES DAVID
HYPPOLITE, 80
a resident of #52 Crooked
Island Street and formerly of
Haiti will be held on Saturday,
August 13th, 2005 at the
Golden Gates Church of Christ
Mermaid Blvd. at 11am.
Officiating will be Pastor D. W.
Dorsette. Interment will follow
in the Lakeview Memorial
Gardens, J.FK. Services have
been entrusted to Gateway
Memorial Chapel, Wulff Road and Primrose Street.
He is survived by his wife, Agatha Brown Hyppolite; four
daughter, Loretta Hyppolite of Haiti, Selemah Hyppolite
Francois, Gretta Hyppolite of Florida, and Julian Hyppolite;
two sons-in-law, Gerro Francois and Mr. Fenno; twelve
grandchildren, Gibson, Maricons, Steve, Loulou, Jacklyn,
Tamiche, Jordan; five great grandchildren, five brothers,
Adelson, Deven, Carnoville, Enseigo and Oxigen Hyppolite;
three sisters, Atitia and Cons Hyppolite and Saves Hyppolite
Guillaume; numerous nieces and nephews, Asseline Francois,
Edna Wilson, Aned Hyppolite, Dr. Neille Hyppolite Nesbitt,
Bernise Pierne, Ruth and Claudette Hyppolite, Maridetty
Allen, Carl, Resbert, Jonathan, Emmanuel, Tony, Stanley,
Ronnie, Genni (Freeport), Estenco, Steven, Sterling, Michael,
Reuben, Allen, Ronel, Mercadieu, Eliezer, Fernord, Levara
and Deufort Hyppolite; host of relatives and friends including
Mr and Mrs Saintibert and family, Charlie and family, Steven
and family, Marie and family, Anmarie and family, the Golden
Gates Church of Christ family, the Coconut Grove Church of
Christ, Cambridge Lane, Church of Christ, Nicholl's Town
Church of Christ, Pastor James and Sarah Redmon of Atlanta,
Georgia, Pastor Donald and Clara Dorsette, Pastor James
and Barbara Sweeting, Prophetess Lisa Horton Strachan
and family, Dr. Spencer Prince, The Nassau Guardian, Tribune
and Punch, Nurse Francis Woodside and family, Eleanor.
Culmer and family, Kelly Dorsette and family, Miracle Tours,
Steves Cafe, BalfourAve. Community, Crooked Island Street
Community, Mane Verana and family, Pastor Frantz of Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida and Noel Simeon of Pompano Beach,
Florida.
Friends may pay their last respects at the funeral home on
Friday between the hours of 10am to 6pm and on Saturday
at the church from 10am to service time.


BANKING IS OUR BUSINESS,
COMMUNITY IS OUR COMMITMENT!


RBC Royal Bank Of

Canada and Police

Force Makes Summer

Fun for Kids


Each year thousands of children flock to various schools and
police stations for the annual Royal Bahamas Police Force Summer
Program. During the four- week program, the students are engaged
in educational and fun activities such as basketball and volleyball
tournaments, swimming, field trips, tutoring and cosmetology
classes. RBC Royal Bank of Canada has supported this program
for the past several years.

At the presentation for this year's donation, Elaine Sands, Assistant
Superintendent of Police thanked the bank and recognized its
long-standing support.

Pictured from left are: Corporal Portia Bain, Elaine Sands, assistant
superintendent; Marvin Clarke, account manager, Commercial
Banking Centre, RBC Royal Bank of Canada and Corporal Darvy
Pratt, Royal Bahamas Police Force.


Registered trade-mark of Royal Bank of Canada
T The Lion & Globe and RBC are trade-marks of Royal Bank of Canada


-FRBC
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Kof Canada


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Colombian drug cartel 'had




operatives in the Bahamas'


FROM page one

He was appearing on
charges of conspiracy to
import cocaine into the
United States.
Cobos-Munoz's cartel
was smashed during a drug
bust by United States drug
enforcement officials and
allied agencies, including
the Royal Bahamas


Police Force.
Cobos-Munoz's operation
was reportedly responsible
for distributing three metric
tons of cocaine into the
United States every month,
amounting to at least 10-12
per cent of the United
States' cocaine supply.
His drug trafficking
organisation was described
as "one of the largest
cocaine distribution net-


works operating out of
Colombia, the Bahamas,
Jamaica and Panama."
According to the testi-
mony the organisation used
transshipment points
throughout the Caribbean
to deliver millions worth of
cocaine to South Florida by
air and sea.
In November of 2004
local drug enforcement
officials executed "Opera-


tion Double Talk", a sting
operation that was a part
of a Caribbean initiative for
the larger investigation that
targeted Cobos-Munoz's
cartel. Twelve Bahamian
men were subsequently
arrested and charged as co-
conspirators in the drug
operation.
Superintendent Raymond
Gibson, head of the local
drug enforcement unit, told


The Tribune that 'Opera-
tion Double Talk",though
now disbanded wa3 suc-
cessfully executed as a
combined effort between
local and internationaldrug
officials. Both "Operation
Double Talk" and "Buted
Manatee" have resulteain
the seizure of 6,539 kib-
grams of cocaine, 2,6C5
pounds of marijuana ani
more than $25 million it.


US currency and related
assets, said drug officials.
According to the Law
News Network, Cobos-
Munoz is scheduled to be
sentenced by United States
District Court Judge Fed-
erico Moreno on October
19. He faces a minimum
mandatory 10 year jail term
and a maximum of life
imprisonment, plus a fine
of $4,000,000.


Baby dies of strangulation

in tragic accident


FROM page one
Mr Evans said that at first
the robber claimed he wanted
to buy a soda from the woman
who operates a convenience


opened her door, the gunman
asked for cash. When told she
had none, he shot her in her
left leg.
Police say her condition is
not life threatening. Investi-
gations are continuing into the


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um-192 can't be used to make a nuclear weapon, but a terrorist
could use a large quantity to make a "dirty bomb."
"It has gamma radiation;" he said. "It can cause bums, radi-
ation sickness and death."



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ind&r's FuneraffHome
"Service BtyondMeasure'
PALMDALE AVENUE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS
PHONE: 322-4570/393-1351 CELL: 357-3617
RANNIE PINDER President


ISADORAPD
PATRICIA PINDER,


of Alexander Street,
Palmdale will be held on
Friday, 12th August at
11:00a.m. at Shirley Heights
Gospel Chapel, Mount Royal
Avenue, Centreville.
Officiating will be Bro. Alec
Pinder assisted by Rev. Bill Scully.


She was predeceased by her husband Purcell, her
son Morris and daughter-in-law Thalia.

She is survived by 1 daughter, Marilyn Albury; 3 sons,
Maxwell, Mervyn and Michael Pinder; 1 son-in-law,
Billy Albury; 3 daughters-in-law, Elaine, Cherie and
Donna Pinder; 13 grandchildren, Abigail Thompson,
Jared Albury, Chuck, Stephen and Cindy Pinder,
Marney Scully, Michelle Vanden Berg, Melissa Pinder,
Timothy and James Pinder, Jennifer Zetic, Scott and
Chad Pinder; 9 grand-in-laws, Michael Thomson,
Midgie Albury, Susie Pinder, Athena Pinder, Rev. Bill
Scully, Andy Vanden Berg, Samantha Pinder, Peter
Zetic, Tanya Pinder; 18 great-grandchildren, Jonathan
and Benjamin Thompson, Ferris and Roxanne Albury,
Richard, Thomas and Alicia Pinder, Patrick and Slater
Pinder, Judah and Leah Scully, Madison and Olivia
Vanden Berg, Jacob and Lily Pinder, Makson and
Grayson Zetic and Brianna Pinder, numerous nieces,
nephews, relatives and friends, especially Merlene
Poitier, Sheena Lowe, Dr. Quentin Richmond and
caregivers Lesline and Sharon.

Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at
Pinder's Funeral Home, Palmdale Avenue on
Thursday from 5pm 7pm.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be
sent to the Salvation Army, Box N- 205. Nassau,
Bahamas.


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a resident of Adderly Street, born 8th
August 2005, died 9th August 2005 at
P.M.H. Her memory is carried on by her
father Eliyah Green and mother Shenika
Colebrook.


HERVE SEVERE, 20


a resident of Hospital
Lane died at the Princess
Margaret Hospital on
Thursday 4th August
2005.


His cherished memories are his mother,
Susan Severe, father and other relatives
and friends.

DORIS VIOLA SANDS-
DAWKINS, 79

a resident of Rosebud
Road, born February
15th, 1926, and died
August 6, 2005.

Family of the deceaced are, husband
Charles J. Dawkins (deceased); father
James Sands (deceased); mother Anna
Sands (Deceased); daughters, Dorothy
Bryan, Brenda Lockhart, Betty McBride;
sons, James Todd, Cyril Bullard, Calvin
Dawkins

The funeral will be held at Grants Town
Seven Days Adventis on August 21st,
2005 at 2p.m. Officiating will be Daniel
Eric Clarks, interment will follow at
Woodlawn Gardens.


NEWBOLD BROTHERS
CHAPEL


#10 Palmetto Avenue & Acklins Street P.O. Box N-392 *
Nassau, Bahamas Tel: (242) 326-5773



c -ANTHONY
NATHANIEL "Nat"
FARRINGTON, 41
of Wild Guava Street, Pinewooc
Gardens, will be held on Saturday,
August 13, 2005 at 11am at The
Church of God of Prophecy, East
Street Tabernacle, East Street,
Nassau, Bahamas. Officiating will be
Bishop Pastor Clarence N. Williams,
CA., Rev. Pastor Julian A. Johnson
and Rev. Pastor Talbot W. Collie,
MBA. Interment follows in Woodlawn
Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.
Left to cherish his precious memories are his parents, William
and Inez Farrington of Zion Hill, Cat Island; wife, Albertha
Farrington; one daughter, Usine Farrington-Baldwin; two sons,
Nathaniel Jr. and Sacceria Farrington; four sisters, Deaconess
Sandra Gardiner, Cynthia Archer, Janet Farrington,. Deaconess
Althea Brown; three brothers, Alex, Jimmy and Ricardo Farrington;
one son-in-law, James Baldwin of Miami, Florida; one daughter-
in-law, Latoya Farrington; one grand daughter, Nathaya Farrington;
two brothers-in-law, Rev. Rhodrick Brown and Bertram Roker;
five sisters-in-law, Susan Roker, Rosemary Jerris, Janet, Marina
and Ivadell Farrington; two adopted sisters, Margaret Rahming
and Brendalyn Neely; three adopted children, Myka, Mikel and
Michael Brown; two adopted brothers, Rev. Troy Ambrose of
Dumfries, Cat Island and William (Tdn) Newbold of Nassau; nieces,
Keisha and Shenera Archer, Tamara Gardiner, Rhotannia Tinker,
Alnisha, Yuchanva, and Roquithlyn Brown, Monique, Shan,
Alexandria, Alexis, Shantell, Raquel, Jamell, Jasmine, Javas and
Shaniqua Farrington, Oshana Pratt, Pauline Armbrister, Samantha
Smith, Victoria Roker and Petra; nephews, Linden Moncur,
Renardo, William, Jimmy Jr. Reginald and Donald Farrington of
New York, Adrian, Keno, Taveras, Zhavargo, Zhequerio Archer,
Keicco and Anthon Gardiner, Elvardo Smith, Bertram Roker Jr.,
David, Peter and Donavan; thirty grand nieces and grand nephews,
two grand aunts, Ada Strachan and Celia Dean of Cat Island;
seven aunts, Emerald Hepburn, Deaconess Ruthmae Rolle,
Magdelene Martin, Vashti Stubbs, Elnora Gibson, Rowena Levarity
and Clara Stubbs of Cat Island; seven uncles, Ruben and Fritz
Stubbs of Cat Island, Alfonso Stubbs, Livingston Farrington, Rev.
Samuel Martin, Rev. Stanley Pinder of Bimini and Wilfred Rolle;
numerous relatives and friends including, Elizabeth, Ullamae and
George Farrington, Pastor Elva Dean, Effimae, Roselda, Helen
Thurston, Evelyn and Grace King and family, Cleola and family,
Norma and family, Angie Brown and family, Alfred Dean and
family, Pinder family, Dean family, Stubbs family, Rolle family,
Levarity family, Martin family, Gibson family, Louise Williams and
family, Jessie Goodman and family, Andrew Scott, Wilton
Thompson, Mr and Mrs Alfred Fritz, Bishop Donnie Storr and
family, Bishop Clarence Williams and family, Wild Guava Avenue
friends and family, Gary Tinker, Sharesse Gardiner, Phi'ip, Latoya
Archer, Charmine Archer, Kenya Thurston, Sam Smith of Exuma,
Geletha Glinton, Seven Hills Church of God of Prophecy family,
Southwest Cathedral family and other relatives and friends too
numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects at Newbold
Brothers Chapel, Palmetto Avenue and Acklins Street on Friday
from 10am to 6pm, Saturday at the church from 10am until
service time.


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NEW Parties, Nightclubs in
& Restaurants MO

Summer Soca Splash @ the Cable Beach
Grounds, Saturday August 13. The show,
organized by Alpha Sounds Promotions &
Guinness, features Rupee, Allison Hinds,
and Visage Band. Admission $25, $30 at the
door.

Lifeline: Truth, Music, Life, featuring the
music of Aydee Rolle @ The Buzz on
Wednesday, August 17. Showtime at the
Buzz, located East Bay Street opposite the
marina, upstairs over the old Yahmaha store,
is 10pm; $7 before 9pm, $10 after.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday
night @ Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale"
gentleman's club. Featuring a female body
painting extravaganza. Free body painting
@ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. Admission:
Men free before 10 pm. Females free. There
will be free food and hors d'oeuvres between
9 and 10 pm. Open until 4 am.

Ladies Night @ Fluid lounge, this and every
Thursday night. Doors open at 10pm. Ladies
free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all
night. Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Give-
aways and door prizes every week.

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @
Club Fluid, Bay St. The biggest party of the
week, pumping all your favourite hits, all
night long. Ladies in free before ll~ trict
security enforced. .- -

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dicky Mo's @ Cable Beach. Happy Hour
every Friday 3 for $10 mixed drinks and
$1 shots. Bahamian Night (Free admission)
every Saturday with live music from 8 pm
to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to
midnight, $1 shots and dinner specials all
night long.

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

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

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


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

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

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Par-
rot....David Graham, Steve Holden, Tim Deal
and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm.- 10pm
@ Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.

Jay Mitchelland Hot KC @ Palm Court
Lounge, British Colonial Hilton, Wednes-
day-Thursday 8pmi42am.

Sunday NightInterlude'@ Briteley's Restau-
rant & Lounge, Eneas St:off Poinciana Dri-
ve. Featuring Frankie: Victory at the key
board in thFAffer Dark Room every Sunday,
8.30pm to rminight:.Fine food and drinks.

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

gNME= The Arts l.

LOVE, an exhibition featuring Bahamian
artists Jason Bennett, John Cox, Blue Curry,
Michael Edwards, Toby Lunn and Heino
Schmid at Popopstudios and Gallery. The
gallery is located on Dunmore Ave in Chip-
pingham, 1/4 mile south of the Bahamas
Humane Society. Gallery hours: M-F 4.30pm-
7.30pm or call 322-5850 for appointment.

Da Spot, a weekly comedy show, features
skits and spoofs, on Bahamian life, with
improv by a talented young cast. The show is
held Tuesdays.@ The Dundas at 8pm.
Admission is $10, and tickets are sold at the
door.


The National Collection @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, an exhibition that
takes the viewer on a journey through the his-
tory of fine art in the Bahamas. It features
signature pieces from the national collec-
tion, including recent acquisitions by Blue
Curry, Antonius Roberts and Dionne Ben-
jamin-Smith. Call 328-5800 to book tours.
This exhibition closes February 28, 2006.

Past, Present and Personal: The Dawn
Davies Collection @ the National Art
Gallery of the Bahamas, Villa Doyle, West
and West Hill Streets. The exhibition is part
of the NAGB's Collector's Series. Call 328-
5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes
August 31, 2005.

The Awakening Landscape: The Nassau
Watercolours of Gaspard Le Marchand Tup-
per, from the collection of Orjan and Aman-
da Lindroth @ the National Art Galleryof
the Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century
paintings that make up the exhibition are
part of one of the earliest suites of paintings
of Nassau and its environs. Tupper was a
British military officer stationed at Fort Char-
lotte in the 1850s. The works show a pre-
modern Bahamas through the decidely
British medium of watercolour. Call 328-
5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes
August 31, 2005.

E ,. Health

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

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


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

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

Civic Clubs jX'

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior Sdhool's Din-
ing Room, College Avenue off Moss Road.
Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean
St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @
British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets
Thursday, 8.30pm @ SuperClubs jBreezes.
Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club
2437 meets every second, fourth and fifth
Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Building,
Collins Ave.at 6pm. Club 612315 meets Mon-
day 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable
Beach. Club 753494 meets every Wednes-
day, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building,
East-West Highway. Club Cousteau 7343
meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in the
Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central
Andros. All are welcome.

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

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

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every sec-
ond Tuesday, 6.30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM
Office, 4th floor meeting room.

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

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

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every sec-
ond Friday of each month, 7.30pm at
Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Mones-
tary. For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.

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

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


The Bahamas Diabetic Association meets
every third Saturday, 2.30pm (except August Send all your civic and social events to The
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District governor appointment at.


Rotary Internationa rict 7020


ASSISTANT Superintendent of Police Elaine Sands,
officer in charge of community policing.



Bahamas officers



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* By GLADSTONE
THURSTON
Bahamas Information
Services
UN4,DER the auspices of the
City of Miami Police Department,
30 officers from the Royal
Bahamas Police Force community
relations department underwent
an eensive course in gang identi-
ficatipn measures last week.
Professionals from' the Miami
Police Department imparted infor-
mation on the detection of illegal
drug, activities and gang identifi-
cation, among other community
policing matters. -
'"ihey were given a lot of infor-
mation and it will'assist them in
organising their department and
serving the public professionally,"
said (Assistant Superintendent of
Police Elaine Sands, the officer in
charge of community policing. "It
was a'motivational exercise as well
for *l of them..
"The help .thly received will go
a loig way in! assisting them in


developing their skills in the area
of drugs and gang prevention and
crime prevention in general," she
said.
The two-day exercise, which
included a courtesy call on Alma
Adams-Hutcheson, the Bahamas'
consul for Miami, was organised
by Bahamian-American scene of
crime police specialist Willard
Delancey.
"We have a great relationship
with the City of Miami Police,"
said ASP Sands.
"Our officers were tutored by
some of the brightest professionals
from the gangs and drugs resis-
tance unit."
The exercise was part of the
RBPF's community relations sum-
mer learning experience.
Anti-social gangs and the graffiti
they indiscriminately generate is a
serious concern for local commu-
nities and the police, ASP Sands
agreed.
"As we travel throughout New
Providence we see a growing
amount of graffiti on buildings,"


she said. "In gang graffiti, if you
read between the lines, they are
saying something negative towards
somebody else, the police or the
community.
"This is something that we need
the community's involvement in.
If members of the public see any-
one writing graffiti, they are to
make a complaint to the police
because graffiti writing is a criminal
offence.
"Although we pretty much have
a handle on all the gangs, we want
to prevent their activities from
escalating."
Come September, the police will
have a strong presence in the pub-
lic schools. Aspects of the popular
Urban Renewal Project is set to
be introduced there.
"My job is to create partnership
with members of the community,
to bring members of the commu-
nity and the police together," said
ASP Sands. "And, a majority of
good citizens always come togeth-
er in partnership with the
police."


MURRAY FORDE has
been appointed an assistant
district governor of Rotary
International District 7020 with
responsibilities for the Rotary
Clubs of the Bahamas for the
Rotary year 2005-2006.
His jurisdiction will not
include Grand Bahama, which
falls in a different Rotary dis-
trict.
A past president of the
Rotary Club of East Nassau,
he has 23 years perfect atten-
dance between his member-
ship in that club and the
Rotary Club of Barbados.

Activities
As a Rotarian, he has
chaired various committees in
both of those clubs and also
carried out some district activ-
ities over the years.
He says that his most mem-
orable and rewarding experi-
ence as a Rotarian to date
occurred in 2001 when he led a
group study exchange team of
four young Bahamians on a
five week trip through Virginia
and Tennessee,
For'the past two years he
served as secretary on the com-
mittee of assistant district gov-
ernor, Richard McCombe.
District 7020 is made up of
64 clubs in the Bahamas, Turks
and Caicos Islands and the


northern' Caribbean with a RotaryInternational is made
total membership of more than up of 32,000 clubs in 168 coun-
2,100 Rotarians. tries around the world with a
The district governor for the total membership of more than
current Rotary year is Thomas of 1.2 million.
Lightbourne of The Turks and
Caicos Islands. (Photo: Tim'Aylen)


Do what taste right.


THE TRIBUNE


FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005, PAGE 11






PAGE 12, FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005


THE TRIBUNE


End of the season for

Summer Sailing School
ABOVE: Summer Sailing School. student Michael Gibson
checks out the competition Windell Knowles, as they go upwind in
Montagu Bay.
RIGHT: The graduating cldass of the third session of the Summer
Sailing School, who are preparing for the upcoming National Sailing
Championships.
The Summer Sailing School, which has given many children from
a number of schools and diverse backgrounds the chance -to come
together in a challenging and constructive atmosphere, has, been
made possible by anchor sponsors the Ministry of Youth,.Sports
and Culture, the Rotary Club of East Nassau and the Ministry of
Tourism.


MARK SCOTT, project director for the Abaco Club and
Claire Basden, recipient of assistance.
(Photo: Gladstone 'Stone' McEwan)


LOCALNEWS


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FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005


SECTION


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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Company claims 'lack of





transparency in bid process


* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
One of the potential bid-
ders for the contract
to supply software and
technology to auto-
mate the issuance of
Bahamian passports and visas has
raised objections to the alleged lack of
transparency in the bid process.
The company criticised the apparent
favouritism displayed by the Bahamas
Tenders Board and removed itself
from the bid process in protest.
In a letter to Ruth Miller, chairman
of the Bahamas Tenders Board and
financial secretary at the Ministry of
Finance, a copy of which was obtained


by The Tribune, the company wrote:
"On this occasion we must respect-
fully decline to participate since the
tender document presents various
exclusive or proprietary specifications
that prevent all but one consortium
from responding."
Identifying
Identifying a number of irregulari-
ties in the Request for Proposal (RFP)
for the 'Bahamas Visa, Passport and
Control System Requirements', the
bidder complained that no provision
had been made for a vendor's confer-
ence or other technical presentations,
where their concerns could be
addressed and what they deemed


irregularities clarified.
The project timetable, the letter
said, indicates that a decision to award
will be made three weeks after the
receipt of technical offers, "an
unprecedented short time in which to
evaluate such complex bids."
One of the main points of con-
tention was that the technology to be
used to store the electronic features in
the passport and described by the ten-
der invitation is known to be utilised
by only one of the bidders, a
Malaysian company called IRIS.
It is believed that IRIS will supply
the technology for the electronic chip
that will be embedded with the bear-
er's fingerprints.
IRIS, along with a UK-based coin-


pany De la Rue, which currently sup-
plies the Bahamian passport booklets,
and INDUSA, the Indian/US compa-
ny that runs the Bahamian immigra-
tion card system, has formed a con-
sortium to submit a bid and is believed
to be the front-runner.
Processed
The concerned bidder's letter said
the RFP also required bidders to
identify how the book would be
processed through the factory and also
stipulates that chip inlays must be sup-
plied in a very specific format.
They asked, since the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs would receive the fin-
ished document, why the specific lay-


out format was required, reasoning
that it had no bearing on the finished
product.
It was suggested, however, that the
requirement made sense if it was
directed toward a specific personali-
sation method and manufacturer.
Other abnormalities were also
pointed out in the RFP, including ref-
erence to a protective ring that would
be built into the passport cover and is
designed to reduce wear and tear over
a ten-year period.
The solution used, however, is
patented and only one supplier, IRIS,
is able to provide the technology that

SEE page 4B


Nassau fraudster


faces a jail term


and deportation


BAHAMAS-based securities
trader Derek Turner, accused
of scamming 30 investors out
of more than $16 million, yes-
terday pleaded guilty in a Unit-
ed States Federal Court to
three counts of fraud,, cutting a
deal with American authorities
to serve only six to seven years
in jail and then to be deported
home.
Mr Turner was arrested in
April after a 17-month under-
cover operation by Barry
Minkow, an ex-convict turned
. evangelical preacher, and Fed-
eral Bureau of Investigation
(FBI) agents, who found that
Mr Turner's Bahamas-based
company, Turning Interna-
tional Ltd., was defrauding
investors.
Pleaded
Mr Turner initially pleaded
not guilty to operating a phony
hedge fund. He is currently
being held without bail in the
Nassau County Correctional
Centre in East Meadow, New
York, and is expected to be


sentenced on September 16.
Arrest
At the time of his arrest, Mr
Turner, who is in his mid-50s,
lived in the Bahamas with his
Taiwanese-born wife, three
children and three stepchildren.
The family had been living here
since 2000 after Mr Turner
emigrated from New Zealand
and amassed enough cash to
pay for five properties worth
nearly $14 million.
According to Joseph Con-
way, Mr Turner's lawyers, his
client can use the money from
the sale of the properties
toward restitution, but must
pay the remainder upon his
release. He said also that the
three counts of fraud would
have normally carried a sen-
tqnce of up to 20 years in
prison.
Meanwhile, the New
Zealand.press reported that Mr
Turner's arrest caught his,

SEE page 2B


THE Central Bank announced yesterday that the Treasury
Bill Tender held August 9 for $47,369,000.00 91-day Treasury
Bills were fully allotted.
The Bank's release said the average Tender Rate was about
99.98 per cent, which is equivalent to an Average Discount Rate
of around 0.06 per cent per annum.


Team to present findings to


Cabinet by September end


* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
AFTER months of data collection
and analysis, the technical team of the
National Health Insurance Implemen-
tation Project is expected to present its
findings to Cabinet by the end of Sep-
tember,PThe Tribune hias learned.
Dr Marcus .Bethel, Minister of
Health, said that a lot of work was
ongoing behind the scenes, with mem-
bers of the team continuing to collect
data and analyse, findings.
He said that when the computations
and analysis were completed then a
report would be made to the Govern-
ment. "We're hoping to be able to take
this phase of the exercise to Cabinet
before the end of September, that's my
projected date."
According to Dr Bethel, team mem-
bers are still reviewing the needs of the
population, and are working to deter-


SDR MARCUS BETHEL


mine which segment of the population
most needs publicly funded health insur-
ance, who would be covered by a gov-
ernment-subsidised health insurance
scheme, and who was most likely to
utilise it,
Also being looked at are what med-
ical services should be covered in the
scheme, what the true costs of those
services are, and what the cost of the
scheme will be for the government and
the public.
As part of the research, actuarial stud-
ies as well as studies to determine the
utilisation trend in the Bahamas, must
also be finalised, he said, adding that'
this was the kind of detailed analysis
needed when such an undertaking wag
being considered.
The health minister said further that
to determine what a national health

SEE page 6B


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Negotiation


- a key business skill


As I mentioned
in a previous
column, nego-
tiation is an
important
component of face-to-face and
telephone selling, and is a skill
that you must acquire if you
want to obtain the best deals
for yourself and your business.
Negotiation has a role to play
in purchasing as well. Even if
you aspire to own a business
where you fix your prices, you
will almost certainly have to
negotiate with your suppliers.
In fact, everything is nego-
tiable, and having this skill will
also be useful if you.are going
to be involved in areas relat-
ing to staff issues and arbitra-
tion.

Practised

As with any skill, negotiation
can be learned and practised.
There are many books and
courses on this subject that will
teach you negotiation tech-
niques, planning for negotia-
tion, managing the process and
dealing with interpersonal


issues. So, what is negotiation?
Negotiation essentially is the
trading of concessions. The
standard' ones usually cover
price, discounts, delivery and
payment terms, but could also
encompass other areas such as
costs, extras, options, service,
follow up, guarantees, timing
and documentation. There are
many different concessions in
every negotiation, and you will
need to take time to identify
them in your preparation stage.
There are certain classic rules
in the negotiation game, which
you need to be aware of. The
first, and most obvious one, is
never accept the first offer;
Your opponent may well feel
cheated if you do not play the
- game. Secondly, your opening
gambit must always be at a
position higher than you wish
to achieve, as it is always easier
to trade down later than to
trade up. You would be
. amazed how many people for-
get this. Thirdly, always try to
understand the other side's
position.
Gandhi cited meditation as
his key to success in negotiating


the independence of India, but
a more conventional approach
would be through questioning,
research, prior knowledge and
experience.

Rapport

Fourthly, try to build rap-
port. There are many NLP
training courses that teach
building rapport. Fifthly, never
give away concessions when
you can trade them. You would
be surprised how many people
give things away freely when
they don't have to. Sixthly,
always build up the value of


your concessions and try to
devalue theirs.
So, with these rules under
your belt, your next step will
be to plan your negotiation.
Negotiation will often be
won or lost in the preparation
stage. This is a critical area
where you will have to set clear
objectives. You will need to
identify the other side's needs.
You will need to identify and
rank the concessions, put a
price on them, add them up
and see if the overall cost is
acceptable to you.
You will need to be clear
which concessions you


absolutely must win, and what
concessions you are willing to
trade to strike a deal. Then you
will need to prepare your open-
ing gambit, and rehearse. '
There may be a lot riding on
your negotiation, so it is worth
taking the time rehearsing and
getting feedback.
When the negotiation starts,
there are certain things that will
help you.

Numbers

Try to keep your numbers
down, as more people tend to
bog things down. Have a plan,
'try to keep on track and be pre-
pared to be flexible should cir-
cumstances change. Commu-
nicate clearly and deliver on all
your promises in good faith.
You will need to be on full
alert to recognise the many
behavioural issues within nego-
tiation. It is a bit like a poker
game. Experienced negotiators
can spot the different commu-
nicator types, the hidden mean-
ings in their communication,
and the various behavioural
ploys they use.


They are also expert at read-
ing body language. For exam-
ple, can you tell the difference
between boredom and frustra-
tion, expectancy and suspicion?
If you train yourself to be alert,
to become an active listener
and a keen observer of body
language, you will be ahead of
the game. These things can all
be learned with time and expe-
rience. Take care in your
approach. Don't be rude or
unpleasant and certainly do not
insult or provoke the other
side. If you are prone to emo-
tional outbursts, or overreac-
tion, this will not help your
case. If you are prone to exag-
geration, you will be found out,
and your credibility will suffer.
Be patient, take your time,
and plan well. Learn to be
numerate. If you can't figure
out what 10 per cent of some-
thing is, then you are going to
be at a severe disadvantage.
As you can see there is much
to be learned in this important
area, and if you are to avoid
the pitfall of antipreneurship,
you must spend time develop-
ing and practicing this skill.


FROM page 1B

brother, former prison officer Brent Turn-
er, of Auckland, and his parents, who live
on Queensland's Gold Coast, by surprise.
At the time of his arrest, Mr Turner said
that his brother was innocent of the
-charges and was a lover of New York who


had proposed a design for the rebuilding of
the World Trade Centre after the Sep-
tember 11 terrorist attack.
Mr Turner's plan hit the headlines in
2002 when he unveiled a design for a build-
ing to replace the World Trade Centre,


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE



EARHART INVESTMENTS LTD.

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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


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made up of five columns and topped by a
pyramid, which would have been the
world's tallest if built, was overlooked by
officials.


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Pricing tnoettfhA*iOf; i : ;f

S2wk-HI E2wk*.Low Symbol Previous Cloe odays ose Change Daily Vol EPS' DIV $ PE Yield
1.10 0.85 Abaco Markets 0.85 0.8.00 -0.207 0.000 N/M 0.00%
9.25: 8:00 Bahamas Property Fund 9,25 9.25 0.00 1,452 0.340 6.4 ,88%
6.50 5.56 Bank of Bahamas 6.48 6.50 0.02 1,00,0..81 0,330 11.68 5.08%
0.85 .0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0,70 0.00 00.187 0,1:00 6 3.7 1.43%
1.80 1,40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.122 0.000 11.5 4,29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.15 1.15 0.00 0.082 0.040. 18.S :3.48%
8.73 6:76 Cable Bahamas: 8.73 8.73 000 .6818 0,240 14.1 2:75.%
2.20 1.87 Colina Holdings 1.99 1,99 0.00 0.004 0,086 NM 00066%
9.08 8.75 Commonwealth Bank 8.79 8:62 -0.17 10,490 0.673 0.410 12.2 4.76%
2. 50 0:67 p:ctor's Hospital 2.24 2.24 0.00. 0.452 0,000 S0 o 0.00%
4.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0,240 9:6 5.83%
10.50 9.19 Finco 10.49 10.49 6 0.00 0.6682 0.500 157 4;77%
9.30 7.00 FirstCaribbean 9,05 9.30 0;25 13.300 0.591 0.380 134 4.09%
8.98 8:31 Focol 8.91 8.91 0.00 0.875 0,500 13.2 5.61%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1,15 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities .B80 9.80 0.00 0,526 0.405 18.3 4:20%
8.30 8.25 J.S. Johnson 827 8.278.7 Q.00 0.181 0.550 14.T 6.77%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 6.05 6.07 0.02 0.122 0,000 49,6 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 000. 2.010 0,760 5.0 7.60%
W*-Ht k w 8 oikly Vol. EPS 09$ PM Y6ld
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12:25 13.25 i00 1.488 0,960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 1000 Ciaribbean Crossings (Pref) 10;00 10.35 10,00 0.000 0800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0,2 0:54 0.06 -0.06 0.000 INM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 9.4 0.00%
16,00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14,00 13.00 1,105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
S0,0 0.35 RND Holdings 029 0:54 0.3 -0.113 0000 NIM 000%

1.2454 1.1798 COlina Money Market Fund 1.245429 -
2.3810 2,0058 Fidelity:Bahamas G & I Fund 2.381 **"
10.4855 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10:4855***
2.2638 2.;1330 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.263627'*

BIWX ALL SHARe-INDEX- 19 Dec 02 1000.00 YIELD- last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
$2wirk-Hl Higheit closing price inrlast 52 week Bid $ Buying prl of Colinas and Fdelts
52Wk-Low Lowest closing priea In last 52 weeks Ask $-. Selling price of Collna ant fldelIt%
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dolly volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's-weighted price for dally 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
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ -Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index, January 1., 1994 100
*- AS ATUIUL 31, 200651"- AS AT JUN 30, 2006
A* ABAT JULY '2065/o** AS AT JULY 3t1,.40S5/ **" AS.AT JULY 31, '20 '


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LEGAL NOTICE



NOTICE


AURORA TRADING INC.


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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE




GENISEC S.A.

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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


LEGALNOTICE


NOTICE




BURTIGNY LIMITED

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



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


LEGAL NOTICE



NOTICE



CHOTEAU LTD.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 9th day of
August, 2005. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


''


PAGE 2B, FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2005


THE TRIBUNE







THE TIBUNEFRIDABAUGSTESS

0 PHOTO shows Lashell White (second
from left) discussing her investment port- N O T IC E
folio with Hiram Cox, portfolio manager
at Coina Financial Advisers; Kenwood NOTICE is hereby given that BASIL PETER GOULANDRIS, OF
Kerr, manager-investor services at SG P.O. BOX N-858, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
Hambros; Wendy Warren, BFSB's CEO responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
and executive director; and Donna registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
Nguyen-Comito of the FSI Student any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
Award Co-ordinating Committee should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 11TH day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.
..jV.


Search begins




for top student


Nassau, Bahamas July 20, 2005: The
Bahamas Financial Services Board has
launched the process for selecting the
annual Financial Services Student of the
Year.
This initiative was introduced in 2002 as
a joint project of BFSB, the Professional
Industry Associations Working Group,
and the College of the Bahamas,
Nominees are selected from COB grad-
uates, based on GPA, college and com-
munity involvement, and a written sub-
mission, among other criteria.
Colina Financial Advisers and SG Ham-
bros Bank and Trust (Bahamas) Limited
are corporate sponsors of the award.
Hiram Cox, porfolio manager, Colina,
said: "CFA as always is committed to help-
ing young persons overcome diversities
educationally.
"As such we'are pleased to assist BFSB
in its efforts to identify and reward deserv-
ing youth through extended studies at the


College of The Bahamas. We are elated to
be part of a programme that helps in the
building of our nation's youth." SG's Man-
ager of Investor Services Kenwood Kerr
added: "SG Hambros Bank and Trust
(Bahamas) Limited has a history of sup-
porting the development of the financial
services sector in The Bahamas.
Excellence
"We applaud the efforts of BFSB as it
extends its message to encourage and
reward excellence in financial studies at
the College of The Bahamas. We see the
participation in this programme as anoth-
er step in the building process through
involvement of our youth."
The 2004 Awardee was Lashell P. White,
BBA Economics and Finance. Now
employed at UBS (Bahamas) Limited,
Lashell spoke to BFSB about what the
award meannt'to her.


"It was an honour to be awarded the
Financial Services Student of the Year
award. Being presented with the award
showed me that my hard work at the Col-
lege of the Bahamas paid off and it con-
tinues to inspire me to aim for excellence in
my chosen field. "I felt that the award was
a wonderful way to begin my new career in
finance and a great jumpstart to my per-
sonal investment portfolio."
Colina and SG Hambros are jointly
sponsoring the 2005 Financial Services Stu-
dent of the Year award again this year,
with another Investment Account in the
amount of $5,000.
The student award is a key component
of BFSB's ongoing Financial Centre Focus
initiative, a public education and awareness
programme that promotes developments in
the industry, the importance of high service
standards, relationships between the indus-
try and the broader community, and pro-
files role models.


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INTERNATIONAL WEALTH MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR
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In-depth experience in International Banking, preferably from more than one
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Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
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Or email: jamise.sturrup@firstcaribbeanbank.com

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for
the interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.


The Bahamas Red Cross Society



Annual Grand Raffle Drawing

HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO








Saturday,

September 3rd, 2005


Solomon's Super Center

The Bahamas Red Cross major fundraising event to provide
funds for the Disaster and Emergency Relief Centre and the
Meals-on-Wheels Programme has been extended to allow a
greater number of persons more time to participate.



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1. 1.1


DEPUTY DIRECTOR OF
EDUCATION NEEDED
The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Bahamians for the
position of Deputy Director of Education,
beginning September 2005.

The applicant must have a Masters Degree in
Education from a recognized university, with at
least ten (10) years accumulative administrative
experience. The applicant must also be computer
literate.

Only qualified applicants need apply.
For further details please contact the Anglican
Central Education Authority on Sands Road
at Telephone 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application, submitted with copies of
degree certificates, curriculum vitae, .three
references, and three passport sized photographs,
must be addressed to:

THE DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
ANGLICAN CENTRAL EDUCATION
AUTHORITY
P.O. BOX N-656
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
The deadline for Application is Wednesday 17th
August 2005.


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team of reputable IT and
Founded industry specialists.
Brett Steward, president of
The group was founded by ATEXIS Consulting Group,
-Brett-Steward in 2004, foll5ow- said: As part of ouir own
ing a product development growth strategy, selecting the
career with Lynx Software Sys- right partner is a very key deci-
tems, a US subsidiary of Lynx sion in terms of our continued
Wealth Management Systems, success. IPBS is a highly
who were recently acquired by respected company in the.
Microgen plc. wealth management and pri-
The wealth management vate banking sector, offering
industry is undergoing a great proven solutions based on
deal of growth. It is a particu- .NET technology.


larly challenging time for end-
users to discern the best way
to maximise investment in IT
solutions and services.
The strength of partnerships
between very experienced
organisations such as IPBS and
ATEXIS bodes well for their
clients who are keen to ensure
.their business is supported by a


FROM page 1B


Deloitte & Touche wishes to employ


4 Audit Managers

and 8 Senior Auditors


Candidates should have at least five (5) years
of practical audit experience, and must be a
member of an accounting body recognized
by The Bahamas Institute of Chartered
Accountants.

Salary will commensurate with experience.

Applicants should apply in writing no later
than Friday, August 26, 2005 to:



Human Resources Manager,
Deloitte & Touche
P.O. Box N-7120.
Nassau, Bahamas


blueprint for integrating bio-
metric identity information
onto machine-readable pass-
ports says the face is the "pre-
ferred biometric" for confirm-
ing the holder's identity by
machine, and that it is not nec-
essary to capture the passport
holder's fingerprints.
When sought for comment,
Mrs Miller was said to be on
vacation. Foreign Affairs Min-
ister Fred Mitchell, whose min-
istry is overseeing the RFP, was
said to be on leave and unavail-
able for comment.
Other points of contention
include the RFP's requirement
that a bidder provide evidence
that it has supplied more than
one million passports contain-
ing an RF chip. It is believed
that only one supplier in the
world, IRIS, has provided such
Sa quantity of passport books
with chips.
The letter noted that most
of the passports supplied by
IRIS would not be considered
ICAO compliant because of
the small capacity of the chip
solution used in the books.
The tender specification also
stipulated, in what was


Testament
"They support a rapidly
growing client base which is
testament to their many years
of experience and high degree
of industry expertise and
knowledge. We are very
pleased to be working with the-


described as an unprecedent-
ed request, that only De la Rue
self- adh -es iv -Tragiblevin-gs
paper be used in the printing of


the Bahamas visa, despite the
fact that there are a variety of
reliable security paper sources
for these types of visa docu-


IPBS team and look forward
to a long and .successful rela-
tionship."
Credibility
Bruce Raine, founder and
managing director; of IPBS,
said: "The team at ATEXIS
are ideal partners for IPBS and
have the level of credibility that
is vital inoour'business.
"We feel that this new part-
nership will bring value not
only to our organisations, but
importantly it will be the com-
bination of skills and expertise
that will offer our clients tan-
gible benefits.
1 "The market is very buoyant
right now and we are deter-
mined to remain a trUsted
provider of software and set-
vices to-our industry." ...


ments.
Also, the RP failed to idean-
StFjasspoIrTscutrily specifical-
tion for the supply of new f6r-
mat, high security books, in
accordance with ICAO guide-
lines for the document security.
The tender document states
that: "The bidder shall be
advised the designated pass-
port book marker for Bahamas
passport upon award of this
tender".
Meanwhile, the last tender
--in 2002 was said to have been
cancelled because Cabinet
thought the bids were too
expensive. 'At that time the
Tenders Board had recom-
mended that the tender be
awarded to the bidder which
h ad-submitted-a-price of.$ 10
million.
During this latest round, with
a deadline of August 8 for sub-
mission of bids, the lowest bid
was made by INDUSA, for
$12.8 million. INDUSA's bid,
however, does not include the
cost for 500,000 passport books,
which experts say could run in
the range of $5 million, bring-
ing the total for their bid to
some $17.5 million.


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NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
New York and London -
International Private Banking
Systems (IPBS), the specialist
-.proid-er ofwealth-manage---
ment software for the private
banking sector, yesterday
announced a partnership with
ATEXIS Consulting Group
(ATEXIS) to support North
Americani and Caribbean
growth.
Operations
ATEXIS is a consultancy
offering evaluation and imple-
mentation of wealth manage-
ment operations software and
systems. Clients are particular-
ly small to medium-sized finan-
cial institutions and non-profit
organisations across North
America.


places the radio frequency
(RF) chip in the cover of the
passport-.- .
"It is uncertain why the gov-
ernment of the Bahamas would
wish for this specific propri-
etary element, when there are
various other considerations
that affect the durability of the
chip.
"For greater robustness of
the RF chip, various authori-
ties have studied the enhanced
robustness of inserting a poly-
carbonate inlay solution to
house an RF chip. It is there-
fore unclear why Bahamian
authorities should require a
specific solution for which
there is no evidence of greater
durability and protection," the
letter said. .
The International Civil Avi-
ation Organisation (ICAO)


IRSTCAR IBBEAN
INTE-RNATIONAL BANK

Caribbean Pride.I international StrengtJt..uz Eina4~-ir-P ..rt.e----..--


CAREER OPPORTUNITY

for

MANAGER, RETAIL CREDIT CONFORMANCE


Qualifications:

* 3 5 years proven experience in retail credit risk
* Bachelors Degree preferred
* Knowledge of regional property market, economic situation and other influences
* Extensive knowledge of Retail Credit Risk Management with working knowledge
of securities

General Requirements/Responsibilities:

Ensure implementation of and adherence to the Barik's retail credit and
International Banking policy guidelines
One of a team managers responsible for carrying out retail Credit Risk
conformance through Risk visits and sampling
To identify issues which may have a negative impact on the quality of the
lending book as well as making recommendations for changes to ineffective
or inefficient processor procedures.
Carry out sampling of retail and international lendings to ensure compliance
with policy, delegated authorities and terms of CRMD agreement
Involves travel

Submit your resume private & confidential in WRITING ONLY before August 29
2005 to:

Jamise Sturrup ...
Human Resources Assistant
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-7125
Nassau, Bahamas

Or email: jamise.sturrup@firstcaribbeanbank.com

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited thanks all applicants for
the interest, however only those under consideration will be contacted.

Vacancies are open to Bahamian residents only


UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST INDIES

Centre of Hotel and Tourism Management, Nassau, The Baihamas

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Programme Director)

The University of the West Indies (UWI) invites applicants for the
position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Programme Director) at the
UWI Centre for Hospitality and Tourism Management (UWI-CHTM).

The successful applicant will play a central role in managing the day
to day operations of the Centre and will be expected to play a leading
role inithe repositioning of the Centre over the next two years. Duriing
this time it is expected that the Centre will diversify its range of
offerings and shift to delivering its programmes through inultiple
modes while strengthening its links with educational institutions and
the Hospitality Industry in The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean.

The Successful Applicant Shall Have:

- Minimum of a Master's degree in a hospitality or tourism related
area
- Proven record in administration management and inter-agency
coordination
- Proven record of scholarship in hospitality or tourism related areas
- Proven record of teaching excellence
- Well established working relationships within the Hospitality industry
in The Bahamas and the wider Caribbean.


An initial contract will be offered for two years

Detailed application letter and curriculum vitae giving full particulars of
qualifications, experience, nationality, names and full addresses of three
referees and copies of degrees should be sent to: Matthew William,
Representative of the University, The University of The West Indies,
Oakes Field, P.O. Box N 1184 no later than August 26, 2005. In order
to expedite the recruitment process, applicants are advised to ask their
referees to send reports under CONFIDENTIAL cover directly to the
University of The West Indies at the above address without waiting to be
contacted. A copy the application letter, CV and references are to be sent
simultaneously by email to the Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences,
Mark Figueroa, at the following address:
fssdean@uwimona.ed.i m.


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Consolidated Water reports





operating results for second





quarter and first half of 2005


GEORGE TOWN, Grand
Cayman, Cayman Islands -
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd,
which develops and operates
seawater conversion plants and
water distribution systems in
areas where natural supplies of
drinking water are scarce, has
reported its operating results
for the second quarter and first
half of 2005.
A 16 per cent decline in sec-
ond quarter net income was
partially due to higher retail
gross margins, which were
more than offset by lower gross
margins on bulk water sales.
In addition, general and
administrative expense rose
10.4 per cent, primarily due to
increased directors' compensa-
tion, an increase in legal fees,
and additional personnel hired
by Waterfields to support
e ,panded operations in the
B ahamas.
-'Total other income
decreased by 26.8 per cent as a
result of higher interest
expense associated with rising
-LIBOR rates.
or 'the six months ended
Juine'30, 2005, total revenue
"declined slightly to $12.6 mil-
lion, versus $12.7 million in the
corresponding period of the
,previous year. Net income.
"-decreased 22.6 per cent to
"$2,855,410, compared with
$3,687,958 in the first half of
2004.' The weighted average
number of fully diluted shares
outstanding increased to
''5`,986,928 in the six months
ended June 30, 2005, versus
5,847,552 in the prior year peri-
od.
"While our 2005 revenues
"'iatd rpigs are 'being nega-
i ively a f16ted by the impact of
IIHurricane Ivan, the worst hur-,
'.icne to hit the Cayman


Islands in more than 72 years,
we continue to pursue oppor-
tunities in existing and new
markets that will benefit our
operating results in future
years.
"The largest of these new
projects involves the expansion
of an existing plant and the
construction of a new seawa-
ter desalination plant, the Blue
Hills plant, in the Bahamas,


which will more than quadru-
ple our water production
capacity on New Providence,
to 10.8 million US gallons of
potable water per day, by the
mid-July 2006.
"By such time, Nassau will
replace the Cayman Islands as
our largest single market by
product volume, ".said Rick
McTaggart, president and chief
executive officer of Consoli-
dated Water Co. Ltd.
On July 31, 2005, the com-
pany paid a cash dividend of
$0.12 per share to sharehold-
ers of record June 30, 2005, a
4.3 per cent increase when
compared with the $0.115 div-
idend cash declared in the sec-
ond quarter of 2005. The com-


NOTICE

Notice is hereby given of the loss of Bahamas
Government Registered Stock Certificate as follows:


Interest
Stock Rate


Certificate Maturity
No. Date


2017 1.2500%APR 52-257


Amount


15/10/2017 $30,000


I intend to request The Registrar to issue duplicate
certificate. If this certificate is found, please write to
P.O. Box EE15119, Nassau, Bahamas.








Please be advised that the Law Firms of Lewis
& Longley and Cambridge Law Chambers
along with the Attorneys Annette Longley and
,Andrew Forbes are no longer instructed to act
*ohf behalf of Balfour Estates Holdings Limited.

Any inquiries that you may have may be
directed to the Law Firm of


FAYNE A. THOMPSON & CO.

at Telephone numbers:
322-5196 or 328-2719


pany has paid cash dividends
to shareholders every year
since 1985, and the annual rate
of dividend payment has never
been reduced during the 20-
year period.
For the three months ended
June 30, 2005, total revenue
increased to about $6.6 million,
compared with $6.4 million in
the second quarter of 2004. Net
income declined to $1,481,359,


or $0.25 per diluted share, ver-
sus $1,764,040 or $0.30 per
diluted share, in the quarter
ended June 30, 2004.
The weighted average num-
ber of fully diluted shares out-
standing totalled 6,011,642 in
the most recent quarter, com-
pared with 5,870,984 in the pri-
or-year period.
Retail water sales decreased


by 3.5 per cent to about $3.4
million in the most recent quar-
ter, when compared with
around $3.5 million in the pri-
or-year period.
Bulk water sales increased
by 8.1 per cent, from about $2.7
million in the second quarter
of 2004, to about $2.9 million in
the quarter ended June 30,
2005.
Revenue from services
increased by 24.5 per cent to
$270,670 in the second quarter
of 2005, compared with
$217,360 in the prior-year peri-
od.
Gross margin on retail sales
improved to 62 per cent in the
most recent quarter, versus 59.8
per cent a year earlier, while
gross margin on bulk water
sales approximated 19.3 per
cent, compared with 25.5 per
cent in the second quarter of
2004.
"Although our retail sales
continued to trail prior-year
levels in the most recent quar-
ter due to the after-effects of
Hurricane Ivan, the percent-
age decline narrowed to 3.5 per
cent, compared with a decline
of 12 per cent in the first quar-
ter of 2005," Mr McTaggart
said.
"Efforts to rebuild hurricane-
damaged tourist properties are
continuing at a rapid pace, but
until tourism returns to the
2004 pre-hurricane levels in the
Cayman market, we expect


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
(No. 45 of 2000)


RIMAR LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 of The
International Business Companies Act No. 45 of 2000 RIMAR LTD.
is in dissolution. Robert W. Stewart, Esq. of Miami, Florida is the
liquidator. All persons having claims against the above-named company
are required to send their address and particulars of their debts or claims
to the Liquidator before the 10th day of September, 2005.


Signed: Robert W. Stewart
Liquidator






4%UBS

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading global wealth manager,
is seeking an experienced professional to join their
team as

Operations Securities Manager

In order to meet our requirements all applicants must
possess:

Bachelors of Science degree in Finance,
Economics or equivalent;
Series 7 qualifications is a plus;
CFA, CPA or the equivalent is a plus;
Minimum of five years working in the financial
sector;
Sound knowledge of international markets and
financial instruments;
Extensive knowledge of processing Corporate
Actions, income, Securities Trade, Free Deliveries
& Receives;
Solid knowledge of MS Office and related
software;
Strong leadership skills;
Teamplayer

Written applications by Bahamian nationals only
should be addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
PO,. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas


revenues from retail to be low-
er than in the prior-year com-
parable periods."
Joe Pivinski, chief financial
officer of Consolidated Water
Co. Ltd, said also that "addi-
tional water consumption by
the Water Authority on Grand
Cayman, partially offset by
lower net sales in our Water-
fields operation on the island of
New Providence in the
Bahamas, allowed Bulk sales
to rise 8.1 per ceht in the most
recent quarter, when compared


with the prior-year quarter.
"The decline in Waterfields
sales relates to reduced deliv-
eries associated with the foul-
ing of reverse osmosis mem-
brane elements. We are in the
process of remediating this
problem and currently have
one containerised desalination
* unit on site and one in transit to
temporarily supplement pro-
duction capacity.
"These containerised units
should be producing water by
mid-October, 2005."


LEGAL NOTICE




NOTICE



In the Estate of George C. Swanson


NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any
claims or demands against the above named Estate
are requested to send the same duly certified to the
undersigned on or before the 31st day of September,
2005.

And Notice is hereby also given that at the expiration
of the time above -mentioned the assets of the deceased
will be distributed amongst the persons entitled thereto
having regard only to the claims of which the Executor
shall then have had notice.




L.C. HULL & CO.
700 Don Mackay Boulevard
P.O. Box AB-20415
Marsh Harbour,
Abaco, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Executor


human capital solutions


Chief Executive Officer

Our client, a small but well established and thriving
bank and trust company based in Nassau, is seeking
a CEO to take over the day-to-day management of the
operations of the company and its wholly owned
subsidiaries. The CEO will have full P&L and
administrative responsibility in respect of existing
businesses but will not be responsible for business
development, the responsibility for which will remain
with the Chairman. The CEO will also be the company's
principal liaison officer with the regulators.

The candidate must be able to demonstrate solid, hands
on, management, administrative and operational
experience in an international financial institution, in
various locations. The candidate will almost certainly
have achieved managing director or similar level in a
subsidiary or branch operation. In particular, experience
living and working in Latin America will be a significant
advantage. The candidate must have business fluency
in Spanish and/or Portuguese given the company's
market focus, and a part of the interview will be
conducted in one or other of these languages or both
as appropriate.

In addition, to his/her track record, the candidate will
be well educated and will most probably have a business
degree or other professional qualification. The job will
be based in Nassau but some travel will be required.

The company offers a competitive base salary
commensurate with the candidate's qualifications and
experience, and performance incentives, as well as
other benefits.

Please send your CV to Jonathan Ginder, Director,
Human Capital Solutions to: exec@hcscayman.com-
tel: (345) 949-6664.











GN 254

MINISTER OF TRANSPORT AND

AVIATION PORT DEPARTMENT
Notice of Sitting For New Providence Port Authority Board
To Consider Application For Licence Under The Boat Registration
Act Chapter (277)

Notice is hereby given that a meeting of the New Providence Port Authority Board for
New Providence and the Family Islands will be held at the Port Administration
Building Prince George Wharf on the 25th August 2005 at 3:00pm for the purpose of
granting Licenses under The Boat Registration Act Chapter (277)

Any person entitled to and wishing to object to any application should do so at least
six (6) day before the date of the hearing by submitting his/her objections in writing to
the Board and to the applicant.

Person attending the meeting on behalf of an applicant must produce written
authorization at the meeting.

Applicants for renewals are not required to attend, unless they have received written
notification from the New Providence Port Authority.

The undermentioned persons have applied for grant of licenses as specified below:


NEW BOAT LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE


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"Copyrighted Material


-: Syndicated Content

Available from Commercial News Providers"


REG NO APPLICANT

NB/04/05 Bruce E. Bain
Nassau Bahamas

NB/03/05 Ferguson Kevin
Wilson Track
Nassau Bahamas

NB/06/05 Flowers Christopher
Golden Gates #2
Nassau Bahamas

NB/09/05 Forbes Dwight
Nassau Village
Nassau Bahamas

NB/01/05 Mckinney Kenneth
Prince Charles Drive
Nassau Bahamas

NB/02/05 Mckinney Kenneth
Prince Charles Drive
Nassau Bahamas

N/B/10/05 Moss Luther
Pine wood Gardens
Nassau Bahamas

NB/05/05 Peters C. Warren
Nassau Bahamas


NB/07/05 Sawyer Rickey
Coral Heights
Nassau Bahamas

NB/08/05 Tumquest Patrick
Nassau Bahamas


REG NO APPLICANT
NP:965 Cartwright Jason
Nassau Bahamas


BOAT NAME

"Baby Jane
Steel Hull
60ft
Boston Whaler
17ft


No Name
Wellcraft
30ft

Banana Boat
16ft


Seaquest
Parasail Boat
28ft

Seaquest
Banana Boat
17ft

Banana Boat
12ft

"Hydro Sport
Parasail Boat
22ft

"White Boy"
Banana Boat
18fi

" Suard IV"
Steel Hull
100ft


BOAT NAME
"Renegade"
Steel Hull
50ft


CLASS PASS

A 0


B 1



B 10



B 10



B 2



B 8



B 8


B 8


B 8


A 0


CLASS PASS


Cargo


Rental



Rental


Rental



Rental



Rental



Rental



Rental


Rental


Barge


USE
Tug


TRANFER JET SKI NEW PROVIDENCE


REG NO FORMER
OWNER
NP:603ATW Sturrup Jason
Nassau Bahamas


NEW OWNER

Demeritte Demaro
Nassau Bahamas


CLASS PASS USE


Rental
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Beach
West


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insurance system would look like and to.put
together a scheme that covered the expectations
of the populace was a very technical and
involved process that required the support of a
lot of technical people.
He said that, ultimately, their findings and.
analysis would form the heart of any proposed
scheme the government put forward.
Once the report is completed, Cabinet is
expected, in determining the way forward, to
either give it the green light to advance to a
stage of pre-implementation or even imple-
mentation of certain segments of the scheme,
or look for further clarification and analysis.

Discussion

It was also noted that no further public dis-
cussion would take place until new information
could be made available.
In an earlier report, Philip "Brave" Davis,
chairman of the National Insurance Board


(NIB), in his contribution to the 20052006 Bud-
get Debate in Parliament, said that a natiorial
health insurance scheme will help provide, every
Bahamian with insurance coverage for major
surgeries and other medical services.

Financing

"This system is being designed so as to
improve access to health care financing, as well
as to improve the delivery of ,care, especially
from public facilities," he said.-
Following the appointment of the Blue Ribbon
Commission on National Health Insurance,
which reported to government in August 2004, a
steering committee to oversee the implementa-
tion phase of a National Health.ns.urance.
scheme was established.
A director was brought in to oversee the tech-
nical team's workon the system's design and
various external consultants have also been
brought in to assist in their efforts.


NP:107ATE Wells William,
Kameisha
Nassau Bahamas


Jacdenjonber
Watersports
Nassau Bahamas


Rental
Atlantis
Beach East


NEW MASTER'S LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE


REG NO

NM/01/05



NM/03/05



NM/04/05



NM/02/05


APPLICANT


Russell R. Scott
P.O.Box SS-5515
Nassau Bahamas

Deleveaux R. Jason
PineWood Gardens
Nassau Bahamas

* Knowles R. Byron
P.O.Box CB-11911
Nassau Bahamas

Treco M. Dwayne
P.O.Box N-1641
Nassau Bahamas


CLASS

B



B



A


B


\RENEWAL MASTER'S LICENCE NEW PROVIDENCE


LICENCE #


7277


NAME


Stuart Damian
P.O.Box CB-13359
Nassau Bahamas

Wells Christopher
Nassau Bahamas

Darville Trevor.
Claridge Road
Nassau Bahamas

Duncombe B. Anthony
P.O.Box N-302
Nassau Bahamas


7555



7056


CLASS

B


A


B



A


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Collimae P. Ferguson (Miss)
Acting Port Controller


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U TOUGH PILL
TO SWALLOW
HELSINKI, Finland: Team
manager Ralph McKinney
said it's going to be hard to
swallow the heart-breaking
fourth place finish that Lee-
van 'Superman' Sands had to
settle for in the men's triple
jump.
"It's a tough pill to swal-
low. Fourth," McKinney
stressed. "At least all of his
-jumps improved. He-steadily
improved, so that is good for
him."
McKinney said at least
Sands earned his trip to com-
pete in Europe after the
championships.
MORE WORDS
OF WISDOM
HELSINKI, Finland: Min-
ister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Neville Wisdom said
that, despite not winning a
medal in the men's triple
jump final Thursday night, he
still feels that Leevan 'Super-
man' Sands was the "cream
of the crop."
Sands, 23, showed it by tak-
ing the lead, dropping to sec-
ond and then third before he
finally ended up in fourth and
Olympic silver medalist Mar-
ian Oprea passed him in the
sixth and final round.
"He just has to chalk this
one up to experience," Wis-
dom noted. -'-But- there's no
doubt in my mind that he's
certainly among the top three
jumpers in the world. His con-
sistency was evident. It was
very unfortunate that the
fourth jump was a foul
because it was his biggest
jump.
"But that's the way the ball
bounces. To be in the medal
round until the final jump is
something he will probably
have to relive. He should
learn from this experience.
But I was very proud of him
and I told him that."
Wisdom said he believes
that the country owes Sands a
* debt of gratitude.
U WISDOM EVEN MORE
ELATED
HELSINKI, Finland: When
asked to: comment on the
junior boys' winningt,_e
bronze medal at the Cen-
troBasket and qualifying for
the tournament of Americas
next year, Minister of Youth,
Sports and Culture, Neville
Wisdom, said he didn't know.
"I thought they would
reach to this level, but the
plan now is for them to reach
"ffnext level 'aniidossibry
qualify for the Worlds," Wis-
dom said.- "That would be
wonderful. But again it speaks
about this programme of
planning through sports.
"This is the year of devel-
opment for the junior pro-
gramme and we are seeing the
teams making the break-
through because the associa-
tions and federations see the
wisdom."
Wisdom, however, would
like to see more emphasis
being placed on facilities and
the outcome of the talent that
is available throughout the
Family Islands.
BAHAMAS CHECKS
OUT FACILITIES AT
OLYMPIC STADIUM
HELSINKI, Finland: While
here to view the competition
at the 10th IAAF World
Championships, sports ambas-
sador Tommy Robinson,
along wtit iToyIE-Bi-riows,
also spent some time looking
at the facilities at the Olympic.
Stadium.
"Doyle pointed out to me
the automatic leveling of the
pit. That's something I have
never seen before, but it's
something we will ask the
Chinese Government to pro-
vide," said Robinson, about
the $30 million national sta-
dium that is going to be built
at the Queen Elizabeth Sports
Centre.
Burrows said it's been
around for a long time and at
competitions like this, it
"makes everything uniform."
TEAM CELEBRATIONS
HELSINKI, Finland: Min-


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

HELSINKI, Finland: Chris
Brown has arrived, but he will
need to run the race of his life
to propel him into a medal
position today in the final of
the men's 400 metres at the
10th IAAF World Champi-
onships.
Matched against three
Americans, including world
leader Jeremy Wariner,
Brown has his work cut out
for him starting in lane eight at
2.35pm ET.
The 26-year-old native from
Eleuthera will lead the
Bahamian 19-member team in
action on day seven of the
championships.

Battle

Two days ago, in the
semifinal, Brown took
Wariner to the wire in
a hard fought battle to
qualify for his first major
international final with the
sixth fastest qualifying time.
Wariner went in at number
three.
Speaking to reporters,
Brown indicated that the rain
has had an effect on his per-
formance, but, he said, "I've
ran in these conditions before
and I'm not going to let it stop
me now."
Motivated by the historic
gold medal performance from
his training partner Tonique
Williams-Darling in the wom-
en's 400, Brown said "she got
her pie and now I have to go
for mine."
It would be a tremendous
feat if the Bahamas secure a
medal in both quarters just as
Williams-Darling and Brown
did with the gold and bronze


Bahamians in medal h


respectively at the Colinalm-
perial Senior Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Champi-
onships in Nassau in July.
There's a talented field of
quarter-milers lined up behind
him. Right on his trail is
American Andrew Rock in
seven. Jamaican Brandon
Simpson is in six, American
Darold Williamson in five,
Canadian Christopher Tyler
-in -four and -Wariner in three.
It should be a fast race.
Experts here predict that it
will last about 44. seconds.
Brown has indicated that
"they will have to do it with
me in the race," because he
feels he's capable of doing the
same thing.
Also today, Leevan
'Superman' Sands
will be



attempting
to grab the
medal in the
men's long jump
that slipped away
from him in the
men's triple jump final
on Thursday night.
The defending
bronze medalist was
staring at a spot on
the podium again, .
after going in the
sixth and final jump
when Olympic silver
medalist Marian
Oprea soared ahead of
him by one centimetre.
Jumping two competitors
down, Sands fouled his final


attempt as Oprea held onto Olympic final i
he bronze behind American The 40-year-
gold medalist Walter Davis her gold meda
and Yoandri Betanzos from at the CAC C.
Cuba, who secured the silver, will be competi
as the ninth thr
Compete itors need a heave o
ter to automatic
feeling the final. She h
Although he's feeling season's
banged up," Sands will be best of
he seventh of 13 competitors 200-
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BSPORT


Eve in action


ister of Youth, Sports and
Culture Neville Wisdom and
his wife Manita, will hold a
luncheon for the Bahamas
delegation at the 10th IAAF
World Championships on
Sunday.
The luncheon is scheduled
for the Omenapuu Restau-
rant in the city centre of
Helsinki.
Wisdom said this is the gov-
_e.rnment's way of. showing
their appreciation to the ath-
letes.


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place. Philippa Arnett-Willie will
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ng in Group B disclose the order.
rower. She will The Bahamas, however, will
f 198-6 or bet- be in lane four, sandwiched
ally qualify for between Sweden in three and
as a the United States in five.
Great Britain is in lane two.
the Netherlands occupy
six and Nigeria rounds
out the field in seven.
The first two in
each of the three
heats plus the two
fastest times will
advance to the
final on Saturday.


Brown, Sands and













Sports ambassador hails





'magnificent moment'


M By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter
HELSINKI, Finland:
Legendary sprinter Tommy
Robinson called it one of
the most "magnificent"
moments in track and field
history for the Bahamas.
The sports ambassador
wa-s referring to the spec-
tacular gold medal perfor-
mance by Tonique
Williams-Darling, who pow-
ered back in the final 50
metres to add the 10th
IAAF World Champi-
onships women's 400 metre
title to the Olympic crown
she claimed last year in
Athens, Greece.

Silver
Robinson would know all
about "magnificent." As the
flag bearer, manager, coach
and athlete, Robinson led
a one-man band to the 1958
Commonwealth Games in
Cardiff, Wales where he
won the silver medal in the
men's 100 yards in
9.63 behind Keith Gar-
diner's gold medal feat of
9.66.
In consecutive) games in
Perth, Australia in 1962 and
in Kingston, Jamaica in
1966, Robinson would
retain his silver medal.
Back then, there was no
World Championships and
it wasn't until 1970 in Edin-
burgh that they changed
from running the 100 yards
to the 100 metres.
Robinson had stopped
competing by the time the
International Amateur Ath-
letic Association had imple-
mented the World Champi-
onships here in-H elson:in
1983. .: ;
But whil&he, wa sn'ttflere.;
for those initial champi-
onships, he was glad to be
able to witness Williams-
Darling's performance in
Helsinki this week.
"I think what was so spe-
cial was the fact that
Richards was leading, her
coming off the curve and
she just showed that she's


a real champion," Robin-
son reflected. "She dug
down deep and decided that
she was not going to be
denied that gold medal. It
was very special."

Unlucky
As for the performances
by the team on a whole,
Robinson said the Bahamas
has been "unlucky," but the
athletes can't complain
because they are doing the
best that they could under
the circumstances.
He added: "Chandra
(Sturrup) was unlucky, hav-
ing led the (women's 100
final) race for 80 metres
and didn't medal. So was
Jackie (Edwards), who end-
ed up ninth (in the women's
long jump). Just one cen-
timetre meant that she
would have been inthe
final of the women's long
jump to contend for a
medal.
"But we are still expect-
ing a great performance
from Lavern (Eve) in the
javelin and Chris (Brown)
has shown that he has
arrived with the big boys.
So it all goes well for us."

Relay
Robinson said he's really
looking forward to watch-
ing both the women's 4 x
100 and the men's 4 x 400
relay teams compete,
because having Sturrup and
Brown make finals gives the
rest of the team the incen-
tive to really run.
"Once you get to the
final, anything can happen,"
said Robinson, who has
proven it time and time
again before he stopped
competing in 1970. "We are
going to keep hunting for
medals."
As for the inclement
weather, Robinson said
"this shows the character of
the Bahamian athletes to
compete in any kind of
adverse conditions because,
as world class athletes, they
have be ready to perform.


* TONIQUE WILLIAMS-DARLING celebrates her win (Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


Boxers speed up




training ahead of




Commonwealth




Championships


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
TWO days before travelling to the
Commonwealth Boxing Championships,
speed work has been the focus for Tau-
reano Johnson and Lavar Stuart.
The team was cut down to two boxers,
after James McKenzie wasn't able to trav-
el due to work commitments.
They are expected to leave for Scot-
land, United Kingdom on Saturday, with
the opening bouts of the tournament set
for Monday August 15th.
Although the team isn't aware of the
draw, head coach Andre Seymour is con-
fident that two medals will be secured by
the duo.
He said: "Last year we got a silver, this
year we are expecting two golds.
"We know that the pressure will be on
both boxers, but with the training they've
undergone and their experience, we are
confident that it will pull them through.
"We are disappointed that James wasn't
able to come on the trip, but he will have
other trips. There is a tournament we've
scheduled for Brazil, so I am certain he
will try and make that one.
"James is an excellent heavyweight box-
er, who would have faired very well if he
did go. Like I said earlier, we're not to
sure on who will be there but the training
the boxers has undergone places them in
a good position."
Johnson, the silver medallist from last
year games in the welter weight division,


is the most experienced of the two boxers.
He led the two man team of Keishano
Major, who finished just out of the medal
hunt.
The silver medal at the games came
days before Johnson moved to Cuba for
training.
During his training, Johnson has sparred
with Olympic gold medallist Yuddel John-
son, and the Russian champion, Alexan-
der Zodkov.

Great
Seymour added: "We aren't going to
this tournament to take any of the other
countries for light in terms of what they
have. We know what we have, and that is
a great breed of boxers who can stand
the test of any boxer in their division.
"Lavar is on that level now to win him-
self a medal on the international scene. He
is going to do very well.
"When you look at Lavar he has the
speed a boxer needs to pull him through
and the strength just in case the fight goes
the distance.
"We are expecting a big performance
from him down in Scotland
and, in turn, he is eager to hop into the
ring."
Stuart has represented' the Bahamas on
the junior level at the Carifta Boxing
Championships, and several boxing tour-
naments, which were sponsored by the
Bahamas Boxing Federation.


Bahamas on course



at golfing event


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
AFTER a day of competition
in the 49th Caribbean Golf Ama-
teur Championships, the
Bahamas has secured top posi-
tions in two divisions, and is rising
quickly in the other three.
The five division tournament,
which is being held at the Royal
St. Kitts Golf Club in St Kitts and
Nevis, started on Wednesday for
all divisions.
Currently, the Bahamas is in a
three way tie for the top spot in
the Super Seniors (Higgs and
Higgs) division with Trinidad and
Tobago and Puerto Rico, all hav-
ing best ball scores of 69.
In the Francis and Jan Steele-
Perkins Cup (Seniors), the
Bahamas is tied for first with Bar-
bados with a total of 70 after the
first round.

Tie
There is also a two way tie for
third place in this division
between Trinidad and Tobago
and Dominican Republic, all hav-
ing scores of 72.
The team of Jameica Dun-
combe, Raquel Riley and Alena
Hutchinson are in fifth place in
the George Teale cup with a com-
bined score of 163.
Bahamas are the two time
defending champions in this Cup.
Leading the division with 147 is
Trinidad and Tobago, last year's
runners-up.
Trinidad and Tobago has a
three stroke lead over Puerto
Rico, Cayman Islandss in third
place with 156.
The battle is on for the top spot
in the Ramon Baez Figueroa
Cup, with the Bahamas currently
sitting in fifth place.
The division, which only caters


to two competitors, is being
played by Chris Harris and
Wayde Bethel.
Both Harris and Bethel have
scores of 72, team Barbados is
currently leading that division
with a score of 71.
In the men's cup, the team of
Scott MacDougall, Peter McIn-
tosh, Oren Butler, Steven Bain
and George Swann are ranked
eight after the first round of play


with a combined score of 333.
McIntosh, who shot 82, was
the only golfer to complete play
on nine holes, with the others
playing five.
Leading the division is Trinidad
and Tobago with a combine
score of 302.
Scores from all divisions will
be combined to determine the
overall winner. Competition ends
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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter

HELSINKI, Finland:
Leevan 'Superman' Sands
will probably remember
the name of Marian Oprea
for a little while as he
reflects on his performance
Thursday night at the
Olympic Stadium.
The Romanian national
record holder and Olympic
silver shattered Sands' bid
to return to the medal
podium for the second
straight time at the 10th
IAAF World Champi-
onships in the men's triple
jump final.
From having the gold
within touching distance
with his best leap of 57-
feet, 0 3/4-inch, Sands
watched as Oprea came up
with a leap of 57-one to
move from fifth to third.


Fourth place


finish in final


Two competitors later,
Sands had his final chance
to redeem himself.

Denied
Instead, he came up with
a foul and was denied a
trip to the podium.
Oprea, 23, clinched the
bronze as American Wal-
ter Davis held onto the
gold with a season's best of
57-7 3/4, while Cuban
Yoandri Betanzos, the Col-
inalmperial Senior Central


American and Caribbean
Championships' gold
medalist, picked up the sil-
ver with 57-1 3/4.
Sands, the CAC bronze
medalist, said he was dis-
appointed, but, he added:
"I can't complain. I went
down fighting. All of my
.jumps were over 17 metres
(55-9) and I did my sea-
son's best. I can't com-
plain.
"I wanted the medal bad,
but fourth place. I will
have to accept it."


He will also accept a
$15,000 cheque from the
IAAF for his efforts.
Oprea just ruined his
opportunity to join
Tonique Williams-Darling
as a Bahamian medalist so
far at these championships.
But Sands said those things
happen. There was nothing
he could do with the
scratch.
"That's track and field.
This is only my fifth time
jumping for the year," he
insisted. "So I'm happy
with my performance. I
can't feel bad about what
I did today."
After soaring on top of
the leaderboard with her
second attempt with his
'best jump of the night,
Sands fell to second when
Davis took over with his
best jump in the third
round.
Sands scratched the


fourth, which seemed ques-
tionable. Betanzos then
vaulted into second with
his best effort, dropping
Sands to third.

Officials
On his fifth attempt,
Sands appeared to have
landed further than the
officials had marked. When
he questioned it, they said
"it was the chain mark,"
but Sands felt it could have
been from a previous
jumper.
"They said it was my
chain mark," Sands noted.
That set the stage for the
sixth round when Oprea
took him over for the
bronze medal.
Sands, the 23-year-old
double national champion,
will be back today to clinch
his second final spot when


he competes in the .it;r's
long jump.
"I will just try tp'go
through the motion aii*et
into the final," he s0 0'ed.
"I just want to try ap4,l o
my best."
After the champion$ lips,
Sands will prepare f6 the
IAAF World Athli' cs
Final in Monaco iire-
tember before he ret i;$to
Auburn University toc eim-
plete his final two o^,les
to graduate with his ree
in Adult Education. i
"I saw I dropped t41i4,
so I wanted to makli, e
final. I did that and'tit;I
finished fourth," tls
reflected. "So it's g"',
He also sent out as hout
out to his parents, Elaine
and Leevan Sr, his sisters,
Bradea, Bria and hiisltt -
er, Deangelo, along ith
his girlfriend, Da 6 1e
Burrows.







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