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Stroke victim may

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insurance policy


A BAHAMAS Court of
Appeal judge lying seriously ill
in a Miami hospital is at the cen-
tre of an embarrassing financial
wrangle over his treatment.
The health insurance provid-
ed by his contract with the
Bahamas government has now
run out, according to well-
placed sources, putting him in
urgent need of specialist treat-
ment in the UK, which would
involve a $160,000 transfer by
air ambulance from Miami to
London.
The plight of Justice Maurice
Churaman, a British national of
Guyanese descent, was dis-
cussed by the Cabinet last week.
It is understood that minis-
ters and senior government offi-
cials are in a quandary over
what to do next as Justice Chu-
raman lies paralysed by a stroke
in Jackson Memorial Hospital.
There has been a request for
his family to have him returned
to the UK where he can get the


necessary medical attention.
However, government is in a
bind as to whether or not it can
legally do more than it already
has done.
Justice Churaman is about to
exhaust the full measure of the
government's medical insurance
which is now set at several hun-
' dreds of thousands of dollars.
Last night, informed sources
expressed disquiet over Justice
Churaman's desperate situation
and said other judges must
be considering the worth of
their own health cover.
"The problem is particularly
acute for judges because they
often work on until an advanced
age," said one government legal
source.
"Justice Churaman is about
70 and was active on the bench
right up until his illness. When
he was taken ill, he was sent to
Miami for treatment.
SEE page nine


Wilchcombe 'has no
interest in leadership'


* PASSENGERS at Nassau International Airport try to leave; but all airlines had stopped services until after the storm.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)

Bad weather causes chaos at airport


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
HUNDREDS of passengers were
stranded at Nassau International Air-
port yesterday as airlines cancelled
flights when Florida airports closed
because of Hurricane Katrina.


Hopeful that Katrina would weaken
during the day, travellers among them
many families with children returning to
school made their way to Nassau
International (NIA) and checked in for
flights yesterday morning.
As the day progressed, however, the
storm intensified to a Category One hur-


ricane with sustained winds at 75mph.
Shortly after 2pm the first airport in
Florida announced that it would be clos-
ing due to the storm.
Broward county officials said due to
the approach of Hurricane Katrina, the
SEE page two


* By ADRIAN GIBSON
TOURISM Minister Obie
Wilchcombe yesterday broke
his silence on recent specula-
tion that he will replace Prime
Minister Christie as leader of
the PLP before the 2007 gen-


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eral election. According to him,
he has no interest at present in
the post.
Mr Wilchcombe said he con-
tinues to fully support Mr
Christie's leadership. In his
SEE page nine


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Man charged

with murder
* BY NATARIO McKENZIE
A 30-year-old man of Australia Avenue
was charged in Magistrate's Court yester-
day with the murder of the man found dead
by police in a car last Week.
Police reported that they found the body
of 34-year-old Mauriceo Davis with gun-
shot wounds to his face in a car near Cow-
pen Road after investigating reports of gun-
shots being fired in the- area shortly after
10pm last Friday.
Gladstone Greene was arraigned before
Magistrate Marilyn Meers for Davis' mur-
der yesterday.
The body of the Harrold Road resident
was reportedly found in a burgundy
coloured Nissan Altima in a field 500 feet
off the road.
Davis' death raised the number of mur-
ders in the country to 28.


* GLADSTONE Greene from Australia Avenue on the way to court.


SEE page nine (Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)


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Grand Bahama weathers Katrina


* By KARAN MINNIS
GRAND BAHAMA en-
dured the passing of Tropical
Storm Katrina in darkness yes-
terday, as the storm caused an
island-wide blackout.
Katrina, which became a hur-
ricane soon after it passed
beyond the Bahamas, did not
affect the country to an alarm-
ing degree said officials from
the National Emergency Man-
agement Agency (NEMA).
According to Michael Stubbs
from the Department of Mete-
orology, as of yesterday morn-
ing Tropical Storm warnings
were cancelled for all areas of
the Bahamas except Grand
Bahama, Bimini, and the Berry
Islands.
The Met Department stated
that the country experienced an
average of around 4 inches of
rain as a result of the storm.
Around 5pm yesterday, Hur-
ricane Katrina was located near
latitude 26.1 north and' longi-
tude 79.9 west or about 15 miles
east northeast of Fort Laud-
erdale, Florida.
It was reportedly moving
west at about 6 mph, a bearing
it is expected to maintain for
about 24 hours.
Hurricane warnings for the
southeast Florida coast from the
Jupiter inlet to Florida City also
remained in place.
According to Gail Moncur at
NEMA, "the blackout in


Freeport it is nothing to be
alarmed about."
"As far as we know, the nec-
essary departments are handling
the situation quite efficiently
and all islands are faring well,"
she said.
Speaking at a noon press con-
ference yesterday, Patricia Fran-
cis, first assistant secretary of
NEMA, said: "We are well
aware of the amount of rain and
wind that this storm has pro-
duced and so we though it fit-
ting that we advise the commu-
nity on want we as disaster
management organisation has
been doing to ensure that if we
have a problem what are our
plans and how we are designed
to execute."
Lieutenant Commander Her-
bert Bain, who is attached to
NEMA, said that due to sever-
al unexpected cruise ship dock-
ings at the Prince George Warf
due to the passing of Katrina,
there will be some adjustments
cruise ship schedules.
"In the case of a hurricane,
we (the Port Department) will
not be permitting vessels that
do not have a proper plan to
remain in harbour because of
the serious negative impacts
that could happen," he said.
"The Port Department has also
been in contact with various
ports to receive appropriate
port plans to ensure that if we
were effected by a hurricane we
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port is doing in order to safe-
guard their vessels."
According to Mrs Moncur,
during any serious storm,
NEMA calls around to the var-
ious family island to ensure that
all is well and everyone is
secure.


"We try to leave no stone
unturned," she said. "We try to
see how we can link well with
all of the different islands to see
what is happening, what is going
on and who would need assis-
tance ;if assistance is needed."
Mr Bain took the opportuni-


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ty to point out the dangers
attendant on hurricanes or any
type of bad weather.
"We just want to encourage
the public to not to take these
systems lightly," he said. "We
know from experience the seri-
ous impacts that could occur as


a result of these systems, so
when the Met office or an
agency like NEMA issues
instructions to take necessary
precautions such as stocking up
on disaster related supplies and
the like, we want you to take
that serious."


Storm delays flights from airport


FROM page one
passenger terminals at Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood Inter-
national Airport would be
closed.
"All passenger flight activity
will cease at that time. It is
expected that throughout the
day, more and more flights will


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be cancelled. Passengers are
advised to call their airline
before coming to the airport,"
the announcement said.
Despite increasing rain -
more than three inches falling in
New Providence between
Wednesday morning and yes-
terday afternoon NIA
remained open.
Joseph Reckley, deputy gen-
eral manager of the Airport
Authority, said that the
inclement weather did not neces-
sitate the closing of the airport.
"There are no plans to close
the airport. It is up to the indi-
vidual airlines to decide if they
want to fly in this weather," he
said.
American Airlines/American
Eagle was one of the airlines
that continued to fly its routes
to Miami and Fort Lauderdale
during the morning hours, how-


ever, following the closure of
the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood
airport, the airline was forced
to cancel its 4pm flight to that
destination.

Anger

Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, a disgruntled pas-
senger, who was scheduled to
leave at 4pm for Fort Laud-
erdale, said that when she
checked in at noon the airline
had still hoped to be able to
make the flight. According to
the passenger, some American
Airlines customers were upset
because they had called the air-
line's information hotline before
leaving their hotels and had
been told that they would be
flying that day.
"Some were angry and felt


that American Airlines should
pay for their hotel that night,
but many understood that it was
simply an 'act of God' and
nobody's fault," she said.
The passenger said she hopes
to be able to leave for Fort
Lauderdale sometime today.
"We don't have to pay any
penalties, so it isn't too bad,"
she said.
Delta Air Lines was able to
continue its service to Atlanta,
and US Airways departed with-
out difficulty for Charlotte
County in Florida.
Bahamasair flights to the
southeastern Family Islands, as
well as to Abaco and Grand
Bahama, which had been can-
celled on Wednesday, remained
suspended throughout yester-
day. The national carrier also
cancelled all of its flights to
Florida.


Driving warning



on Grand Bahama


GRAND Bahamians are
being urged to drive with
extreme caution while the rem-
nants of Hurricane Katrina
linger in the area.
Police say they believe the
inclement weather conditions
over the past few days con-
tributed to a serious traffic col-
lision in Freeport.
The accident reportedly
occurred shortly before 2 pm
on Wednesday on Fortune Bay
Drive just North of Clipper Dri-
ve. I
Police reported that a white


1999 Dodge Ram truck, driven
by 33-year-old William Russell
of Man' 0 War Circle, collid-
ed with a utility pole. Both the
truck and the pole were exten-
sively damaged.
Mr Russell reportedly sus-
tained several injuries to body
and had to be taken to the
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he is presently listed in
stable condition.
According to a police report,
evidence from the scene sug-
gests that Mr Russell's truck
was traveling north along For-


tune Bay Drive at "a fast rate of
speed on a wet road surface"
which caused him to lose con-'
trol of the vehicle.
Evidence suggests that the
truck skidded across the road,
and crashed into a utility pole
off the eastern side of the car-
riageway, the report said.


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popular birth

control pill

discontinued

* By KARAN MINNIS
PRODUCTION of a leading
birth control pill that is widely
used in the Bahamas has been
discontinued.
However users of Nordette
21 need not worry, as viable
alternatives are available
according Nassau Agencies, a
local distributor of the drug.
Yesterday it was reported
that the pharmaceutical compa-
ny Wyeth has ceased produc-
tion of Nordette 21, one of the
more popular leading birth
control pills in the Bahamas.
Nordette 21 is usually taken
by women who wish to regulate
their menstrual cycles or pre-
vent becoming pregnant.
As with other birth control
pills, Nordette 21 can also be
used as a treatment for acne or
as a "morning after" pill.
According to Barbara Hen-
derson, a registered nurse and
pharmaceutical manager at
Nassau Agencies, "there are
two types of Nordette, 21 and
28."
She said that 21 has been dis-
continued, "which simply
means that they are not making
it anymore, however Nordette
28 is still going to be made."
She added that Nordette 28,
which is basically the same as
21, is currently out of stock.
"According to the company,
Nordette 28 should be in stock
by September or November,"
she said.

Alternative
"As an alternative, we have
suggested to doctors and phar-
macies that the patients use
another product such as
Microgynono 30."
"Microgynono 30 is basically
made of the same ingredients
as Nordette but it is made by a
different company and has a
different name," she explained.
Mrs Henderson said that the
only difference between
Nordette 21 and 28, "is that 28
has 7 extra pills that are non-
ictive."
"I cannot say why 21 is being
discontinued," she said. "You
would have to find out from the
manufactures."
Mrs Henderson advised that
most pharmacists will insist that
women get new prescriptions
)efore distributing an new drug
o them.
"We understand that
Nordette 21 is being created by
)ther manufactures but Wyeth
s the official one," she said.
"We can go and buy it from
omewhere else but that would
De risky, so we have decided to
tick with the original manufac-
ures."
"The reality is that there are
whole lot of pills of this sort
)n the market so people there
re alternatives to the product.
"However you need to get
he doctors to advise you on
his before you make a change
Madee"
Up to press time, The Tri-
'une was unable to contact rep-
esentatives from the manufac-
uring company Wyeth.


* By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
GAS prices at the pumps are
expected to go up once again
tomorrow after Shell Bahamas
received approval for its latest
price hike.
The new price of Shell gas
will be $4.01 a gallon.
Minister of Trade and Indus-
try Leslie Miller yesterday
signed off on the increase, warn-
ing that even higher prices can
be expected in the future.
* The next major increase is
scheduled to take effect with
the arrival of a fuel shipment in
10 days.
The average price for a gallon
of gasoline in the Bahamas is
then expected to be anywhere
between $4.25 to $4.40 a gallon.
On Wednesday oil prices


a gallon


Shell Bahamas receives approval for rise


hovered around $68 a barrel in
Asia.
Traders and dealers said yes-
terday that the $70 marker was
in sight as Tropical Storm Kat-
rina threatened oil rigs in the
Gulf of Mexico and refineries
onshore.

Increase
"It's going to keep moving
up," Mr Miller said, "Shell got
an increase of $0.29 cents on its
gas price and $0.15 cents for
diesel. So the new prices will be
$4.01 for gas and $3.24 for
diesel.
"But you know what is
incredible, is that Texaco


increase wasn't nearly as high
as this. They still fictitiously
compete with each other when
there really isn't any competi-
tion. We are still waiting on
Esso to come with their raise,"
Mr Miller warned.
On Wednesday, Jamaica's
Prime Minister Percival Patter-
son signed onto PetroCaribe,
tripling the country's supply of
oil from Venezuela to 21,000
barrels a day. The US receives 2
million barrels a day from
Venezuela.
"Jamaica took the right step
yesterday (Wednesday). They
will get the full benefits of
PetroCaribe and God bless
them. I bless them too, because
they see the benefits of the ini-


tiative to help their people, to
stop the effects of these oil
prices," he said.
With this in mind, Mr Miller
said Bahamians will continue
to struggle and suffer under
unbearable gasoline prices until
the country "wakes up" and
signs onto the accord as well.
"It's just going to keep esca-
lating. I feel the pain for the
house wife, the taxi driver, the
importers that bring in those
containers which have gone up
almost $1,000 in the past six
months. Bahamians will see an
increase across the line whether
they like it or not.
'The airlines surcharge is an
extra $14 each way. There is
just no escaping. The US econ-
omy is looking at a slow down if
this continues.
"This is not a unique situa-
tion that is happening in this
country," Mr Miller pointed
out. "Bahamians are either
asleep or not seeing these
effects. Sooner or later this will


bring us down to Earth and if
we want relief, it's name is
PetroCaribe."
Last week Mr Miller project-
ed that by mid-September gas
prices will be above $4.50 in
New Providence and well over
$5.00 on the Family Islands.
Yesterday, he said that unfor-
tunately, it seems like he was
"right on target" with his esti-
mates.

Burden
"What's really bad is the bur-
den on the fishermen risking
their lives out there. I feel for
them. The jitney drivers, even
though they drive like a bat out
of Hell, I feel for them. The bad
weather now is also helping to
put another burden on the
backs of the Bahamian people.
"But I can tell you who ain't
hurting in this is Shell, Esso,
and Texaco. Their bottom line
is still in place. The rhargins are
still in place. The only winners
in this are them and the
Bahamian people are the big
losers," he said.


Weather hits school repairs
SCHOOL repairs ahead of the start of class next month have
been affected by the recent stormy weather according to Ministry
of Education officials.
Education Permanent Secretary Creswell Sturrup told The Tri-
bune yesterday that as a result to tropical depression 10 and Hur-
ricane Katrina, which both affected the Bahamas this week; con-
tractors have only been able to make minor internal repairs to
schools.
He said that the contractors are however committed to working
on in order to ensure that everything is ready for the start of
school on September 5.

Confident
Mr Sturrup said that over the past several days, he has visited
some 20 schools in New Providence to access the state of the ongo-
ing repairs and is confident that most of the major work will be com-
pleted in titie .... ..
He told The Tribune that contractors have been working steadi-
ly and have already completed most of the repairs. "
According Mr Sturrup, the work scheduled for some schools
will not be completed in time and will have to be undertaken dur-
ing breaks in the school year.
Thousands of students in both the government and private
schools will return to the classroom over the next few weeks.


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Health ratings for local restaurants


ENVIRONMENTAL Health Director
Ron Pinder says his ministry is considering
sharing with the public the health ratings of
local restaurants.
These A,B,C ratings are not to be con-
fused with the five star ratings of hotels,
which are based, not only on health stan-
dards but also include the variety of ameni-
ties offered guests.
No matter how small a restaurant the stan-
dard for cleanliness of the establishment and
the handling of food would be judged by the
same rules as the large five-star hotels.
Therefore, a small, spotlessly clean Over-
the-Hill eatery could win the same A-rating
as the more sophisticated restaurants at the
Atlantis resort.
"At present," said Mr Pinder, "results of
health inspections are confidential and are
generally given to the restaurant's owner or
manager. The public is not informed about
infractions that are not discovered during
health inspections."
The change in policy, he said, would edu-
cate the Bahamian public as to what they
should expect from their restaurants.
However, we offer,a caveat. As;MrPdi.der
must know by now, health inspections are
only as good as the'integrity3 of the inspectors.
We recall years ago a well-known "greasy
spoon" restaurant on Bay Street that did a.
bustling business. It didn't need an expert
to walk through its doors to know that it
could not possibly get a clean bill of health.
Yet it did. Year after year it came through its
inspections with flying colours and many
people including those who complained--
wondered how the owner did it.
Then one day a health inspector a most
charming man -- told us, without blinking an
eye, how Mr So-So used to pay him a regular
stipend to keep his restauranf"clean" in the
eyes of the law.
Was he telling us this because he saw no
wrong in what he was doing, or was this a
gentle way of informing us that if we did the
same, he would not cite The Tribune for a
pile of rubbish that had accumulated out-
side our perimeter fence on Dowdeswell
Street?
We should have reported him, but we felt
sorry for his stupidity. Instead we complained
to the health department about the pile of
rubbish that its inspector had drawn to our
attention. After weeks of sweeping, the rub-


bish had been piled up on our property by
the department's own street cleaners. As
they swept the garbage from the gutters of
Dowdeswell and Deveaux Streets, they
stacked it against The Tribune's fence for a
garbage truck that never came to collect it.
The pile was so high and heavy that it had
started to topple the fence.
And so, if Mr Pinder wants to raise stan-
dards and the public can be assured that the
ministry's ratings can be trusted, he should
rotate his inspectors, so none of them can
become too cosy with the owners of the
properties they inspect.
The County of Los Angeles Environ-
mental Health Division has rules -- as do
most states in the US that "protect, main-
tain and improve the quality of the environ-
ment to promote good public health." They
do this through the enforcement of public
health laws and educational activities.
This health division has very strict health
laws for all eating establishments and those
who handle, cook and serve food to the pub-
lic. It also provides a booklet to let owners of
these establishments know what is expected
of rne Mand how they will, be shut down if
they do not follow the rules.
The health ratings are posted at all times,
and if there are two serious infractions with-
in a 12-month period the establishment is
closed. The notice of closure is posted at the
restaurant and it remains there until the facil-
ity has been reinstated.
"This action," said the Los Angeles health
division, "does not affect the grade or score
of the facility but is related to the conditions
that warranted the closure."
The A, B, C ratings, like a business licence,
are also posted in an area of the restaurant
that is visible to the public.
Mr Pinder should distribute booklets to all
restaurants that will instruct them in the han-
dling of food, the requirement of the per-
sonal cleanliness of its staff, the handling of
utensils, the need to have sufficient water,
proper plumbing, clean toilet facilities, and an
establishment free of all vermin rats,
roaches and flies.
The bottom line is simple cleanliness,
which is lacking in many eating establish-
ments in this island. It would be good if
members of the public could know in
advance that the food they are eating comes
from a clean, healthy kitchen.


Focusing


on


Bahama


EDITOR, The Tribune
MUCH too often in Grand
Bahama, you would and could
hear mumbles about the
Freeport Port Authority. Note
how I wrote Freeport, Port
Authority. Too many times I
hear persons refer to them as
Grand Bahama Port Authori-
ty; their lease has been set along
with their boundary and in so
doing boom, Freeport was
born along with the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement, giving the
name Freeport Authority.
Okay!
Back to the mumbles, and
what you would hear let's
quickly review. The Harbour
was built by the developers of
the Port Authority, and since
they built this, it is theirs and
not the Bahamians. What they
do and what they charge is
clearly theirs and not ours.
Some of you may not know
where I am coming from, you
have the cab drivers, straw ven-
dors, persons who talk about
dockage fees.
My Grand Bahamian resi-
dents and friends, Grand
Bahama goes much further
back than the Freeport Har-
bour, and to tell them what to
charge for their fees is not for us
to do. We've been here long
before them, however, those
who we elected to run our
affairs should do just that, tend
to our affairs and build a gov-
ernment dock and put an end to
the mumblings. Then charge a
fee that attracts ships like those
that dock in Nassau at the gov-
ernment dock, and we will see
what happens.
Hospitals, a man named Mr
Rand came down with the
developers in Freeport and
boom, he born his own baby.
Those that govern our affairs
have yet to build a government
hospital for Grand Bahama
island..
It's simple: we have to get
back to basics, nowhere in
Grand Bahama other than the
Freeport area are there 600 to
800 rooms, factoring out the
Freeport Authority area. Right
now, you would clearly see what
a 29 year old government and a
nine-year-old government has
done.
Those who chart the future
for Grand Bahama at a govern-
ment level for the people have
failed, but for the lack of know-
ing, we blame the Freeport
Authority. By failing to chart
and set laws, growth would be
limited in Grand Bahama.
Friends, Grand Bahamian
residents are not dead, just a
bit low and a jump start would


crank up things. Forget the Port
area, let's look at East Grand
Bahama, West Grand Bahama
and the other out-lying areas of
Grand Bahama.
I would suggest, we move all
government-run schools, hospi-
tals, court house, customs,
immigration, government
department run offices in gen-
eral out from the Port area, and
then let us start pouring some of
that money into Pinder's Point,
Hunters, Lewis Yard, Eight
Mile Rock, East and West End


Grand Bahama. This money-.
would now directly affect the
residents of those areas.
Those tax dollars would only.
aid in helping the areas grow!
more and in so doing, homes,'
office spaces, super markets;;
hardware stores the make-up
that runs a growing community,
would spring-up, but first gov-
ernment would have to make
that move, and leave the Poet-
area alone.
Those persons then wanting;
to stay in the Port area would
have to pay the port charges'
and would be doing it at their
wish.
E PINDER
August 2005


EDITOR, The Tribune
THE rising cost of fuel
has now besieged the pock-
et book of average Bahami-
ans. The impact on elec-
tricity production costs and
the retail of electricity by
BEC behooves the Gov-
ernment and its monopoly
to explore alternative ener-
gy sources.
One such source is the
energy contained in the
ocean which surrounds us.
Ocean Power Delivery Lim-
ited in Scotland has recently
signed a contract with a Por-
tuguese consortium to build
the first phase:of the world's
first commercial wave-farm,
approximately three miles off
the Portuguese coast.
Shouldn't the Bahamas be
embracing this type of inno-
vative utilisation of our nat-
ural resources? Shouldn't
Government and BEC be


EDITOR, The Tribune
THE logical news that the
US accepted the strong argu-
ments to delay the enforce-
ment and requirement of
returning US citizens to the
US to have valid passports
clearly indicates that the
Caribbean, Mexico and
Canada must have a most
favoured status with the Bush
administration.
Kudos to the arguments
and lead by Obie Wilch-
combe on this and I presume
Foreign Affairs, and a thank
you to US Ambassador John
Rood.
A section of our tabloid


doing more to position the'
Bahamas at the forefront of
the development of new tech-'
nologies which are relevant '
to our existence
It is high time that more,,
focus be placed on alterna-
tive energy sources so that,
we might free ourselves from,.
an overdependence, on oili
producing countries. ';
Should it transpire that".
politicians fail to harness the,
will of our people, it may well
signal the ripeness of the time"
for the privatisation of BEG,"
and the liberalisation of the-'
supply of electricity.
Whatever the method that"
is used the people of 'Briland'
and North Eleuthera need"
relief from power outages"
and the high cost of energy
inefficiencies.
SENATOR GOMEZ
Nassau
August 17 2005


press strongly argued when'
this was raised by the US that"
this measure which affects;
only returning US citizens*
was a slap in the face of the
Bahamas government.
Hopefully the editor will
retract this position, which is
now so obviously unfounded,
as many of his publication's'
positions are.
Kudos to Mr Wilchcombe,'
Mr Mitchell and Ambassador
Rood. Common stupid sense'
and good neighbourly rela-'
tions won over.
J FERGUSON
Nassau
August 19 2005


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"Shedding

light on

Alzheimer's

disease
By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE best bet for Bahamians
dealing with a elderly loved one
is to have any medical symp-
toms they might be experiencing
diagnosed as soon as possible.
Once all health issue are diag-
nosed, it is more likely that a
person's "twilight" years will go
smoothly for all parties involved.
This is the advice of three
experts appearing last night on
the ZNS television show: Pre-
scip)tion for Health.
The show, hosted by Dr Glen
Betieby, aimed to shed some
light Alzheimer's, a disease
which for many decades in the
Bahamas has not been dis-
cqssed, and is still often "written-
off,! as a normal product of
aging.
It has become a kind of cul-
ture! in the Bahamas, Dr Mike
Neville suggested, for people to
gpi.to "heroic levels" to put up
vtit the aggressive, cranky, or
depressed behaviour of some
elderly relatives.
'They tend to write it off as
the signs of aging and put up
with it when in fact, their condi-
tion is actually treatable," said
Dr Neville, who works at Sandi-
land's Rehabilitation Center.
Alzheimer's disease, which
ffects many elderly persons, has
Ao cure.
The symptoms, however, can
le treated to maximise self-
ieliance and self esteem, accord-
ing Dr Agreta Eneas Carey.
The doctors agreed that edu-.
cation is "vital" to ensuring the
easy transition from a self-reliant
individual to a dependent
Alzheimer's patient. .
Dr Neville said that from his
experience in the Bahamas,
Alzheimer's can lead to a "great
level of devastation" within fam-
ilies.
For example, one of the main
symptoms forgetfulness can
progress to the point where the
patient does not recognise loved
ones or cannot recall their
names.
Education, the doctors said,
will help to teach those who care
for- Alzheimer's patients that
thdre are thousands:"otfpeople.-
the world overtWho are experi's-' "
ending similar situations. Work-
inglhand-in-hand with a health
professional, one can begin to
recognise the difference between
Symptoms, such as depression
and, dementia.
I In encouraging the public to
be ps sensitive as possible to per-
sos, suffering from the disease,
)rieylle said there are a num-
berof symptoms to look out for.
Clinical depression is one of
them. The patient may also
experience paranoia, irritabili-
ty, or an inability to concentrate.
National nurse of the year
Justina Knowles was also a guest
on the show.
She stressed that caring for a
person with Alzheimer's is a
'massive undertaking". If a
patient is not cared for at Sandi-
lands Rehabilitation Center, or a
home for the elderly, their loved
'ones should do everything they
can to educate themselves
before taking on the challenge to
care for them at home, she said.



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Cable Beach Resorts staff get




to work on Goodman's Bay


GOODMAN's Bay is to receive a
thorough cleaning as employees of the
Cable Beach Resorts (CBR) get set to
beautify the public beach and park.
"Our goal is to give back to the com-
munity in which our properties are
located," said David Bullard, co-chair-
man of the CBR Community Projects
Committee and Radisson Resort secu-
rity manager. : ',,'y'
The focus of the cleanup, which is
scheduled for this weekend, is floating
debris and overgrown hedges at the
public beach, as well as the cleaning of
public bathrooms and the placement
of additional waste disposal facilities.

Protecting
More than 200 employees of the
Radisson, Wyndham and Nassau Beach
Hotels are expected to participate in
the clean-up exercise which is aimed
at protecting and improving the envi-
ronment at Goodman's Bay.
They will be joined by employees of
Enviroscape, the company currently
under contract to maintain the Cable
Beach area.


"This is the first of many projects
we have in mind, but it's not a
committee thing, its an employee
thing a chance for our employees
to show national pride."


David Bullard, co-chairman of the CBR Community Projects
Committee and Radisson Resort security manager.


Referring to the employees of the
three hotels, which were recently
acquired by the Baha Mar Develop-
ment Company in preparation for the
billion-dollar transformation of the
Cable Beach strip, Mr Bullard said:
"This is the first of many projects we
have in mind, but it's not a committee
thing, its an employee thing a chance
for our employees to show national
pride."
The clean-up, scheduled to take place


in two phases, will begin on Saturday
with the participants trimming the
shrubs encircling the public jogging
path, increasing visibility for runners.
"The individuals using this jogging
path are mostly women, and the height
of the overgrown hedges in place now
hinder visibility from the street. We
think trimming these hedges a bit would
increase visibility and improve the safe-
ty of these individuals," Mr Bullard


Other participants will wade into the
ocean to remove debris from the fore-
shore. "This is an area where the chil-
dren especially play," he pointed out.
Phase I of the clean-up will further
include the clearing the jogging path
of sand and other debris, cleaning the
bathrooms on the western end of the
beach, placing ten additional 55-gallon
barrels for waste disposal, and re-erect-
ing a chain-link divider, to keep cars
from parking on the grass.

Painting
Phase II will then include the painting
of the public bathrooms, as well as
ongoing weekend garbage removal and
maintenance of the site.
"We plan to start with Goodman's
Bay and eventually identify an urban
community to work in. This area of
Cable Beach is essentially well-mani-
cured and taken care of. We believe
further outreach would make our con-
tribution even more meaningful, and
based on what we see this weekend,
we'll know how to carry out future pro-
jects," Mr Bullard said.


'No resolution' over rugby pitch bleachers


* By KARAN MINNIS
THERE is still no resolution in
the issue of bleachers being
removed from Winton rugby pitch,
more than two months after Min-
ister of Youth, Sports and Culture
Neville Wisdom said the issue
would be dealt with, according to
the Bahamas Rugby Football
Association.
In late June it was reported that
the gate to the Winton rugby pitch
was lifted from its hinges to allow
a large truck, a crane and six men
onto the field to load 10 bleach-
ers onto a flat bed truck.
I'T' wastG 'irported thf whelie the:
iedii wf6" alk&e'd what' tiey Were'
doing, their response was: ."Gov-
ernment orders!"
A complaint has been filed with
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* MINISTER of Youth,
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Neville Wisdom


the police and Mr Wisdom admit-
ted that the workmen, who
allegedly damaged the pitch while
removing the bleachers, acted
incorrectly.
According to the association,
the incident took place not long
after it had spent $75,000 to pre-
pare the pitch for the Northern
Caribbean World Cup qualifying
matches.
It was also reported by a mem-
ber of the association that no one
had made any arrangements to
borrow the bleachers, three of
which did not belong to the asso-
ciation.
Speaking to The Tribune in July,
Mr Wisdom pledged to take
"whatever steps are necessary to
bring a level of comfort back to
the association."



PetCoto


el of comfort back to the associa-
tion."
As of late, the members of the
association have not been given
back their bleachersq- and claim


said we can come and retrieve our
bleachers, many members feel as
though its not fair to get them our-
selves," he said.
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association and I met last wee tkheywere told by the ministry that position as of tonight and, there-
we have always had a cordial rela they "don't have the facilities to fore, I am not all that sure of
tionship with them and I told him return them (bleachers) the way what's happening now, but, when I
that I certainly did not give anyone we got them." last checked, no steps have
permission to remove the bleach- been made towardsour
ers .is" omM em bers association going to get the bleach-
Mr Wisdom said he asked the ers."
msaid he asked the He added that a possible deci-
permanent secretary in his min- Speaking to The Tribune yes- sion on the bleachers may bemade
istry to prepare a report on the terday, association chairman BJ once the association has elected
matter. Saunders said that many of his new board members.
He added that, once he had read members do not feel as though The Tribune attempted to con-
the: epb .and aw what the'.firul. they'sheuld have te-eollect the .-. t M Wisdo yesterday
facts are, he would tdkltItei"'b lcJlimselvh" '"":Wis ylterda
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First woman inspector Haitian minister
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0 THE Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of
Haiti, His Excellency Herard Abraham met the Minister
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during a working visit yesterday



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THE TIBUN 1-NIAY, UUUST26,C005,NAGES


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racial tensions


.THE government is consid-
ering a five-year plan to tackle
growing racial tension in Abaco,
where Haitians are now at the
centre of an upsurge in violence.
,! Police, immigration and other
government agencies are expect-
ed to serve on a special com-
mittee in a bid to get to grips
with what residents consider a
"potentially explosive" situation.
-, Abaconians say tension is
growing not only between
Haitians and Bahamians, but
also legal and illegal Haitian
immigrants.
There have been several inci-
dents recently in the Marsh
Harbour shanty settlements of'
The Mud and Pigeon Pea,
where hundreds of Haitian fam-
ilies live in makeshift homes.
In one fight, a gang known as
the "Mud Dogs" were wearing
brass knuckledusters when a
man's jaw was broken.
And there are fears that more
violence will break out tonight,
when Marsh Harbour holds the
final events of its Goombay


Fear of Haitian


violence on Abaco


Summer festival.
One islander said: "There is
concern because all the cutlass-
es and machetes have been
bought from local hardware
stores. People fear that these
will be used if trouble starts."
Last night, residents predict-
ed that tensions would mount
further when schools go back
after the summer recess.
One said Haitian that enrol-
ment at Abaco Central High
School in Marsh Harbour was
expected to reach at least 50 per
cent.
"There have been several
fights among teen boys in what
appear to be turf wars," said the
resident. "This situation is
expected to get worse as rela-


tions become more strained."
The committee, if it gets the
Cabinet's go-ahead, would con-
centrate on integrating legal
Haitians with the Bahamian
community.
There would also be
increased efforts to "regularise"
the status of Haitians born in
the Bahamas who are now over
18, according to well-placed
sources. This, it is hoped, would
reduce the sense of hopeless-
ness among Haitian-Bahamians
who have no citizenship in the
land of their birth.
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At the moment, many Aba-
conians believe Haitian settlers
make no attempt to integrate,
preferring to live in their own
communities.
It is understood one basic
principle of the new initiative
is that illegal Haitians will defi-
nitely be deported.
An island source told The
Tribune: "The numbers of
Haitians in Abaco are much
higher than officials suggest.
"It is becoming more and
more obvious that Haitians are
gradually taking over. In the past,
Bahamians have been laid-back,
but now they seem to realise that
their way of life is at stake."
Campaigners have for years
been urging the government to
make land available for low-
cosg.homes on the island.-These
o'Wlndlbe available to'Bahami-
aans and Haitian settlers.


Until now, government action
has been limited, leading to the
uncontrolled spread of unsight-
ly scattered shacks in the bush.
Now, residents say it is time
for action leading to clearance
of the Marsh Harbour slums,
which are considered major
health risks.
Civil servant Mr Calvin Sey-
mour of the Urban Renewal
Committee is spearheading the
initiative to settle Abaco's Hait-
ian problem once and for all.
He has been canvassing views
of local people in an effort to
decide on a way forward.
However, there is a strong
belief that whatever action gov-
ernment takes, it should be
done urgently.
A Marsh Harbour resident
said: "We have been telling the
governmentt for years that
something needs to be done.


"At last, it appears this prob-
lem is being taken seriously, but
it needs to be tackled quickly
because illegal Haitians are still
coming into Abaco.
"This island has a situation
like California's, where Mexi-
cans are coming in all the time.
There is a general fear that there
is going to be full-scale violence,
but I hope it never gets to that.
"However, some feel there
will have to be bloodshed
before the matter is treated with
the gravity it deserves."
The Haitian immigration
problem has been exacerbated
by growing unrest in Haiti,
where the political situation has
been deteriorating for months
since the ousting of President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
It is expected to worsen as
the November general election
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Youth concern



at upkeep of



public parks


THE Tourchbearers Asso-
ciation is hitting out at the gov-
ernment for failing to maintain
New Providence's parks and
public facilities.
The youth arm of the FNM
party said that since the PLP
came into power in 2002, it has
shown a "blatant disregard"
for public areas in the capital.
"While walking through
many areas throughout New
Providence, it has come to the
attention of the Torchbearers
Association that many of our
public parks and facilities are
being neglected; especially
those in communities that are
prone to drug users and crimi-
nal activities," said Tourch-
bearers national president
David Jordine in a statement.
Mr Jordine said it is "imper-
ative" that the government
make a special effort to main-
tain public facilities in areas
known for "involvement in the
drug trade, prostitution, and
other criminal elements.
"Public facilities should be
the source of positive activities
in our communities," he said.
According to the association,
"a good example of the afore-
mentioned vexing situation is
the St George's Park in the St
Thomas More constituency.
"The St George's Park was
the centre of attention just last


summer when a young male
child fell victim to one of many
societal ills. After the grue-
some discovery of the young-
ster's body just beyond the
fence, and the media blitz that
followed, I fully expected and
rightly anticipated that St
George's Park would be one
of the more closely monitored
and maintained parks in New
Providence," Mr Jordine said.
However, he claimed that
the park is still littered with
abandoned vehicles and in a
state of disrepair.
Dangers
The Torchbearers are also
concerned about Pinewood
Park, "where there is some sort
of man-made lake in the midst".
"The dangers and environ-
mental hazards presented by
this unsecured and poorly
maintained lake can be astro-
nomical," Mr Jordine said.
He said MPs for the areas
where such public facilities are
located, "need to apply pro-
tective measures, and insure
limited access to the lake by
naive park patrons".
The association called into
question the government's
spending for the Ministry of
Youth, the Ministry of Works,


the Department of Urban
Renewal, "and other ministries
and government agencies
whose portfolio includes the
maintenance of the public
parks and facilities."
Funds
The Torchbearers asked
whether sufficient funds are
being allocated annually for
proper maintenance of public
facilities, whether these funds
are monitored to ensure appro-
priate use, and if the govern-
ment agencies carrying out
such maintenance are them-
selves properly monitored.
"It hurts the hearts of Torch-
bearers to witness the blatant-
ly disregard for the young peo-
ple in so many areas, but espe-
cially in the areas often
referred to as 'Over the Hill'.
During these summer months,
it is expected that public parks
will be used'more frequently
than any other time during the
year.
"It will be down right disre-
spectful for this PLP adminis-
tration to ask the young people
of this country for support at
the polls next election after
their neglect to cater to their
basic needs over the past few
years in office.


Road safety plans for


schools announced


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schools by road safety stakeholders, the issuing of safety brochures and community events. Also ,
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Obie Wilchcombe




denies interest in




PLP leader position


FROM page one
opinion, he told The Tribune,
there is "no chance" anyone
else will lead the party into the
next election.
The minister did not, howev-
er, rule out the possibility that
he may contest the leadership at
some point in the future.
Since Mr Christie's stroke
several months ago, there has
beepl much speculation as to
who. would be a suitable
replacement. Much of that
attention has focused on Mr
Wilchcombe.
According to Mr Wilchcombe,
the prime minister is "presently
in good shape, more focused and
is preparing for the future."


i.Murder

charge

FROM page one
Greene was charged with
intentionally and unlawfully
causing the death of Davis.
.He was not required to
plead to the charge and was
told that a preliminary
inquiry into the matter
would be held on December
13.
Greene is represented by
lawyers Murrio Ducille and
Tamara Taylor.
-Ms Taylor told Magistrate
Meers that she had received-
information that her client
had allegedly been beaten;
while in police custody.


"Perry Christie is my leader
and I am extremely comfort-
able," he said. "I have had the
tremendous opportunity of
serving in his Cabinet and the
truth of the matter is, I am only
46. I am a first time MP so I
must prove worthy of further
considerations in government
before such things as being
leader. Right now, my interest is
not in the leadership of the
PLP, or the country."
"There is no chance that Per-
ry Christie would not be leading
this party in 2007. If he isn't, I
would be rather surprised and
shocked," he said.
However, Mr Wilchcombe
did concede that "if I decided to
enter a leadership race, it would
only be done with Perry
Christie's blessings."
He said that he is "still learn-
ing a lot about leadership" from
-MLChristie-and from his expe-
riences with the late Sir Lyn-
den Pindling. :
Asked about whether there
has been any in change in the
manner his Cabinet colleagues
interact with him since being
seen as Mr Christie's successor,
he responded: "I still enjoy
wonderful relations with my col-
leagues. I sense no change -
none whatsoever. We are a
strong team and have mutual
respect for each other."
"While I am humbled by
what people have been saying
about me being leader and
becoming prime minister, right
now I am more interested in
making contributions to my
cou-ntry; If asked to pick up
garbage I will do it and do it to
the best of my abilities. Being
prime minister depends on the
organisation behind and my


Judge may have to

move from Miami

for more treatment


FROM page one
"However, I understand the
initial resources ran out. Once
they were exhausted, the deci-
sion was taken to have him
moved. However, there is a
problem of where he goes and
who pays.
"As a British citizen, he is
apparently entitled to treat-
ment under the UK health
service. But he would have to
be taken over by air ambu-
lance as he is too sick to be
carried on a commercial
flight."
The big question is: Who
will pay the estimated flight


bill of $160,000 assessed at
$20,000 per hour? As Justice
Churaman is still officially a
Bahamas government
employee, he is subject to
whatever contractual obliga-
tions are in force.
A concerned source said
the judge's predicament
leaves the impression that he
has been "used up and spat
out", having been entitled to
benefits which he is not get-
ting.
"It seems at the moment as
though he is high and dry a
very sick man at the mercy of
circumstances beyond his con-
trol."


SOBIE Wilchcombe


constituents. I will do nothing
without Perry Christie, now or
in the future."
"My being prime minister is
God's call, it must be part of
God's plan."'
As for the critics of Prime
Minister Christie's leadership,


he said: "He was never indeci-
sive. He is just thoughtful, has
humility and takes the views of
others. He allows his ministers
to be ministers. I am sure most
of the ministers of the recent
past could not do so because it
used to be a one man show.'


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Telephone: (242) 356-3721
Cellular: (242) 395-8931


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Telephone:
(242) 331-2642


PHILIP
SWAIN, 50
a resident of
Ridgeland Park
West and
formerly of
Moore's Island,
Abaco will be
h e I d on
Saturday 27th
August, 2005 at
11:00 am at
Riverside Funeral Chapel, Mt Royal
Avenue and Kenwood Street, officiating
will be Rubyann Darling. Interment will
follow in the Southern Cemetery,
Cowpen and Spikenard Road.
Left to cherish his memories are one
son, Jonathan Swain; one brother,
Joseph Lightbourne, three step brothers,

Greene and Doris Swain; one uncle,
Joseph Mitchell; one sister-in-law, Millie
Lightbourne; three nieces, Holly Fallon
and Joseline Lightbourne; one grand
niece, Westernique Davis; other relatives
and friends including, Miriam Davis,
Maxine Gaitor, Harrison Gaitor, Eve,
Monique, Issie Mitchell, Sharon Stuart,
Hilda Smith, Rosnell Lightbourne,
Godfrey Mithcell, Stevenson Mitchell,
Evon Hanna, Rudolph Davis, Andrew
Davis, Sheila Davis, Ettamae Swain,
Annie Darville, Nadine McBride, Pastor
Geneva Williams, Pastor Nixon Simms
and family of Moore's Island, Staff of
Ocean Club Landscaping, Ken Knowles,
Lucine Swain, Community of Moore's
Island, Abaco.
Relatives and friends may pay their last
respects at Riverside Funeral Chapel,
Mt Royal Avenue and Kenwood Street
on Friday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm and
at the chapel on Saturday from 10:00
am until service time.

ESTELLA
MONCUR,
70

a resident of
Crown Haven,
Abaco, will be
hLefI de on
Saturday, 27th
August, 2005 a
11:00 am at St
Anne's Church,
Crown Haven,
Officiating will be Fr Dwight Rolle,
interment will follow in Crown Haven,
Abaco, Public Cemetery.

Left to mourn her passing are her four
sons, Simon Bootle, Qharles Williams,
Ramon Curry and Anthony Clement; two
daughters, Shirley Curry and Renfe
Francis; one brother, Daniel Saunders
of West End, Grand Bahama; 11
grandchildren, Alexandria, Shernle,
Ramon, Derek, Lennie, Darron, Raton,
Aston, Shakira, Baretta, Clinton Bootle;
two daughters-in-law, Raquel Clement
and Ann Curry; one son-in-law, Sherlyn
McKenzie; one sister-in-law, Mrs
Saunders; one niece. Christine Dawkins;
one nephew,Peter Dawkins and
numerous grand nieces and nephews,
numerous cousins including, Nathan
Rolle and family, Isabella Rolle and
family, Louise Wright and family, Julia
Wells and family, Vivan Cornish and
family, and a host of other relatives and
friends.


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respects at Riverside Funeral Chapel,
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DOROTHY B
JOHNSON,
86,

will be held at
Ebenezer Methodist
Church, Shirley
Street, Nassau at 6pm
on Saturday, August
27, 2005. Rev William
Higgs will officiate.

She is survived by her husband of 63 years,
George Curtis Johnson; four daughters, Sheran
Sweeting, Kathryn Curry, Linda Bosela and
Rosemarie Johnson Clarke; sons-in-law Rev
Charles Sweeting, Peter Curry, Michael Bosela
and Bernard Tino" Clarke; grandchildren
Leila Curry, Andrew and Cindy Sweeting;
sister Pauline Stibbards of Hadleigh, Essex
UK; sister-in-law Clarice Johnson, and many
nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, friends who wish, may send
a donation in memory of Dorothy B Johnson
to: The QC Foundation, PO Box N-7127,
Nassau".


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SrPRIVATE pilots and Fixed based operators from Florida are hosted to a four-day familiarisa-
tion trip by the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
(Photo: BIS/Tim Aylen)



Bahamas hosts



private pilots


THE Bahamas played host
tp over 30 private aircraft own-
ers, pilots and fixed-based air-
craft operators last week in a
four-day, four island familiari-
sation trip and seminar.
it was the sixth such trip to be
hostedd by the Ministry of
6Tourism.
'The aim of the seminars is to
:teach fixed based operators
(FBOs) about the islands of the
Bahamas, so they can in turn
educate their clients.
- The familiarisation trip and
seminar, which included partic-
,ipation by local FBO Million
Air and Customs officers, "was
designed to answer every con-
ceivable question on flying to
tti'e islands private pilots may
;have," said the ministry. ,
hi organidsing thed'venture,"the-:
,ministry said it hopes to
J e,


increase the level of visitor sat-
isfaction through the many pri-
vate pilots who frequent the
islands from the United States,
Canada and Europe.
"With the highest number of
airports of entry of any desti-


nation in the Caribbean, the
ministry sees enormous poten-
tial for the islands of the
Bahamas in significantly
increasing visitor arrivals from
this niche market," the ministry
said.


A LE BAHAMAS
General Manager
Sub-Sea Fibre Optic Network
The. successful candidate, must have strong telecommunications and
leadership skis h iWerfienstt..(x6r k peerience i
high capacity SON'ETvub-se fibre-optic transport networks. -This
experience must include advanced competencies in
telecommunications operations, budgeting, project management,
oversee technology choice, operational support systems ("OSS")
mentoring and training along with sales and marketing. The individual
will be responsible for managing the Caribbean Crossings Ltd telecom
business unit, which also requires demonstrated work experience in
the network design and implementation of OC192 networks including
sub networks.
Duties and Resposibilities Include:
Prepare, & manage departmental operating and capital budgets
Planning, development and deployment of high capacity and
Metro SONET services, subsystems and devices.
Oversee the design and engineering of high capacity SONET
transport systems.
Oversee the evaluation; procurement and implementation of
operational support systems to ensure records meet service
level and global carrier partner contractual requirements.
Manage and support Data Problem Management and MAC
(Moves, Adds, Changes).
Perform MAC for customers' data, telecommunications and
network connections.
Maintain and monitor all telecommunications systems and
adjuncts for performance, errors, back up and alarms.
Recruit, train and maintain qualified technical and administrative
staffing to meet Company objectives.
Minimum Qualifications:
University degree or equivalent in an electronics technology
discipline.
Minimum 12 + years telecommunications experience including
international experience.
Mandatory: System and Network design expertise'in high
capacity SONET transport systems.
Provisioning and implementation experience in International data
services.
Well-organized, high energy, detailed oriented with demonstrated
experience in developing and leading staff and project teams.
Provide technical leadership and mentor Tech. Deepartment staff
Minimum 10 years experience installing, troubleshooting, and
repairing Telecommunications Systems, wiring and services.
Knowledge of MS Windows with acceptable competencies in
Word, Excel, Power Point and Visio.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge of High Capacity transport systems including T1, T3,
OCx, Frame Relay and FTTH/B.
Knowledge of Data and telecommunications feature applications
and hardware.
Knowledge of Cat 5 cabling architecture.
Knowledge of interconnection techniques (Punch down, wire-
wrap, crimp)
Knowledge of Network applications interfaces, protocols, local
area network connectivity and Ethernet standards.
Knowledge and operating experience in test equipment such as
fusion splicers, laser sources, optical power meters, optical time
domain reflectometers, T1 and T3 test sets.
Knowledge of AC/DC power, grounding, electronic equipment,
and heating/cooling requirements.
Resumes should be submitted by August 31, 2005 to
Mr. Richard B. Adderley or sent electronically to
rbadderley@cablebahamas.com.


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Bahamas Byker 1st Annual Boat Cruise, on
board the Yellow Bird, Friday, August 26 @
8pm. Tickets, $15 in advance, $20 at the
boat. Purchase tickets at Hype Bykes, 7th
Street, The Grove. Music by Alpha Sound
DJs and DJ Ty, hosted by DJ Xtra Large.
For more information logon to
www.bahamasbyker.com or call 328-
6586/477-7289/395-8162.

Summer Bounce Bikini Beach Bash, Sun-
day, August 28 @ Long Wharf Beach, llam
until. Giveaways: one night stay at Atlantis,
and a cellphone. Also featuring cash prizes
and a money drop. Music by Barry Da Push-
er, Xtra Large, Selector Dominique, Sky,
Flava, CRX, and Donny Miller. Admission:
$10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Ticket loca-
tions: The Juke Box, Best of the Best, South
Beach and Barbies, East Street.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday
night @ Club Trappers, Nassau's "upscale"
gentlemen'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
9pm and 10pm. Open until 4am.

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 llpm.
Strict 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.
Admission: 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 llpm, $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 8pm 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.

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

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

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

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


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: Mon-Fri
4.30pm-7.30pm or call 322-5850 for appoint-
ment.

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
history 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 Gallery of
the Bahamas. The mid-nineteenth century
paintings that make up the exhibition are
part of one of the earliest suites of paintings
of Nassau and its environs. Tupper was a
British military officer stationed at Fort
Charlotte in the 1850s. The works show a
pre-modern Bahamas through the decidely
British medium of watercolour. Call 328-
5800 to book tours. This exhibition closes
August 31, 2005.

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

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

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


Doctors Hospital, the official training centre
of the American Heart Association offers
CPR classes 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 and 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.


Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7.30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School'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 Breezes.
Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave.
Club 2437 meets every second, fourth and
fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder
Building, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets
evety WednesdFay, 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 wel-
come.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tues-
day, 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
second 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
Monastery.

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

International Association of Administrative
Professionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the
third Thursday of every month @ Super-
clubs 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.


* Send all your civic and social events to
The Tribune via fax: 328-2398 or e-mail:
outthere@tribunemedia.net


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U GERMAINE Pinder of Micronet Business Technology presents St John's College 8th Grade
student, Carlesha Blades with a brand new computer. (1-r): Ministry of Tourism executive Dianne
Clarke; Mrs Pinder of Micronet Business Technology; Tour Mascot, Randy Junkanoo; Tour
Guide, Devonnia Miller; winning student, Carlesha Blades and her father Carl Blades




Safari winners




are announced


RAFFLE winners have been
announced from among the
.more than 1200 students from
public and private schools who
participated in the Tourism
SSocial Studies and Bus Safari
tour.
The safari a two-hour edu-
cational tour of the historic
sights of Nassau engages stu-
dents in an interactive learning
-session on tourism, history,
civics and culture.
Tours are conducted by
Bahamahost trained guides and
lessons are taught in an enter-
taining format that includes
games and Bahamian music.
The tour features stops at
Fort Charlotte and a visit to the
House of Assembly for a pre-
sentation on the working of the
Bahamian parliament.
Other key topics are major
events and movements in
Bahamian history, national
heroes, an overview of the


Bahamian government, the
structure of the judicial system,
local plants and fruits and their
medicinal value, updates on the
FTAA and CSME, and the role
of tourism in the economy.
All of the students who took
the tour were eligible to win
prizes in the Safari Grand Raf-
fle.
First prize, a personal com-
puter donated by Micronet
Business Technology was won
by an eight grade St Johns Col-
lege student, Carlesha Blade;
second prize, four Bahamas
Fast Ferries passes won by
Queen's College 9th grade stu-
dent, John McSweeney; third
prize, day passes and lunch for
four at Atlantis, won by 9th
grade Jordan Price William
High student, Victoria Saun-
ders; fourth prize, dinner for
four donated by Kafe Kalik
won by 10th grade student from
Doris Johnson Senior High,


LaGacy Neymour and fifth
prize, a Canoeing excursion on
Lake Nancy for four, won by
Samuel Compoleo, grade five,
of Teleos Christian Academy.
For more information on the
Tourism and Social Studies Bus
Safari, contact Shena Newton
at the Ministry of Tourism or
e-mail snewton@bahamas.com.


* BAHAMAS Fast Ferries marketing executive Khaalis Rolle presents Queen's College 9th
Grade student John McSweeney with four Bahamas Fast Ferry passes. (1-r) Ministry of Tourism
executive Dianne Clarke; Mr Rolle from Bahamas Fast Ferries; winning student John McSweeney;
Queen's College history teacher Gloria Lyn; and tour mascot Randy Junkanoo


* DIANNE Clarke,
assistant manager
of the foreign
language unit at the
Ministry of Tourism
presents gift to
Pastor David
Adams, principal of
Teleos Christian
School and teacher
Sonia Paul. Teleos
Christian School
student Samuel
Campbell was the
winner of the fifth
place prize of the
Tourism and Social
Studies Bus Safari
Raffle.
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Poet presents


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copy of book


By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NEW collection of poetry
by a Bahamian artist with the
subject of spiritualism at its cen-
tre has joined the ranks of local
literary works this week.
Tyrone Sawyer, a veteran
travel and tourism consultant
and currently serving as the
director of airlift in the Ministry
of Tourism, has released his sec-
ond poetry book entitled: Ven-
tures in Verse Poems of Sen-
timent and Reflection.
The book contains 41 poems
on subjects ranging from light
issues such as the Bahamian
sunshine in Come! to deeply
reflective thoughts on existence
in Just a Hypocrite.
The collection's strongest
leaning, however, is towards
spiritualism, featuring poems
like A Heroes Prayer, and
Thank you, Lord.
This emphasis on life's more
spiritual aspects is fully inten-
tional on the poet's part, as it is
meant as a true reflection of Mr
Sawyer's growth and develop-
ment as a Christian man.
Mr Sawyer is a member of
_ the Catholic Archdiocesan
Stewardship Committee and the
Parish Council of St Paul the
Apostle.
"I am trying to get the spirit of
God to move through these
poems. It would make me so
happy if someone is touched by
these words and is changed for


the better in some way," he said.
Ventures in Verse also
reflects the poet's interest in
sports Mr Sawyer is a member
of the of the Cougars Sporting
Club.
In flashbacks to his days as a
young basketball player with
the Beck's Cougars, the book
chronicles the team's 1976/77
season through poetry and pho-
tos.
However, most importantly
Mr Sawyerpays tribute to his
family. The book is dedicated
to his late wife Caroline Deloris
Sawyer and their four children,
Nefitieri, Tyrone Jr, Joshua, and
Anwar.
"I extend heartfelt thanks to
my children for their love, for
their unvarnished criticism and
for their devotion," he writes in
his acknowledgments.
Minister of Education and
Attorney General Alfred Sears,
who wrote the forward for the
book, said: "Both young and
old may recognise themselves
in the lines of Mr Sawyer's
poems as one of the sons, moth-
ers, fathers, friends, love inter-
ests, vagrants, or even heroes.
So we can all be reminded of
the past, identify with the pre-
sent, and anticipate with this
poet the future," he said.
Mr Sawyer will be hosting a
book signing on Saturday from
11 am to 3 pm at the Island
Shop on Bay Street as part of
the launch for Ventures in
Verse.


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Regatta prepares for




nationals next month


A REGATTA was held this
month, not only to see how suc-
cessful the Bahamas Sailing-
Association was in its joint sum-
mer programme, but also in
preparation for the first-ever
Bahamas Optimist National
Championships.
There were almost 20 boats
competing this regatta, but
almost 50 boats are expected


for the Nationals, to be held on
September 24 and 25.
"The Regatta is being host-
ed by the Nassau Yacht Club,
the Royal Nassau Sailing Club
and the Bahamas Sailing
Association, and we expect to
see Bahamians from all walks
of life participating," said a
statement from the organis-
ers.


One of the major sponsors is the Royal
Bank of Canada, with the Ministry of
Tourism and the Ministry of Sports also
assisting.


"We look forward to your support lead-
ing up to this event, which is unprece-
dented is this country," the organisers
said.


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famous murder


* ERIC Minns (author) presenting the novel to Ambrose Mor-
ris, manager of public relations at the Bahamas Tourist Office in
Toronto, at a book launch in Ottawa, Canada's capital during
the "Bahamas Night at the Races" at the Rideau Carleton
Raceway


BAHAMIAN musician and
writer Eric Minns launched his
second novel on August 18 at a
'Bahamas Night' at the Rideau
Carleton Raceway in Ottawa,
Canada.
The novel, "Who Killed Sir
Harry?" tells the story of Cana-
dian multi-millionaire Harry
Oakes, who discovered gold in
Kirkland Lake, Ontario, went
to live in the Bahamas to avoid
income tax, and was murdered
here in 1943.
His son-in-law was tried and
found not guilty of the crime,
yet was required to leave the
Bahamas.
The novel, which Eric
describes as "historically truth-
ful" is planed for a release both
in Canada and in the Bahamas.
Explaining why the book was
being released in Canada first,
Minns said, "The book was
printed in Canada and we were
invited by the Bahamas High
Commissioner, Philip Smith, to
participate in the "Bahamas
Night" when we just finished


the initial printing."
Known as a writer, musician
and artist, Eric was born in Nas-
sau and went to Canada in 1950.
He spent 26 years as a musi-
cian fronting The Debonairs,
who were a regular part of the
Yonge Street scene in Toronto
and were featured for many
years in the then calypso club
the Bermuda Tavern.
In 1975, Eric wrote the calyp-
so song Fox-Hill Gal, which
became a prize-winning song
for King Eric and his Knights.
The follow-up song, Island
Boy, was recorded by the
Bahamen and was later fea-
tured in the movie My Father
the Hero.
Several other songs by Eric
have become hits in the
Bahamas.
As an artist and photograph-
er he is a member of Durham
West Arts Centre and now of
Pine Ridge Arts Council and is
looking forward to showing
some of his art and photographs
in upcoming shows.


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Mysterious investor




buys Compass Point


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE four-star Compass Point resort
was yesterday said to have been sold to
a mystery buyer, although the world-
famous Recording Studios associated
with the property remain under the own-
ership of Island Outpost.
In response to The Tribune's inquiries
on Compass Point, a spokeswoman for
Island Outpost, the company founded
and owned by entrepreneur Chris Black-
well, said: "I can confirm the resort has
been sold."
She did not have details on the buyer's
identity, though, but added that the
Compass Point Recording Studios were
no included in the deal. The resort had
largely gained fame through the studios,
which have hosted talents such as Lenny
Kravitz, Celene Dion, Bob Marley, the
Rolling Stones and Jimmy Buffet.


One source familiar with Compass
Point told The Tribune that Island Out-
post had been seeking about $4 million
for the property, which had been
acquired by an investor who had no pre-
vious hotel industry experience.
The buyer was now said to be seeking
an operator who could re-open Com-
pass Point, which has been closed since
it suffered heavy damage in September
2004 due to Hurricane Frances.
The Tribune revealed that Island Out-
post was seeking a buyer for Compass
Point back in March, with the resort's
general manager, Aldwyn Hogg, saying
then that negotiations should be con-
cluded shortly, with the potential buyer
aiming for an end-2005 re-opening.
Mr Hogg said than that much of the
repair work to the resort's rooms has
been completed, but there remained a
substantial amount of work to be done
to the restaurant's roof, while the dock-


ing facility needed to be completely
rebuilt following Hurricane Frances.
Compass Point had previously been
operated under a management contract
since mid-2003 by Bryan and Jennifer
Hew, the designers and property man-
agers of the Andros-based Kamalame
Cay resort.
However, sources have told The Tri-
bune that the arrangement had run into
difficulties after a dispute arose between
the Hews and Island Outpost relating to
different interpretations of the terms of
the management contract. Marketing
was said to have been one of the issues
causing controversy.
The Hews are no longer involved with
Compass Point.
Island Outpost, which also includes
Harbour Island's Pink Sands resort
among its 11 boutique properties, is
SEE page 3B


Government pressing



ahead with airport talks


* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
Negotiations between the Govern-
ment and Vancouver Airport Services
(YVRAS), the preferred bidder, over
a long-term management contract to
develop and operate Nassau Interna-
tional Airport (NIA), were yesterday
said to be moving ahead, with both sides
reviewing all the relevant details.
Lorraine Armbrister, acting perma-
nent secretary in the Ministry of Trans-
port and Aviation, told The Tribune that
the Government negotiating team was
meeting regularly to discuss the details
of a contract and what would be
required of both sides.
She said it was not a simple matter,
and that everything that goes into the
management of an airport, including
costs, was being discussed.
"We don't want to make any mis-
takes. This is the first time that the Gov-
ernment is bringing someone in to man-
age the airport. We have a team of
skilled professionals in place, and we


are aware that Vancouver is the pre-
ferred bidder," Ms Armbrister said.
She added that the Government was
proceeding with caution to ensure all
its concerns were addressed.
"There was a second bidder. We don't
want to tie our hands; we don't want to
prejudice the matter., We want to make
sure everything is considered and that
we're all on one page," Ms Armbrister
said..
YVR was chosen from among four
short-listed bidders, which also included
Fraport AG, Frankfurt Airport Services
Worldwide, a German-based company,
and Bahamas Airports Management
Group, a consortium featuring the
Ottawa International Airport operator,
Sypher-Mueller Consultants and the
Royal Bank of Canada.
The latter was selected as the runner-
up bidder behind YVR and would like-
ly be invited to negotiate a contract,
should discussions between the Gov-
ernment and YVR fail to reach a suc-
cessful conclusion.
In the end, the Government is likely


to enter into a management contract
that will be for a term of 15 to 25 years.
It is negotiating a Build/Operate/Trans-
fer (BOT) agreement for Nassau Inter-
national Airport's long-term develop-
ment.
Under the proposed BOT arrange-
ment, the Airport Authority would con-
tinue to own Nassau International Air-
port. A management company such as
YVR would operate and develop the
facility for between 20-30 year, upgrad-
ing it before transferring it back to the
Airport Authority. The latter would also
receive fee payments from YVR for the
lifetime of the agreement.
As part of the much-needed upgrade
to Nassau International Airport, the
Government is looking for a new $200-
250 million terminal to be constructed,
but YVR is no stranger to either that or
the BOT arrangement in the Caribbean.
It already has a 30-year contract, as
part of a consortium, to manage and
develop Sangster International Airport
SEE page 4B


Hotels see little


storm impact


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
DESPITE the torrential rains
from Hurricane Katrina, hotels
in the Nassau/Paradise Island des-
tination are reporting business as
usual, with no unusual cancella-
tions or rebookings by visitors.


Jacob Ascher, director of
operations for the British Colo-
nial Hilton, said the resort had
not experienced anything out
of the ordinary. Up to Wednes-
day evening, it had posted an
occupancy level of 70 per cent,
which was right on target with
SEE page 4B


Nassau might get extra

ships despite Katrina


Nassau might receive an addi-
tional "one or two" cruise ships
in port over the weekend
despite the presence of Hurri-
cane Katrina in the region, The
Tribune was told yesterday,


with "no loss of passengers"
experienced over the past two
days.
Michael Fowler, of the Nassau
SEE page 4B


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management specialists, providing tailored financial
solutions to an international client base.
The company seeks to recruit a Senior Client
Accountant. The successful applicant will report to
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2wk-Hl 82wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
.10 0.80 Abaco Markets 0:80 0.80 0.00 -0.207 0.000 N/M 0.00%
I.35 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 9.35 9.35 0.00 1.452 0.340 6.4 3.64%
.60 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.60 6.80 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.8 5.00%
.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.187 0.010 4.3 1.25%
.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.126 0.060 11.1 4,29%
1.16 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.040 16.7 3.64%
.81 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.80 8.80 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.2 2.73%
2.20 1.69 Collna Holdings 1.80 1.69 -0.11 1,373 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.08 6.78 Commonwealth Bank 8.80 9.00 0.20 1,000 0.705 0.410' 12.8 4.56%
2.50 0.67 Doctor's Hospital 2.24 2.46 0.22 2,000 0.429 0.000 5.7 0.00%
4.12 3.85 Famguard 4.12 4.12 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.6 5.83%
10.61 9.25 Finco 10.61 10.61 0.00 0.670 0.500 15.8 4.71%
9.50 7.00 FirtCaribbean 9:30 9.50 0.20 1,000 0.895 0.380 13.7 4.00%
.00 8.31 Focol 9.00 9.00 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.3 5.56%
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 9.60 9.60 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.3 4.22%
8.50 8.25 J. S, Johnson 8.50 8.50 0.00 0.561 0.560 15.2 8.59%
8.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.83 5.86 0.03 0.122 0.000 47.8 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2,010 0.760 5.0 7.60%
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..60 0.0 RND Holdlngs 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0 06 0. 000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABOAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
6,00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 036 RND Holdings .29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
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2.3810 2.0058 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.381 "**
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intend to change my name to FRANKLYN COVE COX. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
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#2 ARMBRISTER ST, FOX HILL, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
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could add to costs


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
The Bahamas Hotel Employ-
ers Association's (BHEA) pres-
ident yesterday said both hote-
liers and their employees were
likely to experience increased
costs if the Government
expanded the wage category
from which National Insurance
Board (NIB) contributions are
taken to include gratuities
earned by 'tipped' employees.
J Barrie Farrington said his
initial thoughts on the proposal
made by the Social Security
Reform Commission were that
costs, as a result of the propos-
al, were likely to be significant
over the years, particularly


IB


when the already high
tional costs in Bahamas
hotels were factored in.
Mr Farrington added t
recommendation by the
mission could impose ad
al costs on employees
hotel sector, a scenari
caused the industry som
cern.
He said: "We're alread'
ating in conditions that
high costs and, as an exte
employees will experie
reduction in earnings by
of their gratuities being
rected for contributions
National Insurance plan.
Although involved in t
vate sector consultation
the Commission prior
final recommendations
put together, BHEA me


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FINCO

NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS

The Board of Directors of Finance Corporation of
Bahamas Limited hereby notifies all of its Shareholders that the
Bank's actual net profit, based on unaudited results for the quarter
ended 31st July, 2005 was $5,069,142. As a result, an interim,
dividend of twelve cents (12 cents) per Ordinary Share will be
paid on 8th September, 2005, to all shareholders of record as of
2nd September, 2005.
The Bank's total assets stood at $585,033,319 for the
quarter ended 31st July, 2005.


Keva L Bain
Corporate Secretary
Dated this 26th August, 2005


have not seen the final draft
report, Mr Farrington said. As a
result, he would be unable to
comment in detail at this time
on the Association's position.

Wages


The Commission's report to
oper- the Government on what the
arry Bahamas must do to reform the
sion, NIB and its social security sys-
ce a tem is now being printed, but
rtue among the preliminary recom-
*edi- mendations it has made are that
D the the definition of 'insurable
wages' for service sector work-
pri- ers be expanded to include tips
with and gratuities.
the The initial findings noted that
eing 'tipped' employees, such as
bers waiters, croupiers and bus girls
and boys, "often take home
wages well in excess of basic
pay but receive NIB benefits
based only on their basic wage".
The recommendation, print-
ed on the NIB's website, says:
"At the end of the current five-


year industrial agreement with
hotels, seek to have employers
pay their share of contributions
on gratuities."
The BHEA is, however, in
the process of examining the
potential impact of such a rec-
ommendation, and expects to
have its analysis completed in
about two weeks time.
It will then meet with the
Social Security Reform Com-
mission and Shane Gibson, min-
ister of housing and national.
insurance, regarding any par-
ticular concerns and issues they
might have, based upon their
findings.
Despite predicting that the
hotel sector was likely to see
increased costs if the recom-
mendations was implemented,
Mr Farrington said the BHEA
wants to reserve any official
comment on its position until
its analysis can be completed.
The Commission is expected
to present its final recommen-
dations to the Government
shortly.


Compass point bought


FROM page one
understood to have had diffi-
culty in earning the expected
returns on its investment in
Compass Point, finding it a dif-
ficult property to manage.
It turned to the Hews after
being impressed by the job they
had done at Kamalame Cay, an
11 unit resort on a 96-acre private
island with a three-mile beach.
Compass Point has 19 units
and is targeted at high net worth
individuals seeking exclusivity
and a relatively quiet retreat,
combined with water-based


activities. The accommodation
includes 13 huts and cottages,
five cabanas and one three-bed-
room apartment.
Designed to provide the feel
of a Family Island resort on a
heavily-urbanised New Provi-
dence, Compass Point's restau-
rant was always attractive to
Bahamians and residents.
However, the property is
understood to have experienced
difficulties in consistently
attracting high-paying tourists
to stay in the accommodation
offered, rather than a typical
New Providence hotel.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that JACKSON METELLUS, PINEDALE,
EIGHT MILE ROCK, GENERAL DELIVERY, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 26TH day of AUGUST, 2005 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,
Bahamas.






Scotiatrs


VACANCY

Scotiatrust is inviting applications for the following
position:

Senior Client Accounting Officer

Responsibilities include:

Prompt and accurate preparation of financial statements
for trust, company and agency accounts, especially those
of a complex nature.
To comply with and contribute to the maintenance of
effective internal controls relating to accounting functions.
Provide effective assistance to account administrators.
Contribute to the development of the Client Accounting
Section.

Qualifications and skills required:

A minimum bachelor's degree with a major in Accounting
CPA or other similar qualifications preferred
Knowledge of accounting for trusts and related structures
Strong PC software skills
Good analytical and communication skills
Ability to work within given time constraints

Interested persons should submit applications by August
26, 2005 to:

Manager Operations
The Bank of Nova Scotia Trust
Company (Bahamas) Limited
P.O. Box N-3016
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 326-0991


A leading law firm with offices located in Nassau
and Freeport is presently considering applications
for the following position.


SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR


The successful applicant should possess the following
minimum requirements:

Associates Degree in related Computer Sciences.
Two or more years work experience in the
computer field.
Excellent working knowledge of Microsoft Office
products.
Very good working knowledge of Windows
Networking Systems.

General responsibilities will include but not be limited
to:

Maintaining and troubleshooting hardware and
software on the Network.
Maintaining Network trustees and security.
Maintaining system backups.
The recommendation and implementation of
new technology.

WE OFFER

A Competitive Salary, Pension Plan, Health and Life
Insurance and other attractive benefits.

Interested persons should apply in writing to:

The Office Manager
P.O. Box N-7117
Nassau, Bahamas


Application Deadline August 30, 2005


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The Ansbacher Group, specialists in private banking,
fiduciary services and wealth management, has openings in
The Bahamas for the following positions:


RELATIONSHIP MANAGER AND RELATIONSHIP OFFICER


RELATIONSHIP MANAGER
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES:
* Client relationship management on high net worth banking portfolios.
* Ability to manage projects
* Ensure execution and follow-up of bank reviews to minimize risk.
* Analyzing of financial requirements of prospective and existing clients.
* Participate in continuous quality improvement initiatives in the department.
* Leading team in the achievement of department objectives
* Developing and maintaining relationship with other departments to ensure efficient
and timely customer service.

RELATIONSHIP OFFICER
* Manage a small banking portfolio
* Preparation of debit/credit vouchers, term deposits, overdraft.
* Ability to analyze bank files to obtain full grasp of client transaction history and
relationship with the Bank; ensure full bank review is documented and followed-
up to completion.
* Monitor overdraft sanctions and ensure the clearing of the same.
* Participate in continuous quality improvement initiatives

REQUIREMENTS:

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A Bachelor's or Master's Degree in Banking or Finance
S* trong problem solving and leadership skills.
* Mustbe customer service orientated
* Highly proficient in Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Outlook
Solid analytical skills with keen attention to detail
* Strong communication skills both spoken and written
* Strong investigative skills
SMust be able to multi-task
" Must be able to work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
* Must have the ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with
key personnel and work effectively in a team.

If interested, please send C.V. to:
Head of Private Banking.
P.O. Box N-7768
Nassau, Bahamas


FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2005, PAGE 3B


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*UBS
UBS (Bahamas) Ltd., a leading international wealth manager
is looking for a

Local Head Products
In this challenging senior position you will be responsible for:
* Actively advising clients and Client Advisors on regular and
complex wealth management products, incl. derivatives,
alternative investments instruments, etc.:
* Development and introduction of new products tailormade
for Wealth Management clients:
* Education of Client Advisors and other staff on existing and
new products;
* Reporting on current finacial market developments and
exploitation of investment opportunities;
* Trading all asset categories with internal and external brokers;
* Supervise three sub-teams (Portfolio Management, Transaction
Products, Trading & Treasury);
* Lead a dynamic team of qualified professionals;
* Some traveling is required.
We are searching for a personality with broad experience in a
comparable management position with a major international
off-shore company and outstanding knowledge of wealth
management products and services. A long (five years or more)
and highly successful track record as Trader and Market-Maker
as well as excellent advisory and selling skills are key
requirements to succeed in this senior position. In addition we
look for extensive experience in le dership and project
management, a good network with inte ational brokers, analysts
and investment bankers and sound kowledge of international
financial markets and financial in truments. Familiarity with
the following screen based tr ding systems and software
applications is required: Bloo berg, Reuters and Excel. The
educational reuirements include MBA and Series 7 as well as
fluency in English and preferably at least another language.
Written applications by Bahamian nationals only should be
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Human Resources
P.O.Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas






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The Abaco Club on Winding Bay, a spectacular 520 acre
International Members Golf & Sporting Estate on Abaco,
is seeking a senior-level REAL ESTATE SALES
REPRESENTATIVE. Candidates must have a minimum
of 5 years experience in luxury market sales. Real Estate
license is preferred. Successful candidate must have
exceptional communication skills, both verbal and written.
Must be personable, professional and willing to commute
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letter and resume to info@theabacoclub.com of fax to 242-
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FROM page one
what was forecasted prior to
Hurricane Katrina, with the
hotel expecting to have an occu-
pancy level for the week in the
70 per cent range.
Mr Ascher said that while
there had been no significant
negative impact as a result of
Katrina, several guests had
returned to the hotel after going
to Nassau International Airport,
either not being able to fly out
or not wanting to leave the
Bahamas at this time.
Stephen Kappeler, regional


director of operations for the
Holiday Inns in the Bahamas,
said that although a number of
airlines flying out of Fort Laud-
erdale were said to have can-
celled operations, they had not
received any cancellations from
their guests. Everyone on prop-
erty was weathering the storm
well.
Mr Kappeler said that every-
thing was working at the hotels,
and guests were relatively hap-
py, with movies being screened
in the lobby to help entertain
guests.
Robert Sands, vice-president


Possibility of



extra ships


FROM page one
Tourism and Development
Board, said he had been
informed by Captain Anthony
Aliens, the Port Controller, that
Nassau "might pick up one or
two" extra cruise ships on Sunday
or Monday.
Mr Fowler said: "We haven't
lost any vessels coming into the
port of Nassau through Sunday,
and he [Captain Allens] actu-
ally said we might pick up one
or two either on Sunday or
Monday.
"So we're fine all the way
through, and might add one or


two vessels, so the storm has
not affected us in the least in
terms of loss of cruise passen-
gers."
He, added that Hurricane
Katrina, which was a tropical
storm when it passed through
the bulk of the Bahamas on
Wednesday and yesterday, did
not cause any cruise ships to
divert from planned stops in
Nassau on either of those days.
"There was no impact at all
up until the end of Wednes-
day," Mr Fowler said before
speaking to Mr Allens. "All
cruise lines scheduled to come
in had come in."


Government talks on

airport management

contact continue


FROM page one
in Montego Bay, Jamaica. As
part of the arrangement it will
expand the existing terminal
facility to a capacity of six mil-
lion passengers, requiring an
investment of about $200 mil-
lion over the contract's lifespan.
Through YVRAS subsidiary,


NJd I 1 [ [ T i noe] I ]

A well established Bahamian-owned business is looking for a Financial Controller.
Applicants must demonstrate their ability to handle the entire accounting cycle including
the preparation of monthly financial statements. Applicants must possess a Bachelor's
degree in Accounting and a professional designation or at least five years of experience
as a financial controller. Salary commensurate with experience.

Send a cover letter explaining in detail why you would be right for the position. Please
forward your resume with professional references and phone numbers to:

DA 15662
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas


CORPORATE SECRETARY
Applications are invited for the position of Corporate Secretary. Responsibilities will
include the following:
* Incorporation of Companies
* Liaison with the Registrar General's Department, Securities Commission and the
Central Bank of The Bahamas and authorities in other jurisdictions
* Liaison with legal firms
* Preparation of resolutions and company minutes
* Maintenance of corporate records for all companies
* Written and telephone communication with clients
* Filing of corporate documents with governmental departments and foreign registered
agents to ensure companies are in good standing
* Preparation of annual fees and billings
* Liquidation of companies
* Certification of documents
* Other related corporate work
A minimum of 3 years experience is required. Knowledge of trust administration
would be helpful.
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Applications should be addressed to the Human Resources Manager, Deltec Bank &
Trust Limited, P. O. Box N.3229, Nassau, Bahamas and may be sent by email to
anh@deltecbank.com.


YVR operates 14 airports in
five different countries, includ-
ing Providenciales Internation-
al Airport in Turks & Caicos,
where it has a 15-year contract
to manage the terminal, Santia-
go in Chile and six Dominican
Republic Airports.
Sealing the deal with YVR is
viewed as crucial by key tourism
operators such as Kerzner Inter-
national and Baha Mar, the for-
mer having long complained to
the Government that conditions
at Nassau International Airport
are out of step with the
Bahamas' image as a five-star
tourist destination.


of administration and external
affairs for Baha Mar, said that
at that time, the Cable Beach
Resorts had not seen any real
impact from Hurricane Katri-
na, with no widespread cancel-
lations as a result of flights from
Florida being suspended.
At Atlantis, Ed Fields, vice-
president of retail services and
public affairs, said the resort
had so far not seen any guest
cancellations.
The Associated Press report-
ed that the storm was affecting
airline passengers, as flights
were cancelled at Miami and


Fort Lauderdale airports.
Karen Mays; her husband'
and 10-year-old daughter were,
on their way from Jasper,
Alabama, to the Bahamas when-
their flight from Fort Laud-&
erdale was canceled. They"
rushed out of the airport for a;
three-hour drive to Orlando,-
where they_ h.oe.d-to--eateab
another flight and salvage their,
vacation.
"This is her first vacation, s6
we wanted to make it some-+
thing special," Mrs Mays said
of her daughter, Raegen. "It's
certainly been different so far.'


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE


CAPE HOPE HOLDINGS LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 29th
day of July, 2005. The Liquidators are Argosa Corp. of P.O.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)








Water analysis Technician needed to

conduct daily Analysis of water facility.



Please send resume and references to

P.O.Box N-1836-A040 Attention:

Chemist



Please apply before -

September 5th, 2005


Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position:

Accounts Clerk IV (Northern Bahamas Campus)

The successful candidate will report to the Assistant Vice President, Northern
Bahamas and to the Supervisor, Accounts Receivable, Oakes Field Campus and-be
responsible for the following duties:
* Daily collection and daily banking of all monies in accordance with Accounting
Department Procedures.
* Receiving, recording and receipting cash and receivables from tuition, fees,
grants, rents, ancillary enterprises, etc. Issuing official receipts for all income.
* Balancing daily end-of-day batches from revenue collections.
* Analyzing & Reporting all daily revenue and collections by bank account,
mode of payment and receipt category.
* Proper and timely reporting and documenting of all overages and/dr shortages
to the supervisor.
* Keying in all transactions into the Management Information System.
* Disbursing petty cash
* Any other related duties as required.

Qualifications/Experience/Personality Traits


An Associate Degree in Accounting or Business.
Minimum of two (2) years experience in-a similar position
Experience with automated financial application is an advantage
Trustworthy and of good character
Meticulous and ability to work under pressure


Salary Scale: $16,900 x $500 $25,900

Interested candidates should submit a resume with supporting documents through
their Head of Department by Wednesday, August 31, 2005, to:

The Director
Human Resources Department
Oakes Field Campus
Nassau, Bahamas


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In addition, there is a feeling
within Colina that its competi-
tors and opponents have been
doin their best to exploit the
2004 results by leaking infor-
mation to the press in a bid to
underpiine the financial services
grout through undermining
cons er confidence.
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regulators are also concerned
that information being put into
the p iblic domain on Colina
Holdings and its affiliates is
undermining their business
prosp cts.
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regul tors, which include the
Sec-u lities- Commission and
Registrar of Insurance, will rely
heavily on the review and sub-
sequelt report being performed
on the Colina group by KPMG
and I PMG Financial Advisory
Servi es out of Canada.
Co ina is understood to
belie) b the review was sparked
by th, incorrect "perception"
that was not in compliance
with any of the 21 conditions
impo d on it by the Govern-
ment in return for approving
the I perial Life acquisition,
some ing it has refuted by say-
ing ilhas met 80 per cent of
them'
Th KPMG review is focus-
ing o0 "the appropriateness of
the fi ancing of the acquisition
[of Imperial Life], the current
and ( going financial perfor-
mance and the integration of
Imp rial Life with Colina,
toget er with the appropriate-
ness nd effectiveness of Coli-
na's i internal controls".
Set ing the three properties
will also aid Colinalmperial in
any cpital risk rating analysis
cond cted by the Registrar of
Insuiance.
Ths sale will generate addi-
tional cash and liquidity, and
cash tn hand, fixed deposits at
bank and investments in gov-
erninent-guaranteed fixed
incoute securities always receive
the h hest rating on any capital
risk dihalysis.
--eontrast,-real-estate hQld-
ings Are marked down due to
the depreciation associated with
themnr There is no suggestion,


through, that Colina Holdings'
has any capital base issues.
It is understood that the three
properties are being marketed


through Lowes Realty, the com-
pany of which Colina Holdings
chairman Emanuel Alexiou is
also chairman.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

FRESA OVERSEAS LTD.
In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act. 2000, FRESA OVERSEAS LTD.,
is in dissolution as of August 25, 2005.

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

LIQUIDATOR


LEGAL NOTICE



NOTICE

JALON ADVISORY LIMITED
IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 of the
International Business Companies Act 2000 JALON ADVISORY
LIMITED is in dissolution.
The date of the Commencement of dissolution was 24th August,
2005. David Thain of Amer Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Ltd, 308 East
Bay Street, P.O. Box N-3917 is the Liquidator of JALON
ADVISORY LIMITED. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their address and
particulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 26th September,
2005. ,'


A .


FINANCE CORPORATION OF BAHAMAS LIMITED

Chairman's review of the unaudited results
For the nine months ending 31st July, 2005


We are pleased to report that Net Income for the nine months ending 31st July 2005
increased by $1,232,978 or 9.46% over the corresponding period last year to
$14,259,779.
The company's return on equity was 23.15% compared to 22.67% for the same period
last year. Eamings per share totalled 530 up from 490 for the comparable period last
year.
An interim dividend of 120 per share was declared for the quarter ending 31st July 2005,
and will be paid on 8 Septemnber, 2005 to all shareholders of record as at 2 September.
2005. The dividend payment of 120 represents an inmasW of 01 from the same period
last year.
The bank continues to experience record growth and profitability. We are optimistic that
this level of performance would continue for the remainder of fiscal 2005.






Managing Director D i


Copies of the entire interm fiancilal reports are as e to t the pubi efle of chare
and may be obtained at FINCO's Head Office,2 Floor Bahamas Pihanial Centr
Shirley & Charlotte Street Nassau, The Bahamas during business hows.
ERBC
FINCO


FINANCE CORPORATION OF DAAMAS LVIMTED
ABBREVIATED UNAUDED BALANCE SHEET & INCOME STATEMENT
AT JULY 31,2005 and
OCTOBER 31,2004
(Expressed in Bahamian dollar)


Balance Sheet
As of:
Total Assets
Total Loans net
Total Liabilities
Total Shareholders' Equity

Income Statement
9 months ending:
Total Revenue
Total Expenses
Loan Loss Provision
Net Income
Earnings per share


31 JULY, 2005
$ 585,033,319
500.457.421
500,528,905
84,504,414


31 JULY, 2005
35,149,827
20.587,569
302.479
14,259,779
0.53


31 OCTOER. 2004
$ 526,309.935
461.907.255
445.665.296
80.644,637


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


31 JULY.M4
$ 50M6.2.303
445.219.427
428,998.143
79,301.160


31 JULY,204
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Senior Sports Reporter
NATIONAL bodybuilding champions
Jena Mackey and Jay Darling will head the
Bahamas' national team going to Aruba
next month for the Central American and
Caribbean Championships.
Bahamas Bodybuilding and Fitness Fed-
eration's president Danny Sumner said they
have selected a team that will definitely try
to regain the title that they relinquished
last year.
The Bahamas has won five of the last
seven championships, including the last one
hosted here two years ago.
Sumner, who will travel as the team man-
ager, said this year, the team is very "com-
pact, but a mixture of veteran and youth,"
which should enhance the Bahamas'
chances to clinch the title.
Joining Darling, the middleweight com-
petitor in the men's team, will be Raymond
Tucker in the masters and mixed pairs divi-
sion with Mackey; Anthony Miller in the
lighi-middleweight; Lynden Fowler in the
lightweight and Paul Wilson in the ban-
tamweight division.
Mackey, the heavyweight competitor, will
head the ladies' squad that will also com-
prise of Etta Malcolm in the lightweight
division. Two competitors, Lizette McKin-
ney and Shikira Mackey, will both com-
pete in the fitness competition.,


title


Mackey and Darling


heading for Aruba


Travelling as the head coach of the team
is Steven Robinson with Nardo Dean as
his assistant.
Sumner, who will be assisted by Bullard,
the federation's operations director, said
he's confident that the team will do very
well.
"With the experience that Jay Darling,
Jena Mackey and Raymond Tucker bring to
this team as veterans, they will make a big
impact," Sumner noted.
"But I'm looking for every member of
this team to do very well. I'm expecting
good things from all of the athletes because
of the components of the team."
Last year, Sumner said the federation
only sent a small team and were unable to
retain the title that they last won in the
Bahamas two years ago.
But, he said, based on the team selected
this year, he's convinced that the title will be
coming back to the Bahamas.
"The only other country who have won
more titles at CAC than the Bahamas is
Puerto Rico," Sumner pointed out.


"They dominated when the
championships got started back in the
1970s.
"But over the past decade, no other coun-
try has won more medals than the Bahamas
did. So we hope to continue to perform
well in Aruba."
Right after the team returns home, Sum-
ner noted that the federation will be prepar-
ing a three-man team, comprising of Dar-
ling, Tucker and Wilson to attend the Men's
World Championships and Congress in
Shanghai, China from November 21-
December 1.
This year, the federation is also hoping to
send Mackey and Malcolm to the Wom-
en's World Championships. But this year's
event conflicts with the dates for the CAC
Championships, so Sumner said they may
not make that trip.
Big Joel Stubbs, who won his pro card by
winning the overall title here two years ago,
is also expected to accompany the team.
Stubbs is currently preparing for his pro
debut in the United States.


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Fax: (242) 328-2398
E-Mail: sports@100jamz.com


MIAMI HERALD SPORTS


* FRANK RUTHERFORD (centre) poses with Hakeem Olajuwon and several of the Bahamian athletes at his camp in Houston, Texas.


Bringing athletes to the next






level has been an education


Frank Rutherford on the difficulties facing Bahamian students


* By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter
FORMER track and field
stand-out and Olympic
medallist Frank Rutherford
is continuing to help ath-
letes reach their full poten-
tial.
Rutherford has estab-
lished a camp which caters
to young Bahamian athletes
who are hoping to take their
skills to another level.
The camp that has been
up and running for more
than two years now and has
four Bahamian athletes
enlisted.
Training under the pro-
gramme are Ian Symonette,
Waltia Rolle, Alex Cooper
and Dwight Miller.
Rutherford has just
recently took on Rolle, the
first female in the camp.
Jeremy Barr was the first
Bahamian athlete in
Rutherford's camp.

Dominance
His dominance in basket-
ball, while attending the
Westbury Christian High
School, has landed him a
full scholarship at the Uni-
versity of Southern Califor-
nia (Trojans).
Before leaving, Barr aver-
aged more than 10 points
per game.
His debut with the Tro-
jans is set for November
30th, against US Riverside.
Rutherford has also assist-
ed his nephew Devard Dar-
ling with his professional
football career.
"It is a joy for me to give


kids like these an opportu-
nity to come and live ifil
Houston, where they can be
exposed," said Rutherford..
"They are getting the full
use of their natural talents.
We also view this as a great
opportunity for them to
obtain scholarships and,
hopefully, one day turn pro-
fessional athletes.
"I don't know how we can
miss out on these persons.
I mean these are kids who
are taller than the average
kid their age.
"When you look at the
build of some of these kids
in the Bahamas, there is no
doubt in your mind that the-
ses kids are going to make it
big."
Rutherford explained
that, since moving to Hous-
ton, Texas, and assisting
Bahamian students in
obtaining scholarships to
high schools and colleges,
he's realised all the prob-
lems they encounter.
He said that the average
student in the Bahamas not
only has to fight against the
fact that they start school
earlier than the average
American, but the amount
of examinations they will
have to sit to make their
scores equal to students in
the US.
He said: "It is not that our
kids aren't good enough to
go straight into a division I
college. When a student ath-
lete decides to stay at home
in the Bahamas and finish
high school it simply means
that they are placed at a dis-
advantage of going to a divi-
sion school. That is the
number one reason.


"The Bahamas has the
talent, and what I try to do
is go into the islands and
assist where possible."
The average high school
graduate has to have at least
five or six Bahamas Gener-
al Certificate for Secondary
Education (BGCSE) to
qualify for a D1 school
scholarship.
The student-athlete must
also add their grade point
average (gpa) of 2.50 and
above to the their mandates,
the Scholastic Aptitude Test
(SAT) with an 820 score
and above.

Subjects
An American student-ath-
lete will have to complete
high school with a 2.50 gpa
average in the core subjects
and secure a high score in
the SAT's to be able to
obtain scholarships to a
division I college.
"This places the average
Bahamian student-athlete at
a disadvantage," said
Rutherford.
"When you look at all the
things we have to do and
what their average counter-
parts in the United States
do, it is very difficult."
Rutherford has extended
his camp by assisting ath-
letes living in the Family
Islands.
Both Barr and Cooper
were found on the outer
islands, Barr in Andros and
Cooper in Eleuthera.
According to Rutherford,
this is just the beginning for
him and giving back to the
Bahamian community is his
main focus.


CHANDRA STURRUP and Chris Brown 4


Pair represent Bahamas.


in fifth leg of Grand Prix
* By KELSIE JOHNSON The rest period for the two quartermilths
Junior Sports Reporter will not be an extensive one, as they w"ille
back in action on September 4th, the last leg of
BAHAMIAN athletes will be in action again the Grand Prix series.
today, competing in front of a sold out stadium But for Sturrup and Brown the gruelling
in Brussels, Belgium. races on the circuit will continue, coming lo
The fifth leg of the six series TDK Golden an end at the Athletic Finals. "I
League Grand Prix will feature top athletes Right now only one athlete is eligible t wi:
who recently competed in the World Champi- the million dollar jackpot.
onships. Russia's Tatyana Lebedeva is the only athlete
However, only two Bahamian athletes will be to remain undefeated in series, competing in
getting into the starting blocks at the meet, the women's triple jump.
Chandra Sturrup and Chris Brown. Frenchwoman Christine Arr n's
The duo will compete in their specialties, chances came to an end last week, losing in
the 100 metres and the 400 metres, respective- the 100m.
ly. The 400m, which Williams-Darling competes
Olympic and World Championships gold in, was not among the events that was listed in
medallist Tonique Williams-Darling and Chris- the jackpot.
tine Amertil will have a little rest period, since Williams-Darling split last year's jackpot
the 400m for women will not be contested. with Christian Olsson.


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