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Figures show most

tourism arrivals in

English-speaking

Caribbean


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas has topped
all English-speaking Carib-
bean countries in total tourism
arrivals, and came second only
to the Dominican Republic in
stop-over tourists for the
entire region, according to the
latest statistics from the
Caribbean Tourism Organi-
sation.
In its "Stay Over and
Cruise Arrivals" report, the
Caribbean Tourist Organisa-
tion (CTO) has determined
that the Bahamas is, with
more than 1.7 million cruise
ship passengers and 800,000
stop-over tourists, leading in
the total tourism arrivals to
the English-speaking Carib-
bean for the first six months of
2005, ahead of Jamaica and
the US Virgin Islands.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe said that
his ministry is "extremely
pleased" that the Bahamas
has been able to regain the
number one spot.
"In the recent past we had
lost that top spot, but our
team has been working very
hard to promote and market
not only New Providence, but
also Grand Bahama, Abaco,
and the other Family Islands.
These destinations are now
well on the way to gaining as
much notoriety as New Prov-
idence," he said.


Mr Wilchcombe said that
these statistics demonstrate
that the Bahamas has been
successful in advertising the
country's "tremendous diver-
sity:"
The CTO's report shows
that the Bahamas has received
826,500 stop-over tourists, and
1,728,895 cruise ship passen-
gers from January to June this
year.
These numbers, however,
indicate a 2.5 per cent drop in
stop-over visitors and a 5.7
drop in cruise ship passengers
compared to last year.
"The drop is largely due to
Grand Bahama, and that
island's situation following last
year's devastating hurricanes.
We had hoped to get Grand
Bahama back on track sooner,
but sometimes these kinds of
things take longer than
planned," Mr Wilchcombe
said.
The minister said, howev-
er, that there are "several
touristic'announcements, par-
ticularly for Grand Bahama"
planned for the very near
future, which would help that
island's economy to progress.
Second to the Bahamas in
the CTO's report was Jamaica
with 762,078 stay-over tourists.
Its cruise ship passengers of
624,559 was exceeded by the
US Virgin Islands with
1,207,060 and the Cayman
Islands with 1,028,760.
SEE page 10


STHE Bahamas is back on top as the number one spot for tourist arrivals in the English-speaking Caribbean
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)


Judge is elected to

tribunal on crimes

against humanity


* By RUPERT
MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
BAHAMAS Chief
Justice Sir Burton Hall
has been elected an ad
litem judge to the Inter-
national Criminal Tri-
bunal for the prosecution
of serious crimes com-
mitted against humanity
in former Yugoslavia.
Sir Burton was one of
27 international judges
elected by the 59th Unit-
ed Nations General
Assembly on August 24
in one round of secret
balloting. The Assembly
also appointed four
members to the Joint
Inspection Unit.
The ad litem judges
were elected for a four-
year term, starting
August 24.
The Tribunal is man-


* SIR Burton Hall


dated to prosecute and
try persons responsible
for serious violations of
international humanitar-
ian law committed in the
SEE page 10


BECMU 'may

take action

if talks fail'

* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter "
IF meetings with Labour and Immi-
gration Minister Vincent Peet fail
today the Bahamas Electric Utilities
Management Union will consider
industrial action, union president
Ronnie Stevenson told The Tribune.
Mr Stevenson said he was opti-
mistic.that the meeting would go well
and that his members were looking
forward to the minister hearing their
concerns directly.
"(BEC executives) thought they
could have only done so much and
we were looking to be treated with
some sort of respect and I don't think
we were being respected in the past,"
he said
The union leader would not specify
what type of industrial action would
be taken if the talks fall through.
"I would hate to go into specifics,"
he said.
SEE page 11


Pregnant

woman and

baby killed

in accidents

By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
A THREE-MONTH-OLD child
and a pregnant woman are dead
following two separate car accidents
over the weekend, one in Nassau
the other in Grand Bahama.
Both tragic collisions occurred
when the cars hit stationary objects.
Baby Oscar Rolle Jr lost his life
at 7.15 pm Saturday in the New
Providence car crash.
Police reported that the child was
a passenger in a 1997 Toyota Corol-
la when the vehicle suddenly
veered off the road and crashed
into a house on Beatrice Avenue.
Oscar suffered severe injuries
and died shortly after the impact.
Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, press liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans said it is as yet
SEE page 11


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according to Associated Press.
The migrants, 27 men and
15 women, were in good
health, police said. They land-
ed in the western town of Rin-
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said.
Police said they were search-
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might have eluded authorities
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week reported a surge in the
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M By FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff
Reporter

SENIOR lawyer Langton
Hilton appeared in the
Supreme Court Friday to
protest an affidavit filed by
senior prosecution counsel
Francis Cumberbatch. The
affidavit states that Dwight
Major tried to strike a deal
with US authorities.
Mr Hilton's appearance
occurred during a habeas
corpus application, in which
Major and his wife, Keva,
are seeking to be released
from jail. Jon Isaacs pre-
sides.
The affidavit from Mr
Cumberbatch states that Mr
Hilton, during the time that
he represented the Majors,
"approached counsel on
behalf of the US govern-
ment to negotiate a deal".
The deal, according to Mr
Cumberbatch, was that
Dwight Major would sur-
render himself to US
authorities on the condition
that Keva Major is released
and her monies returned to
her. He was also to give
"full cooperation" to the
authorities.
According to Mr Cum-
berbatch, they wanted the
state to "discontinue pro-
ceedings against Keva
Major as said condition of
surrender".

Represents

Mr Michael Kemp, who
represents the Majors, told
the court that Mr Hilton is
a respected member of the
legal profession, and a for-
mer 'solicitor general "who
knows how the s:ystemn:
works:'onwbhth the prosecu-
tion's and the defence's
side".
Mr-Hilton contends, said
Mr Kemp, that the deal was
actually offered to the
Majors.
He said it was DEA offi-
cer Craig Butler who first
approached lawyer Hilton
about the deal.
The affidavit further
states: "Dwight Major,
through (Mr Hilton)
requested a meeting in
chambers with (Mrs Linda
Virgill) in order to seek an
adjournment in furtherance
of the applicants said pro-
posal to the US govern-
ment."
Mr Kemp is also taking
issue with a comment his
clients claimed that Magis-
trate Virgill made to them.
In rebuttal, Mr. Cumber-
batch's affidavit stated: "At


Man arrested

over alleged

firearm find

POLICE officers on patrol
in the East Street area made
a firearms arrest on the
weekend. -
At 2.15am on Sunday, offi-
cers became suspicious of a
1995 Daiwoo Racer travel-
ling north on East Street.
In a search of the vehicle
police allegedly discovered a
wooden handle .38 revolver
and five live rounds of
ammunition.
The driver, a 35-year-old
man of Bernard Road was
arrested and taken into
police custody.
Investigations are also
underway intd the armed
robbery of a liquor store.
According to reports, an
unidentified man entered the
"Flying Dutchman" on Bal-
liou Hill Road and pulled
out a handgun.
He threatened an employ-
ee of the establishment,
demanding cash.
The suspect then escaped
with an undetermined
amount of money in an
unknown direction.


k


no time during the commit-
tal proceedings did Virgill,
either in court or in cham-
bers, say or say what
amounted to, 'Why don't
you (the Majors) surrender
yourselves to US authori-
ties as I am sure
you would receive a fair tri-
al'."
While Mr Kemp was
addressing the court con-
cerning the confusion over,
the facts of the case, Garvin


* DWIGHT and Keva Major


Gaskin, counsel for the
Bahamas and US govern-
ments, rose.
"At what stage are we
at?" he asked, adding that it
was his time to address the
court.

Affidavit

The Majors' second coun-
sel, Donna Major, told The
Tribune outside of court
that they did not receive the


(Tribune file photos)


affidavit until Thursday
afternoon; two days after it
was filed.
When it was filed, she
said, it was still Mr Kemp's
time to address the court
and he would have been
better prepared to address
the issue.
Mr Kemp asked the court
for an early adjournment
Friday, and proceedings are
expected to wrap up August
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NULLIUS ADDICTUS JURARE IN VERBA MAGISTRI
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

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

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

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

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What's happened to Bahamian pride?


HOW DOES ONE measure national
pride? Bahamians can be proud of their
heritage, their accomplishments, their free
society, their development to indepen-
dence, their democratic way of life, their
freedom of religion, free speech and right
of assembly, and their acceptance of the
rights of others. By and large a pretty good
list of which to be proud.
But one of the faults of Bahamians (and
there are many) is their lack of pride in
their surroundings cleanliness does not
seem to be a top priority. It's a fault that
unfortunately seems to be endemic to the
Bahamas.
Just further north of us in the Atlantic
are the islands of Bermuda. Go there for a
visit and you will come away with a new
conception of how really beautiful islands
can be even way out in the Atlantic. The
beauty of the islands is enhanced by the
cleanliness with which the people of those
islands keep them.
You will not go to the airport in Bermu-
da and find that the toilets don't work, or
the drinking fountain hasn't any water or
the departure lounge is ditty fidi dasth't
been cleaned for a week. No, siree, their
airport is spotless and the lounge area fit
for a king.
Why is this? The answer is that Bermu-
dians are a proud people and work at their
tourist industry to make it as good, if not
better, than you will find anywhere. They
realise that they are in a competitive mar-
ket and only by being "the best" can they
assure their future.
So the question we should put to our-
selves is: Why can't Bahamians be more
like the Bermudians?
The answer is probably that the Bahami-
an is not so industrious. He has had life
made easy by the tourist industry's easy
pickings: 15 per cent gratuities built in to all
restaurant and bar bills; not having to com-
pete in a whole range of activities that have
been kept for Bahamians only; ensuring
that Bahamianisation not only keeps
Bahamians in top jobs but also in many
cases limits development of Bahamian busi-
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but this same measure is not always applied
as generously to the local sector.
But Bahamian pride could and should
demand more of government in its poli-
cies, especially in the way it maintains the
country's infrastructure.
We've seen numerous cases where gov-
ernment has let airports, runways, ports
and docks reach unacceptable, even dan-
gerous, levels. And often government says
it's due to lack of funds. This may be true,
but it still does not excuse having a dirty
airport that is a disgrace to a country that
holds itself out as the number one destina-
tion in the Caribbean.
How can one sit in the departure lounge
at Nassau International Airport and look
up at those filthy windows and say we are
proud of our airport, our government or
our country?
It's a truism that a country gets the kind
of government it deserves: and if the air-
port, which should be a showpiece for our
number one industry, is so dirty, then it
reflects badly on all of us. Let's get after the
government t0 4 .` ,o6 d n6tn
be so conmplac,44;t everything
In other co tries, the national airport
and even the post office are showplaces
that visitors spend time in and talk about.
What could be said of our airport or post
office other than they are a national dis-
grace.
We remember when the new Post Office
was built on East Hill Street. It was a fine-
looking, modern structure that dominat-
ed the surrounding area and kept the gra-
cious old Royal Victoria Hotel in its shad-
ow.
But look at the place now. We don't
think the large panel windows along the
northern side have been cleaned since their
installation. It certainly doesn't look so.
They are encrusted with years and years of
dirt. Arid we Bahamians don't seem to care
that every visitor who goes there to post a
card or a letter will take away an image of
a dirty building. It's a shame and a dis-
grace.
What on earth has happened to our
Bahamian pride?


Facts about




St Andrews




and BGCSEs


EDITOR, The Tribune
I READ with some interest
your recent report on this year's
BGCSE results. I note that you
did not mention St Andrew's
School in your article and I
should like, in light of your
reported observations, to let
you know the situation as far
as St Andrew's School is con-
cerned.
1) St Andrew's School stu-
dents generally sit the BGCSE
examinations at the end of year
eleven. However, one class of
"high flyer" mathematics stu-
dents sits BGCSE mathematics
at the end of year ten. This class
does not sit other subjects at
this time. Also, students in year
12 often sit a subject or two in


order to try and improve on
their year eleven grade. Only
our grade students take five or
more subjects.
2) For each of the past five
years St Andrew's has had a
total percentage of A to C pass-
es of over 80 per cent. This year,
the percentage of A to C passes
was 81.28 per cent (442 A to C
grades out of a total of 545).
3) Of the St Andrew's School
children who sat five or more
subjects this year, 50 obtained
five or more passes at "C" and
above. This is a pass rate of


"five subjects at 'C' or above"
of 78.13 per cent.
4) The total number of passes
at "A" grade for the school this
year was 157 (28.81 per cent).
Thirteen children had five or
more "A" grade passes. One
student gained nine "A" grade
passes this year to add to her
"A" grade in mathematics last
year.
I say the above simply to
place on record the school's
position, quoting data which I
am happy to place in the public
domain.
DENNISON J
MACKINNON
Principal
St Andrew's School
Nassau
August 22 2005


Baby needs milk


EDITOR, The Tribune
MOTHERS and many
fathers alike know what it feels
like to hear a baby cry. The
trick is knowing whether that
cry is one of hunger, pain or just
a cry for attention. Many babies
cry for any of those reasons but
the cry of hunger is the most
heart-wrenching for a parent.
Baby needs milk.
I often ask myself as I look
ahead toward the future just
which political party would hear
and understand a cry of hunger.
This new PLP seems to be unre-
sponsive to the plight of hon-
est, hardworking Bahamians
who are trying to feed, clothe
and school their children and
take care of their responsibili-
ties. Baby needs milk.
This PLP government seems
not to hear adults cry much less
babies. Look at their actions.
Mothers, fathers, sole bread-
winners, heads of households,
out of work, fired, lambasted,
ridiculed and maligned by the
"hope and help" party. Baby
needs milk. Hope's gone, no
help in sight for the many chil-
dren whose parents cry out
"baby need milk" and all these
parents can see are "politrick-
ing" men and women who
themselves must have never
heard a baby cry.
The owners of Western Air
in Andros, the Rolles, Bahami-
ans and parents, the former
Registrar General, Elizabeth
Thompson, a Bahamian and a
parent, suspended lecturer of
the College of the Bahamas,
Felix Bethel, a Bahamian and a


parent, fired employee of
Bahamasair, Milo Butler III, a
Bahamian. Baby needs milk.
I am going to record the
sounds of the children of us
Bahamians who are all crying
out for milk. Record theth and'
send them to the halls of Par-
liament where they may be
heard instead of the dishon-
ourable comments of those who
we elected to serve us we the
people. Baby needs milk
Bahamians, my children and
yours are crying out for a
kinder, gentler Bahamas where
we are judged by the "content


of our character" not by the
opinions of the politician de la
jour, a Bahamas where we no
longer tolerate wickedness in
high places, where we no longer
tolerate a lie dressed up as the
truth, where we speak up when
we ought not be silent.
Promises of hope and help
are just promises. Provide
opportunities for their parents
to survive in this country, 'cause
their babies need milk.
IVOINE W INGRAHAM
Nassau
August 2005


Pride in our athletes


EDITOR, The Tribune
I AM extremely proud to
be a Bahamian at no greater
time as when our athletes
compete abroad, and actually
win medals.
Their accomplishments
transcend all political, reli-
gious, and social considera-
tions. When the Bahamian
flag flies high at the medal
ceremonies in the various
international athletic meets
around the world, I feel good,
very good indeed, to be a cit-
izen of a country that by
world standard s a nobody.
A very BIG thank you to
all of our athletes, both those
who have competed overseas
and those who have aspira-
tions to do so. Be encouraged,
and never give up!


10


There is only one thing that
would make me happier than
watching on TV as our ath-
letes win something, or read--
ing about it in the newspapers,,
and that would be to actually
be at one of those meets.
Can you imagine? As
Tonique rounds the home
stretch in the lead, I rise to
my feet shouting crazily at the
top of my lungs. Then, as she
crosses the finish line in first
place, out of nowhere this
conchy joe dude (that would
be me of course) bursts onto
the field carrying a huge
Bahamian flag! Man, I gotta
get in shape and save some
money.
WILLIAM ROBERTS
Abaco
August .23-2005


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Four expected

to be charged

with intending

to supply drugs

FOUR men are expect-
ed'to be charged this week
in an Andros court with
intending to supply resi-
dents of Great Harbour
Cay with drugs.
"Berry Island police
arrested four male resi-
dents of Bullocks Harbour
and seized 32 small pack-
ets of marijuana in two
separate incidents.
Acting on information
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All four persons will be
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makes his visit on circuit
to Great Harbour Cay
today.
In a separate incident,
officers took in for ques-
tioning a 25-year-old man
who lived near the loca-
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Pindling's passing

LADY MARGUERITE PIN-
DLING, widow of the late Sir Lyn-
den Pindling, the founding Prime
Minister of the Bahamas, marked
the anniversary of her husband's
passing with family and friends and
scores of PLP well wishers at St.
Agnes Anglican church on Sunday
28th August. Present at the service
were Minister of Foreign Affairs
and the Public Service Fred Mitchell
and Minister of Housing and
National Insurance Shane Gibson.
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vices photo by Peter Ramsay shows
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Pindling from the service. After the
Church service, many of the wor-
shipers accompanied Lady Pindling
to Sir Lynden's grave, where she
laid a wreath at the crypt.


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FOLLOWING in the wake of Hurricane Kat-
rina, a new tropical depression yesterday formed
over the Atlantic.
Chief Meteorologist at the Department of
Meteorology Basil Dean said that while the sys-
tem is very far off and there is no way to tell how
or when it will affect the Bahamas it would still be
important to watch its formation.
"The depression is too far off now. We expect
that it will shift northward but we will have to wait
for a few days but as it stands we won't experience
any adverse effects from this system," he
said.


Investigation


after man dies in


boating accident


POLICE are investigating a
boating accident in Exuma
which claimed the life of a 24-
year-old man.
According to reports, Jamal
Smith, his brother Edison
Smith and Angelo Murray, all
of Stuart Manor, Exuma, were
on a boat trip to Musha Cay
shortly after 3am on Saturday
when the accident occurred.
The three men, employees of
the exclusive private island
Musha Cay, were reportedly


The system, developed out of surface circula-
tion in association with a tropical wave east of the
Lesser Antilles, is at this time still weak, but
large.
The tropical depression is still disorganised
and was at press time located 965 miles east of the
Lesser Antilles.
The depression was moving toward the west-
northwest near 13 mph, with this motion expect-
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Inspector Walter Evans told
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celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Independence of Trinidad and Tobago at the Eucharis-
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Continuing the fight against AIDS


By Gladstone Thurston
Bahamas Information
Services
NO children have been
reported with HIV in the
Bahamas for the past two years.
According to Dr Percival
McNeil, a paediatrician, the
programme in the Bahamas
which prevents pregnant infect-
ed women from passing on the
AIDS virus to their babies has
been very successful.
"The prevention programme
is running very well," he said.
"We are getting fewer and few-
6r young babies (born with
HIV). In fact I don't think we
,"have had any in the past two
years and that is very good.
' "That programme is very,
very good. We must encourage
those mothers to take their
medication and prevent their
babies from getting infected. I
think that is the key."
Dr McNeil was speaking at a
meeting of the Ministry of
",Health's HIV/AIDS Centre
Resource Committee to wel-
'-come Belynda Bady of The
Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS
Initiative, and Miriam Maluha,
UNAIDS Country Represen-
tative for The Bahamas,
Jamaica and Cuba.
The committee reported con-
tinued success in the fight
against HIV/AIDS.
"We are doing a good job in
reducing the number of deaths
'in the Bahamas but we -can do
much better," said infectious 'dis-
ease specialist'Dr PerGoriniez.


"More and more, the people
who we lose are those we don't
know and who have never had
therapy," he said. "That's very
painful for caregivers because
these are preventable deaths."
Based in Jamaica, Ms Maluha
was making her first visit to the
Bahamas. She met with the Min-
isters of Health, Foreign Affairs,
Education and Attorney Gen-
eral, and Social Services.
The office of UNAIDS coun-
try representative is part of
UNAIDS's efforts to strengthen
its presence in the Caribbean.
"The role of country official is
to work in partnership with gov-
ernment, civil society and other
private sector organizations to
optimise the efforts that are
being made in the response to
HIV," she said.
The Clinton Foundation has
been working with the Bahamas


AIDS programme since 2002.
Ms Bady confirmed receipt
of a grant from the Lyford Cay
Foundation, to purchase for the
new lab that is being built at
Curry House a CD4 machine
which measures the amount of
blood cells.
Rosa Mae Bain, director of
the HIV/AIDS Centre, noted
that notwithstanding "the many
successes, (and) although we
are known as the model for suc-
cess in the region," the leading
cause of death is still AIDS fol-
lowed by hypertension, diabetes
and cardiovascular diseases.
"Despite the fact that we have
had a reduction in new reported
cases... we have had reduction in
deaths... our bed occupancy rate
has gone down... and although
we moved from 30 per cent of
infectivity of pregnant women to
less than two per cent last year,
we still have a problem and we
need to face up-front what is
happening," said Ms Bain.
The total numbers of persons
who have tested positive for
HIV from August 1985 to
March of 2005 is 10,187, she
confirmed.
Dr McNeil also told of decen-
tralizing the HIV/AIDS services
"because we think that once we
can get into the community clin-
ics then. we can see some of
those patients who are afraid to
come to our present clinic
because of the stigma problem.
Dr Gomez, a pioneer in
HIV/AIDS research said per-
sons who are HIV positive
must know the status of their


disease process.
"Whether or not they need
therapy, they must know what
their CD4 count is and what their
viral load is," said Dr Gomez.
"We see too many people who
come in, who have not been in


therapy, who come in and die."
Mr Catalyn was critical of
religious prayer groups who
"raise their voices and call the
people's names so news could
get out to the other ten or 12
people in the prayer band.


"If you are a member of a
prayer band and you need to
pray for anybody, you don't
have to call their names; or if
you call their names you don't
have to say what they are sick
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However, both the US Vir-
gin Island and the Cayman
Islands had far less stay-over
tourists compared to Jamaica,
with only 410,303 and 83,105
respectively.
The Cayman islands, still
recovering from last year's dev-
astating hurricane season,
reported a huge drop of 54.2


per cent in stay-over visitors.
Other English-speaking
Caribbean countries leading in
the report were St Lucia with
171,669 stay-over tourists, and
Trinidad and Tobago with
201,517.
The Spanish-sneaking
Dominican Republic is in the
number one spot for stay-over
tourists for the entire region,
reporting 1,890,645 stay-over


A ten year old champagne colored female cocker
spaniel going by the name of "SIDNEY" went
missing from a Love Beach residence approximately
three weeks ago. It is suspected that Sidney was
stolen from the home and will be ill treated/ sold.


Sidney has very short cropped hair on her back, a
scar on her right side and a number of sun spots
on the upper back. She also has an existing medical
condition that requires immediate treatment.


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visitors, and 157,119 cruise ship
passengers from January to
June of this year.
"The Dominican Republic has
done a very good job in market-
ing," Mr Wilchcombe said.
He explained that the
Dominican Republic offers a
different tourism product than
the Bahamas.
"Whereas we offer high-end,
theirs is more of a low-end
tourism product. Where our
rooms might average $185 a
night, they average $75 a night,"
he said.
Mr Wilchcombe added that
the Dominican Republic attracts
many European tourists, a mar-
ket the Bahamas is now more
aggressively pursuing.



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former Yugoslavia since 1991.
Sir Burton was elected from
a list of 31 candidates.
Of the 189 members of the
United Nations voting, Sir Bur-
ton received 167 votes, the
sixth highest of all the candi-
dates. The remaining 26 ad
litem judges came from
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go, Syria, Jamaica, Nigeria,
Zambia, France, Guyana, Hun-
gary, Canada, Madagascar,
Norway, Sweden, Germany,
Switzerland, and Malaysia.
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grave breaches of the 1949
Geneva conventions; viola-
tions of the laws or customs of
war; genocide and crimes
against humanity.
The ICTY, which is located
in The Hague, Netherlands,
was established by the United
Nations Security Council in
1993 in the face of the serious
violations of international
humanitarian law committed
in the territory of the former
Yugoslavia since 1991, and as a
response to the threat to inter-
national peace and security


posed by those serious viola-
tions.

History

It is alleged that during that
period Serb forces, comprised
of the Yugoslav People's Army
(JNA) units, local Territorial
Defence (TO) units, and TO
units from Serbia and Mon-
tenegro, local and Serbian Min-
istry of Internal Affairs (MUP)
police units and paramilitary
units, attacked and took con-
trol of towns, villages and set-
tlements in the territories listed
above. After the take-over, the
Serb forces, in cooperation with
the local Serb authorities,
established a regime of perse-
cutions designed to drive the
Croat and other non-Serb civil-
ian population from these ter-
ritories.
This regime included the
extermination or murder of
hundreds of Croat and other
non-Serb civilians, including
women and elderly persons,
the deportation or forcible
transfer of at least 170,000
Croat and other non-Serb
civilians and the confinement
or imprisonment under inhu-
mane conditions of thousands
of Croat and other non-Serb
civilians. As a result, virtually


the whole of the Croat and
other non-Serb civilian popu-
lation were forcibly removed,
deported or killed in the "Ser-
bian Autonomous District
(SAO) Krajina", the "SAO
Western Slavonia", and the
"SAO Slavonia, Baranja and
Western Srem" regions.
Further, public and private
property in all the relevant
areas was intentionally and
wantonly destroyed and plun-
dered, including homes, reli-
gious, historical and cultural
buildings.
The Tribunal's core objec-
tives are to bring to justice per-
sons allegedly responsible for
serious violations of interna-
tional humanitarian law; to
render justice to the victims;
to deter further crimes; and to
contribute to the restoration
of peace by promoting recon-
ciliation in the former
Yugoslavia.
The Court consists of per-
manent judges and ad litem
judges.
Ad litem judges serve in a
pool, from which they may be
appointed by the Secretary
General of the UN, on the rec-
ommendation of the President
of the ICTY, to sit on one or
several specific trials for a peri-
od up to three years.


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Two die in



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FROM page one
unknown who was driving the
car at the time or why the dri-
ver lost control of the vehicle.
Investigations into the acci-
dent continue, he said.
Police are also investigat-
ing a car crash that occurred
na Friday evening on Grand
Bahama and claimed the life
6f a pregnant woman and seri-
ously injured two of her fam-
ily members.
According to press liaison
officer for the Northern
'Bahamas Supt Basil Rahming,
35-year-old Semyre Pierre
*Frangois of number 15
Adventurers Way, who was
several months pregnant, died
when the vehicle she was in
hit a tree.
- The information is that at
10pm on Friday, the blue
coloured Toyota Corolla, reg-
istration number 1532, driven
by Mrs Frangois' husband,
Benicourt Franqois, 47, with
their 15-year-old son Fawene


Francois and a 17-year-old girl
as passengers, skidded off the
road and hit a large Sapodilla
tree.
Supt Rahming reported
that Mr Francois lost control
of his vehicle while negotiat-
ing a curve on Pinta Avenue
in South Bahamia, just north
of Bahamian Arms Apart-
ments.
The vehicle was totally
demolished and Fire Services
personnel had to use the
"Jaws of Life" to extricate
Mrs Francois from the front
passenger seat.
All three family members
sustained severe injuries and
were rushed to Rand Memor-
ial Hospital, where Mrs
Francois died at 11.05pm.
Mr Frangois and his son
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Princess Margaret Hospital in
Nassau where they are listed
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Although government has
explained to many unions rep-
resenting civil servants or
employees of government
owned corporations that fiscal
restraints are needed to keep
public finances in order, Mr
Stevenson said the union has
submitted a number of recom-
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encourage more accountably so
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Members of the Bahamas
Electric Utilities Managerial
Union on Friday threatened
that if their contractual negoti-
ations were not settled by Mon-
day, they will be forced to act
more aggressively to bring the
matter to a close.
Mr Stevenson said the union
had been quite patient through-
out the talks with government
and BEC management, but
believed they were still not
being treated fairly.
Both of BEC's unions, the
BEUMU and the Bahamas
Electrical Workers Union
(BEWU), have been embroiled
in contract negotiations and the
threat of a possible strike has
loomed since BEWU president
Dennis Williams announced
that BEC had until August 30
to resolve a number of issues
regarding its employees.
"MrWilliams warned'that if
teifr ii6tiatiaions are nWt sud-
cessful, the union will be forced
to take "the most aggressive
form of industrial action ever
seen."


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Girl scores nation's top award


A 16-year-old girl has won
the top scholarship in the
Bahamas, an award valued at
up to $100,000.
Andrea Culmer has been
named the 2005-2006 All
Bahamas Merit Scholar, becom-
ing the first-ever from a Family
Island government school to
win the nation's most presti-
gious and valuable academic
award, a scholarship reserved
for the single most outstanding
student in the Bahamas enter-
ing college.


At a press conference at Nas-
sau International Airport, as Cul-
mer and her family departed for
Quebec, where the young star
will attend McGill University,
Minister of Education Alfred
Sears congratulated Culmer, call-
ing her "an amazing young
woman who defied all the odds
and overcame all the limitations."
"This morning is a celebra-
tion of excellence," Mr Sears
told the crowd, which included
family, press and representa-
tives of the Lyford Cay Foun-


dation, The Central Bank and
the Ministry of Education,
which jointly sponsor the pres-
tigious scholarship.
The private foundation funds
half the award, with the Min-
istry of Education and The Cen-
tral Bank funding the other half.
Foundation chairman Manuel
Cutillas said the foundation was
"extremely proud to partner
with the Ministry of Education
and The Central Bank in
rewarding the most outstand-
ing student in The Bahamas... a


programme which has been
extremely successful. Today
marks a very special day for us
because it is the first time in all
the years we have been doing
this that we have a candidate
who is from a public school and
a Family Island. We congratu-
late you, Andrea, and wish you
and your family every success."
A graduate of Central
Eleuthera High School in North
Palmetto Point, Culmer earned
the top honour with a combi-
nation of grades a perfect 4.0
and the highest grades in her
class during all the years of high
school community involve-
ment, leadership ability, test
scores and career choice.
She plans to study paediatric
medicine and neonatal care, a
career inspired by watching her
own prematurely born brother's
struggle for survival when the
family had to travel abroad for
proper medical. Her brother,
KC, was there for the celebra-
tion. It was his 10th birthday.
The accolades for Culmer
came from every direction.
"Each year we search for a
single outstanding high school
student, one who is worthy of
the All Bahamas Merit Scholar
Award, the top award in the


* ANDREA Culmer, 16, centre, overcame limitations and
broke barriers to become the first Family Island public school
student in 11 years to win the country's most prestigious and
valuable scholarship, the All Bahamas Merit Award, valued at
up to $100,000 over a four-year college career


nation, and each year we uncov-
er a jewel in the process and we
think who can top this next
year? But Andrea has done just
that," said Roger Kelty, director
of educational programmes for
the Lyford Cay Foundation.
"She is our jewel and we are
so impressed by all she has
accomplished in her short life,
even studying physics on her


own when it was not offered in
her school because she wanted
to sit the BGCSE and she did it.
She got a book and she.
immersed herself in it and
although she had never hAd it in
.a class or learned it from a
teacher, was self-taught, she,
earned a C in the national
exam."
Culmer, he said, marked a.
milestone in the history of the,
All Bahamas Merit Award,
being the first to qualify from a
Family Island government,
school.
Sylvia Carey, director of
human resources at The Cen-
tral Bank, said: "The Central
Bank is proud to be associated
with this award, as it not only
recognises students for their_
academic achievement but also
for their integrity of character,
community involvement and
interest and respect for others,"
Ms Carey said.
The still-awestruck student
expressed her surprise and
delight.
"I feel that the committee
believes in me and has faith that
I will succeed, return home and'
help with the development of
our country. I thank God for
the selection committee, my
parents and others who have
encouraged and guided me
along the way. I promise to do.
my best and make the Bahamas.
proud! I am very thankful!"


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Establish what points you will
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Get quotes for closing costs
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The more you can pay down


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PAGE16, ONDA AUGST 9, 205 TE TRBUN


CARICOM concern at relationship with the


Caribbean delegates to last
week's meeting of Government
Spokespersons of Member
States of the Organisation of
American States (OAS) have
expressed concern about the
irresponsible reporting and lack
of journalism ethics practiced
by some media houses in the
region and have asked the
hemispheric body to assist in
raising the standard of the pro-
fession.
A resolution crafted by


Caribbean delegates who met
on the sidelines of the two-day
meeting in Santiago, Chile,
commended the timeliness of
the conversation on matters
pertinent to effective public
information.
The Resolution was signed
by the delegates from Antigua
and Barbuda, the Bahamas,
Barbados, Dominica, Grenada,
Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St.
Lucia and Suriname.
"Several of the Caribbean


representatives raise the con-
cern that while they support and
uphold the tenets of freedom
of expression and the right to
free speech, some media houses
in the region were irresponsi-
ble in their reporting and point-
ed to the sometimes low-level of
decision on some regional talk
shows which at times bordered
on slander or libel of private
citizens and public officials,"
said Erasmus Williams, press
secretary to St Kitts and Nevis


Prime Minister, who attended
the meeting,
Williams said Caribbean
spokespersons recommended to
the OAS that a meeting of inde-
pendent media houses be held
under the aegis of the OAS to
discuss these concerns and that
there be a follow-up meeting
between representatives of
spokespersons and independent
media officials.
"We also suggested that a
mechanism be put in place to


monitor and accept complaints
by persons or groups who have
grievances with the way inde-
pendent or other media deal
with allegations of irresponsi-
ble journalism, unprofessional-
ism and willful infringement of
ethical standards," Williams said
in an interview.
During the two-day meeting a
call was made for governments
in Latin America and the
Caribbean to increase trans-
parency, combat poverty and


en
do
go
str
en
be
wi
ov
as
he
va:
als
the


media

hance democracy. :::
The president of Chile, lIeait-
Lagos, said the press aridtfe
vernment sometimes hiv(
ained relationship, butg<4v-
nment leaders must become
tter communicators and:o$
th the press in order tdawm
er the public every day"g41
governments must imp r o
alth, education and a :A2
riety of other services,;3ty
so must better commun4lqte
eir agendas to the publife"


Safe Bahamas



contribution



to basketball


SAFE Bahamas has provided
a grant to John Todd Basket-
ball Camp to assist with the pur-
chase of sporting materials.
The camp, which is now in its
21st year of existence focuses
on recognising great Bahamian
athletes who have made signif-
icant contributions to the sport
of basketball.
Among the overall objectives,
the camp aims to provide young
persons with wholesome recre-


ation in a disciplined environ-
ment.
Since its launch in 2001,Safe
Bahamas -a non-profit organic
sation has demonstrated its
commitment to fostering posi-
tive youth development within
the community.
Pictured'from left are Mar-
lon Johnson, Safe Bahamas
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I.MONDAY, AUGUST 29, 2005


SECTION


business@tribunemedia.net Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


'contrived prices'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A BAHAMIAN financial services
provider has become embroiled in a
Canadian probe into a "contrived
prices" share trading scheme, with one
of the Bahamian-registered entities it
acted as agent for allegedly netting a
profit of $1.174 million from the set-up.
An Investment Dealers Association
of Canada (IDA) hearing found that
three registered representatives at a
Canadian broker/dealer called Rampart
Securities, Sean Shanahan, Stephen Kat-


wi
ing
th
:Co
'Cc
Re
the


marin and Nicole Brewster, were guilty
of involvement in the share trading
scheme, which was centred around two
Bahamas-registered companies, Con-
stantine Inc and NOA Ltd.
Hearing
The IDA hearing report, a copy of
which has been seen by The Tribune,
revealed that the Nassau-based agent
for both Constantine Inc and NOALtd
was Lions Gate Management. There is
nothing to suggest the company did any-
thing wrong, and the hearing made find-


Bahamas may host

rade fair with India
THE Bahamas could host Tanya Wright, the Chan-
najor trade fa.irand expo. ber's ,president, said this
th India following a meet- failed to take into account
g between executives for the significant influence of
is nation's Chamber of Indian-born professionals in
)mmerce and the High (he fields of medicine,
)mmissioner for the health, finance, accounting
-public of India last week. and education.
While trade figures for "Once you look at the
e last available year, 2001, number of skilled profes-


showed the Bahamas had
only imported $200,000
worth of goods from India,


SEE page 7B


Stopover arrivals

to Bahamas down

2.5% in first half


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
STOPOVER tourist arrivals
to the Bahamas for the 2005
first half were down 2.5 per
cent on last year, statistics from
the Caribbean Tourism Organ-


isation (CTO) have revealed,

SEE page 7B


Some Family Island

hotels to close for

lean September
* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
A NUMBER of Family Island hotel properties are expected to
close for September and parts of
October, The Tribune has been SEE page 9B


probe


ings against it.
The scheme involved trading in the
share of Alive International, a Canadian
company, which was listed on the Over-.
the-Counter market. The company,
which sold health, nutritional and. per-
sonal products, went public through a'
January 20, 1999, IPO but ceased trading
on May 18, 2001..
The IDA hearing found that the
Canadian trio "participated in a scheme
in which the shares of Alive Interna-
SEE page 6B


* PHOTOGRAPHED
at the meeting are: (I to
r) director of business
education, Gail Lockhart;
second secretary of the
High Commission of
India in Jamaica, Bimal
Saigal; president of the
Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce, Tanya
Wright; High Commis-
sioner Kailash Lal Agraw-
al; director of the
Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce" Board',.pf
Directors, Lewis Butler;,
and immediate past pres-
ident, Winston Role.


Guana Cay



protesters


plan new


court action


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
'THE Save Guana Cay Reef
Association is planning to bring
a new constitutional action
against the Government over
th e' controversial $175 million
Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean
Club, on the grounds that
"everything" surrounding the
development, including the
permitting and approvals
process, is happening "outside
the basis of the law".
Fred Smith, the Association's
attorney, told The Tribune that
the planned action would be
initiated quite separately from
the appeal seeking to overturn
a Supreme Court ruling that
threw out its application for a
Judicial Review of the Baker's
Bay Heads of Agreement
signed with the Government.
That appeal, which is likely
to be heard in October or
November, is also attempting
to overturn a Supreme Court
decision that dismissed the
Association's application for
an injunction that sought to
stop work by the developers at
Baker's Bay until the substan-
tive issues were heard.
Mr Smith said the planned
new action would be initiated
on the basis of Article 15 of the
Bahamas Constitution. It


would focus on the argument
that because the approvals
process for Baker's Bay was
happening outside a statutory
framework, the Guana Cay res-
idents were "being kept in the
dark" and denied the opportu-
nity to air their concerns.
"It's unacceptable for the
local (Guana Cay) residents to
be kept in the dark," Mr Smith
said. "They have a right to
know what is going on in their
own country.
"It's absurd that, by acting
outside the confines of a statu-
tory framework we should be
denied the opportunity to be
heard."
Describing this as "a sepa-
rate new action quite apart
from the appeal", Mr Smith
said it would ask the courts to
order the Government, its min-
istries and agencies, plus the
developers, Discovery Land
Company, and the local gov-
ernment council in Hope Town
to "make disclosures of the
approvals before them".
The Callenders & Co attor-
ney said the Association had
experienced a great deal of
"stonewalling" by the Govern-
ment and its various depart-
ments, particularly on issues
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trading week in the
Bahamian market, as
34,908 shares changed
hands. For the week,
the market saw 11 out of its 19
listed stocks trade, of which six
advanced, two declined and
three remained unchanged.
The volume leader for the
week was Doctors Hospital
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of the total shares traded. The
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DHS produced another
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although below analyst expec-
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net income of $2.6 million,
which represents an astound-
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188 per cent over the same
period in 2004.


The number one factor con-
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income was a $2.9 million
increase in total revenues.
Earnings per share (EPS) from
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$0.33, a $0.15 gain from $0.18 in
2004.
Special attention was paid by
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accounts receivables of $1.8
million, and operating expens-
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The overhead expenses asso-
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of the company. For the quar-
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relates to medical and indus-
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Finance Corporation of the
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For the nine months ending
July 31, 2005, FIN posted net
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per cent or $1.2 million over
the equivalent period in 2004,
while earnings per share gained
$0.04 or 8.16 per cent to stand
at $0.53.
Total revenue rose by $2.5
million to total $35.1 million,
while total expenses increased
by $1.3 million or 7.2 per cent
to total $20.5 million.
FIN's return on equity stood
at 23.15 per cent, while share-
holders equity gained 6.56 per
cent to $84.5 million.


Grand Bahama


businesses
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storm recove


* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
GRAND Bahama businesses
were returning to normal over
the weekend, with essential ser-
vices such as electricity and
telephone communications
largely restored on late Thurs-
day afternoon, as then Tropical
Storm Katrina made its way
past the towards Florida.
Inan interview with The Tri-


bune, Gwendolyn Newbold,
immediate past president of the
Grand Bahama Chamber of
Commerce, said the island was
not without power and. tele-
phone services forlong. She


added that while there was
quite a bit of minor damage,
such as downed trees and
shrubs, by and large Grand
Bahama fared well.
"Remarkably, even during


the storm, even though we did-
n't have essential services, busi-
nesses we're open. I think
Grand Bahamians are real sur-
vivors, especially after last year,
I was impressed with how they


support of our scheduled service between
the Turks & Caicos Islands and the Bahamas.
Travelers have benefited like never before from


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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
* Bank of The Bahamas (BOB) has declared a dividend of
$0.16, payable on August 31 2005, to all ordinary shareholders
of record date August 29 2005.
* Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN) has declared a
dividend of $0.12, payable on September 8 2005, to all ordinary
shareholders of record date September 2 2005


International Markets
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Gold $445.40 1.43

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continued on. Their coping
skills are really well-honed,"
Ms Newbold said.
Acknowledging that much of
Grand Bahama was still being
repaired, Ms Newbold one
impact from Hurricanes
Frances and Jeanne had been
to improve the island's recov-
ery skills.
In terms of the business com-
munity, she said that a lot of
firms had generators, so that
when the power went out they
were able to conduct business
as usual.
"A lot of us went on and did
what we had to do. We did the
things we needed to do when
we don't have power, or water
or a telephone," she said.
Ms Newbold, who is the pro-
prietor of Grand Bahama
Snack Foods, said 2005 had
been a very lean, sluggish year
for business on the island, with
the economy not as vibrant as
they needed it to be.
Despite this, she said the
business community was see-
ing improvements, which she
hopes continue. Ms Newbold
added that a lot of investment
projects have been promised
and Grand Bahama needs to
see them take off, because the
economy needs it.
The former Chamber presi-
dent advised residents of
Grand Bahama to prepare
themselves for the hurricane
season.
"I just want to make sure
that all residents do have in
their homes the things that they
need. I didn't see people out
looking for last minute sup-
plies, and I hope that means
that they have them. This was a
category one it was not swift
moving, and there was not a
lot of damage but don't take it
likely. We have to make sure
we have the essentials we need
to survive," Ms Newbold said.


Meanwhile, Grand Bahama's
hotel sector reported little
damage as a result of then
Tropical Storm Katrina, with
properties expected to perform
reasonably well for September
and October.
Jose Suarez, managing direc-
tor for the Our Lucaya Beach
& Golf Resort, said Septem-
ber 2005 was expected to be
much better than last year's
comparative. This year, the
resort has a very large group
that is taking over the two
hotels, the Westin and Shera-
ton, for the last five days of the
month. September is expected
to finish at 50 per cent occu-
pancy levels.
October is also expected to
be a good month, finishing in
the low 70' per cent range in
terms of occupancy, Mr Suarez
said, adding that he hopes the
property is not affected by any
storms this year and that it has
better bookings on the leisure
side.
In terms of room rates rates,
Mr Suarez said they were a lit-
tle lower than anticipated. He
explained that as the host hotel
for workers associated with the
filming of Pirates of the
Caribbean II and III on Grand
Bahama, the Our Lucaya low-
ered the rate for the produc-
tion team, which has thousands
of room nights.
The impact of this lower rate
impacted the overall position
for the month, but helped out
on the occupancy side, he said.
The Our Lucaya had some 900
guests as of press time.
"We're doing just fine. We
sustained minor damages, a lit-
tle landscaping, but we're fully
operational," Mr Suarez said.
"We were cleaning pool decks
from sand, and two out of four
pools are open. Everything is
SEE page four


THE MEDICLINIC ATLANTIS
Requires: (1) Full Time Registered Nurse
(2) Part Time Registered Nurses to work
in Primary/Urgent Care Facility
Qualifications:
Current Bahamian licence
Must have at least three (3) years experience in the
field.
Must have current ACLS Certificate
Must demonstrate strong public relations,
communication skills
Must be responsible, dedicated, competent and
independent.
Attractive Benefit Package
Please send resume to:
The Mediclinic
P.O. Box N-4302
Nassau, Bahamas


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THE TRIBUNE















Baha Mar names lead architect





for commercial village


opment Compa-
ny yesterday
announced it
had awarded
MonArch Architects, a
Bahamian design company, the
contract to develop the mixed-
use commercial village that will
kickstart its $1.2 billion Cable
Beach strip redevelopment.
MonArch Architects, which
is managed by principal D.
Monty Knowles, was chosen
from six invited bidders to act
as the lead architectural design
firm for the West Bay Village.
This will house all the com-
mercial bank, government and
retail offices that are being
relocated from their current
sites opposite Baha Mar's
Cable Beach Resorts.
MonArch Architects will


partner with Baha Mar's design
architect, Mike Hong of MHA
Studio, to develop a concept
plan for the overall architec-
tural character of the project.
The village will feature
vibrant buildings complement-
ed by varied streetscapes and
sidewalks, which resonate the
colourful style, rich architec-
tural heritage and lush tropi-
cal landscape of the Bahamas
and the Caribbean.
"MonArch has shown that
they share our vision for the
look and feel of Baha Mar,"
said the latter's executive vice-
president of design and devel-
opment John Kristich.
"They have assembled a
team with a sound combina-
tion of local experience, world-
class expertise and creative tal-
ent to drive the design of West


Bay Village a key component
of our commitment to creating
an authentic product in the
Bahamas."
West. Bay Village is the first
major design element in Baha
Mar's $1.2 billion project to get
underway, and it paves the way
for the rerouting of West Bay
Street, beginning on January
1, 2006.
Construction
The nearly 200,000 square-
foot complex is slated for an
early 2007 opening, as Phase I
construction on the billion-dol-
lar Cable Beach redevelop-
ment exercise begins.
Mr Kristich said Baha Mar's
project is currently in the archi-
tectural concept design phase,
and the developer and relevant


public agencies are reviewing
schematic plans and render-
ings. "Preliminary meetings
have taken place to ensure that
each phase of our development
is consistent with what was
originally agreed on, and meets
regulatory standards," said Mr
Kristich.
Baha Mar is also working
with the Government on a
strategy for executing the
diversion of West Bay Street,
and the relocation of police and
fire services to meet the needs
of the resort and the commu-
nity.
MonArch Architects is best
known for its work on Lyford
Financial Centre in western
New Providence and the Roy-
al Caribbean Cruise Ship facil-
ity (joint venture) at Coco Cay,
Berry Islands.


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and meeting facilities
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up to 70 people.

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In-room amenities
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* Minimum of FIVE (5) years employment in a senior
capacity with a licensed financial institution;
Ability to take charge of the entire back-office
administration of our institution;
Experience liaising with The Central Bank of the
Bahamas;
Familiarity with AML and KYC procedures
Highly organized
University degree required, post-graduate degree
preferred;
Knowledge of Canadian income tax and business
practices
Computer literacy is required

We offer a flexible work schedule with very desirable
job benefits and a very satisfying work atmosphere.
Salary is commensurate with experience and is
negotiable. We are an equal opportunity employer and
do not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race
or religion. We prefer to hire Bahamians but will
consider hiring a non-Bahamian if they have the right
credentials.

Please reply in confidence via email to:
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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


Compliance



officer passes






the Series 7


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


A COMPLIANCE officer and supervisor of the examination after training with the Nastac
fund accounts at Mignon Nassau has passed Group, which stands for the National Associa-
the Series 7 examintion administered by the tion of Securities Training and Compliance.
New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and
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(NASD). Chipman, the Nastac Group's managing direc-
Dorothea Thompson, pictured above, passed tor.



Hotels optimistic about


autumn performance


FROM page one
expected to be back to normal
on Saturday."
General manager of the Port
Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club,
Rembert Albury, said Septem-
ber was usually a slow month,
but Pirates of the Caribbean's
production team had booked
some 60 per cent of the rooms.
He said it was too early to tell
regarding the potential perfor-
mance in October, although the
resort expected to do about 60
per cent occupancy.
Mr Albury said that following
Katrina, the hotel was back to
normal, although there were
some interruptions in flight ser-
vice, which led to some cancel-


lations, including a small group
that was scheduled for last
Thursday. He added that it was
receiving guests; and there was
some clean up to be done.
Overall, he said the Port
Lucaya Resort & Yacht Club
was doing 100 per cent better
than last year and that its rates
were more than expected.
Declining to go into specifics
concerning occupancy and
room rates, Bob Kramm, gen-


eral manager of Old BahaIria
Bay, did say that in comparison
to last year, when the property
was closed from August 28 to;
March, it was doing well.
He credited the strong per-
formance to more exposure in
the market place, a higher
repeat business, and growth in
the local tourism market, with
more guests coming from
Freeport and New Providence
than previously.


Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
26 August 2005
52wk-H4l 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Todays Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
1.10 0.80 Abaco Markets 0.80 0.80 0.00 -0.207 0.000 N/M 0.00%
9.35 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 9.35 9.35 0.00 1.452 0.340 6.4 3.64%
6.60 5.55 Bank of Bahamas 6.60 6.60 0.00 0.561 0.330 11.8 5.00%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.187 0.010 4.3 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 1.40 0.00 0.126 0.060 11.1 4.29%
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.040 16.7 3.64%
8.81 6.76 Cable Bahamas 8.80 8.80 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.2 2.73%
2.20 1.69 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.08 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.00 9. 0 0.00 5 0.410 12.8 4.56%
2.50 0.67 Doctor's Hospital 2.46 2.46 0.00 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 0.695 0.500 15.3 4.71%
9.50 7.00 FirstCaribbean 9.50 9.60 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9.00 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 6.59%
6.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRs 5.86 5.81 -0.05 0.122 0.000 48.0 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.010 0.760 5.0 7.60%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weekly Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00 1.488 0.960 9.1 7.25%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.60 0.40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.066 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.00 14.00 13.00 1.105 0o810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NAV YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %
1.2490 1.1822 Colina Money Market Fund 1.248955*
2.3810 2.0058 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.381 "
10.4855 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.4855***"
2.2636 2.1330 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.263627"
1.1273 1.0576 Colina Bond Fund 1.127305l"*
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX- 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 YIELD- last 12 month dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Collna and Fidelit1
82wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for dally volum< Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Ttading volume of the prior week
Change Change in losing price from day to da IEPS S A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months NIM Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamlngf FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 10(
- AS AT JUL. 31. 20051 "* AS AT JUL 31, 2006
- AS AT AUGUST 19, 200" AS AT JULY 31, 20051** AS AT JULY 31, 2001
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KINGSWAY ACADEMY
4 ~P.O. Box N-4378
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Kingsway Academy High School

invites qualified applicants for the following positions
immediately.

Art and Design
Business Studies
Librarian/ Media Specialist
Bible/ Christian Values (Needed for one semester)

Successful applicants must:
Be a practicing, committed born-again Christian
Have minimum qualifications of a Bachelor's
Degree in the appropriate subject areas or higher
from a recognized college or university
Have a valid teacher's certicate or diploma where
appropriate
Be willing to participate in extra curricular activities,
etc.

Applications must be made in writing together with full
curriculum vitae, a recent color photograph and names of
at least three references, one being that of your church Pastor
to:

Ms. Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
P.O.Box N-4378
Nassau, Bahamas

For further information, please contact the Business Office
at Telephone numbers 324-6269 or 324-6887.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS THURSDAY,
September 1, 2005


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The College of The Bahamas, as the national tertiary level education
institution of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is engaged in a
major expansion of its physical facilities, its programme offerings
and its research activities and is moving aggressively to incorporate
distance learning methodologies into its repertoire of strategies for
delivering instruction throughout the archipelago, all with a view to
seeking a charter as a university.
The Council of The College of The. Bahamas and its Search
Committees invite applications for the post of President as described
below.

PROFILE OF THE PRESIDENT
Bringing creativity, the requisite skills and experience and sterling
character to the position, the ideal candidate will
be first among equals in his or her cabinet, a team player
and a consensus builder
bring a future-oriented appreciation of the role which an
institution of higher learning should play, particularly in a
knowledge-based economy, both in educating students and
the wider community and in creating new knowledge
consistent with the needs of The Bahamas and the role of
individuals and the nation in a global economy
lead in the implementation of the vision for the evolution of
the institution into the University of The Bahamas
motivate a large and culturally diverse faculty and staff to
implement this vision as a team
Relate with maturity, judgment, flexibility, patience, and
resourcefulness to individuals within The College and to
members of the many local and international constituencies
to which The College enjoys ties.
function as the leader of The College to internal, local and
international audiences
be the public face of The College, projecting the institution,
acting as advocate for it, and attracting needed resources
appreciate the unique role played by a national institution in
a developing society, including the special structural
relationship between The College and the Government, the
expectations that the public and the Government have of
The College, and the implications of those expectations in
terms of the institution's response
function with commitment, energy, resilience, and imagination
in an environment of limited resources
Status/Qualifications/Experience
The candidate
must be a citizen of The Bahamas
if arrae ademic'shou ldold an'earned Ph.Ddegree from anf
accredited institution of higher learning or an equivalent
professional qualification and a minimum of five (5) years
experience at the level of President, Chancellor, Vice President
or Vice Chancellor of a recognized and respected institution
If active in the private sector, should have a strong academic
background and at least five (5) years experience at the level
of CEO or an equivalent position in a substantial organization.
Applicants whose careers have been in the public service
should have a strong academic background, a minimum of
five (5) years experience at least at the level of Permanent
Secretary or its equivalent
Those in the Foreign Service should have a strong academic
background and at least five (5) years experience at the level
of Ambassador, High Commissioner or an equivalent position.
All applicants should be familiar with educational systems in the
British Commonwealth (including the Bahamas and the Caribbean)
and in North America.
The application deadline is September 14, 2005. To ensure full
consideration, all applications must be received by this date. A
completed application will include an up-to-date comprehensive
resume (including evidence of nationality and date of birth) along
with a letter addressing the issues and criteria included in the
description of the position. To expedite the appointment procedure,
applicants are advised to request five referees to send references
under confidential cover directly to the address listed below without
waiting to be contacted by The College. Please visit the College of
The Bahamas website at for more information about the institution.
Applications should be forwarded in confidence to:
Council Secretary
The College of The Bahamas
P. 0. Box N-4912
Oakes Field Campus
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 302-4304
Note: Electronic applications will not be accepted.
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School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies
Continuing Education & Extension Services (CEES)


The Business Office Hours will be opening from 8:00am 6:00pm on the following dates
August 31 and September 1, 2005.


The College of the Bahamas
Alumni Association invites nominations for its
2005 HALL OF FAME AWARD


Name of Nominee----------- ----------------.- ---------------------

Address-----------------------------------------------------------------

Occupation-----------------..-------------------- -------------- --------------


Year Graduated from COB (if known)-


Hall of Fame Criteria


To be considered for the Alumni Association Hall.of Fame, nominees must

* Have distinguished themselves as students, academically and socially,
while at The College of The Bahamas
* Be among the best in their chosen fields of endeavour, displaying scrupulous
conduct that stands as'an example to others
* Be a leader and a relentless worker whose success benefits co-workers,
those they supervise or employ and the community in general
* Excel in civic outreach and make a contribution to society that is easily
visible within their fields and the wider scope of Bahamian life
* Exhibit strength of character that translates generally into community
strengthening, personifying their alma mater's motto "Knowledge, Truth,
Integrity".

You may nominate more than one person, using a new form each time. All
nominations must be accompanied by the nominee's professional curriculum vitae
(CV) and photograph. Please forward all documents to


THE ALUMNI HALL OF FAME AWARD
The Alumni Affairs Office
The College of the Bahamas
PO Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


Email: alumniassoc@cob.edu.bs.


For more information, please telephone 302-4365/6. Deadline for nominations is
September 1, 2005.



PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Opportunities 2005/2006

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of courses and programmes leading to certificate, certification and licensure are offered. You can
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Choose the courses or programme to help you accomplish your career goals...
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Certificate Programme For The Office Assistant
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Ethics And Professional Responsibility
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2005/2006 Programme Duration is 6 Months- 9 Months
External Registration is required for UK and US Institutions.
Affordable Tuition Per Term
Tuition starts at $250 per course.
Professionals holding the Bachelor or Master Degrees may apply for
exemption from specific courses.

FALL 2005 CLASS SCHEDULE
CLASSES BEGIN: Saturday, 3rd September
For your convenience, the majority of classes are held on Saturdays, 8am 12noon.
International programmes available. No entrance exams required.
'Tuition may be paid per term or in full.

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tional were purchased and sold
at contrived prices for the pur-
poses of unduly benefiting one
Rampart client, NOA Ltd [the
Bahamian company], to the
detriment of other clients at
Rampart".
Shares
Henry Cole, the Rampart
president, Shanahan and Kat-
marin would sell their own
Alive shares and those of their
clients to NOA Ltd for
between $1-$1.25, and the
Bahamian company would the
resell these shares "within
hours or minutes" to other
Rampart clients for a mark-up,
usually between $1.25-$1.50
and at least $0.15-$0.25 higher
than the prices it bought at.
Rampart Securities was the
broker for the IPO, and was
allocated one million shares in
Alive. However, those shares
were not transferred to Ram-
part, but evenly split between a


Bermuda entity, Saks Interna-
tional, and one of the Bahami-
an companies, Constantine Inc.
The IDA hearing found that
Constantine Inc opened an
account with Rampart on July
21, 1999, and had Katmarin as
its registered representative. Its
officers were two corporate
entities, Platinum Management
and Vulcan Management.
The hearing found: "The sig-
natories were said to be A.
Dupuch, Patrick Thomson,
Sonia A. Galanos and Kofi
Bain. The [Alive] shares that
had been transferred to Con-
stantine Inc were sent to Con-
stantine Inc on January 26,
1999, in care of Lions Gate
Management, Nassau,
Bahamas."
Signatories

There is nothing to suggest
that any of the four signatories
named here Mr Dupuch, Mr
Thomson, Ms A. Galanos and


Mr Bain have done anything
wrong in relation to the Ram-
part investigation or had any
knowledge of the scheme.
Incorporated
NOA Ltd, the other Bahami-
an entity, was incorporated on
April 11, 2000, with the same
four signatories as Constantine
Inc. Its company officers were
also the same, Platinum Man-
agement and Vulcan Manage-
ment. NOA opened an account
with Rampart on April 17,
2000, an action that was
approved by the latter's direc-
tors a day later. Trading began
from the NOA account that
month and ended on April 30,
2001, when Brewster was
ordered to close the account.
The Canadian inquiry
attempted to find whether any
of the three it found guilty had
a beneficial ownership interest
in NOA Ltd or Constantine
Inc, analysing e-mails sent by


Public Utilities Commission


on

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company

Limited Application to increase its Monthly

Rates/Prices For Telephone Lines


The PUC will hold a PUBLIC MEETING on the Bahamas
Telecommunications Company's application to increase the
monthly rates/prices for telephone lines on Thursday 1st
September, 2005, from 7-9pm in MARSH HARBOUR
ABACO, *at St. John's Anglican P-arish Hall.


The purpose of the public meeting will be to afford
consumers and interested parties the opportunity to ask
questions or make oral comments on the application.


Copies of the Commission's Public consultation document
on BTC's application can be obtained from the PUC's office
located in the Agape House 4th Terrace East, Collins Avenue
or downloaded from the Commission's website at
www.PUCBahamas.gov.bs.


Mr Dupuch and Mr Bain to
Brewster. The e-mails dealt
with money transfers and infor-
mation on bank accounts relat-
ing to NOA Ltd, the inquiry
finding: "The individuals asso-
ciated with........ Lions Gate and
[its] successor entity were
requesting and receiving infor-
mation from Brewster."
The IDA hearing said there
were some documents that sug-
gested Katmarin had a benefi-
cial interest in Constantine Inc,
and its report indicates that the
Ontario Securities Commission
is also looking into the case.

Details
It details a March 4, 2005,
letter sent by the Central Bank
of the Bahamas' legal counsel
to the Commission, on Con-
stantine's account with First-
Caribbean International Bank
(Bahamas), numbered 1276322.
The letter said: "First-
Caribbean has advised that the
name of the beneficial owner of
Constantine Inc is Stephen
Katmarin. Correspondence of


Lions Gate Management dated
June 8, 1998, disclosing the
name of the beneficial owner is
enclosed."

Precisely
However, the IDA hearing
said it "had difficulty" with this,
as there were no documents on
what precisely FirstCaribbean
told the Central Bank, nor the
form this information was pre-
sented in.
In addition, the Lions Gate
Management correspondence
referred to did not reveal Con-
stantine Inc's beneficial own-
er, only saying: "The names are
enclosed in a sealed envelope
which will be custodised in the
safe in your office and opened
only in the event there is a
query relative to the account,
which can only be resolved by
contacting the clients directly."
The IDA hearing took this
to mean that there was more
than one beneficial owner of
Constantine Inc. Katmarin
denied to the inquiry that he
had any interest in Constan-


tine, and said the appearance of
his name and contact details
on one paper may have been
an error because he had other
Bahamian accounts.
The IDA hearing also con-
sidered a sworn affidavit from
Mr Dupuch, taken on March
31, 2005, in which he denied
that Katmarin was the bendfi-
cial owner of either Constan-
tine Inc or NOA Ltd, although
he knew who they really were.
Ultimately, the hearing
found that Katmarin had no
interest, but Shanahan did have
a stake in NOA Ltd.

Suspicious
But the hearing concluded:
"We find Katmarin's trip to the
Bahamas on May 28,1999, very
suspicious because Constantine
Inc was incorporated in the
Bahamas the next day, May 29,
1998. Constantine Inc was
incorporated prior to the com-
pletion of the Alive IPO.
"Katmarin then testified that
the 500,000 shares were trans-
ferred to Constantine's account
at Rampart on January 27,
2000, and became the regis-
tered representative. Katmhrin
originally thought Dupuch and
Thomson were the owners.
This thought changed for no
apparent reason but he named
no one as the owner."
The IDA inquiry concluded:
"NOA profited each time it
bought and sold Alive shares.
When the price of Alive shares
fell significantly in April 2001,
NOA's account was closed at
Rampart. By that time, NOA
had realised a profit of $1.174
million from trading in Alive
shares." -.


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THE BAHAMAS

LAND USE, POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION PROJECT

CONSULTING SERVICES GIS

LOAN # 1589/OC-BH

The Government of The Bahamas, through The Office of The Prime Minister (OPM), has received
a loan from the Inter-American Development Bank for the implementation of a Land Use Policy and
Administration Project (LUPAP).

OPM requires the service of individual consultants in the area of Geographic Information Systems:
GIS Analyst/GP Coordinator and GIS Technician (2).

The GIS Analyst/GP Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating the design and developing the
data model for Geographical Profiles (GPs) of three Bahama Islands. This work includes preparation
of an implementation plan for completing the GPs and developing the final conceptual design of the
GPs. Specific work will include managing a team of two GIS Technicians, performing spatial analysis
using ESRI ArcGIS, developing GIS applications and producing databases, maps and statistics that
will support the land use and development planning process in the three islands. Additionally the
consultant will be required to provide basic and advance training to GIS Technicians and other staff
of the Bahamas National Geographic Information Systems Centre. Expected duration of the work in
Nassau, Bahamas is two years commencing January 2006.

The GIS Technician (2) will be responsible for collecting geographic data using Global Positioning
Systems, performing spatial analysis using ArcGIS, digitizing and scanning maps, developing databases
and producing maps in support of the development of Geographical Profiles (GPs) of three Bahama
Islands. Expected duration of the work in Nassau, Bahamas is sixteen months commencing in the
Second Quarter 2006.

Individual Consultants interested in providing services on the activities listed above should respond
to this Notice by sending a letter of interest and a Resume-prior to 20 September 2005 by email to
the address below:


VANBERT PRATT
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Land Use, Policy and Administration Project
Office of The Prime Minister
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Building
P.O.Box CB-10980
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242)327-5826
Fax: (242)-327-5806
e-mail: vanbertpratt@bahamas.gov.bs


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TECHNICIAN APPRENTICES

ELECTRICAL MECHANICAL


Vacancies exist in the Corporation for Technician Apprentices. Technician Apprentices
are trained to become Electrical and Mechanical Technicians. Upon successful
completion of the programme, candidates will be assigned to New Providence
and Family Island Operations.

To qualify as a Technician Apprentice the following criteria amongst other things
should be met:
Must be between 18 and 25 years

Have a minimum of five (5) BGCSE'S including Maths, English Language
and Science with grades of "C" or better or
An Associate Degree in Electronics or Electrical or Mechanical Engineering
with a grade point average of "B" or better or *
Preferably, persons recruited from the Family Islands should be a resident of that
island. Once the formal training has been completed, Apprentices will be returned
to their respective island.
Application forms with supporting information can be collected from our offices
located at BEC's Head Office located at Blue Hill & Turker Roads, Nassau Bahamas.
Family Island applicants can also collect these forms from their local BEC office.
Applications should be returned duly completed with all of the supporting
documentation to The Manager, Human Resources, P.O. Box N-7509, Nassau
Bahamas, on or before Friday, September 2, 2005.
Human Resources Department
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such as what approvals were being
considered, and whether approvals
and permits had or had not been
granted.
"It prevents any kind of due process
from existing," Mr Smith complained,
adding that the absence of a statutory
framework for approving investments
had enabled the Government and
developers to "perversely gain an
advantage" in relation to Baker's Bay.
There was no accountability to
Bahamian citizens, the attorney
argued, because the Government and


developers were not divulging what
was happening with the development.

Relation
In addition, Mr Smith added that
in relation to the Baker's Bay devel-
opment the Government was operat-
ing through the National Economic
Council (NEC) and the Bahamas
Environment, Science and Technol-
ogy (BEST) Commission, neither of
which had any basis in statute.
Although the Supreme Court had


previously rejected the NEC argu-
ment in the other action, finding that
it was in reality the Cabinet, Mr Smith
claimed the regulations the BEST
Commission was trying to enforce
were "ad-hoc".

Understand
"The people of Guana Cay don't
understand why their own elected gov-
ernment (has moved) in favour of a
foreign company against their own
citizens, who only want to know what


is going on in their own country so
they can express themselves," Mr
Smith said.

Opposed
"It sounds as if the Save Guana Cay
Reef Association is opposed to devel-
opment. They are not. All they've said
from the beginning is that they want to
be heard and participate in the
process." Mr Smith said the "secret
and arbitrary" investment approval
process was in danger of "creating a


state of confusion", not just for
Bahamian citizens and residents, but
for developers and the Government,
itself because "people don't know
what the rules are".

Predicted
He predicted that all developments
proposed for the Bahamas could even-
tually be impacted by the absence of a
statutory process outlining "the rules
of the game so that everyone plays by
them".


FROM page 1B


sionals we have in the Bahamas who were
born or educated in India, and the contri-
bution those persons make to their fields,
you realise that the true value of trade
with India is much more significant than
the dollar figures of imports implies," Mrs
Wright said.

Invitation
India's High Commissioner, Kailash Lal
Agrawal, told Chamber president Tanya
Wright that his country would welcome
an invitation from the Bahamas to host a
Trade Fair and Expo, involving the rest
of the Caribbean, that would open the
doors and expand opportunities for trade
with this nation and the region. He said his
country had not fully appreciated until
, now how many ties there were.


FROM page 1B

5.7 per cent against 2004.

Numbers

Although the Bahamas led
the English-speaking
Caribbean in terms of sheer
numbers for the first six
months in 2005, with stopover
visitors totalling 826,500 and
'cruise visitors 1.729 million, the


Mrs Wright had previously told The Tri-
bune that stronger ties with India could
enable the Bahamas to tap into its infor-
mation and communications (ICT) tech-
nology expertise, bolstering the competi-
tiveness of firms in this nation.
She added that in forging closer ties, it
was conceivable that India-based compa-
nies could partner with Bahamian compa-
nies to assist with training exercises,
improve their ICT platforms and help in
making them more efficient and competi-
tive.

Exploring
Pledging to work closely with the Cham-
ber, Mr Lal Agrawal said India was explor-
ing new trade partners. He offered to deliv-
er an outline of projects that would include


decline against year-before
comparatives is likely to con-
cern some in the industry.
A large chunk of the decline,
particularly in stopover visitors,
can probably be explained by
the absence of capacity and
room inventory on Grand
Bahama following the Royal
Oasis closure, but the
Bahamas' growth rate is lag-


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that SCHIVON NICOLE HALL,
KEMP ROAD #8 WILLIAMS LANE, 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 Ibe grantead,;should,
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 29TH day of AUGUST, 2005 to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.










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ging behind that of many of its
competitors.

Arrivals

The Dominican Republic
experienced 8.1 per cent
growth in stopover arrivals,
with Cancun enjoying 11 per
cent growth, Bermuda 8.2 per
cent and Jamaica 2.7 per cent.


free education and training.
Chambers of Commerce in both the
Bahamas and India agreed to draft a Mem-
orandum of Understanding as a first step in
formalising trade discussions between the
private sector, and both agreed to support
a government mission to a trade show in
India in the coming months.

Avenues

Opening avenues of trade with other
countries and economies is one of the goals
of the new Chamber board of directors
that took office in May.
Also attending the talks were directors
Lewis Butler, Gail Lockhart and Khaalis
Rolle, in addition to immediate past pres-
ident Winston Rolle.


Trinidad & Tobago saw 8.8
per cent growth and even Aru-
ba, which has been affected by
negative coverage of the
Nathalie Holloway disappear-
ance, saw 10 per cent first half
growth in stopover arrivals.
And on the cruise side, Cura-
cao enjoyed 45.8 per cent
growth in arrival numbers com-
pared to 2004.


;NOTICE

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000

PREVAL TRADING LIMITED


Notice is hereby given in accordance with Section 137 (8)
of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, the
Dissolution of PREVAL TRADING LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued
and the Company has therefore been struck off the Registrar.
The date of completion of the dissolution was August 19,
2005.



C-'
Jh B. Foster
For: Continental Liquidators, Inc.
Liquidator



A 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 leadership and project
management, a good network with international brokers, analysts
and investment bankers and sound knowledge of international
financial markets and financial instruments. Familiarity with
the following screen based trading systems and software
applications is required: Bloomberg, 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
addressed to:

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


THE MEDICLINIC CABLE BEACH
Requires: (1) Full Time Registered Nurse
(2) Part Time Registered Nurses to work
in Primary/Urgent Care Facility
Qualifications:
Current Bahamian licence
Must have at least three (3) years experience in the
field.
Must have current ACLS Certificate
Must demonstrate strong public relations,
communication skills
Must be responsible, dedicated, competent and
independent.
Attractive Benefit Package

Please send resume to:
The Mediclinic
P.O. Box N-4302
Nassau, Bahamas



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2005
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/00452
Common Law and Equity Division
IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel
or tract of land being a portion of a larger tract of land
totalling an area of 15.820 acres known as "The Russell
Tract" and situate approximately 3,000 feet north of
the southern end of Tilloo Cay in the Abaco chain of
Cays in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Title Act, 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of CHRISTOPHER KEITH
RUSSELL, IAN LAMBERT RUSSELL and BARBARA ANN
SWEETING (As Executors and Trustees of the Estate of Lionel
Lambert Russell)
NOTICE
THE PETITION OF CHRISTOPHER KEITH, IAN
LAMBERT RUSSELL and BARBARA ANN SWEETING
(As Executors and Trustees of the Estate ofLionel Lambert Russell)
in respect of:-
"ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land being a
portion of a larger tract of land totalling an area of
15.820 acres known as "The Russell Tract" and situate
approximately 3,000 feet north of the southern end
of Tilloo Cay in the Abaco chain of Cays in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas."
AND also described as:-
"ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing
by admeasurement Fifteen and Eight Hundred and
Twenty Hundredths (15.820) acres being portion of
the Russell Tract situate on Tilloo Cay in the Abaco
Cays in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and the
boundaries of which begins at a point situated on the
western coast of Tilloo Cay approximately three thousand
feet north of its southern end with coordinates end
n2925233.00 meters and e301868.00 meters; thence
along and with the southern boundary of property claimed
by Eddie Cash n89Y58 31" distance 587.16ft. and
n90Y17 12" distance 212.68ft. to a point; thence along
and with the high water mark on the eastern coast line
southwardly with distance 926.66ft. to a point thence
along and with the northern boundary of land claimed
by Duncan Russell n270Y03 01" distance 719.12 ft. to
a point thence along and with the high water mark of
the western coast line northwardly with a distance
908.12ft.to a point of beginning; the boundaries of which
are more particularly described on the plan attached
which is recorded in the Department of Lands and
Surveys as plan no. 1624ab."
CHRISTOPHER KEITH RUSSELL, IAN LAMBERT
RUSSELL and BARBARA ANN SWEETING (As Executors
and Trustees of the Estate of Lionel Lambert Russell) claim to be
the owner in fee simple in possesion of the following land and
has made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles
Act, 1959 to have their title to the said land investigated and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate
of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions
of the said Act.
Copies of the Petition and Plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office hours in the following places:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street in
the City of Nassau, Bahamas; and
2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen
Retiro Road, off Shirley Street,Nassau, Bahamas.
3. The office of the Commissioner Administrator at
Abaco,Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right
to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the 30th day of September, A.D., 2005
file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioners or the
undersigned a Statement of his claim in the prescribed form
verified by an affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and served a Statement of his
Claim on or before .tlie 30th day of September, A.D., 2005 will
operate as bar to such claim.
LOCKHART & MUNROE
Chambers
#35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioners


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MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & AVIATION
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Regulatory Strengthening of Airport Security Training
Consulting Services


COUNTRY: THE BAHAMAS
Project: Strengthening of Airport Security Program
Sector: Transport
Subject: PREQUALIFICATION FOR CONSULTING SERVICES
Technical Cooperation Agreement No. ATN/MT 9073-BH:
Invitation for Prequalify

The Government of the Bahamas (GOB) has received financial assistance from the
Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), which is administered by the Inter-American
Development Bank (IDB), to finance the contracting of services and procurement
of goods, necessary for the execution of a Technical Cooperation agreement to
strengthen airport security in the Bahamas. The Ministry of Transport and Aviation
(MOTA) is the executing agency for this project.

The objective of the project is to strengthen airport security at seven (7) airports in
the Bahamas by updating and modifying the regulations and procedures of the
Bahamas Civil Aviation Department (CAD), training aviation security and operations
personnel, and creating an effective and efficient security team within related
government agencies to meet new international norms and standards.

The project has three inter-related components:
1. Regulatory Strengthening
2. Implementation of New Administrative Services
3.. Training

Activities under the Training component of this project encompass the strengthening
of regulations and procedures required to monitor and oversee the minimum standards
and practices established in the Bahamas National Civil Aviation Security Plan and
to satisfy the requirements of the most recent version of ICAO Annex 17 to the
Chicago Convention, and the procedures and guidance set in the Document 8973
Security Manual for Safeguarding Civil Aviation against Acts of Unlawful Interference;
and the development of relevant security manuals as well as security certificate
programs.

In accordance with the GOB & IDB's procurement procedures the MOTA is inviting
suitably qualified consulting firms to submit expressions of interest for carrying out
aspects of the Regulatory Strengthening program in collaboration with the MOTA,
including the following:

1. Development of a security certification program.
2. The design, development and formalization of a strategy for the financial and
operational sustainability of present and future airport security systems.
3. The development of an airport security assessment program.
4. Developing security certification programs for the Airport Authority, CAD, and
Law Enforcement partners.
5.The formulization and strengthening of the current airport security regulatory
framework.
6. Development of specified Aviation Security manuals for the MOTA and CAD.
7. The development of an airport security related public awareness program.

GOB now invites interested eligible firms from MIF member countries to submit
applications for prequalification. An official copy of the prequalification documents,
in English, may be obtained at the address below upon payment of a non-refundable
fee of US$50 by cashier's cheque or banker's draft.

Prequalification will be based on the criteria stated in the prequalification documents.
Firms will be short listed in respect to their responsiveness to the requirements stated
in the prequalification documents and in keeping with the IDB guidelines. A short
list of three to six firms will be prequalified. The prequalified firms will then be
invited to submit technical and financial proposals.

The original and two copies of the completed prequalification documents should be
submitted in a sealed envelope, delivered to the address below by 1400 hours on
29th September 2005, and be clearly marked "Application to prequalify for Regulatory
Strengthening of Aviation Security".

Envelopes will be opened at the address below on October 14th 2005 at 1400 hours.
Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

The MIF Project Coordinator
Ministry of Transport and Aviation,
Pilot House Complex, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 377-2000 or Fax: (242) 377-0362

Further information or clarification may be obtained from Mr. Jerry Hutchinson,
Project Coordinator at email address: mjhutchinson@airportbahamas.com.


CRAFT APPRENTICES

ELECTRICAL & MECHANICAL


Vacancies exist.inthe Corporation for Craft, Apprentices. Craft Apprentices are
:, trained :to become Electrical and:MVee, hanical Craftsman. Upon successful
completion of the programme; candidates will be assigned to New Providence
and Family Island Operations.

To qualify as a Craft Apprentice the following criteria amongst other things
should be met:

Must be between 18 and 25 years

Have a minimum of five (5) BJC's including Maths, English Language
and General Science with grades of "C" or better or

Preferably, persons recruited from the Family Islands should be a resident of
that island. Once the formal training has been completed, Apprentices will be
returned to their respective island.

Application forms can be collected from our offices located at BEC's Head
Office located at Blue Hill & Turker Roads, Nassau Bahamas. Family Island
applicants can also collect these forms from their local BEC office. Applications
should be returned duly completed with all of the supporting documentation
to The Manager, Human Resources, P.O. Box N-7509, Nassau Bahamas,
on or before Friday, September 2, 2005.






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* Strong background in employee and industrial relations
* A broad knowledge/experience base in several HR areas, (e.g. training, recruiting, employee relations, policy review, etc.)
* Excellent organizational skills
* Skills in problem solving as it relates to identifying and resolving personnel issues
* Knowledge of the Employment and Industrial Relations Acts
" Excellent communication skills to facilitate the flow of information between the line and HR strategic and operational groups
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General Requirements/Responsibilities:
1. Supports performance management culture (includes coaching, documentation & consultation
2. Direct responsibility for day-to-day industrial relations, including health and safety matters
3. Provides accurate information to customers and ensures that internal and external customers are provided with the
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4. Maintain program/project records; provide data for monthly reporting
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told, while those staying open
are forecasting moderate show-
ings for September and some
improvement in occupancy lev-
els heading into October.
John Neophytou, general
manager of the Abaco Beach
Resort & Boat Harbour, said
the impact of then Tropical
Storm Katrina was small,
adding that the property was
well prepared for any hurri-
cane activity, especially fol-
lowing last year's active sea-
son.
Looking forward to Septem-
ber, Mr Neophytou said the
resort was not forecasting as
good a month as it experienced
in 2004.

Insurance

He said part of the reason
the Abaco Beach Resort &
Boat Harbour did well last year
was that a lot -of room occu-
pancies came from housing
insurance adjusters and other
people, such as the Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
and Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC) work-
ers, who came into Abaco to
assist in the repairs and rebuild-
ing process. "Because of the
hurricane our occupancy was
skewed upward," Mr Neophy-
toil said. "The first part of Sep-
tember will be on par with last
year, maybe a little bit better,
but after that point last year
was better."
Initial bookings show Sep-
tember for the Abaco Beach
Resort & Boat Harbour com-
ing in at about a 25 to 35 per
cent occupancy level. October
will also be slightly lower than
last year, although the hotel
tends to have a lot of last
minute business and a lot of
walk-ins.
Mr Neophytou said room
rates were following the same
trends, with a lot of promo-
tional information being put
into the public arena. He
added, however, that the hotel
does not like to sacrifice its
rates for occupancy.
:'We feel that we have a
good product and we want to
maintain the integrity of the
resort," Mr Neophytou said.,
He also expressed concern
over the fact that so many busi-
nesses tended to close during


September and October. Mr
Neophytou said that besides
the availability of flights and
airfare, and hurricanes, anoth-
er obstacle to a strong period
was that repeat visitors to the
Abacos and those who are
familiar with the island know.
that a lot of businesses are
closed during those two
months.
He added that when people
come to Abaco and there is not
a great deal to do, it impacts
the desirability of the destina-
tion. Mr Neophytou said this
was a shame because aside
from Katrina, the weather in
Abaco was exceptional and the
waters were warm.
In Harbour Island, the situa-
tion seemed to be the same,
with general manager of the
award-winning Pink Sands
Hotel, Clemens von Merveldt,
saying that most Harbour
Island properties would be
closed for September, with
Pink Sands being the only hotel
open for the period.
Describing September as
always being the leanest month
for the property, Mr von
Merveldt said that reservation
figures are showing a 30 per
cent occupancy level.
The property will close in


October for two-and-a half
weeks, re-opening around
October 21 to a full house. In
comparison to last year, Mr
von Merveldt said occupancy
levels seem to be similar,
although September is always
risky due to hurricanes.

Property
The summer rates for the
Pink Sands, which includes a
one-bedroom, garden view cot-
tage at $525 a night, and an
ocean view property at $635,
will continue through to Octo-
ber, before the winter rates
kick in later on in the year.
Asked about the impact of
Tropical Storm Katrina, Mr
von Merveldt said there was
really no impact, with only "a
bit of rain". Pink Sands did,
however, have some guests
who failed to arrive, with three
Europeans described as 'no
shows' as of press time -possi-
bly stranded at an airport in
South Florida.
At Long Island's Stella Maris
Estate, Resort Club and Mari-
na, Peter Kuska, part-owner of
the property, said the resort
would be closed for Septem-
ber and re-open on October 1,
with a few reservations already


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, DONIVAN DEMETRIUS
SANDLES, of United Estates. San Salvador, Bahamas,
intend to change my name to DONIVAN DEMETRIUS
JONES. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no
later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELIA NONHOMME OF
UNISON ROAD OFF CARMICHAEL ROAD, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship; for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and sighed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 22ND day of AUGUST,
2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


on the books for the month.
"We do hope we get some
bookings in October. October
has never been a strong month,
but we have to see.," he said.
"Last year it was the weakest
month, but we had 25 to 35 per
cent occupancy levels, and now
we only have 15 bookings.
Since we had a very positive
spring and summer, December
looks already fairly busy. In
November we have several
more bookings in, with some
private planes coming in. Over-
all, we're looking good."
Looking at room rates, Mr
Kuska said the summer rates
remained unchanged, with a
regular room, double occupan-
cy priced at $140 per night.
Mr Kuska said the resort was
not impacted by Tropical
Storm Katrina, though the
island experienced some heavy
rains, with winds estimated at
35 to 40 miles per hour. He said
there was no impact at all, with
the trees still up.


MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & AVIATION
The Commonwealth of the Bahamas
Provision of Airport Security Training
Consulting Services


COUNTRY: THE BAHAMAS
Project: Strengthening of Airport Security Program
Sector: Transport
Subject: PREQUALIFICATION FOR CONSULTING SERVICES
Technical Cooperation Agreement No. ATN/MT 9073-BH:
Invitation for Prequalification

The Government of the Bahamas (GOB) has received financial assistance from
the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), which is administered by the Inter-
American Development Bank (IDB), to finance the contracting of services and
procurement of goods, necessary for the execution of a Technical Cooperation
agreement to strengthen airport security in the Bahamas. The Ministry of Transport
and Aviation (MOTA) is the executing ageniicy for this project.

The objective of the project is to strengthen airport security at seven (7) airports
in the Bahamas by updating and modifying the regulations and procedures of the
Bahamas Civil Aviation Department (CAD), training aviation security and
operations personnel, and creating an effective and efficient security team within
related government agencies to meet new international norms and standards.

The project has three inter-related components:
1. Regulatory Strengthening
2. Implementation of New Administrative Services
3. Training

Activities under the Training component of this project encompass the
implementation of airport security training programs and setting up of training
programs for instructors in airline security.

In accordance with the GOB & IDB's procurement procedures the MOTA is
inviting suitably qualified consulting firms to submit applications to prequalify
for carrying out aspects of the airport security training sub-program in collaboration
with the MOTA, including the following:

1. Training of 350 persons from Nassau Airport Authority (NAA), Civil Aviation
Department (CAD), Bahamas Police, Defence Force and Customs in basic
aviation security and emergency management procedures.
2. Training of 20 Aviation Security Officers in air cargo and mail security
systems.
3. Training of 15 persons from the CAD, NAA, MOTA and other related
government agencies in the identification and detection of bombs and other
incendiary devices.
4. Train 10 CAD officers in the development, implementation and monitoring
of the Airport Security Program.
5. Provide training course on incident/hostage negotiation for a .select group of
20 employees from CAD, NAA and Bahamas Police.
6. Training of 5 Trainers to keep staff current on changes to security regulations
and procedures and passenger profiling methodologies.
7. Training of 600 persons in Security Awareness, Public Relations and Customer
Service.

GOB now invites interested eligible firms from MIF member countries to submit
applications for prequalification. An official copy of the prequalification documents,
in English, may be obtained at the address below upon payment of a non-refundable
fee of US$50 by cashier's cheque or banker's draft.

Prequalification will be based on the criteria stated in the prequalification
documents. Finns will be short listed in respect to their responsiveness to the
requirements stated in the prequalification documents and in keeping with the
IDB guidelines. A short list of three to six firms will be prequalified. The
prequalified firms will then be invited to submit technical and financial proposals.

The original and two copies of the completed prequalification documents should
be submitted in a sealed envelope, delivered to the address below by 1400 hours
on 29th September 2005, and be clearly marked "Application to prequalify for
Provision of Aviation Security Training".

Envelopes will be opened at the address below on October 14th 2005 at 1400
hours. Late applications will not be considered under any circumstances.

The MIF Project Coordinator
Ministry of Transport and Aviation,
Pilot House Complex, East Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 377-2000 or Fax: (242) 377-0362

Further information or clarification may be obtained from Mr. Jerry Hutchinson,
Project Coordinator at email address: mjhutchinson@airportbahamas.com.


Specific Procurement Notice (SPN)
Invitation to Prequalify for Procurement of Consulting Services

August 23rd, 2005
Inter American Development Bank Loan Number 1589/OC-BH
LAND USE, POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION PROJECT


"CONSULTING SERVICES IN GEODETIC CONTROL, PARCEL INFORMATION
MANAGEMENT AND LAND POLICY; LUPAP-ICB-01"

This Invitation to Prequalify follows the General Procurement Notice for this project that appeared in the
-,Development Business, issue number IDB262-656/05, 25 of May of 2005.

The Commonwealth of The Bahamas has received a loan from the from the Inter-American Development Bank
toward the cost of the Land Use, Policy and Administration Project, and it intends to apply part of the proceeds
of this loan to payments under the contract for LUPAP-ICB-01 which this Invitation to Prequalify is issued.

Prequalification is open to Applicants from eligible countries of the Bank. The Office of The Prime Minister
now invites sealed applications for the provision of Consulting Services in Geodetic Control, Parcel Information
Management and Land Policy.

Interested eligible Applicants may obtain further information from The Office of The Prime Minister, LUPAP
Project Coordinating Unit and inspect the Prequalification Documents at the address given below from 09:00
to 12:00 hours.

The Prequalification Documents, in English language, may be purchased by interested Applicants on the
* submission of a written application to the address below and upon payment of a non-refundable fee of One
Hundred Bahamian Dollars or One Hundred United States Dollars. The method of payment will be Cashier's
Check. The document will be sent by express courier. No liability will be accepted for loss or late delivery.

Applications must be submitted at the address indicated in the Prequalification Documents at or before 26th
of September, 2005. Late applications shall not be considered. Applications will be opened, in the presence
of the Applicants' representatives who choose to attend, at the address, date, and time indicated in the
Prequalification Documents.

The Office of the Prime Minister will not be responsible for any costs or expenses incurred by Applicants in
connection with the preparation or delivery of Applications.

In the comparison of applications, only and all those factors, methods, and criteria specified in Section III,
Evaluation Criteria, will be used, in accordance with the provisions stipulated in the Instructions to Applicants.

Applicants will be advised in due course, of the result of their applications. Only Applicants prequalified under
this process will be invited to bid under the international competitive bidding for the Consulting Services.

Vanbert Pratt
ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT
Land Use, Policy and Administration Project (LUPAP)
Office of The Prime Minister
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Building
P.O. Box CB-10980
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242)-327-5826
Fax: (242)-327-5806
e-mail: vanbertpratt@bahamas.gov.bs


PURSUANT TO Section 35(1) of the
Lotteries and Gaming Act, Chapter 387 of
the Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000,
Notice is hereby given that Baha Mar
Enterprises Ltd., a company incorporated
under the laws of The Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, in accordance with the
provisions of Section 34 of the
aforementioned Act, has made application
to the Secretary of the Gaming Board of The
Bahamas for a licence to operate a casino of
approximately 35,000 square feet situate at
the Crystal Palace Casino, Cable Beach,
Nassau, Bahamas. Any person having
objections should submit two (2) copies of
the objections to the Secretary of the Gaming
Board at P.O.Box N-4565, Nassau, The
Bahamas on or before 6 September 2005.


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Junior Sports Reporter
FOUR local junior volley-
ball players received full schol-
arships to attend USA based
Universities, with more than
10 returning to college.
The four players, Theandra
Thompson, Jewel Smith,
Charian Jordan, and Edricka
McPhee received full paid
scholarships to attend Liv-
ingston College, Salisbury,
North Carolina; Florida Inter-
national University, Miami,
Florida and Benedict College,
Columbia, South Carolina.
For national trainer and
head coach of the junior men's
volleyball squad Raymond
Wilson, the scholarships show
a significant growth in the
developmental programme,
which falls under the Bahamas
Volleyball Federation (BVF).


'Significant growth' in

development programme


Wilson summed up the
achievements of the scholar-
ships with the three words:
hardwork, dedication and dis-
cipline.
According to Wilson, the
scholarships offered by the
schools didn't all come about
with the college coaches com-
ing to the Bahamas and
recruiting, some were as a
result of players, who were
already attending college,
spreading the word.
"In the programme we try
to encourage those who are
currently enrolled in colleges


to assist with the securing
scholarships for some of the
junior players, the up and
coming," said Wilson.

Improved
"This spreading of news
about players back home and
how well they have improved
has been very successful. It
has developed not only a bet-
ter relationship with the ath-
letes currently there, but a
relationship with the coaches
and the BVF as well.


"Many of our athletes have
received scholarships through
this method. They have all
gone off to school played their
best, some came back and
were able to represent their
country at many competitions.
"Those that go off are also a
part of other activities in their
schools, and are on the honour
rolls or prinicipal list."
Returning to school were
sisters Chyrese and Krystel
Rolle, Wandalee Harris, Char-
ma Johnson, Prince Wilson,
Stanya Stuart, Nastassia Jones,
Tia Charlow, Withney Arm-
brister and Aniska Rolle.
Realising the many factors
behind securing a scholarship,
Wilson said he encourages
young persons to not only join
in programmes such as the
one the BVF has developed,
but others as well.
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take you where you have to
go," Wilson added.
"If you look and ask the
many persons, who are now
in high positions in this coun-
try, how they were
able to obtain a college edu-
cation, they will tell you,
'sports'.
"Sports and academics they
all go hand and hand, one
can't work without the other.
That's why I encourage as
many young persons to
become more involved in
sports, keeping their grades in
mind as well."
With an athletic scholarship
half of the cost of the four
year education is either cut in
half or paid for in full.
On average more than 200
student-athletes leave the
Bahamas each year on athlet-
ic scholarships.


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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS


Regatta win for

Lady Nathalie
THE Campari Lady Nathalie (left) comes sailing in for first
place at the weekend regatta on Saturday. A good crowd took in
the action at Montagu Harbour and witnessed the Lady
Nathalie's victory with Leshan's Ants Nest (right) right on her
tail.


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Senior Sports Reporter
EDNEY 'the Heat' Bethel
proved once again that good
pitching stops good hitting.
But this time he did it on the
international scene.
The country's premier
pitcher was spectacular on
Saturday night in Cartegena,
Colombia as he led the
Bahamas men's national team
to an impressive 2-1 decision
over the Columbian hosts
before a large crowd of spec-
tators at the national stadium.
After watching his brother,
Edmund 'Binks' Bethel, fall


Edney Bethel leads team

to victory over hosts


short of getting the Bahamas
if on the right track shut-
out 3-0 to Venezuela in their
opening game of the qualify-
ing tournament for next year's
Central American and
Caribbean Games Bethel
came back and did what he
does best.
Having mesmerised his
opponents with a series of no-
hit shut-outs for the Electro
Telecom Dorcy Park Boyz in


the New Providence Softball
Association prior to leaving
for Cartegena, Bethel came
out and did the same to his
Columbian opponents.
He threw a no-hitter, strik-
ing out nine and walking just
one batter.
The Bahamas, however,
struggled offensively to score
runs, as they did in their open-
ing loss to Venezuela.
It was in the bottom of the


10th inning with the bases
loaded when Marvin 'Tougie'
Wood produced an infield hit
that drove in Philip Culmer
from third as the Bahamas
broke a 1-1 tie to seal the
deal.
The game, scoreless after
the eighth inning, went to the
International Softball Asso-
ciation's tie-breaking rule in
the ninth. That's when the
Colombians delighted their


home crowd when they came
up with the game's initial run.
But the celebrations were
short lived as Terran 'Pooch'
Wood came home with the
tying run for the Bahamas in
the bottom of the frame.
It remained tied after the
top of the 10th as Bethel held
the Colombians at bay, mak-
ing way for Marvin Wood's
winning hit in the bottom of
the frame.
Van 'Lil Joe' Johnson led
the Bahamas' limited offen-
sive attack with a l-for-2 pro-
duction, Lynden Richardson,
Philip Culmer, Crestwell 'the
Bomber' Pratt and Greg Gar-
diner were all 1-for-4.
In the Bahamas' opener,
Edmund Bethel fired a four-


hitter, striking out three, but
the Bahamas was limited on
offence. Greg Gardiner and
Crestwell Pratt both got the
only two hits for the
Bahamas.
The Bahamas team, man-
aged by Godfrey 'Gully'
Burnside, was scheduled to
play the Dominican Repub-
lic in their third game on Sun-
day. But no score was avail-
able at presstime.
In order to qualify for the
CAC Games next year, the
Bahamas will have to finish
in the top eight. The women's
national team have already
qualified. They played in the
equivalent tournament two
weeks ago at the same loca-
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The stories behind the news


Minister of State for Finance Sen-
ator James Smith (left) was last week
recovering from surgery in a Wash-
ington, DC, hospital after undergoing
a procedure to remove a lesion from
his large intestine. According to a
statement released by the Cabinet
office last week Sunday, Mr Smith
was admitted to the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital on the weekend of
August 14, shortly after the start of a
scheduled vacation, and was treated
for abdominal discomfort...


Action


After being closed for a week, Runway 14/32 at Nassau International Air-
port was reopened last week Monday, the Airport Authority stated in a gov-
ernment press release.
It denied that the runway was closed because of structural instability, or
sinks in the strip, but rather it was closed to install the new "runway light-
ing system" in its permanent position.
However, a knowledgeable source at NIA claimed that a section of the
runway had sunk under the weight of a 767 when it was making a 180 degree
turn at the northernmost section of runway 14/32, and that numerous
taxiways were closed due to structural damage...


needed


IIN


A Grand Bahama teenager died last week after a
shotgun, being examined by her boyfriend, is reported
to have accidentally gone off in her face.
According to police reports, the boyfriend was show-
ing off a shotgun his brother had found in bushes
behind his apartment. The police report said that when
the young man "cranked" the gun a shot was launched,
which hit the girl in her face.
The police were alerted to the incident when an
unidentified woman telephoned the police dispatch
centre to report that she had heard shots inside an
apartment off Gambier Drive, Grand Bahama...


now to


calm Abaco's


ferment


Haiti's election will determine future influx of refugees


News of a Hait-
ian gang called
The Mud Dogs
wearing brass
knuckledusters
to confront their rivals in the
Abaco "capital" of Marsh
Harbour sent ripples of alarm
through a community noted
for its laid-back approach to
the racial question.
It was a sign that ethnic ten-
sions were coming to the fore,
with Haitians more than ready
to stand their ground in a land
which, though profiting from
their labours, was still reluc-
tant to grant them their rights.
Economy
For decades now Haitians
have formed an important
strand of the Abaco economy,
first as lumber workers, then
in the cane fields and now as
menials, labourers and a grow-,
ing part of the semi-skilled
workforce.
Haitians were first made
welcome in the Bahamas by
Abaco cauicasians, who need-
ed them to provide the muscle
for a growing business sector.
Their general availability, will-
ingness to work and low finan-
cial expectations made them
natural targets for white


Bahamian businessmen.
Homeland
For the Haitians themselves,
Abaco became a promised
land, the first immigrants
heading north from their
homeland during the 1960s to
escape the Duvalier tyranny.
In the Bahamas, the refugees
found an escape from Papa
Doc's cruel enforcers, the
Tontons Macoute, and a mea-
sure of acceptance from an
island nation which actually
seemed to need them.
While Abaco was on a roll,
and Haitians remained very
much a minority, no-one cre-
ated a fuss. But over the last
few years, concerned Bahami-
ans black and white have
drawn attention to a notice-
able "creolisation" of Abaco
society. They now fear their
traditional way of life is at risk.
Islanders talk increasingly
of growing mutual hostility
and possible confrontation.
An unofficial'car race was can-
celled recently because organ-
isers felt it would become the
focus of racial antagonism.
Last week there were genuine
fears that racial violence
would erupt at the island's
Goombay Summer festival.


However, Nassau lawyer
Eliezer Regnier, who visits
Abaco frequently to represent
Haitian clients, believes the
situation can be dampened
down, with Haitians and
Bahamians living peacefully
side-by-side for generations to
come.
But first, he says, the
Bahamas government has to
recognise the contribution of
Haitian refugees to the growth
of Abaco's properity.
"They have been there since
the days of Owens-Illinois,"
he said, "They have been
involved in all the industries
that have made Abaco what
it is today. They have
undoubtedly contributed to
the progress of the island.
"It is only fair that they are
treated justly. It is true The
Mud and Pigeon Pea, the
Haitian settlements, may ham-
per future planning, but some
compromise can easily be
reached.
Housing
"I am sure some kind of
low-cost housing is possible.
Haitians want to buy their

SEE page 6C


* ABACONIANS believe their island could become a flashpoint as concern grows over the
continuing infiltration of illegal Haitians into their community. Here in The Mud one of the
Haitian settlements in Abaco a young boy holds a paddle in flood waters after a hurricane.
(The Tribune archive photo)


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rA~t ~L.., IVIUNUMY, AUUU~ I ~, 2UU~I I~lIZ I IiIt~Ul"1rz


Re INSIGHT article on
cocaine trafficking, Saturday,
August 20:

That is one of the
most compre-
hensive, true-to-
life articles I
have read in a
long, long time.
You definitely told it like it


was, and we in Bahamian soci-
ety as well as the American
society are paying for the easy
life of "island for sale".
I hope every young person
and every one of those in posi-
tions of leadership will
read...and act. It is still going
on.
SG, Nassau


FEEDBACK

I JUST wanted to comment
on the article which we read in
The Tribune titled "Cocaine:


The Scourge of the 80s". It was
a well-written and most infor-
mative article. Is there a web-
site for The Tribune where
one can e-mail a copy of this
to people who don't reside
here?
We know people who had
homes in Norman's Cay and
were ousted for many years.
The article would be of great
interest to them.
S. Miethe
INSIGHT note: The Tri-
bune is currently working on a
website.
******

I HAVE cut out and kept
the INSIGHT article on drug-
trafficking during the 1980s.
As a young Bahamian who
was born during that era, I did
not realise just how bad it was;
and how low our nation
stooped to accommodate the
Colombian drug-runners.
I think all young Bahami-
ans should be made to read
this article to remind them of
what can happen when a
country loses its moral focus.
Thanks for performing such a
fine service.
I Gerard


MAY I compliment
INSIGHT for the excellent
article on drug traffic in the
Bahamas during the 1980s. I
don't care which of the big
newspapers you read, you will
not find better journalism than
this anywhere. It was out-
standing.
VHM, Nassau


REGARDING the


INSIGHT article on the FNM
leadership: I still believe that
Hubert Ingraham will emerge
at the eleventh hour as the
only credible leadership can-
didate. The weeks leading up
to the party convention should
be very interesting.
James L, Palmdale
000******0

DION FOULKES as FNM
leader is not a runner, while
Tommy Turnquest has as
much chance as an ice-cream
cone in a sauna bath. I'm
afraid Ingraham is the only
hope the FNM has of success.
Ross, Prince Charles
******0000

DION FOULKES, Tommy
Turnquest and Carl Bethel
have neither the gravitas,
charisma nor experience to be
national leaders. I suspect they
are hustling for crumbs off
Ingraham's table. Mark my
words, Hubert will be back in
time for the November con-
vention.
B Williams
00000******0

THANKS for the piece on
Derek Turner. Immaculate
writing. Fantastic journalism.
How do you do it?
LL, Yamacraw
******

THE article on Derek Turn-
er was hard-hitting and highly
relevant. It's sad that he
thought this was the place to
come to conduct his highly
improper business practices. I
guess the Bahamas still has a
long way to go in living down
its past.
Disturbed, West Bay Street
0000******0

THE FNM will not feel
comfortable with your
INSIGHT article on Derek
Turner. However, politicians


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INSIGHT


need to be careful who thy-
are mixing with if they don.
want to be tarred with the
same brush. And the question.
is undoubtedly valid: how aindl
why was he allowed in to pur-
sue his unlawful schemes in
the Bahamas at a time when
we were supposed to be hav-
ing a sweep-out?
G Rahming
0000******

I THOUGHT that was a
very, good, interesting article
(Derek Turner). Don't only
blame the government for let-
ting him operate here. My
question is: what law
firm/lawyer handled his nefar-
ious schemes here? Don't they
ask questions or want refer-
ences when a new prospective
client walks in the door?
Interested reader
******

I notice that in another
newspaper (not The Tribune!)-,
Derek Turner was described
by his brother as a "true
humanitarian with a kind
sole." Does that mean he is a'
bit fishy, I wonder?
L Bennett, West Bay
******

Young FNM Turks
I READ your interesting
INSIGHT article dated
August 15 on the above capL-
tioned subject.
It seems to me that the
FNM needs to stop 'fightin'
amongst themselves and
realise that they have to get
the votes of the public at large.
Delegates won't determine
whether they become the next
government the Bahamian
people will. They need to get
themselves together and ral-
ly behind the 'new' leader to
be elected at their upcoming
convention. After which they
must intensify their efforts to
convice the Bahamian elec-
torate that they should be
elected.
Personally, if I had t-o
choose between the options
'for leader of the FNM, I
would choose Dion Foulkes
because he seems to have
more 'drive' than Tommy
Turnquest; although those
past contractor scandals at
education, I fear, will continue
to plague him.
If the delegates in their
"infinite wisdom"' choose the
alternative option Tommy -
he and the FNM party need
to aggressively market them-
selves over the next 12 months
to the Bahamian people oth,
erwise they will most likely b0g
occupying the opposition seats
in the House until at least
2012.
GS Nassau


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THE TIBUN MONDY, AGUST 9, 205,SPGEH3


After being
closed for a
week, Run-
way 14/32 at
Nassau Inter-
national Airport was
reopened last week Monday,
the Airport Authority stated
in a government press release.
It denied that the runway
was closed because of struc-
tural instability, or sinks in the
strip, but rather it was closed
to install the new "runway
lighting system" in its perma-
nent position.
However, a knowledgeable
source at NIA claimed that a
section of the runway had
sunk under the weight of a 767
when it was making a 180
degree turn at the northern-
most section of runway 14/32,
and that numerous taxiways
were closed due to structural
damage.
According to Joseph Reck-
ley, deputy general manager
at the Airport Authority, in
order for the contractors
(Lagan Holdings Internation-
al) to have the runway 14/32
operational for the inaugural
flight of Virgin Atlantic Air-
ways to the Bahamas, the con-
tractor had to reschedule a
number of "key associated
works".
******

MINISTER of State for
Finance Senator James Smith
was last week recovering from
surgery in a Washington, DC,
hospital after undergoing a
procedure to remove a lesion
from his large intestine.
According to a statement
released by the Cabinet office
last week Sunday, Mr Smith
was admitted to the Princess
Margaret Hospital on the
weekend of August 14, short-
ly after the start of a sched-
uled vacation, and was treated
for abdominal discomfort.
Mr Smith travelled to.
Washington for further con-
sultation and underwent a suc-
cessful operation to remove
the lesion from his large intes-,
tine.


* MURDER ACCUSED Gladstone Greene, of Australia Avenue, on his way to court last week.
Greene, 30, has been charged with the murder of 34-year-old Mauriceo Davis.
(The Tribune archive photo)


A GRAND Bahama
teenager died last week after a
shotgun, being examined by


her boyfriend, is reported to
have accidentally gone off in
her face.
According to police reports,
the boyfriend was showing off
a shotgun his brother had
found in bushes behind his
apartment. The police report


said that when the young man
"cranked" the gun a shot was
launched, which hit the girl in
her face.
The police were alerted to
the incident when'an uniden-
tified woman telephoned the .
police dispatch centre to


report that she had heard
shots inside an apartment off
Gambier Drive, Grand
Bahama.
When officers arrived at the
location they discovered a
young girl, dresse:AbI*~zk
tank top and brown corduroy


trousers lying on the floor of a
bedroom in a pool of blood.
The officers reported that
the 14-year-old had suffered
from a gunshot wound to her
face from a 12 gauge shotgun,
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have every reason to be uneasy
about how their affairs are
being conducted. It is past time
for the Prime Minister to make
a full and clear statement in
this matter."
Sir Arthur Foulkes gets
To The Point on PetroCaribe
oil deal
******

"I am suffering real hard-
ship. This has caused consid-
erable anxiety and distress for
my family. My elderly parents
are very upset about it...
"Iam being victimised. It is a
case of wilful neglect on the
part of the college. I am now in
a situation where I can't meet
my responsibilities. I have been
challenging them for ages to
pay me what is due to me. Now
I am stretched to the limit."
Suspended senior COB
lecturer Felix Bethel speaks
out
******

"Proposals for wind farms
on Grand Bahama and Abaco
have been lingering on the
table for years just as the pro-
posed LNG terminals have
remained stalled since 2002.
"A proposal for a multi-mil-
lion dollar waste-to-energy
plant on New Providence is
also gathering dust on some
ministerial desk. And our pol-
icymakers still can't come up
with a decent energy strategy
that takes account of alterna-
tive fuels and new technolo-
gies.
"Lack of vision is a big
problem. There are few renew-
able energy systems operating
in the Bahamas today other
than isolated research stations
and resorts using rooftop solar
cells for water heating."
Larry Smith's Tough
Call on rising oil prices
******

"I know right now they
always run short of pampers.
The patients don't get a full
course meal. They get cookies
and corn flakes for dinner that
was one of the reasons we left
also.
The work schedule starts at
5 am and you work in the
yard, like cutting bush and
weeding, until breakfast that's
if they decide to give you
breakfast and then after that
you immediately go back to
work and you work up until 4
pm and that's no matter what
kind of atmosphere is outside -
the only way you would not
work is if it is storming."
Former patient slams All
Saint's AIDS Camp
******

"Since Thursday the water
in our area has become so bad
that we can not clean our
homes, bath or do anything of
that sort. Basically the only
thing we can do with that water
is flush the toilets, which are
now stained.
"I am supposed to take a.
bath rather than shower
because of my lung condition
and I can't because of the
water. There are stains in my
master bath from the rust, and
I'm afraid to even wash my
clothing or anything. It has got-
ten so bad that I may have to
evacuate my house."
Camperdown Heights
resident Joyce Higgs on rusty
water problem


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own homes. If a proper alter-
native is provided, they would
be prepared to own a place to
live."
With a special committee
now in the offing aimed at reg-
ularising the status of
Bahamas-born Haitians and
helping refugees to harmonise
with local society, there are
clear signs .of hope.
But Mr Regnier believes a
genuine appreciation of the
Haitians' role in Bahamian
development is an important
first step towards easing ten-
sion there.
"There has been talk of vig-
ilantes and violence, but Aba-
co is, in fact, an exemplary
melting pot where you have
local and foreign caucasians,
black Bahamians and Haitians
all living together," he said.
"For the most part, they are
co-existing peacefully. The
ball is in the government's
court to address the problems
there and ensure they are
solved."
Last week, The Tribune
reported that civil servant Mr
Calvin Seymour was spear-
heading a government initia-
tive aimed at smoothing the
integration of Haitians into
island society.
There are also moves afoot
to regularise the status of
Haitians over 18 who were
born in the Bahamas.
Meanwhile, for the first time
in several months, analysts are
seeing signs of improvements
in Haiti's political situation,
thus lessening the likelihood
of another mass exodus of
refugees.
Mr Regnier said when he
visited Haiti last week, it was
the first time in months that
he had not heard gunfire in
the streets of the capital, Port-
au-Prince.
He feels United Nations
peacekeepers are, at long last,
beginning to get to grips with
street violence there and
bringing calm to slum areas
like Bel Air and Cite Soleil.
This, he believes, could help
create the right conditions for
a general election in Novem-
ber, when Haiti will seek to
replace the US-imposed inter-
im government of Gerard
Latortue with a return to
democratic rule.


A likely presidential con-
tender would be the jailed
Catholic priest, Father Ger-
ard Jean-Juste, who slum-
dwellers see as an acceptable
substitute for deposed presi-
dent Jean-Bertrand Aristide,
who is still in exile in South
Africa.
Among Nassau's Haitian
community, Father Jean-Juste
is almost as well-known as
Aristide himself. For many
years, he has been closely
associated with the cause of
poor Haitians, working both
in Port-au-Prince and Miami
to improve their lot.
In Mr Regnier's eyes, Jean-
Juste's election assuming he
is allowed out of prison to
take part -'would probably`
restore a measure of'stability
to Haiti, even though he was


arrested originally for alleged
complicity in the murder of a
prominent local journalist, a
charge which his followers say
was trumped-up to discredit
him.
"I believe registration is
going better, and the city is
not as dangerous as it was, so
I think the election can come
off," said Mr Regnier.

Peace

"The UN forces seem to be
doing their job better now.
They are coming down from
the hills, where they were pro-
tecting the bourgeoisie, to
restore order to the streets.
They,,seem to be doing 'far
more in bringing peace to
I'Port-au-Prince than they
were."


Father Jean-Juste, accord-
ing to Mr Regnier, would
probably command the sup-
port of a large portion of the
Lavalas party, which was the
foundation of the Aristide
presidency. However, he cur-
rently occupies a small, stink-
ing cell at the National Peni-
tentiary. His continuing deten-
tion will undoubtedly become
an increasingly contentious
issue as polling day approach-
es.
With 60 candidates in the
field, Haiti's presidency is far
from a foregone conclusion,
and no-one is sure yet that
conditions are right for a
national poll. With emotions
still running high, it is hard to
imagine an election without
the usual intimidation and vic-
timisation associated with
Haitian-style democracy.
Meanwhile, Mr Regnier still
foresees continuing illegal
immigration from Haiti to the
Bahamas in the short term.
Only true political stability,
and a corresponding improve-
ment in the Haitian economy,
will stem the tide in the long-
term, he says.
"You must remember that'
Lavalas is still the majority
force," said the attorney,
"Aristide was deposed
because he became greedy too
fast. He was involved in the


drug trade. He wanted his
share. He was always out for
his percentage. He became
thoroughly corrupted."
What is needed now, he
says, are the kind of condi-
tions that will lead to revival
of the tourist trade. At the
moment, he said, tourism is
dead killed off by reckless
violence and random kidnap-
pings which. have been a fea-
ture of Haitian life for the last
year and a half.
Though Mr Regnier is now
more optimistic than he was
earlier this year, the continu-
ing melee over Father Jean-
Juste does not bode well for
an electoral solution to the
present impasse.

Cultural

The priest was beaten up by
mourners at the funeral of the
man he was accused of killing
- the cultural writer Jacques
Roche of the newspaper, Le
Matin. He was also reported
to have been given a hiding
by the police.
He was then arrested and
thrown into jail, with the
largely anti-Aristide Haitian
press fuelling the case against
him.
Mr Regnier accepts that
Haiti's troubles over the last
18 months or so have prompt-


ed a "different kind" of Hait-
ian to seek a haven in the
Bahamas.
Whereas the traditional
refugee has been peasant
stock from the northern areas
of Haiti, more aggressive
urban types are now finding
their way to Nassau and,
more significantly, Abaco.
It is possible that this new
strain in the Haitian diaspora
is contributing to more con-
frontational attitudes in places
like The Mud and Pigeon Pea.,
The Mud Dogs and their
brass knuckledusters are more
likely to be products of Port-
au-Prince and the south than
Haiti's northern shores.
Bahamians in Marsh Har-
bour last week called on the
government to move quickly
towards solving the Haitian
problem in Abaco. They
believe, probably with justifi-
cation, that the situation is
growing increasingly fraught
and that time is running out..
"What we don't want is
bloodshed," said a long-term
resident who lives close to the
fermenting Haitian shanty
communities. "But the mood
is not promising."


What do you think? Fax
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BUILDING STRENGTH IN SOOTHING WATER: Elias Rojas, 16, front right, and Jonathan Muioz, 15, use the heated pool at Integral
Rehabilitation Center of Colombia during therapy, when they are not wearing their prosthetic limbs. The center is in Bogot.,


WAR' S UO i


WAITING FOR HIS FIRST PROSTHETIC ARMS: Ferney David, 17,
and mother Marcia Murillo, 37. He can do everything
for himself except.put on clothes or tie shoelaces.


MAIMED IN COLOMBIA'S RELENTLESS
CONFLICTS, YOUNG PEOPLE RECEIVE
NEW LIMBS AND NEW HOPE
BY STEVEN DUDLEY
sdudley@herald.com
BOGOTA Deison Rinc6n is a romantic. The 17-year-
old sings ballads in the shower, in the car, and at the com-
puter while he surfs the Infernet. He dreams of studying
law and, of course, music.
"I would like to sing my life story," he said, as he smiled
and fiddled with his prosthetic leg, a replacement for the
one he lost in a grenade blast. "Life continues, and if you


can do some things well, you will be
all right."
Rinc6n, a brown-haired teen with
a bright smile who lost an arm and a
leg when he was 10 years old, is one
of the many Colombian children
maimed in a four-decades-old con-
flict that each year claims about
3,000 civilian deaths and forces thou-
sands, most of them children, to flee
their homes.
Like so many young vkdIims of


For a gallery of
photos of land
mine victims
and their
struggle, and for
previous
installments in
this series, click
on Today's
Extras


war, Rinc6n seems to absorb his pain and keep it to himself.
He does not complain, perhaps because the type of sense-
less explosion that took his limbs has occurred thoughout
this country of 45 million people.
*TURN TO LAND MINES


INJURIES SLOWLY YIELD TO THERAPY: Above left, prosthetic legs wait for owners who are being treated by CIREC's
staff. At right, Emilse Tobacco, 13, works on her balance with the help of physical therapist Diana Castellanos.

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LAND MINES I COLOMBIA



Bomb victim


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'still 100 percent'


'LAND MINES

The Observatory for Anti-
Personnel Mines, a Colom-
bian government agency, says
47 boys and 10 girls were
injured by mines and unex-
ploded ordnance last year;
and through July of this year,
28 boys and 12 girls have been
wounded, with many more
incidents going unreported.
Wars in El Salvador, Gua-
temala and Peru all had their
share of child victims. But
only Colombia's war contin-
ues, making the pain raw.
Left-wing guerrillas lay
mines and booby traps
throughout the countryside.
The military drops bombs and
slings grenades at enemies.
Both sometimes hit the wrong
targets.
Last year, close to 400
civilians were killed or
injured by land mines or other
unexploded ordnance, the
Observatory reported.
Rinc6n said in the days
leading up to his injury, there
was constant fighting
between guerrillas and the
army near his family's home
in El Castillo in southeastern
Colombia. After the blast, his
four-months pregnant
mother, Luzmary, had to
carry him to the nearest hos-


pital.
To this day, she will not
speak about what happened.
Still, Rinc6n may be one of
the luckier victims.
Along with about 20
youths from other war-torn
areas of the country, he gets
regular treatment at the Inte-
gral Rehabilitation Center of
Colombia, known as CIREC.
The Bogota-based nonprofit
provides psychological and
physical therapy to amputees
injured in all types of acci-
dents, from land mines to car


MARICE COHN BAND/HERALD STAFF
'DIDN'T EVEN FIND MY ARMS': Ferney David, 17, lost his hands
after he tried to break open a pipe bomb with a rock.


crashes.
CIREC, which receives
funding from the U.S. Agency
for International Develop-
ment and other foreign insti-
tutions, uses sophisticated
computer technology to
design and make the prosthe-
ses for the youths at an in-
house factory where older
amputees do the work.
The adolescent group,
which tries to gather at
CIREC each year during sum-
mer vacations for checkups
and new prostheses, also do
arts and crafts as well as swim
together.
And when their minders
turn their heads, the kids flirt
with one another.
I
MOTHER TRAUMATIZED
Some of them come to
rehab with their mothers.
Marcia Murillo, 37, accompa-
nied her son, Ferney David, 17,
to get a pair of prosthetic
arms.
David said she was more
traumatized than he was
when a pipe bomb David
picked up on a footpath
exploded after he tried to
crack it open with a rock at
their home just outside of the
southern city of Cali last year.
"They didn't even find my
arms," David declared
proudly. "The only thing they
found were my fingers."
Murillo held back tears
while David told his story.
"For a mother, it's tremen-
dous. It's like the end of the
world," she said.
Thankfully, she added, it
wasn't the end of the world.
David says he can do every-
thing for himself except put
on his clothes or tie his shoe-
laces.
He brags that he can cook
eggs and rice, and that he's a
champion at PlayStation
despite his stumps.
"My life is still 100 percent.
It's as if nothing happened to
me," he' said.
Lilia Maldonado, 41, and
her daughter Emilse Tobacco,
13, are less fortunate. Tobac-
co's brother found an uniden-


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nations: .. ..

()NICARAGUA: It was the most ..
heavily mined country in Central "
America, with more than 146,000 mines ,| R .
deployed in the 1980s. Some 29,600 remain to ....
be cleared. About 75 civilians and soldiers were '
killed, and another were 740 wounded, by landmines COLOMBIA
there, both during the eight-year conflict and in the ECUADOR
15 years since a peace agreement.

(.COLOMBIA: Guerrillas have sown an estimated
50,000 anti-personnel mines. Mines in the still- PERU'
ongoing conflict have killed about 740 and wounded I
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H)SURINAME: It recently began operations to clear the la
anti-personnel mines remaining in a field about 30 miles
from the capital city of Paramaribo left over from guerrilla
warfare in the 1980s. No victims have been reported


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()ECUADOR/PERU: Part of the common border remains
sown with more than 135,000 deployed during a 1995 war.
Some 250 people have been reported wounded, but no
deaths have been confirmed.

(&CHILE: Some 120,000 mines were deployed by Gen.
Augusto Pinochet's government from 1974 to 1978 along the
borders with Argentina, Peru and Bolivia.


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and other unexploded
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15,000 people each year ...
1,250 a month, 41 a day, nearly
two an hour.
* The five worst countries are
Afghanistan, Angola, Bosnia,
Cambodia and Iraq, according
to the International Campaign
to Ban Landmines, an umbrella
group in Washington for a
network of 1,400
nongovernment groups from
90 countries.
* In Afghanistan, more than
200,000 people have been
killed or wounded by mines
and other unexploded
ordnance during the past 20
years.
* Iraq has an estimated 8-12
million land mines. There are
reports of 317 minefields, 707
locations for unexploded
ordnance and 1,102 sites where
U.S.-led coalition forces used
cluster munitions, which
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tified explosive device near
their farm in Pisba, a settle-
ment near the northeastern
border with Venezuela. He
brought it home, and dropped
it on the concrete floor. The
blast killed Tobacco's
brother, her sister and her
father, and left her with only
one fully functioning leg. The
women said the explosion
also left shrapnel holes in
their roof that they cannot
afford to repair.
'NO ONE WILL LOVE YOU'
Few of the teens had seen
prostheses before arriving at
CIREC, so they had little hope
of walking again. They also
wondered if others would
treat them as outcasts.
"You think no one will love
you, that no one will look at
you," explained 16-year-old
Elias Rojas. "I didn't think I
would ever get a girlfriend."
Rojas stepped on a mine


after playing soccer with
some friends near his home in
Morales, in central Colombia.
"I looked over and saw
what looked like a piece of
meat. It was my leg," he said.
Stuck in the minefield,
Rojas had to drag himself 60
feet to a road where his
friends then carried him to a
car that transported him 10
hours to the nearest hospital.
The slow climb out of such
tragedies usually includes
mental rehab.
M6nica Mufioz, 14, got help
from a blind psychologist in
the hospital where she and
her brother, 15-year-old Jona-
than, were recovering from
the blast of a grenade that a
cousin had found while pick-
ing fruit near their home in
southern Colombia. Another
cousin died in the explosion.
Mufioz and her brother each
lost a leg.
She said the blind psychol-


MARCO A. RUIZ/ HERALD STAFF

ogist in the hospital never
asked her about her accident;
instead he focused on reassur-
ing her that she would be
accepted again in society. Jon-
athan got therapy at CIREC
and was so impressed that he
wants to study to be a psy-
chologist himself.
COUNTING BLESSINGS
For Rinc6n, rehabilitation
has been spiritual.
He's an enthusiastic mem-
ber of an evangelical church
in his hometown of Fuente de
Oro, in the eastern plains,
where he can sing until he
gets hoarse.
His God, he says, tells him
he was lucky, that he should
count his blessings for what
he still has, and not focus on
what he has lost.
"I've seen cases where it
hasn't come out well," Rinc6n
said. "There's a reason I sur-
vived."


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