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Publication Date: September 19, 2005
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Tropical storm


Rita expected to


gather strength


* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
THE BAHAMAS is under a
hurricane watch and tropical
storm warning as forecasters
expect the 2005 hurricane sea-
son's newest tropical storm, Rita,
to evolve into the year's 18th
hurricane.
Tropical Depression Number
18, now Tropical Storm Rita,
was projected to become Hur-
ricane Rita within the next two
days and the Bahamas Meteo-
rolpgi9ALdfetimnissuea a
rOune is.sued. a
strong warning that, persons liv-
ing in the southeastern and cen-
tral Bahamas, should complete
all necessary preparations for
tropical storm conditions.

Rainfall
Heavy rainfall and severe
thunderstorms were expected in
the southeastern Bahamas yes-
terday as the storm was expected
to dump a maximum of eight
inches of rain on the island.
Tropical Storm warnings are
in effect for Exuma, Cat Island,
Long Island, San Salvador, Rum
Cay, Ragged Island, Crooked
Island, Acklins, Mayaguana and
Inagua.
These islands may experience
tropical storm conditions within
24hours.
A hurricane watch was put
into effect for Grand Bahama,
Abaco, Bimini, the Berry
Islands, Andros, New Provi-
dence and Eleuthera.
These Islands may experience
hurricane conditions in the next
36 hours.
At 11 am on Sunday, tropical
depression number 18 was 390
miles east-southwest of Nassau.


A hurricane watch has been
issued for the northwest
Bahamas.
For the islands of, Grand
Bahama, The Abacos, Bimini,
the Berry Islands, Andros, New
Providence and Eleuthera, the
Meteorological office said that
hurricane conditions could be
experienced in 36 hours.
The devastating hurricane
Katrina formed as a tropical
depression east of the Bahamas.
If Tropical Depression Num-
ber 18 develops into a hurricane,
it could be the ninth hurricane of
the year. It also would be 18th
named storm.
Meteorologist Neil Armstrong
at the Bahamas Meteorological
Department, told The Tribune
that the depression is not expect-
ed to become a hurricane until it
moves into the Florida Straits.
The warning, he said, was
issued primarily because of the
country's proximity to the storm
and because the system is show-
ing signs of development.
"It does not mean that we
will have a hurricane in the
Bahamas but because of its prox-
imity it is something we defi-
nitely need to be watching," he
said.
The system was expected to
move south of the Florida main-
land because of a ridge of high
pressure north of it, pushing it to
the west.
On Sunday, the.National Hur-
ricane Centre also was monitor-
ing Tropical Storm Philippe,
which was about 425 miles east-
southeast of the Leeward
Islands. It was forecast to build
into the eighth hurricane of the
season within the next day and
aim north into the Atlantic with-
out threatening the US coast-
line.


Two young women found dead


* By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating two
deaths over the weekend, both
involving young women.
Early yesterday morning after
6am, a young woman's body was
discovered hanging from the ceil-
ing of a home in the Bluff, South
Andros.
According to press liaison
Inspector Walter Evans, the 25-
year-old woman is believed to be
from India, and was in the country


visiting a relative.
At this, stage foul play is not sus-
pected Mr Evans said. However,
officers from the detective unit
were currently in Andros to inves-
tigate the matter.
On Friday evening shortly after
2pm, police received a report of a
missing woman.
According to Mr Evans, they
received a report at 6pmr from a
person in the Augusta and Fergu-
son Streets area complaining of a
"heavy stench or odour" coming
from a nearby house.
"On arrival police met the body


of a female in a crouched position
in the bathroom of the house from
where the odour was emanating
from.
"The body, was in an advanced
stage of decomposition. Her iden-
tity may be that of a 33-year-old
who lives off McCullough Cor-
ner," he said.
Mr Evans said police believe
that this woman may be the per-
son reported missing earlier that
day. An autopsy is planned to clar-
ify her identity, and to ascertain
the cause of death. Police investi-
gations into both matters continue.


BEC workers'

action delays

repairs to

power outage

* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
BEC WORKERS partici-
pating in what management
has called "if not illegal, then
premature" industrial action
over the weekend delayed
repairs to areas affected by a
power outage caused by a
thunderstorm Saturday.
General Manager of the
corporation Kevin Basden
said that while most of the
areas affected by the outage
should have been corrected
in two hours, sectors which
that were more severely dam-
age suffered longer because
workers were directed by the""
union to "work no overtime
and make repairs slowly."
"We want to indicate that
management's first responsi-
bility is to the customers and
every effort is made to ensure
that inconveniences are kept
to a minimum and we are
extremely concerned about
any kind of industrial action
negatively 'impacting the
smooth operation of the sup-
SEE page 10


US Ambassador:
Bahamas should
not lose sight of
Cuba and China's
human rights issues

By CARA BRENNEN
and KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporters
THE Bahamas should con-
sider focusing more attention
on the human rights practices
of its trading partners, Cuba
and China.
US Ambassador John D
Rood made this suggestion
on Saturday at the US
Embassy-hosted media semi-
nar held at the British Colo-
nial Hilton. The ambassador
said that the United States
respects the Bahamas' sover-
eign right to have relation-
ships with Cuba and China,
but he hopes the Bahamas
does not lose sight of the
human rights issues in those
two countries.
However, he emphasized:
"I believe the government
can make its own decisions,
we are not here to tell you
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Airline bankruptcy ruling 'not




expected to affect the Bahamas'


* By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH two of the five largest
airlines in North America filing
for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, min-
istry officials are confident that
the tourism product in the
Bahamas will not be negatively
affected as the airlines reorga-
nize their operations.


Last week, Delta and North-
west Airlines filed for Chapter
11 bankruptcy protection, cit-
ing that they both have been hit
by high fuel costs.
Northwest Airlines currently
has the highest labour costs in
the industry and has been losing
more than $4 million a day.
Delta has heavy pension oblig-
ations and its total debt is
roughly $20.5 billion.
According to the Associated


Press, Delta and Northwest Air-
lines have started a lengthy and
costly road to recovery that will
likely include cutting employ-
ee rolls, pensions and routes.

Schedules
Passengers for both airlines
probably won't notice any
immediate effects from the fil-
ings as both carriers announced
that they will continue their nor-
mal.schedules while they reor-
ganize.
Noting that Delta operates
four flights a day to the
Bahamas, Tourism Minister
Obie Wilchcombe'said that the
Bahamas is an extremely prof-
itable route for the airline. He
did not foresee the Bahamas
being cut from the airline's
schedules.
"This is really an effort to
reorganize their airline and


allow them to be more compet-
itive. We are a profitable route
for Delta, and they have been
with us for a while.
"Don't forget Song is a part
of Delta as well and they have
done very well.
"In this ever changing world,
the Bahamas is ever ready to
deal with the challenges and
that's why we steadily grow. But
so far we have not been affect-
ed and we look pretty good for
the coming holiday season," he
said.
Echoing these sentiments was
Tyrone Sawyer, the airlift direc-
tor in the Ministry of Tourism.
Mr Sawyer said the Bahamas
has had a very good and long
term relationship with Delta
Airlines, and that he did not
expect the bankruptcy ruling to
affect the country negatively.
"No we don't expect any cuts
in Delta's service into our des-
tination. The airline will still be


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expect the bankruptcy ruling to
affect us negatively. It's still
business as usual basically.

Carrier
"Delta has non stop service
from Atlanta into Nassau and
Atlanta into Freeport. Service
from LaGuardia into Nassau as
well. We see Delta as a key car-
rier. It's a hub and spoke air-
line," he said.
This, Mr Sawyer explained
means that with carriers like
Delta, which has a large route
network with a central hub'
(Atlanta), the airline can bring
the Bahamas guest stopovers
across their entire route net-
work through their Atlanta
hub.
"That makes them a very
important partner for us," he
said.


P US AMBASSADOR John Rood,
speaks at the media seminar.

not do as an effective job as it were a private
entity," he said.
Ambassador Rood on the weekend addressed
members of the Bahamian media houses during a
special one-day seminar which focused on the
topics of investigative reporting and the ques-
tion of ethics and accountability in journalism.
Karl Idsvoog, a veteran broadcast journalist
and associate professor at Kent State University,
offered two workshop sessions- one on inves-
tigative reporting and the other on news gather-
ing techniques.
Following the workshops a special panel com-
prised of veteran Bahamian journalists such as
Mike Smith, Sir Arthur Foulkes, Oswald T Brown
and Professor Idsvoog, then dealt with the issue of
ethics in today's media.


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Third victim

of traffic

accident dies

A THIRD victim of
Wednesday's double fatali-
ty in.Grand Bahama died
over the weekend.
Max Smith, 19, the third
occupant of the ill-fated
purple coloured Toyota,
died as a result of his
injuries around 3 am Satur-,
day at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital.
His death pushes Grand
Bahama's traffic fatality to
17 for the year.
The other two occu-
pants, Merrill Dorsette Jr,
23, of Waterfall Drive, the
driver, was killed on
impact while Jeffrey Pin-
der, also 23, died at the
Rand Memorial Hospital
later that evening.
Mr Smith, who was a
rear seat passenger in the
vehicle, was later airlifted
to the hospital in Nassau
with multiple injuries. He
never recovered conscious-
ness.
Shonette Rolle, 28, who
was driving the other vehi-
cle which collided with the
Toyota, and her two
daughters were treated at
the hospital and dis-
charged.
Investigators determined,
that Mr Dorsette was travy-
elling in a westerly direc-
tion on the highway when
he attempted to overtake
another car, colliding with
Ms Rolle who was driving
in the opposite direction -
going east.
The two vehicles were
damaged beyond repair.


Man found

dead in car

m By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

IEEORT. Grld
* Bahiam-'At aboit i am
yesterday a.callcame into
the police dispatch centre to
inform officers that a man
had just been found sitting
behind the wheel of a car,
parked in a yard at the
intersection of Columbus
Drive and Explorers Way.
He was dead.
Officers from the uni-
formed and plainclothes
divisions were dispatched to
the location where they
found the dead man who
they would only identify as
"a well known local
mechanic". However he was
later identified at the scene
by his brother as 64-year-old
Wendell Albert Gibson.
The circumstances sur-
rounding Mr Gibson's death
are still unknown. He wore
a blue shirt, blue trousers,
and was sitting at the wheel
of his blue 1989 Dodge
Aries Car, clutching a bottle
of Tylenol pills between his
legs.
According to the Mobile
Patrol Division and the
Scene-of-Crime officers
from the Central Detective
Unit, there were no visible
signs of injury to the body.
Police investigations into
the incident are underway.
Also around 3.15am yes-
terday, officers from the
mobile patrol division were
making a routine check in
the vicinity of Club Rock at
the International Bazaar
when they saw a man in the
parking lot with what
appeared to be a firearm
pushed into the waist of his
trousers.
When the man saw the
police, he fled on foot but
was quickly apprehended
and the object, which turned
out to be a 4.5mm BB gun,
was taken from him.
The 20-year-old resident


of Abaco Drive, Hawksbill
was arrested and taken into
custody at the Central
Detective unit. He is expect-
ed to be formally charged
this morning with posses-
sion of an imitation firearm.


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what to do or to suggest that there will be reper-
cussions for anything you do because that does
not make any sense."
Ambassador Rood conceded that in the past
the US government may have concentrated too
much on the differences in policy between the US
and the Bahamas, and not on what the two coun-
tries have in common.
He said that his policy has always been to focus
on the 80 per cent of policies that the two coun-
tries do share.
"No relationship can ever be 100 per cent,
there will be things we agree on and things we
don't. I feel that if a relationship one between
husband and wife or one between two countries
can be 20/80 then it's a good relationship," he
said.
He also said that in the instance of Cuba,
although the US .not does share the Bahamas'
yiew a an a v a by able t-
use It9~' lsli l- f ,teu th Ro exert
some influence dn how Cuba deals With viola-
tions against humanly ihts ..' ,
Also addressing the topic of PetroCaribe and
the concerns of some analysts that the cheap-
'fuel accord with Venezuela could damage the
US/Bahamas relationship, the ambassador said
that in his opinion the agreement is strictly a
business issue.
He added, however, that although he did not
know any of the details of the PetroCaribe agree-
ment, it has been his experience that govern-
ments have more success when "they stick to
basic administration," and leave the running of
businesses, such as hotels and fuel management to
the private sector.
"Usually when government becomes involved
in things they don't do well. If the government
were to get involved in petrol distribution it may


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FNM leadership candidate



Dion Foulkes unveils statement



on immigration problems


BECAUSE of the number of
Haitian immigrants already here
legally and illegally the
Bahamas cannot continue to add
significant numbers from a nation
of seven million people, said
FNM leadership candidate Dion
Foulkes at a meeting of the Blue
Hills Constituency Association of
the Free National Movement at
Garvin Tynes Primary School.
Mr Foulkes unveiled a 17-page
statement which he described as a
"comprehensive, balanced and
responsible" contribution to the
current debate on the nation's
immigration problems.
Mr Foulkes, a candidate for
leader of the Free National
Movement, said national security
is a critical job for government
and that immigration is a key part
of his own national security agen-
da.
He suggested structural reform,
including the transfer of the
Department of Immigration to
the Ministry of National Security.
He pledged to modernise the
Department of Immigration by
boosting its human resources and
the technological capacity to deal
with both legal and illegal immi-
gration.

Complaints
He also proposed the creation
of an independent oversight
group, similar but not identical
to the United Kingdom's Inde-
pendent Police Complaints Com-
mission, which will monitor seri-
ous complaints by the public in
connection with the conduct of
law enforcement officers, includ-
ing immigration personnel.
"As I listen to the immigra-
tion debate it often seems incom-
plete and unfocused. And it usu-
ally focuses only on illegal immi-
gration." He stressed that
Bahamians are often squeezed
from the top by legal immigra-
tion and squeezed from the bot-
tom by illegal immigration.
"Too many companies have
been complacent or sluggish in
training Bahamians to take over
various functions. There are still
too many examples of expats who
have come on short term or medi-
um term work permits but who
have had their permits extended
repeatedly, even though there are
qualified Bahamians in their
field," said Mr Foulkes.
Commenting on Haitian immi-
gration Mr Foulkes said that
"what is significant is that because
of the vast number of Haitian
immigrants already here legally
and illegally we cannot continue
to add significant numbers indef-
initely. A nation of 300,000 peo-
ple cannot continue to allow
unlimited immigration from a
nation of seven million people."
He said that the current level
and pattern of immigration from
Haiti is economically and socially
unsustainable.
Mr Foulkes said that his main
strategy for dealing with illegal
immigration is a policy of deter-
rence.
"Because prevention is better
than cure and usually cheaper,
the Bahamas may need to switch
its strategic focus if it wishes to
dramatically confront the flood
of illegal migration from the
Republic of Haiti and other
nations.
"I use the term deterrence
rather than interdiction, because
interdiction is only one element of
a broader deterrence strategy. In
this context, deterrence includes a
mix of tools which will prevent
people from coming to the
Bahamas in the first place or stop-.
ping them very early in their jour-
ney and returning them swiftly to
their country of origin," said the
former Education Minister.
Mr Foulkes said that the
Bahamas should utilise Inagua as
a southern command centre to
effectively police the waters of
the southern Bahamas. This polic-
ing would of course include other
activities besides illegal immigra-
tion.
"A Defence Force base with
marine and air capabilities and a
detention and processing centre
would be set up to facilitate this
strategy. This complex will need
state of the art information and
communications technology if it is
to be successful," he said
Mr Foulkes said insufficient
attention is being paid to the prin-
ciples which should guide the
immigration debate. He offered
five principles for consideration,
Bahaminization, adherence to the
rule of law, preserving our iden-
tity and way of life, creating eco-
nomic opportunity and human
rights.
"In terms of legal immigration
my belief is simple: If there is a
qualified Bahamian for a posi-
tion then that Bahamian should
get the job. This also means that if


we Ian't find a resident Bahamian
we are prepared to look outside
for a qualified Bahamian," he
said i
He said tha if there is no qual-


* DION A. FOULKES, FNM leadership candidate, presented his 17 page comprehensive
plan to deal with legal and illegal immigration in the Bahamas at a forum sponsored by the
Blue Hills FNM Constituency Association at Garvin Tynes Primary School. Among the large
crowd in attendance were from left: Princess Flowers, Association Secretary; Nelson
Ferguson, Chairman, Mr. Foulkes, and Floyd Pratt, Vice Chairman.


ified Bahamian, then a non-
Bahamian may be brought in
until a Bahamian becomes quali-
fied or can be successfully trained.
"You can be. assured that my
government will not be bringing
in any Korean fishermen to do
what Bahamians have been doing
for generations. But Bahaminiza-
tion also means something else
to me. It means that those who
have permanent residence with
the right to work and those seek-
ing citizenship must also be
Bahamianized or integrated into
our way of life," he said.
The former minister said that a
government run by him will
aggressively prosecute those who
smuggle illegal immigrants from
any country into the Bahamas.

Penalties
"Some persons may be offered
leniency if they cooperate in
assisting the government in suc-
cessfully prosecuting the ring-
leaders, the worst abusers of the
law. Secondly, those who break
Bahamian immigration laws will
have to suffer the penalties the
law imposes. This means,that
those who come here illegally will
not be granted the right to work,"
he said.
Mr Foulkes proposed a more
sophisticated computerized data-
base to better track those who
have come to the Bahamas ille-
gally yet still apply for work per-
mits and a policy of refusing to
grant work permits to those who
enter as visitors.
"The reason many people have
come to our (country) is because
they wish to share in its benefits.
We should celebrate this and also
cherish our Bahamian identity.
But the very way of life many
seek here will be destroyed if it is
overrun by attitudes and behav-
iour which are not consistent with
our democratic heritage, basic









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civilities and social stability," he
said.
A part of the problem with the
dialogue on immigration, he said,
is that the Bahamas is not always
sure of the overall economic
direction it wants to take.
"Such a direction will tell us
about the type and quality of
labour our economy needs. Such
a plan must be the context in
which you create an effective
immigration policy.
"My immigration policy will
ensure that Bahamians are con-
sidered first, but that we will be
open to expatriate expertise when


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it is required," said Mr
Foulkes.
Bahamian immigration poli-
cies, said the FNM leadership
candidate, must adhere to basic
standards of human rights, includ-
ing our policies on detention and
repatriation.
"We must ensure that those
few officials and others who treat
illegal immigrants improperly are
dealt with in the appropriate
manner.
"We uphold our own dignity
by speaking, forthrightly yet
respectfully about those who are
strangers in our land," he said.


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$10,000 donation


brings more than


200 wheelchairs


for disabled


The Bahamas Association for
the Physically Disabled
(BAPD) was established 34
years ago at the urging of
young Bahamians who had
suffered spinal cord injuries
and abruptly found themselves
confined to wheelchairs.
These young adults knew their
lives could be more complete
and yet they understood that
in order to find that
completeness they needed a
robust support structure
around them. Atremendous
success story, the Association
has grown to become a
vigorous organization, meeting
much more than the needs of
those confined to wheelchairs.

Today, BAPD provides "the
best possible service" to the
disabled of our community
through avarietyofprograms,
including special education,
physical therapy, speech
therapy, computer training,
social interaction and
independent living skills.
,Throughout it all, the need for
wheelchairs is constant.


The $10,000 donation has
enabled a full container, more
than 200 wheel chairs, to be
shipped to Nassau. BAPD
Administrator Linda Smith,
remarked that the delivery is
comingat a critical time. "We
have been out of chairs for
some time now," she said, "and
this shipment is sorely needed."
The Holowesko Foundation is
very pleased to support this
important endeavor.

With written criteria in place to
guide selection BAPD ensures
that needy individuals who
cannot afford to purchase a
wheelchair on their own are the
first recipients. And, with the
support of service clubs BAPD
will disburse the wheelchairs
throughout the country.

BAPD reminds us that a
person who is physically
challenged is "an individual
who has the same goals as
people everywhere to get the
most from life, to achieve
independence, to be pro-
ductive, and to have friends."


THE HOLOWESKO FOUNDATION was established to support and
bring attention to the many good works being carried out in
our society. Requests for information can only be made in
writing to P.O. Box N 942, Nassau, Bahamas.


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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

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Publisher/Editor 1972-

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Last of Erickson pioneers dies


THE OBITUARY of Mrs Louise Erick-
son- the last of a pioneering New England
family that went to Inagua in the mid-thirties
determined to resurrect that island's once
prosperous salt industry is published on
page 12 of today's Tribune.
Originally the rebuilding of Inagua was the
dream of Jim Erickson, the second of three
brothers Arioch Wentworth, Jr., better
known as Bill, and the youngest, Douglas
"Doug".
A Harvard graduate, Jim visited the
Bahamas during the year that he was taking
business courses at the Massachusetts Insti-
tute of Technology. On that visit he became
interested in reviving the defunct salt pans at
Great Inagua.
It took a while to ingnite enthusiasm for the
project in brothers, Bill and Doug. Bill was
the first to join him. And with his wife, Louise,
and their two-year-old son, Wenty, in tow
arrived in Mathew Town in 1936.
Already Jim and his wife, Margery were
settled in Inagua. In 1986, after the death of
her husband in April, 1967, Margery wrote
and illustrated a book, with the simple title:
"Great Inagua". It is the incredible story of a
pioneering family husbands, wives and chil-
dren and their effort to create an industry
on a barren, forgotten island. They lived an
almost kibbutz-type existence but instead of
cultivating land, they were cultivating salt.
The women shared the housework and the
care of all of the children.
Today's generation of Bahamians probably
think of Inagua with Mayaguana as the most
southerly of the Bahamas islands, where noth-
ing much happens. For them Inagua probably
means flamingoes, wild donkeys and salt pans.
Morton Salt is the island's main employer
and a resort, which has approval, but is having
difficulty hopping over government's red car-
pet for investors, hopes to create a second
source of employment -eco-tourism that will
exploit the beauty of the island and its flamin-
goes.
But in a long ago past before the First
World War Inagua had its hour of fame.
Margery Erickson describes it in "Inagua".
"The salt industry," she says, "had col-
lapsed because the price of salt fell very low
after the First World War. Salt company after
salt company went broke overnight, natives
lost their jobs and their families suffered
severely in consequence. The pans fell into
disuse walls crumbled, canals became
clogged with debris.
"Before the panic on Inagua," she contin-
ued, "landowners had led a luxurious life there.


Broughams and hansoms pulled by matching
pairs of horses had rolled over the broad road-
ways of Mathew Town and balls were given by
moonlight; wines from Spain and France filled
the cellars of the well-to-do and one resident
had a piano swung ashore from a clipper ship.
The ladies wore silks and taffetas from Paris
and lace from Brussels, while the men had a
crack polo team and played matches on the
Parade Ground."
"After the calamity struck, the owners
departed almost overnight, salt ships stopped
calling for cargo and the native population
sank into poverty. It was this isolated place, not
too remote from the Florida coast, that Jim
wanted to restore to economic life," his wife
wrote. "The idea of bringing about a rebirth of
Inagua and thus succouring almost a thou-
sand forgotten human beings so inspired Jim
that he persuaded his brothers to come in with
him and his parents to offer financial back-
ing. Jim was convinced that by using fewer
labourers and- more machinery, salt making
on Inagua could again become a prosperous
undertaking."
The family worked hard but their company
- West India Chemicals Ltd faced increasing
difficulties in the forties and fifties. The build-
ing of a magnesium plant at the beginning of
World War II with no return on the investment
so depleted the family fortune that they were
forced to sell. In 1955 Morton Salt Company
took over West India Chemicals.
The late Sir Etienne Dupuch, who repre-
sented Inagua in the House of Assembly from
1925 to 1942 often talked of Inagua's golden
years. He would tell stories of three or four
powerful Inagua merchants who controlled
the island and traded in gold coins that they
kept in a chest under the counters of their
small stores.
In his book "Salute to Friend and Foe"
- he referred to direct service by German
and Dutch ships from New York to Inagua, to
pick up stevedore labourers for discharge of
their cargoes in central and South America.
This collapsed in 1914 at the outbreak of the
First World War.
During the drug era of the eighties, there
was much gossip in Nassau about some of the
fancy homes being built in Inagua, a few from
unknown sources of wealth. There was also
gossip about the difficulty at times of trans-
acting business in the local shops because
there was no change for the US$100 bills that
were floating around the island even in the
hands of children.
Inagua is indeed an interesting island. It-
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TODAY is Sunday, Sep-
tember 112005 and the fourth
anniversary of that horrible
terrorist attack on America
that saw the death of thou-
sands. Throughout America,
the theme for church services
was a day of remembrance.
Many people took time out to
reflect upon that dreadful inci-
dent and a number of official
ceremonies were held mark-
ing this anniversary.
In particular, ceremonies
were held at the sites of the
tragedy, the World Trade Cen-
tre in New York, the Penta-
gon in Virginia and in the
fields of Pennsylvania where
the United Airlines flight
crashed.
I attended Saint Anthony's
Shrine, a church noted for its
treatment of the homeless and
afflicted here in downtown
Boston and also the site of one
of the remembrance cere-
monies. One of four of the
Remembrance Bells con-
structed by the Franciscan
Centre of Wilmington,
Delaware for post-September
11 memorials was rung after
the service.
More than three hundred
people from Massachusetts
had died in the 911 attack and
so the fourth bell was placed in
Boston, the capital of Massa-
chusetts. These bells all weigh
several tons each and so their
toll was heard for many miles
past Boston Hatbour and
beyond. It was a sad and
solemn occasion. As each toll
was rung, chills went down the
spine of those who stood in
silence.
Despite the sad reality of the
occasion, Father Gary Con-
vertino tried 'to conduct an
upbeat service. He did not
focus on the murderous atroc-
ities of September 11, instead
his homily focused on forgive-
ness, the very foundation of
the Christian faith.
His homily reminded us of
the story of Peter who tried to
get Jesus to define what is an.
acceptable form of forgiveness.
Peter suggested to forgive
someone seven times over, but
Jesus corrected him when he
said that we should forgive sev-
enty times seven times. I
admire Father Convertino as
he reminds me so much of
Monsignor Ambrose McKin-
non of Mary Star of the Sea in
. Freeport, with his'sense of
humour.
But more importantly, they


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maintain an uncompromising
re-enforcement of the teach-
ings of Jesus. We were actual-
ly requested to forgive those
evil perpetrators of this bar-
baric act that resulted in the
death of so many innocent per-
sons. That's the way Jesus
would have wanted it!:
To illustrate his point of for-
giveness, Father Convertino
told us of the story of a ser-
vant who owed his master a
large sum of money. The mas-
ter summoned him and
demanded payment. The ser-
vant got on his knees and
begged the master to give him
more time to pay. The master
was so touched that he forgave
the entire debt owed to him by
that same servant.
Incredibly, someone else
owed the same servant a small
sum of money. The servant
brutalized the person owing
him just a small sum with the
threat of more punishment
until he paid up. Upon hearing
this story of the ungrateful ser-
vant, the master cancelled the
debt forgiveness and had the
servant thrown into prison.,
Had he forgiven as he was for-
given, his rewards would have
been much greater.
The, final story on forgive-
ness by Father Convertino
involves two Jewish concen-
tration camp survivors during
the Nazi Holocaust. Needless
to say they were both tortured
and abused during, their deten-
tion. When asked if they for-
gave their Nazi captors, one
survivor without hesitation said
that he did. The other said that
he would never forgive those
bastards. For the rest of his life
he vowed to hate and resent
them. Then, said the other,
"you are still in prison".
What is so interesting in the
Bahamas is that the UBP has
been out of office for almost
40 years. Yet, despite being a
country that observes Christian
values, far too many still vent
their hatred for alleged racist
practices of the UBP.
This whole issue of the
removal of Sir Stafford Sands
from the $10 bill is centred
around the fact that some per-
ceived him. as racist. But was
he? Many credible persons
who truly knew Sir Stafford
from all areas, including the
PLP, have publicly stated that
the suggestion of Sir Stafford
being a racist was a myth pro-
moted mainly because of polit-
ical mischief.
This was the position of a


black Bahamian who had been
a PLP all of his life and had
grown up with Sir Stafford. Sir
Stafford did have the reputa-
tion, however, of looking after
his friends. It didn't matter if
you were white, black or in
between, if you were his friend
he looked after you. On the
other hand if he was against
you, the colour was not an
issue.
Over the years the propa,
ganda promoted by the PLP
was the claim that Sir Stafford
left the Bahamas because he
didn't want to live under a
black government. This, of
course, was a bold face lie. This
statement was recently contra-
dicted by Arthur "Midge"
Hanna, who revealed that the
real reason Sir Stafford did not
return was due to fear of pros-
ecution.
This was a very valid reason
not to return, since the PLP
government could not be trust-
ed to fairly administer justice.`
Just look at the D'Arcy Ryan
case, when the PLP govern-
ment contemptuously ignored
the ruling of the Privy Council,
the Bahamas' highest court. It
is doubtful under the circum,
stances that Sir Stafford would
have received a fair trial.
The hatred for the UBP is
passed on from one generation"
to the next. Most of the people-
voicing protest against him
never knew him. For example,
the PLP chairman, Raynard
Rigby, was a little infant in dia-
pers when the UBP was the
government of the Bahamas.
Yet he pretends to be an
expert on the UBP. All Mr
Rigby and others like him
know about the UBP is what
had been handed down to
them. This is unfair as those
handing down the history of
the UBP do so with their idea
of what happened.
Exploiting the racial card by.
practising reverse discrimina-:
tion has worked well for the;
PLP. However, it is high time
they forgive the UBP, other'-
wise they will be the ones
whose minds, are still impris-'
oned.
By going on the Darold
Miller show to publicly explain
the true meaning of the colours'
on the flag, Arthur Hanna,
Paul Adderley and Siti
Clement Maynard are finally'
forgiving the UBP by correct,'
ing the misrepresentation pro-
moted by the PLP which
racially divided the Bahamas
for decades.
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A grand coalition for Germany?


W HEN it was set up
W immediately follow-
ing the last world war, NATO
was described by Winston
Churchill, one of its architects,
as a mechanism to keep "Amer-
ica in, Germany down and Rus-
sia out" of Europe.
Since that time, the western
alliance has discernibly mor-
phed several times as the glob-
al political environment has
changed around it.
First and foremost, the end
of the .Cold War created the
context for the alliance's most
important adjustment exercise.
Buf more recently, it is the
growing importance of the
European Union, with which it
is exactly coincident neither in
terihs of membership nor of
interests, that has been the most
important factor of change. So
much so that, these days, there


. are many who question the
long-term viability of the
alliance altogether.
And of all the member states,
it is Germany (the country that
it was set up to keep down) that
has become the forum for the
most crucial test of the old
alliance.
As Germany went to the
polls (on Sunday), the question
of what role Germany will play
in NATO (and, relatedly, what
role the alliance wiljiaa~t.he
power politics of the World) is
very much on the minds of the
German electorate and many
of those watching from without.

M any people around
the world will
remember Chancellor Schroed-
er chiefly as the European
leader who, together with
France's Jacques Chirac,


And of all the member states,
it is Germany (the country that
it was set up to keep down)
that has become the forum for
the most crucial test of the old
alliance.


PERSPECTIVE
..... ... .


ANDREW
refused to be bullied into lend-
ing legitimacy to the illegal inva-
sion of Iraq in 2003. Like most
people in the world, he knew
the planned invasion to be a
purposeful act of aggression
whose pretext was conjured out
of thin air by English-speaking
politicians. But unlike many, he
did not shy away from saying
so.
On that and other occasions,
Schroeder has demonstrated a
rare competence, integrity and
independence in the area of for-
eign policy. He has also played
a more effective game of simul-
taneously courting and con-
taining the Russian bear 'than
any of his recent predecessors.
Unlike Helmut Kohl, whose
famously eventful relationship
with Russia was developed
entirely within the context of
Cold War global politics,
Schroeder has managed to bal-
ance legitimate Russian fears
of encirclement against the
unreasonable Russian tendency
to view its Eastern European
neighbours as satellites or
buffers.
His efforts have produced
something close to friendship
between Russia and Western
Europe, even while the old
buffer states are stripped away
one by one and taken into the
embrace of an EU that contin-


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ues to spurn Russia herself. For
this achievement, win or lose,
Mr. Schroeder leaves an impor-
tant legacy.

G ermans, however, are
more likely to
remember him as the Chancel-
lor who declared, in his suc-
cessful campaign of 1998, that if
he could not bring unemploy-
ment down below the 10.5 per
cent that he met it at, then he
was not worthy of re-election.
After seven years of his admin-
istration, unemployment now
stands at close to 12 per cent.
As an act of political theatre, it
was most unfortunate.
It certainly cost'him a good
deal of legitimacy and gave to
Angela Merkel, his rather unin-
spiring CDU rival, the upper
hand in the early opinion polls.
But, as the polls came in on
Sunday evening, it is clear that
Germans were not so keen on
change of the kind Mrs. Merkel
represents as many at first
assumed.
A CDU poll lead of nearly
20 per cent had, by polling
day, shrunk to practical non-
existence, as exit polls seemed
to point to a certain failure on
Mrs. Merkel's part to achieve
an absolute majority when
combined with her favoured


Schroeder has managed to
balance legitimate Russian
fears of encirclement against
the unreasonable Russian
tendency to view its Eastern
European neighbours as
satellites or buffers.


coalition partners.
That can only mean one
thing: a so-called 'grand coali-
tion' with Mr. Schroeder's par-
.ty. For Germany and for the
Western Alliance, this would
be a good thing or at least a
better thing than the alterna-
tive;
While it is most unlikely that
an outright win for Mrs. Merkel
would translate into a far more
"Atlanticist" foreign policy (in
Germany, her passive support
for the war in Iraq is seen as an
electoral liability, which she is
increasingly keen to downplay),


the message that it would send
to the new members of the
European family would be host
unfortunate.
Poland, the Czech Republic
and others, having emerged
from the dark decades of Sovi-
et rule with a tendency to over-
compensate on the side of the
west, obviously require more
lessons in compromise.
A few more years of a Ger-
many that is pro-European first
and pro-Western second would,
together with a similarly mind-
ed France, be a good thing for
that process.


Annan calls for the world



community to support



development in Haiti


AS Haiti prepares for elec-
tions in November and Decem-
ber with United Nations help,
Secretary-General Kofi Annan
has called on the world com-
munity to provide necessary aid
to help to re-establish order and
spur development in the impov-
erished country, which has been
plagued by unrest for many
years.
'Countries in all parts of the
world, from time to time, face
grave challenges that they can-
not address on their own. This is
such a time for Haiti, and the
country's people and leaders
have turned to the internation-
alcommunity for help," Mr
Annan told a high-level minis-
terial meeting at UN Head-
quarters in New York yester-
day, which included interim
Haitian prime minister Gerard
Latortue.
"The United Nations and its
partners must not let them
down. And we must work along-
side them for the long term," he
added at the session of the Core
Group, established by the Secu-
rity Council last year to help the
country recover after an insur-
gency forced elected President
Jdan-Bertrand Aristide to go
into exile in February,2004.
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Annan's Special Representative
Juan Gabriel Valdes, who heads
the UN Stabilization Mission in
Haiti (MINUSTAH), MINUS-
TAH Force Commander and
representatives of the Organi-
zation of American States
(OAS), the Caribbean Com-
munity (CARICOM), other
regional and sub-regional orga-
nizations and the international
financial institutions (IFIs).
Mr Annan said it was essen-
tial for the Haitian authorities to
work closely with the interna-
tional community to resolve
outstanding technical impedi-
ments to the elections. "More
fundamentally, we must do our
utmost to ensure that the elec-
tions are inclusive, and that they
contribute to reconciliation and
stability," he added.
On promoting security and
the rule of law, he noted that
MINUSTAH's military and
civilian police components,
working with the Haitian
National Police, "are tackling
difficult tasks with courage," but
the emergence of an effective
rule-of-law culture will depend
upon Haiti's leadership. Provi-
sion of technical aid by the Core
Group must be linked with the
development of appropriate
professional standards to ensure
that abuses of human rights by
those charged with law-enforce-
ment will not be tolerated.
Stressing the need for devel-
opment, he said: "Haiti will not
achieve stability without a con-
certed attack on poverty and
deprivation. This is a long-term
project, of course, but people
will be especially anxious for
concrete progress in the days
after a new administration takes
office. Assistance from the Core
Group can make an important
difference."
MINUSTAH has more than
7,660 uniformed personnel in
Haiti, including 6,263 troops
and 1,401 civilian police, sup-
ported by 423 international
civilian personnel, about 443
local civilian staff and 147 UN
Volunteers. Its mandate ranges
from ensuring a secure and sta-
ble environment to helping to
organize free and fair elections
to promoting human rights.
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Youngsters volunteer to help




clean beach for world event


,MORE than 250 local student
volunteers turned out to partic-
ip'"e.in the Ocean Conservan-
cyswentieth annual "Interna-
tioo'l Coastal Cleanup Day".
qsted by Dolphin Encoun-
ters Project BEACH as a
Beach Buddies Programme, the
evept attracted members of the
Cvernor General's Youth
AMy d chapters from CI Gib-
s9, .i;M Bailey, St Anne's, St
Aiugstine's, Temple Christian,
quen's College; St Augustine's
College, The College of The
Bahamas, Government High
Scquiol, St John's College,
Aquihas, Doris Johnson High
School, Mount Carmel, CC
Svpeting, Prince William, CV
Bftiel and the entire sixth grade
class of Yellow Elder Primary
Sdicool. The volunteers teamed
uaIat.JAWS Beach near Clifton
Pi to clear the coast of an
overwhelming amount of trash.
international Coastal Cleanup
D y (ICC) is the world's largest
oie-day volunteer event aimed
ate controlling pollution of the
nrine environment. Last year,
re than 300,000 people in 88
cCuntries took part, collecting
d bris from more than 11,000
mules of beaches, riverbanks,
adm lakefronts and collecting an


astonishing four million pounds
of trash, despite widespread
postponements along the East
Coast and Caribbean due to sev-
eral hurricanes.
The ICC started as a local
programme in Texas and grad-
ually expanded to include every
major body of water in the
world. As such, it not only
makes a powerful statement
about global concern for the
environment, it also empowers
local communities to do some-
thing about pollution.

Buddies

Originally inspired by the
ICC and designed with the
guidelines from the Ocean Con-
servancy, the Beach Buddies
Programme is offered year-
round by Dolphin Encounters-
Project BEACH as a marine
conservation field trip.
Student volunteers learned
that removing debris from
shorelines can prevent the
deaths of thousands of marine
animals, including seabirds,
whales, dolphins, sea turtles and
fish, which routinely ingest or
become entangled in the debris.
"This is such an important"


event for our youth to partici-
pate in," said Denise Mortimer,
the National Director of the
Governor General's Youth
Award Programme.
"Part of the responsibility of
being a member of the GGYA
is to keep the environment
clean. Young people take things
for granted. By seeing the
amount of debris out here today
and learning about the destruc-
tion it causes to our natural
resources, they learn the impor-
tance of keeping our environ-
ment clean."
Kazzie Burrows, 17, and
Codero McKenzie, 16, both of
Government High School
agreed.
"We should all keep the
beaches clean for all the kids
that come up after us so they
won't have dirty beaches. We
need to keep our beaches for
every generation."
"Tourism is our main indus-
try," adds McKenzie. "We don't
want tourists to come and see
dirty beaches, it gives the wrong
impression and tourism could
decline."
After hours cleaning the
beach, the youngsters sorted
their refuse by type and wrote
down their findings on detailed


data cards. The summary data
will be submitted to the Ocean
Conservancy to help them con-
tinue to track common types of
litter and try to prevent these
items from ending up on our
beaches in the future.

Litter

"Too many people just don't
realise that trash travels," said
Janeen Bullard, a member of
the Education Department at
Dolphin Encounters who
organised the JAWS Beach
clean up. "The garbage they
leave on a beach after having
a picnic, for example, or by
dumping cigarette butts there
- ends up polluting our waters
and killing or maiming many,
many animals."
Sixth graders of Yellow Elder
Primary School were also very
concerned about the trash they
found. Andrewnique Curry, 10,
said, "It is very important for
everyone to pick up trash and to
keep the ocean and beach clean,
because if they don't the fish
and other animals will die and
the beaches will look bad and
tourists will not come."
Portia Sweeting, Education


Officer for Primary Science at
the Ministry of Education
added: "It is important our chil-
dren learn about the necessity
of keeping our environment
clean at an early age. They learn
to see the bigger picture and to
become responsible and to
respect their natural resources.
"The amount of garbage on
some of our beaches is absolute-
ly astonishing," said Robeit
Meister, Managing Director of
Dolphin Encounters, who also
participated in the clean up.
"The kids did an amazing job
and we commend them for their
interest and great effort. Dol-
phin Encounters remains com-
mitted to offering programmes
that teach the importance of
keeping the marine environ-
ment clean and safe. We hope
that others will join us next year
for International Coastal Clean
Up Day and throughout the
year to keep our beautiful envi-
ronment clean."
To learn more visit
www.oceanconservancy.org.
For information on the many
outreach programmes offered
by Dolphin Encounters-Project
BEACH. call Annette Dempsey
at 394-2200 or visit www.dol-
phiriencutinters:com:.....


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marketing at the H. Wayne Huizenga
School of Business and Entrepreneurship,
will discuss how to embrace and implement
a value-based philosophy into your organi-
zation. In his presentation, The 10OKeysof
Customer Value, you can learn how to suc-
cessfully adapt your business practices to
become more customer-focused, and make
the customer an integral part of your organi-
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Tuesday, October 11, 2005
8:30 a.m.
British Colonial Hilton Hotel
Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

This Distinguished Speaker Series is offered FREE of charge as a public
service by the Huizenga School of Nova Southeastern University. Seating
is limited to those who RSVP by September 30.


Reserve your place today by
calling Laquel Miller at S NOVA
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Ministry Of Education
Bahamas Technical & Vocational Institute


NOTICE

TENDER FOR THE PROVISION OF

COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

1.0 The Ministry of Education invites sealed bids persons td tender for
provision of COMPUTER EQUIPMENT for BAHAMAS
TECHNICAL & VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE, Old Trail Road,
New Providence, Bahamas.

2.0 Interested Bidders may inspect/collect the bidding documents
from the Supplies Section of the BAHAMAS TECHNICAL &
VOCATIONAL INSTITUTE, Old Trail Road, New Providence,
Bahamas from Wednesday 7th September, 2005.

3.0 Bids must be in English and should be enclosed in a sealed envelope
bearing no identity of the bidder and endorsed with the subject
bided on (e.g. "Computer Equipment".)

..4.0 Bids must be deposited in the tender box provided at the address
shown below, on or before Friday 23rd September, 2005 by 4:30pm
(local time). Overseaas companies who may wish to tender can
submit their bid by mail. Late bids will be rejected and returned
unopened.

5.0 Bids will be opened at a public ceremony, in the presence of those
Bidders or their Representatives who choose to attend, at 10am
on Tuesday 27th September, 2005 at the address below.

The Chairman Tender
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield
SCable Beach
P.O. Box N-3017
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel: (242) 327-1530


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Sir Clement opening all part


CELEBRATING close to
three decades of quality cus-
tomer service training, Bahama-
host used the platform of
Bahamahost Week 2005 to get
Bahamians excited about the
course again.
Bahamahost is a general atti-
tude and service training pro-
gramme implemented through
the Ministry of Tourism-in 1978.
The week, which began on
September 11, opened with a
church service and included a
half day Bahamahost seminar,
an official proclamation read-
ing in Rawson Square, a clean
up of certain areas of New
Providence and distribution of
food items to the needy.
With over 23,000 graduates
working in all facets of tourism
in the Bahamas, there was much
to see at the Bahamahost exhi-
bition launched at the main post
office on East Hill Street on
Monday.


Founder of Bahamahost opens

exhibition about programme


Share
your
news
The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighbourhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
award.
If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.


* SIR Clement and Lady Maynard take in some of the history of Bahamahost, an attitude and ser-.
vice training programme he implemented as minister of tourism in the late 1970s. Also pictured is
Sammy Gardiner, senior director of education and training in the Ministry of Tourism.
(Photo: Derek Smith).


Members of the Bahamahost Week committee joined the team at Environmental Health Services
to provide Rawson Square with a little sprucing up Thursday morning.
(Photo: Martella Matthews).











TENDER MOTOR INSURANCE


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd. (BTC) is
pleased to invite Tenders to provide the Company with Motor
Insurance coverage.

Interested companies/firms may collect a Tender Specification
from BTC's Security's Desk located in its administrative building
on John F. Kennedy Drive, .between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and
5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Tenders must be submitted in sealed envelopes marked
"TENDER FOR MOTOR INSURANCE", and delivered on or
before 5:00 pm on Friday, September 30, 2005 to the attention
of:

Mr. Michael J. Symonette
President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
#21 John F. Kennedy Drive
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, The Bahamas


BTC reserves the right to reject any, or all Tenders.


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* THE Bahamahost Week committee members double-teamed litter on the island on Thursday.
Four members of the committee tackled the trash on Poinciana Drive working from the College of
the Bahamas campus to Blue Hill Road.
(Photo: Martella Matthews).


* FORMER minister of tourism and founder of Bahamahost Sir Clement Maynard with Lady
Maynard cut the ribbon, officially opening the month-long exhibition while Sammy Gardiner,
senior director of education arid training at the Ministry of Tourism, and others look on.
(Photor.Derek Smith)

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BEC workers'

action delays

repairs to

power outage

FROM page one
ply of electricity," said Mr Basden.
He said that management knows
of no issues being discussed by the
union that would warrant industrial
action.
"The normal dispute procedure was
not followed so industrial action, if
not illegal was premature," he said.
While Saturday's outage was not
island wide, many areas of the island
were left without power for as long as
two hours.
Mr Basden said that there were
smaller areas that needed more seri-
ous repairs and required that work
teams carry out those repairs.
The BEC manager said that
because of the industrial action the
teams refused to work and were slow
in making the repairs.
He would not say, however, what
kind of disciplinary action would be
taken against those persons who
refused to work. He said he would
address the issue at a press confer-
ence later today.
"I can say that we view this action
very seriously and hope that they
would realise that our duty is first to
the customer, but we are conducting a
review of the whole situation," he
said.


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that a BREA agent usu-,
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most serious purchasers
when they go to look at
homes for a potential
purchase.
But if you're planning
to list your home in the
upcoming months, here's
S'a sobferiig US statistic:
70 percent of purchasers
view and compare pic-
tures online before
deciding which homes
they would like to visit. I
am sure our local per-
centage is constantly
growing.
While they say one
shouldn't judge a book
by its cover, it's a sure
bet that those buyers are
doing just that.
So what can you do to
improve your chances of
being selected for a clos-
er look? Go out and
take a picture!


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siahmans rea
estate today


Now take an objective
look.
Are the shrubs neatly
manicured?
Is the lawn mowed and
are the edges trimmed?
Are there some eye-
catching landscape ele-
ments?
Is the exterior pres-
sure-washed, painted and
sparkling? Is the front
porch and entry inviting?
If you still have to
make some cosmetic
improvements once a
purchaser is already
inside your home, there
is always an opportunity
to offer an explanation
or to assuage concerns.


These days, however,
you may not ever get the,
chance if you don't offer'
stunning "curb appeal."
Before listing, have
your BREA agent per-;
form a "walk through":
and take photos of the*
exterior.
Follow suggestions for"
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Last in line of the



Inagua salt industry



pioneers dies at 94


THE last of the original New
England family that pioneered
the salt industry in Inagua in
the last century died in West-
on on Monday, September 5.
She was 94.
A memorial service.for
Louise Paine Erickson, daugh-
ter of John Bryant and Louise


Frazer Paine of Weston, Mass.,
will be held at St Mary's
Church, 260 Concord Street,
Newton Lower Falls at 2pm on
Saturday, September 24. A
reception will follow the ser-
vice.
Instead of flowers, the family
has asked friends to consider a


donation to a charity of their
choice or the relief effort in the
aftermath of Hurricane Katri-
na.
Weston, where Louise Erick-
son died peacefully two weeks
ago, was both her childhood
home and the home she shared
with her late husband, Bill (Ari-


* Louise Paine Erickson, pictured with her hsband Bill


och Wentworth Erickson, Jr.)
after 35 years of living and rais-
ing a family at Inagua.
Bill and Louise Erickson and
their two-year-old son, Wenty,
started life in Mathew Town,
Inagua, in 1936.
They joined Bill's younger
brother, Jim Erickson, who was
determined to restore Inagua's
salt industry, which had col-
lapsed after the First World
War. The brothers established
West India Chemicals Limit-
ed.
Talented in music, Louise,
began playing the piano at age
five and continued daily until


within a week of her death. She
studied at the Paris Conserva-
tory of Music, and became a
teacher to many and an accom-
panist at church, as well as play-
ing for the pleasure of family
and friends.
A committed Christian, she.
found her life renewed in mid-
dle years in the Evangelical
Church. Of a compassionate
nature, Louise helped with
school and library and gave
untold assistance within the
community. In retirement, new
and continued friendships with
all ages blossomed until her
death.


Predeceased by her husband
Bill and son Wenty (A. Went-
worth Erickson, III), she is sur-
vived by three children: Louise
Ulbrich of Maine, Lee Ingram
of Bellingham, WA, and Peter
Erickson of Seattle, WA.; six
grandchildren: Cecile Ulbrich
Tucker, Wilhemina Ulbrich,
Stede Ingram, Celise Ingram
and Alexander Erickson and
Eva Erickson, and two great-
grandchildren, Vakaris Arioch
Ingram and Amelia Kane
Tucker; also by her sister, Sal
Paine Forbes of Sheridan,
Wyoming and many nieces and
nephews.


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New baby

joy for

Freeport

couple

A SON was born to Leo,
wife of Mr Ricardo (Ricky)
Munnings of Freeport,
Grand Bahama at 4.31pm,
August 31, at Rand Memor-
ial Hospital, Freeport.
Dakota Wyatt Munnings,
who weighed 71bs 8ozs at
birth, is the first grandson
and fourth grandchild of
Ralph and Joan Munnings
of Freeport.


Rev. Dr. Stephen E. TIhompson
2004 -, Present


Rev. Dr. Garnet King, O.1BE.
1977 2004


Rev. Charles H. Thompson
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Jack Thompson
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Panel of Government Corporations Officials
Anthony Ferguson
Colina Financial Advisors
Don Cornish
Ministry of Tourism
Dale McHardy
Bahamas Development Bank
Michael Braynen
Director of Fisheries
Errol W. Berkeley
Inter-American Institute
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Lenora J. Black
Ministry of Education
Doug Shipman
Livingston Marshall, Ph D
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Queen's College holds activities fair


Queen's College High
School mounted their
annual Activities Fair on
September 16 when more
than 25 groups showcased
the various aspects of their
clubs.
High school students
were introduced to clubs
which included traditional
organizations such as Key
Club, Students' Christian
Movement, Computer Club
and ranged through Gov-
ernor General's Youth
Award, Students' Repre-
sentative Council, Band to
Chess Club, the Math Soci-
ety and the Anime Club.
Students expressed their
interesting many of these
and were able to sign up to
become members.
Six new clubs were
added, including, the
Needlework Club, Dance
and Aerobics and the Inter-
,A SENIOR student, Derreck Johnson, national People to People K SCIESKA Knowles, High School Librarian, talks with
joins the membership of the Queen's College Club, based in America. students about the newly launched High School Book Club. The Book
High School Student Credit Union, a popular Clubs will begin operating Club is one of six new organizations added to the
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PetroCaribe

unlikely

to lower

gas prices

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
ESSO Standard Oil's
country manager has told
The Tribune that Petro-
Caribe is unlikely to lower
gas prices at the pumps for
Bahamian consumers,
explaining that he under-
stood the potential agree-
ment with Venezuela to just
involve purchasing oil on
credit.
Troy Simms said it
"sounds more and more that
Venezuela is offering a
financing deal", adding that
the oil companies were con-
cerned about supply chain
reliability if the Bahamas
signed a bilateral agreement
with the Chavez agreement
to bring PetroCaribe into
effect.
Mr Simms said: "What I'm
hearing, and what I under-
stand, is it's primarily a
financing deal. We would
buy product from the
National Energy Agency at
what is referred to as market
price. I don's have any rea-
son to believe, from what
I've seen and heard, that
pump prices will be low-
ered.
"From what I've seen so
far, the Venezuelan offer
doesn't seem to decrease the
cost of fuel for the Bahamas
except in the financing.
"I don't think the Govern-
ment of the Bahamas wants
to get into subsidising the
pump price as you pay for it
elsewhere ., ..
Veneiez liitied, thrdugdih
its membership of the
Organisation of Petroleum
Exporting Countries (Opec),
to selling crude oil at the pre-
vailing global market price.
This is the stage in the oil
and petroleum supply chain
that is most volatile, and
what has ultimately caused
, gas prices in the Bahamas to
rise.
SEE page 4B

Colinalmperial
lines up a new
president
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
GREGORY Sweeting,
, British American Insurance
Company's former presi-
dent, is being lined up to
replace Guy Richard as
head of Colinalmperial
Insurance Company,
sources have informed The
Tribune.
Mr Sweeting, who was
one of the original 'Group
of 10' that opposed Colina
Insurance Company's merg-
er with Imperial Life, and
has been replaced at the
British American helm by
Chester Cooper, is under-
stood to be set to take over
from Mr Richard as presi-
dent later this year, possi-
bly in November when the
latter is due to leave. Mr
Richard has done nothing
wrong.
The timing of the move is
surprising, since Colinalm-
perial and its parent, Colina
Holdings (Bahamas), are.
undergoing a regulatory
review being performed by
KPMG at the behest of the
financial services regulators,
who are headed by the
Securities Commission.
Meanwhile, sources have
SEE page 4B


Bahamas loses 30%


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Edito
THE Bahamas' share of t
to five-night cruises in t
Caribbean declined by 30 r
cent in the eight years to 200:
confidential report for the M
istry of Tourism reveals, ra
ing further questions abo
whether this nation's touri
sector is growing and rema
competitive.
The document, prepared
March 2004 by the Florid
based Management Resour
Group (MRG), reported th
the Bahamas' share of all ti
and five-night cruises in t
Caribbean had fallen from
per cent in 1995 to 46 per cc
in 2003. It attributed this dr
largely to the attractiveness a
growth in capacity of Cozum
particularly from Gulf Co:
home ports such as Houston
The report on Cruise Touri
Policies was intended to he
shape a consensus in the G(
ernment and private sector
to how the Bahamas shoi
maximise the economic bem
fits from the cruise ship ind
try, particularly since the Cru
Overnight Incentive A
expired at the end of 2003.
However, nothing h
changed since the date t
report was drafted, and t
Bahamas is still operating wi
out a formalised incentive pi
gramme for the cruise sh
industry. It is understoo.L til
rather than use legislatio
many in *: ; private sector wi
the incentive programme


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Robin Hood

up for sale?

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FREEPORT Concrete's
chief executive was tight-lipped
on Friday when The Tribune
contacted him about reports
that the BISX-listed company
was in discussions that could
result in the sale of its Robin
Hood retail format.
Ray Simpson said: "I've got
no comment at this stage",
when asked whether Freeport
Concrete was looking to sell the
business to a buyer linked to
the executive who currently
runs Robin Hood, Brooklyn-
born Aiiierican, Sandy Schae-
fer.
Mr Schaefer was part of the
group who initially brought
Robin Hood to the Bahamas,
and stayed on in the post of
vice-president to manage day-
to-day operations after Freeport
Concrete bought a 62.5 per cent
stake in the business for
$500,000 back in February 2002.
Mr Schaefer has an agree-
ment with Freeport Concrete
that sees him earn a commis-
sion of between 1.5 to 3 per cent
of gross sales per annum that
are made by Robin Hood. In
2004, this was $231,489.
Mr Simpson's remark indi-
cates that while a deal may be
on the table, it has not been
sealed.
Several sources expressed
surprise to The Tribune that the
retail format might be on the
market, given that it was a
prime driver of Freeport Con-
crete's revenues. Increased sales
at Robin Hood pushed
Freeport Concrete's sales to just

SEE page 6B


take the form of an agreement.
The MRG report illustrates
that despite growth in raw num-
bers, in terms of cruise passen-
ger arrival figures, the Bahamas
is not deriving the maximum
possible economic benefits from
the cruise ship industry, with
the lines increasingly using pri-
vate islands, and other
Caribbean ports.
The report said: "Since the
passage of cruise incentive leg-
islation [in 1995], the capacity
for three and four night cruises
to the Bahamas has changed
very little, rising from about
840,000 passengers to about
880,000 passengers (a 5 per cent
increase).
"During the same period, the
capacity of all two to five night
cruises to the Bahamas and the
Caribbean rose by 57 per cent
from 1.1 million to 1.7 million
passengers."
The MRG report acknowl-
edged that total cruise visitors to
the Bahamas had risen from 1.7
million to three million between
1995, aji 20Q0,, largely due to
"strength" in the three-night
cruise business and the private
islands on seven-day and longer


cruises.
Private islands such as Coco
Cay in the Berry Islands and
Half Moon Cay near Cat Island
have become increasingly
attractive for the cruise ship
industry, but tlhir use has


reduce the 'trickle down' of
incojine into the Bahamian
economy and workers' hands,
especially if ships do not also
call 'in Nassau of Grand
Bahaina.,
The MRG report said, in ref-


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FATF to end monitoring

of Bahamas in October

* By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter_
THE Financial Action Task Force (FATF) is
expected to remove the Bahamas from the list of
countries is is continuing to monitor at its!Octo-
ber meeting in Paris, Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
the minister of financial services and investments
said.
The Bahamas'was first 'blacklisted' bly the
FATF in 2000 over concerns that this nation was
'non-cooperative' in the global fight against mon-
ey laundering, and did not respond to reque sts for
information from regulatory counterparts either
in q timely matteib.oat all;. -, ...
The Bahamas'removal from the FATF's mon-
SEE page 6B


erence to private islands that
"Bahamian businesses derive
little or no revenue from them"
and that they "produce limited
economic benefits for Bahami-
SEE page 7B


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minister of financial services and investments


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DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter
THE Bahamas Bar Associa-
tion has been called to task for
failing to provide adequate


expertise for the financial seir-
vices industry, and its attempt
to stymie changes to the
nation's immigration policy on
permitting foreign lawyers to
work in the Bahamas.
Michael Paton, a partner
with the Lennox Paton law


firm, estimated that there were
between 12 and 15 lawyers that
did significant business in the
financial services industry.
Domestic
He said a strong domestic


market, which covered areas
such as real estate and litiga-
tion, meant that Bahamian
lawyers did not have to turn to
the financial services sector for
business.
In the Cayman Islands, how-
ever, most attorneys and law
firms were connected to the
industry. Mr Paton added that
the Bar Association did not
want to open up the profession
to allow foreign attorneys in.
When he first began practis-
ing law, Mr Paton said he and
his father focused on the finan-
cial services sector because the
market for real estate and oth-
er legal business was crowded,
leaving financial services wide
open.
He added that a growing
trend of consolidation will
mean that the Bahamas must
consider the question of how
to remain viable as a financial
services centre.
Mr Paton was part of a pan-
el discussion held during the
Ernst & Young third annual
Investment Fund Symposium.
Other panellists included
David Thain, managing direc-
tor of Arner Bank & Trust
(Bahamas); Hillary Deveaux,
acting executive director of the
Securities Commission of the
Bahamas; and Michelle
Thompson, a partner with
Ernst & Young.
Addressing the issue of the
European Union (EU) Savings
Tax Directive, Mr Thain said
are questioning its impact on
their investments in the
Bahamas. He said that already,
his bank had lost three invest-
ment funds as a result of clients
being worried about the impact
on their investment.
Directive
Mr Deveaux said eight funds
have left the jurisdiction
because of issues relating to the
EU Savings Tax Directive. He
said also that the directive may
become a question of choice,
the Bahamas' willingness to
give up one thing to keep
another.
Ultimately, however, he said
it was a policy decision for the
Government.


Earlier, Allyson Maynard-
Gibson, minister of financial
services and investments, said
the Government was looking
at the issues surrounding the
Directive with experts it has
retained.
Meanwhile, Mr Thain exam-
ined the importance of brand
recognition to institutions in
the industry. He said the addi-
tion of more brand-named ser-
vice providers would be a good
thing for the Bahamas, allow-
ing it to better compete for
international clients.
Providers
The difficult question, how-
ever, was how to go about get-
ting those,service providers
into the jurisdiction, and what
the Bahamas can offer that is
not currently being served by
existing jurisdictions.
Mr Thain said the calibre of
fund administrators in the
Bahamas was just as good as
elsewhere, but without regis-
tered brand names it had
become difficult to attract the
broadest possible base of
clients.
He added, however, that the
cost of doing business "per
head" was likely higher in the
Cayman Islands, where a sig-
nificant number of industry
participants were foreigners
and required expensive work
permits.
Mr Thain said that although
the Cayman Islands had signif-
icantly more investment funds
than the Bahamas, that posi-
tion was not necessarily a neg-
ative if the Bahamas could
position itself to serve as
administrator for those funds.
Mr Deveaux added that
there were more investment


THE he hotel union has
filed an application with the
Department of Labour to be
recognised as the bargaining
agent and representative for
workers at downtown Nassau's
Hard Rock Cafe.
The Bahamas Hotel, Cater-
ing and Allied Workers Union
(BHCAWU) said in a state-
ment that it had filed an appli-
cation for bargaining rights sta-
tus on September 12.
Unionising
Pat Bain, the union's presi-
dent, claimed management at
Hard Rock Cafe, which is
located on Charlotte and Bay
Streets, had tried to discour-
age employees from unionis-
ing.
Mr Bain said: "These are


fund administrators in the
Bahamas than the Cayman
Islands, adding that Govern-
ment policy decisions will guide
the market's growth going for-
ward.
As the Bahamas looks to cre-
ate a number of products that
will help secure its position, Mr
Thain said he has seen already
some interest from clients in
the SMART Fund.
Touching on the SMART
Fund, Mr Paton agreed that it
was a product that could raise
the profile of the Bahamas.
Looking at other means of pro-
moting the industry, he said
there was a role to play in
encouraging mutual recogni-
tion and respect from external
regulators.
Mr Deveaux said jurisdic-
tions place an emphasis on
exchange of information, and
that an ongoing concern is the
Bahamas being on the Finan-
cial Action Task Force's
(FATF) list of countries that
are monitored because they
have failed to respond to
requests for information in a
timely manner, or at all.
Regime
Meanwhile, Mr Deveaux
criticised industry participants
for their lack of understanding
of the jurisdiction's regularly
regime, specifically regulations
and requirements that affect
licencees of the Securities
Commission.
He said that applicants to the
Securities Commission often;
submit incomplete applications.
He told participants that
there have been a number of
cases where fraudulent docu-,
ments were submitted to the
Commission.


times when the average work-
er of this country is facing seri-
ous challenges in the work-
place.
Respect
"We are in an age now
where we must respect the.
individual rights of others and'
there are legitimate processes
in place by the Department of
Labour to oversee fair play
and due process.
"Once this course of action,
is taken and the workers at,
Hard Rock Cafe have their say
regarding the hotel union as
their official bargaining agents,"
the union would be satisfied,
and respect the outcome."
The BHCAWU represents
about 7,000 Bahamian employ-
ees.


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INSTALLATION OF TWO (2) YOUNG MODEL HC-1066-
V400T40 RADIATORS & RELATED
CIVIL/MECHANICAL/ELECTRICAL WORKS AT THE
BAILEY TOWN, BIMINI, BAHAMAS POWER STATION

TENDER No. 585/05

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible
bidders for the installation of two (2) Young model HC-1066-V400T40
radiators and related civil/mechanical/electrical works at the power
station located at BAILEY TOWN, BIMINI, BAHAMAS.

Interested persons may collect the tender documents from the
Administration Office, Blue Hill & Tucker Roads, by contacting:-

Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 28 September 2005 by
4:00p.m. and addressed as follows:

The General Manager
Bahamas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymoutr

Marked: Tender No. 585/05

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52wk-Hi 2wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.10, 0.80 Abaco Markets 0.80 0.80 0.00 -0.207 0.000 NIM 0.00%
10.00 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.00 10.00 0.00 1.452 0.340 6.9 3.40%
6.90 5 55 Bank of Bahamas 6.88 6.88 0.00 0.561 0.330 12.3 4.80%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 080 0.80 0.00 0.204 0.010 3.9 1.25%
1.80 1.40 Bahamas Waste 1.40 140 0.00 0.1.26 0.060 11.1 429%
1.15 0.87. Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 0.066 0.030 16.7 2.73%
8.86 6.90 Cable Bahamas 8.81 8.86 0.05 1,000 0.618 0.240 14.3 2.71%
2.20 1.69 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 0.004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 6.75 Commonwealth Bank 9.09 9.09 0.00 0.705 0.410 12.9 4.51%
2.50 0.67 Doctor's Hospital 2.40 2,40 0.00 0.429 0.000 5 6 .0 00%
.20 3.85 Famguard 4.20 4.20 0.00 0.428 0.240 9.8 5.71%
10.70 9.25 Finco 10.70 10.70 0.00 1,500 0.695 0.510 15.4 4.77%
9.50 6.99 FirstCaribbean 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.695 0.380 13.7 4.00%
9.21 8.31 Focol 9.21 9.21 0.00 0.675 0.500 13.6 5.43%
1.99 1.27 Freeport Concrete 1.15 115 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilties 9.90 9.90 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.8 4.09%
8.50 8,20 J. S Johnson 8.50 8.50 0.00 400 0.526 0.560 16.2 6.59%
8.69 4.36 Kerzner International BDRa 5.76 5.76 0.00 0.122 0.000 47.2 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52wk-Hi 62wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price Weeookly 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 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colina Over-The-Counter Securities
4300. 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.60 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.33 13.33 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX Listed Mutual Funds
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name NAVY YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2521 1.1846 Colina Money Market Fund 1.252089*
2.4169 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4169 **
105576 10 0000 Fidel'iy Prime Income Fund 10.5576**-
2.2560 2.1491 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.255981"
1.1273 1.0576 Colina Bond Fund 1.127305*".
FINDEX: CLOSE 435.630 /YTD 1,321% / 2003 14.88%
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 YIELD last 12 mrionth dividends divided by closing price
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 week Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit)
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $S- Selling price of Colina and fidelity
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to daw EPS $I- A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mrths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per shard paid in the last 12 month, NIM Not Meaningfu!
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 10(
" AS AT AUG. 31, 2005/ AS AT JUL 31, 2005
* AS AT SEPT. 9, 20051/* -AS AT AUG. 31, 20051 *"".* AS AT AUG. 31, 200t
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 I FIDELITY 242-366-7r764


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* By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business
Reporter

RAPID growth in the Cay-
man Islands hedge fund sector
has created opportunities that
Bahamas-based fund adminis-
trators and other financial ser-
vices professionals can capi-
talise on.
Mike Mannisto, a partner
with Ernst and Young's Cay-
man Islands office, and head
of its Business Risk Services
(BRS) and Technology and
Security Risk Services (SRS)
divisions, said Cayman-domi-
ciled investment funds were
only required to have local
auditors. This had left the door
open for funds registered in
Cayman to be overseen by
Bahamas-based fund adminis-
trators.
The growth in the Cayman
Islands' hedge and investment
fund sectors had also created
an opportunity for Bahamians
to provide independent direc-
tor services for these funds.

Changing

Mr Mannisto said the role of
the independent director was
.changing, as directors held
more liability and were being
called on to take a more active
role in reviewing fund activi-
ties.
Fees for independent direc-
tors had increased significantly,
as hedge funds and other finan-
cial services entities sought
greater accountability from


their directors. Directors' fees
have grown from $5,000 to
$20,000 per annum, and now
to $40,000 and even higher.

Boasted

The Cayman Islands boasted
some 6,500 hedge funds as at
June 30, 2005, and eight out of
10 of the world's new hedge
funds are being domiciled in
that nation. Some 1,100 were
set up in 2004.
New fund domiciled in the
Cayman Islands increased by
21 per cent in the six months
ended June 2005, when com-
pared to the same period in
2004.
Also, analysts estimate that
between 50 and 75 per cent of
the world's hedge funds are
based in the Cayman Islands.
Markets that the Cayman
Islands financial services sec-
tor has been able to tap into
are Asia and Japan. The Asian
presence in the Cayman Islands
has increased by 150 per cent
between 2004 and 2005, and
has been a major driver of
hedge fund growth in that juris-
diction. Mr Mannisto said
Asian clients are primarily
using the Cayman Islands as a
conduit to invest in the US
debt and equity markets.
As the Bahamas looks to
grow its own investment funds
sector, he added that it may be
necessary to follow some of the
examples and trends already
defined by the Cayman Islands.
The implementation of effec-
tive regulation, and an empha-
sis on forecasting relevant


issues, had allowed the Cay-
man Islands to be proactive.
Another factor that has con-
tributed to its success, and
allows it to remain on top, is
that Cayman boasts a world-
class body of service providers
supported by an efficient, sec-
tor-friendly immigration policy.
Companies submit a business
plan that outlines their person-
nel needs, including a docu-
ment showing how Caymani-
ans will ultimately take the
place of expatriates being
brought in. Of the 40,000 resi-
dents of Cayman, about half -
some 20,000 are work per-
mit holders, with 8,000 to
10,000 of those individuals in
the financial services sector.

Expertise

The presence of globally-
recognised fund administrators,
law and auditing firms, which
provide the expertise required
to conduct business in offshore
jurisdictions; has also con-
tributed to the success enjoyed
by Cayman.
The Cayman Islands Mone-
tary Authority (CIMA), the
sector regulator, has also
worked to build the industry
by having an aggressive pro-
gramme that includes travel-
ling to target markets to meet
with sector regulators, finan-
cial institutions, intermediaries
and clients.
The Cayman government
and the island's private sector
financial institutions were said
to have a close relationship,
created in an effort to provide


wise stewardship for the finan-
cial industry.
Mr Mannisto said that over-
sight and regulations, while
adequate, are not onerous or
punitive.


The absence of exchange
controls also contribute to the
attractiveness of the Cayman
Islands.
Mr Mannisto said there were
no restrictions imposed by the


Cayman government on the
amount of foreign currency
that can be bought by nationals
or the amount of domestic cur-
rency available to non-nation-
als.


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beliefs hurt Bahamas

m By YOLANDA
DELEVEAUX
Senior Business,
Reporter


THE Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry is being harmed
by outdated views held by for-
eign regulators, Wendy War-
ren, executive director and
chief executive of the Bahamas
Financial Services Board
(BFSB), said.
Ms Warren said the question
for external regulators seems
always to be: "Can an inde-
pendent country provide the
same level of service that is
capable of complementing
those offered by their home
jurisdiction".

Critical

Addressing the Ernst &
Young third annual Investment
Fund Symposium, Ms Warren
said relationship, reputation
and results were the three crit-
ical areas the Bahamas must
examine if it is to achieve con-
tinued growth and develop-
ment.
She said relationships needed
to be developed over time with
key entities that have contacts
with potential clients in the
Bahamas' target market.
It is this relationship that will
give Bahamas-based financial
services, businesses access to
clients, and cause these people
to consider the offer being put
forward. The intermediary,
client advisor, or auditor of an
existing client may also be the
advisor or auditor of a sought-
after client.
Ms Warren said that if
Bahamians had limited visibil-
ity when key clients were avail-
able, it could result in a lost
opportunity. Therefore, it was
essential that stakeholders in
the financial services industry
continually built partnerships.
The Bahamas' reputation,
MS Warren added, would con-
tinpally be a factor. Clients had
to have a level of trust in the
jurisdiction they were 'doing
business in, and in the service
provider that they had selected


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Ms Warren said that where
the Bahamas was not the first,
or a default selection of the
client, regulatory recognition
was key. "Our reputation
determines how many deals we
seal," she added.
In licensing funds, the clien-
t's I evel of confidence in the
legal system of the Bahamas
wa;' key.
If the Bahamas was able to
est ablish an International Arbi-
tr, ition Centre, it could solidify
its position in the funds sector.
Th.e Bahamas is recognised for
having greater compliance with
the Basle Accord and Interna-
tiornal Organisation of Securi-
ties Commission (IOSCO).

Challenges

MTIs Warren said the
Bah amas remained committed
to ili:s private and institutional
clients. With no easy answers to
how the nation will address the
issues that negatively impact
its perception in the interna-
tion al marketplace, many chal-
lenges remain for the private
and public sector to tackle. She
noted that there was no one
single thing that can be done
to change the industry over
night.


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Responsibilities:
To manage and develop a professional and fully integrated client/practice facing country Sourcing Team
To assist in the development and maintenance of close working relationships between the Sourcing Team and the
Strategic Business Units
To implement processes for the selection, appraisal and management of suppliers
To ensure compliance with Sourcing and Supply Management's policies and procedures so that commercial, financial
and service delivery risks are mitigated wherever possible
To initiate, approve and administer local supply and service contracts
Prerequisites:
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client-facing practice
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PetroCaribe


unlikely


to

FROM page one
Once the oil is landed in the
Bahamas, everything is price con-
trolled by the Government. It
takes $1.06 per gallon in duty,
plus levies 7 per cent stamp tax on
the cost of imported fuel (CIF).
The Government also sets the
$0.33 and $0.44 wholesale and
retail margins respectively, so the
administration could gut gas
prices instantly if it cut these or its
own taxes. However, the latter


lower gas


move would risk internal conflict
because the taxes have already
been budgeted for by the Min-
istry of Finance.
Because Venezuela is tied to
selling crude oil at global market
prices, Mr Simms told The Tri-
bune that he felt the "savings will
be small, if anything" if the
Bahamas signed on to Petro-
Caribe.
The Esso country manager said
the Government and its Petrole-
um Usage Review Committee
had indicated they believed


PetroCaribe would deliver cheap-
er freight costs, due to Venezue-
la's commitment to charge for this
at "cost price". Mr Simms,
though, said he was "not sure
what that means".
"We're very concerned about
reliability of supply," he added
of PetroCaribe. Preliminary dis-
cussions with the Review Com-
mittee had indicated that the
three oil companies Esso, Shell
and Texaco would not be tied to
purchasing oil and related prod-
ucts through a National Energy


Agency, and they could still
source through their own supply
chains.
Mr Simms said that ultimately,
the Government would have to
make a decision on whether it
wanted to trade-off savings that
were likely to be small against
what he felt was the greater risk
of supply chain disruption if it
signed up to PetroCaribe.
"We want to work with the
Government and the committee
to make sure they see the full pic-
ture," Mr Simms said. "We're still
pretty early in the game."
The oil industry's request to
have one of its executives
appointed to the Review Com-
mittee had been refused, but Mr
Simms had already had one inter-
view with the group and was set
to have further meetings. He had
been asked questions about tank-
age and other details on the oil
industry supply chain in his first
encounter.
"Basically, what they are telling
me, and it seems what they're say-
ing in the press, is that they
haven't decided about Petro-
Caribe yet and want to get infor-


prices


mation to make a recommenda-
tion to the Prime Minister's
Office," Mr Simms said.
While the Review Committee
appeared to be going through the
fact finding process, the Esso
country manager said some com-
ments in the media made by its
members indicated that they had
possibly already made up their
minds.
However, Mr Simms said that
it made "quite a bit of sense" for
the Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration (BEC) to purchase fuel
under PetroCaribe, since it was
such a large bulk purchaser, buy-
ing around $120 million per year.
He added that BEC could use
the up-front savings from pur-
chasing oil on credit to enhance
energy efficiencies and savings,
as well as passing this on to busi-
ness and residential consumers
through lower surcharges.
"There may be some unique
benefits to BEC which would
help," Mr Simms said. The
Review Committee is also under-
stood to have recognised the need
to look for energy alternatives.
The Esso executive said global


oil prices were being driven by,
demand, which was rising faster
than supply. Global refining
capacity was also limited, with
Hurricane Katrina having dam-
aged many Gulf Coast refineries
and offshore rigs, while British
Petroleum's (BP) Texas refinery
had been shut down earlier this
year.
Costs and the difficulties in
obtaining permits were also con-
straining the ability to build new
refineries.
If the Government does sign
up to PetroCaribe, it will not be
eliminating the so-called offshore
middleman used by the oil com-
panies, but instead replacing them
with its own National Energy
Agency. It is questionable
whether any cost savings will
result, especially given govern-
ment's track record in business.
And due to oil's volatility, and
. the likelihood prices will continue.
to go up, any immediate savings
from PetroCaribe could be off-
set by the increased future price
and rising debt loads from previ-
ous credit purchases.


ColinaIperial


FROM page one
also informed The Tribune that
Colinalmperial Instirance Com-
pany is planning to consolidate
operations at two locations by
the end of January 2006 the
former Imperial Life head-
quarters at 21 Collins Avenue


and an office at 308 East Bay,
Street.
The former would be home
to Colinalmperial's agent force,
which the company wants to
reduce to 90, information tech-
nology (IT) and customer ser-
vice departments.
The new 308 Easy Bay Street
building, which is presently


GN-261

GOVERNMENT NOTICE

MINISTRY OF HEALTH
DEPARTMENTOF ENVIRONMENTAL
HEALTH SERVICES

MOSQUITO CONTROL ACT

NEW PROVIDENCE & FAMILY ISLANDS

The Department of Environmental Health Services wishes to inform the
public that during the rainy season there will be an increase in mosquito
populations. In order to effectively address this increase the department has
intensified its control program, however, no "fogging" activities will take
place on days when weather conditions (i.e. rain, wind) are not favourable.
Control activities for mosquito larvae will be sustained as they are not
dependent upon weather conditions.

The public is requested to assist the Department of Environmental Health
Services in its control measures by ensuring that premises are kept free of
any.containers which may accumulate water. Containers which are present
should be covered or turned face down. Water for pets should be regularly
changed. These measures will prevent mosquitoes from breeding and thus
decrease the population.


KIRK FREEPORT PLAZA LIMITED
PO Box 893 GT, Cardinal Avenue, Grand Cayman, British West Indies
Phone: (345) 949 7477 Fax: (345) 949 8124 Email: kirkfree@candw.ky


Kirk Freeport is a leading duty free luxury retailer in the 'ayman Islands, carrying
all the top Watch & Jewellery brands. We are currently looking for experienced
Jewellery Sales Associates who are interested in v forking in the Cayman Islands,
and would like to be considered for the following position.


JEWELLERY SALES ASSOCIATES

Ideal Applicants:

* 2 years previous experience in fine jewellery & 'watch sales required
* Graduate Gemologist preferred
* Must be well groomed, reliable and able to worrk on own initiative
* Must have a pleasant, outgoing personality with good communication skills
* Must be self-motivated and committed to providing first class customer service
* Must be trustworthy and dependable
* Must be willing to work flexible hours, including weekends and Bank Holidays:
when necessary.

We offer an attractive employee package for this; position including:

* Tax free commission based salary, with earnings potential up to US$70,000
* Medical Insurance and Pension Scheme
* Staff Discount Scheme

Please fax resume and two references to
Personnel Manager at fax # (345) 949 8124
or email to Icw@kirkfreeport.net


unoccupied, would contain the
group business and claims
department; risk management;
management; mortgages;
accounting; human resources
and the underwriting depart-
ment.
Sources said No. 308 East
Bay Street is owned by a coin-
pany called Bayview House; in
which Emanuel Alexiou, Colinia
Holdings (Bahamas) chairman,
is said to hold a 55 per cent
stake. Although there is nothing
wrong with related party trans-,
actions such as this in and: of
themselves, and there is nothing
to suggest anything is amiss:
here, concerns on disclosure of
related party dealings is what
caused Colina Holdings;;
(Bahamas) 2004 annual audit,
to be qualified by the auditors,
In an e-mail to staff, Glen
Ritchie, Colinalmperial's vice-
president of operations, con-
firmed The Tribune's exclusive,
story that the company was
seeking to raise almost $16 mil-
lion by selling its former No.12
Village Road headquarters, the
former Canada Life building on
Rosetta Street in Palmdale, and
its branch office at No.56
Collins Avenue.
Mr Ritchie said the consoli-
dation into the two new prop-
erties would enhance Coli-
nalmperial's "financial and
operational" efficiency, as the
current set up had led to "dis-
persed" departments.
In addition, there were ongo-
ing maintenance costs associat-
ed with the current property
portfolio.


PUBLIC NOTICE

The public is hereby notified that, with effect
from Monday 19th September, 2005 the Central
Bank of The Bahamas will relocate its Freeport
Office from its present location in the Regent
Centre West, Explorer's Way to Office No. 5,
Second Floor, First Commercial Centre
Building, East Mall Drive.
All existing telephone and fax numbers
will remain unchanged. These are as follows:


Telephone: (242) 352-5963


Fax: (242) 352-5397


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employees) how to organize and manage their accounting activities using QuickBooks Pro software. Students will
learn how to set-up their company files, chart of accounts, budget, customers, vendors and employees.
:'Pre-requisite:None Begins:Tuesday, 27 September 2005 Time:6:00pm 9:00pm
Duration: 6 weeks Venue: CEES Computer Lab Fees: $330.00
WEBPAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP
Course Description: This course targets persons who would like to create their personal webpages and will cover
Web page creation, Web site management, and HTML. Specific topics will include Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia,
Forms and Tables and hosting of web pages.
Pre-requisite: Participants must be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of word-processing
Begins:6 & 7 October, 2005 Time:9:30am-4:30pm Duration:2 days
.Venue: CEES Computer Lab Fees: $550.00

COMPUTER WORKSHOP

SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE
'This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of superior customer service.
"It focuses on customer value, retention and relationship building and employee motivation.
"Date: 13 October 2005 Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
fVenue: Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre Tuition:$170.00
-EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
o,This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint.
'it focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.
Date: 13 October 2005 Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road Tuition: $160.00
S:-WEB PAGE DESIGN
,;This course will cover Web Page Creation, Web Site Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy fiddling with
..computers and would like to create their own web pages are encouraged to attend. Specific topics will include
i Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of web pages.
"Date: Thursday, 6th & Friday 7th October, 2005 Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
"Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road Tuition: $550.00
.HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT WORKSHOP
S,,This two-day workshop is designed to equip managers and leaders in organizations and enhance the skills of current
IHumadi Resource professionals with the theory, tools apd techniques required for effective human resource
I r m e practices In tpcay's workplace. .-. ...... . -. ...... ;'.. .
SDat s', 6t i & 'Frii'7th O tober, 2005 Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
iVehue 'Choices Restad'rart; Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre Tuition: $350.00
.................................................................................................................................................................................................

HEALTH AND FITNESS COURSE OFFERINGS
/MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I
This is an introductory course for learning basic techniques of massage therapy and its many benefits. Major topic
areas will include Massage Theory, Manipulations and Techniques, Wellness Education (Psychological and Physiological
1Benefits), Indications and Contraindications, Serving Special Populations and Complementary Bodywork Systems
ito include Aromatherapy Essentials.
,Starting:Thursday, September 29, 2005 6:00-9:00pm Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee: $465.00 Venue: The College of the Bahamas
"MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS II
This is an advance course for learning techniques of massage therapy and its many benefits. Major topics include
introduction to hydrotherapy; spa and body treatments; the basic facial; aromatherapy-fundamentals or essential
r'dils; relaxation and meditative methods; and hot stone therapy.
Starting: Monday, September 26, 2005 6:00-9:00pm Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee:$620.00 Venue: The College of the Bahamas
;.GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR
This is an introductory course in teaching group fitness instruction. Major topics of discussion will include basic
anatomy and physiology; choreography and cueing; the five components of fitness, nutrition, basic exercise testing
; and how to teach group exercise.
.Starting: Thursday, September 29, 2005 6:00-9:00pm Duration: 10 Weeks
(,Tuition Fee:$400.00 Venue: TBA


TRANSFER OF COB ACADEMIC UPGRADING COURSES
FROM FACILITIES AT
C.C. SWEETING JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL


Please note new class locations listed below:


COURSE SEC TIME DAY/S ROOMS NEW ROOMS
(Originally
Assigned)

'MATH 046 3C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 27 BTTC -11
MATH 047 3C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 28 BTTC-12
MATH 046 2C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 29 BLVD -4C
MATH 048 4C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 30 Monday--BLVD 2A
Wednesday--BLVD LT -A
MATH 048 2C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 31 CCS Sr. Block i
MATH 047 2C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 32 T-29
MATH 048 3C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 33 CCS Sr. Block i
MATH 046 1C 6:00-7:50 PM MW CCS 34 CCS Sr. Block i

ENG 015 1C 6_Q:00-7:50 PM TR CCS-27 BTT -4
ENG 017 4C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS 28 BTTC -8
ENG 015 2C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS 29 BTTC -LT
ENG 017 5C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS 30 Tuesday-BTTC -3
Thursday-BTTC- 2
ENG 017 2C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS 31 CCS Sr. Block i
ENG 017 1C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS 32 CCS Sr. Block i
ENG 017 3C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS -33 Tuesdavy--GSR -1C -BLVD
Thursday--GSR -1 B BLVD
ENG 016 1C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS -34 CCS Sr. Block i
ENG 016 2C 6:00-7:50 PM TR CCS 37 GSR-1C- BLVD

BTTC Bahamas Tourism Training Centre
BLVD Boulevard Building
T Technology Block


COURSE NO. SECT' COURSE DESCRIPTION


ACCOUNTING
ACCA900 01
ACCA901 01
ACCA902 01
BUSINESS
BUSI900 01
CUST900 01

COMPUTER
COMP901 01
COMP901 02
COMP902 01
COMP903 01.
COMP 941 01
COMP953 01
COMP960 01
COMP930 01
COSMETOLOGY
COSM802 01
COSM804 01
COSM807 01
DECORATING
DECO800 01
DECO801 01
FLOR800 01
FLOR801 01
FLOR802 01
ENGLISH
ENG 900 01
ESL 900 01


ACCA FOR BEGINNERS I
ACCA FOR BEGINNERS II
ACCA FOR BEGINNERS III

CREDIT & COLLECTIONS I
SUPERIOR CUSTOMER
SERVICE W/S

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I
COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II
INFORMATION TECH. I
QUICKBOOKS
PC UPGRADE AND REPAIR
MS POWERPOINT W/S
WEB PAGE DESIGN W/S

MAKE-UP APPLICATION
MANICURE & PEDICURE
NAIL ART TECHNICIAN

INTERIOR DECORATING I
INTERIOR DECORATING II
FLORAL DESIGN I
FLORAL DESIGN II
FLORAL DESIGN Ill


EFFECTIVE WRITING SKILLS
ENGLISH AS ASECOND LANG.


HEALTH AND FITNESS
MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY
ESSENTIALS I
MASG901 01 MASSAGE THERAPY
ESSENTIALS II
HLTH 800 01 GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR


LANGUAGES
CRE 900
CRE 901
SPA 900
SPA 901
FRE 900
MANAGEMENT
MGMT900
MGMT901
MGMT902
MEDICAL
MEDT900
SEWING
SEW 800
SEW 802
SEW 805
SEW 811


01 CONVERSATIONAL CREOLE I
01 CONVERSATIONAL CREOLE II
01 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH I
01 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH II
01 CONVERSATIONAL FRENCH I

01 HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT. I
01 HUMAN RESOURCE MGMT. II
01 HUMAN RESOURCE
MANAGEMENT W/S
01 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY I

01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING
01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING II
01 DRAPERY MAKING I
01 UPHOLSTERY MAKING I


6:00-8:00PM
6:00-8:OOPM
6:00-8:OOPM


DAY START DUR. FEE


Mon/Wed
Mon/Wed
Tue/Thur


26 Sep
26 Sep
27 Sep


10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks


6:00-9:00PM Tue 27 Sep 8 weeks $225
9:30AM-4:30PM Thur 13 Oct 1 day $170


6:00-9:00PM
10AM-1:OOPM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-7:30PM
9:30AM-4:30PM
9:30am-4:30PM

6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM

6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM


6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM

6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM

6:00-7:30PM
6:00-7:30PM
6:00-7:30PM
6:00-7:30PM
6:00-7:30PM

6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM


Mon
Sat
Thur
Wed
Tue
Tue
Thur
Thur/Fri

Mon
Tue
Mon/Thur


26 Sep
24 Sep
29 Sep
28 Sep
27 Sep
27 Sep
13 Oct
6 & 7 Oct

3 Oct
4 Oct
26 Sep


12 weeks
12 weeks
12 weeks
12 weeks
6 weeks
12 weeks
1 day
2 days

8 weeks
8 weeks
6 weeks

8 weeks
8 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks


$450
$450
$550
$450
$330
$500
$160
$500

$225
$225
$500


40ct 8 weeks $225
30Oct 10 weeks- $250


Thur 29 Sep
Mon 26 Sep
Thur 29 Sept


Mon/Wed
Tue/Thur
Mon/Wed
Tue/Thur
Tue/Thur

Thur
Mon
Thur/Fri


29 Sep
26 Sep
6 &7 Oct


10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks

10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks

12 weeks
12 weeks
2 days


6:00-9:00PM Thur 6 Oct 10 weeks $225


6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM
6:00-9:00PM


10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks
10 weeks


ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-coordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/328-1936 or email All fees are included with the
exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time). When submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of
your passport. CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course





This is an introductory course covering basic medical terms. Students will be exposed
to terms that will enable themr to read and irqterpret medical reports, charts, and
communications relevant to a variety of health care environments. Major topics
include Word Building Rules, Prefixes, Suffixes, Whole Body Terminology, Integumentary
System, Skeletal System, Muscles and Joints, Nervous System, Blood and Lymphatic
System, Cardiovascular System, Respiratory System and Digestive System.


Date:
Time.:
Venue:
Prerequisite:
Tuition:


Monday, 26 September 2005
6:00am 9:00pm
C.R. Walker Secondary
None
$225.00


ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-
1936 or email nlacroix@cob.edu.bs All fees are included with the exception of the
application fee of $40.00 (one time). When submitting application, kindly provide
copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves the right to change
tuition, fees, course content, course schedule and course materials.


CULINARY & HOSPITALITY MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE
(Formerly School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies)

Industry Training Department

CULINARY COURSES FALL SEMESTER 042005
COURSE CODE BEGINS DUR. DAYS TIME TUITION & FEE RESOURCE Venue Max. Enrol.
(ADDITIONAL $40 MATERIALS
APP FEE FOR
NEW STUDENTS)
1. Bahamian Cuisine COOK806 September29 6 weeks Thurs. 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $10 $12 per week SHTS Main 15
. Kitchen
2. Gourmet Cooking I COOK 823 October 3 6 weeks Mon. 6:00-9:00pm $200.00 $20 per week SHTS Main 15
Kitchen
3. Gourmet Cooking II COOK 824 October 3 6 weeks Mon. 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $20 per week SHTS Main 15
Kitchen
8. Cake & PastryMaking I COOK 813 October 4 10 weeks Tues. 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $10 $15 per week SHTS Larder 15
Kitchen
9. Cake & Pasty Making 1 COOK 814 October 4 10weeks Tues. 6:00-9:00pm $250.00 $10 $15 per week SHTS Pastry 15
Kitchen
10. Bread Making COOK 810 September29 6 weeks Thurs. 6:00-9:00pm $200.00 $5-$10perweek SHTS Larder 15
Kitchen
11. Cake Decorating I COOK817 September28 10weeks Wed. 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $10- $15 per week SHTSLarder 15
S ___Kitchen
12. Cake Decoration II COOK818 September28 10 weeks Wed. 6:00-9:00pm $225.00 $10 $15 per week SHTSPastry 15
___________ Kitchen
For further information please contact the Industry Training Department of the School of Hospitality & Tourism Studies at 323-5804, 323-6804 or fax 325-8175











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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

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PAG 6B ODASPTME 1,205TETRBN


FATF to end monitoring


of Bahamas


in


October


FROM page one
itoring list should further posi-
tion it to grow its financial ser-
vices sector because it is easi-
er, less costly and more efficient
to do business if other jurisdic-
tions and financial institutions
accept that the Bahamas is a fit
and proper jurisdiction.
Giving the opening address
for Ernst & Young's third annu-
al Investment Fund Symposium,
held at the British Colonial
Hilton, Mrs Maynard-Gibson
told participants that the Finan-
cial Services Regulatory Reform
Commission was expected to
submit its findings to the Gov-
ernment shortly.
Commission member Hillary
Deveaux, who is the acting exec-
utive director at the Securities
Commission, said he would like
to see two regulators for the sec-
tor.
He said that what could hap-
pen is that the Central Bank of
the Bahamas would remain as
regulator for the banking sec-


tor. The other four regulators -
the Securities Commission, the
Registrar of Insurance Compa-
nies, the Inspector of Financial
and Corporate Service Providers
and the Compliance Commis-
sion would merge to form a
single body to oversee the rest
of the sector, working in con-
junction with the Central Bank.
Speaking to policy-related
and technological matters, Mrs
Maynard-Gibson said she had
heard strong concerns about
the level of financial sector
expertise that was available in
the Bahamas. She said a plan to
create a fast-track immigration
policy for financial services pro-
fessionals coming into the
Bahamas was being worked on.
The minister told participants
that the Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC) has
advised her office that it was
completing the work necessary
to enable the use BlackBerrys, a
wireless technology that allows
for the remote access of e-mail,
HTML and WAP web pages,


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MICHAEL JOSEPH, 5TH
STREET, THE GROVE, P.O.BOX N3331, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


MAJUMA CORP...

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 15th
day of September, 2005. The Liquidators are Argosa Corp.
of P.O. Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)





13
COMMONWEALTH BAHK

Employment Opportunity
L Messenger

Commonwealth Bank is the premier Bahamian Bank with
branches located in New Providence, Abaco and Grand Bahama.
We are committed to delivering superior quality service, to training
and developing our employees, to creating value for our
shareholders and to promoting economic growth and stability in
the community.

Core Job Responsibilities:
Delivery and collection of mail, aocumeits, parcels and other items
Assist with sorting incoming and outgoing mail
Deliver requisitioned items
Qualifications, Skills and Experience
Two to three years job related experience
Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy packages
A valid Driver's License
Current Police Certificate
Personal Attributes
Be matured and responsible (minimum age 25 years)
Strong interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written)
Benefits
Competitive salary commensurate with experience
Performance-based incentives
Health, vision and dental insurances
Life insurance
Pension plan
Dynamic working environment
Interested persons should submit their resumes and copies of certificates
in writing or email before September 23, 2005 to:

HUMAN RESOURCES DEPARTMENT
"Re: MESSENGER"
Head Office, The Plaza, 2"" Floor, Mackey Street
P.O. Box SS-6263,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: 394-0758
E-mail address: Tanya.Astwood@combankltd.com


provides for phone, SMS (short
message service) and text use,
and also acts as an organiser, in
the Bahamas.
BTC had also advised her that
most non-Bahamian cell phones
do work in the Bahamas.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson told
industry participants that the
Government was working with
experts on issues surrounding
the European Union's Savings


Tax Directive, examining the
impact of the directive on
Bahamas-based institutions and
their clients ,and what the juris-
diction can do to minimise any
negative fallout.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said the
draft of the External Insurance
Bill and the accompanying reg-
ulations were being completed.
She added that the financial
services sector was a strong pil-


Robin


up


for


FROM page one
over $5.6 million in the quarter to May 31, offsetting the loss from
its concrete operation.
This trend has become more pronounced since the September
2004 hurricanes, which inflicted $1.3 million in damage to the com-
pany's Freeport-based retail format, The Home Centre. Although
fully insured, this company had to operate out of a badly damaged
building for several months, although the Home Centre is due to
move into its new location in February 2006.
Robin Hood's sole Nassau outlet is at the Summerwinds Plaza on
Harrold Road, while its heavy duty appliances are being sold in
Grand Bahama at the former 85,000 sq ft Home Centre location.




NOTICE

NOTICE is hereby given that IMMACULA LUMA OF SUNLIGHT
VILLAGE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person-who knows-any reason why registration/.naturalization:.-
should not be granted, should send a written .and signed .statement.. j
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 19TH day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.













=NEEDED,
Jewelry Sale-
Associate


tant


Candidates must have at least 3 years experience in
accounting in the financial industry with sound
knowledge of but not limited to:
* Supervising an accounts department and staff
* Formulating budgets
* Managing Accounts Receivables and Payables
* Preparation of monthly and annual financial
reports and statements
* Preparation of bank reconciliations and various
general ledger accounts to the sub ledgers
* Co-ordinate the annual audit with external
auditors and preparation of the necessary
schedules.
* Preparing reports for the regulators
* Must be a team player
* Must possess people skills and be prepared to
interact with customers.
* Minimum qualifications: AA in Accounting
Please forward resume before September 21, 2005 to:
P.O. Box N-7544
or email bleccul@bgcfreedom.com


lar of the economy, and that
Government's action has
demonstrated its clear commit-
ment to the sector.
She said the administration's
continuing goal, in collabora-
tion with the sector, was to max-
imise its growth potential, while
minimising the risk of illegal
abuses.
The Merrill Lynch and
Capgemini 2004 World Wealth


Report stated that the wealth of
high .net- worth individuals was
expected to grow by 7 per cent,
with total value likely to exceed
$40.7 trillion by 2008.
With such tremendous growth,
in wealth expected, the
Bahamas had to position itself
to capitalise on the opportunity
to further develop and
expand the financial services
sector.


00


sale?


Nassau & Abaco
5 years minimum experience

Please send resumes to:
RPO. Box N-4827

or pick up an application form at
Bahamas Waste Limited, Gladstone
Road.


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2004/COM/bnk/000642,
IN THE SUPREME COURT
COMMERCIAL DIVISION
IN THE MATTER OF MPI INTERNATIONAL LTD.
(Formerly, Vineries Ventures, Inc.)
(In Compulsory Liquidation)
AND IN THE MATTER OF THE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
Ch. 309 Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000 Edition
NOTICE
TAKE NOTICE (pursuant to Section 60, Companies (Winding Up) Rules)
persons claiming to be creditors of the above named company are required
submit on or before the 31st October, 2005 the particulars of their debt or claims
by way of a sworn affidavit, to Mrs. Maria Ferere, the Official Liquidator, (
Ernst & Young, One Montague Place, P.O. Box N-3231, Nassau, Bahamas. '
default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution mae
by the Official Liquidator. Please contact Mrs. Ferere via email or telefax for
copy of the form of affidavit at the following email/fax addresse.
maria.ferere@bs.ev.com; fax: (242) 502-6090.

Maria Ferere
Official Liquidator .


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT
COMMERCIAL DIVISION
IN THE MATTER OF MOORE


PARK FU


2004/COM/bnk/00064


ENDING LTD.


(In Compulsory Liquidation)
AND IN THE MATTER OF THE
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT
Ch. 309 Statute Laws of The Bahamas, 2000 Edition
NOTICE

TAKE NOTICE (pursuant to Section 60, Companies (Winding Up) Rules)
persons claiming to be creditors of the above named company are required
submit on or before the 31st October, 2005 the particulars of their debt or claims
by way of a sworn affidavit, to Mrs. Maria Ferere, the Official Liquidator, cdo
Ernst & Young, One Montague Place, P.O. Box N-3231, Nassau, Bahamas. Ih
default thereof they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made
by the Official Liquidator. Please contact Mrs. Ferere via email or telefax fori
copy of the form of affidavit at the following email/fax addresses'
maria.ferere@bs.ev.com; fax: (242) 502-6090. ,


Maria Ferere
Official Liquidator


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that NELSON JOSEPH, 5THK
STREET, THE GROVE, P.O.BOX N3331, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible folr
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as*:
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who know6s-
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be'
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the',
facts within twenty-eight days from the 12th day of
SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for Nationality*
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.,
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n


I


;'' '


F


THE TRIBUNE.


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THE TRIBUNE


MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005, PAGE 7B


Bahamas


loses


30%


2-5


FROM page one

an businesses and citizens". The
cruise lines tend to control all
activities, ground and shore
excursions on these islands,
ensuring that the lion's share of
revenues end up in their pock-
ets.
While statistics, based on
first and second port of
entry, had shown that Nas-
sau cruise visitors had
increased by 70 per cent
between 1996 and 2003,
going from 1.2 million to 2
million, during the same
period private island visitors
increased three-fold, grow-
ing from 538,000 to 1.7 mil-
lion.
"Private island visitors
now represent 44 per cent
of total cruise visitors, up
from 24 per cent in 1996,"
the MRG report said.
"Annual increases of 32 per
cent, 44 per cent and 19 per


night cruise share


Confidential study shows nation

losing out to Caribbean competitors

and cruise lines' private islands


cent occurred in 1999, 2000
and 2002, respectively.
"At the same time, visi-
tors to Grand Bahama
declined by 58 per cent from
602,000 to 250,000, reflect-
ing a further substantial loss
of four night cruise capacity.
Total Caribbean cruise
capacity increased by 84 per
cent during this period.
"In 2003, about 50 per
cent of the Nassau visitors
did not visit another
Bahamian port. About 46
per cent of the private island
visitors did not visit another
Bahamian port."


The MRG report said the
cruise lines had incorporat-
ed calls to private islands
into three, four, five and
seven-day cruises.
The problem the Bahamas
faces in regard to the pri-
vate islands is that these
locations are perceived as
"always" delivering "the
highest levels of passenger
satisfaction".
"The cruise lines with a
private island in the
Bahamas tend to favour it
over Nassau. The cruise
lines with no private island
favour Nassau over Grand


Bahama," the MRG report
said.
"Neither Nassau nor
Grand Bahama has devel-
oped a strong image of
being a port for shopping,
as have some other ports. In
addition, the opportunities
for interesting sightseeing
excursions may also be con-
sidered somewhat limited.
"For these reasons, and
because there may have
been periods when visitors
did not experience a warm
welcome, the cruise lines on
occasion haveperhaps felt
that passenger satisfaction


levels were not what they
should be."
Nevertheless, the market-
ing and financial value of
the private islands to the
cruise lines were a major
point of leverage for the
Bahamas in negotiations
with the likes of Carnival
and RoyalCaribbean on a
new incentive programme.
"While private islands
have been developed in
Haiti and the Dominican
Republic for cruises operat-
ing from Florida, the
Bahamas probably offers
the greatest selection of sites
and the best geographic
location for such islands,"
the MRG report said.
Other points of leverage
enjoyed by the Bahamas
were that, due to the US
Jones Act's requirement
that the cruise lines call at a
foreign port before return-
ing to the US, the only way


to meet this for three-night
cruises from south Florida
and four-night cruises from
Port Canaveral and the mid-
Atlantic ports was to call in
the Bahamas.
However, the report
pointed out that these
advantages could be lost
when Cuba opens to US
tourism.
"The cruise lines have
contingency plans for enter-
ing the Cubs market as soon
as it opens to US visitors,
and they could quickly rede-
ploy a number of ships to
itineraries that include
Cuba," the report warned.
"Once Cuba is able to
offer port facilities and an
infrastructure to accommo-
date cruise visitors, it is like-
ly that many (if not all) of
the three-night cruises will
discontinue calls in the
Bahamas in favour of
Cuba."


FIRSTCARIBBEAN
INTERNATIONAL BANK


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders Equity
BS'000


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited


-Chairman's Review
Of the Results
For the nine months ended July 31, 2005


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited earned a consolidated net income and
operating profit for the nine months ending July 31, 2005 of $71.6 million. The operating profit,
i.e. net income before integration charges and goodwill amortisation, improved by $25million or
54% over the same period last year. Earnings per share (based on operating profit) was 59.6
cents, 20.5 cents greater than the amount for the same period of last year.

The Bank's net interest income for the nine month period rose to $92 million, which represented
an increase of $22 million over the same period' last year. The Bank's US dollar bank placements
and the securities portfolios contirinued-to yield significantly higher interest income as the US fed
rate rose by 1.5% since October 31, 2004. Consequently the net interest margin for the period
was 3.7%, which was an increase of 0.8% over last year. Operating expenses are'well within the
budgeted expenses for the period.

At July 31, 2005, the total assets of the Bank were $3,421 million, a growth of $219 million or 7%
from-this date.-last year and $160 million or 5% since last fiscal year end. This growth was
generated by the increase in loans, both residential mortgages and business loans, which
increased by $90 million and $79 million respectively, from last fiscal year end. Total deposit
liabilities grew by $178 million or 6.6% since this date last year, and by $117 million or 4% from
last fiscal year end.

The return on assets for the nine months was 2.9%, which is an improvement of 0.9% from last
year (before integration and goodwill charges). Likewise the return on equity (before
integration and goodwill charges) improved by 8%, increasing from 19% to 27% for the nine
months of this year.

I am satisfied with the performance of the Bank for the first three quarters of this year and look
forward to the continuation of these favorable trends.





Michael K. Mansoor
Chairman


Share Capital &
Reserves


Balance at October 31, 2003, as restated
Net income for the period
Dividends
Transfer to Statutory Reserve Fund Turks & Caicos Islands
Balance at July 31, 2004

Balance at October 31, 2004
Net income for the period
Dividends
Transfer to Statutory Reserve Fund Turks & Caicos Islands
Balance at July 31, 2005

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Li
Consolidated Statement of Income
BS'000
Unaudited
Quarter Ended
Jl 312005 July 3


413,664


700


Retained Earnings


87,076
46,443
(37,266)
(700)


414,364 95,553 509,917

414,364 110,728 525,092
71,654 71,654
(45,682) (45,682)
2,100 (2,100)
416,464 134,600 551,064


Unudited
Nine Moaths Ended


July 31. 2905 JlV31.2004 r,3


Total interest income
Total interest expenses
Net interest income
Non-interest income

Non-interest expenses
Provision for credit losses

Operating profit
Integration expenses
Goodwill amortisation
Net income


137,445
(45,.6)


91,777 70,018 98,853
30,39 28,988 36,907
122,416 99.006 135.760
46,63 45,950 65,954
4,199 6,090 7.909
50,762 52,040 73.863
71,654 46.966 61.897
523 279

71,654 46,443 61.618


Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding for the period
Earnings per share (in cents)
Earnings per share, before goodwill and
integration expenses (in cents)


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
CAedlated Balance Sheet
iwmo


Cah and due from banks
Saurities
Goodwill
O r assets


Liabilitles
Total deposits
Oder liabilities
Total liablitIes

Equity.
Share capital & reserves
Retained earnings


Total U-abM s and sharabtlders' equity


Unaudited
July 31.2004
(Restated)
930,895
372,964
1,644,341
187,748 -
33,401
32,468


Audited
October 31.2004


864,055
452,145
1,669,007
187,747
35,334
52.695


3,420,824 3,201,817 3,260,983


2,824,252 2,645,854 2.707,621
45,508 46,046 28,270
2,869,760 2.691.900 2.735,891



416,464 414.364 414,364
134,600 95,553 110,728
551,064 509.917 525.092
3,420,824 3.201,817 3.260,983


Net cash provided by (asd In) opa tl activties


Net cash used Ina thnclng activities


Net cash used ia investing activities
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning nf period
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


120,216,204 120.216,204


120,216,204


120,216.204
38.6


$9.6



Unaudited
Nine Months Ended
July 31. 2004


30.275


(98,456)

(37.266)


(45,682)


120.216,204


39.1



Audited
Year Ended
October 31, 2004

(89.680)

(37,266)


The consolidated interim financial statements include the accounts of the following wholly owned subsidiaries:
FirstCaribbean International Finance Corporation (Bahamas) Limited
FirstCaribbean International (Bahamas) Nominees Company Limited
FirstCaribbean International Land Holdings (TCI) Limited


Director


2. Prior Period Adjustment
Other assets balance as previously reported at July 31, 2004 included a receivable amount of $S1.9 million representing the overpayment of remittances to
Barclays PLC for periods prior to the combination of CIBC Bahamas and Barclays Bahamas. At the time of the combination, the overpayment was accounted
for in the net asset valuation and therefore the other assets balances were incorrectly stated. In accordance with IFRS, the balances for July 31, 2004 are
restated and opening retained earnings for 2004 was reduced accordingly.


Total


500,740
46,443
(37,266)


Audited
Year Eaded


111,293
(41.275


153,961
Kss 1

46,326 39,957
(16,048) (15,886)
30,778 24,071
10,405 8,693
41,183 32.764
16,399 16,044
1,519 1,475
17,918 17,519
23,265 15.245
217
(4,944)
23.265 19,972


Unaudited
July.31.2005
828,433
475,250
1,837,127
187,747
32,335
59,932


FlrstCarlbbeau Internadonal Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Cmoildated Statement of Cah Flows

NiM Molths Eaded


(20,215) (44,778) (126,908)
(35,622) (180.500) (253,854)
817,993 1,071,847 1,071,847
782371 891,347 817,993


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Notes to Consolidated Interim Financial Statements
Nine Months Ended
July 31, 2005

1. Accounting Policies
These consolidated interim financial statements are prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting policies used in the
preparation of these consolidated interim financial statements are consistent with those used in the annual financial statements for the year ended October 31,
2004.


II BUINS I


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PAGE 8B, MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005


GN-264


SUPREME

COURT


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005

2005/PRO/npr/00322

Whereas William Glen Roberts, of St. Matthew's
Parish, in the Eastern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The Bahamas has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for
letters of Administration of the real and personal estate of
Henry Roberts a.k.a. Henry Isaacs Roberts, late, of St.
Matthew's Parish in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00388

Whereas JAMAAL RASHARD JOHNSON of
Robinson Road, Southern District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the only son,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
for letters of Administration of the real and personal estate
of MILDRED JOHNSON, late, of Robinson Road, Southern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEP 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00390

Whereas ELEAZOR T. ROLLE, JR., of Apt #2
Canaberry Drive, Carmichael Road, Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the Creditor, has made application to the Supreme.
Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration as a
Creditor of the real and personal estate of ELEAZOR ROLLE
SR., late, of Rolle Avenue, off Wulff Road, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00391

IN THE ESTATE OF Richard L. Anderton, late
of 206 SE East Street, Stuart, in the State of
Florida, one of the United States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
LOUREY C. SMITH, of No. 4 George Street in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing a
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to RICHARD L. ANDERTON by The Circuit Court, Martin
Country in the State of Florida, one of the United States of
America on the 27th day of May A.D. 2003.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00399 '


In the Estate of JACK V. CROYLE, late of Spring
Hill, Hernando County, United States of America
and formerly of 159 Spring Street, Woonsocket,
United States of America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DONNA M. HARDING-LEE, of Dowdeswell & Deveaux
, Streets, New Providence, The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahhmas for obtaining the
Resealed Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to JOHN C. CROYLE, the Personal Representative, by the
Circuit Court for Hernando County, Florida, Probate Division,
on the 16th day of November, 2004.


signed
T. Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00401

Whereas SONIA MICHELLE MARSHALL a.k.a
MICHELLE MARSHALL of Coral Heights, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
the real and personal estate of SANDY MARSHALL, late,
of Coral Heights, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
T. Cumberbatch
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00406

Whereas PRENETTE BUTLER-EVANS of St.
Vincent Road, New Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration the real and personal estate of MUTEL
BUTTLER, late, of Seabreeze Lane, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/410

Whereas Samuel Arthur, of the Western District of
the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal Estate of Willard
Marcian Johnson-Hall, late, of Martin Street in the Southern
District of the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth :of;The Bahamas, deceased.
SNotice is hereby givenithat such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005


2005/PRO/npr/00412


In the Estate of SEYMOUR S. EPSTEIN, late,
of 119 Carthage Road, Scarsdale in the State of New
York, one of the States of the United States of
America,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourten
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
BRUNO A. ROBERTS, of Old Post House, Prospect Ridge
of the Western District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, The Executive
Director of the Private Trust Corporation Limited, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed Grant
of Letters of Testamentary in the above estate granted to
REVA EPSTEIN and SAMUEL P. EPSTEIN the Executors,
Samuel P. Epstein now deceased. By the Surrogate's Court
in the State of New York the County of Westchester, U.S.A,
on the 21st day of September, 1996.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEP 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00413

Whereas RODERICK WINSLOW PINDER of
Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration with the Will annexed of the real and
personal Estate of CARL STANFORD PINDER, late, of
Spanish Wells, St. George's Cay, The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the date
hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005


2005/PRO/npr/418


Whereas Simeon R. Brown, of West End, on the
Island of Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration the real and personal estate of Oglita Brown,
late, of West End in the Island of Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005

2005/PRO/npr/00419

IN THE ESTATE OF Anna S. Phillips aka Anna
R. Philips, late of No. 221 Burgandy E. on the
City of Delray Beach in the County of Palm Beach,
in the State of Florida, one of the States of the
United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourten
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
ROLAND J. LOWE of Port New Providence in the City of
Nassau, in the Island of New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is
the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for Resealing a
Grant of Letters of Administration in the above estate granted
to EDWARD J. ELIN, by The Circuit Court, in and for Palm
Beach County in the State of Florida one of the states of the
United States of America on the 12th day of September A.D.
2003.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registra


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT, 22 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00422

Whereas Khalil Simon Moses Jr., of No. 6 Park
Place, Little Blair, in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
Estate of Khalil Simon Moses, late of No. 6 Park Place,
Little Blair, in the Eastern District, on the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased. .... .. ..

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00424

Whereas Joanne Stewart-Taylor, aka Jodi Stewart-
Taylor, of Sea Beach Estates, in the Western District of the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of Administration
the real and personal estate of John Patrick Taylor, late, of
Sea Beach Estates in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence, one ,of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of the Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005

2005/PRO/npr/00425

Whereas Bateman Bain, of Nassau East North, in
the Western District of the Island of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration of the real and personal Estate of Eva Alma
Bain, aka Alina Pinder Bain, late, of Sea Beach Estates in
the Western District of the Island of New Providence one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. deceased

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
thereof.


signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00427

Whereas Carl Allan Brice of No. 13 Star Lane North,
Sunshine Park, in the Southern District of the Island of New


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SUPREME COURT
(Continued)

Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of the
Bahamas for Letters of Administration with the Will Annexed
of the real and personal Estate of John Brice late of Queen's
Highway, McKann's, Long Island, one of the Island of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005

2005/PRO/npr/00433

Whereas PAULINE PARKER-KEMP of Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, the Lawful Widow, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of REUBEN
GODWIN KEMP, late, of #51 Margaret Place, Sunrise
Subdivision, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEP 22,2005
2005/PRO/npr/00434

Whereas SHARON ROLLE of Freeport, Grand
Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, the Lawful Widow, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
as a Creditor of the real and personal estate of LIVINGSTON
CHARLES ROLLE, late, of 294 John Rut Lane, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005
2005/PRO/npr/00417

Whereas Gregory Ronald Thompson, of Fire Trail
in the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for
Letters of Administration of the real and personal estate of
Leonard John Thompson, late, of Kennedy Subdivision in
the Southern District of the Island of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005
2005/PRO/npr/00435

In the Estate of HAROLD WILLIAM MADEIROS,
late of Greenaway Cottage, 3 Addendum Lane,
Pembroke Parish in the Island of Bermuda,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, applicatibn will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
DOLLY P. YOUNG, of Nassau East North, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for the Resealed Grant of Probate in the above estate granted
to BARBARA ANN SMITH and PAMELA SHARON
CALDWELL, the Executrices, of the Supreme Court of
Bermuda on the 5th day of August, 2004

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005
2005/PRO/npr/00436

Whereas HOWARD BEVANS of the Settlement of
Hawksbill, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, the Son, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters
of Administration the real and personal estate of MIRIAM
BEVANS, late, of No. 7 Abaco Drive in the Settlement of
Hawksbill, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.


Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005
2005/PRO/npr/00437

Whereas Lloydel Ellis, of Andros Avenue, on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of Brenda-
Mae Smith Ellis, late, of Andros Avenue, the Island of New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005

2005/PRO/npr/00438

Whereas Lennard Miller, of St. Lucia Road, Golden
Gates on the Island of New Providence one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application
to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal Estate of Kathy Ann"
Miller, late, of St* Lucia Road, Golden Gates on the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22, 2005

2005/PRO/npr/00439

Whereas CONSTANCE ELRONE MCDONALD,
of Fortune Village, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, Attorney By Deed of
Power of Attorney for GREGORY PHILIP GEORGE'
ARANHA, JR., the Lawful Son, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
de bonis non of the real and personal estate of GREGORY
PHILIP GEORGE ARANHA, SR., late of No. 10 Helmlane,
Midshipman Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be
heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEP 22, 2005
2005/PRO/npr/00440

Whereas RENALDO AMAHD FORBS of Hunt's
Close off Firetrail Road, Western District, New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
the son has made application to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
Estate of BRENDON GORDON FORBES, late, of Joan's
Height, Southern District, New Providence, one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
hereof.

signed
Desiree Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE SIDE
SEPT 22,2005

2005/PRO/npr/441

In the Estate of JOHN C. MCKIE a.k.a. J.
CLARENCE MACKIE, late of 7316
Manatee Avenue West Bradenton, Florida,
USA., deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by


DEANNE C. PYFROM, of The Western District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for the
Resealed Grant of Letters of Administration in the above
estate granted to ROBERT M. ELLIOT, the Personal
Representative, by the Superior Court of Florida, County of
Manatee in the State of Florida, U.S.A., on the 27th day of
April 2004

signed
Desiree Robinson
'(for) Registrar


Route change for



$45m Jamaica to



Bahamas cable


Fibralink Jamaica, the
Jamaican partner for
Caribbean Crossings on the
$45 million Jamaica Bahamas
Cable System (JBCS), has
obtained a four-month exten-
sion for completion of them
project from the authorities in
its home country.
Fibralink's contract with the
Jamaican government man-
dated that services on the
JBCS system had to begin no
more than 10 months after its
licence was issued, meaning it
had to commence operation
in October. The four-month
extension takes the start date
to January 2006.
Richard Pardy, Fibralink's'
head and former Cable
Bahamas chief executive, said
the deadline had been unre-
alistic, as it meant that the
company had to try and


achieve a 24-month process in
12.
In addition, the company
had not obtained all the rele-
vant Jamaican government
approvals.
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E TRACK AND FIELD
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports
- Beporter
SPRINTER Chandra
'Sturrup and quarter-miler
Tonique Williams-Darling
brought their 2005 track
and field stadium to a close
with a victory, while quar-
ter-miler Christine Amer-
til had to settle for second.
The trio were the last of
the Bahamian athletes to
-_ finish their competition for
S ..- the season as they partici-
- pated in the Shanghai
Golden Grand Prix on Sat-
-. *- urday at the Shanghai
Stadium in Shanghai, Chi-
na.
The one-day meet was
the last for the year and
China got a glimpse of
what to expect when it
hosts the 2008 Olympic
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China.
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the world's fastest time this
year, got revenge on World
champion Lauryn Williams


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* SOFTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Degeo Bommers and the Electro
Telecom Dorcy Park Boyz will have to
wait until tonight to go after the sweep in
their respective New Providence Softball
Association's best-of-five playoffs.
The second-place Bommers took a 2-0
lead into Saturday night's opening game
against the third-place DHL Brackettes in
the ladies' series at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball Stadium, but
their game was rained out.
The Brackettes are having trouble hold-
ing onto the lead.
The pennant-winning Dorcy Park Boyz
also went into the men's feature contest
with a 2-0 advantage over the fourth-
place Nassau Cruisers Stingrays. In order
to force a fourth game, the Stingrays will
have to find a way to stop Dorcy Park
Boyz' ace Edney 'the Heat' Bethel.
So far, Bethel has been stingy on the
mound and hasn't given up a run. Bethel
.hn Pknl hppn a tPrror at t+-, hbnt


as she pulled away from deny her a medal at the
the American to post a 10th IAAF World Champi-
winning time of 11.02 sec- onships in Athletics in
onds. Helsinki, Finland in
Williams, one of three August, came through in
women who sped past Stur- second in 11.05. Sturrup's
rup in the final stages to training partner, American


hits


ayoffs


Catcher Jamaal 'Sarge' Johnson has
been a menace for the Arawaks hitting
homer after homer so far in the
series.
The league champions will go on to
represent the NPSA in the Bahamas Soft-
ball Federation's National Round Robin
Tournament that will be played at the
Churchill Tener Knowles National Sta-
dium and the Baillou Hills Sporting Com-
plex over the Discovery weekend in Octo-
ber.
It would appear that all four series
could end up being swept by the teams
that have a 2-0 upper-hand.
But, from all indications, the final could
be much more exciting once the partici-
pants have been decided.
The NPSA has less than three weeks to
complete the championship series and,
despite the inclement weather, league
officials are confident that they will have
their two champions decided in time for
the national showdown against the visit-
ing Family Island champions.
The nationals are the biggest event on
the BSF's calendar.


Those two games will be made up
tonight. If the Bommers and the Dorcy
Park Boyz win, they will earn their spots
in the best-of-seven championship series
that could start as early as Thursday night.
That will depend on the outcome of
the other half of the series.

Title
On the ladies' side, the pennant-win-
ning Electro Telecom Wildcats are just
one game away from returning to the
final to defend their title. They hold a 2-
0 lead over the fourth-place Proper Care
Pool Lady Sharks going into game three
on Tuesday night.
Ace Mary 'Cruise' Edgecombe has
been too much for the Lady Sharks to
handle, not only on the mound, but at
the plate as well.
And in the men's feature contest, the
second placed TBS Truckers have a 2-0
lead over the third-place Del Sol Arawaks
in a rematch of last year's final.
The Truckers won the title over the
Armawaks


Melisa Barber was third in
11.22. %,
Now the second ranked
quarter-miler in the worl$,
Williams-Darling easily
won the women's 400 in a
time of 50.25 to get back
on the winning track after
she lost three post-World
Championship races to
American Sanya Richards.
Richards, who surpassed
Williams-Darling as the
world leader on the latest
IAAF rankings, closed oit
her season after winning
the 3rd IAAF World Atlf-
letics Final in Monaco at
the beginning of the
month. She opted not tob
travel to Shanghai.

Battled
Instead, Williams-Dar-
ling had to contend with
two Americans as they bat-
tled for second and third.
Dee Dee Trotter came in
second in 50.90 and
Monique Hennagan was
third in 50.92.
Amertil, the other
Bahamian competing in the
event, also opted not to,
contest the quarter,.
Instead, she focussed on
the 200 where she's had
some success this year.
However, Amertil ran
against the world's best 200
metre runner, American
Allyson Felix. Unbeaten
this year, world champion
Felix cruised to a season-
ending victory in 23.09.
Amertil did 23.26 for sec-
ond with Great Britain's
Donna Fraser coming in
third in 23.31.


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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS


Major comes

out fighting

for victory
* BOXING
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
JUST seconds into the sec-
ond round of the co-main-event
at the "Redemption", the fight
between Meacher Major and
Jamaican boxer Glenroy 'Hard
Hands' Beckford, the fight was
stopped.
Major was in an attack mode
from the sound of first round
bell, leaving Beckford on the
defence.
With the Jamaican team
already taking the upper hand
on the Bahamian squad, win-
ning the two previous matches,
Major came out firing on all
cylinders, connecting on virtu-
ally every punch thrown.
Beckford in turn tried to cov-
er his face, leaving the body '
open.
But Major's intentions were
to deliver a knockout, claiming
that the two loses by his friends
placed fire in him.
He said: "After learning that
Richard lost and Jerry lost, the
only thing I wanted to do was
take my opponent out.
"I just came off a very tough
loss so I knew he wouldn't be
able to take it, even if I did
decide to deliver the body
shots."
Trying to hold out until the
final two rounds proved to be
fruitless for Jerry 'Big Daddy'
Butler.

Energy
Fighting his first six rounder
match, Butler said he wanted
to save a little of energy to
make a strong comeback in the
final two rounds, but saw him-
self behind in points to his
opponent Carron 'Able Sea-
man' Speed of Jamaica.
Speed landed some heavy
shots on Butler, shaking the big
fellow early in the second.
By the third, Butler was seen
gasping for breath, while Speed
pounded away at his body.
Trying to shake his way out
of Speed's punches, Butler
walked into two right hooks.
Butler said: "I came into the
match with a game plan, this
being my first six round fight,
but the plan didn't work.
"I had different game plans,
but none worked. I wasn't
starting to tire, I was trying to
get him to lean on me, so I
could work my upper cuts on
him.
"But after I got that double
head butt in the second round,
boy I started to wobble."
Butler was able to withstand
the punches, but lost out by a
unanimous decision by the
judges.
Bahamian Richard 'the
Hammer' Pitt also fell to the
hands of Rudolf 'Non Stop'
Hedge of Jamaica by a unani-
mous ruling,
Fighting in the featherweight
division, Pitt failed to protect
himself in the second round,
and received a dangerous right
from Hedge that sent Pitt flying
to the ground.
Hedge, who was firing lead
left hands and quick three-
punch combinations, had
placed Pitt in a daze.
Knowing that he was behind
the count in the match, Pitt
tried to deliver some combina-
tions of his own, but the relent-
less Hedge would not be
moved.
Although he received several
blows to the face, Hedge
continued to dance around
Pitt.
Just when Pitt thought it was
all over, Hedge's open face jab
snapped his head back, sending
Pitt flying to the ropes.


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Smith throws

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title holder


* BOXING
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
A VICIOUS combination.
assault by Jermain 'Choo-
Choo' Mackey to the open face
of 'Marvelous' Marvin Smith
ruptured blood vessels in his
nose and forced him to throw
in the towel on Saturday night
at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort.
Mackey's strong surge in' the
final minutes of the fifth round
had shaken up the former
super middleweight title hold-
er, sending medical doctors to
his aid.
Ruled capable of continuing
with the fight, Smith stepped
back into the ring in the sixth
round only to be surprised with
quick right hand jab from
Mackey.
The connection to the face
saw blood stream down Smith's
face.
He ran to the ropes for a
quick breather, but that escape
route lasted only two seconds.

Opportunity
Jumping on the opportunity
to pin Smith to the rope, Mack-
ey landed punches with Smith
too weak to protect himself.
Mackey said: "My endurance
was great, I knew he wasn't
able to go 12 rounds and that
he wouldn't be able to take it
so I was like 'let me try and
over this one quick'.
"He tried to spit out his
mouth piece in the fourth
round when I went to take him
out, but I still was able to deliv-
er some hits. By him spitting
out his mouthpiece I knew it
was over.
"I just kept the pressure on
him and, like they say, pres-
sure burst pipe so he gave up."
Smith had tried to dance
around some of the punches,
but he couldn't avoid Mack-
ey's reach.

Points
By the end of the second
round, however, Smith had
secured some points, by suc-
cessful landing body shots.
"I wasn't too disappointed
in the results and seeing him
not come out with anything
early in the fight," said Mack-
ey.
"Like I told him, he was
great in his time, but it's my
time. He didn't want to give it
up so I had to go in there and
take it.
"I knew I had it when I


rocked him with the left i the
third round and he tried to hit"
me with some body shots, biittI
didn't mind."
This was the secoild time the
two have fought; the first Smith
was taken out on a stretcher,
suffering from a broke'-
jaw. -
On Saturday, trying to avoid
any serious injury, Smith said-
that midway in the seventh;`hde
knew it was over and that teli
injury to the nose was taking
its toll on his body.

Breathe
"I have nothing to feel -w
about," said Smith, "I really
give it all I had inside of me,
but after I took some of the
jabs, it dislocated some of the
vessels inside of my nose and I
couldn't breathe properly
through it every time I tried to
breathe I kept swallowing the
blood.
"I am a warrior from heart
and it really hurts me to quit. I
have plenty victories, but I
have only one life. I tip my hat
to him, he withstood my most
fierce rally and he is the win-
ner.
"I enjoyed my career, he; is
much more youthful. Rather
than going through all of this
again I think 1,.am going to pass
my knowledge onto the
younger guys and try to holp
some of them do some positive
things in their lives and try ito
avoid some of the pot holes
and pitfalls that I made very
young in my life."
Smith's mom declared that
Saturday night's fight will be
the last time her son will step
into the ring.
Although Smith was still
returning some fire in the sixth
and seventh rounds, the hard
hits being sent by Mackey
were starting to put him in a
trance.
Smith was saved by the bell,
with a knockout on the hori-
zon.
Mackey added: "I knew I
had rocked him pretty hard in
the third, so I was like 'he is
going to give up'.
"But then I said if he don't
give up,; the referees were
going to have to stop this.one,
if the referees don't then the
doctors will call it.
"I wasn't about to give up on
him. At one point he thought
he was wearing me down, but I
came on stronger."
For Mackey, the dream has
only just begun. After congrat-
ulating Smith on his efforts,
Mackey said he is ready to take
it to the next level.


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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005


Tibumnisim ia:


The stories behind the news


FNM leader Tommy Turnquest
said he would welcome Brent
Symonette (left) as his deputy, should
the Montagu MP choose to run for
the position. Mr Turnquest told The
Tribune yesterday that the Montagu
MP is very deserving of the post of
deputy leader of the FNM.
On Tuesday, Mr Symonette said
that he is seriously considering run-
ning for the deputy position when
the party goes to convention in
November...


THE Bahamas is set to z
U A
experience a significant wind-
fall as the country gets ready
to play host to the new launch
of the James Bond franchise.
The Tribune has learnt that
after an almost 20-year
absence, James Bond is
posed to return to the
Bahamas once again with
Casino Royale, the 21ist
installment of the serieg.. -


Within the next week, industrial action can be expect-
ed if government does not "step up to the plate", John
Pinder, president of the Bahamas Public Service Union,
warned last week.
The BPSU held a press conference to respond to the
government's committee in charge of negotiating a new
industrial agreement. According to Mr Pinder, industri-
al consultant Keith Archer had stated "unfactual infor-
mation" at the committee's press conference on Sep-
tember 8. Mr Archer reportedly said the BPSU president
had originally approached the government and asked for
an upfront advance on the contract. However, Mr Pinder
has denied this...


The


Haitian Problem


-so


* By JOHN MARQUIS
early 40 years
ago, the British
n politician
| Enoch Powell
.: was vilified and
ostracised for warning the
Westminster government of
the perils of uncontrolled immi-
gration. He believed old Eng-
land would soon be overrun by
alien cultures.
Powell told his party col-
leagues "you must be stark,
staring mad" and in what
became known as his "rivers
of blood" speech, he offered
dire predictions if things con-
tinued as they were. Immedi-
ately, Powell was branded a
racist, a right-wing fanatic, and
castigated as a rabble-rouser.-
. By far the best mind in the
Conservative party of the day
was tossed aside, and his polit-
ical career never recovered
from the venomous bile heaped
upon his head.
Supremacist
From that day forth, he was
characterised as a wild-eyed
fascist and an irrational dema-
gogue with a race supremacist
agenda.
Today, all but the seriously
deluded have to accept that
what he said was largely true. If
"rivers of blood" have yet to
flow in quite the profusion he
predicted, the overall picture
is far from encouraging.
The London bombings, an
enormous upsurge in drive-by
shootings, gang stabbings and
ethnic conflict of all kinds have
certainly provided more than
a trickle of Powell's predicted
flow of gore. And only fools
believe there is not yet more
to come.
Politicians living in fashion-
able suburbs like Hampstead
and Highgate will tell you that
fun events like the Notting Hill
Carnival tell another story, and
they do. In some respects,
Britain is a multi-cultural suc-
cess story. It's in the grim urban
areas of the Midlands and the
North where tensions are most-
ly felt. And that's because there
is so much more at stake.
The dominant impression,
though, is that Britain's indige-


what is


the truth?


Three doctors have expressed alarm at what they consider the
disturbingly high Haitian birthrate at Princess Margaret Hospital.
Meanwhile, Bahamians living alongside a Haitian settlement in
Nassau say human bodies are being burned in a pit there. Although
both stories have been rebutted by government politicians, many
people feel they are being denied th~itrutirabout the scale and
nature of the "Haitian Problem" and its likely consequences.
INSIGHT reports...

nous culture is gradually being
engulfed by alien groups, peo-
ple who for the most part HAITIANS, unlike Bahamians,
have no respect for its way of are volatile and impatient people.
life or its institutions, and no They like things done their way.
intention at all of assimilating
with the host society. In fact, (The Tribune archive photo)
some of them are actively
engaged in trying to undermine
everything Britain has tradi-
tionally stood for. Some, admit-
tedly a small minority, openly
advocate insurrection.
Yardie gangs and dope
barons from the West Indies,
gang rapists and cult killers
from Africa, benefit scroungers
from Eastern Europe and, of
course, mad mullahs and their
followers from the Middle East
have infiltrated British inner
cities to such an extent that
entire districts are now foreign
ghettoes, some of them ..
extremely hostile territory for
ordinary British people.
In a country of 60 million
people, you might expect alien
influences to take a long time
to permeate every area of.
national life. Yet, over the last
five years the extent of the cul-
tural takeover has suddenly
become apparent. Now it's
probably too late to halt the
total subjugation of Britishness
as we know it.
Successive
All this has happened with
the connivance some would
say the wilful co-operation of
successive British governments


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PAGE 2C MODY ETME 9,20 H RBN


Subject: Great Article on
"Lessons from Katrina"

"Lessons left behind
in Katrina's wake" was
a great article. I was
never a fan of yours
(although you have recently begun
to get my attention with some hard-
hitting investigative journalism), but
this current article portrays you in a
different light. This one seems to
come from deep within it shows a
"measure of a man."
It was quite down-to-earth, very
touching and shows your wealth of
experience in journalism some-
thing that I knew you had, but it
took Katrina and America's
response to bring it out. It was also
balanced and showed cold hard bru-
tal truths.
I was touched that you also recog-
nised that your country, the UK


(where I studied and
for the first time saw
that the amount of
money I had or did not
have was irrelevant -
what was important
was my "breeding"), FEE
was a class-divided
society still living in the
past, and that the
USA, with all of its success, seems
to be following.
In my opinion, one of the only
things Britain still has left is an
excellent system of education, but
that, too, needs to be more forward-
thinking. I still cannot understand
how it allowed a country like the
USA, a mere 300-plus years old, to
have surpassed it in everything from
technology to setting the standards
of education in the post-graduate
world (the Harvard MBA is still the
standard).
I read once about the rise and fall


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BACK -

of nations; I can think of Babylon,
of Rome, of Britain, and nbw the;
US. I see a common: pattern, a
greatness seeming almost invinci-
ble, then by some Godly :fprce, a
breakdown, an Achilles hAej that:
reveals itself and the -greatness is
great no more. i
This article will go down as one of
your best. Congratulations. I am
beginning to admire your wor1 even
more.
John Bain

YOUR piece on Georgs6Bush


and the response to Kat-
rina was truly priceless.
Two things stick out in
what I regard as one of
the best INSIGHT arti-
cles I have read.
Firstly, your comments
about the Bush family liv-
ing in a different galaxy
were right on the mark.
Barbara Bush's comments really
were beyond the pale. Secondly,
how right you were that prayer and
Godtalk are not enough.
Out West

AT dinner parties around Nas-
sau, John Marquis is the most dis-
cussed and reviled person I know.
He is opinionated, dogmatic, god-
less, brutally frank and all-round
exasperating, and he thinks he
knows it all.
However, anyone who writes like


he does can be forgiven anything
and everything. The piece on Kat-
rina left me breathless with admi-
ration.
J, Lyford Cay

MARQUIS is a pinko liberal and
always has been. Why he was ever
allowed back into the Bahamas, I'll
never know.
HT, Palmdale

JUST to say how much I enjoyed
your article on Katrina. These
things need to be known, and I
think the United States has to
understand that it can't go around
the world doing what it pleases
when its own society is so precari-
ous.
Your article said all the right
things and was very well done.
Renton, Nassau


Quotes o

"The committee was man- presentation was made to the and a former Shell executive
dated to find ways to reduce the prime minister himself with over 28 years experience
costs of energy in the country. "And the following day we in the oil industry speaks on
We have made three presenta- made a presentation to the Cab- the PetroCaribe agreement.
tions on our findings to the gov- inet on the benefits of Petro-
ernment, especially on the Caribe and other things we "Today was the post of
PetroCaribe accord. were pursuing in terms of low- leader, tomorrow is another
"First we made a presenta- ering the costs of energy in the day.
tion to Minister of Finance Bahamas." "I am not ruling out the pos-
James Smith and some senior Vincent Coleby, chairman sibility that I may run for
members of his staff. A second of the Fuel Usage Committee another position in the party."


IVlontagu .MP Brent
Syion tte said last week that
he would consider running for
the pos6 of deputy leader when
the FNk meets in convention
in Noveimber.
"TTh, is .a wonderful thing,
we are extremely excited. We
will be the first country in the
world 6o showcase the new
James Bond."
"Thel benefits. will be signifi-
cant, th crews will need hotel
ac&omiodation, food, bever-
ages., Pus they all get hefty per
dimn which they will spend in
the casiPos and at the fish fry."
Director otFilm with the
Ministry:iof Tourism Craig
Woods oni the filming of the
latest esBond movie in the


Bahamas.
"When we came to school on
Tuesday last week, they start-
ed looking for people with
infractions of their uniforms
and even 'the girls with boys
shoes on'.
"Then (the teacher) made us
stand up in the sun again the
following day, saying that we
looked gay in the shoes, and
even called one of my friends
gay. The senior mistress and
the principal were saying that
the shoes were unisex but (the
teacher) didn't care."
A female student of C V
Bethel High School who claims
she and other girls were disci-
plined for wearing "gay
shoes".


,"At the present moment we
are shocked to see this level of
hysteria operating in the public
education system. We are cer-
tain that the Ministry of Edu-
cation is aware of its obligation
to the bisexual, gay, lesbian,
and transgender youth in the
country, and we are certain they
are actively investigating this
seemingly inappropriate act of
conduct."
Erin Greene spokesper-
son for Rainbow Alliance, an
advocacy group for the rights
of bisexual, gay, lesbian and
transgenders, responds to
claims that female students at a
public high school were
allegedly disciplined for wear-
ing "gay shoes".


Help us help!


During September, for every hamburger you

purchase, McDonald's will donate 50 cents

to the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2005, PAGE 3C


IN IH


SBahamas Cul nary Classic


Wine &Food Festival


* THOMAS Desmangles (right), safety advisor for Shell Bahamas, last week shows Ron Pinder,
parliamentary secretary in the Ministry of Health, steps taken for an integrity test to check for
leaks in the fuel pipelines and underground fuel storage systems of petroleum stations.


AFTER numerous presen-
tations, the government is
expected to make a decision
this week on whether the
Bahamas will sign on to the
PetroCaribe accord, it was
announced last week.
Vincent Coleby, chairman
of the Fuel Usage Committee,
which has meticulously
reviewed the PetroCaribe
accord, said that he expects
government to make a
favourable announcement
shortly.,
The brainchild of Venezue-
lan president Hugo Chavez,.
PetroCaribe is a government-
to-government contract to sup-
ply oil to member nations with
the aim of cutting out the
"middleman".


THE Bahamas is set to
experience a significant wind-
fall as the country gets ready to
play host to the new launch of
the James Bond franchise.
The Tribune has learnt that
after an almost 20-year
absence, James Bond is posed
to return to the Bahamas once
again with Casino Royale, the
21st installment of the series.
Director of Film with the
Ministry of Tourism Craig
Woods yesterday said that pre-
production is scheduled to


start this Fall.


***':!t*


CONCERN over height-
ened homophobia in the
Bahamas has arisen again after
two girl students, who were
forced to stand outside in the
sun for allegedly wearing "gay
shoes", last week made further
claims against C V Bethel
Senior High School.
The previous week, more
than 50 girls from that school
from grades 10-12 were
allegedly punished for wear-
ing unisex shoes to school.
One of the school's teach-
ers corroborated the accusa-
tion and now two students
have claimed they were made
to stand outside their class-
room again the following day.


WITHIN the next week,
industrial action can be expect-
ed if government does n1ot
"step up to the plate", John
Pinder, president of the
Bahamas Public Service
Union, warned last week.
The BPSU held a press con-
ference to respond to the gov-
ernment's committee in charge
of negotiating a new industrial
agreement.
According to Mr Pinder,


(The Tribune archive photo)

industrial consultant Keith
Archer had stated "unfactual
information" at the commit-
tee's press conference on Sep-
tember 8.
Mr Archer reportedly said
the BPSU president had orig-
inally approached the govern-
ment and asked for an upfront
advance on the contract. How-
ever, Mr Pinder has denied
this.


*** S**


FNM leader Tommy Turn-
quest said he would welcome
Brent Symonette as his
deputy, should the Montiagu'
MP choose to run for the pose..i
tion.
Mr Turnquest told The Tri-
bune yesterday that the Mon-
tagu MP is very deserving of
the post of deputy leader of
the FNM.
On Tuesday, Mr Symonette
said that he is seriously con-
sidering running for the deputy
position when the party goes
to convention in November.
He said that he would prob-
ably announce his decision
after the House of Assembly
convenes next month.
If Mr Symonette does enter
the race, he may be up against
current deputy leader Sidney
Collie, who according to Mr
Symonette, also plans to run.


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who, for reasons best-known
to themselves, have kept the
public in the dark about the
true extent of immigration.
For many years decades, in
fact the British government.
has been unable, or unwilling,
to offer meaningful statistics
on the influx of foreigners into
Britain. Frightened of racial
confrontation, sensitive to any-
thing that might be construed
as prejudice, they have pussy-
footed around a problem that is
now totally out of hand.
Even the media is partially
paralysed in its approach to this
most critical aspect of British
life. For the Race Relations
Act virtually rules out open dis-
cussion of anything which casts
aspersions on a particular eth-
nic group.

Political

For the most part, the com-
fortably off bourgeosie the
ruling political class have been
responsible for this myopic
approach to a dangerous and
disturbing situation. And that's
because they are the least
affected.
Meanwhile, hundreds of
thousands of working-class
British pensioners whose
neighbourhoods have been
largely "ghettoised" are now
terrified of stepping outside
their own front doors.
And fascist thugs, generally
the least intelligent members
of society, are exploiting grow-
ing racial tension in pursuit of
their own warped philosophy.
Why is all this important to
the Bahamas? Well, many
Bahamians believe a similar
process is happening here, with
local culture under threat from
hordes of people who share
neither their views, their val-
ues, nor their aspirations.
The big difference is that this
country has a population of
only 300,000, roughly that of
the English Midlands city of
Leicester. If immigration con-
tinues unabated here, it will not
take 40 years for the Bahamian
culture to be overwhelmed. In
Abaco, concerned campaign-
ers believe the process will be
completed in little more than a
decade.
Thus, when Dr Marcus
Bethel or Mr Ron Pinder talk
of irresponsibility and reck-
lessness in discussing the hid-
den impact of the Haitian prob-
lem, many see them only as
manipulators of the truth, part
of a smokescreen to keep
Bahamians in the dark.

Official

Why such official reticence?
"It's mainly because politi-
cians don't like to admit they
have dropped the ball on the
immigration question," one
observer told INSIGHT.
"All intelligent people know
that Haitians have been coming
into this country virtually
unchecked for a long time now.
Both the FNM and PLP have
been totally clueless in dealing
with the question, so they are
now covering up.
"It's not a vote winner to
admit that they have screwed
up over a long period of time
on an issue which, left unad-
dressed, will have the greatest
impact ever on the Bahamian
way of life. So they faff around


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the subject, as though in denial.
For some reason, they expect it
just to go away."

Diaspora

However, when it comes to
the Haitian diaspora, the poli-
tics and mathematics leave no
room for complacency, inertia
or optimism. And it certainly
isn't going away.
Haiti is a nation of eight mil-
lion people which is in a state
of permanent turmoil. At its
nearest point, it lies just sixty
miles off the Bahamas shore-
line.
For as long.as Haiti remains
a failed state, a lawless slum
full of desperate people, the
Bahama islands will be seen as
stepping stones to freedom and
sanity. And that's why those
little sloops with ragged sails
will continue to ply the straits
between purgatory and par-
adise.
For the Bahamas, the impli-
cations are horrendous because
this country and Haiti are as
politically, socially and tem-
peramentally different as it's
possible to imagine.
Haitians, unlike Bahamians,
are volatile and impatient peo-
ple. They like things done their
way. Twice in their 200 years of
independence they have suc-
ceeded where Guy Fawkes
failed, by blowing up their
rulers in the National Palace
to secure a change of govern-
ment.

Presidents

Since ejecting Napoleon's
army in 1804, they have had
one king, two emperors, nine
presidents for life and 20-odd
leaders who have been vio-
lently overthrown. Two presi-
dents were assassinated, anoth-
er was executed, one commit-
ted suicide and yet another was
torn to shreds by the mob after
being dragged from the French
embassy and impaled on the
perimeter fence.,
One of the nation's founders,
Jean-Jacques Dessalines, failed
to deliver the goods in two
years as emperor so was sav-
agely dismembered and left in
a public square in Port-au-
Prince to be devoured by wild
pigs.
What was left of him after
the pigs had finished was
thrown into a hastily dug grave.
Only last year, President
Jean-Bertrand Aristide was
spirited out of Haiti when it
was clear his life was in dan-
ger following a rebellion. Had
he stayed, he might well have
become another Dessalines,
butchered by his own people,
or another Cincinnatus Lecon-
te, the president who was incin-
erated in the 1912 palace fire-
ball. -
When it comes to politics,
Haitians (to use a quaint
Bahamian expression) "don't
play" in fact, they create such
mayhem that their country has
become the biggest embarrass-
ment of the western world.

Cultured

Though there is undoubted-
ly another side to these people
- the best of them are among
the most cultured and creative
in the Caribbean, with strong
family traditions, a tremendous


swept through these slums, dis-
placing hundreds of people at a,
time.
What many Bahamians now
claim, and resent, is that some
Haitians are no longer the
servile and deferential out-
siders of old, grateful to be giv-
en a chance in life, but increas-
ingly determined and aggres-
sive interlopers who see the
Bahamas as a convenient and
more congenial extension of
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work ethic and an artistic her-
itage which is the envy of the
region their track record in
the area of governance is not
impressive.
What some Bahamians fear,
and understandably so, is that if
Haitians establish themselves
in the Bahamas in sufficient
numbers, they will begin assert-,
ing their rights in ways local
people will find hard to under-
stand.
Haiti, remember, achieved
freedom from a European
nation that was itself in the
midst of post-revolutionary tur--
moil. Having guillotined its
aristocracy, France found itself
ultimately under the command.
of an imperialistic dictator who
plunged it into ruinous wars.
While Haiti was in the throe-
of its own revolution, Napoleon
was leading his armies towards
major disasters in Europe,
including the crippling march
on Moscow and the killing;,
fields of Waterloo. These were*
not happy times for the little
emperor or his country.

Democratic

Hence, Haiti had no democ-
ratic template on which to
build. It was born amid chaos
and has been in a state of dis-
order and confusion ever since.
While the Bahamas has the
oldest parliament in the Com-
monwealth one that pre-dates
the US Congress by the best
part of half a century Haiti
has nought to offer from its
political past but a succession
of madcap dictators, military
juntas and bloody coups inter-
spersed by periods of foreign
-occupation.
In the same way that
demented mullahs fired-up by
Islamic extremism have no
regard for the nuances of
British law, exciteable Haitians
with a grudge against society
cannot be expected to observe
parliamentary protocol and
democratic niceties in Nassau'
when it comes to the crunch.
Throwing the parliamentary
mace out of the window fol-
lowed by the hour-glass, as Sir
Lynden Pindling and Sir Milo
Butter did in 1965, does not
rate much as a political gesture
among people who have tradi-
tionally exerted change by
extreme force.
Bearing all this in mind, the
Bahamas is embarking on a
perilous course if it allows itself
to be submerged by a culture
which allowed its head will
make few allowances for what
has gone before.

Reasoned

Some will say all this is high-
ly inflammatory. Others will
see it as a reasoned presenta-
tion of the truth.
In Abaco, where the Haitian
"problem" is most apparent,
ambivalence in the public's'.
response has already led to a
calamitous situation.
The Mud and Pigeon Pea,
Marsh Harbour's heaving slum
settlements, are mini-replicas
of Cite Soleil and Bel Air in
Port-au-Prince, congested ghet-
toes where local laws no longer
seem to apply.
Amid the cramped shacks
and stinking alleyways, an
entire society functions albeit
haphazardly with no refer-
ence to the way neighbouring
Bahamians live their lives.
"There are nightclubs, beau-
ty parlours, barber shops and
even convenience stores in
t ~re," said a Bahamian resi-
dent who has wandered
through the maze. None of
these businesses has the usual
permits because their owners
do not acknowledge that
Bahamian regulations apply to
them.

Civilised

Power-lines plugged (illicitly,
some say) into the local sup-
plies are festooned between
ramshackle homes, lean-to
sheds, and sundry other
makeshift buildings in ways
that would not, and could not,
be tolerated in the more
civilised host community all
around.
Twice, massive fires have


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FROM page 4C
he Abaco campaigner Jef-
fery Cooper said: "This island
will become a little Haiti. It is
already well on its way to being
an annexe of that country. And
new arrivals are getting off the
borts all the time."
The situation is aggravated
by corruption among Bahami-
an officials. "Everyone knows
that Haitians who can raise the
mciney are able to find their
way here with the active co-
operation of paid-off officials,"
an observer told INSIGHT.

Trade
"This is common knowledge.
Tifere is an active trale in
Haitians, Peruvians and Chi-
nese into and through the
Bahamas. There are 'safe hous-
es' all over the place which are
paKt of the system."
Qnce here, poorer Haitians
ar' frequently subjected to
police protection rackets under
whch their continued'presence
is assured if they make regular
payments to bent officers,
according to well-placed
sources:
Evidence of this has come
no, only from Abaco, but also
Nassau itself, where a family's
Haitian gardener (earmarked
for deportation as an illegal
immigrant) reappeared for
wTrk after paying a policeman
$250, a story reported in The
Tribune only last week.
With the Haitian problem.
po entially the Bahamas' pri-
mary social concern for the 21st
century, one would expect the
government to be in possession
of detailed statistics about its
extent.
Concerned Bahamians esti-
mate that the Haitian popula-
tion in the Bahamas now
stands at 'between 25,000 and
60,000, though some say the
figure is higher. Mr Cooper
believes Haitians in Abaco out-
number Bahamians, though he
cai get no-one to confirm it.

Statistics

;$o what are the facts? On
thl basis that accurate statis-
tics are essential if the Bahamas
is to devise a workable strategy
in dealing with Haitians,
INSIGHT has been conduct-
ing some research. The results
were not encouraging.
The Registrar General's
Office, the Department of Sta-
tistics, Princess Margaret Hos-
pital and the Department of
Immigration were all in the
dark on up-to-date population
numbers, birthrates and death
rates when a reporter called in
search of information.
Although Dr Bethel was able
to, spirit hospital statistics seem-
ingly out of nowhere to rebut
The Tribune's birthrate story,
there is no key data available
on which to build anything like
a reasoned appraisal of the
Haitian immigration situation.
-Currently, an international
advisory group specialising in
immigration is conducting
research in an effort to "get a
handle" on the problem. How-
eyer, government sources have
already hinted that its findings
will not be made public..
Although Dr Bethel was


quick to counter a doctor's alle-
gations in The Tribune that
Haitian births at Princess Mar-
garet Hospital were running as
high as nine to one, statistics
he produced at the time were
not rated reliable by medical
staff.
In fact, since the furore
erupted, The Tribune has con-
tinued to receive information
from anonymous medical
sources suggesting that the
truth is being suppressed. No
fewer than three doctors have
now expressed disquiet over
the Haitian birthrate.
The most recent disclosures
came from a Bahamian moth-
er,' whq said she was asked'to-
;vacate hier hospital bed to
make way for a Haitian woman
whose labour was more immi-
nent.
"There were two other Hait-.
ian mothers waiting behind
me,'" she said, "and another
was in the toilet. In the birth
log-book, there were a number
of names like St John, Louis
and suchlike."
A nurse, meanwhile,
revealed that one day two
weeks ago 17 of 32 births at the
hospital were to Haitian moth-
ers and that the Haitian-
Bahamian birth ratio was run-
ning at five to one.

Observer

"I believe politicians are
afraid to tell the truth because
of what Bahamians might do,"
an observer told INSIGHT. "It
is such an emotive issue that
they are afraid the thing will
blow up.
"But I. think we have to get
proper statistics if we are to
look at this situation in a prag-
matic and unemotional way. At
the end of the day, Bahamians
are not aware enough of their
own culture to be able to guard
it jealously. We need definitive
figures if we are to plan prop-
erly for the future."
British culture, by contrast,
stretches way back to pre-
Roman times, nurtured admit-
tedly over many centuries by
a succession of invading forces,
culminating with the Norman
Conquest in 1066. Though
essentially a mongrel race, the
British have established par-
liamentary, cultural and legal
traditions which make them
what many still consider a mod-
el society.
Yet their vulnerability is as
pronounced today as it's ever
been, and all because foreign
immigration has been allowed
to run amok over the last half-
century as politicians have
shrunk from their responsibili-
ties.

Immigration

Controlling immigration is
not racism, the Conservative
leader Michael Howard said
recently while reflecting the
British people's mounting dis-
quiet, it is commonsense. *
Enoch Powell said the same
thing in the Sixties, but was
shouted down and demonised.
He eventually died in 1998,
having lived his final years in
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JAMES L KNIGHT (1909-1991)


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Sharing the risk of disaster


OUR OPINION: U.S. NEEDS A NATIONAL PROGRAM MODELED ON FLOOD INSURANCE


T he appropriation of $62
I billion by Congress to
pay for disaster relief in the
wake of Hurricane Katrina
means that all Americans are
pitching in to pay for this
painful recovery. President
Bush's speech on Thursday
night ensures that this will be
only the first installment in a
rebuilding effort of unprece-
dented scale. The principle
behind this generous impulse
is that natural disasters are
everyone's business. If the
pain can't be distributed
evenly, the expense can be.
Now it's time for Congress to
realize that the same princi-
ple should apply to insurance
covering major disasters.
As hurricanes like Katrina
become more frequent and
destructive, a catastrophe-in-
surance program modeled on
flood insurance should
become a priority for law-
makers before the next big
disaster strikes.
According to the Insur-
ance Information Institute,
Congress created the
National Flood Insurance
Program in 1968 in response
to "the rising cost of taxpay-
er-funded disaster relief for
flood victims and the increas-


ing amount of damage caused
by floods." Substitute the
words hurricane or wind-
storm for flood in the preced-
ing sentence, and you have a
perfect description of today's
situation with windstorm and
hurricane insurance. The
expense of Katrina and the
accompanying chart are
undeniable evidence of the
rising cost of windstorms.
Meanwhile, 2005's record
hurricane season along
with the four hurricanes that
hit Florida last year should
persuade the most hardened
skeptic that we live in an era
of heightened danger.
Before the flood-insurance
program was created, gov-
ernment-backed relief in
disastrous floods came from
general revenues, in much
the same manner as aid is'
provided to the victims of
Katrina today. For taxpayers,
the flood-insurance program
makes more sense because
the NFIP is self-supporting.
Expenses and claims are paid
through premiums collected
for flood-insurance policies,
not by the U.S. government.
Because policies are
required of potential flood
victims across the country,


CATASTROPHES AND COSTS
Hurricanes are the most expensive disasters for insurers.
INSURANCE PAYOUTS,
DATE DISASTER IN BILLIONS OF 2004 DOLLARS
8/92 Hurricane Andrew $20.87
9/01 World Trade Center and 20.05 --
Pentagon terrorist attacks*
1/94 Northridge, CA, earthquake 1.. 5.93.. ....
8/04 Hurricane Charley 7.48
9/ .Hu. rrcane... ....... ............................................. .. I .. ...................
9/04 Hurricane Ivan 711
9/89 Hurricane Hugo 6 39 9
9/04 Hurricane Frances 4.60 m1i
9/04 Hurricane Jeanne 3.66 I
9/98 Hurricane G eorg s ........... ............................ 36 .................
6 1... Tro.i.ca. l ..Storm A l.. is n ..... .... 10 .............
Source: ISO; Insurance Information Institute *Property coverage only.
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premiums remain relatively
affordable. In 2004, accord-
ing to the insurance institute,
the average premium was
$411 for coverage of $150,000.
Compare that to the huge
windstorm premiums paid by
residents living in the most
vulnerable parts of Florida,
and the advantages of a com--
prehensive national programs
become clear.
Of course, no insurance
program can cover all the
expenses of a calamity of
Katrina's magnitude. Extra
relief will be needed because
many potential victims will


remain uninsured, and losses
will exceed coverage when
the level of destruction is so
great. Still, the existence of
an insurance program of
national dimensions, ulti-
mately underwritten by the
government, becomes a sig-
nificant mitigating factor.
Here's another advantage:
Putting flood, windstorm and
other catastrophic events
into one package would mini-
mize the possibility that
disaster victims will be
cheated by insurance compa-
nies. Already, the attorney
general of Mississippi is


suing five insurance compa-
nies for allegedly cheating
policy-holders by attributing
Katrina's damage to a flood,
thus avoiding responsibility
for damage covered by wind-
storm policies.
Some will argue, no doubt,
that most Americans aren't
vulnerable to windstorm and
hurricane damage, so they
shouldn't be asked to pay for
those who are at risk. This is
the same argument used by
some Floridians who
believed they faced no risk
from hurricanes... until last
year's storms cut across the
state and damaged inland
areas once considered "safe."
The facts don't support
the argument either, accord-
ing to the insurance institute:
In 2003, a fairly typical year,
homeowners' insurance
losses from wind or hail dam-
age accounted for 25 percent
of all losses nationwide. This
was exceeded only by the 33
percent of losses attributed
to fire, lighting and debris
removal which is why the
proposed new disaster insur-
ance should cover all major
catastrophes, not just hurri-
canes or floods.
Creating a government


safety net to share the risk
with private insurers is a leg-
islative issue that the entire
Florida delegation should
support. Their constituents
live in the most vulnerable
state. Last year's storms
erased profits for the state's
homeowners insurance
industry and have led to sig-
nificant premium increases
and surcharges this year.
Incredibly, the state-backed
insurance program of last
resort wants a new round of
increases, up to 68 percent
for Miami-Dade County, and
50 percent for Broward.
National catastrophe insur-
ance would be fairer to all by
spreading the risk and the
burden of rate-payers.
No state has benefited as
much from the existence of a
flood-insurance program as
much as Florida 40 per-
cent of all U.S. flood-insur-
ance policies nationwide
originate in Florida. If a par-
allel catastrophe-insurance
program that includes wind-
.storms is created, the same
benefit would accrue to the
state's overburdened resi-
dents, along with the savings
of premiums made lower by
spreading the risk.


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