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Infant's casket and

body are removed

from the ground


* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
-POLICE are not ruling out
satanic or occult rituals as a pos-
sible motive for the ghoulish
desecration of an infant's grave.
Parents have been left trau-
matised by the incident, which
involved the removal of both
the casket and body from the
ground.
Last Thursday, Ell Tyya
Brooks, a baby girl, was buried
in the cemetery of St Joseph's, a
Catholic church off Tyler Street.
Steel-reinforced cement slabs
had been broken and removed
from the grave top, and the
child's body was found wrapped


in plastic and tape about 10 feet
away.
Police say they are not dis-
counting any theories in their
investigation, especially as the
desecration came exactly six
days after the burial, and on the
night of a full moon.
Both factors are significant in
satanic and occult rituals.
Asked if the body had been
defiled or dismembered, police
press liaison officer Inspector
Walter Evans said he did not
have that information. But he
confirmed,that the body had
been sent to the morgue for
examination.
SEE page 14


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FNM chairman
will run for
U r.
deputr position
CARL BETHEL, chairman of the Free
National Movement, has announced that
0 THE grave from which the body was taken. he will run for the position Of deputy
(Photo: Felip Major/Tribune staff) leader of the party.'
Making the announcement yesterday,
FNM leadership candidate Dion Foulkes
said: "I wish Carl well in his campaign. I
encourage him, the current deputy Sidney
Collie, and any other candidate who enters
the leadership race to maintain a high lev-
el of debate and to conduct a positive cam-
paign."
Mr Bethel is the first FNM member to
announce his candidacy for the position
of the party's second-in-command.
Last week Montagu MP Brent Symon-
ette told The Tribune he was seriously
considering a bid for the position of deputy
leader.
He said he-would inform the public of
his final decision by the time parliament
reconvenes on October 5.
Mr Bethel's announcement comes less
SEE page 14


Two veteran college
academics in
running for COB
president post
THE new COB president will be
chosen from two veteran college
academics, it h1as been revealed.
College, council chairman
Franklyn Wilson announced yester-
day that applications. have been sub-
mitted by acting president Dr Rhon-
da Chipman-Johnspn and Dr Pando-
ra Johnson, vice-president of
research, planning and develop-
ment.
"Both women have been
employed with thie institution for
more than 25 yeqirs, beginning as
lecturers and occupying various
administrative positions in subse-
quent years," said Mr Wilson in a
statement.
He said the council will deliberate
the matter at a forthcoming meeting
to set the selection process.
The council, he said, pledges to
keep the public abreast of future
developments.


i By A FELICITY
INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
PROSTITUTION and topless
dancing are not illegal in the
4 Bahamas, an attorney argued yes-
terday as he successfully defend-
ed six Russian strippers in court.
Wayne Munroe was represent-
ing staff of the Butterfly Club in
East Bay Street.
After his submission, magis-
trate Renee McKay acquitted the
Russian strippers, their Russian
manager Igor, and six staff mem-
bers.
Prosecuting officer Sgt Donald
Lotmore had pressed charges of
indecent behaviour and abetting
S indecent behaviour against the
group after police raided the club
above Kenny Rogers Restaurant.
The women were found strip-
S. ping down to their panties, pole"
dancing, and giving lap dances to
a decoy, Corporal Bertree Ingra-
ham, who visited the club on June
24 around 9.30pm.
Mr Munroe submitted that if
;prostitution is not a crime in the
S hBahamas, and it is considered a
worst possible scenario, 'what
could be wrong with looking at
some breasts?"
SEE page 14

BEC wants union

dispute referred to

Industrial Tribunal



* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
BEC has asked for its dispute with the
union to be referred to the Industrial Tri-
bunal for arbitration. Management says it
no longer sees the value of its talks with
the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union
continuing at Department of Labour level.
Union officials, however, have described
this as an unnecessary act and a stalling
tactic.
Currently, there are four issues raised by
the BEWU which are being addressed by
the Department of Labour:
Change in working hours
Retroactive pay as a result of change in
working hours
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BEWU holds demonstration outside BEC HQ


bune, Kevin Basden explained
that as the general manager, he
does not deal with each and every
issue affecting BEC.
Mr Basden said a management
team that deals with negotiations
was in attendance the meeting.
Mr Williams went on to claim
that when the government's con-
ciliator asked BEC's executives
at the meeting what they brought
to the table to resolve the dis-
pute, they said: "We brought
absolutely nothing."
Mr Basden denied this, saying
management reiterated its latest
position on matters between the
corporation and the union.
Said Mr Williams: "The work-
ers out here today will show a
clear message that we as work-
ers will have to do what we have
to do.
"If BEC does not want to
resolve this, we will have to turn
this up another level starting


today," said Mr Williams.
He added: "If the government
cannot force BEC to negotiate in
good faith, then the Bahamas
Electrical Workers Union will
have to carry out the necessary
action to bring BEC in line."
Mr Williams said that the union
has already applied for a strike.
vote.
However, he did not reveal
what other forms of industrial
actions they would consider tak-
ing.
Brandishing placards, BEC
workers marched around the,
headquarters twice before assem-
bling in the foyer area.
Union executives reportedly
went and asked Mr Basden to
address the staff to bring "clarity
to the matter."
Mr Williams claimed Mr Bas-
den said he was not prepared to
meet with the union and the
workers at that time.


FROM page one
teef'ta ge-increase and merit pay; and
ison'Splan revision.
S i l'ter to the Labour Board, BEC said it had devoted much time
a ld or6t both internallya nd at the Department of Labour trying to
bach an amicable settlement.
W"Unfortunately, and even with the involvement of the Labour
apartmentnt as conciliator, our discussions have not proved very fruit-
cor produced a mutually satisfactory result," he said.
The union has announced publicly that they have instituted a "work
to rule" but BEC management said that, as an essential service organ-
isation, BEC cannot effectively run a 24-7 operation with the imposi-
tion of industrial action.
It contends that, because BEC workers provide an essential service,
they cannot by law be involved in any industrial action.
In part VI section 75. of the Industrial Relations Act, it states that
when the minister attempts to secure a settlement of a trade dispute
within an essential service, and the settlement has not been reached
within 16 days, the minister may refer the dispute to the Labour
Board.
In this section, and section 78 of the Act, essential service means any
service decreed by the Governor General to be essential, including elec-
tricity or water supply, disposal of sewage or other waste products dan-
gerous to the health of the community,.provision of any hospital ser-
vice and services essential to the safety of aircraft, and the fire, telecom-
munications and prison services.
BEC said that, while it appreciated the Department of Labouer's
efforts in trying to continue discussions with the union, it advised that
its position on the issues to date had not changed "and as such we see
no further merit in continuing these discussions at the Labour Depart-
ment".
Union officials yesterday sent a letter to the board saying it was
deeply disturbed over the contents of the letter.
BEWU leader Denis Williams said the union felt that management
was behaving in an "irresponsible and irrational manner".
"We would like to inform the minister that even in the midst of indus-
trial unrest both unions which are a part of the pension task force met
on September 20 to discuss the pension plan.
"How is it that some executives of BEC are willing to meet with the
union to discuss matters of mutual importance and others such as the
general manager and legal counsel, when in accordance with the
Industrial Relations Act are requested to attend meetings at the.
Department of Labour, continually show a blatant disrespect to the
minister, director of labour, the conciliation process, the union and
holistic tripartite arrangement," he said.


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best partners of US'


*:By KARIN HERIG
-Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas is one of the
United States' most co-opera-
tive partners in the fight against
drugs, US Ambassador John
Rood said yesterday.
Apologising to Deputy Prime
Minister Cynthia Pratt for any
concern caused by the
Jahamas' inclusion in the US
government's drug trafficking
list, the ambassador emphasised
that in this case the list does not
reflect the country's counter-
narcotic efforts.
Yesterday at the office of the
deputy prime minister, Ambas-
sador Rood told Mrs Pratt and
the press that the Bahamas,
together with Colombia and the


Dominican Republic, has been
singled out by the US as a country
that has "performed admirably"
in the fight against drugs.
"I don't think we have a bet-
ter partner in the fight against
drugs and the support of the
rule of law than we have with
the government and people of
the Bahamas," he said.
Last week, US President
George Bush announced that
the Bahamas, along with three
other Caribbean countries, had
been included in the list of
major drug-transiting or drug-
producing nations.
"It is clear being on this list is
not a reflection of the effort
being made,. or the co-opera-
tion (with the US). I think we're
working yery, very well togeth-.


er, this is merely the result of
your geographical location," the
ambassador said.
Quoting from a speech made
by Nicholas Burns, under-sec-
retary of political affairs with
the US State Department,
Ambassador. Rood said:
"Looking to the Caribbean,
we note that the police in the
Bahamas have a superb record
in terms of dismantling drug
trafficking organisations.
"Since 2001, the Bahamas has
stopped the illegal activities of
.three major drug rings, an
accomplishment which result-
ed in the arrests of hundreds of
criminals in the Bahamas as
well as in the United States."
In the 1980s, the drugs trans-
shipped through the Bahamas


accounted for about 70 per cent
of the narcotics destined for the
US. Today, it accounts for less
than 10 per cent.
"This is huge testament to the
fine work being done by
Bahamians as well as Ameri-
cans working together," he said.
Mrs Pratt also emphasised
that although nothing can be
done to change the Bahamas'
geographical situation, the
country can achieve significant
successes in its counter-narcot-
ic efforts by a continuous strong
relationship with the US.
One of the areas that the
Bahamas and the US will focus
more heavily on in future,
Ambassador Rood added, will
be the reduction of the demand
for drugs in the two countries.


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murde on tree


POLICE are investigating
a murder in the Miami street
area that reportedly occurred
after an argument.
According to police liaison
officer Inspector Walter
Evans, the 33rd homicide of
the year was recorded around
7am in Homestead Avenue
off Miami Street, following a
verbal exchange between two
men.


One of the men was struck
with a piece of concrete on the
left side of the head and died
at the scene, Mr Evans said.
The man has been identi-
fied as 44-year-old Ray
Anthony Sands of Homestead
Avenue.
Mr Evans said police do not
have anyone in custody in con-
nection with the matter. Inves-
tigations continue.


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When the marines arrived at
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The immigrants, who
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They were turned over to
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This latest apprehension
brings the number of illegal
Haitian immigrants detained in
Bahamian waters to just under
900 for the year.
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EDITOR, The Tribune

KINDLY allow me space to
express my views on the Min-
istry of Education (MoE) situa-
tion, based on first hand expe-
rience of having been employed
within the ministry for seven
years.
As a recently resigned
teacher from the MoE, I am
.presently in the middle of my
own dilemma of having taught
for said ministry and not having
been paid AT ALL for almost
two months. Many of the things
I will say, I have already stated
or alluded to in a letter mailed
to the Minister of Education
earlier; however I have yet to
hear from them in this regard.
Now I will be the first to
agree that there is definitely
room for improvement with
teachers and their respective
classrooms; however, even far
more prevalent I find there to
be an abuse of these profes-
sionals more than any other in
this society. It is this abuse that
leads me to the conclusion that
the ministry officials do not
care.
In one newspaper report, I
read that the minister stated
that he was "frustrated" (I
chuckle). Well, his frustrations
of having to give accountability
for his ministry for the badly
conditioned classrooms pales in
comparison to the frustration
of the teachers who must actu-
ally work within these class-
rooms daily and function under
a system that expects them to
work there.
. In addition to some dilapi-
dated'classroom6fs, teachers must
also work with children with dis-
cipline issues, learning disabili-
ties and/or emotional problems;
occasionally having to deal with
confrontations from agitated
parents, while also battling for
justice from administration
and/or the system.
Even though numerous
teachers, after years of being
employed by the ministry are
still not being paid properly,
they have to (and are expected
to) .spend money out of their
own pockets on children whose
parents sent them to school in
some cases without pencils or
even lunch. Yet the minister is
frustrated!
In light of all this, the min-
istry's appointed, director, Mrs
Pinder, greeted the teachers this
past August not with
acknowledgment of their strug-
gle and sincere promises to
improve their condition, but
instead with insinuations that
they are STILL not doing
enough "considering the 'D'


average and all". So during her
yearly "Let's Act Interested and
Tick It Off Our To-Do List
Meeting", the director and/or
her faithful associates suggested
home visitations be added to
the already full plate of things
teachers are already required
to do.
Obviously, in her enjoyment
of movies like "Dangerous
Minds" and "Lean On Me", she
did not hear about the ongoing
increase in gas prices. Obvious-
ly she did not hear that the rais-
es promised, would not be given
out until November, and even
then it would only be half of
what was promised. Obviously
they believe as they have
proven in my case that mon-
ey for teachers grows on trees.
Or perhaps they think it will fall
out of the holes in the class-
room ceilings.
This is the simple reason why
the above is happening and it
is the same reason why numer-
ous schools were not prepared
for school to open. They do not
care! Alfred Sears alluded to
having "readied" all of the oth-
er schools. What he means is
that these other schools were
perhaps not as dilapidated as
the ones that are in the public's
eye right now. But rest assured
we'll hear about some of them
next school year.
Had the minister (or direc-
tor) actually been paying atten-
tion to what was going on, and-
had there only been.fotir in NP
and a few in the family islands
to fix his people would have
called ZNS, as is their custom
whenever they "accomplish"
wonderful things on their To-
Do list, and informed the pub-
lic of arrangements for the stu-
dents to start school at an audi-
torium or some other venue.
No arrangements were made
because they were hoping, as
usual, that the teachers would,
continue in the classrooms, or
that perhaps the PTA or school
board would take the initiative
and remedy the situation until
"the letter" requesting repairs
got to wherever it was supposed
to go. But my guess is that the
letter is probably still on some-
one's desk right in the Educa-
tion department.
The ONLY reason these sit-
uations came to light is because
there were.threats to strike and
to boycott and the press was
called in and the minister was
embarrassed. He should be


embarrassed for having to
be threatened. Otherwise, they
would have moved at their 6wn
speed and probably ignoyeoi it,
maybe even until the nextparty
- took over. Then, like former
education minister jDion
Foulkes, they would blarne that
party for letting the schoglg get
out of hand. And contrary to
what the FNM party wcduld
have you believe this is not 9nly
a PLP problem because I, have
taught under both governments.
It is the government syste(n in
place "We fix problems,vhen
you back us up against th4 wall
and not a day before!" 1
I have heard that the teachers
teaching from the rat-infested
trailers on one of the fatily
islands were teaching outt of
those trailers (which were Sup-
posedly temporary) for; six
years. Well since the PI4P has
been in power for threeyAars,
the other three of those6years
belonged to the FNM. So how
dare they act as if they are| not
equally .responsible? I'"know
better.
Cassius Stuart, God bless his
misguided soul, is calling for the
resignation of Mr Sears, 'and
while I appreciate his candour,
I perceive it to be nothing rilore
than "politics" for him. So I say
to Mr Stuart, please go andifind
some other cause for which to
shackle yourself to a parl ment
staple, because there is nhBKlace
for playing political per
Mario Brothers when it mes
to educating our children.
Our system needs people at
the helm, more so in reg ris to
the position of the dire r of
education, who genuine care.
As for the minister, there is no
real benefit in trying to outdo
the previous system, by chang-
ing policies, and saying i did
"stuff" that was done just r the
sake of doing it, while not rally
accomplishing anything at all.
Am I suggesting tha.tiese
people do not work hard? Far
from it. But things are nofgoing
to improve by having confer-
ences, hiring "consultaiits",
drafting curriculums .thaj are
placed on shelves to gather dust
and opening up more 'pre-
schools and whatever else;
The teachers are fed up, the
children are failing and things
are going to get worse uhless
someone up there decides to
care! Anything else or anything
less would simply put, beb akin
to putting a band aid on a bullet
wound.

MOYA M THOMPSON
(Miss) '
Nassau
September 16 2005


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P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas

Bids should reach the company's administrative office on John F. Kennedy.
Drive by 5:00pm on Thursday, September 29, 2005.

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guests were arraigned
T By iDEN MAYCOCKg
Tribuert Alfreeport
Reporter
FREEPORT, Grand
Bahama -Two wedding


Coral Gardens were
charged before Magistrate's
Court on assault charges.
Robert Alfred Williams,
41, of Coral Road and
Alistar Cockburn, 32, of
Coral Gardens were
charged before Magistrate
Franklyn Williams with
assault with a dangerous
instrument.
They were also charged
with causing damage to
property and assaulting a
police officer who was
acting in the execution of
his duty.
It is alleged that on
September 17 while at a
wedding at the Mecca
Grand Lodge Hall on East
Sunrise Highway, the men
were fighting, throwing
missiles and causing
damage to property.
Williams and Cockburn
pleaded not guilty to the
charges. They elected
summary trial on the first
two charges and were each
granted $3,000 bail with a
surety.
The matters have been
adjourned to March 13
2006 for trial.













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Drivers call on government



to reduce jitney licensing


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
IN an effort to reduce operating
expenses for jitneys, the Public Transit
Association is calling on the Ministry of
Transport to reduce franchise and licens-
ing fees.
PTA president Reuben Rahming said
the association currently pays the highest
fees in the public transportation sector,
despite the fact that jitney drivers make
the least money as they cater to lower
income customers.
He told The Tribune that since the
price of gasoline began to skyrocket, jit-
ney drivers have found it difficult to


make a profit. Mr Rahming said a fee
increase may now become a matter of
survival for the drivers. *
To make matters worse, he said, two
years ago the ministry decided to
increase the licence and franchise fees.
Originally, he explained, if each fran-
chise holder paid $300 a franchise licence
plate for up to five plates, the sixth plate
and each plate thereafter would cost $50
each.
Now, he said, each franchise holder
has to pay $300 per plate each year a
huge amount of money for persons who
own several buses.
In addition to the franchise fee, each
year it costs $300 to license and inspect


American admits drug offence


* EDWARD Smolyanksy is led
* By FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Staff Reporter
AN American man caught
with cocaine at Nassau Inter-
national Airport has been
ordered to pay a $300 fine or
spend one month in prison.
Edward Smolyanksy yes-
terday pleaded guilty to hav-
ing a quarter-gram of cocaine
in his possession as he entered
the Bahamas.
According to immigration
officers at NIA, they were


d to court
conducting a search when they
asked the visitor to allow them
to inspect his cigarette box..
At the bottom of the box,
they found a clear piece of
plastic containing cocaine.
Smolyanksy, who works in
Chicago as a finance execu-
tive, was visiting 'the Atlantis
resort.
His lawyer Ian'Cargill told
Magistrate Renee McKay he
would pay the fine, afid she
ordered that Smolyanksy be
deported immediately.


each bus. This is in addition to the thou-
sands of dollars in wear and tear the
vehicles incur each month.

Competition

The owners also have to contend with
business licence fees. Mr Rahming said
that while businessmen across the board
are charged this fee, the situation is frus-
trating because the 1,200 taxi cabs in the
country are not required to pay the same
franchise fees as jitneys.
He noted that the association's tour
bus counterparts can make more money
off one bus-load of people than a jitney


can make in a month.
Mr Rahming explained that although
tour buses have peak and low periods,
they make enough during the peaks to
sustain them.
He noted that an average tour bus
charges $29 per person, while a full jitney
load yields about $18 altogether.
He said it is a shame that the govern-
ment is placing such a burden on jitneys,
which provide a vital service to the poor,
who are unable to afford their own vehi-
cles or take taxis.
Mr Rahming also said it is time for
the government to work more closely
with the association to improve the
industry.


Initiative to focus on safety


of tourists visiting Bahamas


The Royal Bahamas Police
Force and the Ministry of
Tourism have established the
Bahamas Visitor Safety and
Security Board in a bid to
ensure that tourists to the
Bahamas have as safe a visit as
possible.
Plans for the initiative will be
developed at a day-long work-
shop today, which will focus on
the range of issues and activities
important to the safety of visitors
- and by extension, the stabili-
ty of the nation's economy.
"This is an idea whose time
has come," said Ministry of
Tourism director general Ver-
nice Walkine.
"Safety has become the pri-
mary issue of importance when
choosing a travel destination.
While the Bahamas is relatively
safe, given the large number of
visitors which we have, it is our
goal to ensure that the question
of safety is far removed from
every visitor's mind," added Ms
Walkine.
Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson said, "The safety and
security of our visitors must be
everyone's business, just as
tourism is everyone's business."
Commissioner Farquharson


and Ms Walkinehave invited a
range of stakeholders to assist in
planning the new initiative.
"We need the ideas, the ener-
gy and the goodwill of stake-


holders, public and private, to
put this effort together and sus-
tain it," said the commissioner.
He has already pledged
resources to the new effort.


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* BY DENISE MAYCOCK
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FREEPORT Consumers in
Freeport are now spending
around $60 for.a tank of gas..
With fuel prices at their high-
est ever in the country, some
motorists say they are paying
even more to fill up at the
pumps.
"It is very upsetting, but what
can we do? We need gas," said
a real estate executive, who
complained that she now pays
$65 dollars to fill up her Ford
Explorer.
Gasoline rates in Freeport are
slightly lower than New Provi-
dence rates, which have sky-
rocketed over the past several


Retailers blame wholesalers and


government for high prices


weeks to nearly $5 per gallbn
at service stations.
Freeport Oil Company Lim-
ited (FOCOL), the wholesale
supplier of petroleum products
on the island, has decided to
take a loss and not increase its
rates despite continuing market
increases on the price of crude
oil.
In Freeport, consumers are
paying $4.34 per gallon for reg-
ular unleaded, $4.45 for super
unleaded, $3.22 for bonded
(duty free) fuel and $3.42 for
diesel.
Outside Freeport, the rate for


unleaded is $3.97 per gallon at
Texaco service stations in Eight
Mile Rock and Pinder's Point.
In addition to other rates
charged to wholesalers and
retailers, the government
charges $1.25 per gallon on
gasoline entering the country.
A local Freeport retailer said:
"The wholesaler under price
control is able to charge 30 to 40
cents per gallon. And then the
retailer is also under price con-
trol to charge between 30 to 40
cents per gallon on regular and
super unleaded, bonded and
diesel."


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"The problem is we all know
the cost of fuel has gone up, andi
therefore power goes up. Wp
have been hit with major hurri-
canes and so our insurance have
gone up to insure our buildings,
dispensers and products," he
said.
He suggested that the gov-
ernment reconsider the rate of
$1.25 it charges on gas during
such difficult economic times.'
Bahamian consumers a e
hoping that the PetroCaribe
agreement with Venezuela will
assist in bringing the cost of fuel
down.
"I am hoping the gas goes
down soon and I am eagerto
see what happens with this
agreement Venezuela, if itwill
make any difference," said e
real estate executive.
Another motorists said '
don't think it is fair for thep
lic to be charged for gas alreidy
in the tank. If the gas is alr-Ty
here on the island we sh eil-
n't be charged. But, if thee
just bringing in the gas th] a
difference when the prices
already gone up."
The truck driver said whit
usually cost him $50 dollars f6r
a fill-up is now costing him $i5.
"It is ridiculously high a.iid
this is too much todealwift I
hope that God will sustais.
But in order to survive we have
to cut back some way or sdcie
how," he said.
"It is terrible but we ha-v0o
deal with it, said anioti r
motorist. "I am now payg
over $60 which usually lastf3br
:,two days."
Minister of Trade andInis-
try Leslie 'Mller-has expred
his concerns over the continued
increase in gas prices. :
In an effort to bring sore
relief to Bahamian consumers,
the government is considering
signing the PetroCaribe agree-
ment with Venezuela to supply
the Bahamas with oil at prefer-
ential rates by cutting out'the
middle men.
Some have expressed oppo-
sition to the deal, saying that it
could affect the Bahamas' rela-
tions with the US.


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Specialist's plan to teach


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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A NOTED Chinese language
specialist is offering her skills
to Bahamians.
Anmei Cho said that as the
Bahamas continues to build a
strong relationship with China,
it will prove beneficial for all
Bahamians to have a least a
basic understanding of key Chi-
nese phrases.
The Bahamas is to be the
beneficiary of a $30 million
state-of-the-art national stadi-
um; a gift from the Chinese gov-
ernment, and trade between the
two countries is at an all time
high.
Mrs Cho, who immigrated


from her native Taiwan to the
US and now lives in Maryland,
has visited the Bahamas six
times.
She said the Bahamian peo-
ple have always welcomed her,
with open arms and she has
often wished that she could do
something special for the coun-
try.
Earlier this year, Mrs Cho
was involved in a very serious
-accident which, she says-, she
was extremely blessed to have
survived.
Following the incident, Mrs
Cho said she that knew she was
meant to make a difference and
decided to do something for the
Bahamas.
She said that given the


increasing relationship between
China' and the Bahamas, she
decided to write a book called,
Basic Conversation -for Non
Chinese Speakers..

Negotiations

She said the book should'
prove especially useful to the
prime minister and the cabinet
as they negotiate with the Chi-
nese government.


It could also prove useful to
persons interested in doing busi-
ness with Chinese businessmen.
To help offset the cost of pub-
lication, Mrs Cho is looking to
find a Bahamian publishing
company to print the book and
the more advanced sequel she is
presently writing.
Mrs Cho said she is not inter-
esting in turning a profit, but
simply in providing a service to
a country which has been very
good to her.


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South African minister




to visit Grand Bahama


The Minister of Foreign
Affairs of the Republic of South
Africa is to visit Grand Bahama
for a meeting of The Bahamas /
South Africa Joint Bilateral
Commission tomorrow.
In 2004, The Bahamas and
South Africa signed a bilateral


agreement, which formed a
joint commission on trade,
tourism, health, education and
cultural matters resulting from a
state visit to the Bahamas in
2003 by South African Presi-
dent Mbeki.
Her Excellency Dr Nkosa-


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sana Zumawill be welcomed in
Freeport by Acting Minister of
Foreign Affairs Vincent Peet
for a tour of the City of
Freeport and Grand Bahama
Harbour in addition to meet-
ings with the business commu-
nity there.
Dr Zuma will also plant a
tree to replace one originally
planted by President Thabo
Mbeki during his visit, but
which.was destroyed by hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne.
On Saturday the Minister
of Trade and Industry, Leslie
Miller and Attorney General
and Minister of Education
Alfred Sears will arrive in
Freeport to join Mr Peet for the
official opening of the Com-
mission.


Fred Mitchell, Minister of
Foreign Affairs arrives in
Freeport on Saturday afternoon
to join the meetings of the
Commission.
The Bahamas / South Africa
Joint Bilateral Commission
comprises five 'sector groups'
which examine areas of bilater-
al co-operation, including rep-
resentatives from both coun-
tries' Ministries of Education,
Culture, Offices of the Attor-
neys General, Health and For-
eign Affairs.
Teams of technical officials
from the groups will meet in
Grand Bahama before the
Commission presents its report.
The South African Foreign
Minister' visit to The Bahamas
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THE religious idiocy exhibited by certain so-called Chris-
tians on the national airwaves and in the newspapers after Hur:
ricane Katrina was alarming.:;
Not since Hurricane Andrew has devastation occurred ona
such a scale. The panic, despair, the submergence of an entire'
city and spectacle of death brought by Hurricane Katrina was.
nothing short of cataclysmic. .
In the September 9 Miami Herald, columnist Leonard Pitts Jr;
described the devastation in New Orleans as an history-altering'
event, as Katrina did not simply "destroy one major city, but an'
entire region, and did so in the poorest quadrant of the countryY;,
And yet there are local church leaders and so-called Christians
who are willing to go on the national airwaves and proclaim
"God saved us because we are a Christian nation, because weV
don't do as they do in New Orleans."
. Is the Bahamas really a Christian nation or is it really a very-
religious nation where most of the citizens believe in Chris
tianity? These sentiments are surely un-Christian. .
In a recent appearance on the ZNS talk show Immediate
Response, a deacon who was echoed by several ignorant callers'
asserted that God had allowed "that to happen to those people,
in New Orleans because they are sinful; because they engaged'
in homosexuality; because they gambled; because they host
that sinful event Mardi Gras and because of their immoral'
lifestyles."
Well, excuse me! Firstly, genuine Christians should want to aski
these sanctimonious individuals why God, the God of all people;,
would harm people. Why would God choose to harm some but
have a special preference for Bahamians? n
And why is New Orleans more sinful than the Bahlifmas-.
Have these individuals no clue that Bahamians (including their,"
judgmental selves) live in sin?!
The last time I checked, the Bahamas was not only promoted
for its casino gambling, but Bahamians buy numbers more than-
they buy bread. Yw
The last time I checked, homosexuality and sodomy is a part'
of Bahamian society from top to bottom. Don't Bahamians lihei
cheat, steal, kill and covet?! Isn't the Bahamas host to gay ships..
and other 'sinful' events? 'd
Pastor Von Miller, of ZNS, said in the September 16 editidmi
of Immediate Response: "We live in a homosexual nation. So-
why do so many people think that because Katrina did not dec-
imate the Bahamas, God favours Bahamians?"
Bahamians are just as immoral and sinful as other people, and
because we haven't been recently obliterated by a storm or
some other event does not mean that we are the chosen few.:
Man, I tell ya, some Bahamians are inanely self-righteous.
What is more ironic, aren't there more Christian churches on'
the Gulf Coast than anywhere in the US? If the logic is thiit New-
Orleans was devastated as Sodom and Gomorrah, although'
they have all those churches, then the Bahamas and its 4,000O
churches could be next in line. I!
As a young Bahamian, I grew up with Christian grandparents.,
A major facet of my upbringing was being taught never to revs
el in the sorrow of others seems like many Bahamians could do'
with that lesson.
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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005, PAGE 9


THE TRIBUNE


Rise in deficit must be curtailed


A CCORDING to Cen-
,V tral Bank estimates
fot tie fiscal year 2004/2005, the
government's deficit rose by
almost 60 per cent over the pre-
vious year.
Such a rise in the deficit is
unsustainable. While the
Bahamas has enjoyed an
earnest growth trend over the
last two years, that growth rest-
ed largely on an expanding US
economy which boosted
tourists' travel significantly,
though the accompanying visi-
tor spending grew only modest-
ly; ,,
lWith fuel prices rising at
alarming rates, creating infla-
tionary pressures, natural dis-
adters disrupting economic
activity at unprecedented lev-
els and the ever-present threat
of terrorist attacks looming,
global economic growth, chiefly
growth of the US economy,
remains at risk.
In light of this fact, we must
exercise that much more pru-
dence in the management of the
nation's fiscal resources. Even
with the expanding Bahamian
economy, joblessness remains
higher than desirable arid busi-
n6ss profits on average are
modest.
Itf any one of the looming
threats to the global economy
causes a significant fall-out, our
economy could be devastated.
Under such a circumstance, the
government's only recourse for
stabilising national economic
conditions would be to boost its
borrowing.

his would be much
more difficult if its
credit capacity has been
stretched to the limit by an
extended period of high deficit
spending. For the last four fiscal
periods that is exactly what has
happened; the GFS deficit has
run near or above three per
c6nt annually; a rate of less than
one per cent is more desirable.
We must get a handle on pub-
lic spending. A 10 per cent
increase in spending is not
doable, not when revenue is
growing at four per cent. We
niust bring spending more in
line with revenue and narrow


STRAIGHT UP TALK


Z H I V A R G
the deficit. This will be more
difficult now that fuel prices
seem to be on an unrelenting
growth path and demands for
increases in civil servant pay are
being made.
Yet, tough decisions must be
made to preserve the integrity
of our fiscal situation in the
medium and long-term. We


LAI N G


its duties and have the benefit
of competent professional firms,
accounting and human resource
consulting, to provide technical
support.
It should also be under the
direct charge of a senior gov-
ernment minister, ideally the
deputy prime minister. A simi-
lar function was fulfilled by vice-


transportation a
fuel sources.


may not need an IMF austerity
programme to assist us in this
regard but we do need to ratio-
nalise activities in the civil ser-
vice to ensure that those cost
drivers that can be controlled
are in fact controlled.

It might be helpful forthe
prime minister to appoint,
as a matter of urgency, a tri-
bunal of private sector business
executives, retired if possible,
who can serve as an Efficiency
Commission.
This tribunal would be
requested to analyse the activi-
ties of critical areas of the pub-
lic service to see where the most
wastage is taking place and
make recommendations for
eliminating such wastage.
This commission should be
given adequateftiie to perform


mega-populations have tasted
some of the sweet life of eco-
nomic liberty and they are
demanding more and more of it.
Their demand alone is plac-
ing enormous pressure on fuel
supplies and impacting fuel
prices. How likely is it that India
and China will curb their run
toward western materialism?
Not'very likely.
Indeed, they will press for-
ward even faster, so long as
western multinational corpora-
tions continue to use those
countries to source cheap
labour, manufacture their prod-
ucts and support their informa-
tion technology needs.
Additionally, the oil-produc-
ing cartels of the world have no
genuine sympathy about the
escalating price of their prod-
ucts. They are laughing all the
way to the bank. Their only
concern is that ultimately their
golden goose might be its own
undoing, because if prices con-
tinue to increase indefinitely, at
a certain level it will threaten
global economic growth and
this could curb the very demand
that is fuelling the increase in
the first place.


Why is this an issue? Because
if the demand for oil continues
at current levels while oil pro-
duction declines, prices will soar
beyond our wildest imagination.
In fact, the already predicted
$100 per barrel could be
realised and $5 or $6 per gal-
lon at the pump would be a
common occurrence. What we
need is not necessarily fancy
ways of financing expensive
market-priced fuel, as Venezue-
la's PetroCaribe agreement pro-


poses, but alternative ways of
saving fuel, better forms of pub-
lic transportation and alterna-
tive fuel sources.
THOUGHT FOR THE
WEEK

-e human beings
V have used up Moth-
er Earth's resources without
conscience and now she seems
to be chastising us for doing so.


nd alternative T
owever, as they
SJ observe what is hap-
pening across the globe, the car-
tels, namely the OPEC, can see
that while consumers complain
president Al Gore for president about the price of fuel, they are
Bill Clinton. We need a sys- not adjusting their demand sig-
tematic revenue of the functions nificantly, which means that
of the government with a view they still have spending room
to improving efficiency and pro- in their budgets and appetite
*tecting our fiscal position from for the fuel to enjoy the
unnecessary deterioration, lifestyles to which they have
become accustomed.
WILL FUEL PRICE RISES They also know that they
LET UP? have at least 10 to 15 years
before global oil production
"peaks", as M King Hubbert, a
uel prices are at alarm- Shell Oilgeophysicist, described
ing rates. It is incredi- more than 50 years ago.
ble to observe the price of gas at According to Hubbert, oil
the pump at more than $4 per production follows a bell curve,
gallon. It seems that such meaning that at the beginning it
increases in the price of gas will rises sharply, peaks and then
become a permanent feature of thereafter the rate of produc-
our economic reality. tion declines. This has nothing
The fact is, the west sold its to do with not having enough
free enterprise bill of goods to oil but rather, it has to do with
Asia, namely India and thiA how difficult it becomes to get
arid they bought it hoolcTim'm .the same amount of oil out of,
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Bird watching team's rare find


* THE Anhinga, recorded by an ornithological team in the Bahamas


(Photo: Lionel Levine)


A VERY rare visitor to the
Bahamas a bird known as an
Anhinga may have been a
Refugee from Hurricane Katrina.
It took Bahamian ornitholo-
gist Paul Dean and his team Lee
Hanna, Keva Hanna-Lawrence
and Lionel Levine little time to
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visitor.
The Anhinga (anhinga anhin-
ga) is a cormorant-like bird but
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fan shaped as the bird flies. It
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and thin bill held out straight
that gives it the alternative
name of "Dart".
This was a female or matur-
ing juvenile with light head and
buff-coloured neck and chest.
Otherwise, the bird has dark
feathering.
The most distinctive feature is
that unlike a cormorant, the bird
flies high soaring like a dark
hawk with this long pointed pale
neck and head. It also likes to
roost high in trees which, because
of the size and weight of the bird,
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n The bird is common in Flori-
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which makes the complete
absence of the bird in the
Bahamas strange.
4 It is so rare that although
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Andros, this may be the first
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the Bahamas.
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Infant's casket and body are



removed from the ground


FROM page one

"I can't say if anything is
missing. Certainly in a case
such as this, nothing can be
ruled out. We have to look at
this from all angles in terms
of a possible motive," he said.
The desecration comes two
weeks after the sacred mon-
strance of St Francis Cathe-
dral was stolen. The mon-


In sad and Loving Memory
of our dear beloved mother,
'grand, great grand mother
Euturpie Theresa
Burnside-Nesbit
Who departed this life on
September 17,1965.
It has been 40 years since
you have gone and it feels
like just yesterday.
O magnify the Lord with me
Will I exalt his name,
When in distress to him I call
He to my rescue came.
Sleep on mother take your
rest. We love you, but Jesus
loves you best.

Left to mourn are three
daughters, one son, one
daughter in law, four grand
children, four great
grandchildren, one sister, one
brother, three sisters-in-law,
one son-in-law and other
relatives and friends.

Daughter Rachel Duncanson


strance is a golden cross with
a circular inlay in which the
Body of Christ is kept before
services.
According to a Catholic
priest, the monstrance was
found by a member of the
public a few days ago among
bushes in Bain Town. How-
ever, the Holy Eucharist was
missing.
Commonly in satanic ritu-
als, the Roman Catholic ser-
vice is mocked in a gesture of
their contempt for the reli-'
gion, with much of the ser-
vice done in reverse of that
of the Holy Eucharist.
One devout Catholic said
that, all factors combined, ,the
scenario did not paint a very
"God-like" scene.
"The infant speaks of ptiri-
ty, and you.are also dealing
with the significance'o6f the
60 days, and those familiar
with astrology can appreciate


the significance of the full
moon.
"With this in mind, there is
definitely nothing God-like,
or positive, about this act.
"It is a very serious
offence to defile someone's
final resting place," he
warned.
Echoing this sentiment,
Father of the Catholic parish
of Holy Family David Coop-
er said: "Whenever someone
disturbs the body's final rest-
ing place, the person has to
have a motive. This isn't
something that happens every
day.
"However, there is no ref-
erence if a body is disturbed
and dismembered that it
equals an occult. It's not a
standard written thing, so
only the person who did it
could answer those questions
as to why this was done," he
said.


Dancers



acquitted



FROM page one

The club is owned by Clyde Fer-
guson, who runs Bahamas Cabaret
Ltd, a company with an official
cabaret licence.
He reminded the court that both
Britannia Towers and Crystal
Palace Casinos featured topless
dancers at their cabaret shows.
In continuing to analyse what he
called "the standard" in the
Bahamas, Mr Munroe talked about
the sailaway events, where girls. get
naked; wet T-shirt competitions at
Long Wharf during spring break;,
and the topless beach at Club Med. A .
"Have you ever busted a sail-
away, where girls get bald naked, or
have you ever reprimanded any of
the police officers who are paid to
provide security for those events?"
asked Mr Munroe, as he cross-
examined ASP Theophilus Cun-
ningham, who said "No".
Mr Munroe also pointed out that
the girls were conducting their
affairs in the privacy of the club,
away from public eyesight, in what 0 A STAFF member from
he considered an appropriate place the Butterfly Club outside of
for that behaviour, court yesterday.
He said customers there were
getting what they paid for', and ps should be covered in cabaret
that no-one was insulted or offend- a a
ed e b wt ty we s g ul "discrimination", because a man
ed by what they were seeing until has the right to show his nipples.
the police came. i Sgt 1397 Brennen was also called
Healooked aottheon laas iot per-to the stand to testify. During his
tains to indecent behaviour, not- to the stand testify. During his
ing that the behaviour must be r of S h B rnnare
insulting or offensive to those in that one could go home and'watch
Even Corporal Ingraham, he people having sex on Cable
said;,admitted that "to a point" his Bahamas, once they paid or the
lap dance was pleasurable. Therefore, he asked why patrons
gives explicit detail in the Sngs of of the Butterfly Club could not pay
to attend their show if Cable
Solomon about the shape and form asn ei po Cue
of a woman, and the act of sex, and forha ving explicit channeolsaecuvail
he asked if what the Bible forcing pic e
described is indecent.
"Everything has a place, and Magistrate McKay agreed with
Butterflies is not a church," said Mr Munroe that the prosecution
Mr Munroe.had not established a prima facie
With regard to prostitution case against his clients, on the
cWith regard to prostitution, he harge of indecent behaviour.
said only public solicitation is ille- ehio
gal, and prostitution is not prac- The prosecution conceded leav-
tised at the club, ing the strippers to continue their
taidth the nip.b. business within the confines of flit
rASP Cun ingh d the nip club".


FNM chairman

will run for

deputy leader


of the party

FROM page one

than two months before, the
planned .national convention
of the FNM.
From November 8-1.1 the
FNM will review the party's
policy agenda and begin to
prepare for the 2007 election
battle.
During this convention the
FNM is also expected to elect
party officers, including the
leader and the deputy leader.
"I will not endorse any
candidate for any position
and that includes the positiob-
of deputy leader. I am condi
dent that the delegates wl
exercise good judgment .
electing the' best persons
each and every office of oi
great party," said .M N
Foulkes. -
Speaking with The Ti?
bune, leader of the opposi
tion in the House of Assemn'
bly Alvin Smith said he i,
confident that the convention'
will give the FNM "a spring-'
board into the next general
election."
"We are going into it re4.'
ly excited and optimistic," h
said.
Mr Foulkes, who.hinmsd*f
hopes to win the position 61
party leader, said he will co&
tinue to lay out his vision. fo
the country right up until a&
after the convention.
"I-will unify and modernise
our party by updating our
principles, deepening our phli-
losophy and making every
organ of the FNM more
democratic. Indeed at this
point in our history I believe
I am the best person to unify
the party, lead our team and
move the FNM past.-aW,
potential ,divisi6ns.i f'iOle t
ed prime minister I will 'coi
tinue to listen to everyone
the party and carry forth o6
collective agenda," he said.
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Foreign writers



taken on tour



of the islands


* THE journalists visit picturesque Hope Town and the famous Candy Striped Lighthouse


* FROM Abaco, the journalists journeyed to Eleuthera where they were hosted by The Cove.
During two days of touring, the journalists were exposed to some of the early history of the
Bahamas, with visits to historic sites like the Glass Window Bridge, pictured here, Whale's Point,
Governors Harbour, Devil's Backbone and Preachers Cave. Raymond Harrison, senior manager
in the Eleuthera Tourist Office, provided the writers with in-depth information on the history and
geography of Eleuthera.


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hosted a group of international
writers on a tour of the Out
Islands.
The ministry said that the
over 700 islands that comprise
the Bahamas provide "a multi-
plicity of destinations for visi-
tors to choose from."
"Recognising this, the Min-
istry of Tourism is continually
creating avenues to expose the
treasures contained on the Out
Islands," said Tourism officials
in a statement.
The, tour, referred to by the


ministry as "the Bahamas Out
Islands Seaplane Press Trip",
took place in the latter part of
August and gave 13 visiting jour-
nalists the opportunity to "island
hop" between Bimini, Abaco,
Eleuthera and Harbour Island.
It was the largest press trip
organised thus far for 2005.
The writers came from a wide
spectrum of newspapers and
travel journals, including major
publications such as The Boston
Herald, Private Air, The New
York Post and Islands Maga-
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years of caring




for children


ADVENTURE
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* A FLYER for the event on Oct

THE Grand Bahama Chil-
dren's Home will commemo-
rate a milestone with the help of
the Pirates of the Caribbean
crew.
In October, the home will cel-
ebrate 25 years of care to aban-
doned, abused and neglected
children of Grand Bahama.
In recognition of this historic
event, the home's fundraising
committee has commissioned a
25th anniversary booklet and
will also host a fundraising cock-
tail party at the home.
"We have had such wonder-
ful support over the years and
great fun at our luncheons, but
a lot of Bahamians have not
seen the home they have helped
to build," said chairperson Lady
Henrietta St George.
"This year, we want the com-
munity to come to the children's
home and see what their sup-
port has created and helped
maintain."
On October 21, Lady Henri-
etta will open the doors of the
home to the public and throw a
fundraising cocktail party under
the theme: "Pirates Adven-
ture".
With the assistance of Pirates
of the Caribbean movie crew
and great support from local
caters and businesses, the comit-
tee expects the night to be great
fun.
"It takes a special event to
celebrate 25 years of caring for
incredible children," said
Andrea Thompson, committee
member and this year's food co-
ordinator.
The committee is planning a
light-hearted event with lots of
participation from the children,
including an exclusive show
organised and choreographed
by committee member Karen
Bain Ferguson.
This year's committee has
also been working hard to cre-
ate the 25th anniversary booklet
to commemorate the many
years of service by Lady Henri-
etta, the present committee, for-
mer committee members,
administrators, the house par-
ents and supervisors, volunteers,
long term donors and of course,
the children.
"It is our aim to raise over
$30,000 with this booklet, with
all profits going to the home.
This will help pay for basic food
needs, toiletries, clothes and
other necessities it takes to run
our Centre daily," said Sarah
Kirkby, booklet co-editor along
with Lesley Davies Baptista.
"We hope the corporate com-


* LADY Henrietta and her children celebrate 25 years of care


5p cia G1uest
appearance byone



ober 21

munity will all make an effort to
support these beautiful, needy
children."
The commemorative booklet
will be released at the cocktail
party reception.
While tickets do not go on
sale until the end of the month,
the committee is advising all
Bahamians of the date so that
they can mark it on their cal-
endars and make every-effort
to attend.
"The most important part of
the event though is the cause,
our beloved children. It is they
who we want to support, so we
encourage everyone to try and
attend," said Yvette McSwee-
ny, long serving executive mem-
ber and chairman of the 25th
anniversary committee.
For more information about
the event or to find out how to
be a sponsor in the booklet,
contact Sarah Kirkby at Bare-
foot Marketing (352-4578) or
go online to: www.gbchildren-
shome.com.


PAGE 16, THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005


THE TRIBUNE









THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005


SECTION .


business@tribunemedia.net


Money Safe.
Money Fast.
;IM o ne St f .


Baha Mar's utility bill



soars by $300,000


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A FORMER Colina Hold-
ings (Bahamas) director said
in his resignation letter that
the company's Board failed to
follow the urgings of Bahamian
financial regulations and "neu-
tralise" the dispute between
Jimmy Campbell and his fel-
low principals, instead holding
a "marathon meeting" to try
and remove him.
Dr Timothy McCartney, the
well-known Bahamian profes-
sor who works at Novasouth-
eastern University, wrote in his
August 26 resignation letter
that the dispute between Mr
Campbell on one side, and fel-


low principals Emanuel Alex-
iou and Anthony Ferguson,
had been "disappointing and
depressing for me".
Dr McCartney, who is
known to be close to Mr
Campbell, the ousted president
of Colina Holdings and its sub-
sidiary, Colina Insurance Comni-
pany, warned that "more than
eight years of success" that had
been built up by the three prin-
cipals had been "seriously
damaged" in "five short
months".
Dr McCartney's resignation
is not the only one from the
Colina Holdings Board. Pedro
Gibson is also understood to
have left, although the pair
have already been replaced by


Zhivargo Laing, Ednol Far-
quharson and MacGregor
Robertson.

Dispute
His letter indicates that he
was "shocked" when he first
became aware of the dispute
between Mr Campbell and his
fellow principals and plans to
remove the former when he
was called from an Easter hol-
iday to attend a Board meeting
on April 5. The day before, the
Board met with the financial
services regulators.
Dr McCartney wrote:.
"Members of the Board met
with met with the Governor of
the Central Bank and other
government regulators who
voiced their concerns with
SEE page 6B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BAHA Mar's three Cable
Beach resorts have seen their
combined total utility bill
increase by $300,000 year-on-
year to the end of August 2005,
with the company's executive
vice-president of hotel opera-
tions admitting it was "con-
cerned" about rising oil prices.
Michael Sansbury told a
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce luncheon that Baha Mar
"did not factor into our original
model" the rise in global crude
oil prices, which rose by $2 for
oil futures in trading yesterday.
Most of the $300,000 utilities
increase is likely to have come
from the fuel surcharge com-
ponent of the hotels' electricity
bill, with the Bahamas Elec-


tricity Corporation (BEC)
passing on rising fuel costs to
the end consumer. Mr Sans-
bury said international oil
prices were around $50 per bar-
rel at this time last year, com-
pared to just below $70 per
tiarrel today.
Operational
J Apart from the operational
impact on the resorts, Mr Sans-
ltury said Baha Mar was also
concerned about the impact ris-
ing fuel costs were having on
the airline industry, which
brought the.tourists to the
Bahamas.
SIn addition to the airlines
having to increase ticket prices,
Mr Sansbury pointed out that
major carriers such as Delta
Airlines had recently entered


Chapter 11 bankruptcy protec-
tion, while others- such as
American Airlines were "tee-
tering" on the verge.
Meanwhile, Baha Mar was
now working the "percentages"
of its planned $1.2 billion rede-
velopment of the Cable Beach
strip would be allocated to dif-
ferent amenities, such as retail
and restaurants. The company
had already budgeted for its
65,000 square foot casino, the
largest in the Caribbean, and
175,000 square feet of conven-
tion meeting space.
Mr Sansbury said Baha Mar
had "pretty much figured out
how" to keep most of its exist-
ing 2,000-strong workforce in
employment while the new
hotels and construction work
SEE page 3B


Baha Mar has 'lined up'



hotel, casino partners


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
B AHA MAR yesterday said it had "basi-
cally lined up" its world class hotel and
casino operating partners for the $1.2 billion
Cable Beach redevelopment, with the com-
ipany's executive vice-president of hotel
operations saying: "There's no chance it's
not going to happen."
Michael Sansbury told a Bahamas Cham-
ber of Commerce luncheon that Baha Mar's
next "major announcement" would be the.
identity of its hotel and casino partners,
"two of the best-known brands" in their
respective industries.
"We basically have our partners lined
up," Mr Sansbury said. "We're co-ordinat-
ing the announcement, so there's no chance
it's not going to happen." Negotiations, he
added, had been "intense but fruitful".
He added that the hotel and casino brand
partners would help to differentiate Baha
Mar from Atlantis, pointing out that the


casino partner would be able to use its mar-
keting network to attract customers, par-
ticularly those seeking to redeem points.

Financing
Baha Mar had completed the, financing
for its,$1.2 billion project, which includes
$400 million in equity put in by its chief
principals, Dikran and Sarkis Izmirlian.
Since the banks had "no problem" in financ-
ing the project, Mr Sansbury said it must
obviously be viable.
Under the terms of its Heads of Agree-
ment, Baha Mar had to make "best faith
efforts" to sign contracts with its hotel and
casino partners by August 31, 2005, and
December 31, 2005, respectively. The first
deadline has been missed, but this creates
no problems for Baha Mar in terms of ful-
filling Healds of Agreement conditions.
Although Mr Sansbury did not reveal the
identity of Baha Mar's operating partners,


The Tribune understands that prior to pur-
chasing its three Cable Beach resorts and
signing the Heads of Agreement, discus-
sions had been most advanced with Caesars
Entertainment. However, the talks stalled
after Caesars entered into a merger agree-
ment with Harrah's.
Meanwhile, Mr Sansbury said Baha Mar
was "perhaps a week away from announc-
ing a partnership with a Nassau company to
bring one of the world's best food and bev-
erage companies to Cable Beach".

Objective
The Baha Mar executive added that the
company, which acquired each of the Radis-
son Cable Beach, Wyndham Nassau and
Crystal Palace Casino, and Nassau Beach
Hotel on May 4 this year, had fulfilled its
objective of operating the properties on a
SEE page 8B


* AMBASSADOR JOHN ROOD


Sun-Tee achieves Caribbean first

through a US franchise deal


AMBASSADOR John
Rood yesterday announced a
franchise partnership between
US-based company,
EMBROIDME, and Bahami-
an businessman Scott Farring-
ton, owner of Sun-Tee.
Mr Farrington, along with a
representative of
EMBROIDME, Tony Foley,
signed the contract at the US
Embassy.
in March, EMBROIDME
took part in a Business Devel-
opment Seminar co-sponsored
by the US Embassy, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce and the Inter-American


Development Bank.
The two-day event, held at
the Wyndham Cable Beach
Resort and Casino, was
designed to create opportuni-
ties for the Bahamian business
community and potential
entrepreneurs interested in
establishing businesses and
franchise ventures.
Mr Farrington said the
EMBROIDME franchise will
be the first in the Bahamas and
the Caribbean.
EMBROIDME is the
world's largest embroidery
franchise with approximately
300 stores in three countries.


Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


NIB expects


$60m return


on investment


during 2005

By YOLANDA DELEVEAUX
Senior Business Reporter
THE National Insurance Board (NIB) is expecting to col-
lect $140 million in contributions in 2005, and expects a
return on its investments for the year of some $60 mil-
lion, one of its actuaries, said yesterday.
Derek Osborne said benefit payouts for 2005 were
expected to total $116 million, with administrative costs
standing at $30 million, a level NIB is hoping to reduce
through a special retirement programme.
Sixty per cent of that $30 million is related to labour
costs, and the plan is to reduce the staff, currently at 450, to
350. Mr Osborne said improved technological advances
should also help to bring administrative costs down.
He added that the total number of contributors is 120,000,
with the number of pensioners at 26,000. The ratio of
pensioners to contributors is 1:4.6, but that is expected to
fall dramatically by 2025. The average insurable wage
stands at $1,280 per month, with the average retirement
pension at $340 per month. The highest retirement pension
is $880 and the lowest is $205.
Identifying some of the recommendations being put for-
ward by the Social Security Reform Commission, which
have been seen by Cabinet and are in the process of being
prepared for publication, Mr Osborne said one of the rec-
SEE page 8B


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The key question
facing the
Bahamas is how
it can harness
globalisation to
its advantage and overcome
its fears, a businessman has
suggested, with the process
already at "a very advanced
stage" in this nation.
Mark Finlayson, president
of Clear Channel Caribbean
and chairman of the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce's
Business Development Com-
mittee, said entrepreneurs
such as the straw vendor at
Atlantis's Marina Village and
limousine operator who serves
high-priced tourism proper-
ties, were among Bahamians
already benefiting from glob-
alisation.

Position

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may be on NAFTA, the
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FROM page 1B

for the redevelopment were
carried out.
The Nassau Beach Hotel
would be the first of the three
to be demolished, and Baha
Mar had worked out 'a way to
take 100 per cent of the
employees at the Nassau Beach
and put them into the Radisson
and the Wyndham".

Operation

The Wyndham Nassau
Resort and Crystal Palace Casi-
no would remain in operation
for "as long as possible" during
the redevelopment, Mr Sans-
bury explaining that the casi-
no was the main revenue driver
for Baha Mar's current opera-
tions.
He added that Baha Mar
would "probably build as much
as we can without tearing down
the Wyndham. It will come
down after Baha Mar is built".
The developer was also
"studying the possibility" that
the Radisson Cable Beach
Resort's life could be extended
beyond Baha Mar's opening.
Although construction work
on the Commercial Village,


economy grows," Mr Fin-
layson said.

Despite

"We see it every day. The
Shell Select, Star Mart and
On-The-Run service stations
have all become daily conve-
niences despite our worst
fears. Coca Cola, Pepsi,
McDonald's, Burger King,
KFC and now Starbucks are
all welcome global brands that
have become a part of our
modern Bahamian lifestyle,
and have also been the source
of hundreds of new Bahamian
jobs. How, then, do we over-
come our fears of globalisa-
tion, and harness it to work to
our advantage?
"We need to ask Sol and
Butch Kerzner, Butch Stew-
art, John Issa and Lawrence
Dupree," Mr Finlayson con-
tinued.
"These are entrepreneurs,
born in third world nations,
who have created global com-
panies and/or brands that have
become established trade-
marks in the Bahamian com-


which will house the relocated
commercial banks, police sta-
tions and government offices
that currently line the Cable
Beach strip, is set to begin in
early 2006 and complete a year
later, Mr Sansbury said Baha
Mar would spend two years on
design work for Phase I of its
redevelopment.
Phase I will include re-rout-
ing West Bay Street some 600
yards t6 the south of its cur-
rent location through the Cable
. Beach trip, around the back of
a repositioned golf course.
The re-routed West Bay
Street will rejoin the current
road where it meets with
SuperClubs Breezes and Sol-
grave Manor.
Baha Mar has 500 acres at
Cable Beach for its resort
development, and Phase I will
also include 200 timeshare units
and a spa. Construction work is
expected to take two years to
complete, with the finish in
2007.
Mr Sansbury said Phase II
of the Baha Mar project would
provide "residential opportu-
nities for investors" from across
the world.


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE-ANGE MESIDOR OF
RAGGED ISLAND STREET, P.O. BOX CB-1299, 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 22ND day of SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that RONALD SYLVESTRE OF
BACARDI ROAD, BOX CR-56799, 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
22ND day of SEPTEMBER, 2005 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




















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* MARK FINLAYSON


munity."
Consulting with, providing
networking and mentoring to
Bahamian companies who
deliver international products
to local markets will be high
on the agenda of the Chamber
of Commerce committee
headed by Mr Finlayson, one
of several committees the
Chamber has named this year
to increase interaction with
the business community.

Success

Citing Bahamian business
success stories, Mr Finlayson
said: "We should also ask Ear-
la Bethel (McDonald's),
Franklyn Wilson (Royal Sun
Alliance), Judy Munroe (Coca
Cola), Fred Hazelwood (Star-
bucks), George Myers (KFC
& Burger King), Max Gibson
(CEI), Robin Brownrigg
(Sotheby's) and Peter White-
head (Bally Fitness Centre)
how they have met the chal-
lenge of globalisation.
They are all Bahamians,
who have won the confidence
of global organisations and


represent well-respected, glob--
al brands here in the
Bahamas".

Community

"We should look to Craig
Symonette, Frank Crothers,
Juan Bacardi and Tyrone
Nabbie. They are all members
of our local business commu-
nity who have met the global
challenge by successfully
investing in organisation:s that
are based outside of the
Bahamas."
Mr Finlayson added: "The
Chamber president, Tanya
Wright, and her directors have
asked the Commerce Busines
Development Committee to
create a local forum to meet
this global challenge through
education and idea exchange.
"The Committee plans to
do this by hosting a series of
workshops where Bahamian
leaders, like those mentioned
above, can share their per-;
spectives on the challenges of'
globalisation, and answer
questions posed by Chamber:
members."


FirstCaribbean

Career Opportunity




FirstCaribbean International Bank is the combination of CIBC and Barclays Bank in the Caribbean, Bahamas
and Belize. We are the region's largest publicly traded bank with over 3,000 staff serving over 5.3 million
people in 16 countries. We manage over 500,000 active accounts through more than 80 branches and centres.
Responsibilities: '.-
To manage and develo0 "a pro "'t ..nal a iljegrated client/practice facing country Sourcing
To assist in the developlqm l itei aft l pf e workirigr lationships between: Sourcin d the
Strategic:Business Units, MN' -' t" .' : '
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:
8-10 years' experience in a commercial environment with 2 years at a Senior Management Level operating in a
client-facing practice
3-5 years' experience of successfully managing a Sourcing Team
Experience in conducting negotiations with regards to the provision of 3rd party goods and services
Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) or Institute of Supply Management (ISM) qualified or equivalent.
will be an asset
We offer an attractively structured compensation and reward package as well as performance bonuses.
Applications with detailed r6sum6s should be submitted no later than 30th September, 2005 to:
Karen Bynoe
Administrative Assistant
Human Resources Department
Head Office
Warrens
Barbados
Email: karen.bynoe@firstcaribbeanbank.com
Only applicants who are short-listed will be contacted.



C( FIRSTCARIBBEAN
INTERNATIONAL BANK
Caribbean Pride. International Strength. Your Financial Partner.
FirstCaribbean International Bank is an Associated Company of Barclays Bank PLC and CIBC.




Colina
f Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Infonmation As 01I
1 etaember2005

l 52wk-Low Sybo Pvo Close Toys Close Change Daly Vol. Dv $ P Yield
1.10 0.80 Abaco Markets 0.80 0.0 0.00 .0207 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%
8.90 5.55 BatkofBahamas 6.88 6.88 0.00 0.561 0.330 12,3 460%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0,80 0.00 0,204 0.010 3.9 1.25
1.80 1,40 Bahamas Watetl 1.40 1,40 0.00 0,126 0.060 11.1 4.29
1.15 0.87 Fidelity Bank 1.10 1.10 0.00 4,847 0,0606 0,030 1607 2,73%
9.05 6.90 Cable Bahamas 8.99 9.05 0.06 11,000 0.618 0.240 14.6 2.6
2.20 1.69 Colona Holdings 1.69 1,69 0,00 0,004 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.10 6.75 Commonwealtl Bank 9.09 9,09 0.00 0.705 0.410 12.9 4.51%
2,50 0.67 Doctors Hospital 2.40 2.40 0.00 0,429 0.000 5.8 0.00%
4,20 3.85 Famguard 4.20 4,20 0,00 0.428 0.240 868 571%
10.70 9.25 Finco 10.70 10.70 0.00 0.695 0.510 154 4.77%
9.50 6.99 FiratCaribbean 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 1.15 0.00 0.022 0.000 52.3 0.00,
10.20 9.50 ICD Ulilites 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 0.526 0,560 16.2 6.59%
6.69 4.36 Keznnternltmational BDRs 5.57 5.36 -0.21 0.122 0.000 45.7 0.00K
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 000 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
wk-.Hi 2 LowS bBid
13.00 12.50 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.25 13.25 11.00488 0.60 91 725%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80
0.60 0A40 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 0,044 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28,00 ABtDA 41,00 43.00 400 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. 6,93%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0000 1 NM 0.00

1.2521 1.1846 Colina Money Market Fund 1.252089"
2.4169 2.0131 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.4169'"
10,5576 10.0000 Fidelily Prime Income Fund 10.5576""'
2.2500 2.1491 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.255981"
1.,1273 1.0576 Collna Bond Fund 1.127305*1

BISXALLSHAREINDEX- 19Dec02=1.0 000 YIELD -last12 month lilsans divided bycdosing oO
52wk-HI Highest closing price in tlst 62 weei Bid $t- Biying price of Colina and Fidelit
2wk-l.ow. Lowest closing price in last 52 week Ask $. Selling pdce of Colina and fidel
Previous Close, Pmous day's weighted price for dally ViLumLasti l Pce- Last c eIded oaetoe-Culer pric
Today's Close -Curreet days welghted pnce tlo daily volume WeeldyVol. Trading volume the pitorwee
Change.- Change In closing pore fron day to da PM $ -A companys reported earnings pet hare for the tl 12 mi
Dally Vol.- Number of total snamres traded today NAV Net Anel Value
IV $ Dividenas per share paid in the last 12 month NIM Not Mealinglu
PIE. Closing pcedivided by the lest 12 monih eaminr FINDEX-Tie Fidelty Behamas Stock index January 1, 194 = 1(X
"- AS ATAUG. 1,. 00l" ASATJUL 31, 200
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BUSINESS





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to its own advantages







jAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005


THE TRIBUNE


Concern over new



payment system



at Registrar General


U.S. based owner/developer is seeking an
experienced construction manager to act as
their owner's representative on a Bahamas-
based, residential development project.

Qualified candidates should have a minimum
of five years of relevant experience on real
estate development projects which include
single family or condominium construction
and site development.

Candidate will be responsible for on-site day-
to-day management and decision making,
including monitoring contract progress, the
construction schedule, management of job
records, and pay requests. A background in
architecture, engineering or development is
preferred.

If you meet our qualifications and are seeking
a new challenge please send your resume
to:

DP Fox Ventures
200 Ottawa NW, Ste. 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
E-Mail: HR@DPFOX.COM
Fax: (616) 774-2292


FRE DlieryPosi Ile 'I IU


but indicated a press release on
the matter might be issued
today.
The Registrar General's
Department is regarded as the
"hub" around which the finan-
cial services industry functions,
and all companies such as Inter-
national Business Companies
(IBCs), which are used to incor-
porate investment funds and
carious forms of financial struc-
tures, have to be registered on
its Companies Registry.
As a result of the new pay-
ments system, executives yes-
terday complained to The Tri-
bune that the whole process of
company incorporations and
obtaining document had been
made more inefficient.
"It's very cumbersome to
have to get someone to go to
the bank to get a cheque draft
every time you deal with the
Registrar General's Depart-
ment," one source said. "They
did this and didn't give any kind
of notice period."
The source added that if the
Department was worried about
problems with bounced


cheques, the Bahamas needed
to move rapidly on establishing
an Automated Clearing House
(ACH) for its commercial bank-


ENGINEERS & TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS
In response to its continuing growth, a full-service design, engineering, and environmental consulting
firm is seeking engineers, scientists and other technical professionals to support project opportunities
in the industrial and major commercial sectors. Professional applicants should have expertise and
experience in any of the following areas:
* Environmental (qualification in Chemical, Environmental or Civil Engineering, or
Environmental Science or Specialty)
* Mechanical/Systems Design (qualification in Chemical or Mechanical Engineering)
* Instrumentation, Controls and Automation (Chemical, Electrical, Instrument or
Mechanical Engineering)
* Civil/Structural Engineering
* Engineering CAD Drafting
* Geographic Information Systems
* Construction Management
* Quality Compliance Management
* Quantity Surveying
Applicants should send detailed resumes and qualifications to:
Phoenix Engineering Group Ltd.
Attn: Managing Director
P.O. Box F-43741
Freeport, Grand Bahama h o en i
Bahamas 'Enginoering Gupu mited


ing system and a Credit Bureau,
which would help identify seri-
al bad payers.
'This is the kind of infra-
structure we need to have, but
no one is paying attention," the
source said.


Bahamas

firm gains

distribution

rights

SHARPWORX (Bahamas),
a 100 per cent Bahamian-owned
company based in Freeport,
yesterday announced it had
secured the distribution rights
in the Bahamas and Caribbean
for the Secured eMail AB
EncryptiontSolution.



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"Copyrighted Material
Syndicated Content
Available from Commercial News Providers"
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IN HOUSE
INVESTMENTS LTD


NOTICE TO

SHAREHOLDERS


The Board of Directors of In House Investments Limited
has declared a quarterly dividend for Preferred Shares
:to all shareholders of record, at September,3,, 05 ;ias
follows:

Preferred Shares 9.0% per annum (payment quarterly)

The payment will be made September 30, 2005 through
Fidelity Share Registrars and Transfer Agents Limited,
in the usual manner.





VACANCY NOTICE
Manager of Store Training & Development

Oversight of 60,000 sq. ft. Super Center
Upgrade standard and controls of retail store
Co-ordinate & manage 'on the job training' program
for store management
Minimum of 15 years experience managing a large
scale retail operation
Proven ability to grow sales
Expertise in store marketing and merchandising
Good communication skills both oral and written
Proficiency in Computer skills
Willingness to travel to inter island locations

Please submit resume via e-mail:
personnelneeded@hotmail.com









A professional development company has a contract position for
construction Superintendent. You will assist the Project Team by
taking on project superintendent duties and/or construction
administration tasks for a mid-rise residential condominium complex.
Following are some of the specific responsibilities of the job;
manage all stages and trades for a new mid-rise high end
condominium project, coordinate contractors, material control,
quality control, monitor plans and material take offs for accuracy
and necessary changes, coordinate change orders and schedule;
complete project on time and below budget. Assist in tracking or
Change Orders, Drawings, RFI's, Shop Drawings, and schedule
adjustment.
Applicant should have a minimum of 5 years experience in similar
construction, experience with a major builder, strong organizational
skills, proficiency in Microsoft Office, Word & Excel, outstanding
oral and written communication skills and ability to work
independently and manage multiple projects and priorities.
Reply by fax: to 242-363-1279
Reply by email: info@pbwlbahamas.com
Mail to: Paradise Blue Water Ltd.,
P.O. Box SS-6386
Nassau, Bahamas
Only the short listed candidates will be contacted Thank You


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* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FINANCIAL services execu-
tives yesterday complained to
The Tribune that the Registrar
General's Department had
changed the system for paying
for its services, no longer
accepting cheques drawn on
company accounts.
Sources, who requested
anonymity, said that without
warning, the Registrar Gener-
al's Department had said it
would now only accept pay-
ments in the form of cash, cer-
tified cheques (bankers' drafts)
and credit cards. The new sys-
tem had taken effect from Mon-
day.
When contacted by The Tri-
bune, Shane-Miller, the Regis-
trar General, did not comment,


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tH RIUE UINVESSM NTOPO THURSDAY, ETME 2 05AE


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


Appraisal: $268,411.00
Heading west on Carmichael Road, enter West
Ave., on the southside immediately after Topps
Laundermat. Take first right which is Wimpole St, go around curve on left which is London Ave.,
travelsouth on London Ave., property is 2nd to last building on the right before T, Junction (High
street) L shape triplex, painted green, trimmed white.

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


CYCLOPS GARDEN
(Nassau)

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


WEST RIDGE ESTATES
Min.Hou. (Nassau)

All that piece parcel or lot of land having an
area of 34,089 sq. ft., being lot #152, of West
Ridge Estates Subdivision, zoining is single
family residential with all utilities avvailable.
The subject property is on hilly terrain at the
top of a ridgethat offers a lovely view to the
northeast. The grounds are attractively
landscaped with a grass lawn, ornamental
shrubs and flowering plants. Other
improvements include chain link fencing along
the sides and rear boundaries, with a concrete block wall at the front with asphalt paved driveway.
Appraisal: $1,049,788.90

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


: = TROPICAL GARDENS
Trave e p on J(Nassau)

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

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




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


with chain link fencing along its western boundries.


JOHNSON ROAD
(Nassau)
All that lot of land having an area of 5,520
sq. ft., (60 x 92) situated on the corner of
Johnson Road and Step Streeet. This property
is rectangular and comprised of a 12 year old
single storey house that consist of 3
bedrooms, 1 bathroom, living, dining room
and kitchen. Also an efficiency apartment
attached. The subject property is slightly
above the level of the abutting roadways with
minimal landscaping. The property is open


Appraisal: $139,868.40
Heading east along Bernard Road, turn through Johnson Road opposite St Augustine's College
Drive- all the way to the curve heading west the subject house is first house on the right all white
trimmed yellow.

ELIZABETH ESTATES
(Nassau)

All that piece, parcel of land having an area
of 5,000 sq. ft., being lot no. 46 of the said
subdivision situated in the eastern district of
New Providence, between Prince Charles and
Yamacraw Road, approximately 2,200 ft east
of Fox Hill. This property consist of a 21yr old
single storey house which was expanded from
700 sq ft within the last 11yrs, to having a
gross floor area of 1,460 sq ft quality of
construction is good and maintenance is
average. The effective age of the building is
5 years, the house is comprised of3 bedrooms,
2 bathrooms, living, dining area kitchen and laundry room. The property is sufficiently elevated
and yard is open and the grounds are neatly maintained with minimal landscaping in place.
Appraisal: $162,750.00
Heading east along Prince Charles, drive passing the intersection of Fox Hill, take first corner
right (Trinidad Ave), corner right before Government Clinic, then first right again, (Tobago Cresenrit)
the subject house is second house on the curve right, just after. BEC Power Plant. Painted all
white.


ALLOTMENT 67, MARRIGOLD FARM ROAD (NASSAU), All that lot of land having an area of 1.173 acres being lot No. and is situated on Marigold Farm Road
in the ara known as allotment 67, a said subdivision situated in the south eastern district of new Providence, Bahamas. This property is Vacant and area has all
utilities & services. Appraisal: $148,50.00

Travelling on Joe Farrington Road turn onto Marrigold Farm Road heading south, the subject is the second to last propert on the left hand side of the road near
the pond.
NORTH ELEUTHERA HEIGHTS (ELEUTHERA), Lot #20 approximately 11,200 sq. ft., and bounded on North by Early Settler Drive and South by Deal -Investment
Ltd., this is a single family zoning and 50 ft., above sea level. This site encompasses a foundation with plumbing and roughing inplace and well compacked quarry
fill. The concrete floor has not been poured as yet. The foundation is 2,511 sq. ft. Lot #20 situated 1.5 miles east wardly of the Bluff Settlement. The said lot is
vacant and a hill over looking the Atlantic Ocean. Appraisal: $46,167.18
BAHAMA SOUND (EXUMA), Lot #7088 situated in Bahama Sound, Exuma section 10 East. Great Exuma approximately 10.5 miles west of George Town lot is
square in shape on elevation of approximately 15 ft., above sea level contains 10,000 sq. ft., No adverse site conditions noted. This property is single family
residence. Property is located on the northwestern side of the Queen's Highway, about 10.5 miles northwest of George Town. Appraisal: $27,562.50
MURPHY TOWN (ABACO) Lot #78B vacant land, the property has average surface drainage and is not suseptible to flooding under normal conditions. Land
size 104 x 78 approximately 11,277 sq. ft. Estimated Value: $18,649.33
LOWE SOUND (ANDROS) All that parcel of lot of land located next door to the New Mt Freedom Baptist Church or approximately five miles from the administrative
complex approximately 5,000 sq. ft., and rectangular in shape with a 3 bed, 1 bathroom wooden residence. Appraisal: $52,258.50
FLAMINGO BAY SECTION 3 (EXUMA) Lot #102, Palm Hill situated inland in the Flamingo Bay development. It is Hillside Residential and has 150 ft., footage
on Hill Road and contains 10, 438 sq. ft., in area. This property is undeveloped. The subject property is about one mile south of the George Town township.
Appraisal: $33,075.00
BAHAMA SOUND (EXUMA) Lots 12571 & 12572 Bahama Sound of Exuma No. 10 underveloped residenial lots located near the Forest and Mt Thompson on
Utopia Drive. 80 feet frontage and depth of 125 ft 10,000 sq. ft., in area each there is no service in the area. The road is gravel George Town 10 miles away.
Appraisal: $26,250.00 EACH
BAHAMA SOUND NO. 18 (EXUMA) Lot No. 17861 Bahama Sound of Exuma No. 18 a subdivision situate approximately 2.5 miles north westwardly of George
Town. The property is zoned residential and is level. Electricity, paved roads, water, telephone lines and cable tv services are available along Queen's Highway.
Water is also available from dug wells but city supply is available. The propert is undeveloped. Land size 82.10 x 122.11 x 82.10 x 121.0 Estimated Value:
$33,075.00


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Ministry of Agriculture

& Fisheries

DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

NOTICE
OPENING OF THE WILD BIRD
HUNTING SEASON FOR 2005

The public is advised that in accordance with Wild Bird
Protection Act. (Chapter 249). The opening date of the
2005 hunting season for various wild birds is as follows.
Thursday 15th September, 2005 for the following wild
birds ONLY:
Eurasian-collared or "Ring-necked" Dove
Mourning or "Florida" Dove
Wednesday 29th September, 2005 for the following wild
birds: 0
White Crown Pigeon striuc
-; Ring-necked Pheasant
Wood or Zenaida Dove
Guinea Fowl
Bob-White Quail
Chuckar Partridge
Wilson's or Jack Snipe
Coot
All ducks and Geese EXCEPT the Whistling Bahama
and Ruddy Ducks.
The hunting (that is the capture and or killing) of ALL
other wild birds are prohibited.
Director of Agriculture
September 14,2005



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MINISTRY OF FINANCE

CUSTOMS DEPARTMENT


TENDER


35' TWIN ENGINE SCARAB


Make:
Length:
Color:
Engine:
Model:
Serial No:


SCARAB
35ft.
Blue
Yamaha
250
61AX706660
61BX702977


The Comptroller of Customs invites Tenders
for the above vessel. The vessel can be viewed
by contacting the Investigation Section, Customs
House, Thompson Boulevard between the hours
of 9:00am 4:00pm weekdays.

Sealed Tenders marked '35FT. TWIN ENGINE
SCARAB' should be addressed to the
Comptroller of Customs, Custom House, P.O.
Box N-155, Nassau, Bahamas, and should arrive
no later than 5:00pm on 7th October, 2005.

The Comptroller reserves the right to reject any
or all Tenders.


Colina Board 'did




not follow' regulators




on dispute solution


FROM page one
what they considered to be a
serious deteriorating situation
and an 'impasse' between the
partners. They urged the Board,
in no uncertain terms, that the
Board must exercise control
and try to 'neutralise' the situa-
tion.
"They advised that losing
the president [Mr Camp-
bell] at that time would
have serious implications,
especially in the community
and for the organisation as


well. They suggested that
whatever was to be done
should be done strategically,
and in a manner that the
Bahamian public, and espe-
cially the shareholders,
would deem to be fair, and
'in order'."
Dr McCartney then
added: "The Board of
Directors meeting the fol-
lowing afternoon did not
follow the agenda and the
intended focus; instead it
was forced into a
'marathon' meeting to get


rid of Jimmy, the very thing
that the Regulators advised
us not to do. I saw a very
dangerous trend developing,
that I believed to be
unhealthy for the Board and
for Colina."
He added that he tried
not to take sides in the dis-
pute, since he was friends
with both Mr Campbell and
Mr Alexiou.
Dr McCartney's letter is
understood to have been
leaked to other media, and
appears to be the latest sal-
vo in a concerted campaign
by Mr Alexiou's and Mr
Ferguson's opponents, plus
Colina's competitors, to
embarrass them and the
company.
It is also likely that some
Colina opponents are using
the situation to try and
deliberately destabilise Col-
ina Holdings and its sub-
sidiary, Colinalmperial
Insurance, the largest life
and health insurer in the
Bahamas, plus other enti-
ties in the Colina Financial
Group (CFG).
The Tribune understands,
that the Bahamian financial
services regulators are also
concerned about efforts to
destabilise Colina Holdings,
and there is mounting opin-
ion that they should publish
the findings of a review
being carried out on the
company by KPMG.
The advantage of doing
this would be, to lay'to rest.
all the rumours and innuen-
Sdo thth esUt'i urtitodd d
Colina Holdings ever since
the dispute with Mr Camp-
bell broke out, and the com-
pany's 2004 annual finan-
cials were heavily qualified
by the external auditor due
to concerns about the dis-
closure and transparency
involving related party
transactions.
It would also help put to


rest any concerns Coli
nalmperial's policyholder;
and minority shareholders
might have.
Dr McCartney said h
objected to Mr Alexiou
and Mr Ferguson's attempt
to try and convene ai
Extraordinary Generl
Meeting (EGM) to remov)
Mr Campbell, instead bacly
ing Dr Myles Munroe's su T
gestion that the Board "cow
vene a special meeting t&
develop a reasonable stra
egy for resolving the prot-
lem". '
Neither Mr Alexiou or
Ferguson attended th
meeting, where Board men -
bers expressed their desire
to fund a "win-win sol -
tion". A meeting was als
held with Keith Davies, th
Bahamas Internation 1
Securities Exchange's
(BISX) chief executive, whv
advised directors what th
exchange required Colin
Holdings' Board to do.
However, according to Er
McCartney, this all promp
ed a "hostile letter" fro4
Mr Alexiou saying they di
not have a quorum.
Dr McCartney wrote:
am, at present, saddened
that this situation appeals
to have evoked serio s
questions as to the credibi -
ity and stability of Colin#.
I am very disappointed that
in five short months, mote
than eight years of succes',
motivation and trust hae
been seriously damaged."'
'^aid.,ago wheW I intr-
duced you and Jimmy
each other, I saw a relation-
ship between two brilliairt
young Bahamians wh)
shared a vision and who ha
the potential to actualis
that vision. To you and Jin -
my's credit, you both deve-
oped one of the most su-
cessful organisations in tl
history of the Bahamas.
"You 'blazed a trail' ftcr
others to emulate an
attracted qualified, loy l
and creative professiona
who with your leadershi*
achieved remarkable goals '
Dr McCartney indicated
in his letter that he cou
possibly have done more
deal with the situation, wii
questions being asked ab ot
the role played by the inde-
pendent directors, himsef
and Dr Myles Munroe, n
relation to monitoriing tl e
related party transactions
He wrote: "I am nt
accustomed to having ny
honesty or integrity que -
tioned, nor am I trying o
exonerate myself for pe -
haps not being mo e
assertive. I have alwal s
tried to do what is ethical
and morally corrects, no m -
ter what the results mig t
be; and, as you know, I ha,
never been one to pl
games or to project myse f
as a hypocrite."
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MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT & AVIATION


NOTICE

PROPOSAL TO CHANGE A SHIP'S NAME

The Director of Maritime Affairs for the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, hereby gives notice that in consequence
of the owner's personal choice, application has been
received under Section 42 of the Merchant Shipping Act,
Chapter 268 in respect of the ship "ONEGO CARRIER"
Official Number 800324 Gross Tonnage 3424 Register
Tonnage 1787 owned by Sealord AS with its principal
place of business at Mollergaten 26, 0179 Oslo, Norway
for permission to change her name to "GEFION CARRIER"
registmeed, at the portf Nassau in the said new-name as
w4 iedSey Sealord,AS,
Any objection to the proposed change of name must be
sent to the Director of Maritime Affairs, P.O. Box N-4679,
Nassau, N.P. The Bahamas within seven days from the
appearance of this notice.
Dated at Nassau this 1st Day of September, 2005.

Singed: Ken McLean
Director of Maritime Affairs


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MINISTRY OF FINANCE


NOTICE

Tenders are invited from all qualified Insurance Brokers for the provision of
Insurance Coverage on a Doppler Weather Radar System including all ancillary
equipment.

Specifications for the Doppler Weather Radar System and ancillary equipment
can be obtained from the Department of Meteorology, Seban House, Crawford
Street, Monday through Friday between 9am and 5pm. Telephone (242) 356-
3734, (242) 356-3738 and Fax: (242) 356-3739.

Insurance coverage quotations must be itemized to show the following:

a) Protection and Indemnity
b). Increased Value

Premiums quoted
Profit Commission
Must be on a fixed premium basis

Tenders should be submitted in a plain sealed envelop with no indication on
the cover of the name of the tenderer. The envelope should be endorsed "Tender
for Doppler Radar Insurance The Department of Meteorology" at the top
left hand corner and hand delivered to the following address:

Chairman
Tender's Board
Ministry of Finance
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Centre
West Bay Street

Closing date for all tenders is 30th September 2005 and the tenders will be
opened at 10am on 4th October, 2005 at the Ministry of Finance.

The government reserves the right to reject any or all Tenders.


THE TRIBUNE


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THE TRIBUNE BUSINESS


THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2005, PAGE 7B


ON-267




GOVERNMENT


NOTICE



PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION

VACANCY FOR DIRECTOR COURT REPORTING
JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Director,
Court Reporting in the Judicial Department, Office of the Attorney General.

Requirements for the post:

A Bachelor's Degree in Court Reporting with at least ten (10) years recent
experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity in a Court Reporting
Department.

A Management/Administrative certificate.

A certified reporting instructor.

Experience in human resource management skills.

Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification from the National Court
Reporters Association, or the equivalent.

Full knowledge of Case Catalyst Software and real time reporting ability and
experience preferred..

Successful candidate will:

Be responsible for the overall administration of the Court Reporting Unit.


Specific duties of the post include:


Development of training programme inclusive of an emersion programme.

Implementation of a procedural manual to include format for the editing and
certification of transcripts.

Setting quality standards for completed transcripts and reviewing same for
correctness of format, etc.

Development of an awareness of the unit in collaboration with the Ministry of
Education.

: Production of an annual report of the unit's activities. .

The successful applicant illrport tothDirector, Court Services.

The appointment will be on contractual terms and a Gratuity of 15% of basic salary
would be payable on satisfactory completion of service.

The salary of the post is Scale GR12 $48,600 x $800 $54,200 per annum.

Starting salary would be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A scarcity allowance of $8,000 per annum will be paid to persons with Registered
Professional Reporter (RPR) designation.

Serving officers must apply through their Heads of Department.

Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Public Service, Poinciana
Hill Complex, Meeting Street. They should be returned, complete with original
qualifications and documentary proof of relevant experience to the Secretary, Public
Service Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street, no later than 13'h
October, 2005.

Secretary
Public Service Commission


VACANCY FOR DEPUTY DIRECTOR COURT REPORTING
JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL


Applications are invited from suitably qualified.persons to fill the position of Deputy
Director, Court Reporting in the Judicial Department, Office of the Attorney General.

Requirements for the post:

A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Court Reporting with at least seven (7)
years experience in a supervisory or administrative capacity.
A Management/Administrative certificate.
Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification from the National Court
Reporters Association or the equivalent.
-Full knowledge of Case Catalyst Software and real time reporting ability and
experience-preferred..
Excellent training skills and knowledge of technical skills in computer equipment.


Specific duties of the post:

6 Responsibility for supervising the activities of court reporters.
0 Review of, completed transcripts for correctness of format, etc.
Train new court reporters in specialized procedures of the courts.
Responsibility for office supplies and computer equipment.
4 Supervision of staff.
Ensuing that office ethics are followed.
Assist with the management of the unit in the absence of the Director.
Such other duties as may be assigned by the Director, Court Reporting Unit.


The successful applicant will report to the Director, Court Reporting Unit.

The appointment will be on contractual terms and a Gratuity of 15% of basic salary
would be payable on satisfactory completion of service.

The salary of the post is in Scale GR17 $43,600 x $800 $50,000 per annum.

Starting salary would be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A scarcity allowance of $8,000 per annum will be paid to persons with Registered
Professional Reporter (RPR) designation.


Serving officers must apply through their Heads of Department.

Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Public Service, Poinciana
Hill Complex, Meeting Street. They should be returned, complete with original
qualifications and documentary proof of relevant experience to the Secretary, Public
Service Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street, no later than 13'h
October, 2005.

Secretary
Public Service Commission


VACANCY FOR ASSISTANT DIRECTOR COURT REPORTING
JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL


Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Assistant
Director, Court Reporting in the Judicial Department, Office of the Attorney General.

Requirements for the post:

A Bachelor's degree in Court Reporting with at least five (5) years recent
verbatim experience as a court reporter.
A Management/Administrative certificate.
Training skills and knowledge.
Ability to write at a minimum speed of 225 words per minute, and be able to
prepare a rough draft transcription of a full day's proceedings at Supreme Court
level in time for the next day's proceedings.
Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) certification from the National Court
Reporters Associaiion or the equivalent.
Full knowledge of Case Catalyst Software and real time reporting ability and
experience preferred.

Specific duties of the post include:

Responsibility for supervising the activities of court reporters.
Training of new court reporters in specialized procedures of the courts.
Reviewing of completed transcripts for correctness of format, etc.
Traveling to Family Islands as necessary.
Assisting with management of the unit in the absence of the Deputy Director,
Court Reporting.
Such other duties as may be assigned by the Director, Court Reporting.

The successful applicant will report to the Director, Court Reporting Unit.

The appointment will be on contractual terms and a Gratuity of 15% of basic salary
would be payable on satisfactory completion of service.

The salary of the post is in Scale GR21 $39,900 x $700 $44,800 per annum.

Starting salary would be commensurate "with qualifications and experience.

.Aisoaroity allowance of $8,000 per annum will be paid to persons with Registered
Professional Reporter (RPR) designation.

Serving officers must apply through their Heads of Department.

Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Public Service, Poinciana
Hill Complex, Meeting Street. They should be returned, complete with original
qualifications and documentary proof of relevant experience to the Secretary, Public
Service Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street, no later than 13't
October, 2005.
Secretary
Public Service Commission





VACANCY FOR COURT REPORTER LEVEL TWO
JUDICIAL DEPARTMENT
OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons to fill the position of Court
Reporter, Level Two in the Judicial Department, Office of the Attorney General.

Requirements for the post:

A Bachelor's Degree in Court Reporting.
A minimum of five (5) years recent verbatim experience as a court reporter.
Ability to write at a minimum speed of 225 words per minute.
Ability to prepare a rough draft transcription of a full day's proceedings at
Supreme Court level in time for the commencement of the next day's
proceedings.


Specific duties of the post include:


Travel to the Family Islands with Circuit Magistrates.
Verbatim recording and transcription of court proceedings in the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas.
Maintain accurate, legible records of such proceedings.
Maintain and safeguard such records.
Produce accurate transcripts of court proceedings.
Such other duties as may be assigned by the Director, Court Reporting.

The successful applicants will report to the Deputy Director, Court Reporting.

The appointment will be on contractual terms and a Gratuity of 15% of basic salary
would be payable on satisfactory completion of services.

The salary of the post is in Scale A14 $27,900 x $700 $32,800 per annum.

Starting salary would be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

A scarcity allowance of $5,000 per annum will be paid to persons with Registered
Professional Reporter (RPR) designation.

Serving officers must apply through their Heads of Department.

Application forms may be obtained from the Department of Public Service, Poinciana
Hill Complex, Meeting Street. They should be returned, complete with original
qualifications and documentary proof of relevant experience to the Secretary, Public
Service Commission, Poinciana Hill Complex, Meeting Street, no later than 13Il
October, 2005.


Secretary
Public Service Commission


__ _~___~ :.





FROM page one

ommendations is a 2 per cent
increase in the contribution
rate.
The Commission is also
recommending increasing
the retirement benefit for
pensioners to keep in line
with the rate of inflation.
Another consideration
being put forward is that
instead of looking at the
best three salaried years of
retirees, NIB allow the ben-
efit to remain consistent
with and directly related
to total wage earnings.
Addressing the Colina
Financial Advisors' First
Retirement Focus Benefits
Summit, held at the British
Colonial Hilton, Mr
Osborne noted that other
recommendations, aimed at
broadening the scope of the
fund, are the inclusion of
gratuities in the insurable
wage category and the elim-


ination of a penalty that
severely reduces the benefit,
and in some cases elimi-
nates it altogether, for per-
sons eligible for retirement
who continue to work.
The introduction of an
unemployment benefit and
a disaster assistance fund
are also being considered.
To improve NIB's opera-
tions, the Commission is
recommending that the
board reduce its operating
costs and introduce a new
approach to increase the
contribution level of the
self-employed.
The Commission is also
recommending a revision of
the investment guidelines
that will give the fund's
administrator more leeway
in terms of investing, and
would allow them to do
things quickly to invest,
either locally or abroad.
While improvements are
being made, NIB was never
intended to cover 100 per
cent of an individual's pre-
retirement wage. At its best,
the fund can match up to 60
per cent of the pre-retire-
ment wage, meaning that an
additional plan is needed to
cover the remaining 20 to
30 per cent that is needed
for the individual to at least
maintain their pre-retire-
ment standard of living.
Among the considerations
being put forward to close.


this gap is the construction
of a larger NIB. A pub-
lic/private partnership is
also one of the features
being put forward, where
NIB collects contributions
to ensure retirees receive 70
plus per cent of their pre-
retirement wage,,but NIB
would retain only its por-
tion while transferring the
other funds to the private
sector to be invested. A
third measure to safeguard
the retirement future for
Bahamians, and assist NIB
is a mandatory private pen-
sion plan.
Giving some background
on the fund, Mr Osborne
said employees contribute
3.4 per cent of their salary,
up to the insurable wage
ceiling which is $400 per
week or $1,733 per month.
The employers contribution
totals 5.4 per cent
Also addressing the sum-
mit were Charles Herbert,
an actuary with Eckler Part-
ners Ltd; Dr Myles Munroe,
founder and president,
Bahamas Faith Ministries;.
Shane Brennen, professor
of social work & psycholo-
gy, College of the Bahamas;
Tanya Wright, manager of
Trusts, Business Develop-
ment & Public Relations,
Bank of the Bahamas, and
Gertrude Holder, a physi-
cian with Stapledon Family
Practice.


Large wholesale business is seeking to employ an




as part of its team. The Candidate must be able to:

> Ensure timely and accurate review of allF
reconciliation's arid entries to the general ledger.
> Supervise a small accounting team.
> Be responsible for the day-to-day operations
of the accounting department.

Requirements:

> 2-3 years supervisory experience
> Bachelor's degree in accounting.
> Knowledge of Accpac accounting software a
plus.
> Proficient in Microsoft office.
> Excellent oral and written communication
skills.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Mail resume by September 30th, 2005 to:

The Financial Controller
C/O The Tribune
Nassau, Bahamas

Or e-mail to: theresadavis@coralwave.com


Legal Notice


NOTICE


BUENOS AIRES ENTERTAINMENT
CORPORATION S.A.

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act. No. 45 of 2000, BUENOS AIRES
ENTERTAINMENT CORPORATION S.A., is
in dissolution as of September 19th, 2005.

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


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Baha Mar

FROM page one-

"business better than usuait
basis" by achieving record
occupancies for June, July
and August.
Mr Sansbury said this had
"started the ball rolling" in the
Bahamian economy, and
Internet marketing of the thrie
Cable Beach Resorts had bepn\
"particularly successful".
The $7 million upgrade to.
the Crystal Palace Casino was
"nearly finished", and there
had been heavy emphasis &
employing Bahamian carpet
fitters, electricians aict
painters. Baha Mar had also
given a $1 million contract to
Caribbean Landscaping, f.a
landscaping upgrades at the,
three resorts.
Mr Sansbury said the.
process of hiring Bahamian
contractors and suppliers
would be repeated throughout
the Baha Mar development,
using the example of the
Request for Proposal (RFP)
that was put out for the Cofio
mercial Village contract, and
drew bids from six local
architecture firms, as an exai-
pie. ..
While it would take foir
years to identify all the ten-
ants and sign leases for devel-
opments such as the Commesr
cial Village, Mr Sansbury sai4
he would like to see it contain
a mixture of Bahamian and
well-known international retail.
and restaurant brands. "-
Baha Mar, he added, was
also working with the
Bahamas Hotel Associatibil
(BHA) and Kerzner Interna-
tional to encourage the Govy
ernment to make improveL
ments to Nassau Intemation'l
,Airpo~rt (NIA), the mat
tb.ur&t, gateway into the
Bahamas. ',
Mr Sansbury said Atlantis's
success was partly why Baha
Mar had come to the
Bahamas. That resort's av-
age per annum occupancy 64E
84 per cent, and average da.
room rate of $260, meant th
was unfulfilled demand f.o
high-end Bahamian hotels,
with some Atlantis customers
paying $400 per night during
peak holiday seasons.
With airlines increasing their
services into Nassau, Mr Sans-
bury said this indicated.
tourism traffic and demand
from the US market for.
Bahamian vacations was like-
ly to increase.
Song, a Delta subsidiary,
had added a Nassau service,
and apart from Las Vegas, this
nation was the only place
where both Delta and Soffg'
operated.
When Phase I of Bata
Mar's development is com-
pleted, the number of full-tirie:
employees is set to rise to 4,@00
from 2,000.


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION


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 Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 585/05

The Corporation reserves the right to accept or reject any or all tenders.


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on investment during 2005


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Blackie' Miller may
be considered old by some,
but the sporting icon has a
wealth of knowledge and
experience that should not
go to waste.
At age 68, many people
would argue that Miller
needs to retire and enjoy the
rest of his life and I agree.
However, when you're as
vibrant and robust as Miller,
there's no reason why your
services can't be retained in
another capacity.
Legendary Sir Durward
'Sea Wolf' Knowles is past
70 and he's still actively
involved in a consulting role
in sailing. King Eric Gibson
is also on board as %~consul-
tant for sloop sailing.<
If the services of Knowles
and Gibson can be retained,
why can't the same be done
for Miller?
Miller has been around
the sport longer than any
other Bahamian and he's
been able to produce box-
ers who have not just been
competitive, but gone on to
become champions decade


STUBBS


Miller produced one of the
most vibrant clubs that has
helped to keep the amateur
boxing programme alive.
The Bahamas Youth
Sporting Club has been a


Maybe it's time for the
ministry to reconsider its
policy and provide a consul-
tative group of persons, not
just for boxing or sailing, but
across the board in all of the


"For years, while teaching
physical education at the CC
Sweeting High School, Miller
produced one of the most
vibrant clubs that has helped
to keep the amateur boxing
programme alive."


OPINION



after decade.
For years, while teaching
physical education at the CC
Sweeting High School,


household name for many
years.
Yet, although he's listed
some of his private sponsors
for his programme, Miller
admits that it's too expen-
sive for him to continue as a
coach without any type of
financial benefits.
It's just so sad to see that
such a man is forced to give
up what he enjoys doing the
most coaching.


core sports, to maximise the
full potential of resources
that are available,
I think also at this time
about baseball and people
such as Vince Ferguson, the
president of the Past and
Present Professional Base-
ball Players Association and
Jim Wood, president of the
Bahamas Baseball Associa-
tion.
Here's two guys who pos-


sess a wealth .of experience,
but both are frustrated in
trying to push the sport for-
ward because of the prob-
lems they encounter at the
top of the ladder.
Instead of hiring one .or
two persons as consultants
at an exorbitant cost,
why not have a core of per-
sons in each sport, who
receive a small fee for for-
mulating plans to get the
most out of a particular
sport? '-"-
It's good to see that the
ministry has created the
"Sports Ambassador" post
for another icon, Tommy
Robinson, who the track
and field stadium is named
after.
But with the major recon-
struction that will take place
at the Queen Elizabeth
* Sports Center over the next
two years, this is the
ideal time to bring in ,as
many as we can young and
old in all of the sports
affected.
Icons like Leonard
'Boston Blackie' Miller
need to be involved, not opn
the sidelines watching.


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Bahamas'

under 20

girls squad

announced

for CFU event

* SOCCER
By KELSIE
JOHNSON
Junior Sports
Reporter
THE Bahamas Foot-
ball Association
(BFA) has announced
the under 20 girls
team which will be
competing in the
Caribbean Football
Union (CFU)
qualifying tourna-
ment.
Team members are
Sherma McDonald,
Cherlindria Thomp-
son, Kellie Simons,
Talitha Wood, Gerri-
anne Dorsett, Martyra
Turnquest, Nakesha
Rolle, Swante
Stevens, Amanda
Ritchie, Yamali Har-
ris, Leandra Fergu-
son, Jayde Knowles,
Sascha Hamilton-
Miller, Leslie Sealey,
Nakita Shiel-Rolle,
Shagerra Edgecombe,
D'Nae Capron and
Janae Francis.
The tournament will
start on Monday Sep-
tember 26th in St
Kitts and Nevis
and Antigua and Bar-
buda.

Nations
The two Caribbean
nations are the co-
hosts for the qualify-
ing tournament which
plays a part in
qualification for the
FIFA under-20 wom-
en's world champi-
onships.
The World Champi-
onships will be played
next year in Russia,
August 17th-Septem-
ber 3rd.
The Bahamas will
play St Kitts and
Nevis on Monday, and
Antigua and Barbuda
on Wednesday.
Their final game
will be played on Fri-
day against Jamaica.
The team is.being
coached by the
national head coach
Matthew Green,
who believes that
the players will fair
well.

Collegiate
Leading the team
will be US and Cana-
dian based collegiate
players Amanda
Ritchie, Gerrianne
Dorsett and Martyra
Turnquest.
Hailing from the
island of Grand
Bahama is goalkeeper
Sherma McDonald, all
other players were
selected from high
schools in New Provi-
dence.
If the Bahamas is
able to win the group,
which includes the St.
Kitts and Nevis,
Antigua and Barbuda,
Bahamas and
Jamaica, theywill
move on to the CON-
CACAF final qualify-
ing tournament.
This tournament will
be held in January
2006 at a site and
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By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
JOEL STUBBS, who made
his professional debut this past
weekend in Arlington, Texas
at the IFBB Europa Super
Show, captured the attention
of several photographers from
leading bodybuilding maga-
zines.
As Stubbs flexed his colos-
sal arms and quads on the
stage, for the cameras on Sat-
urday October 17th, of the
magazines Flex, Muscle and
Fitness and International Pro.
Stubbs, who participated in
the heavyweight division for
the Bahamas, will appear in
the next edition of Flex mag-
azine.
The feat was noted as an
historic one by the president
of the Bahamas Bodybuilding
Federation (BBF), Danny
Sumner.
Sumner said: "The Bahamas
and the federation are very
proud of Stubbs and his feat.
He has done the Bahamas and
the federation good.
"This was his first show and
to receive such applause,
recognition and coverage from
international press shows that
he is on track.
"Joel was always a deter-
mined bodybuilder, who
believed in keeping fit. If you
know Joel, you will know that
he is all about healthy eating
and working out."
Stubbs, the second Bahami-
an to reach the professional
status in bodybuilding, fin-
ished up 12th in the competi-
tion.
His professional card was
won in 2003 at the Central
American and Caribbean
(CAC) championships after
Stubbs was crowned the over-
all winner of the men's divi-
sion.
Stubbs, who is also a
Bahamasair pilot, overpow-
ered top names at the cham-
pionships.
The championships were a
pre-qualifier for the- Mr
Olympia tournament, which
is set for November.
Attending the competition
with Stubbs was amateur
bodybuilder Valdez Campbell,
who said the show was the
highest level of competition
he has ever seen.
Campbell said: "Joel was
great, he was one of the
crowd's favourites.
"Every camera wanted to
take his'picture. His body
structure, especially his back,
left everyone on awe.


JOEL STUBBS impresses
at the show in Texas.


"They were marvelled. The
only person who is built like
Joel is the current Mr
Olympia and when he flexed
everyone just went wild.
"The competition was very
stiff and for him to finish up
12th in his first professional
championship was a real
accomplishment.

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"The tournament was a high
maintenance competition. All
the big names in the world
were there. They were all try-
ing to qualify for the Mr
Olympia."
Stubbs had a total score of
181 points, his highest score
of 67 points coming from
judge number one.
Winning the championship
was Branch Warren, with
Johnnie Jackson and Quincy
Taylor coming in second and
third respectively.
Stubbs captured the highest
finishing out of all of the three
Caribbean professional body-
builders.
Finishing up 13th was Lyn-
don Belgrave of Barbados.
Lawrence Marshall of
Trinidad and Tobago was in
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The Tribune


SECTION


Sermons, Church Activities, Awards


Church Notes
Page 2C


* FATHER IVAN ELDON


Father of



'the valley'


THE priest, vestry and
members of St George's
Anglican Church have wel-
comed Father Ivan "Tim-
my" Eldon to "the valley".
Father 'Eld6n wifassist
'Fa4nbrKingsiyKrioiwles,
rector of the parish, to help
create an environment that
welcomes and enhances the
glory of God.
"Father Eldon will be an
asset to the spiritual growth
and development of the
parish as we look towards
the future," a parishioner
said.
Father Elon was ordained
to the Scared Priesthood on


St George's

welcomes

Father Eldon

July 22 after a long struggle.
Despite some challenges, the
newly ordained priest estab-
lished that each step along
the way was purposed by
God.
He is a former member of
St George's Anglican

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* By PETURA BURROWS
Tribune Feature Writer
A symposium with a three-
fold purpose to train
Bahamians in the music
and worship ministry,
equip them to distribute
their work and encourage them to be ded-
icated in their ministry to God is set to
take place in November.
The World Gospel Music Alliance, a
subsidiary of the 10-year-old Barak Min-
istries International, hopes that its sym-
posium, though only in its third year, will
elevate the standard of music and worship
in local churches through its "cross-cul-
tural" musical training and fellowship.
As November is still some time away,
the Alliance is still waiting for confirmation
from two international gospel recording
artists who will minister in song and give
lectures at nightly services from Wednes-
day, November 16 through Friday, Novem-
ber 18 at the Bahamas Christian Fellow-
ship Center, Carmichael Road. WGMA
will not release the names to the public
until the artists are confirmed.
Following the end of each session, there
will be a rehearsal for all persons inter-
ested in joining the workshop choir.
On Saturday, November 19, there will be,
a clinic from 8.45am to 1pm, which will
include training in various musical instru-
ments, graphics and web design, getting.
an audio/visual department started, copy-
right and laws protecting musicians, fol-
lowed by a motivational speech on "Win-
ning the World with a New Sound". There
will also be a boat cruise that night, allow-
ing local musicians to mingle with inter-
national guests.
The symposium culminates with the
annual "Choirfest" gospel concert on Sun-
day, November 20, which will feature the
Workshop Choir singing new songs written


* DEVON ROLLE


by Minister Devon A Rolle, WGMA
founder.
This year, the symposium is geared
towards practical training for all major
departments in any ministry. Froin the
engineering aspects to other specific areas
such as dance, drama, pantomime, band,
choir and praise team, enabling those who
attend to make tangible investments in the
development, training and enhancement
of the various technical, music and art
arms of churches throughout the island.
"For a third world country we have this
mentality like other Caribbean countries,
that there is a tendency to be simply a
receiver of what the developed world
sends. We need to start to not receive only
but come to the point of exchanging
because we are just as skilled as anybody


else," says Minister Rolle, who is also the
president of Barak Ministries Interna-
tional.
With the Grammy Award winning suc-
cess of Baha Men and other Bahamian
artists whose work is being recognised
internationally, one gets the impression
that the Bahamian musicians are thinking
globally. But Mr Rolle believes that the
true test is longevity.
"Baha Men has had international success
but are we really hearing much about them
now?" he asks.
When it comes to the gospel arena,
things are not that different. It may be
even worse. How many Bahamian gospel
artists have ever gone international? Very
few, if any, he says.
According to Mr Rolle, the answer to
that question is most likely as a result of a
nonchalant attitude on the part of many
local musicians who view their work as
only a hobby.
"We want persons to know how to pro-
duce a quality product," says the musi-
cian.
"And I don't think this is an area of
musicianship. A lot of persons are doing it
as a hobby and they don't really take it
very seriously. I think the art itself is being
robbed mainly because of that."
In fact, there may be nothing more
important than producing a quality prod-
uct. Speaking of Barak, Minister Rolle
says that he attributes most of the group's
success to the fact that whatever they pro-
duced was deliberately set at an interna-
tional level.
When the group's first single, "Nothing
But Mercy", was released to gospel radio
stations in 1995, Mr Rolle instructed radio
personalities not to identify the singers.
The first DJ to play the record was Vaughn
Miller, then a radio personality on ZNS

See SYMPOSIUM, 6C


Was Katrina an act of God? A


* By BISHOP SIMEON B HALL
THE Economist called it "The Sham-
ing of America." Time magazine's headline
read "System Failure." Newsweek dubbed
it "Lessons of National Shame." But many
in America's Christian community believe
Hurricane Katrina was a direct act of God.
Since Katrina, part of my work has
placed me in three American cities over
the past three weeks. This article is being
written from a hotel in Los Angeles.
Katrina has humbled America and is
causing her to look inward. As I listened to
President Bush last week while in Atlanta
there was a ring of repentance and humil-
ity in his voice.
President Bush's war-like proclivity has
not eclipsed the fact that he is a God-fear-
ing person. This might yet be his salvation
in the face of the downward spiral in his
popularity.
Atheists and agnostics have been gaining
ground in America, especially in the courts;
the schools and in other places of influ-
ence.
Pastors and lay-leaders are opining that
a land so blessed by the mighty hand of
God cannot last long if it continues to turn
its back to God. The Bahamas can learn


from this truism.
Theologians all agree that when sin is
elevated from the personal level to the
structural and institutional levels the judg-
ment of God is imminent.
A waiter serving Mrs Hall and I in a
restaurant yesterday recognised my clerical
curb and invited my response as he made
the chilling prophecy that "it's only a mat-
ter of time before some catastrophic dev-
astation comes to California because this is
a wicked city."
Ours is a fallen world. The whole cre-
ation groaneth. Every thing nailed down is
coming loose. Nature seems to be protest-
ing violently to what wicked man has done
to her.
I do not believe that God sits in heaven
and in some capricious sense decides today
I will kill a thousand persons. I do believe
that God is a loving Father who calls us to
repentance.
Scripture states, He is slow to anger and
will not always chide.
There are some laws of God and cer-
tainly laws in the Universe, which if we
continue to run roughshod over them, they
will in turn break us.


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EVERCHANGING
LIVES MINISTRY
INT.
THE church in the Robinson
Road Plaza, where Prophet
Niemoller is pastor, is sched-
uled to hold the following
S weekly services:
Sunday, 9:30 am Sunday
School, 11 am Divine Wor-
ship, 7:30 pm Evangelistic Ser-
vice
Monday, 7:30 pm Prayer
Meeting
Tuesday, Mid-day Service, 8
pm Choir Practice
First Wednesday of each
month, 7:30 pm Women's Fel-
lowship Ministry
Thursday, 7:30 pm Break-
through Miracle Healing Ser-
vice

ST MATTHEW'S
ANGLICAN
EPISCOPAL
CHURCH
THE church on Shirley and
Church Streets is celebrating
its Feast of Title until Septem-
ber 25. Mission services are
being held at 7 pm each night
with guest preacher Father
Sebastian Campbell.
September 24 Fun Day and
Walk About
September 25,7:15 am High
Mass celebrated by Anglican
Archbishop Drexel W Gomez,
10:30 am High Mass celebrat-
ed by Suffragan Bishop Gilbert
Thompson, 7:30 pm Solemn
Evensong (Sermon, Outdoor
Procession & Benediction)
Preacher: Archdeacon I Ran-
furly Brown


Church Notes


ST ANDREW'S


istry, 4 pm Children's Choir
Ministry


PRESBYTERIAN ST BARNABAS


KIRK

YOU are invited to worship
with the church family at 9:30
am or 11 am on Sunday. Sun-
day School meets during the
11 am service and the Youth
Group meets on Friday
evenings.
The Kirk is located at the
corner of Peck's Slope and
Princes' Street, across from the
Central Bank. Parking is avail-
able immediately behind the
Kirk. Visit us also at:
www.standrewskirk.com

ZION
METHODIST
MINISTRIES

THE church in the South
Beach Shopping Centre, East
Street south, is scheduled to
hold the following worship ser-
vices:
September 25, 10:15 am -
Sunday School, 11 am Divine
Worship Service (Preacher:
Brother Thomas Desmangles)
Third Monday, 7:.30 pm -
LadiesMinistry .
Wednesday, 7:30 pm -
Prayer and Bible Study
Thursday, 7:30 pm Music
Ministry
Saturday, 3 pm Dance Min-


ANGLICAN
CHURCH

THE church on Blue Hill
and Wulff Roads is scheduled
to hold the following services:
September 25, 7 am Sung
Mass, 10 am Sunday School
and Adult Bible Classes, 11 am
- Praise and Worship, Sung
Mass, 7 pm Solemn Evensong
and Benediction
Monday, 6:40 am Mattins
and Mass, 4 pm Youth Band
Practice, 6:30 pm Lay Pas-
tors' Training, Laying A Solid
Foundation, Adult Band Prac-
tice
Tuesday, 6:40 am Mattins
and Mass, 1 pm Mid-day
Mass, 6 pm Prayer Chapel, 7
pm Bible Class
Wednesday, 6:30 am Mass,
6:30 pm Marriage Enrich-
ment Class, 7 pin Prayer
Band and Bible Class
Thursday, 6:40 am Mattins
and Mass, 6 pm to 9 pm -
Young Adult Choir Practice,
7 pm Senior Choir Practice
Friday, 6:40 am Mattins
and Mass, 4 pm Confirma-
tion Classes, 6 pm St
Ambrose Guild, 6:30 pm -
Christian Youth Movement
Saturday, 10 am to 1 pm -
Boys Brigade (ages 5-9), 1 pm
- Youth Alpha (every third
Saturday), 3:30 pm to 4 pm -


Boys Brigade (ages 10+), 4 pm
- Youth Band Practice, 6 pm -
Altar Guild, 6 pm Confes-
sions



EAST ST
GOSPEL
CHAPEL

THE church at 83 East
Street, "where Jesus Christ is
Lord, and everyone is special",
is scheduled to hold the fol-
lowing services:
Sunday, 9:45 am Sunday
School & Adult Bible Class,
11 am Morning Celebration,
7 pm Communion Service, 8
pm 'Jesus, the Light of
World' Radio Programme on
ZNS 1
Tuesday, 8 pm Chapel
Choir Practice
Wednesday, 8 pm Mid-
week Prayer Meeting (Second
Wednesday) Cell Group
Meeting
Thursday, 6 pm Hand Bells
Choir Practice, 8 pm Men's
Fellowship Meeting (Every 4th
Thursday), 7:45 pm Women's
Fellowship Meeting (Every 4th
Thursday)
Friday, 6:30 pm Con-
querors for Christ Club (Boys
& Girls Club), 8 pm East
Street Youth Fellowship Meet-
ing
Saturday, 6:30 am Early
Morning Prayer Meeting


FIRST HOLINESS
CHURCH
OF GOD

THE church on First Holi-
ness Way, Bamboo Town, is
scheduled to hold the following
services:
Sunday, 9:45 am Sunday
School, 11 am Morning Wor-
ship, 7 pm Evening Worship
Monday, 7:30 pm Prayer
Meeting .
Wednesday, noon Prayer
& Praise Service, 7:30 pm -
Bible Study
Thursday, 7:30 pm Praise
& Worship Service
Friday (2nd and 4th), 7:30
pm Youth Meeting
Second Tuesdays, 7:30 pm -
SALT Ministry (Single Adults
Living Triumphantly)
Fourth Saturdays, 4 pm -
SOME Ministry (Save Our
Men Evangelism)
1st Sundays Women's Day
2nd Sundays Youths
Day/Dedication of Infants
3rd Sundays Mission
Day/Communion
4th Sundays Men's Day
Service

ALL SAINTS
ANGLICAN
CHURCH

SERVICES and meetings to
be held at the church on All


Saints Way, South Beach, for.
the week of September 25 toX
October 1:
Sunday (Feast: Pentecost
19), 7 am Sung Mass and Set-
mon (Theme: "The Commi
nity of Overcomers" Preac*
er: Rev Carlton Culmer), 10
am Family Eucharist anol
Sunday School, 5:30 pm Mas&
of Thanksgiving for the; mi!
istry of Rev Fr Addison Turrji
quest (Retirement Service)
Monday, 7 pm EducatipoG
For Ministry (EFM), Ban ,
Practice at St Matthew's
Tuesday, 8:30 am Mass ag
St. Luke's Chapel, Princess
Margaret Hospital, 7:30 pm
Home Visitation
Wednesday, 6 am Mass anr
Breakfast, 7 pm Choral.
Practice .A
Thursday, 6:30 pm Bamn
Practice at All Saints, 7:30 pn
- Senior Choir Practice
Friday, 6 am Sunrise Mass
and Breakfast, 6:30 pm to 8:3(.
pm Dance Camp at the Com-
munity Centre
Saturday, 6 am Prayer Ses;
sion, 2 pm Acolyte Practice .
(Rector: Rev Fr S Sebastian
Campbell)






SAINT AGNES
ANGLICAN
CHURCH

THE church on Blue Hill
Road is scheduled to hold their
Annual Prayer Conference;
September 23, 7 to 9 pm, Sep-
tember 24, 9 am to 3 pm.


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Church, which he attended
with his parents who are now
deceased. He was also con-
firmed, attended Sunday
School and served around the
altar. He later became a Sun-
day School teacher, Boy Scout
leader and a member of the


church's council.
Father Eldon is married to
the former Carolyn Wells,
daughter of St George's
Church member Cloran Wells.
The couple have been married
for 28 years. They have three
children, two boys Craig and


Cory, and one girl Renee.
Father Eldon comes to St
George's from the Parish of St.
Gregory, Carmichael Road,'
where the Rector is Father;
Atama Budhu.
Source: St George's Com-
munications Ministry


Katrina, from Page 1C


Some things, some acts and situations do in
fact attract the judgment of God sooner than
others. On a personal level, we must all quickly
repent of our sins and serve God. On a national
level we must not take God's blessings to
advance the Kingdom of Hell and think we can
do so with impunity.
To those who suffer pain and hurt in the face
of natural and structural evil, I remind you that


even in judgment God will remember mercy'
So though the earth be removed and the moun-
tains shake we can still trust in the God of our
faith.
And all creation say...Amen.

Bishop Simeon Hall is senior pastor of New
Covenant Baptist Church on East West High-
way.


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* THREE children were presented to God by their parents and Godparents for baptism at St
George's Anglican Church on Sunday, September 11. Father Ivan Eldon delivered the sermon,
which focused on continuing to love one another as Christ loves the church. Father Kingsley
Knowles, rector of St George's, conducted the baptisms, assisted by Father Roland Hamilton.
(Photo: St George's Communications Ministry)




Bureaucracy and



disaster readiness


By FR HENRY CHARLES
I DIDN'T think there was
much that one could add to
wliat's been said or written
about Katrina and the tragedy
of New Orleans, till I followed
upon a recommended website
on New Orleans' disaster
preparation. Anyone who
wishes may have a look at it.
The address is: www.city-
ofno.com/portal.aspx?por-
tal=46&tabid=26). The read-
ing is incredible.
The authors of the city plan
begin with a broad statement of
purpose:
"The goal of emergency pre-
paredness training is the prepa-
ration of individuals and orga-
nizations for effective and coor-
dinated response to emergen-
cies."
The planners then lay out a
programme from training
and trial runs to evacuation and
communications so that all
personnel will have the knowl-
edge necessary for action in the
event of a hurricane. "The
Office of Emergency Pre-
paredness shall endeavour to
take full advantage of courses
offered by the Louisiana Office
of Emergency Preparedness
(LOEP), the Federal Emer-
gency Management Agency
(FEMA), the Louisiana Emer-
gency Preparedness Associa-
tion (LEPA) and other agen-
cies, as well as conferences,
seminars and workshops that
may from time to time be avail-
able, most notably state hurri-
cane conferences and work-
shops and the National Hurri-
cane Conference."
In addition, "the administra-
tive and training officer of the
Office of Emergency Pre-
paredness will maintain close
communication with the state
training officer of the LOEP,
making sure workshops are
conducted at the Emergency
Support Function level, review-
ing Emergency Operating Cen-
tre/E.S.F. Standard Operating
Procedures and undertaking
more intensive work sessions
with elements response orga-
nizations in order to enhance
unified disaster planning."
The plan instructs the Direc-
tor of the Office of Emergency
Preparedness to execute Mass
Casualty Incidents scenarios;
work with the Association of
Contingency Planners and oth-
er groups to coordinate disaster
organization responses; coor-
dinate, facilitate, and encour-
age other agencies to conduct
emergency self-assessments;
. engage in assessment processes
in preparation for the Agency
Disaster Report; and produce
after-action reports with the
OEP shelter coordinator in
conjunction with the Louisiana
Statewide Hurricane Exercise.
There's more. "Evacuation
procedures for special needs
persons with either physical or
mental handicaps, including
registration of disabled persons,
is covered in the SOP (Stan-
dard Operating Procedures) for
Evacuation of Special Needs
Persons."
"Major population reloca-
tions resulting from an
approaching hurricane or sim-


* FR H CHARLES


ilar anticipated disaster (have
made) the City of New Orleans
Office of Emergency Pre-
paredness develop specific
Hurricane Emergency Evacu-
ation Standard Operating Pro-
cedures, which are appended
to the Comprehensive Emer-
gency Management Plan.. .The
Emergency Management Plan
itself must be understood... as
an all-hazard response plan,
and is applicable to events of
all sizes, affecting even the
smallest segments of the com-


munity."
Evacuation timing is nailed
down: "Clearance
time...includes the time
required by evacuees to secure
their homes and prepare to
leave (mobilization time); the
time spent by evacuees travel-
ling along the road network
(travel time); and the time
spent by evacuees waiting
along the road network due to
traffic congestion (delay time).
Clearance time does not refer
to the time a single vehicle


spends travelling on the road
network. Evacuation notices or
orders will be issued during
three stages prior to gale force
winds making landfall.
Precautionary Evacuation
Notice: 72 hours or less
Special Needs Evacuation
Order: 8-12 hours after Pre-
cautionary Evacuation Notice
issued
General Evacuation
Notice: 48 hours or less."
Finally, the plan offered a
precise communications strat-
egy. "The Emergency Alert
System is the primary means
of advising the public of a local-
ized emergency. The primary
EAS stations for New Orleans
are WWL (870 AM) and
WLMG (101.9 FM). The EAS
can be contacted by telephone
and radio... A combination of
Live Media Statements and
Pre-recorded Messages will be
used as a disaster situation
develops. Once the Emergency
Operations Centre is activat-
ed, the task of updating the
media falls to the Office of
Communications."
Yet, after all the foregoing
(with several pages more of
details) the disaster was total.
We tend to forget that Katrina
was not an unexpected disas-
ter. Later information has
showed this, including the fact
that the levees were known to
be incapable of withstanding
anything beyond a category
three hurricane. Yet the images
seen across the world were
images of total breakdown.
There's enough blame to go
around. Was the President
lacking, as they say in the mili-
tary, "in situational awareness"
at a time of national tragedy?
Clearly. Was the federal gov-
ernment remiss in both funding
. and speed? Again, clearly. And
what of the state? This is the
first person testimony of a
woman in one of the "pro-
jects," who thought the worst
was over when the hurricane
winds had subsided: "The sun
was out, but the water started
coming right up the street and
it kept rising. Then we heard
Governor Blanco saying on the
radio that they couldn't stop
the water and everybody
should just get out."
That's what elaborate state
planning came down to in the
end: everybody should just get
out. It seems to me this last is
the area with the most impor-
tant lessons for us in Trinidad
and Tobago. How do we plan
to translate our disaster readi-
ness into action? Where, for
example, are our "vulnerable
populations?" Should prepara-
.tion be solely the concrete
responsibility of the govern-
ment? Should we not diversify
responsibility for the sake of
quicker and more effective
response? New Orleans is a
tragedy of immense propor-
tions, but every country vul-
nerable to natural disaster sees
it as a wake-up call. We too
must obviously take careful
note of what we need to learn.
Fr Henry Charles is rector
of St Patrick's Catholic Church
in Trinidad.


Rev. Dr. Stephen E. Thompson
2004- Present


Rev. Dr. Garneting, O.B.E.
1977- 2004


Rev. Charles H. Thompsoa
1927 1977


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EXECUTIVES and mem- ..
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tors Toastmasters Club 7178
held their first quarter church
service under the theme:
"Realising Potential ... Ful-
filling Dreams".
The service was held at
Zion Baptist Church on East
and Shirley Streets.
Members were inspired by
a powerful sermon delivered
by Zion's very own Dwayne
Williams, on the principles to
being a "trail blazer".
Rev TG Morrison and the
entire congregation warmly ':
welcomed the group of about
twenty-five Toastmasters.
Rev Morrison encouraged
Club 7178 members to foster
a relationship with Christ and
to experience continued suc-
cess not only within the Toast-
masters organisation, but also
in their individual endeavors.
Healing Communicators
Club 7178 meets each Tues-
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Building of Colinalmperial
Insurance Limited on Collins
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1240 AM.
"So for a month or more he
made a trivia of it. He would
say something like, if you can
guess, who this group is you
would win a prize. So you had
people calling off people like
Kirk Franklin, John P Kee,
basically every popular choir
out there," recalls Mr Rolle.

Shock
"They were in shock by the
time.they found out that it was
Barak, a local.group. And by
the time we had our album
release concert we had 3,000
people," he adds.
Barak, he adds, was seen.as
an "extremist" group because
they held long rehearsals three
times per week, stressed that
its members sang with proper
pronunciation, and that every-
one mastered their respective
parts.
"It wasn't that we were try-
ing to sound like Americans
but we were particular about
excellence. So I made it a point
that we only learnt two songs at
a time. Then, when we got
those two we would move on
to the next ones," he adds.
But in many cases, it seems
that the discipline of music has
been lost. And the attitude in
many churches, that music is
not that important, seems to
perpetuate this.
Through his symposium, Mr


Rolle hopes that church leaders
will understand how vital the
music ministry is to the church.
"I think that in the Bahamas,
many churches are reaping the
harvest of seeing music as
something casual, as something
only to pass the time. The
result is that there are not
many musicians in these
churches anymore," he says,
adding that he has had to turn
down many churches because
the demand for qualified musi-
cians is so high in this country.
One pitfall of the church, he
believes, is that musicians who
have gone away to perfect their
skills and return home to play
in churches are asked to do so
without compensation. "So of
the few musicians who are
there now, a lot of those who
are not spiritually grounded are
leaving the church and going
into the secular world because
it is more profitable," he says.

Transcends
They believe that music tran-
scends all barriers race, color
or status and that the gift of
music must be used more effi-
ciently as a tool of empower-
ment and unification. The
organisation hopes to serve as
a facilitator of education and
training, seeks to initiate a
more integrative celebration,
and distribution of inspired
music worldwide.


Under the theme, "Already
Bought with a Price and Not
for Sale", this year's sympo-
sium seeks to encourage Chris-
tian musicians to reclaim the
kingdom of music and take up
their role as leaders.
Believers
"There are a lot of believers
with world ambitions, .who may
not be getting it done because
either they feel there is no
opportunity or they don't know
how to go about it, whatever
it is. But I want (the sympo-
sium) to be a facility where
musicians who are committed
to Christ can take their place
and still be professionals," says
Minister Rolle.
The World Gospel Alliance
is a non-governmental organi-
sational network formed in
2002. Its main objective is to
"invoke spiritual and socio-eco-
nomic change throughout the
Caribbean and other parts of
the world by using the power-
ful medium of inspired music.
Minister Rolle believes that
an investment in the sympo-
sium will go a long way to ele-
vate the standard of music min-
istry in the Bahamas and
empower young people.
Register for this year's sym-
posium by contacting Olivier
Johnson at the WGMA head-
quarters at 323-5907, or by
email, wgma@coralwave.com.


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Mount Tabor Full Gospel Baptist Church,
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