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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: March 7, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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attacks on minor

THE Social Services Ministry
has launched a full investiga-
tion into disturbing allegations
of.sexual abuse against a minor
at WillieMae Pratt Centre for
The father of a 12-year-old
girl told The Tribune the har-
rowing story of how his daugh-
ter had been violated and
abused by four other girls at the
According to the father, who
will remain anonymous for the
sake of his daughter's identity,
his daughter is still in the Acci-
dent and Emergency section at
the hospital.
The girl has reportedly suf-
fered two violent attacks at the
centre, with the last occurring
on Saturday when she went to
get her hair braided at one of
the dormitories.
"The girls tied her up with
socks and took a banana and

push it between her legs again.
They push her head into a fae-
ces filled toilet, wrung their pads
(sanitary napkins) out on her,
and then push them in her
mouth," the father claimed.
He added that since then his
daughter has not been able to
digest any food, and that any-
thing she swallows she eventu-
ally regurgitates.
He said he has informed a
member of the school's admin-
istration about the ordeal but
felt they were only concerned
about "covering up" the mat-
He also claimed that last year
girls at the centre held his
daughter down and pushed a
mop-stick "between her legs."
"She was bleeding, and they
didn't send her to the hospital
or nothing. They didn't even
SEE page 10

Pair found guilty

of manslaughter
TWO men on trial for the May 2001 murder of Peter Clark and the
attempted murder of John Moxey are awaiting sentencing after a jury
yesterday found them guilty of manslaughter.
A jury of nine women and three men yesterday found Derek Bast-
ian not guilty of murder, 10-2, but guilty of the attempted murder of
John Moxey, 10-2. They also found him guilty of manslaughter, 10-2.
The jury also found Jeffrey Miller not guilty of murder, 11-1, but
guilty of manslaughter, 11-1.
Raymond Hepburn, Don Bastian, son of South Andros MP Whitney
Bastian, and Neil Prosper were told by Justice Isaacs that they were
free to go after the jury found them not guilty of the charges against
them. Jerome Bastian, who was also charged with the murder of Peter
SEE page 10

BurglarstargetBahamas Red Cross Ministry monitors

M DC 2128 Orgall dusts the crime scene for fingerprints of the persons responsible for
the break-in at the Bahamas Red Cross Headquarters
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Tribune Staff Reporter
JUST two days after one of
its most successful fairs, staff
at the Bahamas Red Cross
discovered that the head-
quarters had been broken into
by someone hoping to cash in
on the organisation's profits.
Marina Glinton, president
of the organisation, told The
Tribune that she was horrified
when she arrived at the John
F Kennedy Drive building
Monday morning and saw the
extent of the damage. Four of
the building's glass doors had
been smashed in, and locks
on wooden doors had been
broken. Despite this, staff's

initial feeling was that noth-
ing had been taken.
"They were obviously look-
ing for the money they
thought we had from the fair,"
said Mrs Glinton.
She said the would-be
thieves were left disappoint-
"We did not have that mon-
ey here, all the profits from
the fair were immediately tak-
en to the bank and deposit-
ed," she said. Mrs Glinton
added that ever since the
headquarters had been bro-
ken into some years before
and had money taken, no cash
is ever left on the property.
"The most you may find on
any given day is $100 petty

cash and even that is rare,"
she said.
Mrs Glinton explained that
she and several staff members
had been at the headquarters
on Sunday afternoon. After
securing the property, they all
left around 2 pm. Mrs Glin-
ton said staff members alerted
her shortly before seven yes-
terday morning and she
rushed over. She said staff was
hesitant to conduct a full
search because of all the bro-
ken glass and fear of contam-
inating any evidence left at
the scene, but nothing
appeared to have been taken.
Staff is now left with the

protests in Miami
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Ministry of Tourism is
closely monitoring protests of
Cuban-American activists in Mia-
mi to pre-empt a possible nega-
tive fall-out for the industry.
Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
combe yesterday told The Tri-
bune that this weekend's anti-
Bahamas demonstrations by
Cuban-American protesters has
not yet had a negative impact on
A group of about 200 members
of the Cuban Agenda picketed
cruise ships destined for the
Bahamas and called for a tourist
boycott on Saturday and Sunday.
The protest was aimed at high-
lighting alleged human rights vio-
lations at Carmichael Road
Detention Centre, with the pro-
longed incarceration of Cuban
dentists, David Gonzalez-Mejias
and Marialys Darias-Mesa, and
the recent beating of a Miami
television reporter, allegedly by a
SEE page 10

Human rights group
reports 'inhumane'
prison conditions in
bid to gain access
for investigation
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Grand Bahama Human
Rights Association has reported
the "inhumane" conditions at Her
Majesty's prison to a number of
international organizations in the
hopes of gaining access to the
institution to investigate claims
of abuse.
The move, the organisation
said, was made because they have
yet to receive permission for a
delegation to visit Fox Hill prison
to verify allegations of human
rights violations.
The GBHRA yesterday
repeated its request from last
month to be permitted to inter-
view prison inmates regarding
allegations of human rights vio-
In an open letter addressed to
Superintendent of Prisons Dr
Elliston Rahming, the Associa-
tion said:
"As we seem to be facing a
stony wall of silence and resis-

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We should give Governor Bush

same answer he gave president


THE debate over the proposed
Bahamas-Florida LNG project
has flared up again as a result of the
visit of Florida Governor Jeb Bush, and
Prime Minister Perry Christie still
sounds as if he is leaning towards
No doubt Governor Bush and the
LNG lobby were hoping that the visit
would spur a quick response from Mr
Christie. They did get an acknowl-
edgement from Mr Christie that "clear-
ly a decision is necessary in moving
Then Mr Christie revealed that he
had talked to the Governor about "assis-
tance in establishing a regulatory regime
that will govern any such facility estab-
lished in the Bahamas".
It is not encouraging to those who are
worried about this proposal to hear that
the very people who are so anxious to
have it are the ones to whom our prime
minister is looking for regulatory help. It
must have been difficult for the Florid-
ians to hide their delight when they
heard that.
What is Mr Christie thinking? These
are the same people who are so intent
on keeping the LNG plant far away
from their own territory that they are
prepared to pay the Bahamas millions to
site it in our backyard and trench 90
miles of the ocean floor to pipe it to
We have been told that the Bahamas
should agree to this proposal before it is
taken off the table, that a floating facil-
ity can be constructed near Florida and
that a terminal can be established 10
miles off Fort Lauderdale where it will
be "safe and out of sight".
So why not do that? Why so anxious
to bestow this dubiously wonderful gift
on the Bahamas?

Once again there are the usual
attempts to obfuscate the issue
by some who support the project. They
argue that there are risks involved in
everything and that LNG is cleaner than
other fuels. But those points are not
the issue.

The issue is, as I have said in this col-
umn before, not about the merits of
LNG as opposed to other fuels. It is not
about whether LNG is safer than LPG
which is transported through the streets
of Nassau to serve the needs of people
who live here.
It is not about a comparison with the
fuel installation at Clifton Pier, which is
also there to serve the needs of resi-
dents. Neither is it about how many





countries and states are building LNG
terminals to serve the needs of their
It is about whether we should take
the considerable risks associated with
this project, not for ourselves but for
the people of Florida who do not Wvant
them in their own backyard and do not
want to take the risks for their own ben-
What would you say to a neighbour
who offers to pay you to put his LPG
cylinders in your yard because having
them near his house makes him ner-
vous? And this project should make us
more than nervous, it should worry us

no end.
For one thing (in Mr Christie's own
words): "We are not just another coun-
try looking for revenue opportunities.
We are a country whose primary indus-
try is tourism and therefore we can-
not mistakenly and inappropriately
agree to developments and industries
that are inimical or inconsistent with
the best interest of our tourism indus-

As hungry as America is for oil,
Governor Bush and his
administration have resisted efforts
by the US Federal Government,
headed by his brother President
George Bush, to drill for oil off the
coast of Florida.

N body is opposed to diversifi-
cation of our economy but we
would be foolish indeed if we diversified
ourselves right out of an industry that
has provided us with enviable prosper-
ity for generations.
As Sam Duncombe of reEarth put it:
"Do you think the average tourist knows
where Ocean Cay and Freeport Har-
bour are in relation to New Providence?
When hurricanes pass through our coun-
try, they believe the whole country has
been shut down.
"Should there be an LNG accident
and we cook the goose how are we
going to replace the billions from
tourism? Why should we destroy our
environment while Florida makes con-
stant progress in making it more difficult
to destroy theirs?"
Our environment, particularly our
delicate coral reefs, is already under
attack and hardly a day passes that there
is not fresh news bad news about
environmental degradation.
The Sunday Times of Britain reported
on February 26 that the world's coral
reefs could disappear within a few
decades because of rising acid levels in
the oceans.
Researchers, says The Times, have
found that coral, crabs, oysters and mus-
sels may become unable to build and
repair their shells and will die out. And,
of course, the disappearance of these
creatures will cause the disappearance of
larger marine animals that depend on
SShould we who have been so blessed
with wonderful marine resources be
a part of this destruction? Or should
we be fighting tooth and nail to pro-
tect what we have for future genera-

Governor Bush and the LNG
lobby can sing us lullabies but
we ought to remember that dredging
90 miles of the ocean floor and laying
LNG pipes will be a serious risk to the
marine environment. Not only will mil-
lions of tons of silt be dredged up but
more chemicals will be released into the
already sick sea.
It would be a nice world if all the cap-
tains of industry and their collaborators
could be trusted to regulate themselves
and protect the universal patrimony.
But mountains of evidence show that
they cannot.
Bahamians are concerned that the
activities of our American friends at
the AUTEC base may be contributing
to a rise in the incidence of cancer in

Andros. We also have good reason to
believe that their underwater testing is
doing serious injury to marine life. But
do not count on them for a full disclo-
Up to this day we still do not know
how the dumping of nerve gas in the
Bahamas in 1967 and other chemical
and biological experiments in the
Caribbean have affected our marine
resources and the health of our peo-
Others have had and are having sim-
ilar and worse experiences at the hands
of the energy industry. At a time when
their profits are skyrocketing, consumers
are being gouged and the lives of many
made miserable.

ory Carroll of The Guardian
of Britain reported on Febru-
ary 25 that a Nigerian court has ordered
Royal Dutch Shell to pay a billion and a
half dollars in damages for polluting the
Niger River delta.
The court ruled that Shell should
compensate local communities for
degrading their creeks, spoiling crops
and poisoning fish.
The Guardian recalls the struggle
of militant groups in the Niger delta
for a greater share in oil revenues and
compensation for environmental dam-
age. In 1995 the writer and cam-
paigner Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed
after leading a peaceful uprising of
the Ogoni people in opposition to
Mrs Duncombe is right when she
points out that Florida is protecting its
own environment and she challenges us
to protect ours.
As hungry as America is for oil, Gov-
ernor Bush and his administration have
resisted efforts by the US Federal Gov-
ernment, headed by his brother Presi-
dent George Bush, to drill for oil off
the coast of Florida.
The President wants the oil but the
Governor wants to protect Florida's
environment and multi-billion dollar
tourist trade! So he tells his own broth-
er "No."
There is a lesson in this for us. If the
Governor puts the best interests of his
state above the President's demand for
oil, should we not put the best interests
of the Bahamas above Florida's demand
for LNG at our risk? Weshould tell the
Governor "No."


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FREEPORT Two small
businesses were held up and
robbed by masked gunmen over
the weekend.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said the robberies occurred just
minutes apart in Eight Mile
Rock and Queen's Highway
between 7pm and 7.15pm on
The first robbery took place
at the Meat Mart in the Friend-
ship Shopping Centre at Eight
Mile Rock.
Two masked men armed with
handguns entered the store
around 7.06pm and fired a shot
in the ceiling. The culprits
robbed employees of an unde-
termined amount of money.
While fleeing on foot, the
gunmen fired a second shot out-
side the store before escaping.
Supt Rahming said a similar
incident occurred around
7.15pm at Red Hot Communi-
cations behind Bamboo East
Restaurant on Queen's High-
A masked gunman wearing
dark clothing entered the
premises and robbed it of $300
cash. He fled the scene on foot.
Mr Rahming said no other
descriptions of the culprits are
available. Anyone who can help
with information is asked to call
the crime hotline at 352-1919.

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safe haven

for tourists

IN anticipation of thousands
of spring breakers arriving on
the island, Grand Bahama
police have launched a major
operation aimed at creating and
maintaining a safe environment
over the next two months.
Supt Rahming said the initia-
tive, named 'Operation Spring
Break', involves officers from
both the uniformed and plain-
clothed divisions, and from
Marine Patrol and K-9 Section.
The objective is to prevent
the sale of illegal drugs to col-
lege students, serious offences
against them, and to ensure vis-
itors enjoy a hassle-free holi-

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-. pressed on law and order

* DPM Cynthia Pratt listens to Diana Thompson, a vendor who has been in the market from
the age of 10 and is still there at the age of 86
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)

Website reports rift

between Bpresident

and committee of BUT

Tribune Staff Reporter

A RIFT is brewing between
the executive committee of
the Bahamas Union of Teach-
ers and its president, accord-
ing to documents displayed
on a local website.
The committee, they sug-
gest, is gravely concerned over
how the union's affairs are
being managed under the
leadership of president Ida
The website has published
several documents which
appear to be copies of letters
addressed to Mrs Poitier-
Tumquest by members of the
union's executive committee,
detailing their dissatisfaction
at being excluded from vital
decision-making processes at
Last week teachers protest-
ed in Rawson Square, reject-
ing the government's counter
proposal to their pay
demands, calling theman
insult and an outright "slap in
the face."
However, according to a
letter on the website dated
February 15, the union's exec-
utive committee claimed they
had been excluded from "the
most important aspect of the
(collective bargaining) agree-
"To this date this document
has not been presented to the
executives for ratification. The
document was presented to

the government's negotiators
without our approval or the
input of the membership.
"In order to see the docu-
ment, the majority of the
executive officers were told
by the secretary general to vis-
it the web page to see and
print a copy of the collective
Yesterday, The Tribune
asked Mrs Turnquest to
respond to the allegations.
However, she said it is an in-
house issue and therefore she
had no comment.
In a letter dated February
12, members also claimed that
Mrs Poitier-Turnquest disre-
spected members of the exec-
utive committee, "undermin-
ing and usurping the authori-
ty of the committee."
It was also alleged that staff
had been taken on without
executive consent.
"Executives have not been
given the opportunity to thor-
oughly review, discuss and
approve contracts in accor-
dance with the governance
manual," the letter stated.
The president's authority
on decision making was limit-
ed and did not supersede that
of the executive committee, it
was claimed.
"Madam president, we take
our positions seriously. The
union is divided and we
expect you as the leader to
mend the broken pieces.
"These matters we have
addressed are serious and


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you take this matter lightly and
ignore our concerns you will
leave us no alternative but to
take aggressive action against
you as leader of the commit-
tee," the letter stated.
The signatories said it was the
intention of the 11 executive
members to work-amicably to
allow teachers to receive their
However, they said they
needed the president's co-oper-
ation to fulfil their constitu-
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Does Bahamas uphold human rights?

PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie shed
some light on his approach to the repatriation
of the two Cuban dentists last week when he
recounted the story of a Nigeriari, denied asy-
lum by the Bahamas government.
Mr. Christie said the Nigerian arrived in the
Bahamas after being denied asylum in Russia,
then later in Cuba. As our readers are aware
both of these countries are under the spot-
light for their human rights abuses, especially
When the Nigerian arrived in the Bahamas,
Mr Christie said, recommendations were made
to give him asylum. The recommendations
were probably made by Bahamians trained
by the UN High Commission on Refugees to
determine which aliens qualify for political
refugee status. Mr Christie did not say.
"Now what does that mean, Mr Speaker?"
Mr Christie asked, wrinkling his nose disdain-
fully. "The cabinet doesn't make the decision.
Some public officers by system make that rec-
ommendation to us.
"Do you know what the implication is?" he
asked, repeating his question. "The implication
is that the Prime Minister of the Bahamas flies
to Malta, sits with the president of Nigeria,
who is being praised by the president of Aus-
tralia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom
as a man who is ushering in this wonderful
period of democracy in his country. And then
I am making a decision in the Bahamas that he
is a bad leader because his countryman must be
given political asylum because tbe. get killed
and murdered and.the mother's murdered and
I don't even have a \wia of checking.."."'
We shall leave Mr Christie's story there. By
recounting this story, is he trying to tell
Bahamians that if he grants political asylum to
the two Cuban dentists, he will be announcing
to the world that Castro has a bad govern-
Does Mr Christie have a problem with the
truth? Whose interests and reputation is he
protecting Bahamians' or Fidel Castro's.
Does the Bahamas uphold human rights, or
doesn't it? Isn't the Bahamas a signatory to the
UN Convention on Refugees?
Now let us look at the human rights that
these two dentists face should they be returned
to Cuba. Firstly, as dissidents they will be non-
persons. If they are fortunate enough not to be
thrown in prison for focusing the media spot-
light on the evils of Mr Castro's administration
by their escape, they will be denied employ-
ment. They will be denied ration cards to par-
ticipate in Cuba's ration programme, and wher-
ever they go in public they will be harassed by
There are those who believe that there has

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been so much publicity surrounding these two
dentists that it would. be more than Castro
would dare to persecute them. Besides, didn't
he say their skills were essential to the state
and were needed back home?
This is naive thinking. Cubans, far more
important to the state than these two young
dentists, have been fired from their govern-
ment positions, and denied their human rights
for incumplimiento de orientaciones, in other
words, for not having the appropriate political
We could tell you the story of Dr Miriam
Grass, a political scientist, fired from the Uni-
versity of Havana for criticising the Cuban
political system. Denied the right to do
research or continue work in her profession,
she has been denied permission to travel
Or we could tell you the story of Dr Gloria
Leon, another political scientist, also fired
from Havana University as head of the Cana-
dian Studies programme. She was told she was
dismissed because her political orientation was
detrimental to students and that she was no
longer politically reliable.
However, we choose to tell you the story
of Dr Hilda Molina; Cuba's first woman neu-
rosurgeon, who cannot leave Cuba because
the Cuban government has decided it has the
"right to preserve her brain". Cubans of her
scientific stature can only travel when
ernment gives permission. She has been unsuc-
cessfully trying to .get permission to visit her
doctor son i11 Argentina since l1 L4. As a con-
sequence she has ne'er met hei two grand-
sons because, so far, she has not found a way to
take her body to the Argentine and leave her
brain with Castro.
Now 63 years old, Dr Molina is too old to
become a boat person, but this is why doctors
like Marialys Mesa and David Mejias take to
the boats. And it is the duty of the free world.
to protect their human rights.
The Bahamas signature on the UN Con-
vention on refugees certainly takes precedence
over our 1996 Memorandum of Understanding
with Cuba, which, if implemented in this case,
would surely break that convention.
Is this the madness that the Bahamas is 4
aligned to? Are these the kind of friends that'
Bahamians want in high places?
In our opinion we are being led down a dan-
gerous path. It is now time for Bahamians to
start thinking for themselves.
As we have exhausted our allotted space in
this column today, we shall return tomorrow to
Dr Hilda Molina, the woman with the brain
that Castro wants preserved for the father-


the man for

our future

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE level of love and the
degree of affection and respect
which the people of The
Bahamas held for the late
great Sir Lynden Oscar Pin-
dling are almost beyond quan-
tification. Political leaders dur-
ing and since his era have
sought, miserably, in the main,
to emulate this man and to
entice the electorate to follow
their leadership and vision for
The Bahamas.
The closest one has gotten
to date, is none other than the
Rt Hon Hubert Alexander
Ingraham, MP, PC the former
Prime Minister of our great lit-
tle nation and one to whom Sir
Lynden has always referred to
as "my favourite son". Mr
Ingraham defied tremendous
personal odds to rise up from a
stark Family Island environ-
ment to become leader of the
country and primus inter pares
(Prime Minister).
Love and hatred in politics
go hand in hand. Yet, far too
many of our home grown
politicians tend to ignore this
fact or to treat it with con-
tempt, to their political detri-
ment. The late Sir Cecil Wal-
lace Whitfield, God bless his
soul, was the type person who
could either invoke great love
within his followers or great
hatred from his detractors. He
never was able to master the
vast diaspora of human emo-
tions which live within the col-
lective bosom of Bahamians
with the fine degree of sensi-
tivity like Sir Lynden was able.
This is where one is able to dif-
fererfitiite'between 'the boys
and th'h men, political ly speak-
Mr Perry Gladstone
Christie, a man who, by his
own public admission, trained
to become Prime Minister for
most of his adult life, has tried,
with some degree of vigor, to
walk in the shoes of Sir Lyn-
den. In my opinion, he has
failed miserably. Despite the
massive outpouring of politi-
cal support and apparent love
exhibited towards this man and
his now defunct 'new' PLP
back in 2002, Mr Christie, et
al. have failed, big time, to.
translate those into a perma-
nent form of affection.
Already, a large number of
Bahamians are with-
draw that love and support.
There is, indeed, a very thin
line between love and hate, as
a famous song goes.

What about the Rt Hon
Hubert A Ingraham, MP, PC,
however? This man is more
the Pindling prototype than
any of the current crop of our
so-called political leaders, bar
none. It is clear that Mr Ingra-
ham learnt his lessons at the
feet of a political master while
Messrs Christie, Nottage and
Company may not have been
good students.
Christie has always acted as
if he believed that the people
of The Bahamas could not wait
for him to assume high office.
When he did do so, after it was
literally ceded to him by the
then convoluted FNM, under
Tommy Turnquest, he ended
up creating more enemies than
lovers. After forcing Nottage
to exit the PLP a couple of
years ago; 'the man who would
be king' had to crawl, seem-
ingly, over to Nottage's camp
and solicit his return to a front
line position within the defunct
PLP. Christie is so unsure of
his political future and scrawny
legacy that he needs Nottage
to prop him up. There is,
indeed, a thin line between
love and hate.
Nottage used to act as if he
believed that he was God's
'gift' to The Bahamas from a
political point of view. Had he
pledged his loyalty to Sir Lyn-
den, the way he appeared to
grovel before a seated Christie
the other day, he may well
have been Prime Minister right
now. What did he do instead?
Accepted a post as deputy
leader, while believing that he
was loved within the old PLP.
In reality, he was quickly cut to
political pieces by back room
"shuffles and machinations. The
test is history.
While Nottage may think
that all is well for him within
the fatalistic embrace of a
defunct party, he would do
well to remember that just as
they did it to him once before,
they"will do it again to him.
This time, however, they com-
ing rotgh and tough. There is a
thin line between love and
hate. my good friend and
former benefactor, the Hon
Algernon SPB Allen. This man
had the whole Bahamas at his
feet, waiting for a battle cry
which could never have come
from him. He may have
thought that it was love which

propelled tens of thousands of
Bahamians up to the R M Bai-
ley park a few short years ago.
They thought that he may have
had something to say instead
of mere posturing and political
He disappointed them and
the rest is history. Do they love
him now or has it played out?
Tennyson Wells and Pier'e
Dupuch, God bless them to6,
are yesterday's men and this
fact has changed them infb
shadows of what they used to
be, politically speaking. Wells
acts as if he believes that his
reputed wealth is abl'e't"o
launch him into the leadership
of a political party. It has not
helped with his appearance
and behaviour, in my view s it
is almost impossible for hini t
evoke love and affection from
any more than a handful of
political hacks and supplicants.
He will never be the 'leader'
of anything other than his
home and law firm, with all
due respect. Ingraham has neu-
tralised both of themand:they
are merely appendages to the
parliamentary baggage of the
PLP. ',.;
Dupuch, who was fired by
the Rt Hon Hubert A Ingra-
ham, MP, PC, for insubordi-
nation, is still, apparently,,tot-
ing around a big chip on his
shoulders towards the former
Prime Minister. The reatiit of
his imminent return "tb high
office must be akin to:i night-
mare for him and "Sancho".'I
would not even talk abou6oth-
ers in the defunct PLP whb
profess love but can't be count-
ed on. -
This defunct PLP govern-
ment does not give two red
cents about anyone unless you
are a declared PLP or politi-
cal apostate. They are famous
for talking loud, but saying
nothing. Not a single cent for
the old aged citizens. Nothing
for the youth. More bogus leg-
islation with no vision and no
,purpose. Christie. by his dis-
jointed cabinet shuffle or is it
souffle, destroyed all possible
chances for many of his mem-
bers to ascend the greasy polit-
ical pole. Was this love or
hatred? To God then, in all
things, be the glory.
February 2006
(We think that Mr Bodie's
comparison of Mr Ingrahai
to the late Sir Lynden Pindling,
has done Mr Ingraham a grave
disservice. Ed).


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THE dredging near a popular
island getaway has sparked outrage
from a number of concerned citizens
who fear that the intense sand
removal will cause irreparable dam-
age to the environment.
Several concerned persons con-
tacted The Tribune to, complain
about the dredging that is taking
- place immediately south of Salt Cay
-(Blue Lagoon Island).
According to the reports, a
- dredger has been hard at work taking
"mountains of sand" away from the
- area.
Residents say that the activity has
visibly depleted the sand banks in
the area and could cause the Atlantis
resort on Paradise Island to suffer.
Said Ronald Lightbourn, "People
need to be reminded of what hap-
pens to beaches when there is dredg-
- ing nearby. In the 1940s they dredged
offshore at Cable Beach to fill the
swamp that became Hobby Horse
Hall; after a few years half the beach-
es on Cable Beach had been sucked
out to the offshore hole."
He added that in the 1960's Hunt-
ington Hartford dredged the har-
bour near to what is now paradisee
Estates causing Montagu Beach to
gradually lose its sand.
"Years ago they started dredging
the deep sand bank just north of the
little rock island-at the Narrows
Point. If that had continued there
would be no beaches left today on
the Narrows Beach where multi-mil-

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lion dollar houses have now been
built," Mr Lightbourn said.
Another concerned Bahamian,
contractor Godfrey Lightbourn,
wrote a letter to The Tribune saying
that "of our three basic natural
resources, sun, sand, and sea, we in
the Bahamas fortunately cannot neg-
atively affect the sun, and our envi-
ronmentalists are doing their best to
preserve our sea, but regrettably our
sand is a resource that we have tak-
en, and continue to take, for grant-
He also said that in the past dredg-
ing has had a negative impact on the
"The Sand Banks that used to exist
south-west of Rose Island supplied
Sthe construction industry during the

last half of the 1900's, and before.
Boats of four foot draft had to avoid
them at low tide. Now there is a good
10 ft depth. This would have been
the make-up sand for the Paradise
Island beaches."
He claimed that this was pointed
out to (Sol) Kerzner at the begin-
ning of his development, and dredg-
ing there was discontinued. "Fur-
thermore, there was no more sand.
Dredging of sand was then relocated
to the eastern end of Rose Island,
and this is where it had been coming
from," he said.
He claimed that with the develop-
ment now taking place in the Family
Islands, it is hoped that the country
will benefit from this "sad experi-

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Senior Marketing Representative Product
Development for Broadband & Data
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
FOR BROADBAND & DATA in our Marketing Department.

SThis position is responsible for performing all functions and tasks necessary to develop and launch
products and services.
Assess new technology in relation to customer requirements and existing product sets for
product feasibility
Monitor, research and analyze technological, competitive andmarket factors to drive development
and marketplace activities
Practice and monitor Product Development methodologies and processes
Project manage product development efforts, including management and leadership/membership
of cross-functional product development teams
Lead product development activities to ensure timely and successful implementation of product
initiatives and consistent product documentation
Develop business requirements, product descriptions and product support plan
Implement product support, plans
Perform feasibility and impact analyses
Successfully transition product to Product Management after launch
Establish and maintain effective and productive relationships with cross-functional departments
within BTC
Work effectively with Product Management team
Set performance goals consistent with corporate objectives
Manage product development implementaions to schedules
Track and report status of product development and implementation
Take independent action and calculated risks
Look for and take advantage of market opportunities
Product/industry Knowledge:
Have in-depth knowledge of BTC's products and services
Be cognizant of technological trends in the telecommunications industry
Have in-depth knowledge of customers and competitors
Bachelors Degree in Marketing or Business or equivalent combination of education and
professional experience
Minimum of five years related experience in telecommunications Industry desirable
Minimum two years in marketing functions in high tech company desirable
Require Skills and Abilities:
Capable of working in a team environment as a team member or team leader in managing the
development and implementation process across diverse departments and levels
Demonstrated assertive, persuasive and creative problem solving and project management
Product development and/or product support planning experience
Project management experience
Process development experience
Good verbal and written communication, presentation, organization and time management
Able to work and lead effectively in a changing environment
Strong qualitative and quantitative analystical skills :
Computer Literacy:
Proficient use of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project (or other project management application)
and e-mail applications
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than March
15, 2006 and addressed as follows:

Man arrested over

'fighting cocks'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A HAITIAN accused of illegally importing 45
"fighting cocks" from Haiti over the weekend is
expected to face the full extent of the law.
The man was arrested at Nassau International
Airport under suspicion of having fraudulent per-
mits from the Ministry of Agriculture that claimed
he was importing ducks, pullets and turkeys from
the United States.
Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources
Leslie Miller said what was even more alarming
was that the man in question admitted to having
done this only a few weeks earlier without
"These are fighting cocks grown for one reason
- to fight. We are told that apparently there are
some people in New Providence who do this on a
regular basis, and throughout the island even
on Paradise Island, we are told," he said.
Cock fighting, as it is commonly termed, is a
grotesque form of gambling popular in Haiti
where roosters are pitted against each other to
fight to the death.
"If a gentleman is bold enough to bring chick-
ens in from Haiti on an airplane and clear Cus-
toms, what do you think our situation is with our
docks, especially Arawak Cay, where most of the
Haitian boats dock in New Providence on a dai-
ly basis?" Mr Miller asked.
As a result, Mr Miller said his ministry will
have to be much more vigilant than they have
ever been, and station agents at the airport to
maintain a permanent presence even at week-
"We also learned yesterday that an incident
occurred last month with a charter plane that
also brought some poultry out of Haiti. It was
supposed to clear NIA main terminal. The Cus-
toms officer, not being vigilant, didn't check the
Mr Miller warned that his ministry would try to
insure that, if a charter company was found in
such an instance, its plane would be confiscated.
, Agricultural officials said the 45 fighting cocks
confiscated have already been incinerated by
order of Dr Jeffrey Lyn, their leading field sci-
entist, as they may have been carrying diseases.




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* VACANCY Miss Bahamas

GOLF & OCEN CUB World resigns
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DUE to personal reasons,.
Miss Bahamas World 2005-2006
Ordain Moss has walked away,
.from her crown and title.
In a statement released yes-
terday, 'the Miss Bahamas
Organisation said it reluctant-
ly accepted her resignation, and
will now focus on plans for its
upcoming pageant.
MBO president Michelle
Malcolm said the decision to
accept the resignation was dif-
ficult. "We are truly sorry to
lose Ordain as our queen,
because she represented the
Bahamas so well during the
recent Miss World pageant,"
she says.
"However, we accept her
decision, and we wish her the
best in her future endeavours."
Miss Moss, who was declared
Miss Bahamas World last Sep-
tember following a private
screening, also expressed regret
over the decision.
"For the record, I have no
problem with the Miss Bahamas
Organisation. In fact, the organ-
isation is still very important to
me," she says.
"I would like to thank MBO
for the opportunity of repre-
senting the Bahamas at the Miss
World Pageant in China. It was
a wonderful experience that I
will never forget."
MBO officials say they will
not be naming a replacement
for Miss Moss, as the focus is
now on plans for their pageant,
scheduled for July 8.
"We already have 15 appli-
cants, including four Family
Island representatives, and this
is before advertising!" says Miss

Three winners will be chosen
to represent the Bahamas in the
Miss World, Miss Interconti-
nental and Miss Asia Pacific
International competitions.
Suitable young women
between 17 and 24 are being
sought to compete. Entrants
should be "beautiful in form
and face, graceful, intelligent
and charming, while possessing
poise, a pleasing character, and
high moral convictions".
Candidates must be single,
must not have children, nor
have ever been pregnant or giv-
en birth. They should be 5ft 5in
to 6ft 2in and of proportionate
weight to. their height. Weight
must be proportionate to height.

Candidates should be of
.Bahamian ancestry, or citizens
of the Bahamas, and hold a,
Bahamian passport.
Applicants must submit a
headshot and a full body shot of
her own choice for review with
her application. This may be
used for publicity purposes and
for web/press releases.
Young women interested in
entering the pageant have sev-
eral options. They may collect
an application form from
Michelle la Nuit on Shirley.
Street; contact MBO via email
or write to: Miss Bahamas.
Organisation, PO Box N 3141,
Nassau, NP, The Bahamas


22 Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale

Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas


of Mount Vernon, off Eastern
Road, Nassau, The Bahamas, will
be held at Christ Church Cathedral, f :
George Street, Nassau on
Thursday, 9th March, 2006 at

The chief celebrant will be the rote
Most Reverend Drexel Gomez
Lord Bishop of Nassau and The Bahamas and the Turks
and Caicos and Archbishop of The West Indies and
Metropolitan and the preacher will be Reverend Canon
Dr D Kortright Davis, Rector The Holy Comforter
Episcopal Church, Washington, DC, and Professor of
Theology, Howard University School of Divinity.

His wife, the late Ruby Hallpike Pestania, Predeceased
him in October, 2000. His survivors include two sisters,Ivy
Pestania Jeffers and Daisy Pestaina and three brothers,
Earl, Raymond and Dr Basil Pestaina.

The body of Dean Pestaina will lie in the chancel of Christ
Church Cathedral, George Street on Wednesday, 8th March,
2006 from 2pm to 9pm and again on Thursday, 9th March,
2006 from 8am to 10am.

Instead of flowers the family request that donations be
sent to Christ Church Cathedral Building Fund, P.O. Box
N-653, Nassau, The Bahamas in memory of Dean Foster
B. Pestaina.

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Senior Marketing Representative Product
Development for Wireless
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
FOR WIRELESS in our Marketing Department.
This position is responsible for performing all functions and tasks necessary to develop and launch
products and services.
Assess new technology in relation to customer requirements and existing product sets for
product feasibility
Monitor, research and analyze technological, competitive and market factors to drive development
and marketplace activities
Practice and monitor Product Develoiriment methodologies and processes
Project manage product development efforts, including management and leadership/membership
of cross-functional product development teams
Lead product development activities to ensure timely and successful implementation of product
initiatives and consistent product documentation
Develop business requirements, product descriptions and product support plan
Implement product support plans \
Perform feasibility and impact analyses i
Successfully transition product to Produc Management after launch
Establish and maintain effective and productive relationships with cross-functional departments
within BTC
Work effectively with Product Management team
S-Set performance goals consistent with corporate objectives
Manage product development implementaiors to schedules
R Track and report status of product development and implementation
Initiative: V
Take independent action and calculated risks
Look for and take advantage of market opportunities
Product/Industry Knowledge:
Have in-depth knowledge of BTC's products and services
Be cognizant of technological trends in the telecommunications industry
Have in-depth knowledge of customers and competitors
Bachelors Degree in Marketing or Business or equivalent combination of education and
professional experience,I
Minimum of five years related experience in telecommunications industry desirable
Minimum two years in marketing functions in high tech company desirable
Require Skills and Abilities:
Capable of working in a team environment as a team member or team leader in managing the
development and implementation process across diverse departments and levels
Demonstrated assertive, persuasive and creative problem solving and project management
Product development and/or product support planning experience
Project management experience
Process development experience
Good verbal and written communication, presentation, organization and time management
Able to work and lead effectively in a changing environment
Strong qualitative and quantitative analystical skills
Computer Literacy:
Proficient use of Microsoft Office, Microsoft Project (or other project management application)
and e-mail applications
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than March
15, 2006 and addressed as follows:




* RONNIE Butler and Novie put on a crowd-pleasing performance at the first annual Bahamian
Music and Heritage Festival last year

* THE crowd gets into the music at the first annual Bahamian Music and Heritage Festival held in
George Town, Exuma in March 2005

Festival's boost for Exuma tourism

WITH the most recent
tourism statistics indicating that
stopover visitors to Exuma have
increased by 11.6 per cent and
that the average visitor nights
now stand at 7.9, tourism offi-
cials are doing all they can to
ensure that entertainment keeps
pace with this exceptional
Chief among these events is
the annual Bahamian Music and
Heritage Festival which,
although it is only in its second
year, has already become a sta-
ple'forresidents and visitors to
the island.
TIhe first festival, held in
March, 2005, was heralded as
the most successfully organised
Family Island festival to be
launched that year and has
already become the benchmark
against which other festivals of
its type are being measured.
Recognising the challenge
they now have in surpassing
their previous success, the chief
festival organiser and director
of tourism on Exuma, Charity
Armbrister, revealed that her
team is working around the
clock in an effort to put on

Average visitor nights at

another record setting event.
"When we were planning this
year's festival, I sat with my
team and told them that
because our festival basically
kicks off the Family Island fes-
tival season, everyone will be
looking to us for ideas," she
"The wonderful team that I
have did not disappoint. This
year's event will be even bet-
ter than 2005. We are going
to truly immerse festival goers
in music, culture and her-
Some of the new things that
organizers of the second annual
Bahamian Music and Heritage
Festival have added include
incorporating the nationally
renowned Exuma sweet onions
into the events cuisine and cul-
tural activities.
For the chef competitions,
participants have been asked to
use these onions as the central

ingredient in the preparation of
Another addition to the sec-
ond instalment of the Exuma-
based festival will be the chron-
icling of the island's rich history
on giant story boards to be
mounted throughout Regatta
Park, the location of this year's
Included among the story
boards will be information on
how regattas first came to this
island chain, tales on well-
known slaves like Pompey and
information on the famous skip-
per, Rawley Gray, and his
sloop, Tida Wave:
According to Ms Armbrister,
there will also be an expansion
of the Artefacts Booth, which
proved to be a big hit among
festival goers last year.
"Everyone, especially the
younger people and our visi-
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"We had things like the goose

iron, old kerosene lamps and
lanterns and even an old wood-
en scrubbing board. The items
we displayed were like the
equivalent of a history lesson
for most."
For 2006, the Bahamian

Music and Heritage Festival has
expanded from a two-day to a
three-day event and its
entrance, set for March 16, is.
already being eagerly anticipat-
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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified individuals
for the position of MANAGER/COMPUTER OPERATIONS in its IT Computer Operations Department.
The Manager of Computer Operations is responsible for two main areas, computer operations and scheduling
and billing fulfillment. The Manager ensures that the production computer scheduling is accurately and
/ timely maintained, jobs are run on time, do not conflict with one another, jobs run to completion, and the
' appropriate people are notified of a production scheduling problem. The second area, billing fulfillment,
requires timely running of bill cycles, bill stuffing and metering (fulfillment), and timely completion with
prescribed SLAs. The manager ensures that fulfillment technicians are adequately trained and all shifts are
properly staffed. The manager also escalates all problems directly to the applicable vendor for service as
needed. The Manager manages bill stock inventory and prepares budgets for the CIO as applicable. The
Manager is also responsible for the physical security of the IT computer room and controls access to the
room, policies and procedures governing use of the room, and has the final determination of where devices.
are placed and general maintenance of the room.
'Manage the computer scheduling and computer operations functions
Manage the computer room including physical access to the room
Develops computer operations policies and procedures
Ensures that jobs and processes are run on a timely basis to completion
Executes bill cycles at the appropriate time of the billing period
Establishes service level agreements regarding scheduling and bill production
Ensures that physical bills are produced accurately, timely, and fulfilled within SLA
Maintains adequate inventory of billing collateral
Deals directly with support vendors to obtain adequate support
Negotiates a service level agreement with haIdware vendors for timely response to system problems
Establishes the group budget for the year
Maintains performance statistics and measures billing cycle delivery
Continually evaluates staff to understand strengths and weaknesses, provides training to increase
skill levels, monitors performance levels, consuls employees as to their effectiveness, and makes
personnel changes as necessary to ensure that the Operations group delivers as intended
Maintains a strong customer focus, providing service to Business Partners
Ensures that any changes to the production environment go through the prescribed change control
Works closely with the Manager of. Data Security to implement and enforce proper security access rules
Provides emergency change procedures and staff on call procedures to support emergency system
support as required on a 24x7 basis
Formally evaluates the performance all staff members upon the completion of a project
Ensures that Help Desk trouble tickets are addressed promptly and resolved in a timely manner
Regularly interacts with internal customers to understand their existing and strategic business needs
and that support service levels are being met effectively and on time
o Ensures that adequate operations and scheduling documentation exists and is stored in a manner
easily accessible
Ensures staff members provide high quality support for the systems and to the end-user community
Proactively plans and implements strategies to ensure systems are reliable and responsive during
all key business cycles
Escalates and notifies management of all organization issues or situations that affect the overall
operational effectiveness of BTC application systems
Assists the CIO in determining fiscal requirements and prepares budgetary recommendations;
monitors, verifies, and reconciles expenditure of budgeted funds; prepares proposals for capital
and operating expenditures
Recommends various personnel actions including, but not limited to, hiring, performance appraisals,
promotions, transfers, and vacation schedules
Performs other job-related duties as assigned by the CIO
Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering, Information
Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience in related fields.
10+ years experience managing, implementing, running or maintaining computer operations and
Strong supervisory ability with attention to detail,
Strong organizational skills
Working knowledge of billing systems, fulfillment processes, and accounting and reconciliation techniques
Strong working knowledge of systems support and maintenance processes (includes problem
management and tracking, SLA management, release/ version management, escalations and notifications)
Ability to lead staff to ensure the effective performance of the group
Ability to establish organization standards, operating procedures, SLA's and develop guidelines
Strong customer focus
Strong leadership ability and desire
Knowledge and experience with trouble management, systems management and remote administration
tools and technologies
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts and ideas in a non-technical, simple
Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than March 17,
2006 and addressed as follows:


Women encouraged to get

involved in their society

THE Free National Movement
Women's Association (FNMWA) is
encouraging all women to take a
more active role in society.
Caron Shepherd, president of the
FNMWA, yesterday said that by
becoming involved in public affairs
and exercising their right to vote,
women could bring about social
change in the Bahamas.
"The time is fast approaching
when we will be called upon to go to
the polls," said Caron Shepherd,
president of the FNMWA, in a state-
ment yesterday.

Ms Shepherd pointed out that his-
tory recorded that in 1962, women's
solidarity became evident.
"This represented the genesis of
women being informed and acknowl-
edgement of the rights of women,
eliminating women as chattel," she
She said.that day in history made it
possible for women to excel in areas
such as religion, education and poli-
Ms Shepherd explained that there
is great importance in voting, as it
gives women of the Bahamas a voice

and will bring about many changes.
"The standard of education for our
children will be elevated and the
school structure will be conducive to
our children excelling academically
and physically.
"Crime against women will be
heard and legislation will be put in
place that will not result in impunity,
but laws that will result in rehabili-
tation of criminals.
"Equality for women in the work
place and other laws which are still in
the archaic age will be the thing of
the past."

The association feels, in taking part
in public affairs, women will be able
to study citizenship, inquire about
the efficiency of government and
ensure the stability of every home is
protected. 2)
"We, the Women of the Free
National Movement, take up the
charge of nation building alongside
our fathers, husbands, brothers and
friends who have been pivotal in
making our Bahamas the greatest lit-
tle country on earth.
"Though much has been achieved,
there is still much to do."

Cable Beach employees honoured

at Diamond Awards gala event





The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR ASSOCIATE/IT SUPPORT TECHNICIAN in its IT Enterprise
Support Department.
The IT Service Desk is the primary support for all problem reports, break / fix notification, or other
service requests entering IT. The Sr. Associate, IT Service Desk performs level 1 support responding
to inquiries and requests for assistance with the company's enterprise support systems, applications,
and PC's. Responsibilities include first point of contact for end-users, trouble ticket management,
remote problem isolation, resolution and customer follow-up of reported issues. The Sr. Associate
IT Support ensures internal customer satisfaction through diagnosing, troubleshooting and
correcting problems quickly with a high degree of accuracy. The Associate escalates and
coordinates with other IT functional areas to resolve problems as necessary. The Associate, PC
Products Administration works primarily in maintaining PC systems, which include but are not
limited to Desktops, Workstations, Laptops, Servers, Printers, and other peripherals in the setup,
installation and configuration, upgrade, and troubleshooting of all systems hardware and OS
platforms. Assist in Inventory Control and maintenance of all company owned computer equipment,
peripherals and assets on hand and remote sites according to the defined Asset
Management/Tracking Inventory procedures. Respond, analyze and resolve hardware maintenance
issues within the required service levels and report on issue status and resolution. Effectively and
accurately document failure conditions and repair actions in the IT trouble ticket application.
Ensure internal customer satisfaction through diagnosing, troubleshooting and correcting problems
quickly with a high degree of accuracy. Escalates and coordinates with other IT functional areas
or vendors to resolve problems as necessary
Perform first point of contact (level 1 support) to receive, monitor and track all end user
requests (trouble reports, bug reports, enhancement requests, PC support and maintenance,
etc.) that come into the IT Service Desk
Perform daily duties in accordance to defined service level and standard operating
Provide trouble ticket tracking numbers for all service requests to the Service Desk
Troubleshoot, isolate and resolve all issues that can be solely addressed by the
Service Desk to minimize escalations to the next level support
Interact with all IT functional areas to escalate and manage problems to the next levels
of IT support that cannot be resolved by the Service Desk on its own
Perform follow-up calls to internal customers upon problem resolution for acceptance and
to close trouble tickets
Advise the Manager, Enterprise Systems and Support Services, of any situation
arising that may affect the overall functioning or performance of the IT Service Desk
Document processes and procedures as required
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by management
Perform PC maintenance, PC software installation, and PC configuration management
Maintain and support existing PC equipment including Desktops, Workstations,
Laptops, Servers, and Printers as well as implement new PC's, software and
network peripherals as required.
Perform the installation, configuration, and tuning as well as ongoing maintenance
of PC client software and 3rd party product components and subsystems.
Perform daily duties in accordance to defined services levels and standard
operating procedures.
Maintain the company's computer hardware, software and peripheral asset inventory.
Test hardware and software components for compatibility and stability within end-
user environment.
Perform preventive maintenance on all hardware peripherals and off-line equipment
as required.
Interface with IT Service Desk level 1 support to receive trouble ticket information and
manage issues through to resolution. Interact with all IT functional areas or vendors to
escalate and manage problems to the next levels of support that cannot be resolved.
Participates in the evaluation and review of software/hardware solutions and
systems, while also assisting in the preparation of reports and recommendations.
Document software/hardware specific install instructions and other related
processes and procedures as required.
Advise the Manager, Enterprise Systems and Support Services of any situation arising that
may affect the overall functioning or performance of the PC Product Administration group.
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned by management.
Bachelors degree Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering,
Information Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience
in related fields.
7+ years Help/Service Desk support experience
3 years experience utilizing a trouble ticket support system such as Remedy, Heat, or other
Excellent troubleshooting and problem solving
Strong customer service focus and excellent interpersonal skills
Broad range of network, desktop and application technologies and architecture knowledge
is required, including experience and support skills in the following: Win NT/2000/2003
Servers, Win 95/98/2000/XP Desktops, MS Exchange, MS Office Professional Products,
Anti-Virus solutions
Experience with technologies such as PeopleSoft, Sentori, ICMS or ROSS Systems is a
strong plus
Intermediate experience in the following systems iknowledge:AS/400, Solaris and AIX
Basic experience in the following database technologies: Oracle, SQL Server and DB2
Knowledge and experience with trouble management, systems management and remote
administration tools and technologies
General office and phone skills
Testing and documentation skills
Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications
Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing with all levels of staff
Must have a thorough knowledge of Windows Operating Systems (Windows 95, NT, XP,
2000) and Microsoft Office Suite applications (Word, Excel, Access) at the end-user level.
Able to work under time constraints and have the ability to manage a diverse and sometimes
heavy workload.
A+ Certification, MCP Certification and/or MCSE Certification is a strong plus.
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
March 17, 2006 and addressed as follows:

IN 1959, The Sound of Music
opened on Broadway. Less than
a year later, Eugene Iphill start-
ed receiving cheques from the
payroll office of the Nassau
Beach Hotel in Nassau. Both
have endured as icons of their
respective institutions.
Four decades ago, Iphill
began employment at the Nas-
sau Beach. A lot has changed
since then, but after serving in
different positions across the
resort, Iphill marked his 46th
year and retired as a member
of the engineering department.
This past month, Iphill was
one of 130 Cable Beach Resorts
(CBR) employees honoured for
their long-term commitment to
one of CBR's three member
properties during the compa-
ny's Diamond Awards gala at
the Rainforest Theatre.
Employees who had served
for periods ranging from 20 to
46 years of continuous, full-time
employment were given special
recognition during the ceremo-
Those receiving:honours
included 14 employees from the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, 38
employees of the Nassau Beach
Hotel, and an impressive 82
Radisson associates. Cable
Beach Resorts chief operating
officer, Michael Sansbury, pre-






* 2005 Cacique Chef of the E CABLE Beach Resorts
Year, Jason McBride (right) Manager of the Year, Desiree
receives formal recognition Moxey accepts awards and
from Michael Sansbury prizes at the Diamond Awirds

sented the associates with
unique mementos while thank-
ing them for their service.
Travel and cash prizes were
also presented to the Cable
Beach Resorts employee, super-
visor and manager of the year,
selected from among each
hotel's most outstanding per-
formers of 2005.
Dena Lavone Burnside, a
cashier at the Nassau Beach
Hotel's Pineapple Place restau-
rait, was named employee of
the year. Wyndham assistant

night housekeeper Jacquelihe
Evans was given the supervisor
of the year distinction, and Nas-
sau Beach Hotel director of
catering Desiree Moxey was
named manager of the year..
Chef Jason McBride wasalso
formally rewarded for achiev-
ing the Chef of the Year title
at the 2005 Cacique Awards.'
Mr Sansbury said: "The large
number of guests in ourrooms
says that Cable Beach is con-
tinuing in.its long history df ser-

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SCOTIABANK has an- '
.nounced a donation of $35,000 P .O.j
to a series of women's charities "_*1
'throughout the Caribbean, Cen- E I
'trl America and Latin Ameri- em
ca. The donations mark Inter- De
national Women's Day on Co
March 8.
Each donation will help to
support an important local
w ome n's organisation, working
in fields such as health care,
educiion and social services.
"\\ ith more than 70 per cent
of Scotiabank's employees
,being women, we take a keen
interest in supporting women's
charities," said Sylvia Chromin-
ska, executive vice-president,
human resources and public,
corporate and government
affairs. Scotiabank.
L.. "\\ e are pleased to honour
Ohternational Women's Day by
-.pporming a number of worthy
causes throughout several of the
countries where we operate."
.Scptiabank (Bahamas) Lim-
ited donated $3,000 to Dr San-
.r a-Dean-Patterson, president
of the Crisis Centre. The funds
will assist with the organisa-
ijon's efforts in aiding individu-
als in crises, as a result of sexu-
ali .physical and psychological
, ."Scotiabank has a long histo-
ry of supporting the communi-
ties in which we live and work,"
said bebra Wood, senior man-
,ager, marketing and public rela-
"We're proud to present this
donation to the Crisis Centre
iiin., support of the important
work they do in the Bahamas."
Recognised as a leader inter-
nationally and among Canadian
corporations for its charitable
donations and philanthropic
activities, in 2005 the bank pro-,
vided more than $40 million in
.sponsorships and donations to a
\ariety of projects and initia-
tiMes. primarily in healthcare,
education and social services

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bra Wood, senior manager marketing and public relations and a member of the Scotia Women's

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR ASSOCIATE in our Internal Audit Department.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Perform or assist in the performance of preliminary research for assigned audits in accordance
with the Internal Auditing methodology, including conducting interviews with operational
managers, supervisors, and staff members; flowcharting audit clients' operational/financial
procedures and conducting risk assessments;
Determine or assist in the.determination of appropriate audit approaches, scope, and tools
for assigned audits;
Perform test of controls using appropriate audit tools and techniques;
Compile findings in a clear and concise manner in accordance with the Internal Audit
Department's guidelines and format;
Confer with management, consult reference materials and other sources, and use knowledge
and experience to devise practical remedies for deficiencies noted and make recommendations
for corrective action;
Document andi compile audit evidence and working papers in accordance with the Internal
Audit methodolgy and standards, and present same for review and approval;
Other duties and tasks as required.
Minimum Requirements:
Bachedor's Degree in Acco4nting, Business Administration or related discipline, professional
certification (CPA, CIA, CA, ACCA) and four (4) years internal auditing experience.
Strong data gathering, analytical and report writing skills;
Knowledge of computerized systems and their controls, flowcharting, data extraction and
analysis software, and computer assisted auditing techniques are required;
A thorough understanding of risk assessment methodologies and International Auditing
Standards ar required.
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
March 15,2006 and addressed as follows: Ai


Bethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026

a resident of Stapledon 7' '
Gardens will be held on
Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. at :
Bahamas Faith Ministries, .."-.
The Diplomat Center on
Carmichael Road. Pastor
Rex Major, Emeritus and
Pastor Henry Francis will
officiate. Interment will be
made in Lakeview Memorial
Gardens, John F. Kennedy

Keith will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by
wife, Mrs. Michelle Carey; children, Keishel, Keva, Keira
Carey; parent, Cora E. Carey. (Keith was predeceased by
his father the late Allan Otis Carey); brother, William Allan
"Bill" Carey; grandmother, Ruth Carey; father and mother-
in law, Herbert and Beryl Guillaume; aunts, Faye Smith,
Linda Jarrett, Crystal Carey, Annette Ingrid and Gayle Carey;
Dr. Edris Palmer of New York, Leatha Douglas of Trinidad
and Tobago; uncles, Dr. Baldwin Carey, Philip and Terrance
Carey, Alfred Jarrett, Cuthbert Thomas of New York, Wycliff
Thomas of Canada, Alfred Thomas of Boston; nieces:
Dwainelle and Dwainique Guillaume, and Kennedy Priolea
of North Carolina; nephews: Marco Carey, Michael Davis,
Jonavan Payne, Jakhan Guillaume of Tampa, Florida
Dwainard Guillaume and Carrington Priolea of North
Carolina; cousins,The Rt. Honourable Prime Minister Perry
G. Christie and Mrs. Bernadette Christie, Gary and Kevin
Christie and their adopted brother Percy, Simon and Charlotte
Smith, Sarah Smith-Pajaro of Venice, Italy, Nicole Carey of
Washington D.C, Sonja Gibson, Dr. Gregory Carey, Vaughn
Carey, Marco and Lamont Jarrett, Raquel Carey-Bowe,
Garrett and Martine Carey, Jennifer Hinckson, of Ft.
Lauderdale, Florida, Joanne Richardon of the Hague, Sherry
and Renee Thomas of Canada, Stacy Johnston of Canada;
sisters-in -law, Guianna Guillaume, Kimberly Priolea of
North Carolina and Sonabe Guillaume of Boca Raton, Florida;
brothers-in-law,,Francois (Franz) Guillaume of Boca Raton,
Florida, and Kevin Priolea of North Carolina; aunts-in-law,
Miriam Hanna, Marie A. G. Taylor, Nurse Yvonne McPhee
(Retired) of Hollywood, Florida, Hadassah Guillaume
Thompson and Margaret R. Guillaume;.uncles-in-law,
Francois (Frank) C. Guillaume of North Miami, Florida,
Preston McPhee, Willard Taylor, Leon Knowles and Hasting
Charlow; cousins-in-law, Presleith McPhee, Renee McPhee
of Hollywood Florida, Geranette Bartlett of Hollywood,
Florida, La-von McPhee Lopez of Tampa, Florida, Dewey
and Patrice Taylor, Deidre Taylor and Jay R. Thompson;
other relatives and friends, Jane Miller, May Darling, The
Carey, Allen, Christie, McCartney and Major Families, The
Rollins and Gibson Families, Kirk Knowles, The Staff of
Keishel's, Esso Service Station on Faith Avenue and
Carmichael Road, Caribbean Taste-and the Junkanoo Shak,
St. John's College Class of 1981, The St. John's College
Family, Queen's College Class of 1980, Queen's College
Family, The Esso Family, The Stapledon Gardens Community,
Carmichael Road Community, The Sporting Organizations,
The Coaching Teams and others too numerous to mention.
May angels mark Keith's resting place while he sleeps in
Jesus' care.
Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians on Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There
will be no viewing at the Center.




FROM page one

detention centre guard, the
focus of their concerns.
Minister Wilchcombe said he
is certain that in the "fullness in
time" people will appreciate the
efforts taken on behalf of the
government in deciding the fate
of the two dentists.
"This is an unusual situation,
which requires a lot of diplo-
macy. But the Bahamas has a
clean record when it come to
human rights and people will
see this," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe said that
whether there will be any
future tourism fall-out will
depend on the length of time
that the situation of the two
Cuban doctors remains unre-
In the meantime, he added,
the ministry of tourism has
teams in place to monitor the
mood of visitors travelling from
Florida to the Bahamas.
"We also continue aggres-
sively to target the Florida mar-
ket, and we have PR people
who are making sure that peo-
ple know that it really is better
in the Bahamas," he said.
Addressing the situation of
the two Cuban dentists who
have been held at the
Carmichael Detention Centre
for the past 10 months, Prime
Minister Perry Christie
announced in parliament last
Wednesday that he has made a
final decision on the question
as to whether the two doctors
should be repatriated to Cuba
or released to the Unites States.
However, he did not disclose
the nature of his decision, say-
ing that certain formal prepa-
rations first had to be made and
that the public would be
informed of the details in "due
Mr Christie took the oppor-
tunity to declare that the
Bahamas would not bow down
to immigration policies which
favoured Cuban nationals over
In an impassioned speech he
said he has come to the conclu-
sion that the Bahamas has
allowed itself to be placed in a
position where Cuban migrants
receive preferential treatment




protests in

over Haitians.
FNM leader Hubert Ingra-
ham in a release on the party's
web site said that Mr Christie is
contradicting himself on his
own policy.
Mr Ingraham said that
according to the prime minis-
ter, the PLP administration has
granted asylum to eight Cubans
since 2002.
, "Having advised that his gov-
ernment had approved eight (or
seven by the FNM's informa-
tion) individuals as political
refugees who would not be
repatriated to Cuba where pre-
sumably they would come into
harms way, the prime minister
said that to allow two Cuban
dentists held at the Centre to
be resettled in a third country
would be discriminating against
other illegal immigrants held
for repatriation from the
Bahamas presumably
Haitians and the Nigerian to
whom the prime minister
referred in his comments.
Mr Christie, said Mr Ingra-
ham, had said that "notwith-
standing the Bahamas-Cuba
Agreement on repatriation of
undocumented Cuban nation-
als arriving in the Bahamas, his
government has agreed that
eight such refugees will not be
repatriated to Cuba. Presum-
ably, that is possible notwith-
standing the Agreement.
"Then he tells us that any
agreement to permit the doc-
tors to move on to the USA
would be a violation of the
Bahamas-Cuba Agreement and
further discriminatory against
all other illegal immigrants
detained in the Bahamas. Why
these dentists should be treated
differently to the eight (seven)
other Cubans approved for asy-
lum by the Christie government
is not clear," he said.

FROM page o

Clark and the attempted der
of John Moxey, was acquit d of
the charges against him or Feb-
ruary 24. The trial began oi Feb-
' ruar 8. .- *,"
.The'lurS of nine women and
three men went into deliberation
shortly after 3 pm yesterday and
returned sometime after 6 pm.
Justice Jon Isaacs had spent most
of the morning and went into the
afternoon summarizing the case.
Justice Isaacs reminded the juy that.,
during deliberations they should
look at the case of each defendant
separately and if they had any doubt
in the prosecution's case regarding
any of the defendants it should fall
in favour of the accused men.

Pair await sentencing
Justice Isaacs informed the luryN
that m regard to the charge of mur-
der a verdict had to be unanimous.
He told them that a verdictt to the
charge of manslaughter by prpoo-
cation was also an option to them
and a verdict in that regard could
come by a majority of the votes as
well as to the charge'of attempted
After the %erdicts were read and
only Jtefrey Miller and Derek Bas-
tian remained in the prisoner's dock,
the lawyer for Derek Bastian and
Murrio Ducille submitted that there
had been no evidence from anyone
besides prosecution witness Robert
Green to indicate that his client had
caused harm to Peter Clark. Mr

FROM page one
file a police report," he said, criticising the centre
for failing to act after the first incident last year.
"They keep sending me to the station and this way
and that way. They keep telling me to wait, but
ain't nothing being done."
He said that when he spoke with a police officer
about his daughter's situation, he was told that the
administrator at the school had to call them in for
them to investigate.
However, he said that when he consulted anoth-
er officer at a different police station, he was told it
made no sense that he was being repeatedly turned
The father said it wasn't until Monday that his
daughter received medical assistance when she was
sent to the Elizabeth Estates Clinic. The doctors
there reportedly informed the school that the girl
needed to be admitted to the hospital where she is
now a patient.

FROM page one
tance from you and from the Minister of
National Security, we advise that we have
now alerted the following international insti-
tutions to the abuses of human'rights occur-
ring at Fox Hill Prison: Amnesty Interna-
tional, Penal Reform International UK,
International Centre for Prison Studies UK,
Americas Watch, the Caribbean Human
Rights Network of Attorneys and Associa-
tions involved in prison reform."
The Association further said that it will
be making representations to the Inter-
American Commission on Human Rights
and the Human Rights Commission of the
United Nations.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday.
National Security Permanent Secretary Mark

Allegations of attack
He said marks from the abuse his daughter expe-
rienced are very visible.
"She could have gotten killed that night. She's
scared of them because it's only her one, and so
many other girls.
"The girls are bragging now about what they do to
her. I think someone is trying to cover it up," he said.
Melanie Griffin, Minister of Social Services, has
ordered an immediate investigation of the incident
that occurred over the weekend.
A statement from her ministry reads that due to
the sensitivity of and having regard for the statuto-
ry obligations regarding the detention of juveniles,
the ministry is unable to provide any details of the
It stated, however, that the ministry wants to
assure the public that the matter is being fully inves-
tigated and that appropriate action will be taken.

Human rights group

Wilson explained that the request for a tour
by the GBHRA was turned over to his min-
istry with the recommendation by the super-
intendent not to approve the visit.
"We were informed that the prison was
not yet ready and that to some extent still has
moratorium on visitors in place," he said.
He added that he is certain that this infor-
mation was relayed to the Association.
Regarding the most recent request for a
prison visit by a GBHRA delegation, Mr
Wilson said he would have to review the
The GBHRA yesterday said that following
the discover\ of a memo \ which \\as alleeed-

ly issued by prison administration and ali, i
ed to the beating of the two recaptured 'i
owners Forrester Bowe and Barry Pareit ;.W
visit to the prison has become "even rfiis
It is reported that the follow
memo was discovered at Her Maj
"It has been brought to the
prison administration t
inmates who escaped wer e..
institution, a number of pris o!,
taking the law into their owni
criminately beating these inmates." ;
The Association responded by saying that
it finds it difficult to comprehend that the-
alleged abuse of the escapees would not ha\e
been anticipated and.preemplie measures
therefore taken to ensure their safe custody.


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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably
qualified individuals for the position of MANAGER/BUSINESS CONTINUITY in its IT Business
Continuity Department.
The Manager of Business Continuity is responsible for developing, maintaining, documenting,
communicating, testing, and certifying the viability of the IT Disaster Recovery Plan. The
manager works with IT peers to ensure that proper backup and restoration processes are
in place and an IT recovery plan is developed. The manager also works with Business
Partners in the company to assess the risk, time to recover, and develop the external IT
procedures necessary to effectively recover the systems. In order to accomplish this, the
Business Continuity Manager will work closely with the third party disaster recovery supplier
and external site.

* Develop the strategy for recovering IT systems
* Develop a comprehensive IT disaster recovery plan
* Perform risk assessment and determine the criticality and timing for system restoration
. Participate in or lead a company wide business continuity program
SDevelop procedures and policies within the recovery plan from declaring a disaster to final
SContinually maintain and update the plan as systems change
Continually test various portions of the plan to ensure their efficacy
Work with BTC Internal Audit to verify or discover recovery problem areas
Work with IT peers to ensure that they know what portions of the plan they are responsible
and what they have to deliver
Effectively communicate the plan to executive management and the company at large
Document the plan and distribute it as required
Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering,
Information Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience
in related fields.
5+ years experience managing and implementing IT disaster recovery procedures
Demonstrated ability to develop a practical and workable IT recovery plan
Strong leadership ability and a desire to take charge of the area and be accountable for

Practical knowledge of disaster recovery processes and techniques
Knowledge of LDRPS (Living Disaster Recovery Plan System) is a plus
Strong disaster recovery implementation capability coupled with the ability to test the plan
and make the necessary adjustments to ensure that it is effective
Strong planning and organizational ability
Ability to determine effective system backup strategies with off-site storage and archival
Ability to manage one direct report responsible for providing adequate system backup
and archival
Basic project management skills
Strong leadership ability
Knowledge of project management processes, applications (MS Project) and disciplines
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts and ideas in a non-technical,
simple manner
Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications

All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later
than March 17, 2006 and addressed as follows:


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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualfuid
individuals for the position of SENIOR ASSOCIATE/KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR in its IT
Program Office.
The Key Performance Indicator Analyst is responsible for identifying and developing key performance
indicators (KPI) by which to measure efficacy and service delivery success of the IT department.
The KPI Analyst identifies meaningful metrics and measures to enable management to quantifiably
evaluate IT performance. The analyst works closely with IT peers, IT management, executive
management, and Business Partners to develop meaningful, quantifiable metrics suitable for
regular comparison and reporting. The KPI analyst works to develop an Executive Dashboard
to assist senior management in measuring key IT metrics as well as key company performance .
metrics. The KPI Analyst is also responsible for the timely reporting against performance indicators.
Identify IT KPIs necessary to measure the effectiveness of IT processes and services
Identify key company KPIs as requested in order to provide executive management with
Executive Dashboard updates
Develop reporting metric measurements through software programs such as BMC Patrol,
Nagios, or other statistical monitoring systems
Develop procedures and utilize tools to gather statistics relative to KPIs
Prepare written and graphical weekly and monthly reports relative to KPIs
Develop, build, and support an Executive Dashboard
Identify and implement, with the assistance of IT peers, tools necessary to gather data
relative to KPIs
Provide trending analysis over time to measure improvement
Make adjustments as necessary to ensure the effectiveness of KPIs
Possess a customer service approach to security
Bachelor degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information Engineering,
Information Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent industry experience "
in related fields.
5 years experience in an IT or Accounting organization
2 years report writer experience
Thorough understanding of the different areas of IT and the ability to identify KPIs for the
Expert knowledge of end user reporting tools such as Crystal Reports to facilitate KPI,
Strong knowledge of Extraction, Translation, and Load tools (ETL) to build statistical repositories
and produce reports
Good working knowledge of HTML and ASP to enable development of Intranet based
reporting mechanisms
Excellent working knowledge of BMC Patrol, Nagios, or similar metric monitoring and
reporting system
Excellent development, programming, and configuration skills utilizing metric monitoring
Working knowledge of Oracle, DB2, Windows2000, Linux
Strong planning and organizational ability
Strong leadership ability
Knowledge of project management processes, applications (MS Project) and disciplines
Strong written and verbal communications skills
Ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts and ideas in a non-technical,
simple manner
Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
March 17, 2006 and addressed as follows:



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Ducille told the court that his client
was a fisherman and a father of four
children and was the breadwinner in
the family.
He told Justice Isaacs that his
decision could destroy Derek
Bastian or make him a better per-
Michael Kemp, lawyer for Jef-
frey Miller, said that sentencing
should be delayed as he was waiting
for a probationary report for his
However Justice Isaacs ruled that
one was not needed in his case. The
two men were remanded last night
to Central police station despite
pleas from their lawyers that they
should remain on bail. Prosecuting
the case were Cheryl Grant Bethel,
Gawaine Ward and Anthony

Red Cross

TFROM page one

burden and expense of having
to clean up the mess the bur-
glars left behind. In addition,
they are extremely disappoint-
ed that someone should
attempt to rob an organisation
whose entire purpose is to help
those who cannot help them-
"We were already ove-
worked and now ihis mesns
that a whole day will be wastAd
when we could have been hel-
ing people," one staff member
said yesterday.
"The message we want to
send out is that the Red Cross
is here to help everyone, now it
seems that the money we 'are
likely to have to spend on
repairs could have been spent
on something else," said Mrs
The attempted theft has cast
a small cloud over what was
otherwise a very successful fair.
Back at its original home in
the gardens of Go ernmeni
House, Mrs Glinton said Sat-
urday's event was a perfect
"Everyone seemed happy
that the fair was back 'honie
and the weather was go .
There were no incidents ait
was a great day."
Police investigations ici e
burglary continue.

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-'KERNEVA Meadows gets toilet paper for a tourist, which is 0 DPM Cynthia Pratt speaks with contractor Everette Russell E LAVERN Thompson shares with Cynthia Pratt her views on
kept outside in a wooden box about much needed repairs for the Straw Market the upgrade of the Straw Market

'Mother' Pratt visits Straw Market

E DPM Cynthia Pratt takes a closer look at the bathrooms at the Straw Market

* DPM Cynthia Pratt inspects and talks about the new police station that is needed to keep the
Straw Market safe for tourists who visit the market
(Photos. Mario Duncanson/Tribune stafJ)

Tribune Staff Reporter

:VENDORS at the Straw
Market yesterday pressed
Ieeputy Prime Minister Cynthia
Pratt to tackle criminal activity
af the market
SMrs Pratt toured the Straw
ilarket to hear to the pressing
concerns of the vendors.
As she went through each
aisle, vendors strongly voiced
their concerns over the physi-
cyl conditions of the market,
criminal activities, the presence
of illegal immigrants, the unsan-
itary conditions of the bath-
rooms and security.
S"Our job is to bring law and
order and organisation we
hive to do a better job of bring-
irng law and order to the Straw
Market. It is my job to listen to
them and to tour the market to
see some of the needs.
""If there are concerns and
tljere are reports of certain ille-
gal activity, certainly we will
address it. Whatever is illegal,
wNhether,it is immigration or
criminal behaviour it will be
addressed," said Mrs Pratt.
SShe stressed that criminal
aCtivity going on around the mar-
ktt must "stop immediately."
4A police station for the straw
niarket will be completed or
noar completion by the end of
the week, Mrs Pratt added.
Mrs Pratt also toured the
bathroom facilities. She pointed
oat that there is "no reason why
we cannot address that (condi-
ti6ns of the bathroom), it is just
'In November of last year, the
Ministry of Public works and
Utilities began digging the foun-
dation for the new Straw Mar-
ket. Mrs Pratt reported that by
June they will be going out to
jShe added that they will be
working "assiduously" to com-
plete the straw market.
'While, straw vendors desper-
ately want the Straw Market to
be constructed in order to

relieve them of the humid and
congested environment of being
under a tent, some are con-
cerned over the amount of sto-
ries the new structure will have.
President of the Straw Busi-
ness Persons Society Rev
Esther Thompson, said: "My
concern is the new market. I am
hearing about a threeand four -
storey, for me two -storey did
not work for the vendors. The
tourist don't go upstairs, one or
two may drift upstairs. I don't
see anything other than one lev-

el working for the vendors."
Addressing this matter, Mrs
Pratt told the vendors that it is
the government's place to
ensure that each floor gets its
share of tourist. She explained
that each floor will have an
attraction to bring the tourist.
Parliamentary secretary in the
Ministry of Health Ron Pinder
said: "We do have concerns
where vendors eat and the
garbage is not being properly
disposed of. As a result it cre-
ates rodents and flies to fester,"




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The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Ltd (BTC) Technical Sales
department has recently changed its
name to the Enterprise Sales department.
The name change was initiated by the
company's business customers who were
requesting that the department offer a
complete sales representative who not
only addressed their PBX matters (which
Technical Sales did) but also their Wireless
and Internet access services.
Mr. Franklyn Winder, Sr. Manager,
Enterprise Sales department said,"The
new name embodies the market we
serve. We will achieve a clearer identity
with our market and the Information
Technology Professionals whom we
partner with on a daily basis. Enterprise
customers want a one stop shop, and we
will deliver this unconditionally through
the Quantum Leap from Technical Sales
to Enterprise Sales."
Mr. Winder also stated that the name
Enterprise Sales will assist with the
immediate plan in the implementation
of the company's new"One Stop Shop"
initiative. "This will provide a far superior
level of service to the Bahamian
Enterprise community, thereby setting us
apart from our competitors by leveraging eff(
all of BTC's services." the
The name change which became un,



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e many changes that BTC will be focused company.The company wishes
dergoing as it moves to become a to advise the public that all

correspondence being sent to the
departmentshould reflectthe new name.

The Bahamas Telecommunications
Company Ltd participated in a special
Valentines promotion with John Bull in
which customers who made a
Valentines Day purchase at John Bull
were entered in a drawing for prizes
and surprises. BTC donated a pair of
"his and hers" Motorola Razr phones

(one black and one pink) which were
won by Mr. Charles Isaacs.
Pictured left to right: Makeisha
Campbell, John Bull representative,
Charles Isaacs, Razr winner and Carole
Barnett, senior associate for advertising
and promotions in BTC's Marketing

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Tourism and travel industry

'will grow' by 3.9% in 2006

Tribune Business Editor

tourism industry will grow
by 3.9 per cent in 2006, a
major international tourism
organisation predicted yesterday, a
forecast that will encourage further
optimism among resorts and other
sector operators in the outlook for
their businesses.
The World Travel and Tourism
Council (WTTC) yesterday released
the headline figures for its Tourism
Satellite Accounts (TSAs) 2006, pre-
dicting that the Bahamian travel and
tourism industry will maintain that 3.9
per cent annual growth rate, in real
terms, for the next 10 years.
That period takes in the years 2007-
2016, but one leading hotel executive
yesterday told The Tribune that he
felt the 3.9 per cent figure underesti-

mated the potential economic impact
from the multi-million dollar invest-
ment project he was involved with.
Michael Sansbury, Baha Mar
Development Company's executive
vice-president of hotel operations,
said: "My gut reaction is that they
have not factored in the impact of
Baha Mar beginning in 2010. We
would certainly expect a multi-million
,resort to grow the industry more than
[that headline figure].
"My gut reaction is that they've not
factored in the impact of Baha Mar, a
we expect much more growth than
Baha Mar is planning a $1.6 billion
redevelopment of the entire Cable
Beach strip, involving the three hotels
it acquired from the Government and
Philip Ruffin last year. It has already
signed up Harrah's Entertainment and
Starwood as its operating partners,
with equity stakes in the project.

But growth rate may underestimate impact

from multi-million dollar investment projects

Mr Sansbury agreed that the aver-
age 3.9 per cent annual growth rate for
the Bahamian tourism industry over
the next three years was probably a
realistic forecast, "but I think it will
grow at a higher rate than that" when
the Cable Beach redevelopment is
Apart from the Cable Beach pro-
ject, other major investment projects
will also be making their presence felt,
expanding the Bahamian tourism mar-
ket and attracting more high-end vis-
itors and per capital spending to this
Kerzner International's Phase III

expansion will be completed by April
2007, the company projecting that it
will generate $100 million in extra
operating income in its first full year of
operations alone.
Other major investment projects
that will further boost tourism in the
Bahamas include the Ginn Develop-
ment Company's $3.7 billion West
End development in Grand Bahama,
although that will be phased in over 20
years; the Ritz-Carlton slated for Rose
Island; the proposed $1.4 billion
Albany project on New Providence;
and a host of other projects in the
Family Islands, notable on Abaco,

Eleuthera and Exuma.
Meanwhile, the WTTC predicted
that the Bahamian travel and tourism
industry would generate almost $4 bil-
lion worth of economic activity during-
2006, pegging the actual number at
$3.929 billion.
It predicted that travel and tourism
would, both directly and indirectly,
generate 50.1 per cent of the
Bahamas' gross domestic product
(GDP) in 2006, accounting for 101,000
jobs or 62.9 per cent of the total

SEE page 4B

NHI' described

as 'very expensive


.Tribune Business Editor
A STUDY on creating a catastrophic health insurance fund in
the Bahamas has knocked a further hole in the proposed Nation-
al Health Insurance (NHI) plan, saying it was doubtful whether the
current management structure in the public health sector could
cope with the extra revenues generated by such a scheme.
The NHI project management team has already acknowledged
that the scheme will not be feasible without major improvements
in the management of the public health system, something they say
is happening.
However, sceptics will argue that the Government is unlikely to
achieve efficiency and management improvements in the public
sector. The Nassau Institute economic think-tank recently point-
ed to the fact that government management "of education, airlines,
utilities and airports are costly and provide poor returns on the
huge sums 'invested"'.
The 2001 study on the feasibil- S E
ity of a catastrophic health insur- SEE page 3B

Italians seek details

on Bahamian trust

NHI executives open to tax

incentives for private insurance

Tribune Business Editor
EXECUTIV'ES overseeing the pro-
posed National Health Insurance (NHI)
scheme have told The Tribune that they
are open to providing incentives to private
sector employers to encourage them to
provide private healthcare insurance for
their employees.
Although emphasising that nothing had
been decided, Dr Stanley Lalta, the NHI
project manager, and Etoile Pinder, a
healthcare financing specialist, said that
discussions over the Government's pro-
posed healthcare plans had discussed pro-
viding incentives to companies for the
purchase of group health plans.
Among the incentives that could be
offered are business licence fees and real

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property tax reduction.
Although "nothing formal has been rec-
ommended", Ms Pinder said: "It's per-
haps laying the groundwork for a formal
She added that Australia provided "a
number of tax incentives" for companies
and individuals to buy supplementary pri-
vate health insurance, while in the US its
is tax deductible for companies that offer
group health policies to their employees.
The NHI Blue Ribbon Commission's
2004 report said: "Coupled with this is
the desire to ensure a healthy, produc-
tive workforce, and the need to offer com-
petitive benefits packages to attract top
employees. Self-employed people in the

SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
ITALIAN prosecutors have
pleaded for assistance from the
Bahamian authorities in
obtaining files on a Bahamas-
registered trust, which they
view as key to verifying alle-
gations that the husband of a
Cabinet minister in the UK
government accepted a bribe

from the Italian prime minis-
UK newspapers reported
that prosecutors investigating
tax attorney David Mills, hus-
band of British Secretary of
State for Culture, Media and
Sport, Tessa Jowell, had zeroed
in on the Bahamas-domiciled

SEE page 4B

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Education woes and lack of

opportunity behind crime

the lead story on
the radio seems
to be that of
another homi-
cide, which in most cases
involves the death of another
young person in our country.
The citizens of the Bahamas
continue to be fed a daily diet
of stabbings, shooting, rapes
and robberies. Last week was
no exception, when a busi-
nessman was gunned down
while in the process of making
a bank deposit.
While it can be argued that
the causes of such crimes are
complex and require an under-
standing of psychology, crimi-
nology, religion and other
social sciences in order to



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

devise strategies to combat it,
we believe there may be some
link to the lack of economic
opportunity. This is often
linked to low levels of educa-
tional achievement.
Many Bahamians are afraid
for their own personal security,
and the level of security-related
spending will continue to take a
growing percentage of one's
disposable income. In recent
years, there has been a prolif-
eration of 'gated communities'
all over New Providence and
the erection of fortress-like
walls and fences around pri-
vate homes.
While gated communities
may provide some reprieve
against crime, they are also
changing the social aspect of
how one interacts with family,
neighbours and friends. How-
ever, in the overall scheme of
things this might be a small
price to pay for a heightened
sense of security.
The absolute levels of crime
and, perhaps even more impor-
tantly, the perception of crime
in our society can influence the
levels of foreign investment in
our economy. The reality is
that our economy is an open,
service-based economy, which
is largely dependent on foreign
investment. Investors' risk
assessments of our business
environment and the safety of
key personnel on the.ground
invariably influences their will-
ingness to invest here. Simply
put: If investors feel unsafe
working and doing business in
the Bahamas, they will seek
opportunities elsewhere.
Crime and the economy
In an article that I previous-
ly co-authored, it was noted:
"We have an economy that
produces over $5 billion worth

of goods and services every
year (Gross Domestic Product
or GDP). About 70 per cent of
our economy or $3.5 billion
and can be directly attributable
to tourism and banking. One
can question what then hap-
pens when the drivers of these
two sectors become discour-
aged and decide to use other
sandy beaches (in the cases of
tourism) or other financial cen-
tres (in the case of private
And:. "A perception of high
levels of criminality and law-
lessness will not encourage
meaningful levels of inward
investment by Bahamians or
international investors. Our
economy, because of its service
orientation, is a lot more fragile
than we like to admit. Crime
is a major threat to our citizens
and our most vital economic
sectors. We should not wait
until it is too late to get a han-
dle on crime, otherwise crime
may get the better of us."
William Niskanen, of the
Cato Institute, in a paper enti-
tled Crime, Police and Root
Causes, had this to say about
the relationship about crime
and the economy: "...Eco-
nomic growth reduces many
problems. An increase in real
per capital income appears to

reduce both the violent and
property crime rates by a
roughly proportionate amount.
"The economic conditions of
specific groups are also impor-
tant. An increase in the male
unemployment rate has a
strong positive effect on the
violent crime rate, and an
increase in the poverty rate has
a strong positive effect on the
property crime rate.
"For reasons that are less
clear, an increase in the gener-
al employment rate appears to
increase the property crime
rate. The implication of those
findings is that an economic
growth strategy may more
effectively reduce crime than
a public safety strategy, espe-
cially if it leads to higher
employment and income for
teenage males, minorities, and
the poor."
The message is clear; if we
can keep the economy grow-
ing at a healthy pace and create
new jobs, it would certainly
help in the fight against crime.
This is precisely why it is essen-
tial that the Government cre-
ates and maintains an environ-
ment that encourages and pro-
motes the development of eco-
nomic enterprise stemming
firom both Bahamian"'nd inter-
national investment.

Fighting Crime
Once again, there is a public
outcry to bring back hanging.
The Prime Minister, the new
Attorney General and other
senior ministers have gone on
record in support of hanging
recently. It stands to reason,
therefore, that the relevant
authorities will sign some
'death warrants' shortly. I have
been told that once a 'death
warrant' has been read, it
serves to force the Privy Coun-
cil to make an immediate
determination on a case, oth-
erwise the matter may drag on
Certainly, we must send out
a very clear message that we
have the commitment and
resolve to address our crime
situation. While crime should
be reported accurately (calling
a spade a spade), the press
must avoid the temptation to
over-sensationalise crime.

We must recognize that all
stakeholders must play a key
role in fighting crime:
1. Government has an oblig-
ation to ensure that the police
have adequate resources to
mount an effective and credible
battle against crime.
2. If you accept our earlier
premise that there is a link
between crime and economic
opportunity, the Government
must have a comprehensive
plan for job and skills training,
especially for the youth of our
country, some of whom have
no real marketable skills.
3. Social and religious organ-
isations can, and must, play a
significant role in fighting this
epidemic. There are some very
notable success stories coming
from this sector and we
applaud their efforts. However,
it seems a pity that more organ-

isations do not coordinate their
efforts to produce a more effec-
tive national result.
4. Finally, the community at
large has an obligation to
report criminality in all forms
as it exists in our community.
Too often, we take the easy
route of turning a 'blind-eye'
to crime if it is not affecting us
Crime is everybody's prob-
lem, and it is a problem that
can seriously impede our eco-
nomic progress. If we do not
get crime (particularly serious
crime) under control, the level
of investment spending in our
economy will decline. There is
enough historical precedent in
regional countries alone to
demonstrate this.
It is not just the foreign
investor, but also the Bahamian
merchant class which is still
highly concentrated who can
easily decide to stop investing
locally and enjoy and/or
expand their investments
abroad instead.
Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice -president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance and
is a major shareholder of Secu-
rity & General Insurance Com-
pany in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or Com,-
ments to rlgibson@atlaritc-

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invites applications for the position of,

Graphic Artist


Bachelors Degree preferably in Graphic Design or related field
Proficient in Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign or Quark Express
Strong artistic skills in design and layout
A Ability to handle multiple projects with changing priorities
Strong production skills
Excellent work ethic and attitude
Strong organizational skills
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proficient in PC platform


Assisting the Marketing/PR Director
Researching, designing and maintaining a variety of promotional
materials and tools to support the company's image, design
standards and marketing goals
Producing, editing and printing all marketing materials
Building and maintaining mixed media relationships

Portfolio required

Compensation package will include a competitive salary, together
with a comprehensive range of benefits.

4 *Send resume no later than March 10 2006 to:

Human Resources

51 Frederick Street
RO. Box N-4853
Fax 326.3000


BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established1
international private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland.
is presently accepting applications for


Applicants for the position of PB Relationship Officer must have
banking or financial degree or equivalent and at least 3 years experience
in the offshore banking sector, fluency in Italian and French. have
knowledge of international investment instruments & money markets.
ability to partner with team members, must be confident regarding
customer relations, investments & portfolio management and have'
thorough knowledge of local legislation, regulatory & statutory.matters
as well as international banking practices.

Personal qualities:-

Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills
Goal-oriented, self-motivated, positive attitude and outlook
Commitment to quality and service excellence
Able to work with minimal supervision
Financial and analytical background
Flexibility in office hours and hands-on approach when necessary


Service and advise customers
Maintain and follow up account relationships
Liaise directly with customers or their investment advisors or
Monitor, analyze positions and evaluate reports
Foster and maintain communication with intenal/extemal banking
Meet deadlines on timely basis

Deadline for receipt of applications is 17th March, 2006.

Resumes should be faxed to #702 1253 or mailed or delivered to the
offices of BSI, addressed to:-

Personnel Officer
BSI overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive park, W. Bay St. & Blake Road
P.O. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas

Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted





Ministry all set to launch Bahamas

Weather Conference podcast centre

THE Ministry of Tourism
will launch the Bahamas
Weather Conference podcast

centre March 8 at the event's
10th anniversary. This new fea-
ture will be available on the

conference web site at
m and Apple iTunes.

NHI described as 'very

expensive experiment'

Video podcasts from the
10th annual Bahamas Weather
Conference will be based on
this year's agenda of presen-
tations, which will look back
at a historic 2005 hurricane
season, global warming, the
effect of storm surge and high
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FROM page 1B

ance fund in the Bahamas, car-
ried out by the International
Labour Organisation's (ILO)
International Financial and
Actuarial Services Consultants,
said: "Poor management, vith
a lack of information for plan-
ning and operations, and the
absence of a management cul-
ture, together with a lack of
reasonable costing or cost
accounting procedures within
the public health sector, all con-
tribute to the ineffective use of
existing resources in the public
"It is obvious that there are
insufficient resources to pro-
vide the full range of care the
Government would like to be
able to provide. But it is not
clear how the public health sec-
tor could be efficiently man-
aged with current resources
without substantially improved
management structures.
"And what is equally unclear
is whether the current man-
agement structure could ade-
quately manage extra resources
should they become available
from a health insurance

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Despite an increase in
returning doctors, the ILO
study said they had responded
to a lack of capital investment
in the public sector and
resources limitations "by estab-
lishing a private sector with the
most modern diagnostic ser-
vices and clinical interventions
not available in the public sec-
It added: "The private sec-
tor has also responded to the
demand for better quality
'hotel' services for those who
are covered by private insur-
ance or who can afford to pay
out-of-pocket for these.
"The gulf between what is -
and what should be available
in the public sector and what is
available in the private sector is
a source of clinical and political
In a letter to the Nassau

Institute, Dr Sidney Sweeting
described the NHI scheme as
"a proposal for a very expen-
sive experiment" with numer-
ous unanswered questions.
He added that the NHI plan
was an incentive for Bahamians
to fail to take care of their per-
sonal health, describing the
scheme as a tax that "will be
sure to increase with regularity
while the benefits and services
decrease with the same regu-
Dr Sweeting wrote: "A gov-
ernment does not become a
'cradle to grave' surrogate for
its citizens overnight, but it
seems the Bahamas is on its
way. What will be next, a tax to
help pay rent, food, clothing?
They are all necessities of life."

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a hands-on approach, coach and develop staff
* Compile and submit monthly Profit and Loss and Balance
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March 17, 2006 to:

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NOTICE is hereby given that NATALEE DELL OF P.O. BOX
SS-6063, 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 7TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

The Public is hereby advised that I, DRUMECO DEXTER
LAURISTON-ARCHER of Nassau, Bahamas, intend to
ARCHER. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication
of this notice.

Italians seek details

on Bahamian trust

FROM page 1B

Hadrian Trust in a bid to prove
allegations that Mills had
accepted a bribe from Silvio
Berlusconi, the Italian prime
minister, in return for giving
favourable evidence in a previ-
ous court case.
A raid by UK police on
Mills' UK home on last month,
at the behest of Italian prose-
cutors, failed to turn up any
documents on the Hadrian
Trust. As a result, the
Guardian newspaper in the UK

reported on Saturday: "In a
plea for help from the
Bahamas sent after the raids,
the prosecutors said: 'Unfortu-
nately, the London Metropoli-
tan Police have not found the
Allyson Maynard-Gibson,
newly-appointed Attorney
General, did not return The
Tribune's detailed phone mes-
sage last night. This newspa-
per was seeking to find out
whether the Italian prosecutors
had made a formal request of
the Financial Intelligence Unit
(FIU) or the Attorney Gener-
al's Office.
The matter would have to be
dealt with by either of these
institutionsif a request is made,
since it would likely fall under
the Proceeds of Crime Act
The Italian authorities are
trying to determine whether
350,000 that Mills received six
years ago was a payment from
Berlusconi in return for giving

favourable court evidence.
Mills acknowledged in 2004
that the payment was in return
for turning "some very tricky
corners", but later retracted
this statement, saying the mon-
ey came instead from a Naples-
based ship owner and client,
Diego Attanasio.
Attanasio has been named
as both settler aid beneficiary
of the Hadrian Trust, and a
payment of $2 million from the
Bahamas-registered entity is at
the start of the chain of trans-
actions under investigation.
The Italians are trying to
determine whether the
350,000 was wrapped up in
this $2 million transfer to
Switzerland from the Hadrian
Trust, suspecting that Mills
comingled the business affairs
of clients.
The transfer allegedly took
place on July 23, 1997, the
same month that Attanasio was
accused of corruption, arrested
and jailed. He is now in the UK

appealing the verdict.
An investigation by the
accounting firm KPMG has
made no headway in unwrav-
elling the truth, forcing prose-
cutors to use alternative meth-
However, according to pros-
ecutors Mills obtained the rel-
evant paperwork last July 2005,
after writing to an employee of
the unnamed Bahamian bank
that held the trust, asking for a
copy of the payment order on
the $2 million transfer.
Mills said this would be
signed by Attanasio, and seven
days later he acknowledged
receiving by fax a "payment
statement which is very help-:
However, he went on to ask-
the unnamed Bahamian bank
to locate and fax instructions
to make the payment, but was
told no other files relating to
the Hadrian Trust could be'

FROMpage 1B
Bahamian workforce.
In addition, the WTTC said that the Bahamas'
was the ninth most dependent nation in the
world on tourism, in terms of its contribution to
the economy.
The findings underlined just how dependent
the Bahamas is on tourism to drive its econom-
ic growth and standard of living.
Earle Bethell, the Bahamas Hotel Associa-
tion's (BHA) president, said of the 3.9 per cent
growth forecast: "It's good to have those pro-
jections from that body. We always look for-
ward to anticipated growth here in the islands."
Of the factors driving the 3.9 per cent growth
rate, he added: "We know we are going to have
growth in airlift. This goes back to visitors being
able to atcess bur islands "t'aa reasonable price."
Mr Bethell said the resort industry was also
encouraged by the Ministry of Tourism's stated

US are also eligible
tax deductions for th
insurance premiums.
"In the Bahamas, t
tie incentive to emp
offer private health
Consequently, as tl
health insurance rises
ipated that emplo
begin to reduce the h(
ance benefits offered
Dr Lalta denied tha
scheme would squee
health insurers oi
Bahamian market,
age companies to dr
health plans when it
He said: "You've t
the big risk, the big
to the NHI. It sho
their [private insurer
targeting markets mi
"We're not interf

aim of increasing the rate at which cruise ship vis-
itors are converted to land-based tourists.
On average, cruise visitors had a per capital
spend of around $70 in the Bahamas, while for
land-based tourists the spend was around $1200
per head.
Mr Bethell said an increased conversion rate'
"brings more dollars to the bottom line of the.
He added: "The mere fact that the Ministry of.:
Tourism is going after these conversions and
working with the cruise industry is another plus,
as well."
The WTTC ranked the Bahamian travel and
tourism industry as 83rd out of 174 countries in.
terms of absolute size, but just 132nd for long-
term growth over a 10-year period.
:'-' The later figure is likely to reflect the fact,-
that the Bahamas has a relatively mature tourism

those markets. We're not in any
way going to get private insurers
away from the business. They're
still going to be offering all
those things,"
to receive The NHI scheme has come
ieir health under fire from critics, who
believe it will impose another
;here is lit- tax burden on the economy and
players to reduce Bahamians' disposable
insurance. income, harming this nation's
he cost of growth and economic competi-
, it is antic- tiveness.
years may They also fear it will transfer
health insur- management of healthcare from
I." the private to an inefficient pub-
at the NHI lic sector, and lead to further
-ze private increases in the costs of health-
ut of the care-from over-utilisation of an
or encour- NHI system by Bahamians
op private exploiting the free care.
was intro- Others have pointed out that
Sthe proposed NHI scheme is a
transferred model of healthcare that has
payments failed in first world, developed
uld make nations such as the UK and,
rs'] task of Canada, questioningiwhy the
uch easier. Government believes it can
ering with work in this nation.
The Medical Association of
S the Baihamas (MAB) said that.

rather than bring in an NHI, the
Government should improve
the existing Public-Private Part-
nerships within the Bahamian
healthcare industry.

To improve financing, the
organisation suggested that a
national mutual fund be incor-,
porated from the health care
levy, and include contributions,
from private insurance compa-
From this, the MAB added:
"A formal community based
rating insurance policy can be'
established on a national basis.
This tenet of a national health
plan is particularly suited for
the senior citizens and retirees.'
It allows this treasured segment
of our population to continue
with major medical insurance
coverage at affordable premi-
"In so doing, this would
ensure that every Bahamian
who desires to purchase a pri-
vate insurance can do so with-
out fear of rising annual premi-
ums once they get sick or losing
it when they reach' retirement
age. This again would relieve
significantly the costs of service
provision in the public sector."
Ms Pinder said that while the
NHI team were open to this
financing suggestion, "I don't
know how feasible it is".
"I see a lot of difficulty here
in community-based health rat-
ing insurance," she added.

Tourism and travel industry

'will grow' by 3.9% in 2006





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The Government of The Bahamas is inviting tenders for the above
vehicles for the Department of Environmental health Services.
Specification for these vehicles may be obtained from:

The Department of Environmental Health Services,
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P.O. Box SS-19048
Nassau, N P
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Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
06 March 2006
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.363.33 / CHG -01.27 1%CHG -00.09 / YTD 12.62 / YTD % 00.93
52..k-Hi 52wk-LoA, Srbol Pre.,ous Close Toda, s Close Change Daily \ol EPS .i .. 1. PiE Y.ela
C' 95 0 70 Abaco Markets 0 '2 0 72 0 00 -0 169 0 000 N tM 0 009/.
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.48 10.48 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.2 3.44%
7.24 5.88 Bank of Bahamas 7.00 7.00 0.00 0.643 0.330 10.9 4.71%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 0.95 Fidelity Bank 1.18 1.18 0.00 0.070 0.040 16.7 3.42%
9.60 7.90 Cable Bahamas 9.45 9.45 0.00 0.689 0.240 13.7 2.54%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.70 1.70 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.50 8.00 Commonwealth Bank 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.861 0.450 11.0 4.74%
5.46 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.36 5.45 0.09 0.099 0.045 54.1 0.84%
2.88 1.45 Doctor's Hospital 2.80 2.55 -0.25 15,300 0.437 0.000 5.8 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.542 0.240 11.5 3.86%
10.99 9.99 Finco 10.99 10.99 0.00 0.738 0.530 14.9 4.82%
11.00 7.50 FirstCaribbean 11.00 11.00 0.00 500 0.828 0.500 13.3 4.55%
10.05 7.95 Focol 10.05 10.05 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.1 4.98%
1.27 1.15 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.60 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.1 5.68%
9.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 8.75 8.75 0.00 1 0.572 0.560 15.8 6.19%
7.00 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 6.85 6.87 0.02 0.134 0.000 51.1 0.00%
100 1000 Premier Real Eslale 10 00 1000 000 2036 0 760 49 7.60%
Fidelty Over-The-Counter Secritles
5,.*.K-HI 52 k-.Loa S,rr bcl Bi.l S k Lasl Pricr JVN ek '.'cI AEPS DI. ,I PE Yield
13.25 12.25 Banamas Superrmrarks, 1 3 2z 1a 25 11 01: 1 9g. 01 2 5 05'
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0 54 0 20 RND Holdings 0 29 0 54 0 00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colina Over-The-Courer Securities
- ,,-, 8 00 .-BDAB 411 0 -13 00 .41 00 2 2 ,- 0 00l 1 000
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
0 Fi 0 '35 RND Holdings 0 29 0 54 0 35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BIS\ Listed Mutual Funds
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S2'56 1 2106 Colina .lone, r.larhel Funa 1 275 6"
2.6262 2.2268 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.6262***
10.8183 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.8183*****
2.3241 2.1660 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.324145*
1 1547 1 0894 Colina Bond Fund 1 154701****
FINDEX: CLQ.SE 59&6.89 YTD 8.16% I 205 26.09%
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52wk-HI Highest closing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ -Buying price of Colina and Fidelit
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Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
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Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
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Junior Sports Reporter

BIANCA Strachan wrapped-
up her first collegiate indoor
season with three gold medals.
Strachan led the charge for
Bahamian collegiate athletes
competing in the National
Junior College Athletic Asso-
ciation (NJCAA) held over the
weekend at the Kansas State
The Grand Bahama native
took the gold in the 600m, and
helped her school Essex Col-
lege to two medals in the relay.
In the 600m, Strachan
clocked a winning time of
1:36.15 seconds ahead of team-
mate Trish Bartholomew's
1:36.17 seconds which helped
her claim the second spot while
Adrianna Vargas of Paradise
Valley College took third place
with 1:37.27 seconds. Also in
the event was Alphreepha
Stubbs who failed to better her
performance in the finals but
won heat two of the prelimi-
naries in 1:43.21 seconds.
Strachan headed into the
finals with the second best time
of 1:38.17 seconds, which was

Collegiate athlete wraps

up first indoor season

also a season's best.
In the distance medley, Stra-
chan and Deandra Laing, a for-
mer RM Bailey student, helped
their team take top prize in
12:37.58 seconds, Butler Com-
munity College was second in
12:40.70 seconds while Iowa
Central Community College
took the third spot in 13:02.37


Laing would post the seventh
fastest time in the 400m with
59.45 seconds, but finished up
sixth in the finals in 58.16 sec-
onds. Winning the event was
teammate Rockel Mitchell in
56.60 seconds.
After posting the second
fastest time in the 800m event,
2:24.32 seconds, Stubbs went on

Following the seventh annual Subway Road Race, the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations has ratified
a two-member team to represent the Bahamas at the Cen-
tral American and Caribbean Cross Country Champi-
The championships will be held in Clermont, Florida on
Saturday. The team will depart town on Thursday.
It will comprise of Oneil Williams in the men's division
and Ramona Nichols in the female division. Steven Murray
will travel as coach and Linda Ferguson will be the chaper-
On Sunday at Haynes Oval, Castrol Commonwealth
defeated St. Agnes to highlight the Bahamas Cricket Asso-
ciation's action.
Batting first, St. Agnes scored 102 runs for 10 wickets in
18 overs.
Bowling for Commonwealth, Terry Seepersoud took five
wickets and Byron 'Candy' Brown took two wickets.
Batting second, Castrol Commonwealth scored 104 runs
for seven wickets in 17.2 overs.
Hari Singh scored 24 runs and Himchand Rampersoud
scored 22 runs not out.
Bowling for St. Agnes, Q Thomas took three wickets
and Cody Dean took two.
Castrol Commonwealth won by three wickets.
On Saturday, Scotia Bank Paradise defeated the Police by
325 runs as they batted first with nine wickets in 45 overs.
Captain Courtney Wadder scored 102 runs, Howard Roye
had 102 and Jeremy Jesuboium scored 42.
Bowling for the Police, Calvin Neita took five wickets and
Gary Campbell took two.
Batting second, the Police scored 217 runs for 10 wickets
in 29 overs.
Clive Bennett scored 49 runs, Gregory Irvin scored 32 and
Greg Taylor Jr. scored 26.
Bowling for Scotia Paradise, Llewellyn Armbrister took
five wickets and Sean Brathwaite took three wickets.
Scotia Paradise won by 108 runs.
Gulliuame Martin-Achaid defeated Abe Hamilton 6-4
to win the Brajaxba Rookie Round Robin Tournament
that finished on Saturday at the National Tennis Centre.
On her way to the final, Martin-Achaid defeated Grant
Shedd 4-3 in their semifinal match and Hamilton got by
Kazi Smith 4-0 in the other half of the semi's.
In the round robin tournament, the players were split up
in six different groups with Martin-Achaid winning Group
A with a 12-0 record.
Shedd took Group B with a 12-5 record. Michael McCart-
ney won Group C with 12-5 as well, while Hamilton won
Group D at 12-3. Smith won Group E with a 12-0 record and
Rudy Burgzorg won Group F at 8-4.
Winner in each group played three matches. The winner
was determined by their win-loss record. The two best
records got a bye in the playoffs.
In the girls round robin, Emma Wells won the divisional
title with a perfect 12-0 record. Aiesha Sheppard was the
runner-up with a 6-8 record.

to improve her time in the finals
with 2:22.76 seconds, but had
to settle for a fourth place fin-
ishing, winning was teammate
Lorian McKenzie who'ran
2:23.81 seconds.
Stubbs and Strachan would
take their team to a top place
finishing in the 4x800m clicking
10:00.75 seconds.
Competing for the New Mex-
ico Junior College, Grand
Bahama native Cotrell Martin
missed second round qualifica-
tion in the 60m-- finishing sixth
in a time of 7.90 seconds. She
would round out the top eight
in the 200m in 25.81 seconds.
The indoor championships
are expected to wrap-up this
weekend in all divisions.
The Benedict Tigers track
and field team competed in
their second outdoor meet for
the season, at the Savannah

State Eye Opener.
Leading the way for the men
with a bronze and two fourth
place finishings was Carl Rolle,
a former CR Walker stand-out,
Julie Nixon would take charge
for the women's team with two
silver medals.
Rolle competed in the 400m,
400m hurdles, and the 800m
clocking 49.60 seconds, 57.81
seconds and 2:08.50 seconds


In the Women's 400m Nixon
would post a season best of
59.22 seconds behind
O'Shaughassy Williams who ran
an impressive 57.99 seconds.
Also running in the event was
Aniska Rolle taking the llth.
spot in 1:02.10 seconds. In the
200m Rolle was llth again with
27.89 seconds.
Representing the Tigers in
the 800m were Amanda Mack-
ey and Autis Robinson finishing
seventh and eighth respectively
in times of 2:40.21 and 2:40.74
Petra McDonald was 13th
overall in the 100m hurdles in

16.30 seconds while Krystell
Rolle finished up in the ninth
spot in the long jump with 14-
Just a week before heading
to Australia for the Common-
wealth Games, Dominic
Demeritte took a shot at the
men's 200m at the Snowboard
Invitational held in Florida.
Demeritte won the 200m
20.71 seconds ahead of Kevon
Pierre in 21.04 seconds while
Bahamian Jamial Rolle was
third in 21.16 seconds.
But Rolle would get the bet-
ter of Demeritte in 100m at the
meet taking the 100m in 10.48,
Pierre split the Bahamian duo
for second in 10.51 seconds
leaving Demeritte to settle for
third in 10.55 seconds.
Jacobi Mitchell ran in his first
100m for the season at the
South Plains College track
He would have to settle for
second place behind Greg
Nixon of Howard Payne Uni-
versity who clocked 10.60 sec-
onds, Mitchell's time was 10.80
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BAAA president on the mend after accident

Senior Sports Reporter

AFTER being involved in a life-
threatening accident, Bahamas Associa-
tion of Athletic Associations' president
Mike Sands is going through a full recov-
Sands was on his feet, walking without
assistance, for the first time on Monday,
calling it a miraculous recovery from the
traffic collision he was involved in on
Tuesday, February 21.
"I'm fantastic," Sands stressed. "I'm
not just delighted to be alive, but I'm
really thankful to God that I can now
move around."
Sands was involved in a car accident
on Bernard Road, just near the entrance
of St. Augustine's College. His car was
He sustained serious head injuries that
required 30 stitches from his eyebrow
to his skull. Additionally, he has experi-

enced some shoulder, neck and chest
Sands, however, said the results of the
tests conducted by the doctors didn't
reveal any injuries although he noted
that they were surprised because of the
deep lacerations that he received.
"I'm not just thrilled to be alive, but
thankful because it could have been
worse," Sands admitted.


While his family members have assist-
ed him in the past two weeks in attending
the doctors and other business that he
had to take care off, Sands said he was
relieved to know that he could do some
things on his own again.
While he still has the scars to show
everybody and to remind him of the sit-
uation he was in, Sands said he's eager to
be back so that he can continue the work
he started for the BAAA.

"The work still has to go on," he insist-
ed. "We have a busy schedule ahead of
us with the team leaving for the IAAF
World Indoor Championships
and the Commonwealth Games to fol-
"We also have the high school nation-
als in two weeks and, even through we
have a committee comprising of all of
the local track clubs, I still want to be on
top of things."
Sands said representatives from all of
the local clubs have been invited to form
the organising committee for both the
nationals and the final Carifta trials.
The committee is expected to be head-
ed by Star Trackers' founder/coach
David Charlton, who was appointed by
his peers.
In the meantime, Sands offered best
wishes to the eight-member team that
left today for Moscow, Russia to com-
pete in the IAAF World Indoor Cham-

The team will be managed and
coached by Frank 'Pancho' Rahming.
"Unlike some persons and my prede-
cessors, I don't count medals," said
Sands, when asked if he had any expec-
tations for the team. "I only look for the
best results.


"Just to be able to qualify for the
World Indoors is a success because not
everybody gets to qualify. I just expect
that the performances will be very good
in Russia. If they win medals, that's a
From Russia, the athletes will travel to
Melbourne, Australia where they will
join the remainder of the track team,
along with the swimming, cycling and
boxing teams at the Commonwealth
Those games will run from March 15-

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Silver jubilee for primary school championships

Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER a year's absence, the
National Primary Schools Track
and Field Championships will
return with the 25th anniversary
celebrations from May 17-19 at
the Thomas A. Robinson Track
and Field Championships.
Plans were unveiled for the
silver jubilee celebrations on
Monday at the Betty Kelly Ken-
ning Swim Complex by Minis-
ter of Youth, Sports and Hous-
ing Neville Wisdom.
"The event was not hosted in
2005 because of the renovations
to the stadium for the CAC
Championships," Wisdom
revealed. "I want to offer apolo-
gies to all schools and athletes
for any inconveniences caused."
The championships were start-
ed in 1981 as a part of the cele-
brations marking the opening of
the first artificial track surface
at the stadium that was duly
named after Sports Ambassador
Thomas A. Robinson.
"Since it's early days, the
event has transcended from an
invitational one afternoon event
to an open three-day event with
each school provided an oppor-
tunity to enter a team," Wisdom
Wisdom further noted that it's
his desire to see at least three
things achieved through the
hosting of this year's champi-
onships. They include:
The opportunity is made
available to every primary
school athlete who wants to
compete, regardless of wherever
they are.
Records from the events
should be maintained and eval-
uated so that a pool of talent is
easily available.
The government will be pre-
pared to push money behind the
development of the athletes.
As usual, the event will run
daily from 9am to 4pm with
heats and timed finals in select-
ed events with more than 40

* MINISTER of Youth, Sports and Housing Neville Wisdom (centre) along with committee chairman and Deputy Director of
Sports, Frank 'Pancho' Rahming and senior physical education officer for primary schools at the Ministry of Education, Sci-
ence and Technology Dawn Knowles, revealed plans for the 25th National Primary Schools Track and Field Championships.

schools expected to participate.
To mark this year's event, a
number of special events will be
hosted, including the third annu-
al cheerleading competition, a
banner contest, a torch run and a
souvenir programme.
Deputy Director of Sports
Frank 'Pancho' Rahming, heads
the organising committee and he
indicated that the plans are
falling into place for what should
be the biggest local meet held
in the Bahamas.
The deadline for schools to
register is April 7.
"This is the starting ground
for some of our elite athletes
like Debbie Fergusonr, Philippa

Arnett-Willie, Chandra Sturrup,
Leevan Sands and Avard Mon-
cur," Rahming noted.
As has been done in the past,
Rahming said the committee will
once again make provisions to
assist the Family Islands with
accommodation at the Colony
Club, Nassau Palm and Nassau
Lunch, as usual, will be pro-
vided for all of the athletes dur-
ing the three days of competi-
Transportation will be pro-
vided to pick up the athletes
from the airport to their
hotels and to and from the sta-

Nigel Ingraham, representing
Eleuthera on the organising
committee, said over the years,
the Family Island schools have
been well represented by
Eleuthera, Andros, Exuma,
Long Island, San Salvador and
Grand Bahama.
As for Eleuthera, Ingraham
said their preparations have
been going great.
"I checked with some of the
schools a week ago and they
have already had their inter-
house meets in preparation for
the All-Island meet, which will
be held on April 6-7," he said.

"So it's coming along pretty
After getting started with
eight schools in the initial year,
the numbers dropped off to
three last year when the cham-
pionships were called off.
But chairperson Doris Ram-
sey said they are hoping that the
Family Island schools will
respond to the invitation to be
apart of this year's event on
Tuesday, May 16 at 6pm at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
"The enthusiasm is very high,"
said Ramsey, who noted that'Mt.

Carmel and Mable Walker, the
defending champions in the first
two years respectively, are
expected to be back for another
"So we're going to have a
competitive cheerleading com-
petition this year."
For the second time, a com-
petition for schools' banners will
be held, but in commemoration
of the anniversary, this year's
banner must depict a theme dis-
playing the track and field 25th
"It's going to be quite inter-
csting," said Ramsey, who is also
in charge of coordinating that
aspect of the competition that is
being sponsored by Muck-A-
For the first time this year, the
organising committee have
planned a torch run on Satur-
day, May 13. Val Kemp, the
chairperson of the committee,
said they are still working out
the details.
But it's expected that there,
will be four different starting
points with all emerging at one
central location at the Queen
Elizabeth Sports Centre.
In anticipation of the celebra-
tions, a souvenir booklet will-be
printed, highlighting the 25 years
of existence of the champi-
"We hope to get sponsorship
from as many persons in the
community as possible and.all
of the participating schools here
in New Providence and the
Family Islands," said Dawn
Knowles, chairperson of the
Deadline for all ads will be
March 31.
There will be a short opening
ceremony when the winning
school from the cheerleading
competition will get to perform.

Coach has h

hopes fop

the Bahamas inlooo team

Senior Sports Reporter
FRANK 'Pancho' Rahming likes the
make-up of the team that will represent
the Bahamas at the 12th IAAF World
Indoor Championships.
Rahming will serve as the manager
and coach of the team that leaves today
for Moscow, Russia where they will
compete from Friday to Sunday.
"I expect them to do as well as
they've done in the past," said Rah-
ming, on the eve of their departure. ,
"I think we have a very seasoned
team. They have been there
before and I think they rise to the chal-
Joining Rahming on the team will
be Leevan 'Superman' Sands in the
men's triple jump; Chris 'Bay' Brown
and Christine Amertil in the men and
women's 400 metres; Jackie Edwards
in the women's long jump and Dennis
Darling, Tim Munnings, Nathaniel
McKinney and Troy McIntosh in the
men's 4 x 400 relay.
Avard Moncur was also named to
the team, but he opted out of the trip
as he's indicated that his height poses a
problem for him running around the
200 metre track.
Instead, Moncur has decided to go
directly to Australia to continue his
training in preparation for the Com-
monwealth Games from March 15-27
in Melbourne.
Over the weekend at the Telstra A
Series in Brisbane, Moncur got his first
taste of competition outdoors, running
in the 400m where he placed sixth in
Members of the World Indoor team
will meet up with the other athletes
along with the swimming, boxing and

cycling teams in Melbourne next week.
Rahming, who will also serve as a
coach on the Commonwealth team that
will be managed by Julie Wilson, said
all of the athletes are eagerly looking




forward to the trip to both Moscow
and Melbourne.
While the World Indoors will bring
the indoor season to a close, the Com-
monwealth will officially launch the


outdoor season.
At the last World Indoors in
Budapest, Hungary in 2004, the
Bahamas picked up a pair of medals -
a gold from Dominic Demeritte in the

men's 200 and a bronze from Tonique
Williams-Darling in the women's 400.
With the 200 retired from the com-
petition as organizers felt the race was
a disadvantage to the runners on the
inside lane, Demeritte won't be back to
defend his title, which will leave him in
the history books as the last 200 cham-
pion after winning the bronze in 2003
in Birmingham, Great Britain.
And Williams-Darling has decided
to skip the championships and will be
concentrating on the Commonwealth
Games instead. Demeritte will also be
a part of the team in Melbourne.

Since the inception of the Indoor
Championships in 1985 in Paris,
France, the Bahamas has accumulated
a total of eight medals, inclusive of two
gold, three silver and four bronze.
Frank Rutherford claimed the
Bahamas' first medal a bronze in the
men's triple jump in Indianapolis in
1987..Dominic Demeritte won the
first men's medal on the track a
bronze in the 200 in 2003 and a gold in
On the women's side, Pauline Davis-
Thompson clinched the Bahamas' first
medal a silver in 1995 in Barcelona,
Spain in the 200. She came back and
got a bronze in the same event in 1999
in Maebashi, Japan.
Chandra Sturrup was also a double
medalist, winning a silver in the 60 in
1997 in Paris, France and a gold in 2001
in Lisbon, Portugal in the same event.
Christine Amertil won the first
medal in the women's 400 when she
got a silver in 2003 in Birmingham. In
2004, Williams-Darling got her bronze
in the 400 in Budapest.


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