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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas Assotiation
of Casino Employees plans to
sue government for violating
what it claims is its members'
constitutional right to
unionise.
Following a meeting last
week with newly appointed
labour minister Shane Gibson,
association president Tyrone
'Rock' Morris told The Tri-
bune yesterday that his asso-
ciation will be filing a law suit
against government within the
next several weeks.
For the past five years the
group has been unsuccessfully
agitating for government to
allow the 500-plus employees
to vote on whether the associ-
ation would become their offi-
cial bargaining unit.
According to Mr Morris,
former labour minister Vin-
cent Peet, denied the associa-
tion's request for a poll of
employees on the advice of
employers of association
members and because, he
claimed, it was government's
policy not to allow casino
workers to unionise.
Mr Morris said the associa-
tion made its case to Mr Gib-
son because it had hoped his


background as a trade union-
ist might go well in their
favour. However, he said, he
was extremely disappointed
that Mr Gibson reinforced the
position that government
would not allow casino work-
ers to unionise because it com-
promised the security of run-
ning the casino.
However, Mr Morris said
he found this unacceptable,
particularly as the regulators
of the casino industry, The
Bahamas Gaming Board,
have a union.
"Without them the casinos
don't operate," he said. In
addition, he claimed, casino
employees on Grand Bahama
were allowed to unionise
under the Bahamas Gaming
and Allied Workers Union.
Mr Morris said in his view,
Mr Gibson should not have
accepted the portfolio of
labour because of his trade
unionist history and his senti-
ments that he was "for work-
ers."
Mr Morris noted that while
he would have preferred not
to have had to take legal
action, government's decision
not to allow the association to
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island-wide blackout


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff
Reporter
THE island-wide black-
out early Sunday morning
was the result of a 33,000
volt cable fault at the Wulff
Road substation.
Kevin Basden, BEC'S
general manager, told The
Tribune that the cable was
damaged at 3.20 Sunday
morning, causing the
island-wide blackout.
Mr Basden said that
emergency repair crews
responded to the situation
immediately and were able
to restore power to'the
majority of their consumers
within an hour.


However, he said, there
were some pocket areas
that required more time for
repairs.
Mr Basden said repair-
men were able to restore
power to the entire island
by 7.30 am Sunday. They
were confident that all the
cable problems had been
successfully dealt with.
In a release yesterday the
corporation apologised for
any inconvience caused.
"Investigations as to the
cause of this incident and
its impact on the BEC dis-
tribution network are
presently underway.
"BEC apologises for any
inconvenience caused," said
the corporation.


Investigation into

spree of robberies


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
POLICE are investigating a
spree of robberies, which
occurred within minutes of
each other in the Bain and
Grant's Town area over the
weekend.
Police believe the robberies,
which occurred between llpm
on Friday and lam on Satur-
day, are all connected. In one
incident, a man was locked in
the back trunk of his car.
The culprits were described
as two men dressed in dark
clothing. One of them had a
rifle.
According to police press
liaison officer Walter Evans,
the first incident occurred after
llpm on Friday when shots


were fired at a man standing
outside his home.
The man, a resident of
Eneas Jumper Street, was not
.hit, but his front door was dam-
aged.
About 15 minutes later, on
Quakoo Street a woman and
her friend were standing in
front of a home when they
were approached by two men.
They were then robbed of
cash and jewellery. The cul-
prits fled on foot.
Within five minutes, two
men who were standing in the
street at Odle Corner, were
held up at gunpoint. They were
robbed of cash and jewellery.
The robbers again fled on foot.
A man and woman in the
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STHE service on Saturday where the College of the Bahamas
lecturers took an official oath


0 By DENISE MAYCOCK
S Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT Grand
Bahama Pow'er Company has
agreed for the faculty and for-
mer scholars of the College of
the Bahamas to conduct an
independent island-wide sur.e.
to assess how customers rare its
performance.
COB lecturers Esmond
Weekes and Steve Davies are
lead coordinators of the 'Feel
the Power' survey hat will be
carried out by a 25-member
team over the next 35 days.
The group attended a wor-
ship ser% ice on Sunday at the
Church of the Ascension. here
they took an official oath led
by Venerable Archdeacon Cor-
nell Moss. promising to carry
out their duties in a manner
acceptable to the general public.
The survey officially starts on
SMonday. March 13.
Peter Adderley, consultant to
the Power Company. said that
the sure\ we would be completely
independent without any
involvement from staff or exec-
uti'es at the power company.
The purpose of the survey is
to assess and rate how cus-
tomers on this island feel about
the service they receive.
"It is a clear demonstration
of the loresight leadership of
the President and CEO of
Grand Bahama Power. Mr
Dave Dunbar. and a further


indication of the commitment
to excellence by the entire
Grand Bahama Power team,"
Mr Adderley said.
"1 find it commendable that a
company, perhaps at its most
challenging time with three hur-
ricanes. would allow a credible
independent group to reach out
to its customer base and get a
fair assessment and rating of its
performance with a view only
to give an even greater serce."
Mr Adderley said the team
will go island-wide over the next
35 days collecting data and will
make a presentation afterwards
to the company.
The questionnaires, which will
also be inserted in customers'
electricity bills, will also have a
space for customers to comment
as to how best the company can
improve its service.
A website would also be
made available at a later time
for customers to fill out-the.
questionnaire in the comfort of
their homes or at work.
The Power Company has
been in existence for 51 years.
The parent company is Mirant
Corporation based in Georgia.
It is the leading supplier of ener-
gy throughout the Caribbean
and North America.
Archdeacon Moss commend-
ed the Power Company for
allowing such a survey to be car-
ried our. He said it series as a
pacesetter for other pri ate cor-
porations.


Stabbed

man is in

critical

condition

A MAN is in critical con-
ditlon in the hospital after
being stabbed in the stom-
ach by a "rasta-tipe" male.
According to police
reports, the man. who is
beheted to be in his 4.'s, w.as
\walking in the Prison Lane
area before 4pm on Satur-
day when a car pulled up
and a "rasta-type" male got
of a vehicle and stabbed the
pedestrian in the stomach.
Press haison officer Walter
Evans said that police ha\e
no information on the
motive for the stabbing.

Pair are
arrested
for firearm

possession

AN adult and a juvenile.
both male, were arrested
Friday for possession of a
rifle and live rounds of
ammunition.
After 10pm on Friday,
officers from the mobile
division were on patrol in
the Johnson Road area
when the\ sported a gold-
coloured Ford Ranger truck.
The occupants and the
vehicle were searched which
resulted in the seizure of an
AK-47 rifle and 47 live
rounds of ammunition.
During the police "Quiet
Storm" operation, six arrests
\%ere made.
MIr E'mans said that iwo
persons were caught carr%-
ing knives, while four indi-
viduals had outstanding war-
rants.

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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
A FORMER attorney
general advised newly-
appointed Attorney General
Allyson Maynard Gibson to
work towards the immediate
passing of legislation to
accommodate the recent
Privy Council decision that
the death sentence is not an
automatic penalty for mur-
der.
Senator Carl Bethel said
yesterday he did not support
Mrs Maynard Gibson's view
that no amendments to the
law were needed following
last week's landmark decision
by the Privy Council.
The Privy Council in the
case of Forrestor Bowe and
Trono Davis upheld the
death penalty as a punishment
for murder, but took excep-
tion to its being mandatory
for murder.
In light of the ruling, Mr
Bethel said Mrs Maynard
Gibson should consult with
the legal community "widely
and quickly" as to how the
current laws on murder con-
victions should be handled.
Mr Bethel, a guest yester-
day on the radio programme,
Parliament Street, noted that
prior to the Privy Council's
decision, the automatic sen-
tence for murder was death.
However, he claimed, that
the court's ruling that an auto-
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Carl Bethel urges

AG to consult with

legal community

'widely and quickly'


matic death sentence was a
violation of constitutional
rights and therefore should
only be handed down at the
discretion of the judge, creat-
ed a number of challenges for
Bahamian judges.
The death penalty ruling
was handed down in the For-
rester Bowe and Trono Davis
case.

Sentence
Mr Bethel said that at pre-
sent, because there has only
been one sentence for a con-
viction for murder, judges in
using their discretion on
whether or not to impose a
death sentence will have no
precedents to help them
decide an alternative sen-
tence.
He claimed that it was
important for government to
immediately work to estab-
lish a legal framework for
judges in imposing sentences


other than the death penalty.
"An amendment is need-
ed," he said.
Mrs Maynard Gibson, at a
press conference on Friday,
said she is taking all neces-
sary measures to have all con-
victed murderers, "including
Bowe and Davis", swiftly
remitted to the Supreme
Court for sentencing as out-
lined by the, Privy Council's
ruling.
"As you are aware the
Privy Council has ruled in an
earlier case that the sentence
of death must be carried out
expeditiously in order to be
constitutional. I, as your
Attorney General, fully
endorse the belief that justice
should be swift.
"I wish the Bahamian pub-
lic to know that I shall do
everything in my power to
ensure that all sentences,
including the death sentence
in appropriate cases, are car-
ried out expeditiously," she
said.


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Don't take U.S. friendship for granted


'"GET THEE hence forthwith!" ordered a
florid-faced Englishman, who with four
armed Bahamian policemen, surprised a
small band of Cubans who had taken pos-
session of Cay Sal on October 19, 1956.
Cuba had always claimed Cay Sal as the
missing pearl in her chain of possessions, and
these rebels, flexing their muscles in readiness
for the 1959 Cuban revolution, were deter-
mined to make a name for themselves by
bringing the pearl back home. Cay Sal, locat-
ed near Elbow Cay, although in Bahamian
waters, is just off the coast of Cuba.
However, the would-be conquerors reck-
oned without a determined British officer -
Lieut. Col. EJH Colchester-Wemyss who,
with his men, took the 10 Cubans by sur-
prise, ordered them to return to their boat,
gave them some fuel and pushed them off
in the direction of Cuba. Before returning
to Nassau the Bahamian police pulled down
the Cuban flag, which had been planted on a
sandy knoll. They took it back to Nassau as a
souvenir of an international skirmish won
without a single bullet being fired.
Four months ago, a Cuban flag, planted
firmly in an "elegant" reception room at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs sent out another
signal. Obviously, it was there in honour of an
earlier Cuban visitor, but someone over-
looked diplomatic niceties when it remained
there for a meeting with a negotiator for the
two Cuban dentists, who are caught in a
three-way tug-o-war between the Bahamas,
the US and Cuba.
The presence of the Cuban flag with not
even a Bahamian flag in sight was most
unfortunate. No words were needed.
Whether the Bahamian officials realized it
or not that Cuban flag was clouding the
atmosphere and sowing seeds of mistrust.
When Mr Augusto (Kiko) Villalon met
for 45 minutes in November with Mrs Mary-
lyn Zonicle, Under Secretary at Foreign
Affairs, and Leonard Archer, Ambassador to
Caricom, he explained the history of the den-
tists now held at the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre. He put a strong casefor them to
be released to the US, and not sent back to
Cuba. He then handed a packet of docu-
ments to Mr Archer.
"Mr Archer stated that he hoped I under-
stood that they would haveto consult with the
Cuban government," Mr Villalon told us. Mr
Villalon told Mr Archer that he "completely
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aware of the situation the moment he entered
the room and saw the Cuban flag "the
only flag in the elegant room" in which they
were meeting. He quickly sensed, even before
the meeting, on which side the Bahamas"
stood.
When we told this story to another diplo-
mat, he just drew in his breath and winced. "It
had to be an oversight," he said. We agreed,
but in the world of diplomacy, such little
indiscretions can encourage disastrous mis-
understandings.
The way the Bahamas is voting in the UN
these days has already been noted and com-
mented on. For example, we shall never
understand the Bahamas' vote on the Sudan
issue a country whose forces have killed,
kidnapped, arbitrarily arrested, tortured and
raped its citizens. Only five votes were need-
ed to make it possible for the UN.to examine
Sudan's human rights record. St Vincent and
the Grenadines was the only Caribbean coun-
try to support the vote for the human rights of
these people. Where was the Bahamas? Prob-
ably standing with the remaining "Brothers"
as unthinking members of the Nonaligned
Movement.
As someone commented, the diplomatic
world is a world of nuances, it is not so much
what you say, but how you say it and what
you do. It's the body language that counts. It's
on whose side you raise your hand when the
chips are down,- and whose flag you present
when you are in a diplomatic dilemma.
" Although comparisons have not been made
publicly, it has certainly been noted private-
ly that Prime Minister Christie's first official
visit as head of state was to Havana to attend
celebrations marking Cuba's affiliation with
Caricom, while two parliamentary secretaries
were sent to represent the Bahamas at Pres-
ident Bush's January, 2005 inauguration in
Washington. The roses came out for Cuba,
and the little sailor-caps for Bush.
Diplomats would have noted the disparity
of representation and they would have
chattered like magpies among themselves.
A country quickly notices when it is peered at
from beneath raised eyebrows.
The Bahamas should heed the advice of
Florida Governor Jeb Bush when he spoke
last month at the Chamber of Commerce
and Rotary Clubs on the issue of Bahamas-
Florida relations. It is important, he said, that
the Bahamas and Florida do not take their
close relationship for granted.


EDITOR, The Tribune.
IT'S BEEN a while since I
have thanked you for your
continued support of my opin-
ions by publishing them in
your column from time to
time. So, thank you very kind-
ly. My new commitment is to
try to keep my letters short
and sweet. Long letters are a
bit of a turn off, aren't they?
Re: Detained Cuban den-
tists.
The images of the
Carmichael Road Detention
Centre, as seen on the Han-
nity & Colmes show tonight
on Fox News, embarrassed me
tremendously. On top of that
is the fact that our Govern-
ment is having trouble decid-
ing whether to lionour their
friendship with our greatest
friend the United States -
or to honour an agreement
they made with a dictator.
Speaking of dictators what
in God's name are we doing
getting so chummy with the
Likes of The People's Republic
of China? Does the term
human rights violations mean
anything to our government?
Do we really think that China
is going to give us a multi-mil-
lion dollar stadium just
because they love us so much?
Come on, man!
What about Hugo Chavez?
Is the very dim possibility of
cheaper gas prices really
worth getting into bed with an
egocentric head of a foreign
state? Do we really think that
Chavez is going to give us gas
on credit just because he loves
us? I don't think so. (I wonder
if he gave Cindy Sheehan any
free gas). He sees an opportu-
nity to unite Caribbean region
countries against the US. I
sure hope our elected leaders
are not that stupid.
Finally, what does Fidel
Castro have to offer us? Why
are we so afraid of him? I
wonder, do all of these
Bahamians calling for us to
stand up to America and send
the Cuban dentists back to
Cuba really understand what
the consequences would be if
the US was to impose any
kind of sanctions upon us?
If we didn't have a friend in
the United States, and Cuba
was our great benefactor, than
I could understand the actions
of our government in this
Cuban dentist situation. The
opposite is true. America is


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the most Americanised non-
US territory in the world!
Fidel Castro on the other
hand, is a man standing with
one leg in the grave and the
other on a banana peel.
These two dentists need to
be released to travel to Amer-
ica to their families. (Even
Fidel himself believes that if
you'll recall the Elian Gonza-
lez case some years back).
That is the right thing to do.
Political prowess be damned!
And any other illegal immi-
grants of any colour or nation-
ality finding themselves in the
same situation in the Bahamas
as these Cuban dentists that
is to say having won a visa lot-
tery, and having family that


has already moved to Ameri-
ca in anticipation of the even-
tual arrival of their loved ones
there should be afforded
the same consideration.
The Detention Centre
needs to be cleaned up, and
the refugees there need to be
treated with dignity regardless
of who they are, not because
we are a "black government",
but because we respect all
human life. This ain't China,
nor Cuba. This is the
Bahamas, and we don't vio-
late the rights of any human
being, and we like to do the
right thing even if it means
upsetting bad people.
God help us in our time of
weakness!

WILLIAM (BILLY)
ROBERTS
Eyes wide open in Abaco
Abaco,
March, 2006.


Bahamas embarrassed


on Fox News channel

EDITOR, The Tribune.
I HEARD a disturbing Fox News report on Hannity and
Colmes this evening about the plight of two Cuban dentists
detained in The Bahamas. As a Bahamian I was angered and
what disturbed me most was the depiction of The Bahamas
and by extension Bahamians as uncivilised and inhumane
people. The scenes of filth from the Detention Ce nIe were
appalling and they absolutely blew my mind.
We in The Bahamas cherish our relationship with the Unit-
ed States. However, we are also of the view that as a sover-
eign nation the rule of law is to be respected. Having said
that, a decision should have been made long ago by this "gov-
ernment".
What is evident from the 10-month detention of these
Cuban nationals, is that the government of the day in The
*Bahamas has confirmed itself to be devoid of the ability to
make a decision on anything, but particularly on issues of
national and international importance.
It is a disgrace that the government has been so indecisive
for so long on such an important issue as this, and that that
indecision has landed us in this hot water.
I also heard Congressman Mack comment on the fact that
he had attempted to contact the Prime Minister Christie but
to no avail. In fact he stated that he had not had any of his
calls returned. If that is indeed the case, I, as a citizen of this
great little country apologise on behalf of the Prime Minister
for his rudeness. As a courtesy he should have returned the
Congressman's call or at least delegated another to do so.
Unfortunately, Congressman Mack, we the Bahamian people
have had many experiences of high handedness from this
Prime Minister and have been subjected to inertia on almost
every important issue in this country.
I conclude by expressing my fervent prayer for every citi-
zen of this country, and for our livelihood and for our way of
life that this matter be resolved soon and resolved in the best
interest of all parties.
"History has never been dominated by majorities, but only
by dedicated minorities who stand unconditionally on their
faith" RJ Rushdoony.

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Tropical building is reopened


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Tropical Ship-
ping reopened its newly rebuilt
and renovated facility on Fri-
day a year after its building
in Freeport was severely dam-
aged by the 2004 hurricanes.
Transport and Aviation Min-
ister Glenys Hanna-Martin,
who attended the opening, com-
mended Tropical for its contin-
ued commitment to providing
vital shipping services for the
past 43 years to Grand Bahama.
Mrs Hanna-Martin toured
the new state-of-the-art facility
on Shelly Street with Rick Mur-
rell, president of Tropical Ship-
ping, and Michael Maura, Trop-
ical Shipping's assistant vice
president, Bahamas Trade.
Grand Bahama Port Author-
ity executives and Grand
Bahama Chamber of Com-
merce president, Dr Doswell
Coakley were also present.
The new building was con-
structed four and half feet off
the ground. It will be able to
withstand tidal surge, which
rose to up to four feet in the
old building and in he vicinity
around Queens Highway.
Tropical employs a staff of
seven in Freeport. Veteran


* GLENYS Hanna-Martin cuts the ribbon at the official
reopening of Tropical Shipping in Freeport on Friday. Also seen
from left are Kelly Burrows, office manager, Albert Gray, presi-
dent of the Grand Bahama Port Authority, Tropical president
Rick Murrell, Minister Martin, Chamber president Dr Doswell
Coakley, Michael Maura, and Tropical assistant vice-president,
Bahamas Trade.


hotelier, Kelly Burrows, has
been appointed local manager.
On behalf of Tropical, Mr
Murrell pledged his company's
commitment to the government
in times of natural disaster and
also promised to donate a fully-
equipped computer lab to a
deserving school.


Tropical is a major shipping
company that provides services
to 33 destinations, including
through the Bahamas, the Unit-
ed States, the Caribbean and
South America with a fleet of
about 19 vessels.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said Trop-
ical plays a critical role nation-


ally in the Bahamas' economy,
providing vital shipping services
to this country.
"After some 43 years, Tropical
is well ingrained in the landscape
of this country and so this (com-
missioning) today is a one which
we all share in, in some form."
She also encouraged Mr Mur-
rell to consider registering his
fleet of vessels under the
Bahamas flag.
Mrs Hanna Martin said the
Bahamas continues to play a
significant role in global ship-
ping with the third largest ship
registry in the world.
With a total of 38.4 million
registered gross tons, she said
the Bahamas has again been
elected to the Council of the
International Maritime-Orga-
nization (IMO).
"We continue to be proactive
at that level on a number of key
IMO -initiatives. And so, small
we may be in terms of geography
and population, the Bahamas is
nevertheless making its mark in
the maritime arena," she said.
In an effort to ensure that the
Bahamas meets and complies
with universally accepted stan-
dards of safety worldwide and
complies with the International
Convention, Minister Hanna-
Martin said government is con-


Former BNT director wins



literary award and money


GRINNELL, Iowa Former
Bahamas National Trust execu-
tive director David Campbell
has won the 2005 Lannan Liter-
ary Award for nonfiction, which
includes a $125,000 cash prize.
Dr Campbell is currently the
professor of biology at Grinnell
College.

TROIC

I E j NTR


The 17th annual Literary
Awards and Fellowships, pre-
sented by the Lannan Founda-
tion of Santa Fe, New Mexico,
celebrate excellence in poetry,
fiction, and nonfiction.
This year's total award
amount is $925,000.
Dr Campbell received the
award for his nonfiction book
A Land of Ghosts: The Braided.
Lives of People and the Forest
in Far Western Amazonia,
(Houghton Mifflin 2005).
"I am particularly honoured
by this prize," Campbell said,
"because the Lannan Literary


Awards are international, draw-
ing from the vast global com-
munity of authors who write.in
the English language, regard-
.less of their nationality."
Campbell joins Adam
Hochschild of San Francisco,
California, who won for nonfic-
tion, and Pattiann Rogers of
Castle Rock, Colorado, who
won for poetry.
"One can't apply for a Lan-
nan Award," he explained.
"Authors-are nominated by an-
anonymous committee: The
first an author learns of the'
process is that wonderful phone


call, out of the blue, bearing the
news of the award." ,. ,
The Lannan Literaryg.Aw.ds
and Fellowships were. es:ab.-
lished in 1989 to honqur.both
established and emergingwrt-
ers whose work is of eyxeption-
al quality.
Over 17 years, Lannan.Foun-
dation, through its Awards and
Fellowships programme, has
awarded 153 writers and poets
over $11 million.
The ajWarls recQgnise,.writers ;,
who lAy, 1,Yie, aigqiif igtpt,i ,'
tributions to .English-language
literature.


ducting an audit of the coun-
try's maritime legislation.
She said this would lead to
the amendment of domestic and
international legislation and the
introduction of new legislation.
"The Bahamas is a maritime
nation comprising numerous
islands and cays scattered across
more than 100,000 square miles
of sea. It is vitally important
that this nation finds itself on
the cutting edge as it relates to
the standard and quality of mar-
itime and related services so as
to improve maritime safety and
security in this country, and at
the same time help prevent
maritime pollution," she said.
Although more than 90 per
cent of the global trade is car-
ried by sea, the minister said
the importance of shipping to
the world trade is often under-
stated and taken for granted.
She noted that maritime ship-
ping is the most efficient, safe,
and environmentally friendly
mode of transporting goods
around the globe.


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Why workers should be given




shares in regional airline


I iBy Sir Ronald Sanders
(The writer is a business exec-
utive and former Caribbean
diplomat who publishes widely
on Small States in the global
c immunity).

F ROM Guyana in the
South to the British
Vrgin Islands in the North, the


Caribbean needs LIAT, an air-
line that has served the region
faithfully for more than 50
years.
The shareholders, manage-
ment and employees of LIAT
are now facing a number of
challenges that require sober
judgment and forward thinking
if the airline is to avoid falling
over the precipice on which it
has teetered for some time.


The airline is restructuring
itself in a bid to be profitable; it
is seeking Category 1 status
from the International Civil
Aviation Authority and the US
Federal Aviation Authority to
enhance its business through
code sharing with US airline;
and, more recently, its Pilots
Association has expressed dis-
satisfaction with employment
conditions.
Like every other Caribbean
owned airline, LIAT has faced
financial trouble for years, and
ever since some Caribbean gov-
ernments intervened in 1974 to
save it from collapse, the air-
line has depended on financial
support from governments to
survive. Of course, it is not
alone in this; BWIA and Air
Jamaica are in similar circum-
stances.
Many of the governments
that bailed out LIAT in 1974
have since withdrawn from its
ownership, leaving the admin-
istrations of Antigua and Bar-
buda, Barbados and Saint Vin-
cent and the Grenadines as the
government shareholders.
With the recent commitment
by the Barbados government to
put up US$10 million in capi-
tal requirements, its sharehold-
ing has risen to 43 per cent with
the governments of Antigua
and Barbuda and Saint Vincent
and the Grenadines holding
another 30 per cent between
them. Of the remaining 27 per


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cent, BWIA retains 9 per cent
and private shareholders the
balance.
Some have argued that since
LIAT appears not to be able to
be successful on its own, gov-
ernments should allow it to col-
lapse. It has been further sug-
gested that the void in regional
air transportation, occasioned
by LIAT's demise, will be filled
by privately-owned airlines, and
governments can revert to their
primary role as regulators.
But, it is not as simple as
that.

n Antigua, LIAT employs
some 300 people a sig-
nificant number for a small
economy whose activities
contribute directly and indi-
rectly to. the wider
economy. LIAT's collapse
could be a spark to ignite a trou-
bling economic fire.
Beyond this, the process of
economic and social integration
in the countries of the
Caribbean Community and
Common Market (Caricom) is
at a critical juncture that would
be jeopardized by the reduction
in the vehicles for transporting
tourists, and for intra-regional
trade and investment.
Leaving regional air trans-
portation entirely to market
forces and profit making could
result in a mortal decline in
transportation links similar to
the abysmal situation of sea
transportation from which the
Caribbean now suffers.
Of course, a single regional
airline, or an alliance of the
publicly-owned airlines in which
facilities and costs are shared,
would be much better than
LIAT continuing to try to go it
alone.
Recently, the Caribbean
Hotel Association published a
paper which suggested that a
regional airline could be cre-
ated with limited economic dis-
location by making use of the
operational units of the existing
airlines and retaining their indi-
vidual airline brand identities
while having them operate an
integrated flight schedule
developed by an integrated
head office and marketing
organisation for all three air-
lines with significant cost
savings from streamlined sys-


* SIR Ronald Sanders

teams, reduced overlap,
economies of scale, greater net-
work efficiencies and a greater
revenue base through having
an integrated, connected net-
work.
The airline experts insist that
this remains the most viable
option for all the airlines includ-
ing LIAT
But, despite the sympathy for
this idea by LIAT's leadership,
the airline needs the coopera-
tion of the two other publicly
owned carriers BWIA and
Air Jamaica for such a ven-
ture. And both BWIA and Air
Jamaica appear determined to
pursue separate paths despite
the high costs of their own
restructuring at US$250 million
for the former, and US$400 mil-
lion for the latter.

L .IAT was making
progress throughout
2005. It has successfully restruc-
tured its bank loans and re-
organised its arrangements with
the companies from which it
leases airplanes. Further, a busi-
ness model was being imple-
mented which while it had
teething problems was begin-
ning to show better financial
results.
However, the company
remained plagued by inade-
quate capitalisation. When the
Barbados, government recently
pledged US$10 million to
LIAT's capital requirements,
the airline finally achieved the
level of funding promised to it
six years ago in 2000.


This capital injection could
allow the airline to invest in the
new business model it has
developed, including more air-
lift.
It has to be said that in all
this the staff of LIAT includ-
ing its pilots have played a
critical role.
They have not had salary
increases, according to one
report, since 1997. In this
regard, their loyalty to the air-
line, their patience in waiting
for a turn around in its fortunes,
and their good sense in recog-
nising that half a loaf is better
than none, are to be commend-
ed. Both the company and the
countries of the region should
salute them.
The problem, however, is that
the patience of the Pilots Asso-
ciation seems to be running out
just as LIAT is positioning itself
to move forward.
A deal struck in 2005 for the
company to make pension
payments to pilots over a
three-year period seems to
have been re-opened as a bone
of contention. Reportedly, the
Pilots Association are now
seeking payment in six
months.
In furtherance of their posi-
tion, the Association executed a
one-day strike which lost the
struggling company US$400,000
overnight.

No one can afford to
inflict further wounds
on LIAT. Not the directors, not
the management, not the
employees. Further wounds
could be fatal, and LIAT could
lose the slight momentum
which it has recently picked-
up.
At stake is its collapse, the
loss of hundreds of jobs
throughout the region, including
the waste of very able pilots,
and a severe reduction in
regional air transportation at a
critical..juncture- in the
Caribbean's economic develop-
ment.
Under the enlightened chair-
manship of Jean Holder, a
much experienced tourism and
travel expert, LIAT has devel-
oped a business plan which
should be given a chance to
work with the full cooperation
of all its employees.
Perhaps the time has come to
expand the ownership of LIAT
to include its workers. Consid-
eration should be given by all to
converting the monies owed to
the pilots into shares in LIAT
and representation on its
board.
Responses to: ronald-
sanders29@hotmail.com


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THEBRBUNE MONDAMRH 3 06,PGS


* TOURISM Minister Obie Wilchcombe (left) and Ginn Corporation executive John Gray in
discussion at Thursday night's well attended town meeting in the St Mary Magdalene Parish Hall,
West End, to consider the future development of the West End community
(Photo: BIS/Vandyke Hepburn)




Concessions for




West and East




Grand Bahama


* By Bahamas Information
Services

WEST END, Grand Bahama
- Customs and other Port-like
concessions are to be extended
to West and East Grand,
Bahama.
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe, who is also the
MP for West End and Bimini,
made the announcement an
overflowing St Mary Magda-
lene Parish Hall in West End
on Thursday evening.
The meeting was convened
to discuss the further develop-
ment of the community of West
End which is now the home of
theminassive 3.7 billion Ginn
resort and residential project.
Joining Mr Wilchcombe at
the Town Meeting were Minis-
ter of Financial Services &
Investment, the Hon. Vincent
Peet; Melanie Roache, Direc-
tor of Works in the Ministry of
Works and Utilities, who dealt
with the road repairs and
restoration projects associated.
with the recent hurricanes; Ginn


Corporation executives John T.
Gray, and John Davies, and
Charles King, Administrator for
West Grand Bahama.
Mr Wilchcombe said: "We
happen to have been able to
attract one of the major devel-
opers in the United States of
America,.doing the largest sin-
gle project ever done in The
Bahamas, right now, the' Ginn
Project, where some $3.7 bil-
lion dollars will be spent over
the term of the project; and
speaking with Ginn I under-
stand that that could climb even
higher.
He added: "The government
of the Bahamas has made a
decision that, for Bahamians
and others who are investing in
West Grand Bahama and East
Grand Bahama, and other parts
of 'this island outside of
Freeport, they too will receive
some of the concessions and
incentives that we are now pro-
viding: which means that with
the projects in these parts of the
island you wouldn't have to
worry about Customs duties as


you now have to.
Mr Wilchcombe said it was
important that Ginn is coming
to put their mark on G.rnd
Bahama. "They are coming to'
turn the economic engines; but
it wouldn't make much sense if
they allowed every thing- fobe;
developed by Ginm. ': ,r: ',:'t;
"The people of WestiGrand
Bahama, particularly'thoseiWith(
entrepreneurial' spiritt,' he
stressed, "must not;only be
employees. I am hoping that
we find the spirit to want to own.
and have our own businesses.'
If we are not going to have our
own businesses, then what we
are doing again is creating this
heavy dependenrceiand.'-4tls'i
heavy 'deBpeidene ri: fFi'Mgi
investment at time'smlakes you'
too dependent.
"When we run into the situa-
tion that we ran into in Freeport
with Driftwood, when they
decided to shut down and no
one could do anything because
of a very strange arrangement,
it puts you in a precarious posi-
tion.


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Glass Shower Enclosures;
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Stone Vanities Supply, Installation;
Wood Flooring Supply, Installation;
Epoxy Flooring;
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Electrical works;
Plumbing works;
Building Management systems;
Linen Chutes;
Awnings & Canopies;
Metal Buildings;
Compactors;
Concrete Coatings;
Glass;
Fire Alarm Systems;
Glass Coating & Tinting;
Marina Constructionj
Signs please specify type(s);
Panelling;
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Interested trade and specialist contractors are invited to submit the following:
1. A completed pre-qualification form [obtainable from Baha Mar Development
Company Ltd including all appendices and attachments- as noted below].
2. A letter from an insurance company stating the company's liability limits.
3. A letter from a nationally recognized Surety Company stating the contractor's
available bonding capacity in The Bahamas..
4. An overview of information providing capabilities, manpower and equipment
that would be of particular use on the project, or parts thereof.

Pre-Qualification forms relating to the above can be obtained from Baha Mar Development
Company Ltd:
Charleen Cash
c/o Wyndham Nassau Resorts,
Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas
ccash@bahamar.com
tel: (242) 327-6200 ext 6448
fax: (242) 702-4202

Bids/Tenders will be invited from the list of pre-qualified contractors. The pre-qualification
process will include an assessment of the contractor's previous performance in a number of
similar projects. This assessment shall include, without limitation, workmanship, schedule
duration both planned and actual, value of the project, correction of construction deficien-
cies and final completion.

Any contractor failingto complete the pre-qualification document may be disqualified from
any work at the discretion of Baha Mar Development Company Ltd. All submissions are to be
clearly marked "Baha Mar Development Projects Expressions for [identify trade]'and are to
be received no later than: 5:00 pm Friday, March 24,2006 at:
Baha Mar Development Company Ltd
c/ Wyndham Nassau Resorts.
,P. 0. Box N-8306
Cable Beach, Nassau,The Bahamas
Attention: David Lowrey
Sr. Vice President, Construction

Baha Mar Development Company Ltd reserves the right to pre-qualify only those contractors
that Baha Mar Development Company Ltd deems most capable and qualified to undertake the
work, and/or reject all submissions deemed unacceptable.


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BAHA MAR



STATEMENT OF INTEREST

TRADE & SPECIALTY CONTRACTORS
PROJECT: BAHA MAR DEVELOPMENT
CABLE BEACH, NASSAU

The Baha Mar Development,.with associated projects, is to be constructed by
Baha Mar Development Company Ltd at Cable Beach, Nassau, The Bahamas.The
first phase of the overall development comprises the following:
Refurbishment of the Radisson Hotel
Partial demolition and refurbishment of the balance of the Wyndham Hotel
Construction of a new Commercial Village
Re-routing of West Bay Street and completion of C7 Corridor connecting West
Bay Street to JFK Highway'
The core project consisting of a Podium of 2 levels, 4 separate hotels,
Casino/Club, Spa, Restaurants and retail units, Convention Centre/Ballroom,
Timeshare Units, Central Plant Building, and all associated back-of-house
facilities
Associated infrastructure works including roads, sidewalks, parking, waterways,
hard and soft landscaping and all minor buildings, warehouse, laundry
building, gas station, and employee parking
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Club director retires after 25 years


large reception to celebrate the
twenty-five years of exemplary
service rendered by Paul


Ideal applicant must have

Minimum of 2 years
experience working in guest services
and sales environment.
CPR & First Aid certification.
High school diploma.
Ability to multitask between guest
requests, operational issues
and team member requests.

Ability to promote
good health habits and exercise.
Experience in retail sales.

Applicants must also be
Highly energetic with a passion for fitness.
Able to effectively interact with high-end
clientele.
Willing to maintain strict grooming standards.

Please c-mail resume to
dpaoffice@oratlwae.com


THE Lyford Cay Members
Club's Board of Governors
recently held an extraordinarily


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
.- FREEPORT Foul persons.
Swh'o were arrested by.police


over the weekend, are expected
to appear on Monday in
Freeport Magistrate's Court on
firearms and ammunition pos-
scssion charges.


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Saturday 11:00am 4:00pm
Telephone
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According to Supt Bail Rah-
ming, officers on mobile patrol
were on Cedar Street sometime
around 8.50pm Saturday when
they observed occupants in a
sil er Buick Century acting sus-
piciously.
The vehicle was stopped and
searched by officers, who dis-
covered six .38 bullets. A 19-
.year-old male resident of
Churchill Drive and a 20-year-
old male resident of South Mall
Drive were arrested and taken
Into custody. ,
In the second incident, offi-
cers asJ'sied to the special Fox
Trot Ulhit, were patrolling Port
Lucaya Marketplace sometime
around 12.25am on Sunday
when they observed a man, whd
is wanted for questioning by
police, driving a blue Ford Tau-
rus. Officers approached thq
vehicle and arrested the dnrier,
a 20-year-old man of Westmini
ster Drive in connection with
armed robbery and abduction.
\hdie searching the vehicle.
pohce found a .380 Lorcin semi-
automatic pistol loaded with
seven live rounds of ammuni-
tion A 13-year-old girl, a resi-
dent of Eight Mile Rock, wh6
Swas in the vehicle, was also
arrested and taken into custody
bh police.
Supt Rahming said the four
persons will appear in court ai
10am today to be formally
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Thompson, outgoing managing
director of the club, and his
retirement. .
This reception gave Paul and "
Sharyn Thompson the oppor-
tunity to welcome club mem-
bers from countries around the
world.
The club's lobby was filled
with large portrait-sized pictures
of Mr Thompson, featuring
selected aspects of his many
past activities at the club, as well
as pictures of guests he had wel-
comed to the club over the
quarter century he served as
managing director.
The spill-over crowd of mem-
bers wishing Mr Thompson well
filled the drawing room, club
dining room and seaside patio
as white-gloved staff wove
through the crowd dispensing ....
hors d'oeuvres and beverages "
from silver trays.
A video chronicling Mr. .
Thompson's years at the club '
was shown on a movie screen,
while-the club's chairman, ALEXANDER Laughlin. past chairman of the board, makes a presentation to Paul and
William Hunter, delivered an
appreciation speech. Sharyn Thompson as members of the club look on
Reflections of Mr Thomp-
son's achievements and the over the years Were then lin, past chairman of the Thompson with special retired
history he made at the club shared by Alexander Laugh- board, who presented .J'i ment gifts.
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Senior Marketing Representative Product
Development for Broadband & Data
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
FOR BROADBAND & DATA in our Marketing Department.
JOB SUMMARY
This position is responsible for performing all functions and tasks necessary to develop and launch
products and services.
Plan/Implement:
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
Relationships:
Establish and maintain effective and productive relationships with cross-functional departments
within BTC
Work effectively with Product Management team
Goals/Performance:
Set performance goals consistent with corporate objectives
Manage product development implementaions to schedules
Reporting:
Track and report status of product development and implementation
Initiative:
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
Education/Experience:
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
skills
Product development and/or product support planning experience
Project management experience
Process development experience
Good verbal and written communication, presentation, organization and time management
skills
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:
DIRECTOR
HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING .,
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
RE: SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
FOR BROADBAND & DATA


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Bahamian poet


appears on stage


* BAHAMIAN poet Nathalie Wood performing, on Saturday,
0O06, during her one-woman show and poetic drama "She Sails,"
it the Dundas Centre for the Performing Arts. Ms Wood also
-ecentl) produced a book of poetry with the same title. Among
those in attendance were Minister of Education, Science and
technology Alfred Sears and cultural stakeholders Philip
Burrows, Obediah Smith and Larry Sweeting.
(Photo: Eric Rose)


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2006 at 4:00 p.m.


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Mrs. Carolyn Sacher, Mrs. Cheryl Higgs,
Mrs. Patrice Fairchild, Mrs. Beverly
Roberts, Mrs. Geraldine Albury, Mrs.
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SENIOR ASSOCIATE/

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR ASSOCIATE/KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR in its IT
Program Office.
POSITION SUMMARY:
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
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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
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
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
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Thorough understanding of the different areas of IT and the ability to identify KPIs for the
area
Expert knowledge of end user reporting tools such as Crystal Reports to facilitate KPI
management
Strong knowledge of Extraction, Translation, and Load tools (ETL) to build statistical repositories
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Good working knowledge of HTML and ASP to enable development of Intranet based
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Excellent development, programming, and configuration skills utilizing metric monitoring
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Working knowledge of Oracle, DB2, Windows2000, Linux
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HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
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In Loving Memory ..
of the late


Mario Joseph Parotti
Born: December 20th, 1925
Died: March 13th, 1986


Sadly missed by your wife,

Adina; daughter, Maryalice;

son-in-law, Timothy;

sons, John, Andrew and Craig.


We iss youdad!!


* ARCHBISHOP LAWRENCE BURKE
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Former archbishop



of Bahamas returns



for mission service


* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
ARCHBISHOP Lawrence
Burke was warmly received by
the Catholic community at its
annual mission service on Fri-
day.
The former archbishop of the
Bahamas, who is now the arch-
bishop 6f Kingston, Jamaica
returned to Nassau especially
for the mission service. He
addressed the congregation,
told them that he had cancer
and thanked them for their
prayers, greetings and calls.
According to Monsignor Pre-
ston Moss, the mission services,
which were held at Loyola Hall,
were "a wonderful spiritual
renewal for our people."
SThe theme for the mission
was "Come&Closer" and the
speakers were all local priests
from the Catholic diocese,
including Archbishop Patrick
Pinder.
The services were all well
attended.
For the first time, there was a
youth mission with the same
theme.
Archbishop Burke was
appointed head of the Bahamas
Catholic community on June 22,
1999 and served this region for
five years, before being appoint-
ed archbishop of Kingston in
Jamaica on February 17, 2004.
He was replaced in the
Bahamas by Archbishop, Patrick
Pinder.


For TWO NIGHTS of Thir D resent Truth Let

""Who is this cominS up out of the witberess,

leaning on the arm of her beloved" Sonm of Songs


TOPICS: THEAPOSTOU


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NOTICE


Stella Maris Estate, its Owners Association,
Resort Club and'Marina; wish to thank and
commend the Country's Government for
its speedy resolution of the recently
publicized airport issue. All concerned Long
Island stakeholders are immensely relieved
- and equally pleased.

Our heartfelta'ppreciation and thanks go
to all involved persons and entities of
Government, its Parliamentary Members,
as well as to all Long Island and other
assisting interest groups, and to the well-
wishing, general public.

We are confident that Long Island's future
will justify this Government commitment -
which surely will greatly benefit the Island's
and therefore the Bahamas' economic and
general well being.


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VACANCY NOTICE

Senior Marketing Representative Product
Development for Wireless
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified
individuals for the position of SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
FOR WIRELESS in our Marketing Department.
JOB SUMMARY
This position is responsible for performing all functions and tasks necessary to develop and launch
products and services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND SKILLS
Plan/Implement:
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 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
Relationships:
Establish and maintain effective and productive relationships with cross-functional departments
within BTC
Work effectively with Product Management team
Goals/Performance:
Set performance goals consistent with corporate objectives
Manage product development implementaions to schedules
Reporting:
Track and report status of product development and implementation
Initiative:
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
Education/Experience:
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
skills
Product development and/or product support planning experience
Project management experience
Process development experience
Good verbal and written communication, presentation, organization and time management
skills
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:
DIRECTOR
HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
RE: SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE/PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT
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MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006, PAGE 13


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
ALL RISKS (BUILDINGS & CONTENTS, PLANT, MACHINERY
& EQUIPMENT INCLUDING SUB-STATION SITES


TENDER NO. 597/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852


Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2006 by 3:00p.m.
arid addressed as follows:

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

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 597/06

"GENERAL INSURANCE BUILDINGS, PLANT & MACHINERY"

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



BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER I)R (;ENER L IN.SUR NCE
PUBLIC & EMPLOYERS' LIABILITY, PERSONALACCIDENT,
PRIVATE CAR & COMMERCIAL VEHICLES


TENDER NO. 598/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration'Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-

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

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2006 by 3:00 p.m.
and addressed as follows:

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

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 598/06

"GENERAL INSURANCE PUBLIC & EMPLOYERS'
LIABILITY AND MOTOR VEHICLES"

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


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
MONEY & FIDELITY


TENDER NO. 599/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-

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

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2006 by 3:00p.m.
and addressed as follows:

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

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 599/06

"GENERAL INSURANCE MONEY & FIDELITY"


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION


TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
MARINE INSURANCE


TENDER NO. 600/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852

Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2006 by 3:00p.m.
and addressed as follows:


The General Manager
Bal.imas Electricity Corporation
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nasau. Bahama, ...,:

SAttienrimr Mrs Deli.cla Se\iiidtuLL


Marked: Tender No. 600/06

"GENERAL INSURANCE MARINE INSURANCE"

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


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION


TENDER FOR GENERAL INSURANCE
PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY (DIRECTORS & OFFICERS)


TENDER NO. 610/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages trom the Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-

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


Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2006 by 3:00p.m.
and addressed as follows:

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

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 601/06

"GENERAL INSURANCE.- PROFESSIONAL INDEMNITY
DIRECTORS & OFFICERS"

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


BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION

TENDER FOR GENER \1. INSURANCE
ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & MOBILE RADIOS


TENDER NO. 602/06

The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites tenders from eligible bidders for the
provision of general insurances as described above.

Bidders are required to collect packages from the Administration Office,
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads by contacting:-
Mrs. Delmeta Seymour
Administrative Officer
Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas
Phone No. 302-1158
Fax No. 323-6852


Tenders are to be hand-delivered on or before 30 March 2006 by 3:00p.m.
and addressed as follows:

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

Attention: Mrs. Delmeta Seymour

Marked: Tender No. 602/06

"GENERAL INSURANCE ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT & MOBILE RADIOS"


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


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SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE PRODUCT
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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications fromutl
qualified individuals for the position of SENIOR MAfIKETIO,
REPRESENTATIVE/PRODUCT MAINAG:EMIEN'T FOR BROADBAND DATA& I n It
Marketing Department.
JOB SUMMARY
This position is responsible for planning, coordinating and managing all ti.cyle
activities for one or multiple BTC product lines, including revenue and profitability
Plan / Implement: .
Provide product definition, pricing, direction and positioning throughout '
product's life cycle
Monitor technological, competitive, customer and market factors to identify.
positioning and promotional requirements
Develop programs and plans, ensuring cross- functional implementation,
monitoring results'anid initiating corrective action
Lead in development pf strategies, goals and tactics necessary to achieve.
product/service performance goals and objectives
Track and report product performance
Provide day-to-day sales support for product issues, positioning, special
pricing and non-standard products
Provide messaging and content to Marketing Communications for product
collateral and sales tools .
Required Skills and Abilities:
Capable of working in a team environment as a team member or team leader: :.
in managing the product life cycle process across diverse departments and '
levels
Demonstrated assertive, persuasive and creative problem solving and project. ;
management skills
Product management anid/or product support experience
Excellent verbal and written communication, presentation, organization and .
time-management skills:,
Capable of interfacing at all internal management levels and representing: ,..
the company with customers, partners and vendors .
Able to work and lead effectively in a changing environment ..
Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills
Relationships:
Establish and maintain effective and productive relationships with cross-functional
departments within BTC
Work effectively with partner and vendor channels
Goals/Performance:
Set performance goals consistent with corporate objectives
Track channel performance and implement corrective actions
Reporting: '
STrack and report channel performance
Initiative: "
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 technical trends in the telecommunications indust .
Have in-dept knowledge of customers and competitors"''.
Education/Experience:
Bachelors Degree in Marketing or Business or equivalent combination of education
and professional experience
Minimum of five years related experience in telecommunications utde.
Minimum two years in marketing functions in high tech company desiale ;
Computer Literacy:
Proficient use of Microsoft Office and e-mail applications ; '' :
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 Joii F. Ke nnedrve, :e
no later than MARCH 22, 2006 and addressed as fotloWs:' i .. .:.: .:
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HUMAN RESOURCES & TRAINING
THE BAHAMAS TELECOMMUNICATIONS CO. LTD.
NASSAU, THE BAHAMAS
RE: SENIOR MARKETING REPRESENTATIVE
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Senior Marketing Representative Product

Development for Voice and Cards
The iahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably qualified,
individuals for the position of SENIOR MARKET REPESENT VOMNT
FOR VOICE AND CARDS in our Marketing Department.

JOBSUMMARY
This position irresponsible for performing all functions and tasksnec to develop and launch
products and services.
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product feasibility
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Overview
Part of Baha Mar Development Company Ltd's (Baha Mar) pledge to
create an authentic Bahamian resort metropolis at Cable Beach includes
a commitment to purchasing and showcasing Bahamian art. The
company is now seeking to solicit art through a national competition for
the purposes of creating a local art programme at the Sheraton Cable
Beach Hotel (redevelopment of the Radisson Cable Beach Resort). This is
a juried event, and an accompanying exhibition will provide a venue for
artists to show original works.


Eligibility Requirements
Competition is open to all Bahamian citizens over the age of eighteen (18) years.

Acceptable Artwork
All works of art in any medium or style created and made by the artist, with the excep-
tion of video art, film and interactive art are eligible for submission.

Entries cannot include representations of any person unless he or she has executed a
release acceptable to Baha Mar and made available upon request. Any entry with
names, logos or other indicia that may be owned or controlled by a third party is ineli-
gible (such third party indicia must be removed prior to submission).

All artwork submitted must be the original work of the artist.

Any artworks previously licensed or contracted by the artist to a broker, manufacturer or
distributor are not eligible for consideration as part of this process.

Art Submissions
Artwork must be submitted as 35mm slides, a CD, JPGs, photographs or digital prints. It
is the artist's responsibility to submit images which clearly and accurately represent his
or her artwork to be considered.

If submitting slides, they should:
Be close up images of each artwork against a solid background without extraneous
objects or decoration
Be clearly labelled with the artist's name on the back of the slide in the top right corner.
Be marked with a red dot on the front bottom left corner.

If submitting photographs or digital prints, they should:
Be close up images of each artwork.
Be clearly labelled with the artist's name on the back in the top right corner.

Digital images submitted by e-mail or CD should be saved as JPGs and should clearly
state the name of the artist and the title of the work. E-mail submissions should be sent
to b a h a m a r @ soh om y r ia o You may submit up to five
entries. Do not submit the original works.

Any pre-manufactured items used in the artwork (excluding raw materials, framing,
mounting devices, etc) must be identified and noted as an element not created by the
artist.




DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES:

MARCH 22,2006
Submissions not to specified requirements will not be
considered. The jury reserves the right to reject any art
deemed inappropriate for display or selection.


PRIZES
$10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners as follows:
First place -- $4,000
Second place -- $3,000
Third place -- $1,500
3 Honourable mentions -- $500
Submit JPEGs, CDs, slides or photos of your work to:
Tracy Hall Chevalier orlKateSlbtley
V.P. Hospitality Consuftin
Soho Myriad
1250-B Meale Drive
Atlanta, GA 31018
404-351-56i-
404-31-284
abhamar@sohemyriad.com

The artists will aanere to me following instrucions regarding the e.hibltlo. reproduction. shipping transportation nd framing procedures'
By entenng this contest. entrants agree to give me Sponsors permission whether diectly or Irinirectly tnrougn third-party licensees, to utilize
the Entry and rmae denvaive works or tne Entry including. tre rnghio reproduce the same. In connecuon witn ine reproduction, distribution,
public ispily iputlication repuDlicaton. and mdification of me Entry wnetnei in whole or in part dilcudlng, without limitation, use in
connection wtn any Sponsor promotional material sucn as Sponsors ,tr' sltes in a winners gallery, ar arddvertsing In connection with future
contests. with or wnhout tre winner s name. proto lil iens and tiugraDpical Irnoinlmir.uri. .ur.ieci to applicable law and without the further
consent of, or compensation to. the winner ano/or any person wno appears t Ine Entry. Parucipating also certifes tie winner's eligibility and
the Entry's ownership, originality and non-Infringement Subject to the rights granted to Sponsors, each winner retains all copyrights in the
Entry. If the Sponsors are unable to contact a potential prize winnerss, If the potential winners) fail to complete and return all forms by the
specified date or if the potential winners) fall to comply with any of the requirements, or If any prize or prize notification Is returned as
undeliverable, an alternate winners) shall be selected. All Contestants release the Sponsors and their respective agents, advertising and
promotion agencies, affiliated companies, Contest partners and prize suppliers, and all of their respective affiliated companies, employees,
officers, directors and shareholders, from and against all claims and damages arising in connection with each Contestant's participation
and/or entry In the Contest and/or their receipt or use of any prize awarded in this Contest. Artists must not be under contract with local
galleries or has any other relationship that would not allow them to work directly with Baha Mar or Soho Myriad.


Jury Selection
The review panel and jury will consist of representatives from Baha Mar,
Gettys (interior design firm), Soho Myriad (art consultant), the National Art
Gallery and the College of The Bahamas.

Winners
Entries will be ranked on the basis of originality, artistic composition and
technique.

Prize winners will be selected from among all eligible entries on or around
March 30, 2006. Artists will be contacted by phone or email within 7 days of
selection.

The judges will select 1 First Place winner, 1 Second Place winner, 1 Third
Place winner, and 3 honourable mentions. If a prize is not claimed within
sixty (60) days of the announcement of the winners (the 'specified date') or
a winner is disqualified, an alternate winner shall be selected according to
the procedure described above. All prizes shall be awarded, provided a suffi-
cient number of qualified entries are received.

Judges' decisions on all matters relating to the contest are final.

Publicity
Winners will be announced in the press and on the Internet on or around April
3, 2006. Images of the selected artwork will be placed on the Baha Mar web
site, www.bahamar.com for a period of one year.

Winners may not use Baha Mar's trademark to promote their artwork in any
other shows without permission in writing from Baha Mar.

Sales
The visuals of the selected artwork may be reproduced for the guest room
and guest corridor areas. Public Place artworks will be original. Participat-
ing artists' work may be selected for purchase or commission by the hotel.

All artists must be willing to have their work reproduced for a nominal
royalty.

Exhibition
An exhibition of participating entries will be held at the Radisson Ballroom on
March 31, 2006.

Artist Reception
The works of the selected artists) will be featured during a reception after
the hotel opening to be announced later this year.

Terms and Conditions
1.By entering this contest, entrants agree to give Baha Mar permission, whether directly or
indirectly through third-party licensees,to utilize the artwork and to make derivative works
of the artwork, including the right to reproduce the same.
2.Entrants agree to give Baha Mar permission, in connection with the reproduction,
distribution, public display, publication, republication, and modification of the artwork,
whether in whole or in part (including,without limitation, to use the artwork in connection
with any Baha Mar promotional material, such as Baha Mar's web site in a winners gallery
and advertising in connection with future contests), with or without the winner's name,
photo, likeness and biographical information, subject to applicable law, and without the
further consent of, or compensation to, the winner and/or any person who appears in the
artwork.
3.Participating in this contest also certifies the winner's eligibility and the artwork's owner-
ship, originality and non-infringement.
4.Subject to the rights granted to Baha Mar, each winner retains all copyrights in the
artwork.
5.If Baha Mar is unable to contact a potential prize winnerss, if the potential winners) fail
to complete and return all forms by the specified date or if the potential winners) fail to
comply with any of the requirements, or if any prize or prize notification is returned as.
undeliverable, an alternate winners) shall be selected.
6:All Contestants release Baha Mar and its respective agents, advertising and promotion
agencies, affiliated companies, Contest partners and prize suppliers,and all of their respec-
tive affiliate4Tompanies. employees, officers, directors and shareholders, from and against
all claims and damages arising in connection with each Contestant's participation and/or
Artwork in the Contest and/or their receipt or use of any prize awarded in this Contest.
7. Artists must not be under contract with local galleries or have any other relationship that
would not allow them to work directly with Baha Mar or Soho Myriad ,.. ;. '

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planning to invest
between $3-$4 million
in the first phase of a
proposed project that will enhance the
attractiveness of Nassau as a cruise
destination, marking a significant step
in increasing Bahamian ownership of
the tourism industry.
A spokesman for Nassau Water Fer-
ries, the company behind the proposed
Colonial Beach Development Project,


Seeks to create employment for 50-60 Bahamians and enhance cruise attractions


said they planned to ultimately employ
between 50-60 Bahamians in the ven-
ture, which will provide a beach and
island getaway located just five minutes
by ferry from the Nassau Cruise Port.
The spokesman said: "We're looking
at employing between 50-60 Bahami-
ans in all facets of the business the
administrative end, vessel operations
and island operations, sales and mar-
keting. It's the normal employment


complement required to sustain a busi-
ness of that sort.
"It's a significant message when a
Bahamian can provide employment
for 5- to 60 of their fellow citizens in
the tourism field. It shows a paradigm
shift from when most of the major busi-
nesses in the tourism field were for-
eign direct investment.
"We're beginning to play a signifi-
cant role in the field."


The Government has been calling
for more Bahamians to take an own-
ership role in tourism, and Nassau
Water Ferries told The Tribune it was
ready to respond.
The advantages of Bahamian own-
ership in tourism are the local compa-
nies and individuals involved are like-
ly to be long-term players, not just in
for the short-term, and will not be
scared off or into closure by the impact


of hurricanes.
In addition, all the profits and divi-
dends generated by Bahamian-owned
tourism businesses, in addition to
salaries, rents and payments to suppli-
ers, will remain within this nation's
economy to be reinvested, increasing
the circulation of money.

SEE page 7B


Tourism fears costs

will drive visitors to

all-inclusives, cruises


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE high costs of enjoying
a vacation once in the Bahamas
could drive increasing numbers
of tourists to all-inclusive vaca-
tion packages and the cruise
ships, the Ministry of Tourism
fears.
The Ministry's Business Plan


for the 18-month period ending
on June 2006 said that while
packages for getting to the
Bahamas, including air fare,
ground transportation transfers
to hotels, and hotel accommo-
dation were seen by visitors as
"reasonable", the costs experi-

SEE page 9B


Prompt action needed over share allegations


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
TRIBUNE Business's exclusive revela-
tion, published in Saturday's paper, that
the regulators are investigating allega-
tions of improper trading in Common-
wealth Bank's shares, might worry some
investors and market participants.
It shouldn't, at least not unduly, pro-
vided the Securities Commission of the
Bahamas and Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX) do their jobs
properly.
As reported previously by this editor,


the investigation centres around shares
that were held in an escrow account for
the bank's staff, a common incentive that
large companies provide for their employ-
ees.
Commonwealth Bank workers had the
option to purchase these shares at $6 per
share, a 61.5 per cent discount to last
night's BISX closing price of $9.69.
However, the stock exchange and
Bahamian capital markets regulator are
investigating allegations that some Com-
monwealth Bank staff members were
involved in a scheme where these shares
held in escrow were 'pre-sold' inro the;


market.
The proceeds from selling these shares
into the market at the prevailing market
price were then allegedly channelled
back to the staff involved, who used the
funds to buy the Commonwealth Bank
shares out of the escrow account.
At first glance, this might give share-
holders in Commonwealth Bank cause to
panic, but they would be unwise to do so.
Firstly, the alleged scheme was not
attempting to manipulate the price at

SEE page 4B


Household spending

up 18% in decade


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE average New Provi-
dence family's monthly spend-
ing increased by 17.66 per cent
over the decade between 1994
and 2004, a Department of Sta-
tistics survey showing how the
rising cost of living has impact-
ed the household budget.
The Department's annual
review of prices for 2004 found
that while the "average" family
in New Providence spent about
$2,435 per month or $29,221 in
1994, this had increased by 17.66
per cent to $34,381 or $2,865
per month by 2004.
The survey added that annu-


al family spending was estimat-
ed to have "steadily increased"
over the 1994-2004 period,
although the spending patterns
"vary".
The Department of Statistics
report revealed that in 1994, the
largest proportion of annual
consumer outlays went on hous-
ing (32.82 per cent), transport
and communications (14.84 per
cent); and food and beverages
(13.83 per cent). This accounted
for about 61.49 per cent of their
total annual budget.
However, the proportion of
a New Providence family's bud-

SEE page 9B


Entrepreneurs seek to

exploit development

of Mayaguana island

N By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Business Reporter
MAYAGUANA Businessmen on Mayaguana have applied
for Crown Land grants as they seek to create and expand operations
that will complement the $1.8 billion project formally announced
for the island last week.
And Prime Minister Perry Christie promised that applications
from Bahamians for Crown Land in Mayaguana will not be affect-
ed by the land grant being given to the Mayaguana Development
Company (MDC).
He made the statement during his visit to the island on Thursday,
where he was warmly greeted by most of the 300 people who
reside there.
"To every Mayaguanian who
has a pride for land in this coun-
try," he said, "I want to assure SEE page 8B


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IT was a pretty busy week in the
Bahamian market as more than 63,000
shares changed hands, although the major-
ity of stocks traded down. The market saw
11 out of the 20 listed stocks trade, of
which two advanced, five declined and
four remained unchanged.
The volume leader for the week was
Doctors Hospital Health Systems (DHS),
with 15,300 shares changing hands and
accounting for 24 per cent of the total
shares traded.
The big advancer for the week was
Commonwealth Bank (CBL), whose share
price increased by $0.19 to end the week at


a new 52-week high of $9.69. On the down
side, Doctors Hospital and Abaco Markets
declined by $0.25 and $0.13 to close at
$2.55 and $0.59 respectively.
The FINDEX gained 0.19 points for the
week to close at 597.08.
COMPANY NEWS
RND Holdings (RND) -
FOR the nine months ending November
30, 2005, RND posted a net loss of
$463,000, which is an improvement over
the $707,000 loss for the same period in
2004.
Total revenues increased by $53,000 or
4.89 per cent to total $1.1 million, while
direct costs grew by $92,000 or 72 per cent


* By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Business Reporter
TWO of the Bahamas' leading trade union leaders told Tri-
bune Business that the US State Department report, which con-
cluded that this nation's minimum wage was not decent enough
to support a decent standard of living, backs their long-held
views.
Both the Trade Union Congress (TUC) president, Obie Fer-
guson, and Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) president,
John Pinder, endorsef the re lts of the report with respect to the
minimum wage. The Bahamian minimum wage for workers in the
private sector is currently $4 per hour or $150 per week.
"That was always the position of the TUC," said Mr Ferguson.
"Four dollars an hour is totally inadequate and not sufficient to
meet the minimum standard of living for the average Bahamian
citizen."
Mr Pinder concurred, adding that the private secior had even
more freedom to implement lower wages
In the Workers Rights section of the US State Department's
International Human Rights Report, it said the minimum wage
for Bahamian government employees was $4.45 per hour, and in
the private sector, $4 per hour.
Mr Pinder argued that when the Government introduced the
Employment Act in 2001, "it favoured the private sector too
much".
At one point, he said the minimum wage in the public service
was about $175 per week, which was later revised to $190 per
week.
Meanwhile, in the private sector, the minimum wage was
pegged at $150 per week, or even lower in some circumstances.
"You can't live off of that in the Bahamas; it's too low for any-


to total $220,000. Gross profit margin
declined to 80 per cent versus 88 per cent
in 2004, while operating expenses declined
by a marginal 1.28 per cent to total $1.1
million.
The operating loss for the period was
$188,000%pmpared to $164,000 for the
equivalent period in 2004. Management
has attributed the increase in operating
loss to repairs carried out on the Freeport
Plaza building, which was damaged due to
the hurricane.
RND management also confirmed the
sale of its gym operations in December
2005. and has indicated that its sale will
remove the gym's negative impact on its
bottom line.


one to survive on," said Mr Pinder.
He and his agement team finallyrsecured a deal with the
rnment, wing workers to receive a $37.50 per week
'i ase on th salaries, the first of which will be seen by June.
"We need t ~ucture a new kind of tax for the Government
to really survi said Mr Pinder.
"Too much injustice is being ne in the private sector, and the
SGovernment needs to step ina put in regulations. The private
sector needs to do more for its employees, as they are not siar-
ingn the profit making."
61 son sai the minimum wage in the Bahamas, based on
toadal standard of living, should be pegged between $250 and
$300 wee, He also said rent prices should be adjusted in
accord e salariesp Looking at rental 2goperties adver-
tised irf wsp er calssifieds today, Mr Ferguson said it could be
seen that even in areas known as "the ghetto", landlords were ask-
ing for an average of $400 to $500 per month and higher for
two bedroom units. ,,
To live in an area in the east or south, landlords were asking for
an average of $650 per month and higher.
Deposits averaging a minimum of $1,200 were often required
to move into apartment units, many of'which were not up to stan-
dard relative to the cost.-
V Alfred Gray, having recently taken the rent portfolio under
his wing, has. announced that there will soon be a review of
rental units, and inspectors would begin to assess the units as
many reports stated they were in substandard conditions.
The US report said the Bahamas minimum wage "does not pro-
vide a decent standard of living for a worker and family"-.
It added that Bahamian law "does not provide a right for
workers to remove themselves from dangerous work situations
without jeopardy to continued employment".


The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 597.08% YTD 8.20%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


AML
BAB
BBL
BOB,
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CIB
CWCB
DHS
FAM
FCC
FCL
FIN
ICD
JSJ
KZLB
PRE


$0.59
$1.18
$0.70
$7.00
$10.40
$14.00
$1.26
$9.31
$9.69
$1.64
$11.00
$5.07
$2.55
$6.21
$1.15
$10.05
$10.99
$9.50
$9.09
$6.88
$10.00


CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
CHANGE


$-0.13
$-
$-
$-
$-0.08
$0.75
$-
$-0.14
$0.19
$-0.06
$-
$-0.39
$-0.25
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$0.34
$0.12
$-.


13665
800
0
0
2800
0
0
5300
10700
5252
1075
0
15300
300
0
0
0
1100
6750
0
0


-19.18%
7.27%
0.00%
0.00%
0.00%
9.80%
0.00%
-2.51%
6.37%
0.00%
1.10%
-7.14%
.17.51%
2.64%
0.00%
0.00%
0.83%
-4.52%
0.44%
0.44%
0.00%


DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
Cable Bahamas (CAB) declared a dividend of $0.06 per
share payable on March 31, 2006 ,to all common shareholders
.as-at.record date March 16,2006. -
Commonwealth Bank (CBL) declared a dividend of $0.12
per share payable on March 31, 2006, to all common share-
holders as at record date March 15, 2006.
Commonwealth Bank (CBL) declared an extraordinary
dividend of $0.12 per share payable on April 28, 2006, to all
common shareholders as at record date April 15, 2006.
FINCO (FIN) declared a dividend of $0.13 per share
payable on March 14,2006, to all common shareholders as at
.record date March 7,2006.
FINCO will hold its Annual General Meeting on March
16,2006, at 6.30 pm at the British Colonial Hilton, Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.



International Markets

FOREX Rates
Weekly %Change
CAD$ 1.1596 .2.19
GBP 1.7266 -1.58
EUR 1.1910 -1.06

Commodities
Weekly %Change
Crude Oil $59.96 -5.58
Gold $542.60 -4.30

International Stock Market Indexes:

Weekly %Change
DJIA 11,076.34 0.50
S & P 500 1,281.58 .-0.44
NASDAQ 2,262.04 -1.76
Nikkei 16,115,63 2.89


Company restates results over $2m Bahamas damage


A CANADIAN public com-
pany will restate its 2004 finan-
cial results, and those for the
first three quarters in 2005,
after it was determined that
the accounting treatment for
hurricane damage inflicted
upon its Grand Bahama stor-
age terminals during Hurri-
canes Frances and Jeanne was


"inappropriate". had caused "significant dam-
However, the resitaiement- age" to its Grand Bahama ter-
by World Point Terminals will minal and jetty where ships
benefit both shareholders and docked. Repairs to the dam-
the company, increasing net age are expected to be com-
income and investor equity for pleted this summer.
fiscal 2004 by $2 million. World Point Terminals said
World Point Terminals said at the time the hurricanes
in a statement that the two struck, it estimated that the
September 2004 hurricanes insurance deductible it would


have to pay under policies that
covered its Grand Bahama
assets was $1.5 million. It"
established a reserve to cover
this-cost, recording it in the
2004 third quarter resuflts-
In the full-year.2004 results,
this damage reserve was
increased to $2 million..
During the first three quar-


ters of 2005, World Point Ter-
minals recorded a receivable
for amounts spent on hurri-
cane repairs that were expect-
ed to be covered by the insur-
ers.
Monies received from insur-
ers were applied to reduce this
receivable, while amounts
spent under the deductible


were applied against the $2,
million reserve.
The company, which is listed,
on Canada's Toronto Stock,
Exchange,.said that following:
consultations with its auditors,
Deloitte & Touche, it was:
agreed that in accordance with;
Canadian generally accepted:
accounting principles (GAAP),:
all repair costs had to be capi-
talised or expensed.
World Point was to record'
as an asset insurance recovery
when realisation of a claim was:
probable, and only to the levels
of repairs expensed.
The company also agreed
that insurance recoveries
resulting in a gain will not be
recognized until the recoverJ
ies were realized.
In addition, World Point was
not supposed to record ad
expense for repair work not
completed in 2004, while no
expenses should be recorded
for work completed as part of
the deductibles, because of the
gain in future years from antic-
ipated future insurance pay-
ments.
World Point Terminals said
it "expects to eliminate the
US$2 million charge previous-
ly recorded in its 2004 audit,
ed financial statements. The
primary effect of this change
will be an increase to net
income and shareholders' equi-
ty of US$2 million in the restat-
ed 2004 financial statements.
"In addition, 'the unaudited
interim financial statements for
the first, second and third quar-
ters of 2005 will be restated to
reflect this accounting treat-
ment. .-
"The primary effect of this
change on the 2005 unaudited
interim financial statements
will be an increase to net
income and shareholders' equi-
~y .",


Trade union chiefs





back United States





over minimum wage


.THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 2B, MONDAY,; MARCH 13, 2006


-FIDELITY MARKET .. WRAP









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Ginn cen


iece


15-20 storeys high


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
THE 4,200 condominium
units for the Ginn Develop-
ment Company's $1.3 billion
Grand Bahama project will be
constructed in a complex that
will be 15-20 storeys high, a
leading company executive
said.
John Davies, Ginn's vice-
president of development, said
the 4,200 condo units, which
will be placed into a rental pool,
will be a key feature at the cen-
tre of the project. "The condo
complex will be 15-20 storeys
tall, with a casino, restaurants,
100,000 square feet of meeting
space, rental, water park, pool
area, and tennis," he said.
Outlook
Addressing the Grand
Bahama Business Outlook
Conference, Mr Davies said
4,000 permanent jobs and many
spin-off opportunities would be
created for Bahamians. He
revealed that plans included the
construction of a 20-acre
Bahamian Retail Village, to be
located at the north-east cor-
ner of the project on Bayshore
Road.
In December, Ginn Devel-
opment Company signed a
Heads of Agreement with the
Government for the develop-
ment of a mixed-use resort
community project on 2,000
acres of land, situated at the
old Sammons Estates proper-
ty in West End.
While speaking at the Grand
Bahama. Business Outlook
Conference, Mr Davies indi-
cated that the project will bring
tremendous benefits and
opportunities to other commu-
nities, including Freeport.
He reported that work has


already started at West End,
where about 40 Bahamians are
presently employed in site
clearance operations.
It is anticipated that there
will be more than 2,000 workers
on site during the construction
phase, which could take up to
20 years.
Ginn plans to develop 1,800
Single Family Residences with
ocean front, marina, golf and
marina views. A 50-room luxu-
ry boutique hotel and golf club-
house, serving two Jack Nick-
laus and Arnold Palmer Golf
Courses, will also be construct-
ed.
Mr Davies said the main cen-
tral marina will comprise 145
slips for vessels between 50 and
200 feet in length.
He added that a west marina
will be surrounded by resi-
dences with docks, and will
have a restaurant and docking
slips for 80 visiting boats up to
100 feet in length.
The project's east marina -
for smaller crafts will be sur-
rounded by a smaller cottage
product. There will also be a
restaurant, rental and a dry
stack storage area for boats.
Mr Davies said the existing
runway on the property will be
shortened, resurfaced and a
new airport terminal facility will
be built to serve the develop-
ment.
"The East and Central Mari-
nas-will be connected by a
waterway that will serve as a
water taxi service to transport
owners and guests back and
forth, plus there will also be
service to and from the airport
terminal," he added.
.Ginn will also construct a
new reverse osmosis water
plant and waste water treat-
ment plant to serve the resort
and the West End community,
as well as the Old Bahama Bay
Resort.


Mr Davies stressed that
Bahamian contractors will ben-
efit when Ginn ratchets up con-
struction activity.
"This translates to enormous
opportunities for employment,
real estate, local vendors, lunch
trucks, materials supply, truck-
ing, etc. These opportunities
will overflow into other parts
of the island as the West End
becomes saturated," he said.
"As the various buildings on
the project are completed and
occupied, there will be a need
for more service staff to operate
the buildings, marinas, golf
courses, utility plants, restau-
rants, casino and pool areas.
This will consist of bellmen,
maids, golf course maintenance,
bus drivers, gardeners, pit boss-
es, waiters, all the way up
through the management and
executive chain,."


This type of employment will
not only exist in the condos,
hotel, restaurant and golf cours-
es, but also in residential, Mr
Davies said.
Ginn Clubs and Resorts
offers property owners a full
menu of services to select from.
These items range from land-
scape and pool maintenance to
mail collection, bill payment,
dog walking, home mainte-
nance, and security monitoring.
This, in turn, creates more
employment opportunities both
in executing the work but also
in managing and scheduling.
Mr Davies said the volume
of employees required will
result in Bahamians coming to
Grand Bahama from other
islands. These workers will
require housing, creating even
more construction opportuni-
ties.


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known as JOHN PIERRE of Washington Street of Engerlston
Subdivision in the Central District of the Island of New
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must be addressed to the Registrar General's Office and the
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TEACHING VACANCY

The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified Teachers for positions
available at St. John's College, St Anne's School, Bishop
Michael Eldon School Freeport and St Andrew's School
- Exuma.

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Mathematics
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History/Social Studies
Physics
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from an accredited University or College and Teaching
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For further details and application forms, please contact
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Letters of application and/or completed application forms
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* By A FELICITY INGRAHAM
Tribune Business Reporter

APPROACHING the two-year mark
without a contract, the Airport, Airline
and Allied Workers Union (AAWU) last
week directly addressed the Prime Minis-
ter over the situation facing its members at
Bahamasair.
The AAAWU's president, Nerelene
Harding, said that on Tuesday, the union
wrote a letter to the Minister now respon-
sible for Bahamasair after the recent Cab-
inet shuffle, Prime Minister Perry Christie.
The letter, which was copied to the Min-
ister of Labourm Shane Gibson, request-
ed a meeting within the next seven days to
resolve the issue of an industrial agree-
ment for Bahamasair employees.
The letter addressed the fact that for
one year and nine months, the airline
workers have been without an employ-
ment contract.
Mrs Harding said negotiations on the
contract began back in September 2005,


but are at a standstill to date.
Keith Archer, the negotiator for the
airline and government, told the
AAAWU he could not fully address the
issues they presented with reference to
their pay.
Mrs Harding said that following that
meeting, the union took the matter to
Bahamasair's Board of Directors, which is
the second level of resort the union has.
"They wrote back saying that they
would revert to us in due course," said
Mrs Harding, but to date, the union has
heard nothing.
She said the letter to the Prime Minister
also notes that during their lengthy wait
for a conclusion to the issue, the union
has been negotiating in good faith.
Meanwhile, Bahamasair's possible pri-
vatisation seems to have been shelves for
the time being, and the AAAWU is no
more enlightened about the subject than
the general public.
Mrs Harding said that as far as she was
aware, "no developments whatsoever"


have occurred.
Two months ago, she said she heard the
minister then responsible, Bradley
Roberts, was to present some communi-
cation to the. Prime Minister on the mat-
ter. However, she does not know if this
has happened.
The Government had initially set a goal
of privatising Bahamasair by last summer.
But by October, Mr Roberts said the
plans had been put on hold.
Responding to opposition questions in
the House of Assembly, Mr Roberts said
expressions of interest from private com-
panies and groups interested in becom-
ing a strategic partner in Bahamasair had
"not come forward in the numbers" the
Government had expected.
New Bahamasair managing director,
Henry Woods, told Tribune Business he
could give no information about the pri-
vatisation plan, as it had been dealt with
by his predecessor, Paul Major.
Calls to Mr Major and Mr Roberts were
unsuccessful up to press time.


Prompt action needed over share allegations


FROM page 1B

which Commonwealth Bank's
shares are listed on BISX.
Indeed, the company's $9.69
closing price on Friday, March
10, was the result -of investors
buying in to take advantage of
the bank's generous forthcom-
ing dividend payments, always a
big attraction for Bahamians.
And brokers consulted by
The Tribune have said that, if
anything, Commonwealth
Bank's stock is undervalued,
given its dividend payments and
that it chums out year after year
of consecutive record profits,
In short, it is a well-run bank
that has always delivered the.
goods to date.
No, the real key here is for
the regulators to conduct their
investigations swiftly, to deter-
mine whether there is any mer-
it to the allegations, then decide
what if any sanctions, fines
and penalties may be appropri-
ate.
BISX and the Securities
Commission are now investi-


is pleased to announce the opening of its practice at

Unit 2, Building 10,

7th Terrace West Centreville


P.O. Box N-440, Tel: (242) 326-0126/7,
Fax: (242) 326-0128
Email: bahlawyer4you@yahoo.com


gating to determine whether the
exchange's rules, and the Secu-
rities Industry Act and accom-
panying regulations, respec-
tively, have been breached.
The greatest potential dam-
age from these allegations is
that they could undermine
investor confidence, and trust in
the integrity of BISX, the
Bahamian capital markets and
their mechanisms at a time
when this is least needed.
For some years it was fash-
ionable to knock BISX given
its failure to achieve the far-too-
optimistic goals set for it when it
came into existence in 2000, a
problem compounded by the
lack of promised government
..support. At. one point, it was
staring into a financial abyss.
Happily, those days now
seem to be behind the
exchange. The BISX outlook is
now cautiously positive given
the current government's
pledges of support, backed up
by the exchange's shareholders
and the recent capital account
amendments. Moves are now
afoot to list and trade govern-
ment debt on the exchange, giv-
ing it a critical mass. Much cred-
it must go to BISX's chief exec-
utive, Keith Davies, and the
Board for pulling the situation
round, although much work
remains to be done..
SBut to present the sharetrad-
ing allegations from undermin-
ing this good work, the
exchange and Securities Com-
mission must riove swiftly. In
general, andthis is no reference
to the capital markets specifi-
cally, the Bahamas has more,
than enough laws on its books.
Its problem lies in enforcing the
laws.
To buck this trend, the regu-
lators must conduct a speedy
investigation and make the
results known to the investing


Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
10 March 2006
-. IiX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES VISIT WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
BISt ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.369.67 / CHG 06.35 / %CHG 00.47 / YTD 18.96 / YTD %. 01.40
;- .k.H, 52hk-Low Symbol Pre.,ou, Close Toda,"s Cc.se Change Daily ol EPS $ Dr. S P E l+ld
O.95 0.59 Abaco Markets 0.59 0 59 0 0' -0 169 O 000 N r I 000
10.52 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.48 10.40 -0.08 2800 1.456 0.360 7.1 3.46%
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 9.31 -0.14 5,300 0.689 0.240 13.5 2.58%
2.20. 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.64 1.64 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.69 8.00 Commonwealth Bank 9.50 9.69 0.19 10,700 0.861 0.450 11.0 4.74%
5.46 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.07 5.18 0.11 0.099 0.045 51.2 0.89%
2.88 1.45 Doctor's Hospital 2.55 2.55 0.00 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 0.540 14.9 4.91%
11.00 7.50 FirstCaribbean 11.00 11.00 0.00 375 0.828 0.500 13.3 4.55%
10.05 7.99 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 1.100 0.526 0.405 18.1 5.68%
9.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 9.09 9.09 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.9 6.16%
7.00 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 6.88 6.87 -0.01 0.134 0.000 51.3 0.00%
10 00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 1 2.036 0.760 4.9 7.60%
5;..K-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ La.l Pr..:e .Vekly Vol EPS D.v _, P E '1 eIl
13.25 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.25 14.25 11.00 1.917 0.720 7.2 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/
Colna OveaP-TNSlgWA ". as1fl.
28.00 ABDAB 41 00 43 00 41 i,. 2220) 000) 13, S 00
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
O 0 35 RND Holdings 029 054 0 35 -0103 0 000 NM 00%
--.H..-Hi 52wk-Low Fund Name N2 V/ YT :: Lasi 1 .1 ri *-i. 5 field ':.
1 _--_i 1 2129 Colina Money Markel Fund 1 290869"
2.6662 2.2268 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.6662 **
10.8590 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.8590*""*
11T12 21953 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2 331152"
i 'L- 1 0894 Colina Bond Fund 1 154701.."
i r EX. CLOSE Bit~7.f I TD'a 8.314% F20 26.09T
-' : LL SHARE INDE X 19 Dec u2 = 1 000 00 YIELD i.1 12 ..:.,.-..r d..r.a r. :i: 1ir. p .i:
524-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidellt)
52av-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and.fldellt)
Preolous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Tocly's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Ch ge Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dai 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
P/E- Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
AS AT JAN. 31. 2006/ ". AS AT JAN. 31. 2006
z -T E6 22 2006' "" S AT FEB 28 200A6 T.B S aT EB 28 20'
Ti RADE CALL: COLWN 242-502-701 i/ FIDELITY 242 67-76


public. Such a move would sig-
nal that the Bahamas cherishes


the integrity of its capital mar-
kets more than anything else.


RESTAURANT MANAGER

THE IDEAL CANDIDATES WILL POSSESS THE FOLLOWINGs
* At least two years restaurant and managerial experience
* Somie ackg .. .und knowledge in fast food service restaurant is a plus
SMotivated to aspire to a higher level of management"
* Computer skills includingExcel and Microsoft Word'plus
* Ability to communicate with customers, staff and management
* A secondary education degree with good writing skills
* Willingto work a fifty hour week
Compensation/Bonus is based upon experience, skill level &
performance ,
NO TELEPHONE INTERVIEWS ACCEPTED





COMMONWEALTH, OF THE BAHAMAS

New Providence

WE, THE CAREFREE LIMITED, a body
corporate established and existing pursuant to the
provisions of The Law of Property and Conveyancing
(Condominium) Act of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas for the purpose of managing and operating
"CAREFREE LIMITED" Condominium situated in
Western District in the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence, HEREBY GIVE NOTICE in
accordance with the provisions of Section 21 of The
Law Property and Conveyancing (Condominium) Act
aforesaid of the constitution of change upon Unit B24
and B25 in the said Carefree Apartments AND
HEREBY DECLARE THAT:-

(1) The Declaration of the Lease (Condominium)
relating thereto is recorded in the Registry of
Records in the said City of Nassau in Book 301
at pages 186 and 229;

(2) The name of the owner of the said Units
designated as Unit B24 and B25 Joyce
Mongeon.

(3) The balance of common expenses in respect of
which levies have already been made upon the
owner of the above units and the date or dates
upon which same were payable to us and also
interest charged and accrued thereon are shown
on the attached Statement of Account.

IN WITNESS
WHEREOF THE
CAREFREE
LIMITED has caused
its Common Seal to be
hereunto affixed this
16th day of February,
AD, 2006.








VICPRESIDENT


I


BUSINESS







MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


B BAHAMAS Supermar-
kets managing director. Ken
Burns. (left), and chief
financial officer Bryan
Knowles, check progress at
the company's newest store,
a 24.000-square foot facility
under construction on West
Bay Street in Cable Beach.
The food chain company.
which will lease the build-
ing, said it expects to move
in by late 2006.


Chain's Cable Beach store


may open ahead of schedule


BAHAMAS Supermarkets
has announced that its new
24,000 square-foot supermar-
ket at Cable Beach might open
in late 2006, ahead of the
scheduled early 2007 opening
date.
Contractors reported that
the supermarket, for which
ground was broken on July 1,
2005, was on schedule.
Developers
Larry Treco, of CGT Con-
tractors and Developers, said
the company was aiming for a
late August handover of the
building. Outfitting with refrig-
eration, shelving, lighting, sig-
nage and inventory will take
about three months, according
to Bryan Knowles, Bahamas
Supermarkets's chief financial
officer. Extra staff will be
hired.
"We outgrew our Cable
Beach store long ago and have
wanted to build its replace-
ment for what seems like 20
years," said Mr Knowles.
Previous plans were halted
earlier by neighbourhood, traf-


fic and zoning concerns, but
these evaporated as Cable
Beach became increasingly
commercial.
Madeira Plaza Ltd owns
both the new Cable Beach
store and the older one it will
replace. The older one will be
converted into additional retail
space.
When completed, in addi-
tion to standard grocery items,
the Cable Beach store will
have imported specialty items,
housewares, a large deli and
be Bahamas Supermarkets'
second largest store, outsized
only by the its flagship store
at the Harbour Bay Shopping
Centre, East Bay Street.
The remodelled Cable
Beach store will be the first to
use Bahamas Supermarkets'
new point-of-sale inventory
software, one of several sys-
tems it plans to implement this
year.
Bahamas Supermarkets is
aiming to upgrade all its stores,
having finished renovations at
its Lyford Cay branch. It is
remodelling its Winn-Dixie
branch in downtown Freeport.


All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.


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P.O. Box N-351, Nassau, Bahama;


Telephone: (242) 322-2142
Fax: (242) 322-6089


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Principal Dimensions
Length Overall: 61.0 feet
Breadth: 18.0 feet
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KINGSWAY ACADEMY
Positions For September 2006
Kingsway Academy invites qualified applicants for the following
positions for September, 2006
Elementary School:
Teacher for Grades 1- 6
High School Teachers:
Auto Mechanics and Woodwork
Biology
English Language and Literature
Food and Nutrition and Needlework
Information Technology and Economics
Music
Religious Studies and Bible/Christian Values
Track and Field Coach Part-time
SLibrarian/Media Specialist Knowledge of Computer
Studies a must
Successful applicants must:
Be a.practicing, committed born-again Christian
Have minimum qualifications of a Bachelor's Degree
in the appropriate subject areas or higher from a
recognized college or university
Have a valid teacher's certificate or diploma where
appropriate
Be willing to participate in extra curricular activities,
etc.
Applications must be made in writing together with full
curriculum vitae, a recent color photograph and names of at
least three references, one being that of your Church Pastor
to:
Ms Kelcine Hamilton
Academy Affairs Manager
P.O. Box N-4378
Nassau, Bahamas
For further information, please contact the Business Office
at telephone numbers 324-6269 or 324-6887.
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS
FRIDAY, MARCH 31, 2006:


CAREER OPPORTUNITY
General Manager

An excellent opportunity exists for a General Manager in a progressive
and dynamic aviation services company with emphasis on ground
handling.

Reporting to the Board of Directors, the successful applicant will be a
results-oriented individual keen to take responsibility for providing vision,
leadership and direction for a Company employing just over 200 people.
Key responsibilities include formulating and translating the strategic
and tactical business plans into operational realities; developing strategic
relationships within and without the industry; taking advantage of
significant growth opportunities; while developing and enhancing the
Company's reputation with Clients and Shareholders, as an enterprise
of high quality standards and service.

Required Qualifications & Experience
The candidate should be an experienced manager with sound experience
in the aviation/airline/airline service industry, a thorough understanding
of international and regional aviation challenges, and an in-depth
knowledge of IATA councils and regulations.

* A University degree in Business, MIanagement or its equivalent with
5-7 years' experience at a senior management level OR a sound
secondary education backed by 10 years' experience at a senior
management level.

Excellent leadership, negotiation, oral and written communication
skills

Demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective and
productive relationships with clients and staff

Strategic and systems thinking including the ability to translate
the big picture to details to propel the company's future growth
and success

Strong quantitative skills, analytical, and problem-solving ability

We offer an excellent compensation and benefits package and the
unique opportunity to join a leading Bahamian aviation services enterprise.
Contact Information
If you believe that you meet the above profile, please submit a detailed
application including a covering letter and C.V. outlining your
professional background and achievements to:

DA#9295
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

The closing date for applications is March 23, 2006.


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GN-332


SUPREME COURT


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2005/PRO/NPR/00514

Whereas ROLAND McHARDY, of Deadman's Cay, Long
Island, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration for the real and
personal estate of LAGLORIA LOUISE McHARDY late of
Deadman's Cay, Long Island, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

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

Katie Mackey -
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
RO. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas
Mar. 16. 2006


NO.2006/PRO/NPR/00083'

In the estate of WILFRED ARTHUR GRIFFIN, late of Spring
Grove, Fetcham Surrey KT 22 6NH, England iin the United
Kingdom,


deceased.


NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of Western District of the island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for the Resealing of a Grant of Probate in
the above; estate granted to DAVID NICHOLAS PINIK,
RAYMOND PHILIP SPOONER AND ROBERTDA0ID
PREECE, the Executors, by The'High Court of'JJsticd in
the District Probate Registry at Winchester on the 14th day
of December, A.D. 2004.

Signed
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY..
PRO. BOX N-167.
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas
Mar. 16, 2006


NO.2006/PRO/NPRI00084


In the estate of LILY PATTERSON, late of 6 old Barn Court,
64 Woodfield Lane, Ashtead Surrey in the United Kingdom,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
VERONICA DELORES GRANT of 19D Santa Maria Avenue
in the City of Freeport, on the island of Grand Bahama, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Attorney-at-Law, is the Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas
for the Resealing of a Grant of Probate in the above estate
granted to BRIAN ROBERT PATTERSON, the Executors,
by The High Court of Justice in the District Probate Registry
at Brighton in the United Kingdom on the 18th day of
February, A.D. 1997.

Signed
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar



COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00085

Whereas VINCENT JOHNSON, of New Providence, one
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration with Will annexed for the real
and personal estate of MARION GOLD JOHNSON late of
Martin Street off Blue Hill Road, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

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

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/60082

Whereas RUBY ROSANA ROBERT, of Bullock's Harbour,
The Berry Islands, one of the Islands of the Cormonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
.Court of The Bahama, fortetters of,Administration for the
Tehl and personal estate;ofROSITA DELLROE ROBERTS,
late of Bullock's Harbour, The 'BerTy Islands, one of the
S'Islands of the Commdiwealth of.The Bahamas, deceased.

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

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
RO. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas
Mar. 16, 2006

NO.2006/PRO/NPR/00099

In the estate of MAUREEN CATHERINE BLADON (formerly
known as CATHERINE MAUREEN BLADON), late of
Charleslea, 57 Churchfield Drive, Ansford, Castle Cary,
Somerset, England, United Kingdom,
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
EARL A. CASH of Marlin Drive in the Western District on
the Islands of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas for the Resealing of
a Grant of Representation in the above estate granted to
MICHAEL JOHN BLADDON and ERIC LESLIE SKINNER,
two of the Executors, by The District Probate Registry at
Ipswich on the 31st day of December, A.D. 2004.

Signed
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas
Mar. 16, 2006

NO.2006/PRO/NPR/00101

In the estate of MARLENE STASSEN, late of 135 Seaman
Road, Jericho, New YdoKHk 'SAK 1
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of fourteen
days from the date hereof, application will be made to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate Side by
:JAMES LENNOX MOXEY of the Western District on the,
Islands of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, Attorney-at-Law, is the
Authorized Attorney in The B'Sfama fo fthlieReseaihg;of
a Grant of Probate in the above estate granted 'to'
KIMBERELY BARNES, the Executrix, by The Surrogate's
Court of the County'of Nadsau in the state of New York on
the 26th day of Mar4h, A.D. 2005.


Sined ..
D. Robinson
3 RPl94a ^Si^^ ^~sri 6,j eoao


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
R ... THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00103

Whereas CLARA MONCUR, of.St. Lucia Road, Southern
District, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made application to
the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration for the real and personal estate of ANTHONY
MONCUR late of St. Lucia Road, Southern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
thereof.
i .
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00104

Whereas KARRAN STURRUP, of Curacao Street, Golden
Gates Estates, Western Distrct, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has
made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration for the real and personal estate
of DEVAUGHN ROLLE late of Curacao Street, Golden
Gates Estates, Western District, New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased.

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

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS:
S THE SUPREME COURT;
PROBATE DIVISION!
Mar 16, 20064

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00105

Whereas NORA LOUISE DORSETT, of South Beach,!
Southern District, BERNARD "PORKY" DORSETT of
Western Villas, Western District, and ARNOLD DORSETT'
of Cowpen Road, Western District, all of New Providence,;;
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,:
.has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas
;fortetters of Administration De Bonis Non of the real an,
personal estate of ALBERT EDWARD DORSETT late
Rum Cay, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of Th
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be hear,
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the dat
thereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMA
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 200

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00106

Whereas NORA LOUISE DORSETT, of South Beacl
Southern District, BERNARD "PORKY" DORSETT
Western Villas, Western District, and ARNOLD DORSET
of Cowpen Road, Western District, all of New Providencr
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahama
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahama
for Letters of Administration De Bonis Non of the real anp
personal estate of EDITH ANN DORSETT late of Rum Ca
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahama,
deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will be hea
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the da
thereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAM/A
THE SUPREME COUF.
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 20,

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00107

Whereas NORA LOUISE DORSETT, of South Beach,
Southern District, BERNARD "PORKY" DORSETT f
Western Villas, Western District, and ARNOLD DORSE1
Sof Cowpen Road, Western District, all of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The BahamAs,
Shas made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration De Bonis Non of the real ari
personal estate of EMILY VICTORIA DORSETT late of the
Southern District on the Island of New Providence, TTe
Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications Will be head
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the date
thereof. 43
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar .


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 20 6

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00108

Whereas NORA LOUISE DORSETT, of South Bealh,
Southern District, BERNARD "PORKY" DORSETT f
Western Villas, Western District, and ARNOLD DORSEtr
of Cowpen Road, Western District, all of New Providen e,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration De Bonis Non of the real aid
personal estate of NELLIE DORSETT late of Rum Cay, obe
of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
deceased. i

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

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAM S
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 20 6

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00109

Whereas NORA LOUISE DORSETT, of South Bea h,
Southern District, BERNARD "PORKY" DORSETT of
Western Villas, Western District, and ARNOLD DORSET
of Cowpen Road, Western District, all of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,


has made application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration De Bonis Non of the real and
personal estate of CAROLINE DORSETT late of Rum Cay,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamis,
deceased.

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

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00110
Whereas NORA LOUISE DORSETT, of South Beach,
Southern District, BERNARD "PORKY" DORSETT of
Western Villas, Western District, and ARNOLD DORSETT
Sof Cowpen Road, Western District, all of New Providence,
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of.The Bahamras,
Shas made application to the Supreme Court of The
iBahamas, for Letters of Administration De Bonis Non of
the real and personal estate of WILLIAM EDWARD
DORSETT late of the Southern District, New Providence,
Sone of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
Deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
P.O. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas
Mar. 16, 2006

SNO.2006/PRO/NPR/001-11
In the estate of DOROTHY BARBARA DATTNER, late of
:' 24-'otebatch Bishops Castleijn the County of Shropshire
''in England,
deceased.

SNOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of.
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate
Side by HARRY BRACTON SANDS of Skyline Drive,
SWestern District, of the Islands of New Providence, one of
the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for the Resealed
Grant of Probate in the above estate granted to ROSITA
JANE HAMAR and CAROLYN ANN DAVIES, the
Executors, by the District Probate Registry of The High
..Court of Justice at Liverpool in the County of Lancashire
in England, on the 27th day of July, 2004.


Signed
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE REGISTRY
PO. BOX N-167
Ph: (242) 322-4348
Nassau, The Bahamas,
S- .Mar. -6;,2006


NO.2006/PRO/NPR/00112
In the estate of RICHARD M. GRIMALDI, late of 8517
S.W. 16th Street in the City of Davie in Broward County in
the State of Florida, U.S.A., :
deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will be,
made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on its Probate
Side by ARTHUR SELIGMAN of The Western District, of
the Islanti of New Providence, one of the Islands of the,
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas for the Resealed Grant of Letters of
Administration in the above estate granted to STELLA
HORTON, the Personal Representative, by Circuit Court
for Broward County in the State of Florida, U.S.A., on the
2nd day of November, 2004.
Signed
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT.
PROBATE DIVISION.
Mar 16,2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/000113
Whereas PORTIA V. SMITH, of Carmichael Pines, Bellot
Road, New' Providence, The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for
Letters of Administration of the real and personal estate
of TERELL LAYFAYETTE MINARD SMITH late of
Carmichael Pines, Bellot Road, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION.
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/000114
Whereas JANICE WALLACE, of Colony Village, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
for the real and personal estate of PETER WALLACE
(a.k.a.) PETER ALEXANDER WALLACE, late of Colony
Village, New Providence, The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that suchapplications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


'I -Il.


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16,2006


No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00119
Whereas ANGELA FOWLER-BROWN, of No. 96 Water
Street, Big Pond Siubdivision on the Island of jNew
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court
of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration for the real
and personalestate of MILTON ALEXANDER FOWLER
late of No. 96 Water Street, Big.Pond Subdivision on the
Island of New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16,2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/00122
Whereas JEREMIAH GRAY, of Sunset Park on the Island
of New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration for
the real and personal estate of DENSIL GRAY late of
Sunset Park on the Island of New Providence, one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
K. Mackey
(for) Registrar

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME.COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
SMar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/000126
Whereas CHRISTEN DAVIS, of McCleans Town, Grand
Bahama, The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of
Administration of the real and personal estate of BERSOL
DAVIS late of McCleans Town, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 21 days from the
date hereof.
;;.f.^:.: ... ..... .. RAu... itji~ii s. ^ mtas ar^ ;. I r
D,~(:Roqb pn -or t c,;i^." -r 'o .-
(for)Registrar"'


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
S' Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/W00127 i': ,,
Whereas PEARL TURNQUES j of Cowpen Road, New
Providence, The Bahamas, hasmade application to the.'
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, fr letters of administration
of the real and personal estate of GIA TURNQUEST late:
of Petty Coat Lane, New Providence, The Bahamas,
deceased. '
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said-Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar.

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/000128
Whereas MICHA CORVETTE LUNDY-HEPBURN, of No.
15 West Avenue, Millers Heights, New Providence, The
Bahamas, has made application to the Supreme Court of
The Bahamas, for letters of administration of the real and
personal estate of KEMUEL LEVI HEPBURN II late of No.
15 West Avenue, Millers Heights, New Providence, The
Bahamas, deceased.
Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
THE SUPREME COURT
PROBATE DIVISION
Mar 16, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/NPR/000129
Whereas SANDY PRATT, of Malcolm Road, New
Providence, The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of administration
of the real and personal estate of BEATRICE PRATT late
of Malcolm Road, New Providence, The Bahamas,
deceased.


Notice is hereby given that such applications will be heard
by the said Court at the expiration of 14 days from the
date thereof.
D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


I March 13, 14, 15


FROM page'B

The Nassau Water Ferries
project, for which an applica-
tion has been made for govern-
ment approval, will cover 16
acres at Colonial Beach and
Lighthouse Point on the west-
ern end of Paradise Island, just
across the cruise ship dock.
The project spokesman said
that being located just five min-
utes by. ferry from the Nassau
Cruise Port meant that cruise
ship passengers would not only
be: able to visit its attractions,
but also patronise retailers and
restaurants in downtown Nas-'
sau during their stay.
Cruise ships traditionally
operate to a very rigid sched-
ule, leaving and arriving in port
at a certain time. which meant
their passengers had only a lim-
ited amount of time in which to
explore Nassau.
The most recent survey on
cruise ship passenger satisfac-
tion with their visit to Nassau
highlighted that many wanted
a beach closer to the cruise ship
port, as this would enable them
to both spend time and shop
during their visits.'
Often, cruise ship passengers
spent 30-40 minutes each %ray.
travelling to beaches and the
r pXporTies ; of excursion
.providers, such as Blue LagoQn.
Island. The closure of:the com-.
pany that operated that desti-'
nation, Jacharic Holdings. has
created a further opening in the
market for the Colonial Beach
project.
The Nassau Water Feriiei
spokesman said the company'
planned to operate a schedule
where its two ferries one a 70-
seater, the other a 200-seater-
left from the cruise ship port
and island every 15 minutes.
'Describing the Colonial
SBeach location as "having a lot
of advantages" and "great
potential", the spokesman
'added that its proximity to the
cruise ship port would enable'
visitors to "maximise time" and
enjoy both the beach and down-
town shopping.
"It allows you to move. back
and forth rather fluidly, and
because of that, you don't lose'
any of the downtown retail
opportunities.
"It has the potential to meet a
lot of the needs of the industry
because it's a new investment,"
the Nassau Water Ferries
spokesman said. "Phase I, based
on our estimate, will: cost
between $3-$4 million....... It
enhances the tourist product


offering in the Nassau area. This
is a significant opportunity."
The first phase of the devel-
opment envisions a 3,500 foot
square office building; 7,500
square foot Cabana and Gift
Shop; 350 square foot outdoor
grill and bar; 3,200 square foot
pool with large deck; 20,000
square foot stingray lagoon on
the harbourside; lush botanical
gardens; iguana park; 1,500
square foot storage building;
and 500 square foot dive shop.
Nassau Water Ferries is also
planning to renovate three his-
torical buildings at the site,
along with the Old Lighthouse.
SThe company spokesman said
it planned to offer walking tours
of the Old Lighthouse, which is
100 years-old, something likely
to tie in well with the Ministry
of Tourism's renewed focus on
heritage tourism.
"The lighthouse has a lot of
historical significance to the
Bahamas," the Nassau Water
Ferries spokesman said. "We
wanted to build our project off
alot of the history that the light-
house brings."
The company eventually
Plans a second phase at Colo-
nial Beach, which could include
a 15-slip marina for small and
medium-sized boats. That phase
will cost "several more mil-
hons", but the spokesman said it
wwas too early to place a figure
on this.
He added: "The project is ful-
ly funded locally, and the
nM estor group is a mixture of
institutions and private share-
holders."
Apart from appealing to
cruise ship passengers, the Colo-
nial Beach development also
aims to appeal to land-based
tourists and residents. Dowif-
town workers will be able to
catch a ferry to Paradise Island,
take lunch at the restaurant
there, and then get a ride back
via ferry, all within an hour.
"It adds a new dimension to
Sthe restaurant options in the
Nassau port area," the
spokesman said.
He added that the project
would also help the Bahamas'
goal of converting more cruise
passengers to land-based
tourists by giving the former
category a favourable first
impression of this nation.
"It's a major project when
you consider where it's coming
from and the Government push
to include young Bahamians in
the tourism industry in a major
way. It sends a strong message,"
the spokesman said.


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Entrepreneurs seek to exploit the




development of Mayaguana island


them that the land they asked
for is not included in this devel-


LEGAL NOTICE

International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)

EVELINE INVESTMENTS LIMITED
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 1,37 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
EVELINE INVESTMENTS LIMITED, is in Dissolution.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 21st day of
December, 2005.



Continental Liquidators Inc.
No. 2 Commercial Centre Square,
Aloifi, Niue Islands
Liquidator





NOTICE OF SALE


The High Vista Management (hereafter "the Company")
invites offers for the purchase of ALL THAT Unit Number
6 of The High Vista Condominiums Complex situate on
Eastern Road in the Eastern District of the Island of New
Providence being a two bedroom/one bath condominium
unit together with ALL THAT 1/24th share in the common
property of the Condominium Complex.

The Company makes no representations or warranties with
respect to the state of repair of the building situate thereon.

The Company will sell under Power of Sale contained in.
a Declaration of Condominium of High 'ista Condominium
complex dated the 26th day of October, A.D., 1978 and
recorded in Volume 3009 at pages 457 to 483.

TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at the
time of contract and the balance upon completion within
Thirty (30) days of contract.

This sale is subject to reserve price. The Company reserves
the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers addressed to
the Attqrney-S. Smith, P.O. Box N-272, Nassau, Bahamas
to be received no later than the close of business on the
18th day of March, A.D., 2006.





THE BAHAMAS
ASSOCIATION OF LAND
SURVEYORS
(The Land Surveyors Act 1975)


NOTICE
is hereby given that membership and license fees
for 2006 are now due.
Surveyor Name: Registration No. / Sector
Stafford Coakley 009 P
Godfrey Humes 010 G
Alvin Young 013 P
Andrell Laville 014 P
Arthur Campbell 019 P
George Edwards 020 P
Stanley Low 023 P
Joseph Norris 026 P
Denison Theophilus 032 P
Ralph Brennen 034 G
St. George Riviere 035 P
Donald Thompson 037 P
Robert Garraway 038 P
Daniel Wilkinson 040 G
Hubert Williams 041 P
Reginald Patterson 042 P
Samuel Spence 043 P
Carver Grant 044 P
Maurice Woon 045 P
Roland John 050 P
Benjamin Ferguson 051 G
Thomas Ferguson 052 G
Stephen Saunders 053 P
Emile Ledee 054 P
Ian Young 055 P '
Dave Taylor 056 P
An ordinary general meeting will be held on Thursday,
March 23, 2006 at the Lands & Surveys Compound at
6pm to discuss association affairs and business.
Contact: lan Young, President (242) 364-3842 or Dave
Taylor, Secretary (242) 422-1919


opment.
"There is to be no conflict-
ing applications for land, so that
this development can truly be
seen for what it is."
The Prime Minister stressed
that the development was one
that will not work without the
support and effort of Mayagua-
na residents, who he said should
embrace the project for the sake
of securing the future of gener-
ations to come.
The he Mayaguana Devel-
opment Company a 50/50 joint
venture between the Hotel Cor-
poration of the Bahamas and
the Boston-based I Group will
ultimately obtain 9,999 acres of
Crown Land on Mayaguana.
After investing some $300,000
since 2004 as a show of good
faith, with only an agreement
in principle, the I-Group's pres-
ident, Stephen Roy, has initiat-
ed road clearing, a rock crush-
ing plant, and a mining facility,
as preparatory work for his
development.
With the signing of the Heads
of Agreement last Tuesday,
Mayaguana Island Developers -.
the company, that is 100 per
cent owned by the I-Group, and
which will manage the project
for its owner and the Hotel Cor-
poration, has been given the
first traunche of land.- 5,825
acres.
The Bahamas Development


Bank sent representatives to the
island last week to work with
Bahamians on developing their
business ideas, with the inten-
tion of giving loans to local busi-
nessmen.
One such businessman,
Stephen Rose, who operates
out of neighboring Acklins
Island, said he and other entre-
preneurs were looking forward
to the development because
they wanted to see many
islanders who had migrated to
Nassau return home.
Mr Rose, who serves as a
local councillor for South Ack-
lins, owns a grocery store, a
public transportation jitney, and
is a fisherman.
"I see this as a major gate-
way for the development of
MICAL" he said. I expect to
see spin-offs, because there is
much talk in Acklins about the
possibility of many people relo-
cating to come to Mayaguana
to work. It's a quick charter ride
home to Acklins on the week-
end, and it will serve this part of
the Bahamas well."
Mr Rose said that at pre-
sent, business profits wee "up
and down", and for the future
under the I Group's wing, they
would have to gauge the expan-
sion capability of their busi-
nesses based on the increase in
population and the increase in
wages.


NOTICE OF SALE


The Town Court Management Company (hereafter "the
company") invites offers for the purchase ALL THAT Unit
Number C-53 of The Town Court Condominiums situated
on Nassau Street in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence being a one bedroom/one bath apartment
unit together with ALL THAT 1.35% share in the common.
property of the Condominiums.

The Company makes no representations or warranties with
respect to the state of repair of the building situate thereon.

The Company will sell under Power of Sale contained in
a Declaration of Condominium of Town Court
Condominiums dated 8th October 1979 which is recorded
in Book 3189 at pages 366 to 405.

TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at the
time of contract and the balance upon completion within
Thirty (30) days of contract

This sale is subject to reserve price. The Company reserves
the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers addressed to:
the Attorney S. Smith, P.O. Box N-272, Nassau, Bahamas
to be'received no later than the close of business on the
18th day of March, A.D., 2006.




COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
2005/FAM/div/No. FP/31
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Family Division
BETWEEN

FREDERICK EDWARD WOOD JR.
Petitioner

AND

SHARLANE WOOD (NEE WILSON)
Respondent


NOTICE

TO: SHARLANE WOOD (NEE WILSON)
Nassau, Bahamas

TAKE NOTICE that a Petition has been filed in the Registry of
The Supreme Court by Messrs. McKinney Bancroft & Hughes
Counsel and Attorneys for the Petitioner herein AND FURTHER
TAKE NOTICE that the Court by order dated the 1st March,
A.D. 2006 have granted leave to advertise the said Petition. You
should within Fourteen (14) days from the date of this notice
enter an appearance at The Registry of the Supreme Courte situate
at the Garnet Levarity Justice Centre, Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Should you fail to enter an appearance, the Court shall make such
order as it deems fit.

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
Chambers
Chancery House
The Mall
Freeport, Grand Bahama
Attorneys for the Petitioner


FROM page 1B


One Mayaguanian has
reportedly applied to the
Bahamas Development Bank
for help with starting a regional
airline for the southeastern
Bahamas, beginning with one
plane. If successful, the venture
would mark the first of its kind
for MICAL.
Edith Collie, mother of for-
mer deputy leader of the Free
National Movement (FNM),
Sidney Collie, said she was hop-
ing to see her straw work bou-
tique thrive under the new
development.
' She added that she and her
husband, retired policeman
Stanley Collie, were "looking
forward to see what the eco-
nomic future is going to be".
Reggie Charlton, owner of
Reggie's Guest House and
Lounge, and Lorraine's Vari-
ety Store, said he has mixed
feelings about the development.
He told Tribune Business that
he had expected the develop-
ers to use local sources in more
meaningful ways. He imports
fresh vegetables, and was hop-
ing to be able to work out a deal
with the investors to supply
them. However, Mr Charlton
said the developers are bring-
ing in their own produce.
Mr Charlton was born in
Mayaguana, left at the age of
17, and returned in 1978 to take
over his father's cattle farm
after his death. He has since
opened the first restaurant on
the island.
Mr Charlton said big sacri-
fices had to be made for him to
stay at home and boost
Mayaguana's economy, and is
calling on the developers to do
more to work with Bahamian
businessmen.
Fishermen on the island also
have mixed thoughts about the
development. Of four fisher-
men interviewed by Tribune
Business, two said they have
reaped great rewards by work-
ing with-the Mayaguana Devel-
opment Company, while two
said that "not one conch" has
been purchased from them.
Thirty-one year-old Robert
Black said he had made signifi-
cant gains from the investment,
working on the project's fish-
ing boat as well as assisting in
the construction of a 30-foot
communications tower at North
Beach.
"They (the developers) were
going to bring in foreigners to
construct the tower. But our
local administrator (Samuel


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NOTICE OF SALE


The Town Court Management Company (hereafter "the
company") invites offers for the purchase ALL THAT Unit
Number B-26 of The Town Court Condominiums situated
on Nassau Street in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence being a two bedroom/one bath apartment
unit together with ALL THAT 1.60% share in the common"
property of the Condominiums.

The Company makes no representations or warranties with
respect to the state of repair of the building situate thereon.

The Company will sell under Power of Sale contained in.
a Declaration of Condominium of Town Court
Condominiums dated 8th October 1979 which is recorded
in Book 3189 at pages 366 to 405.

TERMS: Ten percent (10%) of the purchase price at the
time of contract and the balance upon completion within
Sixty (60) days of contract.

This sale is subject to reserve price. The Company reserves
the right to reject any and all offers.

Interested persons may submit written offers addressed to
the Attorney SSS, P.O. Box N-272, Nassau, Bahamas to be;:
received no later than the close of business on the 18th day
of March, A.D., 2006.


Miller) told them no, we have
someone right on the island
who has experience with that,"
said Mr Black. "And they were
pleased with my work."
Other fishermen, including
Lloyd Strachan, Biggie
Cartwright and Jermaine Bur-
rows, said they looked forward
to seeing the price of their fish,
conch, lobster and other
seafood rise after the project
brings visitors to Mayaguana
from around the world.
At present, a conch, which
sells for $1 in Mayaguana, can
fetch about $5 in Nassau, they
explained, adding that for every
cooler they send by mailboat;
they must pay a $20 fee.
Another problem the fisher-
men say they face is that they
may lose their seafood either
on its way to Nassau or when ii
arrives if they are not there tcq
personally make sure it reaches
the buyer.
"A cooler of fish which costs
about $300 here can sell for uip
to $1,500 in Nassau," said Mr
Catrwright.
The sleepy island was awake
with excitement on Thursday,
after the Prime Minister and hii
entourage of officials assured
them that very soon, the devel-
opments now on stream for
Mayaguana would reap eco-
nomic benefits for them.
The developers will initially
develop a 25-unit luxury bou-
tique resort at North Beach,
with a marina to accommodate
up to 45 boats and a slip.marina
at Pirate's Well, capable oi
accommodating 100-foot yachts
The resort will feature ttwo
restaurants, spa, fitness centre,
recreation room, private the-
atre, pool library, gift shop, ten-
nis courts, and numerous other
sporting and island activities.-.
The island has absolutely
stunning views, with small hills
giving bird's eye views to
breathtaking coves, with lengthy
beaches spread across the north
coast. a
Aside from the mosquitoes,
islanders say Mayaguana has no
centipedes, rats or snakes.
The press tour revealed that
most people living on Mayagua-
na are either the elderly or chil-
dren, and the men of the com-
munity spend most of their time
fishing.
However, the development,
which has already begun, has
encouraged many descendants
to consider returning home, the
islanders say.


PAGE 8B, MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006


THE TRIBUNE.














Tourism fears costs will drive




visitors to all-inclusives, cruises


FROM page 1B


enced once here were not.
As a result, the Ministry fears
this might drive more tourists
towards all-inclusives, where
tourist spending is pre-deter-
mined, and there is less inclina-
tion to leave the property. As a
result, the benefits from tourism
are not felt as much outside
resorts,.and there is less 'trickle
down' into the economy.
The Ministry's concern about
the increased competition posed
to Bahamian hotels and land-
based tourism is evident. "The


FROM page 1B

get that these three areas accounted for altered
slightly over the next decade, remaining at about
61 per cent between 1994-1999. However, it fell
during 2001' to 2003, standing at 57.84 per cent in
2004. !,
Meanwhile,' over the same 1994 to 2004 period,
the spending by an "average" family on Grand
Bahama increased by 13.31 per cent per year,
rising from $29,560 to $33,494. Spending per
month rose from $2,463 to $2,791.
Whilehousing, transport and communications,
and groceries again accounted for most of the
household budget, the survey recorded that in
1994 they accounted for 64.88 per cent, more
than irr-New:Providence. In 2004, these three
spending groups accounted for on average 63.05
per centof the household budget.
Analysing the 2004 purchasing power of the
Bahamian dollar, using 1995 as the base year,
the Department.of Statistics survey found that on
New Providence, only.86.per cent of the goods
and services bought with $1 in 1995 could have
'been bought with that same $1 in December 2004.


recent expansion in the region-
al cruise inventory is leading the
cruise lines to intensify their
efforts to 'steal' land based
vacation business to the detri-
ment of the islands of the
Bahamas," the business plan
said.
"Their heavy discounting of
packages makes cruise values
better than ever. As long as the
cost gaps and service gaps
remain as wide as they are
between cruise and land-based
vacations, stopover traffic will
convert to cruise traffic and neg-
atively affect our GDP."
Apart from the high cost of
doing business in the Bahamas,


other weaknesses identified by
the Ministry were that "service
quality is still weak and training
in the fundamentals of service,
together with better supervi-
sion, are needed to improve
existing service quality. This
matter is urgent".
It added: "The history, art,
music and culture of the
Bahamas have not been incor-
porated in our products and ser-
vices, which leave our destina-
tions with weak personalities
and poor emotional bonds with
our visitors.............
"Contracted labour and utili-
ty costs, in particular, continue
to be amongst the highest in the


This exposes the slow, but steady, rise in infla-
tioh experienced by the Bahamas over that
decade. Although not a major problem, inflation
causes problems chiefly for those on fixed
incomes, such as the poor and unemployed, and
old people such as pensioners.
In Grand Bahama, though, only 90 per cent
of the goods and services bought with $1 in 1995
could have been bought by the same $1 in
December 2004.
The survey said: "For New Providence, it is
estimated that in December 1974, $1 could have
purchased about 3.03 times more goods and ser-
vices than in December 2004, while in Grand
Bahama $1 could have purchased 3.08 times more
goods and services for the same period."
The survey detailed that a large loaf of white
bread had increased in price by 368 per cent over
34 years, having risen from $0.38 to $1.78. The
average price per pound of conch, meanwhile,
had jumped 391 per cent between 1970 and 2004.
And on gasoline, the survey said the average
price of a 'premium' gallon had increased by 449
per cent since 1970.
In 1970, the average price per gallon was $0.59,
but in 2004 this reached $3.24.


region and productivity in many
areas may be below the aver-
age for the region. This places a
squeeze on profitability and
leads to a negative impression
of the Bahamas as a place to
invest."
The Ministry's business plan
said "higher than normal lev-
els" of spending on marketing
would be needed to turn Grand
Bahama around, and a small
group inside the ministry was


"doing most of heavy lifting"
because the level of homegrown
talent was "inadequate".
It added that too much of the
Ministry of Tourism's budget
was consumed by overheads
and fixed contracts with large
investors.
However, several of the goals
in the Ministry's business plan
have been met, namely the
achievement of $1.85 billion in
visitor spending and 1.5 million


stopover visitors.
It has also set itself the target
of achieving a level of 92 per
cent visitor recommendations
of the Bahamas as a place
where tourists urge their friends
and family to visit.
The Ministry has targeted
employment for 65,00 Bahami-
ans in the industry, plus a $6
million increase in import sub-
stitution and a $4 million rise
in small hotel revenues.


Household spending


up 18% in decade


REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL TO CONDUCT

EXTERNAL AUDIT


The Education Loan Authority is seeking to contract an accounting firm to conduct
its annual audit for the fiscal years 2006-2008.


The Education Loan Authority is a quasi government corporation established
under the Education Loan Authority Act, 2002, charged with the responsibility
of raising money for the Education Loan Guarantee Scheme established under
the Educational Guarantee Fund Act, 2001. The Education Loan Authority is also
designated as an approved lender and is responsible for the issuance, monitoring
and collection of student loans.


For additional information please contact the
Chief Administrative Officer at 323-6322/25/37.

Deadline for application is March 31st 2006







IndiGO
N E T W O R K S

Indigo Networks is a developing telecommunications company based in Nassau, Bahamas.
Beginning in 2004, Indigo introduced the Bahamas' first licensed telephony competition to the
islands of New Providence, Grand. Bahama, and Abaco. Indigo is currently in search of a highly-
qualified Manager of Network Services. Successful candidates will be highly energized, willing and
able to take the challenges of a fast-paced network rollout.

Manager Network Services

Job Description
Network Services is tasked with OA&M of a broad range of systems within the expanding Indigo
network. The manager is responsible for providing strong leadership for a group of IT personnel
with varying disciplines and a range of technical experience. The principle objective of the
Network Services team is to provide highest system availability and reliability for all
telecommunications and Internet related commercial services and products.
The manager's secondary responsibilities will include budget preparation, project planning and
implementation, vendor management, carrier liaison, and implementation of technical projects
needed to meet business objectives.

Qualifications
Determined and independent, with 5 years previous IT management experience maintaining
a service provider's network
Willing to work hands-on 7/24/365 to resolve network or system problems
University degree. CCNP/CCSP/CCIE,MCP/MCSE, CCSE designation a plus
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Excellent troubleshooting and analytical skills
History of successful vendor management
Preferred to have already acted in a capacity as carrier liaison
Demonstrable experience with Cisco routers, switches (LAN and WAN)
Knowledge of the fundamentals of 2nd generation NLOS MMDS wireless systems and
wireless backhaul
Solid understanding of telecommunications circuits from DSO through DS3
Flexibility to manage multiple cell sites and Operations Centers distributed across three
islands
Familiarity with MINDCTI billing system and associated AAA and DB
Hands-on security expertise firewalls, VPNs, IDS
Extensive knowledge of IP telephony (VolP/VoN), Cisco BTS10200 softswitch, PSTN
gateways, SS7, QoS, SIP,H.323,MGCP
Expertise with typical ISP applications (DNS, radius, Rwhois, mail, network
management/SNMP, packet analyzers, etc)
Hands-on Unix (Sun and Liux) and NT Admin
Experience with softswitch administration a necessity

Salary
Salary is commensurate with qualifications.

Apply to:
P.O. Box N-3920
Nassau, Bahamas


citigroup

Citigroup, a leading financial institution with a presence in over 100 countries
and over 100 million customers worldwide, is seeking candidates for the
following positions:

Legal Vehicles Coordinator

Reporting to the Legal Vehicle Manager, the selected candidate will be,
responsible for all coordination and administration tasks, ensuring that the
unit implements, manages and ensures corporate governance practices that
meet the highest ethics and principals, in conformity with all legal requirements.
Ke* responsibilities include managing all unit level reporting requirements,
database maintenance, managing all related documentation and handling
all Other related administrative requirements.

Requirements include excellent administration, interpersonal and
communications skills as well as strong time management and organizational
skills. A degree in business administration, finance or a related field with a
minimum of four years of related experience is needed. Additionally, excellent
knowledge of the local regulatory environment is required.

Offshore Operations Coordinator

Thts position is responsible for coordinating and controlling the use of
Citigroup's offshore legal vehicles locally by our Latin American region and
it reports to the Latjn American Offshore Operations Head. Primary
responsibilities include the review and assessment of all legal vehicles
activity for suitability and alignment with the general purpose of the vehicle,
ensuring the activity meets all local regulatory and internal requirements,
assessing the requirements to process and report the activity and managing
all local documentation requirements.

The position requires the following skills/knowledge: comprehensive banking
experience including exposure to finance, risk, credit, operations and tax;
strong accounting and financial analysis skills, excellent judgement/decision
making skills and strong knowledge of the local regulatory environment.
Additional requirements include a masters-level degree in business
administration or finance and a minimum of seven years related experience.
A CFA/CPA designation, legal background and Spanish language skills are
assets for the position, but not required.

Interested candidates should fax OR forward a copy of their resume to
Human Resources, P.O. Box N-1576, Nassau, The Bahamas; fax: 242-302-
8732. The deadline to submit resumes is March 31, 2006.


MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006, PAGE 9B


THE TRIBUNE








TRIBUNE SPORTS


PAGE 10B, MONDAY, MARCH 13, 2006


Major and Mackey


pass


* BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE report cards for Meacher
'Pain' Major and Jermaine 'Choo-
Choo' Mackey could have read A+
and A- respectively at their "Big
Test" on Friday night at the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort & Crystal
Palace Hotel.
Major didn't give Puerto Rican
Celestino Rodriquez an opportu-
nity to reveal his skills and Mackey
picked the right time to close the
book on Eduardo Carrion, the oth-
er visiting Puerto Rican, on the First
Class Promotion's 2006 professional
debut show.
Before Rodriquez could show
the large crowd of enthusiastic fans
that he was a worthy opponent,
Major unleashed a flurry of punch-
es that forced the referee to stop
the main event bout, scheduled for
10 rounds, one minute and 35 sec-
onds into the first round.
Major, the newly crowned
Bahamas' lightweight champion,
said afterwards: "I just went there
with a game plan. I say once I got
him hurt, I will follow up on what I
started."
After he went right to the body
and forced Rodriquez to react to
the pain inflicted, Major said he
decided to work his way up to the
head and he knew it was only going
to be a matter of time before the
fight was stopped.
Immediately after the first was
stopped, Rodriquez' cornerman
jumped into the ring and hit him
across his head in disgust. But it
didn't matter how he showed his
frustration it was obvious to all
that Major was a little too much
for Rodriquez to handle.

Fans
While the fans were anticipating
much more, Major thanked them
for their support and he also
acknowledged his sponsors, Quick
Welding, Prickle Patch and Big
Ten, along with his family and
friends.
"This just gave me the inspiration
to go out there and train harder,"
said Major, who now looks forward
to May 19 when he's expected to
fight for the World Boxing Associ-
ation's FEDE-CARIBE title.
"Like my father always tells me,
'Climbing the ladder isn't always
easy' so I have to always stay ready,
stay in tip top shape and stay
focused."
Just as he was dazed and con-
fused in the ring, Rodriquez was
still trying to determine what went
wrong. He couldn't explain his per-
formance.
While Major went in and explod-
ed from the break, Mackey's draw-
back was the fact that he couldn't
put away Carrion anysooner than
he did.
Mackey, the Bahamian super
middleweight champion, said even
though he used his height advan-
tage to out-jab the Puerto Rican
and tried to put him out of his mis-
ery early, he had to be a little more
cautious and worked his way to the
stoppage 1:50 into the fifth of their
scheduled eight-rounder.
"He's a very smart boxer. You
could see he's been around to all of
the big games, Commonwealth and
all the Olympic trials, so he's a very
smart boxer," Mackey reflected.
"But I saw when his coach was
telling him to keep up his left hook
for the hook. So I just waited and
won every round."
Not only did Mackey win every
round, but he took advantage of
his height to use the left jab effec-
tively to control the fight. In fact, in
the fifth, it was a left hook to the
body that set up a right hook to
Cairion's head that signalled the
end.
In a delayed reaction after get-
ting hit, Carrion stumbled back-
wards and knelt on the canvas.
When he got the mandatory eight
count, he got up to his feet, but was
too weary to continue.


'The Big


Test'


XV .. .-. -. .. -l ._- ._ ., --
BAHAMAS lightweight champion Meacher Major 'Pain' stands over Puerto Rican Celestino Rodriquez, ready to deliver anoth-
er big blow in their First Class Promotion's main event bout. Major stopped Rodriquez in the first round.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


"I saw when I stunned him, but I
wasn't too sure so I didn't rush up
on him," said Mackey, who thanked
his sponsor Wallace Auto and the
fans for cheering him on as he also
prepared for his next showing on
May 19.
"My coach just told me to close
the gap in one by one. He told me
not to be too anxious. I was just
keeping my jab on him, inching it
up before I through the hook on
him."
While Mackey got an impressive
grade, Carrion was giv:n a B for
the gallant effort of just trying to
stay in the ring as long as he could
to entertain the fans.
There were two fights. on the
undercard.
In one of the two bouts, Elkena
'Ali' Saunders literally came out
like a time bomb and exploded on
Ricardo 'One Shot' Bethel in a flur-
ry of punches that pinned him on
the ropes. When he got off, Saun-
ders continued the onslaught before
the fight was over at 1:20 in the
round.
"The quick work was because he
ran his mouth to the press saying
that the last time I only won by one
point, so this time, I had to set an
example that if he wants me to give
him some respect, he has to have
some respect for me too," Saun-
ders charged.
"If you are going to run to the
press and say I only beat you by
one point and this time you will
knock me out, you have to back
that up because I'm coming.'"
Saunders then took a shot at wel-
terweight champion Jerome
'Bahamian Bronze Bomber' Ellis,
warning him that he's coming after
his title.
They probably won't be in con-


BAHAMAS' supermiddleweight champion Jermaine 'Choo Choo' Mackey (left) in action
against Puerto Rican Eduardo Carrion in their co-main event bout on Friday night. Mackey stopped
Carrion in the fifth round.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


tention for a title shot anytime soon,
but Anthony 'Syco' Woods and
Derick 'Castro' Sawyer kept the
fans entertained for almost four
rounds in the only other bout in
the projected six bout show.
While Woods was the aggressor


throughout the fight, Sawyer
counter-punched in spurts to stay
alive until he ran out of steam with
just 10 seconds left. He couldn't
take it anymore and stopped fight-
ing.
Woods said he knew that Sawyer


was coming to fight, but he was
determined to win no matter what
it took. "I ain't scared," he
said.
"I'n ready to do my best. I didn't
get him with the knockout, but I
tired him out with one shot."


Swim team heads off to Melbourne


* SWIMMING

THE Bahamas Swim Team departed
Friday for the XVIII Commonwealth
Games in Melbourne, Australia on Fri-
day.
The team of Alana Dillette, Jeremy
Knowles and Christopher Vythoulkas
will participate in the opening cere-
monies on Wednesday before their com-
petition runs from March 16-21.
Swimming has been held as a com-
petitive event at every Commonwealth
Games and over the years the swimming
programme has changed considerably at
the event, with new events added almost
every year.
All aquatic events will be held at the
Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre.
Recently, a new 50 metre outdoor pool
built specifically for the Commonwealth


games was road tested at the 2006 Aus-
tralian Swimming Trials. The permanent
10-lane pool, worth over $50 million,
was said to be very fast by many who
competed and boasts state-of-the-art
technology.

Selected

These athletes selected by the
Bahamas Olympic Association, met the
toughest qualifying time standards in the
region which are set by the Bahamas
Swimming Federation Technical Com-
mittee consisting of all BSF registered
coaches.
Alana Dillette is entered in seven
events including the 100 and 200
freestyle, 50, 100 and 200 backstroke, 50
fly and 200 IM. Recently she turned in


personal best performances in multiple
events at the FINA World Cup Swim
Meet held in New York and qualified
for the finals in, the 50 backstroke fin-
ishing fifth overall.
Alana is a freshman at Auburn Uni-
versity studying towards a Bachelor of
Science in Hotel and Tourism Manage-
ment.
She trains with David Marsh and
Dorsey Tierney at Auburn and locally
trains with Andy Knowles.
Jeremy Knowles is entered in four
events. 100 and 200 butterfly and the
200 and 400 individual medley.
Jeremy completed his collegiate swim-
ming career last year and is now living
and training in Auburn, Alabama.
This is the second Commonwealth
Games competition for Knowles and he
is looking to better his performances at


the last games which saw him in two
semi-finals in the 200 individual medley
and butterfly events.
Chris Vythoulkas, also returns to his
second Commonwealth Games and is
entered in his specialty events the 50
and I(lr. hiackstroke and also is entered in
the 50 aiid 100 butterfly.
Chnris presently lives and trains in Ft.
Lauderdale under the direction of coach
Duffy Dillon.
This year's team is being
accompanied by Head Coach Andy
Knowles and Nancy Knovles as Team
Manager.
Following the Commonwealth Games,
Knowles and. Vythoulkas will continue
on to Shanghai, China where they will be
met by Nikia Deveaux to compete at
the FINA World Short Course Champi-
onships f om April 5-9th.


SPORTSNBRIEF

* CROSS COUNTRY
WILLIAMS/NICHOLS
FINISH NEAR THE
BOTTOM

THE two-member team
competing at the North
American, Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean Ath-
letic Association's Cross
Country Championships.
in Orlando, Florida over.
the weekend didn't fare
too well.
Oneil Williams, running
in the senior men's eight-
kilometre race, placed:,.
34th over a field of 36 ,
competitors in a time of
31 minutes and 29.27 sec-
onds.
The race was won by'
Juan Louis Barrios of '
Mexico in 25:16.04. Ald-
jandro Suarez was secoiid'
in 25:16.32 and American
Max King ran 25:48.29 for
third.
Nichols, competing in,
the junior girls' 4Krace,
came in 26th out of a field
of 28 in a time of 17:32.63,.
Kate van Buskirk of
Canada won the race in
14:31.27 with Sheila Reid -
of Canada coming in sec:
ond in 14:38.72 and Kau,
ren Tarver of the United'
States, picked up third in,
14:40.57.


CHEERLEADING
GSSSA FINALLY
HOST EVENT

AFTER postponing the
event a couple of times,
the Government Sec-
ondary Schools Sports
Association finally hosted
its Cheerleading competi-
tion over the weekend at
the Kendal Isaacs Gymni-
sium.
In the Primary School
Division, Mt. Carmel took
first place over Centre-
ville.
In the Junior High Divi-
sion, CH Reeves Raptors
took first place with the.
SC McPherson Sharks set-
tling for second and the
HO Nash Lions coming in
third.
And in the senior divi-
sion, the CV Bethel
Stingrays came up with
the victory, leaving the,
Government High Magics
and the Mt. Carmel Cava-
liers tied for second.


SOCCER
GSSSA MEETING

ALL soccer coaches are
asked to attend an urgent
meeting today at the
R.M.B. school at 1:00pm.
Important matters to be
discussed.



Gulati elected,

to top US Soccer

Federation post

SOCCER
LAS VEGAS
Associated Press ',

SUNIL GULATI was'
unanimously elected
president of the U.S.
Soccer Federation on
Saturday and succeeds,'-
Bob Contiguglia, who is
retiring after two four-.'
year terms.
Gulati, a member of'.
Columbia University's
economics department;.
said he intends within "'
100 days to outline ini-
tiatives in international
relations, diversity and
event hosting.
He helped put togeth-
er the successful bid :
that brought the 1994 '"
World Cup to the Unit-
ed States, and was exec-
utive vice president and
chief international offi-.
cer of the U.S. organize e
ers for the tournament.


He was deputy commis-
sioner of Major League
Soccer from its launch
until 1999 and currently
is president of Kraft
Soccer Properties,
which operates the New
England Revolution of'
the MLS.
Mike Edwards of the-
U.S. Adult Soccer
Association replaces
Gulati as the USSF's
executive vice presi-
dent.


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* TRACK AND FIELD
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
TWO bronze medals in
national records were posted
alongside the names of quarter-
milers Chris 'Bay' Brown and
Christine Amertil at the IAAF
World Indoor Championships
in Moscow, Russia on Sunday.
Their performances placed
the Bahamas 25th overall in the
medal count, which is led by
Russia with 18, with the US sec-
ond with 13.
Brown lowered the men's
national indoor record of 46.03
seconds, which he set at the
Tyson Invitational at the Uni-
versity of Arkansas in Fayet-
teville, with a third place time of
45.78 for the bronze.
The gold came from
Grenada's Alleyne Francique in
a season's best of 45.54 and the
silver went to California Molefe
from Botswana in 45.75.
"I give it all to the Lord. I
have him to give all the thanks
and praise, along with my fami-
ly and my friends, who support-
ed me," Brown stated. "It feels
good to come out victorious and
finally get the dark horse or
dark shadow off my back.
"Every meet I go to, I've just
been bringing in the relay
medals, but this time, I will end
up coming home with an indi-
vidual medal."

Early
Running out of lane five,
Brown. said he had to get out
early and he tried to beat Fran-
cique at the break, but he made
a mistake by going on the inside.
"I wasn't trying to let him
come down and bump me off
the track. I just gave way and
he ended up taking it coming
on the home stretch," Brown'
reflected.
"I was hoping to hold on for
second place, but I didn't see
the guy from Botswana. He
went on the outside on the curve
and he just nipped his head to
get the silver out of my hand."
Brown, however, said he
informed both Francique and
Molefe that they are on his "hit
list" in Melbourne, Australia
and he will be going for revenge
at the Commonwealth Games.
For Amertil, who claimed a
silver in 2003 in Birmingham,
Great Britain, it was not only
an elated feeling to pick up
another medal, but to ink her
name in both the BAAA and
the entire area's record books.
"I am absolutely pleased with
that time," said Amertil, who
ran 50.34 behind Russian Olesya
Krasnomovets, who clinched the
gold in a championship time of
50.04 with Belarus' Vania Stam-
bolova taking the silver in a
national record of 50.12.
"I knew it was going to be a
tough one with the Russians
training as hard as they were.
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the national record. But I'm
more than pleased to also have
the area record."
With two Russians entered in
the race, Amertil said she knew
that she had to get out early and
make the field come after her.
"It went by pretty fast, but I
stayed in the mix and when the
Russians decided to go, I stayed
with them," she recalled.
"So when we made the break,
we were running really strong
coming on the last home
stretch.
"I heard someone behind me
and it was the girl from Belarus
and she went flying past myself
and one of the Russians. But I
said 'not today'.
"I came here for a medal and
I just dug deep and came up
with the bronze medal."
Amertil said the silver in 2003
looks better, but she felt the
bronze in Moscow was more
gratifying because nobody had
predicted that she would
be a contender, much less a
medalist going into the champi-
onship.
"It gave me that sense that I
could do it when the expecta-
tions of others wasn't there,"
Amertil stated.


Her performance'has soared
her expectations going to the
Commonwealth Games, where
she feels she will be just as com-
petitive as she was in Moscow.
"I know there's a long two
days of travelling ahead of us
and I'm taking all of that in con-
sideration with the time frame in
Russia and Australia, but I
expect to go out there and give it
my best," she noted.

Relay
Also at the championships,
the men's 4 x 400 relay team
missed out on making the final
in the last 50 metres in the heats
wheri Nathaniel McKinney
pulled his hamstring coming
home.
The team of Dennis Darling,
Troy McIntosh and Tim
Munnings didn't finish the race,
although they were sitting in
third place at the time.
And long jumper Jackie
Edwards turned in a seventh
place finish in Group A of the
women's long jump with a leap
of 6.45 and was just shy of going
in as the eighth and final jumper
behind Cuba's Yargelis Savigne,
who jumped 6.46.


Leevan 'made an



honest mistake'
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* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
IT WAS a honest mistake that national triple
jump record holder Leevan 'Superman' Sands
made that led to him being provisional sus-
pended by the International Amateur Athletic
Association, according to his mother, Elaine.
She said she spoke with her son and he
assured her that he took medication for pain
that he had in his ankle at the Tyson Invitational
in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
"He didn't want to jump with the pain, but he
realized that the medication he normally takes,
he didn't have it with him, so he stopped at a gas
station to purchase some pain killers," she said.
"He just took one. He probably didn't know
that anything was in it."
Mrs Sands said her son is distraught about the
whole ordeal and she advised him to come
directly home so that the matter can be dealt
with by the Bahamas Association of Athletic
Associations.
"He would never, ever talk about taking any


enhancement drugs," she stated. "In fact, he
doesn't need it because he's skillful enough.
But what has hurt him is that he's trained so
hard for these two meets and this came up.
"It was just a mistake on Leevan's part for
taking the medication. But I honestly believe
that he will be okay. Like I told him, he's an
eagle and they always fly, so don't let it get
him down."

Informed
Sands was in Moscow, Russia for the IAAF
World Indoor Championships when he was
informed that he was provisionally suspended
by the IAAF.
He was not allowed to compete in the cham-
pionships this weekend and he will have to sit
out the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne,
Australia that starts on Wednesday.
Mrs Sands said Leevan is expected to return
home by Tuesday. He was unavailable for comi-
ments in Moscow.


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