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Publication Date: March 24, 2006
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Cost of joint OPBAT base 'may dissuade US'

Tribune Staff Reporter
MILLIONS of dollars have
been made over the past 10 to
20 years by some unscrupulous
land contractors who have
exploited weaknesses in the
Ministries of Agriculture,
Health, and Works.
It was revealed yesterday that
land that had been leased by
the Ministry of Agriculture for
farming was being excavated,
its top soil. and fill removed and
sold, to be refilled with garbage
and other compost waste.
The top soil was being sold
for $25 to $30 per yard, and the
fill for $7 to $7.50 per yard. In
one small site where the work
had to be stopped because the
excavators had reached the
water table, it was estimated
that $50;000 worth of soil had
been removed in a matter of
about three weeks.
Visiting four such sites yes-
terday, Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Leslie
Miller expressed his complete
and utter disgust at the greed,
that such contractors displayed
in essentially "raping" the land.
"These are Bahamians
destroying land for the future
generation of Bahamians yet
unborn, because of their selfish
greed to make a couple of dol-
lars selling this fill. This is not
the only one, but I am told that
there are many others in New
Providence," Mr Miller said
pointing to one of the sites.
"When I got a listing from
the Ministry of Works a week

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ago concerning this, problem,"
he continued, "it was indicated
that land that the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources would have leased
in New Providence and the
Family Islands, it was discov-
ered that instead of farming the
land, it wasraped.
"The person who we would
have given the land to, would
have given permission to some-
one to strip the top soil of the
land and all of the fill of the
land. This is beyond a disgrace,
Someone has to be held
accountable for Bahamian land
that has been utterly destroyed
because you cannot even build
houses here anymore," Mr
Miller said pointing to one of
the sites where the top and
underlying soil had been com-
pletely removed.
Mr Miller said that under the
current law, anyone who
destroys or damages land
owned by the government, can.
be fined 10 times the amount
of the fill they would have tak-
However, Mr Miller was not
aware of anyone being taken to
court for committing these acts.
Perhaps that fact alone, he said,
is part of the overall problem.
"We allow too many things
in this country just to happen.
Nobody is responsible. Now
what we are going to do forth-
with, land such as this and in
other areas in New Providence
and throughout the Common-
wealth of the Bahamas, those
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Human rights group
president hits out
at Constitutional
Reform Commission
Chief Reporter
THE Constitutional Reform
Commission has taken a "per-
verse" and "regressive" policy
on the issue of citizenship for
foreign spouses, lawyer and
president of the Grand Bahama
Hutnan Rights Association Fred
Smith told The Tribune yester-
The commission was "mis-
guided", he said, to believe that
it can level the inequity between
the genders in this respect by
removing the right of both gen-
ders to transmit citizenship auto-
matically to their non-Bahamian
SEE page 15

Report's view
on sexual
'is a form of
-THE Constitutional Review
Commission's view that sexual
orientation does not deserve
special constitutional protection
is in itself a form of discrimina-
tion, according to Erin Green of
the Rainbow Alliance.
In a personal statement to The
Tribune, Ms Green said, "it sad-
dens me to think that the Con-
stitutional Review Commission
feels that it is not necessary to
codify protections for the gay
"Forget categories," contin-
ued Ms Green, "you are violat-
ing a person, and a person has a
right not to be violated, doesn't
SEE page 13

Claims that
COB presidency
candidate has
pulled out of race

not confirmed
CLAIMS that Canadian
Janyne Hodder had pulled out
of the race for the College of.
the Bahamas presidency could
not be confirmed last night.
College sources were non-
committal when asked point-
blank if she had left. But one
senior academic said: "I would-
n't be surprised after the recep-
tion she got."
Ms Hodder found herself
engulfed by controversy after
she was presented to faculty ear-
lier this week as the third candi-
date for the presidency.
SEE page 11

retrial gets
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The murder
retrial of Troy Rolle, who is
accused of the shooting death of
Everett "Bird" Allen in 2002,
opened in the Supreme Court yes-
Justice Stephen Isaacs presides
over the case in Supreme Court
Two with a jury of five men and
seven women.
Rolle, 25, is represented by Nas-
sau lawyer Fayne Thompson. Neil
Brathwaite of the Attorney Gen-
eral's Office appears on behalf of
the Crown.
During his opening address to
the jury, Mr Brathwaite told jurors
that Rolle is accused of killing
SEE page 13

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BAhe Bami DITIral

US AMBASSADOR John Rood in the lens
of a television camera during a press conference
The ambassador said the financial cost of a joint
OPBAT base in Inagua may dissuade the United
States from partnering with the Bahamas in the ini-
(Photo: Tim Aylen/BIS)






Cost of Inagua OPBAT base

may prevent US partnership

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE financial cost of a joint
OPBAT base in Inagua may
dissuade the United States
from partnering with the
Bahamas in the initiative, US
Ambassador John Rood said
The Bahamas has for some
time been pursuing the estab-
lishment of a joint Bahami-
an/US base on the country's
most southern island for pur-
poses of interdicting human
traffickers and drug smugglers,
and intercepting illegal
migrants and poachers.
The establishment of such a
base was also the topic of dis-
cussion between Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie and US Sec-
retary.of State Condoleezza
Rice when the two met for a
30-minute courtesy call on
Ambassador Rood yesterday
said that Dr Rice conveyed to
the prime minister that the US
is not "aggressively looking for

new bases."
"This is not a high priority
of ours. On the other hand a lot
of the time we can work with
another government if it is a
high priority of theirs," he said.
The ambassador pointed out
that the US is already spending
millions of dollars on facilities
in the Bahamas, and may not
be prepared to invest more.
He said that depending on
the design which is ultimately
chosen for the proposed expan-
sion of the Inagua base, con-
struction is estimated to cost
anywhere from $15 to $50 mil-
"One of the things people
forget is that our commitments
for OPBAT runs us around $30
million a year, our commit-
ments for pre-clearance and
housing the employees and the
technology is another $30 mil-
lion a year. We do two to three
million in training. The IDB,
of which we are the largest sin-
gle member of, does grants and
oans of a average of $5 mil-
lion a year. We are already

* JOHN Rood fields questions from a room of journalists

doing a lot," he said.
Ambassador Rood said that
there are some in Congress
that feel the US is already
doing enough.
On the other hand, he said,
the US understands that the
problem of illegal immigration
which plagues the Bahamas is
due to the country's geograph-,

(Photo: Tim Aylen)
ical situation and that the US is
affected by this problem.
Seen from that point of view,
there is some logic to both
countries sharing the cost of
the base, he said.
The ambassador said US
officials are now in discussions
with the Bahamas government
to see how much money it

would like to put into the
establishment of the base.
"And that would lead to the
discussion how much we are
interested in it and what we
can do in terms of additional
funding," he said.
The ambassador said that
both parties are now awaiting
the completion of a study
which will determine if the
expansion of the existing har-
bour or the creation of a new
inland harbour would make
more sense.
The study is expected to be
completed in the next several
months, he added.
The establishment of a joint
base could include the con-
struction of a detention centre,
which would ensure more
expedient repatriation of illegal
immigrants to Haiti or Cuba -
at less cost to the Bahamas
OBPAT aircraft would also
be able to patrol for longer as
they would not have to make
the one-hour Ilighi back to

MPs pay tribute to

Benedictine monk

Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO members of Parliament paid
special tribute to Catholic priest Fr
George Wolf, 90, who left the Bahamas
this week after 62 years of service..
The Benedictine monk, who spent
all of his priestly life in the Bahamas,
becoming a permanent resident in 1972,
left Nassau on Wednesday to return
to St John's Abbey, Collegeville, Min-
nesota. Because of his failing health
the Abbot of St John's recommended
his return to the Abbey. It was at St
John's that he was ordained a priest
on June 4, 1944. The following month
he left Minnesota to start his missionary
life in the Bahamas.
Before the House of Assembly
adjourned on Wednesday, MP for Eliz-
abeth Estates Malcolm Adderley
requested that members pay due recog-
nition to this "great man of God" who
gave his life in service to his God, St
Augustine's College, the Catholic
Church and to the Bahamas.
Minister of Works Bradley Roberts
also paid tribute to Fr George.
He said that he fondly remembers
Fr George as one of his teachers at St
Augustine's College. He recalled work-
ing with Fr George as a member of the
school's Board of Governors, where

Fr George served as bursar for many
"The Bahamas indeed owes Fr
George ard others like him a debt of
gratitude ... to have come to this coun-
try, (2 years ago, and to see the number
of young men, and in recent times,
,young ladies whose life he was able to
influence in a very positive way," said
Mr Roberts.
Fr George has served in the Catholic
Diocese as diocesan bursar, diocesan
consultant, business manager of St
Augustine's and the sub-prior of St
Augustine's monastery.
He has served as pastor in numerous
Catholic churches, such as St Francis
Xavier, St Anselm's, Sacred Heart, and
up until his recent illness he flew week-
ly to St Teresa's Church, George Town,
Exuma, as that church's weekend pas-
He was born in Pearl Lake, Min-
nesota, on March 15, 1916 and cele-
brated his 90th birthday last week in
In a booklet which commemorated
his anniversary to the priesthood in
2004, Fr George was asked why he had
stayed in the Bahamas so long.
"Because of the people," he replied,
"They have been most kind, helpful
and patient. I needed them and I fig-
ured the. needed me."

Tribune Staff Reporter
A MAN was shot and a young boy
narrowly missed When two gunmen
released a barrage of bullets in the
Faith Avenue area yesterday morning.
According to Inspector Walter
Evans, the shooting took place shortly
after 8am at Faith Plaza.
Mr Evans explained that the victim
had just pulled up to the plaza in his
green Honda Accord when he was
approached by two armed men:
The suspects opened fire on the dri-
ver as he was getting out of his vehicle.
One shot hit the man in the left calf
and, another hit the window of a near-
by home, breaking the glass.
The driver, believed to be in his ear-

ly 20s, was taken to the hospital. His
injuries are not life threatening.
Police have not yet determined a
motive for the shooting.
The incident was the second shooting
this week.
Mr Evans expressed concern on
behalf of the police about the number
of weapons in the country and called on
the public to assists in the ongoing fight
against illegal gun possession.
"Recently we have established a unit
to help reduce the amount of weapons
on the street," he added.
Speaking to The Tribune, one of the
residents of the home where the win-
dow was shattered said that the inci-
dent was extremely frightening par-
ticularly because her nephew was in the
room where the stray bullet ended up.

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Trust holds

first Spring


THE Bahamas National Trust
will host its first Spring Fling on
Saturday, March 25 from 11am
to 5pm at the Retreat Gardens
on Village Road.
The event, organizers said in
a press release, "promises to be
a day of exciting games and cre-
ative learning activities for the
entire family."
"The Trust has organised old
time Bahamian games like hop
scotch, top spinning, hoola hoop
and marbles Entertainment
throughout the day will include
song and dance performances
by participants in the E
Clement Bethel National Artis
Festival along with story telling
and educational presentations
about the environment."
Kerzner International will
bring its 'Star Lab' to give chil-
dren an opportunity to experi-
ence the company's science
camp, Discovery Kids Club.
Beverages and food, includ-
ing ice-cream,; hot dogs and
hamburgers will be on sale.
There will also be a stall sell-
ing pots, a variety of plants and
exotic orchids.,
Admission is $5 for adults
and $2 for children.

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THREE men have been not re
arraigned in Magistrate's Court was n
in connection with the Febru- consi
ary 27 armed robbery and mur- armec
der of local businessman Keith He
Carey. Majes
Vaughn Philip Carey, a 31 ber 4.
year-old resident of Portland Bro
Bay West; Sean Kendrick der a
Brown, 28, of Carmichael Road; It i
and Dennis Thompson, 29, of conce
Sandilands, Village, all the de
appeared before Magistrate It i
Renee McKay yesterday. being
Carey was charged, being and a
concerned with others, with robbe
conspiracy to commit an armed the pr
robbery, tion o
It is alleged that sometime Mag
between January 2006 and separ
February 26, 2006 he con- Browr
spired to commit armed rob- same

* SEAN Kendrick Brown: charged with
murder and armed robbery

She explained that neither of
these represented two counts
of the same charge, but that the
separate readings were neces-
sary because in the first
instance, Brown was charged in
connection with two previously
arraigned defendants Dwight
Knowles and Jamal Glinton -
in connection with murder and
armed robbery.
He is also charged with the
same offences, she explained,
in connection with others who
are unnamed.
The magistrate explained that
given the nature of the charges,
the defendant was not required
to enter a plea and was not enti-
tled to bail.
She further explained that he
was to appear in court on
August 10 with the named
defendants for a preliminary
inquiry, and again on August 23

(Photos: Mario Duncanson/
Tribune staff)

to face the same charges in con-
nection with persons unknown.
Magistrate McKay had pre-
viously recused herself from the
case as she and the victim grad-
uated high school together.
She explained yesterday that
she was setting the adjournment
dates, but that it was likely that
the matters would be referred
to another court.
Thompson was charged with
harbouring, aiding and abetting
Brown. He entered a plea of
"guilty with an plantationon"
I Magistrate McKay accepted
the guilty plea, and remanded
Thompson to Her Majesty's
Prison until March 29, when she
will hear the facts in the matter.

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against the victim.
rey, who was represented
orney Roger Gomez, was
quired to enter a plea and
ot entitled to bail as the
piracy charge was for
i robbery.
was remanded to Her
;ty's Prison until Septem-
iwn was charged with mur-
nd armed robbery.
s alleged that he, being
rned with others, caused
death of Keith Carey.
s also alleged that he,
concerned with others
armed with a handgun,
ed Mr Carey of $40,000,
operty of the Esso gas sta-
n Carmichael Road.
gistrate McKay read two
ate dockets, charging
n in connection with the
two offences.

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in support

of a lottery

EDITOR, The Tribune
IT certainly is good that the
public continues to argue
strongly that it is time to legalise
a lottery as it is obvious to the
blind and the deaf that protec-
tionism is taking place as the
authorities panicking around
suggesting they are upholding
the law whilst the illegal practise
of numbers expands every-
Lotteries are legal. Read the
Successive governments for
political reasons have used the
excuse of the alleged position
of The Bahamas Christian
Council, which if taken as it
should be, one vote for each
individual denomination I sug-
gest there would not be any
objections to lotteries. In the
BCC if you have a church which
is registered with the BCC even
if you have 10 members you

have the same one vote as the
Roman Catholics with 40,000
souls or the Anglicans with over
40,000 souls.
Dr Percentie mentions where
he now resides in the State of
Massachusetts as to the bene-
fits which their State Lottery
provides he might not know
that one of the principal rea-
sons to create this lottery was to
break the illegal Mafia-gang
controlled numbers and the sec-
tarian violence, especially in the
city of Boston. Might there be a
similarity here?
Rt Hon Hubert Ingraham
promised in Abaco prior to
stepping down as leader of the
FNM that the lottery issue
would be dealt with finally in a

referendum or at the election
- he went back on his word.
There has been far, far too
much talking from the Christie
Government whilst the illegal
numbers booms into every sin-
gle community giving back
absolutely nothing.
. The lotteries and gaming act
allows the Minister to approve a'
lottery under whatever terms
and conditions he may feel is
appropriate surely it it time
for Government to get off their
proverbial butt and call for pro-
Has anyone checked what the
odds are when you play num-
bers? In a lottery 50 per cent of
the sales goes to prizes...which is
fairer? Obvious a lottery, plus
the Treasury benefits from the
license fee.
March 21 2006

Questions about Privy

Council's judgment

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE recent opinion of the
Privy Council concerning the
death penalty raises the obvi-
ous question: How now can the
current sitting judges, judge
decisions .they have already
made, in some cases on cases
they actually heard themselves?
Having not read the full judg-.
ment I must suggest that this
judgment also creates a very
substantial question as to how
and why didn't the Privy Coun-
cil arrive at this position before?
Listening to the talk shows
one again hears the vengeance
position of many using Old Tes-
tament quotes to the word that
it seemingly was in their opinion
decreed that whoever takes a
life must lose his life without
considering the commandment
thou shalt not kill. Has love thy
neighbour like oneself gone out
of the window?
Civil law is not biblical law
and one hopes that our civil
government will understand the
What if we drop the Privy
Council and switch to the
Caribbean court? Justice I pray
is justice seen and performed

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to the fullest understanding. If it
isn't then our whole law and
Order system is radically flawed.
I cannot see any reason for us to
go to the Caribbean court as
here we simply are moving the
domicile of our final court from
London to Port qf Spain.
It would make a lot more
sense to constitutionally make
The Bahamas appeals court the
final court of appeal. However,
if one looks back over the
numerous reversals of judg-
ments of our court system this
would seem to be dangerous.
Editor, judges are not com-
pensated much, under what the
Prime Minister receives in a

profession where locally a
junior can take home just under
Few aggressive attorneys
these days want to go the pres-
tige route, but choose where
there is the money.
Did Attorney-General May-
nard Gibson prejudice aiiy
future judgments of our courts
by declaring she wants to hang
those high who a judge will
Might it be best and more
expeditious to simply abolish
the death penalty?
March 14 2006

PLP failing people

EDITOR, The Tribune
We have been coming to
the Bahamas for over 15
years and admit that we love
the Bahamian people.
It is the present govern-
ment, especially the foreign
affairs ministry, that,, in my
opinion, is failing the
Bahamian people. The inde-
cision and "foot dragging"
that went on for 11 months
on the issue of the two Cuban
dentists has turned this into
an embarrassing situation for
the Bahamian people.
Now due to what from my
perspective I see as the mis-
management of foreign
affairs this matter should,
either way, have been solved
last'May. Now Fox News and
Sean Hannity have shown the
world the way you treat
human beings at the deten-
tion centre.
If Mr. Mitchell hopes it
will go away because they
sent the two dentists back, he
is far wrong. Fox News is
going to be there at the next

protest on April 1 and 2 at
the cruise ship docks focus-
ing on the detention centre's
conditions as well as the
assault on Mario Vellijo of
the Latin American TV sta-
tion Univision. Let's just
hope they do not want to
look at the conditions of the
Fox Hill prison.
I am fearful, as many
Bahamians are, of the ramifi-
cations caused by the "the
trying to sweep it under the
rug" theory of how to man-
age foreign relations. My con-
cern is that the US govern-
ment may feel that if the
Bahamian government treats
human beings this way then
maybe we should not accord
them special privileges such
as "special pre-clearance sta-
tus". It may appear that by
continuing that special treat-
ment that the US is condon-
ing such treatment of human
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THE Consumer Protection
Bill needs to undergo further
review as it does not offer
guarantees on government
provided goods and services
according to MP Kenneth
The FNM member for High
Rock drew fiery rebuttals
from government members in
the House on Wednesday as
he expressed his disappoint-
ment that the proposed legis-
lation does not "bind the
crown" is the same way as pri-
vate service providers.
"Consumer protection laws
are supposed to regulate rela-
tionships between individual
customers and any type of
business that provides goods
and services," said Mr Russell.
. "Where is the protection
for persons who buy houses?
And what about persons who
engage contractors to build
houses for them? And what
about consumers who pur-
chase homes from the gov-
ernment?" he asked.
Despite strong objections
from the government side,
Russell continued, "when a
government passes law that
will govern its citizens and do
not include itself, one would
wonder if the intent is truly to
provide consumer protection
for citizens."
Mr Russell recommended
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his opinion, it does not "appear
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Concern at government's failure

to tackle new Haitian settlement

AN expanding new Haitian
settlement in the pine barrens of
Abaco is causing alarm among
local Bahamians.
The Hidden Valley commu-
nity near Treasure Cay already
has a nightclub, a cock-fighting
pit and other trappings of Hait-
ian village life even though it
has never had planning permis-
Together withithe' densely-
packed Sandbanks settlement
a few miles away, Hidden Val-
ley is creating a new nucleus of
immigrant settlers on Crown
Land without any form of
development control.
Yesterday, Abaco residents
expressed concern at the gov-
ernment's failure to halt the
influx of Haitians into the
island, and their building activ-
ities once they get there.
"It is quite clear that the pro-
liferation of Haitians on this
island goes on without any kind
of regulation," one resident told
The Tribune.
"I think this has terrible ram-
ifications for Abaco ten or 15
years down the line. It's time
the government got to grips
with the problem, otherwise we
are going to be overrun."
Campaigner Jeffery Cooper
this week investigated the
expanding Hidden Valley com-
munity and a Ministry of Works
official pinned up notices for-
bidding further building.

* AN aerial shot of the sprawling mass that is the Pigeon Pea
and The Mud in Abaco. Residents are alarmed at the
massive influx of Haitians on the island

But, as most newly-arrived
Haitians don't speak English,
it's unlikely they can understand
what the warnings say.
A Bahamian resident said:
"Hidden Valley now has its own
nightclub and cock-fighting pit -
and a septic tank system for
sewage disposal.
"The homes are spaced apart
more than other Haitian settle-
ments, so it seems they are mak-
ing a real effort to improve their
"However, the fact remains
that this is Crown land and they
are building there illegally. The

houses are going up among the
pine trees and there are literal-
ly thousands of acres upon
which they can expand.
"More and more Haitians are
landing in Abaco in the middle
of the night and they ignore the
local laws. They build night-
clubs, run bars, organise cock-
fights and build where they
want all without any kind of
official permission."
Though residents accept that

Haitians are now an essential
part of the booming local econ-
omy, they fear being, swamped
by an alien culture.
"They are now here as wait-
resses, bartenders, dock-hands,
all kinds of things. They are
essential to the economy, but
people are still alarmed by the
"I have been told by a local
policeman that the one saving
grace at the moment is that
there is full employment.
"Once we get a downturn,
and there are a lot of unem-
ployed young men about, then
we are going to face terrible
Last year, Haitian youths
threatened Bahamian firefight-
ers as they tackled a blaze at
The Mud settlement in Marsh
Harbour. One woman firefight-
er was punched in the chest.
The youths also cut hoses and
tried to interfere with the fire-
fighting process. "It was an ugly
scene," one resident said at the
The government has repeat-
edly spoken of a new low-cost
sub-division in central Abaco
to disperse the Haitians. But
locals continue to express frus-
tration that nothing seems to

"The Haitians are still ignor-
ing all warnings and continue
to build on Bahamian Crown
land," said a resident.
"If Bahamians tried to do
that, they would be arrested.
These people are ignoring all
local laws. They have no regard
for regulations because they
come from a lawless society."
Abaco has for ydars endured
growing slums in Marsh Har-
bour with both the Pigeon Pea
and The Mud settlements
accommodating thousands of
immigrants, many of them ille-
Since the turn of the century,
locals have tried to press the
government for action. But the
Haitians continue to build
homes in defiance of official
At Sandbanks, shacks are
packed together, threatening to
repeat problems caused by the
Marsh Harbour communities.
Lack of proper waste dispos-
al facilities, dangerous electric-
ity supplies and other difficulties
have long made the Marsh Har-
bour slums a bone of con-
"But still little or nothing has
been done to bring things under
control," an islander said.

Tribune Staff Reporter

BAHAMIAN police have
solved an increasing number of
sexual assaults committed
against American tourists, US
Ambassador John Rood
revealed yesterday.
Ambassador Rood yesterday
told the press that he is satis-
fied that Bahamian authorities
are able to solve 100 per cent of
all sexual assault incidents.
Speaking at a press confer-
ence at the US Embassy, the
ambassador explained that
when he first examined the inci-
dents of sexual assault commit-
ted in the Bahamas against
Americans a year ago, there
were 28 outstanding cases.
Today, he said, there have
been three cases of allegations
of sexual assaults for the year so
far- two of which have been
"Two have already resulted
in arrest, and we think a third
arrest will happen soon.
Looks like we're batting
three out of three this year,
and comparing that to when
we started looking at this
around a year ago, we we're


basically zero for 28," he said.
The ambassador said that
while the number of sexual
assaults committed against
Americans per year has -never
warranted the issuing of special
warnings for tourists, he has
always felt that one incident was
one too many.
He attributed the recent suc-
cess of solving the assault cases
to the partnership between
Bahamian and US authorities
and commended the police for
their efforts.
"They came in with right kind
of attitude.
"Police have done a wonder-
ful job, they worked very hard
to get them resolved," he said.
Ambassador Rood said that
Embassy officials have worked
very closely with the local police
"We meet monthly and
review all outstanding cases and
we've had several of the last
year's cases resolved we've
tied several of them together,"
he said.
In addition to the meetings,
US authorities have also pro-
vided resources, training, and
forensic opportunities to the
Bahamian police, he said.

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Organ recital to mark

Feast of Annunciation



* MATTHEW Steynor

MATTHEW Steynor will
perform an organ recital tonight
at St Mary's Church, Virginia
Street, to mark the eve of the
Feast of the Annunciation.
Mr Steynor is no stranger to
the Bahamas. Upon graduating
from Cambridge University,
England in 2002, he emigrated
to Nassau and spent two years
teaching music at St John's Col-
He hhas performed with vari-
ous local groups including the
National Youth Choir, Allegro
Singers and the Nassau Ama-
teur Operatic Society, and has
conducted the Bahamas Con-
cert Orchestra.
He was best known for his
organ playing on Sundays
at Christ Church Cathedral.
Last July, he was invited back
to perform the first concert in
the Governor General Inde-

So far in 2006, he has given
performances at his home
church, St Thomas in Coral
Gables, as well as at Trinity
Cathedral in Miami, the Epis-
copal Church of Bethesda-by-
the-Sea in Palm, Beach, and
First Congregational Church in
Fort Lauderdale.
The programme at St Mary's
will be performed in two parts:
the first showcases the new
organ, and will include master-
works by Mozart, Bach,
Mendelssohn and Vierne.
The second half celebrates St
Mary, both in organ music
(spanning five centuries) and ih
song. The vocal sextet Sine
Nomine will perform Ave.
Maria by Malcolm Archer, the'
organist at.St Paul's Cathedral
in London, and Dixit Maria by
the late 16th century composer
Hans Leo Hassler.

PLP 'will be judged

on tackling crime'

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE government's legacy
will be determined by its suc-
cess in the war against crime
according to PLP Senator
Damien Gomez.
Opening the debate on the
Witness Protection in Judicial
Proceedings Act in the Senate
yesterday, Senator Gomez not-
ed that ever since the murder
of Sir Harry Oakes in 1943, the
country has been living in "a
nightmare of violence."
'He pointed out that since
then, a crown witness, a former
cabinet minister and a well-
known Anglican priest have all
been murdered.
"Our test will be whether
we are committed-in real
terms to winning the war

against crime," he said.
Senator Gomez added that
Sthe rising level of crime has
caused some persons to be so
immersed in hatred that they
have called for the return of
public hangings and the use of
the cat-o'nine-tails whip.
"In the war on violent crime,
our society must be able to have
confidence that in addition to
the efficient and continuous
work of our police force, every
available resource is being
deployed to ensure that we
emerge victorious in this war."
Senator Gomez said the gov-
ernment must lend its support
to ensuring'that the best legal
talent available is working in
the attorney general's office and
that the best judges are sitting
on the bench.
This, he said, is particularly

important in light of the fact
that a number of judges are'
nearing retirement age and will
be leaving the bench.
He said the Witness Protec-
tion Bill is important for the
war on crime, because without
witnesses to testify, the justice
system would collapse.
Senator Gomez said it was
essential that such legislation
be put in place to ensure that
witnesses are not intimidated,
injured or attacked.
"The integrity of judicial sys-
tem must be protected," he said.

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Cuba trade
show held

next week

at RIU

TRADE with Cuba plays a
major part in the Bahamian
economy according to MP
Michael Halkitis.
At a press conference held
yesterday at the Bahamas Agri-
cultural and Industrial Corpo-
ration (BAIC) headquarters,
Mr Halkitis announced that the
second-ever Cuban trade show
in the Bahamas will be held
next week. The first show took
place in 2002.
Mr Halkitis, who is the chair-
man of BAIC, said the show
will enable Bahamians to inter-
act with Cuban companies in a
manner which will "serve mutu-
al benefits."
He added that he hopes in
the future to see a bilateral
trade agreement signed
between the Bahamas and
Cuba that will better take
advantage of the'"fruitful" rela-
Cuban Ambassador to the
Bahamas Felix Wilson said the
corporation's support has been
very important for trade rela-
tions between the two countries.
"Without the support of BAIC
we would not be able to show
Bahamians exactly what Cuba
has to offer them," he said.
The show, which was organ-
ised by the Cuban Chamber of
Commerce, will feature 23 com-
panies that produce a wide
range of goods, including build-
ing materials, glassware, elec-
tronics, cosmetics, perfume, fur-
niture and souvenirs.
It will be held from Monday,
March 27 to.Thursday, March
30 at RIU hotel on Paradise
Mr Halkitis encouraged
Bahamians to attend, saying
that "it will be good for
Bahamians to see what is going
on in Cuba."


Plan to encourage more young

doctors to work Family Islands

Tribune Staff Reporter
HEALTH Minister Dr
Bernard Nottage said that one
of his major goals is to encour-
age more young Bahamian
doctors to work in the rapidly
developing Family Islands.
Dr Nottage made this com-
ment as the government
renewed its agreement with
the University of the West
Indies (UWI) medical pro-
gramme yesterday.
"One of my major goals as
minister of health is to have
more of our young doctors
choose to work in our rapidly
developing Family Islands, to

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provide the necessary health
needs for their orderly growth
and development. This
impressive number of
Bahamian graduates is
extremely good news," said
Dr Nottage.
At a press conference yes-
terday the agreement, which
was originally signed in 1997,
was renewed for another six
Professor Howard Spencer,
director of the UWI Clinical
Training Programme in the
Bahamas, said that the
renewed agreement will serve
to enhance the development
of the medical profession in
the Bahamas.

* PROFESSOR Howard Spencer, director of the Clinical
Training Programme, shakes hands with Dr Bernard Nottage
at the signing of the deal
(Photo: Franklyn G Ferguson)

Officer completes course

ABLE mechanic Gary
Rolle of the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force has successful-
ly completed a 12-week
machinery technical course in
Yorktown, Virginia.
The training was sponsored
by the International Military
Education Training (IMET)
scheme, through the Ameri-
can Embassy in Nassau.
Conducted at a US Coast
Guard engineering and
weapon school, the course
aimed to enhance the knowl-
edge of participants in the
maintenance and repair of

diesel engines.
Topics covered included the
fundamentals of diesel
engines, reduction gear,
hydraulic systems and out-
board engines.
Students were required to
trouble shoot, repair and
effect corrective measures to
an outboard engine, and also
disassemble and reassemble a
Detroit Engine.
Able Mechanic Rolle joined
the Defence Force in May
1996. He is currently assigned
to the safety stores section of
the mechanical department.

"Our focus over the past
eight years has been on the
development of a high quality
programme that meets the
needs of undergraduate and
graduate students. We are
pleased that a significant num-
ber of well qualified local con-
sultants have agreed to partici-
pate in the teaching of students
at both levels," he said.
Dr Nottage said that certain
changes that were made to the
agreement augur well for the

improvement and sustainability *
of the local programme.
These include a change of
name, from the University of the
West Indies/Bahamas Clinical
Training Programme, to the
University of the West Indies
School for Clinical Medicine and
Research, Bahamas.
He also cited the extension
of the programme to include
internships in medical facilities
in Grand Bahama, the addition
of a full time lecturer in anes-

thesiology and ten clinical tutors
in obstetrics and gynecology,
child health and internal medi-
Mr Spencer said that on
March 31 assessors of the
recently formed Caribbean
Accreditation Authority for
Education in Medicine and oth-
er Health Professions (CAAM)
will visit the UWI Bahamas
Campus to examine the training
programmes and hospital facil-

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Judy E. Dev caux

Announcing the Official Site Opening of
the Emerald Coast Subdivision
Saturday March 25th.

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Community by the Honorable Cynthia Pratt and take a tour of the Site.

Emerald Coast is New Providence's newest, and graciously appointed
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designed around traditional British Colonial architecture.

Nestled in the West adjacent to South West Ridge, Emerald Coast will
offer and preserve a lifestyle that revolves around love of tranquility and
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gling by Mr. Xcitement and DJ Fatal. Drink specials all night long.

Bacardi Happy Hour @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill (one
door east of Texaco Harbour Bay), every Friday. $3 Bacardi drinks all
night and $3 beers.

Ladies Night @ Power Boat Adventures Bar and Grill, every Saturday.
Ladies free, Gents, $10 all night. Bacardi Big Apple and other drink
specials all night long.

Wild Jungle, each and every Wednesday night @ Club Trappers,
Nassau's "upscale" gentleman's club. Featuring a female body paint-
ing extravaganza. Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always wel-
come. Admission: Men free before 10 pm. Females free. There will be
free food and hors d'oeuvres between 9 and 10 pm. Open until 4

Ladies Night @ Fluid Lounge, this and every Thursday night. Doors
open at 10pm. Ladies free before lam, $10 after. Guys: $15 all night.
Drink special: 3 @ $10 (Bacardi) Giveaways and door prizes every

Saturday Night Live every Saturday night @ Club Fluid, Bay St. The
biggest party of the week, pumping all your favourite hits all night long.
Ladies in free before 11pm. Strict security enforced.

Rave Saturdays @ Club Eclipse. DJ Scoobz spinning the best in Old
Skool. Admission $35, all inclusive food and drink.

Karaoke Music Mondaze @ Topshotters Sports Bar. Drink specials all
night long, including karaoke warm-up drink to get you started. Par-
ty from 8pm-until.

Reggae Tuesdays @ Bahama Boom. Cover charge includes a free
Guinness and there should be lots of prizes and surprises. Admission:
Ladies $10 and Men $15.

Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports Bar every Wednesday
5pm-8pm. Free appetizers and numerous drink specials.

The Pit @ Bahama Boom, every Thursday. Doors open at 9pm,
showtime 11.30pm. Cover charge $15. $10 with flyer.

Fantasy Fridays @ Fluid Lounge, featuring late '80s music in the VIP
Lounge, Top of the charts in the Main Lounge, neon lights and Go Go
dancers. Admission: Ladies free before 11pm, $15 after; Guys $20 all

Chill Out Sundays @ Coco Loco's, Sandyport, from 4pm-until, play-
ing deep, funky chill moods with world beats.

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, 4pm-mid-
night @ Patio Grille, British Colonial Hotel.

Wet Sundays, every Sunday, noon-midnight @ Crystal Cay Beach.
Admission $10, ladies free.

TooLooSe @ Indigo Restaurant on West Bay St and Skyline Drive.
Singer/songwriter Steven Holden performs solo with special guests
Thursday from 9pm midnight.

The Graham Holden Deal @ The Green Parrot....David Graham,
Steve Holden, Tim Deal and Friends perform Sunday, 7pm 10pm @
Hurricane Hole on Paradise Island.

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Jay Mitchell and Hot KC @ Palm Court Lounge, British Colonial
Hilton, Wednesday-Thursday 8pm-12am.

Sunday Night Interlude @ Briteley's Restaurant & Lounge, Eneas St
off Poinciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the'
After Dark Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and

Paul Hanna, Tabatha and Gernie, and the Caribbean Express perform
at Traveller's Rest. West Bay St, every Sunday, 6.30pm-9.30pm.


Holly Parotti a collection of etchings: The exhibition is being
held 6pm to 8pm at Cafe Europa, Charlotte Street north, until April
Organic Fusion Andret John and inogene Walkine is being
held at the Central Bank of the Bahamas until March 31.

Funky Nassau Rediscovering Identity: Featuring the artwork of
John Beadle, Dionne Benjamin-Smith. Lillian Blades, Blue Curry,
Michael Edwards, Antonious Roberts. Heino Schmid, Clive Stuart.
The exhibition will be held 5 to 8pn1 @ Nassauischer Kunstverein
Wiesbaden, Germany, in conjunction with the National Art Gallery
of the Bahamas. The exhibition continues through April 30.

African Art Exhibition "What is Africa to Me" from the private
collection of Kay Crawford running until Saturday, July 29 at The
National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB).


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meet-
ing times and places: The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday
Friday 6pm to 7pm 8:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday mornings -
10am to lam Sacred Heart Church: Fridays 6pm to 7pm The
Kirk: Mondays and Thursdays 7:30pm to 8:30pm New Provi-
dence Community Centre:. Monday 6pm to 7pm Wednesday
and Fridays'7pm to 8pm.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at 5.30pm on the sec-
ond Tuesday of each month at their Headquarters at East Terrace,
Centreville. Call 323-4482 for more info.

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held 6:30pm Tuesdays
and Thursdays at Nassau gymNastics Seagrapes location (off
Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call 364-8423
to register or for more info.

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the
first Monday of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Com-
munity Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood
sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is available. For
more info call 702-4646 or 327-2878

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the third Monday every
month, 6pm @ Doctors Hospital conference room.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third Saturday, 2:30pm
(except August and December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.

Doctors Hospital, the official training centre of the American
Heart Association offers CPR classes certified by the AHA. The
course defines the wai nini signs of respiratory arrest and gives
prevention strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the
most common serious injuries ;ad choking that can occur in
adults, infants and children. C(PR and First Aid classes are offered
every Ihird Saturday of the month from 9am-lpm. Contact a
Doctors Hospital Commnilty Training Representative at 302-
4732 for more information and learn to save a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Chal-
lenges meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday
,,f c.i ch In.-.Plh in thbe cafeteria if the BEC building.
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The Bahamas National Trust will be hosting 'Spring Fling', Sat-
urday, March 25, from 11am to 5pm, in the Retreat Gardens
National Park, Village Road. There will be arts and crafts, kid's
games, great food and drinks, and lots of fun to be had by all.

Earth Village Ranch (petting zoo), St Albans Drive and
Columbus Avenue, offers free admission every Wednes-
day by appointment between 9am and 3pm. Bring your
class, play group, or family and experience some of the
greatest-wonders of nature; a petting farm, a nature trail,
pony/horse rides, and wetlands For more information or to
book events call 356-2274 or 434-8981. Special rates avail-
able for groups of 20 or more with a two week advance
reservation. Donations are accepted in exchange for tips.

The next meeting of the Bahamas Historical Society is scheduled for
6pm on March 30, at the Museum on Shirley Street and Elizabeth
Avenue. William Fielding of the College of the Bahamas will speak
on '"Everybody in Nassau has a Dog, and They Bark All Night":
Potcakes a History.' A PowerPoint presentation will be given. The
public is invited to attend.

St Andrew's Kirk After School Programme: The members of St
Andrew's Kirk have launched an After-School-Programme for
children from the Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary Schools.
The programme, is held Monday to Friday at the St Andrew's
Presbyterian Kirk. The activities include tutoring, computers,
karata, sports, art, drama and baking. The programme is free to
children from the Bain and Grants Town communities. Parents
interested in enrolling their children should contact the church at
322-5475 or email:

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to
offer a cycling clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clin-
ic will be held every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to
cycle. Parents interested in registering their children should con-
tact organizers at

The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta
Sorority Incorporated meets 6:30 pm every third Wednesday at
the Bahamas National Pride Building.

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton
Monday's at 7pm.

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7.30pm @ C C Sweeting
Senior School's Dining Room, College Avenue off Moss Road.
Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Baptist Community
College Rm A19, Jean St. Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @
British Colonial Hilton. Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes. Club 7178 meets Tuesday, 6pm @ The J
Whitney Pinder Building, Collins Ave. Club 2437 meets every sec-
ond, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whitney Pinder Build-
ing, Collins Ave at 6pm. Club 612315 meets Monday 6pm @
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach. Club 753494 meets every
Wednesday, 6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-West
Highway. Club 3596 meets at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays
at 7pm. Club Coustean 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in
the Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets
every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in'the
Wyndham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first Tuesday, 7pm @
Gaylord's Restaurant, Dowdeswell St. Please call 502-4842/377-
4589 for more info.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm
@ Atlantic House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

The Nassau, Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) meets every
third Monday of the month in the Board Room of the British
Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus meets the second
and fourth Wednesday of the month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Mon-

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Friday of each
month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Monestary.,
For more info call 325-1947 after 4pm.

International Association of Administrative Professionals,
Bahamas Chapter meets the third Thursday of every month @
Superclubs Breezes, Cable Beach, 6pm.

AMISTAD, a Spanish club meets the third Friday of the month
at COB's Tourism Training 7pm in Room 144 during the
academic year. The group promotes the Spanish language and cul-
ture in the community.

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Ejerett Allen at the Oceanview
Club in Eight Mile Rock on Feb-
rulry 8, 2002.
~e said Sean Knowles, a close
friend of Rolle, was at the club
wloen he saw Allen. An altercation
took 1ace and it is alleged that
Rolle drew a gun and shot Allen in
tho chest.
Allen, he said, stumbled outside
tht club and died. Rolle was arrest-
ec a few days later by the police
and charged with Allen's death.
Scenes of Crime officer Detec-
tive Constable 2363 Berkley Sim-
mens told the Court that on Febru-
art 8 at about 12.30am he received
ce-tainin formation and went to
Eight Mile Rock.
,When he arrived at the crime
scega sometime around 1.4am. he
Otikfd the bod\ ota black man
IN Xe'n his back near a %hine ian.
T14 'ceased man was wearing a
blu4,sihirt, blue jeans. and brown
',\ikle at the scene. Constable

Simmons also collected a .380 fire
cartridge casing at the front door
of the club. He took photographs at
the crime scene.
Allen's girlfriend, Renee Thomp-
son, a resident of Jones Town, Eight
Mile Rock, identified the body at
the morgue on February 8.
On February 12, Simmons took
several photographs of the deceased
at the morgue. He also collected
the blood and urine samples of the
Constable Simmons developed
17 negatives and compiled an
album, which were identified in
court and entered as evidence. The
.380 casing was also exhibited as
evidence by the prosecution.
James Hall, a close friend of
Allen, testified that he and Allen
went to the fish fry at Oceanview
SClub sometime around 11pm after
having drinks at two liquor stores.
After eating some fish, they both
went inside the club and met sever-
al friends at the door. He said he left

an^ d WeMa&Wam iS4uraae
11A East Coral Road, Freeport, G.B., Bahamas
P.O. Box F-42312
Telephone: (242) 373-1115/ (242) 373-1471
Pager: (242) 340-8043 Fax: (242) 373-3005


of Martin Town, Eight Mile
Rock, Grand Bahama and
Formerly of Bootle Creek, North
Caicos Turks and Caicos Island
will be held on Saturay, March
25th, 2006, 11am at Church of
God of Prophecy, Pinedale, Eight
Mile Rock. Officiating will be Bishop Cleophas Capron and
Pastor Stephen Cefort. Interment will follow at the Harour
West Cemetery.

L eft to cherish his memory are his loving wife, Evangelist
Whitleen Forbes; his children, Jennibee, Keeler, Alvin and
,Troy; sons-in-law, Clement Williams and Lloyd Grant;
Sdaughter-in-law, Bernadette and Dawn Forbes; grandchildren
Brandon, Kelly-Ann, Jawaine, Vanessa, Vanesha, Varlene,
lloyd, Damar Jr. Kirstie, Vinash, Ravelle, Adam, Aaron, Johnell
and Miguel: grear-grandchildren. Philicia, Jltavia, Jeleque
and Jervasio; tno sister,, Rhoda Bassette and Julia Grant; two
brothers, Patrick and James Williams; sisters-in-law, Melvina,
Alecia, Dorcas, Dorothy, Floreta and Willamae; brothers-in-
law; John Green; nieces, Rosalie, Athea, Annis, Nicki, Nerissa,
RoSie, Louise, Betty, Ethlyn, Lerlene, Lydia, Consuela,
Wiflamae, Rosemary, Renae, Helen, Elsina, Irene, Ida,
Stephanie, Jane, Rayonne, Charlotte, Verniece, Jane, Helena,
Edith, Pearlene, Mary, Veronica and Nita; nephews, Nathaniel,
Monisten, Gustavous, Arnold, Anthony, Herbert, Alpha,
Richard, George, Audley, Edison, Edward, Sammy, Alfred,
Sami, Ulric, Cecil, Dwayne, Nelson, Stanley, Lionel,
Wainwright, Hymeanus, Lewis, Bernard, Hanfred, Wellington
anf Oswald, a host of other relatives and friends including
the Pratt family, Mr. Earnest Dean and the Homestead Polebean
family, Silver Blue Lakes Missionary Baptist Church family,
the!Gospel Vision Church family, the Church of God of
Prohecy Miami #1 family and the Church of God of Prophecy
Pinedale family.

sewing will be held in the "Perpetual Suite" of Restview
Memnorial Mortuary and Crematorium Limited, l1-A East Coral
Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama on Friday from 10:00 a.m. to
6:00 p.m. and at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until
service time.
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Alien at the entrance, talking with
As he was making his way over to
the bar, he saw a crowd running to
the door and heard a gunshot.
"I turned and I saw Everett walk-
ing back outside.
"Then someone came running
inside and said 'Bird' down."
Hall went outside and saw Allen
sitting down near a van, gasping for
breath. He said Allen died at the
During cross-examination, Mr
Thompson asked Hall how many
drinks he and Allen had consumed
before going to the fish fry.
He said that he, Allen and anoth-
er friend had drunk a six pack of
Colt 45 at Grant's Liquor. He and
Allen went to Jake's Liquor Store,
where they drank a second six pack
of Colt 45 and a half pint of Gin.
He told Mr Thompson that they
were "happy", but not drunk when
they arrived at the Club.
Mr Hall, a carpenter, said he was
about 25 feet from the door when
he heard a gunshot and saw Allen
walk outside the club.

FROM page one

matter if they are gay."
Ms Green's remarks came
in reaction to the commis-
sion's preliminary report to
government on the question
of constitutional reform.
A a chapter of the report
that deals with fundamental
rights and freedoms states
that the commission "can
hardly underscore the point
that equality of treatment
must be the cornerstone of
our constitution."
Ms Green said she feels it
is contradictory for the com-
mission to write that gender
should be included in the
protected category,but that
sexual orientation does not
deserve special constitu-
tional protection.
This, she said, "indicates
that that is a community
they wish to make invisi-
The official position of

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Robinson and Soldier Roads, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
P.O. Box CB-12072
Telephone: (242) 394-8043 / (242) 394-8047
Pagers: 340-8043 / 340-4424 / 340-8034 Fax: (242) 340-8034

S Edrick Edward "Ginger"
Frazier, 61
of Fox Hill and formerly of Andros,
will be held on Saturday, March 25th,
2006 at 11:00 a. m. at St. John's

: .- Freeport, Grafid Bahama. Officiating
will be Bishop Godfrey R. Williams,
i assisted by Rev. Brian Sands.
.. Interment will follow in the Grand
S '- Bahama Memorial Park, Settler's
Way, Freeport, Grand Bahama.
Left to mourn are his Sons: Sean and
Ron Frazier, Adopted Son: 2179 Jermaine Stubbs, Adopted
Daughter: Janice Renee Johnson, Brothers: Ormand Stubbs,
Henry Frazier, Alvin and Patrick Duncanson, Sisters: Delores
Frazier, Garnell Stirrup, Anne Nixon, Jackie Colebrooke and Norma
Lockhart, Daughter-in-law: Sonia Frazier, Grand Son: Nicolas
Ashton Frazier, Grand Daughter: Alicia Ashanti Frazier, Aunt:
Lula Bain, Uncle: Sam Stubbs, Nieces: Diandrea Gardiner, Chantell
and Charmaine Stirrup, Tamara and Toni Lockhart, Bernice and
Susie Adderley, lona and Renee Bootle, Teka and Felicia Frazier,
Gwen Lockhart, Jackie Frazier, Shauntasia and Ariel Duncanson,
Nephews: Vincent Ewing, Earle Lockhart, Richie Adderley, Clint
Moss, Peron Frazier, Ashton Stirrup, Ezekiel, Isaac, Isaiah, and
Gerymyah Duncanson, Sister-in-law: Nasya Duncanson, Brother-
in-law: Basil Stirrup, Thirty-five Grand Nieces and Nephews,
other Relatives and Friends: Althea Stubbs Knowles, Yvonne
and Andrew Sweeting and Family, Mitzi Papageorge and Family,
Marion Davis Papageorge and Family, Ethel Frazier Brown,
Charlotte Ferguson, Vernal Rolle, Pearle McKinney, Sherril and
Ulese Bain, Janice, Renee and Kevin Johnson and Family of Boca
Raton, Fl, Rhonda Evans.and Family, Glendamae Scott and Family,
Brian, Danny, Oralee, Darin, Johnny and Lester Stubbs, Grand
Bahama Health Services, Bahamas Public Service Union,
Housekeeping Department, and the Business Office.

May his soul rest in peace.

Viewing will be held in the "Celestial" Suite at Restview Memorial
Mortuary & Crematorium Ltd, Robinson and Soldier Road on
Thursday from 10:00 a. m. until 1:30 p. m., then in the "Irenic"
Suite at Restview Memorial Mortuary, Coral Road, Freeport, G.
B., on Friday from 10:00 a. m. until 6:00 p. m. and then again
at the church in Freeport on Saturday from 9:30 a. m. until
service time.

Death Notice

Sarah Adderley, age 92 years of Fox Hill Road; died at the
Princess Margaret Hospital on Saturday, March 18th, 2006.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

the Rainbow Alliance, Ms
Green said, is that the pur-
pose of the Constitutional
Review Commission is not
to determine whether sexu-
al.orientation deserves spe-
cial but rather to deter-
mine whether the issue of
constitutional protection for
sexual orientation requires
national discourse.
When contacted for a
response to the Commis-
sion's report, R E Barnes
of Amnesty International
said that his organisation's
official position on sexual
orientation makes it clear
that "a person's sexual and
emotional attraction to peo-
ple of the same gender
(homosexual orientation),
another gender (heterosex-
ual orientation), or both
genders (bisexual orienta-
tion) sexual orientation is
a fundamental aspect of the
human personality."


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A mass walk-out by lecturers fol-
lowed by a protest outside parliament
by students left the COB council feel-
ing embarrassed and in despair.
Ms Hodder, a vice-principal at
Canada's prestigious McGill Univer-
sity, was seen by COB management
as an ideal replacement for Dr Rod-
ney Smith, who quit last year after a
plagiarism scandal.
Last night, a COB source told The
Tribune: "I haven't heard for sure
that Ms Hodder has gone, but I
wouldn't be surprised after the recep-
tion she got.
"Once again, it looks bad for the
college chairman, Franklyn Wilson.
He is the one who has been left with
egg on his face because of the way
this thing was handled."
The first suggestion that Ms Hod-
der hadpulled out came in a throw-
away line in a tabloid newspaper.
When put, to several well-placed
college sources, they refused to con-
firm or deny it, saying simply: "No


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Martin, 59

of Miami, Florida
and formerly of
Cape Haitian will
be held on Sunday,
March 26, 2006 at
Open Door
Ministries, N. B. C. Plaza Coral Road
Freeport. Officiating will be-Pastor
Kenneth Romer and interment will be
made in the Harbour West Pulic Cemetery,
Eight Mile Rock, Grand Bahama.

Left to celebrate her life are her four sons
Rochenel and Agno Daniel, Jeanl Claude
Victor and Xavier Alexis, one daughter
Gennie Daniel, one sister Florence Victor,
14 grandchildren Rocheniel Jr., Roshaun,
Nelouse, Genay, Armanie, Chennel and
Ailana Daniel, Ja'nya, Ja'nri and Ja'Kara
Victor, Trenice and Kenneth Gibson,
Chaquise LeSane and Jamal Gaye, three
daughters-in-law, Nadige Daniel, Latasha
Smith and Kajuna Howard, one son-in-
law Robert Morris, a nephew Thomas
Jadotte and a host of other relatives and

Relatives and friends, may pay their
respects at Yager Funeral Home, Queens
Highway, Freeport on Saturday from
12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. and at the church
on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to service
time starting at 2:00 p.m.

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Mr Smith was hitting out at the
provisional recommendations
made by the constitutional reform
commission in relation to the
transmission of citizenship from a
Bahamian woman to her foreign
spouse one of the most contro-
versial issues of constitutional
reform when it was originally pre-
sented to the public by the for-
mer FNM administration.
In its provisional recommen-
dations, the commission said that
the Constitution should provide
that non- Bahamians married to
citizen of the country should have
a right to reside and work in the
Bahamas and own property joint-
ly and upon application the right
to become a Bahamian citizen
five years after marriage, subject
to such exceptions or qualifica-
tions as may be prescribed in the
interests of national security or
public policy.
This would mean that neither
Bahamian men nor Bahamian
women would have the right to
transmit citizenship automatical-
ly to their non-Bahamian spouse.
"If the proposal is to take away
rights then the constitutional com-
mission has taken a regressive
and xenophobic step backwards.
It is not the function of the con-
stitutional commission to begin
whittling away or taking away
people's rights. If we are to level
the playing field we should be giv-
ing rights. We should be more
generous and more expansive,"
Mr Smith said.
The commission in its report

said that there was overwhelm-
ing support for equity between
the sexes and for the removal of
any form of discrimination on the
grounds of sex or gender, espe-
cially with regard to the ability of
a married Bahamian woman to
transmit citizenship to, the child
born outside the Bahamas.
So far as acquisition of citizen-
ship by marriage is concerned,
the majority of persons felt that
acquisition should not be auto-
matic for either non-Bahamian
males or females and that a wait-
ing period would be appropriate
for both.
There was wide divergence
between persons regarding the
time period for the grant of citi-
zenship, ranging from those who
preferred five or 10 years to those
who said never, and others who
said it should be automatic on
The commission also recom-
mended that the constitutional
provision that children born out-
side of the Bahamas to married
Bahamian men have automatic
Bahamian citizenship should also
apply to children born outside
the Bahamas to married Bahami-
an women, regardless of the
nationality of their husband. He
said that these children should
have the same automatic entitle-
ment to citizenship. As the law
presently stands only children
born to unmarried Bahamian
.women take their mother's

'Greed' destroying land

FROM page one

persons who would have allowed themselves or others to destroy
what is deemed to be farm land, they can forget ever having a lease
under the ministry.
"All those leases will be revoked forthwith. I don't care who they
"And we will go behind those persons who held the leases to
make them responsible because someone has to, know who did
this," Mr Miller said.
Obviously agitated, Mr Miller said it was high time to stop turn-
ing a blind eye to such infractions. He promised that
his ministry will be more vigilant to make certain that leased
farmlands throughout the Bahamas are being used in the proper
On Cow Pen road alone more than a dozen sites had been
excavated, with one in particular that ministry officials suspect had
been worked on for years.
It was at this site in fact that Mr Miller and his team met work-
ers with a tractor loading fill onto a dump truck while they made
their walkabout of the "ruined land".
Mr Miller promised that someone had to be made an example
of for the land destruction that he had seen.

Mr Smith agreed that women
should be in no less than equal
position to men under the con-
stitution. .
However, in his view, it was "a
perverse and perverted approach
to the Constitution to say that
because women don't have these
rights we are going to level the
playing field by taking them away
from the men as well. That is just
absurd. If there is an inequality
then women should be given the
equal status for their spouses and
children. The Human Rights
Association decried such an
approach and urged the Bahami-
an public to soundly condemn the
constitutional commission for
making such a dehumanizing sug-
gestion for the Bahamian public
to consider."
In its provisional recommen-
dations the commission said that
different treatment accorded to
non-Bahamian spouses of
Bahamian citizens or gender dis-
crimination should be deleted
from relevant provisions of the
Constitution. The Constitution,
it said, should provide that non-
national spouses of Bahamian cit-
izens should be treated equally.
Such persons upon marriage
should have a right to reside and
work in the Bahamas and own
property jointly and upon appli-
cation the right to become a
Bahamian citizen five years after
marriage subject to such excep-
tions or qualifications as may be
prescribed in the interests of
national security or public poli-
cy, according to the Commission.
However, Mr Smith said that
it is a misconception that there
are limitations on whether or not
the foreign spouses of Bahami-
ans can work in the country if
married to a Bahamian.
"There should be no limitation
under the immigration act for the
spouse of any Bahamian man or
Bahamian woman to work in the
Bahamas. In fact what we should
be doing is quickly amending our
immigration act through ordinary
legislation in parliament provid-
ing that spouses of Bahamian cit-
izens whether they be male or
female have the automatic right
to work in the Bahamas once they
become married.
"That would avoid a lot of
expense for families a lot of anx-
iety, political interference and
intimidation, Political victimiza-
tion and it will allow the family
and spouse of the Bahamian man
or woman to feel secure in their
own homeland and not to have
to pay to have their male or
female spouse to work in the
country," he said.

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RBC FINCO announced the
retirement of Dr. Keva Bethel from
its Board of Directors at its Annual
General Meeting held Thursday,
16 March, 2006. Having reached
the mandatory retirement age Dr.
Bethel did not stand for
re-election to the Board. She was
one of the longest serving
Directors of the bank. RBC FINCO
thanks Dr. Bethel for her
invaluable contributions and
distinguished service over many Dr. Keva Bethel
years, and wishes her the very
best for the future.


names Mr.

ulian Francis

ao Board of

Directors ,

RBC FINCO is pleased to
announce the election of its
newest member to the Board of
Directors, Mr. Julian Francis. Mr.
Francis was elected by the bank's
shareholders at its Annual
General Meeting held Thursday,
P.1'6 March. '2006. Hk brings a
wealth of experience to the Board
having been a career banker for
more than 30 years and a former Mr. Julian Francis
Governor of The Central Bank of
The Bahamas. Mr. Francis is a past Chairman of the Board of Directors for The
Bridge Authority, Deputy Chairman to the Securities Commission of The Baha-
mas, and Joint General Manager of Banque De La SociLtt Financidre Europeenne
Paris, France. Mr. Francis is presently Co-Chairman and CEO of The Grand
Bahama Port Authority and Subsidiaries. RBC FINCO looks forward to benefiting
from his wisdom and experience as a Director.


Other Directors re-elected to the Board were Messrs. Gordon Feeney, Chairman;
Nathaniel Beneby, Managing Director; Ross McDonald, Sr. V.P. Bahamas and
Caribbean, Royal Bank of Canada; John Delaney, Partner Higgs & Johnson; and
Owen Bethel, President and Managing Director, Montague Securities
International Ltd.
RBC FINCO experienced a record performance for year ended 31 October,
2005, achieving $19.1 million in net income, which is up $1.8 million or 10.5%
compared to the previous year. Assets grew year over year by 12.8% to just
under $600 million. As a result of its strong performance, the bank increased
its quarterly dividend payment to $0.13 cents per ordinary share for the quarter
ended 31st October, 2005, compared to $0.12 cents paid in each of the
previous three 2005. Additionally, the bank paid a special dividend
of $0.04 cents per ordinary share on 8th December, 2005.
For fiscal year 2005, shareholders received a record $0.53 per ordinary
share in dividends compared to $0.48 in 2004. Earnings per share increased to
$0.72 in 2005 compared to $0.65 a year ago.
The bank continues to perform well and reported that net income for the
first quarter ended 31 January, 2006 increased by $567,436 or 12.43% to
$5,130,819 over the corresponding period last year. Its assets grew to
$611,766,969 up 10.47%, and an interim dividend of $0.13 cents per ordinary
share was declared and paid for the quarter ended 31 January, 2006,
representing an increase of $0.01 cent over the same period last year.
The past year was RBC FINCO's, 52nd year of operation and the 22nd year
;ince the company went public. RBC FINCO is now proud to count more than
4,000 Bahamlans as-shareholders. With the continued growth of the Bahamian
economy and strong demand for housing, we believe RBC FINCO is well
positioned for sustained long-term growth.

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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Expansion of Abaco Beach Reort

& Boat Harbour to cost $80-100m

S...- Phase II construction, costing

$10-15m, starts this week

* INVESTMENT An outside view of Abaco Beach Resort & Boat Harbour.

Tribune Business Reporter
Upwards of $80 to $100 million
will be invested in the Abaco
Beach Resort & Boat Harbour
over the next 10 years, The Tri-
bune was told yesterday, with
Phase II of the project now underway.
The ground breaking for Phase II was cele-
brated this week in Abaco, with 23 residential
units set to be built to complement the existing
62 single-family home sites constructed during
Phase 1. All those homes have their own private
dock, and have all been-sold.
Phase II is expected to be completed within 18
months, costing the resort between $10 and $15
million. It will feature two condo buildings, one
with nine units and the other with 14 units, plus
a new swimming pool.
SUNCO Builders and Developers, a Bahami-
an construction company, has begun construc-
tion of Phase II on the western side of the 52-
acre property. SUNCO will complete the work

with little or no impact on the existing resort and
Upon completion, the entire expansion pro-
ject at Abaco Beach Resort and Boat Harbour
will include more than 100 condo units, a mari-
na expansion, a larger restaurant, additional
meeting and convention space and a spa and
fitness centre.
The entire project will take between five to
ten years to complete, costing between $80-
$100 million, according to Trishka Knowles, the
resort's guest services manager.
John Neophytou, vice-president of opera-
tions, said the Abaco Beach Resort was well-
established with "a strong occupancy rate, which
makes this real estate investment a smart one".
The Residences at Abaco Beach Resort will
feature units ranging from 1,800 square feet to
3,500 square feet. Their starting price is "just
over" $1 million.
The marina residences will offer two-bed-

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THE survival of agriculture
in the Bahamas must come
from forging strong links
between tourism and agricul-
ture, the owner of New Provi-
dence's successful Goodfellow
Farms, Ian Goodfellow, said
He argued that focusing on
tourism, along with a solid
business plan, can help farm
projects in the Bahamas to be
While industry participants
often call for more Bahamian
investors to join the bandwag-
on, farming is regarded as a
risky business, especially due
to the fact that this nation is
susceptible to hurricanes.
Mr Goodfellow said agricul-
ture and tourism had formed a
good marriage for him. Visi-
tors can tour his facility, look-
ing at various farming meth-
ods and produce, enjoying the

farm animals, or having lunch
at the farm's kitchen.
His focus on tourism extends
further, as Goodfellow farms
and supplies greens for the
major Bahamian hotels and
restaurants. This is the first
rung on the farm's business
ladder, said Mr Goodfellow.
"We are Bahamians going
after the tourism market," he
said. "There is money to be
made from the two million vis-
itors that come here each year,
compared to our population of
Mr Goodfellow explained
that tourists have more dis-
posable income than Bahami-
ans. He said that at least 50
per cent of tourists to this
nation have disposable income
to spend, which goes mainly
on food and the hotels.
However, the general
Bahamian population has a
limited net income of around

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Tribune Business Editor
TWO former owners of a Bahamian
company that acted as investment adviser
to a $214 million mutual fund, which col-
lapsed amid allegations it was "Florida's
largest Ponzi'fraud", have been ordered by
a US judge to pay $10.442 million in penal-
ties plus post-judgement interest.
Jon Knight and Anthony Huggins,
whose Bahamian-registered International
Portfolio Analytics (IPA) company pro-
vided investment management services to
Evergreen Security, a mutual fund, were
ordered to pay -the fines by Judge Arthur
Briskman, sitting in the US District Court
for the Middle District of Florida.

The judgement, handed down on
Wednesday this week, ordered Huggins,
Knight and a Bahamian International
Business Company (IBC) that they bene-.
ficially owned, Mataeka Ltd, to pay a fine
of $4.889 million.
Judge Briskman also ordered the duo
and Mataeka to pay pre-judgement inter-
est of $3.052 million, plus post-judgement
interest of 4.76 per cent from March 22,
The award came as a result of the case
first brought against them by Bill Cuthill,
the Chapter 11 trustee for Evergreen Secu-
rity, on October 30,2001.
Mr Cuthill was seeking to recover funds
which he alleged had been illegally trans-
ferred to Mataeka and Atlantic Portfolio

Analytics and Management (APAM), the
US affiliate of IPA, which was also owned
and controlled by Huggins and Knight.
* Mr Briskman also entered a judgement
of $2.5 million against APAM.
The judge's damages award was the lat-
est bad news for Huggins and Knight, who
have both reached separate settlements
with the Securities and Exchange Com-
mission (SEC), the US capital markets
regulator, agreeing to be "barred from
association with any investment adviser"
as a result of their Evergreen activities.
Although the duo neither "admitted nor
denied" the allegations against them, the

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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 22nd
day of March, 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
of P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



D'ARVILLE late of Cloister Drive,
Paradise Island, Commonwealth of
The Bahamas, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above-referenced Estate
are required to send same duly certified
in writing to the undersigned on or before
31st May, 2006 after which date the
Executors will proceed to distribute the
assets of the Estate having regard only
to the claims, demands or interests of
which the Executors shall then have had

Attorneys for the Executors
Fort Nassau Centre
Marlborough Street
P.O. Box N-4875
Nassau, The Bahamas
Ref: Estate of P.P.T. D' Arville

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0.44 acres situated on the northern side of
Carmichael Road and approximately 1/2 miles
west of Gladstone Road.

The property is in close proximity to a
Government Subdivision, which is presently
under development. Utilities available are
electricity, city water and telephone.

For conditions of the sale and any other
information, please contact: The Commercial
Credit Collection Ubit at:
Phone: 356-1685 or 356-1608, Nassau

Interested persons should,submit offers in
writing addressed to:

The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us by no later than April 21, 2006

Financing available for qualified purchaser

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NOTICE is hereby given that AVRIL FERGUSON OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 17TH day of MARCH,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that NATASHA LIBERIS OF
BACARDI ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applyingto the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 17TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that CHARLINE FERGUSON OF
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 17TH day,of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


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(a) LINUS TRADING CORP. is in dissolution under the provisions
of the International Business Companies Act 2000.
(b) The Dissolution of the said Company commenced on the March 22,
2006 when'its Articles of Dissolution were submitted and registered
by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Alisa Richardson of Shirley
o,. ,.,.ouse, 50 Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
(d) All persons having Claims against the above-named Company is
'required on or before the 24th day of April, 2006 to send their
names and addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator of the company or, in default thereof, they may be --
excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such debts
are proved.
March 23, 2005


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Wedding planners still waiting for online registration

Tribune Business Reporter
WEDDING co-ordinators are still
waiting for the implementation of an on-
line registration scheme that would sig-
nificantly boost business for those
involved in planning tourist weddings.
The minister with responsibility for
the Registrar General's office, Allyson
Maynard-Gibson, had met with mem-
bers of the Bahamas Bridal Association
in February to discuss having the system
implemented in about one month's time.

However, the Association's president,
Sandra Kemp said the Registrar Gener-
al's office was experiencing some delays,
which included the formation of a similar
system for morticians.
The efforts are all in keeping with the
Registrar General's goals for 2006, which
involve implementing a series of on-line
functions to make its services more effi-
By having an online wedding registra-
tion system for tourists, the Bahamas
Bridal Association believes it will spell a
multi-million dollar boost for the indus-

Under the former wedding registra-
tion policy, scores of cruise ship passen-
gers coming to the country each week
who wished to be married were unable
to, explained Mrs Kemp.
That was because Bahamian law
requires that registration forms be com-
pleted and persons are resident in the
country for at least 24 hours.
Once the scheme is successfully imple-
mented, a couple can talk to a travel
agent, state they wish to be married, be
linked with a wedding coordinator or

Minister of the Gospel, and pay their
marraige fees into that person's account
with the Registrar General's office. This
way, the couple would have already been
processed by the time they reach port.
According to Mrs Kemp, this will be a
dream come true for many passengers, as
so many clients have been lost in the past
due to the former system.
She said several of her travel agent
contacts told her that on a daily basis,
customers ask about getting married in
the Bahamas, but due to regulations here,
end up getting married'in Cozumel,

Jamaica, and other places that allow for
them to do so within the brief period
they are in port.
The great economic benefits seen from
the on line system are based on that
information, as well as the fact that a
couple taking a minimum wedding pack-
age would spend about $350 compared
to the present spending of $60 among
cruise passengers.
Mr Kemp said benefits of this scheme
would also be enjoyed by affiliated work-
ers, such as photographers, bakers and
limousine drivers.

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For conditions of the sale and other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit at: 356-1685 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before April 28, 2006
Directions: Travelling on the western side of the Main Eleuthera Highway and approximately 2,219 feet northerly
from Four for Nothing Road on the Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas
Financing available for the qualified persons
Serious enquires only

BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established
international private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, is
presently accepting applications for the position of


Applicants for the position of Trust & Central Filing Administrator must have
university degree or professional qualifications (i.e. STEP or ACIB) or equivalent
and at least 5 years progressive experience in the offshore banking industry,
ability to partner with team members, good level of accounting knowledge,
extensive experience in documentation processing, must be confident and have
thorough knowledge of local legislation, regulatory & statutory matters as well as
international banking practices.

Personal qualities :-

Excellent organizational, communication and computer skills
Goal-oriented, self-motivated, positive attitude and outlook
Commitment to quality and service excellence & customer satisfaction
Flexibility in work hours
Able to perform with minimal supervision


Administer trust, company and agency management & ancillary tasks
Administer account opening/closing procedures & data entry control.
Update various registers and spreadsheets
Follow up receipt of required documentation, address queries & pending
Prepare Board Meeting presentations
Assist Bank Officer(s) with projects

Deadline for receipt of applications is 31st March, 2006.

Resumes should be faxed to #702 1253 or mailed or delivered to the offices of
BSI, addressed to:-
Personnel Officer
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, W. Bay St. & Blake Road
P. O. Box N-7130
Nassau, Bahamas
Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.

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A Single Storey Commercial Building of concrete structure approximately 9 years old which houses 3 Commercial
Offices (units are currently being rented) and comprising 2,014 sq. ft. situated on Lot No. 90-A (17,807 sq. ft.)
being a portion of a Lot of Land totaling 4.646 acres on Main Eleuthera, Queens Highway, Lower Bogue, Eleuthera
The property is well landscaped and is in close proximity to a Shopping Centre and Gas Station. Utilities: Electricity,
City Water and Telephone

A Single Storey Commercial Building of concrete structure approximately 11 years old which houses a Restaurant
& Disco comprising 6,456 sq. ft. situated on Lot No. 90-D (42,616 sq. ft.) being a portion of a Lot of Land totaling
4.646 acres on Main Eleuthera, Queens Highway, Lower Bogue, Eleuthera
The property is well landscaped and is in close proximity to a Shopping Centre and Gas Station. Utilities: Electricity,
City Water and Telephone

For conditions of the sale and other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit at: 356-1685 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before April 28, 2006
Directions: Travelling on the western side of the Main Eleuthera Highway and approximately 2,219 feet northerly
from Four for Nothing Road on the Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas
Financing available for the qualified persons
Serious enquires onl)



Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for twelve (12) Scholarships tenable at accredited
institutions in the United States of America under the Bahamas Field Station/Ministry of Education
Agreement (1971), commencing September 2006.
Under the Agreement, participating Colleges and Universities will offer full tuition scholarships and the
Ministry of Education will pay board and lodging charges.

Applicants should have gained admission into one of the following institutions where the number of
awards available is indicated:

GANNON UNIVERSITY, Erie Pennsylvania 1
ALBRIGHT COLLEGE, Reading, Pennsylvania 1
DICKINSON COLLEGE, Carlisle, Pennsylvania 2
HARTWICK COLLEGE, Oneonta, New York 1
UNIVERSITY OF NEW HAVEN, New Haven, Connecticut 1
ELMIRA COLLEGE, Elmira, New York 1

Applications will be accepted only for the Colleges/Universities
specified above.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens, should have successfully completed high school education in The
Bahamas, and be in possession of at least 5 G.C.E./B.G.C.S.E. subjects, including English language and
Mathematics at grade A, B, or C.
Bahamian citizens currently pursuing studies at one of the named institutions may apply for this award and
should submit an up-to-date transcript along with the completed application form.

Applicants should note that the area of study must be one deemed acceptable for the further development of
the country.

Further details and application forms may be obtained from the Scholarship and Education Loan Division
of The Ministry of Education or from the Ministry of Education website at

Completed application forms should be returned to The Scholarship and Education Loan Division,
Ministry of Education, P. O. Box N-3913,
No later than Friday. May 19, 2006.

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Credit Suisse We

is presently consider


Credit Suisse Private Banking is one of the world's pr
beyond traditional banking services. Our dedicated and high
solutions in indi.idi!;l :. estment counseling and profession
to our clients and we focus without compromise on tl

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum

Minimum of 10 years well rounded banking
of an offshore bank
Strong management and leadership skills
Well versed in Swiss/ Brazilian banking pra
In-depth knowledge of international Money
Markets/Derivatives/Securities Operations/E
PC Literacy (MS Word, Access, Excel)
Experience in trading platforms like TradeW
S... Knowledge on risk management and portfo
Fluent English and Portuguese
SProven track record

The candidate will be expected to:
Develop, recommend and ensure the imple
Monitor/evaluate the bank's position and ov
Provide advice and guidance to dealers and
Provide sales support to relationship manage

Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational and communication
A commitment to service excellence
Ability to work under pressure and with min

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and performance bonus
Health and Life Insurance


Applications should be subm
Or by mail to: Human
P.O. Bo:



TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Directors of
i'esolved to declare a Quarterly Dividend in the amount
of Nineteen and one-half cent ( $0.195 ) per share for
-the Quarter ending 30th September, 2005 for all
shareholders of record as of the close of business on
the 3rd day of April, 2006, the same to be payable on
the 4th day of April, 2006.

"All payments shall be made through Moss &
Associates, Suite 6, First Commercial Centre, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, the Attorneys for the Company,
*ursuant to the instructions of the relevant shareholders
,'n the corporate files of the Company as at the 3rd
day of April, 2006.

Gregory K. Moss
;, Secretary

mentation or the DanK's trading operation strategy
'ersee existing and prospective trading activities
d traders engaged in treasury activities

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imum supervision

not meeting the minimum requirements need not apply.

itted by fax to: (242) 302-6398
Resources Department
x N-4801
, Bahamas


Financial Advisors Ltd.
FRricing Information As Of:
22 March 2006
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.373 72 'CHG -06 71 i.CHG -00.49 YTD 23 01 YTD % 01.70
.'..H 52Ahk-LO:A S.mbcl Pre .i,:u Ci:. T.:. j-,.:] .l:-,ze t..-. a ,:t tE P D.. P.T'F Yeld
T '7 5 0 5 9 A b a c o r. t r t *_, C _. 1 1 6 n 0 ,: ,-i u r r.I 0 :
0.60 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.40, 10.60 0.20 1.000 1.456 0.360 7.3 3.40%
.24 5.88 Bank of Bahamas 6.97 6.97 0.00 0,643 0.330 10.8 4.73%
q.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%
6.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.30 9.20 -0.10 1,100 0.565 0.240 16.3 2.61%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 -0.067' 0.000 NM 0.00%
6.69 < 8.30 Commonwealth Bank 9.38 9.38 0.00 0.861 0.490 1b.9' 5.22%
5.48 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5 37 5.17 -0.20 0.099 0.045 54.2 0.84%
2.88 1.45 Doctor's Hospital .2.55 2.45 0.10 5.500 0.437 0.000 56 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 U.00 0.542 0.240 11.5 3.86%
0.99 9.99 Finco 10.99 10.99 0.00 0.738 0.540 14.9 4.91%
11.00 7.56 FirstCaribbean 10.97 10.90 -0.07 1,500 0.828 0.500 13,2 4.59%
10.40 7.99 Focol 10.40 10.40 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.5 4.81%
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 9.526 0.405 18.1 5.68%
.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 9.09 9.09 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.9 6.16%
7.95 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.79 7.77 -0.02 0.134 0.000 58.1 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
F,lelftty Ove-The-Cdunter Securities
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S:-.5 12,25 Bahams, 3Supe.'Tarkri 13 1.1 2 I I 1 -1 0 70 --
0.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
6.i54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.044 0.000 NM 0.00%
ollan Over-Te-Couniter Securities
-1 ,:., 28 00 ABDAB J1 : 3 0 Ii 1 O0':0 1C- 4 001:0
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 12.75 13.75 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
6.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.103 0.000 N/M 0.00%
PISX Listed Mutual Funds
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S- 12144 Colira Monej MarleI Fu.-., 1 27816"?
2.6662 2.2268 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.6662 *"
10.8590 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.8590*"""
.3312 2.1953 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.331152"
aI '- 1 5-47 Colina Born Fur.o 1 1,' .
FINDEX.C LOSE 96.21 / YTO 804'" / 2005 218 094%
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52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit .
2wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity)
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
(Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
iChange Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
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 FEB. 28, 2006
f AS AT MAR. 10, 2006/ AS AT FEB. 28. 2006/ ""* AS AT FEB. 28, 2006
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 r FIDELITY 242-356-776 4

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construction with a 2nd deck affixed to accommodate passengers,
which also houses the pilot arrangements. Hull is in excellent
condition and all equipment onboard is in good working condition.
Principal Dimensions
Length Overall: 61.0 feet

Breadth: 18.0 feet
Engine: (2) Detroit Diesel 12V71 recently rebuilt
Vessel has five compartments w/ five bilge pumps equipped
with 1 inch discharge hoses and a capacity 2,000gph.

PHONE 363-7163



TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Directors of
resolved to declare a Quarterly Dividend in the amount
of Twenty cents ( $0.20 ) per share for the Quarter
ending 31 I December, 2005 for all shareholders of
record as of the close of business on the 3rd day of
April, 2006, the same to be payable on the 41 day of
April, 2006.

All payments shall be made through Moss &
Associates, Suite 6, First Commercial Centre, Freeport,
Grand Bahama, the Attorneys for the Company,
pursuant to the instructions of the relevant shareholders .
on the corporate files of the Company as at the 3rd .
day of April, 2006.

Gregory K. Moss
Secretary Senior und


Ialth Management passes the

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with Gems Investments, STI provides investment and
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Fort Lauderdale after study- Miller, said: "Our instructors
heir financial well-being and their personal values. ing with the Nassau-based offer relevant insights that are
Securities Training Institute critical to exam success."
n requirements:

experience in treasury/execution and related departments

ctices and standards requires the assistance ofa temporary
Market/Forex Exchange Trading/Treasuries/Emerging Assistant Secretary.
Execution, etc.
Applicants must be proficient in Microsoft Office (Word
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administrative field.
Please respond to:
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$8,000 to $12,000 per year, he said.
The farm does cater to the general public,
however, and all produce grown can be pur-
chased. People in the Lyford Cay, Mount Pleas-
ant, Coral Harbour, Adelaide and Carmichael
Road areas are the main local customers for
Goodfellow Farms. Produce such as carrots,
tomatoes, various types of lettuce and micro-
greens, and other fruit and vegetables are sold to
Bahamian and resident consumers.
However, the amount sold to locals is of no
comparison to what is being sold to the hotels,
which are the farm's main customers.
Micro-greens are grown organically at Good-
fellow Farms. The high yield, short time for the
leaves to come to maturity, and competitive
price, make the greens a good product for hotels.
While The Tribune was on a tour of the farm
last year, Mr Goodfellow pointed out that the
micro-greens would be a good product for
Bahamian farmers to get into.
He also encouraged Bahamian farmers, espe-
cially those on the Family Islands, to adopt a
similar attitude of blending farming and tourism
to take their operations to a higher level.
On the Family Islands, he said farmers could
cater to hotels and restaurants, but also open up
their facilities to tourists, offering by-products
such as country jams and fresh salads.
Blending tourism and agriculture was really
'important as the country develops, added Mr

He warned that for entrepreneurs, they should
look carefully at their business plan before get-
ting into the actual operations.
He said he had seeh Bahamians with good
visions and ideas get into business without being
fully ready to do so, which sometimes created
unfavourable results.
"To bring that great idea to fruition, you have
to have the money, equipment, land, soil, water,
marketing skills, and three years where you
won't make any money and can't take any mon-
ey out of the business," said Mr Goodfellow.
"Bahamians fail because they don't have the
education from the point of how to do busi-
In addition, he said service was important
and should be focused on by business owners.
Mr Goodfellow said that when farms do seek
to get into the tourism market, they should
remember that their visitors expect to be treat-
ed the way they are treated where they come
from. "They want to be served the way they
are served in Puerto Rico, Hawaii and other
tourist markets. Our biggest problem is man-
aging our business' success," he added.
As of this week, two more Bahamians have
been hired by Goodfellow Farms, with staff
now numbering 20 people. There are also a
number of part-time workers enlisted with the

An Office Building with a Warehouse comprising 2,300 sq. ft. situated
on Lot No. A (6,266 sq.ft.) being a portion of Lots 1 & 2, Block 2 of
Peardale Road in Peardale Subdivision off Wulff Road.

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For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit at
356-1685 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas to
reach us before April 14, 2006
Directions: Traveling west along Wulff Rd from Claridge Rd, take the first corer on the left, Peardale Road.
Heading South along Peardale Road the subject property is situated at the junction of Peardale Road and the
first corner on the left (Peardale Manor Road)
Financing available for qualified persons.
Serious enquiries only

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The Public is hereby advised that I, STACY ANN ESTELLE
HIGGS of #09 Spinney Rd, Lucaya, P.O. Box F-43714, intend
to change my name to STACIE ANN ESTELLE FERGUSON.
If there are any objections to this change of name by Deqd
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, P.O.Box F-43536, Grand Bahama, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, MARK RENALDO
ADDERLEY of #12 Cornwallis Place, intend to change my
name to MARK RENALDO CLARKE. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, RO.Box F-4353q,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas no later than thirty (30)'days after
the date of publication of this notice.


Career Opportunity

Applications are invited from qualified and experienced individuals to fill the role of the
Company's General Manager. We are looking for a dynamic, progressive thinking and
organized professional to lead the Company's operations. Repolling to the Board of
Directors, the successfill applicant must be results-driven and will take. overall
responsibility for providing leadership and direction for ilic Comiupa .
,Key responsibilities will include translating the Companys strategic and tactical business
plans into operational realities. )Dvcloping relationships with cuIstomers. chlint.,.
government organizations corporate entites and regulatory agencies. Candidate must
display the ability to identifying gro lth opporrunities within the security industry while
developing the Company's reputation with clients and shareholders. The isiccesfiul
candidate will be required to achieve the Company's budgeted performance as well as the
short, medium and long term objectives of the Board of Directors.

Required Qualifications and Experience:
The candidate should be an experienced manager of large numbers of personnel. with a
sound knowledge of physical and technological security applications and the security and
life safety industry in general. Applicants must possess:
A minimum of 5 years previous security, law enforcement. military or other
uniformed type organisation is required.
Excellent leadership, directional, negotiation, oral and written communication
Demonstrated ability to problem solve and provide solutions to a full range of
property and life safety requirements.
Strategic thinking initiatives including the ability to translate the Group's
bigger picture into operational detail and accommodate the fixture growth and
success of the Company.
Knowledge of risk assessment: threat reduction, executive protection, access
control, CCTV, intrusion and fire detection systems would be beneficial.
Applicant must be prepared to travel. We offer an excellent compensation package with
benefits and the opportunity to join a leading security enterprise.
Contact Information:
If you think you possess the qualities outlined herein and would like to be considered for such
dynamic, fast paced and rapidly evolving industry position, please provide your profile, Curriculum
Vitae, professional and personal background and achievements to:
OR P.O Box CB-12043
The closing date for applications is April 15*h 2006



A vacancy exist in the Corporation for a Database Administrator in the Finance

The Database Administrator is responsible for planning, designing, implementing
and maintaining efficient operations of corporate databases and preparation of
logical database design for in-house application development.

Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to, the following: -

* Chairing and/or participating on committees to define date requirements.
* Ensuring all aspects of data administration is addressed.
* Participating in Information Systems development and implementation teams.
* Defining and implementing data level security for all corporate databases.
* Managing data migration/conversion issues during system installations.
* Defining, establishing and operating databases for executive information needs.
* Developing procedures for the integration of corporate systems.
* Defining, establishing and operating a database to serve Document Management
System requirements.
* Leading and participating on committees assessing business information technology
* Managing installation of release upgrades to installed RDBMD products.
* Facilitating smooth transition of all business systems vendor upgrades.
* Assisting with department annual budgeting process.

Job requirements include:

* Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent qualifications
* Sound working knowledge of relevant database management systems
* Sound knowledge of computer programming
* Strong analytical skills and good judgment
* Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
* Good time management skills
* Strong technology background married with good business skills
* Project management skills

Interested persons may apply by completing and returning the Application form ,
to: The Manager, Human Resources & Training, Head Office, Blue Hill and-:
Tucker Roads, P.O. Box N-7509, Nassau, Bahamas, on or before Friday, April 7,::



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(Expressed in United States dollars)
NOTES 2005 2004
Cash and due from banks $ 3,501,284 S 12,569,239
Interest bearing deposits with banks 503,882 568,704
Debt and equity securities 3,5 8,051,637 39,687,106
Loans and advances 4,6 3,432,730 3,437,854
Settlement balances 6 46,433,307 580,089
.Fdrward contracts 8 1,788
Accrued interest receivable 3,361 3,334
Accrued commissions receivable 3,408 4,118
Long-term investments 2,616,198
Other assets 5,372,160 5,660,918
TOTAL ASSETS S 69,919,755 $ 62,511,362

Customers' interest bearing deposits
Sight and call 7 $ 6,956,806 $ 5,879,729
Time 7 47,728,021 43,304,661
Accrued interest payable 114,974 81,022
Forward contracts 8 31,150
Other liabilities 5,589 35,521
TOTALLIABILITIES 54,805,390 49,332,083
Share'capital 9 10,000,000 10,000,000
Retained earnings 5,114,365 3,179,279
TOTAL NET EQUITY 15,114,365 13,179,279
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND NET EQUITY S 69,919,755 $ .62,511,362
Memorandum accounts 10 $ 17,492,443 $ 18,112,526

The accompanying notes from 1 to 11, form an integral part of these financial statements.
These financial statements are approved on behalf of the Board on January 25, 2006 and authorized
for issue and signed on its behalf by:

'tet/ / Director

DECEMBER 31 2005


Offshore Trust Banking Corporation Limited was incorporated under the laws of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas on November 23, 1981 and was granted a license under The
Banks and Trusts Companies Regulation Act 1965 (as amended). The Bank's name was
changed on July 27, 1994 to First Overseas Bank and Trust Company Limited, and on
SFebruary 15, 1995 to First Overseas Bank Limited ("the Bank").

The Bank's principal activity is the provision ofof offshore banking services, including buying
and selling securities issued by the Argentine government and private Argentine companies.

The Bank had three (3) employees at December 31, 2005 (2004: 3 (three) employees).

These financial statements have been prepared under the historical cost convention and in
accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS") and are expressed in
United States dollars. The preparation of financial statements in conformity with IFRS
requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of
assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities as of the date of the
financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting
period. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

The significant accounting policies adopted are as follows:

a) Cash and cash equivalents Cash and cash equivalents consist of cash and due from banks.

b) Debt and equity securities Debt and equity securities include the Republic of Argentina
.government bonds, shares in Argentine companies, debentures and foreign debt
instruments. Debt and equity securities are stated at market value.

c) Recognition of income Income and expenses are recognized on an accrual basis. Income
and expenses arising from forward contracts ae recognized using the premium accrual
method during the term of the contract, by comparing the spot value of the contract with its
market value. The forward position is appraised at the market value.

d) Foreign currency transactions These financial statements are expressed in United States
dollars. Foreign currency transactions are translated at the exchange rate prevailing at the
date of the transactions. Monetary assets and liabilities denominated in currencies other
than United States dollars are translated into United States dollars at the applicable
exchange rate prevailing at the balance sheet date.

e) Earnings per share Earnings per share is computed by dividing the net income by the
weighted average number of shares outstanding at the end of the period.


Debt and equity securities are as follows:

2005 2004

Foreign government bonds (Note 5) $ 5,856,809 $ 25,168,875
External debt instruments (Note 5) 1,393,977 2,445,627
Shares 9,646 3,450,418
Debentures 791,205 8,622,186
$ 8,051,637 $ 39,687,106


Loans and advances consist of the following:

2005 2004

Guaranteed loans $ 3,467,437 $ 3,472,603
Provision for doubtful debts (34,707) (34,749)
$ 3,432,730 $ 3,437,854


Bonds and debt instruments with foreign governments are as follows:

2005 2004
Foreign government bonds
Bonds S 959,885 $ 24,780,380
Bonds received on loan 4,896,924 388,495
Total $ 5,856,809 $ 25,168,875

External debt instruments
Venezuela Rep. $ 1 $ 5,000
U.S. Treasury 1,393,976 2,440,627
Total S 1,393,977 $ 2,445,627

Loans and Settlement
advances balances Total

Maturity ladder
Up to 1 month $ 588,562 $ 46,129,869 $ 46,718,431
From 1 to 6 months
From 6 months to I year
More than 1 year 2,844,168 303,438 3,147,606
Total $ 3,432,730 $ 46,433,307 $ 49,866,037
Geographical concentration
South America S 3,432,730 $ 35,010,520 $ 38,443,250
North America 3,224,642 3,224,642
Caribbean -
Europe 8,198,145 8,198,145
Total $ 3,432,730 $ 46,433,307 $ 49,866,037

Loans and Settlement
advances balances Total

MRuritv ladder
Up to 1 month $ 558,979 $ 482,068 $ 1,041,047
From 1 to 6 months -
From 6 months to 1 year
More than 1 year 2,878,875 98,021 2,976,896
Total S 3,437,854 $ 580,089 $ 4,017,943
Geographical concentration
South America $ 3,437,854 $ 482,852 $ 3,920,706
North America 71,476 71,476
Europe 25,761 25,761
Total $ 3,437,854 $ 580,089 $ 4,017,943


Sight and Time Settlement
call deposits deposits balances Total
Maturity ladder
Up to 1 month $ 6,956,806 $ 20,955,687 $ $ 27,912,493
From 1 to 6 months 26,549,661 26,549,661
From 6 months to 1 year 222,673 222,673
More than 1 year -
Total $ 6,956,806 $ 47,728,021 $ $ 54,684,827

Geographical concentration
South America $ 5,953,179 $47,655,157 $ $53,608,336
Europe -
Caribbean 989,967 17,497 1,007,464
North America 13,660 55,367 69,027
Total $ 6,956,806 $ 47,728,021 $ $ 54,684,827


Sight and Time Settlement
call deposits deposits balances Total
Maturity ladder
Up to 1 month $ 5,879,729 $ 23,081,787 $ $ 28,961,516
From 1 to 6 months 18,482,867 18,482,867
From 6 months to 1 year 1,740,007 1,740,007
More than 1 year
Total $ 5,879,729 $ 43,304,661 $ $ 49,184,390

Geographical concentration
South America $ 4,952,473 $ 41,923,474 $ 46,875,947
Europe 16,724 16,724
Caribbean 896,439 1,322,183 2,218,622
North America 14,093 59,004 73,097
Total $ 5,879,729 $ 43,304,661 $ 49,184,390


Values to Amount in
receive (give) US$
Amount arranged Amount arranged Total

Sales $ 48,715 $ 46,927 $ (1,788)
Total $ 48,715 $ 46,927 $ (1,788)


Values to
Nominal receive (give) Amount in USS
Value USS Amount arranged Amount arranged Total

Client 3208-6 $ 750,000 $ (630,000) $ 635,550 $ 5,550
Client 2324-2 8,000,000 (6,039,200) 6,002,500 (36,700)
Accrued profits -31,150. 31150
Total $ 8,750,000 $ (6,638,050) $ 6,638,050 $


The authorized, issued and outstanding share capital of the Bank consists of 10,000 ordinary
shares of US$1,000 each.



2005 2004

Bonds received for custody $ 3,500,029 $ 4,688,654
Guarantee received 880,333 1,349,799
Trusts 13,112,081 12,074,073
$ 17,492,443 $" 18,112,526


Balances with Banco Mariva S.A. (Argentina) and other related parties are as follows:
2005 2004
Cash and due from banks $ 293,875 $ 892,933
Debt and equity securities 2,733,921
Purchases to liquidate 4,980,442
Sales to liquidate (12,085,947)
Loans and advances 9,825 71,626
Settlement balances 7,095,698 345,251
Long term investments 2,616,198
$ 2,910,091 $ 4,043,731

Clients' interest bearing deposits $ 12,654,562 $ 702,769
Accrued interest payable 15,705
Other liabilities 36,878 160
$ 12,707,145 $ 702,929

Guarantee received in shares $ 1,742,710 $ 1,742,710
$ 1,742,710 $ 1,742,710

Gomez Partners & Co.
The mDeaey
Cmnbatbd Hill St.
P.O. BoxN-1991
NmxlU, Bahm.i
Telephone: (242) 356-4114
Telft: (242) 356-4125
-. n sndependem memb of


To the Shareholders of:
First Overseas Bank Limited

We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of First Overseas Bank Limited ("the Bank")
as of December 31, 2005 and the related statements of income, changes in shareholders' equity
and cash flows for the year then ended. These financial statements are the responsibility of the
Bank's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements
based on our audit.

We conducted our audit in accordance with International Standards on Auditing. Those.
standards require that we plan and perform our audit to obtain reasonable assurance about
whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining,
on a test basis, the evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements.
An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made
by management as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentations. We believe
that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

In our opinion, the financial statements present fairly, in all material respects, the financial
position of the Bank as December 31, 2005 and the result of its operations and its cash flows for
the year then ended in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards.


January 25, 2006
Nassau, Bahamas

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Expansion of Abaco Beach Resort

& Boat Harbour to cost $80-100m

FROM page 1B

room flats and three bedroom.
two-storey lofts, with four
styles to choose from
Owners will have the option
of offering the units into a
rental programme, and the
units are designed with a 'lock-
out' section so that even partial
units may be rented if desired.
Their architectural st\l ifea-
tures traditional inspired
themes, with Bermuda rooms ,
dormer windows. and i\\de


Amenities include. hiredd
back-up generators; GE mono-
gram appliances such as sio\e.

tell i i j it>. i re ,, t d J 1_ h -

ei. and qt.ick \\ahcr and dr\iei.
anlk-in closet' I.talian porzc-
lin tilc .inJ black ii aiite lops-
and V ',tlmi ,ic.linci\ lIoi the


"O\nci (- o the Ab.ico Re<-
idence- '.iln nli, cnloi\ all th
benc it, ..ind jmniL iii.i!c l that
resort ha,, t otter said Mr
I h.;\ '.' ill .II'._ I.i,%e the hbLn
.At' 01 p .I' 1 i 1ninL1 J "pc tIl mi.m -
ber. club making their choice
o(l jincnliim: eilles, '
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rooms iand uiites. all \%ith tei -
races and hliili'nie plut, si\
upscale coillt.iees n its glO.undid

S XPN IN -A5otide iew fIAaco.I
Bec Resor & Bat H. boIr

Ex-Bahamas firm's owners fined $10.44m

FROM page 1B

SEC administrative proceed-
ings against them revealed that
Knight and Huggins were
respectively APAM's chief
investment officer and presi-
dent. Knight owned a 49 per
cent stake in the firm.
The SEC recorded how
Knight had been sentenced to
five year's probation and a
$50,000 fine after pleading
guilty during criminal pro-
ceedings, brought in Manhat-
tan. He pled guilty to charges
that he tried to "steal more
than $1 million from Ever-
green Trust", the Bahamian
trust that acted as the holding
vehicle for: the mutual fund,
through Mataeka, the Bahami-
an IBC that;he owned and con-
trolled with Huggins.
Similarly, in regard to the
same episode, Huggins
received three years' proba-

tion and a $50,000 fine after
pleading guilty to criminal pos-
session of stolen property, a
misdemeanor. That property
belonged to the Evergreen
The proceedings against
both men said: "The Ever-
green Trust received invest-
ment management services
from APAM.tbrough another
entity owned by Huggins and
[Knight], called International
Portfolio Analytics (lPA), a
Bahamian corporation that
managed funds for offshore


"IPA was affiliated with
APAM through their common
ownership. Mataeka executed
a $6.5 million loan agreement
from the Evergreen Trust on
December 11, 1997. The crim-
inal charges....... related to this
loan agreement."
Mr Cuthill's separate lawsuit

against Huggins and Knight.
which resulted in the more
than $10 million award against
them, had alleged: "On or
about 11 December, 1997,
Evergreen transferred approx-
imately $6.5 million to or for
the benefit of Malaeka....
"At least $2.5 million of the
$6.5 million were transferred
to or for the benefit of Knight
and Huggins. Knighl and l lug-
gins then made a loan to)
APAM in the amount of $2.5
million. At the time. Huggins
was a director and president
of APAM. and Knight was a
director and vice-president of
The suit alleged that $5.1
million!of the $6.5 million
Mataeka received from Ever
green Security was transferred
to Surety Bank & Trust, ,1
Bahamian bank ,siceIL hliquid,:i
The lawsuit alleges that on
or about December 18, 1997,
some $3.6 million of the


Position of General Manager

One of our clients involved in the retail business is seeking an energetic
experienced General Manager for their Freeport, Grand Bahama operations.
Interested candidates should have a proven track record of accomplishments
and a desire to advance a chain of Drug/Convenience Stores and Perfume
stores into a new era of growth and development.

The qualified candidate must have a minimum of five (5) years hands on
experience in multiple store management, preferably in convenience and
perfume store retailing and will report to the Chief Operations Officer. The
General Manager will be directly responsible for the stores' management.
teams and he or she will lead them in the delivery of high standards of :
customer satisfaction, achievement of aggressive sales targets and to drive
the profitability of the business.

Proven track records in inventory control, merchandising and excellent
communication skills, are essential the individual must possess. The ability
to effectively provide a level of customer service that exceeds customer
expectations, and the expertise to train and motivate sales staff in exceeding
company sales targets are also a must.

An excellent remuneration and benefits package is offered, including
generous performance bonuses, medical, dental and life insurance.

Interested candidates should submit their resumes to either of the addresses
provided below (by hand or mail) no later than Friday, April 7, 2006.

Resident Partner
Regent Centre East Suite A
P.O. Box F-42682
Freeport, Grand Bahama
The Bahamas

Re: GM

Human Resources Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers /
East Hill Street
P.O. Box N-3910
Nassau, The Bahamas

Re: GM

"Mataeka llransfer' was trans-
ferred to Surety Bank & Trust.
Another $1.5 million was then
allegedly deposited on or
about December 24. 1997.
The lawsuit alleges:

"Through a series of transac-
tions, the funds deposited in
Surety Bank were denoted as
follows: 1) a deposit account
in the name of Castro in the
amount of $1.5 million; 2) a

deposit account in the name of
Boyd in the amount of $1.8
million; and 3) a deposit
account in the name of
Thomas S. Spencer in the
amount of $1.8 million."

A Single Storey Commercial Building of concrete-structure.approximately 5 years old incomplete Gas
Station and Undergiound I-uel Storage Tank and comprising 2,121 sq. ft. situated on Lot No. 90-F (27,738 sq. ft.)
beitg a portion ofl I.ol oI' Lda:d totaling 4.6T1'' ~aesii nf:li Elkuihera, Queens Highai.i), Lower Boguie,'Eleuthera
The properly is well landscaped and is in close proximity to a Shopping Centre and Gas Station. Area Utilities:
Electricity. City Water and Telephone

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For conditions of the sale and other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit at: 356-1685, 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit,
P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
To reach us before April, 2006
Directions: Travelling on the western side of the Main Eleuthera Highway and approximately 2,219 feet northerly
from Four for Nothing Road on the Island of Eleuthera, Bahamas
Financing available for the qualified persons
Serious enquires only


Credit Suisse Wealth Management
k Lim.- LimitCed-.
i's presently considering applications for a
Position in Operations Department
Credit Suisse Private one of the world's premier private banks. It is setting new standards that
go beyond traditional bankirig services. Our ded'l:aid and highly qualified staff provides our clientele with
comprehensive solutions in individual investment counseling and professional portfolio management. Our
total commitment is always to our clients and we focus without compromise on their financial well-being and
theur personal values.
The position is open to candidates with the following minimum requirements:
Recent graduate accredited University/College
PC Literacy (MS Word and Excel)
Excellent mathematics skills
The candidate will be expected to:
Process payments and trade orders
Process confirmations and client statements
Client database maintenance
Process subscriptions/redemptions investment funds
Liaise sales force to process client transactions
Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational and communication skills
Good work ethic and commitment to service excellence
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and performance bonus
Health and Life Insurance

APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN WRITING. Persons not meeting the minimum requirements need not apply.
Applications should be submitted by fax to: (242) 302-6398
Or by mail to: Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4801
Nassau, Bahamas


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pair of silver medals, three
fourth place finishers and
eight finalists, head coach
Keith Parker said he's quite
pleased with the performance
of the Bahamas' 20-member
team so far at the XVIII
Commonwealth Games.
The Bahamas will go into
the final two days of compe-
-tition at the Melbourne
Cricket Ground tonight with
Jackie Edwards in the final
of the women's long jump
and the men's 4 x 400 relay
team of Dennis Darling,
Dominic Demeritte, Timothy
Muklings and Avard Mon-
cu_ in the first of the two
semifinal heats in lane four.
On Saturday, Antonio
Saunders will be the last indi-
vidu'al competitor to compete
in the final of the men's long
jd'nlp and, depending on
.wliether or not they qualify,
the, men's 4 x 400 relay team
,wil, bring the curtain down
on the athletic competition.

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"'!''Everyone is doing their
absolute best," Parker
sti'esed. "I think, not with-
st4nding the medals, the per-
4r.ance of the games for us
ihas to be the high jumper fin-
ishing fourth in his first ever
s'enlior meet."
;"'.With successes come disap-
tpiritments and Parker said
,Ni''h ve seen their share.
.;- -Dominic Demeritte quali-
fied- automatically on time,
Stit',when they reviewed the
tIffe, he definitely stepped on
t.f line at least three times,"
i& iioted. "So it's just one of
,th.>,is thini '. 4t's just unfor-
.O.;ne of the most unfortu-
npiat events occurred in the
ieats of the men's 200 when
Tro.y Mclntosh pulled up with
SIleft hamstring strain and he
.\\ill n, ha\ e to skip the 4 x 4
.that gets underway with the
heats tonight.
THe Bahamas will need to
fristh inthie top three, or post
ohe' of the two next fastest
Itimnes after the six teams from
.the two heats combined have

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secured their spot, in order
to qualify for Saturday's
grand finale.
"He will be out of the 4 x 4.
but we still have a very good
teani." Parker stressed.
In addition to the men's 4 x
4 team competing in the
heats, Jackic Edwards will be
the fourth competitor oni the
runway in the women's long
jump final tonight. She was

the fourth qualifier.
And on Saturday. Antonio
Saunders will be the final
competitor to compete in an
individual event. He went in
directly as a finalist as there
was no qualifying roIund (on
If there was any disap-
pointment for the coaching
staff, Parker said it would
have definitely been with

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Osbourne Moxey in the
men's long jump final. He
cleared a bcsl of 7.36 metres
for 12th place.
lle was the 12th and final
jumlpel in the event that
was held on Wednesday
"h'lose things happen in
frackk ;.ld ficd. Those things
make spot s," Parker stated.
" lnicss Yo'u have the compe-

tition, you might as well just
give the guy with the best
mark going into the competi-
tion the medal.
"That's just the nature of
sport. You have some good
days and you have some bad
days. Osbourne just had a ter-
rible day. But we know we
could have done better and
we expected him to, do bet-

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Senior Sports Reporter
MELBOURNE: There's no
reason why the Bahamas
should not be represented in
team competition as well as
the individual sports at the
Commonwealth Games
according to track and field's
team manager Julie Wilson.
Wilson said she was amazed
at what she saw from some of
the team disciplines. She said
she's confident that the
Bahamas could easily field a
team that can be just as com-
petitive in basketball.
"I haven't been to see the
actual events, but based on
what I saw on television, I
don't see why we can't field a
team to compete in the Com-
" monwealth Games," Wilson
"I would think that with the
amount of players that we
have available, especially play-
ing professionally, we should
be able to play with any of
these teams here. I hope that
by the next games, we will
take a look at that."
Wilson said she's of the
opinion that the Bahamas
'could even stand a chance
somewhere in the middle of
the pile competing in the
ladies' division of basketball.
"I think the competition
might be a little" more stiffer
for us to medal in the ladies
division," she reflected. "But
we have some pretty decent
ladies' players that can give
us a good chance to finish
somewhere in the middle of
the pile."
At this year's games, there
are not that many team sports.
In fact, there are only four of
the 16 different disciplines that
are fully-fledged team com-
petitions: basketball, rugby 7's,
hockey and netball.
The Bahamas competed in
the last Commonwealth
Games in rugby, but was not
invited to participate this time
In basketball, hockey and
netball, the Bahamas has nev-
er participated.
Wilson, who also has some
interest in netball, having
served as the president of the
New Providence Netball
Association, said she doesn't
see why the Bahamas can't
even field a team in that sport
and even be competitive.
"I think we have the players
who can play at this level,"
she insisted. "We may not
have the height, but I think
we have a very good layer in
Natasha Miller, who can help
us at this level."
Even though her role here is
that as the manager for the
track and field team, Wilson
said she will certainly be inter-
ested in finding out the
requirements are for entry
into the team competition,
especially basketball.

Men's 4x400

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Bahamas as well as we chn.
"We all go out there and
train hard and prepare for
these moments. Sometimes
the moments are not what
we expect. But we just con-
tinue to move on and press
forward to our future goals.
We just have to wait and
see what happens when we
step out there and run in
the heats."
Munnings, the veteran
team captain who will be
the freshest man on the
squad, said they've had
some distractions, but
"we're here ready to stay
focused and do what we

have to do."
"With Dominic now in
the mix in replace of Troy,
I'm confident that he will
hold his own like all of us
and we will get to the final.
Once we get to the final,
I'm confident that we will
sit down'and make the
right decision on how we
will set it up for the final."
However it is set up,
Munnings said they will
certainly miss McIntosh,
but they know that the
show must go on.


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Senior Sports Reporter
MELBOURNE: Put aside all
The Bahamian coaching staff
has released what is considered
the best line up for the men's 4 x
400 metre relay team in the
heats tonight at the Melbourne
Cricket Grounds.
In their quest to qualify for

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-the final of the XVIII Comn
monwealth Games on Saturday
night, the Bahamas will send
the team of Dennis Darling,
Dominic Demeritte, Timothy
Munnings and Avard Moncur

to compete.
The Bahamas has drawn lane
four in the first of two heats in
the semifinal, but the coaches
will have up to an hour before
the start of the event to make

any adjustments. There are 14
teams entered, seven in both
heats. The first three automat-
ically qualify and the next two
fastest times will make the final
on Saturday night.
Joining the Bahamas in heat
one are Wales in lane one, Sier-
ra Leone in two, Kenya in
three, the Republic of South
Africa in five, Mauritus in six
and Trinidad & Tobago in sev-

FOR Dominic Demeritte, it's redemption time as he attempts
to make up for the mistake he made by stepping on the line rune
ning in the second round of the men's 200 heats.

Assistant coach Fritz Grant
said, after Troy McIntosh went
out with a hamstring injury in
the first round of the men's 200,
they were able to bring in
Demeritte to take his spot and

GAMBIER Prtmary school fought off elimination in the New\
Pro\ idence Primar\ School Sporting Associatlon INPPSSA bas-
ketball tournament yesterday \ith a twro point win o\er EP Roberts
Being down bv three points in the first halt of pla. Gambler came
charging back sinking all of their free throws in the closing minutes
to snag the game j\ a from the EP Roberts L-8.
This .as the first win for Gambier. who lost to Stephen Dllet 11-
6 in their open match-up.
Before Stephen Dillet took on Gambler, the team taced-off
with Claridge Primary, defeating them 20-14 The 20 points posted
by Stephen Dillet was the highest score in all the games on the da..
the team is currently leading pool two with a perfect win-loss
Coming in second in the pool is Clandge Primarn and Center tile
Primar\. both having won one game each
Centecr\lle's big game was against Carmichael Piimar.. win-
ning lQ-9; while Claridge got their win o\er Center\ lle 15-12
CW Sawyer has taken charge of pool one ith a 2-1.1 win-loss
record. The team defeated GarMin T nes 194-14.
Taking the second spot in the pool is Columbus Pi mnarsy wth a
1-1 w'in-loss record. Columbus \\on theil first game o er Cletelland
Eneas 13-12.
The playotts in the NPPSSA will continue todaL with the quar-
ter and senu-linal games. Although the association wi tl continue on
with games for teams w\ho ha\e lost more than two games, the tour-
nament is designed to eliminate the teams ho ha\e recorded t\wo
loses bclfre the quarter finals.
'The gurls semi-tinals are set with Garvin T\nes. Y, low Elder. C\\
Saw\\er and Claridge Primary. All semi-final games in this di vision
will be played on Tuesday at the Sir Kendal Isaacs g\m. The bo\s
championships are also set for Tuesda. 10am.

GAMlBIER score the winning basket veslerda3. The team
defeated EP Roberts 9-8 yesterday.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune stajf)

"not lose anymore of the foot
"We feel he will help us 'I
advance to the final where We
will have a well rested Chris
Brown," Grant stated. "We had
a really good hand off practice
and the team is gelling very
"We talked about the line-
up and everybody is satisfied
and comfortable and confident
of their role they have to play:
Each one of them has a partic-
ular role in which they have to
play in on their particular leg
and we are all looking forward
to an outstanding performance
from these men."
Grant said the team is ready
to go.
For Demeritte, it's redemp-
tion time as he attempts to
make up for the mistake he
made by stepping on the line
running in the second round of
the men's 200 heats, paying for
it with a disqualification.
"I'm happy to have a leg on
the men's 4 x 4. I really thought
it would have come in the
finals, but I'm ready to go," he
said. "Things like that (stepping
on the lane) happen in track
and field, but it's the first time
it's happened to me.
"It happened to the best in
the world, it happened, to
Tonique (Williams-Darling)
and to Avard (Moncur), so I
just have to get over it and get
ready for the relays. I have a
chance to make up for it. I'm
just going to go out there and
put my best foot forward and
run a good time for these guys"
No matter who is out there,
Demeritte said the Bahamas
will be proud. i
Moncur, slowly working his
back into form with a season's
best of 45.72 in a fourth place
finish in the semifinals qf the
400, said their ultimate goal ls
to win a medal and they are
going to start that prbcess
tonight. .:
"We've had some injuries.
but we still have a lot of guys
here who are just as capable'of
carrying us through," Moncfir
stressed. "I don't think no ote
expected more of me thair
expect of myself and likewise;,I
think we all want to go out
there and put our best foot for:
ward and represent the
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