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Publication Date: April 5, 2006
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Volume: 1.02 No.114




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Witness testifies in

coroner's inquest

Majesty's Prison testified before
the coroner's inquest that he
saw deceased prisoner Neil
Brown being escorted onto a
prison bus alive and under his
own power.
On the second day of,the
inquest into prison officer Dion
Bowles and prison inmate Neil
Brown's death, prison officer
Dennis Johnson said that on
Monday, January 16, sometime
between 11.30pm and midnight,
while on duty in the maximum
security section of the prison
the sirens went off.

Two more
fields found
POLICE have discovered
two more marijuana fields in
the Bahamas, bringing to sev-
en the total number of fields
found this year.
Police, acting on a tip, dis-
covered a field in Old Bight,
Cat Island with 35 marijuana
plants, ranging in height from
one to three feet.
Also, another field was
found in the small island com-
munity of Harbour Island
with 275 plants, ranging in
height from six to 12 inches.
In the case of the Old Bight
field a 46-year-old Bahamian
man was arrested. However,
no one has been arrested in
connection with the Harbour
Island fields.
Police investigations into
the matter continue.

After heading to the mini-
mum security section of the
prison, where inmates were
reported to have been on the
roof, he scaled the prison fence
onto Yamacraw Road because
he had heard noises coming
from that area.
Once outside the prison walls,
he reported seeing law enforce-
ment officials guarding several
inmates sitting on the side of
the road, among them prisoners
F'urrester Bowe and Neil
He revealed in his testimony
that Brown was searched and
found in possession of corridor
keys, supposedly to cell block
C of the maximum security sec-
He later testified that he per-
sonally assisted another prison-
er, Barry Parcoi, onto one of
the prison buses which was pre-
sent. Parcoi, Johnson also testi-
fied, was found in possession of
a homemade dagger.
Recounting what happened
after he put Parcoi on the bus,
Johnson said as he was return-
ing to the prison, he saw the bus
pulling away with the prisoners
from the Yamacraw Road area
that he had just left.
Questioned by prosecutor
Bernard Turner as to the
actions of the inmates and their
condition when he saw them
seated on the side of the street,
Mr Johnson said that in the lim-
ited light of night, he did not
see the inmates doing anything
in particular, and that they were
quiet. Bowe's face, he said,
appeared to be dirty. Bowe's
dirty face, he said, prevented
him from recognizing Bowe

SEE page 11

SA MOTHER, Irarelling with her sesen-
month baby, had to be cut from her vehicle
with the jaws of life following a two-car col-
lision in southern New Providence.
Four persons, including the baby who was
strapped in a car seat, sustained minor
injuries as a result of the accident which
occurred sometime after 2 o'clock yesterday
According to attending officer Corporal
George Martin of the fire branch, the woman,
travelling west on Regent Street, was crossing

o\er into East ASenue "hen her Toyotla
Camry collided with a purple coloured
Hyundai with two male passengers.
The two men and the baby received lacer-
ations to the face, while the woman suffered
back injuries while trapped behind the steer-
ing wheel of her car.
The woman was cut from her vehicle by
officers of the fire department.
All four were treated at the scene and lat.
er taken to Princess Margaret Hospital.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


Autopsy shows
Three bullets
fired into
Deron Bethel
THE heartbroken mother of
Hotel worker Deron Bethel,
cried out for justice last night'
after it was revealed that three
S bullets were fired into her son
when police approached his
Until now, police had
claimed only one shot was fired
when father-to-be Deron, 20,
died outside his Pinewood Gar-
dens home last week.
Now his family has received
an autopsy report showing that
three shots were fired one
directly into the heart, a sec-
ond into his chest and a third
into his throat.
The bullet in his throat also
entered his brain, killing him
instantly. "Every one of those
shots would have been fatal," a
family friend said last night.
As the news became known,
Deron's mother Diana, 52, said
the family and their friends
would not rest until those
responsible were brought
before the courts.
SShe said police would have
to give a full account of what
"I amvery disturbed by what
S SEE page 11

Rape of police woman among pair's multiple charges

THE rape of a 20-year-old police officer is
among the four rape matters and numerous
armed robbery charges that Jamal Arnold
McSweeney and Cyril Nathaniel Williams II
faced in Magistrate's Court yesterday.
Twenty-one-year-old McSweeney of West
Street and 22-year-old Williams of Pinewood
Gardens were charged with detaining and rap-
ing a 49-year-old and 36-year-old woman on
March 24, 2006.
The two men were not required to enter a
AM. plea for the more serious crimes, including
armed robbery and rape, and seemed unmoved
as Magistrate Renee McKay read docket after
A 'docket of armed robbery, weapons possession
and burglary charges.
Williams and McSweeney were also charged
with robbing the two women of a number of
items, including jewellery, electrical items,
clothing, and a government issued work permit:
."- The total value of items stolen from the home
.h off Cowpen Road was well over $3,500.
Also the pair was charged with raping two
20-year-old women of Faith Gardens only three
"'A days later.
According to court dockets, one of the wom:
N CYRIL WILLIAMS (left) and Jamal McSweeney outside of court yesterday SEE e 11
(Photos: Franklyn G Ferguson) SEE page 11

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The DEU, in an joint opera- Arawak Cay. heater on board the \essel.
tion with Customs officers, yes- According to reports, the This latest firearm capture
terday captured 10 handguns, vessel had just arrived in the follows police's recent launch
including semi-automatic Bahamas from Florida. of a new aggressive inter-
revolvers, during a search of a Officers discovered the branch initiative to remove
large cargo vessel moored off weapons hidden inside a water guns from Bahamian streets.

BUT and government

back in negotiations

government and BUT yester-
day resumed with "measured
progress," however due to
numerous delays in the process
during the past months, the
teachers will not receive their
money before Easter.
Both sides met yesterday for
the first time since government
last week presented its latest
proposal for an industrial
In a press statement released
late last night, government said
that "measured progress has

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been achieved toward the goal
of speedily resolving any out-
standing issues with the BUT."
However, despite this
progress, the BUT yesterday
refused to withdraw its
declared work-to-rule.
Teachers in the public school
system began their week-long
work to rule on Monday, which
includes the suspension of all
extra-curricular activities.
Government said that it
regretted that despite repeated
requests and resumed negoti-
ations, the BUT continues to
work in this mode.
i As a result of yesterday's
meeting, the two sides have
agreed to the following:
The union has tentatively
agreed to enter into discussions
on salaries at a meeting on
April, 13. "
' :''The government \\ ill ndi-
catd to the BUT all non-salary
clauses which the government
is prepared to negotiate as part
of any, agreement.
The government will
arrange a briefing for the BUT
on the state of the economy
by the Ministry of Finance on
April 6.
Government last night said
that it hopes the union will
allow the remainder of the
negotiating process to continue
"without further disruption and
negative effects on our chil-
dren, especially at this time of
intense preparation for impor-
tant academic'examinations."
In the ongoing pursuit of a
five year agreement, both par-
ties have been wrangling over.
which professionals should be
included in the new contract.
SGovernment officials yester-
day said that they acknowledge
the BUT's desire for confir-
mation that its bargaining unit
comprises all of its members.

"We accept the present def-
inition pursuant to the 1965
Recognition Agreement. Our
side agrees with the BUT (as is
set out in BUT's proposal) that
different rules must apply to
administrators in the system
than those who are not admin-
istrators. We also note the
BUT's proposal that both
administrative and non-admin-
istrative members be dealt
with in the same agreement,
albeit in separate sections of
the agreement. We agree with
this approach," government's
statement read.
Government pointed out
that a provision to a clause in
the 1965 agreement excludes
"matters governed by the Pub-
lic Service Commission, mat-
ters for which the Minister of
Education or any other officer
in the Ministry of Education
has responsibility under the
Constitution, the Education
Act, or any other law, matters
involving appointments, trans-
fers, discipline, allocation of
duties, or matters involving the
general superintendence,
direction and control of main-
tained schools by the Minister
responsible for Education."
As the 1965 agreement
addresses matters within the
scope of "remuneration,
tenure and conditions of ser-
Svice and other allied matters"
which are not otherwise
excluded by the provision,
"matters listed above are
excluded from the terms of the
1965 Recognition Agreement,"
Sthe government said last night.
BUT president Ida Poitier-
Turnquest in a statement, to
The Tribune last week claimed
that it was a "total lie" that the
Recognition Agreement only
allows the union to negotiate
for salaries.

0 In brief

Society to

THE Trinidad and Tobago
Bahamian Society is observing .
its 15th birthday in the Bahamas
- and plans to celebrate the 9
milestone in typical Trinidadian
Among the events scheduled '
for the year is a Trinidad and
Tobago Week at the end of .'-
August, to tie in with Trinidad's
44th Independence celebra- .
tions. ,
The week will include'a
prayer service and a Trinidadi- '
an "Big Fete". ,
These events will all be
fundraisers, as the society is a
non-profit organisation. The 'I
proceeds will be used to raise..
funds to support several chari- :
ties in the Bahamas. '
All Trinidadians, Tobagoni-
ans and their spouses and chil- ,.
dren are invited for the big
birthday party on'Thursday,; .
April 6, at St Thomas More -;
Parish Hall in Palmdale..
Persons can e-mail society ;i
president Andrea Myers at for fur- -';
their information.

wanted for
supplement ,
THE Tribune will be pub---
lishing its annual Back-to-
School supplement in August
and we would like to feature as
many graduating seniors as pos-
sible who \ ill be attending col- .
lege/university both here and
We are currently working to
compile a list of graduates and
are inviting members of the
public to submit information on
graduating seniors.
Along with a recent, pass-
port-size- photograph. parents
and/or students shodlld--ubmit
the following:
.Name of student
SName of current school
SNumber of examinations
Extracurricular activities
Name of college/university
the student expects to attend
*Title of degree being sought
What they plan to do once
they graduate
The information should be
submitted to The Tribune on
Shirley and Deveaux Streets,
no later than April 28, 2006.
Persons may also mail the infor-
mation to:
Tribune Features Editor
Back-To-School Supplement
The Tribune
Box N-3207 4'
Nassau, Bahamas
The information can also be
e-mailed to features@tribune- or persons may con-
tact The Tribune at 322-1986.


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o In brief


season 'to

be less


THE 2006 hurricane season is
expected to be less ferocious
than last year according to an
expert forecaster.
The Colorado State Univer-
sity team led by Dr William
Gray, a pioneer in forecasting
storm probabilities, said it
expects 17 named storms to
form in the Atlantic during this
year's hurricane season, which
officially begins on June 1.
The team is predicting that
nine of the storms will strength-
en into hurricanes, with winds at
or above 74 mph.
This reaffirms an early pre-
diction made in December and
updated to include current
trends like the La Niia weather
phenomenon, cool Pacific
waters and an abnormally warm
The forecasters said five of
the hurricanes are likely to be
major storms, reaching at least
category three status and boast-
ing winds of at least 111 mph.
However, the Colorado team
also said there were likely to be
fewer major storms making
landfall in the United States
compared to 2005, when virtu-
ally every hurricane record was

Man to be

charged for



Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT A motorcy-
clist seriously injured in a traffic
accident over the weekend is
expected to be brought before
the Magistrate's .Court on
firearm posseigpn charges once
he is discharged from hospital.
According to Chief Superin-
tendent Basil Rahming, a 20-
year-old resident of Lincoln
Park was injured Friday in a
traffic accident while riding his
motorcycle on Tarrey Town
The motorcyclist was riding
a Kawasaki 'Ninja' when he col-
lided with a Cherokee jeep dri-
ven by 26-year-old Jeremy Hes-
lop of Tarrey Town Drive.
He was thrown from the bike
and sustained a broken pelvis
and right leg.
Mr Rahming said Police and
EMS personnel were dis-
patched to the scene, where an
officer allegedly retrieved a
.9mm pistol.
The rider was taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital. He was lat-
er airlifted to Princess Margaret
Hospital in Nassau, where he
listed in stable condition.
Mr Rahming said the man
will be facing criminal and traf-
fic charges once he has been
discharged from hospital.

Three Cubans still missing after

escape from detention centre

THE three Cuban refugees
who escaped the Carmichael
Road Detention Centre on
Sunday are still at large and
authorities are not reporting
any new leads in the matter.
Director of Immigration Ver-
non Burrows said yesterday
that officials could not confirm
if the three men were still in
New Providence.
"At this time we cannot say if
they are on the island on if they
managed to leave somehow,"
he told The Tribune.
The men have been identi-
fied as Jose Antonio Alvarez
Garcia, 38, Victor Brito Senea,
35, and Lazaro Acosta Ortiz,
33 all of the settlement of
Matanzas, located 60 miles
from the capital city of Havana
in western Cuba.
The men had been held at
the Carmichael Road Deten-
tion Centre for several months
before their escape, according

* JOSE Antonio Alvarez

to the Department of Immi-
At this time, it is not known
how the men were able to plan
and execute their escape.

* LAZARA Acosta Ortiz

"All we can say is that they
were able to cut through three
fences," Mr Burrows said.
It is also unclear if the men
were given any assistance in

* VICTOR Brita Senea

their escape from either inside
or outside the detention centre.
Officials first discovered that
the Cubans were missing at
4.30am on Sunday morning.

Mr Burrows said that at the
time of their escape, the three
men were held in a dormitory
with about 100 other detainees.
Although Defence Force
officers have responsibility for
the security at the detention
centre, immigration and police
officers have been called in to
investigate the circumstances
surrounding the incident.
The incident is not the first
escape from the Carmichael
Road facility to be reported in
the press.
In 2004, three Cuban
detainees escaped just before
a riot broke out at the centre,
during which one of the dormi-
tories was set on fire.
The incident left 11 guards
and nine detainees injured.
Two of the escapees were
captured immediately and third
was detained almost two weeks
later in the area of Cow Pen

Investigation launched into man's disappearance

Tribune Staff Reporter
DUE to the "irregular" cir-
cumstances surrounding the
disappearance of a Bahamian
man at sea over the weekend,
police have reportedly
launched a full scale investiga-
tion into the matter.
Fearing the worst, US Coast
Guard officials have suspended
their search for the 31-year-old
man who has been missing
since Friday off Andros.
Lt Commander Terry Johns,
press liaison officer for the
Coast Guard, said it is highly
unlikely that the man, whose
name is being withheld until
the next of kin can be notified,

survived his long drift in the
Gulf Stream.
Initial reports suggested that
the man fell off the vessel F/V
Donna Maura at around 5am.
However, no report of the inci-
dent was made to Coast Guard
officials until 9.20am.
The commercial fishing ves-
sel was about 48 miles west of
Andros in the Santaren Chan-
nel when the report of a "man
overboard" was relayed to offi-
The Coast Guard dispatched
a C-130 search plane, three
HH-60 helicopters and Cutters
Tornado, and Mohawk to
search for the missing man, and
gain information from the crew
of the F/V Donna Maura.

However, the response of the
crew and their handling of the
situation led Lt Cmdr Johns to
become suspicious.
"The disregard, and the lack
of proactive measures by the
vessel to provide information
and assistance in the search just
seemed very strange," he said.
Allegedly, the vessel left
after one day of searching and
the initial report to Coast
Guard officials had been made
through a "third party" vessel.
With this information, Lt
Cmdr Johns said, he contact-
ed the Defence Force who then
alerted the police and asked
them to look into the matter.
Late yesterday afternoon,
police confirmed that they are

Reor owesbyfietuk

RON and Bette Francis,
owners of the Palm Bay Beach
Resort, have purchased a fire
truck to be used for the overall
benefit of the island of Exu-
Long before he became a
developer of resort and resi-

dential "Homes in the Sun" at
Palm Bay, Ron Francis was a
fire fighter in Calgary, Alberta,
Now that experience will
come in handy, as a group of
volunteer fire fighters will be
trained to safeguard Palm Bay

Beach Resort and other parts
of Exuma.
Ron has agreed that Palm
Bay will fund the cost to train
the island fire team as well as
offer information regarding the
prevention and containment of

investigating the matter.
"The whole thing is strange.
The fact that they were fishing
down in the Cay Sal Bank and
this guy goes missing, and we
don't get notified until a whole
five hours later. I don't think
we had direct contact with the
vessel in the first place. It was a
relay from another vessel that
they had a man overboard. So it
was very sketchy information.
"If in fact this guy fell over-


board, we had no indication of
him wearing a life jacket, which
could have saved his life. Plus
the lack of communication from
the vessel could have allowed
the Coast Guard to make a
quicker response to the appro-
priate area," he said.
Lt Cmdr Johns said that the
chances of the man being alive
now are "very slim" taking in
account all the factors sur-
rounding the incident.

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A sensible look at immigration

THE DEBATE over immigration demon-
strates just how easily demagoguery and
mythology can cloud careful analysis.
Listeners to right-wing talk radio could
easily find themselves thinking that the future
of America is at stake if the estimated 11.5
million illegal immigrants aren't all round-
ed up and deported, posthaste.
But if the rhetoric among libertarians, lib-
erals, and pro-immigration conservatives is
more humane, it's hardly devoid of delusion.
The assertion that our high level of immi-
gration has only beneficial effects is also
wrong, as is the notion that it is impossible,
even immoral, to control our borders.
First things first. This nation shouldn't go
on an extended hunt for immigrants who are
already in this country illegally. Many have
been here for years, with children born and
raised here. They are marbled into the work-
ing life of America. Rooting them out would
be heartless, costly, and counterproductive.
Senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy
are right that we should move those people
out of the shadows and put them on an even-
tual path to citizenship. Yet that doesn't mean
we should continue to tolerate immigration
levels legal and illegal as large as those
we've seen in the last few years.
A yearly estimated influx of a million legal
and a half-million illegal immigrants, many of
them low-skilled workers, is hardly an unal-
loyed plus. Rather, it offers distinct advan-
tages and disadvantages depending on where
you sit on the economic ladder.
If you're an employer looking for cheap
labour, high immigration represents a low-
wage bargain. Indeed, when businessmen
claim they simply can't find Americans to
do this job or that, what many of them really
mean is that they can't hire a native worker at
the unattractive wages they want to pay. Sim-
ilarly, plentiful labour is a boon if you are in
search of, say, a nanny or house-cleaning ser-
But what if you're a low-skilled worker
yourself? A large flow of low-skilled workers
amounts to competition that retards wages for
the jobs you can do.
"It really has a depressing effect on the
low-skilled labour market," says George Bor-
jas, professor of economics and social policy
at Harvard University and an immigration
In one well-regarded study, Borjas and fel-
low economist Lawrence Katz concluded that

immigration from Mexico alone depressed
wages for native workers lacking a high
school diploma by 8 per cent between 1980
and 2000.
By keeping wages lower than they other-
wise would be, low-skilled immigrant workers
effectively transfer tens of billions in income
each year from labour to employers. (Borjas
estimates the total loss in labour earnings
that results from all immigrants currently in
the workforce at $280 billion annually).
Further, African-Americans without high-
school diplomas often get pushed to the end
of the hiring line when immigrants expand the
labour pool.
"If you take a look at high-school dropouts,
the black high-school dropouts are the hard-
est hit," says Dean Baker, co-director of the
Centre for Economic and Policy Research, a
Washington think-tank. "They are directly
competing with immigrant workers."
Given those realities, institutionalizing the
current high level of immigration is odd pol-
icy, at least from a progressive viewpoint.
But that's essentially what the Senate Judi-
ciary Committee bill would do, in part by
allowing 400,000 new temporary workers
each year.
"If you wanted to go there, you would have
to believe we have a labour shortage," says
Jared Bernstein,'senior economist at the lib-
eral Economic Policy Institute. "If you look at
wage trends, you will iot see much evidence
of a labour shortage."
And even if there were such a shortage, a
tight labour market would actually boost low-
end wages and increase income equality.
Back in the 1990s, a bipartisan commis-
sion chaired by Barbara Jordan, a former
Democratic congresswoman from Texas, con-
cluded that the United States should adjust
immigration policy to reduce immigration
initially to about 700,000 a year, and then
ultimately to about 550,000.
That range, which would mean a return to
1980s levels of immigration, is still reasonable,
says Borjas. Baker, meanwhile, thinks 700,000
new immigrants would be an appropriate
yearly level.
Certainly as Congress debates immigra-
tion, reasoned labour market arguments for
a more restrictive policy deserve a careful
(This article is by Scot Lehigh of the
Boston Globe c. 2006).


position of


EDITOR, The Tribune
Your article of April 1 high-
lights an alleged recent corre-
spondence written to, though
not published by, an American
newspaper by a former U.S.
Ambassador, and suggests that
the views of former Ambas-
sadors are somehow indicative
of official United States gov-
ernment positions.
On the contrary, any individ-
ual who leaves public life
becomes a private citizen whose
views are, simply, their own.
The United States is very ably
represented in the Bahamas by
Ambassador John Rood, who,

as the President's personal rep-
resentative to the Common-
wealth of The Bahamas, speaks
for our government. The
Ambassador made his views
clear earlier this year when he
observed that the United States
enjoys "one of the closest and
most successful law enforce-
ment partnerships in the world"
with The Bahamas. He
described this relationship as "a
model for the rest of the region"

that has "set the standard for
what is possible when two
nations work together to defeat
criminal organizations, money
launderers and terrorists."
We trust that this "sets the
record straight." For the most
comprehensive and up to date
United States assessments of our
bilateral relations, we would
encourage your editors and read-
ers to view the Embassy's web-
Charge d'affairs, a.i.
United States Embassy
April 2006

Right action being taken

for Stella Maris airport

EDITOR, The Tribune
STELLA Maris Airport is, designated a
gateway for the Bahamas where
Bahamas Customs and Immi-
gration are posted.
As a private air facility surely
at the minimum the owners
should have taken the obvious
interest to ensure that the run-
ways were safe for landing
rather than what I personally
saw and experienced landing at
Stella Maris early last month?
The FNM representative Mr
Larry Cartwright seems to total-
ly misunderstand what must be

the priority for all airports, pub-
lic or private?
Safety has to be the ultimate
We recall that the Ingraham
government had no interest in
safety at NIA over the nine plus
years they were in power. They
did nothing to improve NIA run-
ways and it fell on the incoming
government of the PLP in 2002
to go through the process of
finding over $40 million to resur-
face and in parts totally rebuild
parts to ensure NIA runways
complied with FAA regulations.
The closure for a few days
and now the quick action of

government to resurface Stella
Maris Runways at a contract
cost of $550,000, seriously Mr
Cartwright should be most
thankful because an accident
would certainly have probably
closed both Stella Maris and
Cape Santa Maria.
All Long Islanders and visi-
tors to that island should be
most grateful to Minister Hanna
Martin and Roberts, in fact gov-
ernment for their immediate
March 31 2006 -.

New inspection equipment

is a cause for concern

EDITOR, The Tribune
I RESIDE in Miami and fre-
quent the Bahamas on occasion.
I was reading the outrage
expressed by several of your
readers on LNG safety.
LNG terminals are located in
several populous areas and are
no safety concern. What
Bahamians should be alarmed
about is allowing the inspection

of shipping containers headed
to the US for radiation in
Grand Bahama.
Every nutcase that hates the
US will try anything to sneak
in an explosive which can be
detonated remotely. If it is
detected in Grand Bahama then
the device could be set off and
cause an explosion.
I should not have to tell you
of Iran's nuclear capabilities and

the mentality of the people who.
run that country. Maybe your
government was enticed by the
six million dollar contract. Not
worth the risk when you calcu-
late the 40 to 50 million dollars
from an LNG lease/royalty
agreement that would bring.
April 2,2006

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lifestyles and encourages the
development of employment
safety standards around the
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currently working to maintain
its $1 million safe house for
females in crisis, which opened
in October of 2003.
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home for female victims of
abuse and in the Bahamas.
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to 18-year-old girls who have
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former President Hipolito Mejia.
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reduce costs and adopt a more
aggressive approach to compe-
tition, according to Prime Min-
ister Perry Christie.
Speaking to members of of
the carrier yesterday, Mr
Christie said that the acquisi-
tion of smaller aircraft would
help Bahamasair develop an
edge against competitors.
In 2001, Bahamasair's fuel
bill exceeded $7 million; this
.year it is estimated to be more
than $21 million. In addition
the cost of security services has
tripled since the terrorist
attacks of September 11, 2001.
Obtaining smaller aircraft
would improve load factors and
reduce costs, Mr Christie said.
In order to have the compa-
ny run more efficiently, pri-
vatisation was essential for its
future, he added.
"Due to sky-rocketing
charges being absorbed
throughout the airline industry
and the substantial subsidy
required to fund long-term
debt and the operations, the
government of the Bahamas is
forced to see privatization as a
priority," said Mr Christie.
He added: "The entire air-
line industry is in a state of dis-
tress. They are set td.loose $6.4

* PERRY Christie addresses members of Bahamasair

billion this year and owners are
seeking concessions from
employee groups in order to
remain afloat."
Several years ago Bahama-
sair was considered a vital
source of domestic and inter-
national air transportation for
the country, and in the early
1990s Bahamasair provided ser-
vices to international destina-
tions without competition. But

today the company have severe
competition from low-cost car-
riers, Mr Christie said.


Mr Christie said, "Most of
the local charter operators
have submitted applications
for approval to operate sched-
uled services to the-higher den-

i PRIME Minister Perry Christie smiles with Bahamasair
chairman Basil Sands yesterday


sity and profitable domestic
routes, including Freeport and
Exuma. Even though they may
not get all of what is being
requested, the government is
considering these applica-
However, Bahamasair man-
agement and its board of
directors have undertaken
several initiatives geared
towards cutting costs and

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improving services offered to
the travelling public, said Mr
"Our mission is to economi-
cally provide air passenger and
cargo transportation, domesti-
cally and internationally for all
customers in a safe, comfort-
able, courteous, and reliable
manner," said Basil Sands,
chairman Bahamasair Holdings

Superintendent to address Bahamian

Forum on criminal trends and impact

GROWING public concern
about crime has led local think
tank the Bahamian Forum to
invite Police Superintendent
Keith Bell to give a public
update on criminal activity in
the Bahamas.
Superintendent Bell's
remarks will touch on current
crime trends and how they
impact both the public and
police. He will also discuss the
effectiveness of the Urban
Renewal Programme and its
relationship with the public.
"All Bahamians are terri-
fied by burgeoning crime inci-

dents including: personal
assaults, armed robberies,
murder and contract killings,"
said the forum in a statement.
"Faced by the enormous chal-
lenge of societal lawlessness
our police are working
extremely hard to stem the
tide of crime.,
"This is no easy task'
because the police on one
hand are charged with the
responsibility of protecting the
public but at the same time
are governed by the principles
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Superintendent Bell will give
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of the Bahamian Forum on
April 11 at 6pm at the British
Colonial Hilton hotel.
The meeting will be held
under the theme: "The
Bahamas and the war on:crime:
the challenge of the

the police".
The forum's statement con-
tinued: "Many of our fellow
countries in the Caribbean and
South America are held hostage
by the pervasive scourge of
crime and lawlessness.
"The question is whether the
Bahamas can rise to the chal-
lenge of winning the war on
crime, which threatens to

destroy our socioeconomic
development and scatter us
over the wastelands of commu-
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The difficulties

N THE WORDS of one
Haitian-American woman
who remembers Father Jean-
Bertrand Aristide's election as
Haiti's first democratic president:
"I went out there and was, like,
screaming because I wanted him
to be president. That was a risk,
but I believed in him."
The 1990 election was a semi-
nal event for Haiti, after almost
two centuries of brutal dictator-
ships. But within a few months the
army forced the new president
into exile and unleashed another
reign of terror, causing tens of
thousands of poverty-stricken
Haitians to flee to the Bahamas
and the United States.
Critics blamed the Americans
for Aristide's overthrow because
of his radical populist ideas, but
he continued to be recognized as
president throughout his 21-month
exile in Washington. And the US
- fearing disorder and a continuing
exodus of boat people worked
hard to put him back in office.
Before 1990, the United
Nations had applied economic
sanctions only twice, against
Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) and
South Africa. But in 1993, prompt-
ed by the US, the UN imposed an
embargo on Haiti, and authorized
the use of all necessary means to
facilitate the return of Aristide.
As a result, the former Roman
Catholic priest became the first
president in the Western Hemi-

sphere to be restored to office
after being removed in a coup.
Analysts described the US-bro-
kered accord that led to his return
as "a signal accomplishment of
hemispheric peacemaking. It will
also stand as an example of how
much more effective the United
States can be if it works with the
UN machinery rather than oppos-
es it."
To enforce the accord, the Clin-
ton administration dispatched such
heavy hitters as former president
Jimmy Carter, Senator Sam Nunn,
and General Colin Powell to con-
front Haiti's military junta and
send them packing. Aristide
returned to Haiti in October 1994,
backed by a force of 20,000 Amer-
ican troops.
But the Haitian economy and
infrastructure had been virtually
destroyed by the military takeover
and subsequent international
embargo. The world community
responded with pledges of a billion
dollars to help stabilise the coun-
try, with the aid of UN peace-
Aristide served out the remain-

der of his five-year term and was
constitutionally barred from run-
ning for a second consecutive
term. But his friend and prot6g6,
Ren6 Pr6val, was elected in 1995
with a big majority. Pr6val, a prag-
matic European-trained agrono-
mist, had been Aristide's prime
minister at the time of the 1991
coup. He was the second democ-
ratically elected president in
Haiti's 200-year history.
And that's when history began
to repeat itself. At the end of Pr6-
val's term in 2000, Aristide was
re-elected with 92 per cent of the
vote, although balloting was boy-
cotted by major opposition groups
and Western governments agreed
that the parliamentary elections
held a few months earlier had
been rigged.
Nevertheless, it was the first
time in the country's history that a
full-term president peacefully
transferred power to an incoming
president. Aristide's return to
office produced another outpour-'
ing of emotion among the Hait-
ian masses.
This was clearly evident in the
Bahamas, where normally timid
Haitian immigrants made a point
of wearing pro-Aristide t-shirts
and buttons. When the president
visited Nassau shortly after his re-
election thousands of Haitians
mobbed the Church of God of
Prophecy auditorium to hear him
But the anger of the Haitian
opposition produced a political
stalemate that lasted throughout
Aristide's second term, with West-
ern countries blocking interna-
tional loans to force a compro-
mise. As economic conditions
worsened Aristide began ruling
by decree, relying on thugs as oth-
er Haitian leaders before him had
done. There were also credible
charges that he and some of his
associates were involved in drug



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facing Haiti
shed Aristide to deal ment for the time being, let them But fast forward to the beg
msition, and he even- have it." ning of this year and the ice
ted a CARICOM- The Americans argue with beginning to melt, althou
wer-sharing plan. A some evidence that Aristide CARICOM is still deeply div
merican delegation squandered his chance. Their view ed over Haiti. In February, A
au-Prince to sell the goes something like this: "We tide's old sidekick, Ren6 Pr6
despite the direct spent a lot of time and effort was re-elected president, offer
of Secretary of State restoring him to power the first an opportunity to repair strain
and foreign minis- time and he did such a lousy job relations with the US. The meet
ance, Canada, the that we could not, in good con- with Secretary of State C(
of American States science, waste any more resources doleezza Rice in Nassau 1
)M, no compromise on him." month was the next-to-last stage
For the last two years, the this process, which is expected
dous pressure was Bahamas has worked within the end when Pr6val is sworn in -
ar on the democrat- CARICOM framework in its deal- event now delayed until May.
a State Department ings with Haiti. Relations were
reported as saying. never officially broken, but our
istration sincerely embassy in Port-au-Prince during Rice's meet
e was a way to get a remained inactive, to the annoy- with regional leader
ilitical settlement." ance of the US. Ambassador was agreed that the US wo
y, an armed revolt Newry is not likely to return until work with President-elect Pr6
ad in February 2004 after Pr6val is sworn in as presi- and continue to provide finan
losing in on the cap- dent. resources to Haiti. whilee CA
ent a public signal to But in the background lurks COM would r-cognise the r
he should quit, and a the ever-present reality that we government, invite Haiti to resu
r he fled aboard an really have no choice in the mat- its participation in CARICON
rcraft. A US diplo- ter. In fact, Haiti is both our a member, and seek to rebu
him to the plane, biggest foreign, and our biggest democratic institutions. .
is resignation in writ- domestic, policy problem as the The odds a re not encourage
following comment from a diplo- Since 19)l1 HHuam has suffered I
matic source demonstrates: coups leading to \ears of exile
"We should continue to engage the elected president, a nearly p
ide later claimed he Haiti, and seek to negotiate a new petual controversy over legislal
I been abducted by bilateral agreement covering elections and \erN little progi
ns and held captive immigration, investment, trade on the root causes of the co
h in Africa. CARI- and cultural matters. There is no try's miser m Time .ill tell whet
liately withdrew its way that we can avoid it, so we President-elect Pre\al can esc;
some US politicians should implement policies that this cycle of nstabiliry.
ie administration's would mitigate the more damaging Since 2u.1i4 the US has c
"racist". Former effects of Haiti's outward migra- tribute nearly half a billion d
ne Minister P.J. Pat- tion." lars to Haiti's reconstruction
ristide's removal set After Aristide's undignified return to democracy Efforts
precedent for demo- departure, the interim government underwa\ io re build the count
ected governments (led by a supreme court judge) judicial .\stcem and police fo
d everywhere." requested UN intervention, and under international supervise
roughout the region for the past two years Brazil has And Brazil n ill continue to I
d Aristide was kid- led a UN force trying to keep the UN peacekeeping force.
.e Bush administra- order in'Haiti. Gerard LaTortue, a CARICOM says its main c
t his leftwing policies former UN economist, was named cerns are to see Haiti firmly esl
Haiti to US exploita- interim prime minister, but he was lish. d on a democratic path. \1
lericans say Aristide regarded as a puppet by many, will require considerable inst
SwhentheUS saidit and CARICOM bitterly resisted tion-building,and a lot of do
er protect him. There American pleas to recognize and funding: to see Haiti begin to g
iguity over whether support his government. so that its citizens remain at ho
he was going to the Many regional leaders are far and to enable Haiti at some pi
:an Republic before more radical than most Bahamian to participate in regional integ
plane. politicians, and this is one of the tion etlorts
'ing comment is typ- issues we face when trying to play This is a tall order." i
made a big mistake geopolitics with international blocs Bahamian diplomat told To
getting the overthrow like CARICOM. Our interests do Call. "But not to try, is to c
cted president by a not always coincide. For example, demn the people of Haiti to a
throats. It is exactly Bahamian requests for $50 mil- at the margins."
nal to send. Aristide lion in US funding for a Defence
ct by any means but Force base in Inagua to prevent What do you ilri
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Nutrition Month on Monday. Also pictured, from left, are Ministry of Health officials Pat Francis and
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(BIS photo: Gladstone Thurston)

Minister of Health

launches National

Nutrition Month

NATIONAL Nutrition
Month, launched on Monday
by Minister of Health and
National Insurance Dr
Bernard Nottage, aims at
addressing the prevalence of
obesity in the Bahamas.
Statistics show that 65 per
cent of the adult population
and a growing number of
young Bahamians are obese.
"A major objective will be
to increase public attention
to the importance of making
informed food choices, devel-
oping healthy eating habits
and engaging in regular phys-
ical exercise that create a bal-

anced life," said Dr Nottage.
The theme: "It's all about
balance", he said, "speaks to
the fact that being overweight
or obese is the result of ener-
gy imbalance over a long
period of time taking in too
much foods and not getting
enough physical activity.
"This in turn can lead to
non-communicable or
lifestyle diseases including
obesity, type two diabetes,
high blood pressure, cancer
and cardio vascular diseases.
Five of the leading causes of
death in the Bahamas are. due
to lifestyle related illnesses."

Pointing to World Health
Organisation statistics, Dr
Nottage urged Bahamians to
increase their intake of
fruits and vegetables to at
least five to nine servings per
"Let us take the necessary
steps to develop and main-
tain balance in our lives
through reshaping what we
put on our plate, reshaping
our bodies through regular
exercise and reshaping our
minds that living a healthy
lifestyle is truly the best way
to develop a better
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LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly Jam Session & Musicians
Hook-up. Located East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On The Run,
upstairs Good As New open Wednesday thru Saturday 8pm, Sunday at
6pm. Amateur musicians try out & Open mic Wednesday & Thursday after
band practices. Professional musicians welcome to sit in on jams Friday, Sat-
urday and Sunday. Book now for special events, concerts, private parties. Call
393-2800 (393-BUZZ) or for more info Rock,
Blues, Jazz, Funk, Reggae THE BUZZ: MAKING MUSIC LIVE

CAFE EUROPA @ Charlotte Street North, kicks off every Friday night
with Happy Hour... special drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and Nas-
sau's first European Night Restaurant open Friday night till Saturday
morning 5am, serving hot food all under $10 and to go, music, drinks
and an English breakfast. Cafe Europa...the perfect place to spend your
night out till the morning.

Bahamian Party Hoppers and Smirnoff presents Friday Fusion @ Dicky
Mo's (west of Radisson resort), Cable Beach. The first group of 10 or more
will receive a free $100 bar tab of Fusion 3 for $10 specials. Ask about our
$13.95 dinner specials. Bahamian Night (Free admission) every Saturday with
live music from 8 pm to midnight. Karaoke Sundays from 8pm to midnight,
$1 shots and dinner specials all night long. For further information, call
(242) 327-1300 or e-mail:

$5 Friday @ First Down every Friday night. Music by Barry Da Pusher,
Selector: Dominique. Ladies $5 all night, gents $10. Early juggling 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

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 painting extravaganza.
Free body painting @ 8 pm. Ladies always welcome. 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 am.

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 week.

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 llpm. 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. Party from 8pm-

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 llpm, $15 after; Guys $20 all night.

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

Sweet Sunday Chill Out Soiree Lounge, every Sunday, 4pm-midnight @
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.

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 Poin-
ciana Drive. Featuring Frankie Victory at the key board in the After Dark
Room every Sunday, 8.30pm to midnight. Fine food and drinks.

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


Funky Nassau Rediscovering Identity: Featuring the artwork of John Bea-
dle, Dionne Benjamin-Smith, Lillian Blades, Blue Curry, Michael Edwards,

Antonious Roberts, Heino Schmid, Clive Stuart. The exhibition will be held
5 to 8pm @ Nassauischer Kunstverein Wiesbaden, Germany, in conjunc-
tion with the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas. The exhibition con-
tmue tihrouhl-h April 30.-

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

The Freeport Art Centre: invites the public to its opening reception of
FOCUS ON PHOTOGRAPHY, Thursday April 6 @ 7pm. Focus on
Photography is an exhibition of photographic works of well known and
emerging photographers on Grand Bahama. Their works will highlight the
sights of the Bahamas and will be available for on view from April 6 to 15.
For more information call 351-4603.

Holly Parotti a collection of etchings: The exhibition is being held 6pm
to 8pm at Cafe Europa, Charlotte Street north, until April 16.


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the public of its meeting
times and places: The Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday Fridays
6pm to 7pm 8:30pm to 9:30pm Saturday mornings 10am to 11am
Sacred Heart Church: Fridays 6pm to 7pm The Kirk: Mondays and
Thursday 7:30pm to 8:30pm New Providence Community Centre:
Monday 6pm to 7pm Wednesday and Fridays 7pm to 8pm.

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

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

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support group meets the first
Monday of each month at 6.30pm at New Providence Community Cen-
tre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood sugar, blood pres-
sure and cholesterol testing is available. For more info call 702-4646 or

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 warning signs of respiratory arrest and gives prevention
strategies to avoid sudden death syndrome and the most common seri-
ous injuries and choking that can occur in adults, infants and children.
CPR and First Aid classes are offered every third Saturday of the
month from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community Train-
ing Representative at 302-4732 for more information and learn to save
a life today.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism and related Challenges
meets from 7pm 9pm the second Thursday of each month in the cafe-
teria of the BEC building, Blue Hill Road.


The Bahamas National Trust (BNT) will hold its 47th Annual General
Meeting in the Governors Ballroom of the British Colonial Hilton Hotel
at 6:30pm on Thursday, April 6. Prime Minister Perry Christie will give the
keynote address at the meeting and layout the government's agenda for the
environment. All Bahamas National Trust members, conversationalists and
interested persons are invited to attend. This Annual General Meeting of
the Trust is very significant as it takes place at a time when, within the next
year, the country will undergo close to $4 billion in development. The Trust
was created to ensure that the unique beauty and biodiversity of The
Bahamas is conserved for future generations and to act as an advisor to the
government on conservation matters.

The International Training in communication Essence Club No. 3171 will
be hosting its bi-weekly meeting on Wednesday, April 5 at 7pm in the Con-
ference Room of Doctor's Hospital. The Club's annual speech contest will
take place and the public is invited to attend. The judges for the compe-
tition will be Yolanda Pawar, Agatha Marcelle, parliamentary secretary for
the Ministry of Tourism and Kirk Johnson. The two alternate judges will
be Arthurlue Rahming and Pandora McKinney-Smith.

KINGSWAY Academy's Parent Teacher Association presents the Earth
Village Ranch (petting zoo), St Albans Drive and Columbus
Avenue, offers free admission every Wednesday 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 available for groups of 20 or more with a two week advance
reservation. Donations are accepted in exchange for tips.
Kingsway Fiesta Fair & Steakout, Saturday, April 8 from 11am to 6pm @
Kingsway Academy, Bernard Road. Admission: $1. Featuring: A fashion
& variety show (elementary/high school); step show; rides for children;
"The Battle of the Bands"; Junkanoo Rush Out. There will also be great
food, cakes & pastries, and a tea garden.

St Andrew's Kirk After School Programme: The members of St
Andrew's Kirk have launched an After-School-Programme for chil-
dren from the Woodcock and Albury Sayle Primary Schools. The pro-
gramme, 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 theain and
Grants Town communities. Parents interested in enrolling their-children
should contact the church at 322-5475 or jemail:

JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are pleased to offer a
cycling clinic for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held
every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents interested
in registering their children should contact 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 second, fourth and fifth Wednesday at the J Whit-
ney Pinder Building, 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 Cousteau 7343 meets every Tuesday night at 7.30 in the
Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros. All are welcome.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chapter meets every sec-
ond 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

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 Monestary.

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 Centre at 7pm in Room 144 during the acad-
emic year. The group promotes the Spanish language and culture in the
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en's homes was burglarized
between 11.30pm, March 26,
and 4.30am, March 27. Report-
edly it is following this burglary
that the two women, one of
whom is a police officer, were
Williams and McSweeney
were charged with robbing the
women of nearly $5,000 worth
of items, including a police
issued bullet proof vest, and a
Royal Bahamas Police Force
warrant card.
Williams was charged sepa-
rately with possession of a 12-
gauge black Maverick shotgun,
and two counts of ammunition
possession. He pleaded not
guilty to the charges.
McSweeney was also charged
separately with a number of
house burglaries, some dating
back to December of 2005. He
pleaded not guilty to all of
them. The value of the items
listed in the court was well into
the tens of thousands of dol-
lars. '
Lawyer Murrio Ducille, who
represented Williams, said he
was shocked at the number of
charges facing his client. He
added that he was quite sur-
prised in fact, because his client
was detained at the CID office
when some of the matters were
alleged to have taken place.
Mr Ducille made an impas-
sioned plea for bail for Williams
saying that he was about to join
one of the, armed forces before
he was arrested by the police.
Mr Ducille said his client was
not a flight risk, nor would he
be a danger to any witnesses as
they were all police officers,
and there was no threat of him
committing any offence.
"Everyone charged before
court is' assumed innocent until
that innocence, is discharged."
Mr Ducille said. "whether it is
one or.100 charges,'it does not
disprove the fact that he is pie-
sumedinnocent;!i" .'
Lawyer Wilbert Moss Jr, who
represents McSweeiiey,, sid his
client was viciously beaten by
the police. They had "beaten,
the faces out of him" while he
was in their charge, he claimed.
McSweeney and Williams'
rape case was adjourned to
September 26. Their armed,
robbery, burglary, and weapons,
charges adjournment dates
range from SePJtbaebr 6 to the
25th. All matters are-to be
heard in the M1aistrate's Ciurt.

eron Bethel autopsy

FROM page one

has been revealed. I am not sat-
isfied at all and we want
answers, we want justice.
"We need justice and every-
one around here is asking for
justice. The police came round
here in an unmarked car wear-
ing plain clothes and showing
no ID."
Ms Bethel revealed that
Deron and his 21-year-old girl-

friend Shakira Coakley, who is
five and a half months pregnant
with his child, were planning to
marry later this year.
"Shakira has taken it very
badly," she said, "she had to be
taken to hospital to get a shot to
calm her down. She is very wor-
ried about the pregnancy." Ms
Bethel said that now that her
son has been killed, "the child
will have to grow up without his

"Now I am still waiting for
my boy to come through that
door. I sit on my bed expecting
him to come home. My son had
just left my bedroom when he
got shot. Now I'll never see him
On Saturday, Pinewood resi-
dents are expected to turn
Deron's funeral at Bible Baptist
Church into a placard demon-
stration calling for action.
Ms Bethel said: "I hope they
make their point. I don't think
any of us has confidence in the
police anymore. My son did not
have any criminal record.
Everyone is grieving for him."
Ms Bethel now has three sur-
viving children. One of them,
Dwayne Bethel, is a policeman.

Ms Bethel said Pinewood MP
Allyson Maynard-Gibson had
called round several times to
see her and the family, and
Chief Supt Hulan Hanna had
visited on behalf of the police.
But what she needed most was
a satisfactory explanation of
why her child-loving son was
deprived of his chance of father-
hood by a pointless killing.
"He loved children so much,"
she said. "He was so looking
forward to becoming a father.
He told me he was going to buy
his baby the best of everything.
"Shakira has also been look-
ing forward to becoming a
mother. They were planning to
marry this November, but now
all that has gone.

Witness testifies in

coroner's inquest

FROM page one

right away, as he is "bright" skinned.
Magistrate Linda Virgill asked Johnson whether all of the
inmates were alive when he saw them being taken onto the bus.
He replied: "Yes."
Corporal Johnson, a 19-year veteran of the prison force.
spoke only of a little blood on the face of Forrester Bowe, but
he admitted that even Bowe looked healthy when he saw him.
Johnson told the court that when he returned to the west wing
of the prison he observed that bars on some cells had been
Throughout the proceeding, lawyer Turner questioned several
officers about the layout of the maximum security wing and how
movement through the compound is facilitated.
He said that the C block, from where the prisoners escaped,
was "H" shaped, with a corridor separating each of the wings
housing prisoners.
Inmates Brown, Bowe, and McCoy were housed in a section
of the C block with cell numbers 1 through 15. The corridor,
which separates this section of the block from cells 16 through
25, which housed escapee Hepburn as well as Ellison Smith, was
always kept locked. 1
Prison officer Michael Minns testified that at the end of his
slift on the night in question, around 10pm, he handed the
keys to the.corridors to Officer Sands. These keys were the same
'keysthat were supposedly found on prison escapee Neil Brown
'at the time of his capture.
Iin his'testimony earlier, Corporal Johnson pointed out that
only officers making checks would have access to the keys.
I -However, Minns reiterated as a part of his testimony that the
keys to the corridors would not have opened cell doors. Those
keys, the court learned, were kept in the prison armory.
During the inquest, it was never re ealed whether any of
the five officers on dutyin the maximum security section phys-
ically checked ccll bars during the night shift, as officers said that
;the normal check is in the form of a body count;
, Court.was adjourned to 10am today, when witnessesin. yes-
terday's inquest will return to read their testimonies into the
record and the.remaining witnesses will be called to testify.

Deron's father, Roger Bain, is a
sergeant on the force.
"They are both taking it very
badly," said Ms Bethel. "If
Deron was sick and died, we
would not feel it so bad. But he
was not sick. He was a healthy
young man. We just can't
believe it."
The killing happened when
police swooped on Pinewood
following a call to a domestic
incident involving another fam-
It is claimed that Deron hap-
pened to be sitting outside his
home in his car at the time. The
original report said one shot was
fired through his window. The
autopsy report tells a different


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Tourism Careers


BIMINI The administra-
tor's grounds in Alice Town was
invaded by curious students
from the island's two secondary
schools last Thursday as the
Ministry of Tourism and other
tourism partners showcased the
myriad of career opportunities
available in the industry.
During the first-ever Tourism
Careers Fair to be hosted on a
Family Island, the high school
students were addressed by
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe and legendary
Biminite and Cacique Award
winner Ansil Saunders.
Mr Saunders, who is both a
bonefishing guide and a boat
builder, encouraged the stu-
dents to consider his career
choices which have both
proven to be very lucrative for
him over the years.
In his address, Mr Wilch-
combe advised the students that
while there is an abundance of
opportunities awaiting them in
tourism, before making a final
career choice, they should first
identify what they are most pas-
sionate about.
"All of you have your
dreams," he said, "and you have
to pursue that dream that you
believe in, that thing that moves
you passionately, that thing that
makes you feelthat 'I can do
it'. There's not one of you who
cannot do it," he said.
Mr Wilchcombe also assured
the students that it is never too
soon to start thinking about
their future and implementing a
plan of action that would help
them achieve their career goals.
"All of you who are thinking
about tomorrow, must begin
looking at yourselves today,"
Mr Wilchcombe said.
"(Because) the world is very
competitive (and) we in the
Bahamas are attracting millions
*of dollars worth of invest-
A number of future develop-
ments slated for the island of
Bimini were also hinted at by
Mr Wilchcombe during the fair.
Included among them were the
introduction of new airlines, fer-
ry services and new hotels.
"Bimini has an ,interesting
future (and) has always been a
choice destination around the
world," he said. "W9 have to
make sure that we return Bimi-
ni to the glory days. We're
going to make Bimini again the
gateway to the Bahamas," he
The high school students,
who were from Bimini All Age
School and Gateway Christian
Academy, were also entertained
by ventriloquist Derek Adam-
son and his sidekick, the Yel-
low Bahamian.
The careers fair spanned two
days and included a seminar
segment held on Wednesday,
March 29, during which the stu-
dents were introduced to top-
ics like resume writing, inter-
viewing techniques and the
importance of the tourism
industry to the Bahamas.

Bahamian art
scholar and
Bimini resident
Michael Saun-
ders displays his
skills to stu-
dents at the
Careers Fair.

(All photos by
Derek Smith),


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U BIMINI All-Age students participate in the first Tourism Careers Fair held on a Family Island.






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Nassau Cruises dispute

'close to a resolution'

Tribune Business Editor

agem'ent staff at
Jacharic Holdings
have filed a trade dis-
pute against the com-
pany with the Department of Labour,
but sources close to the firm yesterday
said the issue was ''a day or two away
from being resolved".
The ex-employees are understood
to be alleging that the company, pre-.
viously a leading Bahamian tour oper-
ator, excursion provider and destina-
tion manager, has failed to pay them
all the redundancy payments they
were owed after it closed operations
in late 2005.
One source claimed to The Tribune
that the total sum owed was around
$300,000, and the dispute is under-

stood to have been filed with the
Department of Labour last month.
A series of "conciliation" meetings
have since been held in an attempt
to resolve the dispute, and sources
close to the situation said the com-
pany, which acted as the parent for
firms such as Nassau Cruises. and
Paragon Events, was close to settling
the matter.
Directors and shareholders in
Jacharic Holdings who were contact-
ed on the matter by The Tribune yes-
terday declined to comment.
It is understood that former line.
staff at Jacharic Holdings, which had
under 100 employees, have already
been paid all the severance monies
due to them.
Jacharic Holdings, which was based
at One Marina Drive on Paradise
Island, was formerly the chief desti-
nation manager and shore excursion

provider for Carnival, the world's
largest cruise line.
Its decision to close down and cease
operations has left a big hole to be
filled, and a number of Carnival's
cruise ship brands are understood to
have already expressed concern.
The closure has removed one of
the largest Bahamian-owned compa-
nies in the tourism industry. Jacharic
operated Stingray City and Blue
Lagoon Island, the latter of which it
leased, and was a popular destination
for both cruise ship and hotel-based
tourists, plus residents,
The company also owns the Par-
adise Island Ferry Terminal, the
prime seaborne access point to Par-
adise Island, where multiple ferries
dock. It is understood that Jacharic is
in talks to try and sell the Ferry Ter-
minal for a price believed to be
around $4-$5 million.

One source familiar with the situa-
tion described the company as "a
major player in cruise tourism", hav-
; ing been in business for some 23 years
and touched "hundreds of thousands
of tourists".
It defaulted on its preference share
payments back in 2001, and the nego-
tiated settlement for this resulted in a
debt for equity swap, whereby pref-
erence shareholders such as British
American Insurance Company and
Colinalmperial Insurance (which
inherited its investment from the for-
mer. Global Bahamas) took a Board
seat and accepted ordinary shares.
A new management team \\ as sub-
sequently brought in to try and turn
Jacharic around, and they were able
to stabilise the business. The compa-
ny sold off One Marina Drive to
Fidelity's BISX-listed Bahamas Prop-
erty Fund in a sale-and-lease-back

deal, becoming tenants instead.
Financial sources told The Tribune
that Jacharic had been seeking to
attract new investors to inject several
million dollars of capital into the busi-
ness, in return for an equity stake.
However, this search had not born
fruit, and the existing shareholders,
who are understood to include a nunm-
ber of prominent Bahamian busi-
nessmen, have not put in any more
Apart from the impact on Jacharic's
100 employees and their families, the
company's decision to close may have
further harmed Nassau's standing as a
cruise ship port in the eyes of the'
major lines, who have repeatedlyj
complained about the level of crime
and the absence of new shore excur-w

SEE page 6B

Ministry urged to invest

in Over-the-Hill tourism

Tribune Business Reporter
THE BAIN and Grants Town Tourism Development Board
yesterday appealed to the Ministry of Tourism to become a
major investor-in the transformltion of those..,Over-The-H-ll..
areas, ina bid to bring more tourist dollars to historic Nassau,
During a business meeting at the Shoal Restaurant, the Board
told the parliamentary Secretary in the Ministry of Tourism,
John Carey, that there was a wealth of history being buried in the
Bain and Grants Town areas.
The Board plans to transform these areas to offer tourists
more history and culture during their visits, and to improve the
lives of the people there, so that financial stability can bring
about social change and national pride.
Although conceived only several months ago, the Board has
been moving at a rapid pace towards creating better neighbour-
Board members Rev C B Moss and Freddie Munnings Jr said
the initiative was about creating more black-owned enterprises,
giving tourists a more indigenous Bahamian experience and
uplifting people who; under nor-
mal circumstances, considered
themselves society's oppressed. SEE page 6B

Private sector credit

growth quadruples

Bahamasair objects to charter carrier rivals

Tribune Business Reporter
iBAHAMASAIR has sent a letter to
the Ministry of Transport objecting to
the volume of applications submitted by
charter operations to begin service to
Sarious-Family Islahnd-desfinations, fear-
img further erosion of its revenues and
passenger base.
Bald Sands, the airline's chairman, yes-
teiday told a Bahamasair strategic plan-
ning meeting, The Way Forward, that
increased competition "continues to
erode Bahamasair's passenger loads and
revenue base".
;"We are very concerned about the
number of applications submitted for
approval of scheduled services by local
charter companies," he said.
Cat Island Air has submitted applica-
tions for twice daily service between Nas-
sau and New Bight; Pineapple Air to
Rock Sound, Deadman's Cay, and Ack-
liis: SeAir to North Eleutheia three

Government subsidies for
year-to-date $23.5m, with
expected fuel bill $21m,

up from $7m in 2001

times daily; Sky Unlimited to Stella Maris
and Exuma; Western Air for Freeport
and Exuma; and Southern Air is looking
to establish service to a number of Fam-
ily Island airports, including Deadman's
Cay, Treasure Cay, Governor's Harbour
and North Eleuthera.
To this end, Mr Sands said Bahamasair
had submitted a letter of objection to
the Ministry of Transport "on the basis
,that there is insufficient traffic to war-
rant more that two operations on any


Tribune Business Editor
GROWTH in the banking
industry's mortgage and con-
sumer loan portfolios contin-
ues to drive construction and
economic activity in the
Bahamas, with the increase in
private sector credit during
February 2006 more than four
times last year's levels.
The Central Bank's report
on monthly economic devel-
opments for February 2006
found that credit to the private
sector rose by $48.3 million
during the month, compared

to last year's $11.1 million rise.
Mortgages increased by
$26.9 million during February
2006, while consumer credit
grew by $10 million.
The Central Bank described
the Bahamian economy's
growth as "underpinned by
ongoing construction activity
and firming consumer demand,
as evidenced by growth in
commercial banks' mortgage
and consumer loan portfolios".
It added: "During February,
money and credit trends fea-

SEE page 5B

Institution sees 148%

Bahamas earnings rise

Tribune Business Editor
BANK of Butterfield's
Bahamian operations generat-
ed a 147.8 per cent increase in
net income to $1.7 million dur-
ing the bank's 2005 financial
year, with the private banking
side enjoying 78.3 per cent
growth in the total lending
The bank's annual report
said that the $2.3 million
increase in Butterfield Bank
(Bahamas) lending portfolio
to $5.2 million was "due in
part" to its mortgage product.
Bank of Butterfield, which
is headquartered in Bermuda,
said: "During the year much

focus was placed on business
growth and on enhancing the
group's Bahamas presence
locally and internationally.
"Led by private banking,
Butterfield Bank (Bahamas)
saw strong growth, with inter-
national recognition gained
through targeted marketing
The bank's other Bahamian
subsidiary is Butterfield Fund
Services (Bahamas), which it
paid $4.3 million to acquire.
Bank of Butterfield said its
growth had been "assisted in
2005" by the introduction in
the Bahamas of products such

SEE page 5B


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Security manager

'must see beyond

investigating and

problem solving'

et me attempt to
answer exactly
what a security
consultant does.
This person is
considered an expert in his par-
ticular profession, and is able
to provide insight, solutions
and resources to solve security
problems being faced by com-
panies. But the manager must
see beyond investigating and
problem solving, and dive into
preventative maintenance.
The book Corporate Securi-
ty After 9/11 speaks about how
the role of security chief was
catapulted into the Board
Room, with this individual
becoming more respected as a
business partner as opposed to
just another employee. How-
ever, like all things, the heat
and immediacy of the threat
has died off, and the security
professionals find themselves
back in the shadows.
So how does one get out of
the yard and back to the table?
Today's manager must be a
visionary, able to provide cost-
sensitive and consistent rec-
ommendations to the leaders
of his/her company that will,
in the long-term, go a long way
in protecting the firm's critical
The key is for the security
manager to look at practicality.
For example, how often do we
have a nuclear explosion as
compared with a flat tyre or

power outage? When an
assessment of events is done,
then appropriate funds can be
allocated to deal with the high
probable events, not the
unlikely ones.
For example, the security
manager must recognize the
need for employees to feel safe
while at work and even away
from the office. The security
manager must realise that what
affects the employee at home
can, in many ways, impact the
ability to function at work. It is
interesting to note how many
organizations ignore the well-
being of their staff when they
have left the confinements of
the workplace. This approach
by the security manager will,
in the long run, be very bene-
ficial to the corporate security
effort and the bottom line.

Here are some tips for secu-
rity managers to help reduce
the anxiety about crime in the
workplace, and which can also
assist employees away from
No one wants to lock them-
selves away from what is going
on in the world; at some point
we must interact with others.
Thus we must develop a real-
istic strategy that reduces the
likelihood of our being vic-
timised. To do this' we need to
think about staying aware land

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alert. Numerous police reports
given by victims state some-
thing to the effect of being
"caught off guard", or "it was a
total surprise!" or "I never
thought this would happen to
Employees should be con-
stantly advised to do the fol-
Become aware of and stay
alert to:
Obvious crime opportuni-:
Your own vulnerability
The precautions that
reduce that vulnerability
Think about the situa-:
tons where you are vulnera-
ble, and plan to use methods
which best preserve control.
Transform your fears into
awareness and alert security
representative es. 'l ' *
* Personal security, com-

bined with active neighbor-
hood crime watch efforts,
intensify safety. Does your
neighbourhood have one?
Could one be organised?
Imagine an environment that ,
can be created by implement-"
ing some of these ideas. How.
much easier would it be, for
the prevention effort; if more
persons did their part?

NB: Gamal Newry is the
president of Preventative Mea-
sures, a loss prevention and
asset protection training and
consulting company, specialis-
ing in Polic) and Procedure
Development, Business Secu-
rity Reviews and Audits, and
Emergency and Crisis Man-
agement. Comments can be
sent to P.O. Box N-i154 Nas-
sau, Bahamas or, e-imail:
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How capital markets

stimulate development

The capital market
is the market for
long-term loans
and equity capi-
tal, and it
includes the bond and equity
markets. Preference share
issues, which are often seen in
the Bahamas, are a hybrid
instrument having several fea-
tures resembling debt. While
equity markets provide com-
panies with risk capital, bond
markets support the capital
structure of firms by providing
debt funds.
Compare this with the mon-
ey markets that deal with
short-term funds such as gov-
ernment treasury bills and
credit union shares. The main
players in the capital markets
are the issuers, the large insti-
tutional investors such as the
National Insurance Board
(NIB), insurance companies,
pension funds, trust funds, the
Stock Exchange and venture
capital companies. We may
also want to include the sup-
porting players brokers,
traders and investment
Well-functioning capital
markets are an important part
of any modern economy. It
could be argued that the slow
development of capital mar-
kets in the Caribbean has had
an important effect on the pace
of economic 'development in
the region.
Countries with developed
capital markets tend to have
higher levels of capital forma-
tion, grow more quickly, pro-
vide better financial services
to all segments of their popu-
lations, and enjoy greater
prospects for long-term finan-
cial and economic stability.
Debt issuers, investors, inter-
mediaries and regulatory
authorities all stand to benefit
from an effective and efficient
capital mrfket. Here are some
of the more important direct
benefits of well-futictioning
capital markets:
Improved market efficiency:
They provide the platform
for the most effective and effi-
cient allocation of investment
funds across any economy. In
other words, large capital mar-
kets ensure that market forces
are brought to bear on a large
portion of the financial trans-
actions in the economy, some-
thing that is not typically evi-
dent in financial systems dom-
inated by bank financing.

Improved access to
investment funds:
Capital markets facilitate
efficient financial intermedia-
tion by mobilising domestic
savings for specific uses, such
as infrastructure and invest-
ment projects from a wider
investor base. Moreover, the
cost of capital can be lowered
considerably for those firms
that are able to access bond
Reduced systemic risk:
In the absence of a capital
market, the banking system
would tend to be larger than
it otherwise would be, resulting
in a concentration of credit risk
in one sector. Coexistence of a
capital market and banking
system help each to act as a
backstop for the other.
Capital markets provide an
accessible and economical vari-
ety of financial instruments
that encourage longer-term,
stable savings. These are then
distributed more widely
throughout the market. More-
over, they create an avenue for
the wider population to par-
ticipate in the corporate sec-
tor and share in its wealth cre-
ations through the ownership
of securities..
Caribbean capital markets:
The capital markets in the
Caribbean have evolved at
varying paces in the last two
decades. A few economies
such as the Bahamas, Barba-
dos, Jamaica and Trinidad &
Tobago possess, to a reason-
able extent, the institutional
infrastructure for capital mar-
ket activities. In most other
economies, development is
very limited or non-existent.
Even where capital markets
function in the Caribbean, as in
the markets indicated above,
the level of development varies
and lags significantly behind
several other markets around
the globe in terms of trading
volumes, market capitalisation
and other parameters. This
can, of course, partly be attrib-
uted to the relative small size
of Caribbean economies. One
of the segments of the capital
market which has shown
unprecedented growth in some
markets, is the mutual funds
Several initiatives are being
undertaken in different mar-
kets to stimulate their devel-
opment. Some of these are: an
enhanced regulatory frame-

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This week sees the first in a weekly
series of articles by Caribbean
Information and Credit Rating
Services (CariCRIS), the Caribbean's
own credit rating agency and the first
to offer regional and national credit
ratings in countries like the
Bahamas. This series of weekly
articles will discuss issues relating
to capital markets, bond
markets and credit ratings

work; a restructured govern-
ment bond market; an auto-
mated trading system; and a
regional credit rating services
company. Next week's article
will zero in on debt markets
and the key role that credit rat-
ings play in stimulating these
NB: The Caribbean Infor-
mation & Credit Rating Ser-
vices, CariCRIS, is the
Caribbean's own regionalcred-
it rating agency established in
2004, by Central Banks and
financial institutions from
across the Caribbean, in asso-
ciation with CRISIL Ltd, a
subsidiary of Standard &
Poor's. CariCRIS assigns rat-
ings on Caribbean regional
scale as well as on National
scales in select countries like
the Bahamas. For further
details visit
e-mail or
phone +1-868-627 8879

S. Venkat Raman is the
chief executive and chief Rat-
ing Officer of CariCRIS. Pri-
or to this, he was director -
ratings at CRISIL, the largest
rating agency in Asia and a
subsidiary of Standard &
Arjoon Harripaul is senior
rating analyst at CariCRIS

NOTICE is hereby given that MONICA IOTA BROWN DEAN
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 29TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

A leading computer company is looking for a self-
motivated individual for the scanning and indexing of

Job Requirements:
Minimum of 2 years computer experience
Good time management skills
Strong work ethic
Must be able to work with minimal supervision
Fax resume to:

Citco Fund Services
(Bahamas) Ltd


Internationally recognized Fund Administrator,
requires an experienced Hedge Fund Accountant. The
only acceptable candidates will have at least 3 years of
related fund experience including excellent knowledge
of complex financial instruments including derivatives,
OTC securities and private equities. Candidates must
be able to demonstrate their understanding of financial
statements preparation.

We offer a competitive salary and comprehensive
benefits plan.

Please fax your CV along with references to the attention
Citco Fund Services (Bahamas) Limited
Vice President
Fax Number: 242-393-4692

Bahamas National

Trust Annual

General Meeting

Thursday, April 6, 2006
at the
British Colonial Hilton

All members
and interested persons
are invited to attend

Our guest speaker will be
Prime Minister
The Honourable Perry G. Christie
His address will focus on
the Government's
environmental agenda.

Parking and security will be provided at
Maillis & Maillis on Bay St. and Nassau Court
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Assist in supervision of all phases of production
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Send resume to Attention:
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Bahamasair objects to charter carrier rivals

is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Batiamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
i6iratlon/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 5TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
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

arM rquired 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

whih 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



,030 sq.ft. shop space.
*Well paced on Paradise Island, near Atlantis.

Visitor and local pedestrian traffic.
G.ltent parking facilities.
SWell maintained building & landscaping.

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FROM page 1B

domestic route".
But Prime Minister Perry
Christie told the workshop that
the Government would not
take a completely protectionist
approach on these applica-
tions, many of which are for
higher density Family Island
routes to destinations such as
Freeport and Exuma.
He said: "Even though they
may not get all of what is being
requested, the Government is
considering these applications.
The Government of the
Bahamas is committed to pro-
viding individuals with job
opportunities through the pro-
motion of local entrepreneur-
"Therefore, Bahamasair
must be prepared, willing and
able to live with competition'
as the thought of having exclu-
sive rights to any Family Island
destination should be behind

The global airline industry
was to lose $6.4 billion this
year, according to Mr Christie,
who is now responsible for
He added that the state of
the airline industry had led to
owners seeking concessions
from employee groups in order
to remain afloat, and for
Bahamasair, privatizationn is
a priority". This was due to
the ever-increasing costs and
rising subsidies needed to fund
the airline's debt and long-term
"Bahamasair is no exception
to the escalating costs of air-
line operations, as so far this
year, the Treasury has provid-
ed $23.5 million in subsidies,"
Mr Christie said.
Bahamasair's fuel bill is
expected to top $21 million this
year, compared to $7 million
in 2001.
Cost reduction, service

AVENUE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 29TH day of MARCH, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Legal Notice


No. 45 of 2000


Notice is hereby gi\en in accordance ith Section 138 (8 of the
Intemanonal Business Companies Act, No. -45 of 2000. the Dissolution
of NMETAL TRADING CO. LTD. has been completed, a Certficate
of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore been
struck off the Register The date of completon of the dissolution "as
the March 23. 2006

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Paradise Village
Shopping Plaza
Paradise Island
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel. 242-393-8618


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improvements and competition
were Bahamasair's three main
stumbling blocks. Speaking on
those issues, Mr Sands said
competition from Bahamian
and low-cost charter compa-
niies, plus increased security
charges, were contributing to
the airline's problems.
The security charges in
Freeport, Nassau and Florida
had increased from less than
$150,000 in 2000 to more than
$1.8 million today, he said,
adding that it had "driven
Bahamasair deeper into gov-
ernment subsidy".
The increases in fuel charges
have also "taken a financial
toll" on the airline, having
risen from $0.97 cents per gal-
lon to $2.68.
For this reason, Mr Christie
said Bahamasair may have to
look at introducing smaller air-
craft into its fleet.
The Prime Minister said:
"Due to skyrocketing charges
being absorbed throughout the
airline industry and the sub-
stantial subsidy required to
fund the long term debt and
the operations, the Govern-
ment of the Bahamas is forced

to see privatization as a priori-
Mr Sands listed some
achievements of the airline in
spite of the overhanging grey
clouds. They included:
Development of an aggres-
sive charter division
Introduction of night
flights to Family Island desti-
Increase in maintenance
Improvement in on-time
Reduction in customer
Route expansion with ser-
vices to Santo Domingo and
Domestic terminal .
New ticket office in:
Staff training seminars, ,
Acquisition of additional
aircraft .
Completing updatingjTcn
porate records
Timely production .,9f
audited financial statements, .,
Improved manage~p ,
structure- i -
*Outsourcing of Andros.,

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Legal Notice


(No. 45 of 2000)

(No.45 of 2000)
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In Voliintary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138 (4) of the
International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of 2000), MS SECURITIES
LIMITED is in dissolution. Ms. Alrena Moxey is the Liquidator and can
be contacted at The Winterbptham Trust Company Limitede, Marlborough
& Queen Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims against the
above-named company are required to send their names, addresses and
particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before the 03 day of
April, 2006.


Legal Notice



Pursuant to the provisions of Section 88(2) of the Companies Act, 1990,
notice is hereby given that MS HOLDING LIMITED is in voluntary

The Liquidator of the said company is Ms Alrena Moxey of Winterbotham
Place, Marlborough & Queen Streets, P.O. Box N-3026, Nassau, The

Dated the 03rd day of April, 2006.


Legal Notice



In Voluntary Liquidation

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act. 24000, SJPADAN INC., is in
dissolution as of April 3,2006: l.-. r;

International Liquidator Services Inc. situated at
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FROM page 1B
tured brisk expansion in
Bahamian dollar credit, which
outstripped the accretion in
Bahamian dollar deposits. As a
result, both external reserves
and excess liquid assets nar-
"However, for the two
months to February, both the
excess liquid assets and excess
renirves expanded, amid mod-
erate gains in external


lEAs1sireserves in the
E ahiht0 'uimrhercial bank-
ig system declined by $14.5
million to $210.3 million in
brfuary 2006, compared to a
$.4.5 million fall in the same
months during 2005..
Baqks' excess liquid assets
f4ll l$y$17.3' million in Febru-
ar 2006 to $168.2 million, a

smaller decrease than the $20.8
million experienced in 2005.

The external reserves fell by
$2.2 million inFebruary 2006,
but ended the first two months
of this year up by $15.5 mil-
lion at $598.4 million. Curren-
.e outflows for the purchase
of: non-oil imports rose $9.4
miiillion to $115.8 million, while
oil imports increased by $11.3
Million to $33.8 million.
The Bahamian dollar
deposit base grew by $44.7 mil-
lion in February 2006, com-
pared to an $11.1 million
expansion in 2005, a push,
caused by a rise in fixed
deposits,. Growth in savings.
deposits fell to $5.1 million
compared to $12.6 million in
February 2005, while demand
deposits contracted by $3.4
million this time around.

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For the first two months of
2006, excess reserves in the
Bahamian commercial bank-
ing system increased by $14.9
million, with excess liquid
assets rising by $55.8 million.
On the fiscal front, the
deficit for the first seven
months of the 2005-2006 year
to January was down 27.1 per
cent at $70.5 million compared
to the previous year.


Total government revenues
were up 18.8 per cent at $656
million, driven by "accretions'
to tax and non-tax revenue of
$80.4 million and $20.4 million
SHowever, the Central Bank
report again highlighted the
Goverrnment's failure to con-
trol its fiscal spending, which
had risen by 12 per cent in the
first seven months of 2005-2006

to $726.5 million, "reflecting
increases in both current and
capital expenditure outlays".
Recurrent spending for the
period was up 8.35 per cent at
$645 million.

Domestic price inflation for
the 12 months to February
2006 stood at 2.1 per cent,
compared to 1.1 per cent the
previous year, due to price
increases in all areas apart
from clothing and footwear,
and recreation and entertain-
Tourism arrivals were up
20.3 per cent in December
2005, with total visitors for the
year up by 0.9 per cent.
Arrivals to the Family Islands
and Nassau rose by 9.5 per
cent and 0.1 per cent respec-
tively, while visitors to Grand
Bahama fell by 11.2 per cent.

SIn.stit-tion sees 148% earnings rise
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FROM page 1B

as the SMART fund, included
in the Investment Funds Act

I' Butterfield Fund Services
S(Bahamas) ended 2005 with
total assets under administra-
tion of $2.4 billion, out of a
total of $4 billion in the
The total assets of Butter-
field's Bahamian subsidiaries
had increased by 52.8 per cent
in 2005, growing to $96.9 mil-
lion from $63.4 million.
The Bahamas is a growing
but still relatively small part of
Butterfield's empire, account-
ing for 2 per cent of the group's
total expenses and 0.2 per cent
of its lending portfolio in 2005.
The Bahamian subsidiaries
have a total credit exposure of
$5.182 million as at December
31, 2005.
Much of the net income rise
enjoyed by Butterfield's
Bahamian subsidiaries came
from top-line growth, with rev-
enues in 2005 rising to $6.79
million compared to $5.861
million the year before, while
expensesfell from $5.193 mil-
S:: lion to $5.135 million.
.Fees and other income
accounted for $5.763 million

of Butterfield's Bahamian rev-
enues, with interest income
generating just over $1 million
. Butterfield has allowed a
$26,000 credit provision for its
Bahamian operations.

A leading commercial law firm invites
applications from suitably qualified highly
motivated individuals for the position of
associate attorney.


A minimum of 2 years admission as a
member of the Bahamas bar
Excellent written and oral communication
Strong research and opinion writing
Ability to work efficiently under pressure
Excellent organizational and time
management skills

Very competitive salary and incentive package
offered together with attractive medical
insurance and pension plan.

Please submit resume to Commercial Law
Firm P.O. Box CB-10957, Nassau, Bahamas.
All resumes received will be kept confidential.

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International Business Companies Act
(No. 45 of 2000)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act No. 45 of
has been dissolved and struck off the Register according
to the Certificate of Dissolution. issued, by the Registrar
General on the 28th day of March, 2006.

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The Public Hospitals Authority invites applications from suitably qualified individuals for the post
of Manager, Business Office, Grand Bahama Health Services.
Applicant must possess the foJlowing qualifications.
Professional qualification Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Association 6f Certified Chartered
Accountant (ACCA) or Chartered Accountant (CA), Masters of Business Administration (MBA),
Master of Arts (MA) in the relevant area and one (1) year experience as Assistant Accountant or
Bachelors of Science Degree (BSc), Bachelors of Arts Degree (BA), Bachelors of Business
Administration and two (2) years experience as Assistant Accountant; Associate Degree and a
minimum of four (4) years experience as an Assistant Accountant and must be Computer literate.
The Business Office Manager will report to the Financial and Accounting Officer and be responsible
for the management for the management of all operations of the Business Office.
1. Prepares department budget and strategic plans for each fiscal year.
2. Prepares comparative analytical report on revenue collection for each fiscal year.
3. Prepares monthly analysis of revenue collected and ensures monthly financial reports are
4. Ensures policies and procedures are in place to prevent opportunity for fraud and system
5. Reconciles end of year accounts receivable for private patients and submits findings and
recommendations to Finance'Officer.
6. Ensures all effort is made to meet monthly and yearly revenue collection targets.
7. Establish new job functions to improve customer service and revenue collection.
8. Consults and assists patients with financial constraints.
9. Liaises with Social Services Department regarding approvals for patients-medical procedures.
10. Ensures patients are made aware of outstanding balances and receive bills in a timely manner.
11. Evaluates staff and ensures that all business office employees adhere to their job descriptions
and any other duties assigned pertaining to their job function.
12. Assists in any other duties assigned by the Finance Officer to provide excellent customer
(internal and external) satisfaction and revenue enhancement.
13. Ensures that National Insurance Board and companies billings are forwarded for payments in
a timely manner.
Letters of application and curricula vita should be submitted to the Director of Human Resources,
Public Hospitals Authority, P.O. Box N-8200 or Manx Corporate Centre, Dockendale House, West
Bay Street or through your Head of Department no later than 10th April, 2006.

Applicants must be 18 years or older,
have valid driver's license, have access to a vehicle with proof of insurance.
Please bring current Health Certificate, police record & a passport photo

Applications available at
Abaco Markets LtdTown Centre Mail

Ph: 325-2122

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Nassau Cruises dispute 'close to a resolution'

FROM page 1B

sions, tours and attractions to
entice in visitors in meaningful
Despite being a high-cost
destination, The Tribune
revealed back in 2003 how
Bahamian tour operators were
being forced to sell prices for
excursions 40 per cent lower
thann the Eastern Caribbean.
Foi example, tickets for the
same quahli snorkelling trip

would'be sold to the cruise
ships at $i8 per head in the
Eastern Caribbean, but at just
$11 per head in the Bahamas.
and lie ,-i'ns lnes were often
selhng iLcse io passengers at as
much as $40 a $29 mark-up.
As a result of the price
squeeze. Jacharic and other
operators have seen their rev-
enues dialed and they hate
been urabie to .-ccumulate theL
necessary capiiai to upgrade
their attractions, something the
cruise lines have been demand-

A report on Cruise Tourism
Policies, pi epared lor the Min-
istry of Tourism in March 2004
to help it decide x haat the
Bahantads wantelld io achieve
when iicgonailng a net incen-
tive regime for cruise ships,
said: "There is general agree-
ment thai the cruise ships
should piro\di: a guaranteed
minimum evel of tour sales
for Balcatiian companies at
each poa (including the pri-
vaie islands). There is some

interest in also assuring the
cruise lines allow fair mark-
ups/fees for port agents and
tour operators."
However, the company that
wrote the report, the Florida-
based Management Resource
Group (MRG), said: "MRG
believes these policies would
be difficult to monitor and
enforce (especially on the pri-
vate islands) and would be per-
ceived by the cruise lines as an
unreasonable intrusion into
normal business practices."

The MRG report showed
the Bahamas' share of two to
five-night cruises in the
Caribbean declined by 30 per
cent in the eight years to 2003.
The Bahamas' share of all two
and five-night cruises in the.
Caribbean had fallen from 76
percent in 1995 to 46 per cent
in 2003, and the report attrib-
uted this drop largely to the
attractiveness and growth in
capacity of Cozumel, particu-
larly from Gulf Coast home
ports such as Houston.

The report said: "Since the
passage of cruise incentive leg-
islation [in 19951, the capacity
for three and four night cruises
to the Bahamas has changed
very little, rising from about
840,000 passengers to about
880,000 passengers (a 5 per
cent increase).
,:"During the same period,
the capacity of all two to five
night cruises to the Bahamas
and the Caribbean rose by 57
per cent from 1.1 million to .7
million passengers."

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 5TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Ministry urged to invest

in Over-the-Hill tourism

FROM page 1B


The National Insurance Board invites tenders for coverage of
its General Insurance portfolio (property, etc.) for the year commencing
June 1, 2006, and subject to renewal for a further two (2) years.
Suitably licensed ins,:,.-' companies interested in submitting
a tender, with a detailed proposal, may collect an insurance bid
package commencing on March 31,2006, from the Director's Office,
Baillou Hill Road, Nassau, Bahamas.
The deadline for submission of tenders is 4:00pm on Monday,
May 1,2006.
The Board reserves the right to reject any or all tenders.
Persons collecting the bid package must present a letter of
authorization from the licensed insurance company before the
o'i. can be re'e,.,:,.

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Mr Moss, in pressing his
point about sponsorship from
the Ministry.said plans for the
renewal or renovation of Ba\
Street were being underwrit-
ten b\ the Government. and
they were looking for the same
kind of support.
He added that he plans to
lobbh the Domestic Invest-
ment Board to support the
ideas that man\ entrepreneurs
have. so those businesses can.
in turn. support the insolle-
ment of tourism in their com-
Plans include heritage festi-
vals. which will be organised
in conjunction with New

Orleans natives who hate been
doing it for decades: graffiti
competitions to keep spray
paint off walls and on proper
plNwood canvasses: Saturday
night Junkanoo rush-outs; and
indigenous food such as benny
cake and conch salad, offered
as. tourists walk along heritage
Itrall in these areas.
Speaking about the rich her-
itage of these areas. Rev Moss
talked about Freddie
Mlunings Senior s Cat and the
Fiddle nightclub, where some
of America's greatest blues
musicians played and were
mentored by Bahamian musi-
cians. Other landmarks includ-

NOTICE is hereby given that HAROLD PIERRE OF #18 SPINNEY
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 5TH day of
APRIL, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.Box F-4.1085. Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


Lot No 10 Lake \'iew Drive, Skyline Heights Subdivision in the-
Western District of the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.
NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having any claim or
demand against the above Estate are required to send the same
diul certified m writing to the undersigned on or before the 28th
day of Apnl A.D. 2006 after which date the Administrator of the
Estate w ill proceed to distribute the assets ha\ ing regard only to
the claims of which the Administrator shall then have had notice.
AND NOTICE is hereby also gi\en that all persons indebted to
the said Estate are requested to make full senlement on or before
the date hereinbefoie mentioned

Aurora House
DoHdeseHl Street & Dunmore Lane
P.O. Box N-102
Nassau. Bahamas
Altornef for the .,dministralor

ed the Bethel Baptist Church,
built some 200 years ago b.
slaves; the first black owned
hotel, built by Claudius R
Walker: Father of the Nation
the late Sir Lynden Pindling'-
stomping grounds: and man\
Rev Moss told the mailor
hotels that by keeping thetr \ s-
itors away from these areas
their guests were lea ing les-
than satisfied with their
Bahamas experience. He
believes it would be a good
investment for tourists to hase
an Over-the-Hill experience.
because it would encourage
them to return to the Bhaamas
"Experience is everything
for the visitor," said Rev Moss.
He added.thatftai. drivers
tour operators and'sUirrey dn-
vers would be incorporated
into the plan, to give tourists
the option of experiencing
these areas.
While he wants to see such
heritage villages also estab-
lished in other'areas, such as
Fox Hill, Adelaide and Gam-
bier, Rev Moss said Bain and
Grants Towns have the unique
advantage of being. just a
stone's throw away" from Bay
"We want to divert just a
trickle of that income to Bain
Town," said Rev Moss.
He added that black Ameri-
cans. in particular, would show
eager interest in the rich slave
heritage these areas have to
At the geographic centre of
Bain Town, which is the corner
of Meadow and Augusta
Streets, the Board boasts that
"it is the cleanest intersection
in New Providence". They
want to carry that trend
throughout these areas. find-
ing work for those hanging on
the blocks who might stray into
crime, and they want to eco-
nomically uplift the people of
Bain and Grants Town.
The next step will see tht
Board prepare for the training
of a dozen tour guides, who
will work on the heritage trails
now being established through-
out Over-the-Hill.


Customer Service


Domino's Pizza

Good customer service skills a must .


+ Answering the phone .
+ Anything necessary to ensure the proper execu- '
tion of store operations. -

Send resume toAttentionr: T'" 2i~" ..
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box SS-6704, Nassau, Bahamas or .
Deliver to: Abaco Markets Ltd., Town Centre Mall or

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Bahamian swimmers set

to make a splash at Carifta

Junior Sports Reporter
THE 36-member Carifta
swim team are all set to take to
the pool this week, in the 20th
annual Carifta Swimming
Competition at the games,
which are being held in
Bridgetown, Barbados, will
begin on Thursday for the
Bahamas with swimming pre-
liminaries and waterpolo.
With the heat sheets already
in for the start, the Bahamas is
sitting in a comfortable
medalling position, having more
than 15 athletes ranked in the
top 10 of their respective events.
Competing in an open field
in the 800 meter event, 13-year
old McKayla Lightbourn's time
of 9:43.71 seconds has seeded
her in the third spot while Ari-
anna Vanderpool-Wallace has
secured the sixth fastest time
with 9:51.07.
The two fastest times belongs
to Cayman Island swimmers
Jodie Foster and Brigitte
Tomascik, 9:34.56 seconds and
9:40.31 seconds respectively.
Also in the event is Amber
Weech, whose time of 10:43.84
seconds has positioned her in
the 19th spot,
Lightbourn will lead the
charge for the Bahamas in the
13-14 girls 200m with the sec-
ond fastest time 2:49.65, follow-
ing close behind is teammate
Anthaya Rolle in 2:56.96 sec-
onds, for third.
Holding the fourth spot in the
boys open 1500m freestyle is
Shane Armbrister with 17:37.61
seconds, John Bradley is ranked
ninth with a seasons best of
18:04.68 seconds.
Competing in the 11-12 girls
200m will be Shante Moss and
Je'nae Saunders.
Moss is heading into the com-
petition with the second fastest
time 3:05.16 seconds, trailing
division leader Chinyere Pigot
of Suriname. Saunders has
snatched the sixth spot with
3:13.98 seconds.
The seventh fastest time in
the boys 11-12 division belongs
to 'Evante Gibson while Dante
Taylor is seeded at 12.
Gibson's time is 3:05.92 will
place him in lane sixth of the
competition while Taylor 3:18.33
seconds will give him lane two.
The team of Saunders, Moss,
and Bria Deveaux will be swim-
ming out of lane five for the 400
freestyle relay.
Although the fourth member
of the team is not named, the
team has posted the fastest time'



of 4:23.18 seconds.
The 11-12 boys relay team will
have their hands full with the
French Antilles team who have
posted the fastest time of 4:05.03
The Bahamas team consist-
ing of Mancer Roberts, Devonn
Knowles, Gibson and Delano
McIntosh has a best time of
4:28.30 seconds.



Vanderpool-Wallace will go
into the 15-17 girls 200m with
the third fastest time behind the
Jamaicans Alia Atkinson and
Lauren Soutar.
The two Jamaican swimmers
have times of 2:08.90 seconds
and 2:10.48 seconds, while Van-
derpool-Wallace has posted
2:13.47 seconds.
The Bahamas will take the


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top two spots in the 50 butterfly
thanks to Vanderpool-Wallace
and Teisha Lighbourne.
Vanderpool-Wallace has a
best of 29.89 seconds and Teisha
30.39 seconds.
Interrupting the Bahamas'
one-two punch in the boys 50
fly is Rodion Davelaar, leaving
Vereance Burrows in the first
spot and Denaj Seymour in the

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while Seymour has a best of
26.76 seconds.
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the 200m freestyle in all divi-
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Crimestoppers for two points on Saturday night in their NPABA
men's division one contest at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
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Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER a successful rookie
season with the Arizona
Giants' rookie squad, centre-
fielder Antoan Richardson has
been promoted one step high-
er to the Augusta GreenJack-
ets single A club.
Richardson, who was select-
ed as the 1062nd pick (35th
round) by the San Francisco
Giants in the 2005 Major
League draft, is just one of
two Bahamians currently play-
ing in the pipeline in the
The other'is 26-year-old
Grand Bahamian Angelo 'Jel-
lo' Burrows, who was traded
to the Chicago Cubs last year
after spending the past six
years in the Atlanta Braves
Richardson, 22, who turned
in a credible performance.with
the Vanderbilt University in
Tennessee before he finally
accepted the last of three draft
selections, said he's just happy
to be playing baseball now
that the season has started.
The GreenJackets will trav-
el to Charleston, South Caroli-
na where they will play the
first of four consecutive games
on the road through Sunday
against the Charleston River-
dogs, the affiliates for the New
York Yankees.
"You're never satisfied until
you make it to the top,"
Richardson admitted. "I'm
happy that I will get a chance
to play and I hope that I can
continue playing to the next
level to the next level until I
get to the Major League.
"But I'm not satisfied
because my satisfaction will
come when I make it to the
big league. But I know I have
a lot of work to do and I will
continue to hit the ball. I think
that's the biggest thing for me
right now."
The former track and field
star who came to prominence
when he attended American
Heritage High School in Del-
ray Beach, Florida, finished
last year's season with a .321
batting average.
In 53 games, Richardson
accumulated 193 at-bats. He
banged out 62 hits, scoring 45
runs. In total, he collected
four doubles, three triples and
one homer. He also produced
10 runs batted in (RBI), stole
40 bases, caught six times
stealing, walked 44 times,
stuck out 43 times and was hit
by a pitch eight times.
Having made the adjust-
ments from one level to the
next, Richardson said "base-
ball is baseball, regardless of
what level it is.
"It's all the same stuff. The
fundamentals and everything
else is still the same. The
pitcher throws the ball and I
just have to hit it. It's just a
mental thing," he reflected.
"You have to just be men-
tally strong and be able to
deal with your failures and
coming back and put the good
and the bad days behind you
and play on an even keel. You
just have to be mentally strong
to get through a long season."
The 5-foot-8, 165-pounder
said his only goal is to show
the Giants' organisation that
he's a "quality player," who
has the "ability to play at the
next level."
From the GreenJackets'
media department, a state-
ment issued said: "We are
looking forward to the 2006
season with Antoan. He's a
proven player. He's shown a
lot of success in the past and
we expect big things from him
in 2006 with the GreenJack-
After the four game series
against the Riverdogs, the
GreenJackets will return
home to play a four-game
series starting on Tuesday
against the Greenville Drive.

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Senior Sports Reporter
IN A keenly-contested battle, incum-
bent Romel Knowles beat out his close
buddy and immediate past second vice
president Darrel Weir to retain his posi-
tion as president of the Bahamas Soft-
ball Federation.
Knowles was re-elected to serve for
another three years at the election of
officers held over the weekend at
Coopers Town Primary School in
Coopers Town, Abaco during the fed-
eration's annual general meeting.
The post of president was originally
supposed to come down to a three-way
battle with New Providence Softball
Association's president Steve 'Garbo'
Coakley joining Knowles and Weir.
But after the AGM was postponed,
Coakley opted not to contest the seat
Instead, it came down to a two-way
struggle between Knowles and Weir
and it literally went right down the wire
with Knowles finally winning a margin
of 15-13 on the fourth ballet count.
"It was a dog fight," was how
Knowles summed up a showdown. "He
had the Family Islands on his side and

if you know, we are,predominantly
made up of the Family Islands."
In the end, Knowles said he felt the
28 delegates, including 10 of the 14
executives present, ended up displaying
more confidence in him and his team of
officers, thus they re-elected him.

He will serve along with New Provi-
dence's Burkett Dorsett, who was
returned as first vice president; Long
Island's Ted Miller as second vice pres-
ident; New Providence's Sidney 'Bobby
Baylor' Fernander as third vice presi-
dent; Grand Bahama's Anthony Fowler
as fourth vice president and Abaco's
Gary Smith as fifth vice president.
While Dorsett, Miller, Ferander and
Smith all went in unopposed, Fowler
beat out Paula Johnson 15-13.
The new secretary general is Dianne
Miller from New Providence, who went
in unopposed, while Dorothy Miller
from Long Island won 16-12 as the
assistant secretary general over Paula
Alfred'Ali' Culmer from New Prov-
idence has returned as treasurer with
Martin 'Pork' Burrows, also from New

Providence, as his assistant. They both
went in unopposed.
While it was a close race, Knowles
said he never really envisioned that it
would have turned out the way it did.
"When you go into these things, you
really never know what to expect," he
insisted. "People tell you all kinds of
things and you never know what they
will do until the very end."
Having to race against his close
friend produced a "bitter-sweet" vic-
tory for Knowles.
"He's a very close friend of the fam-
ily," Knowles reflected. "Too bad one
of us had to lose."
Does this mean that this will strain
their relationship?
"No," Knowles charged. "He had a
direction that he would have loved to
see softball go in and I think we will
remain as friends and he will continue
to assist me with the growth and the
development of the sport in the future."
Despite the loss, Weir, who serves
as president of the Grand Bahama Soft-
ball Association, said he's still encour-
aged because five of the seven presi-
dents of the affiliated island associa-
tions voted for him.
"The majority of the delegates, how-
ever, voted for Romell," Weir dis-

closed. "But I just hope that that says
something to the current BSF execute
Weir said he will continue to work in
Grand Bahama and try to improve the'
level of play in the Bahamas at tbe
same time, but he won't give up. /

"I will continue to lend my hand t10
the current executives of the BSF. hW.
stated. "I will continue to gije their.:
that support."
As for his relationship ith Knowle'-
Weir said the elections will in no'way.
tarnish what they have developed. ';:
just wanted him to know that when it.
time to go, it's time to go. .
"I know deep down inside, he wardfi
ed to concede, but his members weO,
telling him not to give up. I was really
surprised that I lost. I thought I ha'
enough votes to pull it off. That wv.
the only surprise 1 had, but I think
was more surprised than me.' *.
Knowles said he and his executive:
team have some goals and objective :
for the next three years, but he wl:"
hold off on releasing those plans rigit.:




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