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Publication Date: April 11, 2006
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Marking half-way point in

construction of Kerzner's

Atlantis Phase III

KERZNER International's
Atlantis resort is the "defining
investment" of the Bahamian
tourism industry according to
Prime Minister Perry Christie -
who yesterday threw the full sup-
port of his government, blund.
the company and itsleadership.
Speaking at a special ceremo-
ny to mark the half-way point in
the construction of the Atlantis
Phase III development, Mr
Christie said that company pres-
ident Sol Kerzner and his son
Butch have made an "irrevocable
commitment" to the country and
that Bahamians have invested a
great deal of hope in the Kerzn-
"It is important for me to tell
my countrymen that our coun-
try has had the good advantage,
a distinct advantage of having
Sol Kerzner come the Bahamas,"
he said.
Mr Christie said the success of
the Kerzners is responsible for

"the new level of confidence"
that other investors have in the
He said it is important for local
and international observers to
understand that his government
does not sign long-term agree-
ments with developers based on
the technical and legal provisions
of their proposals alone but
also because of "good faith, the
certain knowledge of the parties
we're dealing with."
"And that is why it is so critical
to me to know that I was able to
inherit the constitutional gover-
nance of the country and the next
day sit down with Sol Kerzner
on behalf of the Bahamian peo-
ple, and no one even blinked.
"That was because those who,
preceded me developed a rela-
tionship that doubtless I will pass
on to others who will follow me
whenever it is my time to move
on," Mr Christie said.
Phase III of Atlantis is
SEE page 11

* ABOVE: Kerzner CEO 'Butch' Kerzner with Prime Minister
Perry Christie
RIGHT: Sol Kerzner and Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt
enjoy a performance by Bebe Winans yesterday
(Photos: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

"It is important
for me to tell my
countrymen that
our country has
had the good
advantage, a
distinct advantage
of having
Sol Kerzner come
to the Bahamas."
Prime Minister
Perry Christie

FNM hits out after
legal residents
THE FNM yesterday con-
demned the operation in which
some 166 non-Bahamians with
legal status were apprehended by
immigration officers calling the
incident an "embarrassment to
government and the country."
"It has been reported that Immi-
gration Minister Shane Gibson said
it 'was not a raid', but it is obvious
that this operation was not only a
raid, but one that was ill-conceived
,and poorly executed," the FNM
In a statement released late yes-
terday, the Opposition party said it
hopes that this incident will "do no
further damage to the reputation of
the Bahamas abroad."
"The incompetent handling of
sensitive matters by the PLP gov-
ernment has already given the
country enough bad publicity," the
FNM said.
Party leader Hubert Ingrahai
has also requested a meeting with
Police Commissioner Paul Far-
quharson in connection with this
Mr Ingraham is expected to
make a statement regarding the
incident later this week following
SEE page nine

Shane Gibson defends

Prison officer 'not

decision to detain group properly trained to
Shanrl hr akmit'

Chief Reporter
THE Department of Immigra-
tion will be re-evaluating its
approach to the arrest and deten-
tion of illegal immigrants after
more than 140 persons were
wrongfully detained in a raid on
Friday, Immigration and Labour
Minister Shane Gibson told The
Tribune yesterday.
Mr Gibson, however, defend-
ed the decision of the department

to detain the group of Haitians in
question until their permits and
permanent resident certificates
were verified.
"It is unfortunate what hap-
pened but I can say with all cer-
tainly that there will be a 99 per
cent chance it will happen again,
where persons are picked up with
legitimate documents and
detained and as soon as it is deter-
mined that the documents are
SEE page nine

Hospital water system

repaired after flooding
REPAIRS have been made to the water system at Princess Mar-
garet Hospital after flooding forced authorities to relocate Acci-
dent and Emergency patients at the weekend.
Herbert Brown, the managing director of the Public Health
Authority told The Tribune yesterday, that "busted water pipes"
were the cause of Sunday night's flooding.
"The Accident and Emergency ward of Princess Margaret Hospi-
tal experienced a cracked water line at 10.15pm which flooded the
surrounding area," he said.
Mr Brown added that hospital engineers responded quickly to
the situation and were able to repair the crack by midnight. Through-
out the evening, patients who were in the accident and emergency
waiting room were relocated to another area of the hospital.
Mr Brown stressed that at no time were services to any of the
patients interrupted.

TOUGH questioning by
Magistrate Linda Virgill led to
a veteran prison officer admit-
ting he was not properly trained
to handle a breakout like the
one that occurred in January.
In the second week of an
inquest into the deaths of
prison officer Dion Bowles and
prisoner Neil Brown, the first
witness to take the stand, Cor-
poral Rubini Strachan told the
court that on the night of the
breakout, because he had nev-
er been in a situation like the
one in which he found himself,
he.and others were acting on
His response, in particular,
came as a result of questions as
to whether he spoke with the
Principal Officer or any of the
Sergeants on duty that night
after the breakout occurred.
When asked by Magistrate
Virgill if there was no plan A,
B, or C in situations like this,
the corporal said, "No."
Were there never drills, the
Magistrate pressed. The officer
SEE page nine

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Tolerance is the watchword

for the democratic society

T HE idea of cruise ships bring-
ing openly homosexual visitors
to the Bahamas in recent years prompt-
ed some of our citizens, including a few
religious leaders, to fly into an apoplec-.
tic rage. Rather ugly demonstrations
greeted the so-called gay cruise pas-
sengers as they disembarked in Nas-
In an attempt to cool passions and
limit the damage done by negative pub-
licity abroad in 1998, then Prime Min-
ister Hubert Ingraham made a fairly
exhaustive statement in which he
assured his local and foreign audiences
"The Government of the Bahamas
does not promote nor encourage homo-
sexual lifestyles but neither does it con-
demn or exclude persons who reveal
themselves to be homosexuals."
Mr Ingraham said he had been
chilled by the vehemence of the expres-
sions against gay persons. He admitted
that there had also been expressions of
reason and understanding but that these
had been largely lost in a sea of bitter
Mr Ingraham observed that hysteria
is dangerous. It breeds a mob mentali-
ty which ignores fact and frequently
leads, the disregard of the rights and
liberWs of others. All too frequently
indeed. Throughout history we have
seen the terrible consequences of this
process of first demonisation and then
persecution of whole groups of peo-
The inflammatory language used to
attack gay people has already led to
physical attacks in Europe and the
United States and also in some Third
World countries where animosity
against gays is even stronger. Just last
week at the University of the West
Indies in Jamaica the police had to be
called in to protect a purportedly gay
man from an angry mob.

Here in the Bahamas there is a
glimmer of hope that we
might be making progress. The cur-
rent debate about the banning of the
movie Brokeback Mountain has been
far less shrill than the diatribe of recent
Talk show host Mike Smith on Love
97 Radio last week conducted a debate
between two ladies on opposite sides of
the homosexuality issue, and it was an
example of how such issues can be
approached in a mature, civilised and

democratic society. But there is still, a
lot of misunderstanding and confusion
to be addressed.
One point to be made is that in this
democratic country all are free to hold
and to express their opinions about the
rightness or wrongness of homosexu-
ality and to debate the issue in whatev-
er media are available to them.
The fact that the majority might
express one view does not mean that
the minority should not also be able to
express its view or that the minority
should be abused for doing so. No-one
is forced to listen.
The debate over homosexuality is
being carried on even inside Christian
churches and more than one denomi-
nation faces the possibility of irrecon-
cilable division over it.
There is still a lot to be learned
about the complexities of human sex-
uality but scientific studies indicate
that some people are born with homo,
sexual tendencies. It is a phenomenon

The most important point to be made
is that it is utterly wrong for any one
group majority or minority to use
the state to force its views or beliefs
on others or in any way to penalise or
discriminate against dissenters.

that has also been observed among
The most important point to be made
is that it is utterly wrong for any one
group majority or minority to use
the state to force its views or beliefs on
others or in any way to penalise or dis-
criminate against dissenters.
Homosexual conduct between con-
senting adults is not a crime in the
Bahamas, nor should it be. Most people
believe that it is sinful but those who do
not believe are also entitled to hold
and to express that conviction.
Certainly, no sensible person will
advocate that the state has a responsi-
bility to punish citizens for sin. As Mr
Ingraham said in 1998:
"Whether a private sexual act
between consenting adults is homosex-
ual or heterosexual is not my business,
and I do not think it is your business
either. We cannot, and ought not try, to
dictate or to legislate morality.
"In any event, all past efforts to do
so have always failed miserably. A
good example is the success of the
laws against adultery. Certainly adul-
tery is a far.greater threat to Bahami-
an family life today than is homosex-
uality. Could we build a jail large
enough to house all Bahamian adul-

Not only does the state not
have a responsibility to punish
sinners, it has a positive and inescapable
constitutional duty to protect the civil
rights of all citizens regardless of reli-
gious belief.
The Christian, the Jew, the Muslim,
the Hindu and-the atheist, all are enti-
tled to the same rights and freedoms.
The same applies to the homosexual
as to the heterosexual. Tolerance is the
watchword required by the constitu-
tion. There is another watchword for
Christians love.
* *


In this column last week I referred
to the relationship between
church and state in the Bahamas. I
believe that we have, up to now, struck
just the right balance in this important
relationship. It would be a great pity
to destroy that balance.
The church and state relationship has
been constantly debated in the United
States where, according to Founding

Father Thomas Jefferson, there is a
wall of separation between the two.
Some want to pull down that wall and
others to make it higher.
This tension is discussed in several
new books, including Jon Meacham's
American Gospel, just published by
Random House. Mr Meacham is man-
aging editor of Newsweek and an
excerpt from the book was published
in the April 10 issue of that maga-
Says Mr Meacham: "The great good
news about America the American
gospel, if you will is that religion
shapes the life of the nation without
strangling it. Driven by a sense of prov-
idence and an acute appreciation of the
fallibility of humankind, the Founders
made a nation in which faith should
not be singled out for special help or
particular harm.
"The balance between the promise
of the Declaration of Independence,
with its evocation of divine origins and
destiny, and the practicalities of the
Constitution, with its checks on extrem-
ism, remains the most brilliant of Amer-
ican successes."
Mr Meacham observes that his
nation's Founding Fathers were men of
faith who believed that God gave
humankind "the liberty to believe in
Him or not, to love Him or not, to
obey Him or not. God created man
with free will, for love coerced is no
love at all, only submission. That is
why religious persons should be on the
front lines of defending freedom of
"The battle to preserve faith and free-
dom has been a long one, and rages
still: keeping religion and politics in
proper balance requires eternal vigi-


Thomas Jefferson, one of the
great men in American history,
was a believer. But he was also a slave-
owner and an adulterer.
He must have wondered, as he con-
ducted an affair with one of his slaves,
whether she really loved him or
whether it was only about coercion
and submission to the will of her mas-
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Man in

court on



A 36-YEAR-OLD man
accused of possessing a sub-
stantial quantity of cocaine as
well as marijuana was arraigned
in the magistrates court yester-
Dion Johnson appeared
before magistrate Carolita
Bethel on three counts of pos-
session of dangerous drugs with
intent to supply.
It is alleged that on Thurs-
day, April 6, Johnson was found
in possession of cocaine. It is
also alleged that on Friday,
April 7, Johnson was found with
a quantity of cocaine as well as
According to the prosecutor,
Johnson had a total of 20 and a
half pounds of cocaine and
three pounds of marijuana.
Johnson, who pleaded not
guilty to the charges, was
remanded to prison until April
19 when he will return to court
for a bail hearing.


still in Fox

Hill after


A 40-YEAR-OLD man of
Yellow Elder Gardens who was
arraigned in the magistrates
court on charges relating to the
shooting of a 57-year-old grand-
mother last week remains at
Her Majesty's-Prison.- .
Bruno Rolle, of Major Road,
Yellow Elder, was arraigned on
three counts of possessing a
firearm with intent to endanger
life. During what is reported to
have beenia domestic dispute
in Yellow Elder Gardens last
Wednesday, grandmother
Jacqueline Burrows received
gunshot wounds to her jaw as
well as around her eyes. Her
13-year-old granddaughter
reportedly received injuries to
her lips.
Sheldon Burrows, son of
Jacqueline Burrows, also
reportedly received injuries to
his left arm.
Rolle, who was before the
courts last Friday, was denied
bail again yesterday due to the
status of one of the victims.
Rolle will be back before the
court on Thursday for another
bail hearing. He is represented
by lawyer Roger Gomez Jr.
He is charged with possession
of a firearm with intent to
endanger the lives of Sheldon
Burrows, Jacqueline Burrows
and Glenique Knowles.



The Christian, the Jew, the Muslim,
the Hindu and the atheist, all are
entitled to the same rights and
freedoms. The same applies to the
homosexual as to the heterosexual.
Tolerance is the watchword required
by the constitution. There is another
watchword for Christians love.

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Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT A 24-year-old
woman was taken into police
custody-over the weekend in
connection with a stabbing inci-
dent in the Lewis Yard area.
According to Supt Basil Rah-
ming, Raymond Rolle, 26, of
Pinder's Point, was stabbed in
the back sometime around
1.30pm on Friday after parting a
fight between two women.
He is presently stable at the
Rand Memorial Hospital.
Mr Rahming reported that
after the fight, Rolle was at the
Short 'N Sassy Store when one
of the women returned with a
knife wrapped in a towel. The
woman entered the store and
stabbed Rolle.
Rolle ran outside the store
aid collapsed. Police and EMS
were dispatched,to the scene to
Police retrieved a knife
believed to have been used in the
incident. Investigations continue.

Man admits


into home

of officer

ASHEKO Cox, 19, of 124A
Beaconsfiled Drive, was
charged with housing breaking,
causing harm and escape from
lawful custody in the Freeport
Magistrate's Court.
Cox pleaded guilty in Court
Three before Magistrate Helen
Jones to escaping from lawful.
custody and was sentenced to
pay a fine of $1,000 or spend
six months in prison.
It is alleged that on April 7,
Cox unlawfully broke and
entered the home of a police
There was allegedly a violent
struggle between the' officer and
the other man. A second man
who also entered the house,
retreated and fled on foot.
Cox pleaded not guilty to oth-
er two charges and the matter
was adjourned to June 28 for
trial. He was remanded to
prison after he failed to pay the

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AUTEC, US Embassy issue open

invitation to Bahamian officials

... ., .

Marine Resources Minister
Leslie Miller had appealed for
a meeting with officials at the

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE US Embassy and officials
at the Atlantic Undersea Test and
Evaluation Centre have issued an
open invitation to Bahamian offi-
cials to visit the base and witness
first-hand a mock test "within the
very near future".
Agriculture and Marine
Resources Minister Leslie. Miller
had issued a public appeal for a
"face-to-face" meeting with offi-
cials at the base after a second
whale had been found beached
near the facility.
This was the second beaching
in a month among many others
that generally are found within

or around the base facility spark-
ing an outcry from local residents
and environmentalists.

US Charge d'Affaires Dr Brent
Hardt said that while it is still
unknown why mammals, espe-
cially whales, would beach them-
selves, the base takes special pre-
cautions to monitor such mam-
mals in the Tongue of the Ocean
(TOTO) before performing any
tests. In fact, he said, if they dis-
cover that whales are present,
tests are not performed while the
mammals are in the area.
"Whales make a lot of noise

underwater, and with all this sen-
sitive sonar equipment that we
have there, they are able to deter-
mine if any whales are in the area.
If there are they do not run a
"Now they do have a means by
very gradually turning up some
of the sonar sounds .to kind of
chase off, if you will, any mam-
mals in the area.
"But they take very strong pre-
cautions, and they have indicated
that they do not test it if indicated
that there is a whale in the area,"
he said.
Dr Hardt also made it a point
that there is "no cavalier attitude"
displayed by the officials at the
AUTEC base, and that there is a

genuine concern for the mqmmnals
that frequent the TOTO.
"One of the things that is not
widely known is that most of the
people that chose to work on the
base, chose to do that because
they like the sea environment,
and they are all people who like
fishing and diving and so forth."
In fact, Dr Hardt said, it would
be hard to find an environment
where people are more environ-
mentally conscious than those
currently at the AUTEC base.
The base is leased out to the
US government in five year inter-
vals with the last one being
awarded in 2002 that would
Extend to January 2007 at a cost
of $10,850,000 a year.

Govt to present BUT with counter-proposal

GOVERNMENT will present the Bahamas
Teachers Union with a new counter-proposal for a
contract today.
Frank Carter, negotiator for the government side,
yesterday told The Tribune that the new proposal is
ready and will be given to the BUT either first thing
this morning or early this afternoon.
He could not, however, give any details of the new
draft for the agreement between government and
the public school teachers.
BUT president Ida Poitier-Turnquest said she
did not wish to speculate on government's latest
offer or on future actions by the union.
"I really just want to wait and see what it will
be. I don't want to comment until I actually see it,"
she said.
Speaking with The Tribune earlier, the union's

secretary general Belinda Wilson said that govern-
ment had promised that it will come forward with a
"complete" counter proposal and not simply a reis-
sue of the previously admitted wage agreement.
Government last week, in a press release, said that
the negotiations with the BUT were going ahead
with "measured progress."
However, the union called this a "complete mis-
interpretation of the truth."
Following government's first counter-proposal
two months ago, hundreds of public school teachers
took to Rawson Square in protest at what they
considered to be "nonsense" and an "insult to teach-
Last week the union instituted a week-long work-
to-rule to display its displeasure towards govern-
ment's actions during the negotiation process.

Tribune Staff Reporter
ANGER was expressed yester-
day over difficulties encountered
in getting through to the Immi-
gration Department by phone.
Attorney Fayne Thompson said
that unless he has a direct line to
someone in the department it is
near impossible to make contact.
He said that, after getting
through, the difficulty is finding
the person you need.
"If you can't get through to
immigration, you can't respond to
a client quickly. If you can't
respond to a client quickly, you
have to go up to the immigration
"If you can't respond to a client
quickly, chances are you may lose
the business or the business
becomes frustrated waiting for the
work to be done," said Mr
"If you have to go up to immi-

gration it makes matters more dif-
ficult for you. Then you have to
worry about disturbing someone
who did not anticipate you, or they.
may have some other things to do.
"Basically, immigration is
under-staffed and under-equipped.
It needs better equipment and it
needs more staff," said Mr
Marva Mackey, administrative
assistant to Paul Moss at Chester
Chambers law firm, said she has
also experienced problems con-
tacting the Department of Immi-
gration via the telephone for about
two years.
"They take long to answer the
phone and when they transfer you
to the extension, if it rings back it
does not ring back to the operator.
"Most of the extensions don't
have a voice mail system. It just
rings and rings and it doesn't go
back to the operator," she said.
Ms Mackey added: "You can't
get information that you need in


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you can't speak with anybody. It is
really frustrating because you want
to try and help the client as best as
you can in a timely manner."
Director of Immigration Ver-
non Burrows said it is an equip-
ment problem and that they are
in.the process of replacing the
"We have 20 lines on our
switchboard. Occasionally the
caller will get a ringing sound, but
it does not ring on our end. We
have made that complaint to
Batelco already and we are in the
process of replacing the switch-
board itself," said Mr Burrows.

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PM endorses Kerzner success

THE RESORT business in the Bahamas
has been a strange business. Over the years it
has had a consistent history of failure.
Resorts International has had the same che-
quered history, starting with A&P heir Hunt-
ington Hartford, down through Mary Carter
Paint Company and Hollywood entertainer
Merv Griffin.
After a prolonged tussle with Donald
Trump, Griffin borrowed millions and pur-
chased Resorts International's hotel and casi-
no complex from him in 1988.
Griffin came to the Bahamas with actress
Eva Gabor on his arm, and the Hollywood
glitz in his eyes. But the Wheel of Fortune,
which had made him a fortune in Hollywood,
did not turn out the same gold in the Bahamas.
Two years later the Paradise Island complex
was up for sale.
Griffin, with all his Hollywood glamour,
had to admit that "Resorts is a much bigger
challenge than we anticipated."
"Quite honestly," said a Resorts spokesman
at the time, "the best thing for Paradise Island
now is to change hands and be a part of some-
body with a long-term commitment to Par-
adise Island and the Bahamas."
The future looked grim for Paradise Island.
The property was run down on stormy days
buckets filled the passageways to catch the
rain; staff were part-time workers, and the
hotel needed more than a paint job.
Up until then every hotel in New Provi-
dence closed with a similar story. And then in
1993 a resort investor that the Bahamas had
never seen before arrived.
Sol Kerzner, a small, dynamic man from
South Africa who had pulled himself up by
his bootstraps, arrived on the scene. He had a
dream. In fact he had a dream of epic pro-
portions. He looked at the sorry property and
saw success where others saw failure. He
signed an agreement with the Bahamas gov-
ernment to invest $100 million in the property
and create several thousand real jobs within
five to 10 years.
In May, 1994 the cornerstone had been laid
and already another $25 million had been
added to the promised $100 million redevel-
opment plan. Today 7,000 Bahamians are
employed at Atlantis with a projection of
10,000 at the completion of Phase III.
Sol Kerzner believed in people. Daily he
was on the job site, checking details, consulting,
giving directions, working shoulder-to-shoulder
with his men. Kerzner and his staff mostly
Bahamians -- worked round-the-clock, under
strong arc lights at night to complete a hotel
the likes of which had been seen in few places
before certainly never in the Bahamas. By
the December 1994 opening date, Sol Kerzn-
er, by now known as the "Miracle Man", had.

not only revolutionized Paradise Island, but
had given new life to a sagging Bahamian
economy. In two years he had proved that
resorts in the Bahamas had a future, and could
make money. Investors, inspired by his exam-
ple, looked to the Bahamas.
At celebrations yesterday to mark the mid-
way point of Phase III, Prime Minister Christie
emphasised the faith that Bahamians have in
the Kerzners, father and son.
He said that he and Opposition Leader
Hubert Ingraham recently attended a func-
tion in Turks and Caicos when the conversa-
tion turned to the Kerzner development. They
were both, he said, "totally committed to full
co-operation with the, Kerzner organisation
as it continues to impact our country.
"That is an important consideration," he
said, "as we welcome this mid-stage of this
development when a country can be united
behind a developer and a development. One
government approves Phase I, Phase II. A
succeeding government ih the Bahamas comes
behind and approves Phase III. The common
denominator, the common factor is the trust
that the government places in the develop-
Prime ministers, said Mr Christie, are able
to say this because they are part of the nego-
tiations and they get to know the persons with
whom they are negotiating. "It is important for
me to tell my countrymen," he said, "that our
country has had the good advantage, a dis-
tinct advantage of having Sol Kerzner come to
the Bahamas." And the Bahamas, he said, has
placed a "great deal of reliance in the conti-
nuity of the vision of Sol Kerzner."
And the Kerzners' secret is not only that
they are a success, but that they have invested
in the Bahamian people, they have become
embedded in Bahamian society and, in fact,
they have become one of us.
It is known that the Kerzners are taking the
company private. There are rumours that new
investors are interested. But with the sad expe-
rience that Bahamians have had with many
investors in the past, we can say: "Thanks for
your interest, but no thanks. We have the
investors.we want."
"There is no way that the tourist industry
can strive in any country unless it has the back-
ing of government and people," Sol Kerzner
told his guests.
Yesterday Prime Minister Christie gave
him that unqualified backing.
Sol and Butch Kerzner are at home as per-
manent residents of the Bahamas. Bahamians
expect them to remain here to continue to
dream large dreams for their country.
The commitment to P; ii disc Island and the
people of the Bahamas is nothing short of a
great success story.


the Bahamas


EDITOR, The Tribune
A Constitutional Committee
has published an outline for
consideration of changes to the
Bahamas Constitution. It is in
The Tribune Business Section
of April 3rd.
Coincidentally today (April
3rd) is the announcement of the
death of one of the most influ-
ential and respected Constitu-
tional Scholars, Dr. Bernard
Seigan, distinguished Professor
of Law at the University of San
Diego Law School.
Dr. Seigan advised former
Communist countries in the
development of their constitu-
tions. His advice to those coun-
tries included recommendations
for "Free and Not Command
We hope and trust that
changes to the Bahamas Inde-
pendence Order 1973 will not
be concerned with promoting a
better life through "command-
ing" laws, but by honouring the
universal principles of political
and economic freedom.
Many of the laws enacted by
both political parties of the past
30 years indicate that Bahamian
politicians have the erroneous

notion that people are depen-
dent on government benevo-
lence for their well-being. For
example, the latest Consumer
Protection Bill is an example of
laws written to benefit con-
Another example of laws that
fail to meet the impartiality test
of our Constitution is the
Labour Legislation. Minimum
wage laws are specifically
designed to benefit a particular
group employees. So far no
study has shown that minimum
wage laws benefit anyone
(except politicians)..But there
are numerous studies showing
the harmful consequences for
the most vulnerable, the
unskilled and young persons
seeking work.
The Constitutional Commit-
tee has the responsibility for
making certain that changes to
the Independence Order of
1973 are in line with the princi-
ples for a free society. This pre-
supposes understanding that the

protections of the constitution
are negative in character and
should prevent the enactment
of laws that stifle opportunity.
One test of a Constitution
would be whether it protects
citizens from legislative agen-
das of politicians whose partic-
ular self-interest is to get elect-
ed to parliament. The good
intentions of this group invari-
ably have unintended and unde-
sirable outcomes.
Dr. Seigan quotes James
Madison, the principal architect
of the United States Constitu-
"I own myself to a very free
system of commerce, and hold it
as a truth that if industry and
labour are left to their own
course, they will generally be
directed to those objects which
are the most productive, and
this in a more certain and direct
manner than the wisdom of the
most enlightened legislature
could point out."
It is also good advice for
those recommending changes
to the Bahamas Constitution.
April 3 2006

COB is riddled with egos

,EDITOR, The Tribune
THE College of the Bahamas
.seems to be on the warpath and
not on the path to university
status at all. Recent events cer-
tainly suggest li;: there are too
many egos at play at the
nation's premier institute of
higher learning. How can the
College of the Bahamas find
itself in this ugly quagmire of
egos, in the progression of this
developing nation called the
Commonwealth of The
Bahamas? This utter confusion,
and lack of sound leadership
must stop!
COB's cannonball rejection
of Ms Janyne Hodder, the Col-
lege's underhanded kick-out of
former President Dr Rodney
Smith, the sudden quiet resig-
nation of Dr Leon Higgs all
brings to a concluding fact that
the College in its effort to pro-
duce leaders for tomorrow's
Bahamas cannot find a stable
leader (President) for itself
Here in the midst of all this
utter confusion I find egos per-
vasive within the College
Council and the College Cabi-

net. Certainly there is not a
unified front by the looks of
the direction of the institution.
If this were so then there would
have been a unified approach
to many of the now publicly
seen problems found within the
x\\lls of the College communi-
ty. This clear disconnect by the
Chairman and his team now
leads to breaking new ground
with rampant student body dis-
content. Likewise it now has a
new problem, a threat of facul-
ty strikes imminent! What has
happened to my school? And
why when we are on the
threshold of the birth of a uni-'
versity, there appears to be an
institution spinning out of con-
trol? ,
If the College of the Bahamas
is to move forward as a 'Ter-
tiary Force' in the Bahamas and
take-up its role in the much
needed research and explo-
rations for our Bahamas, there
must be a laying aside of these
egos. Unity must begin at the
helm and a truce must be called.
I call on the Chairman to
invite again around the table of
the Council, a Minister of the

The College must remind
itself that it must be a smooth
operator in this town and never
be painted as the centre of
'Academia Politics 101'.
The failure for the College to
coi rect hesce many problems;
the changing of the guards
(principals), and the inability to
elect a new principal will pre-
sent a stall in the progression
of the College and a grave stall
in the progress of academic
development in this country.
Let all egos be put aside and let
those hidden agendas be placed
on the back burner. Let the
development of an educated
community of persons in the
Bahamas become, once again,
the central focus.
Perhaps this fresh start can
begin with a 'Day of Prayer' at
the College community allowing
the powers that be in this spirit
to move forward, upward,
onward and together.
April 2006

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Service of Reconciliation.

WEDNESDAY 12th April 7:00am & 1:00pm; 7:30pm
Mass of the Chrism, Christ Church
Cathedral. The clergy renew their
vows at this service.

MAUNDY THURSDAY 13th April 7:30pm Holy
Eucharist, Washing of feet and
Watch before Altar of Repose,
until midnight.

GOOD FRIDAY 14th April 9:00am Liturgy for Good
Friday; 12noon 3:00pm Devotions on
the Seven Last Words.

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trough is

likely to

cause rain

NASSAU'S weather is
forecast to be quite rainy this
week due to a frontal trough
moving through the Bahamas,
according to meteorologist
Arnold King.
But the Easter holiday
weekend should enjoy good
beach weather, he said.
The current trough was
formed by a low pressure sys-
tem on a cold front moving
off the coast of Florida. The
system is moving through very
The Bahamas can expect
the same conditions to linger
until Friday, when the weath-
er should start clearing, stated
Mr King.
The north-eastern islands,
along with surrounding
waters, were put on severe
weather warnings at the
weekend. These warnings
now cover the Exumas and'
other southern islands. The
warning for the north-easter-
ly islands was in effect until
11pm Monday.
By the early weekend, the
forecast is for windy weather
with partly sunny skies, with
winds on Friday reaching 15
to 20 knots, said Mr King.

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Students are recognized for

their academic achievement

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT More than 50
students at Lewis Yard Primary
School were recognized on
Monday for outstanding acade-
mic achievement.
Zhivargo Laing, former FNM
MP and cabinet minister,
encouraged students to strive
for excellence in school, respect
themselves and others, and trust
in God.
"Our country has too many
examples of people who do not
strive for excellence, people
who live bad or mediocre lives,"
he said.
"Excellence is the only thing
worth striving for because it will
give you the best opportunity
to succeed and realise God's
potential for your life and help
our country and world be better
Mr Laing told students that
he learned so many important
lessons at Lewis Yard Primary
school from 1975 to 1978 that

continue to be a benefit to him
in his life.
"Coming here to speak with
students was partly nostalgia
and partly giving back because I
owe the school so much.
"I also realise that there is so
much at stake in terms of our
being able to motivate our chil-
dren to excel. The whole quali-
Sty of our future, the neighbour-
hoods we are going have and
the families we are going to-
have, depend on whether these
children get their mindset
Mr Laing believes that every
school in the Bahamas needs a
good and generous patron to
assist in the development of
schools and students.
Last week, Grand Bahama
Power Company adopted the
Eight Mile Rock High School
and has pledged to provide two
scholarships and assist with
development of an electronic
lab at the school.
Said Mr Laing: "Lewis Yard
certainly can benefit from that.

* ZHIVARGO Laing, former FNM MP, receives an award
from Ms Cooper, a teacher at Lewis Yard Primary School, on
Monday during the school's honour roll/prizegiving ceremony
(Photo: Denise Maycock)

I know that BORCO and some
other corporations have been
helping at times, but it would
be wonderful for the school to
get a consistent, stable and gen-
erous patron to help it do the

things it wants to do."
Jacqueline Pinder, vice-prin-
cipal, said Mr Laing has been
and continues to be an inspi-
ration to students at Lewis

Principal Rodney Smith said,
since the hurricanes, the school
had had challenges in terms of
sufficient text materials. He 'also
'noted that the school grounds
and environment needed some
"We have been very blessed
with our corporate citizens in
Grand Bahama. BORCO, for
instance, has been very good to
us and a number of business
persons continue to lend us sup-
port so we really can't complain
in that regard.
"Since the hurricanes most of
our students living in Hunters,
Pinder's Point, Lewis Yard
areas lost their entire homes
that were swept away. And so
they needed everything to sur-
vive, but again we have been
getting wonderful support from
Social Services and the business
"We continue to receive, but
anything in the line of school
materials, uniforms and books
in that regard would greatly
assist us," Mr Smith said.

Business chief says no to hiring

workers from 'problem countries'

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT There should
be no direct recruitment of for-
eign workers from "problem
countries" to the Bahamas,
according to a former immigra-
tion official.
Dr Doswell Coakley, presi-
dent of the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce,
believes that all new applica-
tions for such nationals from
countries facing social unrest
ought to be submitted via the
Bahamian Embassy in their
home country, and upon written
petition from a Bahamas-based
labour office.
He also thinks that those par-
ticular "guest workers" should
be paid the greater part of
salaries in their country of ori-
"I believe this to be one way
of ensuring that immigrants go
back to their respective coun-
tries when their contracts come
to an end. That is what hap-
pened to early Bahamians who
worked on the 'contract' in the

United States," he said.
In 2005, labour officials on
Grand Bahama received a total
of nearly 600 requests for for-
eign workers at the department
of labour in Freeport.
Dr Coakley believes that tar-
geted immigration, as it relates
to Grand Bahama, is not really
a bad idea, especially since the
island "has begun to feel pres-
sure from the growing shortage
of available skilled labour."
SHowever, he stressed that
skilled persons should be
brought into the country only
after exhaustive attempts with
the labour department to find
Bahamians to fill available posi-
"Where no Bahamians can
be found, there ought to be an
understudy/training programme


that is at least two persons deep,
so as to allow for the smooth
transfer of technology and
skills," he said.
Dr Coakley said the Bahamas
is now considered a hot-spot for
investments in the western
"With respect to Grand
Bahamians, whenever one
speaks about immigration, there
is a feeling by many that they
are being set up to serve a hid-
den agenda.
"It is an area of concern that
must be addressed in an objec-
tive way if we are to ready-our-
selves for global competition,
which is already upon us.

"The truth of the matter is
Grand Bahama needs more
people: And we all know that
people resource is the main
engine that drives any econo-
my. That is what made the great
cities of the world the success
they have become; because peo-
ple in large numbers almost
automatically demand addi-
tional amenities, products and
services, from specialty stores
and restaurants, to increased
demand for a variety of housing
and support programme."
Dr Coakley said this is what
,set, Nassau's economy apart
from that of Freeport. He
:added that, even though Grand

Bahama has several times the
land mass of New Providence, it
does not have these economies
of scale.
He felt that targeted immi-
gration would be beneficial for
Grand Bahama.
"We need to be clear, how-
ever, as to what we are trying to
achieve. We must also be pre-
pared to attend every need of
the targeted community we
seek to attract.
"We must therefore give
more than lip service to the
strategy; because once you
invite a stranger into your
home, you must know how to
treat them," he said.

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E 6, T, A L 1

Deed registration and marriage

licences now available online

* By Bahamas Information
THE Registrar General's
Department is offering mar-
riage licences online to both
Bahamian and non-Bahamian
applicants, Attorney General
and Minister of Legal Affairs
Allyson Maynard-Gibson
Mrs Maynard-Gibson told a
press conference that the abili-
ty to perform marriages is the
latest feature of the depart-
ment's online programme,
which aims to align itself with
the larger e-government initia-
tive currently taking place.
She said the department has
been working on the pro-

gramme for some time, and is
also incorporating companies
"You would have heard that
we are able to have searches
done online and the registry of
deeds which would have taken
three years to process now takes
30 days," she said.
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
the Bahamas Christian Coun-
cil and the Registrar General's
Department have discussed past
problems relating to the
issuance of marriage licences by
the department.
"The Registrar will no longer
issue marriage licences to
Bahamian and non-Bahamian
applicants but rather provide
them with a list of alternatives

of marriage officers," she
Mrs Maynard-Gibson noted
that the destination marriage
industry earns $5 billion annu-
ally worldwide.
"I say this to you because we
approached the Christian Coun-
cil seeking its feedback about
its preparedness to serve on the
committee to look into this mat-
ter and analyse how we would
preserve the institution and
sanctity of marriage and family,
and still be able to accommo-
date those persons coming to
the Bahamas wanting to be
married and fully complying to
the laws," she said.
The Bahamas, Mrs Maynard-
Gibson said, does not intend to

break any of the laws pertaining
to marriage which involves a
union between a man and a
She told members of the
Christian Council and marriage
officers that she believes inter-
action with them is important
because they are the "voice of
"For so long online services
have catered to law firms and
banks or other kinds of institu-
tions, but they must ensure that
marriage officers are aware that
wherever they perform their
services in the Bahamas, they
can be performed online," she
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
the department has engaged

IBM as a consultant on the pro-
gramme, so that things will be
done correctly the first time.
"We want to be sure that our
system is 21st century ready and
dependable. Whatever we do
in this marriage piece of the ser-
vices we offer is secured," she
Mrs Maynard-Gibson said
* the department's officers must
be prepared to host as many
seminars as necessary to get
feedback and ensure the user-
friendliness of the system.
"This will benefit us because
when marriage certificates are
sent in, it will be processed
immediately and access to the
information will improve our
data," she pointed out.

Fred Mitchell

returns from

fund seminar

FOREIGN Minister Fred
Mitchell has returned to the
Bahamas from a visit the
Dominican Republic as part
of the Caricom trade minis-
ters group.
Mr Mitchell was in the
Dominican Republic to attend
a regional seminar of the 10th
European Development Fund
The seminar focused on
European Union procedures
to secure development fund-
ing for the Caribbean region
and the Bahamas in particular.
During the course of the
seminar, there was a bilateral
discussion between the
Bahamas delegation and the
EDF's commissioner for
development on the status of

relations with the EU and
development aid for the
Around nine million euros
are available for development
projects in the Bahamas,
including: a dock and harbour
in Ragged Island, roads in
Acklins and a National Trust
project in Andros.
According to a release from
the Ministry of. Foreign
Affairs, Mr Mitchell's discus-
sions were meant to secure
that funding and advance the
funding process to the next
SThere was also a discussion
about re'ikrinng funding for
the constitucion of the law
school in the Bahamas, the
release said.

TROPICAL Shipping has welcomed aboard
terminal manager Ricardo Charlton, who will
be responsible for managing all processes and
procedures related to vessel, terminal, equip-
ment control operations and equipment mainte-
Island manager Kelly Burrows said, "Ricar-
do will manage freight, handling equipment and
co-ordinate facilities maintenance. We're very
excited that he's decided to join the Tropical
Shipping family and have confidence in his capa-
Mr Charlton's duties and responsibilities will
include warehouse and freight distribution, and
the development and maintenance of safety pro-
cedures for operations personnel.
This is a natural career progression for Charl-
ton, former president of C&C Engineering, which
he co-owned with his father.
Charlton attended Howard University and has
a degree in mechanical engineering, however his
practical experience was earned at the Port of
Felixstowe, England where he started his career
as a terminal planner and was responsible for
hazardous stowage, hazardous segregation and
ship stability. .
He vias promoted to a senior terminal plan-
ner after only four years.
Tropical Shipping, owned by Nicor Incorporated,

* RICARDO Charlton

is one of the Icidine ca.eio carriers in the Caribbean.
From its headquarters at the Port of Palm
Beach, Tropical currently serves 33 ports in the
Bahamas, Caribbean and South America.

OIn brief

bills likely
due to World
Cup cricket

nine countries hosting the
2007 cricket World Cup will
soon likely take up legisla-
tion to expedite the immi-
gration process for visitors
attending matches, an offi-
cial says, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
The CWC 2007 Bill would
allow fans traveling to the
matches to go through the
immigration process only
once in their initial port of
entry into one of the host
countries. The World Cup's
legal committee has
approved a draft of the bill,
which it will send to the
countries as a model to work
off of, said Derek Jones, the
World Cup's senior legal
The free flow of cricket
fans could be facilitated by
putting a special stamp in
their passports, Jones said,
noting that this area hadn't
yet been worked out.
The countries Barba-
dos, Jamaica, St. Lucia,
Grenada, Antigua, St. Kitts,
Trinidad, Guyana and St.
Vincent will have to
approve the legislation since
there is no regional authori-
Organizers expect about
100,000 visitors for the tour-
The legislation which
should be approved by
November would expire
on June 30, 2007, about two
months after the World Cup
ends, Jones said.

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Schedule of Services for Holy
Week & Easter
April 9th April 14th

Tuesday, April 11th 7:00am & 12:30pm
Holy Eucharist

Wednesday, April 12th 7:00am & 1:00pm
Holh Eucharist


Liturgy of the Renewal of lVo1's

& Blessing of Holy Oils

Thursday April 13th -
Nlaundy Thursday 7:30pm
Conmemoration of the Last Supper & Watch
before the Altar of Repose

Friday, April 14th Good Friday 9:00am
Good Friday Liturgy

Service Times for Sunday
April 16th, 2006
Easter Sunday

6:00am The Easter Vigil
7:30am Holy Communion
9:00am Procession. Family Eucharist
11:15am Holy Eucharist
6:00pm Solemn Evensong. Sermon &

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Nottage stresses importance of NHI

Tribune Freeport
FREEPORT The govern-
ment's proposed National
Health Insurance scheme is a
vital component of the larger
plan for enhancing "health
development" throughout the
Bahamas, Minister of Health
and National Insurance Dr
Bernard Nottage told medical
stakeholders in Freeport.
According to Dr Nottage, less
than 50 per cent of the popula-
tion currently has financial pro-
tection through health insurance
- and many of those who do find
they are not inadequately cov-
ered when they fall ill.
"Too many Bahamians lack
the funds to pay for needed care
and are forced to borrow or dig
deep into their savings to find
funds," he said.
Dr Nottage stressed that the
National Health Insurance
(NHI) proposal offers an
opportunity to take collective
action and share the benefits of
health care with all Bahamians
- regardless of their personal
The minister was speaking at
a meeting with the Grand
Bahama Medical and Dental
Association last week Thursday
at Ruby Swiss Restaurant.
The meeting was organised
to get feedback and input nii
NHI from medical professionals
on the island.
Also in attendance was Dr
Stanley Lalta, the project man-
ager for the NHI proposal.
Dr Lalta told the association
that the real cost of providing
comprehensive care in the pub-
lic and private sectors would be
$231 million per year.
This figure, he said, is arrived
at by taking into consideration
the "320,000 legal residents" of
the Bahamas.
According to Dr Lalta, the
first of the two principal goals of
NHI is to develop a plan which
can assist individuals and fami-
lies to pay for and get access to
health care in a timely basis and
in a dignified manner without
having to face financial distress.
The second principal objec-
tive, he said, is to generate new
resources for health.
He noted that six "key play-
ers" of NHI will be: employers,
who will contribute on behalf
of their workers; government,
which will contribute on behalf
of the poor and children; the
Public Service, which will con-
tribute on behalf of government

workers; members of the
insured population, who will
benefit from the scheme; and
public and private insurance
companies, which will provide
the services.


The Ministry of Social Ser-
vices and Community Devel-
opment will play a critical role
in identifying and registering
the poor, and the Ministry of
Health will act as the regulator
in charge of quality control, he
The proposed NHI plan
offers a comprehensive cover-
age package including: outpa-
tient visits, general practition-
er services, clinics, specialists,
accident and emergency ser-
vices, prescription drugs, labo-
ratory tests, diagnostic services
and inpatient hospital care.

* NURSES apprise Dr Bernard Nottage (second right) of their
work conditions during his tour of health facilities in Grand
Bahama last weekend

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ment, the package would also
contain a provision for the sup-
port individuals from the Fam-
ily Islands who need emergency
transport to get to Grand
Bahama or New Providence.
In addition to NHI, Dr Not-
tage said the government is
also engaged in a nationwide
healthy lifestyle programme to
help individuals, families, and
communities take more
responsibility for their health
and well being in an effort to
keep members of the public
out of hospital as much as pos-
He noted that the govern-
ment has started action on a
major health system strength-
ening project to construct and
renovate health clinics and
mini-hospitals in some of the

* DR Bernard Nottage checks on this youngster attending clinic
at the Rand Memorial Hospital last weekend.

* SHEILA Johnson-Smith, insurance manager with the Grand
Bahama Port Authority, takes on Dr Bernard Nottage on the
proposed national health insurance during a luncheon meeting
last Friday
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again replied, "No."
Continuing in that line of ques-
tioning, the Magistrate asked the
Corporal if, in his 11 years of ser-
vice, he had ever drilled for a situ-
ation like the one he found himself
in, the officer said, "No."
Earlier in the proceedings, Cor-
poral Strachan's reluctance to
clearly answer some of the ques-
tions being put to him by the pros-
ecutor made the Magistrate
remind him that the purpose of
the inquest was to look into the
death of one of his comrades.
Corporal Strachan later told the
court that he left the prison to
accompany officers Sweeting and
Armbrister to the hospital because
"no one else was going."
This prompted Magistrate Vir-
gill to ask another series of ques-
S tions.
The Magistrate wanted to know
if Corporal Strachan had permis-
sion to leave the prison. "No," said
the officer.
When asked why he left, Stra-
Schan told the Magistrate that he
felt the officers needed assistance.
The Magistrate later asked the
officer if he was trained in the med-
ical field. "No," replied the offi-
When pressed further as to
whether he returned to work after
leaving the hospital, the officer
once again replied, "No."
Before leaving the stand the
witness was reminded that he is
subject to recall in the proceed-
The next officer to take the
stand, Theodore Mott, a nine-
month employee of the prison
described how he accosted the
escaping prisoners and fired on
Not sure which prisoners he
was firing on, he told the court he
thought he may have shot one, as
S one fell twice after scouring a
fence, as they headed towards
Yamacraw Road.

FROM page one
valid they are let go," Mr Gibson said.
The minister conceded that although legalised
persons get held up in every raid, an unusually
high number were captured by mistake on Fri-
"We will continue to look at more ways to
minimise these kind of things from happening
because obviously we don't want this happening
to that extent. It's like trying to tell people not to
steal. You will always have thieves out there.
You can only put systems in place to minimise
the opportunity," Mr Gibson said.
Over the weekend Abner Pinder, chief coun-
cillor of Spanish Wells, called for the Immigra-
tio:n N Iin ir r io publicly apologise after wrong-
fully detaining mirn. than -11.1i permanent resi-
dents in the most recent immigration raid.

Prison officer
Officer Mott told how the
events of that night had left him
shaken and that he began receiving
counselling last week Monday, the
day the inquest opened.
One of the few officers to have
a weapon that night, Mr Mott said
he felt that he was certified to car-
ry out his duties on that night,
despite one week in firearm train-
Taking the stand later in the
inquiry, Duty Officer Hermon
Bodie, who had been with the
prison for about eight years, told
the court that somewhere between
3.30 and 4.00am, when he was
going to the bathroom, he saw
Officers Kenneth Sweeting and
David Armbrister heading to the
PO's office.
Officer Bodie testified that he
was the first to see both officers
and, contrary to testimony given
by the officers, Sgt Sands, and Offi-
cer Wellington McKinney, who
came later, he told the court that
he cannot recollect either of the
officers being bound.
He admitted to Magistrate Vir-
gill that neither officer was bound
by the feet.
This admission counters claims
made last week by Officer Arm-
brister that he hopped from the
western group to the PO's office
because his hands and feet were
It also counters last week's,
claim by Officer Sweeting that they
were untied by Officer McKinney
at the PO's office.
Magistrate Virgill specifically
asked Bodie if any of the two offi-
cers was hopping like a rabbit, and
he said no.
She further queried whether
any of the two was having a prob-
lem walking to the PO's office,
and again Bodie answered, "No."
Officer Bodie said both men
seemed to be in shock and could
not initially answer questions about

what had happened.
Eventually, he said, he and
Sands went in search of Bowles
and upon finding him, brought him
back to the Principal Officer's
Bodie said that he stayed at the
prison until the shift changed, at
which time he went to get break-
fast near the Esso on Fox Hill
Road and Prince Charles Drive
where he saw the escort bus
returning from the hospital with
Barry Parcoi and another prisoner.
After Bodie finished his testi-
mony, the prosecutor called prison
officer Wellington McKinney who
testified that he had cut the rope
from Officer Sweeting's hands.
He said the officers told him
that Parcoi, Corey Hepburn, and
Forrester Bowe attacked and tied
them up. Concerned that he sent
Corporal Bowles to the back of
the western group block, Sgt.
Sands, said McKinney, sent other
officers to search for him.
After these officers came back
with no report of Bowles, McKin-
ney said Sands went in search of
He too testified that he left the
prison after 7am to go and check
on the officers at PMH.
At the hospital around 8am,
McKinney told the court that he
saw Barry Parcoi and Forrester
Bowe who were being treated.
He said he saw that both pris-
oners had bandages on their legs
and Parcoi had one around the
head. He stayed at the hospital a
little after both prisoners were tak-
en away from the premises.
Magistrate Virgill, going back
over the officer's testimony, asked
Mr McKinney if he saw Bodie
coming along with Armbrister and
Sweeting, he said that they could
have been but he was not sure.
Asked if he saw Bodie helping
them into the PO's office, McK-
inney said they came by them-
The final prison officer to take
the stand in yesterday's proceed-
ings, Lincoln Lightbourne, told the

Shane Gibson
The raid, which was carried out early on Fri-
day morning in the North Eleuthera and Har-
bour Island areas, netted over 200 persons all
of whom were ferried on "The Rookie" to New
Providence for processing.
Mr Pinder said he was able to secure the
release of more than 140 people who had been
wrongfully detained.
However, Mr Gibson said that this move was
necessary because of the number of fraudulent
documents that officials have observed in the
public domain.
"Last week a Haitian in Miami was convicted
of having hundrdj ,- .I fr.,tdiIl.,. rt B.Ih nii.,ri
itork pe imiti WmVhn )oi arc icn:lxTng'quisckly
through the aommunit ir is difficult oascertain-

if a permit is genuine or not," the minister said.
Mr Gibson said if the Miami incident had not
happened the massive roundup would not have
taken place in the way in which it did.
"I think that they did not want to take any
chances," the minister said.
Mr Pinder arranged a Bahamas Fast Ferries
charter to take the Haitians back to their homes
in North Eleuthera at a cost of $9,000. He also
put them up for the night at the Parliament
Mr Pinder said that the Commissioner of
Police can expect to receive a bill from him very
shortly to be reimbursed for his expenses.
Mr Gibson said that government will
pay the expenses of the return trip to
Nowadays, he said, documents'can'be created
"that look authentic.

bourne if he accompanied Mr Bod-
ie to breakfast after the event, and
he said, "No." Asked if he thought
that he could have had breakfast
after the event, he said, "No. I
couldn't sleep."
Again the Magistrate asked him
if he thought he could eat if he had

just dragged a dead colleague, Mr
Lightbourne said he doubt that he
The witnesses were told to
return on Tuesday to sign their tes-
timonies into the record.
Court was adjourned to 10 am

court that when he discovered that
Barry Parcoi was one of the four
escapees, he told someone that
Ellison Smith was gone too.
When asked by the Magistrate
to explain why he would make a
comment like that, Lightbourne
told the court that he made the
connection because four-and-a-
half years ago he caught a prisoner
assigned to the cleaning detail try-
ing to pass a hacksaw blade from
Barry Parcoi to Smith.
When pressed further by the
Magistrate, he said that he had
reported the incident to the
Sergeant in charge of the group at
that time, but as far as he
knew the prison never did any-
Officer Lightbourne said the
case was never called and the per-
sons involved were never charged.
Questions for Officer Light-
bourne turned to what he saw on
the bus with the prisoners that
morning. He said that ASP James
Farrington was alone on board
pointing a shotgun at anyone who
came in the door.
From his vantage point outside
the bus, Officer Lightbourne said
he saw Parcoi and Bowe in the
rear of the bus, being guarded by
Farrington, and the legs of anoth-
er prisoner.
Asked if any of the prisoners
were saying anything, he told the
court that Parcoi was saying, "Y'all
don't beat me. I'm going to talk."
The other prisoner he said was not
saying anything.
Before leaving the stand, Offi-
cer Lightbourne told the court that
on his excursion in the cells along
with Sgt Sands, Sands kicked the
bars on the cell of Ellison Smith
and they fell out. However, the
space was too small for Smith to
He said that when Sands
flashed the light on the cell and
before he kicked it, he could tell
that the bars had been cut because
he could see the space between
the cuts.
The Magistrate asked Mr Light-

of Village Court, off
Village Road,
Nassau, The
Bahamas will be held
at Kingdom Hall of
Jehovah's Witnesses,
Johnson Road,
Nassau on Thursday,
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Eastern Cemetery, Dowdeswell Street, Nassau.

Mrs Bennett is survived by her daughters,
Nicola Bennett, Natalie Bethel, Elise Bennett
of Montreal and Jisi Zwieczynski of England,
grandsons, Ian A Bethel of Puerto Rico and
Christopher Zwiecynski of England,
granddaughter, Natasha Bethel-Sands of Rock
Sound, Eleuthera; sisters, Helen Lachapelle,
Luxie Henay of Montreal and Gerri Black,
grandsons-in-law, Thomas Albert Sands II of
Rock Sound, Eleuthera; great grandson,
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respects at Kemp's Funeral Home Limited,
Palmdale Avenue, Palmdale on Tuesday, 11th
April, 2006 from 3pm to 6pm.

FROM page one

that meeting.
The FNM in its statement yesterday called the con-
duct of recently appointed Minister of Immigration
Shane Gibson "totally unacceptable."
"Mr Gibson was at the dock to grandstand when the
immigrants were brought to Nassau but then he
claimed that he did not know if any of his Immigration
officers were with the police on the raid.
"That is totally unacceptable since Mr Gibson obvi-
ously knew about the raid," the party's statement said.
The FNM further claimed that it had information
that two immigration officers on the mission refused to
participate in the operation, and as a consequence,
did not return to Nassau with the police.
'Immigration officers should have been in Eleuthera
to determine on the spot that these persons were in
possession of legal documentation.
"It was a waste of public resources to transport 166
legal residents to Nassau, but having done so the
authorities should have assumed responsibility for
getting them back home," the FNM said.
In yesterday's statement, the FNM emphasised that
it fully supported the protection of the country's bor-
ders from those who traffic in illegal immigrants and
that it also supports the apprehension and repatriation
of all undocumented persons.
However, it pointed out that in all this, the Bahamas
"must remain a humane nation where the rule of law
prevails and the strangers within our gates are afford-
ed the protection of that law."
"It is an outrage that persons residing legally in

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Immigration officers, the FNM said, should have
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"It was a waste of public resources to transport 166
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"Minister Gibson did not have to check after the fact
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The FNM said the operation disrupted the com-
mercial and social life of Eleuthera and "was costly for
those Bahamians who legally employ the permit hold-
"Because the government may have a problem with
corrupt practices and forged immigration documents
is no reason to detain without legal reasons, persons in
possession of valid immigration documents," yester-
day's statement said.
The FNM recommended that the government
should move quickly to introduce machine-readable
cards which cannot be easily forged and do away with
outmoded paper permits.

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described as a milestone in
Kerzner's ongoing bid to revo-
lutionise the resort destination
The company celebrated the
occasion in style yesterday on
the site of what will be a 600-
room all-suite hotel when it
opens in April 2007.
. The gathering of Cabinet min-
isters, members of the clergy and
special guests was treated to a
Nprformance by Grammy
Award winner B B Winans, who
performed with a Bahamian
Addressing the guests, the
prime minister compared Sol
arid Butch Kerzner to the legacy
of "defining personalities" in
Bahamian history such as Sir
Harry Oakes and Lyford Cay
developer E P Taylor, who
"made the irrevocable commit-
ment that this is their home."
* He then congratulated both
men on being granted perma-
ent residence in the Bahamas.
* ,Mr Christie continued: "Now,
iyou may ask the question: why is
* Perry Christie so effusive in his
" praise of the Kerzners?
"One need only travel in the
region and look at developments
there, then come back to, the
'Bahamas, and feel good for what
is happening here.
S"One need only ask the ques-
tion of how many Bahamians
are employed on this site and
there are 7,000. And if you were
to project fast-forward to the
completion of the new experi-.
ence and this new all-suite hotel,
you're talking about in and
around 10,000 Bahamians
employed on these premises.
"That in itself means the coun-
try and this is perhaps the point
I've come to make today as the
prime minister of our country -
our country has placed a great
deal of reliance in the continuity
of the vision of Sol Kerzner.
"The country has placed a
great deal of resources behind
the Kerzner organisation.
"And much more important
than all of those the country
has invested a great deal of hope,
as we look to the future, in this
"It is paying great dividends
for our countrymen," Mr
Christie said.
During the ceremony, the
Phase III project was blessed by
Christian Council president Dr
William Thompson, and ended
with the release of three white
doves by Sol Kerzner, Butch
Kerzner and Prime Minister
The main focus of Phase III
are two new resort towers. The
all-suite tower will soon be
joined on the horizon by a 495-
residence condo-hotel that will
feature custom interior ameni-
ties "and a range of living spaces
from studios to two bedrooms,"
the company explained in press
The statement said that the
new towers will also offer a fit-
ness facility, world-class
concierge services and private

access to two pools overlooking
the ocean.
"This exclusive new experi-
ence will not simply continue the
legend of Atlantis it will
immerse guests in new luxuri-
ous accommodations, new
attractions and a new standard
for distinctive resort destina-
tions," the statement said.
Speaking to The Tribune
about the Phase III project
before the ceremony, Sol Kerzn-
er said: "We're laying the foun-
dation for something very sig-
nificant for the, growth of
tourism in the future.
"There is nothing like it in the
world it will have attractions
that have never been done any-
where before. I am very excit-
Also included in Phase III is
the creation of a new, 48-acre
water-scape to complement the
existing system of pools and
lagoons, as well as a new dol-
phin encounter attraction.
Yesterday's ceremony was fol-
lowed by a tour of the ninth floor
of the suite hotel, which will
eventually have 21 floors.
Every suite in the hotel will
have an ocean view, including
those on the first floor, thanks to
the designer's decision to ele-
vate the suite levels above the
lobby area.
Mr Kerzner told The Tribune
that Phase III represents a "huge
challenge" because of the scale
and complexity of the project.

He said this challenge has
been met admirably by the
Bahamian workforce.
According to Mr Kerzner, 80
per cent of the workers on the
site are Bahamian, and they
have done a "remarkable job"
that could rival the performance
of any construction team in the
United States or anywhere
around the world.
He pointed out that the pro-
ject is not only benefiting the
workers but also the more than
3,000 new trainees that will be
taken on by the company. "One
way or another, its all very sig-
nificant," he said.
In his speech to the gathering,
Mr Kerzner said: "I just think
this is a great credit to the coun-
try and to its people. In many
ways, this is what we are all
"We are all about the people"
he said, explaining the compa-
ny could not succeed without
people, "whether it is on con-
struction, whether it is on deliv-
ering the quality of service, the
hospitality and the warmth that
visitors enjoy."
"I want to take this opportu-
nity of thanking all of our people
from the top management, top
execs, our folks here on site, and
just everyone for the commit-
ment that they have to the com-
pany, to the project, to Atlantis
and the Bahamas.
"There is no way that the
tourist industry can strive in any
country unless it has the backing
of government and people," Mr
Kerzner said.

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E SOL Kerzner, Butch Kerzner and Perry Christie released white doves yester-
day at the third phase at Alantics

* SOL Kerzner shows the Prime minister
around the new site yesterday

* THE new Phase 1U, as seen from high up on the scattolding

Kerzners show

Christie round

Atlantis Phase III

* PRIME MINISTER Perry Christie speaks
yesterday at the third phase at Alantics

* SOL kerzner shows the Deputl Prime MIinister Cylhia Prall an area of the
new site yesterday at Atlantis Phase II
(Photos: Felipg Major Tribune staff)




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over fiscal 2004-2005

Tribune Business Editor
government rev-
enues are $35-
$40 million
ahead of prior
year compara-
tives for the first nine months
of the fiscal year, the minister
of state for finance said yes-
terday, with the fiscal deficit
likely to be better than pro-
jected in the 2005-2006 Bud-
James Smith said the Min-
istry of Finance was "trying to
keep" the public finances
under control, given the
8 unplanned expenditures "lurk-
ing in the background", such
as hurricane repairs.
He pointed out that the
Government had already been
forced to spend a multi-million
sum on upgrading Nassau
International Airport to meet
international safety and secu-
rity standards. In addition, the
Government also had to guar-
antee a $40 million borrowing
by the Airport Authority.
As a result, the Govern-
ment's financial planners

Minister hopeful fiscal deficit for 2005-2006 will come in 'a bit better than projected'


hoped the revenue growth it
was enjoying would balance
out any unplanned spending
to enable the public finances
" to come in around the pro-
jected deficit".
Mr Smith said yesterday:
"We might end the year a bit
better than projected on the
GFS deficit." This fiscal deficit
measurement strips out the
cost of principal payments on
debt servicing, and for 2005-
2006 was estimated at 2.8 per
cent of gross domestic product
"We're trying to keep a tight

rein on controllable items in
our expenditure," Mr Smith
said. "We're seeing pretty good
growth in revenue, but there's
still a lot of ground to cover.
"We're getting good growth
in revenues, but also being hit
by expenditures that were not
provided for, so we're hoping
that evens out."
The Central Bank of the
Bahamas, in its report on
monthly economic and finan-
cial developments for Febru-
ary 2006, said the deficit for
the first seven months of 2005-
2006 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
The Central Bank also high-

lighted the rising government
spending that Mr Smith
referred to yesterday. Govern-
ment expenditure had
increased by 12 per cent during
the seven months to the end
of January, standing at $726.5
million, a sum reflecting
increase on both the recurrent
and capital sides.
Recurrent spending for
those seven months was up
8.35 per cent at $645 million.
Meanwhile, Mr Smith
described the more than four-
fold increase in the growth of
private sector credit during
February 2006, compared to
the same month the year
before, as "no cause for
He pointed out that this rate
of growth was matched by the
increase in Bahamian dollar
deposits, which grew by $44.7
million compared to growth of

$11.1 million in February 2005.
This meant that the private
sector credit growth was being
driven by an expansion of the
Bahamian dollar deposit base
as a result of foreign currency
conversion, Mr Smith said.
During February 2006, pri-
vate sector credit growth had
increased by $48.3 million,
compared to the $11.1 million
rise seen the year before.
Mortgages increased by $26.9
million during February, while
consumer credit rose by $11.1
The Central Bank said:
"During February, money and
credit trends featured brisk
expansion in Bahamian dollar
credit, which outstripped the
accretion in Bahamian dollar
deposits. As a result, both
external reserves and excess
liquid assets narrowed,
"However, for the two

months to February, both the.
excess liquid assets and excess
reserves expanded, amid mod;,
erate gains in external
Mr Smith said yesterday that
growth in private sector credit,
"ought not to exceed by much"
the pace of economic growth,
as this would start to draw
down heavily on the Bahamas
external reserves.
He also advised Bahamians,.
many of whom tend to live:
beyond their means and fail tot
save for their future, to ensure-
they did not squander the ben-
efits likely to flow from the
many investment projects com-
ing on stream.
He said: "My advice, if I
were to give it, would be tod
curtail expenditure and
increase savings during the:
boom period. Put away for the
rainy day."

Government forming BTC negotiating team I

Bahamas' debt higher

than most of its peers

Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas' national debt is equivalent to 67.4 per cent of
this nation's gross domestic product (GDP), a figure only exceed-
ed by Guyana among Caribbean countries that have the best stan-
dard of living in the region.
A report by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), on
the public debt of Caribbean countries between 1999-2004,
showed that out of the 'more
developed countries' grouping
in the Caribbean, three out of SEE page 3B

Retailers seek meeting

Tribune Business Editor
THE Propane Gas Retailers
Association is hoping to meet
soon with Marcus Bethel, the
minister who has taken over
responsibility for the liquefied
propane gas (LPG) industry,
in a bid to sort out the eco-
nomic difficulties that have
plagued the sector over the
past few years.
Peter Adderley, the Associ-
ation's public relations direc-

tor, yesterday told The Tribune
that the body had sent a letter
to Mr Bethel, the newly-
appointed minister for energy
and the environment, to
arrange a meeting with him.
Crediting the minister who
previously oversaw the LPG
industry, Leslie Miller, for hav-
ing "made every effort" to
resolve its problems, Mr
Adderley said: "We look for-

SEE page 4B

Tribune Business Editor
THE Government was yesterday said
to be putting together a negotiating team
in anticipation of receiving a bid for the
Bahamas Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC), with Bluewater Communi-
cations Holdings set to complete its due
diligence on the state-owned firm next
James Smith, minister of state for
finance; told The Tribune that Bluewa-
ter was completing the final stages of
its due diligence, and was expected to
submit an offer for BTC.
"We're putting a group together on
our side to negotiate, and they will sit

Bidder's due diligence expected to end next week, with offer expected

down with them at the end of that peri-
od," Mr Smith said.
"They're [Bluewater] completing the
last section on due diligence, and then
they will come to the table with our peo-
ple and make an offer."
Although hopeful that the Govern-
ment's protracted eight-year attempt to
divest itself if only partially of BTC
might be drawing to a close, Mr Smith
said he did not want to overcook expec-
tations that a deal might be reached.
When asked if he wanted to see BTC's
pri\vati-;lion concluded. Mr Smith said:
"I would d certain like that to happen."

The minister added that other groups
were interested in BTC apart from Blue-
He said: "The interest has been there
all along. One or two groups said that if
you don't get an agreement there, we
want to come in, take a look and talk to
you, so there is still interest in BTC."
Bluewater's exclusive 90-day period
in which to conduct due diligence on
BTC expires on April 18. Rival groups
have had to wait until that date to con-

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* By the Nassau Institute
TRIBUNE Business reports
that ..he Grand Bahama
Human Rights Association
(GBHRA) applauds the Con-
sumer Protection Bill, causing
us to wonder whether this
organisation understands the
nature and importance of free
enterprise, the rule of law, and
liberty; that human rights are
centred on the twin concepts
of freedom of self-determina-
tion and freedom from tyran-
By endorsing the Consumer
Protection legislation, the
GBHRA appears not to
understand its legitimate pur-
pose when it approves laws
that deprive some individuals
of 'rights', while obliging others
to fulfill said 'rights' which
is the clear purpose of the Con-
sumer Protection Bill.
The proposed legislation is
not a consequence of demand
from consumers. Rather, it is
drummed up hype with a mes-
sage that "somebody is out to
get you" and consumers must
be protected from the bad
guys' i.e. business.
Such is the agenda for politi-
cians as "entrepreneurs" in the
Legislation Business; experts

at creating economic and social
crises or the perception of
crises requiring their 'services'
to control and punish alleged
bad behaviour of individuals
in the market place. Of course,
politicians never admit they
are the source of the problems.
They usually blame corpora-
tions, in particular, or capital-
ism in general. Hence, we wit-
ness a constant recitation of
'crises' manufactured by the
state and blamed on capital-
The economic consequence
of the legislation will be to
increase already high costs for
all Bahamian businesses. Some
will find recourse in consoli-
dation with other marginal
suppliers, the effect of which
is to reduce the number of
providers, and thereby com-
While the 'rights' guys and
the politicians are lauding each
other for their 'protectionist'
ideologies, the Bahamian peo-
ple are pawns in a socialist
experiment already a proven
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protect liberty and property,
not what is bought and sold,
or how, or at what price.
Lord Acton took liberty a
step further when he said:
"The securing of liberty is the
highest political end. By Lib-
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every man shall be protected in
doing what he believes his duty
against the influence of author-
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organizations like the
GBHRA. However, as in this
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erty, the freedom of self-deter-
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Phone 326-8055


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd is one of the leading Wealth
Managers in the Caribbean. We look after wealthy
private clients by providing them with
comprehensive, value-enhancing services.

For our Wealth Management team in Nassau we
are looking for an experienced.


In this challenging position you will be responsible

* Acquiring high net worth clients
* Advising clients (mainly from Canada)
Proposing investment solutions in the client's
mother tongue
* Leading the North America Desk

We are searching for a seasoned team leader with
extensive experience in international wealth
management, specializing i the fields of customer
relations and retention, investment advice and
portfolio management. A proven track record in a
comparable position with a leading global financial
institution, a very good network in Canada, excellent
knowledge of investment products and fluency in
English as well as French is essential.

Applications by Bahamian nationals only should be
addressed to:

UBS (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas

Bahamas' debt

higher than most

of its neighbours

FROM page 1B t'e states Barbados.
Jamaica and Trinidad &
Tobago had national debts
that \were smaller than the Bahamas as a percentage of
In 2004,11 Barbados'\ national debt waas equivalent to 48.6
per cent ot national GDP: in Jamaica the ratio was 610.9
per cent: and in Trinidad it was just 14.4 per cent. This
compares to the Bahamas' n7.4 per cent in 2004.
However. in the Bahamas' favour is that it has the small-
est percentage of external debt out of the fi\e nations clas-
sified b\ the CDB as more developed nations. This means
that it has a relatitelh small portion of debt held b foreign
lenders, such as commercial banks and the International
Monetary Fund IMlF i.
In 2004-. o-nl\ 19 5 per cent of the Bahamian national debt
was held b\ toieign lender-. down from 21 5 per cent the
\ear before. Giuana, in contrast, had 78.3 per cent of its debt
held b\ foreigners
And all ot Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad o\wed more
than one thud of their debt to international sources.
The siructuie of the Bahamian national debt is such that
some iS.5 pet cent of it in 20o4 \as held domesticall\ by
government-o\ ned institution, auch as the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB), plu pr pn\ate sector intituiional investors
such as the comnmicid.i banking szcEor. pensions fund and
Thie fact that s-- little B:ahamian debt is held internation-
all\ is likely\ to bc \ iewed a: a bonu,. since it places this
nation less at the merc\ iot international creditors should
there e\cr\ be a default. The country\ is nowhere near such
a situation.
The CDB report ho\cJd that the Bahamas had the low-
est aLerage interest rate attached to debt owed to interna-
tional creditors standing at 4.9 per cent in 2114.
And as a percentage of GDP, external debt servicing
co-,it for the Bahamas in 2m,14 \\ere 2 per cent. lower than
the othel toui countries in its peer group, including Trinidad.
which stood at 2.9 per cent.
As a percentage of central government revenues. external
dc:bt ser icing costs in the Bahamas in 2l.104 stood at 10 1 per
cent. a figure onl\ bettered by Barbados, which stood at 9.9
per cent. Trinidad's external debt service costs were 10.5 per
cent of government revenues in 2004.



Ministry Of Energy

And The Environment

Family Islands must register with The National Ozone Unit, at The
Bahamas Environment, Science and Technology Commission located
in Nassau Court.

Technicians are required to bring along the following:

1. Drivers license;
2. National Insurance card;
3. Passport or valid voter's card and
4 Certification documents.

For more information, please contact the National Ozone Unit
at 322-4546; 356-3067 and 322-2576.


Assistant Manager

Domino's Pizza

High School Diploma
Past Managerial Experience
*. Available for day and night shifts, weekends
Valid Driver's License
Strong leadership skills
: Positive attitude toward customer service

Maintain product service and image standard
*. Assist in supervision of all phases of production
Maintain high levels of efficiency and producti-
vity in all areas of store operation

Send resume to Attention:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box SS-6704, Nassau, Bahamas Fx:356.7855 or
Deliver to: Abaco Markets Ltd., Town Centre Mall or


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The Anglican Central Education Authority invites applications
from qualified Teachers for the following positions available
in Anglican Schools for September 2005. The public is advised
that these positions are being advertised in accordance with
the policies of the Immigration Authorities before Application
for the renewal of Work Permits is submitted. Bahamians are
encouraged to apply.

One (1) Spanish Teacher
One (1) Primary Spanish Teacher
One (1) French Teacher
One (1) Home Economics Teacher
One (1) Commerce/ Economics Teacher
Two (2) Social Studies Teachers
Two (2) Primary Teachers
Three(3) Language/ Literature Teacher
Three (3) Mathematics Teachers
One (1) Computer Teacher
One (1) Physics Teacher
One (1) Technical Drawing Teacher
One (1) Music Teacher
One (1) Art Teacher

Applications must be received by Friday, April 15, 2005.
Only qualified Teachers with Bachelor's Degree and Teacher
Training need apply. A minimum of two years teaching
experience is required. Teachers should have a working
Knowledge of Computers.

For further details please contact the Anglican Central
Education Authority on Sands Road and East Street at
telephone (242) 322 3015 or write to:

P.O.BOX N-656

FROM page 1B

ward to going back to the table
with the newly-appointed min-
"We have every confidence
that the new minister will give
it a good look and act in short


The LPG industry's difficul-
ties have stemmed from the
government-imposed price
controls on the sector. Untilia
$15 price increase was granted
at the end of 2004, taking the
price of a 100-pound cylinder
to $65, members of the LPG
Retailers Association had not
received a price increase for
nine years.
This was despite the steady
rise in inflation, plus living and
business operating costs, which
had left many LPG retailers
making a loss at the $50 per
cylinder price.
The $15 increase was some
way short of the $22 increase
the Association had request-
ed, which would have taken


Customer Service

At '

Domino's Pizza &

Dairy Queen

Good customer service skills a must

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

Send resume to Attention:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box SS-6704, Nassau, Bahamas ~ Fx: 356.7855 or
Deliver to: Abaco Markets Ltd., Town Centre Mall or

the retail price for a 100-pound
cylinder to $72.
The price control issue flared
up again in December 2005,
after the Government granted
both LPG retailers and whole-
salers a $5 increase in price,
taking the retail price to $70.
Mr Miller then warned
retailers who were allegedly
selling LPG cylinders above
the Gazzetted price of $70 that
they were breaking the law.
Mr Adderley said yesterday:
"My hope is that the new min-
ister will understand that strug-
gling and striving Bahamian
entrepreneurs have devoted
their lives to this business,
some for 20 years."
He added that these busi-
nesses, which employed sever-
al hundred workers, still had
to pay competitive salaries,
insurance and other business
costs during an era when costs
were increasing, but their gov-
ernment-controlled prices had
remained the same.


"What they did get early in
the year really amounts to no
increase, as the wholesalers got
an increase," Mr Adderley said
of the $5 rise.
"I truly hope that the Gov-
ernment looks at the econom-
ic contributions these busi-
nesses make, as they pay over
$1 million a year into the Pub-
lic Treasury."
Mr Adderley had previously
told The Tribune that price
controls in the LPG industry
needed to be abolished, as sev-
eral retailers were able to sell



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

Financial Advisors Ltd. FIDELITY i1
Pricing Information As Of:
10 April 200 6
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX:Ct'LOM4,-:4i""" -0'4 CHG 00.03 / YTD 69.77 / YTD % 05.17
-.. .. ;.;.-.kL.:,.. S ,ry nl Prenous Close Today's Close Change Dal,.':, EFPS D,. PE Yield
S., rr 0 59 0 59 ,:'. 0 -0066 ,, 000 N.1i` 0 0000 :
10.70 8.00 Bahamas Property Fund 10.70 10.70 0.00 1.456 0.360 7.3 3.36%
7.24 6.00 Bank of Bahamas 7.10 7.10 0.00 0.643 0.330 11.0 4.65%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.70 0.70 0.00 0.175 0.020 4.0 2.86%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.26 1.26 0.00 0.105 0.060 12.0 4.76%
1.20 1.04 Fidelity Bank 1.18 1.18 .0.00 0.070 0.040 16.7 3.42%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas. 9.20 9.20 0.00 0.565 0.240 16.3 2.61%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.69 1.69 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
9.99 8.33 Commonwealth Bank 9.99 9.99 ,0.00 0.861 0.490 11.6 4.90%
5.68 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.88 4.73 -0.15 0.091 0.045 53.9 0.92%
2.88 1.50 Doctor's Hospital 2.45 2.45 0.00 0.437 0.000 5.6 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.542 0.240 .11.5 3.86%
10.99 10.25 Finco 10.99 10.99 0.00 0.738 0.540 14.9 4.91%
11.50 7.75 FirstCaribbean 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.828 0.500 13.9 4.35%
10.42 7.99 Focol 10.40 10.42 0.02 1,200 0.833 0.500 12.5 4.80%
1.27 1.15 Freeport Concrete 1.15 1.15 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.526 0.540 18.1 5.68%
9.10 8.22 J. S. Johnson 9.09 9.09 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.9 6.16%
7.95 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.70 7.70 0.00 0.134 0.000 58.0 0.00%
10 00 10 00 Premier Real Estate 10 00 10 00 0.00 2.036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
FideteIv Over-The-Couner Seiurtties
:..'.H. o, 5.k.L.j Smb.ol Bid S Ask S Lal Price .Veer., I. oi EPS $ Di. PE Yield
I.5 1-.25 Bansmas Supermarkets 14 0) 1500 11 00 1 9 r 720 72 4 '
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
Colirna Ovar-The-.Cunter Scunllesil l"' "'. :' '
L0 -6.00u ABDAe 1 00 4300 41 00 2 220 0 f100 19.1 0 O.:;
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 13.25 14.25 12.50 1.105 0.810 14.6 6.93%
2C, ,, 0 -S. RND Ho.ia.ra 0 29 054 0 510 .0 l u 000 N.r1 00 U.
BISX Llsted Mulual Funds : '
*-..H. -L*:... Fur,, N rame NA| V YTD- Lasl 12 Mor.,lns D.. I **Ia '.
1I .616 1 2 : :- 1 _.i.r., r.1.,r.e, r.lsrket Fund 1 28 166
2.6662 2.2420 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.6662""
10.8590 10.0000 Fidelity Prime Income Fund 10.8590"""
2.3294 2.2214 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.329423"
1 1592 1 1547 Colina Bond Fund 1 159154**
FINDEX: CLOSE 81-1.23 / VTD 11.30% I 2008 B .*' '.':- .
LL -i' IrjC 'iE i C : :' = 1i '::' :u YIELD la i 2 r., lre.i .lr.:iae-j c. .i r 51r i.ic
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelit)
52wk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fldellt
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV $ Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100
S- AS AT MAR. 31, 2006/ *" AS AT FEB. 28, 2006
*- AS AT MAR 31 2006/** AS AT FEB. 28. 2006/ "" AS AT FEB 28. 2006
TO TRADE CALL: COLINA 242-502-7010 I FlplET,,r.a 'a M: ,".','?.- .... -- "

below the maximum $70 price.
LP Gas on Gladstone Road
sold its 100-pound cylinders at
$63 over the December and
Christmas period, while Nas-
sau Propane,'Country Gas and
Nassau Gas and Tanks were
selling at $65.

Several economists have
argued that price controls are
wrong, as they subsidise ineffi-
cient producers and keep
prices artificially high, acting
as a disincentive to improve
service and failing to reward
the best companies.

Common Law and Equity Division


IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Title Act, 1959


ALL THOSE two (2) pieces parcel or tracts of land totaling
28.96 acres situate in an area known as Pinders in the Settlement
of The Bight on the Island of Long Island one of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Archie Alphonso Moree



ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land situate in an area
known as Pinders in the Island of Long Island aforesaid and
bounded NORTHEASTWARDLY by land now or formerly,
the property of the Pinders Estate and delineated by a stone
wall and running thereon One Thousand Five Hundred and
Fourteen (1514) feet SOUTHEASTWARDLY by land the
property of the Church of God and lineated by a stone wall
and running thereon One Hundred and Twenty-six (126) feet
SOUTHWESTWARDLY by the Main Public Road and
running thereon One Thousand Five Hundred and Thdintyine
(1539) Feet and NORTHWESTWARDLY by landcnow or
formerly the property of the Estate of the late Emmtfuel
Knowles and running thereon One Hundred and Fifty-eight
(15.8) feet.

ALL THAT piece parcel or Lot of land situate in an area
known as Pinders on the Island of Long Island aforesaid and
bounded NORTHEASTWARDLY by the Main Public Road
and running thereon One Thousand Six Hundred and Fifty-
eight (1658) feet SOUTHEASTWARDLY by land occupied
by the said Archie Alphonso Moree and delineated by a stone
wall and running thereon Seven Hundred and Six (706) feet
SOUTHEASTWARDLY by the sea at High Water Mark and
running thereon One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-
nine (1879) feet NORTHWESTWARDLY by land the
property of the Estate of the late Emmanuel Knowles and
delineated by a stone wall and running thereon Four Hundred
and Eighty-three (483) feet NORTHEASTWARDLY by land
the property of the Estate of the said late Emmanuel Knowles
and running thereon Thirty-eight (38) feet NORTHWEST-
WARDLY by land the property of the estate of the said late
Emmanuel Knowles and delineatedby a stone wall and running
thereon Two Hundred and Sixty-three (263) feet NORTH-
EASTWARDLY by land the property of the estate of the said
late Emmanuel Knowles and running thereon thirty (30) feet
NORTHWESTWARDLY by land the property of the estate
of the said late Emmanuel Knowles and delineated by a stone
wall and running thereon Fifty-six (56) feet.

ARCHIE ALPHONSO MOREE claim to be the owner in fee
simple in possession of the land hereinbefore described and has
made application to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of
The Bahamas under Section Three (3) of the Quieting Titles Act,
1959 to have his title to the said land investigated and the nature
and extent determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be
granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of the said

Copies of the Petition and Plan of the said land may be inspected
during normal office hours in the following places:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street in
the City of Nassau, Bahamas; and

2. The Chambers of Lockhart & Munroe, #35 Buen.
Retire Road, off Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

3. The office of the Commissioner/Administrator at
Long Island, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having dower or right
to dower or an Adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after
the final publication of these presents, file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioners or the undersigned a Statement of his
claim in the prescribed form verified by an affidavit to be filed

Failure of any such person to file and served a Statement of his
Claim on or before the Thirty (30) days after the final publication
of these presents shall operate as bar to such claims.

#35 Buen Retiro Road
Off Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioners

Propane Gas Retailers

Association hoping to

meet minister soon

PAGEE 413, TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2006


TUESDAY, APRIL 11, 2006, PAGE 51


Government forming

BTC negotiating team


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 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,

NOTICE is hereby given that EDNA PIERRE OF P.O. BOX
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 11TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

ROAD, 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 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that ALVAREZ MARIA OF P.O. BOX
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 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,




Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 24th
day of January 2006. Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


FROM page 1B

duct their own assessment,
with Mr Smith having previ-
ously told The Tribune that the
Government would not enter-
tain offers that proposed split-
ting up BTC.
Breaking BTC up into its
different business lines, Mr
Smith said, was not something
the Government wanted to see
happen, as "it would not be
consistent with the develop-
ment of a long-term telecom-
munications framework for the
entire country".
One offer for BTC was sub-
mitted by a New York-based
group that was only interest-
ed in the company's cellular
arm, its most profitable busi-
ness line due to the monopoly
it holds.
However, the fact that there
is other interest apart from
Bluewater could work to the
Government's advantage, cre-
ating a potential bidding war
that might drive up the final
price paid for BTC.
BTC's latest financial, con-
tained in the 2004 accounts
that were signed off by the
auditors only on November 30,
2005, revealed that profits for
that year fell by 78.4 per cent


* 9,941 11,207 sq.ft. office space available.
* Well placed on West Bay St., near Lyford Cay.
* First class office building. Generous parking.
Fiber optic communications facilities.
Ready for immediate occupancy.

to just $8.34 million. This fall
was driven partly as a result of
repairs to damage inflicted by
Hurricanes Frances and
Bradley Roberts, minister of
works and public utilities, said
BTC's 2005 annual net profits
were forecast at $25-$30 mil-
It is unclear whether the.
Government will follow the
same process as was used for
the failed 2003 attempt to pri-
vatise BTC. In that instance, a
successful bidder would have
acquired a 49 per cent stake in
BTC, together will full man-
agement and day-to-day con-
The best offer then came
from the preferred bidder,
BahamaTel, with $130 million,
valuing the total company at
just over $260 million. But Mr
Smith previously said that
everything, including the size
of the stake in BTC on offer,
was on the table in the current
round of negotiations.
Competition both legal and
illegal is likely to have eroded
BTC's value further since that
2003 privatization effort, the
one area of real value remain-
ing the cellular monopoly.

NOTICE is hereby given that DEBINS JOSEPH OF P.O. BOX
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 4TH day of APRIL, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,;




Pursuant to the provisions of Section 137 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act, 2000, the dissolution of SUPE LTD.,
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been
issued and the Company has therefore been struck off the
Dated this 6th day of April, A.D. 2006.

Anthony B. Dupuch


w h -also houses the pilot arrangements. Hull is in excellent
cQid'tion and 1ill equipment onboard is in good working condition
_-" ."-i "^ *. 1 "*" .. ".':,.

Principal Dimensions
Lngth Overall: ; 61.0 feet
,....=. --. :-

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

PHONE 363-7163

private investment bank limited
is presently looking for an


SBachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or
5-8 years experience ininstallation, configuration and
troubleshooting in an offshore banking environment.
Broad knowledge ofAS400, Olympics, Viewpoint, Windows"4
XP, NT environment and LAN
Maintenance and support of existing network
Introduction and support of new IT and Communication
Ensure a stable and efficient AS400, SWIFT and
Microsystems environment
Provide trouble-shooting support for staff
Thorough technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work with minimum supervision and under ,
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to work I
flexible hours :
Knowledge of offshore banking activities
Fluent in English and French, German is an asset
Bahamian nationals only should apply in writing, as no phone'
calls will be accepted. Please enclosed a full resume with a
cover letter by April 17, 2006 to:
Human Resources Manager
PO Box N-3918
Nassau, Bahamas

Lyford Cay House
West Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas
Tel. 242-393-8618



I i




Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced o4 the.9th9
day of March 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc.,
P.O. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.


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A Few Good Men and Women!

The Alumni Association is seeking committed individuals to fill executive positions
within the Association. Elections for the 2006-08 Executive Board of the Alumni
Association will take place on Thursday, 20th April at 6pm in the Portia Smith
Student Services Building.
The Executive Board, which consists of the President, Vice President, Treasurer,
General Secretary, Assistant Secretary and Public Relations Officer, shall have
administrative and managerial responsibility for the conduct, affairs, and activities
of the Association. Members of the Executive Board shall be elected for a period
of two years and shall be eligible for re-election but for not more than two
consecutive terms.

Executive Duties:

* Presides at all general meetings and executive board meetings at which
he/she is present
* Serves as the official spokesperson and representation of the Association
* Serves as ex-officio member of all standing committees of the Association
* Provides overall management and guidance for the day to day operations of
the Association
* Serves on The Council of The College of The Bahamas

Vice President
* Presies at all meetings in the absence of the President
* Performs duties of the President in his/her absence
* Serves as liaison officer between the Executive Board and standing committees
of the Association

* Keeps track of all accounting records and renders financial reports at the
request of the Executive Board
* Maintains bank accounts in the name of the Association for the purpose of
depositing and withdrawing monies
* Serves ex-officio fund-raising committee
* Tenders all information required by the audit committee

The General Secretary
* Records minutes of the Association's meetings and presents such minutes
to the Association
* Maintains a file of all correspondents
* Compiles a book of all activities and functions of the Association
* Maintains a roster of all members of he Association

The Assistant Secretary
* Acts in the absence of the General Secretary
* Acts as instructed to by the General Secretary in the execution of his/her

Public Relations Officer
* Under the direction of the President and membership, liaises with the public
including the media
* Initiates and spearheads promotions for the Association's activities
* Chairs the Public Relations Committee
* Works closely with The College of The Bahamas' public relations office on
matters of mutual concern and benefit

Persons seeking nomination or seeking to nominate others should complete a
nomination form by 17th April, 2006. Forms (below) may be obtained from the
Office of Alumni Affairs, 2nd floor west, A-Block. For more information, please
call the Office of Alumni Affairs at 302-4365/6.





Nominee's Name:

Executive Position:
(Being nominated for)

Class & Major:

Telephone Numbers:

Nominator's Name:

Class & Major:

Telephone Numbers:







Email Address (es):



Please indicate below why you believe the person Whom you
nominate will be an asset to The College of The Bahamas' Alumni

.) 4 A.. iAMAS
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Alumni Gifts for Advancement Project
Members of The College of The Bahamas' Alumni Hall of Fame kicked of the Alumni Gifts for Advancement project withi
a $10,000 donation to The College of The Bahamas.
The idea is to get as many alumni and friends of The College involved in the project at three gift giving levels:
$197.40; and
Why these numbers? To remind persons that something great happened in 1974 The College of The Bahamas was born.
Funds can be paid in a lump sum or installment throughout the 2006 year, and Hall of Fame members challenged the more
than 11,000 graduates to become involved in this effort.
Funds can be designated for specific projects or the general fund. For more information, contact the Office of Alumni
Affairs at 302-4365 or 6.

.li ,Pictured L-R: Dentori Brown, VP, Finance &
'. lAdministration, Don Saunders, president of COB
Alumni association, Dr. Rhonda Chipman-Johnson,
Acting President and Hall of Fame members Tanya
McCartney and Laura Pratt-Charlton. Other Hall
of Fame members contributing to the project but
Missing in the photo air Bishop Neil C. Ellis, Larry
R. Gibson and Vemice J. Walkine.


International Languages and Cultures Institute
The College/University of The Bahamas has the following vacancies in the newly
established International Languages and Cultures Institute.

Instructor ESL and, French, or Spanish or Italian
The ideal candidate should have a Master's Degree in the subject or a related area,
native speaker competence in the foreign language and experience in teaching foreign
languages to adults. Knowledge of the American Council for the Teaching of Foreign
Languages (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines would be an asset. Translation skills would
be desirous.

Part-time Instructors
Part time Instructors are needed in the following areas:
Haitian Creole
Italian -' ; :

The ideal candidate should have native speaker competence in the foreign language
and possess the minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in the language, although a master's
degree is preferred. Experience in the teaching of adults is mandatory.

The application deadline is April 28, 2006. To ensure full consideration, interested
candidates should submit a College of The Bahamas Employment Application Form,
a comprehensive resume and up-to-date transcripts by April 28. To expedite the
appointment procedure, applicants should request three referees to send references
under confidential cover directly to the address listed below.

Please visit our website at for more information as about The
College and to access The College's Employment Application Form.

Applications should be forwarded in confidence to:

The Director, Human Resources, The College of The Bahamas, Oakes Field Campus,
P. Box N-4912, Nassau, Bahamas. Facsimile: (242) 302-4539. Email:


Change in Academic Policy

The College of The Bahamas is becoming a university. This transition will
require changes in policy, as the evolution progresses.

Students, potential students and interested members of the general public
are asked to note the following new academic policy:

It is no longer permitted to exit at the associate degree level fom programmes
that have been upgraded to the bachelor level. Students are ad 'ised,
therefore, that the option of exiting at the associate degree in busi ess-
related areas is no longer available. Please check with your Academic
Advisor to determine your current status if this policy change affects you.

For further information contact the
Office of Academic Affairs at 302-4309


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Course description: This course is for the beginner who knows very little about computers and does not
understid how it works. This course covers the major computer concepts with extensive hands on practice
of varies software using: (I) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (iii)
Microslt Access Database Management .
Pre-reqsite: None
Begins! Monday, 15 May 2006 6:00pm 9:30pm Section 01 (CEES)
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CoursDescription: This course covers the major advanced concepts with extensive hands on practice of
variot software using: (I) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (iii) Microsoft
Acce: Database Management.


Computer Applications I
Thursday, 18 May 2006
6:00pa 9:30pm
9 weeks
CEES Computer Lab

This-orkshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint.
It fuses on developing effective aid dynamic PowerPoint presentations.


Thursday, 1" June 2006
9:30art 4:30pm
1 day i
CEES Computer Lab

Cours Description: This course coves the fundamentals of the Microsoft Excel spreadsheet. Tools that are
needed for basic entry and manipulation of cells and worksheets are presented. The course assumes no
particular background.

Pre-rquisite: Keyboading
Begin: Monday, 15 May, 2006
Time: 4:00pm- 5:30pm
Duraton: 6 week&
Venu: CEES Computer La
Fees $250.04

Coupe Description: The course assunes no particular background and takes the student from the level of
novie to an advanced level. A thorough grounding in all of the fundamentals of document handling in
Micosoft Word is presented.


Wedneday, 17 May 2006
6:00pr 9:00pm
6 wees
CEES3omputer Lab

Course Description: This course is zhands-on introduction to technology systems for use in information
mvironments.The course will cover ie following topics: Basic Hardware, Operating Systems, Troubleshooting
md Repairs.


Tuesday, 16th May 2006
6:00p 8:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
9 we(ss
BHT( Computer Lab

Course Description: This course is designed to train new and existing small business entrepreneurs (fewer than
20 employees) how to organize an manage their accounting activities using QuickBooks Pro software.
Students will learn how to set-up their company files, chart of accounts, budget, customers, vendors and


Tuesday, 16'" May 2006
6:00pn 9:00pm
6 weks
CEE Computer Lab

Course Description: This course, which targets persons who would like to create their personal web pages will
cover Web page creation, Web site management, and HTML. Specific topics will include Formatting, Graphics,
Multimedia, Forms and Tables andiosting of web pages.



Participants must be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of
Thuiday &,Friday, 8"h 9'" June 2006
9:30m 4:30pm
2 das
CEB Computer Lab


This is an introductory course ft learning basic techniques of massage therapy and its many benefits. Major
topic areas will include Massag Theory, Manipulations and Techniques, Wellness Education (Psychological
and Physiological Benefits), Inctations and Contraindications, Serving Special Populations and Complementary
Bodywork Systems to include aromatherapy Essentials.

thursday, 18' May, 2006
t0 Weeks
,The College of the Bahamas

This is an advanced coursfor learning techniques of massage therapy and its many benefits. Major topics
include introduction to hyotherapy; spa and body treatments; the basic facial; aromatherapy-fundamentals
or essential oils; relaxati and meditative methods; and hot stone therapy.
Starting: Monday, 15" May, 2006
Duration: 10 Weeks
Tuition Fee: $620.00
Venue: / The College of the Bahamas

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of superior customer
service. It.focuses on customer value, retention and relationship building and employee motivation.


Thursday, 1st June 2006
9:30am 4:30pm
Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft
PowerPoint. It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.


Thursday 1st June 2006
9:30am 4:30pm
CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road

This course will cover Web Page Creation, Web Site Management and HTML. Persons who enjoy fiddling
with computers and would like to create their own web pages are encouraged to attend. Specific topics will
include Formatting, Graphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of web pages.


Thursday & Friday, June 8th & 9th 2006
9:30am 4:30pm
CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road


.ACCA900 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS I 6:00-8:00pm Tue/Thur 16-May 10 weeks $250
ACCA901 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS II 6:00-8:00pm Mon/Wed tS1May 10 weeks $275
10 weeks $300
ACCA902 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS III 6:00-8:00pm Mon/Wed 15-May

PuSi i I 'PE iT CuLLE c T IO 6 C-900PM Tue 1- May weeks S225
P ,-,- .. ,l-JP T,.,rEP :,EP,,IC,'E 1 Day $170
CUST900 01. W/S 9:30-4:30pm Thur 1-Jun
COMP901 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I 6:00-9:30pm Mon 15-May 9 weeks $450
"COMP90o1 02 COMPUTER APPLICATIONSI .-, ....-, Sa __ _J, 9 weeks $40
COMP902 01 COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II 6 ?30prrm Thur 16-Maa 9 weeks 5:'';
COMP 941 01 QUICKBOOKS 6:00-9:00pm Tue 16-May 6 weeks $330
COMP953 01 PC UPGRADE AND REPAIR 6:00-8:00pm Tue/Thur 16-May 9 weeks $450
COMP907 01 MICROSOFT EXCEL 4:00-5:30pm Mon/Wed 15-May 6 weeks $250
COMP960 01 MICROSOFT POWERPOINT W/S 9:30-4:30pm Thur 1-Jun 1 Day $160
COMP905 01 MICROSOFT WORD 6:00-9:00pm Wed 17-May 6 weeks. $250
COMP930 01 WEB PAGE DESIGN WIS 9:30-4:30pm .Thur/Fri 8-Jun 2Days $550

COSM802 01 MAKE-UP APPLICATION 6:00-9:00pm .Mon 15-Ma__ 8 weeks $225
COSM804 01 MANICURE & PEDICURE 6:00-9:00pm Mon 15-May 8 weeks $225
COSM807 01 NAIL ART TECHNICIAN 6:00-9:00pm Mon/Thur 15-May 5 weeks $500
DECORATING _________
DECO800 01 INTERIOR DECORATING I 6:00-9:00pm Tue 16-May 8 weeks $225
FLOR800 01 FLORAL DESIGN I 6:00-9:00pm Thur 18-May 10 weeks $225
FLOR801 01 FLORAL DESIGN If _6:00-9:00pm Tue 16-May 10 weeks $250
MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I 6:00-9:00pm Thur 18-May 10 weeks $465
MASG901 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS II 6:00-9:00pm Mon 15-May 10 weeks $620
CRE 900 01 CONVERSATIONAL CREOLE I 6:00-7:30pm Mon/Wed 15-May 10 weeks $225
SPA 900 01 CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH I 6:00-7:30pm Mon/Wed 15-May 10 weeks $225
MGMT900 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENTI 6:00-9:30pm Thur 18-May 9 weeks $250
MGMT901 01 HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT II 6:00-9:30pm Mon 15-May 9 weeks $300
MEDT900 01 MEDICAL TERMINOLOGY 6:00-900pm Thur 18-May 10 Weeks $225
SEW 800 01 BASIC OF FREEHAND CUTTING I 6:00-9:00pm Thur 18-May 10 weeks $225
SEW 805 01 DRAPERY MAKING I 6:00-9:00pm Tue 16-May 10 weeks $225
SEW 811 01 UPHOLSTERY MAKING 1 6:00-9:00pm Mon 15-May -10 weeks $225

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 /(242) 328-0093/
328-1936/302-4300 ext. 5202 or email
All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time) .
CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content,
Course Schedule and Course Materials.

Personal Development Courses


The following Personal Development courses have been approved by the
Academic Board for COB credit courses equivalencies.

ACCA900 Accounting for Beginners I
ACCA901 Accounting for Beginners II
MGMT 900 -Human Resource Management I
MGMT901- Human Resource Management II
SPA 900 Conversational Spanish I
SPA 901 Conversational Spanish II

Students may continue to utilize the courses as a means of professional
development in both private and public sectors with-the added recognition
that these courses have been equated to courses taken toward a degree

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In this challenging positionyou will be responsible for:

* Advising clients (mainlyifom Latin America)
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mother tongue

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specializing in the fields of customer relations and
retention, investment advice ancportfolio management.
A proven track record in a comparable position with
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of investment products and fluency in English as well
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FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
.,o' f : Chairman's Review..':
Of the Results
For the first quarter ended January 31, 2006

The consolidated net income of FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited for the
first quarter of the 2006 fiscal year was $29.2 million, an increase of 23% over last year. Earnings
per share for the quarter was 24.3 cents, an increase of 4.6 cents over last year.

The Bank's net interest income continued to improve and amounted to $35 million for the three
months ended January 31, 2006. This amounted to a $5 million or 15% improvement over the
same period last year, as total loans were.29% higher than last year with significant growth in
residential mortgages and business loans. Additionally, the US Fed Rate has increased by 2.25%
from last year.

Operating expenses for the quarter were $16.5 million, $0.7 million higher than the same period
last year as employee expenses were higher. The ratio of expenses to revenue improved by 3%
ove last year to 35% for the first quarter of this fiscal year

The total assets of the Bank at January 31, 2006 were $3.6 billion representing a growth of $318
million or 9.7% from last year. Total loans grew by $502 million to $2.2 billion with residential
mortgages and business loans accounting for $448 million of the increase. Total deposits for the
bank increased 8.3% or by $227 million from last year to $2.97 billion. Both the return on assets
and the return on equity reflected the Bank's improved performance for the quarter when
compared to the same quarter of last year.

We are looking forward to the continuation of this strong performance and another successful
year as the economy continues to remain strong and the market conditions favorable.

Michael K. Mansoor

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Balance Sheet

Unaudited Unaudited Audited
Assets January 31.2006 January 31. 2005 October 31. 2005

1 Cash and advances to banks
Fixed assets
Other assets

Total assets


Total deposits
Other liabilities

Total liabilities

Shareholders' Equity

Share capital & reserves
Retained earnings

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity





3599,598 3.282.028 3.510.142

2,966,589 2.739,150 2,856,737
60,969 15,760 73,685

3,027,558 2.754.910 2.930.422

420,464 416A64 417.281
151,576 110,654 162,439

572.040 527.118 579.720

3,599,598 3,282.028 3.510.142


FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Income

Unaudited Audited
Three Months Ended Year Ended
January 31, 2006 Januarv 31.2005 October31. 2005

Total interest income
STotal interest expenses

SNet interest income
Non-interest income

Non-interest expenses
Provision for credit losses



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35.347 j)0 hi 126.469
11,152 10.369 39,100
46.499 41.004 165.569

16,457 15,799 62,158 .
841 1,540 3.918
17.98 17.330 66.076.

29,201 23.065 99.493

Net income

Weighted average number of common
shares outstanding for the period

Earnings per share (in cents)
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Changes in Shareholders' Equity



Share Capital &

Balance at October 31, 2004

Net income for the period
Transfer to Statutory Reserve Fund Turks & Caicos Islands

Balance at January 31, 2005

Balance at October 31,2005

Net income for the period
Revaluation gains/(losses)
Transfer to Statutory Reserve Fund Turks & Caicos Islands

Balance at January 31, 2006
FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows

Net cash used in operating activities

Net cash used in financing activities

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period





Retained Earnings








416,464 110,654 527,118

417,281 162,439 579,720

29,201 29,201.
(36,064) (36,064)
(817) (817)
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420,464 151,576 572,040

Three Months Ended
January 31, 2006



Three Months Ended
January 31, 2005



(20,216) 29.915

(173,790) (18.454)

742,111 819.798

568,321 801,344

FirstCaribbean International Bank (Bahamas) Limited
Notes to Consolidated Interim Financial Statements
Three Months Ended
January 31, 2006

I. Accounting Policies
These consolidated interim financial statements are prepared in accordance with IAS 34 Interim Financial Reporting. The accounting policies used in the
preparation of these consolidated interim financial statements are consistent with those used in the annual financial statements for the year ended October

The consolidated interim financial statements include the accounts of the following wholly owned subsidiaries:
FirstCaribbean International Finance Corporation (Bahamas) Limited
FirstCaribbean International (Bahamas) Nominees Company Limited
FirstCaribbean International Land Holdings (TCI) Limited

2. Comparatives
Where necessary, comparative figures have been adjusted to comply with changes in presentation in the current year.



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Senior Sports Reporter
TONIQUE Williams-Dar-
ling has come up with the ulti-
mate plan to honour the mem-
ory of her first track and field
coach, the late Keith Carey.
The Olympic and World
Championships gold medalist
has decided to donate to char-
ity a portion of her earnings
from all international meets
in which she runs faster than
51 seconds in the 400 metres.
She made the announce-
ment on her return home
Monday after she produced a
silver medal performance at
the recent XVIII Common-
wealth Games in Melbourne,
Australia last month.
"It's really a special day
because this is something that
I wanted to do, ever since my
2004 Olympic victory," said
Williams-Darling at a press
conference at the offices of
Diane Phillips & Associates, a
public relations firm that is
assisting her in the project.
"I haven't really had the
chance to put a lot of things
that I'm doing today into
action because I've been real-
ly swamped., But with the
recent passing of my high
school coach, Keith Carey, it
made me sit down and think
and realise that time and life is
precious and, if I want to do
something, I have to do it
The TWD grant, as it's
called, is designed to support


charitable organizations that
have a tangible need for fund-
ing to accomplish a particular
"The reason I decided to do

"The reason I decided to do
it this way is because
Mr. Keith Carey was a
long-time supporter and
coach. In 2002 when I
v" went with (current
coach) Steve Riddick, I
approached Mr. Carey,
who as a businessman,
Shad retired as a coach
and, without hesitation,
he did what was
necessary to get me
started in Virginia
with my coaching
and living expenses
and just being there
as an advisor."


it this way is because Mr. Kei-
th Carey was a long-time sup-
porter and coach," said
Williams-Darling, referring to
her high school days at St.
John's College.
"In 2002 when I went with
(current coach) Steve Riddick,
I approached Mr. Carey, who
as a businessman, had retired.
as a coach and, without hesi-
tation, he did what was nec-
essary to get me started in Vir-
ginia with my coaching and
living expenses and just being
there as an advisor."
In showing her support,
Williams-Darling said she
wants to give back to the
Bahamian community through
the launching of the TWD
grant with a $500 donation
provided for every time she
runs under 51 seconds in any
international race.
To get things started,
Williams-Darling has provided
$1,000 for the two races she
ran in Melbourne.
She said it's just the begin-
ning of what she hopes will
increase as the rest of the out-
door season unfold.


Whether you can ride 10 miles or 100 miles
Whether you pedal slowly or like the wind
Whether you can raise $50 or $5,000

Ride for Hope is your opportunity to do something
inspiring, something uniquely rewarding, to honor
loved ones touched by cancer.

Ride for Hope is a unique event with a meaningful
purpose. It is a charitable bik -a-thon which will occur
along the spectacular island (leuthera It is open to
anyone who enjoys cycling arl ants tdontribute to
one of the most important c mm
enhanced cancer iprocee t
the Cancer Caring Cen e
Society of the Bahanjt

Be a part of the g t st
those who RIDE O1

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Interested organizations
must complete an application
form and submit a brief
account stating why they are

THE late Keith Carey

deserving of the award and
what the funds will be used
for. Forms can be obtained
from all nine City Market

stores in Nassau or front
Diane Phillips & Associates,
Lake Cottage, behind
Bahamas Realty.
To make sure that the funds
are properly utilised, a screen-
ing committee, comprising of
Bryan Knowles, CFAO of
Bahamas Supermarkets;
Robin Brownrigg, president
of the Bahamas Realty; ASP
Elaine Sands, Officer-in-
charge of Community Rela-
tions Section of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force; Lisa
McCartney, founder of the
Meridan School at Unicorn
Village and the Bahamas
Chamber of Commerce
Entrepreneur of the Year;
Roger Kelty, Director of Edu-
cational Programmes at the
Lyford Cay Foundation and
Diane Phillips.
All of the members of the
committee, with the exception
of Knowles, were in atten-
dance at the press conference.

- b members of the
screening committee,
quarter-miler Tonique
announces plans for the
launching of her TWD
grant that will assist
local charities. Looking
on from left are Roger
Kelty, Director of Edu-
cational Programmes at
the Lyford Cay Foun-
dation; Lisa McCartney,
founder of Meridan
School at Unicorn Vil-
lage and---Bahamas
Chamber of Commence
Entrepreneur of the
Year and Robin Brown-
rigg, president of
Bahamas Realty.
Brent Stubbs)

A number of students, who
are on a job training pro-
gramme at the Police Force,
also attended.

Tottenham close

in on Champions

League spot

Associated Press
LONDON Tottenham beat Manchester
City 2-1 on Saturday to stay on course for a
Champions League berth next season while
Sunderland struggling to stay in the Pre-
mier League had to abandon its game with
Fulham because of a wet field.
Tottenham went up 2-0 on goals by Paul
Stalteri and Michael Carrick in the 44th and
49th minutes. Georgios Samaras scored for
Manchester City in the 52nd. City goalkeeper
David James made three key saves to deny
Robbie Keane and Michael Carrick.
, Tottenham has 58 points nd is in fourth place,
the final Champions League qualifying spot.
Charlton and Everton tied 0-0, Wigan and
Birmingham tied 1-1 and Blackburn kept up its
chances of sneaking into fourth place with a
2-2 tie with relegation-threatened Portsmouth.
Blackburn has 54 points one more than
Arsenal, which dropped to sixth.
Defending champion Chelsea leads the
league with 79 points, seven more than Man-
chester United and 12 more than Liverpool.
Sunderland's game with Fulham was called
off after 21 minutes at the Stadium of Light
because of a waterlogged field.
Fulham was leading 1-0 through Brian
McBride's ninth-minute goal. Heavy snow had
been falling since the beginning of the game.
The game will be replayed at an undetermined
Sunderland needed to win to avoid relegation
to the Football League Championship but was
saved by the tie between Birmingham and
MADRID, Spain Veljko Paunovic
scored twice to give Getafe a 2-1 victory over
Malaga, adding to the last-place team's worries
of relegation from the Spanish league.
Paunovic's deflected drive opened the scor-
ing at Malaga in the 19th minute, although sub-
stitute Pablo Counago tied it early in the second
half with an angled shot.

After Malaga defender Fernando Sanz was
ejected for a foul in the 85th, Paunovic fired
Getafe's winning goal in injury time to leave
Malaga winless in 10 games and nine points
from escaping relegation.
Cadiz's relegation fears also increased with a
1-1 tie against Real Betis. Cadiz stayed next
to last, with Betis in 12th.
BERLIN Werder Bremen beat first-
place Bayern Munich 3-0 to reopen the Bun-
desliga title race.
Miroslav Klose played a role in all three
goals to lift Bremen into second place, ahead of
Hamburg on goal difference. Bayern, which
was 10 points ahead two weeks ago, could have
its lead trimmed to four points Sunday with if
Hamburg beats Borussia Moenchengladbach.
Bremen went ahead when Bastian Schwein-
steiger headed in Klose's cross for a 33rd-
minute own goal. Klose then set up goals by
Daniel Jensen in the 79th and Tim Borowski in
the 83rd.
With five rounds left, Bayern has 66 points
with Bremen and Hamburg tied at 59.
"Let's not get too carried away with this
loss," Magath said. "The outcome of the title
race is still in our hands and we won't let it slip
Hertha Berlin beat Kaiserslautern 2-0 to
keep its hold on fifth place and a UEFA Cup
berth. Bayer Leverkusen kept pace, remain-
ing two points behind by edging Borussia Dort-
mund 2-1.
GLASGOW, Scotland Hearts beat Dun-
fermline 4-0 in the Scottish Premier League to
maintain a three-point lead over third-place
Hearts are in second place 17 points
behind. Celtic, which won its fourth Scottish
league title in six seasons and 40th overall with
a 1-0 victory over Hearts on Wednesday. Celtic
plays Kilmarnock on Sunday.
Rangers beat Motherwell 1-0 through Kris
Boyd's goal. Celtic has 82 points, followed by
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Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas swimming
team faltered down the home
stretch and dropped out of first
place at the XX Carifta Swim-
ming Championships in
Bridgetown, Barbados.
Holding onto a slim 21-point
lead going into Sunday's final
day of competition, the
Bahamas watched as French
Antilles stormed back to repeat
as champions by just 8.5 points.
The French Antilles accumu-
lated a total of 880 points, surg-
ing past the Bahamas, who end-
ed up in second with 871.50,
improving on last year's third
place finish. Jamaica rounded
out the top three with 745.5.
The Bahamas also matched
last year's tally of 65 medals,
producing 19 gold, 24 silver and
22 bronze for first place in the
total medal count.
However, French Antilles
also topped the gold medal rush
with 31. They also collected 24
silver and seven bronze for their

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total medal haul of 62.
Jamaica came up with the
second best gold medal tally of
23 to go along with their 11 sil-
ver and 16 bronze for their total
of 50. The Bahamas would fin-
ish third in the gold rush.
Going into the final session,
head coach Bert Bell had pre-

dicted that the team needed to
be near flawless in their remain-
ing events in order to hold off
the French Antilles.
While the Bahamas failed to
win medals in some of the indi-
vidual events, the team was still
in a close battle going into the
relay events.

But that was where the
Bahamas seemingly faltered as
the French Antilles showed
their strength in storming back
for the repeat victory.
The Bahamas came up with
four gold, five silver and four
bronze on the final night, two of
which were gold by Ariel

Weech. But in the six relays that
brought to a meet to a close,
the Bahamas only secured three
medals, thus opening the door
for the French Antilles.
McKay!a Lightbourn, who
produced the final of her six
individual medals a bronze in
the girls' 13-14 100 breastroke in
1:21.24 on Sunday, was the
only Bahamian named as a high
point winner. She took the
award in the girls 13-14 division
with 70 points.
The team, which was treated
to lunch by Minister of Youth,
Sports and Housing Neville
Wisdom on Saturday, was
scheduled to return home last
Here's a look at the medal
winners on the final night of
competition on Sunday:
Ariel Weech, girls 13-14 50
freestyle in 27.69.
Anthaya Rolle, girls 13-14
100 breastroke in 1:19.21.
Ariel Weech, Kadesha Cul-
mer, Anthaya Rolle and Ashley



Butler, girls 13-14 200 free..~le
relay in 1:54.88. ,
Teisha Lightbourne, Fr~ai-
shon Francis, Alicia Ligat:-
bourne and Arianna Vander-
pool-Wallace, girls 15-17 200
freestyle relay in 1:53.49.;
Shayla Campbell, girls 11-12
400 freestyle in 5:21.13.
Vereance Burrows, boys 15-
17 50 freestyle in 24.43.
Alicia Lightbourne, girls 15-
17 100 breastroke in 1:16.06.
Je'Nae Saunders,.girls 11-12
200 backstroke in 2:44.87.
Delano Mclntosh, Devonn
Knowles, Evante Gibson and
Mancer Roberts, boys 11-12 200
freestyle relay in 1:57.81.
Je'Vaughn Saunders, boys 15-
17 400 freestyle in 4:39.54.
Arianna Vanderpool-Wal-
lace, girls 15-17 50 freestyle jn
Shante Moss, girls 11-12 100
breastroke in 1:26.35.
McKayla Lightbourn, girls 13-
14 100 breastirke in 1:21.24.

THE New Providence Softball Associa-
tion announced today that the Association
with the assistance of Mr. Arthur Thomp-
son, Bahamas Softball Federation Director of
Officials and Chief Rules Interpreter, will
be conducting a Softball Playing Rules Clin-
ic at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, April 11 at the
Churchill Tener-Knowles National Softball
Managers, coaches and interested players
are invited to attend and be brought abreast
with all the new softball playing rules as out-
lined in the recently released International
Softball Federation (ISF) 2006-2009 rule

THE Bahamas Golf Federation's North-
ern Junior Division held its trials recently at
the Lucayan Country Club and Reef Golf
The trials were held to select the players
who will travel to New Providence to partic-
ipate in the Bahamas Golf Federation's
Junior Golf Championships from April 18-20.
The winners and runners-up in each age
group bracket at the Junior Championships
will represent the Bahamas at the Caribbean
Junior Amateur Golf Championships in
Puerto Rico from July 4-10.
Dwayne Hepburn, chairman of the BGF's
Northern Junior Division, thanked golf direc-
tor Gary Slatter for his support and the entire
staff at the Lucayan and Reef golf courses for
their assistance.
Here's a look at the results of the trials:
Girls 16-18 Raquel Cooper 195.
Boys 16-18 Scott MacDougall 151;
Edward Whan Jr. 163; Chris Gordon 173.
Boys 13-15 Charlie Butler 161; Alec
Nabb 163; Kyle King 173.
Girls 12-and-under (9-holes per day) -
Ashia Robinson -107: Rashell Cooper 135;
Malika Hield 136.
Boys 12-and-under Rashad Robinson -
159; Osboure Cooper III -171; Asief Robin-
son 202.

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