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* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE COLLEGE of the
Bahamas has a new president
in the person of Canadian
Janyne Hodder.
Following months of contro-
veirsy and unce 4nainty--.ur-
rounding COB's search for a
ne lac.ic r, Minister of Educa-
tion Alfred Sears yesterday
announced that Cabinet has
approved the college council's
selection of Ms Hodder as the
fourth president of COB.
Ms Hodder, a native of Que-
bec, Canada, with a 30-year his-
tory of involvement with the
educational development of the
Bahamas, will officially take
-over operations of"COB on July
1.
Former presidential candi-
date and acting president Dr
Rhonda Chipman-Johnson will
at that date assume the role of
executive vice-president and
chief operating officer of the
college.
College council chairman
Franklyn Wilson said that the
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vote to appoint Ms Hodder % as
unanimous with the exception
of the Union of Tertiary Edu-
cators of the Bahamas (UTEB
However, he said, he i:
encouraged by UTEB's pubhc
assurance that they intend to
work closely with the new pi..
ident -
In an e-mail to council me m-
bers, Ms Hodder thanked the
people of the Bahamas for thi
faith they have placed in her.
"My goal is to serve. M1y
pledge is to assist the men and
women of goodwill who wish to
build a university in this land."
she said.
Ms Hodder, currently vice-
principal of the world-famous
McGill University, said she is
honoured to have been given
the opportunity "to serve an
institution which shaped my
career and nurtured me in.the
cause which has inspired my
entire professional life."
The new president-designate
invited all Bahamians to partner
with the college as COB builds
on what already has been done
"to make possible the birth of
the university of the Bahamas."
Ms Hodder is expected to
arrive in the Bahamas next
month to sign a three-year con-
tract for the post of college pres-
ident.
Calling her a pioneer of
COB, Mr Sears said that Ms
Hodder is eminently qualified
to fill the post of president as
she has a "rich nexus' to the
Bahamas.
Ms Hodder, who has also
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Shooting is Call for Tongue of Shane Gibson blames
Oe FNM government for
third murder the Oceantobe counting illegal

in three days World Heritage site immigration problem


* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE country recorded its third murder
in just as many days when a man was
shot dead over the weekend.
A resident of Apple Street, off Wulff
Road, became the country's twenty-sec-
ond murder victim when he was shot in
the back on Saturday night.
According to reports, the victim,
believed to be in his early twenties, was
standing outside a store on Apple Street
at around l 1pm when he was killed.
"He was standing there with a female
friend before going into the store to pur-
chase something. As he was returning to
where his friend was standing he was
approached by two men," press liaison
officer Inspector Walter Evans told The
Tribune yesterday.
The victim's friend fled into a nearby
house and locked the door when the men
opened fire.
"Gunfire was heard and the man sus-
tained gunshot wounds to his back," Mr
SEE page 11


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
INTERNATIONAL environmentalists are
pushing for the Bahamas to establish the Tongue
of the Ocean as a World Heritage site to try to
block US Naval testing in the area.
Visiting US environmentalists Dr Marsha
Green and Susan Millward yesterday held an
informal press briefing at the residence of local
environmentalist Sam Duncombe to draw atten-
tion to the importance of the Tongue of the
Ocean (TOTO), and the danger that the sonar
testing has on the area and the mammals that
frequent it.
Dr Green, who is the founder and president of
the Ocean Mammal Institute, said that creating a
world heritage site would not immediately stop
testing in the area, but it would make people
much more aware of how important the area is.
"It doesn't automatically put a fence around it,
but it does make people much more aware. There
was a salt plant they were tr% ing to put down in
Baja, that would have prol.hbl wiped out the
whales that go.down there. They got it declared a
world heritage site and that put a stop to the salt
plant going in.
SEE page 10


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Labour and Immi-
gration Minister Shane Gibson
blames the former FNM government
and its "weak immigration policy"
for the mounting illegal immigration
problem gripping the Bahamas.
He also criticised FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham for encouraging
Haitian immigrants to sue the
Bahamas government following the
recent controversial apprehension
exercise carried out by the immigra-
tion department in Eleuthera.
"I find it very strange, and really I
think it is outrageous that anybody
seeking" to hold the office of prime
minister once again, would encour-
age persons to sue the government,"
Minister Gibson said in Grand
Bahama on Friday.
Mr Gibson, who was severely crit-
icised in recent weeks by Mr Ingra-
ham and human rights activists,
remains steadfast in his job of ridding
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LOCAL NEWS


Fred Mitchell meets with




Chinese foreign minister


MINISTER of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell met with
his Chinese counterpart Min-
ister Li Zhaoxing on Saturday
to discuss matters pertaining
to strengthening ties between
the two countries.
The Chinese foreign minis-
ter paid the Bahamas a one-
day visit, as part of China's
tour of six. Latin American
and Middle Eastern countries.
During the talks, Minister
Mitchell and Minister Li
agreed to take active measures
to fulfil the agreement
reached by the leaders of the
two nations, and deepen
mutual understanding and


trust, the Chinese press
reported.
Mr Mitchell assured the
Chinese delegation that the
Bahamas will continue to
adhere to the one-China poli-
cy and support China's cause
of peaceful reunification.
Minister Li expressed his
appreciation of the Bahamas
government's stance on this
issue.
The Bahamas and China
are also working on expanding
their cooperation in such fields
as economy, trade, invest-
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* LEFT: Minister of
Foreign Affairs and the
Public Service Fred
Mitchell (right) listening to
Minister of Foreign Affairs
for the People's Republic'
of China Zhaoxing Li, dur-
ing an official courtesy call
to the Bahamas! Ministry
of Foreign Affairs on May
20,2006, .
a BELOW: Minister of
Youth, Sports and Housing:
Neville Wisdom (right),
speaking during a press
conference at the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, on May
20,2006, as Minister of For-
eign Affairs for the Peo-
ple's Republic, of China
Zhaoxing Li; (left) and
Bahamian Minister of For-
eign Affairs and the Pub-
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o In brief


Stabbing

investigated

POLICE are investigating the
stabbing of a 16-year-old boy
and a robbery spree involving
four men.
The minor was walking in a
park in the Pastel Gardens sub-
division after midnight on Sun-,
day when he was assaulted by a
group of men and stabbed mul-
tiple times. He was rushed to
hospital.
Up until press time last night
the young man's condition was
unknown.
Investigations have also been
started into a robbery spree that
occurred in the Strachan sub-
division off Soldier Road.
According to police reports,
the string of robberies started
around 10pm on Saturday.
A group of four men, all
wearing handkerchiefs over
their lower faces, are suspect-
ed of being responsible for three
robberies.
At 10 pm on Saturday two
men, who are believed to be
part of a group of four, entered
the Unique Exquisite Beauty
Salon on Soldier Road and
robbed the establishment and
its patrons of cash.
One of the men is described
as 6 foot tall. of "brodn cn-.;,;
plexion", slim build and ,ramied
with a handgun.
The second man, who was
armed with a shot gun. was
wearing camouflage clothing.
Eye-witnesses describe him as
being of dark complexion and
heavy build.
Buth attempted to disguise
iheu identities by wearing hand-
kerchiefs over their faces.
Sh I Ily after this incident r\\o
won men walking in the same
jirc. .alsoi reported being robbed
.- ,,.h ia police suspected \\ere
members ol the same group of
four. '''
One of the women' was
iTobbcd and threatened \\ith a'
handgun wule walking across'
a p. ki ng lot.
The second woman was
robbed of her personal effects
and money dbile se was walk-
ing on one'ot" the subdivision's


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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006, PAGE 3


Minister invites environmentalist





to join whale beachings committee


* By PAUL G
TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

AGRICULTURE and
Marine Resources Minister
Leslie Miller extended an
open invitation to two inter-
national environmentalists
to join the special commit-
tee planned to investigate
the cause of whale beach-
ings in Andros.
In response to yesterday's
press conference by
ReEarth president Sam
Duncombe and Androsian
en\ironmentalist Mlargo
Black\ell. MNr Miller said
that the committee \ ill dis-
play a full body of indepen-
dent "well intentioned" per-
sons.
"-We are hoping that they\
will go there and do what
needs to be done b\ actu-
'ally' assessing wh\\h they
believe are some of the
problems and try to make-'.
..recomiendations for cor-
rective measures.
"That's really what we are ,
looking for, and that com-
mittee will be announced to
the public very shortly," he
said.
Mr Miller, however, said
that the idea of establishing
the Tongue of the Ocean
(TOTO) as a World Her-
itage site, if it causes the
base not do the testing that
it now does, may not be
such an easy or clear-cut
decision.
"Certainly that base I
understand is of grave
importance, not only to the
US, but Britain, and also
NATO who send sub-
marines there to do what-
ever the\ do No:, it still
needs to be determined as


AGRI-
CULTURE
and Marine
Resources Min-
ister Leslie
Miller looks on
as a beached
whale is exam-
ined in Andros
earlier this year.

(FILE Photo)


thought it best to put a first
class committee together,
that would not be emotion-
al, that would not be biased
in arriving at the right con-
sensus as to the way for-
ward," he said.
Mr Miller said it would be
up to government whether
the TOTO should be named
a world heritage site. How-
ever, as the minister respon-
sible for marine life, it was
an option worthy of in-
depth discussion and con-
sideration.

Views

Mr Miller said he was
very disappointed that.he
was not invited to meet the
international environmen-
talists, as it would have
been a good chance to
exchange ideas and views
on a possible way forward.


stree C ': -. ,,hAMfk ect tlhe appar"a- In fact he said that he
Ii-cis- n`"c .1 a-n.there. .d ir.ining pro.--- o ced'1t1t : cou et"\ call
IA1A Con'C nmeA on m'a 1lt Ph, o*B n him Ind
E e-sravel 4' I 'v" 'ues one cain 2uess Dr Marcus Bethel, Minister
ExpA li r V ea I, and say that since the of Energy and the Environ-
Guantanamo Ba whales are stranded there it ment, by the environmen-
is a good possibility that it is tal group.
* PESHAWAR, Pakistan probably because of some "I'm sure that they would
effect of what is taking have wished to have met
PAKISTANI countrterror- place there. That again with us and expressed their
ism experts and goternmeni needs to be determined. views, and to talk about the
officials will soon travel to That is why Dr Bethel and I things that interest them
<.u.int.,namo Ba\ to see the
c-.ndijlions under which Pakista-


i.n-. ..Jetj.inedi at ithe hih-
.: uL \ iU.S. detention prison, a
i h-iLcI mmitit-r ,jid Saturday,
i. ..... , .-I4 ss...'.,,'d Press.
\\ e recently\ sc.ughl a con-
sular acicss'to our people
detained at Guantanamo Bay
and America has accepted this
request," Interior Minister
A ftab Khan Sherpao told
reporters in the northwestern
city of Peshawar.
He _a.id the officials will also
i. cJl [.A ':l'hantital n to see how
:rnjn\ Pakistanis '-- e still
de.: tjincd ihre
However Sherpao gave no
d..ies c ,tr the isits
Tlhi,:'sands of Pakisijnis
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and the things that interest
us.
"When you consider the
importance of the protec-
tion of the marine mammals
in the Bahamas, should all
of us not be together on
this? Perhaps one or two of
the persons they brought in
we .will very well wish to
invite them to be a part of
the committee if they can
find the time to assist those
who are here," he said.
Mr Miller said he would
be happy to extend an invi-
tation to the international
environmentalists to sit as
a part of the committee and
welcomed those who are
qualified in the area to be a
part of the team.
"The invitation is open.
If they consent, tomorrow
they will be on the commit-
tee," he said.











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NULLIUS ADDICTS JURARE IN VEP RA MA A IcrTT
Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

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The danger of trans fatty acids


I'VE BEEN TAKING my daughter
around the block lately, helping her unload
Girl Scout cookies on obliging neighbours
and wondering whether we're killing them.
The problem is that most of those Girl
Scout cookies have trans fatty acids. Those
are the worst kind of fat, killing far more
Americans than al-Qaida manages to.
Trans fats, those nasty partially hydro-
genated vegetable oils, clog up your arter-
ies, raising bad cholesterol and lowering good
cholesterol. They are estimated to kill 30,000
.Americans annually and maybe more.
One recent study linked trans fats to dia-
betes and other ailments and suggested that
they might cause up to 228,000 heart attacks
(including non-fatal ones) each year.
The Institute of Medicine of the National
Academies suggested in 2002 that "trans fat-
ty acid consumption be as low as possible." A
tolerable upper intake level, the report said,
is zero.
Maybe it's unfair to pick on the Girl Scouts,
because trans fats are all around us, from
French fries to some brands of ice cream.
And at least the Girl Scouts have taken trans
fats out of some of their cookies (though of
Sthe eight kinds my daughter's Brownie troop
sold, only Lemon Coolers and Tagalongs
seemed to have none).
But that's the problem we have in risk
assessments. There are certain kinds of risks
say, fears of Saddam Hussein that gal-
vanize us to mobilize an army and devote $1
trillion to confront the challenge. Meanwhile,
we do nothing about threats that are much
more likely to kill us like trans fats peddled
by cute little girls.
Actually, it's a pity that Girl Scout cookies
are being sold by cherubs. If the sellers were
Iranians with turbans and menacing frowns,
then the authorities might be more alert to
the dangers.
The Food and Drug Administration has
required food companies to list trans fats in
labels of packaged products, so companies
are beginning to remove trans fats from their
foods. Kraft, for example, has removed trans
fats from all of its Oreos and many other
foods.
But Americans now get 38 percent of their
calories from restaurant food, and the FDA
so far has refused to require restaurants to
disclose trans fat content. The Centre for Sci-
ence in the Public Interest has filed a petition
asking the FDA to require restaurants to dis-


close the presence of trans fats in their foods,
as well as another petition that would in effect
come close to banning manufactured trans
fats altogether.
Both moves make sense. Denmark, for
example, has quite successfully adopted a
law stipulating that no more than 2 percent of
the fats in foods sold there can be industrial-
ly produced trans fats.
The result is that if you walk into a McDon-
ald's in Copenhagen and order a large meal
of chicken nuggets and French fries, you'll get
just 0.33 grams of trans fatty acids. Walk into
a McDonald's in the U.S. and order the same
meal, and you get 10.1 grams of trans fats.
That was the finding of a study published
last month in The New England Journal of
Medicine. It found huge variations: An order
of fries and chicken at KFC provided almost
25 grams of trans fats in Hungary, but negli-
gible amounts in Denmark, Russia and Wies-
baden, Germany.
To put those numbers in perspective, just 5
grams of trans fats per day are associated
with a 25 per cent greater risk of a heart
attack.
Prowl a supermarket, and you see that Pop
Secret Butter Microwave Popcorn has 5
grams of trans fats per serving, Keebler Chips
Deluxe cookies have 1.5 grams of trans fats
per cookie, and Drake's Yodels and Ring
Dings have 2 grams. At Denny's, carrot cake
has 3 grams.
It's difficult for the food industry to claim
that trans fats are unavoidable when the
Danes manage to avoid them. And there's no
justification for letting restaurants inflict them
on us without informing us.
Look, there are a lot of risks that we can't
do much about. Brain tumours, for example.
Or plane crashes. Or foreign leaders who are
absolutely determined to produce nuclear
weapons. But trans fats kill more Americans
than any of those, and they're very easy to
protect against so I hope the Bush admin-
istration will follow the Danish model and
curb the use of trans fats.
And in the meantime (now that my daugh-
ter has finished selling her cookies), here's a
step you can take: Set up a neighbourhood
watch team to be alert for little girls intent on
clogging your arteries and killing you with
their sweetness.
(* This article is by Nicholas Kristofof
The New York Times 0 2006).


EDITOR, The Tribune.
IN the Beautiful Book you will
find these words in the Gospel of
John 4:37-35, "Thus the saying
'One sows and another reaps' is
true. I have sent you to reap what
you have not worked for. Others
have done the hard work and you
have reaped the benefits of their
labour." (NIV) I mentioned this
quote from the Beautiful Book as
I pay tribute to a man who did a
lot of hard work in this country,
but did not live to reap the benefits
of his labour. That man who has
laboured hard and not reaped any
benefit is none other than the late
T C Symonette, president emeritus
of the Public Service Drivers
Union (PSDU).
Now that TC has gone on to his
reward and what I have come to
believe is a greater benefit, I would
like to comment on the present
conditions facing transportation
workers in our country. My presi-
dent, T C Symonette, while he was
alive would not have permitted
me .to make some of the com-
ments nevertheless, the truth must
be told no matter how painful
Before I make my comments
please allow me to briefly give the
definition of the terms. "Labour
Movement" and "Trade Union
Movement." Even though these
two terms are used interchange-
ably they don't have the same
meaning. In the Bahamian con-
text the Labour Movement has
been closely aligned with the polit-
ical movement. As a result many
of our labour leaders became
politicians. On the other hand, the
Trade Union Movement did not
come into being until The Trade
Union Congress was established
and was recognized by the Inter-
national Labour Organisation
(ILO). So that your readers and
the workers of this country might
understand, please allow me to
explain the difference between a
union leader, a labour leader, and
a trade unionist.
1) A Union Leader A union
leader is a worker who is elected
by a group of workers in a partic-
ular craft to represent them in
industrial relations on the job.
Such a union is referred to as an
in-house union. Examples of In-
house Unions are: The Public Ser-
vice Union, The Nurses Union and
The Water and Sewerage Union.
2) A Labour Leader A
labour leader is a person who is a
politician that has taken up the
cause of the worker and promotes
it as a part of the political agenda.
The best known Labour leader in
our country was the late Sir Ran-
dol Fawkes.
3) A Trade Unionist This per-
son is an elected union leader who
is always concerned about the
plight of the worker. Given the
history of the trade union move-
ment in our country there have
only been three trade unionists in
our country dedicated to the cause


of workers.
My president, the late T C
Symonette heads the list and may
be considered as a master trade
unionist. Next on the list is the late
Hurie Balfour Bodie. The third
person on the list is this humble
writer.
Having said the above, I now
pay tribute to T C Symonette, a
master trade unionist. A writer
once wrote that some men are
born great, some men achieve
greatness and some men have
greatness thrust upon them. This
begs the question, how is great-
ness measured? In my humble
opinion I believe that greatness is
measured by the ordinary. Mean-
ing, when the ordinary does the
extraordinary then greatness is
achieved.
Thomas Carlton Symonette's
life as a trade unionist demon-
strated how an ordinary man
became great by doing the extra-
ordinary to impact people's lives.
T C Symonette was a primary pro-
ducer, in our country. For the edi-
fication of your readers, a primary
producer is a Bahamian pioneer
whose contribution to the social,
political and economic develop-
ment of our country can be mea-
sured in how they did impact the
national life of our people. After
spending some time on the "con-
tract", T C started his career as a
trade unionist in the tourism indus-
try.
He started as a taxi driver work-
ing for Bahamas Transport. He
later became a member of The
Bahamas Taxi Union and was one
of the first members on the taxi
radio system under the late
Shervin Bain. He stopped driving
taxis after he became an active
member of the Bahamas Hotel
Catering and Allied Workers
Union where he served as an offi-
cer for some 18 years.
As an officer of the hotel union
he participated in many negotia-
tions that advanced the cause of
hotel workers. Many hotel work-
ers are unaware of how the uni-
forms they wear came into prac-
tice.
It was largely through his effort
that full uniform wearing by all
workers in the bargaining unit was
introduced. T C was also very
instrumental in the negotiations
that brought about the implemen-
tation of the pension scheme and
five-day work week for hotel
workers. He believed that these
two accomplishments were the
greatest achievements of the hotel
union to date.
After spending some 30 years
in the hotel union, TC returned
to the taxi industry in the early


1980's. He joined the Bahamas
Public Service 'Drivers Union
(PSDU) in 1990; and became pres-
ident in 1991. As President of the
PSDU TC's quest for securing a
fair share of the transportation
business for taxi drivers was the
same as it was for the hotel work-
ers. It was the zeal for the rights of
taxi drivers that caused me to join
the PSDU in 1992. The year 19,92
will always be a year that mem-
bers of the PSDU will always
remember. Many of us believed
that it was going to be the year of
deliverance, especially when the
victorious former Prime Minister
Ingraham publicly declared that
he was a friend of taxi drivers.'
Former Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham's friendship with taxi
drivers was short lived. Very easily
in his administration he demon-
strated this when his government
implemented the now infamous
taxi:plate recall. Although T C
told taxi drivers not to turn in their
plates, all'of them did except Rod-
ney Moncur. He is the only taxi
driver and franchise holder that
listened. Today Rodney is the only
taxi driver with the original plate
.number given to him before the
recall. The interim government of
former Prime Minister Hubert
Ingraham was not good to the
PSDU. To this day, we are still
suffering from the bad treatment
meted out to.us by the Ingraham
government.
The year 1994 proved to be a
very trying time and it demon-
strated forcefully how much the
former Prime Minister disliked
our union and its leadership. In
May of 1994 the PSDU got some
business from Carnival Cruise
Lines. Had we been allowed to
conclude the arrangement with
Carnival it would have resulted in
a six million dollar contract. For-
mer Prime Minister HubertIngra-
ham, using the power of his office
interfered directly in our business
when he told Richard McCombe
of Nassau Cruises to give the busi-
ness to the Bahamas Taxi Union.
Despite the many hardships T C
as leader of the PSDU had to race
from both the government and his
colleagues in the Labour Move-
ment, he remained faithful to his
calling as a trade unionist.
.Many taxi drivers can testify to
the work he did as president of
the PSDU to help them in the taxi
industry.
in closing, I wish to say to:all
and sundry that TC Symonelte's
work as a trade unionist in this
country was not in vain. His lega-
cy lives on and soon this nation
will see his goodworks and give
glory to our Father who is in heav-
en.

RICHARD
JOHNSON Sr
Nassau,
April, 2006.


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WeWneed to have an embassy in Cuba


ians and many other friends of
Bo erp)OD Y e epects the U united States, who are
J L 'bsolute' sincerit heavily invested in Cuba.
from af opposition when it And some Bahamian busi-
attacks government policy. It is nessmen, despite the smill-
one of the many flaws of this mindedness of some of our
system of government that con- political leaders, who see South
stant, often, disingenuous Florida as the sole focus of our
attempts to in"rfere vith a gov- present and future, have already
earning party's orderly:gover- benefited quite well from the
nance of the country are por- abundance of skills, supplies
trayed'as a mark of 'loyalty', and raw materials in Cuba.
and a contributor to the
strength of the country. .
'However, even within that o insist that these myr-
Subiqus context it is hard to be iad Bahamian interests
forgivig ofsome of Opposition dese r e' representation above
SLeader Hubert Ingraham's corn- the consular level, and that the
-i ents last -week on Bahami- practical demands of such mass
an/Cuban relations under the interaction as already exists
present administration... ...
.ihe-oppositionleader .took
the opportunity ;afforded him -HoW Can a gOV-
bry the go'etirient's secretive e:min' ent presently
TJN vote to-astigate it tfor eek-
rng to de\elp a: more compre- engaged in the
hernsi e relatonship with Cuba years-long
Specificall.'he threatened tiht. y eas-on
'it lecited, he Would downgrade detention of
our recently opened einbassy m unlnconvicted
-' Haana to a consular oti'ce. .- '
This is irresponsible politics -people in Cuba
of the highest order.'ihi that it have the gumption
potentially undermilnes the t-
Scouptry s diplomacy position in t-, tfllOw Stones at
one of the most sensitive a: eaba. Or anyone,
SWhile Mr. Ingraham ilikce ajiv
ther;politician) can be forgi en about.human
:f o r0engaging-.in:ditsing n.agus 'rights?
political talk when such talk'has .
1too victims, this statement, ifit is
:r,sincere, gives Bahamians cause between the' two countries
"rfor serious concern.. make an enibassy necessary
1'.: Cuba is country to which would, in any normal place, be a
thousands of Bahamians (rich most uncontroversial policy
'- and poor) flock in order to position. But this is not a nor-
"-escape the inadequacies of a mal country where regional
-.'free market' health care system geopolitics is concerned.
livhich, while it produces plenty This, indeed, is a land
'nbf millionaire doctors, has not besieged by pro-western cold
brought t this country's infant warriors, who would hold it to a
.mortality rate anywhere close to different standard from every
',tCuba's 6 per 10,000 live births, other place on earth when it
.: It is also a place where a large comes to matters of Cuba and
band increasing number of US official policy. Incredibly, it
lBahamian students are cur- seems that they have managed
)arently enrolled in higher edu- to frighten and bamboozle an
cation excellent education, assortment of local politicians
o on far better terms than is avail- into their service.
dliable eitherin the US or Europe. That far off Britain could
Additionall, Cuba, like oth- ave long had the fullest diplo-
S'et southern neighbours of ours, matic riclionship with Cuba is
*i. a pic (: oI abundani-ippoi- '% b1 [1h.1il I' ctr, ird- ,-
-"PUhnity fot Bahamiarl'b'ustYiss- ',l ial, sin- p'.'prsi in blhk E thc old
-men Man\ such opportunities Mother Country can be,trust-
'are righi now being exploited .ed not to turn such a relation-
'' vigorously by Spaniards, Ital- ship into an instrument of
1 / .o


PERSPECTIVES

ANDREW ALLEN


betrayal against the old order.
Besides, the thinking goes,
Britain is a real country, not just
an extension of Monroe Coun-
ty. As such, it deserves to make
its own independent decisions
on behalf of its people.
But we Bahamians, separated
from Cuba by 15 miles of sea, at
one with it in the fight against
regional crime and increasing
users of its educational and
medical institutions, must close
our diplomatic eyes and pre-
tend that it does not exist unless
and until instructed otherwise
by the US government. We
dare not exploit its economic
opportunities, as all and sundry
are free to exploit our own.
To disagree with the manner
of government's handling of the
UN vote is one thing. So the
opposition's attacks on the lack
of 'transparency' in UN votes
(of which it was also guilty when
in office) could be put down to
a simple case of harmless polit-
ical tomfoolery.
But to suggest publicly that
this country's obvious interests
m having an embassy in Cuba
should be subordinated to the
demands of either US politi-
cians or little island cold war-
riors is quite another thing. That
is where tomfoolery begins to
sound like Uncle Tommery.

IS CUBA A HUMAN
RIGHTS MODEL?

B ahamians and others
who are tempted to
weigh in against Cuba on the
question of its human rights his-
tory should be mindful of two
fundamental truths.
The first, and most obvious, is
that being lectured about
human rights by the current US
administration is like being lec-
tured about hygiene by an E.
, IrHpow -.o.a a:, government,
,presently engiged in the years-
long detention of unconvicted
people in Cuba (of all places)


have the gumption to throw
stones at Cuba, or anyone,
about human rights? Surely,
before being dragged into the
argument at the behest of
defenders of US policy, we have
an obligation to look at the orig-
inators of that policy before we
commit ourselves.
And we do not have to look
very far before we are forced
to question the credibility of
Cuba's most committed critic.
Take, for instance, the case
of Luis Posada Carriles, a man
who in all likelihood blew up a
passenger jet in peaceful, inof-
fensive Barbados in order to
hurt Cuba's government. For
Mr. Carriles, if not for the 73
people killed by him, the US
has lived up to its moniker
"land of the free". This notori-
ously bloody-handed terrorist
and assassin now lives free in
exile in the United States, a
beneficiary of its outrageously
one-sided take on 'human
rights' issues where Cuba is
involved.
If none of this adds up to a
credible prosecution team, then
that is in part because, when
states involve themselves in
holier-than-thou campaigns
against their rivals or enemies,
the real motivation is usually
political rather than moral. In
fairness to the US, the same can
be said of those many states that
use it as a convenient scapegoat
for their own purposes, includ-
ing, at, times, Cuba.
And Cuba does indeed make
a curious poster boy for human
rights. So, of course does the US.
But it does not help either local
interests or international diplo-
macy to emphasise either of
these facts when you are a small,
happy country smack between
the two of them. That is why the
PLP's quiet, neutral stance is so
right and the FNM's descent into
Cuitb.I-.I.r1ligis so wrong.

he second thing to
remember in this Cuba


vs US fracas is that, whatever
the rhetoric on either side,
nobody knows for sure just how
Cuba would treat its citizens if it
were not subjected to an ongo-
ing campaign of US intimida-
tion, destabilization, attempted
invasion and blockade. It has
simply never had an opportu-
nity to show its real character.
As the US (which interned
Japanese-Americans during
World War Two and which now
systematically circumvents the
Geneva Convention on account
of September 11th) well knows,
countries under threat of for-
eign attack or subversion usu-
ally respond by restricting their
own citizens' ordinary free-
doms.
Given the US' own record of
responses to foreign threats, it is
simply ludicrous to expect a
poor country of ten million peo-
ple to permit an ordinary demo-
cratic environment to flourish
while it is under continued
threat from a superpower which
has continually demonstrated a


readiness to use internal dissent
and 'opposition' in order 'to
overthrow its government.
So thanks to US policy, we
cannot judge Cuba on Human
rights. But if we judge it by its
massive commitment to educa-
tion, healthcare, anti-colonial-
ism and such ethical issues ,as
its opposition to apartheid
(maybe the biggest human
rights issue of the last century,
and one in which the US Aias
on the wrong side, solidly
opposing sanctions against the
racist thugs) then the attitude
of Nelson Mandela toward the
Cuba-US fracas becomes mgst
understandable.
While he has long extended a
hand of genuine friendship to
the US and its allies, the sage of
Robben Island knew well where
to draw the line. When nudged
by the Clinton administration
to join the pack of sycophants
denouncing Dr. Castro, the sage
of Robben Island cordially
invited his new-found Amdri-
can friend to "jump into a lake".


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(The writer is a business exec-
utive and former Caribbean
diplomat who publishes widely
on Small States in the global
community).

| he Haitians are a
L proud and ener-
getic people, and given the
tools they can do the job of
their own development". This
is the view of Cecil Pilgrim, a
former Caribbean diplomat,
who observed both the Hait-
ian Presidential and Parlia-
mentary elections.
Most people, who have
either never visited Haiti or
read very little about it beyond
news reports, would probably
be surprised by Mr Pilgrim's
judgment of the Haitian peo-
ple.
For the most part, the
world's public understands the
Haitians to be largely illiterate,
extremely poor, and anxious to
flee their country, preferably
to the United States, as quickly
as they can. The idea, then, that
they would be capable of man-
aging their country sensibly if
given the tools is at odds with
most of the received knowledge
of Haiti.
But, Mr Pilgrim does not
underplay the enormous task
that confronts Haiti and the
international community to
bring this blighted country to
normalcy. He has stressed the
enormous financial resources
that are needed, and the fact
that external skills will be
required in a number of tech-


nical and other fields.
Haiti is the poorest country
in the Western Hemisphere;
the vast number of its people
survive on less than one dollar
a day; many families survive
only on remittances sent by rel-
atives abroad; HIV/AIDS is
rampant; infant mortality is
high as is early death in com-
parison with the rest of the


of Ren6 Prdval. nor the rela-
tively peaceful parliamentary
elections has ended the divi-
sions within Haiti.
This is underscored by the
fact that there are still armed
groups throughout country and
were it not for the United
Nations peacekeeping force,
order would not exist.
At a meeting of May 16th,


For the most part, the world's
public understands the
Haitians to be largely illiterate,
extremely poor, and anxious
to flee their country,
preferably to the United States,
as quickly as they can


Caribbean.
Beyond the human condi-
tion, Haiti's physical infra-
structure is dire. Its roads are,
for the most part, not paved
making transportation difficult;
its electricity generation is spas-
modic; its hospitals are less than
basic; its countryside is shorn
of trees and subject to flood-
ing from even moderate rain-
fall.

t is a grim situation, made
even worse by the inter-
nal political factionalism that
continues to plague it.
Neither the popular election


the UN Security Council
emphasised the need to reform
and strengthen Haiti's law
enforcement systems.
Members of the Security
Council are keen for discus-
sions to be held between the
UN Stabilization Mission in
Haiti and the new Haitian
authorities on security
issues. This would include deal-
ing with the problem of a police
force that has run away from
confrontation with armed
gangs.
The UN Security Council is
in no doubt about the country's
needs. The list includes, "the
need to ensure a secure and


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stable environment; to
strengthen its democratic insti-
tutions, foster national recon-
ciliation, inclusiveness and
political dialogue, promote and
protect human rights and the
rule of law, and build govern-
ment capacity".
President Prdval's biggest
challenge is how to meld the
various factions in Haiti into a
cooperative force in the coun-
try's interest. This will take a
great deal of openness and a
readiness to include in gover-
nance political opponents of
the past.
Much maturity will be nec-
essary by all parties, and Haiti's
survival will depend on their
capacity to set aside narrow
political ambitions in the wider
interest of the country.

t is left to be seen
whether the groups,
including those around Presi-
dent Pr6val, can set aside their
enmities for the national good.
Incidentally, this includes the
very wealthy business commu-
nity who live behind high walls
shutting out the widespread
poverty and deprivation that
stands in stark contradiction to
their own life styles.
For its part, the international
community has not been miser-
ly with Haiti.
For instance, the US State
Department has revealed that,
between July 2004 and the end
of 2005, international donors
have disbursed $780 million to
Haiti of which the US has con-
tributed $277 million.
Unfortunately, the money
has not been used for attacking
the root causes of Haiti's prob-
lems which remain education
and training, health, sanitation,
infrastructural development
and job creation.
And, the money will never
be directed at tackling these
overdue and urgent fundamen-
tal problems until the influen-
tial groups in Haiti decide that
the time has come to focus on
building the country.


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* SIR Ronald Sanders


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US ships to
Join Dutch
exercises in
Caribbean

* PUERTO RICO
San Juan
THREE US ships will join
Netherlands-led naval exercises
in the Caribbean Sea as an
American aircraft carrier group
was nearing the end of a two-
month deployment to the
region, according to Associated
Press.
The Dutch Navy operation,
called "Caribe Lion 2006," will
include three US vessels led by
the amphibious assault ship
USS Bataan, which left its naval
station in Norfolk, Virginia, on
Wednesday, a US military state-
ment said.
Roughly 2,000 American
sailors will participate in the
exercises, which are expected
to last until early June.
Ships from the United King-
dom, France, Italy, Spain and
Venezuela also have been invit-
ed to participate in the Dutch-
led exercises in the Caribbean,
the statement said.
Venezuelan President Hugo
Chavez, a fierce critic of the US
government, has called the pres-
ence of the US Navy ships in
the Caribbean Sea a threat to
his government.
The country held its own
maneuvers this week along its
coast, practicing to repel a hypo-
thetical US attack using tanks
and new Russian helicopters.
The US military has dis-
missed the Chavez's claims, not-
ing that it holds annual exercis-
es in the region.

Aid slow to

flooded

areas in

Suriname

* SURINAME
Paramaribo


VILLAGERS in Suriname's
flooded areas said government
aid was coming in too slowly,
while officials said they are doing
the best they can to help the
thousands affected by the deluge
in the interior of the South
American country, according to
Associated Press.
S Several village leaders lodged
complaints with Vice President
Ramdien Sardjoe, when he visited
eastern Suriname on Saturday.
; Officials from the Saamakka
tribe have called a meeting to
discuss the aid problem.
S"There is one village where the
people say that one time they
received only one bag of rice for
the whole village," Surinder
Mungra, a representative of Saa-
makka's chief, told Radio 10 on
Sunday.
The floods damaged many
roads, making it difficult to trans-
port the aid by road. Water levels
have fallen in most areas.


1


..


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT Tensions
ran high at Hunters on
Thursday evening when res-
idents stormed out of a town
meeting after they were
"insulted" by a housing offi-
cial for asking "foolish"
questions.
During a town meeting
held at St Vincent de Paul
Catholic Church, residents
demanded that Quentin
Glover, officer in charge of
the Ministry of Housing,
apologise for insulting
them.
Residents felt that Mr
Glover insulted all those
attending the meeting when
he told them that they
should not get up and ask
foolish questions.
"We want an apology...
because no question is a
foolish question," shouted
a male resident. "He is
insulting us and until he
apologises we will all walk
out."
Shortly afterwards the
protester and several other
residents stormed out of the
church, leaving the housing
official standing at the podi-
um.
Residents were also very.
upset that Housing Minis-
ter Neville Wisdom had not
shown up at the meeting to
hear their concerns.
Many residents living on
the southwest coast of
Grand Bahama lost their
homes last October to Hur-
ricane Wilma. Some resi-
dents, who are still home-
less, complained that they
are being refused building
materials and supplies to
rebuild their homes.
"Where is Minister
Neville Wisdom?" asked
concerned resident Tanya
Allen. "Why is he not here?
Is our matter so trivial that
he is not here?
"He is not here to answer
our questions' and many of
you can't give any answers,"
she said.
Attending the meeting
were officials from the
Ministry of Housing, the
Bahamas Mortgage Cor-
poration and the Ministry
of Works on Grand
Bahama.
Distraught resident
Patrick Bevans said that he
and other residents have still
not received any assistance
from government to rebuild
their homes.
"We are struggling to sur-
vive," he shouted.
'Wilfred Bevans said his
brother went to Housing for
building materials to rebuild
his home, but was refused.
"My brother lost his
home and he does not have


any papers for the property, but
my father has registered docu-
ments on it and my mother
went ahead and got an affidavit
to give Pat permission to get
the place built.
"All he did was gone to
Housing asking for help with
some materials and y'all turn
him down and that is why he is
frustrated. That is the only
problem my brother have.
Please give him the materials
to build his house."
Many of the residents cannot
afford to purchase new homes
that would be built by the gov-
ernment in the new housing
subdivision at Hawksbill, where
232 lots are being developed for
residents wishing to relocate.

Losses

Mr Russell Franks, officer in
charge of Rebuild and Repair at
the Ministry of Housing, report-
ed that their records indicate
that 109 persons lost houses
during Wilma.
He said about 500 persons
were displaced when rental
units were destroyed.
Mr Franks said that the only
retirees, the elderly, unem-
ployed, and disabled persons
would be entitled to have their
homes rebuilt by the govern-
ment free of charge.
Contractor Trevor Johnson
accused government of taking
advantage of people in the area.
"It is a disgrace that nobody
is doing anything for these peo-
ple who have been displaced
from two years ago," he said.
Mr Johnson said he had sent
a proposal to the government
on February to build steel frame
homes for residents. He said he
had secured an American part-
ner who was willing to put up $5
million to finance the housing
project.
He said he and his partners
are proposing to construct 1,000
square feet homes at a cost of
$58,000 to the government.
"I have not received a
response from government.
My partners wanted to do this
as a humanitarian gesture and
we have not even received a
response from the minister," he
said.
"I know election is coming
around, but these residents
should not have to wait until
then until something is done,"
Mr Johnson said.



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AP GE 10 MONDAY MAY 22 20 6


Shane Gibson on illegal immigration


FROM page one

th&eBahamas of illegal immi-
graits while upholding the laws
with respect to the country's
immigration policy.
He noted that more than
20,000 illegal Haitian immi-
grants have been repatriated
annually to Haiti under the PLP
government.
S"I was trying to understand
how it is we got in the position
we are right now as it relates to
illegal immigrants, and then
after I heard the comments of
thk leader of the opposition, I
Understood how exactly why we
gofthis problem because he is
rtf'serious about illegal immi-
gration.
'And, so now after listening
lo.him talk, I have a better
apreciation for why we have
thumber of illegal immigra-
tfrs in the Bahamas that we
have right now because under
tl e FNM government they


having these people come
here," he said.
"That's why the FNM right
now have a serious difficulty
with the way we are tackling
illegal immigration. And, so I
guess the Bahamian public will
decide whether they want some-
body who is strong on illegal
immigration, or whether they
want to put the FNM back here,
who telling them (Haitians)
right now, listen y'all sue the
government because as; far as
we are concerned that we
Should just leave you alone.
"So the Bahamian public at
some point will decide whether
they want a weak a immigra-
tion policy under the Free
National Movement, or a strong
illegal immigration policy under
the PLP."
Last Saturday in Grand
Bahama, Mr Ingraham called
on the PLP government to
return to internationally accept-
ed standards and norm in the
apprehension of illegal immi-


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Mr Ingraham believed the
manner in which of hundreds
of legal and illegal Haitians
were rounded up at four and
five in the morning in Eleuthera
was. inappropriate, and violat-
ed the Organization of Ameri-
can States Convention on the
rights of migrants in a country.
He stressed that the enforce-
ment of any law, including the
immigration law must be dealt
with humanely and not for
political partisan purposes.
During a press conference at
the Immigration Department in
Freeport, Mr Gibson said that
he felt a "sense of obligation" to


respond to comments made the
former prime minister encour-
aging immigrants whether ille-
gal or legal to sue the govern-
ment of the Bahamas.
When asked by a reporter if
he felt that Mr Ingraham's com-
ments were merely a political
game, he said: "It is dangerous
when it is coming from the
leader of the opposition because
usually you will hear these kinds
,of statements from people low-
er down in the ranks.
"And when the leader say
sue the government, the only
thing left for him to do is say
when I become prime minister I
will settle the suit because I


FROM page one

"Now that wasn't because there wasn't specif-
ic regulations about it, but that made it so much
harder because everyone was focused on it, and
everyone knew it was valuable. So that is an
example where it worked," she said.
The US' Atlantic Undersea Test and Evalua-
tion Centre (AUTEC) on Andros has come
under fire after a number of whales were found
beached not far from the testing facility. Claimn of
an increasing number of cancer cases has also
surfaced as residents become more suspicious of
the day-to-day operations at the facility.
Base officials have denied the cancer claims
and have promised to investigate the whale
strandings themselves.
However, the environmentalists yesterday
remained sceptical.
Ms Millward explained that as the US Navy
pays for more than 50 per cent of the world's
research into the effect of sonar on mammals,
this does not bode well for the objectivity of their
investigations.
"What that does for nie, it says that there is a
problem. One of the problems that we encounter
is that there are many scientists who are funded
by the Navy to look into these impacts, and to
some extent they can lose then their objectivity
because obviously their funding source is the


would have known that you did
the right thing in suing the gov-
ernment.
"I am challenging him when
he becomes Prime Minister that
he will actually settle the suit.
"When the now prime min-
ister was dealing with the
Clifton issue he made it very
clear that once he becomes
prime minister what he would
do if the property was ever sold
for that major development in
the Clifton Cay area. And I
would like to throw out a chal-
lenge to the leader of the oppo-
sition that perhaps he should
make that same promise to
those persons who he is encour-


Navy. And so in some instances it may be that
they are looking for some results that the Navy
wants them to find.
"That has been a problem for us in the US,
and that is something that we are very concerned
about. When there is a stranding of a whale, who
does the necropsy (autopsy) We want the necrop-
sy to be done by competent professional people
who know about the problems with noise and
who don't have to go to outside scientists from the
US who may be funded by the Navy, because
then again the objectivity comes into question
again," she said.
Andros is home to the third largest barrier reef
in the world, and has come to be regarded as the
bonefish capital of the world. However, residents
claim that even the fishing grounds in the area are
being affected by the low to mid-level sonar test-
ing being done by AUTEC.
Margo Blackwell, an Androsian and environ-
mentalist herself, also weighed in on the impor-
tance of Andros and the marine and coral life
there.
She said that along the eastern coastline of the
island there were 10 sites, but to date only four of
them are still in operation. She called for a further
review to the Bahamas/US agreement on the
AUTEC facility and highlighted the two upcom-
ing town meetings one planned for today in
Andros, and a second for tomorrow at the College
of the Bahamas.


aging now to sue the Bahamas:
government, and he should
make a promise to them and
tell them that if he becomes'
prime minister he would not
even allow them to carry the
case to court, and he would
agree to settle the case for a
determine amount of money if
he feel very sure that they have
a good case," he said.
Mr Gibson said the PLP gov-
ernment will continue to
enforce the immigration laws,
and protect and safeguard the
country's borders against ille-
gal immigration.
Additionally, he stressed that
government will continue its
efforts to process and grant per-
manent residence and citizen-
ship to those immigrants who
qualify.
"We literally have in the
Bahamas hundreds of Haitian
nationals, if not thousands who
qualify for permanent residents
or citizenship in the Bahamas.
"For instance, we have per-
sons born in the Bahamas to
foreign parents who qualify for
citizenship at age 18. We have
also individuals who we are still
processing who would have
qualified for permanent resi-
dent status in accordance with
the Accord we signed back in
1985.
"And, while we are doing
that we would still be ridding
the Bahamas of those persons
who were here illegally.
"And when we are talking
about continuously changing
our policy and. reviewing the
way-we go about conducting
these exercises, we will make
sure that anytime we make the
mistake once, we certainly
won't, make it a second
time."
Mr Gibson gave his assurance
to the people of the Bahamas
that government will always
uphold the laws of our country
with respect to our immigration
policy, and will continue to
respect human rights and all
international conventions
regarding human rights and the
code of human conduct.
"I want to make it clear that
I will not be distracted and not
lose focus and continue to do
the job for which I was appoint-
ed to do," he said.


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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006, PAGE 11


LOCAL NEWS


Shooting

is third

murder

ii three

days

FROM page one
Fvans said.
FHe conceded that police
have no leads on the per-
petrators and are appeal-
ini to the public to step for-
ward if they have any infor-
mation about the incident.
(Mr Evans said that while
police are concerned about
tlehigh number of mur-
ders this year, there is only
sormuch that authorities
can.do to combat violent
crime.
"These are simply symp-
toms of the-ills of our soci-
ety, and while the police
are doing their best, it is up
td the: community to pitch
mn and help.
'"The police needs the
support of the people to
eradicate these crimes," he
*'aid.
The Apple Street mur-
der is the country's third
homiiiide in the past three
days.
'On 'Thursday two men
diti of injuries sustained in
separate incidents that
ocurred less than six hours
a?,art.
..Qmeleo Griffith, 21, a
,i(sident of Yellow Elder
Gardens, died from a stab
wjvwund he suffered as a
result of an altercation with
axmale relative.
-1:Eric McGregor, 23, was
slhi dead as he entered the
Pb6d Wash laundromat
Alcated near Barcardi
Rtoad.
policee are now searching
for Edward "Sin" Taylor,
3'of McQuay Street, in
cAinection with the shoot-
ng death of Mr McGregor.
T` ylor is considered
armed and dangerous and
is known to frequent the
IO)den Gates and qun-
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FROM page one

served as president of Quebec's
renowned Bishop's University,
first arrived in the Bahamas in
the early 1970's.
During her 12 years here she
contributed to the country's lit-
eracy programmes and teacher
training and became one of the
founding members of COB.
Two of her three children are
also Bahamian citizens.
Following the resignation of
former COB president Dr Rod-
ney Smith amidst claims of pla-
giarism last August, Ms Hod-
der earlier this year became the
third candidate for the open
position of president.
When she was first intro-
duced to the institution, mem-
bers of UTEB protested what
they claimed was the lack of
proper process and the high-
handedness by the council in
"forcing" Ms Hodder on COB.
Among the criticisms levelled
at Ms Hodder was her lack of a
doctorate degree and her sta-
tus as a foreigner.
Ms Hodder briefly withdrew
from the presidential race
because of the opposition, but
was later convinced to renew
her bid to become COB's next
president.
Yesterday, Mr Wilson said
that despite vocal objections to
Ms Hodder in the public forum,
the council's information shows
that there is wide public sup-
port for this appointment.'
Both Minister Sears and Mr
Wilson yesterday also thanked
former candidates Dr Chipman-
Johnson and Dr Pandora John-
son for their efforts. Mr Sears
pointed out that Dr Chipman-
Johnson during her tenure as
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industrial agreements between
COB and the Bahamas Public
Service Union and the Union
of Tertiary Educators of the
Bahamas (UTEB).
UTEB, which has been very
vocal in its objections to the
manner in which Ms Hodder
was introduced to the college,
signed a new industrial agree-
ment with the college last
Thursday to secure faculty
members an average salary
increase of 17.5 per cent and a
lump sum ('I 4 l t.iini
Mr Wilson said yesterday that
any rumours circulating that



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FRANKLIN WILSON,
chairman of the COB council,
speaks to the press yesterday.
(Photo: Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)


allege that the financial terms
of the agreement were intended
to influence UTEB's reaction
to Ms Hodder's appointment
are a "great insult" to the union.
* "The financial aspects of the
contract were settled a long
time ago," he said.




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Women of all interests and
ages attended Town Center
Mall's Woman 2 Woman Beau-
ty and Health Expo.
Held under the theme "I'm
All That and More", the 'diva
day' affair hosted more than 20
twenty booths featuring a mix-
ture of handicrafts, Bahamian
products and health related
information.
Marketing representative for
Town Center Mall, Selina
Roberts, said the event was
'designed to pay tribute to the
.various hats women wear.
',Women are mothers, wives,
,confidants, business moguls, and
,so much more. 'I'm All That
and More' is just one day all of
these women can come out and
.feel that they are not only
appreciated, but are given the
right forum to express their
,amazing talents and sides,"
Roberts stated.
SAs the affair dominated
Town Center Mall's centre
court, a wide array of kiosks
gave Mall goers more than
enough to choose from for
Mother's Day shopping. Some
,of the booths included free
immunizations graciously pro-
vided by the Dept. of Public
Health, Mary L's Shell Crafts,
Fashion Hall, Handmade Jew-
elry by Bella Donna, Careful
Hands Massage & Facials, Bac-
ardi & Co. Ltd., Prime
Bahamas, Stems from Heaven,
Dudley's Hair Products, C & S
Catering and others.
One of Baha Men'sl singers,
Ryan Andrews, rocked the
crowd with club-like hits while
Derek Adams gave soulful ren-
!ditions of favorite gospel
melodies.
A Dunking Booth, provided
by Enchanted Designs and
D6cor, became the day's high-
Slight for adults and children in
attendance. Speculators were
given the chance to dunk per-
sons posing as 'Playa', 'Scrub',
'Schemer', 'Abuser', 'Sweet-
heart' and 'Mother-in-Law' at
the cost of just one dollar, which


was donated to the SCAN Unit
(Suspected Child Abuse and
Neglect Unit). Male models
decorated in body art added to
the festive atmosphere.
When viewers were not dunk-
ing a disliked character, their
attention was diverted to a fash-
ion show organised and hosted
by Theo Sealy of Theodore
Elyett Productions.
The young designer co-ordi-
nated outfits from Fashion Hall,
The Sports Locker, Tops N'
Jeans and Jarfi Designs to pro-
duce an animated, stylish and
elegant fashion demonstration,
assisted by 1997 Miss Bahamas
Juliet Sargeant, present Miss
Teen World Shenique Whyms,
and others acting as models,
Town Center Mall also gave
away certificates and prizes
totalling up to $400 in Mall dol-
lars. Other vendors, such as
Bacardi & Co. Ltd, joined the
giving attitude and gave sam-
ples of Bacardi's newest water-


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melon flavored rum, Grand
Melon and Maitai all day, Ele-
gantly Beautiful gave free
makeovers and Prime Bahamas


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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006, PAGE 13


Dominican president's party appears



to make gains as vote count nears end


i DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
SSanto Domingo
PRESIDENT Leonel Fer-
iandez's party appeared to
have made big gains in the
Dominican legislature, accord-
ing to partial results Saturday,
bolstering his ability to push
through economic reforms and
build a metro system in the cap-
ital, according to Associated
Press.
With 91 per cent of the votes
tallied from Tuesday elections,
Fernandez's centre-right
Dominican Liberation Party led
20 of 32 provinces with 51 per
cent support in the first elec-
tions since he took power in
2004.
Strong electoral gains in the
Caribbean nation's Congress
could clear the way for Fernan-
dez-backed projects, such as
economic policy reforms and
the construction of a Santo
Domingo metro system which
have been held up by the oppo-
sition-controlled legislature.
Voter turnout was estimated
at about 2.5 million, electoral
commission spokesman Felix
Reyna told The Associated
Press. The estimate indicated
that less than half of the coun-
try's 5.4 million registered vot-
ers went to the polls to elect a
new legislature on Tuesday.
-Former President Hipolito
ICJl\s center-left Dominican
Revolutionary Party which
holds majorities in both houses
of Congress was leading in
Seven races, and the Social
Christian Reformist Party was
ahead in five. Fernandez, who
tirst served as Dominican pres-
Ident from 1996 to 2000, defeat-
ed Mejia two years ago amid
the country's worst economic
crisis in decades.
The two opposition parties -
which joined campaigns and did
not I. ompcie with each other in
-,7 pro% inccs had 24 per cent
and 22 per cent of the national
vote, respectively.
SBut fi\e days into the plod-


ding vote count, many races
remained too close to call. Eight
provinces saw the top two par-
ties separated by 500 votes or
less.
Rumors spread through the
country that vote counting had
been halted as tally announce-
ments slowed. Diplomats
including US Ambassador Hans
Hertell and Organization of
American States chief observer
Ruben Perina met with the
head of the electoral commis-
sion on Friday evening to dis-
cuss its progress,.said OAS
observed Luciano Leiva.
In a statement, the commis-


sion said counting was continu-
ing and blamed delays in part
on meddling political parties.
The electoral commission
announced Friday it had sent
extra supervisors to vote-count-
ing stations where "politicians
can provoke problems that
cause more mourning and pain
for the Dominican family." No
other details were given.
Local media reports said that
several people have been killed
in fights during political cele-
brations and between party sup-
porters since election day. A
police officer and opposition
party official were killed Friday


in a gunfight during a celebra-
tion for Fernandez's party in
the western province of Baho-
ruco, said national police
spokesman Gen. Simon Diaz.

Unrest

The campaign coordinator of
Fernandez's party, Francisco
Javier Garcia, has said that the
opposition had created "a cli-
mate of unrest" in the country.
Opposition leaders, meanwhile,
accused the governing party of
using soldiers and police at
polling places to influence votes.


* DOMINICAN soldiers guard the municipal electoral centre at the neighborhood of Villa Mella
while a man with electoral publicity on his motorcycle passes by, two days after the country's con-
gressional and municipal elections in Santo Domingo on Thursday
(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa)


The key issue during cam-
paigning was the Dominican
economy, which was hit hard
under Mejia and is blamed by
many experts for his re-election
loss to Fernandez two years ago.
Inflation has since fallen and
the country's gross domestic
product grew 7 per cent in 2005,


according to the Central Bank.
Twenty-two parties from
across the,political spectrum
fielded candidates in the elec-
tions. In races for 151 mayoral
spots, Fernandez's party was
leading with 46 per cent of the
national vote against 35 per cent
for Mejia's party.


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PAGE 14, MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006


urses


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N NOMINEES for top
nurse award from the
Department of Public
Health RN Kimberly Josey
and STCN Carolie Wright;
Sandilands Rehabilitation
Centre RN Edna Hanna
and TCN Lyndiana Rah-I
ming; Grand Bahama flealth
Services RN Sherese
Dawkins and TCN Sharon
Cooper; Doctors Hospital
-RN Margaret Kemp;
Princess Margaret Hospital -
RN Lisa Stovel Rolle and
TCN Lydia Winters along
with nursing officials are pic-
turedwith Governor General
Arthur D Hanna.

(BIS photo by
Derek Smith)


American Caribbean Law Initiative

and

Northeast People of Colour Legal

Scholarship Conference



TRADE & LEGAL AID

Tools for Economic Development and

Independence

www.nsu. law. nova. edulcaribbean

July 6-8, 2006

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Hosted by:

The Eugene Dupuch Law School



This conference will explore two themes important to the
Caribbean:
* The recurrent tensions between sovereignty and trade and
economic development; and
* The challenge of delivering legal services to the poor and
marginalised.
The conference will consider how trade and economic development
affect the achievement of equality and justice for all in developing
countries. There will be a focus on the Caribbean nations but the
discussions will also driw on the experiences of other countries.


Distinguished international, regional and local speakers.


Topics include: CSME;Enviroment, Tourism and Land Use The
Influence of International Entities on Economic Sovereignty;
Money-Laundering and Sovereignty in an Age of Terrorism;
Sustainable Legal Aid Development; Legal Aid Governance.


CNEwB3 NCE Rb EGiSTHRA TIONFOR


IN COMMEMNIL ORATION
of Nui s Month. the National
:' .Nu i c Recognition Committee,
senior nursing officials, and
nominees for distinguished ser-
vice awards in nursing paid a
courtesy call on Governor Gen-
eral Arthur D Hanna last week-
end.


and TCN Sharon Cooper: Doc-
tors:.Hospital RN MNargaret
Kemp. Princess Margaret Hos-
pital RN Lisa Sto\el Role and
TCN Lydia Winters.
The institutional winners are
competitors in the National
Nurse of the Year competition.
It is held every two years.
Thle theme for this \ear's cel-
ebrations is 'Sfe Stalling Sa es
Lles" andl the occasion i- used
to sensll tle nUIscs 0t malor
health issues
'Nluiiniu i, the must noble
and one ot the most valuable
profe-ssions theie is." said Nurs-
ine Oflicci II, Jennifer King.
"\\e are ilad\s in demand. ne\-
ci adcquatel compensated but
ne\ i thle-ss. olenrng an esscn-
til ,er\'ce. one without which
%we cannot sur\ ive "
[he Go;crnor-CG(erjetl not-
ed that in pursuit ot ensuring
excellence in the profession.
"our 'o\emnment has taken con-
scioius and dcternmined tieps
Over the \ears To pro, ide the-
bei t tacil~ir es which h \i.ll pcimi
\W)u i:e pursue prolesional and


technical education and train-. "]
Sing to the highest standards. :'
and comparable with the best '"
a\ ailable anvyhere."
The Princes.s Margaret Hos-
pital is a regionally recognized
training institution, he pointed
out, and the College of the
Bahamas has transformed nurs-
ing education into part of its aca- ;4
demic programmes.
--It is m. fervent hope that .";t
\ou \%III continue to demon- '
state \our love for our people ,
and for \our profession b\ con- *i
tnuing the great and good go ord k-"b:
which can onl\ be done by pro-'"-
fessionals as high. trained as :
\ou are," Go\ernor-General ,
Hjnna said.
The nurses \\ere accompanied
b\ Annette Okpuno, Nursingl,
Ad\isor. Public Hospitals 1
Authority: I\. V ilson. PNO. PN .
SRC representing the Directori
of Nursinp: Emily Osadebav\;*
PNP. PNMH: Gloria Gardiner .4-
PNO. DPH: CherlIn Bain..
-PNO. GBHS: Dorceiin Nixo6il-
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Tel( ) Fax( )

E-mail Address

*Please check the applicable amount below that applies to your registration.
The date of registration Is detremlned by the postmark on the envelope
with the check we receive..

US and NON-BAHAMIAN ATTENDEES NON-CLE CLE
Before May 19 0$225 [USD] 0$325 [USD]
May20 to June 19* $300 [USD] O5400 [USD]
June 20 to on-ste registration* 0$375 [USD] 0$475 [USD]

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Before June 1* o$115 [USD] 0$115 [USD]
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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:
The registration fee covers three days of programming
and a full buffet lunch on each day.
For Attendees from the US:
Mail the form and a check payable to "NSU" to:
Professor Jane E. Cross, Shepard Broad Law Center,
Nova Southeastern University, 3305 College Avenue
Ft Lauderdale, FL 33314. Please write "ACLI/ NEPOC"
on your check.

For Attendees Outside the US:
Mail the form and a check payable to "Eugene Dupuch
Law School" in US dollars to : Ms. Persis Hepburn,
Eugene Dupuch Law School, P.O. Box SS 6394,
Nassau Bahamas.
Conference Registration Refund Policy:
Refunds of conference registration fees must be
requested in writing before June 20, 2006. No request
for refunds will be honored after June 20.
Continuing Legal Education Information (NY)
We are pleased to offer CLE credit to conference
attendee for New York and Florida. Note that there is
an extra$ 100 charge on to of the conference registration
fee for CLE credit. For each hour and a half panel, you
will recieve 1.5 non-transitional practice area credits.
For each hour and fifteen minute "Work in Progress
Session", you will receive 1 non-transitional practice
area credit. St. John's School of law has been certified
by the New York State continuing Legal Education
Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal
Education in the State bf New York.
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Any participant who has an authentic financial hard
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earning less that $20,000 will recieve a discount of
10% for the CLE charge. Attorneys earning between
$20,000 and $30,000 will receive a discount of 5% for
the CLE charge. All request must be made in writing
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* CARACAS, Venezuela
A HUGE cloud of ash billowing from a Montserrat volcano
forced the suspension of some international flights over the
Caribbean on Sunday, airline and airport officials said,
according to Associated Press.
Flights between Venezuela and Miami were grounded, is
well those to and from the Dutch island of Aruba, after a :
dome atop a volcano on Montserrat island collapsed Saturday,
sending volcanic debris cascading down the mountain and,
shooting ashes 10 miles'(16 kilometers) into the sky.
The decreased visibility over the Caribbean forced
Venezuelan carrier Aeropostal to suspend its flights Sunda~ .
between Caracas and Miami. Aeropostal Vice President Juan
Carlos Blanco told The Associated Press. Aeropostal flights
to Aruba, Cuba, Curacao and the Dominican Republic-were
also grounded.
"As soon as it's safe to fly. ,e'll renew the flights." Blan o6
said.
A spokesman for the Simon Bolivar International Airpqt
that serves Caracas said American Airlines had also suspend-
ed its flights between Miami and Caracas. American Airlipes
officials there were not immediately a\ ailable for conumen..
On Aruba, all flights were canceled Sunday. including those
to Miami, New York, San Juan, Puerto Rico and Toronto.
On Saturday, a flight from Amsterdam to Aruba was can-
celed, as well as flights to and from Miami Philadelphia and
Cleveland, said Ruben Trapenberg. a spokesman for Aruba's
Airport Authority.
Flights at other Caribbean points, however, were not affect-
ed.
There no injuries reported on Montserrat. an island with a
population of about 5,000. although authorities there on Sat-
urday said residents should remain indoors as ash fell from the
sky.
The dome had been building since August and formed Ihbe
highest part of the 3,000-foot (920-meter) Soufriere Hills vpl-
cano.
The Soufriere Hills volcano sprang to life in 1995. More ,.-
than half the British Caribbean territory's 12,000 inhabitants;
moved away. An eruption in 1997 buried much of the south ;
including the capital, Plymouth, and killed 19 people.


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MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006


SECTION ,- m


business@tribunemedia.net


Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Cable &


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

of state for finance,
has confirmed to The
Tribune that Cable &
Wireless (C&W), the
telecoms firm with operations
in several Caribbean states, is
among the contenders who
have expressed an interest in
acquiring the Bahamas
Telecommunications Compa-
ny (BTC).
The Government is close to
starting formal negotiations
with Bluewater Communica-
tions Holdings, the lead bid-
der, over BTC's potential pri-
vatisation, with the latter hav-
ing completed its due diligence


* JAMES SMITH


on the state-owned telecoms
provider.
Any rival groups interested
in BTC will have to wait until
talks with Bluewater are con-


Wireless eyes


cluded, but Mr Smith con-
firmed reports reaching this
newspaper that C&W was one
of the other parties.
SMr Smith said of C&W:
"They've indicated they want
to talk to us when we've fin-
ished the process.
"They're basically saying
they believe, if given the
opportunity, they may be a
good fit up here, but they will
have to wait until we've com-
pleted talks with the Bluewater
group."
C&W has operations in
numerous other Caribbean ter-
ritories, including Jamaica,
Barbados, Trinidad & Toba-
go, Montserrat, Grenada, the
Cayman Islands, Bermuda, the
British Virgin Islands, Turks


& Caicos, St Lucia and St Vin-
cent & the Grenadines.
It previously looked at BTC
during the unsuccessful pri-
vatisation process of 2003,
passing through the initial
qualifying round. However,
C&W never made a formal
bid, as it coincided with a peri-
od when the company was
undergoing a prolonged
restructuring due to financial
difficulties in the UK.
C&W has since emerged
better and stronger for the
experience, and the due dili-
gence it performed on BTC
back in 2003 could yet prove
useful this time around.
Mr Smith said C&W had not
been "well received" in some
Caribbean nations, such as


Jamaica and Barbados, where
the company was seen as
replacing public monopolies
with its own private one.
But its image.has since
improved markedly, the min-
ister saying C&W had done a
good job in Trinidad & Toba-
go.
C&W provides fixed-line,
cellular, Internet and data ser-
vices in its Caribbean territo-
ries, all the services BTC
offers, which probably led to
its belief that it will be a good
fit for BTC.
Mr Smith told The Tribune
that the Government was
"pretty much" ready to begin
formal talks with Bluewater,
having contacted the group to
set up a meetings schedule ap


BTC



well as appointing members of
its own Tenders Board to con-
duct negotiations on the
administration's behalf. '
He added that it was "really
difficult to say" whether this
BTC privatization process
would be completed before the
upcoming general election,
which has to be called by May
2007.
Mr Smith explained that the
pace at which talks were con-
cluded would depend in
whether both sides "think
there can be a meeting of
minds", and how "far apart"
they might be during the open-
ing rounds.

SEE page 4B


'Take financial


services seriously'


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
BAHAMIAN financial ser-
vices executives have been urged
to "take this industry seriously"
and ensure they meet global stan-
dards, as the organizers behind
an upcoming seminar on trust dis-
putes prepare to give them "an
eye-opening experience" on the
inicr.'.inc litigation impacting
trU -lt': aJ d il-A'LLtc 1 .. .
Higgs & Johnson, the Bahami-
an legal firm, has linked up with
UK-based attorneys, Taylor
Wessing, to prepare materials for
the Trust Disputes Attacking and
Defending Trusts and Trustees
seminar.
Philip Dunkley, senior partner
at Higgs & Johnson for commer-
cial litigation and law, said the
size of the trust industry both
in,the Bahamas and globally had
increased due to their rising pop-
ularity as asset protection and
estate planning vehicles in the
Spanish-speaking world, and
because of the' increase in high
net-worth families and individu-
als.
Meanwhile, the "second gen-
eration" of many settlor families
was now coming through and tak-
ing over.
Both factors, Mr Dunkley said,
had produced an increase in liti-
gation involving both trusts and
their trustees, making the seminar
scheduled for June 6-7 increas-
ingly important.
Mr Dunkley said: "Our trust
industry has grown tremendously
over the years. Thirty years ago,
the number of trusts was rela-
tively small compared to those


administered today.......
"That is why we would possibly
expect to see disputes arise. The
number of disputes has increased,
'and trust litigation is becoming
an every day thing in our litiga-
tion department here. It's just the
numbers and the time which
we're at right now."
The trust disputes seminar will
analyse trusts from the perspec-
tive of where things may go
wrong, rather than look at struc-
turing and tax planning.
Broken up into 16 units, it will
draw on real world case exam-
ples, in focusing on issues such as
sham trusts, defective trusts,
trustee powers and the proper
way to exercise them, corporate
issues and corporate liabilities,
the consequences of a breach of
trust, trustee duties, the role of
protectors and trustee defences,
Mr Dunkley said: "The mate-
rials here are more comprehen-
sive than any materials provided
to any trust conference."
He added: "Where there's
responsibility, there's expo-
sure...... The financial services
industry is the second most
important. industry in the
Bahamas, and it's important
everyone in the industry keeps

SEE page 3B


The road ahead at City Markets

* By NEIL HARTNELL
.Tribune Business Editor
THE leading adviser to the successful $54 million bidder for Winn-
Dixie's majority 78 per cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets last week
described it as a "win-win-win situation".
Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust's chairman and
chief executive, was referring to the fact that Winn-Dixie had received
a good price for its shareholding; that BSL Holdings had managed to
win the auction, obtain US Bankruptcy Court approval andipull of the
deal; and that rival bidder, BK Foods, would collect a $1 million
break-up fee as well as regain its $5 million deposit.
Yet the purchase of the 12-store chain, which operates nine stores in
New Providence under the City Markets name, as well as three as
Winn-Dixie in Grand Bahama, has raised a multitude of issues and
unanswered questions. Tribune Business here analyses the most press-
ing.
Supermarket Consolidation
The Bahamian supermarket industry has long been ripe for consol-
idation, with too many stores and chains.chasing too few customers,
especially when small 'Mom and Pop' stores are figured into the equa-
tion.
The consolidation speculation
will no doubt increase due to the SEE page 3B
fact that two major Abaco Markets


Fiscal deficit may beat estimates to end at 2.5%


A By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE 2005-2006 fiscal deficit may end up
lower than predicted in last May's Budget,
the minister of state for finance has told
The Tribune, closing at 2.5 per cent of
gross domestic product (GDP) compared
to the projected 2.8 per cent.
James Smith said the 2006-2007 Bud-
get, which will be unveiled in the House of
Assembly next week, would be a "ho-hum
Budget", containing "nothing dramatic".
He indicated that it would contain no
new taxes, although somerfees may be
increased, although he did not specify
which.


Mr Smith said the Bahamas' debt-to-
GDP ratios were being aided by the rising
GDP, driven by increased levels of for-
eign direct investment and the construc-
tion industry activity currently underway.
"The one thing that we don't factor in
[to Budget calculations], which is really
going to be a factor in the next three years,
is the increase in GDP because of foreign
direct investment," Mr Smith said.
Although he did not say so explicitly, the
increase in the Bahamas' GDP over the
2005-2006 Budget year is likely to have
been a major factor in reducing the GFS
fiscal deficit measurement which strips
out repayment of debt principal to 2.5 per
cent of GDP from the forecast 2.8 per


cent.
. Mr Smith said: "While for this year, we
projected a 2.8 per cent deficit, we'll prob-
ably end up at 2.5 per cent. Next year, we
predicted 2.5 per cent, and it is projecting
around 2 per cent."
Despite the optimistic growth projec-
tions for the Bahamian economy and GD1P
growth, Mr Smith said the Ministry of
Finance had adopted a "conservative line"
with the 2006-2007 Budget, excluding the
impact from new investment projects from
its calculations.
"I think we will come in pretty close to

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PAGE 2B, MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006


F L MARyE FieiyAaia


* By Fidelity Capital
Markets

A moderate lev-
el of trading
activity took
place in the
Bahamian
market this week as over
75,000 shares changed hands.
The market saw 10 out of its
20 listed stocks trade, of which
six advanced, one declined and
three remained unchanged.
The volume leader for the
week was J.S. Johnson Com-
pany (JSJ), with 24,038 shares
changing hands, accounting for
32 per cent of the total shares
traded. The big advancers for
the-week were the Bahamas
Property Fund (BPF) and
FirstCaribbean International
Bank (CIB), up $0.25 and
$0.22 respectively to close at a
new 52-week highs of $11.25
and'$12.22. On the down side,
Bank of the Bahamas (BOB)
declined by $0.13 to close the
week at $7.10.


CAD$
GBP
EUR


The FINDEX increased by
0.10 points to end the week at
643.31.

COMPANY NEWS

Cable Bahamas (CAB) -
Cable Bahamas has achieved
yet another quarter of positive
results. For the 206 first quar-
ter, CAB posted net income
of $4.3 million, representing a
$1 million or 32.32 per cent
gain from last year's figure of
$3.2 million. This was despite
an increase in expenses of
$102,000.or 36.56 per cent.
Contributing to the growth
in net income was an increase
in revenues of $2 million or
14.89 per cent to $15.6 million,
versus $13.6 million in 2005.
Earnings per share increased
by $0.06 or 37.50 per cent to
total $0.22.

Bank of the Bahamas
(BOB) -
Bank of the Bahamas posted
record results for the nine


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$658.30 .-7.90


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months ended March 31, 2006.
Net income stood at $7.8 mil-
lion, which represents an
increase of $2 million or 36.15.
per cent over the equivalent
period last year. The increase
in net income was attributed
to the impressive growth in
assets. Total assets increased
by $126.9 million or 31.95 per
cent to total $524.3 million.
Interest income grew $6.2 mil-
lion to total $26 million, while
interest expenses rose by $1.4
million to total $9.5 million.
Net provision for loan losses
increased significantly by $1.3
million to total $1.8 million,
while non-interest revenue also
increased by $1.8 million or
51.60 per cent to total $5.3 mil-
lion.
BOB's loan portfolio grew
by $120.6 million or 34.42 per
cent to total $467.1 million
year-over-year, while total
deposits increased by $87.4
million or 26.37 per cent to
total $419.1 million.
Return on Assets (ROA)
and Earnings Per Share (EPS)
stood at 2.26 per cent and $0.50
respectively.

Focol Holdings Company
(FCL) -
Focal Holdings .(FCL)
released its financial results for
the six months ended January
31, 2006. For the quarter, net
income was $3.6 million, up
$766,000 or 26.27 per cent over
2005's $2.9 million, while earn-
ings per share stood at $0.43, a
$0.09 or 26.47 per cent gain
over last year's figure of $0.34.
Total assets saw a significant
increase of 213 per cent or
$69.1 million to stand at $98&9
million.
In related news, the FCL
acquisition of Shell Bahamas
was completed for the sum of
$32.7 million, subject to finan-
cial working capital adjust-
ments. FCL officially took over
operations on January 16,
2006, and the name has been
changed to Sun Oil Ltd.

Bahamas Supermarkeits
(BSL) -
Winn-Dixie Stores, of which


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W-D (Bahamas) is a wholly-
owned subsidiary, announced
that the US Bankruptcy Court
for the Middle District of Flori-
da has approved the sale of 12
supermarkets in the Bahamas.
The stores will be sold to
BSL Holdings, a Bahamian
investor group represented by
Fidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust, for an estimated $54 mil-
lion.
Winn-Dixie's 78 per cent
ownership stake in Bahamas
Supermarkets (BSL) will be
sold to BSL Holdings as
agreed upon by W-D
(Bahamas).

Colina Holdings Company
(CHL) -
Colina Holdings has
announced that it has applied
for and been granted an exten-
sion by BISX to file and pub-
lish its audited consolidated
financial statements for the
year ended December 31,
2005. .

Freeport Concrete Company
Ltd (FCC) -
Freeport Concrete Company
continues to struggle in its
quest to keep in the black.
For the six months ended
February 28, 2006, FCC posted
a net loss of $131,000 com-
pared to a net profit of
$467,000 for the comparable
period in 2005.
It should be noted that 2005
figures include the financial
results of Robin Hood, which
was sold in August 2005.
Net sales declined by $2.3
million or 21.99 per cent to total
$8.4 million, while the cost of
sales decreased by $1.3 million
or 17.12 perr cent to total $6.4
million.
Earnings Per Share stood at
$0.028: and total assets declined
by $363,000 or 4.73 per cent to
stand at $7.3 million.
In related news, FCC man-
agement has announced the
relocation of its concrete plant
to the Bahamas Rock facility.
S. This move .is anticipated to
result in cost savings to the
company via lower lease
expenses and trucking costs.


BUSINESS________


The Bahamian Stock Market


FINDEX 632.50 YTD 14.48%


BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTD PRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE j
AML $0.87 $0.10 23,368 19.18%
BAB $1.25 $0.00 0 13.64%
BBL $0.71 $0.00 0 1.43%
BOB $7.10 -$0.13 2,992 1.43%
BPF $11.25 $0.25 1000 8.17%
BSL $14.00 $- 0 9.80%
BWL $1.29 $0.00 0 2.38% i
CAB $9.35 $0.20 9,370 -2.09%
CBL $10.60 $0.00 0 16.36% '
CHL $1.67 $- 0 1.83%
CIB $12.22 $0.22 1,000 12.32%
CWCB $6.0 -$0.50 0 -8.20%
DHS $2.70 $0.16 9,500 24.42% ; '
FAM $6.21 $0.00 950 2.64%
FCC $1.04 $0.00 2,005 -9.57%' .'1
FCL $10.50 $0.00 0 4:48%" .
FIN $11.25 $- 1,475 3.21% :'
ICD $9.50 $- 0 ,-4 .5 -
JSJ $9.10 $0.10 24,038 0.55%
KZLB $7.94 -$0.01 0 15.90
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%o/'


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Bahamas Waste will hold its Annual General Nleeting onr,,..
May 23, 2006, at 6pm at the National Tennis Centre, Queeni
Elizabeth Sports Centre, Oakes Field, Nassau, Bahamas.

Commonwealth Bank will hold its Annual General Meet-,,4
ing on May 24, 2006. at 5pm at the SuperClubs Breezest
Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas.

Cable Bahamas will hold its Annual General Meetinr jn
May 24, 2006. at 6pm at the British Colonial Hilton, Ba)
Street, Nassau, Bahamas. ,,

J. S. Johnson Company will hold its Annual Generaloi, -
Meeting on May 29,2006, at 6pm at Radisson Cable Beach ,~
Golf Resort, Nassau, Bahamas. : i
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institutions with a broad range of financial products and services, including consumer banking and credit,
corporate and investment banking, insurance, securities brokerage, and asset management. Major brand
names under Citigroup's trademark red umbrella include Citibank, CitiFinancial, Diner's Club, Primerica,
Smith Barney, Banamex, and Travelers Life and Annuity.
We.are currently accepting resumes for the following position:-

COMPLIANCE OFFICER/MANAGER

Knowledge/Skill Requirements:
Extensive working knowledge of compliance policies and internal control procedures.
* Detailed understanding of Bahamas and US financial legislation.
* Minimum 3 years supervisory experience in compliance and/or internal control.
* Bachelors Degree with a concentration in Finance, Economics or Accounting. Certified
compliance audit or internal control credentials would be a plus.
* Superior analysis, communications (oral and written) and project management skills, ,

* Extensice working knowledge of PC applications (Microsoft Office) is required.

Duties:
* To assist in developing / ensuring that an adequate compliance program exists which suitably b2oers
the risks associated with all business activities, products and processes. ', ,.
* To assist in administering the compliance program through the disseminaton of any relevant training
programs or materials aimed at improving the Bank's compliance culture and adherence to
regulatory requirements.
* To assist in developing procedures for, and periodically executing, independent in-depth testing ,p,; ,
the effectiveness of business' compliance with applicable local and US laws, regulations. .
and policies. :: ,.'! .g
* Implementing the regional information security program aimed at securing the confidentially,
integrity and availability of all Citigroup business information. '
* Assisting in developing and implementing a local Anti-Fraud Plan. which includes staff trainingg,
* Play an active role in monitoring, containing and eradicating reported and emerging control issues,.
as well as the status of corrective action plans and escalating any slippages to senior management.
* Verifyin that operational procedures and internal controls exist for every product and service ..A-:' .
provided by the bank, commensurate with level of inherent risk through peroidic : \
independent testing..

* Reporting to Senior Management on the adequacy and efficacy of the system of internal control
(accounting, operating and administrative).

Interested applicants may deliver, fax or e-mail resumes to:
Business Head
Citigroup Corporate and Investment Bank
4th Fr., 110 Thompson Boulevard,
Nassau, The Bahamas citiqrou J
Fax: (242) 302-8569
E-mail: tadcsee.ania.mckenzie@citigroup.com .

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THE TRIBUNE


MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006, PAGE 3B


Outsourcing starts at





home, Bahamas told


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter

BAHAMIANS need to think of creative ways
in which to ensure companies turn to their busi-
nesses rather than go abroad for labour and ser-
vices if they are worried about outsourcing, an
economist has said.
Dr Gilbert Morris was scheduled to give a sem-
inar on outsourcing at the Bahamas Institute of
Financial Services' annual week of seminars, but
was unable to do so because his father had taken
ill. Instead, Emily Demeritte read Dr Morris's
prepared text on his behalf.
Dr Morris suggested that persons in financial
services look at creative ways to ensure that, even
if companies outsource labour, it remains in the
country by forcing the system to respond to their
creativity.
He added that people needed to get away from
being wedded to a salary. "Pool resources, respect
each other's expertise, develop plans and just get
started. Lend money abroad first, if you must.
Micro-loans in Haiti is an idea," Dr Morris said.
Outsourcing was, he dded, about competitive-
ness and costs. The components of outsourcing
were skill, efficiency, sustained skills develop-
ment through education, infrastructure (such as
keeping electricity on), and environmental factors
such as crimes.


Dr Morris explained
that these were some
S elements that impact-
ed the cost of doing
business.
Another factor, he
said, was the fuel sur-
chage, which impacts
the price of goods;
security concerns,
M DR G MORRIS which impose delays;
and the impact of
unions and the wage versus productivity ratio.
Dr Morris said the banks of the future will not
be ones whose policies are based upon fear of risk,
but those whose expertise is in creative, fast and
constant approaches to intelligent risk analysis,
with the objective and idea that the bank must
meet the market where it is.
Dr Morris also encouraged the industry to learn
all it could about online banking, and should
strike out and create Online Banking options.
In his presentation, Dr Morris said he believed
that in the next three years, significant numbers of
Bahamians would be borrowing money over the
Internet in ways neither Bahamian banks or the
Government can control.
This internal pressure, he said, could lead to a
pent-up demand for increased credit and capital
formation.


'Take financial services seriously


FROM page 1B

educated and performs their jobs
in accordance with standards else-
where.
"There's been some terrible
mistakes in the past, and it's why
we feel it's so important for the
industry to educate itself and
keep current with any changes
going on.
"It's important that everyone
in this industry takes it seriously.
otherwise there are a lot of com-
petitors out there. It's important
people be educated, and keep'
themselves educated, and we
administer these things at a high
level."
Earl A Cash, a partner at Hig-
gs & Johnson in the area of trusts
Sand estates, and banking la%. said
Bahamian trust practitioners and
an one connected with the indus-
try would be able to use the sem-
inar to update themselves on
global developments impacting


the sector.
He added: "When you look at
the assets under management in
trusts, it's really astounding and
mind-boggling."
Mr Cash said the seminar was
"tailor made in many respects"'
to the Bahamas, being very
focused and comprehensive on
issues relating to trust disputes.
He added that it would pin-
point many issues facing Bahami-
an trustees and other profession-
als on a daily basis, and said: "It
should be an excellent tool for
our professionals. When you deal
with the trust industry on a daily
basis, issues arise every day in
every shape and form.
"They do not function in a vac-
uum. It would naive for practi-'
tioners to think they function at
one level here. when the bar is
raised globally."
SMr Dunkley said of Higgs &..-
Johnson's decision to get involved
with the seminar: "We feel it's


our obligation to do our bit in try-
ing to assist the industry in keep-
ing them up to date and educate
them on new developments in the
industry.
"There hasn't really been an
educational effort of this nature
for a long time. We felt that it
would.be very helpful for the
industry."
The seminar is being held in
conjunction with the Society of
Trust and Estate Practitioners
(STEP), Central Law Training,
and International.Trust Compa-
nies Association (ITCA), and will
be held on June 6-7.


S.n-.c:Ol


FROM page 1B


shareholders, its chairman and
chief, executive, Craig Symonette,
and fellow director Franklyn But-
ler, are among the investors in
BSL Holdings Bahamas
Supermarkets' majority owner.
Nothing is likely to happen in
the short-term in regards to a pos-
sible merger between Abaco
Markets and Bahamas Super-
markets. This is because BSL
Holdings, having already taken
on a considerable debt load to
fund the Winn-Dixie purchase,
will not want to be further bur-
dened by Abaco Markets, still
carrying significant debt and yet
to return to consistent profitabil-
ity.
Yet this merger remains a dis-
tinct possibility. In fact, The Tri-
bune can reveal that there were
tentative talks between losing bid-
der, BK Foods, and Abaco Mar-
kets about just such a deal. Both
decided against it, although Aba-
co Markets is understood to have
adopted a 'wait and see' approach
as to whether BK Foods would
succeed with its offer.
Meanwhile, The Tribune has
learnt that Abaco Markets was
recently approached by Chad
Sawyer, owner, of Price Right on
the island of Abaco, and his busi-
ness partner, Super Value owner
Rupert Roberts, to see if the
BISX-listed company would be
interested in selling its assets on
that island.
Sources on Abaco have told
The Tribune that the Price Right
duo would only be interested in
the Solomon's Super Centre
store, not the Treasure Cay outlet
nor the Cost Right and Abaco
Wholesale properties.
The prospect of consolidation
may also raise concerns about
competition in the supermarket
industry. Where is that competi-
tion policy and legislation the
Government promised in the
wake of the Colina Insurance
Company purchase of Imperial
Life.
Abaco Markets
Apart from Mr Butler and Mr
Symonette, who has investments
in Lucayan'Tropical Produce and
Bahamas Ferries through the
Symonette Group, the BSL Hold-
ings investors also include Mr
Sunderji and Vaughn Higgs, pres-
ident of Nassau Paper Company.
Yet questions abound, particu-
larly concerning Abaco Markets.


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There has been so much specula-
tion, that The Tribune feels com-
pelled to call on the company to
publicly state whether Abaco
Markets is an investor itself in
BSL Holdings. Under BISX rules,
this has to be disclosed if so.
Second, will Mr Symonette step
down as Abaco Markets chair-
man and chief executive, having
only assumed the latter post with-
in the last month? If he is going to
assume an active role with
Bahamas Supermarkets and hold
a leading position there, it would
be an obvious conflict of interest
with his Abaco Markets post.
This needs to be clarified, even
though The Tribune has been told
he does not have a leading role.
Some Abaco Markets share-
holders are undoubtedly going to
be feeling a little miffed, believing
that the BSL Holdings deal is the
first step towards Mr Symonette
'abandoning' them to go with a
stronger company their chief
competitor! Whether this is so is
not clear, but the sentiment is
likely to be there, particularly giv-
en the spectacular destruction of
shareholder value at Abaco Mar-
kets. Both BISX and the Securi-
ties Commission need to ensure
the rights of minority sharehold-
ers in Abaco Markets and
Bahamas Supermarkets are pro-
tected.
Bahamian ownership
BSL Holdings was forced to
drop Neal & Massy, the Trinida-
dian group that had a 40 per cent
stake in its bid, due to concerns
the Government would not
approve the group because of for-
eign ownership.
Under the National Investment
policy, retail is supposed to be


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reserved for 100 per cent Bahami-'
an ownership. Dropping Neal & -
Massy helped BSL in the shokt-;
term because it will have eased
the approvals process, removing,
BK Foods last remaining truimrg
card, but it also cost them their
operating partner.
This episode illustrates the
choice the Bahamas will have.tao,
make between further integration;
with the world economy and
allowing in foreign-owned busi-
nesses, or maintaining the pro-
tectionist National Investment
policy, which is totally at odds
with the World Trade Organisa-
tion (WTO) rules.
Fred Mitchell, minister of for- -'
eign affairs, has acknowledged
that the National Investment pol- .
icy is likely to come under
increasing pressure. There are
already precedents, such as Sagi-
cor's 20 per cent interest in Fam-
ily Guardian.
Will it work?
For BSL Holdings, manage:
ment will be the key to making its
acquisition go. There are few
'red-hot' retailers in the Bahamas,
and they have a good base from
which to start, but repaying the
debt on $54 million will be tough:
Given that Bahamas Super,
markets made almost $7 million
in its last fiscal year, BSL's share
of that would have been $5.7 mil-
lion. And that was aided by Aba-
co Markets' hurricane-induced
problems in Freeport.
Still, the one-year transition
services agreement with Winn-
Dixie will give BSL Holdings
breathing space to decide what it
wants to do with the company,
develop an alternative supply
chain and replace Neal & Massy.


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0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
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1 2867 1 2307 Colina Mo.r.iey Market Fund 1 286r.,66
2.7451 2.3329 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.7451 ***
2.3560 2.2072 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.329423**
1.1643 1.1006 Collna Bond Fund 1.164331****
1--." "LL 3it. RI ir L io'. 'e ~ '' '' I. l-ET TTE MI, ILD last 12 .rr,.:r. lr. .ll.l le,-a s a.llia D, l ir-g prle NAV E.
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52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity 05 May 2006
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 priorweek ** 01 May 2006
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 **- 30 April 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 ... 31 March 2006


SThe Partners of

Gibson, Rigby & Co.

are pleased to announce
that as of the 1st day of May,2006


Melissa L. Selver


has joined the firm

S Nassau Chambers
East Bay Street Shopping Centre
East Bay Street
Tele: (242) 393-6000
Fax: (242) 393-7000


Exuma Chambers
Queen's Highway
George Town
Tele: (242) 336-3485
Fax: (242) 336-3487


Email: lawyers@gibsonrigby.com
Website: www.gibsonrigby.com


NOTICE OF VACANCY

LEGAL ASSISTANT


Excellent opportunities for career advancement
exist in the Legal Department of The Grand
Bahama Development Company Limited. The -
Company invites qualified applicants to apply
.for the position of Legal Assistant.

The successful candidate must have at least
three (3) years experience as a Legal Assistant
in the fields of conveyancing, commercial
transactions and probate matters, and must
be proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel..-


The successful candidate must also have:-


1. Completed a recognized paralegal/legal
executive course: OR
2. A minimum of five (5) B.G.C.S.E. '0' Levelt-
or equivalent, two (2) of which should ty
Math and English with grade 'C' or highe-

Resum6s with supporting documentation o
should be sent to: .o

The Personnel Manager ;
The Grand Bahama Development
Company Limited
P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama ;

DEADLINE FOR RECEIPT OF RESUMES IS&.
JUNE 14, 2006. .;


"Treh Mt, OLo 7 Thy t ay"..J, i6n 119:33

Invites applications for qualified Christian teachers for the following
positions for the 2006-2007 school year.

Journalism/Literature (Gr. 10-12)
Religious Knowledge Bible (Gr. 7-12)
Math (Gr. 7-12)
Physics (Gr. 10-12)
Agriculture (Gr. 7-9)
Technical Drawing (Gr. 7-12)
Accounts/Commerce/Economics (Gr. 10-12)
Physical Education (Gr.. 7-12)
Spanish (Gr. 7-12)
Geography/History (Gr. 10-12)
Chemistry
Business Studies (Gr. 10-12)
Health Science (Gr. 7-9)
General Science (Gr. 7-9)
Computer Studies (Gr. 7-12)
Music (Gr. 7-12)
Biology (Gr. 10-12)
Language Arts/Literature (Fr. 7-12)
Art/Craft (Gr. 7-12)
Food Nutrition (Gr. 10-12)
Home Economics (Gr. 7-9)

Applicants must:

iA. Be a practicing born-again Christian who is willing to subscribe
to the Statement of Faith of Temple Christian Schools.
B. Have a Bachelor's Degree in Education or higher from a
recognized College or University in the area of specialization.
C. Have a valid Teacher's Certificate or Diploma.
D. Have at least two years teaching experience in the relevant
subject area with excellent communication skills.
E. Applicants must have the ability to prepare students for all
examinations to the BJC/BGCSE levels.
F. Be willing to participate in the high school's extra curricular
programmes.

Application must be picked up at the high school office on Shirley
Street be returned with a full curriculum vitae, recent coloured
photograph and three references to:


Mr. Neil Hamilton
4 The Principal
ST yaa p High School
~ie [-7566.
Deadlinefor applications is May 25th, 2006
Deadlinefor applications is May 25th, 2006


nancal Advisors Ltd.
Financial Advisors Ltd.


A)oMaKet


Abaco MarKets
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Benchmark
Bahamas Waste
Fidelity Bank
Cable Bahamas
Colina Holdings
Commonwealth Bank
Consolidated Water BDRs
Doctor's Hospital
Famguard
Finco
FirstCaribbean
Focol
Freeport Concrete
ICD Utilities
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate


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LEGAL NOTICE


International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)


AFRINVEST SECURITIES LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4)
of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000),
AFRINVEST SECURITIES LIMITED is in Dissolution.
The date of commencement of dissolution is 31st day of March,
2006.
Exulta Anstalt, Kirchstrasse 33,
FL-9490 Vaduz
Liquidator
We look forward to receiving the draft Notice to approve.
Yours sincerely,
MOSSACK FONSECA & CO. (BAHAMAS) LIMITED
Lauren Ramsay,
Corpoeare Administrator



LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE


IRELAND'S EYE LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-named
Company is in dissolution, which commenced on the 18th
day of May, 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., of
P.O.Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.



ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)






COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2005
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/Gen/No. 206
COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION (CLE)

NOTICE

THE PETITION OF HOSEA COX IN
RESPECT OF:-

ALL THOSE piece parcels or lot of land being Lot Number 283
measuring approximately 4.27 acres and Lot No. 284 measuring
approximately 4.98 acres and situate between Cow Pen Road
and Oxford Street situate in the Western District of the Island of
New Providence and being bounded NORTHWARDLY by a
Forty (40) feet wide Road Reservation and running thereon Five
Hundred and Thirty and Seventy-five Hundredths (530075) feet
thereon Eight Hundred and Twenty-four and Fifty nine Hundredths
(824.59) feet SOUTHWARDLY by a Forty (40) feet wide Road
Reservation and running thereon Five Hundred and Twenty-five
Hundredths (528.25) feet EASTWARDLY by Lot Number 282
and running thereon Seven Hundred and Six and Seventy-six
Hundredths (706.76) feet which said piece parcel or lot of land
is shown on the plan attached hereto and is thereon colored RED.

HOSEA COX claims to be the owner in fee simple in possession
of the said land and has made application to the Supreme Court
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of The
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 to have his title to the said land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined declared
in a certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in accordance
with the provisions of the said Act. A plan of the said land may
be inspected during normal working hours at the following places.

a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, 2nd Floor BitCo
Building, New Providence, The Bahamas.

(b) The Chambers of V. Alfred Gray & Company, Suite
#5 The Malcolm Building, Bay Street & Victoria Avenue,
Nassau, The Bahamas.


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person or persons
having dower or right of dower or an Adverse Claim or Claim
not recognized in the Petition shall on or before 26th day of July,
2006 file in the Supreme Court of the City of Nassau aforesaid
and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a Statement of his
Claim aforesaid non compliance with this Notice will operate as
a bar to such claim.
V. ALFRED GRAY & CO.
Chamber
Nassau, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


Cable &


Wireless


eyes BTC


FROM page 1B

He added that the Govern-
ment was "starting out" by
offering Bluewater a 49 per
cent stake in BTC, the same
percentage on offer during the
failed 2003 process. The Gov-
ernment would retain the
remaining 51 per cent, with
Bluewater gaining manage-
ment control if it were suc-
cessful.
Among Bluewater's princi-
pals are Roger Ames, former
chairman and chief executive
of Warner Music Group, and
president of Warner Music
International from August
1999 to August 2004.
Also involved is the former
chief financial officer of a UK-
based cable operator called
NTL, John Gregg. He was for-
merly managing director of
two European broadband
cable operators, Cablecom


"They've indicated they want to
talk to us when we've finished
the process. They're basically
saying they believe, if given the
opportunity, they may be a good
fit up here, but they will have to
wait until we've completed talks
with the Bluewater group."
James Smith


GmbH and iesy Hessen
GmbH.
Mr Gregg was also manag-
ing director of the Cellular
Communications Inc group of
companies, which operated cell
phone networks in the US,
Puerto Rico, the US Virgin
Islands and Italy.


NOTICE

POSITION AVAILABLE
Terrain Design and Management is a small design firm focused on
sustainable landscape design solutions for high end residential and
estate properties, resort developments, and public parks.
Terrain Design and Management is currently looking for a creative
landscape architect/designer with strong
communication/graphics/design skills. Candidate should have a
degree. in landscape architecture (from an accredited University)
and two or more years of experience. Candidate must have knowledge
of landscape architecture design concepts (including planting,
hardscape, grading and irrigation) Candidate should also have some
experience in project management, design development, construction
documents, and bidding. Strong AutoCAD Skills, good organization
& communication skills and proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel
are a must for this position.
Please submit resume via post, fax or email to:
TERRAIN Design & Management
P.O. Box N-7320
Nassau, Bahamas
email: terrain@coralwave.com
Fax: (242) 394-8114





COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2005
IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/01389B
IN THE MATTER of The Quieting of Titles Act, 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER of The Petition of Charles Thompson
NOTICE OF PETITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Charles Thompson of St.
Andrews Road in the Eastern District of New Providence, the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is applying to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, is applying to the
Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas to have
his title investigated and determined and declared under the
Quieting Titles Act, 1959 (Ch. 393) in respect of the land hereafter
described, that is to say:
"ALL THAT piece of parcel or tract of land comprising
Two and eight hundred ad fourteen thousandths (2.814)
acres situate in the Malcolm Allotment Subdivision in
the Southern District of the Island of New Providence,
one of the islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
and being Allotment Number Sixty-two (62) on a plan
of the said Malcolm Allotment Subdivision that is
bounded NORTHWARDLY by a Twenty (20) foot wide
Road Reservation and running thereon One hundred and
sixty and eighty-three hundreths (160.83) feet,
EASTWARDLY by Allotment Number Sixty-three.(63)
in the said Subdivision and running thereon Seven
hundred eighty-seven and fifty-seven hundredths (787.57)
feet, SOUTHWARDLY by vacant land in the said
Subdivision andrunning thereon One hundred forty-
nine and seventy-three hundredths (149.73) feet,
WESTWARDLY by a Ten (10) foot wide Road
Reservation in the said Subdivision and running thereon
Seven hundred ninety-six and forty- six hundredths
(796.46) feet, which said piece parcel or allotment of
land hassuch shape, marks, boundaries, positions and
dimensions as are shown on the plan submitted with the
Petitioner's Petition and delineated in PINK"
AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the Petition and
Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office hours
at the following places:
i. Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher House, East Street
North, New Providence, The Bahamas
ii. Sharon Wilson & Co., Chambers, No. 57 Jerome
Avenue, Pyfrom's addition, New Providence, The
Bahamas.
AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any person
having dower or right to dower, an adverse claim or a claim not
recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 30th day of June
A.D., 2006 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner
or his Attorney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form supported
by Affidavit
FAILURE OF ANY PERSON to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the said date will operate as a bar to
such a claim.
Dated this 8th day of May A.D., 2006
SHARON WILSON & CO
Chambers
No.57 Jerome Avenue
Pyfrom's Addition
New Providence, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner '


With NTL, he had experi-
ence of offering 'Triple Play'
services, meaning that tele-
phone, television and Internet
services were provided down
one line.
Among the key issues likely
to dominate the negotiations
between the Government and


Bluewater are the price the lA-
ter is willing to pay; conditions
of any agreement; the extent
of the monopoly BTC holds 4,.
fixed-line and cellular services,,
and how long it will be mainr
trained; capital expenditure an ,
how much Bluewater is witl'
ing to put into its business plap.;,
how much the group would
invest in training Bahamians;
the composition of the Board;
and management agreement .^
BTC's financial perfofr
mance, said to have recoverqe,d
to a $34.533 million net profit.
in 2005 from $8.34 million,ii4i
2004, is heavily dependent oni
its cellular monopoly to keep
the company afloat.
Competition has eroded
BTC's profitability and rqe-
enues in about almost eve.y,
other area it competes in. anqd
opening up cellular whilI
benefiting the Bahamian pri-
vate sector and residential ~cop.-
sumers could impact BTC..
*01


2005/CLE/quiU01390B


COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS
IN THE SUPREME COURT


IN THE MATTER of The Quieting of Titles Act, 1959
AND
IN THE MATTER of The Petition of Millard Bethel
NOTICE OF PETITION

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that Millard Bethel of North
Palmetto Point, Eleuthera, the Commonwealth of The Bahamas,
is applying to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth.of'The
Bahamas to have his title investigated determined and declared
under the Quieting Titles Act, 1959 (Ch. 393) in respect ofthe
land hereafter described, that is to say:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land located Fifteen
(15.00) feet SOUTH of the centerline of the main'i
Eleuthera Highway and more fully described as bounded
NORTHWARDLY by the main Eleuthera Highway and
running thereon Five Hundred and Eighty-three and Six
Hundredths (583.06) feet, EASTWARDLY by a Public
Roadway known as Pau Pau Bay Road and running '
thereon a total distance of Eleven Hundred and Seventy-
nine and Eleven Hundredths (1179.11) feet,
SOUTHWARDLY by land the property of Eleuthera
Land Company Limited and running thereon for a total
distance of Five Hundred and Sixty-eight ard Sixty-two
Hundredths (568.62) feet, WESTWARDLY by land the
property of Eleuthera Land Company Limited and running
thereon for a total distance of Eleven Hundred and Seventy-
five and Forty-seven Hundredths (1175.47) feet continuing
back to point of commencement the said piece parcel or,
tract of land described aforesaid comprises a total area
of 16.070 Acres and is delineated in PINK on the plaif
submitted with this application AND ALL THAT piece
parcel or tract of land located approximately Eighteen
Hundred and Fifty-two (1852) feet SOUTHWARDLY
of the main Eleuthera Highway and immediately Westside
of a Public Roadway known as Pau Pau Bay Road and
more fully described as bounded NORTHWARDLY by
land the property of Eleuthera Land Company Limited
and running thereon Three Hundred and Five and four
Hundredths (305.04) feet, EASTWARDLY by a Public
Road also known a Pau Pau Bay Road and running thereon
for a total distance of Four Hundred and Two and Five
Hundredths (402.05) feet, SOUTHWARDLY by land
the property of Lady Cochran and running thereon Eighty-
one and Thirty Hundredths (81.30) feet, EASTWARDLY
by land the property of the aforesaid Lady Cochran and
running thereon Two Hundred and thirty-eight and Twenty-
three Hundredths (238.23) feet, SOUTHWARDLY by
land the property of.Western Securities Limited and
running thereon a total distance of Two Hundred and
Eighty-seven and Eighty-nine Hundredths (287.89) feet,
WESTWARDLY by Pau Pau Bay Pond and running
thereon for a total distance of Six Hundred and Thirty-
one and Twenty-two Hundredths (631.22) feet continuing
back to the, point of commencement the said piece parcel .
or tract of land described aforesaid comprises a total area
of 3.931 Acres and the both pieces parcels or tracts of
land contains a total of Twenty and one Thousandth
(20.001) Acres and are delineated in PINK on the plan
submitted with this application.

AND TAKE NOTICE that copies of the Petition-and:.
Plan of the said land may be inspected during normal office hours
at the following places:

i. Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher House, East Street
North, New Providence, The Bahamas.

ii. Sharon Wilson & Co. Chambers, No. 57 Jerome Avenue,,
Pyfrom's Addition, New Providence, The Bahamas.,

iii. The Administrator's Office, Governor's Harbour,
Eleuthera, The Bahamas.

AND FURTHER TAKE NOTICE that any person
having dower or right to dower, an adverse claim or a claim not-
recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 30th day of June
A.D., 2006 file in the Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner:
or his Attorney an Adverse Claim in the prescribed form supported
by Affidavit. FAILURE OF ANY PERSON to file and serve an
Adverse Claim on or before the said date will operate as a bar to
such a claim.

Dated this 8th day of May A.D., 2006.
SHARON WILSON & CO.
Chambers
No. 57 Jerome Avenue
Pyfrom's Addition
New Providence, The Bahamas
Attorneys for the Petitioner


I







MONDAY, MAY 22, 2006, PAGE 5B


V./ %w/yL. %. L sv , I %-.I .4 v


-FROM page 1B
JL.

thi' Budget for revenue this
year, and next year we didn't
factor in too many of the new
projects into it," Mr Smith said.
"56 if they come in, it will be w
wvlidfall." Revenues for 2005-
2b16'had been projected at
$~P145'billion.
.;This Budget will be the
fcdiith:one prepared by Prime
Minister Perry Christie's gov-
cAnment, the 2002-2003 ver-
si6n having been the one large-
lf"left in place by the outgo-
inK'FNM administration.

Projections
'Sfr Smith said the Govern-
rSnnt had begun including
dgetary projections for the
fittwo years with its Budget
sttfefiii6its adding that this
se~"fdijsri "'disciplinary tool"
to previentEiichecked spend-
ing and ensure the administra-
tion was meeting its fiscal tar-
i !k ,:f:,... !. -. '."


gets.
While previous administra-
tions have loosened the gov-
ernment purse strings in the
Budget the year before a gen-
eral election is due, in the hope
it will help obtain votes, Mr
Smith said this would not hap-
pen in the context of the 2006-
2007 Budget framework. *
"As far as the Budget, we
don't anticipate that," Mr
Smith said.
Fiscal hawks such as the
Nassau Institute have long
been concerned about the ris-
ing national debt and consis-
tent fiscal deficits the Govern-
ment has been running, argu-
ing that these are unsustain-
able in the long-term and are
leaving future Bahamian gen-
erations burdened by debt.
In the 12 months to Decem-
ber 31, 2005, the national debt
rose by 7.7 per cent or $194.2
million to $2.732 billion, com-
pared to a 5.6 per cent or
$134.2 million rise in 2004.
However, Mr Smith said the
argument concerning the


S., Legal Notice

i NOTICE
RBC/FINCO INVITES TENDERS
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of
the tWolluo, m ,,
, -. ', .
?^ALLt THAT .piece parcel or lot of land being Lot B,
-l tViihaiei"Robd, situated in South-western District on
'fithe ~klandtof New Providence one of the islands of the
Comnomo0nedthh of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a
SinglcC:.uInu RIidLici consisting of (2) Bedrooms, (2)
SBadlmm,., ,, "
i:i; iWs~s.iH -. Prdperty:Size 19;123 sq ft,
xbi ~, iIldiu. Siz/e t2,752 sqft
..; i S l. n it , l* *e
This property is being ,s,, d under.Power of $ale.gcntained
in m'-a lortgge t; FINANCE :CORPORATIONS OF
THE BAHAMA' S LIMl 'ITE'D.:' ;
.ll of'crs ssbouhlI'tlc l.t .inled in ritin' in a sealed
en elope., :iddri-.-d I., tih. Manager, Royal Bank
,.-:( 'OI-oi t. tleI'i. 13, Box N--540. Nasiau Bahamas
,,-iandsmartd"dTnlde.,0465?'Altl pff. r miust be cie;ri ed by
S-the:close;of business 4:00 p.m; Friday 2nd June, 2006.

:t 0 ) "; . ** *. i' "

Legal Notice

NOTICE
RBC/FINCO INVITES TENDERS

- RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of
Sthe following:
*: "ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot#21
n &22, Blk# 47, Nassau Village situated in the Eastern
'District on the Island of New Providence one of the
islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
-'thereon is a Single Family Residence consisting of (3)
Three Bedrooms, (1) one Bathrooms.
Property Size 5,000 sq ft
Building Size: 880 sq ft
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained
,,j a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATIONS OF
STHE BAHAMAS LIMITED.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed
envelope, addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank
SC'llectionsI Centre, PO. Box N-7549, Nassau Bahamas
,,,ad marked "Tender 9994". All offers must be relieved by
ihc clo.,c of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 2nd June, 2006.




Legal Notice

NOTICE

RBC/FINCO INVITES TENDERS
~,-nB).GRFINCO invites tenders for the purchase of
"' the following:

.YAliL'THATipiece parcel or lot of land being Lot Coral
Meadows Subdivision, situated in Southern District on
the Island of New Providence one of the islands of the
lifCommonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated thereon is a
Single Family Residence.
SProperty Size 7,500 sq ft
N a. : Building Size: 1,448 sq ft
'Ti ._ pt'p11 t is being sold under Power of Sale contained
in a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATIONS OF
THE BAHAMAS LIMITED.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed
envelope, addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank
Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau Bahamas
and marked "Tender 0676". All offers must be recieved by
the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 2nd June, 2006.
5 , 5/ ,, ,' ,


Bahamas national debt was
more complex than that. He
pointed out that rather than
just focus on the pure num-
bers, other factors such as the
debt's composition, whether
the country could service it and
meet repayments, the debt-to-
GDP ratio and who held the
Bahamian national debt all had
to enter the equation.

Debt

Mr Smith said the Bahamas'
external debt was less than
$500 million, meaning that it
was not heavily exposed to
international commercial
banks and other lenders.
And some 39 per cent of the


Bahamas' domestically held
debt was held by other gov-
ernment agencies such as the
National Insurance Board
(NIB). 4
Mr Smith said $0.18 of every
$1 spent by the Bahamian gov-
ernment went on debt servic-
ing interest, amortisation and
principal repayment com-
pared to $0.86 of every $1 in
Jamaica.
He added that the Govern-
ment closely watched the levels
of national debt, and said its
main concern was the Bahami-
an economy's openness and
vulnerability to external
shocks, such as the September
11 terror attacks and hurri-
canes.


EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

Construction company is looking for a qualified
person to work in their purchasing/dispatch
department. Knowledge of construction supplies and
equipment and purchasing/inventory systems are
required, with good written skills and computer skills.
Please e-mail resume with passport photo to
LAURIANNBAH@YAHOO.COM, or mail
c/o P.O. Box CB-10990, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that PAMELLA.LEWIS OF JEROME
AVENUE, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 15TH day of MAY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that IRIS AGATHA SCOTT OF 7
WINDSOR PLACE, NEW PROVIDENCE, 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 20TH day of MAY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


LEGAL NOTICE

NOTICE


BAHIABRAZ CORPORATION



Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137 (8) of the International Business Companies
Act 2000, the dissolution of BAHIABRAZ
CORPORATION has been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the Company has therefore
been struck off the Register




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)




Legal Notice

NOTICE
RBC/FINCO INVITES TENDERS
RBC FINCO invites tenders for the purchase of
the following:
"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land being Lot#64,
Section #2, Tropical Gardens situated in the Eastern
District on the Island of New Providence one of the
islands of the Conmmonwealth of the Bahamas. Situated
thereon is Vacant Land.
Property Size 8,050 sq ft
This property is being sold under Power of Sale contained
in a Mortgage to FINANCE CORPORATIONS OF
THE BAHAMAS LIMITED.
All offers should be forwarded in writing in a sealed
envelope, addressed to the Manager, Royal Bank
Collections Centre, P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau Bahamas
and marked "Tender 1770". All offers must be recieved by
the close of business 4:00 p.m., Friday 2nd June, 2006.


BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
CONDENSED BALANCE SHEET (unaudited) '

March 31 December31
2006 2005.-
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 28,314 $ -
Accounts receivable, net 1,401,879 1,181,584
Inventory and other 3424441 301373
Loans 6,558 4.561
Deposits 12,900 12,900
Total current assets 1,792,092 1,500,418
Non-currentassets
Property, plant and equipment, net 5,947,481 5,793,384
Total assets $ 7,739,573 $ 7,293,802,

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS'EQUITY
Liabilities
Bankoverdraft $ $ 14,402
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities 556220 353346'
Security deposits 296,616 286,458
Total liabilities 852,836 654206

Shareloldeis' equity
Share capital 42,000 42.000
Contributed surplus 2,752,113 -2,752,113,
Retained earnings 4,092.624 3,845,483 T
Total shareholders' equity 6,886,737 6,639,596
Total liabilitiesandshareholders' equity S 7,739,573 S 7,293,802

See actcompan ving notes to unaudited conciknsed in'iin financial sitatemem in

BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF
INCOME AND RETAINED EARNINGS (unaudited)

Three months ended March31 .
2006 2005

Sales and services rendered S 1,711,708 S 1,260.681
Cost of sale and direct expenses 1,056,933 783.105
Gross profit 654,775 477,576

Expenses
Operating 403,731 3619&74
Interest and bank charges 3,906 4,919k
Total operating expenses 407,637 366906

Net income from operations 247,138 110.670
Retained earnings at beginning of period 3,845,486 3,635,169

Retainedearnings atendofperiod $ 4,092,624 $ 3,745,839

Earnings pershare .0t $ S03

See accompwanivg no"is .s findaiual staemmis .

BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOHS (unaudited)


Three months ended March 31
2006 2005
Cash and cash equivalents provided by (used for):
OPERATING ACTIVITIES
Net income S 247,138 5 110,670
Adjustments for itens not involving use of cash:
Depreciation 261,981 205,791
Bad debt expense 12,048 19,763.
Change in non-cash working cap ital itenm
(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable (232,343) 88,204
Increase in inventory and other assets (41,068) (249,168)
Increase in accounts payableandaccrued liabilities 202,874 34.623
Increase in security deposits 10,158 5,204
Netcash flowprovided by operating activities 460,788 215,087

INVESTING ACTIVITIES
Purdrase of fixed assets (416,075) (156.813)
Advances (collections) of loans (1,997) 6.937
Netcash flowusedin investing activities (418,072) (1.49,876)

Increase in cash and cash equivalents 42,716 65.21 1

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period (14402) 152,161

Cash andcash equivalents at endof the period S 28,314 S 217372

See iacominpaning note, to tnaittiled comki setliein fiintaail .stlmentits..

BAHAMAS WASTE LIMITED
NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDEMNS ED INTERIM FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
Mardi 31, 2006

I. CORPORATE INFORMATION
Bahanas Waste Limited ("BWL") was mncorporatel under the laws of the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas on August 18, 1987 under the nameof Bahamas Waste Systems Limited. On December 7,
1999, the Company changed its name to Bahamas Waste Limited. The latest audited accounts of
the BWL were prepared on Decenber 31.2005.
The quaaer ends of BWL fall on Mardl 31, June 30 and Septembel 3(0. with the year end of the
Company being December 31.

2. SUMMARY OF SIGNIFICANT ACCOUNTING POLICIES
These condensed interim financial statements have been prepared in aciurdance with Intmnational
Accounting Standard 34, Interim Financial Reporting, using the same accounting policies apphed in .
the Decenber 31.2005 audited financial statements.

3. EARNINGS PERSHARE
Earnings per share were calculned basel on the shares outstanding at the end of the period, whid
approximately average shares outstandingduring the period.
2006 2005
Shares outstanding at Mard 31 4,200,000 4,20,0100

4. SIGNIFI( ANT TRANSAC rONS
During the quarter. BWL entered into transactions with relied parties. All transactions wr
conducted at arms length and no significant obligations to the related parties existed at Mardi 31
2006.


5. COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES
The Company guarantees its compactors for a 60-day period from the date of purchase. The
Company is reimbursed by the manufacturer forany claims paid under such guarantees.


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Companies


SSOCIETY of Trust and Estate Practitioners
(STEP) members gave a presentation at last
week's Bahamas Institute of Financial Services
,(Bi.FS) seminar on the proposed Private Trust
Company legislation.
The law is currently in draft form and await-
ing final approval by the Government and indus-
try participants: .-


STEP panel participants shown above, from
L to R, are: Heather Thompson, partner Higgs
& Johnson; Dianne Bingham, manager, private
banking Scotiabank; Andrew Law, president
and chief executive, International Protector
Group; and Lucia Broughton, associate, Lennox
Paton.


NOTI.,
*," .. i- ,_,._ __:__..__,_ _ _ .__,

IN THE ESTATE OF ELAINE HALU
late of Westland Avenue, Worthing West
Sussex, England, United Kingdom, :i
: Deceased

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate
are required to send the same duly certified in
writing to the Undersigned on or before the 31st
day of May, 2006, after which date the Executors
will proceed to distribute the assets having regatr,
only to the claims of which they shall then have
had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are requested
to make full settlement on or before the dale
hereinbefore mentioned.

HIGGS & JOHNSON
Attorneys for the Executors '
Chambers
P.O. Box N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore, .
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas






GooD INVESTMENT OPPORTUNITY

Two Story
APARTMENT COMPLEX
3.324 sq ft
S Lot No. 15 Block No. 19.
6,540 sq ft
Centerville Subdivision, Nassau
r,. ,, C Comprising four'apartment
units .


For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact: , ....
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit at: 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed 1o: i;':
The Commercial Credit CollectiOn Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahhmas'
to reach us before June 15, 2006.
The right is reserved to reject any or all offers.

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CIAN


A bank and trust company is accepting applications for a Compliance
Officer.

Knowledge/Skill Requirements
Extensive working knowledge of compliance policies and internal
control procedures.
Detailed understanding of Bahamian financial legislation.
Minimum 3 years supervisory experience in compliance and/or

Operations.

Bachelors Degree with a concentration in Finance, Economics
Accounting or Law.
Certified compliance, audit or internal control credentials or BACO
membership would be a plus. .
Superior analysis, communication (oral and written) and project
management skills.
Extensive working knowledge or PC applications.

Duties

Developing / ensuring that an adequate AML/CFT and compliance
programs exists which suitably cover the risks associated with all \
business activities, products and processes.
Administering the compliance program through the disseminationr
of any relevant training programs or materials aimed at improving
the Bank and Trust Company's compliance culture and adherence
to regulatory requirements.
Developing procedures for, and periodically executing, independent :
in-depth testing of the effectiveness of business' compliance with
applicable local laws, regulations and policies.
To ensure compliance with relevant legislation, group interna'i;:
policies and procedures.
Staff training.
Play an active role in monitoring, containing and eradicating'
reported and emerging control issues as well as the status of
corrective action plans and escalating any slippages to seniori-


has a vacancy for the position of

GROUP ACCOUNTANT

1 PROFILE:
A minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Accounting or
Finance and professional accounting qualification (CPA)
Three five years relevant bank/trust company experi-
ence preferred

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Prepare financial records for all groups

Prepare Central Bank reports, financial statements, lead
schedules, and management reports
Maintain bank records and reconciliations

Manage and maintain general accounting systems,
policies, procedures and accounting administrative
services

Treasury management responsibilities

Supervise accounts personnel
Assist with audits

Ability to work with minimum supervision

Strong verbal and written communication skills and
organizational abilities
Good knowledge of software packages including MS
Office

The successful candidate will report to the Financial Controller
The successful candidate will be offered a competitive
compensation package including benefits and bonuses
commensurate with his/her experience and performance.
The Human Resource Director
Fidelity
51 Frederick Steet
P.O. Box N-4853
Nassau
f: 326.3000
e-mail: careers@fidelitybahamas.com


management.
* Verifying that operational procedures and internal controls exist!,.
for every product and service provided by the organization,
commensurate with level of inherent risk through periodic
independent testing.
* Reporting to Senior Management on. the adequacy and efficacy of
the system of internal control (accounting, operating and
administrative).
Please fax your CV along with references to the attention of: ''
Chief Operating Officer
Fax: 242-325-6765
'_ ,* "* . ., i,


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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
USING his height and an
effective jab, Jermaine 'Chu
Chu' Mackey looked like a
"runaway train" as he out-
slugged Mexican Julio Gon-
zalez in a sixth round TKO
victory on Friday night.
Fighting in the co-main
event of the First Class Pro-
motions' WBA vacant
FEDECaribe lightweight title
won by Meacher 'Pain' Major
over Mexican Luis 'Lichi'
Couch in a first round TKO,
Mackey prevailed in what he
called his toughest battle so
far to improve his win-loss
record to 10-0.
"It really was a great win
for me," Mackey said
after the fight. "The fellow
was tough. I thought I would
have stopped him, but he got
away, so I just stuck to my
game. I had to prove to him
that I can take it and I can
give it."
Mackey, the Bahamas
super middleweight champi-
on who was coming off a vic-
tory over an American oppo-
nent in Florida at the begin-
ning of the month, got a little
annoyed by the jeering from
Gonzalez in the third. He
retaliated by flooring Gon-
zlez twice in the same corner
before the bell saved him.
But it wasn't until the sixth
that Mackey felt he had
enough. He slowly picked
away at Gonzalez and even-
tually pinned him on the
ropes where he went to work.
That was when Mackey
unleashed another flurry that
dropped Gonzalez in the
same corner as the previous
two times.
Then Gonzalez watched as
Trinidad & Tobago's refer-
ee Tommy Thomas issued
the mandatory eight count.
This time, Gonzalez, realis-


* SOFTBALL
By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
THE TBS Truckers won their first game of
the young New Providence Softball Association
season against a familiar foe.
The Truckers captured a 12 4 victory over
the New Breed in just five innings.
Usually near the top of the league stand-
ings, the Truckers began this season with an
uncharacteristically slow 0-2 start.
However, against a young New Breed team,
they got off to a quick start scoring one run in
the first inning, when centrefielder Ramon
Storr scored on a passed ball.
The momentum continued in the second
inning with a strong eight run performance
that secured the win for the Truckers.
The New Breed broke down at the plate giv-
ing up two walks and hitting two batters, and in
the field, making a number of errors.
Jamal Johnson added a home run for the
Truckers to put the finishing touch on a near-
ly perfect offensive inning.
With the game already out of reach, they
added two more runs in the fourth for the fifth
inning, seven run mercy rule win.
New Breed also came out fast scoring two


* JERMAINE 'Chu Chu' Mackey delivers a strong blow to the head of Julio Gonzalez.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)


ing that he had taken enough,
decided not to get up.
Thomas signaled the end
of the scheduled eight
rounder as Mackey jumped
for joy inside the ring.


Thanking his sponsor, Wal-
lace Auto and his
trainer/coach Ray Minus Jr.,
Mackey said he tried to stay
within the game plan and
avoid trying to take his oppo-


nent out too early because of
the reputation of the Mexi-
cans.
"So I just took my time,
felt him out and waited for
the right time to get in a good
punch," Mackey stressed.
"The fellow was a fighter. I
thought I had.him out, but
he came back really strong. I
just waited and everything
just came into play."
Now it's onto his shot at
the Caribbean Boxing Fed-
eration's super middleweight
title on Friday, July 28. "I'm
just going to stay in shape
and get ready for the oppor-
tunity when it comes."
On the undercard, in what
turned out to be the fight of
the night, Elkena 'Ali' Saun-
ders and Jamaican Richard
'Hard Heel' Planter fought
to a six-round draw. But
many felt that Saunders
should have been given the
edge.
"It was a judges' decision,
but I can't feel bad about it


because I should have taken
him out a little earlier,"
Saunders charged. "He hit
him with a few good shots.
and I hit him with everything
I had and he still stood
around. I just tried to out-
score him.
"He's a good fighter. He
rocked me a couple of times,
but being in sparring sessions
with Meacher and Choo
Choo, that helped me to pre-
pare myself for those type of
shots that he threw."
Planter, who lost to Mack-
ey in one of his previous trips
here, was a little more disap-
pointed than Saunders. With
his left eye puffed up from
what he claimed was "a head
butt," Planter said he knew
that he had to win impres-
sively fighting on the road.
"He woke me up," said
Planter, who admitted that
Saunders was no pushover.
He immediately called for a
rematch.
Two other four round


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fights were staged between
Bahamians to complete the'
undercard. Anthony 'Syco'
Woods pulled off the upset
with an unanimous decision
over Richard 'the Hammer'
Pitt and Kaito 'Red Lion't
Ferguson won over Seah
'Doodle Bug' Laing.
"I just came out and
fought. There was no back- -
ing down. I had to do this,"
said Woods, who wais
embraced by his mother. .
Pitt, back in town from'
Exuma where he's working ",
at Four Seasons, admitted'
that his lack of sparring-:
affected his performance. "I '
ain't lacking in my training,':
exercising and lifting weights-': -,
He got a couple of shots, but::
he surprised me with his
power."
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for a big knockout punch, but '
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runs in the first inning, but could not maintain
the pace following the Truckers offensive out-
burst.
Offensively for the Truckers Jamal Johnson
went two for three, scoring two runs and two
RBI. Adrian Hutchinson and Ramon Storr
both went one for two and scored twice, with
Storr collecting two RBI. Marvin Wood was
one for three with one run scored and had two
RBI.
For the losing New Breed, Kieron Munroe,
Sherman Ferguson and Garfield Bethell all
went one for two and each contributed one
run.
Van Johnson was the winning pitcher and
Leonard le France was tagged with the loss.
With just a single game on the N.P.S.A
schedule over the weekend, make up games
will be scheduled for tonight at the Churchill
Tener Knowles Stadium.
The Boomer G. Swinger's will take on the
Whirlpool Eagles at 7 p.m. and will be fol-
lowed by the Stingray's Sporting Club
versus the Electro Telecom Dorsey Park
Boys.
Tomorrow's action will see the Britely's
Angels taking on the Whirlpool Eagles and
the Electro Telecom Dorsey Park Boys versus
the New Breed.


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* BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MEACHER 'Pain' Major
needed just two minutes and
15 seconds to become the new
World Boxing Association's
FEDECaribe lightweight
champion.
Just shy of completing the
first round of their scheduled
12 round bout on Friday night
at the Wyndham Nassau
Resort & Crystal Palace Casi-
no, Major stopped Mexican
Luis 'Lichi' Couch with a
TKO (technical knockout) to
add the crown to his Bahamas
lightweight title that he won
last year.
Only the second Bahamian
to hold such a title, joining
Grand Bahamian Sherman
'the Tank' Williams, the for-
mer FEDECaribe heavy-
weight champion, Major said
there's a lot more to come this
year.
The Kemp Road resident,
who will be hailed today at
1pm for his achievement in a
motorcade leaving the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium, thanked
God for "blessing him with
such a wonderful talent".
"I knew I had to pace
myself and waited to land
some clean shots," he said.
"Once I did that, I was able
to stop him."

Anticipated
Although many of the spec-
tators who packed the ball-
room had anticipated the
knockout, it came quickly as
Major went right to the body
Af Couch.
"I heard him breathing hard
a few times," Major said. "So
I just paced myself and waited
for the right time to attack
him."
When he did, Major
unleashed a left-right combo
and a right that floored
Couch. Immediately after ref-
eree Tommy Thomas from
Trinidad & Tobago stepped
in and issued the mandatory
eight count, the ring doctors
rushed in and checked out
Couch.
After they completed their
analysis, Couch was able to
walk out of the ring on his
own as the celebrations began
for Major.
In a show of appreciation,
Major thanked the fans,
including "those in my kick-
boxing class, everybody from
my family, my mother and
father and friends for coming
out and watch me put on this
show."
The show was organised by
First Class Promotions headed
by promoter Michelle Minus,
who said: "There's nothing
you could do if the fight is


stopped early. We have world
title fights with guys like Roy
Jones and Evander Holyfield,
who go into fights and it's
stopped early. I think we had
a good fight in the making.
Meacher just stopped him ear-
ly."
Next up for Major will be a
shot at both an Intercontinen-
tal and British Common-
wealth lightweight title.
"I'm going to get back into
the ring on Monday and just
continue preparing for what-
ever fight come my way,"
Major stated. "But I'm gear-
ing up for the British Com-
monwealth title shot in July.
Hopefully from there, I can
get ready for a World title
fight."
WBA's director Dr. Calvin
Inalsingh said Major fought a
"very tough" competitor.
Inalsingh, a resident of
Trinidad, said Couch just went


up against a more "talented"
fighter who is on his way to
getting a rating in the FEDE-
Latic division for a title shot,
which will propel him into the
WBA ratings and eventually a
world title shot.
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Housing Neville Wisdom,
who headed the list of digni-
taries at the show, said "We
have another champion and
so we need to celebrate him."
Wisdom urged the Bahami-
an public to come out and par-
ticipate in the motorcade that
will leave the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium at 1pm and trav-
el through the streets of New
Providence.
"Outstanding performance.
He inflicted major pain on his
Mexican opponent," Wisdom
summed up. "The whole
country is very proud of him.
So we will celebrate with him
in a very tangible way."


Knowles and Nestor go


down fighting in final


* TENNIS
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
MARK Knowles and Daniel Nestor's run at
their fourth title of the year came to a halt on Sun-
day despite a gallant come-back effort at the
Masters Series in Hamburg, Germany.
After eliminating the top, seeded team of twin
brothers Bob and Mike Bryan in straight sets in
the semifinals, the number six seeds Knowles
and Nestor suffered a heartbreaking 6-2, 7-6 (8)
defeat to the No.4 seeded team of Paul Hanley
and Peter Ullyett in the finals.
Knowles and Nestor gave it their all in the final
set after struggling in the first.
They rallied back from a 4-2 deficit, holding
serve at 4-3 before they held and broke for a 5-5
tie.
The match stayed even as both teams held


serve the next two games, forcing the tie-
breaker.
Again in the tie-breaker, they played it close
until Hanley and Ullyett broke up an 8-8 tie to
pull off the game, set and match as Knowles and
Nestor fell short of duplicating their winning feat
in this same tournament in 2003.
Knowles and Nestor had their winning streak
snapped at 11-0 in the process and they, were
denied their 17th ATP Masters Series title as
they went after their third consecutive ATP .
crown.
This was the eighth final that Knowles and
Nestor played in for the year and they were going
after their third Hamburg title on the 10th
anniversary of their first triumph together as a
team in 1996.
Hanley and Ullyett secured their berth in the
final with a 6-4,7-5 decision over fifth seeds'fa-
rice Santoro and Nenad Zimonjic.


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