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Workers from three

other laboratories

join protest

Chief Reporter
THE blood bank "sick out"
at Princess Margaret Hospital
has spread to three other labo-
And it could become an
"institution-wide" problem if
concerns of laboratory techni-
cians are not addressed, a union
chief warned yesterday.
However, late yesterday
afternoon hospital officials con-
firmed that after a meeting with
the worker's union the 17 lab
employees taking part in the
sick-out will return to work
The hospital also assured the
public that there has been no
disruption to the delivery of lab-
oratory services.
Bahamas Public Services
Workers Union president John
Pinder told The Tribune that'
the sick out has spread to three
other laboratories connected
with the hospital.
He said workers at the STAT,
hematology and microbiology
labs called in sick yesterday as
an expression of solidarity with
colleagues at the blood bank.
Hospital administrators were
accused of pulling people from
these labs to work at the blood
"What these workers under-
stand now is that PMH will con-
tinuously call on them to help
with a situation that is not going
to be fixed unless the adminis-
tration deals with it," said Mr
P,. inder.
SOn Friday, a number of
workers at the blood bank

called in sick to protest what
they claimed was a "perpetua-
tion of an unfair work sched-
Health officials said normal
operation of the blood bank was
not disrupted .during the sick-
out, but promised to move
quickly to address employees'
However, Mr Pinder said yes-
terday the issue still remained
"It is unfair for the adminis-
tration at PMH to give the
impression that there are no
serious issues or these issues are
not serious. Unless they get to
work to resolve these issues
they will escalate to other areas
of PMH," Mr Pinder said.
Managing director of the
Public Hospital Authority Her-
bert Brown and chief hospital
administrator Coralee Adder-
ley in a joint release said they
met with Mr Pinder to ascer-
tain concerns that would have
led to the sick-out.
Subsequent to this meeting it
was noted by Mr Brown that
several of the concerns raised
had already been addressed.
The outstanding matter relat-
ed to scheduling and the
employment of more staff. Mr
i Pinder was informed that pro-
visions have been made by
;PMH in the 2006/2007 budget
;to address the staffing deficit.
Mr Brown said he is adamant
that the Public Health Author-
ity values its employees and
seeks to ensure that all of their
concerns are addressed as expe-
SEE page 11

THE hod.J\ of 3-\ear-
old Clitford Smith Jr, miss-
ing since Siturda\ night.
\\as discovered Iloating off
the eastern end of Pajadisc
Island around 10am yester-
Mr Smith's body, dressed
in a pair of short black
trousers and one black ten-
nis shoe, was pulled from
waters behind the Harbour
Colony residence on Par-
adise Island.
SAccording to Inspector
Walter Evans, Smith's body
may have been in the water
for some 24 hours. His face
was bruised. However,
Inspector Evans said foul
play was not suspected, but
investigations are continu-
. However, family mem-
bers do suspect foul play.
Jonelle Smith, sister of
the deceased, said he was
last seen around 8.30pm on
Saturday when four female
friends picked him up for a
boat cruise aboard The Yel-
She said the family was
SEE page 11

FNM claims government signing 'secret

agreements' for development projects

THE FNM has accused government of
signing "secret agreements" behind the
backs of the people of the Bahamas in a
number of larger development projects.
According to a release from the FNM,
when the governance of the country is
regained by the party, the Freedom of Infor-
mation Bill which they claim was "left to
languish" by the present PLP government,
will be enacted into law.
"The electorate now understands that
when the Prime Minister says consultation
he really means delay, indecision and pro-
crastination. Why do today what you can
put off for a month, a year, or even an entire
term in office? In our view the term consul-
tation is inadequate in describing how gov-
ernment should cooperate effectively with
others to pursue the common good.
"We believe that good governance

requires greater collaboration across gov-
ernment departments and between govern-
ment and various national stakeholders.
Prospects' for collaboration in the present
Government are dim., The present Cabinet is
really a collection of individual fiefdoms
with weak and indecisive leadership at its
core. We now have a Prime Minister who
not only cannot control, nay coordinate, his
Cabinet, but actually seems to be afraid of a
number of its more aggressive members."
According to the release, a prime example
of such a lack of control was the most recent
and highly public debacle at the Water and
Sewerage Corporation.
"For government to cooperate better with
all stakeholders, it must first coordinate its
own business. That is why the FNM is com-
SEE page 11

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It is time to institutionalize.

a culture of consultation

OME residents of Chippingham are
complaining about the lack of con-
sultation over the construction of low-cost
homes which will amount to an extension of
that community. They have a point.
The present PLP government came to
office proclaiming loudly and frequently
that it was to be a government of consulta-
tion, and followed up with a flurry of
appointments of commissions and commit-
tees in pursuit of this policy.
After a while it appeared that, in some
cases at least, this was merely a cover for
indecisiveness, and in others the policy was
ignored altogether. No grand affair of state
is involved in the construction of new low-
cost housing, no appointment of commis-
sions necessary, just the simple and sensible
idea-of talking with those who would be
most'immediately affected.
As it turned out, there was in this partic-
ular case a matter of concern to the whole
nation, and that is the possible destruction of
ecologically important land in the area.
Also, the new houses are to be built next
to awell-established community and the
people of Chippingham were entitled to the
courtesy of being consulted about that, at
least informed.
From the comments published in The Tri-
bune, it would appear that most of those
who are speaking up are being quite rea-
sonable. They understand that the govern-
ment must find property for low-cost hous-
ing, but they had some suggestions to put
/'One good idea is to give qualified per-
sons in the area an opportunity to work on
the project. An even better idea is that, since
Chippingham is a settled and somewhat dis-
crete community, the planning of the new
houses should have taken that into consid-

"We have been
talking for a long time
about introducing
local government to
New Providence but
little progress has
been made. Perhaps
the time has come to
consider defining the
limits of the City of
'Nassau and whether it
is feasible to proceed
with incorporation."

eration. It is not as if a new sub-division is
being carved out of the pine barrens.
Even with entirely new sub-divisions,
greater consideration needs to be given to

planning. For instance, it may be true that
land is scarce but in some of the newer sub-
divisions the houses are oppressively close
together. Also, it would not add too much to
the cost if there were at least two or three
alternate designs in every sub-division.
One Chippingham resident mentioned the
traffic problem. With these additional
homes there is going to be even more pres-
sure on an inadequate road system in the
area.'-- '. .
Infant View Road, which runs between
Chippingham and Nassau Street, is fre-
quently used by motorists trying to avoid
congestion on West Bay Street at peak
hours. But this road is so narrow that two
vehicles can barely get by each other at cer-
tain points.
We have been talking for a long time
about introducing local government to New
Providence but little progress has been
made. Perhaps the time has come to con-
sider defining the limits of the City of Nas-
sau and whether it is feasible to proceed
with incorporation.
Certainly, communities such as Chipping-
ham, Adelaide, Gambier and Bozine Town
(if it survives) are ideal places to begin the
local government experiment in New Prov-
In the meantime, government ministries,.
departments, agencies and utilities (pub-
licly- and privately-operated) should insti-
tutionalise consultation with all communities



when developments are likely to affect them.
The old colonial idea advocated by one
resident that the government can just hand
things down from on high is no longer
acceptable in the Bahamas. In fact, com-
munity consultation is standard practice in
developed countries and in many developing
ones as well.
For instance, the Bahamas government
owns two adjacent town houses in Mayfair in
London, one being the high commissioner's
residence and the other the chancery. Any
time there is proposed new construction or
change in an existing building or even
change of use for a property in the neigh-
bourhood, the local authorities would hand-
deliver a notice to the high commission.
All occupants of buildings in the area are
given the opportunity to comment on, or
object to, any proposed changes. But here in
the Bahamas you can go to sleep one night
and wake up the in the. morning with a park-
ing lot next door.


hen the electoral constituencies
were redrawn and renamed for
the last election, we were told that one con-
stituency would be designated Bain and
Grants Town in order to save these two his-

"It is better to stay
with landmarks such
as churches and
forts in naming
New Providence
constituencies. This
may also be better in
Grand Baham.a
where constituency
boundaries are
likely to change with
population shifts.

toric names. The intention was good but
that was the wrong way to do it.
Electoral boundaries change from elec-
tion to election, and naming the constituen-
cies after established communities is a mis-
take. People start referring to themselves
as living in Adelaide or in Fox Hill when
they may be some distance from either of
these two historic communities.
This started back in the 1960s. Prior to
1967, New Providence constituencies had


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good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
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names such as the Western District and the
Southern District, then South and South
But for the 1967 election, apparently with
the same idea in mind about pld historic
areas, we had Over-the-Haill constituencies
such as Fort Fincastle, Grants Town, St
Agnes and Bain Town -
two named after landmarks and two after
old communities.
The trouble was that the constituency of
Grants Town was between East Street. and.
Market Street and did not include what
some people regard as the very heart of
Grants Town: the area around St Agnes
Church between Market Street and Blue
Hill Road where former Governor General
Sir Orville Turnquest \\ as born.
So trying to save the old places by naming
constituencies after them does not work-and
only leads to more confusion. There is no
problem with saving places like Adelaide
and Gambler, for obvious reasons, but per-
haps Grants Town and Bain Town can bet-
ter be saved by local government designa-
tions or by putting up historical markers:
It is better to stay witli landmarks such
as churches and forts in naming New Prov-
idence constituencies. This may also be bet-
ter in Grand Bahama where constituency
boundaries are likely to change with popu-
lation shifts..
In islands like Abaco and Eleuthera it is
probably better to stay with North and
South rather than to use names of particular
towns and settlements.

4 ,*I. *

S ome 30 years ago I suggested that
we should think about changing the
names of some of our Family Islands, but the
idea was less than enthusiastically welcomed
at the time.
This archipelago is one of the most beau-
tiful in the world and it has a rich history as
the home of Arawak tribes and the landfall
of Christopher Columbus, which opened up
the New World to the Europeans. a.
Some of the Family Island names reflect
this history and beauty, including Bimini,
Exuma, Eleuthera, San Salvador, Inagua
and Mayaguana. But two of the most beau-
tiful islands in the chain have the most
unflattering names Cat and Crooked.
Perhaps now, as we look forward to more
development and the promotion of these
islands internationally, the idea of using
names more,reflective of their beauty and
history should be considered in consulta-
tion with the people who live there. It is a,
pity, for example, that the beautiful name
Guanahani has been lost to us.
We used to call Paradise Island Hog Island
but that was changed at the instigation of
foreign investors. We should not wait for
some other investors to inspire us. It would
be nice if we could do it on our own.



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TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006, PAGE 3'

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Two men in

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TWO men were arraigned in
the Magistrate's Court yester-
day on charges of possession
and conspiracy to posses a
quantity of dangerous drugs.
Glenroy Hutchinson 29, and
Marco Beckford, 31, appeared
before Magistrate Carolita
It is alleged that on Friday,
May 19 the men were found in
possession of 1.5 pounds of mar-
ijuana which police believed
they intended to supply to
A second count alleged that
between May 18 and 19, the two
conspired to posses a quantity
of marijuana with the intent to
Both pleaded not guilty and
were each granted $10,000 bail.
The matter was adjourned to
November 1.

Man denies



A MAN was remanded to
prison yesterday after he
appeared in Magistrate's Court
on a drug charge.
Andrew Davis, 29, was
arraigned before Magistrate
Carolita Bethel on the charge
of possession of dangerous
drugs with the intent to supply.
It is alleged that on Saturday,
May 20 Davis was found with
four-and-one-quarter ounces of
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge and was denied bail.

are injured

in traffic


Two Canadian contract work-
ers on the island of Exuma had
to be airlifted to New Provi-
dence after suffering injuries in
an automobile accident on Sun-
The two workers were said
to be travelling east on Queen's
Highway in the Tar Bay area at
around 9am when the driver
lost control of the vehicle and it
crashed into a utility pole.
Up to press time, however,
the identity of the two workers
had not been confirmed.
One is said to be in stable
condition, while the other
remains in serious condition.


International environmentalists

to consult on AUTEC committee

* MINISTER of Agriculture and Marine Resources, Leslie

.Tribune Staff Reporter
FISHERIES officials are
hopeful that they will now have
a more "well-informed" com-
mittee to investigate the day-to-
day operations of AUTEC -
thanks to the addition of inter-
national environmentalists as
technical liaisons.
Minister of Agriculture and
Marine Resources Leslie
Miller was paid a courtesy call
by local environmentalists Sam
Duncombe and Margo Black-
well, who were accompanied
by Dr Marsha Green and
Susan Millward, who are inter-

national experts on underwater
It has been alleged that sonar
testing conducted by the
Atlantic Undersea Testing and
Evaluation Centre (AUTEC),
a US Navy undersea testing
facility in Andros, was respon-
sible for the repeated beach-
ing of whales and other marine
mammals in the Bahamas in
recent years.
The environmentalists stayed
for a brief visit with the minis-
ter before leaving for Andros
to attend a local town meeting
to update residents on what is
being done in New Providence
and internationally to height-

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SSUSAN Milward (right) and D. Marsha reen (
* SUSAN Millward (right) and Dr. Marsha Green (left)

en sonar testing awareness.
Mr Miller said that he was
quite pleased to have met with
Dr Green and Ms Millward.
"I think it was a very infor-
mative meeting and anyone
who has the experience and
expertise with marine life any-
where in the world, who can
assist the people of the
Bahamas, the government
would be more than happy to
meet with them to further
enhance and safeguard what
we have in this country," he
As visitors to the country, Dr
Green and Ms Millward will
not be active members of the

committee, as they will not be
able to physically attend all the
However, they have agreed
to act as information consul-
tants and to help in any way
they can.
"I am very grateful for them
coming here this morning," Mr
Miller continued, "and I am
hoping that we will have them
as consultants on the commit-
tee that Dr Bethel and I are
putting together.
"I'm hoping that the people
at AUTEC would be so kind
and considerate to really be
open and frank with them and
transparent in their dialogue to

see that if there is a problem, I
and how collectively we can
solve that problem," he said.
While the environmentalists -
were very pleased to have the
meeting, Mrs Duncombe reit-
erated her disappointment that
she and Mrs Blackwell were
not included on the proposed.
A town meeting is planned.
for 7pm today at the College
of the Bahamas when the envi-
ronmentalists and other guests
are expected to speak to the
public on some of the effects
of sonar testing and other fiil-
itary exercises on marine mam-

Landing gear collapses on plane

PASSENGERS onboard a Conti-
nental flight from the Bahamas were
lucky to escape serious injury when the
landing gear on the aircraft collapsed.
According to a report in The Miami
Herald, the incident took place as the
aircraft was landing at the Fort Laud-
erdale-Hollywood International Air-
port on Sunday afternoon.

Flight 9137 left the Bahamas and was
making a scheduled landing in Fort
Lauderdale shortly before 5pm, accord-
ing to airport spokesman Steve Belleme
of the Broward County Aviation
There were reportedly 23 passengers
onboard as well as two pilots and a flight

The report said the passengers were
bused to the terminal while the disabled
plane, which was tilted to the right side,
remained on the closed runway.
An indicator in the cockpit showed
the right landing gear on the Beech 1900
was unsafe, Belleme said.
.The Broward Sheriff's Office Fire
Rescue were called to the scene as a

precautionary measure.
Officials at the Continental Connec-
tion office in New Providence said yes-
terday that they could not comment on' '
the incident as it did not occur locally.
The. Continental staff suggested that
The Tribune contact Gulf Stream Inter-
national in Florida, but calls to that office
were not returned up to press time.

AN URGENT appeal for
A-negative and O-negative
blood went out last night
after a teenage girl was bad-
ly injured in an horrific jet-
ski accident on Rose Island.
The girl, Megan Sands,
thought to be around 21,
received what a source
described as "appalling
injuries" when the jet-ski
ran up the beach late Sun-
day afternoon.
Megan is in the intensive
care unit at Doctors Hospi-
tal.'Her condition was said
to be stable but serious.





Megan, a passenger on the
jet-ski, was the victim of what
the source described as a "freak
"This is not one of those cas-
es where people were fooling
around," said the source.
"Megan somehow landed on
top of the machine as it ran
onto the beach.
"The next thing there was
blood everywhere. Several peo-.


pie witnessed the accident. It
was terrible."
Megan, whose parents are
marine mechanic Billy Sands
and his wife Cheryl, was enjoy-
ing a weekend of fun with her
family when the tragedy
Others on the beach saw the
jet-ski run up the sand. "The
next thing was that Megan was
lying on the beach and there

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How PLP manipulate Public Accounts

ON RISING on May 17 the House was
adjourned to Wednesday, May 31, giving
members exactly two weeks to study the only
audited report that has been tabled 2002-
2003 covering the "new" PLP's first financial
year in office.
On May 31 the House will open debate
on the 2006-2007 Budget. However, the Audi-
tor-General has not sent the Speaker the
audited accounts for the fiscal years ending
2004 and 2005. Government maintains that
the committee has no power to send for per-
sons and papers to give it any information on
those years. The accounts are being hidden
behind a convenient interpretation that says
the committee cannot demand the informa-
tion for 2004 and 2005 because those accounts
are yet to be presented to the House.
It is interesting that in 1987 former deputy
Prime minister, one-time finance minister,
now Governor-General A D Hanna did not
agree with that interpretation. In 1987, he
branded government's attempt to restrict the
committee "a disgrace."
In Mr Hanna's opinion the committee had
the power to call for persons and papers
whenever it needed information. It could also
look into the public accounts whether or not
those accounts had been presented to parlia-
He pointed out that if the committee could
deal only with accounts presented to the
House it "will be dealing with accounts that
are three or four years late." That is the very
problem facing PAC chairman Brent Symon-
ette today. He is now dealing with accounts
that are three years out of date. Based on
these he is expected to speak with intelligence
On a budget for this country for 2006/7. What
happened in 2004 and 2005 are the years that
are important to this debate.
On May 11, Mr Symonette complained that
although Government tabled the Auditor-
General's report last month for the fiscal year
2002-2003, he was given only three copies for
a five-member committee. He said the com-
mittee would not deal with the accounts until
it had a copy for each member. Before the
House adjourned last Wednesday, Mr Symon-
ette was given the missing two copies, while 40
copies of the 2002 audit were delivered to the
remaining parliamentarians. Remember 2002
has nothing to do with the PLP government
and so, unless the House intends to waste
time debating the FNM administration, that
audit is not relevant for the May 31 debate.
Of interest in the 2003 report, which, inci-
dentally was a qualified report bythe auditor-
general, was that the auditor's certificate val-
idating the accounts was dated July 25, 2005.
However, the letter from the auditor-general
presenting them to the Speaker was dated
April 11, 2006. Where have those accounts
been for the past year and why were they
withheld from parliament for so long?
On April 26, in an interview with The Tri-

bune, Mr Symonette said that in past years the
process of disclosure was open and frank, and
both the FNM and PLP governments used it.
However, he said, since 2003, things have
been changed and the process has been shut
That is not true. The first PLP's tactics of
non-disclosure were masterful. The "new"
PLP are just taking a page out of their book.
There was nothing new even in the Speak-
er's ruling on May 3 that Mr Symonette's
questions to Prime Minister Christie to obtain
information from the Auditor-General was
out of order because implicit in it was the
suggestion that the auditor's work was under
the control of the prime minister. Didn't sec-
tion 136(5) of the Constitution say that the
"Auditor-General shall not be subject to the
direction or control of any other person or
And so just to ask a question of the Audi-
tor-General would suggest an attempt to con-
trol him. Have any of our readers ever heard
of such baloney? Remember that nonsense
when next you call your own accountant
before you to clarify a matter..
This tactic is nothing new. It comes right
from the arsenal of the late Sir Lynden Pin-
dling's government in 1990 when the Auditor-
General refused to appear before the PAC.
When the PAC turned to Speaker Sir Clifford
Darling for assistance he told the House he
had no power to order the auditor to appear.
However, the following day Mr Hubert Ingra-
ham, who was then chairman of the commit-
tee, told the House that the Auditor-General's
position had been misrepresented in the
House by the Speaker, and that he had every
assurance that "the Auditor-General is will-
ing to discharge his duties to parliament."
While the Auditor-General flew to a UK
conference, he sent his deputy to answer the
PAC's questions, among them how much
money ministers had spent on travel.
The PLP's 1987 accounts were so tangled
that the Bahamas went into the 1992 general
election before the committee could report.
Bahamians gave the Pindling government
the boot before it could implement another
device it had planned to cripple the PAC.
Early in 1991 the PLP. proposed that the
PAC's membership should be increased from
five to eight four from the Opposition and
four from Government, with the chairman
being an Opposition member. But, as with
everything proposed by the Pindlirtg govern-
ment, there was a catch. It would now take
five members to make a quorum. This meant
that Government had full control of the com-
mittee. If it didn't want a matter investigated
all it had to do was instruct its four members
to stay at home and there could be no meet-
ing. By August of the following year the PLP
were out of office.
This is the only manoevre now left for the
new PLP to attempt.


freedom off


EDITOR, The Tribune
Following is a letter by Mr
Paul L Adderley, co-chairman
of the Constitutional Commit-
tee, to Dr Brent Hardt, Deputy
Chief of Mission, American
Embassy, Nassau.
Dear Sir,
I read the reports of the
Videoconference, held at the
United States Embassy on
World Press Freedom Day, for
the benefit of The Tribune,
Guardian and Journal, when
United States media leaders in
press freedom presented the
concept of a Freedom of Infor-
mation Act for The Bahamas.
Unfortunately, nowhere in
the report which 1 read in The
Tribune and The Guardian was
there any reference to the Pro-
visional Recommendations of
the Constitutional Review
Commission for a Freedom of
Information Act being pre-
scribed by Parliament in pur-
suance of an amendment to the
Fundamental Rights and Free-
dom provisions of the Consti-
tution in The Bahamas.
Since the Videoconference
was obviously organized by the
Embassy, the two foreign par-
ticipants would not know of the
Constitutional Commission or
its recommendations, but they

ought to have been inf
There are, however, an'
a number of explanati
this omission by Bal
newspapers. Firstly, no
read the recommend
because they had not r
Report; I favour this e
tion. Secondly, they hg
the Report but chose to
it because they did not
source. Thirdly, they h;
the Report but had forg
or fourthly the Report
cussed but the three pap
sent for their reasons ch
to want to agree with th
mission publicly.
Elevating Freedom o
nation to a Constitutior
is still a good idea, part
directed at the Governm
not exclusively.
Co-Chairman, Const
al Review Commission
May 5 2006
(Nor was it mention
the suggestion for a F.
of Information Act w

mentioned in the PLP's ;e Wc-
tion manifesto, "Our Plan'in
2002. In that manifesto it fas
announced that a "fresh wind
(was) blowing" for a *"stroingei
Bahamas and a' brighter
formed. future." :
y one of (Item 6 on the last pagerof
ons for "Our Plan", which had a'pho-
iamian tograph of Prime Minister
)ne had Christie on the front, said the
nations following: ,- .-
ead the ("6. In making our Gotern-
xplana- ment more responsive:aAid
ad read more efficient to bring about
ignore more public and open Go:ern-
like the ment the people ought to:,be
ad read given a legal 'right to know'
gottenn it subject to security and personal
was dis- privacy. There ought to he a
ers pre- constitutional ainendnient pro-
lose not viding for Parliament;tot pre-
e Com- scribe a Freedomiof; Informa-
liin Act to break the'cultuire of
f Infor- secrecy in Goverhmenttdeci-
lal right sions % which leads Lo' arrogance
icularly in governance and a loss of pub-
ent, but lic confidence in Government."
(As usual fine sounding
words, but without action. "e
RLEY in the press hale learned notto
itution- take this government's promise
es even recommendations -
too seriously.
(As Sir Stafford Sands used
ied that to say: "Paper "vill sand _till
freedom and let you write anything on
as first' it." --Ed).

Why Baker's Bay is setting a good

example for future developments

EDITOR, The Tribune .
I WRITE in reference to
"The Bakers Bay Project" on
Great Guana Cay in Abaco. My
father was a cab driver for some
30 plus years and as a child
growing up he envisioned the
eventual growth and prosperity
of Abaco in the tourism indus-
try and asked that we (his chil-
dren) prepare for it.
Today I am seeing his vision
being fulfilled.
Discovery Land Company,
one of the many investors in the
Bahamas today, has entered
into a Heads of Agreement with
the Government of the
Bahamas to develop one of the
most beautiful pieces of prop-
erty on the face of the earth,
Baker's Bay. It was the true nat-
ural beauty that attracted them
here, so why should some say
that they will destroy it? It
makes no sense!
Baker's Bay has always main-
tained an open door policy, and
without fear of contradiction
has invited anyone to come on
tour and see the development

for themselves, not only to see
that they have complied with
all Bahamian laws as it relates
to the well being of Bahamians,
marine life, reefs, mangrove
preserves and the conservation
and protection thereof, but in
most cases exceeded them.
Baker's Bay cannot only pro-
pel the tourism industry here,
but with the standards they are
setting can be an example for
future investors to follow.
I have spent twenty-three
years in the airline industry,
always putting country above
self. If I thought that this project
would in anyway be detrimental
to Abaco, I would not be work-
ing here.
I want my Government to
know however that this is the
same company that they all sat
at the table with and signed the
Heads of Agreement and in
turn announced to the Bahamas
this great development that will
be so good for the people and
future of Abaco. Nothing has
changed with Discovery Land
Company, so why is it that the
Government remains so quiet

on the issue? I say to them
"stand for something or you will
settle for anything." t
I am really grateful and at the
same time sympathetic to my
employers for their unwaveriiag
support and commitmenttto
what we all believe in. Though
some of us are out of jdbs
because of the undertaking,
they have kept most of us here
with positive hopes of the truth
being told. Many would hate
sent everyone home until the
matter is solved, especially siffce
it has been over five nionths
and counting since the under-
taking. Discovery ;_andc Con-
pany is not just a good 'c ,rmpa-
ny; they are a "Great L..:pa-
ny" and will build the be' o-
ject in the Bahamas.
I speak out because devel6p.-
ing projects like Baker's Bay it
is the way forward for "Oui
Bahamas" and "My Bahamas".
Director of Transpoitation
Baker's Bay Golf and Ocean
Club, Nassau '
May 12 2006. !-:


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Tribune Freeport
SFREEPORT- A resident of
,Tamarind was robbed of a
deposit bag on Friday while'
walking toward the First
Caribbean Bank on Pioneers
,Way and East Mall Drive,
According to Grand Bahama
:: Inspector Loretta Mackey
reported that the incident
occurred sometime around
3.25pm as the resident was
,heading to the bank. The man
told police that a slim-built man,
'about five feet, five inches tall,
,wearing black trousers and a
cap, approached him and
snatched his deposit bag, con-
taining cash.
SThere was a struggle and the
culprit pushed the complainant
to the ground, escaping with the
bag and its contents.
SThe police are asking any-
one with information to contact
the police at,352-1919 or 911.
Inspector Mackey is also urg-
ing the public to be more vigi-
lant of their surroundings when
making a deposit or after mak-
ing a withdrawal at the bank.

Flights to

US resume

after ash


1; Caracas
AIRLINE officials in
Venezuela said Monday that
flights to the United States had
resumed after a cloud of vol-
Scanic ash in the Caribbean sus-
i.pended some international
flights over the weekend,
p, according to Associated Press.
SAmerican Airlines' flights
were beginning to operate nor-
,mally again Monday; the Fort
Worth, Texas-based company's
director in Venezuela, Omar
,Nottaro, told Union Radio.
SA flight to Miami had left'
,early Monday while other
scheduled flights later in the day
,to Puerto Rico and New York
,were on track, he said.
,.;. Venezuela's largest carrier,
.Aeropostal, said it hoped to
. restore full operations between
,;Caracas and Miami on Monday.
,, Francisco Paz, president of
SVenezuela's aviation authority,
told Union Radio that all inter-
national and domestic flights
should be operating normally
SA dome atop a volcano on
Montserrat island collapsed Sat-
urday, sending volcanic debris
,cascading down the mountain
,and shooting ashes into the sky.
A huge cloud of ash billowing
from the volcano forced the sus-
pension of flights to Miami,
,Aruba, Cuba, Curacao and oth-
Ser destinations on Sunday.

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Minister: the Bahamas 'cannot afford'

amnesty period for illegal immigrants

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Bahamas is
unable to consider offering any sort
amnesty to the large number of illegal
immigrants living in the country accord-
ing to Minister of Labour and Immi-
gration Shane Gibson.
Mr Gibson was in Grand Bahama on
Friday to clarify misunderstandings
regarding his new immigration policy,
which has received much criticism in
recent weeks from human rights
activists in Freeport.
He also re-emphasised his commit-
ment to ridding the Bahamas of illegal
immigrants, and regularising those who
qualify for work permits, permanent
residency and citizenship.
Human Rights leader and lawyer
Fred Smith believes that the immigra-
tion policy should one that promotes
development. He said the Grand
Bahama Human Rights Association is
promoting the process of legalising and
not criminalising illegal immigrants.
According to Mr Smith, Haitians are
a source of cheap labour and could pro-
vide a much-needed human resource
for all the anchor projects and large
developments that are coming on
stream throughout the country.
However, Mr Gibson said the
Bahamas is too small to absorb large
numbers of illegal immigrants like oth-
er big countries.
"I will not put the Bahamas in the
Position where we would even consider
any sort of amnesty because we are not
able to absorb the large number of
immigrants in the Bahamas the way the
United States and some of the other
bigger countries can.
"The Bahamas just simply cannot
afford it. All you have to do is look at

* MINISTER of Labour and
Immigration Shane Gibson

our education system and health care,.
and the burden it is creating right now
in both those areas, and you will know
that the country simply cannot afford to
create an amnesty period."
Mr Gibson said that the human rights
association has not requested a meeting
with him, but continues to complain
about the government's immigration
"As I read and see where individuals
are talking about Grand Bahama being
in a depressed economic state right now,
I find it strange that while they talk
about the number of persons who are
unemployed they would encourage us
to continue to give out hundreds of
work permits.
"Now you can't have it both ways. If
the economy is depressed then why

would anybody want to encourage me
to give out hundreds of work permits,"
he said.
"We have Bahamians who are able
and willing to fill these jobs. I think the
biggest problem is in a lot of the cases
companies don't want to hire Bahami-
ans to do certain jobs not that
Bahamians don't want to work; they
don't want to hire them.
"And then when they want to hire
them they don't want to compensate
them properly, and so when you are
willing to compensate foreigners one
set of wages, you want to accommo-
date Bahamians with a low category of
"And for an economy that is
depressed it is not our intention to fur-
ther depress it by continuing to give out
hundreds of work permits when the
same persons are complaining that. there
are lots of persons here in Grand
Bahama looking for work."


Mr Gibson said the Immigration
Department is in the process of regu-
larising hundreds if not thousands of
immigrants who qualify for either work
permits, permanent residency or citi-
He also indicated that they are taking
all possible steps to repatriate illegal
Haitian-Bahamian resident Jetta Bap-
tiste had threatened to seek interna-
tional assistance if the Immigration
Department continues to arbitrarily
arrest children and other innocent
She called on Mr Gibson to re-eval-
uate the so-called new immigration poli-

Mr Gibson said he is willing to sit
down with critics and hear their 'con-
cerns, but will not allow the issue to
become confused.
He stated that Chapter 191, Section 9
of the Immigration Act spells out very
clearly the power of the immigration
The minister explained that when
immigration officers come in contact,
or receive information that somebody
is residing in the Bahamas illegally, they
have an obligation to investigate.
"It must be mrade very clear that
immigration officers working along with
police officers don't just go haphazard-
ly looking for illegal immigrants.
"Once we receive information that
illegal immigrants are in a particular
area, then of course, we are obligated to
investigate it. If it is determined at the
end of the day that a compound is hous-
ing illegal immigrants the officers would
then exercise their power of arrest and
Mr Gibson said the apprehension
exercises carried out in Grand Bahama,
Exuma, and New Providence were very
He admitted that the operation in
Eleuthera where a number of legal
immigrants were detained and trais-
ported to New Providence was an
"What happened in Eleuthera wasn't
the first time it happened in the
Bahamas. It happened under the FNM
when they picked up individuals and
had to release them, and it happened
under the first PLP government.
"They keep talking about Eleuthera,
why don't they talk about the success of
the other ones?
I don't say we would not make niis-
takes, but what I am saying is that we
won't make the same mistake twice," he

BAHAMIAN singer, produc-
er, and songwriter Kayla Edwards
died at the age of 60 Sunday on
evening after a seven-year battle
with bladder cancer.
Mrs Edwards' husband of 36
years, Attorney Desmond
Edwards, disclosed that just
before she died; he played for her
a song she had written for him
entitled: You're my everything,
oh my God You're my everything.
"She acknowledge my playing
by nodding her head, then a smile
played across her lips and a tear
dropped from her eye; she closed
her eyes and transitioned. We
spoke for a while and she had
indicated her peace with God, she
asked me to let her go and I told
her that I release her," said Mr
Kayla Lockhart-Edwards
began her journey of distinction as
the singer and teacher of the New'
Bahamian National Anthem on
ZNS radio'in 1972.
She then took on the task of
co-directing a 500-member cast
in an independence cultural
pageant in 1973.
Since she set out on the road to
becoming a "Cultural Ambas-
sador," she held positions as man-
ager of national events for the

PM pays tribute to

singer, songwriter

Bahamas Government, deputy
director of culture and president
of the Nassau music society.
She also founded the Chamber
Singers Institute of the Arts,
according to her official Biogra-
"As a cultural icon she had a
burning desire for Bahamians to
be proud of themselves proud of
who they are and she did every-
thing in her power to validate our
culture and that was her
life assignment," said Mr
Prime Minister Perry Christie in
a press release yesterday offered
his condolences to Ms Edwards'
"Kayla has been central to the
exposure of Bahamian culture...
In the period 1993 to 94, Kayla's
expertise vision and enthusiasm
'were utilised by her country when
she assisted in organising with oth-
ers, the presentation of the
Bahamas at the Smithsonian Folk

Life Festival of the Americas,"
said Mr Christie. "Her passing is
an opportunity for us to remem-
ber and to memorialise the con-
tribution she has made to the
development of culture'in the
According to her husband, a
memorial celebration of her life is
being planned for June 1. at
Bahamas Faith Ministries (BFM),
where the artistic and cultural
community will be able to express
their condolences and pay
respects to the late matriarch of
Bahamian culture.
On June 3 a home-going ser-
vice will also be held at the BFM
"I promised her that her legacy
would be safe with the Bahamian
people, and that I will ensure that
those dreams and aspirations that
she had for us will always play a
part in the cultural policy of this
country as far as I'm able," said
Mr Edwards.


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pack movie

theatres for

Da Vinci Code

DESPITE the controversy and specu-
lation about a possible ban, Bahamians
turned out in droves to see The Da Vin-
ci Code over the weekend.
Local cinema bosses could not be
reached yesterday afternoon to confirm
the exact size of the turnout, but movie-
goers report packed, screenings and a
number of sold out showings.
As many as three consecutive screen-
ings were sold out on Friday afternoon,
according to viewers.
The controversial film, which touts the
possibility that Jesus Christ was married
to.Mary Magdalene, had a child with her
and thit his lineage lives on to date,
broke.,international Box Office records
over the weekend.
Using ancient symbols, historical paint-
ings, churches and sites throughout
Europe, the film and novel contend that
the coveted Holy Grail is none other
than Mary Magdalene herself.
The film surpassed the expectations
of many Hollywood experts, taking in
over $77 million in North America (US
and Canada) and over $147 million over-

The film has surpassed the previous
record-holder the Revenge of the Sith
which had a $145 million opening last
While the film has been panned by
critics as a deficient book-to-movie trans-
fer, the film has nevertheless gained for-
midable popularity through its contro-
versial message.
Catholic Archbishop Patrick Pinder
has admitted that he would not encour-
age anyone to see the film, but said that
those who would take in a viewing should
stay strong in their faith.
In 2005, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone,
then a senior figure within the Vatican's
office of doctrinal orthodoxy, attacked
Brown's novel for being rich in "anti-
Catholic" prejudice.
Many churches and denominations
have urged Christians to boycott the
book on the grounds that it is blasphe-
mous and insulting about the founda-
tions of the Christian faith.
Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged a
boycott of the film.

* By Maxwell S A Turner
has authored aonovel which has
sold millions of copies entitled
The Da Vinci Code.
Many persons in recent times
have embraced Gnostic teach-
ings which insist that Jesus
fathered a child and that he was
married to its mother, Mary

Examining the ancient heresy which

inspired Dan Brown's bestselling nov

Just what do we mean by
Gnostic teaching? Gnosticism

(from the Greek 'gnosis', mean-
ing knowledge) is a system of
belief which became prominent
within second-century Chris-
tianity but which may have had
earlier, non-Christian roots.
Gnostics believed that they
were an elect group, saved
through acquiring secret
revealed knowledge about cos-
mic origins and the true destiny
of the spirit within people. In
later forms, this knowledge was
imparted by a heavenly
redeemer figure.
Gnosticism was considered a
heresy by the early Church
Fathers, particularly for its
appeal to secret traditions, its
deprecatory view of the Cre-
ator God, and its view that
Christ's body was not human
but phantasmal or of celestial
Dan Brown is not the only or
the first modern writer to pen a
novel about the life and times of
Jesus. About 10 years ago
another writer by the name of
Nikos Kazantzakis wrote a nov-
el about Jesus entitled The Last
Temptation of Christ.
This work acclaimed by The

New York Times Book
as "A powerfully moving
of a great spiritual vic
sold hundreds of thous
copies. But note that th
was a novel only; it w
intended by the author t(
actual occurrences.
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the prologue "This book
biography; it is the confe
every man who strugg
publishing it I have fulfi
duty, the duty of a perss
struggles much, was
embittered in his life, a
many hopes. I am certa
every free man who rea
book, so filled as it is wi
will more and more thi
before, better than ever
love Christ."
Some scholars claim 1
know very little abou
Christ that somehow tI
have been lost in history
scholars say that the ac
in the scriptures are unr
Others state that the wr
the Gospels Matthew
Luke and John- overstay
facts of Jesus's life and
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Strangely, some of the
same men and women who
reject the canonical books of
the Bible accept the specu-
lative, apocryphal books
7- such as the Gnostic-gospelsi
::: of Thomas-inrwhirch.hChrist.-,
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of fies Mary Magdalene as
ok Christ's sexual partner.
ot This month the very pop-
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40 million copies) book by
in Dan Brown hits movie
ta screens throughout the
of world.
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ny telling the truth? Brown's
ho book is based on a combi-
ch nation of the, Gnostic gospels
ad and medieval folklore that
at Jesus and Mary Magdalene
lis were man and wife and had
re, a daughter whose descen-
er dants founded the Merovin-
re, gian dynasty.
According to Brown, the
we legend of the Holy Grail is
us about Mary's womb, not the
cts chalice used by Jesus at the
ny Last Supper.
its The Easter edition of the
le. London Times reported that
of the Archbishop of Canter-
rk, bury in no uncertain terms
he condemned the film and
ns, book The Da Vinci Code as
er- being completely false and
misleading. A popular reli-
gious publication summed
the whole matter us as fol-
lows: "Brown's book is
revealing though not in
spiritual truth. There is no
spiritual truth in the book.
The book shows us the sad:
state of modern religion...We
need to face the fact that all.
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according to Associated Press.,
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On Friday police arrested
three young men, between the
ages of 23 and 26, after they
were allegedly found with five
pounds pf marijuana at a house
on Weddell Avenue.
In\ dstigations are continuing
into the master and charges are
expedfeidtbe'brought against
the suspects early next week.

detained in
A DUTCH national detained
on suspicipn:of participating in
the kidnapping and killing of
Natalee Hollo'w,a in Aruba is
fighting' request to bring him
to the island, his attorney's
office id7icccrdingh to Associ-
ated Prei.
Gerrd'toibhgsaid his client,
a croupier at the-casino in the
hotel where Holloway was stay-
ing, wgsuspected,of "assisting
in the.4,m}er, of the Alabamj
high school senior.
Holloway was 18 when she.
dsappeared'in May 2005 dunng
a graduation' Irip to the Dutch
Canbbean island of Aruba with:
classmates. She aas last seen
leavingWa bar With three young ;
men oniMay 30.
Dutch marines, the Aruban'
Coast Qgard,,the FBI and hun-
dreds'of volunteers have,
searched the island and coastal
areas of Aruba for Holloway,
to no avail.
The suspect was arrested
Wednesday and was being
questioned by Dutch police in
the city of Utrecht at the
request of Aruban authorities,
Spong said Sunday on the
Netherlands national television
broadcaster, NOS;
He has not been formally
charged. The questioning was
to continue Monday, he said.


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Cruise ship back in port

passenger not found

The cruise ship Mariner of the Seas
returned to Port Canaveral yesterday
morning, a week after one of its passen-
gers fell overboard on the way to the
Bahamian and US rescue teams have
suspended their search for the man who
disappeared off a Royal Caribbean
cruise ship last Monday. Aircraft and
vessels from the US Coast Guard and
Freeport's BASRA office searched 900
square miles of ocean between Grand
Bahama and Coco Cay, to no avail.
A search of 900 square miles of ocean
failed to locate 21-year-old Daniel Dip-
iero, WESH 2 News reported.
His disappearance did not stop the
cruise to the Bahamas, but vacationers
spent the rest of the voyage concerned
about their own safety.
Passengers disembarking the Mariner
of the Seas said they heard the captain
paging for Dipiero of Ohio the day after
he disappeared.
"I have a 21-year-old, and this one
was missing the first night out," passen-
ger Roberta Gertman said. "We were
just doing a lot of praying."
However, their prayers went unan-
swered. Royal Caribbean Cruise lines
sent passengers a letter to answer their
"The letter.said, that the young man
had smuggled some liquor on board,
and he was also being served a bunch of
drinks at the bar," passenger Susan
"The\ think he went back to his room
and drank some," passenger Nicole

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fourth deck, and he got up, was disori-
ented, and went over."
The letter also said a security camera
video showed a man that looked like
Dipiero leaning on a fourth deck rail at
the front of the ship. None of the pas-
sengers faulted Royal Caribbean Cruises.
"You can't put guys everywhere," pas-
senger Bill Prysner said. "There's always
a place if someone wants to do some-

thing, something can happen
Dipiero's disappearance
vacationers wondering if the s
could happen to them.
"He was only my age, an
too," Bickford said. "So, if he c
fallen over, that means if I g(
could have fallen over."
Others said they would pro
another cruise once they get
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Emergency personnel to form

joint plan for marine rescue

BAHAMIAN emergency
response personnel are work-
ing with US officials to form a
joint plan for future marine
rescue operations, it was
announced yesterday.
To this end, US Coast
Guard representatives and
delegates from local maritime
agencies are engaging in a
week-long seminar aimed at
interchanging information on
search and rescue operations*
and procedures.
According to US Coast
Guard liaison officer Lieu-
tenant commander Teiry
Johns, the US Embassy is co-
ordinating the event in con-
junction with the Bahamas
Air Sea Rescue Association
(BASRA), and the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force.
Some 10 different organisa-
tions including the Port
Authority, the National Emer-
gency Management Agency

(NEMA), BASRA and the
US Coast Guard are taking
part in the seminar which will
include a simulated search and
rescue exercise this week.
"We have Coast Guard rep-
resentation from Washington
DC and Miami who have
brought information regard-
ing lessons that the Coast
Guard has learned over the
many years to help formulate
some plans here in the
Bahamas regarding maritime
search and rescue", Com-
mander Johns told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
Commander Johns noted
that the seminar is aimed at
helping all relevant local mar-
itime agencies come together
more quickly and in a more
organised manner in the event
of a search and rescue situa-
Dennis Lightbourne, the
Commodore of BASRA, said
the seminar represents the
second "subject matter

exchange" that has taken
place under the initiative.
Mr Lightbourne said he
hopes that through the
event, local organizations
will be successful in forming
a working plan of how to
physically contact each oth-
er in the event of a maritime
"Last year all of the organ-

isations got to me
first time and go
each others ope
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STAFF at Bahamas Information
Services are still on "a head-on col-
lision course" with boss Edward
Ellis despite a warning from
Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
They are ignoring Mr Wilch-
combe's "work with him or quit"
threat and seeking union interven-
tion on an issue which they say is as
explosive as ever.
"What we have at the moment
is a kind of quiet turmoil," said a
source, "There is no talk of indus-
trial action or anything like that,
but people are far from satisfied."
Last week, Mr Wilchcombe
"read the Riot Act" to journalists
and other staff after they called for
Mr Ellis's removal.
They said Mr Ellis was not suit-
able for the post of BIS director
and treated employees "like pieces
on a chessboard."
But the minister told BIS work-
ers to co-operate with Mr Ellis or
hand in their resignations.
SOn Friday, Mr Ellis called a
meeting with staff which according
to sources ended in "chaos and
"There was.a ruckus, a virtual
shouting match, and Mr Ellis was
unable to impose his authority,"
said one. "The staff are still on a'
head-on collision course with this
Meanwhile, Bahamas Public Ser-
vice Union chief John Pinder has
been approached.
"He was unhappy with the min-
ister's 'support him or resign' atti'
tude," said a government insider. '
Mr Ellis took over as BIS direc-
tor in 2004 following the death of
popular Chris Symmonett, but staff
have never accepted him as being
the right man for the job.
However, Mr Ellis told The Tri-
bune last week that he had expand-
ed BIS's output since he took over.
He expressed surprise at the staff's

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Scientists look

for medicinal

compounds in

deep-sea reefs

FLORIDA researchers are
using a submersible craft to
explore newly discovered deep-
sea reefs between Florida and
the Bahamas for the first time.
A primary goal of the expe-
dition is to discover marine
organisms that produce chemi-
cal compounds with the poten-
tial to treat human diseases such
as cancer and Alzheimer's.

According to the United
Press International news
agency, scientists from the Har-
bour Branch Oceanographic
Institution, located in Fort
Pierce, Florida, along with col-
leagues from the University of
Miami, are exploring the reefs
that were discovered in 2,000
to 2,900 feet of water last

"We've found incredible and
surprising diversity at other
deep water reefs near Miami
and Bimini, and some promis-
ing potential disease treatments,
so we're very excited about the
chance to explore these new
areas," said Amy Wright, direc-
tor of the Harbour Branch Divi-
sion of Biomedical Marine

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The researchers believe the
reefs forn an extensive system
of steep slopes and mounds as
high as 350 feet, all of which are

likely to harbour a wide array of
sponges, corals, fish, and other
Harbor Branch's sea quest

has produced drugs nowv in
development for treating, .an-
cer, Alzheimer's, malaria, AIDS
and other ailments.

Teachers' union If,-

makes furniture

donation to' '=

Cancer Society '
i i H S-

ville yesterday, BUT president
Ida Poitier-Turnquest noted
that the union decided to make
the donation because "cancer
affects all families in the
"We would like to present
these gifts to the Cancer Society

All banking, typing, travel arrangements, assisting
with payroll at private residence and all
administrative duties included. Flexible hours,
preferably to work from home, but willing to come
-into the office as needed.
Please Call
Tel.#364-0067/Cell.# 454-7059


Human Resources
Bahamas & Caribbean
The successful candidate should possess the following
University degree in Human Resource Management,
Banking or Management (or a related field)
At least 5 or more years of experience in Human Resources
in a Managerial Role. Banking experience would be an
Strong communications and interpersonal skills: including
coaching, counselling, writing, negotiating and conflict
Strong leadership (including change leadership) and-
problem solving
Strategy development & organizational skills
Presentation/Training skills
Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Significant travel required
Responsibilities include:
Developing and executing strategic plans for the Human
Resource department to support Regional business
objectives for growth and profitability
Developing the Bank's Cash and non-cash Compensation
Leading Human Resources Departments for Bahamas,
Cayman Islands, Barbados & Eastern Caribbean Islands
(Total of eight countries)
*, Championing the succession planning programme
Responsible for developing and ensuring the execution
of the Regional ITaining Strategy
Providing coaching to employees both individually and
in groups
Developing and.executing strategy for employee
A competitive compensation package (base salary & bonus)
commensurate with relevant experience and qualifications.
Please apply before May 26, 2006 to:

The Manager
Human Resources
Bahamas & Caribbean
Royal Bank of Canada
P.O. Box N-7549, Nassau, NP, Bahamas
Via fax: (242)328-7145
Via email:

* FROM left, Ida Poitier-Turnquest (president of the BUT),
Terrance Fountain (president of the Cancer Society of the
Bahamas), Sherry Bastian (vice-president of the Cancer
Society) and Judy Ward Carter (board member for the Cancer

and we hope that it will assist
you in the work that you are
doing for cancer patients here in
the Bahamas," she said.
The items donated will be put
to use in the society's new Car-
ing Centre, which is used to
house cancer patients while they
are undergoing treatment.

Mrs Poitier-Turnquest went
on to say that she hopes the
donation is the beginning of a
good partnership between the
BUT and the Cancer Society.
She also said how impressed
she was with the work current-
ly being done by the society.
"I was invited to make a tour

In Memory

of the late

Errol Joseph


1942 -2003

We miss the smile that glowed on your face but God needed
someone special in his garden, to fill a space. While on earth
you were always a positive guide but now your living with
Jesus on the other side sleep on Errol, Continue to take your
rest. We will always love you but, God loves you best.
Sadly missed by your loving wife Judy, 5 children Edwis,
Kenrick, Timolin, Samantha & Meryl, 5 grand children,
family and friends.


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
c/o P.O. Box CB-10990, Nassau, Bahamas.


Plastic Surgery office is seeking a full time



Great benefits; including assistance in
funding for Specialized training.

Interested persons please fax resume to

328-6479 or all 356-3189
for further information.

* PRESIDENT of Ihe BUT, Ida Poitier-Turnquesl wilh
vice-president of the Cancer Society, Sherry Bastian

of the" Caring Center and I was
so impressed with the work that
the persons in the Cancer Soci-
ety are doing. We could not
help during Cancer Month to
make a donation toward the
work they are doing."
Among the array of items
donated was a love-seat,'an
assortment f towels and a
President of the Cancer Soci-
ety Terrance Fountain accepted
the donation on behalf of his

"We do express our appreci-
ation and the gifts will be put to
great use," he said.
The Cancer Society of the
Bahamas was created in 1976
with the aim of preventing as
many cancer cases as possible
and encouraging the early d'g-
n,._si' of cancer.
SThe Cancer Society is also
involved in patient education,
patient awareness and the&-o-
vision of information on"''he
methods of treatment available
in the Bahamas. '



An increasingly growing entertainment storel
seeks to employ a Sales Clerk to assist in the:


V Responsible '
V Respectful
S Team Player
V Motivated
V Good Personality
V Must have sure ride to and from wor
V At least 4 BGCSE's

Interested persons, please telephone :
392-2435 to set up an interview.

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
comrhunication/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 architpcture design concepts (including planting,
hardscape, grading anid irrigation)'Candidate should also have some
experience in project management, design development, construction
documents, and bidding. Strong AutoCAD Skills, good organization
& communicationiskills'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
Fax: (242) 394-8114

THE Bahamas Union of
teachers made h donation of
furniture and other items to the
Cancer Society of the Bahamas
- At a press conference held
yesterday at the Cancer Soci-
ety's headquarters in Centre-


TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006, PAGE 9


'Alarming' involvement of

I i

Y Y'OLTH involvement in
Crime is becoming more
alarming according to
Superintendent of Police
Keith Bell.
.During his presentation
It. the Commonwealth
Yciuth Symposium on Sun-
day night. Superintendent
Bell revealed crime statis-
tics on housebreakings and
Robberies for 2005 and
N' 106.
According to Superin-
tendent Bell:
S:: For the period Janu-
ary 1 to March 31, 2006,
rth'ere were 791 house-
::bieakings in the Bahamas.
Of'this total, 36 or five per
cent of the persons
charged were juveniles or
young men.
For the same period
2005, there were 485 inci-
dents recorded. Of that
Total, 59 or 12 percent of
the offenders were juve-
niles or young men.
Officer Bell said that
while these figures may
seem low, the police are
witnessing several alarmn-
ing trends such as house-
breakings committed
between the hours of 8am
to 4pm by young men of
School age.
Their method of entr\ is
through bathroom win-

ung people in crime

dows and their items of
choice are money, elec-
tronics and assorted jew-
Similar trends, he added,
are seen in armed rob-
For the period January 1
to March 31, 2005, there
were 170 incidents record-
ed and 14 per cent of the
offenders were juveniles or
young men.


For the same period in
2006, there were 162
armed robberies, for which
22 per cent of those
charged were juveniles or
young men. Many of these
incidents were also com-
mitted during school
hours, Superintendent Bell
The symposium was
held at the Radisson Cable
Beach Resort. Other
.speakers included Dr
Desiree Cox, consultant to
the Urban Renewal Pro-
graime and Lynette
Deveaux of the AIDS Sec-
Suiperintendent Bell
pointed out that many
commentators are quick to
make sweeping criticisms

about the youth, but he
urged his audience to
reject such statements.
He noted that while the
criticisms are clearly true
in some instances, scientif-
ic studies conclude that this
group is in the minority.
"Although there is cause
for concern, I am of the
view that most (if not all
of you) will likely not
intentionally fall into any
of the 'at risk' categories,"
he said.
"Hence, I will not
preach to you about the
dangers of drugs, alcohol,
sex or being involved in
crime. I am here to sup-
port and encourage you to
remain focus on your goals
and help those deemed 'at
risk' through peer tutoring
and counselling.
"I believe that there can
be no more effective med-
icine than hearing encour-
aging words from persons
who can relate to iy situ-
ation each of you hold
the key to challenges faced
by our youth."
The symposium was a
forerunner to the sixth
Commonwealth Youth
Ministers Meeting
(CYMM) scheduled May
22 to 26 at the R:.Jdi,.,:n
Cable Beach Rt,,ri

* YOUNG people from 53 Commonwealth countries assembled at the
Radisson Cable Beach Resort on Sunday for a youth symposium on
crime, poverty and HIV-AIDS
(Photo: Commonwealth Secretariat)

Developing world in need of Chinese

products, says Bahamian diplomat

. '?
-- THE developing world is in
,.i ed of products produced by
mergingging Chinese corporations
qgid Bahamas Head of Mission
in Beijing Philip Miller.
Mr Miller headed a delega-
,tipn pf Latin American and
aibbean diplomats on a three-
tour of the manufacturing
Sacilities of Chinese manufac-
turing giant Zhengzhou Yutong
Group Company Limited.
The facilities are located in
--the city of Zengzhou, several
hundred miles south-west of
As a part of a familiarisation
tour, the diplomats were invited
to view the company's assem-
bly lines for buses and heavy
Yutong Bus Company, the
subsidiary enterprise, has been
in operation for almost a decade
and excels in manufacturing
large and medium-sized coach-
es and buses for public trans-
portation and tourism; and its
vehicles are sold to more than
thirty countries worldwide.
In 2005, the gross sale of bus-

es was in the region of $ 82.5
million, making it the largest
bus company in the world.
Following a tour of the
assembly line, Mr Miller, on
behalfpof the Latin American
and Caribbean diplomats,
addressed the executives of
Yutong Bus Company and
remarked that their productive
capacity, high standards, quali-
ty and global marketing strate-
gy were impressive.
"We in Latin America and
the Caribbean want to be an
integral part of this global enter-
prise that has distinguished itself
by competitive prices and high
quality. This visit will help to
spread the word throughout
Latin America and the
Caribbean that Yutong is a
world-class facility and its buses
are secondto none," Mr Miller
"Of note is the strategy to
export technology as was done
in Cuba in 2005; the emphasis
placed on science, technology
and training; and the after-sale
service programme," he added.

In thanking the executives of
another subsidiary company,
Zhengzhou Yutong Heavy
Industries, Mr Miller noted that
the company is involved in the
manufacture of tools and equip-
ment for the constructiop.of
roads, buildings, airports,
bridges docks and other mega- ,


"These tools and equipment
are essential for development;
and in this regard, your compa-
ny is playing a critical role in
the development of China and
indeed the entire developing
world," he said.
Mr Miller continued: "The
developing world is in great
need of your products; and the
Latin American and Caribbean
region has a lot to gain by part-
nering with you, in the first
instance, in a purely trading
relationship and later, possibly
in joint ventures."
"You can rest assured that we

as representatives of our
respective countries, today,
will take a positive word
back to our capitals, not only
to our governments but to
the private sectors as well.

"We are grateful for your
kind invitation and warm
hospitality and we look for-
ward to visiting you again,
perhaps with potential cus-
tomers from our countries."


Christie to

open youth



'PRIME Minister Perry Christie
will officially open the 6th Com-
monwealth Youth Ministers Meet-
ing (CYMM) on Tuesday, May 23
at 7pm in the Ballroom of the Wyn-
dham Nassau Resort, Cable Beach.
Over 200 delegates from 53 coun-
tries will be attending the five-day
meeting which will confront issues
of youth poverty, crime and
This is the second Common-
wealth Youth Ministers Meeting in
which young persons will have the
opportunity to participate along-
side youth ministers.
The delegates will review strate-
gic and operation plans for the
Commonwealth Youth Programme
(CYP), as well as consider the
direction the CYP and set priorities
for action for the period 2006 to
The meeting will also provide
youth ministers with opportunities
for networking, and for learning
from and exchanging ideas with
Commonwealth colleagues in an
informal environment.
The first CYMM was held in the
Maldives in 1992, the second in
Port of Spain in 1995, the third in
Malaysia in 1998, the fourth in the
Solomon Islands in 2000, and the
fifth in Botswana in 2003.
Prior to this, the operations of
the CYP were guided by the rec-
ommendations of the Common-
wealth Youth Affairs Council.
The CYMM 2000 and the Com-
monwealth Heads of Government
Meetiig,(CHOGM) 2003 endorsed
the plan of action for Youth
Empowerment 2005 as an instru-
ment that aims to facilitate gov-
ernments in their efforts to create
enabling conditions for the empow-
erment of young people.
It outlines some basic principles
of youth empowerment and pro-
vides governments with a range of
policy options that respond to crit-
ical action areas.
Organisers say CYMM 2006 will
employ interactive and dynamic
methods to provide ministers with
opportunities to exchange ideas and
discuss major themes and strategic
issues that confront young persons.


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Argentine president

says Latin America

would be better

with 'different' US

Buenos Aires
LATIN America would be
better off if the United States
paid more attention to the
region and did not push "unac-
ceptable" free-trade agree-
ments, Argentine President
Nestor Kirchner said in
remarks published on Sunday,
according to Associated Press.
In newspaper interviews
marking his approaching third
anniversary in power, Kirchn-
er praised socialists Evo
Morales of Bolivia and Hugo
Chavez of Venezuela, while
taking a jab at the US admin-
istration of President George
W Bush.
Asked by Pagina/12 about
the role the US currently plays
in Latin America, Kirchner
said he felt the region had been
ignored by Washington.
"The United States hasn't
even paid attention to the
region," Kirchner told Pagi-
na/12. "They propose free-
trade agreements, but in the
current environment, those are
unacceptable. With a different
United States, one more inte-
grated into the region, every-
thing would be much easier."
Kirchner is a left-winger who
took office May 25, 2003, a
year after Argentina's deepest
economic meltdown on record
in 2002. Although the economy
began growing again in 2003,
he has spent his term strug-
gling to curb double-digit infla-
tion and unemployment.
The Argentine president has
embraced energy and trade
deals with Venezuela's Chavez
and forged other alliances with
centre-left Latin American

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Kirchner told the newspa-
per Clarin that he would not
use a third-anniversary rally
Thursday in Buenos Aires to
announce a 2007 re-election
Kirchner also praised Bolivi-
a's Morales, the country's first
Indian president, as an
"absolutely independent pres-
ident" after his recent decision
to nationalise that country's
energy resources.
"Bolivia, after Haiti, is the
poorest country in the region
and is trying to rebuild its iden-
tity by seeking out its own
model. We have to wait and
we have to help" them, Kirch-
ner said.
Kirchner praised Chavez,
the chief critic of US foreign
policy in the region, for seeking
greater integration in South
He also indicated that a

negotiated settlement was pos-
sible in a dispute with neigh-
bouring Uruguay over a pair
of wood pulp plants going up
on Uruguay's side of their riv-
er border.
Argentina complains the
pulp plants on the Uruguay
River would pollute fertile soy-
bean and citrus farmlands in
its territory and ruin tourism
in a pristine area. But Uruguay
says Argentina's calls for a
thorough environmental
impact study are unnecessary,
arguing the plant emissions
would be within acceptable
The feud has now reached
the International Court of Jus-
tice at the Hague, where a
decision could take months.
Asked if it was too late for an
amicable settlement, Kirchner
said: "I believe the opportuni-
ty for dialogue is never shut

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EDUARDO Bernabe Ordaz,
a doctor who fought in Fidel
Castro's revolution before head-
ing Havana's Psychiatric Hos-
pital for more than four
decades, has died at the age -of
84, the Communist Party news-
paper reported on Monday,
according to Associated Press.
Ordaz, a native of Bauta in
Havana province, died on Sun-
day of kidney failure in Havana,
the newspaper Granma said-,

Ordaz became politically
active as he was studying medi-
cine at the University of
Havana, where he obtained a
medical degree in 1951. He
joined Castro's guerrilla strug-
gle in the mountains of eastern
Cuba in 1958.
In addition to fighting, he also
tended to wounded rebels in the
mountains and at clandestine
clinics, according to the news-
With the victory of the revo-
lution in 1959, he was named a

commander of the Rebel Army,
then went into the reserves to
focus on health issues.
After managing a hospital
base in western Cuba, Ordaz
was designated director of the
Psychiatric Hospital in Havana.
For four decades, he revolu-
tionised treatment of mentally
ill patients, bringing them out
of isolation and abuse to par-
ticipate in society.
Ordaz also served as a dele-
gate to the Cuban Parliament
from 1976 to 2003.

: SCOTIA Bank Bahamas presented 10 computers to educators as the bank celebrates its 50th
anniversary. The presentation was made Monday, May 22 at Scotia's main branch. From left to
right: Alfred Sears, Minister of Education, Science and Technology; Minna Israel, Scotia's
managing director; Termika Cartwright, Teacher of The Year 2006-2007; and Carolyn Mitchell,
Teacher of the Year Northwestern district finalist.

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Body of missing

man found off

Paradise Island

FlROM page one

not made aware of his disappearance until Sunday
morriig when one of the young women called to
inquire whether Smith had returned home.
The deceased's uncle wanted to know why no
one who was with Smith on Saturday night could
account for his whereabouts on The Yellowbird that
If [e and you together," he said, 'and something
haippe'd to you, I have to know."
removed from the scene yesterday.

FNM claims government is

signing 'secret agreements'

for development projects

FROM page one

mitted to fostering mutual,
respect and collegiality among
Cabifeit colleagues. Central to
our reform of government will
be the employment of better
man ~cment structures and
proce:es to further stream-,
linerecision-making and
incrtise inter-governmental
"Qeater inter-governmen-
tal cd61aboration will also
mean etooling and broaden-
ing l"e role of local govern-
men :begun during our last
ternt the helm of govern-
men 't
"t.e FNM commits itself
to real consultation utth all

stakeholders on major nation-
al issues, particularly eco-
nomic development projects.
Such a commitment will be
institutionalized through the
use of social impact assess-
ments that will gauge the
impact of various projects on
our social fabric," the release
According to the party, the
Bahamian people will be
encouraged through a
variety of mechanisms to voice
their views on a host of
matters that directly affect
This the party claims will
encourage civil society groups
to help in the formation of
public policy b\ providing
forums for citizens to express

their opinions .on topical
"Because information is key
in the collaborative process
we will utilize various media,
including the internet, to pro-
vide the public with timely and
accurate information.
"Bills placed before the
House of Assembly
will immediately become
available to the public
"And the Freedom of Infor-
mation Bill drafted by the
Law Reform Commission dur-
ing the last FNM administra-
tion but left to languish by the
present government will be
enacted into law. There will
be no more Cuba secret

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bank had to attei
ditiously as possible in the best leaving the b
interest of the staff, patients unmanned.
and the Bahamian public. "We need at le
Asked if he would encour- pie on any shift be
age an institution-wide sick- case of an indust:
out, Mr Pinder responded: "If you need a witness
we have to do that to get these "The conditions
matters resolved, so be it." lab are not good,
He said he had a good work- there say they hav
ing relationship with the direc-
tor of the Public Health
Authority, but two years was
too long for this issue to be
unresolved. Sha I
"Two years ago we present-
ed a work schedule that the The Tribune v
employees at the blood bank from people v
could deal with. making news
"Now things are still the way neighbourhoc
they were despite the hospital you are raisin
assuring us that these things good cause, cz
would change," Mr Pinder for improve
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also concerned that only one award.
person workson the weekend f so, call us o
and night shifts. and share you

ad been inci- working under.these conditions
rsons at the but they'need some time to',
nd accidents, rest, some time off to go to.
lood bank church or for recreation," Mr
Pinder said.
sast two peo- After the meeting yesterday, i
because, in the Mr Brown said that he was sat-
rial accident, isfied that a plan has been
ss. agreed by both sides to address '
s at the blood the concerns of the blood bank
but the staff staff and they will return to
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A vacancy exist in the Human Resources & Training Division for a Technical Trainer:
The Technical Trainer (Mechanical) is responsible for the technical instruction of employ-
ees from all engineering departments within.the Corporation, encompassing Mechanical
'Engineering, Transmission and Distribution Operations, Power Generation Operations
in.-usive of Plant Install ion, Maintenance Operation and Control Workshop.

R ponsibilities of the positions include, but are not limited to, the following:
Pio iding instructions and training in engineering trade skills for
Semiployees within the Corporation
S* Pr pain ng candidates for external examinations certifications by local and overseas
*Priniding instructions on developing safe and efficient work habits
Providing instructions to participants in classroom, workshops and
job environments
A Preparing program criteria and marketing schemes for trade testing
ele.'iliT il based trade
Preparing timetables and examinations schedules fi-.r iuitine
4 external examiners.
S dt. niitLng. dec loping and delivering engineering courses( i.e.,
electrical technical Training).
Evaluating, recording and reporting on the progress of students
Saitending training ourir.cs
e* Irparing covur.e,- nute-. training aids, evaluating and marking
-themcs Ifor dll ctiirse.

SJob requirements include:
S" A minimum of Bac heloi "s Degree in Mechanical engineer or an OND
in Engineering or equivalent qualifications
S* A minimum of 10+ years of experience in industrial training setting
*Sound' Knowledge of technical skills related to electrical engineering principles
Good judgement and sound reasoning ability
Excellent time management skills
S* Proficient oral and written communication skills
Ability to keep current ithi nei' l installed or modified plant
'* Comprehension of.schematics. technical reports, drawings.
troubleshooting and technical activities
Good information transfer skills
Computer literate
SInterested persons may apply by completing and returning the Application form to:
The Manager, Human Resources & Training Head Office
Blue Hill Road and Tacker Roads
P.O.Box N-7509
Nassau, Bahamas
On or before Tuesday May 30, 2006.


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MAY 23, 2006, PAGE 11 ,

Haitians celebrate their Flag Day

In Haiti, Flag Day is a major
national holiday celebrated with
great fanfare on the grounds of
the national palace. Flag Day
is also observed by Haitians in
the diaspora. In The United
States for example, teenagers
in high school give homage to
the red and blue by carrying it
around with them for at least a
This year, Flag Day was offi-
cially celebrated in Nassau for
the first time with a special gath-
ering at the College of the
The origin of Haiti's flag is
tightly linked to a history of
struggle for freedom.
In the early days of revolt in
St Domingue, the slaves did not
have a flag.
From 1791 to about 1793, the
revolt became more widespread
and gave rise to a number of
large groups still fighting inde-
pendently. In those days, each
main leader would use any
piece of cloth as a flag.
Slowly, the slave movement
found some synergy and came
to follow one person, Toussaint
Realising the difficulties of
fighting three enemies at the
same time, Toussaint and the
army of revolted slaves fought
successively for the Spanish
against the French (1793-1794),
for the French against Spain
and England (1794-1802) and
ultimately against France.
As such, they carried the
colour of whichever European
power they was fighting for at
the time.
Toussaint later invented his
own flag a white piece of cloth
with a Negro head to represent
his fellow black slaves.
After Toussaint's deporta-
tion, the Indigene Army went
back to the French flag for a
As time went on a break
with France seemed inevitable
and to symbolise their resolve
to never fight for the metrop-
olis again, they removed the
French arms from the blue,
white and red flag they were
By February 1803, Alexan-
dre Petion, leader of the mulat-
toes and Dessalines, later the
first head of state, had decided
to create a unique flag to rep-
resent their troops..
Dessalines removed the white
band from the French flag and
created the first unofficial flag
with blue and red bands placed
The blue reportedly symbol-

For the first time, the diaspora event is celebrated in Nassau


ised the mulattos and the blacks
while the red symbolised their
While this flag was observed
in most of the country; Cang6, a
general in the south used a
black and red flag instead.

By 1803 the leaders of the .name at that time) Dessalines bands placed vertically. Haiti's
free slaves and the men of and Petion needed to make a first flag was sewn by a lady
colour had decided to fight for strong statement. named Catherine Flon.
the creation of an independent On May 18, 1803, in the city On Independence Day Jan-
nation. of Arcahaie, not far from Port- uary 1, 1804, the flag was mod-
Before marching on Port- au-Prince, they agreed on an ified again. The blue and red
Republicans (Port-au-Prince's official flag with blue and red bands were placed horizontally

this time, with the blue band on
top of the red.
In 1805, shortly after Jean-
Jacques Dessalines proclaimed
himself emperor, the Haitian
flag colour was changed to
black and red. ,
After the emperor's death in
1806, the country was divided
into two republics for 14 years.
Henri Christophe, in the north-
ern part kept the flag of
In the south and the west-
ern part of the cou-try,
Alexandre Petion went back
to the 1804 flag, adding a white
square depicting the country's
arms and the phrase "L'U-
(through unity we ,fnd
strength). '
That flag was in use until 1964
when 'Papa Doc' Duvalier
brought back the flag of
Dessalines and added a modi-
fied version of the arms of the
On February 25 1986, after
the fall of Baby Doc and the
Duvalier regime, the people
requested that the red and blue
flag be brought back. The con-
stitution of 1987 describes the
new flag in these terms:
The emblem of the Haitian
nation shall be a flag with the
following description:
Two equal-sized horizontal
bands: a blue one ontop and a
red one underneath :
The coat of arms of the
Republic shall be placed in the
center on a white square.
The coat of arms of the
Republic will be a Palm tree
surmounted by the liberty cap
and under the palms a trophy
with the legend: in union there
is strength.
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sinesstriunemedinet Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

Venture Capital Fund set to

meet controversial financier

Tribune Staff Reporter
A controversial
financier has
approached, the
funded $2 million
venture capital fund, offeringhis
services and expertise after two
Supreme Court rulings went in
favour of his company.
Joseph Castiglione, chief exec-
utive of the Banakor Swisse
Financial Group of Companies
(BSFG), will meet with the tihe
Bahamas Entrepreneurial Ven-
ture Fund's Board of Directors
Jerome Gomez, the Fund's
head, told The TribuneN esterdai
that Mr Castiglione had written to
the Board and offered his assis-
tance to them.
As a result, Mr Castiglione had
been invited to meet the Board,
although Mr Gomez sad he was,
not familiar with BSFG or why
he had made the offer.
He added that the meeting was
purely one for exchanging and
gathering information, and no
commitment had been made to
work with Mr Castiglione.
The BSFG head said in a state-


ment that his company had
"offered the services and advice
of our knowledgeable staff to the
venture fund at no cost".
Mr Castiglione's re-emergence
follows two Supreme Court ver-
dicts given in his favour by Justice
Jon Isaacs.
In the first, the Securities Com-
mission of the Bahamas was
forced to pull a warning notice
from its website, after Justice
Isaacs found in favour of BSFG
and prevented the regulator from
Imposing sanctions against it.
An attorney for BSFG said the

court found there had been "no
The Securities Commission had
been attempting to take legal
action against BSFG, sources
familiar with the matter have told
The Tribune, including ultimate-
ly closing the company down and
forcing it out of the jurisdiction.
However, the Supreme Court
ruled that BSFG's business activ-
ities did not fall within the scope
of the Securities Commission's
powers, finding that they were
'venture capital-related'.
The regulator's enforcement
powers come from the Securities
Industry Act and Invdstment
Funds Act, plus their accompa-
nying regulations. However,
because BSFG's operations were
not covered by these Acts, the
Supreme Court ruled that the
Securities Commission did not
have the power to act against the
The, Supreme Court also
awarded costs against the
Bahamian regulator.
In a letter sent to the Internet
newsletter, KYC News, BSFG's
Canadian attorney, Warren
Tobias, said: "The business activ-
ities of Banakor were the recent
subject of inquiry in proceedings

commenced by Banakor in the
Supreme Court of the Bahamas.
Over two days of hearing, Justice
John Isaacs reviewed all available
evidence regarding Banakor's
business activities and made a
finding that there had been no
wrongdoing by Banakor. In fact,
he ordered costs in favour of
Banakor and invited Banakor to
make application for compensa-
"Banakor has received a legal
opinion, from respected counsel
in Nassau, that in the view of
counsel, it need not be registered
under Bahamian securities regu-
lations. The Securities Commis-
sion of the Bahamas itself has
indicated in the recent past, that
on the basis of the information
available to it, registration did not
appear to be 'necessary.
"It did indicate that it:would
make further inquiries and advise.
It has failed to do so, a fact con-
spicuously noted by Justice John
Isaacs, and Banakor has been
pursuing the Commission to give
a definitive ruling..
"I have personal knowledge of
this last stated fact since I have

SEE page 3B

Abaco Markets


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Tribune Business Editor
THE Securities Commission
of the Bahamas has
"approached" Abaco Markets
about the BISX-listed retailer
making a disclosure statement
to the market on the involve-
ment of several directors in the
investor group that has
acquired rival Bahamas Super-
markets for $54 million.
Both Craig Symbnette, Aba-
co Markets chairman and chief
executive, and fellow director
Franklyn Butler are among the
confirmed investors in BSL
Holdings, which won the auc-
tion last week for Winn-Dix-
ie's 78 per cent stake in
Bahamas Supermarkets,
defeating rival BK Foods.
BSL Holdings' bid was sub-
sequently approved by the US
Bankruptcy Court, but
investors in Abaco Markets are
likely to still be seeking clarity
on the nature of Mr Symonette
dnd Mr Butler's planned role
with Bahamas Supermarkets,
plus whether their own firm is


an investor in BSL Holdings. .
As chairman and chief exec--.
utive, it would be an obvious
conflict of interest for Mr'
Symonette to also take on a.
leading stewardship and man-`-
agement role at Bahamas,::
Supermarkets, for instance, as it,
is one of Abaco Markets' main;
direct competitors. He would;
be unable to perform senior'
roles at both companies simul-
Therefore, any statement
from Abaco Markets will seek"
to clarify the respective futures,
of directors who have aoi
invested in BSL Holdings, and'
whether it is an investor in the
group itself.
Hillary Deveaux, the Secu-
rities Commission's acting exebc-
utive director, confirmed to The"
Tribune yesterday: "We have;
approached them to address
the issue." He declined to corm-
ment further.
However, another source:.
spoken to by The Tribune on

SEE page 3B

Tourism GDP contribution Venture Capital Fund backs 140 applicants

rows 0% over five vears I

TOl RISM'S contribution to
the Bahamian economy's gross
domestic product (GDP)
increased by 30 per cent over the
five years to end-2003, a study
commissioned by the Ministry of
Tourism has shown.
The first Tourism Satellite
Account (TSA) of the Bahamas,
performed by the United Nations
(UN) and World Toursm Organ-
isation (WTO), showed tourism's
direct economic impact on this
nation, the industry's contribu-
tion to GDP growing by 44 per
cent over the 15 years to 2003.
The TSA survey found that
tourism directly accounted for 21.
per cent or $1.17 billion of the
Bahamas' $5.5 billion GDP in

2003, a much larger percentage
than any other sector. However,
the true percentage was closer to
51 pei cent.
The nearest sector to tourism
was hotel and restaurant, which
accounted for only 8.9 per cent
of the economy. Real Estate
accounted for 5 per cent and oth-
er tourism services brought in 4.1
percent, while air (and other
transportation) and manufactur-
ing (and the retail trade) pulled in
1.9 and 1.2 per cent, respectively.
Public Administration was the
lowest earning sector, which
accounted for just 0.2 per cent of

SEE page 4B

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Government-funded $2 million ven-
ture capital fund approved 140,applications
from Bahamian entrepreneurs in its first year,
The Tribune was told yesterday, although its
chairman acknowledged that the overall qual-
ity of business plans submitted has been poor.
Jerome Gomez said most candidates
seemed to believe they would be approved
just by submitting an idea, but failed to justi-
fy it by submitting a properly documented
business plan and projections.
Mr Gomez said many applications had been
for traditional businesses, such as convenience
stores beauty parlours and supply stores. "We
felt that those types of markets had already
been served well in the community," he added.
Mr Gomez said the fund's committee was
looking for well-thought out business plans
that showed creativity.

He added that while the $1 million allocat-
ed By the Government to the venture capital
fund in the 2004-2005 Budget had almost been
spent, the fund expected to begin tapping into
the second $1 million from the 2005-2006 Bud-
get within two weeks.
"We already have a number of projects
that we are looking at, and some of them look
like they will be approved," Mr Gomez said.
He had some advice for persons interested
in submitting a proposal. "First, seek out a
professional who can make out the plans for
Mr Gomez said that while it was important
that potential clients research sample busi-
ness plans, it was also critical that they did
not flood their reports with too much infor-
He recommended that entrepreneurs tailor
their plans to suit the Bahamian market. For
instance, Mr Gomez explained that while
some US business plans found on the Internet

might be classified as small businesses",
employing 100 persons, in the Bahamas that
number would be considered a.fairly large
'We are looking for a complete document,
which is well thought out. Take time to do it
right," Mr Gomez said.
The process to receive funding from the
start of the application process to approval is
usually about 30 days, although Mr Gomez
said this timeframe could be shortened by the
quality of the business plan.
Some of the projects the Venture Capital
Fund has funded include the expansion of a
bone-fishing lodge, an Internet serviced
provider, two restaurants, a fashion design
company, a company that provides document
shredding, a security company, and a bath
tub manufacturing company.
In some cases, funds were granted to exist-
ing companies for expansion projects, and in
others the funds were start-up allocations.

Bahamas software firm

gains Panamanian client

A BAHAMIAN provider of
specialist financial software yes-
terday unveiled the fourth-largest
Panamanian bank by assets as its
latest client, having sold it private
banking and investment manage-
ment modules.
International Private Banking
Systems (IPBS), :headed by
founder and president Bruce
Raine, said Panaria's Global
Bank Corporation had gone live
with its IPBS/Investment Man-
agement, IPBS Compliance and

IPBS/Private Banking software.
Further IPBS software solu-
tions for Global Bank's treasury
and trust divisions were set for
imple me ntL:ion and roll-out over
the next two to three months, the
Bahamian company added.
Mr Raine said in a statement:
"The implementation by Global
Bank in Panama is an important
new project for IPBS. We under-

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Progress, but more to do

on our regulatory regime

Over the years,
many practi-
tioners have
argued that the
Bahamas should
move to consolidate the regula-
tory regime providing supervi-
sion over the financial services
sector. As a condition for being
removed from the Financial
Action Task Force's (FATF)
blacklist in 2000, the Bahamas
moved quickly to improve the
level and quality of regulation
over this important sector of
our economy.
'In this new environment,
financial services entities found
themselves being subjected to
enhanced Know Your Cus-
tomer (KYC) and anti-money
laundering (AML) procedures,
on-site inspections and the like.
While the sector had no prob-
lem-with the new regulatory
regime, what became frustrating
for many institutions was the
fact that certain parts of their
business activity fell under the
ambit of different regulators,
who're'quested the same or very
similar information at different
time'. This inefficiency led to
lost productivity and higher
cost's for firms being regulated.
Also, id the early days many of
the ifeld inspectors lacked the
requisite, experience and skills
for the task at hand, and most
were'on a steep learning curve.
Many persons supported the

call for a "super regulator" for
the financial services sector on
the basis that it would: stream-
line the process; eliminate dupli-
cation of requested information;
provide consistency in how the
overall sector is regulated; ratio-
nalise the cost of regulation;
and, most importantly, allow
the country's limited resources
to be deployed more efficiently.

Committee formed

During the 2005-2006 Bud-
get Communication last year,
Cynthia Pratt, then the acting
Prime Minister and acting Min-
ister of Finance, announced:
"The Government is establish-
ing a committee that is repre-
sentative of all regulatory insti-
tutions, namely the Ministry of
Finance, the Central Bank, the
Registrar of Insurance, the
Securities Commission and the
Registrar General, to consider
options for consolidating these
agencies into one or more reg-
ulatory organizations."
She added: "The heads of
each regulatory institution will
serve on the committee under
the chairmanship of the Minis-
ter of State for Finance. I am
pleased to announce that the
former Minister of Finance, Sir
William Allen, has agreed to be
available to participate in the
work of the committee. This
gesture is a demonstration of

the non-partisan approach to
dealing with a sector, the finan-
cial services sector, which is of
such importance to our econo-
Committee findings

To date, I do not believe that
the Committee has submitted a
report or finding to the relevant
Ministry. However, I could well
be wrong in this regard as it is
almost impossible to get
informed commentary on the
Committee's work. We have
learnt, however, that all regu-
lators are being brought under
the Ministry of Finance and
numerous legislative changes
are being contemplated to
extend the ability of regulators
to co-operate.
Further, it was recently sug-
gested that consideration is
being given to restructuring the
Securities Commission of the
Bahamas, under its own Act,
with a structure and powers
over its domain, similar to those
of the Central Bank.
These are certainly steps in
the right direction. I must admit
that I have experienced, first
hand recently, the improved
coordination efforts of regula-
tory bodies comprising the
informal 'Group of Financial
Securities Regulators' (GFSR).
I was most encouraged.
I believe the creation of"

GFSR is being well received by
the industry. However, this
fledgling group faces numerous
challenges which, according to
information on the World
Bank's website, include:

Lack of a common IT plat-
Lack of a shared database
Little shared training
Little career development

We are a long way from
where the GFSR needs to be,
but it is certainly progressing in
the right direction. We need to
be mindful that adequate fund-
ing is a very import part of the

Bipartisan Cb-operation

I wish to comment here on
the issue of bipartisan co-oper-
ation. Last year's announce-
ment that the current Minister
of State for Finance and former
Finance Minister had agreed to
work together on such an
important initiative is most
encouraging. In a small coun-
try such as ours, with its limited
technical resources, it is note-
worthy that we are at the point
in our political development
where this could happen.
After all the political rhetoric
and posturing has been put
aside, we must use 'all capable
hands' that the country has

available at its disposal.

Decision making

Finally, many matters during
the past year have been put to
the GFSR for investigation. I
can recall many matters that
GFSR spokespersons have indi-
cated were under review. The
powers or reporting lines of the
GFSR are not clear to me and I,
along with countless others, are
awaiting the results of these
I would like to think that
annually a report is tabled in
Parliament, which states that
the GFSR invested 'x' matters,
made 'y' recommendations, and
forwarded 'z' recommendations
to the relevant authorities for
further action. We must ensure
that the GFSR never develops
the reputation for being inde-

Until next week...

NB: Larry R. Gibson, a Char-
tered Financial Analyst, is vice-
president pensions, Colonial
Pensions Services (Bahamas),
a uholly-owned subsidiary Of;'
Colonial Group International,
which owns Atlantic Medical
Insurance and is a major share-
holder of Security & General
Insurance Company in the
The views expressed are,
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those, of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or com-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-

FROM page 1B

stand very well the demands in
Panama, where the economy is
experiencing teriffic growth,
which places extra burden on
banking and investment systems.
"An investment in proven tech-
nology with an implementation
team that can meet the demands
of users is paramount, and I am
delighted that, once again, IPBS
has delivered." Global Bank has
26 regional branches across Pana-
ma, and that nation's economic
growth has caused rising demand
for its banking products and ser-

vices. The institution's sub-
sidiaries provide brokerage, trust,
private banking and treasury
management services.
Global Bank had identified the
need for improved internal sys-
tems and an IT infrastructure, and
was seeking specialist software
products that could be integrated
into its current system, stream-
lining transaction processing and
internal rep6rting. '
Monica de Chapman,-Global
Bank's vice-president of private
banking and investments, said:

A client of our Firm, a progressive medical group with multiple
corporate structures, requires a professionally qualified accountant
to serve as the Group's Financial Officer. The successful applicant
must possess the following experience and qualifications:
CPA or equivalent
3 to 5 years post qualifying accounting experience in private
Proficient in Quickbooks and other accounting software
Ability to supervise accounting staff
*Experienced in filing annual corporate documents
SAbility to multitask
Organizational and managerial skills essential
Excellent benefits. All responses are confidential and should be mailed
to the following address:
Paul A. Gomez
Managing Partner
Chartered Accountants
Paje House
Marlborough Street
P.O. Box N-8285
Nassau, N.P.,
The Bahamas

Pricing Information As Of:
10 RMl 2006

"We recognized that the invest-
ment into a suite of solutions to
support our business was neces-
sary, and to minimise risk for our
business it was essential for us to
be convinced our choice of soft-
ware had to be from a company
with local knowledge and exper-
tise, backed up by with strong
international references..IPBS-
ha:e provided us with the hi i- -L
level of support and ,'rlice "e
Global Bank is the fourth client
to be landed by IPBS in the past

year. Prior to Bahamas-based
Sentinel Bank & Trust, in recent'
months, RBC Capital Markets in
New York went live with IPBS's
Trade Desk module product, and
Geronimo Partners LLC, a
licensed Foreign Capital Deposi-
tory in Colorado, also started
using its software.
Mr Raine, had previously
described growth in the-compa-
ny's business, which now extends
to more than 10 countries, as "just
a runaway horse at the moment".

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
12TH day of MAY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that JEROME DARISIER,
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 16TH day of MAY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,


52wk-HI 52wk-Low Sybmbol Previous Close Today's Close' Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
0.95 0.59 Abaco Markets 0.87 0.87 0.00 -0.019 0.000 N/M 0.00%
1.25 8.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.25 11.25 0.00 1.568 0.360 7.2 3.20%
7.24 6.35 Bank of Bahamas 7.10 7.10 0.00 0.738 0.330 9.6 4.65%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.71 0.71 0.00 0.183 0.020 3.9 2.82%
.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.29 1.30 0.01 4,500 0.110 0.060 11.8 4.62%
.25 1.05 Fidelity Bank 1.25 1.25 0.00 0.175 0.050 7.1 4.00%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.35 9.35 0.00 500 0.618 0.240 15.1 2.57%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.67 1.67 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
0.65 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.60 10.65 0.05 6,310 0.931 0.560 11.4 5.26%
6.21 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.61 5.65 0.04 0.115 0.045 48.8 0.80%
2.88 1.64 Doctor's Hospital 2.70 2.70 0.00 0.437 0.000 6.1 0.00%
8.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.25 10.45 Finco 11.25 11.25 0.00 0.738 0.540 15.2 4.80%
12.22 8.46 FirstCaribbean 12.22 12.22 0.00 0.874 0.500 14.0 4.09%
10.50 8.35 Focol 10.50 10.50 0.00 0.833 0.500 12.6 4.76%
.27 1.04 Freeport Concrete 1.04 1.04 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
0.20 9.50 ICD Utilties 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.1 4.26%
9.10 8.22 J.S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.572 0.560 15.9 6.15%
7.98 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.94 7.90 -0.04 0.160 0.000 49.7 0.00%
1 00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
52..k-HI 52wk-Low S, rmcol Bid 5 Ask S. Lasi Pr.ce VeeKsl\ ol EPS Oi PE vYela
14.00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 11 00 9'- O 720 '2 .1 C,"
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0 54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
^ a,,. .sr "-:',. "*.;^;^?;^<^wi!-<^^^ ."
4300 2800 ABDAB 41 00 4300 4100 2 220 0'000 194" ) 000.J
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
S60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 NIM 0.00%
sxiN4,r 4 .. .. -
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA \t YTD)a Last 12 M.loni.ns Dn e EId ::
1 2879 1.2327 Colina Money MarKel Fund 1 287880
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 Colina Bond Fund 1.164331"**-
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-HI Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 12 May 2006
Previous Close Previous days weighted price for dally volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 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

Clients are in countries ranging
from the US and the Bahamas to:
St Vincent and the Grenadines,
Panama, Uruguay, Vanuatu,
Bermuda, the Cayman Islands
and the Turks and Caicos Islands..
Mr Raine said of the compa-

ny's success: "It's the new tech-
nology people are really grab-
bingon to the concept of straight- -
through processing. You can run,
asset management operations:;!
withoac a whole lot of human

The Public is advised that, PETER GALANOS AND
MILLICENT CLARKE both of the City of Nassau, Bahamas,
The Bahamas intend tp change the name of our child
GALANOS. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-3746; Nassau, Bahamas,
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.

NOTICE is.hereby given that CHERLYNE MESIDOR OF
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registraotiafaturalization 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 liTH day of MAY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


UBS (Bahamas) Ltd. is one of the leading Wealth :
Managers in the Caribbean. We look after wealthy,.
private clients by providing them with comprehensive,
value-enhancing services. In order to strengthen our
team we look for an additional.

Client Advisor Brazil

In this challenging position you will be responsible
for the following tasks (traveling required):

Advisory of existing clients
Acquisition of high net worth individuals
Presentation and implementation of investment
solutions in the client's mother tongue

We are searching for a personality with solid
experience in wealth management, specialized in the
fields of customer relations, investment advice and
portfolio management. Excellent sales and advisory
skills as well as solid knowledge of investment
products are key requirements. A proven track record
with a leading global financial institution as well as
fluency in English and Portugese in essential.

Written applications should be addressed to:

UBS Trustees (Bahamas) Ltd.
Human Resources
P.O.Box N7757
Nassau, Bahamas


B rrGis

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Finncli asors
Financial Advisors Ltd.



TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006, PAGE 3B



over for City Markets staff

THE 700 staff at Bahamas Super-
markets have expressed relief that
the "suspense movie" they were
involved in, namely the sale of major-
ity ownership in their company, has
come to an end.
Following US bankruptcy court
approval of BSL Holdings' $54 mil-
lion purchase of Winn-Dixie's 78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets,
the latter's management team visit-
ed all nine City Markets-branded
stores in New Providence, and the
three Winn-Dixie outlets in Grand
Bahama, to brief staff.
Alongside Ken Burns, the compa-


ny's managing director, were Bryan
Knowles, chief financial officer, Peter
Goudie, human resources manager,
and Mike Clayton, director of mer-
Staff felt the BSL Holdings pur-
chase was "the start of a new chapter"
for Bahamas Supermarkets, with one
member saying: "It was like watch-
ing a suspense movie that you are in,
but you don't know the ending."
Mr Knowles said in a statement:
"We have not yet had a chance to
meet with BSL Holdings, the investor
group, but we have spoken with them
and know they are excited about the

"Although I cannot speculate about
what plans the investors have for the
business, I am pleased that everyone
in the investor group is from the
The investors in BSL Holdings
include Craig Symonette, Abaco Mar-
kets' chairman and chief executive;
fellow Abaco Markets director
Franklyn Butler, who is also presi-
dent of wholesaler Milo Butler &
Sons; Anwer Sunderji, Fidelity's
chairman and chief executive; and
Vaughn Higgs, president of Nassau
Paper Company.

"I am sure we will be learning more
about their plans in the coming
weeks," said Mr Knowles. "Mean-
time, we just want to assure every-
one who is part of our excellent team
that they still work for Bahamas
Supermarkets, nothing has changed,
their salaries and benefits remain and
we hope for even greater things to
come as we enter this new chapter in
the history of the country's leading
food chain."
Bahamas Supermarkets reported
gross sales of $132 million in fiscal
2005, with net income of about $7

Abaco Markets 'approached' on disclosure

FROM page 1B
the matter said: "Abaco Markets
will have to make a declaration in
that regard. They have to explain
the nature of their directors and
shareholders' position in that."
It is understood that the dis-
closure requirements for
Bahamas Supermarkets, which is
listed on the over-the-counter
market, are no different to those
for public companies that are list-
ed on BISX.
The company has to make a
full disclosure of any material
event that might impact it and its
share price, such as its majority
shareholder selling its 78 per cent
to a buyer.
The Bahamas Supermarkets

deal is the first time in the
Bahamas that a public company's
majority ownership has changed
While Kerzner International is
being taken private by an investor
group headed by its chairman and
chief executive, respectively
father and son duo Sol and Butch
Kerzner, this is being played out
at a higher level than the
Kerzner International's prima-
ry listing is on the New York
Stock Exchange (NYSE), with
only the Bahamian Depository
Receipt (BDR) derivative listed
in the Bahamas. As a result,
NYSE and Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC)
rules and enforcement are in

place to guide the process and
protect minority shareholders.
In the Bahamas, though, apart
from there being no competition
laws, policies or guidelines, The
Tribune understands there are no
statutory provisions regulating
takeovers of public companies,
particularly those with large
majority stakes.
In the UK, there is a Takeover
Panel that regulates these events,
and a Code that governs public
company takeovers, One rule is
that when someone has acquired
30 per cent of a public company,
that investor is then compelled
to make an offer to all remain-
ing shareholders to acquire their
holdings, too.
In the absence of any statutory

Fund to meet controversial financier

FROM page 1B

been corresponding with the legal
counsel for the Securities Com-
mission and discussing these very
issues by phone as well."
The Securities Commission had
previously said in a notice:
"Banakor appears to be providing
venture capital to start-up com-
panies that it has acquired a share
interest in. Some of these com-

panies are touted as 'pre-IPO'
and as such, prospective cus-
tomers are privately encouraged
to invest. The Commission has
no knowledge of an IPO offering
by a Banakor-affiliated compa-
Apart.from the Securities
Commission action, Justice Isaacs
also found in favour of BSFG in
an action brought against it by
the Attorney General's Office.
Mr Castiglione said of his expe-
riences: "I have no malice, but I

am disappointed at the treatment
I received, which caused serious
damage to my reputation both in
the Bahamas and overseas. Nev-
ertheless, I am now working to
rebuild BSFG."
Mr Castiglione works closely
with Sydney Saunders, a char-
tered accountant and head of
BSFG's Nassau-based affiliate,
BSB International Business Cen-
tre. Mr Saunders is a former exec-
utive with the Securities Com-

rules, the Securities Commission
will therefore have to ensure
minority shareholders in both
Bahamas Supermarkets and Aba-
co Markets are not disadvan-
Meanwhile, sources told The
Tribune that Lowell Albury was
in talks with Abaco Markets to
acquire its store at Treasure Cay,
Abaco. The store is currently
leased from the Treasure Cay
The Tribune reported previ-
ously that Chad Sawyer, of Price
Right, and Super Value's Rupert
Roberts, had approached Abaco
Markets about possibly acquiring
its Solomon's Super Centre store
on Abaco. No deal has been
done, though.

F t-t i
bein m ines
red nsgh


has a vacancy for the position of



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


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

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

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
51 Frederick Steet
P.O. Box N-4853
f: 326.3000


I __ _




The Public is hereby advised that I, DWAYNE GREGORY
DEAN INGRAHAM, P.O. Box N-7098, Nassau, Bahamas
intend to change my name to DWAYNE GREGORY
INGRAHAM. If there are any objections to this change
of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O. Box N-742, Nassau;
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date
of the publication of this notice.

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'thei
facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of MAY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE ANGE MESIDOR OF
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why- registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of MAY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

TEL. i242i 362-4790,.2. 302-2900, 302-2901, FAX: i242) 362-4793

.4 manufacturing entity located on the western tip of
New Providence, is presently seeking the following:


Duties Include:
Processing of accounts payable documents.
Processing of periodic payment runs.
Reconciling payable and accrual accounts
Maintenance of freight expense account.
Maintenance of prepayments schedules
Maintenance of miscellaneous excel reports.

Minimum Requirements:
University Degree: Finance or Accounting;
Two years Experience in financial arena;
Strong communication, administrative, time management skills
and reporting skills:
Excel spreadsheets u sage at an advanced level a must:
Proficiency in Word applications required;
Must be a team player with a professional attitude. strong
commitment to detail and god analytical skills.

Must be a team player that is willing to support the efforts of the
team or any team member.
The successful applicant should be able to act on his or her own
initiative v ith little supervision.
Must have good communication skills

A competitive salary, performance related compensation, career related
training and a competitive employee benefits package are all available to
he successful candidate.

Interested persons should submit a current resume and cover letter to the
address below no later than September 30th, 2006:

Human Resources Manager
commonwealth Brewery Limited
P.O. Box N-4936
Nassau, Bahamas

Fax: 1-242-362-4793






PAGE 4B, TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2006

BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established
international private bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland, is
presently accepting applications for the position of Head of Operations.
The successful candidate will report directly to the Financial Controller:-

Applicants must have relevant financial accreditation or professional qualifications
and/or at least 7 years proven extensive managerial experience in all phases of
payments & securities and other assets in the offshore banking industry, be fully
abreast of today's sophisticated private banking products, able to confidently
demonstrate hands-on management and be keen to train members of the team,
partner with other teams for strategy, development and the efficient implementation
of the Bank's directives, objectives and must have knowledge of Bahamian and
Swiss legislation, regulatory & statutory matters as well as international banking

Personal qualities :-
Proven ability to supervise staff & control the daily flow of transactions and
direct and guide staff through knowledge & example
Must have demonstrated practical organization of self and others,
specifically the ability to follow up systematically and ensure timely
settlement of all operational transactions
Will have the experience to solve problems based on sound product and
accounting knowledge and an understanding of the needs of the front
Result-orientated and excellent leadership skills
Ability to monitor and evaluate operational procedures and make
recommendations for improvements
Commitment to quality and service excellence & customer satisfaction
Extensive knowledge of international markets and financial instruments
Specific knowledge of processing both payments and securities
Knowledgeable in MS Office and other p.c. applications
Fluency in Italian language

Responsibilities :-
Provide leadership, direction and supervision to the team
Monitor processing of c.d.'s, structured products, fiduciary deposits, special
bonds, etc.
Oversee investigations and follow up of all pending matters
Trouble-shooting,\resolving problems and errors
Liaise with front/back offices, head office, brokers, custodians, etc.
Authorize reconciliations and review reports

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

Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.

has a vacancy for the position of


Record/prepare/circulate executive meeting minutes
Manage records and filing

Organize schedules and diary systems for both the CFO and
the CEO .

Provide customer service to clients & respond to enquiries
and complaints

FROM page 1B

the country's GDP.
Adam Sacks, the consultant
heading the study, said the full
economic impact of tourism activ-
ity was substantially greater than
just the direct earnings from
The indirect contributions of

tourism to the economy include
the supply chains of organizations
that are directly involved with
tourism. The wages of direct
tourism employees also have an
indirect impact on the Bahamas'
economy, Mr Sacks explained.
"Hotel employees are spend-
ing their wages on various goods
and services in the economy, cre-
ating additional economic output
and additional employment," Mr
Sacks said.
"So all that put together brings
us to 51 per cent of the Bahamas'
Gross Domestic Product that is
generated by tourism." That 51
per cent of GDP tallied $2.8 bil-
lion in 2003.
In terms of wages and employ-
ment, the tourism's total contri-
bution to the Bahamian econo-
my accounted for 61 per cent (27
per cent direct) and 63 per cent
(28 per cent direct).
The figures amounted to total
direct and indirect tallies of $1.6
billion in wages and 97,383 jobs in

"The need for tourism'sshq :
of GDP, wages, employment an f
other pertinent economic int6r- i
nation for policy makers led the i
Ministry of Tourism to approai
the Department of Statistics, Cen-
tral Bank and Ministry of Finanf ;
to 'form a committee,-" sai~L
Pamela Lowe, general manager
of special projects in the Ministry
of Tourism. .
"The Tourism ,Satellte j
Account Development Cdmmit !
tee was established after it was
decided that the TSA was the
best approach."
Statistics '
Kelsie Dorsett, the Department
of Statistics deputy director, said:
"We appreciated the wayYin
which all the organizations, par-
ticularly Tourism and the Depart-
ment of Statistics, worked so well
together. The whole country:ben-
efited from it. I hope we can have
that continued cooper ration in the

The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
neighborhoods. Perhaps
you are raising funds for a
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If so, call us on 322-1986
and share your story.

Bank of The Bahamas


"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"


Core responsibilities:

* Knowledge of Human Resources to effectively carry out all HR ;
* Serves as payroll officer; conduct necessary calculations associated r
with payrolls such as insurance premiums and staff loans
* Complies and prepares statistical reports and other data needed fort
external and internal audits,
* Preparation of accounting entries to complete various HR transactions-
* Coordinates Pension administration
* Completes administrative functions like the accurate typing of offer'
* Maintains personnel files

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Strong desire to work in Human Resources;
* Must be confidential
* Excellent interpersonal skills
* Three years Human Resources experience
* Associate Degree or Banking Certificate
* Excellent oral and written communication skills
* Ability to take initiative and be a good team player :

Benefits include: Competitive salary (commensurate with
qualifications); group medical, vision, and life insurance; attractive :,
package and a pension scheme.

Send resume to:

The Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas -

Deadline: May 26, 2006

* Type a variety of material and correspondence

* Assist with compilation of statistical data, reports and research

* General office duties

* Strong organizational skills a must

* Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite

* Shorthand an asset

* Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal skills

* Ability to work with minimum supervision

* Ability to handle stress and to multi-task

* Professional and discreet nature

* Confident and able to manage on own initiative
The successful candidate will report to the Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
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
51 Frederick Steet
P.O. Box N-4853
f: 326.3000


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Running into a strong
head wind, recorded at a
positive 2.3, Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie clocked
2'2.76 seconds for fifth
place finishing in the wom-
en's 200m.

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event belonged to USA
athletes. Snatching first
place was quarter miler
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THIS weekend was
another tough one for the
Bahamas' elite track and
field athletes competing on
the IAAF circuit.
Although the weather at
the Adidas Track Classic,
held in Copenhagen Den-
ver, wasn't favourable for
the athletes, some impres-
sive times were still post-



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with a best throw of
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Cuba's Osleidys
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2.33m, in second was

Sonia Bisset of Cuba with
61.27m and Zahra Bani
third of Italy in 61.23m.
In the Carolina Classic
Jackie Edwards was sixth
in the long jump with a
best leap of 6.03m (19-
09.50m). The fifth place
jump came on Edwards'
third attempt at the board,
the winning jump was done
by Tianna Madison.
Madison soared to 6.47m
(21-02.75) for the win,
coming in second place was
Elva Golbourne of
Jamaica, 6.45m (21-02.00)

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Kerrie Cartwright named

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Sports Reporter
THE -youth movement in
Bahamian tennis will receive a
definite boost as one of its
most elite athletes is now gar-
nering international recogni-
tion. i .'
Kerrie.Cartwright has been
named to the International
Tennis Federation's
African/Cotecc 14 and under
team that will compete
throughout Europe in a series
of tournaments this summer.
Being named to the squad is
one of the most prestigious
accolades that can be given to
a junior tennis player.
Many of today's notable
names on the ATP circuit
have been members of simi-

Young tennis player

set for European tour

lar ITF Touring Teams,
including Brazil's Gustavo
Kuerten, a former number
one ranked player on the ATP
tour, Ecuadorian Nicholas
Lapentti, formerly ranked six,
and Chilean Nicholas Massu,
currently ranked 35.
Cartwright has dominated
her age groups thoroughly for
the past few years and has
now begun to take her game
to a higher level, competing
in more international tourna-

Earlier this year she trav-
elled to Costa Rica, Panama
and Barbados to compete in
the Costa Rica Bowl, Panama
Bowl Copa Banco Uno, and
the First Caribbean Interna-
tional Junior Championships
However, each of the afore-
mentioned tournaments fea-
tured category 3 or 4 players.
Cartwright will now test her
mettle in category 1 and 2
tournaments against a much
higher level of competition.

The team will be coached
by Frans Oronje of South
Africa, and Hani Nasser of
The ITF Development Pro-
gram is designed to help
achieve elite level tennis sta-
They also fund a number of
other aspects to help develop
the game, including numerous
ITF touring teams, supplying
tennis equipment, training
centers and coaches educa-
tion, and the ITF Junior Ini-
tiative which includes the 14
and under player development
program, the School Tennis
Initiative and Performance
Tennis Initiative.
Touring teams are desig-
nated to help assist the devel-
opment from players from
regional to international com-

petition and eventually to the
professional level.
African/Cotecc14 and under
team to Europe Tournaments:
7 July -9 July
Training Camp, Paris, France
10 July- 15 July BNP
Paribas Cup, Stade Francais,
Paris, France Category 1
S17 July 22 July Windmill
Cup Carl Gantois, Leeuwar-
den, Netherlands Category 1
24 July 29 July Le 13/14
des Hauts de Seine, Rueil-
Malmaison, France Catego-
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Junior Sports Reporter
Tf1E championships in the National
Junior College Athletic Association
(NXCAA) took place at the weekend
and the Bahamas cleaned house.
Leading the way for the Bahamians
was'Tracey Morrison.
The freshman, who competes for
Central Arizona, took the top prize in
S the women's javelin throw with a best
heaye of 46.35m (152-01.00).
Morrison defeated Kelli VanVleet
and Jessica Blackwill for the win. Van-
Vleet threw 40.22m for second with
Blckwill having a best throw of
39.86m for the third spot.
In the shot put event Morrison fin-
ished up in the seventh spot with a best

throw of 12.51m. The winning throws
belonged to Morrison's teammates
Tierra Hubbard with 13.27m and
Mikaela Johansson with 13.13m.
The second medal won by a Bahami-
an came from Deandra Laing in the
women's 400m hurdles.
SLaing finished up in the same posi-
tion as she went into the finals third.
Her time was recorded at 1:02.43 sec-
onds, Aisha Adams won the event in a
time of 1:00.57 seconds with Meaghan
Ryan second in 1:02.37 seconds.
Cotrell Martin the start-
ing line of the 100m with the third
fastest time, but.her-late reaction to
the gun forced her to run a catch-up
Martin, who competes for New Mex-
ico Junior College, finished up 14th in
the preliminaries in a time of 12.31 sec-

bonds. The leading time heading into
the finals of the event belonged to
Simone Facey of Barton County Com-
munity College 11.50 seconds.
In the 200m Martin's time of 25.52
seconds ranked her in the 13th spot,
Facey led the pack in the event with a
time of 23.36 seconds.
The time of 56.89 seconds was
enough for Alfreepha Stubbs to grab
the last qualifying spot in the 400m
Stubbs, a native of Freeport com-
peting for Essex County, was unable to
improve her time in the finals clocking
..57.80.seconds for eighth place. Win-
ning the event was teammate Trish
Bartholomew in a time of 54.89 sec-
Bianca Strachan, who also attends
Essex County, headed into the finals of

the 800m with the fifth fastest time,
But the indoor champion had to set-
tle for a sixth place overall finishing
when the final times were sent in. Stra-
chan clocked 2:16.35 seconds, winning
was Lorain McKenzie 2:09.32 seconds.
The team of Stubbs, Strachan and
teammates McKenzie and Celia White
ran away with the gold in the 4x800m
event in a time of, 9:10.96 seconds, But-
ler Community College was second in
9:23.92 seconds with South Plains Col-
lege third in 9:36.65 seconds.
An injured Jacobi Mitchell hobbled
across the line in the 100m and 200m in
his slowest times for the season.
Mitchell's time of 12.92 seconds in
the 100m ranked him 19th overall. In
the 200m he was ranked 23rd with a
recorded time of 26.88 seconds.




FROM page one

career, there's a lot of oppor-
tunities and support, not
only from the coaching point
of view, but from financial
assistance and travel grants
that could potentially help
him in the next level from a
development point."
Without going into the
financial arrangements,
Cindy Sweeting said the deal
is the best situation that her
son could be involved in.
"There's nothing laid out
as far as he's getting this or
getting that," she pointed
out. "He will be working
with the USTA High Per-
formance Group and that
will afford him the opportu-
nity to attend training camps
and get tournament assis-
"He's a part of the group
that will receive assistance
and whatever they can do to
help him in his development
process, they will do that."
Ryan Sweeting, according
to Cindy Sweeting,'will
remain as an amateur, keep-
ing his eligibility intact as he
attempts to qualify to play
in the NCAA Champi-
onships next year for the
"He's looking forward to a
professional career. He will
make that decision to leave
school whenever the oppor-
tunity presents itself, but
right now, he wants to play
for the University of Florida
and the United States as an

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Senior Sports
IT'S Official.
US Open junior champi-
on Ryan Sweeting has given
up his Bahamian citizenship
and will now continue the
remainder of his amateur
career as an American citi-
A month ago, Sweeting
informed the Bahamas
Lawn Tennis Association
through a letter that he
intended to compete for the
United States.
Newly elected BLTA's
president Giorgio Baldacci
confirmed on Monday that
they have received the letter
and have regrettably accept-
ed his decision.
"We can not do anything
about it. The United States
has offered him a lot of
money," said Baldacci, who
replaced Mary Shelley as the
new BLTA boss at the end
of a three-month suspension
issued to Sweeting.
Sweeting, 18, was sus-
pended as a member of the
University of Florida Gators
men's tennis team. However
he was reinstated, but there
was an outcry that the
BLTA should have sus-
pended Sweeting too.
Eventually, he was sus-
pended for three months,
thus -eliminating him from
participating on the men's
team heading to the Ameri-
can Zone III Davis Cup tie.

Baldacci, however, said
the suspension didn't have
anything to do with Sweet-
ing's decision to go with the
deal that he was offered by
the United States.
Baldacci said, "They
offered him a grant, and
wild card entries into the big
tournaments. We can't com-
pete with that. He's an
American anyway.
"He's free to do whatever
he likes. We couldn't hold
him anyway. There's noth-
ing really that we could do
about it. The guy has a bet-
ter chance in the United
States. You can't'blame
Sweeting, who secured a
victory in a Futures Tour-
nament in Vera Beach,
Florida a couple of weeks
ago, pushing his ATP rank-
ing to 850, could not be
reached for comments as he
was back at school at the
University of Florida.
But when contacted, his
mother, Cindy Sweeting,
said it was a really tough
decision for her son to
make. But admitted that it
was one that they had pon-
dered together for a while.
"Ryan has represented
the Bahamas from the
beginning of his tennis
career and he had many,
many opportunities over the
years to play for the US, but
he loved representing the
Bahamas in junior tennis
and playing Davis Cup and
so forth," she stressed.
"But at this point in his
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Senior Sports Reporter
SHERMAN 'the Tank'
Williams, back in training
after pulling off another vic-
tory a couple weeks ago, could
be facing former world cham-
pion Mike Tyson in one of his
next two fights.
In Vero Beach, Florida,
Williams said he's preparing
for a June 29 main event fight
at the American Airlines Are-
na in Miami, Florida against
Brazilian heavyweight cham-
pion Adilson 'Maguila'
At the same time, Williams
and his handlers from Silver
Hawks Promotions, are con-
templating a showdown with
Tyson in Honolulu, Hawaii in
"At this point, I've been in
training, studying tapes of the
Brazalian guy, but obviously,
the opportunity to get in the
ring with Mike Tyson is a big
opportunity and I'm just ecsta-
tic that his promoters have
considered me," Williams stat-
"I think they're looking for
a good fighter with a good
name, coming off a lot of good
wins. But I think that they
think that looking at my past,
they see a flaw that they could
exploit. That's being realistic.
That's the only way I think
they would consider me."
However, Williams said he's
looking at turning things
around if the fight goes ahead.
"I pray to God that the fight
is made and if it is made, this
will be the last time that you
will hear about Mike Tyson,"
Williams proclaimed. "I will
train my hardest, put my best
foot forward and try to
destroy this guy.
"I know he's an icon, so it
will be historic to put him out
of his misery. I know he was
one of the greatest fighters in
the last century."
If the fight materialises,
Williams said his only inten-
tion is to get into the ring and
fight Tyson as best as he
knows how, using a "45 day"
training programme to get
ready for "the knockout."
"I will be bringing in spe-
cial guys for sparring and guys
who will sign a waiver to say
that if they get hurt, they will
be responsible for their own
In the meantime, Williams
said he has a big test to see if
he is ready for Tyson when he
takes on Rodriguez, who also
holds the South American,
WBC Continental of Americ-
as, WBF and WBA Fedelatin
heavyweight championship
"This is a big fight because
Adilson is a very good fight-
er," said Williams, of



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Rodriguez. who is hailed as
the best known Brazilian
heavyweight boxer in history.
"But I'm hoping to use this
as another opportunity to con-
tinue to prepare myself for the
big opportunities whenever
they come my way, like the
possible fight with Mike
On'two days notice,
Williams made a decision to
take on his last fight two
weeks ago. It was his third
appearance in Tampa, Florida
and, with the crowd cheering
for him, Williams said he

decided to go after his oppo-
"From the first round, I
took control of the fight and
everytime I went to the body,
he had a problem," Williams
reflected. "He didn't like me
going there, but I hit his body
and had him hurt every round.
"I had a chance to stop him
in the third round, but because
he was the journeyman that
he was, he stayed in the fight
and it went the distance and I
got an unanimous decision."
Williams, 33-years-old with
a 30-10-2 win-loss-draw record

with 16 knockouts, was the
first Bahamian to win a
FEDECaribe title, but on Fri-
day night at the Wyndham
Nassau Resort, Meacher
'Major Pain' Major became
the second when he took the
lightweight crown.
Williams, who relinquished
his title last year to fight for a
couple of more prestigious
crowns, had nothing but praise
for Major.
"I spoke to Meacher about
two weeks ago and he told me
that he was preparing to fight
for the vacant title," Williams

said. "I thought it was a gbod
thing and I felt it was a good
opportunity for him to pick
up a Caribbean title on move
"I'm happy for Meacher
Major. I know the guy per-
sonally. We trained together a
couple of times at Warriors
Boxing Gym in Hollywood,
Florida last year.
"He's a very good fighter.
"His head is in the right
place and as long as he stays
focused and trains hard,
he will go a long way in box-


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