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Publication Date: June 9, 2006
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US officials defend safety of AUTEC


i*By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
:Chief Reporter
A, ACASE of malaria has
been diagnosed on Exuma, the
Ministry of Health announced
yesterday.
, -- While no mosquito-borne
disease warning has been put
into effect as :i rc.ult of the dis-
covery, an expert team has
been dispatched to that island.
Health officials said that the
kind of mosquito that carries
the disease is not prevalent in
the Bahamas. However, the
public was advised to take cer-
tain precautions.
"In the rainy season, such as
we are now experiencing, mos-
quitoes tendito proliferate. The
public is asked to discard any
containers or other objects,
such as old tyres which hold
stagnant water and to avoid
mosquito bites by wearing long
sleeved clothing-when out at
night and in the early mornings
and to apply insect repellents to
exposed areas," the Ministry of
Health said in a release.
The expert team, put togeth-
er by the ministries of Health
and Energy and Environment,
will initiate the necessary pre-
ventative measures, the release
said.
The Department of Public
Health hasia continuing sur-
veillance programme through-
out the Bahamas, including.
Exuma, and has started a thor-
ough epidemiological investi-.
gation.
SWhile malaria is not endem-


*ic to the Bahamas, sporadic cas-
es are encountered from time
to time.. Such cases are usually
imported, Health officials said.
The common symptoms of
malaria include recurrent bouts
of fever, chills, body aches,
pains and headaches.
The ministry pointed out that
malaria is transmitted by the
bite of the Anopheles mosqui-
to, which feeds from dusk to
dawn, but is not prevalent'in
the Bahamas.
Mosquitoes commonly found
in the Bahamas are the Culex
and Aedes species which do not
transmit malaria.
The female mosquito lays her
eggs in the water, .usually
attached, together in "rafts."
These eggs usually hatch with-
in 48 hours. From the hatched
eggs, come mosquito larvae,
also called wrigglerss.." They
are usually hanging upside
down below the water's sur-
face. It develops into pupa, or
"tumblers", that float near the
water's surface and breathe
through two tubes on their
back. While in this state, meta-
morphosis is underway and,
after the development is com-
plete, the skin splits and an
adult mosquito is born.
This process takes between
seven and 10 days and, as the
mosquito must spend its four
life stages in water and can
travel up to 30 miles from
where they are hatched, any
area where there is stagnant
SEE page 10


AWE

* AN aerial shot of the AUTEC base shows a nun
of the buildings that occupy the main area of Site:
US Navy has four sites along the eastern coast of
Andros that monitor testing being done in the Toi
of the Ocean.


?' E DA\E Morelli display some of the high-lech equipment in the Command
S and Conlrol Building al AUiTEC. Some ol'the equipment al the base is being
Used to monitor and Irack manuals "ilhin the Tongue of the Ocean.
(Photo: Felipe .tlajor/Tribune staff)
y By PAUL TURNQUEST bca-d.ild n,:.ii the ljaciht The sonar
Tribune Staff Reporter tetinc bcine dJOni jat tiie base was
he't\ II C ll lticisd and a special com-
THE .Atlntic ndierse T sl and inni le ha, been Igcnized to in'esti-
E'alutiion Ccntre i, going ":ablc a nd gate the beachings.
hbeond" the Na.\'s guidehne. to pro- Howe\r ALiTE(Cotticials maintain
tcct marine nilmnmal w'\ithin the that the) ar*c good stewards.
nber Tongue of the Ocean, according to US At a special "media day" visit yes-
1. The officials. terday, experts in the field of marine
AUT.EC has come under fire from mammal and sound monitoring,


ngue


local and international environmen-
talists when within a month two whales


SEE page two


Rood: US not Cuban ambassador Long Islanders in


withdrawing

air support

N By ROYANNE FORBES-DARVILLE
A I I I .11' I I tl o dis'l) l widespread
speculation tiltat has circulated in the for.
eign media in the past few days, US
Ambassador to the Bahamas, John
Rood, yesterday said the United States is
not withdrawing air support from the
US/Bahamas anti-drug smuggling oper-
ation.
SEE page nine


calls for the media shock after third


to avoid bias

* BY MARK HUMES
CUBAN Ambassador to the Bahamas.
Felix e-lhrni, le" III r v ;)' (.;:M c oil;'ld on news
( ., ii/. < s fi ;. nn, it ,[;111l o l hins
that would seek to discredit thI v;alucdl ser-
vice his country provides for its neighbours
in the Caribbean.
He especially took exception to recent
news reports which criticised Cuba's free
eye care programme,
SEE page 10


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* By NATARIO McKENZIE
LONG Islanders are reportedly in shock
alfl(er a man in his late thirties became the
third tllffic fati' tvly in less th;in three days.
lie was hit bv i 'tick while in the Dead-
man's Cay area Wednesday night.
This latest traffic accident which claimed
the life of David Burrows, 38, follows the
deaths of sisters Brigetta, 28, and Safitura
Adderley, 19, who died early Tuesday ,
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M INSIDE the Command and Control Building at AUTEC, the press was allowed for the first time
to see the heart of the testing facility's operations. The screens display a number of ships being
monitored in the Tongue of the Ocean and officials revealed that they can monitor vessels even
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explained that the Tongue of
the Ocean provides an ideal sce-
nario to monitor and properly
study mammals.
US Navy policy requires their
ships to lower their sonar pow-
er levels by half when they are
within 450 yards of a mammal
a- at 200 yards the sonar must
be turned off.
According to Dave Moretfi,
who presented many marine
mammal research and detection
programmes, AUTEC pushes
their buffer zone much higher
than the Navy extending the
range out to 1,000 meters.
"So they have actually built in
a safety factor over and above
standard US Navy policy. What
we are trying to do in the long
term with the study we were
describing earlier is to try to
better understand what those
relationships are between the
animals with and without sound
sources present," he said.
Mr Moretti said that it is still
unknown to what level sound
affects mammals or what would
cause them to beach, be it either
human noise or otherwise. But
Mr Moretti explained that the
research that is being done at
AUTEC to understand just that
is being tested and improved
everyday.
"So hopefully over time we
can gather enough information
in conjunction with the study
we are doing and with the range
here at AUTEC to quantify
some of those numbers so that
we have a better understanding
of that cause and effect rela-
tionship," he said.
Representing the US
Embassy at the meeting,
Deputy Chief of Mission Dr
Brent Hardt said it is important
for many misconceptions about
AUTEC to be dismissed. There
is a need for Bahamians to
understand what AUTEC does,
and what it doesn't do in the
Bahamas.
Dr Hardt also said it is impor-


* US Navy Marines work on the roof of the AUTEC school at
the base


* MARC Ciminella displays the sonar output being received ,
from the 93 hydrophones anchored on the sea-bed of the Tonguek.7
of the Ocean. The system picks up the sounds of mammals
within the testing range and allows AUTEC officials to: i "
triangulate where they are, in order for them to avoid them


during any testing


tant to understand t
AUTEC is committed to
environment and mammals
"It has been my experie
in nearly the year since
been here that there is a lo
misunderstanding and mys
surrounding AUTEC, and
of what we would like to d
the Embassy is demystify
and deepen the dialogue v
the Bahamian public ab
what we do here.


(Photos: Felipg Major/Tribune staff)

hat "I visited (AUTEC) first in
the March and was really greatly" ,
. impressed by the base andthej
rnce way it is operated and the com-:
['ve mitment by everyone .at-tthe.;
t of base to protect the; enviro~r,!a.-
tery ment. Essentially my messagej,
part is that AUTEC is a good citizen-,5.,,
o at of Andros and of the Bahamas, i.j
that and I think this is a great part-,-,
vith nership of the US and ,the,A
out Bahamas and we look forward,,,t,
to continuing that," he said.


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THE TRIBUNE


L CALNEWS


o In brief

Heritage

luncheon

for US and

Bahamas

THE Bahamas consulate gen-
eral in Miami has launched a
Bahamian/American heritage
luncheon series to celebrate the
relationship between the two
nations.
According to Consul General
Alma A Adams, the series aims
"to promote, foster, nurture,
strengthen and tie the chords:
of Bahamian pride and history
to the banks of the Southern
US territories, establishing an
unprecedented kind of unity".
The first luncheon was held
on May 30, 2006 at the Rusty
Pelican Restaurant in Key Bis-
cayne, Florida, under the theme
"These are the ties that bind."
The event was reportedly
well attended by members and
leaders of the Bahamian/Amer-
ican community, its local organ-
isations, religious leaders and
friends of the Bahamas.
The main address, on the top-
ic of the new US Immigration
Reform Bill, was delivered by
Bahamian-born attorney Jacob
Rose of the Rose Law Firm in
West Palm Beach.
The luncheons are scheduled
to be held the last Tuesday in
every month.


Cuban

dissident

in serious

condition

* CUBA
Havana
A DISSIDENT Cuban jour-
nalist who has refused to eat
solid food for several months is
recovering from lung surgery
but remains in serious condi-
tion, the man's mother said
Thursday, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Guillermo Farinas, who is
demanding full Internet access
for all Cubans, was hospitalized
in February after a nine-day
hunger strike. He has since
refused to eat voluntarily and
has been fed intravenously.
Farinas underwent surgery to
remove fluid from his lung ear-
lier this month and was "in seri-
ous but stable condition" in the
intensive care unit of a hospital
in the central Cuban city of San-
ta Clara, his mother Alicia Her-
nandez said in a telephone
interview.
Doctors are also treating
damage to his veins from the
forced feedings, she said.
Several international human-
rights and journalism-advocacy
groups have expressed concern
about the deteriorating health
of 43-year-old Farinas, who runs
an independent news agency
called Cubanacan Press in his
hometown of Santa Clara,
about 300 kilometers (185
miles) east of Havana.
Officials of Cuba's commu-
nist government have not com-
mented on the case.

Officer

charged

with

raping girl

* US VIRGIN ISLANDS
Charlotte Amalie
A POLICE officer in this
U.S. Caribbean territory was
arrested Thursday for allegedly
raping a girl, officials said,
according to Associated Press.
Police spokesman Sgt.
Thomas Hannah said Allan
Dawson, 47, an officer on the
island of St. Thomas, was
charged with aggravated rape
of a girl under 15.
Hannah, who did not specify
the age of the girl, alleged that
Dawson had sex with her in his


home on May 9.
He did not say whether
authorities believed it was a
case of forcible rape, but under
Virgin Islands law minors can-
not consent to sex.
If convicted of aggravated
rape, Dawson could be jailed
for 10 years to life.


TIRIC

ETRIAO


MP: Bahamian could have been pot


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT There should have
been more serious consideration given
to the appointment of another Bahami-
an as chairman of the Grand Bahama
Port Authority, according to a Grand
Bahama MP.
High Rock MP Kenneth Russell, who
spoke to The Tribune on Thursday,
believes that there are qualified
Bahamians in the company that would
have made ideal candidates for the posi-
tion.
Last week, Port Authority principals
Sir Jack Hayward and Lady Henrietta
St George announced the appointment
of prominent businessman Hannes
Babak as the company's new chairman,


effective June 1.
Mr Babak, 45, replaces former chair-
man and CEO Julian Francis, who
resigned one year following his appoint-
ment last June.
A press statement issued by the Port
Authority indicated that Mr Francis had
resigned to pursue personal business
activities.
However, earlier this year, reports
surfaced about growing tension between
Mr Francis and the Port Authority's
main shareholders over Freeport's
future direction and the strategy to be
employed in achieving the GBPA aims.
This week, new chairman Hannes
Babak announced that Sir Albert
Miller, who retired in 2003 as president
and co-chairman, was persuaded to
return as CEO.


Mr Russell thinks that the appoint-
ment of a foreigner is step backward in
the advancement of Bahamians inthe
company.
He said he strongly believes that
Bahamians Barry Malcolm and Mrs
Willie Moss both high-level execu-
tives in the company should have been
considered for the position of chairman.
"I know of Hannes Babak. I know
he is a hard worker and that he is a fel-
la who believes in perfection, but I think
it is a step backwards from us to go
from a Bahamian being placed in that
job in running the Port Authority to
now back to another foreigner, said Mr
Russell.
"Now, I don't think any of us could
tell the Port Authority what to do in
their business, but I would thought that


A young woman who is said
to have sought police protec-
tion no fewer than 17 times was
fighting for her life in hospital
last night after being stabbed
repeatedly in a frenzied attack.
Rithea Cartwright, 23, was
reported by her family to be in
critical condition after being
stabbed about eight times on
Wednesday evening. They said
she had been living in fear after
receiving repeated threats of
physical harm.
Two months ago she tried to
enlist the help of neighbour-


hood police but was offered no
serious protection, according
to relatives. She reportedly
complained about 17 times
with no results.
Ms Cartwright was admitted
to Princess Margaret Hospital,
but a spokesman declined to
discuss the case last night.
A family member is calling
for justice. "She was being
stalked for months and the
police did nothing. Her life was
threatened and the police did
nothing. She asked for protec-
tion and the police did not act.


Union leader


on Royal 4

* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The
announcement of a buyer for
Royal Oasis was long-await-
ed good news but until the
deal is sealed and made public
some say they will remain
uneasy.
According to Lionel Mor-
ley, newly-elected second vice
president of the Bahamas
Hotel Catering Allied Work-
ers Union in Freeport, Grand
Bahamians have been down
this road before, only to have
their hopes dashed following
previous government
announcements.
"We are happy about any
good news relative to Royal
Oasis, but we are also very
still cautious; this is a politi-
cal season and there is a lot
that will be said," he said.
Two years since the closure
of the resort and lay-off 1,200
hotel workers, Prime Minis-
ter Perry Christie announced
during his budget communi-
cation on Wednesday that the
government has secured a
"dynamic" buyer.
Although Mr Christie did
not identify the buyer, it is
believed' that it may be the,
Harcourt Group which had
previously expressed keen
interest in the resort.
However The Tribune,


6r 'cautious'


Oasis deal

could not confirm this up to
press time on Thursday.
Said Mr Morley: "I am of
the view now that until pen is
put to paper, and everything is
up and running and we see
these people, we cannot hold
our hopes to what they say
because we have been bitten
by this bug before.
"Until and only until the
heads of agreement is signed
and we are part of the social
dialogue with respect to how
our relationship with the out-
going owners then we feel
confident and comfortable
with any buyers."
High Rock MP Kenneth
Russell said: "I am relieved
that a buyer has been agreed
to but I also know that there is
still this $5 million difference
between buyer and seller, and
I am curious to know how
government will deal with that
in order to make sure the deal;
goes through without hitch-,!,.,,
he told The Tribune. ;
The MP said he hopes h. Ill -
former workers will be able- ^
to get the rest of the none\'
was promised to them by the;
government.
"I am also hoping when -
they go back.to work that they, ,*
; all be taken'btlk,;and the new' )
owners will work in good faith
with everybody to ensure that-
Grand Bahama gets the best
out of the deal," he added.


Now she is in the hospital fight-
ing for her life," he said. "How
much do you have to complain
before the police will
respond?"
Ms Cartwright was report-
edly stabbed in her head, chest,
stomach, thigh, shoulder and
back. According to sources, her
attacker fled the scene after
severely wounding her.
A police spokesman told
The Tribune that he had not
yet received reports of the inci-
dent, so was unable to com-
ment.


US official: 'LNG must balance


environment and economy'


* By CHESTER ROBARDS
SECRETARY of the Flori-
da Department of Environ-
mental Protection Colleen
Castille was in the Bahamas
yesterday to discuss the
prospect of an LNG plant in
the country;
She met with US Ambas-
sador John Rood, Minister of
Energy and Environment Dr
Marcus Bethel and Minister of
Agriculture and Marine
Resources Leslie Miller.
Secretary Castille said that
with the advent of LNG in the
Bahamas, she hopes to sup-
port opportunities for envi-
ronmental protection and
human safety similar to those
that exist in Florida.
"Conversation morphed in to
sharing our experience and
knowledge in terms of having
a good economy, but also bal-
ancing the environmental pro-
tection with that economy. We
have learned in Florida that if
we don't have a good economy
we don't have as good an envi-
ronmental protection," she said.
According to Dr Bethel, an
liquefied natural gas (LNG) ter-
minal proposal has been signed
off by the Bahamas Environ-
mental Science and Technology
(BEST) Commission and is still
before the Cabinet.
The minister said he expects
that a decision will be made
soon.


"BEST was responsible for
the environmental impact
assessment that was just one
component of the LNG pro-
ject, so their signing off was
not implicit that the.govern-
ment has signed of on it they
are advisors to the government
on the environmental compo-
nent and there was also an eco-
nomic impact assessment that
had to be concluded on," he
explained.
Mr Miller added that
although Prime Minister Perry
Christie was quoted in one of
the daily newspapers as saying
the government had already
given approval to have an
LNG terminal in the Bahamas,
final approval is still pending.
Currently, AES Ocean
LNG's bid for a re-gasification


terminal at Ocean Cay is the
only project that is still on-line
for the Bahamas.
The company hopes to build
an underwater pipeline to con-
nect the state of Florida with
an Ocean Cay LNG terminal -
in order to serve that state's
growing need for natural gas.
However, concern about the
possible impact on the envi-
ronment around Ocean Cay
Sand the entire Bahamas has
led to some local opposition
to the project.
Industry and commentators
and some government officials
have affirmed that the terminal
and pipeline would be both
safe and environmentally
friendly, but environmentalists
have cited several examples of
LNG accidents.


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t chairman


the Port would have given it much mpr, -
consideration and looked more in db
to see if they could find anotl '-
Bahamian to replace Mr Francis,3hsl ,
said. **
Since the appointment of Mr Bagtie -,
there had been reports that that selA "
al people are planning to stage a derm
station opposing the move. ,'
Mr Babak, who lived in Gr d 14 4
Bahama since 1974, has made a nurntwi
of significant investments in FreeplVr- '
including Freeport Concrete, the H(44 t',
Centre, and First Commercial Centl ,
He is said to have a wealth knc tl
edge in international business and h
master's degree in economics and bn15 i
ness studies from Vienna University ln"~n
Austria.


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E D -OA ST I TO THE EDITO


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Talk show was off base with OPBAT


YESTERDAY MORNING started off with
a bang when a talk show host set off a false
alarm in an attempt to liven up his show.
According to Love 97 not only had Defence
Secretary Donald Rumsfeld pulled the US
seven Army Blackhawk helicopters and their
crews from Operation Bahamas, Turks and
Caicos (OPBAT), but the US also planned
to close OPBAT.
It is true that Mr Rumsfeld has recom-
Smended the redeployment of the Army's men
Sand equipment from the war on drugs to the
war on terrorism, but if the talk show host
. had used an ounce of common sense, he would
have known that the deliberate collapse of
OPBAT was not an option.
It was not an option, because should
OPBAT cease operations, the Florida coast
would be as exposed to drug dealers and
Human traffickers as would the Bahamas.
It is true that with all the hot air coming out
of our Foreign Affairs Ministry these days,
America has no reason to continue its love
affair with the Bahamas. However, to com-
pletely sever relations through OPBAT would
hurt their own people as much as it would
'hurt Bahamians. As we were always reminded
-'as'children, "No one cuts off his own nose to
Spite his own face." And in this scenario in
withdrawing OPBAT America would be
jeopardising the welfare of its own citizens.
As the car radio was tuned into the talk
show as we were driving to an appointment,
SWe heard very little of the programme;
However, we did hear one callerlwho made
a great deal of sense. He scoffed at the irony of
Bahamians who had grumbled that Ameri-
ans should get out and leave us to manage
our own affairs, and now that the Americans
were leaving, Bahamians were screaming that
t hey were duty bound to stay. These were not
his exact words, but this is the gist of what he
-had to say. He was disgusted with the anti-
SAmerican rhetoric that was starting to enter
SBahamian conversations.
:And he was so right. Bahamians seem to
have an inbred belief that their umbilical cord
is attached to the coast of Florida. They can be
- as-ungrateful as they like, but America, like an
n- understandingg parent, would never abandon
-them.
i" It came as a rude awakening in the eighties
When certain Bahamians, who were connect-
'-ed either directly or indirectly with the drug
Trade, were told they could no longer enter the
,.United States. How dare the Americans take
away their inalienable rights! That was their
attitude. They quickly learned that America
t belonged to Americans. Bahamians had nod
rights. And when they participated in the drug


trade that hurt American citizens they for-
feited America's friendship. The welcome
mat was withdrawn and the country's doors
were bolted. Many Bahamians almost had a
heart attack.
We are told that we are a sovereign state.
That is true, we are a sovereign state, and we
can do whatever we want. But as the late
Dame Eugenia Charles of Dominica often
told us: You have to treat sovereignty with
common sense; it's not something that you
can put in the pot and serve your people for
supper. There would be times, she said, if sov-
ereignty were not balanced with common
sense, citizens would go to bed on empty stom-
achs. Dame Eugenia was not only a wise
woman, and a brilliant lawyer, but she had
practical commonsense. She had the kind of
commonsense that is lacking in certain of our
own government ministers.
Yes, our politicians can prance up and
down and flex their puny muscles, and brag
about their sovereignty, but they better have
an army, navy and air force at their backs to
support their brave words.
What Bahamians must never forget is that
America also has sovereignty. It can also do
what it wants and decide how and on whom its
tax dollars will be spent. It is only natural that
it will look after its friends. If we want to
break that friendship, then that's our deci-
sion, but don't get puffed up with righteous
indignation if America's own hand of friend-
ship becomes less warm.
It is all very well for.Foreign Affairs Minis-
ter Fred Mitchell to say "that which is trite and
obvious": "Our best and closest relationship is
with the United States of America and there is
not a possible chance that this Bahamas gov-
ernment would do anything to jeopardise that
relationship."
But then in the same speech to state that no
other country but Cuba, although "unsolicit-
ed", has offered "the level of assistance" to the
Bahamas, "assistance that is not of direct benefit
to the country (Cuba) offering the assistance."
Not only is there not a word of truth in
that statement, but it is a slap in the face of the
United States and its people whose assistance
over decades has been inestimable.
We should not forget the recent advice of
Florida Governor Jeb Bush at a Chamber of
Commerce and Rotary Clubs luncheon. It is
important, he said, that the Bahamas and
Florida do not take their close relationship
for granted.
In our opinion if OPBAT is preserved it will
only be because it is in America's best interests.
to do so. And its maintenance will only be at
the level that will serve those interests.


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EDITOR, The Tribune
WHERE does one begin to
pay tribute to these two extra-
ordinary souls who transited out
of this'4fe in the course of this
month? Kayla Lockhart being a
"born and bred Bahamian"
while Fr Kolyvas was born else-
where (Kalymnos, Greece), but
answered the: call of the local
Greek Bahamian community
when Fr Spirtos (his predeces-
sor) retired in the midst of the
Twentieth Century.
One might say they were
both beings with a mission -
Kayla to cultivate and expand
the local Bahamian culture in
whatever ways she could and
Fr Kolyvas doing his utmost to
preserve and adapt the Greek
language and culture in the
Bahamian Greek diaspora. The
one was the heart of the cultur-
al expressions of the wider
Bahamian community and its
most visible international image
(next to Sidney Poitier perhaps)
while the other was the hum-
ble servant of a not always very
grateful and appreciative local
Greek community. If some of
us can speak, read and write the
Greek language as well as most
Greeks born in Greece it must
be credited to Fr Kolyvas who
was the heart of the Greek com-
munity's cultural life. More than
any other single influence both
of these fine souls dedicated
their lives to the preservation
and continued cultivation of the
cultures of the wider and the
minority communities of the
Bahamas.
But, in seeking to memori-
alise their gigantic contributions
to the lives of both communities
it might be worth noting the
interesting difference between
the attitudes of both communi-
ties to the whole business of
praising and giving them both
their due as a worthy son and
daughter of this people. In
Greek culture there's a cultural
given no one is honoured
during their lifetime. In this
respect the Bahamian culture
is a lot maturer and more
humane and Kayla Lockhart-
Edwards has been frequently
honoured she was the co-
producer of the Musical and
Cultural Pageant in 1973 and
Cultural Affairs assistant to the
country's first Director of Cul-
ture (Clement Bethel) and
became Deputy Director of
Culture herself in 1993; Recipi-
ent of the Silver Jubilee Award
for outstanding contribution to
the Arts in 1998 and her swan
song 'A Celebration of Love'
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By contrast, Fr Kolyvas was
only belatedly appreciated and
honoured perhaps largely
because of the above-men-
tioned cultural bias.
I hope one may be allowed
one comment of a more per-
sonal nature about each. In the
Greek school classes we had at
various points in our young lives
growing up here, one of the
expressions I was particularly
impressed with from Fr Koly-
vas was "You've got to
sharpen your minds" (with the
implication 'if you want to bet-
ter understand and be more suc-
cessful in life' this is a must).
One cannot but believe that if
any of my generation has any
understanding of things some
of the credit must go to this
kindly and self-sacrificing soul's
efforts to help sharpen our
minds.
And as for Kayla, I can be
grateful to her and Desmond
for providing (inadvertently it
would seem) copies of two won-
derful resource books The
Collected Dialogues of Plato
Edited by Edith Hamilton and


Huntington Cairns as well as'
the Thayer's Greek-English,
Lexicon of the New Testament
which have been much used andi
appreciated over the years.;
Who would have thought that
this fine couple had such var-'
ied interests as is reflected in
this kind gift to our family?,
In Myles Munroe's eulogy he
found in this uniquely good
woman someone who had early'
discovered what the good Lord.
purposed for her life and as sho
herself said in one of the later,
interviews she felt that every -
thing she'd gone through ha4
been a preparation for her fulr-
filment of that purpose and few
can deny that her contributions
to her beloved country wi'l
remain an enduring legacy. ,
Perhaps most memorably we
shall all remember the very
many extraordinary cultural
events she helped organise as
well as perform in.
My personal gratitude to
have been blessed to hay'
known them must surely b6
echoed in the hearts of ai
Bahamians.- whether'thy
knew these two great souls per,
sonally or not.
NICK PSLINAKIS .
Nassau
June 7 2006


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EDITOR, The Tribune
T am commenting on a let-
ter published in The Tribune
on June 6th, "Trees are
Important to Society", writ-
ten by Joy Burrows. I
applaud Ms. Burrows for her
effort. It appears that
absolutely no one in govern-
ment cares about the system-
atic destruction of our envi-
ronment, and how it
will affect future generations
of Bahamians. 'Nassau is in
many places stripped of all
native trees and bush, so vital
for our delicate eco-system
and birdlife. Everywhere you
go you see massive tracts of
land flattened by bulldozers
with no thought to leaving
perimeter trees behind. It is
pure laziness and
stupidity and creates an ugly
landscape.
However, I was really
struck by another article in
The Tribune which quoted
Ron Pinder (Ministry of
Health). Mr. Pinder said that
there are people in the com-
munity who make a living
producing coal and that it is
an "essential product"....
since when is producing coal
an essential product in the
Bahamas? Are we now sup-
plying coal to Haiti at the


expense of our native forests?
I have heard from reliable
sources that Bahamian trees
are being cut down to pro-:
duce coal for shipment back-
to Haiti. Haiti has reduced its
own forests to 1 per cent, and '
now we are allowing this:'
foolishness 'here? We have
no sustainable forests in, the
Bahamas and this is no: i;g
short of insanity. To say xoi'-
ing of the damage to our i I:
quality.
I have also heard:from'
Yamacraw residents that the
burning is so intense some-
times that the acrid smoke'
keeps them awake coughing
at night. I myself have been
awakened by thick,-foul-
smelling smoke covering the
land.
With respect, I have to dis-
agree with Mr. Pinder when
he says that "burning for coal
carry's some nuisance to the'
public." NUISANCE?! It's .
nothing short of an enormous,
cancer-causing health haz-,
ard!,.Citizens have to c6mr-
plain ferociously and stop this
now.
Thank you for allowing?
me space in The Tribune.
MELISSA MAURA
Nassau
June 8 2006


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THE latest eatery at
Atlntis' Marina Village -
Marina Pizzeria has
opened its doors to guests.
According to the resort,
"Marina Pizzeria provides a
jazzy feel and offers guest a
casual al fresco dining expe-
rience. Its unique location
on the western end of the
Marina at Atlantis allows
visitors to sit back and
unwind as they enjoy cool
summer breezes while over-
looking the luxurious
Atlantis Marina."
7 Paul Grimm, Atlantis' vice
president of food and bev-
.rage, said, "Pizza was
always a concept that we
thought would be spectacu-
lar here at the resort and I
am pleased to report that we
have received a lot of posi-
tive guest feedback about it."
The beverage selection
includes Izze an all natural
j ice, bottled in Colorado,
which made its grand debut
in the Bahamas in the new
pizzeria.

San Juan

without

water for

two days
* PUERTO RICO
San Juan
MORE than half the peo-
Ple in the Puerto Rican cap-
ital will be without water for
two days while workers
install new% pipes. officials
said Thursday. according to
Associated Press.
SA US$26.8 million reno-
,vation to the water pipes
requires the Aqueduct and
Sewer Authorit\ to interrupt
service from Friday to Sun-
day, said Jorge Rodriguez,
the utility's president.
The government will set up
stations to, provide water to
the areas more than 600,000
residents who will be affect-
ed, said Carlos Acevedo,
director of San Juan's Office
!of Emergency Management.
The. ut lit\ will provide
'water, to San Juan's interna-
tional'airport throughout the
weekend. Airport officials said
,they will turn off the air con-
ditioning on Friday and Sat-
Lrda. night to conserve water.
A rise: in water consump-
lion on Thursday left parts
*of San Juan without service.
Two popular tourist areas,
Old San Juan and Condado,
will not lose service over the
'weekend, officials said.
SIn May, several neighbor-.
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surrounding area lost water
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* By RUPERT MISSICK Jr
Chief Reporter
PRIORITY in the Ministry of Edu-
cation Science and Technology's
2006/2007 budget has been given to .new
school construction, remodelling and
expansion.
Minister of Education Alfred Sears
made this announcement yesterday dur-
ing his contribution to the budget debate.
The majority of the country's public
schools are suffering from poor electrical
systems, leaking roofs and structural
damage, as well as problems with plumb-
ing and inadequate facilities for the ever
increasing school population.
Many of the schools were constructed


more than 50 years ago.
Aware of this fact, Mr Sears said that
his ministry along with the Ministry of
Works and Utilities has put into place a
preventative and rehabilitative pro-
gramme in order to address the ongoing
challenges.
He said that in addition, the Ministry
of Education, Science and Technology
will be addressing the need for addi-
tional classroom space.
Two new schools will be built in New
Providence the T G Glover Primary
School and a junior high school in south-
west New Providence.
There will be five new primary
schools in the Family Islands and three
junior high schools, he said.


In Family Islands, 10 primary, two all-
age, and six high schools will undergo
expansion and remodelling, according
to the minister.

Facilities

He added that in New Providence,
two senior high schools and one high
school will get new sporting facilities -
and that eight primary schools, three
junior high schools and one senior high
school will undergo extension, expan-
sion and remodelling.
Preschools will be added to two all-age
and five primary schools, said Mr Sears.
The building of preschool facilities,


priority'


he said, has been a priority for the gov-
ernment.
Since 2002, the Ministry of Educationj
has built 23 preschool units in New Prov-
idence, Andros and Eleuthera which he
said are being utilised by more than 500
students.
The minister pointed out that in order
to succeed, each school must have the
requisite buildings, facilities and infor-
mation technology.
"The.goal of the Ministry of Educa-
tion, Science and Technology is to create
for the children of the Bahamas a safe
physical environment conducive to learn
ing by providing quality construction
and maintenance of the physical infra-
structure of the schools," he said.


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Sears and Roberts still at no response
From BTC oh


loggerheads on schools emergency
919 calls,


* By MARK HUMES
THE ministers of Edu-
cation and Works still do
not see eye to eye on why
it has taken almost four
years to fulfill a 2002
promise to construct new
schools in New Providence
and the Family islands.
Four years into the
PLP's first term, Minister
of Works Bradley Roberts,
in a March parliamentary
communique, reiterated
Minister of Education
Alfred Sears' announce-
ment that the government
is now ready to move for-
ward with new school pro-
jects in both New Provi-
dence and the Family
Islands.
A flurry of activity is B
expected to begin this sum-
mer, with the re-construc-
tion of T G Glover Primary
School topping the list.
However, despite millions of
dollars being allocated for the
building of new schools each
year, when questions arise as to
why it has taken four years,
both ministers deflect respon-
sibility onto the other.
In a past interview, Minister
of Works, Bradley Roberts said
that the ultimate decision to
build a new school rest with the
Ministry of Education, as they
are responsible for directing and
paying for the projects.
Yet, Minister of Education
Alfred Sears has always held
that his ministry would have
been able to do more in the
area of constructing new schools
if it had its own engineering and
architectural arm.
As it stands now, Mr Sears
said, his ministry must wait on
the Ministry of Works' team to
facilitate any such project.
According to Mr Sears, dur-
ing the course of a budget year,
funds may have been allocated
for new schools, however if the
Ministry of Works has not com-
pleted the plans, nothing can be
done.
But officials from the Min-
istry of Works disagreed with
Mr Sears' statement.
The officials said that

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whether or not plans were in
place for new school, it is still
up to Education to give the
directive and final approval for
projects before the Ministry of
Works gets involved in the
process, as Education is the
agency with the money to pay
for the jobs.
Meanwhile, questions still
remain unanswered about the
millions of dollars budgeted
each year for school construc-
tion projects.
In the past, both ministers
pointed to costly repairs fol-
lowing hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne as one reason why no
new schools had been built.
They said funds allocated for
this purpose were moved
around to facilitate school
building repairs.
However, the lack of repairs
has caused a problem at the
beginning of every school year
since 2002.
In August of 2003, the chief
accounting officer and Perma-
nent Secretary of the Ministry
of Education, Crestwell Stur-


* ALFRED Sears


rup, promised that $5 million
of a $12 million budget would
be used in the construction of
new schools during the
2003/2004 academic year.'
Additionally, he promised that
$3 million of the $12 million
would be used on expansion
and refurbishment.
Since that time, the Ministry
of Education has received
upwards of $50 million to be
used in either expansions,
refurbishments, repairs, or new
school construction.
In March, Bradley Roberts
tabled a communique in the
House of Assembly which out-
lined expenditures on school
extensions. Some 14.5 million
was said to have been spent on
projects that were either
already completed, under con-
struction, awaiting various
forms of approval or still seek-
ing tenders.
To date, however, that fig-
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four years.
In September of 2005, Mr
Roberts publicly committed
$40 million over 18 to 24
months to building new
schools throughout the
Bahamas.
In his communication to
the House, Mr Roberts said
a new, 24-classroom junior
high school would be con-
structed in both Grand
Bahama and New Provi-
dence.
Once again, a new facility
for T G Glover was is pro-
posed.
Mr Roberts said that pri-
mary schools would also be
constructed at Fresh Creek,
Lowe's Sound, Salina Point,
George Town and San Sal-
vador.
The same communique
also promised new high
schools in Bimini, Cat
Island, and San Salvador,
with all of the work scheduled
to begin with 90-days.
However; where the $40-mii-";,
lion proposed by Mr Robbrts'
will come'fiom is unclear.: :ir ,
According to the estimate
figures for new school con-
struction in 2005/2006 (the year
he made the commitment) and
2006/2007, the Ministry of Edu-
cation should only have $20
million at its disposal, including
funds from the International
Development Bank.
In discussing these figures
with both ministers, The Tri-
bune have been told that its'
calculations are incorrect.
However, requests to meet
with the chief accounting offi-
cer and Permanent Secretary
in the Ministry of Education
Crestwell Sturrup to set the
record straight have been
ignored.
The minister of Education
has promised to have Mr Stur-
rup meet with a reporter, how-
ever the meeting has not mate-
rialised to date.


INIDIGO phone company
has still had no response from
BTC to the allegation that ii
will not allow 919 calls to he re-
routed to the emergency switch-
board.
In a letter to the company'S
management, IndiGo president
Paul Hutton-Ashkenny claimed
that emergency calls coming
through IndiGo's system'ard
not being connected to ,the
switchboard which is on the
BTC network. '
In an interview with The.Trii
bune yesterday, Mr Hutton
Ashkenny said that he is not
surprised that BTC hasn't
responded on the allegation.
"We have not heard: from
BTC on the routing of emer-
gency service calls for close to
five months, so its unlikely hat
they would suddenly break theit
silence now but then, there i
nothing they can say to justify
their position," he said.
"Today if a customer oo
IndiGo's network wanted to call
.the emergency service.,they
would have to call a physical
number which is on BTC's net'-
work, and the call would be ter-
minated normally," explained
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny.
He said that if a customer
dials 919, the call simply 'dpesL
n't complete". I
According to Mr Huttonr
Ashkenny, the process involved
in adjusting BTC's system;and
IndiGo's system in order for the
calls to be re-routed is a fairly
simple one. ,
He said that he has noidea
why BTC has not co-opeiatedi
Mr Hutton-Ashkenny:sail
that IndiGo will soon be moving
its consumer base to residential
services where the probleqi
will be much more serious:thai
it is in the corporate arna,
where the company curxentl
operates. ij. t
Calls to the public relations
representative for BTC,,were
not returned up to press time
last night.
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Hart admits he was asked to stand




as FNM's South Abaco candidate


RETIRED administrator Everette
Hart admitted yesterday that he had
been approached to stand as FNM
general election candidate in South
Abaco.
But he said he had just completed a
long career in the public service and
_had not yet made up his mind about
his future.
"I have been approached by many
"Ojle for many areas and by many
i es," said Mr Hart, who was
iinistraor for Abaco for several
years.
"However, I am just beginning my
retirement and I have not yet made
up my mind."


Bu retiredIami[ i trator hasn't madrhue [up hi ssind


Mr Hart is favoured as FNM can-
didate by a group of party supporters
in the area who are against the possi-
ble nominatioif'-fformer PLP stal-
wart Edisoi Key. .. :
The group believes Mr KY'y made,,
enemies in South Abaco during his
time with the PLP and runs the risk of
losing the seat at the next election.
The dissenters feel Mr Hart -
described by one member as "the best
administrator Abaco ever had" -


would have a better chance of uniting
the FNM for the election.
Some FNM supporters feel Mr
Key's involvement would not only
lose votes but also weaken the cam-
paign.

Campaign
"A lot of people would not feel
moved to campaign on his behalf,"
said one FNM member.


With the announcement of the
FNM slate of candidates drawirig
near, the anti-Key faction is eager to
present an alternative choice. -
Current MP Robert Sweeting, who
has served three terms, has made, it
clear he will not stand again. Former
MPs Mike Lightbourn and Fred Go.t-
tlieb have rejected the chance to
return.
SMr Key was unavailable for c'jn-
ment yesterday.
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Scholars to attend China summit


m'":THREE Bahamian scholars
'*willjoin other outstanding uni-
':vtsity students from around
; "tIhe world this summer to par-
-'iipate in the Global Young
-Laders Summit, a unique
leadership development forum
\'t6Obe held in Beijing, Xi'an
5"'nt-Shanghai in the People's
-:Republic of China.
S'i'The scholars will hone their
skills in communication, net-
working and leadership while
preparing for success in a
world influenced by rapidly
t",bhRnging cultural, political and
"1`6ohomic forces.
'i "The Global Young Leaders
~'Summit (GYLS) gives high-
-hieving scholars aged 18 or
Solder a unique opportunity to
distinguish themselves through
't do\tinued career and leader-
)'ship preparation in the com-
Sp'pny of peers from around the
world.
i'*A Wrapped within the travel
'experience of a lifetime is an
educationall culturally enrich-
' ilhg experience designed to add
,'to',each scholar's personal
-'ktowledge, leadership abili-
oltluSahd academic profile.
All students are provided
with written materials
designed to foster self-directed
experiential learning.


* BAHAMIAN scholars attending the Global Young Lead-
ers Summit in China are pictured with prime minister Perry
Christie at the Office of the Prime Minister. From left are
Kara Wilson, Jue'Rissa Knowles and Melissa Munnings.
(Photo: BIS)


The programme's curricu-
lum was developed under Dr
Donna Snyder, a former class-
room teacher, elementary
school principal and universi-
ty professor.
She earned a masters degree
in school administration and
curriculum development and
*holds a: doctorate in curricu-
lum and instruction.
GYLS is a non-profit, non-
partisan educational organisa-


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WITH the general election drawing nearer
daily, I spent the past two weeks examining the
re-election odds of MPs serving Family Island
and New Providence constituencies. This week,
the last of a three-part column will evaluate the
electoral status of MPs serving Grand Bahama
constituencies.
SPleasant Bridgewater, the PLP MP.for
Marco City, is first under the spotlight.
Ms Bridgewater, who had lost twice before in
the High Rock constituency, is considered one
of the two potent candidates for the PLP in
traditionally FNM Grand Bahama districts.
Ms Bridgewater, who also happens to be the
first Grand Bahamian female called to the
Bahamas Bar, is described as a community
oriented, active MP in her constituency.
Commentators state that she would be a
formidable candidate who will likely retain her
seat. Due to these attributes, manyjpeople have
begun speculating as to why such a capable MP
has not been selected to the Christie Cabinet.
Ex-PLP vice-chairman Reverend Frederick
McAlpine is said to be a leading candidate for
the FNM's nomination to contest Ms
Bridgewater. However, Rev..McAlpine will
lose, as he is seen by many as a recycled
candidate, who ran and lost as a PLP in 1997
(Eight Mile Rock) and again as an
Independent in 2002 (Marco City). He has
been portrayed as an opportunist whose
credibility is questionable.
Lindy Russell, FNM MP for Eight Mile
Rock, will not contest his seat. Therefore, the
FNM has proposed David Wallace, former
chairman of the PLP's youth arm, The Young
Liberals, to run in Eight Mile Rock.
Mr Wallace, who jumped ship from the PLP
to the FNM, was the representative for West
End and Bimini until he was sent packing by
Obie Wilchcombe in 2002. Although Mr
Wallace is said to have previously performed
abysmally in West End, based upon his strong
roots in Eight Mile Rock, he is expected to win.
Pineridge MP Ann Percentie-Russell has
been a weak backbencher. In her capacity as
Parliamentary Secretary at the Prime Minister's
Freeport office, she has recently been
entangled in controversy as there have been
calls for her resignation following allegations of
political victimisation, particularly relating to
the changing of the locks to the office of Lady
Naomi Wallace-Whitfield, wife of the late
FNM founder Sir Cecil Wallace-Whitfield.
These will surely haunt her in her campaign.
The FNM has proposed to run lawyers Fred


Smith or Kwasi Thompson against Mrs Russell
Ironically, if Fred Smith contests Pineridge,
he'll be challenging his former secretary, who .c
may have insight into his political strategies. .-
Whilst Mrs Russell is said to be very .., v
outgoing within her constituency, her:,: u
arrogance and unfavourable public perception,
could lead to a trouncing.
Neko Grant, the FNM's MP for Lucaya, d d
should retain his seat. Mr Grant has been, .w
described as a strong MP who has close ties.t6c
his constituency. Over the years, he has .',,o
consistently been plainspoken on issues '.
affecting Grand Bahama, particularl. Lucava.. -
Potential PLP candidate and former CDR '3
member Forrester Carroll should take a
spanking at the polls:
FNM MP for High Rock Kenneth Rus&ll ii'
almost assured to retain his, ea.' Asa. t'n
Parliamentarian, Mr Ru~-ell hia'been a thorn;:
in the side of the go earning PLP on numerous'
issues.
As the FNM's successor t'q Murice Moore.
Mr Russell.has done well in the !sti t io elc- '
tions, and has been aggressive in lohbe ing for
his constituents. De-ciibed a ai roundhog"
by some, as he's always working his
constituency, Mr Russell could face stark"
competition against potential PLP candidate
Dr Doswell Coakley, who also happens to be
the President of the Grand Bahama Chamber.
of Commerce. H-\ h\er. historical) High
Rock is a middle lo:'upper cl.ahs constiiueno\ .k
that has traditionally voted FNM!
Obie Wilchcombe, who has previously been
, discussed, is unbeatable in West End and,
Bimini. Mr Wilchcombe also has history\ :n his
side as West End has voted PLP since 1967, f '
only to have a brief interruption ifi 1997 n.h i-
the election of David Wallace.. '
Because FNM'MP .lr North Ek.uihe'r Al in
Smith has been overlooked in prc' l, ous. q
columns,,his chances otL ri.i innt ? his seat
will be acknowledgedJ r Snmith \ill Ilikld
recapture his ea[i' Sin ce 2,-21 ir Snuith ths
raised his profile, :becomqingieader dofithe. -
Opposition and a moi t candid opposition MP
When both parties release their otucial l
candidate rosters, mn position on n he electoral
chances of certain MPs.nay besubjected to: ,,
change as several have been primidril ba'scd,-
upon a candidate'sperformarce raertherthanthe
entire package inclusive of-their, chalietgerso-,
The elections:will'be historical' arid close:
However, I do anticipate radical changes to the
present composition otihe House of .-A\!embly.


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""1 :I Sidney Strachan 1946-2006

S-ii'i ,I It is sometimes said that through the pen comes passion It could be said of
Sidney Strachan that his passion was "the pen becau e it wa,., through this,
I'j," media that he e pressed his creativity and his Innermost thought' Innto the
S'''itten i\',id an alt form that has not chanioed in tens ofl [tous.inds. cf
years. He gave himself openly without reservations or demands He a'.e
le and strength to those around him especially to those \w'hon i he called
'1-, ~ hi, friends ,

S2-_.8 Sdlner rin his quiet courageous ; and loving way insclbed his pcisl:on into
the hear is of othels through the written void in particular and rlie .poken
"'i" word in general. His pleasant and caring attitude transcended the socially
Sja.:,epltable st.indards of relationships and went to the extreme level ,'hen
She fciind a true or family member with whom he could identify.

,.r^ So it was with Sidney and myself of he gave me \.hat some persons \.'ould
give openly and freely;he gae le mhis enduring friendship His laughter, his
thoughts and shared with me his dreams that he sought to fulfill.

S Our long friendship never wavered during life and it will not waver in
i. death.

You will be missed but you will live on in my memory as a Brother!
ii- "Though beauty doth our life surround, nought fair as friendship as cae '
found!" '- *. 1

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Reuben Hepburn
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4.tions to surpass their Nassau,
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: The island of Grand Bahama
\ 'as crippled by three devastat-
iig hurricanes in two years.
In response, the management
of Domino's put an incentive pro-
gramme in place as a means to
reward managers and staff when
sales, labour and food cost tar-
gets were met.
The two Domino's locations in
Grand Bahama Queen's High-
way and Port Lucaya exceeded
all expectations, according to the
company.
The managers and staff were
rewarded with quarterly bonus
Scheques.
"The employees are to be con-
gratulated for their performance
in. light of the challenging eco-
nomic conditions within the mar-
ket,".said Shervin Stuart, senior .
vice president of Caribbean Fran-
chise Holding Limited.
'They have truly stepped up
to the plate and demonstrated
that they are indeed capable of
maintaining high standards of cus-
tomer and'quality service the
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* By KAHMILE REID
THE moral alarms of the
Bahamas Plays and Film Con-
trol Board did not go off this
time around, as the remake of
the 1976 thriller/horror, The
Omen will open today at Gal-
leria Cinemas island-wide,
three days after its scheduled
worldwide release date of
06.06.06.
The story-line of this updat-
,ed version of the film sur-
rounds a young couple experi-
encing a series of freak acci-
dents and misfortunes.
"" They" are eventually
informed by a Catholic priest
that their secretly adopted son
Damien is in actuality the son
of the devil and destined to
become the anti-christ.
Despite the fact that the
movie centers around the devi-
ous activities of "the boy who
would be the prince of dark-
ness" there have been no calls
from the Christian Council for
the ban of the film.
Ban


w Last month, there were also
no calls for the ban of the
block-buster "The Da Vinci
S om Code", a film that insinuated


a church cover-up of the' fact,
that Jesus Christ fathered a
child through a relationship
with Mary Magdalen.
Plays
In April, the Bahamas Plays
and Films Control Board, after.
a request from the Bahamas
Christian Council, banned Ang
Lee's Brokeback Mountain on
the eve of its release date
because of its "extreme homo-
sexuality, nudity and profani-
ty".
It was felt by the board that
the film "had no value for the
Bahamian public," as one
member put it.
At the time, the decision to
ban Brokeback was slammed
by gay rights supporters and
freedom of expression advo-
cates, whose concerns enjoyed
wide play in the international
press.
Senior pastor at,the King-
dom Life Church, Cedric Moss,
said it is unfortunate that "the
radar for too many religious
leaders only works when it
comes on to homosexuality."
Pastor Moss said pastors are
making a big mistake by ignor-
ing the other forms of immoral-
ity that are being "-seried up


every weekend at thei'de-
mas." 0-4
Despite the fact that Pastor
Moss does not think the, filn
should be banned, he doep-.rot
encourage his congregation to
watch as he believes4tbat
Christians should be very dis-
cerning about whatthey
expose themselves to. ,,
He said there .are many
moral considerations wheonpe
looks at these issues, as,jhe
action of one group of people
can affect an entire society,
KillingW
"If you are on a boat and
some of the people on it-fells
you that they are going toput a
hole on their side.of the.bgat
then the entire boat will iik -
killing all on board,"': he
explained. The pastor saidlthat
likewise, the depletion of the
moral fabric of one group or
several small groups can even-
tually affect everyone. -,,,
Nevertheless, this faithful
remake of Richard Donner's
anarchist thriller will grace the
Galleria cinemas and will more
than likely have fans indulging
in scene by scene analogies, as
the movie is very to similar, to
'theoriginal. :; .


Recreating Sacred Space


THE Ministry of Tourism,
Kerzner International and the
New Providence Community
Church have entered a partner-
ship to recreate the Sacred Space
exhibition at the corer of Blake
Road and John F Kennedy Drive.
Wqrk has' already started on
the new installation, to be called
'Welcome'.
The project is being undertak-
en in conjunction with noted
Bahamian artists .Antonius
Roberts and Tyrone Ferguson -
who propose to recreate the
beauty and cultural strength of
.the existing Sacred Space, located
on the Clifton bluffs.
The exhibition features wood-
ein statues of slaves that were
reportedly off-loaded at the his-
toric site.
When complete, Welcome will
':be one of the most significant
Public installations by Bahamian
artists ever, according to organis-
Sprs.
Its creation will also result in
,...he formation of the Emerging
'..Artists Market which will serve
f-&s a focus of local artistic pro-
'- auctions in the future.
The exhibit will be positioned
. "travelling along the busy thor-
'ughfare will be able to enjoy it.
The New Providence Commu-
hity Church (NPCC) has donated
.'.500 square feet of property,
reportedly worth $150,000, to the
'- effort
', NPCC said it will also commit
S-'to the regular maintenance of the
i'Installation.
SThe Ministry of Tourism has
pledged $80,000 towards artist
commissionn fees and Kerzner
international has committed a siz-
,'ble donation for supplies and
equipment, landscaping and light-
ing.
SClint Kemp, senior pastor of
the New Providence Communi-
'ty Church said: "This is a won-
derful occasion where partner-
.."'ships can come together and be
formed around what I think is
one of the most important issues
iifi our country and that is this
.~hole issue of promoting public
S,art and creativity.
,; -The Bahamian culture is one
of the most creative and expres-
,jsive cultures in the world, and to
)bave an opportunity to promote
rhbat, to encourage that, and sup-
i' ort that is just a wonderful priv-
Silege." he said.
S' Tourism director general Ver-
: ice Walkine noted that although
Welcome is not a "traditional
-tourist project" it taps into emerg-
i: 'ipg trends of culture-based travel.
"One of the things that is
important for us to do here in the


islands of the Bahamas is to allow
people from abroad to get a sense
of who we really are as Bahami-
ans. And I think that this public
art installation will allow us to do
that," she said.
Kerzner International's chief
operating officer Nan Palmer said
the company is delighted to par-
ticipate in the Welcome project.
"It speaks to the cultures of
this community church, it cer-
tainly speaks to the Ministry of
Tourism's declaration about cel-
ebrating the people of the
Bahamas, the islands of the
Bahamas, but I think it really
speaks tothe heart and soul of
what Kerzner is all about too,"


she said.
The NPCC, along with local
artists, also plans to create a 28-
foot-tall art sculpture of stainless
steel and wind chimes which
will rise from the middle of the
church's pond.
The sculpture, called 'ONE',
will be dedicated to the late artist
Brent Malone.
The church hopes the sculpture
will serve as a catalyst to bring
artist and students together and
will inspire the development of
an Art Centre of the Bahamas,
complete with studio and gallery ,
space for artists to practise their
various art forms while interacting
.with Bahamians and tourists.


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M MONDAY

n HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Mondays -
6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays 7:30pm to
8:30pm

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at
6:30pm at New Providence Community Cen-
tre, Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free
blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol
testing is available. For more info call 702.4646
or 327.2878

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

n CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton Monday's at 7pm Club
612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort, Cable Beach Club 3596 meets at
the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at 7pm.

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

TUESDAY

n PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

10.10.2.20. @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at
Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been
dubbed 10.10.2.20. Every tenth female patron
is allowed into the club absolutely free and is
given a complimentary glass of Carlo Rossi.
Tuesday nights also include the Carlo Rossi's'
Hot Body Competition. Hosted by Daddi Ren-
zi and music provided by DJ Ai from 100
Jamz. Master Chef Devito Bodie provides
scrumptious appetizers.

n THE ARTS

New "YOU SAY, I SAY" a play written by
James J Catalyn and directed by Graham B
Thordarson, centres on abuse and looks at vari-
ous aspects of the problem, relevant to our own
environment. A benefit performance to aid the
Cancer Society of the Bahamas will be given on
Tuesday, June 13 at 8:30pm at the Dundas.

HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm
to 7pm/8:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month
at their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centre-
ville. Call 323.4482 for more info.

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doc-
tor approval is required. Call 364.8423 to regis-
ter for more info.

n CIVIC CLUBS

Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday,
7:30pm @ C C Sweeting Senior School's Din-
ing Room, College Avenue off Moss Road *
Club Cousteau 7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm
in the Chickchamey Hotel, Fresh Creek, Cen-
tral Andros Club 7178 meets each Tuesday at
6pm at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, 3rd
Terrace, Centreville.

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

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every sec-


ond Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM
Office, 4th floor meeting room.

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first
Tuesday, 6:30pm at the British Colonial
Hilton. Please call 502.4842/377.4589 for more
info.

M WEDNESDAY i:

n PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS
. LIVE MUSIC @ The Buzz, Nassau's Weekly
Jam Session & Musicians Hook-up. Located
East Bay Street two doors East of Esso On
The Run.

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

n HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Wednesday -
7pm to 8pm. The Nassau Group: Rosetta
Street, Wednesday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to
9:30pm.
n CIVIC CLUBS

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

TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesday,
6pm-8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-
West Highway. .TM Club 2437 meets the 2nd
and 4th Wednesday of each month at C C
Sweeting Senior High School, Oakes Field.

International Training in Communication,
Essence Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly meet-
ings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each
month at Doctor's Hospital Conference
Room.

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

E.. THURSDAY

HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm
to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thurs-
days 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doc-
tor approval is required. Call 364.8423 to regis-
ter or for more info.

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

n THE ARTS

New The National Art Gallery of The
Bahamas starts the summer season off with a
bang with a new installment of our 'Summer
Film Series' focusing on films from the
Caribbean and African Diaspora.

"Ava & Gabriel" (Curacao & Netherlands)
on Thursday, June 15 "Amores Perros"


(Mexico) on Thursday, June 29.
All films are free and open to the general pub-
lic. Films begin at 8pm and take place at the
NAGB's Outdoor Cinema on West Hill
Street. Due to the content of some of the
films, we urge parents not to bring children
under the age of 17

New The NAGB is proud to launch its Sum-
mer Dance Programme with Roderick John-
son, noted Bahamian dancer, teacher and
choreographer. In a special preview of our
summer of dance, Mr Johnson will speak on
"Bahamian Dance" on Thursday, June 22 at
6:30pm

n CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 3956 meets Thursday, 7.30pm @
British Colonial Hilton.
TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes.

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

n PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Cafe Europa on Charlotte Street North, kicks
off every Friday night with Happy Hour... spe-
cial drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and
Nassau's first European Night Restaurant -
Open Friday night till Saturday morning 5am,
serving hot food/and take out music; drinks
and an English breakfast. Cafe Europa...the
perfect place, to spend your night out till the
j morning.

n THE ARTS

New Junkanoo Summer Festival, Street Par-
ty, will be held on Woodes Rodgers Wharf
every Friday between June 9 and July 29, from
1 to 10pm.

New Roderick Johnson will be teaching
open dance classes @ the NAGB on Friday
nights at 6pm On Friday, June 23, there will-
be a motivational session entitled "The Way
We Move" where participants will learn prihci-
ples of coordination, rhythm and new dance
steps. On Friday, June 30 is the "Ballroom
and Romantic Dances" class where,tiaditional'
dances like the Tango, Salsa, Waltz and Fox
Trot will be taught. There will be a small dona-
tion for each session and participants are
encouraged to wear comfortable fitting clothes
and shoes.

n HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to
7pm & 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart
Church Fridays @ 6pm to 7pm
New Providence Community Centre: Fridays
@ 7pm to 8pm.

n CIVIC CLUBS

TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second
Friday of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus
Centre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more
info call 325.1947 after 4pm.


MEW. SATURDAY M

n PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Sun City Entertainment presents Saturday &
Sunday night functions for the alternative lifestyle
crowd (Gay) at Kendal's Auto Garage on Glad-
stone road from 11:30pm to 4am. Music provid-
ed by DJ X. Heading south on Gladstone Road,
Kendal's is located immediately past Moss Gas
station.

n THE ARTS

New Junkanoo Summer Festival Heritage
and Cultural Extravaganza will be held at
Arawak Cay every Saturday between June 9
and July 29 from 2 to 11pm.

New Junkanoo Summer Festival Box Cart
Derby will be held on Marcus Bethel Way
every Saturday between June 9 and July 29,
from 2 to 6pm.

Back by popular demand NAGB has invited
David Weech again to do another installment
of his popular Kite Making Workshop'for kids
and parents to take place on Saturday, June 10,
and Saturday June 17 at 10am. Please call the
Gallery early to secure your space in what
promises to be another fun workshop.

HEALTHH'


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday iorn-
ings 10am to 11am.
Bahatnas Diabetic Association meets every '
third Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and
December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street.


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Doctors Hospital CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital.
Community Training Representative at
302.4732 for more information and learn to
save a life today.

n CIVIC CLUBS

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

S9~ SUNDAY

n PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
& RESTAURANTS

Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street,
features special entertainment Gernie,
STabitha and the Caribbean Express every
Sunday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm.

n THE ARTS

New Junkanoo Summer Festival Royal
Poinciana Tea Party will be held in Govern-
ment House Gardens, every Sunday between
June 9 and July 29, from 3 to 6pm.

New Junkanoo Summer Festival Old Town
Jazz at Sandyport will be held at the Olde
Town Sandyport every Sunday between June 9
- July 29 from 4 8pm.

HEALTH

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.

Send all your civic and social events to
The Tribune
via fax 328.2398 or e-maik ydeleveaux@
tribunemedia.net/Out there in subject line


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!* LIFFORD Rahming said:
"Anerica needs to show the
Bai amas that they still support
us regardless of our independent
ch ces on other international
meters."
S Secretary of Defence
Dd ald Rumsfeld has requested
th recall of the seven US Army
helicopters used by the Opera-
tioi0 Bahamas Turks and Caicos
(ABAT) anti-drug smuggling
effort.
#,r Rumsfeld cited the need
forithe helicopters in the ongo-
ing; conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan.
The Tribune combed the
New Providence streets yester-
day to ask the Bahamian public
ab~ut their, views ,,n.the.a
request.


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f US army helicopters


* ROSEMARY Coakley said:
"The Bahamas must now use its
limited resources to fill that gap."


One person said: "The Unit-
ed States has budget concerns,
no one is without limited assets.
The fact still remains, if the heli-
copters are removed from the
OPBAT the surveillance efforts
will be affected."
He went on to say however,
that the withdrawal of the heli-
copters would have a negative
impact on the safety of Bahami-
an borders.
"America should consider
replacing the helicopters with
Army. b ts,,,the sur\eillancc
efforts will not be affected this


way," he said.
Phillisa Beneby said: "They
do need added military support
for their, efforts in Iraq. Qur,
Defence Force can take over.


* MELANIE Knowles said:
"The surveillance systems at our
borders will be compromised."


"I'm sure the helicopters can
be put to better use in Iraq.
They also have other means of
surveillance, soit shouldn't
make a big difference."


"If the US needs to move the
helicopters, they should put
some other surveillance aspect
in place," said Rosemary Coak-
ley. "The Bahamas must now
use its limited resources to fill
that gap."
Clifford Rahming said: "The
Bahamas has to stop only
depending on one country for
help. We should find ways to
do things on our own."
He went on to say that some
entities in the US government
seem to be in favour of slowly
relinqiishinig some ties x ith the


M PHILLISA Beneby said: "I'm
sure the helicopters can be put to
better use in Iraq."


Bahamas because .of certain
"choices" by the. Bahamian,
administration.
"America needs to show the
Bahamas that they still support
us regardless of our indepen-,
dent choices on other interna-l
tional matters," he said.
"I don't think any changes
should be made. The surveil-
lance systems at our borders will
be compromised," said Melanie
Knowles "The Bahamas would
have to up its water patrols, to
ensure that the anti-drug pro-
gramme is reinforced."


Rood moves to quell OPBAT fears


FROM page one
t the ambassador's comments
cone on the heels of reports
that U S Defence Secretary
Donald Rumsfeld wrote a letter
lasi month of his intentions to
reassign se\enArmy Black-
ha% k hehcopters and their crew
from Operation Bjhamas Turks
and Cjicos b O)ctober 1 next
year to assist in the war in Iraq
and Afghanistan.
Ambassador Rood, however,
maintained that there has never.
been discussions about with-
drawing helicopters, but more
abbut what other U S agency is
more suitable to take on the
mission.
"The United States is not cut-'
ting its helicopters," Ambas-
sador Rood said.
,"Nobody has talked about
cutting the helicopter ...we are
still as committed as we have
abiays been," he said. "Obvi-
ously we are disappointed that
t6 Army is looking for another
agncy to take over their role in
thl OPBAT mission, but we
remain as committed as we
hpve always been."
~jp to press time yesterday


Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia
Pratt, who is responsible for
national security, was in the
House of Assembly and could
not be contacted for comment.
But key US officials have
expressed concern that the reas-
signment of the helicopters
could entice cocaine and mari-
juana smugglers and heighten
drug trafficking in the Bahamas'
"vast island chain and .. .undo
more than two decades of
progress," according to an
Associated Press report.
Five US House members,
including two Republican com-
mittee chairmen, have said that
it would be a mistake to with-
draw the helicopters. They have,
urged the defence secretary to
reconsider.
"These assets have proven
invaluable in our nation's
counter drug transit zone, strat-
egy in the Caribbean Seas;"
they wrote in a May 25 letter
to Mr Rumsfeld. "If you with-
draw the assets in question no
other agency is capable of filling
the void and another smuggling
route will be significantly under-
manned."
Bahamas Ambassador to the


United States Joshua Sears also
believes recalling the heli-
copters and its crews "would
clearly have negative conse-
quences for the region as a
whole."
"The traffickers obviously
would see that as a signal to
increase their activity," the
Associated Press reported.
OBPAT has been very suc-
cessful curbing the flow of drugs
through the Bahamas and into
Florida.
Ambassador Rood said that
security will not be minimised
once a new agency takes
responsibility for OBPAT.
"I am confident that we will
find the appropriate agency and
the OPBAT mission will con-
tinue," Ambassador Rood said.
"Right now as we speak,
there are inter-agency meetings
going on, What is the best
agency to fill this void that
would be left by the Army not
having that responsibility."
He said that after countless
meetings with US congressmen
and President George Bush
support for the US Bahamas
counter-drug programme has
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Long Island in shock after fatality


FROM page one
morning when the vehicle
they were in hit three coconut
trees and overturned in the
area of Burnt Ground. Traffic
and police officials have
admitted that the number of
accidents on Long Island this
week has raised concern.
They have appealed to road
users to exercise caution and
vigilance on the road, espe-
cially during this rainy sea-
son. Local residents yester-
day expressed both shock and
concern at the accidents
which occurred over such a
short period of time.
Cindy Cartwright, a resident
of Deadman's Cay, said that Mr
Burrow's death came as a shock
to her as she recalled seeing him
earlier on the day of his death.
"I don't know what to say, I
guess everyone is just kind of
shocked," she said. "I saw the
Burrows gentleman just yester-
day (Wednesday), walking
along the road while I was
headed home on Wednesday
and when I heard that he got
knocked down I was shocked,"
she said.
Hamilton's resident Michael
Knowles expressed his concern
over the accidents. He said
there should be better lighting
in the dimly lit areas of the
island's long stretch of roadway
as well as more policing.
"It's unfortunate that those


* THE Dodge S-10 truck which collided with David Burrows 0 AN investigator examines the body
(Photos: Tanya Cartwright)


persons had to lose their
lives," Mr Knowles said. "I
think that BEC should put up
better lighting, especially at
some of these curves and we
should have more police on
the road," Mr Knowles said.
Mr Knowles said he had
voiced his concerns many
times before about persons
speeding in his neighbour-
hood. "I think that local gov-
ernment and the community
needs to come together and
address road safety," Mr
Knowles said. "I think that
because there is not much traf-


fic on the road people tend to
speed in areas where they
should not," he said.
Daisy Miller, 58, a resident of
Millers said she was also sad-
dened by the fatalities.
"I don't know much about
the accidents because I don't
get around that much, but what
I have heard has saddened me,"
she said.
Police are still investigating
the accident involving Mr Bur-
rows, but according to ASP
Lindy Knowles, officer in
charge of the Long Island dis-
trict, speeding has already been


ruled out as a factor in the acci-
dent.
The accident reportedly
occurred around 8.35 pm
Wednesday in the area of the
Lower Deadman's Cay ceme-
tery. ASP Knowles told the Tri-
bune yesterday that although
the matter is still being investi-
gated, preliminary reports sug-
gest that Burrows was sitting
on the wall of the cemetery,
which is in a dimly lit area, and
may have fallen or stumbled
forward into the path of the
truck that was travelling north
on Queen's Highway. Burrows


reportedly died at the scene.
The truck's windshield was
smashed and hood damaged,
the Tribune was told. The dri-
ver of the white Chevy S10
truck is reportedly an elderly
Long Island man in his seven-
ties. Burrows lived alone at his
Lower Deadman's Cay resi-
dence.
His brother, Roderick Bur-
rows, 57, who works as a porter
for Bahamasair at the Dead-
man's Cay airport said his fam-
ily is very grieved by the inci-
dent. He told The Tribune that
he arrived at the scene of the


crash around 9 pm Wednes.dy
where he saw his brother's life-
less body already covered in
sheets'. Mr Burro\s said that
his brother was bleeding from
his head and had a broken leg.
The hood of the truck was
severely damaged and the wind-
shield was smashed, he recalled.
'LWhen I got to the scene my
brother was already covered in
sheets and so me and some oth-;
er fellas wrapped him in more
sheets and took him to the
Health Centre," Mr Burrows
said.
"He didn't have a wife and
he lived by himself in a house
just' down the hill from mine..
He was born here on Long
Island but was back and forth '
living between Long Island and
Nassau up until the beginning of'
this year. He had been living:
on Long Island for about six
months," Mr Burrows said.
Jack Thompson, Road Traf-
fic Controller, sent his condo-
lences to the family of Mr Burd-'4
rows and sisters Santura anid
Brigetta Adderley yesterday"
saying that he was deeply sad-
dened by the latest fatalities on,
Long Island. ., *.
Mr Thompson said that the
Road Traffic Department is
presently formulating a road&-
safety campaign specifically foi
the Family Islands and stressed
the importance of exercising
safety and vigilance while using ,'..
the roadways.


Cuban ambassador appeals for the media to be unbiased,


FROM page one
In an exclusive interview with The Tribune yes-
terday, Mr Hernandez-Wilson candidly spoke
about his country's programmes and policies say-
ing, there are certain media organizations which
do not necessarily reflect the intentions of Cuba's
assistance in Caribbean countries like the
Bahamas.
Not wanting his interview to seem ideological,
the Cuban Ambassador felt compelled to defend
his country's assistance programmes with the
Bahamas and other countries after local news
reports criticised its relationship with the Bahamas
and .-lled mino question the eye care -crvice it
offer it-, Bliabanu s a ja retid ot cii.tic~piT levied
against the programme by Dr Albert Lue, head of
Jamaica's Ophthalmology Department at


Kingston Public Hospital.
Dr Albert Lue, who said that the programme
operated out of Jamaica had seriously deterio-
rated, called for the programme to be suspended.
Likewise, here in the Bahamas, the government
was being "well advised to back away from this
programme."
In reaction to this; the Cuban Ambassador
pointed out that the number of successful proce-
dures performed by his country's physicians
speaks to the overall success of the programme
itself.
From January of this year, the Ambassador
said 2,661 persons have been c\:,iniicd tor deei-
mine their eligibility in the Bal,.J :,,, tree :.-\. pro-:
,aifi-ile Ofitfesi-:e, 5 1 Nlio , qu.,litled or ui'et ',,
and 13 flights have ferried 365 p.lueri Iie '.'. cin the
Bahamas and Cuba, where 322 received service on


either one or both of their eyes.
In addition, persons accompanying patients
to Cuba are also given free medical screening, and
where necessary, are given medical care. In New
Providence alone, there has been more than 120
persons who accompanied a patient, and after
their free medical examination, 73 of those per-
sons became patients themselves.
After returning from Cuba, patients are afford-
ed free after care service by way of Cuban oph-
thalmologists stationed at the clinic in South
Beach. Many times, said the Ambassador, com-
plications may arise when returning patients do
not t.iL .J\' anil.i2. of the after care services, for
w\hate\ e re.i:n..
F-r iNlio'i-, pi r-:i- ill ithe family island, Mr
1-I fri'li .\:- I il.on said that the Cuban govern-
ment is looking, once again, at dispatching its


physicians to those persons for after care ser-
vices.
"When you have surgery that takes place,"
the Ambassador said, "there is always a risk.
There is always risk of complications." He point-
ed out that many Bahamians travel to the United
States for minor medical procedures and have
died as a result. However, he pointed out that, in
these instances, there is never a denunciation of
those programmes or public warnings against
persons travelling to the US for medical proce-
dures.
Taking note of this media contradiction, the
Cuban Ambassador openly addressed many.of
the other concerns that have been raised con-
cerning Cuban, Bahamian, and American rela-
tions. This interview will be featured in tomor-
row's Tribune.


Malaria case in Exuma


Inspired 6y the sun


FROM page one
water is "the perfect breeding
ground for the mosquito," said
Mr Robinson.
The ministry advised that if
persons are experiencing such
symptoms they should report
immediately to the nearest
healthcare providers or clinics.
Tips for discouraging breed-
ing:
Empty standing water in old
tyres, cemetery urns, buckets,
plastic covers, toys, or any oth-
er container where wrigglerss"
and "tumblers" live.


Empty and change the water
in birdbaths, fountains, wading
pools, rain barrels, and potted
plant trays at least once a week
if not more often.
Drain or fill temporary pools
with dirt.
Keep swimming pools treated
and circulating and rain gutters
unclogged.
Use mosquito repellents
when necessary and follow label
directions and precautions
closely.
Use head nets, long sleeves
and long pants if you venture
into areas with high mosquito


populations, such as salt marsh-
es.
If there is a mosquito-borne
disease warning in effect, stay
inside during the evening when
mosquitoes are most active.
Make sure window and door
screens are "bug tight."
Replace your outdoor lights
with yellow "bug" lights .
Meanwhile, concerns, or
inquiries may also be referred to
Department of Public Health
at 242-502-4846 or 242-502-4740
for further information contact
the Ministry of Health at 242-
502-4700.


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Government reviews


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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
and NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor

rently reviewing the laws
covering foreign investors
who purchase second
homes in the Bahamas
via the International Persons Land-
holding Act, the minister of financial
services and investments told The Tri-
bune yesterday.
Vincent Peet said the pricing of land,
particularly in the Family Islands, was
causing increasing concern for the Gov-
ernment and it will continue to review
its policy.
"We are reviewing the land policy,
and we will continue to consult the rel-
evant stakeholders and take market


on foreign buyers


* VINCENT PEET


Miite ay ncesigcocrnaou .,hmin


conditions into consideration," he said.
MrV Peet said the Govemrent is par-
ticularly concerned that land remained
affordable for Bahamians.
He added that on some islands, par-
ticularly Harbour Island and Abaco,
real estate was so expensive that
Bahamian residents either cannot or
find it extremely difficult to purchase
property.
"'This is a concern tor the Govern-
ment and is one of the reasons we are
reviewing the policy," he said.
The issue of Bahamians being
squeezed out of the real estate mar-


ket by wealthy foreign second home
buyers, who push the price of land and
property out of their reach through
strong demand, raised its head at yes-
terday's Small Island Developing
States (SIDS) Tourism conference in
Nassau.
One conference attendee from Aba-
co said: "This is building a whole lot of
dissent against the tourist. Prices in the
real estate market are escalating so
high, they are out of reach of locals.
Locals are feeling pushed out by the
tourist and foreign investor."
In response Vernice Walkine, the


Bahamas' director-general of tourism,
said this nation and others in the
Caribbean were "almost victims of
their own success", as it was their
investment-friendly policies that had
attracted foreign second home buyers
in the first place.
Ms Walkine acknowledged that the
issue was "a challenge", with govern-
ments iniboth the Bahamas and wider
Caribbean "struggling with it".
She added that the Bahamas' invest-

SEE page 5B


The Bahamas' ability to Central Bank
g nisoporp amendments


compete 'non-existent'

M By NEIL HARTNELL
STribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas will be unable to compete in the global economy
if it believes 'D+' is an acceptable passing grade for the BGCSE
exams, with an investment bank warning that this nation could lose
increasing numbers of jobs to 'outsourcing'.
In its latest newsletter, the Fidelity Group of Companies said
Bahamians had to stop thinking that their Bahamian nationality was
enough in itself to secure them a job, as outsourcing and offshoring
meant there were thousands of English-speaking persons who
could take their jobs without needing to obtain a work permit.
Fidelity said: "We hope that the Government takes a long and
hard look at our deteriorating social infrastructure. Our schools are
in a dire state, and our ability to compete with three billion new
workers who have entered the global job market, thanks to the
Internet, is non-existent....... "
Fidelity described a "substantial portion" of the Bahamian econ-
omy as being vulnerable to outsourcing trends, especially given the
relatively high operating costs in this nation.
"We need to equip our children to compete on a global plat-
form," Fidelity said.
"We cannot compete if we
believe that a D+ is a passing SEE page 7B



Illegal workers have

'negative impact' on

working conditions

for Bahamians


* By,CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
WORKING conditions for
Bahamians are being negative-
ly impacted by employers who
hire illegal migrants below the
minimum wage and under sub-
standard terms, the Trade
Union Congress (TUC) presi-
dent told The Tribune yester-
day.
Obie Ferguson said that when
Bahamian employers hired ille-
gal migrants, it made it harder
for organisied labour to safe-
guard the rights of Bahamian
workers.
"It becomes more difficult
because there is no regulation,
so when they hire someone,
they are not paying National
Insurance, they are not paying
for public holidays, sick days or
overtime," Mr Ferguson said.
He added that often these
workers were so desperate to
'make any income, that they
accepted any working condi-
tions, which did nothing to help
alleviate their financial hard-
ship.
Mr Ferguson said this took
away job opportunities from
Bahamians who have a legal
right to work in the country.
"Some employers may also
prefer not to. hire Bahamian
workers because they do not
want to have to pay the mini-
mum wage and basic rights that
Bahamian law requires," he
added.


Mr Ferguson said that hiring
illegal immigrants created a
number of problems for the
Bahamas, including health risks
from persons who do not
receive proper medical care,
and increased criminal activity.
Mr Ferguson said that the
trade union movement could
not condone any such activity.
His comments came on the
heels of recent criticism from
the US State Department
regarding human trafficking.
The US placed the Bahamas
in its 'Special Cases' category,
which also included Iraq, Haiti
and Somalia, because it claimed
that human trafficking in the
Bahamas goes "unmonitored
and undocumented".
The report stated: "The
Bahamas may be a country of
destination for men and women
trafficked from other countries
for the purpose of labour
exploitation. Approximately 25
per cent of the country's popu-
lation consists of Haitian nation-
als, most of them in the country
illegally. Haitian nationals are
commonly employed as domes-
tic workers, gardeners, con-
struction workers and agricul-
tural labourers."
According to the US report,
undocumented Haitian nation-
als continue to arrive in the
Bahamas and could number as
high as 50,000. However, the

SEE page 6B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Central Bank of the Bahamas.is
proposing two amendments to regulations
governing licence applications for Bahami-
an-registered banks and trust companies,
believing they will remove requirements
that are "burdensome" and "not cost effec-
tive".
In the paper released to the industry for
consultation, the regulator is proposing to
ease the information it requires on the
financial position of investors seeking to
acquire a stake worth 10 per cent or less in
Bahamian bank and trust companies.
In addition, the Central Bank wants to
reduce the number of character references
it seeks to approve' directors of Bahamian
banks and trust companies in cases where
the director is either a group director, or a
dii cctor of the Bahamian subsidiary's par-


ent company.
The Central Bank said that under the
Banks and Trust Companies Licence Appli-
cation Regulations, it currently requires
investors "seeking to acquire more than a
modest shareholding" in a bank or trust
company either when it is first established
or as part of capital restructuring to pro-
vide the regulator with a statement of their
net worth, signed by a certified public
accountant (CPA).
The Central Bank said this was done to
reassure it that if a financial institution ran
into trouble, its shareholders had the
resources to recapitalise it or provide finan-
cial assistance.
But it added: "For individuals attempting
to acquire a modest fraction of licencees'
overall shareholdings (10 per cent or less),
the bank has taken note that it might not be
cost effective nor necessary to request the
usual detailed information on their overall


financial position currently required......."
As a result, the Central Bank's proposed
amendment would allow investors seeking
to acquire less than 10 per cent of a Bahami-
an bank's share capital to submit a shorter
net worth statement.
This still had to be signed by a CPA, and
indicate the investor's net worth at that
date was at least five times the value of the
shares being acquired.
On the other proposed amendment, the
Central Bank said: "The bank notes that
its policy with respect to character refer-
ences required for the approval of direc-
tors may be somewhat burdensome. In par-
ticular, this has been noted where applica-
tion is being made for a group director or a
director of the parent company to serve as
a director for its subsidiary/branch in the


SEE page 6B


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spending, the Water & Sewer-










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age Corporation's chairman
said.
In an address to the Kiwanis
Club of Cable Beach, Don
Demeritte said that as part of
its Integrated Water Strategy,
the Government was looking
for Bahamian investors to
become involved in the own-
ership and management of
water and waste treatment
facilities.
The Government's priorities,
Mr Demeritte said, included
the provision of potable water
to all Nassau and Family Island
residents over the next 18
months; developing a model
for implementing waste water
treatment plants throughout
the Bahamas; and involving


Bahamian ownership and man-
agement.
"For us to accomplish what
we are striving to do we are
faced with capital expenditure
requirements of a minimum
$220 million for New Provi-
dence and $110 million for the
Family Islands, so there is a
need to pursue increasingly
aggressive and creative meth-
ods of funding," Mr Demeritte
said.
"Our money system is quite
liquid. We have $2.1 billion in
private individual bank
deposits, $1.2 billion in NIB
funds, private pension funds
and so forth and there are very
few investment, opportunities
...so this initiative is consistent
with the Government's man-
date to effectively involve
Bahamians in every aspect of
the new integrated water pro-
gramme."
Mr Demeritte said the
National Water Strategy aimed
to ease the public's tax burden
of $9-12 million dollars in sub-
sidies ever year to the Water
and Sewerage Corporation
through seeking to identify
every investment opportunity
and venture in the Familyl
Islands. The barging of water
from Andros to New Provi-
dence will also end.
Traditionally, government
funds and foreign developers
have been used to finance the
expansion of water facilities
and services in the Bahamas,
meaning that they were heavi-
ly reliant on the investment
priorities of such developers.
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revenue opportunities to real-
ly catapult ourselves from
where we are to where we
should have been. In every
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HOLDINGS LIMITED



NOTICE TO SHAREHOLDERS

Bahamas First Holdings Limited hereby noti-
fies all its shareholders that based on unau-
dited results for the quarter ended 30th June,
2006 the Board of Directors has declared an
interim dividend of two cents (2) per
common share to be paid 30th June, 2006 to
all shareholders of record as of June 15th,
2646.
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members of the Kiwanis Club
.orCable Beach


police, it pays for firemen, He added that on New Prov-
parks, and it goes on and on. idence alone, Kerzner Inter- .
Water is an economic tool," national's Phase III expansion; ,
Mr Demeritte said. Baha Mar's $2 billion Cable
Beach project; and the pro- .,'
posed investments at South',-'
Ocean and Albany meant that ;*'
this island would require a fur- v.
their seven million gallons of
water per day. l
"But to capitalise on those r
opportunities we need to )
undertake to immediately pro-'
vide the irst clad.'s qaier and''
wastewater plant facilities, con-
tractual commitment for the"-
provision of water, wastewater
and reused water, to all major
properties and developments,
and consistent world class qual-
ity service," Mr Demeritte said.
He added that over the past
10 to 15 years, most Heads of
Agreements that have been
signed between the Govern- .
ment and developers always
gave the developer the right
to produce his own water.
"Anywhere else in the world S
you'd find that that is noi the
case. Even here withBEC and
BTC, you'd find that Heads of
Agreements say you will get
your telecommunications ser-
vice from BTC, you will get S
your electricity service from
BEC. -
"In fact, no one is permitted
in the Bahamas to generate
any power if there is a BEC I
poeIer line within 200 yards of
the house. So that's a telling i
differential between water and I
telecommunications and lec- t
tricity. It speaks to w h) % e
haven't been able to sustain
and deliver the quality and the
type of service that Bahami-
ans expect from \Nater." '
Mr Demeritte said the Gov-
ernment intended to build, a
number of waste water plants
in Fox Hill, on Gladstone
Road, Pinewood Gardens and
possibly in the south-west part
of New Providence using a
phased approach.


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THE TRIBUNE


'Greatest challenge'



for tourism sector


is local owners


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
OBIE Wilchcombe. minister
of tourism, yesterday said his
"greatest challenge" was to
increase Bahamian ownership
of the tourism industry and
maximise its benefits by ensur-
ing every citizen felt they had a
stake in the sector.
Addressing the Small Islands
Developing States (SIDS)
Tourism Conference, Mr Wilch-
combe said: "Gone are the days
when we can pat ourselves on
the back when we reach five
million visitors, because unless
the five million contribute to
the quality of life of our peo-
ple, it is all for naught.
"How do we optimise the
benefits of each visitor that
comes to our shores? We need
to think about expanding own-
ership of the industry beyond
the narrow confine'" of hotels.
He added: "How do we
ensure throughout oyur coun-
tries our people benefit? How
do we ensure each and every
person feels tourism, feels own-
ership of the industry?"
The Minister of Tourism
urged the Bahamas and other
SIDS to "commission an audit
of the capacity of our resources
to create the linkages that could.
place wealth in the hands of our
people".
He added: "Our country is
doing well and has been doing
well, and is moving closer to
creating the reality of Bahamian
ownership in the tourist trade."
Mr Wilchcombe placed hope
on the Government's newly-cre-
ated Domestic Investment
Board, which has been designed
to cut through bureaucracy and
red tape to make it easier for
Bahamian entrepreneurs to
access opportunities and get


into business.
He added that a "national
drive" was needed to ensure
Bahamians became more
involved in sustainable tourism
and other economic activities,
taking advantage of what he
described as this nation's friend-
ly investment policies.
Mr Wilchcombe said: "We
have to ensure our policies
extend to the citizens."
Although the Bahamas was
attracting strong inward capital
flows from foreign direct invest-
ment projects, "our challenge
is to match that growth in eco-
nomic and social development
to our people".
"Both are imperative if we
are to complete the process
started 33 years ago of social
and economic empowerment,"
Mr Wilchcombe said.
"It is not only the gross
domestic product that we must
concern ourselves with. We are
compelled to look even deeper
for what one leader dsecribes
as gross national happiness."
Tourism, he said, had to
"enrich the lives" of a country's
citizens, and had to work from
an economic, social and cultur-
al perspective.
Mr Wilchcombe said it was
important for all Bahamians to
think about tourism and own-
ership of the industry, saying
this was the only way in which
the 'leakage' of tourist dollars to
fund the industry's imports
could be stopped.
The Ministry of Tourism, he
added, had targeted quality
tourists,. "not necessarily the
rich tourist", but those who
"appreciate what's indigenous
to our country".
"It is the diversity of my
nation that I seek to present to
the world: conch salad, guava
duff, gin and coconut water,


* OBIE Wilchcombe speaks during the Small Islands
Developing States Tourism Conference.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune Staff)


crab and dough, crab and grits,
crab and rice, and fried fish,"
Mr Wilchcombe said.
Both developed islands, such
as New Providence and Grand
Bahama, and lesser developed
ones such as Acklins and Inagua
were all part of the authentic
Bahamian experience this
nation was offering visitors.
"This is our product," Mr
Wilchcombe said. "This prod-
uct is owned by every Bahami"-


an, and it should play a role in
the greater success of every
Bahamian."
While Bahamians felt own-
ership of the tourism product
because they wre employed in
the sector, "not enough of us
are playing a role in manage-
ment". "My greatest challenge,
and that of most of our nations,
is how do we extend the own-
ership of our number one indus-
try," Mr Wilchcombe said.


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PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL ;
The Public is hereby advised that I, KESHONTAE
ASHIEK MCINTOSH,intend to change my name to
KESHONTAE ASHIEK JOHNSON. If there are any
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you.
may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
this notice.










HIGGS & JOHNSON
will be closed on
Friday 9th June, 2006
due to the observance of the firm's"
annual "FUN DAY"
We regret any inconvenience caused.



MANAGEMENT


LEGAL NOTICE

International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of 2000)


ISMAR FAMOWAR LIMITED ,::
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137
(4) of the International Business Companies Act (No. 45 of
2000), ISMAR FAMOWAR LIMITED is in Dissolutioii.

The date of commencement of dissolution is 16th day of
May, 2006.


Stephen Whale of 15 Union Street,
Malzard House, St. Helier, Jersey,
Channel Islands
Liquidator


WATER AND SEWERAGE CORPORATION
CAREER OPPORTUNITY

I T Operations Manager

The Corporation invites applications for the position of Information
Technology Operations Manager. This is a Management position.

The principal duties and responsibilities of the position include but not
limited to the following:
To develop and administer Information Technology strategic plan, ensure
proper security and continuity of the information system advise and
recommend the requirement training for the corporation's uses and the
Information Technology staff, overall supervision and management of the
Information Technology Department of the policies and procedures needed
to facilitate effective and efficient operation and use of the Corporation's
computer system maintain a listing of all information technology assets and
service/maintenance agreements, liaise with and monitor voice data other
service providers.
The successful candidate must posses a minimum of the following
Qualifications and experiences:

Bachelor's degree in Computer science or information Technology field
from and accredited institution, plus a minimum of seven(7) years post-
degree experience in technology related field, with at least four(4) years
at management level.
Must be a certified Information System manager.
Sound knowledge of LAN/WAN;IBM I-and x-series;CISCO switches.
Good knowledge of IBM software products such as LOTUS DOMINO,
WEBSPHERE, and TIVOLI
Programming skills in RPG, JAVA, Visual Basic
Basic knowledge / familiarity of Geographic Information System and
ESRI
and HTE software suites.
Good project management and interpersonal skills

Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Interested persons may obtain applications forms from the Personnel
Department, #87 Thompson Boulevard, P.O.Box N3905, Nassau, Bahamas.
Completed application forms with detailed resume must be returned to the
Human resources Section not later than June 14th, 2006.


CLEARING BANKS ASSOCIATION
Vacancy for
Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant will be responsible to the project Manager and
clerical and Administrative support. The successful candidate will be
responsible for documenting meetings, organizing and coordinating meeting
schedules, preparing all project communications and correspondence,
distributing project information and generally ensuring that all matters
relating to the project are fully and project documented in a timely manner.
The candidate must possess excellent typing and record keeping skills and be
proficient in the use of various software applications such as MS Word, MS
PowerPoint and MS Excel, among others.

*****************************

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

* Associates Degree or Certified Professional Secretary Rating, or Certified
Administrative Professional Rating;
* Detailed knowledge of computers to complete correspondence (e.g.,MS Word),
create and maintain forms, reports (e.g., MS Excel), presentation (e.g., MS
Power Point), and brochures and to respond to email as necessary;
* Basic business and accounting knowledge to prepare documentation and
statistical report;
* Excellent oral and written communication skills, including etiquette and
writing skills, to interact with associates and external persons, and to create
correspondence;
* Judgement requirement in treatment of information with confidentiality and
professionalism;
* Ability to operate a variety of office equipment, including computer, calculator,
printer, fax, machine, and photocopier



Send Resumes to:
CBA ACH Administrative Assistant Response
Bank of the Bahamas International
1st Floor, Claughton House
Shirley & Charlotte Streets
Nassau, Bahamas
E-mail responses may be sent to:
Samantha.Antonio@BankBahamas.com


BUSINESS


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BA oesofien

'Chaberbuidin


SAs part of our commitment to employ 200 Bahamians on
our project we are seeking qualified Bahamians to apply
Sfor the position of:


Executive Chef


SResponsibilities will include:
S' Must have 8-10 years experience as an
executive chef at leading hotel or resort
S Must be certified by the ACF
S* Must have experience operating multi outlet
S facility
Must be willing to live on an out island
1* Bachelors or equivalent degree
S* Ability to work on own initiative is important

Salary and benefits will be based on experience and will
include health benefits. Only qualified applicants need
apply.

Applications can be directed to:
Indira Edwards
Director, Human Resources and Training
C" P.O. Box AB20766
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
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Simon; Robyn Ogilvie, BCA secretary; Terrance Knowles, BCA chairman; Godfrey Forbes, BCA vice -chairman


LEGAL NOTICE


PLUMESTAR SHIPPING GmbH.

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
Section 137(8) of the International Business Com-
panies Act 2000, the dissolution of MCCOMBA
VALLEY INC. has been completed; a Certificate
of Dissolution has beer issued and, the Conm-
pany has therefore been struck off the Register.








ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidator)









I.-IIIII on -....1..
WINDING SAV
AeACO. 0A~AMAS

Has two (2) vacancies for
Membership sales Executives:

-Exceptional written and verbal communication skills,
organization skills
-Exceptional Telephone skills
-Public speaking preferred
-Ability to demonstrate strong relationship sales capability
-Ability to interface professionally with all members
of staff
-Generation and execution of an annual business plan
-Self generation of buisness through referrals and other
personal contacts
-Exceptional skills in long range guest relaional maintenance
-Use of tracking system for effective follow up andcustomer
purchase sequence
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BISX LISTED & TRADED SECURITIES VISIT WWW.BISXBAHAMAS.COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
; BBISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1.506.79 / CH@ 00.19 / %CHG 00.01 YTD 156.08 1YTD % 11.56
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175 8.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.60 11.75 0.15 1,000 1.568 0.360 7.5 3.06%
7 6.35 Bank of Bahamas 7.23 7.23 0.00 0.738 0.330 9.8 4.56%
S0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2.50%
1.t l- 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.143 0.060 9.1 4.62%
S 1.05 Fidelity Bank 1.35, 1.35 0.00 0.175 0.050 7.7 4.02%
9. 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.40' 9.40 0.00 0.618 0.240 15.2 2.55%
2.0t 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.81 1.81 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
14'70 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.70 10.70 0.00 0.931 0.560 11.5 5.23%
6 06 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.87 6.03 0.16 0.115 0.045 51.0 0.77%
2.8 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.70 2.70 0.00 2,000 0.415 0.000 6.6 0.00%
6. 1 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
1#50 10.45 Finco 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
1 43 8.51 FirstCaribbean 12.43 12.43 0.00 0.874 0.500 14.1 4.07%
1Q77 8.41 Focol 10.77 10.77 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.2 4.64%
1.E7 1.03 Freeport Concrete 1.03 1.03 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10C20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.1 4.26%
9. O 8.27 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.565, 0.560 16.1 6.15%
7.18 ) 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.92 7.91 -0.01 Oi160 0.000 49.6 0.00%
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0 .4 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
Coatna ov4r-he-o-pniter Securities
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1 ri0. 1300 Ea sr. -.3 :uC-rr-r..rkli- 1 00 1500 12 50 i 70 0 3ci' ~0 2 5
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2.564 2.3657 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.78564" 10.44 22.44
2 560 2.2072 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.329423**
1.'643 1.1006 Colina Bond Fund 1.164331"**
I FINDEX. CLO.ie<|^ME^ |^ ,B9 1005 26.09%
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B5wk-H Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
51vk-Low Lowest closing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity I 31 May 2006
PTavious Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
TOday's Close Current days weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 01 May 2006
Ig..- Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
:'- I, Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 April 2006
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PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, WALNER DARIUS, of
the Western District of New Providence one of the Island of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, of P.O.Box CB-11314
intend to change my name to WALNER MONCHER
DAREUS. 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 publication of this



Sales and Marketing Assistant

NEEDED
for Grand Bahama based radio station.
Applicants should addressed resume to:
The General Manager, P.O.Box F-40773,
Freeport Grand Bahama, Bahamas



NOTICE i
NOTICE is hereby given that DR. CHERELUS EXANTE, OF '
CULBERTS HILL #4 P.O.BOX SB-52580 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 hot be ;;
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the.
facts within twenty-eight days from the 9TH day of JUNE,'
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, +
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


Legal Notice


NOTICE


N'


FORINA'PROPERTIES CORP.
In Voluntary Liquidation


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 137 (4) of
the International Business Companies Act. 2000, FORINA
PROPERTIES CORP., is in dissolution, as of June 6th, 2006.

International Liquidator Services Limited situated at 35A Regent
Street, P.O. Box 1777, Belize City, Belize is the Liquidator.



LIQUIDATOR









en -*
WINDING BAY
ABACO. BAHAMAS

Has two (2) vacancies for
Sales & Marketing Project Director:

-Responsible for onsite coordination of sales, sales
administration and market.
-Achievement of targeted sales volume and maintaining
inventory.
-Develop future(MVCI experience preferred) managers and
implement self employed
-Implementation of tour efficiency and building of strong
team values
-Forecast and budget annual sales targets.
-Ensure communication, between personnel and others
-Strong leadership skills
-Minimum 5 years marketing vacation ownership
-Minimum 5 years marketing in management of sales,
marketing and/ or administration
-College degree preffed, but not required.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2006, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


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Government reviews




law on foreign buyers


FROM page 1B

ment-friendly policies had
invitedd them in", and it was
this demand that had driven
real estate and property prices
upwards.
"How do we balance this for-
eign investment coming in, the
need for foreign exchange to
galvanise our economies, with
the'interests of our people," Ms
Walkine asked, admitting that
she did not hW e the answer.
Of particular concern, she
added, was how land could be.
maintained and reserved for
Bahamians, particularly beach-
front property, which was seen
as most desirable and being
rapidly gobbled up by foreign
investors and second home buy-
ers.
Ms Walkine acknowledged
the problem wvas likely to get
"deeper" as various investment
projects continued their build-
out ovei future years. Many
dct: elpmients. pmi icularly in
the Fanul\ Islands. .ue heavily
reliant on land sales to foreign


buyers to generate the cash
flows that will finance their
investments.
"There are a number of
impacts this investor-friendly
policy is having on the islands of
the Bahamas," Ms Walkine
said. I don't know at what
stage we say enough is enough,
we're running out of beachfront
land, we're running out of prop-
erty."
The Bahamas has become a
'hot destination' for second
home buyers due to its proxim-
ity to the US and Florida. There
is virtually no beachfront prop-
erty left for development in
Florida, which has forced devel-
opers and buyers to switch their
attention to the Bahamas.
However, the rush for real
estate and property in the
Bahamas has caused increasing
concerns among Bahamians,
who believe this is depriving
them of the best land and their
chance to own a piece of their
homeland by raising prices too
high.
While second homes provide


a source of revenue for the
Treasury via Stamp Tax, and
generate employment and
incomes for the construction
industry, their long-term bene-
fits for the Bahamas are ques-
tionable.
This is because the home
owners often do not spend
more than a few weeks per year
in the Bahamas, although the
economic impact is multiplied
if they are leased or rented out
to others.
The controversy over rising
prices and foreign second home
owners is why Prime Minister
Perry Christie announced in the
Budget that the Government
was looking to. purchase land in
the Family Islands that could
be used for housing for low and
middle-income Bahamian cou-
ples.
On Rum Cay, the rush for
land has provoked an unseemly
scramble and disputes among
foreign land speculators who
have questionable title via the
estate of late lawyer, Effie
Knowles.


Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
to reach us before June 14, 2006.
Serious enquiries only




























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Palricia Ghnton-Melch,:ila-


OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. For more information call 302.4304


THE COLLEGE OF THE BAHAMAS

STAFF VACANCIES

The College of the Bahamas invites applications for the following posts:

Development Officer
DIVISION: Institutional Advancement
UNIT: Development
START DATE: August 1, 2006
JOB DESCRIPTION
SUMMARY:
Serves as a primary fundraiser for The College of The Bahamas. Designs, implements,
evaluates, and refines the Unit's development activities with an emphasis on, major gifts as
defined by COB policy, Council and the President in conjunction with Vice President Institutional
Advancement. Personally identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards donors and prospects
in accordance with performance targets set by the Office of Institutional Advancement under
the direction of the Council and President. Collaborates with the President, Vice President
Institutional Advancement and Vice President Finance & Administration and colleagues in
the COB Office of Institutional Advancement to maximize total gift revenue through gift
planning, corporate and foundation relations, and annual fund strategies.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Identifies, cultivates, solicits, and stewards major donors and prospects including
individuals, corporations, and foundations, through visits and other forms of direct
personal contact in accordance with performance targets set and defined by the
relevant authorities.
2. Enlists senior management in furthering the Development Unit's development
programme; assists in educating faculty and staff in respect of the roles they can
play in fundraising and development generally.
3. Recruits and manages volunteers and provides them withleadership and direction
in support of the cultivation and solicitation of major donors and prospects;
coordinates volunteers' activities to ensure their integration into the Unit's programmes.
4. Establishes and maintains effective working relationships with the Boards of COB
Foundations and College development colleagues to maximize the Unit's total gift
revenue.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Knowledge of major funding and donor sources.
Respected membership in networks of people and entities of high net worth
and ability to move with ease and influence in such circles.
Exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic
leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in wide range of roles.
Community relations skills and the ability to communicate and work effectively
within a diverse community.
Willingness and availability to travel extensively and to work extended hours
as necessary.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities;
duties and skills required of the Development Officer.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Prior experience at the CEO/CFO level with a major company/corporation is preferred
Master degree preferred bachelor's degree acceptable with relevant experience
Prior development experience would be highly valued
Demonstrated ability to plan and strong communication skills
Basic computer skills expected

Assistant Development Officer
DIVISION: Institutional Advancement
UNIT: Development
START DATE: August 1, 2006
JOB DESCRIPTION
SUMMARY: The Assistant Development Officer has primary responsibility for supporting the
work of the Development Officer and team through the management of the day-to-day
operations of the Development Unit, its databases and records.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Creates for the institution and makes effective use of a prospect management database
and other institutional resources to ensure appropriate management of donors, prospects,
alumni, and volunteers in coordination with College/University objectives.
2. Conducts research to identify prospects and creates strategies to match prospects'
interests to the priorities of the unit and the College/University.
3. Researches, writes, edits, or oversees, in conjunction with the writing/editorial staff of
Institutional Advancement, the preparation 6f persuasive, accurate, and grammatically
and syntactically correct solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports,
correspondence, and other development-related communication materials in support
of the Unit's fund-raising activities.
4. Assists in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement
fundraising goals and objectives.
5. Assists in planning and conducting programmes and activities designed to increase
the visibility of the Unit and the College/University to internal and external constituencies.
6. Develops and manages budgets for fundraising activities under the supervision of the
Vice President Institutional Advancement and in conjunction with other relevant senior
managers.
7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES REQUIRED:
Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective,
accurate, and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
Demonstrated mastery of major business and prospect research databases and general
database software such as Microsoft Excel with concomitant database management
skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic
leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
Ability to write proposals, solicitations, correspondence, reports, and other materials
in support of development activities independently;
Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related
to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects,
volunteers, and others.
Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other
complex activities in support of development objectives.
Willingness and availability to travel and to work extended hours as necessary.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
duties and skills required of the Development Officer.
MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
Bachelor's degree
Prior development experience a must
Demonstrated ability to plan and strong communication skills
Excellent computer skills expected
Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision. '
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The application deadline is June 21, 2006. To ensure full consideration, interested candidates
should submit a College of The Bahamas Application Form, a comprehensive resume and
a cover letter of interest. To expedite the appointment procedure, applicants should request,
three referees to send references under confidential cover directly to the address listed
below:


The College of the Bahamas
Human Resources Department
Ground Floor, Administration Building
Thompson Blvd and Poinciana Drive
PO Box N 4912
Nassau, Bahamas
Email: hrapply@cob.edabs
Please visit our website at for more information about the College and to access the College's
Employment Application Form.


tisiz our iswebsite at www.cob.edu.bs


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A wo storey residential structure, which consists of Four Bedrooms Two Bathrooms, with a one
storey commercial building adjoining situate on #57 comprising 11,250 sq. ft. on Colebrooke Street
in Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, North Eleuthera. The building is approximately 5 years old.
Utilities: Electricity, City, Water and Telephone


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


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THE TRIBUNE


RGF BR. FRIDAY. JUNE 9, 2006


Illegal workers have negative impact '


on working conditions for


FROM page 1B

report said that of that number,
only 5,000 are registered as
migrant workers with an esti-
mated 13,000 dependent family
members.
The report continued: "Some
local sources have stated that
labour exploitation of Haitians
may be widespread, with
employers coercing undocu-
mented migrants to work long
hours for no pay or significant-


ly below the minimum wage by
withholding documents and
threatening workers with. arrest
and deportation."
However, it added that there
was a lack of documented data
in this regard.
Yesterday, Mr Ferguson said
he did not agree with the US
report's claim that Bahal'ian
law did not contain any specific
provisions addressing 'traffick&-
ing in persons, or that it failed to
cririailise forced labour prac-


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FROM page 1B
Bahamas.
"It has been suggested that under the afore-
mentioned circumstances, the proposed director
should be conditionally exempted froni the oblig-
ation to supply the bank with two character ref-
erences......." '
The Central Bank said it could accept this pro-
posal, provided the intended director had been:
approved to serve on the Board in a country


here regulators exercised the sai'e level of
supervision and due diligencerag the Bahamian
regulator. ; ..,'', ; i '.; ;! i:>,i:
Rather than supply two; character ,'referknes,
the Central Bank said it would only require a
letter of good standing It is seeking feedback on
both recommendations b\ Ahgusta29.,; t -,:;:;.
The proposed amendments- iaifka furtherstep
by the Cehtral Bankitpwardeiraiticialising,the
regulatory regime, reducing tlienburden of bureau-
Scrac and red tape on 'ts licdncees withbut erod-
ing regulator) regime qujalty h ii;-: (iA a *r.!\


*- invites applications for the position of
BRANCH OPERATIONS MANAGER

PROFILE:
4 * Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration or Finance
10 years retail banking experience with a minimum of 3 years in a
managerial position

S RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
ADMINISTRATION, OPERATIONS & SALES SUPPORT
o Functional responsibility for the day-to-day management of the
Branch
SIo Training, coaching and assessment of Sales Support Staff
So Monitoring cash limits
,, o. Accurate and timely processing of all accounting entries, banking
fees & service charges
o Compliance reviews for new and continuing accounts to ensure
Adherence to Central Bank Anti-Money Laundering Guidelines,
*KYC requirements of FTRA/FTRR and Fidelity's internal
b instructions
o Reporting losses and exceptional occurrences
o Reporting on business development & financial results

4 * CREDIT
o Review of loan documentation
o Disbursement of loan proceeds

I h OTHER
| o Saleg initiatives and business development
o Review of workflows and procedures
o Maintain and update all procedure/training manuals
o Monitor dormant accounts


* TIME ALLOCATION
o Sales=15%
o Customer Service=20%
o Operations/Administration=35%


o Training & Coaching=15%
o Change Managemeit= 15%


* BACKUP FOR
o Service Centre Manager
Compensation package will include a competitive salary, together
with a comprehensive range of benefits.
Send resume no later than Monday 19th, June 2006 to:
Human Resources Department

51 Frederick Street
P.O. Box N-4853
Nassau
SFax 326.3000
e-mail: careers@fidelitybahamas.com


PPDGO.D NVESMNT T ORT TVi
11 "_ ;' "' T' 1 ' "''1

Two Story
APARTMENT COMPLEX '
3,324 sq ft
Lot No. 15 Block No. 19
S6,540 sq ft
S Centerville Subdivision, Nassaui
Comprising four apartment'
units


For conditions of the sale and any other information, please contact:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit at: 502-0929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
..... .. Tile CoLrinTie L .J L LciJLC JJc uI.LLYS-,.AQ Bo.\N: 7 -, dUg m a: .7*:'.272-.'..
.to reac h u;i'before turi, 15 "006 -- -.
The right is rcserned to reject an> or all olTers.














NOTICE OF VACANCY

LEGAL ASSISTANT

Excellent opportunities for care.ete-ement exists]
in the Legal Departmeat fT.BeiGLan Bahama
Development Company Limited. The.j C flny i"v
qualified applicants tq apply for ,tt osision of Leg'i
Assistant. ,.

The successful candidate must have at least (5) ye i
experience as a Legal Assistant in the fields dof'
conveyancing, commercial transactions: and probafe ji
matters, and must be proficient in all MicrQsoft Word I
and Excel programmes.

The successful candidate must also' have:, K
*. *" i S, -.". .
1. Completed a recognized paralegal/legal executive
course, OR
2. A minimum of five (5) B. .CS.E "0" 'leve or
equivalent, tWo, ( ,pfwhi jc sh9ul, be. A nd.
English with grade "C" or above.i

Resumes with supporting documentation should be
sent to:

THE PERSONNEL MANAGER
THE GRAND BAHAMA DEVELOPMENT COMPANY
LIMITED
P.O. BOX F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama
E-mail: personnel@gbpa.com

Deadline for receipt of resumes is June 23, 2006.


Bahamians

tices. -.. . . "
He said Bahamian laws stated
clearly that no one can hire an
individual who does not have
the proper documents, an
offence which is pumshable in a
court of law.
He added that the Immigra-
tion Department had consist
teftlyibrought charges against
pgrsoqs-who violate this law;
wMtoh dh as resulted in them.
being tumested or having to pay
a fine. r, .i : :.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2006, PAGE 7B


THE TRIBUNE


The Bahamas ability to



compete 'non-existent'


f, FROM page 1B for the country would have ing good governance and "out- could best offer IB-type educa-
... been an astounding E [rather standing teaching" in Bahamian tion at some government
than D]. This [level of academ- schools that were free from schools as a result of a visit he
p_ -I....ii;.ie ei.e-I1dpftLUn rSV Aiirv p .'


grade for the BGCSE. We can-
riot compete if parents are' not
engaged, teachers are poorly
paid and physical infrastructure
isfin shambles. We cannot com-
pete if the cost per unit of pro-
duction is high.
"These are conversations we
idst have. The Government'
4eeds to engage Bahamians in
discussing this issue and draw
uP' a blueprint on how the
Balmamas will compete in the
livw cyber age, where sovereign
borders will be amorphous and
where'low cost and high pro-
ductivity will be the key to sus-
tainable competitive advan-
tage. .. .
'It a-hard-hitting report
released last year, the Coalition
for Education Reform, a bi-par-
tisan body featuring employer
groups i ands trade unions,.
revealed that students from
public high schools in New
Providence who sat BGCSE
exnms in summer 2004 achieved
anaverage grade of 'F+'.
, .It described this as a "truly
disturbing" performance. The
(tatistic was taken from a con-
fidential report prepared by the
ministry of Education's Testing
d Evaluation Unit, which also
rund that the 'Mean Grade'
achieved by students from New
providence private high schools
the 2004 BGCSE exams was
st'D+'.
Describing both mean grades
nd the gap between them as
truly disturbing", the report,
entitledd Bahamian 'Youth: The
tapped Resource, drew on
he Ministry of Education doc-
ment, which said: "Were it not
r the private schools and a
ew public high schools in the
family Islands, the mean grade


ic achievementi is total unac-
ceptable."
,The, Ministry of Education
report showed that, out of 4,367
students who sat the Maths
BGCSE in summer 2004, just
141 or three per cent achieved
an 'A' grade, with some 14 per
cent or 614 getting a 'U' or
'failed grade. The average or
mean grade for maths was an
'E'.
The results for English were
slightly better, with a mean or
average grade of 'D-', but again,
only three per cent or 130 out of
the 4,281 who took the exam
achieved an 'A' grade.
The Coalition said the cur-
rent level of academic achieve-
ment could make the Bahamas
one of the Western Hemi-
sphere's least competitive
economies in 20 years' time,
With Bahamians in danger of
becoming marginalised and
reduce to "second class citizens"
in their own nation.
.In an address to the Rotary
Club of East Nassau last month,.
Dennis NMacKinnon, outgoing
headmaster at St Andrew's,
School, said the pri\ ate sector
could help bring about positive
education reform by encourag-


political interference,
Mr McKinnon said: "As long
as the private sector in this
country does not question the
notion that the BGCSE is a
suitable end-of-school qualifi-
cation for the youth of this
country even the brightest aca-
demically and as long as it
does not insist on a programme
of world class quality, such as
the IB diploma programme,
being available for all Bahami-
an children, and not simply the
richest or those fortunate
enough to earn a scholarship to
a school such as St Andrew's,
then the system will never
change and the future will be
bleak indeed.
"You will have 'more of the
same', and it is not going to
work in the world of the 21st
century. You do not need long
conferences, endless commit-
tees, paper after paper after
paper. We simply need the prin-
ciples of good school gover-
nance, administration and
teaching to take place in our
schools ... immediately."
Mr MacKinnon said Alfred
Sears, the minister of education,
had told him that the Govern-
ment was looking at how it


I, Melodie A Moxey Walkine am the sole owner
of property in the Eastern District of New
Providence being Lot 17, Block 13 on Stephen
Close, Gleniston Gardens Subdivision recorded
in the Bahamas Government Registry of Records
in book 2052 pages 221 to 231. Trespassers will
be prosecuted.


A two storey residential structure, which consists of Four Bedrooms Two Bathrooms, with a one
storey commercial building adjoining situate on #57 comprising 11,250 sq. ft. on Colebrooke Street
in Dunmore Town, Harbour Island, North Eleuthera. The building is approximately 5 years old.
Utilities: Electricity, Water and Telephone

For conditions of the
sale and any other
information, please
contact:

The Commercial
Credit Collection Unit
at: 356-1685
or 356-1608
Nassau, Bahamas.


Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
to reach us before June 23,2006.
Serious enquiries only




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S-he public is hereby notified that all persons who have filed a claim
S to the land compulsory acquired by The Bahamas Government in
1995 and 1999 for the construction of the Cleveland Eneas Primary
School, the Sadie Curtis Primary School and the C.W. Saunders
Highway located in the Pinewood Gardens, Nassau Village and
Sea Breeze area that an assessment of said land is now being
considered by the Supreme Court pursuant to section 15 of the
Acquisition of Land Act (ch 252).

All Claimants are required to immediately comply with the Ruling
and Orders given by the Honourable Mr. Justice Lyons, Justice of
the Supreme Court issued on 1st May, 2006 in Civil Actions
CLE/qui/00262/2004 and CLE/gen701665/2001.

A copy of the said Ruling and Orders can be obtained from the
Office of The Attorney General, Post Office Building 3rd Floor, East
Hill Street, Nassau, The Bahamas during normal working hours.

All claimants are further advised that the Honourable Mr. Justice
Lyons, Justice of the Supreme Court will conduct a prehearing/case
management hearing on Friday the 14th day of July, A.D. 2006 at
9:30ar at the Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher Building, East
Street North.

Dated this 15th day of May A.D., 2006

Signed
Attorney General


SALES REPRESENTATIVES

Do you need to Earn S40K to S60K per Annum?




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Is looking f9r
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For it's High Volume Sales Centre



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10am-3pm.






CLEARING BANKS ASSOCIATION
Vacancy for

Project Manager
-:
The Project Manager (PM) will over see the implementation of an Automated
Clering House (ACH) in The Bahamas. The successful candidate will be respon-
sible for liasing with potential vendors, assembling a project team, assingning
individual, identifying appropriate resources needed, developing project schedules
and providing reports to ensure the timely completion of the project. The PM must
demonstrate appropriate specialized knowledge and experience with the imple-
mentation of clearing and settlement systems; direct experience with (image
enabled) ACH systems is preferable.

The ideal candidate must possess the requisite skills to perform the following
activities:

* Assist with project education and orientation
* Assist with implementation schedule, approach, budget, and staffing
requirements
* Review and monitor project plan progress
* Review and assist with implementation plan strategy
* Ensurethat the risks of material deviations are minimized
* Review and assist.with the test plan strategy
* Review and assist with training plan
* Assist with development of the Go-Live Plan
* Create public awareness of the ACH and its function
* Provide thought leadership
*Identify global issues and workflow opportunities
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DBDO Mann Judd PO Box N-10144
| D I Chartered Accountants Ansbacher House, East Street
& Consultants Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone; (242) 325-6591
Fax: (242) 325-6592
Emall: Info@bdomannjudd.mm
www.bdoglobal.com

REPORT OF THE AUDITORS TO THE SHAREHOLDERS OF
HABIB BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED


We have audited the accompanying balance sheet of Habib Banking Corporation Limited as at
31 December 2005. This balance sheet is the responsibility of the management of Habib
Banking Corporation Limited. Odr responsibility is to express an opinion on this balance sheet
based on our audit.

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

In our opinion, the balance sheet present fairly in all material respects, the financial position of
Habib Banking Corporation Limited as at 31 December 2005 in accordance with International
Financial Reporting Standards




BDO Mann Judd


Chartered Accountants
Nassau Bahamas
28 April2006
HABIB BANKING CORPORATION IITED

BALANCE SHEBT AS AT 31 DECEMBER 2005


(Expressed in US Dollars)


2004
S


ASSETS
Cash at banks and other financial institutions
Investments
Bonds
Loans, advances and overdrafts
Prepayments and other receivables
Fixed assets



LIABILITIES
Demand deposits
Time deposits
Creditors and accrued expenses


4 25,868,133 18,585,206
250,000 250,000
5 9,105,394 6,183,199
6 26,712,702 25,316,083
464,724 448,010
7 42.783 27

$62.443,736 $50,809,798


268,865
8 56,960,993
109,231


643,180
45,007,359
52.626


57,339,089 45,703,165


EQUITY
Share capital
Reserves
Retained earnings


9 3,750,000 3,750,000
1,250,000 1,250,000
104.647 106.633

5.104.647 5.106.633


$62,443,736 $50,809,798


The balance sheet was approved by the board of directors and authorised for issue on
28 April 2006, and are signed on its behalf by:


Salman H Habib
Director


ImranAHabib
Director


The notes form an integral part of the balance sheet.

HABIB BANKING CORPORATION LIMITED


NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

FOR THE YEAR ENDED 31 DECEMBER 2005


1. INCORPORATION AND ACTIVITIES

Habib Banking Corporation Limited ("'he Bank") is incorporated in The Commonwealth of
the Bahamas and carries on banking and trust business in accordance with a licence issued by
the Ministry of Finance on 23 March 1987. The Bank's main place of business is Suite 202,
Saffrey Square, Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

2. BASIS OF PREPARATION

The accompanying balance sheet has been prepared oh a going concern basis and in
accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards. The balance sheet has been
prepared under the historical cost convention as modified by the available-for-sale financial
assets.

The preparation of the balance sheet in conformity with International Financial Reporting
Standards requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported
amounts of assets and liabilities and the disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date
of the balance sheet Actual results can differ from those estimates.

3. ACCOUNTING POLICIES

Fixed assets

Fixed assets comprising of furniture and fixtures are stated at cost less accumulated
deprecation. Depreciation is recorded on the straight-line basis over the estimated useful lives
ofthe assets which is five years.

Foreign currencies

Transactions in currencies other than United States dollars have been translated at the rates of
exchange prevailing on the transaction dates.

Investments

Investments are classified as available-for-sale and are measured at fair value.

Bonds

Bonds are classified as held-to-maturity investments, and are stated at amortised cost, using the
effective interest rate method. Such investments are subject to review for impairment.
Loans, advances and overdrafts

Loans, advances and overdrafts are classified as loans and receivables originated by the
enterprise and not held for trading, are measured at cost or amortised cost, and are subject to
review for impairent

4. CASH AT BANKS AND OTHER FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS

The maturity of cash at banks and other institutions is noted below:


Due within 30 days
Due after 30 days but within year



5. BONDS

The maturity of bonds is noted below:


20,957,408
4.910.725

$25,868,133


3 months or less
More than 6 months


$9,105394


2004


.5,715,718
12869.488

$18,585,206


2,000,000
$6,183,199
$6,183,199


6. LOANS, ADVANCES AND OVERDRAFTS

The maturity of loans, advances and overdrafts is noted below:


3 months or less
More than 6 months


9,226,279
17.486.423

$26,712,702


COST
1 January 2005
Purchase of assets

31 December 2005

DEPRECIATION
1 January 2005
Charge for the year

31 December 2005

NET BOOK VALUE
31 December 2005

31 December 2004


2004
S

6,414,924
18901.159

$25,316,083




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and

$



56,100
31.083


87.183


28,800
15.600

44.400


$42,783

$27300


8. TIME DEPOSITS

The maturity of time deposits is noted below:


2005
S


3 months or less
More than 6 months


9. SHARE CAPITAL


Authorized
5,000,000 ordinary shares of $1 each

Issued and fully paid
3,750,000 ordinary shares of$1 each


35,966,563
20.994.430

$56,960,993




2005


5,000,000


3,750,000


2004


19,999,000
25QQ00.35

$45,007,359




2004


5,000,000


3,750,000


10. CONCENTRATION OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES

The coentration ofassets and liabilities by inusty and geographicalregion is noted bew

Assets 2 2005
% %


Industry
Financial sector
Trading

Individuals


56.0
28.0

16.0

100.0


56.0
1.0
35.0
_.o0


GeoCraphical Region
Europe i
North America
Asia
Africa


100.0


Liabilities


Industry
Financial Sector
Individuals


Geographical Region
Europe
Asia
Africa


100.0


56.0
36.0
8.0

100.0


50.0
37.0


13.0

100.0


50.0
1.0
40.0
9.0

100.0




40.0


100.0


40.0
51.0


100.0


11. COMMITMENTS

The bank had outstanding guarantees at the year-end totalling $4,742,000 (2004: $742,000).


12. INTEREST RATE RISK

Cash at banks and other financial institutions accrue interest at a rate of approximately 2.48%
to 4.55 % (2004: 1.20% to 4.30% p.a.).

Bonds accrue interest at rates of approximately 6.25% to 11.50% p.a. (2004: 9.87% to
11.37% p.a.)

Loans, advances and overdrafts accrue interest at rates of approximately 3.75% to 6.50% p.a.
(2004: 4.50% to 6.50% p.a.).

Custoiner time deposits accrue interest at rates of approximately 1.43% to 4.88% p.a. (2004:
0.70% to 5.75% p.a.).

None of the Bank's other financial assets or liabilities carry a significant exposure to interest
rate risk.


13. FAIR VALUE OF FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS

All of the Bank's significant financial instruments are considered to have fair values
equivalent to their carrying values.


14. FINANCIAL RISK FACTORS

The Bank has entered into various financial instrument transactions. The execution of these
transactions may result in credit and price risk. The Bank is exposed to credit risk in the event
the counter party is unable to fufil their contractual agreements on the date of distribution.

Price risk is comprised of interest rate, market and currency risk. Interest rate risk is the risk
that the value of financial instruments may fluctuate as a result of changes in the market interest
rates. Market risk is the risk that there will be a change in values offinancial instruments due to
changes in market conditions. Currency risk is the risk that the value of financial instruments
may fluctuate as a result of change in foreign exchange rates.


15. RELATED PARTY TRANSACTIONS

Loans of $648,601 (2004: $879,305) were outstanding at the year end to the key management
of the Bank and their families. These loans are secured by property valued at $700,000 and are
payable on demand.

Other related party loans of $2,235,993 were fully secured and have fixed terms of repayment


16. COMPARATIVE FIGURES

Certain prior year comparative figures have been reclassified to conform with the current yeae
presentation.


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Nicholls returns to Bahamas to coact


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
McMURRY University's coach Sam Nichols
will be returning to the Bahamas for his eighth
year of lending his expertise to the Bahamian
players and coaches.
Nichols, now in his 11th season at the helm of
McMurray women's basketball programme,
arrived in town last night and will begin a week-
long clinic today at 4:30 pm at the Cythnia 'Moth-
er' Pratt Basketball Court in St Cecilia's.
"He will conduct clinics in the inner-city areas
and on the Family Islands," said HO Nash Junior


High girls' basketball coach Patricia 'Patti' John-
son, who is organising the coach's visit.
"Last year, he went to Bimini and the two ends
of Eleuthera, Harbour Island and South
Eleuthera. They also did some coaches sessions
and they spent some time with our students here
at HO Nash."
In addition to hosting the camp, Nichols will
also be bringing down complimentary basket-
ball uniforms, balls and other equipment that
will be distributed to the communities they
attend.
The visit has once again been sponsored by
the Caribbean Bottling Company Limited,


through Coca-Cola and Cynthia Pratt, the Mem-
ber of Parliament for St Cecilia's.
"This year, 1 want to try and add something for
the GSSSA," said Johnson, of the Government
Secondary Schools Sports Association, which is
responsible for the government schools sports
programme.
Nichols will be back with one of his assistant
coaches and three of his players on the Indians
women's basketball team that finished the season
with an impressive 26-2 win-loss record and the
American Southwest Conference Tournament
Championship title.
Johnson said she is appreciative of the fact that


1 basketball

Nichols and his entourage have taken the time off
to return to the Bahamas for another year.'
"They are not just coming back for a visit, but
they will be conducting a number of clinics and;' ,
they will be bringing a lot of equipment to leaYve-: :.
here," she stressed.
"This year, they will be back, bringing all of;:
these things, but they will also be sharing a lot of
information with our coaches and players."
On Tuesday, Nichols will hold a special clinic
for the primary school coaches at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium, starting at 10am. Plans are
also being made for Nichols and his entourage to:,
return to the Family Islands this year.


Sweeting a 'welcome addition' to




University of Florida men's team


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter

COACH Andy Jackson said
Ryan Sweeting will be a wel-
come addition to the University
of Florida's Gators men's tennis
team in August.
Jackson was delighted that
the Bahamian rising star will
now be playing for the United
States.
Recently, Sweeting
announced his decision to the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis Associ-
ation. It was one that Jackson
said he had nothing to do with,
but one he appreciates.
"As the coach of the Univer-
sity of Florida, it's not a situa-
tion that had a lot to do with
my impact," said Jackson, in a
candidate interview with The
Tribune.
"But I do understand his
decision. He does have dual cit-
izenship and it's very hard to
reach the top 100 in the world.
But he clearly have a chance to
do that and the more help he
can get to get started, the easier
it will be for him."
Now in his fifth year at the
University of Florida, Jackson
said the United States Amateur
Tennis Association-certainIy
;have the resources that they
can make available to Sweet-
ing to aid in his bid to become
one of the top professional
players.
Currently enrolled in school,
Sweeting is on probation for
driving under the influence
(DUI) for this semester and will
not be available to play until
the 2006/2007 school.year
opens.
"We presented him with a


plan to help him regain his posi-
tion here," Jackson pointed out.
"He's here at school now and
he's work in progress, and we're
hopeful that he will do whatev-
er is necessary and be ready to
go in January."
As a part of the disciplinary
plan that Sweeting has agreed
upon, he has to ensure that he
maintain his grade point aver-
age and keep out of trouble on
and off the court.
Jackson stressed that so far
"Ryan has done a tremendous
job with that. He's done a huge
job, in my opinion, since win-
ning the US Open (junior sin-
gles title last year).
"I think that he's on his way
to being a significant pro player.
But of course, we are looking
forward to having him come
back and help our programme
first next year."
Based on what he's seen in
Sweeting, Jackson said he's con-
fident that he can become one
of the top 100 players in the
world and he will assist in what-
ever he can during his tenure
at the University of Florida.
"He's working very hard in
the gym and he have a very big
transition game in my opinion,"
Jackson stated. "He just need
to be able to close out games
at the net and I think he will
become a very accomplished
player."
During his probation period,
Jackson said he has given
Sweeting some specific items to
work on and he's pleased to
note that he is following those
instructions to the letter.
"I feel he's one of the young,
exordinary players in the
world," said Jackson, who is


* COACH Andy Jackson with US Open union champion Ryan Sweeting


ranked as one of the top colle-
giate coaches in the United
States.
"I don't think that there's any
guarantee in anybody being a
fabulous pro player. However, I


feel that there are just a few to
be a fabulous pro player and in
my opinion, he has the oppor-
tunity to be one of the special
pro players."
Sweeting's success, according


to Jackson, will depend entirely
on Sweeting. But in the mean-
time, Jackson said come Janu-
ary, he expect that Sweeting will
be ready to play for the Gators
again.


But in the meantime, Jack-
son said he know Sweeting
"love the Bahamas" and he
hope that "the Bahamas doesn't
hold his decision against the
University of Florida."


SPORTS


* SOFTBALL
GBASA UPDATE

THE Grand Bahama Ama-
teur Softball Association con-
tinued its regular season action
at St Paul's Park on Tuesday
night, with the Union Knights
pulling off a 6-3 win over the
Hong Kong Cuisine Hurricanes.
Clubert 'Buster' Evans came
out with the win on the mound
over Christopher Tynes.
In the other game played, the
BTC Communicators nipped
the Bahamasair Flyers 8-7. Sali-
aka Styles pulled off the win on
the mound, while Beth Hall suf-
fered the loss.





M SUMMER CAMPS
THE Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing is asking
all organizations, companies
and individuals wishing to par-
ticipate in the Summer Youth
Experience through emplaoy-
ment or Summer Camps to reg-
ister their interests with the min-
istry.
Registration forms can be col-
lected at the Ministry of Youth,
Sports and Housing or by con-
tacting the Ministry at 502-0601.
A listing of all registered
agencies and camps will be pub-
lished in the local News Papers,
on ZNS TV 13 and Cable
Bahamas.
Parents are asked to pay par-
ticular attention to these notices
in order to verify that the nec-
essary due diligence has been
conducted to verify the safety
of approved Camps and work
places.


NFL player Smith to host



football camp in Bahamas


* By RENALDO DORSETT
Sports Reporter
AMERICAN Football has
made a substantial impact on the
Bahamian sporting scene over the
past few years and National Foot-
ball League players have begun
to take notice.
Alex Smith, tight end for the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, will host
his first football camp in the
Bahamas on July 8.
Held at St Augustine's College,
the one-day camp is focused on
creating a greater fan base
through younger players and is
inviting campers 8-18 years of age.
Registration for the camp will
be limited to 250 campers on a
first come first served basis.
Smith is the son of the first
Bahamian to play in the NFL, for-
mer Denver Broncos defensive
end, Ed Smith.
With Smith, the Baltimore
Raven's Devard Darling, and
heavily recruited Ian Symonette -
who signed a letter of intent to
attend the University of Miami in
the fall football in the Bahamas
is garnering a much larger audi-
ence than it had in previous years
because of its great success over-
seas.
In his rookie season with the
Buccaneers, Smith made an
immediate impact, playing in all
16 regular season games and start-
ing 10.
Known more for his pass-catch-
ing ability, Smith improved
tremendously in his blocking
game while still garnering 41
receptions for 367 yards and two
touchdowns.
Smith also made an impact off
the field, winning the acclaimed
Madden Bowl against his more
experienced counterparts.
The camp is free; cleats are the
only equipment campers will need
to provide for themselves.


* DEVARD Darling


Applications can be attained
from Smith's website www.alex-
smith81.com, and can be mailed
to Island Destination Services
Ltd., P.O. Box SS 6780.
Applications must be post-
marked by Friday, June 26th for
consideration.
Proceeds will go towards off-
setting the cost of the camp and
the remainder will be donated to
the Erin Brown Foundation.


The camp is sponsored by the
NFL, Atlantis, Reebok, and
Bahamasair.

Camp Schedule

Saturday, July 8
9am Check in
10am Camp Starts
12.30pm Lunch
3.30pm Autograph Session
5pm End


Dismal day for


college athletes


* By KELSIE JOHNSON and
ANDRE DAVIS

THE first day of competition in the National Col-
legiate Athletic Association (NCAA) outdoor cham-
pionships was a dreary oreifor the Bahamian ath-.'
letes, as none of them were able to advance to the
final rounds of competition.
The championships, which are being held at Sacra-
mento State, got underway on Wednesday with three
of the Bahamian quintet seeing action. Competing at
the championships is Aymara Albury, Tavannia
(Tia) Thompson, Shamar Sands, Douglas Lynes-
Bell and Andretti Bain.
The first Bahamian to settle in the blocks yester-
day was Thompson, competing for Arkansas Uni-
versity in the 100m hurdles.
. The Bahamian national record holder in the event
ran out of heat one, lane seven. Thompson came
into the preliminaries with the 25th fastest time, but
finished up in the seventh spot in a time of 13.75 sec-
onds.
The time produced by Thompson was not suffi-
cient to advanced to the semi-final rounds as the,
winning timewas 12.95 seconds, run by Priscilla
Lopes.
Ranked 17th coming into the 110m hurdles, Sands
improved to a respectable 3rd place finishing at the
end of Wednesday's event.
Sands who ran outof heat two, lane three, clocked
13.88 seconds for a qualifying spot in the semi-finals.
Overall, Sands headed into the next round with the;
eighth fastest time, the leading time was 13.51 sec--
onds, by Aries Merritt of Tennessee University. *
In the semi-final round Sands was not able to bet
ter his first round time of 13.88 seconds dropping to.
a season's low of 14.12 seconds.
The low performance by Sands ranked him 17tb
overall, which ultimately made him miss his goal of
reaching the final rounds.
The sole Bahamian runner for Oral Roberts, Bain
missed out of advancing to the second rounds in the,
400m, finishing in a time 46.73 seconds. The win-
ning time was 44.99 seconds, by Ricardo Chambers;
of Florida State University. The time ran by Bain-
ranked him 21st overall.
Results from day two were not available up to:
press time.
Competing on the day was Albury, in the shot'
putt. The national record holder headed into com-
petition ranked seventh with a throw of 17.23rh.'
Also seeing action today was Lynes-Bell in the 400m
hurdles. Bell came into the second day with the 23rd
fastest time.


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Brown o COn eS 2i0 0n


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
QUARTER-miler Chris 'Bay' Brown is
eager to come home next weekend for the
Bahamas Association of Athletic Associa-
tion's National Track and Field Champi-
onships.
But he warned the Bahamian public that
instead of contesting the 400 metres, where
he has turned in one of the top times in the
world so far this year, he will be lining up to
run in the 200 at the Thomas A Robinson
Track and Field Stadium.
"That was just a wake up call," said
Brown of the 44.80 seconds that he ran last
Friday in Oslo, Norway. "I just want to let
them know that if they have anything up
their sleeves to not think about it."
With this being an off-year for any major
international track and field meets, Brown
said his coach Steve Riddick has him on a
pace to challenge American Jeremy
Wariner, so he's being selective in the 400s
that he is going to run this year.
"A lot of guys home are running, but
they. aren't in the type of fire that I'm in, so
I'm just coming home to work on my speed
by running the 200 and calling it a day,"
Brown pointed out.
"So when I reach, I don't want people
to feel like I've let them down by not com-
ing home to run the 400. I want to let them
know before I reach."
After losing his bid for a shot at the Gold-
en League's $1 million jackpot at the
ExxonMobil Bislett Game, Brown will
head to the Meeting Gaz de France in Paris
Saint-Denis on July 8 with revenge on his
mind.
He's hoping to turn the tables on
Wariner, who exploded down the home
stretch to win in Oslo in 44.31. Brown end-
ed up in second in a season's best of 44.80.
"It was pretty good," said Brown, about
his first meet since running at the Com-
monwealth Games in March in Melbourne,
Australia. "I didn't like the fact that being
number two in the world and I had lane
seven.
"I was expecting at least a little better, but
they told me that they were going on the
performances from last year's World Cham-
pionships. So I knew my fastest times come
out of lane seven and eight, so I just took
it."
Although he ran a pretty good time,


Brown said he felt it was a lot faster than
was posted. He felt he went out and ran
the first 300 of the race fast enough to pro-
duce a much faster time.
"That's what they gave me and that's
what I took, but I told them I will be back
on July 8 when I give them something dif-
ferent out of a better lane," Brown reflect-
ed.
In Oslo, Brown said after shutting down
his season after the Commonwealth Games


and he made his return last week, he was
quite pleased with his performance.
"I was working mostly on coming home
and staying tall," he declared. "That is
where I usually lose the race. So I just have
to continue working on that aspect because
I usually win the other part of it.
"I just have to get a little stronger and do
what I have to do. Plus, I was running blind
in the race. But I will give them a run for
their money when I meet them again."


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