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! By MARK HUMES.
I:N a move aimed at building
a stronger, more unified oppo-
sition, remaining members of
the Coalition for Democratic
Reform put speculation to rest
and publicly announced their
intent to join forces with the
Free National Movement.
Members, officers and sup-
porters of both the FNM and
CDR yesterday crowded into
the Eleuthera Room of the
Wyndham Hotel to hear what
many had been expecting for
months CDR chairman
Charles Maynard announce the
closure of a political chapter in
his party's history and the
beginning of another.
Seeing the move as one which
will ensure "the empowerment
and upliftment of all Bahami-
ans," Mr Maynard told the
cheering crowd: "We are happy
to be a part of the FNM."
He added: "We do so in an
effort, not only to unify the
opposition forces of the
Bahamas, but to help strength-
en the resolve of every Bahami-
an who recognizes the need for
a better and stronger Bahamas
entrenched in the promise of
opportunity for all,
"We have a great vision for
this country and we n\ ish to
assure every past and present
member that the decision
announced today does not
mean that these ideals and ideas
will be lost.
"Instead, they will be
strengthened and enhanced
now that we share the vision of
the Free National Movement.


We fully expect that we will
bring back good governance to
this nation."
Over the weekend, one
source close to the duo of May-
nard and CDR's Phenton Ney-
inour said that the former lead-
ers joined forces with the FNM
because they got an attractive
offer that the PLP could not
match namely, preferred seats
in the next general election.
Whereas Mr Maynard
acknowledged that the CDR
engaged other political parties
in discussions, in the end he
emphasised: "We wanted to be
a part of a team that had similar
views as ours and who were
receptive to our views, a party'
we thought best represented
our ideals and most closely
shared our vision."
Of yesterday's gathering, Mr
Maynard said: "What you are
witnessing is a meeting of the
mind."
He assured the public and
present and former CDR mem-
bers that the "same bold spirit,
innovative ideas, and passion"
that they had for improving the
Bahamas and elevating the peo-
ple would live on in the FNM.
"As new members of the
FNM," Mr Maynard said, "we
are ready to work and serve."
Welcoming the new members
into the FNM party, chairman
Desmond Bannister said that
this coalition is the latest step in
making the Bahamas better
once again,- better for all
Bahamians.
The unification of the FNM
SEE page 13


* THIS Roots dancer performs during the opening of Junkanoo in June. Thousands turned out
for the festival on Saturday night at Arawak Cay, which was opened by the Roots junkanoo group.
(Photo: Felipi Major/Tribune staff)


N LIVINGSTON Coakley


FORMER Minister of Edu-
cation Livingston Coakley died
yesterday after suffering a mas-
sive stroke: He was 80 years old.
When the Progressive Liber-
al Party formed the government
in 1967, Mr Coakley was named
chairman of the Bahamas
Telecommunications Corpora-
tion.
From 1969 until 'his retire-
ment from active politics in
June, 1987, he served in the
Cabinet as Minister'of Works,
Education, Tourism, Health,
and Labour, Youth, Sports'and
Community Affairs respective-
ly.
Mr Coakley also served as:
The Bahamas' non-resident
High Commissioner to five
Commonwealth countries in the
Caribbean Antigua and Bar-
buda, Barbados, Grenada,
Guyana and Trinidad and
Tobago.
Livingston Coakley was born
on April 3, 1925, at Simms,
Long Island, to Aremina and
Amos Coakley.
His public service began in
1937 when he became a student
teacher in the George Town
Public School. This was fol-
lowed by a period as a student
SEE page 13


Residents of Bozine Town Miller warns against


reiterate plea to government


* By DARNELL DORSETTE
RESIDENTS of Bozine.
Town called on government
again over the weekend to
intervene on their behalf and
bring about a resolution to the
"uncomfortable" situation they
have found themselves in, pos-
sibly being deprived of land


they have possessed for 50 years,
in certain cases.
The call came as a result of
Justice Jeanne Thompson's rul-
ing on May 11, when she dis-
missed the residents' applica-
tion to set aside the certificate
of title obtained by LANDCO
SEE page 12


planned protest


* By.RUPERT MISSICK Jr
SChief Reporter
BOZINE Town residents will
not advance their case "one sin-
gle step" by demonstrating at
the House of Assembly on
Wednesday and will only be
"aggravating people who are


working in their best interest",
the area's MP Leslie Miller told
The Tribune yesterday.'
Residents of Bozine Tlown
and representatives of the
Bahamas Christian Council said
they will march on parliament if
SEE page 13


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Government 'should keep an open mind' on FTAA


LI By KAHMILE REID

THE Bahamas government
holdd keep an open mind and
ee whether the Free Trade
Agreement of the Americas can
advance e national interests, said
Urian Moree, senior partner at
the McKinney, Bancroft and
'Iughes law firm.
Mr Moree was speaking at
the Nassau Institute Trade
Symosium held under the
theme "Taking Small Nations
To Greatness: Free Trade,
Security and Education" at the
Atlantis Hotel, Paradise Island,
t n Friday.
"It's an option we need to
iook at and not dismiss," said
'4r Moree.
Although it is not known
,,hiat the FTAA will look like


when it is "fleshed out", Mr
Moree believes that, due to the
fact that it is based on the North
America Free Trade Agree-
ment (NAFTA), it will essen-
tially be a trade agreement that
does not face some of the issues
now being raised by the
Caribbean Single Market and
Economy (CSME).
The FTAA is essentially a
trade agreement among 34
countries which have agreed to
eliminate trade and investing
barriers on virtually all goods
and services traded by member
countries, reducing prices for
the consumers and creating new
markets for producers.
"FTAA ambitions and objec-
tives are different from those
of the CSME. Under the agree-
ment a single economy is not


an objective." This, however, is
one of the terms of the "very
ambitious CSME" trade agree-
ment.
The CSME is essentially an
economic union similar to the
European Union (EU), creat-
ed to strengthen the economic
clout of the small Caribbean
member nations.


The main terms of the agree-
ment include free movement of
capital, goods, services and peo-
ple, common economic policies
and a common currency.
Mr Moree advised that the
FTAA should be looked at as a
national issue which has the
ability to affect the whole way
of life for all Bahamians.
In February, 2005, the
Bahamian Ambassador to
CARICOM, Leonard Archer,
advocated that the Bahamas
should not opt to sign the free
trade agreement with the Unit-
ed States and to stay out of the
FTAA.
This, he claimed, will limit the
nation's ability to maintain the
present tariff structure and is
likely to grant fewer conces-
sions.
While Mr Moree said he is
not in support of the FTAA,
because he does not know what
it will turn out to be, he said


that it has a limited agenda as
opposed to the "ambitious goals
of the CSME", and is a viable
alternative for the Bahamas that
should not be dismissed.
"The Bahamas has to engage
globally in the issue of free
trade. We can't pretend to opt
out and to be an island all on
our own and have no trading
arrangement with anybody.
That's not a viable alternative,"
said Mr Moree.
Unlike Mr Archer, Mr Moree
believes that Bahamians should
keep an open mind. If the
Bahamas is to be party to the
FTAA, it had to make sure that
the terms were not going to
have the negative consequences
it had on Mexico. This, he said,
is a question of the Bahamas
being engaged around the table
for the negotiations.
NAFTA took effect on Janu-
ary 1,1994, and made many
promises to the people of Mex-


ico that did not materialise after
the implementation of the
agreement.
According to sources, during
the first two months of 1995,
economic and political turmoil
increased exponentially. Inter-
est rates rose from 35 per cent
to over 55 per cent, reportedly
causing some $2.5 billion in
investments to flee the country.
The stock market dropped 24
per cent, hundreds of compa-
nies closed down and more than
250,000 Mexicans lost their jobs
and the peso has continued to
decline.
While Mr Moree is very opti-
mistic about FTAA, Brian
Dean, executive director of
Florida FTAA Inc, who also
spoke at the symposium, is very
adamant that "our economic
future is tied to the US, there
are no compelling signs to show
that it's going to change in the
future."


Ten Chinese visitors make history


AN influential group of visi-
tors made history as the first
Chinese tourist.group welcomed
to The Bahamas since the coun-
try received the strictly regulat-
ed Approved Destination Status
from the Chinese Government
in February, 2005.
The group of ten included
three of China's top tour oper-
ators and writers for some of
the highest-circulated publica-
tions, including Golf Magazine
and Cosmopolitan (China)
Magazine.
As guests of the Bahamas
Ministry of Tourism, the Chi-
nese delegation travelled to
three major islands to become
familiar with the country's
tourism product.
Vernice Walkine, director


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general of tourism, welcomed
the group, encouraging them to
share their Bahamas experi-
ences with their readers and
clients.
"The Bahamas has much to
offer, and we will fit in as many
of those offerings as possible
during your stay," Ms Walkine
told the delegation with the
assistance of an interpreter.
"We want you to have the
best possible experience, and
we want you to tell others about
what is available here.
"We hope that you will find
this trip deserving of recom-
mendation to your fellow coun-
trymen so that we can welcome
more and more of our Chinese
friends each year to The
Bahamas."
The historic visit was part of
the Ministry of Tourism's thrust
to tap into rapidly developing
Chinese tourism opportunities.
International travel by Chinese
citizens is no ini. :i Ia i.tle of
111-15 pel .cent annuiallN'. mak-.
in u it ihe county) '.\! it ili e
ta~test growth in outbound


tourism.
It is estimated that China's
outbound travellers will exceed
56 million by 2010, and the
World Tourism Organisation
predicts that number to exceed
100 million by 2020. If this is
.achieved, China would be the
fourth highest tourist generating
country in the world.
The first Chinese group to
visit The Bahamas travelled to
Nassau/Paradise Island, Har-
bour Island and Grand
Bahama.
They learned about plans for
the expansion of the Atlantis
Resort and the development of
Baha Mar, Ginn and others.
"There are other major hotel
and resort developments that
you will not get to see while you
are here, but these will give you
reasons to return," Ms Walkine
said.
"On islands such as Mayagua-
na, Rum Cay and Eleuthera,
There are major developments
Sunderway or planned, which
will provide luxury accommo-
dation and amenities in the


most beautiful surroundings."
The group's itinerary allowed
them to dine at various restau-
rants and participate in golfing,
diving and shopping.
Tourism officials said it was
important for the visitors to
become acquainted with the
country's shopping experiences
because it is a major interest of
Chinese tourists.
According to statistics of the
WTO, the outbound travel
expenditure of Chinese citizens
in 2002 was (US) $15.4 billion,
and ranked seventh in the world
(3.2 per cent of the total global
expenditure of outbound trav-
el).
The average spending of Chi-
nese travellers is $1,083 (exclud-
ing air and hotel) 71.2 per cent
shopping (gifts and souvenirs),
12.9 per cent entertainment,
11.6 per cent sightseeing, 1.2 per
cent food, and 3.1 per cent oth-
er items.
SMinistry of Tourism officials
said they hope to welcome oth-
er groups from China in the
near future.


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Firefighters

called out

twice to

building

Firefighters were called out
twice to fires in an abandoned
building on Cumberland Street
over the weekend.
Firemen first arrived on Sat-
urday morning to see flames
erupting from the top of the
building. Because of danger to
nearby property, four units
were sent to the scene.
Around 6am yesterday, the
same building, believed to be
occupied by vagrants, was again
on fire and three fire units put
out the blaze.


Drownings

reported in

Acklins and

Mayaguana


POLICE are awaiting official
word on two drownings said to
have occurred over the week-
end in Acklins and Mayagua-
na.
According to police press
officer Walter Evans, one death
is believed to be that of a
Mayaguana council representa-
tive, but he was unable to con-
firm the report.
The other drowning death, in
Acklins, is said to be that of a
young male who is yet to be
identified.
Inspector Evans said both
deaths were attributed to a con-
dition known as "the bends," a
decompression syndrome that
occurs when divers surface too
quickly.



Alberto's

effects

likely to be

minimal

OVERCAST skies and scat-
tered showers are the only
effects 6f the hurricane season's
first named storm, Alberto, the
Bahamas will experience over
the next two days, Bahamas
Meteorological Office said yes-
terday., I.
Tropical storm Alberto, whii'
may drop as much as eight inch-
es of rain on Florida, yesterday
became the first named storm
of the 2006 Atlantic Ocean hur-
ricane season.
Alberto was about 400 miles
west of Key West, Florida, at
11am Sunday. The storm's
winds, about 45 miles per hour,
are unlikely to reach hurricane
speeds of 74 mph.
Forecasters have said the hur-
ricane: season may yield an
above-average number of
storms. Last year's season set a
record with 15 hurricanes, top-
ping the 12 recorded in 1969.
Southern Florida and the
Keys may receive four to eight
inches by today.
The storm already dropped
as much as 10 to 20 inches of
rain with 30 inches possible in
higher elevations, the hurricane
centre said.
Alberto, moving northwest at
9mph, may strengthen .as it
turns north and northeast, the
National Hurricane Centre said,
The storm is forecast to cross
northern Florida today and
tomorrow.
Florida's State Emergency
Response Team is monitoring
Alberto and storm watches may
be issued for parts of the Gulf
Coast later today, the group
said in a statement.
Officials urged Gulf Coast
residents to listen for forecasts
and local flood conditions, and
to follow any possible evacua-
tion orders.
As many as 16 named storms,
which occur when winds hit 39
mph, may form in the Atlantic
Ocean this year, the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration said last month.


As many as 10 will strengthen
into hurricanes, packing winds
of at least 74 mph, and as many
as six of that group may become
a major storm, with winds of at
least 111 mph, NOAA said.
Four major storms hit the US
last year, including Hurricane
Katrinm, which submerged New
Orleans and devastated the cen-
tral Gulf Coast, causing an esti-
mated $80 billion in damage
and killing almost 1,600 people.
An average season .has 11
named storms, including six
hurricanes, two of them major.


Ambassador: US only has interests


* By MARK HUMES

CUBAN Ambassador to the
Bahamas, Felix Wilson-Her-
nandez, in the last of a three-
part interview series, challenges
US global politics, saying the
US has no true "friends" but
only interests.

AFTER recent articles in
the local press called into ques-
tion Cuban/Bahamian rela-
tionships, Ambassador Wilson
spoke candidly about Cuba's
interest in the Bahamas, say-
ing the bad press that Cuba
had been getting is a result of
western rhetoric which mis-
represents Cuban values to the
world.
In this final instalment, Mr
Wilson-Hernandez points out
some contradictions in US poli-
cies which do not seem to gar-
ner much local media atten-
tion and concludes by speaking
of his love for Cuba.
MH: What can Cuba offer
the Bahamas versus what we
get from the United States?
FWH: There are many
things that you can get from
the US that we cannot give
you. We are not advocating for
the Bahamas to break relations
with the US. That is impossi-
ble. What I am saying is, why is
it that the Bahamas cannot
have relations with Cuba,
exactly as we have relations
with the US, and choose their


friends? You can get from
Cuba what you think you can,
and you can get from the US
what you think you can.
MH: Do you think it contra-
dictory for the American gov-
ernment to prohibit Caribbean
countries from having trade
relations with Cuba while at
the same time allowing its
farmers to make million dol-
lar deals with Cuba for their
goods?
FWH: They are allowing
business people to do certain
business with Cuba because
they were forced to do so by
the business community, the
American people, and the
Congress. They pushed them.
MH: Do you think it is
unfair for the US to regulate
the dealing of other countries
with Cuba?
FWH: I will not say if is
unfair, I say it is cruel, but that
is just one example of the dou-
ble standard of the US on
everything. That is the double
standard in human rights when
you criticise Cuba for what you
think is a violation of human
rights, when you have Guan-
tanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib, and
discrimination against minori-
ties in the US, especially when
you look at what happened in
New Orleans. That's a double
standard. Some diplomats have
been talking publicly about
Cuba criticising Cuba for
human rights. The US has no


* FELIX V ilson-Hernandez

moral authority to criticise
Cuba or anybody on human
rights.
MH: Do you feel that other
nations would befriend Cuba,
despite its philosophy, if it were
not for pressures from the US?
FWH: Of course. The only
enemy that Cuba has in the
world is the US government.
Please, make a difference
between the US people and
the US government. The only
thing is, the US government,
in its concentration of over-
throwing the Cuban govern-
ment, began this crusade on
attacking Cuba on human
rights. You will never see arti-
cles talking about the Cuban
educational system, Cuban
sports, Cuban medicine, social
services, agriculture. Nobody


MP calls for action on Percentie-Russell


. By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT FNM MP
Kenneth Russell says he hasn't
received any satisfaction from
Prime Minister Perry Christie
regarding the removal of his
parliamentary secretary Ann
Percentie-Russell, who is
accused of victimisation at the
Freeport office.
Mr Russell, who led a protest
in Freeport calling for the
removal of Mrs Russell, who is
also MP for Pine Ridge, intends,
to take his concerns to the


House of Assembly this week.
"I have spoken to the prime
minister regarding this issue,
but he has not given me any
kind of satisfaction on this. So
I will speak about it in the
House of Assembly," said the
MP for High Rock.
Mrs Russell allegedly called
locksmiths to change the lock
to Lady Naomi Wallace-Whit-
field's office some time in May
- a claim which phe denies.
Lady Wallace-Whitfield,
widow of FNM founder, the
late Sir Cecil Wallace-Whit-
field, is the office manager of


the Ministry of Financial Ser-
vices and Investment.
Mr Russell is urging the
prime minister to deal with the
matter personally.
Mr Russell said despite pre-
vious assurances by the prime
minister, victimisation continues
to be committed against staff at
the Office of the Prime Minister.
He feels that the prime minis-
ter, who is ultimately responsible
for the office, has failed to live up
to his word.
Mrs Russell has previously
repeatedly denied victimisa-
tion.


talks about that.
MH: What is it about Cuba
that would make you want to
defend its reputation around
the world?
FWH: First of all I am
Cuban. I am a poor Cuban, and
I am black. I work for the
Cuban government, and I owe
allegiance to my government
and country. In 1959, you did
not have one black diplomat.
In The Punch the other day, it
said that I was a lucky black.
There ire millions of lucky
.blacks in Cuba because luck in
Cuba for me and for many poor
people who had nothing before
1959 came with the revolution
in 1959. There may be some
who may be facing some eco-
nomic difficulties because of the
embargo and many think that
by going to another country,
particularly the US, [things
would be better]. I have seen
exploitation there in the US,


too. So, let me do what I want,
which is to be loyal to my coun-
try and represent my govern-
m ent the way that I am doing. If
we are living'in a pluralistic
world, a free and democratic
world, why would I impose on
my will on you? You can do
wh at you want. We can be
friends regardless of the way
you think. But the US policy
has always been "do what I say,
not what I do," because the US
do itot have friends, they have
onli interests. The CARICOM
countries know them.
a The Cuban Ambassador
did not want his words, during
the interview, to be misconstrued
as an attempt to spread Cuban
philosophy. His aim at sitting
for the interview was to begin a
dialogue of understanding in the
.Bahamian community so that
they can better understand Cuba
ari.d see it as a nation trying to
su stain itself as best it can.


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Bahamas UN mission feels let down


"Mr Speaker, I wish to lay on the table of
the House the advice which was offered to
the government with regard to the vote for the
Human Rights Council of the United Nations
on Tuesday, May 9, 2006. The government
saw no reason to interfere with the advice
offered and the votes cast on Tuesday, May 9
were consistent with the advice given and con-
sistent with historic patterns for voting by all
previous administrations."
This was Foreign Affairs Minister Fred
Mitchell's opening words when he rose in the
House of Assembly on May 17 to explain Ihe
Bahamas' vote for Cuba to be a member of
the new UN Human Rights Council.
We understand that the Bahairps' UN mis-
sion was not happy when this statement was
made and the letter signed by a junior officer
of the mission was laid' on the tE.ble of the
House. The letter was signed by the young
officer for and on the instructions of the
Bahamas' permanent representative to the
UN. It was addressed to the Perm.anent Sec-
retary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and
laid on Minister Mitchell's desk.
Civil servants are called on by their Minis-
ters for information and advice, vhich they
give freely knowing that whatever they say is
confidential between themselves and their
minister. It is an unwritten rule that these civ-
il servants, who are not elected by the people
and have no way of defending themselves
when exposed to public criticism, ;te protect
ed by their minister. It is the minister who is
answerable,to the people, and if he accepts the
advice that he is given, then it becomes his
decision and not that of his civil s ervant. And
it is he, not his civil servant, or in this case
the UN mission, who is to be held responsible
for a controversial decision.
And so it was no wonder that the Bahamas'
UN mission was upset. They felt they had
been let down by their minister.
By this misstep the minister has compro-
mised his own position. Which officer in future
will talk candidly with him and give objective
advice if they feel that when "push comes to
shove" and he is in a tight corner they might
be "outed" to save his position?
No matter what was said in the position
paper from the Bahamas' permanent mission,
the vote at the UN and the statement in the
House was the final decision of Minister
Mitchell, not Miss Nicole L Archer, who
signed the letter of the Mission's recommen-
dations on behalf of the Permanent Repre-
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has been reluctant to come out and say defi-
nitely how the Bahamas voted on May 9,
although he has inferred that the Bahamas'
vote was for Cuba.
Tllie IUN "secrecy" referred to the method of
the balloting, not, as some have suggested, a
UN attempt to prevent countries declaring
publicly how they voted should they choose to
do so.

In an interesting interview, published in
The Iribune on Saturday, Cuban Ambassador
Felix Wilson Hernandez, in answer to a
reporter's question as to what Cuba expected
from the Bahamas for the "free" services it has
provided, he said it expected nothing. His
country was only interested in helping people.
Also it had "historical relations" with the'
Bahamas.
Referring to the US, he said that "contrary
to what the US talks, because they give you
aid, it is the tit-for-tat. I give you this to get that
from you. But that is not Cuba's policy."
That is the ambassador's position and we
ha ve no quarrel with that. However, the real-
ity is that when there was so much indeci-
sion over the release of the Cuban dentists
from Carmichael Detention Centre, it was
openly talked that government feared that if
the dentists were not returned to Cuba, Cuba
would tear up its agreement to take its fleeing
citizens who landed in the Bahamas back
home. Instead it would flood us with Cuban
refugees a second Mariel boatlift as suf-
fered by Florida several years ago. This was a
real fear.
And now with the UN vote, it is clear by Mr
Mitchell's statement to the House that his
government was greatly influenced in its deci-
sion to support Cuba by the fact that "no oth-
er country, unsolicited, has offered the level of
assistance to this country (the Bahamas), assis-
tance that is not of direct benefit to the coun-
try (Cuba) offering the assistance."
So whatever Cuba's intentions its free
niedicine and education certainly paid divi-
dends in an area that was vitally important to
Cuba.


In the I letters to the Editor column the
first of two letters, written by Cuban Ambas-
sador Felix Wilson, will. be publishedtomor-
row. The second letter will be published on
Wednesday.


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EDITOR, The Tribune

PRIOR to 1998 I had only
known Mrs Edwards as a public
servant who worked in the cul-
tural division of the then Min-
istry of Youth, Sports and Cul-
ture and a remarkable Bahami-
an soprano singer whose many
performances 1 enjoyed.
The saying "il you want to
know someone, go and live with
them" is so true, for I was priv-
ileged to work closely with Mrs
Edwards from 1998-2000 when
she served as a .onsultanil to
the Broadcasting Coporoinon
of 'lhe Bahamas She aind I.
shared office space, so I was wit-
ness to the many moments of
hurt and disappointment when
she couldn't capture on camera
an event that she thought
Bahamians should see on


national television. Further, I
witnessed the moments of hap-
piness and satisfaction when she
was able to produce many pro-
grammes foi television show-
casing the culture of our
Bahamas Sometimes, I would
be annoyed when she would
insist that we should show a par-
ticular programme repeatedly,
because she believed that
Bahamians should not be tired
of seeing themselves and show-
ing, off our culture. Mrs
Edwards travelled to every
nook and cranny in the
Bahamas highlighting the cul-
ture of the Bahamas with a pas-


sion that I have seen in no other.
It is because of Bahamians
such as Kayla Lockhart-
Edwards I have grown to have a
greater appreciation for things
Bahamian, whether it's how we
talk, sing, dance, walk, or how
we look, or what we eat and
what we wear, all makes us dis-
tinctively different and we
should be proud of our heritage.
My sincerest sympathy to the
entire Lockhart-Edwards fami-
ly in this your hour of bereave-
ment, may you find comfort in
knowing the many lives Kayla
Lockhart-Edwards has touched
in her lifetime.
Kayla Lockhart-Edwards was
indeed a true, true Bahamian!

CHARLES A RUSSELL
Nassau
May 31 2006


Some suggestions on



fixing traffic problem


EDITOR, The Tribune

PLEASE allow me a space
in your paper to voice my con-
cerns on a particular matter.
When I started to write this let-
ter, I was prepared to speak
about the problems faced with-
in the public transportation sys-
tem and then make some sug-
gestions for improvements.
However, 1 have no desire to
reiterate what the public
already knows, and that is: "We
have no system".
My suggestions are first to the
Road Traffic Department we
have paid consultants, reviewed
the busing systems of other
countries and held numerous
meetings with the private bus


owners. Time is up and the fol-
lowing are my suggestions:
1) The Ministry stops issuing
licences to new bus drivers.
2) Place a freeze on the grant-
ing of franchise licences.
3) Implement a busing sys-
tenm for school children only.
4) Schedule public forums
that outlines and garners feed-
back with regards to the Gov-
ernment proposed busing sys-
tem.
5) Set a deadline for testing
and implementation.
Secondly, to the bus drivers,
are you tired of risking the lives of
your passengers and yourselves
for your employer, do you seek
employment where you can
make an honest living with


employee benefits and reason-
able breaks? The role of a public
driver is one that carries great
responsibility and can be a
respectable profession. Therefore
you should treat it as such. Unfor-
tunately, bad ones are making it
hard'for the good drivers.
Thirdly, franchise owners are
you tired of your employees
damaging and driving up the
cost of your insurance? Do you
have liability insurance for the
reckless drivers that you hire to
line your pockets?
Come on let's have this sort-
ed out before the election.

SHANTEL SAUNDERS
Nassau
June 7 2006


Too much littering is



spoiling our island


EDITOR, The Tribune

THERE is too much littering
in some parts of the island. Peo-
ple are throwing garbage out of
car windows, and off boats, etc.
It is making our beautiful island,
look bad, and some parts smell
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June 2006

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The new consensus:





privatise or be damned


In their rush to divest
Themselves of the burden
of the public corporations,
politicians of all stripes seem to
have forgotten that what began
the exercise in the first place is
their collective failure to run
any public body to an accept-
able standard.
These days, the exercise
seems to have taken on a logic
of its very own, and the new,
unquestioned consensus in
favour of divestment has
prompted politicians to take
pride in their commitment to
the idea of their own collective
incompetence.
Bradley Roberts is yet the lat-
est minister to join the chorus,
berating his predecessors not
for seeking to privatise BTC,
but in failing to do it properly
and completely.
But aside from the political
farce, there are some truly per-
nicious effects of the apparent
consensus that government can-
not run anything properly.
Public sector policy now suf-
fers from the creation of what
economists call a "moral haz-
ard", where politicians barely
bother to achieve private-sec-
tor-like results within public
bodies, since the received wis-
dom provides both an excuse
for public sector incompetence
and the piospect of a conve-
nient escape chute for when
things really go wrong.
It has also had the harmful
:side-effect of demoralising large
segments'of the public service,
'which hears itself described as a
write-off byits: own political
'bosses when they are advanc-
-:ing the private vs public con-
:sensus.
Of the important public utili-
'ties,,BTC has already been
"'pruned" and "streamlined" in
readiness for privatization, while
S:BEC and Bahamasair have
,been subjected to sometimes
fitful improvement exercises,
which smack more of-a test run


for privatization than a genuine
attempt at long-term improve-
ment.
How nice it would have been
(and how potentially different,
and more constructive, the
debate on the effectiveness of
public services) if politicians had
only gained their appetite for
public sector reform and
improvement decades ago and
not under the gun of privatisa-
tion.
LAND: THE FINAL
SELL OFF

Land is the new front
line in Bahamian politi-
cians' unconditional surrender
of their duties to actively devel-
op the country. Today, the
attraction of large hotel and
"resort community" brands to
the most underdeveloped


Land is the
new front line
in Bahamian
politicians'
unconditional
surrender of
their duties to
actively
develop the
country.


islands is supposed to pick up
the long years of government
slack and bring modernity (and
repopulation) to those islands.
All of this would have been
altogether more excusable had
any government since the UBP
made any attempt to develop,


PERSPE

ANDREW

of its own initiative, some of the
more developed islands, many
of which have long had all of
the ingredients for development
apart from active government
support.
Obvious choices would have
been West End or Bimini, both
of which are close enough to
the Florida market to effective-
ly pick up the spillover of an
immense continental tourist
industry. Both also feature
attractive, picaresque local his-
tories.
Predictably, both these com-
munities, despite all their obvi-
ous advantages, sat neglected
on the margins of the Bahamian
tourist industry until heads of
agreement were recently signed
with foreign investors to devel-
op branded resorts. Rather than
kick itself for having failed to
take its own initiative in the
interests of Bahamians as busi-
nessmen, government then pats
itself on the back at the
prospect of yet more jobs, jobs,
jobs.
These Bahamian communi-
ties offer a saddening compari-
son with Key West, where local
and state support has produced
a destination that is an attrac-
tion in and of itself (rather than
just a host community for a
branded resort). That Key West
locals, or Conchs, are the fore-
most beneficiaries of their com-
munity's tourist product is a
simple, obvious consequence of
their industry having been local-
ly created in the truest sense.
The crucial word differenti-
ating the South Floridian and
Bahamian tourist industries is
"integration". Whether in South
Beach or Key West, the former
provides for far more business
interaction between the tourist


Cay) are a rare exception.
C T IVS Today, government's much-
C T IV S vaunted "anchor project" devel-
S; .. opment scheme for the Family
Islands could also prove to be a
A L L E N move in the wrong direction if
more is not done to actively cre-
dollar and the local economy. ate resort destinations and
Since local governments ori- attractions that are locally con-
ent their business climate to the ceived and free of dependence
tourist economy in Florida, on foreign brands.
everything from town planning Unless local (government)
to policing are designed to max- initiative, rather than the profit
imise tourist spending in the motive of foreign investors, pro-
hands of local businesses. vides the impetus, what will
In the Bahamas where, result will not be genuinely suc-
incredibly, there is no local cessful Bahamian communities,
but rather clusters of branded
resorts appended by Bahamian
There are employment colonies. Time will
ere are tell.


some truly
pernicious
effects of the
apparent
consensus that
government
cannot run
anything
properly.

government in the most popu-
lated places, what meagre inte-
gration exists is a mere spin-
off from often closed-door
negotiations between central
government politicians and
foreign investors. Locally con-
ceived centres of interaction
between tourists and local
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Atlantis is adding over
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Club" activity programmes to
its highly acclaimed collection
of play offerings for children
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George Markantonis, presi-
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gled with 'my child is too short
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that problem in a big way by
expanding on our amazing envi-
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Adjacent to the resort's
Mayan Temple, the new Splash-
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and pool opened on June 1,


2006, to provide a world of
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The action is at the elabo-
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spiral body slides, one open spi-
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It also features cargo nets
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and water cannons, fountains
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Children aged three to five
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during Morning Escape. They
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SEVEN students have
become the first to receive their
High School diplomas from the
Lyford Cay International
School (LCIS).
'The students were honoured
at a historic graduation cere-
mony held at St Paul's RC
Church Hall where former Gov-
ernor General Dame Ivy
,Dumont was special guest
speaker.
SPrincipal Dr Paul Lieblich
commented: "This is a momen-
tous occasion for our seniors
and a great accomplishment for
,the entire school. The gradua-
tion ceremony signifies the lat-
est achievement in the devel-
opment of the school, which has
progressed extensively over the
,ast five years.
r, "We're the first graduating
class to come out of Lyford
-,Cay," remarked student Alena
OHutcheson, 18. "It's a really
hgreathonour and great to be
part of history, too."
Alena, along with Eduardo
rVasquez, are candidates for the
-prestigious International Bac-
icalaureate Diploma.
E; duardo, who has attended
LCIS since nursery, said: "It's
1 .been a challenge, but it's been
worth it. I am proud to set an
example for the students com-
-ing after us."
Lyford Cay International
School is the only school in the
Caribbean offering the full
.range of International Bac-
a calaureate programmes.
SGraduates:. Rev6 Bain:
-Bahamian, student of LCIS for
three years; Samantha Hill: US
citizen, student of LCIS for
three years; Alena Hutcheson:
Bahamian, student of LCIS for
three years; Collison Ingraham:
SBahamian, studentofLCIS for
five years; Tiago Silha: Por-
t uguese and US nanonalit). Stu-
Sdent of LCIS for three years;
Demiko Simmons: Bahamian,
Student of LCIS for seven years;
Eduardo Vazquez: Spanish citi-
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itage. Eduardo has been at LCIS
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Fears that cancelling music



will affect tourism product


By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT There is
concern that discontinua-
tion of musical entertain-
ment at Lucayan Harbour
will result in the loss of a
"key touristic" ingredient for
cruise ship passengers at the
port.
The port, which is often
described as too "industrial
and unattractive," has faced
major challenges in attract-
ing a larger number of cruise
ships to Grand Bahama.
As part of $10 million
improvements to the cruise
terminal, a new straw mar-
ket and retail stores were
constructed.
However, many believe
that Bahamian entertainment
provided passengers with a
unique Bahamian welcome
experience to the island.
Peter Adderley, public
relations agent, contacted
The Tribune to express his
concern over discontinua-
tion of Bahamian entertain-
Sment and the termination of
Bahamian entertainer 'Lit-
tle Joe' Cartwright.
Mr Cartwright, leader of
the band 'Trouble', was
employed at the harbour for
the past three years. His ser-
vices were terminated at the
end of May.
The Tribune contacted
harbour officials on Friday
for comment. However, no-
one had returned our call up
to press time.
A Ministry of Tourism
official in Freeport has con-
firmed that the ministry is
aware that harbour officials
had discontinued music
entertainment at the harbour.
"We know that entertain-
ment significantly contributes
to visitor experience," said a
tourism representative in
cruise development. "We are
concerned and are trying to
see how we can assist."
Mr Adderely said that
'Little Joe' and his band pro-
vided good entertainment to


guests visiting Grand Bahama.
"It is a great band that served
as a key touristic ingredient at
the Lucayan Harbour over
three years, and they have
become a popular hit for visitors
and brought life to the harbour
facility.
"I. was advised that their ser-
vices were terminated the end
of May this year, and I am call-
ing for the band's rehiring.
"It cannot be that we contin-
ue to talk about the promotion
of our Bahamian artists and we
boast about the promotion of
culture, and yet we allow our
gifted and talented musicians
to become beggars."
Mr Adderley said he intends
to write to Prime Minister Per-
ry Christie regarding the termi-
nation of Little Joe Cartwright.
"As I speak, I am writing to
the prime minister to inform
him of this cultural tragedy. Lit-
tle Joe is a fixture on Grand
Bahama island, and is a musical
mastermind. He has become a
symbol of what we have offer to
visitors who come to our shores.
"I am calling on those respon-
sible to give the public an open
and direct reason as to why this
man is no longer there."


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Intellectual renewal in Britain:




putting the Caribbean case


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

N March this year, the
British government issued
a policy paper setting out its
foreign policy priorities. The
Caribbean was not mentioned
anywhere in the paper entitled,
"Active Diplomacy for a
Changing World: The UK's
International priorities".
The British authorities might
argue that the Caribbean was
subsumed in other areas such
as the fight against the trans-
shipment of illegal drugs into


the United Kingdom. But, the
point is that the Caribbean
received no focused attention,
and certainly not in the specific
areas of concern to the region.
Four months before, in
November last year, the oppo-
sition Conservative party, under
the new leadership of David
Cameron, announced a process
of intellectual renewal designed
to inform the policies that the
Conservatives would take into
government if they win the next
general election in Britain.
Like the British governmen-
t's policy paper, the Conserva-
tive party's document, "Begin-,
ning Intellectual Renewal",
which sets out its initiative, does
not mention the Caribbean
once.
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the agenda and to influence the
shaping of Conservative poli-
cy. For,, Mr Cameron has
appointed six policy groups
which are inviting evidence
from interested parties as part
of the process of devising their
policies.
By October this year, the
policy groups will complete tak-
ing evidence and finalise an
assessment of the problems on
the ground. They will then work
toward proposing solutions by
July 2007.
It would be beneficial for the
countries of the Caribbean
Community and Common Mar-

Successive
British govern-
ments have tak-
en the line that
Caribbean coun-
tries cannot be a
priority for aid
while sub-Saha-
ran Africa,
Bangladesh and
others face
abject poverty

ket (CARICOM) if agreed sub-
missions to the Conservative
policy groups are made jointly
through bodies such as the
Caribbean Association of
Industry and Commerce
(CAIC), the Caribbean Hotels
Association (CHA) in concert
with the Caribbean Tourism
Organisation (CTO), the col-
lective of Caribbean High Com-
missioners in London or the
CARICOM Secretariat.
Two policy groups of interest
would be the ones dealing with
"National and International
Security" and "Globalisation


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and Global Poverty".
The group on international
security "will examine the UK's
geo-political positioning relat-
ing to the EU, NATO, the USA
and Commonwealth countries,
as well as less-developed coun-
tries and emerging giants".

ARICOM countries
have a good case to
make that Britain should also
take account of its "geo-political
positioning" in the Caribbean
since the UK not only retains a
presence in the Caribbean
through its colonies, but the
Caribbean remains a source of
skills recruited by Britain, a cen-
tre for British investment and,
sadly, for the illicit transship-
ment of drugs.
Additionally, the Caribbean
Diaspora in Britain has become
a significant group. They con-
tribute to the economy, and
their votes play a key role in
determining which party wins
seats in parliament and, there-
fore, a majority to form the gov-
ernment.
Their place in British soci-
ety and their close links with
their countries of origin main-
tain an economic and political
link that no political party in
Britain should ignore. The
British Labour Party certainly
doesn't, and it devotes resources
to keeping the vote of
Caribbean immigrants.
Unfortunately, this
Caribbean influence in British
society has not translated into
UK government policies that
give the Caribbean any advan-
tage as is .evidenced from the
government's policy paper on
its international priorities.
In part, this is due to the fact
that Caribbean political parties
and governments have tended
to view the Diaspora as an influ-
ential group in their own
domestic politics, and have
failed to mobilise them to
advance Caribbean positions in
the UK.
The work of the Conserva-


M SIR Ronald Sanders


tive party's policy group on
"Globalisation and Global
Poverty" offers an opportunity
for the Caribbean to start to
change traditional thinking in
Britain about the area.
Regarded as middle income
countries, except for Guyana

The Caribbean
region is
already facing
the handicap
that it is widely
regarded in
Britain as "bet-
ter off' while
many parts of
Africa and Asia
are perceived as
in dire need.

and Haiti, successive British
governments have taken the line
that Caribbean countries can-
not be a priority for aid while
sub-Saharan Africa, Bangladesh
and others face abject poverty.
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not argue with that contention,
but a substantial case exists for
more targeted aid to the
Caribbean designed to help the
area to implement policies to
adjust to the enormous chal-
lenges of globalisation and new
rules of trade that now place
them at a disadvantage.

ne of the areas of-
inquiry of the "Glob- i
alisation and Global Poverty",
group is, "How can the UK help.
developing countries build the ,
tangible and intangible infra-;
structure necessary for
growth"? Both governments
and private sector organizations
in the Caribbean could present
objective need in these areas.
It may very well be asked:
Why bother to present a case to
a party in opposition in
Britain? The answers are not
only that the Conservatives
might form the next government
in the UK, but also that there is
every benefit in informing oppo-
sition parties since their policies
have a direct impact on the
political process of a country.
The Caribbean region is
already facing the handicap that
it is widely regarded in Britain
as "better off' while many parts
of Africa and Asia are per-
ceived as in dire need.
The Caribbean's reliance on'
tourism has helped to create this ,
image in the British psyche`:
through its necessary portrayal
of itself in the UK media as a '
haven of sun and fun. Con-
versely, well-known personali-'
ties such as the music star, Sir'
Bob Geldof, have popularised"
the poverty of Africa and
evoked considerable sympathy
for it. And, Sir Bob is Advisor
to the Conservative party's-'
"Globalisation and Global'
Poverty" group.
This reality underscores the
importance of the Caribbean'
presenting a well argued and'
convincing case to the British'
Conservative party.
Such a case should be organ-
ised and submitted within the
next three months and advance
notice should be given to the'
policy groups that the submis-
sions will be made. Or, the
Caribbean will miss an oppor-
tunity to be heard in a forum
that matters.
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(under its Texaco brand in the
Bahamas) for its dedication and
level of corporate conscious-
ness..
"Chevron: continues to show
its commitment and concern
about safety on our streets. It
couldn't come at a better time."
he said.
"The awareness is always
necessary and good for our
young people and the commu-
nity at large. It is so important
to spread the message of safety
and what a perfect medium 1o
do that through speech com-
petitions and to get our youth
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pleased," said Mr Thompson.
Mr Thompson said what
impressed him most about this
programme is the involvement
of Family Island participants.
S"The fact that it is not a
speech competition for New
Providence only is truly com-
mendable. I think on this fifth
anniversary it has moved up to
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Chevron as one of our part-
ners," he said.
Mr Thompson added that the
speech competition ties in well
with the Ministry of Youth's
"Glory of Youth" month.
Another organisation that
partners with Chevron to make
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cess is The Bahamas Division
of Toastmasters International,
an international communica-
tions and leadership organisa-
tion.
Division governor, distin-


guished toastmaster Antoinette
Fox, said the organisation is
proud to be affiliated with sIucl
a rewarding competition.
"Texaco's contest is the most
competitive speech contest in
the Bahamias as it hriings ili,
best Ironm all other conl-.
together to compete.
"Toastmasters has the oppor-
tunity to show the entire coun-
try at large the benefits of the:
programme and how we, as ..
non-profit organisation, take
the time to assist in the groom.
ing and polishing of the future
coinimunicators of our count I
and as we are helping to devel
op passionate, and connililc.i
persons who a.reo cOliniu;ll'-
seeking to improve themselves,
said Ms Fox.
Additionally, district retail
manager at Chevron Bahamas
Limited, Armando Vegas, said
public/private sector partner-
ship is key to The Chevron
Way.
"It is one of our values. We
have an unwavering commit
ment to being a good partner
focused on building proLductive,
collaborative, trusting and ben-
eficial relationships with gov-
ernment, other companies, our
customers, our communities
and each other," said Mr Vegas.
Other partners in this event
include The Bahamas Telecom-
munications Company, The
College of The Bahamas,
Bahamasair, The British Colo
nial Hilton, The Nassau Chap-
ter of The Links, Inc, Higgs and
Johnson, The Bank of The
Bahamas, Chancellors Chamn
bers, Mr Oswald Moore, Mr


Ethan Moss. Sharon Wilson and
(.o. The Ministry of Transport
and Aviation. The Ministry of
Youth, Sports and .Housing,
Royal Bahamas Police Force
Traffic Division, and Laura
Jine Marketing and Consul-
tiniis L.imited.
Over the past five years more
than 100 students have partici-
pated in the competition, with
the winner named The Texaco
Y south Safety Spokesperson.
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and tie connnunitv at large in
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ecological projects.
The assignments, according
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According to Mrs Simms,
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"As you look around, you
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the bad effects of marine debris
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Mrs Beach referred to graph-
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its impact prompted in the stu-
dents a strong concern for
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One group compiled video
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TEACHERS' INDUSTRY SHADOWING WORKSHOP

The Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Tourism and Bahamas Hotel Association will host its
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August 21" to Friday August 25th, 2006.

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> Building -- bridges for students between education and the hospitality industry
> Understanding -- the diverse career and job opportunities available and competencies required
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> Shaping --- and reshaping curriculum, programs, lessons and teaching approaches to meet the
rapidly changing needs of our nation's economy
> Sustaining -- an education system that promotes tourism as a viable career alternative for ALL,
students including those geared towards other professional careers


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Between Monday, August 21" and Friday, August 25"', 2006


Name:

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Fax:

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Phone (cell):


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FROM page one
in October, 2004, for not giving
residents a Section 7(1) notice as
mandated by the Quieting of
Titles Act.
Legal representatives of
LANDCO were successful in
having the residents' application
dismissed.
The main crux of Justice
Thompson's ruling against the
residents was that, since they
could not prove that they were in
physical possession of the land
20 years before the 1962 quieting
action, or had documentary title
dating back 20 years before the
1962 quieting action, they had no
legal standing to bring a claim of
fraud by LANDCO.
Long-time residents of Bozine
Town never sought to have the
1962 quieting action dismissed
because they had no knowledge
of the action until they were
served with a letter by LAND-
CO in October, 2004. The resi-
dents plan to appeal this deci-
sion by the June 23 deadline.
Meanwhile, residents have
been relating how they came to
live at Bozine Town and how the
Supreme Court decisions of Jus-
tice Ricardo Marques and Jus-
tice Jeanne Thompson had
adversely affected their lives.
Residents do not understand
how the Supreme Court could
recognize the legitimacy of their
title deeds, in some cases allow-
ing them to give children a por-
tion of their property by deed of
gift, and now rule that the deeds
are not worth the paper they are
written on.
They find this position unac-
ceptable and believe the only
relief they may have is for gov-
ernment to intervene.
Residents also noted promi-
nent legal names who had dealt
with their title to land, including
Mr Arthur D Hanna, now Gov-
ernor General of The Bahamas.
They also claim they never
had a right to a fair hearing
before the courts as they were
not served notice by LANDCO,
as mandated by Section 7(1) of
the Quieting of Titles Act, but
received a "letter of invitation" in
October, nine months after Jus-
tice Marques' decision to grant a
certificate of title to LANDCO
to pay for their property within
14 days or be removed off their
land.
Here are stories of some
Bozine Town residents in their
own words:
Ms Edith Bastian was given
a portion of her father's proper-
ty by deed of gift so she could
build a home. Rev Hayden
Dean, a founding member of


Bozine plea

Bozine Town, along with other
founding members, named the
community after a town in South
Florida on his return home from
the contract in the United States
in the 1950s.
Ms Bastian was told by the
Bahamas Mortgage Corporation
that she would have.to wait for
10 years before building her
dream home for her and her two
boys. She lived down the street in
a two-room house. Finally, in the
1990s, after a decade of waiting,
Ms Bastian was able to build her
home after her land was
researched by the Bahamas
Mortgage Corporation lawyer.
Said Ms Bastian, 41, a hotel
worker and a single mother of
three boys: "The title to the land
that my father gave me was prop-
erly investigated and had to be in
order before the Bahamas Mort-
gage Corporation could build the
house for me. My lawyer was
Bobby Cook McIver. She did the
research and told me that every-
thing was okay.
"The Bahamas Mortgage Cor-
poration approved me and then I
got a contractor and they built
the house for me. I never had
any problems with my land. The
problem is only occurring now.
"The Bahamas Mortgage Cor-
. portion through all of this has
not stopped me from paying
mortgage. I am still paying mort-
gage. So I don't see why I should
have a problem and I still paying
mortgage. The Bahamas Mort-
,gage Corporation did the
research, I don't see where all of
this problem is coming in for me."
When asked whether she had
ever heard about LANDCO
before October, 2004, Ms Bastian
said it was a new name to her.
"Right now, in all honesty, I
don't have no place to go," she
said. "I still paying a mortgage
and I am not going to let nothing
stress me. Whatever they do,
they would have to do it around
me and if I ain't up to the stan-
dard, they would have to upgrade'
me because I am not going
nowhere.
"I don't have nowhere to go
as a single parent and a mother
with three children. In all hon-
esty, I can't start all over again
because I can't afford it. I am
still struggling to pay my mort-
gage and my bills."
Ms Bastian called on the gov-
ernment to intervene.
"I think the government needs
to intervene in this situation
because I don't feel like we
should be uncomfortable every
night with this matter on our


minds. How could we go on rith
life and then we have to be strug-
gling so hard to pay bills and then
we struggling to pay a lawyer.
That doesn't make any sense ahd
if the prime minister means 'the
Bahamian people well, he would
step in. That's how I see it."
She took exception to MP Mr
Leslie Miller, who told residents
in his last meeting with them that
they didn't have to appeal the
case because it was costly and
may be a waste of time in the
long run as there was no guar-
antee the Court of Appeal would
rule in their favour.
Ms Bastian's said: "Here it is
right now: we don't have no writ-
ten assurance from the govern-
ment. Everything Mr Miller said
was just by word of mouth. We
can't go by word of mouth
because this isn't something good
that we have to be facing every
day. This thing needs to comet
an end."
Mr Eric Simmons, 64, is a
retired police officer of 26 years
standing. Mr Simmons is partial-
ly paralysed from a stroke suf-
fered many years ago and walks
with a cane. He has been a
Bozine Town resident for,39
years. f,;-I
He said: "I am at a loss that
the same court that has recog-
nised my title deeds to the lanld is
the same court that has now giy-
en away my land to somebody
else. I don't understand that"I
Mr Simmons said he still does
not know who he is suppose, o
be fighting because the owners
of LANDCO have never come
forward to identify themselves
to the Bahamian people. '
Said Mr Simmons: "Who am' I
fighting? We have not met face
to face yet."
He said, as a former police
officer, he would have to crom-
ply with the rule of law ififie
Court of Appeal did not rul' in
favour of the residents and ifitie
government did not intervene on
their behalf.
"However, I have nowhere
else to go because I have pfiAfiy
whole life earnings into t is
home that I share with sorii' of
my children and my grandchil-
dren," he said. -
"I am still here with high
blood pressure and worrying
about the outcome of this sittia-
tion every day. ',. )
"I hope the government has a
plan of action in place to inter-
vene on our behalf at the eild:of -
the day. I voted for a govern-
ment that I thought would.have
treated me fairly. I don'thaye
any place else to go neither do
my children and grandchildren
have any place else to go."


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(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)
Year ended January 31,
2006 2005

CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Revenues
Patient service revenue, net $ 37,563 32,020
Other 638 449
Total revenues 38,201 32,469

Expenses
Salaries and benefits 13,810 12,090
Medical supplies and services 9,067 7,972
Other operating 3,355 3,264,
Provision for doubtful accounts 2,527 1,107
Depreciation andramortization 1,776 1,717
Utilities 1,042 853;
Government taxes and fees 742 596
Repairs and maintenance 337 196
Total expenses 32,657 27,795 :.
Income from continuing operations before interest 5,544 4,674 /

Interest expense (382) (543):

Income from continuing operations 5,163 4,131

DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS
Loss from discontinued operations (1,051) (1,564)


NET INCOME $ 4,112 2,568J

Earnings per common share:
Bpsic and fully diluted $ 0.41 0.26

Selected Balance Sheet Data
(Expressed in thousands of Bahamian dollars)

January 31,
2006 2005
Cash position at end of year $ 1,257 $ 3,181
Accounts receivable-patients, net 1,069 ." 93.
Accounts receivable-third party payers, net 6,566 4,854
Total current assets 16,148 16,422
Property, plant and equipment 10,992 8,65'
Total assets 28,623 26,562
Total current liabilities 10,656 10,632
Total liabilities 13,774 15,825
Total shareholders' equity $ 14,849 $ 10,737


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LOCALNW


FROM page one
'Prime Minister Perry Christie
does not give a written assur-
anqe to the community that they
will not be displaced from an
area they have lived in for more
than 50 years.
"No-one is going to put a gun
to my head or this governmen-
t's head. and tell this govern-
ment what it must do. The gov-
ernment will do what is in the
best interest of the residents of
Bozine Town. If some of the.
people in the community want
to turn it into a cheap political
matter that's fine but they can't
put a gun to my head," the agri-
culture minister said.
-Certain elements, he said,
simply refused to accept the fact
,that what needs to be done will
,be done.
Mr Miller said that a meet-
,ing between residents and the
prime minister is not necessary
,at this time. He said the call for
:such a meeting originates from
-a Small group of "rabble
trousers" who make demands
without justification.
r 'There are a few agitators in
theie who want to be politi-
cians. I have met with the peo-
pl'i in Bozine Town over and
-1epeatedly. I have indicated to
'tfihm no-one will be displaced.
We- are working on it with the
A\ti's office to resolve the situ-
ation and it will be resolved in
'i&amicable way so that no-one
'`i'Bozine will be displaced," the
Shii'nister said.
?-V
J?.egardless, he said the vast
majority of the residents
believed the government's posi-
1,qn.
'"'Somne are demanding that it
happens now. Well it's not
.g,ing to happen. The govern-
n ejat cannot interfere in the
,judiciary in this country and we
il4ll not on behalf of no-one.
,:The legal process must take its
course," the minister said.
,,.The land dispute surrounding
t he Bozine Town and Knowles
'Dri\e area first began in late
r 2004 when the 500 or so resi-
-dents rel.ei\d letters from the
law firm of Lockhart and
r M nroe informing them that its
Clients, the Harrold Road Land
- Development Company,
(LANDCO), had been granted
Certificates of title to property
:between Bozine Town, Knowles
" Drive and Harrold Road.
,-',Last month the Supreme
dCourt dismissed the action the
c~ om'unity had brought against
-LANDCO... -


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During World Wai Two he
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Following the wal. he was an
assistant teacher at Eastern
Senior School. the principal of
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principal of Prince William
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rivuivl page one
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remaining CDR members to thi
FNM, said the people in thi
Bahamas are fed up with the PLP.
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BanEk for i. I' eSi. Throughout hler tenure she
lha held .varicr positions withinin the Bank, the
late-.st beiini Sr A.siitant Iviarnaqer. C'miiii ance.
ir'lr Str:ician l'hd ld 1 Edacheloi *:d Science
[e,-r.:-? and thce i, il113tlo d1al Diploma of
.ornrpliance and lMionp, 1_auriiering She has
.attell n J '.ari 'it, tra in.i program is. Is the
iiirrent AE-it.tint Sere tarv of the Baharnas
A'.ictitari ,of Conploianre Officers arid is the
'P of vlemnberihip ct the Bahamas Institute of
internal Audi.ltrs.


4


"I think that is fitting for us,
in the Bahamas, as a leader in'
the region, to be hosting him,"
Mr Gardiner said.


S ',"Y


WTO secretary general impressed




by Abaco conservation efforts


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PAGE 14, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006


At Hope Town, the delegation
walked through the settlement,
viewing landmarks and visiting
sites such as the candy-striped
Hope Town Lighthouse and the
Wyannie Malone Museum.
Mr Frangialli said Hope


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Town is an "exceptionally
beautiful place" and was
impressed bI the efforts to pre-
serve the settlement's heritage.
"E en Ith a short visit, you
,', hae an impicssion that the
.local comnlmnuItis feel very
Sconccrned about it," he said.
'. t'ai as tourism is con-
cvinfdJ. r Frangialli said he
tclt th.t an\ development on
the ca.', nmiu- be done in a very,
careltul and controlled manner.
"It is not a place for mass
tout irn. but I am sure that peo-
pie ar, still concerned about
the link between heritage, cul-
ture and the environment and
this is a place for that," he said.
The delegation then visite._, '
Man-O-War Cay, where Mr. .'
Frangialli was given a demon- ,
station of boat-building at:
Albury Brothers Boat Builders,; '
woodworking at Joe's Studio
and making items, such as ba
and hats, from canvas at '
Albury's Sail Shop.
Mr Frangialli said that he was '
pleased to visit the cay because,
it was similar, yet very different,; :
from HIope Town.
'It gives one a better impres-.
sion of what used to be the life
of people a century ago and it is
interesting for the visitors," he
said ':
"I ..,s interested to learn that
the, I the businesses) are small
Iamillh companies. You have
the tradition of the generations,
sister, and brothers, working
igc i th' r. That's good because it
keeps the traditions from the
pjsi and they are able to adapt
that to the needs and the
der mndJs of the new consumers,
h ho are the visitors. So keeping
the traditions and adapting for
a ne\\ market is, I think, very
important."
After lea irng lMan-0-Wa.-*
Ca\. the delegation brieftl
sailed along the coastluie o(*
lMarsh Harbour before return; -
ing to the mainland f:oi site';
i it to the- Abaco ('lub on
\ indmg Bay. .r
SaL-s.amnd menihcislip rep- ,
resentat'i Annsacia Storr led
the dJelgatlon on a tour of the ;.,
521i-acre property and its.',
amenities, including the inter
national\ -recgnised golf
course, clubhouse, cabanas and ,
cottages. Ns Storr said she was '
excited having the WTO sec-;`:;
retar\ general visit the proper-'"
ti and offered his organisation
a proposition.
"He is a very warm gentle-
man and it's been a pleasure
ha\ ing him here and we would
like to have him again," she
said. "Seeing that they are
-going to be playing golf in Chi-
i na sometime next week, maybe
; they \ill consider using our
,; ropical links' course the next
Timee"

Potential

Mr Frangialli said Abaco still
has an important potential for
development.
"I have seen that with the
Abaco Club, which is still under
construction (of further cabanas
and cottages)," Mr Frangialli
said. "Since this potential starts
to be exploited now, it means,
that you can do it in maybe a,
better way than what would
have been done 10 or 15 years
ago, when there was less aware-
ness about the need of sustain-
able development and not only
the perspective of the short-
term achievement. But I sup-'
pose this will be something we
will be discussing tomorrow in
the conference."
Director Outten said that it
was a pleasure to host Mr Fran-
gialli and felt that he had a
good time, even though it was
hectic.
"I think he seemed to be
really surprised as to how much
you can find in this one desti-
nation," she said.
Ms Mikula said Mr Frangial-
li's visit to the Abacos was a
good opportunity for the islands '
to showcase their diversity and
was honoured that the islands
were chosen for his visit.
"I think it was a good oppor-
tunity for him to get a taste of
what the Bahamas has to offer;
right in one destination, the
Abacos," director Outten
added.
Mr Gardiner said that Mr
Frangialli's visit to the
Bahamas, in general, is very
important to the country and
Caribbean region as it is part
of the secretary general's policy
to visit new countries.







IVIUVIUAY, JUNIt l, ;eUuO, rmu I0


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6OCALNEWS

Birds of he Bahama


* LAUGHING Gulls have black heads when mature, but only in the spring and summer. When
breeding, the male has a reddish bill, as shown in this photo. They are very common throughout
the Bahamas and can be found on or near the sea as well as inland lakes. As suggested by their
name, they are very noisy birds and can be quite a distraction to golfers when on the golf courses
during their breeding season.




Band releases





debut album


* VISION members Andy Ferguson, Dave Taylor, Lincoln
Bain, Kenyatta Taylor (standing in back)


UNADULTERATED har-
monies, contemplative lyrics,
and a fresh and exciting array of
musical compositions all seam-
lessly interwoven into Vision's
debut album, "Introspection".
This exceptionally talented
quartet has found a unique way
to blend its inspiring vocal
arrangements with the back-.
drop of Caribbean, pop,
acoustic and R and B style
music tracks.
Introspection is a thrilling yet
sobering musical journey. The
cuts -. True", "What Will You
Hear", "All I Need", "We Shall
Be Changed" and "Praise Him"
will spark your groove as they
take you deep into Caribbean
rhythms while delivering strong
messages.
The cuts "Brand New World"
and "Who Will Go" will take
you down to the river for some
soul-searching, while "Evi-
dence"' inspires you to release
your faith during your darkest
hour knowing that the evidence
will come.
"Get Away Jordan" is a
sweet a-capella of an old Negro
spiritual for the traditionalist
and "Sunshine" lights the aisle
for the breath-taking bride as
she approaches her groom.
"Sweet Sweet Spirit" concludes
the album providing a soothing
lullaby a-capella for the kid and
an ushering into the presence
of God for the adult.
"Introspection" is graced by
the voice and writings of world-
renowned speaker and best-
selling author Dr Myles
Munroe.
Vision has appeared in con-
certs featuring the Williams
Brothers, Yolanda Adams,
Shirley Caesar, Dottie Peoples,
Byron Cage, and John P Kee,
and has ministered at confer-
ences featuring international
speakers Bishop T D Jakes, Dr
Myles Munroe and Bishop Neil
Ellis.
The group has also per-
formed on television pro-
grammes on Black Entertain-
ment Television (BET), Trinity
Broadcasting Network (TBN)
and the Inspirational Network.
Bahamian born, the group's
featured vocalists, Andy Fergu-
son, Lincoln Bain, Kenyatta


Taylor, and Dave Taylor, have
all been passionately involved
in music from their childhood
and are no%\ geared to take the
seven continents by storm.. DT


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on 1

* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
he Bahamas should
negotiate a bilateral free
trade agreement with
the US, a leading
S;T Bahamian attorney told
The Tribune, urging this nation to
look towards its major trading partner
and the Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA) for its economic
future, rather than the Caribbean Sin-
gle Market & Economy (CSME).
Speaking to The Tribune after
addressing a conference organised by
the Nassau Institute and Atlas Eco-


US


free trade deal


nomic Research Foundation, Brian
Moree, senior partner at McKinney,
Bancroft & Hughes, said it was not in
the Bahamas interests to join the
CSME because it would harm this
nation economically.
Mr Moree said: "1 think it will be
contrary to the national interests of
the Bahamas to join the, CSME. I
think it would have adverse conse-
quences for us economically and bring
minimal benefits to us.
"It would come at a significant cost,
because we have the highest [per capi-
ta] gross domestic product among
CARICOM member states."
Mr Moree said the Bahamas' trade


Attorney says economic future lies with

US, 'like it or not', rather than CSME--


with the other 14 CARICOM states
was negligible, accounting for just 0.5
per cent of its total trade per annum.
In addition, he added that if the
Bahamas signed on to the CSME, it
would be linking its economy to oth-
ers that had nothing in common with
this nation's emphasis on services,
chiefly tourism and financial services.
Mr Moree said of the CSME: "It


takes away a much more important
issue, which is our relationship with
the United States, negotiating the
FTAA or a free trade agreement
(FTA) with the United States.
"I think there would be minimal
advantages accruing to the Bahamas
through membership of the CSME,
because we have very little trade with
the region,"


Mr Moree said every figure pro-
duced by the Government and pri-
vate sector organizations indicated
that around only 0.5 per cent of this
nation's annual foreign trade activities
was with CARICOM member states.
While he accepted that the volume

SEE page 9B


Coldwell head: US trends BEC assesses fuel deal bids


'bode well' for Bahamas


* By NEIL HARTNELL
STribune Business Editor
STHE head' of international
real estate firm Coldwell
Banker told The Tribune that
the US real estate market's
continued strength. fuelled by
the 78-milihon ioi ong 'babh
boomers' generation, "bodes
well" for the Bahamian real
estate industry and second
home sales to foreigners.


Jim Gillespie, president of
Coldwell Banker Real Estate
Corporation, who was visiting
Nassau last week for a confer-
ence invol ing his company's
Caribbean affiliates, said the
US real estate market had seen
a record 7'1 million existing
homes soldin 2.0. t'-* "
The US-based National

SEE page 8B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) is now
evaluating bids from oil com-
panies to supply it with fuel,
hoping competition will pro-
vide a price that will limit the
impact from the oil-price dri-
ven fuel surcharge rises;.
Kevin Basden, BEC's gen-
eral manager; said the closing
date for it to receive bids for
the contract, which was previ-


SKEVIN BASDEN
(Photo: Tim Aylen/ Vision)


ously held by Shell, was Fri-
day.
He said: "In trying to drive
down the costs of fuel, we're in
the middle of a competitive
tendering process. The fuel
supply contract is out to ten-
der.
"Hopefully, we'll be getting
bids in today to evaluate over
the next couple of weeks. In a
month, we'll know what the
position is."
To finance its capital pro-
jects, BEC has been planning a


$100 million bond issue, which
would fund programmes such
as the acquisition, of three new
turbines costing $70-S80 min- -
lion. ",
Ms Basden said the bond
issue remained on track,
.adding: "If all goes well, we'll
have that if not this month.
then next month. It's at the
very final stages interms of the
bankers, so that's all go."

SEE page 5B


BEC warns on fuel surcharge


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Electricity
Corporation (BEC) has
warned Bahamian consumers
and businesses that the fuel
surcharge component of their
bills has risen to $0.103677 per
kilowatt hour this month, up
more than one cent from
$0.092901 in May.
The increase, which is again
likely to cause businesses to
assess their operating costs and
cause concern about the econ-
omy's competitiveness, is being
driven by e ents outside BEC
or the Bahamas' control ris-
ing World oil prices.
Oil prices broke through the
$70 per barrel level this month,


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
KERZNER International
has entered into a new agree-
ment with the operator of its
spas at the.Atlantis and One
& Only Ocean Club resorts,
involving the latter contribut-
ing $15.6 million to construc-
tion of a new facility at
Atlantis.
The deal allows Mandara
Spa, the luxury spa division of
Steiner Leisure, to continue
operating the spas at both Par-
adise Island hotels, with the.
lease on the Atlantis facility
extended.
Under the terms of the


and BEC customers will feel
the impact of the latest fuel
surcharge increase next month,
when they receive their bills
for June.
Kevin Basden, BEC's gen-
eral manager, told The Tribune
that a combination of geopo-
litical and financial factors con-
tinued to drive up world oil
prices.
The ongoing diplomatic cri-
sis over Iran's alleged nuclear
programme, attacks on oil
workers and installations in
Nigeria, US-Venezuelan rela-
tions, and the ongoing so-
called 'war on terror' were all
influencing world oil prices,

SEE page 2B


agreement, Mandara will oper-
ate the Atlantis spa within a
new 30,000 square foot build-
ing that is being constructed,
likely as part of the Phase III
expansion project.
The new spa is expected to
open in January 2007, and
Mandara said the fitness facil-
ity it operates at Atlantis is also
being expanded.
The lease for the new spa
expires in May 2016, and Man-
dara has a five-year option to
renew. Itstprevious lease at
Atlantis was due to expire in
December 2013, so the com-

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S.By Fidelity Capital
Markets

TRADING activity was
brisk in the Bahamian market
this past week as more than
68,000 shares changed hands.
The market saw nine out of its
20 listed stocks trade, of which
five advanced, one declined
and three remained
unchanged.
The volume leader for a sec-
ond consecutive week
was Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) with 46,378 shares
changing hands, accounting for
67 per cent of the total shares
traded. The big advancers for
the week were Bahamas Prop-
erty Fund (BPF) and FINCO
(FIN), both advancing by $0.25
to close at new 52-week highs
of $11.75 and $11.50 respec-


tively. On the down side,
Freeport Concrete Company
(FCC) lost $0.01 to end the
week at a new 52-week low of
$1.03.
The FINDEX advanced by
1.83 points to close the week at
654.49.

Investor Tip of the Week
Absolute return versus
Relative return
If you are an investor whose
funds are being managed, if
might be difficult to determine
how good a job your invest-
ment or portfolio manager is
doing based on the actual
return achieved by your port-
folio over a certain period of
time.
Absolute return is simply
whatever an asset or portfolio
returned over a certain peri-


od. For example, if during the
first quarter of 2006 a portfolio
return was 8%, then that 8 per
cent would be its absolute
return.
On the other hand, relative
return is the difference
between the absolute return
and the performance of the
market, which is gauged by a
benchmark or index such as
FINDEX or the BISX All-


Share Index.
For example, if the absolute
return on your portfolio for
2005 was 12 per cent and the
market return as measured by
an index was 9 per cent dur-
ing the same period, then you
have a relative return of 3 per
cent greater than the market. If
however, if the market return
was 20 per cent, then you have
a relative return of -8 per cent.


The Bahamian Stock Market


FINDEX 654.89 YTD 18.60%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


AML
BAB
BBL
BOB
BPF
BSL
BWL
CAB
CBL
CHL
CWCB
CIB
DHS
FAM
FCC
FCL
FIN
ICD
JSJ
KZLB
PRE


$1.04
$1.35
$0.80
$7.23
$11.75
$14.00
$1.30
$9.40
$10.70
$1.81
$6.03
$12.43
$2.70
$6.21
$1.03
S$10.77
$11.50
$9.50
$9.10
$7.91
S$10.00o


FIDELITY MARKET WRAPI


VOLUME YTD PRICE
CHANGE


1,000
0
0
7,000
2,000
0
0
0
46,378
0
0
0
2,000
0
4,090
3,500
1,900
0
738
0
0


42.47%
22.73%
14.29%
3.29%
12.9.8%
9.80%
3.17%
-1:57%
17.45%
10.37%
2.03%
14.25%
24.42%
2.64%
-10.43%
7.16%
5.50%
-4.52%
0.55%
15,47%
0.00%


DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
Benchmark (Bahamas) will hold its Annual General Meet-
ing on June 13, 2006, at 6.30 pm at the British Colonial Hilton,
Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

Doctors Hospital Health Systems will hold its Annual Gen-
eral Meeting on June 21, 2006. at 5.30 pm at Doctors Hospital,
Collins Avenue and Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.

Finance Corporation of the Bahamas (FIN) has declared a
dividend of $0.13. payable on June 14, 2006. to all ordinary
shareholders of record date June 7, 2006.

Commonwealth Bank has declared a dividend of $0.12
payable on June 30. 2006, to all shareholders as at record date
June 15, 2006.

Consolidated Water Company has declared a dividend of
$0.012 per BDR payable on August 8,2006, to all BDR share-
holders as at record date June 30, 2006.


UWMoff Hoswres BEC warns on fuel sur
Housewares


ci lot ing lho eS FFROM page 1B"That has a direct impact on To aid energy conservation,
u tln s nnm v v along with the financial specu- the fuel surcharge for our cus- Mr Basden advised Bahami-
S lators piling into the futures tomers," Mr Basden explained, ans to turn off all lights in
S0 % market and betting that the "and we continue to remind rooms that were not being
Sn price would continue to climb them to use electricity in a safe used; ensure air conditioning
70 UI I ra 1 INmi es and earn them tremendous and responsible manner, and units were properly main-
cflsevpwujediswrl l ddIIICU, U1 U i


40% offl regular Iems

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profits.


tiatll ; e lsure aL wIIIlVows anL
doors closed properly; and
- open -ndge doors as little as
possible.
BEC's general manager
pointed out that while the file
surcharge for June was high -
more than 3.5 cents above the
$0.066486 per kilowatt hour
that customers were billed for
in June 2005 it was not back
at its "highest".
BEC's fuel surcharge had
soared in October/November
2005, jumping from $0.088882
per kilowatt hour in the for-
mer month to $0.114746 per
kilowatt hour in the latter. It
then rose to $0.119818 per kilo-
watt hour in December 2005,
but between January-May
2006 had generally been on a
declining trajectory.
Now, it is moving back up.
Several sources have told
The Tribune that BEC's fuel
surcharge is some 55 per cent
higher than the average in
Florida, but Mr Basden point-
ed out that there were differ-
ences between that market and
the Bahamas.
He said this nation was a
smaller market, consuming a
lower quantity of fuel than
Florida, while BEC was faced
with the additional costs of
transporting and supplying fuel


charge


to its Family Island power sta-
tions.
"There are any number of
differences," Mr Basden
explained. "Yes, we have a
smaller market, We have addi-
tional shipping costs, not just to
New Providence. We have to
-ship fuelFto'28 other sites as
well in the Family Islands."
Mr Basden said that among
the sites BEC had to supply
were plants on Rum Cay, Long
Cay and Ragged Island. "We
have power plants there and
have to get the fuel there," he
added.
"Yes, it's the volumes, it's
the transportation and ship-
ping costs, and it's a dutiable
item. We're paying customs
duty and stamp tax on that.
Florida's [power industry] is
more diversified. They're not
only looking at oil, they have
access to coal and LNG."
Mr Basden said BEC had
spent between $140-$150 mil-
lion on fuel purchases during
its 2005-fiscal year, an increase
of almost $30-$40 million on
the estimated $110 million it
spent in fiscal 2003.
He said that apart from
increasing costs for the busi-
ness and residential consumer,
rising fuel prices also drove up
costs for BEC.
This was because the Gov-
ernment levied stamp duty of
10 per cent on the landed cost
of fuel imports, plus a further 7
per cent in Stamp Duty. While
this represented a "windfall"
for the Public Treasury, it
meant increased taxes payable
Sby BEC.
Mr Basden said: "The fuel
surcharge being higher is at a
time when the average con-
sumption of consumers is
greater. It's getting a bit
warmer now, so fans are being
run, air conditioning is being
run, so consumers should antic-
ipate paying a bit more."
The BEC general manager
said that rising global oil prices
were affecting economies
"across the board", particular-
ly the shipping, transportation
ahd airline industries.
He added: "For our part,
BEC is continuing with
upgrades to its plant, putting
in more efficient plant to get
more energy out of the fuel we
burn.
"We have a plant moderni-
sation programme, and over
the last few years have
replaced old plant with more
efficient, reliable plant."
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* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE education crisis in the
Bahamas has caused a "scarci-
ty" of qualified workers that
can meet the tourism indus-
try's workforce needs, said J
Barrie Farrington, senior vice-
president of Kerzner Interna-
tional.
Mr Farrington was one of
the speakers at the Nassau
Institute/Atlas Economic
Research Institute conference,
and discussed the steps the
industry has taken to address
this problem, which could have
a major impact as the hotel
sector continues to grow and
expand with Kerzner Interna-.
tional's Phase III project, Baha
Mar's $2 billion development
project at Cable Beach, and
the so-called anchor proper-
ties on the Family Islands.
Industry
The industry has launched
two separate initiatives
designed to address this grow-
ing need, Mr Farrington
e x p 1 a i n e d .
"The first relates to specific
skills," he said. "The industry is
working with government and
the Inter-American Develop-
ment Bank in this area.
"The other deals with young
adults entering the job market
without basic English and
mathematics skills. A Coali-
tion for Education Reform was
formed, analysed the problem
and presented 14 strategies.
The Minister of Education has
publicly recognized the educa-,,


tion crisis and expressed an
intention to reform."
Company
As far as his company was
concerned, Mr Farrington said
a qualified workforce was of
particular concern to Kerzner
International because by the
time Phase III is,completed in
April 2007, its workforce will
triple from an original 3,000
employees to 9,000.
Mr Farrington said:
"Because outstanding cus-
tomer service is expected in
an 'upscale' international
tourist destination, Kerzner,
International has focused on
its recruiting, training and
development of employees. Its
programmes include every-
thing from the teaching of spe-
cific culinary skills to individual
mentoring and leadership
training."
Mr Farrington, who also


heads the Bahamas Hotel
Employers Association, said
the "steady decline in the
Bahamas' share of Caribbean
stayover tourist arrivals dur-
ing the past decade" highlights
a source of vulnerability for
the country.
He added that the problem
was compounded by the fact
that the majority of this
nation's tourism dollars, which
are derived from stayover vis-
itors, leaves the Bahamas,
either through the supplies that
are imported to accommodate
visitors, or by Bahamians who
travel to the US to purchase
goods.
Example
For example, Mr Farrington
pointed out that while tourist
revenue was projected at $1.3
billion dollars, Bahamians
spend an estimated $1 billion
during business with their


largest trading partner South
Florida.
He said it was difficult to
.change this because the
Bahamas was such a major
importer with very little to
export.
Areas

He added that while there
were some areas where hotels
can get supplies locally, such
as mattresses, garments and
linens, it was virtually impossi-
ble not to spend large sums of,
money importing supplies.


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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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EMPLOYMENT

OPPORTUNITIES

(1) Computer Technician
(2) Systems Manager/ Network Specialist

Skill set:
Basic hardware and software
troubleshooting skills
Network skills and knowledge of TCP/IP
and NETBUI
Knowledge and applied skills with
Windows NT and Windows XP
Exceptional time management and
customer service skills
Must be a team player

SEND RESUME TO:
Lignum Technologies (Bahamas) Ltd.
The Ilarbour Bay Shopping Plaza
Fax: 394-4971
Mail: P.O. Box SS-6295


invites applications for the position of
BRANCH OPERATIONS MANAGER

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

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

* ADMINISTRATION, OPERATIONS & SALES SUPPORT
o Functional responsibility for the day-to-day management of the
branch
o Training, coaching and assessment of Sales Support Staff
o 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
instructions
o Reporting losses and exceptional occurrences
o Reporting on business development & financial results

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

* OTHER
o Sales 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 Management-15%


* BACKUP FOR
o Service Centre Manager'

Compensation package w1ll include a competitive salary, together
with a comprehensive ra ge of benefits.

Send resume no later t an Monday 19th, June 2006 to:
Human R sources Department

51 F ederick Street
P. Box N-4853
Nassau
x 326.3000
e-mail: career i@fidelitybahamas.com


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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
* Ensure that the risks of material deviations are minimized
* Review and assist with the test plan strategy
* Review and assist with traninig 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
* Troubleshoot and escalate critical issues

****** ************************
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

* BSc or equivalent experience
* Knowledge of clearing and settlement systems
* Knowledge of project management methodologies, project
management softwaretools and process improvement strategies
*,Experience with implementation of financial system
* Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills
* Proven track record of managing project economics
* Effectiveness in meeting project deadlines and deliverable

Send Resumes to:
CBA ACH Project Manager 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
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The Bahamas Chamber of
Commerce's president has urged
the Government to define its pol-
icy on joint public-private sector
partnerships, saying this would
help Bahamian companies to
exploit opportunities in provid-
ihg public services and infra-
structure.
Responding to the Prime Min-
ister's Budget Communication,
'in which he said the private sector
would have to help meet the costs
of providing infrastructure and
services to support foreign direct
investment projects, Tanya
Wright said: "As we see the adop-


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tion of public-private partnerships
(PPP) as an economic develop-
ment and modernisation strate-
gy, we need to see the Govern-
ment move quickly to articulate a
public policy for the nature and
extent of PPP it will consider.
"A clearly defined PPP policy
would prompt Bahamian busi-
nesses to seek out the opportuni-
ties which arise from a govern-
ment's obligation to deliver facil-
ities and services to its people."
Mr Christie used the example
of the joint venture agreement
with the Boston-based I-Group
to develop Mayaguana as an


NOTICE


The following persons or their nearest relatives are
kindly asked to visit the MEDICAL DEPARTMENT of
the National Insurance Board located in the Board's
Jumbey Village Complex on Baillou Hill Road. For
further information, you may contact the Department
at telephone number-502-1745:


NAME


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GIBSON, William
GRIFFIN, Peter
JOHNSON, Patricia
McPhee, Angela
:NAIRN, Anthony
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WOODSIDE, Lucyann


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Andros Avenue
Cooper's Terrace
Finlayson Street
Market Street
West Street
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example of PPP, where both were
accepting joint responsibility for
providing much-needed public
services and infrastructure.
Mrs Wright also urged the
Domestic Investment Board, in
its formative stages, to "extend
concessions" to all Bahamian-
owned businesses "across the
board", even those that did not
fall under the Hotels Encourage-
ment Act or some other incen-
tives act.
She said such steps were espe-
cially needed on Family Islands,
and it was the import duties on
building and other materials that
needed to be examined, as these
provided financial impediments
to new businesses.
Mrs Wright said: "If you have a
franchise or, other opportunity
which requires you to build or
equip your premises to particu-


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lar specs, you may need to import
these materials, and if you have to
pay the full tax on these imports
imagine how disadvantaged you
will be to your neighbour whose
start-up costs were far less
because of customs exemptions.
"Further, it is long overdue for
our businesses that consistently
display corporate social responsi-
bility through philanthropic and
other social-based initiatives to
receive tangible rewards through
ways that can immediately impact
their cost of doing business.
"There is no doubt that corpo-
rate social responsibility promotes
.the integration of values in busi-
ness operations, and development
and growth in the country. You
might find more private sector
involvement in social construc-
tion and PPP for economic devel-
opment."


NURSING CAREER




Plastic Surgery office is seeking a full time


REGISTERED

NURSE.

Great benefits; including assistance in
funding for Specialized training.


Interested persons please fax resume to

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




NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM T. PASCOE, III
Late of Orange County, California Deceased


NOTICE is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are
required to send the same duty certified in writing to
the undersigned on or before the 30th August 2006,
after which date the Trustee will proceed to distribute
the assets having regard only to the claims of which
they shall then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby giventhat all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full
settlement on or before the date hereinbefore mentioned.

SARAH LEE PASCOE
Trustee of the Estate
Orange County, California
c/o ALEXIOU, KNOWLES & CO.
P.O. Box AB 20115
Marsh Harbour, Abaco
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NOTICE

International Business Companies Act
(N 46 of 2000)

PALM BEACH PROPERTIES LTD.

IBC No
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section 131 1 I' -. f I'hle
International Business Companies Act (No- 46 of 2000), PALM BEACH
PROPERTIES LTD., is in Dissolution.

Any person having a claim against the Palm Beach Properties Ltd., is required
on or before the 20th day of July, 2006 to send their name, address and particulars
of the debt or claim to the Liquidator of the Company, or in default thereof
they may be excluded from the benefit of any distribution made before such
claim is approved.

Redcorn Consultants Limited,of 2nd Floor, Ansbacher House, Shirley & East
Sts. North, is the Liquidator ofPALM BEACH PROPERTIES LTD;


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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.
-Developfuture(MVCI e\perinr.ce preil ii ied) managers and
implement self employed
-Implementation of tour eith itrni and building of strong
teamvalues ,. ,. ,
'orecast ahdibudgrl a annual ialrti tI g't..
-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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Opportunities now available to
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must be...
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OR
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KING & Co.

Please be advised that the offices
of
KING & Co.
and

Worldwide Corporate Service
Providers Ltd.

Have Moved to the following address:
Old Towne Marina, Second Floor,
Sandyport, West Bay Street
Telephone No.327-3127
Fascimile: 327-3125(Temporary)


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BEC assesses




fuel deal bids


FROM page 1B


The BEC general manager
said the Corporation was
working "on any number of
projects" in the Family Islands
to meet the needs of both
existing customers and foreign
developers.
He said BEC was looking to
build new power stations in
Abaco and Cat Island, and
upgrade existing facilities and
infrastructure in Exuma, Bimi-
ni and Andros.
Sites
"There's various Family
Island sites where we will be
upgrading or constructing new
power plants," Mr Basden said.
He explained the BEC's
business was heavily capital
intensive, with new power
plants or upgrades costing con-


siderable sums of money, rang-
ing from the hundreds of thou-
sands in the Family Islands to
several millions in New Provi-
dence.
Apart from the electricity
generating plants themselves,
Mr Basden said BEC also had
to deal with the transmission
and distribution capabilities,
and faced the challenge of
delivering personnel and mate-
rials to remote Family Island
sites.
As part of the strategy to
upgrade its existing plant infra-
structure, Mr Basden said BEC
had just brought online a 20
megawatt combined cycle gen-
erator, which uses waste fuel
from the Corporation's two 23
megawatt gas turbines.
Mr Basden said that
although the new generator
was currently in test mode, it
was likely to be at full capacity
"in a couple of days" and go
fully on line within the next


few weeks.
BEC also aims to bring an
18 megawatt slow speed diesel
generator on line in October,
again with the aim of reducing
fuel costs.
Energy
Mr Basden acknowledged
that BEC had "to look seri-
ously" at renewable energy
sources, such as bio-diesel and
recycling oil from cruise ships.
He added that the pilot pro-
ject BEC was engaged in with
the Cape Eleuthera Institute, ,~i
where the latter's solar energy
system was interconnected at
the end of BEC's network, was
working "satisfactorily".
To minimise further the
impact of rising global oil
prices, Mr Basden said BEC
had looked at hedging its fuel
purchases, and this was "prob-
ably something we'll have to
carry out a further review on".


New spa deals for


Atlantis, C


FROM page 1B

pany has effectively gained a two-and-a-half
year extension to renew with the option for a
further five years.
Mandara will pay $15.6 million towards the
construction costs.
At the One & Only Ocean Club, Mandara has
also signed a new lease. The new deal will see it
operate the resort's spa through to the previous
expiration date of December 1,2013. However,
it has now secured itself a five-year option to


)cean club


renew.
Leonard Fluxman, president and chief exec-
utive of Steiner Leisure, said: "We are delight-
ed to be extending our relationship with Kerzn-
er International and to participate in the devel-
opment of the spectacular new spa and fitness
facility at Atlantis.
"We look forward to continuing to provide
unique and unsurpassed luxury spa services to
guests at Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club
who have already experienced what Mandara
has to offer, as well as to new guests at our
spas."


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Email.,.,_

TECHOLOGY Tel: 328-0048 .
TECHO Y 328-0049
Fax: 328-0049


NOTICE OF VACANCY

LEGAL ASSISTANT

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

The successful candidate must have at least (5) years
experience as a Legal Assistant in the fields of
conveyancing, commercial transactions and probate
matters, and must be,proficient in all Microsoft Word
and Excel programmes.

The successful candidate must also have:

1. Completed a recognized paralegal/legal executive
course, OR

2. A minimum of five (5) B.G.C.S.E "O" levels or
equivalent, two (2) of which should be Math and
English with grade "C" or above.

R6sumes with supporting documentation should be
sent to:

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

Deadline for receipt of resumes is June 23, 2006.


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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

PROGRAMMES 2006

What is your goal?
/ PROMOTION
QUALITY SERVICE
/ SALARY INCREASE
/ NEW CAREER
/ CAREER ENHANCEMENT
We can provide you with superior education and training
to help you accomplish your goal.
Call 242-328-0093 or 242-328-1936 for an interview
today!

For your convenience, the majority of classes are held on Saturdays, 8am 12noon.
Are you preparing for a promotion, career change or career enhancement? Our Professional
Development Department can help you achieve your career goal!
No entrance exams. Tuition may be paid per term or in full. International programmes available.

SUMMER COURSES

CERTIFICATION IN PROJECT MANAGEMENT
PROJ901 Mastering Project Management $800
This course explores the core competencies of project management, and the following topics are
discussed at the advanced level: leadership, project performance management, project plan
resources, communications, risk, procurement, and integration management. Upon successful
completion of the programme, candidates are encouraged to sit the American Academy of Project
Management Executive Level Certification Examination. To be awarded the Master Project
Manager Certification, candidates must score a minimum of 75% on the AAPM Master Certification
Final Examination.

Prerequisite: A Master's Degree in any discipline from an accredited or recognized college/university
and a minimum of one year's experience as a project management apprentice; or a Bachelor's
degree with four years' project management experience; Curriculum vitae.
ETHC900 Ethics and Prof. Responsibility- $250


Begins: Spring, Summer and Fall


Day/Time: Saturday 8:00am 12n


Duration: 8 Weeks


Master Project Management Intensive Review- $800 Duration: 4 Weeks


Begins: Spring, Summer or Fall


Day/Time: Saturday 8:00ar 12n


THE BECKER CPA REVIEW
The College of The Bahamas is pleased to offer the New CPA Computer-Based Test (CBT). Besides
the obvious transition from a pencil-and-paper exam to a computer-based test, the revised CPA
Exam Will also contain a new content focus broadening the scope of audit and attest areas and
incorporating the assessment of critical skills, such as research and communication. The new exam
also has increased emphasis on general business knowledge and information technology. Students
may sit the final exams under the United States CPA Board for which they have qualified.


CPA 900 Financial Reporting- $650
CPA 902 Law/Business Law- $465


CPA 901 Accounting & Reporting/Regulation- $520
CPA 903 Auditing/Auditing and Attestation- $465


Prerequisite: A BA Degree from an accredited or recognized college/university in any discipline with at least
21 credit hours in accounting.
Begins: Spring and Fall Day/Time: Sat. 8:30am 5:30pm Duration: 12 Weeks

A+ COMPUTER TECHNICIAN CERTIFICATION
This programme of study is designed to equip students with the skills necessary to sit the international
A+ Microsoft Certification Examination. Techniques to identify and rectify mechanical problems
related to the personal computer are explored. The programme provides hands-on learning experience
with lab exercises that help students to apply theory to practice.
TERM 1: COMP 954 Software- $510 TERM 2: COMP 955 Hardware- $510
PREREQUISITE: COMP956 Introduction To Computers, Windows and The Internet- $200
Begins:.Per Demand Day/Time: Sat. 8:00am-12:15pm Duration: 2 TERMS
CERTIFIED COMPUTER OPERATOR Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS)
This course of study is designed to train students how to master Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel,
Microsoft Access, Microsoft Outlook, and PowerPoint. To help the student to develop navigation
and design skills, the instructor provides easy-to-understand notes and conducts live demonstrations
on how to manipulate the entire MS Office Suite. Students who complete the external international
examinations successfully will be awarded the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification. The
programme comprises five Modules and two companion courses:
TERM 1 TERM 2
,OMiP906 Microsoft Office Specialist ETR900 Ethics & Profes. Responsibility- $250 (Optional)
Microsoft Word, Microsoft Access CPM 903 Professional Development Seminar- $210
Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint TERM 3
MMicrosoft Outlook MPM' 06 Microsoft Office Specialist
k.RS 900 Writing and Research Skills- $350 CPM 903 Professional Development Seminar- $210
l(Optional).
'OTE: COMP906 is offered in Spring, Summer and Fall terms. Students are free to select the term of study.
PREREQUISITE: COMP956 Introduction To Computers, Windows and The Internet- $200
[Begins: Spring and Fall Day/Time: Sat. 8:00am-12:15pm Duration: 3 TERMS

:IMPORTANT INFORMATION
APPLICANTS FOR INTERNATIONAL CERTIFICATION COURSES AND PROGRAMMES
'All students applying for International Certification Courses and Programmes that are offered in
conjunction with foreign institutions are required to contact the CEES Office for information on
external application and examination' fees.
'FEES
1. COB Registration..................................... $40.00 (one-time fee)
2. Insurance..................... ........... ........$25.00 (valid for 1 year)
3. ID Card...................................... .....25.00 (one time fee)
4. Technology Fee....................................$100
5. Books ....................................Please contact COB Bookstore fRp prices.
6. Awards Ceremony (Optional)......................$150.00 (must be paid by the 2 TERM)
7. External Application Fees.......................... Please check with the CEES Office for
information.
THE ANNUAL AWARDS CEREMONY
'The Annual Awards Ceremony and Reception is normally held at The British Colonial Hilton Hotel
,once during TERM 3. Adult students successfully completing programmes and courses are awarded
,certificates or certification documents.
Secure Your Seat By Enrolling Today!
Call (242) 325-5714/328-0093/328-1936 or visit us on Moss Road in Oakes Field.
Fees May Be Paid By Cash, Credit Card, or Bank Certified Cheque To:
The College of The Bahamas, Business Office
CEES reserves the right to change tuition, fees, course content, course schedule and course materials.


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Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following position: ,',
DEAN, FACULTY OF BUSINESS
The Office of Academic Affairs oversees the administration of academic services at The College,
including the development and implementation of curricular activities, academic policies and
regulations. The Dean of the Faculty of Business is responsible to the VicePresident of Academic
Affairs and has supervisory function for the School of Business. In assisting with the execution
of the responsibilities of the Office of Academic Affairs, the Dean will undertake duties that
include, but are not limited tc;
* Assisting with the review and revision of academic policies;
* Co-ordinating curriculum development initiatives within and across Faculties and College
Departments, such as the Graduate Programmes Office and Centre for Continuing
Education and Extension Services;
* Facilitating Faculty-level goal development and implementation activities;
* Monitoring Faculty-level timetables of courses, faculty workloads and responsibilities,
cross moderation and assignments to part-time faculty;
Facilitating the offering of programmes at The College's various sites;
Determining decisions relative to student academic requests such as, programme
changes, credit overloads, extraordinary sitting of examinations, transfer of credits,
grade changes, independent studies and lifting of probations and suspensions;
Vetting new faculty applications for employment in conjunction with the Vice President,
Academic Affairs;
S Developing new programmes consistent with the mission of The College/University that
S are viable and that have market potential;
Creating an environment that fosters excellence in teaching, research and service;
Increasing the number of significant scholarly contributions and publications by the
faculty in the fields of accounting, computer information systems, management,
marketing, economics and related areas; and
Liaising with various governmental and/or private agencies regarding educational/academic
concerns relative to The College's mandate.
The successful candidate should be at the Senior Lecturer level, have at least 10 years relevant
work experience including at least five (5) at a supervisory level and be able to work effectively
with College/University administrators and diverse campus constituencies. A Doctoral Degree
or equivalent in a relevant area is preferred, although candidates with a Master's Degree may
be considered. Evidence of past success in grant and contract research is desirable. Excellent
analytical, organisational, report writing, presentational and interpersonal communication skills
are required for this position.
The initial term of appointment is three years, with eligibility for renewal of the appointment.
Interested persons should submit a detailed r6sum6 by Friday, 16th June 2006 to:
The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P.O. Box N-4921
Nassau, The Bahamas

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the following positions:
ASSISTANT BOOKSTORE MANAGER
The successful candidate will report to the Bookstore Manager and assist the Manager by
performing the following duties:
Manage the general operation of the bookstore and open/close the bookstore on a daily
basis in coordination with the Manager and in accordance with College shift policy.
Order textbooks in coordination with the Office of Academic-Affairs and ensure the timely ..
receipts of textbooks to meet College course timelines.
Purchase all general merchandise required for resale after predetermining the appropriate
reorder quantities and costs.
Ensure orders are received accurately and the correct mark-up prices are applied to all items
purchased.
Forward approved purchase orders, matching delivery receipts, vendors statement and
invoices to Accounts payable for payment
Develop shift schedules for bookstore staff to accommodate opening store houis of 7:00
a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Assist in interviewing potential bookstore assistants, train, supervise, evaluate and discipline
bookstore employees
Oversee daily sales operations and ensure that end-of-day sales reports and bank deposits
are correctly prepared for cash/credit card/scholarship transactions.
Report and document all overages and/or shortages to Manager and Financial Controller.
Participate in the daily operations of the store by constantly patrolling the store to ensure
that security is adequate, all merchandise is properly displayed and customers' queries are
answered.
Maintain inventory control by periodic taking physical inventory and comparing with point-
of-sale database. Review/approve returns, mark-up and mark-downs.
Perform other related duties as required.
Qualifications/experience
The successful candidate should possess a Bachelor's Degree or the equivalent with no work
experience, or Associate Degree in relevant area with ten (10) years work experience. Relevant
work experience includes retail sales, preferably of books with automated accounting systems
( Power Point experience preferred). Business and office related computer skills are required.
He/she must be meticulous, trustworthy, and be able to work under pressure.
Salary Scale : .
$22,100 $31,110
Interested candidates should submit a detailed resume and a cover fetter ofinterest, givingfull
particulars of qualifications and experience along with a letter'bf interest no later than June 30,
2006 to:
The Director
Human Resources.
The College of The Bahamas .
P O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas





Deadline: June 16, 2006
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The normal entrance qualification for the UWI LL.B degree is the basic UWI Matriculation
standards of:
(a) Five subjects, at least two of which must be at "A" Level and the remainder at CXC
general or BGCSE (Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education);
(b) Associate or Bachelor's degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. There
are no special subject requirements in addition to those necessary for Matriculation
at the UWI. The competition for places in the programme is very high. "A" Level
grades and very high averages in undergraduate degrees (at least 3.0) are required
for an application to stand a reasonable chance of gaining admission:
The College of The Bahamas is prepared to consider a limited number of applications
from persons who do not strictly satisfy Matriculation standards but who have equivalent
academic qualifications. In particular, mature applicants over 30 who have shown
evidence of academic and professional achievement can be considered. This is an
opportunity to read for a law degree for those who have already been associated with the
practice of law in some way. A resume must be submitted with your COB and UWI
applications.
All LLB applicants are required to sit a Proficiency Exam. The date of this exam will
be communicated to you, but is expected to take place by end of June, 2006.
COB and UWI applications are available in the Office of Admissions, COB.
The completed applications, original certificates (which will be returned to the applicant),.
copies of these original certificates, transcripts sent directly from universities or colleges
oreviouslv attended to the Director of Admissions at COB, and proof of payment of the forty-


I dollar application fee (paid at the Business Office at COB), must be submitted by the I
above deadline, June 16, 2006. I


Personal Development Courses

CREDIT EQUIVALENCY
The following Personal Development courses have been approved by the Academic
Board for COB credit courses equivalencies.
ACCA900 Accounting for Beginner I
ACCA901 -Accounting for Beginners II
MGMT 900 -Human Resource Management I
MGMT901- Human Resource Management II
SPA 900 Conversational Spanish I
> SPA 901 Conversational Spanish II
Students may continue to utilize the courses as a means of professional development
in both private and public sectors with the added recognition that these courses have
been equated to courses taken toward a degree programme.


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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006, PAGE 7B


THE COUi t

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CENTRE FOR CONTINUING EDUCATION & EXTENSION SERVICES,


COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I
Course Description: This course is for the beginner who knows very little about computers and does not
understand how it works. This course covers the major computer concepts with extensive hands on practice
of various software using: (I) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (iii)
Microsoft Access Database Management.


Pre-requisite: None
Begins: Monday, 22 May 2006 6:00pm 9:30pm
Duration: 9 weeks
Venue: CEES Computer Lab
Tuition: $450.00

COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II


Section 01 (CEES)


Course Description: This course covers the major advanced concepts with extensive hands on practice of
various software using: (I) Microsoft Office Word Processing (ii) Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet (iii) Microsoft
Access Database Management.
Pre-requisite: Computer Applications I
Begins: Thursday, 18 May 2006
Time: 6:00pm 9:30pm
Duration: 9 weeks
Venue: CEES Computer Lab
Fees $550.00

EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft PowerPoint.
It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.
Pre-requisite: None
Begins: Thursday, 1st June 2006
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Duration: 1 day
enue: CEES Computer Lab
Fees: $160.00

MICROSOFT WORD
Course Description: The course assumes no particular background and takes the student from the level of
novice to an advanced level. A thorough grounding in.all of the fundamentals of document handling in
jicrosoft Word is presented.
4re-requisite: Keyboarding
begins: Wednesday, 17 May 2006
Fime: 6:00pm 9:00pm
Duration: 6 weeks
ienue: CEES Computer Lab
ees $250.00

C UPGRADE AND REPAIR
Cui -e Description: This course is a-hands-on introduction to technology systems tor use in infon ation
environments. The course will cover the following topics: Basic Hardware. Operating Systems. Troubleshooting
and Repairs.
]re-requisite: None
Begins: Tuesday, 23th May 2006
Iime: 6:00pm 8:00pm Tuesdays and Thursdays
duration: 9 weeks
eeniue: BHTC Computer Lab
,ees: $500.00

1EBPAGE DESIGN WORKSHOP
Course Description: This course, which targets persons who would like to create their personal web pages.
S Ill cover Web page creation, Web site management, and HTML. Specific topics will include Formatting,
.~rphics, Multimedia, Forms and Tables and hosting of web pages.
Pre-requisite: Participants must be computer literate and have a basic knowledge of word-processing.
Begins: Thursday & Friday, 15th & 16th June 2006
.Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Duiation: 2 days
Venue: CEES Computer Lab
bFees: $550.00.
ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-coordinator at Tel: (242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936 or email
ilacroix@cob.edu.bs All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time).
\\ hen submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves
the nght to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content, Course Schedule and Course.







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


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f^Date:
M:Time:
iVenue:
, Tunion.


Thursday, 1st June 2006
9:30am 4:30pm
Choices Restaurant, Bahamas Tourism and Training Centre
$170.00


EFFECTIVE POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS
,This workshop is designed to provide participants with an overview of the fundamentals of Microsoft
^PowerPoint. It focuses on developing effective and dynamic PowerPoint presentations.
'Date: Thursday 1t June 2006
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
Tuition: $160.00

WEB PAGE DESIGN

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

Date: Thursday & Friday, June 15th & 16th 2006
Time: 9:30am 4:30pm
! Venue: CEES Computer Lab, Moss Road
Tuition: $550.00

ENQUIRIES: Contact the Co-ordinator at Tel:'(242) 325-5714 / (242) 328-0093/ 328-1936 or email
Snlacroix@cob.edu.bs All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time).
SWhen submitting application, kindly provide copies of the first four pages of your passport. CEES reserves
the right to change Tuition, Fees, Coursel Content, Course Schedule and Course Materials.

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ACCOUNTING .._ .____
ACCA901 01 ACCA FOR BEGINNERS II 6:00-8 00m Mon/Wed 22-Mai 10 weeks $275'
BUSINESS
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BUS01 CREDIT & COLLECTION 6:00-900PM Tue 23-May 8 weeks $225T
CUST900 01 SUPERIOR CUSTOMER SERVICE WIS 9:30-4:3p Thur 1-Jun 1 Day $170
dIOMPUTERS
COMP901 01 _L COMfERAPPLICATIONS I 6:00-9:30pm Mon 22-May 9 weeks $450
COMP902 01_ COMPUTER APPLICATIONS II 6:00-9:30pm Thur 18-May 9 weeks $550
COMP 941 01 JQUICKBOOKS 6:00-9:00opm Tue_ 16-May 6 weeks $330
COMP 941 02 I OUICKBOOKS 6:00-9:00pm Thur 18-May 6 weeks 330
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ICOMP960 01 j MICROSOFTPOWERPOINT WIS 9:30-4:30pm Thur 1-Jun i 1 Day $160
SCOP95 01 -MICROSOFT WORD .... 6-:Opm We d 17-Ma__6 weeks $250
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COSM802 01 iMAKE-UP APPLICATION 6:00-9:00pm Mon 22-May 8 weeks $225
jCOSM804 01 jiMANICURE & PEDICURE 6:00-9:00pm -Mon 22-May 8 weeks $225
COSM807_ 01 NAIL ART TECHNII iAN 6Oo-900m Moni .' ; su
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MASG900 01 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I 6:00-9:00pm Thur 18-May 10 weeks $465
MASG900 02 MASSAGE THERAPY ESSENTIALS I 6:00-9:00pm Mon 22-May 10 weeks $465
LANGUAGES
S' --ii' ,.L LI :i;:-''3Opm Mon/Wed 22-May 10 weeks $225
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328-1936/302-4300 ext. 5202 or email nlacroix@(cob.edu.bs
All fees are included with the exception of the application fee of $40.00 (one time) .
CEES reserves the right to change Tuition, Fees, Course Content,
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study lounge
* Opportunities for local and international student
leadership conferences, and
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Association of Realtors
(NAR) had predicted that
some 6.6 million existing
homes would be resold in the
US in 2006 which, although a
slight drop on 2005, would still
be the US market's third best
year on record.
Mr Gillespie said the 'baby
boomers', the post-war gener-
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are currently 42 years-old,
were fuelling the real estate
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Is looking for
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S! Highest commissions and bonuses in the industry.

SMust be over 25yrs.
Have a Positive Mental Attitude,
Excellent Coni\ersational Skills
Ability to Think on Feet
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Minimum 3 BGCSE


Become a part of our Winning Team
Please contact:
Royal Holiday,
327-5595 Ext-222.
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:The public is hereby notified that all persons who have filed a claim
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/gen/01665/2001.

A copy of the said Ruling and Orders can be obtained from the
Office of The Attorney General, Post Office Building 3rd Floor, East
I 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
9:30am at the Supreme Court Registry, Ansbacher Building, East
Street North.

Dated this 15th day of May A.D., 2006
Signed
Attorney General
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homes sales, he said some 40
per cent involved purchases of
property as an investment or
second home.
Bodes
Mr Gillespie said:;"That
bodes very well for the
[Caribbean] islands. A lot of
people love the islands and
many people from the US are
buying houses for investments
- to rent out and for second
homes. This is fuelled by the
baby boomers.
"They love the Caribbean,
-so consequently our affiliates
in the Caribbean are reporting
that business is as strong as it


is accepting nations or a
Warehouse Foreman
Applcant most have a mnilum of 3
years managerial experience, be motated and highly adaptable, have excellent
organization and leadership sklls and be a team player.
Fax resume to:
352-8509



Customer Service Engineerl

Micronet Ltd., a leading business technology supplier
requires a Customer Service Engineer.

* Experience in the repair of computers, printers and
related peripherals a plus
* ,Must have your own transportation,
*, Great ciieei opponuni i
* Salary commensurate with experience

No telephone calls. Please reply in writing via email
or fax (subject line: CSE) to:

The Manager
Micronet Ltd.
Email: iiob.'-. in ~ In.b
Fax: (242) 328-3043


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our affiliates reports very
strong sales."
Coldwell Banker's Bahami-
an affiliate !, Cold\\ ell Banker
Lightbourn Realty, headed by
Mike Lightbourn, who Mr
Gillespie praised for having "a
great reputation".
Mr Gillespie said foreign
secondd Ihnme buyers aided
'economies such as the
Bahamas because, apart form
purchasing property or land,
they would also invest to con-
struct and upkeep their resi-
dences.
Their spending would
enhance the property values
for homeowners already there,
and generate incomes and
spending for that would bene-
fit the local population.
Mr Gillespie said that 6n a
tour of Nassau, he had een
properties being built and
"selling very rapidly". At one
$16 million property he 4had
seen, some 20 Bahamians were
being employed.
"That type of thing fuels,the
economy in Nassau, gives peo-
ple jobs, brings up the stan-
dard of living, and means more
people are able to afford:their
own home," he added.
Further aiding the US'real
estate market were interest
rates averaging 6.67 per qent
currently which, although they
have been increased steadily
by the Federal Reserve ii'0.5
per cent jumps over the, past
few years, are still relatiVely
low by historical standards,
Generation
Mr Gillespie said the "''baby
boom' generation had more
'mobiiey to spend than ever
before, and small increases of
the magnitude used by the
Federal Reserve would not.dis-
rupt their real estate plans.E
Other drivers were the one
millionlegal immigrants in the
US, who were looking to pur-
chase property, while the hotne
ownership rate for ethnic
minorities African-Americhns
and Hispanics had risen td 50
per cent. This was below the
US national average of 67-per
cent, and the rate for Cau-
casians of 78 per cent:
Mr Gillespie said that the
'echoboomers' generation,
those born between'1972 and
1994, were also fuelling US
real estate demand.
This population category,:72
million strong, saw some four
million members turn 21 years-
old every year, and they were
purchasing property at a much
earlier age than their parents.
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MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006, PAGE 9B


'A F lF I I.JI*


Bahamas told




to focus on US




free trade deal


FROM page 1B


of trade with CARICOM
nations might increase if the
Bahamas signed on fully to the.
SCSME, Mr Moree said the
amount of this rise was likely
to be "marginal".
He pointed out that Leonard
'Archer, the Bahamas' Ambas-
sador to CARICOM, had
acknowledged that becoming
a CSME member would not
'iange the Bahamas' trading
Patterns for the foreseeablee
future".
.. On the other hand, Mr
Moree pointed out that the
: ahamas had a $1 billion trade
c'' current account) deficit with
he US per annum, as a result
f goods and merchandise
j.'imported largely via Miami
Sand Fort Lauderdale.
With trade between the
g ahamas and the remainder
''Of CARICOM "virtually non-
e eistent", Mr Moree said: "In
my view, we have to concen-
trate on our arrangements with
North America, rather than
our trading and economic
arrangements with CARI-
j He added that the Bahama's'
SDP per capital was "virtually
Stvo times that of 12 of the 14
'ther.[CSME] members".
"'Of the member states of
CARICOM, 10 of them are
among the most indebted
countries in the world," Mr
More said.
"This must be viewed, as all
Strade agreements are viewed,
a$ a matter of national interest.


Why would we want to associ-
ate ourselves with a group of
countries whose economies
have been so depressed for so
long?
"We must be very careful
about associating ourselves
with a group, of countries
whose economies, through no
fault of their own, are funda-
mentally different from the
economy of the Bahamas."'
Mr Moree concluded: "We
must recognize our economic
future, like it or not, is linked
to the US first and foremost.
That is a fact. There are no
compelling signs that that is
going to change in the near
future."
Position
Mr Archer, in a position
paper on the Bahamas'
approach to the CSME and
international trade relations
published in late 2004, dis-
agreed with Mr Moree's argu-
ment that this nation should
focus on the FTAA and a free
trade agreement with the US.
Mr Archer said there was
nothing to suggest the US
would be interested in a bilat-
eral trade deal with the
Bahamas, and World Trade
Organisation (WTO) rules
would prevent the US from
giving this nation trade benefits
and preferences it had not
granted to other countries.
In addition, Mr Archer said
the US was likely to treat the
Bahamas as a developed coun-
try in negotiating a bilateral
agreement. If it was part of a'
wider CSME negotiating bloc,
he argued the Bahamas would


be treated as a developing
country and receive more
favourable incentives from the
US as opposed to going it
alone.
So far, CARICOM states
have agreed to contribute col-
lectively $120 million to a
Regional Development Fund,
half of the $240 million though
to be necessary.
Mr Moree said it was
"almost certain" that country
contributions to this Develop-
ment Fund would be based on
per capital GDP, and the
Bahamas leads CARICOM on
this indicator. As a result, at
current levels, the Bahamas'
contribution to the fund would
be around $25 million per
annum.
The Bahamian attorney said
the CSME went far beyond
being a simple trade agree-
ment, and was instead intend-
ed to achieve both economic
and political union among its
member states.
He pointed out that if the
Bahamas signed on to the
Revised Treaty of Chaguara-
mas, this nation would have to
cede some of its Parliamentary
sovereignty to whatever insti-
tution was set up to run the
CSME.
Mr Moree said the CSME
was ultimately being modelled
after the European Union,
adding that it was likely that
the CARICOM Secretariat
would be upgraded to a Com-
mission much like the Euro-
pean Commission in the near
future, with a large supporting
Sbreaticrc-iand accumulating
"supranational" powers for
itself.


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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY



,indiGO Networks is a growing telecommunications company based in Nassau, Bahamas.
Successful candidates must be highly energized, and able to take on the challenges of a fast-
paced network rollout. IndiGO Networks offers a comprehensive benefits package. Salary is
commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Job Description
The Customer Care.Manager would be responsible for customer service throughout the
organization. Duties include: overseeing the daily operations of the Call Centre (leading the
Customer Care Team with responsibility for hiring, appraising, and development of staff
members to perform their respective tasks); establishing specific procedures to achieve'
organizational goals; developing and advancing customer service throughout the organization.

Responsibilities
Establish appropriate Customer Care staffing levels to ensure service standards for
quality and responsiveness are met;
Prepare monthly schedules for Customer Care employees, including Call Centre staff;
S* Direct.daily activities of the Call Centre staff, including movement of staff to critical
positions in response to customer needs;
Participation in recruitment, performance reviews, coaching and termination of
employment if necessary;
Establish operating structure and performance measures, set standards and guidelines
and implement policies and procedures in alignment with departmental goals and
objectives;
Create' processes to efficiently monitor and complete tasks that will positively impact
customer responsiveness;
Develop, implement and maintain incentives for meeting targets to motivate, train and
retain employees;
Provide creative problem solving and guidance to maximize results and positive
outcomes;
Establish structure for monitoring calls for quality control;
Identify and analyze problem areas and make recommendations to solve problems
in order to enhance efficiency and services performed within the department;
Evaluate Call Centre software designed to aid efficiency, enhance and track
S productivity within the Call Centre and make recommendations to management team;
Deal directly with customers to resolve outstanding or escalated problems;
S Maintain confidentiality relative to customer accounts and organizational practices

Qualifications
Ability to multitask and work under pressure
Experience in Call Centre environment is preferred
2-3 years supervisory/managerial experience with strong organizational skills
Flexibility, as shift work is required
Reliability, punctuality and good interpersonal skills are essential
Accuracy, neatness and efficiency
Possess excellent oral and written communication skills
Computer literacy, with a strong working knowledge of Excel essential
Interested candidates should submit their resumes in writing by June 21, 2006 to:
Attn.: Human Resources Manager
IndiGO Networks
P.O. Box N-3920
Nassau, Bahamas

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CLEARING BANKS ASSOCIATION
Vacancy for
Administrative Assistant

The Administrative Assistant will be responsible to the project Manager and
clerical and Administrati ve 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.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities required:

SAssociates 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
SPower Point), and brochures and to respond to email as necessary;
SBasic business and accounting knowledge to prepare documentation and
Statistical report;
SExcellent oral and written communication skills, including etiquette and
writing skills, to interact with associates and external persons, and to create
correspondence;
SJudgement 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
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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 Technolog3 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 and
other service providers.
The successful candidate must posses a minimum of the following
Qualifications and experience:

Master of Science Degree in Information Systems or a related field or
equivalent qualifications from an accredited institution.
Must be a certified Information System manager.
SSound 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.


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PAGE 10B, MONDAY, JUNE 12, 2006


Williams-Darling





triumphs in





Gateshead race


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
AFTER failing to finish her last race
a week ago in New York, Tonique
Williams-Darling regained her
momentum to pick up a big victory on
Sunday in Gateshead, Great Britain.
Competing at the Norwich Union
British Grand Prix, Williams-Darling
clocked 50.13 seconds to easily win the
women's 400 metres ahead of
Jamaican Shericka Williams in 50.24.
Another Jamaican, Lorraine Fen-
ton was third in 50.64 as she held off
Bahamian Christine Amertil, who
came in fourth in 50.86. Grenada's
Hazel-Ann Regis was fifth in 50.94.
.American Sanya Richards, who have
posted the world's two fastest times
for the year, opted not to run in the
400. She moved down to the 200, turn-
ing in an impressive 22.25 to beat out


compatatiot Torri Edwards, who did
22.50.
Williams-Darling and Richards have
not clashed this year. The last two
competed at the IAAF World Athlet-
ic Final in Monte Carlo, Monaco in
September in 49.52. Williams-Darling
was second i5 49.,4.
One month earlier at the 10th IAAF
World Outdoor Championships,
Williams-Darling added to her 2004
Olympic Games' gold medal when,
she ran 49.55 to beat Richards (49.74)
and Mexican Ana Guevara (49.81) in
Helsinki, Finland.
While Richards is contesting the $1
million jackpot in the women's 400
this year, Williams-Darling is ineligible
for another feat after skipping the
opener at the Exxon Mobil Bislett
Games.
Williams-Darling shared the pot
with Sweden's triple jumper Christian


Olson in 2004.
Prior to going to Gateshead,
Williams-Darling didn't finish the
women's 400 at the Reebok Grand
Prix in Randall, New York. But she
showed that she's back on track yes-
terday.
Also in Gateshead, where Jamaican
Asafa Powell tied the men's 100
national record of 9.77 that he shares
with American Justin Gatlin, long
jumper Jackie Edwards was entered
in the women's long jump.
She posted a best mark of 6.30
metres for seventh place. The winning
leap of 6.95 was recorded by Russia's
Tatyana Lebedeva.
The Bahamian athletes are all
expected home this weekend to com-
pete in the Bahamas Association of
Athletic Association's national track
and field championships at the Thomas
A Robinson Track and Field Stadium.


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Tigers on top at NCAA championships


* By BRENT STUBBS Prior to their victory, the women's the feniale programme at Auburn, and sity of Texas to provide the majority of said he also owes a debt of gratitude to
Senior Sports Reporter team never finished higher than 14th, even though he did not have any the challenge for their Tigers, but they coaches like Patrick Bailey, Orlando
which they did both in 2002 and 2003 Bahamians on the Tigers' roster, he got a big disqualification from their Greene and Norbert Elliott, who paved
FOR the first time in history, a outdoors and seventh in 2003 indoors, said they performed exceptionally, hurdler that dropped them to sixth the way for him.
Bahamian celebrates winning a nation- The men, however, came close with This is Rolle's ninth year at Auburn place. "If it wasn't for guys like those, I
al title as a coach of a women's team at a second place finish in 2003 in the and after coming close on the men's Although Auburn side have Sands don't think I would have had the
the NCAA Championships. outdoor championships and 1978, 1997 side with long/triple jumper Leevan competing for the. Tigers, the last opportunity to reach this plateau so
Henry Rolle earned the feat over and 2003 in the indoors. 'Superman' Sands and high hurdler Bahamian female competitorwas young in my career," he said.
the weekend as he guided Auburn For Rolle, who worked as an assis- Shamar Sands on their roster, Rolle sprinter Timicka Clarke. The closest any other Bahamian
University Tigers to their first wom- tant under head coach Ralph Spry, the said it's finally a relief to get the mon- However, Rolle said he will be home came this year was Sidney Cartwright,
en's title at the NCAA Outdoor Track victory was a sweet one that he hopes key off his back. on Thursday to view the Bahamas an assistant at the University of Alaba-
and Field Championships at the Alex to cherish for a while. "It took nine years, but it's finally Associations of Athletic Associations ma where senior Aymara Albury
G. Spanos Sports Complex at Cal "It took a while; We came close a good to achieve it," Rolle said. "1 know this weekend at the Thomas A Robin- turned in a ninth place finish in the
State, Sacramento, California. couple of times. But this time, we did when I left St John's, one of my goals son Track and Field Stadium and'he women's shot putt.
The Tigers scored 54 points to out- it," Rolle stressed. "I had a lot of was to be the first Bahamian to win a hope to recruit a few athletes. Albury's best heave came with a best
distance runners-up Southern Califor- mature individuals, besides their tal- major division one championship as a Crediting his success to the late Kei- of 52-feet, 11-inches on her second
nia, who compiled 38.5 points for sec- ent. They had a lot of heart." coach. I'm proud to have finally th Carey, whom he worked with at St throw. North Carolina's senior Laura
ond. It was the first ever national title For the past three years, Rolle achieve that." John's College when they achieved Gerraughty posted the winning toss of
won by Auburn University. focused his attention on coaching just Rolle said he expected the Univer- their high school national title, Rolle 60-11/4 on their sixth and final mark.
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Softball squad announced tonight


* By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter'

THE Bahamas Softball Fed-
eration will make a final deci-
sion on those players selected
from New Providence to repre-
sent the Bahamas at the XX
Central American and
Caribbean Games at a meeting
tonight at the Churchill Tener
Knowles National Softball Sta-
dium.
The federation have invited
the following players to attend
the meeting at 6.30 pm when
the federation will finalise its
selection before it is ratified by
the Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion.


Female players invited are:
SMary Edgecombe, Alex Tay-
lor, Shornell Symonette, Beat-
rice Riley, Cherkimber Ney-
mour, Crystal Delancy, Chris-
tine Hanna, Indira Thompson,
Netissa Seymour, Dorthy Mar-
shall, Thelia Johnson, Sharvette
Taylor and Alexis Moss.
The men's players invited to
attend are:
Anton Gibsdn, Crestwell
Pratt, Jamal johnson, Marvin
Wood, Rico Wood, Godfrey
Burnside Jr., Alcott Forbes,
Van Johnson, Charles Rolle,
Terrance Culmer and Angelo
Dillet.
Expected to manage the
ladies' team is Ali Culmer. His


assistants are Gary 'Super'
Johnson and Lenny Newton
from Grand Bahama,
The men's team is expected
to be managed by Godfrey
'Gully' Burnside with Perry
Seymour and Anthony Fowler
from Grand Bahama as his
assistants.
The names have all been sub-
mitted to the.BOA, who will
ratify the final selection that will
include the remainder of the
players coming from the other
Family Island associations from
Grand Bahama, Eleuthera,
Exuma, Abaco and Long
Island.
Softball will be one of the
sporting disciplines that will


make up the Bahamas delega-
tion to the games, scheduled for
July 15 to 30 in Cartagena,


Name (Last):


Colombia.
The other disciplines the
Bahamas is expected to partici-


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WHEELCHAIR AND HEALTH WALK

7:00a.m., Saturday 24th June, 2006


*T-shirts for all participants
* Trophies For all categories
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New Providence Softball Association's team standings

after Saturday night's double header at the Churchill
Tener Knowles National Softball Stadium


Teams W L PCT. GB

Ladies' Division
Electro Telecom Wildcats 5 1 .833
Bommer George Swingers 5 1 .833
Whirlpool Eagles 3 2 .600 11/2
Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks 2 3 .400 3
Briteley's Angels 1 5 .167 4
DHL Brackettes 1 5 .167 4

Men's Division '
Stingrays Sporting Club. 4 0 1,000-
TBS Truckers 3 2 .600 11/2
New Breed 3 2 .600 11/2
Del Sol Arawaks 2 2 .500 2
Electro Telecom Dorcey Park Boyz 0 6 .000 5

Tonight's schedule
7pm Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks vs Electro Telecom Wildcats (L).
8.30 pm Bommer George Swingers vs Briteley's Angels (L).
Tuesday's schedule
7 pm New Breed vs TBS Truckers (M).
8.30 pm Stringrays Sporting Club vs Del Sol Arawaks (M).
Wednesday's schedule
8 pm Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks vs Bommer George Swingers (L).
Thursday's schedule
7 pm Proper Care Lady Sharks vs Whirlpool Eagles (L).
8.30 pm TBS Truckers vs Stingrays Sporting Club (M).
Saturday's schedule
7 pm Electro Telcom Wildcats vs DHL Brackettes (L).
8.30 pm Del Sol Arawaks vs New Breed (M).
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. NEW Breed's Desmond Rolle steals second base to avoid the tag from Electro Telecom Dorcy Park Boyz'shortstop Lou Johnson. Rolle and New Breed won the game 13-4 in five innings.
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Swingers top ladies' division







afteP victory over Sharks


* SOFTBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bommer George Swingers needed an
extra inning to explode past the Proper Care
Pool Lady Sharks 13-8 to rejoin the Electro Tel-
,com Wildcats for the lead in the ladies' divi-
sion of the New Providence Softball Association.
And the New Breed took just five innings to
stop the hapless defending champions Electro
Telecom Dorcy Park Boyz 13-4 on Saturday
night at the Churchill Tener Knowles National
Softball Stadium to climb into a two-way tie for
second place in the men's division.
Alcott Forbes gave up five hits, striking out
three for the win on the mound and Keiron
Munroe played a solid defensive game and led
the offensive attack with a 2-for-3 night, includ-
ing hitting a solo home run and scored three
Limes in the feature contest.
However, in the ladies opener, it turned out to
be a great offensive game on both sides of the
field before the Swingers exploded for five runs
in the top of the eighth to seal the deal.
Tied at 8-8 at the end of regulation, Bommer
George started the extra inning with centre
fielder Christine Hanna leading off with a free
double base pass on the International Softball
Federation's tie-breaking rule.
The Grand Bahamian resident, who will be
one of the players selected to represent the
country at the Central American and Caribbean
Games next month, went on to score the game
winning run on an error and was left stranded on
first with the bases loaded as they batted around
the clock.
After retaking control of the game, ace
Desiree Taylor managed to get through her first
eight inning ;fair by leaving Lady Sharks' left
fielder Stephanie Goodridge on second with
her ISF free double pass as she retired the side
in order for the win.
"I thought our performance went quite well.
Every team has a bad inning and we had one,
but we got over it," Taylor stressed. "My con-


cern was throwing strikes because in the sixth
and seventh inning, I was struggling. So just to
throw strikes was my concern.",
It turned out to be the concern of all of the
Swingers as they watched helplessly as the Lady
Sharks stormed back with four runs in the sixth,
highlighted by back-to-back RBI single and RBI
ground out by Vornetta Nairn and Shirley
Stubbs before they put two more on the board in
.the seventh, sparked by Kelly Smith's RBI sin-
gle for the tie.
But as she did in the eighth, Taylor was able to
hold off Proper Care Pool when it counted the
most, stopping them from winning the game as
they dropped to 2-3 to remain in fourth place.
With the win, Bommer George improved to 5-
1 to rejoin the defending champion Electro Tele-
com Wildcats at the top of the standings. It was
a victory that manager Gary 'Super' Johnson
said his Swingers played with a lot of heart.
"Things got away from us down the stretch
when ourt pitcher got tired. We made a couple
of mistakes and that put the pressure on our
defence," Johnson pointed out. "But going into
the eighth, I felt more comfortable once we put
up those runs."
The way they pulled off the victory was an
indication of how they are playing as a team
and Johnson said "one inning isn't bad. We're
executing when we have to and we are quite
pleased with where we want to be in our game
plan."
Proper Care Pool's manager Stephen 'Bishop'
Beneby, quite disappointed in falling short in the
end, declined to offer any comments, only to
note that they have to gear up for tonight's
make-up game against the Wildcats at 7pm.
The Swingers will also be back in action in the
feature contest when they take on the Brite-
ley's Angels, who are tied at the bottom of the
pile with the DHL Brackettes at 1-5.
While Desiree Taylor pulled off the win on the
mound over Sherry Taylor, national team play-
er Nerissa Seymour, who was intentionally
walked twice in potential scoring situations,
came home three times for the Swingers.


Theresa Miller, another national team mem-
ber, went 3-for-5 with three RBIs, scoring twice
and Beatrice Riley, yet another national team
member, was 1-for-4 with two runs scored.
For Proper Care Pool, Samantha Newbold
went 3-for-5 and Debbie McClure was 2-for-4
with a RBI, scoring a pair of runs.
New Breed 13, Dorcy Park Boyz 4: While
Alcott Forbes did his damage from the mound,
Keiron Munroe came through offensively to
lead the New Breed before their manager Mar-
tin 'Pork' Burrows got ejected in the bottom of
the fifth just before the final out was recorded.
Now as they prepare to face the TBS Truck-
ers in a big game on Tuesday night at 7 pm, Bur-
rows will have to watch from the sidelines as he
sit out a mandatory one-game suspension, which
could help them in their quest to continue to
climb up the ladder.
The undefeated Stingrays Sporting Club will
go after their fifth victory when they play the Del
Sol Arawaks in the feature contest.
Electro Telecom, whose player/manager
Mario Ford and his brother Andy Ford are still
serving a 10-game suspension, are still trying to
find a way to -break their seven-game losing
streak.
They didn't come close against New Breed,
who took advantage of southpaw starting pitch-
er Eugene Bain, sending him into right field for
Ruel Williams after scoring the first four of their
five runs in the first inning.
New Breed would go on to score a run in the
second, two in the third, four in the fourth and
another in the fifth to secure the abbreviated
win via the new NPSA seven-run mercy rule
after five innings.
Joining Munroe on the offensive end was
Sherman Ferguson with a 3-for-3 production as
he drove in a run and scored three times. Mar-
tin Burrows Jr, Adrian Pinder and Desmond
Rolle all scored twice, while Darren Stevens
came up with a pair of RBIs.
In a limited offensive attack, Lou Johnson
Shad a two-run single and Demont Charlow was
1-for-2 with a RBI and two runs scored.


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* NEW Breed's pitcher Alcott Forbes goes to work
as he delivers a pitch against the Dorcy Park Boyz
on Saturday night at the Churchill Tener Knowles
National Softball Stadium. Forbes and New Breed .
went on to stop the Dorcy Park Boyz 13-4 in five
innings.








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