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Publication Date: June 21, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Concerns over

social promotion

to call for quality in job appli-
cants, one tourism official said
the system of social promotion
in education continues to be a
"lose-lose" situation for the
country and its workforce.
Yesterday, ThIriuT ne
looked at graduation figures of
A F Adderley Junior High
School, noting that two-thirds
of its ninth-grade class were
scheduled to be promoted,
despite failing to meet the pass-
ing standards.
And whereas Ministry of
Education officials say the A F
Adderley figures were not the
norm for its public schools, they
do admit that social promotion
S"Today, in education, we
have some challenges, and as it
relates to social promotion, the
problem we have there is the
availability of space," said
Director of Education Mrs Iris
"In the late 90s, early 2000s,
with the construction of Gerald
Cash, Cleveland Eneas, Sadie
Curtis, and Garvin Tynes, we
were able to reduce class sizes,"
the director noted. "We are not
where we want to be, but it's
The business community,
however, continues to feel the
impact, and as Montagu MP.
Brent Symonette said in his
address to the House of Assem-
bly yesterday, while schools and
grades deteriorate, the future
of the economy may be
adversely affected.

According to the .2001
Bahamas Living Conditions
Survey, "education is viewed as
a powerful determinant of
labour-force participation,
career choice, and ultimately
earning capacity." Many in the
business sector have com-
plained that problems in edu-
cation have caused a scarcity of
qualified workers.
Earlier this month, while
addressing the Nassau Insti-
tute/Atlas Economic Research
Institute conference, Barrie Far-
rington, senior vice-president
of Kerzner International, said
the education crisis in the
Bahamas had caused a "scarci-
ty" of qualified workers to meet
the tourism industry's work-
force needs.
Parliamentary secretary of
the Ministry of Labour, Immi-
gration, and Training, MP
Agatha Marcelle, took Mr Far-
rington's statement a little fur-
ther and said: "Expatriate work-
ers are necessary to the
Bahamian economy because
critical skills are lacking in the
local workforce.
"If young Bahamians do not
become trained in skills that are
important to the future of the
economy, more foreign work-
ers will have to be brought in."
Like many of late, Ms Mar-
celle pointed to technical and
vocational training as one way
to acquire these "necessary"
However, according to one
hotel human resource manag-
er, "students coming from the
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GIVEN last year's major delays in Mr Symonette said that "whilst the
public school repairs, Montagu MP Brent schools deteriorate, grades are terrible"
Symonette said that he hoped trailers and the future of the Bahamian economy
stored at the back of the Ministry of Edu- may be affected as a result, it seems the
cation building (pictured) on Thompson ministries of "orks and education cannot
Boulevard will not be utilised as temporary find common ground when handling the
classrooms. state of school repairs.
The deputy leader of the opposition, "It appears that the Ministersof Wornls
during his contribution to year's budget and Education are at loggerheads aIoutti
debate on Monday evening, said that he the future of the Ministry of Educa
hopes government does not intend to capitalbudget," hesaidi .,.: -' -
19; house students in the trailers instead of
S finishing school repairs in a timely fash-
ion. (Photo: Feline Maior/Tribune staff)

Analysts warn

of possible

massive spike

in fuel prices
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas could face
"catastrophic" rises in fuel
prices if the US can't solve its
differences with Iran through
diplomacy, it was claimed yes-
Local analysts warned that a
possible massive spike in world
oil prices could lead to gasoline
rocketing to $15 a gallon in Nas-
This, in turn, would send up
electricity costs, causing a wor-
rying domino effect for the
entire Bahamian economy.
The warning came after a
leading Middle East envoy
warned that world oil prices
could double or triple if the US
failed in its efforts to quell the
Iran nuclear programme by
A possible massive increase
in the current "painful" $70-per-
barrel oil price was predicted
by Saudi Arabia's ambassador
to the US, Prince Turki al-
Speaking in Washington DC
to the US Energy Association
(an organisation of public and
private energy companies and
agencies), he encouraged the
US to continue with the UN
Security Council and other
nations along diplomatic lines
to address Iran's nuclear fuel
enrichment programme.
Bearing his warning in mind,
local oil analysts said such a
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Symonette hits out over

failure to upgrade airport
T By KARIN HERIG t NIA, the PLP so far has failed to
Tribune Staff Reporter_ follow the plan left to them by
the FNM to turn the airport into
HITTING out at the govern- a modern-day facility with all
ment's failure to upgrade and amenities.
transform Nassau International "Apart from the runway and
Airport (NIA), Montagu MP X-ray facilities, this government
Brent Symonette suggested that has done little to implement the
conflicting interests of PLP sup- master plan, which was left for
porters may be responsible for the them," he said.
long delay. Mr Symonette said that
The deputy opposition leader, "maybe exclusive rights of cer-
in his contribution to this year's tain tenants controlled by sup-
budget debate, said that although porters" of the PLP may be a
the PLP had been in office for four hindrance to the new manage-
years, plans to appoint a manage- 0 MONTAGU MP ment team.
ment team for NIA and revitalise Brent Symonette Addressing parliament on
the facility had yet to be imple- Monday evening, Minister of
mented. Aviation and Transport Glenys Hanna-Martin
Addressing the House of Assembly during also touched on the subject of the airport.
Monday's evening session of parliament, Mr
Symonette said that despite several upgrades at SEE page 12

FNM yet to see entire Baha Mar agreement

THE FNM still has not yet
seen the entire Baha Mar
agreement despite numerous
requests for it to be brought
to parliament.
MP for Montagu Brent
Symonette asked in the House
Monday night, "for a govern-
ment that preaches trans-
parency, why the secrecy?"
The government has been
asked publicly on several occa-
sions by various opposition
members to reveal full details
of the $2 billion Baha Mar
development agreement.
During a Senate meeting
last month, Senator Tommy
Turnquest posed the same

question asked by Mr Symon-
ette to Minister of State for
Finance James Smith.
He also asked if there exist-
ed in writing an agreement for
sale between the Treasurer of
the Bahamas and Baha Mar
Development Company; an
agreement of sale between the
Hotel Corporation of the
Bahamas and Baha Mar
Development Company and
an agreement of sale between
Prime Minister Perry Christie,
with responsibility for Crown
Lands, and Baha Mar.
"As I understand it, the
agreement with Baha Mar
requires the transfer of certain
lands by the government and
its various agencies some of

which might be required by
laws of this country to be
approved by a resolution of
this honourable chamber,"
said Mr Symonette.
He said: "We are fully
aware that this honourable
House has not passed any res-
In November last year FNM
Senalor Carl Bethel accused
the government of not supply-
ing full details of the Baha Mar
According to Mr Bethel,
they were not privy to all sec-
tions of the agreement because
of the existence of confiden-
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Marsh Harbour closure 'could

shut ten businesses or more'

TEN or more businesses
could fold if the government
pursues a plan to close Marsh
Harbour airport in Abaco for
two months later this year.
This claim was made yes-
terday as Abaconians con-
sidered the possible fall-out
from what they referred to
as an "unofficial" closure
announcement from the
Ministry of Tourism.
"There is no doubt that
some small businesses here
could not withstand the air-
port being closed that long,"
said a business source.
"It would cause great dif-
ficulty on this island and
totally cripple Abaco for sev-
eral weeks. It might take
months and possibly years to
Alarm spread throughout
southern Abaco after an e-
mail notified a business of
the closure plan from Sep-
tember to November. It indi-
cated that the proposal
would be made official in
about two weeks.
But there is already talk of
islanders driving trucks into
the airport to halt work if the
closure plan goes ahead.
One business source said
yesterday: "There is no
doubt people feel very seri-
ously about this. It would
have a devastating effect on
If the government con-
firms the closure plan, it is
likely that an Abaco delega-
tion will head for Nassau for
urgent talks.
One source told The Tri-
bune: "This is being seen as a
pre-election move by the
government. But it is felt that

the thing hasn't been thought
through properly. It is ridicu-
"I think there are people
here who would even
demonstrate outside the
House of Assembly if this
idea goes ahead."
There is no argument that
the airport improvement
work is needed. But locals
feel contractors should build
a new runway and keep the
airport open while work is
Temporary closure would
mean visitors having to take
an $80 taxi-ride from Trea-
sure Cay airport, which is 28
miles from Marsh Harbour.
"It is the kind of thing that
would provoke many tourists
to take their vacations else-
where. It could cost the
island a fortune in lost busi-
In yesterday's Tribune, Ms
Denise Kelly of Abaco Air
saidkclosure would affect
business on surrounding
However, she made it
clear last night that she was
not opposed to the construc-
tion of a new runway and
had no plans to block the air-
port with aircraft if the work
went ahead.
"Unfortunately, this could
have been conveyed by yes-
terday's report," she said.
Marsh Harbour is now the
second busiest airport in the
Bahamas a reflection of the
island's buoyant economy.
A better runway and an
extra taxiway are required to
handle increased traffic from
both Nassau and the United


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Tribune Freeport
Grand Bahama businessman,
FNM Senator and war veter-
an V A Knowles passed away
on June 9 at Clarence Town,
Long Island.
Mr Knowles was well
known for his involvement in
politics and was conferred the
FNM party's highest honour,
the MCM, for his loyalty,
commitment, dedication, and
He was 84.
Virginius Alfred Knowles
was born in Millerton, Long
Island. He received his early
education at the Millerton All
Age School.
At the completion of his
formal education, he enlist-
ed in the British Army and
served during the second
World War.
He was a member of the
Bahamas battalion, rising to
the rank of Sergeant Major
and was honourably dis-
charged in 1946.
Following his service in the
war, he pursued a career in
the civil service as an out
island commissioner.

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"VA" as he is affectionate-
ly known by friends, dedicat-
ed his life to the people of
the Bahamas for nearly a
quarter of a century.
He retired from civil ser-
vice in 1972 from the post of
chief out island commission-
er. He was awarded the MBE
(Member of the British
Empire) by her Majesty
Queen Elizabeth.
Mr Knowles offered his tal-
ents and services to the
growth and development of
the FNM and chaired the suc-

cessful election of the party's
founding leader Sir Cecil
Wallace-Whitfield in 1982.
He served in the Senate
from 1987 to 1992.
As an entrepreneur, Mr
Knowles opened and operat-
ed a coin shop at the Inter-
national Bazaar.
Funeral services for Mr
Knowles will be held at St
Barnabas Church on a Wulff
Road at 2pm on Saturday,
June 24.
Viewing will be held at
Butler's Funeral Home.

* By Bahamas
Information Services
A building has been identi-
fied to house a modernised
National Blood Bank Centre
which will replace the three
'blood collection centres cur-
rently in use.
The decision was made
based on an assessment of
blood transfusion services con-
ducted by officials of the Pan
American Health Organisa-
tion (PAHO) and the World
Health Organisation (WHO).
Minister of Health, Senator
Dr Bernard Nottage, said the
new Blood Centre should be
fully operational by the first
quarter of 2007. He said the
serological testing of all blood
will be conducted at the cen-
tre, ensuring the highest qual-
ity of service, in accordance
with international standards.
He said the development of
the Blood Centre will be "fast-
tracked to relocate the work-
ers who provide this very
important service from the
current facility at the current
facility at the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital, which has been
Dr Nottage's announcement
came during ceremonies com-
memorating World Blood
Donor Day on June 14 at the
Ministry of Health Headquar-
ters, Meeting Street. Forty-two

persons, 39 of them male, were
honoured for donating three
pints or more of blood to the
Blood Bank over the course
of 2005.
He said safe blood is one of
the country's greatest natural
resources and is a "funda-
mental need" of the health
system of any country, adding
that the Bahamas is facing a
shortfall of almost 11,000 units
of blood annually. He encour-
aged Bahamians to step for-
ward and become voluntary,
non-remunerated blood
Dr Nottage said according
to the Pan American Health
Organisation (PAHO), the
required number of units of
blood that should be collected
per year is five per cent of a
population which, in The
Bahamas' case, should amount
to 16,000 units of blood annu-
ally. The country collects just
5,000 units of blood annually.
"A shortage of blood can
and too frequently does result
in delayed medical care,
including vital surgical opera-
tions," Dr Nottage said.
"Waiting for compatible blood
often results in extended hos-
pital stays and ultimately high-
er medical bills. Persons can
die while waiting to receive
units of safe blood needed for
medical treatment. This could
very well happen to anyone."

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0 In brief

36-year-old :

in court

relating to


A MAN appeared before the&"
courts yesterday to be charged-&L':
in connection with the murder'-
of a 17-year-old girl.
Don Edgar Lewis, 36, of'-'!
Rock Crusher Road %vas%-.-
charged with the murder of 17-1-
year-old Judith Price and with,"
causing harm to three of her I:
relatives while in the Davis<"'X'
Street area just after midnight"
on January 2.
Lewis was arraigned before
Chief Magistrate Roger Gomez
yesterday at Court One on
Bank Lane.
He was not required to enter'
a plea to the charge of murder;' -
which stated that on Monday
January 2, 2006 while at New-.
Providence, he intentionally and--
unlawfully caused the death of
Judith Price.
Another charge read that on
that same date, he caused griev-. '
ous harm to Precious Price.
Lewis also faced two counts,.
of causing harm, which stated
that on January 2, he caused
harm to Viola Price and Luke-
Frazier, respectively. :. -
Lewis was also not required,-,
to enter pleas to these charges ',.
and was remanded to prison. ,
His case was set for mention.
on July 20 at Court Five on:.,
Bank Lane.

10 police

killed in

Haiti in last



WELL-ARMED gangs have:.
killed 10 Haitian police officers
since May in a surge of violence
aimed at intimidating the-
impoverished country's ill-,
equipped security forces, police,
said Tuesday,. according tq.:;
Associated Press.
The victims include two-
policemen whose bullet-riddled'
bodies were decapitated and `'
burned last month in the Port-
au-Prince slum of Cite Soleil,;
police spokesman Frantz Lere- '
bours said. The officers were
chasing a suspect through thq'^'
lawless area when gangs fired"
on them. Eight other police offi'.
cers have been gunned down iQi
separate attacks.
The violence is reminiscent
of attacks seen in the aftermath'
of a February 2004 revolt that
toppled former president Jean-
Bertrand Aristide and plunged
the impoverished Caribbeani
nation into turmoil.
The country has been rela-
tively calm since the Feb. 7 elec- -
tion of President Rene Preval',
but a recent rise in kidnappings;
and attacks on police and U.N.'
peacekeepers patrolling the''
volatile nation has raised fears
of renewed violence.
Haiti has only 6,000 poorly,
equipped police to patrol the.'
country of 8 million people. UN*',
officials say a country of that
size needs at least 20,000 police:

Three men


of attacking

POLICE were searching
Tuesday for three men suspect,
ed of attacking a Dutch mako
and a French woman as they.-
slept on his yacht off the north-
ern coast of St Lucia, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The man, identified as Fran-
cis Adela, was beaten uncon-
scious by the attackers, and the:
woman was raped in the Sunday-,
night attack, according to police
in the southeast Caribbean'
Police said the assailants alsq';
stole a computer, cameras andt
money from Adela's yacht,,
which was moored off Gros:
Islet town.
Four people have been killed
during the last eight days in St.
Lucia, long considered a sleepy
tourist destination.
Officials in April asked:
Britain to help recruit police for
the former British colony after
two years of record homicide
rates 37 in both 2004 and.:
2005 and a growth in drug-
related crimes.

Former FNM senator

dies at age of 84

Building identified

for new blood

bank facility

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Man faces

charge of



A 34-YEAR-OLD man
appeared in court yesterday in
connection with the alleged
rape of a 16-year-old girl.
Dax Pinder was remanded to
prison after being arraigned
before Magistrate Marilyn
Meers at Court Five on Bank
It is alleged that he commit-
ted the offence on Tuesday,
May 20.
Pipder was not required to
enter a plea to the charge.
He was denied bail because,
according to prosecutors, he has
a previous conviction though
not of the same nature.
His case was adjourned to
September 20.

Charge of


assault on

young boy

A MAN was arraigned in
Magistrate's Court yesterday in
connection with the alleged
indecent assault of a six-year-
old boy.
Elvin Livingston was charged
with indecently assaulting the
boy on Friday June 16.
He pleaded not guilty to the
charge and was granted bail in
the sum of $10,000 with two
The case was adjourned to
September 20.

Cuba praise

for absence

of US from

UN council

CUBA on Tuesday wel-
comed the opening of the new
UN Human Rights Council,
praising its own election as a
founding member of the 47-
nation body and the exclusion
of the United States, which
declined to stand as a candidate,
according to Associated Press.
Cuba which has been crit-
iciged by the United States and
rights groups for its record -
said its victory in the May elec-
tion was a reward for its human-
itarian efforts, including work
by its doctors in 70 other coun-
tries and free surgery by Cuban
ey4 specialists for patients from
elsewhere in the Caribbean and
Latin America.
the United States opposed
the creation of the council, say-
ing it did not do enough to
improve upon the discredited
Human Rights Commission that
preceded it, and it declined to
run for a seat. However, Wash-
ington has promised to help the
council succeed.
Japan, Canada, Finland, and
Switzerland were also among
those chosen .to sit on the 47-
nation body. The first meeting of
the. council runs through June 30.
Human rights groups say they
are still concerned about the
makeup of the new council.
Cuba, Saudi Arabia, China, and
Russia won seats, despite their
poor human rights records,
although others notably Iran
- were defeated.

Study of traffic congestion on

New Providence is launched


IN an attempt to tackle the vexing
problem of bumper-to-bumper traf-
fic in New Providence, an island-wide
study on congestion has been
Minister of Transportation and Avi-
ation Glenys Hanna-Martin
announced the study during her con-
tribution to the 2006/2007 budget
debate yesterday.
"As we speak, consultants are on
the ground carrying out a congestion
study and they have already complet-
ed phase one of their work," said Mrs
"The end result will be an analysis
of the problems in various dimensions
and recommendations will be made
for strategies to combat and counter-
act the problem of congestion."
According to the minister, the con-
gestion has been exacerbated by the I
surge in economic activity in New ti
Providence and the increase in pri-
vate vehicle ownership.
An even more serious problem fac-
ing the Road traffic Department and
the country, she said, is the high number


of traffic fatalities.
In 2000 the fatality count was at an

all-time high when 78 people were
killed on streets.
FortInately, since that time the
numbers have declined, Mrs Hanna-
Martin said.
As of the start of this month, traffic
officials say, 1,500 traffic accidents
have been recorded on the streets of
New Providence.
The actual numbers, they said, are
probably higher as many mishaps
are not reported.
In the meantime, the Road Traffic
Department has engaged in several
initiatives to improve road safety.
Include in these is a new, more in-
depth training regime for new drivers.
The Department of Road Traffic is
revising the highway code and the dri-
ver's instructor manual, with a view
to realising this goal.
Traffic officials are also seeking to
develop a driving school code of prac-
tice, expand criteria for driving instruc-
tors, create a road safety school cur-
riculum, and formulate new drivers
licence categories.
Mrs Hanna-Martin also announced
that her ministry has taken into con-
sideration the recommendations of a
select committee chaired by the MP for

St Margarets Pierre Dupuch.
"The recommendations address the
issue of traffic fatalities and that report
was shared with the technical personnel
at the Transportation Policy and Plan-
ning Unit Who I believe also met with
the chairman of the committee several
months ago," Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
"Some of those recommendations
already form part of a blueprint for
strategies for countering this serious
issue, one that is affecting young people
- and disproportionately, young men."
Swift prosecution for minor traffic
infractions is one measure the minister
believes will help reduce the number
incidents like speeding and the run-
ning of traffic lights which lead ulti-
mately to accidents and fatalities.
"The appointment of lay magistrates
to quickly hear and dispense with minor
traffic matters....we believe is a critical
component... to reduce the level of traf-
fic accidents," she said.
The Road Traffic Department has
completed its computer upgrade for the
production of driver's licenses in New
Providence, Grand Bahama, Abaco and
Long Island and plans are underway
for Exuma and Eleuthera, the minister

BTC gets $35m to extend its GSM service


THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company has been
allocated $35 million this fis-
cal year to complete the exten-
sion of GSM cellular phone
services to the Family Islands.
Minister of Works and Util-
ities Bradley Roberts an-
nounced this in his contribu-
tion to the budget on Monday.
He said this figure does not
include a $6.1 million alloca-
tion to deploy GSM in Exu-
ma, the $14 million presently
being spent to provide GSM
in Abaco and the $1.1 million
for the deployment of GSM in
An additional $6 million is
being spent to increase the
capacity of the GSM network
from 120,000 to 250,000 sub-

Another $6 million has been
allocated to improve the cov-
erage of GSM in New Provi-
dence and Grand Bahama.
Mr Roberts said the Bahamas
Domestic Cable Network Inter-
national (BDSNI),is set to com-
plete phase two of its "accep-
tance testing" by August 2006.
When testing is complete,
BTC will begin providing
GSM and high speed Internet
access (DSL) to the Family
Islands, he said.
In addition to this, Mr
Roberts said cable networks
will have the capacity of two
hundred digital television chan-
Phase two, Mr Roberts said,
will connect Inagua to New
Providence via San Salvador,
Rum Cay, Acklins, Mayagua-
na, Crooked Island, Abaco and
Grand Bahama.

It will also connect Port-au-
Prince, Haiti with Matthew
Town, Inagua, he said.
Mr Roberts also announced
that Research in Motion
(RIM), the owners of Black-
berry Services, has agreed to
facilitate Blackberry in the
Initially, the Bahamian mar-
ket was considered to be too
small for the Blackberry sys-
tem which employs a wire-
less, handheld e-mail device.
However, two months ago,
BTC successfully completed
and agreement for Inter Oper-
ability Testing (IOT) with
Blackberries are now in
stock in the Bahamas, Mr
Roberts said.
Due to the fact that many
visitors come to the Bahamas
from networks that are not

Farrington to face separate trials


SUPREME Court Justice
Anita Allen ruled yesterday
that Cordell Farrington will
not be tried for five murders
at once but will face a sepa-
rate trial for the murder of
Jamaal Robins, 22.
Robins' murder is alleged
to have taken place between
July and August of 2002.
Farrington's lawyer
Romona Farquharson, who
has been appointed by the
Crown to represent him, has
been seeking to have 38-
year-old Farrington tried for
the murder of Robins and
four Grand Bahama school
boys jointly
It was her assertion that all
of the killings were part of a
Mrs Farquharson said yes-
terday that it is her inten-
tion to appeal the judge's
ruling by the end of the
Justice Allen ruled in
favour of the prosecutors, who
have been seeking to have
Farrington tried for the mur-
der of Jamaal Robins first.
That trial is set to take

* CORDELL Farrington

place on July 17 before Justice
Allen, who made no ruling yes-
terday. in respect to the cases of
the four Grand Bahama boys,
Mackinson Colas, 12, Junior
Reme, 11, DeAngelo McKen-
zie, 13, and Desmond Rolle, 14.



SThe four boys disappeared
between May and September
Jamaal Robins was not
reported missing until May,
In her ruling, Justice Allen
noted that although all five mur-
ders had some common fea-
tures, Jamaal Robins' case was
different and could be tried sep-
arately, as she believes that it
was not a part of a series of
She pointed out that Robins
was more well known to the
accused, as it had been suggest-
ed that there was a sexual rela-
tionship between them.
She also pointed out that
there were some 10 months
between Robins' murder and
those of the four Grand
Bahama boys, that Robins was
not killed in the same way, and
that his body was not found in
the same location.

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Bahamian complex about criticism

WE ARE back to Senator Philip Galanis'
letter, which we hope our readers saw in
Monday's Tribune.
In that letter the Senator was very angry
that our managing editor, a foreigner, would
dare write an article under the heading,
"Anti-foreign attitudes are not a good idea."
The article by John Marquis was published in
the "Insight" section of The Tribune on May
"With the sniff of an election in the air," Mr
Marquis wrote, "the PLP government is again
- according to its critics displaying an
anti-foreign mindset and appealing to the
raw emotions of the ill-informed. But more
and more thinking Bahamians believe this
approach is unrealistic, counter-productive
and out-of-date, with serious implications for
the national economy."
It is an interesting article well worth
reading. And to understand the difficulty in
overcoming the problems facing the Bahamas
today, Mr Galanis' letter should also be read.
It shows an unfortunate Bahamian complex
about accepting criticism, particularly if that
criticism comes from a foreigner no matter
how sincere and well intentioned the critic
might be.
Mr Galanis, for example, is offended by
the statement in the Marquis article that says
that "without foreigners, the Bahamas would
implode in short order, leaving the native
population to catch conch, and collect
In other words the Bahamas would revert
to what it was before investment and tourism
crashed its borders.
But to understand how accurate those
words are we shall put them into context by
quoting what Mr Marquis actually wfote.
"The Bahamas with its buoyant and
expanding economy, is enormously depen-
dent on foreigners in almost every area of
national life," the article said.
"The country depends on foreigners for
investment. It depends on foreigners for the
success of its tourist industry because every
tourist is a foreigner. It depends on foreigners
for several areas of expertise in trade, com-
merce and the professions. And as with the
Haitians it depends on foreigners to polish
the car and clean the yard.
"In fact it's true to say that, without for-
eigners, the Bahamas would implode in short
order, leaving the native population to catch
conch and collect coconuts."
In our opinion every word written here is
true. We don't understand why the senator has
so much difficulty with simple facts. Is it because

a foreigner has dared put them into words?
If these facts are hard to digest coming
from a foreigner, maybe Mr Galanis will find
them more acceptable from a fellow Bahami-
an. Ms Agatha Marcelle (PLP-South Beach),
a human resource specialist, had quite a bit to
say in Freeport last week about the need for
foreigners and also plans for under achieving
youth. Ms Marcelle is parliamentary secretary
in the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and
She talked of programmes for the very
group about whom Mr Marquis felt the coun-
try should be concerned "a massive block of
nigh unemployable under-achievers". This
was another reference to which Mr Galanis
objected, but for whom Ms Marcelle said a
pilot scheme had been launched in January.
These were failing high school students. Stu-
dents, she said, who did not meet the require-
ments for graduation and who were about
to be thrown out of school. Eighteen of them
made up the first graduating class of BTVI's
pre-technology programme at St Georges'
High School, designed especially for them.
Mr Galanis wants to run from the truth --
because it came from the pen of a foreigner
- but it appears that hi~s government
acknowledges the fact, and is trying to do
something about it.
Ms Marcelle also contrary to Mr Gala.-
nis said that more.foreigner workers are
needed in the Bahamas because critical skills
are missing in the local workforce.
She said we already had too many for-
eigners here, but acknowledged that they
were needed "because we don't have skills
amongst our own people."
According to Ms Marcelle if young
Bahamians do not acquire the skills that are
important to the future of the economy, more
and more foreign workers will have to be
brought in.
We are in this dilemma today because a
previous PLP government refused to recog-
nise the needs for foreign expertise. The Pin-
dling government used immigration to cripple
businesses whose Bahamian owners were not
PLP. As a consequence many training pro-
grammes to assist young Bahamians par-
ticularly journalists came to a grinding
If the intemperate words flowing from
both mouth and pen of Fred Mitchell are
any indication, it would seem there are those
in government today who are yearning to
return to those draconian years. We hope
that Immigration Minister Shane Gibson has
more sense than to be tempted.

Whatever is


to LNG?

EDITOR, The Tribune Direct use of the regassified'
product in the Grand Bahama,
SOME eight weeks past, in Power Company's power plants,
the middle of the Lenten season without the need to incur thie,
I wrote, what I thought at the incremental cost for compressing,
time, would be my last missive and bottling, could significantly'
,on LNG. I became quite excited Latin "quo vadis" translates lower the cost of electricity to!
some two weeks afterwards "whither goest thou?" or in Grand Bahama consumers
when my good friend and class- more modern English, "where thereby making this location
mate of six plus years, the Min- are you going?" more attractive to other indus-
ister responsible for energy and My Latin teacher, Marjorie trial and commercial enterprises.,
the environment (whose port- Davis, will no doubt upbraid Repeating from my earlier
folio does not include LNG, me for having used the second article, to remain in the liquid
which apparently has been person singular of the verb (LNG) state, natural gas must
deemed to be closer akin to fish "vadere" (to go) instead of cor- be held at a temperature of
or fowl than to energy or the rectly using the third person sin- minus 258F (minus 161C). Much
environment)., made an gular. I trust that she will allow of its stored cold must be given
announcement indicating that me a little journalistic latitude, if up for it to return to its gaseous,
Government would issue a only on this one occasion, to natural state for export. Rather
definitive statement on the mat- enable me to better get my than being wasted, the cola
ter in short order. point across. could be put to effective use by
Two weeks later the Prime Before moving on to other nearby, existing and new indus"
Minister announced to the potential benefits which appro- tries/commercial concerns witi
nation that the government had priate-siting of an LNG facility significant air-conditioning and
made a policy decision that it can bring to the Bahamas' econ- refrigeration needs
is not opposed to LNG and that omy 1 will expound just a bit Quite a few years ago signs
LNG "can happen in the coun- more on potential uses for com- were placed along the Fishing
try": That was a month ago. pressed natural gas (CNG). Hole Road announcing a soop
Since then an eerie silence has For the benefit of those who coming "Sea Air Business Cen',
prevailed. may not have been exposed to tre", providing spin off eco-
In my prior article I touted my Lentern article, once LNG nomic benefit to Grand
the possibility of compressed has been regassified for export Bahama from activity at the
natural gas (CNG) completely to the US mainland (and for use Container Port. Specifically, it
displacing propane (LPG or in Grand Bahama power plants if was noted that perishables,
cooking gas if you will) for a Grand Bahama site is select- requiring refrigeration, could
domestic and commercial cook- ed), some of the gas (natural gas) be brought in by containers,
ing throughout the country, and can be compressed and bottled. stored in such a Centre for short
at significant cost saving to This bottled gas can substitute periods, then flown out to finkl
users, once an LNG facility is for cooking gas and yield a min- destinations with minimal
established. imum 50 per cent savings for degradation. The Centre has
In this article, 1 will briefly users. Use of CNG to power not materialised.
touch on some additional spin- those vehicles presently powered A Freeport LNG plant siting
off possibilities. by propane is another possibility, will permit such a Centre to not
Before doing so I digress for a Most importantly, CNG only benefit from lower electric-
short while. I have no idea what could also be distributed ity costs but also be a candidate
heading this letter will appear throughout the Bahamas to to use some of the cold which
under. Editors typically assign power BEC's many power LNG must give up prior to
headings to letters in the hope plants, particularly those plants export. It may well prove to be
of capturing the attention of which presently burn diesel fuel, the driver to get Freeport and
potential readers. In business significantly lowering the fuel Grand Bahama's stagnant, lan-
the cliche "getting more bang surcharge to consumers. guishihg economy moving ahead.
for the buck is often used". 1 I have previously advanced Quo Vadis?
trust the heading 1 inserted reasons why a Freeport Harbour
"Quo Vadis LNG?" has been siting would provide far more MICHAEL R MOSS
used. For those readers not for- economic benefit than any of the Freeport, Bahamas
tunate enough to be students of other sitings being considered. May 28 2006

CDR announcement has backfired

EDITOR, The Tribune
THE announcement by
Charles Maynard and Phenton
Neymour that the CDR has
joined the FNM seems to have
already backfired as attorney
Fayne Thompson has publicly
challenged the statement alleg-
ing that Maynard/Neymour did
not have the executive authori-
ty to sign-off on the matter and
they did not return to the CDR
Executives for ratification.
D6ja vu past political spec-
taculars where all political oper-
atives should have learned that

this kind of public relations
stunt to write headlines had bet-
ter have all their ducks lined-
up in agreement obviously
in this case someone was far,
far too eager.
What if every single person
who put their 'X', against the
CDR in the last election voted
for the FNM this time around
do you really think this will
have any effect on the obvious
The CDR was a political cult
of one Dr B J Nottage who is no
longer with them and who
sought refuge back where he

should have been a long time
ago, except for the pe:".'nal
power ego. We saw this v4h
Mr Ingraham when he cast; ,
after being fired from the PLk_
and how he took advantage 61
the circumstances around the
final days of Sir Cecil Wallace
Whitfield, but still today tlhe
bedrock of the FNM remains
the old UBP as without money
you cannot play in this high risk
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EUROPE'S Arianespace
said Tuesday it will launch
Vietnam's first telecommuni-
cations satellite in 2008 from
its center in this French
department in South America,
according to Associated Press.
--The VINASAT-1 will pro-
vide radio, television and
telephone transmissions for
Vietnam and the Asia-Pacif-
ic region from its geostation-
ary orbit, said Jean-Yves Le
Gall, chief executive officer
of Arianespace, the com-
mercial arm of the 13-country
European Space Agency.
Liftoff was scheduled for
the first half of 2008. Lock-
heed Martin Commercial
Space Systems will build the
satellite, which was commis-
sioned by the Vietnam Posts
and Telecommunications
Corporation, Le Gall said in
a statement.

gain in push
to resume

Frigate Bay
AN annual battle over
commercial whaling ended
Tuesday with Japan and oth-
,er pro-whaling nations edg-
,ing closer toward their goal
of resuming commercial
hunts, amid accusations of
vote-buying and bullying
,from both sides of the
debate, according to Associ-
ated Press.
As delegates to the Inter-
national Whaling Commis-
sion left St. Kitts, many
Agreed Japan and its allies
had scored a victory at
least a symbolic one at the
annual conference.
The pro-whaling nations
managed to pass by a single
vote a resolution to support
ending a 20-year-old ban on
commercial whaling, and
-they seemed poised to
,expand their influence on the
commission and win more
votes at next year's meeting
in Anchorage, Alaska.
SJapan also planned a meet-
.ing of pro-whaling nations
'early next year to help con-
solidate its gains and move
'toward gaining the 75 per-
cent majority necessary to
overturn the ban.
The simple majority, which
:Japan and its allies gained for
the first time since the ban,
lets pro-whaling nations chip
away at restrictions and shift
the IWC's focus away'from
Japan and Iceland hunt
whales under the auspices of
scientific research, and Nor-
way ignores the 1986 ban.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
NORTH Andros MP Vin-
cent Peet called the FNM's
mini-rally in his constituency a
"dismal failure".
On Saturday, party leader
Hubert Ingraham along with
other FNMs travelled to North
Andros for the rally and to
hear why some North
Androsians want business-
woman Shandrice Woodside-
Rolle as their representative in
the next general election.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mr Peet said
that the number of persons who
attended the rally was
"extremely small".
This, he said, was because
there is very little support on
the ground for the FNM in
North Andros.
The Tribune and other mem-
bers of the press travelled with
the FNM to North Andros over
the weekend, and there were
around 200 persons at the rally.
Endorsing Mrs Rolle, the
attendees also criticised Mr
Peet, claiming that "nothing has
changed" in the constituency in
the past four years.
One person said that Mr Peet
has only done what was expect-

ed of him and that was to have
the schools repaired.
Another person said residents
are "still waiting for the eco-
nomic bomb to hit the island of
However, Mr Peet said that
the evidence and facts are there.
"There are over 25 contracts
on the ground in Andros, for
all to see. Those who have
worked and have benefited
from it know what I am saying.
"As we speak right now,
there are two major contracts
on-going at the high school, and
where over 20 young men are
being employed from three dif-
ferent settlements," he said
Mr Peet further told The Tri-
bune: "You must go and talk to
them, you don't talk to a hand-
full of FNM's who are blinded
by their politics. You would find
a situation where the whole sit-
uation is one which clearly indi-
cates that those who have eyes
to see can see and those who
won't see, won't see said Mr
On Saturday, FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham promised to
put Shandrice Woodside-
Rolle's name forward before
the party's candidates commit-
tee with a "positive recommen-

* FNM supporters in a motorcade in North Andros on Saturday

Mrs Rolle is a resident of
Mastic Point, owner of the air-
line Western Air, and is in the
process of building a commer-
cial centre on Queen's High-

New mains and pipes

'will be installed across

the Family Islands'

NEW water mains and pipes
will be installed throughout the
Family Islands according to
Minister of Works and Utilities
Bradley Roberts.
The next major programmes,
slated for 2007, will be connect-
ing Rock Sound and Tarpum
Bay with Supplied Water, he
"Whilst we are opportunisti-
cally seeking to supplement our
efforts by public-private-part-
nerships in key growth areas,
like Exuma, West-End, Grand
Bahama and Eleuthera, we are
simultaneously planning to
install desalination plants in
sparsely populated islands as
well," Mr Roberts said.
The government is working
with developers of major Fam-
Sily Island projects to ensure that
any water supply facilities devel-
oped for these projects address
the demands of neighboring
Bahamian communities.
Mr Roberts said this model
is being pursued in Cherokee
Sound Abaco (Winding Bay
Development) Cat Island,
Mayaguana (I-Group Develop-
ment) and Rum Cay (Montana
Holdings Development).
"This government.., is poised
to commission yet another
desalination plant-in central
Eleuthera. This newly complet-
ed reverse osmosis plant will be
commissioned shortly," he said.
The plant will be capable of
producing 400,000 imperial gal-
lons (IGD) per day, making it
the corporation's largest Fami-
ly Island desalination facility,
he said.
The corporation is also nego-

N MINISTER of Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts

tiating to increase the produc-
tion capacity of the Georgetown
RO plant from 200,000 IGD to
a minimum of 330, to meet the
ever increasing demand for
potable water in Exuma, the
minister said.
To date, the government has
commissioned 10 desalination
plants in the Family Islands, at:
Moores Island, Abaco; Bimini;
Waterford, Eleuthera; Farmer's
Cay, Exuma; Georgetown, Exu-
ma; Staniel Cay, Exuma;
Matthew Town, Inagua; Dead-
man's Cay Long Island; Dun-
can Town, Ragged Island; and
Cockburn Town, San Salvador.
"Not to leave any stone
unturned, this government also
entered into a contractual
agreement with the Emerald
Bay Resort in Exuma, for the
supply of additional desalina-

tion water for western Exuma,"
Mr Roberts said.
Meanwhile, many challenges
continue to hinder the Water
and Sewerage Corporation
from achieving its full potential.
An inadequate regulatory
framework for groundwater
management and pollution
remains a long-standing issue,
along with the high level of
unreliable water, and outdated
sewerage programmes.
"The long-standing nature of
these problems are symptomatic
of the priority that successive
administrations may have
placed on this most important
aspect of our lives," said Mr
Roberts. "While man can sur-
vive without electricity and tele-
phone, man cannot survive
without water and have not
done so for thousands of years."

The Tribune asked Mr Peet
if he felt threatened that Mrs
Rolle was endorsed as a possi-
ble candidate to contest his seat
in the next general elections.
He replied: "No way at all".

"I will take on anyone and
beat anyone who they send; my
record speaks for itself. I will
take on anyone and beat any-
one including their leader if he
wants to come," he said.

Government 'spent

$7m to improve

potable water issue'

More than $7 million has
been spent by the government
to address the long-standing
issue of inadequate potable
water according to Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley
He said the government is
finalising negotiations for a
new plant in the eastern dis-
trict of New Providence.
"The government is in the
process of approving a strate-
gic proposal to complete a
landmark water transmission
and distribution system
upgrade and extension pro-
gramme for New Providence,
via a bond issue, to extend
piped water supplies to areas
not covered," said Mr Roberts
during his contribution to the
2006/2007 budget debate.
"In addition, directives have
already been issued to initiate
plans for yet another plant in
the'Winton area."
The ongoing challenges at
the Water and Sewerage Cor-
poration have spanned sev-
eral decades and have nega-
tively impacted scores of New
Providence residents who
are forced to endure low pres-
sure and poor water quality,
in some cases on a daily basis.

According to Mr Roberts,
the former administration
failed to address this vital mat-
"Solving our water problem
is of paramount concern ...
and the government recognis-
es that the provision of safe.
and affordable drinking water
and the disposable and treat-
ment of water waste have to.
be integrated into our nation-
al security, as they impact the
health of residents and visi-
tors," he said.
The government recently
awarded a contract for a 5 mil-
lion-gallon-per-day desalina-
tion plant at Baillou Hills to
the Consolidated Water Com-
The plant was partially com-
missioned last month and has
already begun to supply 1.6
million imperial gallons of
potable water per day to cer-
tain communities in New
Providence. Full commission-
ing is expected by August
"Once this system becomes
fully operational, anyone
desirous of saving money or
enjoying a consistent supply
of quality potable water
should quickly embrace the
opportunity to become a new,
or returning customer to the
corporation," Mr Roberts said.

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BEC using less expensive

fuels in bid to cut costs

BEC has decreased its usage
of more expensive fuels in an
effort to cut costs, Energy and
Environment parliamentary sec-
retary Ron Pinder announced.
"A 14 per cent reduction was
noted in the use of automotive
Diesel oil (the more expensive of
the two fuels used by BEC) and
a 15 percent increase in the use
of heavy fuel oil the cheaper
of the fuels is being used by
BEC at the Clifton Pier Plant."
Mr Pinder also pointed out
that the Petroleum Usage
Review Committee (PURC),
has presented its report, which
is now before cabinet.
The committee is mandated
to gauge and give an account
of the level of fuel usage by
BEC and find ways for the cor-
poration to conserve.
Mr Pinder added that
Bahamians ought to conserve
and use electricity responsibly,
due to the soaring cost of fuel
on the global market which
he said impacts almost every
facet of Bahamian life.
In an attempt to improve ser-
vice, Mr Pinder said BEC is
presently training a new group

of apprentices to fill positions
as craftsmen, mechanical fitters,
electrical fitters, lines men, cable
jointers, operators and techni-
"These individuals were
engaged not only to meet the
current needs in New Provi-
dence and the Family Islands,
but to stay ahead of the growth
and development that is taking
place throughout the country,"
he said.
The training is taking place
in partnership with a UK-based
city and guilds programme,
which is being taught by local
technical trainers.
In addition to the apprentice
programme, BEC has also
introduced a number of engi-
neers in training (EITS) and is
expected to engage additional
engineers in the future.
"The corporation recognizes
the need for greater focus and
attention to planning both in
the short and long term," Mr
Pinder said. "The corporation
will therefore be structured to
improve its strategic planning
as well as its technical planning.
For capital works the gov-
ernment has allocated $31 mil-
lion to the Ministry of Energy
and Environment.

I ENERY and Enviro nt parliam tary secretary Rn Pinder
* ENERGY and Environment parliamentary secretary Ron Pinder

Waste facility and landfill upgrade will cost $2.1m

New Providence landfill site and
the construction of a new haz-
ardous waste treatment facility
will cost an estimated $2.1 mil-
lion according to the Ministry
of Energy and Environmental
The new facility is scheduled
to open at the end of August.
Meanwhile, changes in the
collection, treatment and dis-
posal of solid waste, which were
introduced by the government
just over two years ago, will

continue in order to keep up
with the pace of demand,
according to Parliamentary Sec-
retary Ron Pinder.
In his budget debate contri-
bution, Mr Pinder explained
that the government is set to
acquire additional sanitation
personnel as well as purchase
additional garbage-packer
trucks at a cost of a quarter mil-
lion dollars each, in order better
facilitate night collection.
"Of further note . the
expanded hours of operation of
the New Providence landfill and
disposal site will continue in an

effort to accommodate the com-
munity at large," he said. "This
expansion of hours allows for
individual homeowners and
business entities to properly dis-
pose of waste and thus decrease
the incidences of indiscriminate
According to Mr Pinder,
Landfill construction has taken
place throughout the Bahamas
under the Inter-American Devel-
opment Bank loan agreement.
This began, he said, with the
commencement of construction
for the North Abaco landfill at
an estimated cost of $1.1 mil-

lion and the East Grand
Bahama transfer station at
$560,000, during the 2005/2006
Budget period.
"The fee for the use of the
New Providence disposal site
in May 2004, between the
periods July 2005 and May
2006, some $1.04 million, was

paid to the treasury; an
increase of $305,043.81 from
the previous period," Mr Pin-
der said.
He also mentioned that oth-
er service fees would come on
stream in the future in an
effort to sustain environmental
enhancement initiatives.

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TWO Family Islands can
expect new power plants with-
in the next fiscal year accord-
ing to parliamentary secretary
in the Ministry of Energy and
Environment Ron Pinder.
According to Mr Pinder, a
new plant is expected to be
constructed in Abaco and
another in Bimini. The second
will facilitate the Bimini Bay
Project that is presently under
"The provision of a reliable,
affordable supply of energy is
essential to the growth and
development of our nation,"
Mr Pinder said. "BEC will also
place greater efforts on con-
servation and assign resources
to further consider the possible
use of renewable energies."
He was giving a brief

overview of the various pro-
jects presently underway or
planned to be carried out in
the near future, during his con-
tribution to the 2006/2007 bud-
get debate.
Mr Pinder explained that
upgrades are scheduled for every
major island in the Bahamas.
"A new generator was
installed in Andros and on
Eleuthera an island-wide study
of the electricity system, where
two new generators were
"In Hatchet Bay, Eleuthera
two new generators were
installed; in Harbour Island
and further work is underway
to improve service.
"In Mayaguana, a fuel
pipeline was repaired and
upgraded and in San Salvador
the distribution system was
upgraded this includes pow-
er lines," he said.

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US requests
extradition of
man on drug

THE United States has asked
officials in this South American
country to extradite a Guyanese
businessman wanted on dilg
charges in Brooklyn, New York,
according to Associated Press.
Shaheed Khan, was arrested
Thursday by authorities in Suri
name. He is accused of leading
a criminal network that smug-
gled arms, ammunition and
cocaine from Colombia to
Europe and the United States
via Guyana and Suriname.
The United States filed an
extradition request with Suri
name's foreign affairs ministry
on Monday, said embassy
spokesman Cliff Djamin. Suri
namese officials told the U.S.
that they need to review the
A U.S. grand jury indictment
unsealed in April charged Khan
with conspiring to smuggle at
least 5 kilograms (11 pounds)
of cocaine into the U.S. since
January 2001.
Khan was charged Monday
by Suriname with illegal arms
possession, drug trafficking and
taking part in a criminal orga-
nization, said Attorney Gener-
al Soebhas Punwasi. It's not
clear how those charges would
affect the extradition request.

has mixed
DOMINICA'S economy
recorded a mixed performance
during the first three months of
the year, with construction and
tourism making gains while
agriculture exports and manu-
facturing epe iienced declines
over the same period last year,
the government said, according
to Associated Press.
The drops in the main agri-
culture export bananas -
was due to a drought and new
import tariffs imposed in Janu-
ary by the European Union, the
government's Central Statisti-
cal Office said.
Although government rev-
enue grew by 1.69 per cent,
expenditure grew by 21.95 per
cent, the office said.

Puerto Rico

HIV rate


AIDS down

San Juan
THE number of people
infected with HIV in this US
territory inched up to four new
cases a day in 2005, compared
to 3.5 the year before, a health
official said Monday, according
Sto Associated Press.
But the number of new AIDS
cases in 2005 fell to 2.1 daily -
a drop from 2.3 in 2004, said Dr
Greduvel Duran, the health
department's undersecretary for
Family Medicine.
In 2004, Puerto Rico ranked
ninth among the U.S. states and
territories with a total of 28,202
cases of AIDS, according to the
Centers for Disease Control
and Prevention.

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Guiana. The company entered
those markets after its April
purchase of Bouygues Telecom
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kills one,

injures four

Dominican Republic
A GAS explosion
destroyed part of an
upscale mall in the
Dominican capital on
Tuesday, killing one and
injuring four, authorities
,said, according to Associ-
:ated Press.
A gas leak apparently
caused the explosion in a
pizzeria and bakery on
the second floor of the
Diamond Mall around 7
a.m. (1100 GMT), said
National District Fire
Chief Gen. Oscar

More than 30 percent of
the building's interior was
destroyed in the explosion
but there were few visi-
tors to the mall in the ear-
ly morning, the newspa-
per Clave Digital report-
Photos published on the
newspaper's Web site
showed walls collapsed
across the second floor,
with shattered glass and
rubble below and on the
sidewalk outside.
The wounded were out-
side the building when the
explosion occurred.
None of their injuries
were life-threatening,
Garcia said.
Fire officials were
investigating the cause of
the leak.


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U.S. Virgin Islands
TESTS revealed that a
suspicious substance
found in a letter in the
British Virgin Islands last
month was baby powder,
officials said Tuesday,
according to Associated
Seven postal employees
in the British territory's
capital of Road Town
were briefly hospitalized,
including two who
were quarantined for a
week in late May, because
authorities feared the
Substance could be
- poisonous, said govern-
ment spokesman Daniel
Both workers were
released after showing no
signs of illness.

Police sent the sub-
stance for testing to a lab
in Trinidad, which deter-
mined that it was baby
powder, said Tamara
Archibald-Gill, a police
Authorities said the
letter was sent to an
address in the British
Virgin Islands, but no fur-
ther details were avail-
The territory of 22,000
residents stepped up
emergency and mail
screening measures after
anthrax scares in the

United States in
Doctors treated two
government workers in
the neighboring U.S. Vir-
gin Islands who fell ill
after opening mail at the
territory's Labor Depart-
ment last week.
The FBI in Puerto
Rico determined it didn't
Contain harmful sub-

New computer system for

Department of Immigration

THE Department of Immigration is set
to become computerised in an effort to
improve efficiency across the board, Min-
ister of Immigration, Labour and Training
Shane Gibson announced.
Speaking during his contribution to the
budget debate on Monday, Mr Gibson
said the government has approved funding
of an integrated border control manage-
ment system, which will allow for online
,connectivity with the databank at the
Immigration Department.
The system will be set up with the aid of
International Business Machines Corpo-
ration. (IBM).

This, Mr Gibson said, will allow offi-
cers to verify the validity of machine-read-
able documents from different posts
throughout the Bahamas.
The system will also be able to furnish
Immigration officers with historical infor-
mation going back as far as 10 years.
According to the Gibson, the use of
files has resulted in loss or in employees
misplacing forms.
"The board of management system is
looking to make the system more effi-
cient," he said.
Mr Gibson said the Department has
also began the issuance of a new work
permit with added security features.
The new permit will bear the name of'
the holder's employer along with other

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He wants to reduce, or at least limit, the spread of this shanty settlement south of
Treasure Cay airport in Abaco.
Called Hidden Valley, it already boasts its own nightclub, and is gradually expand-
ing to accommodate the island's growing Haitian population.
Mr Cooper and his team of helpers dismantle the Haitian shacks as soon as they are
built, thwarting what he calls the "creolisation" of Abaco.
He fears that, if left uncontrolled, Hidden Valley will become another fire and
hygiene hazard like The Mud and Pigeon Pea in Marsh Harbour.
The settlement is believed to be on Crown Land.
(Picture: Colyn Reese)


hits out at


THE opportunity to reside, work
or to be granted permanent residen- .
cy or citizenship in the Bahamas is
not a right; it is a privilege, according
to Shane Gibson.
The Minister of Immigration,
Labour and Training made this state- ...
ment during the second reading of
the 2006/07 Appropriation Bill on
Mr Gibson said he is ashamed
about the way leader of the opposi-
tion Hubert Ingraham and some
members of the press have seeming-
ly taken the position that the rights of MINISTER of
immigrants and foreign workers must Immigration, Labour and
take pre-eminence over the laws and Training Shane Gibson'
policies of the government.
These persons, he said, expressed the view that "if you are foreign
you are right, and if you are Bahamian you have no rights."
According to Mr Gibson, many Bahamians have told him that
they are outraged that a former prime minister would defend immi-
grants over them.
"Many of theses young individuals have said to me that during the
FNM administration, they had family members and friends who
were arrested and detained on suspicion of criminal activities and
never compensated even after it was proven that the police had a
case of mistaken identity," he added.
Mr Gibson criticised Hubert Ingraham's stand that some legal
immigrants detained by Immigration officials in April should take
action against the government.
"He said that he would encourage these immigrants to sue the
government in order to determine the validity of their claim to be
a Bahamian citizen or not," Mr Gibson said.
The minister said that under the FNM government, the time of
detention was extended to 96 hours and a law was drafted which
denied detainees compensation if it was determined that the author-
ities had held the wrong person.

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pertinent information.
The minister advised foreign employees
to keep their original work permits on
them at all times.
This. he said, is for their own protection
should they be challenged by law enforce-
ment officers to verify their right to reside
in the Bahamas.
Mr Gibson said that another step
toward improving the system and making
it more efficient is the department's deci-
sion to change the "leave to remain" pol-
He explained that department officials
will be instructed to reduce this period
from eight months to a maximum of one
Mr Gibson said that at the end of the

day, these efforts will protect the territor-
ial integrity of the Bahamas and safeguard
employment and business opportunities
for its citizens.
He maintained that the Department of
Immigration will not give consideration
to any application for any individual to
engage in gainful employment, where the
prospective employee is in the Bahamas as
a visitor, or in the Bahamas without legal
immigration status.
Mr Gibson said that although the
department has put its best foot forward in
terms of regulating the movement of peo-
ple who arrive in the Bahamas, the process
has continued to be a challenge.
It is hoped that these new measures will
aid in this effort, he said.

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Finding a consensus on fixing

our failing education system

F OR the past several
S years, some business and
Aabour leaders have been seeking
a. consensus on how to fix our
jailed education system so that
"ordinary Bahamians can contin-
ue to engage in the economy.
We know our public schools
-have failed because of the poor
-grades most students get, as well
as the collapse of discipline on
many campuses. And also
because, as the Inter-American
Development Bank said, there
are "acute skills shortages at all
levels of the Bahamian econo-
Our awareness of that failure
*is also based on everyday expe-
:rience with young people who
can't write simple sentences, do
-basic arithmetic or work com-
fortably with computers.
As the IADB put it, "eco-
nomic prosperity and growth is
underpinned by the capacity of
the education and training sys-
tem to prepare a skilled work-
force...(and) there is a deficit of
basic work skills among sec-
ondary school graduates" in the
Those who run our schools
also know there is a crisis in
education. They say so plainly
on the Ministry of Education
website: "the MOE will need,
as a matter of urgency, to
undertake the necessary
reforms to re-tool Bahamian prepare students
for the needs of the country and
its economy." In fact, the public
sector staged a big conference
last year to talk about "trans-
* forming".the education system.
And there's no shortage of
money for this. The government
spends well over $200 million
Every year on public education.
And the IADB will pump
Another $60 million into educa-
tion reform programmes over
the next few years.
But the problehn has been
getting steadily worse for years,
with little overt attention being
paid to it by the education
bureaucracy. So concerned busi-
ness and union leaders created
something called the Coalition
for Education Reform. They
included hotel union leaders
and hotel employers, repre-
senting the nation's largest busi-
ness sector.

lIthough some argue
that, as a wasteful
government monopoly, public
education is an inherent failure
and like Bahamasair should
be scrapped, the Coalition pro-
ject is based on the notion that
public education exists and can
be improved significantly.
Last year the Coalition con-
tributed a well-researched
report to the national education
conference. Named after our
failing students it was called
"The Untapped Resource".
And it promoted the bold
objective of raising the acade-
mic and business capabilities of
school leavers so that by 2020
Bahamians would be among the
"best in the Caribbean".
This document appeared in
the national education confer-
ence journal, which was never
publicly circulated. It looked at
the achievement gaps between
public and private high schools,
between males and females and
in the number of college-quali-
fied school leavers. Many of its
conclusions were based on an
analysis of detailed 2004 exam
results from the Ministry of
Education. Although you might
not believe it, these are also a
closely held secret.

Taking a hard look at
the facts, the report
painted a dismal picture. All
those millions of dollars we
spend on education managed
to produce an overall 'D' grade
in 2004 (reflecting public and
private results for 26 subjects)
and an 'F+' for the public high
schools on New Providence.
Fully 21 per cent of 22,000
students got grades of F, G and
U in their BGCSE exams. And
the five subjects with the lowest
grades were English, Maths,
Biology, Economics and Book-
keeping. More than half of
(hose taking the math exam
earned an E grade or lower.
But, according to the educa-
tion establishment, this does not
mean that they failed, because
no-one fails in the current sys-
Everyone passes on whether
they have learned or not, which

is by definition "social promo-

tion". A U grade, for example,
simply means that the student
does not demonstrate any
knowledge of the subject.
The Coalition identified 14
strategies to reverse the decline
of our public school system, and
tried unsuccessfully to arrange
a meeting with the political
directorate to present their
research and suggestions. You
would have to ask the educa-
tion authorities to explain this
snub it doesn't make a lick of
sense to us.

B ut the Coalition does-
n't want to drop the
issue, which it sees as critical to
the country's future. And at a
recent Rotary Club meeting,
veteran Bahamian hotelier Bar-
rie Farrington (one of the
group's leaders) presented a
brief update to last year's edu-
cation 22-page report:
"In 2005, 22,380 exams were
written in 26 subjects and
earned an overall mean grade
average of D+. This was a bet-
ter performance than in 2004
when students wrote 22,147
exams and earned a D. How-
ever, this improvement is not
yet a trend. Between 1993 and
1998 the BGCSE mean grade
moved up and down in the D
minus to D range, and since
1999 within a D minus-D plus
Farrington acknowledged a
half-grade improvement in the
English exam, but said the math
result was unchanged from
2004: "This means that while
there was improvement in 2005,
it is too early to say that there
has been a fundamental
improvement in what the aver-
age student knows, understands
and can do after completing

The problem
has been
getting steadily
worse for
years, with
little overt
attention being
paid to it by
the education

high school.
"No subject describes the cri-
sis in education more graphi-
cally than the test results in
mathematics, because it is con-
sidered to be an important basic
education skill for the tech-
nologies that are likely to dom-
inate the rest of this century.
One cannot take the poor math
scores lightly, especially when
one knows that the average
grade on the bookkeeping exam
was also an E."

o what subjects do
S Bahamian students do
best in? The answer is proba-
bly much as you would expect -
religious studies scored at the
top of the list followed by Span-
ish, food and nutrition, art and
music. And religion was also
the exam taken in the greatest
numbers, with students achiev-
ing a mean average grade of C.
"The magnitude of (this) dif-
ference (in exam performance)
is big," Farrington said. "It illus-
trates the complexity of the edu-
cation crisis. In fact, an objective
and authoritative evaluation of
the difference in these perfor-
mances is a useful first step in
developing a long-term educa-
tion plan."
The government's painfully
slow response to years of acad-
emic failure has. been to focus
on more public pre-schooling.
This is a big part of the pro-
gramme to which the IADB is
contributing, and it pre-dates
the present administration.
Recently, Education Minister
Alfred Sears said 12 new pre-
school units with trained teach-
ers would be added to the pub-
lic school system. Experts say
effective pre-schooling can
make a big difference in a
child's later school life.
But there is a feeling amongst
some that making more pre-
schools the answer to our edu-
cational woes is a little like
ordering more lifeboats after
the Titanic has hit the iceberg. It

is something that the education
bureaucracy can easily grasp,

A R .T

but what about the current crop
of high schoolers? From the
Coalition's 14 strategies to
improve education, good gov-
ernance, good parenting and
good teaching topped the list.

Governance was seen
as a major barrier to
improving education in the
Bahamas. For many years, the
government has not even both-
ered to report to parliament (as
it is required to do by law). And
without a meaningful discussion
of the output of the system (stu-
dents) and its inputs (teachers
and administrators) how are we
to measure progress?
"Good parenting is critical to
learning," Farrington told
Rotarians recently. "In the
Bahamas today perhaps the
most disabling factor affecting
academic achievement is out-
of-wedlock children and the sin-
gle parent, female-headed fam-
ily...which is almost always asso-
ciated with lower educational
attainment and more behav-
ioural problems for children.
"The Fox Hill Prison reports
that 70 per cent of the 1,503
inmates are the product of sin-
gle parent households; 93 per
cent are males; 80 per cent are
between the ages of 15 and.29;
and 50 per cent are illiterate.
These numbers make it patent-
ly clear that single parent house-
holds, dominated mainly by
women, are a psychologically
damaging environment in which
to, raise young males.
"Somehow Bahamian society
must create a 'good parenting:
script'...a set of commonly held
expectations that promote good
parenting. Political, education,
religious and civic leaders must
join in this effort."

Farrington said the Coalition
also supported the creation of
an all-male primary and sec-
ondary school like the old Gov-
ernment High: "Two threats to
Bahamian society are the dis-
engagement of the Bahamian
male from school and the state
of public schools in Nassau. One
solution is a high-quality, all-
male primary and secondary
laboratory school that operates
like a private school.
"There'.should be student/
parent/teacher contracts and
enrolment should be condition-
al on the student and parent
meeting their contractual
responsibilities. It should stress
discipline, high academic expec-
tations and hard work, and offer

painfully slow
response to
years of
failure has
been to focus
on more public

willing youth and parents a
superior education without pay-
ing high fees. Prospective stu-
dents must come from the pub-
lic school system ard failure of
the student and parent to meet
their stated responsibilities
means that the student returns
to his public school."

This is seen as a practical
first step that would be
followed by an all-female pri-
mary and secondary high
school. They would be high-
quality, high-expectation, high-
performance laboratory schools
where public school kids could
excel. They would also produce
techniques and experiences that
could be applied to the rest of
the system.
Farrington called on the Edu-
cation Ministry to adopt the
flexible management tech-

niques of the private sector in
order to produce "a better end
product...namely, what stu-
dents know, understand and
can do.
"The ministry must be judged
on that end product; and it must
be allowed to do its job free
from political interference. Sus-
tained success will inevitably
require an administrative
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First international customer

for Sea/Air Business Centre

Tribune Freeport
Business Centre on Grand
Bahama has snagged its first
international customer and
several other companies are
"knocking on the door"
according to airport and har-
bour CEO Chris Grey.
Associated Grocers of
Florida signed an agreement
with the Grand Bahama Port
Authority on Monday to pur-
chase 20 acres of land at the
park for construction of an $8
million wholesale distribution
facility in Freeport.
The Sea/Air Business Cen-
tre takes up 741 acres of land
between the airport and har-
It is being developed as a
logistic warehouse for inter-
national wholesale companies
seeking to take advantage of
the island's strategic proximi-
ty to the US, South America
and the Caribbean.
Mr Grey said the trans-

Agreement is signed to

purchase 20 acres of land

portation facilities such as the
container port, deep-water
harbour, and the lengthy run-
way at Grand Bahama Inter-
national Airport are also great
assets to wholesale investors
such as Associated Grocers.
"We have a world class con-
tainer port, first-class harbour,
and first-class airport with an
11,000-foot runway that can
take the very largest airplanes
in service today," he said.
Mr Grey said the deal
signed with Associated Gro-
cers is the first for the centre.
In February 2005, the
CITIC Group of China signed
a memorandum of under-
standing for the establishment
of a major distribution facility
at the centre.
The $6 billion Chinese elec-

tronics group had planned a
substantial development on
50 acres of land for exhibi-
'tion, showrooms and ware-
However, Mr. Grey
revealed that CITIC has
decided to scale down its orig-
inal project in Freeport.
"The initial memorandum
of understanding with CITIC
signed in February 2005 is still
valid and we are still talking
with CITIC about a project
on the sea/air business cen-
tre, but it will not be on the
scale that they had originally
"I was in Beijing with
CITIC last week and we are
still talking with them about
establishing a facility on the
sea/air business center for

exhibitions and showrooms
for Chinese manufactured
goods so that people from
North and South America,
and the Caribbean, can come
to Freeport to buy these
goods and have them distrib-
uted throughout the region.
"It was a substantial devel-
opment on 50 acres of land
for exhibition, showrooms,
and warehousing, and so it
would be something quite
considerably scaled down. But
we are hopeful we will go
ahead with it sometime in the
Mr Grey explained that
CITIC and Associated Gro-
cers will import goods duty-
free into a free zone and then
export their products to the

Calvin Miller, president and
CEO of Associated Grocers,
said it is cheaper to bring
products to Freeport for
export to South America and
the Caribbean.
Associated Grocers services
42 countries, as well as all of
Florida, Georgia, and Alaba-
The operation, headquar-
tered in Miami, will be mov-
ing merchandise into the port
and redistributing back to the
Caribbean and to US.
Its subsidiary company in
Freeport, International Dis-
tributors of Grand Bahama
Limited, will be situated on
the corner of Fishing Hole
Road and Queen's Highway,
opposite the service station.
Mr Miller said most of the
traffic will be done port-side
at the harbour, where they
will bring in ships that can car-
ry 10,000 containers.
He explained that the con-
tainers will be off loaded in
Freeport, where goods will be
broken into pallets and put
on smaller ships and sent back

out to the Caribbean or the
Mr Miller said Associated
Grocers is planning a major
food show in Freeport in Feb-
ruary, which will bring some
of the largest companies in
the world to the island,
such as Kraft and General
"We bring in 3,000 to 4,000
people twice a year at our
shows," he explained. "I have
18 other wholesalers just like
myself in Texas, New York,
Connecticut, and California,
that will be coming over here
and purchasing from us."
Associated Grocers expects
to begin construction of its
warehouse in the next 60 to
180 days.
Meanwhile, Mr Grey said
several other prospective cus-
tomers are quite interested in
the centre and are knocking
on the door.
"I am sure that once the
Associated Grocers project is
underway hopefully some of
those prospective deals will
be filled out," he said.

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OFFICIALS of the Port
Department, the National
Emergency Management
Agency (NEMA) and the
Department of Meteorology
teamed up recently to host a
one-day workshop on Hurri-
cane Preparedness for mariners
and owners of commercial ves-
The workshop was part of a
new thrust by the Port Depart-
ment and the NEMA to ensure
that owners and operators of
commercial vessels particu-
larly Mail Boat and Ferry Boat
operators have emergency
operations plans that they can
follow during a disaster or hur-
"One of the things we would
have recognized from a Port
Department perspective was
that a number of the boats had
no hard and fast plans they
could follow in the event of a
hurricane or storm," said Lt
Commander Herbert Bain,
who serves as the Internation-
al Ships and Port Security
(ISPS) Coordinatorfor The
Bahamas and the Logistics
Officer for the National Emer-
gency Management Agency.

"Mail Boats and Ferry Boats
play. a very significant role in
the transportation system of
The Bahamas particularly in
the aftermath of a storm or
hurricane when they can be
called upon by disaster man-
agers to help transport relief
supplies into affected areas,"
he said.
Lt Commander Bain said the
workshop provided the Port
Department with the opportu-
nity to get feedback from the
owners and operators of the
commercial vessels regarding
their experiences which could
help in developing hurricane
preparedness plans.
Mariners and boat owners
will be required to submit their
plans to the Port Department
so that those plans can be "cri-
tiqued" in the best interests of
all persons involved.
"We will work with those
boat owners and captains, who
do not have hurricane pre-
paredness plans, to develop
those plans that will help to
secure their livelihoods as we
want to make sure that at the
end of the day, their well-being
is being looked after," Lt Com-
mander Bain added.
A 23-year veteran of the
Royal Bahamas Defence
Force, Lt Commander Bain





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The payment will be made in the usual manner, on
19th June 2006, through Colina Financial Advisors Limited,
our Registrar and Transfer Agents.

Barry Newman
Company Secretary

said shipping plays a significant
role in the economic develop-
ment of The Bahamas. He said
this is borne out by the fact that
most of the goods that come
into The Bahamas are brought
in via commercial shipping ven-
Additionally, he said, ship-
ping plays a critical role in the
tourist industry with more than
half of the 5.5million tourists
who visit the country's shores,
doing so via cruise vacations.
"Shipping is one of the life-
lines of the country, particu-
larly as it relates to inter-island
trade and transport and so it is
imperative we ensure the safe-
ty of these vessels during
Storms of hurricanes," Lt Com-
mander Bain said.
Trevor Basden; Sr Deputy
Director at the Department of
Meteorology and lead Meteo-
rologist with the NEMA said
the .workshop is part of an
"extensive and concerted tri-
partite effort to educate as
much of the populace and
interest in The Bahamas on
hurricanes and their effect."
He said it is important for
mariners to be fully aware of
the significance and impact of
hurricanes and to be fully
aware of the delineation of The
Bahamas insofar as the Depart-
ment of Meteorology is con-
cerned "so that when we make
mention of these in our Alerts,
Watches and Warnings, they
would know exactly what we
are talking about."
"We feel it is important for
mariners to know our system
of communication with regard
to the delineation' of The
Bahamas which is grouped into
the extreme Northwest
Bahamas, Northwest Bahamas,
Central and Southeast
Bahamas and which islands
comprise these areas so that
when we issue our Warnings
they would know exactly what
areas we are talking about,"
Basden said.
"We also want to make them
aware of the Four-Tier System
that we use which constitutes
an Alert, which is two and one-
half days or sixty hours away; a
Watch, which is one and a-half
days or 36 hours away; a Warn-
ing, twenty-four hours away
and then an All-Clear.
"It is significant that
mariners in particular and
Bahamians in general know
that this system of Alerts is dif-
ferent from that of the United
States of America and that tra-
ditionally has caused confu-
aian," Mr amdan maid.







IN ROYAL Bahamas Police Force officers lined up for their motorcycle drill with Japanese
instructor Yoshiaki Kato

Royal Bahamas

Police drilled by


motorbike racer

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

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

Assistant Development Officer
DIVISION: Institutional Advancement
UNIT: Development
START DATE: August 1, 2006
SUMMARY: The Assistant Development Officer has primary responsibility for supporting the
work of the Development Officer and team through the management of the day-to-day
operations of the Development Unit, its databases and records.
1. Creates for the institution and makes effective use of a propect management database
and other institutional resources to ensure appropriate management of donors, prospects,
alumni, and volunteers in coordination with College/University objectives.
2. Conducts research to identify prospects and creates strategies to match prospects'
interests tothe priorities of the unit and the College/University.
3. Researches, writes, edits, or oversees, in conjunction with the writing/editorial staff of
Institutional Advancement, the preparation of persuasive, accurate, and grammatically
and syntactically correct solicitations, proposals, case statements, reports,
correspondence, and other development-related communication materials in support
of the Unit's fund-raising activities. :
4. Assists in short- and long-range strategic planning activities to create and implement
fundraising goals and objectives.
5. Assists in planning and conducting programmes and activities designed to increase
the visibility of the Unit and the College/University to internal and external constituencies.
6. Develops and manages budgets for fundraising activities under the supervision of the
Vice President Institutional Advancement and in conjunction with other relevant senior
7. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
.* Ability to conduct research, gather data, analyze information, and prepare effective,
accurate, and timely reports and other documents to support development objectives.
Demonstrated mastery of major business and prospect research databases and general
database software such as Microsoft Excel with concomitant database management
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to interact effectively with academic
leadership, faculty, prospects, donors, and volunteers in a wide range of roles.
Ability to write proposals, solicitations, correspondence, reports, and other materials
in support of development activities independently;
Ability to exercise good judgment, to demonstrate an understanding of ethics related
to development activities, and to use discretion in interactions with donors, prospects,
volunteers, and others,
Ability to work effectively within a team environment.
Demonstrated organizational skills and experience in managing events and other
complex activities in support of development objectives.
Willingness and availability to travel and to work extended hours as necessary.
The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being
performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities,
duties and skills required of the Development Officer.
Bachelor's degree
Prior development experience a must "
Demonstrated ability to plan and strong communication skills
Excellent computer skills expected
Ability to meet deadlines with minimum supervision.
Compensation is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
The application deadline is June 21, 2006. To ensure full consideration, interested candidates
should submit a College of The Bahamas Application Form, a comprehensive resume and
a cover letter of interest. To expedite the appointment procedure, applicants should request
three referees to send'references under confidential cover directly to the address listed
The College of the Bahamas
Human Resources Department
Ground Floor, Administration Building
Thompson Blvd and Poinciana Drive
P OBox N 4912
Nassau, Bahamas

WORLD famous Yamaha
motorcycle racer Yoshiaki Kato
visited the Police Training col-
lege yesterday to open an
instruction course for Bahamian
The course aims to improve
the riding skills of members of
the Royal Bahamas Polic.e
Force and the Road Traffic
The officers will also be
taught about the proper main-
tenance of motorcycles.
The course is being spon-
sored by Harbourside Marine,
the distributors for Yamaha
motors in the Bahamas.
Harbourside's Nick Rade-
maker spoke to The Tribune
about the drills and exercises
that are scheduled to take place.
"Its a three-day course; we're
taking 10 riders each day and
all the riders will receive a cer-
tificate at the end of the
course," he explained. *
Mr Rademaker went on to
say that the course will focus
on safety while riding and the
improvement of skills.
The drills will vary from nor-
mal bike maneuvers too
advanced movements and safe-
ty training, he said.
The course includes class-
room sessions in the morning
and driving instruction and drills
in the afternoon.
SIt will be co-ordinated under
the guidance of international
guests from Yamaha's motor
cycling headquarters in Japan.
SThe instructor for the course
will be Yoshiaki Kato, who is a
S prt of the service division and
marketing operations for Yama-
Mr Kato has been a profes-
sional motorcycle racer for
about 14 years and said he was
anxious to observe what
Bahamian police officers had
to offer during the training exer-
Mr Rademaker also
expressed Harbourside's com-


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* ROYAL Bahamas Police Force officer performing the first
phase of the motorcycle drill

mitment to support the Royal
Bahamas Police Force. "We
contacted Yamaha to put the
exercise on. Its a free course for
the police force and.the riders,
The course, he said, is Har-

bourside's way of giving back
to the community and showing
appreciation to the police for
their continued patronage of
the Yamaha brand of motorcy-

* WORLD-FAMOUS motorcycle racer Yoshiaki Kato
preparing to demonstrate his superior bike handling skills

* NICK Rademaker, representative for Harbour Side Marine (left) with Chief Inspector Tommy
Laroda of the Royal Bahamas Police Force (right).

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spike in oil prices would have a
catastrophic effect on the
They state that the price of
gasoline could then reach over
$15 a gallon, but the most
alarming figures would be
seen in electricity costs
through surcharge fees at the
Bahamas Electricity Corpora-
tion (BEC).
Independent MP for St
Margaret's Pierre Dupuch,
who was a member of the Fuel
Usage Committee, said if such
a situation was to occur, the
Bahamas would reach a point
where it would be more eco-
nomically sound to revert to
the use of the "horse and bug-
gy" carriages of yesteryear.
"The world has to recognize
that most of the oil is coming
from a very volatile part of the
world and anyone using oil
can be held hostage, and the
most recent example is these
negotiations with Iran.

"This would hurt us very
badly. We have electrical bills
that are high now they would
be out of this world. Gas
prices are very high they
would be out of this world. It
would be economically sound
to use horse and buggy," he
Mr Dupuch said the
Bahamas' vulnerability in such
matters should be taken "very

Ambassador al-Faisal
added: "We don't know what
will happen if the United
States chooses a military
option in Iran, but if there is
military conflict, if bombs are
dropped, ships are blown up,.
oil facilities on our side of the
gulf are targeted just the idea
of somebody firing a missile
at an installation somewhere
would shoot up the price of
oil astronomically."
Echoing these sentiments
and those of Mr Dupuch,
Vincent Coleby, chairman of
the Fuel Usage Committee,
said that if the conflict in the
Middle East was to escalate,
prices could easily more than
"In all our assessments we
have always analysed the situ-
ation whereby the turmoil in
the Middle East is going to be
the determining factor on the
price of oil only in terms of
the price laws for the supply
"Now the US does not draw
any oil from Iran itself. They
get oil from everyone else but
what will happen is that if Iran
gets into a conflict, their pri-
ority will be taking out all
their facilities around them.
"Attacking people like
Israel and the other Middle
East countries like Jordan will,
of course, trigger America to
intervene on behalf of the
more defenceless ones. Then
you get a real conflict where
the oil supply will literally start
to dry up and, of course, when
that starts to happen, where

there is no supply on the mar-
ket, the prices will continue to
climb," he said.
Mr Coleby said that such
moves would not happen
overnight, but oil prices could
eiadl\ more than double.
Among options of alterna-
tive energy, such as ethanol,
solar energy, and wind pow-
er, there is Petrocaribe, the
Venezuelan oil proposal that
the committee has reviewed
for the government.

"As I have indicated before,
the biggest impact that will be
felt by the Bahamian con-
sumer is not so much the price
of gas at the pump, even
though that is the sexiest one
because people are intimate
with their cars and they see
that price rising every day, but
the biggest cost will be tlt cost
of electricity.
"BEC will undoubtedly try
to recover their fuel cost by
applying the surcharge on
their light bill. You will see
that once a month but that will
be an astronomical price to
pay. Until they themselves tap
into a less expensive oil supply
source, you will be living with
that," he said.
Mr Coleby said he is in no
way implying that BEC should
not apply their surcharge fee,
but said the corporation could
buy their oil at cheaper prices
(through Petrocaribe), and
that these are options that are
before them.

Venezuela's PDVSA

asks for removal.

of counterpart's

oil from BORCO

Tribune Staff Reporter
owned oil company PDVSA
has asked its Brazilian coun-
terpart Petrobas to remove its
oil from the company's stor-
age and oil refining facilities at
BORCO in Grand Bahama,
international reports claim.
According to Reuters,
Petrobras is currently using
PDVSA's tank capacity in
Grand Bahama to store some
of its export crudes such as
heavy Marlim crude, which it
sells, on the US Gulf Coast
The BORCO tank facilities
have a crude oil storage capac-
ity of four million barrels and
storage capacity of eight mil-
lion barrels for products.

Chairman of the Bahamas
Fuel Usage Committee, Vin-
cent Coleby, said that
these storage levels that
PDVSA is looking to utilising
in storing some of its "poorer
crude" oil until market prices
"It looks now that maybe
the market is likely to move
up, so they want to store the
crude. So if they move the
Brazilians out, they use that
space for their own crude not
for now, but for when the
price goes up," he said.
According to Reuters,
Petrobras has been issued a
contract termination notice,
and has been given 60 days to
empty its tanks. However, it
is still not known which other
location Petrobas has identi-
fied to ship and store their
crude supplies.

With market prices expect-
ed to rise by $2 to $3 per'bar-
rel in the relatively near
future, storage capacities in
the US and Caribbean
have reportedly filled up
The Reuters report added:
"Oil traders also speculate
that heavy oil producers are
running up against limits in
upgrading capacity in the US,
making it difficult to place all
of the heavy oil barrels being
"Saudi Arabia recently said
it was struggling to find buyers-
for all of its heavy oil produc-
tion. Besides Petrobras, trad-'
ing firms Westport and Vitol
use the BORCO oil terminal'
to store oil products. These
two companies have not
received any notice for con"
tract termination."

Concerns over

social promotion

FROM page one

technical and vocational schools do not really
have an impact at our establishment because they
really do not come to me.
"They go into BTVI for the cosmetology or
the nail tech programme, and the men go for
construction," he said. "They would come straight
out of high school to me."
In many cases, he said, those coming out of
high school, because of their lack of education and

training, could barely get in at the entry level'
and many remain in low level positions for years.
"When others pass them, it builds up hostilities,
and they become angry. So you have many angry
employees because they cannot be promoted or
move up," he said.
"They could have been a little better prepared
for the outside world."
Addressing the issue of social promotion, the
tourism official said that it is doing more harm
than good, as students are continuing to be misled
by the system.


Symonette hits out over NIA

FROM page one

She announced that negotia-
tions are currently being
finalised for the complete
takeover of the management of
NIA by the Canadian compa-
ny YVRAS a subsidiary of
Vancouver Airport Services
"The agreement calls for the
redevelopment of that facility
into a first-class airport over the
next four years," she said.
However, finalisation of the
takeover is now two months
behind schedule.
After government entered

into a memorandum of under-
standing in January with nego-
tiations between the two par-
ties beginning shortly after the
Ministry of Transport and Avi-
ation set mid-April as the date
for YVRAS to officially take
over airport operations.
In an earlier interview with
The Tribune, the deputy gener-
al manager of the Airport
Authority (AA), said that nego-
tiations had unexpectedly been
Minister Hanna-Martin also
reiterated that NIA will offi-
cially be renamed the Lynden
Pindling International Airport

next month.
Mr Symonette, in his com-
munication, said that with the
current state of the.airport, the
Pindling family should ask gov-
ernment "to fix the facility
before changing the name from
NIA to the Lynden Pindling
International Airport.
"The toilets are still in a ter-
rible state, there has been no
significant change to the park-
ing or more importantly to the
first and last impression of our
visitors. Yet, they (government)
constantly try to impress the
public that they have solved the
ills at NIA," he said.

Baha Mar

FROM page one

tiality clauses.
Therefore, contrary to the
government's claim that the
deal was a model of trans-
parency, full contents were not
disclosed to the Bahamian peo-
Mr Symonette also said Mon-
day that, before any major work
could begin, Baha Mar would
have to relocate West Bay
Street and rebuild the Cecil
Wallace Whitfield Building
along with other commercial
operations in the area.
In an article in The Tribune in
April, Baha Mar was to "put
out to tender" the construction
contract for re-routing West
Bay Street, which was sched-
uled to begin on Monday.
"We know that work has not
commenced on a new building
for government and the other
facilities are still operating as is
where is," said Mr Symonette.
"I seriously wonder if any real
dollars are being expended by
Baha Mar in the maintenance
and upgrade of the.hotel prod-
uct or whether a band-aid
approach is being taken at the
Cable Beach properties if the
latter is correct, then there will
be some serious repercussions
for the tourism industry." .

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inese group 'scales

ck' Freeport project

OSeieS eeo

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT A $6 billion Chinese
electronics.conglomerate has scaled down
its plans for an investment in Grand
Bahama's Sea/Air Business Centre,
although it still plans to go ahead with the
project, The Tribune was told.
S Chris Grey, Freeport Airport and Har-
S bour Company chief executive, said CIT1C
had decided to scale down its original pro-
ject in Freeport.
It had planned a substantial develop-
Sment on 50 acres of land for exhibition,
S-showrooms and warehousing at the
Sea/Air Business Centre, Grand Bahama's
planned logistics and distribution hub.
CITIC Ihad signed a Memorandum of
Understanding for the establishment of a
major distribution facility at the centre in
February. 2005.
Mr Gre\ said: "The initial memoran-
duim of understanding with CITIC signed
in February 2005 is still valid, and we are
still talking \\ith CITIC about a project
on the Si /Air Business Centre, but it will
not be the scale that they had origi-
rnally envisioned.
"I was in Beijing with CITIC last week,

But first Sea/Air Business Centre customer plans

major food show in Bahamas in February 2007,

with more investors 'knocking at the door'

and we are still talking with them about
establishing a facility on the Sea/Air Busi-
ness Centre for exhibitions and show-
rooms for Chinese manufactured goods, so
that people from North and South Amer-
ica, and the Caribbean, can come to
Freeport to buy these goods and have
them distributed throughout the region."
"It was a substantial development on
50 acres of land for exhibition, showrooms,
and warehousing, and so it would be some-
thing quite considerably scaled down. But
we are hopeful we will go ahead with it
sometime in the future."
The possible CITIC investment was first
revealed during Prime Minister Perry
Christie's state visit to China in summer,
Allyson Maynard-Gibson, then minister
of financial services and investments,.said
CITIC was planning its investment as a
joint venture with COCSO, the Chinese

firm that is the world's third largest ship-
ping company.
COSCO and CITIC were seeking to
attract more companies to the Bahamas
through the Sea/Air Business Centre in
Freeport, which would assemble electronic
and other goods, add value and use Grand
Bahama as a hub to export goods into the
US and throughout the Caribbean and
wider Western Hemisphere.
Among the.companies they were seek-
ing to attract to set up in the logistics cen-
tre was CHINT, a Chinese conglomerate
that according to Mrs Maynard-Gibson
was the world's third largest electronics
goods manufacturer.
She explained that COSCO and CITIC
could establish the logistics centre through
a joint venture partnership with Bahami-

SEE page 6B

Tribune Business
THE Bahamas should
seize the "golden opportuni-
ty" offered by Freeport's
transport and distribution
potential to deepen trade
links with the rest of the
world, while remaining out-
side the major international
trade agreements, a leading
opponent of such treaties
advocated yesterday.
Paul Moss, an attorney and
chairman of Bahamians Agi-
tating for a Referendum on
Free Trade (BARF), said this
nation's trade with countries
such as the US, China and
Latin America was not cur-
rently governed by a rules-
based trading system such as
the World Trade Organisa-
tion (WTO), yet it had not
suffered from this.
He argued that if the
Bahamas signed on to the
WTO and other agreements

But attorney

staying outside
free trade


such as the Caribbean Single
Market &Economy (CSME)
and Free Trade Area of the
Americas (FTAA), it would
cede some of its. Parliamen-
tary sovereignty and ability
to regulate business within
this nation to unelected trade
This, Mr Moss said, would
damage the Bahamian econ-
omy even if this nation was
able to obtain reservations
from particular aspects of
these agreements, or delay
the opening up of certain

SEE page 7B

BTC profits rise $7.4m during Q1

Tribune Staff Reporter
BRADLEY Roberts, minis-
ter of public works and utili-
ties, hit back at critics of the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC) and privati-
sation advocates by stating that
the company's 2006 first quar-
ter net profit was up by $7.4
million year-on-year.
For the period to March 31,
Mr Roberts told the House of
Assembly that BTC's gross
revenues increased by $11.7
million over the same period in
2005. He said the revenue
increase was primarily due to

the $9.6 million rise in GSM
.. cei .Ltu ln.r e.u i . ' .. .
Thit, though, is likely to
strengthen' the arguments
made by BTC's only legal
competitor in fixed-line voice
services, IndiGo networks, that
the company's cellular monop-
oly rather than the former
international long distance
monopoly and charges is
what is keeping the state-
owned company's financial
performance afloat.
Mr Roberts said BTC's first
quarter 2006 net assets reached
$422.9 million, an increase of
$43.7 million when compared
to December 2005.

He added that operating
ion compared to the .2005 t'jrs
quarter, while networking cap-
ital this year showed a positive
balance of $42 million when
compared with December
Turning to BTC's perfor-
mance in 2005, Mr Roberts
said that year, the company
made a net profit of $34.533
million compared to its $8.34
million profit in 2004.
The company's assets stood
at $494.771 million, and BTC
generated revenue of $300.570
million in fiscal 2005, com-
pared to the $461.832 million

and $274.464 million recorded r
a4 ..ea-r-Haid 2004. For 2005,
BTC's operating profit was
$26.008 million compared to
$9.757 million in 2004.
Mr Roberts said that
although the. Government
wished to proceed with BTC's
privatization, "it is not the
intention of my government to
have a fire sale for the trea-
sures of the Bahamas, and
today, BTC is not fire sale
material when one accounts
for its revenues, profits and
network upgrades".

SEE page 7B


NIB tightens compliance

Tribune Staff Reporter
EMPLOYEES will be able
to receive statements of their
National Insurance contribu-
tions from October 2006
onwards, part of efforts to
improve employer compliance,
NIB's chairman, Philip Davis,
said yesterday.
--Mr Daiis, in his contribu-
tion to the 2006-2007 Budget
debate, said the new initiative
will allow contributors to
obtain a record of all contri-
butions that the NIB has on
record for;them.
'"Via this statement, work-
ers will verify the accuracy of
the information, and where
errors or omissions are found,
they will inform their respec-
tive NIB local office of the dis-
crepancies," Mr Davis said.
'"Through these statements,
we expect to see both an
improvement in compliance
and an improvement in the
completeness of our database,
thus ensuring that pensioners
receive a pension that accounts
for all the contributions that
they have made."
Mr Dawis said that in 2005,
there was a marked improve-

ment in the timeliness of NIB
contribution payments, with.
on-time contributions up 31
per cent. There were gradual
improvements in the number
of self-employed persons mak-
ing regular contributions.
Mr Davis said NIB's part-
nership with the Customs and
Business Licence departments
had also helped to increase
contribution revenue. The pol-
icy requires employers to be
up to date with NIB contribu-
tions prior to being issued with
Business Licence renewals or
permission to import goods
into the Bahamas. A similar
policy is already in place for
work permit renewals.
NIB plans to establish simi-
lar information-sharing rela-
tionships with other govern-
ment departments, the NIB
chairman added.
Mr Davis said NIB had a
stronger performance in 2005
compared to 2004.
"First, NIB'S uninvested
funds have declined from over
$100 million to under $20 mil-
lion, another sign that the
economy is better able to

SEE page 6B

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abilities. The first is for meet-
ing obligations on borrowing
programmes, which is mea-
sured by the traditional credit
rating. The second is the abili-
ty to meet any claims arising
out of insurance policies writ-
ten by the company, which is
measured by 'financial strength
rating' (FSR). Since insurance
companies typically do not
borrow (other than a few cred-
it lines to meet any surge in
claims or to fund an acquisi-
tion), the financial strength rat-
ing is a more popular product
among insurance companies,
The financial strength rating
indicates, ini a relative scale vis-
A-vis other rated/unrated insur-
ance companies, the insurance
company's ability to meet: all
its policyholder obligations
(including legitimate claims)
arising from its normal course
of operations. The frame of
reference can be national or
regional, as in the case of nor-
mal credit ratings. The broad
methodology for,both these
products is the same. However,
in case of credit ratings, addi-
tional emphasis is laid on the
extent of debt, its maturity pro-
file and the financial flexibility
of the insurance company to
meet maturing debt obliga-
The framework for assess-
ing insurance companies cov-
ers three broad sources of risk
That these companies face :-
business risk, financial risk and
management risk.
Business risk analysis cov-
ers the business fundamentals
of the insurance company, the
,characteristics of the industry
in which it operates, growth
prospects for the industry, its
competitive market position in
the industry,' its underwriting
and reinsurance policies, busi-
ness mix among its various
product lines and, most impor-
tantly, the asset quality of its
investment portfolio.
Manageminent risk analysis
includes an evaluation of the
"company's management in
terms of its competence in run-
ning its chosen lines of busi-

Business Mix
SThe analysis should focus on
,,.*. .'.... a company's current business
Plan to understand its com-
mitment to prudential under-
Swriting standards. For life
insurance companies, a good
r mix of life and annuity prod-
ucts can complement each oth-

nesses, its risk appetite and
management's integrity in its
dealings with all constituents.
Financial risk analysis
includes an assessment of the
company's capitalisation lev-
els adjusted for relevant risks,
and its past financial perfor-
mance, including key ratio
analysis such as expense ratio,
combined ratio and its liquidi-
ty and financial flexibility.
It must be emphasised here
that the above framework is
the generalised version of the
methodology used to analyse
insurance companies. The
analysis of entities in life and
non-life insurance segments
needs to be based on cus-
tomised versions of this gen-
eral methodology.
S* The above methodology is
expressed in the diagram at top
Let us now take a closer
look at each of the key risk
Industry Risk
The assessment of the indus-
try risk captures the industry's
characteristics, such as its
importance to the economy, its
size, entry barriers, growth
potential including present
penetration levels, stability of
underwriting performance of
the industry and the regulatory
Regulatory issues would cov-
er licensing requirements, pric-
ing freedom, investment guide-
lines, accounting norms, sol-
vency margins and the like, as
well as the extent of monitor-
.ing by the regulatory authori-
i ties,. --,

Announces a special dividend
for the second half of 2006

The Board of Directors of
Benchmark (Bahamas) Ltd.
Announced at it Annual General
Meeting the declaration of a
special dividend of one cent per
share based on the results of the
company for the first half 2006.

Payment will be made on 31st July
to shareholders of record
30th June 2006

er, as these two provide a nat-
ural hedge of the risks from
early death and longevity.
For non-life insurance com-
panies, the business risk will
be determined by the business
mix comprising insurance for
fire, marine, health, motor, avi-
ation and miscellaneous seg-
ments, each of which carry a
different risk profile.
Underwriting policy
Sound underwriting guide-
lines are pivotal to an insur-
ance company's long-term sol-
vency. The analysis should
focus on understanding the
underwriting policies adopted
by a company and its ability to
manage risks associated with
underwriting. Emphasis should
be placed on the ability of the
management to identify and
focus on profitable underwrit-
ing, supported by value-added
risk management services and
service quality.
It would be critical to assess
the pricing strategies adopted
by the insurance company, and
the scientific actuarial compu-
tations backing these pricing
computations. In the life insur-
ance business, the premium
pricing is typically based on
mortality rate, age at entry,
profit sharing and other fea-
tures such as health history and
personal habits.
Typically, the prediction of
liabilities in life insurance can
be fairly established based on
historical data. On the other
hand, a similar scientific basis
for pricing non-life insurance
products, backed by rigorous
analysis of past data, will miti-
gate business risks in this seg- extent... _.__
Reinsurance helps to diver-
sify the underwriting risk
among a pool of reinsurers,
and increases an insurance
company's underwriting capac-
ity. One would assess the
extent of risk retained by the
company vis-a-vis the extent
of risk passed on to reinsurers

by analysing the reinsuranoe
strategy of the company.
While low levels of reinsur-
ance may result in likelihood of
large devolvement on the coni-
pany, a very high le\ el of rein-
surance may erode profitabili-
ty. Therefore, the analysis
should attempt to assess the
optimum level of risk retel -
tion by the insurance company,
in relation to its capitalisatiqn.
In a region such as t e
Caribbean, which is prone to
natural disasters, reinsurance
is critical for both non-life and
life insurance companies to
limit the overall loss that could
fall on the primary insurer,
arising from single events.
Therefore it is critical ,to
analyse the nature of the rein-
surance contracts (excess 'of
loss cover, catastrophe excess
of loss cover), the credit profile
of the reinsurers, past histdty
of claims settlement, as well as
diversity of reinsurers engaged
by the rated insurance compa-
Market position
In this section, factors
assessed include the market
share of the insurance compi-
ny in each line of its business,
key competitive advantages
enjoyed, the strength of tte
distribution channel of the
insurance company, and geo-
graphical diversity of its busi-
The growth of the compa y
in relation to the industry, its
brand equity, its synergiesjif
any, with other operating cobi-
panies within the same groep
as well as its strategic aliances
(such as with a commercial
bank to offer bancassurance
products) would be analysed
jinthis section.
Asset quality
Prudent management ot the
investment portfolio is very
critical in bolstering an insur-
ance company's overall per-
formance. Appropriate sys-
tems, judicious investment
policies and internal .ontrols
are important components of
fund management. ,
The analysis would capture
the company's invest aet
strategy in terms of credit qmL-
ity, capital appreciation, ung-
term safety and easy liq~didty.
The investment portfaodi's
diversity across industry's,
along with single risk. ceneem-
tration limits, is imiporta iJt
input in assessing the ovealll
asset quality. It may be notd
here that the very survival ofa
few insurance companies wa
jeopardised by their poor q,,-
ity of asset portfolio in global
insurance markets, espealy
in the US and Japan, diiiig
economic downturn.,
Technology and risk
Technology to support the
delivery of products, as well as:
to manage risks, is very critical
in the insurance idiaustry..
Appropriate systems help in

SEE page 5B


Citco Fund Services
(Bahamas) Ltd

The Single and Three Phase

Electrical License Examinations

will be held at

The College of The Bahamas,
West Settler's Way, Freeport, Grand Bahama
on Saturday, July 1 at 9 a.m.

The Examination Fee of $175.00 must be paid
by Monday, June 26.

Interested persons are asked to call CEES at
352-9761 for additional information.

MiU our websile at www.ob.esdubs yCy'i


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Bahamians take first

ever scholarship STEP

K ic "ml

THE Society of Trust and
Estate Practitioners (STEP)
Bahamas branch, in conjunc-
tion with GAM (Global Asset
Management), presented two
Bahamian women with the
first ever STEP-GAM Foun-
dation Certificate Scholarship
in International Trust Man-
The recipients, Dena Feaste
and Monique Morris, received
the scholarships at STEP's
June Luncheon.
The luncheon and the schol-
arships where fully sponsored
by GAM.
These two scholarships were

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(from left to right): Barbara
Tannock (GAM, Bermuda);
Paul Winder (STEP Chairper-
son); Dena Feaste
(STEP/GAM Scholarship
recipient); Paul Bailey (GAM,
Bermuda); Monique Morris
(STEP/GAM Scholarship
Recipient); John Lawrence
(STEP Board Member and
Regional Representative);
David Sussman (STEP Board
N LEFT Shown (from left
to right): Barbara Tannock
(GAM Bermuda); Alyson
Yule (STEP Board Member);
Dianne Bingham (STEP
Deputy Chairperson); Paul
Winder (Chairperson), Dena
Feaste (STEP/GAM Scholar-
ship recipient); Paul Bailey
(GAM Bermuda); Monique
Morris (STEP/GAM Scholar-
ship recipient); Karen Haven
(STEP Board Member/Secre-
tary); Patrick Harney (With-
ers, New York); John
Lawrence (STEP Board Mem-
ber and Regional Representa-
tive); David Sussman (STEP
Board Member)

the first of their kind, in that
these are the first STEP schol-
arships that GAM has spon-
sored anywhere in the world.
The topic, The Benefits of
Recent Changes to Trustees'
Investment Powers, was pre-
sented on June 8 at the British
Colonial Hilton by Paul Bai-
ley of GAM and Patrick Har-
ney of Withers, New York.

Travel Agency Manager.

- Three year experience in Travel Agencies
- Experience organizing team work
-Analytical skills for direction
- Fully trained in Tour Tek Computer System
- Strong Accounting knowledge
- Speak Spanish fluently
- Wide knowledge of the Cuban Tourist products.
- Only serious applicant

Send the resume to P.O. Bo\:EE- 16319 before
, June 30,2006
Only the successful applicants will be contacted.



Invites qualified applicants for the following position:-



Preparation of the Bank's financial statements for internal
and external reporting purposes.
Preparation of regulatory reports for Central Bank.
Preparation of statistical reports.
Preparation of various client statements and customized
Assisting with the coordination of year-end audits.
Responsibility for the accounting activity of managed banks.


-University degree', preferably in accounting.
CPA, CA or equivalent.
-Two (2) to three (3) years audit experience.
-Strong communication, administrative, time management and
reporting skills.
Advanced level capability in Microsoft Excel.
Analytical skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Word.
Must be willing to take initiative and be a team player.

Please send Resume and two (2) references to:

The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P. O. Box N-4837
Nassau, Bahamas

Offices in
Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, London, Montreal,
Nassau, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong

-:-, ::-: :-::: ~ ADVERTISEMENT

Deputy Laboratory Manager
Princess Margaret Hospital

Applicants are invited from suitably Qualified employees of the Public Hospitals
Authority for the post of Deputy Laboratory Manager, Princess Margaret Hospital,
Public Hospitals Authority.

Applicants must possess the following qualifications:

Bachelors degree in Medical technology. be corporate member of the relevant
professional body with seven(7) years post qualification experiences; five (5) of which
must be at he supervisory level.

The Deputy Laboratory Manager will report to the Laboratory manager and will be
responsible for the effective operations of the Laboratory services.


1. Assumes responsibility for all personnel and training matters relating
to the technical and non-physician staff of the Department of
Pathology and laboratory medicine.

2. Monitors workflow, productivity, performance methods and
recommends the implementation of changes that will provide
improvement for all sections associated with the Laboratory.

3. Supervises and coordinates technical staff rotations, cross-training and
in -service education programs in consultation with the laboratory
manager and the Director of Pathology ad laboratory medicine

4. Prepare seminars and other forms of educational instruction for staff
professional development in conjunction with the overall training
Department of Public Hospitals Authority.

5. Assists the Laboratory Manager in establishing and monitoring
the department's quality control, performance improvement and
preventative maintenance programs to ensure high quality service.

6. Assists the laboratory manager in consultation with the Director in
preparing the capital, recurrent and personnel emolument aspects of the
budget submission for the department.

7. Assist the Laboratory manager with reviewing internal and external
controls, polices and procedures to ensure compliance with the Health
Professional Act and Public Hospitals Authority guidelines.

Letters of application and curricula vitae should be submitted no later than 5th July,
2006 to the Director of Human resources, Public Hospitals authority, P.O.Box N-8200
or Manx Corporate Center, Dockendale House, West bay Street.Employees should
apply,through their Heads of Department.








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

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

Lignum Technologies (Bahamas) Ltd.
The Harbour Bay Shopping Plaza
Fax: 394-4971
SMail: P.O. Box SS-6295




Retailer seeks short term

Bay Street improvements

Tribune Staff Reporter

WHILE merchants appreci-
ate the proposed multi-million
dollar redevelopment of Bay
Street and consider the plan
to be vital to the economy,
improving security and clean-
liness in the area could
improve conditions in the

In an interview with The Tri-
bune yesterday, Mary Jane
Lotmore, the owner of Benet-
ton, which has been in the
same location east of East
Street for the past 20 years,
said the area has a number of
problems that makes it diffi-
cult for the merchants.
She noted that considering

the major challenges of relo-
cating the shipping facilities
and all the details involved in
recreating the landscape, major
change will take some time to
In the meantime, she said
more could be done to assist
the merchants in the area.
"The area east of East Street
is a disgrace," Ms Lotmore

said, with very little being done
to enhance that particular area.
For example, she said that
although store keepers had
been promised there would
be appropriate signage near
the centre of downtown to
attract tourists to the area, it
had not be done.
In addition, Ms Lotmore
said the area was filled with
empty, dilapidated buildings
which do not add to the physi-
cal appearance of Bay Street.
She said it would be nice if
the Government would step in

and hold the owners of the
buildings accountable, so that
they could be fixed up and
In addition, Ms Lotmore
noted that security was a major
concern because that end of
Bay Street is poorly patrolled.
The area, she said, has
become a loitering spot for
young men.
"Even if a policeman does
ask them to leave, they have
no respect for them," Ms Lot-
more said.
Recently, it was revealed

that almost 20 businesses east
of East Street have closed since
the National Economic Devel-
opment Commission (NEDC)
was formed two years ago- to
oversee the revitalisatiofloof
downtown Nassau.
According to Norman Flof-
fer, of Hoffer & Sons and Hotb
ferSport property ownergsbn
Bay Street, especially east of
East Street, were not prepared
to reinvest and upgrade their
properties, unwilling to iut
more capital at risk given'ibe
area's down-at-heel image?

Fidelity unveils

its new assistant


FIDELITY Merchant Bank
& Trust has promoted Bonnie
Nguyen to the post of a-ssi'tant
Ms Nguyen joined in Sep-
tember 2005 as director ol train-
ing for the Fidelity Group ol
Companies. In December 2.105.
she was given added responsl-
bility for human resources
Anwer J Sunderji, chairman .
of Fidelity Bank & Trust Inter-
national, said: "Bonnie Ngu~ en '
has made considerable cointr-
bution to enhancing and urt her
developing the human resources
and training aspect ot our
group. She is very much in tune
with current trends in the pc r- .-
sonnel industry and hi., r ll c
needs as we strive to di i the
performance level of our st a."
Ms Nguyen previously ser\ ed
as project manager, learning
and. development, consuI ant
and training manager at FIrst-
Caribbean International Bjnk,
where she was employed tor 1-1
She was a three-time Achie\ -
er's Award recipient in iecog-
nition programmes for customer
service ahd people manage-
Ms Nguyen is a member ti :
the Bahamas Human Resources
Development Association. theV \
Society for Human Resources
Managers and the American
Society for Training and Devel-
h! 3

Th IM us cl

32-98 ody

Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
20 June 2006
BISX ALL SHARE IPWX CLOSE 1,801.31 I CHG 00.21-/%CHG 60.01 /YTD 160.60 / YTD % 11.89
*.L.w.-H. 52f.k-L.O, Symbol Previous Close Toda Close Change Daily Vol EPS Di. i. P E YVieI
1.39 0.59 Aoaco Markets 1.30 1 39 0.09 7.583 -0 019 0 I0i' N .1
11.75 8.50 Bahamas Property Fund 11.75 11.75 0.00 1.568 0.360 7.5 3.06%
7.24 6.35 Bank of Bahamas 7.23 7.23 0.00 0.738 0.330 9.8 4.56%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.30 1.30 0.00 0.143 0.060 9.1 4.62%
1.49 1.05 Fidelity Bank 1.36 1.49 0.13 5,200 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.68%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.40 9.21 -0.19 1,071 0.61,8 0.240 14.9 2.61%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.81 1.81 0.00 -0.067 0.000 NM 0.00%
10.80 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.80 10.80 0.00 0.931 0.600 11.6 5.56%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.14 5.17 0.03 0.115 0.045 48,5 0.81%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.60 2.60 0.00 0.283 0.000 9.2 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.50 10.45 Finco 11.50 11.50 0.00 1,360 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
12.43 8.60 FirstCaribbean 12.43 12.43 0.00 0.885 0.500 14.0 4.07%
11.07 8.42 Focol 11.00 11.07 0.07 2.000 0.885 0.500 12.5 4.52%
1.27 0.95 Freeport Concrete 1.03 0.95 -0.08 11,600 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.526 0.405 18.1 4.26%
9.10 8.27 J.. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.565 0.560 16.1 6.15%
7.98 5.30 Kerzner Interational BDRs 7.92 7.92 0.00 0.160 0.000 49.5 0.00%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estale 10 00 1000 000 2 036 O 5P5 4 9 9"'
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low B Symbol Bid $ Ask S Last Price Neekkly Vol EPS S D.. E P.lE
14.00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14 00 1500 1100 1923 2i, -16:, :
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 10.00 10.35 10.00 0.000 0.800 NM 7.80%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41 00 43.00 .1 00 2 220u ) 000 194 0 ,:,.
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52whl-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD. Last 12 Mor.lns D.v 5I Yea :
S2936 1 2353 Colina Money Market Fund 1 293573"
2.8564 2.3657 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.78564 *** 10.44 22.44
2.3915 2.2487 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.391480** 3.417
1 1643 1.1006 Colina Bond Fund 1 164331*
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Doc 02 1.000 00 MARKET TERMS YIELD lasi i. 3..s ed a b, i hs.. .' :e -. .
52wk-HI Hghest losing price last 52 wes Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest cdofn prIce in last 52 we Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity 09 June 2006
Previous Clos Previous days weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today Cose Curent days weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 May 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 April 2008
DIV $ Dividend per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 = 100 31 March 2006
II II-... . .. .. .. . ...-. i ........i i --l- ii I- ... .............1 i! 1 1ft ;1: 1 p 1:1 i l N U N l l f:

ROAD WEST, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to te
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration
naturalization should not be granted, should send a writteI
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight day'
from the 21ST day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassauj

c a5


Has two (2) vacancies for
Membership Sales Executives:
-Exceptional written and verbal communication skills, organization .
-Exceptional Telephone skills
-Public speaking preferred
-Ability to demonstrate strong relationship sales capability
-Ability to interface professionally with all members f staff
-Generation and execution of an annual business plan
-Self generation of buisness through referrals and other personal
-Exceptional skills in long range guest relaional maintenance
-Use of tracking system for effective follow up andcustoner purchase
sequence q
-College degree preferred i
Please Send Resumes to:
Attn: HR Director
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
P.O. Box AB2057
Mash Harbour, Abaco
Fax: 242-367-0077

Pasche Bank & Trust Ltd
Subsidiary of


1 Private Banking

is seeking candidates for the position of:

Internal Auditor

Candidates should possess the following qualifications:

*Certified Public Accountant or equivalent
*Bachelors Degree in Finance, Banking qr Accounting
*Banking experience as Internal auditor or International Accounting Firm
experience in audit banking dept.(min.5 yrs)
*Fluency (or working knowledge) in French would be an asset.

Personal qualities:

*Excellent organizational skills & ability to work with minimal "'
*Commitment to quality and service excellence
*Self-motivated, flexible, positive attitude.


*Review and Control of:
Bank Operating transactions
Bank Corporate Governance
Compliance procedures
*Various audit coordination
*Report directly to the General Manager of the Group and
the Group Audit department Manager.

Please apply to:
P.O. Box AP 59241
Nassau Bahamas
Fax: (242)327-1514
Email: bzi(ap)
(Please no phone calls)




Insurance firms face

three risk categories

FROM page 2C

Better risk selection, pricing of
,products, monitoring the legit-
imacy of claims and their quick
Settlement, which enhances the
Market position of the compa-
S.Management Risk
The risk arising from man-
:, agement and its actions has the
S.potential to override for better
or worse every other source of
risk. Assessment of company
management needs to be done
across three areas: compe-
tence, risk appetite and integri-
This analysis is very similar
to the management risk assess-
ment framework adopted for
manufacturing companies and
banks. The only factor that
Warrants specific mention is
fhe risk appetite of the man-
Sagement, with emphasis on the
risk selection and risk reten-
tion (vis-a-vis reinsurance)'
. practices adopted by the man-
Financial Risk
The main components of
financial risk analysis include
accounting policies, capitalisa-
on and past financial perfor-
Nance, plus liquidity and the
nancial flexibility of the insur-
ce company.
Accounting policy
SIn most countries in the
Iaribbean region, regulations
not stipulate specific
counting policies, rendering
.,comparison across insurance
:-ompanies a difficult proposi-
;ion. One must analyse the
SEConsistency of the accounting
-,;olicies adopted by the insur-
*ance company, adequate dis-

closures in this regard (espe-
cialy the income recognition
norms) and other accounting
policies in relation to interna-
tional best practices.
Capital provides the cushion
to absorb any sudden adverse
developments and hence
assumes paramount impor-
tance in analysing an insurance
company. The absolute level
of capital, the adequacy of this
capital in relation to the extent
of underwriting (measured
' though, net premium
income/net worth and other
similar ratios), and compliance
with statutory' capitalisation
norims, are analysed in detail.
Critical assessment of the will-
ingness and ability of the cur-
rent shareholders to infuse
additional capital in case of any
exigencies must also be made.
Financial performance
A detailed analysis of the
past financial performance of
the insurance company, togeth-
er with a comparison with its
peer group companies, must
be 'done. Factors to be
analysed should include
income levels and growth rates,
expense ratios, claims ratios,
combined ratiosand capitali-
sation and liquidity ratios.
SLiquidity and financial
This parameter takes into
accoUnt an insurance compa-
ny's resource strength and the
liquidity support available to
meet policyholder obligations.
The liquidity position would
also be, function of the man-
agement's policy of maintain-
ing a treasury portfolio to meet
liquidity demands. The pri-
mary sources of liquidity

include underwriting cash
flows, operating cash flows and
investment portfolio liquidity.
'Besides, a line of credit facil-
ity from banks to meet short-
term liquidity requirements
(such as to settle immediate
claims in case of a catastrophe)
is an added source of comfort.
In addition to the above fac-
tors, assessing parent support,
if any, is an important aspect
for assessing the overall cred-
itworthiness of an insurance
company. The framework is
similar to one adopted for
manufacturing companies and
banks economic rationale for
support, moral obligation of
the parent to support and the
credit quality of. the parent
NB: Caribbean Information
& Credit Rating Services, Cari-
CRIS, is the Caribbean's
Regional Credit Rating
Agency. This article forms part
of a series on issues surround-
ing capital markets and credit
ratings. E-mail: info@cari- or call 868-627-8879.
S. Venkat Raman is the chief
executive and chief rating offi-
cer of the Caribbean Informa-
tion & Credit Rating Services,
CariCRIS, the Caribbean
regional rating agency. Prior
to this, Venkat Raman was

F rie
behn the-ews
rea Is ih

Director-Ratings at CRISIL,
the largest rating agency in
Asia and a subsidiary of Stan-
dard & Poor's.


2 Week Long Pre-Summer Sale
June 26 through July 8, 2006

Located in the Lytlrd Cay Shopping Centw; u
Sale hours: lOam-4pm
Mlolday -- Satuirdav '

- -,'.

Presently considering applications for



Looking for candidates with:
1. 2+ years experience in structural and civil drafting and the creation of construction
2. Strong working knowledge of the PC, AutoCAD 2004 Release software and
Autodesk Land experience is a plus.

Responsibilities include:
1. The drafting and creation of construction documents.
2. Assisting Engineers on site with supervision and management duties.
3. Participating in design development meetings.
Candidates should be hard working and be able to handle a number. of projects
simultaneously. csb consultants limited is a team orientated company, and potential
employees should capable of adapting to this philosophy.
All interested candidates should email there resumes to:

OR fax to:

(242) 325-7209
ATTN: Mr. Mark Williams



Invites qualified applicants for the following position:-



Strong supervisory and organisational skills.
Commitment to excellent customer service.
Must be a team player.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Excellent problem solving skills.
Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.


Fluent in French.
Knowledge of another language would be an asset.
Working knowledge of investment instruments.
At least five (5) years Private Banking experience.
CFA qualification.
Proficiency in a variety of software applications including
Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Please send Resume and two (2) references to:


The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P. O. Box 4837
Nassau, Bahamas

Offices in
Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, London, Montreal,
Nassau, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong

csb consultant ts .irited


Payment of Benefits and Assistances tor the month of June 2006, will be made in the following
districts, at the following pay stations between the hours stated below:
Thursday, June 22, 2006: 12 noon 12:30p.m., at the Church Hall.

Thursday, June 22,2006: 9:30a.m. 11:45a.m., at Beacon Hill Church of Nazarene, Carmichael
Thursday. June 22, 2006: 12:45p.m.l 1:30p.m., at St. Peter's Church Hall.
Thursday, June 22, 2006: 9:30a.m.'- 3:00p.m., at the National Insurance Board's Fox Hill Sub-
Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them throughout
the month of July 2006, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.
Thursday, June 22, 2006: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m. at the National Insurance Board's Wulff Road Local
Office. Persons who cannot collect their cheques on the dates stated, may collect them throughout
the month of July 2006, from 9:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday to Friday.

Thursday, June 22,2006: Monday, June 26, 2006: 9:30a.m.- 4:00p.m., at The Bahamas Public
service Union Hall, East Street South.
i. Thursday, June 22 Wednesday, June 28, 2006: 9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "A" "L", at the Cat Island United
Association Hall #1, Market and Vesey Streets.

2. Thursday, June 22 Monday, May 26,2006: 9:30 a.m. 4:00 p.m.
All persons with surnames beginning with the letters "M" "Z", at the Salvation Army
Hall, Meadow Street. :
3. Tuesday, June 27 Wednesday, June 28;,2006:9:30a.m. 4:00p.m.
Persons who did not collect their cheques from the respective stations on the days
specified, may collect them at the Cat Island United Association Hall #1,, Market and
Vesey Streets, on the above-mentioned dates.

Cheques must be collected from the listed pay stations on the dates and times given. In cases of
emergency, uncollected cheques may be collected from the Pensions Department, at the Jumbey
Village Complex throughout the month of July 2006 between the hours of 9:30a.m. and 4:00p.m.
Claimants and/or their representatives are required to produce proper identification in order to collect
their cheques. Acceptable forms of identification for claimants collecting their own payments are:Their
National Insurance Registrati6n' Card, together With any one of the following:
1. A Passport;
2. A Voter's Card; or
3. Any other document which establishes, conclusively, the identity of the claimant.
Where the claimant is sending a representative to collect his/ her cheque, the representative should
provide an Authorization Form completed by the claimant, or a letter authorizing the Board to pay
the representative, together with any of the above-listed items to identify the representative.
All claimants and/or their representatives are advised that should they fail to provide satisfactory
documents to identify themselves as requested above, there may be a delay or denial of payments.

N.B. Pensionrs born during the months of June and December are now due for verification -
failure to do so will result in the suspension of their benefit/assistance. Claimants are also
reminded that they must be verified every six (6) months.






a a. 0 S

5'it g-So sal

FROM page 1B

an entities, while Chines com-
panies that come in to sell
products through the logistics
centre could also joint venture
with Bahamian companies.
But despite CITIC scaling
down its plans, the Sea/Air
Business Centre captured its
first international customer this
week, and several other com-
panies are "knocking on the
Associated Grocers of Flori-
da on Monday signed an
agreement with the Grand
Bahama Port Authority to pur-

chase 20 acres of land at the
Sea/Air Business Centre for
construction of an $8 million
wholesale distribution facility.
The Sea/Air Business Centre
comprises 741 acres of land
between the airport and har-
bour for the development of
an international logistics ware-
house centre, targeting whole-
sale international companies
seeking to take advantage of
the island's strategic location
to the US, Sotith America and
the Caribbean.
Mr Grey said the trans-
portation facilities such as the
container port, deep-water har-
bour, and the 11,000 foot run-
way at Grand Bahama Inter-

Established Bahamian Company
is seeking to fill the position of


The successful applicant should possess the
following minimum requirements:

Extensive experience in all aspects of
financial accounting including inventory
control, cost accounting and accounts
Proficient knowledge of accounting
principles and standards;
Excellent computer skills;
Good communication and management
Must be driven, energetic, a team-worker;

Duties will include:
Preparation of complete set of financial
Cash flow management;
Liaison with external auditors;
Management reporting;
Budget preparation, business plans and
special projects, as assigned.

Only qualified persons should apply.

If interested, please send detailed resume and
cover letter to

national Airport, were also
great assets for wholesale
investors such as Associated
"We have a world class con-
tainer port, first-class harbour,
and first-class airport with an
11,000 foot runway that can
take the very largest airplanes
in service today," he added.
Mr Grey said the deal signed
with Associated Grocers is the
first for the Sea/Air Business
He added that CITIC and
Associated Grocers would
import goods duty free into a
free trade zone. and then
export their products into the
Calvin Miller, president and
chief executive of Associated
Grocers, said it was cheaper to
bring their products to
Freeport for export to South
America and the Caribbean.
Associated Grocers services
42 markets, including all of
Florida, Georgia and Alaba-
ma. The operation, headquar-
tered in Miami, will be mov-

ing merchandise into Freeport
and redistributing it to the
Caribbean and to US.
Its subsidiary company in
Freeport, International Dis-
tributors of Grand Bahama,
will be situated on the corner
of Fishing Hole Road and
Queen's Highway, opposite
the service station.
Mr Miller said most of the
traffic will be done port side
at the harbour, where they will
bring in containers on Post
Panamax ships that can bring
in 10,000 containers.
He explained that the con-
tainers would be offloaded in
Freeport, where goods will be
broken into pallets and put on
smaller ships and sent back out
to the Caribbean or the US.
Mr Miller said Associated
Grocers was planning a major
food show in Freeport in Feb-
ruary, which will bring some
of the largest companies in the
world to the island, such as
Kraft and General Mills.
"We bring in 3,000 to 4,000
people twice a year at our


The Anglican Central Education Authority invites
applications from qualified teachers for positions available at
St.John's College, St. Anne's School, Bishop Michael
Eldon School, Freeport, and St. Andrew's School, Exuma .

Language/ Literature

Only qualified Teachers with Bachelor or Master Degrees from
an accredited University or College and Teaching
Certificate need apply

For Further details ard application forms, please contact the An-
glican Central Education Authority on Sands Road at telephone
(242) 322-3015/6/7.

Letters of application and /or completed application forms with
copies of required documents must be sent by Friday, June 30th
2006 to the Anglican Education Department addressed to:-

The Director of Education
Anglican Central Education Authority
P.O. Box N-656

shows," he explained. "I have
18 other wholesalers just like
myself in Texas, New York,
Connecticut, and California,
that will be coming over here

and purchasing from us".
Associated Grocers expects
to begin construction of ,it
warehouse in the next 60J-9
180 days.

NIB tightens


FRO I page 1B absorb additional NIB
funds." he said.
"In addition. because of the high le\el of foreign reserves.
the Go\ernment has granted approval for the Board to invest.
up to $25 million each \ear internationall. a move that,
should improve rates of return while at the same time impro\v:-
ing the Fund's overall diersification.'"
Mr Da\ls added that in 20015-
NIB's Contribution income %as up $10.3 million or S
per cent over 2004. an increase that "as tv ice as much as the
3.7 per cent estimate of economic crov th tor 20i05.
Investment income \\as up $5.4 million or S.4 per cent
oler 2004. The yield on investments for the year was 6 per
cent -3.7 per cent higher than the inflation rate of 2 3 per cent.
Nir Davis said that whilee contributions and investment$
were up, administrative expenses were down $1.5 million.'
decrease of 5.2 per cent oer the pret ious year.
Mr Davis said the proposed National Insurance Board
reforms, proposed by the Social Secuity Reform Commission
(SSRC). had not been "forgotten".
He said some of these recommendations \would be 'imple-
mented' when the proposed National Health Insurance
scheme was implemented.
iMr Dais said NIB had enjoyed success in encouraging
New Pro\ idence pensioners to have their pensions deposited
directly to their bank accounts, ensuring the, received pay!
ment one week earlier than those \ ho received cheques.
He.added that due to this initiative's popularity, man\ pay
stations in New Pro evidence would close, allow ing staff ment-
bers who worked there to perform their regular duties.

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NOTICE is hereby given that LIONEL SYLVESTRE of Mackey
St, Nassau, Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalizatiot
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who know
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not b
granted, should send a written and signed statement of th
facts within twenty-eight days from the 14TH day of JUNE,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality an
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahama,.

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




The Board of Directors of In House Investments Limited
has declared a quarterly dividend forPreferred Shares to
all shareholders of record at June 15, 2006 as follows:

Preferred Shares 7.25% per annum (payment

The payment will be made June 30, 2006 through
Fidelity Share Registrars and Transfer Agents Limited,.
in the usual manner. i

applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts Within twenty-
eight days from the 21ST day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is herby given that LAMERCiE EUGENE OF ST.
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason
why registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 21ST day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

International Offshore Bank
with Latin American ties is
seeking an OPERATIONS
ASSISTANT. Familiar with
general office duties, loan
documentation, filing.
Applicant must be fluent in
SPANISH. Proven knowledge
of MS Office products. Please
submit your resume to
Managing Director, P.O. Box
CB11903, Nassau, NP.

e r3k,

Has two (1) vacancies for
Sales & Marketing Project Director:
-Responsible for onsite coordination of sales, sales administration and
-Achievement of targeted sales volume and maintaining inventory.
-Develop future(MVCI experience preferred) managers and Implement
self developed program
-Implementation of tour efficiency and building of strong team values
-Forecast and budget annual sales targets.
-Ensure communication, between personnel and others
-Strong leadership skills
-Minimum 5 years marketing vacation ownership
-Minimum 5 years marketing in management of sales, marketing and /or
-College degree preferred, but not required.
Please Send Resumes to:
Attn: HR Director
The Abaco Club on Winding Bay
P.O. Box AB2057
Mash Harbour, Abaco
Fax: 242-367-0077


Seize Freeport's 'golden

free trade opportunities'

FROM page 1B

economic sectors to foreign
He pointed out that clauses
such as the CSME's Right of
Establishment allowing
CARICOM nationals to open
up businesses in this nation in
Areas previously reserved for
iBehamians, and receive the
same benefits and incentives -
Smeant the Government would
lose tools to aid national devel-
Sopment, and be unable to pro-
tect Bahamian-owned compa-
nies until they were strong
enough to compete,
Mr Moss. said: "It seems to
.me the Bahamas has a golden
opportunity to utilise the Con-
tainer Port in Freeport as a
.point to break down [shipping
cargoes] or use that port to
trade with other nations
around the world.
"We trade with China where
we don't have a free trade
agreement, and I trade with
;Argentina, where we don't
Shave a free trade agreement.

BTC pro

!FROM page 11

Mr Roberts said that in the
past year, BTC had invested
in significant infrastructure to
.rengthen its network and
improve coverage throughout
the Bahamas, ,
, This included the installa-
tipn of a new fibre optic cable
network from Bimini to Grand
Bahama, and approving a $60
million Bahamas Domestic
Submarine Cable network or
BDNSI, which when complet-

"It doesn't make sense to
restrict your country by rules
and be invaded economically
when we can have the trade
we have today.
"This is what we need to
work on, not be dictated to by
the outside. The Bahamas
must act in its own best inter-
ests. Let the Bahamas grow up
and act as a nation."
Mr Moss said that the
WTO's definition of 'free
trade', and that of the world's
most industrialized countries,
was complete global liberali-
sation. This, he explained,
involved the removal of all
trade barriers, opening up
every market including the
Bahamas to multinational,
corporations and foreign com-
However, the BARF chair-
iman said he believed "restric-,
tiohs" should apply to so-called'
free trade. to enable small,
developing economies to pro-
tect their infant industries as
tools of national development.

Mr Moss said: "That is what
we have preached for more
than three years stay outside"
all the various international
trade agreements. .
He added:'"I believe these
trade agreements are only a
way to dilute the sovereignty of
Parliament, so those on the
outside can dictate what the
policies of this nation should
be. This is not the way to go.,
"The Bahamas must be giv-
en the same opportunities as
those industrialized countries,
who protected their industries,
protected their people until
they were mature enough to
enter this arena."
Mr Moss pointed out that
the US was among those
nations that had protected its
industries until they were
strong enough to compete.
He added that if the'
Bahamas failed to' get its
approach to theinternational
trade agreements right,
because future generations
would be the ones who suf-

fered if it did not.
"The Bahamas has to be
careful," the BARF chairman
said. "We need to develop an
agriculture industry so we can
feed ourselves, but imagine our
farmers trying to make a living
if we join the FTAA or WTO."
He said Bahamian farmers
would be hit by US agricultur-
al producers dumping low
priced products into the
Bahamian market, cheaper
than the costs it took Bahami-
ans to produce at.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance, has said in
the past, though, that anti-
dumping provisions in rules-
based trading systems should
prevent this.
Fred Mitchell, minister of
foreign affairs, previously said
international trade agreements
and how the Bahamas chose
to integrate its economy with
the rest of the world's was one
of the major challenges facing
this nation.
,Mr Moss, though, ques-

fits rise 7.4n during Q

ed would connect 14 islands.
Mr Roberts said BTC engi-
neers were in the islands per-
forming acceptance testing on
phase 2 of BDNSI, which start-
ed on January 2 and is expect-
ed to be fully completed by
August 2006.
The network will allow for
the delivery of GSM, high
speed Internet and cable net-
work,.with the capacity of 200
digital television channels.
Mr Roberts said BTC was
planning to increase GSM

NOTICE is hereby given that CHARLES PETIT BOS, of
Strachan Corner off of East St, P.O. Box N-3331, Nassau,
Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 14TH day of JUNE,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
.Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

,NOTICE is hereby given that VILLIAN CIVIL OF MIAMI
'applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
'Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
'Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
,registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and sighed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 21ST day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



Trained enumerators from The Department
of Statistics will visit business establishments
and households throughout New Providence
and Grand Bahama in order to collect
information to update our registers. Thisk
profiling exercise begins June 19, 2006 '

During this exercise very limited range of
questions will be asked, eg: business name
of what type and address; contact person;
employment size, etc. No information will
be sought on income or expenditure.

As always, enumerators will carry official
photo identification and correspondence. All
information collected will be held in the
strictest of confidence and used only for
statistical purposes.

For additional information please contact
The Department of Statistics Establishment
Section 302-2460, 302-2461 or 326-4602.

capacity from 120,200 con-
sumers to 250,000, at an addi-
tional cost of $6 million.
To accommodate the many
visitors who come to the
Bahamas and wish to use their
cell phones, Mr Roberts said
BTC was spending $6 million
to install an overlay CDMA
network for inbound roamers
only. This network will be

installed in hotspots such as
ports of entry and hotels.
Mr Roberts added that BTC
signed an agreement last year
with Research In Motion
(RIM) to facilitate blackberry
services in the Bahamas.
Company officials started
testing the system in-house,
and it is expected that it will
do a public testing next month.

,ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for ,Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person .who knows any reason why
Sregistration/naturalization should not be granted, should send
:a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 21ST day of JUNE, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DENNEISHA PRYCE OF #279
BAHAMA, BAHAMAS,, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of JUNE,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.'

NOTICE is hereby given that SONEL AUGUSTIN of Mackey
St, Nassau, Bahamas is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 14TH day of JUNE,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

tioned why the Bahamas, since
it had taken steps to accede to
full membership in the WTO,
had not reformed its tax sys-
The Bahamian tax system
relies heavily on customs and
import duties to generate more
than 60 per cent of government
revenues, but under WTO
rules these tariffs would be
seen as protectionist measures
that'act as barriers to trade. As
4 result, the Bahamas would

require a new tax system.
Mr Moss said it was "not
good enough" for the Bahamas
to contemplate tax reform just
because of the WTO, adding
that it should have done this
because it was not raising
enough revenues to match gov-
ernment infrastructure needs.
Advocating an income tax,
Mr Moss said the Government
was "not doing the infrastruc-
tural work to get us there" to
the WTO anyway.

Legal Notice


Late of Harbour Island, The Bahamas

Notice is hereby given that all persons having
any claim or demand against the above Estate are required
to send their names, addresses and particulars of the
debts or claims certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before the 21st July, A.D., 2006 required, to prove
such debts or claims, or in default be excluded from the
benefit of any distribution made before such debts or
claims are proved; after the above date the Personal
Representatives of the above Estate will distribute the
Estate assets having regard only to the proved debts or
claims of which they shall have had notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to make full
settlement on or before 21st July, 2006.

McKinney, Bancroft & Hughes
Attorneys for the Personal Representatives
Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas.

Common Law Side
ELIZABETH THE SECOND, by the Grace of God, of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas and of her other realms and territories,
Head of the Commonwealth.
TO: Mr. David Kosoy
Sterling Centre Corp
The British Colonial Hilton
WE COMMAND YOU That within Fourteen (14) days after service
of the writ on you, inclusive of the date of such service, you do cause
an appearance to be entered for you in an action at the suite of Emmit
White whose address for service is Commercial Law Advocates,
Chambers, Suite 1, Mosko Bldg., Trinity Place, Nassau, Bahamas.
And take notice that in default of your so doing the Plaintiff may proceed
therein, and judgment may be given in your absence.
WITNESS, Her Ladyship the Honourable Dame Joan Sawyer, Our
Chief Justice of the Commercial of the Bahamas the 16th day of January
in the year of Our Lord Two Thousand and Six.
N.P. This Writ may not be served more than 12 calendar months after
the above date unless renewed by Order of the Court.
The Defendant may enter appearance personally or by Attorney either
by handing in the appropriate forms, duly completed, at the Registry
of the Supreme Court, East Street, in the City of Nassau in the Island
of New Providence, or by sending them to that office by post.
THE PLAINTIFF'S CLAIM IS against the Defendants as follows:-
1. An Order for damages of breach of contract bearing out of the
failure or refusal of the Defendant to pay to the Plaintiff monies
due to'the Plaintiff for professional services rendered to the Defendant
by the Plaintiff and disbursements made by the Plaintiff with respect
to the construction of the house situate on the West end of Paradise
2. An Order for the payment of interest pursuant to the Civil Procedure
(Award of Interest) Act, 1992, on any award granted by the Court
herein; and
3. An Order that the Defendant pay all costs of an occasioned by the
bringing of this action.
DATED the 16th day of January, A.D. 2006
Suite 1, Mosko Bldg.,
T '.;ty Place,
Nassau, Bahamas
Attorneys for the Plaintiff

KING & Co.
Please be advised that the offices

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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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Jason Rolle continues

his impressive form


JASON ROLLE'S play has
been very impressive so far
during this year's BLTA
Junior Nationals being played
at the National Tennis Cen-
tre. On Monday, Rolle went
up against JJ Fountain who in
his own right has made a
name for himself and has
served notice that his arrival
among the elite juniors will be
long lived.
On Sunday, Fountain dis-
posed of 18's number one seed
Ceron Rolle in impressive
fashion 6-1, 4-6, 6-0 and was
not about to bow out to Rolle
without a challenge. Both
players came to play and what
a match it was. Fountain was
his usual aggressive self and
Rolle displayed his great
defensive skills, warding off
the constant attack by Foun-
tain and in the end, it was
Rolle coming out on top in a
hard fought match, 61, 4-6, 6-
4. i
Three hours later, Rolle
took to the court again in what
was supposed to be another
competitive match up against
the Florida based Paul Aran-
ha. Aranha, possessing per-
haps the biggest serve in the
tournament, showed ;up but
,didn't bring his "A" game
with him. Rolle wasted very
little time in sending Aranha
to .the showers with a very
impressive 6-0, 6-0 win.
Yesterday's play started out
pretty much the same way the
previous one had ended for
Rolle. In his quarter\ final
match up with Ricardo
Demeritte, again the talented
Rolle came out determined.
Demeritte, who has onlyibeen
playing for about 48 months
and lacks the experience of
Rolle, simply could not keep
up with the shot making skills
of his opponent and, in the
end, it was Rolle advancing
with a 6-1, 6-0 win. Rolle will
now play the winner of
Johnathon Tylor and K.C.
Strachan in today's semi final
match up.

PICTURED left is Jason
Role, below is Justin Roberts.
Both players enjoyed victo-
ries yesterday in the BLTA
Junior Nationals.

In the boys 18's-semi final,
JJ Fountain, still basking over
his impressive win over num-
ber one seed Ceron Rolle,
played a very smart match
against the steady Jacob Foun-
tain but in the end, it was
Jacob Fountain advancing to
the finals with a 6-2, 6-3 win.
In the boys under 12 divi-
sion, a rivalry is brewing and
every indication suggests it's
not going to end any time
soon. Ten year olds Justin
Roberts and Phillip Major
squared off for the second
time in three weeks. Three
weeks ago in the finals of the
Casley Championships on the
Campus of FIU, it was
Roberts winning in three sets
over Major. In yesterday's
semi finals at this year's Jr.
Nationals, it was Roberts com-
ing out on top once again -

this time in straight sets 6-2,
6-3. On Monday, Roberts
defeated Julio Valdes 6-3, 6-1.
On the girls side, top seed
Kerri Cartwright disposed of
Jacinta Calrke within 20 min-
utes, 6-0, 6-0 to win the girls
under 16 division. Cartwright
will also compete for the girls
14's title against arch rival
Kalotina Klonaris. Klonaris is
currently nursing a wrist injury
and actually had to retire dur-
ing her under 16 match. Hope-
fully she can go in today's
finals against Cartwright and
compete for the title.
Top seed Simone Pratt,
daughter of Grand Bahama
former number one and men-
tor of Larika Russell, Sydney
Pratt advanced to the finals of
the girls 12's with a very
impressive win over Chelsea
Russell 6-1, 6-0. She, will now

ntke on D:iinllc Thompson
in today's finals.
Pratt also won the girls 10
and under 6-3, 6-2 over the
number two seeded Erin Stra-
Pratt was seeded one.

R. Lightburne / J. Light-
bourne def. A. Roberts / R.
Demeritte 6-1, 4-0 Ret.
J. Rolle / J. Thompson def.
J. Lunn / K.C. Strachan 6-2,

.Senior Sports Reporter
IF THERE'S one tournament that Mark
Knowles would like to win it's Wimbledon.
Knowles has compiled a 541-261 win-loss
record and 43 titles the majority of them with
his Canadian doubles partner, Daniel Nestor.
But over a career that spans back to 1992
when he turned pro, the 6-foot-3, 191-pound
right-hander has not been successful in win-
ning a title in England.
i They came close when they lost in the final in
2002 to Jonas Bjokrman and Tood Wood-
: Coming off a semifinal loss to Bjornman and
his new partner Max Mirnyl at the
London/Queen's Club last week, Knowles said
they are hoping to turn things around next
week on the grass surface.
' "We want to win every tournament we play
aind it was a match that we should have won,
but we're not going to cry over it," said
Knowles, about their loss at Queen's.
"It was our first grass tournament for the
year, but we've figured out the things we need
to do and after coming up short, we feel good
going into Wimbledon."
Wimbledon and the French Open, which
aas played at Roland Garros at the end of
Mlay, are the only two Grand slain titles that
,nowles and Nestor have not won.
-:But having played in three quarter-finals,
three semifinals and one final, Knowles said
he's confident that the victory will eventually
"There's a few things that you have to have
going for you," he reflected. "You have to be
healthy and playing well and you need a little
bit of luck.

"We've put ourselves in a position a few
times and we hope to put ourselves in that
position to win again this year and hope that
everything comes through."'
Going in as the number three seeded team
and the world's No.3 ranked team, Knowles is
convinced that they have the potential to
emerge on top.
"At the Grand slam, we know everybody is
tough, especially on grass, which is fast. Any-
thing can happen," Knowles pointed out. "We
just have to try and get the job done early."


With so many memories at the tournament,
where his mother, Vicki Knowles, also played,
Knowles said there's nothing like winning a
title at what he calls the "Granddaddy of all
"Growing up around Wimbledon with my
mom playing there, this is the tournament that
I always wanted to win," he stressed. "So it's-no
secret there. It's a real special place for me."
Turning 35 on September 4, Knowles knows
that time is running out on his career, although
he hasn't put a time limit on just how long he
will stay around and play.
But Knowles said it's a goal of his to win a
Wimbledon title before he retires.
"It's always been a goal and I wouldn't be
happy unless I get it," he admitted. "There's no
guarantees in life.
"All you can do is keep trying and putting
myself in a position to win it.
"Overall, we're fairly healthy. I know Dan
will bounce back after a week off and we're
excited," Knowles summed up. "It's always a
big tournament and we're excited to be a part
of it."


squad is

named for



Junior Sports
THE Bahamas will
have to tighten the laces
on their boxing gloves as
they gear up to defend
their Caribbean Ama-
teur Boxing Association
(CABA) title.
The Bahamas Boxing
Federation (BBF)
released the names of an
11-member squad yes-
terday, that they are cer-
tain will capture the
The 22nd annual
CABA, scheduled to
start on Sunday in Port
of Spain, Trinidad and
Tobago, will host more
than 10 Caribbean coun-
The Bahamas team
has been in training for a
month now and, accord-
ing to trainer and
national coach Andre
Seymour, the team is
more than ready to do
Seymour said:
"Although I am not the
head coach for this
team, I must admit that
this team is more than
ready to hit the ring. I
am only the trainer this
time around, but with
the work-outs I have
been putting them
through I am sure they
will be able to prevail.
"Our strongest divi-
sion is the junior divi-
sion, even though we
have persons like Taure-
ano Johnson and James
-- McKenzie in the senior -,
division, our youth box-
ers will be up there to so
we are ready."
The Bahamas not only
walked away with the
overall title at last year's
tournament, but the
junior divisional title as
A confident Seymour
said with the addition of
Carl Heild and Levar
Stewart, the junior divi-
sion will be extremely
hard to defeat. Although
the.senior division will
be led by Johnson, the
CABA MVP in the wel-
terweight, Seymour
admitted that claiming
the title in this division
might pose a challenge
for the Bahamas.
He added: "The
Bahamas is strong all
around, but the
Jamaican team is very
strong in the senior divi-
sion, they always bring a
strong team.
"Don't get me wrong,
the Bahamas can put up
a good fight against
them, I am only saying
that their senior pro-
gramme is the heart of
their developmental pro-
gramme and adding in
the fact that they won
the title last year con-
The team will be
coached by Steve Larri-
more, who will be assist-
ed a team of coaches
which includes Leonard
"Boston Blackie" Miller,
Prince Ferguson and
Quincy Pratt.
The team will depart for
competition on Satur-

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DESPITE the fact that
the Bahamas failed to
return to the American
Zone II Davis Cup group,
captain John Farrington
said he was pleased with
their effort in the Zone III
tie over the weekend.
The team came from El
Salvador on Sunday just
shy of advancing to Zone
II after finishing third in
the final standings at the
end of the week-long com-
Host El Salvador and
Cuba were the top two
teams at the Maya Coun-
try Club in Nueva, San
Salvador to be promoted
to Zone II. The Bahamas
will remain in Zone III
next year with Puerto
Rico, Haiti and Costa
"We played well. We
won our group. They
played really well. They
supported each other,"
said Farrington of the
Bahamas team comprising
of Devin Mullings, Marvin
Rolle, H'Cone Thompson
and Chris Eldon.
"They we played in the
playoffs and again they
played well. But playing
on the red clay against
anyone from Central or
South American and
you're not properly pre-
pared, it's going to be
After coming out of the
round robin Pool A with a
2-1 win-loss record, the
Bahamas faced host El
Salvador and Cuba in the
playoffs on Sunday and
were blanked 3-0 in both
"None of the players
from Cuba or El Salvador
were better than us. I just
think the surface we
played on had a lot to do
with it. We were not
patient enough," Farring-
ton stressed.
"It's tough coming off
hard court and going on
the clay. Had we had a lit-
tle time to prepare for the
clay, we would have defi-
nitely had a better chance.
But we still played well."
Unlike playing in the
American Zone One or II
ties, Farrington said he
would recommend to the
Bahamas Lawn Tennis
Association that the play-
ers should arrive in the
designated playing site at
least 3-5 days before the
tie start so that they can
get acclimatised and accus-
tomed to playing with each
other. .
"Next year, we just have
to be better prepared,"
Farrington projected.
"Since we are a little more
familiar with the format at
Zone III where there is a
lot more tennis played
every day, we will be bet-
ter prepared for next
Farrington said the team
played consistently
throughout the tie, but
they didn't win the big
points when they had to in
the playoffs, therefore
they missed out on
"No one was there to
show that they were that
much better because they
were not," he insisted. "So
to me, the surface really
made a difference. We just
have to spend more time
before the tie getting used
to the surface."
Farrington said he antic-
ipate that the Bahamas
will emerge out of Zone
III, but it's going to take
some time. Having gained
the experience this year,
he predicts that they will
be more comfortable with
the format when they play

next year.

Tonique making time


"I am very disappointed that
I couldn't compete over the
weekend. I actually competed in
England last week Sunday and
immediately after my race I felt
as though I have strained my
quads. But I couldn't avoid this
meet, I had already purchased
my ticket, I came straight from
England here, the whole goal
was to come home and compete
in front of the home crowd and
put on a show, to be competitive:
in either the 200m or the 400m."'

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Junior Sports
Olympic and World
Champion Tonique
said she is tak-
ing a break
from the track
in order to
get some
'much needed'
Although the rest
period won't be more than a
week, Williams-Darling said
it is being used as a precau-
tionary measure so she won't
aggravate a nagging groin
injury sustained two weeks
Williams-Darling was sup-
posed to settle in the blocks
for Ihe 200 metres at the
Bahamas Association of
Athletic Association's
( BA AA) National champi-
ons, held this past weekend,
but she experienced pain
from the injury during her
workout prior to the meet
Williams-Darling said
expressed disappointment at
not being able to run in front
of an eager home crowd, but
said she would rather sit one
out than to aggravate the
injury further.

She said: "It is nothing that
is extremely detrimental to
my career, let me put it that
Nway. I feel extremely blessed,
I am having some problems
but it is nothing to take me
out of competition serious-
ly. I had to miss two meets
before this one.
"I've been having some
problems with my quads, but
is something where it is just a
matter of getting treatment,
resting and just not going out
there when I am feeling it so
I can avoid any further long
term injury."
The groin injury was sus-
tained in Gateshead, Great
Britain, at the Norwich
Union British Grand Prix
meet where Williams-Dar-
ling finished up in the first
spot 50.13 seconds.
This was the last meet
Williams-Darling competed
She added: "I am very dis-
appointed that I couldn't
compete over the weekend. I

actually competed in Eng-
land last week Sunday and
immediately after my race I
felt as though I have strained
my quads. But I couldn't
avoid this meet, I had
already purchased my tick-
et, I came straight from Eng-
land here, the whole goal
was; to come home and com-
pete in front of the home
crowd and put on a show, to
be competitive in either the
200m or the 400m.
"Unfortunately I had to
stray away from that plan
this year, just how I had tb
do in other meets so it is just
a matter of putting it into
perspective and realising that
I couldn't do it this year, and
not trying to get depressed
about it."
The Olympic and World
Champion took a front row
seat at the nationals when
the women's 400m race was

Eager to witness the crow-
ing of a new champion in the
event, Williams-Darling said
she was overjoyed to see how
many young athletes have
decided to participate in the
event, and as a result the
future for the Bahamas looks
"I am really impressed
with the way they went out
there and really challenged
the 400m," said Williams-
"I think when you're a
young athlete, you always
have the impression that you
have to take it easy on the
first 200m so that you can
have something in the end,
but I see these girls racing
"The change of strategy
has also made the difference
in my career, so I am really
impressed with the race, and
the time. These girls been
having great college careers
and we are always in con-
stant communication with
each other. They are really
positive and they really want
this, so it great to see them
go out there and push."
Winning the event was
Sasha Rolle in a time of
54.32 seconds, she was close-
ly followed by Shakeitha
Henfield in a time of 54.72
seconds and Julie Nixon in
1:02.09 seconds.
Both Rolle and Henfield
are apart of the national
record 4x400m relay team.

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