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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
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Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: July 11, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
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Police: one of the

worst traffic

fatalities of the year

Chief Reporter
A YOUNG woman lost her
life early yesterday morning
in what police officials are
describing as one of the worst
traffic fatalities for the year.
Chief Superintendent Mar-
Svin Dames said that the vic-
tim, who was the only female
passenger in a group of four
travelling in the green Nissan
Sentra, has not yet been iden-
What police do know, how-
ever, is that the group was
travelling from the Lion's
Club on Thompson Boulevard
after attending a function.
"As they were coming down

the hill toward the Police Col-
lege for some apparent rea-
son the vehicle crashed into a
lamp pole as well as part of
the wall that surrounds the
Police College. As a result of
this incident the young lady
died from her injuries," he
However, the other two
male "'pasenigers-and the dri-
ver did escape with some
The vehicle was driven by
a 29-year-old male resident of
Meadows Street.
Police are not speculating
as to.what may have been the
cause of the tragic accident,
but are not ruling out speed
and wet roads as a factor.

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Man fights for his

life after stabbing

A MAN is fighting for his life in hospital after being stabbed
while walking in the downtown area.
According to reports, the 26-year-old man was walking with
friends on Bay Street at 7am yesterday, in the area of the Pipe
. of Peace store, when the incident occurred.
The suspect, a man known to him, produced a sharp object
and cut the 26-year-old in the area of his neck. Following the
stabbing, the 26-year-old man ran into the Bank Lane area
before collapsing.
He was rushed to hospital where he is listed in "very serious

PRIME Minister Perry Christie and Chinese Ambas- Construction of the stadium %ill come following the
sador Yuaming Li along with other Bahamian and Chinese demolition of the structures in close proximity to the pre-
officials broke ground yesterday marking the start of con- sent stadium.
struction on a national stadium donated by Ihe government From left: Minister of Youth, Sports and Housing Neville
of the People's Republic of China. Wisdom, Prime Minister Perry Christie, Chinese Ambas-
The donation could amount to $30 million. sador Yuaming Li, Bahamas Olympic Association Presi-
It is expected to be a state-of-the-art facility designed to dent Sir Arlington Butler and President of the Bahamas
accommodate some 15,000 persons with the ability to Association of Athletic Associations Mike Sands.
expand to fit yet another 15,000. (Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)

Two detained in

Lawyer hits out

investigation into at mega resorts'
botched robbery at megaresorts

POLICE have detained two
persons for questioning as law
enforcement officials continue
their investigation into a
botched robbery that left one
of three would-be robbers
CLT Communications and
Rental on East Street South,
off Wulff Road, was robbed
last week Friday at around
10.40 am by three masked
men who forced the owner
and an employee into a back
office, while they started to
take the company's merchan-
dise off the shelves.
Sometime during the inci-
dent the owner was gun-
butted in the face by one of
SEE page 14

Chief Reporter
MOST of the mega resorts
announced by government are
designed for affluent foreign-
ers to enjoy as exclusive play-
grounds, creating a huge
chasm between Bahamians
and foreigners, whites and
blacks, rich and poor, said
lawyer and human rights
activist Fred Smith.
Because the investments
target affluent foreigners and
the developers are in the busi-
ness of leveraging the land
and marine resources for max-
imum profit, Bahamians can
no longer afford to buy land in
their own country in the areas
of these developments, as
prices have skyrocketed.

In many of these develop-
ments Bahamians have
become foreigners in their
own homes, the lawyer said.
Mr Smith made the com-
ment in a speech entitled
Tourism and Land Use In the
Bahamas, to the American
and Caribbean Law Initiative
(ACLI) and the North East
People of Colour (NEPOC)
Legal Scholarship Conference
hosted by the Eugene Dupuch
Law School.
"The boast by the govern-
ment that all of these devel-
opments create job opportu-
nities in the Bahamas is hyp-
ocritical and vacuous, espe-
cially in the Family Islands,"
said Mr Smith.
SEE page 14


calls for the
media to be
'fair and

SENATOR Philip Galanis
has called on members of the
Bahamas media to be fair and
balanced in their reporting, say-
ing the role of the media is to
criticize and keep people in
check, while telling the whole
The most recent comments
by the PLP Senator came in an
interview with The Tribune
after he was questioned about
his most recent attacks on
SEE page 14

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Sir Lynden Pindling, the PLP

and celebrating independence

T IS a pity that this year's
celebration of our inde-
pendence has been somewhat
marred by the row over the
renaming of Nassau Interna-
tional Airport by the PLP Gov-
Whether out of sheer incom-
petence.or their usual penchant
for slighting the Official Oppo-
sition, the Government failed
to deliver to Opposition Leader
Hubert Ingraham a proper invi-
tation to the ceremony renam-
ing the airport after Sir Lynden
Neither did the Government
deliver invitations to the other
members of the Official Oppo-
sition in the House of Assem-
Only one day before the
event, Mr. Ingraham was hand-
ed five invitations for distribu-
tion to persons of his choice.
This is the usual courtesy
extended to members of parlia-
ment for certain national events.
That timing would have been
inconsiderate in any case, but
more so having regard to the
fact that Mr Ingraham repre-
sents a Family Island con-
stituency. It was unreasonable
to expect him to distribute these
invitations to his constituents
with any expectation that they
would have been able to attend.
The same applies to Mr
Ingraham's colleagues in the
House who were at the same
time given five invitations each,
presumably for distribution to
their respective constituents. All
but one of Mr Ingraham's col-
leagues in the House represent
Family Island constituencies.
Mr Ingraham himself was

included in an invitation
to his wife who is a prin-
cipal in one of the public
schools and was appar-
ently invited in that
capacity. That could be
explained since there
were probably dozens of
such invitations given to
someone to be
addressed to civil ser-
vants and their spouses.
But there can be no
excuse for failing to
extend a proper and
timely invitation to Mr.
Ingraham in his capacity
as Leader of the Oppo-
sition, and no excuse for
failing to deliver per-
sonal invitations to the
other members of the
Opposition in the
So, in response to this
gross insult, Mr. Ingra-
ham and his colleagues
were quite justified in
not attending the affair.

T his is not the I
first time the
PLP Government has
done this sort of thing
and until they decide to
show respect for other
people, the Opposition
is right to refuse to tag
along at the last minute
at the whim and fancy
of the Government.
Furthermore, the
renaming of the coun-
try's premier international air-
port is a rather significant mat-
ter and the Opposition should
not'only have been invited in
time, they should have been



consulted beforehand.
The Government has the
power, of course, to name pub-
lic buildings and institutions.
But even in the case of a school

in a particular district, it
would be the courteous
thing to do to consult the
MP for the area and
maybe the residents as
Most certainly in the
case of a national facility
like Nassau Internation-
al Airport, the Opposi-
tion should have been
consulted, and a parlia-
mentary resolution
would not have been a
bad idea either.
Furthermore, it would
have been a gesture of
good faith to have invit-
ed the Leader of the
Opposition to participate
in the event and to con-
tribute a message to the
souvenir booklet.
When a decision like
this is made, it should
not be on a partisan
basis. If there are any
serious objections they
should be sorted out in
advance, otherwise
another government may
be inclined to change it,
and that kind of gover-
nance would make the
country look ridiculous.

he PLP Govern-
ment should
also try to be mature
I enough to treat national
events differently from
partisan political rallies.
No sensible politician
will want to be a mere prop in
an opponent's show; or to
attend an event where he will
be forced to sit and listen to
overtly partisan speeches or
even attacks without oppor-
tunity to reply.
The PLP is obviously not con-
tent to allow Sir Lynden to

There can be
no excuse for
failing to
W extend a

proper and
timely invita-
tion to Mr
Ingraham in
Ships capacity as,
Leader of the

a Opposition.

acquire the status of a departed
national hero and to allow the
memory of his considerable
achievements gradually to take
ascendancy in the national con-
:.: sciousness over his equally con-
siderable failings.
They obviously still see in him
a partisan tool that they will
take out and burnish especially
for use in the run-up to general
; I elections. The trouble is that
their opponents are not likely
to allow them to get away with
that and will most certainly
attack Sir Lynden's record.
Sir Lynden is deserving of
honour and memorialization for
the good things he did for the
S Bahamas, for the battles he
S fought on behalf of his people
and for his long service to this
country in the political arena.
He led the struggle for majority
*f rule and many other reforms in
this country and he led the
nation into independence.
-454 I He was not, as Governor
General Arthur Hanna point-


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to a


James, of All Saints, a com-
munity in central Antigua.
Some say the supply ini-
tially improved,, but com-
plained about its quality.
"The water is cloudy. I use
it to flush the toilet and clean
the bathroom. I don't use it
for cooking or washing white
clothes," said Paulette Chris-
tian of Potters, a community
about two miles from the
capital of St. John's.
Several calls placed Mon-
day to officials at the
Antigua Public Utilities
Authority were not immedi-
ately returned.

ed out, the sole source of all
these accomplishments. But he
was the one whom his fellow
freedom fighters and nation-
builders chose to lead them in
those crucial days and years.
So while he is indeed deserv-
ing of much credit, the PLP
Government took a risk in
renaming Nassau International
Airport in his honour.
The international airport is
not a local school nor a city hos-
pital nor a national library.
Many people around the world,
including the international
media, will be informed of this
and may not understand the
Government's rationale.
Some members of the media
may be tempted to revisit the
Seventies and Eighties when the
Bahamas was in the throes of a
corrupt drug culture that
attracted international attention
and will forever be associated
with Sir Lynden and his Gov-
ernment. They will wonder why
we named an international air-
port after him.

N o amount of rationali-
sation on our part will
be convincing. That was the
worst period in. the history of
the Bahamas since the days of
piracy, and the country will con-
tinue to suffer the effects of it
for many years to come.
The foreign media were hav-
ing a field day at our expense.
The Bahamas was branded in
one newspaper as a "nation for
sale" and in a bold headline the
country's leader was referred
to as a "corrupt liar".
The sad thing is that most
Bahamians knew that what was
being printed, broadcast and
televised about us was more
than justified by what was in
fact happening in the country
at that time.
A Commission of Inquiry
appointed by Sir Lynden him-
self dramatically exposed the
whole sorry mess and so we
would be on a losing wicket try-
ing to whitewash what is easily
verifiable as a very nasty period
in our history.
SCorruption was rife from top
to bottom in our society.
Indeed, the Commission found
that the tentacles of corruption
had reached into the Cabinet
itself, and American DEA
agents had planned a sting oper-
ation to catch one of Sir Lyn-
den's Cabinet colleagues in the
The sting was aborted by the
US State Department acting
through its ambassador to the
For most of this period, Sir
Lynden and his Government
seemed paralyzed incapable
or unwilling to respond effec-
tively to the greatest crisis in
the recent history of the


y the time this appears
the Bahamas will have
celebrated another anniversary
of its independence. As we go
forward into the future we
should resolve to develop all
the positive aspects of our his-
tory and culture and hope to
leave a better Bahamas for
future generations.



*In brief

Man held




ON Friday sometime
around 3.45pm, Police K-9
Unit officers on duty at the
harbour saw a man carrying
a cooler. He was acting in a
suspicious manner.
Officers approached the
man and conducted a search '
of the cooler. During a a
search, officers found an -
empty bag inside. Even
though the cooler appeared
to be empty, officers thought
it was too heavy and con-
ducted a further search.
Police discovered that a
hole had been made on the
inside of the cooler to con-
ceal a package, which con-
tained one kilo of suspected
A 26-year old male resi-
dent of Gambier Drive was
arrested and taken into cus-
tody as was the suspected
DEU officers are continu-
ing their investigations into
the incident.

Mother and
victim of
arson attack

FREEPORT A 29-year-
old woman and her nine-
year-old daughter were vic-
tims of arson on Saturday
when a man set fire to the
bed in which they slept fol-
lowing a domestic disagree-
According to police
reports, a 31-year-old man
has been taken into custody
in connection with the inci-
Inspector Loretta Mack-
ey, assistant press liaison offi-
cer, reported that sometime
around 5.40am Saturday a
woman resident of Glad-& -j
stone Terrade reported to
police that she had an argu- Y
ment with another person
around 5pmr.
After retiring to bed with
her daughter, a person
entered their room and lit
the bed afire, resulting in
injuries to them both.
Inspector Mackey said the
victims were taken to Rand
Memorial Hospital, where
they received medical atten-
tion for burns. The woman
had sustained burns to 60 per
cent of her body while 20 per
cent of her daughter's body
was burned.
Officers from the Central
Detective Unit are continu-
ing their investigations into
the matter.



of water


St John's
DESPITE the recent
opening of a new plant
intended to increase the
water supply in this tiny
Caribbean island, Antiguans '
complained Monday about
an ongoing shortage.
Antigua's second reverse
osmosis plant opened more
than one week ago. It was
supposed to increase the
two-island nation's fresh
water supply by about
700,000 gallons a day to 2.5
million gallons.
Brt Antiguans say there's
been little change since the '
US$3 million (euro2.3 mil-
lion) plant in the island's
northeast began operations.
"The water goes off for
about 10 hours. At least
every night we go sleep with-
out water," said Denfield


0 In brief

Two arrested
suspected of

FREEPORT Two persons
were caught and arrested at
Lucayan Harbour in separate
incidents for allegedly attempt-
ing to smuggling dangerous
drugs onboard the Discovery
Cruise vessel on the weekend.
Sometime around 2pm on
Saturday, police officers from
the Police K-9 Unit were on
duty at the harbour where pas-
sengers were boarding the Dis-
covery Sun for Fort Lauderdale.
During this time attention
was drawn to a woman who was
taking a cooler with her to the
security point by police dog
Bengy. On searching the cooler,
officers discovered four pack-
ages, containing four kilos of
suspected cocaine.
As a result, a 47-year-old
woman resident of Hudson
Estate was arrested and taken
into police custody for ques-
tioning. The suspected cocaine
was confiscated.

will not get

DOMINICA couldn't com-
plete negotiations on a previ-
ously announced agreement for
visa-free visits to the French
Caribbean, the attorney gener-
al said Monday, according to
Associated Press.
Prime Minister Roosevelt
Skerrit had announced in
March, after meeting with
French Interior Minister Nicolas
Sarkozy, that he had signed a
deal to allow visits of up to 15
Says without. a visa to the
French overseas departments'
of Martinique, Guadeloupe and
St. Martin.
But Attorney General Ian
Douglas said the, restrictions
imposed by the departments
have made it impossible to
implement the agreement. The
overseas departments, which
are concerned about illegal
immigration from Dominica,
require visitors from the island
to purchase travel insurance,
with coverage of at least
$EC100,000 ($US37,000,
euro29,000), and to have the
mayor of the community they
plan to visit certify their accom-
Dominica's ruling Labor Par-
ty had made the lifting of the
visa requirement a campaign
pledge. It's an important issue
on the island, where people
have long had to go overseas to
find work.

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THE New Miss
Bahamas World
Beauty Pageant
crowned Deandrea
Conliffe as their
newest queen on
Saturday night at
the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort
(Photo: Mario
Tribune staff)

Police launch


after robberies =

POLICE are searching for
two suspects in connection
with two separate cases of
armed robberies that
occurred over the long holi-
day weekend.
SAt 11.45pm on Sunday, a
man was robbed after leaving
Barbies Beauty Salon on
East Street.
According to reports, the
man was still in the area of
the beauty salon when he was
approached by two men --
one armed with a handgun,
the other with a shotgun. The
men threatened him and
robbed him of his watch, gold
chain, other personal effects
and the cash he was carrying
on his body at the time.
Also on Sunday, at around
1.44 pm, the Action uphol-
stery store on Taylor Street,
Nassau Village, and its
patrons were robbed.
Press liaison officer in-
charge of CDU Chief Supt
Marvin Dames told The Tyi-
bune that according to eye-
witnesses, two men one
with a red towel tied around
his face, the other wearing a
hooded jacket entered the
store, held the employees up
and robbed them of $10,000
in cash. After robbing all of
the establishment's cus-
tomers, the two men fled in a
green truck owned by a
woman patron.
Police also arrested a man
in connection with a stabbing
over the holiday weekend.
According to reports, a 23-

year-old man of the Yamacraw
Beach area on Saturday at
around 12.45 pm was stabbed
several times when he was
assaulted by a man he knew.
Chief Supt Marvin Dames, in
charge of CDU, told The Tri-


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PAGE 4, TUESDAY, JUL .Y 11, 2006


SENATOR PHILIP Gala; ais has made it
clear that he is rather thin-skirt ned and did not
like his letter sent to this; newspaper for
publication discussed to t ie extent that it
was in this column a few weei s ago. His sec-
ond letter of complaint aboul: the manner in
which his first letter public, hed on June 19
-was dissected was publish ed in The Tri-
bune on July 6.
Frankly, we are not the lea st interested in
Mr Galanis' opinions. Howev er, because his
views are prevalent among at certain group
of Bahamians, especially in government cir-
cles, we will continue to discus 3s them ad nau-
seam if necessary. If the temj ierature of the
young journalists in our news 'oom is an indi-
cator of the reaction of the | young set, Mr
Galanis' ideas have annoyed tli em to the point
where they have no intention I of ending the
debate. One of them has goiae so far as to
send Mr Galanis' latest letter w ith reference to
nation building published in The Tribune
on July 6 to Kent State Urniversity's assis-
tant professor of journalism, who, under the
auspices of the US Embassy', conducted a
media seminar in the Bahama,; last year. Our
reporters argue that if we are going to
embrace globalization then w e have to face
world opinion and measure up to those stan-
dards. They refuse to be anchored in, an island
backwater with people like Se nator Galanis.
Mr Galanis is concerned that what he calls
Managing Editor John Marqu;is' "unfair crit-
icism" in a recent article makes Bahamians
look bad to tourists and investors and as a
result we should be conceivedd aboit' our
tourist economy.;And he asked: "What kind
of profound damage does this do to the col-,
lective psyche of a nation and its people?"
However, what Mr Galatnis failed to,
acknowledge was that what Mir Marquis was.,
discussing, as a result of interviews with.
Bahamians, was a subject that concerns allt
of us non-performing and deviant Bahami- -
ans who are dragging us down.,, and who dai -
ly threaten our economy. He was only artic h
ulating what concerned Bahamians are con i-
stantly complaining about in our column, .
Mr Galanis knows that every word that V (lr
Marquis wrote was true. He also knows thi'ht
the article concerned only one group .Obf
Bahamians a group large enough to destir' oy
all of us if we continue to play the ostriL.:h
game of head in the sand. Mr Galanis' oi.:ly
complaint is that Mr Marquis is a foreign
journalist and while in our country should
content himself with the game of the tree
monkeys see no evil, think no evilfa)nd
speak no evil.
We refuse to accept Mr Galanis' attitude iof
condescension to both tourists and Bahamii. pns

as though they are still children and have to be
protected from the ugly truth.
The Pindling government found out what
tourists think about that attitude when a
tourist got mugged in the Cable Beach area
some 'years ago. The visitor later discovered
that if was unsafe to walk between the two
Cable Beach hotels especially as the area
was unlighted but that visitors were not
warned, because government taking Mr
Gala:nis' line did not want them to know
that crime was a growing problem on this
island d. Government feared it was bad for the
economy as it would frighten tourists away.
And so what did the unhappy visitor do? He
took out full page advertisements in several of
Arrerica's most influential newspapers and
told the world what he thought of this gov-
erament and its hiding of the truth, which he
in terpreted as lack of concern for visitors. He
felt that if he had been warned, instead of
being frightened away from the Bahamas, he
would have taken precautions and avoided
the assault.
For Mr Galanis' information, tourists,
:already a part of the real world, know how to
handle hard facts, even when they are ugly.
We recall the days when small delegations
of "concerned citizens" would arrive in Sir
Etienne's office angry that a shark was men-
tioned in The Tribune in connection with
Bahamian waters. Apparently, in those days
sharks like deviant Bahamians should-
n't exist in the Bahamas, because to admit of
their existence would be to drive visitors out.
Now turn to page 6 and read haj R6ev
Hartley Thompson, speaking at Grand
Bahama's Independence celebrations Sun-
day had to say about the decadence of this
nation. Contrary to what Bahamians would
claim for this "Christian nation," Mr Thomp-
son concludes that there is nothing Christian
about the Bahamas.
Would Mr Galanis argue that Rev Thomp-
son should not have been so outspoken
because he might frighten away tourists and
investors? Or should his tongue be cut out
because he dared warn Bahamians of the ene-
my in our midst, an enemy that is about to
drag us down to perdition? If not, then why
should Tribune Managing Editor John Mar-
quis be denied the freedom of his pen?
The only difference that we can see
between them is that one is Bahamian and the
other is foreign. If Mr Galanis would allow
Rev Thompson the full sway of his tongue, but
deny Mr Marquis the freedom of his pen,
then we can only conclude although Mr
Galanis denies it that Mr Galanis is indeed
xenophobic. And it is this attitude that makes
tourists and investors uneasy amongst us.

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EDITOR, The Tribune.

I WAS rather surprised to
read Sir Arthur Foulkes' col-
umn "To The Point" in your
edition of Tuesday, June 27 in
which he criticized the Prime
Minister and the PLP for
attempting to have Senator
Bernard Nottage address the
House session on the issue of
the recent cluster of malaria cas-
es in Exuma.
He either specifically accused
or implied that the PLP consis-
tently abused and ignored the
rules of the House, set bad
examples for the youth by their
disregard for time (a criticism
with which I concur), he
accused them of grandstanding,
political chicanery, and of being
prepared to destroy the parlia-
mentary convention.
After reading the column I
was left wondering whether Sir
Arthur Foulkes followed the
proceedings of the House when
he served as High Commission-
er in London. If he did, he
would have witnessed, as I did,
some of he most egregious
abuses of the parliament and its
conventions during the two
terms of the Hubert Ingraham
administration. Let me cite but
a few.
Mr Foulkes mentioned that
the Prime Minister manipulated
the system by proroguing par-
liament after four years only so
that Governor General Arthur
Hanna could preside over an
opening. Well blow me down!
There has greater
abuse, manipulation and politi-
cizing of, or disrespect for the
rules and conventions of the
democratic institutions of this
nation than the treatment met-
ed out to former Governor
General Sir Clifford Darling fol-
lowing the FNM's victory in
1992. In case Sir Arthur does
not remember, let me remind
Hubert Ingraham and the
FNM sent Sir Clifford far away
from The Bahamas on a forced
and unwanted vacation at the
people's expense, simply to
allow Sir Kendal Isaacs to pre-
side over the opening of parlia-
ment. This was a blatant and
deliberate politicizing and dis-
respect for a time-honoured and
valued national tradition. At the
very least they should have paid
for the vacation from the coffers
of the FNM since it was such a
partisan political exercise.
How could Sir Arthur criti-
cize the legitimate prorogation
and reading of the Speech from
the Throne by constitutionally
appointed Governor General
A D Hanna and not even
acknowledge the bastardization
of that Office by Hubert Ingra-
ham and the FNM? Mr Ingra-
ham, after the terrible defeat at

the polls in 2002, and before he
unveiled his intended move
against Tommy Turnquest and
Dion Foulkes, offered regrets
for this unpardonable action.
I wonder if Sir Arthur
remembered how Hubert Ingra-
ham impulsively adjourned the
House after only a few minutes
of its convening because he
could not get the then opposi-
tion PLP to give its consent to
introduce some matter. He not
only adjourned the House after
a few minutes but he adjourned
it to only minutes later. The
House then was forced to meet
for a new sitting that very same
morning. And Sir Arthur talks
about abusing the rules and
conventions of parliament!
I was most surprised that Sir
Arthur took such a mean spir-
ited swipe at the Speaker of the
House. Maybe he could say if
the former Speaker of the
House, Italia Johnson, broke
the rules, conventions and tra-
ditions of the House when she
was permitted on two occasions
to step down from the Speaker's
chair and make contributions
to debates from the floor of the
Now here new ground was
broken. Under no circumstance
in the Westminster system is it
ever permitted for a sitting
Speaker to engage in debates
in the House. I know of no oth-
er jurisdiction where this polit-
ical manoeuvre has ever been
or would ever be allowed.
But the essence of Sir
Arthur's column was to criti-
cize the fact that the Govern-
ment attempted to have Senator
Nottage address a sitting of the
House from the bar of the
House. Sir Arthur wrote: "Mr
Christie knows that it is, and
should continue to be a rare
honour for anyone who is not a
member to address the House
in session." He goes on to say
that it is a privilege reserved for
heads of state and other distin-
guished persons. I suppose that
Sir Sidney would qualify under
the latter since he was invited
by the FNM to.address the
House in session. Sir Arthur
then went on to make a state-
ment that is quite curious. He
wrote that: "Under no circum-
stance should a minister of Gov-
ernment who sits in the Senate

About the 'system'

EDITOR, The Tribune.

"THE System really works too slowly, and there is nobody more
frustrated than your MP... but that's the System".
These were the words of the Hon Vincent Peet as he announced
that plans were underway to start repairs at the North Andros
Clinic in Nicholl's Town this week.
But it took the protest of frustrated workers at this facility to final-
ly bring the "system" to its knees to commence badly and long need-
ed repairs. No doubt, the "system" is very much aware that elections
are on the horizon and the people of North Andros, indeed the
entire Bahamas, are sick and tired of this "system" that came to
power in 2002.
This "system" indeed works too slowly, if it works at all! Thank-
fully, the people run things in The Bahamas, and the people are
poised to put a much more effective System in place come 2007.

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be allowed to address the elect-
ed branch of parliament in ses-
There is no rule or conven-
tion to prevent such an occur-
rence. Sir Arthur was right in
that it would require the unan-
imous consent of the House to
permit it. There was apparently
a verbal agreement the day
before between the two House
leaders but that agreement was
withdrawn by Hubert Ingraham
whom Sir Arthur claimed was
protecting the rules of the
House. This by a man, a twenty-
year member of the House, a
party leader and a prime minis-
ter who during his term in office
showed very little regard for
conventions. Why would the
FNM not allow Senator Not-
tage address the House in ses-
sion over an issue that had
national and international impli-
The recent outbreak of
malaria had the potential to
compromise the public health
and to severely damage the
nation's number one industry. If
it were not the valiant and hero-
ic efforts of the health officials,
efforts which I understand have
been lauded by the World
Health Organization and The
Centre for Disease Control, The
Bahamas may have been today
in a very precarious position.
The full impact of the outbreak
will not be known for some
Why not allow the Minister
from the Senate to address the
House in session of the dangers
that faced The Bahamas? Why
not allow the Government to
use the one forum and national
institution that we know will
receive the widest national
attention? Why not give this
deserving recognition to those
brave and gifted officials who
may have very well saved The
Bahamas from catastrophe but
who instead were forced to wait
while the opposition played pet-
ty politics.
I am certain that all well-
thinking Bahamians would
agree that this was a nobler and
more acceptable reason to
forego the rules, conventions
and traditions of the parliament
than were those above-men-
tioned abuses by the FNM. I
must now seriously question Sir
Arthur's credibility and judg-

June, 2006.

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The negotiating team was
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Case may
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penalty for
Puerto Rican

San Juan
A PUERTO Rican man
could become the first sen-
tenced to death in the U.S. ter-
ritory since local authorities
ruled out capital punishment, if
found guilty in federal court of
slaying a security guard at a vet-
erans' hospital outside the cap-
ital, according to Associated
A jury was scheduled to hear
final arguments Monday in the
case against Carlos Ayala
Lopez, who is charged with
murder in the killing of Jose
Rodriguez Reyes at the Veter-
an's Medical Center in 2002.
Prosecutors allege that Ayala
fatally shot the guard while try-
ing to steal his gun for a planned
drug trafficking operation.
Ayala's attorney, William
Matthewman, says his client
didn't possess the gun that
killed Rodriguez.
Puerto Rico abolished capi-
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death penalty in some cases
because the territory is subject
to U.S. federal law. The island's
last execution took place in
1927, and the legislature
approved a resolution reaffirm-
ing Puerto Rico's anti-death
penalty stance in May.
Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila
has urged US authorities not to
seek the death penalty in Puer-
to Rico, while local activists
have accused the United States
of trying to impose capital pun-
ishment in colonialist fashion.


Docks damaged in

2004/5 to be repaired

Chief Reporter
spend $323,122 repairing four
docks in North Abaco that
were damaged by hurricanes
in 2004 and 2005 Works and
Utilities Minister Bradley
Roberts told those gathered
at a contract signing for the
All of the docks will be con-
structed using the "blow
away" technique where dur-
ing hurricanes only the decks
should be impacted.
The repairs to these docks
will take approximately four
These docks were damaged
on two occasions. First, during
hurricanes Frances and
Jeanne in 2004, and again last
year during hurricane Wilma.
Mr Roberts said that the
authorization to repair some
of these docks was given
before the end of the 2005
hurricane season, but had to
be withdrawn as a result of
the additional damages inflict-
ed by Wilma.
The repairs to these docks
will include replacing pilings
where necessary, and the re-
installation of deck planks

where necessary, along with
the replacement of new
stringers and beams, the min-
ister said.
The Treasure Cay Dock,
the Anchor Dock will be re-
attached to the bedrock and
new ladders will be installed
to accommodate users.
At the Crown Haven dock,
repairs will be carried out to
the concrete abutment. New
fish cleaning tables, ladders
and benches will be con-
"These docks are an inte-
gral part of the communities
here in North Abaco. It is
from these docks that the fish-
ermen launch their vessels
and return with their catch. It
serves as the to and from con-
nection point to East Grand
Bahama," Mr Roberts said.
The repairs of the four gov-
ernment docks Coopers
Town, Treasure Cay, Mount
Hope and the Crown Haven
dock will be repaired at a
cost of $87,426, $65,086,
$125,000 and $45,610 respec-
The Crown Haven, Mount
Hope and Treasure Cay docks
will be repaired by Calvin
Parker and the Cooper's
Town Dock will be repaired

* BRADLEY Roberts

by Bootle's Dock & Seawall
Construction Company.
Mr Roberts said that he was
told that the Fox Town dock
would also need to be repaired,
but an inspection by Ministry
of Works Engineers found the
claim tq be "groundless and
without merit."

Ingraham comments on

ceremony 'ludicrous'

Tribune Staff Reporter
A PLP senator said Fri-
day that opposition leader
Hubert Ingraham's com-
ment that the renaming of
Nassau International Air-
port was a political event
and not a national one, was
"completely ludicrous and
In Friday's Tribune Mr
Ingraham accused govern-
ment of transforming Thurs-
day's renaming ceremony
into a "PLP function at the
expense of the Bahamian
However, in an interview
with The Tribune on Friday,
PLP Senator Philip Galanis
felt strongly that Mr Ingra-
ham's claims cannot be sub-
stantiated, and that Mr
Ingraham never supported
his claims as to why the
renaming ceremony was a
party event.
"Mr Ingraham and the
FNM are fully aware of the
outstanding and stellar con-
tributions that Sir Lynden
made. This was not a func-
tion to honour Mr Christie,
it was not a function to hon-
our anybody in the PLP. It
was a function to honour the
father of the nation.
"Their absence and boy-
cott of this, clearly demon-
strated a degree of political
immaturity the likes of
which this country has not
seen before," said Mr Gala-
Mr Ingraham did not
attend the renaming cere-
mony. He complained in the
House of Assembly

Wednesday morning that nei-
ther he, nor any member of the
Opposition had received an
invitation to the event. As a
result of his complaint, he
received an invitation Wednes-
day afternoon for the Thursday
morning ceremony. He did not
He said he thought the late-
ness of the invitation was partly
because of government's incom-
petence. However, he added,
he did not know the extent to
which it was deliberate.
In rebuttal, Mr Galanis, said
that the question is not when
Mr Ingraham received the invi-
tation, but when he first learned
about the renaming exercise.
He said that Mr Ingraham
and the FNM were "fully aware,
at least two weeks before. They
were aware of this well in

* HUBERT Ingraham

He added: "Mr Ingraham, it
appears to all Bahamians, is
afraid to come into the public
because he is no longer in
charge. It appears as though he
and his band of FNM cohorts
have put their tails between
their legs, and decided that they
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FREEPORT Hundreds of
Bahamians on Grand Bahama
turned out in true patriotic spir-
it to celebrate the Bahamas'
thirty-third Independence
anniversary, which climaxed
with a countdown in an amazing
fireworks display to the mid-
night hour at Independence
An array of brightly coloured
flames pierced the night's skies
and illuminated the playing
field, where many had assem-
bled at 8pm on Sunday to
attend an ecumenical service
and flag-raising ceremony.
Dr Marcus Bethel, Minister
of Trade, Industry and Envi-
ronment, inspected the police
honour guard, which was fol-
lowed by an official flag raising
by the guard.
The event was attended by
political and religious leaders,
who offered prayers for the
Rev Hartley Thompson deliv-
ered the sermon. He spoke
about the moral and spiritual
ills plaguing the nation and
called for spiritual renewal
throughout the country.
The clergyman said that
many labour under the delusion
that all is well and that the
Bahamas is a "Christian
He claimed that pornogra-
phy, violence, murder, rape,
gambling, sweethearting, lying,
stealing, fornication, adultery,
divorce, injustice, homosexual-
ity, lesbianism and incest, are
some of the shocking issues that

exist in the country today.
"In fact, I am advised that the
horded discussion around town
nowadays is the diabolical top-
ic of same sex marriage. I dare-
say, the moral fabric of this soci-
ety is largely eroding," he said.
He described today's
Bahamians as "a materialistic
and secular" generation.
"The question still remains is
the Bahamas a Christian coun-
try? While we have been hit
hard by three recent hurricanes,
generally speaking we have
been spared the ravages of war,
famine, earthquake, serious epi-
demic outbreak, and many oth-
er natural disasters.
"But, although we have not
experienced these calamitous
problems does it mean that we
are a Christian nation?"
Rev Thompson said there is a
proliferation of religious struc-
tures and.edifices ranging in size
from two by four clapboard
with the bare essentials to the
very outstanding high cathedrals
with stained glass windows.
"Taking all these beliefs and
modes of worship into account,
still begs the question: Is the
Bahamas a holy nation? Look
at the education, social and
philanthropic entities in the
country which benefit our soci-
ety in a meaningful way, but do
they make us a righteous
"Consider our laws those
that deal with protection of fun-
damental rights and freedoms
of Bahamians, which include
such elements as the protection
of the rights to life, protection
from inhumane treatment, pro-
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"Surely, the state of affairs in
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proves the question if we are a
people under subjection to God,
then who are the perpetrators'
of all the sin and misdeeds -
the misfits, the
marginalized, the drop-outs
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some will say."
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cultural reform.
"As good as th6y are, what
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thing else is spiritual renewal,"
he said.

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o In brief

Migrant who
died during
journey had
head injuries

A CUBAN woman who died
while attempting to reach the
Florida Keys in a speedboat
crowded with migrants sus-
tained fatal head injuries,
according to preliminary autop-
sy results released Sunday,
according to Associated Press.
Amay Machado Gonzalez
died and four others were
injured Saturday when their
boat, which held 31 Cuban
migrants, ignored orders to stop
and attempted to ram the U.S.
Coast Guard vessel, authorities
said. Coast Guard crew then
fired two shots into the vessel's
engine to disable it.
"She has blunt force head
trauma. I think it's consistent
with her striking the boat," said
Monroe County Chief Medical
Examiner Dr. Michael Hunter.
Coast Guard authorities
intercepted the boat with Gon-
zalez aboard just south of Boca
Chica, Florida, Coast Guard
officials said.

Stanford says
will spark

St John's
AMERICAN millionaire
Allen Stanford hopes his self-,
named Twenty/20 cricket tour-
nament will spark improved
administration and fan support
in the Caribbean, according to
Associated Press.
The bats are black, the balls
are orange and glow in the dark,
the stumps are colored silver,
and all 250 players have
received their own pads, gloves,
pants, shirts, etc.
West Indies bowlers Pedro
Collins, Corey Collymore and
Fidel Edwards were starters.
Stanford said administration
of cricket in West Indies needed
to keep up with the times.
"The world has changed so
much in the past 25 years," he
said at the tournament launch
on Saturday. "The world's best
cricket playing nations have
adapted. They have evolved.
We have not."
He said he was not out to
eliminate test cricket, but aug-
ment it with Twenty/20 to
attract a younger crowd.
The tournament starts on
Tuesday and heads to a final on
Aug. 13. All matches are at
refurbished Stanford Cricket
Following the tournament,
Stanford said a 13-man Stan-
ford Super Stars team will be
Selected to play a one-off Twen-
, ty/20 game against South Africa
in Antigua in November for a
purse of US$5 million.

Rand Hospital

getting ready for

hurricane activity

GRAND Bahama's only
hospital, the Rand in
Freeport, has upgraded its
water and electricity gener-
ating capacity in readiness for
the hurricane season.
A 1,200-gallon per day
reverse osmosis system has
been installed, water storage
capacity has been increased
to 12,000 gallons, and a new
800 kvca generator has been
mounted on a three-foot plat-
"The Rand can be at ease
now to know that there are in
place back up systems should
there be interruptions in sup-
ply from the city," said Public
Hospitals Authority (PHA)
managing director Herbert
Mr Brown was in Grand
Bahama last weekend to
inspect the hurricane readi-
ness of the Rand Hospital
and clinics in other districts.
He was accompanied by
Anthone Ward, Deputy
Director, Shared Services,
Capital Development Unit.
They were received by the
Rand's acting administrator
Sandra Mortimer-Russell,
and deputy principal nursing
officer Audrey Rolle.
Based on the challenges
the last hurricane season pre-
sented, said PHA mechani-
cal engineer Errol Johnson,
the Rand moved expedi-
tiously to address them.
Water shortage, he said,
was met by installing a 1,200-
gallon per day reverse osmo-
sis system.
The result has been "an
adequate supply of drinking
water to the institution," he
During last year's hurri-
cane season, the Rand need-
ed about 1,000 gallons of
water per day. .,.
"This system is beyond
that capacity and has the
capability to expand based,
on any growth that we have
in this institution," said Mr
"Now that we have reverse

osmosis water, in the event of
any hurricane we won't have to
worry about water situations as
we had to during the last hurri-
cane season."
Should the Rand go into hur-
ricane mode or if there is an inter-
ruption in the city water supply,
said Mr Johnson, "we can con-
tinue on stream without having to
worry about where the water is
going to come from next."
The direct feed coming from
the main city water source to
the hospital has been doubled
to a two-inch main line.
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12,000-gallon storage tank and
piped through the reverse
osmosis system before entering
the hospital.
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was a number of persons who
were concerned about the
number of large developments
taking place in the country and
the overall effects they may
have in both the short and long
term. 0
Joanna Edwards said: "We
need to be very mindful of how
much Crown land we are sell-
ing. The positive is that the
investors bring the money here
that we need to develop the
"The investments are the
driving force for making the
Bahamas a premiere loca- '
tion," said local artist Jamaal .
Rolle. "On the other hand it
keeps us in a state of being '";


According to the Sun Sen-
tinel some Bahamians think '
Government isn't properly
policing foreign developers and
is allowing the Bahamian peo-
ple to be taken advantage of.
The US newspaper named sev-
eral ongoing developments and 0ODERICK Johnson said
stated that Bahamians have a "Bahamians feel like the
fear of "looming repercussions" foreign investors are the
brought on by the massive tools for the country's
investments, development."
Nyasha Grant said: "In a way l --
it is very good but this is a small
country, there are environmen-
tal effects as well more
resources are being used. I think
the Government may be over-
doing it just a little, but overall
it helps our economy."
"Bahamians feel like the for-
eign investors are the tools for V
the country's development,"
said Roderick Johnson, "but we
need to become investors as
Mr Johnson said that local
businessmen "cannot survive
in the shadow" of the foreign .
investors and would be forced .
to close their businesses. "The
reality is that the Bahamas is
slowly being sold. We can't
expect the foreigners to know M JOANNA Edwards said:
how to create something "We need to be very mindful
Bahamian, we are also losing of how much Crown land we
a bit, of our culture eachh are selling." .

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: N NYASHA Grant said:
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effects a well more
resources are being used."

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Hemispheric nations should help

establish confidence in Guyana

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

THE countries of the
SWestern Hemisphere
in general and the States of the
Caribbean Community (CARI-
COM) in particular have a
responsibility to ensure that
agreed modalities are put in
place that would allow broad
acceptance in Guyana of the
results of impending General
While power-sharing by the
political parties elected to the
Guyana Parliament would be
the most desirable outcome of
General Elections that are con-
stitutionally due, and may be
held, by early September, the
overriding concern must be that
the elections are endorsed by
all the political parties and inde-
pendent observer missions as
free and fair.
If the elections are not
regarded as free of voter manip-
ulation, the opposition parties
will not accept the result, and
this could lead to protests and
demonstrations in the
streets. One incident could
ignite civil commotion and con-
Guyana has laboured long
under the strain of division
between its two main political
parties, the Peoples Progressive
Party/Civic (PPC/C) and the
Peoples National
Congress/Reform (PNC/R) who
count their core supporters
among the East Indian and
African communities respec-
tively. In the past, the racial
division has spilled into vio-
It is not in the interest of
Guyana, CARICOM and the
Hemisphere for civil strife to
erupt. Already a Highly Indebt-
ed Poor Country (HPIC), with
the second lowest per capital

income in the Caribbean, the
country's economy would sink
to even lower depths, as new
investment turns away and
existing investors apply brakes
to their businesses.
The effect of an unstable
country within the CARICOM
fold and in the Hemisphere is a
prospect that neither govern-
ments nor business people want,
particularly at a time when
CARICOM countries host the
World Cup Cricket tournament
with its already challenging
security issues. Guyana, itself,
is scheduled to be the venue for
some of these games.
Working with CARICOM

The overrid-
ing concern
must be that
the elections
are endorsed
by all the
political par-
ties and inde-
observer mis-
sions as free
and fair.

governments, the major coun-
tries in the Hemisphere, espe-
cially Canada and the US,
should do all in their power,
bilaterally and through the
Organisation of American
States (OAS), to encourage
President Bharrat Jagdeo of the
PPP/C, Robert Corbin of the
PNC/R, and the leaders of oth-
er political parties to sit down
and work out agreed modalities
for holding the general elec-


his has become
absolutely necessary
because it is widely acknowl-
edged in Guyana that the vot-
ers' list is seriously flawed con-
taining names of people who
are known to be dead or to
have migrated.
Having started with an unver-
ified list from the 2001 elections,
the register of voters, prepared
by the Guyana Elections Com-
mission (GECOM), remains
defective and opens the possi-
bility for fraud.
It is now too late to verify the
voters' list, and while it will
undoubtedly be challenged in
the Courts, a delay in the elec-
tion, should the Court grant it,
could entail Mr Jagdeo govern-
ing by Presidential fiat a
prospect that neither he nor
anyone else would welcome.
In any event, delaying the
election will intensify appre-
hension and suspicion among
the political parties and their
supporters and create space for
trouble. It may be best, there-
fore, to hold the elections but to.
do so with modalities in place
that give all the contending par-
ties comfort that the result will
be a genuine reflection of the
will of the majority of people
who are entitled to vote.
There is good reason why
CARICOM should insist on
playing a role in getting alls the
political parties in Guyana to
agree on the procedures for vot-
ing that will allow voters to be
matched and verified from a list
of the polling district in which
they vote. Guyana is CARI-
COM's largest territory and in
the Caribbean Single Market
(CSM), the exploitation of

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Guyana's vast re
becomes available to t
as a whole.
A stable and rev
Guyana offers the C

m~It' funds allocated through
the OAS to train and accredit
teams of local people who could
be sent to every polling station
i across the country to scrutinise
and endorse the voting process
fiom the casting of the first vote
to the counting of the last bal-
lot. In other words to ensure
that the persons casting votes
are registered in the polling
place and that the number of
voters matches the number of
votes cast.
It would be far better for
countries such as the US, UK
and Canada to allocate a little
more money now to establish a
process that commands con-
sensus, than to pay much more
to recover the country from fur-
ther deterioration.
.While CARICOM, the Com-
monwealth and the OAS have
already indicated that they will
send missions to observe the
elections, it will take more than
these missions to satisfy con-
tending political parties that the
rs elections process is fair. The for-
eign missions need to be aug-
mented by teams of trained and
independent local observers sta-
esources tioned at each polling station.
he region The Commonwealth Secre-
tary-General, Don McKinnon,
vitalized hinted at a press conference in
,aribbean the Caribbean last week that he.

people the chance to establish
businesses and take up employ-
Western Hemisphere nations,
particularly Canada and the US,
through the OAS, financed the
work of GECOM in the
main. They have a right to be
convinced that the preparation
of the voters' list that they fund-
ed was effectively done. And,
since it is clear that the list is
defective, the Hemispheric
nations should require that, at
the very least, modalities agreed
by the major contending par-
ties are established for holding
the elections.

O ne element in such
modalities would be

may be willing to send his sp,
cial envoy, Sii Paul Reevc:;,
back to Guyana to talk to the
political leaders to see if, even ui
this late stage, a consensus
might be developed on Ihe gen-
eral election.
Sir Paul has been playing L
facilitator's role in trying to pro-
mote a consensus among the
parties for the conduct of the
general election. So far, his
efforts have reaped no great
But, worry about what will
happen after the election is rife
throughout Guyana, and the
political parties must themselves
be deeply concerned.
In this context, the time is
ripe for Western Hemisphere
governments and CARICOM
States to strengthen Sir Paul's
hand by giving him and the
Commonwealth Secretariat, the
muscle and the means to offer a
process for conducting and
monitoring the election in which
there could be confidence.
Whatever the elections result,
power sharing by the political
parties elected to parliament
remains Guyana's best hope
and salvation, but this election
hurdle has to be jumped suc-
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Chaplain attends military Christian conference


Bodie, Chaplain of the Royal
Bahamas Defence Force,
recently returned home after
attending the third Associa-

tion of Military Christian Fel-
lowship, Caribbean Military
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The parley, which con-
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tary leadership and unity,
inductive prayer and Bible
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military, police, business exec-
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Leaders with Wisdom, Con-
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As the Royal Bahamas
Defence Force is a member
of the Association of Military
Christian Fellowship
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Caribbean Military Christian
Leaders Conference
(CMCLC) would take place
in' the Bahamas in 2008. Rev


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Bodie was unanimously select-
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team, which forms the Cen-
tral Planning Committee for
the forum to be held here.
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representatives from Barba-
dos, Trinidad and Tobago,
Antigua and Barbuda,
Jamaica and St Lucia.
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Seoul, South Korea, which
was headed by the Korean
Military Fellowship and the
Korean Veteran Officers'
Christian Union Chaplains
Association. The world con-
ference is held once every 10

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Broadcasting Corporation

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the 70th anniversary of the
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ihe Bahamnias.
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houses all of its Administra-
tive offices and departments.
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to be constructed for the
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the Bahamas is featured on
the 65 cent stamp.
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the Bahama islands to which
BCB provides radio and tele-
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the Post Office's tradition
over the years to commemo-
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said ZNS had put on a small
public exhibition between
May 26th and June 2nd.

"We have also done stamps
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happening, we would consider
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the persons who worked
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' CB A CUBANS walk past a billboard showing a photo of Cuban
,', Presiden Fidel Castro that reads "We're doing fine" in Havana,
.;. Cuba on July 8
n o (Photo: AP/Javier Galeano)

US government

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Si'on on Monday urged Wash-
ingronr to spend US$80 million
to help non-government groups
''in Cuba and to break the corn-
'"'munist government's "block-
Sade" on outside information.
The recommendations by the
,Presidential Commission for
I assistancee to a Free Cuba come
just as Fidel Castro's Cuban gov-
S-;ernment is moving to strengthen
ts leadership and institutions to
,,, ensure the status quo.
SUS Secretary of State Con-
-- dolezza Rice released the com-
S.t mission report during a Wash-
," ington news conference that inter-
national journalists in Havana fol-
: lowed by teleconference.
SRice said the report's recom-
mendations "reflect America's
-'resolve to stand with Cuba's
brave opposition leaders: men
"and women who speak for those
-Cubans who are forced into
'fearful silence but who remain
'free in their hearts and in their
"We are increasing our deter-
., mination to break the regime's
, Jnformation blockade," Rice
said. "And we are offering sup-
,,-port for the efforts of Cubans to
prepare for the day when they
will recover their sovereignty
and can select a government of
S"-their choosing through free and
fair multiparty elections."
The report calls for US aid
Sto a transitional government in
SCuba if such a government sup-
ports multiparty elections and
a free-market economic model
and if it asks for help.
"An undemocratic Cuba is a
destabilising influence in our
hemisphere, and we are sure
that a free and prosperous Cuba
will be a friend of the United
States and will be welcomed
back into the inter-American
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said Caleb McCarry, the State
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government, but last week
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version of the document as a
blueprint for regime change.
Cuban parliament speaker
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that a classified section of the
report could include plans of
violence against the island.
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comes a month before Castro
celebrates his 80th birthday and
amid moves by his government
to give a higher profile to his
younger brother and designated
successor, 75-year-old defence
minister Raul Castro.
At the same time, Cuban
leaders have strengthening the
country's Communist Party by
resurrecting an executive body
called the Secretariat to reassert
ideological control over the gov-
erunent and society at large.
Official US policy is to under-
mine Cuba's planned succession
from Castro, who turns 80 on
August 13, to his younger broth-
US President George W
Bush appointed the Commis-
sion for Assistance to a Free
Cuba in late 2003. Its first rec-
ommendations in May 2004
included a strengthening of US
trade, financial and travel
restrictions on the island.
Cuba has been under a US
financial embargo since 1961, two
years after the elder Castro came
to power with the ousting of then-
President Fulgencio Batista.
US Representative Ileana
Ros-Lehtinen, a Cuban-born
Florida Republican, said the
report showed "the strong com-
mitment of President Bush to
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Mr Duncombe who has
been a member of Club
1600 since 2001, said he is
motivated to make certain
that membership in the elite
all-male organization is a
rewarding and fulfilling
The President's cabinet
includes: TM Chato Outten,
vice president Education,
TM Darren Sawyer, vice
president Membership, TM
Pedro Young, vice president
Public Relations, TM
Charles Newbold III, secre-
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treasurer, TM Sanchez
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is to constantly knock those
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questioned Senator Galanis.
However, a noted American
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FROM page one

media tactics and practices.
In an open letter to the Edi-
tor of The Tribune last week,
Senator Galanis challenged
journalists to "shoulder" their
responsibilities as "nation
builders and not just nation-
"What the public needs,"
said the senator, "is an objec-
tive arbiter who can inform
persons on both sides of the
political divide and in a manner
that is going to inform, edu-
cate, and elaborate on the
issues that are being dis-
"Why do people believe that
the only way to build a nation

saying, "I don't take that view
of believing that every time a
reporter or journalist criticis-
es the government that we
ought to shoot the messenger
because of the message."
He continued by saying that
he is guided by the principles
of French philosopher Voltaire
who said: "I may disagree with
what you say, but I will defend
to the death your right to say
However, the senator did lit-
tle defending of John Marquis'
rights to free speech when he
wrote a letter of criticism, call-
ing Mr Marquis' May 29th
"Insight" article "destructive
and ill-informed."
In a letter entitled "John
Marquis has no respect for
Bahamians or The Bahamas,"
Senator Galanis said that Mr
Marquis' article "illustrates the
profound damage that can be
done to a nation and its people
by badly intentioned foreigners'
whose viewpoint are irrepara-
bly warped by their own agen-
das and prejudices."
Acknowledging that the
piece was an opinion piece, the
senator took exception to Mr
Marquis' supposed "bitter and
malicious" words which allud-
ed to "an educational system
that is practically defunct," and
"a massive block of high unem-
ployable under-achievers."
"When you are a guest in
this country, you need to be
careful, in my opinion, the lan-
guage you use to describe the
people," Senator Galanis said.
When asked if he would
have been as appalled if a
Bahamian had written the
same thing, Senator Galanis
said that a Bahamian would
not have used the language,
the tone, and tenor to describe
the way he saw things.
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with a stabbing

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saying," said Senator Galanis,
"there is some truth to what
he is saying. I am not saying
that some of what he is saying
is not truthful, what I am say-
ing is when you are being
truthful, be completely truthful,
tell the whole story, and he is
not telling the whole story."
The senator said that he
agrees with some of Mr Mar-
quis's statements, but disagrees
with the manner in which he
says it. As an example, he said
he did not think that the
Bahamian educational system
was "practically defunct" as
described by Mr Marquis.
Rather Mr Galanis would have
softened it by saying that the
educational system was
"extremely challenged."
And whereas the senator
found Mr Marquis' comments
that "without foreigners, the
Bahamas would implode in
short order, leaving the native
population to catch conch and
collect coconuts" to be partic-
ularly offensive, after consid-
ering life in many of the outly-
ing family islands. Senator
Galanis agreed that "we would
have a different economy and a
different reality if we didn't
have a reliance on foreigners
.... but that is a hypothetical
"There is no question that
we need the foreign interplay
in our economy," Mr Galanis
said, "but what I take excep-
tion to is the tone and tenor of
Marquis' writing, the way in
which he expresses them."
Taking Mr Galanis' state-
ments into account, Professor
Idsvoog says that "rather than
address the question or issue
(at hand), the politician attacks
the reporter.
"When that happens, the
reporter needs to (stay)
focused on the issue."

Friend Marie Lewenczuk, four grandchildren Debbie
Pellar, Danny Pinder, Amy Pinder and Erika Peebles
one greal-daughter.4shley Marr and dear friend
rlF, /Brian d'.4Arivle.
A visitation and memorial will be held at Tillman
F Funeral Home in West Palm Beach, Florida on Tuesda
/* July 11th 2006 at Noon.

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Senator Philip Galanis

OVER the Independence holiday weekend police arrested a
man in connection with a stabbing.
According to reports, a 23-year-old man of the Yamacraw Beach ,l
area on Saturday at around 12.45 pm was stabbed several time-,"
when he was assaulted by a man he knew. -
Chief Supt Marvin Dames, in charge of CD, told The Tribune ,
it is believed the assault was the result of an argument o\er a:
young woman. A 24-year-old man, also a resident of the Yamacraw
area, was arrested in connection with the incident. '

FROM page one Detained

the individuals. ',
As they continued to collect at the time. o e r ,
items the owner was able to The owner opened fire add:-*
secure his licensed shot gun. one of them was shot. ,
He confronted the three indi- The remaining two fled co ,
viduals who were still armed foot.

Lawyer hits out .

at Megaa resorts .

FROM page one
The land in the Family Islands is being given away for develop- '
ment, and, with the exception of Grand Bahama, do not have the
necessary Bahamian tradesmen, labourers or businesses to support the
billion dollar developments that are touted, Mr Smith said.
"We have limited labour, trade, craft, vocational and professional
expertise. The sizes and intended speed of these developments outpace
any indigenous capacity to effect them. The vaunted developments have
the counterproductive effect of requiring the importation of vast num-
bers of skilled and unskilled labourers and craftsmen from Mexico,
India, America, Canada, Germany and Haiti," he said.
The majority of the developments use their own project managers,
market sales abroad, and use foreign engineers, surveyors and archi-
tects. There are rarely, if ever, Bahamian equity joint partners. Because
taxes are waived, the Bahamian Treasury gets very little when conm-
pared to the vast fortunes to be derived from the developments.
The quality of life for all Bahamians now living and generations yet
to come, and similarly, for all of the permanent and temporary guests
who make the Bahamas their home, is at issue, he said.
"I urge our legislators, our policy makers and the Bahamian people
to develop a national, political, educational, social and cultural com-.
mitment to jealously guarding, preserving, protecting and improving out
environment. This will provide resources for future generations as w.Jl
as ourselves to enjoy environmentally sustainable developments and to ,
provide a quality of life which so many Bahamians see slipping away,
as, one by one, our unique Family Island cultures evaporate, our
coastlands are cannabilised; our wetlands, mangroves and marshes
are dredged away and our forests bulldozed or cut down, burned or
shredded into pulpwood. We need to develop a national cultural and,
environmental preservation ethic," he said.
Due to the fact the Bahamas has.a small land mass all developments',
have huge impacts on the fragile, varying and unique eco-systems in the,
country, Mr Smith said. .
This highlights, he said, the need for a national and or local coherl'
ent land or marine use policy, which the country lacks.
"Our marine resources are abused by illegal poaching and over-' -
fishing by our neighbours and also limited policing resources. Defor-'
estation and development not only cause destruction of our land envi- -
ronment but huge collateral damage to our marine habitats and reefs.'
Successive government administrations have paid lip service to the envi; -.
ronment. There are no environmental protection laws," he said. i 1
The lawyer described the Bahamas as having evolved to a play,-.,
ground for affluent foreign second home owners, resort developers, all- ,
inclusive tourism resorts, golfing communities and marinas for mega,:;
With little available beachfront land for development in South'
Florida, the pristine and cheap beachfront land in the Bahamas h's,.,,
been targeted by eager foreign investors seeking water front propertyy.,
"Our vast tracts of public lands, called Crown Land, are given awayP.
almost free to promote foreign development and resold for millions of.
dollars by the developers. Our governments trade away property,
business, hotel, customs and stamp tax exemptions in exchange for polit-"
ical kudos by announcing mega projects, and in consideration of tlhe '
promised developments," Mr Smith said.
The current administration's policy is to establish anchor projects.
throughout the Family Islands focusing on the most pristine and ciw '
turally sensitive locations in the Family Islands, he said.
As the Bahamas becomes more and more of a playground for thie-"
rich and famous and 5 million plus tourists, Mr Smith said government'
should stop giving away such comprehensive tax concessions and'-.,
develop national and local land use development plans. '
"This will in fact make it easier for development to occur, and pro,-
vide desperately needed taxes for properly governing the country.-r
Lastly, our environment, investment and concession laws should apply,.:
equally to Bahamians and foreigners and we should get rid of the,.
awful reality of rank discrimination in so many fields which pervades..
the Bahamas," Mr Smith said.

f '.' i'^"' '" "- ;

Iby Rowena Staton was born at The Current, Eleuthera
on September 8th, 1918 to Herma and Edith Hall She
Lived in Nassau until 1951 when she moved to West
Palm Beach, Florida and resided there until she passed /i
*away on July 6th, 2006.
She is survived by he husband, Victor "Bruce" Staton;
three sons, Gary and Gordon Pinder and Rick Peeples,
one niece Sharon d'Arville: daughters-in-law, Maureen
Pinder and Ruth Netlon-Peehles and her very dear


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TUESDAY, JULY 11,2006, PAGE 15

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in numbers
Family Guardian applauds the success
Eof Bridgette Bethell, Finance CCordinstor,
on achieving the prestigious designation.
Fellow, Life Management institute (FLMI),
awarded by the Life Office Management
Association (LOMA) of Atlanta, Georgia.
Mrs. Bethell joined the Group Division
SH of Family Guardian in 2001. She holds
--a Bachelors Degree in Business Management
and has also earned LOMA's designation,
Associate, Customer Service (ACS).

.. s .n Family Guardian congratulates this
Dedicated professional for her commitment
to personal development and quality
customer service.

SMINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe is pictured with

Basketball Bridgette Bethell

players back

to Bahamas GUARDAN

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Players Association returned FUEL SURCHARGE 2005 2006
their annual conference to The 1 _11.47p
Baiamas this year after a three- 11.13410 1
year absence. 11.9818C
Billy Hunter,.NBPA presi- 11 ,L
dent,, said the NBPA had held
their last three conferences in
Las, ,egas, Nevada, but now 10 10.8948___
hoped to visit The Bahamas for 9.3128, 9.45613
several years again. Although., .10.3676e
the NBPA had not held official 9.7073c
- events in The Bahamas for sev- 9 9.2901c 8.
er r years, many players con- 8.8882.
tinted to visit the country on 7.811
personal trips, he said. 8-
Mfr Hunter pointed out that
thl players' revenue afforded 6.823
theih considerable disposable 7
income for travel and leisure in 6.5 357e
The Bahamas. The players -
have just concluded a new _.k
agreement with the National 5.1712 5
Basketball Association, and the VIM
43&-gctive players earned $2.1 ;
billion last year, he said. W 5
"When you are earning that
kind of income, you can pretty 4.6237c
much go where you want to 4
you, when you want to go," Mr
Hunter said. Yo ele blcty bl is made
Forty NBA players and their 3 Lup!_btlie wch is
families attended the latest con-
ference at Atlantis, Paradise C nt and has not
Island from June 25 to 29. The 2
number of conference partici-
pants is expected to increase as
the current agreement nears the is I ed on the price of
endpf its life and new negotia- 1s
tior must take place. ,
The average salary for anm and is calculated
NBA player is $5.2 million. The .0 --d ads lu
league minimum salary is JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG EP OCT NOV DEC u
$42Q,000, and some players earn FEB MAR APR MAY UN JUL AUG EP
more than $20 million in one
In' addition to spending in
hotels, restaurants and casinos,
NB`A players also spent time
with. budding Bahamian bas-
ketball players. NBPA repre-
sentatives conducted a basket-
ball clinic at Kendal Isaacs
Gytinasium for almost 200 chil-
dren between the ages of four
to 18.
The NBPA conference and
basketball clinic were arranged
in: conjunction with the Ministry
of Tourism's Sports Tourism

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Vol. 1 Issue XVII

July 11,2006

BTC Managers Take

Part inLeadership

Skills Workshop

Executives, Senior Managers and
Managers of The Bahamas
Telecommunications Company Ltd
(BT) participated in a Leadership
Skills Workshop hosted by the
Executive Management of BTC.
The event which was held at the
British Colonial Hilton Hotel on July
4th and St focused on Leadership
Skills and encouraged participants
to challenge themselves in
becoming better leaders within the
organization. BTC used the event
as an opportunity to motivate
employees and encourage them to
display positive attitudes towards
their staff.
During the welcome address Ms.
SHelene Ferguson, VP Human
Resources, Training and Safety,
stated that she hoped the
presentations and information
sharing would enable the workshop
attendees to establish a clear
direction for the persons reporting
to them. She said,*The purpose of
this workshop is to implement
action plans that build commitment
to the transformation process
amongst your staff, ensure
execution through effective
processes and create change."
Chris Jusilen, Motivational Speaker
and Music Lecturer at The College
S of The Bahamas (COB), gave an
interactive presentation on the true
meaning ofTeamwork' Mr.Justilen
reiterated that as managers


communication is essential
especially the use of listening skills.
He said "As managers you must be
able to recognize the subtle
differences between each staff
member, as a leader you must be
able to embrace change, adapt, be
knowledgeable and accountable.
Finally, as a manager you must
display a positive attitude and look
forward to coming to work each
day because subordinates follow by
Mr. Gregory Bethel Chairman, Board
of Directors BTC, informed
participants that not all managers
are leaders but, possess the skills to
influence individuals in. their
immediate environment. Mr. Bethel
reminded managers that BTC is a
company for the people and that
everything that is done within the
organization is a reflection of them.
He encouraged each manager to
have key objectives that they wish
to achieve throughout the year, as
part of their career development.
Keynote speaker Dr. Myles Munroe
encouraged participants to be stead
fast in their pursuit in making BTC
the wireless, broadband, internet &
entertainment company and
unleash the best in their employees.
The workshop was just one of the
many initiatives that BTC has
planned for its staff to encourage,
inform and motivate them within
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Fiscal deficit for 05-06

may drop below 2.4%

(FILE photo)

Tribune Business Editor
he Government's 2005-
2006 fiscal deficit could
drop as low as 2-2.1 per
cent of gross domestic
product (GDP), the min-
ister of state for finance told The Tri-
bune, although the administration could
not "rest on our laurels" when it came
to managing the public finances.
James Smith indicated that the GFS
deficit for the Budget year just ended
was likely to be lower than the revised
2.4 per cent of GDP estimate unveiled
in the 2006-2007 Budget communica-
tion, due to improved revenue collec-
tion and the economy's overall growth.
The minister said that while he was

Development balance

needs regulatory 'teeth'

Tribune Business Editor
attorney has urged this nation
to create "an environmental
protection agency with teeth"
and a national land use plan as
.a uncon-
'.- trolled economic development.
Addressing a conference
hosted b\ the Eugene Dupuch
Law School, Fred Smith, an
attorney with Callenders & Co,
said the 'anchor project' mod-
el of development in the Fam-
ily Islands meant that Bahami-
S ans were becoming "foreign-
ers in their own homes"
because these islands did not
have the human and infra-
structure resources to meet
developers' demands.
There were not enough
Bahamian businesses, skilled
workers and labourers in these
SFamily Island locations to sup-
S port the projects that were
planned, Mr Smith said, mean-
ing there was "the counterpro-
ductive effect" of having to
import foreign skilled and
unskilled labour to meet
investors' needs.
He added that this meant the

Government's claims about job
creation flowing from these
investment- projects were not
necessarily all they seemed.
In addition, the Callenders
& Co attorney argued that the
investment incentives granted
to developers, particularly the
hotel, real property, stamp,
business and customs tax
exemptions, "deprive the Gov-
ernient of the necc-s.,r', tax
b:i-e to provide f-li ihE ncds of
our citizenry".
Further questioning whether
the benefits from these invest-
ment projects were filtering
down to ordinary Bahamians,
Mr Smith said: "Building mate-
rials are imported directly form
the USA. The majority of the
developments use their own
project managers, market sales
abroad, and use foreign engi-
neers, surveyors and architects.
"There are rarely, if ever,
Bahamian equity joint part-
ners. Because taxes are waived,
the Bahamian Treasury gets
very little when compared to
the vast fortunes to be derived
from the developments.

SEE page 5B

still waiting for final preliminary fig-
ures on all government spending for
2005-2006, recurrent revenues had come
in on their revised target of $1.212 bil-
lion. This compared to the $1.145 billion
estimate when the 2005-2006 Budget
was announced in May 2005.
Meanwhile, Mr Smith said the Gov-
ernment "still expects to be able to
knock off" a few more decimal points
from the 2.4 per cent GFS fiscal deficit
projection,, which itself was an improve-
ment on the 2.75 per cent deficit ini-
tially projected. The GFS deficit mea-
surement strips out the costs of debt
Mr Smith indicated that the improved
revenue performance had surpassed the
Ministry of Finance's expectations.
He said: "By and large, we surpassed

the revenue projections for the 2005-
2006 Budget, which is welcome news."
Mr Smith added that while the Min-
istry had hoped that economic growth,
fuelled by the foreign direct investment
projects coming on stream, and the rev-
enue compliance and administration
exercise the Government had embarked
on, would have an impact, "we're
pleased, to have this kind of achieve-
"It reflects improved administration
and a growing economy," Mr Smith
In his Budget presentation to the Sen-
ate, the minister had said that as at June
20, 2006, some 10 days before the 2005-

SEE page 9B

Contractors: Building data not the reality

Tribune Business
ALTHOUGH Central Bank
of the Bahamas data indicates
the country is enjoying a con-
struction boom, several con-
tractors have told The Tribune
that business is tough and the
statistics do not show what is
really happening.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, one construction

insider said that while the sta-
tistics may reflect an increase in
business, construction workers
are having a hard time in the
Wishing not to be named,
the builder said that although
there was a lot of work to be
had in the field, not enough of
it was being offered to Bahami-
"I heard recently that while
there are 85 contracts being
given for work on [Baha Mar],

probably less than 30 are going
to be given to Bahamians. If
you don't have bonds in the
bank, you will not get a job,"
the source said.
He added that Bahamian
banks were reluctant to pro-
vide start-up capital to persons
in the industry, which made it
difficult for companies trying
to take on several projects at

SEE page 5B


Tribune Business
munications Holdings
remains: "keenly interest-
ed" in becoming the strate-
gic partner for a privatised
Bahamas Telecommunica-
tions Company (BTC), with
the Go ernmnent talking to
the lead bidder to gauge the
terms of its offer.
James Smith, minister of
state for finance, told The
Tribune that the Govern-
ment's negotiating commit-
tee had already held sever-
al meetings with Bluewa-
ter, the lead bidder on
acquiring a stake in BTC.
He added that any other
parties interested in BTC
would have to wait until the
Government completes
negotiations with Bluewa-
ter before they could con-
duct due diligence on the
state-owned telecoms oper-
ator, and enter formal
negotiations with the Gov-
Mr Smith said: "The
Government side has had
a couple of meetings with
Bluewater, where they were
mapping out the framework
for the talks and reviewing'

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the Bahamian market this past
week as just over 27,000 shares
changed hands. Historically, trad-
ing on BISX slows down during
the summer months as investors
take a break from the market to
enjoy some well deserved rest and
relaxation with family and friends.
For the week, the market saw
11 of its 20 listed stocks trade, of
which three advanced, two
declined and six remained
Volume leader for the week
was Doctors Hospital Health Sys-
tems (DHS), with 8,000 shares
changing hands and accounting
for 29.2 per cent of the total
shares traded. The big advancer
for the week was Bahamas Waste
(BWL), up $0.14 or 9.66 per cent
to close at $1.59.
On the down side, Abaco Mar-
'kets (AML) lost $0.03 to end the
week at $1.82. The FINDEX
advanced by 0.17 points to close
the week at 668.58.
The Bahamas Property
Fund (BPF) -
For the 2006 first quarter, BPF
posted net income of $674,000,
representing an increase of
$105,000 or 18.5 per cent over the
$569,000 achieved for the same
period last year.
Total income grew by $25,000
or 2.46 per cent to total $1.1 mil-
lion, while operating expenses
declined by $78,000 or 16.65 per
cent to total $394,000. Funds from
operations stood at $676,000
or $0.28 per share compared to
$572,000 or $0.24 for the equiva-
lent period in 2005.
Net Asset Value (NAV) per
share as at March 31, 2006, was
$11.44 compared to $10.18 year-
over-year. Based on its current
share price of $12.05, BPF shares
are trading at a $0.61 or a 5.33
per cent premium to its NAV.
Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) -
CBL has announced that its
$24.1 million private preference
share offering was oversub-
scribed. CBL has said the pro-
ceeds from the offering will be
used to strengthen the bank's cap-
ital base, which will enable it take
advantage of new opportunities
as they arise. The new preference
shares, with a coupon rate of
Prime Rate plus 1.5 per cent, are
perpetual in nature and will pay
dividends quarterly.

The Bahamian Stock Market
FINDEX 668.58 YTD 21.15%
AML $1.82 $-0.03 5670 149.32%
BAB $1.49 $- 2000 35.45%
BBL $0.80 $- 0 14.29%
BOB $7.49 $- 358 7.00%
BPF $12.05 $0.05 4000 15.87%
BSL $14.00 $- 0 9.80%
BWL $1.59 $0.14 1000 26.19%
CAB $9.18 $0.02 5150 -3.87%
CBL $10.80 $- 400 18.55%
CHL $1.96 $- 0 19.51%
CIB $12.43 $- 0 14.25%
CWCB $4.98 $0.20 0 4.18%
DHS $2.49 $-0.01 8000 14.75%
FAM $6.21 $- 0 2.64%
FCC $1.00 $- 0 -13.04%
FCL $11.15 $- 0 10.95%
FIN $11.50 $- 400 5.50%
ICD $9.50 $- 0 -4.52%
JSJ $9.10 $- 300 0.55%
KZLB $7.92 $- 107 15.62%
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%
Bahamas Supermarkets (BSL) has declared a dividend of
$0.24 payable on June 15, 2006, to all shareholders as at record date
June 1, 2006.
Benchmark (Bahamas) has declared a special dividend of
$0.01 payable on July 31, 2006, to all shareholders as at record date
June 30, 2006.
Consolidated Water Company has declared a dividend of
$0.0 12 per BDR payable on August 8, 2006, to all BDR share-
holders as at record date June 30,2006.
ICD Utilities will hold its Annual General Meeting on July 18,
2006, at 6pm at Westin Sheraton in the Manor House, Great Har-
bour Cay Room, Our Lucaya,, Royal Palm Way, Freeport Grand
Abaco Markets will hold its Annual General Meeting on July
24, 2006, at 6pm at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel, Bay Street,
Nassau, Bahamas.

International Markets
Weekly %Change

CAD$ 1.1135 -0.17
GBP 1.8507 0.11
EUR 1.2809 0.14

Weekly %Change
Crude Oil $73.79 -0.11
Gold $631.40 2.30

International Stock Market Indexes:
Weekly %Change

DJIA 11,090.67 -0.53
S & P 500 1,265.48 -0.37
NASDAQ 2,130.06 -1.94
Nikkei 15,307.61 -1.27



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a Bahama

YESTERDAY, we cele-
brated the 33rd anniversary of
the Bahamas as an indepen-
dent and sovereign nation.
Throughout New Providence,
we saw signs of national pride
as people hung flags, buntings,
and banners displaying the
national colours. I also wish to
compliment the relevant gov-
ernment ministry responsible
for erecting the signs at round-
abouts and major thorough-
fares depicting pictures of
Bahamian women who have
made contributions to the
development of our country.
While I recognized many of
the persons honoured, there
were many whom I had no
knowledge of, or their contri-
bution. Such initiatives are
essential if future generations
of Bahamians are to build
upon the legacy and good
works of those who have gone
While the Bahamas is not
perfect, we have a lot to be
proud of, and our post-1973
accomplishments have been
significant. However, I am
reminded that the road to
independence was not a par-
Sticularly easy one in many
Pre-independence concerns
In searching online archives,
I came across an article that
S was published in the New York
Times on July 8, 1973, entitled
Will independence spoil the
Bahamis? The author wrote:
"Recently, I flew to the
Bahamas to investigate this
question. I encountered two
prevailing views: The more
hopeful is that once indepen-
Sdence has been achieved, the
average Bahamian, no longer
feeling himself a second-class
'colonial', will relax a little and
welcome the white tourist as
an equal. Those who espouse
This view also point with pride
and optimism to the consider-
able effort the Government
has made to appraise the
islanders of the enormous
impact of tourism on their
S. economy, encouraging a wide-
spread enlightened, self-inter-
ested acceptance of tourism.
"Others, however, point to
brazen examples of hostility
toward white people, and occa-
sional harassment of them, and

add darkly that independence
will, in a sense, institutionalise
racial animosity, leading to a
further deterioration of rela-
tions between natives and
At the time of Indepen-
dence, I was 14 years old.
Reading the article brought a
sense of disgust and disap-
pointment to me. The world
in which I lived at the time was
not the one characterized
above. My recollection of that
period was that with indepen-
dence, the Bahamas was enter-
ing a period of self-determina-
tion and opportunity, pro-
pelled by educational oppor-
tunities and government poli-
cies that ensured we got con-
sideration for jobs that we
were qualified or could be
trained for. However, it was
clear the systematic exclusion
from opportunities by virtue
of being 'black' or a 'poor
white' would end.
While the implementation
of the Bahamianisation policy
has not been without bumps
(and, admittedly, some well-
documented cases of injustices)
along the way, there is
absolutely no doubt that it is
largely responsible for the cre-
ation of the middle, upper-mid-
dle and professional classes
that exist today as we celebrate
our 33rd anniversary.
We have clearly proven the
naysayers of the pre-indepen-
dence era wrong, who predict-
ed that the central pillars of
our economy tourism and
banking would deteriorate
because of racial animosity.
In addition to the racial
fears, the New York Times sto-
ry also talked about the fact
that certain elements of the
'old guard' were actively
encouraging and promoting
fears of 'events' such as the
imminent nationalisation of
businesses, the establishment
of a dictatorship, and the intro-
duction of communism as con-
cerns.. .all of which turned out
to be utter and complete non-
Looking to the future
Needless to say, the post-
independence period has,
.proven the 'old guard' wrong,
and many of those white
Bahamians who emigrated to

the Carolinas, Eui
elsewhere have since
home, reinvested in t
and are making the
bution to the develop
our country. A su
nation, particularly
nation, needs "all al
on deck" without the
of the past...and this
done to some exten
coming our 6migr
Our challenge is t

buil ding

Is for all

ope and
businesses n
ir contri-
)pment of .
y a small FOCUS
ble hands .. O u
e baggage .
s we have
t by wel-
rs back 1 i s3
o contin'-

ue to build a nation where
every Bahamian irrespective
of race, creed, colour or polit-
ical affiliation is afforded
opportunities to make their
contribution to national devel-
opment and nation building.
To achieve this it is absolutely
essential that we as a people
deepen our sense of national
pride and respect for bona fide
Bahamian achievement in all
spheres of national endeavour.
Happy independence
Bahamas! Until next week...
NB: Larry R. Gibson, a
Chartered Financial Analyst,
is vice-president pensions,
Colonial Pensions Services
(Bahamas), a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Colonial Group
International, which owns
Atlantic Medical Insurance
and is a major shareholder of
Security & General Insurance
Company in the Bahamas.
The views expressed are
those of the author and do not
necessarily represent those of
Colonial Group International
or any of its subsidiary and/or
affiliated companies. Please
direct any questions or conm-
ments to rlgibson@atlantic-
house. com. bs

Deveaux: Bahamas only

CARICOM nation which

consulted with citizens

on joining the CSME

Tribune Business Reporter
HILLARY Deveaux, the
Securities Commission's exec-
utive director, told a trade and
legal aid seminar that the
Bahamas was the only CARI-
COM nation which consulted
with its citizens on the issue of
joining the Caribbean Single
SMarket and Economy
Mr Deveaux. was a guest
speaker at the law seminar,
which was hosted by the
Eugene Dupuch Law School
in conjunction with the Amer-
ican and Caribbean Law Insti-
tute, the North East People of
Colour Conference and Nova
Southeastern University.
During his presentation on
Sovereignty and the state, Mr
SDeveaux pointed out that the
Bahamas was the only country
where the government went to
the people and sought a con-
sensus when it was consider-
ing signing on to the CSME.
He said that in the rest of the
Caribbean, it was the Govern-
ment which made the decision
whether to seek CSME mem-
Mr Deveaux discussed a
number of concerns the
Bahamas would face should it
sign on to the CSME.
He pointed out that the
Bahamas had never before
been a part of a trade agree-
ment, excluding CARIFTA



and the common market.
Mr Deveaux said that in the
free movement of goods, all
the other Caribbean countries
were at similar stages as they
had physical goods to trade,
whereas he Bahamas was pri-
marily a services economy.
According to Mr Deveaux,
the challenge for the CSME in
the absence of a single curren-
cy was the free movement of
goods and services. For the
Bahamas, Mr Deveaux said the
challenge was how the coun-
try would be exposed to the
challenge of competition in its
two biggest industries tourism
and financial services.
He explained that there had
been very few studies done on
the issue of the Bahamas join-
ing the CSME, and the poten-
tial impacts on the economy,
which would make it very dif-
ficult to move forward.




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Date Stolen: night of June 12, 2006 and early hours of June
13, 2006

Location of Theft: San Marino Marina, Paradise Island

Description: 2002 19 ft. White Boston Whaler with 2002
150 hp Yamaha Outboard Engine

Registration#: N 09181

Name of Vessel: "Tender To Trixsea"

A reward of $5,000 is being offered for any information
leading to the recovery of the vessel or the arrest and
prosecution of the culprits.

Please call 919, 326-1449 or 328-4962





Bahamas financial sector

stable, but is not growing

Tribune Business Editor

EMPLOYMENT levels in

the Bahamian financial ser-
vices industry increased slight-
ly in 2005, a report has
revealed, although global con-


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Common Law and Equity Division

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of
land comprising 3,108 square feet and situate on Samuel
Guy Street in the eastern part of Spanish Wells, St. Georges
Cay, Eleuthera, Bahamas and approximately 37 feet west
of First Street

OF 1959




Pursuant to an Order of The Supreme Court dated the 13th day of
January, A.D. 2006.

The Petition of Leonard Albury of Samuel Guy Street in
the Eastern part of Spanish Wells, St. Georges Cay, Eleuthera another
one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas showeth
in respect of:

ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in the
Settlement of Spanish Wells, St: Georges Cay, Eleuthera,
one of the Islands of The Commonwealth Of The Bahamas,
which said piece parcel or lot of land is bounded on the
north by Samuel Guy Street and running thereon Thirty-
eight and forty-five hundredths feet (38.45') and on the
east by land the property of Ethlyn Pinder and running
thereon Eighty-three and seventy-two hundredths feet
(83.72') and on the south by land the property ofCeily
Higgs and running thereon Thirty-six and sixteen
hundredths feet (36.16') and on the west partly by land
the property of Louis Higgs and running thereon Twenty-
five and fifty hundredths feet (25.50') and partly by land
the property of Garth Albury and running thereon Fifty-
five and forty-seven hundredths feet (55.47').

The Petitioner, Leonard Albury, herein claims to be the owner in
fee simple in Possession of the said piece of land and has made
application to The Supreme Court Of The Commonwealth Of The
Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have
his title to the said piece of land investigated and the nature and
extent thereof determined and declared in a Certificate Of Title to
be granted by the Court in accordance with the provisions of that

Copies of the Plan showing the position boundaries shape marks
and dimensions of the said piece of land may be inspected during
normal office hours at the following places:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North,
Nassau, Bahamas.
(b) The Chambers of Joseph C. L6d6e, Suite No. 6, Grosvenor
Close, Shirley Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
(c) The office of the Commissioner/Administrator, Spanish Wells,

Notice is hereby given that any person having Dower or right to
Dower or an Adverse Claim not recognized in the Petition shall on
or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final publication
of these presents file at the Registry of The Supreme Court in the
City of Nassau, Bahamas, and serve on the Petitioner or the
undersigned a Statement of his/her Claim in the prescribed form,
verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.

Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement Of Claim
on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days after the final
publication of these presents shall operate as a bar to such claim.

Dated this 12th day of June, A.D. 2006
Suite No. 6, Grosvenor Close
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas.
Attorney for the Petitioner

solidation trends "constrained"
the sector's spending and
reduced the number of insti-
tutions operating in this nation.
SThe Central Bank of the
Bahamas survey of the indus-
try found that growth in the
domestic part of the financial
services industry had been
most responsible for "incre-
mental gains in employment
and average wages across most
sectors" during 2005.
While the industry had
maintained its share of
Bahamian gross domestic
product (GDP) at between 15-
20 per cent, the Central Bank
said the international part of
the financial services industry
was still shrinking due to the
twin forces of global consoli-
dation and adjustment to the
post-2000 regulatory changes.
The report described spend-
ing by the Bahamian banking
industry as "retrenched" com-
pared to 2004 levels, adding:
"Expenditures continued to be
constrained by retrenchment
of international operations."
The overriding theme of the
Central Bank report is that the
Bahamian financial services
industry, while stable, is not
growing or expanding at least
not much. This is especially
true for the international or
'offshore' side of the business.
A key factor behind reduc-
tions in the number of
Bahamas-based banks and
trust companies has been the
Central Bank guidelines man-
dating that such institutions
operating from this nation
establish a physical presence.
This has resulted in many
'managed banks', institutions
that did not have a physical
presence in this nation but

were run by Bahamas-based
banks, surrendering their
The Central Bank report
said that in 2005, some 25
licences were revoked, and
nine issued, meaning that there
was a net reduction of 16 in
the number of Bahamian
banks and trust companies,
from 266 to 250.
Banks and trust companies
with a physical presence in the
Bahamas, and "have a more
direct impact on employment
and expenditures", fell from
'213 to 205, the Central Bank
It added that another three
institutions were in the process
of converting to a physical
presence, with 42 operating
under "restrictive management
agreements" approved by the
Central Bank.
Banking industry employ-
ment increased slightly by 0.9
per cent to 4,405 in 2005, "con-
tinuing a soft upturn from job
losses which occurred during
2002 and 2003".
There was a 2.1 per cent rise
in the number of jobs held by
Bahamians in 2005 to 4,176, a
slight decline in the previous
year's 2.6 per cent growth.
However, this was still a
marked improvement on the
0.8 per cent average decline in
Bahamian jobs over the five
years to 2004.
Yet the number of banking
industry jobs held by non-
Bahamians dropped by 16.4
per cent to 229, a major change
on the 3.7 per cent average
growth over the five
2004. As'a result, the Bahami-
an share of total banking
industry employment increased
slightly to 94.8 per cent.

The Central Bank survey
split out the domestic banking
industry from its international
counterpart, a sensible move
given that the commercial
banks are highly labour inten-
sive, while the offshore sector
tends to be more highly spe-
cialised and skilled, paying
higher wages because it is pro-
viding premium services to
demanding high net-worth
Employment levels among
domestic Bahamian banks
increased by 48 positions or 1.5
per cent to 3,300 in 2005, com-
pared to a minor 0.8 per cent
fall in the international sector,
where employment dropped
by nine to 1,105.
With the domestic banking
sector accounting for almost
75 per cent pf total employ-
ment, the 1.7 per cent increase
in the number of Bahamians
employed in this part of the
banking industry, and 11.4 per
cent fall in expatriate employ-
ment, saw the ratio of Bahami-
ans to non-Bahamians rise to
84:1 from 73:1.
And in the international sec-
tor, the ratio of Bahamians to
non-Bahamians rose to 5:1
from 4: 1, with Bahamian jobs
increasing by 3.5 per cent to
915 and non-Bahamian posts
falling by 40 or 17.4 per cent to
The Central Bank report
found: "With the lessening of
the expatriate influence, aver-
age annual pay in the interna-
tional sector softened by 3.4
per cent to $66,516. Average
salaries in the local sector
firmed marginally by 0.9 per
cent to $41,091."
Total salary spending in the
banking industry, for both off-

shore and domestic employ-
ees, remained flat at $209.1
million in 2004, compared to
average growth of 3.4 per cent
over the previous five years.
The increased employment
levels caused a slight fall in the
average wage per employee.
The Bahamian banking
industry's total spending in the
wider economy fell by $44.1
million or 9.5 per cent to $419
million in 2005, compared to
a 16.5 per cent rise in 2004.
However, 2005's spending was
still ahead of 2002 and 2003
The international bank and
trust company sector's total
asset base was reported to be
stable at $300 billion, while the
number of companies under
management chiefly Interna-
tional Business Companies
(IBCs) rose to 19,231 in 2005;
compared to 18,601 in 2004
and 15,147 in 2003.
The domestic banking indus-
try's total assets were $6.9 bil-
lion, 10 per cent up on 2004,
with profits ahead by 35.1 per
Elsewhere, the Central Bank
report said that the number of
Bahamas-based investment
fund administrators remained
stable in 2005 at 59. While the
number of active Bahamas-
domiciled funds fell from 838
to 699, the value of assets
under their management.
increased by 7.2 per cent to
$175.2 billion.
SEmployment in the invest-
ment management industry
rose by 7.3 per cent in 2005,
with Bahamians accounting for
95.8 per cent of total jobs.
Salaries remained stable at an
average of $57,161.
Intense competition from
the banking industry ensured -
that the growth in assets under-'
the control of the Bahamas' 19
credit unions reduced to 3.4
per cent in 2005, compared to
13.4 per cent the year before.
In the insurance industry, the
Central Bank said average
salaries rose by 4.5 per cent to
$44,024 per annum, with the
number of jobs rising by 4.4
per cent. Assets of domestic
Bahamian insurance compa-
nies were expected to break.
the $1 billion mark it. 2005,
with 57.2 per cent o'. these
under the control of 'i and
health carriers.



Date Stolen: between 11:00 p.m. on May 18, 2006 and 6:00
a.m. on May 19, 2006

Location of Theft: The Cove, Gregory Town, Eleuthera

Description: 1998 32 ft. White & Blue Intrepid with two
250 hp Yamaha Outboard Engine

Registration#: n/a

Name of Vessel: n/a

A reward of $5,000 is being offered for any information
leading to the recovery of the vessel or the arrest and
prosecution of the culprits.

Please call 919, 326-1449 or 328-4962

Fin ancial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:
Frid-;,7 July 200 6
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE I10l -vA.a.* i( .a]' ."1
5i..i-Hi 52.* -Lov. Symbol Preveous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol EPS Div $ P.,E Ylela
1.85 0 a', Aoaco rlarIvel 1 82 1 82 000 .0019 0000 N.,M I :
12.05 8.70 Bahamas Property Fund 12.05 12.05 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.5 3.15%
7.49 6.44 Bank of Bahamas 7.49 7.49 0.00 358 0.738 0.330 10.1 4.41%
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 1.59 1.59 0.00 0.143 0.060 11.1 3.77%
1.49 1.05 Fidelity Bank 1.49 1.49 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.68%
9.60 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.18 9.18 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.9 2.61%
2.20 1.39 Colina Hold* gs 1.96 1.96 0.00 0.009 0.000 217.8 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 5.08 5.03 -0.05 0.115 0.045 44.2 0.89%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.49 2.49 0.00 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.50 10.49 Finco 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
12.43 8.75 FirstCaribbean 12.43 12.430.00 0 .885 0.550 14.0 4.42%
11.15 8.46 Focol 11.15 11.15 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.6 4.48%
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 9.50 ICD Utilities 9.50 9.50 0.00 0.532 0.405 17.9 4.26%
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Contractors: Building data not the reality

FROM page 1B

Another contractor, who
also did not wish to be named,
said the construction boom
seemed to be indicative of the
fact that the Bahamas is
approaching an election year.
"Every time it is almost an
election, the construction activ-
ity goes up because there are
more permits being granted.
Also, you have to take into
account the vast amount of
homes that the government
has built for low-cost commu-
nities," the source said.
According to the Central
Bank's 2006 first quarter
report, construction output
continued to be supported by
robust foreign and domestic
investment, with the latter fur-
ther stimulated by lower inter-
S est rates and increased mort-
gage lending.
The report indicated that
data from domestic lenders -

banks, insurance companies
and the Bahamas Mortgage
Corporation indicated that
quarterly disbursements
against residential mortgages,
which are linked to housing
investments, rose by 30.1 per
cent to $106.8 million, while
similar flows against commer-
cial loans were almost seven-
fold higher at $27.2 million.

The report indicated that
mortgage financing commit-
ments for new construction
and repairs rose by 26.5 per
cent to $59.6 million, mostly
geared towards residential con-
Total mortgages outstand-
ing grew on a 1- month basis
by 16.9 per cent to $2.035.4 bil-
lion, and commercial loans by
$21.5 million at $200 million.
The Central Bank reported
that average interest rates were
stable relative to the previous
quarter, at 8.4 per cent and 8.9
per cent respectively for resi-

dential and commercial loans,
but lower relative to the year-
before estimates of 8.6 per cent
and 9.5 per cent.
During his Budget commu-
nication to the House of
Assembly, Bradley Roberts,
minister of public works and
utilities, said 681 buildings
were completed in the period
January to May 2006-end, a
98.5 per cent rise on the num-
ber of properties receiving
occupancy certificates during
the same period in 2005.
During the first five months
of 2006, Mr Roberts said con-
struction starts rose by 108 per
cent, representing 638 build-
ings inspections. The combined
value of building starts, he
added, was $105.326 million, a
98.7 per cent rise over 2005.
Building applications for the
year to May 2006 had risen by
41 per cent to 1580, with some
821 of these applications val-
ued at $313.410 million -
approved. Mr Roberts said the
number of approvals had risen
by 115 per cent, with building

Development balance needs regulatory 'teeth'

FROM page 1B

"Because the investments target affluent for-.
eigners and the developers are in the business of
leveraging the land and marine resources for
Maximum profit, Bahamians can no longer
afford to buy land in their own country in the
areas of these developments, as prices have sky-
rocketed. In many of these developments,
Bahamians have become foreigners in their own
Mr Smith criticised the Government for giving
away Crown Land and Treasury land "almost
free" to foreign developers, who resold it for
"millions of dollars", rather than ensuring local
S communities had first use of it.
While real estate, resort and coastal devel-
opments were crucial to the Bahamas' economic
future, Mr Smith said these had to be balanced
by the need to preserve the environment, culture
and heritage on the Family Islands.
He called for the Local Government Act to be
expanded so that Bahamian communities were
able to have a role in and be consulted on what
type of development took place in their areas.
Mr Smith urged the Government to enact
environmental protection legislation some
three Bills have already been drafted by the
Government and create an environmental
"We need an environmental protection
agency with teeth, with environmental mar-
shalls and an environmental court. It should
have policing duties and obligations to take.
action and protect our environment," Mr Smith
"As the Bahamas becomes more and more of

a playground for the rich and famous and five
million plus tourists, we should stop giving away
such comprehensive tax concessions and devel-
op national and local land use development
olans. This will, in fact, make it easier for devel-
opment to occur, and provide desperately need-
ed taxes for properly governing the country."
Mr Smith said developers should be made to
pay performance bonds or give decommission-
ing guarantees to provide protection against
projects that were started but never finished.
He also called for a decentralisation of the
investment approvals process, to that develop-
ments were not imposed on Family Island com-
munities by central government.
Mr Smith emphasised that he was not anti-
development or anti-foreign, having represent-
ed and continuing to represent numerous com-
mercial clients, including the Grand Bahama
Port Authority, as he and other Bahamians saw
the need for jobs and economic growth.
Instead, what they were objecting to was hav-
ing investment projects imposed on them by
Nassau without consultation, and with a per-
ceived lack of transparency.
Mr Smith- said developers had come to the
Bahamas expecting to get "carte blanche" from
the Heads of Agreement signed with the Gov-
ernment, a device he argued was used to cir-
cumvent the normal licensing, building and plan-
ning processes.
"The goal of the politician is only to announce
the project and gain political mileage. The goal
for the developer is to get in and out with a
profit as quickly as possible. The interests of
the environment and the citizens of the
Bahamas are not represented at that bargaining
table," Mr Smith said.

permit fees up by 93 per cent.
On Grand Bahama, Mr
Roberts said the Building

Inspections Department had
processed 4,629 building per-
mits in the Freeport area, with

a total combined value of
$573.15 million, since May


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dent establishment services,

CAY, ABACO, BAHAMAS; is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any persop whp, kpsows any reason why registration/
naturalization should rnt be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 3RD day of JULY, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that ANDRE MENES CHERISME,
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 4TH day
of JULY, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 6th day of July 2006.
The Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.o. Box N-7757 Nassau,


American Express Latin America
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"Our congratulations to both
winners for taking the lead in
environmental practices and serv-
ing as role models for the
Caribbean region."
The 2006 American Express
Caribbean Tourism Environmen-
tal Awards' winners obtained the
highest combined scores, based
on their performance in the fol-
lowing five criteria: Environmen-
tal Management & Stewardship,
Infrastructure, Awareness, Con-
servation, and Health & Safety:
Small Hotel Category 3
Rivers Eco Lodge & Sustainable
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Large Hotel Category San-
dals Montego Bay, Jamaica
The 3 Rivers Eco Lodge & Sus-
tainable Living Centre is a family
business that aims to live-in har-
mony with, yet has as little harm-
ful impact as possible, on the
unspoiled natural beauty of its
surroundings and community.
The sun powers the entire prop-
erty. Even the water supply is
pumped from the river using a
solar powered pump, which works
in silence to avoid disturbing the
surrounding natural habitats.
Likewise, solar hot water heating
systems are used. To minimise
water consumption, gray water is

treated and then re-used in the
garden and campers use dry toi-
The hotel composts all kitchen
and garden waste, and uses that
compost to grow as much organic
food as possible without the use of
chemicals or fertilizers.
Sandals Montego Bay in
Jamaica winner in the large
hotel category has-a fully imple-
mented Environmental Manage-
ment System and Health and
Safety program. This program
received Green Globe 21 certifi-
cation in January 2001. Since then,
Sandals Montego Bay has been
continuously improving its opera-
tion, with programs such as:
Energy Conservation
Management .,
; Freshwater Resoyrce
Waste Minimisation
Improved Social and
Cultural Development
Safe Care, Use and
Handling of Chemicals
They also created an Emer-
gency Disaster Plan Manual as
well as an HIV/AIDS Workplace
Program Policy. Sandals Mon-
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responsible for staff training,
developing community awareness,
and liaising with the Montego Bay
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IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or
lot of land containing by admeasurements 26,963
square feet being a part of Malcolm's Allotment
no. 59 situate in the Southern District of the Island
of New Providence one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas and being more
particularly situate Northwards of a 30 feet wide
Road Reservation and Westwards of a 20 feet
wide Right-of-Way in the aforesaid Southen
District of the Island of New Providence.


IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of Drexel Rolle
of the Southern District in the Island of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas


The Petition of Drexel Rolle of the Southern District in the Island of
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth of the
Bahamas in respect of:- ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land situate in
the Southern District in the Island of New Providence one of the
Islands of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas and bounded on the
South by a 30 feet wide Road Reservation and running thereon in an
Eastwardly direction 150 feet and then on the East by another 30
Feet wide Road Reservation and running thereon two hundred and
ten and nine hundredths (210.09) feet on the North by a 20 feet wide
Right-of-Way and running in a Westardly direction thereon 50 feet
and then on thereon the west and running Southwardly along the
Eastern Boundary of land the property of one Stacey Talbot and
running thereon 110 feet and then on the North and running
Westardly by land southern boundary of the said Stacey Talbot and
running thereon 50 feet and then Eastwardly and along Western
Boundary in part byland the property of the said Stacey Talbot and in
part by the dead end of the aforementioned 20 feet wide Right-of-
Way and together running thereon 130 feet and then on the North
by land which is another part of Malcolm's Allotments no.59 and
running thereon 50 feet and on the West by land which is another
part of Malcolm's Allotment 230 feet which said pieces parcels or lot
of land has such shapes, boundaries, marks and dimensions more
particularly described on the diagram or plan filed herein and
thereon colored Pink.
DREXEL ROLLE the Petitioner claims to be the owner of the
fee simple estate in possession of the tract of land hereinbefore
described free from encumbrances.
AND the Peitioner has made application to the Supreme
Court of the Commonwealth of the Bahamas of under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles act 1959 to have his title to the said tract of land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a certificate of Title to be g ranted by the court in accor-
dance with provisions of the said act.

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that any person having Dower
or a Right to Dower or adverse Claim or a claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the 7th day of August A.D., 2006 file in the
Supreme Court and serve on the Petitioner or the undersigned a
statement of his claim in the prescribed form, verified by an Affidavit
to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve a
statement of his claim on or before the 7th day of August.A.D., 2006
will operate as a bar to such claim.

Copy of the filed plan may be inspected at:
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court
2. The Chambers of SA. HARRIS-SMITH SR. & CO.,
Attorneys for the Petitioners, Mackey & Rosedale
Streets, Deal's Plaza Suite No.8 P.O. Box N-4255,
Nassau, Bahamas
Dated the 20th day of June A.D., 2006

Mackey & Rosedale Streets
P.O.Box N-4255
Nassau, Bahamas

Attorneys for the Petitioner

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THE 2006 American Express
Caribbean Tourism Environmen-
tal Awards, presented in Miami,
during a special awards luncheon
as part the annual Caribbean
Hotel Industry Conference
(CHIC), paid tribute to the hotels
that are models of responsible
environmental and social perfor-

BEAUBRUM, 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 4TH day of JULY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,



(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000, the
dissolution of BELKINO VIEW LTD., has been completed; a
Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and the Company has
therefore been struck off the Register.


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Offer for BTC


FROM page 1B

the nature of their bid.
"It's a continuous process.
The company [Bluewater] is
still keenly interested in form-
ing some partnership to run
BTC, they've expressed that
much to them, so we'll contin-
ue to talk to them to get some
idea of what might be on
Cable & Wireless (C&W),
the telecoms group with oper-
ations in numerous other
Caribbean countries, and
which passed the first round in
the 2003 failed privatization
process, is among the rivals still
interested in privatising BTC.
However, the minister con-
firmed that the Government
will not allow C&W or other
bidders to examine BTC's
accounts and enter formal talks
with it until negotiations with
Bluewater have been complet-
ed one way or another.
Referring to any rival bids,
Mr Smith said: "They're all
held in abeyance as part of our
undertaking to Bluewater dur-
ing this period."
He added that the Govern-
ment was now waiting to see
whether talks between Blue-
water and its negotiating com-
mittee could be advanced fur-.
SWhether the BTC privatisa-
tion process will be complet-
ed any time soon is question-
-able, though, given that a gen-
eral election is scheduled to
fall within the next 12 months,
and both major political parties
will seek to attract the votes
Sof BTC staff and their depen-
This year is the eighth since
the former FNM administra-
tion began the lab6ured
process of trying to privatise

BTC, an exercise that cost it
and its successor north of $150
million with precious little to
show for it to date.
Yet privatising BTC is
becoming more urgent by the
day, given that this goal is con-
flicting with the Government's
other objective of telecoms sec-
tor liberalisation.
The need to achieve the best
possible price for BTC is caus-
ing the Government to stifle
all existing legal competition
in the sector, namely IndiGo
Networks and Cable Bahamas,
to the detriment of the wider
As the privatization attempts
drag on, lack of choice, plus
BTC's relatively high prices
and poor service, continue to
impact the cost of doing busi-
ness in the Bahamas, particu-
larly the international sectors
of the economy upon which
this nation largely depends.
Recent reports on the
Bahamian telecommunications
sector, written for the Inter-
American Development (IDB)
bank, suggested that the Gov-'
ernment should embrace tech-
nology such as Voice over

Internet Protocol (VoIP) and
place liberalisation above pre-
serving BTC's value, as this
would benefit the economy in
the long-run.
Among the key issues likely
to dominate the current set of
talks are the price Bluewater is
willing to pay for a stake in
BTC; conditions of any agree-
ment; the extent of the monop-
oly BTC holds in fixed-line and
cellular services and how long
they will be maintained; capital
expenditure and how much
Bluewater is willing to put into
its business plan; how much
the Bahamas will invest in
training Bahamians; and the.
composition of the Board and
management agreements.
BTC's financial performance
has recovered to a $34.533 mil-
lion net profit in 2005, up from
$8.34 million in 2004, but the
firm is heavily dependent on
its continuing cellular monop-
oly to remain afloat.
That was confirmed by the
company's 2006 first quarter
net results, with a $9.6 million
rise in GSM cellular revenues
accounting for $11.7 million of
BTC's revenue rise.



Please be advised that as a result of a SPECIAL
Thursday, 22nd June 7:30 p.m. at the Bahamas
Public Services Union (BPSU) meeting hall
situated on East Street South, in New Providence,
a Resolution was passed and resolved for the
"Increase of Union Membership Dues". The
clear call of the resolution says:-

"RESOLVED, that the voting members of the
Special Call Meeting instructs and mandates
President, John Pinder and Executive Officers
of the BPSU to increase its Union general
membership dues from Fifteen Dollars ($15.00)
per month to Twenty-five Dollars ($25.00)
effective 1st July".

All members of the BPSU, are hereby informed
that effective 1st July, 2006 the increase will be
realized and the new reduction rates will be

SBankof The Bahamas
"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"


Core responsibilities:

Prepare thorough credit proposals and maintain profitability of assigned
Interview loan applicants and make considered decisions based on
investigations and assigned lending authority.
Act as the "Relationship Manager" for assigned accounts by ensuring
that 11 of the customers needs are satisfied.
Ensure all loans are granted in compliance with the Bank's lending
policies and guidelines.
Monitior and control loan portfolios to avoid delinquency.
Perform constant follow-up on delinquent loan accounts.
Ensure loan and security files are completed and properly maintained.
Constantly increase lending by marketing the Bank's products and

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Associates Degree in relevant area (e.g. Accounting/Business
Three to five years banking and lending experience
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Strong negotiation, and analytical and organizational skills
Computer literate-Ability to use MS Word and Excel

Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and
qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and life

A A , A .,
Bimini Sands Phone: 242-347-3500
South Bimini Fax: 242-347-3501
Bahamas Email:
Become a part of the Bimini
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why "Our People make the
Directly responsible for compiling and analyzing
financial information, maintaining hotel's chart,
of accounts within a centralized accounting
environment, analyzing financial information
detailing revenues and expenses, preparing
balance sheets, profit and loss statements, and
other reports to summarize hotel's current and
projected financial position. Establish, modify
and oversee implementation of accounting control
procedures to maintain hotel's assets. Perform
necessary reporting to unit owners. Assist with
budget preparation. Ideal candidate will be hands-
on, self motivated and able to balance multiple
tasks and meet deadlines. Must be well organized
and detail oriented. Bachelors Degree in
Accounting or related field with 5+ years
experience in hotel accounting of no less than
150 rooms with full food & beverage,
conference/banquet space along with 3+ years
of HOA accounting required.

Interested applicants may apply Monday Friday
8am 5pm Bimini Sands Resort & Marina South
Bimini, Bahamas.

insurance; pension scheme.

Interested persons should apply no later that July 21st 200 to:

The Senior Manager, Human Resources & Iranlalg
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Nassau, Bahamas

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By Steve Beker

Looking to the Future


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knows South has another spade. That
is the end of the ipad for declare
because he cannot take more than
two tricks in each suit and so goes
down one.
On the surface, South does not
appear to have done anything wrong,
and he may attribute his defeat to
East's fine defense or to his bad luck
in finding a defender with three
spades including the ace.
However, South is at fault for hav-
ing failed to take precautions against
these eventualities. He neglected to
plan the play of the hand to best
advantage and wound up losing the
contract as a result.
The fault lies in South's play to
the first trick. He should have won
the first diamond with the ace, not
the jack! He should not have staked
his all on the hope that the defenders
would take the first or second spade
Declarer should assume that West
led his fourth-best diamond. By the
Rule of Eleven, once East produces
the ten his only diamond higher
than the six West becomes
marked with the king.
By winning with the ace and then
forcing out the ace of spades, South
assures that the queen of diamonds
will be an eventual entry to dummy
so he can cash the last two spades.
By foreseeing at trick one the situa-
tion that might arise later on, South
makes the contract.
It plan the play.

South dealer.
North-South vulnerable.


The bidding:
South West North East
1 Pass 1 4 Pass
Opening lead six of diamonds.
The importance of planning the
play from the outset can hardly be
exaggerated. Many times a declarer
will discover, after racing through
the first few tricks, that he has done
himself irretrievable harm by having
failed earlier to plan the play as a
In this deal, for example, many
declarers would go down to defeat.
Let's see how and why this would
West leads a diamond, and de-
clarer wins East's ten with the jack.
He then plays two rounds of spades,
but East, observing West's high-low,
does not take the ace because he









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ARIES Mar 21/Apr 26
Change your ways, Aries, or else
your mate or romantic partner may
call it quits and rather soon. He or
she is not happy with the relation-
ship, so find out what you cap do.
TAURUS Apr 21/May,21
Make the most of the time' you'll
spend with a friend this Friday,
Taurus. You won't get to see this per-
son for a while, so it's important to
make every moment count.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Stop worrying what others think,
Gemini. This week, you'll be march-
ing to your own beat, so thete's no
point in worrying about thelrecep-
tion you will receive.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
A coworker is planning to rile up the
management at your job and is looking
for a cohort in all the action. .You're
tempted to join in, but think, again;
because it could risk your position.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
There's more than your career this
week, Leo. Family and friends need
equal billing in your tight schedule.
Avoid burnout by allowing for
some time for recreation.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22.
There's no time to relax when down-
sizing at work brings about big depart-
mental changes, Virgo. You'll be
forced to absorb the work of others in
addition to your normal load.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
They say you attract more bees with
honey, so listen to that advice. Libra.
If there's someone you wint to
please, learn this person's likes and
try some subtle bribery.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Even though the weather is hot, you
need to chill out, Scorpio. You have
too much on your plate and it's start-
ing to take its toll. Get away for a
much-needed break.
You have a problem that has been
plaguing you for some time, but you
don't know how to handle it,
Sagittarius. Seek the help of
Aquarius, who will get you on track.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
A surprise phone call will put a mon-
key wrench in all of your plans,
Capricom. Since it is unavoidable,
figure out a way to adapt to the new
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
There are some things around the
house that just need to get done,
Aquarius. You'll have to give in and
stop pinching pennies in order to
complete the tasks at hand.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
A trip out of town has left you feeling
recharged, albeit a bit homesick,
Pisces. Spend some quality time at
home watching TV or doing hobbies.

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Rogoff, Lone Pine 1978. Rogoff
used to be a serious United
States semi-pro grandmaster,
but he gave it up to become a
highly qualified economist who
was appointed a director of the
International Monetary Fund. He
never forgot his ups and downs
in top dass chess, and in one
memorable press conference he
interrupted his fiscal discourse
to complain that this columnist
had been "unkind in reviewing
my blunders". I don't recall such
an artide, but if it occurred
today's diagram can be taken as
my version of mea culpa. Rogoff
is Black (to play) against
Alerica's most famous
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Fiscal deficit for 05-06 may drop below 2.4%

FROM page 1B

2006 fiscal year ended, the Govern-
ment had already collected $1.159 bil-
lion in revenues, already ahead of the
$1.145 billion estimate.
Mr Smith expressed confidence that
the Budgetary trends would continue
to improve over the next few years,
\vith both the national debt and size of
the fiscal deficit coming down.
The Government is projecting a 1.9

fiscal deficit for the 2006-2007 Budget
year, with its hopes for controlling
the public finances pegged to 8 per
cent revenue rises in 2007-2008 and
2008-2009 and continued economic
growth fuelled by foreign direct
investment, rather than curbing pub-
lic spending. "We'll see pretty much
the same over the next couple of
years," said Mr Smith, referring to
Budgetary and economic trends. "All
the macroeconomic indicators are

pretty much in place. "Barring unfore-
seen incidents, we ought to see them
[investment projects] coming on
stream one by one, and see the same
impact on the economy."
On the public finances, Mr Smith
said: "We cannot go to sleep, but can
rest a bit easier at night knowing
we're not in a crisis point where we're
struggling to make ends meet.
"We've just got to maintain course
on what we're doing and not rest on

our laurels."
As an emergency contingency
against hurricanes, Mr Smith said the
Government had set aside $8 million
in the 2006-2007 Budget for the
National Emergency Management
Agency or (NEMA), which in the last
fiscal year was a division of the Prime
Minister's Office without a Budget
of its own.
The Government's future Budget
projections are assuming that rev-

enues will grow at a faster rate than
recurrent spending, which is project-
ed to grow by 6.4 per cent in 2007-
2008 and 6.8 per cent in 2008-2009,
striking $1.475 billion and $1.575 bil-
lion respectively.
To achieve its fiscal targets, the
Government is banking heavily that
foreign direct investment projects it
has approved will come through, gen-
erating real jobs and salaries that, in
turn, will lad to increased imports.

AM.,_ GN-368


July 13, 2006


Whereas DEGRANDO FRANKS of 2315 Atlanta
Street, H ollywood in the State of Florida, U.S.A.,
the Only Son has made application to the Supreme
Court of The Bahamas, for Letters of Administration
of the real and personal estates of ANN
FRANKS late of Sutton Street, Eastern District,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the Islands
of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

July 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00351

Lake Dora Drive, in the County of Palm Beach in
the City of West Palm Beach in the State of Florida,
one of the United States of America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by KEVIN M. RUSSELL, of No. 14
Doubloon Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant
of Letters of Administration (Single Personal
Representative) in the above estate granted to
BARBARA BERGER the Personal Representative,
by the Circuit Court for Palm Beach County, Florida,
Probate Division, on the 6th day of August, 1991.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

July 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00352

CHARLICA POOLE late of 2536 East 81 Street in
the County of Cuyahoga in the City of Cleveland in
the State of Ohio one of the United States of
America, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that after the expiration of

fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by KEVIN M. RUSSELL, of No. 14
Doubloon Drive, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized Attorney
in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed Grant
of Letters of Authority in the above estate granted
to PAMELA JOHNSON the fiduciary, by the Probate
Court of Cuyahoga County, Ohio, on the 23rd day
of July, 2003.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

July 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00353

One Sutton Place South, Apartment 7A, in the City
of New York, in the State of New York, of the United
States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by HUBERT ALEXANDER
INGRAHAM, of Croton Avenue, The Grove, New
Providence, The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the
Authorized Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining
the Resealed Grant of Letters Testamentary in the
above estate granted to JO ANN DAVIS
HALLINGBY JR, the Executor, by the Surrogate's
Court of the County of New York, on the 3rd day of
August, 2005.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

June 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00354

Freeport, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme court of The Bahamas,
for letters of administration of the real and personal
estate of DEMETRIUS ANDRE SMITH late of No.
13 West End, Grand Bahama, one of the Islands of
the Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such.applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 21
days from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

June 13, 2006


No. 2006/PRO/npr/00357

4206 Monserrate Street, in the City of Coral Gables
in the County of the State of Florida, U.S.A. America,

Notice is hereby given that after the expiration of
fourteen days from the date hereof, application will
be made to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas on
its Probate Side by HEATHER L. THOMPSON, of
Pilot House, East Bay Street, Eastern District, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, Attorney-At-Law, the Authorized
Attorney in The Bahamas, for obtaining the Resealed
of Successor Grant of Letters of Administratin (Single
Personal Representative) in the above estate granted
to KATHRYN GERTH BYRNES, the Successor
Personal Representative, by the Circuit Court for
Dade County, Florida, Probate Division, on the 12th
day of December, 2005.

S D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

June 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00361

Whereas FEDNER DORESTAL of St. Alban's Close,
New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, has made
application to the Supreme Court of The Bahamas,
for Letters of Administration of the real and personal
estate of WILLIAM THOMAS TYNES late of Peach
Street, New Providence, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar

July 13, 2006

No. 2006/PRO/npr/00362

Whereas LORI E. LOWE of Lakeview Road, New
Providence, one of the Islands of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, has made application to the
Supreme Court of The Bahamas, for letters of
administration with the Will annexed of the real and
personal estate of EDWARD J. KUMNEN late of,
57 Bellview Street in the Village of Chagrin Falls in
the State of Ohio, one of the States of the United
States of America, deceased.

Notice is hereby given that such applications will
be heard by the said Court at the expiration of 14
days from the date hereof.

D. Robinson
(for) Registrar


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third in


Senior Sports
THE Bahamas Junior
Golf Association's 14-
member team returned
home over the weekend
with a third place finish at
the 19th Caribbean Ama-
teur Junior Golf Champi-
onships in Puerto Rico.
Playing at the Rio Mar
Golf & Country Club in
Rio Grande, the Bahamas
accumulated a total of 115
points to sit'behind hosts
Puerto Rico, who cap-
tured the Hank James
overall title with 160
Trinidad & Tobago fin-
ished second with 125,
while Jamaica got fourth
with 106 and the Domini-
can Republic rounded out
the top five with 100.5. A
total of nine countries
participated in the tourna-
ment that ran from July 3-
The Bahamas was sit-
ting in second after the
first round with 43.5
points. But, on the second
day, the Bahamas
dropped to third with 79
points and they stayed
there until the end of the
The Bahamas had three
fourth place finishers in
the individual standings,
two fifth, two seventh,
two ninth and a 11th,
12th, 14th, 15th and a dis-
The team's best show-
ing came in the boys 16-18
division with Scott Mac-
Dougall coming in fourth
with a total of 237 (79-81-
77). DeVaughn Robinson
was tied for fifth with 238
(82-78-78) and Ricardo
Davis seventh with 241
In the boys' 13-15 divi-
sion, Richard Gibson Jr.
came in 14th with 265 (91-
92-82) and Charlie Butler
followed on his heels in
15th place with 267 (86-
Kristian McSweeney
shot 80 on the first day,
but posted a pair of dis-
qualifications on the final
two days. No explanation
was given.
The boys 12-and-under
division saw Benjamin
Davis taking fourth place
with 249 (83-83-83) and
Rasheed Robinson was
12th with 287 (103-94-90).
Alena Hutchinson post-
ed the best mark for the
girls, coming in fourth in
the 16-18 division with
260 (85-82-93). Danielle
Robinson was ninth with
301 (101-101-99).
In the girls 13-15 divi-
sion, Annamae Adderley
came in fifth with 268 (87-
89-92) and Eugenie ...........
Adderley was 11th with
299 (92-98-109).
And in the girls 12-and-
under division, Taneka
Sandiford was seventh
with 163 (53-54-56) and
Asiyah Robinson was
ninth with 183 (65-61-57).



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Senior Sports Reporter
SPRINTER Debbie Fergu-
son-McKenzie's bid to
become the second Bahami-
an to earn a share of the $1
million jackpot was stopped
over the weekend.
Competing in the second leg
of the six-race Golden League
series at the Meeting Gaz de
France in Saint-Denis, Paris,
France, Ferguson-McKenzie
turned in a fourth place fin-
ish in the women's 100 metres
to knock her 'out of con-
In order to beeligible for
the jackpot, Ferguson-McKen-
zie would have to go unde-
feated in the six races in the
series that started at the
Exxon Mobil Bislett Games
in Oslo, Norway on June 2
and ended at the ISTAF on
Sunday, September 3 in
Berlin, Germany.
After winning the series
opener in Oslo, Ferguson-
McKenzie had to settle for a
fourth place finish in a time
of 11.16 seconds in Paris on
The race was won by Amer-
ican Marion Jones, who is
making her comeback after a
four-year eclipse in the Gold-
en League to easily win the
race in 10.92.
Jamaican Sherone Simpson
was second in 10.98 and
American Torri Edwards got
third in 11.06 in the race that
could have clearly been a final
in any major meet with the
amount of top flight competi-
tors entered.
While there are four com-
petitors left for the jackpot,
Ferguson-McKenzie is still eli-
ible for a share of the new
500,000 purse that is also up
for grabs for those athletes
that win at least five of the six
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have to win the remaining
four races, starting with the
Golden Gala in Rome, Italy
on Friday.
That will be followed by the
Weltklasse Zurich in Zurich
on Friday, August 18, the
Memorial Van Damme in
Bruxelles on Friday, August
25 and the ISTAF in Berlin
on Sunday, September 3.
Two years ago, quarter-mil-
er Tonique Williams-Darling
became the first Bahamian to
win a share of the jackpot. She
shared the purse with Swe-
den's triple jumper Christian
However, Williams-Darling
is slowly working her way
back from an injury.
In the meantime, her rival,
American Sanya Richards has
emerged as the female to beat
in the one-lapper. Richards is
one of the four athletes still
eligible for the $1 million jack-

On Friday, she stayed'
unbeaten in the women's 400,.
running 49.73. Bahamian
Christine Amertil ended up
sixth in the race in 51.35.
Vania Stambolova of Bul-I
garia was second in 49.96 with'"'
Senegal's Amy Mbacke Thi-'
am third in 50.54. There was a
lot of Caribbean interest in '
the race as former world*
champion Ana Guevara waS
fourth in 50.79 and Jamaican''.
Shericka Williams was fifth in'
Although Chris 'Bay'-..
Brown didn't compete in the
race because of his recovery
from a slight injury, the men's
400 was the race to watch at,,
the meet.
American World andt
Olympic champion Jeremy,
Wariner won in an impressive
time of 43.91. American
Andrew Rock was second iii
45.02 and Canadian Christo-
pher Tyler completed the top .
three in 45.16.

Bria Deveax stars in BSF

national championships

Junior.Sports Reporter
OUT of the hundreds of swimmers
that flocked to. the Betty Kelly Ken-
ning Swimming Complex to part take
in the Bahamas Swimming Federation
(BSF) national championships held
over the weekend, Bria Deveaux pro-
Sduced the best individual score.
Deveaux scored 90 points to cap-
ture the top title in the 11-12 girls divi-
sion. Other outstanding individual top.
scores were Leslie Campbell, Evante
Gibson, Jevaughn Saunders, T'Auren
Moss and Zach Moses.
Although Deveaux had produced
the most individual points, it was
Campbell's 59 points that gave her See
Bees Swim Club the edge over all the
other groups and Gibson's swiftness
in the water that helped him set a new
national championship and Bahami-
an record.
Gibson's time in the 200m butterfly
was recorded at 2:35.66 seconds, eras-
ing the four year old record of 2:43.76
seconds set by Denaj Seymour. Also
competing in the event were Matthew
Lowe, whose time was also recorded
under the old record, 2:35.99, and
Mancer Roberts in 2:58.13 seconds.
The Bahamian record came in the 50m
breaststroke, a time of 35.55 seconds,
the old record was set by Gibson ear-
lier this year, 35.63 seconds.
Also setting a national record at the
BSF nationals was Arianna Vander-
pool-Wallace in the 800m freestyle.
The new record is now posted at
9:41.26 seconds. John Bradley also
added his name to the record books in
the 1500 freestyle taking the event in a
time of 18:09.37 seconds.
The See Bees Swim Club won the
overall women's category by more
than 65 points (836) over the Bar-
racudas who scored 771 points, finish-
ing in third was Swift Swimming with
578 points Deveaux represented the

Barracudas Swim Club.
Campbell took the eight and under
girls division over Joanna Evans who
scored 46 points while Christina-Maria
Chea was third with 35 points.
She won the 200 individual medley,
the 100m freestyle, 50m backstroke
and freestyle, finishing in second in
the 50 breaststroke and butterfly.
Deveaux's points were accumulat-
ed from the 200 and 400 individual
medley, the 800 and 200 freestyle,
100m backstroke and butterfly, and
fourth in the 50 breaststroke.
In the 200m individual medley
Deveaux was seconds off the record,

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which is held by McKayla Lightbourn.
She clocked 2:41.35 seconds, the record
is set at 2:33.39 seconds. Finishing in
second was JeNae Saunders in 2:48.12
seconds followed by Shante Moss in
2:51.93 seconds.
The eight and under girls 200m indi-
vidual medley was won by Campbell in
a time of 3:41.53 seconds, followed
closely by Joanna Evans in 3:45.05 sec-
onds and Jourdan Bevans in 3:53.22
Campbell also snagged a win in the
200m freestyle over Evans and Albury
Higgs. The winning time in this event
was 3:05.26 seconds, Evans was record-
ed at 3:12.24 seconds and Higgs in
3:40.81 seconds.
Moss was on course of breaking the
championship record in the 200m indi-
vidual medley, but fell short after a
slow finishing. The championship
record set by Gibson in 2005 is timed
at 2:51.09 seconds, Moss' time was
posted at 2:56.63 seconds.
The next day Moss came back to
take the 400m freestyle in 5:23.43 sec-
onds, finishing in second was Trey Tay-
lor in 6:10.26 seconds.
The freestyle relays became a hot
ticket on the schedule in all divisions,
especially the 11-12 girls 200m freestyle
relay and the 13-14 girls 200m freestyle
A new national record was set in the
13-14 girls division by Ariel and
Amber Weech, Anthaya Rolle and
Ashley Butler of the See Bees Swim
club. The quartet clocked a time of
1:59.14 seconds, erasing the old record
of 2:01.55 seconds set in 2005.
Participating in the record breaking
event were Swift Club, finishing second
in 2:15.08.
Teaming up for the victory in the
11-12 girls relay for the Barracuda
Swim Club were Deveaux, Saunders,
Chanel Williams and Shayla Camp-
bell. This team were being contested
by members from the Swift Swim Club
Emily Morley, Alaina Cargill,

Andrea Sands and Shonae Musgrove.
The team from Barracudas proved
too much for the Swift Swim Club
members, Barracudas won the event in.
2:08.09 seconds, leaving the Swift team
to settle for second in 2:28.39 seconds.

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TREY TAYLOR in the boys 9-10
100 LC metre breaststroke.
(Photo: Mario Duncanson/
Tribune staff)


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Grand Bahamian Johnny
Hoyte traveled to North
Andros and won another
Bahamas Amateur Cycling Fed-
eration's Independence/Nation-
al Road Cycling Championship
title on Saturday.
Hoyte won the 70-mile road
race in three hours, 22 minutes
and eight seconds. Barron 'Tur-
bo' Musgrove of Team VMG,'
was second in 3 hrs, 24 mins and
05 secs. Third place went to
Jonathan Massie of Team VMG
in 3 hrs, 24 mins and 06 secs.
In the senior II category,
Daryl Munnings won in 2 hrs,
58.14 with Kevin Richardson
second in 3 hrs, 21.19 and
Wayne Price third in 3 hrs,
23.58. Timothy Sturrup was
In the senior III category,
Lawrence Jupp won the 59-mile
race in 3 hrs, 21 mins and 19
secs. Kyro Brown got second in
3 hrs, 23 mins and 35 secs.
Thomas Mackey was third,
Robert Bethel fourth and
Alexander Bain fifth. The last
three cyclists only completed 50
Tracey Sweeting won the
masters category, while Sam
Brown took the senior masters
title over George Smith.
In the women's 18-and-over
category, Lashan Jupp took first
place in an 18-mile race.
Lashanti Jupp won the junior
girls under-17 race over Anton-
isha Marshall. Lillie Colebrooke
won the girls under-14 five-mile
In the boys 14-and-under cat-
egory, Jay Major won the 18-
mile race with Yorkell Bain sec-
ond, Elijah Knowles third,
Deangelo Sturrup fourth, Tres
Smith fifth, Yelstin Bain sixth,
Anthony Colebrooke seventh
and Emmanuel Johnson eighth.
The Cadets boys 11-and-
under category saw Justin Min-
nis win the title over Adrian
THE Baptist Sports Council
has announced that its 2006
Deaconess Joann Webb Softball
League will get underway on
Saturday, August 12 at the
Charles W. Saunders High
School, Jean Street. The BSC is
honoring Webb for her contri-
bution to the league since its
reformation in 2000. Webb is a
member of the Golden Gates
Native Baptist Church. The
league will comprise of the men,
co-ed, 19-and-uder and 15-and-
under. All teams have until Sat-
urday, July 29 to register.
The Baptist Sports Council's
Rev. Dereck Munroe Volleyball
League will continue on Satur-
day at 10am at the DW Davis
Gym. In the opener, Munroe's
New Bethlehem team will play
Golden Gates Native Baptist in
the 17-and-under division to
determine who will play Mace-
donia in the championship.
After that, Macedonia and
Golden Gates will battle for
supremacy in both the men and
co-ed divisions. Munroe is cur-
rently serving as the Youth
Director for the Baptist Con-

Derrick 't

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Senior Sports Reporter
DERRICK Atkins is now the
sole owner of the Bahamas
Association of Athletic Associa-
tions' national 100 metre record.
The new time is 10.14 seconds.
One of the five-member team
that represented the Bahamas at
the NACAC Championships in
Santo Domingo over the week-
end, Atkins erased the national

mark of 10.18 that was shared
by Rudy Levarity and Rendward
The 22-year-old graduate of
CR Walker and Dickinson State,
eclipsed the mark when he post-
ed the fastest qualifying time of
10.14 in the semifinal at the Felix
Sanchez Stadium.
In the final, Atkins went under
the previous mark as well as he
took the gold in 10.15 before he
came back and finished with the
silver in the 200. Carlos Moore

got the silver in 10.23 and the
bronze went to Chris Hargett in

Mark Humes, Atkins' local
coach and mentor, said it was
just a matter of time before the
national double sprint champi-
on inked his name in the record
"I thought his performance

was incredible and it was long
overdue," said Humes, a jour-
nalist at The Tribune. "I always
knew that Derrick had the
potential to break the national
record and I still believe he has
the potential to take the nation-
al record even lower.
"Hopefully, we will be able to
see it at CAC where he should
be able to dip under the 10.1
mark where he should be able
to run 10 low."
Humes, who has coached

Atkins for the past two years;
considers Derrick to be "an,
incredible talent, an incredible'.
athlete, who has shown how'
much more mature he has-
become in overcoming his past."
At the BAAA's Bahamas.
Electricity Corporation Nation--
al open Track and Field Chanm.
pionships last month at the-
Thomas A. Robinson Track and ,
Field Stadium, Atkins ran a
wind-aided 10.03 in his first cen-
tury for the year.
At the NACAC Champi-,
onships, he opened with the pre--*
liminaries of the 100 with the-
second fastest time as he won;<,
his heat in 10.51.
Also qualifying in the prelim-*,
inaries was Adrian Griffin, who'
was eighth overall with a second.
place finish in heat one in 10.82,
While Atkins went on to erase,-
the national record in the semis;,'
Griffin was 1lth overall in 10.82,-
for sixth place in heat one. He-.
didn't advance to the final.
"Adrian didn't do as well asT- -
thought he would have done, but'
he's had a very long, but good'
season," said Humes, who alsg#*
coaches Griffin.
"There are several things that"
went wrong, but I wouldn't want..,
to say. I just think this is the,
effect of a long season, especial-
ly since this is his first year sprint-
ing at this level."
Humes said it's typical of a'
college season after a long sea -
son, but despite falling short, he.
was proud of what he accom-
plished in the aftermath.
In the 200, Atkins was second
in heat one in 21.16 for the fifth
fastest time. He won heat one in
the semis in 20.97 for the fastest
time as well.

But in the final, Atkins had to
settle for the silver in 20.69,
which is off the national mark
of 20.12 that is held by Dominic
Demeritte. Otis McDaniel took
the gold in 20.61 and the bronze
went to Jared Connaughton in
Also representing the
Bahamas at the NACAC were
quarter-milers Andretti Bain and
Michael Mattieu and 110 hur-
dler Christopher Bethel.
Bain, coming off his second
place finish behind Mattieu at
the BEC Nationals, was second
in his preliminary heat two in
47.15 to go in as the fifth fastest
qualifier, while Mattieu's third
place in heat three in 46.234
placed him seventh overall.
However, in the final, Mattieu
came through with a fourth place
finish in 46.04, while Bain had
to settle for sixth in 46.17. Ricar-
do Chambers won the gold in
45.09, while the silver went to
Lionel Larry in 45.38 and the
bronze to Williams Collazo in,
In the 110 hurdles, Bethel ran
14.50 for third place in heat three
to advance to the final. But in
the final, he fell short of a medal
with a fourth place finish in
Dominic Berger claimed the
gold in 13.78 with Jason Richard-
son securing the silver in 13.87.
Adalberto Amador of Puerto
Rico was the bronze medalistin

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