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MONDAY, JULY 17, 2006
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Island-wide bid by
police on Grand
Bahama to find man
not seen since Saturday
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
FREEPORT Famil mem-
bers and close business associ-
ates have expressed gra\ e con-
cern about the %\hei .bouts of
prominent Grand Bahama busi-
nessman Preston Stuart, who
has not been seen since Satur-
The Tribune has learned that
police were contacted shortly
before lam on Sunday by a
close relative of Mr Stuart.
When contacted sometime
around 5pm on Sunday, Assis-
tant Commissioner of Police
Ellison Greenslade told The
Tribune that, although police
are very cautious, it was still too
early to determine whether Mr
Stuart is, in fact, missing.
"Mr Stuart is an adult and has
the right to go where he wants
to go," Mr Greenslade said.
"However, given the anxiety
expressed by his family and
close business associates, we
have been trying to assist
and have been searching for
Mr Stuart, 64-year-old resi-
dent of No 1 Glover Lane,
S Bahama Terrace, had still not
been located up to press time
In an official statement
released by police around 7pm
on Sunday, Chief Superinten-
dent Basil Rahming reported
that police have launched an
island-wide search by land, sea
and air, in an effort to locate
According to lMrRahming. a
concerned relative went to Cen-
tral Police Station shortly before
lam on Sunday and reported
Mr Stuart as being missing
The relative informind pul.le.
that NMr Stuart w as last seen
around 1.34pm on Saturday
July 15. He was wearing a blue
golf shirt with purple and grey
stripes, blue pants and \ white
tennis shoes. He was also said to
be driving his maroon Cadillac
DeVille, registered number
Mr Stuart is a well-kno\ n
businessman. He onns and
operates several major busi-
nesses on Grand Bahama.
including the Freepoit Taxi
Company, First Atlantic Realth
and Legends nightclub on
Several years ago, he bought
the former Silver Sands Hotel,
which is now closed.
Mr Stuart has been described
as a very nice and popular per-
"He is an avid golfer and a
former sports standout and \is
recently named to the Grand
Bahama Sports Hall of Fame.
He is an avid sports supporter
on the island," according to a
Police are asking anyone who
can assist the police with their
investigation to call the crime
hotline at 350-3107 or Central
Detective Unit at 350-3089,350-.
3082, or 911 or 919.
ANN ST LBBS dleif and her
neighbour Essinae Larimore stand
where Mrs Stubbs claims her fence
was taken down.
(Photo: Felipe Major/
HOME-owners of Elizabeth
Estates are furious at the govern-
ment for allegedly erecting a wall
within the boundaries of their pri-
Residents of Commonwealth
Avenue in the Elizabeth Estates
sub-division are claiming that the,
Ministry of Social Services has bull-
dozed down their fences and
destroyed their trees.
Speaking with The Tribune yes-
terday, one of the home owners,
Ann Stubbs, said that the bulldoz-
ers started taking down her fence
early Saturday morning.
Mrs Stubbs claimed that she was
informed that the social services
ministry was building a new wall
for the Elizabeth Estates Chil-
"Our backyards border, on the
children's home. But they are
building the wall on our proper-
SEE page 12
MP wants entrapment of
officials to be made legal
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
INDEPENDENT MP for St Margaret Pierre
Dupuch is continuing his push for an amendment to the
Prevention of Bribery Ac.t, making the entrapment of
ministers, MPs, permanent secretaries and other senior
government officials legal.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday,'Mr Dupuch
said he has no idea if the amendment will gain favour
with some of his parliamentary colleagues.
"I'm not saying what the law should be I'm only say-
ing make the law. If you say this is your standard, let's
make a law and stick by it. If you don't want it as a stan-
dard, well then don't make a law. But don't say that a
man is not guilty of a conflict of interest today, but
guilty tomorrow," he said.
Mr Dupuch said he seriously doubted if all of his par-
liamentary colleagues would like the resolution, but said
such a system is needed to take the "arbitrariness"
out of administration.
"Everybody knows exactly where they stand. They
know exactly what they are supposed.to do, and what
SEE page 12.
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS THE price of crude oil
soared to new record highs of
over $78 a barrel. Energy Min-
ister Dr Marcus Bethel warned
that "'hard times" were ahead
for Bahamian motorists at the
pumps, \as he continued his
appeal for conservation more
Dr Bethel,.who has for some
time touted the benefits of alter-
native energy sources and the
need for the Bahamas to diver-
sify itself in that regard, warned
that he expected the price of oil
SEE page 12
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
WITH latest statistics show--
ing that tourism is growing
rapidly in the Caribbean, it will
become increasingly difficult for
The Bahamas to stay aheadof
the pack in the near future.
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Minister of Tourism
Obie Wilchcombe said that, in
terms of tourism, the relation-
SEE page 12
THE search for FNM candi-'
dates for the next general e(e-'-
tion is slowly winding down and,
as the party prepares to announce:
its full election slate, prospective
candidates for the Grand Bahama
constituencies were interviewed
by a sub-committee of the pa'-'
ty's Candidates Committee yes-,
Lucaya MP Neko Grant,.a
member of the sub-committee;
said a total of 14 men and women.
are seeking the FNM's nomif-t-
tion for the three constituencies -,
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PAGE 2, MONDAY, JULY 17, 2006 THE TRIBUNE
Government offers concessions to
squatters in Fire Trail Road area g
AS HOUSING develop-
ment continues in the Fire
Trail Road area, squatters
occupying the land are being
asked to accept certain con-
cessions from the government
should they leave.
Minister of Youth, Sports
and Housing Neville Wisdom
said yesterday that this squat-
ted land is crucial to the devel-
opment of affordable homes
for Bahamian families.
"The construction of
affordable housing for quali-
fied Bahamians has been a
priority with this governe-
ment," he said. "The land in
Minister says land is crucial to
development of affordable homes
question has been assigned to
the Ministry of Youth, Sports
and Housing for the expressed
purpose of building houses.
'Further expansion of the
Fire Trail Sub-division has
begun, but can't continue
because squatters are in the
According to Mr Wisdom,
10 remaining of an original 25
squatters stand to hinder the
progress of phase two of the
Fire Trail development.
However, he says the gov-
ernment's first priority is to
the well-being of those who
would be displaced.
"I want to marry compas-
sion with the rule of law and
also with the tremendous need
for affordable housing. We
want to get the squatters off
the land, but not leave them in
the streets," he said.
"The government has
always provided alternatives,
such as government assisted
housing, for people in posi-
tions of challenge."
By Christmas, 130 Bahami-
an families could have homes
on the squatted land, accord-
ing to Mr Wisdom. But that,
he pointed out, is out f, a
waiting list of around 5,000.
"In phase one of this devel-
opment (Fire Trail Sub-divi-
sion), seven Bahamians were
removed from the land, all
squatters. One family of this
group is still receiving gov-
ernment rental subsidy." he
said. "A total of 102 houses
are almost ready for occupan-
On the phase two property
one female squatter is claim-
ing three parcels of land,
Pirates star Depp to move family
to private island in the Bahamas
FOLLOWING months of on-location shooting.
in.Grand Bahama-and Exuma, Hollywood actor
Johnny Depp has decided'that the Bahamas is the
right place to raise his children.
Depp, star of the highly successful Pirates Of
The Caribbean franchise, has announced plans
to move his family to a private island he bought in
The controversial actor said he intends to make IP
the small Bahamian island the home base for his
family his partner, French pop star Vanessa
Paradis, and his two young children Lily-Rosediatdonten
Depp said by moving to the island, his family
will be able to indulge in a different way of living.
He insists, however, that the family will still ailable from Commercial News Providers
spend plenty of time at Paradis' home in the
South of France and also in his native America, so
that his children 'ill grow up with a wide range of:
He said: "It's so beautiful there, so peaceful,
free and relaxed. We want to spend a lot more
time there in the future because it's a complete-
ly different way of life:
"It'll be our hoine base, but we'll still spend
time in France and in the States, so our children
will grow up in both cultures."
0 JOHNNY DEPP (APPhoio)
which equates to almost an
acre, reported Mr Wisdom.
"On that property we can
build three or four houses,"
Bahamians who establish
possessory claim, he said, will
be provided assistance by
being allowed to remain if
their houses are in compliance
with the building code and do
not conflict with the sub-divi-
Those houses that fall
below the code and do not
coincide with the surveyors'
layout will be offered an alter-
nitive plot on which to build as
well a concessionary rate in
obtaining mortgage loans.
Those unable to show long-
term claim will be required to
move but will receive assis-
tance securing shelter. And all
lnon-Bahamian squatters will
be required to move off the
According to Mr Wisdom,
another 200 acres of land is
being squatted on in the Fire
Trail Road area and those.
squatters have received letters
to vacate the land.
He asked that hard-work-
ing Bahamians facilitate the
acquisition of land legally in
light of the fact that some of
the squatters are employed by
a reputable sector of the com-
"A house is the single most
important investment that
Bahamians can make in the
Bahamas and my ministry will
strive to make this sub-divi-
sion the envy of the entire
Bahamas," Mr Wisdom said.
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MONDAY, JULY 17, 2006, PAGE 3
Man in hospital
after shooting on
* By DENISE
Bahama Police are inves-
tigating a shooting inci-
dent that resulted in one
man being detained at
Rand Memorial Hospital.
over the weekend.
According to police
reports, Trico Smith, 28,
of Pine Forest Sub-divi-
sion, was at Seagrape,
Eight Mile Rock, around
11.50pm when a man
known to him pulled out a
handgun and shot him in
the right thigh.
Smith told police that
the gunman also threat-
ened to kill him, putting
him in fear of his life.
Inspector Loretta Mack-
ey, assistant press liaison
'officer, said officers of
the Central Detective
Unit are investigating the
* BURGLAR FOUND
POLICE arrested an
Eight Mile Rock man for
burglary on Sunday when
a female resident oft
Freeport discovered a
naked man in her apart-
Around 5.05am on Sun-
day, police were sum-
moned by a 25-year-old
female resident of Sarah's
Apartment for assistance.
The woman told police
that she arrived home
around 5am and met a
man who is not known to
her lying in her bed in the
When officers of Cen-
tral Detective Unit
arrived at the scene, they
arrested a 31-year-old
male resident of Sea-
grape. --. -.
A 50-year-old man is
detained in hospital in
stable condition after he
was struck by a motorist
near Logwood Road on
The incident occurred
around 7.55am near Two
Dollar Store involving a
white Honda Civic
(licence 31082) driven by
Nekolus Ferguson, 28, of
Frobisher Drive, and
pedestrian Earl Russell.
Mr Russell was taken to
Rand Memorial Hospital,
where he is detained in
the male surgical ward.
SOfficers are investigat-
POLICE are searching
for a vehicle that was
stolen by two masked men
early Saturday morning
on Queen's Highway,
near Pine Forest Sub-divi-
According to reports,
around 1.30am on Satur-
day, Javon Stuart of Mar-
tin Hill, Eight Mile Ro,ck,
reported to police that
twQ men stole his 1998
grey Chevy Malibu car,
which he had bought
He told police that
around 1.20am, while dri-
ving on Queen's Highway,
near Pine Forest Sub-divi-
sion, he saw two mattress-
es in the street.
He stopped his car, got
out to clear the way and
was suddenly approached
by two masked men from
Stuart fled the scene
leaving his vehicle
When h'e returned to
the scene a few minutes
later, he discovered that
his car valued at $3,500
had been stolen.
Stuart told police that
the vehicle is still regis-
tered to the initial owner
whom he had bought it
Police are continuing
investigations and asking
anyone with information
to contact police at 352-
9774, 352-6626 or 911.
Wilchcombe speaks on
freedom of expression
0 By MARK HUMES
TOURISM Minister Obie
Wilchcombe continued to walk a
divergent ideological path from
some of his more radical PLP
colleagues who, in recent
months, have become highly crit-
ical of Bahamian media practices
In a very candid interview with
* MINISTER of Tourism The Tribune, the veteran ex-
Oie Wilchcombe newsman, who has said that he
refused to join with others in his
party who wished to criticise
media views, also showed that
he stood on opposite sides of the
aisle from those in his party who
have called for the revocation of
Tribune managing editor John
Marquis' work permit.
.Because of his commentary on
Bahamian political affairs, Mr
Marquis, as a foreign journalist,
has faced a barrage of criticism,
mainly from Minister of Foreign
Affairs Fred Mitchell, PLP chair-
man Raynard Rigby, and PLP
Minister rebuts calls for investigation
into Port Authority appointment
* By MARK HUMES
CONCLUDING that the efforts would be
misdirected, Minister of Tourism Obie Wilch-
combe has rebutted calls by PLP Senator Philip
Galanis for an investigation into the appoint-
ment of Mr Hinnes Babek as chairman of the
Grand Bahama Port Authority.
Following the recent spate of resignations
and terminations at the Poit Authority, Senator
Galanis has pubLicly criticised the organisation,
challenging his own party to carry out thor-
ough investigations into its state of affairs.
Stopping short iof calling Senator Galanis's
request premature, Mr Wilchcombe said: "I am
not sure what my colleague's arguments are. 1
have been working with the Port on many of
their matters over the past several years, so I am
not sure thatI \\oulI3 go that far."
He went on to say that the Port Authority was
a private company with a right to appoint
whomever it deemed :fit to represent its inter-
"I am trying to ascertain the value of an inves-
tigation," said Mr Wilchcombe. "The Grand
Bahama Port Authority is an organisation that
has worked with the government, and if there is
an interest by the Bahamas government, we
can invite the Port in to discuss it. But an inves-
tigation? I think that is stretching it a bit."
Mr Galanis began taking his administration to
task shortly after Mr Julian Francis resigned
and was immediately replaced by Mr Hannes
Babek as chairman of their Port Authority.
Shortly after Mr Francis's "resignation," exec-
utive vice-president Barry Malcolm followed
suit, and also resigned.
"The kind of actions we have seen taking
place over the last few weeks with the removal
and/or resignation of persons in very high posi-
tions at the Port is a majo-r cause for concern,"
said Senator Galanis last week.
"It is indicative, in my opinion, of a fiefdom
and plantation mentality of the stakeholders in
the Grand Bahama Port Authority, who are
being supported by the la;:keys that they have
appointed in key positions down there."
Mr Galanis has challenged the PLP adminis-
tration to adhere to its policy of Bahamianisa-
tion, which ensured that foreigners are not giv-
en work permits for jobs that can be filled by
qualified Bahamians, as he presumed was done
in the case Mr Babak, who is Austrian.
"I could not believe that there was due ,
process in the selection. of a replacement for
Mr Francis," Senator Galanis has said. "Imme-
diately on his retirement, thti.y brought in Mr
Babak to replace him. I do not recall there
being any kind of advertisement or job search
made by the Grand Bahama Port Authority to
find a Bahamian to replace him."
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Senator Philip Galanis, all of
whom have alluded to or called
for the government to reconsid-
er renewing Mr Marquis' work
"He has called me silly, but it
doesn't bother me," said Mr
Wilchcombe. "I like and read his
stuff, but if it's not true, I can
fight it if I wish. The problem
with the revocation of a journal-
ist's work permit is that he can go
to Miami and do stories. What's
the difference?" the minister
Mr Wilchcombe went on to
say that, with the change in tech-
nology, it does not matter where
a journalist writes from.
"He can be a correspondent
in London and still write about
the Bahamas, and he can still be
writing for The Tribune. It does-
n't matter anymore because of
technology," said Mr Wilch-
combe. "I think sometimes it's
much to do about nothing. If
you revoke it, so what?"
Recounting how Sir Etienne
Dupuch, father of The Tribune's
publisher-editor Eileen Carron,
fought for freedom of expres-
sion, Mr Wilchcombe said that,
as a part of the evolution and
growth of a country, freedom of
expression will evolve and devel-
op over the years.
"Sir Etienne is an icon in this
country," said Mr Wilchcombe.
"And whether you like him or
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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master
LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914
SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
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The Father of broadcasting is honoured
HARCOURT "Rusty" Bethel Drive at
last the man whose deep, rich voice united this
archipelagic nation will live on as an example to
future generations that greatness often sprouts
from humble roots.
On Thursday afternoon July 13 3rd
Terrace East,' Centreville, the location for the
past 47 years of ZNS, the Bahamas' first radio
station, was renamed after the man who had
guided it to maturity and had become not only
its voice, but more importantly the "Voice of the
After the renaming ceremony, Mr Bethel's
only daughter, Mrs Sheila Ashton, and the
Prime Minister walked to the end of 3rd Terrace
and unveiled the new road sign Harcourt
"Rusty" Bethel Drive.
This scene with his beloved daughter and
the Prime Minister unveiling a memorial to
himself would have brought tears to the veter-
an broadcaster's eyes. A giant of a man, "Rusty"
Bethel was always an "old softy". However, as
age crept up on him tears more frequently
dampened his cheeks. Thursday afternoon
would have been a moment that would have
moved him deeply, especially the many words
spoken by the staff he had loved dearly.
Rusty Bethel, a true Bahamian a poor
out island boy with little education, who used all
the talents God had given him embraced
every opportunity in his climb to the top. How-
ever, he never lost his integrity in that journey.
Rusty Bethel was not only the "Voice of the
Bahamas", he was a courteous, decent family
man. A man who won the respect and loyalty of
his staff, because he respected and stood by
them; a man loved by his friends, because he
would not thinksof forsaking them; a man who
cheated no one, and could not understand when
human beings cheated each other; a man who
feared God and could laugh heartily at him-
In a speech to the East Nassau Rotary Club
in 1984 this is how Mr Bethel described his
"I was born at Cherokee Sound, Abaco on a
stormy afternoon. It appears that the elements
were displeased with the event, and when the
folk at the settlement came to view the infant,
they weren't too pleased either.
"Up to the time of my birth the settlement of
Cherokee had been noted for its handsome
males and beautiful females, and not wishing to
mar the record, it was suggested that the fami-
ly should move to a less sensitive clime. And so
at the tender age of three years we moved to the
United States. When the folk in the U.S. felt
that they couldn't take it any longer, we came
back to the Bahamas."
But this is not how Dr Michael Gerassimos,
Mr Bethel's doctor and close friend viewed that
event. He told Thursday's audience:
"In the beginning God created all things
known to us. Thle laws of physics, chemistry:
and mathematics governed our lives in an order-:
ly, routine sort of way.
"However, on the 29th of May, 1913 in
Cherokee Sound, Abaco, something new and
different happefied. It seems a new mould was
used to welcome to the world 'Rusty' Bethel.
This particular mould was one of a kind, just the
right mix: a masterpiece. Unlike King Eric, wh.o
sang that once is not enough, this mould would
not be used again. Rusty was destined 'to
become a special kind of man: The Great Cojm-
"Rusty" had a very basic education, leav:igng
school before his fourteenth birthday and join-
ing the Royal Bank of Canada "they weren't
too particular in those days" he often quipped.
During his eight years at the bank he rose to the
position of Station Teller. He often told how he
had to stay hours after closing time in search of
the missing h'penny to balance his books.
It was this strict discipline under Royal Bank
manager Paul Potter that made him aware of
the need to balance his books'at the end of
each day both with God and man.
He brought this discipline to ZNS and was
proud of the fact that up to the day he le ft the
station it "operated its own bank account, paid
its own debts, and supported itself entire from
thi saie of commercial announcement nts and pro-i
As a broadcaster he took as his mai'tra the
Broadcasters' Creed, to which radio S;tations
licensed by the FCC are expected to adhere:
"Broadcasting is a living symbol of democ-
racy; a significant and necessary instrument for
maintaining freedom of expression. I.ts influ-
ence is of such magnitude that the on! y proper
measure of its responsibility is the 'common
good of all the people.
"It is obliged to serve the people, in such a
manner as to reflect credit upon the profession
and to encourage aspiration toward a better
life for all mankind.
"It should provide for the fair discussion of
matters of general public concern. Its news
reporting should be factual, fair, and without
bias. Good taste is a must in the selection and
handling of news."
Aware of the changing times, the, italics were
Mr Bethel's, not ours.
Thursday's event, when government, its
broadcasting staff and friends joined to hon-
our the one Voice that had united them, was the
crowning tribute to this fine gentleman.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
NICKI KELLY in the
July 9th edition of The
Punch made the point that
Sir Lynden Pindling recog-
nized the deficiencies in the
education system that he
inherited in 1967 and failed
to rectify them. She con-
cluded that -
1. The Government then
and thereafter failed "to
shift the educational empha-
sis in line with the demands
of the job market"...and
2. As a result, "foreign-
ers, legal and illegal, are
now deriving the benefits
that should have accrued to
This analysis is faulty; and
if taken literally could lead
to further poor policy choic-
According to Nicki Kelly
education for the masses up
until 1967 was restricted to
"basic reading, and arith-
metic skills, with little or no
chance of further education"
since admission to Govern-
ment High, the only quality
public high school, catered
to "the best and brightest of
Ms. Kelly contends that
in its eagerness to level the
playing field and "eliminate
all signs of elitism", the new
government dictated that
GHS would no longer be
selective with respect to its
entrance standards and
would io longer require a
"One of the 'unforeseen
consequences' of this egali-
tarianismin'as to devialue the
importance of education as
the means for furthering the
advancement of black
Bahamians, while at the
same time encouraging the
expectation that simply
being black was sufficient to
guarantee one a well-paying
"While the PLP can be
credited with expanding the
public school system...the
education provided by these
schools was largely irrele-
vant to the needs of a devel-
oping country." She con-
tends that the system
emphasized an academic
rather than a vocationally-
She speculates that dur-
ing the long period of PLF'
rule there was a lack of
political will "to advocate
and initiate a return to the
blacks held before majority
This is at best both a par-
tial analysis and a troubling
In the 1960s all post colo-
nial countries expanded
their public education sys-
tems to achieve universal
primary and secondary edu-
cation. This was certainly
true of the English speaking
countries of the iCaribbean
and also,Latin American
and some Wesltern Euro-
The rapid expansion of
school systems necessitated
a sharp increase in new
This most often happened
only with a reduction in new
teacher hiring standards.
This was especially true in
the Bahamas since it also
sought to reduce its employ-
ment of foreign teachers.
Michael Craton in his
History of the Bahamas
notes that in the 1960s and
70s "while the number of
teaching candidates multi-
plied six-fold in a decade,
the proportion of entrants
with the original require-
ment of five 'O' level passes
fell from 90 to less than 10
The rapid expansion of,
the school system, Bahami-
anization and an inadequate
supply of qualified Bahami-
an teachers produced a sig-
nificant overall drop in
teacher quality. The Coali-
tion for Education Reform
stated in its June 2005
"Bahamian Youth: the
Untapped Resource" report
that only Barbados in the
English speaking Caribbean
avoided the related drop in
education quality and stu-
dent academic achievement.
The education crisis fac-
ing the Bahamas is not just
an absence of vocational
skills; it is also functional
illiteracy.. .the inability to
read, write, speak and cal-
culate. This is the message
that the tourism industry has
delivered to Government
for over a year.
That Sir Lynden Pindling
and the PLP made a series
of bad decisions that led
directly to the "education
crisis" is abundantly clear.
India is a good example of
how another country dealt
with its education
ly it is not like the Bahamas,
a very small island country.
Jawaharlal Nehru, the
first Prime Minister of post-
colonial India, had the finest
classic British education,
Harrow, Trinity College,
Cambridge and law at the
Inner Temple. The educa-
tion system that he con-
ceived was a reaction to the
Colonial experience and not
his classical education per
"Nehru believed that
India was more likely to
remain an independent
country if it made itself tech-
nologically equal to its for-
mer rulers. To that end he
created a ruthlessly efficient
mechanism for finding and
exploiting Indian technical
talent. It was called the Indi-
an Institute of Technology
Five were created in the
1960s with each separately
funded by Germany, the
USSR, the US and the UK.
"Young Indians who fin-
ished high in a national stan-
dardized test passed on their
way into Nehru's game of
catch-up ball...By the early
1970s hundreds of thousands
of Indian seventeen-year-
olds were sitting for the
annual two-day engineering
exams. A few weeks after
the exam the results were
posted in the newspapers.
The two thousand students
with the highest scores won
admission to the IITs."
Thigraduates-of hiis sys-,-
tert are now fueling'Indina'd
(Refer to Michael Lewis,
The-News New Thing, Pen-
guin Books, 2001).
The Tribune quotes Sen-
ator John Delaney as saying
in his- contribution to the
Budget debate that the edu-
cation, system is "perhaps
the single greatest obstacle
to the economic welfare and
well-being of Bahamians.'"
He urged Government "to
study the 14 recommenda-
tions outlined in the report
published last year by the
Coalition for Education
Government has talked
about meeting with the
Coalition but has not yet
done so thirteen months
after receipt of its report,
This suggests a dis-
cernible lack of urgency.
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unit to tackle
* By TIFFANY GRANT
Tribune Staff Reporter
TO COUNTERACT knives
being brought on to school
premises in the coming school
year, the school police unit is
formulating strategies to deal
with what they see as a serious
In March, National Security
Minister Cynthia Pratt
expressed concern over the
alarming number of young chil-
dren carrying knives to school.
Mrs Pratt had received
reports from school police
about an increased number of
knives being found in the bags
and pockets of students.
ASP Elworth Moss, attached
to the school policing unit, told
The Tribune yesterday that
police are putting together-
strategies to work along with
school administrators, faculty
and security to see how best
they can deal with the problem
of knives entering school
In April, Mr Moss told an
urban renewal conference of
the challenge facing schools due
to the number of knives and
dangerous weapons found on
At that time, he said they
asked students why they were
carrying dangerous weapons
and were told it was for self-
"One of the things we looked
at is what happened at
Columbine with those shoot-
ings. We want to make sure
that, in the event that some-
thing of that nature happens,
everyone knows how to secure
lives within the schools.
"We want to make sure that
we put something in place and
that it: is effective in every one
of the schools," said Mr Moss.
This September makes one
year since police were stationed-.
at various government schools.
Mr Moss said the number of
incidents in the schools in the
last six months was not as bad
as when they first entered the
Hope for united South Africa
o ,H ft dS t Af
AS A convenient rule of
thumb, any region that
produces drinkable wines also pro-
vides near-ideal climatic conditions
for human habitation cool, sunny
and low in humidity.
In my personal experience, this
generalisation holds basically true
in the cases of Mediterranean
France, Central Chile and South-
ern California. But perhaps more
than anywhere else, it is exempli-
fied in the area surrounding the
Cape of Good Hope, in Western
Cape Province, South Africa.
Cape Town, which occupies the
magnificent fringe between the
coastal bluff and the sea, benefits
from both the cold currents of the
South Atlantic, which bring teem-
ing shoals of fish, and from the
Indian Ocean, whose counter-cur-
rents feed warm coves and beach-
es on the eastern side of the head-
While us humans fight over
parched Iraqi deserts, malarial
swamps and Middle Eastern scrub-
lands, all of nature's saner children
seem to have long concluded that
this is an ideal place to reside:
whales, seals, penguins and por-
poises all make a happy living right
in the middle of the city's busy har-
bour, while springbok, kudu and
big cats stalk the high veld inland.
Indeed, in many ways South
Africa is as close to ideal as the
real world gets, as increasing num-
bers of visitors are coming to find.
With the release of Nelson Man-
dela (or 'Madiba', in the univer-
sally-used official praise name of
his clan) South Africa overnight
became a place of almost unbri-
Its stunning beauty, diverse
wildlife, and human and natural
history give it immense pulling
power in terms of tourism, while its
good infrastructure, and political
stability have attracted huge inter-
national investment not to men-
tion the much-anticipated World
Cup 2010. .
For all these advantages, prob-
lems abound, as might well be
expected given the historical con-
To put it mildly, South Africa
has been through a lot in recent
historical times. From the (often
overlooked) 19th Century Zulu
conquest and near-extermination
of its aboriginal (Hottentot) pop-
ulation to Britain's brutal imperi-
alist wars against Zulu and Boer
alike, to the more recent and noto-
AN D R EW
rious apartheid-era discrimination
against all non-whites, South
Africa has wrestled longer with far
starker political issues than most
places ever will.
The crucial question for a mod-
ern, non-tribal, non-racial South
Africa is whether its present lead-
ers are up to the task of countering
the social and developmental lega-
cies of such a history poverty,
marginalisation and, most promi-
nent of all, crime.
If you pose that question to a
group of South Africans behind a
recently launched website, then
the answer is a resounding,'no'.
Their website, in fact, goes so far as
to urge visitors to stay away until
the ANC solves the crime epi-
* THABO MBEKI
demic. To stress the point, it posts
grisly stories of violent crimes
In the view of these, mostly (but
not exclusively) white South
Africans, the failure of Thabo
Mbeki's administration to tackle
the scourge of crime is the first
indication of the country's descent
into post-colonial madness. For
corroboration of this view, they
often point to Zimbabwe, whose
government continues to scape-
goat the (increasingly non-exis-
tent) white population while the
passions of its own supporters lit-
erally consume the country's huge
To some extent they have a.
point. Mr Mbeki is imperfect for
sure, as indeed was Madiba (the
ALL E N
one-time 'terrorist'). In addition
to undoubted failures on the crime
front, the current president has
brought his whole administration
international ridicule by persis-
tently pursuing conspiracy theo-
ries on the origin of the AIDS epi-
demic in the country. His health
ministry has even impeded the
availability of modem anti-retro-
viral medicines in the apparent
belief that HIV is unrelated to
But whether one supports the
present political directorate or not,
it is difficult to see what, if any,
good can come from a campaign
that is calculated to reduce tourist
business, and consequently to
reduce the opportunities for a
greater number of South Africans
to escape the unemployment and
poverty that feeds the violent sub-
My tour guide into Natal and
Zululand was a white South
African who has been leading such
tours since an era when (as she
very frankly informed me), I would
have been legally barred from sit-
ting in her car, much less booking
into the game reserve we visited.
When I informed her that the sit-
uation would never have likely
arisen as I would in all probability
have been a guerrilla-fighter out
in the bush, we shared
a nervous, if honest, laugh.
Like most thinking South
Africans, my tour guide agrees
with the authors of the website that
it is hard to see where the country's
new found freedom will lead if
physical security from crime is not
drastically improved. But far from
supporting its tactic, she also sees
that, if tourists listened and stayed
away, the whole country stands to
lose its most crucial moment of
opportunity to reduce the'
inequities that have henceforth
prevented it from being a real
People in developing countries
sometimes (too often) forget that
the prime objectives of nationhood
cannot be served by pandering to
the divisive strains that rend their
societies. They, too, often indulge
an impulse to elevate internal divi-
sions and recriminations to a point
where they endanger any sense of
national purpose. That may well
be the ultimate tragedy of devel-
FNM ERRED IN
Firstly, let us dispense with
the semantics: a boycott
by any other name is still a boycott.
The scramble for convenient
excuses, if it achieves anything,
merely aggravates an already
During the heat of his political
career, Pindling was a hero to
some, a villain to others.
To many of us, he was a bit of
.both at different times.
But if Britain can elevate the
civilian-bombing Churchill or the
US the slave-driving Jackson to the
status of national heroes, then it
insults Bahamians to insinuate that
any regret should attach to our rev-
erence for the most progressive
career in the history of our country.
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FROM page one
ship between the Bahamas and
other Caribbean countries will
become more and more com-
petitive making it imperative
for the Bahamas to constantly
modernise and ensure that its
inventory is updated.
"It will become tougher,
more competitive. That's why
we have to ensure that through
constant modernisation and our
campaigns we capture the atten-
tion of travellers," he said.
Last week the PKF hospitali-
ty research company released
its first ever report on the
Caribbean hotel industry.
The findings of that report
show that Caribbean hotels
averaged a considerable $25,541
per available room in 2005 a
profit gain of some 22.9 per cent
over the previous year.
The Atlanta-based company
further claimed in its 2006 edi-
tion of 'Caribbean Trends in the
Hotel Industry,' that over a
three-year period, from 2003 to
2005, the number of visitors to
the Caribbean grew by a 'total of
19 per cent.
Mr Wilchcombe said that
while the Bahamas is among
those countries which signifi-
cantly contributes to the
Caribbean being so successful,
the other countries are quickly
He pointed out, however,
that the Bahamas' still has the
edge on most of its competitors
in that the country offers a
unique product which is
becoming increasingly high-end
- in addition to a stable econo-
my and government.
"The most important thing is
the inventory. We must always
update our inventory, mod-
ernise our product. The key to
staying ahead will be with hav-
ing additional rooms. People
like to travel in families these
days, and we currently don't
have enough rooms, so that is
one of our priorities right now,"
Minister on freedom of expression
FROM page three
notwithstanding his politics."
Mr Wilchcombe recalled a time when, as news
director at ZNS in the late 1970s, he changed an
existing policy which did not allow, except at elec-
tion time, for the government-owned station to
cover the opposition Free National Movement.
"They never got coverage, except around elec-
tion time. No kind of coverage. So that tells you we
have made a tremendous amount of progress,"
noted Mr Wilchcombe.
"The journalist," he continued, "is not even
seen as important in this country, only when you
need him, but he is nobody's propaganda tool...his
job is to report on and for every single Bahamian.
"You know what is amazing about all of this?
We are the PLP, and we fought for this in 1967.
Minister rebuts calls
investigation into Pc
FROM page three
In response to Senator Galanis's concerns, MI
combe said: "We understand what they are trying
Lady Henrietta St George and Sir Jack Haywa:
are the private owners, and they are appointing so
to represent their interest. To what extent do w
ence that? It is still their personal subjective inter
we cannot force upon them a Bahamian or anyone
we wish to do is encourage them to look [for I
However, while appearing on the radio show Jc
Co yesterday, Senator Galanis said that the Port.
ity was more than a private company, and in answer
he expects the government to do, the Senator sai
very simple. He suggested that the government oug
what former governments have done.
"The first PLP government required manpower
tions, required statement or discussions to be
between the Port Authority and the government t(
that the Bahamianisation policy that was laid dow
first.PLP administration was adhered to."
But again Mr Wilchcombe differed with Senator
saying: "No government has had a hand on Freepo
first PLP administration had a hands-off approa
Hubert Ingraham administration took a hands-off a
as well. This government is now trying to integra
into the decision-making of the Port Authority, as i
to business by developing a relationship, a partner
That's what our revolution has been all about.
We do not need that anymore...my view is that in
broadcasting, the journalist has the most important
function in the developing society."
Knowing that his comments would be put into
print, Mr Wilchcombe was asked to respond to
his colleagues who may see his comments as con-
troversial or "sowing seeds of discord," and he
replied: "That's my view, and I live by my view."
"I went to prison when I was asked to reveal a
source, and I refused. I was sent to jail for four
days. So 1 am, today, going to be afraid to stand up
for what I believe in? I believe in what I stand
for, so I am not going to compromise my view on
nothing, and particularly on the journalist, who
for the most part is disregarded and not given the
respect he must be given in this country," said Mr
for MP wants
)rt entrapment of
t officials to be
FROM page one
g to do..
rd, they they are not supposed to do.
someone "It's very important. I don't
ve influ- believe that parliamentarians
est, and are dishonest. Don't get me
e. What wrong, 1 just don't think that
Bahami- by nature they are dishonest.
"I know that there are some.
nes and Now I don't know why every-
Author- body has to take a beating
to what continuously because of one
d itor two. Either we make the
t to do law or we don't make the law.
11 ,' i don't want to make
Sunflic t of interest' a crime
caused tIc" IL i's forget about it or
Ensure any other thing for that matter
,n in the (such as taking bribes)," he
Galanis, Mr Dupuch, who has pub-
ort. The licly announced that he would
ch. The not be running for 'public
approach office again, said he hoped
te itself such an amendment'would be
t relates brought before the House of
rshin Assembly as soon as possible.
Another key component to
remaining the number one des-
tination in the region, the min-
ister said, will be the expansion
of the tourism experience.
"The Bahamas will always be
a dream to people, a romanti-
cised image. But in order to
continue selling that we need
to offer more of everything.
More entertainment, more cul-
ture, more heritage," he said.
Mr'Wilchcombe said the
country, and especially New
Providence, is currently doing
very well in modernising its
"We have Atlantis, who this
week will.be topping off their
suite hotel, we have Baha Mar
Dr Bethel: hard times
ahead for motorists
FROM page one
to breach the $100 marker per barrel before the end of the year.
Following Israel's offensive in Lebanon yesterday and the con-
tinued strife over Iran's nuclear enrichment, international oil
analysts concur that there is no limit to the price that oil can
reach. Theoretically, they argued that if oil is used as a "bar-
gaining card", the price could easily eclipse $100 a barrel.
As such, local prices on oil products could far exceed the
normal means of everyday motorists, causing drastic hikes at the
pumps and on electrical bills.
The Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has already
published increases in their surcharge rates, which could amount
to hundreds of dollars difference in electricity costs, and warned
that further increases can be expected.
Noting these and other considerations, Dr Bethel said that
public education and awareness will be paramount in coping
with the difficult times ahead.
"The consumer public needs to be aware that now is not the
time to buy big cars. We all need to begin transitioning to
smaller more fuel-efficient cars, like four- cylinder vehicles
versus six- cylinder vehicles, which are the bigger cars. And that
is part of the public awareness and education that my ministry
is trying to get across to people, and that must be emphasised.
"We need to be aware of what is happening in the market
place. Gas guzzlers will become cheaper because nobody will
want them. That doesn't mean that that is the time for us to go
out and pick them up. If we hit $97 a barrel you will see people
leaving their cars at home and be more accommodating with car
pooling, especially with school re-opening in a month or two,"
Dr Bethel said that soon the price of everything will escalate
and, as such, the public will be forced to "wake up" and find
ways to save every dollar they can.
"These kinds of pressures cause people to wake up and do
things they wouldn't ordinarily consider doing in order to save
an extra dollar, and to make their dollar go further. Because the
price of everything is going to escalate. The cost of electricity in
the homes is g'.'ing ti increase.
"Those people who are aware have already made or are
making plans of putting solar heating systems for their water
heaters in their place. They are putting automatic timers on their
water heaters for when they cut off and on again to conserve
energy. Because every little bit will help," he said.
Taking into account increases in the surcharge rate issued by
BEC, Dr Bethel warned that, with the current costs of fuel, the
surcharge fees could make up half of one's electricity bill.
"Again this is where the astute and the aware consumer
begins to really take charge of what is happening in their home,
and begins the process of educating their family and doing the
things that reduce the amount of electricity that is used in the
"So in time I think we will see a society that begins to learn
and understand conservation better. Because you can talk until
you are blue in the face about conservation. Until it hits the
pocket book, the need to conserve, people don't pay atten-
tion," he said.
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exclusive 600-room suite hotel -
which receives its roof right on
schedule this Thursday the
country's capital will open itself
up to a whole new type of clien-
In its report, the PKF hospi-
tality research company found
that Caribbean hotels continue
to be profitable for owners and
operators, especially due to
increasing rates of travel to the
region spurred by a strong US
Room rates made up a whop-
ping 51 per cent of total earn-
ings, researchers found.
FROM page one
four for West End and Bimini, ,
five for Eight Mile Rock and '*
five for Marco City. *
Mr Grant pointed out that
the interview process enables
the candidate selection to
include national party input, as .*'
candidate sub-committees are
made up of a well-seasoned
cross-section of FNMs.
The sub-committee which,,.
travelled to Grand Bahama was -
made up of MPs, members of,-
the FNM's central council and
executive committee as well as
several meritorious council"'
According to Mr Grant, the
sioned by party leader Hubert'
Ingraham and chaired by FNM' -r
deputy leader Brent Symonette
- do not decide who will secure"-
the party's nomination, but-'-
rather forward their recom- .-'
mendatioris regarding prospec-",'-
tive candidates to the commit-,.t
tee for consideration.
Mr Ingraham, during a'.-'
recent visit to Grand Bahama, .'
said the FNM is pleased with.
the calibre of men and women ,
on the island who have pre-,.
sented themselves as prospec-,
He said that the FNM,
through diligent consultation
with the various constituency
associations, would work care-
fully to put forward a strong -
and competent slate of elec-
toral candidates to contest the
upcoming general election.
FROM page one
ties. They are within our
boundaries," she said.
Mrs Stubbs said that none-
of the residents was givenp,-
notice by the government *
.tht this would be happen-
"A, fit as 1 am concerned,
they don't have the right to
do this. I go so far as to say
that they are trespassing orri!
ou property," she said.
-Mrs Stubbs said that she is-
especially incensed because
her fruit-bearing trees werem'-
"All of our trees are gone, .
and those trees bore fruit, all
kinds. We will definitely be
asking for compensation for.-
those," she said.
Neither the Elizabeth
Estates Children's Home nor-,
the Ministry of Social Ser-'
vices were available for com-,'
ment yesterday. -1
MONDAY, JULY 17, 2006, PAGE 13
out over use of
force by Israel
* CARACAS, Venezuela
VENEZUELA strongly con-
demned Israel on Saturday for
using "indiscriminate" force in
its offensive against Hezbollah
guerrillas in Lebanon, express-
ing concern the military cam-
paign could cause violence in
the Middle East to spiral out of
control, according to Associated
Venezuela "rejects and con-
demns the disproportionate
attacks the state of Israel has
launched in recent days," For-
eign Minister Ali Rodriguez
said in a statement. "No pre-
text can justify these aggres-
The current round of Hezbol-
lah-Israeli fighting erupted
Wednesday after the guerrillas
attacked an Israeli military
patrol, killing eight soldiers and
capturing two others. Israel's
war planes later launched
airstrikes over Lebanon.
More than 105 Lebanese,
most of them civilians, have
been killed in the violence. On
the Israeli side, at least 15 have
been killed four civilians and
"The use of indiscriminate
force has caused numerous
deaths and injuries in the civil-
ian population, including inno-
cent woman and children,"
The continuing violence "puts
stability of the whole region at
risk," he added.
Rodriguez's statement was
issued a day after Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez said
U.S. backing of Israel is respon-
sible for the flaming tensions in
the Middle East and putting the
world on course toward anoth-
Venezuela's leftist president
often derides the United States
for supplying Israel with
weapons and unconditionally
standing by the Jewish state
in the Israeli-Palestinian con-
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Baltimore Alumni Visit Nassau Campus
National Alumni Association
Members from Baltimore and
other Maryland campuses of
SDC recently made an historic
visit to the Nassau. Bahamas
campus of the College In an ini-
tial effort to forge an official link
between Bahamian and
Headed by Mr. Kareem Azlz
and his wife Minna, the group
arrived by cruise ship and were
welcomed by Bahamas cam-
pus officials. They were given a
tour of the local campus facili-
ties and then hosted to lunch at
the home of Hon. Theresa
Director of the Nassau
The luncheon also functioned
as a joint meeting of Alumni
members fronm both the United
States and The Bahamas.
Members of the Bahamas'
class of 2006, including valedic-
torian Mrs. Wendy Huyler were
on hand to welcome tne visiting
group Giles Wells from the
class of 2000 and Shellon
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were also among Bahrimiar
alumni presenl for the oc::a-
-We d beer plannirngg this
cruise and visit i0r qLuie some
lime. said Kareein Az\. We
were hoping lor a much larger
group to be nabl to Come niut
certainly those of u's here IcOda\
welcome the opportunity to
meet fellow students from
another country. We afl believe
in the mission of Sojourner-
Douglass College. and we have
all benefited from the solid edu-
cation and the improved oppor-
tunities which the College made
available to us. Now. we just
want to unite in efforts to share
those opportunities with many
more potential students."
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OPPOSITION members shout slogans in support of the for-
mer labor leader Carlos Ortega, sentenced to almost 16 years in
prison for leading a crippling oil strike aimed at ousting President
Hugo Chavez in 2002, during a protest demanding transparency in
the upcoming presidential elections in Caracas, Venezuela, Satur-
day, July 15, 2006.
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Wern you oilliider adull "luca-
lion especialli the educanon of
women you also have to consider
a,.cr-mmodavon~ for their children
ThUoe 15ere the words of SDC
E-.culve Dirc;dor Hon Tneresa
MLgey-lngrahs3rrn she represseo
.jiamru? lor a '.sh donaton to the
College fr.nm the class l 2 006 at
their rer.enl conmmenr.ment e>ercsE
Freely adrnllrg rhat she had
naglged and rented To the deparirn
Cli-ai,. I gradusles that she wished to
aiixrste *a "p cl'l c ioom at Ihe
Ci'leie for u e by children Mrs
.Moev -ngrahan explained that the
crildlren have now become an inie.
gral part ol student life at SDC
As ia the case for every insulution
ol 1hi-her learning in the country the
maCirity ot students at ?DC are
eom'en The College is geared
towards wotrkng people, and In the
case of womre many of them have
mirror children ano nobody to leave
them with after wor. hours These
children are often obliged to tag
along with and wa.t for their mothers
as they attend evening classes.
At SDC the children are allotwe
io sa in the student lounge and they
are iree to c.' homework' aalch tele-
.15ion or use the many computers in
the area Often though Irerke is con-
liic as the hkns Tend t1 gei a bit noisy
or restless Scmaneim-rr 3sl. they
crowd nae comrpu rr., and stludents
are hare pressed to lind a free com.
puler r lIr her ,n assignmerns or
In response to all lhis ihe College
is lurnrahing a Droproff Caener for the
kids The ioom will e designed to
allow the children to co rnmework or
to use the computers away from the
student lounge area television view-
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will be supervised by Corllee person-
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SCORES of demonstrators
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Bertrand Aristide pushed past
riot police and marched to
Haiti's National Palace on Sat-
urday in the biggest show of
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protesters but did not turn vio-
lent. The show of force
prompted many people to turn
back and leave, fearful of a
clash. There were no report-
Preval, a champion of
Haiti's poor who was elected
in February, has said the con-
stitution allows Aristide to
return but has stopped short
of saying if he would welcome
home his former political men-
tor, a move the United States
has warned could destabilize
the troubled Caribbean coun-
"If there's blood it will be
on your hands!" a man yelled
at police, who finally moved
aside and allowed some 3,000
protesters to fill the street out-
side the president's white-
washed residence, which was
guarded by dozens of U.N.
peacekeepers in armored cars.
"We voted for Preval on the
condition that he bring back
Aristide. That's the will of the
people," said Bruce Pierre
Richard, 21, as demonstrators
sang and danced outside the
palace for 30 minutes before
The march coincided with
the 53rd birthday of Aristide,
who fled Haiti in February
2004 amid a violent uprising.
He currently lives in South
"The international commu-
nity doesn't want Aristide to
come back, so they're pres-
suring Preval to keep him
out," said demonstrator
Harold Lafaliese, 40. '
The protest came amid a
surge of bloodshed that U.N.
officials say is aimed at under-
mining Preval's new govern-
Most of the violence is
blamed on warring street
gangs, including last week's
massacre of 22 civilians in
slum. Militants in recent days
have also spread rumors that
Preval had died, cut telephone
lines at Port-au-Prince's inter-
national airport and staged
other disturbances to stir
unrest, U.N. officials say.
U.N. peacekeepers have
doubled patrols in the capital
in a bid to crack down on the
gangs, which operate with vir-
tual impunity in Port-au-
Prince's densely populated,
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BISX targets September
for public debt platform
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
The Bahamas Interna-
Exchange (BISX) is
hoping to go live with
the technology platform
that will facilitate listing and trading of
government debt securities on the
exchange by September, a move that
could more than double its market
Keith Davies, BISX's chief execu-
tive, said the exchange was working to
"a very tight turnaround" schedule
Sin implementing the new electronic
to have it imple-
mented or "very
within six to eight
months to meet
He added that
projects such as
the one BISX EKDAVIES
was engaged on
often too 12 months to complete.
"The major'focus for BISX, not to
the exclusion of everything else, is
the completion of the government
debt market," Mr Davies told The
Exchange looking to hire staff and develop
'incubator listings' facility, as prospects look bright
Tribune. "That is the priority; that is
"That will be the cornerstone of
the market. Both for the private and
the public sector, it will be the
bedrock on which all other [debt]
issues will be based. We need to get
That sorted out and organised."
James Smith, minister of state for
finance, confirmed he had given the
Government's agreement in princi-
pie to the listing and trading of its
debt instruments on BISX, and set
out the "broad parameters" within
which that should be done.
He added that he was waiting for
the Central Bank of the Bahamas and
BISX to submit options to the Gov-
ernment for achieving this.
Mr Smith referred The Tribune to
the Central Bank for further details,
as the monetary policy regulator has
the lead role on this. Governor
Wendy Craigg did not return The Tri-
bune's call for comment before press
Meanwhile, Mr Davies said BISX's
"state-of-the-art" electronic platform,
apart from performing listing and
trading functions for government-reg-
SEE page 7B
causes same fears
as Standards Act
SU By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE draft Bill to licence and
regulate the Bahamian phar-.
maceutical industry contains
clauses similar to those that
concerned the business com-
munity over the Standards Bill,
the former Chamber of Com-
merce president has warned.
Winston Rolle, pointing out
that the CARICOM region
was looking to have har-
Smonised legislation to regulate
.-i. the pharmaceutical industry,
S as part of the Caribbean Single
Market & Economy.(CSME)
drive, said during a presenta-
tion that "several items" in the
Bahamian legislation "provide
Several of these issues were
Similar to those raised by the
controversial Standards Bill,
since passed by Parliament.
The draft Bahamian legisla-
tion, which is currently sitting
at the Attorney General's
Office, seeks to create.a 10-
member Pharmacy Council.
with six members draw n from
the pharmaceutical profession
and four from outside, to reg-
ulate the industry.
Mr Rolle said'one concern
over the Bill, which was almost
identical to the business com-
munity fears over the Stan-
dards Bill, was clause 17.
detailing "powers of search".
This part of the legislation
empowers any pharmacist,
authorised in writing by the
Council, to "enter any premis-
es in which any pharmacist is
carrying on business, and may
examine any books, papers,
records, drugs or any article
stored or offered for sale or
used in connection with the
The only conditions the
'inspector' has to abide by is
that the pharmacist whose
business is inspecting is on the
premises, and that he might
SEE page 2B
Union slams power
firm over sell-off
* By CARA BRENNEN
THE Commonwealth Elec-
trical Workers Union has
slammed Grand Bahama Pow-
er's "total show of disrespect"
in not informing employees
that its parent company, US
energy giant Mirant, was plan-
ning to sell its 55 per cent stake
in the company through an
CEWU president Keith
Knowles told The Tribune that
the union learned about the
sale the same way the public
did, through the media reports,
and that it came as a complete
"It amazes me to know that
executives continue to disre-
spect employees. There was no
prior meeting to let us know
what was going on. This also
tells us that the executives
don't have our best interest at
heart. We have yet to be told
how the sale will impact
employees," he added.
Mr Knowles said news of the
impending sale comes as the
union continues its more than
year-long negotiations for a
new industrial agreement with
Grand Bahama Power Com-
"Our contract expired
March 31, 2005 and we have
been in contract negotiations
since then," he explained.
Mr Knowles said negotia-
tions have been hindered by
the fact that Grand Bahama
Power has undergone several
The union leader added that
morale at the company, which
SEE page 6B
$30m resort expansion 'a Breeze'
SUPERCLUBS has announced that will soon start the $30
million phase two expansion of its Breezes Bahamas resort on
The resort chain said the expansion would include 170 new
rooms and suites, three new restaurants, a new pool facility, and
tennis and spa facilities.
The Phase one upgrade at SuperClubs Breezes Bahamas,
which is ongoing, includes new restaurants, a facade and
entrance way. Function room enhancements have been com-
pleted, and new bedroom furniture will be completed by year-
end. A new beauty salon will open in the coming weeks.
SuperClubs said.phase two of the development had been
delayed by the September 11, 2001, telLqr attacks. first, and
then by the planned infrastructure works on Cable Beach.
It will now start after the completion of the work on the
Cable Beach infrastructure.
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PAGE 2B. MONDAY. JULY 17. 2006
* By Fidelity Capital
IT was another slow trading
week in the Bahamian market
as just over 23,000 shares
The Tribune wants to hear
from people who are
making news in their
you are raising funds for a
good cause, campaigning
for improvements in the
area or have won an
If so, call us on 322-1986
arid share your story.
changed hands. For the week,
the market saw only five of its
20 listed stocks trade, of which
two declined and three
Volume leader for the week
was Cable Bahamas (CAB),
with 16,100 shares changing
hands and accounting for 67.4
per cent of the total shares
traded. CAB remained
unchanged to end the week at
$9.15. On the down side, Doc-
tors Hospital Health Systems
(DHS) lost $0.04 to close out
the week at $2.45.
The FINDEX declined by
0.37 points to close the week at
Retail sales and consumer
SALES at US retailers unex-
pectedly fell and consumer
confidence declined as the
economy struggled under the
burden of near-record gasoline
prices and higher interest rates.
Last month's 0.1 per cent
drop in sales, the first since
February, reflected fewer pur-
chases of autos and electronics,
the Commerce Department
said. The University of Michi-
gan's consumer sentiment
index fell to 83 this month
from 84.9 in June.
The reports show the econ-
omy is slowing, which the Fed-
eral Reserve is counting on to
allow policymakers to suspend
their two-year cycle of rate
increases. At the same time,
separate figures from the
Labour Department showed
prices of imported goods
climbed, which may make it
less likely the Fed will pause
when officials next meet in
BILL, from 1B
have to be accompanied by a
The Chamber of Commerce
and other private sector organ-
isations raised concerns over
the powers granted to Stan-
dards Bureau inspectors, who
were able.to enter a compa-
ny's premises at "any reason-
able time" to perform exami-.
nations that are identical to
those in the pharmaceutical
And section 22 of the phar-
macists Bill allows the Council
and its agents to conduct "the
.,, inspdton of any licensed facil-
ity at all reasonable hours for
the purpose of determining if
any provisions of the law's gov-
erning the legal distribution of
drugs or devices or the prac-
tice of pharmacy are being vio-
Under the Standards Bill,
the Bureau's inspectors were
empowered to take samples,
and the private sector at the
time recommended that it pay
for merchandise taken for test-
ing, say why they were being
taken, and detail the powers
of inspectors, all to introduce
SThe Bahamian pharmaceu--
tical industry has been urging
the Government to bring the
Bill to Parliament, as it will act
as the template for legislation
to regulate the profession in
all other Caribbean countries.
This year's annual general,
meeting of the Caribbean
Association of Pharmacists
(CAP), due to be held in St
Kitts on August 16, will vote
on whether CAP will be for-
mally incorporated as a
Bahamian-registered entity, as
It will be incorporated in the
Bahamas for tax reasons, with
its central office.being based,
Meanwhile, the first drafts
of the Bahamian Bill have
caused concern among the
industry, because the proposed
qualifications for obtaining a
pharmacist's licence are radi-
cally different from the current
Because the Government
had felt there were not enough. '
Bahamian pharmacists, it
established a Certificate of,
overseen by the Ministry of
Health, to regulate new
entrants and those already in
But the latest draft of the h
Bill seen by The Tribune shows
that all applicants applying to
be registered as pharmacists
require "at a minimum", a
Bachelor of Science degree in i
pharmacy from an approved
college of pharmacy.
As a result, the entrance
requirements for the pharma-
ceutical industry in the
Bahamas have been radically
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Crude Oil $76.80 4.08
Gold $664.40 5.23
International Stock Market Indexes:
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FIDELITY MARKET WRAP
Career Opportunities in the Hotel Industry
A five star boutique resort is seeking individuals to fill the position
of General Manager, Executive Chef and Spa Manager. The resort
consists of 16 upscale luxurious suites, an exclusive boutique spa,
gourmet restaurant, lounge with live music and ocean side dining.
The resort has a pristine beach, free-form pools and an extensive
retail boutique. The owners plan to expand to other locations so
there is potential for growth.
The General Manager will have overall responsibility for the
success of the hotel ,
The successful capdijdafe s ldaft ,....-. nn, ,m ,,,,,
A degree in Hotel Management or Equivalent qualification .. ,
Proficiency in using an advanced property management system and
the ability to utilize corresponding reports effectively
Good knowledge of the operating standards ofa 5 star hotel
A minimum of 5 years hospitality experience with at least two years
at supervisory/management level
Good Inter-personal skills with the ability to supervise, train motivate
and lead staff
Ability to work and use own initiative and make sound decisions
Be able to work nights, weekends and public holidays
Fluency in foreign language would be an asset
Sales and Marketing background would be a distinct advantage
The Executive chef will have the responsibility for the
operations of the restaurant and bar.
The successful candidate should have:
Diploma in Culinary Arts or related field from a recognized institution
Five years experience in a reputable hotel or in a catering company
Knowledge of food safety guidelines
Experience in gourmet menu planning
Good Oral and written communication skills
Experience in a gourmet restaurant will be a plus
Pastry skills and health conscious cooking will be an advantage
The Spa Manager will have responsibility for the operation
and success of an exclusive Spa.
The successful candidate should have:
Qualification Certificates and or Diploma in Hospitality and Spa
Previous successful Spa management or Hospitality management
experience for a minimum of five years
Knowledge of professional Spa services and treatments
Knowledge of retail operations and inventory systems
Effective leadership skills and a strong work ethic
Excellent customer service skills
Efficient, well organized, and able to handle a variety of duties
Creative in marketing and promotion, sales oriented
Energetic, enthusiastic and motivational
Professional manner, discretion, and appearance
Excellent verbal and written skills
Able to show initiative and make decisions
Other available positions include:
Assistant General Manager
Please forward your resume with cover letter to:
P.O. Box AP-59223 Slot 440
Nassau, Bahamas or email to stephmresort(~yahoo.com
by August 7th, 2006.
We thank all applicants for their interest but only qualified
applicants will receive a reply.
The public is invited to attend and
participate in a Consultative Meeting
on the establishment of Local
government for New Providence at
E.P. Roberts Primary School,
Lincoln Boulevard, on the 17th July,
2006 at 7:00 pm.
Refreshments will be served after
The Executive Management Committee of the
Princess Margaret Hospital
wishes to thank
Kaiser Permanente Healthcare System,
Mrs. Linda Godett-Bykowski, RN BS,
Manager of UM Education & Training
for their contribution of over $38,000 worth of
Medical supplies and equipment to the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
Supplies includes .
IV pumps, dinamapps, blood pressure apparatus,
filing cabinets etc.
The Bahamian Stock Market
FINDEX 668.17 YTD 2.08%
BISX CLOSING CHANGE VOLUME YTDPRICE
SYMBOL PRICE CHANGE
AML $1.82 $- 0 149.32%
BAB $1.49 $- 250 35.45%
BBL $0.80 $- 0 14.29%
BOB $7.49 $- 0 7.00%
BPF $12.05 $- 0 15.87%
BSL $14.00 $- 0 9.80%
BWL $1.59 $- 0 26.19%
CAB $9.15 $-0.03 16100 -4.19%
CBL $10.80 $- 3257 18.55%
CHL $1.96 $- 0 19.51%
CIB $12.43 $- 0 14.25%
CWCB $4.55 $- 0 -8.63%
DHS $2.45 $-0.04 4000 12.90%
FAM $6.21 $- 0 2.64%
FCC $1.00 $- 0 -13.04%
FCL $11.15 $- 285 10.95%
FIN $11.50 $. 0 5.50%
ICD $9.50 $- 0 -4.52%
JSJ $9.10 $- 0 0.55%
KZLB $7.95 $0.03 0 16.06%
PRE $10.00 $- 0 0.00%
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
$0.012 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 Harbour Cay Room, Our Lucaya, Royal Palm Way,
Freeport Grand Bahama.
Abaco Markets will hold its Annual General Meeting
on July 24,2006, at 6pm at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel,
Bay Street, Nassau, Bahamas.
Colina Holdings Bahamas will hold its Annual General
Meeting'on August 10, 2006, at 5.30 pm at the J. W. Pinder
Building, Colinalmperial Insurance, Collins Avenue, Nas-
MONDAY, JULY 17, 2006, PAGE 3B
TMI TRIRI INF
to earn $191.4m
0 By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
KERZNER International believes its
Paradise Island operations, chiefly the
Atlantis and One & Only Ocean Club,
will generate $191.4 million in operating
income during 2006, slightly lower than
Wall Street analysts estimates.
The company's estimate is lower than
the $206.8 million and $193 million pro-
jections developed by analysts for Bear
Stearns and CIBC World Markets respec-
tively, and the same pattern is repeated for
Kerzner International is projecting that
its Paradise Island operating income will
increase by 20.5 per cent in 2007, com-
pared to 2006, rising to $230.6 million on
the back of Phase III's completion and
This, again, is some way short of the
Bear Stearns and CIBC World Markets
estimates of $278 million and $247.2 mil-
In a filing with the Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC), Kerzner
International, which is being taken pri-
vate in an $81 per share transaction put
together by a group headed by Sol and
Butch Kerzner, showed how it had out-
performed rival listed resort, casino and
tourism operators over the past five years.
In the period between March 8, 2004,
and March 8, 2006, Kerzner International's
share price on the New York Stock
Exchange (NYSE) rose by 57.5 per cent.
This compared with 46.9 per cent and 32.4
per cent increases for two indices com-
posed of the share prices of rival operators.
The 46.9 per cent indice represented
-MGM Mirage and Harraf 'share prices,
and'fti ot her' ndice \ as composed of-the
stock movements oIfMarriott Interna-
tional, Starwood Hotels & Resorts, and
is projecting that its
Paradise Island operating
income will increase by
20.5 per cent in 2007,
compared to 2006,
rising to $230.6 million
on the back of Phase
and full opening
Over the three years between March 8,
2003, and March 8, 2006, Kerzner Inter-
national's share price had appreciated by
216 per cent, compared to 150 per cent
for MGM-Harrah's, and 110.4 per cent
for Marriott-Starwood-Four Seasons.
And for the five years from March 8,
2001, Kerzner International's share price
had appreciated by 235.3 per cent, com-
pared to 150.1 per cent for MGM-Har-
rah's and Marriott-Starwood-Four Sea-
As regards financial projections going
forward, Kerzner International's "base
case" forecast for 2006 is net income of
$107.1 million, on net revenues of $716.9
million, generating earnings per share
(EPS) of $2.78.
The upside is for $130.1 million in net
income, based on net revenues of $716.9
million, with EPS of $3.37.
Based on Kerzner International's pro-
jectionS; Phlase iiI will pro\ ide niajor
leap forward for both the company's rev-
enues and net income.
Net revenues are forecast to reach $1.09
billion in 2010, with net income at $204.8
million in the "base case" scenario, leaving
EPS at $5.03. The upside case involves
$1.163 billion in net revenues, with net
income at $245.8 million, and EPS at $6.04.
Net revenues will either break or be
close to the $1 billion mark in 2008,
depending on whether Kerzner Interna-
tional's "base case" scenario or upside
becomes the reality.
Away from Paradise Island, Kerzner
International appears to have run into one
or two minor snags with its overseas
expansion plans, though.
In Morocco, where it has been working
on a proposed resort and casino develop-
ment since 2001, Kerzner International
said the original $230 million cost esti-
mate had been increased to $300 million as
at May 2006.
A presentation to Kerzner Internation-
al's chairman and chief executive, Sol and
Butch Kerzner, by New York merchant
bank Groton Partners, said: "Cost over-
runs forced the company and its partners
to reduce the scope of the project."
Kerzner International was renegotiat-
ing its management contract, and also talk-
ing to Istithmar one of the partners in its
buyout group to reduce equity exposure
A further sensitive aspect with that pro-
ject is that the Moroccan royal family will
issue a decree, when it is completed, allow-
ing all Moroccans to gamble at the resort
- a contentious move in a devout Muslim
At the Atlantis, The Palm project in
Dubai, the resort complex is budgeted at
$1.5 billion with construction costs of $831
... owdVer, the Dubai construction mar-
ket is "over-heated", with costs "in excess l"
of 25 per cent of last year".
RESORT FINANCIAL CONTROLLER
A major Caribbean resort seeks to hire a Resort Financial
Controller. The Successful applicant will be responsible
for implementing, directing and evaluating a sound infra-
structure to ensure thatthe financial operations and activi-
ties of the resort are conducted in compliance with appli-
cable policies, standards, and procedures. In addition, the
successful applicant must ensure that adequate controls
are in place to safeguard the assets of the organization.
The Financial Controller must possess knowledge of the
application of generally accepted accounting principles,
internal control systems, and computerized systems; abil-
ity and willingness to train, counsel, and coach employ-
ees; proven ability to create and implement project plans
for major improvements in existing procedures related to
existing systems or new systems and the re-engineering
of existing ways of doing business to facilitate improve-
ments in productivity as well as a proven ability to pro-
vide strong leadership in areas of responsibility.
The successful applicant must have a minimum of 10
years of progressive experience in Hotel Accounting or
related field. A Bachelors degree in Accounting or Fi-
nance with a CPA certification is required.
All interested applicants should forward a copy of
their resume to the:
Human Resources Manager, Box N 3207, DA 5362,
Nassau, Bahamas, c/o The Tribune,
Nassau, Bahamas, on or before July 28, 2006.
All resumes will be held in the strictest of confidence.
The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following
HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT
Serves as Human Resources AssistantfTechician responsible for performing the
full range of technical support duties for all employees. The incumbent is '
responsible for Embassy's recruitment program to include Locally Employed
Staff, Eligible Family Members, American Citizen Resident, Bahamian and Third
This position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:
- A high school diploma
- Three years of experience in the field of Human Resources
Administration or Office Management and Customer Service related work
Must have a good working knowledge of general office procedures,
Microsoft office suite, and data base management.
- Must have the ability to identify priorities, meet deadlines in a timely manner
and to work independently with minimum supervision. Must have a good
knowledge of recruitment issues.
Must have be able to interpret complicated government regulations, assess
prevailing practices and keep up to date on all issues and trends affecting
areas of responsibility.
BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:
The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation package
Including performance-based incentives, medical and dental insurance, life
Insurance, pension and opportunities for training and development.
Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S citizens who are eligible for
employment under Bahamian laws and regulations
Applications forms are available from 8:00 am. to 5:30p.m. Monday through
Friday at the security area of the American Embassy, Queen Street Completed
applications should be returned to the Embassy: addresses to Human Resources
Office no later than Friday, July 26, 2006
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The Grand Bahama Co-operative
kindly ask that all members co-operate in updating their records. This is in
compliance with Part II (section 6-1) of the Financial Transactions Reporting
It is imperative that the following documents be submitted by 21st July, 2006
according to Government Regulations.
One Photo Identification Required:
Current Valid Passport
One Address Vertification Required:
National Insurance Card or
Bank or Credit Card Statement
Thank you in advance for your co-operation. Should you have any questions
please feel free to contact the G.B.C.C.U (Grand Bahama
Co-operative Credit Union)@(242)352-4139
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Assistant Manager, Marketing & product Development
Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. is seeking the services of an
Assisant Manager, Marketing & Product Development. The
successful candidates should possess the following qualifications:
* Bachelors's Degree in Marketing & Product Development
(or a related field).
* A least 3 years experience in Marketing & Product
- Exceptional written communications skills.
* Excellent interpersonal ~kills.
* Excellent time management and organizational skills.
* Comfortable with autonomy and self motivated.
* The ability to organic' and execute multiple projects with
* The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
* The ability to work flexible hours and travel.
* Microsoft Office skills(Word, Excel, Power Point).
Interested persons should submit applications in writing
marked Private and Confdenial to:
Manager, Human Resources,
Applications should be received no later than Friday, 21st July, 2006
is seeking a senior relationship
manager in private banking. The
position requires proven experience
in financial advisory services, asset
-The successful candidate must possess:
-Ten years experience in Swiss Private
-University education (business or finance)
[Personal contacts to high net worth
-nternational working experience
Languages: Spanish, German, Italian and
Please send resume to P.O. BoxAP59223
#466 or to fax no. 327 60 58.
Bahamian or permanent residents only
Baha Mar and
Kerzner to make
* By CARA BRENNEN
DON Robinson, Baha Mar
Resorts' president, has joined
the debate over whether the
Bahamas would be able to sus-
tain two luxury high-end
resorts on Cable Beach and
Paradise Island, arguing that
the two destinations combined
will make the Bahamas more
Mr Robinson's comments
came at the contract signing
for Osprey Developers, who
will be doing the first stage of
work for the $2 billion dollar
Cable Beach renovation pro-
"We believe that the
Bahamas is poised to become a
fabulous tourism destination,
and both resorts will make the
Bahamas a more competitive
destination in the Caribbean,"
said Mr Robinson.
"When people choose where
they would like to go, they
choose location, and the more
options there are for people to
make choices, and the more
options there are here in the
Bahamas, the more the
Bahamas will become a first
choice destination for them.
"So, I think that having the
variety of experiences and the
brands that we will have here
when Baha Mar opens, it gives
people a lot of choices to make
- and makes Baha Mar much
more competitive with a lot of
tourism destinations, so it is
good for the Bahamas."
The Tribune reported last
week that a private presenta-
tion given to Kerzner Interna-
tional's chairman and chief
executive, Sol and Butch
Kerzner, raised fears that the
proposed $2 billion Bah Mar
project to revitalise Cable
Beach could split the high-end
luxury market for tourists, cre-
ating "excess supply" by going
'head-to-head' with Paradise
Island for a finite market
unable to sustain both.
An analysis performed by a
New York merchant bank
showed that when Baha Mar's
project was completed, some
60 per cent of all hotel rooms
in the Nassau/Paradise Island
market would be targeted and
INTENT TO CHANGE NA'ME'Y DEED POLL.
The Public is hereby advised that I, ALICA ANNASTASHA
MOSS of #84 Carissa Street, PO. Box F-60190 Freeport,
Grand Bahama, intend to change my name to ALICA
ANNASTASHA SIMMS. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box F-43536,
Grand Bahama, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days
after the date of publication of this notice.
NEED TO WORK IN HOME
MUST SPEAK SPANISH
W 5OIWN 11V Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
Fida 14 Jul 200 6
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Cldse Change Dally Vol. EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.82 1.82 0.00 -0.019 0.000 NIM 0.00%
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 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 0.000 11.1 0.00%
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 9.15 9.15 0.00 15.100 0.618 0.240 14.9 2.61%
2.20 1.39 Collna Holdings 1.96 1.96 0.00 ".009 0.000 217.8 0.00%
10.80 8.50 Commonwealth Bank, 10.80 10.80 0.00 1,700 0.931 0.600 11.6 5.56%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.55 4.35 -0.20 0.115 0.045 39.6 0.99%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.45 2.45 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 Flnco 11.50 11.50 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
12.43 8.75 FirstCaribbean 12.43 12.43 0.00 0.885 0.550 14.0 4.42%
11.15 8.91 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%
9.10 8.27 J.S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.565 0.560 16.1 6.15%
7.98 5.30 Kerzner Intemational BDRs 7.95 7.95 0.00 0.160 0.000 49.7 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
52wk-I 52wk-Low Symbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price WVeekly Vol EPS $ Div $ P/E Yield
14.00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 11.00 1.923 0.720 7.8 4.80%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41.00 43.00 41.00 2.220 0.000 19.4 0.00%
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months DIv $ Yield %
1.2956 1.2402 Colina Money Market Fund. 1.295645*
2.9038 2.3810 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038"'
2.3915 2.2487 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.391480**
1.1744 1.1246 Collna Bond Fund 1.17441*1" *
BIsx U.A L RE INDEX .-19 Dec 02= 1,000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dvidends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wfk-HI Hit dosing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowt closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity 30 June 2006
Previous Cloe Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-he-counter price
Today's Clo Current day's weighted price for daMy volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 May 2006
CChange -Chans in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daly Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value - 30 June 2006
DIV S DMidonds per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Cosilngprc divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index.January 1, 1994 100 -31 May 2006
priced at the high-end luxury
It contrasted this with rival
mega resort destinations, Las
Vegas and Orlando, where
only 18 per cent and 5 per cent
of the room inventory respec-
tively was targeted at the lux-
ury high-end market.
The analysis, by New York
merchant bank Groton Part-
ners, was performed for the
Kerzners as they prepared for
their $81 per share bid to take
the company private.
Defining luxury tourists as
those willing to pay more than
$200 per night for their room,
Groton wrote that when the
Baha Mar project was com-
pleted, "the company estimates
that 60 per cent of the hotel
rooms in Nassau would be'
priced at the high-end, leading
to substantial competition and
likely excess supply.
"By comparison, only 18 per
cent and 5 per cent of Las
Vegas and Orlando, Florida,
hotel rooms respectively com-
pete in the luxury segment of
Kerzner International has
long advocated that any rede-
velopment of Cable Beach
should focus on the mid-mar-
ket, with prices to match,
rather than compete with it for
luxury high-end tourists.
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, EVELYN BURROWS
RO. Box: N-4447 of #Mount Royle and Mount Rose Avenue,
Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to EVELYN
BOWLES. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this notice.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS COMPANIES ACT, 2000
No.45 of 2000
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, No. 45
of 2000, BRAMONT LIMITED, is in dissolution.
CONTINENTAL LIQUIDATORS INC. is the Liquidator
and can be contracted at 60 Market Square, P.O. Box 1906,
Belize City, Belize. All persons having claim against the
above-named company are required to send their names,
addresses and particulars of their debts or claims to the
Liquidator before August 14, 2006.
For: Continenlal Liquidators, Inc.
Compliance Officer/MLRO for Offshore Bank & Trust
Co. Overall responsibility for compliance to industry
regulations and with group policies and practices.
Int'l Diploma in Compliance & Anti-Money Laundering
or partial qualification in progress. Excellent working
knowledge of the rules and regulations of the industry;
excellent presentation and communication skills; a
rigorous approach to detail. Intermediate to high
command of written and spoken Spanish.
Minimum 3 years' compliance experience in the bank
& trust industry.
Oversee the bank's overall compliance efforts, including
Anti-Money Laundering and compliance with all law
and regulations. Be fully knowledgeable concerning
Anti Money laundering and Know your customer
Compensation will be commensurate with experience.
Interested applicants must submit applications to:
HUMAN RESOURCES OFFER,
P.O. BOX SS-6289,
by July 26, 2006
I I BUSINESSES
MONDAY, JULY 17, 2006, PAGE 5B
Government has yet to address
Coalition's education concerns
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government has yet to
meet the Coalition for Educa-
tion Reform some "13 months"
after receiving the private sec-
tor/trade union group's hard-
hitting report on the Bahamas'
dysfunctional educational sys-
tem, and the urgent need to
The Nassau Institute, the eco-
nomic think-tank, said: "This
suggests a discernible lack of
urgency" on the Government's
part to deal with the education
system's failure to prepare
Bahamian students for the
The Coalition's report, pub-
lished in December 2005, found
that students from public high
schools in New Providence who
sat BGCSE exams in summer
2004 achieved an average grade
of 'F+', something it described
as a "truly disturbing" perfor-
The statistic was taken from a
confidential report prepared by
the Ministry of Education's
Testing and Evaluation Unit,
which also found that the 'Mean
Grade' achieved by students
from New Providence private
high schools in the 2004
BGCSE exams was just 'D+'.
Describing both mean grades
and the gap between them as
"truly disturbing", the report,
entitled Bahamian Youth: The
Untapped Resource, drew on
the Ministry of Education doc-
ument, which said: "Were it not
for the private schools and a
few public high schools in the
Family Islands, the mean grade
for the country would have
been an astounding E [rather
than D]. This [level of academ-
ic achievement] is totally unac-
The-Ministry of Education
report showed that, out of 4,3~i
students who sat the Maths
BGCSE in summer 2004, just
141 or three per cent achieved
an 'A' grade, with some 14 per
cent or 614 getting a 'U' or
failed grade. The average or
mean grade for maths was an
The results for English were
slightly better, with a mean or
average grade of 'D-', but again,
only three per cent or 130 out of
the 4,281 who took the exam
achieved an 'A' grade.
The Coalition report quite
rightly described this data as the
"brutal facts", showing how the
education system was failing
future generations of Bahami-
ans and the country at large.
"This analysis suggests that
the education crisis in the
Bahamas has deep roots. Edu-
cation reform will be success-
ful only with a sustained com-
mitment of every element of
society, every stakeholder and
every political party. Education
reform must stand high on the
national list of priorities over
the long haul," the Coalition
The economic implications of
this situation are obvious. Frank
Comito, executive vice-presi-
dent of the Bahamas Hotel
Association (BHA), a Coalition
member, said the Bahamas
could become "one of the least
competitive economies in the
Western Hemisphere" in 20
years' time if it failed to com-
prehensively reform its educa-
tion system to produce gradu-
ates with the skills and knowl-
edge to compete in the global
And Winston Rolle, the
Bahamas Chamber of Com-
merce's past president, was
more blunt. He explained that
there were two different eco-
nomic impacts resulting from
the failings of the Bahamian
education system that on the
Bahamian economy as a whole,
and the other on individual
He explained that by not hav-
ing enough adequately quali-
fied Bahamians to fill key posts,
businesses and developers were
increasingly forced to look out-
side this nation for expatriate
As a result, Mr Rolle said:
"You develop an environment
where Bahamians become mar-
ginalised or second class citi-
zens in their own country."
John Delaney, the FNM Sen-
ator, in the recent Budget
debate, described the education
system as "perhaps the single
greatest obstacle to the eco-
nomic welfare and well-being
of Bahamians", questioning
how this nation's worker could
successfully compete in the
He said: "This frightening
state of affairs should resonate
with all of us in this place. Con-
sider how our own circum-
stances have been transformed
beyond that of our parents
thanks to the better quality of
education afforded us. It is,
incomprehensible that children
today are not being as well pre-
pared in our schools as we were
30 to 40 years ago.
"I ask you: How could,it be
that so much emphasis would be
placed on signing Heads of
Agreements for foreign direct
investment towards delivering
jobs, without giving adequate
attention to preparing our young
people to exploit the job oppor-
tunities that are promised to
As a result, the Bahamas
would have to increasingly
import skilled expatriate labour
to meet the needs of developers.
Mr Delaney said: "If the Gov-
ernment's projections and
promises are correct, the country
would-have given substantial'
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financial concessions and "That means Bahamians
favourable land deals to produce would benefit far less than, with
a bonanza for expatriate employ- preparation, we could have and
ees. ought to."
He added that failing to pro-
duce an adequate education sys-
tem was "too great a price for
the welfare of our people".
MINISTRY OF ENERGY AND THE
ENVIRONMENT DEPARTMENT OF
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SERVICES
It has come to the attention of the Department of Enviroment Health
Services (DEHS) that some real estate companies. other organizations
and business houses of New Providence Island are erecting their
advertising signs on government verges, roundabouts and median
The erection of the signs are resulting in damages to grassy areas and
impeding workmen from the Grounds & Beautification Division of
the DEHS in proper maintenance of verges, roundabouts and median
strips. Additionally, most of the signs that are erected are done in
violation of Section 8 Control Advertisement Rule of the Ministry of
In this regard, the department wishes to advise Real Estate Companies,
other organizations and Business Houses to remove and/or discontinue
the unauthorized erection of signs on government verges, roundabouts
and median strips.
Failure to remove erected sign(s) will reult in the sigh(s) being.
removed by the grounds and Beautification Division of the DEHS.
The Department solicits the cooperation and support of all persons
concerned in this undertaking to preserve the beauty of our island.
,,Director.. ; .
DepartmenfUTfEhTirofme@iial Healtfifr lcesl1't F '
I Bank of The Bahamas
I SN T R' R N A T I 0 N A L
"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"
VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:
SENIOR INTERNAL AUDITOR
SPerform operational and compliance audits in finance, operations
and credit areas of all branches and departments
SPreparation of audit reports for review by Management and Audit
Review financial data and reports
SAssist external auditors during year-end audits and any special
SPerform audit reviews and audit testing for any new system
SPerform a variety of other related duties, such as assisting with
special audit review projects and investigations.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
SA minimum of three years experience with an international public
SA Certified Public Accountant, Certified Internal Auditor or
SDetailed understanding of commercial banking, The Central Bank
of the Bahamas Acts and Regulations, and The Professional
Standards of the Institute of Internal Auditors
SStrong accounting and auditing skills to analyze financial
Computer literate Ability to use Electronic Working papers,
MS Word and Excel
Benefits include: Competitive salary commensurate with experience
and qualifications; Group Medical (includes dental and vision) and
life insurance; pension scheme.
Interested persons should apply no later than 20th July 2006 to:
The Senior Manager, Human Resources & Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P. O. Box N-7118
P E I6II MO IIIASS JL 1 2006ITHE.TR IBUNE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, IRIZONA SONIA
MAITLAND of #21 Exuma Street, Nassau, Bahamas, New
Providence intend to change my name to SONIA
MELESSER MAITLAND. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box N-742, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of
BOULEVARD INVESTMENT LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Creditors having debts or claims against the above-named
Company are required to send particulars thereof to the
undersigned at P.O. Box N-624, Nassau, Bahamas on or
before the 11th day of August, A.D., 2006. In default thereof
they will be excluded from the benefit of any distribution
made by the Liquidators.
Dated the 12th day of July, A.D., 2006.
Sarah M. Lobosky
BOULEVARD INVESTMENTS LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
In accordance with Section 228 of The Companies Act, NOTICE is
hereby given that at an Extraordinary General Meeting of the Company
held on the 12th day July, A.D., 2006 the following Resolutions were
(1.) That BOULEVARD INVESTMENTS LIMITED be wound
(2.) That Mrs. Nancy Cleare and Mrs. Sarah M. Lobosky be
appointed the Joint Liquidators for the purpose of such
Dated the 12th day of July, 2006.
Mrs. Nancy Cleare .,,
Mrs. Sarah Lobosk\
Union slams power
firm over sell-off
FROM page 1B
has 178 staff, was at an all-time
"We had three major hurri-
canes, which devastated Grand
Bahama," Mr Knowles said.
"Our employees rose to the
occasions despite stress and
fatigue, and the fact some of
their own homes had been
1 14 4
structurally damaged. That did
not stop the restoration
process. We have a commit-
ment to the power company
and yet we do not get a share
of the benefit pie."
He added that the way
things stood now, it would be
doubtful whether the employ-
ees would give the same 100
per cent should another hur-
Of the new potential own-
ers, Mr Knowles said the union
would like to see more trans-
parency from management
regarding daily operations.
"We are always kept in the
dark, and we would like to see
more discussions between
management and employees."
Mr Knowles added that as
far as he was aware, the man-
agers union had also not been
informed about the sale
beforehand. They were in the
middle of contract negotia-
tions, as their agreement also
expired in March 2005.
Apart from the unions, The
Tribune previously revealed
that the Grand Bahama Port
Authority effectively Miran-
t's partner in Grand Bahama
Power was also not informed
about the sale announcement,
again having to find out
through the media.
Mirant, which recently
emerged from Chapter 11
bankruptcy protection and was
previously known as Southern
Energy, holds a 55 per cent
majority stake in Grand
Bahama Power through two
separate holding vehicles.
It holds 50 per cent of Grand
Bahama Power Company's
shares through its wholly-
owned subsidiary Mirant
Grand Bahamas Company
while the remaining 5 per cent
is controlled through its 10 per
cent stake in ICD Utilities .The
latter is the Bahamas Interna-
tional Securities Exchange
(BISX) listed vehicle for the
remaining 50 per cent of
Grand Bahama Power ,Com-
As at December 31, 2005,
Grand Bahama Power had
total assets worth $185.704 mil-
lion, some $157.566 million of
that being tied up in property
and infrastructure its power
plants, substations and trans-
Total shareholder equity was,
valued at $114.153 million, with,
Mirant's share of that around.
Writing in ICD Utilities 2005
annual report, Mr Dunbar said
Grand Bahama Power Com-,
pany's net earnings in fiscal
2005 increased by 28,6 per cent,,
upon hurricane-ravaged 2004,,
rising from $4.9 million to $6.3
Mr Dunbar attributed the,
increase toa 4.2 per cent rise inA
sales to 370 gigawatt hours.'
Yet sales were up against low-
2004 comparatives as a result,
of the hurricanes, and contin-
ued to be affected by the Roy-,
al Oasis closure.
He added that Grand,
Bahama Power Company,
-again suffered "a continued
increase in expenses to restore,
the electricity system" after
Hurricane Wilma in 2005,j
upgrading and restoring the,
power lines to western Grand%
During the year to Decem-,
ber 31, 2005, Grand Bahama .
Power paid $683,000 to Mirant-
and its related entities for.
employee costs, advisory ser-i
vices and other projects.
Grand Bahama Power hasi
18,556 customers, ,with 16,607,
of those residential.
A 4 ,*
Bimini Sands Phone: 242-347-3500
South Bimini Fax: 242-347-3501
Bahamas Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a part of the Bimini
Sands Family and understand
why "Our People make the
SEEKING A COMPLIANCE & KNOWLEDGE
HOTEL NIGHT AUDITOR WITH
COMPREHENSION EXPERIENCE WITH BACK
OFFICE ADMINISTER & OPERATION
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
Interested applicants may apply Monday -
Friday 8am 5pm Bimini Sands Resort &
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BSI OVERSEAS (BAHAMAS) LIMITED
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited, Nassau, Bahamas, an established
international Private Bank, with its headquarters in Lugano, Switzerland,
specializing in wealth management, is presently seeking a Bahamian
national for the position of
COMPLIANCE OFFICER 4
Applicants for the post of Compliance Officer and MLRO must have at least
five-years' experience at an international bank, law firm, trust company and/or
international diploma in AML & compliance. The successful candidate should
have an in-depth understanding of the regulatory/supervisory structure of the ,
local financial markets, current banking regulations in relation to internal
controls and "know your customer" policies and procedures. Experience in
Private Banking will be considered a plus.
The job requires the individual to
- monitor account openings and the due diligence process;
- ensure adherence to AML legislation and provide a current and relevant
AML training program for staff;
- demonstrate strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills r
and be proficient at writing reports and making presentations to staff,
management and outside agencies using Word, Excel and PowerPoint;
- meet deadlines with minimum supervision and to be willing tomeet new
business challenges by advising on and formulating policy in cooperation
with Relationship Managers and Trust Officers, local management and
BSI Group; -
- ensure current policies and procedures are maintained and kept up to
date so that, at all times, the bank meets its legal, regulatory and BSI
Group policy requirements.
The individual will report to the Head of Risk Management as part of a small
team dedicated to performing and monitoring the scope and effectiveness
of the bank's overall risk controls in relation to its business and regulatory
Resumes should be faxed to #702 1253 or mailed or delivered to the offices
of BSI, addressed to :-
Personnel Officer A
BSI Overseas (Bahamas) Limited
Bayside Executive Park, W. Bay St. & Blake Road
P. Box N-7130
(ABSOLUTELY NO PHONE dALLS PLEASE)
Only applicants having the above attributes will be contacted.
PAGE 6B, MONE)AY, JULY 17, 2006
FROM page 1B
istered stock and Treasury Bill
issues, would also provide
clearing and settlement func-
The BISX chief executive
added that by transferring the'
government debt market on to
the exchange, cost savings
would accrue to both the
administration and Bahamian
The electronic platform
would provide "a sense or
orderliness" and timely deliv-
ery of government debt issues
to the market, Mr Davies said.
"It will give government the
tools to make decisions based
on knowledge and feedback
from the market," he added.
Addressing a Bahamas Soci-
ety of Financial Analysts lunch
,earlier this year, Mr Davies
said outstanding issues of gov-
ernment-registered stock num-
bered more than 100, and had
a total value of more than $1.6
He indicated that the listing
and trading of this on BISX,
in addition to Treasury bills
and other government paper,
would more than double the
exchange's $2.7 billion market
capitalisation and give it critical
Once the electronic platform
was in place, access to the Gov-
ernment debt markets would
be through BISX members
who were broker/dealers,A-Mr'
SDaiesNexplained, and allpar-
ticipants the i-\cliafge, bro-
kers, government and the Cen-
tral Bank would have to know
and understand how it worked.
"The goal is choices," Mr
Davies said. "One of the things
we need to do for the broker-
age community is to widenthe
pool of a\ iilable product. ,
'at would give them the
impetus to generate new prod-
ucts. They can package things,
develop new mutualfunds off
of these things, once products
are available and listed."
The BISX chief executive
said this development might
attract new broker/dealer
entrants into the Bahamian
BISX's electronic platform,
which would be phased in
gradually, will eliminate any
disruption in the issuance of
government debt instruments,
such as government-registered
stock and Treasury Bills.
The creation of a formalised,
electronic platform for listing
and trading debt instruments.
issued by the Government and
other public sector agencies is
planned to create greater effi-
ciency in the debt markets.
This would be achieved by
shorter lead times for issues,
and the ability to track the
transferring and pledging of
Mr Davies also told The Tri-
bune that BISX would soon be
advertising for. new staff,
including a listings manager.
This executive would have the
role of lisii ng with a!llthe-
exbhange's listed companies
and members, ensuring the\
were in compliance with the
market's rules and procedure,
Apart from seeking an
administrative, assistant. Mr
Davies said: "Potentialy. we're
looking for maybe someone to
engage in doing an analNsis of
-the companies and-the filings
they make drilling do" n deep-
er into what they send us."
He added that:this was, all
part ofBISX's strategy to deal
with the market ;"more effi-
In addition, Mr Davies said
he was continuing to de\clop
plans for "incubator listing"
facilities on BISX. These
would effectively act as ia 3ec-
ond tier for listings b\ domeis-
tic and international cormpt-
nies who do not want to be
included among BISX's pri-
Mr Davies said he had
developed a "skeleton drati"
for this proposal, and was now
looking to "put meat on it".
"That's.something I will
probably try and do in the \ern
near future," he added.
The domestic incubator plat-
form will be for companies
who did not want to be a pub-
lic company and trade as one
of BISX's primary listings. but
still desired to be subject to
certain rules and regulations.
Such a facility will enable
such companies to provide a
"track record" to investors if
they ever decided to become
fully public-.through an initial -
public offering (IPO).
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I CRYPTIC PUZZLE
The greatest way to eat? (5)
Glide smoothly yet very noisily in a
It's on the wing (7)
Next to syntheicfur, s a aural a
Runs out, as motherdoes at leame
Was slowto geta republican in curt
Thought hiy o, h always in
the red )
Aged figures wlh plenty of energy (3)
Soon admls ignorancef ahsho
A scale used somewhere on the
Romanwho, having got in, wenoutto
work at a adel (5)
Fnds an urmtled desire ilabing? (6)
Enough beefforeeven? (4)
Quie deinitely rs saidito be cas (3)
Spanish sportsman, a cad at heart (7)
Like Herb, he has his roots in the sol
A wooden one's notforwinning (5)
Long neglected duty about the .1t of
At the end of winter, wild cats spread
James, the father of David? (5)
Sort of drum for a catchy rhythm? (5)
2 Get tough on difficult points (6)
3 Gir bowled over? (6)
4 Location of tip-up seats? (3)
5 Can it keep one's chest a bit warm in
6 In a silly, sentmentalyet absorbing
7 It's tiedto the idea of speed (4)
8 Favourable figures relating to acid (6)
12 Battery units(5)
13 Frantic weaving of braid(5)
14 There's something gripping about
love, say (5)
15 A name I had for beinggood (5)
16 Something to read (5)
18 Smith'spropertyin the bock(5)
19 What a sinner may do with a letter
from Penzance (7)
21 Drink it up very quietly, there's some
22 Plane starting satisfactorilyto rate
23 Who? (6)
25 Potable paint, possibly? (5)
26 An extra big-hearted employer? (4)
28 Sideshow man? (3)
ACROSS: 4, Off-ice 7, P-ill-ages 8, Cl-nema 10, Llama 13, Hare 14, TA-TA 15,
Fore 16, Are 17, Rail 19, Tina 21, Ja-M-es Bond 23, Tmuu 24, T-one 26, Jot 27.
Sp-e-y 29, Pros 32, Sear 33, sto-OK 34, B-roads 35, Townaman 36, AD-vice
DOWN: 1, Spilt 2, Float 3, Saga 4. OS-car 5, Fi-ne 6, Camera 9, Ir-et-on 11, Lap
12, Marat 13, Holster 15, Fle 16, A-nd 18, Am-us-ed 20, In-e-pt 21, Jut(-land)
22, B-O-y 23, Toured 25, Boo 28, Paste 30, Rooms 31, Skunk 32, Sari 33,
ACROSS: 4, Classy 7, Anaconda 8, Cheers 10, Adobe 13, Rhea 14, Tuna 15, Beer
16, Ply 17, Tall 19, Meal 21, Congenial 23, Long 24, Nets 26, Rep 27, Late 29,
Eros 32, Mess 33, Slate 34, Resort 35, Evenness 36, Editor
DOWN: 1, Carat 2, Mason 3, Hope 4, Cache 5, Area 6, Stroll 9, Hermit 11, Dud 12,
Baton 13, Relents 15, Big 16, Pal 18, Angler 20, Easel 21, Cop 22, Nee 23,
Legend 25, Hot 28, Aster 30, Raven 31, Sense 32, Most 33, Sane
By Seven ,cker
An Unfortunate Choice
South West North East
1 + Pass 3 4 Dble
3 + Pass 3 V Pass
Opening lead four of spades.
The opening lead often makes or
breaks a contract, and we can all tes-
tify to this from bitter experience.
There is nothing more consistently
difficult in bridge than finding the
most effective opening lead, but that
doesn't mean the task is altogether
One can frequently deduce, ei-
ther from the bidding or from one's
own hand, which card will probably
be the best opening shot. There
might not be a feeling of 100 percent
confidence in the final choice, but
that is not necessary when the evi-
dence clearly points in one direction.
Consider this deal where West,
after ruling out a diamond or club
lead, opted for his stronger major.
Declarer won the trick with the king
and. quickly ran off eight more to
score 600 points.
Had West led a heart, the contract
would have gone down five! East
would win the first heart with the
jack and shift to the queen of spades,
and declarer would lose the first nine
tricks instead of winning them.
Of course, it is easy enough -
looking at all four hands to see
that the heart lead is right. But the
fact is that the heart lead is demon-
strably best without seeing all the
hands. West can reason that on the
bidding South has either the king of
spades or the Q-J-x, so that a spade
lead is apt to help declarer more than
Conversely again judging from
the bidding a heart lead is likely to
find East with heart honors sitting
over North's heart honors, and hence
is the more attractive lead.
HOW many words of four
letters more can you make
from the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one nine-
letter word. No plurals
Good 16; very good 24; excellent
31 (or more). Solution
Card game (5)
Night bird (3)
I Fable (5)
I Finery (7)
I Inquired (5)
I Pieces of
2 Stature (6)
3 Hypnotic word
4 Newt (3)
5 Finger or toe
7 Burden (4)
8 Season (6)
12 Motorcycle (5)
13 Instrument (5)
14 Enlist (5)
15 Buffalo (5)
18 Shade of
21 Proprietors (6)
22 Ofthe mind(6)
23 Rarely seen (6)
25 Flower (5)
26 Mud (4)
28 Thus (3)
JULY 17, 2006
ARIES Mar.21/Apr 20
Don't take a loved one's harsh words
to heart, Aries. He or she is going.
through a rough time and just nee4sto
vent a little. Things will blow over by
early next week.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21'
Don't try to force your views onto
others, Taurus. Everyone is entitled to
his or her own opinions. A family
friend drops by unexpectedly. Don't
rush this person out the-door.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21'
When it comes to a heart-to-helrt
talk with a loved one, be blunt. TiHat
special someone has an important
question for you. Be truthful, but also
assist with the decision made.
CANCER Jun 22/ ul 22'
While you need to show your
authority at work, don't step on too
many toes. Show your coworkers
some compassion. A friend asks' a
favor of you. '
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Don't be possessive when it comesito
a special someone, Leo. He or she
4ruly cares for you but also needs
some time alone: You give financial
advice to a close friend.'
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
You get caught in the middle of a dis-
agreement between colleagues early in
the week, Virgo. While you didn't
want to get involved, help them w6k.
through the issue.
LIBRA- Sept 23/Oct 23
One day this week, coworkers will
need your help with a project. A
loved one monopolizes your time
during the evening. Don't worry; 'he
weekend is yours alone
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
While you like to be in.charge, that's
not how things work early .in the
week. Let someone else take nontrbl
when it comes to a business prob-
lem. Pay attention, and learn.: -
SAGITTARIUS Nov 23/Dec w1
A lot of people are depending 9n
you this week, Sagittarius.
Consider what is best for every-
one involved even if you nust
make some compromises.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/JanjO
You have a lot on your mind,
Capricorn. If you're nervous, talk e a-
trusted friend. Things will quiet down
by Friday, leaving you time to enibv
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Try to take it easy this week,
Aquarius. You've been busy for a
while. Now that you have a break,
enjoy yourself. Be supportive of a
loved one who needs your help.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
That special someone has a surprise
for you. Don't accept it if you're
having second thoughts about the
relationship. Consider it deeply.
White to move and win. This
endgame by Leonid Kubbel
looks disarmingly simple.
Material is about level, with
bishop, knight and pawn for
White against rook and two
pawns for Black. If it was Black's
turn then Rxe7 would win
instantly, wiping out White's
dangerous passer with a double
attack on two pieces. So with
White to move the obvious
choice is 1 Bh4 guarding e7,
followed by Nd6 attacking the
rook and preparing to queen the
pawn. Then there would be a
slow but sure process where
White mops up Black's
remaining pawn duo then
checkmates with king, bishop
and knight against king. But
master composer Kubbel has
made all this into a subtle trap.
a b c
d c r g h
After 1 Bh4? Black has Kb3t threat
Rf + and mate. If 2 Bf6to block
the f line then a3 3 Nd6 Rxf6 4 e8Q
Rfl mate. If White can't play to
queen his pawn, how can he
possibly win? The answer Is a
checkmate tactic five moves deep,
and rate yourself an expert solver
if you find it. LEONARD IADEN
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Youngsters fWildcats and Swingers
'Shoot for eII
* By RENALDO
DOZENS of the country's
future superstars on the hard-
wood received the opportu-
nity of a lifetime over the
weekend, a chance to learn
the game of basketball from
the game's best, The Miami
To culminate their "Shoot
for the Stars" program, Heat
forward Jason Kapono and
Other team representatives
Shouted a basketball and read-
ing clinic for youngsters on
Over 100 ambitious
campers eager onlookers
flocked to the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium to witness the
exhibition by the newly
crowned World Champions.
Kapono and Heat's com-
munity affairs liaison Wali
Jones went through a series
of interactive drills and activ-
ities with the campers, teach-
ing rudimentary basketball
After nearly an hour of
hard work, the campers were
treated to an exhibition by
the Heat's halftime enter-
tainment, the Xtreme team.
Xtreme team performers
Inferno, Rembo and Sheila
performed an array of acro-
batic dunks, at one point
dunking over a burst of
flames, much to the delight
of the crowd.
Following the basketball
clinic, Kapono and Jones,
accompanied by Miami Heat
dancers, read a series of chil-
dren's books to campers as a
part of the NBA's read to
For their participation, the
campers were awarded with
:,Heat backpacks, auto-
graphed photos and other
Kapono said that he
enjoyed the welcomerecepr
tion he rece 'ed froAll;
Bahamian people and-hav" '
ing an opportunity to impact
"It was great, to see all
these people out here and to
see how many people root
for the Heat," le said,
"We're just glad to come out
here and touch the lives of
these kids in the Bahamas."
Initially, Heat forward
Wayne Simien was scheduled
to make the trip. According
to Kapono however, the sit-
uation worked out well for
him as it gave him an oppor-.
tunity to interact with.so..:
many enthusiastic young fans.:
"It was good to be able to
make the trip after Wayne
(Simien) couldn't come but
it worked out well for me,"
he said, "I got a chance to
come out here check out the
country and have an impact
on so many of the kids here."
The third year veteran said
the visit to the Princess Mar-
garet Hospital was the high-
light of his short but effec-
"The hospital visit was
crazy, I didn't expect that
many people to be there,
everyone was pretty happy
Sand excited," he said, "It
meant more to us to see the
children there, obviously
they're going through a tough
time and we just wanted to
able to just spread some joy
and faith and help keep them
Steve Stowe, the Heat's
Director of Community
Affairs said the second edi-
tion of the camp was a defi-
nite improvement on last
"Every year it keeps get-
ting bigger and better," he
said, "Now the fact that we
happen to be World Cham-
pions adds to that and the
children are so excited to see
one of our 15 strong team
members, it's all about the
team concept This program
is something that we do in
Miami all the time and in
throughout the South Florida
community, in particular we
wanted to enjoy this time
with the kids and their fami-
Stowe said the program is
the beginning to what they
hope will propel the campers.
"The children were really
so excited," he said, "It's
great to see all the happiness
and we're really trying to
'send a message to the chil-
dren that it's not just about
today but we want to make
them remember this for the
rest of their lives, which I
know they will."
end era with victories
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
WHILE the Bommer George
Swingers needed an extra inning to bring
the curtain down on the New Providence
Softball Association's tenure at the
Churchill Tener Knowles National Soft-
ball Stadium, the Electro Telecom Wild-
cats made it look so easy in their final
Defending ladies champions Wildcats,
rebounding from their season opening
loss to the DHL Brackettes, pulled off
their 11th straight victory with a 7-2 deci-
sion over the hapless 2-8 Briteley's
And in the feature contest, the
Swingers (7-5) secured a 13-8 victory
over the Brackettes (3-10) as the NPSA
played at the stadium for the last time.
The stadium, along with the Andre
Rodgers Baseball Stadium, is expected to
be demolished in preparation for the
construction'of the new $35 million
national stadium "gift" from the Peo-
ple's Republic of China.
In what turned out to be a pitcher's
duel between a pair of national team
players who are heading off to Colombia
on Thursday for the 20th Central Amer-
ican and Caribbean Games, Mary
'Cruise' Edgecombe pulled off the deci-
sion over Sharnell Symonette on the
For Edgecombe, who came back after
sitting out the past two games as she jug-
Last games played at the
national softball stadium
gles her time with the women's national
team for the Caribbean Volleyball
Championships next month at the
Kendal Isaacs Gym, it was good to get in
the workout before going to Colombia.
"I'm trying to step up my game. I
pitched a pretty good game tonight,"
said Edgecombe, who hurled a five-hit-
ter, striking out two in the win.
"We started off a little slow in the first
two innings, but we picked it up in the
fourth inning and we came out on top."
Electro Telecom extended their 2-1
lead with three unearned runs in the bot-
tom of the fourth and they stayed ahead
of Bormner George the rest of the way.
Edgecombe, 1-for-3 on the night,
opened the fourth with a single and
scored the first of three runs on a passed
ball to seal the deal for the Wildcats.
Chrshann Percentie was 2-for-3, scor-
ing a run and Natasha Sears was 2-for-3,
while Linda Knowles added a triple,
scoring a run in the sixth.
Cleo Symonette got on base on an
error and came home with the Angels'
first run on an RBI single in the first
and Sharnell Symonette helped her own
cause when she got on with a fielder's
choice and scored on Michelle Thomp-
son's RBI single.
Sharnell Symonette, who will join
Edgecombe on the national softball
team, said she's improving, especially as
she cut down on her walks. So she's con-
fident that she will be ready for the sec-
"I'm just going to take it easy and take
it one game at a time," she pointed out.
"Tonight we had just nine players, so
we had to work with what we had. We
played a good game, but after we gel
and get in a few more practices, we will
right back on track."
As she prepare for her dual role on
both the national softball and volleyball
teams, Edgecombe said it suits her per-
fectly because she gets the opportunity to
go to both practices.
"I try to find the time to be good at
both. But right now I'm concentrating on
softball because that is first. We have a
few more practices before we leave, so I
just wanted to come out and help my
team because 1 missed the last two
Swingers 13, Brackettes 8: With the
score tied at 7-7 at the end of the sev-
enth, Bommer George took advantage of
the International Softball Federation's tie
breaking rule that put the final out in
the previous inning on second base by
scoring six times.
In the bottom of the frame, DHL
could muster up just one run as the
Swingers went on to pull off the big win
in the final game played at the stadium
before it was demolished.
Rebecca Moss started the rally when
she was placed on second and Bommer
George got an RBI single from Dorothy
Marshall, an RBI hit by pitch from
Denise Sears, an RBI fielder's choice
from Debbie Forbes and a two-run single
from Christine Hanna as they batted
around the clock.
Neressa Seymour, who is also on the
national team, had three hits with a pair
of RBIs and as many runs scored to lead
the Swingers, Theresa Miller, another
national team member, had one hit with
two RBIs and a run scored.
Desiree Taylor went the distance, toss-
ing a seven-hitter, striking out three for
the win. Ernestine Butler-Stubbs, now
fully out of retirement, struggled with
12 hits and three strike outs.
The Swingers also turned a triple play
on the Brackettes in the third, while the
Brackettes came back with a double play
on the Swingers in the fifth.
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By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
FREEMAN 'the Natural' Barr has an
opponent for his return bout on the pro-
fessional boxing scene.
On Sunday, his manager/trainer Steve
Canton said the Florida Boxing Com-
mission has approved Buddy Acker in
the light heavyweight (175-pound) main
event on Saturday, July 29 at Harbor-
side Events Center in Fort Myers, Flori-
Acker, according to Canton, is from
Tulcia, Alabama, and has a 19-9-2 win-
loss-draw record with 15 knockouts. Barr
is 26-4-0 with 13 knockouts.
"During the little over two years that
Freeman hasn't fought, Buddy has had
three fights with two wins and a draw
in his last three fights," Canton con-
"He's one of the few fighters who is
shorter than Freeman. Most of the guys.
are usually taller than Freeman. But this
guy is about an inch shorter than Free-
man. So it could be interesting."
Barr, whose last fight was on April 23,
2004 when he won over Anthony
Brooks, is said to be in tip top shape and
ready to get back in the ring.
"He's excited about getting back in
the ring," Canton stressed. "He's looking
pretty good. He left the gym on Monday
at 177 pounds.
"He actually say daylight. He was
under the scale. That was two and half
weeks before the weigh-in. So he's look-
ing good and is anxious to get back in the
Barr, who previously fought at the
super middleweight before' he suffered
an injury that has sidelined him for the
past two years, is hoping that he can get
back into the world rankings and even-
tually secure another title shot.
On January 30, 1999, Barr traveled to
Cottbus, Germany where he fought and
lost to Bert Schenk for the then vacant
World Boxing Organization mid-
After the. ,.s, Barr reeled off seven
straight victories before he took a two-
loss skid, only to come back and win his
last bout at the same venue that he
intends to make his return at the end of
Canton said Barr has built up a repu-
tation fighting in Fort Myers where the
SJC Boxing Club is 16cated. Barr, a
native from Andros, is currently residing
in Naples where he is an electrician by
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MIAMI HERALD SPORTS
Bahamas' uniors C aim
seven medals a CC even
* TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
AT THE closing of the
first day of competition at
the Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) junior
championships in Trinidad
and Tobago, the Bahamas
had secured seven medals
- two golds and five silvers.
Leading the medal haul
charge were Gerard Brown
and Nathan Arnett, col-
lecting gold medals in the
under 17 boys triple jump
and 400 metres hurdles.
Other medalists included
Rudon Bastian, Tracey
Morrison, Raymond Higgs,
Sheniqua Ferguson and
S Krystel Bodie.
Brown has become the
most feared junior in the
Caribbean in the triple
jump event, capturing gold
medals in all the major
Caribbean based interna-
The gold medal by Brown
is the second for the sea-
son and the fourth in a
year. Brown hopped and
skipped his way to a land-
ing of 14.78m for the gold.
The event was a clean
sweep by the Bahamians,
with Higgs following close
behind with the silver
medal in 14.74m while
Christopher Waugh of
Jamaica took third with a
leap of 14.24m.
Arnett might have missed
his chance of claiming a
gold medal at the recent
Carifta Games, but made
sure that this opportunity
didn't pass him by.
The injured Arnett went
into the 400m hurdles event
with the fastest time at the
Carifta Games but was
unable to compete. But, at
this meet, Arnett clocked
52,62 seconds for the gold
He was followed by
Dwight Robinson of
Jamaica in 53.26 seconds
and Kemar Norgrove of
Barbados in 55.50 seconds.
Bastian leapt his way on
the podium in a new CAC
record jump of 7.55m in the
under 20 boys long jump.
The winning jump was by
Alain Bailey of Jamaica,
7.68m, the current CAC
record. Both Bastian and
Bailey sailed past the
record marker on their first
attempt on the runway. The
old record was set at 7.33m
by Nava Eduardo of Mexi-
co in 1984.
Carifta Games gold
medalist in the open wom-
en's javelin Morrison had
to settle for a second place
finishing after posting a
best throw of 44.69m. All
the throws in this event sur-
passed the old CAC record
of 37.96m se.t by Ilsa
Rodriguez of Mexico in
Winning the event was
Tanesha Blair of Jamaica
with a throw of 44.89m with
third place going to Sabina
Christmas of Dominica
40.14m. Morrison was lead-
ing the event until Blair's
Bodie and Tess Mullings'
were facing the same line-
up as they did in the Carif-
ta Games finals for the
under 17 girls 300m hur-
dles, but this time they had
athletes from Puerto Rico
and Costa Rico added to
the mix. Bodie held off all
the other athletes besides
Barbados' Kierre Beckles,
* TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
SHENIQUA Ferguson was
the only Bahamian to secure a
medal in 100 meters e\ent in all
divisions at the Central Ameri-
can and Caribbean junior cham-
pionships, being held in
Trinidad and Tobago.
Ferguson advanced to finals
of the under 20 girls liIim dash
%with the third fastest time. 11.81
seconds. Also competing in the
event was T'Shonda Webb, w"ho
headed into the finals with the
fifth fastest time of 11.95 sec-
onds. The fastest time '\as post-
ed by Jamaica s Schillonie
Calvert 11.42 seconds. Trinidad
and Tobago's Semoy Hackett
%\as second in 11.-60 seconds.
Splitting the Bahamian duo
was Nassane Briscoe ot Jamaica
in 11.92 seconds.
But Ferauson would come
back to impro\c her advancing
time and better her podium
stand position. Ferguson
clocked 11.67 seconds for the
silver medal, winning was
Calvert in 11.39 seconds and
Hackett in third in 11.71 sec-
onds. Webb finished up in
fourth in 11.90 seconds.
In the under 17-girls 100m,
who took the event in a
time of 41.55 seconds. Bod-
ie's time was recorded atf
41.81 seconds and Sparkle
McKnight of Trinidad and
Tobago third in 43.36 sec-
onds Mullings finished up
fourth in 44.74 seconds. -
hoping to secure medals for the
Bahamas 'ere Nivea Smith and
The duo advanced to the
finals with times of 12.08 sec'-
onds and 12.10 seconds respec-
In the finals the two world
finish up fourth and sixth with
12.02 seconds and 12.11 sec-
onds. Winning the event was
Carrie Russell in 11.79 seconds
followed by Cadajah Spencer in
11.S4 seconds and Danielle Jef-
fre\ in 11.97 seconds.
Representing the Bahamas rn
the under 17 boys 1OOm were
Warren Fraser and Shawn Lock-
hart. Fraser finished up with the
third fastest time in his heat, a
time of 10.78 seconds, while
Lockhart would post 11.14 sec-
onds for the third fastest time in
But the heat in the finals
would be too much for Fraser
and Lockhart who had to settle
for fourth and fifth places
respectively in times of 10.75
seconds and 10.91 seconds.
Nickel Ashmeade of Jamaica
won the event in a time of 1060
SHENIQUA FERGUSON claimed the
silver medal in the under 20 girls 100m dash.
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