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IDAY, JULY 21, 2006
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By REUBEN SHEARER
HUNDREDS of foreign fish-
ermen are finding work on
-Bahamian boats through a sophis-
ticated "black market" operation,
Minister of Agriculture and Fish-
eries Leslie;Millerhas revealed.
Mr Miller explained that local
fishermen are coaxing Bahamian
women to marry foreign men -
so that their new husbands can
be used as "cheap labour" -
despite the fact that some of the
men are already married.
He said there are about 600
to 1,000 of these persons in the
fishing industry at the moment.
Most, he said, have been
brought from the Dominican
Mr Miller blamed major fishing
businesses, which, he said, par-
ticipate in the scheme.
"It grieves me as a representa-
tive of the people that we have
such unscrupulous men that
would sell our \women for the
sake of that dollar." he said.
"These fishermen know that
they can't get a permit for the
foreigners easil., so the\ circic
aroundd immigration J.g.s.,_and
encourage them to marr\
Bahamian women. which then
gives them a right to work.
"Our women are being used."
Mr Miller said, "and most of the
time the men the\ marry don't
even live with them "
Mr Miller told the press that
Bahamian women need to realise
that not all the men who marry
them are genuinely in love; some
are only interested in making a
"Unfortunately, cases have
shown that the little funds these
SEE page 11
Police yet to give statement on identity of body
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
GRAND Bahama police have not yet made an official statement as
to whether the body, found in the vehicle submerged in waters at
Queens Cove, is that of Grand Bahama businessman Preston Stuart Jr.
Sometime around 4.15pm on Wednesday, Mr Stuart's burgundy
coloured Cadillac DeVille licence number BV37 was removed from a,
The body, which is believed to be that of the 64-year-old business-
man, was in the early stages of decomposition.
Mr Stuart, owner of Freeport Taxi Company, First Atlantic Realty
SEE page 11
' FIREFIGHTERS tackle the blaze on Wednesday night.
(Photo: Felipt Major/Tribune staff)
* By KRYSTEL ROLLE
A FIRE erupted in a quiet neighbour-
hood in the Grove late Wednesday night,
completely destroying the storage section
of a government-owned clinic, which also
sere Ns a_ : pre-school.
Speaking \ ith The Tribune yesterday Jef-
frey Deleveaux, Director of Fire.Services,
reported that by the time the engines arrived
at the Coconut Grove Pre-school on Acklins
Street, the building was already fully
engulfed in flames.
After receiving the call at 11.30 pm
Wednesday, the Fire Department immedi-
ately dispatched two fire trucks to the scene.
Once there, it was determined that rein-
forcements were needed and an additional
two trucks were dispatched, ASP Deleveaux
SEE page 11
PM hints at "-
* By ROYANNE
PRIME MINISTER Perry
Christie hinted at a possible
fourth phase for the Atlantis
Resort yesterday during the
topping-off ceremony of. the
company's phase III All Suites
Construction began last year
February and is expected to be .
completed on schedule, accord- .
ing to project manager Bob
Montgomery, who led
reporters n a tour of the build-
ing that offers panoramic views,
of the ocean, New Providence
and the resort's expansive water
Following the brief tour of
SEE page six
By NATARIO MCKENZIE
THE Cordell Farrington trial
into the murder of Jamaal
Robins, 22, opened yesterday
with emotional testimony from
the victim's mother.
After outlining its case to a
jury of eight men and four
women, the prosecution called
Christine Scott, the mother of
the deceased, to the witness
Mrs Scott testified that in
July of 2002, Jamaal was living
at home with her, her husband
and their two daughters at Cus-
tard Apple Street, Freeport.
Mrs Scott testified that Far-
rington first came to their home
between July and August, 2002.
She told the court that Farring-
ton came to their home two to
three times a week to pick
Jamaal up for work. She testi-
fied that Jamaal did arts and
craft work for Farrington. She
said that Farrington drove a
small four-door white car. How-
ever, she said, she had seen him
once or twice in a red car. She
told the court that in July 2002
she was involved in a serious
car accident and had to be hos-
pitalised. She said that on July
11 Cordell and her son, Jamaal,
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women coaxed to
marry foreigners to be
used as 'cheap labour'
PAGE 2, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006
* By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
AS the level of violence con-
tinues to escalate in the Mid-
dle-East, Caribbean countries
have been urged to play a role
in re-establishing peace in that
Jamaica's Honorary Consul
in Beirut, Khalil Zantout, is call-
ing on all Caribbean leaders to
lobby the United Nations to
help put a stop to the Israeli
attacks on Lebanon.
Minister of Foreign Affairs
Fred Mitchell yesterday would
not comment directly on this
request or discuss the Bahamas'
plans to respond to the situa-
Speaking for the minister,
government spokesman Al Dil-
lette, said the Bahamas will fol-
low whatever CARICOM's
decision will be in this matter.
The Beirut-based Jamaican
Consul, Mr Zantout, told the
BBC Caribbean, that the region
could play a role through the
Mitchell refuses to comment on plans
UN to put pressure on all
involved parties to stop the.
Mr Zantout said that the sit-
uation in the southern part of
Lebanon was becoming diffi-
"It is not easy to get what you
need, like food and services,
electricity has been cut out for
like sixteen or seventeen hours
a day, telecommunication is still
working but you can hardly get
through because of the pressure
on the system," he said.
Earlier this week Lebanese
businessman Tony Joudi, who
has lived in the Bahamas for 20
years but was born and grew up
in Lebanon, made a similar
request for countries like the
Bahamas to get involved.
."The US is the only country
in the world that can put a stop
to this," he said.
As a member of the UN, he
said, the Bahamas should
encourage the US to negotiate
an end to the conflict.
"Because this could happen
to anyone where a foreign coun-
try could come in and attack for
no reason just because of
greed," Mr Joudi said.
The Jamaican Consul's com-
ments come as Israel declared
that it is ready to fight on for
several more weeks and
Caribbean nationals fled the
Nationals of Trinidad and
Tobago and the Netherlands
Antilles were part of a mass
exodus of people fleeing the
continuing air strikes by Israel.
More than 260 people have
already been killed and some
500,000 displaced since the
fighting began last week.
The conflict started after
members of the militant group,
Hezbollah, located in Lebanon
and considered a terrorist
organisation by the, United
States and Israel, kidnapped
two Israeli soldiers.
The International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent
Societies warned that Lebanon
is facing a humanitarian crisis.
* A MAN inspects the
destroyed buildings, in the
suburbs of Beirut yesterday
after Israeli warplanes
launched airstrikes. Hezbollah
guerrillas clashed with Israeli
troops on the Lebanese side of
the border for the second con-
secutive day and at least two
Israeli soldiers were wounded
Call for Caribbean to
lobby UN on Lebanon
Four men become advocates for the disabled
* By KRYSTEL ROLE
FOUR disabled men, for-
merly of the Cheshire Home,
have decided to become advo-
cates for all Bahamians suffer-
ing from a disability.
The men have taken on this
task after being were forced to
move out of that facility a little
over a year ago.
Their latest cause one that
personally affects them is
access to fair and adequate
housing for disabled persons.
The men are currently fight-
ing for Crown land on which
they intend to build a "centre
for independent living". Once
completed the facility will house
up to 16 disabled persons.
When the Cheshire Home
was closed, the men Jerome
Thompson, Jervasian Stuart,
Kenneth Storr and Sean Flow-
ers protested and claimed they
had been mistreated by the gov-
All the men besides Mr
Flowers, who is deaf have spo-
ken out strongly in defence of
After leaving the Cheshire
Home on Dolphin Drive, they
were provided with an apart-
ment for a year by the Ministry
of Social Services in Sandilands
Village. The lease came to an
end in June.
Since then, the ministry has
had to make several extensions
and changes to yet another
building, this time on East
Street, in an effort to make it
However, both Thompson
and Stuart claim that while they
are grateful, the apartment can-
not meet their needs;
Mr Stuart reported that bath-
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to allow him to move around
comfortably in his wheelchair.
Getting in and out of the
bathroom is the most difficult
task he encountered during his
visit to the apartment on Tues-
"Once I go in I have to
reverse out because there is not
enough space for me to turn
around. I cannot even reach the
door to close it. And when I
reverse out and go into the hall-
way, I am stuck because the
space is too tight," Mr Stuart
After deeming the apartment
unsatisfactory, the men con-
tacted an official from the
Department of Social Services -
who they admitted was .very
Both Thompson and Stuart
said their intention is not to
make anyone "look bad" but
merely to make their plight
public before they are forced to
move into an inadequate apart-
ment which will only "further
The Ministry of Social Ser-
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suitable accommodations for
the men for a little over a year.
Last month, Social Services
Minister Melanie Griffin report-
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and that necessary changes
would have to be made to
improve whatever accominod-.
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FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006, PAGE 3
0 In brief
FREEPORT- A 29-year-old
Freeport woman who was
brought in to the hospital on
July 8 with burns has died of
her injuries on Tuesday.
According to police, Gayle
Rolle Gladstone Terrace suc-
cumbed to her injuries around
9.17pm on Tuesday in the
Intensive Care Unit at Rand
Earlier, her husband Donnell
Rolle, 31, was charged in Mag-
istrate's Court with two counts
of causing grievous harm.
It was alleged in court that
he lit a bed on fire while his
wife and daughter were on it.
He pleaded not guilty to the
charges and was denied bail.
Rolle was remanded in cus-
tody until October 4 for trial.
AROUND 3pm on Wednes-
day, Drug Enforcement Unit
officers on routine patrol in a
helicopter reported spotting a
go-fast boat travelling at high
speed around eight miles off the
west coast of New Providence.
According to Superintendent
Raymond Gibson, the officer
in charge of the DEU, the offi-
cers caught up with the boat.
After a search of the vessel,
two Bahamian suspects were
arrested and 159 pounds of mar-
ijuana was allegedly discovered.
Both suspects are expected
to be charged some time today.
POLICE report that an
armed robbery took place on
Wednesday night in the Grove
The male victim was report-
edly accosted by two men
armed with knives.
According to Assistant Com-
missioner Reginald Ferguson,
the men took $300 from the vic-
tim and escaped,
The victim was reportedly
unharmed and police investiga-
to ground its fleet'
. By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMASAIR says it
grounded its fleet voluntarily
on Wednesday in response to ao
request by the Federal Avia- ".h ,.. T,.
tion Administration (FAA). ll %
Hundreds of passengers
were outraged on when they
were told that Bahamasair had
suspended all its international
and domestic flights.
Although information given
to passengers by ground per-
sonnel indicated that there was n o ern :- w s
some sort of dispute between
Bahamasair and United States N A BAHAMASAIR Dash-8 sits at its domestic gate waiting
authorities, the airline's gen- for its departure
eral manager Henry Woods (Photo: Mario Duncanson/Tribune staff)
yesterday said that the ground-
ing was completely voluntarily. we were willing and prepared However, up press time yes-
"The request was a random to do it, "he said. terday The Tribune was still
one from the FAA. It was not Mr Woods said that because receiving calls from angry trav-
scheduled and we tried to the FAA request was random, ellers who claimed that they
respond to it as quickly as pos- the airline did not.have time had been stranded due to the
sible," he said. to notify ticket personnel to back-up of flights.
Mr Woods explained that cancel or make alternative One woman said her hus-
the FAA had unexpectedly arrangements for customers. band had been stuck in Miami
asked Bahamasair for a 12- He emphasized, however, since Wednesday morning, and
month maintenance records that Bahamasair did all it could up until last night had still not
review. to transfer passengers onto received any information from
He said that Bahamasair other airlines so they could Bahamasair as to when he
decided in favour of grounding reach their destinations. could expect to return home.
the fleet all at once to conduct Mr Woods said that the FAA "It's a disgrace. Bahamasair
the review as expediently as gave Bahamasair's maintenance didn't even offer my husband a
possible. record a "positive" review. hotel or anything. He missed
"We did it in a 10-hour peri- Domestic flights resumed at work today because of
od instead of stretching it out 5.30pm on Wednesday, and Bahamasair. It is a crying
over six or seven days. We. international flights were shame and something needs to
wanted to show the FAA that resumed yesterday morning. be done about it," she said.
Edison Key to stand for South Abaco
* By KRISTINA MCNEIL
Liberal Party senator Edi-
son Key has been recom-
mended as the FNM candi-
date for South Abaco.
"I'm very pleased to be a
part of the FNM at this
time," said Mr Key. "I think
we are going to carry South
Abaco with a landslide."
Current. MP for South
Abaco Robert Sweeting says
he fully supports Mr Key's
Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Mr Sweeting said:
"We know he will be a very
solid candidate and we feel
he will bring something to
the party on a national basis."
Mr Sweeting compared
Mr Key's party change to
that of Michael Bethel, an
who "went to the PLP".
"The PLP took advantage
of that and we expect to take
greater advantage of Edison
Key who is a much more
seasoned politician," Sweet-
The South Abaco Con-
stituency Association of the
FNM said in a statement
yesterday that it has pledged
"unwavering support" for
Mr Key, "to ensure his elec-
tion to parliament as a mem-
ber of the FNM in the
Mr Key was chosen as can-
didate after his application
for nomination to the party
was considered by the FNM
leaders of South Abaco.
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application, but another candi-
date is interested in entering the
race if a third seat in Abaco is
"But we won't know that
until the Boundaries Commis-
sion reports," Mr Sweeting said.
Overwhelmed by the amount
of the support he is getting, Mr
Key said he is pleased to see
that it is coming from "both
sides of the island in Abaco," -
from the FNM and from PLP
members who have supported
him over the years.
"They're calling me from all
over the place congratulating
me," Key said. "It's looking
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PAGE 4, FRIDAYAJULY21,R2006 THE TRIBUN
NOW THAT elections are'near, politi-
cians, in their scramble for votes, are using
smear tactics to destroy their opponents' rep-
utations. This they do by twisting historical
The Tribune has had much experience
with these gutter tactics, and our reporters
have been instructed to take nothing at face
value. No matter who says it, "check, check,
check", are their instructions for this elec-
The politician spewing lies will soon be
shown up for what he is and his constituents
will see him as someone whose word cannot
be trusted a puny emperor, stripped of
his fancy clothes.
In this column yesterday we quoted from
Hansard to show that contrary to what Works
Minister Bradley Roberts had written in a
letter to The Tribune, former prime minister
Hubert Ingraham had not "forced" the late
Sir Lynden Pindling to resign from politics. In
fact, it was Mr Roberts' own party leader,
now Prime Minister Perry Christie, who had
encouraged Sir Lynden to take early retire-
We have no doubt that Mr Ingraham was
happy to see Sir Lynden go, but, in fact, it was
Mr Christie who had more of a vested inter-
est in his departure.
As Mr Christie quite candidly told the
House, Sir Lynden's early retirement "would
clear the way for the kind of leadership" that
he "would wish to exercise in the Progressive
Mr Roberts also claimed, in a speech in Mr
Ingraham's North Abaco constituency, that
Mr Ingraham was getting all kinds of financial
benefits as both a retired former prime min-
ister and an active MP, and that it was the
Ingraham cabinet that had given him those
"monstrous benefits." In other words the
prime minister's pension was decided, not
for Sir Lynden, but for Mr Ingraham.
In Mr Christie's statement to the House
in June, 1997 it was shown that a great deal of
consideration was given to make certain that
Sir Lynden and not Mr Ingraham was
Various models for retiring prime ministers
were studied Jamaica, Trinidad and Toba-
go and Barbados.
Mr Christie said that he "never had any
hesitation in supporting provisions for the
benefit of Sir Lynden that would enable him
to enjoy the twilight of his years with the
kind of comfort and dignity that I hope his-
tory or posterity would favour."
And, said Mr Christie, addressing House
Speaker Atalia Johnson:
"I suppose,.Madam Speaker, that it is also
fair for me to say, so that the full extent of my
involvement in this is understood.by all, that
in discussions with the Government on the
question of aides to Sir Lynden it was first
proposed consistent with the Jamaican
model that both aides would be a retired
police officer and a junior police officer. And
I believe it was 1 who thought that prime
ministers in those circumstances ought to
have at least the option of electing to have
one of the aides socially compatible with him-
self and/or his family in the sense that it
would be either by way of secretarial assis-
tance or administrative assistance but
something different to the arm's length rela-
tionship that a police officer would bring to
that particular package.
"The Jamaican model," said Mr Christie,
"also included gardeners, secretarial assis-
tants and maids, but those were not pursued.
The package was limited to what I see in the
Budget Sir Lynden Pindling's salary of
$86,000 per year; a gratuity of $86,000, which
then makes it equivalent to the manner in
which judges are dealt; a duty allowance of
$25,000 and provision in the amount of
$24,000 for what is listed as an aide. And
that is my understanding of the extent of the
Budgetary package, some of which, under-
standably, is not included in the legislation.
"In the case of prime ministers, as I aspire
to that office also," said Mr Christie, "let me
just say that I was somewhat disappointed
but understood that they had a provision in
this piece of legislation and it was not
going to deter me from supporting it that
made it very difficult for someone of my age,
once I became prime minister, to qualify
because it meant that I just could not do five
years as a prime minister but I had to run
for a second term and put in eight years.
"And in these circumstances it could be,
and it is easy for me to conclude, that a wise
Prime Minister (and I attribute the wisdom to
the MP for North Abaco) would obviously
have logically concluded that what he does for
the least of us will in the fullness of time
apply to himself.
"And so that is unfortunately the invidious
position that he finds himself in because there
are in fact only in this instance, post inde-
pendence, two prime ministers and there are
plenty of aspirants to that position...
"And in my supporting it, I'm supporting
what I feel I stand for. And if that means
that I'm supporting it because in four year's
time the MP for North Abaco will also have
the option to elect for this, then I have to
say, Madam Speaker, that he was doing so
because he was prime minister of the Com-
monwealth of the Bahamas for a period of
eight years or more ... Unapologetically, I
was an instrument in this process knowingly
and I believe when I do support the Bill I
will do so knowing that I am taking the right
course of action and I am doing the right
And so, Mr Roberts, contrary to what you
told the people of Abaco, it was not the
Ingraham cabinet that crafted this "deal",
Prime Minister Perry Christie "uhapologeti-
cally" admits that he too played a significant
role in the final decision.
The Tribune Limited
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EDITOR, The Tribune.
CERTAINLY this coming,
week shareholders of Abaco
Markets will be able to ask
the pertinent questions and
hopefully obtain clear
response from the Board of
Directors as to whether Aba-
co Markets are involved in the
BSL Holdings purchase of the
shares of Winn Dixie
Bahamas in Bahamas Super-
It is certainly disturbing that
seemingly there are no rules
and requirements in 2006,for
implicit transparency of inter-
ests of or in a competitive
business which could poten-
tially seriously injure the value
of the shares of either.
We have seen challenges to
the regulatory authority in the
media Securities Commis-
sion Board has been totally
silent and seemingly disinter-
ested we read a comment
from Craig Symonette which
certainly implicated that prob-
ably some of the major share-
holders of Abaco Markets are
active in BSL Holdings, but
From the other side of the
story Bahamas Supermarkets
have been as quiet as a church
mouse. As a regular customer
visiting their stores my wife
tells me trying to shop at one
store is today impossible. Ever
since Bruce Souder resigned
it seems the new manager,
whoever that is, is just not
interested in the customers.
You can't find your favourite
brand and no one knows when
and if it will ever be stocked
again. Why are basic goods
going up and up? Almost
every week the basics I buy
seemingly increase in price to
the extent that I'am shopping
around and finding the differ-
ences and will shop there
rather than where it is obvi-
ously more expansive.
One thing that City Meat
has is the stamp deal-- it is so
useful and really a cost-saver
as if you do as my wife does,
save for certain specific occa-
sions we can save a lot -
Sandys is so valuable to me
with our children.
I hope shareholders of Aba-
co Markets will attend their
upcoming General Meeting
and ask the embarrassing
questions let's see whether
the directors will be transpar-
ent? This fish-head stinks!
There should be stronger
July 16, 2006.
EDITOR, The Tribune.
Please publish this open letter for me to
Prime Minister Perry Christie.
Dear Mr Prime Minister:
FOR the last 15 years we've been beg-
ging and pleading with government offi-
cials to enforce the fisheries regulations in
the Abacos, specifically for foreigners.
Constantly, we witness foreigners breaking
the law everyday and nothing happens to
Occasionally, the local fisheries officers
will arrest a foreigner caught red handed,
confiscate the evidence and appear in
court only to have the culprit patted on
the hand and released to continue break-
ing the law.
On the other hand, when a Bahamian
fisherman is caught, everything is confis-
cated and a heavy fine imposed.
Finally, this year, we were promised by
the Ministry of Fisheries to have three
additional patrol boats in our area.
Tell me, what's the use of having these
additional boats when they aren't used to
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enforce the law equally for all people?
When this unfair practice is questioned,
the response is: The Ministry of Tourism
won't:allow enforcement of ,the, law,?for
foreigners. Well, shame on the Min'lStry
of Tourism too! Foreigners laugh and
ridicule this country at how ignorant we
are. Evidence of this is their constant dis-
respect for our fishery laws. Shame on this
government for making foreigners correct
and continuing to allow them to break our
Shame on our government officials for
destroying Bahainian fishermen's liveli-
hoods and an historical part of this lIti's
With a heavy heart, I have now coi;,
to the conclusion that the Bahamian gov-
ernment cares nothing about its country or
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FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006, PAGE 5.
BANK customers in the
Bahamas have been advised to
protect their PIN numbers at
all costs during the hectic sum-
mer shopping season.
In a bid to beat fraudsters, a
leading bank has issued a
checklist of safety tips with a
warning that PIN numbers
should not be revealed to any-
one even a spouse.
Last week, a bank customer
complained when $1,000 dis-
appeared from his account,
only to reveal later that he had
given his pin number to a girl-
Now Scotiabank's managing
director Ms Minna Israel has
told customers to protect their
PIN numbers just as they
would their money.
"Your banking cards are
convenient, safe ways to make
purchases and manage
finances," she said, "but there
are steps you should take to
protect your PIN, just as you
would protect your cash."
She said: "Many Bahamians
are very busy at this time of
the year, balancing vacations
with back-to-school shopping
plans. Rgerettably, fraudsters
may view this period as an
opportunity to take advantage
of the distractions."
Scotiabank's tips include:
Review your bank account
statements or bankbook on a
regular basis, and report dis-
Memorise PIN numbers,
don't write them down
Use hand or body to shield
others from observing your
PIN when using an ATM
Keep your bank card in a
safe place and never lend it to
When selecting a PIN
number, avoid the obvious like
birthdays and phone numbers
Never disclose your PIN
to anyone, including police,
financial institutions or a mer-
Only conduct ATM busi-
ness where you feel safe and
secure. If in doubt, go some-
After completing an ATM
transaction, take your card and
If your card is lost, stolen
or retained by an ATM, notify
the financial institution imme-
Report any security inci-
dent to the police and bank
Scotiabank's senior manag-
er, marketing and public rela-
tions, Mrs Debra Wood said:
accounts remain safe and
secure and it is important our
customers to understand that if
they are victims of banking
card fraud, they will get their
"We work in close co-oper-
ation with the police to inves-
tigate incidents of fraud and
criminals will be prosecuted to
the fullest extent of the law."
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Bahamian groups 'will
benefit from Baker's Bay'
* By MARK HUMES
HAVING survived its share of
controversy, The Baker's Bay
Golf and Ocean Club is poised to
firmly establish North Abaco on
the map, as it moves ahead with
the completion of the much talked
about residential and sailing com-
munity on the northern end of
Great Guana Cay.
With months of protracted
court battles behind them; Dr Liv-
ingston Marshall and Mr Geof-
frey Jones, Senior Vice President
of Environmental Affairs and
Director of Marketing at Baker's
Bay, sat down with The Tribune
last week to discuss some of the
benefits that the project is expect-
ed to bring to the residents of the
small island and its surroundings.
In its original application to the
Supreme Court, the Save Guana
Cay Association wrote that "the
development of Guana Cay will
not impact positively or signifi-
cantly upon the economy of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas
and the island of Abaco in par-
ticular as stated."
However, both Dr Marshall
and Mr Jones disagree saying:
"Bahamian groups will very much
be the beneficiary of what Baker's
"In our commercial centre, the
stores will all be Bahamian leased
and operated," said Dr Marshall.
"Additionally, there will be cus-
* DR LIVINGSTON
toms, police, and medical facili-
"Within the proposed marina
village, we are going to have a
hotel with 75 to 100 room. We
will have a beach club house with
restaurants, and an 18 hole golf
course with a club house. All of
these will provide work opportu-
nities for the local population."
Dr Marshall pointed out that
in the proposed outdoor pursuits
department, all activities from
fishing, conch diving, water craft
skiing, to bonefishing, scuba div-
ing, and offshore fishing will
To integrate the local commu-
nity into their efforts and to
ensure that residents will have
access, among other things, Dr
Marshall said that Baker's Bay
proposes to build a'five acre beach
park with restroom and shower
facilities, fire pits, permanent grill,
proper trash receptacles, and
shaded sitting areas.
He said that presently, Baker's
Bay's exercise and fitness instruc-
tors, massage therapists, and spa
personnel are all Bahamians.
These employees, along with the
outdoor pursuit employees, he
explained, are sent to any one of
the 14 Discovery Land Company
golf/residential properties in
North America, Mexico, or
Hawaii for training and re-training
in their respective areas.
"We want folks to know that, to
the extent practical and possible,
Baker's Bay is going to be open to
the general public," Dr Marshall
said. "What we are looking for is
a completely integrated island,
not something that is going to be
Dr Marshall, who for two years
was the science adviser in the
Office of the Prime Minister, is a
graduate of William and Mary's
School of Marine Science, and a
former professor of marine and
ecology based classes at the Uni-
versity of Maryland Eastern
Bahamasair explores aircraft options
* By KARAN MINNIS
Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMASAIR is currently exploring alterna-
tive aircraft options as it considers phasing out the
dash-8 model, managing director Henry Wood said.
In April 2005, Prime Minister Perry Christie
urged the national carrier to acquire smaller aircraft.
Explaining that by acquiring smaller aircraft,
Bahamasair would not only improve load factors,
but also reduce costs, Mr Christie said the move
would help the company develop a more competi-
"Right now we are just considering our options,"
Mr Woods told The Tribune yesterday. "We're
looking at several types of airplanes, but no decision
has been made on what types we will get or even if
this will be done at all."
The Tribune had received reports suggesting
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planes with 30-seater SAAB-340 aircraft.
Production of this model was halted in the late
Denying this, Mr Woods said Bahamisair is still
engaging in an "exploratory process".
"We have seen several different presentations,
with more to come," he said. "As I said earlier,
we've made no decisions. After we've seen all the
proposals, the board will have to make another
presentation and then some decisions will be made."
When asked what will happen to the Dash-8s,
Mr Woods said that if the decision is made to phase
them out, they will either be sold or traded.
Bahamasair has just sold a Boeing 737, "as its life
had expired," Mr Woods said.
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Atlanta, Georgia, and Morgan
State University in Baltimore,
With his background in the sci-
ences and the environment, Dr
Marshall said: "We are aware of
their major concerns, including
the environmental ones. Initially,
the fear of pesticides and fertiliz-
ers from the golf course on the
reef and the turtle nesting matter
were major issues, but we have
got very strong monitoring in
"A lot of those issues have
started to lose luster in terms of
the battle," continued Dr Mar-
shall, "because I think we have
allayed those fears in terms of our
environmental impact assess-
ments. We will be lining the bor-
der and greens and have lined
catchment basements. We will
process the water in a completely
integrated waste water treatment
plant, and the use of the seashore
paspalum, which is saline toler-
ant, will reduce the need for fer-
tilizers and pesticides.
"There will be no cesspit or
cesspools, and catchment base-
ments on the golf course will also
treat water and the treated water
will be reused on the golf course."
Additionally, Dr Marshall
pointed out: "We have developed
a one page protocol which out-
lines five or six basic things that
we want to do and things that we
don't want to do to ensure our
"Among other things, when we
have to drive,.we drive close to
the water's edge, on the hard com-
pact sand, where you will not typ-
ically find turtle nests," explained
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PhJ.c II 1 nc s cIiompletion
IDuiin, l .1 i.clInon\ i yesterday
on tlhc rounds, i the old Club
Mcd Sol KIiner chairman of
the I:'oi s.ll Jd Ith t hle is' cer-
tain th-i thild phal e \ill be lust
a.N Siuacssotul as phases I and II.
'I lh.i\ no dotlb thai it is
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a p.aionmanlic \\e ot the project.
IThe units \II be a\ailable to
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Cont ilulti ng Kerzner
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* Prime Minister Perry Christie speaks to some of the
workers at Atlantis yesterday
SAN aerial shot of the work at the third phase of Atlantis
U AN aerial shot of the work at the third phase of Atlantis
an and foreign construction
"We would like to also con-
gratulate all of you who are
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a part of the work force on
this site for what has been a
Mr Christie said.
PM hints at possible Atlantis Phase IV
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fourth phase of the Kerzner
organisation," Mr Christie said.
"So as we celebrate one
phase which is about to take
place in the coming months,
we are going to have a won-
derful 600-suite hotel.. .with
an intriguing name, (The
Cove At Atlantis)."
Sol Kerzner, chairman of
Kerzner Inle n.itlonal. staid
that the government has
played a significant role in the
realisation of the company's
most recent accomplishment.
"The good news is that we
seem on track to open and
complete phase III in March
of this upcoming year. I think
it speaks very well to every-
one involved in this country,"
Mr Kerzner said.
"It is going to be another
injection of new life in terms of
increasing the number of those
visiting the country and
improving employment oppor-
tunities and the economy of
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He pleaded not guilty to the -
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The matter was adjourned to
PRESIDENT Fidel Castro,,
departed the island at midday
Thursday to join leftist presi-
dents of South America's lead-
ing economies for a Mercosur
trade bloc summit, Cuban state : j
television reported, according ,
to Associated Press.
Castro was accompanied by
Foreign Minister Felipe Perez .,,
Roque and Vice President Car-
los Lage, official TV said.
The Cuban leader, who turns -,
80 on August 13, has made no .
public appearances on the en,
island in several weeks.
Castro is a close friend and 1
political ally of Venezuelan
President Hugo Chavez, whose L,,:
country will join Mercosur dur- ,
ing the meeting in the north- ,.-,
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Although no official i ;
announcement has been made, ,
Castro is expected to deliver a ,
key address in eastern Cuba
next week to mark the 53rd
anniversary of the launch of the ,-
The July 26 holiday cele-
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tro led on the Moncada mili- ,
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Montagu Ramp 'must be transformed'
Plan for new 'world-class' fish market
* By KAHMILE REID
THE Montagu Ramp should
be totally transformed and
"world-class fish house" should
be constructed further west.
Independent MP for St Mar-
grets Pierre Dupuch said on
Mr Dupuch, who is chairman
of the Montagu Ramp Com-
mittee, submitted a report to
parliament on what should be
done with the popular but con-
troversial fish market.
According to Mr Dupuch, a
new "first class area for fisher-
men" should be constructed
that is big enough to accommo-
date fishermen from both Mon-
tagu and Potters Cay and
should be built west of the new
Paradise Island bridge.
He recommended that the
facility have proper amenities.
including running water, waste
disposal units, tiled counters,
and be made available to both
fishermen and vendors.
The committee also recom-
mended that spaces be provided
where boats can dock and
This area, according to the
report, should be designed to
accommodate restaurants, sou-
venir shops, and entertainment.
It was suggested that the area
be beautified with winding
walkways and native trees and:
The report also suggests that
the present Montagu Ramp be
closed in terms of both the retail
and the wholesale of fish and
other products and that a two-
and-a-half foot wall, decorated
with manicured trees, be con-
structed from the Montagu traf-
fic light to the western end of
the Sailing Club property.
Motorists frequently com-
plain about the traffic log-jam
caused by the present ramp.
Mr Dupuch said the area
from the Montagu Dock to the
ramp should be paved and
properly marked with turning
and parking area".
was that trailers carrying jet skis
and boats used for fishing or
pleasure be made to enter the
area from the Montagu traffic
From there, fishermen and
boaters could launch their ves-
sels, then park their truck or
trailer, he said.
Mr Dupuch's committee also
recommended that an authority
be established to supervise and
manage the new area and that
some system of ownership be
created for the occupants.
Such a system would, he said,
allow a new group of Bahami-
ans to share the profits of a new
The report also recommend-
ed that a competition be organ-
ised among local architects for
the design of the new area.
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at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at
The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the month
in the Board Room of the British Colonial Hilton
Hotel, Bay St.
'I --- TUESDAY
* PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS & RESTAURANTS
10.10.2.20. @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at Club
Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been dubbed
10.10.2.20. Every tenth female patron is allowed
into the club absolutely free and is given a compli-
mentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tuesday nights also
include the Carlo Rossi's Hot Body Competition.
Hosted by Daddi Renzi and music provided by DJ
Ai from 100 Jamz. Master Chef Devito Bodie pro-
vides scrumptious appetizers.
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the pub-
lic of its meeting times and places: The Nassau
Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to
7pm/8:30pm to 9:30pm.
The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second Tuesday of each month at
their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323:4482 for more info.
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics Seagrapes
location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor approval
is required. Call 364.8423 to register for more info.
M CIVIC CLUBS
Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm @
C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room, Col-
lege Avenue off Moss Road Club Cousteau 7343
meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the Chickcharney
Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central Andros Club 7178
meets each Tuesday at 6pm at the Cancer Society
of the Bahamas, 3rd Terrace, Centreville.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega chap-
ter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @ the
Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau Resort, .
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first-Tues-
day, 6:30pm at the British Colonial Hilton. Please
call 502.4842/377.4589 for more info.
* THE ARTS
The National Art Gallery of the Bahamas (NAGB)
will host three Youth Summer Art Camps begin-
ning July 11. All camps are held at NAGB from
10am to 3pm, and will have an hour for lunch.
Camp One: Environmental Art
Four weeks Tuesday, July 11 Friday, August 4
Description: Students will participate in the devel-
opment of the NAGB's new Sculpture Garden
adjacent to the Gallery's grounds.
Facilitator: John Cox
Ages: 12 years and older
Camp Two: Film Making
Three weeks Tuesday July 11 to Friday, July 31
Description: This camp is an introduction to the
film making craft and allows students to experi-
ence writing, directing, shooting and editing. Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
Ages: 15 years and older 6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor
Camp Three: Textile Collage approval is required. Call 364.8423 to register or
Two Weeks Tuesday. July 11 to Friday, July 21 for more info.
Description: This camp will encompass basic tex-
tile collaging techniques such as fabric preparing,
cutting, pinning, and pressing.
Facilitator: Jan Elliott
Ages: 13 y ears and older
* Interested persons should contact the Gallery for
information 328.5800/1. Space is limited.
* PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS
Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters
every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free appeti
numerous drink specials.
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform
lic of its meeting times and places: New I
Community Centre: Wednesday 7pm tc
Nassau Group: Rosetta Street, Wednesd
to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.
* CIVIC CLUBS
The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated mee
every third Wednesday at the Bahamas I
TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesda
8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-We
way. TM Club 2437 meets the 2nd and 4
Wednesday of each month at C C Sweet
High:School, Oakes Field.
International Training in Communicatio
Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly meeting
1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month a
Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Colum
the second and fourth Wednesday of the
8pm @ St Augustine's Monestary.
The final three performances of 'You Can
Horse To Water' will take place, at the D
Thursday, July 20, Friday, July 21 and Sat
22 @ 8:30pm nightly. Box Office is at the
Monday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm. Te
number is: 393.3728. Check out more info
the play at www.ringplay.com
Free public health lectures featuring dis
physicians are held at Doctors Hospital
Thursday of the month at 6pm in the Do
pital Conference Room. Free screening
5pm & 6pm. For more information call
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform
lic of its meeting times and places: The 1
Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to
8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays
REACH Resources & Education for Autism and
related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm the sec-
ond Thursday of each month in the
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill
* CIVIC CLUBS
Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, second
3H and third Thursday at the Ministry of Health &
Environment building on Meeting Street com-
mencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is welcome to
The Bahamian Sexuality Project: All lesbian, gay,
Sports Bar bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Bahamians are
izers aid invited to share their experiences and be compensat-
ed for their time. A special Movie Night will be held
Thursday, July 20 @ 7pm. Interested persons can call
455.7242, 380.1696 or 535.4701, or send an e-mail to
m the pub-
Providence TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
o 8pm. The Clubs Breezes.
International Association of Administrative Pro-
fessionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third
Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Breezes,
Cable Beach, 6pm.
ts 6:30pm The recently established National Insurance Baord
National Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets every fourth
Thursday in the month, in the National Insurance
Board's (NIB) training room, Wulf Road office
y, 6pm- complex, at 6pm. All retirees are welcome.
ing Senior i FRIDAY
nn,.Essence N PARTIES, NIGHTCLUBS & RESTAURANTS
s on the
tDoctor's Cafe Europa on Charlotte Street North, kicks off
every Friday night with Happy Hour... special
drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and Nas-
sau's first European Night Restaurant Open Fri-
ibus meets day night till Saturday morning 5am, serving hot
month, food/and take out music, drinks and an English
breakfast. Cafe Europa...the perfect place to spend
your night out till the morning.
Junkanoo Summer Festival: Street Party at Woodes
Rodgers Wharf Friday, July 21. This weekend,
Junkanoo group The Original Congos will s how us
n Lead A life as a Tarawa Indian. At 3pm, there will be a spe-
undas, cial show by the world famous Royal Bahamas
:urday, July Police Force Marching Band. There will also be
Dundas native shows, Goombay dancers and rake n' scrape.
lephone The featured performer this week will be Raphael
irmation on Munnings.
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the pub-
tinguished lic of its meeting times and places: The Nassau
every third Group, Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to 7pm &
,ctors Hos- 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart Church Fridays
s between @ 6pm to 7pm ..........
302-4603. New Providence Community Centre: Fridays @
7pm to 8pm.
n the pub-
Nassau 0 CIVIC CLUBS
- 7:30pm TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas Bap-
tist Community College Rm A19; Jean St.
Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second Fri-
day of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Centre at
St Augustine's Monestary. For more info call
325.1947 after 4pm.
S SATURDAY '"
M THE ARTS
Junkanoo Summer Festival Box Cart Derby will
be held on Marcus Bethel Way every Saturday
between June 9 and July 29, from 2 to 6pm.
Junkanoo Summer Festival Music & Heritage Cel- _,
ebration at Arawak Cay July 22 This week, two
islands will be on display under the Family Island
Pavilion. Calling all Long Islanders and Inaguans,
come support the history and culture of your islands.'
Saturday's Junkanoo rush-out will showcase the All
Stars, presenting a wonderful blend of several Indian
tribes. The entertainment this Saturday will be Avy,,
Funky D, Ira and Geno D, all backed by Tingum
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the pub-
lic of its meeting times and places: The Nassau
Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings 10am
Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and December)
@ the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close, Shirley
Doctors Hospital CPR and First Aid classes are
offered every third Saturday of the month from
9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital Community
Training Representative at 302.4732 for more
information and learn to save a life today.
* CIVIC CLUBS
JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling are
pleased to offer a cycling clinic for juniors between.
10 and 17. The free clinic will be held every Satur- ."
day in an effort to encourage kids to cycle. Parents
interested in registering their children should con- ,
tact organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chess anyone? Saturday 23 ALL DAY the Col-
lege of the Bahamas' Chess Club will be "under the
tree" at COB, playing chess all day and encouraging'
the youth to learn as well. The event will be directly
in front of COB's Chapter One Bookstore.
/-I SUNDAY IM
.Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street, fea-
tures special entertainment Gernie, Tabitha and
the Caribbean Express every Sunday from
6:30pm to 9:30pm.
Junkanoo Summer Festival Royal Poinciana Tea
Party at Government House and Olde Towne Jazz
at Sandyport at 3pm at Government House. Paul -
Hanna will provide soothing jazz music for high tea.
This is a charity event. Tickets are available through
Ticket Xpress at the Galleria Cifemas at 356.SEAT.
Junkanoo Summer Festival Olde Towne Jazz at
Sandyport at 4pm. Evening jazz at Sandyport will
feature Neil Symonette Quartet and the fiery Bodine
Johnson performing Spoken Word
* CIVIC CLUBS
The Bahamian Sexuality Project: All lesbian, gay,
bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Bahamians are
invited to share their experiences and be compensat-
ed for their time. A groups session will be held Sun-
day, July 23 @ 4:30pm. Interested persons can call
455.7242, 380.1696 or 535.4701, or send an e-mail to
Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the pub-
lic of its meeting times and places: The Nassau
Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm I
8;30pm to 9:30pm.
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* THE west end of New Providence is getting
a much needed sea wall as we near the middle
of the hurricane season
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israel out of order
in Lebanon attacks
YOUNG MAN'S VIEW
AD R IA N GI B S O N
THE inequitable international policies of our neighbours to
the North the US are becoming more transparent as Israel is
allowed to unabatedly persist with its decimation of Lebanon
under the pretext of self-defence.
Since 1947, when the establishment of official borders gave
Israel 56 per cent of Palestine, bloodshed has gripped the Mid-
dle East, and Israel has annexed further territories where it
today holds nearly 80 per cent of these disputed territories a
direct contravention of the 1947 UN Resolution.
On June 25, 2006, the capture of an Israeli soldier at a Gaza
checkpoint by the militant wing of Hamas began the initial
Israeli attacks in Gaza. Then, on July 12, in a cross-border
raid on the Lebanon-Israeli border, eight Israeli soldiers were
killed and two more were abducted by Hezbollah militants.
Israel responded to both incidents with brute, disproportionate
force that has led to massive loss of property and civilian lives.
In the case of Palestine, Hamas was democratically elected,
yet in Israeli retaliations, it targeted these elected representa-
tives. In a democratic nation, is it right for another country to
bomb the government offices and ministries of democratically-
While Israel claims it is fighting to gain the release of its sol-
diers. hypocrisy reigns supreme as it has abducted elected
Palestinian MPs and Cabinet ministers with little international
pressure to release them. And it appears Uncle Sam simply con-
dones such acts!
Democracies do not subjugate people. The US that claims to
lobby for democracy refused to accept the will of the Palestin-
ian people, so the same US that now claims to seek democracy
in Iraq, disassociated from the new Palestinian government, less-
ened aid and joined Israel in freezing accounts.
Since Israel began bombing Lebanon more than a week
ago, in reprisal for Hezbollah's attacks, more than 500,000 per-
sons have been displaced; over 300 Lebanese and close to 50
Israelis killed, with countless others injured and infrastructur-
al damage has set Lebanon back another 50 years.
When Israel bombs and practically destroys a sovereign
country because within it lives a group of militants, condem-
nation should have immediately followed. The US has again
failed to do so.
Last week, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo
Sodano, said that the Holy See condemned "both the terrorist
attacks on the one side and the military reprisals on the other",
stating that Isreal's right to self-defence "does not exempt it
from respecting the norms of international law, especially as
.regards the protection of civilian populations".
SMr Sodano added: "In particular, the (Pope) deplores the
attack on Lebanon, a free and sovereign nation".
Further, the US Catholic Council have argued that "the
targeting of civilian infrastructure, which afflicts ordinary citi-
zens long after hostilities have ceased, can amount to making
war on non-combatants rather than against opposing armies."
Indeed these arguments are correct. The current actions of
Israel are in direct violation of international laws. I agree, the
actions of Hezbollah were barbaric, rogue and provocative,
but why should an entire country suffer?
Israel's military operation has not been surgical. In fact, it
appears that Israel is not just targeting Hezbollah, but also
Lebanon's official military (200 dead).and its basic civilian_
infrastructure..Bridges, ports, roads, oil and gas outlets; power
stations and even Beirut airport have all been targeted.
Hezbollah is not the government of Lebanon nor is it sup-
ported by the majority of the Lebanese people. If America is to
be the superpower it says it is, it should be even-handed and
intercede even when its "allies" are brutalising another country,
particularly one that played no role in the events that led to
these hostilities. `
If the US is to establish itself in the Middle East, it must step
in to spare the remnants of a burgeoning democracy, which also
happens to be the home of the largest Middle Eastern Christ-
I am aware that the US-Israeli relationship is reinforced by
domestic political considerations, particularly as the Jews, like
the Cubans in Florida, compose a powerful political lobby in
However, should pandering to political blocs be grounds for
ole Uncle Sam to just sit by like a Cheshire cat and watch? What
if a few Mexican hooligans/drug dealers launched missiles into
US territory, would it result in an attack on Mexico, its army and
its infrastructure and cause all of Mexico to suffer?
Market Street & liminiAve
PO. Box Gi 2305
San Sa1Va,:hoi Oahramnas
olnmmnfmtaltt Jfun ral ^Btme
,' Independence Drive Phone: 341-4055
of Sands Bank Abaco,
and formerly of Port-De-
Paix Haiti will be held on
Sunday July 23rd, 2006
1:00 p.m. at The Seventh
Day Adventist Church
Marsh Harbour Abaco.
Pastor Leonardo D.
Rahming will officiate and interment will follow in the
Public Cemetery Marsh Harbour Abaco.
Cherished memory are held by, her husband: Dilion
Vilsaint; 3 sons, Rodney, Rodnel and Ronald Vilsaint; 3
daughters, Junie Geffrard, Shirley Jean Baptiste and
Dulcie Vilsaint; her father, Contave Geffrard; 1 adopted
daughter, Rose Vilsaint; 2 grand-sons, Rashadson and
Wilkinson Jean Baptiste; 2 sisters, Losianne and Erna
Geffrard; 2 aunts, Leon and Eleina Geffrard; 1 son-in-
law, Watson Jean Baptiste; 3- brothers-in-law, Poidel,
Senoyid and Liney Joseph; 3 sisters-in-law, Examene,
Erese and Elide Joseph; numerous cousins, Janet,
Foufonne, Jislenne, Judith, Enoch, Obed millanne, Claudia,
Linda, David Macsene and Jean-Claude Geffrard,
Aldieqdo, Lito and Merida PetitePhar, Christine and
Ermanse Fiaicois, Mersi, Shirley,, Cleoniece, Shirlene,
Yolene, Jerry,; Junie,; Smith, Nancy, Edgar, Willene,
Stephanie, Daddie,. Jason Robinson, Lisa, Elvina and
Elina Geffrard a host of other relatives and friends include,
Archille and Clomeme Jonasairit Norcius Gapelus and
family, Fatra Elme and family, Mercelia Anestin and
family, Adame Arnelle and family, Emantide and family,
The Salme and Marsh Harbour Seventh Day Adventist
Church family, Adelrose Brutus and family, Edridge
Durena and family, the community of Sands Bank Abaco
and other too numerous to mention.
Relatives and friends may view the remains at THE
CHAPEL OF MEMORIES COMMONWEALTH
FUNERAL HOME INDEPENDENCE DRIVE on
Saturday from 10:30-2:00 p.m. and at the church in Marsh
Harbour on Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to service time on
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I .. >:..- ,,People W3o'C.re
a resident of Soldier Road died on July 15th,
2006 at the Princess Margaret Hospital.
of Green Castle,
Eleuthera and formerly of
ILaiti will be held on
Saturday, July, 22nd,
2006, 1pm at New
Haitian Mission Baptist
Church, Palm Beach Street. Officiating will be
Rev. Dr. Cherelus Exante. Interment will follow
in the Southern Cemetery, Cowpen and
He is survived by his mother, Elianise and
Dorima Geffrard; three children, Jessica, Brittany
and Micheal Geffrard; six sisters, Antoinette,
Saintalia, Norila, Eleuia, Lorisenx and Marider;
six brothers, Jeserle, Wapredieu, Wisley, Elisma,
Delima and Evidieu; one brother-in-law, Acman
,Silo; six nieces, Nselneg, Anite, Merelienae,
Monlgue, Fpleana and Lowin; one grandniece,
Kenita; six nephews, Ewod, Acnel, Fednele,
Jackson, Rotnel and Doren; one grandnephew,
Jalam; two aunts, Clemas and Vigenie; one
uncle, Jeworme; other relatives and friends,
Elga, Eman, Venonique, Anole Loucius,
Mirosebell, Micheling, Achile, Mideline,
Samson, Tisaony, Vi Lor, Domi Salilpar,
Estemae, Son Son, Anotin, Nixon, Dr. Henry,
Barbara Jordan, Margie, Fendley Geoffery,
Freeman, (Boss) Monique, Gloria Ambrosine
McSweeney, Annie Ferguson, Yvonne
McKenzie, Lorena, Basel Sweeting, Erma
McPhee, Edris Moncur, Olivia Symonette,
Allourie Cooper, Gary, Young, Carl Nixon, John
Mackey, Fabien Whyllie, Dr. Sidney Smith,
Patrice Maynard, Nurse Angie Thompson.
Relatives and friends may pay their last respects
at Riverside Funeral Chapel, Market Street and
Bimini Avenue on Friday from 12-6pm and at
the church on Saturday from ll:30am until
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PAE1,FIDY JUY1 200 TH TRIUN
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Zi r College of The BahamasMa
Cottman has completed his stint at the hospital in
Nassau. In this episode he has gone to Pompey
Bay on Acklins to tend to the sick. While there, he
meets Luther Bain, formerly Captain of the Cheer-
ful, whose little girl is ill.
The child was a bright, attractive five-year-
old. When I asked where she hurt she
rubbed her hand across her jaws and around the
back of her neck. "All right," I said. "Let's have a
look. Open your mouth wide."
She tried. I could see the strain of her effort and
the pain it caused. Yet her teeth parted by no more
than half an inch. "You can't
open your mouth any wider
She moved her head slowly
and tears came in her eyes.
I suspected tetanus innmedi-
ately; but that was no diagno-
sis to be made lightly. Because
I had no serum, I asked if she
had cut her foot or had a
wound of any kind lately, and
Captain Bain told me ,hat c/
about two weeks before she'd
got a jigger in her foot which Q
he'd had to cut out with his
So there was no longer any
doubt....I called Captain Bain
outside and explained to him.
The only chance of saving his
daughter's life was to get her to
the hospital in Nassau, and
His face had a stricken look.
"Doctuh, I don't have the
Cheerful no more. Even if I.
did, you know she ain' fast."
I knew. But there was a wire-
less station at Long Cay. A
radio message from there to
Nassau would bring a plane.
"Can you get to Long Cay?" I
"I get there. You write me a
letter what to say."
Captain Bain put the note in
his pocket and I walked down
to the bay with him. His boat
was nothing but a dinghy with
a sail. Ahead of him lay a
forty-mile journey across open
sea and already-it was almost --
dark now-storm clouds were -
piling up in the south. Thunder
had begun to rumble. No man
should be asked to start out in
that boat in the teeth of a coi i
WRITTEN BY EVAN COTTMAN
LINE DRAWINGS BY GuY FLEMING
ing storm. Yet a hundred yards away his daughter
lay dying, and her only hope was that someone
take a message to the radio station on Long Cay.
"Captain," I said, "it might be best if you waited
until that storm passes."
He looked toward it, and at me. "You say we got
to get da message sent soon."
"Yes." I tried to explain to him: those things fol-
lowed no set course; a delay of a few hours might
be fatal....There was no way to know.
"But tonight could make de difference?"
"Possibly, I don't know."
"Help me get de boat in de water ,Doctuh."
I helped him. He climbed aboard and raised the
sail. He did not look back.
I returned to the house where we could hear the
storm coming. There was the steadily increasing
rumble of thunder, the quiver of sheet lightning, the
wind coming in gusts and pausing again. Darkness
came. And shortly after that the storm struck. The
lightning was no longer in sheets. It ripped the
sky, the thunder crashing in the same instant. Rain
came in a deluge. It made a thunder of its own
and mingled with it was the howl of the wind. I did
not believe that any boat the size of Luther Bain's
dinghy could survive in such a storm. On the oth-
er hand, I knew how he had handled the Cheerful
in the terrible waters of the Crooked Island Pas-
Sometime after midnight the storm passed. The
morning was clear and we waited, hoping, for a
plane. Neighbours had come in to help Mrs Bain.
Others stood in the yard watching the sky. And the ,
day passed and there was no plane.
Next morning, when there was still no plane,
one of the neighbours volunteered to take his boat,
and go to Long Cay. But as I wrote out a second
note there were cries from the shore. Captain
Bain's dinghy was coming in sight.
A half hour later he was on shore. He had fought
the storm, fought the headwinds that followed it,
survived somehow, and had reached Long Cay
about noon. He had delivered my message to the
commissioner who had sent it immediately to the
C.M.O in Nassau. The plane should have been
here by now.
But it wasn't. And all day we waited, watching the:
sky, and no plane. Something had gone
wrong....the child was growing steadily worse. Her
fever was increasing, the pain increasing. I did
what I could to relieve the
pain, but that was all I could.'
do. Never in my life have I
felt so futile as I did sitting-
beside that little girl's bed,
knowing what needed to be'
done, and helpless to do it.
Next morning there was
still no plane....
Later that afternoon,,
Cottman took the mail boat
to the commissioner's home',
in Long Cay where he.
explained that there had
been a problem transmitting
the message. However, a
plane was eventually dis-
patched and the child was
taken to Nassau.
I thanked him and
radioed the hospital. The
child was there and the doc-
tors were fighting a nip-and-
tuck battle to save her life.
At that moment it looked
like a losing fight.
But the story has a happy
ending. [After] several
days... the child had begun
and Friday until
-------- 1998 Gayle Cottman
Excerpt prepared by,
and Gordon Mills of
SThe College of The
PAGE 10, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006
FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006, PAGE 11
Mother of victim gives
testimony in murder trial
FROM page one
visited her a.t Rand Memorial
Hospital and brought her some
She told the court that she
was airlifted to New Providence
to have surgery on July 12. She
testified that she received a
phone call from her son on July
13. Mrs Scott was instructed not
to say what Jamaal had told her
at that time. However, she told
the court, she did nothing as, a
result of what she was told dur-
ing that conversation with her
When asked by prosecutor
Cheryl Grant-Bethel if she had
seen her son after July 13, Mrs
Scott tearfully replied, "Nev-
er". Mrs Scott sobbed for a few
moments, but indicated that she
was able to continue with her
She said she returned to
Freeport on September 1, 2003.
However, when Mrs Scott start-
ed to sob again, Justice Anita
Al"en ordered a 10 minute
adjournment for her to regain
'After the adjournment, Mrs
Scott testified that because she
did not see her son and did not
know where he was, she sent
friends out to look for him. She
reported him missing and put
up flyers when his birthday on
May 7, 2003 passed and he still
had not returned home. She
said that after finding a busi-
ness card for Cordell Farring-
ton in her home she was able
to 'contact his sister who gave
her certain information. Mrs
Scott said that she told Farring-
ton's sister to inform Cordell
thit she wanted to see him. She
told the court that Farrington
came to her home sometime
after that, which was in August,
iMrs Scott said that Farring-
ton told her that he had got the
message that she had left with
hi sister and came to see if she
wanted'him to "scold" Jamial.
She said that she asked him
what he would scold Jamaal for
and questioned him as to the
whereabouts of her son. Mrs
Scott told the court that Far-
rington said he thought that
Jamaal had come from his sister
(her daughter) in Nassau. She
told the court that she ques-
tioned Cordell as to what he
would have had to scold Jamaal
for. She told the court that she
told Farrington that the last
time she had seen her son was
when he came with him to the
hospital to bring her fruit. Mrs
Scott said that Farrington men-
tioned the names of two gen-
tlemen who he had questioned
about Jamaal's whereabouts.
Mrs Scott told the court that
she had asked Farrington if
Jamaal had left Grand Bahama
and Farrington had said no. Mrs
Scott said Farrington told her
that he was living at Sea Horse
Village with his girlfriend and
baby. She said she had replied
that she only wanted to know
where her baby Jamaal was. It
was then, she said, that Far-
rington promised her that he
would find Jamaal and bring
him home. Mrs Scott tearfully
told the court that she gave Far-
rington some flyers to distrib-
ute and Farrington promised
her that he would distribute
them. She said she never saw
Cordell Farrington again. How-
ever, she said, on October 18,
2003 she went unsuccessfully
looking for him at his work-
place, Kelly's Lumber Yard in
Mrs Scott told the court that
on Sunday, October 26, 2003
she received information from
the police about her son. As a
result of this she said she went
to Rand Memorial Hospital
where she gave blood.
Prosecutor Cheryl Grant-
Bethel asked Mrs Scott if she
had yet had a funeral for her
son. An emotional Mrs Scott
replied that she had not as yet
received her son's remain.
"I'can't sleep at nights. Four
years, exactly four years," she
During cross-examination by
lawyer Romona Farquharson,
Mrs Scott admitted that in Feb-
ruary 2002 her son was admit-
ted to Sandilands Rehabilita-
tion Centre and attended the
Centre for six months, but
sharply denied that it was for
any mental issues. She told the
court that she visited Jamaal
there once, but never met
Cordell there. During ques-
tioning by Ms Farquharson, she
denied that she knew that
Cordell and Jamaal were close,
but acknowledged that they
sold art and craft together.
After the question was put to
her by Ms Farquharson, she
admitted that she had had argu-
ments with Jamaal when he
would go off with Cordell and
not return for days.
Ms Farquharson suggested
to Mrs Scott that when Cordell
came to her home in August
2003, he stayed for a very short
time and that he only told her
that he had not seen Jamaal and
would look for him. Mrs Scott
denied that this was so. It was
then that she was shown a
police statement, which she
told the court she had given the
police at her home on October
31, 2003. Mrs Scott said that
although she did not see it in
the statement, Farrington had
told her more when he came to
see her in August of 2003.
The questioned was then
posed by the jury as to why she
had waited for 10 months to
report her son missing. Mrs
Scott gave no direct answer, but
said simply that when Jamaal
did not show up after his twen-
ty-second birthday, she report-
ed him missing.
Farrington showed no emo-
tion as he sat in the prisoner's
The trial will continue
Police yet to give statement
FROM page one
and Club Legend, was reported missing by a close relative shortly
before lam on Sunday.
He was last seen on Saturday sometime around 1.34pm driving his
Police are awaiting positive identification by next of kin, and an
autopsy report to determine the cause of death.
Fisherman 'black market'
FROM page one
foreigners profit from the eight
months of fishing season are tak-
en back to their real family
abroad," he said.
Mr Miller said he believes that
for these reasons, the situation is
affecting the social and economic
life of the Bahamas.
"What people do not under-
stand is that this mass influx of
6ther cultures for money making
impacts us socially and
economically, and destroys the
sea-beds of our Bahamas," he
Mr Miller assured Bahamians
that his ministry, with the min-
istries of Immigration and For-
eign Affairs, plans to address this
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Most of the damage was done in the storage room at the back of
the.pre-school. According to Mr Deleveaux, "water and smoke
damage also resulted from the fire but the main clinic and school was
not really affected."
Damage to the clinic and pre-school was insignificant as only
water and smoke damage was reported. The roof of the library
was also damaged and books were destroyed.
- Deputy Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt, who is MP for St Cecilia,
described the damage as "insignificant."
"Luckily it was confined," she said.
"None of the other nearby houses were affected, and the school
suffered very little damage.
S"Overall it could have been worse thank God it wasn't."
"Only the building in the back was destroyed and although the
pre-school is still intact it will need a little work, but school can still
SAdditionally, she said, "we will have to do some work on the roof
and they will have to tear down the building in the back, but all that
will be done before school opens."
' ASP Deleveaux said the fire was easily controlled once all the
trucks arrived. According to him, it took about 10 minutes to con-
trol the fire but 45 minutes to completely staunch the fire because
they had to search for hidden fires in the roof and in the boxing
areas. "That took us a while," he admitted.
-After initial investigations fire officials believe the fire started
Because of an electrical shortage. However, that has not been con-
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to Build a Better Lif
C- concerns have been
raised that two Bar-
tunities in the Bahamas could be
disguising their equity interests
'as loans, in a bid to circumvent
the Government approvals
process. This has been denied by
sources close to one of the trans-
SBarbados Shipping & Trading
Sis being lined up as the new man-
- agement/operating partner for
Bahamas Supermarkets by BSL
Holdings, the investor group that
is expecting to close the acquisi-
tion of Winn-Dixie's 78 per cent
majority stake in the supermarket
group within the-next few weeks.
BSL Holdings has been seeking
to complete the financing for its
$54 million deal through a pri-
vate placement memorandum
issued to select institutional
The document shows that Bar-
bados Shipping & Trading has
-agreed to invest $10 million in
the deal via an unsecured loan,
rather than take an equity posi-
tion as initially planned.
The Barbados company has the
right to convert its $10 million
loan into common shares or equi-
ty at any time over the next three
years, although sources close to
the BSL Holdings deal said it
would only do this after obtaining
the necessary government
Without that approval, Barba-
dos Shipping & Trading will be
unable to convert its loan into
All business transactions,
including mergers and acquisi-
tions, where a foreign company
is involved as an.equity partner
require the approval of the
National Economic Council
(NEC), which is really the Cabi-
However, several business
sources have suggested that the
unsecured loan being made by
Barbados Shipping & Trading
was a 'back door route' to obtain-
ing an equity.position in the
Bahamas Supermarkets transac-
"What we are very concerned
with," said a Bahamian business-
man who wished to remain
anonymous, "is that these mas-
sive conglomerates, backed by
Worries over Barbados Shipping & Trading's 'back door'
route into Bahamas Supermarkets deal dismissed; issue
likely to create debate over National Investment policy
their oil and natural gas wealth;
are attempting to gain an unfair
footholds in the Bahamas.
"Either the Government of the
Bahamas is giving them investor
status unbeknownst to the
Bahamian people, or people are
appearing to circumvent the spir-
it and nature of the investor pol-
icy of the Bahamas."
These claims were vigorously
denied last night by Fidelity Mer-
chant Bank & Trust, the
Bahamas-based merchant bank
that acts as corporate adviser to
and put together the BSL Hold-
ings buyout group, one that it said
was 100 per cent Bahamian-
Michael Anderson, president
of Fidelity Capital Markets, told
The Tribune: "BSL Holdings Ltd
never intended to, nor will it,
issue ordinary shares to Barba-
dos Shipping & Trading, as a for-
eign entity, without the necessary
The Tribune understands that
foreign exchange control
approvals for the Bahamas Super-
markets transaction have already
been sought from the Central
Bank of the Bahamas.
Concerns over the involvement
of large Barbadian companies
have heightened after The Tri-
bune revealed last week that
Banks (Barbados) Breweries is a
key player in the group put
together by Walter Wells, senior
vice-president for commercial and
mortgage lending at Common-
wealth Bank, that is leading the
race to acquire Caribbean Bot-
tling Company (Bahamas), the
company that holds the franchise
for and manufactures Coca-Cola
products in this nation.
Although this deal is separate
from the Bahamas Supermarkets
transaction and does not involve
Fidelity Merchant Bank & Trust,
it is likely that suspiciOs among
some sections of the Bahamian
business community have been
heightened by the fact that Bar-
bados Shipping & Trading holds a
28.8 per cent stake in Banks (Bar-
Some have suggested that
Banks's involvement will take the
same form as Barbados Shipping
& Trading's with BSL Holdings,
namely an unsecured loan, the
ability to convert this into equity
and Board seats. It is understood
that several Bahamian-owned
groups have also looked at
The whole issue of the Barba-
dos companies' potential involve-
ment in the Bahamian economy
speaks to the wider issue of this
nation's so-called National Invest-
The Tribune revealed previ-
ously that Barbados Shipping &
Trading, in which Trinidadian
conglomerate Neal & Massy
holds a 20 per cent stake, was
dropped as an equity partner in
BSL Holdings' bid during the
New York auction that Winn-
Dixie held for its 78 per cent
Bahamas Supermarkets stake.
It was understood that Barba-
dos Shipping & Trading was
removed due to Winn-Dixie's
concerns that if it remained as an
equity partner, the Bahamas
Supermarkets sale could be held
up due to the need for Bahamian
government approval because of
SEE page 3B
Freeport is 'most difficult' location for investment
* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
FREEPORT has become "the most
difficult investment environment in the
Bahamas" because businesses have to
contend with three different regulators,
an attorney said, adding that "the time
has come" for the Grand Bahama Port
Authority to be held accountable as the
city's governmental entity.
Fred Smith, the Port Authority's out-
side counsel, said the organisation
remained the first layer of government
for Freeport, and investors also had to
deal with central and local government.
He said: "It can safely be said that
whereas Freeport used to.boast that it
was a 'One Stop Shop Investment Loca-
tion' (which Edward St George would
have said 'had the added benefit of being
the truth,), it has now become the most
difficult investment environment in the
Bahamas because we now suffer under
the bureaucracy and red tape of three
layers of different Government regula-
Mr Smith highlighted the often-con-
flicting roles and responsibilities of the
Port Authority, namely that it was
responsible for regulating businesses in
which its own shareholders held sub-
While the Port Authority had been
"stripped of most of its assets", he said it
remained a private company focused on
ensuring that its affiliates which now
hold these assets earn a profit.
SThese entities are the likes of the
Grand Bahama Development Company
(Devco), Freeport Harbour Company,
Grand Bahama Airport Company, and
the Air/Sea Business Centre.
Mr Smith said: "Today, the Grand
Bahama Port Authority's main asset is
essentially its regulatory jurisdiction. It
publicly states that it loses millions of
dollars a year in maintaining Freeport.
"Since the early 1990s, the sharehold-
ers have pursued a policy of severing
ownership of manj of the subsidiary Port
Group companies from the Port Author-
ity and.forming joint ventures with oth-
ers, involving the transfer of ownership
and management of those subsidiaries
such as at the Container Port, Freeport
Power, Harbour Company, the Airport,
Devco and Sanitation.
"This means that the private, profit
business parts of what was always within
the Grand Bahama Port Authority have
now been separated from the regulatory
"Thus, now more than ever, the pow-
ers, duties and responsibilities of the Port
Authority as government should be exer-
cised on a principled and arm's length
basis with all of the other Port Group,
subsidiaries or associated business enti-
Mr Smith said the Port Authority had
been a business-for-pr6fit and a govern-
ment at the same time, leading frequent
tensions between its business face and
its regulatory face,
"The Grand Bahama Port Authority,
like Dr Jeckyll and Mr Hyde,.is two
sometimes contradictory entities clothed
in the corporate structure of one. Tra-
ditionally, it has been a private, profit-
making business and, at the same time, it
has the public duties and responsibilities
SEE page 4B
drive firm's $1.8m loss
By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business Reporter
ABACO Markets reported a
total overall loss for its fiscal 2007
first quarter of $1.8 million,
despite seeing increased sales and
profits from its continuing opera-
The BISX-led retailer, which
believes it is close to returning to
profitability after a three-year
turnaround campaign and divest-
ment of non-performing busi-
nesses, said most of the $1.8 mil-
lion loss for the three months to
April 30, came from a $1.5 mil-
lion restructuring charge related
to the sale of various properties.
Meanwhile, Abaco Markets
said net profits from continuing
operations rose byn 28.7 per cent
to $112,000 from $81,000 the year
: before, the 2006 first quarter also
Shaving been boosted by $500,000
* in insurance settlement proceeds
that were not there this time
Operating profit on continuing
operations, the company's Nas-
sau and Freeport stores, rose to
$496,000 from $39,000 the year
before. Sales from continuing
operations were up 15 per cent
or $2.3 million over last year's
$15.5 million, standing at $17.8
Abaco Markets said its contin-
uing operations saw a slight
increase in margins, while expens-
es as a percentage of sales fell to
29 per cent from 31 per cent.
Debt fell by $720,000, with inter-
est vcosts declining from $450,000
Abaco Markets said its Board
of Directors had approved the
divestments of its Abaco and
Turks & Caicos operations, which
had thwarted the group's progress
through operational challenges,
and contributed significantly to
its margin erosion through exces-
sive shrink and loss and damage.
Company president Gavin
Watchorn said: ""Our first quar-
ter results show much improved
performance in our continuing
operations over the same period
last year. We are seeing the posi-
tive trends of the fourth quarter
continue through our first quar-
ter, reflecting sustained progress."
Abaco Markets reported that
same store sales growth was
achieved in all of its continuing
operations as well as in the
group's Domino's Pizza franchise.
Mr Watchorn added: "Our
Freeport market is rebounding
well, while sales in all of our con-
tinuing operations are increasing
due to refined product mixes and
a more consistent availability.
"In addition, margins have
improved slightly despite the ever
increasing competitive market.
While expenses increased by
$300,000, a significant portion of
which is related to increases in
utility costs, they actually reduced
as a percentage of sales from 31
per cent to 29 per cent.
"Debt has been further
reduced by another $720,000 for
the quarter with interest costs
down by $70,000 for the quarter
compared to the same period last
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Advisers key to IPO
IF you have an established
limited company and are in a
position to raise substantial
equity finance, then an initial
public offering (IPO) may be
an option for you to consider.
An IPO is when you sell
equity in your company in the
form of common stock, gener-
ally through an investment
banking firm, with the shares
trading on a recognized stock
An IPO is usually only
appropriate for established
companies that are able to
demonstrate significant future
growth potential of 20 per cent
per year, with a substantial val-
uation. In the US, this valua-
tion is likely to be $100 million
An IPO could be good for
you if you need to raise $5 mil-
lion, or more, and you haven't
got time to go to a lot of angel
Also, an IPO is useful if you
are hungry to do deals, and
you need equity to finance
those deals and don't want to
borrow funds that you have to
eventually pay back to
An IPO can be used for a
variety of reasons, from fund-
ing future expansion, invento-
ry and accounts receivables to
Research and Development.
There are some good rea-
sons for obtaining this type of
S* A big advantage of going
public is that your company
will now have access to capital
markets and may be able to
raise further capital by issuing
You can offer stock
Options to entice the brightest
There is a certain amount
of prestige being a public com-
As an owner, you now
have a fairly liquid exit strate-
gy down the line in that you
can eventually sell your shares
on the stock market.
Most importantly, public
companies tend to be valued
more than private ones, so
going public can make you
rich. Whereas private compa-
nies are valued at a maximum
five times earnings, public
companies can be valued at
multiples of 10 and above,
depending upon what industry
you are in.
However, there are some
downsides to IPO investing:
IPOs are the most expen-
sive way to finance your busi-
ness, with fees and expenses
totaling up to 25 per cent of
the value of the offering.
IPOs will also cost a sig-
nificant amount of your equity,
with 25 per cent being the
Going public is very chal-
lenging, with few companies
succeeding where many fail. It
can take anything up,to six
months to complete a deal.
There are many spanners
that can get into the works,
sutfh: a' til'disclosed'legal"or
financial problems that coieii
out in the wash; falling out
over the investment banking
fees; not being able to agree
on a suitable valuation for the
company; liberal accounting
policies that overstate the prof-
its of the company; inability to
afford the fees to post a pre-
liminary prospectus; the
founders being unable to excite
others about the deal; the deal
taking too long; decline in
earnings due to senior man-
agement spending too much
time concentrating on the deal;
and not focusing on the busi-
ness, or simply the stockmarket
falling out of bed.
A final disadvantage will be
that you will not be able to sell
your shares till several years
after the IPO has been com-
pleted. You will need to lock in
your equity for at least two
years, as investment banks will
not underwrite a deal if you
are not tied to your company.
In order to succeed you will
need to do thefollowing:
Pick your investment bank
carefully. You will need to do
your research. Find a firm that
has done IPOS of similar size
and scope to the one you wish
Look at the type of deals
they have done. What is the
profitability of the companies
underwritten? Are the invest-
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enues did the underwritten
Once you have found the
right investment bank, you will
need to find a way to get an
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know the owners, all well and
However, most IPOs are dri-'
ven by complex financial con-
siderations, so most investment
banks will not consider a busi-
ness plan unless it has been
introduced to them by a large
firm of accountants or lawyers
that have a track record in han-
dling IPOs. : :
Choosing a good firm of
accountants and lawyers will
therefore be crucial to the suc-
cess of your IPO.
Then, when you meet your
investment bank, there are sev-
eral things you can do to
improve your chances of suc-
When you meet the under-
writer, you will be expected to
make a formal presentation.
So, be prepared. Be passion-
ate and visionary about what
you are trying to do. You
should be able to present with-
out looking at your PC or your
notes. This is effectively a sales
pitch, so get it right. Have your
answers ready. An underwriter
will rely on you to excite others
about your company's
You will need to demon-
strate that you can drive this
deal through, as IPOs are
incredibly difficult to complete
and many fall by the wayside.
Disclose any problems in -,
advance, such as legal prob-
lems and bankruptcies, as you
will be found out, and that will
almost certainly scupper your
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over revenue loss
* By CARA BRENNEN
BAHAMASAIR is still
assessing how much revenue it
lost after it voluntarily grounded
its fleet in response to a request
from the Federal Aviation
Administration (FAA) for a
review of its planes on Wednes-
The decision to halt flights left
many passengers irate, particu-
larly after a number were strand-
ed in Florida with no prior
Henry Woods, Bahamasair's
managing director, yesterday
told The Tribune that despite
the fact it was a voluntary
grounding, the decision was
made too late to reroute pas-
The FAA had requested a 12-
month maintenance records
Mr Woods pointed out that
Bahamasair chose a weekday
when there was significantly less
passenger traffic, and conducted
a phased grounding of its planes
to reduce the inconvenience to
He added that the safety of
passengers was the company's
chief concern, and the grounding
was simply to ensure Bahama-
sair could complete the review
for the FAA as quickly as possi-
"We are considered a foreign
carrier to them, and so we want-
ed to reply as quickly as possi-
ble," Mr Woods said.
He explained that the ground-
ing was scheduled to last about
10 hours. Bahamasair's jets were
grounded between 9am and
5.30pm. One jet resumed service
on Wednesday, and the other
two began flying yesterday
morning, while the domestic
routes were grounded at 1.45pm
and resumed flights at 5.30pm
Mr Woods noted that the
company was unsure how much
money was lost during the pro-
"But you have to take into
account that we had to feed our
passengers and provide accom-
modations for them," he added.
As The Tribune went to press,
it was still receiving calls from
passengers who said they were
still stranded at the Miami Inter-
Barbados firms raise investment concerns
FROM page 1B
the foreign ownership compo-
Winn-Dixie is understood to
have been keen for a quick sale
because realising the $54 million:
sales price is a major step towards
it escaping Chapter 11 bankrupt-
cy protection in the US.
The whole episode is likely to
revive the debate on whether the
Bahamas should review its
National Investments Policy,
which reserves certain areas of
the economy, such as retail,
wholesale, distribution and man-
ufacturing, for 100 per cent
While the policy was initially
crafted to aid national develop-
ment, and intended to enable
Bahamian companies to become
mature enough-to compete, some
have suggested it ik now outdated
and needs to be reviewed.
Indeed, Fred Mitchell, minis-
ter of foreign affairs, has previ-
ously said the National Invest-
ment Policy is likely to come
under increasing pressure in the
era of free trade, as barriers
between.countries come down.
Others believe that the
Bahamas should welcome the
involvement of foreign compa-
nies in its economy, as they will
operate more efficiently and low-
er prices for consumers.
Rick Lowe, an official with the
Nassau Institute think-tank, said
yesterday: "If no Bahamians are
able to make it happen, that's the
way free trade works.
"We don't need government
red tape or more of it to make
free trade work. This proves trade
works without the CSME agree-
Apart from Barbados Shipping
& Trading's $10 million unse-
cured loan, the private placement
memorandum issued on behalf of
BSL Holdings said:
Barbados Shipping & Trad-
ing will officially hold two of the
five Board of Directors seats on
the BSL Holdings Board.
Barbados Shipping will enter
into a satisfactory management
agreement under which it will
assume day-to-day management
control of City Markets.
BSL Holdings' deal has come
in for criticism in the media that
has largely been generated by
rival bidder BK Foods, who lost
the New York auction after say-
ing they were unwilling to go
above their $50 million initial
offer. ,:- ... , ..
FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006, PAGE 3B
1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Nassau, Bahamas;
2. The Chambers of Miriam J. Curling & Co., Attorneys for
3. The Office of the District Administrator, Long Island,
DATED the 20th day of July, A. D., 2006.
MIRIAM J. CURLING & CO.
Norfolk House Annexe II.
Nassau. N. P., Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioners
The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following
HUMAN RESOURCES ASSISTANT
Serves as Human Resources Assistant/Techician 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 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 a.m. 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 28, 2006
COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS No. 1611/Cle/Qui/2004
IN THE SUPREME COURT
Common Law and Equity Division
IN THE MATTER OF All Those 4 pieces parcels or tracts of land
comprising 294.04 acres being part of 2 grants to George Gray
situate in the vicinity Northeast and Northwestwardly of the
All-age Public School in the Settlement of Gray's Long Island,
THE PETITION OF PAUL ANDREW WELLS of Tropical Gardens,
New Providence, AND DERAL BURTON WELLS of Gray's, Long
Island, The Bahamas, Trustees, in respect of: (1)_ALL'THAT piece
parcel or tract of land comprising 14.62 acres originally part of 500
acres granted to George Gray, deceased, and situate in the
Settlement of Gray's on Long Island in the Commonwealth of The
Bahamas bounded NORTHEASTWARDLY by Gray's Landing and
running thereon 1.830.22 feet SOUTHEASTWARDLY by other
portion of the 500 acres of land originally granted to the said George
Gray and running thereon 1,911.60 feet and NORTHWESTWARDLY
by the Sea and running thereon 773.96 feet which said piece parcel
or tract of land has such shapes boundaries marks and dimensions
as shown on Plan 242L1 on record in the Department of Lands
and Surveys in the City of Nassau on the Island of New Providence
in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas being designated as Parcel
"A" and thereon coloured Pink; (2)_ALL THAT piece parcel or tract
of land comprising 94.68 acres originally part of the said 500 acres
granted to George Gray, deceased, and situate in the Settlement
of Gray's on Long Island in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
bounded NORTHEASTWARDLY by other portion of the 500 acres
of land originally granted to George Gray and running thereon
4,398.26 feet NORTHWESTWARDLY by other portion of the 500
acres of land originally granted to George Gray and running thereon
513.68 feet EASTWARDLY by Queen's Highway and running
thereon 965.10 feet SOUTHWESTWARDLY by other portion of
the 500 acres of land originally granted to George Gray and running
thereon 1,382.07 feet SOUTHWESTWARDLY by Gray's Landing
Road and running thereon 3,602.28 feet and
NORTHWESTWARDLY by the Sea and running thereon 1,152.64
feet which said piece parcel or tract of land has such shapes
boundaries marks and dimensions as shown on Plan 242L1 on
record in the said Department of Lands and Surveys in the City of
Nassau being designated as Parcel "B" and thereon coloured Pink;
(3)_ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land comprising 94.68 acres
originally part of 500 acres granted to George Gray. deceased, and
situate in the Settlement of Gray's on Long Island in the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas bounded NORTHEASTWARDLY
by land originally granted to the Church of England and running
thereon 1,534.49 feet SOUTHEASTWARDLY by Boat Harbour
Drive and running thereon 2.668.77 feet SOUTHWESTWARDLY
by other portion of the 500 acres of land originally granted to George
Gray and running thereon 450.57 feet and WESTWARDLY by
Queen's Highway and running thereon 980.70 feet which said piece
parcel or tract of land has such shapes boundaries rfiarks and
dimensions as shown on Plan 242L1 on record in the aforesaid
Department of Lands and Surveys being designated as Parcel "C"
and thereon coloured Pink; and (4)_ALL THAT piece parcel or
tract of land comprising 117.28 acres originally part of 314 acres
granted to George Gray, deceased, and situate in the aforesaid
Settlement of Gray's on Long Island and bounded
NORTHEASTWARDLY by land originally granted to the Church of
England and running thereon 606.90 feet NORTHWESTWARDLY
partly by lands originally granted to the Church of England and
partly by Boat Harbour Drive and running jointly-thereon 1.235.98
feet EASTWARDLY by a Public Road and Red Pond and running
thereon 2:421.99 feet SOUTHEASTWARDLY by the Sea and
running thereon 942.42 feet SOUTHWESTWARDLY by other
portion of the 314 acres of land originally granted to George Gray
and running thereon 3.332.36 feet SOUTHWARDLY by other
portion of the 314 acres of land originally granted to George Gray
and running thereon 1.618.86 feet and NORTHWESTWARDLY by
Boat Harbour Drive and running thereon 2.612.65 feet which said
which said piece parcel or tract of land has such shapes boundaries
marks and dimensions as shown on the aforesaid Plan 242L1 on
record in the Department of Lands and Surveys of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas being designated as Parcel "D"
and thereon coloured Pink. PAUL ANDREW WELLS and DERAL
BURTON WELLS, Trustees. claim to be owners of the
unencumbered fee simple estate in possession of the aforementioned
land. The Petitioners have applied to the Supreme Court of The
Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting Titles Act. 1959, to have
title to the said land investigated and the nature and extent thereof
determined and declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted in
accordance with the said Act. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that
any person having Dower or right to Dower or an Adverse Claim
or a claim not recognized in the Petition shall on or before the 9th
day of September. A. D.. 2006. file in the Supreme Court and serve
on the Petitioners, or the undersigned, a Statement of their claim
in the prescribed form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith.
Failure of any such person to file and serve a Statement of Claim
on or before the said 9th day of September. A.D., 2006. will operate
as a bar to such claim. Copies of the plan filed in the action by the
petitioners may be inspected at:
PAGE 4B, FRIDAY, JULY 21, 2006
Freeport is 'most difficult' location for investment
To Our Valued Clients
Please Note that our Nassau, Freeport,
Abaco and Exuma Offices
WILL BE CLOSED
Regular office hours for ALL
Branches will resume
Monday, 24th July 2006
We apologize for any inconvenience caused
J.S. JOHNSON & CO. LTD.
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of a government," he added.
"It is quite a unique creature. It
exists to make a profit for its
shareholders whilst at the same
time it exists to govern, control
and regulate the social, economic
and political development of
Freeport and, by extension,
Grand Bahama. This is an awe-
some responsibility. It is usually
only entrusted to democratically
elected representatives every five
"Even though the Grand
Bahama Port Authority exists as
NOTICE is hereby given that THERRY DARELUS OFPALM
BEACH STREET, P.O. Box SS-19510, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should
send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of JULY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
NOTICE is hereby given that FRANILLAN MITCHELL OF
WASHINGTON STREET, P.O. BOX N-3331, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 21ST day of JULY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.
XARTAS SEAS INC.
(In Voluntary Liquidation)
Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 22nd day of
June, 2006. The Liquidator is Argoso Corp. Inc., of P. O.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.
ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act, 2000,
the dissolution of KHAI CORPORATION has been
completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday. 20 July 200 6
Bahamas Property Fund
Bank of Bahamas
Consolidated Water BDRs
J. S. Johnson
Kerzner International BDRs
Premier Real Estate
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Symbol Bid Ask $
12.0 anma opemaxes 4AU 1 D.UU
12.25 Bahamas SupermarKets
10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref)
n 20 RND Holdinas
1.923 0.720 7.8
0.000 0.640 NM
-0.084 0.000 NM
U-- d r. V.
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 Dlv $ Yield %
1.2983 1.2414 Collna Money Market Fund 1.298262*
2.9038 2.3810 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038**"
2.3915 2.2487 Collna MSI Preferred Fund 2.391480"
1.1820, 1.1246 Colina Bond Fund 1.182038""*
BIsx ALL SHARE INDEX- 19 Dec 02 = 1.000.00 MARKET TERMS YIELD last 12 month dividends divided by closing price NAV KEY
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Collna and fidelity 14 July 2006
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 31 May 2006
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Dally Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value **- 30 June 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by the last 12 month eamings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 11994 = 100 30 June 2006
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the government shell, the tension
remains because the sharehold-
ers of the government face are
also some of the same sharehold-
ers of the other Port Group busi-
nesses. They are, in effect, regu-
lating themselves; hence the Dr
Jeckyll anc Mr Hyde schizophre-
nia," Mr Smith said...........
"The real issue is whether or
not the time has come for the
Grand Bahama Port Authority
to recognize itself, function and
be held accountable strictly as tie
governmental entity of Freeport
since all of its businesses for prof-
it are now being conducted under
separate companies with separate
The Callenders & Co attorney
and partner said the Government
in Nassau and Freeport's busi-
ness licencees needed to hold the
Port Authority accountable for
its government responsibilities
under the Hawksbill Creek
Agreement. Yet at the same time,
the Nassau government should
"not interfere" with the Port
Authority's regulatory and devel-
As he has often done in the
past, Mr Smith said the licencees
needed to form an association
and hold both the Government
and the Port Authority to
He added that it "should be a
matter of monumental shame and
embarrassment" that the 1993
Freeport Act, which amended the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement, was
passed without any reference to
the 3,500 licencees.
This was despite the agreement
being a "tripartite" one between
the Government, Port Authority
and the licencees. Following the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement's
1960 amendment, four fifths or
80 per cent of licencees need to
agree any amendments to it.
Mr Smith said: "For decades,
the licencees have been silent as a
united force. I encourage them
to speak with one voice and
become a vocal and articulate
partner in ongoing positive devel-
opment with central government,
the Port Authority and local gov-
ernment in reviewing, examining,
and on a continuous basis, dealing
with issues of mutual concern
regarding the Hawksbill Creek
Established Pharmacy seeks a qualified Pharmacist.
Must have a valid licensed from the Pharmacy Board
of The Commonwealth of The Bahamas. At least three
years experience in a dispensary role. Interested
persons may send resumes to:
P. O. BOX N-3207 DA 11514 c/o
The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas or
Fax resumes to 325-8051.
NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID SAINT REMY OF 166
Bently Drive Bahama Terrance Suite one, Nassau, Bahamas
is applying t6 the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/naturalization should not be granted, should send'
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 10TH day of July, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147,
The Annual Staff Fun Day
the office of
The Public Workers' Co-operative
Credit Union Limited
FRIDAY JULY 21, 2006
we apologize for any inconvenience caused.
A group of companies with Retail/Wholesale operations invite appli-
cants for two Accounts Clerk position.
-Associate Degree in Accounting
-Proficient in Excel
-Proficient in Microsoft word
-Knowledge in QuickBooks (is an asset but not required)
Duties will include:
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-Conducting special investments as assigned by Accounting Supervi-
Salary: $13,600-$20,800 per annum
-Ability to work overtime
-Ability to work week-ends (or holidays if necessary)
Please send resume to:
c/o N 7849
Or Fax # 326-2767
All resumes should be received no later than Friday 28th July 2006
Resumes can also be e-mailed to email@example.com
The Embassy of the United States in Nassau, The Bahamas
has launched via the internet, a solicitation to require op-
eration and management of Local Guard Services for the
U.S. Embassy Nassau, and the Frederal Inspection Station
(FIS) Pre-Clearance Unit, Freeport, Grand Bahama. The
Bahamas. The contractor shall furnish mangerial, admin-
istrative and direct labor personal to accomplish all work
as required in this contact. The estimated number of hours
for guards is 153,833 per year. Performance is for aone
(1) year base period and four (4) one-year-periods. Major
duties and responsibilities are to perform access control
to limit entry only to authorized personnel or visitors the
operation of walk-through metal detectors, hand-held de-
tectors and special monitoring devices.
All responsible sources may submit an offer, which shall
be considered. The government has issued the solicitation
on the FEDBIZOPPS site at www.fedbizopps.gov This
requirement will be issued only via the internet. No hard
(paper) copies wiill be mailed. Once on the FEDBIZOPPS
website, Click on "Vendors" button under browse
agencies, choose "STATE", scroll down to "Western.
Hemisphere Posts", double click on "locations". You
will locate all documents related to this solicitation under
American Embassy Nassau, The Bahamas. Questions can
be addressed to Karen Wiebelhaus, Contracting Officer by
phone: (242) 322-1181 ext 4415, or by FAX (242)
328-7838 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Your right-hand opponent deals
and bids One Heart, neither side vul-
nerable. What'would you bid with
each of the following four hands?
1. + 742 V 6* AKJ3 4 AKQ95
2. AQ83 V QJ74 A6 + KJ6
S3. 4 4 V 8 AKQJ752 + AJ85
4. A8 V Q752 AK + J7643
1. Double. The best way to show
.the strength of this hand is to double.
An overcall of two clubs would not
adequately address the game possi-
bilities and might lead to missing a
good game contract in spades, dia-
monds, clubs or even notrump.
It is true that a takeout double of
one major suit tends to imply good
support for the other, but this does
not mean that such support is
absolutely guaranteed. The more
important consideration is to show
the general strength of a hand, and
the double in this case serves that
purpose best. You plan to bid two
clubs next over partner's anticipated
spade response and in that way show
your extra values.
2. One notrump. The choice here
lies between a double and an overcall
of one notrump. The notrump bid is
preferred because it shows in one fell
swoop your point untmandbalarided
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A double could lead to trouble. lf
for example, partner responded with
two clubs or two diamonds, you
would be faced with a difficult prob-
lem. A pass could easily turn out to
be wrong, and a rebid of two
notrump would be dangerous oppo-
site a partner who might have no val-
ues. The one-notrump overcall deliv-
ers the full message, and does so at
the lowest possible level.
S3. Five diamonds. This is not,the
type of hand with which you leave
the opponents room to exchange
information at a low level. The leap
to five diamonds is a tactical measure
from both an offensive and defensive
standpoint It serves as a two-edged
For example, if the opponents have
a good fit in spades, they will have a
tough time finding it at the five level.
Also, if the opponents pass or dou-
ble, it might turn out that five dia-
monds will make or go down a trick
or two, while the opponents could
have made four or five hearts or
4. Pass. Lacking adequate support
for spades and diamonds, it would be
wrong to double, and it would be
equally dangerous to overcall in
clubs with such a shabby suit The
best action is to pass' and hoip tihe
opponents get into trouble.
HOW many words of four letters
or 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.
Good 15; very good 22; excellent
29 (or more). Solution tomorrow.
T i CRYPTIC PUZZLE1 2 I
4 What the Impatient
13 Shea companyfor a boy (4)
15 Given a start in i (4)
1i Abletogo inthat
round ole (3)
17 Lke transport to Lma,
perhaps by air (4)
19 Capitalplaceto play
23 The road fromLlanelly (4)
24 Ther's nobody like a
good woman (4)
26 Agreement number
27 That's the Orient foryoul (4)
29 Possibly sel obsoletemeasures
using the right angles n
certain ways (4)
32 Face mad-bac couple (4)
33 Posedas a potter(5)
34 Showsome rude
a peer? (8)
36 Where sailors can
get stoned (6)
Yesterday's cypti solutions
ACROSS: 1, Custer 7, Accddent 8, Bali 10, Dea-Co.-n 11,
Re-peal 14, Reg 16, Nerve 17, Ever 19,Tosca 21, Ttle 22,
Re-p-ly 23, Rode 26, Enter 28, Rib 29, Asides 30, Depart
31, Eve-N 32, Test case 33, Passes
DOWN: 1, Cur-de 2, Tracer 3, Rain 4, Silence 5, N-ewer
6, Stale t,, Bare 9, Log 12, Pea 13,A-vold 15, Ho-t-ly 18,
Veins 19, Tip 20, S-ly 21, Ter-e-nce 22, Red 23, RIp-EN-s
24, 0-ban 25, Extras 26, Earth 27, Tps-y28, Rev 30,
1 In a recent survey, hundreds were
2 The Frenchgot upset when
laid off (3,2)
3 Let it stand the test, possibly(4)
4 A bitoffncydecorationonthe
5 Praise a prelate, histodcally(4)
6 Slowtomakefussabout asoldier(6)
9 Fame either some children orparents
11 Being Inrisposed, the Italian left (3)
12 Flierfondoffish (5)
13 If he lost only one pound he'dbe
15 The Ilttle that sank In (3)
16 She'sIn flower(3)
18 Sour as a complaintat
good service? (6)
20 They may take a healthy dip (5
21 Pop, you'll observe, Is built rather like
22 Animalontoast? (3)
23 Arethey pasonateabout a matchof
25 Not all schooldays are for
the young (3)
28 The ad, misprinted, is much
30 Sucker's money? (5)
31 Viewa comedy'sending as
32 Manyhave a wrath that Is terible(4)
33 When soft, may fall pleasantly to
the ear (4)
Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Stacks 7, Commerce 8, Saga 10, Beaten 11,
Secure 14, Net 16, Ropes 17, Eggs 19, Rapid 21, Mogul
22, Debit 23, RIl 26, Nomad 28, Red 29, Amends 30,
Baboon 31, Opal 32,Travesty 33, Steers
DOWN: 1, Stable 2, Crates 3, Scan 4, Imperil 5, Group 6,
Cedes 8, Sang 9, Get 12, Cod 13, Repel 15, Magic
18, Groom 19, Rob 20, Put 21, Medded 22, Dan 23,
Rebate 24, Idol 25, Lances 26, Nasty 27, Medal 28, Rap
7 Ar rm(8)
S Game bird (6)
13 Source (4)
14 Spaklingwater (4)
15 Loaned (4)
16 Implore (3)
17 Binds (4)
21 Sauce (9)
23 Desire (4)
24 Damage (4)
29 Give out (4)
32 Woman's name (4)
35 Romantic (8)
36 Arrival (6)
1 Prices (5)
2 Disgusting (5)
3 Just (4)
4 Carriage (5)
5 Plunder (4)
6 Religious festival (6)
9 Decayed (6)
11 Argue (3)
12 Conductor's stck (5)
13 Dwelt (7)
15 Guided (3)
16 Racket (3)
18 Purpose (6)
20 Go in (5)
21 Feline (3)
22 Males (3)
23 Served (6)
28 Call (5)
30 Organised sound (5)
31 Fraction (5)
32 Gaelic (4)
33 Crustacean (4)
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JULY 21, 2006
ARIES March 21/April 20
You may be feeling the urge to
splurge this week, Aries. In fact, you
could spend so much that you'll have
to look around for extra income,.
which could be a blessing in disguise.
TAURUS April 21/May 21
You're affectionate and approach-
able, making this a good week for
affairs of the heart. However, not all
loves are true; you'll have to be a
little more discerning than usual.'
GEMINI May 22/June 21
This is a festive time for you. Party
on, but don't doubt for a minute
that you'll have to pay for it down
the line. By the weekend, you'll
realize the need to find balance in
CANCER Juqe 22/July 22
You're feeling quite the charmer
this week, and those around you
are noticing. This is one of the
best times of year for you, and
things will only get better by the
end of the week.
LEO July 23/August 23
You11 pay alnmst any price to keep
the' peace this; week, Leo'&.In this
case, being a little too forgiving is
better than holding a hurtful grudge.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
This week, you'll feel torn between
telling the truth and saying some-
thing nicer. It may be a good idea to
tell a little white lie to calm a love
one's fears, but just this once.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
It would appear that you're very
attached to something, and have a
terrible fear of losing it. The best
way to hold on to things you hold
dear is to handle them gently, Librp.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Past disappointments fade into the
background this week. Your confi-
dence may have suffered one or two
blows lately, but the tide has now
turned in your favor.
SAGHTARIUS- Nov 23/Dec21
You've always been among the Most
outgoing, Sagittarius, but it is impor-
tant that you take time for yourself
this week to resolve something that's
been on your mind. Don't worry,
your friends will understand.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
What exactly are you after,
Capricorn? This is the question oh
your mind this week. Forget about tfe
power and the profit. Instead, strive
to make the world a better olace.
AQUARIUS- Jan 21/Feb 18
Watch your back, but don't become
so paranoid that you miss all the
wonderful people who are trying to
get your attention. You have more
friends than enemies out there. i
PISCES Feb 19/March 20
Most things will come easily to yqu
this week. Don't sweat the small
stuff. Because the waters are so calm,
you'll have plenty of time to expand
your understanding of life.
Hugh Alexander v Stuart
Milner-Barry, London 1940.
Both were England
internationals, and they were
shortly to become colleagues
in breaking the German
Enigma code at Bletchley Park.
The venue for today's game
was the plush National Chess
Centre, opened in 1939 and
occupying an entire floor of the
John Lewis department store in
Oxford Street. The firm's
founder, John Spedan Lewis,
was a keen amateur player
who believed that chess
helped business skills and
gave jobs in his firm to several
experts. Alexander went there
for a while, and so too many
years later did I, but neither of
us proved Spedan's theory. A
German bomb in the 1940 blitz
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destroyed the national centre,
leaving just a few charred metal
remains from the chess docks.
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Barry (Blackto move) gain
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THE New Providence Old
timers Softball Association
will hold its All-Star Classic
on Saturday at the Archdea-
con William Thompson Soft-
ball Park at the Southern
The association will hold a
B division All-Star game at
noon and an A division All-
Star game at 2 pm.
The following players
have been selected to partic-
ipate in the two games:
* B DIVISIONAL
B Divisional President's
Team Kim Oliver (Bahamas
Evans (Corner Boys), Rory
Newbold (Shavers), Steven
Robins (New Knights), R
Armbrister (New Oriental),
Raymond Rolle (Pros),
David Gardsiner (Shavers),
Victor Bain (Shavers), Rod-
ney Forbes (Pros), R Coakley
Jeff Willie (Pros), B Smith
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(Pros), Ricardo Major (New
Knights), Rodney Taylor
Sandy Morley (Cubs), Shan-
non Bannister (Digitals),
Wesley Forbes (New Orien-
tal), Preston Rahming (Cor-
ner Boys), Gary Hanna
Troy Bodie (PeterKemp
(Peter Kemp) and Dion Sey-
Pitchers Bertie Murry
(Kiwi Knights), Val Munroe
(Peter Kemp), Vernon
Clarke (Bahamas Supermar-
kets), Henry D.ean (St.
Agnes) and Kirk Moxey
Manager Stephen Sands
(Bahamas Supermarkets) and
coach Herman McKenzie
B Divisional Vice President
Team Greg Ferguson (Dig-
itals), TreVor Burgzorg
(Cubs), Hilary Deveaux
(Royals), Edwin Culmer
(New Oriental), Frank Evans
Tyrone Stubbs (Strokers), T.
Ferguson (Strokers), Dennis
Johnson (Bahamas Super-
markets), Tony Henfield
(Peter Kemp), Chris Lunn
(Digitals), Anthony Weech
(Cubs), Brian Gibson (Pros),
Keith Moss (Pros), Greg
Smith (Pros), T Murray (Cor-
ner Boys), Sigmund Bethel
(Strokers), Kevin Thompdon
(New Knights), Felix
Knowles (Peter Kemp),
Kendal Ferguson (Peter
Kemp), Julius Seymour
(Cubs) and Sherman Fergu-
son (New Knights).
Pitchers Dennis Smith
(Pros), Alexander Bain (Roy-
als), Harold Fritzgerald (Roy-
als) and Rudolph Williams
Manager Ken Forbes
(Dozer Heavy Equipment)
and Lawrence Smith (Roy-
A Divisional President's
Team Ronald Seymour
(Knights), G Taylor
(Knights), Jeff Francis
(Doran's Hotel), Stephen
Beneby (Pokers), Brad Wood
(Knights), Dwayne Dean
(Pokers), Shawn Higgs (Cru-
saders), A Pinder (Carpet
World), James Sweeting
(Warriors), Roger Demeritte
(Cruisers), H Ferguson (Car-
pet World), Godfrey Willie
(Pokers), George Henderson
(Warriors), Van Johnson
(Knights), Prince Huyler
(Warriors), H Hanna (Car-
pet World), Richard Bastian
(Knights), Warfield Bain
(Doran's Hotel), Dominic
Elliott (Cruisers) and Sean
Greenslade (Carpet World).
Pitchers Abe Johnson
(Knights), Spurgeon Johnson
(Cruisers), Franklin Martin
and Mike Dillette (Lions).
Manager Sammy Adder-
ley (Knights) and Keith
A Divisional Vice Presi-
dent's Team,- Kevin Hinsey
(Crusaders), Elgin Smith
(Doran's Hotel), Thomas
Williams (Crusaders), Calvin
Maurice Smith (Doran's
Hotel), R Albury (Carpet
World), Derek Christie (Cru-:-
saders), Kevin Lockhart ,
(Pokers), Bernard Young
(Crusaders), F Butterfield '
(Carpet World), Ken Symon-
ette (Carpet World), Kevin
Bastian (Pokers), Kevin Neil-
ly (Warriors), Hilton Bowleg
(Crusaders), Mike Smith
(Doran's Hotel), Vincent
Seymour (Knights), Gary '.
Johnson (Warriors), Kirk
Johnson (Cruisers), Lee Rah-
ming (Warriors) and Michael
Pitchers Hector Rolle-
(Pokers), Wilfred Butler'.
(Crusaders), Larry Sweeting:
(Doran's Hotel) and Hastings
Manager Sean Wilson and
coach Julian Collie.
The president of France's
soccer federation, Jean-
Pierre Escalettes, was satis-
fied, saying Zidane's "way of
paying the penalty is perhaps
the best that we could imag-
"It was intelligent, mea-
sured and reasonable. It
shows knowledge of the
world of football," Escalettes
said. "It's a verdict that satis-
fies me. The provoker of the
incident has been punished."
Zidane, who had already
submitted written testimony,
spent about 90 minutes in a
private hearing Thursday
morning before a five-man
FIFA committee. Materazzi
appeared before the FIFA
panel last week.
"We respect the definitive
verdict by FIFA's discipli-
nary commission," Italian
soccer federation commis-
sioner Guido Rossi said.
"But the episode was cap-
tured on television and (any
opinion) is up to the judg-
ment of people throughout
Former Italy captain Paolo
Maldini said it was "scan-
dalous to ban a player for
having said something."
"It's the first time that it's
happened and it's only
because Materazzi is Italian
and because they want to jus-
tify the gesture of a great
champion, who made a mis-
take," he said at AC Milan's
FIFA president Sepp Blat-
ter had suggested Zidane,
widely considered one of the
greatest players of his gener-
ation, could be stripped of
his Golden Ball award as the
World Cup's best player. The
issue was not addressed by
the disciplinary panel, FIFA
In a French television
appearance last week,
Zidane apologized to chil-
dren who watched the match,
but said he didn't regret his
actions because he was pro-
voked by repeated harsh
insults about his family.
Playing in extra time in his
farewell game, Zidane and
Materazzi exchanged words
as the two walked up field.
Zidane appeared to be dis-
tancing himself from the Ital-
S ian, but then turned, lowered
his bald head, and drove it
into Materazzi's chest -
knocking him to the ground.
The Italian soccer federa-
tion said it hasn't decided yet
whether to appeal the deci-
sion on Materazzi.
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Barbados impress on way to quarters.
* CRICKET nament with the one of the best finals after trouncing the team rep- 'under the lights.'
By KELSIE JOHNSON squads, showed their dominance resenting the US Virgin Islands. Antigua defeated St Lucia b,
Junior Sports Reporter on Wednesday with a win over The team were able to hold the more than 48 runs. r
Anguilla. The team scored 141 for US Virgin Islands to just 92 from Play will continue today with just-
THE historic Stanford 20/20 six of 20 overs, holding Anguilla to 19.1 overs, while they posted a two games, Guyana taking oi'.
cricket tournament, which is well 103 for 7, winning the game by 38 score of 96 for 5 with five overs to Montserrat and Jamaica facing off
underway in Antigua, has already runs. spare. with Bermuda. No games will bt.
awarded more than $200,000 in It was Barbados' Carlo Morris The man of the match award was played over the weekend, with,
man of the match prizes so far. who claimed the $25,000 man of given to Kenroy Martin, who led play resuming on Tuesday, Jul.,
Barbados, Nevis, Grenada and the match award with an addition- the team with an all round perfor- 25th and continuing onto Friday,
St Vincent the Grenadines are the al $10,000 for his outstanding play mance. July 28th.
teams to beat, all advancing of the match. The final match before the one- The semifinal games are sched-
through to the quarterfinals. St Vincent and the Grenadines day break was played between uled for August 11th with the;,
Barbados, who entered the tour- secured their spot in the quarter- host country Antigua and Barbuda championships set for the 13th.
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Medals keep on coming
for Bahamas swimmerP
Another silver for
Knowles; female relay
team takes bronze
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter -
THE Bahamas is making a splash at the Central American and
Caribbean (CAC) games, being held in Cartagena, Colombia, already
collecting three medals,in swimming.
After Jeremy Knowles turned in an historic silver medal perfor-
mance on Tuesday evening, the Bahamas' first female relay team to
compete at the games secured a bronze medal in the 4x100m freestyle.
The bronze medal quartet, including Nikia Deveaux, Ariel Weech,
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace and Alana Dillette, clocked 3:57.22 sec-
onds for a spot on the medal podium.
Winning the event was Venezuela followed closely by Mexico. The
bronze medal came an hour after Knowles' silver medal performance
in the 200m butterfly.
Knowles went into the finals with the fourth fastest time and, at the
end of the night, he turned in a performance time of 2:00.37 seconds
for his second silver medal of the games. The winner in the event was
Juan Veloz from Mexico who won in 1:58.75. Knowles collected the
Bahamas' first medal at the games in the 400m individual medley. His
time in the 200m butterfly was seconds off the Bahamian record he set
two years ago.
Also competing late Wednesday evening in individual events was
Dillette, who just missed out on a medal in the 50m backstroke.
Dillette's time from the semi-final round landed her in lane eight of
the finals, with the top times set to swim out of the pool's middle lanes.
Having to swim from lane eight proved tough for Dillette who had
to feel her way through to the end of the race. With no swimmer close
b\ to use as a marker. Dilette fell behind after the first 15 metres, hav-
ing to play catch-up for the reminder of the race.
The surge came too late for Dillette. who was one of four swimmers
to swim 30 seconds. Dillette" time \\as 30.99 seconds.
Deveaux posted the fourth fastest time heading into Thursday
night's finals in the "omen's 50m freestyle. She swam a time of 27.07
seconds. The fastest time was 25.78 seconds posted by Arlene Aris-
mendi from Venezuela, followed by \'anessa Vega from Puerto Rico
in 26.12 seconds and Ximena \ilar from Venezuela in 27.04 seconds.
In other news from the CAC. the Bahamas men's baseball team
tinal scored a run. but still fell short of claiming their first victory .
The Bahamas team lost their third game to the Dominicans 12-1,
and their first two games 1I0-0 and 15-0. respectivelN.
The men's softball team suffered their third consecutive loss, this
time falling to the hands of Cuba w\ho defeated the Bahamas five runs
The Bahamas stepped to the plate 21 times trying to better the situ-
ation but weren't able to deal with the heated pitches being thrown.
N JEREMlY KNOW'LES won another siher medal.
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By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
SAILORS will have to choose which
national regatta they will like to sail in
on the August Monday Holiday week-
With two regattas set for the long hol-
iday weekend, August 5th-7th, top skip-
per Eleazor 'The Sailing Barber' John-
son said the schedule is of grave con-
cern to him, especially since he hails
from one of the hosting islands.
The two regattas'set for that week-
end are the Cat Island and the Acklins'
Regattas. Although this fixtures have
been in place for some time, sailors are
hoping that some changes can be made
by governing Minister V Alfred Gray
before the boats hit the water.
The national sport of the Bahamas
S was placed into Gray's portfolio earlier
this year after the cabinet was shuffled
by Prime Minister Perry Christie.
Johnson said: "With two regattas in
one weekend it will hurt the crew and
the natives of the islands, because you
have to separate and with this separation
the numbers that were originally sched-
uled,to attend they will not be able to do
"I would like to go to all but it seems
as though I will only be able to attend
one of them. I don't know which one I
will attend as yet, but I am sure which,
ever one I decide to attend it will be
well attended because the Campari Lady
Natalie has a lot of fans who support
her in every regatta. This is not only the
case for the Campari Lady Natalie, but
for the other boats from around the
"People don't know how important
regattas are. Regattas are boosting econ-
omy for some islands, it is a money mak-
ing venture for the people and busi-
nesses on the respective islands.
"But if you host two regattas on the
same weekend, it is very hard for one
island in particular to flourish because
then you are telling people to choose."
Johnson is hoping that the minister
can sit down with the respective sailing
associations to improve the yearly sched-
uling of regattas, so that two events will
not be held during the same weekend or
when major events are happening.
leff Rodgers Camp goes out with a bang
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By RENALDO DORSETT
THE country's most popular bas-
ketball camp once lived up to its
billing on its most important night,
with the help of hundreds of campers
and a few NBA celebrities.
The 19th Jeff Rodgers Basketball
Camp culminated in its usual grand
fashion with its Fun Night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
Wednesday night, hundreds of
campers, parents, and eager onlookers
packed the gym to witness the annual
exhibition of skills.
More than 400 campers performed
a series of drills before the capacity
crowd, proudly exhibiting the skills
they had acquired over the past few
The highlight of the night came
when the camp's instructors took on a
group of NBA personalities in an exhi-
The NBA stars won a close game in
a low scoring affair, 50-45.
The team of Travis Knight, Scott
Burrell, Darren Jenkins, Felton
Spencer, Oliver Macklin, Brian McK-
night, Garth Bethel, Thomas Scott,
Vince Murphy, Otis Burke, and Mark
Wilkinson, were coached by New
Orleans Hornets Head Coach Byron
Scott and Hall of Famer Calvin Mur-
The squad of local instructors, com-
promised mainly of collegiate players
included Taj Adderley, Christopher
(AP FILE Photo)
"Chicken" Turnquest, Kramer Tay-
lor, Harrison Moxey, Cedric Miller,
Aaron Darville, Derrard Martin, Ker-
mit Mackey, Jeff Rodgers Jr., Quentin
Demeritte, Marcellus Hall, Javari
Southand, Jodan Darville were
coached by Jeff Rodgers and Char-
Camp Director, Jeff Rodgers, said
this year's Fun Night exceeded all
expectations and has surpassed previ-
"Last night was very exciting, prob-
ably one of the best fun nights we've
ever had," he said, "We had a really
great time, the gym was nearly filled to
capacity with spectators and all the
parents who represented the campers
and we had a lot of people who want-
ed to see Brian McKnight play with
these guys. It was just a great great
evening, and everybody certainly had
a great time."
He said the performance of the
campers was the purpose of the night
and they performed well in front of
friends and family.
"The kids were able to display all of
their skills which we taught them over
the past four weeks, and the parents
were able to see what the camp was
really about," he said, "You can't.put
a price tag on their performance, they
were really together, they were orga-
nized and remembered everything
they set out to accomplish.
"Different age groups did their dif-
ferent tasks successfully so everybody
was able to display their skills in their
As successful as this year's camp
was, Rodgers and his supporters have
major plans for next year's event.
"We're going to start planning very
early for our 20th anniversary, next
year we're planning an entire week
of activities," he said, "We're expect-
ing a number of new NBA players
and coaches to come down and sup-
port us. Byron Scott has committed to
working closely with me to take the
camp to another level, by having more
of his new active players come down
and by spending more time to physi-
cally work with the kids."
Rodgers said he seeks to expand
his summer basketball camp into a
year round academy, to help the
development of the game and increase
the overall skill level of the country's