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Volume: 102No.207 iONDAY, JULY 31, 2006
Volume: 102 No.207


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By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter
FIREMEN faced stern criti-
cism last night after a blaze they
seemed to have under control
erupted into a destructive infer-
no, ravaging six businesses in a
Nassau shopping plaza.
S Damage running into hun-
dreds of thousands of dollars was
left in its wake as the fire raged
through a string of commercial
premises off Macke\ Street.
Crowds watching the blaze
were left dumbfounded when
what appeared to be a "routine"
fire somehow managed to gath-
er momentum and rage on for
eight hours.
Last night, fire chiefs admit-
ted they were "extremely chal-
lenged" in trying to contain the
fire as it consumed several busi-
-. nesses at the Super Value plaza
*on Saturday afternoon.
Destroyed in the blaze were
Sun Manufacturing, Ad Works,
Discount Mart, Fashion Hall, the
Paint Place, and the Delicatessen
of Super Value. The food.tore
itself sustained only smoke and
water damage.
According to Walter Evans,
police press liaison officer
attached to the Fire Department,
two firefighters had to be taken
to hospital for injuries associated
With the blaze, which reports say
began shortly before 11am on
Saturday.
Mr Evans said heavy metal
beams connecting the various
sections of the building acted as
conduits for the fire to spread
from one part of the building to
the next.
Also, because of the metal


roofing, and intense heat inside,
firefighters found it impossible to
fight the blaze from either inside
or outside the building.
Unconfirmed reports claim
that the fire was started by some-
one welding at the back of Sun
Manufacturing.
However, Mr Evans could not
confirm this at press time, stating
that they were still investigating
the cause and e-tii.imtul Ihe cost
of damage.
Initially, the blaze was thought
to be under control at about
2pm, as only white smoke could
be seen billowing from the roof
of Sun Manufacturing in the
elbow of the building. Earlier,
thick black smoke had wafted
westwards over Nassau, though
no flames were visible.
Crowds of onlookers began to
disperse when it seemed that
firemen had tamed the blaze.
However, when The Tribune
arrived at the scene for the sec-
ond time at 7pm, Discount Mart,
the Fashion Hall and the Paint
Place were completely engulfed
in flames.
Six fire trucks and one from
the Airport Authority stood
ready to do battle. But firefight-
ers, who were sitting on coolers
or make-shift benches, admitted
that at this point there was noth-
ing they could do.
"Have you ever heard of the
perfect storm?" one officer
asked, "because this was the per-
fect fire."
However, residents living
nearby remained critical of the
fire department for their han-
dling of the incident.
SEE page two


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* THIS firefighter almost has to lay on his back as thick smoke comes out of the building.
(Photo:Felipt Major/Tribune staff)


Woman, 63,

dies after

Car crash
* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport
Reporter
FREEPORT A 63-year-
old businesswoman was fatal-
ly injured on Saturday in a
road accident, pushing the
island's traffic fatality count
to seven for the year.
Grace Bain-Morhill of 16
Fiddler's Green, Yeoman's
Wood, was driving her Ford
Ranger truck (licence GB600)
around 2.30pm when she col-
lided with a vehicle and
crashed into a concrete utility
pole.
According to police, Ms
Morhill, a long-time resident
SEE page eight


Two held over
alleged bid to
smuggle $16.4m
worth of cocaine
* By PAUL G TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Repprter
TWO men are being held
without bond in a St Lucie
County jail after allegedly try-
ing to smuggle over $16.4 mil-
lion worth of cocaine from
Grand Bahama to Florida
over the weekend.
According to international
reports, 22-year-old Michael
Seymour of Grand Bahama
and 41-year-old Quincy
Nathaniel Garvey were
stopped in a 42-foot sports
fishing vessel named "Gyp-
sy". Found on the boat were
five suitcases containing 361.5
pounds of powdered cocaine.
The boat, driven by Sey-
SEE page eight


Minister halts Oil spill set

work on a to disrupt
new roadway I West Bay St
------ ----------- ---,. -......
0 By MARK HUMES | By MARK HUMES
SCLAIMING that officials MOTORISTS face traffic
in his department dropped the congestion on West Bay
ball in carrying out his direc- Street this week as work goes
tivpg Minister of Works on to mon up an oil spill.


Bradley Roberts has halted
construction on a new road-
way being built through
Dothum Creek, South
Andros.
On Friday, Mr Roberts told
The Tribune that the job was
contracted under the former
director of works, and there-
fore he was not aware of work
being done until he saw pho-
tographs of the construction.
Upon seeing the pictures,
and learning of the impact
that the construction would
SEE page eight


Parliamentary secretary at
the Ministry of Environmen-
tal Health, Ron Pinder, said
last night that drivers can
expect another week-and-a-
half of disruptions.
On Friday, around 6.30pm,
a trailer-rig carrying 6,000 gal-
lons of lubrication oil was
heading west at Goodman's
Bay.roundabout when it
flipped over, rupturing the
container and spilling some
3,000 gallons of oil into the
grassy area alongside the
SEE page eight


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Blaze destroys shops


FROM page one
One resident, Denis
Knowles, who lives not more
than 20 feet from the western
wall of Sun Manufacturing, said
with a little more "common-
sense" the fire could have been
limited to a smaller section of
the plaza.
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a hole in the roof and stopped
the fire from spreading. It
should never have been
allowed to spread that far.
"But how can anything be
under control if they allow.the
shopping centre to burn down?
They will all be given medals
tomorrow instead of being chas-
tised.
"This was a total debacle.
They had the big machines
there, and the water, but they
didn't know what to do. There
didn't seem to be any common-
sense.
"The really upsetting part was
watching the fire work its way
up through the entire building.
It seems like they didn't realise
they had to get ahead of the
blaze to cut it off," he said.
Around 9pm The Tribune
saw firefighters attempting to
disrupt the advance of the fire
to the southern section of Super
Value.
However, encountering "live
wires", Mr Evans stated that
they had to seek assistance from
BEC to cut the power in the
entire area.
Assistance was also sought
from Water and Sewerage, as
water pressure in the area was
"insufficient" as crews tried to
contain the blaze.
Mr Evans added: "Officers
were also challenged because
there were a number of
propane tanks at the western
causeway, so there were addi-
tional risks they had to consid-
er.
"Also, there were signs of
building collapse so officers
inside had to retreat, and fight
the fire from the exterior.
"No human being could have
worked in those conditions. The
visible flames were controlled.
The beams that connect to
Fashion Hall were heated from
the interior because of the super
heated temperatures. So, as
such, the heat passed on and
caused the fire to spread in oth-
er sections of the building," he
said.
Mr Evans reported that offi-
cers were at the scene through-
out Sunday up until press time
last night tackling small "smoke
pockets".


* THIS fire fighter catches his breath as he waits for more
pressure from the hose s.-


: EMERGENCY services
S, work to bring the fire under
control
(Photos: Felipe Major/
Tribune staff)


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0 In brief


Nurses in

Jamaica

end their

sickout

JAMAICA
Kingston
NURSES across Jamaica
have ended a two-day strike
that crippled the island's hos-
pital system following a meeting
with government leaders, offi-
cials say, according to Associ-
ated Press.
Labour leaders with the
Nurses Association of Jamaica
and the government ended the
strike late Friday with a pledge
to return to the bargaining
table. Nurses resumed their reg-
ular work schedules early Sat-
urday, said Edith Allwood-
Anderson, president of the
union.
But she said the Caribbean
nation's nurses may stage
another protest if government
officials do not negotiate an
"acceptable" wage increase.
Registered nurses called in
sick Thursday throughout the
island nation in a protest to
demand higher salaries, forcing
at least three hospitals to pare
services.
Some hospitals, including
University Hospital of the West
Indies in Kingston, the capital,
were forced to cancel elective
surgeries and offer only emer-
gency care.
Victoria Jubilee Hospital, also
in Ki ngston, and Mandeville
Regional Hospital in rural Man-
chester also said they had to
reduce services because of the
sickout.
It was the second time in two
weeks that nurses had staged a
sickout. The previous protest
lasted for three days until
.Finance Minister Omar Davies
met with them.


Dominican

Republic

seeks ties

' with Saudis

N DOMINICAN REPUBLIC.
Santo Domingo

THE Dominican Republic is
seeking to establish diplomatic
ties with Saudi Arabia to help
end its chronic fuel shortages
and soaring energy prices, the
foreign ministry said Sunday,
according to Associated Press.
Foreign Minister Carlos
Morales Troncoso met Sunday
in Washington with Turki al-
Faisal, the kingdom's ambas-
sador to the United States, to
discuss their relations, the min-
istry said.
"We have had a fruitful con-
versation in which we discussed
the possibilities of investment in
the areas of petroleum and its
derivatives, natural gas and con-
nected industries," Morales said.
Officials are trying to reduce
the country's daily crude con-
sumption, now at an estimated
165,000 barrels last year. Gaso-
line costs about US$4.50 a gal-
lon in the Caribbean nation,
where prices rose by more than
25 per cent in 2005..
Saudi Arabia holds over 260
billion .barrels of proven oil
reserves, one quarter of the
world's total. Earlier this year,
its estimated daily output was
about 9.5 million barrels, or 11
percent of global consumption.

US actor to

help rally

Puerto Rico

hotel staff

PUERTO RICO
San Juan
US actor Danny Glover on
Sunday helped launch a cam-
paign to rally Puerto Rico's


hotel workers to join the local
branch of a large U.S. labor
union in a bid to gain better pay
and benefits, according to Asso-
ciated Press.
Glover, whose movie credits
include The Color Purple and
the Lethal Weapon series,
joined leaders of the Gastro-
nomical Union, which repre-
sents about 2,100 employees at
nine hotels in the U.S. territory,
to call for the island's hospital-
ity workers to unite under a sin-
gle banner.
The actor, who has long been
involved in political activism,
has traveled to San Francisco,
Boston, and Toronto with labor
leaders of UNITE HERE of
which the Gastronomical Union
is a member.


MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006, PAGE 3

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Land dispute row flares up


* By PAUL TURNQUEST
Tribune Staff Reporter

POLICE were called in
when a land dispute flared up
over the weekend.
Trouble began when a bull-
dozer tried to clear a road
through property off Sanford
Drive, Nassau, on Friday.
A row broke out when the
driver refused to stop work,
saying he was following instruc-
tions.
A security firm was then
hired to prevent him entering
the plot, which he said was
going to be the site of a new
sub-division.
According to Debora Tom-
linson, the 30 acres of land in
question, which lies east of the
US Ambassador's residence on
the south side of the main road,
belongs to the estate of Elodie


N A SECURITY officer stands by the piece of disputed land


Tomlinson.
However, she said a "Mr
Morris" had also laid claim to
the property, stating that he
had inherited it.
Reportedly, Mr Morris is
seeking to develop the prop-
erty for a sub-division and had


contracted A and D Construc-
tion, who had already pushed a
road through the land.
Speaking to The Tribune yes-
terday, Mrs Tomlinson, one of
the trustees of the property, said
the family would be getting an
injunction "first thing in the


$665k to improve civil aviation


a By MARK HUMES

MINISTER of Transport
Glenys Hanna-Martin has
signed a $665,000 contract with
the International Develop-
ment Bank directed toward
the creation of a more orderly,
safe and modern civil aviation
sector.
In an effort to bolster safety
and security at Bahamas air-
ports, the minister said it had
been the government's
declared objective to ensure
that security measures were in
place that would reflect the
best practices in civil aviation.
"As a consequence of this
commitment," said Mrs Han-
na-Martin, "over the past few
years, millions of dollars have
been spent in the acquisition
of screening equipment and in
the engagement and training
of security personnel to man
our airports throughout the
country."
Now, with the newly-
acquired grant from the IDB,


the Ministry of Transport, in
conjunction with the Interna-
tional Air Transport Associa-
tion (IATA), will develop an
airport security certification
programme for the civil avia-
tion department and its law
enforcement partners.
Under this component, the
minister pointed out, there will
also be a review and update
of the National Civil Aviation
Security Programme, airport
emergency plans, and other
documents vital to the mod-
ernisation of the civil aviation
sector.
At yesterday's press confer-
ence, Mrs Hanna-Martin said
the IATA will train Bahami-
ans in various security mea-
sures, while designing, devel-
oping, and formalising strate-
gies for the operational sus-
tainability of present and
future security systems.
Additionally, she said, the
funds will allow for the imple-
mentation of new administra-
tive services which will address


the urgent needs in civil avia-
tion for the creation, expan-
sion, and implementation of
an identification records data-
base which could be accessed
by authorised persons
throughout the country.
As part of the new initia-
tive, civil aviation personnel
and other law enforcement
officers will also undergo addi-
tional training by the Interna-
tional Security Defence Sys-
tems (ISDS).
.This training will cover avi-
ation security, passenger pro-
filing, counter-terrorism iden-
tification, the detection of
bombs and other incendiary
devices, mail and cargo secu-
rity, incident and hostage
negotiations, and the develop-
ment, implementation, and
monitoring of the airport secu-
rity programme.
The minister pointed out
that this new undertaking will
ensure that some 750 Bahami-
ans will be trained over the
life of the training cycle.


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morning" to stop any further
bulldozing from taking place.
"The property belongs to the
estate of Elodie Tomlinson.
That's who actually owns the
property her estate. He (Mr
Morris) seems to think that he
inherited it. But this has to be
'settled in the courts, and we
will do this in the right way,"
she said.
Mrs Tomlinson said her
father-in-law had bought the
property in the 1960s and that
it was "highly unlikely" that he
would not have been thorough
in ensuring correct ownership
of the land.
She said that, in her discus-
sions with Mr Morris, he had
agreed to not bulldoze any fur-
ther into the property, but will
continue to the east of where
he was previously working.
"But w.e hope to get an


injunction first thing tomorrow
morning. Apparently this has
happened to this property
before when my mother-in-law
was alive. It is such a nice piece
of land, I guess everyone would
like to have it," she said.
However, one thing that
upset her most was the
"destruction and damage"
already done to the area.
Until the situation is
resolved, Mrs Tomlinson said
the security firm they had hired
will remain at the property to
ensure that no further devel-
opment takes place.
"This is happening here all
the time. Unfortunately, there
are some people who can't
afford to fight these things. It's
not fair. Hopefully, this will not
happen to other people, but I
guess everyone has one of
these kinds of stories," she said.


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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEONE. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

SIR ETIENNE DUPUCH, Kt., O.B.E., K.M., K.C.S.G.,
(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

EILEEN DUPUCH CARRON, C.M.G., M.S., B.A., LL.B.
Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

Shirley Street, P.O. Box N-3207, Nassau, Bahamas
Insurance Management Building., P.O. F-485, Freeport, Grand Bahama



Proper solution needed to immigration


TODAY WE LIVE in an age in which if
something is not "user friendly" it is discard-
ed.
On Thursday The Tribune published com-
plaints by farmers that government interfer-
ence was crippling the growth of their industry.
Their main complaint was against the Immi-
gration Department, which was not allowing
them the necessary permits for their labourers.
It is true that this country has been overrun
with illegal immigrants, mainly Haitians. It is
also true that the Immigration Department,
assisted by the Defence Force, has a major
problem in its struggle to defend our porous
borders against the entry of these unfortu-
nate boat people.
Bahamians, who feel outnumbered in their
small communities by illegal immigrants who
don't speak their language and because of
their extreme poverty degrade the area, have
cried out to government for relief. They com-
plain that illegal Haitians flood the schools,
strain the health services and, in general, put
too heavy a burden on this country's resources.
As a result, and especially because it is an
election year, Immigration has to be seen to be
busy with its roundups and its deportations. Its
solution is a knee-jerk reaction to public pres-
sure from the inner communities. Instead of a
well thought out policy that would benefit the
whole country, Immigration is busily rounding
up legal and illegal persons, throwing them
in the Carmichael Detention Centre, and dis-
rupting many lives.
An undisputed fact today is that Haitian
labour is needed. It is essential to all those
areas of business where the late Sir Lynden
Pindling told Bahamians they would no longer
have to work no more hewing of wood or
drawing of water, he said. In other words
menial labour was taboo for self-respecting
Bahamians. But as hewers of wood and draw-
ers of water are as important to a well-run
nation as are its technical and professional
citizens, someone had to be found to do the
menial labour. The Bahamian looked around
and saw the willing Haitian.
Really it's government's fault that the Hait-
ian has been allowed to become a burden on
the country.
Said one operator of a large and successful
farming enterprise: "We can't increase the
size of our farm we have the land, we have
the money, we have the demand and we have
the facilities, but the problem is we can't get
the labour."
Immigration office staff should be working
round-the-clock to process legitimate work
permits, while the men and women in the field
prevent new aliens entering the country. But
no business should be crippled for want of
staff. In the end it is the country that suffers.
It is also government's fault that Haitians
are huddled together like so many animals in
the most unhygienic conditions. If these fam-
ilies, who are necessary to the work needs of


the country, could work legally, they would
pay national insurance, be able to open a bank
account, and instead of paying usurious rents
to hard-fisted landlords, they could pay a mort-
gage on a small home, which they would even-
tually own. If these persons were given status
in the country with a right to work, instead of
living from hand-to-mouth, or on charity, they
could educate themselves and make a worth-
while contribution to society. In other words,
they could raise their standard of living and,be
a burden to no one.
Today they are a nuisance because of gov-
ernment's inability to make a decision on their
status. Not only are these people at the. mercy
of an uncaring society, but the employer who
needs their labour is hobbled in his forward
motion. In the end everybody suffers, espe-
cially the country's economy.
And so it's not the number of Haitians that
government deports that is going to win them
the election, but how sensibly they solve the
Haitian problem without damaging the coun-
try's future.
Former prime minister Hubert Ingraham
chastised Labour and Immigration Minister
Shane Gibson recently for his "foolish state-
ment" that the FNM government and its weak
immigration policy is the cause of today's ille-
gal immigration problem.
In fact it is a "foolish statement", but prob-
ably one based on ignorance of the past.
Today's immigration problem as are
many of this country's current ills is the
legacy of the first PLP government the
government of Sir Lynden Pindling.
We would advise Mr Gibson to have a cup
of tea with Governor General Arthur Hanna,
who was Sir Lynden's deputy and immigration
minister for a long time in that administra-
tion. Mr Hanna should have some memory
of those days. We wquld be surprised if he
was not aware of what was going on in his
ministry.'
"If you were in the circle you could get
plenty of work permits for farm labour," we
have been told by someone very close to the
situation in those days. "One person could
get as many as 20 permits (even though he
had no farm) if he were in the right circle.'"
There were "plenty in the circle."
PLP supporters "those in the circle" -
received work permits for "farm labour". And
they reaped a thriving income from "farm-
ing" out the labour.
This, Mr Gibson, is where your problem
started. It was of PLP creation between 1967
and 1992, which left us with "the man," a cor-
rupted immigration department, and an illegal
underground network. This government has a
big fight on its hands to clean it up.
CORRECTION: In this column on Thurs-
day we said that Queen Victoria's birthday, a
public holiday, was on May 23. This is incor-
rect. It was on May 24.


Perspective





on Lebanon





difficulties


EDITOR, The Triune.
Please permit me to comment
on Dick Coulson's recent "Best
Intentions" article in which he
concentrates on the Balfour Dec-
laration to explain a Jewish pres-
ence in Palestine resulting in
Israel's difficulties with its Arabs
neighbours.
Mr. Coulson gave a highly
individualistic interpretation of
the history of the Jewish return to
the Holy Land and he centred it
on the Balfour Declaration. As I
discern it his points were two-
fold. First that the Jewish immi-
gration into Palestine was princi-
pally a result of British and
American official encouragement
in the form of the Balfour Decla-
ration. Secondly because of
British and American sponsor-
ship, well intentioned though it
may have been, the Arabs in the
Middle East will never accept
Israel. But possibly had there not
been that western support he
thought it possible that the Jewish
presence in Palestine and a Jew-
ish state would have been accept-
ed.
I must take issue with Mr.
Coulson in various aspects of his
article. Jewish "Aliyah" or the
Jewish return to the land of Israel
long predated the Balfour Decla-
ration. It took place during the
prior Turkish administration
starting in the nineteenth century.
Indeed after the British adminis-
tered Palestine under the League
of Nations Mandate the British
administration did not honour the
Balfour Declaration largely
because of Arab opposition.
A Jewish presence in the Holy
Land had always existed before as
well as after the advent of the
nomadic Arabs and Islam to the
area, which became known as
"Palestine" referring to the earli-
er Philistine inhabitants. After
the' destruction associated with
the Roman conquest 'the area had
reverted from being the biblical
land "flowing with milk and hon-
ey" to being largely desert land
with a miniscule population. The
area was never a separate country
but became absorbed into the
Ottoman Empire and it remained
under Turkish rule until the
British defeated the Turks and
General Allenby entered
Jerusalem in December 1917.
The Jewish population had
increased from the late 1800's as a
result of modem Zionist move-
ments inspired by the German
journalist Theodore Hertzl to
which Mr. Coulson makes scant
reference. Most East European
Jews escaping the pogroms in
Tsarist Russia emigrated to the
United States but a solid number
of Zionist minded youths emi-
grated in waves to Palestine.
Accordingly by the time of the
Balfour Declaration in 1917 there
was a sizeable Jewish population


urban and rural across the coun-
try and many were able to boast
of being second and third gener-
ation settlers.
They settled in what was for
them "Eretz Yisroel", the "land
of Israel", not with the permis-
sion of the British Government
which did not control the country
till 1918, but with the permission
of the Islamic Turkish Govern-
ment and under the prevailing
Turkish law they were permitted
to buy land and settle. Mostly
they were engaged in communal
farming. When these young Jews
showed that by hard work the
land could again be made fertile
and productive there was a com-
mensurate increase in population
with Arab immigration.
Although the British Govern-
ment had no involvement,
wealthy British Jews, like the
Montefiores and the Rothschilds,
horrified at the suffering of their
co-religionists as a result of
pogroms in Russian gave philan-
thropic support during the nine-
teenth century to enable the set-
tlers to survive and land to be
purchased for farms and for
forests to be planted. Swampland
was reclaimed in the North.
The origin of the Balfour Dec-
laration was to give moral sup-
port for Palestine becoming a
Jewish homeland to which per-
sons escaping from the anti-Semi-
tism particularly in Russia might
go, and the Declaration as a letter
written by Authur Balfour for the
Government was published
before Turkey had even been
defeated in Palestine and Syria
by military arms. It was only at
the end of 1917 that General
Allenby wrested Palestine from
Turkish control, .'
However, the Balfour Decla-
ration significantly reflected an
unspoken desire by British polit-
ical leaders whose religious sen-
timents made it appropriate that
they should assist the Jewish peo-
ple to return to populate the land
of the Bible.
That desire to assist in the
return of the Jewish people to
their historic lands was reflected
in the support that the settlers
received from military men like
Brigadier General Orde Wingate
(later of Chindit fame) as well as
romantic political visionaries like
Winston Churchill not known for
his religious fervour.
Those sentiments it must be
conceded have enabled the Arabs
to claim that in Israel the West
is involved in a new Crusade. On
the other hand it must also be
conceded that since Israel recov-
ered the Old City of Jerusalem
from Jordan in 1967 it has for the


first time in well over a thousand
years secured the complete free-
dom of access of all three. reli-
gions to their holy sites.
It is legendary that when the
British Government wanted to
honour Dr. Chaim Weizman a
founding scientist in the realm of
bio-chemistry whose work in the
University of Manchester during
World War I led to a method of
producing acetone which was
needed for the production of
artillery shells, Dr. Weizman, an
ardent Zionist, is credited with
securing a promise from the
British Government to build a
"Jewish National Home" in
Palestine, in effect reflecting the
Balfour Declaration.
However any student of histo-
ry will regard as fanciful Mr.
Coulson's suggestion that the Bal-
four Declaration was a reward to
Dr Weizman for using his friend-
ship with Justice Louis Bandeis
to influence President Woodrow
Wilson to bring an isolationist
United States into the war in
1917.
What happened was that after
Lord Rothschild, on behalf of the
British Zionists, had agreed the
wording of the Balfour Declara-
tion the British Government
remained reluctant to release the
document unless President
Woodrow Wilson approved it. He
at first refused because he
thought it would antagonize the
Turkish Government with whom
the United States was not at war.
Supreme Court Justice Louis
Brandeis, who was an ardent
Zionist as well as a close friend of
President Wilson who had nomi-
nated Brandeis to the Supreme
Court the previous year, helped
persuade the President to change
his mind and endorse the Decla-
ration, thus enabling the British
government to put it forward with
American support. It was in no
way a factor that influenced the
President that the United States,
had to become a belligerent in
WVorld \ ar I.
Whatever the intentions at the
time when the Balfour declara-
tion was published in 1917, in
reality after Britain began to gov-
ern Palestine under the League
of Nations Mandate in 1918, Arab
rioting at the continuing Jewish
immigration forced Britain to
severely curtail Jewish imrr .i -
tion.
Nevertheless at all times unt!
the State of Israel was established
, with the sanction of the United
Nations in May 1948 the Jewish
immigration had carried the
approval of the prior Turkish
administration and subsequently
it was the official policy of the
British government no matter
that it was limited in practice.
But the Jewish presence in
Palestine was sufficient that from
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Caricom
welcomes
release of
Haiti's former
leader
N GEORGETOWN,
Guyana
THE Caribbean Com-
munity regional group has
welcomed former Haitian
prime minister Yvon Nep-
tune's release from jail
but criticized the "arbi-
trary" detentions of other
prisoners in the troubled
country, the group said in
a statement, according to
Associated Press.
Neptune was released
from a Haitian jail Thurs-
day, more than two years
after he was arrested on
charges of orchestrating
the killing of opponents
of ousted President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide at the
start of a rebellion that
engulfed the country.
But Neptune's release
"should not obscure the
fact that a large number
of persons supportive of
former President Aristide
arrested arbitrarily for
what appeared to be
political reasons under
the interim administration
have also been denied jus-
tice," the 15-member
group, known as Caricom,
said. It did not disclose
further details.
Still, the group praised
Haiti's new President
Rene Preval, who took
power in May, for efforts
in strengthening the
nation's judicial system.
Neptune's release came
a day after the regional
alliance announced plans
to give Haiti US$17 mil-
lion (eurol3 million) as
part of an international
effort to aid the impover-
ished nation of some 8
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* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Hundreds paid their final respects to Grand
Bahama businessman Preston Stuart Jr, 64, who was laid to rest
on Saturday.
Prime Minister Perry Christie and several government offi-
cials were among mourners attending the funeral service held
at St John's Jubilee Cathedral. Officiating was the Rev Dr
Emmette Weir.
Mr Stuart was found dead on July 19 in his vehicle, which was
discovered in a canal at Queen's Cove.
The businessman was initially reported missing to police by
a close relative on July 16. Police conducted an islandwide
search for Mr Stuart, who was last seen driving his burgundy
Cadillac DeVille on July 15.
The vehicle was spotted by a aircraft search team and pulled
from the water by a crane.
Mr Stuart's death left many persons in shock, including his
family and close business associates.
Many persons attended a wake held at Club Legend on Fri-
day.
Mr Stuart owned the Freeport Taxi Company, First Atlantic
Realty and Club Legend on Queen's Highway.
Police have not yet released the results of an
autopsy.


Murder accused



'signed confession'


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Murder
accused Frederick Francis signed
a written police statement con-
fessing to killing two Austrian
tourists last year while they were
on vacation in Bimini.
Police Sergeant Darrell Rolle,
the officer in charge of the inves-
tigation into the murders, told
the Supreme Court on Friday
that Francis willingly gave a
statement to police on July 26,
2005, at Alice Town Police Sta-
tion in Bimini following his
arrest on July 25.
Francis, 23, of Porn, Bay,
Bimini, is accused ot the mur-
ders of Bernhard Bolzano, 34,
and Barbara Frelln von Perfall,
32, of Austria.
It is also alleged that he
robbed the couple and raped Ms
von Perfall before shooting both
to death in their hotel room at
the Bimini Blue Water Resort
on July 23, 2005.
The double murder trial'
opened on Thursday before Jus-
tice Stephen Isaacs. A jury of six
men and women are hearing evi-
dence in the case.
Sandra Dee Gardiner, of the
Attorney General's Office, is
appearing on behalf of the
Crown. Lawyer Carlson Shur-
land is representing Francis.
Sgt Rolle told the court that
around 4.30pm on July 26, while
at the Alice Town Police Sta-
tion, he took a written statement
from Francis.
Mr Shurland, who had object-
ed to the statement being
entered as evidence, was unable
to give grounds for his objec-
tion, later overruled by Justice
Stephen Isaacs.
According to the statement,
read by Sgt Rolle in court, Fran-
cis left home around 2am on Sat-
urday, July 23, and retrieved a
shotgun from the backyard.
He went to the Bimini Blue


Water Resort, where he saw the
sliding glass door open. Francis
jumped over the fence. He then
saw a woman lying on the bed.
He said the couple were naked
in the room.
When Francis pulled the
blinds across, the woman awoke
and was about to scream so he
pointed the shotgun at her and
told her not to scream. The man
awoke shortly afterwards.
He asked the couple for mon-
ey, but they told him they had
none. He then asked them if
they wanted to die.
According to the statement,
the couple took out $40 US and
gave it, to Francis, The woman
told him that she had Euro dol-
lars, but Francis said he did not
want them.
Francis then asked the man,
whom he referred to as the
woman's husband, if he had a
condom. After he was given a
condom, he told police that the
woman started to scream so he
gun-butted her in the head.
He then told police that he
tied the man and put a pillow to
his back and shot him. After rap-
ing the woman, he also shot her
through a pillow.
Before leaving the room,
Francis took a pouch and cam-
era and went back home. He
told police that he buried the
shotgun on the beach and put
the pouch under the floor of his
house.
Sgt Rolle said the statement
was signed by Francis. He and
another officer also signed it.
He said Francis had also
directed police to Room Six at
Bimini Blue Water Resort,
where the incident had taken
place.
Sgt Rolle said on July 26, he
charged Francis with the
offences before the court.
Under cross-examination by
Mr Shurland, Sgt Rolle told the
court that police had not
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Sgt Rolle said that Francis
gave them information, and took
police to certain areas where he
pointed out a shotgun and items
that he got from the victims.
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No tears for stalled WTO talks


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

N O TEARS should be
shed by small devel-
oping countries over the col-
lapse on Monday, July 24 of
trade negotiations at the World
Trade Organisation (WTO):
There was very little in it for
them.
Although trumpeted as a
"development" round since
November 2001 when the nego-
tiations began, the talks have
been nothing more than a tussle
between the United States (US)
and the European Union (EU)
to get an advantage over each
other for agricultural exports to
the world market.
In the ministerial meetings


that followed in Cancun in 2003
and Hong Kong in 2005, the
negotiations failed to move
because the US and the EU
shadow-boxed with each other
over who would make the least
reduction in subsidies to their
farming communities.
And, while they were doing
so, farming communities in des-
perate countries, such as those in
sub-Saharan Africa, languished
in ever increasing poverty
unable to compete in the global
market place even though their
labour is dirt cheap.
The farming lobbies in the
EU, particularly France, and
the US are powerful groups and
elected representatives cross
them at the risk of being voted
out of office.
In the US, upcoming mid-
term elections in farming states
would undoubtedly have influ-
enced the stance of US repre-
sentatives at the WTO
talks. Rice, corn, wheat, soy-
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go to 40 per cent of big and
powerful US farmers.
Britain's Prime Minister Tony
Blair has pointed out the unfair-
ness of a similar situation in the
EU in which a handful of
wealthy but powerful farmers
benefit from subsidies, but
France's President Jacques
Chirac remains a strong sup-
porter of help to French farm-
ers.
So, both the US and the EU
proclaim that they want to see a
reduction in subsidies to farm-
ers, but each demand deeper
cuts from the other in order to
make the exports of its own
farmers more competitive in the
global market place.
All that happened in Geneva
on July 24 was a re-enactment
of the jockeying for position
between the US and the EU.
In announcing, finally, that
the five years of talks had
ground to a jarring halt, Pascal
Lamy, the Director-General of
the WTO, declared: "There are
no winners and losers in this
assembly. Today, there are only
losers". But, there would have
been many losers had these
talks succeeded.

or the talks success
would have depended
on a deal between the US and
the EU not only to agree parity
on their cuts in subsidies, but
also on agreement to demand
radical reductions in tariffs on
agricultural imports by devel-
oping countries.
The result would have been
the annihilation of farmers in
many small countries, such as
those in the Caribbean and
Pacific, who would have been
unable to compete with imports
from the US and the EU.
Rural communities in Africa
would also have been devastat-
ed since, because they cannot
compete globally with heavily
subsidized EU and US agricul-
tural exports, they rely heavily
on sales in their domestic mar-
ket, and they would have been
severely undercut by US and
EU products on which tariffs
were reduced.
But, while the failure by the


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EU and the US to agree over
agricultural subsidies was the
straw that broke the camel's
back in these talks, it was by no
means the only failure.
Pascal Lamy pointed out that
the discussions in Geneva
between the representatives of
six WTO member states the
so-called G6 "did not even
move on to the third leg of the
triangle market access in
non-agricultural goods". The
G6 are: US, EU, India, Aus-
tralia, Brazil and Japan.
On market access for non-
agricultural goods, in'dustrialised
nations want developing coun-
tries to cut their tariffs by 60 to
70 per cent while offering to cut
theirs by only 20 to 30 per
cent. Their argument being that
tariffs by developing countries


These trade
negotiations
have offered
little to
developing
countries -
particularly
small ones such
as those in the
Caribbean, the
Pacific and
Africa.


place their products at a disad-
vantage.
In other words, having devel-
oped their own industries by a
raft of protectionist measures
over decades, the industrialized
countries now want to kick


* SIR Ronald Sand

away the same lade
nesses in developir
in their own market
It is just as well f
ing countries that t
resentatives did not
obstacle of agricul
dies to contend wil
lenge of market acc
agricultural goods.
by some miracle, B
and China had agr
tariffs to the extent
industrialized nation
unlikely that other
Asia, Africa and Lat
would have acquies

T he reality i
far. these ti
nations have offer
developing countries
ularly small ones su
in the Caribbean,
and Africa.
Indeed, if the trer
painfully evident in
continue, the loss
income for many
countries will not or
there will be little
which to replace tl
by high taxes on alre
erished local comm


Pascal Lamy said that "the
failure of this Round would be a
blow to the development
prospects of the more vulnera-
ble Members for whom inte-
gration in international trade
represents the best hope for
growth and poverty allevia-
tion". He would have been right
if these talks were indeed a
"development round" with real
S and concrete measures for
development permeating the.
discussions.
S B But, the talks have been any-
thing but development oriented.
Principally, they have been
about rivalry between the farm-
ing lobbies in the EU and the
US for agricultural dominance
of the world market.
To a lesser extent, they have
also been about the competitive
relationship between the EU
and the US on the one hand and
the increasingly large developing
economies of China, India and
S Brazil on the other.
ders Neither of those two items
addresses the very different
ler for busi- concerns of poor countries and
ig countries small states.
ts. It is now to be hoped that, in
or develop- trying to reinvigorate these
the G6 rep- talks, the US and the EU espe-
get past the cially will acknowledge that
tural subsi- "free" trade is not necessarily
th the chal- "fair" trade when the trading
ess for non- relationship is between hugely
For, even if unequal nations, and will there-
3razil, India fore put in place real measures
eed to slash for the development of poor
required by and vulnerable countries.
is, it is most They should start by reaf-
Snations in firming their commitment, giv-
tin America en to poor countries in Hong
ced. Kong last November, to pro-
vide then with duty-free, quota
free access. And, they should
is that, thus volunteer to accord to small
trade negoti- states longer periods of duty-
ed little to free access to markets of devel-
es- partic- oped countries, and permit
ich as those them to maintain tariffs on a
the Pacific non-reciprocal basis.
The idea that the full liberal;
nds that are isation of trade in all its aspects
these talks will benefit poor and small
es in tariff states should be challenged.
developing With the WTO grappling to
nly be huge; find a way forward, now would
le room in be the right time to make the
hem except challenge.
ready impov- Responses to: ronald-
unities. sanders29@hotmail.com


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The Junkanoo
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(Photos: Mario
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vice-president of the Bahamas Estate Association (BREA)
Hotel Association, at the began in mid-1950 and became asked BREA members to stand
BREA mid-year lunch, held at viable in late 1960. in a moment of silence to
Nassau Yacht Club. In response to a question acknowledge and honour the
Mr Comito gave a video pre- regarding more immediate passing of former members, pio
sentation detailing progressive improvements, Mr Comito said: neer land developer, Mr Allan.
' steps taken to date and future "We have made considerable Winner and Grand Bahama
S plans for the redevelopment of improvements during the past broker, Mr Preston Stuart.
the major portion of Bay Street,
from Arawak Cay to Monta.
ramp.
He said: The major focus
of the p!an (and the .n-os
expensive) calls for the ieloca-
tion of all the current commer- '
cial/container shipment termi-
nals and docks to a new site in
south-west New Providence,
close to the old Clifton Pier
site."
The cruise ship port and har-
bour would remain downtown,
enhanced by the current com-
mercial docks and warehouses
being converted into waterfront
attractions and accommodation
catering to both tourists and res-
idents, he reported.
During the presentation, Mr
Comito referred to similar rede-
velopments throughout North
America and the region, which
have been created and managed
by Business Improvement Dis-
tricts (BID) involving govern-
ments, business owners and
unions.
Prime Minister Perry
Christie has recently created
The Nassau Economic Devel-
opment Commission to oversee
the Bay Street Development
S project. :
During the question-and,
S answer period, it was noted that
S the new port could cost more
than $200 million.
S Citing other regional historic ,
S developments, Mr Comito not-
ed that "Historic Charleston"
was begun in the 1940s and
became viable in 1960; "Old
San Juan" redevelopment
began in the 1960s and was
completed in the 1980s; "His-
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Oil spill set to disrupt West Bay St


FROM page one
T :


road.
According to Mr Pinder,
officials from the Ministry of
Environmental Health,
Bahamas Electricity Corpo-
ration, Texaco, and the Min-
istry of Works arrived ial the
scene shortly afterwards to
assess the damage caused,
and determined that the
entire area of the spill had
to be excavated.
"We have tried to recover
as much of the lubrication oil
as possible from the envi-
ronment," Mr Pinder said.
"But the general environ-
ment will have to be exca-
vated, particularly where the
lubrication oil is at this
point."
In conjunction with Bay
Chem, Mr Pinder said they
were able to remove remain-
ing oil which had not seeped
into the water table and put
it into another container,
moving it safely off-site.
As part of the clean-up


'Sm


PARLIAMENTARY
secretary at the Ministry
of Environmental Health
Ron Pinder
efforts, he said a section of
the highway will also have to
be cut out and resurfaced, as
the oil can reappear in the
event of rain.
"Because the road is very


slippery," :;"aid Mr I'IiiI
Ridt c li ylr I 1i l1 i i' ss
(oodui,;,l's 1y and the
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rounmil;liout will be closed
fl. '"
Pointing out that there
would be a single lane of
traffic on the dual carriage-
way beginning at the Good-
man's Bay Corporate Cen-
tre, he cautioned the public
to take extreme care when
travelling in the area.
"People must exercise cau-
tion because, due to exces-
sive speeds, there were about
six accidents that occurred
on Saturday night, even
though there were markings,
barricades, and safety fea--
tures indicating that there
was single-line traffic," said
Mr Pinder.
He said that even though
there are markings, barri-.
cades, and safety features
around, people must remem-
ber the road may be slippery
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FROM page one

have on the marine life in and
around Andros, the minister
said he ordered work to cease.
"I ordered that the fill that they
had put in to create the road be
removed, and be removed in the
most environmentally friendly
way," said the minister. "So they
have discontinued the work."
However, before the minister
ordered the project shut down
last week, residents and environ-
mentalists in South Andros tried
unsuccessfully to convince Min-
istry of Works' engineers at the
site to terminate the project.
"When you are doing any kind
of development, you have a fun-
damental responsibility to co-
ordinate and communicate that
with the people for you to under-
stand what their issues are
regarding the development," said
environmentalist and Andros res-
ident, Margo Blackwell.
"In central and North Andros,
86 per cent of our creeks have
been compromised and degraded
in some sort of way," she added.
"When they put the road
across to join up Stafford's Creek
to North Andros, they com-
pletely killed one side of the
creek, and the index of biotic
inventory on the other side is
badly damaged."
After being "chased off the
job" by Ministry of Works engi-
neers, Ms Blackwell said she con-
tacted Mr Roberts, who apolo-
gised for his officials, saying: "It
was unjustified."
She said that, despite an initial
promise by Mr Roberts to have
the job halted, when she went
back, ministry officials "were
working away digging up the
creek, and putting in culverts."
Mr Roberts, she said, was once
again contacted and another
directive was sent to to have the
work stopped.
"What concerns me," said Ms
Blackwell, "is that this project is
a Ministry of Works project com-
ing out of Tourism."


In talking with The Tribune,
Mr Roberts said that the road
request was made during the time
when Vincent Vanderpool-Wal-
lace was director of tourism, and
that it came in response to visi-
tors, specialised in fly-fishing, who
found that it took a long time to
get to the other side of the creek
by boat.
"Putting a road across the
creek would cut down on the
journey by hours," Mr Roberts
said he was told.
But Whitney Bastian, inde-
pendent MP for South Andros,
disagrees, saying the former
director of tourism may be get-
ting the blame.
"He may have gotten the
blame, but the request, I think,
came from Norbett Rahming,"
said Mr Bastian.
On Saturday, in a newspaper
interview, Mr Rahming is report-
ed to have admitted lobbying for
the road to be built.
Mr Rahming is quoted as say-
ing: "I think the road would be a
blessing to the people because I
rode as far as I could go on the
new road, and to me it's the most
beautiful place that I have seen.,"
In the article, he says that if
the prime minister could "per-
suade an investor to go and set up
an anchor project there, it will
turn the whole South Andros
economy around."
However, many who have seen
the damage that construction has
already produced said the road
will kill off the very product that
Mr Rahming claims it will pro-
mote.
"From the science and evi-
dence from other creeks in the
area that have been affected, we
know what is going to happen,"
said Ms Blackwell.
"The back side of the creek is
going to fill in with silt and man-
grove, and it will die. The bone-
fish which spawn out there will
not go under the bridge or
through the culverts anymore, so
you will kill off an entire habi-
tat."


Woman dies

in car crash

FROM page one

of Freeport, was travelling
north along Sergeant Major
Road and, on reaching the
intersection with East Sun-
rise Highway, drove past the
stop sign, and collided with
an Astro van, licence 29070.
The van, driven by Lloyd
Kemp, 34, of Behring Lane,
was travelling west along
East Sunrise Highway. Both
vehicles were extensively
damaged.
Chief Supt Basil Rahming
said Ms Morhill sustained
multiple injuries and was
pronounced dead at the
scene.
Mr Kemp, he said, was
shaken up, but was able to
walk away without assis-
tance.
Police are urging motorists
to exercise caution and make
sure the way is clear before
entering major thorough-
fares.

Two held

FROM page one

mour, was boarded by US
Coast Guard inspectors
doing a routine search just
25 miles off the coast of Fort
Pierce.
It is reported that the
inspectors became suspicious
after speaking with Seymour
and Garvey, and towed the
vessel into a Fort Pierce ship-
yard.
It was here, and with the
help of dogs from the K-9
unit, that officers were alert-
ed to the presence of nar-
cotics in the five suitcases on
board.
Reportedly, Seymour and
Garvey told investigators
that they were paid to trans-
port the shipment from
Grand Bahama to.Florida. ,'
According to officers, this
was the largest cocaine
seizure in the county area in
Jhe last 15 years. The pair
were charged with traffick-
ing cocaine in excess of 400
grams. It is expected that
additional federal charges
will soon be filed.


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Perspective on Lebanon difficulties


FROM page four
1918 the British administration
attempted to govern the mandat-
ed territories even-handedly
favouring neither the Jews nor
the Arabs. English, Arabic and
Hebrew were the official lan-
guages.
At one point I lived in London
opposite the Jordanian Embassy
and the Ambassador's chauffeur,
a Palestinian Arab, who took a
liking to my children recounted
his fond memories as a police-
man under the British mandate
when police patrols were com-
prised of three, a British police-
man assisted by an Arab police-
man and a Jewish policeman.
I had the opportunity to see
the close relations that could con-
tinue to exist in the newly created
Israel between Jews and their
Arab neighbours when I visited
an aunt in 1950. She was a trained
nurse who had gone to Palestine
in the 1930's and was caught there
by the Second World War. She
had married an official in the
Mandate administration and they
lived in a mixed neighbourhood


in Jaffa where her best friends
were Arab women whom she
insisted I meet and their friend-
ship continued even after the war
in 1948.
Now more than 55 years and
several wars later the relationship
between Jewish and Arab Israelis
must have been put under greater
strains.
SA large part of the Jewish
immigration since 1918 and par-
ticularly since 1948 had been from
Arab countries by Jews in old
established communities seeking
refuge from persecution by the
Islamic majority. Some are peo-
ples who were almost indistin-
guishable from their Arab neigh-
bors but whose ancestral Jewish
faith probably antedates the
advent of Islam. In some cases
the tradition is that their Judaism
originated with the return of tihe
Queen of Sheba from the Court
of King Solomon. The practices
of their religious traditions are
,probably traditional practices that
prevailed in the Holy Land before
the time of Christ.
Also in 1950 at Lydda Airport
it was possible to see the old


established Yemenite Jewish
community being brought to
Israel from persecution in
Yemen. The project to get them
out to Israel whilst their Govern-
ment would let them go was
named "Operation Magic Car-
pet". Tall dark and stately in their
long robes, they knew nothing
about modern means of trans-
portation and preferred to believe
that the Lord had sent magic
wings to return them to Zion and
the land of their ancestors after an
absence of thousands of years.
They descended the steps from
their aircraft in a daze and at the
bottom of the steps they dropped
to their knees on the tarmac to
kiss the holy land and in thanks to
.God for their deliverance.
Why should these peoples, like
others, not have a land of their
own in Israel where they can
enjoy political and religious free-
dom? The wisdom of the British
Government and American Gov-
ernment in 1917 no doubt antici-
pating the future dismembering
of the sick man that was the
Ottoman Empire, thought they
should. Had Britain honoured the


Balfour Declaration a great many
who were subsequently to die in
the Nazi death camps could have
been saved at a time when other
countries were denying them
entry and the Nazis were pre-
pared to let them go provided
they left empty handed.
It is difficult to understand
why Mr. Coulson should at this
time with the fighting going on
in Israel and Lebanon suddenly
concentrate on the Balfour Dec-
laration as having represented a
mistake well intentioned through
it may have been. In a practical
sense the Declaration led to
nothing so that what Mr. Coulson
seems to be implying is that all
support given by the United
States and other Western coun-
tries to Israel is a mistake, though
well intentioned.
Is there any reason to believe
that warring between Israel and
its Arab neighbours will stop no
matter what the outcome of the
present fighting between Israel
and the Hezbollah in Lebanon?
Mr. Coulson seemingly can see
no hope and suggests that despite
their best intentions Britain and


America were wrong to support
Jewish immigration into Pales-
tine and the establishment of a
Jewish State. Presumably he
implies that support for Israel in
the future is a mistake even if well
intentioned.
I do not believe that the vari-
ous religiously inspired militias
fighting Israel are prepared to see
any agreement that would involve
the continued existence of a Jew-
ish State. Mr. Coulson may agree
on that point. I believe that ulti-
mately the fundamentalist Arabs
have not moved one iota from
1948 when the neighboring
states all sent armies to destroy
the nascent Jewish State.
However Israel is not fighting
all the Arab countries. It is fight-
ing Hezbullah the, agent of Iran
and Syria, although against Inter-
national Law an ineffective
Lebanese Government has per-
mitted Hezbullah to occupy
southern Lebanon to engage in
war with a sovereign country.
The problems faced by Arab
leaders in modern times is not a
subject for this letter but my view
that Israel faces virtual intransi-
gence relies on the fact that nego-
tiations between the Israelis and
Palestinian Arabs always seem
to come to an end just when an
agreement seems in sight. The
Israeli leaders living in a democ-
ratic society could probably deliv-,
er an effective Agreement but
the Arab side it seems cannot.
There are too many factions, too
many groups who would go on
fighting against Israel. Any agree-
ment would only lead to partial
acceptance and rejection by oth-
ers and ousting of the negotiating
leader.
But the problems in the Near
East do not relate solely to Israel.
Since 1945 it seems that an Islam-
ic majority or a minority can only
live in peace with others when
they are subjects of a powerful
king or a forceful undemocratic
tyrant. If they have no Hindu,
Christian or Jewish neighbours
to fight against then it seems the
Sunnis will kill Shiites and vice
versa. Starting with the indepen-
dence of India it is difficult to see
any country, which has received
independence or lost a powerful
leader like Tito where the Islam-
ic population have been prepared
to live at peace with their neigh-
bours of another religion'or sect.
If the Israeli issue were to dis-
appear tomojrro0 uould that
bring the disputes between Pak-
istan and India over Kashmir to
an end, or the civil war in Iraq to
an end, or the civil war in
Lebanon finally to an end? On
the Internet in English Islamic
youths are today invited to fight
"in the way of Allah" in Kash-
mir, India, Chechniyah,
Afghanistan, The Philistines, and
"wherever we are being
oppressed."
So where does Mr. Coulson
go from there. Should Israel not
have its right in International law
to defend itself? Would he have
the Israelis submissively role over
and die? They are not going to
do so whatever he may think.
Unless suicide martyrs are con-
trolled it may all end in a nuclear
bloodbath and possibly third
world war.
,I have tried in this letter to
show that by the time Britain and
America approved the Balfour


Declaration and the British man-
date was established there was
already a sizeable Jewish pres-
ence in Palestine, which had to
be treated on an equal basis with
the Arab population. There
would have been a de facto Jew-
ish state in Israel when the Jews
fought off invading armies from
- every border in 1948. It was not a
case that the Jews population had
seized another existing State.
There was no state of Palestine
that anyone was laying claim to.
Under the Partition plan the
Palestinian Arabs and Jews were
offered their own separate terri-
tories. The Jews accepted, the
Arabs refused. Instead the invad-
ing armies from all borders, invit-
ed or uninvited, rode to battle
against the Jewish State. Did they
do this for the benefit of the
Palestinian Arabs or themselves?
The Jordanian Army under its
British Officer took control of the
Old City of Jerusalem for Jordan,
not for the Palestinian Arabs.
But the politics of the matter
have not remained static in the
last 50 years. The Arab leaders
have used the anti-Israel shibbo-
leth as a means of avoiding divi-
sion in their own ranks and to
gain attention. The militant
squads who cry jihad and look
for an opportunity to die as mar-
tyrs have gained the upper hand.
Through the Hezbullah the Shiite
Iranians now control Syria and
Lebanon.
If the attempt to bring democ-
racy to Iraq fails and it seems it
might even in the short term, the
present civil war will result in the
greater part of Iraq and its oil and
the Persian Gulf falling under the
complete control of Iran. At that
point the moderate Arab States
of Saudi Arabia and Egypt and
Jordan, which have their own dis-
sident terrorist groups to contend
with, will be challenged and large-
ly defenseless against an Iran that
may have a nuclear arsenal.
It is therefore not a wholly far
fetched possibility that in a matter
of a few years the whole Arab
world will be controlled and
under the influence of a new Iran-
ian Empire occupying most of the
near East. In the space of less
than one hundred years the Arab
peoples will have gone from being
subjects of the Ottoman Empire
and will have lost their interven-
ing independence and be subjects
of an new Persian ,Empire.
Turkey will have moved in to:
take over the Kurdish areas of
Iraq and the new confrontation
will be between Iran and Turkey
possibly with Israel allied to the
South but with the Arab peoples
becoming vassals again of a new
non-Arabic Empire.
On such an analysis it is under-
standable that in the present con-
flict with Israel defending itself
from and attempting to weaken
the powerful Hezbollah forces, it
is serving the interests of the mod-
erate Arab States, as they and the
United States well understand.
S If the moderate Arab states
stand up to Iranian threats and
Hezbullah is substantially weak-
ened or disarmed some good may
yet come out of the present
Israel/Hezbollah confrontation.

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Suez still pushing





Freeport LNG plan


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter
T he other compa-
ny proposing a
multi-million dol-
lar liquefied nat-
ural gas (LNG)
terminal in the Bahamas is due
to hold meetings with Bahami-
an and Grand Bahama Port
Authority (GBPA) executives
today, in a bid to bring their
plan to fruition.
Although the Government'
-. pp.irently close to signing a
Heads of Agreement with
AES for its Ocean Express ter-
minal and pipeline on Ocean
Cay, near Bimini, Suez Ener-
gy North America, Inc for-
merly Tractebel North Amer-
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in its proposed Freeport Har-
bour location.
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vice-president of communica-
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Freeport Harbour is an ideal
location for an LNG terminal
and has been working behind
the scenes to make it a reality.
"We are still very interest-
ed," she said.
Ms Rockstroh said that as
far as Suez was aware, neither


Company expresses frustration at

absence of government decision

so it 'can move forward'


they nor AES had received
any decision from the Gov-
ernment as to whether it had
approved their respective LNG
projects.
She added that Suez repre-
sentatives will be on Grand
Bahama to discuss their com-
pany's proposal with Bahami-
an officials today.
Ms Rockstroh said that giv-
en the ramifications of any
Government approval, if AES
had received the go-ahead, it
would have been big news and
reached the United States.
Ms Rockstroh said Suez
started the process for obtain-
ing LNG approval many years
ago. She added that while the
company had been awaiting
the Government's decision, it
had begun' work to\accommo-
date South Florida's energy
needs through the construc-
tion of an offshore buoy ter-
minal off that state's coast,
expected to be completed in


2009.
Ms Rockstroh said that with
a land-based facility estab-
lished in Grand Bahama and
the offshore terminal, Suez
would be able to satisfy the
needs of South Florida.
However, she said that while
the two projects would com-
plement one another, they
were not dependent on each
another.
Ms Rockstroh noted that the
Government's delay in mak-
ing a decision had created dif-
ficulties for Suez.
"Frankly, we had hoped that
a decision would have been
forthcoming so that we can
move forward," she said.
In an interview with The Tri-
bune earlier this year, Ms
Rockstroh said that while Suez
was looking at developing a
"submerged offshore buoy"
that would serve as the deep-
water delivery point for LNG
ships bringing their cargo to


Florida, it was viewing the
Freeport Harbour project as
"longer-term".
She acknowledged, though,
that Suez had switched its
immediate focus to the buoy
plan due to its deep frustration
over the Bahamian govern-
ment's indecision over whether
to approve its project or that of
AES Ocean Express, which
has been proposed for Ocean
Cay near Bimini.
Suez has moved because it
can no longer afford to wait
for the Government to make
up its mind, as it faces losing
out on what it sees as the lucra-
tive Florida LNG market,
especially given that state's
demands for clean, efficient
fuels. .
Ms Rockstroh said then that
if the Bahamian government
did not want LNG terminals

SEE page 3B


Caribbean Bottling


takeover completed


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE group led by Com-
monwealth Bank executive
Walter Wells, which features
a Barbados brewery, has com-
pleted the acquisition of
Caribbean Bottling, The Tri-
bune can reveal.
The takeover of the compa-
ny that holds the franchise for
- and manufactures Coca-
Cola products in this nation is
likely to be formally.
announced later this week,
sources said.
Apart from Mr Wells, senior
vice-president for commercial
and mortgage lending at Com-
monwealth Bank, the buyout
group also includes Bahamian
institutional investors and
Banks (Barbados) Breweries, a
Barbadian brewery.
Mr Wells did not return a
Tribune phone call on Friday
afternoon seeking comment.
The Tribune previously
revealed that Mr Wells and his
group were the front-runners
to acquire Caribbean Bottling,
with Coca-Cola having
approved their purchase and
takeover provided they
obtained the necessary
approvals from the Bahamas
government.
The acquisition is likely to
raise eyebrows in some quar-
ters of the Bahamian business
community, though, given the
involvement of a foreign com-
pann in the deal.
Approvals would have been


required from, both the Cen-
tral Bank of .the Bahamas, on
the exchange control side, and
the Government's Investments
Board and National Economic
Council (NEC) because Banks
is a foreign entity.
In addition, manufacturing
and distribution businesses are
supposed to be reserved for
100 per cent Bahamian own-
ership, so the involvement of'
Banks and the apparent gov-
ernment approval is likely to
cause some concerH among the
business community.
The situation could again
provoke a debate over the so-
called National Investment
Policy, which is supposed to
reserve certain areas of the
economy for Bahamian own-
ership only. This is seen as a
tool of national development,
enabling Bahamian-owned
businesses to grow and become
strong enough to compete
against international rivals.
Others, though, believe that
the National Investment Policy
i, in danger of becoming out-
dated in a world of free trade
and open borders.
They will argue that the
involvement of entities such as
Banks will benefit Bahamian
consumers, as they will bring to
bear their operational experi-
ence to deliver efficiencies and
cost savings to end users.
The involvement of Banks
in Mr Wells' group is likely to

SEE page 10B


BTC's service quality

demands privatization

E By NEIL HARTNELL -
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas Telecommu-
nications Company (BTC)
must be privatised because the .
level of service it provides to
business and residential con-
sumers is "far below" that
offered by telecoms operators
in the. rest of the Caribbean,- ,
the minister of state for finance
told The Tribune.
While conceding that there
were "two schools of thought"
on Whether BTC should be pri-
vatised, given that its prof- *

SEE page 6B M JAMES SMITH



CDB: Bahamas should

target 50% poverty fall


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Bahamas has been
urged to customisee" the Unit-
ed Nations (UN) Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs)
and target its own objectives,
such as reducing the number
of people falling below the
poverty line by 50 per cent.
The Caribbean Develop-
ment Bank (CDB), in its
review of the Bahamian econ-
omy's performance in 2005,
said the Bahamas should set
its own goals "to reflect its own
reality and development con-


cers", given that it was seen as
having a relatively high level
of social and economic devel-
opment compared to other
Caribbean states.
The CDB said in the review,
which was part of its 2005
annual report, that the
Bahamas' goals "could include
reducing by 50 per cent the
number of poor persons who
fall below the poverty line by
2015, and/or eliminating
extreme poverty".
Adding that poverty levels

SEE page 11B


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PAGE 2B, MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006


THE TRIBUNE


* By Fidelity Capital
Markets
IT was another active trad-
ing week in the Bahamian
market as just over 656,000
shares changed hands. For the
week, the market saw 12 out of
its 20 listed stocks trade, of
which five advanced, one
declined and six remained
unchanged.
Volume leader for the week
was Colina Holdings (CHL)
with 527,898 shares changing
hands and accounting for 80.47
per cent of the total shares
traded. The big advancer for
the week was Commonwealth
Bank (CBL), whose share
price increased by $0.39 to end
the week at a new 52-week
high of $10.99.
On the down side, Abaco
Markets' (AML) share price


declined by $0.01 to close at
$1.78.
The FINDEX closed the
week at 682.88.

COMPANY NEWS
Abaco Markets (AML) -

For the quarter ending April
30, 2006, AML posted a net
loss of $1.8 million, which
marked a significant increase
versus 2005's net loss of
$410,000. Investors should note
that $1.5 million of this loss
was due to restructuring costs.
On a positive note, sales
increased $2.2 million or,14.56
per cent to total $17.8 million,,
while cost of sales also grew in
tandem by 14.10 per cent to
total $12.2 million versus $10.7
million year-over-year.


iL 6, I


AML had a net operating
profit of $496,000 versus
39,000 in 2005, while total
assets declined by $2.8 million
or $8.01 per cent. Overall,
AML continues to take steps
to strengthen their balance
sheet, improve cash flow, and
return to profitability.
In other related news, AML
held its Annual General Meet-
ing this week. Noted at the
Meeting was the resignation of
William Saunders and
Franklyn Butler from AML's
Board of Directors.

Commonwealth Bank
(CBL) -

For the 2006 second quar-
ter, CBL posted net income of
$9.1 million, representing an
increase of $1.4 million or
18.96 per cent over the,same
period last year.
Interest income rose by $4.8
million or 23.64 per cent to


total $25.4 million, while inter-
est expense increased by $1.4
million to total $7.8 million.
Net interest income for the
2006 second quarter rose by
$3.3 million or 23.92 per cent to
$17.6 million, compared to
$14.2 million in 2005.
Operating expenses
increased by $717,000 to $9.9
million versus $9.2 million for
the equivalent period in 2005.
Total loans for the 2006 sec-
ond quarter grew by $61.3 mil-
lion or $8.89 per cent to $753
million, while total assets stood
at $940 million, an increase
of $86 million or 10.17 per
cent. Earnings per share (EPS)
increased by $0.05 year over
year to total $0.25.
In other related news, CBL
has completed the issue of
$24.12 million preference
shares-by a private placement
within one week, signalling
investor confidence in the com-
pany.


International Markets

FOREX Rates


CAD$
GBP
EUR


Weekly %Change
1.1316 -0.58
1.8627 0.24
S1.2758 0.54


Commodities


Weekly %Change


Crude Oil
Gold


$73.22
.$635.05


-1.72
2.13


International Stock Market Indexes:


DJIA
S & P500
NASDAQ
Nikkei


Weekly %Change
11,219.70 3.23
1,278.55 3.08
2.094.14 3.65
15,342.87 3.52


--- --- --- -- ----
The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX 682.88 YTD 23.74%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


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


$1.78
$1.49
$0.80
$7.49
$12.05
$14.00
$1.48
$9.10
$10.99
$1.96
$13.00
$4.61
$2.70
$6.21
$1.00
$11.15
$11.50
$8.65
$9.10
$8.00
$10.00


CHANGE VOLUME


$-0.04
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$-
$0.15
$0.39:
S$-
$0.20
$0.21
S$0.20
$-
$-
$-
$-
S$-
$-
$-
5, *:


1,000
700
0
0
0
0
0
106,400
3,302
527.898
6,200
7,127
1,000
400
S900
100
1,000
0
0
0
S0


YTD PRICE
CHANGE
143.84%
35.45%
14.29%
7.00%
15.87%
9.80%
17.46%
-4.71%
20.64%
19.51%
19.49%
4.77%
24.42%
2.64%
-13.04%
10.95%
5.50%
-4.52%
0.55%
16.79%
0.00%


DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
* FOCOL Company (FCL) has declared a dividend of
$0.11 per share payable on August 9. 2006. to all shareholders
as at record date July 31. 2006.

Benchmark (Bahamas) has declared a special dividend of
$0.01 per share payable on July 31. 2006. to all shareholders as
at record date June 30, 2006.

Consolidated Water Company has declared a dividend of
$0.012 per BDR payable on August 8,2006, to all BDR share-
holders as at record date June 30, 2006.
*Kerzner International will hold an Extraordinary Gener-
al Meeting on August 28. 2006. at the New Providence Room
of the Coral Towers. Atlantis.
Colina Holdings Bahamas will hold its Annual General
Meeting on August 10, 2006. at 5.30 pm at the J. W. Pinder
Building. Colinalmperial Insurance Ltd, Collins Avenue.
Nassau, Bahamas.



Fop he sopis beindthe ews


I .Bank of The Bahamas

UxN TE R N A T I ON A L





























Bank of The Bahamas International is pleased to announce the
appointment of Mr. Samuel P. Haven to the position of Senior
Manager, Private Banking & International Operations, with effect
from July 1s 2006.


Mr. Haven is an experienced international banker, with over 32 years
in the local and international financial services sector. He has spent
the past 8 years in the USA, as Vice President & Manager, Offshore
Banking for Lloyds TSB Bank PLC (from March 1998 to June 2003)
and Head of the Corporate Services Unit for the Miami law Firm of
Freeman, Haber, Rojar & Stanham LLP.


Mr. Haven is a Justice of the Peace for New Providence, a Notary
Public for the state of Florida and a member of the Society of Trustees
& Estate Practitioners (STEP). He holds a Bachelor of Science degree
in Business Administration and attended the Bahamas Academy High
School. He is also an avid sportsman, a former international athlete
and a former Chairman of the National Sports Advisory Council.


Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

JUNIOR ACCOUNTANT


Credit Suisse is one of the world's premier private banks. It is setting new standards
that go beyond traditional banking services. Our dedicated and highly qualified
staff provides our clientele with comprehensive solutions in individual investment
counseling and professional portfolio management. Our total commitment is
always to our clients and we focus without compromise on their financial well-
being and their personal values.


The position is open to candidates with the following minimum requirements:

Main tasks:
S MIS (Management Information System) reporting
S Assist with Local and Foreign reporting
S Assist Cashier
S Cheque preparation and due diligence on items presented for payment
S Booking of monthly accruals
S Reconciling of all general ledger at the appropriate level of frequency
S Communication and response to queries relating to expenses and clients
S Filing of expenses and daily computer reports on a timely basis

Requirements:
S Strong academic background (excellent BGCSE grades; an associate's
or bachelor's degree)
Good IT skills (Microsoft applications)

Personal Qualities:
Excellent communication skills both written and oral
Ability to work under pressure and meet deadlines with minimum
supervision
S Good organizational and interpersonal skills
A commitment service to excellence

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and benefits

APPLICATIONS MUST BE IN WRITING. Persons not meeting the minimum
requirements need not apply.

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N-4928
Nassau, Bahamas




CREDIT SUISSE


II!~ I BUSINESSlll


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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006, PAGE 3B


THE ,itRuIcN


Stamp


penalties


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
THE Government is seeing
"healthy growth in stamp duty
receipts", the minister of state
for finance told The Tribune,
due to amendments to the
Stamp Tax Act that impose
penalties for not stamping doc-
uments on a timely basis.
James Smith said the penal-
ty amendment, enacted in 2005
had "removed the lag" or loop-
hole that enabled attorneys
and others to avoid bringing
documents, such as con-
veyancings and papers related
to real estate transactions, for-
ward for stamping.
Mr Smith explained that pri-
or to the amendment, stamp
tax payments could be delayed
as there was "no penalty
attached if you don't do the
stamping, unless you go to
court".
He pointed out that often,
documents were only brought
forward for stamping if they
were required as evidence in
a court case, as the court would
not accept them otherwise.
Mr Smith explained that, as
a result, documents that need-


FROM page 1[B'
, .. .' ,+,,


in this nation, it should "just
let us know and we'll move on.
"We can't just afford to wait
around any longer for the
Bahamian government to
make a decision. The ball's in
their court and we remain pos-
itive and very optimistic about
doing business in the
Bahamas," she said.
"We don't know where we
stand. We've not received an
official declaration one way or
the other. We're feeling-more
secure about going forward
with the offshore project."
Last Wednesday, The Tri-
bune reported Attorney Gen-
eral Allyson Maynard-Gibson
as saying there was "every


ed to be stamped "could be
kept out for years at a time"
before the tax was paid.
"That's changed as a result
of the amendments we've
made. We're seeing healthy
growth in stamp duty receipts,"
Mr Smith said.
To prevent documents going
unstamped for a long period
of time, surcharges of 10 per
cent of the Stamp Tax value
and 15 per cent have been
applied for papers not dealt
with for between six-12 months
and over one year respectively.
Stamp Tax revenues
accounted for about 19 per
cent of the Government's total
revenues, and are its second
most important source of
income behind import duties.
The Government is estimat-
ing that it will collect more
than $290 million in stamp tax
revenues during the 2006-2007
fiscal years, an increase of $71
million or 32.4 per cent upon
the original 2005-2006 Budget
estimates of $219 million.
That latter figure is likely to
be revised upwards quite con-
siderably, especially since
stamp tax revenues for fiscal
2004-2005 reached just under


reason to believe" that LNG
"will be approIed before ihe -
end of the Government's pre-
, "*sent term. ,
She confirmed that the Gov-
ernment was negotiating a
Heads of Agreement with
AES Corporation, explaining
that this continued the policy
established under the former
government.
AES has proposed building
an LNG terminal at Ocean
Cay a man-made island
eight miles from Bimini. It is
one of three proposals made
to the Government since it
came to office in 2002.
The LNG will be shipped in
tankers to the terminal at
Ocean Cay, and from there
regasified and transported
through an underwater
pipeline to service the power
needs of the South Florida
community.


revenues


$248 million.
The amendments to the
Stamp Tax Act aimed to plug
loopholes created by compa-
ny mergers and acquisitions;
the use of corporate and trust
structures for legal avoidance;
and certain construction con-
tracts.
Stamp Tax is now payable
at a rate of 4 per cent on all
the assets of a business being
sold, apart from cash and bank
accounts. Previously, the sale
of shares in companies had
been used to avoid payment.
However, there are "certain
exemptions" that exclude com-


panies considered as non-resi-
dent for exchange purposes
and companies with an annual
turnover of less than $500,000
from paying Stamp Tax when
they were sold. The latter
exemption is designed to aid
small businesses.
To combat Stamp Tax
avoidance through mergers
and the vesting of assets in oth-
er companies, any land or busi-
ness acquired via a merger is
treated as if it was acquired
directly.
Permits issued under the
International Persons Land-
holding Act can now be ren-


dered "null and void" if no
development starts within 18
months of their issue. Penal-
ties have been added to deal
with "shams and bogus mort-
gages", plus the backdating of
documents.
One area where the Gov-
ernment previously lost rev-
enue was construction con-
tracts that were tied to land
sales. Often, Stamp Tax was
only paid on the land, and this
had cost revenues on condo-
minium complexes and large
residential premises, but now
these are treated as one con-
tract rather than two.


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Bahamas National Trust


Says Farewell to its

Executive Director

E fortunate to have such a dedicated group
Effective 31st July, 2006, Christopher of people working on their behalf," said
Hamilton, who joined the Bahamas Hamilton.
National Trust as Executive Director in
2004, will return to the United States to The President of the Bahamas National
pursue other interests. During his tenure Trust, Mr. Glenn Bannister, extended
with the Trust, Mr. Hamilton, a native thanks to Mr. Hamilton for his
of Maine, has assisted the President and dedilauon and commitment to the:, :
Council in achieving many of its goals organization and his high energy level.
including the internal restructuring and "The entire BNT Council and staff wish
capacity building of the organization and him well in his new endeavours", said
improving awareness and management Mr. Bannister.
of the national park system.
The President also thanked Mr.
"The conservation opportunities in the Hamilton for his role in BNT's efforts
Bahamas are like very few places in the to quickly improve access to two newly
world," noted Mr. Hamilton. "I hope established national parks on New
the Bahamian people will continue to Providence: The Primeval Forest and
take action to protect their environment Harrold and Wilson's Ponds. The Trust
for future generations." is in the process of developing and
enhancing these parks. Plans include
"I enjoyed my time in the Bahamas and educational and interpretative signage,
appreciate all the people who made my boardwalks, trails, kiosks and decks, for
family and I feel welcome. I am proud the enjoyment of patrons.


Recruitment for a new Executive Director
will begin immediately. Until the post is
filled, a transition team, headed by the
President, and comprising past Presidents
and Council members will undertake
the day-to-day administration of the


Established by an Act ofParliament in 1959, the
Bahamas National Trust is mandated by the government
of The Bahamas with the conservation ofthe country' natural
resources. The Trust manages the 25 national parks of The
Bahamas covering over 700,000 acres ofprotected land
throughout the archipelago. Bahamian Parks are treasure-
troves of biodiversity as well as areas ofpure aesthetic beauty
To date, the Trust protects the world's largest breeding colony
ofWest Indian flamingos, one ofthe worlds longest underwater
cave systems, a critically important sea turtle research
facility and one of the most successful marine fishery
reserves in the wider Caribbean.
www.thebahamasnationaltrust.org


Bahamas National Trust
Tel: 393-1317
Fax: 393-4978
Village Road
PO. Box N-4105
Nassau, Bahamas


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Bahamas sees


10-15%


group travel increases


* By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter
THE Bahamas has seen a 10
to 15 per cent increase in busi-


ness group travel since the Con-
vention Tax deduction was
implemented earlier this year.
James Malcom, executive
director of group travel at the
Ministry of Tourism, told The


Tribune that there had been
tremendous interest in the
Bahamas since the Convention
Tax break took effect from Jan-
uary 1, 2006.
The Convention Tax break
allows US businesses and busi-
ness groups who travel to the
Bahamas for conventions, or
to hold meetings and confer-
ences for business purposes, to
deduct the expenses associat-
ed with attending this event
against their income tax. The
deduction is not applicable to
non-profit organizations or to
incentive-based travel.
The arrangement is the result
of an agreement with the US,
which was a trade-off for the
Bahamas agreeing a Tax Infor-
mation Exchange Agreement
(TIEA) with Washington.
Mr Malcolm explained that
the 10 to 15 per cent increase
was a preliminary figure
because most large groups
book their conventions 18-24


months in advance.
He added that six months
into the programme, the impact
is just being realisied. When
groups realise they can make
the Bahamas trip tax
deductible, they are likely to
upgrade their choices and itin-
eraries during their stay.
"For example, they may go
ahead and order the lobster
dinner or book the Junkanoo
rush out because they have
more cash to spend," said Mr
Malcom.
He added that the true
results of the Convention Tax
incentives will be truly learnt
in the upcoming months.
Mr Malcolm explained that
business group travel is very
lucrative. He said that an aver-
age convention with 200 par-
ticipants staying four days in
Nassau/Paradise Island during
the "high season", between
December and June, could cost
anywhere between $2,500 and


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$3,000 per person. Events at
Atlantis, he said, will typically
start at $3 000 per person.
"We estimate that at least
$400 of that is used for airfare,
so you are looking at at least
$2,500 per person being spent
in the Bahamas," Mr Malcolm
said.
He added that the Ministry
was eagerly anticipating the
expansion of convention facili-
ties at Kerzner International's
Atlantis resort, and the new
facilities at Baha Mar's $2 bil-
lion Cable Beach development,
which will allow the Bahamas
to attract larger groups.
At present, Atlantis has the
largest capacity in Nassau/Par-
adise Island with space for 2,000


persons, and Grand Bahama
hotels can accommodate 500.
Once the convention space
expansions are completed, Mr
Malcolm said the Bahamas will
be able to compete for city-
wide conventions. These con-
ventions would be able to
accommodate groups of 8,000-
10,000 persons, who would stay
and meet between various
resorts and provide a massive
boost to the Bahamian econo-
my.
Mr Malcom added that the
Ministry's five group business
managers posted around the
US are leading an extensive
media blitz to promote the
Bahamas as a leading group
business destination.


Legal Notice

NOTICE

ALJ LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) ALJ LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on 5TH July,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Bahamas
of The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated this 31st day of July, A.D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Bahamas
Liquidator



Employment Opportunityt

CUSTOMER SERVICES
REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED FOR
LEADING FAST FOOD FRANCHISE


REQUIREMENTS:

* Must be a High School graduate
* Must be customer service driven
* Must have excellent oral & written
communication skills
Must be able to work flexible hours,
including late nights, weekends and
holidays.

Excellent benefits!
Please submit Resume to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box SS-5925
Nassau, Bahamas


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COURT


ORDERED SALE


Ten Vacant Parcels of Land

Bahama Sound of Exuma

No. 16 Great Exuma
In

The Bahamas



Best offer in writing to:
P. 0. Box N-1085 or

Fax: (242) 323-7745



For further information call

(242) 322-8396 (xt. 232)


PUBLIC NOTICE

The CENTRAL BENEFITS DEPARTMENT of
the National Insurance Board, wishes to remind
Parents/Guardians of children, ages 16 through
21, who are in receipt of Survivors'
Benefit/Assistance that a letter must be
submitted confirming their full-time enrollment
in an educational institution for the new school
year on or before September 30, 2006.

Failure to comply may result in the non-payment
of their cheque(s).



Legal Notice

NOTICE

BJT LIMITED
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN as follows:
(a) BJT LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced on 5TH July,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Bahamas
of The Bahamas Financial Centre, Shirley & Charlotte Streets,
Nassau, Bahamas.

Dated this 31st day of July, A.D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Bahamas
Liquidator


T he 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 Bahamra i, Thiie
Bahamas. The contractor shall furni.h mangerial, admin-
istratike 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 a one
(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 onl\ via the internet. No hard
(paper) copies will 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 wiebelhauskk@state.gov0


Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
Fda 28 July 200 6
*L'.'4 ''E & TFTD b 89 JRITIP -- V T ,VW.I6 k.M$0OM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
.;;':~ .'..i&~.M ALL SHARE INDEX CLOSE 1.55.t I CHGE 01.54 I %CHG 00.10 1 YTD 204.59 / YTD %0 15.15
52wk-nH 52wk-Low S mbol Preliou- Close Today's Close Change Dall, Vol EPS Oi. 3. PE 'tiela
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.82 1.78 -0.04 1,000 .0.109 0 000 1N, .. 00uuP
12.05, 9.00 Bahamas Property.Fund 12.05 12.05 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.5 3.15%
7.49 6.44 Bank of Bahamas 7.49 .7.49 0.00 0.738 0.330 10.1 4.41%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.48 1.48 0.00 0.143 0.000 10.3 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.49 1.49 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.68%
9.60. 8.00 Cable Bahamas 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.7 2.64%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.96 1.96 0.00 0.009 0.000 217.8 0.00%
10.99 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.89 10.99 0.10 1.000 0.943 0.600 11.7 5.66%
6:26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.61 4.75 0.14 0.115 0.045 40.1 0.98%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.70 2.70 0.00 0.283 0.000 9.5 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.51 10.49 Finco 11.50 11.51 0.01 1,000 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.00 9.05 FirstCaribbean 13.00 1300 0.00 1,000 0885 0.550 14 423%
1.15 8.91 Focol 11.15 11.15 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.6 448%
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 900 -0.162 0.000 NIM 0.00%
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.532 0.405 16.3 4.68%
.10 8.27 J.S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.527 0.560 17.3 6.15%
8.01 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 7.98 7.99 0.01 0.160 0.000 49.9 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.585 4.9 5.85%
2wk-Hi 52wk-Low Smbol Bid $ Ask $ Last Price VeeklyVol EPS $ Div $ PIE Yield
14.00 13.05 Bahamas Supermarkets. 14.00 15.00 11.00 1.923 0.960 7.8 6.401
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 9.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
054 0.20 ND Holdings0.29 0.40.00-0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
43.00 28.00 ABDAB 41 00 4300 41 00 2220 0 000 19. 0 00`
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.80 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
52wk-HI 52wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD% Last 12 Months Div $ Yield %
1.2983 1.2414 Collna Money Market Fund 1.298262*
2.9038 2.3810 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038*"*
2.3915 2.2487 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.391480"*
1.1820 1 1246 Collna Bond Fund 1 182038**"*
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BIEX ALL SHARE INDEX 19 Dec 02 = 1 ...:. ..RK T TEO 5 VIELDO 6 Ias 12 .T...rr. a.iodr.s l .is ..le3l, .,:.,S.r.g prl.:e r. *
52wk-HI Htt long price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowet dlosing price in last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina 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 206
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 June 2006
DIV $ Dividends peshare paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Cloa pre d aded by -te last 12 rr.:..r arr.r.,r. s FlOEX .Ths Fi"eFl1t, Bah-r.3 S tck I'ide Januar. 1 199 = n100 -30 June 2006
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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006, PAGE 5B


Australian





company


eyes


base


in Bahamas


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
AN Australian-based manu-
facturer of specialist
dancewear is seeking to estab-
lish operations in the Bahamas.
An advertisement appearing
in The Tribune on Friday last
week said Bloch International,
which is headquartered in Syd-
ney, was "in the process of set-
ting up operations in the
Bahamas" and was aiming to
locate a "new corporate head-
quarters" in this nation.
The advert, which was
recruiting for a senior opera-
tions manager, offered no
details on what Bloch Interna-
tional was planning in this
nation, nor how many staff it
was aiming to recruit.
Although the location of any
Bloch operation in the
Bahamas is uncertain, the most
likely sites would be in New
Providence or Freeport.
As a manufacturer and dis-
tri~bftot;Which supplies and
distributes its products to spe-
cialist retailers in Europe and


the UK, and with a manufac-
turing plant in Bangkok, Thai-
land, its modus operandi would
appear to make Freeport an
ideal location.
Manufactured product from
Thailand could be shipped to
Freeport, and brought in bond-
ed or duty-free, then assem-
bled in a warehouse for
onward distribution and ship-
ping to retailers in North
America, South America, Cen-
tral America and the
Caribbean.
Freeport would also be the
likeliest site if Bloch Interna-


tional proposed to set up a
manufacturing operation in the
Bahamas.
Bloch International was
established in Australia in 1932
by a Russian immigrant, Jacob
Bloch, who arrived when the
world was in the middle of its
Great Depression.
He began making specialist
shoes for ballet dancers, and
the business has evolved into
one that is now run by his
grandson, David Wilkenfield.
The company makes shoes,
dance apparel and accessories
specially designed for dancers.


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, ERICK ALCIME of Miami
Street, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my name to ERICK
BEAUCHAMP. If there are any objections to this change of
name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the
Deputy Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-7421, Nassau, N.P.,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


.A-C
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I* Bank of The Bahamas
I N INTERNATIONAL

GOVERNMENT GUARANTEED ADVANCED
EDUCATION LOAN SCHEME

In collaboration with the Educational Guaranteed Fund Loan Programme of the
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Department, Bank of The Baha-
mas International Limited is pleased to advise that the cheque disbursement for
ALL students in the Loan Programme will take place at the Holy Trinity Activities
Centre, Stapledon Gardens from Monday July 31 through Friday, August. 11 2006
beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. as follows:

Surnames beginning with Day


Monday, July 31st, 2006
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
Friday, August 4th, 2006


RETURN~INGSUET


A-B Friday, August 4th 2006
C-F Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
G-L Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
M-R Thursday, August 10th, 2006
S-Z Friday, August I th, 2006

TIME: 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.
PLACE: HOLY TRINITY ACTIVITIES CENTRE
STAPLEDON GARDENS

SReturning Students: Students AND Guarantors should be present and MUST
bring relevant identification, (valid Passport and National Insurance Card).

0 New Students: StudentsAND Guarantors should be present and MUlSTbring
relevant identification (valid Passort, National Insurance Card, Current job
letter and copy of Utility Bill).

0 Cheques will not be released until all necessary documentation have been
completed and ALL loan accounts are current!

NO DISBURSEMENTS WILL BE MADE AT THE BANK!


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-- Tel: 242-328-0048
TECH LOGY Fax: 242-328-0049
COMPANY LIMITED FaX: 242-328-0049


Chi e I ^ i u t

Position Summary:
Plan and execute audits in accordance with accepted professional standards to determine
compliance with company policies and procedures and adherence to applicable laws and
regulations.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
* Develop detailed audit plans and programmes
* Evaluate the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls
* Execute detailed audit procedures including reviewing transactions, documents,
financial records, policies and operating procedures anid prepare work papers
documenting the audit procedures performed
Evaluate strategies and develop recommendations
Prepare comprehensive written reports
Undertake follow-up to determine adequacy of corrective actions
Provide assistance to external auditors as requested.

Qualifications and Experience:

Bachelor's degree in accounting or related field and professional certification
(CPA, CA, ACCA, CFA)
Strong oral and written communication skills
Excellent computer skills
Five (5) years experience in a managerial position
Interested persons should provide copy(ies) of their degrees) and transcripts) to:
The Human Resources Manager
C/O The Tribune
P.O. Box N 3207,
DA # 12758E,
Nassau, Bahamas
The deadline for applications is Friday, August 4,2006

l


FULL-TIME REGISTERED NURSE
WANTED
FOR GROWING MEDICAL PRACTICE
PEDIATRIC EXPERIENCE PREFERRED
INTERESTED PERSONS PLEASE
SUBMIT RESUMES AND CV TO
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PAGE 6B, MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006


THE TRIBUNE


LEGAL NOTICE


HACKBERRY LIMITED
(In Voluntary Liquidation)


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




ARGOSA CORP. INC.
Liquidator


BTC's service




quality demands




privatization


FROM page 1B

stability for the 2006 first half
was up by $14.6 million on
2005 figures, James Smith said
the incumbent carriers' service
quality and prices charged to
consumers had to improve.
Mr Smith said: "The services
BTC offers, in some fields, are
continuing to deteriorate. If
you own a phone or cell, the
public is getting pretty fed up
with the level of service.
They're always announcing
new things, but they don't
work....."
The minister said the
Bahamas was required to live
up to its international commit-
ments with regard to its
telecommunications sector,
pointing out that the industry
was one of those that, globally,
had been opened up the most
to competition and foreign
operators.
As a result, BTC's privati-
sation and liberalisation of the
telecoms sector by allowing in
legal competitors, such as Sys-
tems Resource Group's (SRG)
IndiGo Networks, are two
policies that the Government is
pursuing in parallel to one
another.
Mr Smith said service relia-
bility, efficiency, cost structure,
embracing new technology,
and the training and develop-
ment of staff were all key for
telecoms operators in the cur-
rent environment.
Pointing out that the
Bahamian tourism and finan-
cmil services industries, the two
main sectors of the economy,


required low telecoms prices
and good service quality to
remain competitive, Mr Smith
said: "I don't think BTC has
arrived at that yet. Look at the
costs of Internet service."
Looking at the wider tele-
coms market, Mr Smith said:
"It's an area where we've seen
the demonstrative benefits.
People who travel in the
Caribbean comment that the
level of service in the Bah ,mas
is far below what they get
down there."
The Government has
received an offer from Blue-
water Communications Hold-
ings to purchase a stake in
BTC and become its strategic
partner, having completed due
diligence on the state-owned
incumbent.
The Government's negotiat-
ing team is now working out
the procedures for the negoti-
ating process before sitting
down to talk to Bluewater.
Competition both legal and
illegal (Voice over Internet
Protocol and callback) is what
will eventually erode BTC's
market share, profits and rev-
enues.
Tabling the company's unfau-
dited figures in the House of
Assembly last week, Bradley
Roberts, minister of public
works and. utilities, said the
company generated a net prof-
it of $26 million for the first
six months to June 2006.
In what could be construed
by some as an argument
against privatization, Mr
Roberts announced that'"fo ''
the first six months of 2006,


BTC's operating income had
increased by $18 million or 49
per cent compared to 2005.
At June 2006. BTC's rit
assets were $422.2 million or
an increase of $63.1 million
when compared to December
31, 2005.
In addition, Mr Roberts said
net working capital as at June
2006 had increased by $59.4
million to a positive $85.7 mil-
lion. He explained that this was
mainly a result of the full draw-
down of the $60 million
Citibank loan to finance the


Bahamas Deep Sea cable pro-
ject, which is connecting all the
'southern Family Islands by
undersea cable.
Mr Roberts said that even
though BTC's net operating
costs of $102.9 million were
$1.6 million higher than the
2005 year-to-date, operating
expense for the six months to'
June 30 decreased by $5.4 mil-
lioncompared to 2005.
Gross revenues for the 2006.
first half were $166.630 mil-
lion, compared to $144.340 mil-
lion for 2005.


Career Opportunity
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:
S P. O. BOX N-3207 DA 11514 c/o
The Tribune, Nassau, Bahamas or
Fax resumes to 325-8051.


PUBLIC NOTICE
INTENT TO CHANGE NAME BY DEED POLL
The Public is hereby advised that I, IFAUDY KENSTON
TELUSCA of Marsh Harbour, Abaco one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of the Bahamas, intend to change my name
to KENSTON LEVI JOHN GEDEON. If there are any objections
to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such
objections to the Deputy Chief-Passport Officer. PO.Box N-
7421, Nassau, N.P., Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days i
after the date of publication of-this notice.


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Employment Opportunity

MANAGERS NEEDED FOR LEADING
FAST FOOD FRANCHISE

REQUIREMENTS:

* Must have management experience and/or
management degree
* Must have strong leadership skills
* Must be customer service driven
* Must be results-oriented & articulate
* Must have excellent inter-personal skills
* Professionalism required
* Must have excellent oral & written communication
skills
* Must be able to work flexible hours, including
late nights, weekends and holidays.


Excellent benefits!
Please submit Resume to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. BoxS .-s9' 5 "
Nassau, B'amni- as


g Bank of The Bahamas
INT E R N A T I 0 N A L

"A growing and dynamic Bahamian institution"

VACANCY FOR THE POSITION OF:

APPLICATION SUPPORT
TECHNICIAN

Core responsibilities:

* Provide support and maintenance of Core Banking application,
Database Infrastructure, and Report Writing facilities.
* Assist in on-site technical support for the Bank's networked systems
by investigating and resolving reported problems.
* Perform application installations and configurations, preventative
maintenance and repairs by interfacing with vendors as necessary,
following technical protocols and resolving unexpected failures
* Troubleshoot systems and application problems, including issues
with servers.
* Responsible for creating and documenting procedures for Central
Database System.
* Assist with administration of user accounts and access rights for core
banking system.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

* Bachelors Degree in a computer related field plus three or more years
of proven network systems experience.
* Advanced knowledge of Oracle 8 and AIX Unix 5.0 (SQL and
Microsoft Access a plus) to manage and support Central Database
systems.
* Strong communication skills and ability to work well with people.
* Knowledge of networking.

Benefits include: Competitive compensation (commensurate with
qualifications); group medical, vision and life insurance; attractive
package and a pension scheme.
Send resume to:
The Senior Manager, Human Resources and Training
Bank of The Bahamas International
P.O. Box N-7118
Shirley Street
Nassau, Bahamas

Deadline: July 31st, 2006 :':::"--'.


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THE COLLEGE
Visit our website at www.cob.edu.bs


STAFF VACANCY


Applications are invitedfrom suitably qualified individuals for the following
position:

ESTATES ADMINISTRATOR

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Estates
Administrator. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree in
civil, mechanical, or electrical engineering, or architecture and a minimum
often (10) years' professional experience directly related to physical plant
management and construction or an equivalent combination of education,
training and experience, with considerable knowledge of physical plant
management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction
and coordination of the activities, operations and maintenance of the Physical
Plant and Security Departments at all campuses of The College of The
Bahamas, directing the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities
maintenance, supervision of staff and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project
administration of construction/renovation projects around the campuses;
planning and directing the operation and routine maintenance program of
College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and replacement
maintenance programme of campus equipment and the development and
implementation of safety and security measures as well as environmental
programmes at The College of The Bahamas' campuses.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under
pressure in both a customer contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding
human resource management skills are necessary.

Interested candidates should submit a completed College of The Bahamas
Application Form along with a current resume, three work references and
up-to-date transcripts by Friday, August 18, 2006 to:


The Director, Human Resources
. The College of The Bahamas
P. O. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


STAFF VACANCY

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individualsfor the following
position:

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR- BUILDINGS
AND GROUNDS

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of
Assistant Director Buildings and Grounds. Minimum qualifications
include a Bachelor's Degree in civil engineering and a minimum of three
(3) years' professional experience directly related to physical plant
management or an equivalent combination of education, training and
experience, knowledge of physical plant management buildings and
grounds, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.

The successfutcandidate will be responsible for the management, direction
and coordination of the activities, operations and maintenance of the
Physical Plant buildings and grounds with responsibility for the trades of
mason, carpenter, janitor, painter, caretaker, truck driver, and labourers,
on all campuses of The College of The Bahamas assisting with the overall
operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance, supervision of
staff and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project
administration of minor construction/renovation projects around the
campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine maintenance
program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and
replacement maintenance programme of campus equipment including the
vehicle fleet of the college.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under
pressure in both a customer contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding
human resource management skills are necessary. Position reports to the
Director of the Physical Plant.

Interested candidates should submit a completed College of The Bahamas
Application Form along with a current resume, three work references and
up-to-date transcripts by Friday, August 25, 2006 to

The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


STAFF VACANCY


Applications are invitedfrom suitably qualified individuals for thefollowing
position:

DIRECTOR PHYSICAL PLANT

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of
Director Physical Plant.' Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's
Degree in civil or mechanical engineering and a minimum of ten (10)
years' professional experience directly related to physical plant management
or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience, with
considerable knowledge of physical plant management, personnel
management, safety and budgetary practices. The Director Physical Plant
reports to the COB Estates Administrator.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the management, direction
and coordination of the activities, operations and maintenance of the
Physical Plant at all campuses of The College of The Bahamas, directing
the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities maintenance,
supervision of staff and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project
administration of minor construction/renovation projects around the
campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine maintenance
program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and
replacement maintenance programme of campus equipment.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under
pressure in both a customer contact and administrative capacity. Outstanding
human resource management skills are necessary.

Interested candidates should submit a completed College of The Bahamas
Application Form along with a current resume, three workreferences and
up-to-date transcripts by Friday, August 25,2006 to

The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
SPB.O.-Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


STAFF VACANCY


Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals for the
following position:

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR UTILITIES

The College of The Bahamas invites applications for the position of Asst
Director Utilities. Minimum qualifications include a Bachelor's Degree
in mechanical (preferred) or electrical engineering and a minimum of
,five (5) years' professional experience directly related to physical plant
management of utility systems or an equivalent combination of education,
training and experience, with considerable knowledge of physical plant
management, personnel management, safety and budgetary practices.

The successfulcandidate will be responsible for the management, direction
and coordination of the activities, operations and maintenance of the
Physical Plant Utility Systems and the trades of plumbing, electrician,
and air conditioning at all campuses of The College of The Bahamas,
assisting with the overall operations of the physical plant, facilities
maintenance, supervision of staff and performance reviews.

Additionally, responsibilities will include the managing and project
administration of minor construction/renovation projects around the
campuses; planning and directing the operation and routine maintenance
program of College facilities and to establish preventative, predictive and
replacement maintenance programme of campus equipment. Significant
work in the area of energy conservation is required.

The successful applicant must be able to prioritize and perform under
pressure in both a customer contact and administrative capacity.
Outstanding human resource management skills are necessary.

Interested candidates should submit a completed College of The Bahamas
Application Form along with a current resume, three work references
and up-to-date transcripts by Friday August 25, 2006 to:


The Director, Human Resources
The College of The Bahamas
P. 0. Box N-4912
Nassau, Bahamas


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Bishop Nell C. Ellis 2001



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The Alumni Association Hall of Fame was established in spring of 20(1.by 1
Executive Board of the Association. The purpose is to recognize annual y"aC
alumna/alumnus who is making significant contributions to the develop nO f,
Bahamas. It is envisioned that honourees will play a major role in the ui rais
efforts of the Association.
On May 11, 2001, the Alumni Association named Bishop Neil C. Ellit,
Mount Tabor Full Gospel Church as its first inductee. Subsequently narn)eld
Larry Gibson, a financial services expert (2002); Laura Pratt-Charlton, a pha~na
entrepreneur (2003); Tanya McCartney; an attorney and a former member aofl
Senate (2004) and Vernice Walkine, Director General of Tourism (2005). i j
Each honouree is presented with a 36" Silver European Cup, which symbilies'
or her :,ulpourinr of inspiration that causes others to thirst for knowlddge,.t
and integrity", the values promoted by The College of The Bahamas and-e(iG
in the :ii n liiiii : motto. I I

Hall of Fame Award Criteria:
What It Takes to Be Nominated and
Become a Member of The Hall of Fame. I
The Alumni :.oc:iion:ri of The College of The Bahamas views induction int .its
of Fame as its highest honour. It is a designation extended to individual Wb
lives are the hallmark of The College's motto "Knowledge, Truth, Integrity. '.|,
To be :.:o'rijier. J for the Alumni Association Hall of Fame, nominees must!
* Have distinguished themselves as students, academically and socially, iwpi
The College of The Bahamas i
* Be among the best in their chosen fields of endeavour, displaying scr,,iu
conduct that stands as an example to others.
Be a leader and relentless worker whose success benefits co-workers, those{fl
supervise or employ and the community in general
Excel in civic outreach and make a contribution to society that is easily visi
within their fields and the wider scope of Bahamian life
Exhibitstrengthof characterthattranslatesgenerally into communitystreng henb
personifying their alma mater's motto "Knowledge, Truth, Integrity."

The Hall of Fame Award Nomination Form
may be obtained from
The Office of Alumni Affairs
Administration Block
Oakes Field Campus
Or may be downloaded from www.cob.edu.bs
All nomination forms, alongwith a current CV and photograph,'
must be submitted by Monday, 31st July, 2006.
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Caribbean Bottling



takeover completed


FROM page 1B


be welcomed by Coca-Cola,
which as the master franchisor
had to approve the purchase.
Banks is the distributor of
Coca-Cola products in Barba-
dos, making it a 'good fit' for
the Bahamian operation,
which needs to be rebuilt given
the apparent lack of Coca-Cola
product on supermarket and
retail shelves in Nassau.
It is understood that Mr
Wells and his group have plen-
ty of work to do to bolster the
customer base, and revive
Caribbean Bottling's manu-
facturing and distribution capa-
bilities.
Banks will be able to bring
all its manufacturing and dis-
tribution expertise to bear on
the Bahamas operation, creat-










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ing opportunities to exploit
synergies and economies of
scale.
Banks was founded in St
Michael, Barbados, in 1961,
and brews filtered beer. Its
best-known brand is its lager,
Banks Beer.
Companies
Barbados companies are
becoming increasingly active
in the Bahamas. Sagicor, the
financial services conglomer-
ate, already has a 20 per cent
stake in Family Guardian, the
life and health insurer, while
Barbados Shipping & Trading
is the operating partner in the
$54 million acquisition of
Bahamas Supermarkets by
BSL Holdings.
Several sources have voiced
concerns to The Tribune that
these developments are ways
for the Barbados companies to
get their 'foot in the door' in
the Bahamas, and gradually
extend control over these com-
panies.
Caribbean Bottling's main
shareholders were Judy
Munroe and Carleton
Williams. The firm distributes
Fanta and Schweppes products
in addition to Coca-Cola, along
with the Dasani and Aqua
Royal Water products.
The company had been
seeking outside investors to
inject capital into the business
for some time, The Tribune
having learned that it was con-
templating a private placement


before eventually selling its'
three properties to the Premier,
Commercial Real Estate'
Investment Corporation mutu-
al fund, which is listed on the
Bahamas International Secu-
rities Exchange (BISX).
Premier acquired Caribbean
Bottling's New Providence-
based manufacturing and dis-
tribution facilities, plus its
Freeport distribution facility.
Initially, Premier proposed
to pay $4.8 million for
Caribbean Bottling's Coca-
Cola production plant, and
$2.5 million and $522,000 for
the Nassau and Freeport dis-
tribution facilities respective-
ly. However, it later reduced
the amounts it was paying for,
the Nassau facilities to $4.7
million and $2.4 million respec-.
tively.
In its offering memorandum,.
Premier said the annual rent,
for Caribbean Bottling's pro-,
duction facility was $463,268,
The rents on the Nassau and,
Freeport distribution centres
were $240,180 and $49,920
respectively.
Some $5.5 million of the
funds invested in Premier Real.
Estate came from the contro-
versial Olympus Univest fund,;
the Bahamian investment fund.,
that is in court-supervised liq-
uidation, with investors trying
to recover as much as Cdn$550
million for investors.
The Premier Real Estate".
investment is one of those the
liquidators are targeting for'
recovery.
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THE COMPLIANCE COMMISSION


Second Floor
Cecil V. Wallace-Whitfield Centre
P. O. Box Ni-3017
Nassau, Bahamas
Telephone: (242) 702-1544
Tele. fax: (242) 327-1839
E-mail:compliance@bahamas.gov.bs
Website: www.bahamas.gov.bs/compliance





NOTICE



The Compliance Commission announces the issuance of its
revised codes of practice (the codes) pursuant to Section 47 of
the Financial Transactions Reporting Act, Chapter 368 for the
various industries/professions falling within its supervisory
mandate.

These industry-specific codes are for the purpose of providing
practical guidance on how to implement the provisions of the
Anti-Money Laundering and Combatting the Financing of
Terrorism (AML/CFT) legislation while providing examples of
good business practices.

The Commission has issued codes for lawyers, accountants, real
estate brokers, real estate developers and financial & corporate
service providers. The codes incorporate, inter alia, a risk-based
approach to customer verification requirements and Know Your
Employee (KYE) requirements.

The codes maybe viewed and downloaded from The Commission's
website at the address above.

Comments on the codes may be addressed to Mr. Stephen A.
Thompson at the address above.


Cititrust i ahnamas) I limited. a subsidiaiN of Citigroup, leading financial institution with a
presence in over.100 countries and over 100 million customers worldwide, is seeking candidates
for the position of Area Manager GWS Technology.

FLINCTIONAL/DEPARTMENTAL DESCRIPTION -
Globil Wealth Structunng ft'n-n, the Cilitgrup inicmrnanunal offshoretrrisst companies servic-
ing non U.S. high net \ orih clients in Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Switzerland. Jerse) Channel
Islands, New Jersey and Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure,
The Technology Department supports all locations and local applications of the business.
OVERVIEW OF ROLE
The requirements and responsibilities for all aspects of the Area Manager Role include (but are.
not limited o) the following:
-Lead or facilitate decisions affecting long-range organizational goals and strategic planning.
Manage large-scale straiegic'critical projects or applications, or global projects or
applications.
M;in:ige multiple project managers or projects leaders.
Develop strategies to reduce costs, manage ri.k, and enhance revenues or services.
Follow Citigroup Private Bank "people practices", including long and short-term career
developnmnt lor employees, mobility process. and diversity.
ROI.E DESCRIPTION
Client Management
Build relationships: manage/partner with multiple senior level clients.
Set strategic technology direction (6-24 month horizon)
Participate in initial meetings with clients; delegate projects to Projects Managers.

Risk Management
Manage audit reviews. execute corrective actions plans.
Implement and monitor compensating controls For risks.
Execute crisis management action plan.
Responsible for application of corporate information security policies.

Resource Management
Financial budget management.
Staffing Plan (employee, consultant, temp).
Expense Control.
Human Capital Development.
Training, mobility. diveisirt. coiimmunication.
Manage the technology infrastructure (hardware and software)

Administration
Routine Audit/Citigroup Technology Standard policies.
Support Legal and Compliance initiatives.
Ensure all dedicated resources meet legal and compliance standards.
Monitor overall project management tracking, using the firm's standard tools.
Communicate, monitor and enforce all technology policies and procedures.

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS REQUIRED
Strong management skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Interfacing with the business, internal and external vendors.
Influencing and leadership skills.
MS Office Oracle, SQL, VB (historic programming experience with language and web
applications),
Crystal Reports; Imaging technologies, financial systems, 4Series application.
Project Management and Reporting.
Minimum Bachelor's degree required with at least 4 years experience as a Senior
Technology Manager in a similar role
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:
Technology Unit Head
GWS/Bahamas Technology
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P. O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 3028732 OR

Deadline for application is August5, 2006.mbe
Deadline for application is August 5,2006, i ,


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MONDAY, JULY 31, 2006, PAGE 11B


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CDB: Bahamas






should target


50%


FROM page iB


in the Bahamas were the low-
est for CDB borrowing mem-
ber countries, the CDB said:
"More ambitious objectives
could also include achieving
universal secondary education,
eliminating the gender dispar-
ity in incomes, jobs and edu-
cation, mainstreaming envi-
rpnmental sustainability into
public policy, especially given
the dependence on tourism,
and ensuring that all persons
have access to safe drinking
water and improving efficiency
and effectiveness of the public
service."
To ensure that no island was
14ft behind, the CDB suggested
that any customised MDG
goals should attempt to ensure
that improvements in social
and living conditions be spread
across the Family Islands, not
just confined to Nassau or


poverty fall


Grand Bahama.
The MDG goals aim to com-
bat po-verty, hunger, disease,
illiteracy and reduce mortality.
The 2001 Bahamas Living
Conditions Survey estimated
that 9.3 per cent of this country
lives below the poverty line,
which was set at $2,863 per
person. It was projected that
24 million was required to lift
all persons out of poverty, with
the povert- rate in some Fam-
ily Islands reaching 21 per cent,
compared to 8.3 per cent in
Nassau and Grand Bahama.
The CDB said the survey
showed that alleviating pover-
ty in the Family Islands should
be "top priority', as residents
in those islands were worse off
than those in Nassau and
Grand Bahama.
In addition, the CDB said
the survey showed the links
between education, employ-
ment and poverty, as there
were "lower employment rates


and substantially less educa-
tion in poor households". And
only 20 per cent of persons in
poor households had complet-
ed secondary school education.
"The findings suggest, there-
fore, that further training and
more effective matching of
labour market demands by the
educational system would help
to raise long-term earning
capacity and alleviate pover-
ty," the CDB said.
It added that the Govern-
meht needed to tackle poverty
in the Bahamas from three
angles good governance,
reducing the vulnerability of
those in poverty, and giving
them opportunities to better
themselves.
The CDB said people need-
ed to be "empowered" to take
advantage of employment
opportunities, "ensuring that
the skills taught are relevant
to the needs of the labour mar-
ket".


It pointed out that the Living
Conditions Survey showed that
33 per cent of youths in poor
families had neither worked
nor were in training. And
among non-poor households,
some 20 per cent of youths
were said to be in this state.
To combat this, the CDB
said employment opportuni-
ties had to be increased, "pos-
sibly through apprenticeships,
work attachments and in
ensuring a greater matching of
skills with those required by
potential employers".
On the good governance
front, the CDB said this
,involved public sector reform
to ensure social protection and
regulatory measures were in
place, and that poor people
were targeted and protected.
"A holistic approach to
poverty reduction is therefore
not only specific programmes
targeted at the poor, but
requires consideration n all
aspects of economic manage-
ment and public policy forma-
tion," the CDB said.


S Position Available
U Vice President
MOney Transfer Services

Profile:
Responsible forthe development and management of Fidelity's
money transfer and associated businesses in The Bahamas,
the Cayman Islands and the Turks & Caicos Islands.

Based in The Bahamas, but expected to actively oversee the
SWUFS business in Fidelity's operations in the Cayman Islands,
the Turks & Caicos Islands and any other locations where
Fidelity may establish operations.
S Asa senior manager occasionally assist with other areas of
Fidelity's business and have responsibilities that may be
expanded to incorporate other areas.

Knowledge and Skills:
Bachelors or equivalent degree in marketing or communica-
tions;
A minimum of .10 years experience in an extremely active and
dynamic operational environment;
S A minimum of 5 years experience in international money trans-
fer business;

Strong interpersonal, oral and written communications skills;
S Excellent marketing and communications skills;
A strong team leader with experience in managing businesses
and staff across multi-national locations;
Proven experience in managing the roll-out of a large number
of neW outlets across multi-national locations;

Proven ability to innovate and develop new products and
services;

Willingness and ability to travel frequently around the Carib-
bean

The successful candidate will be offered a competitive
compensation package including benefits and bonuses

01Resumes should be received no later than August 9th, 2006.

The Human Resource Director
Fidelity
.. 51 Frederick Steet
P.O. Box N-4853
Nassau
f 328.1108
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PEPSI-COLA BAHAMAS BOTTLING CO.LTD.
Job Vacancy

QUALITY ASSURANCE SUPERVISOR

Responsible for supervising Pepsi-Cola Bahamas process to
ensure that Corporate, Pepsi-Cola International, and regulatory
standards are maintained throughout the manufacturing area
and distribution system.

Responsibilities include:

SQuality department's staffing equipment, and operating
supplies.
Identify, troubleshoot, and correct issues, affecting product
quality related to the manufacture, storage, or distribution of
all company manufactured and purchased products.
Develop, implement, maintain, and ensure that an affective
SOP program is in place to ensure product quality and
minimize product liability.
Organize. review and maintain laboratory records to meet
corporate, parent company, and regulatory requirements.
Responsible for raw material use variance performance.
Responsible for raw material ingredient inventories.
Coordinate and execute annual Q.A. audit, and new product
initiatives.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE;

College degree or equivalent experience. The ideal candidate
vill have a minimum of 3 years experience in either a lab or
manufacturing quality department evaluating QC data, and
troubleshooting manufacturing processes for QC issues.
Prior experience/training in a manufacturing environment
will be an assets.

Please send resume to:
P. O.-Box N-3004
Nassau, Bahamas
FAX: 364-2123
Email: leotha.nixon@pepsibahamas.com


Bloch International is the leading provider of specialty dancewear. It is currently based in
SydneJ, Australia with sales and distribution to specialty retailers in the U.S. and Europe
in addition to a manufacturing operation in Bangkok, Thailand. Bloch International is in
the process of setting up operations in The Bahamas and is seeking a

Senior Operations Manager

Position Summary:
The successful candidate will be responsible for ensuring that business objectives are met effectively and
efficient and in a timel) manner. The ideal candidate will also be required to assist m maintammg the smooth
running of the Bloch International business at new corporate headquarters to be established in the Bahamas. An
innovative and energetic profile is necessary to manage the operations of this growing and dynamic business.

Reports to the Senior Vice President in The Bahamas.

Duties and Responsibilities
Develop a communication process to ensure Managers and StatTare kept well informed
Ensure proper planning and evaluation of business strategies so that worldwide operations can meet
profit goals.
Co-ordinate marketing plans and strategies in conjunction with the senior management staff of Bloch
International and approval of range plans for each division and each distributor in order that sales
targets can be met.
Assist the Senior Vice President to monitor and maintain worldwide operation key performance
indicators (KPl's).

Required Skills/Experience:
The successful candidate for this position will be a self-motivated individual, possess excellent leadership
skills, be a team player, and be able to demonstrate flexibility to respond to a host of different challenges.
Helshe must be accustomed to working on multiple tasks without continual supervision. This mdividual
must be persuasive and tenacious m their relationships while maintaining professional standards of conduct
and strong customer focus. The ability to manage multiple projects, change priorities when needed and be
pro-active will be essential. Ultimately the successful candidate will be able to work on his/er own
initiative and impact positively on the business on a daily basis.

An extensive marketing background with an m-depth knowledge of brand development
A solid, broad understanding of finance (including product costing and pricing)
Experience in distribution / licensing arrangements as business dec~lopment m Europe, Asia and South
Amenca forms part of the business plan International.
An understanding of product development and the product development life cycle from concept through to
market
t A good understanding of systems (both computer and procedures)

Competencies:

Ownership of the role
E'cellcnt financial knowledge mixed with excellent commercial knowledge to ensure excellent margin
protection
The ability to understand a different market and apply classical marketing strategies to the
aforementioned new market
1-vcepional communication skills
\biliny to work with both vertical and flarbusiness structures

Compensation:
This is a senior position and the compensation package is designed accordmgly. Compensation comprises a
base salary (low six figures) plus an incentive bonus based on performance and attamment of worldwide goals.
Interested candidates should submit their resume by 11 August 2006 to.
Senior Partner
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Providence House
East Hill Street
P.O. Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas
pwcbs@bs.pwc.com

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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 295.04-294.04 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 Bahamas.
-: AMENDED NOTICE:-

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 68.46 9468-
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 marks 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:


1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, Nassau, Bahamas;
2. The Chambers of Miriam J. Curling & Co., Attorneys for
the Petitioners;
3. The Office of the District Administrator, Long Island,
The Bahamas.

DATED the 20th day of July, A. D., 2006.
MIRIAM J. CURLING & CO.
Norfolk House Annexe II.
Market Street.
Nassau. N. P., Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioners


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Providence House
East Hill Street'
P. O. Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas
pwcbs@bs.pwc.com


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I ltUNC _


Seniors the new entrepreneurs


* By BARBARA CORREA
c.2006 Los Angeles
Daily News
LOS ANGELES -- Some
seniors still look forward to an
idyllic retirement, filled with end-
less golf greens, ocean cruises and
quiet evenings in the easy chair.
But due to financial need or
simply to remain active, a growing
number of retirees are chucking
relaxation for the ultimate "gold-
en years" challenge: starting their
own business.
For a lot of senior entrepre-
neurs, retirement itself acts as a
catalyst for launching a new ven-
ture.
After taking an early retire-
ment from 35 years in the con-
struction industry, Julie Brown
.set off from La Canada in a motor
home to see the world. On a
chilly night in New Hampshire,
the idea to create a head-warming
pillowcase came to her, and the
now-patented "Chill Frill" was
born.
Eight years and $140,000 lat-
er, Brown is more determined
than ever to sell her head-cover-
ing pillowcase. Part of her moti-
vation is practical. "I lost a lot in
the stock market and am going
through a nasty divorce," said
Brown, now 66. "With so much
money invested, I need to get it
off the ground."
SBut her drive also comes natu-
rally. Even though Brown worked
for big Los Angeles construction
firms for much of her career, she
said she always had an entrepre-
neurial yearning.
As with most entrepreneurs,
Brown's life revolves around her
business. She moved to Yuma,
Ariz., to be near her manufactur-
er. She spends a lot of her time
networking for new business, and
has high hopes for a big order
from the military through a gov-
ernment contact.
She said a Chill Frill model in
camouflage-colored fleece would
be a perfect fit for the armed ser-
vices.
Brown is working on changing
the name of the product because
the "Frill" part of it is a turnoff to
men, who make up 80 percent of
her customer base. She says the
reason for her product's popular-
ity among men remains a mys-
tery, but she has ruled out the
theory that her customers get cold
because they are balding.
"Most of these guys have full
heads of hair," she said. "I think
niaybe it's because'they're thinner
(than many women)."
With more Americans reach-
ing retirement age in better
health, odds are that fewer and
fewer of themnwill be-interested in


2004


a traditional retirement, even if
they can afford it.
A 2004 Rand Corp. study
found that self-employment rates
rise at older ages. In 2002, the
rate of self-employment for the
work force was 10.2 percent, but
the rate for people aged 50 was
16.4 percent.
While the 50-plus crowd made
up 25 percent of the work force,
they composed 40 percent of the
self-employed, the report said.
Howard Stone, a life coach and
co-author with his wife of a book
titled "Too Young to Retire,"
said more people of retirement
age are deciding to redefine the
third and fourth quarters of life
away from just taking it easy.
One chapter of the book focus-
es on careers for retirees who also
serve the older demographic,
from walking dogs to doing yoga
instruction to having a mobile
hairdressing shop to starting up a
space organizing business for peo-
ple moving into assisted living
facilities.
He attributes the senior entre-
preneur trend to medical
advances and a stronger focus on
health living in recent decades.
The prospect of living longer is
also motivating more'seniors to
start businesses after retirement.
"When you have a job, even if
it's a few hours a week, your mind
and body wants to stay in the
game longer."
For Kay Presto of Ontario,
starting a business wasn't about
inventing a product or financial
necessity. She started a T-shirt
company three years ago because
she was angry at how seniors
were characterized in T-shirt say-
ings. "I became appalled at the
nasty and negative sayings I saw
on T-shirts, like 'I'm a cranky
Grandma.' I thought, we are not
paying proper tribute to the peo-
ple who went to war for us and
saved ard sacrificed and did with-
out for the next generations."
The final straw that kicked off
the Sensational Senior T-shirt
company was Presto's visit to a
Long Beach T-shirt trade show.
"I saw things like, 'What do men
over 50 wear? Boxers or briefs?
Depends."'
Presto had a graphic designer
come up with a logo incorporat-
ing Sensational Senior, her trade-
mark saying that is splashed
across all of her T-shirts, sweat
shirts and coffee mugs. Her son
was already making T-shirts for
his own termite business, so he
put her in touch with'hiS T-shirt
printer.
Presto started selling at busi-
ness expos and trade shows and
started taking orders from as far
away as Singapore through word


CLE/QUI/O0593


COMMONWEALTH OFTHE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of
land containing 37.473 acres situate on Queen's Highway
in the % iciniti of Great Oyster Pond and approximately
2.7 miles Southwardly of Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera,
one of the Islands of the Corm .nr. ev calth of The Bahamas.

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

IN MATTER of the Petition of OWEN BETHEL

Notice is hereby given that Owen Bethel is applying to the
Supreme Coun to ha.e this title to the following investi-
gated under Section 3 of The Quidting Title Act, and the
nature and extent thereof determined and declared in a
Certificate of Title to be granied by the said Court in ac-
cordance with the provisions of the said Act.

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land co.nta ni ng 37.473
acres situate on Queen's Highway in the vicinity of Great
Oyster Pond and approximately 2.7 miles Southwardly of
G. errcr'rs Harbour. Eleuihera. one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas."

Copies of the plans may be inspected during normal
office hours at the following places:

1. The Registry of the Supreme Court, East Street North in
the City of the Nassau, N. P., Bahamas: or

2. The Chambers of Sears & Co., No. 10 Market Street, in
the City of Nassau, aforesaid.

Any person who objects to the granting of the said
Certificate of Title is required to file in the Supreme Court
and serve on the Petitioner or its Attorney a Statement of
his, her or its Claim in the prescribed form, verified by an
.Affidavit and other related requirements to be filed and
served therewith by the 5th day of October, 2006. Failure
of any such person to file and serve a Statement of his, her
or its Claim by the 5th day of October, 2006 will operate
as a bar to such Claim.

SEARS & CO.
Attorney for the Pelitioner


of mouth.-
A year or so ago, Presto was
selling her shirts at a mother-
daughter expo in Rancho Cuca-
monga when a young woman
approached her. "She said, 'I love
this. I'm a senior in high school.'
Suddenly, a new market for the
shirts emerged. Presto has
received a bulk order from Los
Osos High School in Rancho
Cucamonga.
Presto says the business is prof-
itable, though she declines to give
any figures. She is also keeping
her age secret, but she says she
definitely falls into the "senior"
category.
"People say, 'Do you ever plan
on retiring?' I say, I'm enjoying
life too much."
Presto said most of her con-
temporaries are doing something
other than lying around the pool
all day. "I have one friend who
goes to the golf course five days a
week," she said. But most others
are working in some way. "People
are recreating their lives, getting
into things like organic farming.
Some are raising their grandchil-
dren. They want to be involved."
Getting older people involved
is Tom Pontac's official job. Pon-
tac didn't start a business instead
of retiring, but he did create a
position for himself at California
State University, Long Beach,
that comes pretty close.
A former furniture salesman
and marathon runner, Pontac
decided to become a full-time stu-
dent at an age when most people
are thinking about a formal retire-
ment. "I found out that when
you're 60, you can go to Cal State
Long Beach for $3 per semester
for a full load," he said.
Pontac, 70, earned his degree in
psychology and gerontology in
2000, then was recruited by the
university to become Senior
Community Liaison for Leisure
World in Seal Beach, the 55-and-
up living community located four
miles from Cal State Long Beach.
He works from his home at
Leisure World, getting residents


interested in attending classes, as
well as in some of his other pur-
suits, including a running club and
an anti-war club he started there.
"I am a part-time employee and I
get full health benefits. I get the
senior discount and staff parking.
That's the ideal combination," he
said.
Pontac's high energy level and
good health is characteristic of all
entrepreneurs, but especially true
for mature business people.
"I plan to work until I drop,
because I love it," said 64-year-
old June Simmons, founder of
Partners in Care, a nonprofit
foundation in San Fernando that
works with hospitals, health care
providers and other organizations
to change health care policy and
delivery.
The group has worked on pro-
jects including reducing infant
mortality in the Lancaster area,
creating physician house call pro-
grams and helping people navi-
gate the nursing home system.
Simmons could have retired a
decade ago, after the Visiting
Nurses Association, where she
was chief executive officer, was
sold.
Instead, she talked some of the
group's board members into help-
ing her start the foundation.
"I had a little severance, so I
just decided to bid my severance,"
she said.
Her gamble paid off, though
there have been years when the
foundation didn't make enough
to pay her a salary.
"I was willing to make a big
personal investment," said Sim-
mons, who's latest project is set-
ting up primary care clinics
staffed by retired doctors and
nurses. "They can't practice any-
more because they can't afford
the malpractice insurance." In
that way, Simmons is closing the
circle, helping even more retirees
re-enter the work force, just as
she has. A leisurely existence
"wasn't something I wanted to
do," she said. "I don't want to
retire."


NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that IAN SURUJLAL OF PARADISE
ISLAND DRIVE, P.O. Box N-9841, 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 24TH day of JULY, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.




NOTICE
NOTICE is hereby given that KEVIN SURUJLAL OF
PARADISE ISLAND DRIVE, P.O. Box N-9841, 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 24TH day of JULY,
2006 to the Minister responsible for' Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.







PEPSI-COLA BAHAMAS BOTTLING CO. LTD.


Vacancy Notice

SALES DELIVERY DRIVERS

WHOARE NTETED IN CAREERADVANCEMENTAND
INTERNATIONAL EXPOSURE.

SUCCTSFFUL .PICANIS MlMU

*Ha\ e a High School Diploma with BJC passes in Math
and English Language minimum.
* Must have at least tw o years sales experience;
* Be knowledgeable in merchandising and route
management;
* Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
* Have basic understanding of operating a computer;
* Be goal oriented;
* Be neat in appearance;
* Be 20 years or older and possess a clean, health and
driving record;
* Be in good phy sical health and stamina.
* Must be prepared to drive Ten-Bay trucks.

This is an entry-level position with good earning potential
for stl '-motivated individuals. We olfer a compelltie com-
pensation and benefit package.

PLEASE SEND RESUME TO:


HUMAN RESOURCES
MANAGER
P.O. BOX N-3004
NASSAU, BAHAMAS


HUMAN RESOURCES
MANAGER
P. O. BOX F-41501
FREEPORT, GRAND-
BAHAMA


FAX: 364-2123
Email: leatha.nixon#@pepsibahamas.com


OMEGA GEST MANAGEMENT LIMITED.

IN VOL N rI'RY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hcrcb) given that in accordance with
section 137 of the International Business Companies Act
2000 OMEGA GEST MANAGEMENT LIMITED is
in dissolution.
The Date ol the Commencement of dissolution was 21st
of July 2006. David Thain ofArner Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Ltd., 308 East Bay Street. P. 0. Box N 3917
is the Liquidator of OMEGA GEST MANAGEMENT
LIMITED.
All persons having claims against the above-named
company are required to send their address and par-
ticulars of their debts to the Liquidator before the 21st
August 2006.








COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2006


IN THE SUPREME COURT CLE/qui/00286


Common Law & Equity Division


IN THE MATTER OF The Quieting lides Act, 19 9(Chapter 393)

AND

IN THE MATTER OF ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land
containing by admeasurement Eighteen thousand Four hundred
and Eighty-four (18,484) Acres situate North of.Blackwood Vil-
lage on the Island of Abaco one the Island of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas,


AND
IN THE MATTER OF the Petition of PATRICK ROBERTS

NOTICE OF PETITION

The Petition of PATRICK ROBERTS of the Settlement of Dun-
das Town in the Islands of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

ALL THAT piece parcel or tract of land containing by
admeasurements Eighteen thousand Four hundred and
Eighty-four (18,484) Acres situate North of Blackwood
Village on the Island of Abaco one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas.

The Petitioner in this matter claims to be the owner in fee simple
of the said piece parcel or tract of land and have made application
to the Supreme Court of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas
under Section Three (3) of the Quieting of Titles.

Act 1959 to have his title to the said piece parcel or tract of land
investigated and the nature and extent thereof determined and
declared in a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court in ac-
cordance with provisions of the said Act. Copies of the filed Plan
may be inspected during normal working hours at:

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court, Ansbacher
Building, East Street North, Nassau, The
Bahamas.

(b) Rolle and Co., Chambers, Anth-Mar House, 84
Minnie Street, Nassau, The Bahamas

Notice is hereby given that any person having dower or rights to
dower or an adverse claim or claims not recognized in the Petition
shall on or before the expiration of Thirty (30) days of the last pub-
lication file a notice in the Supreme Court in the City of Nassau in
the Island of New Providence aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner
or the undersigned a statement of his or her claim in the prescribed
form verified by an Affidavit to be filed therewith. Failure of any
such person to file and serve a statement of his her claim on or
before the Thirty (30) days after the last publication will operate
as a bar to such claim.

DATED the 14th day of July, A.D. 2006.

ROLLE & CO.
Chambers,
Anth-Mar House,
84 Minnie Street,
Nassau, The Bahamas.
Attorneys for the Petitioner.


DAISY FUND LTD.

IN VOLUNTARY LIQUIDATION

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with
section 137 of the International Business Companies Act
2000 DAISY FUND LTD is in dissolution.

The Date of the Commencement of dissolution was 21st
of July 2006. David Thain of Arer Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Ltd., 308 East Bay Street, P. 0. Box N 3917
is the Liquidator of DAISY FUND LTD. All persons
having claims again nst the above-named company are
required to send their address and particulars of their
debts to the Liquidator before the 21st August 2006.


M MMULLib


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land silver, bronze medals


* TRACK AND FIELD
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
THE Bahamas men's 4x100
meter team settled for a silver
medal after fumbling the baton
on the second exchange, while
the women's team hauled in the
bronze at the CAC Games in
Colombia.
The team of Derrick Atkins,
Adrian Griffith, Rodney Green
and Dominic Demeritte
clocked 39.44 seconds for the
silver behind the Netherland
Antilles who won in a time of
39.28 seconds followed by
Jamaica in 39.46 seconds.
According to Griffith, the
lead off runner for the team,
the team's aim was the nation
record, which is set at 38.98 sec-
onds, set some six years ago in


Men recover from


fumbled exchange


Montauban.
The bobbling of the baton
happened during the second
and third legs; with Atkins and
Green.
Griffith said: "We had great
expectations heading into the
finals of the relay, everyone was
focused because our main goal
was to go out there and break
the national record. I don't
think it was meant to happen
on that day, because everyone
ran excellent legs.
"Our only mistake was


between Derrick and Rodney,
we lost a few seconds when
they fumbled around a little
with the baton, but other than
that everyone ran great legs."
The Bahamas went into the
finals with the third fastest time,
39.49 seconds.
Jamaica led the charge with a
time of 39.35 seconds followed
by-Netherland Antilles in 39.47
seconds.
Griffith added: "All I wanted
was to make up the stagger,
that I did. I knew that if I did


my job the other teammates
would do their's to the best of
their abilities. So I would like to
thank them for doing an excel-
lent job, because they all exe-
cuted.
"The games in it's entirety
was great, not just track and
field but all the other disciplines
as well. It feels good to be com-
peting on this level and getting
a first hand opportunity to
watch some of the veterans in
the sports compete."
The women's 4x100m team
of Savetheda Fynes, Tamicka
Clarke, T'Shonda Webb and
Shandira Brown got a lucky
break and wheeled in a bronze
medal for their efforts.
Having to play the 'catch-up'
game behind Cuba, Colombia
and Jamaica in the finals of the
400m relay, the Bahamas' lucky


break came when Jamaica's
second leg runner stepped out
of her lane, resulting in an auto-
matic disqualification.
The Bahamas ended up
third behind Cuba, who won in
43.29 seconds and Colombia in
44.32 seconds leaving them to
settle for third in 44.34 seconds.
The Bahamas' streak of luck
would come to an end in the
men's 1600m relay, as the
team finished just shy of a
medal.
Just seconds from the third
place finishers (Dominicani
Republic), the Bahamas posted
a final time of 3:05.73 seconds
for fourth place. Winning the
event was Jamaica in 3:01.78
seconds followed by Trinidad
and Tobago in 3:02.65 seconds.
Dominican Republic's time was
3:03.25 seconds.


Freeman Barr enjoys third




round win in comeback


* BOXING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
FORT MYERS: Although he felt like it
was his first professional fight, Freeman
'the Natural' Barr didn't look as if the two-
year hiatus had that much of an effect on
his performance in the ring.
Saturday night, Barr made mincemeat of
Terry Acker, stopping the shorter and
stockier resident of Tuscaloosa; Alabama
with just 13 seconds left before the third
round expired.
It was obvious from the first round that
32-year-old Barr wouldn't have to go the
scheduled 12 round bout as Acker had his
share of problems trying to adjust, much
less absorb the blows, much to the delight
of the fans in the Harbourside Event Cen-
ter.
"It felt good to be back out there," said
Barr, who made his return at 171 pounds,
one pound lighter than Acker. "I knew he
couldn't handle the punches. I could have
taken him out from the first round, but I
wanted to get some of the ring rust off."
The native from Pleasant Bay, Andros,
now living in Naples and fighting out of
the SJC Boxing Club in Fort Myers, said
the floor in the ring was a little slippery
from the five fights that preceded his
match, so he tried to avoid falling and get-
ting hurt in the process.
"I was more concerned about him," said
Barr in reference to his uncertainty about
his return. "I thought the referee would


Bahamian returns


after two year-hiatus


have stopped the fight from the first round.
But once I realized that he was having
some problems, I just went after him. I
needed this type of fight to get back in the
ring."
Not only did Acker take a beating, but
he was so dazed that he started to go into
the wrong corner at the end of each round
before the referee caught him and guided
him in the right direction.
Just before the final bell tolled, Barr
threw five consecutive rights that pinned
Acker oil the rope as his corner finally.
threw in the towel. But before the referee
could acknowledge it, Barr threw a left to
the head of Acker that sent him rolling
over on the canvas.
For Barr, it was a B grade for his per-
formance as he improved his win-loss
record to 27-4 with 14 knockouts. His
opponent dropped to 19-20-2 with 13
knockouts.
"I knew I could have got him out of
there from the first round, but he was very
strong," Barr reflected. "I just wanted to
get some work in, so I wasn't trying to get
out too early."
Barr's long-time manager/trainer Steve
Canton said he couldn't ask for a better


performance from Barr to get his feet wet
again.
"I think that for the rest that Freeman
has had and for him to come out here at
home against a guy, who is such a strong
puncher, I would say he did a fabulous
job," Canton noted.
"He's only 75 per cent and like I said
from day one, 75 per cent of Freeman can
beat most guys who are 90 per cent. So
I'm very pleased with this comeback. We
want to get in at least two more fights, get-
ting him at 80 and 90 per cent, then he's
ready for anybody who is in the top ten."
Canton, the owner of the SJC Boxing
Club, said their aim is to go after former
world champion Roy Jones.
"Roy Jones made his comeback at 175.
He was fighting for the NABO title. Free-
man, however, has been a NABO cham-
pion at 160 and 168.
"He's the only one to have been a cham-
pion at two divisions in the NABO," Can-
ton further declared.
"He would like to be the NABO cham-
pion in three divisions against the former
greatest fighter in the world in Roy Jones.
The fact is that Roy Jones and Freeman
Barr will make for an interesting fight. It's


a fight that we will definitely be going
after."
In the meantime as he relish in his come-
back victory, Barr said he know he have a
lot of work to do because even though he
felt good, he know that his timing isn't
quite there yet.
"I feel like I had my first fight in five
years," he reflected. "Being off for two
years is a long time. So I'm just happy to be
out there. Now that I'm back, I can con-
centrate on getting stronger and better."
Dubbed "Brawl at the River 2," Barr's
return to Glory couldn't get started with a
more impressive win. The fans in the stands
certainly enjoyed it as they cheered him
on and his camp, including his wife, Tanya,
were left smiling from ear to ear.
Freeman Barr is back and he looked as
'Natural' as he did before he took the two-
year break for a series of injuries, including
the most important one sarcoidosis, a dis-
ease that had hampered his career for a
long time.
Canton said it was Barr's tremendous
desire to get back in the ring, which kept
him going to the gym to train, even though
he was advised by the doctors to get some
rest with the healing process.
"He said he wants to be a world cham-
pion and he won't let anything stand in his
way," Canton pointed out. "He certainly
has the potential, but we're not going to
rush it. When he's ready for it, we will
know."
And this time, Barr said he will do what-
ever it takes to get there.


Event puts

golfers in the

driving seat

* GOLF
By RENALDO
DORSETT
Sports Reporter
GOLFERS throughout
the country have been
competing for a number
of weeks to lay claim to
bragging rights and earn
the title "Long Dog Out
of the Pack."
The Bahamas Profes-
sional Golfers Association
is again hosting its annual
Bahamas National Long
Drive Championships at
the Cable Beach Golf
Club.
The Championships
included four categories,
professionals, amateur,
ladies, and juniors.
,The qualifiers for the
contest began on July
25th, with a number of
eager competitors at all
different skill levels set to
compete.
After the first day of
qualifiers, Lemon
Gorospe led the way with
a drive 306 yards.
Glenn Pratt, President
of the BGPA, was in sec-
ond with a drive of 296
yards.
Chris Lewis, golf direc-
tor at the Cable Beach
Golf Club, sat in third
with a drive of 293 yards.
Rounding out the top
four professionals was Jer-
maine Russell with a drive
of 267 yards.
In the amateur division,
Nolan Johnson led the
way with a 254 yard dri-
ve, while Brent Vander-
pool sat in second with a
drive of 251 yards.


Woodside

heads for

England

FROM page one

its true potential, we will
put a lot of egg on a lot of
faces. It's all down to the
players. If the Bahamas
doesn't get over that hur-
dle, we will not achieve
what we are capable of."
For his part, Woodside
told The Tribune that if his
two years with Luctonians
go well, he may want to
stay in England:and see if
he can move up to. the
National Leagues level.
Looking forward to gain-
ing experience from play-
ing rugby at a higher level,
he said: "It's a good oppor-
tunity. I've got to keep
doing it. I'm not going to
let it pass me.
"Big Mac [McCartney]
found me, Stevie Johnson
and.Andrew trained me. I
can't let them down. I can't
let the Bahamas down."
Woodside said the main
areas he hopes to improve
in England are "passing and
knowing the game, my
responsibilities and what's
my job on the field. That's
what I lack".
Davies said Woodside
"quite comfortably"
already has the ability to
play at English National
Division two level, if he
added 10-15 pounds in
weight, and "has an intu-
itive desire to win every
game he plays".
"If we can send him away
and he comes back with a
completely different out-
look, it will transmit itself to
other players," Davies
added, pointing out that
Woodside was also chosen
because he had the ability
to adapt to the new culture,
lifestyle, that he would
encounter in England.
Davies said opportunities
for young Bahamians to
travel, work and stay out-
side the Bahamas were rel-


atively few, unless they
were attending school or
college overseas, or had
family abroad.
"For a guy who's got rug-
by playing skills, the world's
their oyster," he added.
Woodside's flight and
stay in the UK has been
assisted financially by mem-
bers of the Bahamian rugby
community, including for-
mer members of the Buc-
caneers club who are now
back in the UK.


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RUGBY
By NEIL HARTNELL
NATIONAL team flanker Dan
Woodside is the potential "trailblazer"
for talented Bahamian rugby players,
after becoming the first to gain the
chance to play abroad at "pretty much
the highest level of amateur rugby" in
England.
Woodside, who plays openside flanker
for both the national team and his club,
the Cuckoos, leaves today for a two-year
spell at English club Luctonians, who
play in the Midlands One division in
England -,the highest level below the
national leagues and the semi-profes-
sional game.
Nicknamed 'the Androsian assassin',
due to his north Andros roots, Woodside
is rated by one of his coaches as "the
most naturally gifted rugby player I have
seen". They hope he will eventually
bring back to theBahamas the experi-
ence, approach to training and prepara-
tion, and what is takes to play at a high-
er level, and transmit this to other play:
ers.
Ken McCartney, co-founder of the
Cuckoos, who discovered Woodside, 22,
said: "It's important that he does well,
because if he does, he can pave the way
for other people. His attitude to play-
ing, getting along with other people, is
very important. He could be the fore-
runner of things to come,"
Woodside's passage to Luctonians has
been eased by the fact that the father
of Andrew Davies, the coach to the
Bahamas' national rugby 'sevens' team,
is associated with the club. It takes on
about five foreign players a season, usu-
ally from established rugby playing
nations such as South Africa, New.
Zealand and Australia, but never before
a Bahamian.
Davies said: "The plan is Dan is going
to do well. He has the strength of char-
acter, and the main thing is that he goes
over and represents well. The next time
we have a young man who we felt has
done well and has aptitude, they'll wel-
come him with open arms.
"I think he'll [Dan] get greater appre-
ciation of what is needed in terms of
dedication to play this game at the high-


er levels."
The Bahamas Rugby Football Union's
aim is to give Bahamian players as much
exposure to international competition
as possible, so they can measure them-
selves against foreign teams and learn
what is required at higher levels than
the national league..
Although the Bahamas won the Rug-
by World Cup's northern Caribbean
qualifying tournament last year, beat-
ing Bermuda and the Cayman Islands
on home soil, they learned what inter-
national rugby is all about during a heavy
50-point defeat to Barbados in the play-
off that decided which Caribbean state
went into the Americas qualifying group.

Training
The Barbados team contained a num-
ber of English-based players, who play a
40-game season at a consistently high
level- exactly the same system Woodside
will be thrust into. He will go straight
into Luctonians' pre-season training for
a -cja,.n that starts in early September
2006, and ends in late April/early May
2007.
Davies told The Tribune that he hopes
Woodside's experience in England will
not only benefit him, but will rub-off on
other Bahamian 'players who aspire to
the national team.
He added that some players had yet to
show the dedication required, failing to
attend training'regularly, while their skill
and fitness levels had yet to reach the
levels required if the Bahamas was to
be '.'icc'tSiull con.sis-tcntl\ on the region-
al and inlernalli n:al stage.
Noting that an adjustment in attitude
i A',il help Bahamians to achieve their
full potential, Davies said: "I have
picna.iied thiis to the younger players
who are just coming into the squad and
they are responding well. Over the last
year I have ji.ii -.d a positive change
with certain players, and we are heading
in the right dil clin but we still have a
long way to go.
"Make no mistake, if and when the
Bahamas national rugby team reaches


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$turs


* BOXING
By KELSIE JOHNSON
Junior Sports Reporter
JERMAINE 'CHOO-
CHOO' Mackey talked the
talk and walked the walk, tak-
ing care of business early to
knock out Marcus 'Marvelous'
Thomas in the sixth round and
claim the WBC Caribbean
Boxing Federation champi-
onship title.
Mackey, who said earlier


"that if a knock out appeared
b. would take full adi antage
of it," lasted no time in the
opening minutes of the sixth
round.
Less than two minutes into.
the round, Mackey was secur-
ing thunderous left hooks and
jabs to the face and body of
Thomas, who was just
too shaken up to.defend b
ack.
But it was the right that sent
Thomas flying to the canvas


6 DAN WOODSIDE is heading to England today.


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and the referee running to the
count.
The confident Mackey said,
although his opponent came
into the ring with such an
impressive record, he used
patience and experience, giv-
ing him the edge he needed.
,"I just "ant to thank God for
giving me this opportunity to
once again fight in front of a
home crowd," Mackey said.
"I came into the fight a little
nervous kno wing thai he had


such an impressive record and
is regarded as one of the top
fighters in the Caribbean. But
I spoke to my coach hi, also
fought on that level and he
told me not to worry about a
thing, to just go in there and
execute the way I usually do,
fidht mr\ fighr. not hij.
"I did thi jmnd he just could-
n't handle n.ditlinn I was bring-
ing to him, I'started to gain
more and more confidence as
the time went.by and landed
Lach punch iucccLiull "
The tjLht It.Lirm J md1I l. venly
matched \\ith Mackey and
Thlomasi- bou0L1in'i around the
ring, trying to feel each other
out. This t\ cl of tiitmiiL con-
tinued throughout the ccond
round.
The first three rounds, both
fighters were c\ enl\ matched
with Thomas moving grace-
fully, dodging most of Mack-
ey's attempts, even--though
Mackey was attempting more
punches than Thomas, who
was afraid to move.away from
the ring.
But MNac Lky would pull
away from Thomas in the
fourth round, attacking him
in the opening minutes. It was-
n't until this round Mackey's
attempts starieJ to-Iaid, stick-
ing Thomas with the right
jabs. Although Mackey
secured some points with the
successful right jabs, it was the
left that rocked Thomas.
Mackey's left connected
with Thomas' head, which
staggered him.causing the ref-
eree to intervene.
The fifth round was the sep-
arating one for Mlicke-\ who
poured on: the punches.
A tired Thomas wasn't
expecting Mackey to turn up
the heat in the round, but felt
the burns. Mackey connected
with several big body shots,
that left Thomas.running for
the ropes.
But the ropes couldn't save
him as Mackey followed, tak-
ing adLi in(Le of Thomas'
open body. Th,.,mas had noth-
ing left in the fifth round and
struggled lt his corner when
the bell sounded.
It was a much needed rest
for,.Thomas, who looked
exhausted heading into the
sixth riuind. A vigilant Mack-
cy Netzcdl the opportunity arid,
in les. tilan two miputes,
Thomas' face was greeted by
the cold canvas.
Mackey added: "I've gained
so much confidence now that I
am not about to.stop here, I
am ready to go out there and
further my professional career
"This will not bN the L nd for
me I will be looking to fight
for the British C. ,,,,, 111' clth
title and hopefully the World
title, which ever one comes
first."
Mackey is currently the
Bahamas' super middleweight
title holder.


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