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Publication Date: August 4, 2006
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Volume: 102 No.211 FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, 2006

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Election on Sir. Pnens Sirntay?

March 22 touted

as most likely date

Chief Reporter
THE late Sir. Lynden Pin-
dling's birthday March 22 is
being touted as the most likely
date for the next general elec-
Political insiders are claiming
that Prime Minister Perry
I Chrisli: ha, .d.cided Sir !.yn-.
den's birthday is the ideal date
to call the elections, but has yet
to officially inform his Cabinet.
According to Tribune
sources, this would be in keep-
ing with the party's current
strategy of "draping themselves
in the legacy of Sir Lynden" a
strategy which was said, to be
one of the major reasons they
were catapulted to victory in
SHowever, there are some
observers who are sceptical that
Mr Christie would have let out
the date of the election six
lontlhs ahead of time, but they
did conclude that March was
not totally out of the realm of
N .Ii .i .-., agreed that cur-
rently, the PLP appears to have
taken as part of its election
strategy the "parading about"
of Sir Lynden's legacy.
While not commenting on the
speculation on the election date,
Felix Bethel, a former govern-
ment and politics lecturer at the
College of the Bahamas, said
that Sir Lynden's legacy is a real
asset to the party and is no
d.I, ,.il l I.. Ji.-I used in some form
for tht next general election.
"Sir Lynden's death in
.'August 26, 2000 catapulted the
Progressive Liberal Party to

power. There's no doubt about
that, that event was a singular
event in the history of the coun-.
try as important to the mind of
the black Bahamian as signifi-
cant as January 10, 1967. The
death of this man who became
patriarch, chief," Mr Bethel
There were other things that
occurred leading up to the 2002
election that diminished the
popularity of the FNM, includ-
ing the referendum and the near
implosion of the banking sec-
tor, but according to Mr Bethel
the.singular event that got
things rolling for the PLP was
Sir Lynden's death.
"This is the year 2006 going
into 2007 the Pindling card is
being played. We saw it being.
played in the naming of the air-
port, a massive event that shows
you that the legacy of Sir Lyn-
den is real and therefore politi-
cally potent. I suspect that there
will be some honour or other
for Lady Pindling which will
secure in the mind of the people
the place of this man and
woman and that family.
"It is a family with a large
legacy, a large name so the par-
ty that secures itself in that and
owns that legacy gains that sup-
port. But will it get support
from people who are removed
in time from that legacy? That
remains to be seen," Mr Bethel
Nevertheless, Mr Bethel said
the upcoming election will 'be
the last time the country would
have to deal with the direct
legacy of Sir Lynden Pindling.
SEE page 12

Mitchell 'had no influence' on

renaming of Fox Hill Festival

CONTRARY to earlier
reports, Fox Hill MP Fred
Mitchell had no influence on
the renaming of the Fox Hill
Festival to the George Mackey
Fox Hill Festival, according to
Charles Johnson, the commit-
tee's chairman.
Sources informed The Tri-
bune Wednesday that they sus-
pected Mr Mitchell was using
Mr Mackey's name and
extending invitations to leaders
from several Caribbean
nations to politicise the Eman-
cipation day events.
However, Mr Johnson said

the decision to name this year's
festivities after George Mack-
ey was completely that of the
"The Honourable Fred
Mitchell was not involved in
this decision this was the
decision of the committee,
after obtaining permission
from the Mackey family to do
so," he said.
"Not one Foxhillian ever
came to me and said 'hey ya'll
gat this thing all politics'."
Despite what the public has
been hearing, Mr Johnson said,
the name Fox Hill Day will not
be changed, but he explained
that the addition of George

Mackey's name to the event is
a posthumous honour for this
year's festival only.
"We are doing this for his
commitment to the communi-
ty," he said.
"You have to honour your
people this George Mackey
festival is only for this year, in
his honour."
The sources also claimed
that Mr Mitchell had planned
to use Caribbean dignitaries to
gain favour in CARICOM as a
contingency measure, in case
he lost his Fox Hill seat in the
next election.

SEE page 11

Rising medical
costs 'due to lack of
regulatory board'

THE escalating cost of med-
ical care and health insurance
is being driven by the fact that
there is no regulatory board to
monitor the pricing practices of
medical. doctors- in the
Bahamas, The Tribune has
SlAccording to a source, this
has led many leading insurance
companies to hire in-house doc-
tors and nurses as consultants
to contain cost against, what
some consider to be, unscrupu-
lous price gouging.
After receiving information
that many local insurance agen-
cies were employing medical
practitioners, doctors and nurs-
es, The Tribune began an inves-
tigation into this practice as it
related to the high rate of insur-
ance and medical care.
"The doctor is on a retainer
to try and speak to his col-
leagues to keep the cost down,"
said one insurance official. "The
insurance companies are not in
'cahoots' with doctors. What

SEE page 12

Man guilty of

the murder

of tourists

Tribune Freeport
Court jury on Thursday found
Frederick Francis guilty of the
brutal murders of Austrians
Barbara von Perfall and Bern-
hard Bolzano, who were shot
to death while on vacation in
Bimini in July last year.
After nearly four hours of
deliberating, a jury of six men
and six women returned at
3.30pm with their verdicts, find-
ing Francis guilty on all four
counts against him.
Justice Stephen Isaacs, at the
end of his summation, handed
the case to the jury around
On counts one and two the
murders of Mr Bolanzo and Ms
von Perfall the jury returned
a unanimous guilty verdict.
SEE page 11

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Sea Hauler collision victims

still awaiting compensation

Tribune Staff Reporter
SURVIVORS of the tragic
Sea Hauler accident are still
pleading for financial retribu-
tion almost three years after
the boat collision claimed the
lives of four persons and injured
25 others.
Cedric Hart, a father of seven
who narrowly survived the 2003
accident, says he is suffering
He told The Tribune yester-
day that in addition to his own
injuries, he is struggling with
the burden of medical bills for
his son, whose kidney is failing.
Mr Hart sustained major
spinal injuries, fell into a coma
and spent two years in hospital
following the accident.
"My spine was messed up by
the crane crash and my son
needs kidneys because of the
incident," Mr Hart explained.
"I can't sit up for too long, so
I just need to try and continue
to see if I can get up. I have
chronic pain 24 hours a day.
The left side of my body is still
immobile and this is the side
where I got the blow."
In a letter to The Tribune, a

* A BAHAMAS Defence Force vessel patrols around the MV
United Star and the MV Sea Hauler after the two vessels collid-
ed on Saturday, August 2,2003 in waters off the southwest coast
of Eleuthera in the Bahamas
(Photo: AP archive)

concerned person called on
Attorney General Allyson May-
nard-Gibson, "to release the
money from the United Star
that was (reportedly) paid out
three months after the collision
on August 2, 2003.
"Can the Central Bank please
authorise the release of these
funds? And further, when is
Mrs Glenys Hanna-Martin
going to pay the Sea Hauler vic-
tims?" the letter asked.
It said that Mrs Hanna-Mar-

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tin, Minister of Transport and
Aviation, promised last year
that the payments would be in
this year's budget.
It was during the Emancipa-
tion weekend of 2003 that the
Sea Hauler mail boat, over-
loaded with passengers on their
way to the Cat Island Regatta,
collided with the United Star
freight vessel near Highbourn
Cay, Exuma, and Wemyss Bight
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Smith Ellis, Brenda Smith
Leslie, Livingston Seymour
'and Lynden Riley died in the
The victims say they believe
other issues are taking prece-
dence, and that government
is leaving them to suffer.
Mr Hart explained that
National Insurance is paying
"a little something, so is Social
Services," but the assistance
is insufficient.
"Right now we are not get-
ting any'kind of answers from
the government about the
case," Mr Hart explained. "I
went to other people to reach
out to see how long it is going
to be before we get some kind
of assistance because it is not
only me one is out here suf-
fering from that accident."
In a letter dated July 4,2005
to the National Insurance
Board, Dr Winston Phillips,
consultant surgeon at the
Department of Orthopaedics,
wrote: "Mr Hart sustained
injury to his lower back. "He
continues to have lower pain
in the back despite treatment
with physiotherapy, muscle
relaxation and analgesics
(medication capable of reliev-
ing pain). He is still undergo-
ing treatment and is unable
to work for a period of one
Mr Hart told The Tribune

that he is not looking for
hand-outs. He said since leav-
ing the hospital he has sought
employment, but has not yet
been hired.
However, he explained that
before the accident he had
worked for six years as a secu-
rity officer at the Mall at
"My spine is out of place. I
am still doing the therapy, but
it is not (working) as fast as
they wanted it to. But I am
still trying to make life easier
for my family," Mr Hart said.
His children range in age
from two months to 13 years.
He blames the accident for
his son's kidney failure.
"My wife was on the vessel
and witnessed the accident
and went into labour after she
saw me pinned down under
the crane," he explained
The twin boys, Devon and
Deshon, who are three years-
old, were, born prematurely.
Deshon, he said, is in need of
a kidney.
"My mother has him going
to the US right now to take
blood samples to sign up for a
kidney. "
The Tribune made numer-
ous unsuccessful attempts to
contact Minister of Transport
and A nation GlenvsHanna-
Martin and Attorney General
Allyson Nla\nard-Gibson.

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Tribune Staff Reporter
S QUESTIONING.the effec-
tiveness of shortening the
S crawfish season, FNM North
Eleuthera MP Alvin Smith
drew attention to the damage
That such a decision would
have on thelocal fishing
industry, and criticised Agri-
; culture and Marine Resources
Minister Leslie Miller for not
consulting enough on the mat-
Mr Smith said he was sure
'thai the public was relieved
to know that as the next gen-
eral election drew% near. that
neither Mr Miller. nor the
PLP government would be
around for the next crawfish
"Before even considering
.to move ahead with this pro-
posal, the minister should
have produced the empirical
data for the past four. six or
S10 years to justify this deci-
sion to shorten the season.
Data such as total number of
pounds taken, total number
of FDC licences issued and
"The total number of4skiffs
; used assuming that the major-
ity of FDC licences were
Issued for larger vessels.
Hooka permits issued and
Renewed, and the total dollar
value exported. The minister
should have also consulted
and discussed his proposal to
'shorten the season with the
Fisheries Advisory Commit-
tee before prematurely arriv-
ing at this decision and mak-
ing a public statement on the
matter," he said.
Mr Smith explained that if
the government followed
through with its plan to short-
en the crawfish season by two
months, it will be closing the
most productive part of the

_. ALVIN Smith

season for Bahamians. but
leaving it wide open for inter-
Snational poachers from Flori-
da, the Dominican Republic.
Honduras and other coun-
"These fishermen care
nothing about the future or'
that 0o the industry, so the
'eradication of species or per-,
manent damage to our reefs
or fishing grounds do not mat-
ter. Unfortunately, there are
also some Bahamian fisher-
men who are contributing to
the damage inflicted on the
industry through, fishing dur-
ing the closed season, har-
vesting of undersized crawfish
and using chemicals under
reefs and condo's, literally
killing every living marine
species from premature to
"Clearly the minister should
have addressed these very
serious concerns before arbi-
trarily deciding to reduce the
crawfish season by two
months, which in fact will
amount to four months in the
event of a hurricane or tropi-
cal storm. An example may
unfortunately be on its way, as
Tropical Storm Chris has its
eyes on some of the prime
fishing grounds in the
Bahamas," he said.

o In brief

Man injured
in leg with
during fight

A MAN is in hospital after
sustaining a gunshot wound to
his right leg following an early
morning altercation.
According to police liaison
officer Inspector Walter Evans,
the 37-year-old man was in his
home-on Augusta Street early
this morning when another man
came to visit him.
The two men had a conver-
sation which led to an argu-
ment, Mr Evans said.
As a result, the visiting man
allegedly shot the man in his
The victim was taken to hos-
pital, where he is presently in
stable condition.
Investigations continue.

17 Cubans

land in

reserve off

Puerto Rico
San Juan
migrants landed in a mostly
uninhabited nature preserve off
Puerto Rico's west coast early
Thursday, authorities said,
according to Associated Press.
The migrants -12 men, five
women were in good health,
according to the natural
resources department. The
migrants said two boats
dropped 'them off in Mona
Island, a rugged nature preserve
located between the Domini-
can Republic and Puerto Rico.
Though Mona Island has
become a popular new route for
Cubans headed to the United
States about 6100 people have
made the journey bN boat from
the Dominican Republic to the
preserve Thursday's group
appeared to among the first to
arrive since Cuban leader Fidel
Castro underwent intestinal
surgeryon Monday. '
Once they reach U.S. territo-
ry, Cubans are generally
allowed to stay in the United
States, though they are returned
to their country if they are
caught at sea.

16 hurt and

one killed

in hotel


for bodies amid the rubble
Thursday after the partial col-
lapse of a huge resort under
construction in northern
Jamaica killed one worker and
injured 16, police said, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
The collapse Wednesday
evening was the latest mishap
to hit the Bahia Principe, a
planned 1,918-room hotel in
Runaway Bay in what is expect-
ed to be Jamaica's largest resort.
Firefighters searched for bod-
ies or additional survivors, but it
wasn't clear whether any work-
ers were missing. Police said
eight of the injured have been
released from the hospital.
Engineers will inspect the
damage to determine when
work on the US$200 million
project can resume, said George
Ho Sang, head of public works
in St. Ann Parish.
Grupo Piner6, the, Spanish
company developing the resort,
would not comment until the
investigation was complete.
On May 3, a floor collapse at
the project injured three work-

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Cuba sends
message of
to people

CUBIS communist govern-
ment set a clear message to its
people 'hursday: Nothing is
going tcchange, according to
Associated Press.
"The evolution will contin-
ue" was le mantra chanted on
state-rui television and dis-
played irgovernment newspa-
pers there days after Fidel Cas-
tro temporarily ceded power to
his younpr brother Raul while
recovering from surgery.
The acng president was still
nowhere'o be seen. Nor was
the elder-astro, who turns 80
on Aug. 1. Yet the news media
all arerun by the state -
lined up Cibans to express con-
fidence bth in Fidel Castro's
ability to-ecover quickly and
in Raul Cstro's competence to
govern inhe meantime.
"Certai of your rapid recov-
ery, always toward victory!" a
graduating class of Interior Min-
istry cades chanted in a collec-
tive greeing to Fidel Castro,
published on the front page of
the Connunist youth newspa-
per Juvetud Rebelde.
"Ever Cuban trusts Raul,
S and every one of our leaders,"
an unnamed woman said on
state telQision's midday broad-
cast. "Ve are certain that the
revolution will continue."
Awayrom government cam-
eras, hivever, some Cubans
expressvariness of life without
Fidel Cstro in charge.
"I, a least, am worried,
because without him we are
nothing," gardener Rafael
Reyes3aid. "We hope that he
will refbver and leave (the hos-
pital) 3oon."


BEC still investigating outages as

customer complaints continue

the cause of Wednesday's
blackout are ongoing as com-
plaints and claims of damaged
electrical equipment continue
to come in.
BEC is reportedly still trying
to determine the cause of the
power outage and general
manager Kevin Basden said
the corporation is looking into
a number of possibilities.
Mr Basden said he did not
want to speculate, adding only
that the matter is still under
"I don't have the final
reports yet. I hope to have
something by tomorrow but
there are a number of things
that have to be looked into,"
he said.
The problems began for the

* KEVIN Basden

electrical corporation shortly
after 3pm when a vehicle
crashed into an electricity pole
cutting power to between 30
and 40 per cent of the island.
As BEC worked to fix the
problem, calls began flooding

into The Tribune claiming that
power had been lost across the
Mr Basden also called, and
explained that an island-wide
outage had indeed taken place
- but that BEC was not sure
what caused it.
Meanwhile, members of thi
public say that as is often li .
case in power outages com-
puters, appliances and other
items of electrical equipment
were damaged.
Dionne Godet, sales man-
ager of 100 Jamz and Joy I '.1
said the hard drive of both hiN
home computer and his work
computer have been affected,
"Much to my displeasure,
I've got two computers that
were fried yesterday. I can't
get what I need to get done
today because I don't have a
computer," he said.

Mr Godet was at a funeral on
Wednesday when the first out-
age occurred and was dismayed
upon returning to find that his
computer was damaged and
could not be used.
Mr Godet said he plans to
contact BEC for reimburse-
When asked what the corpo-
ration does when presented
with such situations, Mr Bas-
den said: "We investigate each

and every claim on its own mer-
it. We would have to take into
consideration what was the
cause of the outage, et cetera.
"There may be instances
where the corporation may
make an award and there may
be instances where the corpo-
ration may reject the claims.
"It all depends of the circum-
stances surrounding the outage
and how valid the claim is,"
Basden said.

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GIVING his contribution to
the on the National Heroes
and National Honours Acts,
leader of the opposition
Hubert Ingraham said that the
FNM did not conclude either
of the bills when they were first
brought to parliament in 2001
- because they wished to have
a national consensus on such
important legislation.
Addressing the House of
Assembly during parliament's
evening session on Wednesday,
Mr Ingraham explained that the
2001 bills intended to bring
about four primary things: a sys-
tem to govern, determine and
declare national heroes, the
establishment of a Heroes Day,
the awarding of national hon-
ours, and the creation of a
national heroes park a provi-
sion he suggested be included in
the bills now before parliament.
In an effort to foster a better
understanding of the nature of
the Queen's Honours, which
are currently awarded to out-
standing Bahamians, Mr Ingra-

Former PMP defends Queen's

honours as Bahamian honours

ham said that although some
people object to their colonial
roots, the Queen's Honours
are in fact Bahamian national
He explained that such hon-
ours are conferred based on
recommendations given by the
prime minister via a letter he
issues through the secretary of
the cabinet.
As such, he said, the awards
are essentially Bahamian hon-
ours given through the Queen
of England who, he empha-
sised; is still the queen of the
Bahamas, whether some like
that fact or not.
"We are not interested in
becoming consumed by a
desire to re-write history,
regardless to whether we are
happy or unhappy'about what
transpired in the past.

* HUBERT Ingraham

"And so we do not wish to
become distracted by whose
statue is in the public square or
at Government House that's
a part of history of Bahamas.
We are, however, interested in
LIt~.r i ti .. hI-- 'L pl-, rk to hon-
ouI Bihjanaln heroes," Mr
Ingraham said.



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Not for govt. to make business decision

ONLY A FOOL, or a person with very
deep pockets, would employ a foreigner to
operate his business if he could find a
Bahamian to perform equally as well. And
only business owners not some civil ser-
vant can decide if there is in fact a Bahami-
ian to meet the needs of their business.
The expense, including immigration fees, to
bring a foreigner to the Bahamas is prohibi-
tive. No businessman is going to spend mon-
ey overseas unnecessarily if he can employ
locally. And so when an application is sub-
mitted to Immigration for a work permit to
fill an essential position in a business, it must
mean that the businessperson is desperate,
cannot find the right Bahamian and is now
trying to appoint the right foreigner.
However, government's myopic, view is
that businesses are employing foreigners,
because they prefer foreigners. This is prob-
ably an inferiority complex suffered by many
politicians, but it is not the way a busi-
nessperson thinks. He doesn't spend his
money on non-essentials.
For a government that has gone out of its
.way to woo foreign investment, the attitude of
persons like Senator Philip Galanis is eco-
nomically suicidal.
About three weeks ago the senator urged
government to adhere to its Bahamianisa-
tion policy and investigate the work permit of
Recently appointed Grand Bahama Port
Authority chairman, Mr Hannes Babak, an
To which Tourism Minister Obie Wilch-
combe very sensibly replied:
"Lady Henrietta St George and Jack Hay-
ward are the.private owners, and they are
appointing someone to represent their inter-
est. To what extent do we influence that? It is
still their personal subjective interest, and
we cannot force upon them a Bahamian or
Quite right, Mr Wilchcombe: To what
extent can a government influence an owner's
decision when it comes to whom he entrusts
his business without driving out investors?
And how can this government tell a private
employer that he has to justify a foreign staff
member when recently, on naming'the Lyn-
den Pindling Airport, it announced that for-
eigners were going to manage its airport?
The irony of it was that the announcement
was made by no less a person than the daugh-
ter of the governor general, who, when a
PLP immigration minister, ruthlessly vic-
timised The Tribune with the so-called
"Bahamianisation policy", because we
refused to bow before his "Chief's" PLP altar.
We are not criticising the decision to put

the airport under foreign management. In
the past Bahamians have failed and so have
This new team has the potential of success
only if government is smart enough not to
interfere. And if the Vancouver company is
wise it will have that commitment written in
stone, especially if it wants smooth flying at
that much-troubled airport.
Government apparently believes it can
silence the pen of John Marquis, our manag-
ing editor, for whom we have not as yet found
a Bahamian replacement, by holding up a
work permit that is now six months overdue.
Technologically, these politicians are still
thinking in the stone age. Mr Marquis does
not have to sit behind a desk at The Tribune
to continue to write'for this newspaper.
Often we have sat behind our desk in Mia-
mi and done our daily work for The Tribune
in Nassau. It doesn't matter whether we are
here or there, the same work is done with
the greatest of ease and all deadlines met.
When the FNM first came to power one of
its Immigration Ministers wanted to be
brought up to date on The Tribune's training
Sprogrammes. We were invited to meet with
him to explain what we were doing.
At the meeting we took the various sec-
tions of The Tribune main news, business,
features, arts, etc. As we spread them across
the table, The International Miami Herald
was included. "Oh, you can eliminate that,"
the Minister said, pointing to The Herald.
"Oh, no you can't," we replied. "That's the
whole key to our operation."
After our experience with the victimising
Pindling government, we have been plotting
and planning as to how to get out from under
dictatorial governments that want to cripple
a newspaper that it can't control as it does the
Bahamas Broadcasting Corporation. Daily
we have been practising with The Miami Her-
ald. The Herald is prepared in Miami by its
own editors and sent over the network to
our press in Nassau.
We now know that we don't need any edi-
tors in Nassau. They can all be located over-
seas beyond the reach of an over sensitive
immigration minister and his political cronies.
Of course, when we do it, it will make
international headlines.
And, so, Minister Shane Gibson, the ball is
now ir your court. Quite frankly we don't
care what you, and your buddies, do. Only do
it quickly.
We have prepared so many reports on
The Tribune's training programmes for Immi-
gration that all Mr Gibson has to do is open
the file..

Changing rules

make running a

farm impossible

EDITOR, The Tribune.
PLEASE allow me the
opportunity to clarify our posi-
tion as it relates to your July
27th article "Government hin-
dering farming".
We have received several
calls expressing support but
unfortunately none from the
relevant Departments that we
would have hoped. Possibly
there is no interest in repairing
the problems that exist within
the system of farmer/govern-'
ment relationship, but we
hope this is not the case.
Goodfellow Farms cur-
rently employs six Haitians
and eight Bahamians. The
combined salary and benefits
for the Bahamians employed
is close to a quarter of a mil-
lion dollars. The field labour is
all done by Haitians but all
managed by Bahamians -
Mr. Roger Rolle, C. Eneas
and Ms. McKay, a really super
team. The balance of the
Bahamians are employed in
the packaging/order desk/food
production and bottling/can-
ning. These are all good jobs,
clean jobs, jobs that are well
paid middle and upper level.
My problem is that my per-

mit applications are taking a
year and then being turned
down. First of all that is too
long and secondly if my appli-
cations and renewals are
rejected then there will be no
Haitian labour and therefore
no field production, therefore
no need to employ this great
team of Bahamians.
Seems simple but I have
been to every Ministry and
relevant department with no
successful results. We are not
here to embarrass the Gov-
ernment or point fingers but
why have a National Agricul-
tural Policy that does not
Our Mission Statement: To
improve the quality of pro-
duce, food and life in The
There is no need for me to
detail the facts about Bahami-
ans not wanting to field
labour, and it's understand-
able that we all want our chil-
dren to be better off than we
are and not worse off. We
believe Bahamians should be

given the best positions fothe
best wages and we do,exatly
that at the Farm. Here ithe
deal: for every permitwe
receive we will employ anth-
er Bahamian on our tear
Our job is to be a hedhy
alternative food source, ithe
rules that we work under lep
changing then running a Irm
becomes impossible.
Our farm is a model other
marriage between agricuure
and tourism.
Our internship prograime
with the College has not een
a success but it will be athe
nature of the progranmmend
agriculture find a common
Thanks you for the oppr-
tunity to express my two cits

Karin and Ian GoodfelloN
Roger Rolle
Cleveland Eneas
Yolanda McKay
Anthony Claridge
Cally Papageorge
Jennifer Wilson
Marva Johnson
Mauren Rolle
Plus six student workers ad
Field production team.

EDITOR, The Tribune.
SENATOR Philip Galanis called this morn-
ing (Wednesday, August 2, 2006) to say that I
misrepresented his position regarding the Mar-
quis work permit issue in a recent letter to the
Here is what he said via e-mail:
"There is absolutely nothing in either release
to support any suggestion whatsoever, that I
asked for Marquis' work permit to be revoked.
I repeat as I did during our telecon this a.m.
when asked by Mr. Mark Humes at The Tri-
bune to comment on Mr. Marquis' work permit
being revoked, I flatly indicated that I did not
agree with that. I would appreciate it if you
would please correct this as prominently as you
'misrepresented' my position."
I have re-read his releases and would like to
thank him for the clarification. And, as dis-

cussed with him over the telephone, I did nct
misrepresent him intentionally and obviously
confused his Hannes Babak comments with 1he
Marquis issue.
I apologised to him for this oversight oer
the phone and do so now publicly.
In our conversation Senator Galanis did mt
deny his recommendation for revoking tie
work permit of Hannes Babak, the newly
appointed Chairman of the Port Authority it
My concern for individual freedom and tht
rule of law has not changed, and will not when
politicians use their offices to punish individu-
als they don't like.

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UN chief

makes his

first trip

to Haiti
UN Secretary-General
Kofi Annan, making his first
trip to Haiti, was embraced
by President Rene Preval
upon his arrival at the airport
Thursday and quickly went
into private meetings with
Haitian and UN officials, who
are trying to bring peace and
stability to the impoverished
Caribbean nation, according
to Associated Press.
Annan later met with two
Brazilian peacekeepers who
were wounded by gang gun-
fire in July. An 8,800-strong
force of UN troops and inter-
national police provides the
only real security in a country
plagued with well-armed
gangs and a local police force
that Annan has said is "inad-
equately trained" and "infil-
trated by criminal elements."
The peacekeepers were dis-
patched to Haiti to help
restore order amid the chaos
following the 2004 revolt that
toppled President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide.
Annan waslater scheduled
to tour a Haitian police acad-
In a report to the U.N.
Security Council, Annan
called for elite police tactical
teams and advisers to bolster
the U.N. force to help counter
a renewed surge in kidnap-
pings and gang violence.
Haiti experienced relative
calm after Preval's February
election victory but since
May, dozens of foreigners
and Haitians have been kid-
napped and gang fighting has
forced hundreds of people to
flee their homes in the capital,


Tropical Storm Chris weakens

TROPICAL Storm Chris
looked likely to weaken into a
tropical depression rather than
the originally predicted hurri-
cane yesterday after losing
much of its strength in the east-
ern Caribbean
Senior deputy director of
meteorology Trevor Basden
said the next alert should be
one announcing a tropical
depression although he
warned that the storm could
possibly gain strength again.
Today, winds had been
expected to reach up to 74 miles
an hour but Mr Basden said:
"Maximum sustained winds
have decreased significantly
over night (Wednesday) and is
now near 40 miles per hour."
If the depression does pass
over the south end of the
Bahamas, the islands are like-
ly to only experience some
wind and rain damage. How-
ever, Mr Basden warned that

* SHOWN (from left): Trevor Basden, senior deputy director of
the Department of Meteorology, interim director of NEMA
Carl Smith and ,Hubert Bain logistic officer for ,NEMA

Bahamians still need to con-
tinue to take precautions.
"Those islands can experience
up to two inches in rain, and
there is a possibility of flood-
On Wednesday local meteo-
rologists issued a hurricane
watch for the south-east

Bahamas which included Ack-
lins, Inagua, Mayaguana, Long
Island, Ragged Island and
Crooked Island. The storm was
expected to pass over the
Bahamas this morning but it has
already lost most of its power,
Basden said.
Although the storm is dimin-

fishing, if it continues on it cur-
rent projected path and main-
tains its strength it will be just
outside of Andros on Sunday.
Locals worried that Tropical
Storm Chris would disrupt the
activities planned for this week-
end on several Family Islands,
including the Cat Island and
Acklins annual regatta and
Grand Bahama's "Feel the
However, National Emer-
gency Management Agency
(NEMA) director Carl Smith
said that those islands towards
the central part of the Bahamas
should not be duly affected but
should still remain on guard.
"The message NEMA is
sending is: You ought to con-
tinue to take necessary action
in terms of securing your prop-
erty and getting emergency sup-
"You can expect, as we
approach the height of the
active hurricane season which
runs from mid-August to mid

Former Bahamasair boss is new investment advisor

Tribune Staff Reporter
FORMER Bahamasair man-
aging director Paul Major has
been appointed the new con-
sultant to the Domestic Invest-
ment Board.
He is charged with the task
of bringing more Bahamians
into the economic mainstream.
Financial Services and Invest-
ments Basil Albury said yester-
day that Mr Major will play a
significant role in creating new
legislation, such as the proposed
Tourism Attraction Incentive
Addressing members of the
board and the press at the Min-
istry of Financial Services and
Investments, Mr Albury
explained that that this new
Tourism Act will offer Bahami-
ans what the Hotel Encourage-
ment Act has traditionally
offered foreign investors.
Such an act, he added, would
offer Bahamians incentives to
invest more in their own coun-
try, and help them to benefit
more from the spin-off effects of
the growing tourism industry.
Giving an example of the

advantages of the Act, Mr
Albury said that in the sports
fishing industry, Bahamians
who so far have only been
employees, can bring their own
sports boats into the country
free of duty and ultimately
become self-employed.
Mr Major said that it is very
important that Bahamians learn
to "think big."
"I've been making a pitch in
the political arena that we've
got to get away from thinking
small business," he said.
He pointed out that 'small
business' in Bahamian vernac-
ular is an investment of
"$50,000, $100,000, maybe a
quarter million dollars."
In the United States, Mr
Major said, the small businesses
start at the $5 million mark.
Mr Major said that it is
impossible for Bahamians to
not only compete with only for-
eign investors, but also with
established local investors,
unless there is access to capital
"by those who have been
deprived of it for so long".
"And there's no shortage of
ideas, we all know stories of
Bahamians who have come up

with great ideas, who've had
them taken away from them
because they didn't have the
funding to do it and they end

up being either minuscule
shareholders or kicked out,
while the business goes on to
survive," he said.

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public not to let their guards
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Hebert Bain, logistics officer for
NEMA, cautioned fisherman,
particularly those in the south-
east Bahamas.
"Head to safe harbour," he
advised. "It's easier to lose a
day of fishing than to lose a ves-
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prostituted to promote the self-
serving interests of many disin-
genuous, so-called religious
men and charlatans.
In the Bahamas, while the
religious beliefs of some are
principled and genuine, reli-
gion is fast becoming a politi-
cally motivated enterprise
which has emerged as the
Bahamas' "real" third largest
industry, occupied in many
instances by "tiefing", money-
grubbing, self-appointed
Among discerning Bahami-
ans, the consensus is that,
unlike starting conventional
businesses, the use of a church
as a business platform is one of
the easiest undertakings, as any
petty crook can thump a Bible,
rent a building or pitch a tent
and rant and rave about who
should be "saved", while cir-
culating a collection plate.
With churches springing up
on every street corner, some
only a stone's throw away from
the other, it appears religion
is rapidly replacing drugs as a
simple means to wealth, as any
so-called 'churchman' can
hoodwink some poor fool to
follow him.
I pity those, needy, gullible
congregants who cannot afford
to pay their rent but can fatten
the coffers of a pastor in the
name of the "Lord" every
And, why are so many
gigantic, multi-million dollar
church buildings being con-
structed? From South Beach
to Carmichael, these under-
takings have been outlandish,
because while money is being
invested in these buildings, the
poor and disenchanted are still
homeless, roaming the streets
and begging for assistance.
Shouldn't this money be
invested in the true church -
the people rather than over-
sized buildings that most like-
ly sprung up to compete with
another next door?-


Doesn't the Bible instruct
the church (people) that above
all else, to be your brother's
On a small island like New
Providence, where most of the
enormous churches are situat-
ed, who is going to fill the
pews? Rather than construct-
ing self-aggrandising sanctuar-
ies, "church leaders" should be
focusing on getting people to
attend churches, as church
attendance in the Bahamas

Since the Bible
said Jesus had
12 apostles, I am
baffled bythe
notion that
anyone can just
add themselves
to the count

and around the world has fall-
en to an all-time low.
Almost daily, I ari per-
plexed by the number of Apos-
tles, Reverend Doctors, Presi-
dents, and other titles, many
self-given, that I've heard asso-
ciated with churchmen.
Bahamians must be aware
that anyone can go online, pay
a few dollars and become Rev-
erend Doctor this and that!
And, since the Bible said Jesus
had 12 apostles, I am baffled
by the notion that anyone can
just add themselves to the
Why are items such as
books, snacks and CDs sold in
church? I have read the story
of Jesus entering the temple,


angrily tossing over sales
stands and whipping the peo-
ple for making money out of
God's name.
Here, Jesus wanted to
ensure that his Father's place
remained Holy. Therefore,
have I read the same Bible as
these pastors?
Newly-instated Jamaican
PM Portia Simpson-Miller,
upon entering office, appoint-
ed pastors to head government
commissions and boards,
blending an explosive cocktail
- religion and politics.
I am diametrically opposed
to this trend, which is gripping
the Bahamas, most recently
with the inept Bahamas Chris-
tian Council mandating to gov-
ernment what adults could and
could not view at local cine-
mas (Brokeback Mountain).
The BCC is one of the most.
politically linked, bungling
organizations in the Bahamas.
It appears to be comprised of
some religious zealots intent
on dictating to the populace,
thereby trampling over the
democratic rights of Bahami-
ans to choose. On what author-
ity does the 'vocal when con-
venient' BCC think they can
dictate to 300,000 people?
It must be apparent that
religion has become a business
venture when a small country
such as the Bahamas is home
to 4,000 churches.
And, since Jesus either rode
a donkey or walked, why is it
that today's churchmen must
be chauffeured or drive flam-
boyant Jaguars and Mercedes
vehicles? Why do certain pas-
tors, with relatively poor con-
gregants, have Lear jets? I am
sure that the reason isn't
because they want to get clos-
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Examining pros

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THE government is remain-
ing silent on the progress of
LNG negotiations with the
AES Corporation despite
assurances that the deal may be
approved soon.
As the public awaits the out-
come of the talks, The Tribune
looks at the possible "pros" and
"cons" of LNG in the Bahamas.
AES is proposing to construct
a terminal to receive ocean-
going tankers carrying liquefied
natural gas. At the terminal, the
LNG will be regasified and
transported through an under-
water pipeline to service the
South Florida community.
Last year Bill Bardelmeier, a
retired consultant on LNG,
admitted that the resource
posed dangers and that whoev-
er dismissed this fact was risking
a "Bhopal attitude" an allu-
sion to the December 1984 acci-
dent in Bhopal, Central India
where 2,000 people died and
300,000 were injured when poi-
sonous vapor was emitted from
the Union Carbide pesticide
He suggested that LNG
"should not be simply rejected,
but managed with a high degree
of professionalism under vigilant
security at sites with low popula-
tions where it won't conflict with
long term land-use plans."
Mr Bardelmeier, who believes
that risks are manageable, said
Bahamians should not allow
LNG to become a divisive issue.
However Tim Riley, an
American consumer protection
attorney, claimed that govern-
ment authorities and LNG
advocates are using "sleight of
hand" in their'dealings with the
Bahamian public.
After reviewing a study ini-
tially prepared for the US Pen-
tagon by Brittle Power, Riley
described the possible "cata-
strophic" effect of even a small
spill by an LNG tanker.
"About nine per cent of such
, a. tanker ,lad of LNG will prob-C
ably, if spilled onto water, be

so cold that it will be denser
than air," he said. "It will there-
fore flow in a cloud or plume
along the surface until it reach-
es an ignition source."
Riley added that LNG haz-
ard models are extremely com-
plex and inherently uncertain
because they rely on "calcula-
tions and input assumptions
about which fair-minded ana-
lysts may legitimately disagree."
He said that after the Septem-
ber 11 attacks, one of the first
orders that came out of the White
House was to stop any LNG
tanker approaching the US coast.
According to Mr Riley,
Richard Clark, former co-ordi-
nator of US National Security,
said that the administration
knew that if one of those
tankers got into Boston Har-
bour, it could wipe out the
entire downtown area.
Riley added that LNG most-
ly consists of methane which,
according to his sources, is more
flammable and explosive than
unleaded gasoline or jet fuel.
Local environmentalists are
not only concerned about acci-
dents, but also the effect that
the laying of the pipeline to
Florida will have on the seabed
and coral reef systems.
They are also worried about
the temperature of the water sur-
rounding Ocean Cay, a man-
made island near Bimini where
AES plans to build the terminal.
Environmentalists claim that the
regasification process will have
the side effect of cooling the sur-
rounding ocean which will
destroy reefs and kill sea life.
The government maintains
that no one has ever died
because of LNG, and that the
deal will not be approved unless
environmental standards are
Agriculture and Fisheries
Minister Leslie Miller, the gov-"
ernment spokesman on LNG,
has said that the regasification
method that will be used by
AES will for the most part
mpl\, air rather than water.
Nh Miller lias also eriumer-

ated the benefits including
tens of millions in revenue a
year, a water supply for Bimini,
tuition for technical training for
Bahamians and a number of
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Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Mondays -
6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays 7:30pm to

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic support
group meets the first Monday of each month at
6:30pm at New Providence Community Centre,
Blake Road. Dinner is provided and free blood
sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol testing is
available. For more info call 702.4646 or

MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Bahamas meets the
third Monday every month, 6pm @ Doctors Hos-
pital conference room.


Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton Monday's at 7pm Club 612315
meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nassau Resort,
Cable Beach Club 3596 meets
at the British Colonial Hilton Mondays at

The Nassau Bahamas Pan-Hellenic Council
(NPHC) meets every third Monday of the month
in the Board Room of the British Colonial
Hilton Hotel, Bay St.


RANTS @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at
Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been
dubbed Every tenth female patron is
allowed into the club absolutely free and is given
a complimentary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tuesday
nights also include the Carlo Rossi's Hot Body
Competition. Hosted by Daddi Renzi and music
provided by DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Master Chef
Devito Bodie provides scrumptious appetizers.


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Tuesday 6pm to
7pm/8:30pm to 9:30pm.

The Cancer Society of the Bahamas meets at
5:30pm on the second.Tuesday of each month at
their Headquarters at East Terrace, Centreville.
Call 323.4482 for more info.

Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Tuesdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor
approval is required. Call 364.8423 to register
for more info.


Toastmasters Club 1095 meets Tuesday, 7:30pm
@ C C Sweeting Senior School's Dining Room,
College Avenue off Moss Road Club Cousteau
7343 meets Tuesdays at 7:30pm in the
Chickcharney Hotel, Fresh Creek, Central
Andros Club 7178 meets each Tuesday at 6pm
at the Cancer Society of the Bahamas, 3rd Ter-
race, Centreville.

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi Omega
chapter meets every second Tuesday, 6.30pm @
the Eleuthera Room in the Wyndham Nassau
Resort, Cable Beach.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity meets every second
Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic House, IBM Office,
4th floor meeting room.:

Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity meets every first
Tuesday; 6:30pm at the British Colonial Hilton.
Please call 502.4842/377.4589 for more info.




Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters Sports

Bar every Wednes-
day 5pm-8pm. Free HEALTH
aonetizers and numerous drink specials.


The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tourna-
ment, sponsored by the Bahamas Ministry of
Tourism begins August 6 and runs through August
11. On Wednesday, August 9, come enjoy fishing,
dominoes, volleyball, the Softly Basketball Gamp,
Miss and Little Miss Bimini Native pageant and a
special cocktail party at Bimini Big Game. Call
242.347.3529 for more information

The first Inagua Salty Festival will take place @
Matthew Town, Inagua, August 3-7. Sponsored by
the Inagua Development Association, there will be
a variety of entertainment and activities as well as an
exhibit by the Morton Salt Company, a Junkanoo
rush out, arts and crafts, rake and scrape, Donkey
derby, gospel concert tea party,-children's corner,
cooking contest, and live entertainment featuring
Avvy and other Bahamian entertainers.


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
Providence Community Centre: Wednesday -
7pm to 8pm. The Nassau Group: Rosetta Street,
Wednesday 6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm.


The Nassau Bahamas Alumnae chapter of Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority Incorporated meets
6:30pm every third Wednesday at the Bahamas
National Pride Building.

TM Club 753494 meets every Wednesday, 6pm-
8pm in the Solomon's Building, East-West High-
way. TM Club 2437 meets the 2nd and 4th
Wednesday of each month at C C Sweeting
Senior High School, Oakes Field.

International Training in Communication,
Essence Club #3173 holds its bi-monthly meet-
ings on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each '.:
month at Doctor's Hospital Conference -:
Room. ,

Nassau Council 10415 Knights of Columbus
meets the second and fourth Wednesday of the
month, 8pm @ St Augustine's Monestary.



The 56th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tourna-
ment continues, Thursday, August 10. Activities
include 39th Annual Glenda's Road Race, Julian:
Brown Fun/Run/Walk, fishing and Softly Basketball
Camp. Call 242.347.3529 for more information.


The Sweetheart's Club a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweet-.
heart's Club will be performed at Worker's :
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are available'
from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Galleria
SCinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photoshop
and Gallery (Soldier Road, East of Abundant Life

Free public health lectures featuring distin-
guished physicians are held at Doctors Hospital
every third Thursday of the month at 6pm in the
Doctors Hospital Conference Room. Free
screenings between 5pm & 6pm. For more infor-
mation call 302-4603.

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday 6pm to
7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk: Thursdays -
7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being held
6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNastics Sea-
grapes location (off Prince Charles Dr). Doctor
approval is required. Call 364.8423 to register or
for more info.

REACH Resources & Education for Autism
and related Challenges meets from 7pm 9pm
the second Thursday of each month in the
cafeteria of the BEC building, Blue Hill


Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first, sec-
ond and third Thursday at the Ministry of
Health & Environment building on Meeting
Street commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is wel-
come to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @ Super-
Clubs Breezes.

International Association of Administrative Pro-
fessionals, Bahamas Chapter meets the third
Thursday of every month @ Superclubs Breezes,
Cable Beach, 6pm.

The recently established National Insurance
Baord Retiree Association (NIBRA), meets
every fourth Thursday in the month, in the
National Insurance Board's (NIB) training
room, Wulf Road office complex, at 6pm. All
retirees are welcome.



Cafe Europa on Charlotte Street North, kicks
off every Friday night with Happy Hour... spe-
cial drinks, live music/DJ from 6pm to 9pm and
Nassau's first European Night Restaurant -
Open Friday night till Saturday morning 5am,
serving hot food/and take out music, drinks
and an English breakfast. Cafe Europa...the per-
fect place to spend your night out till the morn-


T hS5th Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tourna-
ment, FINAL bAY Friday, August, 11. Activities
include fishing, Softly Basketball Camp, Gala Ball at
the Bimini Breeze, under the patronage of Minister
of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. Call 242.347.3529
for more information.

The Sweetheart's Club a ne'v Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweet-
heart's Club will be performed at Worker's
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are available
from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Galleria
Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photoshop
and Gallery (Soldier Road, East of Abundant Life


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm to 7pm
& 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart Church Fri-
days @ 6pm to 7pm New Providence Community
Centre: Fridays @ 7pm to 8pm.


TM Club 9477 meets Friday, 7pm @ Bahamas
Baptist Community College Rm A19, Jean St.

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every second
Friday of each month, 7.30pm at Emmaus Cen-
tre at St Augustine's Monestary. For more info
call 325.1947 after 4pm.


The Sweetheart's Club a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The Sweet-
heart's Club will be performed at Worker's
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are available
from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Galleria
Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photoshop
and Gallery (Soldier Road, East of Abundant Life

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday mornings -
10am to 11am.

Bahamas Diabetic Association meets every third
Saturday, 2:30pm (except August and Decem-
ber) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor Close,
Shirley Street.
Doctors Hospital CPR and First Aid classes
are offered every third Saturday of the month
from 9am-lpm. Contact a Doctors Hospital
Community Training Representative at 302.4732
for more information and learn to save a life


JAR CYCLING: The owners of JAR Cycling
are pleased to offer a cycling clinic for juniors
between 10 and 17. The free clinic will be held
every Saturday in an effort to encourage kids to
cycle. Parents interested in registering their chil-
dren should contact organizers at



Traveller's Rest Restaurant, West Bay Street,
features special entertainment Gernie, Tabitha
and the Caribbean Express every Sunday from
6:30pm to 9:30pm.


Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The Nas-
sau Group, Rosetta Street: Sunday 6pm to 7pm /
8:30pm to 9:30pm.

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The Tribune via fax: 328.2398
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MOIE than a dozen people
demonstrated Wednesday out-
side utility offices in the capi-
tal of 1~seau to demand lower
electricity costs on the cash-
strapped Caribbean island,
according to Associated Press.
The protesters, who dubbed
themselves "Consumers
Against High Utility Rates,"
marched to the main office of
the Dominica Electricity Ser-
vices, tlie tiny island's sole pow-
er provider.
The protest comes about a
month.after Prime Minister
Roosevelt Skerrit accused the
utility, also known as Domlec,
of not caring about island con-
sumers and announced that he
had created a committee to
advise the government on how
to lowef electricity costs.
Joel huggins, general man-
ager of the power company, of
which Florida-based WRB
Enterprises holds a 72 per cent
stake,-Ias said the utility was
trying to lower its surcharge but
was being held hostage by sky-
rocketing fuel costs.



injured in

Santo Domingo
RESIDENTS of a northern
Dominican town angered over
power blackouts and removal
of sand for use in tourist beach-
es burned tyres and confront-
ed police on Wednesday,
according to Associated Press.
Several people were injured
in the protests in Rio San Juan,
about 267 miles north of Santo
Domingo, police said. As many
as 18 pqbple may have been
injured, the television news sta-
tion CDN reported. No further
details were immediately avail-

Still no response

on medical board

THE Ministry of Health is
remaining tight-lipped on the
claim that it has failed to table
a mandatory report on the
finances of a medical board.
After more than a week of
pursuing the official position
on reports that is has never
submitted the financial records
of the Hospital and Healthcare
Facilities Licensing Board
(HHFLB) to parliament -
despite being required to by
law The Tribune is still
unable to get a response.
Numerous efforts to reach
Minister of Health Dr Bernard
Nottage and his Permanent
Secretary Elma Garraway
proved futile.
Earlier this week, Mrs Gar-
raway promised to issue a
response, but had failed to do
Yesterday, her secretary
called to say Mrs Garraway
would contract The Tribune,
however, she did not call.up to
press time.
Three voice messages have
been left.on Dr Nottage's per-
sonal voice mail and numerous
messages left with his secretary
over the last week.
According to unofficial cal-

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* THERE has been no
response from the Minister of
Health Bernard Nottage or
his officials

culations, the HHFLB may
have collected over $9 million
since 1998 when it was created.
The Act governing the
HHFLB states that a "the min-
ister shall cause a copy of every
such report to be laid on tables
of both Houses of Parliament".
This report should be sub-
mitted "no later than June 30
in any year."
However when The Tribune
interviewed Jerome Gomez,
chairman of the HHFLB, in
late July, he said they will be

preparing the report shortly.
The board is the body in
charge of regulating private
hospitals and healthcare facili-
ties, which are required to pay
a basic fee of $500. If they pro-
vide diagnostic services they
are required to pay an addi-
tional $500.
Provided that a facility has
a pharmacy that also-serves the
public, an additional $200 is to
be paid, and a $10 fee has to be
paid for every bed in the facil-
One hospital, therefore,
depending on its size, could pay
up to $5,000 in licensing fees.
Clinics pay a basic fee of
$400, and another $400 if a
diagnostic facility is in place.
Therefore, a clinic could pay
as much $1,000 to $3,000 in
licensing fees.
Mr Gomez told The Tribune
that no facility has ever been
denied a licence and, accord-
ing to the Act, there are three
conditions that a facility must
meet to receive a licence one
of which is "upon payment of
prescribed fee".
Therefore, the board should
have collected around $9 mil-
lion in licensing fees over the
eight years it has been in exis-

* JEROME Gomez, chairman of the HHFLB

However, the Minister of
Health neither under the
FNM nor the PLP has ever
tabled a report.
When asked about the
accounts, Mr Gomez said they
are "not public information".
He said the only way for the
public to be privy to such infor-
mation is after the report is
tabled in the Cabinet and
House of Assembly by the
Minister of Health.
Though Mr Gomez said he is
uncertain as to whether the
reports were tabled in parlia-
ment, he said he could say with
certainty that both he and the
previous board chairman sub-

mitted reports to the minister.
The HHFLB is among a
group of advisory, technical
and administrative support
units of the Ministry of Health.
Its main functions include:
to issue licences for the use of
buildings as hospitals or health-
care facilities; to regulate and
inspect healthcare facilities; to
initiate investigations into any
matter affecting the manage-
ment, diagnosis or treatment
of a person within the hospi-
tal or healthcare facility
licensed under the Act, and to
appoint qualified persons to be
inspectors for the purpose of
the Act.

Wisdom: Bahamian housing needs come first

MINISTER of Housing
Neville Wisdom said he is not
prepared to be distracted from
providing affordable housing
to Bahamians by worrying
about the housing needs of ille-
gal immigrants.
Mr Wisdom was referring to
the land dispute which erupted
between squatters and the Min-
istry of Housing over a prop-
erty government has reserved
for developing the second
phase of a new Fire Trail Road
housing subdiyisionr;
Many of these squatters,
according to Mr Wisdom, are
people he has come into con-

tact with in the past.
He gave an example of an
illegal Haitian man who was
notified by the ministry that he
must relocate.
Mr Wisdom said the man
responded by telling him the
land had been given to him by
God, and that he was not pre-
pared to move.
The minister said he replied:
"You as an illegal immigrant
do not have the right to pre-
vent me from allowing Bahami-
ans to access homes through a
government supported pro-
Mr Wisdom said he then
asked for a tractor to knock
down the house which was in

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the immediate way of con-
struction plans.

Since then, the immigrant
has been referred to the Min-
istry of Immigration, which is
reportedly dealing with the sit-
Mr Wisdom said that it is not
his responsibility to find hous-
ing for illegal nationals, as he
says there are other agencies
in the country to provide that
kind of support.
"Even if I tried to offer legal
assistance to illegal immigrants
I would be breaking the law,"
he said.
S::AW d~t n'l kant it to be said
:that te, Bahamas is a country
without compassion'- but"
there's something called the
rule of law and also the reality

of an increasing demand for
reasonable housing,"'he said.
According to Mr Wisdom, if
government can proceed with
the development, more than
120 Bahamian families will
have a house for Christmas.
"Right now we have 553
homes listed in my inventory,
with over 5,000 requests of peo-
ple who are qualified for them,
which means that we cannot
give priority to the illegal immi-
"The government of the
Bahamas refuses to give away
':piopeity to jusi anyone." he
Said. "Once you start doing that
you have to provide the same
assistance for everybody else."

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Robinson Road and First Street P.O.Box N-603 Nassau, N.P., Bahamas
Telephone: 1-242-325-5168/328-1944/393-1352,




Bain Rose

88 years a resident of
Peter Street, East and
formerly: of Anderson
Hill, Acklins, will be held
ll:00a.m., Saturday, 5th
August, 2006 at The
Kingdom Hall of

Jehovah's Witnesses, Quakoo Street. Officiating will
be Brother Eric Bullard. Interment will be in Woodlawn
Gardens Cemetery, Soldier Road.

Cherished memories are held by her one son: Harold
Rose of Ohio; one adopted son: Norman Cleare of
Nassau, Bahamas; one brother: Leon Bain; one sister-
in-law: Irene Bain; one adopted sister: Ruthiemae
Black; one daughter-in-law: Barbara Rose; four
grandchildren: Angela, Denise, Erica and Harold Jr.;
five great grandchildren: Whitney, Devin, Aaren,
Anthony and Arianna; nine nephews including: Bert,
Phillip, Joseph Beneby of West Palm Beach Florida
and Bernard Beneby of Nassau Bahamas; James Bain
of Connecticut, Ellis Bain of Nassau and Arthur Bain
Jr.; four nieces including: Annette "Nelliemae" Kodra;
ten grand nephews including: Gary Black; fifteen grand
nieces including: Ferlesa Cleare, Valarie Burrows,
Lakeisha and Kayla Thompson and Genevieve Thomas;
twenty-two great grand nephews including: John
Hu-tche'on; thirteen great grand nieces including:
Tyisha and Ebony Cleare and Carlisa Miller; two great-
great grandnephews, one great-great grandniece,
numerous other relatives and friends including: Jean
and Barbie Beneby of West Palm Beach Florida,
Carolyn and Beverly Beneby of Nassau Bahamas,
Harrington Beneby of Miami Florida, The Bastian
Family of Atlanta Georgia, Veronica Ferguson, Corette
Cosbert of Virginia Florida, The Nottage, Ferguson,
Moss, Darling, Bain and Symonette Families, Ronald
Miller and Family, Mr. Newton Williamson and Family
and the Central Congregation Family.

Relatives and Friends may pay their respects at Cedar
Crest Funeral Home, Robinson Road and First Street
on Friday from 12noon to 6:00p.m., and at the church
on Saturday from 9:30a.m until service time.



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Pageri (242) 340-8043 Fax: (242) 373-305

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58 of #139 Fawcett Lane, Freeport,
Grand Bahama and formerly of Long
Island will be held on Saturday,
August 5, 2006 at 10:00 am at First
Baptist Church, Columbus Drive,
Freeport. Officiating will be Rev. Dr.
George L. Cumberbatch, assisted
by Rev. Derrick Russell. Interment
will follow in The Grand Bahama
Memorial Park, Frobisher Drive.
Precious memory will forever linger in the hearts of her Stepmother: Mazel
Turnquest of Deadman's Cay, Long Island; mother-in-law, Laura Telefar Bain
of New Providence; adopted daughters, Dellareese Hall (Nicky) of
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and Cherelle Newbold of Freeport, Grand
Bahama; adopted sons, Aaron Newbold and Valance Smith Jr. of Freeport,
Grand Bahama; sisters, Sandra Tumquest, ShirleyTumquest-Horton, Rochelle
Turnquest of New Providence and Eddrin Turnquest of Freeport, Grand
Bahama; brothers, Franklyn Turnquest Sr. of Mader Town, Grand Bahama,
Nicholas Turnquest Sr. of Nw Providence, Theophilus Turnquest Sr. of
Chicago, Illinois and Kevin Turnquest Sr. of New Providence; aunts, Myrtle
Turnquest-McHardy of Lower Deadman's Cay, Long Island and Patricia
Turnquest of Deadman's Cay, Long Island; uncles, Samuel Minnis of New
Providence, Fred (Bill) Minnis of Windsor, North Carolina and Kirkland
McHardy of Lower Deadman's Cay, Long Island; nieces, Latisha Horton-
Curtis, Sonia, Tonia and Vandrea, Horton, Alicia Curry, Nickia Turnquest,
Tatyana Turnquest, Semaj Bunch, Patrice Nimmo Laveme Williams- McKinney,
Deserea Taylor, Andrea Beharrie Edris Lundy, Lisa Karageorgroy, Crystal,
Shavonne, Marvette and Marrissa Bain, Vernell Williams and Tavanna Bain;
nephews, Franklyn Turnquest Jr, Primo Rolle, Ashley and Quinley Horton,
Lorran Charlton, Nicholas Turnquest Jr., Theophilus Turnquest Jr. and Kevin
Turnquest Jr., Jerome Keith Williams, Allison, Edison Jr., Don, Keith and
Shawn Bain Kenneth TaylorLynden Hall, Stephari Lundy, Clayton Beharie,
Albert McKinney and Renardo Karageorgroy; cousins, Reginal fried, Chares,
Edwin, Oscar Hunt, Francis Clarke, Eleanor Crawford-McKinney, Alice
Mackey-Dixon, Mildred Mackey, Thalia Mackey-Hodge, Florence Parish,
Loretta Mackey-Pieze, MaryAnn Mackey-Moore, Inez Mackey-Brabson,
Pricilla Mackey-Minnis, Franklyn, Henry and Daniel Mackey, Betty Adderley,
Andrew McPhee, Grace Bassett-Johnson, Mirdam Minnis-Manigualt, Elsworth,
Monzell Turnquest, Marcia, Margaret, Thomas, Janet, Mark, Yvette Turnquest,
Janet Adderley and Tammy McPhee-Miller; sisters-in-law, Marilyn, Evelyn
and Chasity Turnquest, Erma Williams, Lerlene Carey, Monica Allen and
Jennifer Bain; brothers-in-law, William Horton, George Williams, Larry Alen,
Roderick Carey, Eddison Bain Sr., Hasison Bai andr Herman Murray Ban;
godchildren Lindsay (Dawn) Adderley and Lynika Hall; special friends, Lynn
Austin, Arimintha Newbold, Glen Newbold Sr., Glen Newbold Jr., Gabriella
(Gaye) Adderley, Petral Russell, Beryl Poitier, Logf ie Brown, Rev. Haryand
Mrs. Rosalind Clarke, Rose Marie Collins, Catrne Tayor-Scavella, Unda
Taylor, Merylene Baptiste, Diane Ferguson, Jackie Richardson, Jeff and
Glenda Wildgoose, Chris and Cleo Newbold, Van Bethel, Zelita Ferguson,
oilamae Ferg uson, Two Big Guys Landscaping, the communy of Deadman's
ay, Long Island, Ken Role, Troy Hanna, the Staff of the Rand Memorial
Hospital, especially Intensive Care Unit, Doctors and Nurses, Rev Dr and
Mrs. Cumberbatch and the First Baptist family, Community of Fawcett Lane,
Member of the Church of God, Hawksbill, Ann Percentie, M.P., Department
of Public Health Staff especially Administration, Accounts and Supplies Unit,
Nassau, taff of Charles Place, Nassau, St. Ambrose Anglican Church,
Nassau, Zion East and Shirley Street, especially the Prayer Band and a host
of other relatives and friends too numerous to mention.
Viewing will be held in the "Perpetual Suite" of Restview Memorial Mortuary
and Crematorium Limited, 11-A East Coral Road, Freeport, Grand Bahama
on Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm and at the Church on Saturday from
8:30am until service time.










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Hurricane at Shroud Cay
(Cottman has sailed the Green Cross to the Exumas to
continue expanding his practice but, to his dismay,
finds himself in the direct path of a hurricane. He
seeks refuge from the storm in a creek at Shroud Cay.)
AT 11 A.M. the United States Weather Bureau issued
the reassuring report that the storm had shifted to the
northwest and The Bahamas were thought to be out of
danger. The tide was still high, so with a sigh of relief I
took up my anchors and came back to the mouth of the
creek. But outside the creek the sea was a white rage
and there was a hard wind blowing. So I decided to stay
where I was until things calmed down a bit.
Now I do not want to pick a quarrel with the hurri-
cane warning service. It does the best job it humanly
can. But predicting the future of a hurricane is not a job
for human beings. A hurricane's course is as erratic
and unpredictable as that of a baby just learning to
walk: a gigantic, monstrous infant that toddles a few
steps in one direction, tearing up trees and knocking
over houses instead of breaking bric-a-brac, then paus-
ing, rocking back and forth in the same spot, staggering
to one side to casually destroy a town, before plunging
forward in a wild, falling gallop.
And, sure enough, the next hurricane advisory
informed me that the monstrous infant had once more
toddled off in a new direction. Now the centre of the
storm was due to strike the Exuma Cays some time
that same night with winds of 100 miles per hour or
It was out of the question to remain where I was,
and equally out of the question to get back to the
anchorage I had prematurely left because the tide was
too low and it was already getting dark. I remembered
a sandbar a short way from the mouth of the creek so I
decided to head into the creek as far as the sandbar. I
pulled my throttle wide open, the inrushing tide added
speed, the Green Cross struck the sandbar, slid well up
on it and stuck firmly.
I threw my 40 pound grapnel into mangroves to star-
board and dropped my big anchor and followed it over
the side. The water in the deepest part of the creek was
up to my chest and running so swiftly it almost swept me
off my feet but I struggled across to the bank on the port
side, dropped the anchor among the mangroves and tied
the loose end of the hawser to some roots.
The darkness was complete now and I could not see
my hand before my face. I followed the' anchor back to
the Green Cross, climbed aboard and found the flash-
The first thing the beam showed me was that my two
lines to starboard had gone slack while those to port
were taut. To avoid problems I was going to have put all
four moorings on the port side. Once more I went over
the rail. Now the water was up to my chin but I got
ashore, took up both lines and brought them back
With the tide rising quickly, I figured she must be
afloat by now so I started the engine, intending to
move her to the other side of the creek before putting
the grapnel over again. But when threw in the clutch,
she did not budge. She should have been surging for-
ward with the tide but she was steady as Gibraltar.
There must be some obstruction I thought, so I went
over board. The Green Cross was floating but the line

from the dinghy had become tangled in a cluster of
mangroves and was holding us back. However, when I
tried to free it, I found it was too taut and I realized it
would have to be untied from the Green Cross.
Up to this point, I am fairly sure I had been acting
rationally and logically. From this point on is another
matter. Perhaps it was fatigue dulling my wits, but. I
pulled myself back along the line to the Green Cross.
Hanging there, my arms and elbows on the deck, I
started to untie the dinghy's line. I turned off the flash-
light to save the batteries and felt the knot in the line
loosen. I heaved a premature sigh of relief for the sail-
boat, freed from the bond that held her to the dinghy
and the 'mangroves, leapt forward on the rushing tide
and threw me unceremoniously into the creek.
When I came up, the Green Cross was gone. A com-
bination of the darkness and a deluge of hurricane dri-
ven rain meant I could see nothing. I could feel the tide
rushing around me, sweeping me up the creek as I
tried to swim in the direction of the. Green Cross. Des-

perately, under water as much as above, I swam.
Strangely, I was not actually afraid. Instead I felt a
kind of intoxicated excitement that was by no means
unpleasant. I was conscious of battling against the
storm and, even at that moment, sure I was going to win.
Blind and approaching exhaustion, I reached out my
hand from the surging waters of the creek. I touched
something. Something solid. It was the Green Cross.
Blindly I had come as straight to her as if I had been
drawn by a magnet. My feet touched bottom and I
stood there and tied the dinghy's line to the ringbolt
before I wearily clambered aboard.
(Continued every Friday
and Wednesday until August 18th)
Text copyright 1998 Gayle Cottman
Excerpt prepared by Marjorie Downie and Gordon
Mills of
The College of The Bahamas

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fuel surcharge, says Bethel

BEC does not benefit "one
cent" from the fuel surcharge
added to electricity bills accord-
ing to Minister of Energy and
Environment Dr Marcus
Dr Bethel issued a statement
yesterday explaining that the
fluctuating surcharge is calcu-
lated on a monthly basis, based
on the ever-changing and
volatile cost of oil.
The minister was refuting
reports in the local media that
claimed the corporation uses
the surcharge to engage in
He said there is "no aspect
whatsoever of the fuel sur-
charge that benefits BEC."

Dr Bethel said that in the
long run, BEC actually loses
money, because it pays 10 per
cent in stamp tax and seven per
cent in duty on fuel, rather than
passing on this cost to the cus-
tomer. .
Minister Bethel stressed that
"every entity" is negatively
affected by the rising cost of
He explained that fuel is
becoming more expensive
because of turmoil in the oil-
producing states of the Middle
East and that "unparalleled
growth in the demand for petro-
leum products" is a contributing
Dr Bethel said BEC held a
press conference on July 19 at
the Ministry of Energy and
Environment, at which "clear

recommendations" were given
to consumers on what they
could to do reduce energy usage
and therefore lower the cost of
their electricity bills.
The minister pointed out that
BEC's annual report has been
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly and is public record. This
means that anyone who wishes
to can see "undeniable proof"
that the company is not profi-
teering, he said.
Dr Bethel added that not
only has the corporation.
always been forthcoming with
information requested by gov-
ernment, it has also given
"countless interviews" specifi-
cally on the fuel surcharge
issue to both print and broad-
cast media.
The corporation also pub-

lishes a monthly surcharge
notice in the newspapers -
something it began doing since
Dr Bethel said he would like
the public to know that
although BEC is faced with a
situation beyond its control, the
corporation has taken steps to
"continually upgrade the effi-
ciency of its machinery."
He said that the company's
newest generator runs entirely
on the waste heat of the other
generators, and therefore
requires no petroleum products
to power it.
Dr Bethel explained that
upgrading machinery is of the
utmost importance.
It allows the corporation to
save fuel and therefore lower
the surcharge, he explained.

Fox Hill


FROM page one

However, Mr Johnson said
he had heard nothing about
these dignitaries, but pointed
out that many foreign digni-
taries had been guests at past
Fox Hill Festivals.
"I know throughout the years
we have had the Chinese
Ambassador, the Haitian
Ambassador the Chinese
puppet show opened up the fes-
tival one year," he said.
The sources also claimedtat
the Ministry of Tourism was
brought in to sponsor the Festi-
val in order to brand it a gov-
ernment endorsed event, but
according to Eric Wilmott, Sr, a
founder and administrator of
the Fox Hill Festival, the Min-
istry of Tourism is sponsoring
only one part of the event.
"It's very discouraging to
read this nonsense," he said.
The festival started in 1988
and, according to Mr Johnson,
- every five years Emancipation
Day and Fox Hill Day are cele-
brated back to back. The pur-
pose of the Fox Hill Festival
was to bridge the two days.
"The-name Fox Hill Day is
still with us and- Fox Hill Day
will be observed next Tuesday
I would like to stress that
Fox Hill Day is the closing day
of the Festival," he said.




event will

go ahead

ALL systems are go for
the Feel the Rush
Junkanoo parade in Grand
Bahama this weekend.
The event will take place P
on Sunday, August 6th at
6.30pm in Downtown
Public relations director
for the parade Peter
Adderley said that despite
some fears earlier in the
week over the weather, the
forecast now appears
Saxons, Valley Boys,
One Family and the Grand
Bahama All-Stars will
compete for a $90,000
purse at the event which is
-sponsored by the Grand
b Bahama Port Authority,
V the Ministry of Tourism,
SGrand Bahama Power and
Sthe Ginn Corporation.

Vi L

Man guilty of the

murder of tourists

FROM page one

On counts three and four, the jury returned
Sa 10-2 guilty verdict in the rape of Ms von
Perfall, and the armed robbery of Mr
Francis, 23, showed no emotion. He
remained as composed at the end as he did
throughout the entire trial, which opened last
The nude bodies of Ms von Perfall, a 32
year-old Austrian duchess, and Mr Bolzano,
34, were found at the Bimini Blue Water
Resort on July 23, 2005.
According to evidence given in court, both
had been shot at close range with a 12-gauge
shotgun that was recovered by police from
Francis's home in Porgy Bay, Bimini.
After the verdicts were read in court, Justice
Isaacs told Francis that he was obligated to
have a sentence hearing on the two murder
He deferred the sentencing for counts three
and four until the sentencing hearing, which
was tentatively set for September 18.
Prosecutor Sandra Dee Gardiner informed
the court that the Crown intends to seek the
death penalty for the murders.
Mr Shurland informed the court of his
intention to seek a social probation report and,
asked the court's assistance in a psychiatric
evaluation of Francis before his sentencing.
Justice Isaacs said that the court would try

to assist Mr Shurland in his request for
psychiatric evaluation and assessment of his
Prosecutor Gardiner said that a psychiatric
evaluation usually takes between four and six
weeks. He noted that a probation report
should be completed as well by that time.
Justice Isaacs thanked jurors for their par-
ticipation in the trial and discharged them of
their duties.
"It wasn't a long trial, but you had some
serious issues to deliberate on." Without
them, he said, they would not be able to have
When asked to comment on the verdicts
handed down, Ms Gardiner said she believed
the jury verdict reflected the evidence pre-
sented by the prosecution.
"The jury represents the consciousness of
this community and we are satisfied that they
gave the right verdict.
"It was a case in which they had to consid-
er the liberty of the accused and murder is a
very serious crime. As you know, when it
comes to murder one could get up to the death
"And the fact that they took a long time -
three or four hours to reach their verdict,
shows that they took their time as the matter is
a serious one," she said.
Defence lawyer Carlson Shurland was not
available for comment after the verdict.
Francis' case is the last in the Grand Bahama
court's criminal session.





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* WASHINGTON DC The general assembly in session. Bahamas Ambassador to the US
Joshua Sears chaired the budgetary committee
(Photo: Franklyn G. Ferguson)

FROM page one

they are trying to do is work with the doctors to
contain costs. It is really the doctors who are dri-
ving up the costs."
The official continued by pointing out that
there was no regulatory board for doctors, and
even though there was a medical association in
place, the medical association could njt really
tell doctors what they could charge feo their ser-
"They have a fee schedule that C' 'y should be
following, but the doctors do not follow the fee
schedule put out by the medical association," the
official claimed. "The health c .- ost is driven by
the doctors and the hos-t,;iis. i1 tne doctor's fees
were driven back down, then obviously the insur-
ance rates would also be driven down."
In explaining how the scheme works, the offi-
cial, hypothetically, used the cost and procedures
involved in having abdominal surgery.
"If the cost of having abdominal surgery is
$2500, that cost should include the doctor cutting
you open, going inside, doing an exploration of
the abdomen to see what is going on, finding
what is going wrong, fixing it, closing you up,
hospital follow-ups, and him visiting you on the
"When they send the forms in, if you pay a 20
per cent co-pay, they reflect what you paid, then
they break down the charges, and it should have
been $2,500.
"But they are going to charge $2,500 just for the
surgery, then they will charge an additional, say,
$600 for cutting you, which he shouldn't do
because all of that should have been in the orig-
inal $2,500. Additionally, he is going to charge you
another, say, $1,500 to do the exploration, which
should not be broken down.
"So, when it's all said and done, a surgery
which should have cost $2,500 now comes to
about $5-$6,000, and this is how they make their
money. What the doctor did was to unbundle it to
make sure he gets what he wanted the maxi-
mum," the official said.
The official likened what doctors do to going to
a mechanic for an oil change and having the
mechanical charge you for everything from open-
ing the hood of the car to doing the oil change.
However, in paying, the official said insurance
companies "bundle" all of the unbundled ser-
vices back into one, and they pay 80 per cent of
what it should cost, so the doctor will get 80 per
cent of the $2,500.
"The doctor takes the balance of what he
charged, and, say that the insurance company
did not pay all of the patient's bill, they balance
bill the patient because they are not going to
lose," the official claimed.
The official said that patients are not legally
obligated to pay the balance, but with doctors
knowing this, they are asking patients for more
than the required 20 per cent up front.
"If the patient does not pay it," said the official,
"the doctor will not touch him or her, and usual-
ly tells the patient that is how their fee schedule is,
and if he or she wants to use their services, that is
what they must pay."
This practice, said the official, occurs with most
doctors outside of an insurance company's net-
"Inside the network," said the official, "the
doctors give them a list of fee schedules and they

Medical costs
have already tacked on their fees to it, but the
insurance companies work with them to see how
they can cut back."
The official said that in many instances, insur-
ance companies give doctors within their net-
work incentives to cut back on their fees, incen-
tives which include a quick turn around on claims
submitted by these doctors.
"Many of these doctors have a lot of competi-
tion, and they are waiting for that insurance mon-
ey to run their offices. The insurance cheque
pays their bills and pays for them to live elaborate
lives," the insurance official said yesterday.
Because the Bahamas Medical Association has
no set standard of fees applicable to the Bahamas,
what The Tribune has discovered is that doctors
set their rates according to a physician's fee and
coding guide that is used to set medical costs in
the United States.
The problem with this practice, the official
pointed out, is that codes and fees vary from
state to state, and whatever fee these doctors are
using, they are charging the insurance compa-
nies on the higher end.
While a few insurance officials contacted have
said that some of the claims were a bit exagger-
ated, they do agree that others were true.

March 22 touted
FROM page one
"Going into the next election it would real-
ly be Pindling verses Pindling. Perry Christie
and his former law partner Mr Ingraham is
one aspect of the Pindling legacy against one.
aspect of the Pindling legacy," he said.
However, Mr Bethel said he does not
believe that the PLP will lose the next elec-
"I don't believe (Ingraham) has to this'
point made a compelling case for his return as
leader of the country. He was able to make a
case for being leader of the FNM because
the men who would be leader of the FNM
were so massively mediocre.
"Mr Ingraham is now remaking the FNM.
The question for him is does he have the time
to do it? I don't believe he has sufficient time
If I was told that he was preparing the
groundwork for the year 2012 I would say he
is off to an excellent start," Mr Bethel said.
The various scandals that have followed
the PLP through this administration, he said,
will not factor in the decisions the electorate
will make in the next general election.
"The history shows you that in 1987 when
the PLP was wallowing in scandal and cor-
ruption the PLP won. The Bahamas is not a
place where sandal, unfortunately, brings
down anyone. You have to mix scandal with
hard times. That is the brew; scandal and
hard times. But if you have scandal and mon-
ey, the Bahamian who has moved from pira-
cy to all sorts of plundering as part of his
psyche will say let the good times roll," Mr
Bethel said.

"The rumors of our death have
been greatly exaggerated."
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Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street

WTO breakdown Roal Oasis bidder

'undermines' CSME Oasis

membership case

presents to Cabinet

Tribune Business Editor
THE collapse of the latest
round in global trade talks has
undermined the Government's
main rationale for joining tshe
Caribbean Single Market &
Economy (CSME), a Bahamian
free trade campaigner said yes-
Paul Moss, head of Bahamian
Agitating for a Referendum on
Free Trade, said the collapse of
the World Trade Organisation's
(WTO) Doha round of trade
talks had given the Bahamas
breathing space, and extra time
to get its own house in order
-before it contemplated signing
-on to any trade agreements.
'Mr Moss said events at the
WTO had undermined the main
economic and trade arguments
advanced in a position paper by
A. Leonard Archer, the
'Bahamas Ambassador to
CARICOM, for this nation to
join the CSME.
In his paper, Mr Archer
argued that membership in the
CSME would strengthen the

Bahamas' negotiating position
when it engaged in talks to
accede to full membership in
the WTO.
Mr Archer had argued that
by being part, of the CSME or
CARICOM bloc, whose nations
were already members of the
WTO, the Bahamas would be
treated no less favourably than
those countries' whose per capi-
ta incomes were much less.
As a result, Mr Archer said
the Bahamas would not be
treated as having the third high-
est per capital income in the
Western Hemisphere, and
would get the same benefits and
preferences as other CARI-
COM nations whose economies
were much weaker. As a result,
the terms of the Bahamas'
WTO entry would be more
However, Mr Moss said yes-
terday that the collapse of the
WTO talks meant "it doesn't
make sense for the Bahamas to
be part of the CSME", and had

SEE page 4B

cabinet ministers
and Grand
Bahama Port
.,(GBPA) execu-
tives were yesterday given a
presentation by the group that
has emerged as'the lead con-
tender to acquire the Royal
Oasis resort, with an agree-
ment for the property's sale
"fairly close" to conclusion.
Sources told The Tribune
that a Florida-led group has
emerged as the front-runner
to acquire the Royal Oasis
from Lehman Brothers, the
New York-based investment
bank whose private equity arm
is the resort's de fact owner as
the result of a mortgage and
debenture .it holds on the prop-
The identities of investors in
the Florida-led group, named
as one of two interested parties
last month by Prime Minister
Perry Christie, have not been
The other bidder left in the

Port Authority executives attend meeting,

with Florida-led group emerging as

front runner to acquire resort

Royal Oasis hunt was Har-
court Developments, the Irish-
based property developer that
already has interests in Grand
Bahama through.its Suffolk
Court project.
However, it is understood
that the Florida-led group has
moved ahead of Harcourt to
emerge as front-runner in the
Royal. Oasis talks, which are
being held with Lehman
Brothers and the Government.
It is unclear whether an
agreement for the Royal Oasis
sale has been reached in prin-
ciple, as some sources suggest-
ed yesterday, although the
high-level meeting indicates
that a solution to the almost

two-year saga is close and that
an official announcement
could soon be forthcoming.
"They're fairly close. Some-
thing might be about top
break," one source told The
The Prime Minister on July
18 said the main question that
had to be resolved was
whether one of the bidders -
likely to be the Florida-led one,
which offered th& higher price
.of around $42 million was
willing to put up a non-refund-
able deposit to show Lehman
Brothers its offer was serious.
Sources have told The Tri-
bune that the Florida-led group
has been in talks with the Las

Private trust amendments to give 'clarity'


Tribune Business Editor
LEGISLATIVE amendments
tabled in the House of Assembly will
provide greater "clarity" to high net
worth individuals over the structuring
and regulation of Bahamas-domiciled
private trust companies, The Tribune,
was told yesterday.
Prime Minister Perry Christie last
week tabled amendments to the Banks
and Trust Companies Regulation Act
and the Central Bank of the Bahamas
Act that will facilitate the creation of
private trust companies under those
existing pieces of legislation, rather

than through a standalone bill.
Wendy Warren, the Bahamas Finan-
cial Services Board's (BFSB) ehief
executive and executive director, yes-
terday said the main advantage from
the amendments was that they would
bring clarity to how private trust com-
panies domiciled in the Bahamas could
be formed, structured and regulated.
She added that.the BFSB, during
marketing trips and discussions with
clients and foreign institutions, had
"found significant interest in private
trust companies" as a wealth manage-
ment and estate planning tool for high
net worth individuals.
"We certainly are- very pleased to

see the legislation tabled," Ms War-
ren said. "It's been a very fruitful exer-
cise, in particular working with the
Central Bank over the last two years."
The Bahamian financial services
industry, including the BFSB. and
Association of International Banks
and Trusts (AIBT) had worked close-
ly with the Central Bank and other
regulators in the drafting of the leg-
islative amendments.
Describing the amendments, which
are now awaiting their second read-
ing, as creating "a very clear, stream-

SSEE page 6B

Vegas-based New York, New
York hotel/casino about
becoming the operating part-
ner for the Royal Oasis if its
bid is successful. The company
is a subsidiary of MGM
Jethro Miller, of Nottage,
Miller & Co, is understood to
be the attorney representing
the Florida-led group.
Harcourt is represented by
Kirk Antoni of Cafferta & Co.
It Ni aspre\ iousl% part of. a
three-member group that
included Westgate Resorts, the
world's third largest timeshare
group, and Planet Hollywood.
The Tribune was first alerted
to yesterday's emergency Cab-
inet meeting when it spotted
Hannes Babak, the Port
Authority's chairman, and Sir
Albert Miller, its chief execu-
tive, walking across Rawson
Square tp a waiting car after
leaving the Cabinet Office.
Parked right behind them was
SPrime Minister Christie's car.
Any. announcement that a
deal has been concluded for
the Royal Oasis, and the buy-
er's name revealed, is likely to
be greeted with a sigh of relief
by all on Grand Bahama.
The resort's closure in 2004,
following Hurricane.Frances
and Jeanne, put about 1,200
hotel staff out of work, cutting
Grand Bahama's room inven-
tory by one third and increased
unemployment on the island
to over 11 per cent.

SFE page 5B

Consumer Commission

members now selected

Tribune Business Reporter
LOCAL Government and Consumer Affairs minister, V Alfred
Gray, said yesterday he plans to announce members of the Con-
sumer Protection Commission in a few weeks, before they begin
their work next month.
Mr Gray told The Tribune that the chairman and members of that
Commission have all been appointed and should start to work in
their official capacity on September 1, helping to implement the
Consumer Protection Act and deal with customer complaints
'against businesses and the products they sell.
Once this occurs, Mr Gray said the commission can begin to
hear complaints filed by consumers. He explained that the major-
ity of these complaints have to do with perceived high prices at
Bahamian grocery stores on bread basket items, high gas prices and
rent control.
He said that the Commission was comprised of citizens from var-
ied backgrounds, including agriculture and business. Before appoint-
ing the chairman, he said the ministry looked for a person with a
legal background.
"We looked for a person who understands consumer rights and
would know how to proceed, because they will be hearing com-
plaints," Mr Gray said.
In addition, the minister said the Government was still in the
process of hiring persons for the Standards Bureau.

Bahamian-only incentives

under development

Tribune Business
ADDITIONAL incentives
for the sole benefit of Bahami-
an investors need to be created,
the Ministry of Financial Ser-
vices and Investments' director
of investments said yesterday.
Basil Albury said: "You
know that in our National
Investment Policy, there are
specific areas reserved for

Bahamians. We need to create
incentives that would apply only
to Bahamians."
He said that currently, there
was a proposal for.a Tourism
Attraction Incentive or Encour-
agement Act ,which would
serve as companion legislation
to the Hotels Encouragement
Mr Albury explained this

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achieved? Are they generally
low income, middle class or
upper class? This area is
known as demographics and
can yield useful information.
For example, it is tradition-
ally thought that African-
Americans spend more on
clothes, shoes and personal
care products, tend to be more
brand loyal and prefer to shop
locally than other groups. Lati-
nos tend to prefer quality prod-
ucts to generic products, and

tend to patronise Latino busi-
nesses. The mature population
is considered to spend more
on recreational, healthcare and
personal care products.
So, knowing more about the
make-up of your local popu-
lation will help you in creating
the right promotions to appeal
to the segment you are target-
ing. For example, if you lived
in India and are selling curry
sauces, you may want to avoid
areas where elderly Indian
people live, as they tradition-
ally make their own sauces.
You should concentrate
instead on the middle classes
that buy "ease of use" and con-
venience products.
Be aware, there is also a pur-
chasing life cycle you need to
understand. A young, divorced
single mother with children will
have much different needs and
desires than a soon-to-be-
retired member. There is plen-
ty of information on the Inter-
net on all these segments, so
you would be well advised to
start studying this area.
Also, be aware that every
customer goes through a buy-
ing cycle. It starts off with them
becoming aware of your prod-
uct. This is why a lot of mar-
keting is targeted at making
customers aware of the exis-
tence of products and services.
This is because, if they are
aware, eventually they might
evaluate the product to see
whether it will meet their
needs. And if it meets their
needs, they may trial the prod-
uct or service it. If they really
like it, they may become your
regular customers. At that
stage, your marketing should
be aimed to get that group to
buy more of your product,
more times, and at a higher
; The third thing you need to

,. jBusiness
< Sense

find out about your customers
is their motivation for buying
things. What influences their
buying decisions? How often
and when do they buy? Are
they buying because they like
to try things out first? Are they
buying because they actually
need it? Or, are they buying
because it gives them social
status? Again, there is a lot of
research out there that'can give
you the answers to these ques-
So, you can see that "know-
ing" your customer is a lot
more than just knowing where
they live and what their demo-
graphic make up is. You also
need to know their buying and
behavioral preferences, which
takes you into the realm of
Luckily, all this information
can be readily acquired
through research. I will be
dealing in more detail with the
research process in a future
column. However, there are
generally two ways in which
you can research your cus-
The first involves getting the
;information from your cus-
tomers direct. You collect the
data, analyse it and draw your
own conclusions from it. You
can use direct methods, such
as surveys at the till, telephone
interviews, e-mail interviews,
focus groups or street inter-.
views. You can start with your
own staff, particularly your
sales people, customer service
people, and those who already
use your product, and get their

Make sure you read between
the lines, though. Customers
are known to tell you what
they want you to hear, or what
they think they should say, so
they can make themselves look
better in your eyes.
The second method of
research involves you acquiring
information about customers
from other sources such as
trade organizations, polling
organizations, newspaper and
magazine reports. This
research can be much more
sophisticated, dealing with the
psychological preferences of
customers, their aspirations,
buying patterns, level of
sophistication and perceived
Marketing is an important
area for your business. The
first step in successful market-
ing is to try to get to know your
customers. Without this valu-
able information, it will be
more difficult for you to struc-
ture your product, price, posi-
tioning, promotion and deliv-
So, in order to avoid the trap
of antipreneurship, make sure
you spend sufficient time on
researching this area as it could
pay large dividends for your
future business success.

NB: Adapted from his
upcoming book, Antipreneur-
ship And How to Avoid ItA
Mark draws on 20 years of top
level business, marketing and
communications experience in
London and the Bahamas. He
is chief operating officer of, currently
lives in Nassau, and can be
contacted at markalex-
Mark Palmer. All rights

Il Bank of The Bahamas


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

A-C Monday, July 31st, 2006
D-I Tuesday, August Ist, 2006
J-M Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006
N-S Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
T-Z Friday, August 4th, 2006

Surnames beginning with Day

Friday, August 4th 2006
Tuesday, August 8th, 2006
Wednesday, August 9th, 2006
Thursday, August 10th, 2006
Friday, August 11th, 2006

TIME: 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m.

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

0 New Students: Students AND Guarantors should be present and MUST bring
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!




The Embassy of the United States in Nassau, The Bahamas
has launched via the internet, a solicitation to require op-
eration and management of Local Guard Services for the
U.S. Embassy Nassau, and the Frederal Inspection Station
(FIS) Pre-Clearance Unit, Freeport, Grand Bahama, The
Bahamas. The contractor shall furnish mangerial, admin-
istrative and direct labor personal to accomplish all work
as required in this contact. The estimated number of hours
for guards is 153,833 per year. Performance is for 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 This
requirement will be issued only 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


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Major appointed as


consultant to



Tribune Business
FORMER Bahamasair gen-
eral manager, Paul Major, has
been appointed as a consultant
to the Domestic Investment
Mr Major, who is also head-
ing up the Government side of
the task force relocating ship-
ping facilities from downtown
Bay Street to a new port in
southwestern New Providence,
is to serve in an advisory capac-
ity as the Board tries to ensure
more Bahamians can become
investors in their own country.
Making the announcement
on behalf of Financial Services
and Investments Minister, Vin-
cent Peet, Director of Invest-
ment, Basil Albury, said Mr
Major's banking background
and managerial experience in a
number of areas would stand
him in good stead. He was pre-
viously mailaging director at
Citibank (Bahamas).
"As a businessmen himself,
he knows the difficulties and
the challenges and the great
pleasures of small business
operations," Mr Albury said
of Mr Major.
"He has been there and he is
still there, and so he is the sort
of person who we feel can help
us achieve the overall mission
of the Domestic Investment
Board to empower Bahami-
ans to enable them to fully par-
ticipate in the economic devel-
opment and success of the
Bahamian economy."
Mr Albury said foreign
investments provide a huge
opportunity for Bahamians to
form spin -off entrepreneurial
Mr Major will have the task
of advising the ministry as to

how Bahamians can get
involved in these opportuni-
ties, Mr Albury explained.
The Board will likely oper-
ate in an advisory capacity
rather than a statutory one.
"We want to make the
process of doing business in
this country by Bahamas as
easy as possible. We've always
talked about putting out the
red carpet for foreign direct
investors we will continue to
do that but we want to be
sure that carpet is just as plush
for Bahamians who want to
invest in their country," Mr
Albury added.
Mr Major said that over the
course of his career, he has
done a number of things to

to move to our new
premises at the AUTO MALL

on Shirley Street
(opposite St Matthew's Church)

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help improve small business
in the Bahamas. He added that
small business in the Bahamian
context was $50,000, $100,000,
and companies with sales up
to $250,000.
In the United States, Mr
Major pointed out that small
business started at $5 million.
Five to $10 million was small
business, $10 to $50 is medi-
um business and over $50 mil-
lion is large business.
"So our very definition con-
strains us in the way we think,
and there is no way we can
compete, not only with foreign
interests but established
Bahamian interests, unless
there is access to capital by
those of us who have been

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deprived of it for so long," Mr
Major said.
"We all know stories of
Bahamians who have come up
with great ideas, and who have
had them taken away from
because they did not have the
funding to do it. They end up
being eitheras miniscule share-
holders or kicked out while the
business goes on to survive."

Mr Major said there was a
lot of economic growth in the
Bahamas, but "the only ques-
tion is how does it get to the
poor Bahamian who is not

interested in working for any-
body any more, but rather
being able to capitalise on the
economic boom in a direct and
timely fashion".

Calvin Dunbar

You have until August 31 st,


to remove


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warehouse or they will be

sold to cover outstanding



Pat Strachan

Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited, a subsidiary of Citigroup. a 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.

Global Wealth Structuring forms the Citigroup international offshore trust companies servic-
ing non U.S. high net worth clients in Bahamas, Cayman Islands, Switzerland, Jersey Channel
Islands. New Jersey and Singapore. Products target wealth preservation around fiduciary structure.
The Technology Department supports all locations and local applications of the 1ii. i .
The requirements and responsibilities for all aspects of the Area Manager Role include (but are
not limited to) the following:

Lead or facilitate decisions affecting long-range organizational goals and ,tcr ,L_1ic planning.
-Manage large-scale strategic/critical projects or applications, or global projects or
Manage multiple project managers or projects leaders.
Develop 'ht :icgi. to reduce costs. ma.inae ii .k. and enhance revenues or services.
Follow Citigroup Private Bank "people practices", including long and short-term career
development for employees, mobility process, and diversity.
Client Management
Build relationships: manage/partner with multiple senior level clients.
Set strategic technology direction (6-24 moi.,h 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. nlemp
Expense Control.
Human Capital Development.
Trainiiinc. mobility, dmr.lcri\. communication.
Manage the technology infrastructure (hardware and software)

Routine Audit/Citigroup Technology Standard policies.
Support Legal and Compliance initiatives.
Ensure all dedicated resources meet legal and compliance standards.
Monitor overall project In n.iagmeiLnt ti ki.r using the finn's standard tools.
Communicate, monitor and enforce all technology policies and procedures.

Strong management skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills.
Interfacing with the business, intendal and external vendors.
Influencing and leadership ,4kiI
MS Office Oracle, SQL, VB I .-,' i p rigiianning experience with language and web
Crystal Reports; Imn.!in:: technologies, financial systems, 4Series application.
Project Management and Reporting.
Minimum Bachelor's degree required with at least 4 years experience as a Senior
Technology MI.n.i: ,.i il miih.lrtl. r role
Interested candidates should forward a copy of :heir ic.sLinie to:

Technology Unit Head
GWS/Bahamas Technology
Cititrust (Bahamas) Limited
P. O. Box N-1576,
Nassau, Bahamas
Fax: (242) 302-8732 OR

Deadline for application is August 5, 2006.





Bahamian-only incentives under development

rO vyI page J.D

could be particularly beneficial
to persons in the entertainment
arena, which has "died through
our eyes".

"If an Act like this would
enable entrepreneurs to bring
in the materials that are needed
for something like this, this
opens wide that particular

industry," he added.
Another example, he said
was sports fishing, as the work-
ers on the boats would be able
to bring in these vessels duty


A vacancy exists for a Bahamian at The Grand Bahama PortAuthority,
Limited in the Building and Developement Services Department.

Vacancy: Director of Building and Developement Services
The position reports directly to Management.

Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering with a minimum of fifteen (15) years experience with
substantial knowledge in the construction industry w.r.t. building services, substantial familiarity
with building codes, substantial knowledge in urban engineering and substantial experience
in management of projects.Legal mindedness,computer literacy, the ability to communicate
effectively and speak publicly and a character of integrity are essential.

Managing the day to day operations of the Building and Development Services Department
with respect to Building and Planning Code matters, contracts administration of capital projects,
implementation of Management's physical planning of subdivisions and overseeing the
functions of the City Management Department.

Resum6s with supporting documentation should be submitted to:

The Personnel Department
The Grand Bahama Port Authority, Limited
P.O. Box F-42666
Freeport, Grand Bahama
On or before August 10, 2006

Bloch International is the leading provider of specialty dancewear. It is currently based in
Sydney, 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

PIusition Summary:

The successful candidate ill be responsible for ensuring that business objectives are met etTectiely and
efficiently and in a timely manner The ideal candidate I 1 also be required to assist in maintaining the smooth
running of the Bloh International business at new corporate headquarters to be established in the Bahamas, An
innoriotari and energetic profile is necessary to manage the operations of this growing and dynamic business.

erpports i'. le Senior Vice President in The Bahanma

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop a communicanon process to ensure Managers and Stiff are kept well informed
Ensure proper planning and e\aluanton 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
Internanonal and approval of range plans for each division and each distributor in order that sales
targels can he met.
\ssist the Senior \ice President to monitor and maintain worldwide operation key performance
indicatrs IKPI i.

Required SkillsiExperience:

The *iLc'.csful candidate fir this posrion '.ill he a ;elf-motivated indiudual, posse's excellent leadership
skills, be a team player, and be able to demonstrate fie,'biltli, to respond to a nosi of different challenges
lie .he tmur be jLcustom1ed to working on multiple lasks wvihoui :ontinual supervision. This nmdidual
must be per-uasie and tenacious in their relationsliip whilel e mamnialning professional standards of conduct
jnd strung cuiitorrmer focus. The bilitl to nonage murlnple protects, change priorities when needed and be
pro-actie will be esential Ultimately the ,ucces-lul landidale will b- able to work on his.her own
inilimtie and impact poilively on Ihe business orn a daily hasoi.

An extensive marketing background \ ith an in-depth knowledge of brand development
A solid, broad understanding of finance (including product costing and pricing)
:\perience in Jtribution / licensing arrangements as business development in Europe, Asia and South
America forms part of the business plan. International.
An understanding of produLt de-elopment and thr produce development life cicle from concept through to
A good understanding of systems (both computer and procedures


Ownership of the role
Excellent financial knot ledge mixed with excellent commercial knowledge to ensure excellent margin
The ability to understand a dilterenr market and apply classical marketing strategies to the
aforementioned new market
\Eceptional communication skills
Ability to work wih both verrical and tiaI busime structures


This is a senior position and the compensation package is designed accordingly. Compensation comprises a
base salary (low six figures) plus an incentive bonus based on performance and attainment of worldwide goals.

Interested candidates should submit their resume by 11 August 2006 to:

Senior Partner
Providence House
East Hill Street
P. O. Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas

"All of these areas are areas
reserved for Bahamians, and
this is how, in conjunction with
tourism, we can move ahead.
This is creating whole new
ground opening up many
opportunities for Bahamians,"
Mr Albury said.
He emphasised that not only
will businesses involved direct-
ly with the tourism industry
benefit, but food stores, gas sta-
tions and other retailers, too.
Mr Albury said Bahamians
will have to learn to take advan-
tage of this "trickle down"
He added that the initiative to
encourage Bahamians investors
by offering them special con-
cessions was a timely one.
"The idea now is to have
Bahamians begin to think big. If
you look at the hotel industry,

"sidelined" the arguments
advanced by Mr Archer.
However, it is not the WTO
itself that has collapsed, but just
the current round of trade talks,
which were focusing mainly on
agriculture and industrial tar-
iffs and other barriers to free
The areas involved in the cur-
rent round were relatively
peripheral to the Bahamas, giv-
en that it does not have large
industrial or agriculture sectors,
but if these talks had concluded
successfully the WTO would
have moved on to other indus-
These were likely to have
included services and invest-
ments, included under the
WTO's General Agreement on
Services (GATS). The WTO
quietly dropped its Multilateral
Agreement on Investment
(MAI), although this was
brought back through the rich
nations club, the OECD.
Mr Moss yesterday told The
Tribune that the WTO talks col-
lapse had given this nation time
to'look inwards, review its
investment and commercial
laws and policies, and see which
were compliant with the WTO
and which were not.

there are small guest houses,"
Mr Albury said.
The investments director said
that while the Domestic Invest-
ment Board will continue to
support these smaller ventures,
Bahamians need to make an
effort to expand their way of
He pointed to the Cotton Bay
resort in South Eleuthera,
which is being developed by
Franklyn Wilson and Tommy
Sands Jr.
"One of the amazing things
to me was to see the dominant
Bahamian profile there, not
only in terms of ownership but
all of the subcontractors and
workers that were there," he
Mr Albury noted that of the
102 employees, about 98 or 99
of them were Bahamians.
"Here is an example of a

He added that the Bahamas
should also withdraw its appli-
cation for WTO membership
that was submitted under the
former FNM administration,
saying it needed to be reviewed.
to ensure this nation received
the best benefits possible from
"This is an opportunity we
need to take to develop core
industries that make sense to
the WTO," Mr Moss said.
"We've been in tourism and
financial services for some time
now, and need to refine those,
and pick up on agriculture and
really develop that."
He added that with modern
technology and farming meth-
ods the Bahamas could estab-
lish itself as a niche player in
world agriculture, emphasising
that he was worried about the
country's ability to feed itself.
"We believe now is the right
time for the Bahamas to con-
sider its tax regime," Mr Moss
said. "This is not because of the
WTO, it is right and proper to
consider these things."
Pointing out that the OECD
had dropped 'ring fencing' as a
criteria for including the
Bahamas on its so-called 'tax
haven blacklist', Mr Moss advo-
cated an income tax to replace
the current system of import
He said an income tax was'

Bahamian who is thinking big
about investment in this coun-
try, and I think it will be a suc-
cessful venture," he said.
Mr Albury assured the Board
members that the Government
has an appreciation for the
major difficulties faced by
Bahamians aiming to become
investors in their own country.
"That major difficulty has
been access to funding," he said.
Mr Albury said all sugges-
tions, considerations and pro-
posals pertaining to the
Bahamian investor have been
compiled in a Cabinet paper
with respect for the future struc-
ture of the Board..
He added that he was confi-
dent the Board will serve in an
advisory capacity in an effort to
eliminate another level of
bureaucracy for Bahamians

needed because the Govern-
ment was not earning enough
revenue from the current sys-
tem to meet its civil service pay-
roll obligations, let alone public
infrastructure works.
Mr Moss said the import duty
system "prohibited" Bahami-
ans from getting into business
because they had to pay taxes to
impprt products and materials
they needed to start up.
He added that it was also
wrong for companies consid-
ered non-resident for exchange
control purposes, such as for-
eign-owned bank and trust com-
panies, to be exempt from pay-
ing taxes unlike their Bahami-
an-owned counterparts. '
Mr Moss said of the WTO-
application: "It's a perfect
opportunity for the Bahamas to
withdraw its application. Thit
application was misguided by,
the former administration, and
it is time for this administration
to look at it again.
"Resubmit this if they feel
and the Bahamian people feel it
is the way to go, but on terms
that benefit the Bahamas."
No WTO committee has
been formed to analyse the
Bahamas' memorandum of
trade that was submitted as part
of its membership application,
and no talks have begun with
countries that have an interest
in trading with the Bahamas.

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Royal Oasis bidder

presents to Cabinet

FROM page 1B

The effects of more than
1,000 workers losing their jobs
have been felt by the entire
Grand Bahama economy, with
the resort's closure hitting the
International Bazaar especial-
ly hard, since the majority of its
customers were Royal Oasis
Finding a solution for the
Royal Oasis has not been easy,
and has pre-occupied the Gov-
ernment in relation to its pri-
mary objectives for Grand
It is unclear whether the
resort can be opened before
the upcoming general election,
as the administration will be
hoping for, even if a deal is
concluded today.
Construction companies that
assessed the Royal Oasis on
behalf of other prospective bid-
ders suggested it would take
at least nine months to get the
property ready for re-opening
at best.
Negotiations over the Royal

Oasis were given an added
complexity due to the fact that
they were three-way, involv-
ing the Government, Lehman
Brothers and potential buyers.
It is likely that the priorities
of Lehman Brothers and the
Government did not coincide,
as the Prime Minister hinted
at on July 18. The private equi-
ty fund will want to realise the
highest price possible for the
resort, while the Government
will want the buyer to be the
one best suited to take the
resort forward for the long-
In essence, the Governmeft
will want the buyer to have the
resort model best suited for
the Royal Oasis and Freeport,
a good track record and the
financing in place to execute
Currently, the casino is the
Royal Oasis's biggest asset, but
the fact it has no beachfront
property means that it is most
suited to being a convention
Among the most pressing
issues needing to be resolved
are the $22 million debts owed

by Driftwood (Freeport), the
holding company for the Roy-
al Oasis, when it closed the
resort in September 2004.
In January 2005, the resort
owed the Government $13 mil-
lion in casino taxes, and owed
$2.7 million to the Port
Authority and its affiliates, $2.5
million to the National Insur-
ance Board (NIB), and
$550,000 to Grand Bahama-
based suppliers.
In addition, the two hotel
pension funds, owed $4.1 mil-
lion by the Royal Oasis, have
obtained a court order requir-
ing the contributions debt
owed to them to be repaid in
the event of a sale.
Discussions between the
Government, Lehman Broth-
ers and a buyer are likely to
focus on how much of.these
debts will be written-off, how
much will be repaid and who
will be responsible for financ-
ing this.
Lehman Brothers has
already agreed to repay the $5
million that the Government
paid to former Royal Oasis
workers as severance pay.


M&E Limited

As a privately-owned, mid-sized Bahamian

Company and the authorized Caterpillar dealer

in the Bahamas, we are seeking candidates with

a newly acquired degree in Engineering. The

candidate should be a graduate with a Bachelors

Degree in Mechanical/Electrical Engineering

and should be a professional who thrives on

the challenge of developing outstanding

customer relations and service excellence.

Having both academic and practical background

in mechanical/electrical concepts is an asset

but not mandatory. The successful candidate

will be afforded the opportunity to be trained

by Certified Caterpillar Technicians/Engineers.

Send complete resume with education and work

experience to M&E Limited, P.O. Box N-3238,

Nassau Bahamas, Attention President & COO,

or email

Only persons being interviewed for this
positions will be contacted.
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Bloch International is the leading provider of specialty dancewear. It is currently based in
Sydney, 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



Organizes and directs all aspects of the accounting and financial controll funcuon of the Bahamas Branch and
reports operational results, Mlintain accounting ';,siems that ensure the proper accounnng and recording of the
Branch's resources. Provide management t ith relevant and reliable financial data necessary for budgetary and
financial decisions. Ovcree the operation aind management oi the Accounting Dcpartment actitles and stalf

Repons to the Chief Operainrg Offier in The Bahamas and to the Chief Financial Officer in Australia


Supervises and uami the general ac,.ounting statf.
Regularly reviews entries to the general ledger to assure accuracy and compliance %\ith established
accounting principals a.d procedures'
Assisit the Chief Fiannidal Officer IAusnalhai in the preparation of the annual budgets and forecasts.
Responsible for compliance ilh all Bahamian fiscal regulator' requirements
Plans and impklnimcrn changes in the Branh's accounting system, where necessary, and '. ith approval
from the Chief Financial Offictr (Australia).
Recommends changes in financial policies and procedures, as necessary. Write policies and procedures
and ensure they are being adhered o1
Moniors esublshed internal controls to assure proper compliance.
SRecruin ansd etluatles prsjnnel under supervision.
Keeps the Chlef Financil Officer (.\usralia mnformned of the Branch's performance
Assures protection of assets of the business "hr.iugh miirnal control and ensuring proper insurance
Mainini a icgular re\ iev.' of income and e,.pLndiiure to ensure that cash flow is adequate to meet future
busiiie.s, necds.
Prcparei and inkes reC.;miiinndjlionL ,bascd on financial nal.,iis ofoperations.
Keeps abreast ofcuirenl irends, praies,p ainI d de\delopmenris in the profession Makes rccommniendadion
for implenienration ofrieL practices and procedures.
Performs and/or oversees all aspects of Human Resources functions
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Oversee global Imntrior..y management and logitics functions.
Assume oiher special acrivi'ne, and responibiliner as required.


Bachelor's degree in Accounting, plus five (5) to seven (7) years experience in all aspects of Accounting, ideally
gained through increasingly responsible positions within Finance, two years of which must be as a department
manager or supervisor. Candidate with a professional accounting qualification and public accounting experience
at the Manager. Supenr or level is highly desirable.

Experience in a wholesale distribution environment is also highly desirable but not mandatory.


The position offers a competitive salary plus incentive bonus based on performance and pension,
insurance and other benefits.

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Senior Partner
Providence House
East Hill Street
P. O. Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas

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NOTICE is hereby given that MOHAMMED TALAT
MAHBOOB ALI SHERIFF, P.O.BOX F 44317 is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 4th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Freeport,


P.O.BOX F 44317, FREEPORT, GRAND BAHAMA is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 4th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, PO.Box N- 7147, Freeport,


Counsel and Attorneys-at-law
Notaries Public

Is seeking an ambitious
For its Nassau Office

Candidates with a minimum of five (5) years
experience must possess the skills and the
ability to work independently on various
commercial/corporate transactions.


For its Exuma Office

Candidates must have at least five (5) years
experience and must have the skills and the
ability to work independently on varied
commercial/litigation matters.

Attractive salary and benefits are available to
the applicants with the right aptitude and skills.

Applicants should send resumes to:

P. 0. Box N-979, Nassau, Bahamas or
By facsimile (242) 393-4558 or
Email: info @halsburylawchambers.comr


NOTICE is hereby given that ANTHONY CANILLO
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a
written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 4th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, GRAND BAHAMA, Bahamas.

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lined and attractive way to ser-
vice high net worth individu-
als", Ms Warren said: "The
legislation should introduce
"We look forward to being
able to introduce an important
structure to the market that
fits with the existing regulatory

Ms Warren said there were
currently two ways to estab-
lish private trust companies in
the Bahamas, including apply-
ing to the Central Bank of the
Bahamas for a restricted trust
The new legislation will
enhance the process for estab-

lishing and regulating private
trust companies, with the
Bahamas seeking to tap into
market demand for this prod-

Ms Warren said the private
trust companies would also
link in to other products creat-
ed by legislative changes over
the past three years, including
special purpose trusts.
"The private trust company
is really geared to the high end
of the market. It's an exciting
time," Ms Warren said.
Private trust companies are
incorporated to act as the
trustee for a single or related
group of trusts, and are often
exempt from the licensing
requirements of institutional
trustees, such as banks and

Private bank requires an

Accounting Officer
who is reliable, personable & a self-starter.
Must have experience with Microsoft Windows
and working knowledge of accounting
programs. In house accounting program. 3 to
5 years experience an asset. Salary
commensurate with qualifications and

Send resume, qualifications and 3 references
to "Employment" P.O. Box N-7507, Nassau.

(No. 45 of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section138
(4) of the International Business Companies Act, (No. 45 of
2000), RIPOLL CORPORATION, is in dissolution.
can be contacted at 60 Market Square, P. O. Box 1906, Belize
SCity, Belize. All persons having claims against the above-
named company are required to send their names, addresses
and particulars of their debts or claims to the Liquidator before
September 4, 2006.

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.i quidator
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Pricing Information As Of:
Tuvzdav. 1 August 200 6
BISX AItL SIftAE I EC' S & 4,55 .446 I CMHG 00.00 %CHG 00.00 / YTD 204.75 / YTD % 15.16
,2..i..H. 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Cs Cl Toda's Close Crl-,nge Dai, '/o EPS $ D.. i. PE ''.eld
1.65 0.59 Abaco Markets 1 7i 1 78 i0 0) ., r1 ': 01C) N .1 '[ 01C)
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%
2.201.39 Colina Holdings 1.96 1.96 0.00 0.009 0.000 217.8 0.00%
10.99 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 10.99 10.99 0.00 0.943 0.600 11.7 5.6%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 4.74 4.72 -0.02 0.115 0.045 41.2 0.95%
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 0240 11.53.86%
11.51 10.49 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.00 9.05 FirstCaribbean 13.00 13.00 0.00 0.885 0.550 14.7 4.23%
11.15 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 -0.162 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.532 0.405 16.3 4.68%
9.0 8.27 JS. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.527 0.560 17.3 6.15%
8.01 5.30 Kezner International BDRs 8.00 7.99 -0.01 0.160 0.000 50.1 000
,,, 1000 Premier Real Estate 1000 1000 O0 2 036 085 5.85
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10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 800 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%

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1.2983 1.2414 Colina Money Market Fun 1 298262-
2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038**"
2.3915 2.2487 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.391480**
1 1820 1 1246 Colina Bond Fund 1 182038****
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lfX ALL SHARE INDEX 19g Dec ti2 1 Oi .,, tl.MRKET TEeRMS LD mn di : 0j" r" '
52wk-Hi Highest losing price In last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price n 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 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths 30June006
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value
DIV Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not MeaningfulJune2006
P/E losing price divided by e last 12 monthearnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 194 1 30 June 2006


trust companies.
They are increasingly popu-
lar with clients from civil law
jurisdictions and those wanting
to create a family office.
Private trust companies
allow settlers to have more
control over the assets held in
trust, greater control over
income and spending relating
to the trust, and they are more
familiar with the business
.affairs of the settlor and bene-
They provide confidentiality
and are seen as being more
cost-effective in some cases
that institutional trustees.
Many rival jurisdictions have
private trust company legisla-
tion, and without similar laws
the Bahamas could lose poten-
tial clients.

Private trust companies
often encourage clients to fol-
low their assets and domicile in

the jurisdiction where these are
located, meaning that the
Bahamian legislation could
facilitate an increase in the
number of high net worth indi-
viduals relocating to this coun-

A rise in the number of fam-
ily offices in the Bahamas will
generate further economic
spin-offs, including greater
spending in the Bahamian
economy by the settlor and
their, families, and real estate
and construction activity.
Ultimately, a high net worth
family's relocation and family
office creation could lead to
more investment in the home
country. A prime example of
this is Dikran and Sarkis Izmir-
lian, the major investors and
shareholders in the $2 billion
Cable Beach redevelopment
by their company, Baha Mar
Development Company.

NOTICE is hereby given that CLIFFIN PETI-PHARD OF
NASSAU, BAHAMAS is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows
any reason why registration/naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of the
facts within twenty-eight days from the 4TH day of AUGUST,
2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that BENNY LORFILS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen
of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be
granted, should send a written and signed statement of
the facts within twenty-eight days from the 4th day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship; P.O.Box N- 7147, ABACO, Bahamas.



SG Hambros, part of SG Private Banking, is a private bank
providing a comprehensive wealth management service with
offices in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar and
The Bahamas.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a Business Analyst.
Your main responsibilities will be to:

* undertake Business Analysis
and Application support roles
as assigned by Management
* review existing procedures and
propose innovative
improvements to bring
processes to Group standard
and increase reliability and
* participate in local and Group
projects as directed
You should ideally have:
* a Bachelor's Degree in
* at least 5-7 years' experience
in Information Technology
* the capacity to learn quickly
and in an independent manner
* a broad knowledge of banking
procedures and processes
excellent written skills
(experience in writing business
reviews, procedures, user

* excellent communications
skills (experience in making
presentations and training).
* a good knowledge of Olympic
Banking Software (developed
by Eri Bancaire)
* the ability to write queries
* advanced Excel skills including
formulae, complex form
creation, with check boxes,
buttons, drill down etc
* a keen sense of Business
The position offers an attractive
salary and benefits package.
Applications should be submitted
to the following address, by close
of business on 8 August 2006.
The Human Resources Manager
SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789

*SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bahamas) Limited is
licensed under the Banks & Trust Companies Regulation Act.

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coins? (5) 5 Rain can be spectacular at the end
13 The mereresuntoffrost s of winterl(6)
onlytair(7). 6 Acunningsnareis not sodafl (5)
15 Possiblynew companion, agird(5) 7 Something written with diplomacy
18 For whom sailoring is a about a religious leader? (5)
9 The ayes have it (3)
bit of afag? (3)
19 Scold for being longtime in 12 Damage carts, possibly, going to
arrange. church (7)
arranging a bet (6) 14 Hashetheheartofagiant?(3)
21 Politcian capable of treason? (7) 1 Vaos means of identification (5)
22 Agrowing source of hot air (4) 1 Eatinhotels, a In hecounry (5)
23 Was awarethestuff 19 He wrote music and started a book
wasn't woven (4) on a sculptor (7)
24 Whereinswimmersare taught?(7) 20 In a hole, you may need a lot more
26 For.a celebrity, a drop of Scotch thancashl(5)
serves as astiffener (6) 21 A moving stair can sound quite
29 The German tor.fade"(3) musical (5)
31 Mumgoestotown 23 Robbed some poor lamb? (7)
with him (5) 24 At the cricket ground, he isn't
32 Where in London to take care about troubled by ducks (6)
shelterfromthe wind (4,3) 25 Unctuous drde at a film centre (3)
34 Notmuchofanartideto 27 Fortranspor, take the Central Une to
smile about (5) Acton Centrall (5)
35 Tom'slittle boat (3) 28 A legitimate punch (5)
36 Actively moving around in Leith (5) 30 Buryl n theheart of Battersea(5)
37 Measure many a wild tree(5) 32 Mimicry makes her weep (4)
38 One the bride might drag to 33 Obtain Inner
the altar? (5) satisfacion (3)

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ALR05: 9, Impnromptu 10, he-as-oie-d 12, Know (no)
13, Pag-od-a 14, Delver 15, Deter-gent 17, Have words
18, No d-oubt 20, MOdish 21Vice 24, H-andIcap 26,
Not a peep 28, Rung (wng) s, S-ared 31,Tres 34,
Ga-theri-ng 36, Doigme38, Telling 39, Stiks 40, Bolt
41, In-secure 42, Great Dane
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B-reath-ed 6, Paid a vit 7 Follows e-ver 11
Crosses 16, Ro-uds 19, Drawn 20, MaP (rev) 22, -deal
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15 Magicspit (5)
18 Tree(3)
19 Nestto(6)
21 Oldship (7)
22 Carrying salver (4)
23 Fairy (4)
24 Colonist (7)
26 Damaged (6)
29 Spol (3)
31 Material (5)
32 Indistincly (7)
34 Donated (5)
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AUGUST 4, 2006

ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
You have R&R on the brain, but you
have to buckle down and get through
another grueling week at work,
Aries. There will be reward enough
for a job well done.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
It may feel like everyone is out to get
you this week, Taurus. But it is all just
your imagination. Just focus on the
task at hand and these next few days
are going to sail by.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Wishing for a change in your
finances will get you nowhere,
Gemini. You have to put a plan in
action to make the changes you
desire. Leo can help with the task.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
Focus on family for the next few
days, Cancer. Afterward, you'll have
some time to devote to yourself.
There are big changes on the horizon,
so enjoy the downtime now.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
Hold your head high when you pre-
sent a proposal to your supervisor,
Leo. Your ideas have merit and they
should be taken seriously. Surprises
are in store on Thursday.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
Make the most of the time spent with
your spouse or romantic partner,
Virgo. The hours will become fleeting
when a work project springs up unex-
pectedly midweek.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You'll have trouble focusing on any-
thing this week, Libra. No matter
how hard you try to devote your
attention to one task, you'll end up.
working on multiple projects.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Rather than going on the defensive
with a coworker, Scorpio, sit down
and talk to the person about what's
bothering you. It may or may not
work, but at least you'll have tried.
Now is not the time to make a major
life decision because your head is
just not into it, Sagittarius. Put off
heavy thinking for another few days
and skate through this week.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
No matter how hard you try,
Capricorn, you can't get everyone to
like you just accept it. Instead of
trying to win everyone over, spend
your energy on the friends you have.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
There is trouble brewing at home,
but you won't be able to figure out
what's up unless you confront those
you live with. Don't clam up and
avoid confrontation.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
It'll take a lot of effort to get through
the week, Pisces, because things will
be a struggle for you. Relief comes
when Virgo enters the picture.

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vulnerable that the contract can be defeated. The
NORTH next step is to count the number of
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+A2 of five diamonds, a club and two
EAST hearts whether you take the heart ace
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SOUTH therefore credit partner with the ace.
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ass 1 NT Pass five diamonds and three clubs before
your side regains the lead. Second,
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ding against can be the spade ace for the contract to be
he does not cultivate this defeated, you must shift to a spade.
a regular habit, many But you cannot lead just any spade.
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you're East on this deal can make the contract by playing low
leads the heart four from his hand.
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or withhold it? If you do must return the spade jack to trap
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luld you shift to another declarer chooses to proceed, he can-
do shift, should it be to a not stop you from collecting four
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2 Economical (7)
4 Hospital
room (4)
5 Accounts
book (6)
6 Large shrubs (5)
7 Hard (5)
9 Male cat (3)
12 Scolded (7)
14 Bind (3)
16 African country (5)
17 Creepy (5)
19 Groom's
attendant (4,3)
20 Metal fasteners (5)
21 Good person (5)
23 Scanning (7)
24 Doting (6)
25 Insulate (3)
27 Artist's stand (5)
28 Feline (5)
30 Change (5)
32 Calf's meat (4)
33 Listening organ (3)


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Sergey Rublevslty v Alexey
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grandmasters are creatures of
mood, full of brilliant ideas
and tactics one day, then
stumbling into oversights and
blunders the next. Former
Latvian Shirov, who now
represents Spain, has his share
of off days, but in today's
position he showed how you
can sacrifice pawns and pieces
freely if the result is to leave
your opponent's king fatally
exposed. White's pawn guard
is flimsy and just a few moves
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IN THE world of cycling,
summer is usually synony-
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France. But for local cyclists,
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now takes centre stage.
- The New Providence
Cycling Association, in con-
junction with Musgrove Inc,
will host the landmark event
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boy Musgrove Cycling Tour.
Scheduled for August 19th
and 20th, the two day race will
cover three stages at various
l locations throughout the cap-
The race features a number
of divisions including, Seniors,
Juniors, and Masters in order
o to engage the full range of
* cyclists throughout the coun-
Within the various divisions,
cyclists are broken down into
S categories based on experi-
ence and abilities
Cyclists can look forward to

being rewarded with a myriad
of cash prizes, trophies, and
gift certificates.
The Tour de New Provi-
dence is gearing to be the pre-
miere cycling event of the year
and will feature the top
ranked cyclists throughout the

* Saturday, August 19th
(Seniors Male/
Female Masters Male)
Stage I: at 8am Cyclists will
cover 65 miles starting/finish-
ing at the Coral Harbor
Roundabout Race site for this

* (Junior Girls 17yrs Under,
Junior Boys/Girls 14yrs
under & Open Women II)
Stage I: Saturday 19th
August 8am start/finish at
Coral Harbor Roundabout,
distance 24 miles. Route starts
at Coral Harbor Roundabout,
travels along inner field air-
port road to the first round-
about, turns around and heads
back to Coral Harbour at the
start/finish line. The cyclists

will complete this route three
times before the finish.

* (Junior Boys 17yrs &
Stage I: Cover one lap of
Coral Harbor, Carmichael
Road, Lyford Cay, Clifton
Pier, South Ocean, back to
Coral Harbour, up to first
roundabout again and back to
Coral Harbour for the finish.

* (Senior Male I, II, III
Masters/ Women I)
Stage I: 8am start. Covers
65 miles start/finish Coral Har-
bour Roundabout, the cyclists
will head from Coral Harbour,
Carmichael Road, onto Glad-
stone Road, left onto JFK Dri-
ve, along JFK Drive to Old
Fort Bay, Lyford Cay, Clifton
Pier, South Ocean, Back to
Coral Harbour. The cyclists
will continue onto inner field
airport road, pass both round-
about at the Lynden'Pindling
International Airport, left
onto JFK Drive, to Old Fort
Bay, Lyford Cay, Clifton Pier,
South Ocean, Coral Harbour,

this route will be covered
twice by the cyclists.

* Sunday, August 20th
(Senior Male/Female -
Masters Male)
Stage II: 8:30 am. Cyclists
will cover seven laps of the
South Ocean Racing Course
which is five miles for one lap.

(All of the Cyclists will com-
pete in this stage)
Stage III: 11am at Coral
Harbour roundabout, the
place of the time trial course.
Cyclists will cover the eight
mile Individual Time Trial
with the fastest/ leader of the
tour going first in that order.

* (Junior Girls 17yrs Under,
Junior Boys/Girls 14yrs
under & Open Women II)
Stage II: 8:30am. South
Ocean race site, leave inner
field South road /blvd turn left
on to the road that leads
passed Jaws Beach to Clifton
Pier, passed South Ocean
Resort, taking the first left
turn after the resort; coming

Back to the start/finish line.
The cyclists will cover two laps
of this course.
Stage III: 11:30am back at
the Coral Harbor Round-
about, for the eight mile
Individual Time Trial which
will conclude the stages
for the Tour De New Provi-

(Senior Male I, II, III
Masters/ Women I)
Stage II: 8:30am start/finish
at South Ocean five mile
road course covering .seven
Stage III: 11:30am. Back to
the Coral Harbour site, eight
miles individual Time Trial,
Coral Harbour roundabout to
the airport, first roundabout
and back.

(Junior Boys 17yrs &
Stage II: 8:30 am. South
Ocean route will cover three
laps of the short course route
Stage III: 11:30 am: Coral
Harbor eight mile Individual
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THE excitement is still brewing
over the two Regattas which will be
held this holiday weekend.
The hosting of both the Cat Island
and the Acklins Regattas were forcing
sailors and fans to make a choice, but
as the August Monday weekend

quickly approaches, the excitement
is 'sending waves through the two
,Although the two Regattas will not
be as crowded as others held this year,
the camaraderie between the large
sailing community will still be on
The majority of the skippers haven't
revealed which one they will attend,
but government officials are hoping

that the 24 sloops that graced the Har-
bour of Morgan's Bluff in July can
split for the two events.
Skipper Eleazor Johnson expressed
his disappointment with the arrange-
ment in an earlier interview with The
Tribune, but did confirm that he will
make his decision and participate in
good faith.
Both the Cat.Island and the Acklins
Regatta are small festivals, with lim-

ited races in the A-C classes.
Some boats expected to partake are
the Red Hot Thunderbird, Red
Stripe, Lady Eunice, the Campari
Lady Nathalie, Ants Nest and
Competition is expected to start
today in both Regattas. Boats sailing
in the A class will have a five mile
course mapped out with three miles
for both the B and C class.

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IN LIGHT of the recent
mandate handed down by
Bahamas Olympic Association
surround athlete participation,
the Bahamas Amateur Athletic
Association has fully endorsed
the decision and has issued a
warning of its own to its ath-
A series of absences by the
country's upper echelon of track
and field athletes has forced the
Bahamas Olympic Association
Sto take action regarding partic-
ipation at international meets.
Sir Arlington Butler, head of
the Bahamas Olympic Associa-
tion, said that the executive
committee has laid down the
gauntlet and will take a more
direct approach towards elite
national team athletes.
Butler has said athletes who

qualify to represent the coun-
try at the 2007 Pan American
Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
and opt not to compete will suf-
fer dire consequences and
become ineligible to represent
the country at the 2008 Olympic
Games in Beijing, China.


While the BAAA's is respon-
sible for recommending nation-
al team members for competi-
tion, the BOA has the final
word and ratifies the team
members prior to travel.
The national team represent-
ing the country at last week's
Central American and
Caribbean Games was missing
many Bahamian household
names within athletics.
Many top-tier Bahamian ath-
letes, including Olympic 400m
Gold Medallist Tonique-

Williams Darling and Olympic
4x400m Bronze Medallist Chris

such an instance is unlikely to
occur again.

"You all must come to appreciate
that the people of the Bahamas
throughout the Ministry of Youth,
Sports, and Housing provides the
vast majority of you with a
subvention in order to assist you
with your training and ultimately
to represent the Bahamas,"

BAAA president Mike Sands

Brown, did not compete at the
CAC Games.
However, with the new more
ardent stance taken by the
BOA regarding the matter,

With their new, more rigid
position towards participation,
only in the cases of extreme cir-
cumstances, such as injuries, will
exemption from competition be
While athletes may choose
not to compete at meets of less-
er prestige or "non-paying"
meets, the BOA has forced the
issue and has made participa-
tion in these events necessary
if the athletes wish to compete

at the Olympic Games.
In an statement released by
BAAA's president Mike Sands,
he re-iterated the BOA's senti-
ments and fully supported their
decision regulate the participa-
tion of elite athletes.
"I would be remiss if I did
not express my disappointment
in the amount of no shows for
the CAC Games, particularly
in view of the 'feeble excuses'
that were given," he said.
Sands said the athletes must
have a greater appreciation for
the support they receive from
the Bahamas, monetarily or
"You all must come to appre-
ciate that the people of the
Bahamas throughout the Min-
istry of Youth, Sports, and
Housing provides the vast
majority of you with a subven-
tion in order to assist you with
your training and ultimately to
represent the Bahamas," he
said, "therefore public senti-
ments will not be in your favour
when you choose not to repre-
sent your country."
In regards to athletes on sub-
vention and choosing not to
represent the country at inter-
national events, Sands said the

BAAA's does not condone
such actions and deemed them
as "unacceptable."
"Whilst I do appreciate that
most of you have chosen track
and field as your profession for
the time being, you must also
be reminded of your national
obligation if you are receiving
the people's money," he said.
Sands said the decision for
athletes to travel lies solely with -
the BOA, thus, athletes should .
approach 2007 accordingly if
they plan to compete in the


."The BOA is 'ultimately
responsible' for entering teams
in the Olympic, Common-
wealth, CAC and Pan Am
Games," he said, "Therefore
you should plan your next sea-
son's schedule, taking into
account the BOA's position and
be guided accordingly."
He said the need for such a
statement to be released by the
BOA was timely and it had
become apparent that it was a
message more athletes needed
to become aware of.

Junior Sports Reporter

WITH'two high profile case on the interna-
tional scene being investigated by the World
Anti Doping Agency (WADA), track and field
officials in the Bahamas are sending a strong
message to their athletes.
In an interview with The Tribune yesterday,
President of the Bahamas Association of Ath-
letic Association (BAAA) Mike Sands said,
"The association takes the doping policy imple-
mented by WADA seriously, cautioning all pro-
fessional athletes to take extra careful steps to
ensure that they are not treating a symptom
with one of the banned substances listed by the
Sands said: "Athletes of such high caliber, be
it track and field, baseball, or cycling, the sport
doesn't matter, find themselves under such doubt
with their performance. They all work
extremely hard to get to the next level.
"What I think is unfortunate is the money
incentive that has now crept into the sport. It has
created a win at any cost attitude by the profes-
sional athletes. I commend WADA for making
every effort for trying to clean up the sport, but
there will still be that one person who will try to
stay a step ahead of the game, which might cost
The Bahamas has had several athletes sus-
pended by WADA Renward Wells, being one
S of them.
The former co-national record holder in the
100m received a two year suspension several

years ago, bringing his career to an end as a
National record holder in the triple jump Lee-
van Sands still has case being viewed by the
Sands has already met with the tribunal board
and is awaiting their decision on the matter.
In March of this year, traces of methamphet-
amine were allegedly found in Sands and, as a
result, his season has come to an end, until he
receives word from the IAAF.
Sands added: "We preach to all of our athletes
the importance of staying clean. We currently
have in the junior levels doctors working close-
ly with some of the athletes.
"What a lot of persons don't know is that
there are some medicines out there you can get
from over the counter that also have some of the
banned substances listed by WADA in them.
"So the only thing left for us to do is make
sure that the athletes are aware of the situation
at hand."
Recent high profile cases brought to the
WADA concern Justin Gatlin, the Olympic and
World Champion, and Tour de France winner
Floyd Landis. Gatlin is'also the co-world record
holder in the 100m with Asafa Powell.
A few weeks ago Gatlin admitted to testing
positive for testosterone or its precursors. The
random testing took place on April 22nd, at the
Kansas Relays. If Gatlin is found guilty, he will
be facing a lifetime ban from the IAAF, the
governing body for the sport. Landis is also
being accused with testosterone violation. Both
athletes deny any wrong doing.

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