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Publication Date: August 11, 2006
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Volume: 102 No.216 FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, 2006


Terror plot foiled in London

Bahamas airports

on security alert r

I ROYAL Bahamas Police Force officers re-enforce security at the Sir Lynden Pindling Interna-
tional airport yesterday.
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater)

Tribune Staff Reporter
ALL airports in the Bahamas
are on full security alert follow-
ing yesterday's foiled terror plot
.in London.
Passengers at Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport
were subjected to extra checks
after news came through that
21 arrests of suspected terrorists
had been made by British police
and intelligence services.
A dawn swoop by officers at
premises in the UK thwarted
What was.described as "the most

significant terrorist plot since
'September 11."
At least six flights from Lon-
don to three US cities had been
targeted for mid-air explosions
- a plan that could have cost
thousands of lives.
Police and security staff in
Nassau were preventing pas-
sengers from taking liquids, gels
and other substances onto the
aircraft. And cars entering the
airport area were being sub-
jected to additional security
With a massive build-up of
passengers at London's

Heathro:\ .,irpolt. n'Is pos, bible
that scheduled British Airways
flights to Nassau will be
In fact, flights worldwide
were badly affected by yester-
day's developments.
International reports revealed
that 21 people were arrested in
England for plotting to blow up
six airplanes in mid-flight
between Britain and the US.
Experts said Al Quaeda opera-
tives were the likely culprits.
Heathrow airport, Europe's
busiest terminal, shut down
immediately and officials
banned all hand luggage on any
flight out of the UK as a pre-
cautionary measure, causing sig-
nificant disruption .
Also, US authorities raised
their security threat level to red,
warning that they could not be
sure that the plot had been
"completely thwarted".
According to some reports,
the plan was to detonate explo-
sives smuggled in "carry-on lug-
gage" when the planes were in
mid-flight over US and UK
Bringing some focus on just
how severe these plans were,
the Metropolitan Police Deputy
Commissioner Paul Stephenson
was quoted as saying: '"Put sim-
SEE page 11

BChief Reporter BEC management claims

BEC management has.
claimed that the power out-
ages experienced across New
Providence yesterday were the
result of sabotage at the hands
of corporation workers.
This came as more than 200
irate BEC workers gathered
yesterday at the Clifton Cay
Power Plant to protest what
they described as failed con-
tract negotiations.
BEC management yester-
day blamed the outages, which
began around 9 am yesterday,
coinciding with the start of the
demonstration, on the union
and some of its members.
A statement from the cor-
poration said that some of the
members went unauthorised
onto the Clifton Pier Power
Station compound, locking the
gates behind them, preventing
authorized persons from enter-
ing the compound.
"These persons then tam-
pered 'with the equipment at
the Clifton Pier Power Station,

City Markets

sale completed
Tribune Business Editor-
A BAHAMIAN investor group last night
said it had completed its purchase of a.78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets, the
company that operates the City Markets
stores, at a total cost of $56 million.
The deal, which is thought to be the largest
buyout for a non-hotel business in the
Bahamas, will see BSL Holdings take over
majority ownership of the 12-store chain,
which operates in Nassau and Freeport, from
US grocery retailer Winn-Dixie.
Winn-Dixie will receive $54 million for its
stake in Bahamas Supermarkets, with the
remaining $2 million related to transaction
costs, including legal and corporate advisory
BSL Holdings' Board hasas its chairman, J
Barrie Farrington, Kerzner International's
executive vice-president of administration.
Two other directors are businessman
Franklyn Butler and Anwer Sunderji, chair-
man and chief executive of Fidelity Merchant
Bank & Trust, which structured the transac-
tion and formed BSL Holdings as a buyout
The last two Board members are G. Antho-
ny King and Frere Delmas, representatives of
SEE page eight

union behind power problems

which resulted in generators cal Workers Union (BEWU)
shutting down and led to the. Secretary General Stephano
power outages throughout Greene denied this but said
New Providence," the state- that BEC workers would not
ment said.
However, Bahamas Electri- SEE page eight

Dispute referred to industrial tribunal
IN A live broadcast last night, Minister of Labour and
Immigration Shane Gibson said he has referred the dispute
with the Bahamas Electrical Workers Union to the Industri-
al Tribunal.
Mr Gibson said that the supply of electricity is an essential
service and he had no choicee but to take this action.
"The union members should be aware that, once I have
taken this step, no employee shall go on strike and no union or
member of the union can call a strike while proceedings in rela-
tion to that dispute are pending before the tribunal,"'he
"The consequences of failing 'to comply with the law are a
fine or imprisonment."

Man, 21, murdered

in front of his home
Tribune Staff Reporter
SHOTS rang and persons cried as a 21-
year-old male resident of Bell Road, Mon-
tell Heights was murdered in front of his
home late Wednesday night-'
Farren Minnis, also known as Rolle, the
thirty-first murder victim of the year, was
reportedly killed around 10pm when two
persons were seen getting out of a white
Nissan Sentra and entering'the victim's
According to Inspector Whiter Evans,
Royal Bahamas Police Force public rela-
tions officer, it was soon after 10-pm when
gun shots were heard and the men where
seen leaving in the same vehicle.
"The victim," he said, "a dark male,
believed t6 be in his twenties, was found
dead in front of his home."
Minnis' death has left his family confused
as they do not know what happened.
Speaking to The Tribune yesterday Mer-
lene Rolle, the victim's aunt, said the fam-
ily is at a loss at what really happened.
"We have no idea why this happened,"
she said. "I don't think anyone will ever
really know."
SEE page 11

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PLANS to reconstruct the plaza on Mackey .
Street that was damaged by fire two weeks ago .
are underway, although no definite dates are
Troy Darville, the complex's landlord, said yes-
terdaythat construction will start as soon as pos-
sible however, due to the nature of the construc-
tion business the dates are "very tricky."
Excavators are currently being used to clear
the plaza of debris in order to remove the safety
Mr Darville said: "Unfortunately, just like any
fire around, you do have a lot of people that...
come in at night when you're not there and there's
rumbling around in the building and it's not safe."
The clean-up should be completed by Monday
or Wednesday next week at the latest, he said.
Asked about the design of the plaza, Mr
Darville said that they would like to have a very
similar setup to the one that was there before. V
He explained that approvals and other neces-
sary paperwork have to be completed, adding
that there is an opportunity to "update and
improve" the building.
The fire caused an estimated hundreds of thou-
sands of dollars in damage, as it affected almost
the whole plaza.
Fire officials have still not confirmed how the -
fire started. However, unconfirmed.reports
attribute the cause to welding work being done at
tlh back of Sun Manufacturing. X FIREFIGHTERS battling the blaze on Mackey Street

Bahamas 'should not take part

in Doha free trade negotiations'

THE Bahamas should not
Sign on the Doha Round of free
trade negotiations according to
a local political activist.
Paul Moss, head of the group
Bahamians Agitating for a Ref-
erendum on Free Trade
(BARF), has again voiced his
opposition to the Bahamas join-
ing the World Trade Organisa-
tion, of which the Doha talks
form a part.
Mr Moss maintains that
WTO membership will be of no
benefit to the Bahamas.
The Doha (Development)
Round of the WTO negotia-

tions, which began in 2001, aims
to lower trade barriers around
the world, permitting free trade
between countries,of varying
Critics of the Doha round
argue that the agreement is not
focused on fair trade and that
developing countries have to
gain little through direct com-
petition with developed
Others who share this view
also argue that the agreement
does not address the needs of
poor countries and small farm-
The Food and Agriculture

Organisation (FAO) said the
Doha round "failed to take suf-
ficient account of the interest
of developing countries and
focused on "free trade rather
than fair trade".
Mr Moss agreed with this,
adding that the government
already pays too little attention
to Bahamian farmers.
He pointed out that if the
Bahamans joins the WTO and
reduces tariffs on foreign agri-
cultural products to come into
the country, local farmers will

"It simply
Bahamians farm


means that able to compete because the
ers will not be imported products will be
far cheaper," Mr Moss said.
Earlier this week Minister
of Foreign Affairs Fred
Mitchell said the accession
S process for the Bahamas to
become a memberr of the
WTO is "in a state of lim-
S Mr Mitchell indicated that
the Bahamian people need
to gain a better understand-
ing of the nature of the
Mr Moss said that "gen-
erally, Bahamians need to
stop relying ongovernment
to inform them on these
issues and inform themselves
the information is all over
the Internet."
He said once Bahamians
understand the Doha agree-
ment better, they will under-
stand that signing on to such
deals amounts to diminish-
ing the legislative responsi-
bilities of parliament which
diminishes a nation's sover-
Mr Moss said that the
application to join the WTO,
which was initiated under
the FNM, was ill-advised
and "ought to be pulled

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o In brief

of the Mud
with cutlass

A RESIDENT of the Abaco
Haitian community known as
"the Mud" is in stable condi-
tion in hospital after being
involved in a fight last week-
Robert Nicholas was report-
edly on a basketball court
around 8.20pm on Sunday when
he received what police describe
as a "cutlass chop wound" to
the right arm.
After being taken to the local
Health Clinic for medical treat-
ment, the victim was airlifted
to New Providence.
Nicholas is presently at the
Princess Margaret Hospital.
Officers of the Marsh Har-
bour Police Station are contin-
uing their investigations into the

joins panel
on diseases

DR Glen Beneby, medical
advisor to the Public Hospitals
Authority, has been invited to
join a Delphi Panel to survey
the grand challenges for chron-
ic non-communicable diseases
throughout the world.
The PHA described a grand
challenge as "a specific critical
barrier that, if removed, would
help to solve an important
health problem. The interven-
tion(s) it could lead to might be
innovative and, if successfully
implemented, will have a high
likelihood of impact and feasi-
Dr Beneby, who has been
involved in the development of
healthcare in the Bahamas for
more than two decades, said he
is humbled and grateful to be
considered for participation in
this global health initiative.
The Health Alliance- of
Oxford University and the Lirn-
versity of Toronto have com-
bined research efforts to
address significant emerging
health issues in the areas of car-
diovascular diseases, type two
diabetes, chronic respiratory
diseases and certain cancers
which are significant contribu-
tors to health cost and deaths.
The Grand Challenge Project
is partly modelled on one devel-'
oped by the University of
Toronto with the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation and
the Foundation for the Nation-
al Institutes of Health for Grand
Challenges in Global Health

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KFC is running a competition
for free tickets on Chalks Air-
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after car


POLICE are investigating a
spate of car thefts in the
Prospect Ridge and Stapledon
Gardens areas.
At least four cars have gone
missing in recent days, with
thieves breaking into a gated
property to get access to one of
Rental apartment owners
whose tenants have to park next
to roads are recommending
security bars on steering wheels.
One said: "No car fitted with
a security bar has ever been
stolen from outside our prop-
Car thefts have been a prob-
lem in Nassau for many years,
with Sentras and Accords
among top targets.
In many instances, thieves are
looking for cars with parts that
S are easily resaleable.

step up
after attack

stepped up security Thursday
and urged politicians to refrain
from criticizing the media after
gunmen killed four workers at a
newspaper printing plant,
according to Associated Press.
The South American coun-
try's three dailies said they were
boosting security at editorial
offices and printing plants fol-
lowing the killings Tuesday
night of four Kaietuer News
"The problem here is that we
don'W know who did it and why,
a d so we are stepping up our
external security," said Comp-
ton Peters, general manager of
the state-owned Guyana Chron-
icle. "Now is not the time to
take any chances."
Police have not made any
arrests. The motive for the
attack on the newspaper's print-
ing plant, about five miles (eight
kilometers) south of the capi-
tal, was unclear.
Investigators suspect the
involvement of a gang that
forced its way into the home of
Agriculture Minister Satyadeo
Sawh, killing him and two of his
siblings in April. No arrests
have been made in that attack
In the latest attack, four peo-
ple were hospitalized with gun-
shot wounds, including a print-
er critically wounded by shots to
the back of his head, said Paul
Slowe, the assistant police chief.



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Rent-to-own policies still not

implemented after two years

MEMBERS of the public waiting to
take advantage of "innovative" gov-
ernment rent-to-own policies may have
to wait a little longer, as the initiatives
have yet to be fully implemented some
two years after it was announced by for-
mer housing minister Shane Gibson.
In July 2004, while in Grand Bahama
for the opening of the East Coral
Estates Phase III Extension, Mr Gib-
son made the announcement that the
Bahamas Mortgage Company would
introduce a rent-to-own policy, allowing
Bahamians who did not have the
required deposit or down payment to
become homeowners.

According to the Minister, in October
of 2004, the programme was to be
implemented arid fine-tuned in Grand
Bahama then introduced to prospective
home buyers in New Providence.
However, an official with the
Bahamas Mortgage Corporation said
that the programme is not something
that is being done "full fledged".
"We have been looking at doing it on a
selective basis to try it out to see how it
works, but it's not something that we
have been doing full fledged yet," he said
In this instance, the official explained,
the Corporation reduces the down pay-
ment requirement and, in some areas,
has allowed persons to move in before
legal documentation was completed.

The other programme announced by
the former housing minister which
would have persons moving into low-
cost homes with no downpayments at all
while having mortgages executed, has
yet to be implemented.
According to the Corporation official,
nothing has been done with that pro-
gramme because of technical concerns.
"We haven't done anything along
those lines yet," the official said. "When
you establish a mortgage, if persons do
not put anything into it, it means that
their monthly payment would be higher
than it would be ordinarily. So, that was
* one of the main concerns.
"Secondly, there is still some concern
with regards to a person's discipline to

save towards the down payment, which is
one of the factors that is looked at when'
we decide a person's credit worthiness."
The official said that these issues, 'i
addition to some others, were of parlic
ular concern to.the Corporation, makiu:;
it a bit reluctant to go forward with th.
proposed initiative.
But despite the fact that neither o!
the programmes has been implemented,
during the time of the' initiative's incep-
tion in 2004, Prime Minister Perry
Christie praised Mr Gibson's proposed
policy saying: "I was very happy that
the minister said that the Bahamian
people will not be disadvantaged by the
fact they do not have to have a deposit
to get into a home if they have a suitable

Escaped prisoner on run for a month

OFFICIALS are still hunt-
ing for escaped prisoner Adlet
Cilice almost a month since
he walked off a work detail.
On July 19, Adlet Cilice, 21,
who was part of a prison sys-
tem that allows non-violent
inmates to leave the com-
pound to work, "walked off"
and did not return a little
over a year before his sched-
uled release date.
Superintendent Elliston
Rahming said that Cilice did
not escape from the prison
itself, but rather while on
work detail he walked away
during a visit to the Chaplain's
Situations like this which
have occurred twice in the
past six years are known as a
"walk away".
Mr Rahming explained that
when prisoners do manage to

walk aw ay from'the work
gang, after two hours of
searching the responsibility
then falls on the police depart-
ment and the prison is no
longer responsible for search
Mr Rahming's comments
came yesterday during a grad-
uation ceremony held at Her
Majesty's Prison.
The ceremony marked the
culmination of a joint contact
team programme between the
Rhode Island Correction team
and Her Majesty's Prison.
Six officers from Rhode
Island, the state which has
partnered with the Bahamas
through a range of military
and civil activities, came to the
Bahamas as trainers.
Yesterday, after months
pf training in baton, basic
and ad \anced .riot aid
crowd control, .pepper
spray training and cell

extraction training, 60
prison officers were award-
ed certificat-es for pro-
grammes they completed.
Mr Gadson, a representa-
tive from Rhode Island,
reported that the Bahamian
officers who were in training
were "very energetic, very
committed, and a very pro-
fessional staff. I have tried to
recruit many of them this
Another trainer reported
that in all his years in this field
this was the first time he has
seen participants so enthused
to learn and absorb all aspects
of the programme.
Apart from the certificates
awarded to the graduates, the
prison received bulletproof
vests, flashlights and other
gadgets from the Teachers Co-
operative Credit Union, a con-
tribution made to improve the

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Embassy, and the assistant director of operations for Rhode
Island Mr Gadson looks on.

Phone services still down

across New Providence

FOR the second day in
row telephone services
remain down in a large area
of New Providence.
BTC is continuing to work
on the lines, but has issued
no updates on the progress
of their efforts.
There is still no word on
when the system will be up
and running again.
On Thursday it was report-
ed that south central New
Providence was severely
affected by a disruption in
service due to damaged cable
The problem prevented
Golden Gates residents from
making outgoing calls or
receiving incoming calls.
The breakdown was
reportedly caused by dam-
age to BTC's fiber optic line,
which created a major dis-
ruption in land-lines with the
prefix 341 and 361.
Later that day, BTC
announced that cellular
phone customers (both
GSM and TDMA) will
experience brief disruptions
in service or have some dif-
ficulty making and/or receiv-
ing calls.
In case of emergencies,
BTC advised persons need-

ing to contact the police to use
the following numbers: 361-

0480, 361-0482, 361-0483, and


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People 'ain't going back'

IN A TRIBUNE news story last week it
was speculated by persons who consider them-
selves close to the "inner circle", that March
22, the 77th birthday of the late Sir Lynden
Pindling, will be election day.
Other sources claim that this would be in
keeping with the party's current strategy of
"draping themselves in the legacy of Sir Lyn-
den." In the opinion of these persons it was
this legacy that won them the 2002 election.
The date of the election is anyone's guess,
but we do not agree that it was or that the
PLP even tried to make the Pindling legacy its
winning ticket in 2002. In fact we had quite the
opposite impression.
From our observations the PLP's hierarchy
were so nervous that the warts that covered
the Pindling legacy were so large that they
would hurt the party's campaign. The party,
therefore, deliberately distanced itself by
emphasising that it was the "New" PLP.
The main thrust of the PLP's 2002 cam-
paign was that former prime minister Hubert
Ingraham was a dictator and that the FNM
were giving the country away to foreigners. In
2007 the electorate will decide whether it
wants a return to the firm, decisive leader-
ship of Mr Ingraham, or to continue with the
relaxed, seemingly directionless, and indecisive
leadership of Prime Minister Christie. As for
the PLP's red herring of selling the country out
to foreigners it has by its own actions in the
last four years removed this once winning
argument from its election plank. In this elec-
tion their powerful argument can, and prob-
ably will be used against them.
In little things and in small ways over the.
past four years ,. haeye concluded that Mr
Christie, wanting to hb' is own mj n, has dig-
tanced himself from what is now being called
the "Pindling legacy". Even the handling of
the renaming of the Lynden Pindling Airport
indicated nervous jitters.
Mr Christie is fully aware that this gesture
to the "father of the nation" did not have the
full support of the Bahamian people. Although
the renaming ceremony was a government
function, which, without question, should have
been opened by either Mr Christie, or the
governor general, Mr Christie tried to find
someone whose respected name would have
lifted the occasion out of party politics and
given the impression that all segments of soci-
ety supported Nassau International being
called Lynden Pindling International Air-
port. In our opinion it was an attempt to white-
wash history and wrap a cloak of respectabil-
ity around certain aspects of that history. Mr
Ingraham, when consulted by Mr Christie,
felt that it would have been unfair to place the
gentleman selected by Christie in such an


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embarrassing position. As a result of their *
conversation an invitation was never extend-
ed to the chosen person. Instead Mr Christie
did the honours himself supported by Gover-
nor General Arthur Hanna, who was deputy
prime minister in the Pindling administration.
It was evident from Mr Hanna's words that
he was also very self conscious of the past,
after all it was he who at a certain point in his
administration had urged Sir Lynden'to step
down as leader.
Mr Hanna reminded those attending the
airport ceremony that it had nothing to do
with politics the FNM had boycotted the
function because of the lateness of the invita-
Mr Hanna acknowledged that Sir Lynden
had made political mistakes, but he added, "I
know he tried his best." He said that the occa-
sion should not be, a time for division in the
country, "but a celebration of a man mightily
hailed as the father of the nation and the
Bahamas' finest son."
At a PLP convention in October 1985, Mr
Hanna announced his resignation as deputy
leader and said that he had advised Sir Lyn-
den, as prime minister, to do the same.
"We must come to grips," he told the
packed convention hall, "with the effects of the
evidence of the 1983 Commission of Inquiry
into drug trafficking and related corruption on
the unity and solidarity of this organisation."
"A leader and deputy leader," he said,
"must have the unqualified confidence of
almost all his colleagues."
"This is precisely why," he told the con-
vention, "I suggested at the time quite honestly
to the Leader (Sir Lynden) prior to my resig-
nation sometime prior to my resignation -
that both he and I under the circumstances -
both he and I ought to have resigned our
offices and assisted the party to selecting new
The party had been badly smeared by the
inquiry, so had Sir Lynden. Although no
aspersions were cast against Mr Hanna during
the inquiry, he understood the meaning of
collective responsibility. As the party and gov-
ernment of which he was deputy had been so
badly tarnished, he knew it was his duty under
the Westminster system of government to step
down. Mr Hanna resigned. Sir Lynden did
not see this as his duty. He did not resign.
We think it highly unlikely that a party
would go into an election cloaked with a lega-
cy for which it will constantly have to apologise.
The chant that we have heard repeated
this.week from Bahamians of all walks of life
some who have lived through those years,
and others who have heard about them from
their parents "We ain't going back!"

The Arab-Israeli

conflict and the

Balfour Declaration

EDITOR, The Tribune.
With the current turmoil in
the Middle East, Richard Coul-
son's well-crafted and informa-
tive letter about the Balfour
Declaration (Tribune 24 July),
and Lionel Levine's scholarly
and comprehensive response,
are timely contributions to the
never ending debate about
Israel's existence as a nation
However, Richard's empha-
sis on the Balfour Declaration of
1917, which promised a nation-
al home to the Jews in Pales-
tine, as the key to the
Arab/Israeli conflict is mislead-
ing because he does not take
account of a number of impor-
tant events in the ensuing 30
years leading to the creation of
Moreover, his characteriza-
tion of it as an attempt by
Britain to step in "with a well-
intentioned but woolly-minded
effort to resolve an intractable
conflict beyond its borders"
does scant justice to a carefully
considered move by Britain to
attempt to,reconcile what even-
tually became the irreconcilable.
Equally, to state that "it has
reinforced the indefensible habit
of powerful nations acting to
determine the fates of less pow-
erful nations against their will"
ignores the historical reality that
Britain was the imperial power
of the time with responsibility
for administering Palestine
when no nation as such existed.
The relevance of the Balfour
Declaration should not be
underestimated since it formed
the basis of British policy
towards Palestine for some 20
years; and, of course, the British
had other motives, one of which
was to secure an outlet to the
Mediterranean at Haifa and to
put a barrier between the
French in Syria and the Suez
Canal. But subsequent British
and American efforts to resolve
the growing crisis, which led
eventually to the establishment
of a separate State of Israel in
1948, became more significant.
Zionists had sought the cre-
ation of a Jewish state since the
late 19th century when Jews
started to return from the dias-
pora to settle in Palestine. Dur-
ing the First World War the
Allies crushed the Turks in
Mesopotamia and, in 1922,
Britain accepted a League of
Nations Mandate to administer
Palestine. While committing the
British to fostering a national
home for the Jews, the Balfour
Declaration also recognized that
this needed to be done without
offending the Arabs who made


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up the majority of the popula-
The Mandate was interpret-
ed to mean that Jewish immi-
gration should be allowed up to
the limit of "economic absorp-
tive capacity" (a formula which,
according to former Prime Min-,
ister Harold Macmillan, was
coined by Winston Churchill).
But, in the 1930s, anti-Semitism
in Germany and other countries
pushed up the numbers of Jew-
ish immigrants. There followed,
in 1939, a government White
Paper which provided for only
75,000 new immigrants over the
following 5 years and effective-
ly closed down future Jewish
immigration thereby thwarting
Jewish hopes and ambitions in
relation to the creation of a sep-
arate state. The Balfour Decla-
ration had thus, in effect, been
In 1946, an Anglo-American
committee, appointed by Prime
Minister Attlee and President
Truman, recommended that the
British Mandate should be con-
tinued and that although no
separate Arab or Jewish state
should be created (neither com-
munity should dominate the
other) -100,000 more Jewish
immigrants should be admitted
in recognition of the problem
of the huge numbers of Jewish
refugees who had suffered at
the hands of Nazi Germany. A
form of devolution was pro-
posed dividing Palestine into
separate Arab and Jewish
provinces. But this was opposed
by both sides, with the Jews con-
tinuing to insist on a separate
Jewish state and the Arabs, who
retained their majority, also
clamouring for their own inde-
The United Nations declared
in favour of partition in 1947,
but the ensuing period was
marked by guerilla warfare on
both sides and the situation
lapsed into anarchy and civil
war. In the face of this chaos
Britain terminated its Mandate
and withdrew in 1948. Immedi-
ately thereafter, the Jewish
National Council and the Gen-
eral Zionist Council declared
the establishment of a Jewish
State to be called Israel which
was recognized at once by the
United States and by others,
including the Soviet Union.
Historically, there have been
differing views about Britain's
support for the Zionist cause
and her treatment of the Arabs.
In his memoir "Tides of For-
tune" Macmillan comments that
before the Second World War
the majority of the Labour Par-
ty had been strongly pro-Zionist,
while in the Conservative Party
the position was reversed and
pro-Arab sentiments had pre-
dominated. The limitation of
Jewish immigration in 1939 was
obviously in favour of the Arabs
because the British Government
seemed to be declaring that,
with this final number of immi-

grants, the obligation to create a
national home in Palestine
would be adequately, if not
completely, fulfilled and an
overwhelming Arab majority
would be consolidated.
Churchill was an avowed sup-
porter of the Zionists. In his epi-
logue in 1957 to the abridged
edition of his account of the Sec-
ond World War he says: "Ever
since the Balfour Declaration
of 1917 I have been a faithful
supporter of the Zionist cause. I
never felt that the Arab coun-
tries had had anything from us
but fair play. To Britain, and
Britain alone, they owed their
very existence as nations. We
created them; British money and
British advisers set the pace of
their advance; British arms pro-
tected them."
The historical context of
today's disastrous conflict is
important (unless one subscribes
to Henry Ford's dictum that all
history is bunk), but the current
political face of the Middle East
is even more so.
Few will argue against the jus-
tification of a military response
to Hezbollah's killing and kid-
napping of Israeli soldiers, and
its firing of rockets randomly at
civilian targets within Israel. But
previous Arab/Israeli wars -
notably that of 1967 were rel-
atively brief and militarily con-
clusive. This time, what
appeared to be a reasonable sur-
gical strike against
Hezbollah near the Lebanese
border has become a sustained
bombing campaign over a peri-
od of weeks against civilian tar-
gets well inside the country
including destruction of Beirut
itself collective punishment on
a terrible scale for the sins of
Hezbollah. ............... -
Air strikes- and action by',
ground troops to destroy'.
Hezbollah (assuming its fight-
ers can be identified) is one
thing, but wide scale bombing
of civilians should surely be end-
ed, whatever the provocation.
Not only that; but, by stirring
up even more hatred amongst
Arab countries, such action
must be counter productive in
the furtherance of Israel .so vn
cause in the longer term.
In his recent autobiograp,, -
veteran BBC journalist, John
Simpson, described the Israeli
invasion of Lebanon in 1982: I
had seen plenty of things which
were called wars, but they had
always been fleeting, surrepti-
tious, small-scale efforts. I had
never before seen late twenti-
eth-century technology fully and
deliberately applied to the
maiming and killing of ordinary
civilians in the name of strate-
In 1982, the Israelis were
going after the Palestine Liber-
ation Organization and then
stayed in Lebanon for 18 years.
Unless the UN can broker a
lasting ceasefire, will history now
repeat itself?

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Miss Gospel
is crowned
in pageant

ANYA McKenzie has been
crowned Miss Gospel Bahamas.
The 12-annual pageant was
held at the Rain Forest Theatre
of the Wyndham Nassau Resort
and Crystal Palace Casino.
The winner represented
Evangelistic Centre.
The first and second runners
up, Chavette Black and Kenya
Ferguson, represented Zion
Baptist on East and Shirley
Street and Ebenezer Mission
Baptist Church, respectively.
The pageant on Sunday was
organised by Great Commis-
sion Ministries International.

Life carries
on as usual
in Cuba
sans Castro

ferrying tourists in T-shirts and
shorts for sun-soaked vacations
come and go without delay.
Cubans ring up relatives in the
island's provinces or even in
Miami. Government offices,
stores and banks are open,
according to Associated Press.
It's business as usual in Cuba,
.-10 days after Fidel Castro
announced he was temporarily
ceding power to his brother
Raul while he recovered from
intestinal surgery.
"With Fidel, or without Fidel,
we move ahead," said Rafael
Arocha, vice director of the
Miguel Enriquez University
Hospital, a 385-bed facility.
Many had assumed a vacuum
of power would be created if
Castro left power. But the calm
functioning of Cuban society in
the meantime indicates that
once Castro is gone, the political
and economic structures he built
Soverdecades could prove more
enduring than his enemies have
predicted and hoped.

No explanation for five-year

delay in building Straw Market

THE government is at a loss
to explain why it has taken five
years for construction of the
new straw market to begin.
According to First Assistant
Secretary in the Ministry of
National Security William
Munnings; bids for the con-
struction of the new state-of-
the-art straw market facility on
Bay Street will be collected this
week, with the groundbreak-
ing expected to take place
eight weeks later.
"It is difficult for me to say
what caused it to take so long,"
Mr Munnings explained.
He added, the delay was
most likely due to the fact that
the project had to be budgeted
before any steps could be tak-
en towards actual construction
"But in the meantime, the
plans for the new straw market
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breaking before the year's end,
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tem and improved sanitary
facilities, an official from the
Ministry of National Security
said yesterday.
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able to accommodate up to 600
In addition to more spacious
surroundings, straw vendors
will also have the security of a
sprinkler system throughout
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complained about the lack of
sufficient restrooms and unse-
cured garbage facilities but Mr
Munnings assures that these
complaints will be addressed
in the new design.
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"The garbage collection will
be collected on a daily basis as
it is being done today," he

Police investigation still incomplete

into death of woman killed in fire

Tribune Staff Reporter
THE-official investigation
into the death of a Faith
Avenue woman killed in a sus-
picious fire last month has yet
to be completed.
A senior police officer
explained that no further infor-
mation on the matter can be
released at this time.
Nicola Gibson, who occu-
pied a two-bed apartment on
Faith Avenue with her 14-
year-old son, died in late July
as a result of a fire,
Speaking to The Tribune
yesterday, Assistant Commis-
sioner of Police Reginald Fer-
guson that when the investiga-
tion is complete, the officers
on the case will turn their find-
ings over to an official of the
Coroner's Court:

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* THE house on Faith Avenue where the woman died in a fire

When police gave their last
update on the matter, investi-
gators were said to be follow-
ing many lines of inquiry and
looking at all possibilities in

injured in the blaze.
According to Chief Superin-
tendent Marvin Dames, officer
in charge of the Central Detec-
tive Unit, police are "aggres-
sively pursuing the matter and
treating it as a suspicious inci-
Officers had reportedly
received a call from someone
who told them there was a fire
in the condominium complex
Son Faith Avenue.
However when they arrived,
the blaze had already been
extinguished by the victim's son
and neighbors.'

their effort to determine what
caused the fire.
Ms Gibson was found in the
northern bedroom of the
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Sand box trees adopted

IN an effort to bring an end
to the "butchering" of historic
trees in the aftermath of hurri-
canes, the Nassau Garden Club
is leading by example and
adopting the famous sand box
trees of Church Street.
Club members hope that that
when passers-by notice the dif-
ference that a little care can
make, they will also consider
adopting "precious old trees"
in time for the height of hurri-
cane season.

* TENDING to the sand box
trees on Church Street

Garden Club

hopes to set

example in time

for hurricane


"A very sad example of
butchering a tree after the fact is
the ficus tree in the square
behind the Supreme Court,"
said club member Camilla
Robertson. "That tree had pro-
vided shade for so many peo-
ple over the years and now it
will never provide shade again.
"Church Street is one of the
loveliest streets in Nassau with a
canopy over the entire street.
Every street in Nassau should
and could look like this," she
The sand box trees (hura
crepitans) are over 100 years
old and were in dire need of
love and attention according to
club members.


After a lecture hearing a lec-
ture by Joy Burrows of A-1
Tree Services, the club decided
to adopt the trees on the west-
ern side of Church Street near
St Matthews Church.
Said Mrs Robertson: "After
months of planning, the trees
were finally trimmed for the
hurricane season and to my
delight'they look wonderful.
When you compare them to the
same sand box trees on the east-
ern side of Church Street, you
will see how much better they
"We had to find just the right
time of day and Sunday was the
best day of the week as there is
less traffic then. We had to co-
ordinate it with a Mr Leve
Anderson at Cable Bahamas as
he had promised to help us by
providing a bucket truck for A-
1 Tree Services to trim the high
branches over Church Street,"
she said.
:The Nassau Garden Club was
founded after the 1929 hurri-
cane which devastated Nassau
and members see this latest
effort as keeping with a long

Strong leadership

is needed for

the corporations



OVER the years, the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Corporation, the Bahamas Elec-
tricity Corporation and to a less-
er extent the Water and Sewer-
age Corporation have formed a
bungling trio of local govern-
ment-subsidised companies.
This past Tuesday BTC
(Batelco) has illustrated the
ineptitude of its operations with
a system failure, a meltdown of
sorts, which prohibited thou-
sands of customers from receiv-
ing and placing calls. I, like
175,000 other prepaid cellphone
users, was inconvenienced for
nearly two days, and even to
this point my cellphone service
"goes and comes".
Although BTC claimed that
there was a critical failure with
six disks that primarily support
their prepaid platform, I won-
der why a company with such a
large consumer base would not
have a contingency plan in the
event of such a crash? Why was
the ONLY telephone company
in the Bahamas caught with their
pants down without a single pre-
ventative measure in place?
I recall a conversation with
my sister on Tuesday evening
where she questioned the
broader consequences of BTC's
futility, particularly if someone
was experiencing an emergency
or being harassed at some far-
flung part of Nassau (beyond
the airport) and had attempted
to phone for help. If there was a
negative outcome, BTC would
have indeed accounted for a
portion of the significant blame.
SOf all the corporations, BEC
is a serial offender of the
Bahamian people's confidence.
Particularly during the summer
months, lengthy outages have
become a mainstay. Someone
once referred to BEC's summer
outages as their "summer long
hobby". With these constant
failures not only comes unbear-
able heat, but also the ruination
of expensive appliances.
How is it that, with a single
flash of lightning, BEC goes on
an ephemeral vacation?
For the exorbitant prices
Bahamians must pay for elec-
tricity, the quality of service
would seem to many, as Minis- .
ter Leslie Miller put it, be the
result of BEC "profiteering".
Whilst I don't entirely endorse
this view, BEC's unremarkable
service leaves one to query.
As with BTC, after every pow- .
er outage, BEC's top brass always
appear with their generic
excuse-usually that they would
minimise inconveniences, that
they are upgrading to prevent
such events for future occurrences
and/or that they are prepared to.
handle any future disruptions.
And then, maybe a week later,
these outages and disruptions
recur, and the saga continues.
Of the three government cor-


portions, Water and Sewerage
performs best. However, they
must address the discoloured
water affecting eastern residents
and the low water pressure Nas-
sauvians criticise.
It is a shame that after 33
years of independence, the
Bahamas (generally) still has
one utility company. Although
some Bahamians hate compe'-
tition, competition is necessary
in our society therefore, the
govern int must remove these
corporations' monopoly of the
market. These state-owned
companies are awash with
Bahamians, many political
appointees, thereby ensuring
meagre performance and an
overwhelming dependence on
Since privatization, as seen
with certain similar companies
in Freeport, can be problematic,
the greatest decision any gov-
ernment can make for the
Bahamas is to look beyond pri-
vatisation and to foster compe-
The best illustration of the
power of competition is with the
arrival of the Indigo phone-card,
which has forced BTC to reduce
its rates dramatically to compete.
Allowing utility companies to
become established in the
Bahamas, whether local or
international, would lead to a
reduction of the demand upon
government, reduced prices,
greater accountability and more
The sight of six corporation
workmen on a site, with one of
the six working while the others
stand around waiting for over-
time to begin, is offensive.
Workmen aticorporations
such as BEC, whose union nev-
er fails to peddle for more mon-
ey, earn a base salary upwards
of $30,000 per year with
ovenliii tih.\ co.ild e.trn ,\er
$60,11i, i, ni u Il;.
It is widely known that their
base salary alone is more than
that of teachers, .law enforce-
ment, hoteliers, reporters,
clerks, etc. This is more than
enough incentive to keep my
electricity on or at least prompt-
ly rectify any disruptions.
There is a need for strong,
visionary leadership at local util-
ity companies, and a lack of gov-
ernment interference, as many
workers go to work daily to "put
their feet up", failing to perform
because they were hired and
believe themselves to be
secured by their MP.
Also, for the rest of the year,
BEC, BTC and Water and Sew-
erage should aspire to practise
covering the holes dug in the
middle of the roads after their
operations, as they have left
many Bahamian drivers with
ruptured tyres and shattered CV
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Police officers say

murder accused

confessed freely


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THE CORDELL Farrington
trial was adjourned earlier than
usual yesterday because the
accused man was not feeling
Jurors expected to watch a
recorded police interview show-
ing Farrington confessing to the
murder of Jamaal Robbins,
however when court recon-
vened yesterday afternoon, Jus-
tice Anita Allen said the
accused was not feeling well and
had been taken to hospital.
The proceedings were
adjourned to 10am today, when
the jury is expected to watch
the interview.
Detective Sergeant Presley
Rolle, Detective constable
Wilber Munroe and ASP
Anthony Ferguson who were
all a part of the interview
process, were called to the wit-
ness stand yesterday.
All the officers said Farring-
ton participated in the interview
voluntarily and denied that he
was threatened, beaten or
offered inducements to give the
The interview took place at
"Central Detective Unit in
Freeport on Monday, October
27, 2003, the court was told.
The jury heard further testi-
mony from Detective Sergeant

* CORDELL Farrington

Rolle, who said that on Satur-
day, November 8, 2003 he was
present at Queens Cove when a
police diver searching canal
dove up two iron rods.
These, Sergeant Rolle said,
were submitted to the police
Criminal Records Office.
He said tests to confirm that
the rods were weapons used by
the Farrington proved negative.
Sergeant Rolle said the rods
did not match the description
of the weapon the suspect
claimed that he used.
He noted that during that
events he was recounting, the
accused was already on remand.

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Fax: 326-4488/394-4819

The officer further testified
that on November 11, 2003 he
went on inquiries with Oterrio
Floyd, who gave him certain
information after he was shown
a gray 1992 Hyundai car.
Sergeant Rolle further testi-
fied that while at Mallory Lane,
he and a team of officers were
directed to apartment three by
Floyd, who again gave him cer-
tain information.
At around 11.20am the same
day, while on inquires at the
Grand Bahama highway, officer
Rolle claimed that he received
further information from Floyd.
The officer said Floyd also
directed police to an area at
Queens Cove.
He noted that Farrington also
directed police to the Grand
Bahama Highway and Queens
Cove prior to those occasions.


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Power failure knocks out traffic lights.


COUNTLESS traffic lights were
knocked out of commission yesterday
due to a major power failure that affect-
ed several communities throughout New
As a result, thousands of motorists were
forced to fight their way through busy
An official from High Power, the com-
pany responsible for the maintenance of

traffic lights, told The Tribune yesterday
that the blackout had an adverse affect on
their system.
Work crews were dispatched to com-
munities throughout New Providence in
an effort to get the lights working again.
According to an employee at the com-
pany's 380-8064 hotline, they experienced
an influx of calls regarding the lights yes-
terday afternoon.
Incapacitated signals at the intersec-
tions of Shirley Street, Mackey Street
and Bay Street extremely busy routes

during rush hour caused particularly
heavy traffic yesterday afternoon.
Lights on both Thompson Boulevard
and Farrington Road were also not work-
Two lights were also out on East Street:
at Gibbs Corner and at the intersection
with Wulff Road.
The light on the corner of Collins
Avenue and Rusty Bethel Drive was not
working. The signals on Bar 20 Corner
and the corner of Village and Parkgate
Road were also out of commission.

Outages 'were the result of sabotage'

FROM page one

hurry to correct the situation
while they are in the process of
demonstrating against an
"insulting" pay offer from the

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"It is against the law to turn
off the power and the union
does not turn off the power but
if there are problems in the sys-
tem and the power is going off
then that is the management's,
problem because it is manage-
ment's responsibly to ensure
that the power stays on.
"We asked all of our union
members to be stationed out
here on Clifton Pier and we
have some members who
would go to work anyway but
we are not responsible for any-
thing that is going on out
there," he said.
The negotiations between
the corporation and union had
degenerated to the point where
a mediator, pastor of Mount
Tabor Full Gospel Baptist
Church Neil Ellis, had to be
called in.
The catalyst for yesterday's
demonstration was the presen-
tation, by the corporation, of
the amount of increase it would
be willing to give the workers
for a 40-hour work week.
This issue, Mr Greene said,
affects at least 900 of the
union's members and while not
willing to disclose the amount
offered, because of the gag
order placed on both sides, he
said that it did not even come
close to five per cent of what
the workers feel they are actu-
ally owed.
"Our members decided that
it was an insult and they want-
ed to show the government
that they were not going to be
insulted in the way that they
were and decided that they
would have a mass demonstra-
tion at Clifton Pier Power Sta-
tion," Mr Greene said.
BEC called the BEWU's
action "an illegal and unwar-
ranted industrial action".
It also pointed out that even
after the Minister of Labour
and Immigration, Shane Gib-
son, ordered the BEWU back
to work, many of the employ-
ees have not yet returned to
'their jobs.
"The corporation always
tries to say that we are demon-
strating illegally but the
Employment Act and the
Industrial Relations Act gives
us the right to demonstrate
when we are not satisfied with
the progress of negotiations or
when we feel we are not being

treated fairly.
"The union members decid-
ed as a democratic group that
they are going to have a
demonstration and they are
going to come and sit
out and show government and
management that they are
insulted by their offer," Mr
Greene said.
Nevertheless, the secretary-
general said that the mediation
meetings are successful, espe-
cially with the smaller issues,
because it is showing that the
corporation's senior manage-
ment is "not performing and
functioning properly".
"What I am experiencing is
that the mediator is embar-
rassing the top level of the cor-
poration because the mediator

is telling them that the corpo-
ration is wrong and their stance
is wrong and unfair. It is show-
ing them that their hard-line
tactics when it comes to resolv-
ing serious issues are wrong.
"I am happy for this process
because for months and
months we were sitting at the
table telling the corporation
the exact same thing," he said.
Management agreed that the
vast majority of the union's
issues were resolved.
However, it said that the
BEWU's demand of $9 million
in back pay without legal basis
or justification is unacceptable.
In the meantime Mr Greene
said that the union will be agi-
tating for the resignation of top
level management at BEC.

City Markets

sale completed
FROM page one

Barbddos Shipping & Trading, which will act as Bahamas Super-
markets' operating and management partner. It is a major food ..
retailer in Barbados.
The five BSL Holdings directors will now sit on the Bahamas
Supermarkets Board along with Hugh Sands, who will remain as ',
Mr Sunderji said previously: "There are no plans to do any-
thing dramatically different. Don't try to fix what is not broken. It'll ,
be business as usual. There are no fundamental changes that are ,
likely to take place. It's steady as she goes. Nothing is going to ,
The transaction's completion thus brings to an end an almost 10-
month saga, which began when Winn-Dixie decided to put its -.
Bahamian retail chain up for sale last September.
Bahamas Supermarkets was viewed as a non-core operation by
Winn-Dixie, and the $54 million raised from the sale is key to
helping it emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the US.
BSL Holdings won the New York auction for Bahamas Super-
markets in March, outbidding rival Bahamian investor group, BK .
Foods, which had triggered the bidding war with an offer of $50 mil-
lion for the company.
BK Foods decided not to increase its offer to match the $54
million offered by BSL Holdings. This was because it believed
any higher offer would overvalue the company.
BK Foods' principals were RND Holdings chairman Jerome
Fitzgerald, entrepreneur Mark Finlayson and ex-Burns House
chief financial officer Philip Kemp.
BK Foods will now collect a $1 million break-up fee from Winn-
Dixie as well as regain its $5 million deposit.
BSL Holdings' shareholders include rival food retailer, Abaco
Markets, which holds a 10 per cent stake in the buyout group.
Other investors include Abaco Markets chairman and chief exec-
utive, Craig Symonette, and fellow shareholders Frank Crothers and
Mr Butler. Bahamian pension funds are also among the investors.
Observers of the Bahamas Supermarkets transaction are likely to .
view the deal's completion as clearing the way for the company to -
begin merger talks with Abaco Markets, something most view as a
logical outcome to developments.
The $56 million transaction is understood to have been funded by
a combination of $15 million in equity; an $10 million unsecured
loan from Barbados Shipping & Trading; $5 million in preference '
shares; and $26 million in commercial bank debt.

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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
Hospital conference room.


Toastmasters Club 3596 meets at the British
Colonial Hilton Monday's at.7pm Club
612315 meets Monday 6pm @ Wyndham Nas-
sau 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 Colo-
nial Hilton Hotel, Bay St.


RANTS @ Club Nirvana: Tuesday nights at
Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have been
SJ,:lthhd Ij II I I 211 Every tenth female patron is
.'1k .o'.. d ui-..- :, t hei c blub i ab t..slt!, free and is giv-
en a c6mplinientary glass of Carlo Rossi. Tues-
day nights also include the Carlo Rossi's Hot
Body Competition. Hosted by Daddi.Renzi and
music provided by DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Mas-
ter 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, Centre-
ville. 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
Terrace, 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

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Bar every Wednes-
day 5pm-8pm. Free
appetizers 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 Camp,
Miss and Little Miss Bimini Native pageant and a
special cocktail party at Bimini Big Game. Call
242.347.3529 for more information


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
SStreet, Wednesday -'6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to


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
Highway. 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

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- Cafe Eurol
ment continues, Thursday, August 10. Activities off every F
include 39th Annual Glenda's Road Race, Julian cial drinks,
Brown Fun/Run/Walk, fishing and Softly Basket- Nassau's fil
ball Camp. Call 242.347.3529 for more informa- Open Fride
tion. serving hot
and an Eng
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The Sweetheart's Club a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The
Sweetheart's Club will be performed at Worker's 0 ENTER'
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-
able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal- The 56th
leria Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photo- nament, FII
shop and Gallery (Soldier Road, East of Abun- ities include
dant Life Road). Ball at the I


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

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information 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 @
SuperClubs Breezes.

International Association of Administrative
Professionals, 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.



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Annual Bimini Native Fishing Tour-
NAL DAY Friday, August, 11. Activ-
fishing, Softly Basketball Camp, Gala
Bimini Breeze, under the patronage of
f Tourism Obie Wilchcombe. Call
9 for more information.


The Sweetheart's Club a new Bahamian play:
Written and directed by Nickeva Eve, The
Sweetheart's Club will be performed at Worker's

Minister o

House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-
able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal-
leria Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photo-
shop and Gallery (Soldier Road, East of Abun-
dant Life Road).


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
Sweetheart's Club will be performed at Worker's
House, August 10-12 @ 8pm. Tickets are avail-
able from the Kennedy Medical Center (by Gal-
leria Cinemas, JFK Plaza) and Woodside Photo-
shop and Gallery (Soldier Road, East of Abun-
dant Life Road).


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
December) @ the Nursing School, Grosvenor
@lose, 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 today.


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
children should contact organizers at jarcy-



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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Incisions and two assistants
(Still in the Exumas, Doctuh Cottman is further
delayed in his desire to return to his wife and daugh-
ter by more patients and news of other people need-
ing treatment.)
I had been in Rolle Town several days when,
early one morning, I got a message from a Mr
Lewis Fitzgerald at The Ferry, saying he had sud-
denly become ill, was running a high fever and
suffering terribly with a pain in his shoulder.
I would have left immediately, but even before I
could get my sails up the Bahama grapevine had
spread the word I was leaving. This brought the
usual burst of patients who simply had to "get
sound" before I departed. Consequently, it was
nearly dark before I dropped anchor at The Ferry.
Although I had not eaten, I decided I'd best put
off dinner until I had seen Lewis Fitzgerald. So I
went ashore and found a man with a jeep on the
dock waiting for me. He had a letter from Mr Felix
Deleveaux, the teacher at Moss Town, saying his
wife was very ill, in great pain, and would I please
come at once.
I told the driver to wait until I had seen Lewis. He
was in bed with a temperature of 104; his shoulder
was swollen with fluid and needed to be aspirated.
But the only light was a lamp and I simply didn't
dare try this in semidarkness. So I did what I could
to make him comfortable for the night, then took'
the jeep to Moss Town.
Judging from Mr Deleveaux's letter, I had
thought the trouble must be an obstruction of the
bladder or urethra but, after examining his wife, I
discovered I had got the wrong impression from the
letter. It was a case of renal failure and I brought
with me no diuretics; however, the mailboAt was to
leave for Nassau within a few hours. So I did what
I could to make her comfortable on the trip and
wrote a letter for her to take to the hospital. By
now it was the wee hours of the morning. I got a lit-
tle sleep.
At 7 the next morning the jeep came for me and
we headed back toward The Ferry. On the way I
ate a box of lemon snaps and a small tin of cream,
which I had been thoughtful enough to pack with
my medicine before leaving the Green Cross.
Back at Lewis Fitzgerald's I found his condition
had deteriorated seriously and rapidly. His tem-
perature was now 105. Now there were two
swellings, one on his shoulder and the other on
the side of his chest. I believed they were pus pock-
ets and would have to be drained. But what if I
were wrong? Also, I had never made a puncture
into the chest cavity and naturally I was appre-
But what if I didn't operate...?
...Obviously the infection was spreading rapidly.
His temperature was increasing and already he
was lapsing into periods of semi consciousness. I
was afraid a complete collapse was imminent.
I called Mrs Fitzgerald aside and told her the

entire situation as best I could. She listened, stood
a moment with her head bowed, then said, "Go
ahead, Doctor. I know you will do everything pos-
"I'll need help." Lewis's fourteen-year-old son
was there and I turned to him. "Can you help
"Yes, sir."
We went to work. The area around the swellings
was extremely sensitive and I had to infiltrate
heavily with novacaine. I used a cannula, which is
a small metal tube, and a trocar a small stylet with
a sharp point that can be worked inside the can-
nula. This had to be forced into the pus pocket
through an incision. It wasn't easy and I had trou-
ble locating the exact position of the pocket. Final-
ly I felt the trocar enter the pocket and I removed
it, leaving the cannula to serve as a drainage tube.
From this suddenly shot out a stream of bloody pus.
"Wipe that away, gently," I told Lewis's son.
There was no answer. I looked around and saw
him stretched on the floor in a dead faint.
I couldn't leave Lewis to revive the boy. And I
was afraid that if I called Mrs Fitzgerald and she
came in and found her son looking as if he were
dead, she might well pass out beside him. On the
other hand, I had to have help.
I took a chance and called her and immediately

I knew there was no reason for misgivings. She
poured water in her son's face, then quickly realized
he was too shaky to be of use and turned to me.
"Tell me what you want, Doctor. I'll do it."
She proved to be an excellent nurse. When the
first pocket was drained, the second still had to
be opened. Through it all she worked steadily. She
helped me give Lewis hot Epsom salts fomenta-
tions. I infiltrated the spot with more novocaine
and gave him a penicillin injection. He had suffered
terribly despite the novocaine; but eventually relief
came and dropped off to sleep.
It was then Mrs Fitzgerald looked at me. "Doc-
tor," she said, "if when you left here last night you
went to Moss Town, and came back from there
this morning, when did you last eat?"
I told her I had eaten a box of lemon snaps for
"Sit down," she said. And in a very short while
she served me a chicken dinner. There is little
need to add that I appreciated it.
(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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Ms Rolle said the family are doing as well as
can be expected.
"His mother is not taking it too well," she
said. "But his father, a Defence Force officer,
is holding it together."
"We just came from the morgue, the mother
of his child was also there."
Ms Rolle said that CID officers were at the
home conducting their investigation.
Renewing the Royal Bahamas Police Force's
commitment to fight crime, Inspector Evans
yesterday said that "such behaviour will not

Man is murdered The lack of education
betolerated." Tl cfa

Making an appeal for public assistance,
Inspector Evans said, "We (the RBPF) are
asking for anyone with any information on this
matter to please contact local police officials."
"We are dedicated to ensuring that persons
involved in such activities will be prosecuted to
the fullest extent of the law," he said.
In addition to his parents, the victim was
survived by a four-year-old son. Funeral
arrangements are expected to be made within
the next few days.

Airports on security alert

FROM page one

ply, this was intended to be
mass murder on an unimagin-
able scale."
The Bahamas US Embassy
yesterday released an advisory to
air travellers stating that they
should still go about their plans
confidently, but should maintain
"vigilance in their surroundings"
while exercising patience with
screening and security officials.
"Travellers departing from the
Lynden Pindling International
Airport and Grand Bahama
International Airport will not be
allowed to carry liquids into the
cabin of the aircraft, including
beverages, shampoo, suntan
lotion, creams, toothpaste, hair
gel and other items of similar con-
"Passengers will be allowed
essential medicines and, if a baby
or small child is travelling, baby
formula, breast milk or juice," the
report read.
Echoing these sentiments, Min-
ister of Transport and Aviation
Glenys Hanna-Martin encour-
aged passengers to comply in
advance with these new proto-
"These measures will require
longer waits at the airports and
passengers are asked to be
patient, to arrive as early as they
dan, and to comply in advance
with the directives on those items
that cannot be permitted on
"It should be noted that the
prohibited items may be placed in
checked baggage. The measures
will apply throughout the country
where commercial flights are des-
tined to the US or the United
Kingdom," she said.
Mrs Hanna-Martin said the
public will be kept abreast of any
new additional security measures

MINISTER of Tourism Obie Wilchcombe (right) speaks yes.
terday while Minister of Foreign Affairs Fred Mitchell looks on.

as they occur, including whether
the threat level had been reduced
or discontinued.
Minister of Tourism Obie
Wilchcombe said he had been in
contact with tourism officers in
the UK, and up until yesterday
morning had had no reports in
decreases in bookings to the
"There was no immediate
change of bookings for British
Airways, which comes here
tomorrow, and Virgin Airlines,
which comes on Monday. So up
to this point the answer is no.
"We have at the ministry been
talking to the Hotel Association
about informing visitors to the
island that upon leaving what
they can and cannot do.
"And we are meeting with vis-
itors as well to explain to them
what is going on to ensure that
once they get to the airport there
is no difficult situation for them,"
he said.
General manager of the Air-
port Authority Joseph Reckley
said they had since increased the
number of security personnel at
the airport to include police and
Defence Force officers.
"The police, of course, would

have received their instructions.
We are observing any vehicles
coming in, we are increasing the
foot patrols in various areas, and
also our vehicle patrols," he
Noting growing anxiety among
some travellers with the
approaching anniversary of the
September 11 attacks in 2001, Mr
Wilchcombe said his ministry was
aware of, and very concerned
with, the issue.
"We are very concerned, but
the reality is that we are better
prepared today than we certainly
were five years ago, We do have
our officers on alert and we are
monitoring our situation, but
there is only so much you can do.
"Because if a situation was to
occur let's hope nothing hap-
pens the truth of the matter, is
there would be a period where
people would just not move.
"That's just the reality. So, yes,
we are prepared for whatever cir-
cumstances might occur. We just
hope that nothing occurs and that
authorities around the world are
vigilant. We believe and hope that
there is nothing for us to be over-
ly concerned about beyond the
circumstance right now," he said.

and hand-out politics

Tribune News Editor

W WHILE in New
York last month, I
visited the famed New York
Public Library and was sur-
prised to learn that use of the
library, guided tours and spe-
cial exhibitions are all free.
The idea behind this is
revealed by a mission state-
ment engraved on the main
pillar of the library's Astor
"On the diffusion of edu-
cation among the people rests
the preservation and perpet-
uation of our free institu-
A functional democracy
depends on an educated pop-
My first thought was that
the truth of this statement is
self-evident. My second was
that it constitutes a powerful
indictment of modern
Bahamian democracy.
According to latest calcula-
tions, the national grade aver-
age for graduating'students is
D+. If the private schools -
which represent only a small
fraction of the student popu-
lation are removed from this
equation, the national score is
an F+.
On average, therefore, stu-
dents for whom the govern,
ment is responsible and who
make up the bulk of the future
voting population, graduate
on the brink of failure.
There is, of course, nothing
new about this situation; edu-
cation in the Bahamas has
been in a scandalous state for
But what it means is that if
the integrity of our free insti-
tutions depends on education,
Bahamian democracy is worth
no more than an F+ diploma
from a public school,
No wonder some politicians
have sought to attack the press
for criticising the state of edu-
cation. One politician sug-


Vb I N T
P-.-i ...NT
gested that journalists should
"truly shoulder their respon-
sibilities as nation-builders"
and recognize the good as well
as the bad.
Putting aside the dubious
record enjoyed by the kind of
journalism he recommends, it
should be noted that such calls
to concentrate on "the good"
are usually intended to divert
attention from the bad.
Our political leaders can
build as many smoke-screens
as they please however; it
remains a fact that efficient
"diffusion of education" can-
not be what is driving our
The unfortunate conse-
quence, as every politician
well knows, is that what con-
tinues to drive the democratic
process in the Bahamas is the
long-established culture of
"hand-out politics."

n reality, the state of
education does not mat-
ter in the slightest to many
politicians, because at the end
of the day, all democracy
means to them is winning elec-
tions and what an election
comes down-to is what they
can offer potential voters in
terms of public service jobs,
gifts, advantages and soon,
This is the real reason many
incumbents and parliamentary
hopefuls prefer to "hit the
streets" and campaign from
door to door it would be
considered obscene to broad-
cast their promises of immi-
gration, customs and prison
jobs on ZNS TV.
Of course,'there are a few
emotive issues that all politi-
cians know will move most
Bahamians; illegal immigra-
tion and crime for example,
But these problems do not
require detailed policy expla-

nations; just a vow that they
will be tackled, coupled with
the promise of a ham or
turkey at Christmas and the
politician can congratulate
himself or herself on having
constructed a winning plat-
iUnder these circumstances,
what would politicians as a
dar; want with a better edu-
cated populace; with voters
who ask hard questions and
demand efficient service
rather than handouts?
The answer is nothing -
and that in the final analysis is
the reason why public educa-
tion, the most well funded
government entity in the coun-
try, is a disaster.
But the new generation of
Bahamians has news for politi-
cians: while far too many
young, people continue to be
turned out of high schools
unprepared for life, more are
taking advantage of new
opportunities including
international opportunities -
than ever before, and have
been exposed to examples of
real democratic processes dri-
ven by educated, issue-minded
These Bahamians will stand
for nothing less for themselves
and the day is coming when
politicians will have to reck-
on with a very different elec-
torate than the one they have
become used to.
In a February 13, 2003
speech delivered at the very
same New York Public
Library, Koichiro Matsuura,
the director-general of the
United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organ-
isation (UNESCO) said: "Lit-
eracy is indeed a tool of free-
dom, vital for liberating us
from ignorance, vital for
empowering us to develop and
apply our human capacities,
vital for the exercise of demo-
cratic citizenship."
His words would make a fit-
ting epitaph for the culture of
hand-out politics in the


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for tournament

BIMINI is playing host to a
group of serious anglers during
the Annual Native Fishing
Tournament this week.
Senior manager of the Bimini
Tourist Office Norma Wilkin-
son said crowds of fishing boats
will be docked at the marinas
as anglers come from all over
to compete for top cash prizes.
"This fishing tournament has
become a treasure trove of his-
tory about the island of North
Bimini," Ms Wilkinson said.
"Some of adventures of our
anglers have etched eternal
memories in the minds of the
people of Bimini and have
become a part of the oral histo-
ry of this wonderful island."
Made famous by long-term
visitors like Ernest Hemingway
and Martin Luther King Jr, the
islands in the Bimini chain have
long distinguished themselves
from the other islands of the
Bahamas by embracing certain
unique attributes.
Thd strongest among these is
said to be the individualistic,
fiercely protected, culture of
Bimini. Playing a huge role in
this strong cultural identity is.
Once known as the gateway

N NORMA Wilkinson

to the Bahamas, Bimini has
become the playground for seri-
ous sports fishermen from all
over the world.
According to a Ministry of
Tourism statement, "Nothing
fastens the tie on the together-
ness of the people of Bimini like
the annual fishing tournaments,
the biggest of which is the
Annual Native Fishing Tourna-
ment. Now in its 56th year, this

tournament is the place where
many anglers come to celebrate
their love for fishing and the
many other activities that go
hand in hand with this sport."
This year, the native fishing
tournament takes place August
6 through 11 and as usual, is
filled with cultural activity.
The Bimini Native Fishing
Tournament was started in 1950
by the Bimini Progressive
Sporting Club. The aim then
had been to create fellowship
among both the locals and visi-
tors to the island.
Over the years, it has grown
from a minor 12-boat affair to
the current event that sees hun-
dreds of boats docking in the
According to Ms Wilkinson,
fishing tournaments like the
annual Native Fishing Tourna-
ment are also very important to
the Bahamas as a whole,
* because of the niche market
opportunities it creates within
the overall tourism market.
"It exemplifies what we have
been saying all along: The
islands of the Bahamas presents
a multiplicity of destinations
within one. There is something
for everyone," she said.

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2003 banking crisis that tem-
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sued by clients of their Banco

Nacional de Credito, or Ban-
credito, for alleged participa-
tion in a US$600 million
fraud. The judges found them
guilty of falsifying documents
and manipulating data t,o
throw off investigators, the
online newspaper Clave Digi-
tal reported.
The men, who were also fined
about US$30,000 each, have
nine days to appeal, said court
clerk Joham Gonzalez. Under
Dominican law, the government
could add criminal charges to
civil lawsuits making the

defendants eligible for jail time.
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down after announcing it did
not have enough liquidity to
keep operating, That failure,
along with the collapse of'Ban-
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key for mission

Tribune Business Reporter
The possibility of direct
flights between the
Bahamas and South
America will be one of
the key discussion topics
when Ministry of Tourism and
Bahamas Chamber of Commerce
executives embark on a five-day trade
mission to Panama next month.
Chamber president Tanya Wright
yesterday explained that the mission,
scheduled for September 25-29, was
another example of a partnership,
between the private and public sec-
tors that was designed to boost the
Bahamas' economic development.
She said the mission came as a
direct result of a meeting she had with

Copa Airlines, which explored the
possibility of the airline flying direct to
Nassau in 2007.
In addition to developing a potential
South American tourist market, Mrs
Wright said direct flights could also
facilitate business opportunities that
could be derived from Panama and
other Latin America countries.
Mrs Wright added that at the
moment, there were no direct flights
between the Bahamas and South
America, with passengers having to
travel to this nation via Miami and
through other US destinations.
In addition to exploring travel and
direct flight benefits, Mrs Wright said
the trip will serve as a fact-finding
mission to see what other possibili-
ties there were for business opportu-
nities and linkages between the


Bahamas and Panama.
This mission will include a meeting
between the Chamber of Commerce
and representatives of the Colon Free
Zone Associations the Atlantic gate-
way to the Panama Canal.
The Colon Zone is dedicated to re-
exporting an enormous variety of mer-
chandise to Latin America and the
Caribbean. The closest Bahamian
comparison to this area is Freeport
and the Hawksbill Creek Agreement.
Mrs Wright said the Panama Canal
could also facilitate the transporta-
tion of goods between China and the
Bahamas, as this nation continues to
explore linkages with that area of the
world. The benefits of increased links
with Panama are obvious for Freeport.
Hutchison Whampoa, the Chinese
conglomerate, owns the two contain-

er terminals at each end of the Pana-
ma Canal.
Hutchison Whampoa also has a
major presence in Freeport; where it
owns and runs Freeport Container
Port, and is Port Group Ltd's major
partner in entities such as Freeport
Harbour Company, Grand Bahama.
Airport Company and the Sea/Air
Business Centre.
Therefore, the opportunity. to fur-
ther deepen links with China and
Panama in the transhipmient of goods
to Freeport, where they can be assem-
bled and distributed to other nations .
in the Western Hemisphere, is a major
one on this mission.
The trade mission is being organ-
ised by the Bahamas Tourist Office -
Latin America, COPA Airlines -and
the Panama Chamber of Commerce.

Tribune Business Editor
A MAJOR Caribbean telecoms operator has shown the way
forward for the Bahamas Telecommunications Company.
(BTC) by embracing customer demand and Voice over Inter-
net Protocol (VoIP) technology, rather than resisting it, to
increase long-distance revenues and retain customers.
Alan Bush, chief strategy office for Cable & Wireless (West
Indies), said the company had, like BTC, suffered a "precip-
itous decline" in its international fixed-line revenues, and its
solution had not only reversed this but also enabled it to pro-
vide more services to customers through the bundling of
Mr Bush said C&W, which remains interested in BTC's
privatization ard becoming its strategic partner despite the
Government's negotiations with lead bidder Bluewater Com-
munications Holdings, had launched its own VoIP product -
NetSpeak to counter the decline in long-distance revenues.
"We realized VolP would hurt our earnings, hurt our rev-
enues and, at the end of the day, we learnt the customer dri-
ves everything for us, so we went out and embraced VolP," Mr
Bush said.
He described C&W's approach in the Cayman Islands,.
which has a similar economy
and customer base to the -
Bahamas, through its reliance SEE page 7B

National Health

chief: No impact

from NIB costs

Tribune Business
THE National Insurance
Board's (NIB) relatively high
administrative costs should not
effect the implementation of
the National Health Insurance
plan, the project's manager, Dr
Stanley Lalta, said yesterday.
Dr Lalta said that while the
NIB was working to reduce its
operating costs, the amount it
spends should not affect the
NHI because it will only be
using NIB resources for spe-
cific functions such as registra-
The Blue Ribbon Commis-
sion's 2004 report on the pro-
posed NHI scheme said that
for the project to be feasible,
NIB as the scheme's admin-
istrator would have to reduce
its administrative costs as a
percentage of contribution
income to 10 per cent or less.
NIB's 2005 annual report,
tabled in the House of Assem-
bly on Wednesday, showed
that its administrative expens-
es that year were $27.5 million
some 20.2 per cent of contri-

bution income, and almost
double the minimum expect-
ed for NHI to be feasible.
Dr Lalta acknowledged
NIB's administrative costs
were still pretty high despite
the fact that it managed to
reduce them by 5.2 per cent in
2005, from the $29 million
which was spent in 2004.
He said the ideal situation
for NIB would be to reduce
administration expenses to 10
per cent of contribution rev-
enues, which was recommend-
ed by the Social Security
Reform Commission.
Dr Lalta said there were a
number of factors behind the
high administration costs,
including the fact that the
Bahamas was an archipelago.
He said NIB was trying to
ensure it effectively collects
payments and services its
clients, which requires a phys-
ical presence on all the inhab-
ited islands.
"That comes at a cost," Dr
Lalta said, and is something
NIB has to balance as it tries to

SEE page 4B

Francis to chair new investment adviser

JULIAN Francis, former
Central Bank governor and
Grand Bahama Port A u thori-
ty co-chairman, has been
named as chairman for Prov-
idence Advisors, the invest-
ment advisory firm formed
from a management buyout
involving SG .Hambnros. Bank
& Trust (Bahamas).
Providence Advisors was
formed by Kenwood Kerr, for-
mer head of investment ser-
vices at SG Hambros Bank &
Trust (Bahamas), and the. two
hotel industry pension funds -
the Bahamas Hotel Industry
Management Pension Fund
and the Bahamas Hotel and
Allied Industries Pension
The company was formed
from SG Hambros Bank &
Trust (Bahamas) former
investment services division,
and will provide pension
,.';.'`i'& .

administration, investment
management and other related
services. .
Joining Mr Francis and Mr
Kerr on the Board of Direc-
tors are Hugh Sands, former
Bank of the Bahamas Interna-
tional chairman; Robert Sands,
Baha..Mar's vice-president of
administration and external
,ttfairs. and George E Rodgers,
the Bahamas Development
Bank's managing director.
The Tribune revealed the
formation of Providence Advi-
sors and the management buy-
out of the investment services
division at SG Hambros Bank
& Trust (Bahamas) some three
to four \weeks ago.
Providence Advisors is like-
ly to provide strong competi-
tion inlthe domestic Bahamian
investment banking and advi-
sory market, challenging the
effective duopoly created by
*" b:,' ;:"

Fidelity Merchant Bank &
Trust and Colina Financial
Competition in the corpo-
rate advisory, pension admin-
istration and investment man-
agement sector is thus likely
to become more fierce.
Providence Ad' isors will
start from a relfatiEly strong'
base, though, given the
involvement of the two hotel
union pension funds the
largest institutional pool of
investor money in the
SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) acted as investment'
adviser and administrator to
the two funds, and it is likely'
that Providence Advisors will
have inherited, that role. The
key now will be to attract new
business and win more
In an official statement

released last night to confirm
its creation, Mr Kerr said:
"Providence became fully
Operational on'July 3; 2006,
with the invaluable assistance.
and co-operation of SG Ham-
bros and its management team.
"We look forward to contin-
uing to provide high quality
services to the*Bahamian pub-
lic. We are grateful for the.
encouragement and support of
SG Hambros, our employees
and others who have ensured-
this smooth transition to full
operation and the inaugura-
tion of this historic develop-
Providence is licensed with.
the Securities Commission-of
the Bahamas as a Class One
(1) Broker/Dealer, meaning it able to execute client

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9.10 8.27 J. S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.527 0.560 17.3 6.15%
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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.


NOTICE ,is hereby given that MOHAMMED TALAT
MAHBOOB ALl 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,



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. O. Box N-979, Nassau, Bahamas or
By facsimile (242) 393-4558 or


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Internet roll-out

pace hurts RND

Tribune Business Editor
RND Holdings yesterday said it had not
been able to enjoy "the full revenue poten-
tial" from its TicketXpress subsidiary, with
the infrastructure needed for reliable and
consistent Internet connectivity in the
Family Islands unlikely to be in place until
the end of this month.
In a note to shareholders on RND Hold-
ings' performance for fiscal 2006, chair-
man Jerome Fitzgerald and managing
director Ken Donathan said TicketXpress,
its Internet-based reservations and tick-
eting system, had incurred expenses in
honouring contracts it had not been able
to fully effect.
Chief among these was the contract
TicketXpress had signed to act as the elec-
tronic bookings agent for the Out Island
Promotions Board and Family Island-
based hotels. This, coupled with acting as
the online reservations agent for Bahamas-
based charter airlines that fly to the Fam-
ily Islands, is where the majority of Tick-
etXpress's revenue will come from.

In their note to shareholders, the RND
duo said: "To date, the infrastructure
required to provide reliable and quality
Internet service to the Family Islands is
not in place for the majority of the Out
"This infrastructure is scheduled to be in
place by the end of August 2006. Conse-
quently, the roll out of our product as well
as our earning potential will continue to be
impeded until such time as this infra-
structure if fully in place."
RND Holdings suffered a net loss of
$17,591 in the year to February 28, 2006,
compared to a $588,782 loss the previous
year. The balance sheet as at February
28, 2006, also showed the extent to which
RND Holdings is relying on cash flows to
meet its short-term liabilities.
Apart from TicketXpress, the company
is effectively a real estate investment trust
(REIT), with the vast majority of its
$12.206 million assets about 90 per cent
or $11.156 million tied up in real estate
and investment properties.
RND Holdings' current liabilities,
including bank overdrafts, accounts

payable and debt that is current, amount-
ed to $1.388 million as at February 28,
This was more than four times' current
assets, which stood at $315,767 on the
same date, with most of that amount con-
sisting of $298,184 in accounts receivable -
amounts owed to it by other businesses.
During fiscal 2006, RND Holdings sold
the $980,000 owed to it by Galleria Cine-
mas the remaining balance on the trans-
action that saw RND sell its cinema oper-
ations to the latter to pay down trade
payables and for use in working capital.
RND Holdings' $99,365 in income from
continuing operations was boosted by a
revaluation gain of $607,501 on its com-
mercial real estate properties, although
this was partially offset by a $157,507
write-off of development costs associat-
ed with the proposed Charles W Saun-
ders Highway shopping plaza.
RND Holdings' administrative expens-
es again accounted for a large chunk of
costs from continuing operations, the
$840,198 amounting to almost 61 per cent
of gross revenues from those businesses.

4I, Francis to chair new

Investment adviser


FROM page 1B

trades on the Bahamas Inter-
national Securities Exchange
Mr Kerr will operate as
Providence Advisors chief
executive. The other members
of the financial team are
Monique Cooper-Davis, chief
financial officer; Bradley S
Cunningham; manager of cor-
porate services, and Carol E
Burrows, manager of invest-
ment services.

They are supported by Olive
C Gaitor, Agatha A G Moncur
and Florabelle Rodgers. All
are former employees of SG
Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas), where they spe-
cialised in the management
and administration of all of its
Bahamian Dollar clients.
SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) will continue to
work closely with Providence
Advisors, with the latter con-
tinuing to lease office space at
its West Bay Street headquar-


Rent includes the following:

* Electricity
* Water
* Generator
* Receptionist
* Kitchen and

* Cleaning
* Security
* Parking
* Use of two
conference rooms

Bathroom Supplies Use of Law Library

To arrange viewing please call: 394-5145

Prime Retail

Shop Space

Located on Our Lucaya property
Freeport, Grand Bahama for qualified tenants
(No Food Service)

Please contact Jon Markoulis
for additional information
Tele: 242 373 4160
Fax: 242 373 1364

Credit Suisse Nassau Branch
is presently considering applications for a


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


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

Main tasks:
Assisting in ensuring that the Branch's books and records are accurately recorded on a timely
Preparing all Branch, Group and Regulatory reporting to specific reporting deadlines
Assisting in the preparing of reports for Senior management in London and New York
Assisting in ensuring that all Balance Sheet accounts are substantiated
Involvement in various investment banking and Group accounting issues and projects

CPA or equivalent qualification
A minimum of 1-2 years' post qualification experience, investment banking experience
preferred (maybe gained through audit profession)
Knowledge of US GAAP would be an asset

A commitment to service excellence
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Good organizational and interpersonal skills
Ability to work independently
Good IT skills

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and benefits

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

Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
P.O. Box N4928
Nassau, Bahamas




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In an effort to keep costs
down, NIB has implemented
a number of measures.
According to its annual
report, 66 per cent of NIB's
operating costs are staff-relat-
ed so the primary method
adopted was to implement a
Voluntary Early Retirement
Program (VERP).
This offers financial incen-


NOTICE is hereby given that MONICA ETIENNE, 135 OCEAN
AVENUE,APT. 1B, BROOKLYN, NY 11225, 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 10th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

ACT (No 45 OF 2000)

in Voluntary Liquidation

"Notice is hereby that in accordance with Section
137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
is in Dissolution".

The date of commencement of dissolution is 10th
day of July, 2006.

Nautilus Corporate Services Limited
of Nautilus House, La Cour des Casernes,
St. Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands, Jel 3NH


CONRAD late of 1933 6th Line in the
Town of Innisfil in the County of Simcoe,
Province of Ontario in the Dominion of
Canada, deceased.

NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send the same
duly certified in writing to the Undersigned
on or before the 14th day of September,
2006, after which date the Executors will
proceed to distribute the assets having re-
gard only to the claims of which he shall
then have had notice.

AND NOTICE is hereby also given that all
persons indebted to the said Estate are re-
quested to make full settlement on or before
the date hereinbefore mentioned.

Attorneys for the Executor
P.O.Box N-3247
Ocean Centre
Montagu Foreshore
East Bay Street
Nassau, Bahamas

tives to employees who are
either 55 years-old or who
have at least 30 years of ser-
vice. NIB is hoping that this
will reduce its staffing levels
to 425 employees at Decem-
ber 2006, down from 436 the
year before.
The Social Security Reform
Commission also reported that

there was overwhelming sup-
port for changes aimed at
strengthening the long-term
sustainability of NIB, which
included support for an
increase in contributions,
improving compliance and
reducing administration costs,
but little support for reducing
benefits or reducing normal

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,
PO.Box N- 7147, GRAND BAHAMA, Bahamas.


Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Sect5iao 138 (8) of the Tnternamtonal
Business Comparnies Act 2000, ithe
dissolution of DEBLIN INC. has been
completed: a Certificate of

Dissolution has been issued and the
many has therefore been struck off the

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(a) CACHUPA LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the
provisions of Section 137 (4) of the International Business
Companies Act 2000.
(b) The dissolution of the said company commenced of the 4th August,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Credit Suisse Trust Geneva,
Rue de Lausanne 17 bis, 1211 Geneva 70.
Dated this 11th of August, A. D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Geneva



(a) GIMMLI LIMITED is in voluntary dissolution under the provisions
of Section 137 (4) of the International Business Companies Act
(b) The dissolution of the said company connmenced on the 9th August,
2006 when the Articles of Dissolution were submitted to and
registered by the Registrar General.
(c) The Liquidator of the said company is Verduro Associated Ltd.,
Pasea Estates, Road Town, Tortola, BVI.

Dated this 11th of August, A. D. 2006

Credit Suisse Trust Geneva


pension age.
In addition there was mixed
support for a new approach to
increasing participation in pri-
vate pensions, with a larger
National Insurance Fund and
mandatory pensions receiving
almost equal support.
In summary, the commis-
sion's report stated the urgent
need for an increased level of
savings, together with the NIB
pension will provide increased
security in old age.
The NIB annual report
acknowledged that on-time
payment of contributions was
"still extremely low", with only
26 per cent of monthly contri-
butions received within the 15-
day grace period allowed, up
from 20 per cent in 2004. It is
targeting a 75 per cent on-time
payment rate.
The annual report said: "In

2005, contributions were
received from 10,203 employ-
ers for approximately 127,000
workers, inclusive of 4,453 self-
employed persons, who made
at least one contribution pay-
ment for 2005.
"Therefore, about 88 per
cent of employed persons and
20 per cent of self-employed
persons made at least one con-
tribution for 2005."
Yet achieving compliance
from self-employed persons
remains a problem, as they
accounted for just 2 per cent
of contributions during 2005
despite constituting 15 per cent
of the labour force.
Contributions rose to $136.1
million in 2005, an 8 per cent
increase on 2004's $125.8 mil-
lion, while benefit payments
rose 2.8 per cent to $117.6 mil-


Notice is hereby given that in accordance
with Section 139 (8) of the International
Business Companies Act 2000, the
dissolution of GRAND LAKE LTD. has
been completed; a Certificate of
Dissolution has been issued and the
Company has therefore been struck off the

(f .ini| dIia-lr)

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above
named Company is in dissolution,
which commenced on the 22nd day of
May 2006. The Liquidator is Argosa
Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757 Nassau,


(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the
above named Company is in
dissolution, which commenced on the
19th day of May 2006. The Liquidatior
is Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.


NIB, from 1B

keep costs down. The annual
report admitted: "By most
benchmarks, NIB's adminis-
trative costs remain high, even
if the geographical nature of
the Bahamas is considered."



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preparedness workshop

for tourism workers

NOTICE is hereby given that NESLY OLTIME, OF AMOS
BAHAMAS., is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any persori 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 11th day of JUNE, 2004 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

THE National Emergency
Management Agency
(NEMA) has held a disaster
preparedness mini-workshop
for staff members at the Min-
istry of Tourism.
NEMA's interim director,
Carl Smith, said the company
Sis' prepared for the 2006
Atlantic hurricane season,
which runs from June 1 to
November 30.
NEMA personnel briefed
Ministry of Tourism staff on
.topics including understanding
advisories, hurricane hazards,
what damage to expect, pro-
tecting one's residence, what
to do as the storm approaches,
disaster supplies, advice for
older adults and home bound
patients, tips for hotel opera-
tions, tips for fishermen and
farmers, shelters, pet survival
apid what to do after a storm.
The workshop, conducted by
Trevor Basden, deputy direc-
tor of Department of Meteo-
rology, assisted by Patricia
Clarke, was part of the Min-
istry's effort to keep its staff
fully informed on hurricane
and disaster preparations.






Bottled water company invites applicants for;
Truck Drivers, Sales People, and Receptionist
The potential candidates must meet the :oill.ving criteria;
S A minimum but not limited to a High School Diploma,
along with working experience in a similar position
Excellent communication ..,'iilc
Must be a team player, motivated & well groomed
Successful applicants can look forward to
competitive re-numeration and benefits.
Willing to work flexible hours
Applicants must be 25 yrs or older and possess
a clean police record & a valid drivers license.

Please note that we are located in
the western district near the airport.
All interested persons are asked to call
377-0444 thru 0446 or submit resumes to prior to August 11, 2006.
Only successful applicants will be contacted.

,1 .

NOTICE is hereby given that (PETER) HON WONG, OF
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 11th day of JUNE, 2004 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

I.T. SPECIALIST (Senior Globus System Developer)

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

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum

At least Five (5) years experience in installation, configuration and
troubleshooting in a banking environment
Superior knowledge of GLOBUS Banking Application
(programming and administration)
RS/6000: Installation, maintenance and operation experience
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Knowledge of AIX 5.1 5.3, UNIVERS/JBASE, LAN & WAN
Experience with offshore banking applications

Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to work flexible
hours as overtime is required
Good technical and trouble-shooting skills and experience

Other Duties:
Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)
Provide UNIVERSE & GLOBUS training to IT Staff
Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives
Ensure that "Business Contingency Planning" requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and performance bonus
Pension Plan
Health and Life Insurance
Ongoing internal and external career development/training program

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

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


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Reviewing monthly accounting entries before posting
Reconciliation of all bank accounts, including
investment brokerage account
Reconciliation of all re-insurer accounts, quarterly
Recording all investments entries
Monitoring maturity of investments in portfolio in
order to advise financial controller
Assisting accounting officer and financial controller
with completion of monthly management accounts as
well year end audit

Successful candidate should meet the following criteria:

Bachelors degree in accounting or professional
accounting designation with 1 or 2 years experience
Team player, able to operate in a very small office
environment and handle individual repsonsibilities
Affinity with figures and attention to details

Respond to:
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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 control function of the Bahamas Branch and
reports operatonal results. Maintain accounting systems that ensure the proper accounting and recording of the
Branch's resources. Provide management with relevant and reliable financial data necessary for budgetary and
financial decisions. Oversee the operation and management of the Accountng Department activities and staff.

Reports to the ChiefOperating Officer in The Bahamas and to the Chief Financial Officer in Australia.


Supervises and trais the general accounting staff
Regularly reviews entries to the general ledger to assure accuracy and compliance with established
accounting principals and procedures
Assists the Chief Financial Officer (Austraila in the preparation of the annual budgets and forecasts.
Responsible for compliance with all Bahamian fiscal regulatory requirements.
Plans and implements changes m the Branch's accounting system, where necessary, and with approval
from the Chief Financial Officer (Australia.
Recommends changes in financial policies and procedures, as necessary. Write policies and procedures
and ensure they are being adhered to.
Monitors established internal controls to assure proper compliance.
Recruits and evaluates personnel under own supervision,
Keeps the Chief Funricial Officer IAustralia) informed of the Branch's performance.
Assures protection of assets of the business through internal control and ensuring proper insurance
Mainam a regular review of income and expenditure to ensure that cash tlow is adequate to meet future
business needs.
S Prepares and makes recommendations based on financial anal\sli of operations
a Keeps abreast of current trends, practices, and developments in the profession. Makes recommendations
for implementation of ne practices and procedures.
SPerforms andlor oversees all aspects of Human Resources functions.
< Coordinates and supervises IT function with outside companryprovidmg ser ice
Oversee global Inventory management and logistics functions.

Assume other special activities and responsibiltnis as required


Bachelor's degree in Accounting, plus five (5) to seven (7) .ears experience in all aspects of Accounting ideally
gamed 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/Supervisor lesel 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.

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

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

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

Position Summary:

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

Reports to the Senior Vice President in The Bahamas.

Duties and Responsibilities

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

Required Skills/Experience:

The successful candidate for this position will be a self-motivated individual, possess excellent leadership
skills, be a team player, and be able to demonstrate flexibility to respond to a host of different challenges.
He.she must be accustomed to working on multiple tasks without continual supervision This indmcdual
must be persuasive and tenacious in their relationships while maintaining professional standards of conduct
and strong customer focus. The ability 10 manage multiple projects, change pnonhis when needed and be
pro-actne will be essential Ultimately the successful candidate will be able to work on his/her own
initiative and impact positively on the business on a daily basis.

An extensive marketing background vith an in-depth knowledge of brand development
*A solid, broad understanding of finance (Including product costing and pricing)
SExperience in distribution / licensing arrangements as business development in Europe. Asia and South
America forms part of the business plan. International
An understanding of product development and the product development life cycle from concept through to
0 A good understanding of systems (both computer and procedures I


0 Ownership of the role
Excellent financial knowledge mixed with excellent commercial knowledge to ensure excellent margin
The ability to understand a different market and apply classical marketing strategies to the
aforementioned new market
Exceptional communication skills
Ability to work with both vertical and flat business structures


This is a senior position and the compensation package is designed accordingly. Compensation comprises a
base salary) (lo. sL\ 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
Prices aterhouseCoopers
Providence House
East Hill Street
P. O. Box N3910
Nassau, Bahamas


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'Embracing VoIP

technology the

way forward'

FROM page 1B

on financial services and
C&W divided its customer
base into two segments those
who had DSL Broadband and
those that did not. "What we
saw was that customers who
had broadband had 30-40 per
cent less international calls......
or are they bypassing the sys-
tem," Mr Bush said.
This finding prompted C&W
to launch its NetSpeak package
in the Cayman Islands one
year ago. For a fixed $40 fee
per month, its customers were
able to choose one of three
long-distance calling packages
- unlimited calls to the US and
Canada; unlimited calls to the
UK and Europe; or unlimited
calls to the rest of the
For an extra $10 per month,
C&W customers could acquire
a second package, and for
another $5 per month they
could purchase the third,
meaning they could have all
three packages for $55 per
That, Mr Bush said, not only
stemmed C&W's international
fixed-line revenue decline but
"actually improved our rev-
enues" because to use NetS-
peak, customers had to have a
C&W phone line in their home
and use its DSL Broadband
product, ,too.
"It's kind of like launching
triple play in the marketplace,"
Mr Bush said in explaining
how NetSpeak had enabled
C&W to 'bundle' services it

provided to customers.
He added that NetSpeak
was authorised by both regu-
lators and the Cayman gov-
ernment, and the fact it was
legally sanctioned was an
added attraction for customers.
C&W's approach contrasts
markedly with the one taken
by BTC and the Government,
as both have attempted to fight
illegal VoIP providers and
keep them out of the Bahami-
an market without success.
VoIP providers are able to
use BTC's infrastructure at will
to enable Bahamian residents
and businesses to make inter-
national and inter-island long-
distance calls, undercutting the
state-owned incumbent carri-
er's prices and eroding its rev-
enue streams.
BTC has now become a
company almost entirely
reliant on its cellular monopoly
to prop up its financial perfor-
mance, yet the quality and con-
sistency of services is less than
stellar, as the last two days of
disruption have shown.
Mr Bush said; "We encoun-
tered the same situation [with
VoIP], and this has added to
our revenue base."
C&W, which operates in 14
Caribbean nations, is planning
to roll-out its NetSpeak prod-
uct in the Turks & Caicos
Islands by the end of 2006, hav-
ing already introduced it into
the British Virgin Islands and
He described the embracing
..of new technology and cus-
tomer demand as "inter-

twined" of a telecoms operator
was to be successful, adding:
"This is a business where the
weak are killed and eaten. If
the company or the regulator
does not embrace technology,
the consumer certainly will.
There are very few isolated
markets in the world right
Mr Bush said NetSpeak had
enabled C&W's average rev-
enue per user (APRU) to
move from "low to healthy",
and the company's value had
increased as a result of its deci-
sion to deliver what the, cus-
tomer wanted and turn new
technology to its advantage.
"The company's value is
greater because we can bring
more services to more people
at lower cost. If we didn't do it,
someone else will, whether it's
sanctioned by the Government
or not sanctioned by the Gov-
ernment.," Mr Bush said.
"That is the nature of the
marketplace. We took a con-
sumer product, VoIP, and
turned it into NetSpeak." He
likened this to Apple's iTunes,
which involved adapting the
path blazed by Napster.
Businesses in the Bahamas
"have very clear desires" when
it comes to their telecommu-
nications needs, Mr Bush said,
describing these as involving
increased capacity, "Blackber-
ry usage, and absolute reliabil-
ity with lower costs".
He added that fixed-line
telecommunications was even-
tually likely to be transferred
completely to Internet Proto-
col-based networks, with tech-
nology changing the tradition-
al telephone company model.

Credit Suisse (Bahamas) Limited

is presently considering applications for a

I.T. SPECIALIST (Junior Globus System Developer)

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

The position is open to candidates with the following minimum

At least Two (2) years experience in installation, configuration and
troubleshooting in a banking environment
Intermediate knowledge of GLOBUS Banking Application
(programming and administration)
Experience to run and support Close of Business programs in
Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science or equivalent
Knowledge of AIX 5.1 5.3, UNIVERS/JBASE, LAN & WAN
Experience with offshore banking applications

Personal Qualities:
Excellent organizational, interpersonal and communication skills
Good technical and problem solving skills and experience
Ability to work under pressure and with minimum supervision
Enthusiasm, a positive attitude and a willingness to work flexible
hours as overtime
is required
Good technical and trouble-shooting skills and experience

Other Duties:
Answer Helpdesk requests (provide support & troubleshoot)
Ensure compliance to IT guidelines / directives
Ensure that "Business Contingency Planning" requirements are followed
Other duties & projects assigned by the Manager of Department

Benefits provided include:
Competitive salary and performance bonus
Pension Plan
Health and Life Insurance
Ongoing internal and external career development/training program

Persons not meeting the minimum requirements need not apply.
Applications should be submitted to:
Human Resources Department
: P.O. Box N-4928
i "** N ~Nassau, BahaMitt '

Small financial institution is looking for a Compliance and
Risk Management Officer to join its select team of professionals.
The appropriate candidate will have several years experience
within a compliance and/or risk management function, and
be conversant with local and international laws and regulations.

Responsibilities will include:

Maintain a comprehensive understanding of local laws
and regulations regarding the financial services industry

Develop and maintain policies and procedures in
accordance with local laws and regulations

Establish effective monitoring and reporting programs
for policies and procedures

Ensure proper documentation is collected and accurately

Carry out regular and ad hoc reviews of activities

Develop, monitor and report on key risk indicators

Provide recommendations for improvements to risk
management process

Report to Executive Management and Board of Directors

Are you looking for job security with a

reputable company? Then we're the

company for you!


Position Available: Laboratory Technician

Requirements: Associates Degree in a science related field
prior laboratory experience

Job Responsibilities toinclude but not limited to:
Daily Microbial Testing
Complying with quality control standards
Verifying Materials
Taste Testing

Applicants should be highly motivated, and able to
perform and adapt to changing environments. Salary
commensurate with experience. Please apply in writing,
on or before Friday, August 25th, 2006 to:

TheHuman Resources Manager
c/o Coca Cola-
P.O. Box N-1123
Nassau, Bahamas
1 . . . . . . .

Minimum qualification: LLB, ACIB, CPA, BACO or similar
designation is preferred.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Bahamians or
persons with Bahamian residency status only need apply.
Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume
c/o The Tribune
P.O. Box N-3207
Nassau, Bahamas

Only persons being interviewed for this position will be

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by the legend.
"I felt intimidated when I
began playing with Jackie," she
said. "But I bonded with her
on the court and as a close
friend. I'm not worried about
her leaving the national team
because she is still going to be
around in her volleyball clin-
ics which will give back to-the
community and-help her groom
the girls who will come after
Conyers remains humbled by
all the attention.
"I'm the oldest player on the
team," she laughs. "But that
doesn't mean anything. I have
the experience and I've played
some of these Caribbean peo-
ple before. I want to leave my
younger teammates with that
killer instinct to know that they
can be the best in the
Caribbean and climb even
higher. I'm leaving the nation-
al team but I'm not done with
Conyers will lead the nation-
al women's team into battle as
captain for the last time on
Sunday August 20 at 6pm
when they match off against
Haiti in the first match of the
CVC. The CVC will be held in
The Bahamas from August
20th- 27th 2006. Men and
women's teams expected to
compete include Haiti, The US
Virgin Islands, Trinidad and
Tobago, defending champions
Barbados, Jamaica, St. Lucia,
British Virgin Islands, Domini-
ca, Suriname, Netherlanc.
Antilles, and The Bahamas.

* JACKIE CONYERS (Photo by Capital City Marketing)


- _-


Terry has been at
Chelsea since he was' 14
and played under four
managers in the first
team. Even with the
high-profile signing
funded by the club's bil-
lionaire owner Roman
Abramovich, Terry has
become a mainstay of the
side after reforming off-
field misbehavior that
threatened to blight his
Beckham, who had
been England captain for
five years, stepped down
from the role after Eng-
land was eliminated in
the World Cup quarterfi-
nals on July 1 by Portugal
on penalties.
McClaren said he'd
watched Terry mature in
the five years he'd been
an assistant to former
coach Sven-Goran Eriks-
"There are a number of
strong leaders in the
squad and he will not
lack support on and off
the pitch," said
McClaren, who took over
as England coach last
"(Gerrard) is an out-
Sstanding player and
another superb club skip-
per who also leads by
Gerrard agreed that
Terry was the right man
to lead England, starting
Wednesday with a friend-
ly against Greece at Old
"He's a tremendous
leader for Chelsea and
has all the qualities
required to do the role,"
Gerrard said.
Chelsea manager Jose
Mourinho has called the
powerfully built Terry
'the best center-back in
the world.'
In 2005, he was voted
player of the year by his
fellow professionals in
the Premier League the
first Chelsea player to
win the award.

AvailablefromCommercial NewsPoviders

New fitness work-out

system comes to Bahamas

Junior Sports Reporter

FITNESS instructor Nardo Dean
and Basil Lewis are introducing a
new style of fitness work-out.
Fusion Dynamics is the latest
work-out session that combines mar-
tial arts and fitness. This combina-
tion is designed to enhance the
awareness level of participants by
improving their self defence skills
and strengthening the core and relat-
ed muscle groups of the body.
The intense work-out will improve
cardiovascular function, increase
speed and coordination. It is said to
be an excellent calorie burner.
According to Lewis, the pro-

gramme, which was introduced to
the Bahamas on Wednesday by cer-
tified Fusion instructors employed
at the Fusion Dynamics head office
located in Miami, Florida, is
designed to take fitness training to a
higher level.
The two instructors highlighted
just one of the styles, StickFusion,
leaving the remaining three for a lat-
er date.
StickFusion is a fitness work-out
based around a traditional kick-box-
ing (martial arts) exercise.
Lewis and his team are in the
Bahamas currently looking to
employ some Bahamian based
instructors to help expand the new

Even though the team from Fusion
Dynamics just recently launched the
new work-out, Lewis said the
response has been great.
Lewis said: "Since the launching
the response has been hitting the
roof, this why we are looking for
instructors. But we originally met
up with Nardo Dean, who will be
working here and from the Florida
based company.
"We have to certify instructors so
they can teach the class, and based
on Nardo's extensive background
knowledge about the sport, he has
more than qualified. All we need to
do now is work on his certification.
"The response in the Bahamas has
been very good, we just did a class

today, it was very well received, it
was fun-filled. Everyone likes it,
even the Americans based in Florida
are falling in love with it."
Dean, along with Lewis, has visit-
ed more than three gyms, leading
the work-out for free.
For Dean, the few promotions
they have done have him more than
ready to be on his own:
He said: "I am very excited. I am
not certified yet, I've been teaching
under the tutelage of Basil for the
last few months so hopefully I can be
the first Bahamian to be certified to
train in this new exercise."
Fusion Dynamic instructors will
continue to hold their final work-
out session at Planet Fitness today.

"I want to leave
my younger
teammates with
that killer instinct
to know that they
can be the best in
the Caribbean and
climb even higher.
I'm leaving the
national team but
I'm not done with

Jackie Conyers

remains humble throughout
and gets a lot out of the other
players on the team."
Teammate Kelsie Johnson
agrees: "Jackie has gotten so
much out of me on and off the
court. I've learned commitment
and dedication through her and
she makes sure we understand
how to dedicate ourselves to
playing. Jackie goes above and
beyond and she made sure we
knew when we arrived on the
time that she was retiring as
captain and if we wanted to
take that spot from her we had
to work hard to even attempt
Johnson who is also Cony-
ers' roommate when the team
travels adds that she feels hon-
oured to have been mentored

LEGENDARY volleyball
powerhouse Jackie Conyers
has continued to earn the
respect of her peers through-
out the Caribbean and has
been one of the most out-
standing female athletes in her
sport. She has played along
side outstanding players such
as Cora Hepburn, Dr. Linda
"Chamberlain" Davis, Mar-
garet "Muggy" Albury and
Jennie Isaacs Dotson, to name
a few. Now, with the
Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
ons just three weeks away, she
is officially announcing her
Her decision to retire was
revealed in the presence of
Sports Minister Neville Wis-
dom vnho credited her with
providing experience, skill and
balance to the relatively young
"Jackie is one of our gems,"
he said. "We regret losing her
from the national team but we
know she has left a legacy for
these youngsters to follow."
Bahamas Volleyball Feder-
ation President Don Cornish
agrees: "Jackie has provided
this sport with a whole lot and
set the pace for up and com-
ers to aspire to achieve."
Joe Smith, coach of the
National Women's Volleyball
team says that Conyers' knowl-
edge of the sport has helped
tremendously in training and
practice sessions.
"Jackie is one of those play-
ers who has recognition on the
international stage," he said.
"She is the type of person who



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DUE to the resurfacing of the
field at the Charles W. Saunders
High School, Jean Street, the
Baptist Sports Council has post-
poned the start of the softball
league until Saturday, August 18.
The league is being held in hon-
our of Deaconess Joann Webb of
Golden Gates Native Baptist
Additionally, the mini souse
out that was scheduled for this
Saturday has also been postponed
to coincide with the season open-
A meeting has been set for Sat-
urday at 10am when league offi-
cials will finalise the season. All
teams must attend and confirm
their participation with their reg-
istration fee of $100.00.

THE Grand Bahama Amateur
Softball Association will continue
its regular season with a double
header on tap tonight.
In the opener at 7pm, the Bor-
co Flames will take on the BTC
Communicators then at 8.30pm,
the Triple Pearls will take on the
Bahamasair Flyers.
In action from the last night of
play, the BTC Communicators
flew past the Bahamasair Flyers
S Latoya Humes was the winning
pitcher with four strike outs,
while Beth Hall suffered the loss
with three strike-outs.
For the Communicators,
Daphne McKinney was 2-for-4
with a pair of home runs and four
RBI's and Gwen "Reds" Symon-
ette was 2-for-5 with a homer and
a single.
In men's action, the Chances
Panthers blanked the Hong Kong
Cuisine Hurricanes 31-0.
Winning pitcher was Dexter
Hall with four strike-outs and
Larry Russell Jr was the loser.
Renaldo Rolle went 3-for-5
with a home run, a triple and a
single for the Panthers.

The New Providence Amateur
Basketball Association continued
its summer league programme on
Wednesday at the CI Gibson
Gym with the No Bull Bailers
knocking off the Warriors 29-25
in a super mini game played.
Here's how the teams stack
up in the various divisions:
Teams W L
Stars 2 0
No Bull Bailers 1 0
Shockers 0 1
Giants 0 2
No Bull Bailers 2 0
Shockers 2 1
Da Basement 1 0
Giants 0 2
Rockets 1 0
Da Basement 1 1
Shockers 0 1
No Bull Ballers 0 2
Action continued in the league
on Thursday. The mini league will
play again on Saturday.


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o be an education

Senior Sports Reporter
STUDENT athletes in the
St. Cecilia's constituency will
have an opportunity to get
another education in basket-
ball before they return to
school in September.
Today between the hours of
10am and noon at the St. Cecil-
ia's Community Park, Wali
Jones, former NBA champion,
and Wesley Frater of WEST
Sports Management Inc, will
conduct the one-day clinic
along with local high school
coach Godfrey McQuay.
Under the theme: "Team
Work to make your Dream
Work," the clinic will attempt
to not only impact some knowl-
edge on sports, but life as well
as they try to bridge the gap
between some of the issues that
the young people face on a dai-
ly basic.
The clinic is being held in
honour of Cynthia 'Mother'
Pratt, the Deputy Prime Min-
ister and Member of Parlia-
ment for St. Cecilia's.
Working through "Tourna-
ment of Champions," a Miami
based company that hosts a
number of programmes in bas-
ketball and football, Frater said
it's their intention to make it
as meaningful as possible for
the participants.
"I think the difference that,
we bring to our company is.that
we have a comprehensive and

WESLEY FRATER of the WEST Sports Management, coach Godfrey McQuay and Wali
Jones of the Miami Heat, pose above as they announced plans for the Mother Pratt/SuperClubs
Basketball Camp that will be staged today at the St. Cecilia's Basketball Park.
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater)

human development seminar
as a part of all these different
Frater, a native Jamaican,
said, because, of his origin, his
company has- added the
Caribbean element to their
programme which is why they
are in the Bahamas for
another year with SuperClubs

Breezes as their major spon-
"We think our camps are
one of the most unique in the
world," Frater stressed. "We
find ways, through Mr. Jones,
to reach kids.
"We don't make you a better
basketball player like the other
camps like Jeff Rodgers or

Michael Jordan. We try to
make you a better person
through basketball and the
'Learn to Read' programme
that we offer together."
Jones, a member of the
NBA champions Philadelphia
76eys in 1967 who has been
coming to the Bahamas for the
past 18 years in his capacity as

a member staff with the Miami
Heat, said: "Over the years,
since I've been coming here,
we have been pleased with the
response that we have gotten
and that's why we come back
every year trying to continue
to teach the youngsters about
the facts of life."
Frater further noted that one
of the reasons why they enjoy
coming to the Bahamas for the
camp is the fact that the
Bahamian players in Miami are.
so well respected because of
their performances on and off
the court.
"They.are talented, but they
are always academically gift-
ed," Frater added.
"A lot of Bahamians have
made an influence in basket-
ball in Miami."
Qne of those persons is
McQuay, a former coach at St.
Anne's High school, who said
he's excited to be working with
Jones and Frater again.
"Wali and Frater have been
an upliftment to us here on this
small island of Nassau," he
"They come in and see how
the skills of basketball. But it's
their love of basketball that has
made it an experience for us
More than 100 children in
St. Cecilia's are expected to be
a part of the clinic today. While
basketballs will be presented
to the participants, they will
also be provided with books to
read as well.

BaainpaespeaIe rNF-es-

Sports Reporter
WITH the National Football
League preseason about to hit full
stride, the Bahamas' flagship play-.
ers throughout the league have
been toiling away in training camp,
competing in position battles and
gearing up for the 2006-07 cam-
D'Brickashaw Ferguson, New
York Jets offensive tackle; Alex
Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight
end and Devard Darling, Baltimore
Ravens wide receiver, have shown
signs of improvement during their
respective training camps, much to
the delight of coaches and interest-
ed fans.
At the Jets training camp in
Hempstead, New York, Ferguson
has been nothing short of spectac-
ular in his debut with his new team.
The fourth overall pick in the
2006 NFL Draft has shown he is
ahead of the learning curve for
most offensive linemen this early
in their careers.
Ferguson signed a five-year deal.
worth $27.5 million that includes
$18 million in guaranteed money,

Ferguson, Smith and Darling in training

and so far has lived up to his lucra-
tive contract.
He dominated a mundane one-
on-one pass blocking drill into a
highlight reel, manhandling a series
of pass rushers with three consecu-
tive pancake blocks.
Coming out of the University of
Virginia, Ferguson's harshest critics
said his laid back demeanor and
lack of size would be hindrances to
his efficiency, but he has dismissed
such early criticisms and appears
ready to have a lasting impact in
the NFL.
Ferguson is a lock to start at left
tackle when the season begins.
Smith and Darling on the other
hand, have been competing in
keenly contested position battles
for most of training camp which
likely will not be decided until the
regular season begins.
At Buccaneers training camp in
Lake Buena Vista, Florida, Smith is
attempting to unseat former Jet
Anthony Becht as the team's num-
ber one tight end.
In 2005, Smith led all Buccaneer

tight ends with 41 catches, 367 yards
and two touchdowns, but in an
offensive, concentrated on Cadillac
Williams and the running game,
Becht has kept a slight edge
because of his run-blocking abili-
Smith, a third round pick and 71st
overall, has become one of the
team's premier offensive weapons
in just two short seasons and should
factor in the offence as the Bucca-
neers look to run a more balanced
attack and stretch the ball down
the field.
Smith is currently listed as the
second tight end on the Buccaneers
depth chart.
At the Ravens camp in West-
minster, Maryland, Darling is in a
four-horse race for the third receiv-
er spot on the Ravens depth chart.
Desmond Mason and Michael
Clayton are mortal locks at the
starting receiver positions, but the
Ravens have been unstable for
years in the slot, a need Darling
would be able to fill.
Darling, Clarence Moore,

Demetrius Williams, ard Romby
Bryant are competing for the spot.
With a new quarterback, former
MVP Steve McNair, and a new out-
look on what has been one of the
NFL's worst offences for the past
few years, Darling has shown his
desire to become a more involved
offensive weapon.
SIn one-on-one drills against line-
backers and defensive backs Dar-
ling impressed onlookers with his
size, quickness and hands, despite
nursing an injured heel.
Darling and Williams received
the upper hand as Moore was
placed on the physically unable to
perform list due to a hernia.
All three players made visits to
the Bahamas during the off-season,
as Smith and Darling hosted foot-
ball camps in Nassau and Grand
Bahama respectively.
Each player will be featured dur-
ing the first week of the preseason,
August 10-14, with the Ravens fac-
ing off against theNew York
Giants and Jets and Buccaneers
going head to head.


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