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Publication Date: August 16, 2006
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Mitchell facing

pressure over


FOREIGN Affairs Minister
Fred Mitchell came under new
pressure yesterday to extradite
Samuel 'Ninety' Knowles to the
United States to face drugs
Former US ambassador
SRichard Blankenship said the
Bahamas must live up to its
treaty., taken seriously as a nation.
He added: "It is time for
some people to face justice. Jus-
tice delayed is justice denied."
His call for immediate action
From Mr Mitchell came amid
suggestions locally that the gov-
ernment is trying to delay mak-
ing a decision on Knowles until
after the general election.
Knowles is known to have a
following in some over-the-hill
areas and his extradition could
cost the government votes,
according to some political
But, having exhausted the
appeals process, with the Privy
Council rejecting his final bid,
for freedom, Knowles' fate is
now in the hands of Mr
Mitchell, who has to sign the
extradition order.
Now the minister is under
growing pressure to act follow-
ing approaches to top US offi-
cials in Washington. It is under-
stood that another former US
ambassador to the Bahamas,
Arthur Schechter, is adding his
weight to the extradition call.
Yesterday, Mr Blankenship
told The Tribune from his Flori-
da home: "The Bahamas has its
treaty obligations, and it should

Former US Ambassador: justice

delayed is justice denied

honour those obligations on a
timely basis.
.-"MT Knowles has now
exhausted the appeals process
and he should be extradited in
accordance with our regional
He said he could see no rea-
son why the government should
not act immediately, adding:
"The US expects the Bahamas
to live up to its word. We have
no reason to expect anything
Mr Blankenship, who says
cocaine seizures reached a
record high during his two-year
tenure as ambassador, wants a
quick end to a process which
began in his predecessor's time
in Nassau.
Mr Schechter, who left the
Bahamas in 2000 after George
W Bush's presidential victory,
was quietly proud that Knowles'
arrest came during his tenure
as ambassador and is said to be
eager for extradition to take
Knowles, who is held at Fox
Hill Prison, hired top legal
experts from Britain in his effort
to avoid extradition. But his
efforts were to no avail.
Now three weeks' have
elapsed since the Privy Coun-
cil ruling and there is still no
word from the government on

the progress of his extradition
Mr-Mitchell was unavaiiable
for comment yesterday.
But his FNM counterpart,
shadow foreign minister Mr
Brent Symonette, said he does-
n't think the PLP can wait till
the 2007 election for extradi-
He said he hopes the govern-
SEE page 11

Tribune Staff Writer
THE mysterious death of a 41-year-old
father of two, whose body was found with
hands and feet bound in his home in Sun-
shine Park yesterday morning, is being clas-


Chief Reporter
A CARNIVAL Cruise ship
yesterday spilled 53 gallons of
oil in Bahamian waters after
damaging two engines in: ai
failed attempt to dock in New
At 11am yesterday, one of
the propellers of the cruise
ship "Celebration" touched
bottom when the vessel was
attempting to dock at the
Prince George Dock.
Numerous calls to the office
of Port Cortroller Anthony
Aliens were not returned up
to press time yesterday and it
was unclear what, if any, steps
were taken by the port depart-
ment to assist with, or remedy
the situation.
The ship's scheduled call at
Nassau was cancelled and the

vessel is currently heading
back to its home port of Jack-
sonville, Florida, where it is
expected to arrive by early
Thursday morning as sched-
"The resulting damage has'
affected the operation of one
of the ship's two engines and
also caused an estimated 200
liters of lubricating oil (or the
approximate equivalent of 53
gallons) to escape from the
vessel's stern tube and enter
the water," the statemengtJom
Carnival said.
SShipboard technicians will
continue to examine the vessel
as it makes the Gulf crossing
and a team of additional tech-
micians are scheduled to board
the ship in Jacksonville.
SAll appropriate authorities,
including the US Coast Guard,
have been notified.

"At this time, the ship's next
voyage is scheduled to oper-
ate as planned.
"More information will be
provided as the technical
'assessment progresses," the
company said.
A taxi drier said that he,
other taxi drivers, straw ven-
dors and tour operators
watched the incident as they
waited for the ship to dock.
"We were waiting all day for
that ship to come in and obvi-
ously wejlost a lot of money
-- like thousands of dollars
because that ship did not
dock," he said.
SEach passengers has been
given a shipboard credit of $50
for the missed call at Nassau as
Well as a 25 per cent discount
on a future three to five-day
cruise, through to December
13, 2007.


after advert

makes AIDS

healing claim
OFFICIALS at the Bahamas
AIDS Secretariat are warning
AIDS patients and others not to
fall prey to misleading advertise-
ments in the local press claiming
there is a cure, spiritually or oth-
erwise, for the disease.
The warning came in the wake
of a classified advertisement in
The Nassau Guardian on August
13, by a man calling himself
"Brother Peter", a faith healer.
"Within the region, as well as
internationally, there are always a
significant number of persons
claiming they have the cure for
AIDS," Mrs Rosa-Mae Bain,
Director of the HIV/AIDS Cen-
tre, said.
The disease has no medical
cure "to the best of our knowl-
edge," she said, and people must
beware of advertisements of this
However, officials say they
have no control in situations
where people believe they can
spiritually heal persons with the
disease. They hope victims of the
disease will be aware of these per-
SEE page 11

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SJames Alexander Dino Storr, was dis-
covered by a relative who lives nearby.
His feet and hands were tied behind his
back and a yellow shirt covered his face.
Police Press Liaison Officer, Walter
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Rigby dismisses speculation

on election date as 'juvenile'

Tribune Staff Writer
STHE FNM's speculation on
when Prime Minister Perry
Christie might call the next gen-
eral election is nothing more
than a "juvenile, amateurish
guessing game" PLP chairman
Raynard Rigby said yesterday.
. In an interview with The Tri-
bune, Mr Rigby said he expects
better from a party whose
leader is a former prime minis-
"I would have thought the
FNM would have spent its valu-
able time doing other things
rather than trying to engage in
guessing games," Mr Rigby

"Giveirthe fact that we have,
the leader of the opposition
who is a former prime minister
of the country, I would have
thought that there would be a
more reasoned, seasoned dia-
logue on the debate about the
issues affecting the country,
because under the constitution
of the Bahamas, the prime min-
ister is the only person who can
determine when an election can

be called and the holder of
that office is Perry Christie,"
Mr Rigby said.
According to a statement
released by the FNM earlier
this week, the prime minister is
currently discussing the idea of
an early general election, in an
attempt to cut off the momen-
tum building for the FNM.
The FNM's release stated:.
"Years of indecision, compla-
cency and confusion have left
this already exhausted govern-
ment with little choice but to
govern recklessly in the hopes
that it can reverse its fortunes."
The release also maintained
that panic is tearing away at the
governing party's leadership
and that the Bahamian people
are abandoning the PLP "in
However Mr Rigby said the
PLP remains confident. He
explained that if Prime Minister
Christie does in fact decide to
call an early election, it should
not come as a surprise for pre-
vious leaders, who have done.

the same.
"When Hubert Ingraham
decided to call election on
May 2, 2002, which I think
was short of the five years, the
PLP never claimed that it was
any indecisiveness," Mr Rigby
said. "We know that when the
prime minister is ready, he
will call the election."
He added: "There is no

mno -'ntum for the FNM,
non;, none. None for Hubert
"The Bahamian voters are
with us and we feel fairly con-
fident that whenever the next
election is called, we will be
returned to the seat of gov-
ernment to continue the good
work that we have been doing
over these past four years."

can woman was arrested at
Lucayan Harbour on Monday
in connection with an alleged

attempt to smuggle two and
half pounds of marijuana
onboard the Discovery Sun
cruise ship.
The 20-year-old woman
from Miami, Florida was
handed over to Drug Enforce-
ment Unit officers.
In addition, $30,000 worth
of illegal drugs was reportedly
According to reports, har-

bour police and security offi-
cers were on duty at the Dis-
covery Cruise terminal around
4.15pm when they noticed sus-
picious behaviour near a secu-
rity checkpoint.
During a search, officers dis-
covered two clear plastic pack-
ages containing around two
and a half pounds of cocaine.
The woman is expected to
be charged on Tuesday.

* In brief

Report is


on traffic


A UNIFIED bus system is
crucial to the eradication of traf-
fic congestion in New Provi-
dence according to Transport
On Friday, Minister of Trans-
port and Aviation Glenys Han-
na-Martin accepted a report on
traffic congestion from
Advanced Logistics Group, a
company based in Spain.
"The issue of congestion was
prioritised by the government
because we know the amount
of vehicles on our streets cre-
ates logistical challenges in
terms of the movement of
goods and people on a daily
basis. It impacts the economy,
the quality of life, and ulti-
mately it could impact your
health and the environment,"
she said.
The minister said a short-
term solution to combatting
traffic is an efficient public
transportation system.
Road Traffic Controller Jack
Thompson said the Trans-
portation Policy and Planning
Unit (TPPU), is working on a
business plan for the public
transportation system, which is
"very critical to the overall
"It is important that when we
present the final product to the
franchise holders owners and
operators that it makes busi-
ness sense. At the end of the
day it boils down to dollars and
Scentss" he said.,
A local accounting firm has
- been contracted to work with
bus' specialists, while theTPPU
.,is working to make amend-
ments to the laws concerning
bus services.
"What we have is a frag-
mented bus system, and the law
gives way for that. But we are
seeking to form one company.
We will have to make changes
to the law in order to accom-
modate the preferred model -
the type of system that we are
seeking to implement," said Mr

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o In brief


$5,000 for



The CARICOM Secretariat
has presented the Bahamas Con-
ference of Seventh Day Adven-
tists with a cheque for $5,000 for
the Bain and Grants Town
Pathfinders Promise Project.
Dr Heather Johnson of the
CARICOM Secretariat in
Georgetown, Guyana made the
presentation to Pastor Andrew
Burrows, national youth director
of the conference on Monday.
The funds will be used by the
Bain and Grants Town Pathfind-
ers Promise Project, which seeks
to educate young Bahamians
about HIV/AIDS and to pro-
mote youth leadership.
"Our organisation will con-
tinue to support this project and
many more to come," Dr John-
son said.
The Bahamas is one of eight
Caribbean countries awarded a
mini-grant through the Pan
Caribbean Partnership against
administer a programme in an
urban area.
held a national workshop in
Nassau at which two project
proposals were drafted the
Peer Leadership Programme
and the Pathfinders Promise.
Mrs Green commended
youth ambassadors John
Darville and Alana Kemp for
leading the approval process, as
well as Tarahan Mackey and
Lyric Hanna, the outgoing
youth ambassadors.


urges block

on hotels in

Puerto Rico

San Juan

ROBERT F Kennedy Jr.
urged Puerto Rican legislators
on Monday to block the con-
struction of resorts on an unde-
veloped beach on the island's
northeast coast, according to
Associated Press.
In a letter to the US territo-
Sry's House of Representatives,
the environmental lawyer said
he welcomed local legislation
that would declare the area a
natural reserve and warned the
resorts would destroy the envi-
-ronment and ruin drinking ,
"These proposed develop-
ments would involve the filling
of wetlands, channelization of
rivers, and clearance of coastal
vegetation, thus destroying the
natural integrity" o\ the area,
he said.
Marriott International Inc.
and Four Seasonis Hotels Inc.
have plans to build resorts on
the beach near the town of
Fajardo. Ringed by forested
mountains, it is favored by
surfers and fishermen and is a
prime nesting spot for endan-
gered leatherback sea turtles.
Environmental groups are
pushing to protect the 3,200-,
acre area. .
Backers of the resorts have,
said the businesses would gen-
erate thousands of jobs for the
economically depressed-area.
The developers have also said
the projects were planned ,to
minimize the damage to the

Tour operators demand some

answers on Athol Island plan

Tribune Staff Reporter

MARITIME tour operators
are still awaiting answers to
their concerns about the
planned Kerzner development
at Athol Island a month after
meeting with government offi-
cials and BEST Commission
A group of tour operators
is now calling on Minister of
Financial Services Vincent
Peet to call an urgent meeting
to address all their environ-
mental and economic fears.
In a letter to the minister,
the group said that they sent a
file of letters to Minister of
Energy and Environment
Marcus Bethel on July 19.
Prior to that they met with
Dr Bethel and his permanent
secretary Camille Johnson, as
well as with two members of
the BEST Commission.
The group said that in their
letter they requested to have
access to all information,
including studies, approvals
.and the scope.of works, so "we

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* CHARLIE Lightbourn of
Crystal Lady Cruises is one
of the tour operators
wanting answers

as the affected party, could
make a sensible contribution
to the issue, in the event more
information should be forth-
coming from us."
Following several letters to

* VETERAN tour operator and Captain for Crystal Lady
Cruises Raymond Lowe
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* THE main office of Hartley's Undersea Walk, where staff are also concerned about theAthol
Island development

officials, including letters from
the Bahamas National Trust
and BREEF, Ms Johnson
Finally informed the tour oper-
ators that according to gov-
ernment policy, they would
not be allowed access to the
final Environmental Impact
Assessment (EIA) report.
"We urgently request a
meeting to have our minds put
at rest that our government
will make the right decision to
save Athol Island, protect our
coral reefs and the livelihood
of all the tour operators," the
group said.
According to environmen-
talist and director of Re-Earth
Sam Duncombe, the proposed
golf course on Athol Island
will increase the land mass by
35 acres and erase a part of
Bahamian hit,'r\ in the
Declared a proitectcd mnl.,ne
reef in 1892, .-\th l Iland

made in history when it became
the first marine sanctuary in the
The resort's proposed golf
course will be created by filling
35 acres on the south side of the
small island. \
Mrs Duncombe said that this
action would kill most, if not all

of the sea life in the area.
In addition to the effects on
the environment, tour open..
tors whose income is generat-
ed by taking tours to the island
- are also concerned that their
livelihoods will be threatened
should the development go


ARSON has been con-
firmed as the cause of two
fires which left a woman dead
and threatened the life of a
Catholic priest.
Assistant Commissioner of
Crime Reginald Ferguson
assured The Tribune yester-
day that officials continue to
investigate two incidents on
July 21- the "suspicious"
.'death of 36-year-old Nicola
Gibson and the fire that ruined
' the Holy Family Church Rec-
tory on Claridge Road.
Speaking of the incidents as
one case, Mr Ferguson said
preliminary findings are "too
premature to determine
whether a coroner's inquiry
will be launched."
However, he said, fire
department officials have con-
firmed that arson was
involved in the Faith Avenue
blaze that claimed the life of
Ms Gibson and the church fire
that threatened the life of

Catholic priest, Father David
In the meantime Ms Gib-
son's family has urged police
to launch an inquiry into the
incident that has sparked neg-
ative public attention about
what actually took place.
,"When the investigation is
completed we will make an
effort to determine what real-
ly happened, and a part of
that determination could be
that this case will be sent over
to the Coroner's Court."
Mr Ferguson warned that it
could take as many as two
years to resolve the case. He
said no timeframe can be put
on the inquest of two incidents
of this magnitude.
The fire department con-
tinues to investigate the cause
of the fire at the Holy Family
Church Rectory on Claridge
Road. That blaze- left Rev
Cooper incoherent after suf-
fering from smoke inhalation.
Mr Ferguson added that no
suspects are in custody for

either case at this lime
Officers had !icpiicedi,
received a call slati ln that th i Ie
was a fire in the conridinirinLum
complex located oii Filth
Avenue north. H1 -ls.: c i. \% n
they arrived :he hIbla hiJd
already been e\tiuiisi-hed b\
the victim's son ind neigi hboul s
Ms Gibson w:a, Iound in the
northern bedro,'mn ot her Fiei
Trail Road condomin'uinlm hlm:
which she shared v. ih hie i u..
He had not been injucd in ith

Fetlzr Fniie
Pet onro

Arson was the cause

of two fires in July

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US ambassador speaks out

A LOCAL lawyer is upset that American
Ambassador John Rood has called a spade a
spade in US-Bahamas relations.
While citing areas where there is outstanding
cooperation between the two governments,
Ambassador Rood has frankly told Bahamians
that there are grey areas of concern to the US
Lawyer Paul Moss was upset that Mr Rood
went public with such information. He felt the
ambassador should have gone behind closed
doors out of earshot of the Bahamian peo-
ple to sort out whatever problems there
might be between the two governments.
We compliment the ambassador for being
honest with the Bahamian people. Most
Bahamians have lost confidence in their
smooth-talking, shadow-boxing politicians.
Politicians forget that they are the servants of
the people, and have no right to play a game of
charades with the truth. They do this country
and its citizens a disservice by serving them
sugar-coated nonsense to lull them into a false
sense of security,
Saying that "there can be little doubt that
our bilateral relations are second to none,"
Ambassador Rood acknowledged that, as in
any close relationship, there are areas where
there should be closer cooperation. "For exam-
ple, in the United Nations," he said, "the strong
bilateral friendship we enjoy is not always.
reflected in common approaches to major
international challenges."
Mr Moss applauded this drift apart between
the two nations. In his view it was about time
the Bahamas made decisions on behalf of its
own people and not under the influence of
any foreign power.
Sounds fine, but that uppity attitude can
only make sense if a country has an army, navy
and airforce to put muscle into such proud
words. Otherwise, governments have to face
reality and make practical decisions for the
good of all its citizens.
Even Foreign Affairs Minister Mitchell, in
the days when he was on the outside looking in,
recognized the need for good relations with
the US.
In April, 1988 Mr Mitchell warned the Pin-
dling government against taking the very
stance that Mr Moss would have it take today.
"No Bahamian politician has any right," said
Mr Mitchell at that time, "to put the future
of the entire Bahamian people at risk to main-
tain themselves in power."
Mr Mitchell said then that unless the
Bahamas cleaned up its political act domesti-

cally, external pressure was going to continue
to be applied by the United States. This state-
ment was made in the wake of the 1984 com-
mission of inquiry report into the peddling of
drugs and other corruption.
"All of us as Bahamian citizens," said Mr
Mitchell, "must become more aware of our
nation's foreign policy, particularly as it relates
to the United States of America.
"Bahamians generally," he continued, "want
to travel to the United States. We want free
access to its facilities, its goods and, services.
That means that in our relations with them
we are at a comparative disadvantage.
"It means that our foreign policy has to be
that much more skilful. Anger and histrionics
by officials of the Bahamas Government with-
out a concomitant cleaning up of our domestic
act will only bring us to further grief.
"It is clear, however," Mr Mitchell said,
"that within the United States government
and in the Congress of the United States, the
spokesmen for the Bahamas Government have
a credibility problem. The problem relates to
the issue of official corruption and drug traf-
ficking through the Bahamas."
Mr Mitchell acknowledged that there was a
credibility gap the US no longer trusted
Bahamian officials.
In 1988 Mr Mitchell described the state of
Bahamian-US relations as "tense." .
Although Foreign Minister Mitchell who
is today on the inside looking out doesn't
miss any opportunity to assure the Bahamian
people of the cosy relations between the two
countries, we would suggest that the situation
today is the same as it was in 1988 "tense."
In 1988 it was tense because of drugs and
the fact that, as Mr Mitchell himself said, no
steps had been taken by the Pindling govern-
ment to "sever the connections with those per-
sons within the Bahamas governing party who
have this very serious credibility problem."
Today it is tense because of our voting
record in the United Nations.
As Ambassador Rood said "it simply should
not be that such good friends, who share so
many of the same values, cannot find com-
mon ground in addressing human rights viola-
tions, seeking peace in the Middle East, and
promoting global prosperity."
We suggest that Fred Mitchell, the 2006 cab-
inet minister, become reacquainted with Fred
Mitchell, the 1988 political activist, and hear
from the activist's own mouth the words: "No
Bahamian politician has any right to put the
future of the entire Bahamian people at risk ..."


What is

going on at

the GDPA?

EDITOR, The Tribune
SINCE the passing of the
former President of the Grand
Bahama Port Authority
(GBPA) Mr Edward St
George, it must have been said
at least a million times that "he
would be sadly missed." This
statement is self-evident as we
look around the magic city of
Freeport today and observe
the declining state of the econ-
omy. The once world famous
International Bazaar is all but
abandoned and persons seek-
ing employment are advised
by Bahamian Government
officials to travel elsewhere to
places such as Eleuthera, Aba-
co, Exuma, etc.
This state of desperation in
Freeport was made even more
complicated by the forces of
nature, as over a fourteen-
month period, Grand Bahama
had suffered the devastating
effect of three hurricanes.
For almost three decades
during the tenure of Edward
St George, Freeport prospered
even in the face of adversity
from both local or interna-
tional origin.
Freeporters always had full
confidence that Edward St
George will do whatever it
took to get the economy mov-
ing. With an endless list of
major international contacts
and a unique ability to clever-
ly cooperate with whatever
government was in power,
under Edward St George, the
Grand Bahama economy was
in good hands.
Almost single-handedly,
EdWard St George was able to
attract major :n\ est'or such as
the Container. Port, Grand
Bahama Shipyard, Polymers,
Hutchinson's, etc. These
investments were not only sig-
nificant to Freeport, but also
vital to the entire economy of
the Bahamas as Freeport
became designated as the
Industrial centre of the
At a post-election PLP vic-
tory party in 2002, Edward St
George had promised the best
five years of Freeport and
Freeport were anxiously wait-
ing for him to deliver on his
In addition to his role as.the
driving force behind the
Freeport economy, Edward St
George had also earned the
reputation as a philanthropist
who took care of the down-
trodden and disadvantaged in
Freeport. His work of charity

made everyone in Freeport no
matter what their status in life
feeling as if they were a part of
the community. In the event
of a crisis, Edward St George
could always reliably be depen-
dant upon to assist. Then
Edward St George died and
Freeport would never be the
same again.
The million-dollar question
for Freeport is who would
replace Edward St George?
Who would look after
Freeport with the same vigi-
lance and concern that Edward
St George had demonstrated,
especially for the licensees of
GBPA? Julian Francis, a for-
mer Central Bank of the
Bahamas Chairman and an
impressively academically
qualified professional Bahami-
an was appointed to fill the
giant shoes of Edward St
Despite the assets that Julian
Francis had brought to the
table, Freeport continued to
decline and businesspersons
continued to worry as to when
this nightmare would end. It
was really no surprise when
Julian Francis prematurely
"resigned" prior to the com-
pletion of his contract. Later
on one of the radio talk shows,
he indicated to the effect that
there was a philosophical dif-
ference between himself and
the principals of the GBPA as
to which direction Freeport
should be headed. No official
explanation was given by the
GBPA and there was wide
speculation as to the true rea-
son for the sudden "resigna-
tion" of Julian Francis.
The replacement of Julian
Francis is Hannes Babak, an
Austrian national who had
been coming to Freeport since
he was a boy. His commit-
ment to the dream of
Freeport is unquestionable,
as he has taken advantage of
the various provisions of the
Hawksbill Creek Agreement
to build a business empire in
Freeport. Like Edward St.
George, Hannes Babak is a
However, this is a fact that
cannot be used against him as
anyone who has even a slight
knowledge of the Hawksbill
Creek Agreement will be
aware of the fact that the
intentions of that Bill was to



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Regrettably, much of the per-
sonal attacks on Hannes
Babak by critics who lack
understanding of the Hawks-
bill Creek Agreement are
embarrassing. His race, nation-
ality, etc, should not be an
issue. What should be an issue
is his ability or lack thereof to
turn around the economy of
Freeport. Hannes Babak over
the years has made more than
his fair share of contributions
to the social, educational, cul-
tural and economic life of
The shocker came when
shortly after Hannes Babak
was appointed; a distin-
guished and experienced Bar-
ry Malcolm offered his "res-
ignation". The public's opin-
ion was this was the political-
ly correct way to say the
words "you are fired!" With
his political connections and
business savvy, clearly Barry
Malcolm was an asset to any
institution fortunate enough
to have him. There were even
predictions that he might have
been the one individual who
would have taken over the
top job at the GBPA. It is still
a mystery as to why he was
dismissed and without any
clear, explanation as to the
rationale of their actions by
the principles of the GBPA.
This lack of credible informa-
tion provided excess fodder
for the rumour mongers in
To make matters worse, the
"resignation" of Barry Mal-
colm was followed by the dis-
missal of the GBPA former
legal Advisor and President
Willie Moss. This action in the
Nassau Guardian carried the
headline "Top Boss at GBPA
is fired!" This was most sur-
prising as Willie Moss had.
been a devoted employee of
that institution for over a quar-
ter of a century. There were
also statements to the effect
that this action would result in
litigation against the GBPA.
With the dismissal without
an official explanation of the
top three Bahamians at the
GBPA and given the current
economic conditions of the
Freeport economy, resentment
has been created against the
GBPA. Being a private com-
pany, the GBPA is entitled to
conduct its business as it sees
However, with its quasi-gov-
ernmental functions and
unique contractual relationship
with the Licensees of the
GBPA, the public perceives
this action as a crisis at the
GBPA. Persons are speculat-
ing that this will adversely
affect the business climate of
Freeport. The GBPA has a
duty to protect and act within
the best interest of its
Licensees. Now there is a ques-
tion as to the confidence the
Licensees now has in the
GBPA to resolve this crisis
The charge of an anti-
Bahamian attitude, real or
imagined, has been made even
more complicated with the
"resignation" of two distin-
guished Board Members, Sean
McSweeny a former Attorney
General of the Bahamas and
Sharon Wilson, a Senate
Leader and Chief Magistrate
who felt that they had not been
properly consulted on these
Why would the GBPA dis-
tance itself from such a group
of highly qualified Bahamians?
This is the real issue in this
matter. Any major company,
local or international, would
easily snatch these individuals
up as their outstanding track
record of performance speaks
for itself.
Freeport and indeed the
Bahamas is watching and hop-
ing for some accountable from
the GBPA as to why it took
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High Rock
MP voices
concern on
Ginn project
HIGH Rock MP Kenneth
Russell said he is concerned
about some aspects of the Ginn.
project approved by government
at West End, Grand Bahama.
Mr Russell said that in the
heads of agreement for Ginn is
a plan to raise the land on their
property by 10 feet and build
an additional 4-foot bunt wall
on top this.
"The 14-foot high wall would
be a detriment to the West End
community because should a
hurricane with the same mag-
nitude as Frances and Jeanne
come in from the north side,
flood water would be trapped
in the settlement of West End,"
he said.
Mr Russell believed that the
government should have
approved construction on stilts
as opposed to raising the
ground by 10 feet.
"My understanding is that
they intend to start cutting the
canal very soon and the mater-
ial from the canal would be
used to build the property up. I
am sure it would be a detriment
to the settlement of West End,
which is the capital of Grand
"We should not be doing any-
thing that would force our peo-
ple to move, or do anything to
destroy a historic settlement as
West End," said Mr Russell.

FNM to



of victory

National Movement will hold
grand anniversary celebrations
to commemorate the party's
victory at the polls on August
19, 1992.
Kenneth Russell, MP for
High Rock, announced that the
party will hold festivities at
FNM Headquarters at the Sir
Cecil Wallace Whitfield Center
on West Atlantic Drive on
August 19.
"We believe that it always
good to celebrate one's achieve-
ment," Mr Russell said during a
press conference on Monday.
After defeating the PLP gov-
ernment in 1992, the FNM went
on to win a second five-year
SThe FNM says that during its
S10 years in office, it was able to
restore investor confidence in
the Bahamas, and the Bahamas'
reputation internationally.
Mr Russell said celebrations
will begin at noon on Saturday,
August 19 with a family fun day
at FNM Headquarters.
There will be various activi-
ties, including domino and whist
tournaments and other activi-
ties for children.
The celebrations will climax
with an address by FNM leader
Hubert Ingraham around 8pm.
"Grand Bahama will be the
last in a three island tour by the
leader, who will speak in
Eleuthera first on Saturday
afternoon, and then in New
Providence before coming to
Grand Bahama to fellowship
with us," he said.
The FNM is also inviting per-
sons to worship with them at
Calvary Temple Church at
10am on August 20.

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'roved LNG

plants subject to safety'

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Although the
former government gave
approval in principle to three
LNG plants, FNM MP Ken-
neth Russell said it was stipu-
lated that the operators had to
first prove there plans were
"When we gave approval in
principle to the LNG plants
they were supposed to go away
and do their investigations,
environmental and economic
impact studies so that govern-
ment then could redo those
things and decide whether or
not LNG was safe to put in the
areas where they were request-
ing," he said.
Mr Russell said the FNM
government did not receive
that information from any of
the three LNG operators.
"We assumed that the pre-
sent government received that
information. But, it is clear to
us that the present government
is not working or acting on any
kind of professional studies
that were done, and it seems
that everything is just being
done willy-nilly due to the
upcoming elections."
AES is the only company
that has been given approval
from the Bahamas Environ-
mental Science and Technolo-
gy (BEST) commission on its
Environmental Impact Assess-
ment forms under the PLP
The company proposes to
build a re-gasification terminal
and construct an 80-mile
underwater pipeline from
Ocean Cay near Bimini to
pump liquefied natural gas to
South Florida.
On Monday, the FNM
announced that it will not sup-
port the introduction of such a
dangerous industry unless all

STHE proposed LNG
facility at Ocean Cay

proper precautions and safe-
guards are in place.
According to a statement
issued by the FNM last Thurs-
day, environmentalists who had
gathered at a meeting to dis-
cuss the AES project heard
excerpts from a report sug-
gesting that environmental
standards and protection to be
put in place at the Florida end
of the proposed pipeline will
not be included at the Bahamas
Reiterating the party's stand
on LNG, Mr Russell stressed
that "if the LNG plants coming
to the Bahamas cannot prove
to us that they are safe to oper-
ate, that it is safe for the envi-
ronment and would not cause
any environmental degrada-
tion, we will not support them.
"Now some would say we
approved it in principle, but
that means that you are telling
the owner is that if your testing
and studies come back positive

then we will give a final
Mr Russell has also
expressed concerns about the
environmental impact of major
developments in East and West
Grand Bahama.
He noted that the devasta-
tion at Gold Rock Beach in
East End may be due to the
dredging, and that there have
been no attempts to rectify the
once pristine beach, which has
been featured on the Ministry
of Tourism's website.
Gold Rock Beach, known
for its white powdery sand, is
now covered with large rocks.
"I asked the government last
week about what they were
doing about the situation at
Gold Rock Beach and I was
told that the minister of envi-
ronment is looking at it," he



* SAM Duncombe

THE controversy sur-
rounding the installation of a
potentially hazardous lique-
fied natural gas facility in the
Bahamas continued yesterday
as a long-standing opponent
attacked on the FNM's
Environmentalist and direc-
tor of the organisation
reEarth, Sam Duncombe, said
the FNM had made "flaccid
statements" on the issue, in
which the party indicated they
would support such facilities
should "all safeguards be in
In a statement entitled
"Democracy or Dictatorship",
Mrs Duncombe said that by

taking this stance on the issue
- which threatens to make the
Bahamas a "guinea pig" for
what she calls an "inherently
hazardous" industry the
FNM are not fulfilling their
democratic obligation to their
supporters and the Bahami-
an people.
She claimed that available
US documentation on LNG
facilities states that the dan-
gers of such a project "are not
fully known" and by impli-
cation, neither are the safe-
guards required to make it
safe for introduction into the
This is in contrast to opti-
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Dr Marcus Bethel, who on
Monday stated that the neces-
sary regulations for the man-
agement of the proposed facili-
ty and pipeline are anticipated
to be in place "within six to nine
On Tuesday July 25, Attor-
ney General Allyson Maynard-
Gibson announced that an
agreement approving the LNG
pipeline could be concluded
before the PLP government's

term of office, a public state-
ment which veteran journalist
Sir Arthur Foulkes called "most
unusual", given that statements
regarding projects being
approved or considered by the
government are usually made
by "either the minister respon-
sible for the particular project
or the prime minister".
The cabinet minister respon-
sible for LNG projects is Min-
ister of Agriculture and Fish-
eries Leslie Miller.

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IN many countries, the inten-
tional or reckless infection of a
person with the HIV virus is
illegal. With the Bahamas
ranked as the country with the
third highest per-capita HIV-
rate in the world, many are con-
cerned that the government has
yet to create legislation to pun-
ish those who intentionally

transmit the disease.
There are many tragic stories
of cases in the Bahamas where
HIV/AIDS sufferers have inten-
tionally transmitted the disease
to healthy persons.
Those who do should be
charged with criminal transmis-
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convict persons who knowingly
transmit HIV/AIDS to anoth-
er person, because many people
in society consider having the
disease a death sentence," said
Keith Kemp, chairman and pro-
gramme director of the Youth
Ambassadors for Positive Liv-
"I disagree to an extent with
the popular belief that the con-
traction of HIV/AIDS is a death
sentence, but view it as a change
of lifestyle for the person with
the disease.
"However, I do not think the
death penalty should play a part
in such a case, because despite a
person getting the disease, with
treatment they can live for a
very long time," he said.
In the US, some states have
enacted laws expressly to crim-
inalise HIV transmission. In
Britain, offenders are charged
under existing laws.
Several sexually-transmitted
diseases (STDs) have been
known to humans for cen-
turies, but commentators say
the government is not put
under very much pressure to
prosecute those who knowing-
ly spread other STDs, for two
Bahamian society is reluc-
tant to discuss matters of sex,
let alone enact legislation to
control sexual activity.
Unlike the HIV/AIDS, oth-
er STDs are not fatal.
Mr Kemp says he feels that
legislation on the matter is
essential, because it may help
the spread of such diseases.
However, there are some
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the court regardingthis matter,

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the person allegedly transmit-
ted the disease, in fact has the
disease," said Mr Kemp. "It
would put a lot of healthcare
providers in a crunch. It would
mean that court system would
have to give authorisation to
healthcare providers to break
their confidentiality with their
He pointed out however, that
requesting health officials to
take such steps would prevent
many other people with the dis-
ease from coming forward, get-
ting tested and seeking medical
"We all soiourd B sensitive
,to a persons with HIV/AIDS
because like the flu, HIV/AIDS
is a virus. It may be much more
critical than the flu but the ques-
tion is, should we put the flu on
the books too?" Mr Kemp
If you are HIV-positive, dat-
ing and sex always involve
tricky questions about when
you should disclose your HIV-
status to a partner.
But if the laws of the

Bahamas change, such decisions
will have legal ramifications.
Failing to disclose HIV sta-
tus to a partner may in the
future expose an individual to
criminal prosecution or to being
sued by your sexual partner.
However at the moment,
criminal convictions for expos-
ing another person to HIV
through sex are rare around the
In the US for example, since
the beginning of the AIDS epi-
demic, more than 300 people
have been criminally prosecuted
for exposing another person to
HIV intentionally.
Oily a fraction of these cases
involve exposure through con-
sensual sex. The others involve
activities such as biting, scratch-
ing and spitting, or violent sex
crimes such as rape.
In the initial stages of HIV,
no symptoms appear usually
for more than a year. A person
who engages in sex or donates
blood during this time may
therefore have no reasonable
basis upon which to suspect that
he or she is transmitting a virus,
and any laws.
The political issues are many,
and a number of them are listed
in the entry for "criminal trans-

missions of HIV" on the ',
research website ,
Lawmakers need to justify ",
why HIV/AIDS should be
treated differently from, infec-
tion with gonorrhea which
increases the risk of HIV infec-
tion. "
For those who believe that '
every person is responsible for
the management their own.
health, any medical complica-
tions of consensual but unpro- :
tected sex might be seen as aris-
ing from the mutual decision of
two persons.
There could be human, civ- ',
il and constitutional privacy
rights to consider.
Will screening become com-
If intentional or reckless
transmission is criminalised,
those who might be infected
could decline to be tested so '
that they will not actually have ,.
knowledge of their status. This
could have serious conse-
quences for public health.
Efforts were made to speak -,
with the Attorney General's ,
office about the possibility of
legislation on the matter, but .
the calls were not returned up
to press time.




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Psychiatrists testify

in murder trial of

Cordell Farrington


called to testify in the
Supreme Court yesterday
about the state of mind of
accused murderer Cordell
Farrington at the time of the
murder of Jamaal Robbins.
Dr Michael Neville was
the first to testify. As a
defence witness he told the
court that Farrington suf-
fered from an "abnormality
of mind" at the time Rob-
bins was murdered.
Dr Neville told the court
that he conducted four
extensive interviews with
the accused between Janu-
ary and March 2004.
Based on what he was told
by the accused during that
time, Dr Neville said that in
his opinion Farrington suf-
fered from a severe disor-
Dr Neville told the court
that Farrington suffered
from anti-social personality
disorder and borderline per-
sondlity disorder.
He said that Farrington
also suffered from pae-
dophilia, having a specific
sexual attraction to young
boys, although this prefer-
ence was not exclusive.
The doctor explained that
although Farrington had this
specific attraction, he was
also capable of having sex
with adult males and
Dr Neville told the court
that Farrington also suffered
from "marked impulsivity".
He said that because of
SFarrington's anti-social per-
sonality disorder, there was
a disconnection between his
emotions and the things he

-The doctor explained that
although most people dis-
play emotions when dealing
with terrible things, Far-
rington displayed almost a
complete lack of emotion
when he spoke of the crime.
The doctor said that
because of his border-line
personality disorder, Far-
rington either idolised or
hated people and appeared
to be unable to deal with
any form of rejection.
Dr Neville told the court
that these disorders may
have begun when Farring-


MURDER accused
Cordell Farrington

ton was a child.
He noted that Farrington
had been a temperamental
child and children like that
need more nurturing than
others. He said Farrington
claimed he never received
Dr Neville told the court
That during his discussion
with Farrington, he learned
that as a child, the accused
was moved repeatedly fo
different care-givers.
As a result of this, Far-
rington felt rejected, Dr
Neville said.
He said the accused also:
told him that as a child he
was sexually abused by a
male relative who he did not
identify specifically.
Dr Neville went on to tes-
tify that according to Far-
rington's Sandilands file, he
admitted himself to the
facility because of cocaine
The doctor told the court
that during the session with
Farrington, the accused told
him of his close relationship
with Jamaal Robbins.
He said that Farrington
told him that he had met
Jamaal while they were both
attending Sandilands for
drug addiction.
Dr Neville said it was at
that time that Farrington
learned that he was HIV
positive and this would have
affected his state of mind.
The doctor went on to
state that when Robbins lat-
er told him that he was mov-
ing to Nassau, Farrington
thought of ways to prevent
him from.leaving.
Dr Neville said that in his
opinion, while the murder
did not have much planning

behind it, Farrington would
have thought about it days
before the event.
The doctor said that at the
time Robbins was killed,
Farrington' would have
known right from wrong. He
said that Farrington suffered
from abnormality of mind at
the time.
Dr Neville said that
although this was not total -
to the point of insanity it
was more than minimal.
The psychiatrist said Far-
rington told him that all his
life, he collected animal
bones and that he kept
Jamaal's bones as well.
Dr Neville said Farring-
ton told him that he decided
to confess to the murder
because he had had impuls-
es to kill again.
He said the accused
appeared to have above
average intellect.


Dr Timothy Barrett, a
prosecution witness, said
that he met with Farrington
earlier this year.
After meeting with the
accused, Dr Barrett said that
he had concluded that Far-
rington understood right
from wrong at the time
Jamaal Robbins was killed.
He also testified that the
accused had traits of bor-
derline and anti-social per-
sonality disorder and that
Farrington appeared to have
an above average intellect.
Dr Barrett said Farring-
ton told him that on his sec-
ond admission to Sandilands
in 2001, he discovered
that he had contracted
The doctor said that when
he spoke to Farrington
about it, the accused dis-
missed the subject immedi-
During cross-examination
by Farrington's attorney, Dr
Barrett admitted that Far-
rington had told him that
during his childhood he had
sex with dogs.
The doctor said he also
got the impression that Far-
rington liked to have sex
with young boys.
Dr Barrett could not say
to what degree the person-
ality disorders affected Far-
rington's mental faculties at
the time he killed Jamaal
Robbins, but noted that they
were present.


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serves as the resident expert on data retrieval and management through an expert
knowledge of SQL and stored procedures, providing technical support to developers
as needed. The DBA works closely with the Manager of Data Security to implement
prescribed security rules and policies as determined at the database level. The DBA
performs special application turning duties to improve performance on application
systems for billing, accounting, and customer service and other applications.

The DBA acts as the organizer, planner, problem solver, and overall leader for the BTC
It databases. This position requires regular interactions with internal customers to
understand their existing and strategic business needs and that service levels are being
met effectively and on time. The DBA maintains adequate documentation and
communication of all related system upgrades, outages, and modifications, keeping
Business Partners well informed of changes in policies and procedures. This position
interfaces frequently with other IT staff to resolve issues, implement upgrades, and
deliver solutions.


Manage the day-to-day health of the IT Oracle, DB2 and SQL production databases
Implement and support various test and training database instances as required
Installs new databases, configures them, tunes them, and monitors performance
Utilizes diagnostic tools and explain plans to identify database performance issues
Modifies the database schema where require to implement application system upgrades
SMaintains database currency through migration of releases and patch implementation
SResearches database patches to determine their suitability for implementation on
specific systems
Troubleshoots database problems and performance issues
Works with developers to design and create new application databases
Works closely with the Backup and Archival Specialist to Implement database backup
procedures to ensure that data is comprehensively copied
Manages and configures database storage, monitors space, plans for future growth,
and manages the growth and performance of the IT databases
Works closely with the Manager of Data Security and implements prescribed security
policies and procedures
Acts as tier 2 Help Desk support to troubleshoot and resolved database issues in a
24 x 7 environment
Implements systems diagnostic and alarming tools for early detection and notification
of potential problems
Stays current with new system offerings and technology, analyzes new technology
and makes recommendations where applicable
Works closely with System Administrator Operating Systems, and Systems Architect
to provide and maintain a comprehensive IT technical architecture
Manages and tracts all reported issues received and escalated from the IT Level 1 /
2 Service Desk
Regularly interacts with internal customers to understand their existing and strategic
business needs and that support service levels are being met effectively and on time
Communicates policy and procedural changes; develops, reviews and updates standard
operating procedure manuals for the hardware and software platform support
Escalates and notifies management of all organization issues or situations that affects
the overall operational effectiveness of the technical architecture
Perform other job-related duties as assigned by management


This position will report to the Manager, Technical Services.


1. Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Information
Engineering, Information Systems, Management Information Systems or equivalent
industry experience in related fields;

2. 7+ years experience managing, implementing and maintaining Oracle databases;

3. 7+ years experience managing, implementing and maintaining DB2 databases;

4. 5 years experience with AIX, OS 400, Windows and Linux operating systems;

5 Strong leadership ability;

6. 1 year experience utilizing a storage area network (SAN);

7. Strong working knowledge of systems support and maintenance processes (includes
problem management and tracking, SLA management release / Version management,
escalations and notifications);

8. Strong working knowledge of formal project and development methodologies (includes
SDLC processes, change management discipline, and project management processes).


1. Working knowledge of OS 400, AIX, Windows, Solaris, and Linux operating systems;
2. Strong leadership ability with the ability to lead and take charge of a technical area;
3. Strong knowledge of database security, knowledge of Peoplesoft security is a plus;
4. Ability to utilize performance tools to identify application system performance issues;
5. Ability to monitor and tune databases to maintain maximum performance;
6. Expert knowledge of SQL and Stored Procedures;
7. Working knowledge of UNIX security, OS 400 security, Window and Linux Security
8. Ability to establish organization standards, operating procedures, SLA's and develop
9. Knowledge and experience with trouble management, systems management and
remote administration tools and technologies;
10. Knowledge of project management processes, applications (MS Project) and
11. Strong written and verbal communications skills;
12. Ability to effectively communicate complex technical concepts and ideas in a non-
technical, simple manner;
13. Proficient skills utilizing MS Office tools and applications.

All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive,
no later than August 25, 2006 and addressed as follows:



A leading Hedge Fund Investment Manager in Global Emerging Markets is
currently seeking to employ highly motivated and organized individuals for its
expanding team. Both positions require a sound knowledge of accounting principles and
practical experience with Access software.

Fund Administrator:
To be the in-house liaison between the Investment Manager and local
administrators by receiving Net Asset Value calculations and approving such
within a timely fashion and with a high level of accuracy, while at the same time
maintaining a dynamic portfolio using Access software.

* A Bachelor's degree in Accounting, Finance, Economics or Professional
Accounting designation
* Affinity with investments and figures
* A team player, able to cope with individual responsibilities
* Highly accurate and excellent communication skills
* Experience in the financial arena or at a fund administration firm is an advantage

Settlements Officer:
Responsible for liaising with counterpart brokerage firms and custodians to settle
international trades of equities, fixed income products and derivatives. To ensure that all
trading activity concludes by the predetermined settlement date.

* A Bachelor's degree in accounting, finance, economics or professional accounting
* Affinity with investments and figures
* A team player, able to cope with individual responsibilities
* Highly accurate and excellent communication skills
* Experience in the financial area or at a fund administration firm is an advantage

Please email your resume to





Lawsuit seeks Treasury documents on frozen loans to Haitii

A HUMAN rights group
asked a federal judge Tuesday
to force the Treasury Depart-
ment to release information
about whether it blocked mil-
lions of dollars in development
loans to Haiti, according to
Associated Press.
The dispute dates back to
2001, when international
lenders suspended more than
$500 million in loans and

grants to the impoverished
country after President Jean-
Bertrand Aristide's party
swept to victory in legislative
elections that opponents said
were rigged.
The Robert F Kennedy
Memorial Center for Human
Rights says the U.S. govern-
ment wrongly told the Inter-
American Development Bank
to withhold $146 million in
loans approved for public health
and education in Haiti, the

poorest country in the Western
Aristide called the move
"genocidal." Eighty per cent of
the country's 8 million residents
lives in abject poverty.
The center filed a Freedom
of Information Act request in
2003 seeking documents about
the U.S. government's role in
blocking the loans. The lending
process is not supposed to be
political, the centre said.
Though international aid to

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The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications
from suitably qualified individuals for the position of Senior
Associate/Network Operations IT in its Audit Department.


To perform audits and other engagement or duties for the Internal Audit
Department, thereby assisting the Company to achieve its objectives.
To plan, organize, conduct, and formally report on a scheduled
engagement in accordance with Internal Audit's methodology as well
as the Standards for the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing and
the general standards for Information Systems Auditing. Provide
independent and objective appraisal of activities to ascertain the adequacy
of systems and controls.

Confidentiality under any and all circumstances is mandatory.


1. Direct and perform independent reviews and evaluations of the
SCompany's operations and activities.
2. Contribute to a number of internal audit reports of varying
complexity annually. Reports average 8-12 pages in length and
usually support numerous recommendations. Recommendations
are thoroughly researched and discussed with responsible
managers. Recommendations are not necessarily bound by
existing policy, and should affect controls, efficiencies and savings
on all operational areas.
3. Exercise discretion in the review of records to ensure
confidentiality of all matters that comes to the auditor's attention.
4. Facilitate Internal Audit's administration function including
presenting bi-weekly timesheets, weekly status reports, responding
to and issuing correspondence to external parties through Internal
Audit Department's Management, presenting reports and
promoting the Internal Audit Function, etc.
5. For all audit engagements.
Perform or assist in the performance of preliminary research
for assigned audits in accordance with the Internal Auditing
methodology, including conduction interviews with
operational managers, supervisors, and staff member; flow
charting audit operational procedures and conducting risk
Determine or assist in the determination of appropriate audit
approaches, scope and tools for assigned audits.
Perform test of controls using appropriate audit tools and
Compile findings in a clear and concise manner in accordance
with the internal audit guidelines and format;
Confer with management, consult reference materials and
other sources, and use knowledge and experience to devise
practical remedies for deficiencies noted and make
recommendations for corrective actions;
Document and compile audit evidence and working papers
in accordance with Internal Audit methodology and standards,
and present the same for review;
Other duties and tasks as required by Unit Manager or Senior


1. Bachelor's degree and four years related experience in a
telecommunications industry is desirable;
2. Ability to communicate effectively, both verbally and in writing
with all levels of staff;
3. Must be able to manage time effectively.

Must have at least one of the following certifications: CCNA, CISSP,
All applications are to be received at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F.
Kennedy Drive, no later than AUGUST 24, 2006 and addressed as


Haiti has since been restored
and a new government is in
place, the centre says it needs to
know the motives behind the
"There's a precedent for
intervention that can stop these
loans at a critical point and
there's no guarantee this isn't
going to happen again," said
Monika Kalra Varma, the cen-
ter's acting director. "We don't
think we can effectively battle
that today if we don't under-
stand how it happened."
The lawsuit, filed in a Wash-
ington federal court, seeks an
order forcing treasury officials
to comply with the information
Neither the Treasury Depart-
ment nor the Inter-American
Development Bank had an
immediate comment Tuesday

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Video of frail Castro

prompts Cubans

to imagine a future

without him

THE government video of a
weakened Fidel Castro conva-
lescing in bed brought an unde-
niable truth home to Cubans on
Tuesday: neither he nor Cuba
will ever be the same, according
to Associated Press.
The images released Monday
night of Cuba's 80-year-old
"unconquerable commander in
chief" reassured anxious
Cubans that he was alive, com-
fortable and recovering after
SBut the post-surgery pho-
tboraphs aid video also are
helping Cubans "gradually grow
accustomed to" the idea of a
Cuba without their "Maximum
Leader", at the helm, according
to historian Manuel Cuesta-
Morua, a government oppo-
"The video gives a positive
idea, that he is recovering," said
Cuesta-Morua, who describes
himself as a social democrat
who wants more civil liberties in
Cuba. "At the same time, it
gives me the impression that he
doesn't have the ability to
return to his duties."
With the details of Castro's
illness being treated as a "state
secret," Cubans and the world
are in the dark about how sick
he really is, what ails him, and
what kind of surgery he had two
weeks ago before announcing
July 31 he was temporarily ced-
ing power to his younger broth-
er Raul.
Cubans have remained calm
while awaiting further word
from the Communist Party,
which has called on them to
remain faithful to their leader
and his revolution.
"Get well, Comandante,"
Rolando Alfonso Borges, a
Communist Party Central Com-
mittee member wrote Tuesday
in Granma, the party's newspa-
per. "You know that our people
are the guarantor, that the Rev-
olution came to stay, that we
would defend it with blood and
fingernails if necessary."
But Cubans have never
before seen Castro as fragile as
he looked Monday night on the
10-minute video broadcast on
state television, which showed
him receiving an 80th birthday
visit Sunday from his brother
Raul and Venezuelan President
Hugo Chavez.
The man who ruled Cuba for
47 years before stepping aside
didn't once lift his head from

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the adjustable bed, its back
propped at an angle. His long
fingers rested in the hand of
Chavez, who treated him with
the affection of a son for his
Previously, Castro's most vul-
nerable moment came during
an accidental fall in October
2004 that shattered his left
kneecap and broke his right
arm. Cubans were stunned to
see him shortly afterward in a
wheelchair, then more aston-
ished a few weeks later when
he began walking again.
It was not entirely clear why
the Cuban government, which
has taken great pains over the
years to protect Castro's physi-
cally invincible image, allowed
him to be seen sick this time.
But the need to prove to
Cubans and the world that Cas-
tro was still alive, conscious and
coherent after two weeks with-
out any information about his
condition may have prevailed.
Seeing Castro convalescing
elicited profound feelings of
sympathy and even affection
among many Cubans who seem
to consider him part of their
family, even if they don't always
agree with him.
"We were so sad without
knowing anything for so long"
about Castro's condition, said
Coralina Bauta, 59, who works

in Old Havana. "But this made
me happy."
"He looks sick, I think his
recovery is going to take some .
while," 43-year-old driver'
Manuel Gonzalez said Tuesday.
"He needs a lot of recovery
Privately, Cubans said that
Seven if he recovers and reas.
sumes the presidency, the
bearded former guerrilla,
famous' for staying up all night
and micromanaging multiple
projects, will have to adopt a
less rigorous schedule and learn
how to delegate.
Cuesta-Morua said Castro
should consider stepping aside.
permanently and "complete thd
succession process."
Other Cubans don't go that
"We're going to have the
Comandante-for a while," said
71-year-old Manuel Raul Ruiz,
who joined the Castro brothers
in the guerrilla war that even-
tually overthrew the govern:
ment of dictator Fulgencio
Although Ruiz said he didn't
expect Castro to die soon, he
did accept that someday he'll
be gone something few
Cubans would even admit sev-
eral years ago.
"The revolution will go ahead
with or without him," Ruiz said.


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Education crisis

is far bigger

than you think

"...the stagnation and decline
in the overall quality of Bahamian
education has occurred during the
greatest expansion of the world's
knowledge base.
"...technical change and intel-
lectual growth will affect jobs,
individuals and countries.
"The keys to survive and thrive
are 1.) Be smart and 2.) Operate
in an environment that allows for
"Countries have to learn to see
themselves as they really are and
then make the positive decision
to take the right steps. "

DESPITE 40 years of
Government spending
on education, the functional illit-
eracy of Bahamian youth today is
so great that the Minister of Edu-
cation calls it an "education cri-
sis", a crisis that was clearly
defined by the Coalition for Edu-
cation Reform in its June 2005
report "Bahamian Youth: The
Untapped Resource".
The reason this is important
now is that the country faces an
embarrassing skills shortage giv-
en the job openings that will be
created by the presently
approved foreign investments.
Simply put there may not be
enough qualified Bahamians to
fill the jobs created and a far
greater than expected number of
foreign workers may be needed.
But the need to solve the edu-
cation crisis is bigger and broad-
er than that suggested by simply
looking at BGCSE test scores
and the need for foreign work-
ers in tourism.
The world is being driven by
economic and technological
forces that challenge the eco-
niomic and political status quo in
all countries big and small.
SIncreasingly in today's world
work gets done where it can be
done most efficiently; modern
telecommunications and trans-
portation systems, especially
Rapidly evolving computer hard-
ware and software, make that
possible. The products range
from multi-million dollar aircraft
to computers, computer software
and kitchen appliances.
The Boeing 787 Dream-Liner,
for instance, was conceived in
Seattle but designed, in part, on.
French software by aircraft engi-
ieers in Russia. Twenty-five per-
cent of the aircraft will be built
abroad and it will be assembled
in Seattle.
Educational Excellence
The competition for such
"internationally sourced work"
has created a race to achieve edu-
'cational excellence. A good
example is India.
"In 1951, to his enduring cred-
it, Jawaharlal Nehru, India's first
prime minister, set up the first of
India's seven Indian Institutes of
Technology (IITs). In the fifty
years since then, hundreds of
thousands of Indians have com-
peted to gain entry and then
graduate from these IITs and
their private school equivalents.
Given India's 1 billion-plus pop-
ulation, this competition pro-
duces a phenomenal knowledge
meritocracy. It's like a factory
churning out and exporting some
of the most gifted engineering,
computer science, and software
talent on the globe. The IITs
became islands of excellence by
not allowing the general debase-
ment of the Indian system to low-
er their exacting standards."
For most of their first fifty
years, these IITs were one of the
greatest bargains America ever
had. It was as if someone
installed a brain drain that filled
up in New Delhi and emptied
into Silicon Valley, California.
Because of modern telecom-
munications developed in the
1990s this work is being done
more and more in India rather
than Silicone Valley. Further-
more, China with its 1.3 billion
people is now working on a mas-
sive scale to surpass both India
and the U.S. (Reference: Thomas
*L. Friedman, The World Is Flat,
'page 104).
Unfortunately, the stagnation
and decline in the overall quality
*of Bahamian education has oc-
,curred during the greatest expan-
:sion of the world's knowledge.
Non-Biological Intellgence
And this expansion is continu-
;ing and accelerating as the elec-
,tronic computer extends intelli-
'gence further beyond man's bio-
,-logical limits.
The first giant computer was
*the Electronic Numerical Inte-
,grator and Computer (ENIAC)
.built in 1943 that was first used to

*design the hydrogen bomb. It
*contained 17,000 vacuum tubes,
'70,000 resisters, 10,000 capacitors


and 5 million hand-soldered
joints. It weighed 27 tons.
Two-years ago a silicon chip
measuring 0.02 inches square had
the same computing capacity.
That is truly revolutionary.
(Google Search: Wikipedia, ENI-
Computer construction has
changed from a clearly visible
operation to one where circuits
are printed on silicon wafers with
the help of microscopes that can
"see" objects one seven thou-
sandth of a human hair (one
nanometer) in size.
Because of this revolution -
Today's electronic circuits
are millions of times faster than
the neuronal connections in the
human brain. (Ref.: Ray
Kurzweil, Fantastic Voyage, page
The power of information
technologies, as measured by
their performance/cost ratios,
etc., is doubling about every year.
(Ref: Ray Kurzweil, The Singu-
larity Is Near, page 25).
Computing now goes beyond
storing, manipulating and trans-
mitting numbers to include voice
and pattern recognition, etc.,
functions formerly the sole
domain of the human mind. This
is the new world of Artificial
Intelligence (AI). In the world
of AI many service jobs are like-
ly to be radically changed and
gravitate to the most efficient.
To be more specific let us look
at an example outside tourism
that is currently a hot topic in the
Bahamas. That is healthcare and
where nanotechnology and
micro-biology merge.
Nanotechnology is the design
of structures, devices and systems
as small as one nanometer.
The science of micro-biology
began in 1987 with the first sci-
entific paper on Deoxyribonu-
cleic Acid, "DNA", the "mole-
cule of heredity" located in each
human cell. It is responsible for
human development and most
inherited traits that range from
hair colour to the, susceptibility
to disease.
The group of critical genes, the
human genome, is only 3 per cent
of the 50,000 to 100,000 genes in
a human that encode proteins.
As a result of the human
genome project we now are at
the beginning of a new era, an
era where "drug therapy is pre-
cisely targeting key steps in the
process of atherosclerosis (the
cause of heart disease), cancerous
tumour formation, and the meta-
bolic processes underlying each
major disease and the aging
In this new era Micro-biology
and Nanotechnology are expect-
ed to produce drug-delivery vehi-
cles that deposit a drug in a dis-
eased area in the exact amount
needed. Such an advance in
healthcare should affect the sta-
tus quo. (Ref: Kurzweil, Singu-
larity, page 212 and Google
Search, Wikipeidia, Nanotech-
And this is directly relevant to
the proposed Bahamian national
health care system. In this regard
please refer to Nadeem Esmail,
Health Insurance in the
Bahamas. (Ref: Google Search,
Nassau Institute, Health Insur-
ance in the Bahamas).
We live in a world where tech-
nical change and intellectual
growth will affect jobs, individu-
als and countries.
The keys to survive and thrive
are -
1. Be smart and
2. Operate in an environment
that allows for flexibility.
Being smart means productive
investments in humans. In the
case of the Bahamas the present
level of functional illiteracy
leaves the average Bahamian and
the country poorly prepared for
this century. And it should be no
comfort that many other coun-
tries have the same problem.
Flexibility is moulded by a
country's cultural endowment
since that endowment deter-
mines its ability to absorb for-
eign ideas and best practices and
meld those with its own tradi-
tions. According to the Chief
Executive Officer of the Indian
high-tech trade association, "CiLl-
tures that are open and willing to
change have a huge advantage
in this world."
Countries have to learn to see
themselves as they really are and
then make the positive decision
to take the right steps.

The Nassau Institute



Vice President of Training

The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications for the above position from
suitably qualified persons with relevant experience in the telecommunications or related industry.

The Vice President of Training will contribute to the Company's success by creating and driving the
education, training and professional development strategy to ensure that employees are adequately
trained and developed and that organizational performance is maximized and enhanced as a result
of the investment of training dollars. This position will set the strategic direction and oversee the
establishment of a training facility; "The University of BTC", to develop career development programs
for BTC's technical (engineering, network services, IP), customer service, managerial, IT, executive and
staff positions to properly match employee interests with the present and future skill requirements of
the Company.

General Responsibility

This position reports to the President & Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for directing the
education, training and development plans, policies, procedures, systems and related activities. More
specifically, this position is responsible for aligning the Training & Development function with the
business strategies of BTC by developing and conducting programs that result in enhanced performance
by employees who are knowledgeable about the critical functions of their jobs and have the current
training and development skills to meet the business needs of BTC.


1. Establish an effective training facility; "The University of BTC" and develop and administer the
Company's education, training & development policies, procedures and programs.

2. Accountable for overseeing and coordinating all training and development activities that will
accomplish the acquisition of new skills, behavioral changes, a customer-focused workforce,
individual improvements in quality, improvement in cost control and cost reduction.

3. Establish and maintain training opportunities to enhance individual competence by focusing
on the acquisition of the skills, knowledge and abilities employees require to enable them to
function effectively within the scope of their jobs.

4. Promote long-term individual career development processes that properly matches the
employees' interests with the present and future needs of BTC's for the achievement of its
strategic goals, results in increased employee satisfaction, meets staffing needs of the future,
and develops critical employee skills.

5. Confer with executives, management and employees to gain knowledge of work situations
,that require training to betterunrderstand changes in policies, procedures, regulations, business
initiatives and technologies.. ,

6. Ensure the development of a competent workforce by researching, planning, organizing and
conducting training programs, seminars and conferences for technical, administrative/clerical,
supervisory, management and executive staff.

7. Formulate training policies, programs and schedules based on knowledge of identified training
needs, company processes, business systems or changes in products, services or procedures.

8. Review and update existing programs to reflect core values of the company. Organizes, writes
and coordinates training manuals that include course content. Writes material for new training
programs, reviews, evaluates and modifies existing programs and recommends appropriate

9. Establish a functioning Training Centre where a training facility exists, training materials, reference
library, testing and evaluation procedures, visual aids, multimedia and other educational materials
and all the necessary resources have been communicated.

10. Prepare and monitor the training budget to ensure that training costs do not exceed allocated

11. Plan and direct all approved in-house training programs by coordinating the planning and
classroom facilities, selecting the appropriate instructional procedures, equipment and supplies
to be used.

12. Direct and control the activities of all BTC's employees while on external training programs
sponsored by the Corporation so that training objectives may be realized.

13. Direct and supervise all personnel while serving as instructors for BTC's in-house training

14. Administer BTC's Tuition Reimbursement and Certification Programs.

15. Build, recruit, train and organize an effective Education, Training & Development division.


A Bachelor's degree in Arts or Science with emphasis in human resources development with a minimum
of ten (10) years of managerial experience in a human resources management or education, training
& development environment.

The successful candidate should possess:
Superior understanding of and experience in Education, Training & Development fundamentals
and concepts;

Excellent written, oral, organizational and communication skills;

Proven success in designing and building an effective training & development function and


Attractive salary and other benefits commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All applications are to bereceived at BTC's Head Office, 21 John F. Kennedy Drive, no later than
Wednesday, August 16"', 2006 and addressed as follows:

Vice President/Human Resources
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited
John F. Kennedy Drive
P. O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas

Re:Vice President of Training

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Global communication and how

to make the BTC dinosaur extinct


o -'."

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^ '/
* .^.

T AST year, BTC intro-
L-Jduced a new look as
part of a plan to "foster
improvement on every level of
the communications spectrum."
The new corporate clothing
retired BTC's earlier slogan -
"the Right Choice" in favour
of a slightly less risible one
claiming to be our "Connection
to the World". This was a step
toward "evolving and re-brand-
ing the company," the press
releases said.
But evolution at BTC resem-
bles creationism more than sci-
ence in other words, this is
the way it always has been, and
that's the way it will stay. It's
been almost a decade since we
started talking about telecoms
liberalisation as a matter of
urgency, and ain't nothing hap-
pen yet, although State Finance
Minister James Smith pops up
every now and then with an
occasional update.
Years ago the government's
original telecoms sector policy
called for updated legislation,
the sale of 49 per cent of BaTel-
Co to a strategic partner, a new
regulatory body, immediate
competition in the internet mar-
ket, and the gradual opening up
of other telecom services..
Internet service was liber-
alised, with the result that Cable
Bahamas won the lion's share of
the market over 25,000
Coralwave subscribers com-
pared to 11,000 Batelnet users
today. Fixed voice service was
then opened up, but BTC con-
tinues to thwart Indigo's plans
while jealously guarding its
mobile phone monopoly (there

are almost twice as many cell
phones as there are landlines in
the country today). And
although most international
players shied away from a
minority stake in BTC three
years ago, at least two groups
did make offers of up to $130
million which the govern-
ment spurned.
So instead of bringing in rev-
enue to help cover the coun-
try's huge deficit, BTC has been
on a clueless spending spree -

Leon Williams, the acting GM
who was bizarrely promoted
over his boss after being sus-
pended for making an unap-
proved $6 million decision, is

Rather tl1n removing the
dead hand of the state from
one of the world's most critical
growth technologies, BTC
continues to obstruct
competition and deny
service to consumers.

installing new'mobile phone sys-
tems that sometimes work,
repairing hurricane damage that
should never have happened
and adding expensive fibre-
optic cable links to our least
populated settlements. Rather
than removing the dead hand
of the state from one of the
world's most critical growth
technologies, BTC continues to
obstruct competitionmfnd deny
service to consumers.

n fact, it is the only thing
they know how to do well.

* Bethel Brothers Moricans
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
Nassau Street, P.O.Box N-1026


of #15 Roosevelt Avenue,
East Pyfrom Addition, will
be held on Thursday 11am
at St. George's Anglican
SChurch, Mt. Rose Avenue.
Rev. Fr. G. Kingsley
SKnowles, assisted by Rev.
Fr. Dr. Roland Hamilton and
Fr. Ivan Eldon will officiate.
Interment will be in
Lakeview Gardens, J.F.K. Drive.

Left to cherish his memories are his wife, Movena Bowe
Clarke; children, Joycelyn Szasz, Dayne Clarke, Georgina
Bolware of Atlanta, Georgia, Jasmine Young and Joyelle
McIntosh; grand children, Brandon Bolware of Atlanta,
Georgia, Celine, Sandor and Simone Szasz and Trent
McIntosh Jr.; sons-in-law, Zoltan Szasz, Willie Bolware
of Atlanta, Georgia, Darrin Young and Trent McIntosh Sr;
brothers, John, Phillip, Kenneth, Michael, Kevin, Gregory,
Kent and Bursil Clarke; sisters, Eloise and Sandra Clarke,
Dorothy Fernander of Tennessee, Olga Bethel and Cynthia
Tynes; sisters-in-law, Shirley, Lorraine, Anne, Desiree,
Audreyana and Tiffany Clarke, Agnes Charlow, Mary
Fritgerald and Martha Smith; brother-in-law, Danny Tynes;
cousins, Arthur Huyler of South Carolina, Godfrey, Roy,
Herbert and Andrew Huyler, Constance Gardiner, Iary
Clarke of Bimini, Geneva, Patsy, Eunice Boyce, Nathanial
Clarke of Florida and Nehemiah Clarke of Freeport; r*eces
Shirlean, Carolyn, Cynthia, Alicia, Philsha, Raquel, Iennia,
Kendra and Terese Clarke, Cecile Chinye of North (&lina,
Karon Fernander of Florida, Denise Culver of (Wgia,
Olayinka Burrows, Carla Edwards, honia Bethel,' hley
Alexis, Trazania, Kara and Tenisha Clarke; nephews,
Godfrey Fernanderof Georgia, Leslie and Darrin Clarle,
Andre, Terrance and Trevor Bethel, Dancyn, Dayman and
Dion Tynes, Cameron, Deneo and Antonio Clarke; thirteen
grand nieces, seventeen grand nephews, five great-grand
nieces, five great grand nephews; a host of other relatives
and friends including, the St. George's Parish ACM, the
Genesis Cell Group, the Guild to help the sick and the
needy, the Rev'd Dr. Fr. Roland Hamilton, Adrian Archer
and the entire St. George's Parish family, Mearlane Lewis,
William and Yvonne Watson, Basil Btllard and Oralee
Major, Ralph and Rose Brown, Mr and Mrs Melbourne'
Cartwright, Gillian Bethel, Lettcia Clarke:.Tayna Tynes.
Brent Edwards, Basil Charlow and Edward Fritzgerald,
the Male Medical II and Private Medical Wards of the
Princess Margaret Hospital, Velma Burrows and the staff
of PHA Physiotherapy, Collins Avenue, Manassah Deveaux,
Mr. Robert Newman, Mr Gus Rolle and family of Augusta
Street, the Curry's of Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, and all the
present and former residents of "The Valley" and Godfrey
Chinye, Frank Burrows and William Ciilver.

Friends may pay their last respects at Bethel Brothers
Morticians, Nassau Street on Wednesday from O1am to
6pm and on Thursday at the church from 10am to service

business customers over the
past two years and plans to,
launch residential service in a
month or so. And years after
Indigo was licensed, BTC began
appealing the decision and
recently asked the courts to:
declare that only it is authorised
to use VoIP technology in the
Although BTC would natu-
rally not respond to inquiries
on this matter, analysts say the.
goal is to drive Indigo out of
business: "This is typical behav-
iour in-markets that are being.
deregulated," one observer told
Tough Call. "But the genie is
out of the bottle and it is not.
going back in. As competitive
services gain a higher profile,
t'ncsniurrc will dlpman morP

s.o ntiuers will u nmaii more-
the chief obstructor, sources say. and, as technology advances
He is ably supported by Works what BTC does will become less.
Minister Bradley Roberts and and less important."
Financial Secretary Ruth Mil- The term VoIP refers to the
lar. James Smith and BTCs for- transport of voice over an inter-
mer GM, Michael Symonette, net protocol-based network. It
are said to be in the pro-pri- covers a range of activities -
vatisation camp. Internet phones are just one,
In an amazing example of
self-indulgence, the obstructors
at BTC are currently spending Tle Obst ct o
hundreds of thousands of dol- obstru t
lars of public money on litiga- currently s p nd
tion to hold back the rising tide
of technology and competition. of thousands of
Despite the egregious claim that
BTC is the Bahamas' "Connec- public money or
tion to the World", analysts say hold back the
that up to 70 per cent of outgo- hold back
ing international traffic bypass- tech Ology alnd
es BTC's network, with 30 to tec .
40 per cent of business sub-
scribers already using illicit
voice over Internet alternatives application. New carriers like;
such as Vonage or Skype. Indigo rely on VolP technology
Meanwhile, Indigo .--he. for their core networks, and
Bahamian company thaLt.was 'legacy carriers like BTC are
licen.-ed to operate ied voice rushi g to migrate their net-
service in2004-- has behen'qui work to VolP technology,
etly building its network among which is cheaper and easier to

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who died at her,
daughter's residence
in Imperial Park on
Friday, will be held'at
Ebenezer Methodist
Church, Shirley
Street on Thursday,
August 17th, 2006 at
11an1. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pastor Martin Loyley officiating.

She was pre-deceased by a son, Philip G.
Darville and is survived by three daughters,
Jean Darville, Eleanor Sherril and :Betty:
Thorne of Vancouver, Canada; one grand
sonr, Jason Thorne; three granddaughters,
Jeannie and Mandy Sherrill and Lisa Darville;,
two great grandchildren, Dylon and Hayleyi;
one son-in-law, Gordon Thorne; one brother,
Hartman Pinder; one sister, Mary Serjak of
Tyler, Texas; one nephew, Gordon Serjak of
Tyler, Texas; two nieces, Gaby and Gaylene
of Orlando, Florida; cousins, Wendy and
Michael Brohur, Simon, Kim and Dayna
Rodham; very dear friends, Joey Kemp,
Elaine and Murray Forde, Linda and Earl
Pinder, Rosie and William Higgs, Vera Lowe,
Eugen Albury and family and numerous
relatives and friends.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by
Pinder's Funeral Home, Palmdale Avenue,


In a bid to become more
proactive, BTC recently
launched its own Internet
phone service called Vibe. Like
its US-based competitor, Von-
age, BTC's Vibe offers cus-
tomers a foreign phone num-
ber and unlimited free calls to
either North America or
Europe for a flat monthly fee
that ranges from $35 to $45.
Calls to other areas cost a min-
imum of 20 cents a minute.
Vonage's commercial inter-
net phone service has led the
way in the US and by most
accounts has made impressive
gaiinsin the Bahamian market,
although it is theoretically illegal
like the prohibition of liquor
was in the US during the early
20th century. Vonage provides
the equivalent of full-service
landline telephony, through an
Internet connection and a tele-
phone adaptor box.
The only requirement for an
internet phone is a high-speed
internet connection, like Batel-
net or Coralwave. VoIP phones
have all the usual features such
as voicemail, call forwarding,
caller id and call waiting, but
unlike regular phone service,
these features are included free.
Vonage now has almost 2

sat BTCare
ing hundreds
dollars of
Slitigation to
sing tide of

million subscribers today,
although it is still losing money
as itLries to build market share.
Meanwhile, computer-based
services such as eBay's Skype
programme offer voice calls that
are completely free.
Skype is a peer-to-peer ser-
vice created by the inventors of
the file-sharing software called
Kazaa. It provides free tele-
phony between computer users
without relying on a central
infrastructure. Skype has been
downloaded by more than 100
million users worldwide and
calls can be made via a simple
headset or USB phone.
But the biggest impact on
telecommunications is likely to
come from the new Wi-Fi
phones that are now being
introduced. These let consumers
use wireless home and office
internet connections to make
calls,:and will soon be able to
roam seamlessly between cel-
lular and IP networks. The bot-
tom line is that VoIP networks
are easier to build and operate
and offer consumers better and
cheaper service.

So where will that leave
the dinosaurs at BTC?
Probably looking sheepish.
Meanwhile, the supporters of
privatization continue to talk to
a consortium of private equity
firms led by Bluewater Ven-
tures, an investment vehicle
.headed by John Gregg, who is a
former chief executive at NTL
Britain's largest cable com-

There is also talk that Cable &,
Wireless, Digicel and Columbus ,.
Communications are waiting in,,
the eventually snap up
what remains of BTC after the.. -
obstructors have had their way;,._
Both Cable & Wireless and Dig- -
icel were initially part of the pri-"
vatisation process that was proL',
nounced dead by the govern-'
ment at the end of 2003.
C&W is a British company-''
that operated monopoly tele-"
coms services in much of the'
English-speaking Caribbean for'
decades. It is reported to be try-
ing to sell its regional portfolio: :
to Carlos Slim, the billionaire
who owns Mexico's Telmex
mobile phone operator.
Digicel is an Irish mobile
operator that over the past five
years has built a $1.2 billion-
regional network extending ,
from Trinidad to Bermuda and .
from the Turks & Caicos to
Cayman a total of 22 markets.
Columbus Communications
is a Barbados corporation that
owns telecoms providers in 19.',
regional markets including---
Cable Bahamas, Caribbean'
Crossings, Merit Communica-
tions and FibraLink Jamaica.
Analysts say that any BTC '
buyer must have the stomach'"i
to deal with the politics, handle
the union and fix a broken com-
pany: "There are great oppor-".
tunities throughout the'
Caribbean but investors have
limited capital and management.,
resources and the Bahamas is
a difficult environment in which
Sto operate.
"My view is that neither Dig-""-
icel or Columbus'will chase
BTC, but if it was offered onf"''
reasonable terms one or both'
could step up. In short, for
telecommunication investments, -
other regional markets are'
much better prospects."

M oqstof the English:-'
speaking Caribbean "
has already opened their tele-
coms markets to competition foi
the region's four million active
phones. Cell phones are the pre-'
ferred choice of users, there is
an almost seamless roaming.
throughout the region, one prnce,
within and between most-';-
islands, and international call '
are now 70 per cent cheaper.
The big question here is: How
long will Bahamians be held to'.. -
In June BTC launched a pro- '
motion in Abaco for their GSM "
mobile phone service, which is.
not yet fully operational. Using
the ironic theme "Happy.,..
Together", BTC said it was."
being "forced to deliver more
efficient service." After feasting'
on filet mignor and shrimp at
the exclusive Winding Bay Club'
BTC reportedly gave away '
million dollars worth of activat-
ed GSM phones, along with oth-: K
Ser expensive promotion items.
Since BTC has a monopoly
on cell phones and Bahamians,
investors and visitors are des-,
perate for service, this alone
should be proof that the corpo-:
ration and its management.
should fold their tents and go-
quietly into that good night.
What do you think?
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FROM page one
sons, especially if they are
demanding money.
The advertisement stated:
"Do you have a family mem-
ber or a friend on the AIDS
ward or at home? Do not
count them out just yet their
healing miracle is here.
Through my Lord and Sav-
iour Jesus Christ and my
father Jehovah they will be
healed from AIDS."
In the advertisement
"Brother Peter" also profess-
es to be able to perform mira-
cles of healing on persons with
cancer, Parkinson's disease,
kidney or liver diseases, bar-
ren women or drug addicts.
This is ibt the first time an
advertisementfof this nature
ha' appeared, said Mrs Bain,
however, when it does, the
information is passed on to Dr
Perry Gomez, Director of the
National HIV/AIDS Pro-
Officials say that at present
no measures are in place to
deal with this kind of situa-
Most advertisements of this
nature, said Mrs Bain, are not
treated as serious, they are a
However, in instances
where persons advertise actu-
al medication of any form,
they are referred to the ed-
ical Board. '
All efforts to reach "'toth-
er Peter" failed. The Minist.
of Health was also contactledi
to find out What legislative
measures might be in place to
make these self-proclaimed
"healers" liable for their false
promises. This effort also


FROM page one

ment is not stalling because
"there would probably be an
early election if pressures
from the United States
comes on the Christie gov-
ernment to extradite Mr
Knowles. provided' alJhe
legal ramifications'hbiv9,een
dealt with." .Al
The long extfriadion
process stretches back
almost to the turn of the
century. The US:.go'g ern-
ment first sought Kh'iowles'
transfer in 2000.
Mr Symnonette said he
was informed that, whatev-
er legal recourse Mr
Knowles had was relin-
quished by the recent Privy
Council ruling. But he said
there was probably "tax-
ing" legal paperwork to be
"There was some refer-
ence made to a pending
proceeding going on for
habeas .corpus in the
Bahamas," he said.
"Howevei rI would hope
that the PLP would soon
release Mr Knowles (into
custody) in order to main-
tain good relations with the
United States."
Senator Carl Bethel said
allegations woild release Mr Knowles
post-election as a voting
strategy is not an appropri-
ate exercise of a govern-
ment officially responsible
for making such a decision,
"The grounds on which
the Foreign Affairs Minis-.
ter.exercises power are set
out in the Extradition Act.
I can't see how a political
strategic decision can be
made in a matter like this."
He said he doesn't give
any credence to those PLP
sources, and hopes that
these "stalling" claims do
not reflect Mr Mitchell's
point of view.
However, a political
source said it was possible
the PLP could call an early
election for a dual purpose:
to catch the FNM off-guard
before it gets into its stride,
and,to avoid having to
make a decision on the
Knowles affair before the
public goes to the.polls.

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Captain Jackson Ritchie may

run for Long Island seat

Chief Reporter

CAPTAIN Jackson Ritchie,
who made headlines this year
as heading the Bahamas-based
Global United that was in the

process of closing a deal to
purchase Discovery Cruise
Line, may run as an indepen-
dent candidate in Long Island.
While Mr Ritchie would not
comment on this report, he
said there was interest in him
running for the seat, but it was

Body found with

hands and feet bound

FROM page one

Evain aid there were no signs of physical trauma, stab or gunshot
wounds about the body, which made it extremely difficult for law
officials to classify the country's latest homicide victim.
Mr Evans explained: "The body was found just after 7am ... an
autopsy will be performed to discover the exact cause of death."
Meanwhile, Theophelus Storr, said he was devastated by the
news of his nephew's death.
He described "Dino", as he was affectionately known, as a hard-
working, business-oriented man, who loved his family.
"It was shocking for me to hear that this morning," Mr Storr said.
"Everyone is devastated and upset."
Mrr Storr said he saw his nephew three months ago and as usual
he was talking "about how to make more money."

too early for him to say that a
final decision had been
.:Long Island MP Larry
Cartwright, who himself won
the seat as an independent, is
aware of the possible threat
to his parliamentary seat. He
said he understands that Mrf
Ritchie has visited Long
Island twice within two weeks
and is due to return on Thurs-
Mr Cartwright said that
from what he understands
government is not offering a
candidate in the Long Island
race, therefore an indepen-
dent may be the only person
standing between him and a
return to the House of Assem-
However, he said, that since
he joined the FNM earlier this
year there has been renewed
interest in him as an'MP.. ,
"I don't see any challenge
there (in Mr Ritchie). People

are excited about me joining
the FNM and my support
would have increased tremen-
dously since January," he
One of the biggest chal-
lenges he faced in 2002 was
the fact that he was running
against former Long Island
incumbent, Jimmy Knowles
who was not only a veteran
politician, but also an FNM
Cabinet minister.


If elected once more, Mr
Cartwright said he will focus
on obtaining more infrastruc-
tural development for the
"Long Island has returned
to its status of being the long
suffering island from 2002.,
There is very little people can
point their finger to and say
this government has shown an

interest in doing anything for
the benefit of Long Island,"
Mr Cartwright said.
He said that if anything,
government has merely, in the
-case of the reverse osmosis
plant, continued projects start-
ed by the FNM.
The infrastructural devel-
opment on the island must be
completed, he said, in order
to encourage investors to
come to the island.
"You have two airports, one
acquired by the government
after it became a disaster area,
and the Deadman's Cay air-
port, which is an overcrowded
runway with a small terminal
"The airport needs to be
enclosed, it needs to be
extended, it needs to have
runway lights.
"That will almost make it a
likely spot for people to want
to invest," Mr Cartwright

S THEOPHELUS STORR, uncle of James Storr.
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Govt to determine if homes'

'damage' was due to blasting

Tribune Freeport
ment officials are visiting
Eight Mile Rock communi-
ties to determine whether
damage sustained by homes
was caused by the blasting at
Bahama Rock.
Minister of Energy and
Environment Dr Marcus
Bethel met with residents at a
town meeting on Monday
evening to officially inform
them that the government
would be conducting investi-
gations in the area.
Walter Reid, manager at
Bahama Rock, was also pre-
sent at the meeting, which
was held at the Bartlett Hill
Primary School auditorium.
Mr Reid told residents
about the ongoing project
that is being carried out by
the company.
The rock mining company,
which manufactures and
exports aggregates, was
ordered last Wednesday to
halt blasting by the govern-
A cease and desist order
was issued last week through
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and will remain in
effect until investigations by
the government are complete.
During the meeting, mixed

MINISTER of Energy
.i ,and Environment
Dr Marcus Bethel
views expressed by residents
concerning the blasting.
Although some are calling
for a permanent halt, others
employed at the site fear the
stoppage will result in layoffs.
Many residents claimed
that the blasting has damaged
their homes, cracking foun-
dations and floor tiles. They
also complained that the loud
blasts and shaking are a nui-
sance and disturb the peace.
According to some resi-

dents, the effects of the blast-
ing have been experienced in
Hepburn Town, which is sit-
uated just west of the
Bahama Rock plant, and as
far west as the Hanna Hill
and Pinedale communities.
There have also been
reports that residents as far
away as Hawksbill have been
affected by the blasting.

Public Analyst Mike Wal-
lace said investigations have
been initiated in the Hepburn
Town and Harbour West
areas with door-to-door visits
to inspect damage to homes.
PLP Senator Caleb Outten,
a resident of Eight Mile
Rock, assured residents that
he will make sure that the
government concludes their
investigation quickly so that
Bahama Rock can continue
to operate effectively.
"I told Mr Bethel that I will
communicate with him on a
daily basis to make sure this
investigation is concluded as
quick as possible.
"We have to find some
common ground here
because clearly Bahama Rock
is an employer of almost 100
persons, a lot of whom are
young males who are fathers
and breadwinners in their

Venezuela's Hugo Chavez

threatens to nationahse

telecommunications company

* CARACAS, Venezuela
Chavez on Tuesday threat-
ened t o nationalize
Venezuela's largest telecom-
munications company if it
does not comply with a
court order to make owed
.pension payments, accord-
ing to Associated Press.
Chavez said he would give
Compania Anonima
Nacional Telefonos de
Venezuela, or CANTV, a
grace period to comply, but
he did not specify how long
that period would be.
"If they don't want to
comply with that, I am going
to nationalize CANTV,"
Chavez said in a televised
Company officials were
not immediately available to
respond to the president's
In February, CANTV said
it had increased the amount
set aside to cover pensions
to.US$387.4 million from
US$332.6 million in
response to updated projec-
tions on the cost of funding
Chavez said Tuesday,
however, the company still
has not made proper pay-
ments to some former
The Venezuelan Supreme
Court ruled in July 2005 in
favor of more than 3,400
unionized workers in a long-
running pension dispute
with the company. The court
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minimum wage hikes since
CANTV, a Caracas-based
former state firm that was
privatized in 1991, has said it
will continue to adjust pen-
sions whenever the govern-
ment raises the minimum

homes and who live in Eight
Mile Rock."
He added that on the other
hand, the blasting may be
damaging the homes and
livelihoods of many residents.
"There are persons who
want the blasting stopped
permanently, and if that hap-
pens, the company would
have to start laying people
off," he said.
Mr Outten believes that the
blasting can continue but on a
more smaller scale with less
Mr Reid told residents that
blasting is necessary to loosen
up the fill to make dredging

more easier.
The dredging being carried
out will facilitate the further
expansion at the Freeport
container port.
He also pointed that the
blasting is not having any
negative affect on the con-
tainer port facility or the
water table.
Senator Outten, who once
spearheaded a protest oppos-
ing construction of a convey-
or belt by Bahama Rock
across the Queen's Highway,
said the government is get-
ting an inventory of persons
who were affected by the

"I believe they should con-,
clude this inventory very soon
and I hope and have every:
confidence that the minister'
and Mike Wallace would;
release their findings.
"I guess one or two persons
thought I would get up there,
and lambaste them.
"That was not case, as I
believe in fairness and I think
we need to find some com-
mon ground where Bahama
Rock can continue their activ-
ities and those young males
could continue to be
employed, and the communi-
ty can continue to live in
peace," he said.

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Guana Cay battle 'potentially

harmful' to Bahamas economy

Tribune Business Editor
The signals sent to poten-
tial investors by oppo-
nents of the $175 million
Baker's Bay Golf &
Ocean Club project on
Great Guana Cay are "dangerous and
potentially very harmful to the
Bahamas' economy and reputation",
the San Francisco-based company
behind the development said last
Responding to a series of questions
e-mailed to it by The Tribune, Dis-
covery Land Company said the "sig-
nals and tactics" employed by the
Save Guana Cay Reef Association in
their bid to halt the project could have
a negative impact on the Bahamas'
attractiveness for direct foreign invest-
The company said: "The group is
likely unaware that they are signalling
to onlookers that the Bahamas can
be hostile to investors, who can find
themselves with little if any -
recourse to rectify quickly and amica-
bly events that should be addressed at
the business table as opposed to court
Discovery Land Company's com-
ments come in the wake of last week's
Privy Council ruling, which upheld an
injunction obtained by the Associa-
tion that has forced it to stop all work

Baker's Bay developer says it remains committed to project, but

warns opponents sending 'dangerous' signals to other investors

'on Great Guana Cay.'
The work stoppage will last until'
either Supreme Court Justice Norris
Carroll delivers his verdict on the mer-
its of the substantive issues raised by
the Association's legal action against
the development, or t' Privy Council
hears its application for Special Leave
to appeal a Court of Appeal verdict in
October whichever is first.
'Discovery Land Company acknowl-
edged in its response to The Tribune
that the planned construction of Bak-
er's Bay Golf & Ocean Club would
have to be adjusted as a result of the
Association's legal challenges.
It said: "Plans for hiring of addi-
tional employees will have to be
shelved, as well as plans to initiate
selling of lots at the property, and the
concomitant contributions of dollars in
stamp and other taxes to the Trea-
sury of the Bahamas........
"As recently indicated in our filings
before the Privy Council, the Save
Guana Cay Reef Association's legal
challenges threaten to deny employ-
ment opportunities to hundreds of
Bahamians, which translates into lost
economic opportunities for associated

contractors, hospitality industry
employees, real estate agents, mer-
chants, accountants, and a host of oth-
er professionals and their families.
"Fiscal losses due to the initial vol-
untary undertaking and the current
injunction are significant, and will like-
ly be in excess of [the Association's]
ability to recompense by the time a
ruling is handed down by the Freeport
Supreme Court."
An affidavit sworn by Joseph Aren-
son, a Discovery Land Company part-
ner and attorney, alleged that the firm
may lose $440,000 per week or $1.75
million a month, resulting from fixed
costs related to operating expenses,
staff costs, equipment and dredgers, if
the injunction was upheld as it has
Arguing that "the majority of these
costs would remain if the injunction
were not discharged", Mr Arenson
said its continuation would also result
in Discovery Land Company losing
potential real estate sales and employ-
ees, and harm the firm's reputation.
He added: "Every'time the devel-
opment is interrupted, its attractive-
ness as an investment is materially

prejudiced. These losses are extreme-
ly difficult, if not impossible, to quan-
As for the work stoppage's impact
on the wider Abaco economy, Dis-
covery Land Company told The Tri-
bune: "We do know that merchants
and other entities with which we have
transacted business since our arrival in
the Abacos will realise a reduction in
such transactions.
"We believe it's safe to say that in
general, this short-term halt will have
an adverse effect on the Abaco econ-
omy, likely to the tune of hundreds
of thousands to millions of dollars on
a monthly basis."
When asked about the effect recent
developments would have on potential
clients and real estate sales, Discovery
Land Company said that while sales
would be delayed, along with related
tax payments to the Government, con-
struction opportunities for contrac-
tors and real estate broker fees, it was
"confident that once allowed to pro-
ceed, the tremendous quality and

SEE page 2B

Grand Bahama firm sees $764k revenue decline

Tribune Business Editor
SOUTH Riding Point, the Grand Bahama-based
bulk storage terminal, saw its revenues fall by
$764,000 in the 2006 first half compared to last year,
due to "considerably slower" marine activity around
the island.
The facility's parent, Canada-based World Point
Terminals, which is listed on the Toronto Stock
Exchange, said the revenue decrease for the period
to June 30, 2006, was partly explained by tough
S2005 comparatives.
During the 2005 first half, South Riding Point
had benefited from a one-off $1.1 million gain from

insurance recoveries relating to the 2004 hurricane the 2006 first half compared to last year, a rise the
season, and the sale of product inventory, company said was due to rate increases imple-
Referring to the revenue decrease, World Point mented last year.
Terminal said yesterday: "This decrease reflects "While operating expenses have also increased in
lower marine revenues, as well as a sale of product 2006, Freepoint's core business, ship movements
inventory and option premium received in 2005. in the Freeport Container Port, remains steady,"
"While marine activity was active in early 2005, it World Point Terminals said.
has been considerable slower in 2006 as our cus- "In addition, a newly-built tug will be delivered to
tomers have tended to hold their inventory to take lhe Bahamas soon for use in the Freepoint opera-
advantage of current market conditions." yons."
There was better news from Freepoint, the cor-' : World Point Terminals said hurricane restora-
pany that operates a fleet of tugboats around Grand tion work at South Riding Point was a factor behind
Bahama, and in which World Point Terminals is a its capital investment spending rising to $13.989
joint venture partner. million in the 2006 first half, compared to $7.033 mil-
Freepoint's revenues increased by $84,000 during lion last year.
*~~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ,: -

Tribune Business Editor
A NASDAQ-listed company
yesterday said it "hoped to deter-
mine in a few weeks" whether the
$12.2 million sale of its construc-
tion division to a consortium head-
ed by the Symonette Group, the
Bahamas-based holding vehicle for
investments made by entrepreneur
Craig Syrnonette, would go
through an be "in the company's
best interests".
In the Form-1OQ filing that
accompanied its 2006 second quar-
ter results statement, Devcon
International said that although a
Letter of Intent had been signed
with the Symonette Group and its
partners, a final agreement was
still being negotiated.
Ste, Ruzika, Devcon's chief
executive, said in a reference to
the Symonette "Nego-
tiations with a potential buyer of
our construction operation are
ongoing, and we currently antici-
pate we will be able to determine
in a few weeks whether such a sale
to this buyer is in the company's
best interests."
Devcon's Form 10-Q provided
more details, saying that while a
Letter of Intent had been signed
with the Symonette Group, a
'definitive agreement" was still
being negotiated.
"The company is in the process
of negotiating definitive terms and
conditions with respect to this
divestiture, but cannot provide
assurances that it will be able to
produce definitive agreements to
which the Symonette Group will
agree or, even if such agreement is
reached, that it will be able to con-
summate the sale of the compa-
ny's Construction Division," Dev-
con said.
It added that if the deal was con-
summated, and its terms remained
unchanged, Devcon would record
a pre-tax $2.6 million loss in the
2006 third quarter related to the
construction division's disposal.

SEE page 2B

"'I jait g a lot loao

Bahamas faces


skills shortage'

Tribune Business Editor

THE Bahamas "faces an
embarrassing skills shortage"
that means there are unlikely
to be enough qualified
Bahamians to meet the labour
demands of foreign investors,
an economic think-tank
warned yesterday.
In an article entitled 'The
education crisis is bigger than
you think', the Nassau Institute
said that even Alfred Sears, the
minister of education, was
describing as a 'crisis' the fact
that "the functional illiteracy
of Bahamian youth today is so
The consequences, the Nas-
sau Institute said, were that
"the country.faces an embar-
rassing skills shortage given the
job openings that will be creat-
ed by the presently approved
foreign investments.
"Simply put, there may not
be enough qualified Bahami-
ans to fill the jobs created, and
a far greater than expected
number of foreign workers
may be needed."
This echoed previous fears
expressed by FNM Senator
John Delaney, who said that
as a result of educational defi-
ciencies, foreign workers were
likely to derive more benefits
from the amount of foreign
direct investment coming into
the Bahamas than Bahamians.
But the Nassau Institute said

(FILE photo)

that the Bahamian "education
crisis is bigger and broader"
than what was shdwn by
BGCSE exam results and the
economy's demands for foreign
It added that economic and
technological changes were
challenging "the status quo" in
all countries, pointing out that
telecommunications and trans-
portation systems meant work
was being outsourced to
whichever nations could do it

SEE page 2B

Th e,, Tri I bu ne

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Tel: (242) 356-7764

Tel: (242) 351-3010


What price freedom?

behndth nws

you for weeks, months or indef-
The ability to gain wealth is
not the point here, but rather,
the ability to protect assets
acquired. We do not recognize
the value of freedom until it is
taken away from us or threat-
ened. Most governments of the
world guarantee their citizens
the right to life, privacy, speech,
movement, thought and a host
.of other things. But in this pre-
sent state of affairs, are we able
to continue in such a free, lib-
eral society to have such
Are we slowly but surely
moving to a police state, where
the powers that be dictate
whether we have fundamental
rights and freedoms, no mat-
ter what the cost?
Some would argue that with
the fall of the Soviet Union, a
powerful communist state
brought with it a 'free for all'.

On the other hand, democracy
and capitalism has brought with
it a type of freedom to the
masses that maybe they have
not been able to deal with.
Maybe, just maybe, we need to
be controlled by a few who
know what is best for us
'Never', you say, but are we
not controlled by just a few,
and our choices controlled by
what the media inclusive of
the movies and the press want
us to see? Is not our picture of
the world shown to us by the
pictures on the TV or in the
Let us not forget such ideals
as the United Nations, with its
membership of 191, which is
really controlled by the Securi-
ty Council, a body dominated
by its five permanent members.
The Security Council is the
United Nations' most power-
ful body. It has "primary
responsibility for the mainte-

Safe &

ByGml er

THE ugly face of terrorism
continues to show its head, and
questions the concepts of
peace, safety and privacy. As
in Spain last year and the US in
2001, terrorism is dictating the
actions and laws of the global
Governments, in their efforts
to provide a safe and secure
society, have demanded that
they be allowed more access in
to our private lives, for the sake
of protecting us. Take, for
example, the US PATRIOT
Act that was passed by Con-
gress within days of the Sep-
tember 11 attacks. This law
gives the US government the
'right' to access your medical
records, tax records, informa-
tion about the books you buy
or borrow, the power to break
into your home, and conduct.
secret searches without telling

ers of the world will lead based
on their ability to present a safe
and secure society, not on how
many jobs can be created.
So, as we look over our
shoulders and wonder where
the next attack will be, in the
Middle East or even East
Street, we must consider what
price we are prepared to pay
for safety and freedom.

Guana Cay battle 'potentially

harmful' to Bahamas economy

FROM page 1B

great charm of the Bahamas
will attract significant real
estate opportunities over the
long term".
The company said the rul-
ing by Justice Carroll was
anticipated "imminently', and
it hoped the affair would be
"resolved quickly and deci-
sively thereafter".
Arguing that the Associa-
tion's case was "baseless and

frivolous", Discovery Land
Company said: "Discovery-
Land Company came to the
Bahamas, entered into a Heads
of Agreement with the Gov-
ernment of the Bahamas, and
has since conducted itself con-
sistent with Bahamian laws and
sound development prac-
"Discovery Land Company
will continue to abide by the
laws and regulations of the
Bahamas. We will continue to
support our staff and 'family'

at Baker's Bay Golf & Ocean
Club, and once we are suc-
cessful in the legal matters, we
will build the most dynamic
and environmentally responsi-
ble development that the
Bahamas and the region have
ever seen.
"The Discovery Land Com-
pany/Baker's Bay Club's
unwavering commitment to
the environment and develop-
ment of the project will con-
tinue, and the developers are
as strong as ever in their

resolve to create a truly great
Discovery Land Company
reiterated allegations that 72
residents on Guana Cay had
signed a petition asking the
Association to stop misrepre-
senting it in the battle against
the project.
The Association denied it
had received such a petition,
and said it had delivered a peti-,
tion with 170 names against
the development to the Gov-

Bahamas faces 'embarrassing skills shortage'

FROM page 1B

"most efficiently".
"The Boeing 787 Dream-
Liner, for instance, was con-
ceived in Seattle but designed,
in part, on French software by
aircraft engineers in Russia.
Twenty-five percent of the air-
craft will be built abroad and it
will be assembled in Seattle,"
the Nassau Institute said.
Taking India as an example,
it said that due to the coun-
try's investment in Institutes
of Technology, computer sci-
ence, software development
and engineering work was

increasingly being done in this
nation, rather than Silicon Val-
"Unfortunately, the stagna-
tion and decline in the overall
quality of Bahamian education
has oc-curred during the great-
est expansion of the world's
knowledge base," the Nassau
Institute said.
For the Bahamas to thrive
in the technology-driven 21st
century, where jobs and capital
will migrate to wherever work
can be done most efficiently
and at least cost, the'economic
think-tank said this nation
would have to be "smart" and
"We live in a world where

technical change and intellec-
tual growth will affect jobs,
individuals and countries," the
Nassau Institute said.
"Being smart means pro-
ductive investments in
humans. In the case of the
Bahamas the present level of
functional illiteracy leaves the
average Bahamian and the
country poorly prepared for
this century. And it should be
no comfort that many other
countries have the same prob-
"Countries have to learn to
see themselves as they really
are and then make the posi-
tive decision to take the right

DEAL, from 1B

Mr Symonette has been a busy man of late,
being one of the investors in the BSL Holdings
group that has acquired the majority 78 per
cent stake in Bahamas Supermarkets from
Winn-Dixie for $54 million.,
Through the Symonette Group, which is

managed on his behalf by son Cameron and
managing director, Blake Loveless, Mr Symon-
ette has investments in Abaco Markets, of
which he is chairman and chief executive;
Lucayan Tropical Produce and Bahamas Fer-

nance of international peace
and security". Five powerful
countries sit as "permanent.
members" along with 10 other
member states, elected for two-
year terms.
Talk about power to the peo-
pie. Yes, the people who want
to be safe. It is my opinion that
the present president of the
United States and future lead-


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Exclusive Resorts to open new

residences at resort on Abaco

Tribune Business
EXCLUSIVE Resorts has
announced it plans to open two
new residences at the Abaco

Club on Winding Bay resort,
as part of moves to provide 30
new homes for its members
around the world.
The Abaco Club on Wind-
ing Bay is a 520-acre, Interna-
tional Private Members' Golf

Tribune Business Reporter
BRITISH Air(way (BA) has given customers
tra\wling to and trom the UK the option of chang-
ing their travel plans or recei ming refunds without
pcenald in the wake of the thwarted terronst attack
in London on August 10)
However. an airline spokesman told The Tri-
bune that verN few passengers have decided to
take this option. choosing instead to resiliently
stick to their travel plans.
He told The Tribune that passengers on the air-
line's daily direct flight to and from London to
Nassau should not experience the same level of
deldv s that are plaguing BA's fltghts into the US or
European lights.
"Flights coming through the United States are
generating a lot of problems, and some European
flights have been affected as well." the spokesman
He added that while there ha\e been some
delays. given the magnitude of the changes airports
all over the world are facing, that was to be expect-
The spokesman said it was simple too early to
tell how long the new aviation requirements, which
ban passengers from carrying gels or liquids in
their carry-on luggage, will last.
"It is an eer-changing situation." he said.
The spokesman also felt it \\as too soon to tell
if the situation would ha\e an impact on the airline
industry and ticket prices as it did following the
September 11. 2001. terrorist attacks in the US.
However, he pointed out that airline passengers
are becoming verN much in tune with security
measures in the ira' l industry\ and remain

Club & Sporting Retreat,
developed initially by entre-
preneur Peter de Savary. He
has since entered into a part-
nership with the Ritz-Carlton
hotel brand.
The new Abaco properties

resilient whenever ne% changes are implemented.
Flights worldwide \were badl affected by terror
Some 21 people were arrested in England last
week for plotting to blow up six airplanes in mid-
flight between Bntain and the US. Experts said Al
Qaeda operatives \were the likely culprits.
Heathrow airport. Europe's busiest terminal.
shut down immediatelL on Thursday and officials
banned all hand luggage on any flight out of the
UK as a precautionary measure, causing significant
disruption Also. US authorities raised their secu-
rity threat le\el to red,. warung that they could not
be sure that the plot had been "completely thwart-
According to some reports, the plan was to
detonate explosives smuggled in "carry-on lug-
gage" when the planes were in mid-flight over
US and UK cities. Bringing some focus on just
how severe these plans were. the Metropolitan
Police Deputy Commissioner. Paul Stephenson,
was quoted as saying- "Put simple this was intend-
ed to be mass murder on an unimaginable scale."
The Bal amas US Embass\ yesterday released
an advisory to air travellers stating that they should
still go about their plans confidently, but maintain
vigilance e in their surroundings" while exercis-
ing patience with screening and security officials.
"Travellers departing from the Lynden Pin-
dling International Airport and Grand Bahama
International Airport will not be allowed to carrn
liquids into the cabin of the aircraft, including
beverages, shampoo. suntan lotion. creams. tooth-
paste, hair gel and other items of similar consis-
tency." it said, "Passenger-s \ ill be allowed essen-
tial medicines and. if a bab, or small child is tra%-
eline. habh lormula, breast nulk or luice

will bring the total number of
Exclusive Resorts on the island
to six.
Typically, Exclusive Resorts
properties have a $3 million
value, with the services, ameni-
ties and conveniences of a five-
star resort.
However, the company says
the additional benefit to its
members is that it eliminates
the burdens of fractional real
estate and the uncertainties of
renting a villa.
Exclusive Resorts announced
that it intends to offer the new
residences before the end of
the year at an average rate of
two per week. This is a move

the company said will further
strengthen the industry's largest
real estate asset base, which is
currently valued at $800 mil-


"We are delighted to open
these additional luxury resi-
dences for our members over
the next five months, which will
add to the Club's already
expansive portfolio of destina-
tions and residences, said Donn
Davis, chief executive of Exclu-
sive Resorts, in a statement.
Exclusive Resorts, which is
based in Denver and Washing-

ton, currently has a portfolio
of 300 luxury residences in 35
The company said that in
addition to the 30 new resi-
dences being developed in
Florida, Abaco, Mexico, South
Carolina, New York, the
British Virgin Islands and Cos-
ta Rica, it plans to expand its
assets by building another 100
residences in seven new devel-
opments scheduled to open in
2007 and 2008.
Members of Exclusive
Resorts pay a one-time mem-
bership fee that is 80 per cent
refundable upon resignation
and annual dues.


nBahamas Technical and Vocational Institute

S C H O O L O P E N. I N G
The Bahamas Technical and Vocational Abundant Life Road Registrar's Office (see schedule)
Institute (BTVI) announce the following Day Students: 9:30am 11:00am Registration fees:
events for the new school year: Night Students: 6:00pm 7:00pm $100.00 Bahamians
$300.00 Non-Bahamians
ORIENTATION Registration
Classes Begin September 4, 2006
August 18, 2006 August 21, 2006 August 25, 2006
Abundant Life Bible Church 9:00am 5:00pm


Monday, 21 Aug 9:30am 12:30pm Barbering Admisisons Office
Facial Technology
Nail Technology.
2:30 5:00pm Women's Apparel Production 1 & 2
All of the Above

Tuesday, 22 Aug 9:30am-12:30pm Auto Body/AutoColision Repair Admissions Office
Auto Mechanics
Computer Repair
Residential Air-conditioning & Refrigeration
Small Gas Engine
Drawn & Painted Souvenirs Manufacturing
Small Gass Engine
Shell Craft
Straw Craft
2:30pm 5:00pm All of the Above

Wednesday, 23 Aug 9:30pm-12:30pm Carpentry 1 & 2 Admissions Office
Ceramic Tile Laying
Painting & Decorating
Residential & Commercial Drywall Installation
Residential Wiring
Roof Construction
Window Treatment & Accessories
2:30pm-5:00pm All of the Above

Thursday, 24 Aug 9:30am-12:30pm Computer Software Applications Admissions Office.
Office Clerk 1 & 2
2:30pm-5:00pm All of the Above

Friday, 25 Aug 9:30am-12:30pm All Programs Admissions Office
2:30pm-5:00pm All Programs

Please Note: Persons who do not register during this period will be
subject to Late Registration fee of $10.00 (August 28-30, 2006)

Regalia Distribution



September 11-14, 2006
9:00am 5:00pm

September 19, 2006
6:00pm BFM

September 21, 2006
Bahamas Faith Ministries
Diplomat Centre]


BTVI announces the launch of a new initiative in September
2006. This initiative call "The Bridge Programme" is a full
time development programme for person's wishing to
upgrade themselves and qualify for admission into the
certificate programmes, or receives an introduction to the
construction and hospitality fields. The Bridge is designed
* Strengthen academic fundamental skills
* Prepare students for enrollment into certificate programmes
* Give persons an introduction to careers in the construction
and hospitality fields
* Prepare persons for employment

Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute


.Apply roday i enroll in one of your new 15-week evening
construction courses for the fall 2006

Drywall Tiling Plumbing Electrical Installation
Carpentry Painting *Air-Conditioning & Refrigeration

Courses are scheduled for evenings at 6:00pm to 10-00pm

For more information,
contact Gail Johnson, at 502-6357.


Airline: Nassau to London

flights affected less by

security measures

invites applications from qualified
Bahamians for he position of:
Administrative Assistant, Internal Accounting

As a key member of the Firm's internal accounting department, the administrative assistant provides primary operational
and support services for the preparation of the Finn's financial information. The individual perfonning this role should be
proactive, possess strong analytical skills and learning towards attention to detail, have a strong commitment for
professional growth and possess the ability to adapt to a constantly changing environment.

Job Requirements
An associates degree (or equivalent) with a major in accounting
A working knowledge of bookkeeping/accounting procedures
Proficiency in excel spreadsheet and word processing
Strong interpersonal skills
Good written and communication skills
Salary will be conmensurate with qualifications and experience.
Applicants should send their resumes via fax to
(242) 302-5350 or deliver them to
Firm Administrator
P.O.Box N-3910
Providence House
East Hill Street
Nassau, The Bahamas

All 2006 graduates should adhere to the following





Tourism aims to make school

programmes more relevant

SOME 135 teachers will par-
ticipate in the tourism sector's
annual Industry Internship for
Educators Programme, an ini-
tiative that will expose them to
the industry's different occu-
pations and enable them to tai-
lor school programmes more
The initiative, scheduled for
August 21-25, is being held in
conjunction with the Ministry
of Education and Ministry of
Tourism, and seeks to further
the activities of the Tourism
Task Force on Education,
which was launched three years
The programme seeks to
expose teachers to the many
and varied occupations in
tourism, and the expectations
of employers. The objective is
to broaden the awareness of

educators, which helps devel-
op more relevant programmes,
instructions and classroom
experiences for students.
"The industry's needs have
changed dramatically in recent
years, and the viable career
alternatives have broadened
considerably. We must become
vigilant in educating students
and parents on what tourism
has to offer as we grow this
globally competitive industry
that serves as the foundation
of economic vitality for the
nation", according to Bridget
Murray, the BHA's workforce
development manager.
The BHA has partnered with
20 industry partners, including
Atlantis and the One&Only
Ocean Club, the Nassau Beach
Hotel, Radissori, the Wyndham
Resort and Casino, Bahamas

Experience, Blackbeard's Cay,
Breezes SuperClubs, British
Colonial Hilton, Club Land'or,
Comfort Suites on Paradise
Island, Dolphin Encounters,
Graycliff Hotel, John Bull,
Lyford Cay Club, Majestic
Tours, Nassau Palm Resort,
Paradise Island Harbour
Resort, Sandals' Royal
Bahamian, Solomon's Mines,
Orange Hill Hotel, Stuart Cov-
e's and Sunrise Beach Club &
"There is an urgent need for
business and education to move
forward together to make edu-
cation more relevant to the
changing needs of the work-
place, and we are pleased to
see this shared commitment
from industry partners and the
participating educators," said
Ms Murray.

The Public is hereby advised that I, JACQUELINE GARDINER
of the Blue Hills Constituency, the mother and legal guardian
minor) intend to change my son's name to RASHAWNNE
objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you may
write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box
N-742, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after
the date of publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that MR. SIDNEY WILLIAMS OF
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 16TH day.of-AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and.Citzenship, P.O.Box N- 7147.
Nassau, Bahamas. Bo...'- N


NOTICE is hereby given that CLAREL WILLIAM, WINSOR
LANE, 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 9th
day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


NOTICE is hereby given that WILLIAM DEJEAN, WINSOR
LANE, 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 9th
day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

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
16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,

NOTICE is hereby given that RICHARD GORDON, PO.BOX
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 9th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MS. EFFEGENE BROWN-
ROLLE, P.O. BOX N-9614, 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 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.


SOUND, ELEUTHERA, 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 9th
day of August, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Eleuthera, Bahamas.

* EDUCATORS who participated in the 2005 programme help
to plan this year's version. From L to R: Bridget Murray, BHA;
Annie Colebrooke, Woodcock Primary; Coleen Thompson, S. C.
McPherson Junior High; Frank Comito, BHA; Raina Hanna, St
Augustine's College; Athena Seymour, CC Sweeting Senior
High; Gailey Williams, CC Sweeting Senior High; Charmaine
Hanna, CI Gibson Senior High; Albert Clarke, principal,,
Carmichael Primary

NOTICE is hereby given that CARREN HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
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 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that NATANIA HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
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 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE ALMOMOR, 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 16TH day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

ROAD, 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 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that MIKE D. RUFIN OF P.O. BOX
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 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID JAMES WARREN OF #87
GRAND BAHAMA, 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 16TH day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.


AB S gnNFinancial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
Tuesday, 15 August 200 6
BISX ALL SHARE INPEX- CLOSE 1,561.03 / CHG -00.12 1 %,CHG -00.01 / YTD 210 32 / YTD % 15.57
52wvK-Hi 52wk-Lowv S, rr.b.l Pre.iou. Cloie0 TC-3i Io-. Cr,,-,.a.- Ca., EPz, i P PE .e id
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12.05 9.25 Bahamas Property Fund 12.04 12.05 0.01 1,500 1.612 0.380 7.5 3.15%
7.49 6.50 Bank of Bahamas 7.49 7.49 0.00 0.738 0.330 10.1 4.41%
0.85 0.70 Benchmark 0.80 0.80 0.00 0.292 0.020 2.7 2.50%
1.80 1.26 Bahamas Waste 1.50 1.50 0.00 0.143 0.000 10.5 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.48 1.48 0.00 0.188 0.050 7.9 3.68%
9.60 8.73 Cable Bahamas 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.618 0.240 14.7 2.64%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.99 1.98 -0.01 5,000 0.009 0.000 220.0 0.00%
11.00 8.50 Commonwealth Bank 11.00 11.00 0.00 0.943 0.600 11.7 5i66%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.40 5.50 0.10 0.130 0.045 41.4 0.83%
2.88 2.10 doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.50 0.00 0.283 0.000 8.8 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 900 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.51 10.49 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.10 9.30 FirstCaribbean 13.10 13.10 0.00 0.885 0.550 14.8 4.20%
11.17 8.91 Focol 11.17 11.17 0.00 0.885 0.500 12.6 4.48%
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.00 0.532 0.270 16.3 3.12%
9.10 8.27 J Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.527 0.560 17.3 6.15%
8.06 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.05 8.06 0.01 0.160 0.000 50.4 0.00%
10.00 1000 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9 1.95%
.,.'- Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52Nk-lh 52wk-Low BSmbol Bid $ 4ar.k 3 L3li Price Veekl, EP'.I. D.. I P E 'eld
14.00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 13.50 850 1.923 0.960 7.8 6.40%
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
.:' .ColnarOver-The-Counter Seourites
4 3.00 28.00 ABDAB J 1 00 4 3 0 41 001 4 U' r: 11: OJ 00'
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
S .. ........... ; Listed Mutual Funds
523 -Hi 52-k-Low Funo Name NA V L'YrTD'j L I 12 ,1:,r.lh- i. '-
1.3009 1.2442 Colina Money Market Fund 1.300892*
2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038**
2.4415 2.2528 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.441484**
1 1820 1 1246 Colina Bond Fund 1.182038**."
8. ; .C r,,' a:'.3 :3, :4.;,.-.:i .866.37 /e YTD 24.38% / 2005 26.09%
Ei' 5 LLI. SHARE INDEX 1 Dec 02= Ci00 P.-RKET TEaLiS *IELC* l1 .-.:.r, .agr. al.l r .
52wk-Hi Highest closing price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest closing price In last 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 28 July 2006
Previous Close Previous day's weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 30 June 2006
Change Change In closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value 30 June 2006
DIV $ Dividends per share id in the last 12 moting NIM Not Meaningful
P/E- Closing price divided by the last 12 month earnings FINDEX -The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1. 1994 =100 -.30 June 2006






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An International Business Company
(In Voluntary Liquidation)

I, Bernard Schmutz, Liquidator of VENTURES
PORTFOLIO LTD. hereby certify that the winding up
and dissolution of VENTURES PORTFOLIO LTD. has
been completed in accordance with the Articles of
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Dated this 14th day of August, 2006.

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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 11th day of
August 2006. This Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.


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,
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(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-named Company
is in dissolution, which commenced on the 11th day of
August 2006. This Liquidator is Argosa Corp. Inc., P.O.
Box N-7757, Nassau, Bahamas.





Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138(8) of the International Business Companies Act
2000, the dissolution of HIGHROCK PORT LTD.
has been completed; a Certificate of Dissolution has
been issued and the Company has therefore been struck
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Famous Hand

East dealer.
East-West vulnerable.
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The bidding:
East South West North
Pass 1+ Pass 1V
Pass 2NT Pass 4NT
Pass 6NT
Opening lead four of clubs.
This deal occurred in a match
between the United States and New
Zealand at the 1983 World Team
At the first table, Mike Passell
and Eddie Wold, North-South for the
U.S., quickly arrived at six notrump
on the sequence shown. The New
Zealand West led the four of clubs,
and declarer won East's jack with the
ace. Wold then lost the king of
spades to East's ace, and East
returned the., club eight to South's
king. Declarer now cashed the ace of
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which West discarded hu1 wo low
clubs and the seven of diamonds,
producing this position:

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Wold next cashed the king and
ace of diamonds, West following
with the 9-J, and then led the heart
six, on which West played the four.
At this point, Wold recapitulated
everything that had occurred so far.
He then came to the conclusion that
West had started with exactly five
clubs, three diamonds and one spade,
and, therefore, four hearts. Accord-
ingly, he played the eight of hearts
from dummy and so brought the
slam home for a score of 990 points.
At the second table, where the
contract and all the preliminary plays
leading to the diagrammed position
were virtually the same, the New
Zealand declarer went up with the
king of hearts and finished down
one. Apparently, either his courage
failed him at the crucial moment or
he .had. not, kept close track of the
highly significant clues along' the,

words in
the main
body of

HOW many words of four
S* letters or more can you make
From the letters shown here? In
making a word, each letter may
be used once only. Each must
contain the centre letter and
there must be at least one nine-
letter word. No plurals
S2Good 13; very good 19; excellent
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4 Have recourse to changing the
roster (6)
7 A courtly beast? (8)
8 Cards passed around (6)
10 Earnestly ask for a soft
sort of singer (5)
13 Rush for a drop of water (4)
14 Rests on the bottom (4)
15 The didactive young lady is into
writing (4)
16 To call one a pet would be
Inaccurate (3)
17 Heartlessly cheap fellow? (4)
19 Lke spiritual singers? (4)
21 Great fun with the property
a sailor's left (4,5)
23 Allows a small boy to tour
the East End (4)



Squashed gnat fla

our? (4)

It's sweet and far from fruitless (3)
One short of a four at cards (4)
Book half the team, having
lost heart (4)
One's emotion in an unsafe area (4)
Shoot from cover,

as a bird (5)
34 More than a roll of paper (6)
35 It's metal most recently
moulded! (4,4),
36 See a card game as contemptible (6)

1 Smallcaptains with large
vessels? (5)
2 An entry, revising some bulletin (5)
3 Group one's prohibited fromlistening
lo? (4)
4 English beauties In the wars? (5)
5 Expert enough to show us many
points (4)
6 Sony to run short of fuel, maybe (6)
9 Something to do with a baton (42)
11 Be located at Leatherhead, that Is (3)
12 Where one of the Highland racesis
run? (5)
13 Extremist in an advisory capacity? (7)
15 Masterly figure, albeit crazed (3)
16 Ashort one taken by the crew? (3)
18 It accommodates in the style of
hotels (6)
20 A vital part of church music? (5)
21 A piece ofjewellery is
good for them (3)
22 One day's profit? (3)
23 Old soldier who treated boils? (6)
25 Sound fatherly? (3)
28 Recover a letlerfor friend (5)
30 Note the possibility of
backwardness (5)
31 Cut and bend, always (5)
32 Shape of a seat (4)
33 Placein the opposite direction (4)

Yesterday's cryptic solutions Yesterday's easy solutions
ACROSS: 1, Over-do 7, Mari-Tim-e 8, Lose 10, Awa'-ken ACROSS: 1, Chased 7, Reverent 8, Acre 10, Bestow 11,
11, U-L-Tim-O 14, Rib 16, Josey 17, Lake 19, Canoe 21, Visage 14, Ion 16, Gored 17,Year 19, Apron 21,
Sa-V-O-y 22, Lamed 23, Post 26, Posed 28, Fix 29, Fired 22, Lurid 23, Kiss 26, Lever 28, Tic 29, Erotic
In-tone 30, Solent 31,0-pen 32, Cani-s-ler 33, To-pers 30, Famous 31, Iron 32, Recruits 33, Troupe
DOWN: 1,Ox-tall 2,Ro-OKia 3, Omen 4, Kil-Joy 5, M-nis DOWN: 1, Crabby 2, Sector 3, Draw4, Demigod 5,
6, Decoy 8, Lark 9, Seb 12,To-e 13, Meth-s 15, Rave-n Cedar 6, Steed 8, Asia 9, Ron 12, Son 13, Genus
18, Apron 19, Cam20, Nod 21, Sadness 22,Le-O 23, 15, Sprig 18, Ember 19, Air20, Red 21, Furious 22,
Pile-up 24, O-X-en 25, Tithes 26, Pinch 27, Stan-d 28, Let 23, Kimono 24, Icon 25, Sesame 26, Leam 27,
F-Op. 30, Sort Voice 28,Tar 30, Fist

4 Yawning (6)
7 Blessing (8)
8 Wading birds (6)
10 Lariat (5)
13 Section (4)
14 Rotate (4)
15 Sheet of glass (4)
16 Meadow (3)
17 Tree (4)
19 Pitcher (4)
21 Defended (9)
23 Binds (4)
24 Facial feature (4)
26 Hairpiece (3)
27 Badger's home (4)
29 Venetian prince (4)
32 Eyepiece (4)
33 Electricity support (5)
34, Military students (6)
35 Thaw (8)
36 Colonise (6)

1 Swoon (5)
2 Trail (5)
3 Gap (4)
4 Gather (5)
5 Saucy (4)
6 Gossip (6)
9 Salutes (6)
11 Not at home (3)
12 Trap (5)
13 Mothers and
fathers (7)
15 Favourite (3)
16 Guided (3)
18 Pamper (6)
20 Feeble (5)
21 Swine (3)
22 Bed (3)
23 Angry speech (6)
25 Self-image (3)
28 Follow (5)
30 Senior (5)
31 Go in (5)
32 Loaned (4)
33 Harbour(4)

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Maghami, England v Iran, Turin
Olympiad 2006. Queen, rook
and knight each, and equal
pawns, but this is far from a
level position.The England
number one's dangerous queen-
knight partnership has invaded
the black defences and his next
turn forced decisive material
gain. What did Adams play? In
contrast to his rather easy
victory here, the Comishman
had to battle through a
succession of marathon
endgames to achieve his 8/11
total at Turin. Five of his games
went to more than 55 moves,
two to more than 100. Last year
Adams was crushed 5.5-0.5 by
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against the brilliant but erratic
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Don't worry when a conflict arises
at work, Aries. Things will simmer
down rather quickly, so don't
spend much time thinking about
finding a resolution.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
There's no time like the present to
embark on that home improvement
you've been considering, Taurus..
Encourage others to give you some.
friendly assistance.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
If you've been thinking about taking
a trip, now is the time to do so,
Gemini. Grab a friend or family mem-
ber to take the ride with you and it will
be much more fun.
CANCER Jun 22/Jul 22
You've been feeling under the
weather, Cancer, and you can't seem
to bounce back quickly. Rest is key
this week. There's no point getting
even more run down.
LEO'- Jul 23/Aug 23
Lions may be the kings of the jungle,
Leo, but this week you can't even
muster a meow. No one is taking you
seriously, and that has you angry.
RF:rr,,nr your,strategy.
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A move you made a few weeks back
is not panning out as you had hoped,
Virgo. You just can't seem to get
along with your new housemate. It
.may be time to pack up once more.
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
You've been taking advantage of
loved ones, Libra, and it has to stop.
There's only so much they will take
before getting angry. Start reciprocat-
ing instead of just being greedy.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22-"-'.
You'll want to run the show this'
week, Scorpio, and others will be
anxious to let you. Don't let the
power go to your head, or else you'll
m ake enem ies very quickly. ,' ". -
A friend in need has you running,
Sagittarius. But don't be so quick
to jump everytime this person
beckons or, else the situation could
get out of control.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20)
You've been doing too much at wdrk
again, Capricorn. If you don't slow
yourself down, you're going to find
yourself physically and mentally
worn out.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Stop being so controlling of the
finances, Aquarius. Putting the
spending blame on others is not
accurate you're involved in that
situation as well.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar20
If plans don't work out the way you
expected this week, Pisces, don't
get discouraged. Bounce back and
set a new agenda.




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THE Bahamas Baseball
Federation's national team
will return home today from
the third World University
Games today having lost the
final game they played.
A 13-6 decision at the hands
of the US Virgin Islands
dropped the team's win-loss
record to 1-4. Greg Burrows
got the start and Eugene Bain
came in to close the door.
Burrows also helped his cause
with a triple and a two-run
home run.
When contacted in Cuba,
federation first vice president
Craig 'Salty' Kemp, who
served as head of the delega-
tion, admitted that the team
did as best as it could against
the best college competition
they could face from their
"We really should have won
four of bur five games, but we
didn't hit in some clutch situ-

* THE Bahamas team ended with a 1-4 record.

nations Kemp pointed out.
"We made one or two
errors that kind of took'us out
of the games.
"But all of the games we
played, we were.right there
with the exception of Japan,
who really beat us from the
"I think we should have

won the other four games we
Japan blanked the Bahamas
15-0. But the loss came after
the team started on the down-
ward trail after upsetting Cuba
with a 2-1 victory in their
The Bahamas was also
whitewashed 3-0 by Nicaragua

and beaten 9-6 by the Czech
Having to play so many
games over the course of the
week also took its toll on the
team, especially for those
players who are not accus-
tomed to playing back-to-back
"A lot of guys were sore,
but I still stand by my point
that we should have won four
of the games we played in this
tournament," Kemp stressed.
According to Kemp, the
tournament lived up to its
billing as a world collegiate
tourney and that may have effect on their perfor-
mance as well.
"All of the countries that
are here had their national
collegiate players playing,"
Kemp pointed out. "The Unit-
ed States had players through-
out the United States. They
had about 9-10 professional
prospects on their team.
"Japan had all of their col-
legiate players, most of whom
are getting ready to play in

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their professional league there
and Cuba had their next crop
of guys who will take over
their senior national team. So
it's a really top notch tourna-
ment that we are in."
Praising the coaching staff,
headed by Lionel Ferguson,
for the job they did and the
players for performing at such
a high level, Kemp said they
just have to come back home
and analyse what they did and
didn't do and try to build on
the experience.
"We're excited about what
happened here and everybody
in the tournament knows that
the Bahamas was here and we
can play baseball," he insisted.
"The guys demonstrated
that they can play. We didn't
execute in some situations
where we probably should
have and could have made a
difference in some of the ball
games we played. But the guys
did well and we're proud of
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home today.


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(Men); 11am official open-
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vs Golden Gates (Co-ed);
12.30pm Golden Gates vs
Macedonia (15-and-
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and-under) and 3pm Cal-
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Also on Saturday, the
BSC will hold its souse out
that was postponed last
week. The souse out will
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shopping and summer
vacation, the Grand
Bahama Amateur Softball
Association has made
some changes to its sched-
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game will be played at
7pm between the BTC
Communicators and the
Triple Play Pearls. On Fri-
day, while the first game
remains the same, the sec-
ond game will change with
the Chances Panthers tak-
ing on the Union Knights.
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17th, there will be an
important meeting for all
executives, manager,
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RUDON Bastian became
the first Bahamian to secure a
spot in the final at the 11th
IAAF World Junior Cham-
pionships in Beijing, China.
Competing in the qualify-
ing round of the men's long
jump on the first day of com-
petition on Tuesday, Bastian
soared a personal best of 7.53
metres for fourth place in
Group A.
That placed him ninth over-
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will be staged tonight. He will
be the lone competitor com-
peting for the Bahamas
None of the other athletes
who competed on the first
day managed to advance to
their respective finals.
On the field. Jamal Wilson

was 14th in a field of 18 com-
petitors as he cleared the
same height of 2.10 metres as
did four other competitors.
The eighth and final height
that got a competitor into the
final was 2.14.
In the men's 100 heats, Carl
Stuart carried the Bahamian

flag in the third of 10 heats.
Running out of lane two, Stu-
art clocked 10.85 seconds for
He didn't advance as one
of the first two in each heat
plus four fastest times com-
In the women's 100, one of.

the two Bahamians entered
advanced to the semifinal.
Sheniqua Ferguson, run-
ning out of lane seven in the
third of eight heats, posted a
time of 11.74 for third place.
She went in as one of the
eight fastest qualifiers.
In the semis later in the
evening, Ferguson ran out of
lane two in the third of three
heats. But her fifth place time
of 11.92 wasn't fast enough
to get her into the final today.
T'Shonda Webb, the other
competitor entered in the
preliminaries, was third in
heat seven in 11.86. However,
she didn't get into the semis.

Also on day one, the
Bahamas had two competi-
tors entered in the men's 400,
but neither moved onto the,
semis run today.
In the fourth of eight heats,
Juan Lewis was disqualified
as he ran out of lane five.
And in heat seven, Jame-
son Strachan clocked 49.07
out of lane one for fifth place.
But he didn't advance.
The Bahamas has a total of,
14 athletes competing at the.
championships that will wrap'
up on Sunday. The team
headed by manager Rosie
Carey with David Charltona
as the head coach.

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ALTHOUGH this is the off-season for the
New Providence Amateur Basketball Associa-
tion, the Bahamas Basketball Federation will be
bringing in a series of division one collegiate
teams to play in a week-long exhibition games.
The games will start on Friday and run through
Sunday at the DW Davis Gym before they switch
to the Loyola Hall from Monday through Friday
because of the Bahamas Volleyball Federation's
hosting of the Caribbean Volleyball Champi-
onships next week at the Kendal Isaacs Gymna-
Federation vice president Larry Wilson said
they are excited about the hosting of the games,
which will serve two purposes.
"We expect to get some more exposure for
our local players, particularly some of our youfiger
players," Wilson stressed. "We've asked our
teams to incorporate a few young players of col-
lege eligibility so that they can get exposed to
this level of competition.
"This is a pretty high level of competition, so we
don't know whether or not they would be able to
gel scholarships or not, but at least they will be
exposed to this level of competition and the
coaches can see them and maybe help guide them
in a path that will help them reach the division
one status."
The second aspect, according to Wilson, is
more of a goodwill gesture.
"We want to continue to show what the
Bahamas has to offer in terms of sports tourism,"
Wilson noted. "Hopefully, by them coming here,
this will all lead to a men's division one full scale
tournament here like we have in Grand Bahama
for the women."
Expected in town are the University of Massa-
chusetts and Oregon, who will play during the first
They will play against the NPABA division
one teams Explorers, Crimestoppers, Shockers,
Rough-Ryders, Wreckers and the Giants.
From September 1-3, the BBF will stage the
second leg of the exhibition games with Kennesaw
State, Wake Forest, the University of Southern
Mississippi and the University of Alabama at
NPABA teams from the Wreckers, Explorers,
Rough-Ryders, Giants, Crimestoppers, Explorers,
Explorers and Rockets will match up against the
Wilson said the local teams have been informed
about the teams visiting for at least a month and
they have been asked to be prepared to play.
"Obviously, this is going to be some high level
competition and these teams normally have a lot
of size and play within a system, which always puts
us into a disadvantage," Wilson disclosed.
"But we feel comfortable that we will be able to
give them some competitive games, competitive

HERE'S how the schedule look for the
Bahamas Basketball Federation's exhibition
DW Davis Gym
Friday, August 18
6 pm Explorers vs UMass
Saturday, August 19
6 pm UMass vs Crimestoppers
Sunday, August 20
6 pm Shockers vs Oregon
Loyola Hall
Monday, August 21
7 pm Rockets vs UMass
9 pm Oregon vs Rough-Ryders
Tuesday, August 22
7 pm Wreckers vs Oregon
9 pm UMass vs Giants
Wednesday, August 23
6 pm Shockers vs UMass
Thursday, August 24
7 pm Oregon vs Explorers
Friday, August 25
Crimestoppers vs Oregon
Friday, September 1
7 pm Kennesaw State vs Wreckers
Saturday, September 2
Noon Explorers vs Wake Forest
2 pm Rough-Ryders vs Kennesaw State
4 pm Giants vs U of S Mississippi
6 pm Crimestoppers vs UAB
Sunday, September 3
10 am U of S mississippi vs Explorers
Noon Wake Forest vs Shockers
2 pm UAB vs Giants
4 pm Rockets vs U of S Mississippi

enough for them to achieve what they want to
achieve out of this tour. The coaches want to
build chemistry among their players and work
on one or two teams before their season starts
when they return to school."
However, Wilson said it's just unfortunate that
they won't have the use of the Kendal Isaacs
Gymnasium because they would have preferred
to use the air conditioned gym to impress the
teams enough for them to come back in the
But Wilson said they are aware that the CVC
takes priority and, as such, they are not putting
any great deal of publicity on their games because
they would want the public to pack the Kendal
Isaacs Gym in support of the Bahamian national
volleyball teams.



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