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Title: The Tribune
Uniform Title: Tribune (Nassau, Bahamas)
Alternate Title: Nassau tribune
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 58 cm.
Language: English
Publisher: Tribune
Place of Publication: Nassau, Bahamas
Publication Date: August 18, 2006
Copyright Date: 2006
Frequency: daily, except sunday
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Genre: newspaper   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: Bahamas
General Note: Description based on: Vol. 79, no. 210 (Aug. 3, 1983); title from caption.
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Volume: 102 No.222






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Chief Reporter
: PERSONS living in the
Bahamas on work permits mu=t
S first prove that they are able t6
afford private schooling and
health insurance before the'
-bring their children or spouse
into.the country Minister of
Immigration Shane Gibson said
.. He said the aim is to prevent
hfiter strain on the country's
education and health care sys-
Mr Gibson said Ilhait i ITmmi-
gration Department will be
putting tighter restrictions on
those persons with work permits
who want to reside in the
Bahamas with their family or
who want to send for their fam-
ily members at a later time.
In addition, he said that his
department is strictly enforcing
the policy that those persons
who had to be repatriated will
not be receiving work permits.
The minister made the coin-
"ments when he appeared on
ZNS' talk show Immediate
Response, hosted by Steve McK-
. nney.
He said that just as a person
.who is wishing to receive a work
permit must first be outside of
the Bahamas when he or slhe is
doing so, a person who is On a
work permit.must have his/her
family residing outside of the
country before they are brought
to live in the Bahamas.
"I told them that I am' not
going to make wrong right,
"If you want your kids to
come to the Bahamas to be with
you and you are here on work
permit and they do not have any
Status, leave them out of the
county until we give you per-
"Do not enroll them in a
school and ask me to Imake it

Bid to 'prevent further

strain' on education,

health care system

right because I won't do it." he -
said A decision on
This, the minister pointed out
%%ill halt the increasing burden Tribune managing
on both the'public school and editor work permit
health care system. editor work pe it
"When we look at our school 'onc ig relevnt
ytem right:now we are over- o a reev
burdened with kids coming in information is in'
whose parents are on work per-
mits and those who are illegal By R
ftnniigran ts. "0By RUPERT
immigrants. ISSICK Jr
"So what we are doing now is MISSICK Jre r
if you are here on work permit Chief Reporter
and you want to bring your kids THE migration
here into the Bahamas and your Department will make a
spouse and if we are not satisfied Deprtment wil mke
that you are able to put your kid decision on the work permit
in private school and also take of Tribun e managing editor
out medical insurance for them John Marquis once it has
received "all of the relevant
we are not giving you permis- information", Immigration
sion to bring them in," the Min- Minister Shane Gibson said
ister said. Minister Shane Gibson said
This policy, he said, was estab- yesterday. s i te
listed in the past but it was not Mr Gibson said despite
enforced. 1 the respect he has for Mr
"Let's say an individual is here Marquis' talents, and the
on a work permit and he is mak- respect he has for Tribune
ing $200 a week and he sends publisher Eileen Carron, he
for three or four kids and his must be guided by the rules
spouse and wants them to reside of the country.
here, I am then knowingly giving coThments when he
them a permit to come into the comments he t he
public school system and take appeared on the ZNS talk
advantage of the public health show Immediate Response,
care system?" MrGibson asked. hosted by Steve McKinney.
care system?" Mr Gibson asked "We will make a decision
He said that if persons want to once we have all the rele-
bring their family into the coun- vant information and if we
try they must first satisfy the a re unable to get all of the
immigration department of their are unable to get all of the
ability to take care of their fain- relevant information in
ily financiaII before they enter timely manner we will make
the country and become a bur- a decision in the absence of
den ontheystem.that," Mr Gibson said.I
den on the .system. Mrs Carron has denied'
that the Immigration
Department had requested
The Tribune to submit
details of its attempts to
Bahamianise Mr Marquis's
position but did say that.
sometime in March she was
told that Mr Gibson had
instructed the Labour
Department to send an
inspector to The Tribune to
interview both Mr Marquis
and his Bahamian replace-
ment. However, the editori-
alstaff list with names,
nationalities and positions
as requested by Immigration
were sent to both Mr Gib-
son and the Immigration
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Tribune Freeport
officer, was among three
Grand Bahama residents
arrested in connection with
the discovery of an unli-
censed firearm, ammunition
and more than $1 million in
cash, ...
The firearm and cash were
reportedly seized by police
at a house in Freeport some
time this week.
According to Police Super-
intendent Basil Rahming, the
three suspects were taken
into custody on Wednesday
by officers of the Drug

Three held after

firearm, cash found

Enforcement Unit.
The police have not yet
released the identity of any
of the men, who are expected
to face charges in New Prov-
Mr Rahiing said DEU
officers executed a search
warrant on a house in the
Freeport area, where they
seized an unlicensed firearm
and a significant amount of

ammunition, along with
more than $1 million in US
The suspects were flown to
New Providence aboard an
Operation Bahamas, Turks
and Caicos (OPBAT) heli-
copter and. are presently
assisting Drug Enforcement
Unit and Central Detective
Unit officers with their inves-
tigations into the matter.

Bahamas set

for 'huge boom'

of tourists

from Canada
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE Bahamas is expected to
soon experience a "huge boom"
in Canadian tourists from that
country's richest and fastest
growing province.
Calgary-based WestJet, one
of Canada's major airlines sec-
ond only to Air Canada is
expected to make the Bahamas
its first international destina-
tion this Fall.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Ambrose Morris,
manager of public relations at
the Bahamas Tourism Office in
Toronto, said that the Bahamas
will be tapping into the biggest,
most vibrant market Canada
has to offer at the moment.
"The Bahamas will have
access to Western Canada. We
haven't had any direct flights
from that region before. Not
too long ago large reserves of
oil were found in the Province
of Alberta and since then it has
become the fastest growing
province in the whole country.
A lot of people have moved
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SUPERINTENDENT of Her Majesty's Prison
Dr Elliston Rahming (right) and ASPD Coleby (left)
displaying the new prison uniform for remanded
inmates yesterday. SEE story on page five.
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)

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JURORS in the Cordell Far-
rington murder trial heard clos-
ing arguments yesterday from
both defence and prosecution
Deputy director of public
prosecutions Cheryl Grant
Bethel told the jurors that Far-
rington is a "strategist" who
intended to kill 22-year-old
Jamal Robins.
She submitted that the
accused is a manipulative and
a compulsive liar who in an act
of "cowardice" murdered
Robins in his sleep.
She told the jurors that they
should not be side-tracked by
the "red herrings" of the defen-
dant, which are attempts to cov-
er up a cold-blooded murder.
She noted that both psychia-
trists, Dr Michael Neville and
Dr Timothy Barrett, testified
that at the time Farrington
killed Jamal Robins, he knew
right from wrong.
Mrs Grant-Bethel called
upon the jury to set aside any
prejudices against the accused
man and judge him solely on
the facts.
She pointed to Dr Barrett's
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the accused told him that after
he struck Robins about the
body several times with a metal
plank, the victim was still alive.
Mrs Grant-Bethel said that
at that point, Farrington could
have chosen to call an ambu-
lance but instead he decided to
dump the body.
She told the jurors that Far-
rington had not been provoked
to kill Robins and that there
was nothing "crazy" about a
voluntary confession.
The prosecutor said Farring-
ton simply confessed because
he knew the police and.Robins'
parents were looking for him.
She asked the jurors to con-
sider why Farrington led
Robins' parents on a "wild
goose chase" and why he took
eight months to confess to
Mrs Grant-Bethel also sub-
mitted that contrary to the
defence's evidence, Robins and
Farrington never lived together.
She directed the jury to the
evidence of Oterrio Floyd, the
man who claimed that he and
Farrington had been lovers up
to the time that Robins was
The prosecutor pointed out
that Floyd said Robins was just

* MURDER accused Cordell Farrin 4ton being escorted
in front of the courts yesterday
(Photo: Onan Bridgewater/Tribune Staff)

a friend who frequented their
Mallory Lane apartment.
SShe asked the jury to consid-
er if Floyd would have allowed
Farrington to stay in the apart-
ment with another man.


Mrs Grant-Bethel went on to
state that Farrington's admis-
sion that he returned to the spot
where he dumped Robins' body
to "pick the meat off the bones"
did,not mean that he was
She argued that by removing
the meat from the bones, so that
he could take the bones with
him, the accused eliminated the
scent of the bod\.
The prosecutor further
argued that Farrington's former
employees testified that he was
a model employee who inter-

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acted well with others.
This, she said, contradicts
the defence's argument, that
Farrington suffered from an
anti-social disorder.
She also argued that Far-
rington's claims of an emo-
tionally and sexually abusive
childhood, as an explanation
of his supposed personality
disorders, could not be veri-
The prosecutor argued that
Farrington was not insane
but rather very intelligent.
However, Farrington's
lawyer Romona Farquharson
submitted to the jury that her
client is was indeed insane.
She told the jurors that
police had never identified
Farrington as a suspect in
the murder and had no
leads until Farrington con-
Ms Farquharson asked the
jury to consider two defences.
The first, she said, was provo-
cation and the second,
diminished responsibility.


She said the prosecution
had failed to prove that
provocation did not occur.
Ms Farquharson submit-
ted when Jamal threatened
to leave Farrington, the
accused "snapped". She
said the accused was pro-
voked to the point that he
suffered a temporary loss of
self-control and suffered
from an abnormality of
mind at the time he killed
Ms Farquharson pointed
to the testimony of both psy-
chiatrists -'particularly that
of Dr Neville as justifica-
tion of her assertions.

FEDERAL prosecutors
drafted a proposed indictment
in 1993 charging Cuban military
chief Raul Castro with cocaine
trafficking but the case was
dropped in part because it rest-
ed largely on the questionable
testimony of admitted drug
smugglers, former federal offi-
cials said, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The investigation was an out-
growth of the 1992 drug trial in
Miami of deposed Panamanian
leader Manuel Noriega, which
included testimony implicating
Raul from a top member of
Colombia's notorious Medellin
cartel convicted cocaine
kingpin Carlos Lehder. i
"There was substantial evi-
dence generated in the Noriega
case demonstrating that the
Cuban military had been .
involved in narcotrafficking,"
said former U.S. Attorney Guy
Lewis, who was part of the Nor-
iega prosecution team.
SRaul Castro is now Cuba's
acting head of state while his
brother Fidel recovers from
abdominal surgery. He has long
been the chief of Cuba's Revo-
lutionary Armed Forces, with
control over the island's airports
and ocean traffic. '
Both Castro brothers have
repeatedly and vehemently
denied any Cuban involvement .'*
in drug trafficking. Officials with
the Cuban Interests Section,
which represents Havana in
Washington, did not return two
telephone calls seeking com-
ment Thursday.
Lehder testified in the Norie-
ga case that he personally met
with Raul Castro in 1982 to
negotiate landing rights for air-
craft carrying tons of cocaine
on the Cuban island of Cayo

allow plant
to burn
tyres as fuel
San Juan
US environmental regulators
have granted a permit to a divi-
sion of Mexican cement com-
pany Cemex to burn used tyres
for fuel at a plant in the south-
ern Puerto Rican city of Ponce,
officials and the company said
Thursday, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The cement plant would be
the first to burn tyres for fuel in
the US island territory, which
generates about 5 million used
tires annually and faces a short-
age of space to dump its garbage.
Cemex de Puerto Rico would
replace about 20 percent of the
imported coal it now uses to
power the plant by incinerating
1.5 million to 2 miion tires per
year in its cement kiln, said Juan
Colon, the company's environ-
mental manager.
The Ponce plant produces
cement and clinker, a principal
raw material of cement, for
export and the Puerto Rican
Before it could start burning
the tires, the company would
be required to install new pol-
lution filters to contain emis-
sions, said Carl-Axel Soderberg,
director of the regional office
of the US Environmental Pro-
tection Agency.

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FREEPORT In an effort to
stimulate business on Grand
Bahama, the Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce in con-
junction with BAIC is launching
a Business Festival for mer-
chants on the island.
Chamber president Dr
Doswell Coakley and Bahamas
Agricultural and Industrial Cor-
poration (BAIC) executive
Rudy Sawyer announced that
the festival is designed to boost
sales for storeowners who will
able to showcase their goods,
services, and products at dis-
count and bargain prices.
The festival will be held from
August through November on
the last Saturday of each month
at the old Columbus Theatre
parking lot between 10am and
About 45 to 50 booths will be
available to merchants.
Dr Coakley said that the first
event will take place on August
26, in time for the start of
"The intent of this festival is
to find creative ways to help
stimulate the economy of
Grand Bahama and. to aid the
efforts of business persons in
the community.
"As you know schools will be
reopened in September and
many of the merchants have a
lot of items that they wish to
move at a discount, which will
be beneficial to parents in their
back to school shopping," he
Mr Sawyer said BAIC has
been designated a tent where
trained4Bahamian craft-persons
will have the opportunity to
showcase their wares.

President to
push US
trade in new


Santo Domingo
nandez's party took control of
Congress for the first time
Wednesday with the swearing
in of new legislators who are
expected to pass stalled legisla-
tion to implement a US free-
trade deal, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The Dominican Liberation
Party won control of the four-
year Congress in May 16 elec-
tions due in part to public satis-
faction over a surging economy,
which had recovered from a
banking crisis under former
President Hipolito Mejia.
The party now has 96 of the
178 seats in the lower house and
22 of 32 seats in the Senate after
winning more than half of 3 mil-
lion votes. With a majority in
both houses, Fernandez is
expected to win passage of the
remaining legislation needed to
implement his country's partic-
ipation in a free trade agree-
ment with the US and'five Cen-
tral American countries.
The Caribbean nation rati-
fied the trade deal in 2005, but
did not enter it as scheduled
January 1 because it had not
adopted all the side agreements,
including one addressing intel-
lectual property rights.

BNP accused government of

destabilizing US relationship

THE PLP has been accused
of destabilising the country's
relationship with the US by
implementing a socialist for-
eign policy.
Dr Dexter Johnson, leader
of the Bahamian National Par-
ty, said he opposes the PLP's
"ill advised" stance on a num-
ber of international issues.
"Successive Progressive Lib-
eral Party Bahamian govern--
ments have contributed to the
weakening of our traditional
bilateral ties with the United
States of America, our largest
trading partner, due to their
socialist philosophy," Dr John-
son said in a statement released
"The current foreign policy
of the PLP government, which
has repeatedly voted with
socialist and communist gov-
ernments against the Ameri-
can, British and Canadian posi-
tions, is further proof of this
deeply rooted anti-USA PLP
stance," he said.
According to Dr Johnson,
the current government
approves of Cuban leader Fidel
Castro and Venezuelan Presi-
dent Hugo Chavez, as well as
the "anti-USA position"' of
Bolivian President Evo
He said the Bahamian public
has allowed itself to be pushed
into a position that is consid-
ered "confrontational" by the
US and its allies. "This is a

major foreign policy blunder,"
according to Dr Johnson.
He said that if in office, his
party would support "other
freedom loving nations, and
any involvement with the
socialist and communist axis
will be along the lines of con-
structive engagement, our trad-
ing links being accompanied
by efforts to encourage them
to adopt freer policies towards
their citizens, in an effort to

promote our own freedom lov-
ing values.
"Bahamians are an indepen-
dent and freedom loving peo-
ple, who do not support press
restrictions, imprisonment of
political dissidents and one par-
ty dictatorships. Our govern-
ment should reflect the char-
acter of our people," he said.
He said the PLP has
increased the distance between
the Bahamas and its tradition-

* DR Dexter Johnson

al allies and trading partners,
and that the BNP considers this
to be contraryto the country's
vital interests and would imme-
diately reverse this negative
"This does not make us 'yes'
men to any other Nation, it is
simply what any Bahamian


government ought to do in
reflecting the wishes of the
Bahamian people.
"The BNP will stay within its
mandate, and reflect the wishes
of the Bahamian people, instead
of hijacking government and
using it for other agendas," Dr
Johnson said.

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WITH LESS that a month
to the official start of the Non
Aligned Movement 2006
Summit, the government is
unable to confirm whether
or not the Bahamas will be
Although diplomatic offi-
cials have confirmed that the
has Bahamas participated in
the past, Patricia Rogders,
permanent secretary at the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
told The Tribune through her
secretary that ministry "can-
not make a determination of
that right now".
The 116 non-aligned mem-
bers which include 53 coun-
tries from Africa, 38 in Asia,
24 in Latin America and the
Caribbean and one in Europe
(Belarus), will be meeting in
the Cuban capital, Havana,
on September 11- 16.
The NAM is a an interna-
tional organisation made up
of more than 100 states which
consider themselves not for-
mally aligned with or against
any superpower. It is cur-
rently chaired by Abdullah
Ahmad, Prime Minister of
The purpose of the organ-
isation stated in the Havana
Declaration of 1979 is to
ensure "the national inde-
pendence, sovereignty, terri-
torial integrity and security
of non-aligned countries in
their struggle against impe-
rialism, colonialism, neo-
colonialism, apartheid,
racism, Zionism, and all
forms of foreign aggression,
occupation, domination,
interference or hegemony as
well as against great power
and bloc politics".

* JOHN Rood has questioned
the US-Bahamas relationship
The organisation also focuses
on national struggles for inde-
pendence, the eradication of
poverty and economic develop-
ment. NAM is said to represent
55 per cent of the planet's peo-
ple and two-thirds of the United
Nation members.
Meanwhile political observers
are speculating that the
Bahamas is in an "uncomfort-
able" position after US Ambas-

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sador John Rood expressed
concerns about their current
relations not being in sync. He
said that the government is "spi-
ralling downwards" in their pat-
tern of agreement with the US
on important international
issues in the United Nations and
on human rights issues involving
Sudan, Iran and Cuba.
Mr Rood said in a statement
that currently the Bahamas/US
relations "do not reflect com-
mon approaches to major inter-
national challenges."
, He revealed that whereas the
votes of the Bahamas and the
US at the United Nations were
in agreement 39 per cent of the
time in 2000, that figure has
now dropped to 11.9 per cent.
Officials at the Embassy how-
ever, told The Tribune that the
Bahamas has been participat-
ing in that summit for may
years. They also pointed out
that the Bahamas is signed on
to this movement (NAM), and
it was "appropriate" that the
country be represented.

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Frankness of US envoy appreciated

IN THE TRIBUNE on Tuesday lawyer
Paul Moss expressed his disappointment that
US Ambassador John Rood had gone to the
press with his concerns about Bahamas-US
He said the ambassador's statement to the
press shows he does rot value his relationship
with the Bahamas.
"Neighbours do not go to the press and
bring their business to the public, they work
things out," Mr Moss said.
We do not agree. We think that the ambas-
sador showed a great deal of respect for the
Bahamian people when he made a balanced
report on the true relations of the two coun-
tries. This is a subject that has worried many
Bahamians for the past four years as they have
watched their government shift its emphasis in
foreign policy. In his report Ambassador Rood
highlighted the areas in which the two coun-
tries had excellent cooperation. In these areas,
he said, "there can be little doubt that our
bilateral relations are second to none."
But joint initiatives encompassing trade,
tourism, crime fighting, aviation, and envi-
ronmental protection are only one side of the
coin in a country's relations. There is another
side, and it is that side that is giving the Unit-
ed States cause for concern.
The ambassador saw areas where he
believed the two countries could be cooperat-
ing more closely. "For example," he said, "in
the United Nations, the strong bilateral friend-
ship we enjoy is not always reflected in com-
mon approaches to major international chal-
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell has
been giving the public only one,,side of the
picture, although Bahamians of all walks of life
could see for themselves that a drift was devel-
oping. Despite this, Mr Mitchell has assured
the public that there has been no'deterioration
in US-Bahamian relations. As the late'Sir Lyn-
den Pindling often said: "Don't worry, be hap-
py" papa Pindling is at the wheel of state.
Ambassador Rood obviously respected
Bahamians sufficiently to believe that we were
mature enough to know the whole truth. And
so he told it not aggressively, but very diplo-
matically. He never threatened, although the
US taxpayer has every right to question why
the Bahamas should get such preferential treat-
ment if it insists on sitting on the UN fence
with America's detractors.
As we have no Freedom of Information
Act, representatives of countries whose people
are accustomed to being told the whole truth

- and when they are not, can resort to the
Freedom Act should treat us the same. If
our politicians won't tell us, then we appreci-
ate it when they do. It shows that they respect
us as first class citizens who are mature enough
to handle the whole truth.
Mr Moss' statement that "neighbours do
not go to the press and bring their business to
the public" shows an attitude that is too preva-
lent among the "servants of the people." They
forget that this is the public's business and the
first place that business should be taken is to
the public not hidden behind closed doors,
where an obeah doctor sugar coats it for pub-
lic consumption.
Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell got
the shock of his life when in 2003, tired of the
polite little tea parties that the bi-annual meet-
ing of US-Bahamas Joint Task Force on drugs
had become, former US Ambassador Richard
Blankenship made a controversial speech at
the meeting in front of the press. The tea pots
were smashed, and crumpets pushed aside.
Instead of the usual "what good boys we are"
back-slapping exchanges, the ambassador gave
it straight from the shoulder more had to be
done by the Bahamas in the war on drugs and
the Inagua drug scandal, which had been cov-
ered up for years, had to be investigated.
"Sometimes it's necessary to gain action
on a matter to bring it to the public's attention
for all to see and for all to comment on,"
Ambassador Blankenship explained.
Not so, said Mr Mitchell. He thought the
ambassador's words had challenged "our dig-
, nity as a nation." He felt the Bahamas was
"unexpectedly and unfairly blind-sided." In a
huff, Mr Mitchell postponed the next meeting
of the joint task force.
"The most important thing that I think a
diplomat can bring to the table is honesty,
trust and reliability," Mr Blankenship said. "I
believe that every diplomat should speak forth-
rightly and honestly so that no-one can mis-
We agree. Today so much is being watered
down for public consumption or even hidden
by our government that Bahamians appre-
ciate the open frankness of Ambassador Rood.
And as Mr Rood starts his third year as
US Ambassador to this country, and "looks
forward to expanding our cooperation in areas
that reflect our shared and enduring values
of respect for democracy, human rights, and
the rule of law," we hope he will nudge our
government into being more open with its cit-


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EDITOR, The Tribune
one of the hundreds, perhaps
thousands of Bahamians who
have been receiving notices of
outstanding contributions from
the National Insurance Board
for failure to pay a monthly con-
tribution within 15 days of pay-
ment becoming due following
the end of the previous month.
Section 55 (1) of the Nation-
al Insurance Act provides that
payments received after the
15th day of the following month
are considered late and are sub-
ject to the payment of interest.
While I am glad to note that
the National Insurance Board
has learnt something from the
Freeport fiasco where the
national insurance contribu-
tions for hundreds of hotel
employees had not been paid
for several years and no
attempt had been made by the

Board to enforce the collection
of the payments, it is a total
waste of the Board's resources,
waste of its manpower and in
the end result the people's
money, by sending a notice of
outstanding contribution on the
16th day of the following
month. In other words the con-
tribution should have been paid
by the 15th and is therefore one
day late. No doubt the persons
who forward these notices are
doing so upon the instructions
of management and one must
really question the wisdom of
such a policy.
I have noted that my contri-
bution payment is invariably
submitted prior to the 15th of
each month and in the present

instance, the payment was deliv-
ered on the 12th of July but was
not stamped as having been
received until the 25th July, apd
as that appears to be the prac-
tice in each instance it would
seem that the management
would better direct their energy
towards its internal operation.
While it is comforting to n9te
that the Board may have learnt
something from the Freeport
fiasco, I would suggest that their
time and moneys would be bet-
ter spent by going out into the
street and focusing attentionon
the thousands of people
not pay any contribution, rather
than waste its resources on
sending out hundreds of notices
to persons who regularly make
their national insurance contri-
August 14 2006

Pride needed in our flag

EDITOR, The Tribune
DRIVING today out to Nas-
sau International- sorry, Lyn-
den Pindling International I
was shocked to see the flags of
our dear sovereign nation being
flown with so much disrespect.
Faded frdm the sun some
the ends torn this is the first
image all visitors arriving in The
Bahamas see. Would you ever
see a damaged Union Jack or a
Stars and Stripes flying in either
England or the US?
Heading back to town I drove
through Oakes Field draped
over the parapet of the CID
building opposite Customs are

two faded Bahamian flags.
We waited to the eve of July
10th to put up the flags, now
-over 30-days later they are still
up. Possibly can someone put a
note in his 2007 diary that the
flags will be raised seven days
prior to July 10th and taken
down 14 days after?
So raise the flags on July 3rd,
and take them down July 24th,
and please ensure the flags are
fresh and not bleached and fad-
I am ashamed of'the Police
at CID showing such disrespect.
They are a semi-military body
that should be showing exam-

When the pride in ones,
National Flag and Anthem goes
- oh, my pet peeve with Cable
,Bahamas is that they continue
to play seemingly their version
of Timothy Gibson's Bahamas
National Anthem with total
immunity and obvious disre-
spect. There is only one
Anthem and it is not the des-
canted version of The National
Youth Choir?
Can someone in National
Security note these points and
correct them immediately?
August 112006

Women's awards one-sided

EDITOR, The Tribune
A casual drive around New
Providence will reveal the
placement of many large
posters by the Independence
Cultural Commission to hon-
our the contribution of female
Bahamians to the development
of their country. This is a won-
derful effort by the Indepen-
dence Cultural Commission.
SI find it curious, even though
I cannot claim to have seen all
the posters, that not a single
white woman is included in the
island-wide display. Some white
women who could have been

considered include Elizabeth
"Betty" Cole (sports), Nicki
Kelly (news reporter), Marie
Murray (work with female pris-
oners), Eileen Carron (newspa-
per editor and business
woman), June Maura (public
service and historic preserva-
tion), Lynn Gape (environ-
mental protection), Lynn
Holowesko (former Senator
and environmental protection),
Catherine Benjamin (public ser-
vice and national development),
and Betty Kenning (business
Michael Craton has written
in his contribution to The Gen-

.eral History of the Caribbean
that the contributions of white
Bahamians are being written
out of the history of the
Bahamas. Perhaps this effort-to
honour Bahamian women by
the Independence Cultural
Commission, though inadver-
tently, may be an example of
what Mr Craton wrote about.- I
This effort to honour women
is a laudable one, but should
include women of all creeds and
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Pilot club

MEMBERS of the Pilot
Club of Nassau joined more
than 1000 Pilot members
from all over the world at an
international conference in
Atlanta, Georgia last month.
Club president Da'Shann
Clare-Paul led the group at
the Pilot International/Pilot
International Foundation
vAnnual Convention, held
"'from July 19 to 22.
"' In addition to business
""meetings and workshops,
--onvention attendees took
',part in a fundraising event
''for the Pilot International
"'Foundation, held at
'ly opened Georgia Aquari-
"um, the worlds largest facili-
'ty of its kind.
'Proceeds of the event, and
'a silent auction went to sup-
-'port the foundation's work
,"of increasing awareness of
brain injury and brain injury
"" Guest speakers included
I"author Brian Brio, educa-
? 'tional consultant Toody Byrd
3 -and business etiquette coach
.' Anne Whitaker.
Founded in 1921, Pilot
SInternational is a human ser-
''vice organisation of volun-
teers working together to
improve the quality of life in
communities throughout the
't The organisation focus is
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S1,800 Ib of

seized in

POLICE have arrested six
people, including a Bahamian
man, and seized more than
1,800 pounds of marijuana
r.from a boat hidden in a man-
r.grove forest in eastern
.Jamaica,, authorities said
*Wednesday, according to
Associated Press.
n Narcotics officers discov-
i,'-ered 44 bags of compressed
n' marijuana concealed inside
Sr:the 12-metre fishing boat on
o. -Tuesday in the rural parish
'y of St. Catherine, about 30
i miles west of the capital of ,
Kingston, Police Inspector
"0 Steve Brown said.
Investigators believe the
r:. ,drugs were bound for Haiti.
lt,,i Police have arrested sev-
b:l eral Jamaicans and Haitians
for drug offences in St
Catherine and the neighbor-
ing Clarendon parish in the
past year.

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Prison work programmes

altered following escape

WORK programmes will not
be cancelled at Her Majesty's
Fox Hill Prion despite the
escape of a prisoner last month..
Adlet Cilice, 21, walked away
last month while on a work
detail, during a visit to the chap-
lain's office.
Despite the efforts of prison
authorities and police, he has
yet to be recaptured.
However, Prison Superinten-
dent Dr Elliston Rahming said
that the programmes will not
be stopped though he added
that there have been some
resultant changes in the work
detail programme, which allows
non-violent inmates to leave the
compound to work at local
"The work programmes are a
part of the rehabilitation and a
management tool for any
prison, and with that goes a
minimal level of risks."
He said that every day, more
than 200 prisoners leave the
prison compound to go out and
work on different projects, "and
so once in a while, an inmate
will put it in his head to take
Dr Rahming said prison offi-
cials should not as a result "lock
down" the other 199 "who
obey the rules and are making
good of that privilege to do so."
Security at the prison has
made headline new since Janu-
ary 17 when four convicts
escaped from the facility a ser-
ial rapist, two murderers and an
armed robber.
During the incident, prison
guard Corporal Dion Bowles
was killed. One of the inmates

* THE Superintendent of Her Majesty's Prison, Dr Elliston

was killed and the rest were
In the aftermath; police dis-
covered that several gates to the
maximum security area had
been unlocked, and that a tool
or machinery had been used to
knock a hole in a cell wall.
"It's a daily challenge," Dr
Rahming said. "We come to
work every day to double our
efforts to ensure that we stay
two steps ahead of those
inmates who think of beating
the system."
He was speaking during a
graduation exercise for 20 prison
officers who completed a tactical
training course yesterday.

Police are still searching for
Cilice. A "walk-away search" is
handled by prison officers with-
in the first two hours of an
escape,, after which it is the
responsibility of police authori-
ties to find the inmate.
The Tribune contacted police
press liaison officer Inspector
Walter Evans, who promised to
give an update on the case later
that afternoon, but did not call
back up to press time last night.
Dr Rahming' added: "The
recapture rate at Her Majesty's
Prison is 99 per cent, so the
odds are that he will be cap-
tured if he is on the island," he

* OFFICERS of Her Majesty's Prison demonstrating aspects of
their Tactical Training.
(Photos:Onan Bridgewater/Tribune staff)

New uniforms introduced at prison

Elliston Rahming has intro-
duced new uniforms for the
1480 male inmates at Her
Majesty's Prison to ensure their
visibility at all times
This announcement came
after severe criticism of the
prison over a series of escapes
and attempted escapes this year.
In all, seven escape attempts
were made by prisoners at the
compound and by "non-vio-
lent" inmates on work detail.
According to Dr Rahming,
60 per cent of prison inmates
wear their own shoes and
clothes, which has caused prob-
lems in the identification of
escapees, as well as presenting
difficulties in cases of theft
among prisoners..
"To get the uniforms we
attended a conference at the
American Correction Associa-
tion, and came upon a manu-
facturer who makes inmate-
wear for prisons all around the
world," he said.
The new prison-wear will
have two styles red and white
stripes and navy blue and white
stripes with matching footwear.
The red and white scheme
will be worn by reprimand pris-
oners and the blue by sentenced
"These uniforms will be worn
everywhere inmates go, except

for when they stand trial at the
courts, where they will dress in
civilian fashions," said Dr Rah-
"The reason why inmates are
allowed to stand trial in their
clothing is because of the pre-
sumption of innocence rule. If
an inmate is innocent and they
wear inmate uniform, that tends
to lead the jury to an assump-
tion of guilt," he said.
Dr Rahming told the press
that because of the urgency of
getting distinctive clothing for
the inmates, cost was not much
of an issue even though the
price was relatively high.
"Even so, the new uniforms
are by far better and conducive
than the current problem of
inmates wearing civilian cloth-
ing," he said.
Reinstating the urgency for
distinctive prison-wear, the
superintendent alluded to the
break-out of inmate Tameco
Ferguson last week, who was
on a police bus returning to the
prison and broke through one
of the vehicle's windows.
Ferguson was wearing jeans, a
white T-shirt, and tennis shoes:
He managed to get out of sight
behind a nearby gas station, but
was later apprehended by police.
Dr Rahming said that if
prison officer's did not witness
the incident, Ferguson could
have blended with the public
and disappeared.

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'I HE people of Abaco are
still seeking action on several
government projects promised
foi their island.
Their main concerns are
Marsh Harbour Airport and the
new low-cost homes sub-divi-
sion pledged to ease congestion
at The Mud and Pigeon Pea
shanty settlements.
An islander told The Tribune:
"We have been told several
times what is going to happen
on \ various matters, but nothing
ever seems to get off the

The airport is earmarked for
radical improvement to cope
with increased traffic into Aba-
co from Nassau and the United
States. Work was due to start
this month.
The new sub-division will, it
is hoped, help disperse Hait-
ian settlers at Marsh Harbour's
two notorious slum communi-
Also bothering locals is the
promised sanitary landfill site
just south of Spring City.


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This is meant td replace the
overloaded Marsh Harbour
Abaco fishermen are also
awaiting implementation of new
fishing rules to protect local
stocks against overfishing by vis-
Locals have been told that
the proposed changes have
been placed before Cabinet by
Fisheries Minister Leslie Miller.
"But I can't say for a fact that
Cabinet has approved them,"
said an inside source.
Affordable housing has been
a hot topic in Abaco for some
time now.
"There's been lots of talk
about it, but not a lot has hap-
pened," said the source. "Nowa-
days, it's hard to say what con-
stitutes low-cost housing
because prices are rising so

DISQUIET over the nomi-
nation of ex-PLP stalwart Edi-
son Key as FNM candidatein

South Abaco has died down.
Pupularly touted alternative
candidate Everette Hart a
prominent retired civil servant -
made it clear that he was not
interested in running, so the
party seems to have closed
ranks round Mr Key.'
"He is definitely not every-
one's favourite person," a
Marsh Harbour source told The
Tribune, "but if the other choice
is a PLP victory, then we will
circle the wagons and create a
united front."
Mr Key was not popular
among FNMs when he was a
staunch PLP presence in South
Abaco. But since he quit as a
PLP senator to join the opposi-
tion party, he has made plain
the sincerity of his conversion.
His strongest backer is for-
mer prime minister Hubert
Ingraham, whose word contin-
ues to be gospel in most parts of
"If Hubert's behind him, then
so am I," said one FNM sup-

, ,,, .

* ILLUSIONIST David Copperfield sits with Minister of
Financial Services and Investments Vincent Peet as he
conducts a tour of the island of Musha Cay for the minister and
his delegation on Thursday. Copperfield recently bought four
islands in the Exuma chain for $50 million and has plans to
enhance the properties, bringing his own style to each one.
(Photo: BIS/Tim Aylen)

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Bring the union

fat cats to heel


MANY more con-
trols must be
instated to govern industrial
action by unions, especially
for companies that are essen-
tial to the economic sustain-
ability of the Bahamas, such
as BEC.
Gone are the days when Sir
Randol Fawkes, a true nation-
al hero, led unions to strive
for better pay and working
conditions for their members.
Today, several unions have
degenerated into greedy cash
hunters only set on fattening
the cheques of their top exec-
utives while creating a public
platform for executives to lob-
by themselves into the political
It should not be mandatory
for certain people to join
unions, as several are simply,
known for deducting monies,
while offering no true repre-
sentation and/or mediocre,
dismal service.
It is perplexing that lead-
ers and top executives of
unions are earning far more
than placard-carrying,
exploitable members, who in
many instances may be rela-
tively poor or earning a mod-
est living.
Why is it okay for some
union leaders to earn as much
as $150,000 per annum while
the union's members earn an
average of $250-$300 per
week? Some unions have
become avaricious, as more
monies for members corre-
spond with higher member-
ship fees and therefore more
money for executives!
In the case of BEC's work-
ers' union, the Bahamian pop-
ulace is suffering in the long
BEC workers, with their
hefty pay cheques, work 35
hours per week, after which
time overtime begins. All oth-
er government employees
must fulfil 40 hours per week,
with teachers working as much
or more than 80 hours per
week (even at home) without
any overtime pay.
The salaries and benefits of
BEC workers are very com-
petitive, more competitive
than most employees in the
Bahamas. Therefore, BEWU
President Dennis Williams
must be reminded that having
his members engage in illicit
action will hamper an essential
service and be met with harsh
More stringent controls
must be implemented to gov-
ern the recognition process to



which persons attempting to
create unions must appear
because, as it stands, any ole
Joe can gather a group of
friendly workers, fill out a'few
forms and become a full-
fledged union.

Why is it that the
PLP is launching
their election campaign on the
plight of immigrants (illegal
and legal)? After Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson's over-
zealous, botched and cavalier
apprehensions in Eleuthera,
where more than 100 Haitians,
many with legal status, were
taken from their homes during
the early morning hours,
Housing Minister Neville Wis-
dom has jumped on the band-

Several unions
have degenerated
into greedy cash
hunters only set
on fattening the
cheques of their
top executives

Mr Wisdom seems to be
using the plight of these immi-
grants for partisan purposes
and praise, as he knows that
by ousting these undesirables
and establishing sub-divisions
for Bahamians garners votes
and favouritism in the lead-up
to the next general election.
Mr Wisdom's actions and
use of the press to promote
his cause appear to be diabol-
ical. These actions all appear
to be a means to inflame the
populace and generate sup-
It is widely speculated that
Mr Wisdom will lose his seat
in Delaporte to potential
FNM candidate Dr Herbert
Still a Cabinet minister,
Neville Wisdom's Junkanoo
bleachers botch-up should
have ensured his demotion to
the back-benches. As the elec-
tion approaches, I anticipate
that in the wake of the gener-
al'election, Mr Wisdom will
again be relegated to the halls
of political obscurity.
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training is

gency response training pro-
gramme will be held August 21
to 26 for residents of the Dela-
porte and Adelaide communi-
The government, through the
National Emergency Manage-
ment Agency (NEMA) and the
Urban Renewal Programme,
the Bahamas Red Cross and the
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ducted by NEMA in conjunc-
tion with the United States
Embassy in Nassau and the US
Southern Command.
Bahamas project co-ordina-
tor Diane Turquest said anoth-
er of the programme's objec-
tives is to "ensure that vulnera-
bility in high-risk communities is
reduced through an integrated,
community-based disaster man-
agement approach."
She said the disaster pre-
paredness unit of the European
Commission's Humanitarian
Aid Office (DIPECHO) has
been funding projects in the
Caribbean over many years
aimed at assisting countries "to
better equip themselves to
reduce the impact of natural
and man-made disasters."

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Ministry, Kerzner announce $500,000 of work on thoroughfare

Tribune Staff Writer
MAJOR upgrades costing more
than $500,000 are expected to
begin immediately on the thor-
oughfare between Shirley and
Mackey streets as part of a joint
venture between the Ministry of
Works and Kerzner Internation-
This announcement was made
yesterday during a contract signing
ceremony at the site of the work,
which is expected to be finished
in 90 days.
Four local companies were
awarded contracts: R and M
Trucking received a $8,500 con-
tract to demolish the Milkstand;
Simmons Construction and Heavy
Equipment was given a $210,000
contract; VC Construction was giv-
en a $139,000 contract for the com-
pletion of the concrete and
drainage work and High Power
International has been contracted
to upgrade the traffic signals.
Minister of Transport and Avi-
ation Glenys Hanna Martin
explained that the undertaking is
an essential one, that seeks to
address the "enormous" daily traf-
fic issue at the junction during peak
"This is one step in the ladder of
a concerted effort to ensure that all
of the enormous challenges we
face in New Providence with eco-
nomic development, the increase
in vehicle ownership, the increase
in population that we are doing
all that we can to ensure so far as
possible that quality of life as it
relates to our streets is max-
imised," Mrs Hanna-Martin said.
She said the demolition of the
Milkstand, a restaurant on the
northern corner of the intersec-
tion, "is symbolic of our movement
from one era into another. So we
hope that at the end of the con-
tractual work, it will facilitate the

smooth flow of traffic and enhance
to some extent the fow throughout
New Providence."
She said the Ministry of Trans-
port is engaged in a number of ini-
tiatives to address traffic issues in
the island.
Ed Fields, vice president of pub-
lic affairs for Kerzner Internation-
al that along with Atlantis guests,
the company's nearly 7,000
employees use the route when
travelling to and from work.
"I made a suggestion to Mr Sol
K Kerzner that we should consid-
er acquiring some land in this area
so that we can make a merge lane.
But subsequent to that, I touched
basis with Mr Roberts (the minis-
ter of works) and asked him if he
could gave me a couple of hours
and we drove around the island
and I was pointing out a couple of
things to him, one of which was
this corner here at Mackey Street,
and it was Mr Roberts who
brought to my.attention that the
building here was actually owned
by the government," Mr Fields
Minister works Bradley Roberts
said Kerzner International has
agreed to give $250,000 directly to
the government.
In addition to the road work
construction cost, Kerzner has also
contributed more than $60,000 for
the design works and manage-
ment, along with and $30,000 for
the relocation of the vendor who
was a tenant in the Milkstand
Mr Roberts said once the pro-
jected is completed ,the benefits
will be realized immediately.
Officials are also attempting to
address other junctures that may
be causing delays in traffic.
Some intersections already iden-
tified are at Fox Hill Road and Joe
Farrington Road; Faith Avenue
and Cow Pen Road; East Street
and Bamboo Boulevard; and John-
son Road and East Bay Street.

PI bridge work 'will be sent to tender'
AN ESTIMATED $8.5 million worth of repair work on the Par-
adise Island bridges will soon be sent out to tender, Minister of
Works and Utilities Bradley Roberts said yesterday.
He made the announcement during a contract signing ceremony for
the enhancement of the Shirley and Mackey streets intersection.
Mr Roberts said the cost for the repairs to the eastern and western
bridges is thought to be around $5 and $6 million respectively.
In May 2005, Mr Roberts said his ministry contracted the ser-
vices of Paul Hanna and Associates, a structural engineering firm, to
carry out an inspection of the structural integrity of both bridges lead-
ing to Paradise Island.
"The, engineering report advised that both bridges were in fairly
good condition," Mr Roberts said. "However, a priority ranking of
the necessary repairs to each of the bridges has been identified for
speedy attention."

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companies to apply for. tender for New Vehicle and Equipment.

Interested companies can pick up a specification document from BTC's
Administration Building, John F Kennedy Drive and The Mall Drive Freeport,
Grand Bahama August 9 to August 23, 2006 between the hours of 9:00am
to 5:00pm Monday to Friday.

Tender should be sealed in an envelope marked "VEHICLE & EQUIPMENT
TENDER" and delivered to the attention of:-

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Acting President & CEO
The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Ltd.
P.O. Box N-3048
Nassau, Bahamas .

Bids should reach the company's administration office on John E Kennedy
Drive by 4:00pm Wednesday August 23rd, 2006.

Companies submitting bids are invited to attend the bid opening on Thursday,
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Bahamian to manage '

Cable Beach Resorts

A VETERAN Bahamian
hotelier has been appointed the
new general manager and vice
president of the Wyndham Nas-
sau Resort and Cable Beach
Michael. Hooper a former

Bahamas Hotelier of the Year -
has had a distinguished 23-year
career in the hotel industry in
The Bahamas, the UK, the US
and Canada
Cable Beach Resorts Execu-
tive Vice President, Operations,

Michael Sansbury said, "We are
particularly pleased to have a
Bahamian of Michael's stature
join us in a senior leadership
position as we... prepare for the
development of Baha Mar."
Mr Hooper, who grew up in

The Bahamas, started his career
as a front desk clerk with Hilton
International Hotels at the
Drake Hotel in Chicago, USA
in 1985.
He occupied various positions
at Hilton hotels in the US and
the UK before becoming gen-
eral manager at the Kensington
Hilton Hotel followed by the
Gatwick Hilton, which was
named Hotel of the Year under
his stewardship in 1997.
At the same time Mr Hooper
won General Manager of the
Year among all Hilton hotels
in the UK, and the hotel was
named in the top 10 hotels
worldwide of most profitable
hotels for Hilton International.
Mr Hooper was made Gener-
al Manager of the British Colo-
nial Hilton situated on One Bay
Street in The Bahamas in
December 1998, and one year
later, he reopened the hotel after
a $68 million restoration. Short-
ly thereafter, the hotel was given
an AAA 4 Diamond rating,
Named Hotelier of the Year


'for The Bahamas in 2003, Mr
Hooper also received the Toast-
masters Hospitality Recogni-
tion Award that year.
Mr Hooper holds board
memberships in the Bahamas
Hotel Association, the Nassau

Tourism and Development :
Board and the Nassau Paradise
Island Promotion Board. He is /
a past board member of the -,
Bahamas Chamber of Com- ,,
merce, and president of the Skal -
Club of Nassau.

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
independentynd 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
Company's operations and activities.
2. Contribute to a number of internal audit reports of varying
'complexity annually: Reports average 8'12 pages iin lcnth antd':
usually support numerous recommendations. Recomiitiendations
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


Upbringing 'breeds littering'

MANY Bahamians litter as
a result of their upbringing, it
was claimed yesterday.
Executive co-ordinator of the
Bahamas National Pride Asso-
ciation Peter Brown said New
Providence is not as clean as it
should be because Bahamians
take their environment for
"The way we treat our envi-
ronment is basically how we
have been reared. We take it
for granted its someone else's
job to clean it up, to maintain it.
Its not our job; so we trash it
by throwing out bottles, cans,
papers, et cetera," he said.
M Brown said Keep America
Beautiful an organisation spe-
cialising in the determination
of how littered a city is sur-
veyed a section of New Provi-
dence five years ago.

Since it is believed that the
situation has not changed, the
group has not been invited to
do another survey, Mr Brown
"It is supposed to be done on.
a regular basis to show how a
city is improving, but if there is.
no improvement, then why do
"If you drive around town
long enough, you will see people
throwing cans and bottles out
of their cars. They don't see that
as being a problem,"-he said.
Despite this, Mr Brown is still
"We have our work cut for
us, but I think that we are going
to get there eventually, but
there are a couple of things that
we need to do before we get
there," he says.
The NPA needs more funding


if it is to run more programmes
that will educate and encourage
Bahamians to treat their envi-
ronment better, he said.
"We depend almost entirely D
on donations from publicly spir-
ited persons or sponsors. We
get a stipend from government
- a very humble stipend. This'
building is leased from govern-
ment; government pays most of
the utilities; and government
pays myself and the staff that I
have here," Mr Brown said.
The association works with
community groups, answering
questions and lending moral
support, Sometimes groups hold
meetings at the association's
office where they are offered
light refreshments.
But Mr Brown says the NPA
would do more if it had the

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THE idea of a drag queen
pageant in New Providence
might be expected to raise eye-
brows but according to the
results of a Tribune poll,
Bahamian attitudes towards
alternative lifestyles may be
becoming more varied.
Religious leaders continue to
say that the Bahamas is a Chris-
tian nation that promotes only
traditional forms of gender
behaviour a view that many
polled by The Tribune agreed
However in the wake of the
Miss Drag Queen Bahamas
pageant in which a young man
who calls himself "Tempest
Allure" came away with the
coveted title The Tribune
found that the average man or
woman on the street is becom-
ing more likely to support alter-
native lifestyles than usually
"My opinion is we're all dif-
ferent, and that's something
they choose to do, that's fine
with me, I don't have a prob-
lem with it," said Yvonne Dean
about the pageant. "We're all
human, if that's what they're
comfortable doing, that's okay."
Her sentiments were echoed
by many of the respondents.
And while some of those
interviewed said that in their
opinion, such alternative
lifestyles are wrong, they admit-
ted that others have a right to
do as they wish in private.
Some who disagreed with the
pageant admitted a grudging
respect for the contestants.
"I personally don't think they
should have competitions like
this," said one respondent, who
declined to be named. "Every-
one has a right to do what they
think it is they want to do, but
something publicly like this -
the bible says it's wrong."
However, she later added
that she admired the men in the
pageant for how they "took the,
extra mile to look nice".
Some commentators take the
furore over the banning of the
triple Oscar-winning film
Brokeback Mountain as evi-
dence that Bahamians are
becoming more tolerant.
Local opposition to the ban-
ning by the Play and Films Con-
trol board egged on by the
Bahamas Christian Council-
received a great deal of atten-
tion internationally.
Despite including some graph-
ic homosexual scenes (which
many critics of the ban pointed
out could have been shielded
from young eyes by simply des-
ignating the movie R-rated) the
film was critically acclaimed
and considered a moving

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story of a troubled love affair.
And for the first time this
week, the Miss Drag Queen
Bahamas Pageant was promi-
nently covered in the local
On the issue of acceptance of
alternative lifestyles whether
that be homosexuality or cross-
dressing the local gay commu-
nity has been especially vocal.
Erin Greene, of the gay sup-
port network the Rainbow
Alliance (RAB), explained that
the drag queen community in
the Bahamas is something that
has existed "for decades", and
has consistently represented the
LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual
and transgender) community
through their experience of "liv-
ing" their sexuality.
However, Greene said the
publicity of the drag event does
not necessarily signal a shift in
This is supported by the fact
that, on the streets, responses
of acceptance or curiosity have
been outnumbered by expres-
sions of concern or trepidation
- coupled with a general con-
fusion of the distinction
between'cross-dressing and
"If drag queen shows start
happening more publicly, that
could be a problem. They are
going to eventually feel like
they are able to walk the streets
and hold hands and stuff like
that," said a female shop assis-
tant on Bay Street.
Asked why such behaviour
would bother her, she said it
was not the behaviour itself, but
rather the reaction of the "vio-
lent young men" in the
Bahamas who are "not going to
like that".
A male passerby simply
added: "The Bahamas is not
ready for this."

The prevalent response to the
drag queen pageant was:
"what's next?" Many said they
were afraid that if cross-dressing
became accepted, Bahamians
would no longer be able to tell
"male from male, female from
female," as one young man.put
The question of acceptance
of alternative lifestyles is not
only being played out on the
streets, however.
For both RAB and church
groups, constitutional reform
has become a focus with RAB
pushing for discrimination on
the basis of sexual orientation to
be made unlawful in the con-
stitution, and senior church fig-
ure Dr Rex Major leading the
Help Save the Family drive.
Dr Major has organised a ral-
ly on August 27 seeking thou-
sands to sign a petition for a
constitutional amendment "to
permanently define marriage as
being between a woman and a
man only".
The view Dr Major is defend-
ing was summed up by an older
man asked for his opinion on
drag queen event: "You's a
man, yotr's a man; you's a
woman, you's a woman God
created Adam and Eve, not
Adam and Steve."
According to Dr Major, the
rally will be a "positive action"
inspired by the findings record-
ed in the provisional report of
the Bahamas review commis-
sion; that "the majority of per-
sons" would wish marriage to
be defined and enshrined in the
Bahamian constitution as "a
union between a man and a
Nevertheless, many members
of the younger generation par-
ticularly women seem to be
coming to terms with alterna-
tive lifestyles.


The Bahamas Telecommunications Company Limited invites applications from suitably
qualified individuals for the position of Manager/Database Administrator in its IT
Technical Services Department.


The Database Administrator (DBA) is responsible for maintaining the health of BTC
Oracle, DB2 and SQL database. The DBA implements databases, develops backup and
restoration procedures, performs database tuning, and manages the growth and performance
of the IT databases. The DBA utilizes diagnostic tools to determine system performance
problems and implements database and indexing changes as needed in order to maximize
database performance. The DBA also researches patches and implements database
upgrades and releases to keep the database environment current. In addition, the DBA
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
* Maintains database currency through migration of releases and patch implementation
* Researches 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,
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116 'I I r 1--I,.


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for literacy.
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The Tribune's


:Readi9 Series

Cutting & Sewing

(Dr Cottian has gone to Pine Ridge on Grand
Bahama to substitute fot Dr Goitlieb while he is on
vacation. Cottn an's time there coincides with a
great influx. of workers from other Bahama islands
to work producing pit props for export to Britain. I

T HAD been a busy afternoon and
evening. with more than the usual num-
ber of customers limping or carried in from the
bar. I didn't get away from the clinic till after 11.
By the time I got to bed it was after midnight.
Just as I was drifting to sleep the knocking
started. Groaning wearily. I got up. put on a
bathrobe. and \vent to the door.
There stood a frail little woman with both
eyes so swollen they were almost shut. She
was bleeding from the nose and from the
mouth, from which two teeth were freshly
missing. Her upper lip was cut and swollen
and there were abrasions on both arms. I
took one look and immediately escorted '
her to the clinic next door.
While I \worked she told me the story.
Her husband had come home drunk, a
routine Saturday affair. But this time he
had been sporting around with a prosti-
tute. His wife knew\ it and told him so.
He flew into a rage, beat her across the
back \\ith a piece of firewood (her back
was a mass of bruises), knocked her
down. kicked her in the face. and
threatened to kill her.
As she talked I grew more angry,
muttering to myself what ought to be
done to such drunken bums. Suddenly the little
woman reached up and patted me reassuringly
on the shoulder. "Now, Doctuh, dot's all right.
Don't you fret yourself. Jus' you wait and see
what I done to him. He be here soon, Doctuh."
"If he can make it. When he say he goin' to kill
me, I jump up and run in de kitchen. He run after
me and I grab up de butcher knife and when he
come at me, I give it to him."
"You mean did you kill him?"
"I ain' stay to look, Doctuh; but I ain' think so.
I think he be here soon."
She was right. I was putting a final bandage on,
the lady when there was a knock at the door. I
opened it and there stood a man with the right
sleeve of his shirt gone, exposing a gash that had
opened his arm from shoulder to elbow. Behind
me the lady cried, "Dot's him Doctuh! Dot's my
old man!"
I looked him straight in the face, keeping him
outside the door. "Well, sweet for you," I said.

'v't" IvUyatt rBlassi,.,.g,

looks like you got
\\hat you deserve."
He whined. "You ain' understand, Doc. I was just
scolding her, and -"
"I saw the kind of scolding you did. A little
more and you'd have killed her. Now, what do
you want here?",
His left hand fluttered up and down the bloody
arm. "You gotta do something' about dis."
"So you want me to take care of it?" I rubbed my
hands together: Shylock about to collect his pound
of flesh. "Come in. I'll take care of it all right."
I have always had a great concern for the feelings
of my patients. I hate to inflict pain and I am hap-
py in alleviating it. At Pine Ridge I had earned
(and, I like to think, justly) something of a repu-
tation for extreme gentleness in the suturing of
cuts. It was my .custom to infiltrate thoroughly
with novocaine. I would use as small a suturing
needle as the circumstances would permit and
.sew as gently as possible. Normally, the result was

that the patient would feel
little if any
I did not con-
sider this a nor-
mal occasion.
For one thing,
i'7 the brute was so
well anesthetized
wwith rum he was
more aware of my
expression and
tone of voice than
of physical pain. I
swabbed iodine on
the raw edges of his
;". wound from end to
end. "That'll burn,"
I said.
., The man howled.
,, "Shut up!" I said.
"That's what you get
S ,. for kicking your wife's
teeth out."
I poured sulfathiazole
in the deep part of the
-W cut, selected a large
suturing needle, and
S threaded it carefully in
S front of him. "Now!" I
said, and drove the nee-
die through the flesh on
both sides of the wound
S ::. ., and pulled it tight.
"Doc!" the man
screamed. "You too rash!"
"If you don't like it," I said,
"go somewhere else." I
stabbed the needle again.
... "That's what you get for beat-
,. P, ing you \wife with a stick."
Another stab. "That's for
blacking one eye." Stab.
"That's for the other." Stab.
"That's for splitting her lip."
S With each stab I made a com-
... ..."'. ment. And after each comment
his wife, standing pressed against
the wall on the far side of the
room, cried, "Dot's it, Doctuh! Dot's it! Fix him
When I had finished, the man sat with his head
bent, breathing heavily. "You one rash man, Doc."
"Come back here again," I said, "and you'll find
how rash I can be. Now get out while I call the
police and report this. You triedto kill your wife
and you're lucky they won't be after you for mur-
As he left his wife was laughing through her
bandages. "You handle him jus' right, Doctuh."
I went home to bed, weary, but with a sense of a
night's work well done.

Text copyright 1998 Gayle Cottman
Excerpt prepared by Marjorie Downie and Gordon
Mills of The College of The Bahamas

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 18, 2006, PAGE 11


The use of date rape drugs is

on the rise. We investigate

why it's more important

weapons than ever to be wary when
out for an evening and to

watch your drink

Names have been changed
to protect the privacy of the vic-
Tribune Staff Reporter
LATOYA, an accounting
intern at a local institution, sus-
pects that she was drugged last
She was out with a friend and
they decided to go to a bar they
didn't usually frequent.
"It wasn't a high-tech place,"
she said. "They would let young
girls in and had a reputation for
girls getting drunk and causing
Latoya says she only had one
glass of coconut rum and orange
juice. "I felt really drunk all of a
sudden. I don't remember how
I got home, but all I know is
that I was completely out of it
the next day. It was not the usu-
al hangover at all."
Fortunately, Latoya's friend
made sure she was safe, but she
shivers to think what could have
happened if she was not with a
responsible person.
Whether at parties or bars,
its becoming increasingly com-
mon around the world for
women to be drugged and later
find out that they were sexually
According to international
experts like the US Rape Vic-
tims Centre, Xanax and
Klonopin, two common anti-
anxiety medications, have
joined the "club drugs" GHB,
Ketamine (Special K) and
Rohypnol (roofies), as the taste-
less, odourless, colourless sub-
stances of choice for quickly
rendering a person helpless.
The liquids, tablets, or pow-
ders-commonly known as date
rape drugs although they are
often used by strangers can
be easily slipped into a bever-
age, even if someone is holding
their drink but briefly looks

In 1997, Roche, the manufac-
turer of Rohypnol (Which is sold
legally in some countries as a
short-term remedy for serious
sleep disorders), reformulated
the tablets to turn blue in liquid
to increase their visibility, but
would-be rapists have report-
edly responded by serving blue-
coloured drinks.
According to the US Office
of National Drug Control Poli-
cy, a dose of Rohypnol is ten
times stronger than Valium, and
can cause intense intoxication,
extreme sleepiness and black-
outs within fifteen minutes.
It can also cause amnesia,
which means victims may not
know for sure if they were
assaulted, and will probably not
remember who their assailant
The drugs are also not to easy
to detect after the fact, making
it harder to get a rape convic-
tion in court.
Rohypnol leaves the system
in 72 hours or less, but many
rape drugs can become untrace-
able after 12 hours, which means
it is nearly impossible for a vic-
tim to test positive for them.
"My friends and I always
wary," confides an 18-year-old
from Prospect Ridge. "I don't
take open- drinks not even
sodas from a guy, even if I've
known'him for a long time."
Although she has never been
"roofied," she realises not every
girl is as fortunate.
Police are now looking into
a case involving the alleged rape
of a Bahamian teenager, in
which legal drugs are thought
to have played a part.
Alcohol itself is the number
one date rape drug so the
Bahamas National Drug Coun-
cil advises persons to think
before they drink.
According to the council,
drugs and alcohol are involved
in about one half of all sexual;
assault cases.,
A local medical expert said

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* A POLICE haul of the date-rape drug GHB
(AP Photo/Fabian Bimmer)

that rapes are usually perpe-
trated by someone the victim
knows and often there are cues
early on, "so trust your gut and
set limits right away."
He said women must be
especially wary of those who do
not respect their wishes or are
willing to invade their personal
space uninvited.
The Women's Crisis Centre
advises women to take the fol-
lowing steps if they or one of
their friends is attacked:
If you think you may have
been drugged, tell someone you
trust. But choose that person
carefully. Teachers, counsellors,
and police officers are obligated
to report when a person comes
to them about a rape. If you do
not want to pursue charges or
want to think about it, call the
Crisis Center or a friend.
Documenting is helpful, and
you may be able to file a report
with the police, even if you
don't want to pursue criminal
charges. Ask to file an incident
report. This documents the your

story, should you ever decide
to pursue criminal charges, and
it may help further investiga-
tions, should the assailant strike
again. The Crisis Centre stress-
es that you immediately go after
an attack to the police or a hos-
pital to have a urine test per-
formed; don't urinate, bathe, or,
douche before getting help,
because any of these can inter-
fere with evidence.
If you suspect you had sex
against your will while under
the influence of drugs or alco-
hol, call a doctor or go to a.
medical facility for emergency
contraception, which can pre-
vent pregnancy even after
unprotected intercourse, and is
most effective if taken within
72 hours.
Sometimes sharing your story
can both help you heal and let
others who have been assaulted
know that they are not alone.
You should also seek profes-
sional therapy so that you can
handle any feelings of guilt and




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Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: New
providence Community Centre: Mondays -
6pm to 7pm. The Kirk: Mondays 7:30pm to

Diabetes Directions a FREE diabetic sup-
port group meets the first Monday of each
month at 6:30pm at New Providence Com-
munity Centre, Blake Road. Dinner is pro-
vided and free blood sugar, blood pressure
and cholesterol testing is available. For more
info call 702.4646 or 327.2878

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

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

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


..H-...1010.2.20. @ Club Nirvana- Tuesday nights- -
at Club Nirvana, Elizabeth Avenue, have
been dubbed Every tenth female
patron is allowed into the club absolutely
free and is given a complimentary glass of
Carlo Rossi. Tuesday mghts also include the
Carlo Rossi's Hot Body Competition. Host-
ed by Daddi Renzi and music provided by
DJ Ai from 100 Jamz. Master Chef Devito
Bodie provides scrumptious appetizers,


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

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

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


The Kiwanis Club of New Providence meets
every Tuesday at 7:30pm at the Holy Cross
Community Centre, Highbury Park.

The Luncheon Pilot Club of Nassau meets
every third Tuesday at SuperClubs Breezes,
Cable Beach at 12:30pm. We invite all com-
munity minded persons to attend.

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

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Eta Psi
Omega chapter meets every second Tuesday,
6.30pm @ the Eleuthera Room in the Wynd-
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every second Tuesday, 6:30pm @ Atlantic
House, IBM Office, 4th floor meeting room.

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



Hump Day Happy Hour @ Topshotters
Sports Bar every Wednesday 5pm-8pm. Free
a,;appetizers and numerous drink specials.


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


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

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

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

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



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

Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Thursday
6pm to 7pm / 8:30pm to 9:30pm. The Kirk:
Thursday 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Pre & Post Natal Fitness Classes are being
held 6:30pm Thursdays at Nassau GymNas-

tics Seagrapes location (off Prince Charles
Dr). Doctor approval is required. Call
364.8423 to register or for more info.

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


The Rotary Club of Nassau Sunrise has a
breakfast meeting every Thursday morning
at 7am at the British Colonial Hilton Hotel.
(Fellowship begins at 6:45am)
Toastmasters Club 3956 meets every first,
second and third Thursday at the Ministry of
Health & Environment building on Meeting
Street commencing at 7:30pm. Everyone is
welcome to attend.

TM Club 1600 meets Thursday, 8.30pm @
SuperClubs Breezes.

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

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


For this weekend only, Thursday, August 17
to Saturday, August 19, Track Road Theatre
will present 'Da Market Fire', written by
Emille Hunt and directed by Deon Simms, at
the Dundas Centre at 8pm.


Cafe Europa on Charlotte Street North,
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Night Restaurant Open Friday night till
Saturday morning 5am, serving hot food/and
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Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Fridays 6pm
to 7pm & 8:30pm to 9:30pm. Sacred Heart
Church Fridays @ 6pm to 7pm New Provi-
dence Community Centre: Fridays @ 7pm to





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

Nassau Bahamas Koinonia meets every sec-
ond Friday of each month, 7.30pm at
Emmaus Centre at St Augustine's Mones-
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Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
public of its meeting times and places: The
Nassau Group, Rosetta Street: Saturday
mornings 10am to 11am.

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


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for juniors between 10 and 17. The free clinic
will be held every Saturday in an effort to
encourage kids to cycle. Parents interested'in
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Where: Superclubs Breezes Hotel, Cable
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Alcoholics Anonymous, wishes to inform the
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Nassau Group, Rosetta Street:Sunday 6pm
PmOpm to 9:30pm.


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Tribune managing

editor work permit

FROM page one

Mrs Carron said that as no one has as
yet come from the Labour Department to
do the interviews requested by the Min-
ister, a written report will be sent to him.
In the House of Assembly last
Wednesday, Mr Gibson told the House
that he had requested information from
145 companies. Only The Tribune did not
However, Mrs Carron said that The
Tribune was not one of these companies..
"The Tribune received no request from
Immigration to produce a report of its
training programmes or how it was
Bahamianising its staff. However, four
months after our application for Mr Mar-
quis was submitted to the Immigration
Department, Immigration sent its first
letter to The Tribune informing us that
Mr Marquis' application had been
deferred 'to ensure what efforts have
been made to Bahamianise the'position.'
It also asked for an editorial staff list.
This was hand delivered to the Minister's
office the day before he spoke in the
House of Assembly last week.
"It was four months on July 31 -
after submitting our application for the
renewal of Mr Marquis' work permit that
we received a letter dated July 18 from
the Immigration Department. In that let-
ter we were requested to 'submit a staff
list indicating names, nationality and posi-
tions held.' We submitted this list to both
the Minister and the Immigration Depart-
ment on August 8.
"Immigration also informed us in that
letter that Mr Marquis' permit had been
'considered by the Immigration Board,
but was deferred to ensure what efforts

FROM page one

Here to find work and we antic-
Sipate many, many people will
Want to travel to the Bahamas,"
he said.
SAlthough WestJet is still in
Sthe process of getting approval
, for its Calgary/Nassau route
I from the Bahamas govern-
ment, Mr Morris said he
expects the airline to begin its
new service in the late Fall.
"I expect we should get word
' in the next six to eight weeks,
Sand we expect it will be
approved," he said.
Mr Morris pointed out that
This latest development is a fur-
Sther sign of the strengthening
. relations between Canada and
r the Bahamas
"There has always been a
Remarkable relationship
between the two countries, be
* that due to the export of dairy
products or the commercial
t financial services or any other
of many services," he said.
SThe renewed interest in
SCanada as a market for
. tourism, Mr Morris said, came

* MINISTER of Labour and Immigration
Shane Gibson

have been made to Bahamianise the posi-
tion,'" the publisher said.
Mrs Carron said she interpreted this to
mean that Immigration was still waiting
for a report from an interview the Minis-
ter had instructed the Labour Depart-
ment to have with Mr Marquis and his
replacement at The Tribune office. The
Labour,Department has yet to arrange a
date for this interview.
Mrs Carron said she learned of the
Minister's instructions to the Labour

Department in March "quite by acci-
dent." This was four months before she
received the Immigration letter of July
However, Mr Gibson said that despite
his personal feelings for Mr Marquis he
must abide by the policies and rules set
out by the Immigration Department.
"I think the man is a wonderful man
and an excellent writer but you have to
abide by the laws of the Bahamas. What
I am saying is that there are policies and
rules that govern giving out work per-
mits and my point is you don't fight this
battle in the press.
"If you want us to consider something
you meet with us and present us with the
evidence. If I get a thousand calls a day
telling me how wonderful the man is I
can agree with them but it won't help his
cause. What will help his cause is when I
see their training programme and how
they transfer from an expat holding a job
to a Bahamian," the minister said.
Mr Gibson pointed to an incident at
another company where he had refused a
work permit and the employees of the
company wrote to him demanding a
meeting because they wanted the minister
to reconsider his decision.
"I e-mailed them back and said if you
write me next year and say you want me
to revoke the same work permit should I
revoke it? Those things cannot have an
effect on you. What should affect you is
being governed by the policy at all times.
"So if a hundred people take to the
street and say give John Marquis a permit
and those same hundred come next week
and say take it, should I take it? No, I
need to be guided by the policies and
immigration regulationss" Mr Gibson

'Huge boom' of Canadian tourists

about a year ago, when Minis-
ter of Tourism Obie Wilch-
combe declared that his gov-
ernment would once again
.court" the northern country
more aggressively.
SAs WestJet prepares for its
Bahamas route to come on-
stream, the Bahamas Tourism
Office in Toronto is also pur-
suing various promotional
avenues to ensure that the
Bahama islands become the
vacation destination of choice
for West Canadians.
"We are having lots of
aggressive promotional exer-
cises. There are a lot of travel-
oriented trade shows, con-
sumer shows, and meetings
with travel related business
people to ensure that they will
want to do their business with
the Bahamas," he said.
On Wednesday, WestJet
won an exemption allowing the
airline to start advertising and
selling tickets for scheduled
flights to the Bahamas even

though it does not yet have
regulatory approval to fly
The Canadian Transporta-
tion Agency tqld WestJet in a
ruling that passengers must be
warned that any tickets pur-
chased for flights to the
Bahamas are still subject to
government approval.
"It's a little unusual, but they
have the authority to do that.
They must be very confident
that WestJet is going to acquire
traffic rights. It may be a ques-
tion of crossing T's and dot-
ting I's between the Canadian
and Bahamian governments,"
airline analyst Rick Erickson,
told the Toronto Star.
Although WestJet flies to
Hawaii and has flown charters
to the Caribbean, the Bahamas
route will be WestJet's first
scheduled venture outside
North America.
Earlier this month the com-
pany announced its second-
quarter profits soared in what

has traditionally been a slow
period with $22.4 million in
earnings. Revenue rose 30 per
cent to $425 million from $326

SBethel Brothers Morticians
Telephone: 322-4433, 326-7030
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Retired Deputy Superintendent e

of #20 Wallace Road, Chippingham
and formerly of Long Island will
be held on Sunday, August 21st, I
2006 2:30 p.m. at St. Agnes
Anglican Church, Baillou Hill
Road. The Right Rev 'd Bishop
Laish Z. Boyd, Rev'd Canon Warren
Rolle, Rev'd Fr. Rodney Burrows
and Rev'd Fr. Curtis Robinson will \
officiate. Interment will be made in
St. Agnes Cemetery, Nassau Street.
Memory of ALphonso will forever be cherished by his loving
and dedicated wife Rose Mary; children, Tyrone Marshall,
Alexandria Archer, Sonia Rolle, Denise Wildgose, Michelle
Thompson, Ricardo Wallace; grandchildren, Kyefe, Darshall
arid Domonique Marshall, Evanne Bowe, Gabrielle Archer,
Sherek and Sherran Rolle, Thayer and Kendall Wildgoose, David
Thompson, Alphonso Thompson (deceased); great grandchildren,
Mikhail Cartwright; brothers and their spouses, Hugh Marshall,
Herbert and Linda Marshall; sisters and their spouses, Enid
Ferguson, Hazel and George Young, Hortense and Augustus
Harris-Smith, Hester Johnson, Frances Ledee, Bishop Arthur
and Ivamae Ferguson; son-in-law, Albert Archer, Cyril Rolle,
SKendal Wildgoose Sr., David Thompson Sr.; grandson-in-law,
Gowon Bowe; sisters-in-law and their spouses, Lelia Fountain,
Florence Gray, Sir Albert and Lady Laurie Miller, Emily Sawyer,
Paula and Ivan Holder, Noel and Prisca Gibbs, Beverley and
Anthony Allen, Lelia Gibbs, Ronnie Gibbs; other family members,
Conrad and Annett Knowles, Noel Cartwright, Ruth Knowles,
Gladys Brice, Margaret Brice, Hartman Brice, Thelma Pyfrom,
Rosie Thrower, Carl Brice, Deal and Mayrona Seymour, Lottie
and George Rahming, Dorothy Knowles, Inez Edgecombe,
Wilfred Knowles, Louise and Anthony Gomez, Dean Patrick
andAstrid Adderley, Gertrude and Don Symmonett, Errol and
Dorrie Strachan, Noella and Ron Sands, Lionel and Desiree
Gibbs, Deacon Jeffrey Lloyd, numerous nieces and nephews;
friends, Ashton Miller, Charles Murray, Edwin and Rosebud
Knowles, Leland and Mildred Turner, Cardinal Hutchinson,
Sidney Deveaux, Keith Mason, Pastor Silas McKinney, Paula
Cunningham, The Lightbourne family, Commissioner of Police
Paul and Sharon Farquharson, PatriciaArcher, Colin and Marjorie
Archer, Dr. Earle and Melanie Farrington, Leslie Johnson,
Marguerite Dahl and family, Father Warren and Thelma Rolle,
Reverend Philip Stubbs and family, Father Curtis Robinson and
family, Carney and Ena Cooper, Gaston Bienaime- caretaker,
Daisy Pinto, St. Agnes Parish family, St. Mary's Parish family,
St. Michael's Parish family, St. Jude's Church family, the entire
Royal Bahamas Police Force, The Police Retirees Association,
The Honourable Alfred Sears and family; special friends include
Father Rodney and Barbara Burrows and Doctor Cyprian Strachan.
May the soul of Alphonso rest in peace.
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undergo $6m of repairs

* TOURING the Behring Point Primary School. From left:
resident of Behring Point in North Andros; Cecil Thompson,
acting director of education; Alfred Sears, Minister of
Education, Science and Technology; Hartcourt Davis, district
superintendent for North Andros; Creswell Sturrup,
parliamentary secretary in the, Ministry of Education
(Photos: Kahmile Reid)

* CONSTRUCTION of the North Andros High School (above,
above right and right)

TEN schools in North and
Central Andros are being
repaired, built, or refurbished
at a collective cost of more than
$6 million, Ministry of Educa-
tion officials have announced.
Minister of Education Alfred
Sears, speaking at a press con-
ference during a tour of these
schools on Tuesday, said the
works are being undertaken in
accordance with the directions
of Cabinet, "to undertake a sys-
tematic overhaul of the educa-
tion infrastructure of Andros".
Mr Sears said he is very
pleased with the progress he has
seen. The work ranges from
minor repairs at some schools,
to major refurbishing projects,
to the construction of new
buildings and entire schools.
There will be new cafeterias,
tuck shops, administrative build-
ings, teachers' lounges, shower
blocks for physical education,
and new classrooms for voca-
tional subjects.
Mr Sears said the government
made a commitment to ensure
equity in education, and the stu-
dents of Andros have the same
right to a good quality educa-
tion as the students in New
S Providence and Grand Bahama.
Education permanent secre-
tary Creswell Sturrup said the

works are "part of the major
refurbishment and modernisa-
tion efforts of the Ministry of
Education, Science and Tech-
nology, with the view to making
our educational environment
one which will be conducive to
the learning and teaching of
our children and young people."
Also speaking at.the press
conference was District Super-
intendent for North Andros,
Harcourt Davis.
He told the press that the 125
teachers in the district are ready
for the new academic year.
Acting director of education
Cecil Thompson expressed con-
fidence in the efforts ofthe min-
Mr Thompson said the invest-
ment in North and Central
Andros will pay dividends not
only for Androsians, but for the
Bahamas in general.
So far, all the work has been
on the actual buildings at the
Copeland Moxey, senior
architect at the Ministry of
Works and the architect on the
project, told The Tribune that
the-exterior development of the '
school i.s scheduled to begin
next summer.
He explained that this will
include traditional physical edu-
cation facilities, including soft-
ball fields, volleyball courts, bas-

* WORKS being conducted at Red Bays Pre-school

ketball courts, netball courts,
and track and field facilities.
Most of the schools will be
ready for the opening of school
in September, however some of
the word will continue during

the school year in the evenings,
officials said.
Yesterday, the ministry's
team was in Bimini to look at
the progress of school repairs
on that island.

* ALFRED Sears talks with Creswell Sturrup, permanent
secretary in the Ministry of Education, and Hartcourt Davis


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I EXCAVATION of the marina for the $700m Rum Cay
Resort Marina has begun. The developers are removing all
the protected trees as instructed by the Department of Phys-
ical Planning, transporting them to the nursery area that has
been expanded to cater for the trees.

$ 700m resort

in Esso talks on

fuel supplies

Tribune Business
THE $700 million Rum
Cay Resort Marina project
is close to concluding nregoti-
ations with Esso Standard
Oil to supply the develop-
ment and wider island with
fuel, having given more con-
tracts to Bahamian compa-
Tim Perkins, construction
director for Montana Hold-
ings, developers of the pro-
ject, said Bodie Construction
had been hired to do the
excavation and foundations
for Rum Cay's new airport
terminal, which when com-
pleted is expected to be the
third largest in the Bahamas.
He added that work on the
new airport terminal had
begun last Friday, and Bodie
Construction was working on
"office conversions" and the

Rum Cay developers
award contracts to
Taylor Industries,
two Bahamian
construction firms

construction of three 1,000
:qua re-toot management
houses on Rum Cay.
Mr Perkins said Montana
Holdings had hired Taylor.
Industries as the project's
electrical contractor, and its
commitment to giving
Bahamian firms as much
work as possible was shown
from the fact that another
company, Heavy Marine and
Foundation, had received an
almost $7 million contract for

SEE page 5B

Blue Hills contract

action 'set aside'

Tribune Business Editor
he Supreme
Court has
reversed the
leave previously
granted to the
losing bidder on the multi-mil-
lion dollar Blue Hills reverse
osmosis plant contract that
would have allowed it to apply
for a Judicial Review of the
contract.award to Consolidat-
ed Water, citing procedural
grounds. .
Former Supreme Court Jus-
tice Hartman Longley had'
granted Biwater International.
and its Bahamian subsidiary,
Biwater (Bahamas), leave to
apply for Judicial Review on
March 17, 2005.
However, some 18 months
after Biwater began its legal
action over the Blue Hills coni-
tract, Justice Vera Watkins
ruled on Wednesday that she
was "setting aside" Justice
Longley's Order on procedur-
al grounds.
Sources close to Biwater
have indicated that the com-
pany is likely to appeal Justice
Watkins' ruling to the Court

Supreme Court overturns initial order

giving Biwater leave to apply for Judicial

Review of $28m reverse osmosis plant

contract awarded to Consolidated Water

of Appeal, with the action like-
ly to go all.the way to the Privy
The UK-based company,
which is being represented by
Bahamian attorney Maurice
Glinton, is understood to be
upset that it has taken more
than a year for the court to
decide whether it should be
able to. apply for a Judicial
Justice Longley's Order,
entered on March 18, 2005,
giving Biwater leave to apply
for a Judicial Review also set a
March 21 hearing date for the
company's application for an
injunction that would prevent
Consolidated Water from.
working on the Blue Hills
However, on March 21,
2005, Justice Longley recused

himself and the injunction
application was assigned
before Justice Watkins for a
July 17,.2005, hearing..
But after first agreeing that
the injunction application be
heard, the Water & Sewerage
Corporation's attorney retreat-
ed from this position, and Jus-
tice Watkins has noW given
him leave to "withdraw his
consent" to deal with the
In short, the injunction appli-
cation has gone nowhere. Jus-
tice Watkins acknowledged
that Biwater was not wholly to
blame for the. delays relating
to the injunction application,
due to the court lists being full
"several months ahead".,
There was little room for
additional hearings before Sep-
tember 2005, the case having

only been referred by the
Supreme Court listings office
in April 2005.
In addition, the pool of
judges who could hear the case
was "severely limited", caus-
ing "inordinate delays" to the
But the substantive aspects
of the case Biwater has filed
have yet to be addressed, and
in the meantime Consolidated
Water has almost completed
construction on the $28 mil-
lion Blue Hills reverse osmosis
plant. The plant is now pro-
ducing at maximum capacity
of 7.2 million gallons of water
per day, and Consolidated
Water is waiting to hear from
the Water & Sewerage Corpo-

SEEpage 4B

Standards freeze to aid Bahamian company accounts .

STribune Business Editor

THE International Accounting Stan-
dards Board's (IASB) decision not to issue
any new accounting standards until 2009
\\ ill allow Bahamian auditors, Boards and
company management teams to become
'"well \ erased" and more familiar with exist-
ing standards and all the changes that have
taken place over the last few years.
In an e-mail sent to The Tribune yes-
terday, Kendrick Christie, the Bahamas
Institute of Chartered Accountants
(BICA) president, said he believed about

90 per cent of Bahamas-based businesses
employ ed the IASB's International Finan-
cial Reporting Standards (IFRS) in the
presentation and compilation of quarterly
and annual reports.
He added that BICA had adopted
IFRS, and their, adoption had also been
encouraged by Bahamian regulatory bod-
ies such as the Central. Bank of the
Bahamas, Securities Commission of the
Bahamas, and the Compliance Commis-
sion. The IASB had issued numerous new
standards over the past few years, which
had created some confusion among
accountants and companies, and caused

many financial statements to undergo
changes and revisions.
IFRS users had. found it hard to stay
abreast of all'the.changes, and Mr Christie
noted: ''Companies will have to.refer to
current standards to guide them in prepar-
ing financial statements and arranging the
audit of same...The freezing of accounting
standards will allow auditors and man-
agement to become well versed in current
standards, and allowing the 'figures' and
reporting to season. Shareholders and reg-
ulators will not see so many.changes in
the financial statements due to ever-chang-
ing standards."

US operator plans

78-unit condo hotel

for Eleuthera island

Tribune Business
SMERITAGE Hospitality
.Group, a Michigan-based fran-
chise operator, yesterday
announced plans to develop
and sell a 78-unit condominium
hotel on Eleuthera.
The company said it. had
"ten ttively agreed" to acquire
several acres of waterfront
property on Eleuthera, and
"had entered into Letter of
Intent with Tecton Hospitality,
a Miami-based hotel manage-
ment company, to operate a
planned 78-unit extended stay
.., .condominium. The company
-also announced it was planning
to pre-sell the units through
Marcus & Millichap, a real
estate investment brokerage
company headquarted in New
Bahamian law requires all
land and real estate property in
the Bahamas to be sold by
.Bahamian real estate compa-
---pies only, so if what is con-
:tained in this press release is
accurate, then some might
accuse Meritage and its New
York real estate partner of
breaking the law.
But if it is the developer,
Meritage is able to sell the 78
,'units itself, as developers are
allowed to promote properties
S.they construct themselves.
The requirement that all
Bahamian real estate be sold
by Bahamians is difficult to
-.enforce, though, with much
.Iland being sold to foreigners

via the Internet and US-based
Robert Schermer Jr, the
company's chief executive, said
they are excited about the pro-
,posed development on what
he called one of the most pris-
tine and unique islands in the
Bahamas. "I see this as a nat-
ural extension of our previous
hotel and marina dockomini-
um development experience,
combined with our real estate
development and sales expe-
rience in our current business,"
he said.
The company plans to use
contractors and development
teams, as well as Bahamian
real estate brokers.
Meritage said it was also
evaluating development, sales
and marketing participation in
another large upscale leisure
and lifestyle -oriented planned
residential resort opportunity
on Eleuthera. This property
would include two luxury con-
dominium hotels, a marina,
golf course and oceanfront
estate lots. "From my perspec-
tive, the 'rational rich' baby
boomers are looking for
upscale,, unique experiences
two flights from home," Mr
Schermer added.
He compared Eleuthera to
Hawaii 35 years ago, "with
world class scuba diving, sports
fishing and beaches all in a
pristine ecological environ-
ment, which is vigorously pro-
tected" Meritage operates 23
restaurants under the Wendy's
and O'Charley's brand, and
employs 2,000 persons.

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of the International Business Companies Act 2000,
BITUMEN CARRIERS INC. is in Dissolution.

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customer wants. Make sure
you don't do this, as it is a
short-term basis for long-term
Peter Drucker once said:
"There are no products. There
are only customers." If your
customers want long, slim and
thin cellular phones, don't sell
them short, fat and heavy
phones, even if that was what
Your company is best known
for. Successful companies focus
on what their customers per-
ceive they need, and strive to
fill that need elegantly.
Second, knowing your envi-
ronment is also about keeping
tabs on technological changes
and figuring how they are
going to affect your customer's
When the CD arrived, the
entire record industry was
wiped out in a few years. Many
record company executives just
did not see it coming. They did
not understand the benefits
and the impact of the new
technology. Are you in an
industry that moves forward
on new technological gains? If
so, make sure you read your
trade magazines and eNewslet-
ters, so that you are kept in
touch with new developments.
The classic case is how the
big three car producers,
Chrysler, Ford and GM, got
their comeuppance in the ear-
ly 1970s. For years they had
been producing large, gas guz-
zling cars until three things
hiappened- Slowly but surely,
f6reign"''ar manufacturers
started exporting cars to the
US in increasing numbers. US
consumers were delighted by.
the build quality and gas con-
sumption, and started buying
in increasing numbers.
The dealerships on the
ground could see what was
coming, yet their suppliers did
not heed their calls, and kept
building large cars that people
did not want. Then, in 1974,
the Clean Air Act and gas
.shortages came about, and the
rest is history. The large three
carmakers hastily built com-
pact cars that either did not
work or had to be recalled in

A Sense

large numbers. Remember the
What happened was that the
big three forgot about the cus-
tomer, and also ignored the
hard data that was coming to
them through their dealerships.
Tow, fast forward to 2006.
NWho is successfully building
the hybrid cars that everyone
wants to buy today? The
answer is: Toyota and Nissan.
Who is building the large, gas
guzzling SUVs that nobody
will want to buy? The answer is
the big US car manufacturers.
How many diesel SUVs do you
see running around? The only
ones I see are Japanese. It
seems that history is repeating
itself, and it won't be long until
the large US car manufacturers
pay heavily for their mistakes.
It has taken a Silicon Valley
entrepreneur to develop the
first high-performance electric
car, the Tesla Roadster, using
Lithium-Ion batteries, such as
those found in laptops. He has
managed to do what none of
the other car manufacturers
have achieved, with all their
billions of dollars of Research
& Development. He has cre-
ated a sports car, with compa-
rable. performance to a
Porsche, for Mercedes money
with zero emissions, a range of
250 miles at a fuel cost of
under $0.02 cents per mile.
Why could the large carmakers
not figure out that battery
technology was right under
their noses? It is clear they
were not watching their envi-
The large company execu-
tives are so infatuated by look-
ing at who does the best SUV,
then emulating them, instead
of stepping back and ques-
tioning why they are building
SUVs in the first place. The
customer and his needs are
again ignored.

Third, knowing your envi-,
ronment is also about keeping'
an eye of your competitors.
We talkediabout this briefly
last week. Your competitors
are part of the environment.
Think of your marketplace like .
a large aquarium, with your
competitors circling you like
sharks. If you do not watch
them, they will end up eating
you. Keep a check on what
they are doing, what new prod-
ucts they are bringing to the
marketplace and how they are.,
pricing them.
Also, look at businesses in
non-competing market places,
and find out if.what they are
doing could be used to better
effect in your business. Can.
you imagine what would have
happened if car manufacturers
had looked at other industries
for ideas on battery technolo-
gy? What would happen if
kitchen manufacturers saw the
increase in the price of land' '.
and looked to the boating
industry for inspiration in how
to provide ergonomic, space
saving kitchens?
So, do your research, look.-:*
at what customers appear to :
need, be aware of the trends,
and improve your product by
looking at your industry and
what other industries are
Marketing your business is
an important area and will'
require constant effort. So, in
order. to avoid the.trap,.of
'ntipreneurshipi -
you spend time understanding.
your environment, as it could
pay large dividends for your
future business success.
NB: Adapted from his
upcoming book, Antipreneur-
ship And How to Avoid It,
Mark draws on 20 years of top
level business, marketing and
communications experience in
London and the Bahamas. He.
is Chief Operating Officer of, currently '
lives in Nassau, and can be
contacted at markalex-
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Canadian airline seeks

assau route go-ahead

Tribune Business Reporter
WESTJET, a Canadian airline, is await-
ing approval from the Bahamian govern-
ment to begin operating flights three times
a week between Toronto and Nassau dur-
ing this nation's peak tourism season,
enabling this nation to penetrate further
the Canadian tourist market and diversify
its visitors.
WestJet won an exemption yesterday
allowing it to begin advertising and selling
-tickets to the Bahamas, even though it
Does not yet have regulatory approval to
fly here.
Its application for the exemption to
advertise without government approval
. was received on August 10. The applica-
S' tion was for approval of a scheduled inter-
national licence, large aircraft to operate a
service between Canada and the Bahamas.
WestJet requested the exemption from
-the application of section 59 of the Cana-
dian Transportation Act (CTA), which
does not allow the applicant to sell or pub-
licly offer for sale flights without holding a
.The CTA said WestJet asked for the
Exemption on the grounds that it wanted
to begin service as soon as possible.
"The applicant submits that if its entry
into the marketplace for the brief tourist
season to operate flights to destinations
Like the Bahamas is delayed, passenger
load factors may remain below their full
potential," the CTA said.

Prisso wol iveBhmaors

industry greter penetration aaamre

Speaking with The Tribune yesterday,
Anthony Dean, of the Civil Aviation
Department, said WestJet had not yet
applied for permission to start scheduled
service to Nassau.
He added, however,that the airline has
been flying charter flights into the Sir Lyn-
den Pindling International Airport for a
while, and said that once the company
submitted all the paperwork in advance of
the scheduled time, provided every thing
was in order, a licence could be granted.
Mr Dean stressed that WestJet should
provide the information as soon as possi-
ble to avoid any delays in the approval
"The quicker, the better," he said.
He added that Civil Aviation was not
concerned about the company advertis-
ing pre-approved flights, because the air-
line was mandated to run a disclaimer
with its ads saying the flights were sub-
ject to government approval. Also, he
pointed out .that the company was not
advertising in the Bahamas.
WestJet is hoping to run direct flights to

and from Toronto and Nassau that start on
Sunday, November 5, 2006. They will fly
three times per week on Sundays, Tues-
days and Thursdays until April 26, 2007.
"This is an exciting first step outside of
North America for WestJet," said Sean
Durfy, executive vice-president of mar-
keting, sales and airports, in a statement.
"We continue to deliver on our strategic
plan, and scheduled service to Nassau is
the next step. Canadians looking for low-
cost and high-value service to Nassau now
have a great option with WestJet."
The airline is seeking to more effec-
tively compete with Air Canada.
Flights are available immediately for
booking, with prices starting as low as
$179 each way, plus tax, from Toronto to
Nassau. Introductory fares will be avail-
able for sale until August 23, 2006, for
travel until December 15, 2006.
The proposed flights would leave Toron-
to atl0.50am arriving, in Nassau at 2.07
pm. They then leave Nassau at 3pm, arriv-
ing in Toronto at 6.16pm.
WestJet currently provides charter ser-
vices to the Caribbean and Hawaii, but
the Nassau service would be its first sched-
uled venture outside of the US.

Shipping firm raises its fuel surcharge 20%

Tribune Business
BAHAMIAN shipping com-
Spanies have increased their
fuel surcharges by as much as
20 per cent to combat rising
operational costs as a result of
Global oil prices, a move likely
-to result in price increases
and inflation for ordinary con-
Officials at Betty K said yes-
terday that last week they
increased their bunker fuel sur-
charge by 20 per cent to
accommodate the rise in fuel
SA company spokesman said
that whenever fuel prices
increased, Betty K increased
its prices until costs declined.
".Our prices will always
.*., :reflect what is happening with

fuel prices," the spokesman
A spokesman at Tropical
Shipping noted that while he
could not say for certain how
much prices had increased for
business customers, fuel prices
had caused the company's
operational costs to increase.
Another shipping company
representative, who asked that

they and their company not be
named, said they have not yet
raised prices because they are
waiting to see what the mar-
ket does.
If prices do not decrease, she
said, the company plans to
raise their prices next month.


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Blue Hills contract action 'set aside'

FROM page 1B

ration whether it has met all
the terms in its contract.
The effect of all this means
that Biwater's action has
almost been rendered nugato-
ry from what sources close to
the situation have described as
"inertia". This means that
there is nothing left to litigate
in terms of the contract award,
given that Consolidated Water
has completed the plant.
In the first instance, Biwa-
ter is seeking a Court Order
that overturns the Consolidat-
ed Water award, and instead
hands it the Blue Hills project.

The latter's progress on the
project means that is unlikely,
but Biwater and its Bahamian
subsidiary, in the event that
the contract award cannot be
overturned, were "seeking an
order from the court awarding
compensatory and exemplary
damages to them".


In her ruling, Justice
Watkins overturned then Jus-
tice Longley's March 17, 2005,
order, on the grounds that
Biwater and its attorney had
not complied with a section in
Order 53 of the Supreme

Court rules.
She agreed with the Water
& Sewerage Corporation's
attorney, Thomas Evans, who
in a May 5, 2005, summons,
argued that the leave to apply
for Judicial Review should be
set aside because Biwater had
"failed to observe the time lim-
its" in Order 53.
This required Biwater and
its attorney to enter a Notice of
Motion for hearing within 14
days of leave being granted to
apply for Judicial Review, but
Justice Watkins found they had
failed to do this or apply for
an extension to this timeline.
She described the "explana-

tion for failing to enter the
Notice of Motion" as "unac-


However, Justice Watkins
turned down two other
grounds cited by Mr Evans as
reasons to set aside the leave to
apply for Judicial Review,
namely material non-disclosure
by Biwater and that there were
alternative remedies.
A September 30, 2004, let-
ter sent by the Water & Sew-
erage Corporation to Biwater
awarded the Blue Hills con-
tract to Biwater subject to

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Financial Advisors Ltd.

Pricing Information As Of:
Thursdav 17 Auaust 200 6
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,585.55 / CHG -00.26 / %CHG -00.02 / YTO 234.84 / YTD % 17.39
52wk-Hi 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Today's Close Change Daily Vol. EPS $ Div $ PIE Ylela
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.74 1.74 0.00 -0.109 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 9.25 Bahamas Property Fund 12.05 12.05 0.00 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 1.98 1.98 0.00 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 5.66%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.46 5.54 0.08 0.130 0.045 41.9 0.82%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.50 2.45 -0.05 2,000 0.283 0.000 8.7 0.00%
6.21 4.02 Famguard 6.21 6.21 0.00 0.539 0.240 11.5 3.86%
11.51 10.49 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.50 9.30 FirstCaribbean 13.50 13.50 0.00 2,000 0.885 0.550 15.3 4.07%
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.S. Johnson 9.10 9.10 0.00 0.527 0.560 17.3 6.15%
8.06 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.05 8.05. 0.00 0.160 0.000 50.4 0.00%
1000 1000 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9 1.95%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter SecuriUes
..-.-Hi f;L..'.I--LO.'. SmrDOIl B51,: A1 : L. PiPri,. WReeki, .o EPS. 0. i j PE Y.eid
14 L'C 1.. Bs0,arCr.a Supern.arKeis 14 :110 11 i3':' 1 i' o 1 923.? i 6i -* 76 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 O.00%
Collna Over-Tha-Counter Seourities
43.i00 2 '.'' BD 6B 411 Cii., -1'1 : C2 220 'J 0':.u -1.. 0 '00..
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0.60 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00%
BISX LIsted Mutual Funds
S,...-M. SH 2..k.L"A Funi Naame N" TE'y L-'- 1 .I lr,.rs D. Vel :
1.30'1 1 2-142 Colna f.1ior.e, m.arkel Fur., 1 300C92
2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038***
2.4415 2.2528 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.441484**
1 1l20 .11246 Colina Bond Fund 1.182038*** ........
'FPINDEX: CLOSE 686.57 1 YTD 24.41% / 2005 26.09%
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 Cltnge 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 paid In the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
PIE Clnilng pri-oe dlw,,dd bv th. I1st 12 month earnings FINDEX The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 ""- 30 June 2006
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approval from both the Cabi-
net and Corporation's Board,
and there being financing in
place for the plant that were
acceptable to the Corporation.
Mr Evans alleged that Biwa-
ter failed to disclose a Novem-
ber 2, 2004, letter from then
Water & Sewerage Corpora-
tion general manager, Abra-
ham Butler, which cancelled
the September 30 letter accept-
ing Biwater's bid.
The letter said the two con-
ditions regarding the approvals
and financing had not been
Mr Butler wrote: "A dead-
line of one month was given
with either party being enti-
tled to annul the Letter of
Acceptance in the event the
conditions were not satisfied.
"The month has passed and,
aside from Water & Sewerage
Corporation Board approval,

none of the conditions has
been met.
"IA view of the above, Water
& Sewerage Corporation has
decided to annul the Letter of
Acceptance and encourages
Biwater to aggressively pursue
resolution to its outstanding
issues of continued dialogue
with Water & Sewerage Cor-


"Water & Sewerage Corpo-
ration will, of course, continue
to seek Cabinet approval."
Although Mr Evans argued
that Biwater had an obligation
to put that letter before Jus-
tice Longley, Justice Watkins
agreed with Mr Glinton that
the case had not reached the
substantive stage, and there-
fore could not be set aside on
those grounds.

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To: All members of the Paradise Island Resort &
Casino Co-operative Credit Union (PIRCCCU)
Limited, #9 Village Road.

Notice is hereby given that the Twenty-first
(21st) Annual General Meeting of the Paradise
Island Resort & Casino Co-operative Credit
Union Limited will be held at the Credit Union's
premises, #9 Village Road, Nassau, Bahamas on

August 19th 2006 commencing at

9:00 a.m.

For the following purposes:

To receive the Report of the Board of Directors for 2005
To receive the Audited Accounts for 2005
To take action on such matters as may come before the meeting.
To elect members of the Board of Directors


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Gold falls as crude slips again

Jones/AP) The fall in crude-
oil prices took a toll on pre-
cious metals in New York yes-
. .terday.
- December gold settled down
$13.70 to $625.30 a troy ounce,
while September silver gave
up 29 cents to $11.995 an
*For much of Thursday, the
euro traded modestly higher,
but crude was on the defen-
sive. And this time, several
market watchers said, the met-
took its cue from energy
trading, as September crude
fell as low as $70 a barrel, its
weakest level since June 21.
The euro then gave up its gains

late in the day, adding to gold's
"This is mainly an energy sit-
uation," said Scott Meyers,
senior trading analyst with Pio-
neer Futures. "The energies
got clobbered for another day.
If you look at the charts,
they're very similar. The ener-
gy sell-off is starting to spill
over to the metals."
October platinum settled
down $17.70 at $1.233.30 an
ounce. September palladium
lost just 55 cents to $335.85 an
A nervous tone continued
to dominate the copper market
as futures prices dipped amid
-speculation that the 11-day

strike at Chile's Escondida
copper mine had ended,
despite reports to the contrary.
September copper settled
down 11.25 cents at $3.3575
per pound.
September crude oil settled
down $1.83 a barrel to at
$70.06, the lowest close since
June 20.
September gasoline settled
4.65 cents lower at $1.9316 a
gallon after hitting a low of
$1.9150 a gallon, a level not
seen since early April. Sep-
tember heating oil settled 5.19
cents lower at $1.9650 a gal-
September natural gas set-
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On the New York Board of
Trade, the most-active Decem-
ber Arabica coffee fell 1.10
cents to $1.0750 per pound.
The front-month September
cocoa contract finished down
$41 at $1,500 per metric ton.
Futures on raw sugar in for-
eign ports for October fell 0.45
cent to 12.20 cents a pound.
On the Chicago Board of
Trade, September corn fell
2.50 cents to $2.19 cents per
bushel. September soybeans
ended 0.75 cent lower at
$5.5150 per bushel.
September wheat futures
ended 8 cents lower at $3.6350
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the resort's marina.
"We're clearing the area of
the marina," Mr Perkins said.
:'They've cleared about half of
it. at the moment, and are mov-
Jing ahead rapidly."
Heavy Marine and Founda-
tion was now about to start
digging the marina base, and
Mr Perkins said about 800,000
cubic yards of material had to
-'be excavated.
Between Montana Holdings
and the contractors, Mr
Perkins said about 40 people
were employed on the project
Spn Rum Cay.
Both Bodie Construction
and Heavy Marine and Foun-
; nation were renting accommo-
S.dation on the island, ahd the
Montana Holdings executive
said: "The money is coming
into the island's economy
Meanwhile, Mr Perkins said'
the developers were talking to
Esso Standard Oil about
becoming their exclusive fuel
supplier. Montana Holdings'
plans call for both under-
ground arid above ground stor-
age tanks, including a fuel stor-
age area at the resort's docking
and marina areas.
SIn addition, Mr Perkins said
Esso would also supply jet gas
and aviation gas to the Rum
Cay airport, and Montana
Holdings' aviation subsidiary,
Rum Cay aviation.

Having an.aviation fuel ter-
Siiinal on Rum Cay could boost
private pilot flights and related
vacations to the southern
S-.Bahamas. Due to the current
S"'obsence of refuelling points in
That area, growth in this mar-
ket, which brings a consider-
able number of day-trippers
and tourists to the Bahamas
from nearby US states such as
Florida, has been limited
"We're just about there," Mr
Perkins said of the negotiations
.with Esso. "We're moving
-'ahead with Esso to be our fuel
A land-based gas station will
also be constructed in the
future, bringing a much-need-
ed supply to Rum Cay's 80-
strong population.
'.. Surveyors will be returning
'to the island on Tuesday to set
out the roads required by the

resort development, and Mon-
tana Holdings has appointed
a Bahamian, Carleton Blair, as
its structural engineer.

Apart from the infrastruc-
ture work, Mr Perkins said
Montana Holdings had been
talking to several hotel brands
about becoming its operating
partner, while negotiations
were ongoing with the
Bahamas Telecommunications
Company (BTC), Bahamas
Electricity Corporation (BEC)
and Water & Sewerage Cor-
poration for utilities provision.
Bruce LaFleur and Associ-
ates, a Bahamian architectural
firm, has completed the
schematic drawings for the first
phase of the Rum Cay Resort
Marina's marina village, which
will feature, condominiums,
retail and a commercial village.
Mr Perkins said work on the
Marina Village could "proba-
bly start before we put in docks
for the marina", but the, con-
struction start for the marina
was about a year away.
The marina excavation was
expectedto take seven to eight

The Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na is targeting adventure trav-
ellers and families seeking a
Bahamian 'Family Island'
experience. It aims to provide
a multitude of activities, includ-
ing cycle trails, fishing,
snorkelling and boating.
Some 50 acres are being set
aside for an equestrian centre,
with developers seeking to
reintroduce horses to Rum
Cay, which was once renowned
as a horse breeding centre.
Other attractions will include
an 80-slip mega-yacht marina,
luxury hotel, residential prop-
erties, marina village and retail
complex, and spa and fitness
facilities. Excursion, retail and
attraction opportunities will be
available for Bahamian entre-

The Heads of Agreement
for the Rum Cay Resort Mari-
na were signed in March 2004,
and Phase I of the project
involves developing the 80-slip
marina, marina village and
associated condominiums and
t..M es..

The second phase will
involve construction of the
development's hotel and sur-
rounding amenities, and the
final phase will complete the
residential estates as well as
expand the marina village.
The fractional ownership
component will consist of
about 80 units, and the project
will include other land and real
estate segments.

At the construction peak,
between 300-400 workers will
be employed, with the Phase
II hotel scheduled to open in
2010. Phase III and the Rum
Cay Resort Marina's full build-
out are planned for comple-
tion by 2016.


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Notice is hereby given that the Governor, pursuant to
Section 18(1)(a)(iii) of The Banks and Trust companies
Regulation Act, 2000, has revoked by Order dated 14th
August 2006 the licence to conduct unrestricted bank-
ing and trust business granted on 30th June 1981 to
Banco Del Pichincha Limited, on the grounds that the
company has been placed into voluntary liquidation.

Wendy Craigg
The Central Bank of The Bahamas


Pursant to Section 4(2) (i) of The Financial Intelligence Unit Act, 2000 we
hereby advise the public and financial institutions to be aware that there are
several fraudulent schemes being perpetrated via the Internet.

Please note that it has come to our attention that persons have had
their personal information, bank account details and or funds misappro-
priated from their bank accounts after providing their personal details/
information to person or persons unknown to them over the Internet.

We hereby WARN the public not to disclose any personal banking
information to unknown individuals and or entities especially in situations
where the person or entity makes the following representations:

1. Request to provide banking information in exchange for a
promise to share a proportion of an inheritance/monies currently
being held within a dormant account, which has not been claimed
bythe next of kin as the deceased, who died tragically left no heir;

2. Payment for services, which have not been rendered, with a
promise that a portion of the money will be paid out upon
submission of bank account information.

3. Request for assistance in transferring to you a foreigner a portion
of substantial sums of monies, as the claimants state that they can
not keep the money as their respective laws forbid ownership of the

4. Claims from unknown persons or entities alleging that your
name was selected in a lottery, for which you are aware your name
was not submitted. Stipulations are imposed, such as in order to
retrieve the prize a registration fee is payable and banking
information is required.

In the event that you are in receipt of correspondence relating to any of the
aforementioned fraudulent schemes, we advise that extreme caution be

Signed: Mr. Anthony M. Johnson


Fincancial Intelligence Unit

3RD Floor

Norfolk House

Frederick Street

P.O.Box SB-50086

Nasssu, The Bahamas

invites applications from qualified
Bahamians for the 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 Firm's financial infonnation. The individual perfonning this role should be
proactive, possess strong analytical skills and leaning 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
S* 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 commensurate 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


For the

Tennis Center

Ph: 323-1817

East Steet

Nassau, Bahamas

Position available:
Senior Manager Operations

The Senior Manager Operations will design and coordinate
activity programs for a Bahamian destination management
Knowledge/Skill Requirements
* Minimum of 10 years experience;
* Very good organizational and interrelation skills;
* Very creative and ability to adapt quickly;
* Working on irregular hours, often on Sundays, Holidays, and
* Experience in managing staffs;
* Very good knowledge of events management services;
* High energy, motivator, self starter willing to work without
* Good computer skills and good knowledge of Word, Excel,
Internet and ACT;
* Fluent in English, Spanish and French

Salary according to experience level

If you are interested please do it before August 28th, 2006.
Please send your resume to:
P.O. Box CB-12762 (Suite #225)
West Bay Street Shopping Centre
Cable Beach, Nassau, Bahamas



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





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



NOTICE is hereby given of the appointment of Mr.
Leonard J. Sokolow as a Non-Executive Director of
effective June 1, 2006.

Mr. Sokolow's responsibilities include serving as
the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board
of Directors.

a company incorporated under the laws of the Cay-
man Islands and is listed on the Bahamas Intena-,
tional Securities Exchange.

Fore more information, please contact
the company at:

P. O. Box 1114 GT,
Regatta Office Park,
Windward Three, 4th Floor
West Bay Road
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

Attention: Ms. Tracey Ebanks

Telephone: (345) 945-4277
Facsimile: (345) 949-2957

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Notice is hereby that HSBC Properties (Bahamas)
Limited a Company registered under The
International Business Companies Act, 2000 has
been dissolved and struck off the Registeras of the
08th of August 2006.

NOTICE is hereby given that MATHILDE DIEUJUSTE,
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 18th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Exuma, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that (PETER) HON WONG, OF
BAHAMAS., is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 11th day of JUNE, 2004 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


International Business Companies Act
(No45 Of 2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act 45.
of 2000), STANTON BUSINESS LTD. is in dissolution.
(BAHAMAS) LTD. is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at Winterbothan Place, Marlborough & Queen
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send
their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before the 8th day of September,



International Business Companies Act
(No45 Of2000)
In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section
138 (4) of the International Business Companies Act 45.
of 2000), BORMAN GROUP in dissolution.
(BAHAMAS) LTD. is the Liquidator and can be
contacted at Winterbotham Place, Marlborough & Queen
Streets, Nassau, Bahamas. All persons having claims
against the above-named company are required to send
their names, addresses and particulars of their debts or
claims to the Liquidator before the 8th day of September,


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NOTICE is hereby given that MONICA ETIENNE, 135 OCEAN
AVENUE,APT. 1B, BROOKLYN, NY 11226, is applying to
the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any-reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from
the 10th day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that MACKENSON FERTIL of
SPIKENAYARD ROAD, P.O. BoxCR- 54802, The 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 18TH day of AUGUST, 2006:
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
PO.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, MARIAH COCOLYN
SWEETING, PO.Box N-4374 Nassau Bahamas, intend to
change my name to CARMETA MARIA ROLLE. If there are
any objections to this change of name by Deed Poll, you'
may write such objections to the Chief Passport Officer,
PO.Box SS-19478, Nassau, Bahamas no later than thirty
(30) days after the date of publication of this notice.

The Public is hereby advised that I, SHONELL PINDER.
P.O.Box AP-59217 Slot #2050, Nassau Bahamas, intend to
change the name of my child JAIDA KIARA COLLIE to
JAIDA KIARA PINDER. If there are any objections to this
change of name by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, PO.Box SS-19478, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.

NOTICE is hereby given that STUART HALBERT of, P.O.
Box CB- 13630, The 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
18TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,



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bishop for pawn. Okay, there are
a few technical problems, but
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consolidation before using the
extra piece to force Zhukova's
Ukrainian white army to retreat.
White's rook attacks the bishop,
so Kosteniuk has a straight
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10 Goshl It's a bird cryl (3)
11 The time taken (about half a tick) to
get an idea (6)
12 Having gone off bewild, .d (6)
13 On coming into money, there's an
atonement (7)
14 Carry a truncated kind of pole (4)
15 Waiting, as before, for that day to
zoom round (2,3,5)
17 Did better than, having been brighter
than (8)
18 Takes me back through the cases: It
refreshes the memory (7)
19 About to enter a twinned region (4).
21 Someone who'll take a risk would be
preferable (6)
24 No spirit of darkness (3,5,2,3,4)
27 In conversation, grasp also that one
looks after (4,2)
29 Run like -1(4)
30 In bits, is equally inferior to (7)
33 The buyer of the new cruets having
put an order in (8)
35 Meant to put back into slavery? (10)
36 Be all over, to get a biscuit (4)
37 One takes the class, all the same (7)
38 Now is among the last of the
children to achieve fame (6)
40 Happened to be and succumbed to
temptation (6)
41' Almost always a female (3)
42 Just right for a tailor to make clothes
for? (8)

ACROSS: 1, Grass 6, Space 9, Cent-
a-ur 10, A-Scot 11, Gourd 12, Hra-M
13, Pit stop 15, P-od 17, (God's)Acre
18, Medina 19, Met-Ed 20, Last-ed.
22, Bull 24, Ye-t 25, C-harp-oy 26,
GI-Les 27, Miml-c 28, Ulac 29, Gal-
Leon 30, Rail 31, Peter(-sham)
DOWN: 2, Rustic 3, Sco-use 4, SET
5, Strip(-e) 6, Sugared 7, Prom 8,
Car-bon 12, H-Op.-e'd 13, P-ally 14,
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Opening lead seven of diamonds.
The International Matchpoint
scale used in most team contests
reflects swings of anywhere from 20
points (1 IMP) to more than 4,000
points (24 IMPs). In practice, about
98 percent of all gains are between 1
IMP (for an overtrick) to 17 IMPs
(usually for a vulnerable small slam
bid and made at one table and
defeated at the other). Swings of 18
IMPs or more are extremely rare.
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which one team gained 21 IMPs for
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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
Good 12; very good 19; excellent
25 (or more). Solution

1 Cooked and one's hungry (5,2,3)
2 Very inclement weather? Well said
3 Thought, as one looked carefully
round the untidy den (8)
4 As a temp, Is this one a corker? (7)
5 Practical, when It's coming towards
us from above (4,2,5)
6 Either a really good or a useless
drum (10)
7 Join up, though it's a pain (6)
8 Once teased aboutholding one up,
go on (8)
10 Is able to take on many motherless,
being sensible (5)'
16 He's got a new rise coming through
and she has money (7)
20 Soaks the pieces of ivory (5)
22 A pointer that you're a jogger? (7)
23 Silly, thinking you can fly? (4-7)
25 In a big way- very (10)
26 With a fairly clean bill of health,
more or less (6,4)
28 Does the same, putting the dead
birds outside (8)
31 "Bus', I rub out and a word for "out-
skirts" (8)
32 The film "She': a foreign version (7)
34 Sensitive when it comes
to money (6)
35 Didn't walk with the herd (5)
39 That's strong, for a tot (4)

ACROSS: Radar 6, Float 9,
Samurai 10, Happy 11, Leech 12,
Silts 13, Slacken 15, Wet 17, Tent
18, Orders 19, Rears 20, Taller 22,
Scar 24, Ere 25, Clothes 26, Fairs
27, ibel 28, Begin 29,Algebra 30,
Beats 31, Ample
DOWI: 2, Arable 3, Aspect 4, Ray 5,
Cumin 6, Falters 7, Ues 8, Archer
12, Sever 13, State 14, Angle 15,
Wench 16,Tsars 18, Orals 19,
Recalls 21, Arrive 22,Stream 23,
Aerial 25, Cried 28, Feat 28, Bra

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vessel (4,4)
10 Chopping tool (3)
11 Dried grape (6)
12 Of tribes (6)
13 Part of speech (7)
14 Horse's gait'(4)
15 Small amount (10)
17 Usesup (8)
18 Plug, bung (7)
19 Cook in hot water (4)
21 Nab (6)
24 Yeti(10,7)
27 One-room flat (6)
29 Too (4)
30 Peculiar (7)
33 Genealogy (8)
35 Stands for (10)
36 Therefore (4)
37 Wilhout weapons (7)
38 Slender supporting
column (6)
40 Pass a disease to (6)
41 Egg cells (3)
42 Decides firmly (8)

1 Hard unglazed
pottery (10)
2 Counterfoil (4
3 Direct hit (5-3)
4 Totalloss ofhope (7)
5 Shoddy, inferior (6-5)
6 Musical
instrument (5,5)
7 Small (6)
8 Bereaved
husbands (8)
10 Amid (5)
16 Walks softly (7)
20 Eyes up (5)
22 Search thoroughly (7)
23 Mild analgesic
drug (11)
25 Buttsin (10) "
26 Terrifying dreams (10)
28 Pachyderm (8)
31 Go illegally
onto land (8)
32 Tarantulas, say (7)
34 Foot part (6)
35 Cuban dance (5)
39 Quiet spell (4)

The deal occurred in a knockout
team event at the annual Tri-State
Regional in Rye Brook, N.Y:, earlier
this year.
The bidding shown took place at
the first table. North's five-club bid
was intended primarily as a sacrifice
against East-West's game. Vulnera-
ble sacrifices against non-vulnerable
games are highly uncommon, but on
this occasion, North (your writer) felt
that five clubs would not go down
more than one and might even make
opposite the right hand.
South (Richard De Martino) then
saved against what he thought was a
makable slam, figuring he would go
down 500 or 800 and thus come out
West thereupon led a diamond,
one of only two cards in his hand (a
club was the other) that would allow
the slam to make. De Martino took
East's nine with the queen, cashed a
trump and the ace of diamonds, then
ruffed a heart, a diamond, a heart and
another diamond, establishing
dummy's diamonds. Dummy's
remaining trump provided the neces-
sary entry that allowed declarer to
get rid of his spade loser on a dia-
mond. Making the doubled grand
slam came to 2,330 points.
Adding insult to injury, North-
South's teammates bid and made five
hearts at the other table to add
another '450 points to the team's
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ARIES Mar 21/Apr 20
Expect to be in a wonderful mood
the entire week, Aries. You'll expe-
rience a string of good luck that
trickles down to all that you do.
Share the wealth with others.
TAURUS Apr 21/May 21
Take some time to stop and smell the
roses, Taurus. You can't keep hurry-
ing through life at the breakneck
speed you've been maintaining.
Force yourself to relax.
GEMINI May 22/Jun 21
Things at work get a bit hairy when
you're involved with a disagreement
with a coworker. Since you work in
close proximity to this person, lie
low for a while.
CANCER Juu 22/Jul 22
There's a chance for promotion at
work and you're on the fence as
whether to shoot for it. With the stars
pointing to strong financial success,
the answer is to go for the position.
LEO Jul 23/Aug 23
You'll be a social butterfly for the
next few days, Leo. Others will not be
able to keep up with your level of
energy, so don't expect them to.
You'll slow down by early next week.
VIRGO Aug 24/Sept 22
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that you pushed to the back burner sev-
eral months ago, Virgo. If you leave it
untreated it will only get worse. Seek
support from fairril)
LIBRA Sept 23/Oct 23
Don't be surprised when you hit a -.
rough patch in regards to your roman-
tic life. The sparks have fizzled out
and now you're faced with just some
glowing embers.
SCORPIO Oct 24/Nov 22
Things get rough at work when a
supervisor finds fault with something
you said. You have the right to your
opinion, but don't make any addi-
tional waves for the time being.
You need to spend a lot of time
mending some emotional fences with
family members, Sagittarius. Right
now you are considered an outcast
and not much in favor.
CAPRICORN Dec 22/Jan 20
Jealousy is not becoming on any-
one, let alone you, Capricorn. Stop
envying what your friends have and
think about all of the wonderful
things that fill your life.
AQUARIUS Jan 21/Feb 18
Stop turning a deaf ear to what oth-
ers have to say, Aquarius. Most of
these people have a solid head on
their shoulders and are qualified to
give out good advice.
PISCES Feb 19/Mar 20
Think about what you want to achieve
in the next month or so, Pisces, then
put your plan into action. Dawdling
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practising long hours to perfect their
tennis game, 11 excited young tennis
players took off Friday August 28,
2006 on a 15 day tour of Atlanta,
Georgia and Orlando, Florida.
Known as the Brajaxba Tennis
Hurricanes, the team plans called for
two tournaments in Georgia and
planned training sessions at the Hob-
son Tennis Academy.
The Hurricanes first tournament
was the Terell Mill Jr. Open Cham-
pionships in Tl.iii Lila. Georgia from
the 30 July to August 2, 2006. The
Hurricanes played in six divisions:
Boys 10's, 12's, 14's and 16's and
dominated the first day of action with
seven of the players advancing to the
second round.
On semi-final day five hurricanes
played they were Erin Strachan Girls
10's, Simone Pratt Girls 12's, Treajh
Ferguson Boys 10's, Justin Roberts
Boys 12's and Javano Thompson
Boys 16's.


When the dust had cleared on day
four of the Terell Mill Jr. Open
Championships there were four Hur-
ricanes moving into the finals and
three of them walked away with the
title as best in their age groups.
Erin Strachan won the Girls 10's,
Simone Pratt won the Girls 12's,
Treajh Ferguson won the Boys 10's
and Justin Roberts lost in the finals to
#2 seed 12-year-old Jonathan Aubrey,
wNho was muc gL. stronger
and possessed a strong all-court
However the Hurricanes were
quite happy with their results.
The Hurricanes then moved over
to Norcross, Georgia to play the Hud-

low Summer Jr Championships at the
Hudlow Tennis Center from August
3-6, 2006.
The team found the competition
at a much higher level than at the
previous tournament and, as a result,
only two players made it past the 1st
However, the team still played well
capturing four titles: Treajh Fergu-
son in the Boys 10's, Nicoy Rolle in
the Boys 12's, Ricardo Demeritte in
the Boys 14's and Javano Thompson
in the Boys 16's Singles. Jeremy Mox-
ey lost in the finals of the Boys 10 in
three tough sets, and Erin Strachan

Fishing team

breaks records
A BAHAMIAN fishing team recently returned from a
trip to Cabo San Lucas Mexico, where they fished with the
world famous Picante fishing fleet for marlin, dolphin and
giant yellow fin tuna and broke two world records.
The Bahamian team, hailing from Nassau, consisted of
Thomas Knowles, Alistair Knowles, John Lawrence and
Paul Knowles.
The primary focus of the trip by the Bahamian team was
to target the striped marlin and large dolphin (Dorado) that
migrate past the Baja Peninsula into the Sea of Cortez dur-
ing the summer months.
During this four day fishing expedition two new Mexican
world records were set by John Lawrence and Paul
John Lawrence caught a 70.5 lb Bull Dolphin and Paul
Knowles caught a 67.6 lb dolphin. These are the two largest
dolphin caught in Mexican waters to date.
In addition to setting the dolphin records the team caught
and released four white marlin, one blue marlin, one sail
fish and numerous yellow fin tuna. The Picante fishing fleet
has the record in 2005 for catching and releasing the most
striped marlin in the world during that 12 month period. If
they repeat this feat again in 2006, team Bahamas will have
will have assisted them in this endeavor with their recent
RIGHT: John Lawrence holding up his Mexican world
record Bull Dolphin of 70,5 lbs.

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was runner-up in the Girls 10 Sin-
While in Atlanta, the Hurricanes
visited 6 Flags Over Atlanta and the
Atlanta Underground for some enter-
tainment and fun. The team also
worked out at the Hobson Tennis
Academy under the leadership of
Ashley Hobson, and had an oppor-
tunity to train and play matches with
the young players attending the pro-
gramme there.
The Hurricanes then flew to Orlan-'
do, Florida on August 6 to train and
play in the Simonetta-Lee King-Me
Championship Super Series at the

Racquet Club of Coco Beach, Coco
Beach, Florida August 12/13.
The result at the tournament was as
expected playing in four finals and
winning only on due to rain and flight
scheduling. Treajh Ferguson lost in
the Boys 10 finals and Erin Strachan
and Simone Pratt had to default their
finals in the Girls 10's and 12's finals
Young tennis phenomenon nine-
year-old Justin Roberts captured the
only title winning the Boys 12 Sin-
The Hurricanes returned home on
Sunday August 13, 2006.


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KATRINA Johnson and Romel
Lightbourn are just two of the
players the Bahamas Volleyball
Federation will be relying on to
lead the charge at the Caribbean
Volleyball Championships.
Both players feel it's a honour to
be able to come back home and
make their contribution to the
Bahamas' bid to secure medals at
the end of the championships on
Sunday, August 27.
"I feel the team is strong, but
when we come to play, we have to
come prepared to play because
when you're home, the pressure is
even greater to success," Johnson
"You will have the home crowd,
but the home crowd andthe sup-
port at home should be great
because it gives you the morale to
succeed in a tournament like this."
At 5-foot-9 and 23 years old,
Johnson is making her third senior
national team, but this w\ll iatu--
ally be the first time that she will.
compete before the home crowd."
During her last appearance on

Players reflect on

team chances

the team two years ago, Johnson
was probably the youngest mem-
ber, but she feels right at home
with the majority of the players
around her age.
"This team is a little more
diverse with the talent and age, so
I feel the mixture of the old and
the new should help us to work.
together to get a medal this year,",
she noted.
"Ever since I started playing in
1999, I never had a chance to play
at home, so my family and" the
Bahamian people have never real-
ly seen me play, so ii should be
very exciting for me."
Johnson, home on a break from
Raleigh, North Carolina, where
sle excelled lor the. St. NAuuL-tlne's
College Falcons volleyball team,
saidshe's confident that, with the
team the federation has put togeth-

er, they can win a medal if not win
the title.
For Lightbourn, who will be
making his way home from Los
Angeles, California, where he's
currently working and played
beach volleyball with national team
member Muller Petit, it's a tour-
nament he feels the men can win as
,At 6-3 and 25 years old, Light-
bourn said he's looking forward to
returning home and making the
necesiar) adjustment back to the
hard court.
"Each game is so different," said
Lightbourn, who decided to turn
down a future in track and field, in
which he excelled for Barber Sco-
tia College in Concord, North Car-
olina, to play beach volleyball.
"Seeing that we have to deal
with a lot of elements outdoors -

Ferguson became the sec-
ond Bahamian on the 14-
member team to make a
final event at the llth
IAAF World Junior
Championships in Beijing,
After getting into the
semifinal of the 100
metres, Ferguson went all
the way to the final of the
200 that was ran today.
She will compete out of
lane one. She has posted
the seventh best time for
the year of 23.44 seconds
in the field.
Ferguson joined Rudon
Bastian, who competedin
the men's long jump final,
after she ran 23.93 for a
third place finish in the
second of three semifinal
heats yesterday.
Earlier in the day, she
inked her name among the
few Bahamians who have
won a heat when she took
first place in the third of
seven heats in a time of
The only other Bahami-
an to compete yesterday
was Bianca Stuart. She was
ninth in Group B of the
women's long jump with a
leap of 6.05 metres for 14th
overall. The top 12 com-
petitors advanced to the
Still left to compete for
the Bahamas are the relay
teams which will be in
action this weekend.
AFTER their semifinal
loss to American twin
brothers Bob and Mike
Bryan in Toronto, Canada
last week, Mark Knowles
and Daniel Nestor got
back on the winning trail at
the Western & Southern
Financial Group Masters
in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The third seeded teams
won their second round
match with a 6-4, 6-3 deci-
sion over the unseeded
team of J Acasuso and S
Prieto from Argentina.
They will now go on to
play the No.7 seeded team
of Martin Damm of the
Czech Republic and Lean-
der Paes from India in the
quarter-final today.
THE AID Clay Court
Championships continued
on Wednesday at the Gym
Tennis Club in Winton
Meadows with the follow-
ing results posted:
Philip Major Jr. def. Paul
Wesley 6-1, 6-0; Tony Fish-
er def. Carlton Symonette
6-1, 6-0; Jason Rolle def.
Tyler Cooper 6-0, 6-0;
Javano Thompson def.
Kevin Major Jr. 6-1, 6-3;
Brent Johnson def. Ralph
Barnette 6-1, 6-1 and Chel-
si Russell def. Chesi Powell
7-5, 4-0 retired.
The tournament will
continue today at 4pm and
will wrap up on Saturday.

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the sand and wind, the heat and
the cold it's going to be different
coming back to play indoors."
But Lightbourn, who has played
on the CVC team before, said he
doesn't feel that he will have any
problems getting back on the court
and playing again.
"The last time I played on the
national team was two years ago in
Barbados. I just started playing
beach volleyball in October," said
Lightbourn, who teamed up with
Petit to get their best showing with
a third place finish.
With him and Petit playing key
roles in the team next week, Light-
bourn insists that the Bahamas
should have a good chance of
doing very well.
"We have a young vibrant
team," he reflected. "The oldest
player on the team is about 26 and

everybody has been playing for: -.
about 8-9 years. So all we have to "
do is get that chemistry going and -
we should have a great chance of':
Although he's not had the same
amount of time to gel with the oth-'
er p:I',er Lightbourn feels his'
absence won't be a deterrent.
"With my personality," he said, "I
can gel with everybody and they
can gel with me.
"We've been playing juniors
together for 5-6 years and so the
chemistry between us is there. All
I have to do is come in and tell
them what is what and they listen,
I'm like a role model. So the
respect is there. That won't be a.:
problem." .
Like Johnson, Lightbourn said.'
he's just eager to get on the court, -."
and start playing with the team. -

CVC ticket prices
TICKETS for the Caribbean Volleyball Championships are
currently on sale at the ticket booth at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-
nasium between the hours of 9am and 7pm.
Here's a look at the ticket prices:
Day Sessions Preliminary Rounds
Children $2.00. Adults $5.00. VIP's $10.00.
Evening Sessions Preliminary Rounds
Children $5.00. Adults $7.00. VIPs $10.00.
Playoffs, inclusive of quarter-finals and semifinals
Day Sessions
Children $5.00. Adults $10.00. VIPs $20.00.
Evening Sessions
Children $5.00. Adults $10.00. VIPs $20.00.
SChildren $5.00. Adults $15.00. VIPs $25.00.
Season Ticket packages to all games
Children $40.00. Adults $120.00.
Twilight package for evening sessions only,
plus championship
Children $35.00. Adults $115.00.
Morning package for day sessions only and championship
(200 only).
Children $30.00. Adults $95.00.
Weekend filler for playoff and championship weekend only
(200 packages)
Children $25.00. Adults $90.00.
VIP Packages
Courtside season tickets (130 packages) $210.00.
Twilight package (130 packages) $165.00.
Morning package (130 package) $165.00.
Week-end filler (130 package) $115.00.

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