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By KARIN HERIG
Tribune Staff Reporter
THE gruesome murder of
a mother of five has left a fam-
ily bereft and a community
in shock.
Ericka Fowler, 33, for nine
years a valued employee of
The Tribune, became the
country's 35th murder victim
when she was stabbed to
-death in front ofher home on
Saturday night,
Last night, police confirmed
that a suspect had turned him-
self in early Sunday morning.
Press liaison officer Inspec-
tor Walter Evans said that
according to eye witness
reports, Ms Fowler and a man
got into a heated argument
just before 9pm on Friday in
front of her home on Comet
Terrace in the Golden Gates
area.
"This argument quickly
escalated," he said. Ericka was
attacked with a sharp object,
which police believe to have
been a knife.
"When we arrived on the
scene Ericka was lying on the
street, on her back, lifeless.
She had stab wounds about
her body and several gashes
to her throat," he said.
After the incident, a man
fled the area in a black Nis-
san Sentra.
Ms Fowler's five children
and her mother witnessed the
crime.
Remembered by all who
knew her as a "hard-working,
loving person" Ms Fowler
leaves behind her mother,
Rose Fowler, and her five chil-
dren, Leo Jr, 15; Natrell, 14;


'Lashon, 9.
During her employment at
The Tribune which began in
1997- Ms Fowler held the
official title of assistant librar-
ian and archivist. However,
she was often described as the
'"most versatile employee" at
the newspaper, having the
skills to be able to working
every department.
Speaking with The Tribune
yesterday, Rose Fowler
described how she and her
five grandchildren became
witnesses to her, daughter's
death.
"Me and the children and
Ericka were all at home when
(a man) came around. He
tried to get in the house, and
Ericka half-way opened the
door for him," she said.
SEE page 14


* By MARK HUMES


COUNTING Bamboo Town and
Fox Hill in his party's % ictorN tally,
Free National Movement Leader
Hubert Ingraham predicted that, in
the next general election, his party
\ would "take back" every seat that it
had in 2002..
Assuring party supporters at Sat-
urday's anniversary rally that he
was ready, willing, and able to lead
them to victory again, Mr Ingra-
ham said that the Free National
Movement of 2007 is a different
organization from the FNM of 2002.,
"We have had time to reflect, to
recognize weaknesses, to shore up
our foundation, and to plan for the
return to better again," Mr Ingra-
ham told the crowd in attendance
and those listening live by radio.
"We are making ready, and we are
listening to you and your concerns."
In "re-introducing" the FNM, Mr
Ingraham alluded to some of the
internal politics that has plagued
the party since its defeat in 2002,
which has seen some of its mem-
bership split ways.
"All who were with us in 1992
are not with us now," said Mr
Ingraham. "Some drifted away,
enticed by big promise. Others went
SEE page eight


FNM leader questions whether governance

is with prime minister or a local bishop


* By MARK HUMES
AT SATURDAY'S anniversary rally,
Free National Movement Leader Hubert
Ingraham questioned whether the power of
governance still lies in the hands of, Prime
Minister Perry Christie, or in those of a local
bishop.
In addressing enthusiastic party support-
ers, Mr Ingraham indirectly criticized Prime


Minister Christie's lack of public leadership
on matters of national importance, which
he said has plagued the PLP government in
recent months.
"Who is in charge here?" asked Mr Ingra-
ham. "Do we have a Prime Minister or is
the Bishop the Prime Minister?"
During his address, Mr Ingraham
SEE page nine


Arthur Foulkes: politicians have

no right to intimidate journalists


POLITICIANS have a
right to respond to press
criticism but they do not
have the right to threaten
or intimidate journalists,
columnist and former politi-
cian, Sir Arthur Foulkes
said yesterday on Island
FM's Talk Show, Parlia-
ment Street.
Sir Arthur questioned the
timing of the Immigration
Department's deferral of
the work permit of Tribune


Managing Editor John Mar-
quis. Noting that the defer-
ral followed articles by Mr
Marquis that were critical
of various government min-
isters, he considered Immi-
gration's permit deferral
bad timing.
While he said that politi-
cians have every right to
respond to any criticism lev-
elled at them by the press,
they should refrain from try-
ing to intimidate or obstruct


the press.
Sir Arthur said that the
government had put for-
ward a "flimsy" excuse by
saying that after Mr Mar-
quis had been in the country
for eight years, they had
seen no description of The
Tribune's training policy.
On Friday Immigration
Minister Shane Gibson said
that the Immigration
SEE page 12


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PAGE 2, MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006


L NEWS


PLP was 'mischaracterised'


PLP chairman Raynard Rig-
by has accused opposition
leader Hubert Ingraham of
making several mischaracteri-
sations of the PLP and its "out-
standing record" of governance.
In his speech on Saturday at
an FNM mini-rally, Mr Ingra-
ham made several references to
what he believed to be exam-
ples of corruption within the
ranks of government.
In Mr Rigby's press release,
issued yesterday, he urged Mr
Ingraham to "remember that
those in a glass house should be
the last ones to throw stones".
The PLP chairman said he is
satisfied, based on his travels in
the Family Islands and discus-
sions with Bahamians, that the


Chairman Rigby attacks

FNM's Hubert Ingraham


PLP will be returned to the seat
of the government.
"Even Hubert Ingraham now
sees the handwriting on the
wall," the PLP chairman said.
Mr Rigby claimed that the
PLP has been accepting former
and disgruntled FNM support-
ers in large numbers since Mr
Ingraham's return to the lead-
ership of the party.


"Many of them say that
Hubert Ingraham is the same
old dictator and that he believes
and acts as if only he has all of
the answers. It is no surprise
therefore that he is struggling
to gain acceptance and has
found it necessary to publicly
chastise and rebuke his sup-
porters for their infighting.
"Perhaps, if Hubert Ingraham
understood what democracy
was all about, he would truly
appreciate why his own party is
so opposed to his single-handed
selection of all of the candi-
dates," Mr Rigby said.
"He would even stoop to crit-
icise the Church and the
Church's involvement in nation-
al affairs," Mr Rigby added. "It
should be obvious that Ingra-
ham is no respecter of the
Church and has not yet grasped
the salient principles of a
democracy and how a democ-
racy works.
"This PLP has shown that the
Bahamian people have a right
to participate in the affairs of
the government and the com-
missions appointed by the
prime minister are a testament
to the skill, intellectual and


* HUBERT Ingraham speaks to FNM supporters on
Saturday as the FNM held their family fun day
.(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


national good that can be gen-
erated when Bahamians from
all walks of life put their heads
together to solve and assist in
the framing of national poli-
cies," Mr Rigby said.
The chairman encouraged
voters not to go back to the
"dark days" of Hubert Ingra-
ham.
"He single-handedly
rammed down the throats of
the financial services sector
eleven pieces of legislation
without'any form of'consul-
tation and when he tried to
bam-boozle the Bahamian
people into accepting his
views on constitutional
reform.
"This is the same Hubert
Ingraham who publicly threat-


ened, pledged and promised
to reduce the ranks of the civ-
il service if his party wins the
ne).. general elections.
"That means Mr Ingraham
would find it appropriate to
displace hundreds ,of hard
working Bahamians and take
bread out of the mouths of
their hundreds of Bahamian
families," the chairman said.
He was referring to a state-
ment made by Mr Ingraham
earlier this month, in which
he said that he is in favour of
a smaller public sector.
However, Mr Ingraham
said he would like to see many
of the public sector jobs move
to the private sector, and did
not say he would displace any
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Elder Castro
says Fidel's
health is
improving

* CUBA
Havana
RAMON Castro, the older
brother of Cuban leader Fidel
Castro, said Saturday his more
famous sibling is steadily
improving after intestinal
surgery that has left their
younger brother Raul tem-
porarily in charge of the coun-
try, according to Associated
Press.
'"He's much better," Ramon
Castro said of Fidel. "He works
savagely and that has a cost."
Ramon Castro, who turns 82
in October, is a lifelong farmer
who has stayed out of national
politics.
The eldest Castro brother,
who bears a striking resem-
blance to 80-year-old Fidel with
his Romanesque profile and
white beard, spoke at the inter-
national airport awaiting the
arrival of Florida cattleman
John Parke Wright IV, with
whom he has formed a strong
friendship during the Ameri-
can's frequent.visits to the
island.
The specifics of Castro's ail-
ment and the nature of the
surgery he underwent have
been treated as a state secret.
The leader blamed his heavy
work and travel schedule for
causing sustained intestinal
bleeding, which prompted the
need for emergency surgery.
Recent government pho-
tographs and video of the leader
showed him conscious, coher-
ent and in good spirits.


Migrants

are found

at sea near
Puerto Rico.

* PUERTO RICO
San Juan
THE US Coast Guard
returned 41 migrants includ-
ing seven Ecuadoreans to a
port in the Dominican Republic
on Saturday after picking them
up at sea near this US
Caribbean territory, authorities
said.
The migrants seven
Ecuadoreans and 34 Domini-
cans were detained late Fri-
day by the Coast Guard in the
Mona Passage, an often-per-
ilous stretch of sea separating
Puerto Rico's west coast and
the Dominican Republic, said
Ricardo Castrodad, a Coast
Guard spokesman.
The Ecuadorean and
Dominican migrants, who were
aboard a low-slung boat known
as a yola, were traveling illegal-
ly to the U.S. Caribbean terri-
tory from the Dominican
Republic, Castrodad said.
After taking the migrants
aboard a Coast Guard cutter,
the wooden boat was destroyed
as a hazard to navigation in the
Mona Passage, where the
Atlantic meets the Caribbean.
Castrodad said the presence
of the Ecuadorean migrants on
a boat attempting to carry
migrants from the Dominican
Republic to Puerto Rico's
rugged Mona Island, a roughly
40-mile (110-kilometer) jour-
ney, was "unusual.
"I can't say the last time .it
happened, but it's been a long
while. It is unusual," he said.
Fishing boats filled with
migrants from the impoverished
South American nation trying
to reach the United States are
regularly found in the Pacific
Ocean.


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THE TRIBUNE


LOCAL.NES W


0 In brief

Mysterious

death case

now 34th

of the year

POLICE have officially clas-
sified the case of last week's
"mysterious" death of a 41-
year-old father of two as the
34th murder of the year.
James Alexander Dino Storr
was found last Tuesday morn-
ing, bound at the hands and
feet, in his home in Sunshine
Park.
He was discovered by a rela-
tive who lives in the area.
At the time of the discovery,
police could not detect any signs
of physical trauma, stab or gun-
shot wounds on the body.
Autopsy results, however, have
now shown that Mr Storr was
strangled to death.
Investigations into this matter
continue.


Doctors

Hospital

staff on

course

ASSOCIATES at Doctors
Hospital have completed a 16-
week, comprehensive course on
medical terminology.
The course reportedly
encompassed all the systems of
body, their structures, functions,
pathology, procedures, disease
processes and the medical
terms, roots, prefixes, suffixes,
and an overview of anatomical
'terms related to those systems.
"The goal of the course was
to gain an understanding of
medical terminology so that
once used, the participants not
only understood them, but were
able to recognize the new terms
when they came across them in
the future," said the hospital in
a statement.
"Medical terminology is a
specialised language used by
health care practitioners such
as unit secretaries, admissions
clerks, healthcare workers want-
ing to upgrade their skills, as
well as persons working in med-
ical transcription, medical cod-
ing or medical billing," it said.
"This course gives them a better
understanding of their job func-
tion, duties and responsibilities.
At the end of the course, par-
ticipants were reportedly able
to recognize and understand the
meaning of word-parts, define
the meaning of commonly used
medical terms and construct
and formulate terms from basic
elements.
The participants were asked
to devote time to study for
quizzes every week, do home-
work assignments, and had to
prepare for mid-term and end
of term exams.


Cuban dies

during US

immigration

interview
* MIAMI
IN a potentially precedent-
setting case, a Dominicani
woman married to a Cuban
green-card holder may face
deportation from the United
States because her husband had
a heart attack during an immi-
gration hearing and died before
her case was closed, according
to Associated Press.
Maritza Hernandez, 53, was
at immigration offices a week
ago when her husband Juan, 50,
died while being questioned
about Maritza's application for
a green card.
The case touches on the
unique status of Cuban immi-
grants in the United States.
Juan received a green card in
1993, because federal law allows
Cubans to apply for residency
after a year in the country. Fed-


eral law allows immediate rela-
tives of Cubans to apply for
green cards under the same
terms, even if they are not
- Cuban.
But Juan's death has put that
into doubt.


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Workers' Party joins calls in




defence of Tribune editor


* By PACO NUNEZ
Tribune News Editor
WORKERS' Party leader
Rodney Moncur has added his
voice to those calling on the
government to remove the "sil-
ly impasse" it has placed on
the work permit of Tribune
managing editor John Marquis.
In a statement issued yes-
terday, Mr Moncur said that
while. Workers' Party accepts
that there is no automatic enti-
tlement to a work permit in
the Bahamas, it is disturbed at
what appears to be the awak-
ening of "that all too familiar
period of Progressive Liberal
Party autocratic victimisation."
"Those PLP politicians who
have nothing better to do than
to blame the media for every
criticism levelled at the gov-
ernment would do themselves
and the country better if they
spent their time doing their
jobs for which they are paid,
rather than sitting down com-
posing victimisation lists for
the cabinet," he said.
"One would have to won-
der if the Perry Christie gov-
ernment is trying to silence
any criticism of its already dis-
mal record in office as the gen-
eral election approaches and
hence the first line of their
offence is to muzzle the
media."
Mr Moncur said the PLP
has a long way to go in proving
themselves worthy of a second
term, but must realise that it is
the Bahamian voter not the
pen of Mr Marquis that will
determine their fate.
He also noted that it is an
internationally accepted norm
that journalists are free to ply
their craft anywhere in the free
world once they can enter a
country a norm that is
becoming even more accepted
as tte world becomes a global
village.


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* RODNEY Moncur

Mr Moncur's comments fol-
low condemnation of the gov-
ernment's decision to defer Mr
Marquis' work permit from
both Bahamas Democratic
Movement leader Cassius Stu-
art and civil rights activist
Clever Duncombe.
Both men threatened to
organise a massive freedom of
the press demonstration in
Nassau and Mr Duncombe
said he would lead a protest
outside the home of Prime
Minister Perry Christie if nec-
essary.
Observers have noted that
the deferral of Mr Marquis'
work permit came in the wake
of a series of scathing articles
he wrote criticising the per-
formance of certain govern-
ment officials.
Immigration Minister Shane
Gibson has said the deferral
was carried out because The
Tribune failed to provide him
with information he requested,
about its training programmes
to replace foreign employees
with Bahamians.
Mr Gibson denied that the
matter had anything to do
with the freedom of the press,
saying instead it was a matter


of policy.
However in an interview
with The Tribune last week,
Mr Gibson admitted that there
is no written immigration pol-
icy manual, and that the all
decisions are subjective. "It's
all in the eyes of the behold-
er," he said.
And Tribune publisher
Eileen Carron has denied that
immigration officials made any
request for information before
the deferral decision came to
light. She said that she was
told that a Labour department
inspector was to come in to
interview Mr Marquis and his
replacement, but the depart-
ment never made an appoint-
ment for a meeting. A meet-
ing, therefore, never took
place.
Mr Moncur continued:
"We in the Workers' Party
have also felt the scorch of Mr
Marquis' incisive but bi-parti-
san pen and we value the work
of a free press.
"Whether we realise it or
not, the standard of journal-
ism in the Bahamas and the
ideals of an informed elec-
torate in a healthy democra-
cy can only be helped with the
continuance of Mr Marquis in
his current role."
He said that journalists in
the Bahamas need constant
training and updating of their
skills and craft and seasoned
veterans like Mr Marquis can
only be an asset in this arena.
Mr Moncur urged the gov-
ernment to "step into the light
of a modernised and intelli-
gent society and not give the
nation another black eye."
"The Workers' Party hereby
calls on the government to do
the right thing for perhaps the
first time in their laborious and
tedious four long years in
office and remove this silly
impasse on Mr Marquis's work
permit.


"If the government was wise
they would hire Mr Marquis to
do some training for publicists


on the government payroll who
are badly in need of updating
their skills," he added.


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Tribune loses a jewel in Ericka


ON SATURDAY night The Tribune lost a
jewel.
Ericka Fowler was one of the happiest, most
willing and versatile members of our staff. On
Saturday night in a senseless argument she
was murdered outside her Golden Gates home
as her mother and five frightened children
looked on. Ericka was only 33 years old.
Ericka came to The Tribune nine years ago
through an employment agency. We were
looking for a maid those were the days
when The Tribune was an evening newspaper
and we practically lived on the premises. Eric-
ka was looking for work. In fact she was des-
perate for work.
Ericka, only 25, was single, already a moth-
er of four, with a fifth child in the making.
She had her first child at 16. All of her five chil-
dren were for the same man.
Ericka was an excellent maid, neat, willing to
do whatever she was asked, and always trying
to find other ways to please us. She had a bub-
bly personality, but she did her maid's work so
quickly and efficiently that she had a lot of
time on her hands and a lot of time to float
around the office and chat. Some complained
that she was the most disruptive force to hit
our offices she was in and out of every-
thing, curious to know how everything worked.
As a consequence she was disturbing the work
flow.
We quickly realized that she was above aver-
age intelligence and was anxious to learn.
Somehow we had to keep her busy and occu-
py her very capable, but idle hands. Although,
she never complained, but continued to do
her little bit of dusting and cleaning to the
end, her talents were being wasted.
One day the librarian said he needed a
helper. Ah, ha! we thought, just the thing for
Ericka. And so Ericka was sent to the library.
"A maid to the library!" someone scoffed.
"Yes, why not?" we laughed. We had great
confidence in our little Ericka.
She transformed the library. Ericka could
file, she could organize, she had an artistic
eye. The little library was a new place after it
had been touched by the magic hand of our lit-
tle "maid." But still this was not enough for
Ericka. She soon mastered the computers, she
could archive the pages and even when she
was on holiday she came in early every morn-
ing to do this. She learned to take photographs
and was taking photos for the classified and
display advertising departments.
Still that was not enough for Ericka. She
moved into the news room where she was
taught how to tone photographs and put them
into the system for the editors. One day News
Editor Paco Nuliez needed a photographer
urgently. He looked around. There was no
one in sight. Up pipes Ericka: "I can take pic-


tures, I'll go!" And out the door she went.
She returned with excellent photographs.
A few weeks ago we were going through
the Entertainment section of The Tribune. We
couldn't believe our eyes. There was Ericka's
byline over an excellent feature story. The fol-
lowing week another one appeared. Ericka
had a flair for everything she did she was an
absolute natural.
We found her taking photographs for the
religion section, the arts, entertainment and
general features.
Really Ericka could have been anything
she wanted to be. If trained she could have
been a florist, or an interior decorator. When-
ever she moved into a room it was trans-
formed. A few years ago she took over the
switchboard and that small area was
rearranged and a plant appeared behind her
desk. She still assisted on the switchboard
when the operator was to lunch or on holi-
day.
At Christmas time she did all of the office
decorations.
"She had a heart of gold she was a good
girl," said Angela Butler, who heads the clas-
sified advertising department. "She worked
hard and she did it with love."
We discovered that Ericka had even moved
into the Circulation Department, where she
had an eirly morning route delivering The
Miami Herald,
Young Ericka did not have an easy life. But
whatever her problems at home, they were
left at home. When she entered The Tribune
she seemed the most carefree, happy person in
the world.
It was not unusual to walk through a Tribune
department at the moment of crisis when an
extra hand was needed to hear a staff member
call: "Where is Ericka? Quick, find Ericka!"
Last week she and Paco Nufiez were
preparing a proposal to present to Managing
Editor John Marquis. The proposal was that
Erica was to have a camera, and devote one
day to the newsroom where she would be sent
out on assignments as a reporter. Of course, if
that plan had gone through, it would have
been only a matter of time before Ericka
would have been a permanent fixture in the
newsroom. Who knows how far she would
have.gone.
And so her death this weekend was a
tragedy a young woman struck down in the
prime of life and at a moment when her career
had taken aim for the stars.
Ericka, we shall all miss you. Oh, how we
shall miss you.
We send our deepest sympathy to her par-
ents and her five children, especially to Natrell,
14, and Lashon, 9, who spent many hours here
at The Tribune with their mother.


EDITOR, The Tribune
I WAS surprised to learn
upon my return from Miami last
night on a delayed flight which
arrived at Nassau after 12 mid-
night, to hear Bahamasair's
spokesperson welcoming arriv-
ing passengers (tourists and res-
idents alike) not to The
Bahamas and its capital city,
Nassau, but to a renamed air-
port.
The incoming aircraft to Mia-
mi which was delayed had to be
diverted to Freeport due to bad
weather before resuming its run
to Miami, Florida. Hence, the
earlier flights from Miami were
similarly delayed as Bahama-
sair apparently used the same


aircraft. Therefore, passengers,
especially tourists, on our flight
did not know immediately in
which island or country they
had landed.
You would think that tourism
was important to The Bahamas,
but all the greetings about the
touristic aspect of our island
nation have been abandoned;
instead returning residents are
welcomed to an airport not to
our home.
I notice from another news-
paper that a major highway the


East/West Highway, will also
be renamed, and that the forth-
coming elections will be held
on a date connected to the same
person.
Well, I hope for the good of
all that the Government in its
over-zealous pursuit, will kind-
ly leave intact the names of our
capital city, Nassau, our island,
New Providence, and our coun-
try, Bahamas, and any other his-
torical landmarks so that gen-
erations following will have his-
torical continuity. The Bahamas
belongs to all its citizens not a
special few.
SHIRLEA VOTER
Nassau
August 10 2006


Well done ambassador


EDITOR, The Tribune
I want to applaud our
Ambassador John Rood for
going directly to the media to
share his concerns over the rela-
tionship between the US and
the Bahamas. A local attorney
Moss was upset that Mr Rood
did not approach the PLP gov-
erning party. Well, if the PLP
does not know, under their
leadership, this relationship
has deteriorated then their head


is in the sand.
It is very disturbing that this
government in power would
align itself to vote for Cuba to
be on the Human Rights' Coun-
cil. Most Bahamians share their
love of democracy as we Amer-
icans do and are at a loss for
Fred Mitchell's philosophy in
casting your country's vote in
that favour. Photo-op Fred's
quote that "Cuba has done
more than ANY other country
for the Bahamas" is enough to


send a chill down any right-
thinking Bahamian's spine.
Once again, good job Mr.
Rood for taking your concerns
directly to the Bahamian peo-
ple, instead of some watered
down version coming from the
party in control of this Bahami-
an government.
CHARLES
LONGFELLOW
JI, Florida
August 15 2006


Sale of Royal Oasis


EDITOR, The Tribune
I extend congratulations to
the Christie Administration,
generally, and the Hon Obie
Wilchcombe, MP and Minister
of Tourism, in particular, on
successfully bringing about the
sale of the troubled Royal Oasis
Hotel in Freeport,. Grand
Bahama.
This is welcome news for the
long suffering displaced workers
at that resort and they may now
have an opportunity to rebuild
their lives and get a grip on their
finances. It took a bit long to
conclude this matter, but I've
always maintained that it is bet-
ter late, than never at all.
Minister Wilchcombe is "the
man of the hour" and must be
given the praise for remaining
focused; determined and eter-


nally optimistic when so many
others, including myself, at one
point, took a bleak stance. It
has long been my contention
that Minister Wilchcombe is
one of the hardest working
members of the administration
of the Rt Hon Perry Gladstone
Christie.
Congratulations are also in
order to the hard working attor-
neys, Messrs Valentine Grimes,
a New Providence based
lawyer, and Jethro Miller, based
in Grand Bahama, whose late
wife and myself were admitted
to the Bar on the same date,
some years ago.
It is truly refreshing to see
the high degree of competency
and diligence which these two
relatively young black Bahami-
an lawyers brought to the nego-
tiating table. Hitherto, these


sort of multi-million dollar deals
would have been brokered
through one of the larger estab-
lished so-called white law firms.
With the successful sale and
anticipated reopening of the
Royal Oasis, Grand Bahama is
poised to resume her place as
the jewel of the Commonwealth
of The Bahamas, in short order.
Politically, this can only boast
the excellent chances of the
PLP being re-elected and the
Rt Hon Prime Minister's legacy
for the future. Way to go, Min-
ister Wilchcombe.
To God then, in all of these
things, we give thanks and, of
course, the glory.
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Crack houses make mockery


of urban renewal programme


THE next time the top
brass of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force trot off
to collect some international
award for the success of Urban
Renewal, they should return
with some explanation as to
why there seems to have been
no diminution in the number of
crack houses, sellers and addicts
in our inner city.
On any given evening, any
member of the Bahamian pub-
lic can take a drive around the
city and identify the many
entrepots'in an apparently thriv-
ing trade. Some of the more bla-
tant examples include:-
A particular active and vis-
ible crack house on Carew
Street, off Mount Royal
Avenue. This is within the area
of responsibility of the Southern
District, located on nearby
Wulff Road.
There is another midway
up Hawkins Hill and another
on Canaan Lane, both in the
Central District (the former
within easy sight of a major gov-
ernment office complex).
The impunity with which
these and countless other crack
houses operate is demonstrat-
ed by the ease with which a
casual observer (like this colum-
nist) can identify them. Yet
somehow, the whole chain of
command of the Royal
Bahamas Police Force seems
unaware of their existence.
Unless we are to take a dim
view of the powers of observa-
tion of our men in uniform, then


it is perfectly clear that someone
in their chain of command has
taken a policy position that qui-
et, low-key criminality can be
tolerated so long as it remains
confined to ghetto communi-
ties.
Another aspect of this poli-
cy seems to be the tolerance of
the other illicit activities (such
as prostitution and the barter
of stolen or received goods)
which go hand in hand with
serious drug addiction.
This thinking is not only at
odds with the stated aims of the


PERSPECTIVES


ANDREW


When, in the 1990's
New York City
undertook its ultimately suc-
cessful policy of zero tolerance,
the NYPD paid particular
attention to precisely the sort
of breeding spots of criminality


ALLEN

As the architects of the New
York policy recognized, you
simply cannot separate a toler-
ance for general, low level crim-
inality from the then-prevalence
of more serious crimes. This is
so especially in the case of
cocaine addiction, given its very
obvious link to crimes like theft
and robbery.
In the Bahamas, we have for
decades hade first hand experi-
ence of the connection between
cocaine addiction and serious
crimes against the person and
property. In addition to outright
crime, it has fuelled a general
social degeneracy in many inner
city areas that has continued to
churn out ghetto values into the
wider community.
If there is one single matter
that ought to receive the fullest
attention of the Urban Renew-
al Programme, it is the network
of drug houses that dot the
inner city and low income areas
of the city.

There is simply no con-
ceivable excuse for the
under-reaction that presently
characterizes the attitudes of
law enforcement officials
towards them. In fact, in many
cases the proximate explana-


tion seems to be corruption, as
dishonest officers extort a kind
of tax from these outfits, much
as they do to the many num-
bers houses in the same areas.
All of this makes a mockery
of whatever credit either gov-
ernment or senior police offi-
cials would take for the visible
successes of the Urban Renew-
al Project and it helps keep the
level of crime in The Bahamas
unacceptably high.



PetCoto


Prime Minister's much-vaunt-
ed Urban Renewal Project. It
is also based on a premise that is
demonstrably false. Like mos-
quito-breeding pools, pockets
of criminality affect the quality
of life of all who share a con-
tiguous landmass with them, not
just those unlucky enough to
inhabit their immediate vicinity.


that are completely ignored by
the RBPF. Crack houses
throughout the city were tar-
geted with a fury that ultimate-
ly convinced many drug addicts
either to seek help or else to
find another place to live. The
result was a general decline in
the many crimes associated with
addiction to crack cocaine.


Police conduct car searches


INCREASED police presence could be
seen on the streets of New Providence this
weekend, as officers conducted island-wide
vehicular searches.
On Friday and Saturday night police
:or-ficerr were spotted shining flashlights
'into'cars and, topping certain vehicles
for-more thorough searches along Vil-


lage Road and Bay Street.
Speaking with The Tribune yesterday,
.press liaison officer Inspector Walter Evans
said that this weekend's initiative is part of
an ongoing police effort to reduce crime
on the streets of Nassau.
'"During those car searches we:are
looking for anything that could be of


interest to police. This was only one of
many programmes planned by Commis-
sioner of Police Paul Farquharson," he
said.
This week, police in their special "Quiet
St6dn" initiative, apprehended seven per-
sons ho had outstanding arrest warrants
arid recovered one stolen vehicle.


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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006, PAGE 7


GB Chamber of Commerce president 'pleased' at resort sale prospect


* By DENISE MAYCOCK
Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Grand Bahama
Chamber of Commerce president
Dr Doswell Coakley is very
pleased about the prospect of the
sale of the Royal Oasis and the
possibility of an economic turn-
around in Freeport.
However, he stressed that some
mechanisms must be put in place
to ensure that foreign investors
are able meet their financial
responsibility to Bahamian work-
ers in the future.
"We are quite pleased and
thrilled by the prospect of the
sale, which has been long over-


due," Dr Coakley told The Tri-
bune.
"We certainly hope that the
powers that be would ensure that
as we move forward that we nev-
er go back to the history of what
caused the Royal Oasis to be
what it has been for some time,"
he said.
Although there has been no
official announcement by the gov-
ernment on the sale yet, reports
are that Lehman Brothers, the
property's mortgagee, signed a
$40 million deal early this week
with World Investments Holdings
out of Florida for the resort.
The Royal Oasis property,
which comprises of 900 guest


-rooms, a casino, and 98 timeshare
units, closed in 2004 following
Hurricane Frances. About 1,400
workers were laid off.
The Driftwood Group, the
owners, left behind a mountain
of outstanding debts to the gov-
ernment, the Grand Bahama Port
Authority and other local suppli-
ers and vendors.
Last year, the government paid
out $5 million in redundancy pay-
ments to displaced hotel work-
ers. A remainder $1.2 million is
still owed to the workers.
Dr Coakley said the sale of
Royal Oasis would give rise to
job opportunities for Bahamians
and bring some economic relief to


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the International Bazaar and oth-
er support services.
"We are looking forward to the
new buyers having the ability to
renovate the property and bring it
back to its old prestige, and
expand possibilities for economic
growth of Freeport and Grand
Bahama.
"We also look forward with
great anticipation to the sale as


those employees whose funds
were withheld will now
be able to get those overdue
funds."
The Chamber boss believes
that while the country must con-
tinue to welcome foreign invest-
ment, mechanisms such as funds
or some kind of bond must be
put in place, so that investors will
always in future be able .to


take care of financial responsible
ities.
"Certainly, the Bahamiai
investor would not have been
able to get away with it, and s,
why should foreign investors ge
away it? It must never ever hap
pen again and we want t(
demand that there is an egua;
playing field for all," Dr Coakle,:
said.


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their own way, others got vex
because they couldn't have their
own way, and others got vex
because they couldn't get what
you didn't give them, the lead-
ership of your party."
"We wish them well," the
party leader said. "They are
not going to deter us."
As if to demonstrate that the
Free National Movement was
not the only party experienc-
ing growing pains, Mr Ingra-
ham referred to an address that
he heard PLP leader Perry
Christie give the evening
before.
Quoting Mr Christie's
speech, Mr Ingraham said:
"The PLP as a party seems to
come together whenever there
is a crisis or an election, and
come together in unity. They
can fight among themselves all
the time, when election time
comes along, they are all for
one, and one for all."
"FNMs, learn that lesson,"
Mr Ingraham said. "We are
going through a lengthy
process in selecting candidates,
and when we roll them out, I
want you to rally around them,
and take them from house to
house. The arguments are
going to be over, and the fat
lady is going to sing, and when
the fat lady sings, the game is
over. It's time to work."
Telling the listening audience
that they have a real fight
ahead of them, Mr Ingraham
also warned them that the PLP
"is going to fight tooth and nail
to hold on to power."
"They will stoop to every-
thing to hold on to power and
the perks of office," Mr Ingra-
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ask about how low they are
going to go."
As election approaches, Mr
Ingraham asked that FNMs
and other Bahamians not be
distracted by PLP tactics. "Bet-


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Ingraham said, "and better will
come with the FNM."
During his address, Mr
Ingraham called the audience's
attention to a number of activ-
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efforts by the Ministry of Edu-
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to refurbish, expand, and con-
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office, the FNM never had to
do that. Bring in trailers? No,
no, no. We built 12 new schools
in 10 years, and the PLP in four
years have not built a single
school in the Bahamas
nowhere. Now election com-
ing along., they knocking this
down, knocking that down, and
they ain't gonna be ready."
He also noted the present
conditions that straw market
workers find themselves hav-
ing to work under saying: "Can
you imagine what a worthless
goverm-nent this is? They can't
build a straw market in four
years. Unbelievable. The Prime
Minister has to pass there every
Tuesday and most Wednes-
days. And he sees those ven-
dors right there in that tent put
up after the hurricane, and his
heart is hardened, and he htas-
n't done it."
"That couldn't happen under
My watch,!' continued Mr
Ingraham.
"I don't care what the ven-
dors politics are, that couldn't
happen on my watch, and it
ain't gonna happen when we
come back either."
He told those gathered ,to
hear his address: "Months lead-
ing up to election they are flail-
ing around like a chicken with-
out a head. But the good thing
is that they are not fooling any-
body by announcing all of
these things. We recognize
PLP election errors. That is
what they did when they were
in government before. That is
their modus operandi.
Announce or start a lot of pub-
lic works leading up to elec-
tion, once election is over, they
revert to do nothing for the
people, but get the special
deals for their close friends and
associates."
Calling them a scandal-rid-
den PLP government, Mr
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FROM page one
refrained from using "the Bish-
op's" name, but in relation to
the context of his speech, many
in attendance were immedi-
ately reminded of recent news
stories which noted that calls
were put in to Mount Tabor's
Bishop Neil Ellis, hoping that
his presence would bring about
speedy resolution to difficult
industrial disagreements
between the government and
the Water and Sewage Corpo-
ration, the Bahamas Union of
Teachers, and most recently,
the Bahamas Electricity Cor-
poration.


"1 thought the people elect-
ed them to govern, not a bish-
op of a church," Mr,Ingraham
said in questioning the present
leadership hierarchy of the
governing party.
In continuing his attack on
government's administrative
practices, Mr Ingraham
said that they have governed
badly, stumbling from crisis to
crisis.
"Difficulties between the
government and the BUT, and
the minister said at 2 o'clock in
the morning, he put his hands
on his head, and then he called
the Bishop," said Mr Ingra-
ham. "BEC goes on strike, and
they call the Bishop."


Mr Ingraham's criticism of
Mr Christie comes at a time
when it has been perceived
that the Prime Minister's voice
has been noticeably silent on a
number of important issues
such as the industrial dis-
agreement, LNG, and Educa-
tion.
"We have a prime minister
who occupies the office of
prime minister, but he does not
fill the office of prime minis-
ter," Mr Ingraham told enthu-
siastic supporters.
"I assure you that I am going
to occupy it, God willing," con-
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THE TRIBUNE


PAGE 10, MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006


Counting the cost of terrorism


* By Sir Ronald Sanders.
(The writer is a former
Caribbean diplomat who pub-
lishes widely on small states in
the global community).

A WEEK after a dra-
matic terror plot for
British airports was revealed by
security forces, major disrup-
tion continued and the travel


and airline industries began
counting the costs of the delays
and cancellations.
These costs are astronomical,
estimated by some experts at
US$570 million and climbing.
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announced a scheme by a group
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In addition to the costs of the
cancelled flights, airlines have
had to pay hotel accommoda-
tion for some stranded passen-
gers and refund tickets. Worse
yet, they have had to spend vast
sums of money trying to reunite
passengers with some 20,000
bags that went astray in the
chaos that gripped British air-
ports.
Now the question arises
about the impact this will have
on tourism and the heavy bur-
den of costs it will place on oth-
er countries, especially those
whose economies are highly
dependent on the tourist indus-
try.
British Airways, which has
been hard hit by the flight can-
cellations, has already
announced that it will be seek-
ing compensation from the
British government and British
Airports Authority, the private
company that runs the three
main London airports. Other
airlines, including Virgin
Atlantic, have said the same
thing. But, it is unlikely that
they would be successful.
And, if-they aren't, recoup-
ing the lost revenues could ulti-
mately be borne by passengers
in the form of higher
fares. Should that happen, it will
have an adverse affect on
tourism from Britain to long-
haul destinations such as those
in the Caribbean, but this is left
to be seen.
What is clear is that new secu-
rity measures will be introduced
at airports around the world
and airport authorities will pass
these higher costs on to air-
lines. In turn, the airlines will,
undoubtedly, apply the costs to
the passengers, and this is


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bound to adversely affect
tourism in the medium to long
term.. .

or the time being, how-
ever, the major disrup-
tion of British airports that last-
ed, for more than a week has
had no dramatic effect on the
tourist industry.
This is largely because, unlike
9/11 in the United .States, the
plan to blow-up several aircraft
bound from London on trans-
Atlantic flights was foiled by
security forces, and nothing
actually happened.
There were no burning build-
SIR Ronald Sanders


New security
measures will
be introduced at
airports around
the world and
airport
authorities will
pass these
higher costs on
to airlines.

ings, no exploding aircraft and
no horribly mutilated bodies.
In the absence of such dra-
matically frightening images and
any clear and evident danger to
aircraft, travellers continued to
throng British Airports despite
cancellations of over two thou-
sand flights. The worst they
endured were new security
measures that severely restrict-
ed what they could take on
board as hand luggage.
But, as the British Home Sec-
retary, John Reid, has warned
the threat of other terrorist
activity remains real in the Unit-
ed Kingdom and throughout
Europe. And, since aviation is a
popular target, further attacks
on airplanes cannot be dis-
counted in the longer term.
The safety of air travel, there-
fore, has to be an area of con-
stant vigilance by security
authorities around the
world. And, this will cost mon-
ey. In all countries it will divert
financial resources from health,
education, housing and higher
pensions for old people. The
diversion of such financial
resources will be felt hardest by
the people of developing coun-
tries.
If the terrorists manage again
to blow up an airplane with
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And, the terrorists are not
about to give up.
They are well aware that they
won stunning psychological vic-
tories with 9/11 in the US; with

Time and again
the world has
witnessed
situations in
which intensified
measures in one
place to curb an
activity have
pushed that
activity into
areas where
policing and
enforcement is
weak.

the London train bombings on
July 7th last year; and with the
previous bombings in Spain,
Kenya and Bali.
Each of these incidents has
emboldened them, particularly
when they witness the enor-
mous economic damage they
cause even when their plans are
foiled.

The worry for other
parts of the world,
including the Caribbean, which
is host to hundreds of thousands
of tourists from the United
States and Europe, is: when will


their airports and airlines
become attractive targets for
terrorism?
There is no good reason to
believe that targeting airports
in tourist resort areas such as
the Caribbean could not or
would not happen.
Time and again the world has
witnessed situations in which
intensified measures in one
place to curb an activity have
pushed that activity into areas
where policing and enforcement
is weak.
Efforts to combat drug traf-
ficking is a good example. In
the Caribbean, when new and
tough anti-drug trafficking
machinery was introduced in
Jamaica, the scale of drug traf-
ficking escalated in the Eastern
Caribbean.
All this calls for new invest-
ment in technical equipment for
airports. Chris Yates, who is the
aviation security editor at the
magazine, Jane's Aviation
Review, is quoted by the British
Broadcasting Corporation
(BBC) as saying that "explo-
sives can be disguised and will
not get picked up by the ordi-
nary X-ray machines currently
in use across UK airports". He
pointed out that at London's
Heathrow airport "three Rapis-
can Systems Secure body scan-
ners for detecting high-tech
plastic and ceramic firearms and
explosives" have been intro-
duced.

t will not be long before
airports all over the world
will be required to install such
equipment in order to satisfy
international standards for safe-
ty.
Developing countries par-
ticularly small states such as
those in the Caribbean and
Pacific will be expected to
spend money to buy new equip-
ment as part of heightened
security for their airports: But,
they need access to low cost
funding if they are to do the job
properly.
International Financial Insti-
tutions, such as the Interna-
tional Monetary Fund (IMF)
and the World Bank, as well as
the governments of the United
States, the European Union,
Canada and Japan, should now
acknowledge that it is time for
them to match lending policies
to the need to combat terror-
ism.
The IMF and World Bank
should amend their policies to
provide low cost funding with-
out their usual conditions to
developing countries who,
themselves, should be pressing
for attention to be paid to their
plight in this matter.

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* JAMAICA
Kingston
JOSEPH Hill, lead vocalist
and songwriter for the tradi-
tional "roots" reggae group Cul-
ture, died Saturday. He was 57,
according g to Associated Press.
Hill abruptly fell ill and died
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attacks on Afghanistan,
prompted by the Sept.
11, 2001, terror attacks,
toppled the former
Taliban regime for
sheltering Osama binr
Laden.

Freed
Washington has so far
freed 68 Pakistanis from
its prison at Guan-
tanamo Bay, Cuba, but
at least six others are
still held there, said the
official, who traveled to
Guantanamo days ago
and met with the Pak-
istani prisoners.
He said 20 more are
being held at the main
U.S. military base.in
Afghanistan at Bagram,
which he visited earlier
this month.
.U.S. officials had
asked for a formal
request for their release,
and Pakistan would sub-
mit it next week, he
said. U.S. officials could
not be immediately
reached Satuitday for
comment.
The six held at Guan-
tanamo include an
alleged al-Qaida
financier, businessman
Saifullah Paracha.
He was arrested
at Bangkok's interna-
tional airport in July
2003.


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Saunders Mr. Timothy D P.O. Box N-458 #231 Sandilands Village, assauBahamas
Sealey Mrs. Jacklyn W P.O. Box N9561 Sandilands Village, Nassau, Bahamas
Strachan Gerald P P.O. Box ES 5651, Blair Estates, Nassau, Bahamas
Sherrel Nicole Sullivan P.O. Box SB 52988, Nassau, Bahamas ______
Exhibit Design Consultant P.O.Box N7776, C/o Michael Withers, Nassau, Bahamas
King Mr. Ricardo S .P.O. Box CB -12592, AptB6 Westridge Estates, Nassau Bahamas
Sean L. Lightboume i P.O.Box CB- 11703, RolandSt., Ridgeland Park West #32, Nassau, Bahamas
Anthony & Robynn Moree P.O. Box N-1337, Adelaide Road, Nassau, Bahamas


THE TRIBUNE


"Will the following persons please contact the Accounts Receivable
Department of John S. George immediately


Name IAddress -I--
N a m e A---e s ..... ---- ---..... - .-- ... ... -

Latoya Adderly P.O. Box SS-6755, Yametto Drive off Soldier Road, Nassau Bahamas
Bethel Linda E P.O. Box N-10086 # 60 Gibbs Corner, Nassau Bahamas
Bolitho Mr. Linda D No Known Address
Bowleg Emestine Co P.O. Box N 9866, 1000 Westward Villas, Yorkshire, Nassau Bahama
Braynen Mrs. Francita R P.O. Box N 3048, Green Turtle Avenue, Yamacraw Beach, Nasau, Bahamas
Williams Monique P P.O. Box N 3107, #1 Gray Terrace Fox Hill, Nassau, Bahamas
Brown Mr. Sidney A 1 #32 Mermaid Boulevard Golden Gates, Nassau. Bahamas
Butler Ms. Leta P.O. Box SB 52150, #16 Palmetto Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas
Burrows Mr. Raymond L P.O. Box N 9229, Summer Havensouth Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
Carroll Dellarese P.O. Box SS-5853, Nassau, Bahamas
Bowe Carol Velma P.O.Box CB 11498, Nassau, Bahamas
Cartwright David P.O. Box FH 14654, #24 Mount Vernon, Eastern Road, Nassau, Bahamas
Cartwright Rosemarie & Cu P.O. Box N-4029, Nassau, Bahamas
Cox, Cadie G #36 SandyPort Dr. P.O.Box CB-13446, Nassau, Bahamas
Curtis Tony #4 Forbes Street, Nassau Village, Nassau, Bahamas
Decius Mr. Joseph #20 Cambridge St off Nassau Street, Nassau, Bahamas
Dean Holland P.O. Box SS 5494, 1st Hse, Rt Walnut St. Pwood, Nassau, Bahamas
Dean Mrs. Rosalee P.O. Box SS 19048, #37 Jackfish Drive, Nassau, Bahamas
Dean Leroy P.O. Box SS 5723, Nassau, Bahamas
Designs Unnlimited Ltd No Known Address
Deveaux Ms. Antionette D P.O. Box N 8916, Apt #2 Sears Rd., Hill Top, Nassau, Bahamas
Forbes Karen Forbes P.O. Box CB-13291 #70 Lady Slipper Ave.Gdn Hill, Nassau, Bahamas
Forbes Linda Estell P.O. Box N 7066 #50 Cambridge Dr. South Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
Hall Preston P.O. Box Cr- 54452 #15 Cerus Ave. Garden Hill #2, Nassau, Bahamas
Interiors Ltd P.O. Box N-4631, Nassau, Bahamas
Johnson Mrs. Ellen J P.O. Box Cr-54290, Dominica Way GIdn Gates #2, Nassau, Bahamas
Johnson Ms Raquel P.O. Box N-7069, Apt #2, Lincoln Blvd Cordeaux, Nassau, Bahamas
Johnson Brenhilda P.O. Box GT-2266, Govt Rental #4, 2nd Street The Grove, Nassau, Bahamas
Knowles Mr. Bryan C P.O. Box SS-19385 Oxford Street, Nassau, Bahamas
Monroe John P.O. Box CR-55913 Fairview Heights off St Vincent, Nassau, Bahamas
Major Mr. Corey G P.O. Box SS 19406 #49 Lee St. Nassau, Village, Nassau, Bahamasi
Johnson Wellington P.O. Box N-243, Nassau, Bahamas
Percent Mr Arrie R PO. Box SS 19287, #8 Sandy Lane,, Nassau, Bahamas
Ramsey Barry S P.O. Box FH 14584 Lot #85 Douglas Rd Tropical Gardens, Nassau, Bahamas
Raphael Mrs. Patricia i P.O. Box SS 6330 Wulff Road ___
Roberts Mr & Mrs. Leo L P.0 Box N8836, #9 Bridge close Golden Gates #2, Nassau, Bahamas
Barker Raymond Simonetta P.O. Box N8307, Nassau, Bahamas .. ___ ___
Rolle Antoinette P.O. Box N 8431, #37 Poinciana Ave, South Bch, Nassau, Bahamas __
Rolle Mr: Johannison A P.O. Box CB 13142 Marshall Rd South Beach, Nassau, Bahamas
Sands Kim j C/o P.O. Box SS6164, #24 Oxford Dr. South Beach Estates, Nassau, Bahamas







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LOCAL0NEWS


,f, meeting's coloniall
4lortuaro, P b ~Trematurium
84 Blue Hill Road P.O. Box N-8161 Tel: 325-7867
SFax: 325-7867


Police appeal over potentially


violent domestic disputes


FINAL RITES AND BURIAL


MR JAMES
ALEXANDER
DEAN STORR,
(aka "DINO"), 41

a resident of Milky Way
North, Sunshine Park
will be held on
Wednesday, 23rd
August, 2006 at Saint
Agnes Anglian Church,
Baillou Hill Road at 2:30pm. Officiating will
be The Rt Rev Bishop Gilbert Thompson and
Rev Fr Rodney Burrows. Interment will follow
in the Woodlawn Gardens Cemetery, Solider
Road.

Left to continue his legacy and to cherish his
fond memory are his wife, Anna Hallberg Storr;
two children, Devon and Jordan; mother, Renee
Storr; father and step mother, James and Gina
Storr; father and mother-in-law, Karl and Anita
Hallberg; two brothers, Kelsey Storr (Lynette)
and Ryan Roker; brothers-in-law; Bjorn
Hallberg; four sisters, Lisa Logan (Darren),
Latina Storr, Raeh Roker and Keva Storr; seven
nephews, Kelsey Storr Jr, Sean Storr, Chris
Cole, Corey Storr, Devin Cole, Andrew Storr
and Morgan Samuels; niece, Christina Storr;
three aunts, Patsy Johnson, Eileen Adderly and
Celeste Storr; eight uncles, Leroy and
Theophilas Storr, Basil and Charles Tynes,
Leonard Simmon, Leslie Sealy, Norman Tynes
and Vanroy Sealy, and a host of other cousins,
friends and loved ones.

The body will repose at the chapel of the Saints
Sweeting's Colonial Mortuary and
Crematorium, #84 Blue Hill Road from 11 am
on Tuesday until 6pm and at the church from
12md on Wednesday until service time.


FOLLOWING this weekend's murder
of 33-year-old Ericka Fowler, a mother of
five, police are once again appealing to
Bahamians to do their civic duty and con-
tact authorities whenever they hear of or
witness domestic disputes that have the
potential of turning violent.
"We have a culture in this country
where people tend to turn a blind eye to
these kinds of things.
"The Royal Bahamas Police Force
frowns upon this sort of behaviour. Police


Commissioner Paul Farquharson wants to
voice his displeasure on this matter," he
said.
Mr Evans said that when people wit-
ness domestic "uprisings", it is their civil
responsibility to alert the authorities.
"As a good, responsible citizen you are
obligated to call someone to assist and
not let it get to the point where some-
thing happens, like in the Ericka Fowler
case. We are asking people to step up to
the plate," he said.


Mr Evans also urged people not to let
any kind of domestic turmoil simmer
below the surface for long periods of
time, without attempting to seek some
kind of outside assistance.
"Of course I speak for the police, and
we especially have our domestic violence
department that deals with these kind of
problems which people are encouraged to
contact, but there are also several church-
es and other civic organizations that peo-
ple can turn to," he said.


Mother of five murdered


FROM page one
Mrs Fowler said she was in
her bedroom at the time and
heard her daughter and the
man "fussing and fighting."
"I went into the kitchen
and told them to stop fuss-
ing all the time. He threat-
ened to kill the children right
there in the kitchen, but I
said he would have to kill me
first," Mrs Fowlersaid.
At this point, she said one
of the children opened the
kitchen door an let a man in.
"Ericka ran outside to get
help from a neighbour and
he came up behind her, run-
ning after her down the
road," her mother said.
She was stabbed, then
dragged onto the back seat
of a car parked outside the
house.
At this time two of Ms
Fowler's children ran to get
help from neighbours.
Fourteen-year-old Natrell
told The Tribune that she
and her brother, Tanrio, ran
to seek assistance from
somewhere. .
Mrs Fowler said she ran
after them, but was afraid to
get between the arguing cou-
ple.
She said the children took
their mother out of the car.
"They laid her on the ground
and, she was gasping for


* ERICKA FOWLER with her family


breath. When the police "She never gave me any
came she was still gasping, trouble. She always had a
but when the ambulance smile on her face. And what-
came it was too late. She'd ever you asked her to do, she
stopped breathing," Mrs did," Mrs Fowler said.
Fowler said. Ericka's close friend and
Mrs Fowler said that she co-worker at The Tribune
\~'uld always rememberher Allison MiIler xas in shock.
diaghter as a "most loving She described Erick'a as
person. "incredibly hard-working and


an all-around good person."
The Tribune's business
reporter Cara Brennen said
.that she will always remem-
ber Ericka, a person who
never "let life get her down,"
who, regardless of the effort,
always tried ttvthehtP'oTherT
people.- -
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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006, PAGE 15


* TRIBUNE staff member Ericka Fowler (pictured above in graduation uniform) and (below)
four of her five children.


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THE FACTS REGARDING

ATHE LEASE & CONDITIONAL PURCHASE
7 OF CROWN & TREASURY LANDS ON
iakr' GREAT GUANA CAY

GOLF & OCEAN CLUB

The Georm t has agreed in pdinople to the lease and conditional purchase
m of Cwnm and leasuary Land to the Bakerms Bay Golf and Ocean Club.

Use of the Crown Lands (approximately 105 acres total)

Environmental Preserve: 66 acres -- permanently protected and managed by the Baker's
Bay project for the perpetual enjoyment of all Bahamians and visitors to the area.
Marina and Waterways: 25 acres leased for 40 years with options to renew
Residential Lots: 15 acres in a conditional LEASE-PURCHASE arrangement

Use of the Treasury Lands (approximately 43 acres total)

S $trs tis total an'imunt `as NEVER beerna part of the Baker's Bay/Passerine at
.Abaro, Ltd, Heads Af Agreement, As suic, thiss23 acres oftreasury land remain under
nrshi: o.f h Teasur er. of The Ba amas .

The remaining 20 acres agreed to in the Heads of Agreement for use by the Baker's Bay
project will constitute:
lIh six (6) year lease of an 8 acre staging area for construction purposes. At the end of the
six years, this land is returned to the Treasurer of The Bahamas!
2\ forty (40) year lease (with options to renew) of twelve (12) acres to be used as follows:
employeee housing 4 acres
Desalination Plant, Sewerage facilities, electricity substation- 2 acres
Solid Waste Disposal facility 4 acres
Dockage Facilities 2 acres

SUMMARY:
105 acres of Crown Lands
66 acres totThd Bahamian People
25 acres leased to Baker's Bay
15 acres purchased by Baker's Bay Project

43 acres of Treasury Land
31 acres available to the Bahamian People (after return of 8 acres)
12 acres leased to Baker's Bay Project

OTHER IMPORTANT POINTS ON THE PROJECT'S 52 ACRES OF CROWN AND
TREASURY LAND:


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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006


SECTION


businesstbunemedia.et Miami Herald Business, Stocks, Analysis, Wall Street


Royal


Oasis purchase


waits on title search


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor.
A n investor ifi
the group
seeking to
close the Roy-
al Oasis pur-
chase for around $40 million
yesterday told The Tribune it
planned to invest at least $170
million in the property and
upgrade it to five-star status.
It is now waiting on Lehman
Brothers' private equity arm
to produce evidence of clear
title to the still-closed Grand
Bahama resort before the deal
closes. The purchase has a 60-


day window in which to close.
Seyed Moghani, a member
of the Florida-based World
Investment Holdings LL.
group, which has signed a deal
in principle to acquire the Roy-
al Oasis from Lehman Broth-
ers, said the consortium had
obtained financing from
Deutsche Bank to complete
the purchase.
He said in an interview with
The Tribune: "We are ready


Securities Act reforms

set to have 'equivalent'

impact to bank changes

E By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
THE planned reforms to --,7
the Securities lndustr .Act
willhave a regulators unpact
similar to the Banks and
Trust Companies Regula-
tions Act 2000) hen finally
introduced. the minister of.
state for finance told The Tn-
bune, with the Government
now awaiting the drift docu-
ment before taking it to Par-
liament.
James Smith said refo(rms
SJAMES SMITH
SEE page 7B' (FILEphoto)



Exuma hotel in

concrete plant deal


M By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
EXUMA'S Eaerald Bay
Resort and its holding company
have settled $2.2imillion owed
to a Nasdaq-listed company
through the payment of $56,000
in cash and transferring their 14
per cent stake in an Exuma
ready-mix concrete plant to the
latter.
Details of the deal involving
Emerald Bay and Devcon were
contained in the latter's Form
i


10-Q filing with the Securities &
Exchange Commission (SEC).
The deal jlso inol\ ed Devcon
settling a $2.1 milhon debt owed
to its former chairman and chief
executive, Donald Smith, dat-
ing back td June 6. 1I91,
The complicated three-way
deal was reached between
Emerald Bay, Mr Smith and
Devcon because Mr Smith had
guaranteed on March 10, 2004.

SEE page 2B


to close. We have a commit-
ment from Deutsche Bank,
and are going to close it.
"We have the money; that's
not the question. They
[Lehman Brothers] have to
deliver us clear title."
Mr Moghani, who although
Iranian by birth has lived in
Florida for 25 years after
escaping the Ayatollah's Islam-
ic Revolution, told The Tri-
bune that the deal's conclusion
"depends on all the paper-
work" being completed.
His comments indicate that
the Royal Oasis acquisition has
not been completed, given that
Lehman Brothers the resort's
de facto owner through the
mortgage and debenture it
holds on it has yet to produce
evidence of clear title. This is a
major element that can often
break real estate deals.
The other investors in World
Investment Holdings include
Keith St Clair. chief executive
of Coral Gables-based Inter-
net travel agcnc\. Ti \ eLead-
ers.
TraveLeaders, which has
,houl .iil \\o-klM s ati ts -n 'ia'dl


office and another 100 working
from home, competes with the
likes of Expedia and Orbitz in
the Internet travel market.
Earlier this summer, an
Orlando resort developer
called American Leisure Hold-
ings purchased an option to
buy TraveLeaders' parent
company, having already taken
a 10 per cent stake in the latter
in exchange for assuming $22.6
Million in debt. Mr St Clair is
staying with the company.
The. Tribune last week
revealed that Cuban-Ameri-
can money is bankrolling the
World Investment Holdings
group, and the rest of its
investors bear that out.
They include a father-and-
son duo who are both called
Fernando Alvarez. Sources
said they appeared to be the
main source of equity financing
behind the World Investment
Holdings group, and another
investor is Idalberto
Rodriguez.
All the names \\ere con-
firmed to The Tribiune by Mr
Moghani. He also confirmed
-,something -lse thia was
ia - '* ' .


revealed exclusively by this
newspaper, that New York,
New York, the Las Vegas-
based hotel/casino operator
that is a subsidiary of MGM
Mirage, was the favourite to
become the operating partner
for the Royal Oasis.
Mr Moghani described New
York, New York as "my first
choice" for hotel/casino man-
agement partner, adding that
the investors were meeting
with the company's represen-
tatives yesterday afternoon.
Mr Moghani described him-
self. as "the one who put the
deal together" and worked to
bring the consortium members
together.
He said his background
included hotels, having owned
and managed 12 Holiday Inn-
branded properties. Mr
Moghani added that he had
also developed low cost hous-
ing, and now owns a warranty
insurance company, believed
to be called American Premier
Group.

SEE page 8B


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business
Editor
THE Government has
reduced the scope of the ten-
der for its Passport and Bor-
der Control Systems to focus
on just machine readable
passports and accompany-
ing computer systems, The
Tribune has been told, lead-
ing to calls for a new tender,
to be issued and the old
process scrapped.
The initial tender docu-
ment, a copy of which has
been seen by The Tribune,
called not just foi machine-
readable passports, along
with the software and tech-
nology for an automated sys-
tem to read and issue them,
but a whole host of other
documents.
That tender, issued in
2005 by the Ministry of For-
eign Affairs, also sought
machine-readable visas, "a
.chip-based 'smart identity'
card for work permits,
machine-readable Certifi-
cates of Identity," and;
"machine readable biomet-
ric permanent residence cer-
tificates, citizenship certifi-
cates, resident spouse cer-

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Betty K correction

IN an article appearing in Friday's Tribune Business sec-
tion on Page 31), under the headline, Shij)jfing Firm raises its
fitel surcharge 20 per cent, an employee of the Betty K company
was reported as saying the firnt had the previous week increased
its hunker fuel surcharge by 20 per cent to combat rising fuel
prices.
The employee also said that whenever fuel prices increased,
Betty K increased its prices until costs declined.
However, Betty K subsequently said the inforimation given to
The Tribune ivas incorrect, and that it had not increased its fuel
surcharge by 20 per cent. It also said it did not raise its prices
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The Bahamian Stock Market

FINDEX696.99 YTD 26.30%


BISX CLOSING
SYMBOL PRICE


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


$1.74
$1.48'
$0.80
$7.49
$12.05
$14.00
$1.50
$9.13
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$1.90
$5.46
$13.50
$2.45
$6.21
$1.00
$11.21
$11.51
$8.65
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$8.05
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34.55%
14.29%
7.00%
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20.75%
15.83%
10.30%
24.08%
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DIVIDEND/AGM NOTES:
Kerzner International (KZL) will hold an Extraordinary
General Meeting on August 28, 2006, at 9am in the New
Providence Room of the Coral Towers, Atlantis, Paradise
Island. -


* By Fidelity Capital
Markets
IT was a pretty active trad-
ing week in the Bahamian
market as more than 55,000
shares changed hands. The
market saw 10 out of its 20 list-
ed stocks trade, of which four
advanced, two declined and
four remained unchanged.
Volume leader for the week
was Colina Holdings (CHL)
with 15,750 shares changing
hands and accounting for 28.6
per cent of the total shares
traded.
The big advancer for the
week was FirstCaribbean
International Bank (Bahamas)
(CIB), whose share price
increased by $0.40 to end the
week at a new 52-week high
of $13.50. On the down side,
Colina Holdings (CHL) share


the then-$2.2 million debt owed by Emerald
Bay Resort Holdings, the holding company,
and Emerald Bay Resort Properties Ltd,
to Devcon. To wipe out its Smith debt,
Devcon paid Mr Smith $458,525 and
assigned to him its rights over "certain notes
Emerald Bay Resorts had previously issued,
with an aggregate amount due from Emer-


rice fell by $0.09 to close at
1.90.
The FINDEX advanced this
week by a stunning 10.83
points to end the week at
696.99, up 26.30 per cent for
the year.
COMPANY NEWS
FOCOL Holdings (FCL) -
FCL announced this past week
that it had acquired all the
available shares of GAL Ter-
minals, the owners and opera-
tors of the Eight Mile Rock
and Lewis Yard Service sta-
tions, for $5.25 million.. Addi-
tionally, Grand Bahama Ter-
minal (a wholly-owned sub-
sidiary of FCL) finalised an
agreementto purchase all
rights, title and interest in the
Grand Bahamian assets of
Chevron Bahamas for $1.25
million.


ald Bay Resorts at time of assignment equal
to $1 million plus accrued interest".
Devcon added: "In addition, as part of
this restructuring, the company received
$56,000 in cash from Emerald Bay Resort
Holdings, and Emerald Bay Resorts agreed
to use its good faith efforts to transfer to the
company an .approximately 14 per cent


interest which Emerald Bay Resorts had
in a redi-mix batch plant, which the com-
pany controls in Great Exuma, Bahamas.
"The company has also agreed to sur-
render the minority equity interest the
Company held in Emerald Bay Resorts."
Devcon held a 1.2 per cent stake in Emer-
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THE TRIBUNE MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006, PAGE 3B


Bahamasair




chief denies




plan for fleet




replacement


M By CARA BRENNEN
Tribune Business
Reporter
BAHAMASAIR chairman
Basil Sands has denied that the
airline is planning to replace
its fleet with models that are
at least 12 years old.
Mr Sands said he was not
aware of the plan, which a
group of Bahamasair employ-
ees said would be "a big mis-
take".
According to the employees,
the Government planned to
replace seven of Bahamasair's
50-seater aircraft with 12 small-
er planes 30 seater SAAB
340's.
Employees
However, the employees
said the SAAB 340 replace-
ments would not be able to
achieve'the Government's goal
of making the airline a more
competitive player in today's


market.
Concerns
The employees had raised
several concerns about the
planes, which have been out
of production since 1994,
meaning that any aircraft of.
this model acquired by
Bahamasair would be at least
12 years old at the time of pur-
chase.
The employees felt this4was
a bad move considering the
age of the aircraft.
In their letter, the employees
added that there would be
"massive amounts of person-
nel training, which is very time
consuming, including pilots,
flight attendants, engineers,
mechanics, front line person-
al linesman, porters, cleaners
and ramp and gate agents".
However, Mr Sands said he
was unaware of any plans to
replace the current fleet with
the SAAB 340 or any other


model.
Last month, Henry Woods,
Bahamasair's general manager,
said the company was "cur-
rently exploring alternative air-
craft options as it considers
phasing out the Dash-8 mod-
el".
He also denied the theory
that the airline would switch
to the SAAB-340 plan.
At that time, he said: "We
have seen several different pre-
sentations with more to come,
but we've made no decisions."
Current
He added that if it was
decided to phase out the
planes, the current ones would
be sold. In April 2005, Prime
Minister Perry Christie urged
Bahamasair to acquire smaller
aircraft, saying it would not
only improve load factors but
reduce costs and help the com-
pany to develop a more com-
petitive edge.


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Position: Specialist in Sustainable Agriculture in
The Bahamas
Application Deadline: August 31, 2006 or until position isfilled

BACKGROUND INFORMATION:
The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) is a
specialized agency of the Inter-American system. Its purpose is to encourage and
support the efforts of its member states to foster agricultural development and
rural well being in their territories. The institute collaborates with the Ministry of
Agriculture and Marine Resources and related sectors that are involved in holistic
agriculture and rural development in The Bahamas.

The IICA Office in The Bahamas is inviting applications for a full time position
as sustainable agricultural and information management specialist.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The successful candidate will: Plan, conduct, and evaluate sustainable
agricultural development and technology transfer programs,'including the use
of web-based information delivery programs, for clientele involved in small
agricultural enterprises and rural lifestyles in order to diversify their income.
The incumbent reports to the Representative and will be responsible for the
management of the office in the absence of the Representative.

BASIC QUALIFICATIONS:
The candidates for this position must hold a BSc degree with required experience
in the field of Agriculture, Animal or Plant Sciences, Agricultural Education and/
or Communication or in a closely related discipline. Knowledge and experience
in the use of computer and communication equipment, effective written and oral
communication skills, and effective interpersonal relations skill. Demonstrated
knowledge and experience in the use of web-based information delivery
programs. Knowledge of the main Family Islands desired. Candidate must be
supportive of IICA's vision/mission of promoting sustainable development of
agriculture, food security and rural prosperity.

Please submit curriculum vitae to:


Human Resource Department
P.O. Box SS 6205
Nassau, Bahamas


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SPublic Utilities Commission






JOB OPPORTUNITY FOR A PROFESSIONAL
Chief Accountant




The Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is seeking to employ a
seasoned and competent Chief Accountant to be responsible for
its accounting and financial control systems and policies in
accordance with recognized accounting standards. The suc-
cessful candidate will be a professional with drive, initiative,
excellent interpersonal' skills and a range of management,
supervisory and accounting experiences.

Principal Duties: The duties of the post will include establishing
Sand implementing accounting and financial control policies and
procedures; ensuring the proper maintenance of the internal
accounting systems and records for external auditing; ensuring
the maintenance of the general ledger and the bank reconcilia-
tion statements; and overall responsibility for accounts payables,
receivables and revenue collection.

Qualifications and experience: CPA or equivalent; member of
the Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants; experience in
computerized management and financial management systems;
proven skills and abilities in financial and management account-
ing, and billing and collections systems are essential; 10 years
relevant experience in accounting and financial matters.

The PUC offers a very attractive and competitive salary and
benefits package and opportunities for further training and devel-
opment are excellent. Starting salary will be commensurate with
relevant experience.

Interested applicants may deliver or fax resumes to: Executive
Director, Public Utilities Commission, Agape House, 4th Terrace
East, Collins Avenue, Nassau, Bahamas; Fax No. (242) 323-
7288. Applications should be received by 6 September, 2006.


MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006, PAGE 3B


THE TRIBUNE















BFSB launches Financial


Student of the


Year search


THE Bahamas Financial
Services Board (BFSB) has
launched the process to recog-
nise an outstanding graduate


student from within the Col-
lege of the Bahamas (COB)
School of Business.
The criterion for initial selec-


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VACANCY
Assistant Manager, Training and Learning
Scotiabank (Bahamas) Ltd. is seeking the services of an
Assistant Manager, Training and Learning. The successful
candidate should possess the following qualifications:
Bachelor's Degree in Human Resources, Training and
Development (or a related field).
At least 3 5 years experience as a training facilitator
and or instructional designer.
In-depth business knowledge of banking operations and
business environment including retail, commercial and
branch banking operations, procedures, products and
policies.
Excellent facilitation skills and knowledge of adult learning
principles.
Exceptional written communication skills and interpersonal
skills.
Excellent time management and organizational skills.
Comfortable with autonomy and self motivated.
The ability to organize and execute multiple projects and
apply project management methodology with minimal
supervision
The ability to work well under pressure and meet deadlines.
The ability to work flexible hours and travel.
Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Interested persons should submit applications in writing marked
Private and'Confidential to:

Manager, Human Resources
P. O. Box N-7518
Nassau, Bahamas
Applications should be received no later than Thursday, August
31, 2006.


tion is based on academic per-
formance, as demonstrated by
GPA. Additional criteria
include COB and community
involvement, special interests,


further education, and
work/other experience.
This initiative has been a
joint venture between the
BFSB, COB and the Central


We are currently seeking an experienced Human Resources Professional to join the management team at our Firm.

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Successful candidates for the role of Human Resources Manager should have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree and at
least five years of human resources experience. Professional certification such as SPHR or PHR would be a plus.
Responsibilities will include recruitment, compensation and benefits administration, performance management,
training/leadership development, employee relations and deployment of global human resources initiatives for 80+
employees in Nassau and Freeport. Excellent communication skills both written and oral are required. Candidates should
also have strong interpersonal skills and have demonstrated the ability to provide strategic advice to senior management.

This is an excellent opportunity to broaden your professional experience in a varied practice that offers competitive
compensation and benefits package.

Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume and copies of any relevant certifications, to: KPMG, Human Resources Manager, P.O. Box N123, Nassau,
Bahamas or tdatvi e mprngom .bs.



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NiNE Coliria i
lloo F Financial Advisors Ltd.
Pricing Information As Of:
Thursday. 17 August 200 6
BiS uarctj.a TItADED SECURITIES VISIT WWWV.BISXBAHAMAS.COM FOR MORE DATA & INFORMATION
S'B!) USAE INDEX: CLOSE 1,883.55 1 CHG -00.26 / %CHG -00 02 / YTD 234.84 / YTD % 17.39
52.'I -H. 52wk-Low Symbol Previous Close Toda. s Close Change Cjla, .:. EPS I C.. t P E '. 13
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%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 110.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9 1.95%
Fidelity Over-The-Counter Securities
52l-. Hi 52wk-Low Symbol BI Di. 4 $ Lasi Pre .l.el,.i, ci EFr P .. i .. P ..e.3
14 00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 11 00 15 00 13 : 0- 8.5' 1 .'2 -. _,, 4,, .
10.14 10.00 Caribbean Crossings (Pref) 8.00 8.25 10.00 0.000 0.640 NM 7.85%
0.54 0.20 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.00 -0.084 0.000 NM 0.00%
.-. Colina Over-The-Counler Securities
4 .00 28.00 ABDAB 411.00 4.1 i3.' 41 2 20 -, 1 0.,
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%
ir SX Lsted Mutual Funds
-52m -. 52wk-Low Fund Name NA YTD:; Laal 12 M.10.oIr C... I 1 -
1-.,9 0 1 2442 Colina Money Markel Fund 1 300892"
2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038"*
2.4415 2.2528 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.441484"*
1 182a 1 1246 Colina Bond Fund 1 182038""
t :..... A,16.1j2005 26.0 9%
IS'x -LL n e IDOlX 19 D. 02 1.00000 MARl KET TERMS YIELD iasl 1Z rr.:l.r.l. l-.. .3i..3'6J c. :J ',: .*...i:. '" I e t
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 fo daly volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Today's Close Current day's weighted price for dally volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 30 June 2006
Change Change in closing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value J ju:3 :.O0t.
DIV $ Dividends per share paid In the last 12 montal N/M Not Meaningful
P/E Closing price divided by thelast 12 month eating FINDEX -The Fidelity Bahamas Stock Index. January 1, 1994 = 100 ". 30 June 2006
TO TRAq. g' .'._r. F.,OR F MORE DATA & INFORMATION CALL (242) 394-2503


Bank of the Bahamas since
2002, with the Co-ordinating
and Selection Committees
comprising representatives
from the three sponsoring
agencies, plus the Professional
Industry Association Working
Group (PIAWG).
The Financial Services Stu-
dent of the Year award is part
of the BFSB's Financial Centre
Focus (FCF) programme.
That initiative aims to
address issues s'ch as'chal-'
lenges impacting the sustained


growth and development of
the industry, improvements to
the level of service, and attract-
ing and maintaining qualified
professions.
Particular attention is placed
on highlighting the importance
of quality human resources to
the industry. Key components
of FCF are an Industry
Awards Programme and a
School Outreach. The FSI Stu-
dent of the Yeai is part of this
last component, along \' Ith the
annual Careers Fest


* PICTURED are some members of the Selection Committee reviewing student profiles in advance of the interviews with candi-
dates, the final step in the selection process. From L to R: Nadine Frazer, Insurance Institute of the Bahamas (IIB); Cyprianna Bethel,
Central Bank of the Bahamas; Anastacia Johnson, Association of International Banks & Trust Companies (AIBT); and Tanya Han-
na, Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP). Not pictured are Duhiza Swaby, Bahamas Association of Compliance Offi-
cers (BACO); Heather Bellot, Bahamas Funds Association (BFA); Joan Pinder, College of the Bahamas; Karen Lockhart, College
of the Bahamas; and Donna Nguyen-Comito, Bahamas Financial Services Board.


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COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2004/CLE/qui/444
IN THE SUPREME COURT

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act
AND
IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Christopher Deveaux

AND

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land containing
by measurement 14,210.34 square feet more or less situate about
one thousand (1,000) feet Eastwards of Fox Hill main road and
about 400 feet Northward of Romer Street in the-Eastern District
of the Island of New Providence And being bounded as follows:-
North by land the Property of Mervin Deveaux and running thereon
One hundred and twenty-one and sixty hundredths (21.60) feet
East by land the property of one Rahming and running thereon
one hundred and Nineteen and eight-two hundredths (119.82) Feet
South by land the property of Veria A. Butler and running thereon
one hundred and seventeen and ten hundredths (17.10) feet West
by a road Reservation called and known as Butler Lane and running
thereon one hundred and eighteen and forty hundredths (118.40)
feet more or less.

Christopher Deveaux the Petitioner in this matter Claim to be the
owner of the unencumbered fee simple Estate in possession of the
said land have made Application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Titles Act 1959 to have this title to the said tract of land investigated
and the Nature and extent thereof determined and declared In a
Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court In accordance with
the Provisions of the Act.

Copies of the said Plan may be inspected during Normal Office
hours at the following places:-

(a) The Registry of the Supreme Court
In the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence

(b) Collie & Collie Chambers
Saffrey Square,
Suite 104B, First Floor
Bank Lane Nassau, In the City of
Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower or a right
to Dower or any Adverse Claim or a Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall 6n or before the ... day of... 2006 file in the Supreme
Court in the City of Nassau aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner
a Statement of Claim in the Prescribed form verified by an
affidavit..... to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file
and serve a Statement of Claim on or before the.. ..Day of ...2006
will operate as a bar to such claim.

C(etitilohei Dereaux
Petitioner


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THE TRIBUNE,


PAGE 4B, MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006






MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006, PAGE 5B


THE TRIBUNE


'Strong Buy'




rating on





Consolidated




Water


* By NEIL HARTNELL
Tribune Business Editor
A WALL Street brokerage
has "reiterated" its 'Strong
Buy' rating and $34 target
price for Consolidated Water,
as the firm's 2006 second quar-
ter revenues came in 13 per
cent ahead of estimates at $9.6
million, compared to $8.5 mil-
lion in 2005.
Michael Gaugler, an analysts
with Brean, Murray, Carret &
Co, described Consolidated
Water's results as "impres-
sive", with its second quarter
earnings per share meeting
analysts' consensus forecast of
$0.20.
Sales
He said: "Retail water sales
remained strong, 5 per cent
above our estimate, as did bulk
water sales, 20 per cent above
our estimate.
"Blue Hills is now fully oper-
ational, and the company will
now selectively begin adding
capacity within the rest of its
system while looking for new
opportunities. Of all the com-
panies in our resources cover-
age, Consolidated Water has.
the best five-year growth
prospects."


The company, whose
Bahamian Depository
Receipts (BDRs) are listed on
the Bahamas International
Securities Exchange (BISX),
saw higher bulk water margins
boost its bottom line perfor-
mance, Mr Gaugler said.
Months
For the three months to
June 30, 2006, Consolidated
Water's net income rose by 70
per cent to $2.522 million or
$0.20 per diluted share, com-
pared to $1.481 million or $0.12
per diluted share the year
before.
Total revenues rose by 47
per cent to $9.6 million, com-
pared to $6.6 million in the
2005 second quarter.
Bulk water sales were up to
$4.3 million, compared to $2.9
million the year before. Bulk
water gross margins increased
to 28 per cent, compared to 19
per cent the year before.
For the first six months of
its fiscal 2006, Consolidated
Water's net income was up 96
per cent at $5.6 million or $0.44
per diluted share, compared to
$2.855 million or $0.24 per
diluted share.
Total revenues were ahead
by 50 per cent at $18.9 million,


compared to $12.6 million.
"We are currently in discus-
sions involving potential new
water projects in a number of
countries where naturally
occurring water supplies are
scarce.
"While the 'sales cycles' for
such new projects are often
longer than we would like, we
remain confident in the growth
opportunities that will be pre-
sented to Consolidated over
the next several years," said
Rick McTaggart, the compa-
ny's president and chief exec-
utive.
"The 43 per cent increase in
second quarter retail sales pri-
marily reflected increased
demand for potable water in
Grand Cayman, particularly in
our Seven Mile Beach service
area, where tourist-related
activities have recovered from
prior-year levels that were neg-
atively impacted by Hurricane
Ivan.
Opening
"Also, the opening of a
major new hotel and golf
course project (the Ritz Carl-
ton) and a number of new con-
dominiums along Seven Mile
Beach have increased demand
for water in the area."


B I1


p CEWATERH oUsEOPERS
invites applications from qualified
Bahamians for the position of:
Administrative Assistant, Internal Accounting
Role
As a key member of the Finn's internal accounting department, the administrative assistant provides primary operational
and support services for the preparation of the Finn's financial information. The individual performing 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
* 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
PricewaterhouseCoopers
P.O.Box N-3910
Providence House
East Hill Street
Nassau, The Bahamas
PHONE CALL INQUIRIES WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED








.
SThe property is 10,436 sq.
S i ft. and comprises a 2 Bed
r 's .. 2 Bath, Living, Dinning
Room & Kitchen all in
Sone and is located
within 5 minutes walk
E e from the beach.
o Gross floor area 961 sq. ft.



For conditions of sale and any other information, please contact;
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit
at: 5020929 or 356-1608 Nassau, Bahamas
Interested persons should submit offers in writing addressed to:
The Commercial Credit Collection Unit, P.O. Box N-7518, Nassau, Bahamas
to reach us before September 25, 2006.




BAHAMAS ELECTRICITY CORPORATION
EXTERNAL VACANCY NOTICE











GRADUATE ENGINEERS


The Bahamas Electricity Corporation invites applications for Graduate
Engineers in the fields of Mechanical & Electrical Engineering.

For direct entry into a two-year BEC Engineer-In-Training Programme,
applicants iust have the minimum qualification of a Bachelors Degree in
Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, from an accredited University with a
grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

As BEC supplies and maintains electricity throughout the Commonwealth of
the Bahamas, candidates who successfully complete the Engineer in Training
Programme, may be posted in the New Providence and or the Family Islands
Operations which will be based on the Corporation's manpower needs.

Application forms can be collected from BEC's Head Office located at Blue
Hill and Tucker Roads, Nassau Bahamas. Family Island applicants can also
collect these forms from their local BEC office in their respective districts.
Applications should be returned completed with all the supporting
documentation to:

The Manager Human Resources & 'Taining
P.O.Box N-7509


A prominent rapidly growing New

Providence based wholesale distributor is

looking to fill the important position of Sales

Division Manager. The candidates for the

position should have the following
credentials.


* Must be Bahamian.

* No less than 5 years experience in Sales.

* Good organization skills

* No less than 3-5 years of Management

Experience

* Willing to work in the field and travel.

* Familiar with trade accounts in New

Providence and the rest of the Bahamas.

* Must be computer literate with a command

of Microsoft Office.

* Must be able to develop sales analysis

reports & answer correspondence

Associates or Bachelors Degree would be

.beneficial.




Applicants can mail their resumes to:


Attn: VP of Marketing
P.O. Box N-131
Nassau, Bahamas


Blue Hill & Tucker Roads
Nassau, Bahamas


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JOB DESCRIPTION i
Reports to the Chief Financial Officer & CEO
Maintain general ledgers to preserve the integrity
and accuracy of financial Statements.
Assist in the preparation of financial statements. . ." .'.". ..'
Maintain accounting files, and analyze accounting
records
Special projects as needed
Perform other related duties as necessary, including
general clerical duties as related to position
Any other duties assigned
JOB REQUIREMENTS
Associate degree in Accounts or 5 years
experience.
Must be mature, enthusiastic, able to work with
little to no supervision and willing to learn
Computer literate
Good organization.and communication skills a
must
Strong written and verbal communication skills c
Excellent work ethic and attitude (team spirit)
Must be detail-oriented.

Interested persons niust submit a resume to the
following address no later than August 31, 2006:

Human Resources Department INTERNATIONAL Air Transport tion, before spreading out to review access The, Government had contracted with
Association (IATA) consultants arrived in areas, crisis management and other critical IATA to ensure Bahamian compliance
P.O.Box CB-11444 the Bahamas last week to work with gov- matters at various Family Island airports with international standards imposed fol-
Nassau, Bahamas ernment officials on improving airport and Sir Lynden Pindling International Air- lowing the September 11 attacks, andthe
'Email:kkerr@wemcosecutlty.com or rax: 325-6175 security. port. Once IATA's recommendations are contract coincidentally took effect at the
Part of the LATA team met with officials implemented, significant upgrades will be same time as the latest airline scare involv-
fromrri the Ministry of Trailsport & Avia- inspected by aviation regulators. ing the alleged terror plot in London.


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fiPICTET
1805
PICTET BANK & TRUST LIMITED

Invites qualified applicants for the following position:-


GLOBAL CUSTODY ASSISTANT

REQUIRED SKILLS:-

-Strong supervisory and organisational skills.
-Excellent administration skills.
-Commitment to excellent customer service.
-Excellent oral and written communication skills.
-Ability to work under pressure and to meet strict deadlines.


EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:-

-Bachelors degree in Business/Finance
-Series 7 (international) or equivalent qualification.
-Knowledge of another language would be an asset.
-Working knowledge of investment instruments.
-Ability to manage money market, forex and trading desks.
-Excellent knowledge of corporate actions and settlements.
-At least seven (7) years Private Banking experience.
-Proficiency in a variety of software applications including
Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

ABSOLUTELY NO TELEPHONE CALLS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Please
send Resume and two (2) references to:


The Human Resources Manager
Bayside Executive Park
P. O. Box 4837
Nassau, Bahamas


Offices in
Lausanne, Geneva, Zurich, Luxembourg, London, Montreal, Nassau,
Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong


SECRETARIAL POSITION


The Professional Engineer's board has an

immediate opening for one Secretary/

Administrative Assistant.



Minimum Requirements:

* High School Diploma, however, an Associates Degree
is preferred with a minimum experience of two years
working in a similar environment.
* Strong oral and written communication skills.
* Ability to multi task and keep organized records in a
dynamic environment,
* Demonstration of professionalism an courteousness in
answering telephone calls and interacting with
members of the general public and technical
professions.
* Progressive and reponsive personality a plus.
* Basic familiarity with the Engineer's Act 2004 a plus
but not required.

Qualified persons should reply with resume, cover letter, and three
references to:


csb@coralwave.com or;
The Professional Engineer's Board
P.O.Box N-3817
Nassau, N. P.,Bahamas


The Professional Engineer's Board is an Equal
Opportunity Employer


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MONDAY, AUGUST 21, 2006, PAGE 7B


Securities Act reforms




set to have 'equivalent'




impact to bank changes


FROM page 1B

to the Securities Industry Act,
the law that regulates the
Bahamian capital markets and
investment funds sector, were
required to keep up with the
evolution of this nation's capi-
tal markets.
"Given the growth and evo-
lution, the sophistication of the
local markets, we're seeing
more mergers and acquisitions,
expansions, newer forms of
funding for take over, and
more of the public involved as
investors," Mr Smith said;
"We need to have a legisla-
tive framework that can
account for the kinds of busi-
ness we're seeing, the activi-
ties we're seeing in the local
capital markets, and propel the
Bahamas further forward in its
financial services industry, par-
ticularly on the domestic side."
Mr Smith likened the impact
of the proposed 'Securities
Industries Act reforms to the
Banks and Trust Companies
Regulations Act 2000, which
added regulation to the licens-
ing functions of the former
Banks Act that it replaced.
The minister said: "It's kind
of equivalent to when we
brought in the Banks and Trust
Companies Regulations Act
2000 to replace the Banks Act.
"I think a similar thing will
happen with the securities
industry."
Mr Smith said the Securities
Commission and a Canadian
consultant were working on
reforms to the Securities Indus-


try Act, and he was now "wait-
ing for a draft document, and
then it will be taken to Cabinet
for assent". .
"The new legislation will
potentially modernise the Act
in terms of protection ol
minority shareholders, trans-
parency and corporate gover-
nance issues," Mr Smith said.
In an June 2006 interview
with The Tribune, he had dec-
sribed the existing Securities
Industries Act as "woefully
inadequate". The capital mar-
kets industry has long called
for it to be reformed, arguing
that it 'lacks teeth' in terms ol
the regulatory and enforce-
ment powers provided to the
Securities Commission.
The industry believes the
Act fails to provide adequate
protection and safeguards for
minority shareholder rights,
and is not tough enough to
compel Bahamian publicly-list-
ed companies on transparen-
cy, when making disclosures
on material events or changes.
Concerns over adequate
protection for minority share-
holders in the Bahamian mar-
ket have sharpened in recent
weeks as a result of the $54
million purchase of Winn-Dix-
ie's 78 per cent stake in
Bahamas Supermarkets by the
BSL Holdings investor group.
The remaining 22 per cent
stake in Bahamas Supemarkets
will remain traded publicly on
the Over-the-Counter
exchange, but the minority
shareholders are now investors
in a different company to the
one run by Winn-Dixie.


Under the latter, Bahamas
SSupermarkets had no debt, but
SBSL Holdings has secured the
$26 million commercial bank
Sloan it required to fund its pur-
Schase on Bahamas Supermar-
Skets' assets. This means that
the minority shareholders are
now investors in a company
that is suddenly carrying a $26
million debt load.
This experience will be
familiar to investors in the for-
Smer Global Bahamas. They
once held 49 per cent of the
Company, but since the then-,
Colina Insurance Company
Purchased the majority 51 per
cent for $12 million in 2003,
their company has since mor-
phed into Colinalmperial
Insurance Company through
two further acquisitions. In
r addition, their shareholding
has been diluted.
There are no'statutory pro-
visions regulating takeovers of
public companies in the
Bahamas, particularly those
where there are large majority
shareholdings, and one source
told The Tribune that the Gov-
ernment and regulators should
"move as quickly as possible
to get those [takeover] codes
on the book".
The Securities Commission
is understood to be recom-
mending that in the event of a
deal like the Bahamas Super-
markets transaction, the pur-
chaser should either offer the
same terms to the minority
shareholders as to the majority,
or issue the minority share-
holders with a call option.
The latter would allow them
to buy more shares in the com-
pany at a particular price, with-
in a specific time period.
: This second option would be
especially useful if the pur-
chaser of a majority stake was
unable to raise the financing
to buy out the minority as well.
The Bahamian capital mar-
kets will soon face another sit-
uation similar to the Coli-
na/Global and Bahamas
Supermarkets acquisitions, giv-
en that Mirant is planning to
sell its controlling 55 per cent
stake in Grand Bahama Power
Company.
The other 45 per cent stake
is held by the Bahamian public
and institutional investors
through the BISX-listed ICD
Utilities vehicle.
Meanwhile, The Tribune
understand that concerns
remain in the business com-
munity about the way in which
Barbados Shipping & Trading
became involved, in the BSL
Holdings transaction.


The Barbadian company is
BSL's operating/management
partner for Bahamas Super-
markets, and has made a $10
million unsecured loan to help
finance the acquisition. A sim-
ilar method, this time involving
$6 million, has been used by
Banks (Barbados) Breweries
in the Caribbean Bottling
Company takeiver.
Given that Barbados Ship-
ping & Trading has two Board
seats on BSL Holdings, some
believe its unsecured loan is
no more than disguised equity,
although this has been denied
by BSL. The Barbados firm
will still have to apply to the
Investments Board and Cabi-
net to convert its loan into
equity within three years,
should BSL give it that option.
Yet some believe the unse-
cured loan device was used to
circumvent, perfectly legally,
the need for Barbados Ship-
ping & Trading's involvement
to be approved beforehand by
the Government. Only if loans
from foreign companies are
secured by Bahamas-based
assets does,the National Eco-
nomic Council (NEC) need to
become involved.
Mr Smith told The Tribune
that Barbados Shipping &
Trading's involvement still
raised policy issues for the
Government, given that the
company would operate in an
area of the economy suppos-
edly reserved for Bahamian
ownership only under the
National Investment Policy.
He added that Barbados
Shipping & Trading's person-
nel who worked in the
Bahamas would also require
work permits from the Depart-
ment of Immigration.


ASSISTANT
ACCOUNTANT NEEDED

EXPERIENCED IN:
COMPUTERIZED
ACCOUNTING PROCEDURES AND
GENERATION OF FINANCIAL
REPORTS.
SEND RESUME TO N-1530




HELP WANTED IM MEDIA TEL Y

Administrative Assistant
We have an immediate need for and individual seeking a challenging career
as an Administrative Assistant. The position involves a variety of duties in a
great work environment. Detailed-oriented, good organizational skills and the
ability to multi-task will be keys to success in this dynamic organization. Will be
responsible for supporting the CEO. The ideal candidate will be highly polished
and who has excellent communications skills and grammatical skills, and will
have a high level of interaction with clients. This is a high visibility position
that requires a solid back ground as an Executive Assistant. If you have a great
personality and are interested in this position, apply today. Knowledge of MS
Word, Excel and Access required. Typing 80-160 wpm and 3-5 years experience
a plus.
Research Officer
Must have a solid appreciation of the geography and history of The Bahamas
and possess a proven record in research and the ability to present research in
written reports in a professional and timely manner.
Field Manager
A hands-on administrator with a back ground in building construction. Ability to
read plans and supervise on site construction teams. Must be willing to travel to
Family Islands to oversee projects.

Project Officer
This candidate will coordinate analysis and make recommendations to the
management and client on feasibility of projects. Must have a background
in determining strengths and weaknesses of projects and make necessary
recommendations for corrective action or enhancing project strengths.
Client Relations Agents
Must possess a strong back ground in marketing, with emphasis on sales and
public relations. The successful candidate will be required to make presentations
to the company's current and potential clients and must be able to effectively sell
the company's products and services. Experience in marketing retail, financial
services and real estate is a plus.
Retail Sales Representativest
Must have experience working in a retail establishment. Must be articulate, like
people, and have a strong back ground in customer relations. Experience in the
hardware and furniture business will be a plus.
Please send your resume with remuneration requirements to arrive not later than
September 1, 2006 to:

Human Resources Department
S .: .. P.O. BovN-7799 .-; .-: ---
Nassau, N.P., Bahamas


NOTICE OF NEW CHAMBERS


This is our Move...

Whats YoursP

Introducing....



.N-CELLORS

HA M B E RS


Addre'-s:
Saman 3 Hill
14 Village Road (North)
P.O. Box N-495.Q
Nassau, Pahmlnas


Telephone/Fax:
[24 2 394-1823
[242] 394-1824


Web site:
www.ccsbahamas.com.
info@ccsbahamas.com


We are pleased to announce the
establishment of Chancellors Chambers,
Counsel & Attorneys-at-La ,; a full service
commercial law firm at Samana Hill, 14
Village Road (North).


The attorneys of Chancellors Chambers
are, Kenred M.A. Dorsett (Partner), Lori
Nelson, Merrit Storr and Richette
Percentie. Other members of our staff are
Ms. Denise Cartwright, Ms. Kaylyn
Fisher, Ms. Kayla Smith, Ms. Tameka
Role, Ms. Marvia Thomas, Ms. Renell
Coleby and Mrs. Ruthnell Edgecombe.


Partner: Kenred M. A. Dorsett
Associates: Merrit A. Storr
Lori C. Nelson I Richette C. Percentie


LEGAL NOTICE


NOTICE

ST. EDMUND'S HOLDINGS LTD


NOTICE is hereby given that in accordance with Section
137 (6) of the International Business Companies Act,
2000 (No. 45 of 2000) ST. EDMUND'S HOLDINGS
LTD. is in Dissolution. The date of commencement of
dissolution was the 15th day of August, 2006. MELANIE
MOXEY and PORTIA SMITH of Nassau, Bahamas
are Liquidators of ST. EDMUND'S HOLDINGS LTD.


MELANIE MOXEY AND PORTIA SMITH
Liquidators


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

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

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

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

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

Please email your resume to hr@gem.bs


BUSINESS I


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PAGE 8B. MONDAY. AUGUST 21. 2006


Royal Oasis purchase waits on title search


FROM page 1B

He denied claims reported
on the Internet that he or
someone sharing his name -
had once been involved in
arms dealing.
World Investment Holdings'


Bahamian partner is Lawrence
Chisholm & Associates, an
architectural and planning firm
based on Elizabeth Avenue in
Nassau. The company will be
the lead architect and planner
in the investors' bid to revive
the Royal Oasis, once the deal
is closed.


HORNISSAF INC.

(In Voluntary Liquidation)



Notice is hereby given that the above-
named Company is in dissolution,
which commenced on the 5th day
of March 2004. The Liquidators are
Shavonne Rolle and Cordelia Fernander,
P. 0. Box N-7757 Nassau, Bahamas.




(Liquidators)




EQUITORIAL

INVESTMENTS

LIMITED

(In Voluntary Liquidation)

Notice is hereby given that the above-
named Company is in dissolution, which
commenced on the 16th day of August
2006. The Liquidators are
Argosa Corp. Inc., P. O. Box N-7757
Nassau, Bahamas.

ARGOSA CORP. INC.
(Liquidators)




COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS 2000
IN THE SUPREME COURT NO. 16
Equity Side

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Mervin Deveaux and Mavis
Deveaux

IN THE MATTER of all that piece parcel or lot of land Situate on
the Northern side of Joe Farrington Road and South of Pine Yard
Road and west of Fox Hill Road in the Eastern District of the
Island of New Providence and being positions of Sandilands
Allotments numbers 33 and 34 respectively and Bounded as
follows:- On the North by other portions of Sandilands Allotment
number 34 and running Thereon ninety-nine and thirty-four
hundredths feet (99.34) on the East by a thirty (30) foot wide Road
Reservation and running thereon one hundred and ninety-nine and
ninety-seven hundredths (199.97) feet on the South by Joe Farrington
Road and running thereon one hundred and forty-five hundredths
(100.45) feet and.on the West by other portion of Sandilands
Allotment number .34 and running thereon two hundred and two
and three hundredths (202.03) feet.

Mervin Deveaux and Mavis Deveaux, the Petitioners in this matter
Claim to be the owner of the unencumbered fee simple Estate in
possession of the said land have made Application to the Supreme
Court ofthe Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have this Title to the said tract of
land investigated and the Nature and extent thereof determined
and declared In a Certificate of Title to be granted by the Court In
accordance with the Provisions of the Act.

COPIES of the said Plan may be inspected during Normal Office
hours at the following places:-

(c) The Registry of the Supreme Court In the City of Nassau
in the Island of New Providence

(d) Collie & Collie Chambers
Saffrey Square,
Suite 104B, First Floor
Bank Lane Nassau, in the City of
Nassau in the Island of New
Providence, Bahamas

NOTICE is hereby given that any person having Dower or a right
to Dower or any Adverse Claim Or a Claim not recognized in the
Petition shall on or before the ... date of... 2006 file in the Supreme
Court in the city of Nassau aforesaid and serve on the Petitioner
a Statement of Claim in the Prescribed form verified by an Affidavit
... to be filed therewith. Failure of any such person to file and serve
a statement of Claim on or before the ... Day of... 2006 will Operate
as a bar to such claim.

Mervin Deveaux and Mavis Deveaux Petitioners


"We have done seven
months' work to get to this
point, and are very pleased to
be in Freeport," Mr Moghani
told The Tribune yesterday.
He added that the investors
planned to re-open the Towers
and casino at the Royal Oasis
in seven months, drawing in
what was described as "a new
system of construction" to
achieve this.
World Investment Holdings
planned to "fix" the Towers
and casino, and have them
"ready as soon as possible".
The Towers contain 386 room
units, and Mr Moghani said the
investors planned to add at
least 200 rooms and make an
initial investment of $170 mil-
lion.
"We want to convert it to a
five-star," Mr Moghani said.
"We're going to make a good
investment, putting in a water
park. We want to make the
town alive."
World Investment Holdings
"wants to use as many
Bahamian as possible", both
as contractors, service
providers and employees.
He added that World Invest-
ment Holdings and its
investors had been attracted
to the Royal Oasis because it
was an investment opportunity.
When asked why they would


take on the Royal Oasis, which
had been closed for two years
following Hurricanes Frances
in September 2004, and has the
reputation of being a troubled
property, Mr Moghani said: "I
love trouble. I'm a trouble
solver."
He explained that he had
encountered problems at
hotels in Argentina, in loca-
tions such as Buenos Aires and
Mendoza, and dealt with them.
When the Royal Oasis
closed, its operator, Driftwood
(Freeport), had left liabilities
of at least $22 million. Much
of that money, some $16 mil-
lion, was owed in casino taxes.
However, the resort also
owed the hotel pension funds
$4.1 million as at January 2005,
and other creditors included
the Grand Bahama Port
Authority Group of Compa-
nies, Grand Bahama Power,
the National Insurance Board
(NIB), and private companies
on Grand Bahama.
Mr Moghani yesterday said
World Investment Holdings
would negotiate with the
remaining creditors to solve
the issue.
He added that the remain-
ing debts would be settled
jointly by themselves and,
Lehman Brothers, adding:
"We're going to work together


to solve it. We agreed to pay
some part of it."
Mr Moghani said the Gov-
ernment was in agreement
with their plans, and it is
understood that all issues relat-
ing to the hotel and casino
licences the new investors will
need have been dealt with.
World Investment Holdings
was a late entrant into the race
to purchase the Royal Oasis,
emerging at a New York auc-
tion to offer a $42.5, million
bid, the joint highest with the
Canadian-based Barlow
Group.
Group
Barlow Group subsequently
lost interest and withdrew, and
World Investment Holdings'
offer also beat out the lower
$30 million rival bid by Har-
court Developments, the Irish-
owned property developer.
An eight-month timeframe
to get the Royal Oasis at least
partially open is likely to be
critical for the Government, as
this would coincide with the
period April-May 2007, when
it is likely to call a general elec-
tion. Several sources have
described this timeframe as an
"impossibility", though.
Long-term, The Tribune has
been informed that World


Investment Holdings plans to
transform the existing Royal.
Oasis properties into a resort'
that targets the convention
business, exploiting the Con-
vention Tax break that the.
Bahamas received from the US':
government in return for sign-"
ing a Tax Information
Exchange Agreement (TIEA)
with Washington in 2006.
Apart from transforming the',
existing property, the Florida- i
led group is also mulling the,
construction of a new:
hotel/casino on the waterfront, "
a project that could cost up to
$500 million. The Tribune,
understands that the Hotel'.
Corporation of the Bahamas,
is especially keen on such a'
development.
The Royal Oasis closure in
2004, following Hurricane, '.
Frances and Jeanne, put about,:
1,200 hotel staff out of work;
cutting Grand Bahama's room
inventory by one third anid
increased unemployment on;
the island to over 11 per cent. '
The effects of more that
1,000 workers losing their jobs
have been felt by the entirely
Grand Bahama economy, with
the resort's closure hitting the
International Bazaar especial-:
ly hard, since the majority of its
customers were Royal Oasis
guests..


A Market Leading, Highly Succesful
Restaurant Seeks Applications From
Qualified Individuals For Positions Of
Servers, Bussers, Host, Hostess And Line
Cooks.


Applicants Must Have Some Experience
In Hospitality, Food And Beverage
Knowledge, Along With Strong Customer'.
Service.


Interested Persons Should Come In To,
The Restaurant And Fill Out An,
Application At Our Location Charlotte St.
North, Bay St.


Hard Rock Cafe
Charlotte Street North
Downtown Nassau.





NOTICE

IN THE ESTATE OF ALLISON
TEMPLE WANAMAKER
LATE OF THE COUNTY OF
KING IN THE STATE OF
WASHINGTON, U.S.A., deceased



NOTICE is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against or
interest in the above referenced Estate
are required to send same duly certified
in writing to the undersigned on or
before 2nd October, 2006 after which
date the Personal Representative will
proceed to distribute the assets of the
Estates having regard only to the claims,
demands or interests of which she shall
then have had notice.




FREDERICK F. GOTTLIEB & CO.
Attorney for the Personal Representative
Bay Street
P.O. Box AB-20405
Abaco, The Bahamas
Ref: Estate of Allison Temple Wanamaker .


2004 CLE/QUI/00593

COMMONWEALTH OF THE BAHAMAS

IN THE SUPREME COURT

COMMON LAW AND EQUITY DIVISION

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

AND

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959

AND

IN MATTER of the Petition of OWEN BETHEL

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

"ALL THAT piece parcel or lot of land containing 37.473
acres situate on Queen's Highway in the vicinity of Great
Oyster Pond and approximately 2.7 miles Southwardly of
Governor's Harbour, Eleuthera, one of the Islands of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas."

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

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

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

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

SEARS & CO.
Attorney for the Petitioner

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Call for new passports tender


FROM page 1B


tific tes and permit to reside
certificates".
Automated issuance systems
were required for.all those doc-
uments, and sources told The
Tribune that what the Bahamas
was seeking would have cost
$20 trillion and upwards, impos-
ing further strain on the
already-tight public finances.
They argued that everything the
Bahamas was seeking was not
necessary.
However, The Tribune has
been informed that the tender's
scope has been reduced to focus
on just machine readable pass-
ports and an issuing system for
them. The 2006-2007 Budget
backs this up, as it includes just
$1.7inillion in capital spending
for machine readable passports,
a major climb down from the
previous, $20 million.
However, the tender docu-
ment has changed beyond all
recognition since it was first
issued to prospective suppliers
in summer 2005. As a result,
several sources said it should
have been put out to re-bid,
with either a new tender issued
or those companies that had bid
already being invited to submit
revised offers.
The Tribune revealed last
yearthe concerns that existed
ovqr the original Request for
Proposal (RFP) document. Sev-
eral bidders argued that the
technology specified in the ten-
deiwas exclusive or proprietary
to only one bidding group, and
would therefore prevent all oth-
ersfrom responding or secur-
ingithe tender.
the Tribune understands that
ond potential bidder, Canadian
Balk Note Company, declined
to participate because of the
specific solutions the Bahami-
an tender requested. Since then,
a IS group that also included a
Baaamian partner is understood
to iave bid on the passport con-
tratt, only to have similar reser-
vations about the tender docu-
ment's quality.,
the proprietar .splutions
bel_'ngcd to one bid coosortium,


understood to feature the UK
company, De La Rue, which
currently manufactures
Bahamian passports.
De La Rue's bid partners
include Indusa, the company
that reads the Immigration
cards for the Ministry of
Tourism. Their group also
included the Malaysian compa-
ny, Iris, although that firm is no
longer thought to be part of the
bid.
One source told The Tribune:
"The tender technically shut out
all but De La Rue and Iris, due
to very obscure technical
descriptions that we picked up
on."
At one point, the tender doc-
ument requests that the suc-
cessful bidder use "secure self-
adhesive frangible De La Rue
visa paper" for the machine
readable visas.
The Ministry of Foreign
Affairs is known to dispute crit-
icisms of the tender document,
arguing that bidders were aware
that De La Rue's standards
would be used because they
were the existing supplier.
And when patented technol-
ogy was stipulated in the Ten-


der, the Ministry believes that
rival bidders could have pre-
sented alternatives or decided
to work with the company that
owned the technology.
The Tribune understands that
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
and Department of Immigra-
tion based the Bahamas'
requirements on Malaysia's e-
passport, having met with offi-
cials from this country in 2003-
2004.
The manufacturer of Malaysi-
a's e-passports is Iris, indicat-
ing that the Bahamian tender
appears to have been heavily
influenced by the technology
the company uses in the pass-
port system for its own coun-
try.
The Tribune has been told
that the Government's Tenders
Board, and the Evaluation
Committee, are set to make a
decisionon the machine-read-
able passport contract "immi-
nently".
The first tender for machine
readable passports was issued
in 2003, and response to the one
issued last year on June 8 were
due to have been received by
the Government on August 8,


2005. The passport and border
management system was sup-
posed to have been implement-
ed by June 1, 2006.
The deadline for machine-


readable passports to be imple-
mented is 2010. They will
replace the current version,
which is no longer compliant
with International Civil Avia-


tion Organisation (ICAO)
requirements.
Existing Bahamian passports
will be replaced as they come
up for renewal.


The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following
position:


CASHIER

Serves a Collection Clerk with responsibility for collecting Consular fees in accor-
dance with specific guidelines.

The position is open to candidates with the following qualifications:

A high school diploma
One year of experience in performing basic cashiering and clerical functions.
Must have a good working knowledge of an electronic cash register.

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES:

Must have the ability to identify fake monetary instruments, meet deadlines in
a timely manner and work independently with minimum supervision.

BENEFITS PROVIDED INCLUDE:

The successful candidate will be offered an excellent compensation package includ-
ing performance-based incentives, medical and dental insurance, life insurance,
pension and opportunities for training and development.

Applicants must be Bahamian citizens or U.S. citizens who are eligible for
employment under Bahamian laws and regulations.

Application forms are available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
at the security area of the American Embassy, Queen Street. Completed applica-
tions should be returned to the Embassy; addressed to the Human Resources Office
no late than Thursday, August 31, 2006.


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Tennis Center


Ph: 323-1817
East Steet

Nassau, Bahamas


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ANNOUNCEMENT: ESSAY COMPETITION

"Feeding Ourselves Securing our Rural Communities" The Voice of Youth

s agriculture dead? Will concentration on a New Agriculture change lives in the rural areas of
countries in the Caribbean? What is this New Agriculture? Will it be more attractive for young
people? Can we become more food secure? Or is it just not happening, too expensive, or not feasible
4t all?

The Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) for the Secretariat of The
Alliance for Sustainable Development of Agriculture and the Rural Milieu (The Alliance) invites
y4u to 'share your vision of a New Agriculture (Agribusiness, Agro-biodiversity, Agro-energy,
Agriculture and tourism) for future development in the rural communities of Caribbean countries.
If you
are a national of an IICA Member State (Caribbean').
i are between 14 and 25 years old
Share a member of a youth group with an interest in the development of agriculture in the
Caribbean
have ideas on how concentration on a new agriculture can help to improve youth
livelihoods, especially in the rural areas of your country

then you are encouraged to participate in The Alliance Essay Competition. Tell us in 2500 words
how you think a New Agriculture could make life better in your country, especially for young people
and what needs to be done to achieve this goal,
The Prizes
from the submissions, Fourteen (14) National and three (3) Regional winners will be chosen
and awarded prizes, which will be announced in the press. The Ist place winner at the regional
level will be invited to collect the award during the Caribbean Week of Agriculture to take place
October 02-07, 2006 in Nassau, The Bahamas. All winning entries will be published on the IICA
v6bsite.
SI Competition Rules
submissions.
n must be in English, Spanish or French
should not exceed 2,500 words
must be typed
should include your name, age, group/school affiliation (if any) and full contact
Information (home address, telephone number, e-mail address, if available)

Deadline for submission of entries: September 08, 2006. All entries must be received on or before
,that date. Winners will be announced on September 27, 2006.

'You can e-mail (preferred), fax or mail your work to:
S UnaMay Gordon
IICA Representative in the ECS
S P.O Box 1223, Castries, Saint Lucia
Phone: (758)-451-6760/61 Fax: (758)451 6774
i E-mail: iica.lc@iica.int
I,
'We welcome all essays. However, we regret that we will be unable to
acknowledge receipt of entries that do not Win one of our prizes.
Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas,... Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana,
:Haiti, Jamaica, Republica Dominicana, St. Kitts/Nevis,... Saint Lucia, St. Vincent
'and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY

MANAGER INSPECTIONS

The Securities Commission of The Bahamas, a statutory agency responsible for regulating the
Investment Funds, Securities and Capital Markets in the Bahamas through its administration of
the Securities Legislation (the Investment Funds Act, 2003 (FA) and Securities Industry Act,
1999 (SIA), is seeking candidates for the following position:

Responsibilities:
Planningi and conducting on-site inspections of registered securities market participants,
including investment fund administrators, broker-dealers, securities investment advisors,
securities changes, and public companies to determine compliance with the Securities
Legislation and Financial Transactions Reporting Act.
Identifying and reporting breaches in legislation / policies and administration practices to
Legal Counsel for enforcement.
Managing the affairs of market participants and the Inspections Department.
Providing accounting advice and support, as required, to all departments within The
Commission.

Qualifications and Experience:
Qualified Accountant with a minimum qualification of a Bachelor's degree in
Accounting or Finance (Master's degree in Accounting or Finance preferred)
5-7 years experience in auditing or public accounting
Working knowledge of the securities industry and the relevant legislation

Competencies:
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Proficient in computer skills (including Microsoft Office applications, particularly Word
and Excel)
Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail
Ability to work well independently, as well as in a team
Innovation and creativity in problem solving
Ili.lihil self-motivated with a keen interest in developing expertise in the capital markets
Ability to multi-task

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. We offer a comprehensive
benefits package. Interested candidates should forward a copy of their resume to:

MANAGER CORPORATE AFFAIRS
SECURITIES COMMISSION OF THE BAHAMAS
P. O. BOX N-8347
NASSAU, BAHAMAS
Fax: 356-7530
E-Mail: info@scb.gov.bs

Deadline for applications is September I", 2006


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The Public is hereby advised that I, ROLIMSKI LEBIEN.
Nassau Bahamas, intend to change my name to ROLIMSKI
LUBIN. If there are any objections to this change of name
by Deed Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief
Passport Officer, P.O.Box SS-19478, Nassau, Bahamas
no later than thirty (30) days after the date of publication
of this notice.




Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ANDREA MARIE POWELL, OF
VILLAGE ROAD, P. O. BOX CR 56278, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 21st day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ALEXIA MARSHA-GAYE
POWELL, OF VILLAGE ROAD, P. O. BOX CR 56278,,
NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as
a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted,
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 21st day of AUGUST, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.


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* BASKETBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE University of Massa-
chusetts Minutemen came to
town and put on a show in
their first two exhibition
games against local teams at
the DW Davis Gym over the
weekend.
In their first game on Fri-
day night, UMASS blasted the
Coca-Cola Explorers 128-59
to open their five-game road
trip in the Bahamas.
If their 69-point rout was-
n't impressive enough,
UMASS came back on Satur-
day and defeated the Police
Crimestoppers by 58 in a 135-
77 triumph.
After the victory, coach
Travis Ford said he was proud
of the way they shot the ball,
especially from the three-
point line. In fact, they out-
played the Police in every
facet of the game.
"You could see the effects
of traveling a little bit and the
effects ofga blow out last
night," he said referring to
their opener against the
Explorers. "It was good to see
these guys shoot the ball as
well as they did."
UMASS handcuffed the
Crimestoppers as Gary Forbes
pumped in a game high 31.
Brandon Thomas and
Stephane Lasme both added


23 as the Minutemen jumped
out to a quick 32-13 lead after
the first quarter and never
looked back.
They went on to build a 61-
52 halftime advantage. But it
was in the third quarter that
UMASS generated some more
energy and they used a 36-15
run to extend their insur-
mountable lead to 96-67 after
the third quarter. They went
on to post a 38-28 margin in
the fourth for the final score.
For the Crimestoppers, Cre-
to Knowles scored a side high
25. Billy Sands contributed 13,
Kerry Baker had 12 and Ken-
ny Pinder was the only other
player in double figures with
11.
The Minutemen blew out
the Explorers 128-59 on Fri-
day night as Stephane Lasme
scored a game high 23 points
and Rashaun Freeman and
Gary Forbes both added 18.
Just as they did against the
Crimestoppers, the Minute-
men had their way against the
Explorers, opening up the first
quarter with a 34-19 margin.
They led 63-38 at the half.
After the third, they were out
in front 95-49.
Tonight, the Minutemen
will take on the Rockets, on
Tuesday they will play the
Giants and on Wednesday
they will face the Shockers.
Both games have been moved
to the Loyola Hall.


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* PLAYERS from the Bajan women's volleyball leam go through a practice session on Sunday
ror the Illth CVC.


balanced team, so instead of their opponent,
trying to key one particular player they will
have the entire side to deal with.
"Players.like Matthews dominate in the attack
and serves, but we don't have any one person
who stands out like that here," he stated. "So
I'm looking forward to a more balanced team.
All the players on the team should be able to
hold their own."
Looking at the competition, Payne said
Trinidad & Tobago should be their chief rivals,
but they are not counting out the Bahamas
being at home.
And with Haiti playing in the tournament
for the first time,Payne said they should be
the dark horse. So they are not going to take any
team lightly.
Women's team captain Shonell Powler, who


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that NICOLE ANREA POWELL, OF
VILLAGE ROAD, P. O. BOX CR 56278, NASSAU, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 21st day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.



Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that TALEUS FATAL, OF 8 GOUGH
LANE, P. O. BOX F-43752, GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS,
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 21st day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Freeport, Bahamas.


Defending champs
has be n on t he lte:,m since 2104. saiJ. "E er\-
one can perform at any given ime. So you can
expect us to go out there and perform 110 per
cent and retain our crown.
"We still have some of the players from 2004
when we won the last championships, so we
feel if we work hard, we can do it again. That is
what we came here to do. We came here to
win."
If there's teams that the Bajans will be
focussing on, they will be the Bahamas and
Trinidad & Tobago, whom they have watched
before. But they are not going to rest on their
laurels against Haiti and Guadeloupe.
"We have to be prepared to play everybody
and we think we are ready for whoever come,"
she summed up.


Miuee rout

Bahamin teas in


* BASKETBALL
JAMBOREE


The Fox Hill Sporting
Association will hold a
basketball jamboree on
Freedom Park, Fox Hill
on Saturday. The event,
will start at 11 am. Inter-
ested persons can contact
Rev. Stanford Davis at
324-4444 for further infor-
mation. Refreshments will
be served during the
awards presentation cere-
mony.


* TENNIS
ROTARY TOURNEY:
The Rotary Club of
East Nassau will sponsor
a junior tennis tourna-
ment at the National Ten-
nis Centre from August,
26-31. The tournament
will organize the event, -


Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ROBERTSON ESTIMON, OF
FLAMINGO AVE. OFF FARRINGTON ROAD, P. O. BOX
SS 5951, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/
naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person
who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 21st day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.



Notice
NOTICE is hereby given that ROSELAURE CELESTIN FATAL,
OF 8 GOUGH LANE, P. O. BOX F-43752, GRAND BAHAMA,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for'
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a
citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any-
reason why registration/ naturalization should not be granted;
should send a written and signed statement of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 21st day of AUGUST, 2006 to the
Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Freeport, Bahamas.


all in the preliminaries with a
time of 2:05.03.
The day before, he com-
peted in the 100 fly where he
made the B final. Prior to
that, Knowles got into the B
final of the 400 IM and he
opened with a seventh place
finish in the 200 butterfly A
final.
As the meet come to a
close, Knowles said he's gear-
ing up to come home to relax
and recuperate with his fam-
ily before he starts his intense
training for next year.
"My next big meet is the
World Championships in
Melbourne, Australia at the
end of March," he stressed.
"So like I said a month ago at
CAC, this was going to be my
big meet for the year.
"I swam faster here than I
did at CAC. I set some goals
and I met those goals, so this
is just another stepping step
for me as I head towards the
Olympics (in Beijing, China
in 2008).
"So it's back to the training
and hopefully I would
improve on what I swam here
and also at the World Cham-
pionships next year. I just
want to continue to get faster
as I swim in more of the big-
ger meets."


* SWIMMING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
JEREMY Knowles' goal
was to go to the Pan Pacific
Swimming Championships
and close out his 2006 season
on a high note.
An appearance in the A
final and a national record
helped to make the trip to
Victoria, Canada, as the lone
Bahamian, a memorial one
for Knowles.
"I started off with a really
great swim in the 200 butter-
fly and my goal was to get
under 1 (minute) 59 (sec-
onds) and I did 1.58 twice in
one day so I was really happy
with that," he said in an inter-
view from his hotel room on
Sunday.
However, Knowles said his
swims in both the 200 and 400
individual medleys could
have been better.
"I was a little off my best,
but in meets like these, you
have your ups and downs,"
he pointed out. "So on the
whole, I think I had a really
great meet."
Knowles still had the B
final of the men's 200 IM to
compete in at the time of the
interview. He was 16th over-


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* TRACK
RELAY TEAMS
MISS FINALS
NEITHER of the
Bahamas relay teams
made it to the final in
their respective events at
the 11th IAAF World
Junior Championships in
Beijing, China over the
weekend.
The women's team of
T'Shonda Webb,
Shenique Ferguson,
Lanece Clarke and Nivea
Smith ran 45.41 seconds:
for fourth place in the sec-
ond of three heats. The
United States won the
heat in 43.67. The team
was tenth overall.
The top eight advanced,
to the final that was won- '
by the United States
.43.49.
In the men's 4 x 400
relay, the Bahamian team
of Juan Lewis, Jameson
Strachan, Jamal Butler
and Ramon Miller were- "
fifth in the first of three.-
heats in a time of 3:10.71
for 13th overall.
The top eight got into
the final that was won by
the United States in a
world leading junior time
of 3:03.76.
The Bahamas ended up
with two competitors in
the final. Rudon Bastian
was the first to qualify inj- -,
the men's long jump.
Sheniqua Ferguson .,
advanced in the women's
200. She also made the
semi-final of the 100.
E RUN
RUN/WALK RACE-
The Fox Hill Sporting-
Association will hold the -_
William 'Knucklehead' -
Johnson road race on S'a-'
urday. The event will startt'
at 7 am from the Freedoin
Park, Fox Hill and travel
onto Prince Charles Drive
to Soldier Road to
Bernard Road and bacJk-^, .
to the finish line.
A fun walk will start at
7:15 am from the location
spot and travel to Prince '..
Charles Drive to
Monastery Park Road t ,' .
Bernard Road and ending' ig
at Freedom Park.
Registration for partici-
pation in either event is' "
$10, which includes a t- '
shirt. Interested persons'
are invited to contact
Rev. Stanford Davis at.'.
324-4444 for further inf6r-
mation.







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Delendin champs ha


VOLLEYBALL
By BRENT
STUBBS
Senior Sports
Reporter
THIS will be the
first appearance for
the Haitian women's
team in six years at
the 11th Caribbean
Volleyball Champi-
onships.
And assistant coach
Duvalsant Wesley
said their goal is to
make an impact on
the international
scene.
"We really want to
get in contact with
the International Vol-
leyball Federation.
"That is why we are
here," said Wesley, in
referring to their par-
ticipation in the
championships this
week at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.
Wesley said they
really don't know
what to expect
because they haven't
competed at this-level
for a long time.
But he warned their
rivals that they will
be no pushovers.

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"We are a very
young team, but we
are here to make a
statement," he
charged. "We hope
that we will play very
well to win some
games, if we don't win
the title.
"The girls are ready
and we have done our
job to get them
ready."
Team captain
Stephanie Rebu, who
has been playing vol-
leyball for the past
seven years, said this
is the opportunity
they have been wait-
ing for and they are
going to take advan-
tage of it.
"We are ready," she
insisted. "It's going to
be a good champi-
onship for us. It's
going to be six years
since we haven't
played. So we are
really looking for-
ward to it.",
The Haitian team
have an average age
of 22, but their
youngest player is 16.
The oldest player is
30.
But hardly any of
the players have had
any international
exposure.
"We don't know the
teams, so we will wait
and see what they
have to offer," she
said.


* VOLLEYBALL
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Bajan men and women
volleyball teams are in the
Bahamas for one thing: to take
the llth Caribbean Volleyball
Championships titles back to
Barbados with them.
Despite the fact that the
Bajans traveled here without
some of their players, they have
indicated that they feel confi-
dent that the teams they have
here will be standing as cham-
pions at the end of the week-
long tournament at the Kendal
Isaacs Gymnasium.


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Barbados confident


ahead of CVC


"We basically have one or
two guys coming into the squad,
which, we had to reduce to 1Q
players because of financial con-
straints. So we don't a liberio
player," said men's head coach
Ludder Niles. "But we feel we
have sufficient players here to
still win the championship."
SHe admitted that their


strength will be in their o
players, who have form
nucleus of their team f
past few years. So he d
see it being a problem fo
at all.
Elwin Oxley, whi
anchored the Bajan men
for quite some time, ad
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led the
for the
doesn't
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's team
Imitted
ut they


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are here to play at their best.
As the.team captain, he said
they are anticipating a real push
from teams like Jamaica and
Trinidad & Tobago and the;
Bahamas as the host.
"It's always tough when you
are the defending champions,"
he insisted. "We know there are
a number of teams that we have
to watch out for, but at the end
of the day, we still feel we have
the team to beat."
As for their women's team,
head coach Paul Payne said
their goal is no easier than the
men's because they have a rep-
utation in the Caribbean to
maintain.


"Whenever you come t4Q a
tournament like this, you have
to come to defend (your title)
and that is what we are here
for," Payne stressed.
Payne, however, has noted
that because of college obliga-
tions, they will be playing with-
out at least five key players
from the last tournament.
One of them is Shari
Matthews, the CVC's two-time
most valuable player for Bar-
bados. She was unable to-get
her release from college. .
But without Matthews, Payne
said they have brought a more
SEE page 10B


* COMPETITORS chase each other in the Tour de New Pro idence C cling Championships o er Ihe weekend in the western end of the island. Lee
Farmer (far left) was the overall winner.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff)


* CYCLING
By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
DESPITE the inclement weather,
Lee Farmer completed the course fast
enough to retain his title at the annu-
al New Piovidence Cycling Associa-
tion's Tour de New Providence race.
The three stage race got started on
Saturday morning and was concluded
on Sunday with Farmer accumulat-
ing a total of two hours, 25 minutes
and 24 seconds to keep the floating
trophy in the Trophy Case sponsored
race that was held in memory of the
late Bertram 'Cowboy' Musgrove, a
long-time president. of the Bahamas
Cycling Federation.
Farmer won two of the three stages
and was tied in the other as he held
off a strong field that included Mark
Holowesko, who was second in


3:09.28 and Musgrove's son and
NPACA's president Barron 'Turbo'
Musgrove who was third in 3:11.01.
Completing the field in order were
Tim Huber in 3:12.03; Tracy Sweeting
in 3:12.35; John Cox in 3:15.46; Kevin
Richardson in 3:16.13; Robert Bethel
in 3:36.10; Mackey Williams and
Thomas Mackey in 3:38.53.
On Saturday morning, Farmer and
Sweeting got a break away together
and they stayed out front as they
crossed the finish line together in the
42-mile race to get the tour going.
Holowesko was third with Huber
fourth and Musgrove fifth, despite
catching a flat. Cox was sixth,
Richardson seventh and Bethel came
in eighth.
On Sunday morning, Farmer came
back and posted a victory in the 24-
mile race with Cox second and Huber
third. Mackey was fifth, followed by


Holowesko, Richardson, Musgrove,
Sweeting, Bethel and Mackey.
And in the timed trial that wrapped
up the series, Farner pulled off the
victory with Holowesko second and
Musgrove coming in third.
In the divisional results, Farmer
also took stage one with Musgrove
second and Cox third.
Stage II saw Huber take the victo-
ry over Richardson, while Bethel was
declared the stage II winner with
Williams second and Mackey coming
in third.
A Russell husband and wife team,
who competed for the first time, cart-
ed off the open senior men and
women titles.
The junior boys under-17 title was
won by Deangelo Sturrup. Winning
the under-14 title was Yorkell Bain
over Anthony Colebrooke,-Elisha
Knowles, Tres Smith, Emmanuel


Johnson and newcomer Theo Adder-
ley.
Justin Minnis claimed the under-
11 cadet crown, while Keishan
Williams walked away with the
Under-14 girls' honour.
As the meet director, Musgrove
said they were first of all delighted
to have hosted the event in his
father's memory. He thanked the
'Trophy Case for their sponsorship
for another year.
He also noted that they had intend-
ed to lure some newcomers out and
they felt they accomplished that feat
with the Russells, who have indicated
that they intend to continue partici-
pating.
Musgrove also said they were
pleased with the response from the
crowd, who stayed and watched the
competition despite the inclement
weather.


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