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Employees demand

govt look into alleged

poor management


Tribune Staff Reporter
EMPLOYEES at Princess
Margaret Hospital are demand-
ing that government investigate
the hospital's management staff
and "weed out" what they claim
are "the bad apples that are
staining the facility's reputa-
The Tribune has received
calls from concerned staff at
PMH over the past week.
The employees say they want
a thorough inspection of the
institution in the hope that "the
truth" will be revealed about
alleged poor management, bad
organisational skills and mis-
treatment of patients.
The radiology department
has been pinpointed as an area
of concern. Sources claim the
department is very inefficient.
"There is a serious problem
in the radiology department.
Honestly, the X-ray department
is very productive but the radi-
ology department is not. I real-
ly don't understand how this
can be when the two depart-
ments are joined.
"Many times the files are so
disorganised, they hold off a
patient from being seen by a
doctor and this causes a back-up
in the processing of patients,"
an employee claimed.
"Radiology needs the most
work when it comes to fixing
the problems that contribute to
the hospital's unsuccessful
results. Some patients have to
wait as long as six months to be
examined or receive an ultra-

sound," said another.
Tp confirm reports made
against the hospital s radiology
department. I called to schedule
a routine peltic examinatnlon,
but was unsuccessful. The nurse
who took m\ call told me that I
would not be able to hate an
ultrasound done until the last
week in Deccilmber .oi th: Ilirt
week in Janu.ii, i.', nc\it scar
However. she ad. Sced me to
complete an application form
and deliver it to the department
so that I can reserve m\
appointment for the scheduled
The hospital's administration
is being called upon b\ emplo. -
ees to improt e \ork conditions
at the facilit..
The hospital's lack of effi-
ciency and organlsationai skills
can result in man\ disasters if
something is not done quickly
to correct the problems, the\
"With a disease like breast
cancer, which spreads t:ist. the
hospital's radiology department
should make a huge effort to
examine persons \\ho believe
that they ma\ be infected b\
the disease. B\ doing this. \\e
can prevent a problem before
it even occurs," said a third
"Another problem we have
here at PMH are some of the
foreign doctors. Because the
Bahamas lacks persons who are
qualified in medicine, the gov-
ernment has to bring in for-
eigners to get the job done,

SEE page nine

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Expected tropical storm

'sho uld be monitored'

BAHAMIANS should monitor what is expected to
become a fourth tropical storm although it is not projected
to affect the country, a local meteorologist told The Tribune
According to Godfrey Burnside of the Department of
Meteorology, the system formed southeast in the Cape
Verde Islands Monday afternoon, and is moving west-
north-west at 17 miles per hour.
The projected path takes it east of the Bahamas, but he
said there is a possibility that it could turn and affect the
Over the next 24-48 hours, it is expected to take a north-
western turn when it will become tropical storm "Debby."
"Since Monday morning, the depression had maximum
sustained winds of 35 miles per hour with gusts of 45 miles
per hour," he said.
Mr Burnside explained that late August through the
month of September is the busiest period of the Atlantic
hurricane season, but there is always a possibility for storms
to form after that period.
Meanwhile, with the recent start of the hurricane season
Mr Burnside asked the public to take necessary precautions
in the event of any major new developments.

of cruise line
is extended
FREEPORT The acquisi-
tion of Discovery Cruise Line
by Bahamian-owned Global
United Limited has been
extended to later in the year.
According to a press release,
Global United is still in the
process of purchasing the cruise
line, which is based in Florida.
Earlier this year, the compa-
ny had made a announcement
that the acquisition was expect-
ed to be completed by the end
of the summer.
According to the company,
the due diligence process is still
not completed. The company
said it will make an announce-
ment about the revised com-
pletion date.
Captain Jackson Ritchie, the
owner of the company,
announced in June that he was
SEE page nine


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Tribune Staff Reporter
TWO tourists were injured
yesterday afternoon in
another jet-ski accident to
occur off Paradise Island.
Information was still
sketchy at press time last
night, however first reports
indicated that a man and
woman each driving a jet
ski collided with one anoth-
er in the waters off Cabbage
Speaking with The Tribune
last night, press liaison officer
Inspector Walter Evans said
that the two tourists were
immediately rushed to
Princess Margaret Hospital
by the'emergency medical
services on Paradise Island.
"Right now all we know,
is that the two people were
treated for their injuries and
later on discharged," he said.

SEE page nine


(purists injured in jet-ski accidentr




STEmissions contrce caromise

is not delivered once again an
accident yesterday
on Nassau Street
(Photo: Fellpe
Major/Tribune staff)
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Emissions control promise

is not delivered once again

The government has once
again defaulted on a promise to
create vehicle emissions regu-
lations despite its continued
assurances of its regard for the,
As a result, according to a
United Nations report, the pub-
lic is being exposed to harmful
At the end of May, environ-
mental health officials issued
the latest in a long line of assur-
ances on the issue, saying that
an order for emissions testing
equipment for cars, buses and
trucks would be placed within
two months.
At that time, director of envi-

ronment and health services
Ron Pinder told The Tribune
that an order would be placed
for the necessary emissions test-
ing facilities "by the end of the
budget cycle" June 30, 2006.
This commitment followed
the broken assurance given in
December 2004 that every-
thing would be in place for test-
ing to begin by early 2006.
However, Mr Pinder admit-
ted yesterday that the govern-
ment has yet to place any equip-
ment orders. When asked when
they would be placed, he said
he would have to look into the
So long as there is no equip-
ment to test emissions levels,
regulations to safeguard the air

and environment from harmful
vehicular discharges of com-
pounds such as CO2 remain a
long way off and black sooty
clouds of emissions will contin-
ue as a regular feature of life
on the Bahamian streets.
Members of the public con-
tinue to complain about the
Downtown merchants blame
the "thick black smoke" for
dirtying the fronts of their stores
and potentially off-putting
tourists. Environmental organ-
isations such as reEarth criti-
cise the harm it does to the
A 2005 report on the state of
the environment in the
Bahamas, funded by the United

Nations Environmental Protec-
tion (UNEP) department,
found that the major constituent
of greenhouse gases in the
Bahamas is CO2 primarily
from transportation and elec-
tricity production.
The compounds that are
emitted from vehicles are
known to be contributing fac-
tors in respiratory problems and
cancer rates.
Regulations are in place in
most other countries in the
western hemisphere to ensure
that vehicles which produce
high levels of pollutants are not
on the streets.
As it stands, the government
has created several pieces of
draft legislation on environ-

mental protection and reg-
ulation including an
National Environmental
Policy, which declares that
the government recognizes
"the need for a healthy and
safe environment".
This document recognizes
clean air as being "essential
to the health and social
well-being of its citizens."

Concern over delay of Bay Street development

Tribune Staff Reporter
BAHAMIANS are still
awaiting the creation of:"one
of the most attractive harbour
cities in the hemisphere" as
promised by the government.
The Tribune spoke to sev-
eral members of the public
about the presentation of the
'master plan' for the redevel-
opment of Bay Street in Feb-
ruary of this year.
According to several retail-
ers, there has not yet been
any effort to move the con-
tainers ports located on east
Bay Street.
According to one, the
stacks of containers continue
to strip "Nassau's most valu-
able real estate property" of
its beauty.
East of the shipping area
lies an old dock, demolished
many years ago by a storm.
Business owners pointed
out that there is a problem in
that area with packs of stray
"I think something needs
to be done about these dogs
because they are becoming a
big problem and a turn-off to
consumers. It has gotten so

bad that when you run.the
dogs they just stand still and
stare at you as if you're not
speaking to them," says Shi-
anne Demeritte, a downtown
store owner.
Nonetheless, some local
entrepreneurs of the East Bay
street area say they have
patience with the government
because the removal of the
containers requires time,
money and an alternative
"I am very understanding
regarding this matter, because
some people just rush things
and don't understand that a
project as big as this requires
patience and a lot of work
from many different people,"
said an employee of Tropical
Mr Charles Klonaris, chair-
man of the Nassau Tourism
and Development Board said
that the project is in progress
and the board is just awaiting
a report from a task force
which is now heading the pro-
He stated that he would not
be able to provide any infor-
mation concerning the pro-
ject until he receives a report
from the task force in Sep-

0 In brief

Call made

for scripts

for film


ALL Bahamian filmmaker's
are invited to submit their
scripts or treatments for free to
the Bahamas International Film
The deadline is September
15, 2006.
Last year, the Bahamian par-
ticipants were Kareem Mor-
timer, Maria Govan, Bernard
Petite, Kevin Taylor, Moya
Thompson and Gustavius
Scripts are to be submitted
to: Bahamas -International Film
Festival, PO Box SS-6287, Nas-
sau, Bahamas.

Cuba says

US making

new effort

of spying
CUBA said Tuesday that the
United States hopes to desta-
bilize the communist country
and its ally Venezuela through a
new spying effort, according to
Associated Press.
"They are moving forward
very quickly in their destabi-
lization plans," the Communist
Youth daily Juventud Rebelde
"The war is very seriously
under way in its intent to inter-
vene, alter and destroy the two
revolutions that committed the
horrible sin of serving as exam-
ple an entire continent," the
newspper said.
U.S. National Intelligence
Director John Negroponte said
Friday that he was creating a
"mission manager" for Cuba
and Venezuela to oversee the
American spy community's
efforts to collect and analyze
intelligence on the two coun-
Cuba has not had diplomatic
relations with the United States
for 45 years.
Although Venezuela has rela-
tions with the United States,
and is an important source of
the country's petroleum, Wash-
ington has increasingly
expressed alarm about the
South American nation's close
ties with Cuba.
The move comes several
weeks after Cuban leader Fidel
Castro temporarily ceded pow-
er to his brother, Defense Min-
ister Raul Castro, as he recovers
from intestinal surgery.



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o In brief


appeal after



THE public has been asked
to help to reduce crime by sup-
porting police efforts to remove
dangerous weapons from the
According to press liaison
officer Walter Evans, the likeli-
hood of armed robberies,
injuries and deaths would be
lessened if persons with knowl-
edge of where firearms are
being kept would pass that
information to the police before
"unscrupulous acts" can be
The officer's appeal followed
an incident shortly after 8pm
yesterday, in which a loaded
3.83mm revolver with five
rounds of ammunition was
reportedly recovered from a 20-
year-old man in the Golden
Gates area by officers from the
Carmichael Road division.
According to Inspector
Evans, officers confiscated the
gun after a complaint was
The man is currently in police
custody while investigations sur-
rounding the incident continue.



warning on

coral reefs

Charlotte Amalie

Caribbean Sea topped their
annual high on Tuesday for a
second time in two months, rais-
ing fears that coral reefs may
suffer more of the damage that
devastated it in some areas last
year, a scientist said, according
to Associated Press.
Sea temperatures around
Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin
Islands reached 83.66 degrees
Fahrenheit on Tuesday sur-
passing highs not normally
expected until September and
October, said Al Strong, a sci-
entist with the US National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration's Coral Reef
NOAA alerted scuba-dive
operators and underwater
researchers in the US
Caribbean territories to look
for coral damage and to be
careful around the reefs, which
are easily damaged by physical
contact, Strong told Associat-
ed Press in a telephone inter-
view from Maryland. The
agency issued a warning that is
in effect until the waters cool
Researchers fear hot summer
temperatures could be disas-
trous for reefs still recovering
from widespread damage last
year, when up to 40 per cent of
coral died in abnormally warm
seas around the US Virgin
High sea temperatures stress
coral, making the fragile under-
sea life more susceptible to dis-
ease and premature death. A
building block for undersea life,
the coral reefs are a sheltered
habitat for fish, lobsters and
other animals to feed and breed.

Compensation is demanded

from Water and Sewerage


IRATE residents in several New
Providence communities are demanding
full compensation from the Water and
Sewerage Corporation after being with-
out a regular water supply for four
Persons in Cable Beach, Nassau East
of Hampshire Drive and Camperdown
who spoke with The Tribune yesterday.
say they are tired of the frequent water
shortage and are calling on the corpo-
ration to rectify the long standing issue.
Many claimed that they have moved
out of their homes during the month-
long drought and need to be reimbursed
the money spent for temporary living
arrangements during that time.
Kirk Nixon, a Cable Beach resident
told The Tribune that he is disgusted
with the Water and Sewerage Corpo-
"I shouldn't have to leave my home
to rent a hotel because the Water and
Sewerage Corporation refuses to fix the
pump that they said was struck by light-
ening," said Kirk Nixon, who said he

has made numerous calls to the Water
and Sewerage Corporation about the
"I spoke with a gentleman who said
that a pump was struck by lightening,
resulting in some communities being
affected by water loss," Mr Nixon said.
"This is a main concern for me because
this is a common occurrence and we
are still left to pay very high water bills
despite the fact that we do not have
Calling the problem "unacceptable",
Mr Nixon criticised government for
what he considered poor use of tax-
payers' dollar.
"This government is not a serious one,
they are all for themselves," he said.
Minister of Works 'and Utilities
Bradley Roberts has maintained that
solving New Providence's water prob-
lem is of "paramount concern".
"The government recognizes that the
provision of safe and affordable drinking
water and the disposal and treatment
of water waste have to be integrated
into our national security, as they impact
the health of residents and visitors," Mr
Roberts said during his contribution

to the 2006/2007 budget debate.
He said government is in the process
of approving a proposal to complete a
landmark water distribution system,
and upgrade an extension for New
Another resident said he has yet to be
informed about why there is no water
supply in his area.
"I don't know what is going on. I
really don't know," he said. "With all
the talk about the big development of
the Cable Beach area, the government
still can't afford to provide water to all
of its consumers. I guess the fortunate
ones do not care because they have oth-
er resources or may not even have this
A Cable Beach resident said: "The
Prime Minister is my neighbour and
Minister Neville Wisdom lives just
around the corner. I wonder what they
have been doing to assist their commu-
nity in their plight at this time? I don't
think they have a problem with their
utilities because they leave their homes
each day looking fresh and clean."
Many residents say that they have
small children and the loss of water has

prevented them from taking baths,
cooking, cleaning and using the bath-
"Things that should be important to
them they put at the back of their agen-
das to deal with things that will make
them look good," said Kemuel Dean,
another resident of Hampshire Drive.
Meanwhile, residents of the eastern
district say that while there has been a
trickle of water, due to low water pres-
sure the quality is terrible.
Sharon Adderley said she is praying
for solutions to a problem that she is
uncertain will ever be resolved.
"Something needs to be done right
away, because many of the residents in
this community have been forced to
rent or stay with family members
because we do not have any water sup-
ply," Mrs Adderley said.
A representative of the Water and
Sewerage Corporation was contacted,
but said he did not want to cominent on
the matter without permission from
higher authorities.
He did, however, assure consumers
that the corporation is doing all it can to
resolve the problem.

Election result may put retirement plain

for Grand Bahama taxi drivers on agenda

Tribune Freeport Reporter

FREEPORT The first
retirement plan for taxi dri-
vers on Grand Bahama could
be on the agenda depending
on the outcome of a union
A two-way race is under-
way for the leadership of the
Grand Bahama Taxi Union,
which is scheduled to hold its
election of officers on Sep-
tember 5.
Vice president Kenneth
Woodside and Taxicab driver
Dudley Seide were nominated
on Tuesday to run for the post
of president.
Nominations were held at
10pm at the taxi union's head-
quarters on Airport Road,
where Mr Woodside and Mr
Seide gave a brief outline of
their plans and goals to union
If elected, Mr Seide
promised to establish the first
savings/retirement plan for
taxi-cab drivers on Grand
He said it is important that
cab drivers prepare them-
selVes for retirement, which
is usually at age 76, or for
unexpected illness.
"There are persons who
have been in this organisation
for 40 years who today are
facing 'uncertainty when they
retire," he said.
"We have to also look at
those sick drivers who con-
tributed to this organisation
who are at home and in need
of assistance. No president -
not one has put such a plan
.in place and as a young driver
that is my ultimate goal," he
Mr Seide also believes that
the union needs good, young
leadership with innovative
ideas that can attract more
taxicab drivers to the union.
Of the 700 taxicab drivers
on Grand Bahama, only 176
are union members.

* KENNETH Woodside, vice president (left), and Dudley
Seide are vying for the position of union president

"I am very passionate about
this. I am not running for the
sake of it. I want to make
things better for every driver.
But, we need to bring this
union on par with the hotel
union and the only way we
can do that is to increase our
membership by making the
union more attractive to cab
Mr Seide is also concerned
about pre-arranged trans-
portation at hotels, gas price
hikes and the lack of cruise
ship business at the harbour.
Kenneth Woodside, who
has served as acting president
for the past year, has pledged
to lobby for the removal of
hackers from the downtown
He also assured members
that he would seek to end the
illegal courtesy transportation
at Taino Beach, which has
severely impacted earnings of
legitimate taxi drivers.
"Previous administrations
have given away massive
chunks of the transportation
industry to big companies,
severely diminishing the legit-
imate earnings of taxicab dri-
vers. I pledge to take back
what was given," he said.
Mr Woodside also
promised to improve trans-

portation rates to reflect the
increase in gas prices and co-
ordinate general insurance for
all taxi drivers through group
coverage by the Grand Bahama
Taxi Union.
The posts of second vice pres-
ident, recording secretary and
assistant treasurer went unop-
posed to Kenneth Dawkins,
Gerelene Dean and Shirley
Hall, respectively.
The other nominations were
Joseph Russell and Sidney
McIntosh for first vice presi-
dent; Joyce Thomas and Shirley
Morris for general secretary;
David Jones and Stephen Bain
for treasurer; and Harold Curry,
George Symonette and O'Brien
Rolle for transportation chair-

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Being Bound to Swear to The Dogmas of No Master

LEON E. H. DUPUCH, Publisher/Editor 1903-1914

(Hon.) LL.D., D.Litt.

Publisher/Editor 1919-1972
Contributing Editor 1972-1991

Publisher/Editor 1972-

Published Daily Monday to Saturday

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A shaky ceasefire in Lebanon

THE CEASEFIRE in Lebanon has begun to
seem all too tenuous, threatened by Israel's
weekend raid of a Hezbollah stronghold in the
Bekaa Valley and by renewed arms shipments
to Hezbollah from Iran and Syria. At the same
time, European governments are hesitating to
commit peacekeeping troops to Lebanon, fear-
ful of plunging into a perilous mission without
a clear mandate.
To preserve the cease-fire, United Nations
Secretary General Kofi Annan should issue a
public warning to Iran and Syria to cease rearm-
ing Hezbollah. Annan should also remind Israel
that no UN peacekeeping force will be able to
fulfil the terms of the Security Council resolu-
tion calling for the disarming of Hezbollah
without an end to Israeli military operations
inside Lebanon.
For his part, President Bush should call on
Israel to refrain from further military actions
while it waits for UN peacekeepers and
Lebanese troops to arrive in southern Lebanon.
At a news conference Monday, President Bush
spoke of "doing all we can" to make the UN
peacekeeping mission "a success." The most
practical way for President Bush to pursue that
goal would be to prevail on Israeli Prime Minis-.
ter Ehud Olmert to suspend all attacks on
Hezbollah. In this way, President Bush could
help create conditions on the ground that might
encourage the Europeans to send peacekeepers.
He would also be doing Olmert a political favour.

Olmert and his government are the targets of
withering criticism in Israel, not only from
opposition politicians and pundits but from
reservists returning from combat in Lebanon.
One petition signed by hundreds of citizen-sol-
diers said, "Lack of foresight and inability to
make rational decisions lead to the question -
were we called up for nothing?" Olmert is also
facing pressure to permit a commission of
inquiry to examine his decision to go to war
and his conduct of the war.
President Bush and Secretary of State Con-
doleezza Rice made it plain they backed Israeli
war aims by delaying consideration of a war-
ending UN resolution until Hezbollah's forces
and its Iranian and Syrian-supplied weapons
were amply degraded. So the administration
has an obligation to do everything it can to
mitigate the after-effects of a war that appears
to have backfired on Israel and on the Unit-
ed States.
The sooner Israel halts military operations,
the sooner Hezbollah, and its Iranian and Syr--
ian sponsors, will be held responsible for keep-
ing the peace. At, that point, the underlying
realities in the region, such as Arab states' wari-
ness of Iran's ambitions and Lebanon's internal
political rivalries, are sure to revive. It will then
be clear that Israel, the Palestinians, and most
Arab states share an interest in preventing
another war and in countering the influence
of Iran and Islamist radicalism.

IN CONFORMITY with its past perfor-
mances, Iran Tuesday came up with a subtle
and dilatory response to the international com-
munity's stark demand that it suspend nuclear
enrichment and negotiate a mutually satisfac-
tory deal on its nuclear programme. The chal-
lenge now for the Bush administration, as for
other governments that wish to prevent the
Iranian regime from acquiring nuclear weapons,
is to avoid being outdone by Tehran either in
resoluteness or subtlety.
Iran refused to suspend enrichment of ura-
nium as a precondition for negotiations on an
incentives package offered by the five perma-
nent UN Security Council members and Ger-
many. In so doing, Iran disregarded its legal
obligations under a Security Council resolu-
tion demanding that "Iran shall suspend all
enrichment-related and reprocessing activities,
including research and development, to be ver-
ified" by the International Atomic Energy
However, Iran's rulers are also proposing
negotiations that could lead to compromises
that would satisfy both sides. Left tantalizingly
uncertain is the possibility that, as its part of any
such negotiated bargain, Iran might suspend its
enrichment of uranium long enough for the
IAEA to be satisfied that the Iranians are not
pursuing nuclear weapons in the guise of a pro-
gramme to develop nuclear energy for purely
peaceful purposes.

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The shrewdness of Iran's response resides
in this ambiguity about its willingness to halt
enrichment at some later date not as a pre-
condition to'negotiations but only as an out-
come of a successful bargaining process.
Given the slippery behaviour of Iranian offi-
cials in their past dealings on the.nuclear issue,
the United States and its European allies are
entitled to suspect Iran of stalling for time.
The idea would be for Iran to go on solving the
technical problems of running cascades of cen-
trifuges needed to produce highly enriched
uranium for nuclear weapons, all the while
stringing the Europeans along with an ever-
receding mirage of a negotiated agreement
that would assure the world that Iran's nuclear
programme is meant only to produce nuclear
power for domestic civil uses.
The right way to match Iran subtlety for sub-
tlety is to demand that it commit unambigu-
ously to suspending its enrichment of urani-
um at the end of an agreed-upon period of
negotiations not more than a few months. If
Iran refuses to make such a commitment, there
is no point to accepting its proposal for a bar-
gaining process. If at the end of that period
Iran still refuses to suspend enrichment, China
and Russia ought to join with the other per-
manent members of the Security Council in
imposing meaningful sanctions on Iran.
(* These articles are from the Boston Globe.
- 2006).

What to expect

from teachers

EDITOR, The Tribune

PLEASE allow me some
space in your valuable newspa-
per to remind parents of what
they should expect from teach-
In school advertising one
common sales pitch says that a
satisfied parent is an informed
parent. In other words, parent
and teachers must connect to
make schools successful. The
question is: How should teach-
ers and administrators relate to
First of all, educators should
strive to build and maintain a
professional, and ethical rela-
tionship with parents and their
children. In working with stu-
dents, the guiding principle is
that educators are expected to
conduct themselves as prudent,
reasonable and sensible parents.
Second, schools are mandat-
ed to "equip students with the
necessary beliefs, attitudes,
knowledge and skills required
for work and life in an interde-
pendent, ever changing world."

In addition, authorities are
required to employ only "prop-
er" persons for educating school
Third, educators must inform
parents and guardians in
advance of what students will
need for their respective classes
(for example: materials for class
work, examinations, and pro-
jects). Months before schools
reopen, schools are prepared to
give and explain important
information to parents for open
houses, orientations, the open-
ing of school and about various
course requirements as well as
the basic rules and regulations
for students.
Fourth, parents have a right
to expect timely, complete, and
accurate reports and notices
from Schools, concerning stu-
dents' academic work and con-
duct (punctuality, attendance,

homework, BJC and BGCSE
coursework, examination sched-
ules, field trips and other school
Fifth, whenever student
problems arise, school person-
nel are expected to express
their concerns to parents in a
compassionate, professional
and firm manner. In this regard,
teachers and administrators
should give parents the advice
as to what is the best course of
action for their children to fol-
low. Also, it's important for
parents to bear in mind that
school officials have a duty to
inform the police of criminal
activities and to report all cases
of child abuse to the appropri-
ate authority.
All in all, educators are read-
ily available to work with par-
ents so that their children will
become reverent, respectable,
respectful and responsible citi-

August 15 2006

Is Pinder Marathon's man?

EDITOR, The Tribune

MONDAY morning 94.9
More FM and Jeff Lloyd's
guests were espousing their
ideas on all manner of things.
Up for a haircut and a shave
were guests Parliamentary Sec-
retary Ron Pinder and a Mr
Ryan out of his Ministry.
Mr Pinder touted his record
on environmental affairs in the
face of what I consider his dis-
mal performance in his very
own constituency. Overgrown
lots, pot holes, rats, roaches,
mosquitoes, graffiti and derelict
vehicles are unbearably notice-
able right under his nose. Inter-

estingly enough Wendall Jones
on Monday's "Issues of the
Day" was heard lamenting
about how poorly the western
part of the island had been
looked after by the Ministry and
the self proclaimed "Marathon
Man". Mr Jones talked about
overgrown lots that extended
into the road so much so that
the growth covered the white
I wonder if the Marathon
Man has his own yard, and if
he does how often does he
expect that it should be mowed
- once or twice a year or every
two or three weeks? I see that
members of his own family in

the Claridge Road area are also
dealing with standing water left
after heavy rains. How can this
be! Will he tell his family what
he told Jeff and his listeners that
the public need to do more
while somehow absolving him-
self of his responsibility to
engage in a sustained environ-
mental campaign?
Jeff Lloyd said it right if
the Marathon Man doesn't
enforce the law then along with
him we're gonna ensure that
he's voted out.

August 21 2006

Strnge tactics for election

EDITOR, The Tribune

IT is unbelievable how the
PLP would pick up every
nuance uttered by the Right
Honourable Hubert A Ingra-
ham and seek to exploit it.
Since the former PM visited
Kerzner the PLP has made
every effort to strike fear in the
public's mind regarding the
alleged reduction in the public
service. The former PM did not
threaten to reduce the public
sector and for the number of
journalists who were there with
tape recorders I am surprised
that an actual quotation has not
been attributed to the former
What in fact was said was that
the PLP chose to hire addition-
al public servants, while in office
the FNM chose to grow the pri-

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Bahamians could be employed
and reduce the burden on the
tax payers.
Despite the fact that the for-
mer PM pointed out that when
the current phase is completed
Atlantis will account for 5 per
cent of the total work force
thereby illustrating his funda-
mental point, the PLP chose to
spread a lie. Incredible!

August 2006

"First they ignore you, then
they laugh at you, then they
fight you, then you win."
Mahatma Gandhi.
(Haven't you heard? The
word has gone out that the elec-
tion is to be a Hubert Ingraham
election no issues that affect
the people and the country are
to be debated -just smear the
name of Hubert Ingraham and
win the election!
(We have been toldthat the
PLP had a poll taken to find
out the issues of most concern
to the Bahamian people. They
discovered that illegal immi-
gration was the main issue in
the inner cities. They also dis-

covered that in popularity Mr
Ingrahlam had the edge on Mr
(We tended to scoff at this as
one of the many rumours to be
expected when people catch the
election fever. But judging from
the present PLP campaign that
has only Mr Ingraham as its
focus, we have to conclude that
there must be a great deal of
truth in what we have been told.
If government can see Mr
Ingraham as the only problem
with all the issues of concern to
Bahamians today, then it's time
for this government to make its
(The Bahamian people have
also said that illegal immi-
grants, mainly Haitians, are of
concern. This is the next point
government has focused on.
However, they have ignored
the emphasis on the word "ille-
gal" and are going after per-
sons with legal permits who
are essential to private indus-
try, even to some of the so-
called "mom" and "pop" busi-
nesses. Immigration permits
are being handled in such a
ham-fisted manner that this is
probably the very issue that
could defeat them at the polls.

Let's not vandalise

our environment

EDITOR, The Tribune

THE smell of a general elec-
tion is whiffing through the air
and it seems aspiring political
entries have to plaster their
decals on road traffic signs -
Oakes Field and along the
Tonique Williams highway.
I realise no one bothers with
the requirements of the road
signs, however, the law says you
don't and secondly you require
Ministry of Public Works per-
mission where such signs go.
As we enter the season of
madness to the upcoming elec-
tion might it not be good prac-
tice if the department of physi-
cal planning, who are responsi-
ble, for this will issue press
releases indicating precisely
where approvals have been
granted, etc, to whom, etc.
To newcomer Dr Dexter
Johnson, Leader of the
Bahamas National Party, if you
do not have permission, please
have your people remove your

decals.or face the consequences
of the law, at least I hope phys-
ical planning intends to uphold
the law?
Also do any of those week-
end parties and shows ever ask
or get approval to plaster all the
trees along Saunders Beach and
the new hot promotion spot, the
plywood along the old Straw
Market on Bay? Folks, it looks
so ugly. Not missing on Bay-
have you noticed all the signs
on the Mademoiselle building?
I thought there was some sort of
committee headed by a Mr
Klonaris who was doing some-
thing or other to keep Bay
Street tidy. I say they have an
uphill battle as in my opinion
this seems to be total lawless-
A tidy society is a law-abiding
society. I fully realise what we

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A MAN was arraigned in
magistrate's court yesterday on
weapons and ammunition
Peniel Bain, 32, appeared
before magistrate Marilyn
Meers on charges of possessing
a firearm with the intent to
endanger life, possessing of an
unlicensed shotgun and pos-
sessing ammunition.
It was alleged that on Satur-
day August 19, Bain was in pos-
session of shotgun with the
intent to endanger the life of
Zanolie Sinclair.
The second charge alleged
that on the same day, Bain was
in possession of an unlicensed
shotgun, and the third alleged
that he was found in possession
of ammunition namely two
12-gauge shotgun shells.
Bain was not required to
enter a plea to the charge and
was granted $10,000 bail.
The case was adjourned to
December 7.

Man appears
in court
on extortion

A 37-YEAR-OLD man was
arraigned in court yesterday on
an extortion charge.
It is alleged that on Thurs-
day, August 17 Dillon Johnson
extorted $150 from Patricia
Johnson pleaded not guilty
to the charge and was granted
$1,000 bail.
The case was adjourned to
December 7.

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TURKEY said Tuesday that
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German-born Turk held in the
US military prison at Guan-
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to Associated Press.
Foreign Ministry spokesman
Namik Tan confirmed earlier
reports that Murat Kurnaz, an
ethnic Turk born in Germany
and holding German citizen-
ship, will return to Germany
after lengthy US investigations
failed to provide proof of crim-
inal or terrorist activity. Kur-
naz would be released within
the coming days, Tan said. He
did not specify when.
A spokesman for Guan-
tanamo, Jim Brown, said he did
net have any information about
the release of any detainees.
German officials, including
Chancellor Angela Merkel,
have worked to secure the
release of Kurnaz, who in Octo-
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Still no report on 'assault' on

journalist at detention centre

MORE than seven months
after the alleged beating of
an American journalist just
outside the Carmichael
Detention Centre, Deputy
Prime Minister Cynthia Pratt
"has no idea" hap-
pening with the investigation
the government promised.
On February 7, Mario
Vallejo, a reporter with the
Florida Spanish-language
channel Univision was report-
edly beaten by a Defence
Force officer while filming a
Cuban family reunion outside
Carmichael Detention Cen-
Vallejo was covering the
reunion of seven Cubans res-
cued several weeks before at
Elbow Cay with their rela-
tives who flew in from Miami
to meet them.

It was reported that Valle-
jo was hit in the face with a
baton by a Defence Force
officer while using the public
telephone outside the centre,
then dragged into the facility.
As the minister of national
security, Mrs Pratt is respon-
sible for the Defence Force.
However the Detention Cen-
tre falls under the mandate
of Immigration Minister
Shane Gibson.
On the day following the
incident, the Ministry of
Immigration issued a state-
ment promising to launch an
investigation in the matter.
The ministry also promised
updates on the investigation'
to keep the public informed,
however seven months later,
no reports or updates have
been issued.
The general manager of
Univision wrote a letter of

complaint to the Bahamas
government and US Ambas-
sador John Rood asking for a
full investigation into the
In mid-February, Ministry
of National Security officials
said they were in possession
of an "interim report" on the
incident, but could not make
any findings public, as the
matter was still under investi-
Although Mrs Pratt told
The Tribune she "has no idea
what is happening" with the
report, she recommended
speaking with national secu-
rity undersecretary Peter
However efforts to reach
Mr Deveaux-Issacs were
unsuccessful as he had left the
office for the day by 3.15pm,
according to a ministry

Panic as ferry boat loses power in harbour

MORE THAN 40 tourists
including several young chil-
dren were driven into a state
of panic when they found
themselves drifting in Nassau
Harbour in a malfunctioning
ferry boat on Saturday.
The packed vessel was
bound for Paradise Island
when suddenly, in the middle
of the harbour, the engine cut
At first, neither the captain
nor his mate could figure out
what was wrong which
raised the level of concern
even higher.
It was then announced that
the vessel was having "tech-
nical difficulties".
After several passengers
became angry and demanded
to know what was going on,
it revealed that the ferry boat
had run out of gas despite
being only five minutes out
from Potters Cay Dock.
A Tribune reporter who
was onboard said the boat left
the dock at around 1.30pm
and was "packed to capacity".
Outraged visitors criticised
the captain and his mate for
the situation.
"What kind of captain
would leave dock and not


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check if he has enough gas?"
asked Esther, a visitor from
Another passenger visiting
from Massachusetts expressed
her disappointment with the
way the boat hadbeen oper-
ated and also complained
about the way the passengers
were "packed in like sardines."
After about half an hour, a
smaller boat was sent to the
vessel to fetch the passengers.
Some of them were forced to
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until they reached their desti-
When the incident was
reported to the Port Depart-
ment in the Mlinisti of Trans-
port and Aviation, an official

explained that when incidents
like this happen, passengers
must report them immediately.
That way, he said, the vessel's
licence can be suspended or
revoked if necessary,
The official explained that

boat captains and their mates
must undergo basic safety train-
ing before they are allowed to
operate a ferry in the Bahamas
It was also explained that
there are procedures in place
to prevent incidents of this kind,
which do not happen often.
The official said inspectors
visit the dock unannounced and
do random checks on the fitness
of the vessels from time to time.
Though the name of the ferry
cannot be published, the port
department assured The Tri-
bune that they will be looking
into the matter "in the name of
public safety".
It was further explained that
each passenger should occupy
a space of 18 inches, which is
the international standard. This,
officials said, is a requirement to
prevent overloading.
Officials also confirmed that
ferry operators have been
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D+ and holding? Why changing

the schools will change the grades

THE past few years have seen
a rising chorus of concern over
our failing educational system.
Both private and public sector
leaders say we are facing a
national "crisis" with the poten-
tial to destroy our prosperity and
our children's future. Several
articles in this space have out-
lined the scope of the problem
'and discussed some of the solu-
Today, we present the views
of Neil Sealey, who has spent
25 years in higher education,
serving as a professional exam-
iner for GCE 0 and A levels,
as well as the BGCSE exams,
and instructing trainee teachers
at the College of the Bahamas
and in-service through field
courses and workshops. He
received an MA in Geography
from the University of Oxford
and was awarded a fellowship
at the School of Oriental and
African Studies, University of
London. He has written several
text books that are currently used
in Bahamian schools, and con-
tinues to be active in research
and writing. Tough Call returns
next week.

and debates on the state
of education earlier this year
we now have the annual results
from the high schools on our
students' achievements anoth-
er D+. While every country
tends to bemoan its education-
al system, and many will say
standards are falling universally.
There is no reason to feel that
improvements are out of our
reach. In fact many countries
do better than us and it is quite
possible to quickly and effec-
tively overhaul and improve our
educational system.
Although a number of social
factors are contributing to the
present situation, such as the
increase in single-parent fami-
lies, the impact of drugs and
gangs, and lack of parental guid-
ance, this should not disguise
the fact that the educational sys-
tem itself is inadequate, or that
the government cannot do any-
thing without everyone else
doing something as well. This
would be burying our heads in
the sand.
This is not a problem that is
going to go away, and it is not
going to solve itself. It is a prob-
lem with a solution that needs
action now. As has been said
elsewhere "The only thing nec-
essary for the triumph of evil is
for good men to do nothing".


The fact is we can do some-

thing about the standard of edu-
cation and the results we are
getting and we can do it now.
We can tackle the public edu-
cational system, which has much
to answer for, and make it work
One way to think of it is to
imagine the students of, say,
three schools with D or worse
results. Does anyone think that
if we took those students and
put them in our three best.
schools for their school life they
would still average such a low
I doubt it they would col-
lectively do a lot better because

they would have better
resources, better facilities, bet-
ter security, and better teach-
ers (collectively, individually
excellent teachers can be found
anywhere, but overall the teach-
ers in the top schools will out-
perform the others).
In other words we can deal
with the poor grades and gen-
erations of under-educated and
disadvantaged Bahamians by
making the government schools
much better now. That is not to
say that all the state schools are
totally inadequate, but it is at
their level that rapid and sub-
stantive changes can be made.

T here are many private
schools that need
improvement, but these cannot
be tackled collectively, and in
fact they will be forced to
improve if the government
schools improve otherwise
why would.anyone use them?
With a few notable exceptions,
British state schools out-per-
form the private schools, and
for that reason most Britons
send their children to state
schools. This wasn't always the
Another way to illustrate this
point is to consider the College
of the Bahamas' College Prep
programme. In the 1980s it was
recognized that many students
were failing to reach COB's

entrance requirements, so COB
decided to accept students with
less than the requirements and
put them in a programme Col-
lege Prep which effectively
redid their school work more
effectively and raised them to
college level.
In other words COB with its
resources and faculty were
doing what the schools most-
ly government schools where
failing to do in the first place.
The students were capable of
getting good grades, but the
schools weren't delivering. In
this way a small percentage of
the potential college entrants

can actually be admitted to col-
lege, but this is only a very lim-
ited "band-aid" for the prob-
lem, and not a solution.
Obviously we can't start mov-
ing students into other schools,
but we can do virtually the same
thing by raising the standard of
ministry schools to that of the
best schools. This is a finite solu-
tion, and it will work. However,
it will only work across the
board. All the primary and sec-
ondary schools must be
improved substantially it
won't be enough to tinker with
the system.

If children do not get a
good primary education
they will not be able to make it
up later. As an example, it is
known that spatial perception
in children needs to be devel-
oped early in the primary years.
If they are not exposed to geo-
graphical and mapwork skills
and exercises early on they
bypass the window in which
spatial awareness is fully devel-
oped in the brain, and they will
have difficulty making spatial
relationships for the rest of their
A typical symptom of this in
adults is the inability to follow
map routes, or follow directions
to locations, or to locate them-
selves on maps or aerial pho-
tographs. All the main school

A i .

subjects have this requirement
in the early primary school
years, and so a solid primary
education is essential before stu-
dents enter the secondary sys-
Pretty much the same princi-
ples apply throughout the sec-
ondary years, whether it is in
preparation for vocational train-
ing, further education or higher
academic pursuits. Patching a
classroom here or a school there
is not going to solve the prob-
lem; the whole system needs to
be rebuilt.
Alternatively we can continue
to blame insoluble social prob-
lems for poor performances and
continue to have our youth
entering the workforce below
their capabilities and perform-
ing probably below their poten-
tial for the rest of their lives.
Remember these people will be
the nation's workforce for the
next 50 years!

T~ -
he most sensitive area
is undoubtedly the
quality of teaching. There is a
lot at stake here and it needs to
be recognized that if teachers
are given low wages, poor facil-
ities, inadequate security, and
subjected to unjust promotion

ties in The Bahamas, a country
with acute labour shortages in
almost every professional field,
so why should someone capa-
ble of getting a university
degree, and who undoubtedly
can perform well in many areas,
put themselves in an underpaid
and under-appreciated profes-


To start with, the 'gov-
ernment schools, gen-
erally responsible for the lowest
performances, and more impor-
tantly the system that can most
easily be improved and which
would force improved standards
on all other schools, should be
If we retire the poorest
teachers quickly, increase
teacher pay substantially, pro-
vide professional support in
terms of adequate staff rooms,
security, bathrooms, car park-
ing and all the other things that
successful corporations know
will attract and hold quality
staff, then we'll have made a
Then the students need well-
equipped classrooms and spe-
cialty facilities for individual
subjects. We need language labs
with technicians, modern equip-

or lack of it, then the profes-
sion will not attract quality per-
sonnel, and those that enter it
will leave, either to better
schools or to leave education
There are many opportuni-

ment, and the software and
annually renewed texts and
materials that go with them. We
need physics labs, chemistry
labs, and biology labs; work-
shops, libraries, computers and
field trips. And an annual sup-
ply of instruments, chemicals,
animals, and so on.
Computers should not be
installed as an occasion for a
political photo-op, but as a mat-
ter of course. Many of our

This is not a problem that is
going to go away, and it is not
going to solve itself. It is a
problem with a solution that
needs action now. As has been
said elsewhere "The only thing
necessary for the triumph of evil
is for good men to do nothing".

If we retire the poorest
teachers quickly, increase
teacher pay substantially,
provide professional support in
terms of adequate staff rooms,
security, bathrooms, car parking
and all the other things that
successful corporations know
will attract and hold quality
staff, then we'll have made a
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school, have computers and no
budget or software -- what use
is that? Computers are tools in
the sense that blackboards and
slide projectors were a genera-
tion ago (and still are, but no
longer in isolation).
Our libraries need to be
modernized, properly funded,
and expanded from books to all
the other relevant media, and
specifically computerized facil-
ities, including full access to the
Internet as a matter of routine.
Despite decades of PCs the
majority of our school leaves
are computer illiterate.
We are very fortunate in this
country to have an exceptional
cadre of world-class athletes.
We all know these reached their
full potential by going to the
best coaches, the best colleges,
and being pushed to their limits,
and we are all proud of them.
Why aren't we doing this for
every school subject? Where are
our Nobel Prize winners? St
Lucia has two!


We should also real-
ize that many of the
social problems that are now
being blamed for our poor edu-
cational standards will start to
disappear when we have our
youth properly educated. With
model schools and top-rate
teachers, students will leave
school qualified for further edu-
cation or a decent life in a cho-
sen vocation. When our school-
leavers enter the workforce with
confidence they will make cer-
tain their children do at least as
well as they did.
Otherwise we are going to
continue this downward spiral-
it has to be broken in the one
place we can control.
The quickest and surest thing
we can do is upgrade every
aspect, of the government school
system now. We will need con-
sultants and expatriates for sure,
and have to spend a lot of mon-
ey. But this is the kind of
endeavour that agencies like the
OAS and 1DB, and the EU, will
support. The country can also
create an educational tax, be it
on cars, hotels, gas, cigarettes
or property it doesn't matter
what. even a lottery.
Basically this is a rich coun-
try, and a definitive rebuilding
of the public educational sys-
tem will be the best investment
the Bahamas can ever make. It
can be done, no doubt with dif-
ficulty and controversy, but
without it we are doomed to
remain a D+ nation.

What do you think?
Send comments to larry@tri-
Or visit www.bahamapun-

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sixth in

COB hall

of fame

ROYAL Bahamas Police
Force Assistant Superintendent
Keith Bell has been inducted
into the College of the Bahamas
hall of fame.
He is the sixth inductee and
was selected from the largest
pool yet of nominees for the
He joins the ranks of Bishop
Neil Ellis, Larry Gibson, Laura
Pratt Charlton, Tanya McCart-
ney, and Vernice Wakine.
"These select few serve as
models to COB students and
the greater community and
raise awareness towards the
endowment funds for advance-
ment of the institution," said a
spokesperson for the college.
Donald Saunders, associate
president of the COB alumni
association, congratulated ASP
Bell on his induction. A formal
induction luncheon is scheduled
for November.
Mr Saunders said he wel-
comes the new class of COB stu-
dents beginning their college car-
reer this September, and encour-
ages participation in extra-cur-
ricular activities including the
alumni association, "to produce
more Keith Bells from which all
of the Bahamas can profit".

W Indies

also feels

let down by


THE West Indies Cricket
Board complained to the ICC
last year about the standard of
umpiring after the team's 3-0
test series loss in Australia,
according to Associated Press.
As the fallout continued from'
Pakistan forfeiting the final test
to England due to ball-tamper-
ing claims, WICB director
Chetram Singh says his team
had also received biased or
incompetent decisions.
"We don't want to pass judg-
ment on what happened in Eng-
land at the weekend, but we
have had some harsh decisions
in the past. In Australia, we had
16 or 17 glaring decisions and
we had to complain," Singh said.
Australian umpire Darrell
Hair and Billy Doctrove of the
West Indies imposed a five-run
penalty for ball-tampering at
The Oval in London on Sun-
day. Pakistan, which had asked
that Hair not officiate in its
matches, refused to take to the
field and forfeited the first
match in test cricket history.
Singh said the current "crisis
does not augur well for crick-
et," arguing that the ICC has to
listen to the West Indies and
Asian teams which have prob-
lems with particular umpires.

Most murders are crimes of passion

Tribune Staff Writer
DOMESTIC and gang violence con-
tinue to be the leading contributing fac-
tors to murders in the Bahamas, assis-
tant commissioner of police Reginald
Ferguson told The Tribune yesterday.
Murder, Mr Ferguson said, continues
to be a challenge to law enforcement

He said that what many persons fail to
understand is that unlike robberies or
other premeditated criminal activities,
the majority ol nmurders in the Bahamas
are crimes of passion occurring spon-
taneously in a fit of rage.
"Fifty-one per cent of murders were
the result ol domestic violence and poor
conflict resolution. Fourteen per cent
of the total number of persons killed
this year happened during armed rob-
beries," Mr Ferguson revealed.

However, he pointed out that there
have been cases of "hit killings" and
drug-related murders, in which a per-
son's life is "snuffed out" after a deal
goes wrong.
By August 22 last year, there had
been 28 murders; so far for the year 35
persons have been unlawfully killed by
"We do all that we can do," Mr Fer-
guson said. "We try to be proactive, and
to say that the police is not doing all

that it can to fight crime is an unfair
He pointed out that despite the high
number of violent crimes, the police are
maintaining a "90 per cent detection
rate" the same as last year.
Mr Ferguson explained that crime is
everybody's business.
He said that usually, "when com-
plaints of domestic vi ,!ence get to the
police, the matters ar, i a! a point
of desperation."

Domestic violence involved

in half of this year's murders'

ALMOST half of the 35 murders this
year were related to domestic issues,
FNM candidate hopeful Branville
McCartney revealed yesterday.
Mr McCartney, who is also the chair-
man of the Chamber of Commerce
crime prevention committee, was speak-
ing at a press conference launching the
second annual Halsbury Chambers free
legal clinic.
According to Mr McCartney, the top-
ic of domestic violence and murder is
very timely and one they hope to.
address during the sessions of the free
legal clinic.
"We have a problem in the Bahamas
and 35 deaths in this small country is
clearly unacceptable," he said.
According to Mr McCartney, many
Bahamians who came to last year's free
legal clinic said they were experiencing
family and domestic problems.
He added that before attendees con-
sult with the lawyers at the clinic, they
are encouraged to seek professional
assistance in trying to resolve their hos-

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* HALSBURY Chambers partner Branville McCartney (right) and sssociale of
Halsbury Chambers Donald Saunders (left).

"It is not a perfect world, and at the
end of the day we will always have con-

flict. And because of this known fact, it
certainly comes to how people go about
resolving their problems."

Mr McCartney explained that many
of the domestic tragedies in the
Bahamas are the result of unsolved con-
flicts and fatherless homes.
He mentioned an incident that
sparked his desire to become involved in
crime fighting, and made him chairman
of the crime prevention committee.
"About two years ago, a young secu-
rity guard who worked at one of my
family's pharmacies was senselessly
murdered in front of customers and
employees. The victim was shot in the
head, died instantly and gave no resis-
tance to the persons who committed the
Mr McCartney told the press that
what affected him most was the fact that
the security guard was engaged to a
woman who was pregnant and just
about to give birth
"We need to get back to basic values
of training a child to grow up in the
right way, which I will be talking about
next week," he said. "There are far too
many similar incidents in the Bahamas
that have occurred since then and it
must stop."

Second free legal clinic to be held

THE second annual Hals-
bury Chambers free legal clin-
ic will be held on September 9
at SuperClubs Breezes.
The clinic. "Information
You Need for the Life You
Want", will include free legal
advice from the firm
assortment of speakers.
"Last year's clinic was the
first of its kind in the coun-
try," said Branville McCart-
ney, founder and partner at
the firm. "It was so well
attended that we've had to
move this year's to a different
Guests including Larry
Roberts, president of the
Bahamas Real Estate Associ-
ation and Glenn Ferguson,
financial retirement consul-
tant, are scheduled to speak.
Talks will deal with concerns
ranging from marital and rela-
tionship issues, updated travel
requirements, and domestic
violence to foreign invest-
Emphasis will be placed on

making home purchases; cov-
ering buying, selling, financ-
ing, and insuring a home.
Along with drafting letters
and legal ...... iiltations,
lawyers will .,i.r. iffer non-
legal, practical advice.
"We did [this] last year
October. for two weekends at
our main office on Village
Road.That was a phenomenal
success, and as a result of that,
we've been asked by clients
and persons who were unable
to make it to do it again.."
McCartnev said.
The clinic is intended to
break down barriers often lelt
between clients and lawyers
by providing private sessions
without charge.
Donald Saunders, an asso-
ciate at the firm, explained
that the firm realized last year
that "many of our clients were
afraid to approach attorneys,
to find out about their rights
and legal obligations. There-
fore we thought that as a
group we would hold a clinic

for the Bahamas at large."
Most of the attorneys from
Halsbury Chambers' Nassau
offices will be assisting with the
clnic, and supervised childcare


and refreshments will be avail-
able. To reserve a seat, the pub-
lic is advised to call 393 4551.
Those who missed last year's
sessions which tackled issues

of employment, law, relation-
ships, and immigration will
have the opportunity to view
those talks o'l C(b.-1,i: nhama'-
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Ingraham attacks record of the

government in Grand Bahama

B HUBERT Ingraham with FNM supporters

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT Celebrating
the anniversary of his party's
1992 election victory, Free
National Movement Leader
Hubert Ingraham reminded
Grand Bahamians of the many
accomplishments and achieve-
ments on their island under the
Mr Ingraham said the PLP
government has failed Grand
Bahama miserably in its first
term in office and should be
fired for its bad and ineffective
"I know things in Grand
Bahama are tough now," he
said. "Can you imagine how
much tougher things would
have been in Freeport if the
developments which came
under the FNM had not taken



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Former PM accuses PLP 'amateurs'

of not providing any leadership

place under our two terms in
Mr Ingraham was address-
ing supporters at FNM Head-
quarters in.Freeport. He told
them that the next general elec-
tion will be about leadership -
something the governing party
has not provided.
The party leader said that
Eleuthera and Nassau are ready
for a change from the indeci-
sion, waffling, incompetence
and ineffectiveness of the ".ama-
teurs" in government.
He said the governing party
has no philosophy, no policy,
no core beliefs and are making
up the rules as they go, hanging
onto the coattails of whatever
they believe might be popular at
any particular time.
"I'm sure you've noticed that
they are in and out of Freeport
with great regularity and fre-
quency. Make no mistake; it
ain't because they care about
you its because they are feel-
ing the heat in Nassau.
"Nassau has had enough of
them and it shows. Go any-
where; go everywhere and peo-
ple will tell you it ain't long
now," Mr Ingraham said. "Nas-

sau is fired up by the memory of
what we achieved on this day
in 1992; they are excited about
that replay of that day that
we're going to achieve at the
next election."
Referring to the Royal Oasis
situation, Mr Ingraham said the
government's incompetence
resulted in closure of the resort.
He also noted that even the
Port Authority is feeling the
economic pinch. He claimed
this is the reason behind many
of the firings at the company.
Pointing out that August 19,
1992 was a special day in Grand
Bahama, Mr Ingraham
explained that on that day, the
realisation of the dream of
Freeport's founders became
He mentioned that several
major projects, such as the con-
tainer port, ship care facility,
and Bradford marine were
made possible.
Other investments that came
on stream under the FNM, he
said, were the Pelican Bay, Our
Lucaya and Marietta Rock
He also said that there were
dramatic increases in private


offredforsaf reurnof b ack ba Bta a eoe

residential and commercial con-
"We achieved a lot for Grand
Bahama during two terms in
office. We facilitated the cre-
ation of many new businesses
and entrepreneurial opportuni-
ties for Bahamians here in
Grand Bahama.
"Our policies resulted in new
job creation, reduced unem-
ployment levels to a single dig-
it for the first time in decades
and increased home ownership.
On our watch many prospered
in Grand Bahama," said Mr
"The FNM is the party for
Grand Bahama. The FNM has
your interests at heart," he said.



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Meeting addresses GB education weaknesses

Tribune Freeport Reporter
FREEPORT The Ministry of Edu-
cation, Science and Technology will
hold a town meeting in Freeport this
month to get input and suggestions on
ways address the "weakness" of the
education system on Grand Bahama.
Damaris Thompson, assistant
director of education, said the min-
istry is inviting various stakeholders
within the community to attend a

"big town meeting" on August 31 at
St Georges' High School gymnasium
at 6.30pm.
* He said the ministry plans to address
various educational matters, such as
school curriculum, discipline, school
security, and to hear a number of con-
cerns regarding the education system
on Grand Bahama.
"We had persons who say that the
primary school curriculum is too
crowded and so that will be one area
we hope to get suggestions on, she said.

"The area of discipline is also of vital
importance, and the safety of teachers
and students are also ongoing areas
we hope to address."
Mrs Thompson said the meeting will
provide an opportunity for parents,
priests, pastors, representatives of
PTAs, school board members, union
leaders, chamber of commerce mem-
bers and youth leaders to have input on
the way forward.
"We inviting all to be there to assist
us as we seek to address the weakness

of the system and to give recommen-
dations of working solutions to
strengthen our current education sys-
"If examination scores are to
improved then there must be a collec-
tive effort," stressed Mrs Thompson.
She said suggestions will be com-
piled into a report for presentation to
the National Education Conference
Committee in October. The upcom-
ing conference is scheduled for next

Minister of Education Alfred Sears
in December of 2004 appointed a
National Education Conference Com-
The NECC's focus is to create and
maintain national dialogue on educa-
tion among all education stakeholders
and to focus the collective wisdom on
the task of shaping and reshaping
national education policies to trans-
form the Bahamian educational sys-
tem so that it can consistently provide
top quality education.

Bahamian firm's


of cruise line

is extended

FROM page one

in the process of completing the
final details for the acquisition.
Captain Ritchie said he
expected to give an exact clos-
ing date for the sale as early as
the following week.
In January this year, Global
United announced it had signed
a Letter of Intent to acquire the
cruise line, which has provided
daily cruise service between
Fort Lauderdale and Freeport
for the past 19 years. It cur-
rently takes more than 200,000
cruise passengers to Freeport
It was planned that Captain
Ritchie's wife, Kim Ritchie,
would be the cruise line's exec-
utive vice-president.
Global United has worked
with Discovery Cruise Line for
more than 15 years as its port



in jet-ski

FROM page one

This latest incident comes
just one month after a 14-
year-old boy from New Jer-
sey was killed in a jet ski acci-
William Kay was on vaca-
tion with his parents when
his craft collided with a para-
sail boat, injuring him fatally.
He died later in Doctor's
Local jet ski operator
Patrick Glinton, 41, shortly
after pleaded guilty in court
to a list of offences stemming
from the fatal accident.
Glinton was charged with
permitting a person under 18
to operate ajet ski, and oper-
ating his business without the
necessary certificates and
insurance, among other
The jet ski industry has
continuously come under
scrutiny by Bahamian
authorities and caused an
international uproar since
the death of two-year old
Paul Gallagher in 2002.
The toddler, of Orpington,
England, was fatally injured
when he was struck by an
unmanned speedboat which
rode up on a beach at Par-
adise Island.
Sir Richard Branson, bil-
lionaire entrepreneur and
Virgin Airline owner, has
been the latest person to lend
his support to a UK-based
group "seeking justice" for
the dead child.
He suggested that in order
to prevent further incidents
of this nature, jet-skis should
either be banned altogether
or a closed-off area should
be created especially for
"If you don't succeed there
will definitely be another
death soon," he said.
In April, parliament
passed a Bill to regulate and
control the commercial as
well as recreational uses of
water craft in the Bahamas.
The legislation levies stiff
penalties against jet-ski oper-
ators without licences and
those who allow persons
under the age of 18 to rent or
operate jet-skis. I

agent, providing shore side sup-
port services to its vessel, and
also acting as its ticketing
wholesale agent, which makes
the acquisition, "a natural
extension" of his present line
of work, Captain Ritchie said
in January.
Global United was created
following a rapid series of acqui-
sitions embarked on by Captain
Ritchie's original company,
Taija Enterprises, over the past
two years.
Tanja, which was formed in
1991, expanded its business
holdings by buying United Ship-
ping of Freeport in 2004. It then
acquired Global Customs Bro-
kers and World Bound Couriers
Ltd, plus Sea Air Aviation Ltd
of Nassau, a year later. All three
companies were merged to form
Global United.
The company has become the
largest shipping agency of its

kind in the Bahamas and the
Caribbean, and is also involved
in.logistic services, which
include shipping, customs clear-
ance and trucking.
The company has offices in
Freeport, Nassau and Miami,
with more than 250 employ-
SA dollar value for the Dis-
covery Cruise Line acquisition
has not been revealed with both
sides citing confidentiality
When the sale is completed
it will mean that for the first
time, a Bahamian will operate a
casino onboard the vessel,
which will provide even greater
empowerment to Bahamians in
the industry.
Captain Ritchie said that in
the future, he would like other
islands, including his birthplace,
Long Island, to be considered
ports of call for the cruise line.

Employees demand

govt look into alleged

poor management

FROM page one

which has negative and positive effects.
"Some foreign doctors here at PMH are only here for a day's pay.
They don't have the Bahamian patients' best interest at heart and
they mistreat them," a source claimed.
A radiology department official, responding to the criticism,
said: "I agree with what was said and I do encourage both patients
and employees to speak up and fight for what is right. That is the
only way we are going to get. change.
"Employees spend more time here than with their family, so they
should be in a comfortable work environment that is professional,
and organised," she added.
"We have allowed this situation at PMH to get out of control, so
it's going to be tough dealing with persons who are not doing their
jobs and not taking their jobs seriously," she noted.
A PMH executive, contacted for a response, refused to comment.

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the general standards for Information Systems Auditing. Provide
independent and objective appraisal of activities to ascertain the adequacy
of systems and controls.

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Atlantis chef gets award in Mexico City

ATLANTIS executive sous
chef Wayne Moncur was one of
six award-winning Caribbean
chefs in the 7th International
Foodservice Competition.
The final of the competition,
which was sponsored by the US
Meat Export Federation
(USMEF), was held in Mexico
City on August 2 at the famous
Le Cordon Bleu cooking
Mr Moncur entered two orig-
inal "home chef" recipes: beef
bottom sirloin tri-tip and pork
loin roast.
Competing chefs were
required to use readily avail-
able ingredients from the island
and cooking styles that could
easily be repeated in Caribbean
Moments before the contest
began; the chefs were assigned

one of their two entered recipes.
Mr Moncur's prepared a
coconut curried beef goulash
with plantain fritters and pick-
led cabbage slaw a Caribbean-
inspired dish featuring tri-tip,
cassava, sweet potato, pump-
kin, callaloo, fresh coconut
water, fresh thyme, fresh gin-
The resulting dishes from all
finalists were evaluated by a
panel of five judges on the mer-
its of originality, versatility and
the ease of adaptability to a
home Caribbean cook, as well
as the kitchen skills and sanita-
tion of the chef.
Mr Moncur's winning recipe
will be used in various promo-
tions this coming year, and will
also be featured in a consumer
publication to be developed by

"It was an extraordinary
experience as a chef and it gave
me the opportunity to showcase
Bahamian cuisine at its finest,"
said Mr Moncur. "Exposure
like this, gives chefs the chance
to network with other chefs, as
well as gain additional ideas."
In addition to a $1,000 cash
award, each of the six winners
will receive a nine-day, expense-
paid trip to tour venues within
the US food, wine and meat
industries. The chefs will be on
tour from September 19-27,
2006 with stops in New York
City, San Francisco and Napa
Valley. They will also spend two
days in classes at the Culinary
Institute of America's Grey-
stone site in Napa Valley, study-
ing Asian and Spanish cuisines,
plus tour numerous wineries
and eat at the best restaurants.

New bill paying service launched by BTC

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A U PICTURED at Monday's press conference on EZPAY are left to right: Kirk Griffin, executive VP BTC, Leon Williams BTC, act-
Sing president and CEO, James Meddick CIO. The Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) launched a new service EZPAY
- which will allow customers to access their accounts online. BTC said in a statement issues that customers will be able to manage their
accounts simply by visiting, enabling them to view and download telephone and DSL bills, sign up for new ser-
rices. and add or remove service features.
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S'" of Tedder Close,
S* Palmdale,
S: Nassau, The
Bahamas will be
held at Chapel of Love, Kemp's
Funeral Home Limited, Palmdale
Avenue and Bradley Street, Nassau
on Friday, 25th August, 2006 at

Pastor Martin Loyley will officiate.

Mr. Malone was predeceased by his
parents, Jack and Patsy Malone; his
brother, R. Brent Malone and is
survived by a niece, Marysa Malone;
his uncle, Donald d'Albenas and his
family including, Robert, Larry,
Timothy and Saranne, Roy and Joleen
Malone and other relatives and many

Instead of flowers the .f. ..
that donations be sent to Bahamas
Association for Social Health
(BASH), P.O. Box SS-5372, Nassau
or to the AIDS Foundation of The
Bahamas, P.O. Box CB-12003,
Nassau in memory of Steven B.

Florida school board to fight

to remove books on Cuba


THE Miami-Dade County
School District voted Tuesday
to press ahead with its effort to
remove a children's book on
Cuba from its school libraries,
arguing that the book fails to
accurately depict the reality of
life under the communist gov-
ernment, according to Associ-
ated Press.
The board voted 5-2 to
appeal a federal judge's tem-
porary order barring the dis-
trict from removing the chil-
dren's book, along with 23 oth-
ers in the series.
The district sought to remove
"Vamos a Cuba" ("A Visit to

Cuba"), after a parent com-
The American Civil Liber-
ties Union of porida sued to
keep the books on the shelf,
arguing that they were gener-
ally factually accurate, and that
the board should add books to
its collection, rather than
removing those it disagrees
U.S. District Judge Alan S.
Gold ruled in July in favor of,
the ACLU in an extensive pre-
liminary injunction, writing that
efforts to remove the books
violates constitutional free
speech rights.
Both sides are now seeking
to take the case to the 11th Cir-

cuit Court of Appeals by asking
for a final judgment from Gold.
"The school board is decid-
ing to continue its senseless lit-
igatidn and to waste taxpayer
dollars that could be used to
buy new books, rather than try-
ing to get rid of books that that
the board approved through its
own selection process," said
ACLU spokesman Brandon
Hensler Tuesday following the
The board's effort overrides
two review committees and
Superintendent Rudy Crew
recommendations' to keep the
series on children living around
the globe, geared to children 4
to 8.

Lebanon's month-old oil slick sinks,

blanketing Mediterranean marine life

* BEIRUT, Lebanon
AN OIL slick caused by Israeli bombing has
begun sinking to the floor of the Mediterranean,
blanketing marine life with sludge, according to a
Greenpeace video that shows dead fish along the
sea bottom, according to Associated Press.
The scuba diver's videotape, released Tuesday
by Greenpeace, also shows the sunken slick slid-
ing ominously toward a lone red sea urchin root-
ed in the sand, its tentacles waving in the cur-
rent. The footage graphically details some of the
environmental destruction a month after the oil
spill began sinking, creating what has been called
Lebanon's worst-ever environmental disaster.
The U.N. has said the spill could take as long as
a year to clean up and cost $64 million.
"You have the bottom of the sea filled with
fuel between the rocks and little valleys. It's
just dotted and covered with black tar," said
Mohammed El Sarji, head of the Lebanese Union
Sof Professional Divers.
Sarji recorded the footage, which showed oil
spread four inches thick over a 100-yard-wide
area of the sea bed near Beirut.
Some 110,000 barrels began pouring into the
Mediterranean after Israeli warplanes on July 14
hit a coastal power plant at Jiyeh, 12 miles south
of Beirut. More missiles hit a day later. Six fuel
tanks ruptured in all, sparking explosions that
knocked out a dike meant to prevent spills.

Israeli military officials said Tuesday that the
fuel tanks were attacked as part of a broader
campaign against infrastructure used by the guer-
rillas to transport weapons. The attacks were
meant to disrupt Hezbollah's fuel supplies, said
the officials, who spoke on condition of anonymi-
ty under military regulations.
At first, the oil slathered 85 miles of Lebanon's
coastline reaching into Syria and blocked
sunlight from penetrating the water's surface,
killing small plants on which many fish feed. Now
that it is sinking, the oil threatens plants and fish
that live on the sea floor.
"Some of it became denser than sea water and
sank to the bottom. It's like a big thick blanket
that smothers living organisms," said Rick Stein-
er, a professor at the University of Alaska and oil
spill expert who worked on the 1989 Exxon
Valdez disaster.
"That was three times larger this, but it was
crude oil, and this is fuel oil that was going to run
generators (at the power plant). This stuff is heav-
ier and thicker and much harder to work with.
It gets stuck to rocks and it's difficult to wash
off," he said. "But the good thing about it being so
thick is that we might be able to get it off the
sea bed with rakes or shovels."
U.N. officials on Tuesday expressed worry at
the slow pace of the cleanup, hampered by Israeli
bombardment and blockades for a month while
oil continued to seep out into the Mediterranean.

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National Youth Choir

tours South Africa

The Bahamas National Youth Choir toured South
Africa from August 4th to 16th and gave the
African people a taste of Bahamian culture
through music, song and dance. The choir
visited Pretoria, Durban and Swaziland.
In between performances they managed to take
in m.min famous sights during a trip to remember.
M PICTURED right: performing on
African Women's Day in Pretoria
* PICTURED below: the choir got up close to some
amazing wildlife while on safari

STHENational Youth Choir entertain a school during the trip to South Africa




Miami Herald Business, Stocks,

Analysis, Wall Street

Employment Act

does not block

common law claims

Tribune Business Editor
THE Court of Appeal has ruled in
two separate cases that the Employ-
ment Act 2001 did not seek to codify
"the law of employment relations", and
that employees can still pursue dam-
ages for alleged wrongful dismissal
through common law actions.
Twice within two weeks, the Court of
Appeal overturned judgements by
Supreme Court Justice John Lyons,
finding instead that the Employment
Act sought to establish "minimum"
standards for employee compensation
when a worker's job was terminated.,
This was regardless of whether the
employee was wrongfully terminated
or not.
The two rulings could potentially
open a 'Pandora's Box' for employees
to pursue alleged damages claims
against companies under common law,

Two Court of Appeal rulings find 2001

law does not 'codify law of employment

relations'; workers can pursue damages

above what entitled to in Act

seeking compensation over and above ,
what they are entitled to under the
Employment Act's remit.
However, Appeal Court Justice Lor-
ris Ganpatsingh, in his oral judgement
in one of the cases, pointed out that
employees who chose to pursue the
common law route would incur extra
legal costs. He warned that they might
have to pay both sides' costs if their
claim failed.
Both cases involved claims for dam-

Minister denies

'chilling effect'

from 4% Stamp

tax amendment

Tribune Business Editor
JAMES Smith, minister of
state for finance, denied claims
that a Stamp Tax amendment
has had "a chilling effect" on
the Bahamian mergers and
acquisitions market, arguing
that if it had halted such trans-
actions then they were probably
not proper deals in the first
Mr Smith was responding to
his namesake, Freeport-based
attorney and Callenders & Co
partner Fred Smith, who had
previously told The Tribuine
that the amendment tlhat
-imposed a 4 per cent tax on the
underlying assets of companies
being sold was "commercially
stultifying business".
The minister denied Mr
" Smith's claim that the amend-
ment had effectively created a
new tax, namely a transactions
tax, arguing that it had been
introduced to plug loopholes
that had facilitated Stamp Tax

"I don't know that the
Bahamas is a bee-hive of merg-
ers and'acquisitions activity such
that one happens every day,"
James Smith said.
"If a merger or acquisition is
stopped by the 4 per cent tax
on the underlying assets, its
probably not a proper acquisi-
tion in the first place."
He added that mergers and
acquisitions were initiated for
sound business reasons, with
purchase prices based on antic-
ipated future cash flows and
As such, James Smith said
merger and acquisition activi-
ties were not governed, by con-
cerns over tax rates and what
tax was payable.
Fred Smith had argued that
the Stamp Tax amendment,
which imposed a 4 per cent rate
on all the physical and intangi-
ble assets of a business being
sold, apart from cash and bank
SEE page 2B

ages at common law for alleged wrong-
ful dismissal. The first involved a claim
by Paula Deveaux against Bank of the
Bahamas International, and the second
a claim by Thalberg Wells against Snack
Food Wholesale.
Ms Deveaux's claim;was based on
the allegation that Bank of the
Bahamas International had breached
her employment contract by failing "to
SEE, page 6B


(FILE photo)

Health system

not delivering

value for money

Tribune Business Editor
THE existing Bahamian health
care system is more expensive than
its counterparts in all the world's
developed nations apart from the
US, with a report on the proposed'
National Health Insurance (NHI)
scheme finding that the quality of
treatment delivered does not match
spending levels.
A report prepared on the NHI
scheme for the Nassau Institute, the
Bahamian economic think-tank, by
Nadeem Esmail, a director of health
performance studies at Canada's
Fraser Institute, found that the
Bahamas spent 14.9 per cent of its
per annum gross domestic product
(GDP) on health care, once adjusted
for age.
The Bahamas tied for first with!
the US in terms of the percentage
of GDP spent on its healthcare sys-
tem, "suggesting that the health care
programme is expensive".
"Put another way, the Bahamas'
current health care programme is
more.costly than those found in any
other developed nation except for-
the United States once the relative-
ly small proportion of Bahamians-
aged over 65 is accounted for," Mr
Esmail said.
He added that the data for the
Bahamas and all other nations in
his sample was adjusted to reflect'
the different relative ages of their
respective populations to make com-
parisons easier. The Bahamas has a
relatively low proportion of its pop-
ulation aged 6;5 ) ..ll .and older,
compared to .other countries,
although this will change in the near
OCn accessibility, Mr Esmail said
the Bahamian health care system
scored relatively well on these
counts, ranking joint third in a sam-
ple of the world's most developed
nations for physicians per 1,000 peo-
ple. The 3.6 physicians per 1,000 peo-
ple placed it well ahead of the 30-
Snation average.
On the availability of MRI
machines, the Bahamas ranked 11th
out of the 25 nations Mr Esmail sur-

veyed, and seventh out of 24 on CT .
Using the Western Hemisphere as
a sample basis, Mr Esmail found that
the Bahamas ranked 14th with 3.4
hospital beds per 1,000 people, plac-
ing it "well ahead of a number of
nations and easily comparable with,
that in Canada and the United
He also described the use of hos-
pitals in the Bahamas as "relatively
low" in absolute terms. The
Bahamas' hospital discharge rate for
2002, meaning the number of
patients discharged from hospital,
was 78.4 per 1,000 people, something
Mr Esmail compared favourably.
with an 87.6 average, and placed the
Bahamas 26th out of his 44 nation
Quality, though, was where Mr
Esmail found that the Bahamian
healthcare ssteem performed rela-
tively poorly in relation to the
amount of money\ spent on it.
On infant mortality the Bahamas
ranked 28th out of 30 nations that
Mr Esrlail surveyed, although he
acknowledged this nation was
improvingg faster than the average"
on.this indicator despite the rela-
tively poor ranking.
But \ hen compared to other
nations in the Americas, the
Bahamas ranked only 18th out of
49. Its infant mortality rate was "well
below the average" for the Americ-
as, standing at 14.3 per 1,000 live
births, compared to 20.9 deaths per
1,000 live births, "but still behind
the leading nations". .
Mr Esmail said the Bahamas' per-
formance on child mortality under
the age of five was similar well
above the average rate for the Amer-
icas, but significantly behind the top
five nations and OECD countries.
He concluded: "In summary, the
Bahamas health care programme is
costly and delivers relatively good
"But the quality of that treatment
does some require some attention
as it is below what might reasonably
be expected for that level of income,
health expenditure and relative
access to care."

GlobalUnited extends

deadline to complete

cruise line purchase

FREEPORT The deadline
for Bahamian-owned Global
United to complete its multi-
million dollar acquisition of Dis-
covery Cruise Line has been
extended to later in the year.
According to a press release
issued yesterday, Global United
is in stillin the process of pur-
chasing the cruise line, which is
based in Florida.
Earlier this year, Global Unit-
ed had announced that the
acquisition was expected to be
completed by the end of sum-
mer 2006.
But Global United said the
due diligence process was still
not complete. The company
said it will make an announce-
ment about the revised com-
pletion date later.
Separately, in recent days
The Tribune had been told that
Global United was approach-
ing a variety of institutions and
companies to help finance its
Discovery Cruise Line deal,

including Deutsche Bank and
Mediterranean Shipping Com-
Captain Jackson Ritchie,
SEE page 5B


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Protection strategies

for gated communities

contrary to popular
belief, crime is subject
to who is counting and who it
affects. Thus, when the police
say crime is under control, we
must remember the old saying:
"A fisherman never calls his fish
stink." As a result, we should
not expect anything but high
praise and votes of confidence
when it comes to the reporting
of crime.
But you and I know the num-
bers do not lie. Thus it is with
great interest that I observe the
continuing debate about urban
renewal and community polic-
ing, and how it is deemed to be
a success. As mentioned, the
numbers do not lie.
So, when we are told of the
accomplishments of this initia-
tive but see a different picture
being painted not only by the
media, who daily report crime
and mayhem but by the police
themselves, who have increased
patrols and implemented other
crime prevention initiatives, we
should be concerned. My seri-
ous doubts about the practical-
ity and sustainability of this
urban renewal programme will
be discussed at a later time.
What I want to talk about is


the increase in gated commu-
nities, be they condominiums

Bay and Royal Island, we are
seeing major investments being

From Bimini Bay to Baker's
Bay and Royal Island, we are
seeing major investments
being characterized as gated
communities, and exclusive
members-only private clubs.:

or private residential housing.
Is this the result of what is hap-
pening in the Bahamas? We are
now living in an electronic age,
where what happens in the back
yard in Acklins can instantly be
seen anywhere in the world in a
matter of seconds.

An example of this was
the case of the miss-
ing boys in Grand Bahama,
which was broadcast all over
the globe. Just go to Google and
see how many hits the story
gets. However, despite the var-
ious social ills we face as
Bahamians, the foreign investor
is prepared to live here under
the right conditions. -i
From Bimini Bay to Baker's

characterized as gated commu-
nities, and exclusive members-
only private clubs. This is where
the developer decides he wants
the sand, sun and sea of the
Bahamas without the people of
the Bahamas.
This -statement may not be
politically correct, buit its the
Struth. Why come to paradise
and be exposed to crime, power
failures and unreliable phone
systems? The main reason
* someone wants to live behind
the gates of Old Fort Bay or the
Ocean Club, I submit, is securi-
ty. Security, and more security.
There is no other reason than to
have peace of mind that cannot
be achieved among the masses.
With.this in mind, the devel-
oper of such a community

must provide a tight network
of preventative security mea-
sures. The residents them-
selves must wonder sometimes
if they are not prisoners. Imag-
ine the need to announce your
arrival and departure times,
and expected guests. It sounds
like prison to me. But this is
the price one must pay to feel
The fundamental component
at play here is access control,
which cannot be limited to entry
and exit, but also how the resi-
dent or guest moves in and
around the controlled area.
Keep them out, no matter what

the cost, is the underlying theme
behind access control.

ut the restrictions on
movement can often
become an annoyance to the

authorised occupants. As a
result, the efforts to create a
secure environment and the
work of security officers is
hampered by the desires of the
residents. Yet the key selling
point is: '24 hour security'. Are
we really prepared to be
'secured' 24 hours seven days,
sounds good but is it really
Can residents and their
hired protection personnel
reach an agreement about
how much security is enough?
This is difficult indeed. Nev-

ertheless, enter the profes-
sional, who knows his task
despite the unstable, waver-
ing, inconsistencies of the
Based on solid loss preven-
tion principals, not emotional

Safe and


B mlen

illogic, a plan can be imple-
mented that can successfully
protect residents and the secu-
rity guards alike. Indeed, an all-
encompassing plan must be
developed to include everything
from disaster preparedness, to
fire and rescue and emergency
medical services. Yes, the secu-
rity department of a gated com-
munity must act as a fully-
fledged police force and pro-
vide all the essential service
required to keep the communi-
ty safe and secure. In essence,
the professionals who are hired
to man the protection opera-
tion must be respected as pro-
In the next few articles, we
will consider the professional
approach to protecting the gat-
ed community.
Gamal Newry is the president
of Preventative Measures, a loss
prevention and asset protection
training and consulting compa-
ny, specialising in Policy and
Procedure Development, Busi-
ness Security Reviews and
Audits, & Emergency and Cri-
sis Management. Comments
can be sent to PO Box N-3154
Nassau, Bahamas or, email
gnewry@preventativemea- or visit us at www.pre-

Ministerdenies 'chilling effect'

frlom 4% Stamp tax amendment

FROM page one
accounts, "has had a chilling
effect on a number of poten-
tially very large transactions in
Companies with an annual

turnover of $500,000 or less and
those considered non-resident
for exchange control purposes
are exempted from this aspect
of the Stamp Tax.
Prior to the amendment's
Introduction, when a Bahami-

an business was sold, stamp tax
was only paid on real estate
assets involved in the transac-
tion, and levied at the normal
rates. Now, Stamp Tax at a rate
of 10p, cent is payable on the
real estate assets, with 4 per
cent le- jed on the other under-
lying assets.
Previously, companies were
able to avoid paying Stamp Tax
on real estate assets involved in
mergers and acquisitions
through the sale and purchase
of the shares in one of the com-
panies involved, share transac-
tions not attracting any tax.
In addition, the Government
was also aiming to plug a loop-
hole where individual Bahami-
ans and residents created a
company to specifically own
their homes.
Under this structure, if the
home was sold it would again be

through the sale of shares in the
holding company, enabling the
vendor and purchaser to avoid
the payment of Stamp Tax.
James Smith told The Tri-
bune that "corporate citizens"
of the Bahamas had the same
obligation to pay their taxes as
individual Bahamians and resi-
dents, particularly where real
estate and land transactions
were concerned.
He argued that people need-
ed to separate the payment of
taxes from what they were used
for, as a proportion of their pay-
ments would be used to fund
utility and public infrastructure
projects that would benefit
Fred Smith had argued that
the Stamp Tax was causing
problems because of the busi-
ness model used for many
mergers and acquisitions.

Typically, he said; buyers had
a relatively minimal amount of
cash equity to inject into the
transaction and the business
being sold, especially in large
The "balance" of the puir-
chase price often'came from
debt financing, such as com-
mercial bank and preference
share issues, mezzanine financ-
ing and leveraging the target
company's own assets.
But Fred Smith argued that
the Stamp Tax amendment
meant that in addition to finding
equity, a buyer also had to find
the funds to pay the 4 per cent
levy. The selling company was
likely to require them to pay
this up front by including the
Stamp Tax amount in the pur-
chase price, effectively raising
the costs of mergers and acqui-

An all-encompassing plan
must be developed to include
everything from disaster
preparedness, to fire and
rescue and emergency medical

The American Embassy is presently considering applications for the following


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.


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


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.






Tribune Business
THE Water and Sewerage
Corporation has awarded ATS
Chester Engineers of Pittsburgh
Sa contract to provide engineer-
ing and planning services for a
wasterwater treatment facility
to be located on Gladstone
The Corporation yesterday
'said the plant, described as an
"anchor project", will be the
Corporation's first-ever tertiary
treatment waste water facility
and is expected to be completed
within 18 months.
The wastewater facility is
intended to sastify the needs of
existing and upcoming residen-
tial developments in New Prov-
idence, as well as meet the
requirements of Baha Mar
Development Company's $2
billion Cable Beach expansion.
Donald Demeritte, the Cor-
poration's chairman, forecast
similar plans to develop anoth-
er wastewater treatment facility
to address Kerzner Interna-
tional's needs.
Mr Demeritte said the Cor-

* ROBERT Agbede, chief executive of ATS-Chester Engineers

portion was on track to deliver
its National Water and Waste
Water strategic plan.
Godfrey Sherman, the Cor-
poration's general manager,
said: "The wastewater, which
will be generated from the
water produced by Reverse

Osmosis process, will be treated
to a higher standard, where the
final product can be used for all
non-potable purposes, espe-
cially landscaping and main-
taining golf courses.
"Expanding into these ser-
vices will have a commercial

value to the Corporation and
will help in delaying or down-
sizing future water production
sources. Technology appropri-
ate to our environment, to meet
our specific needs, will be
The Corporation had sent a
five-person team on a fact-find-
ing mission to the Pittsburgh
headquarters of ATS-Chester
Engineers and the Pittsburgh
Water and Sewerage Authority.
Robert O Agbede, chief
executive of ATS-Chester Engi-
neers, the largest African-
American-owned engineering
firm in the US, will spearhead
the project and preliminary
studies to assess the best
approach for designing the plant
in a modular or phased fashion.
Mr Agbede said the company
was ready to assist the Corpo-
ration as they "embark on a
new vision to meet the chal-
lenges of the fast developments
that is taking place".
He added that the Corpora-
tion was willing to engage the
Bahamian community, becom-
ing more pro-active in antici-
pating its needs and anticipating

Law firm stages free seminar

Tribune Business
BAHAMIANS needing legal
advice will once again be able to
benefit from free consultations
from the Halisbury Chambers
legal aid seminar.
The company yesterday
announced it will offer its sec-
ond annual free legal clinic on
September 9, called Informa-
tion you need for the life you
want, an interactive session that
will be held on Saturday, Sep-
tember 9, starting at 9am at
SuperClubs Breezes
"We are pleased to offer the
free legal clinic for a second
year," said Branville McCart-
ney, attorney and partner in
Halsbury Chambers. "The
response to last year's clinics
was so overwhelming that we
had to move this year's event
from our offices on Village
Road to a larger venue."
Mr McCartney said legal rep-
resentation and access to legal
advice was essential for citizens,
and said persons of limited
means should not have to suffer
from having no access to coun-
He said his law firm was seek-
ing to assist as many persons as
possible at the free clinic.
In addition to the free legal
advice that will be offered by
Halsbury Chambers lawyers,
professionals from a variety of
fields will be on hand to give

informative talks
"Experts will participate in
15 to 30 minute sessions, rang-
ing from developments in finan-
cial services in the Bahamas to
financial services in the
Bahamas to financing your
home services," Mr McCart-
ney said,


These will include David
Allen, president, of the
Renascene Institute Interna-
tional, on the subject, "Keep-
ing cool, conflict resolution and
anger management on the job,
on the road and in the home."
In addition, Larry Roberts,
president of the Bahamas Real
Estate Association, will address:
"Tips and market trends in res-
idential property."
Wendy Warren, chief execu-
tive and the executive director
of the Bahamas Financial Ser-
vices Board (BFSB), will dis-
cuss developments in financial
Also speaking will be Renea
Rolle .and Ryan Williams, of
Approved Lending Services, on
home financing.
In addition ,there will be ses-
sions on budgeting, insurance
and representatives from the
US Embassy to address the lat-
est travel requirements.
"We are striving to have a
packet of information that helps
the public have information at

* HALSBURY Chambers
partner Branville McCartney.

their fingertips for making deci-
sions," Mr McCartney said.
In addition, he said that per-
sons sometimes have a negative
view of attorneys, which makes
them hesitant to seek reliable
legal advice.
"It is important for us as pro-
fessionals to help bridge that
gap between the general pub-
lic and the legal community,"
Mr McCartney said.

Please email your resume to


This is our Move...

Whars Yours?




Samana 1-ill
14 Village Road (North)
P.O. Box N-45S9
Nassau, Bahamas

Telephone/Pa \:
[242] 394-1823
[242] 394-1824


We are pleased to announce


establishment of Chancellors Chambers,
Cotmsel & Attorneys-at-Law, a full service
commercial law firm at Samana HiU, 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
Rolle, Ms. Mar via Thomas, Ms. Renell
Coleby and Mrs. Rutlhell Edgecombe.

Administrative Assistant the successful candidate must have:-
* High School Diploma, however an Associates Degree is
* Good writing and communication skills
* A working knowledge of Microsoft word (computer literate)
* Ability to work independently, keep organized and multi task
* Bahamian citizenship

Messenger/File Clerk
* Valid drivers license
* High School Diploma
* Computer literate
* Bahamian citizenship

Applicants can mail their resumes to:
The Manager
P.O.Box CB-11901
Nassau, The Bahamas

Beauty Supply Store

Annual Sales $500,000.00

Serious Inquires only


(242) 359- 0481

:~-;-- I;--;- --:

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

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

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

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

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

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Corporation awards contract

for wastewater treatment plant





Manager of Assistant Private

Bankers Team

SG Hambros, part of SG Private Banking, is a private bank providing
a comprehensive wealth management service with offices in the UK,
Jersey, Guernsey, Gibraltar and The Bahamas.
SG Hambros is currently looking to recruit a manager to supervise the
assistant private bankers. You will also be required to set up this new
function which will comprise of the following responsibilities.

* assisting private bankers and
investment Management
* provide banking services to *
the Trust & Fiduciary Services
* liaise with counterparties for
portfolio transfers
* liaise with external investment
managers and brokers on third
party trades
" liaise with back office on open
issues, corporate actions, general
The role will entail supervisory and
training function and ensuring that
policies and procedures are being
updated and complied with by all
staff members.
You should ideally:
* hold a Bachelor's Degree in
Banking & Finance, and have
at least 5 years' experience in
Private ai,,an'r ard Secun1i,-e
! have good working knowledge of
French and Spanish

SG Hambros Bank & Trust (Bs ur..r,) Lirmited is
iensed xtfer the Banks & Trust Companies Regulation Act.

S c :

Privte Bnkin

* have the capacity to learn quickly
and in an independent manner
* have broad knowledge of banking
procedures and processes
* excellent written skills (experience
in writing procedures). The ability
to communicate well with clients
is essential
* advanced Excel skills including
formulae, complex form creation
* and a keen sense of business
The position offers an attractive
salary and ., nrfi- i. i .v
Applications should be submitted to
the following address, by close of
business on 25 August 2006.
Manager, Human Resources
SG Hambros Bank & Trust
(Bahamas) Limited
PO Box N7789

Abaco conference

line-up is unveiled

Tribune Business

THE third annual Abaco
Business Outlook conference
will be held on September 20
at the Abaco Beach Resort, its
organizers announced yester-
During the conference, busi-
ness leaders will gather to give a
practical assessment and
informed outlook for the econ-
omy over the next 12 months.
"The conference focuses on
issues that are important to the
people of Abaco, people who
are living there, working there
and investing there," Joan
Albury, the founder of Abaco
Business Outlook and president
of the Counsellors, said.
She said the organizers talked
with key players in Abaco to
find out what the issues were
and what they would like to get
from the conference.
Ms Albury said residents
were concerned about infra-
structure plans for Abaco, how
development would impact the
environment, migration and
immigration, diversification of
the economy and business
opportunities and trends.
Speakers for this year include
Transport Minister Glenys Han-
na-Martin; David Johnson,
deputy director-general at the
Ministry of Tourism; Paul
Major, consultant to the
Domestic Investment Board;
Michael Albury, president of

* SPEAKERS address the crowd at the Business Outlook meeting

Friends for the Environment;
Keith Major, vice-president of
marketing and sales at Coli-
nalmperial and chairman of
BEC; Antonio Stubbs, senior
vice-president for the Family
Islands at BEC, and Earl
Deveaux, former minister of
Agriculture and now market-

ing director at Lucayan Tropical
Produce. They will be joined by
leading entrepreneurs on Aba-
"It is important that we edu-
cate our people," said Ms
"At the end of the day, we
want to make sure Abaconians

are more informed about the
issues facing that island and
solutions for these issues. We
also want people to leave
knowledgeable about how to
invest their time and resources,
future plans for the private sec-
tor and the plans for the gov-

The Burns House Group
of companies

Career Opportunity

Buris House Limited invites applications for the position of

Applicant should have
Bachelor's Degree in I T relatedfield

* Experience with accounting and inventory management
software (installation, configuration and user training)
* Ability to analyze business needs to meet user
* Familiarity with environments and business processes,
commonly used in a corporate environment
* Good working knowledge of Microsoft SQL, Access
and Crystal Reports
* Work experience with various database interfaces
* Excellent interpersonal and writing skills, strong
attention to detail

Interested persons please fax resume to:
Human Resources Manager
(242) 326-6655


The Public is hereby advised that I, SIMONE ANDREA
MORRIS-ROLLE of P.O. Box CR-56836, Yamacraw Beach
.Estates, Nassau, Bahamas, intend to change my surname
to MORRIS-IFILL. If there are any objections to-thischange:
of surname by Deed Poll, you may write such objections
to the Chief Passport Officer, P.O.Box N-742, Nassau,
Bahamas no later than thirty (30) days after the date of
publication of this notice.


ST., P. O. BOX N-706b, 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 23rd day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,
.,, -

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

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

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.

5 jlFif aFinancial Advisors Ltd. .
Pricing Information As Of:
Tuesday. 22 August 200 6
BISX ALL SHARE INDEX: CLOSE 1,585.22 / CHG 01.04 / %CHG 00.07 I YTD 234.51 YTD % 17.36
5..*.,.-Hi 52,k-Loy Sr mnroc.l Previous CIlot To da.' ,l;e Cnare D., ..:1 EPS I Di. $ P E Yield
1.85 0.59 Abaco Markets 1.74 1.74 0.00 939 -0.109 0.000 N/M 0.00%
12.05 9.25 Bahamas Property Fund 11.46 11.46 0.00 1.612 0.380 7.1 3.32%
7.50 6.55 Bank of Bahamas 7.49 7.50 0.01 1,433 0.738 0.330 10.2 4.40%
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 0.00 645 0.143 0.000 10.5 0.00%
1.49 1.10 Fidelity Bank 1.48 1.44 -0.04 3,579 0.188 0.050 7.7 3.47%
9.60 8.80 Cable Bahamas 9.13 9.40 0.27 1,221 0.618 0.240 15.2 2.55%
2.20 1.39 Colina Holdings 1.90 1.90 0.00 .9,310 0.009 0.000 211.1 0.00%
11.00 8.57 Commonwealth Bank 11.00 11.00 0.00 1,778 0.943 0.600 11.7 5.66%
6.26 4.12 Consolidated Water BDRs 5.25 5.40 0.15 10,702 0.130 0.045 40.3 0.86%
2.88 2.10 Doctor's Hospital 2.45 2.45 0.00 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 10.60 Finco 11.51 11.51 0.00 938 0.745 0.540 15.1 4.78%
13.50 9.30 FirstCaribbean 13.50 13.50 0.00 300 0.885 0.550 15.3 4.07%
11.21 9.00 Focol 11.21 11.21 0.00 510 0.885 0.500 12.7 4.46%
1.15 1.00 Freeport Concrete 1.00 1.00 0.00 1,484 -0.170 0.000 N/M 0.00%
10.20 8.65 ICD Utilities 8.65 8.65 0.00 588 0.532 0.270 16.3 3.12%
9.10 8.27 J. S. Johnson 9.10 8.74 -0.36 1,088 0.527 0.560 16.6 6.41%
8.07 5.30 Kerzner International BDRs 8.06 8.07 0.01 637 0.160 0.000 50.4 0.00%
10.00 10.00 Premier Real Estate 10.00 10.00 0.00 2.036 0.195 4.9 1.95%
.7 ,P1 Over-The-Counter Securities
..*.kHi 52wK.Locw Symbol Blo $ .Msk Lail Pric.:e .Veki ol EPS 5 C,'. $ P.E Y.eld
14.00 12.25 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.25 15.25 13.50 850 1.923 0.960 7.9 6.74%
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%
Nfta.... :4 ;sover-The-Counter securtleis
4 1I 28 ooABDAB 41 O0 j3 ,u0 41 ,) 2 220 0 Olj00 194 00'"
16.00 13.00 Bahamas Supermarkets 14.00 15.00 12.50 1.750 0.360 8.0 2.57%
0 0 0.35 RND Holdings 0.29 0.54 0.35 -0.070 0.000 N/M 0.00% Funds
52vwk HI 52 wk-Low Fund Name NA V YTD5. La 12 r.1:,r.its 0'. 1Yel, :.
1.3009 1 2442 Collna Money Market Fund 1 300892'
2.9038 2.4169 Fidelity Bahamas G & I Fund 2.9038**
2.4418 2.2528 Colina MSI Preferred Fund 2.441484**
1.1820 1.1246 Collna Bond Fund 1.182038"***
Pr'TD28.24% i 2006 26.09%
1ISX ai '.MlAt r IND X 1 Dec 02 1.00000 MARKET TERM.5 VIeLC. E I ---"- j- J "
52wk-HI Highest 1olsng price in last 52 weeks Bid $ Buying price of Colina and Fidelity
52wk-Low Lowest clo ng price In lat 52 weeks Ask $ Selling price of Colina and fidelity 28 July 2006
Previous Close Prevout day' weighted price for daily volume Last Price Last traded over-the-counter price
Todays Close Curent days weighted price for daily volume Weekly Vol. Trading volume of the prior week 30 June 2006
Change Change in losing price from day to day EPS $ A company's reported earnings per share for the last 12 mths
Daily Vol. Number of total shares traded today NAV Net Asset Value ***- 30 June 2006
DIV S Dividends per share paid in the last 12 months N/M Not Meaningful
SE Cl:5.r..g cre o..._i l D n me .asa 12 mc.n t eamrnsg F.NDEX Tre Fijeiir, T =.:. .. i: :i i.-.;. .i-.:..-r 1 1?, = 100 *- J0,;.3 2006
tip. ....., kFOR MORE DATA& INFORMATION CALL 4 3". .


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
Special projects as needed
Perform other related duties as necessary, including
general clerical duties as related to position
Any other duties assigned


Associate degree in Accounts or 5 years
Must be mature, enthusiastic, able to work with
little to no supervision and willing to learn
Computer literate
Good organization and communication skills a
Strong written and verbal communication skills
Excellent work ethic and attitude (team spirit)
Must be detail-oriented.

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

Human Resources Department
P.O.Box CB-11444
Nassau, Bahamas or fax: 325-6175




Deadline is

extended for

line purchase

FROM page one
Global United's owner,
announced in June that he was in
the process of finishing the final
details regarding the acquisi-
Captain Ritchie said he
expected to give an exact clos-
ing date for the sale as early as
the following week.
Global United announced it
had signed a Letter of Intent to
acquire the cruise line, which
has provided daily cruise ser-
vice between Fort Lauderdale
and Freeport for the past 19
years, in January 2006. It cur-
rently brings more than 200,000
cruise passengers to Freeport
It was expected that Captain
Ritchie's wife, Kim Ritchie,
would serve as executive vice-
president of the cruise line.
Global United has worked
with Discovery Cruise Line for
over 15 years as its port agent,
providing shore side support
services to its vessel, and also
acting as its ticketing wholesale
agent, which makes the acqui-
sition, "a natural extension" of
his present line of work, Cap-
tain Ritchie said in January.
Global United was created
following a rapid series of acqui-
sitions embarked on by Captain
Ritchie's original company,
Tanja Enterprises, over the past
two years.
Tanja, which was formed in
1991, expanded its business
holdings by buying United Ship-
ping of Freeport in 2004. It then
acquired Global Customs Bro-
kers and World Bound Couriers
Ltd, plus Sea Air Aviation Ltd
of Nassau, a year later. All three
companies were merged to form
Global United.
The company has become the
largest shipping agency of its
kind in the Bahamas and the
, Caribbean, and is also involved
in logistics, services, which
include shipping, customs clear-

ance and trucking.
The company has offices in
Freeport, Nassau and Miami,
with over 250 employees.
Captain Ritchie called the
acquisition a "natural exten-
sion" on his present line of
work, extending his services
"from the shore to the seas".
He encouraged other
Bahamian entrepreneurs to fol-
low his lead, because "interna-
tional persons in the business
are no smarter or better than
"I am especially pleased that
[Rafael Ordonez, the owner of
Discovery Cruise Line] has
agreed to this transaction,
because it provides for the very
first time an historic opportu-
nity for Bahamians to become
more fully integrated into the
tourism industry- an industry
which drives our economy,"
said Captain Ritchie at the
"Additionally, it affords a
Bahamian national, also for the
first time, the opportunity to
operate a casino on board that
vessel, once again providing
greater empowerment to
Bahamians in this industry."
A dollar value for the Dis-
covery Cruise Line acquisition
has not been revealed yet, with
both sides citing confidentiality
When the sale is completed
it will mean that for the first
time, a Bahamian will operate a
casino onboard the vessel,
which will provide even.greater
empowerment to Bahamians in
the industry.
Captain Ritchie has said that
in the future, he would like oth-
er islands, including his birth-
place, Long Island, to be con-
sidered ports of call for the
cruise line.
Captain Ritchie is a former
Royal Bahamas Defense Force
marine, who trained at the Roy-
al Navy College in the UK and
with th,'British Navy' -. -,` ;

NOTICE is hereby given that DAVID JAMES WARREN OF #87
GRAND BAHAMA, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that
any person who knows any reason why registration/ naturalization
should not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MIKE D. RUFIN OF P.O. BOX
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of
The Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of'AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MARIE ALMOMOR, NASSAU,
BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, for registration/naturalization
as a citizen of The Bahamas, and that any person who
knows any reason why registration/ naturalization should
not be granted, should send a written and signed statement
of the facts within twenty-eight days from the 16TH day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality
and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

The Public is hereby advised that I, ESPERANCIA RIVAL.
Gleniston Gardens, P.O.Box N 8027, Nassau Bahamas,
intend to change my name to ESPERANCIA JOSEPH. If
there are any objections to this change of name by Deed
Poll, you may write such objections to the Chief Passport
Officer, PO.Box SS-19478, Nassau, Bahamas no later
than thirty (30) days after the date of publication of this

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 staterrnent of the facts within
twenty-eight days from the 23rd day of AUGUST, 2006 to the
Minister responsible fto Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box
N- 7147, Nassau; Bahamas.

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

NOTICE is hereby given that NADIA ETIENNE, OF ROMER ST.
FOX HILL, 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 23rd day of
AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that CLYDE RAYMOND MILLER, OF
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-
eight days from the 23rd day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Andros, Bahamas.

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The payment of Long-Term Benefits and Assistances
in New Providence for August 2006 will be made at
the Board's Fox Hill, Wulff Road and Jumbey Village
Local Offices beginning August 24th, 2006. Cheques
may be collected from these offices between the hours
of 9:00am and 4:00pm.

Pensioners and/or their representatives are required
to produce proper identification in order to collect their

Acceptable forms of identification for Pensioners are
the National Insurance Board Registration Card,
together with any one of the following:
1. A Passport
2. A Voter's Card: or
3. Any other document, which establishes,
conclusively, the identity of the Pensioner.

Where the Pensioner is sending a Representative to
collect his/her cheque, the Representative should
present an Authorization Form, completed by the
Pensioner, or a letter from the Pensioner authorizing
the Board to release his/her cheque. Additionally,
the Representive should present any one of the above-
listed items to identify himself/herself. Cheques will
not be released to Representatives who fail to provide
satisfactory identifying documents.

Please Note: Pensioners born in February and August
are now due for Verification. Failure to be verified on-
time, will result in the suspension of payments.

Equity Side

IN THE MATTER of the Quieting Titles Act, 1959


IN THE MATTER of the Petition of Mervin Deveaux and Mavis

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 of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of
the Quieting Titles Act 1959 to have the 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 Law 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 Oct 16th 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 Oct
16th, 2006 will Operate as a bar to such claim.

Mervin Deveaux and Mavis Deveaux Petitioners

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FROM page one
give reasonable notice", while
Mr Wells had claimed his
employment was wrongly, ter-
In both cases, Justice Lyons
dismissed their actions on the
grounds that the two employ-
ees were bound by the Employ-
ment Act's terms, especially
Section 29 that dealt with com-
pensation for employeeswvhen
their job was terminated by
their employer.
In Ms Deveaux's case, Jus-
tice Lyons said he believed Sec-
tion 29, codified "common law".
Court of Appeal Justices Gan-
patsingh, Emanuel Osadebay,
and Hartman Longley ruled dif-
ferently, though.
Given that a statute was not
supposed to impact general law
unless it used words directly to
that effect, the Court of Appeal
found in Ms Deveaux's case: "It
seems to us that Parliament did
not intend that the Employment
Act be a codification of the law

of employment relations.
"On the contrary, the Act
was passed to establish mini-
mum standards of working
hours, and to make provisions
relating to notice to terminate
contracts of employment, and
to make provisions relating to
summary dismissal."
The Employment Act's Sec-
tion 29 sets out the minimum
period of notice that an employ-
er is required to give an employ-
ee before terminating their con-
When an employee has been
employed by a company for 12
months or more, he/she is
required to receive two weeks'
notice or two weeks' pay to
leave early. Workers then
receive an additional two
weeks' pay for every week
worked up to 24 weeks.
For employees who held a
managerial or supervisory post,
they must receive one month's
notice or one month's basic pay
to leave early after receiving it.
They are then entitled to one

NOTICE is hereby given that NATANIA HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that CARREN HIGGINS OF P.O. BOX
applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written and
signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days from the
16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible for
Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box F-41085, Grand Bahama,

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 23rd day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

month's pay for every year
worked up to 48 weeks.
"A reading of the section
clearly indicates that this pro-
vision was intended to allow for
a minimum payment of com-
pensation to an employee in the
event of termination of employ-
ment, whether that employment
was wrongfully terminated or
not," the Court of Appeal said.
They added that the Employ-
ment Act's Section 4 showed it
was not intended to codify com-
mon law. That Section said
nothing in the Act would "lim-
it or restrict" a worker's pursuit
of greater rights or better ben-
efits provided to him/her under
any law, contract of employ-
ment, custom or arrangement.
The Court of Appeal ruled
in Ms Deveaux's case: "It seems
to us that the object or purpose
of this legislation was to estab-
lish a formula for compensat-
ing employees who are termi-
nated, without the employee
having to undertake the burden
of incurring the expense of pros-
ecuting a claim for compensa-
tion at common law for wrong-
ful dismissal.
"The employee, if of the view
*that he would not be adequate-
ly compensated under the
statute, could pursue his greater
rights for larger benefits at com-
mon law if he is so minded."
The Court of Appeal pointed
out that, in Ms Deveaux's case,
one factor determining the
notice period to terminate
employees under common law
was their prospects of obtain-
ing a new job.

The same three Court of
Appeal judges reiterated their
ruling ih Mr Wells's case. They
said: "Quite recently, and in the
case of Paula Deveaux, we
pointed out and for the pur-
poses of this appeal, we reiter-
ate that the Employment Act
did not, in our view, codify the
common law.
"The employee still has a
choice, if he chooses, to pursue
a claim at common law for dam-
ages for wrongful dismissal, as
we understand the present
appellant was 'seeking to do in
this case.
In Ms Deveaux's case, the
court found that she had been
paid all the compensation and
benefits she would have been
entitled to if her claim was suc-
cessful, meaning there was little
difference between her position
and that of Bank of the
Bahamas International.
The only "outstanding
amount" was Ms Deveaux's
claim for insur-
ance premiums, and the Bank
of the Bahamas International
had agreed to pay that, resolv-
ing the differences between the
In Mr Wells' case, th, issue
dividing the parties was a claim
for an incentive bonus. The
Court of Appeal sent the case
back to the Supreme Court to
be heard on its merits by a dif-
ferent judge.
Obie Ferguson, president of
the Trades Union Congress
(TUC), represented the
employees in both actions.

ROAD, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, for
registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas, and
that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister responsible.
for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147, Nassau,

NOTICE is hereby given that MR. SIDNEY WILLIAMS OF
is applying to the Minister responsible for Nationality and
Citizenship, for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The
Bahamas, and that any person who knows any reason why
registration/ naturalization should not be granted, should send
a written and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight
days from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.

NOTICE is hereby given that MS. EFFEGENE BROWN-
ROLLE, P.O. BOX N-9614, NASSAU, BAHAMAS, is applying
to the Minister responsible for Nationality and Citizenship,
for registration/naturalization as a citizen of The Bahamas,
and that any person who knows any reason why registration/
naturalization should not be granted, should send a written
and signed statement of the facts within twenty-eight days
from the 16TH day of AUGUST, 2006 to the Minister
responsible for Nationality and Citizenship, P.O.Box N- 7147,
Nassau, Bahamas.





Problem $200m C oprighteM

loan brings up CL

SunTrust stio AblfroCommercial News Providers
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* By PERALTE C. PAUL Goldman, Sachs & Co.
Cox News Service Wall Street will be looking to
4 see whether the company con-
ATLANTA SunTrust tinues to aggressively court new
Banks' bombshell last week that and large-scale deals or will
Sa $200 million commercial loan be paralyzed by the fear of
might go bad has exposed an making another bad decision,
identity crisis at a company said Christopher W. Marinac, a
whose hallmark has been its banking analyst with FIG Part-
conservative lending practices, ners in Atlanta.
experts say. One of the reasons the bank
Granted, SunTrust is the will have a difficult time putting
nation's ninth-largest financial the controversy behind it is its
company, is extremely prof- refusal to identify the borrower.
itable and won't fail because of Some analysts bristled at the
a bad credit of that size. surprise announcement at a
But the loan which SunTrust small investment conference in
said could go bad because the Wisconsin and the lack of full
borrower lost a big customer is disclosure as did investors on
large enough to raise a number Internet message boards.
of questions: How could the SunTrust officials said they
bank underwrite a loan to a went as far as they could in the
company whose financial situa- effort to balance customer pri-
tion could change so dramati- vacy with shareholders'.right to
cally with the loss of one client? know about material risks to
Were mistakes made in the the company.
underwriting process? And is Yet more details have emerged
this an isolated case or indica- about the deal, pieced together
tive of a larger problem? from comments by the compa-
The timing is bad for Sun- ny, analysts and a key regulator.
Trust's chairman and chief exec- Among them: The borrower
utive, L. Phillip Humann, and is said to be an out-of-state firm;
his management team. For the the loan was made by Sun-
last several years, they have Trust's investment banking unit,
been trying to show their com- which is said to have been disci-
pany has grown beyond being a plined after a scuttled attempt to
regional player into a diversi- share the loan with other banks
fied, sophisticated financial and spread the risk of default;
powerhouse that can compete \ and the bank gave Georgia reg-
with the likes of Citigroup and ulators a heads-up that some-


(No.45 of 2000)

S:-,i In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, No.45 of
2000,the dissolution of KINLOCH LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was the
28th day of July, 2006.




Late of Coral Harbour in the
Western District of the Island of
New Providence

Notice is hereby given that all persons
having any claim or demand against the
above Estate are required to send their names,
addresses and particulars of the debts or
claims certified in writing to the undersigned
on or before the 3rd October, A.D., 2006
required, to prove such debts or claims, or in
default be excluded from the benefit of any
distribution made before such debts or claims
are proved: after the above date the Executor
will distribute the assets having regard only to
the proved debts or claims of which he shall
have notice.

And Notice is hereby given that all persons
indebted to the said Estate are requested to
make full settlement on or before
3rd October, 2006.

Attorney for the Executor
Mareva House
4 George Street
Nassau, Bahamas

thing was wrong with the loan.
'Large corporate client'
During last week's confer-
ence, Humann would only say
the borrower lost a major cus-
tomer, is a "large corporate
client whose operating funda-
mentals are deteriorating" and
is not in the real estate business.
Citing bank guidelines, Sun-
Trust spokesman Barry Koling
said in response to an e-mailed
list of questions that "we are pre-
vented from disclosing the name
of the borrower for reasons of
customer confidentiality."
There's perhaps a more prac-
tical reason behind SunTrust's
decision: Outing a company's
financial difficulties could create
more problems for that firm if it
prompts an exodus of clients.
That would make it more diffi-
cult for SunTrust or any other
creditor to be repaid.
SunTrust, which originated
the loan through its capital mar-
kets business, won't say what,
if anything, has happened to the
people involved in the decision
to approve it.
Stuck with the loan
SunTrust officials say the
bank planned to syndicate the
loan meaning it would spread
the risk by selling pieces of it

Ob as

to different financial institu-
tions. It's a common practice in
banking and, as the lead under-
writer, SunTrust could gener-
ate a lot of fee income.
But the syndication never
took place, leading rival bankers,
shareholders and analysts to
question when SunTrust real-
ized a problem was brewing.
SunTrust has been trying to
beef up its commercial invest-
ment banking profile since its
2001 purchase of the investment.
banking division of Robinson-
Humphrey from Citigroup Inc.
It may explain why the bank was
eager to extend such a big loan,
"SunTrust has clearly tried to
aggressively push their com-
mercial investment bank.
They're big enough to be bigger
than a small player, but.they're
not big enough to be taken seri-
ously like a Goldman Sachs, a
Lehman Brothers or a Merrill
Lynch," analyst Marinac said.


(No.45 of 2000)

.. In Voluntary Liquidation
. ..* , ,,. ..... b Y
Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, No.45 of
2000,the dissolution of BRESSAY LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was the ....
28th day of July, 2006.



(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, No.45 of
2000,the dissolution of KIRKBURN LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was the
28th day of July, 2006.



(No.45 of 2000)

In Voluntary Liquidation

Notice is hereby given that in accordance with Section 138
(8) of the International Business Companies Act, No.45 of
2000,the dissolution of BURGATE LIMITED has been
completed, a Certificate of Dissolution has been issued and
the Company has therefore been struck off the Register.
The date of completion of the dissolution was the
28th day of July, 2006. -



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


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 (121.60) 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 (117.10) 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 Claims to be the
owner of the unencumbered fee simple Estate in possession of the
said land has made Application to the Supreme Court of the
Commonwealth of The Bahamas under Section 3 of the Quieting
Titles Act 1959 to have the 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) _.. TheRegistry.of the Supreme Court- --.
In the City of Nassau in the Island of
New Providence

(b) Collie & Collie Law 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 ... day of Oct 16th 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 Octl6th
2006 will operate as a bar to such claim.

Christopher Deveaux


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Second straight win

for defending champs

Senior Sports Reporter

THE Barbados women's
national team pulled off
their second straight victory
in the 11th Caribbean Vol-
leyball Championships in
their quest to successfully
defend their title.
Barbados showed that
they know how to win from
behind as they secured a 29-
27, 25-8, 25-22 victory over
Dominica on Monday night
at the Kendal Isaacs Gym-
"I think we performed
well," said middle player
Janelle Chase. "We played
from behind and won. We
played from the front and
held. So we played compet-

Three set victor

over Dominica

itively to win the match."
Chase posted six kills and
added four block shots to
help Barbados remain unde-
feated. Annette Chapman,
however, led the attack with
10 kills. Juan Bovell
chipped in with four blocks.
While they had to go
right down to the wire to
pull off the first set, Barba-
dos bounced back and easi-
ly won the second. In the
third, Dominica were deter-
mined not to get shut out.

But the Bajans pici
their intensity anc
avoided another lo
like the first to seal th
Chase said their ul
goal is to win the cl
onship title and they
going to let any teams
in their way. That do
mean that they are
any of their opponel
"We know that Tr
& Tobago is going
tough and we expect

the Bahamas will be tough
'/y here at home," she said. "So
S we are just going to use our
games as a stepping stone
towards winning the
Having lost to Trinidad &
Tobago in their first game,
Dominica were hoping
ked up to get in the winner's
d they circle.
ng set They played much better
e deal. than they did in their open-
timate er, but coach Albert
hampi- Loblack admitted that it still
're not wasn't good enough.
s stand "I feel better about the
)es not. way they played. It was just
taking that we gave away too
nts for much," he reflected. "In the
first set, we gave away too
inidad much and allowed Barbados
to be to win it.
ct that "In the second set, we

allowed Barbados to get
away from us and lost
because we were not organ-
ised. But in the third set, we
were leading 5-6 points,
which was good for us. But
we jukt allowed it to go
away from us with some sil-
ly mistakes."
Loblack said they learned
a valuable lesson in that
whenever they have a team
down, they need to keep
them down and "do what it
takes to win and not give
away the points. When the
points are tight, we have to
play better."
Anna-Marie Xaviar paced
Dominica with seven kills
and Samantha Smith added
five. Xaviar also contributed
three blocks in a losing

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Debbie in contention

for World Athletic Final

Senior Sports Reporter
SPRINTER Debbie Ferguson-McKen-
zie has the best chance of any Bahamian
athlete to compete in the IAAF's World
Athletic Final.
The World Athletics Final is sched-
uled for the weekend of September 9-
10 in Stuttgart, Germany. It will feature
all 18 disciplines in track and field.
Athletes qualify through their partici-
pation in the IAAF World Athletics
Tour (WAT), which is comprised of 24
permit meetings, divided into two lev-
The first level is the IAAF Golden
League and Super Grand Prix, and the
second level is the Grand Prix meetings,
with each IAAF Continental Associa-

tion represented by at least one WAT
Based on the points system, Ferguson-
McKenzie is the only Bahamian athlete
listed in the top eight for contention in
the World Athletics Final.
She is currently sitting in fifth place
with 70 points from five meets competed
in. Jamaican Sheron Simpson tops the
list with 92 points from as many meets.
The top eight will automatically qual-
ify for the World Athletic Final.
Ferguson-McKenzie is also on the bor-
derline for the 200. She is sitting in 10th
spot with 22 points from two meets.
Quarter-miler Christine Amertil is in
12th spot with 20 from twu meets.
Amertil, however, could be entered in
the 400. She is now in seventh spot with
42 points from five meets. American
Sanya Richards leads the field with 100

points from five meets.
Olympic and World Championship
champion Tonique Williams-Darling is
out of contention. She is in 11th place
with 22 points from just two meets.
Central American and Caribbean
bronze medalist Lavern Eve is also in
11th spot in the women's javelin. She
has collected 20 points from four meets.
In the women's long jump, Jackie
Edwards is tied with three other com-
petitors in the 20th spot with seven points
from two meets. Bronwyn Thompson of
Australia leads the field with 50 points in
five meets.
And on the men's side, Chris Brown's
chances of earning a berth are over. He is
in 20th spot with just 16 points from one
American Jeremy Wariner is out front
with 100 points from five meets.

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Action from Bahamas'

women's team victory

Krystel Rolle of the Bahamas
attempt to block the Haitian
team at the 11th CVC on
A.. Monday night at the Kendal
isaacs Gmninasium.
(Photo: Felipe Major/
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M KELSIE JOHNSON soars for this two-handed block on Haiti's Sainvilla Aubert's attempted spike. V
(Photo: Felipe Major/Tribune staff) A.

Da.ia Moss of the Bahamas
attempt to slop Haiti's Ghislaine

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Senior Sports Reporter
AS A co-captain of the
women's national team,
Kelsie Johnson said their
goal was to come out and
make a statement in their
first game of the VI
Caribbean Volleyball Cham-
Mission accomplished.
And it was Johnson and
Johnson that provided the.
spark Monday night at the
Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium
as the Bahamas pulled off
an impressive 25-13, 18-25,
25-11, 25-15 triumph to
greet Haiti back on the
international volleyball
Kelsie Johnson powered
her way through the Hait-
ian defence for 21 kills and
she posted eight blocks to
lead the attack for the
Bahamas. Katrina Johnson
followed with eight kills and
a pair of blocks.
What Johnson and John-
son didn't do, veteran Jack-
ie Conyers, Krystal Rolle
and Davia Moss did do to
provide and lift the
Bahamas in their opener.
"This was our first game,
so we wanted to leave every-
thing on the court," said an
emotional Kelsie Johnson,
who is still trying to come
to grips with the death of
her co-worker, Erica
Fowler, on Saturday night.
"We tried to play hard
and worked our middle
because we know that is
going to be our biggest
threat in the tournament to
separate us from all of the
other teams."

The Bahamas showed a
lot of poise and resilience as
they bounced back from los-
ing the second set in front
of a large cheering crowd.
With Conyers making her
final CVC appearance, the
Bahamas managed to get
back into their rhythm as
they took a quick 8-5 lead
and extend it to 13-7.
Coach Joe Mo Smith sub-
stituted Kizzie Gray for
Conyers in the back court
and that allowed Kelsie and
Katrina Johnson to go to
work up front.
The Bahamas was back in
business as they surged
ahead 23-8 and Kelsie John-
son was replaced by Shatia
Moultrie in the backcourt
for more defence.
After taking a 2-1.lead,
the Bahamas kept the pres-
sure on the younger Haitian
team in the fourth. They
opened an 8-4 lead, but
watched as Haiti cut the
deficit to 12-10.
After Cheryse Rolle came
in for Katrina Johnson in
the backcourt, Kelsie John-
son went to work up front,
building a foundation with
a series of block shots to
push their lead to 21-14.
Another substitution, this
time up front, with Annasta-
cia Moultrie coming in for
David Moss, put the icing on
the cake for the Bahamas.
Kelsie Johnson served two
straight points and Moultrie
drilled a big spike to close
out the game.
"We're not a come from
behind team, but as the
tournament goes on, we
want to work on that,"

* KELSIE JOHNSON and Krystel Rolle team up for this block attempt on a spike from a Haitian player during their women's
game at the XI Caribbean Volleyball Championships on Monday night at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. The Bahamas won the
match in four sets.
(Photo: Felipe Major/Felipg Major)

Kelsie Johnson stated. "But
this was a statement.
"We wanted to beat them
in three, but we had to go a
little longer. But we just
want to let the rest of the
teams know that we are
Smith, who was assisted
by Jason Saunders and Ray-
mond Wilson, said they just
wanted to get started on the
right foot.
"It feels great to get the
monkey off our backs.
We're out the gate, we're in

the win column, so anything
could happen right now," he
If there's any areas of con-
cern for Smith, it was in the
service box.
"We have some good
jump serves, but what I told
them to do was to stay on
the ground and get the flow
going and when we get to
the harder teams, we can go
back to the jump serve," he
Smith, however, said he
was particularly pleased

with the effort from libero
Laval Sands.
But he said the shorter
players like Gray and Sey-
mour came in and helped
out defensively.
Haiti got seven kills from
Mariola Saint-Fleur and six
from Ruth Michell Antoine.
But head coach Frantz
Bernadine said he couldn't
ask for anything more from
his players.
"We are just making a
comeback, so I'm satisfied,"
he charged.

"We are near to two
months in practice. We
came here and we didn't
play a game beforethis.
"I know Bahamas is a
good team. But we came to
play with Bahamas. We
want to work together to
build up volleyball to the
Bernadine said his players
are enjoying themselves in
the Bahamas and they hope
that they can play much bet-
ter as the tournament pro-

Senior Sports
THE Jamaican men's
team needed just three
sets to win their opening
game at the XI Caribbean
Volleyball Champi-
The Jamaicans rallied
for a 25-17; 25-17, 25-18
victory over the US Vir-
gin Islands on Monday at
the Kendal Isaacs Gym-
Their victory came
after Trinidad & Tobago
women pulled off a three-
set victory over Dominica
and the Bahamas women
got past Haiti in four sets.

Marcello Gooden, the
head coach of the
Jamaican team, said their
aim was not to take their
opponents for granted.
"We went into this
game with a little bit of
caution," he said.."We
didn't know what to .
expect from USVI. We
didn't know anything
about them. We just felt
them out in the first eight
points and it was basically
over from there."
The Jamaicans used a
high powered offensive
attack to pull off their
Dany Wilson soared for
13 kills and Mark Lewis
added nine. Lewis also
recorded five block shots
and Richard Reynolds
helped out with three.
For USVI, Kirk Rojas
posted seven kills and
Shimoi and Holton
chipped in with six.

USVI head coach
Ralph Richards said it
wasn't the type of perfor-
mance he expected.
"Our players are capa-
ble of performing much
better than they did
tonight," he insisted.
"But we had a rough time
with our passing earlier in
the game and we couldn't
mount a defence to get
"Later in the game we
got beat a couple of times
with the outside hitting
from the Jamaicans. We
just have to do better in
the next game."
In their three set sweep
on the women's side,
Trinidad & Tobago
knocked off Dominica
25-10, 25-21, 25-22 with
a competitive game
played between the two
Nadiego Honore col-
lected nine kills and Dar-
lene Ramdin added six.
For the losers, Marcia
Renault had five kills and
Anna'Marie Xaviar came
up with four.


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